Saturday, March 31, 2018

It's Snarkurday!

For months, former Sex and the City frenemies Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker were engaged in battle after Cattrall refused to come back for a third SATC—which no one outside of SJP and Kristin Davis wanted—and when Kim balked, SJP tried to publicly shame Kim into making the film; sure, it was a battle fought on magazine covers and Twitter and Andy Cohen, but the battle raged.

I was, and am, #TeamKim—I think SJP is an act, onscreen and off—because Kim was done with the whole charade; I mean, years of the series, one good film sequel and one god awful film sequel and who can blame Kim for screaming, “Enough!”.

SJP tried to publicly shame Kim into making the film but Cattrall dug in her stilettos and basically outed SJP for what we already knew: that she makes major coins off those films and she wanted the money and Kim wasn’t playing.

Also not playing was Cynthia Nixon, who we now know is running for governor of New York and an SATC film is not a campaign video; so, how are the girls reacting to Nixon’s political ambitions? SJP is mum, until someone gives her a check top voice her opinion, and Davis is quiet because her opinion isn’t a job, but Kim is talking, and throwing subtle shade.

Someone tweeted at Kim:
“Kim, what do you think of Cynthia running?!”
And Kim replied:
“I support & respect any former colleague’s right to make their own career choices.”
Snap; whether it’s a career choice to run for office or a career choice to saying ‘No’ to a dead franchise.

Go Kim!
A few weeks back Burt Reynolds—yes, still alive and plugging a new film The Last Movie Star—appeared on The Today Show with Hoda Kotb and said some weird shiz like ….
Hoda: Who would you consider the love of your life?
Burt: You’re naughty. You really are. I am dead in the water no matter what I say. Well, she was 7 when I fell in love with her. She stayed 7 for about 11 years. I would say Sally.
Hoda: Sally Field?
Burt: No, Sally Woofergosh. Yes, Sally Field
Sadly, making himself look a little like a pedophile, because he actually met Sally when she was 31., but then he also muttered something about Hoda’s “purty mouth.”

And so now, the doddering Reynolds is trying to explain what he didn’t know or doesn’t remember he said. Still pushing the movie, he’s also being asked to explain what he said, and is playing the I-Have-No-Idea card; of LipGate he said:
“It didn’t come out like that. I don’t know what the hell I said, but I got so (hacked) off at people being (hacked) off at me for hurting Kotb.”
As for Sally, he tried to change the quote entirely:
 “I didn’t say 7. I said 37, I think.”
Except even thirty-even is wrong. Look, he’s an old man, and I think he was trying to be smug and smarmy and funny, but once you hit the Eighty-Year-Mark leave smug and funny for men half your age.
Earlier this month, it was reported that two actor-doctors from Grey’s AnatomyJessica Capshaw, Dr. Arizona Robbins, and Sarah Drew, Dr. April Kepner—would not have their contracts renewed.

This happens all the time on shows that have been on the air for over thirty years—or at least feel like it—but …were the dismissals of these two actors because Grey’s “star” Ellen Pompeo negotiated a new contract to stay with the show for $20 million?

Just saying; as soon as the ink dried on Pompeo’s contract, actors on the show have been let go; the coins have to come from somewhere.
Sean Penn is currently promoting a book he “wrote,” Bob Honey Just Do Stuff, and recently appeared on Marc Maron’s WTF Podcast; when Maron asked him about co-parenting with his ex-wife, House of Cards Robin Wright, Penn got a little nasty. Penn, whom Wright divorced in 2010, are parents of two now grown children, Dylan and Hopper, and Penn says the two “don’t have a lot of conversation[s].”

Um, your kids are in their mid-20s … what’s to discuss? Penn says:
“We don’t not get along. We have very separate relationships with our kids at this point and it seems to work better that way because they are making their own decisions. As it turned out she and I did not share the same ethical views on parenting, including the continuing parenting of adult children.”
Parenting adult children? Sounds like Penn’s a bit of a tyrant who wants to control his children long into adulthood. He also added that the Wright-Penn offspring are “both acting and modeling, an industry that I’m not very interested in.”

