The first poster for Girls' third season was released by HBO today, and it doesn't hold many clues for the season ahead, as Jessa still looks bored, Hannah is posing a little too hard, Shosh is effusive and Marnie is equally so, but a little fake. Perhaps a notable observation is that the boys, Ray and Adam, are also included on this poster, continuing the smart move last season to bring them aboard as full members of the ensemble with ongoing storylines of their own.
The new tagline, "Happily Whatever After," probably shouldn't be read into too deeply, but it does reinfornce what we already know about season 3. This is a season about fallout — how Marnie deals with the finality of her breakup with Charlie, how Hannah proceeds into adulthood after getting a book deal, how Shoshanna moves on from her first sexual relationship, and Jessa comes to terms with how much of an unfeeling jerk she is kind of all the time.
Whatever the context, it's still exciting to see what's next for Lena Dunham and the rest of the Girls crew, who return to HBO on January 12, 2014.
Remember when Miley Cyrus had long hair, sang country-tinged pop songs, and graced our TV’s as Hannah Montana? That was certainly a long time ago.
But it wasn't too long ago when we could find Miss Cyrus maintaining those first two practices. Pre-bleach blonde buzz cut Miley covered a few great songs beautifully – first came Bob Dylan’s "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go," then James Shelton’s "Lilac Wine," and then Melanie Safka’s "Look What They've Done To My Song, Ma." And now, Cyrus has just released another number that she had recorded last summer during “Backyard Sessions.”
Cyrus and her band covered her godmother Dolly Parton’s “Jolene,” and the soulful, gorgeous, minimalistic take on the 1974 hit is quite unlike the Miley we’ve been seeing lately. First of all, she’s fully clothed, and there are no naked strippers or pole dancers in sight. The acoustic version of the song is lacking in the thumping bass her collaboration with DJ Borgore uses so freely. Cyrus sings barefoot, swaying with the song, and reminds us that she truly is an artist when you strip away all the scandal, makeup, outlandish outfits and antics and background noise.
While this is a refreshing look at the teen star, it only makes us more curious about her upcoming album, which is being produced by Pharrell Williams. The album is being described as unlike anything she’s done before.
"Her sound right now is her personality," Williams told MTV. "That's what we've been aiming for in the studio and that's what's been coming out and that's what's been sounding so interesting. Her voice is a very powerful one - you just have to hear it to know that and to understand it. It's nowhere near what it is that you think."
We're going to assume that means her new album will be more along the lines of "Decisions" and less like this "Jolene" cover. Watch the vintage Miley Cyrus below, and hit the comments with your predictions about her upcoming album:
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Teen star Miley Cyrus suffered a major wardrobe malfunction by accidentally flashing a breast as she dashed across a road to meet a pal. The former Hannah Montana actress was running barefoot along a street near her home in Toluca Lake, Los Angeles earlier this week (beg21May12) when her baggy, cut-out top fell forward, exposing her bra-less chest.
The embarrassed star quickly realised she was showing off more than she intended and was snapped clutching her hand across her front to preserve her modesty.
Douglas McGrath’s new movie I Don’t Know How She Does It is based off of Allison Pearson’s wildly successful novel of the same name that was on The New York Times’ hardcover bestseller list for 23 weeks. Both mediums focus on the complicated life of Kate Reddy (played by an I'll admit it enjoyably perky Sarah Jessica Parker in the movie) who is the woman all working mothers want to be: smart determined and fiercely passionate about doing everything she can to balance her family with her high profile job at an investment banking firm. She’s the mom who’s thoughtful enough to try and distort a store-bought cherry pie with a rolling pin so it looks more homemade for her daughter’s bake sale and the one who finds joy in searching for a clean blouse that doesn’t have the marshmallows from her son’s Rice Krispies Treats soaked into it. Of course Kate dreads leaving her children each day but she loves her job very much and allows herself to part ways with them by concentrating on the belief that one day they’ll understand how much she genuinely wanted to go to work. And while it’s clear the movie’s goal is to humorously depict the lives of women who work and have families it shockingly shies away from ending the still-popular belief that women are best "pregnant barefoot and in the kitchen."
Within the first minute of the movie the fourth wall is broken -- and continues to break throughout the movie -- and several of Kate’s colleagues and friends verify that Kate is an outstanding mother and a supremely productive member of the work force (which was pretty unnecessary considering how we were just going to see all of Kate's talents anyway). Her friend Allison (played by Christina Hendricks) opens up a bit more than the others and unveils that even though Kate's totally great she really wasn't doing very well with her responsibilities last winter. Then we flash back three months and watch as Kate goes from being an unnoticed employee at her Boston firm to writing a proposal and catching the interest of Jack Abelhammer (Pierce Brosnan) at the branch’s New York office. Jack is enthusiastic about Kate’s ideas and decides he wants to take the proposal and present it to a major client which excites Kate because it would be great for her career. However the problem is the proposal needs a lot of work before it can be shown to anybody and Jack is careful to ask if Kate is comfortable traveling between Boston and New York and working day and night for two months until the whole thing is finished. In the back of her mind she knows she should be spending heaps more time with her family instead of agreeing to take on more responsibilities at work but she decides to do it anyway because as the saying goes “if it ain’t hard it ain’t worth it.”
