Sharon Stone took the stage on Thursday night’s GQ Men of the Year Awards in Berlin, Germany. While accepting the Woman of the Year Award, the actress eschewed a traditional speech and, instead, encountered a chair onstage and made herself comfortable. Instantly, the audience realized that because Stone was wearing a short skirt, something might be afoot, and sure enough, Stone meant to evoke a similar reaction as with that Basic Instinct interrogation scene, when her character turns the tables on not only Michael Douglas but those who question her motives.
Once Stone sat down in the chair, an audible reaction rose from the audience, and obviously, people were wondering if the 61-year-old actress was truly about to reenact the 1992 scene. Yet she knew exactly what she was doing and harnessed the mood to discuss the filming of that scene in loosely defined terms, with Stone making a point about life-ering moments:
“Some years ago I was sitting on a sound stage, and my director said, ‘Can you hand me your underpants because we’re seeing them in the scene and you shouldn’t have underpants on but we won’t see anything.’ I said, ‘Sure.’ I didn’t know this moment would change my life.”
This led Stone to instruct the audience to cross, uncross, and cross their own legs, along with asking if this gesture made them feel empowered. More than likely, not everyone in the room felt that way, which was Stone’s point. Everyone can feel empowered or not by their own experiences in life, and what’s really important is what these stand-out moments mean to an individual. “We have every right to be powerful in whatever form of sexuality we choose to have,” she declared. “And no one is allowed to take that away from you.”
he New Pope Popedown is a list of the five craziest and/or most notable things that happened in each episode of HBO's 'The New Pope,' ranked from least to most crazy and/or notable. Like a countdown, but with popes.
5. The pope can have some red bottoms, as a treat
In last week's episode of The New Pope, during the cold open, before the disco nuns writhed under a pulsing techno cross during the opening credits, the pope had an audience with, I swear this is true, Marilyn Manson. This week, during the cold open, before one of the disco nuns did a damn front flip under the pulsing techno cross, the pope had an audience with Sharon Stone. And buddy, it was a whole thing.
Did Sharon Stone show up without a gift and proceed to remove her shoes to present them to the pontiff? Of course. Was there an extended Basic Instinct riff about her not crossing her legs in front of him? Sure. Was there a bit in there about how Sharon Stone has a 154 IQ, which is a true, and b something that appeared to be thrown in just to get people like me to google “Does Sharon Stone have a 154 IQ?” I mean, why not?
What she was really there to do, though, was pitch the pope on the concept of gay marriage. It went poorly. Until it didn't. Please read on.
Two notes on public appearances the pope made and/or has plans to make:
— He gave a speech at the site of a terrorist attack that left 10 dead. “Speech” is perhaps a strong word. He just said the word “no” over and over, a little louder each time, until he was shouting it and everyone in the crowd started shouting along. It, also, was a whole thing. On his way back from the speech, throngs of Catholics lined the streets of his route and shouted “No! No!” at his popemobile, and they continued shouting “No! No!” as he exited the bulletproof vessel to grab a baby and hold it in the air. This is notable because a he stole the idea of using children for his message from Sharon Stone, and b stripped of context, if you see a man holding a baby above his head while a crowd screams “No! No!” over and over, you'd assume that man was going to, like, spike the baby. Which, given the show we're dealing with here, and the fact that The Young Pope himself once dropped a baby last season, we cannot rule out going forward.
— Pope John plans to give an interview, and in this interview he plans to push to allow priests — gay and straight — to get married as part of his strategy to curb sexual abuse in the church. This brings us to a total of two ideas that the pope stole from Sharon Stone, which is not a collection of words I ever expected to type in that order. The funniest part of this was that when Sharon Stone suggested it to him, he referred to the idea as “attempting to upgrade the Bible like an...