What’s this? It’s the best part of the interview … Sean Penn is done with acting.
We recently talked about all the rape allegations against actor Ed Westwick—accused by at least three women of drugging and raping them—and it’s getting more interesting.

A few of the women made statements to the police and last week the LAPD confirmed that it had an open investigation into Westwick and that was when Westwick ALLEGEDLY did this … he went on social media and deleted statements he posted denying those sexual assault allegations made against him.

An LAPD source—is it Lohan working with—says:
“It has come to the attention of investigators that Mr. Westwick has removed denials about alleged rapes of the victims in this investigation from his social media accounts that he had posted last November.”
That begs the question, Why? It’s not clear when Westwick erased the messages, but it came to light that he had done so four days after the LA District Attorney confirmed that his case was under review.

It might be that Westwick has hired a high-profile L.A.-based female criminal defense lawyer to represent him and she apparently has a policy for her clients to stay off social media.

I get that his lawyer probably told him to delete the posts because, really, it’s best to say nothing, and I get that the deletions are not an admission of guilt, but I also get that his posts aren’t really gone. The denials were copied and posted and posted and reposted and are still out there … and can come up in a trial if there ever is a trial.
In Frightening News …moments after his wife Vanessa served the divorce papers on a platter to Donald Junior., he went out and got himself a license to carry a concealed weapon in Pennsylvania.

Now, we all know Junior has a yuge ego and tiny dick … like Daddy …and loves to hunt and kill animals because it gives him a sense of power killing a defenseless animal, then posing for a picture over the carcass and splattering it all over social media.

But now he’s packing heat in America?

It is not clear why he applied in Pennsylvania, but … there is speculation that he didn’t do it in New York because you have to supply financials and, also like Daddy Little Dick, Junior doesn’t want anyone to know that he’s not nearly as rich as he pretends … or doesn’t want people to know how much of him is owned by Russia.
One of the big stories of the week—and by ‘big’ I mean ‘stupid—was the Who bit Beyoncé in the face?

Seriously. It all began when publicity thirsty Tiffany Haddish took to social media to say:
“You wanna know who bit Beyoncé? I’m gonna just tell you all. And it’s the last time I’m talking about it. I ain’t going to say nothing else about it. People should be focusing on the real issues at hand, like did you do your taxes? Because taxes is due real soon. Can your children read and write? Have you been working with them on their reading and their writing? Is your house clean? That’s what we need to be focusing on. But y’all wanna know … everybody’s going crazy about who bit Beyoncé.”
She initially tried to joke and say it was Stormy Daniels, and then Lena Dunham’s name was bandied about and finally Sanaa Lathan became the biter. And then Haddish said she’d never tell because:
“NDAs [Non-disclosure agreements] are real, so I’m not saying shit about nothing.”
And even Beyoncé isn’t saying anything, or turning it into a song or some concept album or long-form video or some other way to turn it all into coins, but a source—clearly, it’s Beyoncé—said:
“She thinks it’s sweet people are so concerned, but also doesn’t want to make life hard for the person that did it.” 
Meaning she’ll drag this out for a few months and then turn it into a song or some concept album or long-form video or some other way to turn it all into coins.
We have an update in the SJP Silence over Cynthia Nixon’s political aspirations.

SJP said, through a spokesperson because if she’s not getting paid, she won’t do the talking:
“Cynthia has been my friend and colleague since we were little girls. I look forward to talking to her about her New York state gubernatorial bid.”
Sorry, SJP, that was far from a ringing endorsement. I mean, it sounds like you’re a bit miffed she doesn’t want you on the ticket.

Or maybe it was a lukewarm statement because if Nixon wins, then SJP knows that she’ll not be available for SATC 4 or 5 or 6, and with only SJP and Kristen Davis on-board, who’d pay to sit through that?
Lastly, Tyra Banks, who annoys me more than Beyoncé, if possible.

Banks has finally admitted what everyone already knows: she had a nose job. But the best part of learning this truth is the reason she gives for going under the knife.

Banks recently wrote a memoir with her mom called Perfect Is Boring and explained the rhinoplasty:
“I had bones in my nose that were growing and itching. I could breathe fine, but I added cosmetic surgery.”
Itchy bones that grow in her nose.

