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Betty White has aged over the years

Posted by: James Lileks Updated: November 28, 2011 - 12:26 PM

Okay, maybe it's just me, but isn't there something peculiar about this People video?

Wow! It's almost as if she aged, or something! Perhaps the video shows her astonishing, kaleidoscopic makeovers in a dazzling parade that makes Lady Gaga look like Tom Wolfe, but from the frame they use to illustrate the point, she not only looks the same, it's possible she's wearing the same blouse.

WARNING: it's just a screen shot. Not the actual video. Don't click on it and get angry because nothing happens. 

Blake and Leo have split, of course

Posted by: James Lileks Updated: October 4, 2011 - 1:09 PM


Two good-looking people you don’t know aren’t seeing each other any more. Quick, call their reps. GET US SOME DETAILS. People says:


Their summer romance is over.
Blake Lively and Leonardo DiCaprio, linked since May at the Cannes Film Festival, are no longer dating, a source close to DiCaprio tells PEOPLE.

"It's amicable. They're friends," the source says, adding that distance and DiCaprio's work commitments contributed to the breakup.

Or maybe because he goes through models like hay-fever sufferers go through Kleenex. He might have told her she was special - the brand-name stuff with aloe lotion, not the store-brand that doesn’t pop up right - but in the end, he was always going to move on.

The Dude: A man of many media

Posted by: Vince Tuss Updated: September 29, 2011 - 5:40 PM


The popularity of "The Big Lebowski" grows year after year. And that appreciation is not limited to the film: Parties.  Festivals. Shops in New York City. But the Los Angeles Times reports artist Joe Forkan has really extended the love by making scenes from the Coen brothers' film the subjects of a group of paintings that he calls "the Lebowski Cycle," works inspired by classical art.

On his website, Forkan has a slideshow of his works, with the classical inspirations also pictured. Needless to say, since classical art drew mostly on the Bible, there is a bit of a parallel between the Dude and Jesus. No, not that Jesus.

Here is how Forkan explained it, regarding the painting at top, via the Times:

"In the movie, they play it like it's a drama," said Forkan, who is an associate professor of art at Cal State Fullerton. "There’s no mugging for the camera. Everything has this level of seriousness. In the 'Oath of the Horatii' they’re talking about the future of Rome. In the film they’re talking about a rug that got peed on, but they’re as serious about that as the characters in the painting were. I liked that level of drama in these images that were also loaded with humor."

The works are on display until Oct. 28 at Orange Coast College's Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion. And that's where Forkan is talking tonight about the cycle.

ScarJo speaks out about those pictures

Posted by: James Lileks Updated: September 28, 2011 - 12:40 PM

When it comes to celebs, you can argue about the meaning of words like “invade” and “privacy,” but stealing someone’s au naturel pix - yeah, that’s an invasion of privacy. Reuters says:

Actress Scarlett Johansson on Wednesday spoke out for the first time since leaked nude photos of her appeared on several websites, saying that being a celebrity does not give others the right to invade her privacy.


Earlier this month, the "Iron Man 2" star joined the growing list of Hollywood celebrities, including "High School Musical" actress Vanessa Hudgens and "Friends With Benefits" star Mila Kunis, who have had private photos leaked online at the hands of hackers.


In an interview with CNN, Johansson said celebrities are no different than anyone else when it comes to the right of privacy.


"Just because you're an actor or make films or whatever doesn't mean you're not entitled to your own personal privacy ... if that is sieged in some way, it feels unjust. It feels wrong," said Johansson.

She’s right. But the point is spoiled by all the celebs who have a much more elastic definition of personal privacy - it’s not the nude photos they object to, it’s the leaked ones - and so the ones who spend all their time hopping up and down shouting LOOK AT ME leads people to assume that all celebs should share everything all the time, and we’re entitled, because we’re fans, and if they don’t, well, what’s so special about them?

Interesting use of "seiged" - most people would say "beseiged." Or most celebs would say "like, annoyed."

Carla Bruni thinks you're bored with her pregnancy

Posted by: James Lileks Updated: September 26, 2011 - 9:54 AM

 . . . and she's right This is refreshing. Also weird. Don’t know which. People says:

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, who has already vowed not to release photos of her baby after the birth, now says few people would be interested in them anyway – at least in France.

"There isn't much to say," the French first lady, 43, tells the BBC about why she's been so quiet during her pregnancy. "So many women are expecting children and giving birth, and it's so uninteresting for French people."

She adds: "It's great news for me, but it's also something very banal."

Well, it’s not that banal. Having lunch is banal. Having a baby is rather important. As for “so many women expecting children,” this may be one of those situations where someone extrapolates a national trend based on the experiences of three friends in the same well-to-do stratum. The French birthrate has been declining for years.

Questions persist about Bundchen speeding incident

Posted by: James Lileks Updated: September 20, 2011 - 12:26 PM

News you can use:

Gisele Bundchen, supermodel and wife of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, was stopped for speeding over the weekend and given a verbal warning by a Massachusetts state trooper.


State police spokesman David Procopio says Bundchen was going about 70 mph in a 55 mph zone on state Route 6 in Barnstable when she was stopped Saturday.


Procopio says two children were in the Cadillac SUV, properly fastened in car seats.


The trooper reminded Bundchen that the speed limit on Route 6 is 55, and let her go on her way.

Some observations:

1. “Procopio” is a great name for a police officer.

2. How do we know about this? Were the police so giddy over talking to A REAL SUPERMODEL they just had to tell everyone? Oh, you’ll never guess who I pulled over today. Go ahead, try.

3. What piece of news didn’t make the news because someone was writing up this?

4. What are we supposed to do with this information? Perhaps think that Supermodels Are Just Like Us, because they speed and get pulled over. Well, just like us without the global fame and dazzling wealth and a job that consists of posing and smiling, but otherwise, just like us. I was stopped for speeding and given a warning, too. Oddly enough, it was about eating raw shellfish.


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