By now, you’ve probably heard of Call Me by Your Name. You know, that film about Armie Hammer’s struggle with amnesia and his inability to call himself by anything other than someone else’s name.
Joking. The big, great gay romance film of the year staring Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet as the star-crossed lovers Oliver and Elio, respectively, is not about amnesia. It’s about peaches and Sufjan Stevens songs. It’s also apparently so powerfully moving that it caused Hammer to fall in love with director Luca Guadagnino.
But all of that love-making almost didn’t happen. In a new interview with Guadagnino, it’s been revealed that the entire film could’ve been very, very, very different. As in, so different it would’ve starred Shia LaBeouf as Oliver, which would’ve been terrible. In the James Ivory directed film that now exists solely in an alternate reality, LaBeouf would’ve played the grad student that Elio falls hopelessly in love with. The world may be terrible, but at least we can rest easy tonight knowing that Oliver is played to perfection by Hammer.
Oh, and the director also wants you to know that he tried masturbating with a peach because he wanted to prove that it wasn’t possible, so they wouldn’t have to do it. Turns out that it was not only possible, but when he went to Timothée and told him, the young actor said, “Of course it works! I tried it myself as well.”
Call Me by Your Name will be in theaters next Friday.
“Murder but make it fashion” might as well be the tagline for the upcoming season of American Crime Story. After an award-winning first season that focused on OJ Simpson, Ryan Murphy Series #451 has moved to South Florida for The Assassination of Gianni Versace – and judging by the new trailer, we’re in for quite a glamorous murder story.
Murphy will focus on the murder of the legendary designer by serial killer Andrew Cunanan, who took out four other people before Versace, and committed suicide eight days later. It’s a shocking story and yeah, we’re here for it; but let’s talk about how glorious the cast is for a second.
Penelope Cruz and Edgar Ramirez look flawless as Donatella and Gianni, respectively; and Ricky Martin looks very Ricky Martin as Gianni’s lover Antonio D’Amico. Then there’s Darren Criss a long, long way from Glee Club as the murderous Cunanan. Somehow, even as he’s murdering people, he looks high fashion.
The new season starts on January 17th. And if you’re one of the ten people who didn’t watch the first season, you’ve got a great excuse to binge it and ignore your family this holiday season.
If there were ever a litmus test for how to make female superheroes into feminist icons, it’s Patty Jenkins’ adaptation of Wonder Woman. Led by Gal Gadot as the titular hero, the film checked off all the boxes it needed to, made nearly a billion dollars globally, and, most importantly, showed the world that female warriors can fight in outfits that don’t look like Princess Leia’s slave outfit.
Someone should’ve told that last bit to Zack Snyder. Controversy has rightfully erupted over the treatment of Wonder Woman’s all-female warriors from the island of Themyscira. Unlike the armor designed by Lindy Hemming for Wonder Woman, which she described as authentic and real” and “hot as hell,” the costume designer for the Justice League film, Michael Wilkinson, decided that what the world really needs is…sexualized warrior outfits.
Here’s a picture of how the Amazons looked in Wonder Woman…next to a pic of how they look in Justice League. First designed by Lindy Hemming, second by Michael Wilkinson.
The altered costumes showed up on The Golden Lasso, a fan website run by cosplayer Kimi (or GoldenLassoGirl), and appear to show the Amazons in skimpy new outfits. Leave it to an all-male team to royally screw up the costumes a female director and female costume designer created.
Here’s Brooke Ence for example. First from the left is from WW, the one in the middle is from JL flashback and in the right from modern day JL.
According to a follow-up post, these costumes are allegedly from a prehistoric era, which makes them literally a step backward for the Amazon women. If you had hope that the “modern” take on the costumes in Justice League would right the wrongs of their prehistoric era outfits, we’re sorry. They’re still sad sexualized ideas of what men think female warriors would wear to battle.
Here is a fantastic example of the difference between the male and female gaze.
Patty Jenkins’ Amazon warriors on the left. Zack Snyder’s on the right. pic.twitter.com/fRDkV8dFLe
Can you feel the Cardi B love tonight? Fresh off an iconic New York Magazine cover, the Bronx native cemented her status as the biggest female rapper of the year with a spot-on SNL impersonation delivered by Girls Trip breakout Tiffany Haddish.
