03/01/17 The Feed
Two women chasing after Oscar glory, but not ready to meet the finish line in their careers. Facing a sexist industry that had no idea what to do with aging actresses, they turned on each other, literally battling it out for the camera.
The 1962 film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? reinvigorated their careers, if only for a moment. It also reinvigorated one of the greatest Hollywood feuds of all time....
Now with video!
At this hour in the day, after last night's late, late Oscars cast, reading feels like a tall order. As me how I know. If you still want a fashion recap but don't want to attempt to process words on a page, here I am describing it for you on video. Don't say we never do anything for you.
Well, well, well.
Remember how Faye Dunaway read the wrong best movie winner? THAT WAS WEIRD.
We're all in a chocolate haze of confusion here at the office, so it helps to focus on one thing in order to concentrate. Let's do that with fashion while others scramble to decode what just happened at the end of The Dullest Oscars In History Until the Last Three Minutes....
Sunday is the special American holiday known as the Oscars.
And what a year it's going to be. If the Golden Globes and Grammys were any indication, the 89th Academy Awards will be a cyclone of sparkle, political opinion and newsmaking moments.
We'll be there to capture it all, of course. I'll be holding down the fashion coverage starting at 6 p.m. Sunday. Times movie critic Steve Persall will be a busy bee, reporting on the winners and losers and turning an eye toward host Jimmy Kimmel. Follow along with our live blog at tbtim.es/tbtoscars. And pick up Sunday's Latitudes section for Steve's thoughts on the battle for diversity on the big screen, plus predictions. Bonus — find out how one of our writers became brief pen pals with Oscar legend Olivia de Havilland, now 100....
How often do you wash your hair?
It's confusing, right? One minute, the pros are telling you to barely ever wash it, to let your natural oils do the work because all that shampooing can be drying. The next, as in, this moment, they're saying, wash more!
The New York Times reports that the people who love women and have to smell them are begging stylists to advocate for more washing, because, well, you stink. A couple days is fine. Ten days of not washing, studded with frequent workouts and a spritz of dry shampoo is not delightful. (This story is from January, but just sailed into my FB feed this morning, so you're getting it now.)...
“Are you driving, or am I?"
You know the refrain. You and your partner swap it every time you head out on the weekend, to dinner, to a concert, to a parade. Someone has to bear the brunt of the steering wheel work.
But what if you didn't?
Our reporters Christopher Spata and Alexa Volland tried the Cross-Bay Ferry, the pilot program currently shuttling folks via water between St. Petersburg and Tampa. Much fuss was fussed when the ferry launched in November, but we wanted to test it away from the news conferences and fanfare. How much does it cost? How do you get around once you hit your destination? What is the time commitment? Is it fun, or a stuffy drag? Is it romantic? (Alexa would say yes — read on.)...
We're still awaiting any official word from the actual couple, but Julie Chen seems really sure of the news she announced today on The Talk. Chen said this morning that she could confirm (HOW? TELL US?) that George Clooney, actor, and Amal Clooney, human rights lawyer, are expecting twins. This would make these twins the second set of very famous celeb twins to be announced lately. You remember Beyonce? ...
We can all agree flowers are fun to receive on Valentine's Day. They're a feast for the eyes. They freshen up your stale cubicle. Someone has to parade them through the office in front of all your spiteful co-workers. What could be better?
Well, a few things, maybe.
This year, we're thinking outside the vase for the big, lovey-dovey day. We've got a giant list of date ideas that will hold up all year, from top-of-the-line fancy to a-few-bucks fun. We're talking everything from indoor skydiving to a multicourse meal with a rose in a bud vase....
It's a strange day when you're excited to score a "deal," and that "deal" is $78.
That's what my ticket for Wicked at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts cost. A friend organized a group outing to the show, which opens Feb. 1, and was able to get a group rate at a discount. A discount! $78!
Entertainment has gotten really expensive, everywhere, all the time, from concerts to live theater. Local professional theater can routinely reach $50 a seat. And I can't even talk about Hamilton. I have tickets to see it in New York City in July, a Christmas gift from my fiance, and we will be in debt forever. I know it will be worth it because I can't leave this green orb without seeing Hamilton, but, geez....
Maybe because it's Monday, or maybe because the constant barrage of the news is making me want to lock myself in my house, close all the curtains and eat an entire jar of peanut butter with a spoon, I'm feeling the urge to purchase this PEANUT BUTTER sweatshirt from Rad. It is on sale for $31.90. You may also recognize said sweatshirt from the social media of one Kylie Jenner....
Oh, the phone. We use it for so much. For connection. For documentation. For catching up with old friends.
For instance, we were thrilled when Tracy Morgan called us up to chat recently. It has been a long and tumultuous road for the Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock star since a 2014 traffic accident put him into a coma.
He's doing much better now, as you'll read in Jay Cridlin's interview. But at Friday's Mahaffey Theater show in St. Petersburg, you won't be able to tweet live dispatches detailing Morgan's fresh glow. That's because you'll have to hand over your cellphone to an attendant, who will lock it in pouch designed by a company called Yondr. You'll keep your phone on you in the locked bag all night, but you won't be able to use it during the show....
Some years ago, I was asked to judge an ugly holiday sweater party at a night club, which is about as scientific as it sounds. Judging a bar full of people tipsy on lemon drops and all trying to be the most hideous one in the room is something most can only dream of. To outfit myself for the occasion, I stopped in a Bealls Outlet and found offending attire for something in the neighborhood of $15. Here we are....
Come. Sit down on the leather sofa. Close your eyes and I'll get the kettle on. Now, spill.
How bad is your election fatigue?
With the big day right around the corner, and with Florida as a major battleground, the Sunshine State's roster is packed with visits and events from candidates, national, state and local. Our politics writers at the Times are working overtime (not just an expression, they really are) to bring news of all the visits, speeches, protests and more leading up to Election Day....
I was chatting with some folks recently — adults, I should specify. I asked if they dressed up for Halloween. Not really, they said, and asked the same.
Kind of, yeah. There was my taco costume last year. And my Bill S. Preston, Esq., costume for Tampa Bay Comic Con. And I thought about my Lady Gaga and my Olympic rings (group costume) and my child beauty pageant contestant, and … well, yes, was the answer. Definitely, yes....
It's that time in the day on a Wednesday when you probably need to fantasize about a life other than yours. For instance, I just ate a microwave meal at my desk, I'm wearing a secondhand H&M jacket and my hair is too tight.
Come with me, children, to Tuesday's White House state dinner for Prime Minister of Italy Matteo Renzi and his wife Agnese Landini. pictured above with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Indeed, this is the kind of event you attend in your head when you're staring off into the middle distance during the marketing meeting....