October 18, 2018

Keep Logan Paul Away From Pete Davidson At All Costs

Breakups are hard enough without Logan Paul getting involved. The infamous YouTuber (who become the subject of public ire early this year when he filmed the body of a suicide victim) recently split with his girlfriend, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. actress Chloe Bennet. Their breakup came around the same time as a different popular couple's: Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande. Now, as all four people are healing, someone came up with the worst idea possible, and that was to try and start a friendship between Paul and Davidson.

"What's going on with the breakups?" a reporter at The Blast asked Paul on Wednesday night. "You need a boy's night out with Pete."

"Yo, it sucks," Paul responded. "I would love to meet Pete. It's unfortunately breakup season."

In the the words of Demi Lovato:

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— Samson (@deathofsamson) September 8, 2017

Listen, Davidson has definitely had his own fair share of backlash, but the last thing we need is for him to start appearing in rap diss tracks and vlogs. He's vulnerable right now! Both he and Grande are recovering very differently, and this is clearly a turning point in both their lives. While Grande has thrown herself headfirst into work, please don't let Davidson join Team 10 (that's Jake Paul, not Logan Paul, but you get it – and if you don't, then click here).

Davidson, I implore you, please just get some ice cream and rom-coms and grieve away from the vlogging camera.

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Get Out Producer Apologizes For Saying He Can’t Find Women Horror Directors

The producer of horror hits like Get Out, Paranormal Activity, and The Purge has apologized for suggesting that women horror directors are extremely rare.

In a new interview with Polygon published Wednesday, Blumhouse founder Jason Blum (named 2018's Producer of the Year by The Hollywood Reporter) revealed the reason he has never made a theatrical horror film with a woman at the helm.

"There are not a lot of female directors period, and even less who are inclined to do horror," Blum told Polygon. "I’m a massive admirer of [ The Babadook director] Jennifer Kent. I’ve offered her every movie we’ve had available. She’s turned me down every time."

According to statistics from Women and Hollywood, of the 250 top grossing films in 2017, only 11% were directed by women. But it's not because women directors don't exist: they are just not hired at the same rate as male directors are. This means that often, even talented women directors will have thinner resumes than their male peers, which makes them less likely to score the next big gig. It's a damning feedback loop.

As for Blum, the internet was quick to call out this statement, reminding him that there are plenty of women directors who love horror who are looking for work. The AV Club even wrote up a list of 10 horror directors who just so happen to be women — including Blum's former assistant, Chelsea Stardust, who once made an incredibly disturbing short film out of my favorite sleepover urban legend.

Jason Blum is lazy and decided to blame it on women.

Just go fucking find a female director, guy. You go door-to-door in Hollywood and you’ll find someone within 30 minutes.

— Peter Stoia (@Peter_Awesome) October 18, 2018

@jason_blum Hey Jason, I wasn't offended by your women director comment, but am throwing my hat into the ring. I've directed multiple eps of the Syfy series Z Nation and also the thriller I'll Be Watching which did great on TV. Cheers! ~Jodi

— Jodi Binstock (@JodiBinstock) October 18, 2018

@jason_blum My mentor Dan @danrybicky submitted my horror script "Severed Souls" 4years ago and you passed. I'm an award winning female horror director looking to direct my first feature. Perhaps if your doors were open to give women a chance you'd have more to work with.

— Anastasia Basche (@AnastasiaBasche) October 18, 2018

Hey Jason! I'm available to direct! I'm a woman! #AFI grad, tons of experience, no horror yet but that's because men and many women shut the doors on us! Hire us! Hire first timers, men get that chance all the time. It just takes one.

— Jennifer Peterson (@GroovyRoom) October 18, 2018

It's my dream to direct and write a horror movie. Maybe look at the talented women who aren't discovered yet. We're here :)

— Bethany G. Thomas (@bethanygthomas) October 18, 2018

Fortunately, Blum is listening to the feedback from his interview — and taking initiative to meet with women directors interested in the horror genre. In a statement posted to his Twitter on Thursday, the producer clarified his comments.

"Thank you everyone for calling me out on my dumb comments in that interview. I made a stupid mistake. I spoke too quickly about a serious issue — an issue I am passionate about. Over 50 percent of our audience is female. Over 50 percent of Blumhouse executives are women."

He also added that many Blumhouse films star women, including the 2018 Halloween, starring Jamie Lee Curtis.

"Some of our most successful franchises are anchored by women, including the one opening today/tomorrow, led by the biggest female legend in this genre."

