Next Tuesday, the book publisher Macmillan will launch a new project that involves a significant collaboration with Apple across its ecosystem of services. Called “Driving the Green Book,” the project will primarily take the form of a living history podcast featuring the broadcaster Alvin Hall and the activist Janée Woods Weber as they drive from Detroit to New Orlean to retrace the path laid out by the titular historical resource that was made to help Black Americans travel safely and with dignity across the country during the height of segregation. In what is being billed as a first, the podcast will take advantage of the new Guides feature that recently rolled out on Apple Maps — which provides users with recommendations on places to visit and things to do in a specific place — by delivering in-app content tied to the material discussed in the show. The podcast is also being adapted as a book to be published by Flatiron Books, an imprint of Macmillan, … [Read more...] about The Strange Case of Oprah’s Old Interviews
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Stoner comedies experienced a resurgence in the ‘90s. With the Reagan era over and the country’s attitude towards marijuana relaxing, drug use began to trickle back into the theaters. Many factors contributed to this new national outlook, and there seems to be no big single cause, just a bunch of tiny ones that turned the tide on the public perception of the War on Drugs and brought about the return of the stoner comedy. Chalk it up to a wave of 60s/70s nostalgia or the introduction of medical marijuana beginning with its legalization in California (prescription pot even began to be used as a plot point, making its way into Half Baked and Harold and Kumar). Either way, fears associated with the perceived harms of pot gradually wore off. The national conversation over marijuana use even made its way into the 1992 Presidential Election, with Bill Clinton famously saying he tried the drug but never inhaled. There was more weed around, too, as the signing of NAFTA increased the … [Read more...] about A Definitive Guide to Stoner Comedies
What happened with the visa? Can you talk about it?Sheezus. [Awkward laugh.] You know, I signed a small deal with EMI when I was 19 years old. I’m still in that deal. Everything that’s happened has been beyond my expectations. I’m amazed that people come to my gigs. I would love to be able to do America properly again. Because I have kids, I can’t. In order to be the best for both jobs — being a mum and being a musician — I can’t do the other without doing the other. … [Read more...] about Lily Allen Won’t Be Shamed
Alesha's latest photos of the birthday festival appear to show the same cake proudly displayed on a wooden barrel, but with the middle layer covered in bright pink rather than blue icing and a pink balloon at the top, replacing the white one. Could it be possible that Anaya had two very similar but equally as show-stopping birthday cakes in a matter of weeks? She is one lucky little girl... … [Read more...] about BGT’s Alesha Dixon’s daughter Anaya’s jaw-dropping first birthday festival will blow your mind
Gossip Girl (6 seasons, 2007–2012)Connor Paolo (Eric van der Woodsen), Jessica Szohr (Vanessa Abrams), Taylor Momsen (Jenny Humphry)For Momsen: Season 4, episode 10, “Gaslit”; for Paolo and Szohr: Season 4, episode 22, “The Wrong Goodbye” (though all three would return for cameos in the series finale, “New York, I Love You XOXO”)What “happened”: By its fourth season, Gossip Girl had become less a TV show and more a Versace-clad ouroboros willing to shill Vitamin water, ignore plot mechanics, and consume itself in a never-ending cycle of character pairings, each more ridiculous than the ideas you’d find in the average slashfic forum. And in the midst of that chaos, more than a few characters jumped ship.In the season finale, boho-chic troublemaker Vanessa has Dan Humphrey’s novel about the Upper East Side published in secret before decamping to Spain. Somewhere between seasons four and five, perpetually overlooked Eric … [Read more...] about What Happens When Actors Leave High-School-TV Shows?