Former Sonic Youth star Kim Gordon has hit out at Lana Del Rey for shunning feminism. The veteran rocker cited an interview with the Video Games hitmaker in The Fader magazine in which she stated, "Whenever people bring up feminism, I'm like, god. I'm just not really that interested."
Gordon slammed Del Rey, real name Elizabeth Grant, for her lack of support for the issue and takes aim at the pop star's sex life.
In her memoir Girl in a Band, Gordon writes, "Today we have someone like Lana Del Rey, who doesn't even know what feminism is, who believes it means women can do whatever they want, which, in her world, tilts towards self-destruction, whether it's sleeping with gross older men or being a transient biker queen.
"Equal pay and equal rights would be nice. Naturally, it's just a persona. If she really truly believes it's beautiful when young musicians go out on a hot flame of drugs and depression, why doesn't she just off herself?"
Girl in a Band is to be released on 24 February (15).
"The funny thing is that our relationship did work. She's still my best friend. The sex bit probably fizzled out, but now she's my absolute best friend and the number one person I call in a crisis." Hugh Grant is still close to ex-girlfriend Elizabeth Hurley. The couple split in 2000 after 13 years together.
Stars including Elizabeth Hurley, Hugh Grant, Stephen Fry and Douglas Booth have thrown their support behind a campaign to help homeless war veterans. The actors took to their social media accounts to encourage fans to donate to the Christmas Appeal, which will help former U.K. military personnel and their families who are struggling with housing issues.
A message posted by the stars on Twitter.com reads, "Those who served their country now need their country to serve them. Donate now to the #HomelessVeterans appeal."
Funds raised will be split between ABF The Soldiers' Charity and Veterans Aid charities.
Stars including Hugh Grant, Elizabeth Hurley and Damian Lewis have shown their sporting spirit by reciting a new poem penned in support of England's World Cup soccer team. In a clip posted on video sharing website YouTube.com, the celebrities join members of the British public in the video montage to read lines from poet Henry Birtles' composition That Time Again.
Birtles, who also appears in the video, is known for writing horse racing-themed poems and uses the name The Racing Poet.
He previously recruited Lewis to read his poem Harvest in Westminster Abbey in 2013 and was asked by Hurley and her former boyfriend Shane Warne to write and recite a poem about the Ashes cricket series for a fundraiser to launch the sporting event last year (13).
The England soccer team play their first game of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil against Italy on Saturday (14Jun14).
Hollywood publicist John Blanchette has died at the age of 68. Blanchette passed away on 4 March (14) in Santa Monica, California, following a brief battle with blood condition myelodysplastic syndrome.
Over the years, he represented celebrities such as Michael Jackson, Bob Hope, Cary Grant, Debbie Reynolds, Shirley MacLaine, Halle Berry, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bryan Cranston.
He also served as actress Zsa Zsa Gabor's publicist for 30 years, and most notably in 2012, updated media outlets about her condition after she was hospitalised with high-blood pressure following the death of her friend and neighbour Elizabeth Taylor.
Blanchette, who was also the owner and president of his own PR firm, Blanchette & Associates Public Relations, also did film publicity for movies such as Il Postino: The Postman, Shine, L.A. Confidential, Argo and Behind the Candelabra.
British royal Prince Harry, U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron and actor Richard E. Grant were among those who turned out to remember Nelson Mandela at a memorial service in London on Monday (03Mar14). The civil rights icon died in December (13) aged 95, and he was remembered at a service at London's Westminster Abbey on Monday.
More than 2,000 mourners turned out, including actor Grant, Prince Harry, who represented his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II at the service, and the U.K.'s current leader Cameron, as well as former Prime Ministers Sir John Major and Gordon Brown.
Other attendees included Mandela's daughter Zenani and South African activist Desmond Tutu, who spoke during the service.
The memorial ended with a rendition of South Africa's national anthem. A special stone will be laid in Mandela's honour at Westminster Abbey.
British model/actress Elizabeth Hurley has called in her lawyers to deal with allegations suggesting she romanced former U.S. President Bill Clinton. The Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery beauty hit the headlines on Wednesday (05Feb14) after editors at gossip blog RadarOnline.com published shocking claims suggesting Hurley had been engaged in a year-long affair with the world leader in the late 1990s.
The 48 year old, who had been dating actor Hugh Grant for 13 years until their split in 2000, has blasted the report, and revealed her intentions to sue.
Taking to her Twitter.com page, she writes, "Ludicrously silly stories about me & Bill Clinton. Totally untrue. In the hands of my lawyers. Yawn".
Representatives for Clinton, who famously engaged in a sexual relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, have yet to comment on the latest controversy, sparked by actor Tom Sizemore, who claimed he helped set Clinton and Hurley up on a date at the White House in a taped interview, obtained by editors at U.S. tabloid the Globe.
"The horse's mouth is pouring ridicule on the absurd new stories re me being romantically involved again with my ex, Hugh. Total fiction." British model/actress Elizabeth Hurley shuts down reports suggesting she has rekindled her romance with actor Hugh Grant following her split from fiance Shane Warne in December (13). She dated the Notting Hill star from 1987 to 2000 and they remain close friends.
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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Who is Maurissa Tancharoen? She's an executive producer (along with writing partner-cum-husband, Jed Whedon) on ABC's Avengers spin-off, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Long story short? She's awesome, and here's why:
5. She played Kilo, the spitfire active on Dollhouse. She only made a few brief cameo appearances, but they were all extremely memorable – in one episode, she tells off Fran Kranz's Topher Brink, saying, "How do you wanna straight up lie to my face, white boy? You told me you were takin' me on a treatment; I ain't got time for no nerd convention." She's got sass to spare, that's for sure.
4. In her youth, she was part of an early '90s multicultural girls' R&B group called "Pretty in Pink." Enough said.
3. If you like her music, you'll love her rendition of "Sigh No More" (music by Joss Whedon, lyrics by William Shakespeare) which she sings along with husband Jed Whedon in my favorite film of the year, Much Ado About Nothing.
2. She co-wrote and appeared in nerd masterpiece Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. She played a Captain Hammer groupie, with this memorable lyric about Penny, Captain Hammer's altruistic girlfriend: "they say she works with the homeless, and doesn't eat meat – we have a problem with her." Yeah, I'd have a problem with her, too.
1. As if being a co-creator of Dr. Horrible wasn't enough, she also wrote this awesome commentary on the lack of Asian roles in film and TV. "Nobody's Asian in the Movies" unpacks difficult (and oft-unspoken) issues of racism and tokenization. It's especially interesting when you look at Joss Whedon's not-so-stellar diversity track record – before Tancharoen came along, he produced 12 episodes of a series based largely off of Chinese culture without featuring even one Asian character. I love Firefly, but dude: not cool. In contrast to Firefly's issues (heresy, I know), it's nice to see Tancharoen ushering in Asian and Asian-American actors to primetime TV.