This is probably a sign that I am a little older than the target audience for HBO’s new series: I get that horribly sexist, totally fun Motley Crue song stuck in my head every time I hear Girls mentioned. It can almost drown out the deafening applause I hear from all the people who got advance screeners of the show. The consensus seems to be that it’s great, mostly because of the honest, gritty way it depicts the experience of young Millenial women trying to make it in the big, bad, Recession-ravaged city. I’m not so old that my memories of being 25 in New York are faded. But they are far enough behind me that I do get just a tiny bit nostalgic as I read 50 Shades of Grey — nostalgic for the naivete of Anastasia (OK, I think most of us were like that when we were 17, not 21), her apartment with her best friend, her excitement for a low-paying publishing job, and, oh, yeah, her f—ed up relationship with a millionaire that’s totally OK because it’s not like she’s looking to get married or anything.
Yeah, that’s the kind of view of one’s 20s that only comes with distance. So, I’m contemplating whether to sign up for HBO again (and who are these 20-somethings who can afford premium channels, anyway?), something I usually only do when there are new episodes of True Blood, just for Girls. Maybe I need to be reminded why everyone told me my 30s would be better. Anyway, I gathered some quotes from critics to help me decide; maybe they’ll help you too.
Why We Should Watch:
It’s sticking it to the man: “Even before the Republican candidates adopted The Handmaid’s Tale as a platform, Dunham’s sly, brazen, graphic comedy, with its stress on female friendships, its pleasure in the sick punch line, its compassion for the necessity of making mistakes, felt like a retort to a culture that pathologizes feminine adventure.” — New York
It’s real, unlike the admittedly flawed Sex and the City: “Where that series had a high sheen to it and was all about finding men and shoes and happiness (about in that order), and the four variations on a feminine theme came together all-too-neatly for lunch and chat sessions, Girls is a much more lo-fi, rooted-in-realism affair, and it mines the honesty of its characters in such a way that it produces both robust comedy and genuine, emotionally dramatic moments.” — The Hollywood Reporter Read more…
Why do we still feel like Taylor Momsen is the world’s rebellious teenage daughter? After all these years of her punk-rock look, after she’s spent years on the road fronting the Pretty Reckless, we still cringed a little when we saw pics of her onstage with Marilyn Manson earlier this week at the Golden Gods Awards. No, Taylor is not Cindy Lou Who or Jenny Humphrey. She is her own woman, with her own style. And she’s not even going to give you the names of the places she bought the clothing she wore for this morning’s Big Morning Buzz Live performance, just in case you’re some kind of poser trying to steal her look. Just kidding — she just didn’t know. Scroll down anyway and see what she had to say about it. Read more…
We’ll say that one more time: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt</strong> are engaged. A rep for jeweler Robert Procop confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter today that a ring Angie was sporting at an event on Wednesday is in fact an engagement ring, “designed in collaboration with Brad Pitt.”
You are probably having two reactions to this news: 1) Let us see the ring! And 2) Weren’t they engaged already?
We’re working on #1, but for now you can see it over on THR, along with this description: “Brad had a specific vision for this ring, which he realized over a yearlong collaboration. He wanted every aspect of it to be perfect, so I was able to locate a diamond of the finest quality and cut it to an exact custom size and shape to suite Angelina’s hand. Brad was always heavily involved, overseeing every aspect of the creative design evolution. The side diamonds are specially cut to encircle her finger. Each diamond is of the highest gem quality.”
And yeah, as for #2, we do kind of wonder about those couples that claim not to be officially engaged even though they talk about getting married as an inevitable fact. But since we are now ecstatically imagining what this wedding will look like (and OMG the guest list!), we will forgive Brangelina. Every time we used to wish they’d get married already (you’d think the six kids were a good enough sign they’re ready for commitment), we started to feel like our grandparents.
We’ve all been digging Kat Graham’s sexy, girl-power anthem “Put Your Graffiti on Me” lately, and we couldn’t help but picture what would happen if the song were blasting at one of those lavish Mystic Falls events on The Vampire Diaries. How much would you love seeing an Original booty popping? Well, that actually happened. Off-camera, unfortunately.
“We got a sneak peek of the video ahead of time, so Claire Holt [Rebekah] and myself definitely spent the remainder of the day going ‘tag me’ and making the little cowbell [sound],” Candice Accola, a.k.a. “Vampire Barbie” Caroline Forbes, told us on the red carpet of the Elle Women in Music Awards. Accola is a singer too, but lately she’s been showing off her skills to a more intimate audience.
“I’m in a ’90s cover band with a bunch of the crew members, and we played our wrap party,” she said. We’re not sure what they played, but she did say that to prepare she downloaded Kriss Kross’ “Jump,” Naughty by Nature’s “O.P.P.” and Weezer’s “El Scorcho.” Read more…
After seeing Scout Willis’ dreamy video and writing on StyleLikeU.com, we were hoping that Demi Moore and Bruce Willis’ other fashionable daughters would get in on the game too. So we’re thrilled that 18-year-old Tallulah has done just that. And doubly thrilled by what she has to say in the video as she models her Bohemian vintage clothing and flea market jewelry.
