Paris Hilton reckons with her legacy — and so should we
I’ve watched it, and I have to admit that it was both refreshing and odd to see this side of the socialite.I’m betting I won’t be alone in that assessment once people have had a chance to view the film. With her tiny dogs and humongous paychecks for club appearances, Hilton portrayed herself for many…
I’ve watched it, and I have to admit that it was both refreshing and odd to see this side of the socialite.I’m betting I won’t be alone in that assessment once people have had a chance to view the film. With her tiny dogs and humongous paychecks for club appearances, Hilton portrayed herself for many years as a seemingly vapid party girl who didn’t know what Walmart was in an episode of her reality show, “The Simple Life.” (The series, which also starred Nicole Richie, ran from 2003 to 2007.)That scene, we learn in the documentary, was carefully crafted by Hilton, right along with her public persona.”This Is Paris” explores what was really going on with Hilton beyond the fame and endless paparazzi photographs. Now 39 and a successful entrepreneur, Hilton has evolved and so has popular culture since she first burst onto the scene. We can now view her as both the trailblazer and harbinger of what was to come.Here’s some of what we can thank (blame?) Hilton for:Selfies: Well before the word was included in the online version of the Oxford English Dictionary in 2013, Hilton had perfected the art of the self-portrait. She addresses this with a tone of regret in the documentary.”Now I see the little girls … they’re trying to get the perfect selfie,” she said. “They’re putting the filters on, they can’t even look at themselves in the phone without putting a filter. I can’t even imagine a 13-year-old girl today.”Social media influencers: Social media platforms are now filled with influencers who have accumulated mass followings for their makeup tutorials or eating large quantities of food just for show (no seriously, it’s called “Mukbang” and it’s totally a thing).Hilton sounds like she feels guilty with the role she helped play by being one of the first people whose lives attracted a public following hanging on their every move. “Everyone says I’m the original influencer, but sometimes I feel like I helped create a monster,” she said in her documentary.Not that she’s not susceptible to that monster.Via an app installed on her phone, Hilton was able to discover that she has spent an average of 16 hours a day on social media.”It’s literally like years of your life spent just looking at a phone,” she said about adding it all up. Celebrity sex tapes: The socialite became an international star in 2003 when a leaked sex tape from two years prior that featured Hilton getting it on with then-boyfriend Rick Salomon went public. Hilton had some thoughts about how it all came about given that she was 18 at the time it was filmed, and she said Salomon was her first real relationship.After that, amateur porn films featuring stars became practically a cottage industry.The Kardashians: Speaking of sex tapes, let’s not forget that Kim Kardashian West first popped on the scene as Hilton’s friend/assistant/stylist back in the early 2000s.Kardashian West’s infamous 2002 sex tape with then-boyfriend singer Ray J found its way to the world in 2007.Soon after, she and her family debuted on the hit E! series “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” (more on that later) which has made them a fortune thanks to their spin-offs, business ventures and constant social media presence. Kardashian West made an appearance in the documentary and gave Hilton her due.”I wouldn’t be here today were it not for her starting off in the reality world and introducing me,” Kardashian West said.For her part, Hilton seemed to be less focused on her past achievements and more desiring of healing from her past traumas, which came to light during the filming of the documentary.For all her success (including $3 billion in sales from her product lines according to the doc), the love of her fans — including two who fly 30 hours to Korea for one of her appearances — and her jet-set lifestyle, it’s hard not to feel sorry for Hilton after watching “This Is Paris.””I don’t even know who I am sometimes,” she said, noting that at times her life resembles a cartoon to her. But after watching her film, I feel like at least she’s trying to grow as a person — and aren’t we all? For your weekendThree things to watch:’Woke’ When up-and-coming cartoonist Keef Knight has a traumatic run-in with the police, he begins to see the world in an entirely new and different way. Inspired by the life and work of artist Keith Knight, this comedy series takes an irreverent look at identity and culture as it follows the cartoonist, who is on the verge of mainstream success when the incident changes his life.CNN critic Brian