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- Promising young woman meet Paris Hilton.
- An appreciation of Riz Ahmed.
- Gal Gadot, what are you doing?
- A very dishonest SoulCycle investigation.
The best movie scene of the year, with Paris Hilton
Sometimes it takes almost 15 years to come to a painful realization. Admit something difficult, admit personal fault, finally see things as they really are – and always have been. To see, for example, that Paris Hilton may have created one of the perfect pop songs of the millennium.
To be fair, the best of us were still plugged into the fact that with her 2006 song “Stars Are Blind,” the socialite had somehow crafted the quintessential swoonie puppy love confection: lyrics harmless; a panting, almost bored voice was that much easier to sing; and a melancholy beat like a beach ball bouncing in the wind on a sandy beach – both embarrassingly reminiscent of Muzak, but also soothing in a way that chaotic bells and whistles elsewhere on the pop scene have failed. to kiss.
Now, all these years later, the song is finally cool.
After creating a buzz for almost a year after debuting at Sundance in January, Promising young woman finally came out on Christmas day. The film, written and directed by emerging talent Emerald Fennell, stars Carey Mulligan as a barista on a #MeToo revenge mission.
Fennell puts sticks of dynamite under every trope that exists for how to tell a thriller like this that tackles such serious issues. Her film is girly, flirty, trendy, acidicly funny, and has an eye-catching soundtrack populated by bops from Britney Spears, Charli XCX and, yes, Paris Hilton.
The truth is, Paris Hilton’s “Stars Are Blind” scene may, in the end, be my favorite scene of the year.
Mulligan’s character Cassie is really trying to allow herself to exist in a world where justice is served, forgiveness occurs, and happy things like love are possible. That’s how she finds herself in the mammoth throes of a budding romance with a former classmate played by Bo Burnham, delivering one of the most compelling romantic comedy male performances in recent memory – you know, was he actually acting in a romantic comedy at all.
The great play that lets you know the two really fell for each other is taking place in a drugstore. “Stars Are Blind” begins to play over the speakers, and Burnham’s character begins to lip-sync, dancing awkwardly down the aisles. He’s so charming that instead of being mortified, Cassie joins him. It is both delighted and ridiculous. It’s a perfect movie scene.
When I interviewed Fennell earlier this month (read this story here), I asked him how to use the Hilton song. It wasn’t just for attention or a joke. It’s a choice that counted at a pivotal moment in a serious arc of a complicated film.
“For me, this scene is so much about what falling in love is like,” she says. “If you’re someone like Cassie who’s been alone for so long, who’s been on this kind of grim, relentless road, the thing that’s going to take you away from it has to be extraordinary.” So it had to feel like the most romantic moment in the world, because even she shouldn’t be able to resist it. And we as an audience encourage that as well. Because we want things to happen. We want romance to save the day. “
Paris Hilton, savior of romance. It’s hot.
Riz Ahmed is so good in the sound of metal
Listen, it’s not possible to be the first at everything. So it took colleagues almost a month to tweet his praise and the home screen of my Amazon Firestick practically intimidates me with an ad every time I log in to finally watch the new movie. The sound of metal. I’m so glad I did.
The movie stars Riz Ahmed, the amazing actor who made his “oh wow, hey, hello over there…” arrival to our collective attention with the HBO Limited Crime Series The night of. He plays a drummer and a recovering drug addict whose life is turned upside down when he begins to lose his hearing.
Ahmed gives one of those “damn shit he was so good at it” performances that really takes you by surprise. And, although it’s quite another thing, it looks like this.
I’m surprised that Best Actor, the award category that matters most to me (men are boring) is shaping up to be my favorite race. There is Ahmed, Chadwick Boseman (Ma Rainey’s black background), Anthony Hopkins (The father), Delroy Lindo (Da Five Bloods), Steven Yeun (Minari), Kingsley Ben-Adir (One night in Miami) and Tom Hanks (World news.) However, please keep Gary Oldman excruciatingly misinterpreted away from this race. (Mank u, next.)
And one final support: Paul Raci, a hearing person who grew up with deaf parents, definitely needs to be part of the supporting actor awards conversation for his “I’m gonna take your heart, fold it like a paper plane and throw it off a cliff ”as a manager of sober life.
Gal Gadot continues to stun
Well done Gal Gadot for his consistency, which in this case means reserving this horrible year by being absolutely embarrassing on the internet.
I’m still too scared of this to fully review that celebrity-filled “Imagine” video she orchestrated at the start of the pandemic, but rest assured that it did and, yes, it can still hurt you. Now the Wonder Woman 1984 The actress has spent the last few days posing as her character, Diana Prince, on Instagram, posting photos and writing captions as if she was the superhero herself.
Look, I’m not “the audience”, whatever they are, for these superhero movies. So rather than pass judgment on Wonder Woman 1984, I’ll just say it’s a movie that stars Kristen Wiig as the villain in the ’80s leopard print trail and one way or another has been described as emphasizing “not just the dire state of the live-action superhero genre in film, but the state of Hollywood cinema as a whole. Hmm.
Anyway, here’s Gal Gadot pretending to be Wonder Woman eating a scoop of ice cream.
What’s going on at SoulCycle… isn’t staying there anymore
Have I been known to cry on occasion while sweating on an indoor bike going nowhere while a dubstep remix of a song by Sia blows through the speakers? No comment. Have I cringed, gasping, clapping, and, yes, even gagging as I read Alex Abad-Santos’ Vox talk on the rise and fall of SoulCycle, and belly under the exclusive cult of the fitness? Undeniably.
If you don’t read the whole thing, could I suggest pressing “command + F” for the word “buffer”?
These relationships could create more trouble, and an oft-repeated Soul sabotage story centers on Kelly: While studios usually have lockers, the women of Greenwich neatly lined up their purses and makeup pouches around the room. bathroom in the studio, in order to reserve places in front of the mirror to refresh yourself after class. Someone apparently thought Kelly was paying too much attention to a runner, whom he let on the podium with him. Later, employees say, the date found a used tampon in her purse.
Soul: It’s not the holidays if you don’t cry over a Pixar movie. (Friday on Disney +)
Promising young woman: A traumatic delight. (Friday on VOD)
Wonder Woman 1984: At least you didn’t have to go to the movies to be disappointed. (Friday on HBO Max)
The masked dancer: As The masked singer, but with dancing, as had been predicted in my nightmares. (Sunday on Fox)
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