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When Taylor Swift’s music video for “Wildest Dreams” debuted during the MTV Video Music Awards, I wondered if the uncomfortable undertones of British Colonialism would ping the Internet’s controversy radar. It took a few days, but it finally happened. And — as always with a thorny issue like white imperialism — the lines were drawn in deep in the sand. On NPR, native Kenyan and Ugandan authors Viviane Rutabingwa and James Kassaga Arinaitwe discussed the sting of seeing the fantasy of white colonial Africa play out yet again. Swift has played dress-up in loosely defined historical time periods before. “Love Story” ostensibly takes place in medieval times while “Mean” oscillates between Vaudeville and the 1950s. So without any context — thanks public education! — for exactly how much the pop culture ideal of early 20th-century Africa is whitewashed, the glamour of playing Elizabeth Taylor Light™ in an “exotic” location probably (egregiously) seemed like harmless fun. »
- Donna Dickens
Shaking it off is so yesterday. Taylor Swift's "Wildest Dreams" director, Joseph Kahn, is reacting to the accusation that the music video is glamorizing a white colonial Africa head-on. "This is not a video about colonialism but a love story on the set of a period film crew in Africa, 1950," Kahn, 42, said in a statement, via NPR. "The video is based on classic Hollywood romances like Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, as well as classic movies like The African Queen, Out of Africa, and The [...] »
Are you ready for Taylor Swift's new (sure-to-be) chart-topping video? Trick question! You can't be ready for this desert safari-themed adventure, costarring Scott Eastwood. The new video premiered before the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday and basically rocked everyone's socks right off. Check it out now to see Swift as a pseudo-Elizabeth Taylor, alongside a ridiculously sexy (yet not shirtless enough) Eastwood. »
Greta Garbo movie 'The Kiss.' Greta Garbo movies on TCM Greta Garbo, a rarity among silent era movie stars, is Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” performer today, Aug. 26, '15. Now, why would Garbo be considered a silent era rarity? Well, certainly not because she easily made the transition to sound, remaining a major star for another decade. Think Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, William Powell, Fay Wray, Marie Dressler, Wallace Beery, John Barrymore, Warner Baxter, Janet Gaynor, Constance Bennett, etc. And so much for all the stories about actors with foreign accents being unable to maintain their Hollywood stardom following the advent of sound motion pictures. A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer star, Garbo was no major exception to the supposed rule. Mexican Ramon Novarro, another MGM star, also made an easy transition to sound, and so did fellow Mexicans Lupe Velez and Dolores del Rio, in addition to the very British »
- Andre Soares
Last week we saw some set photos from American Horror Story: Hotel featuring Lady Gaga’s Countess [see here], and now the first official images from the fifth season of the anthology horror series have arrived online,
See Also: Two teasers for American Horror Story: Hotel
Thanks to EW, we’ve also got a few plot and character details:
Built in 1930 by the rich and charming but deeply psychotic James March (Evan Peters), the beautiful art-deco hotel is, in actuality, a labyrinthine structure built to hide March’s murderous activities (think dead ends, secret rooms, endless shafts). In present day, though, the Cortez is acquired by Gaga’s Countess, a glamorous socialite who attends art openings and fashion shows and maintains her looks not from a steady diet of kale but from imbibing human blood. The Countess is also insatiable when it comes to love and sex, which sets up a macabre love triangle between her, »
- Gary Collinson
Everyone knows James Dean. Like Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Lucille Ball, and John Wayne, his is a name that does and will live in enigmatic infamy. But there was a time, if you can believe it, when Dean was still an “unknown actor” whose star had yet to rise and break many, many hearts along the way. Anton Corbijn’s “Life,” the first trailer for which is finally in, looks to chronicle some of the earliest days of James Dean (played by dead ringer Dane DeHaan)’s career. Particularly, the time when a Life Magazin »
From booty shots to nude pregnancy pics, we’ve seen Kim Kardashian from every angle. But for her latest spread in Violet Grey magazine’s The Violet Files, she’s finally showing off more than just her voluptuous figure. Legendary makeup artist Pat McGrath was tasked with transforming the most popular Kardashian into Elizabeth Taylor – specifically, into Elizabeth Taylor as "Cleopatra" in the 1963 film. McGrath says her goal was to draw a parallel between one of the most famous women in pop culture today with the Hollywood icon. "Elizabeth Taylor’s makeup in Cleopatra has been reacted countless times, but for Kim, I wanted to create a version that has never been done before – a futuristic 3D version," McGrath tells the mag. "I wanted to portray a luxurious decadence by using elements of ornate facial jewelry constructed into shapes that pay homage to Egyptian culture, and of course, to the »
- tooFab Staff
Kim Kardashian is channeling her idol. The 34-year-old beauty, who is expecting her second child with husband Kanye West, appears in Violet Grey's magazine, The Violet Files, latest cover story for which renowned makeup artist Pat McGrath transformed the Keeping Up With the Kardashians stunner into Elizabeth Taylor's iconic character from the 1963 film, Cleopatra. "Elizabeth Taylor's makeup in Cleopatra has been reacted countless times, but for Kim I wanted to create a version that has never been done before, a futuristic 3D version," McGrath told the publication. "I wanted to portray a luxurious decadence by using elements of ornate »
Bow down! Kim Kardashian landed the latest virtual cover of Violet Grey's The Violet Files rocking one of her boldest beauty looks to date—but in fact, she's not the focus. The soon-to-be second-time mom, 34, played model to celeb makeup artist Pat McGrath, who used the reality star's face as a canvas to reimagine Elizabeth Taylor's unforgettable Cleopatra eye makeup. "Elizabeth Taylor's makeup in Cleopatra has been recreated countless times, but for Kim I wanted to create a version that has never been done before, a futuristic 3D version," [...] »
Now that we know American Horror Story: Hotel will premiere on October 7th on FX, it's time to get to know the characters and inspiration of this season. At FX's Television Critics Assn. press event today, Entertainment Weekly reported what cast and crew members had to say about the new chapter of the horror anthology series. [Spoiler warning: key character details ahead.]