Lowry wrote that the series “pairs eccentric humor and characters with its timely real-world echoes.””Woke” is streaming on Hulu. ‘Coastal Elites’We literally now have pandemic programming.HBO’s “Coastal Elites” debuts Saturday at 8 p.m. ET and is billed as “a socially distanced comedic satire that spotlights five characters breaking down and breaking through as they grapple with politics, culture and the pandemic.”Starring Bette Midler, Kaitlyn Dever, Dan Levy, Sarah Paulson and Issa Rae, the film is part of what we can expect to see as Hollywood reflects the times in which we all now find ourselves. The question is this: Do viewers want quarantine content while they are quarantining? HBO is owned by CNN’s parent company.’Girlfriends’Fans of “Girlfriends,” know that I have personally appealed to creator Mara Brock Akil for closure.Back in 2016 I interviewed her at the American Black Film Festival and all but begged her to do a “Girlfriends” movie.”It’s hard to let go if characters are out to sea,” Akil said at the time. “I understand what the audience wants because there’s a part of me that wants it as well.”But she added that she thought the time had passed to revisit those characters. Well, thank goodness for Netflix.All eight seasons of “Girlfriends” starts streaming on Netflix Friday as part of its Strong Black Lead initiative.The series about four African American girlfriends has become a cult classic, fueling the desire to revive that love, which ended when the series went off the air in 2008 after eight seasons.Tracee Ellis Ross, who starred as the protagonist Joan Carol Clayton, Esq., whetted our appetite last year on her current series, “Black-ish,” when she reunited with her “Girlfriends” cast members Golden Brooks, Jill Marie Jones and Persia White for a scene.So plan on spending some quality time with Joan, Lynn, Maya and Toni this weekend. Also, shout-out to Akil for just inking a major deal with Netflix.Two things to listen to:My book club just finished “The Silent Patient” by Alex Michaelides, which I listened to on Audible, and I am still astounded.The plot revolves around Alicia Berenson, a famous painter who is convicted of shooting her husband to death and who stops talking completely after the alleged crime. Sentenced to an institution, she encounters a therapist who becomes determined to get her to communicate and unravel the mystery of what really happened.I’ve done a bit of mystery writing myself (in the anthologies “A Hell of a Woman” and “Baltimore Noir”) and pride myself on figuring out plots. But this time I was floored by the ending.It’s incredibly well done. If you are looking to rock out, The Flaming Lips have a new album dropping on Friday.”American Head,” the band’s latest studio album, was inspired in part by the death of rocker Tom Petty in 2017.Singer Wayne Coyne told the Orange County Register that after watching a documentary about Petty that mentioned a 1974 stopover in Tulsa, Oklahoma — the Lips’ home state — his imagination took over.Coyne began to imagine the type of music Petty and the band Mudcrutch might have made had they recorded there before Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers became famous.What resulted, Coyne said, is not so much an album in which the Lips were striving to sound like Petty, but one that captures that singer-songwriter type of spirit. “I think it’s a wonderful, mellow, sad but sort of, you know, beautiful, homesick kind of album now,” Coyne said. “Now that we’ve come out the other side.”One thing to talk about:The end of an era is nearing.Through all the drama, breakups, makeups, babies and meme-worthy moments (who among us hasn’t used or seen the one of Kim Kardashian West crying hysterically?), “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” has kept us entertained.Sandra Gonzalez reported this week that the series is set to come to an end after 20 seasons.Fourteen years is a long time to spend with any family, and us old heads remember when Kylie Jenner was a little girl who had yet to be introduced to the world of makeup and lip fillers.But why now? Why leave when 2020 is just now getting good (tongue firmly inserted in cheek regarding that because we all know that 2020 is the year of dumpster fires)?The family said in a statement released to CNN that they decided together “to end this very special journey.””We are beyond grateful to all of you who’ve watched us for all of these years — through the good times, the bad times, the happiness, the tears, and the many relationships and children,” the statement read. “We’ll forever cherish the wonderful memories and countless people we’ve met along the way.”I would like to submit to you that they are also ending the show at a time when cable viewership is waning and streaming rules.Not to mention the tension we’ve seen between the sisters in the past few seasons — Kim