Rashida Jones has proven over the years that she can stand out among all-star comedy casts, but her start in Hollywood was by no means easy. She faced a number of challenges common to up-and-coming actors, along with a few unique ones—like being told she’s attractive enough to be on network TV, but not quite attractive enough to star on network TV. READ FULL STORY
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What is left to say about James Franco?
The answer: Not much. We know he’s a veteran of tentpole franchises and weird indies and somber Oscar bait, as well as sitcoms and soaps and the Broadway stage; we know he’s a modern Renaissance man who, in addition to acting, also dabbles in screenwriting and directing and short story-writing and modeling and drawing and sculpting and, like, shoe commercials or whatever; we know he’s done graduate coursework at multiple learning institutions; we know that time he hosted the Oscars, it didn’t go so well; we know he got into some hot water this spring for propositioning a teenager on Instagram; we know, perhaps due to all of the above, that it’s surprisingly satisfying to watch him get punched in the face. Especially on an endless loop.
In his new film Life Partners, Adam Brody plays a character who creates drama when he comes between his girlfriend (Gillan Jacobs) and her lesbian best friend (Brody’s wife, Leighton Meester). But when Brody stopped by EW to take our Pop Culture Personality Test, it was nothing but comedy. Well, until he talked about Jack Nicholson’s “manly cry.”
Watch the video below to find out about Brody’s his current TV obsession, the pop song he’s embarrassed to like, and the TV show and film that helped him come of age. READ FULL STORY
Time is a flat circle—and in 2014, so was entertainment. Sure, self-referential movies, TV shows, and plays are nothing new (see also: Singin’ in the Rain, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Kiss Me Kate). But this year, it sure seemed like more and more stories—and music videos, and, in some cases, real-life events—were taking the möbius-strip route. Because we couldn’t figure out a way to write a list about being a list, we decided instead to pull together a chronology of meta-highlights: READ FULL STORY
This week’s PopWatch confessional was inspired by the revelation that EW.com’s fearless leader doesn’t like The Beach Boys (gasp!). It’s a simple question: What’s the beloved pop culture property you secretly can’t stand? READ FULL STORY
Léa Seydoux is a sphinx of an actress. Her characters always seems to have a secret, even when they don’t. It’s a quality that will make her an ideal Bond Girl in SPECTRE, the next 007 installment.
Today, after a month or so of rumors, director Sam Mendes confirmed her involvement when he introduced Seydoux to the media and announced that she would be playing a character named Madeleine Swann. Madeleine Swann: either they cast the perfect actress in the role, or they named the character only after she’d agreed to become the most elegant of Bond Girls. Has anyone who ever lived looked more like a Madeleine Swann?
But there might be some real meaning behind the name. It could be a nod to Marcel Proust’s “Swann’s Way,” which features themes of involuntary memory that evoke SPECTRE‘s logline, “A cryptic message from Bond’s past…” Perhaps Seydoux is destined to be more than just eye candy, which makes a ton of sense considering her resume. READ FULL STORY
“Stylish” means everything and nothing. It is a meaningless word, and it is top-heavy with disparate meaning, subjective the way that Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle is subjective. Clothes that looks “stylish” now will look goofy 10 years from now. In twenty years they’ll be retro; in thirty years, vintage; in forty years, normcore; in a century, steampunk. READ FULL STORY
Kingdom Hearts is ridiculous, yet I can’t help but love it.
The game series, which combines characters from Disney’s stable and major players from the Final Fantasy games in an original story, is eight games deep and filled with enough twists and turns to make a soap opera seem mundane. It can, frankly, be difficult to follow.
Yet the insane, endearing charm of Kingdom Hearts has never been on display as transparently as it is in Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMix, a compilation that reflects the series at its best and worst.
James Bond has no shortage of iconic hallmarks from his decades-long history, but few are as memorable as the envy-inducing collection of cars he’s driven. But now fans who have wanted to cruise around like Bond—well, the really loaded ones—will have a chance to own 007’s latest ride.
In all its incarnations—J.M. Barrie’s play and novel, various film adaptations and novel reimaginings, even the “Peter Pan’s Flight” ride at Disney World—Peter Pan is an undisputed classic. It’s also incredibly problematic in its depiction of Native Americans, an issue that dates back to Barrie’s original text.
Here, for example, is how the author describes Neverland’s Indians the first time they appear in the story: “They carry tomahawks and knives, and their naked bodies gleam with paint and oil. Strung around them are scalps, of boys as well as of pirates, for these are the Piccaninny tribe, and not to be confused with the softer-hearted Delawares or the Hurons.”
Yikes. Naturally, this poses a conundrum for anyone hoping to adapt Pan for modern audiences. For its upcoming production of Peter Pan Live!, NBC decided to address the issue by hiring a Native American consultant and writing new lyrics for “Ugg-a-Wugg,” widely considered to be the stage musical’s most insensitive number. This seems like a positive step; the original song indicates that Native American languages are made up of nonsense words and features the line “brave noble redskin”: READ FULL STORY
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