Ryan Murphy revealed that the decision to set this season in a hotel was influenced by the tragic and shocking 2013 death at Los Angeles' Cecil Hotel, when a woman was recorded acting strangely in an elevator before being found drowned in a sealed water tank on the hotel’s roof two weeks later.
Murphy also mentioned that Ahs: Hotel will take place in downtown L.A., so don't expect to see a rural bed and breakfast.
Also on hand at the event was Sarah Paulson, who stated that her character, Sally, is a »
- Derek Anderson
As “American Horror Story” fans know, Lady Gaga is set to join this season of the anthology series. “Ahs” creator Ryan Murphy revealed some juicy details about the nature of her character at today’s TCA (Television Critics Association) press tour. First, it looks as though Gaga -- who begins shooting on Monday -- will be making her way around some of the “Ahs” players…in the biblical sense. Okay, she’s not going to make out with the Whole cast. However, when asked how Lgbt themes would play out in “American Horror Story: Hotel”, Murphy said, "Well Dennis O’Hare’s character is named Elizabeth Taylor, so that falls into that category…Also, Lady Gaga plays a character who has relationships with Matt (Bomer), and Angela (Bassett), and Cheyenne (Jackson).” As to the nature of her character, it sounds like it will be pure, unadulterated, delicious Gaga evil – hopefully »
- Roth Cornet
“American Horror Story: Hotel” debuts Oct. 7, and as the premiere creeps up, all of the cast members’ characters — including that of Lady Gaga, who will play the owner of the haunted hotel — have finally been revealed.
Murphy said that the “Hotel” idea was inspired by a surveillance video from a Los Angeles-based hotel that surfaced two years ago. The footage showed a girl in an elevator who was never seen again. “It is called ‘Hotel,’ and it’s set in a hotel,” Murphy said, disclosing that the season will be set in downtown L.A. “We deal with a lot of American horrors, [including] addiction.”
“I think she’s sexy. She’s »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
The pop superstar will have onscreen “relationships” with Season 5 co-stars Matt Bomer, Finn Wittrock and Cheyenne Jackson, as well as Angela Bassett, exec producer Ryan Murphy revealed Friday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills, adding, “She’s quite a busy lady.” (Murphy later confirmed that these will indeed be “sexual” relationships.)
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Fellow Ep Brad Falchuk said Season 5, similar to Season 1’s Murder House and Season 2’s Asylum, taps into the “trapped” horror trope, »
The 2015 TCA press tour is under way and Friday, August 7 marked FX's turn to present their upcoming programming slate to critics. "American Horror Story: Hotel" kicked things off with a star-studded panel featuring Finn Wittrock, Cheyenne Jackson, Denis O'Hare, Chloe Sevigny, Matt Bomer, Wes Bentley, Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, co-creator Brad Falchuk and showrunner Ryan Murphy. Sorry, guys -- no Lady Gaga this time. (She starts shooting next week.)
Details on "Ahs: Hotel" have pretty much been kept under wraps up until today, but fortunately, each cast member finally teased a little bit about their characters, and we were right were there to take in all the juicy new details. Here's what what know about "Ahs: Hotel" so far:
-It will take place in Downtown Los Angeles.
-According to Ryan Murphy, this season "harkens back to the first season. It's much more rooted in honest, primal fears as the first season was. »
- Alana Altmann
Cole, who also featured in many of the early St. Trinians films as well as appearing opposite Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra, died at the Royal Berkshire hospital after a short illness, surrounded by his family.
