TMZ reports that R. Kelly’s lawyer is threatening to sue Lifetime because of claims made in their forthcoming documentary Surviving R. Kelly, which premieres tonight. Kelly’s lawyer Brian Nix reportedly sent Lifetime a letter stating that the documentary contains lies and that he will file a federal lawsuit if the network doesn’t cancel the premiere. The documentary series, which unfolds in six episodes over three days, includes interviews with several of Kelly’s accusers, people formerly in his inner circle, journalists, and even his own family members. Included in the documentary are descriptions of Kelly’s alleged sexual relationship with underaged singer Aaliyah, reports that he preyed on teen girls in Chicago high schools, and the alleged abuse Kelly inflicted on several young women, including his ex-wife Drea Kelly. This is not the first time Lifetime’s documentary has been under threat. A December screening of the series featuring a Q&A … [Read more...] about R. Kelly Threatens to Sue Lifetime Over
Emma Stone was apparently nervous about doing a fingering scene with Olivia Colman on the set of The Favourite. So what did Colman do? Well, she went and got a “big, wet sponge” from the makeup department and nestled it right up against her crotch. Problem solved! Please enjoy this moment from The Graham Norton Show, via Vulture, in which Colman talks about her solution for Stone’s worries. Because this is Olivia Colman, who honestly seems like a real blast, she tells the story in a very funny manner, including explaining bluntly to her fellow guests: “So Emma Stone had to finger me.” The best part of the clip, however, is Keira Knightley’s absolutely horrified face at the thought of getting a handful of cold, wet sponge. … [Read more...] about Olivia Colman Brought a ‘Big, Wet Sponge’ to Her
It’s the week between Christmas and New Year’s and there is not one goddamn thing happening in your office. Why not take a few minutes to watch Kelly Clarkson cover “Fancy” to celebrate Reba McEntire being honored by the Kennedy Center? Really the best part of this video is how proud Reba looks at Clarkson, who is her daughter-in-law. Congrats on showing up everyone’s Christmas gifts for their mothers-in-law, Kelly. “Fancy” was written and originally recorded by Bobbie Gentry in the 1970s, but Reba basically stole it out from under her with her 1990 cover—or at least, for anybody who grew up watching CMT in that era, a group that presumably includes Clarkson. And it’s a big reveal when you finally get to be old enough to figure out the subject matter, I’ll tell you that much. Anyway, please enjoy the cut to a stone-faced Betsy DeVos on the lyric “hypocrites”! … [Read more...] about Watch Kelly Clarkson Cover ‘Fancy’ As Reba McEntire Watches
I didn’t make a habit of idolizing people when I was growing up and, as was the case with so many elements of my childhood personality, I recognized this as peculiar at the time. Not because there was any sort of soul-crushing emptiness over lacking a name I could point to as the representative of my professional ambitions or object of my teenage lust, but because it seemed like everyone else had a relatively long list in both columns. For the boys–especially the ones I didn’t get along with, by which I mean most of them–there were football players on the left and young actresses on the right. For me, doodles and scribbles in each. There was a fundamental lack of desire; one that meant nothing to me until I noticed everyone else seemed to desire so much, all of the time. When the question of whom I admired would come up, and it often came up, I retreated to a name that ticked obvious boxes and generally satisfied the one doing the asking: Steven Spielberg! I … [Read more...] about Penny Marshall and the Movies That Shaped Me
About three minutes into her performance of her new single “Imagine,” on Tuesday’s episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Ariana Grande unleashed. And what came out sounded something like the whistle notes that Minnie Ripperton used to adorn her 1975 hit “Lovin’ You,” and, of course, those that close out (and sometimes pop up in the middle of) dozens of Mariah Carey songs. That Grande could pull these off (albeit without the oh-so-I-guess-you’re-just-an-alien quality that they have when they emit from the throat of Carey) isn’t a surprise to anyone who’s been following her closely—she nailed them on this studio cover of Carey’s “Emotions” from 2012. Whether she should have is another question. Without getting too armchair-psychologist-who-overheard-my-roommate-talking-about-their-musicology-class-once, I want to explore what could have been going on in her mind when she decided to make such a … [Read more...] about Ariana Grande’s Whistle Notes Are a Flex, But What Kind?