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Hollywood has a lot of love for the late Mychael Knight.

The former Project Runway and Project Runway: All Stars contestant died Tuesday morning outside Atlanta. He was 39.

In the wake of his death, several stars took to social media to commemorate the late fashion designer, including his good friend and celebrity client Sherri Shepherd.

“My heart hurts so much today bc I lost my friend, my little brother @mychaelknight,” she wrote on Instagram. “I was a fan of Mychael’s since I first saw him on #ProjectRunway & when @jawnmurray finally put us together, it was a match made in #heaven. We clicked immediately & Mychael said he was going to be my stylist for the long haul. He had a wicked sense of humor and was the most creative man I knew.”

“Mychael had a sixth sense when it came to styling women,” she continued. “He brought out the best of your features and I always felt like a princess when he styled me. Mychael taught me that Spanx is a girl’s best friend and Lord help me if someone took a pic of me & I wasn’t red carpet ready. I respected his business acumen, his honesty and integrity. When he said he wanted to collaborate w me on a curvy line of clothing for women, I thought we’d struck gold.”

Shepherd, 50, revealed the pink blush gown she was wearing in the photo she posted was custom-designed by Knight for the Daytime Emmy Awards — and he sewed it in 24 hours.

“Mychael how I wish your dreams weren’t cut short — but so thankful for the time I was allowed to be a part of your life,” she concluded. “I know you are in #heaven updating the angels’ wardrobe (‘Lord! Wings are so 90s!’) I love you my friend #RIP #alwaysafan.”

Bravo’s Andy Cohen, who was an executive at the network when Project Runway first began, expressed his condolences and memories of Knight on Twitter, writing, “I am so sad to hear about Mychael Knight. When he appeared on #ProjectRunway he was the sweetest guy, full of life, ambition & talent. #rip.”

Singer/songwriter Keri Hilson also remembered her “dear old friend.”

“Ur such a beautiful spirit,” she wrote. “I cherish ur humble creative nature. One of the good ones, gone too soon.”

“I will always remember the feeling…you were the first to create a dress for lil ole me back in ’04. I cherish you & treasure this dress…” she continued. “We believed in each other before all the fame & attention…saw each other’s visions & genuinely supported one another. #RIPMychaelKnight. Sending love & prayers to every friend & family member. I know you will be missed by all who were blessed to know you.”

Knight’s family confirmed his death in a statement to Obvious magazine.

“We are still processing the untimely death of our son, brother, friend, and uncle,” they said. “Mychael meant everything to us and we loved him dearly. He was generous and so full of life. This is how we choose to remember his legacy.”

Knight died on Tuesday after recently checking into a hospital for treatment for intestinal issues, TMZ reported.

Born in Germany, Knight divided his childhood between Alabama and New York. He studied Apparel Design and Merchandising at Georgia Southern University, graduating in 2001.

Knight first auditioned for the second season of Project Runway in 2005 but didn’t make the cut. When he auditioned again the following year, he was named one of the season 3 contestants and went on to place fourth in the overall competition, winning season 3’s Fan Favorite award.

After leaving the show, Knight launched his own label, Mychael Knight, and returned to Project Runway multiple times over the years, competing in a 2009 All-Star Challenge, as well as a starring as a contestant on the third season of the show’s All Stars spin-off in 2013.

Throughout his career, he continued to release new collections. His Spring/Summer 2018 line was his most recent.


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Michelle Obama is still fighting the good fight when it comes to issues that matter to her. 

Obama sat down with Sam Kass, the former White House chef and senior advisor for nutrition policy, in Washington, D.C., on Friday for the Partnership for a Healthier America summit to address childhood obesity. And she took aim at President Donald Trump’s policies

“This is where you really have to look at motives,” she said. “You really have to stop and think, ‘Why don’t you want our kids to have good food at school? What is wrong with you and why is that a partisan issue?’ Why would that be political? What is going on?” 

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The Obamas took some time for themselves after Trump’s inauguration in January, inking book deals, vacationing and just generally living their best lives

But they’re back and they’re not going anywhere. 

“We’re not gone, we’re just breathing, y’all. Let us breathe,” Obama insisted, per People magazine. “We’ve got to get our new lives set up.”

“When you hear me getting riled up in this chair, it’s not politics, it’s parenting that’s really moving me,” she said, adding that everyone needs to “put aside our politics … to not be cynical … to not give up.”

She’s certainly not.

“You’ve got me as a partner as long as I can be of use,” she said. “So the question for you is, where do you want me? Just let me know and I’ll be here.”

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Sunday night’s Oscars turned into a real doozy when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway presented “La La Land” with the Best Picture award even though “Moonlight” was the real winer. 

Beatty was apparently handed the wrong envelope offstage, and PricewaterhouseCoopers ― the company behind the ballot counting ― apologized for the disappointing error in a statement.

“We sincerely apologize to Moonlight, La La Land, Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Oscar viewers for the error that was made during the award announcement for Best Picture,” the statement read. “The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, was immediately corrected. We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred.”

Which got people on Twitter thinking: What if election night had gone the same way? 

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Federico Fellini’s ‘La Dolce Vita’ Getting A Remake Is Proof We’ve Gone Too Far

Clearly the film industry has run out of any and all good, original ideas. Sadly, the unstoppable remake machine is about to touch a cinematic classic.