He concluded with:

"But we have not done a good enough job working with female directors and it is not because they don't exist. I heard from many today. The way my passion came out was dumb. And for that I am sorry. I will do better."

pic.twitter.com/rOnlRpcLqF

— Jason Blum (@jason_blum) October 18, 2018

On Wednesday night, at the Halloween premiere red carpet, Blum assured Variety that he would take initiative to meet with women directors.

"Chelsea Stardust, who is my old assistant, I financed her first movie, but I would like to work with more," he told the outlet. "Today was a great day for me because I learned a lot and because there are a lot of women out there that I’m going to meet as a result of today, so I’m grateful for [the backlash]."

Women: forever having to remind people we exist, in all our forms.

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35 Songs That Women Really Play While Having Sex

There are plenty of sexy songs out there — but those aren't necessarily the songs that we play while actually having sex. As anyone with a well-curated sex playlist will tell you, the songs you choose can have a major impact on your overall mood. For example, The xx and Sigur Rós set a very different tone than R.Kelly and Ginuwine (though, in our humble opinion, they are both equally sexy).

We wanted to know what kind of vibes women aim for when selecting their sex songs, so we asked R29 staffers and readers to share their favorites with us. The result is one of the steamiest (and widest-ranging) sex playlists imaginable. Regardless of your bedroom vibes, we think it's safe to say that there's something here for you.

Click through for 35 new songs to add to your personal playlist.

Did we miss your go-to bedroom jam? Share it with us in the comments. And hey, if it hasn't changed since you lost your virginity, don't stress. A bedroom jam from the '90s (or earlier) is still a bedroom jam.

"Into You" by Ariana Grande

"Slow Motion" by Trey Songz

"Wicked Games" by The Weeknd

Video Via YouTube.

"Fuck You All The Time (Shlomo Remix)" by Jeremih

"High For This" as covered by Ellie Goulding

Video Via YouTube.

"Thinking About You" by Frank Ocean

"Gold Lion" by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs

"On The Line" by Blood Orange

"Slide Along Side" by Shifty

"Some Kind of Drug" by G-Eazy

"Glittering Blackness" by Explosions in the Sky

"Let's Get It On" by Marvin Gaye

Any song by Sigur Rós

The entire Sept. 5th album by DVSN

"Let's Spend the Night Together" by The Rolling Stones

" L$D" by A$AP Rocky

"Warm on a Cold Night" by HONNE

"Get Behind Me Satan" by The White Stripes

"Shy Girls" by Under Attack

"Shut It Down" by Drake featuring The-Dream

"Teenage Dream" by Katy Perry

"Climax" by Usher

"Crystalised" by The xx

"Bump n' Grind" by R. Kelly

"In the Morning" by J. Cole

"Breathe On Me" by Britney Spears

"Simple Things" by Miguel

"Turn Your Lights Down Low" by Bob Marley & Lauryn Hill

"Wicked Games" by Chris Isaak

"Lost Without U" by Robin Thicke

"Brain (Fei Fei Remix)" by Banks

"Pony" by Ginuwine

"I Need My Girl" by The National

"Don't Wait" by Mapei

"Sex On Fire" by Kings of Leon

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October 18, 2018

Get Out Producer Apologizes For Saying He Can’t Find Women Horror Directors

The producer of horror hits like Get Out, Paranormal Activity, and The Purge has apologized for suggesting that women horror directors are extremely rare.

In a new interview with Polygon published Wednesday, Blumhouse founder Jason Blum (named 2018's Producer of the Year by The Hollywood Reporter) revealed the reason he has never made a theatrical horror film with a woman at the helm.

"There are not a lot of female directors period, and even less who are inclined to do horror," Blum told Polygon. "I’m a massive admirer of [ The Babadook director] Jennifer Kent. I’ve offered her every movie we’ve had available. She’s turned me down every time."

According to statistics from Women and Hollywood, of the 250 top grossing films in 2017, only 11% were directed by women. But it's not because women directors don't exist: they are just not hired at the same rate as male directors are. This means that often, even talented women directors will have thinner resumes than their male peers, which makes them less likely to score the next big gig. It's a damning feedback loop.

As for Blum, the internet was quick to call out this statement, reminding him that there are plenty of women directors who love horror who are looking for work. The AV Club even wrote up a list of 10 horror directors who just so happen to be women — including Blum's former assistant, Chelsea Stardust, who once made an incredibly disturbing short film out of my favorite sleepover urban legend.

Jason Blum is lazy and decided to blame it on women.

