Two hundred and seventy-seven days ago, Kristin Cavallari commenced work on her debut book, Balancing in Heels (formerly titled Balancing on Heels—Kristin’s first choice of title). At the time, she said the tome would encompass “really just everything” in her life. Many are still wondering what that means, but today Kristin offered a clue.
Us Weekly exclusively reported this morning that Serena Williams is dating Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. A joke? You’d be forgiven for thinking that, but “Exclusive: Serena Williams Is Dating Alexis Ohanian, the Co-Founder of Reddit” appears to be as real as any other Us Weekly post. It’s nestled on the website right in between “Khloe Kardashian Cuts Off Her Long Hair, Gets Lob” and “Russell Brand Slams Ex-Wife Katy Perry’s ‘Vapid’ Lifestyle.” Serena Williams Dating Reddit Guy. Okay.
It turns out Netflix really is going through with The Ridiculous 6, the Adam Sandler western that attracted a lot of attention for the wrong reasons earlier this year when Native American extras walked off the set after being subjected to demeaning stereotypes. In a shocking development, Netflix would rather not remind you of all of that stuff.
Many people are excited about the forthcoming unauthorized biography of Beyoncé, written by prolific writer of unauthorized biographies J. Randy Taraborrelli. But others are probably not excited, including Beyoncé, Jay Z and Jonathan Hay, the ex-Rihanna publicist who concocted the story that Rihanna and Jay Z slept together.
Stonewall was a travesty, and Looking was canceled to many gay men’s dismay, but gay pop culture is thriving in 2015, provided you know where to find it. This year gave us Peter Strickland’s brilliant The Duke of Burgundy. (On the trans side of things many would also use the word “brilliant” to describe Sean Baker’s trans sex-worker comedy Tangerine, though the love people profess for that film boggles my mind.) Uptown, MoMA is currently running Stephen Winter’s exploration of race, sexuality, and exploitation, Jason and Shirley, while downtown at the IFC Center, Sebastián Silva’s gay-not-gay Nasty Baby opens tomorrow.
Nasty Baby, the latest movie from Brooklyn-based Chilean director Sebastián Silva (The Maid, Crystal Fairy), is one of the low-key weirdest things I’ve seen all year. In a Fassbinder-esque turn, Silva plays an artist character named Freddy who’s attempting to have a baby with his boyfriend Mo (Tunde Adebimpe) and their friend Polly (Kristen Wiig). Shot at Silva’s own Fort Greene apartment, Nasty Baby (named after an art piece Freddy is working on) feels like a little slice of modern privileged life until a turf war breaks out between Freddy and an older, mentally unstable black man on the block named the Bishop (Reg E. Cathey). Tension escalates and explodes in a final-act shocker that some will find to be a jarring tone shift.