Today in celebrity gossip: The controversial documentary filmmaker got in a spat with a notorious critic, Kim and Kanye go on an expensive trip to Paris, and the Mary-Kate/Olivier snaps you never knew you needed.
Uh oh, Armond White strikes again! White, America's most eloquent troll/controversial film critic, reportedly heckled filmmaker Michael Moore at the recent New York Film Critics Circle Awards, after Moore had the temerity to speak ill of Catholics while presenting an award to How to Survive a Plague director David France. While talking about the film, a documentary about ACT UP and the AIDS awareness struggle of the '80s and early '90s which features The Atlantic's own Garance Franke-Ruta, Moore related some sort of anecdote about activists of the time stopping massess at St. Patrick's Cathedral, to which White and "a friend" reportedly responded "F-ck you!" and "Drop dead!" and "You liar!" So apparently White, who two years ago created a big stir at the same awards show, is now a Catholic or something? Or just defending Catholics? Moore was unfazed, and went on to say of the AIDS crisis, "those who would deify Reagan and Pope John Paul II are responsible for the deaths of thousands of people . . . because of their bigotry." Later White was heard saying that Moore "disparaged Catholics" and that he shouldn't have used his stage time to "present a personal political diatribe." Ha. There's some irony in Armond White criticizing people for out-of-place diatribes, but oh well. We are talking about Michael Moore here, who can be something of a troll himself. Though, Moore's convictions always seem at least mostly sincere. White, on the other hand, just likes to bark so people will turn their heads. Speaking of! White has released his infamous Better-Than List, his annual tear-down of conventional critical wisdom, in which he argues that Eddie Murphy's A Thousand Words was better than Argo, saying "Brian Robbins and Eddie Murphy dared the most personal Hollywood critique since Clifford Odets’ The Big Knife; Ben Affleck trivialized Hollywood accountability." Or, about why Ghost Rider - Spirit of Vengeance and Taken 2 were better than Zero Dark Thirty, "Neveldine-Taylor and Olivier Megaton revealed the post-9/11 zeitgeist in genre tropes, while Bigelow reduced the zeitgeist to an enigmatic comic strip, a 'mission accomplished' delusion." The problem there being that he's taking actual well-considered criticisms of the year's sacred cow movies and muddying them by throwing in this junk to compare it to. He can't resist lacing his contrarianism with little shock-'em jokes, and that's why so many people cannot take him seriously. Also because he yells things in support of the Catholic Church while someone is talking about the AIDS crisis of the 1980s. That certainly doesn't help. [Page Six]
OK, back to the serious stuff. Expectant parents Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are currently in Paris, shopping at Lanvin and Celine, dining at L'Avenue (please watch this oddly mesmerizing video), in what is being called a "babymoon." Which I guess is a thing! Who knew? Everyone's going on babymoons, apparently. Not necessarily lavish ones like Kimye's, but it is something that's happening frequently enough that it's become a term. We should probably start calling all vacations something-moons. Just so unmarried or childless people don't feel left out. It makes a trip more meaningful, doesn't it? Me, I hope to go on a brokemoon sometime this year, which is a vacation prior to me being broke from said vacation. Brokemoon could also be the name of a James Bond movie, maybe. Let's discuss, Broccolis! [Us Weekly]