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Chris here. The ninth season of RuPaul's Drag Race came to a close last night with the series's most dramatic conclusion ever. At last week's reunion, Mama Ru teased that a sudden death lipsync battle would crown America's Next Drag Superstar from our beloved top four. This curveball was another shakeup from the show's formula, and feels like how the winner should have been chosen all along. While past seasons' crownings have been dull slogs to awarding an obvious winner, this kept the competition alive until the very second - and gave us two all-time great lipsync performances from the ultimate champion.
Trinity Taylor was the randomly selected first queen and chose Peppermint as her opponent, pitting a potential frontrunner against underdog lipsync assassin. But that meant leaving besties Sasha Velour and Shea Couleé to duke it out »
- Chris Feil
• Guardian Great interview with Holly Hunter about The Big Sick and her career. (People are already mentioning "Oscar nom!" in regards to her supporting work as Zoe Kazan's mother in the romantic comedy)
• Pajiba on what the new Defenders posters might remind you of
• Screen Crush picks the 25 best Lgbt films of the past 25 years. Happy to see Pariah and Bound mixed in with the usual titles like Brokeback Mountain and such. And the past few years have been so good for Lgbt cinema. I mean: Carol, The Handmaiden, Moonlight, Tangerine. #Blessed
• Esquire Fun article by Tyler Coates on how he finally learned to love RuPaul's Drag Race which he had avoided for years and even bad-mouthed in print
• Theater Mania you don't see this often but there's an actual age restriction on the Broadway adaptation of George Orwell's "1984". No one under 13 will be admitted due to its intensity. The show stars Tom Sturridge, Reed Birney, Olivia Wilde, and Tfe fav Cara Seymour (who previously did that lovely guest spot for us). I'm seeing it soon so will report back.
• IndieWire has issues with the "orientalism" of the new Twin Peaks. Add this to the onling Sofia Coppola controversy and... well... People I don't know what to do with all the outrage anymore at everything. There's got to be a line where, as an adult, you're just okay with what you're seeing and discarding the parts that irk you, or filing them under "I don't know about that but whatever" if they're not harmfully intended. Artists will always have their own peculiar obsessions and they'll always draw from a wide variety of influences (at least the good ones will) to craft their own stories and nobody really owns history; pop culture and the arts are giant beautiful melting pots of ideas and aesthetics from all over the world. Oh and also the Laura Dern hairstyle is not proprietarily Asian as the article seems to imply. I know this because I was obsessed with silent film star Louise Brooks as a teenager (Pandora's Box & Diary of a Lost Girl 4ever!). It was originally called the 'Castle Bob,' because Irene Castle (a famous NY dancer) debuted the then-shocking look in 1915. It was a very controversial look but became a sensation in the 1920s with flappers and silent film stars. Hollywood's first popular Asian American actress Anna May Wong, who the article references as an influence on Dern's look, actually had to get her hair cut like that because it was so popular.
Hilarious Reads and I Personally Needed the Laughs. You?
• The New Yorker "Tennessee Williams with Air Conditioning"... *fans self* I was cackling so loud by the end of this. Best article in forever.
• McSweeneys "11 Ways That I, a White Man, Am Not Privileged" Oops. Hee!
• Buzzfeed "25 Gay Pride signs that will make you laugh harder than you should" - so many of these are so wonderful I just want to hug all gay people for being funny and able to spell
• McSweeneys "An Oral History of Quentin Tarantino as Told to Me By Men I've Dated"
What places are delivering right now? So, in the early ’90s, right around when Pulp Fiction came out, Quentin Tarantino and Mira Sorvino were dating. I always thought Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion was a dumb chick flick, but I caught part of it on cable the other day and there was an ad for Red Apple cigarettes in the background of one of the shots! Do you know about Red Apple cigarettes? »
- NATHANIEL R
Chris here, with a quick RuPaul's Drag Race check-in! By now I'm sure you've seen our Mama Ru is on the cover of Entertainment Weekly! If you wanted some bonafide proof that the cult show is now firmly in the mainstream, look no further. And don't forget that this season was actually still produced by Logo before the move to VH1 - expect season ten and the inevitable All Stars 3 to be huge.
This was was the reunion before next week's finale crowning, and each of the queens were in peak gorgeousness. But honey did this rehash make up for every single complaint that contestants about a lack of shade over the entire season. While most Drag Race reunions have been forgettable in later seasons (remember the unfiltered days of Tammie Brown daring to shade Ru herself?), this one ended with a bang.
- Chris Feil
Although the Coen Brothers jump to a new genre with each new film, their approach to filmmaking and story is so distinct it’s nearly become a genre in itself. And what’s most remarkable about Noah Hawley’s limited series ‘Fargo’ on FX isn’t that it’s a clever homage to the filmmaking duo (which it is), or that the show has become its own story universe (it’s that, too).
