‘I’m not a gay writer, I’m a monster’: did James Purdy foresee Trump’s America?

At first he was feted. But then his novel about a handsome, Yale-educated serial rapist made him an outcast. Ten years after his death, has the scabrous authors time finally come? On 6 August 2015, the American author and playwright Cabot Wright Begins. A scabrous satire about three of New Yorks sacred cows publishing, politics and psychiatry the novel concerns the battle for the biographical rights of the titular Wright, a handsome, Yale-educated stockbroker and serial rapist. New York Times book critic Orville Prescott called it the sick outpouring of a confused, adolescent, distraught mind. A counter-attack from Susan Sontag hailed it as a bravura work of satire, but the damage was done. If my life up to then had …

‘Saturday Night Live’ accused of plagiarizing two raunchy sketches

CATHOLIC CHURCH DEMANDS APOLOGY FOR PETE DAVIDSON JOKES FROM ‘SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE’ “Imagine, one day you come home and it looks like somebody’s robbed your house,” Hoffman told Variety. “What do you want from that situation? We feel like somebody took our stuff, and this isn’t the kind of thing where you can just get it back or call your insurance company to have it replaced, so at this point we’re just speaking out about it.” An NBC spokesperson declined to comment. A “Saturday Night Live” source noted that “The Pumpkin Patch” and the other “SNL” sketch in question, “Pound Puppy,” were penned by different writers, but did not identify who wrote either sketch. DONALD TRUMP SLAMS ‘SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE’ ON …

Washington is awash with speculation about Robert Mueller report timing

New York (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter. You can sign up for free right here. This NYT story about DC holding its breath is on the front page of Wednesday’s newspaper. Nicholas Fandos and Noah Weiland write: “It may or may not be the report of the century, it may or may not be ready soon, and it may be only a few pages long. But it is unquestionably one of the capital’s most anticipated documents since the Starr Report.” So is this the week? I wish I knew. But The Times is right about the rumors and guessing games. And even if Mueller doesn’t deliver anything, his probe is still making …

‘I wish I had her cheeks’: Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges on their family affair

Shes Hollywood royalty hes a rapidly rising star. In Ben Is Back, they play mother and drug-addicted son and here talk Pretty Woman, Meghan Markle and sexual fluidity Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges are just pretending to play a mother and her drug-addicted son in the drama Ben Is Back, arent they? The pair arrive at a bungalow in Santa Monica in clashing outfits, him in a blue-grey sweater and battered sneakers that used to belong to Shia LaBeouf, her in all black with a punky safety-pin necklace and rhinestone-studded boots. Those are also Shias shoes, Hedges jokes. But they share an absurdist sense of humour, and a penchant for communicating with each other in growls. Their acting careers, too, …

Marvel’s Shang-Chi Movie Just Got a Director

Welcome, once again, to The Monitor, WIRED's column devoted to the pop culture world. What's been happening this week? Well, aside from Captain Marvel's continued dominance, we've got an Oscar-winning documentary landing on Hulu and some good news for Marvel's first Asian American-led movie. Strap in, it’s gonna be a bumpy (but fun!) ride. Marvel's Shang-Chi Movie Has a Director All the hype right now might be about Marvel's first female-lead movie Captain Marvel, but that doesn't mean that's the only comic-book movie news worth talking about. In fact, word has just emerged that the studio has hired Destin Daniel Cretton to direct Shang-Chi, Marvel’s first superhero movie with an Asian lead. If you don’t immediately recognize the name, Cretton …

‘Momentum’: How punk rock movie changed surfing for ever

(CNN)His upstart surf movie and its punk rock soundtrack crashed through the sport like a barrelling wave and changed the game forever. For the surfers, appearing on Steele’s camera was a rite of passage, a reputational boost arguably greater than professional competition results. It also heralded the arrival of Kelly Slater, perhaps surfing’s most famous name. “Being in the film pushed you,” says the Florida-born Slater, who won an unprecedented 11 world titles, starting the same year “Momentum” was released. “I think the whole filming process definitely made me a better surfer. “In some ways it was more important than the contests that we were doing. It was like a real badge of honour to be in the film.” READ: …

DNA Crime-Solving Is Still New, Yet It May Have Gone Too Far

DNA is one of the most powerful substances in the universe. In the same structure it can encode the instructions to make uranium-munching microbes, giant flying lizards, or a stand of quaking aspens five miles wide. It can store every movie ever made in a single test tube. And it can stick around for tens of thousands of years. Just this week, Japanese scientists revealed they’d awakened some ancient wooly mammoth DNA by sticking it into mice embryos. What is dead may never die, indeed. It’s DNA’s ability to resurrect more recent history, though, that delivers the biggest emotional punch. In the last week alone, investigators in two separate cold cases from the 1970s and ’80s revealed how DNA helped …

30 Of The Best Responses To #Trashtag Challenge (New Pics)

Since our previous post a few days ago, the challenge has spread even further and gone truly global. Perhaps this is how we eventually manage to do something about climate change before it’s too late? It turns out that we can foster a community spirit, get off our butts and make positive change for our environment, we just need to be challenged to post pics of it on social media. Problem solved! #2 Our kids from the Karavia Children Village rocked the #trashtagchallenge yesterday! What a great action and exemple for the neighborhood While it may seem new, the viral trend was originally started as the ‘Trashtag Project’ back in 2015 by UCO, a company that makes outdoor gear. The initial goal …

