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Thank You, Elle, for Protecting Our Eyes From *Gasp* Mindy Kaling's Body

By Joanna Robinson | Pajiba Love | January 7, 2014 | Comments ()


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I rather liked Jennifer Lawrence’s on-the-fly answer to why she fell down when sprinting up the stairs to receive her first Oscar. It was something along the lines of “have you seen my dress?” Here she gives a longer, more thorough explanation of what was going through her head. I’ve included a dramatic reenactment photo just below the link. (Vulture)

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On the opposite end of the “how do you charmingly handle an awkward on-stage incident” spectrum we have Michael Bay who literally fled the stage at the CES conference yesterday when his teleprompter broke down. The statement he released is actually (dammit) kind of winning, but the CES video cannot be missed if you need a little Baydenfreude to kick your morning into high gear. (FilmDrunk)

Kaley Cuoco, she who puts the bang in The Big Bang Theory, released her wedding video and I’m going to rank her slightly above Janice from Friends and just below Sofia Vergara on the disappointingly grating scale. So pretty. So, so loud. (DListed)

My favorite post of the year, The Millions annual “Most Anticipated Books” list, is out! Let’s wax pretentious about the new Karen Russell, Emma Donaghue and Murakami, shall we!? (The Millions)

Speaking of bookish things, iamahammerheadshark says that Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi is decidedly well-written and refreshing. It’s undeniably true. Thank Godtopus! (Cannonball Read 6)

And while we’re on the subject of great YA, here’s a pretty little chart of all the best lines and jokes and references from The Fault In Our Stars. (TCB)

I have an unlikely partner in my one-woman quest to get McConaughey and Leto Oscars for Dallas Buyers Club. Only this advocate is a WEE bit more famous than I am, looks better in tights and has offered up her Oscar to Matt if he doesn’t win one on his own.
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Previously on “Cameron Diaz Spouting Off A Lot Of Opinions About Her Body” we were treated to some ideas on a lady’s downstairs. Today, Diaz is talking about fully embracing whatever the hell is happening to her face. It’s called time and we should all be down with it lest we be subjected to world of Anna Faris not being able to move her upper lip in I Give It A Year. (Celebitchy)
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Unreality has a list of The Five Most Disappointing Movies of 2013 and accidentally misspelled Man Of Steel as “F-R-O-Z-E-N.” How embarrassing for them. (Unreality)

You can call it coincidence if you like, but it’s a little suspect that the one plus-sized (if she even qualifies for that adjective) actress of color is shot in close-up and black and white. Then again, maybe they’re intentionally stirring the hornet’s nest of our outrage with that crop to make us forget about whatever it is Allison Williams is wearing. It didn’t work. (Yahoo)

On the plus side, they did shoot (skinny, blonde) 42 year-old mother of two Amy Poehler like this. Yow-f*cking-za. Is this what a regular Kroll-ing will do to you? Yes please.
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For your hibernating Snowpocalypse pleasure, Dustin has ranked the 25 best series currently available on Netflix Instant. Get a-bingeing. (Uproxx)

FSR has a little more information on Saturday Night Live’s newest cast member, Sasheer Zamata. Get excited, y’all. (FSR)

Finally, this is what we like to see in a man in the 21st century. You can have it all, fellas, if you lean in.


*headline and excerpt copy courtesy of the amazing and hilarious Courtney Enlow.


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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not


  • Jiffylush

    I love/hate the fact that I have already watched the majority of the shows on Dustin's list. There are a few (life, luther, archer) that I haven't watched yet so it does give me something to occupy my time with.

  • Maddy

    I can see the controversy, but I actually think Mindy's cover is my favourite. She has a gorgeous face.

  • Mindy looks GORGEOUS, and it's a far more interesting photo than Allison Williams' "Look at me, posing all blandly and cliched in a bland and cliche manner!" cover. And she loved the hell out of it, too. Good for her.

  • GillianAndersonCooper

    I love Mindy.

  • Captain_Tuttle

    Ugh. I hated "Swamplandia!," but damn if the synopsis of Russell's new book doesn't sound good.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I am more concerned about the parka trim they have attached to the lovely Amy Poehler's head than the lovely photo of Mindy Kaling.

