Arguments for:- sounds crazy…but a stunt is a stunt. He just pulled one running for President. Wouldn’t naming him SMA be the ultimate one-up?- Colbert is hilaire… and a sense of humour is the ultimate aphrodisiac- it’s a pre-election year: his political commentary is timely and in some circles, immensely popular Arguments against:- the obvious? Full Story
Arguments for:- look at him: the clothes, the body, the pants!!!, the squint…he quivers everyone- he came to America, he lives in America, and finally America knows him- the children, the hot father, the irresistible MiniVan dream- marketed as the saviour of MLS, there is a machine behind him willing this to happen, not the least of which is Victoria given that she is about to kick off a Spice revival and for these two, any publicity is good publicity Arguments against:- his wife and all the Birkins that come with her- Tom Cruise- many believe his arrival in America has been a bust. Full Story
Arguments for:- Katie Holmes and Little Sci: his two best assets who have charmed the MiniVan to no end, especially that adorable baby girl. Who doesn’t love Little Sci?- people are nostalgic. Top Gun lives on. Some are still blind to the chills of the Church- he wants it bad: Morton’s book notwithstanding, a lot is riding on Lions for Lambs so there is no doubt, he will campaign and he will campaign hard. Full Story
Arguments for:- Jennifer Garner and Violet Affleck: the MiniVan Majority eats up their images and there’s nothing to boost their favour than an ordinary appealing wife and the dimples of a daughter- the new family man: committed and caring and clean, no longer at the poker table but at the park bench with his girls- he has risen from the ashes, directing a brilliant movie and finally beginning to put aside the embarrassment of the gobble gobble Gigli- Ben is handsome, in a wonder bread kind of wayArguments against:- the beginning of comeback, not a complete comeback- memories of Bennifer still linger- he was named SMA at the height of Bennifer& Full Story
Arguments for:- he’s Brad Pitt- the package: the looks, the glamour, the Jolie, the children, the jetset lifestyle, the philanthropy… it’s all there- the Chosen One: the world is obsessed with his child- the first solo two time winner, if there is ever going to be a first three time winner, he’d be a likely choice- Jesse James tanked at the box office but won him a Venice Film Festival Best Actor award. Full Story
Arguments for:- he’s George Clooney- an almost flawless reputation- Michael Clayton was critically acclaimed. Word is George wants a Best Actor trophy and he isn’t above asking for one. - he the second solo two time winner, if there is ever going to be a first three time winner, George is the other likely choice- there has never been a back to back winner. Full Story
Arguments For: - all the right moves: marriage, fatherhood, maturity, good looking in that not too intimidating way… he is extremely popular with the MiniVan- the Bourne Series has been an unmitigated success with all three films killing at the ticket booth and among critics…Matt Damon is a true box office performer with acting credentials to boot- philanthropy and social activism: produced Running the Sahara, actively involved in crusading for Darfur, generous donor, and prioritises community involvement- a wonderful sense of humour, does not take himself too seriously, and more importantly, does not famewhore unnecessarily - has managed to stay true to his values: a good Boston boy, still best friends with his best friend, does not roll around in a huge entourage, middle class all the way It is his time. Full Story
A court appointed parent coach has delivered a scathing early assessment: Britney is lacking as a mother, is constantly distracted, and spends more time changing her clothes than she does paying attention to her babies. This just three days before she and KFed are scheduled to go head to head in front of a judge on Friday.
On the plus side however, as reported the other day, her new album is receiving largely positive reviews – the latest coming from Entertainment Weekly, calling Blackout “a collection of well-produced, thoroughly enjoyable dance songs” that “may just put this once-celebrated pop star back on top”… something she probably prioritises over getting her babies back.
And still there are lyrics like these, on a song called Why Should I Be Sad written for her by Pharrell Williams, sexy beast, that offer a glimpse perhaps into what may have sparked the now year-long spiral into the disaster that’s become her personal life, juxtaposed glaringly against the new promise of her professional life…which is exactly what makes Britney rare and therefore such a heartbreak:
""I sent you to Vegas with a pocket full of paper and with no ultimatums on you/I thought, What could separate us…"But it just seemed that Vegas only brought the playa out of you.""
If only she could sustain some semblance of … not Chicken Fried. If only.
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The show is adored by many, including my friend Du – a television screenwriter – who speaks of it with such reverence I expect her to be shouting down the phone at me in five minutes demanding a copy. My So-Called Life has been called groundbreaking, timeless, without equal…and on October 30th a brand new Collector’s Edition 6 DVD Set will be released including cast interviews, many many extra features, and even a 40 page book of tributes by Janeane Garofalo and Joss Whedon. Full Story
Thrilled that many of you are enjoying the book section. Please do keep sending your recommendations. Am honoured to know what you are reading. Thank you, love you, owe you. And when the section is finally live, all past reviews will be posted to the page proper. Until then, this week’s instalment. Full Story
Oh please. Coming from a tv girl who would still be living only off of Seventh Heaven residuals if not for the gratuitous pap photos of her ass and clinging fortuitously off of the Justin Pipsqueak, this is hypocrisy at its best. Check out Shelf Ass, coming from or going to a yoga session suddenly unaccommodating to photographers and using an umbrella to hide from being snapped. Full Story