Yes, she clearly annoys me more than Beyoncé.

Friday, March 30, 2018

PR All-St★rs 6 Ep12: It's So Twisted

We begin with the Final Four, Fabio, Anthony, Stanley and Ken, looking fine in DC, and headed toward the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History to meet Alyssa Milano. She talks a wee bit about the museum, but we really want to know the challenge, which will be creating a six-piece collection showcasing each designtestant’s mark in American fashion history.

A collection? Is this the finale? It must be, because they have a week, and $2,000 to spend, not at Mood, but at the birthplace of all things Mood… the Mood warehouse. Alyssa then mentions that the models are waiting for their casting … on the roof, and she’s gone, allowing the Final Four to tour the museum, gathering inspiration before heading to the roof to pick their girls.

Back in the workroom, The designers each start drafting a game plan of how to complete six looks in seven days and then Alyssa appears in the workroom … this can’t be good … with a Twist; she tells them to “expect the unexpected” and then says they must create a signature look to show the judges who will decide which three will hit The Tents.

Shiz just got real, because all four thought all four would show; let’s dish …
Stanley is inspired by Jackie O, and different snippets from the museum; he wants to play with volume and shape and minimalism. He’s keeping his color palette simple, with whites and cream alongside hints of black leather.

Anne Fulenwider loves the idea of the leather, because the color is so basic—though she says that not necessarily a bad thing—and she loves the idea of the leather, until Stanley mentions gloves. She reminds him that gloves can go costume, and warns him to edit, and edit, and edit.

It’s so beautiful. All that skirt with a little bit of black.

It’s so simple, but still powerful and easy. I love the bits of black and the simple flat shoe.

The Beautiful Georgina Chapman™ loves it, calling it powerful, though the skirt feels like it has one too many layers.

Isaac Mizrahi says the thing he loves more than a black dress with white petticoats is a white dress with a black lining. He loves the simplicity of the dress, calling it close to the plainest dress he’s ever seen … not a bad thing. He is, however, not a fan of the black leather collar.

Guest look, the fabulous Dita Von Teese loves the look, especially the 1950s full skirt; she does somewhat agree with Isaac about the collar, but she feels it’d be better if it was more delicate.

Fellow Guest judge, and former designer mentor, Zanna Roberts Rassi … love her … calls the look Project Runway Allstars Gold, and says it hits past, present and future styles; she loves the innocent white with the naughty black leather.

Alyssa Milano loved the peek-a-boo black lining and called the look cool and simple.
Fabio harkens back to his grandmother, who taught him to sew, but wants to take the classics and make them modern by playing with contrast and proportions and color. His signature piece he’ll show the judges features smocking, an old sewing technique he learned from his grandmother; it’s cool because he does it with a stripe that looks a little Americana to me.  

Anne likes his skirt though she has questions about the top and the proportions—something Fabio can fix at the fittings—and says she wants to see more of his hip New York City girl.

Everything is working so beautifully.

As separates, I love the pieces, though I love the skirt more; they just seem off when put together.

The Beautiful Georgina Chapman™ ‘adores’ the smocking and the striping; she calls it a look for a powerful woman.

Isaac Mizrahi thinks Fabio’s muse should be Fabio; he says Fabio’s own look is put together in a gauche way but he gets too polite when designing for women—“Don’t let those bitches scare you.”—and wants Fabio to bring more edge, and more of this sick length and more, of what I’ll call an Isaacism, “gauche caviar.”

Dita Von Teese loves the modern 50s skirt and the smocking but not the wallpaper fabric of the top.

Zanna Roberts Rassi says Fabio’s aesthetic is ‘folksy couture’ but she thinks this look is too much, too discombobulated.

Alyssa Milano loves it and wants it.
Ken is moved by a simple white lace tie worn by Harriet Tubman and has chosen to mix things up; he’ll stay with the perfect tailoring but will forego the bold colors for softer hues and fabrics to create a powerful feminine Victorian modern collection filled with romance.

I don’t know if the last challenge is the time to completely mix things up but … Anne sees his design and loves it; she loves the dramatic take on a Victorian sleeve and when Ken suggest a train to add more drama she’s intrigues.

It’s a full-on look. I love the fit [and] the tailoring.