Just go fucking find a female director, guy. You go door-to-door in Hollywood and you’ll find someone within 30 minutes.

— Peter Stoia (@Peter_Awesome) October 18, 2018

@jason_blum Hey Jason, I wasn't offended by your women director comment, but am throwing my hat into the ring. I've directed multiple eps of the Syfy series Z Nation and also the thriller I'll Be Watching which did great on TV. Cheers! ~Jodi

— Jodi Binstock (@JodiBinstock) October 18, 2018

@jason_blum My mentor Dan @danrybicky submitted my horror script "Severed Souls" 4years ago and you passed. I'm an award winning female horror director looking to direct my first feature. Perhaps if your doors were open to give women a chance you'd have more to work with.

— Anastasia Basche (@AnastasiaBasche) October 18, 2018

Hey Jason! I'm available to direct! I'm a woman! #AFI grad, tons of experience, no horror yet but that's because men and many women shut the doors on us! Hire us! Hire first timers, men get that chance all the time. It just takes one.

— Jennifer Peterson (@GroovyRoom) October 18, 2018

It's my dream to direct and write a horror movie. Maybe look at the talented women who aren't discovered yet. We're here :)

— Bethany G. Thomas (@bethanygthomas) October 18, 2018

Fortunately, Blum is listening to the feedback from his interview — and taking initiative to meet with women directors interested in the horror genre. In a statement posted to his Twitter on Thursday, the producer clarified his comments.

"Thank you everyone for calling me out on my dumb comments in that interview. I made a stupid mistake. I spoke too quickly about a serious issue — an issue I am passionate about. Over 50 percent of our audience is female. Over 50 percent of Blumhouse executives are women."

He also added that many Blumhouse films star women, including the 2018 Halloween, starring Jamie Lee Curtis.

"Some of our most successful franchises are anchored by women, including the one opening today/tomorrow, led by the biggest female legend in this genre."

He concluded with:

"But we have not done a good enough job working with female directors and it is not because they don't exist. I heard from many today. The way my passion came out was dumb. And for that I am sorry. I will do better."

pic.twitter.com/rOnlRpcLqF

— Jason Blum (@jason_blum) October 18, 2018

On Wednesday night, at the Halloween premiere red carpet, Blum assured Variety that he would take initiative to meet with women directors.

"Chelsea Stardust, who is my old assistant, I financed her first movie, but I would like to work with more," he told the outlet. "Today was a great day for me because I learned a lot and because there are a lot of women out there that I’m going to meet as a result of today, so I’m grateful for [the backlash]."

Women: forever having to remind people we exist, in all our forms.

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The Dark History Of Celebrity Photo Hacks

Emma Watson and Amanda Seyfried are in the news, and it’s not for their March movies Beauty and the Beast and The Last Word.

Unfortunately, Watson and Seyfried's privacy has been compromised, thanks to the work of online hackers. In a stunt coined “The Fappening 2,” the supposed sequel to August 2014’s massive photo leak, multiple nude celebrity photos are currently being disseminated across the internet.

This recent hack eerily coincides with the release of an alleged sex tape featuring actress Mischa Barton. With such egregious affronts to privacy becoming commonplace, it's clear that women celebrities are being especially targeted by hackers and trolls. But how much do you know about the history of such attacks?

From 4Chan to legal responses, here’s timeline of the forces at work behind such disturbing violations.

But first, some vocabulary.

Since we’ll be venturing into the depths of the web, here are some terms that will help you follow along.

4chan: 4Chan is the lawless meme-machine of the internet. In addition to pioneering memes and internet cultural trends like Rickrolling, 4chan has generated hoaxes, cyberbullying incidents, and pranks. Part of 4chan’s tendency toward deviousness stems from the fact that, unlike with Reddit, there’s no need to make a username, and no way to message others in 4chan — hence creating an atmosphere of anything-goes anonymity.

Reddit: The so-called “front page of the internet,” Reddit is essentially a giant democratic forum in which information is shared through a series of “subreddits,” pages based around specific topics. Reddit is the chatter of people talking, meeting, and sharing stuff on the internet.

Fappening: A portmanteau of the words “fap” (masturbating) and “happening.” Also known as "Celebgate."

iCloud: Apple’s online storage system, where many of the leaked photos were obtained.

Pictured: Christopher Poole, founder of 4chan

Photo: Sage Ross, Wikimedia Commons

September 2011: The first big leak.

Call it prelude to a Fappening.