and Kourtney traded blows last season — which could totally be manufactured for the show, but doesn’t rule out the fact that constantly being around your family can wear down even the best of us. Not to worry, though. I feel on solid ground predicting that we have not seen the last of the Kardashian/Jenner clan. One does not live practically every second of their lives on camera to fade gently into ye yonder night. Something to sip onThere is already plenty of debate happening about the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announcement this week that movies have to meet certain representation criteria in order to be eligible for the Academy Award for Best Picture beginning in 2024.Some people are crying foul and blaming “leftist politics” for what they view as ramming representation down the throats of filmmakers.Actress and outspoken Trump supporter Kirstie Alley tweeted, and then deleted, that the new rules were “dictatorial” and “anti-artist.”She later tweeted “I deleted my first tweet about the new rules for best movie OSCARS because I feel it was a poor analogy & misrepresented my viewpoint. I am 100% behind diversity inclusion & tolerance. I’m opposed to MANDATED ARBITRARY percentages relating to hiring human beings in any business.”As is often the case when the discussion turns to quotas and such, the bigger issue of why such measures are instituted is missed.Like the rest of society, Hollywood is facing plenty of discussion about how to level the playing field, which so far has not been equal for people of color. The #OscarsSoWhite movement grabbed hold because there has been a very real issue regarding the lack of diversity in the industry.Opponents of affirmative action often present it as some sort of advantage being handed to people of color, while never quite seeming to want to acknowledge the disadvantages that got us here.While I understand that equality can feel like oppression to those who have long held power, there is a simple way to end the seeming need for such decisions: Recognize that systemic racism exists and do better. Pop back here next Thursday for all the latest happenings that matter in Hollywood.
10 Things We Learned at Taylor Swift’s ‘All Too Well’ Tribeca Q&A
After directing the short film for the 10-minute version of All Too Well last year, Taylor Swift gave fans a glimpse into her film-making process at a special screening and Q&A at the Tribeca Festival on Saturday (June 11). Interviewed onstage at New York City’s Beacon Theatre by writer-director Mike Mills, Swift engaged in a…
After directing the short film for the 10-minute version of All Too Well last year, Taylor Swift gave fans a glimpse into her film-making process at a special screening and Q&A at the Tribeca Festival on Saturday (June 11). Interviewed onstage at New York City’s Beacon Theatre by writer-director Mike Mills, Swift engaged in a thoughtful conversation about entering the directing world, while also saving a few surprises for the audience — including a special appearance by All Too Well stars Sadie Sink and Dylan O’Brien, as well as an acoustic performance of “All Too Well” to conclude the afternoon event. Swift touched upon a wide range of topics during the conversation, from how she got behind the camera to some of the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it minutiae of the short film. Here are 10 fascinating takeaways from Swift’s Tribeca Q&A: 1. Swift and Mike Mills share a mutual (famous) friend. Mills, the director behind films like C’mon C’mon and Beginners, also helmed the 2019 short film I Am Easy to Find for indie-rock stalwarts The National, which starred Alicia Vikander. “It really inspired me in ways I can’t possibly overstate,” Swift said of the project. Of course, the National is also home to Aaron Dessner, a close collaborator of Swift’s since 2020’s Folklore, and Swift joked that she and Mills are now “both members of the Aaron Dessner Cinematic Universe!” 2. Swift wasn’t originally supposed to make her directorial debut in 2020 with “The Man.” Prior to her All Too Well short film, Swift had directed the eye-popping clip for the Lover single, in which she dons prosthetics and makeup to become her fictional male counterpart as a satire on gender norms. “I wanted a female director,” Swift explained of music video, which premiered in February 2020, “but all of my favorite female directors were booked,” adding, “which is great! We love that!” Once she decided to helm the video herself, Swift said that she found the entire experience — from making shot lists to the actual filming — “incredibly fulfilling,” setting up a longer project like All Too Well. “This is not a music video — we approached everything differently,” Swift said of All Too Well, describing the process of directing as an “interesting exercise in trusting your gut instinct.” 