When it comes to wildly anticipated films like 50 Shades of Grey, casting rumors can drag on for months upon months. We’ve heard everyone from Alex Pettyfer to Tom Hardy mentioned for the movie’s male lead Christian Grey. (Our pants have currently settled on Ian Somerhalder as the hoped-for favorite.) As for who should land the part of Anastasia Steele, every brunette A-lister from Kristen Stewart to Emmy Rossum had gotten a mention. At least the rumors about potential Anastasia can stop today, because we just heard the best one of all: Don’t Trust the B—- In Apt. 23‘s Krysten Ritter. Cancel all the other auditions! It’s just going to be a waste of everyone’s time!
Everyone who knows Ritter’s oeuvre knows she can play anything from conniving sociopath to dim-witted teen to sweetheart vampire; there is no way she wouldn’t nail a role this juicy. Krysten helped boost the rumor earlier this morning by retweeting it, declaring “Thanks! i would be down. ;)” Now, we all know sometimes rumors are just planted by a celeb’s publicist to drum up Internet support. If that’s the case with Krysten…then consider us drummed! Get E.L. James on the phone and tell her how drummed we are!
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“You know that best-selling book everyone loves? I haven’t read it,” says a female cyclist in Citibank’s “Dedication” ad airing during the Olympics. Except, wrong. According to Australia’s Herald Sun (via the Daily Mail), the Aussie ladies’ swim team has been making time in their schedule for that book everyone loves, Fifty Shades of Grey.
“Most of the swimming girls are reading Fifty Shades of Grey. We’re all talking about it,” said Alicia Coutts, who so far has a gold for the 4x100m freestyle relay, silvers for the 4×200 freestyle relay and the 200m IM, and a bronze for the 100m butterfly. She said her manager recommended the E.J. James book to her, and now she and her teammates use it to relax.
Every year, Time does a pretty decent job combining pop culture personalities with businesspeople and super important political types for their 100 Most Influential People list, and this year is no exception. We’ll let you read about Hillary Clinton and Anthony Kennedy on your own time. We’re going to recap the people on the list who have some pretty hefty influence on these very blog pages. Here’s how they rank — in our expert opinion of ourselves — and why:
22. Tim Cook: For being Steve Jobs’ successor as CEO of Apple, from whom we will be buying lots of things until the end of time, even though we are still PC people.
21. Marc Andreessen: For being the co-creator of the first widely used web browser (Mosaic), who now owns part of, like every social media platform we use. So, thanks!
20. Walter Isaacson: One more geeky entry here for the Steve Jobs biography, since every other person we know has been reading it.
19. Louis C.K.: For being one of the most consistently funny people on TV and Web ever.
18. Jeremy Lin: Not necessarily for what he’s done for the Knicks as much as for what he’s done for punny headlines and tweets.
17. Raphael Saadiq: For making old-school soul so now.
16. Tim Tebow: For being the suspected football boyfriend of every “good” girl in Hollywood. And maybe now New York, too?
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