16 Celebrities Slay Sexist Questions

Most of us working stiffs look at celebrities lives and wish we had some aspect of their status and/or money. I have day dreamed about having some of their glamorous possessions; fancy vacations, clothes and professional makeup artists they employ that make them look flawless. As nice as it would be to have some of these things, I am often reminded how shitty it would be to have their life. Celebrities trade their private life in for their career, opening themselves up to objectification and being asked any and all personal questions reporters can think of. Both male and female actors are subject to intense, and unfair, scrutiny. Though there are a crap ton of examples of this happening, I have compiled some of the best responses to these asshole reporters and their dumb ass, sexist, questions. Continue reading 16 Celebrities Slay Sexist Questions

Into The Woods: Great if You Like Woods

Into the WoodsThis is a rave review for a movie that a lot of people did not like. It’s based on a musical I loved that a number of people did not like. The music was composed by a genius who leaves a lot of people cold. Such is the magic and mixed reviews of INTO THE WOODS.

     Here are the three biggest complaints I hear from people about the movie: 1) It’s too long. 2)  It’s too short.  (They cut stuff out.) 3) There is too much singing (it is a musical… shocking)

Several songs from the musical were absent from the movie (notably the reprise of “Agony”) but a Broadway production can last more than 2 ½. And there’s an intermission in there too. Gone are the days that a motion picture features an intermission. (Gone with the wind) So trims had to be made. Composer Stephen Sondheim wrote an original song for the movie and even that got tossed. There goes the Oscar.
The length issue usually stems from the second act suddenly turning very dark. If you’re not on board with that creative choice you’re in for a squirmy forty minutes. If you want a happy ending, don’t stay until the end.

SIDE NOTE: In the musical, act one ends with everyone seemingly living happily ever after. Act two spins all that on its head. When the musical was first tried out in San Diego, people thought the end of the first act was the end of the show. Sondheim himself had to go out to the parking lot every night and tell people to go back to the theater, there was more.

Sondheim’s music is intricate and I have to say that for me, personally, there are times when I’m awestruck by his work and other times when there are songs I do not like very much. And then a song like “No One Is Alone” comes along and he tears my heart out like no other song has.

In the case of the movie version of INTO THE WOODS, none of the basic complaints bothered me. I knew the story going in; I knew it was more song heavy than most musicals, so those weren’t concerns.  

But I had my own trepidations before seeing the film. I always hate that studios insist movie stars be cast in musicals, even if they’re not as good or as right as the Broadway cast. Russell Crowe in LES MIS…. seriously? And I saw that Meryl Streep was playing the witch. Of course she was. Hollywood thinks Meryl Streep can just do anything. Who cares if she can sing? Her singing in Mama Mia, though not bad by any means, was also not overly impressive. But you know what? She can sing. Beautifully. And she found just the right tone of humor and heartbreak. She made every moment work. Damn her. She CAN do anything. Her voice knocked me over.

Into the woods castThe rest of the cast was equally sparkling. Emily Blunt – wow. Anna Kendrick – give me her over Anne Hathaway. James Corden – what the hell is he doing giving up a movie career that’s about to take off to do a late night talk show on CBS? Chris Pine – a pleasantly decent musical comedy surprise. Tracey Ullman – another one who has so much talent and skill that she can do whatever she feels like.

The other concern I always have going into film adaptations of musicals is how weird it sounds when people on screen just break into song. On the stage there is a certain theatricality that allows you to buy it, but the harsh reality of being in the real world in movies often turns the film into something awkward really fast. The badass Sharks and Jets singing show tunes and pirouetting in WEST SIDE STORY looked ridiculous.

But since INTO THE WOODS is set in a fantasy world, the singing felt organic. I bought it. And the fact that I love the songs themselves also helped I’m sure.stars.png

I find the storyline brilliant. There is so much underneath the clever narrative about parenting and relationships and abandonment. Witches can be right. Giants can be good.

     Rob Marshall, who did an amazing job of adapting CHICAGO for the screen, was the perfect director for this project. And James Lapine, who wrote the libretto did the screenplay. What a concept – letting the writer who best understands the material write the movie.

     So I loved the film.  And I recommend it… to people predisposed to love it too.  