3. All Too Well is partly a meditation on girlhood. In describing the struggle of Sadie Sink’s character in the short film, Swift pointed out that “19 and 20 is such an interesting and profound age” for a young woman, with “one foot still in girlhood but society telling you that you’re an adult.” Different shots in the short film were meant to capture Sink’s character falling for an older male, struggling to fit in with his friends, and then feeling isolated from her childhood friends when they break up, as “an effervescent, curious young woman who ends up completely out of her depth … I wanted it to feel like them falling together was inevitable and like them falling apart was inevitable,” Swift pointed out. 4. The red typewriter is an Easter egg. Swift filled in the audience on some subtle dramatic cues within the short film, starting with the opening line — in which Sink’s character asks O’Brien’s love interest, “Are you for real?” — which is designed to foreshadow her fictionalization of their romance at the end of the film. Swift also pointed out that the red typewriter that Sink’s character uses to write her story is originally seen amongst his things, suggesting that he gifted her the typewriter and “galvanized her into finding her life and her career,” as Swift put it. As for the final shot of the film? Swift sees the man glimpsing into the store window and turning away as his character becoming something of a protagonist. “We can all relate to being on the outside looking in,” Swift said. 5. Swift wants to direct more… When Mills asked Swift if she would consider directing something longer than All Too Well, and potentially even a feature film, the superstar responded enthusiastically. “I would love to,” she said. “It would be so fantastic to write and direct something.” 6. …but it probably wouldn’t be something enormous. “I don’t see it being bigger in terms of scale,” Swift continued, explaining how much she valued the “intimate” feel of All Too Well as a character study. So, don’t expect a Swift-directed Star Wars film anytime soon. 7. Swift always wanted Sadie Sink and Dylan O’Brien as her All Too Well leads. When she finished writing her treatment for the short film, Swift immediately had both actors in mind, and said she felt nervous to approach them with the project. When they signed on, Swift said she was blown away by Sink’s “versatility,” as her character oscillated between love and isolation. “The dinner party scene just kills me,” Swift said, her voice cracking a bit, “because she’s so talented. These little micro-expressions!” Meanwhile, she said that O’Brien possessed “this electric charisma that this character needed to get away with all the gaslighting!” 8. The argument scene wasn’t a sure thing at first. In the middle of All Too Well, the song cuts out for an extended sequence in which the two main characters argue in the kitchen post-dinner, which becomes the short film’s main showcase for character-building dialogue. The scene is an outlier in the short film, and wasn’t a lock to make the final cut. “I didn’t think it was gonna make it,” Sink said onstage of the sequence. After Sink and O’Brien filmed the argument in an unbroken shot, however, Swift knew it had to be included as something of a centerpiece. “You guys absolutely blew me away,” she told her two stars. 9. Taylor related to the loss that Sink’s character experiences in the film. In All Too Well, Sink’s character turns devastating heartbreak into a story to be told to the masses in a way to regain control of her journey. Swift said that the narrative arc is “very reminiscent” of the loss of control she felt when she was denied the opportunity to purchase her master recordings in 2019, which then led to her Taylor’s Version re-recordings and projects like the All Too Well short film. “It was a very hard time for me,” Swift said of the inability to buy back her recordings, before adding that, in the middle of the re-recording process, she’s in a much better place today. “A lot of my hardest moments, and moments of extreme grief or loss, were galvanized into what my life looks like now.” 10. All Too Well is, of course, for the fans. Nearly a decade after releasing the original version of “All Too Well” on Red, Swift said that the 10-minute version of the non-single finally saw the light of day because her dedicated fans got wind of it, kept asking about it, and created a special moment just for themselves. “You guys just wouldn’t let it go!” Swift said lovingly, to rapturous applause. That type of interest, enthusiasm and support helped the 10-minute version of “All Too Well” debut atop the Hot 100 chart upon its November release, and helped Swift herself during trying moments. As she put it before performing “All Too Well” following the Q&A, “It’s the belief in people who fiercely care about you that will get you through losing things.”