So Kate and her assistant Momo (played by a finally enjoyable Olivia Munn) begin working overtime. She spends three days a week in New York and the other four days glued to her computer in Boston. When she does make plans with her kids to do something like build a snowman she ends up flaking out because something happens at the last minute regarding the proposal and she needs to drop everything to go work on it with Jack in New York. As angry as the kids are with their mom Kate’s husband Richard (Greg Kinnear) is even angrier because since his wife is away and working all the time he becomes the caregiver by default.
Now here’s where things get a little dicey: Richard is an unemployed architect and so I was surprised to watch him give his wife so much grief for working to keep their cute children fed. However the audience is supposed to understand where he’s coming from: we’re supposed to applaud Richard’s courage to make Kate feel guilty for being with Abelhammer instead of with her kids and we’re supposed to take his side as he repeatedly tries to convince her that she should be ashamed of putting her work ahead of her family. We're supposed to figure out that Richard feels bad for not working and understand that when he's screaming at Kate for having a job he's really just venting about how frustrated he is that he's unemployed. And here’s where the movie has the opportunity to open up and blossom and be symbolic of how a woman should never have to apologize for having a career. Exactly here is where the movie should have stretched out its wings and showed Kate yelling from the top of her lungs about how unfair it is that women are frowned upon for having a job and a family whereas it’s completely fine for men to have both. But instead of defending herself like that Kate responded to her husband’s grievances by bowing her head down and acknowledging that she’s wrong for working so hard for being away from her children for making bad choices and for making her husband’s life harder. But the thing is that she hasn’t made bad choices! She’s made all the right ones because her husband doesn’t work! The point is McGrath had the opportunity to really emphasize how men with families and women with families are treated differently in the workplace -- but he ended up depicting how dangerous it is to be a woman with a job because it means that one day her husband might resent her and make her apologize for it. And so instead of significantly expanding upon Pearson's efforts to level the ground for women with children in the workplace McGrath (rather confusingly) stopped just short of following her lead.
In a new interview with People, Jennifer Aniston "swears" she's happy and that the biggest misconception we have about her is that she's unhappy. She says, "I think people honestly just want to see me as a mom and married and barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen. And I just want to say, 'Everybody, relax! It's going to happen." I'd love it if someone from Vogue just slid their head out from under their beach umbrella for a second and said, "actually, you're pretty fucking miserable." - People
Now that Olivia Wilde is single, she plans to "sow her wild oats" because she got married when she was 18. So let's step back and let her buy some dirty magazines and cigarettes in peace. - US
Heidi Montag is actively pursuing a spot on the next season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. This is great because the last time we saw her on a series she was in the wilderness with Janice Dickinson, asking us to get her out of there because she was a celebrity and her boobs were a relatively normal size. You know she walked into a casting meeting and said, "I'm great for this because I'm grieving the loss of my plastic surgeon." - Radar
Justin Bieber tweeted Will Smith saw his new movie, Never Say Never, and he said, "I know movies and that's a hit movie." Okay, Bagger Vance. - Twitter
Over the last few weeks, we've seen Conan eroticize a sponge while washing his new desk and driving a car off a cliff in promos that are meant to psych us up for the November 8th death of Jay Leno. We've also watched a blimp fly over Philadelphia for a while, which was cool because trying to get your blimp fix from a fat cat just isn't the same. But we still don't know too many concrete details yet, like what Conan's set looks like or who his first guest will be. We did, however, just learn that the band will officially be Jimmy Vivino and the Basic Cable Band.
Clearly, while we were busy fawning over LaBamba in the popular sketch, "In the Year 3000," Jimmy Vivino was associate directing the music, arranging, guitaring and vocalizing for both Late Night with Conan O'Brien and The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien, and otherwise running around making people sign their names in blood that on Conan's next show, the band would be in his name. Under his reign is Scott Healy on keyboard, Mike Merrit on bass, Mark Pender on trumpet, Richie "LaBamba" Rosenberg on trombone, and James Wormworth on drums. (You'll remember that whenever Max Weinberg was sluttin' it up with Bruce Springsteen and acting upon the sexual deviance that Conan so frequently referenced, Wormworth would sub for him and he'd play the drums in his bare feet quite innocently. But unlike Max, Vivino sounds like the kind of guy who hates pictures of weimaraners in human clothing, which means Wormworth's barefoot preference might be nixed. But if there's ever a place for indisposed drumming to exist that's not Matthew McConaughey's house, it's on basic cable.
So congrats to the new band! We anxiously await your mini-concerts and you're scripted interactions with Conan about Kanye West and his devious invention of the carbon dioxide-producing tree. The research for which, no doubt, Jimmy Vivino has funded.