"Apple treated me like I was a voice of a creative community that they actually cared about”
Taylor Swift is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Vanity Fair magazine where she talks about pretty much everything that has been going on in her life … except for direct reference to her new boyfriend Calvin Harris. Everything else? Yeah, she is happy to talk about that. The accompanying photospread, shot by famed photographer Mario Testino, showcases Taylor in all her glam fabulousness but it’s her interview that I find most interesting. Click through the gallery to see Taylor‘s VF photos then click below to read excerpts from her interview where she talks about her new friendship with Kanye West, her surprise that Apple Music backed down after her criticism, her enduring friendships will her horde of BFFs and her relationships with men (except for Calvin Harris) … AND watch behind the scenes video from the VF shoot where Taylor plays a game of Word Association. More »
New Zombies! New Characters! New Cookies?
We are still 2 months away from the premiere of The Walking Dead season 6 on AMC but the time has come for the show’s promo to begin in earnest. The Walking Dead season 6 is featured on the cover and in the pages of this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine and as you can see in the photo gallery presented here, the new season will feature our fave TWD characters alongside new characters to the show … and a bunch of new zombies. The cover story feature in this week’s issue of EW gives us a nice preview of the new season, which you can read excerpted below. But I am so here for the photos. There’s something magical about the sight of Andrew Lincoln‘s Rick and Norman Reedus‘s Daryl patting one another on the ass while Melissa McBride‘s Carol looks on. Amazing. Check out the photos, then click below to preview this new TWD feature in the new issue of EW magazine. More »
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"The pioneers ... made it easier for me"
On June 1, Caitlyn Jenner made her worldwide debut on the cover of that month’s issue of Vanity Fair magazine. But, the road to the cover of Vanity Fair was a long one, chronicled by a short film documentary titled Call Me Caitlyn. The embed above features the full 10-minute documentary, filmed and released by VF magazine, and shows us behind the scenes footage from the shoot along with interviews with members of the Vanity Fair staff and, of course, Caitlyn Jenner herself. Caitlyn offers some really great insight in this short documentary film, particularly her acknowledgement of the trans pioneers who came before her. Check out the video above, I think you’ll enjoy it as much as I do.
"I felt ashamed. I was embarrassed to be me."
There are many reasons people blame the media for some of the biggest problems impacting the world, but I think the main reason is that the media—all media, really—wields power. Something as simple as an image on the cover of a magazine can speak volumes and can send a strong message about how we should all be feeling. In this way, the media controls a huge aspect of our society’s moral compass. So, putting 35 women on the cover of a magazine—women who were all questioned and called liars at one point—sitting them down in chairs facing the world, and leaving a single empty chair sends a powerful message about the face of rape culture, and gives agencies to those most effected (and to those who still haven’t spoken out, or those victims who are surely still to come). Click inside for a better look at New York Magazine‘s latest cover.
Long Live the King
Earlier today we got to see actor Charlie Hunnam in character as King Arthur on the cover of this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine, lookin’ as hot as ever. Right now, we get to feast our eyes on the full photospread of Charlie in the new issue of EW. Photographed by Marc Hom on the set of Hunnam‘s new film Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur, we get to see just how insanely handsome Charlie looks as the legendary monarch. It’s hard to pick a fave photo from this batch but it’s sure fun trying. Enjoy.
The gift that keeps on giving
Back in May, Harry Potter actor Matthew Lewis got temperatures racing with the release of his steamy Attitude magazine photospread. As you may recall, we got a really hot look at the child actor all growed up with the release of those photos. Today, courtesy of photographer Joseph Sinclair, we get to revisit Matthew‘s photospread with the release of an outtake photo that didn’t make the cut when Attitude was released in the spring. As is usually the case, professional photoshoots end up with way more photos than can be used in publications … and, as a result, many of those outtake photos go forever unseen. Thankfully, Sinclair decided to pick out a lovely previously unseen photo and share it with the world … gods bless him. Have a look below. More »
"I assumed that nobody would ever have the open-mindedness to cast this character black"
In May we learned that Broadway actor Taye Diggs will be returning to the Great White Way this year as the next star to take the lead in the new production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. In June, we got our first look at the actor in make-up for the role. Today, courtesy of The New York Times Magazine, we get an amazing behind the scenes look at Taye as he prepares to “transform” the role when he takes over next month. NYT photographer Ryan Pfluger was given access to rehearsals for the show and he expertly captures Diggs as he prepares for the role. Taye confesses that he assumed that they would never cast a Black man as Hedwig, which is something I think many people assumed. Personally, tho, I am so excited that he is going to become the new Hedwig becuase, OMG, he is going to KILL the role. Click through the gallery to see these amazing photos from the NYT and head HERE to read the article in full.
"I’m not confused ... I think the world might be - but I’m not.”
It’s been a minute since we’ve heard from Rachel Dolezal — the Caucasian woman who brazenly identifies as Black. OK, it’s been about a month since we’ve heard from her but, honestly, in the past 4 weeks I don’t think I’ve given her even a passing thought. But, here we are, talking about her again … because she is featured in the new issue of Vanity Fair magazine. In spite of the backlash that she received when her true ethnicity was revealed, Dolezal tells VF mag that she feels that she never deceived anyone, she absolutely identifies as Black and she is completely unapologetic about everything that went down when her story blew up in May. Rachel Dolezal ain’t done talking, click below to read what she has to say now. More »
Plus, his chat with Martha Stewart (Yes, Martha Stewart)
Justin Bieber is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Interview magazine and as you can see in the gallery presented here, he isn’t wearing very much clothing. As you may recall, The Biebs showed us his bare ass on Instagram last week so clearly he is in a very show-and-tell mood these days. The photos were shot by Steven Klein and the interview was conducted by Martha Stewart. Yes, the felonious queen of the domestic arts. Martha and JB clearly grew close when they worked together on the Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber earlier this year so, yeah, there you go. Check out the photos and then click below to read excerpts from JB‘s chat with MS in the new issue of Interview mag. More »
Adventures in stating the obvious.
What I like about Amber Rose is that she will go from sharing a video that highlights her incredibly dope skillz as a parent, and then transition to some sexy sexy sex time, without missing a beat. It all sort of makes no sense, but that’s only if you exist in a world where you can’t teach your son the word “translucent,” and then post an epic booty shot that goes viral over the weekend. Click inside for more!
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