Friday, December 31, 2010

Are 9-year olds supposed to be this cool?

Behind the scenes photo shoot with Willow Smith:

Idris Elba is a god

Racists Boycotting Thor Movie Over Black GodFor years, women all over the world have known Idris Elba is a god. And, it looks like Hollywood agrees with us. The handsome English actor has been cast as Norse god in the guaranteed 2011 summer blockbuster Thor. Elba plays Heimdall, the guardian of the bridge between the realms of humans and gods. Heimdall, in Norse mythology, is also known as the 'white god' (insert irony here).

This Scandinavian scandal is too much for a group of white supremacists, who will protest the movie like they protested the election of President Barack Obama. I'm not sure how they feel about Samuel L. Jackson playing Nick Fury, but I'm sure there's some chatter out there.

Of late, Jake Gyllenhaal was Persian, white actors replaced Asians in 21 and Avatar: The Last Airbender, and Robert Downey Jr. donned blackface in Tropic Thunder with supposedly conscious irony. So, I don't think too many people will have a problem worshipping at the alter of Elba this summer.

Thor movie trailer:

Only fun if you're 21

The night before New Year's Eve, a friend and I made our way to Josephine via a Groupon deal.  After navigating our way through a mousetrap of velvet ropes, we did the $5 coat check thing and surveyed the dim lighting provided by Tron-inspired glowing columns of simulated velvet damask. There were also roped off damask-inspired couches for posh people who actually think it's cool to pay to sit down. And, no trendy watering hole is complete without two male attendants in the bathroom expecting you to tip them for handing you a paper towel. Our rather pedestrian evening quickly deteriorated into an NC-17 alcohol-fueled college grind fest of shiny nylon dresses, disturbing flashes of co-ed granny panties, and early twenty-something desperation. The over twenty-five crowd clustered together in various spots, vehemently denying that they were anything like these little hedonists when they were in college. Minus a stripper pole and a pocket full of ones to complete the entertainment for that evening, it was time for us to go.