Baby names seem to have peaks and troughs of popularity and, almost like certain styles of clothes, many monikers become fashionable once again years later. But unlike the high-waisted mom jeans which seem to remain in high demand, there are some names that won't make a resurgence in the future. … [Read more...] about The 10 most endangered baby names for boys and girls – and one is royal!
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Against a backdrop of animated lollipops, a group of girls (Cecily Strong, Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon, and Ronan) sing a song for the guys. They know it’s been tough for men, finding out powerful heroes are “habitual predators” and having House of Cards ruined, but these girls have unfortunately been dealing with terrible men since puberty. “Welcome to Hell” is a candy-colored pop world created to inform guys that, for women, life is like a maze that’s “all full of boners.” The list of things ruined by men is hefty, including “parking and walking and Uber and ponytails,” so it’s about time that men knew it. The song is both smart and funny, not so much an “I told you so,” as it is an “I can’t believe it look this long for you to get your head out of your ass.” … [Read more...] about Recap: Saoirse Ronan Explains How to Pronounce Her Name
In an era when all TV shows have age-suitability ratings and content guides, the vigor with which adult cop shows of the 1970s were marketed to children seems shocking. But in fact, immense energy was invested in embedding those series in the collective consciousness of children. Dell published 15-cent Mod Squad comic books, and Topps sold Mod Squad chewing gum. You could get a wheel of Hawaii Five-0 Viewmaster slides and click through color pictures of unsmiling, black-suited Steve McGarrett arresting Honolulu’s miscreants, or buy Milton Bradley board games based on Columbo, Starsky & Hutch, or Kojak (“Be a part of thrilling police action on the city streets”), which allowed young players to use informants to track down a suspect hiding in a building. I coveted the Adam-12 lunchbox, which had an illustration of Malloy and Reed helping a little boy on one side and on the other the two of them crouching with their pistols drawn, ready to fire on an unseen suspect. … [Read more...] about Real-Life Cops, and Me
So the weird thing about HBO releasing Coastal Elites is that it props the goalposts back up and moves them farther away. A lot of the changed context is the gloss of a well-resourced shoot. We watch a starry and gorgeous cast, all well-coiffed and costumed, all sitting in actual (not virtual) sets. With those visual markers, we expect a script that has also been polished and buffed. But instead there hasn’t been time to work out how to manage the conversion from in-person to onscreen, how to write Rudnick-style comedy that doesn’t rely on getting in-the-room responses. Anyone who has seen a show in a too-big venue knows that a room can kill a play, that the arrangement of seats or the sound-draining suck of a high ceiling can take a jolly intimate production and make it seem lost and desperate. The HBO glow-up does the same thing — it puts a little by-us-for-us play, made in a rush, appear in a setting that’s all wrong for it. But on the bright side, it would … [Read more...] about Is As Distanced As Its Subject
Princesses and Princes gathered once again for the wedding of Prince Albert and Charlene of Monaco, billed as 'the biggest party in 55 years', with light shows over Monte Carlo harbour and two concerts before the religious ceremony. A 15,000-strong audience joined the nearlyweds at a gig by the Eagles, Albert's favourite band. The atmosphere was electric as they played Hotel California, with the Prince sweeping his bride to her feet to dance. When the stars dedicated their single Love Will Keep Us Alive to the happy couple the crowd went wild again. "We will cherish this moment forever," said the ecstatic bride and groom, a sentiment the people of Monaco could certainly agree with. … [Read more...] about Royal brides’ wedding eve: how Princess Beatrice, Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle, more spent it