Did the brand new Carrie scare the crap out of you over the weekend? Or did you skip it, ’cause you’d seen the Brian de Palma original too many times? Or maybe, if you’re like me, you have never felt the need to see either version because a) you’re a scaredy cat, and b) this movie has been referenced and clipped and parodied and paid homage to so many times, that it really feels like you’ve seen it anyway. It’s even a verb: Being “Carrie’d,” as in having a bucket of blood (or other unsavory liquid) spilled on you when you’re onstage. Really, you’d think schools and theaters would have people checking the rafters more frequently for mean girls carrying suspicious pails. Anyway, if you’re chicken like me, but feel the need to talk about the movie with your horror-buff friends this Halloween season, here you have five very benign Carrie moments in pop culture:
In a cruel twist of pop culture fate, some of our most beloved movies, TV series, and musicals only exist in other movies, TV series, and musicals! From SMASH’s fictional Broadway show, Marilyn, to Scream’s delightfully meta Stab series, we rounded up our favorite shows-within-a-show — now someone get on Kickstarter and get these gems made. Read more…
Happy 55th birthday, Alec Baldwin! After a period in the showbiz wilderness (remember that voicemail), Baldwin has climbed back to the top once again with his career-defining role in 30 Rock, and appearances in recent blockbusters like The Departed, It’s Complicated, Rock Of Ages, and too many more. In honor of the most famous Baldwin’s brother’s big day (sorry Stephen), we’ve assembled his 15 greatest Baldwin-isms from throughout his career. It’s the least we could do after those pics of his daughter we posted last week…Anyhow, enjoy!
For seven seasons, 30 Rock fulfilled our most American need: “to sit on a couch talking on the phone about a TV show they’re watching based on a YouTube clip.” Well…okay, everything except the YouTube part. Now at 8:00pm EST tonight, the show draws to a close with double episodes “Hogcock!” and “Last Lunch.” We learned so much about the universe created by Tina Fey and her team of affable weirdos, from Liz’s struggle to find love to the importance of finishing your morning shower scotch. The most valuable lessons we learned, however, had to do with being famous: what to do with your new-found wealth (spend it on exotic sharks!), how to maintain your youthful glow (eating any placentas you can get your hands on!) and how to never, ever, ever go out with Mickey Rourke. A man with a catapult and a sex grill? That’s a deal breaker, ladies!
So we thought we’d round up the show’s 15 most important lessons about being a celebrity, which will be tremendously helpful if we manage to get cast in The Rural Juror 2 or Honkey Grandma Be Tripping In Jail. As Dr. Spaceman once put it, “There’s not really a name for what Tracy has. Basically, it’s erratic tendencies and delusions brought on by excessive notoriety.” Ah yes…we believe you call that fame.
It looks like Tina Fey has heard our fervent prayers and decided to bring back Salma Hayek for the series finale of 30 Rock on January 31. She already answered our prayers that both Nancy Pelosi and Ice-T be somehow included in the episode, which makes us realize we have a lot of extremely weird, hyper-specific prayers. Hayek will be returning as Jack Donaghy’s ex-girlfriend Elisa, the love interest we all known Alec Baldwin should have been with all along. So since we’re bringing back the show’s greatest guest stars, can we please request that Matt Damon return as Liz Lemon’s ex Carol? Because he is obviously who she should have ended up with all along. Please?
It’s not that we don’t like James Marsden‘s character Criss. He and Liz had a lovely, weirdo court house wedding this past November. It’s just that we don’t like James Marsden’s Criss as much as Matt Damon’s weepy, stubborn Carol. Carol and Liz were the perfect match! It’s only because Matt Damon had a bustling film career that his character couldn’t stick around. (No offense, Marsden.) We would be peeved to see Jack end up with his soulmate and Liz stuck with a partner that was not quite as perfect. Then again, apparently Julianne Moore‘s Nancy will also be popping back up in the finale episode. If Tina Fey decides to pair her with Jack and neglects to invite Damon back…well, we wash our hands of this finale entirely! You might as well forget to invite Rachel Dratch while you’re at it!
On last night’s 30 Rock, Tina Fey’s Liz Lemon marked the occasion of her City Hall wedding to Criss in the most appropriate dress possible: her Princess Leia gown, complete with side buns. The groom then matched her gown perfectly by presenting her with a knuckle duster from a nearby police auction. True love!
