Movie Review: ‘Southpaw’

Last night I met up with my friend Ashley for a last minute hang out and we decided to get margaritas and see the new Jake Gyllenhaal movie Southpaw. Jake, as you may recall, got all jacked up and practically unrecognizable for the role of the prize fighter in this movie and I can assure you that he looks really great in this new film. The movie as a whole, well, that’s another story. As much as I wanted Southpaw to be a really great movie, one that might garner Jake an Academy Award nomination, I just felt that the movie fell really short. The story was completely uninspired and was totally paint by numbers. If it weren’t for Jake‘s really terrific performance, I would’ve hated the movie overall. Instead, I guess I felt that it was just OK. More »

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Les News, 072515

  • Caitlyn Jenner made a cameo at the Culture Club show in LA this weekend [Idolator]
  • • If Disney Princesses were moms [Buzzfeed]
  • David Beckham‘s got a new tattoo [PopSugar]
  • • This movie looks so bad, omg [LaineyGossip]
  • Darren Ex-Hedwig Criss is on holiday [Socialite Life]
  • Jimmy Fallon is thankful for the Nicki/Taylor Feud [GossipCop]
  • • It’s always a good thing to love your work [Towleroad]
  • • Peace the Spork Out, Têtu magazine [Oh La La]
  • • Paris is a great place to take a shower [Queerty]
  • • Celeb scandals on security tape [Ranker]
  • • Gamers wil be drug tested [Newser]
  • 50 Cent is going to have to pay up [Global Grind]
  • Jay R. Ferguson (Mad Men) is 41, D.B. Woodside (24, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) is 46, Illeana Douglas is 50, Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth is 57 and Iman is 60 years old. Click HERE to see who else is celebrating a birthday today.
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Watch: Starz Releases A First Trailer For ‘Da Vinci’s Demons’ Season 3

#TheQuestEnds

On October 24, Starz will premiere the third and final season of their mostly excellent historical fiction drama Da Vinci’s Demons. As I write this post about the release of the show’s season 3 trailer, I’m realizing that I have never written about Da Vinci’s Demons here on the blog before. I’ve been watching the show since it’s debut in 2013 and have enjoyed it along the way. I guess Demons is one of those shows you watch, enjoy but just never get around to talking about with your friends unless someone else brings it up in conversation. The show tells the fictionalized life story of Leonardo Da Vinci who, through his almost metaphysical creativity, gets wrapped up in a quest that takes him around the world in search of the truth about his past … infusing historical facts about the famed inventor that we know within this fictionalized story. The show caught my attention when its release was originally promoted back in ’13 and managed to keep my attention for two seasons. This first look at season 3, I must admit, doesn’t grab me like the previous seasons have but I trust that the forthcoming episodes will be entertaining. Starz has announced that this third season of Da Vinci’s Demons will be the last so we fans of the show have this final season to look forward to before Da Vinci‘s story is complete. Long before Outlander put Starz on the TV drama map, Da Vinci’s Demons paved the way for the growth of quality programming that the network offers now. If you haven’t been watching the show, there is plenty of time to binge watch and get caught up before the final season premieres on October 24. Watch the final season with me, won’t you?

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Instagram Has Unblocked The ‘Curvy’ Hashtag, But Why Was It Blocked To Begin With?

This is a story that I simply have not understood, from beginning to end. Here’s why. About a week ago, a dear friend of mine who shall remain nameless introduced me to the Instagram hashtag #EggplantFriday. UM WHAT. I could not believe that it was allowed on Instagram and, in case you were wondering, yes it’s related to penises. Of the eggplant variety. So if actual porn makes its way onto the photo sharing app, why in the world did Instagram ban the hashtag #curvy recently? Representatives claimed it was because of all the “inappropriate content” that came along with it, but that never made a bit of sense to me, nor does this explanation for why they’ve unblocked the word. Click inside for more.

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Model Chanel Iman And Her Boyfriend Will Make You Loathe All Couples Everywhere, Forever

So, here is the deal guys. I am single. For reals. And although I am kind of psyched to be so, and have high expectations for the next few years of my life I still suffer from that bitter Single Person Syndrome that occasionally takes hold of me. I only say all of that to say, if you’re also single, you might want to avoid the rest of this post, because there’s kind of nothing worse than two disgustingly attractive human beings like Chanel Iman and Jordan Clarkson laying all over each other, being disgustingly attractive together. But if you can handle it, click inside for more.

