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January 2017

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Lena Dunham Covers Nylon Magazine — Talks ‘Girls’

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When ‘Girls’ first began, I wrote a piece about Lena Dunham’s off-putting use of excessive nudity, and now, years later — I finally welcome it. She defies traditional standards of beauty, and if you don’t like it, you better get over it. There’s something to be learned from her unapologetic attitude about nearly everything, especially given that most people, including myself, won’t wear a bikini in public let alone show my boobs on national television. As ‘Girls’ approaches its final season, Dunham sat down with Nylon Magazine to reveal what you can expect. Some choice quotes are below. Head on over to Nylon for the entire interview.

On Public Critique: “I used to think the worst thing in the world could be for someone to have a thought about you that you didn’t have yourself. Now I’m like, ‘Have at it, guys!’”

On Changes She Would Make To Girls: “I wouldn’t do another show that starred four white girls…When I wrote the pilot I was 23…I was not trying to write the experience of somebody I didn’t know, and not trying to stick a black girl in without understanding the nuance of what her experience of hipster Brooklyn was.”

On how the 2016 Presidential Election is reflected in the final season of Girls: “…we wrote in a climate where we were thinking a lot about this election, and the election was heating up as we shot the show, and that energy for sure made its way into how we tackled topics. I don’t mean to be demurring, but there are some big female issues, more than maybe ever before.”

On Donald Trump: “It’s going to be interesting promoting this show right after Trump is inaugurated. The final season definitely tackles some topics that are complicated and wouldn’t be beloved by the incoming administration. Hopefully it’ll bring up important conversations, and not just become the worst Twitter abuse storm in history—or it will.”


 

 

 

Monday

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January 2017

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Meryl Streep Sounds off on Trump: Inappropriate Forum?

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If you’ve ever been to a Hollywood party, you’d know that nearly everyone in this business believes their own hype, and to quote Jon Stewart, “Hollywood and DC are the same, but in Hollywood they think they have power . . . and they don’t.” Though I love Meryl Streep, her speech at The Golden Globes reeked of the elitism I loathe. Personal opinions have their place, and this wasn’t it. First, it won’t move the needle. She said absolutely nothing of substantive value, and though it’s pretty to profess a more inclusive culture, it’s an unnecessary soundbite in the wrong forum. When it’s time to pass a law, then you can campaign. Other than that, you’re dulling the glitter I want to see at the Globes.Second, I don’t know the point of mentioning Mixed Martial Arts, and as a writer, I can only assume it was penned by someone else, who felt the word “art” would fit easily within that sentence. I need not suggest it was a bad move, because twitter has already pounced. Lastly, to quote my friend that might not want to be named, “Every time a liberal utters a snobbism, another creationist joins a state legislature.”

Monday

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January 2017

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‘The Good Fight’ Trailer — Diane Lost Everything?!

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As a subscriber to Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime, Xfinity, and HBO Go, it’s worth noting that there’s no room left in my bank account for another subscription service, and CBS All Access is therefore pushing the limits of my tolerance level with The Good Fight. Though I’m a huge fan of The Good Wife and aching for another law show, the release is confusing. The series premiere will be available on-demand on CBS All Access beginning at 8 p.m. ET., and a special broadcast preview of the premiere will air on CBS that same night at 8 p.m./7c. It’s brought to you by the same showrunners and executive producers of The Good Wife, and it picks up one year after The Good Wife ended. It stars the enormously talented Christine Baranski, whose character finds herself cash-strapped after a financial scandal, which derails her retirement. It also welcomes back fan favorite Cush Jumbo as Lucca Quinn, and Zach Grenier as David Lee. Watch a trailer below, and let me know if you plan to spend MORE money on ADDITIONAL content. Couldn’t CBS just air this on their network instead of getting greedy?

Saturday

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January 2017

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The Gossip Game: Get Your Tabloid News Now

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Drake and JLO are heating up . . . for publicity? E! Online

The Brangelina battle rages on. MSN

Meek Mill and Nicki Minaj broke up. Celebuzz

Mariah Carey’s ex-husband has something to say about her career. Contact Music

Jonathan Rhys Meyers welcomed a son. People

Kim Kardashian is ready to exploit her robbery. The Superficial

T.I. and Tiny are putting their divorce differences aside. Wet Paint

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are going strong. Wonderwall

Britney Spears‘ boyfriend has some serious abs. TMZ

Ciara dropped her defamation lawsuit against Future. Idolator

Megyn Kelly is leaving Fox News for NBC. Jezebel

Pink and Carey Hart welcomed their second child. Pop Sugar

Vivica A. Fox landed in hot water from the gay community. Too Fab

Lamar Odom finished rehab. LA Times

Serena Williams flaunted her engagement ring. LA Times

Tuesday

3

January 2017

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Mariah Carey v. Dick Clark Productions: Who’s at Fault?

