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- 10/09/14--13:30: Ryan Hemsworth Heads to Nepal for "Snow In Newark" Video
- 10/09/14--14:02: Damian From Mean Girls Is Now Making Weird Parody Videos
- 10/09/14--14:45: Ty Segall's "The Singer" Video Is a Grunge-y Supernatural Fantasia
- 10/09/14--15:12: New App GIF-ITI Takes Street Art to the Next Level
- 10/10/14--07:00: Game of Throne's Lannisters Will Drink You Under the Table
- 10/10/14--10:37: Keeping Up With Kylie Jenner's Weave
- 10/10/14--11:00: Three Parties This Weekend In Honor of Harold Hunter Day
- 10/10/14--12:11: Advice From Grimes: Jump Rope, Drink Hot Sauce and Be Nice
- 10/10/14--12:30: The 10 Strangest Pieces Of Celebrity Memorabilia Ever Sold
- 10/10/14--13:53: Damien Hirst is the World's Priciest Drug Dealer
- 10/10/14--14:57: Here's a GIF of Drake With a Sweatpants Boner
- 10/10/14--15:30: The Best, Worst and Weirdest of the Week
- 10/13/14--09:42: Watch Childish Gambino's Mini Horror Film, "Telegraph Ave"
- 10/13/14--11:00: Ten Young Actors About to Blow Up
- 10/13/14--11:41: Sad Person Keanu Reeves Was Downright Gleeful During His Reddit AMA
No matter how hard we try to enjoy other music, there are just some days when nothing sounds as good as "Countdown," modestly blasting out of our car speakers on infinite repeat.
Now, everyone who still listens to the radio (first of all, why?) and has ever thought, "Why don't all radio stations exclusively play Beyoncé songs ALL THE TIME," can rest assured, knowing that their cries have not fallen on deaf ears. News92 FM, formerly Houston's last all-news radio station, is going full Beyoncé.
The struggling news station has decided to give in to the Beyhive's demands and re-brand as the best radio station ever. But before you get too excited, as Slate points out, this whole thing might just be a short-winded stunt.
Ryan Hemsworth has again hooked up with fellow-Canadian photographer/director Martin C. Pariseau -- he's the dude that shot Ryan's "One For Me" feat. Tinashe -- this time for a track off his upcoming sophomore album, Alone For the First Time. Though the title of the song is "Snow in Newark," the clip was filmed in Nepal and begins with a shot of Ryan having his head shaved. It's a nice little travelogue with a moody, anti-EDM soundtrack. The album's out on November 4th, just in time for his two local shows: November 20th at the Bowery Ballroom and the 21st at Rough Trade in Brooklyn. Pick up a ticket HERE -- we saw him at SONAR in June and we'll be back for more next month.
While we're still obsessing over Damian's talent show cover of Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful," Daniel Franzese's parody of "Stay With Me" falls a little flat. Unfortunately, without the Mean Girls persona, Franzese's comedy loses much of its charm.
But we're glad to see that Damian, or Daniel, is alive and well -- and bearded! Watch the Sam Smith parody "Please Go Home," above.
In "The Singer," Ty Segall's psychedelic new video for his Manipulator track, we first see the artist rocking out in a cluttered apartment in some seriously sweet red pants. But what starts out as a simple concept quickly takes a magical turn, as Segall starts levitating, his guitar shoots out rainbow sound waves, and his band members being to materialize as ghosts. Two thumbs way up.
INSA -- the British street artist known for turning his static, IRL murals into trippy online GIFs -- just released INSA's GIF-ITI Viewer, a new augmented reality platform.
The new app is a play on the artist's long-running, animated GIF-ITI series, which he created manually by photographing his murals from repeated and various angles. But with the GIF-ITI Viewer, you can just point your iPhone at the nearest Banksy, or perhaps this, and watch it animate on the screen.
Download the app to try it out for yourself, here.
A tally of all the boozing on Game of Thrones. Lannisters party serious. [Uproxx]
This is a real photo taken this week of Papa Joe Biden enjoying an ice cream cone in his aviators, holding two $10 bills. A moment of silence. [Mlkshk]
While promoting his new movie Fury -- for which he pulled out his teeth -- on Ellen, Shia LaBeouf was forced to rehash his tumultuous year. And adding to our running tally of "Crazy, Yet Awesome, Things That Shia LaBeouf Has Done," the actor revealed that he spit on a cop.