However, its biggest achievement may be that the show’s visual presentation and cinematic style remains at such a high level of quality and consistency, despite having different directors. Even showrunner Hawley – the show’s principal writer and a creator of FX’s “Legion” – isn’t a consistent presence on set.
Read More: ‘Documentary Now!’: The Secrets to Recreating Film History the Right Way
“For ‘Fargo’ we have these visual rules that keep it in the Coen world, »
- Chris O'Falt
Not only do they both share the same birthday: March 14, but Flynn had previously written a song titled ‘Einstein’s Idea,” which he performed with his band. Talk about synchronicity – a word that Flynn actually uses to describe the cosmic connection and harmony he felt with his subject.
“Despite not knowing anything about him, I’ve had this mystical impression of Einstein,” Flynn said. We know him as a scientist, but somehow I caught this idea that he was like a wise man in the tradition of mystical cosmic sages.
“The thing that marks him out in terms of his theories, »
- Hanh Nguyen
Focus Features has been distributing movies for the last 15 years, and indie cinema has been all the better for it.
Related stories'RuPaul's Drag Race': How Changing Networks Made It a Bigger Hit, But Didn't Change the Show'The Mist' Review: Stephen King TV Adaptation Crosses the Wrong Lines for the Wrong ReasonsBefore They Were Blockbuster Directors: 8 TV Episodes by the People Behind 2017's Biggest Films »
- Zack Sharf
by Chris Feil
We're almost to the finish line! This week, RuPaul's Drag Race brought the feels for an emotional runway but also at the thought of eliminating one of these queens. I don't know about you, dear readers, but I feel more affection to each of these four than any final four (maybe) ever. Everybody say "Love"!
Taking a clear lead from All Stars popular final rap single challenge, the queens all have to write their own verse to a remix of RuPaul's "Category Is". Between rehearsal, the girls each guested on Ru and Michelle's podcast "What's the T?" and all its ad-friendly earnestness - all that Squatty Potty and Ru didn't take a minute to talk about Squarespace? Quelle surprise!
But the real story to this final competitive episode was to spend some real quality time with each of the queens before the crowning finale - it »
- Chris Feil
Andrew Garfield knows how to 'Werq' it!
The Amazing Spider-Man star attended the Werq the World Tour at the Troxy in London on Tuesday, and gave the audience a major surprise when he hopped on stage at the drag queen revue, completely stealing the show.
Rocking a curly brunette wig, the 33-year-old actor lip synched and danced to a cover of the late Whitney Houston's "I'm Every Woman." The Los Angeles native didn't hold anything back, strutting his stuff across the stage and at one point pulling off a back flip.
An eyewitness tells Et that the drag show featured a selection of queens from Rupaul's Drag Race and a game called "Wig in a Box," where Garfield and three other members from the audience were asked to come on stage to compete against each other. They were each given a wig to represent an iconic »
MTV mixed up their annual awards show by including categories for the small screen, which made us just about twice as excited for the MTV Movie and TV Awards. After a rainy red carpet in Los Angeles, the show kicked off. Emma Watson took home the first award of the night, giving a speech about the importance of MTV's new categories, which are no longer defined by gender. Take a look at all the winners below! Movie Of The Year Beauty and the Beast Best Actor In A Movie Emma Watson, Beauty and the Beast Show Of The Year Stranger Things Best Actor In A Show Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things Best Kiss Ashton Sanders and Jharrel Jerome, Moonlight Best Hero Taraji P. Henson, Hidden Figures Best Villain Jeffrey Dean Morgan, The Walking Dead Best Host Trevor Noah, The Daily Show Best Comedic Performance Lil Rel Howery, Get Out Tearjerker This Is Us, »
- Maggie Pehanick
You better work, Judge Judy!
"You have to go off your own rhythm, your own frequency and that's what you dress to," he said. "You can't just put something that looks good on a runway model on your body. It has to work for you. ... It's all about the attitude. If I can't sell it, if I can't feel it, it's meaningless »
The Muse another movie that believes shark lives are worth less than dumb humans endangering themselves
Coming Soon The Glass Castle sets a release date for August. Yay. We love a counterprogrammed adult drama in the summer
Film School Rejects on the proliferation of streaming services. A bursting bubble?
EW First images of Naomi Watts in the Netflix series Gypsy
Film School Rejects on highlights from the Godfather 45th anniversary reunion -the original cast showed up!
- NATHANIEL R
It's not difficult to analyze a great episode of Saturday Night Live. It's equally easy to analyze a terrible episode of the show. Both have obvious strengths and weaknesses, and identifying those doesn't require much effort. But middle-of-the-road shows? Those are a different beast altogether. They just…exist. While host Chris Pine gave it his all (usually in musical form) throughout the evening, most of the material fell into a solidly middle ground.