On Thursday, AMBI Group announced plans to remake Federico Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita.” The company has reached an agreement with the Italian director’s family and estate to make a modern retelling of the 1960 film. The filmmaker’s niece, Francesca Fellini, said in a statement that while the family has been approached about remakes and sequels before, AMBI Group’s Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi changed their minds.

The original “La Dolce Vita” follows Marcello Mastroianni’s gossip journalist over a week traveling through Rome. In a statement, Iervolino said that the contemporary remake of the film will be “every bit as commercial, iconic and award-worthy as the original.” We can’t help but wonder one thing, though: Why?

With nearly every movie being remade, adapted into a musical, reworked for a sequel, revamped for a modern interpretation or rebooted for the small screen, nothing is safe these days. Nope, not even a Palme d’Or-winning, influential Fellini classic. While there are some noteworthy and partially original recreations in the works, like Paul Feig’s all-female “Ghostbusters” and Netflix’s clever take on a “Wet Hot American Summer” prequel – it takes us back to the first day of Camp Firewood – the majority of other remakes are simply unnecessary.

What’s next, a “Citizen Kane” remake? Hey, why don’t we turn Ingmar Bergman’s filmography into a musical web series? What about a reboot of Gus Van Sant’s shot-for-shot “Psycho” remake? Brilliant!

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Federico Fellini’s ‘La Dolce Vita’ Getting A Remake Is Proof We’ve Gone Too Far

Clearly the film industry has run out of any and all good, original ideas. Sadly, the unstoppable remake machine is about to touch a cinematic classic.

On Thursday, AMBI Group announced plans to remake Federico Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita.” The company has reached an agreement with the Italian director’s family and estate to make a modern retelling of the 1960 film. The filmmaker’s niece, Francesca Fellini, said in a statement that while the family has been approached about remakes and sequels before, AMBI Group’s Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi changed their minds.

The original “La Dolce Vita” follows Marcello Mastroianni’s gossip journalist over a week traveling through Rome. In a statement, Iervolino said that the contemporary remake of the film will be “every bit as commercial, iconic and award-worthy as the original.” We can’t help but wonder one thing, though: Why?

With nearly every movie being remade, adapted into a musical, reworked for a sequel, revamped for a modern interpretation or rebooted for the small screen, nothing is safe these days. Nope, not even a Palme d’Or-winning, influential Fellini classic. While there are some noteworthy and partially original recreations in the works, like Paul Feig’s all-female “Ghostbusters” and Netflix’s clever take on a “Wet Hot American Summer” prequel – it takes us back to the first day of Camp Firewood – the majority of other remakes are simply unnecessary.

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Longtime FIFA president Sepp Blatter voluntarily resigned on Tuesday after nearly two decades at the helm of perhaps the world’s most important sports organization.

But while everyone is focusing on the overwhelming evidence of corruption within the organization, we just couldn’t let Blatter drift into obscurity without first recounting his many shortcomings throughout the years.

He suggested female athletes “play in more feminine clothes.”

In 2004, he offered a suggestion to boost the popularity of women’s soccer: “Let the women play in more feminine clothes like they do in volleyball. They could, for example, have tighter shorts.” More than a decade later, the women’s game is doing just fine without his knucklehead advice.

He noted women should talk as much at work as they do at home.

In 2013, he tipped the sexism meter to idiotic while boasting that three women out of 24 members then served on the executive committee. “We now have three ladies on the board,” he said. “Say something, ladies! You are always speaking at home. Now you can speak here.”

He said gay people shouldn’t have sex at the World Cup.

He’s stuck his foot in his mouth on other issues as well, like gay rights. After Qatar was awarded the World Cup for 2022, Blatter had this tip for gay fans visiting the country, knowing Qatar’s strict laws against homosexuality: “I’d say they should refrain from any sexual activities.”

He implied that Africans are less honest than Europeans.

Some might say he was racist, too: In 2006, he told an Italian newspaper that reported match-fixing in Italy’s soccer league would tarnish the game’s image. “I could understand it if it had happened in Africa,” he said, “but not in Italy.”

He said a simple handshake could cure racism.

Yet this is the same man who told CNN that racism in soccer could be cured with a handshake. Oh, wait, that was at the same time he said racism wasn’t a problem on the field at all. “There is no racism. There is maybe one of the players towards another — he has a word or a gesture which is not the correct one.”

At the very least, he showed cluelessness.

While many believe the investigation into bribery, fraud and racketeering will eventually hit Blatter directly, we can perhaps all agree that he wasn’t running a tightest of ships.

In 2011, FIFA opened an investigation into its own organization. Surprise: it absolved Blatter of wrongdoing while conceding that he did have poor oversight in a bribery matter. The ethics committee didn’t make the 430-page report public, issuing a 42-page “executive summary” in 2014 instead.

He dismissed words to the wise.

He apparently wasn’t much of an advice-taker, either. In 2011, Blatter’s own commission of an independent study into reform at FIFA resulted in the recommendation that he have a system for “disclosing cash payments to officials.” According to the Wall Street Journal, he ignored it.

He said Russia’s World Cup could help peace.

Blatter seems to have a skewed view of diplomacy as well. He said in March that Russia hosting the World Cup in 2018 would stabilize the region. Right, ’cause the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi worked so well to bring peace to Ukraine.

