One time we tried to watch an episode of Gossip Girl. It was 2007, and Obama was gaining grass-roots support among young voters thanks to the hard work and dedication of Will.i.Am, Scarlett Johansson and two teenage newcomers, Blake Lively and Penn Badgley.
Yes, these two–dare we say–heroes had stood up together (in accordance with CW regulations) and announced in a commercial that they were voting for Barack Obama. The two co-stars, who, from the little we had seen of their program, were not especially interesting but found themselves endlessly fascinating, were given special celebrity passes because they were dating both on and off the show. And that’s always fun.
And in a shocking upset, Edward Norton beat out Kristen Bell, Sophia Bush, Jonah Hill and Eva Longoria in Zynga’s first-ever celebrity competition of Words with Friends, a game that we had all previously assumed Alec Baldwin was the hands-down champion of. As it turned out, Mr. Baldwin didn’t even enter the ring, basically throwing the fight to the Fight Club actor, who won $132,500 for his charity, Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust.
Mr. Norton did give a shout-out to the WWF master in his acceptance speech:
Look, we love Target as much as the next person who finds that it’s oddly comforting to walk down aisle after fluorescent-lit aisle, knowing that everything we need–from food to furniture for your college dorm to designer apparel–is all available in one location at a relatively low price. For instance, one time in college we went to Target and bought a frozen turkey, a giant bouncy ball and a B.B. gun, and then drove to a field for Target target practice. (We kept the turkey in the car and ate it later.)
So in terms of mega-chains, Target is tops, no question. We do have some question, however, about its new advertising techniques. Such as:
Kristen Bell, the voice of Gossip Girl, is coming back to a medium she never really left. She’s set to star in the pilot House of Lies, based on a tell-all about management consultants. Showtime’s new entertainment president, David Nevins, has voiced a strong commitment to shaking up the cable network that has become known Read More
By the time Monday morning rolls around, the vast Hollywood wasteland that is the month of January will be but a memory. Before that moment arrives, however, two more derisible movies are set to unspool in theaters. As we do every Friday, here’s a handy guide to the new releases.
Edge of Darkness
What’s the Read More
We’ve had our eyes on Couples Retreat for a good month. The goofy Jon Favreau-Vince Vaughn reunion film that Mr. Favreau penned, off an idea from Mr. Vaughn, seems like the type of pure high-concept tripe that we’ll scoop up with the fervor of Oliver Twist. To wit: four couples visit a tropical paradise Read More