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Repent and get going. You're also wrong not to spend more time thinking about whether Paper Moon or What's Up, Doc? is Peter Bogdanovich 's best movie (because we all understand that The Last Picture Show draaaaags, right?) And you're especially wrong if you think The Sting , another old-timey blockbuster about suave wheeler-dealers released in 1973, deserved Best Picture over Paper Moon .
The Sting is a boring carousel of well-costumed movie stars. Paper Moon has a soul. And tomboy flair.
And it wasn't even nominated. Paper Moon manages to be both quaint and gritty, and that's all in the casting: Moses Pray ( Ryan O'Neal , a fair candidate for World's Worst Celebrity) is a Harold Hill-style con man in the 1930s who finds himself delivering a 9-year-old named Addie ( Tatum O'Neal , Ryan's daughter) to her grandmother's house in St. Joseph, Missouri.
Addie notices that Moses accepts $200 for taking care of her, and after he spends a chunk of it sprucing up his Model A convertible, Addie confronts him and demands the $200 for herself. Moses angrily agrees to pay her off -- especially because there's a heap of speculation regarding whether Addie is his illegitimate child -- and together they become a brilliant team of widow-swindling Bible salesmen after Addie reveals herself to be a kickass accomplice. The movie is both an old-fashioned caper and cuttingly funny road movie.
Where else have we seen that combo? Not The Guilt Trip , guys. Here are five other reasons Paper Moon may be the Best.
1. It is fun to watch a jackass dupe old ladies.
It is so easy to believe Ryan O'Neal as a low-down, weasel-faced trickster, isn't it? You root for him in this movie because it's like he's discovering his true calling. (As we discovered in What's Up, Doc? , his true calling is definitely not screwball comedy.) The afore-embedded scene is entertaining not only because of the sheer rope-a-dopery at hand. It's also very well acted, perched halfway between ratatat quippiness and real-life small talk.
O'Neal's slick control of conversation makes the scam mesmerizing and a riot, and the cashier's batty grandmotherliness is the stuff of a Margaret Rutherford Oscar win. Also: I was once duped into handing over an extra $20 bill to a menacing customer during my days as a grocery store clerk, so I understand the real-life trauma behind this kind of incident.
2. The versatility, vulnerability, and charming evil of Tatum O'Neal Pop culture remembers Tatum O'Neal as the youngest Oscar winner, but let's not forget that she does turn in an Oscar-worthy performance -- for Best Actress, mind you, not her assigned category of Best Supporting Actress. (Remember: I am a category queen.) Tatum dominates this movie, and its her harsh juvenile glance we're left studying in every frame.
She's as wise, weary, and too adult in that tragic child star way. Tatum would go on to reveal the sadder personal connections she shared with Addie in her bracing memoir A Paper Life (yikes!), but what can I say? That connection makes this film even deeper than Alvin Sargent 's fabulous adapted script.
Much has been made of Peter Bogdanovich's direction of Tatum, which allegedly veered into puppetry more than a few times, but it can't be denied that Tatum holds her own. Take for instance this longish car scene (embedded above), in which Addie and Moses fight about lack of supplies. It's an uninterrupted shot, and she's visibly wonderful at every single moment.
Her snapdragon rejoinders are always just right. Bad News Cub. And let's not forget her devilish crying jags.
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Hey JT, I'll be graduating from college in May and looking for a big boy job. At the end of the summer I'll be starting an internship at Disney World. Yay!
Unfortunately, this means that I will be away from my boyfriend, who I've been with for almost a year and a half, for the first time since we started dating. The real problem is that I don't see a time in the near future when we'll be able to be physically together again. He has at least another semester of college to go, and while I'm not entirely sure of his post-graduate plans, I know he'd like to travel overseas and teach English as a second language.
At this point, I'm planning to stay in Orlando for a while to get some experience with their conservation-related internships. I love him very much, and I want to stay with him for a long time. I don't want geography to get in the way, but from my point of view it presents a lot of complications.
Do you have any advice that would help in coping with the distance? Any words of wisdom you can offer would be greatly appreciated. Magical Bookseller Here s the number one way to make long-distance relationships work, MB: there has to be a light at the end of the tunnel.
If there s a set time when long distance becomes close-enough-to-do-it distance, then it s easy to keep your eye on the prize and hold out for when you know you ll be reunited. If there s no end to the separation in sight, that makes everything a hell of a lot more challenging. Now it used to be that even with the promise of an eventual reunion, long-term relationships were still a one way ticket to a major league bummer.
Fortunately, though, we now live in a golden age of communication technology, and since you re still in college, that means you grew up with this kind of stuff and will have no problem accessing it. Though Skype has been around for a while, it remains the go-to program for star-crossed lovers who also find themselves land-crossed. When my boyfriend Morris recently booked a gig that took him out of town for a few weeks, it was almost like he never left, because we were still, in a way, in a room together every night.
That sense of quasi-closeness in conjunction with the beautiful bounty of free pornography online makes it a lot easier these days to be apart from the one you love. But it also requires discipline if you choose to be monogamous. Discipline and, even more important, honesty.
