"I clearly see that Paul Ryan has a whole lotta 'rage' in him: a rage against women, a rage against immigrants, a rage against workers, a rage against gays, a rage against the poor, a rage against the environment. Basically the only thing he's not raging against is the privileged elite he's groveling in front of for campaign contributions."
That's guitarist Tom Morello in the current issue of Rolling Stone (the one with a cartoon of Mitt Romney on the cover, holding fistfuls of cash, while kicking a guy wearing a hard hat in the backside).
If you'd rather not read political rants and musings, RS also offers sexy swimmer Ryan Lochte. He confides to writer Brian Hiatt that he was a better basketball player than swimmer growing up, and doesn't dismiss the idea of returning to hoops: "I know how to push my body to limits where other people don't want to go, so I could become good at basketball."
Lochte loves action movies (his favorite film-watching companion is his dog), and he wouldn't be averse to starring in an action flick. Maybe even "Aquaman"? Writer Hiatt suggests that most people think Aquaman is the "worst" superhero. Lochte disgrees: "I don't think he's the worst. I mean, he's in the water! That's my kinda thing!" Hollywood has been tinkering with the idea of an Aquaman movie for years. OK, you L.A. honchos and execs - you've got your star, if nothing else.
Oh and check out the picture of Lochte on page 38, in Las Vegas recently, brandishing a tiny water gun and wearing the teeniest, tightest white Speedo. All good for the big screen.
I missed the pilot debut of Matthew Perry's new sitcom, "Go On," after the Olympics (it airs officially on Tuesday). But I have to say, judging by the ads, Mr. Perry looks just terrific. Healthy, handsome, a perfect weight. During the run of "Friends," Matthew suffered some issues and his appearance altered drastically season to season - from just right, to plumpish, to nearly skeletal. But Perry, an extremely talented comic actor (I'd put him near the late, great John Ritter), seems to have sorted everything out, and it sure shows. Good luck to you, Matthew.
Speaking of former "Friends," Lisa Kudrow's Showtime offering, "Web Therapy," is a scream. Kudrow plays a therapist who offers "help" via the Internet by "Skyping" her patients (who've included Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, Alan Cumming, Rosie O'Donnell, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Molly Shannon, Conan O'Brien and several of her old "Friends" - Courteney Cox and David Schwimmer).
The best part is that a good deal of the show appears to be totally ad-libbed, as Kudrow and her "patients" just make it up as they go along, so the sessions take the most bizarre turns.
Kudrow has always been the mistress of the withering retort, as far back as her days as Phoebe on "Friends." (That character was supposed to be loveably goofy, but she always had a snarky, don't-mess-with-me edge.) She takes it to an even higher level in this latest endeavor. The joy of "Web Therapy" is seeing how adeptly Kudrow manages to handle anything her guests throw at her, and vice versa. It's fun and a fascinating look at actors improvising.
While I still don't think Tom Cruise's career will be damaged by his quick divorce from Katie Holmes, or by the current, compulsively readable expose on Cruise's "spouse auditioning" process in Vanity Fair, I'll admit he's got a bit of an uphill battle on his hands, especially now that he is 50 - though he looks a good decade younger.
Can't he just find a beautiful, young, aspiring actress who is also a Scientologist? Surely, in all the world there must be at least one.
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