#YouKnowMe Is Hashtag Activism at Its Most Galvanizing

When you talk about abortion in America, someone’s bound to invoke the Shame Nun. She lines the streets outside Planned Parenthoods and floods outspoken women’s Twitter accounts with hate, but mostly she lives inside people’s heads, clanging her bell so long and loud that many women forget they’re not walking down unfriendly streets naked and alone. Still, it often feels that way, especially this week, after Alabama’s governor signed a near-total abortion ban. It leaves no exceptions for rape or incest and makes performing an abortion punishable by life in prison. In reality, one in four American women have an abortion before they turn 45. You are constantly in their company, and actress and activist Busy Phillips wants you to …

Keanu Reeves: Grief and loss, those things dont ever go away

From Bill & Teds excellent dude to assassin John Wick, the actor has carved out a stellar career. But it hasnt come without personal tragedy Hey, Im Keanu, he introduces himself unnecessarily, of course, and yet very Keanu-ishly. Despite being so famous his surname has long been superfluous, Keanu Reeves has always given the impression of being utterly unaffected by his own celebrity. He is regularly described by his co-stars as kind (Winona Ryder) and humble (Laurence Fishburne) and it is easier to imagine him walking on the moon than knocking back champagne with other celebrities on a yacht in St Barts. After all, the most famous paparazzi photo ever taken of Reeves that devastating smile he flashed at Sandra …

Stan Lee’s business manager charged with elder abuse of Marvel creator

Keya Morgan, the memorabilia dealer who became close to the comics magnate, is accused of false imprisonment, forgery and fraud Stan Lees former business manager has been charged with five counts of elder abuse against the co-creator of The Avengers and Spider-Man, who died last year aged 95. The Los Angeles superior court has issued an arrest warrant against Keya Morgan, a New York memorabilia dealer who became a close companion to Lee, for charges including false imprisonment, forgery and fraud. These date back to June 2018, when He was then arrested and charged with filing a false police report. In the application for the restraining order in June, Morgan was accused of isolating Lee from friends and family, and …

Gotta catch ’em all over again: the return of Pokmania

It made adults walk into lamp posts and kids throw sickies: now Pokmon fever is back. Whats the appeal? When it was released in 1996, Pokmon made zealots of children. Desperate to catch em all (as the slogan goes), they would Pokflu apparently), steal and bankrupt their parents. Exasperated schools moral panic. In November 1999, as the phenomenon reached its climax, Pokmon graced the cover of highest grossing media franchise of all time. Now, with the release of Detective Pikachu, starring Ryan Reynolds, this month, the franchise gets its first ever live-action film. Not only is it expected to be a early reactions indicate it is cleverly positioned to appeal to both die-hard fans and those who dont know their …

Busy Philipps speaks about her abortion and condemns Georgia’s six-week ban

Philipps reveals her own abortion at age 15 on her talkshow after Governor Brian Kemp signed highly restrictive law on Tuesday The actor Busy Philipps condemned View this post on Instagram Busy Philipps (@busyphilipps) on May 8, 2019 at 7:40am PDT Philipps was responding to the legislation, signed by Georgias Republican governor, Brian Kemp, on Tuesday, which would ban abortion at the detection of fetal cardiac activity as early as six weeks, before many women know they are pregnant. Similar bans often referred to as heartbeat bills, a term many gynecologists have called are being considered in several other states. The state laws directly challenge a womans right to an abortion as established by the 1973 supreme court decision in …

Lady Gaga gets best possible revenge on ex-classmates who bullied her with a Facebook group.

via Shutterstock We’ve all heard the saying “haters make me famous,” but few celebrities have lived that truth as precisely as Lady Gaga. While it’s well-known by now that she believes you just need one person in a room of 100 to believe in you, this mantra isn’t just PR positivity, but comes from personal experience. She wrote about how Gaga’s story serves as an ideal example of what happens when you lean into your drive, and not what other people project onto you. “When I was a freshman at NYU and Facebook was only a year old and people created/joined groups like “I have dimples, f*** me” and “Fake ID, please!,” I remember coming across a Facebook group that …

How the Videogame Aesthetic Flows Into All of Culture

When the science fiction film Edge of Tomorrow, directed by Doug Liman, came out in 2014, WIRED called it “the best videogame you can’t play.” The film’s main character, Bill Cage, repeats the same day again and again—a day of futuristic combat with aliens. Each time he dies, Cage wakes up again on the previous day. Everything is as before, with the crucial difference that he remembers all the previous versions of that fatal next day. The repetitions are the film’s equivalent of a videogame’s replayability, and Cage’s battle skills improve, just as a player’s skills improve through replay. But Cage is not a player. He is a character in a narrative film, so the repeated days are in fact …

She was our Michelle Obama: how Gilda Radner changed comedy for ever

The death of the SNL star 30 years ago robbed the industry of one its finest voices but not before she had blazed a trail for women such as Tina Fey to follow There is no shortage of excellent critical writing about the US comedy scene in the 80s, and John Belushi, Eddie Murphy and Gilda Radner, one of the original cast members of SNL, alongside Chase, Belushi, Aykroyd and others. Although she is comparatively little known today outside comedy circles, back then she was widely assumed to be the future megastar of that group. With her sharp parodies of celebrities and her skill at satirising her own femininity and neuroses, she set the mould for modern female comedians. Without …