He didn’t know a soccer star when he saw one.

The exiting soccer chief could be pretty oblivious too. U.S. national team star Alex Morgan said Blatter didn’t even recognize her at a 2013 banquet to award the FIFA Women’s Player of the Year. Morgan was one of the finalists. “Sepp Blatter didn’t know who I was,” she said. “That was pretty shocking.”

Soon enough, he won’t be your problem anymore, Alex. Oh, how the mighty has fallen.

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The Thrill is Gone

BB King has died. He wasn’t my all-time favorite Bluesman, but he was an exquisite musician … and he influenced everyone.

The moment we heard that Riley B. King — known universally both as “BB” and as the King of the Blues — had breathed his last, we invited ourselves to a very private memorial service. Our own. The King is dead, long live the Blues he was so crucial to shaping over his very long lifetime of making music.

Mr. King’s demise came within a few weeks of our getting acquainted with another fine Bluesman, Guy Davis. That experience helped give us perspective on BB King’s life. Though products of different generations and experiences, both musicians are passionate and powerful performers, enriching our sense of how profound and authentic the Blues are. A quintessentially American art form, the Blues are universal and eternal.


[transcript is below]

The Blues embody affliction and affection, joy and heartbreak, engagement and isolation. It’s about knowledge and understanding and, sometimes, redemption far transcending words.

My introduction to the Blues was a Mississippi John Hurt after-concert concert for some enthralled ’60s college kids. Mr. Hurt was one of the many Bluesmen (and women) to whom Mr. King gave credit as influences, so at least I felt I had a personal point of reference. And my husband had lots more.

But for first-person experience with Mr. King, we called up a close friend who knew him. She’d met Mr. King through a mutual musician friend. Every story she told — about Mr. King’s graciousness, his musicality, his integrity, his humility (both about his own music making and his childhood picking cotton under a blistering Mississippi sun), his sense of humor, his straightforward belief system or his leadership style — began and ended with what a good, good man B.B. King was.

He would probably have given credit for his character to the one person Mr. King “trusted completely” who he said repeatedly was also the greatest influence in his life: his Sanctified pastor Rev. Archie Fair. While never famous himself for the music he brought into his little church, Rev. Fair both taught the young “Riley” his first guitar licks and was also even more of an inspiration to Mr. King throughout his life than all the host of phenomenal musicians he knew, played with and admired.

So what turned B.B. away from his youthful enthusiasm for Gospel singing to singing the Blues?

I found that when the people asked me to sing a gospel song, usually they would always praise me. But somebody would ask me to play and sing the blues would always give me a tip and sometimes a beer. Well, I didn’t have to tell you where the motivation came from.

Of course, as part of our celebration of Mr. King’s life, we soaked in performance after performance on the internet. It was astonishing — he played with … EVERYbody!! And his influence, of course, has been a matter of legend decade after decade as he stayed true to his passion for the Blues’ two sided coin: suffering and joy.

When someone passes, we somehow want a last look behind the armor of fame, and our friend gave it to us. She echoed Mr. King’s 1993 response to CBS’ Ed Bradley’s question, “How do you want to be remembered?”

I would like to be remembered as a person that loved people and wanted to be loved by them.

That’s almost exactly what our friend first said when we first asked about her experiences with Mr. King:

… (I)n spite of language, ethnicity, shared experiences or lack of shared experiences, the one thing that people resonate with, respond to and connect with when experiencing an artist…and for the purpose of this conversation, a musical artist…is LOVE. … B.B. made himself vulnerable to his audience each time he sang. We are given an opportunity to see ourselves through the mirror of his vulnerability. I am grateful for that, because personally, I came to know myself better through his music.

The Thrill is Gone … & and it’s still right here.


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Transcript of Guy Davis video:

Guy Davis: The highest I can seek as a musical and singing and performing artist is to communicate as clearly as, say, a bear. ‘Cause, if I hear a bear growling, that tells me a whole story of where not to go and where to start running. There’s clarity there. Clarity without a lot of sentences and punctuation and past-perfect tenses. No. You heard that bear roar over there you go this way, quick as you can.

OK, I’m being goofy about it. I guess what it is is if life is a circle, there’s no real starting point. So I start our, in a sense, ignorant, not knowing anything, tabula rasa, a little baby and I learn and I learn and I learn. But if stop at any individual point, I realize that I’m still ignorant of something else. And then the more I learn the more else I find I’m ignorant of. And then I’ve learned more and more and I keep going and keep going. So, as an artist I’ve got to find something that speaks to all these conditions in this wheel. I’ve got to try to find ways of communicating with everybody. There’s things I did last night that I think … well, just like me when I was the kid sitting there watching the performer, I want to appeal to the kid that’s in everybody in a certain way. I don’t want to do something that excludes part of the audience. I mean, like isolates them. I’m singing the Blues and I don’t want some poor white guy in the audience to say ‘ oh my god, oh my god, what have my ancestors done?’ I don’t want to turn it into a crazy thing. I want us to see the commonality of the human condition and the blues is the music of survivors of some really tough times. And the way forward is to find some commonality, not separate this off and smush this off and push this thing … it’s only us and it’s only this.

PG: And it’s the great now.

