Entries in Rolling Stone (12)


Elisabeth Moss Praises Scientology

Photo by Todd Williamson/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Elisabeth Moss is known for her role as Peggy Olson, the hard-working, devoutly Catholic copywriter on AMC’s Mad Men – but in real life, the actress is a member of the Church of Scientology.

Peter Travers, the Rolling Stone movie critic and host of ABC’s Popcorn, recently sat down with the 30-year-old actress to discuss the current season of Mad Men. During the interview, he asked her about the benefits Scientology affords her.

Moss told Travers that her faith gives her stability and makes her feel like a better version of herself.

“I think that’s a good way of saying it, because there is so much focus on the, I guess, empowerment and, sort of, respecting yourself, and yourself as an individual,” she said.

The Mad Men star added that she is a big believer in drawing advice from many different sources, not just Scientology.

“My friends may give me great advice or I’ll talk with my mother,” she said.

To watch Moss’ full interview on Popcorn, you can watch the video below.


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Louis C.K. On 'People Just Accepting That I'm White'

Photo by Katy Winn/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Louis C.K. shared his viewpoint on race in Rolling Stone's cover story on the comedian, which hit newsstands on Friday.

C.K. was born in California, but lived in his father's native Mexico from the age of one to around the age of seven. He later moved to Boston.

C.K. says he never picked up a Bostonian accent because of his time in Mexico. He told Rolling Stone, "I was a little kid, so all I had to do was completely reject my Spanish and my Mexican past, which is a whole lot easier because I'm white with red hair. I had the help of a whole nation of people just accepting that I'm white."

C.K. believes America's perspective on race has changed over time. He asked, "[President] Obama's black, but he's not black the way people used to define that. Is black your experience or the color of your skin?"

He added, "My experience is as a Mexican immigrant, more so than someone like George Lopez. He's from California. But he'll be treated as an immigrant. I am an outsider. My abuelita, my grandmother, didn't speak English. My whole family on my dad's side is in Mexico. I won't ever be called that or treated that way, but it was my experience."

C.K.'s new stand-up special, Oh My God, premieres on HBO on Saturday night.

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Taylor Swift Says Her 18-Year-Old Boyfriend Is a 'Grown Man'

Jason Kempin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Much has been made of how young Taylor Swift's boyfriend Conor Kennedy is: the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy is 18 years old and still in school.  But Taylor says as far as she's concerned, he's a grown man.

In Taylor's new Rolling Stone cover story, she takes issue with reports that she "kidnapped" Conor by flying him to Nashville for a visit.  

"How did I kidnap him?" she asks Rolling Stone. "You can't kidnap a grown man! These are serious accusations, now! It's an interesting way to spin something into a story. See, this is why I don't read stuff."

As for those reports that she and Conor crashed the wedding of one of his relatives, Taylor tells the magazine, "I have no idea what happened there. I think that story was based on the biggest misunderstanding, 'cause I would never knowingly show up somewhere that I thought I wasn't invited to and I would never want to upstage anybody."

Taylor also discusses her outlook on love in the interview, noting, "The way I look at love is you have to follow it, and fall hard, if you fall hard. You have to forget about what everyone else thinks. It has to be an us-against-the-world mentality."

Discussing her alleged tendency to enter into serious relationships too quickly, Taylor explains that that's the way she operates, because she doesn't "hook up."

"Where's the romance? Where's the magic in that? I'm just not that girl," she says.

You can read more of Taylor's interview with the magazine Friday on

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'Rolling Stone' Picks Top 10 Movies of the Year

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Rolling Stone magazine has revealed its “Best of” list for 2011.

Adele picked up Best Single for “Rolling in the Deep” from the year’s best album, 21. The editors of the magazine also made their picks for the year’s top ten films.

Ryan Gosling’s crime drama Drive took the checkered flag while Brad Pitt’s efforts were rewarded twice, with a No. 4 showing with Moneyball and a No. 9 finish with Terence Malick’s trippy The Tree of Life. The throw-back black and white period piece The Artist came in at No. 2 while George Clooney’s The Descendants” ranked in third place. Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris rounded out the top five.

Here’s the full list:
1. Drive
2. The Artist
3. The Descendants
4. Moneyball
5. Midnight in Paris
6. Hugo
7. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
8. Margin Call
9. The Tree of Life  
10. (tie) War Horse, The Help, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

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Zach Galifianakis to Ke$ha: 'Your Music Is Really Bad!'

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- There are haters out there who think that KE$HA's music is terrible, but they don't have the guts to say it to her face.  Zach Galifianakis has no such problem.

The Hangover star tells Rolling Stone that Ke$ha -- who we all know loves guys with beards -- sent him an email asking if he'd like to get a drink sometime.  Then, says Zach, he ran into her in a bar.  He tells Rolling Stone, "She was sitting by herself and I walked up to her and said 'Listen, I got your email. Your music is really bad!  I don't know who listens to it, but I imagine it's like, six-year-olds -- and it's a bad message.'"  

Ke$ha isn't the only person on the receiving end of Zach's apparent inability to self-edit.  According to Rolling Stone, when little kids come up and tell him that they loved the R-rated Hangover, he tells them that they have terrible parents.  And, he says, "I mean it."

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Bob Dylan Celebrates 70th Birthday

Jeff Kravitz/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Blow out a birthday candle for Bob Dylan, because Tuesday is the iconic songwriter and rock legend's 70th birthday.

Dylan's 70th is celebrated in Rolling Stone magazine's newest issue, which features Dylan on the cover and includes a list of his 70 greatest songs, according to a panel of Dylan experts, writers and artists.  Rolling Stone writer Christian Hoard tells ABC News Radio that the magazine decided to celebrate Dylan's 70th birthday because he's "the greatest songwriter of the rock and roll era."  Hoard added, "If he stopped writing songs at the end of the '60s we'd still be talking about him." 