In fall of 2011, hacker Christopher Chaney released photos of celebrities, including Scarlett Johansson, on the internet.

Chaney had gained access to these high-profile email accounts by using a scarily simple technique. According to a GQ article by David Kushner, Chaney guessed celebrities' email address using their first and last names. Then, Chaney hacked the passwords through answering the security question, "What is your pet's name?" and finding the answers on IMDb.

In a trial in 2012, Chaney pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 years in prison and $66,179 in restitution.

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August 31, 2014: 500 private pictures are leaked.

On the day of the “Fappening,” hacker Ryan Collins released 500 suggestive photos he’d stolen from celebrities’ iCloud and Gmail accounts.

To gather the photos, Collins used a simple phishing scheme. From 2012 on, Collins sent his victims emails under the guise of Apple and Google password resets. As we know from the 2016 elections, almost anyone can be susceptible to such techniques.

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Where were the photos leaked?

After photos were posted on sites like 4chan, Reddit users created the subreddit r/TheFappening to preserve them.

On September 6, Reddit deleted the r/TheFappening subreddit, but not for any moral reason. Simply, it was too difficult for the site to comply with legal requests to take down photos, since users reposted photos so rapidly.

Defending their users' posting habits, Reddit said in an official post, “You choose what to read…we will try not to interfere — not because we don’t care, but because we care that you make your choices between right and wrong.”

@M_E_Winstead

Fall 2014: Celebrities respond.

Over 100 celebrity women were hacked, including Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst, and Kaley Cuoco, who all confirmed their involvement.

Lawrence was especially vocal in expressing her disgust at the photos. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Lawrence condemned not only the hacker but anyone who viewed the leaked photos.

“Anybody who looked at those pictures, you're perpetuating a sexual offense and you should cower with shame,” she said in the interview.

@lenadunham

October 14, 2014: More photos are found by the FBI.

This public hack alerted authorities to other individuals engaging in the same photo-grabbing phishing scheme.

While searching for Celebgate's perpetrator, FBI agents stormed a house in Chicago and found computers, phones, and storage drives connected to the IP address of Emilio Herrera. Herrera used this IP address to hack 572 iCloud accounts, including those of high-profile celebrities.

Declining to provide full names, the FBI identified the initials of eight celebrities whose accounts were accessed by Herrara: "A.S., C.H., H.S., J.M., O.W., A.K., E.B., and A.H." Conjectures as to the celebrities' identities followed, such as Olivia Wilde (O.W.) and Amber Heard (A.H.).

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March 15, 2016: Ryan Collins is sentenced.

36-year-old Ryan Collins of Lancaster, PA pleaded guilty to his crime, and was sentenced to prison for 18 months.

Coincidentally (or perhaps not coincidentally), this trial happened exactly a year before this most recent leak.

@kirstendunst

January 24, 2017: Another Fappening hacker goes to prison.

Turns out Collins wasn’t the only perpetrator of Celebgate.

Chicago native Edward Majerczyk, 29, was sentenced to nine months in prison for hacking 30 celebrities' electronic accounts, though authorities say that Collins and Majerczyk actually worked independently.

@PattyArquette

March 15, 2017: Could this be the Fappening 2.0?

The celebrity targeting is far from over, it seems. Exactly a year after the sentencing of hacker Ryan Collins, photos of Emma Watson and Amanda Seyfried were leaked onto 4chan, Reddit, and a website called Celeb Jihad.

While Seyfried and Watson are the first targets, it's likely they won't be the last of this hackers' photo leak.

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March 15, 2017: Seyfried and Watson take action.

A representative for Emma Watson addressed the photos to E! News, saying, the “photos [are] from a clothes fitting Emma had with a stylist a couple of years ago have been stolen. They are not nude photographs."

Seyfried's lawyers are demanding her photos be taken down from the site Celeb Jihad.

@EmmaWatson

August 29, 2018: One of the 2014 hack's perpetrators is sentenced to prison.

In 2014, George Garofano gained illegal access to over 200 Apple iCloud accounts. Five years later, he was sentenced to eight months in prison.

Jennifer Lawrence, one of the victims of the hack, continued to speak out about her experiences. In 2017, she told The Hollywood Reporter's Award Chatterpodcast, “When the hacking thing happened it was so unbelievably violating that you can’t even put into words. I feel like I got gang banged by the f**king planet. There’s not one person in the world that’s not capable of seeing these intimate photos of me. You could be at a barbecue and somebody could just pull it up on their phone and that was just a really impossible thing to process.”

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