Where is the sleeve? That sash just seems like a last-second addition.

Zanna Roberts Rassi misses Ken’s graphic, darker signature style and wants him to stick to that and avoid the whimsy of a sash.

The Beautiful Georgina Chapman™ wishes the look was black and white because it’s a lot of shiny; she hates the earrings, but loves the proportions, and the way the sash length meets that of the pants.

Isaac Mizrahi, however, adores the pants and the fabrics and wishes the sash had been longer and more dramatic.

Dita Von Teese loves the crisp pant but calls the sash fussy.

Alyssa Milano noted the perfect tailoring and kind of, maybe, sometimes, liked the sash.
I think Anthony had the best description of his collection: if Audrey Hepburn had lived long enough to become Rihanna. I think it gives a perfect idea of what to expect; classic and simple and modern and bold and, maybe, unexpected.

Anne loves the idea, but, wait. Is this another gown? How does red carpet go fashion forward? And where’s the Rihanna in this look?  Anne warn shim that his look needs to stand out if he expects the judges to want to see more.

And so, Anthony tweaks the look, adjusting the hem and opening the back and adding a swoop.

It’s drama. It moves beautifully. It’s well-balanced between her train and the open back.

Is it really new, though?

Isaac Mizrahi loved the fresh length, and the flawless back, and the wide straps; he says the fabric is also fresh, but the waist seems unresolved.

The Beautiful Georgina Chapman™ doesn’t like the heavy fabric and says he needs an ‘understructure;’ to resolve the drooping waist; she does love the silhouette and the length and the drama.

Dita Von Teese loves the ‘Aud-RiRi’ idea and the color, but also notes the wonky waist.
Zanna Roberts Rassi calls it elegant and loves the wide straps; she loves the fabric and the movement.

Alyssa loves the pleating on the side of the dress but also points out that the waist is a little off.
Well, expect the unexpected … because Alyssa has a surprise challenge, for the final four designtestants … who are less than amused,

Alyssa takes the designers through the control room to another workroom where their models away in the underwear. Once there, Alyssa tells them that they must make a whole new look from the scraps of Auf’d designers and they have just one hour to do so. The bell sounds and the dash for fabric scraps begins …

Stanley goes for sequins and faux leather, while Ken reverts to black fabrics; Anthony found a huge trove of fabrics left by Josh and does an Anthony drape, while Fabio starts with a burgundy and then switches it up to khaki shorts and a white draped top.

Back on the runway … from left to right:

Stanley had another hit with all the judges; Isaac Mizrahi called it ‘bling-blocking,’ while The Beautiful Georgina Chapman™ loved how in control and finished the look seemed; Zanna Roberts Rassi loved the gold and silver sequins and said she would have loved to see the leather collar on this look, and Alyssa Milano called it clever.

Fabio explains his look as being a clash of proportion and fit. The Beautiful Georgina Chapman™ said it was easy and exciting while Isaac Mizrahi wished the shorts had been above the knee. Alyssa Milano loved the ‘Boy Scout’ short and chic top and Zanna Roberts Rassi again pointed out that it was perfectly Fabio.

Ken created an elegant black, perfectly tailored dress that gets points for being totally Ken. Alyssa says she couldn’t tell it was a one-hour look, while The Beautiful Georgina Chapman™ called chic and powerful and extraordinary. Isaac Mizrahi thought it too controlled and told Ken he should go a little mad. Dita Von Teese loved the perfect seaming and the high slit.

Anthony offered a draped moment that scored with the judges for color and elegance, but notes are made that the fabric is terribly wrinkled. Isaac doesn’t like the length or wrinkles, but The Beautiful Georgina Chapman™ loved the flamboyance and control. Dita Von Teese also loved the color and one shoulder detail, while Zanna Roberts Rassi called it a well done splash of color. Alyssa brought it home by saying it was Old Hollywood Glamour.

Now the judges deliberate … 

The Beautiful Georgina Chapman™ called Anthony consistent, and loved the tailored bodice of Ken’s showcase look; she liked Fabio’s look, but not the top, and said Stanley’s was impressive.