In Minder, Cole starred opposite Dennis Waterman for over a decade, with Waterman stating on his friend’s passing that he had “the privilege of spending Tuesday afternoon with him and Penny and, although very frail, his wit was as evident as ever. I am so sad to hear of George’s death. His family must be devastated, and I am absolutely certain that anybody who ever knew him, will feel the same. I’m so grateful to have been a friend of this wonderful man. We worked together for many years and »
- Scott J. Davis
When Arnold Scaasi opened his couture salon in 1964, he soon became a couturier to the stars. He was already a favoured designer for Barbra Streisand when he famously dressed her for the 1969 Oscars. Streisand was up for Best Actress for her movie debut in Funny Girl and was established as something of an ‘individual’; usually described as ‘kooky’, she was completely different from anyone else, an innovator of style, and challenging and changing the ideas of beauty. So it is no surprise that when it came to her clothing choice for the Oscars, Streisand resisted the usual protocol of an evening gown and instead opted for a most extraordinary Scaasi-designed pant suit. Made from black, sheer, sequined net fabric, the over-blouse had a white peter-pan collar with black pussy bow and over-sized white cuffs, while in Scaasi’s own words, the ‘bell-bottomed trousers were exaggerated and had many godets flaring »
- Lord Christopher Laverty
Fred Astaire ca. 1935. Fred Astaire movies: Dancing in the dark, on the ceiling on TCM Aug. 5, '15, is Fred Astaire Day on Turner Classic Movies, as TCM continues with its “Summer Under the Stars” series. Just don't expect any rare Astaire movies, as the actor-singer-dancer's star vehicles – mostly Rko or MGM productions – have been TCM staples since the early days of the cable channel in the mid-'90s. True, Fred Astaire was also featured in smaller, lesser-known fare like Byron Chudnow's The Amazing Dobermans (1976) and Yves Boisset's The Purple Taxi / Un taxi mauve (1977), but neither one can be found on the TCM schedule. (See TCM's Fred Astaire movie schedule further below.) Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers musicals Some fans never tire of watching Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dancing together. With these particular fans in mind, TCM is showing – for the nth time – nine Astaire-Rogers musicals of the '30s, »
- Andre Soares
Scott Heavey/Empics Sport
Football has come a long way since its first club, Sheffield Fc, was founded back in 1857.
Games are now 90 minutes long, referees are allowed to use whistles and women can have a go too but after more than a century and a half one tradition still remains… Ugly shirts. Over the years players have tried laughing off these creations as some sort of boardroom prank, only to find themselves being forced to wear something close to rainbow vomit.
Honestly, these shirts are so hideous Mario Balotelli might actually want to wear one on a night out.
In a way it’s reassuring that multi-millionaires can be forced to dress like clowns but for the fans it’s no laughing matter as a handful of clubs prove an old adage correct, money can’t by sense – or style. From garish and nauseating to the bizarre and little bit scary, »
- Damien St John
BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the British Broadcasting Corporation, is to launch its first video-on-demand (VoD) activities in India following a deal with Dth provider Tata Sky.
The company will offer subscription (SVoD) and transactional (TVoD) services in eight Indian metropolises. BBC shows will be offered in a BBC-branded section of the Tata Sky platform, as well as online via TVs, PCs, tablets and mobiles.
Initial shows include classic hit “Yes, Prime Minister,” contemporary comedy, “Citizen Khan” and drama “Being Erica.” Others that will follow include “Luther,” starring Golden Globe winner Idris Elba, as an impulsive murder detective; “The Honourable Woman,” which earned Maggie Gyllenhaal a Golden Globe in 2014; and “Burton and Taylor,” starring Dominic West and Helena Bonham Carter as acting duo, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor.
“Viewing habits and customer needs in the industry are evolving as fast as ever… We must be able to offer top »
- Patrick Frater
Olivia de Havilland on Turner Classic Movies: Your chance to watch 'The Adventures of Robin Hood' for the 384th time Olivia de Havilland is Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” star today, Aug. 2, '15. The two-time Best Actress Oscar winner (To Each His Own, 1946; The Heiress, 1949) whose steely determination helped to change the way studios handled their contract players turned 99 last July 1. Unfortunately, TCM isn't showing any de Havilland movie rarities, e.g., Universal's cool thriller The Dark Mirror (1946), the Paramount comedy The Well-Groomed Bride (1947), or Terence Young's British-made That Lady (1955), with de Havilland as eye-patch-wearing Spanish princess Ana de Mendoza. On the other hand, you'll be able to catch for the 384th time a demure Olivia de Havilland being romanced by a dashing Errol Flynn in The Adventures of Robin Hood, as TCM shows this 1938 period adventure classic just about every month. But who's complaining? One the »
- Andre Soares
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