There is, rightly, much celebration and online praise about Beyoncé’s cover of, and words within, Vogue. In the much-hallowed September issue of the magazine, the superstar speaks, in moving, inspirational extended captions, about race, racism, body positivity, motherhood, her legacy, and raising her children to be open-minded and open-hearted (“They can explore any religion, fall in love with any race, and love who they want to love”). She talks about her past (“I researched my ancestry recently and learned that I come from a slave owner who fell in love with and married a slave”). Beyoncé also looks stunning, and speaks powerfully about the importance of this cover of the famed September Issue—it has taken 126 years for a black photographer to shoot a cover for the magazine. As Beyoncé says, “Not only is an African American on the cover of the most important month for Vogue, this is the first ever Vogue cover shot by an … [Read more...] about Beyoncé’s Vogue Cover Is Fabulous. And It’s an Insult to Journalism.
AUSTIN, Texas – Seth Rogen is only 34 years old. It is a jarring reality—one that makes even the most industrious of artists seem wildly unproductive by comparison. Rogen is a comedy wunderkind: performing stand-up at 13, finishing the script to Superbad at 16, and starring on the critically acclaimed television series Freaks and Geeks at 17. As a teenager, he wrote five episodes of the sitcom Undeclared, and by the age of 21, was serving as a staff writer for The Ali G Show. He has starred in 30 movies, produced 15, and co-written 9. On top of all that, he co-created the excellent AMC series Preacher, a pulpy, blood-spattered saga centering on a small-town preacher with a special gift who teams with a boozy Irish vampire and his armed-and-dangerous ex on a mission to find God. The second season will drop on June 19th. “We’re still shooting it,” Rogen says. “Me and Evan [Goldberg] directed the first two episodes, and we just finished those two weeks … [Read more...] about Seth Rogen on Calling Out Trump: ‘It’s Very Important to Normalize Dissent’
One night at a lavish Hollywood party, Seth Rogen and a group of “much more famous” actors had gathered in the foyer to smoke weed, as one does, when—suddenly—the pungent clouds parted to reveal a mythical, kindly-faced creature approaching: Steven Spielberg. As the legendary filmmaker descended the stairs and headed towards them, Rogen remembers thinking, “Oh no, he’s coming…Oh shit, he’s coming down the stairs…Oh shit, he’s here.” When Spielberg arrived, the coterie of A-list pot-smokers was nervous as hell. “It was kind of like our Dad caught us smoking weed. It definitely had that vibe,” recalls a chuckling Rogen, before adding, “Not to say Steven Spielberg’s a narc.” And though Rogen’s very publicly claimed that Spielberg “never looked at me as a serious actor again,” he confesses that the director’s professional aversion “probably has more to do with my … [Read more...] about Seth Rogen on How the Sony Hack Predicted the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election
In the 2012 documentary The Queen of Versailles, a chubby and awkward 12-year-old named Victoria (“Rikki”) Siegel shyly tells the camera that she and her six siblings used to be incredibly spoiled, but “now we’re just like, I don’t know, normal I guess.” Of course, nothing about the Siegel family or Rikki’s life was the least bit normal and sadly, the same is true for her death. Ever since the 18-year-old heiress was found dead by a housekeeper last Saturday afternoon in the family’s sprawling Florida estate, the case has become a strange mix of celebrity and tragedy, vulgarity and neglect. The daughter of Jacqueline Mallery Siegel, a former Mrs. Florida, and stepdaughter of David Siegel, the once-billionaire “time-share king” and founder of Westgate Resorts, Rikki grew up surrounded by tasteless luxury and overconsumption. According to The Queen of Versailles, which profiled the Siegels and their ongoing quest to build … [Read more...] about The ‘Queen of Versailles’ Death Mystery: A Fallen Heiress and a Family Under Fire
When the French tricolor on Facebook became ubiquitous after mass murder in Paris, thousands of Mexican users responded with a reminder of a lesser-known war in their own country. In the image, the Mexican flag is draped, translucent, over the gruesome portrait of a Mexican mother and her two small children slain execution-style in the southern state of Guerrero. Their bodies are splayed on a gravel path in a rural setting. The mother’s eyes remain open. The infant boy lies face down on her lap. The girl, a skinny 7-year-old in pink flip-flops, is sprawled at her feet. “Let’s see how many Mexicans make this flag their profile pic,” reads a comment on one Facebook post that has been shared more than 15,000 times. To observers of violence in Mexico, the state of Guerrero was supposed to be last year’s news. In 2014, the murder rate was the highest in Mexico and eight times the national average. It was the year that 43 students from the Ayotzinapa rural … [Read more...] about Mexico’s Bloodbath That Won’t Stop