was an American late-night, half-hour political talk show hosted by Bill Maher that ran from 1993 to 2002, first on Comedy Central and then on ABC. Four guests (usually including at least one comedian) would debate topics across the political spectrum in what Maher once described as “The McLaughlin Group on acid.” Of the 1300+ episodes produced, 190 can be viewed on YouTube. [more inside]
offers an extensive variety of free online courses
and tutorial videos
for aspiring filmmakers. Their image
gallery is also fun to browse through. [more inside]
25 Celebrities When They Were Young.
You'll be surprised by how much this surprises you.
Polaroid Portrait Mosaics
by Italian photographer Maurizio Galimberti
offer intimate and compelling views of his subjects. How it's done: a portrait of Chuck Close
, another portrait artist.
GlamourFilter: Opening Night at La Scala.
Pictures from La Scala
's opening nights, dating through the fifties and sixties. (Main story here
, slideshow here
, those links in Italian, but easy enough to figure out for non-speakers.) Pictures of Callas, Toscanini, Princess Grace, Dick and Liz, and many more, all looking impossibly fab and glamourous. (Via
the always informative and entertaining Opera Chic
Released today: the top Google searches of 2012.
Also, the top Google searches in the UK
Hungry for more "Best of 2012" collections? Curious about "best of" versus "most popular"? There's much [more inside]
New York Times Magazine "Hollywood Issue": Hollywood’s Year of Heroine Worship
. Accompanied by an online web series of 13 original, short films: Wide Awake
, each starring an actress whose performance helped 'define the year in film.' [more inside]
Comedians are using their fans for co-ordinated safety in numbers bullying.
Simon Pegg, Ricky Gervais and Noel Fielding [...] have used their combined follower count of just under 6 million to bully people – Gervais in particular does so repeatedly – and I’m sick of the fact that they’re not called to account for it. You will have heard plenty about “trolls and haters” in the wider media, but very little about celebrities endorsing and directing this behaviour.
We decided to have a little fun with the app and see how many fake followers vocal celebrities on Twitter have.
"Earlier this week we discovered Status Group's new app that allows users to find out how many fake Twitter followers you and your friends have.
We decided to have a little fun with the app and see how many fake followers vocal celebrities on Twitter have."
The character actor has been diagnosed with Parkinson's.
Bob Hoskins to retire. He has announced his retirement at the age of 69.
In March Jimmy Kimmel aired footage of celebrities reading tweets about themselves [Previously]
. The next instalment is ready for your amusement
. [more inside]
"I was a sort of serious little dude—snobby. I thought girls my age were very frustrating. They were, like, looking in their compact mirrors and shit, and I thought that was evil." MeFi darling Joseph Gordon-Levitt gets a GQ profile.
Louis Virtel is an editor over at AfterElton.com
and an avid twitterer
. For the last few months he has been making an hilarious web series called Verbal Vogueing in which he rants about celebrities and pop culture. Still ongoing, there are currently ten installments; here is episode one: "The Immaculate Conniption"
.(NSFW audio) [more inside]
Clinton Foundation: Celebrity Brainstorm
SNL Writer Mike O'Brien invites celebrities into the closet for 7 Minutes in Heaven
. [more inside]
Facepaint in Motion
(dozens of flickr videos of facepaint artist James Kuhn.)
Quentin Tarantino, Tilda Swinton and Marilyn Manson? Carl Sagan and the Dalai Lama? Awesome People Hanging out Together
does what it says on the tin.
has recently revamped their online Interview archive
. Even though most are available through the website, a full index is still not available. However, there are now specific category pages devoted to Interviews with Women
and Sports Figures
. There's also a Best Of
roundup. [more inside]
"Every year my wife and I throw a party and when I send out the photos I add famous people
Photographer Froggy Bottoms specializes in photographing celebrities with their biggest fans. Rick Springfield, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Patrick Stewart
and many many more.
The Facts In The Case Of Dr. Andrew Wakefield.