Isaac Mizrahi didn’t like that Anthony’s second look was sent out wrinkled, and noted that Ken’s pants weren’t fir tight on the model and hated that he sued black for his second look, calling it a default color. He definitely wants to see more of Fabio and felt that Stanley’s bling dress was a miss compared to the things he’d made all season.

Dita Von Teese loved Ken’s fabrics, and Ken’s tailoring, but liked Fabio’s pieces if they were shown separately. She said Stanley’s look was her favorite.

Zanna Roberts Rassi thought Anthony had really evolved and wants more; she felt Ken’s switch to lighter fabrics fell flat, while she felt Fabio’s second look was a total winner. As for Stanley’s showcase piece, she called it iconic.

In no particular order … Stanley is in, followed by Fabio. It gets down to Ken and Anthony, and Anthony gets the nod, while Ken is sent home.

Seeing grown men, even grown gay men, freak out over rolling dress racks was high-larious!

The One Hour Challenge was unnecessary; the look wasn’t to be used in the collection, and the challenge wasn’t used because the judges couldn’t decide who should go. It was really just a waste of time since the look basically didn’t matter.

I want Zanna back as mentor next time around; Anne Fulenwider is just so stiff and doesn’t seem invested in the designers.

Again, I want to just sit in a room with Isaac Mizrahi and hear him talk. It would totally be better than gauche caviar.

Lines of the Night—as usual—go to Anthony:

On his fabric choice:
“When you sew Silk Faille, it stays. When you sew neoprene, it’s like, ‘We'll see you later.’”
And on draping:
“I describe draping as lovemaking. All parties involved need to be satisfied when it’s over.”
As for The Tents, I seriously would have been happy when any of them; I so hoped they’d give us all four and was sad that Ken was axed. I think his style is cool, but he missed the mark by straying too far from his aesthetic.

As for the winner of the whole shebang, I think it might be Stanley; his looks are so crisp and put together. But I’d love a Fabio win because I love his quirkiness. Anthony makes beautiful gown sand red carpet looks, but that’s kind of one note, a beautiful one note, though.

What did YOU think?

I Didn't Say It ....

John Paul Stevens, former SCOTUS justice, on gun control … repeal the Second Amendment:

“That simple but dramatic action would move Saturday’s marchers closer to their objective than any other possible reform. It would eliminate the only legal rule that protects sellers of firearms in the United States — unlike every other market in the world. It would make our schoolchildren safer than they have been since 2008 and honor the memories of the many, indeed far too many, victims of recent gun violence.”

It will never happen, but wouldn’t it be great? I mean, it doesn’t mean couldn’t own guns, but this whole “it’s my right” argument would have no merit.
Karl Schmid, an entertainment reporter for ABC affiliate in LA, coming out as HIV-positive:

“Hi. I’m a 37 year old HIV+ man who has been poz for almost ten years. I work in television. And on the side of the camera where, for better or worse it’s considered “taboo” for people ‘like me’ to be ‘like me’. For 10 years I’ve struggled with ‘do I or don’t I’? For ten years the stigma and industry professionals have said, ‘don’t! It’ll ruin you’. But here’s the thing. I’m me. I’m just like you. I have a big heart and I want to be loved and accepted. I may be on TV from time to time, but at the end of the day I’m just an average guy who wants what we all want. To be accepted and loved by our friends and family and to be encouraged by our peers. So here’s what I say, stand tall, and stand proud. You can’t make everybody happy, but you can make you happy. And so long as you tell the truth, you will never have to remember anything. Labels are things that come and go but your dignity and who you are is what defines you. I know who I am, I know what I stand for and while in the past I may not have always had clarity, I do now. Love me or hate me, that’s up to you. But, for anyone who has ever doubted themselves because of those scary three letters and one symbol, let me tell you this, you are somebody who matters. Your feelings, your thoughts, your emotions count. And don’t let anybody tell you otherwise. I’m Karl Schmid, and I’m an HIV-positive man!”

