- Madonna penned a powerful essay addressing rape and her early years for Harper’s in Truth or Dare?:
That is a catchphrase that’s often associated with me. I made a documentary film with this title, and it has stuck to me like flypaper ever since. It’s a fun game to play if you’re in the mood to take risks, and usually I am. However, you have to play with a clever group of people. Otherwise you’ll find yourself French-kissing everyone in the room or giving blow jobs to Evian bottles!
People usually choose “truth” when it’s their turn because you can tell a lie about yourself and no one will be the wiser, but when you are dared to do something, you have to actually do it. And doing something daring is a rather scary proposition for most people. Yet for some strange reason, it has become my raison d’être.
If I can’t be daring in my work or the way I live my life, then I don’t really see the point of being on this planet.
- Talking Heads’ David Byrne takes on income inequality in an op-ed for The Guardian:
Some folks believe that hardship breeds artistic creativity. I don’t buy it. One can put up with poverty for a while when one is young, but it will inevitably wear a person down. I don’t romanticize the bad old days. I find the drop in crime over the last couple of decades refreshing. Manhattan and Brooklyn, those vibrant playgrounds, are way less scary than they were when I moved here. I have no illusions that there was a connection between that city on its knees and a flourishing of creativity; I don’t believe that crime, danger and poverty make for good art. That’s bullshit. But I also don’t believe that the drop in crime means the city has to be more exclusively for those who have money. Increases in the quality of life should be for all, not just a few.
- Happy 17th birthday Fox News!!
- Miley Cyrus returned as host of Saturday Night Live, and we got this little gem:
- Nielson will now be publishing a new metric by which to measure television ratings:
On Monday, for the first time, Nielsen began publishing a new metric for social TV: Twitter TV Ratings. “Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings measure not only ‘authors’—the number of people tweeting about TV programs—but also the much larger ‘audience’ of people who actually view those Tweets,” Nielsen announced. “Initial analysis of Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings reveals that the Twitter TV audience for an episode is, on average, 50 times larger than the authors who are generating Tweets.”
In other words, if 2000 people are either (a) cursing in frustration or (b) laughingin joy on Twitter about the latest Tony Romo clutch interception, another 100,000 are seeing those mirthful/angry Tweets on their computer or smartphone.
More huge news for Who fans:
A group of dedicated Doctor Who fans tracked down at least 100 long-lost episodes of the show gathering dust more than 3,000 miles away in Ethiopia.
It was feared the BBC programmes from the 1960s – featuring the first two doctors William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton – had vanished for all time after the Beeb flogged off a load of old footage.
But after months of detective work the tapes have been unearthed at the Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency.
- Gravity defied box office records for a huge $55 million dollar haul over the weekend.
- Speaking of which, famed scientist Neil DeGrasse Tyson has a bone or two or three or four to pick with the space thriller.
- Outgoing Doctor Matt Smith will be taking the lead role of Patrick Bateman in the American Psycho musical.
- Guillermo del Toro directed the opening credits for The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror XXIV and it is epic.
- Speaking of The Simpsons, Fox has renewed the long-running comedy for a 26th season.
- Say adios to the Fall tv season’s first cancellation, Lucky 7.
- Help out some veterans this year by purchasing a Call of Duty personalization pack.
- Gamespot investigates just why folks love video game music.
- The Academy of Arts and Sciences has added three casting directors to the Governors’ board.
- A record 76 countries are competing for the Foreign Language Film Oscar.
- Ever wondered what David Bowie’s favorite books are? Now you know.
- The late, great Michael Hastings will have his final book, a novel, published posthumously.
- The film version of The Fault in Our Stars has been set for June, 2014 release.
The popular British graffiti artist, whose identity remains largely unknown, had his first piece of New York street art since 2010 vandalized within a matter of hours. The second installment, debuted Wednesday morning, was defiled by taggers by the afternoon.
- Here’s the trailer for Alex Gibney’s upcoming doc The Armstrong Lie.
- The year isn’t even over and Quentin Tarantino already has a list of the 10 best films he’s seen in 2013, which inexplicably includes The Lone Ranger.
- Finally, farewell Walter White.