The Alien Overlords of Captive State Might Be Comingfor Us

The world suffers an imbalance. An alien authority known as the Legislators has invaded Earth under the false promise of “peace, unity, and harmony.” Governments have been seized. Militaries demobilized. Cities walled off. The great, last hopes of the contemporary age have fully rotted, giving way to a climate of fear and subjugation. Social fractures run deep. So deep that there now exists an impassable chasm between rich and poor. These are violently oppressive times. A contagion infects the very rituals of democracy. It is a nation created anew, made scarily singular: the United State of America. The setting for Rupert Wyatt’s Captive State is propelled by a sustained fever of unrest. In this occasionally ambitious film, crisis sprouts, spreads. …

SOURCE: Brad Pitt ‘Isn’t Thrilled’ With Angelina Jolie Giving Their Kids The Movie Star Treatment! – Perez Hilton

Every once in a while we get a little glimpse into the parenting clashes between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. No, we don’t mean the hundred years war that is their neverending battle for custody — we mean the basic differences in child rearing between the two which leave them unable to agree on anything! On Monday the star of Maleficent — and apparently still Maleficent 2 eventually — took advantage of her Disney family membership and attended the premiere of the live action Dumbo. Video: Will Smith Is Blue (Da Ba Dee) In Full Trailer For Aladdin And she brought along her kids, four of them anyway! Angelina with Knox Leon, Zahara Marley, Vivienne Marcheline, and Shiloh Nouvel. / (c) Apega/WENN And this seems to be …

CNN 10 – March 14, 2019

March 14, 2019 TRANSCRIPT Click here to access the printable version of today’s CNN 10 transcript. CNN 10 serves a growing audience interested in compact on-demand news broadcasts ideal for explanation seekers on the go or in the classroom. The show’s priority is to identify stories of international significance and then clearly describe why they’re making news, who is affected, and how the events fit into a complex, international society. Thank you for using CNN 10 Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

The Day Shall Come review Chris Morris returns with wild farce

The mysterious writer-director travels to Miami for a short but sharp comedy about an idealistic preacher targeted by the FBI In the nine years since the release of Four Lions, Chris Morriss incendiary feature film debut, his absence from both big and small screens has felt like an ill-timed loss. As a director, hes taken on a handful of Veep episodes but as a writer, hes starved us of new material which, for anyone familiar with his long and storied career, has been a tough blow. Because throughout his work, from The Day Today to Brass Eye to Nathan Barley, hes perfected a brand of cultural and political commentary thats both uniquely incisive and uniquely silly and given the worlds …

Pete Davidson & Kate Beckinsale – The Story So Far… – Perez Hilton

Pete Davidson and Kate Beckinsale are apparently the real thing… for now anyway. On last weekend’s Saturday Night Live, 25-year-old Pete comedically confirmed his romance with the 45-year-old actress with a bit about sexist double-standards on May-December romances. So how did all this happen? Is it likely to last? Here’s the entire story of Pete and Kate so far… Contents 2 MEET CUTE 4 SECOND SIGHT 6 VALENTINES 8 CONFIRMATION/CLAPBACK

Ben Affleck Defends His VERY REAL Huge Back Tattoo On ‘Ellen’! – Perez Hilton

Ben Affleck may have tried to remove the public’s awareness of his giant back tattoo, but it just keeps coming up again like… well… Huh. There must be a good metaphor for something that people try to kill but keeps rising from the ashes instead… Oh well, we’re sure we’ll think of it eventually. The former Batman visited Ellen DeGeneres for the first time in quite a while to promote his Netflix movie Triple Frontier, and she couldn’t help but poke fun at his unsightly ink. Here we see Ben laughing off the pain. / (c) EllenTube The ink made its first appearance in 2015 on the set of his film Live By Night, and it’s been subject of ridicule by the public …

‘Wrecking Crew’ Drummer Hal Blaine, Who Played On Rock’s Biggest Hits, Has Died

The The Associated Press reported that he Blaine performed on dozens of beloved albums, including the Beach Boys’ masterwork “Pet Sounds.” He also worked with Elvis Presley, Sonny & Cher, The Mamas & the Papas, Simon & Garfunkel and The Byrds, as well as both Frank and Nancy Sinatra, just to name a few. “ Blaine’s drumming was also a key part of Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound, including the instantly recognizable opening beat of “Be My Baby” by The Ronettes:  He performed on several Elvis hits, including “ Blaine also played on an Elvis song that became a hit twice. “A Little Less Conversation” hit Billboard’s Hot 100 in 1968 as part of the soundtrack to the film “Live a …

What to expect from the Four Weddings charity sequel

Image caption What will have become of the characters a quarter of a century on? Curtis has revealed some details of the sequel’s plot. Two Oscar nominations and a hit song (and THAT dress) Why did we fall in love with Four Weddings? Clarisse Loughrey, culture reporter for The Independent, says its very Britishness was one of the keys to its success. “There’s a touch of national pride to it, I think,” she says. “The rom-com genre is otherwise completely dominated by Hollywood, but Four Weddings and a Funeral is a film that feels British to its very core – all the way from Hugh Grant’s floppy hair to the delightfully profusive swearing.” Sarah O’Connell, film critic and host of …