What We Could All Learn from P!nk About Marriage

No one ever said marriage was easy. And now P!nk can confirm that. The pop singer, whose song “What About Us” has been blasting from the radio since it was released in August, recently “opened up” about life with her husband, Carey Hart, in an interview with The Guardian: There are moments where I look … Continued

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Marriages that Work: Celebrity Sports Edition

After a little more than four years of marriage, I find myself increasingly drawn to stories about couples who not only survive, but also thrive in wedded matrimony. I don’t want to just “be married;” I want to find ways to love and care for my wife. Typically, the world of celebrity marriages is not … Continued

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The Moral Emptiness of Hollywood Moms

There’s wide agreement that super creep and alleged rapist Harvey Weinstein’s harassment and abuse of women was an open secret. It’s a cliché, but it does appear that everyone and their mother knew about it. His victims certainly knew—Gwyneth Paltrow, Mira Sorvino, Rosanna Arquette, Angelina Jolie, Heather Graham, just to name a few. Other powerful … Continued

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Why Celebrities Have a Problem With Monogamy

If I were Dax Shepard I might be a bit worried right now. His wife, Kristen Bell, of Frozen fame, recently said in an interview, “I’m quite positive we are not meant to be monogamous.” Yikes. She went on to say that her point was that monogamous relationships are hard because they require “a lot … Continued

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Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, and the Death of Campy Comedy

After the dark Halloween night recedes this year, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, will be forever leaving the stage with it. After thirty-five years in the business, comedian Cassandra Peterson will be retiring live-stage performances of her popular goth Valley girl character. A staple of the season, the demise of Elvira from the Knott’s Berry … Continued

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Madonna, Lady Gaga, and the Loneliness of Celebrity

In 1991, all the cool people I knew seemed to learn a lot from Madonna’s Truth or Dare, a documentary chronicling events behind the scenes on her Blonde Ambition tour. The only thing I learned from it was that I would never be one of the cool people. My friends reacted with delight to Madonna’s … Continued

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Was Hugh Hefner a Lecher or a Visionary? Both.

The much-publicized death of Hugh Hefner on September 27 turned the ninety-one-year-old founder of Playboy magazine from a nearly forgotten pajama-clad oddity into a cultural force—but a force for good or ill? In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Camille Paglia declared that Hefner and the men’s magazine he started in 1953 had “absolutely revolutionized … Continued

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Harvey Weinstein and Hollywood Whataboutism

Hollywood has evidently decided that the appropriate way to deal with the black eye that is producer Harvey Weinstein is with an eraser. That’s right. An industry blog, Deadline, reports that his company, The Weinstein Company, is looking to erase Weinstein’s name from the credits of movies and television shows he produced, and the Company … Continued

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What Harvey Weinstein Reveals About Hollywood Values

Harvey Weinstein is the latest powerful Hollywood executive to be accused of repeated sexual harassment. These aren’t just examples of dirty old men, however—these abuses have been covered up for decades, thanks to Hollywood’s toxic culture of fame, power, and sex. It’s a tale as old as Hollywood itself. A powerful producer calls a young … Continued

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Why Tom Petty’s Music Will Endure

Tom Petty never enjoyed the sort of rhapsodic critical acclaim and promotional hype that Bruce Springsteen did. He was never considered a genius-level guitarist like Eric Clapton or a genius-level lyricist like Bob Dylan. And he never used his musical celebrity to become an international social and political activist like U2’s Bono. All he did … Continued

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