I live in Eugene, Oregon with my husband and our sons Riley (7) and Dylan (5). Prior to August 2010 I spent many years as a software marketer, these days I work from home as a freelance writer. I enjoy photography, comic books, R-rated movies, and things that smell like coconut.
I'm only partway through season 2 of Homeland, but I have conflicted feelings about Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody. On the one hand, I guess I'm supposed to feel that way, so I can't blame him for the fact that his character makes my skin crawl. On the other hand, I feel like a different actor could have made Brody a more compelling part of the storyline (so I'm not always rooting for the camera to leave him behind in favor of Saul, who is majestic and perfect in every way).
My point here is that I don't think Damian Lewis is in such a lofty position performance-wise that he has the right to be publicly slamming any legendary actors, much less Sir Ian McKellen. But since he went ahead and did just that -- using "fruity" as a pejorative, even -- I am greatly enjoying McKellen's response, which was exactly as classy and eloquent as you'd imagine it would be.
I bet you woke up today and you were all, WHAT I NEED IS A SUPER-WEIRD TRAILER FROM THE MATRIX CREATORS THAT STARS MILA KUNIS AS SOME SORT OF GENETICALLY SUPERIOR HOT CHICK AND CHANNING TATUM AS AN ELF-EARED SPACE BOUNTY HUNTER TYPE DUDE.
Well slow your roll, Caps Lock, because I've got that exact preview for you this morning. It's for Jupiter Ascending, the upcoming sci-fi flick from Lana and Andy Wachowski, the trippy siblings who brought us The Matrix, V for Vendetta, and Cloud Atlas. It's hard to definitively say what Jupiter Ascending's all about based on one extremely weird two-minute clip, but I think it's safe to say you've never seen Channing Tatum quite like this before.
I have a cat, which means I'm constantly being criticized for every single thing that I do. You cat people know what I'm talking about, right? Owning a dog is like having a tiny robot arm attached to your back that delivers an endless series of reassuring pats -- you got out of your chair! Hooray for YOU! You walked across the room! You're AMAZING! -- but owning a cat basically means you're sharing your house with a personalized, fur-covered burn book. Sure, cats may occasionally sit in your lap and purr and appear to be adoring, but as soon as you turn your back, they're noting your various shortcomings: "FAILED TO FILL KIBBLE BOWL TO THE TOP. STROKED FUR .00002 SECONDS TOO LONG. DIDN'T IMMEDIATELY OPEN FRONT DOOR UPON REQUEST."
Cats are judgmental as hell, which means they're an awful lot like Internet commenters. Specifically, angry commenters who flock to parenting articles. That's right, dear readers, I'm talking about some of YOU.
Paging Mark Wahlberg, paging Mark Wahlberg. Thanks to Kanye West, the world is in need of another epic smackdown directed at celebrities who compare their ridiculously opulent lives to the stresses of serving in the military. I think Wahlberg said it best when he said, "How f*ckin' dare you!" -- but maybe he has some even stronger language for Yeezus, whose job is "like being a police officer or like war or something."
I am not even making this up: Kanye West recently said the dangers of performing his shows in front of a live audience are so extreme, it's like being cop or a soldier. And wait until you hear what he said about how he'll someday have to explain to his daughter how he and Kim Kardashian had to fight ... fight for ideas, fight for creativity, fight for thought. They had to FIGHT SO HARD, you guys.
Hey. Hey you. You, sitting there reading this website. What kind of day are you having? Is it literally the most awesome day you've ever had in your ENTIRE LIFE? If not, there's clearly room for improvement, and I've got that in the form of a JimmyKimmel clip. Not just any JimmyKimmel clip, mind you. I'm not going to imply that I have the power to put more awesome in your day then share one of those Halloween candy prank videos. (Although those are in fact awesome.) What I've got for you today is a video of Emmy, Golden Globe, and BAFTA nominee, Sherlock and Star Trek star, and all around Internet Heartthrob, Benedict Cumberbatch.
To be even more specific, it's Benedict Cumberbatch doing a dramatic reading of R. Kelly's lyrics to "Genius," from his forthcoming album Black Panties. It includes Cumberbatch delivering this amazing line: "Go to sleep, and when we wake up, I’ll hit that thing again."