When Kris Jenner teased an open and honest confession from Kendall Jenner, I assumed it was about her crippling anxiety disorder. In the past, Keeping Up With the Kardashians has alluded to Kendall’s mental health issues, which greatly impacted her modeling career, because the star was physically unable to even get on planes without shaking and losing her breath. She also suffers from sleep paralysis, a disorder that I can personally say is terrifying.
KENDALL IS NOT A KARDASHIAN
While I’ve come to terms with the Kardashian machine, Kendall Jenner perhaps cannot say the same. She’s a bit of an outcast, with a personality that is clearly different than her siblings. She’s admittedly more of a tomboy and although she has made some “on brand” provocative red-carpet appearances, it doesn’t seem to quite fit with her personality. She’s just a little too cool for that, and I’m not sure Kris Jenner got that memo.
THE WORD “BRAVE” SHOULD NOT BE THROWN AROUND
White t-shirt, straight-to-the-camera commercials are nothing new. They are meant to illicit a relatable nature, as if the audience and the speaker are friends. But that doesn’t quite work here. If you’re going to get money for a commercial, just own it. Don’t use the word “brave,” especially during the #MeToo movement. And if it’s true that Kendall Jenner is upset/depressed over the backlash, I feel sorry for her given her aforementioned mental health issues. That being said, she should know better. If the Pepsi debacle wasn’t a lesson to change her advisors, what is?
Forgive me for minimizing Kevin Hart’s Oscar debacle with a petty analogy, but the man reminds me of every guy I’ve ever dated who is allergic to apologizing. So allergic in fact that he says things like, “I’m sorry IF I offended you,” or “How many times are you going to mention the same thing. I’ve already apologized.” Lastly, “Can’t we just focus on the future, not the past?” When combined with fame, social media, and the a rightfully offended LGBTQ+ community, it gets even worse.
Gimmicks can go terribly wrong, but in the case of The Masked Singer and its mysterious head games (pun intended), FOX got it right. The fun format features celebrity performers in an elaborate costume, and it’s up to the judges (Nicole Scherzinger, Jenny McCarthy, Robin Thicke and Ken Jeung) to guess their identity. Billed as “TV’s wildest singing show,” it’s a fun twist on a tired, competitive format that has over-saturated the market. And the best part? The guesses are all over Twitter, including a hilarious tweet from T-Pain who many think is last night’s “monster.” See below, along with videos from the show.
What in God’s name is everybody tweeting me about?!?!
I’m no Roger Ebert, and it can therefore be somewhat difficult to articulate why a movie doesn’t quite land. In the case of Second Act, it’s pretty easy. The movie is so on-the-nose predictable it feels as if the writer took its formula from a screenwriting book on Amazon and just plugged in new names.
I saw Second Act with my folks, and my father’s limited knowledge of pop culture meant he walked in blind to the film’s plot. His confusion was noteworthy. “What is this movie about,” he asked cantankerously. “I feel as if I walked in twenty minutes late,” he furthered. When I told him it’s about reinvention or a woman’s second shot at a new path in life, he barked, “Well that is NOT clear.”
Second Act begins with Maya’s (Jennifer Lopez) attempt at landing a big promotion. When she is passed up for a more education man, her friend Joan’s (Leah Remini) internet-savvy son submits her resume to another job without her knowledge. Because the resume is filled with inflated lies about her education and work history, she lands it. What follows is a poor man’s Working Girl (insert rivalry, a jealous and suspicious employee, and a former boss who could blow her cover). As for the rivalry, it comes with a twist that removes the movie’s conflict far too early in the film. The subsequent schmaltz-fest is just too much to bare. There’s a little levity provided by the very funny Leah Remini but unfortunately for the television comedy veteran, she simply does not have much to work with.
It should be noted that I’m a massive fan of Jennifer Lopez, and I very much wanted this movie to work. Romantic comedies are far and few between these days, and I appreciate the effort.
Adam Lambert is one of the best voices of our generation, and the former American Idol finalist proved his vocal prowess once again with a stunning rendition of Cher’s “Believe” at The Kennedy Center honors, which left the legend in tears. Cher later took to twitter to express her adoration for Lambert’s performance, saying her “senses [were] overwhelmed.”
You can catch Lambert with Queen for their 2019 Rhapsody tour. Watch below.
I’ve kept up with the Kardashians over the years, and despite being once impressed by their ascent, Season 15 struggled . . . to say the least. One might think the Kardashians would perform strongly given the drama in their personal lives, but this was their least authentic on-screen effort of all time.
Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo visited Jada Pinkett Smith’s groundbreaking Facebook series, Red Table Talk, for an honest conversation about raising bi-racial children. Toward the end of that extremely important talk, Pompeo was asked fishbowl questions, one of which was about her current relationship with former series star Patrick Dempsey. True to form, that one soundbite was picked up by the media, including The Today show, and Pompeo rightfully objected.
Lena Dunham apologized to Aurora Perrineau for publicly questioning the veracity of her alleged sexual assault, and her words sparked even more of my personal outrage then Dunham’s original act. As a refresher, Dunham and her ‘Girls’ co-creator, Jenni Kohan, released a mutual statement that boldly declared that they had “insider knowledge” that ‘Girls’ writer Murray Miller did not in fact assault Perrineau saying: