Why I Hate The 4th Of July And The Days Leading Up To It

I walk outside today and see what? Oh just tons of emptied Whipper Snapper wrappers strewn all around the trash bin, stairs and dirty porch area that has been assigned to me by the warden-like manager of my seemingly charming apartment building.

And what did I see earlier? Three resident troublemakers, all under the age of 14. One in a ski mask, holding a plastic gun – a getup that would land him directly in jail if he were 16 or older.

These are the kids responsible for littering and throwing legal gunpowder bombs all over the ground. If it were socially acceptable to hit children with paddles, I would. Not my own hypothetical non-existent kids, but other people’s? Hell yes.  Continue reading “Why I Hate The 4th Of July And The Days Leading Up To It”

Emma Stone For Vogue, July 2012

Vogue is as in love with Emma Stone as the rest of the country. She’s covering both U.S. Vogue for the first time and Teen Vogue (August) with sticky-fingered spandex-wearing Andrew Garfield.

To Vogue, singular, she talked about panic attacks, the importance of being an actress, and fashion.

Garfield, Spider-Man’s producer Matt Tolmach, and director Marc Webb also praised her repeatedly, using words like “thrilling,” “stunning,” spontaneous,” and “disarming.”

On acting:
“I’m not saving lives. But I get to tell stories, and that’s a pretty important task.”

Fashion’s effect on people:
“It makes them feel like it’s an extension of themselves.”

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Anna Paquin For Bust Magazine, June/July 2012

Anna Paquin, star of True Blood and the second youngest person ever to win an Academy Award (Tatum O’Neal is the first) graced the cover of Bust for their June/July issue.

Lisa Butterworth’s interview reveals Paquin’s thoughts on labels and how, even after being condemned by judgmental eyes, she could find no reason “compelling” enough to not date her co-star, Stephen Moyer.

Now they’re married and she’s the stepmother to his two children. Good instincts: check. Brain/beauty: double check.

Disdain for Twitter: “I’d chuck myself in front of a bus for you, but I don’t really care if you put one or two shots of espresso in your coffee this morning.”

On modern femininity: “There are these very archaic stereotypes about female sexuality and what it means to be a woman. You’re supposed to pick a category – are you a girly girl, are you a tomboy, are you this, are you that?”  Continue reading “Anna Paquin For Bust Magazine, June/July 2012”

Charlize Theron And Kristen Stewart For Interview, June/July 2012

Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron appear in the latest issue of Interview Magazine for Snow White And The Huntsman and as usual, the photos are spectacular but the individual sit-downs with the two actresses are even better.

Even after picking and choosing answers, I’ve included less than half of the questions.

Elvis Mitchell does a brilliant job of exploring their careers and getting a very fluid and intelligent perspective into their craft and personal lives…

MITCHELL: When was the first time you remember working with a woman who you instantly connected with?
STEWART: Well, Jodie [Foster, in Panic Room]. But actually, the first person who hired me for a movie was a woman: Rose Troche, who directed The Safety of Objects [2001].  Continue reading “Charlize Theron And Kristen Stewart For Interview, June/July 2012”

Shirley Manson For Nylon June/July 2012

Shirley Manson has been in the business of rock since the mid-80’s with Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie, then the side project Angelfish and then Garbage. Manson is hot on the promotion trail for the new album.

That trail includes appearing on the cover of Nylon Magazine, a publication best known for its emphasis on music and, if you ask me, excellent taste in celebrity cover choices.

Here are some highlights, including the real reason for the band’s hiatus…

On taking a break after Bleed Like Me: “When we first came off the road, I felt that we had worn out our welcome as a band. We had enjoyed such a zeitgeist moment with our first two records – people were excited by us – and then the music scene shifted so completely.”  Continue reading “Shirley Manson For Nylon June/July 2012”