For your "Dream Big" Pinterest board. [FYouNoFMe]
Taylor Swift should have just made the "Shake It Off" video this GIF, don't you think? [Mlkshk]
Just a Bichon disco dancin', that's all. [TastefuilyOffensive]
Sorry, no new Adele album until next year (at least). That's the word from her UK record label XL, as revealed in today's NYT: ""There will not be a further new release by Adele during 2014." Sure, we're upset. But to keep the ball rolling, we've dug deep into her back catalogue for today's oldie-but-goodie video, "Hometown Glory." The song was her very first single, written when she was just 16 and released in 2007. The video, directed by Rocky Schenek, wasn't produced until a re-release of the song by XL in 2009. Not that old, but definitely a goodie.
We here at Paper magazine have been dutifully keeping weave watch -- noting Kylie Jenner's hair as it graduated from bobbed to teal-tipped mermaid on Instagram. And since Kylie hails from a long line of entrepreneurial women, it's no surprise that she's finally kashing in on her hair transformation. Partnering with Bellami Hair, Kylie Jenner announced her predictably named hair extension line, Kylie Hair Kouture, via an Instagram selfie.
While the details of the kollection have yet to be revealed, you can view the hair extentions in action, below. Some side-eye worthy features of Kylie's kouture weaves include "blowing in the wind" and "bun-able."
when your weave blows in the wind
when you can finally put your weave up in a bun
Tomorrow is the eighth annual Harold Hunter Day, celebrating the life of the definitive "New York City street rat," skateboarder and one of the most memorable characters in Larry Clark's film, Kids. Fortunately his memory lives on through the Harold Hunter Foundation and their fundraising for skate camp scholarships and programs. Start off by heading over to Paragon Sports (18th St. and Broadway) tonight, Friday, October 10, 7 to 10 p.m., for a "Decked Out" party with a silent auction of skate decks by 24 NYC artists and music from Washer & Aliens. It's FREE with an RSVP to email@example.com, but there's a $10 suggested donation. The big celebration is Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. at Coleman Oval Skatepark (62 Pike Street) on the Lower East Side; and then there's an afterparty at Epstein's Bar (82 Stanton Street) sponsored by SHUT Skateboards and G-Shock, featuring Eli Morgan Gesner and music by DJ Smoke L.E.S.
In Rookie Yearbook Three, edited by the inimitable teen mogul Tavi Gevinson, Grimes shares her secrets to becoming a girl boss. But the spacey, synth-pop musician definitely isn't your typical girl boss. Or rather, she's not that kind of girl boss -- the one that wears pink power suits and is all like "lean in, or else!"
Grimes is a cool girl boss. She's the CEO of company called Fairy Tour Corp (as well as two other, less magically named companies) and she can admit that she doesn't have all the answers. But the answers that she does have, excerpted in Elle, are perfect and awesome. Here's our favorite moments of Grimesian advice from her essay in Rookie Yearbook Three, which is out October 21st.
"Jump rope. It is the most efficient way to get cardiovascular exercise in any kind of weather, without going to a gym. Exercise is very important if you're dealing with depression or anger issues--and any job in the entertainment industry will cause both."
On not binge-watching The Sopranos even though you really, really want to:
"Stop working when you're tired -- but don't get lazy. I sometimes boomerang between working for 22 hours in a row, and then collapsing and realizing that I don't have to adhere to a fixed schedule and watching every episode of The Sopranos. I would not suggest this system. Schedules are amazing: eight hours of work, eight hours of sleep. The other eight hours are fair game. (I have not mastered this one, but when I can get it going I'm a lot more productive.)"
On being nice, except when you need to be mean:
Be nice to the people you work with. It is of utmost importance to treat people with kindness, because you want them to work hard and care about the thing you are building together. However, in order to get things done, sometimes you need to be mean. I'm really bad at this, but you absolutely need to let people know when something is unacceptable, or they'll keep doing it and you'll resent them and it creates bad vibes.
On the varied uses of hot sauce:
"If you are tired and you need to be peppy, drinking a bit of straight hot sauce really works."
On degrees and parents being useless:
"Just because someone has more qualifications than you doesn't mean they're better than you. We live in the age of technology, so you can Google anything you don't know how to do. The only thing you can't Google is how to be creative and unique. Your thoughts have more value than a degree or a parent in the same field or whatever. I always think about my grandfather, who became an engineer with only a seventh grade education. It's a very cliché thing to say, but nearly anything is possible if you set your mind to it."
Just this week Willie Nelson's red, braided, and probably weed-scented pigtails were sold at auction for $37,000. Surprisingly, this isn't even the apex of weird celebrity memorabilia that's been sold for ridiculous amounts of money. We decided to take a deep dive into the weird/wonderful world of celebrity memorabilia to bring you the top ten strangest things to ever be sold.
