The exhaustively researched Hollywood history podcast You Must Remember This
) presents a two part episode focusing on Madonna's use of classic Hollywood imagery and references as a form of conceptual art and her early attempts to trade pop idol success for movie stardom within the context of two high-profile relationships with Sean Penn and Warren Beatty. Episode One
. Episode Two
Meanwhile, Todd In The Shadows creates video reviews for every movie Madonna was ever in. So far he's done Desperately Seeking Susan
, Shanghai Surprise
, A Certain Sacrifice
, and Who's That Girl
Without You I'm Nothing
: The Believer looks at the memoirs of the wives and girlfriends of rock stars.
This Is Phil Fish.
A video that's not entirely about Phil Fish. (SLYT, 19:05) Previously: 1, 2
On May 13th, the film world was shocked and saddened by the tragic death
of documentary filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul, who had won an Oscar just last year for the documentary "Searching for Sugar Man"
. In the month that has passed since then, more details have emerged of the months and days that led up to his suicide. The Hollywood Reporter
profiles the life and death of Bendjelloul and takes a look at how sudden success can bring about even more sudden depression.
After the controversial decision last month (previously
) to leave actress and activist Laverne Cox out of their "Time 100" issue, Cox has become the first transgender person to grace
the cover of Time
Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o has landed the cover
of People's annual World's Most Beautiful issue. In February, she gave a moving speech
) about how media depictions of "beauty" affected her. Why Lupita Nyong'o's 'People' Cover Is So Significant
Given to the Oxford Union
, I submit a lecture on the nature of celebrity
by one Jack Gleeson, best known as "Little Boy"
in Batman Begins, but also for his role in HBO's "Game of Thrones".
The new TV show "The Samaritans"
is a mockumentary inspired by The Office about the perils – and pleasures – of the “NGO world”. Created by a Kenya-based production company, it chronicles the work of Aid for Aid – an NGO that, in the words of its creator, “does nothing.”
Over at Warscape, some wry advice
for a "development officer of a not-for-profit yearning for a celebrity of your very own" after Downton Abbey's Elizabeth McGovern flubbed her "African adventure,"
mixing up Dakar with Darfur. “We have to break in our new celebrities slowly,” confides Sarah Wilson, a World Vision representative who is chaperoning McGovern on the trip. “There will be lots of breaks so she doesn’t get overloaded.”
) (more previouslier
These are just ordinary teenagers, here and there in ordinary towns, with (at least at first) no particular training, no sophisticated equipment, no teams of writers, no management, no professional editors, and, somehow, literally millions of fans—fans rabid enough to form fandoms and rivalries and elaborate webs of platonic shipping. Fans who have never heard of Brad Pitt. It's an entire economy based on almost nothing but the thrill of saying/seeing whatever you want where your parents can't catch you—where you can be flamboyantly gay or ask embarrassing questions or carve out a social space for yourself or even be cruel to other kids because it makes you feel safe for a minute. Lindy West on the modern YouTube celebrity.
Celebrities naked with fish.
Photography done for the Fishlove campaign
which raises awareness about the destruction of the seas and the unsustainable practices that lead to over fishing. Founded by the restaurant, Moshimo
and the actresss, Greta Saatchi
it gathers celebrity, professional photography and fish to ask the question, "Are you a fish lover?" [more inside]
Actor Michael Cera invents a twisted text message relationship
between actor Michael Cera and the unsuspecting "Jeremy" in a Shouts & Murmurs piece for the New Yorker.
Henry Rollins gets relationship advice from RuPaul [SLYT]
in which we learn that "making room for other people . . . is as punk rock as hell."
Joan Roosa, wife of Apollo 14 Lunar Module Pilot Stu Roosa
, recalled "I was at a party one night in Houston. A woman standing behind me, who had no idea who I was, said 'I've slept with every astronaut who has been to the Moon.'
...I said 'Pardon me, but I don't think so'
Simmons, speaking from his Los Angeles residence, began to weep into the telephone and took several deep breaths to calm himself. "You can tell that what Joanna does comes from her soul, and that's what makes her stand out. She's precious. If she was here, I'd do her nails."