Luckily, there were still a few segments that stood out from the pack. In a week in »
Pine proved his point as he walked out onto the Saturday Night Live stage over the weekend to the cheers of the audience and said he was there to promote his new movie, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. After a roar of applause, an mock-exasperated Pine complained how everyone confuses him for the other Chrises
Con-drag-ulations Jerry O'Connell!
The 43-year-old actor got an extreme drag makeover at RuPaul's Drag Con in Los Angeles, on Saturday, giving rise to his new drag alter ego -- Anya Man!
O'Connell looked like he had the best time having his face made up by season seven RuPaul's Drag Race finalist, Ginger Minj. The two, who hadn't met previously, bantered about Drag Race trivia and O'Connell's Stand By Me co-star, Wil Wheaton, who was last year's Drag Con celebrity makeover.
During the panel, O'Connell revealed he and his wife, actress Rebecca Romijn, are big fans of Drag Race and watch the show together with their daughters, 8-year-old twins Dolly and Charlie.
O'Connell also spoke about growing up in New York's West Village around drag culture. "I grew up on 17th Street in Chelsea, just a few blocks »
Et's Brice Sander caught up with the 31-year-old actress backstage at the Radio Disney Music Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday, where she opened up about her continued friendship with her former View co-stars, after leaving the talk show last year.
"I stay in touch with my ladies," Raven revealed. "It's bittersweet. I miss them. I'm happy to be in L.A., but I miss them dearly, and hopefully you'll see some of them on [Raven's Home]."
"It was fun and I enjoyed being an adult on television, which I had never done before, and I really learned a lot from the ladies on The View, especially Whoopi [Goldberg] and all of the producers behind the scenes," she continued. "I'm still friends with them."
"They treated us so well with the reunion »
Time magazine released their annual list of the 100 Most Influential People this week, and the feature included some tearjerking pieces from celebrities speaking about their famous friends and colleagues. Taylor Swift wrote a moving essay about her longtime pal Ed Sheeran, and Helen Mirren's article about friend and costar Ryan Reynolds will put a huge smile on your face. But another piece that had us melting was the one Naomi Campbell wrote about RuPaul; the iconic supermodel waxed poetic about the equally iconic supermodel drag queen, starting from the day they met over two decades ago. "I first met RuPaul in the '90s, when I was doing a shoot on 14th Street in New York City. As soon as I saw him, I wanted to know where he was going, because that was where I wanted to be. "As soon as I saw him, I wanted to know where he was going, »
- Brittney Stephens
Image Source: Getty / Steve Granitz Brandon Flynn might play the morally bankrupt Justin Foley on 13 Reasons Why, but in real life he seems like a total charmer. Unlike some of his costars on the Netflix hit, the 23-year-old actor is brand new to the Hollywood scene, but he's already been praised for his breakout performance. Before his career blows up (which it will, mark our words), get to know Brandon a little bit better. RelatedDon't Worry, the 13 Reasons Why Cast Actually Really Loves Each Other Irl He's from Miami. For now, Brandon resides in NYC thanks to his work in theater productions, but he originally hails from Miami. He's a Hollywood newcomer. Before playing Justin, his only other onscreen role was as an intern in the short-lived CBS zombie comedy BrainDead. He appears in the seventh episode, "The Power of Euphemism: How Torture Became a Matter of Debate in American Politics. »
- Quinn Keaney
Filming began Monday on “A Star Is Born,” the latest remake of the the oft-made story of two celebrities who meet when one’s star is on the rise and the other’s is waning. To commemorate the occasion, Warner Bros. released the first image from the movie, which has Gaga wailing into a microphone while Cooper, guitar in hand, looks on admiringly.
Gaga is being billed as Stefani Germanotta, her real name, and the film marks her first leading role in a major motion picture. It also represents Cooper’s directorial debut.
Cooper will play Jackson Maine, a country music star who discovers a talented unknown named Ally (Germanotta). As Ally’s career quickly eclipses his own, Jack struggles to accept that his best days may be behind him, putting a strain on their budding romance. »
- Brent Lang
RuPaul's Drag Race will be back for more. Deadline reports VH1 has renewed the TV series for a 10th season.Hosted by RuPaul, the reality show features drag queens competing to be “America’s next drag superstar.” Season nine launched at the end of March and marked the show's move to VH1 after airing on Logo for eight seasons.Read More… »
Four episodes into season nine of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” and we’ve got our first work room fight — between two of the favorite queens. When plus-size Southern belle Eureka O’Hara makes a joke about eating disorders, Brooklyn’s own Sasha Velour says she’s gone too far, and Eureka’s apology would not win any lip synchs.
As the queens are beating their faces for a daytime talk show challenge where they must interview special guest judge Naya Rivera (“Glee”), surprise returning queen Cynthia Lee Fontaine says, “Can I tell you guys about one of the disorders that I have?” To which Eureka, the only plus size queen this season who has been in the top three twice already, replies, “Eating.” “Don’t joke about that, it’s really inappropriate,” says Sasha, »
- Jude Dry
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