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If Adele were on the stage for New Year’s Eve to perform for the world and her sound failed, absolutely no one would question whose fault it was. That’s the benefit of being a consummate professional who is always on point. You get a pass with production fails. But when you’re Mariah Carey, whose diva antics often make the news, you are not afforded that luxury. If you simply watch Mariah’s own reality show on E!, she showed up two hours late to a concert because no one on her team was aware that the city in which she was performing had a time change. In fact, the gaffe was realized on the plane, which means the concert began while in route to the venue. She was rightfully booed by her fans upon arrival. This type of behavior is unacceptable. She hired her team, and she is also capable of telling time, which means she either has bad judgment in her staff, or she is far too detached from her responsibilities as a business mogul. In fact, Ellen brought this up directly, and Mariah simply brushed it off.
I believe that Mariah’s sound failed on New Year’s. If her in-ears were not working, it makes sense that the on-stage monitors were not loud enough to serve as a supplement. That being said, she doesn’t get a pass from me. Mariah claims it was sabotage for ratings, and Dick Clark Productions was predictably pissed, saying:

As the premier producer of live television events for nearly 50 years, we pride ourselves on our reputation and long-standing relationships with artists. To suggest that DCP, as producer of music shows including the American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, New Year’s Rockin’ Eve and Academy of Country Music Awards, would ever intentionally compromise the success of any artist is defamatory, outrageous and frankly absurd. In very rare instances there are of course technical errors that can occur with live television, however, an initial investigation has indicated that [Dick Clark Productions] had no involvement in the challenges associated with Ms. Carey’s New Year’s Eve performance. We want to be clear that we have the utmost respect for Ms. Carey as an artist and acknowledge her tremendous accomplishments in the industry.

I’d encourage Mariah to put her tatas away, ditch the dated sparkly leotards, and remind everyone who she is and how she got there. People will forgive you for just about everything but entitled, diva behavior.

Tuesday

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January 2017

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Remembering George Michael and His Impact on the Gay Community

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While waxing nostalgic for Wham! star and music icon George Michael, I deep-dove into YouTube and came across a vintage interview with Oprah, which was the beginning of Michael’s declaration of his sexuality. Though it didn’t quite hit me at the time, it’s shocking in retrospect.

Michael revealed he was gay after he was arrested for “engaging in a lewd act” in a public restroom. He was arrested by an undercover policeman who propositioned him from a bathroom stall. When Michael responded in kind, he faced the legal consequence. He argued to Oprah that it was entrapment, and it certainly smells of it. (Note: entrapment is extremely difficult to prove, and it’s a very complicated legal debate. In fact, it was one of the most difficult elements of criminal law I studied, given that it’s highly arguable). But that’s not what struck me. Had this happened today, I’d imagine many would argue he was in fact set up, notably to punish him for his sexual orientation. What better than outing a gay guy for his “disgusting” behavior? Moreover, is it appropriate for Oprah to ask for explicit details about the event in question? Would she conduct the interview in the same manner today? And would anyone care if Michael wanted to get it on in a public restroom? I have many straight friends who have engaged in similar behavior and never got busted. It’s no wonder the singer later took aim at his arresting cop in an artistic music video (the cop in question then sued the singer for $10 million and lost. I’d say his motives were not sound).

Watch the interview below to see how far we’ve come.

Friday

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December 2016

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Chief Zabu: Little Film, Big Reaction

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If you read The Dishmaster, you’re aware that my affinity for up-and-coming artists usually extends to the underground music scene, but every so often an indie filmmaker walks into my life, and today is that day. Made 30 years ago in 15 days with 28 locations, Chief Zabu was written and directed by actor-producer Howard Zuker and Neil Cohen. Cohen and I recently connected, and his excitement for resurrecting the shelved project is contagious.

The film follows status-hungry developer Ben Sydney (Allen Garfield) who is lured into a too-good-to-be-true real estate deal to buy the fictional Polynesian island of Tiburaku by the smarmy George Dankworth (the late Allan Arbus). The president of Tiburaku, Chief Henri Zabu (Manu Tupou), is seeking independence and a seat at the United Nations. Sydney’s desire to increase his economic and political influence by capitalizing on the island’s many business offerings reeks of our current Trump climate, which serves as the main reason for the film’s resurrection. It was originally set aside upon a mixed reaction, but their recent re-edit of their original passion project has paid off. The buzz is palpable, and Cohen’s infectious energy certainly helps.