Talking about the freedom of her childhood, which was largely spent in Idaho, she said Demi “was very much like, love your body, love yourself, run around naked. Whatever we wanted to do, [she] was, like, very accepting.”
And that accepting attitude (rather than the insecurity we suspect was at the heart of Moore’s recent trip to rehab) seems to have made Tallulah realize that she doesn’t need to succumb to the same pressures her friends do, particularly at this time of year.
“So many friends of mine have had eating disorders, especially before Coachella,” she admitted, quite timely, since the festival kicks off in Indio, California, today. Read more…
This will mark a first for us: a post maybe sort of defending Mel Gibson. He is a documented anti-Semite and abuser of women, so a whole lot of the crazy allegations screenwriter Joe Eszterhas made in his open letter yesterday didn’t sound all that far-fetched. Even if, as Gibson said in his response, hating Jews wasn’t his reason for not making The Maccabees, there’s not a whole lot he can ever say to rehabilitate his reputation in that light. But there was another Gibson quote from the Eszterhas letter that shocked the world: “I’m glad [John Lennon’s] dead. He deserved to be shot. He was f—ing messianic. Listen to his songs! ‘Imagine.’ I hate the f—ing song. I’m glad he’s dead.”
Today, TMZ reports that according to sources, Mel loves the Beatles and plays their music in his house all the time. He even played “Imagine” at a recent event. So either he never said those things, or he was in a really contrary mood. Sometimes we do that too, outright blast something everyone loves (including us), just to get a rise out of people. Luckily, no one records our statements to repeat back to the world later on.
Jada Pinkett Smith seems to be taking rumors of a split from Will Smith in stride, chalking it up to the predictable cycle of celebrity gossip. “Every year, one celebrity couple is under the microscope. This year, unluckily, it’s us! I almost want to say that we should have been expecting it,” she told French magazine Gala (via the Sydney Morning Herald).
She and Will are “waiting peacefully for the storm to blow over,” she said. Which is kind of the opposite of what we would do if we were in her shoes. We’d be PDA-ing with Will all over the damn place. That’s probably just one of the reasons why she’s married to him and we’re not. Read more…
We are still fanning ourselves after watching this hilarious interview in which a pair of Australian reporters ask Zac Efron to demonstrate how he can unhook a bra with one hand. (This somehow has something to do with The Lucky One, we think.) For some reason, this is the moment in which we realize our little Troy Bolton is all growed up. And very talented. Come to think of it, Zac could probably do a nice video podcast series teaching all the men of the world some of his other useful skills, such as:
How to drop a condom on the red carpet of a children’s movie and still come off as adorable, not at all creepy.
How to “getcha” head in the game: as in, play basketball, dance, lipsynch and toss your Bieber bangs (before they WERE Bieber bangs) out of your eyes all at once.
How to play catch with a ghost.
How to date Vanessa Hudgens.
How to date Lily Collins.
How to befriend Taylor Swift without dating her and thus becoming the subject of a really sad revenge song.
Miley Cyrus has already struck out at the press for daring to suspect that the ring she wears on her left ring finger is a sign that she and Hunger Games bf Liam Hemsworth are engaged. But the folks at E! were brave enough to slip a question about those two crazy kids into their interview with Chris Hemsworth at the L.A. premiere of The Avengers last night.
“They’re, like, 21 or something,” he said. Um, wait. We know Chris is busy these days, what with reprising his role as Thor and starring in Snow White and the Huntsman and expecting a new baby with wife Elsa Pataky, but does he really not know how old his brother is? For the record, bro, Liam turned 22 in January (you know, at that penis cake party… where Demi Moore was chugging Red Bull in the corner), and Miley is 19. Anyway, their age, whatever it may be, is why he “can’t see that happening.” Read more…
Back in February, J.K. Rowling warned us that her upcoming book would be “very different to Harry,” but we’re not sure anyone was prepared for just how different she was talking about. We thought maybe more mature, since it’s for adults; perhaps more self-contained, after the exhausting process of the seven Harry Potter novels and companion books. Still, we kind of expected there to be some kind of magic or other form of entirely imaginative new world, or something wholly captivating like that. Today, her new publisher, Little Brown, announced the title and synopsis of the novel, The Casual Vacancy, and it turns out to be a story about … um … local politics?
“When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock,” reads the synopsis of the book, which hits shelves on September 27. “Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils… Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.”
It’s a “blackly comic” novel, the publisher promises. Actually, it sounds pretty good. Rowling is as skilled with developing interesting characters as she is at wizardy things, we know. And we’re sure most original Potter fans are all grown up and reading all sorts of different genres. Now, she stands to add to her empire by bringing in all the readers who steer clear of any hint of fantasy. OK. We’re happy for her being able to stretch her wings and all. But if this doesn’t work out, or even if it does, Jo, we’ll be here, hoping you can pick up that wand of yours again one day.