A young Patton Oswalt, pre-King of Queens (and later career shift into being the King of Nerds), was just a hustling stand-up comic, trying to make his way as a 19-year-old performing in a comedy video hosted by your student loan company. No seriously. Not Sallie Mae, or anything as specific as that. Just a vaguely threatening, overarching oligarchical entitty known as “student loans” paid for Mr. Oswalt’s first gig, which the actor/comedian confirmed on Twitter: “First paid acting gig. 19 years old. $300. Educational video about student loans. Sweater vest. Kill me:” Read More
Oh, if we could only go back in time, back to when Justin Bieber was an innocent little Canadian dating Demi Lovato/Selena Gomez and singing “Baby.” Instead, the Beliebers of today have to contend with this tattooed little monster with his Judge Judy sleeve,jacked up on his “swagger,” who pisses in mop buckets while screaming “Fuck Bill Clinton!” Sure, he’s a walking wet dream for TMZ, but can we ever Belieb in him again? Read More
Hershey, Pennsylvania: It’s not just for chocolate anymore! It’s also where, each year, one of the several Christopher Guest-ian contests for the most “creatively groomed” dog is held.
The Wall Street Journal, like many other outlets, is embracing the rise of video. And, as part of that embrace, they sent out a memo today to remind their journalists to look camera ready and to avail themselves of the talents of their resident make-up artist.
“People are watching – and they are watching you. All of us appearing on-air should take care to present ourselves in the best light possible, and that includes physical appearance,” said a memo from deputy managing editor Chris Cramer and video department head Matt Murray. Read More
Say what you will about Esquire, the Hearst lad mag’s willingness to experiment—and frankness about the outcome of those experiments—is unparalleled in the magazine business.
Greg Kelly was all smiles on Good Day New York this morning, the anchor’s first broadcast since rape allegations against him were made public on January 25. The son of police commissioner Ray Kelly thanked Fox 5, his family, friends and viewers for their support during the “tough couple of weeks.” The Manhattan district attorney’s office announced they would not bring charges on Tuesday. Read More
If you were a fan of that Richard Phillips video in which Lindsay Lohan wore a swimsuit and contemplated things, perhaps you’ll enjoy the next in the series: an exploration of the brooding potential of porn-star-turned-performance-artist Sasha Grey. Like the Lohan film, this will also be on display at the Venice Biennale. Read More
Russell Simmons became the latest local celebrity to cut an ad for marriage equality today, adding his voice to the Human Rights Campaign’s New York push.
Meet your new White House Press Secretary: Jay Carney, the former Washington Bureau Chief for Time magazine, took his first turn behind the podium today as President Obama’s second press secretary.
The briefing room was packed with reporters eager to feel out the administration’s new mouthpiece, after two sometimes-contentious years of dealing with Robert Gibbs, Read More
“Wow,” said Congressman Gary Ackerman with a sigh, after watching Hosni Mubarak’s statement this afternoon that he won’t be resigning. “We were ready for one historic announcement and then we got a different one.”
Ackerman was on MSNBC’s The Dylan Ratigan Show watching the developments live and was visibly surprised at Mubarak’s defiance.
“I think Read More