Rolling Stone ranks Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" as his greatest song.  Hoard says the pick was made because the song "was really like nothing else going on at the really expanded the possibilities of what a song could be."  Hoard went on to say that popular music was changed completely by Dylan's writing style.  He said that songs written before Dylan were "two-and-a-half minutes of verse, chorus, verse, chorus.  After Dylan, it was like the subject matter could be anything.  Songs could go on for 10 minutes...they could sound, kind of, dirty and messy and jagged...he just really expanded the form of popular song."

Regarding how Dylan has managed to stay relevant over the years, Hoard chalks it up to his tireless touring.  "For, I guess, 20-plus years now, he's just been on the road and refuses to not be on the road," Hoard says.  He adds that Dylan is in the middle of what's called "the never-ending tour" and that he "does not seem to want to sit still.  Perhaps he's not able to sit still."

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Bob Dylan's Best Songs, According to 'Rolling Stone'

Jeff Kravitz/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- “Like a Rolling Stone” has topped Rolling Stone’s list of the 70 best Bob Dylan songs. The latest issue of the magazine, which hit stands last Friday, asked a panel of experts to choose their favorite Dylan songs in honor of the singer's his 70th birthday, which is May 24. Bono describes “Like a Rolling Stone,” the six-minute opus from Highway 61 Revisited, as “a black eye of a pop song.” Other rockers who pick their favorite Dylan tunes include Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Jackson Browne and Chris Martin of Coldplay.

According to the Rolling Stone survey, here are the top 10 songs by Bob Dylan:

  • “Like a Rolling Stone”
  • “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall”
  • “Tangled Up in Blue”
  • “Just Like a Woman”
  • “All Along the Watchtower”
  • “I Shall Be Released”
  • “It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)”
  • “Mr. Tambourine Man”
  • “Visions of Johanna”
  • “Every Grain of Sand”

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Pre-Oscar Festivities: A-Listers Party to The Roots

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The Oscars have yet to be handed out, but the award for most rocking pre-Academy Awards bash goes to Rolling Stone, who brought out a slew of stars to Drai's Hollywood at the W Hotel Saturday night.

Midway through the night, party host Peter Travers – Rolling Stone film critic and host of ABC News Now's Popcorn With Peter Travers – tweeted, "RS Oscar party has Aaron Sorkin, 50 Cent, Joan Rivers & the young Hollywood casts of Glee, 90210, Pretty Little Liars in the same room. What!"

"What!" indeed. A potpourri of A-listers mixed and mingled to the sounds of The Roots into the wee hours of the morning, buzzing about who they might be celebrating after the Oscars. Trailers of this year's Oscar-nominated movies fueled anticipation.

Earlier in the evening, across town, Social Network star and best actor nominee Jesse Eisenberg played host to a more subdued crowd at L.A. Confidential's party. His face fills the cover of the magazine's annual awards season issue.

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Inductors Announced for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Rolling Stone reports that Elton John, Paul Simon and Neil Young are among the big names who'll be serving as inductors at this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony, scheduled to take place March 14 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.  Elton will induct his hero and collaborator, Leon Russell, into the sideman category.  Young will induct his longtime friend Tom Waits, while Paul Simon will do the honors for Neil Diamond.  Before finding fame as artists in their own right, both Simon and Diamond worked as professional songwriters at New York's famous Brill Building.

In addition, Grammy-winning R&B star John Legend will induct New Orleans piano legend Dr. John, while Rob Zombie will induct his hero and tour partner Alice Cooper.  Bette Midler will do the honors for Darlene Love, one of her idols.

In the non-performers category, Doors keyboard player John Densmore will induct Jac Holzman, founder of Elektra Records, the Doors' label, and R&B legend Lloyd Price will induct Art Rupe, who founded Specialty Records and discovered Price.  The ceremony will be telecast on Fuse.

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Billy Joel Responds to Elton John's 'Rolling Stone' Comments

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Elton John predicted that his friend Billy Joel would "hate" him for comments he made in the new issue of Rolling Stone. Among other things, John, a former drug addict, accused Joel of "coasting" artistically, and admonished him for not putting himself through a strenuous enough rehab program to conquer his "alcoholism" once and for all.

But Joel isn't taking offense at John's candor. In a statement provided Wednesday to ABC News Radio by Billy Joel's spokeswoman, Claire Mercuri, the Grammy-winning artist said, "I've worked with Elton for such a long time and I've enjoyed our relationship too much to let something as random as these comments change my affection for him. Elton is just being Elton."

This isn't the first time that Joel has had to respond to comments that John made in the press about him. In February 2010, John told reporters that he was "heartbroken" that Joel had "canceled" an additional summer leg of their joint Face 2 Face tour, but Joel denied it, saying that that tour leg was never booked, and he was simply taking some time off.

In the Feb. 17 issue of Rolling Stone, John claims that he and Joel were forced to cancel dates on their joint tours from time to time due to Billy's alcoholism. Joel has had two stints in rehab -- one in 2002 and one in 2005 -- but John evidently feels those programs should've been tougher. He tells Rolling Stone, "I love you, have your demons and you're not going to get rid of them at 'rehab lite.' You've got to be serious."

John also tells Rolling Stone that he feels as though Joel is "coasting" because he hasn't released an original album of pop songs since 1993. As John tells the magazine, "I always say, 'Billy, can't you write another song?' It's either fear or laziness. It upsets me. Billy's a conundrum."

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