I want to see this film succeed, if for no other reason than to have Chief Zabu parties to attend across the United States. It’s a certified cult classic, and I’m guessing it will find distribution soon. Sometimes we are far ahead of our time. In the case of this film, Cohen was thirty years ahead.

Friday

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December 2016

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Tabloid Gossip: Christmas Came Early!

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Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott are financially squeezed. Wet Paint

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ star Ellen Pompeo wants you to boycott A&E. BuddyTV

Charlie Puth, Bella Thorne, and Tyler Posey are in a love triangle. TMZ

Did Gigi Hadid reject Zayn Malik’s marriage proposal? Contact Music

Kanye West cancelled his European tour dates. WGO

Jennifer Lopez and Drake want you to think they’re dating. RTW

Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively brought their kids out in public. Stuff

Margot Robbie secretly tied the knot. E! Online

Sienna Miller and her ex-fiance still live together. Belfast Telegraph

Khloe Kardashian’s NBA boyfriend Tristan Thompson just had a baby. Radar Online

Amy Schumer bought back her family farm. Yahoo!

Zooey Deschanel is pregnant with baby #2. MSN

Scott Baio was attacked by the wife of a chili pepper. Page Six

Is baby #3 on the way for Gisele Bundchen? Wonderwall

Miles Teller was in a car accident with an uber driver. THR

Zoe Kravitz is smoking hot. Pop Sugar

Thursday

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December 2016

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The Hi Hat Welcomes Kate Nash for an Unforgettable Fundraiser

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Los Angeles hipsters have a new hangout, as Silverlake has become far too expensive for the great unwashed, who have now migrated to Highland Park. The emerging multicultural hub is located in Northeast Los Angeles, and it’s building a reputation as “L.A.’s most excellent enclave.”

The York Boulevard corridor is bustling with bars, vinyl music shops, and indie furniture makers. As I strolled the street in search of a way to pass the time before a Kate Nash performance at The Hi Hat to benefit the NELA Winter Shelter for the Homeless, it might be a stretch to suggest I felt like I was meandering through the backstreets of Venice, Italy, with one window more enticing than the next. In this land of eclectic chaos, this beanie-loving, don’t-care crowd brings a sense of peace. After all, isn’t there relief in knowing that somewhere in the land of the trendless urbanites, someone appreciates messy man-buns, odd graphic tees, and severely mismatched clothing?

Having extensive experience at Los Angeles music venues, it’s fair to say I’m picky, and The Hi Hat far exceeded my expectations, as did the music lineup. I’ve always been a casual fan of Kate Nash, but her live performance solidified my support. Her kick-ass, all-girl band rocked the stage, and her magnetic energy had the crowd thirsting for more. Though her style was far different from her albums, I welcome the refreshing spin. If I wanted to hear her record, I’d hear her record. This was live, and she knows how to put on a show. As for Kera & the Lesbians, my first experience was a great one. Their front-woman is a polished leader who knows exactly what she’s doing. And given my previous comments about fashion, it’s worth noting that she is branding her look to her benefit. She’s shrewd, and I like shrewd.

Monday

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December 2016

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Camila Cabello Quits Fifth Harmony — Good for Her

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A few months ago, I wrote a piece about a disturbing Billboard article which revealed Camila Cabello’s personal battle with anxiety. She detailed “awful mental health situations” and said of stardom:

“They sell you this ­present of rainbows and butterflies, and as a 16-year-old that’s what I bought. It’s why I did X Factor and why I ended up in a group. But then you’re working so hard, so young. [Meanwhile] my friends are in college, telling me about their days and what they’re studying. You’re having to put on a smile on a red carpet. It’s like, ‘Who am I? Am I for myself or for this?’ “

Though many might think it’s daunting to dismiss such a glamorous life, after reading that article, I completely support her decision to move on and quit the group that launched her career. Plus, Zayn Malik set the stage for releasing a high-quality solo album that drastically differs from his work in One Direction. He also suffers from anxiety, and I can only imagine that the grueling demands of his pop-group contributed to his crippling panic attacks. But judging from Fifth Harmony’s response to Cabello’s decision to quit, they are less than happy to hear the news, saying, “After four and a half years of being together, we have been informed via her representatives that Camila has decided to leave Fifth Harmony. We wish her well.” Their latent aggression is dismissive at best.

Let this be a lesson to anyone in pursuit of fame. It’s not all “rainbows and butterflies.” It’s hard work, and you’re only young once. Is it worth it? Cabello doesn’t think so, and neither do I. Good luck, Fifth Harmony, and here’s hoping you are actually enjoying the ride. As for your statement, I’d say “grow up,” but I imagine you are already doing that . . . too fast.

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