GD: The great now.

BR: And the then.

GD: And the then.
There are those in my racial persuasion …

PJG: Chocolate people.

GD: Chocolate people, right, who are very angry about those whom we might label as “Uncle Toms” or people who represent the race poorly. But, I have to stand back a minute and I have to look at all the Black people, in particular, who have been involved, not just in entertainment and the Blues, but entertainment and stage and anywhere in the world in history. There are things that they had to give up at that time just so that I could come out on the stage now in a place like this, and be accepted and have my work enjoyed.

Robert Johnson, the great bluesman, who they say went to the crossroads to meet the devil at midnight to gain the power to play the Blues better than anybody before him or since. Have we met a Black person in the world yet who has not had to go down to the crossroads at some point to sell something to get somewhere? That I think is the tough one right there.

PG: That tells the story.

GD: Yeah. There’s … I think they’re stories to be told. So, when I look at somebody who is called a ‘coon’, an ‘Uncle Tom’ and, to use a very foul word but I think we understand that have to use the n-word … ‘nigger’, who’s been called these things by our own people … it took all of us somehow to get where we are today.

And I guess I’ll leave this train of conversation with thinking about Josh White, the performer who did play the Blues, played religious music, played folk music, was friends with Big Bill Broonzy and Leadbelly and folks like that. He stood up in front of the House Unamerican Activities Committee and named names, specifically Paul Robeson. And there are a lot of Black people who are very, very angry and bitterly disappointed in him for doing that. And I understand that. I do. But I believe he was one of those men who had to go down to the crossroads and make that deal. And so I still cannot push him from my family. And I will not push him from my family. I’m going to have to understand that he was a man who made an awful choice in an awful situation where I don’t think there was a easy way out. Yes, it took the strength and power of those people, Black and White, who stood together against that H-U-A-C. Yes it did take that strength and that power. But somehow there’s going to have to be forgiveness and reconciliation, because you can’t have those people chained to some rock floating in sewage for eternity. Because that’s not why we’re here, not to my way of thinking.

I think we’re here to reach out to everybody, to learn from everybody, to be as inclusive of everybody as we can. And there are those people in this human race who we cannot be next to, because they are very contrary to us and sometimes very thorny. But, at the same time, we can’t let go of the hope that somehow we’re going to find all that commonality and make ourselves into one group of people.

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The Days of Petticoats Are Gone With The Wind

Yesterday, my 9-year-old granddaughter ask me what a slip was. She had heard me say something about one and had no clue what I was talking about. I was shocked… until I thought about it. Why should she know what it was? She’d never worn one and probably never seen them in stores. A slip to her was no different than a corset was to my generation.

The only reason I only knew what a corset was because my mother was a big Gone With The Wind fan and I had watched Mammy lace up Scarlett O’Hara so she would have a 16 inch waistline. The first time I watched that scene, I immediately gave thanks that I wasn’t born in that generation. I can’t imagine how it would feel to have my innards squeezed that tight. I have tried wearing Spanx a few times and that was enough to make me miserable. So miserable that on the way home after the dinner we were attending, I peeled them off in the car, rolled the window down and threw them out somewhere on I-65.

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The Difference in Generations

When I was a little girl, I was taught that slips were essential. Until I was about 8 or 9, I wore a crinoline petticoat with layers of ruffles and tulle beneath my 1950s dresses. It itched like the dickens and more than once I got admonished to “stop scratching down there.” They were fun to twirl around in, but that made your dress fly up and heaven forbid someone saw your panties. That was the beginning of my love/hate relationship with slips.

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When I outgrew the crinoline slips, I was introduced to whole and half slips. These didn’t twirl and I could see no purpose in them. By that time I was in high school and most of my friends no longer wore them, but to keep the peace at home, I did.

My Grandmother’s Generation.

My grandmother was born in 1913 and wore dresses all her life. My mother tried to get her to wear pants and bought her a couple of lovely (or so she thought) polyester pants suits during the late ’70s. She wore them a few times, then put them in the back of her closet and went back to her dresses. Beneath every dress she ever wore was a slip or a petticoat, which was what she called them.

Because Grandma lived through the Great Depression she never, ever threw anything away, and that included petticoats. The ones she wore in her later years were most likely the same ones she had been wearing 30 years before. She could do that for the whole slips, but not so much for the half ones.

Half slips had elastic waists and elastic eventually wears out. One day while shopping at the local grocery store, Grandma’s petticoat fell off at her feet, somewhere in the produce aisle. She quickly stepped out of it, scooped it up and put it in her purse. We teased her about it unmercifully and that year for Christmas she got at least five new petticoats.

My Aunt’s Generation

My Aunt Betty (not her real name) is also a die-hard petticoat person. Most women these days don’t bother with them, but she does and it paid off for her in a big way a few years ago. We were at church and my husband was leading the singing. My aunt and uncle were seated a few rows in front of me. My husband asked us to stand for the next song and when my aunt stood, the heel of her shoe was on the hem of her skirt. Her skirt had an elastic waist band and so her skirt was pulled down a good 10 inches, exposing her behind. She had on a slip so you really couldn’t see anything but a white expanse of material that wasn’t supposed to be showing.

