Power Twink Jamieson Cox and I live chatted Lindsay’s Oprah special.
"We hung out in my dream last night. Except you were 10 (but had still experienced everything you have now) and were really excited because you were going to get to move into the "Goodwill Orphanage" and live off food from a vending machine that contained mostly perfume samples but also had one fun sized candy bar per day. And then I awoke with a bloody nose, so I’m pretty sure I traveled to a parallel dimension."
I received this message on facebook this morning.
Mary Harron has plenty of what you might call “cred”—she wrote for Punk magazine in the 70s, created feminist classics like I Shot Andy Warhol and The Notorious Bettie Page, and, most famously, directed the movie adaptation of American Psycho that made everyone who considered Bret Easton Ellis a sexist monster realize, Oh, shit! That book is actually a really good critique of women-hating Wall Street assholes. Her latest project seems like a departure from all those “serious” works of art—a biopic for the notoriously schmaltzy Lifetime network, of all places, about the famously large-boobed reality-TV mess Anna Nicole Smith.
Based on the 2011 New York magazine story “Paw Paw and Lady Love,” Anna Nicole follows the most famous gold-digger of all time as she goes from Jim’s Krispy Fried Chicken to the E! channel to her death at a Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida, and features a great cast—Academy Award–winner Martin Landau stars as J. Howard Marshall, Anna Nicole’s ancient, Crypt-Keeper-esque oil baron husband, and Oscar nominee Virginia Madsen plays Virgie, Anna Nicole’s mom. (Agnes Bruckner, who’s mostly done TV work, got the title role.)
Harron hopes the film will make audiences see made-for-TV melodramas as a vehicle to discuss serious issues and also realize Anna Nicole Smith was more complicated and self-aware than we think.
Over the weekend, I spoke to Mary via Skype and email about how to convince a respected actor to play a dying oil baron in love with a stripper, the sexist reasons we mock Lifetime movies, and how Anna Nicole could legitimize Lifetime the way House of Cards made Netflix a go-to destination for original programming."
— I interviewed Mary Harron, one of my teen idols, about her new Lifetime movie about my teenage obsession, Anna Nicole Smith for VICE. We talk about the sexist reasons people mock Lifetime movies, Anna Nicole’s intelligence, and Americana.
— Hey, guys! I’m writing for Myspace’s music blog now. My first piece is about Kelly Rowland’s Madonna Moment. Read it and sign up for the new Myspace! BTW, I’ll still be writing for VICE and Homo Life. This is just my third home on the interweb, and I’m very, very happy about my third home. I have to go listen to Paramore’s new album for the zillionth time now. Bye!!!
Ben Tao and Eric Lai aren’t furries. They aren’t deeply embedded in the culture of hentai or porn video games or any of the other odd cum-drenched communities that have grown and multiplied in the odd corners of the internet. Yet Offbeatr, the site Ben and Eric founded to crowdfund sex-related projects people are passionate about, has become the quickest way to create the video games and art projects of those subcultures’ wet dreams.
The two came to the porn industry in a roundabout way—Ben told me he was working in marketing with Eric when the duo discovered that there were some cam models who made thousands of dollars stripping for strangers and, inspired, they started ExtraLunchMoney.com, a cam site that quickly faced financial challenges.
“We didn’t have friends who would take their clothes off and sell content,” Ben said. “We couldn’t just tell our friends, ‘Hey, we have this site, can you do this?’” During this time, they realized that services like Amazon Payments and PayPal don’t allow users to buy “adult” products and crowdsourcing websites Kickstarter and Indiegogo won’t let you fund porn projects—the problem is a lot of porn purchasers cancel the charges when their spouses find out that they bought Two Dudes Doin’ It Volume 16 or whatnot.
“[We] saw a loophole and exploited it,” Ben said. They launched Offbeatr last year, charging campaign creators a premium of 20 percent for projects that require over $10,000 and 25 percent for projects that require less that $10,000. The twist is that before projects can even get to the funding stage, would-be pornographers have to pitch their ideas to the Offbeatr community—only after enough users vote in favor of the project can it start receiving donations. This distinguishes it from GoGoFantasy.com, another “Kickstarter for porn” whose homepage is full of mundane mainstream porn enterprises, some of which don’t really seem to require crowdsourced funding. (Why do these guys need $1,000 to jack off in a hotel room together and film it?)"
— Who interviewed furries and the founders of a Kickstarter for porn? Me, duh! Read more about it on VICE.
— I gave Oxford students who hate me some pointers on talking shit about me.
— Amanda Bynes isn’t crazy. Her behavior is a natural response to growing up with a family like that.