Avril Lavigne slammed for ‘offensively racist’ Hello Kitty music video
Lavigne’s video for Hello Kitty, which was pulled from YouTube almost immediately, has been called everything from “abhorrent” to “embarrassing.” Read the critics’ comments here: http://arts.nationalpost.com/2014/04/23/avril-lavigne-slammed-for-offensively-racist-hello-kitty-music-video
The many faces of Bill Murray
Our own Steve Murray (no relation) provides an illustrated, narrated guide to Bill Murray’s prolific acting career, from Ghostbusters to Garfield natpo.st/1iJ4IKm
Matthew McConaughey explains his ‘All right, all right, all right’ catchphrase: ‘I was high as a kite’
Long before he was an Oscar-winner for Dallas Buyers Club, Matthew McConaughey broke onto the scene as David Wooderson, the legendary burnout of Dazed and Confused. But McConaughey hasn’t distanced himself from his humble roots now that he’s an Academy Award-winner – indeed, when accepting his Oscar on March 2, the actor ended his speech with a hearty “All right, all right, all right,” Wooderson’s famous catchphrase.
And now, McConaughey has explained the origin of the phrase, telling George Stroumboulopoulos that was inspired to create it in the same way that so many others have been inspired: Listening to The Doors while “high as a kite:” natpo.st/1dQVMCE
Happy 300th birthday, Extremely Bad Advice!
Steve Murray has now had the pleasure of helping hundreds of people live their lives to the max while destroying their enemies. To celebrate this occasion, here is some of his best advice for life in general: http://natpo.st/1hQ2UjA
Illustration by Steve Murray
What’s the best way to Roll Up the Rim?
We staged the first-ever Men’s Speed Rolling competition, in the spirit of the Olympics. And for science. And for you! See whose technique fared best here: natpo.st/1hapNg3
Will Ferrell and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith’s hilarious public feud will end in a drum battle
Have you ever noticed that actor Will Ferrell and musician Chad Smith, of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, look like the exact same person? No? Look up!
It’s uncanny, right? SO uncanny, in fact, that it apparently makes both men uncomfortable which is (in part) why they’ve been engaging in a very public, very funny (faux) feud.
The whole thing started last week, during Ferrell’s Ask Me Anything session on Reddit. When someone brought up the actor’s physical resemblance to Smith, Ferrell responded: “A lot of people think that it’s me playing for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. But that would be an insult to Chad Smith. The truth of the matter is there is no Will Ferrell. Only Chad Smith:” http://natpo.st/1csS1za
Book Review: Crazy Town, by Robyn Doolittle
That anyone can feel that they know Rob Ford is thanks in large part to the growing thicket of City Hall reporters who surround him, and Robyn Doolittle in particular. Doolittle is the Toronto Star staffer best known for chasing a surreptitiously recorded video of the mayor smoking crack, and her exhaustive reporting has regularly thrown light on the darkest parts of Ford’s life, work she continues in her new book, Crazy Town. And they sure are dark: a brother, Randy, and sister, Kathy, with long criminal records; a marriage dotted with 911 calls; enough vodka bottles to stock an LCBO; and drugs, lots of drugs: crack, weed, cocaine, Oxi and heroin all make appearances. Those paying attention to Rob Ford as an Etobicoke councillor — it feels like a hundred lifetimes ago — all knew he’d make a bad mayor. But no one without the last name “Ford” could have imagined that a year before his first term as the head of the city was up, there’d already be enough material for a 300-and-something page tell-all, much less that it would be published by an imprint of Penguin: natpo.st/1fzUzxB