It’s Time to Stop Caring About Celebrity Breakups

This week, news broke that actors Anna Faris and Chris Pratt were separating after eight years of marriage. As the headline in Elle magazine signaled (and many upset Twitter users noted), “Love is dead.” Why do we care so much about celebrity break-ups? Consider the long-running saga that is (or was) the partnership of Angelina … Continued


To Understand Why Brad Pitt’s Marriage Failed, Consider its Origins

What do you do with a movie star, a stellar budget, and a cataclysmic divorce? Conduct a tell-all interview with said star in topographically diverse environments with him clad in very expensive couture, of course! GQ has published a veritable celebrity Gesamtkunstwerk out of the breakdown of Brad Pitt’s glamorous marriage by whisking him from … Continued


Brangelina’s End Shouldn’t Come as a Surprise

Another Hollywood marriage bites the dust. The Brangelina split, however, sideswiped those of us who track these things, because there were absolutely no hints. Usually we get a little clue here, or a whiff of trouble there. An Us Weekly story about a tense lunch or a People magazine report that somebody is looking for … Continued


Greed on Wall Street, Never in Hollywood

One of the most influential names in comedy is likely one that many of you have never heard. Adam McKay is a writer, producer, director extraordinaire who, alongside friend Will Ferrell, has brought the American public such films as Talladega Nights, Step Brothers, and Anchorman. He is the co-founder of the website Funny or Die. … Continued

Entertainment, Movies

Tom Cruise: The Greatest Movie Star of All-Time

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation comes out this weekend and with it will be another round of people beating up on Tom Cruise. They make fun of him for his religious beliefs. They knock him for making overly commercial movies. They mock him because he was one of the first people in America to have the … Continued


‘Fury’ and The Good War

In the newly released Fury, Brad Pitt stars in one of the better World War II films to advance on theaters since 1998’s Saving Private Ryan. Directed by David Ayer (Training Day, End of Watch) and shot on location in the dreary, muddy English countryside, Fury is the compelling tale of a tank commander nicknamed Wardaddy … Continued

Entertainment, Movies

Good Luck to Brangelina, Hollywood’s Coolest Parents

After nine years and six children together, Hollywood’s preeminent power couple—Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie—got  married in a private ceremony in France late last month. Affectionately known to whoever reads US Weekly and watches Extra as “Brangelina,” Tinsel Town’s first family celebrated their nuptials with their children and twenty guests in a chapel at Château … Continued

Culture, Parenting

Angelina Jolie’s Wedding Dress: A Symbol of Family Love

So Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt finally, and quietly, tied the knot. So quietly, in fact, that the news came as a shock to almost everybody. But now, a week later, the biggest shock of all is Angelina’s wedding dress—the dress people can’t stop talking about. As one might expect from one of the wealthiest … Continued


What Your Jewelry Taste Says About Your Personality

“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” – Coco Chanel Earlier this spring, I argued that a woman’s selection in swimwear revealed a lot about her personal virtue, independent of the style she chose. Now that bikini season is almost over and the holiday season is looming on the horizon, it’s time … Continued


To Wed or Not to Wed: The Case of Angelina Jolie

I’ve always had mixed feelings about Angelina Jolie. On the one hand, she seems like a psychopath with her tats and blood vials and she is definitely a home-wrecker. I don’t think I can ever forgive her for that horrible W  magazine spread when Brad Pitt was still married to Jennifer Aniston. Portraying a sort of … Continued