Everyone seated behind her immediately started trying to stifle their laughter. My husband, who was up front facing the crowd, thought we were laughing at him and checked his fly to see if it was open. It wasn’t, but that was funny too. Then my uncle realizes what is going on and proceeds to try and amend the situation by pulling my aunt’s skirt up for her. She has no idea what he is doing and starts swatting at him with her hymnal. The whole scene was straight from a Chevy Chase movie and of all the funny things that I have seen happen during church, this was one of the top 10 funniest.

Petticoat Junction

There was an old television sit-com called “Petticoat Junction” that I watched as a child. It was about three young girls who lived with their Uncle Joe near a train station. I’m sure those girls wore petticoats (they probably had to), but modern-day women don’t seem to have much use for them. My granddaughter will probably never even know what a slip is. I don’t even own one anymore. Like corsets, girdles and garter belts, petticoats are gone with the wind.

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A Writer’s Writer and Teacher Is Gone

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On May 11, 2015, at the age of 92, Bill Zinnser died in his home on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Many will wonder, who was he? A sports star? A celebrity? An inventor? A diplomat? Well, while he was a bit of all of these he was none. He was a writer and one of the greatest teachers of non-fiction writing and memoir we have had the honor to grace the Western world.

A former WW II correspondent and journalist, whose scope ranged from combat to culture (he wrote over 600 movie and theatre reviews), it was not until he was in his 50s that he took up the cudgel of helping others write well. He remarked that he was complaining to his wife about how poorly was the writing he encountered in so many authors that she exhorted him to do something about it.

The result is a shelf full of books on writing well – as well as studies on American pop music and baseball (two of his passions); 19 books in all. Bill Zinsser’s signature book, “On Writing Well“, has become a treasure and bible for non-fiction writers, and has sold over 1.5 million copies.

I met Bill Zinsser late in his life, and not at the beginning of mine. In 2011, I joined some 20 others for an evening writing workshop he taught at The New School in NYC (Ink-Stained for Life: What Makes for a Great Teacher). I stayed in contact with him after that, as his physical life became more compromised but not his wit or wisdom. My Zinsser experience fueled my passion for writing, as well as an appreciation that writing is a craft — but one that must be infused with the writer’s authenticity and humanity.

Writing, as Zinsser liked to say, is a craft no less and no more worthy than plumbing or carpentry. All take the same determination to get the job done well: that means waking each day and getting to work. There is no mood for writing, as there is no mood for plumbing. Sit down and write, he used to proclaim. Make no bones about it, writing well must be learned, word by word, day after day. But if you do try, I can hear Zinsser’s dictums. Begin with simplicity and clarity. Achieve brevity and make clutter the enemy. Don’t weary your reader with dense language because we are rich with alternatives. A reader shouldn’t have to labor to understand; a writer owes the reader the pleasure of reading, which should not be a chore. His crowning principle, I think, is humanity. The writer must be a person, someone the reader can trust. Otherwise, it’s just words.

Eight semesters ago, with my colleague Dr. Deborah Cabaniss, I began teaching medical writing for the lay public to doctors and neuroscientists at the Columbia University Medical School Department of Psychiatry. More recently, this teaching expanded to the New York Academy of Medicine, the American Psychiatric Association’s annual meetings, and to young writers associated with Commonweal Magazine. I am amazed at the hunger so many professionals (young and older, early and advanced career) have to speak (write) their mind, outside the confines of professional journals and scientific venues. And goodness knows, we need their educated ideas to counter the avalanche of uninformed opinion written by anyone with a keyboard that appears throughout social media sites.

I owe Bill Zinsser, as do so many others, a big thank you for giving me the prescription for what it takes to be a good writer and teacher. It all may sound simple, since in fact it is when well done, but that doesn’t mean it is easy to achieve. Whenever I write, even today with this piece, I hear his slightly cranky, ever kind, Yankee voice urging me on and telling me to be sure to get it right.

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Ben Affleck Jokes ‘Gone Girl’ Full-Frontal Happened On Cold Set

When accepting an award for your latest film, what better way to use the opportunity than to bring up your now-legendary full-frontal scene?

Ron Howard presented the top prize at the Hollywood Film Awards on Friday night, honoring David Fincher’s “Gone Girl.” Ben Affleck accepted the award on behalf of Fincher and the producers and used his moment on stage to comment on his infamous shower scene from the film. Affleck sarcastically thanked Fincher for keeping the set cool during the sequence: “If you’re going to have one chance for America to see your junk, you want it to be cold.”

The actor used the rest of his speech to poke fun at Fincher, saying the director couldn’t be there to accept the award because he was still busy shooting the film. “Just one or two more takes, we’re gonna have it,” Affleck said, mocking Fincher’s reputation of demanding multiple takes. Fincher may have betrayed Affleck’s trust with the temperature conditions on set, but the actor is still hoping 3-D will make up for it.

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Ben Affleck Talks About Going Full Frontal In ‘Gone Girl’

Fans awaiting the release of “Gone Girl” may be surprised by one particular inclusion in the film: a full-frontal shot of Ben Affleck.

Is this the debut of Ben Affleck’s penis on-screen?” MTV’s Josh Horowitz asked the star during a recent interview.

“I try to get it in every movie,” Affleck joked before talking about the importance director David Fincher placed on letting it all hang out, literally. “There may be some very brief nudity,” he said. Watch the interaction below.