1. William Shatner's Kidney Stone
William Shatner sold his own kidney stones to an online casino for a pricey $25,000. Luckily, the proceeds went to charity but the thought of a kidney stone that Shatner said is so big "you'd want to wear it on your finger" floating around the world is a little bit more than disturbing.
2. Justin Timberlake's Unfinished French Toast
One morning back in 2006 Justin Timberlake didn't finish his french toast at a morning radio appearance. That'd be unremarkable were it not for the fact that JT's uneaten breakfast was later sold for the amount a lot of New Yorkers pay on rent after a 19-year-old fan dropped over $1k for the toast at an auction. We wish the fan and his/her toast all the best.
3. Scarlett Johansson's Used Tissue
After ScarJo used a tissue on The Tonight Show in 2008, those famous boogers were auctioned off for $5,300. While we commend the auction for giving it to charity, we really really don't want to know whatever happened to the snot-filled tissue (but kind of really really want to know who bought it).
A set of x-rays and the partial medical history of Marilyn Monroe was sold in 2013 for $25,000. While x-ray wall décor might be ideal creepy doctors or Halloween stans, it's hard to imagine anyone even close to normal dropping a quarter million to see the bones of a long dead starlet.
5. Britney Spears' Used Pregnancy Test
The same online casino that bought Shatner's kidney stone also broke some boundaries by paying $5,100 for the used and positive pregnancy test Britney took way back during her K-Fed days. Honestly, with people digging through her trash and selling this kind of stuff, it's amazing she didn't shave her head sooner.
6. John Lennon's Tooth
While it's by no means normal that someone bought John Lennon's tooth for $31,000, the weirder part of the entire story is that this tooth was originally a gift to his housekeeper. It's only at the highest point of fame that your gross molar is a really well-meaning tip.
7. Michael Jackson's Burnt Hair
Burnt hair from Michael Jackson's infamous Pepsi incident was auctioned off in 2009 for $1,600. So...apparently the celebrity hair trade is booming?
8. Queen Elizabeth's Underwear
Back in the '60s and in the midst of traveling around the world, the Queen of England managed to leave her underwear on a plane -- been there done that -- where they were somehow collected by Baron Joseph de Bicske Dobronyi. When he died in 2010, his estate -- panties included -- ended up on eBay. And, with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee approaching, the royal knickers fetched $18,000.
9. Justin Bieber's Hair
While it's pretty unsurprising that Bieber Fever extends to buying his lovely locks, the crazy part is the insane amount of money someone dropped to own a few strands of the pop star's hair. Clocking in at $40,668 this hair owns the unofficial title of "Most Expensive Celebrity Hair."
10. Air That Existed In The Presence Of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
While at only $530 -- the cheapest item on the list -- the entire concept of this celebrity memorabilia is too weird not to include. In case there's any ambiguity in the title, we'll clarify: someone bought an actual jar of air because the air was nearby Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. There's not even a joke to make because the entire sale is a joke unto itself.
Feeling a little let out that you didn't bid on any of this stuff? No worries. You're not too late to bid on a swizzle stick belonging to Marlene Dietrich, Linda Lovelace's own high school yearbook, or an invitation to Michael Jackson's funeral. Oh, and FYI, you can click "Buy It Now" on a pair of Whoopi Goldberg's dirty high tops.
In a strange turn of events, Nick Jonas became the hot, muscle-y Jonas brother to rule all Jonas brothers. He's got a new track with Angel Haze and now he's starring as Nate Kulina -- a MMA fighter who is questioning his sexuality on the DirectTV drama Kingdom.
See Nick Jonas in shirtless action in the behind-the-scenes clip, above. But if shirtless-ness is too subtle for you, take a look back at Nick Jonas' penis.
Yesterday, Damien Hirst's latest exhibition, Schizophrenogenesis opened at Paul Stopler gallery in London. The banal show, with a name that not even the gallerist can pronounce, is a slick production of pretty pills and shiny bottles. But unlike the artist's "Medicine Cabinets," this time the drugs that Hirst is peddling are larger than life -- in both price and size.
We know a guy who can get you some Xanax for like $3 but if you want one of Hirst's "sculptural editions" you can pick one up for as low as £800, or $1284.39 over at Artsy.
Deltacortril Enteric 5mg 30 enteric coated tablets (left) and Chlordiazepoxide 5mg 24 capsules (right), £8,000
The Cure - Bubblegum Pink/Payne's Grey/Iceberg Blue, £3,500
Ben Affleck's been in the collective conscience these past two weeks, given his penis' cameo in David Fincher's Gone Girl and his appearance on Real Time With Bill Maher Show shutting the host down on the topic of Islamophobia. But something else has been nagging at us about Ben Affleck, and it's time to address it. Wasn't he in the "Jenny from the Block" video?