Alison Brie and Dave Franco’s Best Quotes About Their Relationship
Just for them. Alison Brie and Dave Franco have been relatively private about their relationship through the years, but on the rare occasion that they do open up about each other, their quotes are swoon-worthy. Us Weekly revealed in May 2012 that the Community alum and the Neighbors actor had been dating for “at least…
Just for them. Alison Brie and Dave Franco have been relatively private about their relationship through the years, but on the rare occasion that they do open up about each other, their quotes are swoon-worthy. Us Weekly revealed in May 2012 that the Community alum and the Neighbors actor had been dating for “at least five or six months.” The couple largely kept their romance outside the spotlight until Us confirmed in August 2015 that they were engaged. “I don’t even know if I want to get married,” Brie told Elle Canada in 2012. “I’ve never been the girl who’s planning my dream wedding — I was always practicing my speech for the Oscars. That was my dream, which is kind of sad but kind of great.” The actress elaborated on her aversion to marriage before noting that the right person could affect her point of view. “I don’t know that I’m the marrying kind,” she said. “It’s hard to work in an industry that changes from minute to minute and then lock into thinking of something as forever. It’s kind of daunting. Maybe I just haven’t met the right guy yet — that’s the flip side.” Us confirmed in March 2017 that Brie and Franco tied the knot. “It was great. It was really special. It was intimate, and it was really fun,” he told Entertainment Tonight of their “low-profile” wedding. The GLOW alum got real in June 2018 about the pair’s decision to not expand their family, noting that they consider their cats Harry and Arturo to be their “children.” “I don’t really want to have kids. It’s great because I don’t worry about when I should get pregnant — between seasons, while we’re shooting the show — I don’t think about it every day,” she explained to The Sunday Times. “It would be nice, but I think of all the things that would be so stressful. I think about how much we’re involved in our cats’ lives. Oh, my God, if it was a child!” The duo have collaborated with each other on a regular basis since their relationship began. Brie gushed via Instagram in August 2021 that she “wrote a movie with my favorite person in the world and he agreed to direct it too,” referring to her and Franco’s Somebody I Used to Know. Scroll through the gallery below to read Brie and Franco’s best quotes about each other and their marriage! In order to view the gallery, please allow Manage Cookies Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! For access to all our exclusive celebrity videos and interviews – Subscribe on YouTube!
‘RHONY’ Alum Jill Zarin: Inside a Day in My Life
The perfect mix of productivity and relaxation! Real Housewives of New York City alum Jill Zarin fills her days with a combination of business tasks and self-care — the perfect work-life balance. The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip: Ex-Wives Club star, 58, exclusively gave Us an inside look at a typical day in her life,…
The perfect mix of productivity and relaxation! Real Housewives of New York City alum Jill Zarin fills her days with a combination of business tasks and self-care — the perfect work-life balance. The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip: Ex-Wives Club star, 58, exclusively gave Us an inside look at a typical day in her life, which starts bright and early at 7 a.m. As soon as the sun comes up, so does Zarin, who typically opts for a game of tennis with her boyfriend, Gary Brody. “Tennis helps me clear my mind,” she told Us, noting that she and her 55-year-old beau, whom she has been dating since July 2018, “love to play tennis together no matter where we are or what’s going on.” Zarin lives a busy life, filled with not one, but two companies — Jill Zarin Home and Jill & Ally, a lifestyle brand she started with her daughter — as well as starring on The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip: Ex-Wives Club. (Season 2 premieres on Peacock on Thursday, June 23.) During the upcoming season, the entrepreneur joins other former Housewives like Dorinda Medley, Tamra Judge, Brandi Glanville and more for a getaway to Medley’s home in the Berkshires — a trip that involves everything from a nude party to a hot air balloon ride (and, of course, drama). “It’s almost like being in college,” Medley, who previously starred alongside Zarin on RHONY, told Us in March about having the girls over at her house during season 2.“You form a special bond that no one ever understands. Even when you fight terribly, we’re a family in a weird way, and everybody came out of it.” In addition to her time filming, the Secrets of a Jewish Mother author also spends her days speaking with her brand employees and fans. “I enjoy going on Amazon Live, where I get to connect with my followers and show off my favorite finds,” she told Us about her late afternoon engagement with viewers. “Everyone asks for my recommendations — I love that I have a platform to give them.” When it comes to downtime, some of Zarin’s favorite activities include unwinding with a riveting thriller and cooking lunch, a hobby that she picked up during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Season 2 of The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip premieres on Peacock Thursday, June 23. Keep scrolling to see a typical day in the reality star’s life. In order to view the gallery, please allow Manage Cookies Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! For access to all our exclusive celebrity videos and interviews – Subscribe on YouTube!