“Gone Girl” opens in theaters on Oct. 3.

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Now That We’ve Seen ‘Gone Girl,’ Does It Live Up To Expectations? Let’s Discuss

On Friday, the New York Film Festival screened the world premiere of “Gone Girl,” David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-seller. Starring Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne and Rosamund Pike as Amy, his wife who goes missing, all eyes are on how the film lives up to the celebrated novel. We’ve already confirmed that the ending isn’t as altered as previously imagined, but there is so much more to unpack within the 149-minute fever dream. HuffPost Entertainment editors Matthew Jacobs and Erin Whitney attended the screening and were left with more than enough to consider about “cool girls,” manipulative pregnancies and anniversary gifts gone awry. (Warning: Spoilers ahead for anyone who hasn’t read the book.)

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Jacobs: “Gone Girl” is arguably fall’s most anticipated movie, and I can now say that it lived up to all of my expectations. It’s been a year and a half since I read the novel, so I was more concerned with the film capturing the right tone than adhering to certain plot beats. With that in mind, Fincher has crafted an impeccable treatment of Flynn’s story. It pulsates (literally, at times, thanks to Trent Reznor’s threatening score) with the mystique of a macabre character study and the starkness of a rote crime procedural — even though it doesn’t feel rote at all.

With adaptations of novels as layered as this one, structure is often the first thing that suffers. Instead of establishing a film that can stand alone, they feel like the result of a checklist that ensured the right milestones from the book are satisfied. That’s what I worried would happen to “Gone Girl,” with its dual-narrator structure and heavy relationship with characters’ pasts. But Flynn does smart things with the script — the dialogue rarely feels expositional, even though these characters must do a lot of explaining throughout. And Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike carry the film; Affleck with a detached rage and Pike with a calculated chill. I am thoroughly impressed, even if the final 10 minutes could be a bit more concentrated. You read the novel more recently, though, Erin. Did the movie hold up for you?

Whitney: I hate to admit it, but I can’t deny the overwhelming disappointment I felt throughout the film. Full disclosure: I had literally just finished reading Flynn’s novel days ago and completely loved every terrifying, brilliant page of it. I think that when you truly love a book that much, you’re going to find yourself let down by any visual adaptation to some degree, and that’s what happened for me. First though, let me state that Fincher’s adaptation is a good movie with some of the best casting and performances I’ve seen all year. Whether you read the book or not, there is still something enjoyable and rewarding to take away from the film. But then again, I’m a perfectionist and a harsh critic, and when something I love in one form isn’t translated as well in another, I feel cheated.

For me, Fincher’s film played like a fun, entertaining recap of Flynn’s novel, harvesting the best gems of the story that make it exciting and thrilling. Yet the film doesn’t divulge the dark, twisted complexities beneath the surface, the nuances of Amy’s psychopathy, Nick’s sickened resentment and their ultimate addiction to destroying one another. Flynn’s ability to continually flip the reader’s sympathy and hatred for her characters doesn’t translate as strongly to the screen, which is unfortunate since that is truly the defining achievement of her original story. In the film we aren’t given strong reason to despise Amy wholly nor understand the depth of her passionate insanity — instead of mutilating herself on the bathroom floor, she calmly drains her blood via a needle and tube while reading a book, and her murderous act in the film’s latter stages is played as triumphant. Some of these moments are even comical in the film, which overall had more humor than I felt suited the story, trashy fun humor that read like an inside joke. I wanted “Gone Girl” to be darker and dirtier, in the vein of “Seven,” but it felt lighter and too fun. Did this element of humor stand out to you, Matt, as much as it did to me?

Jacobs: I wasn’t that disenchanted by the humor, but I do agree there’s an “inside joke” sentiment running throughout the movie. Flynn seems to be writing for the people who read her book, which, in all fairness, will probably comprise a good bulk of the moviegoers who catch “Gone Girl” in theaters. She trims the edges of her story to fit a 2.5-hour format. Without the finesses of the character internalizations one can only glean from the more limitless pages of a novel, the movie does come with a whiff of melodrama. But sandwiching those hysterics between humor, for me, was a necessary respite, mostly because it doesn’t distract from the more wrenching moments, like when Amy bludgeons herself with a hammer or when another character collapses upon her in a crimson deluge of blood. I think this movie captures a sense of cold calculation, which might mean, at times, truncating the characters’ more inner workings in favor of emphasizing how astute their instabilities are.

What doesn’t work for me, on a critical level — and I very much understand this m.o. among critics and fans — is when a movie like this is judged largely in comparison to the rest of the director’s cannon. Fincher is working from a source material that commands a different atmosphere (and certainly a different interest level) than “Seven” or “Fight Club” or “The Social Network.” Sure, “Gone Girl” may be a lot noisier than “Zodiac” and more restrained than “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” but I’m more interested in the way Fincher caters to the many people who want an accessible, big-budget thriller as well as those who can appreciate its stylistic nuances. I’m impressed, if not unsurprised, that Fincher has accomplished that.

Whitney: I have to agree with you that I’m definitely in the camp of not wanting to compare a director’s latest work to his oeuvre. I strive to avoid succumbing to that temptation, but with someone like Fincher I find that even harder to do, and lately I’ve been craving more of the grittiness of his earlier work.