A fifteen page comic about the MMR vaccination controversy. Previously.
The New York Times covers a 'new celebrity trend', Unshaven Women, Free Spirits or Unkempt?
Passport photos of famous artists
, 1915-1925. Collection gleaned from passport applications files of writers actors, poets, artists, photographers. Also, Hollywood stars
and other notables
of the era.
"Twits": dramatic readings of our most
twitter feeds. [more inside]
In The Guardian
's This Much I Know
, celebrities share the lessons they have learned in life. [more inside]
One recent celebrity death that most likely fell under the U.S. radar was that of Terry Black
, who in the early 1960s was Canada's answer to Fabian
. Growing up listening to CKLW
, I remember Terry Black for "Goin' Down (The Road to L.A.)
", recorded with his wife, Laurel Ward. Black had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis
just a year ago, and apparently died from complications of the disease. [more inside]
To Degree or Not to Degree?
President Obama will get an honorary degree from Notre Dame but not Arizona State University
during commencement ceremonies this year. ASU finds the first black American president's "body of work" insufficient. The East Valley Tribune disagrees.
And some enterprising ASU students have found a way to profit from Obama's appearance
at their commencement. [more inside]
South Korea has one of the world's highest suicide rates (previously
). The phenomenon has been acute in the entertainment world. In the past two years, over ten Korean celebrities (mostly actors, actresses, and singers) have taken their own lives
. Most of them were under 30. The latest death was that of 26 year-old actress Jang Ja-yeon
, star of the popular comedy-drama "Boys Over Flowers."
Initial reports stated that Jang's death was yet another in a tragic line of Korean celebrities succumbing to depression due to the pressures of stardom and (according to one foreign commenter) the inability to "admit that there is a lot of intense depression and mental illness in Korea."
But there's also an emerging twist in Jang's death. Her suicide note has been found, and it turns out that her death wasn't due to relative intangibles of depression and mental illness. In fact, she was allegedly being beaten and raped
by various higher-ups in the Korean entertainment business, and the names of the guilty are beginning to come out
(one of whom has apparently fled to Japan).
With black velvet paintings of George W. Bush
, Dick Cheney
, Karl Rove
, Donald Rumsfeld
, Jack Abramoff
, Phil Spector
, Jon Benet Ramsey
, Jesus and a Big Rig
, Erik Estrada
, Charles Nelson Reilly
, Wil Wheaton as Wesley Crusher
, and everyone's favorite physicist, Stephen Hawking
, velvet paintings aren't just of Elvis
, and Aztec Indians
Sick and tired of sitting at home, eating a pint of ice cream, watching Keeping Up With The Kardashians
and wondering why you can't have the success
that Kim Kardashian has had
? Have you always wondered if you could take her in a fight? Do you need to prove that your butt
can take her butt
? Well, now you can
. [more inside]
It's been proven
that people tend to look like their dogs
, but startling new findings reveal a freakish resemblance
between Hollywood celebrities and Sesame Street puppets.
Tag a brand/logo and see what others have tagged it. Because "whatever it is they say a brand is, is what it is", depending on what your meaning of is is, I guess. Or play the reverse tag game
and identify brands by their tags.
And now, there's Celeb Tags
! This will not wendell. [more inside]
Best Story Ever
is a series of clips featuring various celebrities -- Henry Rollins
, Lewis Black
, Dee Snider
, Chuck D
, Ron Jeremy
, Bret "The Hitman" Hart
, and many more -- telling their best stories. Some are lame, some are funny. But hey, what's your best story ever? (It can't be lamer than Alan Thicke's, can it?)
took pictures of Marilyn Monroe over 3 sessions [nsfw]
in 1962. They're called the Last Sitting as she died of an apparent overdose 6 weeks later. In February 2008, he recreates the shoot
using Lindsay Lohan [nsfw]
. Not willing to let a good opportunity to spoof celebrities
fly by, Village Voice's Michael Musto recreates Lindsay Lohan's photo session [nsfw]