A reporter from the New Times
spent a month with the Prancercise lady and interviewed her friends and admirers. This amazing profile is the result.
Scarlett Johansson is suing the author of a best-selling French novel that features her “doppelgänger.”
"The American star is challenging writer Gregoire Delacourt, and his publisher JC Lattes, after he described a character in his novel as being her "doppelgänger", or exact double. The case — if it comes to court — could make legal and literary history."
Back in 1994, Mimi Haist was a volunteer at the BEST laundromat in Santa Monica
. The then-struggling young comic Zach Galifianakis
was a patron of that laundromat, and he and Mimi became friends. Flash-forward to 2011 when the now-successful Galifianakis learns that Mimi has become homeless. What does he do? Pays for her apartment and makes her his date at his movie premieres
Chris "Mac Daddy" Kelly, one half of the rap duo Kriss Kross
was found dead
today at age 34 of what is being investigated as a possible drug overdose. [more inside]
Joseph Gordon-Levitt takes out a camera and starts recording his paparazzi. They don't like it. [slyt]
"This week, we discovered an utterly charming card used by Isaac Asimov ('natural resource' is right) and, inspired, began hunting for more famous peoples' business cards
, whether boilerplate or highly designed, staid or comical."
"Emma Stone was my dream best friend for a number of weeks. We'd see movies together. Get drinks and gossip. I remember one dream where we just texted. She resurfaced as my best friend last fall after I saw The Help. An actual friend of mine once told me a story about meeting Andrew Garfield's best friend, which meant Andrew Garfield and I were dream best friends for the following few nights. Again, there was texting." The Awl asks people: What Was Your Weirdest Celebrity Sex Dream
is a restaurant that caters to writers, actors, film directors, and rock stars. The polaroids of Davé Part One Part Two Part Three Part Four
of Classic Hollywood
* is a fantastic series of articles exploring the careers and private lives of old Hollywood's most legendary performers, written by self-styled "doctor of celebrity gossip" Anne Helen Petersen
. [more inside]
Aaron Valdez collects celebrity workout videos
. New York magazine chose their ten favorites
Although many fine divas stamped their mark on early recording, it was the tenor voice of Caruso which was the defining voice of the early twentieth century. His reputation was due to the fact that people could not only hear him in their own homes, but that his success could actually be measured in record sales; he was the first global superstar of the gramophone era.
Enrico Caruso was the first recording artist with a million-selling record
("Vesti la Giubba
," from Pagliacci
), and his recordings of 10 songs 'made the gramophone' in 1902
. He went on to make about commercial 490 recordings, and there is even more unreleased material
. [more inside]
"The Fraley plaintiffs sued Facebook, alleging that its 'Sponsored Stories' feature, which displays ads on Facebook containing the names and pictures of users who have 'Liked' a product, violated California’s Right of Publicity statute. The statute forbids the commercial use of an individual’s name or likeness without consent. Integral to the plaintiffs’ claim was the assertion they had been injured because they were “celebrities” to their Facebook friends, such that their endorsements of the products in the Sponsored Stories held economic value—economic value that they were deprived of when Facebook published their Stories without their consent." - Famous for Fifteen People (Stanford Law Review)
: Celebrity, Newsworthiness, and Fraley v. Facebook (Citizen Media Law Project)
Woody Harrelson has been critically acclaimed for his leading role in the upcoming film Rampart
. Harrelson has just recently begun an AMA
(ask me anything) post on reddit to promote the film. But because he only
wanted to discuss and promote the film (and has avoided some rather embarrassing questions), the reactions
have been less
. [more inside]
in salt lake city utah these cats
brought out a race car track
and we had a BB/roots/john spencer blues explosion friggin battle royal.
we did midnight racing til 2am go karts.
More ?uestlove celebrity stories
Amy Jade Winehouse was found dead in her London home at the age of 27. CNN
are providing breaking coverage of the story. The powerful British soul and R & B singer had a history of struggling with drugs and alcohol. [more inside]