Good for Schmid.
Thirty-five-plus years into the virus and there’s still this stigma and shame from some people. Being positive is a condition, a manageable condition, and shouldn’t be treated, by anyone, as a death sentence or something to fear.
Silence + Death.
Kellyanne Conway, White House Propaganda Minister, on the opioid crisis:

“On our college campuses, your folks are reading the labels, they won’t put any sugar in their body, they don’t eat carbs anymore, and they’re very, very fastidious about what goes into their body. And then you buy a street drug for $5 or $10, it’s laced with fentanyl, and that’s it. So I guess my short advice is, as somebody double your age: eat the ice cream, have the French fry, don’t buy the street drug. Believe me, it all works out.”

Seriously, this bitch thinks having a French fry will solve the problem?
God is she dumb.
Gregg Popovichhead coach of the San Antonio Spurs, on _____ and the GOP’s response to school shootings:

“Imagine bullets going through bodies, and what those bodies might have looked like afterwards. How can the president of the country talk about all of the things he’s going to do, and then go have lunch with the NRA? It’s just cowardice. A real leader would have been in Washington DC, not at his penthouse at Mar-a-Lago. He would have had the decency to meet with a group, to see what’s going on, and how important it is, and how important our children are to us. For all those politicians involved, it’s just a dereliction of duty.”

I.Love.This.Guy. Too bad we can’t get him into the White House and get back to some Obama-era common sense and compassion.
Rick Santorum, former Senator and Frothy Mix, admitted he was an idiot for saying students should take CPR classes instead of fighting for gun control:

“I blame myself. I said that wrong comment Sunday and I got everybody off on a rabbit trail. The fact of the matter is I did misspeak in using the term CPR and I think Sanjay Gupta’s job here at CNN is probably safe as being the medical commentator on things.”

Everyone’s job is safe from you because you don’t have the common sense to even be a rubbish collector.
See, right after apologizing for being a daft fool Frothy Mix then said that past mass shootings have spawned organizations that he said have done significant work in combating school shootings by addressing mental health issues and bullying.
Yes, mass shootings have helped in combating mass shootings.
Luca Guadagnino, on the lack of male frontal nudity in Call Me By Your Name;

"To put our gaze upon their lovemaking would have been a sort of unkind intrusion. I think that their love is in all things, so when we gaze towards the window and we see the trees, there is a sense of witnessing that. I refuse with strong firmness that I was coy in not showing that, because I think that Oliver and Elio and Armie and Timothée, the four of them displayed a very strong intimacy and closeness in so many ways and it was enough."

Um, wait just a gosh darned minute … There was a chance that I could have seen Armie Hammer, My Husband In My Head, in his full glory and you quashed it.
Someone hold my shoes cuz shiz is about to get real.
James IvoryCall Me By Your Name screenwriter, on director Luca Guadagnino choice to not show male full-front nudity:

"When Luca says he never thought of putting nudity in, that is totally untrue. He sat in this very room where I am sitting now, talking about how he would do it. So when he says that it was a conscious aesthetic decision not to—well, that’s just bullshit. When people are wandering around before or after making love, and they’re decorously covered with sheets, it’s always seemed phony to me. To me, there’s a more natural way of doing things than to hide them, or to do what Luca did, which is to pan the camera out of the window toward some trees … "

Ivory, who won an Oscar for adapting André Aciman's novel, said his screenplay explicitly specified nude scenes for Elio and Oliver—Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer. The idea was scrapped, thanks to clauses in the actors’ contracts.
Still, there is a sequel in the works, which will take place "five or six years" after the ending of the first film, and maybe, just maybe, Hammer and Chalamet will update those nudity riders.
Armie? Do it for me?????
Dan Reynolds, Imagine Dragons frontman and a straight Mormon, on his support for LGBTQ youth:

“One of the reasons I’ve felt such a need to speak out on this is I’ve gotten countless emails and letters from fans around the world who said, ‘I’m gay, but I know you’re Mormon so that probably means you don’t accept my lifestyle, but I love ‘It’s Time’ and your music.’ That was devastating, and it broke my heart to get letters like that. I’ve written back to these people to tell them, “No, I do support you and I’m here for you.” It’s been a driving force for me to raise awareness and make a difference and not just sit back to let people feel that hurt. “It’s Time” reached a lot in a lot of different ways.”

You can’t paint all people of faith with the same brush. Many, like Reynolds, have evolved and don’t buy into the hate and intolerance.
The march goes on …