‘I wasn’t too obvious’: how Bob Colacello captured candid celebrities

In a new exhbition, the writer, photographer and long-time friend and biographer of Andy Warhol, shares his look at VIP culture of the late 70s and early 80s It was not in New York but in Germany, that the writer, editor and photographer Bob Colacello bought a spy camera. He was with pop artist Andy Warhol, who was commissioned to take Polaroids of Willy Brandt, the then chancellor of west Germany, in 1976. Colacello bought a Minox 35 EL, a camera cold Pictures From Another Time: Photographs by Bob Colacello, 1976 1982, an exhibition at attended the dinner party). People wouldnt typically think Andy would be friends with Nancy Reagans best friend, said Colacello. Jerry helped Andy get commissioned portraits …

Vox Lux director Brady Corbet: ‘The movie is about the desire to be iconic’

The US film-maker on creative burnout, working with Scott Walker and his new film starring Natalie Portman as a messed-up pop star Having made his Orson Welles, American writer-director Brady Corbet is used to being on the receiving end of the brutal P-words precocious and pretentious. Those are things you steel yourself for, he says. Corbet, now 30, expects strong responses because, as he puts it, his films go for operatic heights When people totally hate a movie that Ive made, I totally understand, and if they love it I also understand. In London to promote his second feature, Vox Lux, Corbet pronounced Cor-bay initially resembles your average indie bro: the regulation backwards baseball cap and fuzzy beard, coupled with …

Taylor Swift’s ME! is a musical-inspired return to her happily uncool brand

The first single from Swifts seventh album is a defiant reassertion of her positivity a rabidly upbeat ode to individualism Pretty much every artist who has released an album in the past 18 months has found themselves battling pops new glass ceiling: namely the unyielding chart dominance of the soundtrack to Taylor Swifts seventh album would Kacey Musgraves Golden Hour, the first single from TS7 is an unabashed slab of Showmancore: a rabidly upbeat ode to individualism, wide-eyed to the point of camp. (That would also explain Swifts one presumes intentionally trs mauvais Frawnchaccentat the start of the video.) It is (as the snake exploding into butterflies at the start of the Umbrellas of Cherbourg-meets-Reputation. On that record, she made …

The Internet Does Not Believe You’re Pregnant

In late February of the year 1456, an apprentice named John Helton was drawn, hanged, and quartered for spreading the claim that Edward of Westminster was not Queen Margaret’s son. Queen Margaret, the rumor went, had faked her pregnancy, so the 2-year-old posing as the Prince of Wales must be either a random nonroyal toddler or a changeling. More than half a millennium later, conspiracy theorists are still preoccupied with the wombs of royal women. Now, the supposed pretender to the pregnancy is Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex. Anti-Markle internet sleuths, who call themselves #Megxiteers, have stared at pictures of the expecting duchess so long and hard that they’ve become convinced her baby bump is a prosthetic called a Moonbump—and …

Donald Glover, Adidas, Nike, and the Fight for Cool

Recently, in a group chat, I expressed excitement over an unlikely piece of work: a new short film from Adidas. The sportswear corporation, which now also counts Beyoncé as a "creative partner," had teamed up with Donald Glover to make a series of vignettes featuring him and the actress Mo'Nique trading comic tête-à-têtes. Directed by longtime collaborator Ibra Ake, the film embodies Glover's typical patchwork: It's wonky, narratively indeterminate, and crammed with wit and the occasional inside joke. Jason Parham Ramy Is an Essential Voice for Millennial TV Jason Parham Lil Nas X's 'Old Town Road' Already Encapsulates 2019 Jason Parham When Black Horror Consumes Us The film, of course, wasn't just creativity for creativity's sake; it is essentially one …

Avengers: Endgame may well be brilliant but the pressure to say so isnt | Catherine Shoard

Critics are now routinely monstered if they express the wrong view of a film, says Guardian film editor Catherine Shoard In search of the new Nol Coward? You should probably give a wide berth to the Twitter mentions of critics sceptical about Avengers: Endgame. Eat dirt and die, trash! is typical almost universal five-star reviews, including outstandingly incompetent and told a Canadian reviewer ambivalent about the new Avengers. If something is better than all your filthy criticism, you better retire and kiss the feet of the @Russo_Brothers [the directors] that his job was bigger than your whole life in that environment bastard! You cant blame the studios for leveraging such passion. Marketing a movie as a love letter to the …

Chinese star Fan Bingbing reappears after nearly a year in wilderness

Actor fined for tax evasion returns to spotlight after months of rumours she had fled China or was in prison The Chinese megastar Fan Bingbing has appeared in public for the first time in almost a year, after a mysterious disappearance from the public eye believed to be linked to charges of tax evasion. Fan, who is one of Chinas highest-profile actors, appeared at a Beijing gala on Monday night in honour of iQiyi, a popular video-streaming platform. This is the first sighting of the 37-year-old actor since July 2018, when she visited a childrens hospital. She stopped posting on all social media accounts around the same time. Fan, who has had a career spanning two decades and is best …

‘Let’s cancel Bret Easton Ellis’: is millennial ‘cancel culture’ really a thing?

The author annoyed young people this week by criticising the practice of withdrawing admiration for offending celebrities The novelist Bret Easton Ellis annoyed young people in an interview this week. I mean, what is millennial culture? he asked. Theres no writing. They dont care about literature. None of them reads books. The only culture they have, he said, is cancel culture. But what is that? Someone said it about me today, Lets cancel Bret Easton Ellis, he explained. The word gets used all the time, Were going to cancel this person, she shouldnt have tweeted that, shes cancelled. Indeed: where once you might cancel a train booking or a TV show, it became possible in 2013 or so to cancel …