Ask Amy is a web series produced by Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls Network, with new episodes appearing approximately twice monthly. It features writer/producer/actor/comedian Amy Poehler reading aloud a letter from an adolescent female fan and dispensing advice. The video’s low production values and Poehler’s thoughtful, direct-to-camera delivery convey the sense of conversing in the same room with the self-styled mentor. Published online on September 9, 2012, this installment of Ask Amy entitled “Bodies” was an immediate sensation and, one year later, had garnered nearly 375,000 views— more than 7 times the average number of views per Ask Amy installment. In “Bodies,” Amy advises a body issue-beleaguered letter-writer to regard her body with gratitude and to speak to herself as if she were speaking to a beloved daughter or younger sister. See the full transcript here.
These images of pop star Britney Spears were released after a photoshoot for the "Candie's at Kohl's" marketing campaign in 2010. They depict side-by-side images of Spears -- one side shows the raw, unretouched images, while the other side shows the digitally retouched or "airbrushed" versions that were used in the campaign. The side-by-side depiction allows for a comparison of the changes that were made in their efforts to "clean it up" -- including removing cellulite and making Britney's waste smaller. Britney was apparently on board with showing the side-by-side comparison to the public.
This clip comes from a 2004 episode of MTV's "Making the Video". It features Britney Spears and director Joseph Kahn taking the audience through the video-making process of her song "Toxic". The sexual nature of the video and of the production process is clear from the start. "If MTV approves it, which is a big if, I think you're going to get a nice treat," the director describes.
This commercial for the Bing search engine, produced in 2011, features the casting director from The CW’s hit reboot90210,David Rapaport. Suggesting that the casting process is a lot like dating, the Notice the search phrases used by Rapaport as he seeks to find new actors and actresses for his show: “california surfer girl,” and “top ten young actors.”
This is an excerpt from the 77th Academy Awards ceremony hosted by actor and comedian Chris Rock in 2005. In this skit, Rock suggests that there is a discrepancy between the movies celebrated by the Academy and nominated for Best Picture, and the movies that are most popular and enjoyed by everyday viewers. He furthers this contrast by visiting the Magic Johnson Theaters, a cineplex in downtown Los Angeles, to ask audiences to name their favorite movie of the year. The African American audience members list movies such as “Alien vs Predator,” “Saw 2,” "Chronicles of Riddick,” and "White Chicks," none of which were nominated for Academy Awards. When he asks whether they have seen the movies nominated for Best Picture such as “Sideways,” “Million Dollar Baby,” and “Finding Neverland” they all say ‘no," and even scoff at the suggestion that these movies might be among their favorites. Mid-way through the skit, he interviews Academy member and actor, Albert Brooks, who has seen all the nominated movies but emphatically and ironically claims "White Chicks" was the best movei of the year. The skit ends with a shot of actor and comedian Martin Lawrence, defiantly claiming that he is deserving of an Oscar statuette.