As you no doubt saw, Disney’s Lion King remake is going to star Beyoncé, Donald Glover, and a host of other huge celebrities, which made it perfect for an SNL sendup. In the skit, the cast imagined what might have happened during the audition process, which meant enough celebrity impersonations to last a lifetime.
Besides Haddish playing Cardi B, everyone from LL Cool J and Eminem to Lin-Manuel Miranda and Mary J. Blige got the impersonation treatment. Watch it.
Rita Ora may have looked like she went from a Stranger Things binge session to the MTV Europe Music Awards yesterday when she showed up in a bathrobe, but she did it all in glorious, queer style. The “Your Song” singer and bathrobe icon borrowed a look from young, queer designer (and Beyonce favorite) Palomo Spain for an outfit that was instantly deemed iconic…thanks to the helpful addition of some well-placed Lorraine Schwartz diamonds.
Ora wasn’t ready to go all the way, though. After walking in a long, plush robe from designer’s latest “Hotel Palomo” collection, she switched into a shorter ensemble and paired that bathrobe with sneakers and white socks. The double dip into Palomo’s newest collection was brilliant enough to make us forget that, later in the show, she ruined everything by wearing a literal garden rake as a necklace.
Remember hearing stories about the weird kid who hoarded their locks of hair after haircuts? Jaden Smith is officially that kid. The rapper, space-time disruptor, and boxed water entrepreneur stopped by The Late Late Show with James Corden last night to give out pieces of his dreadlocks. You know, those same ones he carried as an accessory to this year’s Met Gala…which was in May.
In the interview, Corden talks about that fateful gala as the night they met and, naturally, Smith took the moment to bring out those same dreadlocks in what we can only was some magic, moondust coating for preservation. From there, he bonded with Corden and the other two guests, Seth Rogen and Jason Segel, over the bundle and let them all take a strand like some demented tchotchke.
Oh, and he also performed one of his new songs “Watch Me,” off the forthcoming album SYRE, if you’re into that sort of thing. Watch both videos below.
Stop everything because Paris Hilton is releasing a new album. The admittedly problematic icon (she allegedly voted for Trump) who brought us such cultural treasures as The Simple Life and “that’s hot” has revealed she’s hard at work on the follow-up to the groundbreaking 2006 LP Paris. While we don’t expect any track to reach the level of “Stars Are Blind” – which will be a bop until the day we die – we are admittedly intrigued.
In an interview with Time, she talked about the “whole new sound” she’s creating, and did divulge that it’ll be a mix of “deep house, techno-pop and electro-pop.” There’s no official release date for the record yet, but seeing as Hilton is busy being the highest paid female DJ in the world, and creating techno remixes of Oasis’ “Wonderwall,” we expect we’ll be waiting awhile.
In the meantime, bask in the glory of her musical genius.
First of all, if you haven’t drunkenly walked down a street singing along to Dua Lipa’s “New Rules,” have you ever lived? The undisputed best song (and best video) of the year from the English pop star has been on heavy rotation for months – but now it’s somehow gotten even better, thanks to an 80s-era remix.
From the mind of Tokyo-based producer Initial Talk, we now have undisputed proof that “New Rules” is utterly timeless, and would’ve undoubtedly been Richard Simmons’ go-to workout song. In the new version, heavy SFX drums and sharp synths play out over the familiar lyrics about those rules we’re still trying to adhere too.
In the accompanying video, grainy footage of a long-forgotten Miss Teen Canada packs in all the girl-power of the original, but instead of flamingos and hotel suites, contestants move along to the music in big group numbers. Watch it and weep over the perfection.
Keep your friends close and your tissues closer, because the impending ugly cry of seeing Call Me by Your Name is nearly here. Ahead of its debut on November 24, the already critically-acclaimed film has released the Sufjan Stevens heavy soundtrack, which might also make you ugly cry, depending on how Sufjan’s vocal chords affect your body.
The album isn’t all him, though. It’s a mix of classical music and 80s music, too, because between tears it helps to unwind with the Psychedelic Furs’ “Love My Way.” You know, that one Armie Hammer danced to in the meme-worthy clip? If you are aggressively into Sufjan though, the soundtrack does feature three new songs written exclusively for the film, including “Mystery of Love,” which will undoubtedly be up for Best Original Song at the Oscars.
The entire album is available to stream or buy. Enjoy crying in your office bathroom to it.