Once upon a time in "the early aughts" -- a time that was terrible for highlights, women's flip-flops and pants in general -- Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez dated. (The two met while filming the widely panned Gigli. IMDB synopsis: "The violent story about how a criminal lesbian, a tough-guy hit-man with a heart of gold, and a mentally challenged man came to be best friends through a hostage.") Perhaps the first of the early 2000s tabloid supercouples, frenzied coverage of "Bennifer" fell within a sweet spot when online celebrity gossip was an awakening sleeping giant, and print celebrity tabloids had gone all hot-pink-"stars, they're just like us" in a successful attempt to harness the power of the female consumer.
Though Affleck and Lopez were eventually engaged, she called things off in 2004. In a December 2012 GQ interview, Affleck says the scrutiny and general head-scratching over their relationship was all too much to deal with. "The amount of venom -- I must have touched some specific little place in the consciousness...," Affleck told the magazine. "People decided that I was the frat guy, even though I've never been inside a fraternity, or the guy who beat them up at school, even though that wasn't me at all." Except for the fact that that's exactly the guy Ben Affleck is in this video.
We hope that Jennifer Garner sends this to him at least once a month, linked to non-related topics. "What do you think of these curtains for the bedroom?" Boom: it's the video. We hadn't watched the "Jenny from the Block" video in years, vaguely remembering that Affleck merely makes a cameo on a boat. Nope, he is all over this thing. Love makes people do crazy things, and that's our only explanation for this.
0:19 Tells a story that makes Jennifer Lopez laugh like a cool bird.
0:24 Kisses Jennifer Lopez while whispering.
0:32 Says "oh my god" off camera, in response to a story Jennifer Lopez tells about a guy getting Friday off.
1:15 Gets out of an SUV.
1:16 Makes this face in response to Jennifer Lopez having something in her eye.
1:19 Twitches his own eye.
1:27 Sticks his thumb in Jennifer Lopez's eye.
1:35 Cradles Jennifer Lopez's butt wearing sunglasses, a white tank top and khakis.
1:37 Kisses Jennifer Lopez's butt.
1:38 Unties Jennifer Lopez's bathing suit top.
3:38 Opens a gift from Jennifer Lopez.
3:52 Gives Jennifer Lopez earrings.
[h/t Willis Plummer]
Best Bowie Cover: Jessica Lange covering "Life On Mars" on the premiere of American Horror Story: Freak Show this Wednesday. Between the Bowie-esque costume and the eerie underpinnings, this performance was definitely the highlight of the first episode of the new season. -- Kyla Bills
Best Movie Reboot of the Week: Vulture's take on Ghostbusters. The good folks over there imagined what an all-female Ghostbusters cast would look like, and it looks like our wildest TV dreams come true. -- Gabby Bess
Best Toothpaste Ad Cameo: Bun B. Bun B? Bun B! What's the Houston rapper doing looking like a dad in an ad for Rembrandt? Who knows! YOLO! -- Abby Schreiber
Best Song By a Teen Pop Star Who Isn't Lorde: Grace Mitchell's new song "Runaway" is seriously catchy and shows off her killer voice. While the Lorde comparisons are inevitable, this sixteen year old is definitely carving out her own niche on Soundcloud. -- K.B.
Most Relatable Comedy Sketch of the Week: Key and Peele's sketch about misunderstanding tone in text messages. It hit way too close to home. -- K.B.
Best Music Video We Don't "Get" But Like Anyways: Ryn Weaver's video for "Octahate." We don't know what's going on but we like it? -- K.B.
Proof That Girl Gangs Are Going Tto Take Over the World #1: Not only did HAIM hang out with Stevie Nicks, but they also recorded a version of "Rhiannon" together and were declared "sisters of the moon." It's evident that world domination is imminent. -- K.B.
Proof That Girl Gangs Are Going to Take Over the World #2: This video called "Jungle of Bitches," from the 'Dirty Girls' (whose name might ring a bell for that viral video from the '90s featuring a couple of bullied -- but admirably DGAF -- riot grrrl teens). According to Jezebel, the clip is for some new jumpsuit line the grown-up 'Dirty Girls' have or something. -- A.S.
