Jimmy Fallon’s character Sara has hung out with many familiar faces, including Taylor Swift, Seth Rogen, and even Michelle Obama. But on Monday’s Tonight Show, Sara collaborated with her new best friend, Will.i.am–excuse me, Mir.i.am–to debut a music video about her favorite word, “ew.”
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Redbox’s bid into the world of online streaming, Redbox Instant, will end its services effective Tuesday, Oct. 7. While Redbox’s physical kiosks will remain, the subscription streaming service will no longer be operational, Redbox announced.
While promoting her new album, Gypsy Heart in New York City, Colbie Caillat took a trip to the pop-up coffeehouse Central Perk. And because you can’t stand behind a mic at Central Perk without paying homage to the greatest singer in Friends history, Caillat got the crowd to join in and sing Phoebe Buffay’s “Smelly Cat.”
She didn’t have a guitar, and unlike Phoebe, Caillat actually knows what a key is, but there’s still something pretty magical about someone singing that it’s not smelly cat’s fault at Central Perk. If only she’d had a wind machine.
Fifteen years ago this week, Angel premiered on the WB. A spinoff of the much-beloved Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the show would run for five seasons, leaving the air in May of 2004—one year after Buffy’s series finale. In the subsequent years, Buffy‘s legend would only grow as critics and fans alike acknowledged the debt modern television owed to it. Angel, however, would linger in the background, never really forgotten but also never really championed, even as it sits just a few clicks away from its sister series on Netflix and Hulu.
But Angel is every bit as vital as Buffy. In fact, it might even be better. READ FULL STORY
In 2008, James Franco and Seth Rogen co-starred in Pineapple Express, one of the greatest movies ever made. In 2014, they continue to spite the world by not making a sequel to that modern classic, though their bromance did continue in last year’s This Is the End. Instead, they tease us by hanging out together all the time, sometimes while outdoors and completely without clothes.
The duo posted a number of Instagram photos together as they frolicked naked in the woods with multiple mentions of the phrase “Naked and Afraid” in the captions, strongly suggesting that the two will be appearing on the Discovery Channel show of the same name. READ FULL STORY
SUNDAY UPDATE: Click over to read Hillary Busis’ full recap of Sarah Silverman’s episode as SNL host.
ORIGINAL POST: The perfect way to wind down after Yom Kippur? By watching an episode of SNL that features two famous Members of the Tribe, of course. (And, you know, the other guys in Maroon 5.)
Count on host Sarah Silverman to bring up her Jewish heritage early and often when she takes the stage for the first time as host tonight. You can also expect her to focus her monologue on two facts: One, that Silverman was a writer and featured player on this very show during the 1993-1994 season, and two, that she had a fairly terrible time on SNL. Silverman barely got any sketches on the air, had to wear an ape mask for 12 hours for a Planet of the Apes sketch, stabbed Al Franken in the head with a pencil one time, and reportedly found out that she was being let go from the show via fax. She’s not even mentioned in Live from New York, James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales’ exhaustive oral history of SNL.
However! A lot has changed since 1994. SNL, which was famously dysfunctional and hostile (especially for its female cast members) in the mid-’90s, has become a kinder, gentler, more lady-friendly place. And Silverman, whose SNL run was over in the blink of an eye, has spent the past 20 years becoming one of the world’s most notorious and beloved comedians. From her standup specials to The Sarah Silverman Program to “I’m F–king Matt Damon” (man, remember “I’m F–king Matt Damon”?), Silverman has carved out a niche for herself: She’s outrageous, edgy, and unapologetic, but she says the crazy things she says with the voice of a precocious 10-year-old and the face of the quiet girl in your Hebrew School class. READ FULL STORY
For those of you who don’t know, ESPN’s College Game Day is a morning show for college football fans to get primed for a full day of games. Since the show is filmed on campus of one of the schools playing that day, College Game Day isn’t just for commentary, but for the unique parade of hype and zeal that arises when you marry sports fandom with school spirit.
How much entertainment you get out of College Game Day is normally proportionate to how much you care about college and game days, but sometimes really strange things happen on the show. Like Katy Perry. READ FULL STORY
Ben Affleck’s publicity tour to promote Gone Girl took a detour on Friday night, when the outspoken liberal engaged in a heated debate with author Sam Harris and HBO’s Real Time host Bill Maher over their criticism of Islam. “They’ll criticize Christians … but when you want to talk about the treatment of women and homosexuals and free-thinkers and public intellectuals in the muslim world, I would argue that liberals have failed us,” said Harris. “We have been sold this meme of Islamophobia, where criticism of the religion gets conflated with bigotry towards muslims as people. It’s intellectually ridiculous.”
Affleck, who frequently expressed impatience and outrage at Harris’ more measured explanations, was offended by the message. “[Your point of view] is gross, it’s racist,” the actor said. “It’s like saying, ‘Oh, you shifty Jew!’” READ FULL STORY
Thursday night, at the Mondrian Hotel’s Herringbone Restaurant, Essence hosted its first-ever Toast to Primetime, an event celebrating its October issue with trailblazing television stars Laverne Cox, Alfre Woodard, Nicole Beharie, and Danai Gurira on the cover.
The cover story examines all four actresses’ contributions to redefining the face of television on their respective shows: Orange Is the New Black for Cox, State of Affairs for Woodard, Sleepy Hollow for Beharie, and The Walking Dead for Gurira. Guests—including Cox and Gurira, as well as Pooch Hall, Ledisi, Terrence Jenkins, A.J. Johnson, and Essence Atkins, among others—gathered to celebrate diversity on television.
“Men always say that as the defining compliment, don’t they? She’s a cool girl. Being the Cool Girl means I am a hot, brilliant, funny woman who adores football, poker, dirty jokes, and burping, who plays video games, drinks cheap beer, loves threesomes and anal sex, and jams hot dogs and hamburgers into her mouth like she’s hosting the world’s biggest culinary gang bang while somehow maintaining a size 2, because Cool Girls are above all hot. Hot and understanding. Cool Girls never get angry; they only smile in a chagrined, loving manner and let their men do whatever they want. Go ahead, sh– on me, I don’t mind, I’m the Cool Girl.”
—Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
If you’ve read Flynn’s twisty thriller—and really, if you haven’t, what exactly are you waiting for?—then you’re familiar with the passage quoted above. Though it takes up only a tiny portion of Gone Girl‘s 432 pages, Flynn’s “Cool Girl” rant has taken on a life of its own, inspiring scholarly analysis and takedowns and even an outcry from people who don’t think it’s represented well in David Fincher’s feature adaptation, which is out in theaters today.
But even those who love the Cool Girl speech know that while Flynn may have named this trope, she certainly didn’t invent it. Women who, to quote Buzzfeed’s Anne Helen Petersen, “act like a dude but look like a supermodel” have been burping across movie and TV screens for decades—especially during the bro-aissance of the past 10 or so years. But which of these beer-swilling, sports-loving, superhumanly accommodating women is the Ultimate Cool Girl? We dove deep to find out. (Spoiler: There’s more than one.) READ FULL STORY
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