And I can definitely understand the decision to sacrifice the subtleties and latent darkness of the characters as a means to tell a more cohesive story. Sacrifices must be made somewhere, and I think Flynn made apt choices with her screenplay. Yet still, I don’t think a story as rich and densely layered as “Gone Girl” is most suitable for a big-screen adaptation, mainly due to the time constraints. I can’t help but wonder what it would look like as a miniseries. The era of the cinematic anthology TV series is in full swing right now, with FX’s “Fargo” and HBO’s “True Detective” proving that more can be accomplished with a 10-hour movie format broken up into episodes than with a roughly three-hour feature. While I’m not a fan of remakes, I do sort of hope that one day Fincher or another filmmaker will take “Gone Girl” down the anthology route so all of its delicious, psychotic and haunting fragments can be hashed out. Till then we have the film, and it is good and it does the job fine. It’s like enjoying an incredible dish at a restaurant then going home and attempting to recreate it — the overall flavor is there, but something’s still missing. Or maybe I just need some distance from the book to better appreciate the film as a singular entity.

Jacobs: I love that thought, Erin. “Gone Girl” would have made a stellar miniseries. In that format, it really could have employed Amy’s and Nick’s bifurcated points of view in a more substantial way than the movie can. But since that’s not what we’re left with, I’d call “Gone Girl” a resounding success.

“Gone Girl” opens in theaters on Friday, Oct. 3.
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9 Things You Need To Know About ‘Gone Girl’ Right Now

The following contains some spoilers about “Gone Girl.”

David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” kicked off the 52nd annual New York Film Festival on Friday night with a lot of fanfare and a surfeit of positive reactions on Twitter. Starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike as Nick and Amy Dunne, a married couple hiding secrets and lies from each other and themselves, “Gone Girl” is a thrilling combination of pulpy noir tropes and wicked black comedy. Affleck and Pike are powerhouses onscreen, and the film’s supporting cast (especially Tyler Perry, Carrie Coon, Kim Dickens and Neil Patrick Harris) are exceptional as well. In short, this is one of the year’s truly great films, a conversation starter that doubles as perfect Friday night entertainment. Following the film’s premiere press screening, Fincher, Affleck, Pike, Perry, Harris and author and screenwriter Gillian Flynn participated in a press conference about their feature. Highlights from the 30-minute Q&A session are below.

1. Don’t Expect To See Everything You Loved In The Book Onscreen

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During the last nine months, much of the discussion around “Gone Girl” focused on its ending.

In January, Flynn (pictured above) told Entertainment Weekly that things were tweaked and Affleck was “shocked” by the screenplay. “He would say, ‘This is a whole new third act!'” Flynn recalled.

Flynn later walked back those comments, and early reviews confirmed that the book’s ending was retained for the feature film. Which isn’t to say the “Gone Girl” denouement matches the final pages of the novel beat for beat. Flynn lost some key plot turns in the transition to screen, leading to a more streamlined conclusion that still manages to retain the book’s true intentions.

“For me, I realized the important thing was to not be slavishly devoted to exactly every plot line, but to ultimately make sure it felt like the book,” Flynn said during the press conference. “I was very concerned with [keeping] the tone and the dark heart of it and to not turn it into a whodunit.”

Added Affleck: “What was very interesting was the book asked very hard questions about marriage and relationships. It didn’t want to gloss over what we don’t like to look at in others and ourselves. Sometimes you find out ugly things when you ask hard questions. That’s why they’re hard. […] We wanted to give truth to Gillian’s really dark look at marriage and David’s subversive take on the dark look at marriage.”

2. But Nick & Amy’s Cat Actually Has Some Important Significance

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Characters such as Nick’s parents are short-changed in the film version of “Gone Girl,” but not the Dunne’s cat. The house pet watches silently as the couple’s marriage collapses in on itself.

“There’s a screenplay book called ‘Save the Cat.’ It’s all about making your character likable,” Flynn said. “In the first 10 minutes he should do something that makes you like him. I enjoyed that in the first 10 minutes he literally saves the cat.”

“And yet you still don’t like him,” Affleck was quick to respond.

“I liked him,” Flynn said. “I love that he’s so devoted to his cat.”

Affleck noted that the cat was a tough customer during the five days it was on set (“half-dead” is how he described the animal). But Pike joked that she, or rather Amy, won the cat over by making crepes.

“Which I don’t actually like,” Flynn said about the food preparation scene. “I feel like Amy is playing Cool Girl again at that point by letting him up on the counter.”

3. David Fincher Is “Not Just A Demon”

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David Fincher has a reputation for being hard on actors — just ask Jake Gyllenhaal — but Affleck said it was a dream to work with the iconic filmmaker.

“I would have done the phone book with David, so you can imagine my relief when I read ‘Gone Girl’ and it wasn’t just an alphabetical list of names,” Affleck joked to some laughter from the crowd (there should have been more, it was funny). “It had a story and stuff.”

This is the first film Affleck has made with Fincher, but don’t expect it to be the last.

“I would do it again and again and again, a million times,” he said of working with Fincher. “It was a joy. David, despite his reputation, is a very funny and nice guy. Not just a demon. That’s the pull quote.”

