"What happens when you're on a TV series when you're young is you become identified with that in a very strong way ... so you wonder who you are outside of that character -- outside of that role."
The Bible's one verse on homosexuality is no excuse for horrendously defaming an entire group of people publicly and expecting your employer, with whom you've signed a contract, to "respect" that as your religious belief.
As it has been written, 2013 was a pretty great year for movies -- so great, in fact, that a simple top-10 list seems inadequate at best and incomplete at worst. As such, here's my list of the 29 best movies of 2013.
What is noteworthy is the conversation that is going to take place over the next couple of days on social media. I say "conversation," but really it's mostly going to be a bunch of angry people who are certain that God is on their side typing in ALL CAPS.
I was trying to come up with a way to avoid the standard list, so here's what I've got for you: 10 things to be thankful for in 2013 movies (plus five things to really bitch and moan about, because, let's face it, that's more fun.)
So let's clear this up: Phil Robertson was not deprived of his First Amendment rights. He was absolutely free to make the comments he made. He was not arrested or charged with any crime. In fact, the government stayed completely out of it.
The true gem of the decade though lies in the underrated TV shows. Some of the greatest shows in television history came out during this time, and most of us have never even heard of most of them.
Celebrity weight loss stories are called out as destructive and anti-feminist. And yet, there's something refreshing -- and, perhaps, even healthy -- about those celebrities who publicly discuss their ups and downs.
People who have watched Duck Dynasty will always watch it, regardless of the comments. The suspension just brings the show more publicity.
That's not to say everything I heard on the radio this year was worth a mention, but quite a few tunes made 2013 more bearable -- and hummable.
This week's playlist includes music by Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Eddy Arnold, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and more.
The best word to describe the confluence of music and passion that poured off the stage is "spiritual," Carlos Santana's mission reaching way beyond merely products and broadcasts. Earlier in the day, I asked the artist, "How does spirituality play into your creativity, where does it come from, what is the process?" His answer was enthusiastic and emotional.
While I love homophobes like Westboro Baptist Church for making my job easy, our real work is uncovering the wicked truth hiding beneath those who claim they love us while they bludgeon us with their Bibles.
Too often in the past, we've seen them screw it up...by refusing to invest female action heroes with humanizing nuance, by writing them as archetypes instead of as people. Broad caricatures who have to lose what makes them women in order to compete on the same playing field as men.
It might an odd choice to build the Aquabats' first-ever holiday special around a beast-like creature straight out of Alpine folklore. But as Jacobs revealed during a phone interview earlier this week, creating a Krampus-centric Super Show! episode has always been a Christmas dream of his.
The electronic dance music (EDM) scene in Chicago is undoubtedly seeing an explosive growth. The music festivals have become more extravagant and nightlife venues are booking some of the best talents out there. 2013 was a monumental year for Chicago.
Don't think one night of fun is as valuable as something physical? You don't have to take my word for it -- check out these stories from a few fabulous females who happen to be incredible music writers.
A&E suspended (note: not fired) Phil Robertson for his controversial comments. Bravo. They have as much of a constitutionally protected right to do so as he had to make them in the first place, despite the inaccurate shrills of the religious right and the cable network that enables them.
What decides whether or not I, indeed, am a feminist isn't the choices I make in my own life. It's whether I'm truly committed to empowering every woman to make whatever choices are right for her own life. So for me the question isn't whether Beyoncé passes that test -- it's whether her critics do.
There are some movies or shows that are just good and don't need to be redone. Imagine if painters were like, "I want to unveil The Mona Lisa: Reboot." People would be confused. Then again, Transformers 3 made a crap ton of money, so I may just be in the minority.
When I had the opportunity to sit down with Bitsie Tulloch, it was no surprise that the actress behind her character (Juliette Silverton) is equally as smart, authentic, slightly sassy, and nothing short of delightful with a flair for the fantabulous.
The filmmakers have gone to great lengths to make sure the portrayal of the dinosaurs and their environments are as accurate as possible, except the part about the dinosaurs talking. They really wanted moviegoers to get an accurate experience of how it might have felt to walk with dinosaurs.