8 items from 2010
<div class="track"><img alt="" src="http://hits.guardian.co.uk/b/ss/guardiangu-feeds/1/H.22.2/26694?ns=guardian&pageName=What+if+Stuart+Baggs+actually+wins+The+Apprentice%3F%3AArticle%3A1487627&ch=Television+%26amp%3B+radio&c3=Gu.co.uk&c4=The+Apprentice+%28Tv+and+radio%29%2CReality+TV+%28Tv+genre%29%2CTelevision+%28Culture%29%2CTelevision+and+radio+TV%2CCulture&c5=Not+commercially+useful%2CTelevision+Media%2Ctv&c6=Michael+Hogan&c7=10-Dec-01&c8=1487627&c9=Article&c10=Blogpost&c11=Television+%26amp%3B+radio&c13=&c25=TV+and+radio+blog+%28television%29&c30=content&h2=Gu%2FTelevision+%26amp%3B+radio%2FThe+Apprentice" width="1" height="1" /></div><p class="standfirst">Everything he touches turns to sold – and Lord Sugar might just buy in to Baggs the brand in the boardroom</p><p>With his now notorious boast of being "Stuart Baggs – the brand", it quickly became clear that this year's Apprentice star was going to be a certain telecoms mogul from the Isle of Man. A shower-chewing, champagne-eschewing, David Brent-alike who has followed in the cloven-hoofed footsteps of Katie Hopkins as the hopeful we love to hate.</p><p>Baggs began in a blaze of blowhard glory, abusing passers-by during the sausage task, before lying low for a few weeks. Now he's swaggered back to the fore with two successive task wins and a new nickname, "Herr Baggs" – which sounds like the sort of growth that old people get surgically removed. With the field narrowed down to seven, at least two of whom (cocky Jamie Lester, whinging Laura Moore) Lord Sugar clearly hates, it »
- Michael Hogan
The release of Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, one of the most hotly-anticipated albums of the year. The 13-track LP completes something of a comeback narrative for West that began with the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards (when he was ostracized for crashing the stage during a Taylor Swift acceptance speech and went underground for a while) and was built up over the course of the past year with some key live performances, the "G.O.O.D. Friday" download series and the recently-released short film "Runaway." In fact, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is so dense and full of gems that it's necessary to take each song and break it down to its bare elements. This time around, we take a look at the references on "Monster."
Triple-double, no assists
West is referring to the phenomenon in basketball wherein a player gets more than 10 in three different »
- Kyle Anderson
Looking like the Corpse Bride of Chucky, " Gossip Girl " star Taylor Momsen continued with her underage-goth-girl-rocker-peek-a-boo-leather-and-lace-fashion-zombie tour in West Hollywood last night. Believe it or not, the 17-year-old lead singer of The Pretty Reckless was not in costume for Halloween. Read more »
- TMZ Staff
With this week's release of "The Expendables," a dream of action fans has been realized, even if two of the film's biggest names (Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger) appear for less time than it'll take for star/director Sylvester Stallone to unload a Beretta on a cadre of Brazilian baddies. Yet while it is the first meeting of two decades' worth of action elite on screen, it is certainly not the only time when a film builds around nostalgia value as its foundation without being a sequel.
In fact, nearly every genre has called in its all-stars for one big blowout, despite the fact that in the era since über-producers like Stanley Kramer and Irwin Allen routinely collected "more stars than there are in heaven" (to borrow MGM's phrase), such event pictures based on casts rather than spectacle have become rarer, thanks to bigger star salaries and lesser dependence on »
- Stephen Saito
Women-led films often attract sexist derision. Yet critics rave over male films such as the execrable Hot Tub Time Machine. Why the double standard?
I didn't enjoy Sex and the City 2. The script was blunt and repetitive, the characterisation illogical, the set-pieces overlong, the direction sloppy, the tone erratic. The scenes in Abu Dhabi were shallow, baffling and ignorant. Writer/director Michael Patrick King now has to tote this big glittery cake of caca on his CV for ever.
Oddly, though, for a film written by a man, the critics' insults were reserved for women, in a dazzling display of put-downs. Sukhdev Sandhu in the Telegraph sneered at the women for "all getting older" adding that Sarah Jessica Parker "looks like a cross between Wurzel Gummidge and Bride of Chucky", while Miranda "looks badly embalmed". In the Observer, Philip French ridiculed the "bitchy heroines" who enjoy "an orgy of »
This Saturday, May 29th, the Asian Institute at the University of Toronto and Ultra8 Pictures are hosting a free double bill screening of two classic Hong Kong supernatural comedies on 35mm as part of Asian Heritage Month. Dubbed "Restless Spirits: Ronnie Yu and Ringo Lam's 1980s Ghost Comedies", the films are coming from Tiff Programmer and ActionFest Director Colin Geddes' recent donation of vintage 35mm prints to the University of Toronto that he rescued from closed down Chinatown cinemas and they are in pretty great condition considering their age and the wear and tear of living in cinema basements. This is a rare opportunity to see these films on... well... film.
Taking place at Innis Town Hall, a block south of Bloor on St. George at 2 Sussex Avenue, the screening kicks off this Saturday at 4pm with Ringo Lam's debut film (straight out of York University) Esprit »
It's a sad day for metal fans. Peter Steele, the frontman for Type O Negative, is dead at 48 from an apparent heart failure. The goth-metal band formed in the early '90s and they were a fixture for me at parties throughout my time in high school. One of my close friends used to play the excellent Black Sabbath tribute album, "Nativity in Black," over and over again; Steele's take on Ozzy in "Black Sabbath" will forever be burned into my brain.
Type O was also a frequent contributor to horror films throughout the mid/late-'90s and early '00s. The most memorable for me is "Mortal Kombat," which featured the song "Blood and Fire (Out of the Ashes Remix)." Not exactly horror, but there are definitely shades of the genre there. Type O was also featured on the soundtracks for "Bride of Chucky," "I Know What You Did Last Summer »
- Adam Rosenberg
Have a question about gay male entertainment? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org! (Please include your city and state and/or country.)
Q: Recent discussions about "appropriate" gay movies for high school students got me thinking about how many gay movies include full frontal male nudity. I'm not complaining. When it's part of a sensual sex scene, I get it. But, for example, watching Redwoods, I noted that Everett's brother and partner both get naked at different points in the movie, and in neither case did it really enhance the plot or was it necessary for the scene. Why do you think male nudity is so prevalent in gay movies? Is it the obvious reason that the audience appreciates it? Is it more of a sociological reclaiming of the types of nudity that women endure in straight films all the time? Or are the directors just pervy? – George, Cambridge, Ma »
- Brent Hartinger
8 items from 2010