4. And His Desire For Many Takes Sounds Really Reasonable

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As for Fincher’s notorious reputation for wanting multiple takes from his performers, the director had a perfectly good explanation for what it accomplishes:

I always feel it’s a silly thing to talk about: what you do to actors. I don’t think you ever enter into the shepherding of something that’s this expensive and complicated without letting them know upfront that we’re all doing this together. The pressure on the set is there before the actors show up, so everything is done. There’s no re-lighting within the take. It’s how many bites of apple we give the people who are perfect for the part. To make it more concise, more human, less presentational. I feel like this thing is … inflicted. But we’re doing this together. We have to work as a ballet company. Everyone has to make it sing, and then you can get a lot of data across to the audience in a short period of time.

5. Men & Women View Nick In Different Ways

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“Gone Girl” is the kind of divisive movie people will debate about long after it leaves theaters. (This might be the closest we get to “The Wolf of Wall Street” in 2014, at least in terms of discussion and outrage.) According to Affleck, he’s already seen the discourse play out during his press obligations.

“Really what I found is that women and men have a very different reaction to this character,” he said. “Most of the women journalists go, ‘What was it like playing a dick?’ Most of the men just go, ‘… Yeah.'”

6. And Amy Is A Lot More Complicated Than You Might Think

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Amy, too, is quite divisive, which is exactly how Flynn hoped she would come across onscreen.

“I see Amy as someone who knows all the tropes. She’s seen the Lifetime movies. She’s not afraid to use that to her will,” Flynn said. “She’s someone who can play any role that she wants, from the Cool Girl who men want to hang around with, to the woman men are afraid of. She’s willing to kind of go there. That was what was at the center of Amy. It’s basically nothing. It’s someone who is made of a bundle of stories pulled together over the years.”

According to Pike, who is given one of the trickiest characters in recent memory and pulls it off with an effortless aplomb, playing Amy was a lot of fun because of her multitudes and femininity.

“She’s alluring, unpalatable, compelling, confounding. All those things. It goes beyond like or dislike. I understand her and like or dislike doesn’t come into it,” Pike said. “I’m really interested in the fact that I don’t think she could have been a man. The way her brain works is purely female.”

Allowing that her comments might be taken by some as negative, Pike added that most “strong female characters” in movies are either given the qualities of a man or are prone to using sex to get their way.

“Amy can do that, but it’s not her modus operandi to use sex,” Pike said. “It’s just one of the things she can try on.”

“Basically, she’s having it all,” Flynn added. “She’s a modern woman. Lean in.”

7. Rosamund Pike Doesn’t Want David Fincher To See Her New Movie

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“Gone Girl” isn’t the only movie Rosamund Pike has in theaters this fall. She also stars with David Tennant in “What We Did On Our Holiday.” Not that the actress wants Fincher to know.

“The other day I was in London seeing the premiere of a film I did right before this,” Pike said. (“What We Did On Our Holiday” had its U.K. premiere on Sept. 22.) “I watched it thinking, ‘Oh, God David would hate that. David would have absolutely whipped that out of me.’ I think you have pre- and post-Fincher in your work.”

8. And It’s A Good Thing She Doesn’t Have Any Siblings

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Amy Elliott is an only child in “Gone Girl,” and it’s a trait Fincher realized was key to his casting process. Fortunately, Pike fit the description.

“It’s this hermetically sealed socialization,” Fincher said about why it was so important for the actress and character to share the same familial structure. “It’s just a different thing.”

Added Pike: “Weird kid.”

Countered Fincher: “No. Just off.”

9. Finally, In An Alternate Universe, This Could Have Been Ben Affleck’s “Gone Girl”

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When asked why he cast Ben Affleck to play Nick Dunne, Fincher joked it was because the actor “was available.” Except not really: As Fincher noted, Affleck had to “shut down his movie at Warner Bros. and send all the people he had hired home.” That film was “Live By Night,” and Affleck is set to direct it for Warner Bros. following his stint as Batman.

It turns out, however, that Affleck could have directed “Gone Girl” too. “He had already read the book because, I guess he didn’t want to tell me, but Fox maybe offered it to him,” Fincher revealed during the press conference.

In the end, neither that possible offer nor “Live By Night” made a difference when it come to hiring Affleck. Said Fincher: “Just because it’s perfect casting, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it.”

“Gone Girl” opens nationwide on Oct. 3.
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Preview Trent Reznor’s Eerie ‘Gone Girl’ Soundtrack

Can’t wait to see “Gone Girl“? Instead of rereading Gillian Flynn’s best-selling book again, you can now preview the soundtrack (or maybe do both together).

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have teamed up with David Fincher again for another likely award-winning score. The duo previously won the Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Original Score for “The Social Network” and also took home a Grammy for their “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” soundtrack. As far as their “Gone Girl” score, Reznor and Ross’ have described it as “really terrible music you hear in massage parlors.” But that’s not all — they told the Wall Street Journal that it starts off as music that’s trying to give you a hug, then begins to “curdle and unravel.”

If you’re way too excited to wait until the film is released on Oct. 3 for a listen, you can now preview the score on the Nine Inch Nails website. Stereogum points out, however, that there appears to be another part of the score streaming on Tumblr that was ripped from the “Gone Girl” website. They both sound awesome and are already giving us chills.

[h/t Pitchfork]
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