Weekend News Roundup! Gaga and Slavoj, BFF; Marilyn’s Dress Makes Bank; Hangover II Owns the World
Published June 20, 2011
SOMEONE—PRESUMABLY JUST A HUGE BILLY WILDER FAN—PAID A LOT FOR THIS DRESS.
Happy Monday! Here’s our compendium of pop-culture news you may have missed while you were doing more important things over the weekend.
• This is the best story of all: apparently Slavoj Å½iÅ¾ek and Lady Gaga are best buddies now, doing things like painting each other’s nails, braiding each other’s beards, and “discussing feminism and collective human creativity.” Hilariously, he also called her meat dress a reference to “the consistent linking in the oppressive imaginary of the patriarchy of the female body and meat, of animality and the feminine.” We’re wondering if they ever go to the gym together? [P6, which didn’t bother with the accents on the Z’s]
• Marilyn Monroe’s The Seven Year Itch dress sold for more than $5.6 million at auction on Saturday. Um, they know that dress is used, right? [CNN]
• Green Lantern won the weekend box office, with $52.7M, which sounds like a lot but is actually not that great against a $200M budget. Super 8 took the #2 spot, and Mr. Popper’s Penguins opened in third with $18.2M. X-Men: First Class and The Hangover Part II finished out the top 5 with $11.5M and $9.6M, respectively. [BOM]
• Oh, and about The Hangover Part II: its receipts have surpassed those of the first installment, with a worldwide box office total of $488.7M, making it the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all time. That is higher than the GDP of Grenada. Does that make you happy, people who saw it? Are you pleased with yourselves now? [THR]
• Hugh Hefner apparently wasn’t all that heartbroken over losing fiancée Crystal Harris; he’s already dating a different Playboy model, Anna Sophia Berglund. That’s the problem with jilting Hugh Hefner, Crystal—he might be the only man in America who can immediately get a new girlfriend who looks just like you. [SBS]
• Nick Cannon has shared the valuable opinion that now that his wife, Mariah Carey, has given birth to twins, “She really knows what being a woman is about now.” Presumably he means that being incredibly successful in her career—the third-best-selling female vocal artist, with her own fragrance, champagne, and jewelry lines—is not what “being a woman is about.” [People]
- Tracee Ellis Ross and Tyler, the Creator on Falling and Getting Back Up
- Ask a Sane Person: Salman Rushdie Wants America to Take Out the Trash in November
- Meet Roberto Lugo, the Potter Making Ceramics of Biggie and Basquiat
- Chris Evans and Jaeden Martell on Dark Material and Crying in the Mirror Just for Fun
- Mark Ruffalo and Philip Ettinger on Playing Four Versions of the Same Two Characters in I Know This Much Is True