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MTV’s ‘White People’ Doc Was Annoying, Infuriating and Pretty Damn Good

If you didn’t get a chance to catch the MTV documentary short White People, it’s available online and highly recommended by yours truly. During the 40 minute film, created by Pulitzer Prize winner and proud, Filipino illegal immigrant Jose Antonio Vargas, the film hones in on 3 individuals from predominantly white neighborhoods, their family and friends, and uses their experiences to highlight the existence (misunderstood and otherwise) of white privilege in America. I found myself rolling my eyes, yelling at the TV and laughing a lot—and also being incredibly impressed with Vargas. I wanted to hate it but I have to confess, I was moved in some ways. Click inside for more!

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Claire Danes Looks Super Serious In This Poster For ‘Homeland’ Season 5

Last week we got our first look at the first video teaser for the upcoming 5th season of Homeland on Showtime. Today we get to see the first poster released for the new season. As you can see below, Claire Danes‘s character Carrie Matheson looks serious af as she looks back at something … or someone. At first glance, the poster looks reminiscent of the promo art we used to get for 24 when it was still on TV. I guess the show can be considered an action series even tho it relies heavily on drama. Perhaps this poster is meant to signal that the series will bee more action-oriented when it returns in early October. More »

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Juliette & The Licks Rock LA

Last night I made my way to the El Rey Theater to see Juliette Lewis‘s band Juliette and the Licks live in concert. Last night’s show was the first the band has played since they broke up back in 2009. I managed to see Juliette and the Licks way back when I was still living in Detroit and I remembered how great the show was so when my friend Austin let me know he had an extra ticket, I knew I had to see the show. Honestly, the band’s brand of Southern Rock music isn’t really my thing but Juliette Lewis is such an amazing live performer that she made last night’s sold out performance a truly memorable experience. It really was a really great show. More »

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Les News, 072415

  • Taye Diggs takes the stage in Hedwig and the Angry Inch [Socialite Life]
  • Hulk Hogan is a self-professed racist who just got fired from the WWE [NY Post]
  • • Another day, another terrorist shooting in America [Buzzfeed]
  • Blue Ivy continues to live the life [PopSugar]
  • Jennifer Lopez is celebrating her 46th birthday today [LaineyGossip]
  • Nicki Minaj on GMA [Idolator]
  • • No, sorry, Zayn Malik is not returning to One Direction on July 26 [GossipCop]
  • Rachel Maddow is the absolute best [Towleroad]
  • Jonas in Chains [Oh La La]
  • Naomi Campbell is checking into American Horror Story: Hotel [Queerty]
  • • Funny Bumper Stickers [Ranker]
  • • Yikes! Southpaw isn’t getting great reviews [Newser]
  • Jurassic World 2 is coming [Global Grind]
  • Anna Paquin is 33, Summer Glau is 34, Rose Byrne is 36, Laura Leighton (Melrose Place) is 47, Gus Van Sant is 63, Lynda Carter is 64 and Mark Goddard (Lost in Space) is 79 years old. Click HERE to see who else is celebrating a birthday today.
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Prince Is Releasing A ‘Super Funky’ New Album For ‘Super Hardcore’ Fans

The members of Prince‘s new band, 3rd Eye Girl, gave a new interview to 6 Music this week to announce the forthcoming release of a new album of music. Described as a “super funky” album for “super hardcore” fans, musicians Donna Grantis, Ida Nielsen and Hannah Ford Welton promise that the album will be out “soon”. At the start of this month, Prince and 3rd Eye Girl released a single titled HardRockLover … today, we learn that that song is the official first song from this as-yet untitled album. It is unknown if the other recent new songs, like Baltimore (see the just-released music video HERE), The X’s Face and What If?, will be included on this new album but considering how prolific a songwriter Prince is, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if this new album features none of the newish songs he’s already released this year. Click below to read excerpts from this exciting new interview and learn all the known deets about Prince‘s forthcoming 38th studio album. More »

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