Smart Girls Who Do Stupid Things

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For Everyone Who Thinks It’s Modern Technology That’s Ruining Us

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This famous bust was evidently an upgrade from the original “not as beautiful” bust of Nefertiti. Don’t worry, airbrushing was in during Ancient Egyptian times too! Never underestimate the desire of a Queen to look her finest in the underworld.

Nefertiti, recipient of the world’s first successful facelift [The Independent]

A New Addition To The DVD Collection, Before DVDs Die Out

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And goes up in the Hallmark of Fame of Kate’s favorite (teen) movies, including Clueless, Mean Girls, and John Tucker Must Die.
Before the movie started, tension was at an all time high (I probably squeezed Lauren’s arm ten times while waiting). Apparently, more people were interested in seeing The Town than the next big teen sensation, because the theater was packed, and a man in a very tight muscle-T had to explain to us why. HOWEVER. He ended up seeing our movie, so kindred spirits, we were.
NOTE: I really wish I had one of those flashlight pens like Penny, Rob’s ex-girlfriend in High Fidelity. For those who don’t remember, Penny was the virgin who wouldn’t sleep with Rob in high school. As a grown-up, Penny is a movie reviewer and uses one of those flashlight pens to take notes in the theater, which Rob thinks is dorky, but well, he’s a loser a lot of the time.

Easy A tells the story of Olive, who gets caught up in a web of her own lies when she tells to her rather bitchy best friend Rihannon that she lost her virginity to, Lauren notes, the college friend of an older brother who is never again mentioned. Rihannon continually berates Olive over her lack of sexual conduct, letting Olive know that her sexual experiences aren’t about her, but about everyone else. From then on, being the small school that it is, suddenly everyone wants a piece of Olive, and she decides she’d better take advantage of it rather than play the victim.

If it were that simple, there wouldn’t be a movie. Easy A is dramatic, and over-the-top, but in the way that pushes the point forward rather than annoying you most of the time. It pulls liberally from our past teen movies, whether from its use of music from Grease at the climax of the film, or lines referencing “a gossip girl in a sweet valley of traveling pants.” The story is mildly convuluted, which only really works because, well, so is gossip.

Pre-reviews seemed to suggest that it was an impossibility that a beautiful girl like Emma Stone could ever play a wallflower of sorts. But scenes like when Olive goes on a date at a Lobster Shack, and goes on and on about the reproductive capacities of various animals while the boy across from her looks on in shock, rang true. Even that the prettiest girls in high school can get ignored if they’re quirky, weird, smart, or all of the above. Olive may be the heroine, but even she makes mistakes all over the place. She convinces herself she’s people because it’s easier than standing up for herself, and she shows just as many weaknesses as strengths. After a moment with her fave guy (Penn Badgley), he tells her that he’s not worried about what it means, because “I haven’t overanalyzed it yet like you’re about to.”

At the beginning of the film, Olive says that Hester Pryne, the heroine of The Scarlet Letter (on which the story is loosely based), “lived in an entirely different time.” But if Easy A tries to tell us anything, it’s that she lived in a time pretty much the same as ours, just without texting. Religious persecution still exists, and judgement of sexual mores is still widespread. In a confrontational twist with one of her teachers, played by Lisa Kudrow, Olive says, “I’m not judging you, I’m just saying, oh my shit damn.” It’s way too accurate a phrase; she’s trying hard not to judge, but obviously, she does. At the of the day, Easy A reminds us what we do in the business of our home is no one’s business but our own, despite how much we want it to be.

Their Dad Was O.J. Simpson’s Lawyer, So, Good Luck Dude

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TMZ (when did they become legitimate?) reports than an inmate is suing the Kardashian family:

“According to a lawsuit filed in federal court, D.J. Goodson claims he was forced to watch ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’ and ‘Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami’…Goodson says he developed ‘extreme emotional distress due to their outrageousness of actions.’ Goodson claims he’s permanently scarred from watching domestic abuse (a boxing match on the show featuring Kim), emotional abuse (rantings courtesy of Kourtney and ‘paramour Scott’) and racism (Khloe referring to a baby doll as ‘the black baby’).”

I kind of feel for this guy. These shows are on E! all. day. long. But shouldn’t he be suing his cell-mate, who clearly has it bad for these girls and their obsession with alliterative names?

Kardashian Sisters Sued for Driving Inmate Crazy [TMZ]

I Would Get A Pet For This

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This Article Makes Me Want To Reread Huck Finn

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Geography and history; sister-topics, neither of which I have particularly mastered. Maps, however, I totally have down.

Twisted History: The Wily Mississippi Cuts New Paths [NPR]

Whoever Searched This Was Probably Sorely Disappointed With The Actual Content Of This Blog

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Isn’t Google Instant supposed to help searching become…better, faster, stronger?

Duh.

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“Casey Affleck wants to come clean. His new movie, “I’m Still Here,” was performance. Almost every bit of it. Including Joaquin Phoenix’s disturbing appearance on David Letterman’s late-night show in 2009, Mr. Affleck said in a candid interview at a cafe here on Thursday morning.”

Because…

“…Mr. Affleck…said he wanted audiences to experience the film’s narrative, about the disintegration of celebrity, without the clutter of preconceived notions.”

Affleck Admits Phoenix Documentary Wasn’t Real [NYT]

Precious 2: The Real Story of Wealth and Consumption in New Jersey

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Image via Astrid Stawiarz/Getty

Gabourey Sidibe talks over her future collaboration with Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Caroline Manzo yesterday during the OneStopPlus.com fashion show at New York’s Lincoln Center

Model-Morphosis

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See lots of pretty faces that make designers look good all fashion week long.

Model-Morphosis | Rodarte [TStyle]

Brian Austin Green Is Actually Cool, Guys

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No, seriously.

On having a more famous partner: “I know the normal male thing is the man works and is successful and brings home the paycheck. I don’t know who the hell set it up, but it’s what people expect. I just don’t care. I hated being famous during 90210. I’m not an extrovert. I’m 37. I have a beautiful wife. I have an amazing 8-year-old son. I love acting, but this is just my job. Fuck, next year I could book some crazy movie that blows up and things could shift completely. And I guarantee you at that point she’ll say, ‘Fuck, thank God. You go do all that shit now. I’m sick of it.'”

Why 90210 Deux is awful:90210 only worked because of that time period—because the world didn’t have access to a lifestyle like that. The Internet wasn’t what it is now. With TMZ and Paris Hilton wrecking cars and people being chased on freeways, there’s nothing interesting about Beverly Hills. Beverly Hills is nothing anymore.”

Too much knowledge is not power: “As someone who still loves movies and television, I honestly don’t want to know what Mel Gibson is like at home. I want to watch Braveheart. I don’t want any of the personal stuff. I’m not saying Mel’s choices are the best—obviously not—but it’s a shame that no one will enjoy a Mel Gibson film in the same way again. Mel made a business out of being nuts on camera, out of his fucking mind. And it’s like, what, do you expect him to be totally normal at home? It’s not possible…I think the most interesting people in television, film, and music are the ones we know the least about. I mean, Prince—it took years for me to know what his actual voice sounded like. Because I never saw him do an interview. I remember—I don’t know if it was Arsenio Hall that I saw him on—but the first thing he did was talk in this really high voice. And then he laughed and said, ‘No, I’m kidding.’ He’s got that deep voice! And we were like, ‘Prince got me!’ Because we had no idea.”

Brian Austin Green Married Megan Fox—and You Didn’t [Details]

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