Awesomely Random Celebrity Facts You Didn’t Know

We know so much about the lives and movements of celebrities. There are magazines and news shows dedicated to keeping its audience up to date on the circulating news and gossip… we’re kinda creepy in that way. But instead of gossip, I like to inform readers about the cool and random things about them that strip away all the millions they have and make them relateable.
1. Matthew McConaughey: 

     Along with donating money to help rebuild New Orleans, McConaughey rescued pets stranded during the flooding after hurricane Katrina. A year later he rescued a cat in LA that two youths had set on fire– I also hope he proceeded to kick those teens asses.
2. Jake & Maggie Gyllenhaal:
     The siblings are not only good actors, but they are also apparently descendants of the Swedish noble Gyllenhaal family. Yup, apparently these bitches are actually legit nobles! The prefix of the family surname, Gyllen, means golden and was given to soldiers who were made nobles during the 17th century in Sweden.
3. Sam Mendes & Kate Winslet 
      Sam Mendes had been scheduled to fly on the American Airlines flight 77 on September 11, 2001. This plane was hijacked by terrorists and flown into the Pentagon. A month later, his then wife, Kate Winslet was flying with her daughter Mia when a passenger stood up mid flight, claiming to be a terrorist and began threatening peoples lives on board. The plane had to make an emergency landing before the man could be arrested. As a result of these incidents, the then couple, both when they were married and now, will never fly together to ensure that they do not leave their children parentless.
4. Johnny Depp
     Depp suffers from Coulrophobia, a severe fear of clowns. “I have this terrible fear of clowns, so I think that if I surround myself with them, it will ward off evil.” — Clowns are just creepy evil or not, whoever decided they were appropriate for kids parties was high.
5. Rihanna:
  Rihanna was an army cadet that trained with the Barbadian army. Her fellow singer Shontelle was her drill sergeant. –I always knew that Rihanna was badass.
6. Mila Kunis
     Kunis was born in Chernivtsi Ukraine. At the time Ukraine was still part of the USSR (the official Soviet Union.) Kunis knew absolutely no English, only Russian, when her family moved to America after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Still to this day she speaks fluent Russian and does all the translations for her movie interviews in Russia for her and her cast members.
7. Michael Fassbender:
     Fassbender served as an altar boy at his local church while growing up in Ireland. –Hopefully his Priest never saw the movie “Shame.” Fassbender would have had some confessing to do!
8. Joaquin Phoenix
     Phoenix spent most of his childhood traveling around South America with his family. His parents were part of a religious cult called “The Children of God.” They eventually became disillusioned with the practices and settled in LA. — This explains so much!

9. Christian Bale:

     Bales mother was a circus clown. The actor said that his first kiss ended up being with an acrobat named Barta. — That is so awesomely random.

10. Jack Nicholson:
     Nicholson’s sister was actually his mother, and his parents were actually his grandparents. After Jacks mother got pregnant, her parents offered to raise the child as their own so his real mother could pursue a career in dancing. Now it makes sense why Nicholson is on drugs all the time. — Also side note, did you know that this is the same situation in which Ted Bundy (one of the most infamous serial killers of all time) was raised.
11. Emma Stone:
     Stone convinced  her parents to let her take up acting by showing them a power point presentation. –I would love to know what she had on those slides that convinced them.

12. Rebel Wilson:

  While in South Africa for a year, Wilson contracted malaria and hallucinated that she was an award winning actress. This convinced her that she should pursue an acting career.
13. Jennifer Lawrence:
     For her role in “Winters Bone” Lawrence actually learnt how to skin squirrels. –You just never know when you might need that skill later in life.
14. Emily Blunt:
     Blunt had a terrible stutter as a child into her early teens. She went to countless speech coaches, relaxation coaches and even doctors to try and rectify the problem. It wasn’t until her school drama teacher suggested that she play her role in the school production with a different accent that the stuttering stopped. “I distanced myself through this character, and it was so freeing that my stuttering stopped while onstage. It was really a miracle.”

15. Daniel Radcliffe
At age 11 Daniel Radcliffe found out that he had got the part of Harry Potter. He recounts his rather tame celebration at the life changing news “I was in the bath when I found out. And then I was allowed to stay up an extra half hour to watch tv.” –Woah, calm down there big fella, don’t party too hard!