Gerard Butler is a fascinating actor. He’s made a career mostly out of B-movie schlock, has garnered a large and loyal following, has jump-started at least one, maybe two, original-idea franchises, and he does it all for less than half what a superhero movie costs. He doesn’t seem overly concerned with his reputation as an actor, yet every character he plays has to be the Absolute! Best! At! Their! Job! This week, we dive into our odd fascination with Gerry B, his terrible movies, and pitch our own idea for a Gerard Butler action thriller. Join us as we laugh our way through Geostorm, Scottish stereotypes, and how this law-school drop out carved his way through post-millennial Hollywood.
Did you hear? The celebrity profile is dead. This week, we take a look at the state of the celebrity profile, which despite some truly bad recent profiles, is not actually dead. It’s not even on life support. But celebrity profiles have changed. No longer content to exist as mere fluff pieces, a new generation of profile writers are bringing sharp insight and cultural commentary into the celebrity profile, which some celebrities don’t seem to appreciate (looking at you, Bradley Cooper). Join us as we discuss all things celebrity profile, and what they have to say about us and our current pop cultural moment.
Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s NYT bibliography: https://www.nytimes.com/by/taffy-brodesser-akner
Caity Weaver’s bibliography: https://muckrack.com/caityweaver/articles
Beyonce on Beyonce in Vogue September issue: https://www.vogue.com/article/beyonce-september-issue-2018
Tom Hiddleston by TBA: https://www.gq.com/story/tom-hiddleston-cover-profile
Lena Dunham by Allison P. Davis: https://www.thecut.com/2018/11/lena-dunham-comes-to-terms-with-herself.html
Amanda Bynes by Abby Schreiber: http://www.papermag.com/amanda-bynes-break-the-internet-2621549455.html
Cardi B by Allison P. Davis:
Welcome to The Hollywood Read, a new podcast with me and Kayleigh Donaldson, also of internet fame! We’re discussing celebrity, pop culture, entertainment, business, politics, and how all those things go together. In this first episode we decide who is Best Chris for 2018, and what it means that Hollywood is dominated by four guys named Chris.
Episode 1: The Hollywood Chrises
Because I can never find this when I want it, so I’m saving it here.
With a name less like a one-two punch and more like a little poem of introduction, Keanu Reeves has always been distinctive. The true test of a Movie Star is the ability to be known by only one name—Bruce, George, Leo, Johnny—and there is no name more evocative than “Keanu”. Like it’s wearer it is at once cool and mysterious, singular and offbeat. Keanu—the name and Movie Star—has such presence in pop culture that he can carry an entire movie as a concept. Keanu Reeves is one of the most enduring actors of the contemporary era, and a celebrity who has reached near-mythic proportions, universally beloved and more admired than ever, thanks to some post-John Wick revisionism. And where so many of his fellow Movie Stars have stumbled and lost stature, Reeves remains, the coolest, most unknowable, most untouchable—the last great Movie Star. Continue reading “Keanu Reeves: The Last Great Movie Star”
Bee Shaffer in Dolce & Gabbana is actually my best dressed of the night. I LOVE this floral gown and her styling, and I especially love that Anna Wintour’s face seems to have frozen in that expression. Marion Cotillard in Dior gets “best white of the night”, while Lady Gaga in Azzedine Alaïa is both appropriately weird and occasion-appropriate. Lupita Nyong’o’s purloined Calvin Klein pearl dress is worth discussing, at least, and Meryl Streep in Lanvin and Tegan & Sara all had great menswear-inspired looks.
I haven’t done one of these in forever!
It was a boring night for fashion so it’s not like anything here was a jaw-dropping fashion moment, but these are the people who managed the best individual style for the night.
Lorde is my favorite in a Narciso Rodriguez tux with a crop top. I like that she’s learning to find eveningwear to fit her style, and not changing her style to fit into eveningwear. Also, I love that the tux isn’t body-con. Tina Fey wore a pretty great tux, too, but I’m giving Lorde the points for going with the wide leg and menswear jacket. Julianne Moore in Givenchy had the best silver/grey of the night, Laura Carmichael managed the best “not a nominee but still happy to be here” look in James Galanos, and Allison Tolman proved it’s possible to look beautiful and stylish when you’re not a size two in a Gauri and Nainika gown. Melissa McCarthy should take notes. Jessica Chastain had a personal best with a plunging Versace gown that was also the best boobs-out display of the night, and finally, Ruth Wilson’s “inside out” Prada was the closest thing to a gasp-worthy dress for the night.