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
"I have seen the killer's face every day since that happened - multiple times - but I have not seen any of the victims..."
Sociologist Zeynep Tufekci
has four suggestions for removing the social incentives for copycat killers, in the wake of the recent murders in California. She wrote about this in The Atlantic
a couple of years ago, and she talks about her ideas in a more recent interview on CBC's Day 6.
You might not know me, but I’m famous.
Don’t feel bad. Until recently, I didn’t know I was famous either, and most days, even now, it’s hard to tell.
Sometime in 1981-1982, ad agency Ogilvy and Mather made a video
. Harlem Shake, eat your heart out.
Three days of watching baseball
with Bill Murray in 1990. Old Style beer and a drunken Mick Fleetwood feature prominently.
"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
Branded For Life: what it's like to be the face of a brand.
(Interesting fact: Andrew Olcott - probably better known as "Smiling Bob," the face of Enzyte - also works as a visual artist
"But when Britney [Spears] got healthy, Jamie’s lawyers actually pushed for greater authority and, on October 28th of 2008, Jamie secured a permanent conservatorship. PERMANENT. HE OWNS HER FOREVER.
Donnie Moore was the California Angels' relief ace in 1986. After he gave up a home run
that began the Angels' collapse in the ALCS, Moore's life and psyche steadily deteriorated, until he committed suicide in 1989
. Steve Hofstetter wrote about Moore
and the divergent paths taken by other athletes in similar situations.
How 'The Fridge' lost his way.
A profile of William 'The Refrigerator' Perry.
"I measure my life in terms of my relationship with Star Wars"
- The Guardian interviews Simon Pegg, star of Spaced
, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and the forthcoming Paul
Greetings from the Twine Ball, wish you were here
: "But you can't see out of the side of the car, because the windows are completely covered with the decals of all the places where we've already been: there's Elvis-O-Rama
, the Tupperware Museum
, the Boll Weevil Monument
, and Cranberry World
, the Shuffleboard Hall Of Fame
, Poodle Dog Rock
, and the Mecca of Albino Squirrels
. We've been to ghost towns, theme parks, wax museums, and a place where you can drive through the middle of a tree
... " [more inside]
The Thriller Diaries
: Michael Jackson’s 1983 “Thriller” remains the most popular music video of all time: a 14-minute horror spoof that changed the business. Behind the scenes it gave its star a temporary home with director John Landis, sparked a near romance with actress Ola Ray, and revealed how damaged the young pop idol already was.
"Conquer English to Make China Stronger!" is the philosophy of Li Yang
, founder of the Crazy English
school (and style) of language, described by some as "English as a Shouted Language" for its main method of shouting English words in public
to overcome shyness. Li Yang has achieved Elvis-like popularity
in China, not just through his public lectures but also through the sales of books, media, teaching materials, and a memoir titled "I am Crazy, I Succeed". Li Yang's unorthodox methods - which include encouraging students to "lose face" and cope with embarrassment on the way to success - have earned him fame and fortune, including headlining the 5th Beijing Foreign Language Festival
and being the main English teacher for China's Olympic volunteers. Li Yang's secret to success: "... to have them continuously paying—that’s the conclusion I’ve reached.
He laughs and leaves.
I sit alone in the room, staring at the walls, just about every inch of which is covered with more memorabilia: a photo of him with Lennon, a photo of the Beatles circa 1965, a photo of Muddy Waters.... After maybe five minutes, Richards wanders back into the room, laughing. “Sorry, mate,” he says. “I got lost. I don’t come here often!”]...
Why do you think some people live and some die..? ...there’s that line between recklessness and stupidity, and you—
"No, you bring up a good point...."
Excuse me, Ms. Ono
, Mr. Gehry
, Sen. Wellstone
—pardon me Mr. Chomsky
, Mr. Castellanetta
, Gov. Ventura
—would you mind signing this paper?
Oh no, don't sign your name. Sign mine.
She is intelligent enough to understand what the world wanted of her: that she was created as a virgin
to be deflowered before us, for our amusement and titillation. She is not ashamed of her new persona
— she wants us to know what we did to her
critiques the findings from the Centre For Public Health at Liverpool John Moore University report [pdf]
'Elvis to Eminem: quantifying the price of fame through early mortality of European and North American rock and pop stars.' [more inside]
Movie stars. What have they got that you haven't got? A professional retoucher. (via YesbutNobutYes) [more inside]
Of the many Halls of Fame, try these: Beyond Zamfir
, People who blow Giant Bubble Gum
, Highest honor awarded to individuals in the insurance industry
, Antique Whiskey Bottles
, Fruit jars
, and other antique bottles Hall of Fame
, The Cheap-Ass Cereal Hall of Fame
, Heroes of the American YO-YO Association
, the 2007 Ukulele Hall of Fame Inductees
, Interviews from the Official Jewish Mothers'
Hall of Fame, "Bagism
" Hall of Fame (people who have achieved eternal fame by answering at least 300 quiz questions about Lennon correctly), National Fresh Water Fishing
Hall of Fame and Museum, Fostering the inventive spirit
in all of us, Toy Halls
, Etc. The Hall of Fame Hall of Fame
& the traditional list
is a sort of celebrity hot or not.
... puts guests in the limelight in a way that will surpass their wildest dreams. Guests can walk in the door for dinner and walk out the door a star"
In the age of American Idol, why go to see a show on Broadway, when it's your birthright to be a show on Broadway, complete with your own professional
back-up singers and dancers?
, 94, was a star player
for the Kansas City Monarchs, of the
The Negro Leagues
, the first black coach hired by
Major League Baseball
, one of the founders and current Board Chairman of
The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
, a scout, who signed such stars as
his last chance to enter baseball's
Hall of Fame
this week. Considered by many to be the unofficial " Ambassador of Baseball", Buck was most diplomatic in his response, saying:
"Shed no tears for Buck," he says. "No, no. Ol' God's been good to me. You can see that, don't you? If I'm a Hall of Famer for you, that's all I need. Just keep loving ol' Buck."
" You think about this,' he said. "Here I am, the grandson of a slave. And here the whole world was excited about whether I was going into the Hall of Fame or not. We've come a long ways. Before, we never even thought about anything like that. America, you've really grown and you're still growing."
is outraged...I am just sad.
How to Watch the Grammys.
The drummer for "Closing Time" Semisonic writes an amusing bit on The Grammy Awards, for those unsophisticated
as to watch
Perhaps you had a one-hit wonder in the '80s, with more people remembering your mohawk and nose chain than your actual music. Fear not, as you can now have your own ponderosa
where you don't have to fall in love. Or perhaps you were a backing musician for Prince, known more for your penchant for playing in surgical scrubs. You too can find solace online
. The Internet: helping musicians everywhere.
Think your job is bad? Film extras (or 'background' as they're commonly referred to) just stand around waiting all day, have to bring their own wardrobe, and must always obey the unspoken rule of not chatting up the real talent. It's the job that's pretty much 'about nothing',
with no guarantees, no glamour, no money.
Yet, with that said, there are already many who do it, and more trying to break in
every day. Are movie extras merely suckers for punishment, or are they hoping to find fame and fortune
Yesterday's NYT magazine section (reg req'd) featured a profile of Jack Osbourne
---whose family's show
premieres its second season tomorrow---and discussed the unpleasant repercussions of his new fame: a prescription to Zoloft, a discontinued high school education and severe threats that warrant his own eye-patched bodyguard. Is this kind of exposure (especially in a reality TV context) too much for a 17 year old kid to handle?
There's no escaping Britney
I take this to be a sign that she is in the 14th minute of her warholian fame.
How many recent metafilter threads can you spot in this story?
It seems no matter you become famous (or infamous) you need a spokesperson. Just in case you are ever sans spokesperson and standing naked before the ravenous third estate this article gives you a few canned sound bites.
Look in a mirror and say these six lines with a straight face:
"The best thing for everyone involved is to achieve closure and move on..."
Q: What's the best thing you can do for your career, if you're a musician?
A: Die.(warning, page designer has used really small fonts)
Cal Ripken's farewell tour
. Here are the numbers: 2,632 consecutive games, 3,107 hits, 421 homers, 1,652 RBI. Even though some argue he shouldn't be an all-star
this year, I think his ticket for Cooperstown
is pretty much punched. And to top it all off, his final game will be at Yankee Stadium. I think Lou Gehrig would smile.
Nothing too big, exciting, scandalous, ironic or wacky,
but in this article, several famous people who might be considered "American Achievers" are listed:
"The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; Michael Jordan; Jonas Salk; Steven Spielberg; Oprah Winfrey, Martha Stewart, the home fashion guru; Dorothy Hamill, the ice skater; Frederick W. Smith, the founder of Federal Express; and Steven Case, chairman of AOL Time Warner."
My question is: what criteria did the reporter, Elaine Sciolino, use to determine which famous people get an explanation and which don't? I know all of those names, except for Smith. My guess as to why more aren't defined is because it would sound crass to define some of the more impressive careers in just five words: "Jonas Salk, creator of the polio vaccine" or "The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., slain civil rights leader."
Eric Schulman from the Annals of Improbable Research asks, Can Fame Be Measured Quantitatively?