This morning, however, we were even more tickled to discover that Kim Kardashian displayed her own take on space-age white while opening a Million Milkshakes store in Kuwait yesterday. We’re not sure if flashing all that skin was right for the setting, but we still think the dress is kind of Star Trek-ishly adorkable, with its weird cuffs, armor-like shoulders and gold belt.
We also like the idea of pitting these two unlikely opponents against each other, so we ask you, readers…
[Photos: NBC, Milkshakes786 YouTube channel]
Tina Fey is on fire these days. And by that we mean, she’s hot. Best-dressed at the Emmys, super sexy in vintage Versace at the SAG Awards this year and not to mention that orange Oscar de la Renta last year … she just keeps getting better and better. We literally wanted to get up and applaud her EW cover recreating Audrey Hepburn‘s iconic look from Breakfast At Tiffany’s, but y’know, with that extra Tina edge. The cover and interview is an homage to 30 Rock which will sadly wrap up early next year of which Fey says, “ “I think it will be hard.” But she does give up a heads up of what to expect from the show before it ends. Matthew Broderick will return as Cooter — remember the episode? There will also be a “sexual awakening” for Liz Lemon, Fey’s character on the show, which we can’t wait to see. And lastly, and this has us most intrigued, a Skype conversation between Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin‘s character) and Ann Romney’s horse Rafalca. Don’t leave us, 30 Rock! She also mentions she’s open to another TV show, which gives us that necessary glimmer of hope.
[Photos via Entertainment Weekly, Movie Poster]
I consider myself a veteran Honey Boo Boo Child fan, frantically cutting together this montage the morning after her amazing, hysterical, breakout Toddlers & Tiaras episode. Since then, the Go-Go-Juiced sassafrass [legal, rarely-heard name: Alana Holler], along with her coupon-cutting mamma June and daddy Sugar Bear, have scored their own reality series that infamously garnered more viewers than the RNC and has spawned catchphrases like “You Betta Redneckognize!” In light of the show’s success, Honey Boo Boo’s veering more and more into the mainstream with a recent, hilarious interview on Anderson Live and a sketch featured on SNL‘s Weekend Update, starring Vanessa Bayer and Bobby Moynihan.
Love ‘em or hate ‘em, this family isn’t going anywhere. The only natural step is a featured role for Boo Boo on one of television’s hottest Emmy-nominated shows. Right? No? Whatever, let us dream.
Show: Downton Abbey
Character Summary: Lady Mary enters the Big Sister program and is assigned to Alana, or as she will be known on the show, “Lady Boo Boo.”
Character Summary: Alana and her belly become a key element in Carrie Mathison’s case against Brody.
Every time we begin to think Tracy Jordan is really just an exaggerated character Tracy Morgan plays on 30 Rock, he turns around and demonstrates that truth is still even stranger (and more extravagant) than fiction. He showed up at the New York premiere of Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour earlier this week wearing the ultimate Michael Jackson tribute, a $20,000 replica of one of the King of Pop’s jackets.
“I was trying to wait for Pacquiao-Mayweather [to wear this], but that ain’t gonna happen, so this is appropriate. This is a Michael Jackson thing!” he told VH1 News, showing of the Swarovski crystal-studded masterpiece. He told us it had 150 crystals, but later clarified to GQ.com that it’s actually 200,000 and made by Leo Velazquez after the jacket MJ wore to his 30th anniversary concert in 2001.
In the latest issue of Vanity Fair, James Wolcott points out what a great time it is for female characters on TV. From Downton Abbey to 30 Rock, our screens are filled with complex, strong, flawed women that reflect real life as much as they entertain us. And also, as the VF cover and photo spread demonstrate, a lot of the actresses portraying those great characters also happen to be smoking hot. We at the Fab Life pride ourselves on being solid feminists as much as we love being shallow, so this is the perfect way to combine those interests: Making you (seriously, we’ll put toothpicks in your eyelids if you disobey) look at the 10 brainiest beauties, or the 10 most beautiful brainiacs, on TV right now, and then forcing you to vote for your favorite. Are you an avid follower of Kalinda Sharma’s ass-kicking investigative techniques on The Good Wife? Were you rooting for Lady Sybil to ditch her parents AND her chauffeur suitor and run off to become a doctor? Aren’t you sure that Sterling Cooper Draper Price would crumble without Joanie’s capable guidance? Peruse the gallery, add to your DVR queue, and get to voting. Poll ends on Monday at 2 p.m. ET.
[Photos: Showtime, Fox, CBS]