10/10/2015 9:00 AM PDT, by Simon Delott
A divorce followed by professional success and critical acclaim -- holding aloft a golden award, but feeling deeply lonely at the time. It sounds like something out of one of those Christian morality plays you read about, but it's actually just what Nicole Kidman experienced after her divorce from Scientology mascot Tom Cruise.
At the "Women in the World" summit in London, Nicole spoke about as candidly as she could. Her 2001 split from Cruise made headlines and certainly changed her life, but despite -- or perhaps because of how alone she felt -- it worked wonders for her career. There was something therapeutic, or at the very least distracting, for her as she poured herself into different roles.
We can see that, though the average person can probably better relate to delving into a book or television series or video game for a similar experience. "Living" someone else's life can distract you from your own problems. So long as you don't overdo it, it can be pretty healthy.
But still probably not as good for you, we imagine, as winning awards and separating yourself from the Church's posterboy. Despite the loneliness, we can only imagine the sense of relief.
Filed Under: Tom Cruise
10/10/2015 7:00 AM PDT, by Simon Delott
Kylie Jenner's judgment isn't always what we'd call the best but, honestly? This is a sign of a pretty good sense of humor. Mostly.
So you've just moved into your very first house -- and it is, of course, a $2.7 million residence. You can decorate it however you want, using any designer you want. So you have a beautifully decorated home. You add some personal touches, like a portrait of your grandmother from when she was your age. Super touching, right? And you add a mugshot of your boyfriend -- but on a different shelf, out of, you know, respect.
Tyga's mugshot was from an arrest for a series of traffic incidents. Some might consider a mugshot of Tyga to be in poor taste because some felt that he should have been prosecuted for dating Kylie before she turned eighteen. Remember, she was legally a minor until two months ago today. We're going to sidestep that topic though, for so many reasons, but especially because it's moot.
But also because, as we are reminded in the video, keeping the framed mugshots of loved one is something of a Kardashian-Jenner family tradition.
Our biggest takeaway? The meticulously arranged cookie jars. They're beautiful. We want a jar of quadruple-stuffed golden Oreos arranged just like that. We should all be doing that. Why aren't we already doing that?
10/9/2015 9:00 PM PDT, by Simon Delott
The internet has been abuzz with talk about Selena Gomez's new album. The Selenators have been salivating and even people with "normal" levels of interest in her music have been excited. Care to guess where we fall on that spectrum?
We got the deluxe version of "Revival," because of course we did. We could barely get to sleep last night after listening to it. And, to clarify, we're not exactly the most open-minded listeners in the world. Sometimes we'll see an entire album and only take a liking to one or two songs.
Well, everybody'd heard "Same Old Love" and "Good For You" before the album was ever released, and we'd already listened to those on repeat -- the latter sounding better without A$AP Rocky's contribution. We won't go through the album item-by-item, because different people like different tracks. We can tell you that our favorites were "Sober," "Kill Em With Kindness," "Camouflage," and "Body Heat."
One thing that we can definitely tell you: it's a very different sound. A dramatic transformation. "Stars Dance" was an amazing album full of first-rate songs -- and, if pressed, we'd probably say that we still prefer it. But "Revival" still captures Selena's musical essence in a beautiful evolution of her sound. It's certainly worth a listen. Or twelve.
And please, talk about the album all that you like, but please don't speculate about which lyrics may or may not relate to He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. Selena's, like, her own person. A separate entity.
10/9/2015 8:00 PM PDT, by Simon Delott
This week in "Actors Aren't Their Characters," Kelsey Grammer is hunting down and exterminating any love that anyone has left for him.
The "Frasier" and "Cheers" star was a household name during the '80s and '90s, but now he's, what? The ex of a Real Housewife? The guy who plays the old version of Beast in the "X-Men" films but really just has cameos while Nicholas Hoult actually plays the role?
Well now, perhaps desperate for attention, he posed in a shirt that seems to compare the normal, safe, legal medical procedure of abortion to the nightmare of gun violence that grips our nation. There was another mass shooting just last night. And yeah, he posed for this picture two days ago, but that was in the aftermath of another mass shooting.
We're not accusing him of making the shirt. Just of wearing it with an absurd level of insensitivity. Not that we'd ever accuse anyone opposed to basic reproductive autonomy rights of being especially sensitive.
By the way, Grammer endorsed Michelle Bachmann's Presidential run several years ago, so his fondness for ill-advised causes isn't anything new.
10/9/2015 7:00 PM PDT, by Simon Delott
What's better than a great music video set to a powerful song, full of a kickass lady trumping a bunch of men? That exact same thing but with two kickass ladies. Because oh wow. Demi Lovato and Michelle Rodriguez should be in more things together, more often.
The double-cross (triple-cross?) story is a little gimmicky, but it's supposed to be, right? It's a fun, engaging music video -- and probably the best action music video since "Bad Blood." Which, in turn, was the best action music video since "Toxic." So Demi's "Confident" takes its place as part of a very proud history.
The only thing that really took us aback during the whole thing was the front windshield. They don't shatter that easily or like that at all. What was it made of -- a sugar glaze? ... Although, actually, that was once the go-to fake glass for Hollywood. So maybe.
If you'll excuse us, we'll be marathoning "Kill Bill" and "Tomb Raider" and probably the "Charlie's Angels" films because we need more of this sort of content. Right now. Immediately.
10/9/2015 6:00 PM PDT, by Simon Delott
Imagine the most romantic evening that a couple could have. Are you picturing it? Okay, now crumple up that image and throw it away. The romance is dead in this "Kendra On Top" preview.
Kendra Wilkinson's love for drama includes her already troubled marriage, but there were clearly plenty of blame for two as this romantic evening dissolved into a mini-disaster.
From this preview, it looks like Hank Baskett planned out a classic, romantic evening. Possibly a little too rigidly planned. Like, we love planning, but if you want everyone to have a good time -- especially a romantic time -- then reminding them of what they should and shouldn't be doing is probably not the way to go about it. Kendra looks somehow even more dour than usual, so anyone can tell that she's not having a good time, but Hank keeps digging himself in deeper until Kendra's had enough. Her huff has arrived and she storms off in it.
Being super-serious about romance is actually a romance-killer. Being dramatically unhappy doesn't do any favors either, though.
Also, and we know that it's the nature of the beast and all, but we bet that the date would have gone better if the cameras had been ... not there.
10/9/2015 5:00 PM PDT, by Simon Delott
Have you heard the "unearthed" cover that the late, great Kurt Cobain did of "And I Love Her" by The Beatles? Two of the biggest household names in music of the past century colliding like that -- throw in Michael Jackson and Elvis -- and you have ... well, an odd group of gimmicky performers in Las Vegas, probably.
But this is the real thing. It's really Kurt Cobain's soothing, melodic voice.
Listen to the cover for yourself. And if this isn't your thing, be sure to let your mom know, because it's almost definitely her thing.
10/9/2015 4:00 PM PDT, by Emily Trainham
The gifts just keep on coming today, because do you know what happened? Can you even guess? You don't have to, because we're going to tell you straight out (and also those photos kind of gave it away): Jocelyn Wildenstein, the 75-year-old woman who had SO MUCH plastic surgery in an alleged attempt to look like a cat, went to an art exhibit last night and she was photographed along the way. She doesn't get out too much these days, it seems, and so this is a rare treat. Appreciate it, OK? Don't look a gift horse in the mouth, or, in this case, don't look a gift surgically altered woman in the mouth. Don't be rude. Accept this blessing.
What did we ever do so right, you guys?