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Hello, Dolls! It’s great to see you all again. I hope you’ve had a restful few weeks between Keeping Up With the Kardashians seasons, and you’ve properly mourned the loss of KUWTK’s old, tired, and clunky graphics. That’s right, ain’t no old graphics, bih, we got new graphics and opening sequences, bihhhhh! Things are rapidly changing in the Kardashian/Jenner household, so we’re thankful that we have a safe space in which we can keep up. Speaking of keeping up, let’s dive right in to this lightly packed premiere and uncover when and why we were lied to by Calabasas’ first family. Come here, hold my hand, and let’s go dolls.
Since its release last week, One Direction’s new album Made in the A.M. has echoed loudly over the hot, muddy shit pits of hell. “I’ve got fire for a heart, I’m not scared of the dark. You’ve never seen it look so easy.” On the beat, the devil cackles and takes a coal from the fire, tossing it onto Harry Styles’s boyish torso. Simon Cowell knew this was coming.
Today sees the release of the fourth proper Justin Bieber studio album, Purpose, an album that contains a fair amount of listenable material from Bieber (at least three songs!). Preceding this album has been a string of derpily titled singles—“Where Are Ü Now,” “What Do You Mean,” “Sorry”—that work on their own as proper songs and don’t require built-in fandom for appreciation. They’ve all gone Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 (“What Do You Mean” debuted at No. 1, in fact), which has helped shape a narrative that this album marks a comeback for Bieber. But where did he go? What do you mean, music press? And, most importantly, why should we care? Below we attempt to unravel these great mysteries.
[Singing] Leeeoooo, to Leeooooo, Happy Birthday to Leeeooooo, actor and founding member of the Pussy Posseeee. [End] It’s Leonardo DiCaprio’s 41st birthday today and he sure still doesn’t have any Oscars, but boy has he vacationed with models and Richie Akiva. Let’s remember his year as a 40-year-old—together.
As it says in the “Charity work and public image” section of her Wikipedia page, Kristin Cavallari once appeared in ads for PETA, the animal rights organization favored by celebutantes who want to pose nude “for a cause.” Though Kristin did not actually appear naked in her ad, which aired sometime between 2006 and 2007, she did roll around on the floor with a bunny and offer her candid thoughts about wearing fur.
Freeheld, the Oscar-bait gay-rights drama in which Julianne Moore and Ellen Page played real life lesbian couple Laurel Hester and Stacie Andree, came and left theaters in October after grossing a little more than $500,000. At last week’s Vanguard Awards, hosted by the Los Angeles LGBT Center, Freeheld’s screenwriter Ron Nyswaner (who also wrote Jonathan Demme’s 1993 AIDS drama Philadelphia) described an unnamed “recent gay-themed project” that became watered down through compromise and fear. “The main characters were turned into Lesbians with lower case l,” he said.