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Generally, you can tell a ‘serious’ Ben Stiller film from another dose of slapstick by the condition of the man’s hair. A grown out barnet flecked with grey signals weighty subject matter, while the fully dyed-in black of the Something About Mary days implies there’s a good chance Stiller’s going to be getting his genitals stuck in something unpleasant.
While We’re Young finds Stiller somewhere between the two (both follicly and subject-matter-wise), starring with Naomi Watts as a middle-aged couple trying to reclaim their youth after striking up a friendship with a younger, cooler couple. Hipster icon Adam Driver is one half of the younger couple, alongside Amanda Seyfried in the latest offering from Wes Anderson-in-training/Frances Ha director Noah Baumbach. If you haven’t already, watch the trailer here, then prepare to finally set aside your Stiller prejudice.
You may think that your droll Twitter observations about whether or not former members of certain boybands should replace former members of certain TV shows are fairly harmless, but in the public sphere of social media, one misstep can cause repercussions that could cost you your career.
The backlash against such seemingly innocent moments is the topic for Jon Ronson’s searing new book, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, in which the author delves inside the tabloid-esque phenomenon of holier-than-thou online outrage fed by hastags and RTs. Those suffering punishments far outweighing the crimes include a journalist forced to quit his job after falsifying a quote, a woman who made a bad-taste joke about AIDs and (as you've read in our exclusive extract) a tech nerd who delivered an innuendo at the wrong moment. Now out in hardcover, this is essential for anyone interested in a very 21st century malaise.
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