Photoshop Bullying is Evidently a Thing Now

In recent years, bullying has become a regular issue in the cultural landscape. The month of October is officially “National Bullying Prevention Month,” and numerous movies and books about bullying have flooded the market. This is all well and good, and it raises awareness about an important subject. But there is also the question of … Continued

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Kelsey Grammer’s Lesson of Forgiveness

Our common fate, Longfellow once wrote, is that “into each life some rain must fall.” But some people have to weather heavier deluges than others, and being a celebrity is no guarantee against that. In a recent Vanity Fair interview, Kelsey Grammer of Cheers and Frasier fame spoke recently about a history of more family tragedy than anyone should have to bear, and … Continued

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Bill Murray and the Case for Self-Reflection

Few people fascinate me the way Bill Murray does. At this point, his quirky, magnanimous behavior on and off the silver screen is the stuff of legend (or, for the more cynical among us, fodder for another round of eye rolls). I wrote about Murray earlier this year here at Acculturated and the impetus behind … Continued

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James Franco, Pseudo-Intellectual

James Franco is smart. Want to know how I know? He (via dozens of fawning journalists) told me so. He’s a Renaissance Man. He’s an actor, director, poet and intellectual of the highest order. Again, all of this is according to those who know him best (or get to have organic scones with him in … Continued

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Vanity Fair 100: Modernism, Art, and Beauty

Wow. Now this is how it’s done. I just got a copy of the new coffee table book Vanity Fair 100, and it is a stunner. The book is a retrospective on Vanity Fair magazine, which was founded in 1913 and for its first twenty-two years was edited by Francis Welch “Crownie” Crowninshield. Crowninshield was … Continued

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The Daily Pop Culture Scene

Ridley Scott & Wes Anderson’s Best Work Is In Past–Indie Wire First off, I am not saying that Wes Anderson and Ridley Scott, two master stylists with new movies in theaters, will not someday surpass their best films: that kind of prediction is impossible and counterproductive. But it must be admitted that they set the … Continued

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RIP Vidal Sassoon, Liberator of Women’s Hair–Vanity Fair Don Draper’s Advice: How to Be a Man or a Young Girl–Speakeasy Don’t Try This at Home: The Dark Habits of Vampires–The Daily Beast Our Emotional Responses to Jane Austen, Graphed!–Brain Pickings Linda Evangelista Goes to Court Dressed Like a Star–NYT Marion Cotillard Opens Up About New … Continued

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Mindy Kaling’s Lunch Date With Vanity Fair–VF Time to Stop Using “White” as Pejorative–A.V. Club TV Broadcasting a World of Whiteness–NY Times Sissy Spacek: The Well-Adjusted Actress-WSJ Marnie, Charlotte, Betty: TV’s Beautiful Control Freaks–Atlantic What’s America Reading? Bestsellers By City–Daily Beast Time to Let Moviegoers Text in Film?–Deadline How Porn Ruined the Life of a … Continued

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Nicki Minaj’s Schizophrenic New Album–Atlantic Mad Men v. The Artist: TV Today Is Better Than Film–Vanity Fair John Grisham’s Favorite Mistake–Newsweek The Exploitation of Trayvon Martin–Shelby Steele Damsels in Distress & The Flowers of Youth–NYT Where Are All the Normal Men?–Huff Po 10 Most Ridic Uses of Internet In Movies–CableTvProviders

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NBC Hopes New Show Smash Will Be a Smash–LA Times There’s No Escaping Smash—Huffington Post This Musical for Marilyn Monroe Is a Smash–Dorothy Rabinowitz in WSJ Anjelica Huston and the Men She Loves–Vanity Fair Carrie On: How the Styles of Sex and the City Endure–Vogue Oscar Nominee Jean Dujardin Under Fire for “Sexist” Poster–Big Hollywood Groundhog Day: … Continued

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