Human beings have needs, obviously, and some couples are okay with getting some action on the side provided it s completely sexual and not romantic. Most of the time they have a non-disclosure agreement, but some couples love to dish with one another about their extracurricular actions and compare notes. For other couples, of course, this would lead to tears and heartbreak.
It s up to you guys to decide where you stand. Hello JT. I was in denial about being gay, but last year I came out to friends, then came out to my mom, then moved out the house for two weeks.
However, right now I am back home and continuing my studies. My mom has been in denial about me, saying she loves me but she doesn't condone 'that.' I have two younger brothers, aged 7 and 5 years old. (I m 20.) Whenever my brothers are in the room and we re watching a show where there might be a gay couple, she sounds off about her disdain and outrage. I am worried that she will end up turning my brothers against me as they don't know that I am gay and If I tell them it will result in a whole family drama as it may seem like I am 'influencing' them.
Coming out was already a whole movie trilogy's worth of drama and I don't want to start another trilogy yet. Should I be worried or take comfort in the fact that my brothers are part of a new generation that won't be so caught up with sexual orientation? Worried Big Brother PS- The last time I wrote I was the guy who asked about why gay guys don't hold hands in public, except now I am a gay guy.
LOL Ah, a repeat customer. Welcome back. Well, considering your first letter to us was written as a heterosexual man who was VERY curious about gay male behavior, I d like to offer you a congratulations for coming to terms with your identity.
I know that can be super difficult, so you should feel proud of yourself for that. Okay, let s talk about Mom. Through a little point-and-click research, I discovered that South Africa, where WBB hails from, actually has a pretty decent track record for LGBT rights, including legalizing gay marriage in 2006.
So his mother is not a vessel of her surroundings, but rather personally has issues with the gay thing. As I ve mentioned before, parental acceptance of their children s homosexuality often occurs in stages, beginning with I still love you, but I don't like what you are to I can t wait to dance at your wedding. Not every parent makes it to that last step, but we can hope.
Your mother, presuming she grew up in South Africa, lived through the apartheid government, which was incredibly hostile to gay people. My guess is a lot of her world views were formed during this time, and ideas cemented during one s formative years can be hard to break. My advice would be to just keep being the good, upstanding guy you are with your mother.
Gently bring up the gay thing when you can, trying your best to be as non-confrontational as you can. If she gives you a lot of grief, tell her that you ll wait until she s comfortable talking about it, but it is not ever, ever going to change. As for your brothers, have a talk with them when you deem they re old enough.
It could be now or a few years from now - they re your brothers, so you ll know when the time is right. Explain to them that being gay doesn t make you a different person, and that no matter what they hear, you ll always be there for them. Like you said, they ll have the benefit of living in a country with legal gay marriage, and a positive gay influence in their lives in the form of you.
Be there for them like any big brother should, and they ll learn that gay people are just people like everyone else. Hey JT, Devoted fangirl here. I m having my lady friends over for a St.
Patrick s Day party and know I ll have appletinis on the menu. Any other green cocktails you could suggest? Thanks!
Lady Who Lunches Sure do, LWL! Here s another martini glass cocktail, the Emerald Martini . When done right, the color is totally gorgeous, and it tastes super sexy.
It s also really alcoholic, though, so watch it when you re drinking these. You might hallucinate you re seeing a leprechaun and then try to fight it. That only happened to me?
Okay, moving on. What you need: 1 1/2 oz Midori 1 1/2 oz Vodka (I suggest a citrus flavor) This one's simple. Just pour into a shaker over ice and shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, oh-whoa-oh.
Then strain into a chilled martini glass, garnish with a cherry, and enjoy! And remember, leprechauns fight dirty, so make sure to wear pads. To ask JT a question, email him at email@example.com.
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Boxer briefs, eh? We knew it! The pair also addresses the film's many sex scenes.
The scene where I m behind him and going at him, we did that in one take, says Damon. We do it. Cut.
There s a long pause. And then you just hear Steven go, 'Well I have no notes.'" So Damon's the top? We knew it!
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I m the sort of father of them in the house the Fagan of all these wayward kids who come stay in this house. In the end, I m really not a bad character. I m actually the one who is protecting them in a way.
I ve taken them off the streets, and they don t get harmed. They re doing something that is virtual, though they are talking about sex. But you can look at it two ways.
Harvey isn t a pimp, having them meet up like street hookers or giving them drugs. He provided a home for the kids. But it is sleazy.
Even more controversial and scandalous? The style icon's wardrobe, which had his design team in "hysterics." "I had these really tacky suburban disco shirts with crucifixes embroidered on them, and the worst fitting dad jeans I never wear jeans anyway but these were just bad and acid washed with flannel zip jackets sewn to the side," Jacobs recalls. "And they put big silver rings on my fingers and earrings. So they just couldn t stop laughing...
Nobody would have recognized me at the Dunkin Donuts in Yonkers in my acid washed jean jacket with a hoodie attached and my dad jeans." The horror!
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