  • Kala

    Yes. That hair is awful. Everything else is smashing.

  • John W

    Amy Poehler...she's so too much...

  • BWeaves

    Allie Brosh's drawings never fail to make me smile. Top it off with her writing, and I do actually laugh out loud. CAKE indeed.

  • Pawesl

    Sometimes the outrage on this site is so damn misguided. I swear it feels like sometimes you all just look for things to complain about.

  • Groundloop

    In the 1990's and early 2000's the internet only had Arguments, Porn, and Arguments About Porn. We've now added Outrage.

    I miss the good old days.

  • mats19

    I have to up-vote you for the sole fact that you seem to be missing the whole point of the internet and how outrage works.

  • L.O.V.E.

    How offensive of elle! I mean, to go for wide shots of those pretty ladies, and in color no less, as if they weren't beautiful enough for close-ups in black and white!?! this is why woman in Hollywood have to inject their faces with botulism, I tell ya.

  • Patrick Garcia

    I consider anything NOT photographed by Terry Richardson a crowning achievement in Photography.

  • GodDAMN Amy Poehler.

    I mean, yeah, Mindy Kaling cover sad sad mean and all, but still... GODDAMN AMY POEHLER.

    It is kinda weird how you kinda forget how hot someone is when they don't shove it your face 24/7. Just walking along, minding their own business, then a hairflip and then...WAPOWZA!

  • Bedewcrock

    Spot on with I Give It a Year (also, the wig! the wig!!!). The New Yorker had this sad interview with Faris last year about botched plastic surgery and trying to hit big with the rom com genre. I'm just happy she's loved by Chris Pratt. :)

  • NateMan

    If they ever break up, I'll see if I can swing a sister-wife situation in my marriage. I can't see any objections my primary wife would have...

  • Drake

    That's OK, I'll see if my hubby would be cool with a brother-husband situation with Chris.

  • bonnie

    Wait, that Yahoo article says Mindy Kaling is a size 8. That's not even close to being plus-sized (though maybe in the modeling community? But still. That's kind of sick).

  • Jiffylush

    You must live in the south...

    (totally kidding, I live in the south)

    I used to be a part of an online running community and I remember a girl catching a lot of heat because she complained about going to stores that would only have fatty sizes. Of course by fatty sizes she meant 6-8. She assumed that all of the women on the site were runners that looked like she did, she was quickly corrected. I say 6-8 is only plus sized if you are/were a model and is just a matter of perspective. I think her perspective (and others) could be due in part to the fact that a size 4 is fat in high fashion modeling. I know a woman that was called thunder thighs by her manager at 5'10 130, and that is someone who has space between her upper thighs when she stands with her feet together.

    I like Mindy's show a lot and think she is attractive, even if she is not the same size as most of the women with prominent roles in TV shows today.

  • NateMan

    I think size 8 is what they call "Hollywood Plus".

  • NateMan

    All I can say with certainty is that's a beautiful shot of Mindy Kaling. Controversy? Meh. Can't work up any enthusiasm for that one.

  • Sirilicious

    I've seen a lot of comments that say "it's the best/prettiest photo of the bunch, so why are you raging?" (not saying you are making that weird link). The fact that the photo is or isn't gorgeous has nothing to do with the raging. The point is that the colored "fat" woman is shown differently than the skinny white women.

    Isn't there some funny internet rule how when a girl has a closeup of herself as an avatar on facebook, she's definitely (hiding being) fat? I can understand people not getting worked up over it, but i also understand the people that do.

  • JJ

    Elle is anti-Fanning, too!
    http://img1.bdbphotos.com/imag...

  • L.O.V.E.

    Elle is anti-Elle? Now I'm really confused.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Looks to me as if she was lobotomized.

  • L.O.V.E.

    Well, she is a teenager, right?

    \Ramones'd

  • Robert

    The Unreality writer who did that Frozen explanation really, painfully, missed the point of Frozen. I feel bad for him. It must be really hard to miss the actual magical metaphor of the the world frozen over in trying to say every Disney film should function under the same rules as Beauty and the Beast.

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