This week Dover Street Market debuted Calvin Klein Men's Fall 2014 collection, including three of Italo Zucchelli's designs which will be sold exclusively at the avant-cool department store. The much-coveted $895 "Escape" sweatshirt, bomber jacket and mesh thistle hoodie are all available now at the influential retailer, who have launched the pieces from runway into the collective conscience of the young and discerning. (Nick Jonas sports an Obsession sweatshirt from the same collection on his much buzzed-about pant-less Flaunt magazine shoot, and Harry Styles has also been spotted rocking one as well.) Having firm roots in cutting-edge street style, and a consistent crop of groundbreaking designers, sporty chic is nothing new to Dover Street Market. With selections from Craig Green, Casley Hayford, Tillmann Lauterbach, and Supreme, DSM's collection of chic menswear designers could easily be called the varsity team of right-now men's fashion.
Over the weekend, Childish Gambino -- whose Wu Tang-generated rap persona will be forever amended with "AKA Donald Glover" -- released a belated video for his Because the Internet single, "Telegraph Ave."
The video for "Telegraph Ave" seems to be in celebration of his latest mixtape STN MTN / Kaui. Filmed on the Hawiian island of Kauai -- nowhere near Oakland, let alone Telegraph Avenue -- the music video features Jhené Aiko and Gambino in full-on tropical regalia. But what starts out as an atmospheric, romantic getaway soon turns into a dark, Japanese horror film scenario. Watch the video, above.
With the New York Film Festival coming to a close and awards season speculation beginning to rev up, we're focusing our attention on a group of up-and-coming actors, some already more familiar than others, who've garnered attention and critical acclaim over the last year. Whether choosing unlikely roles or proving their acting chops opposite legendary screen names, these 10 actors on our shortlist of 2014 break-outs.
Despite initial dissuasion from her father about working in Hollywood (her dad happens to be Bono), Eve Hewson is quickly establishing herself as an actress that should be on everyone's radar. In 2011, Hewson's breakout performance in Paolo Sorrentino's This Must Be The Place proved she could hold her own opposite such heavyweights as Sean Penn and Frances McDormand. Two years later, she played opposite James Gandolifini in what would be his last role, nailing the part of a jaded, college-bound LA teen in Nicole Holofcener's 2013 dramedy, Enough Said. And now the Dublin-born 23-year-old is receiving acclaim as Nurse Lucy Elkins in Steven Soderbergh's turn of the century medical drama, The Knick, starring opposite Clive Owen while also shooting another Steven's project -- this time it's Spielberg's -- in the Tom Hanks-helmed 1960s Cold War saga, St. James Place. With her Emily Blunt-type proficiency (and similarly beguiling blue-grey stare) in both period pieces and contemporary comedies, Hewson has a rare mix of serious Old Hollywood glamor -- a distinctly Bacall smirk comes to mind -- and cool-girl nonchalance. Case in point? The actress recently revealed to Jimmy Fallon how at age 11, she and a friend snooped inside her father's office and found his top secret rolodex of world famous friends. Who did she prank call? Justin Timberlake, of course.
Born in South Carolina, Manish Dayal began his career doing commercials before decamping to LA and getting cast on The CW's 90210 reboot and the short-lived NBC series Outsourced. But it's his starring role in The Hundred-Foot Journey, which was produced by none other than Oprah and Steven Spielberg, which has made Hollywood -- and Buzzfeed -- start really paying attention.
In 2012, Emayatzy Corinealdi (pronounced Emma-yahtzee Core-nal-dee) earned her first Gotham Award for Breakthrough Performance in Ava DuVernay's Middle of Nowhere, where Corinealdi portrayed Ruby, an aspiring doctor coming to terms with her husband's eight-year prison sentence. Praising her performance, The Hollywood Reporter wrote that the actress "projects enough intelligence and backbone to make us believe a character who might've been bothersomely perfect in another actress' hands." Since then, the LA-based actress has wrapped production on The Invitation, Karyn Kusama's follow-up to Jennifer's Body, along with Don Cheadle's highly anticipated Miles Davis biopic, Miles Ahead, where she has replaced Zoe Saldana as Davis' wife, Frances Taylor.
Orange Is the New Black's second season had many high points and Kimiko Glenn's turn as Brook Soso -- i.e. NKOTB (New Kid On The Block) -- a millennial activist, Bonnaroo-loving motormouth was one of them. Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Glenn's previous acting work was mostly on stage, appearing in Off-Broadway plays including Julianne Moore's production of Freckleface Friday. You can also catch Glenn in Jack Antonoff's Bleachers' video for "I Wanna Get Better" directed by his girlfriend, Lena Dunham.
While some actors' rise to big screen starring roles involve years of bit parts in small indies, Ben Schnetzer's first film role was in the 2013 adaptation of The Book Thief. A born-and-bred New Yorker and the son of soap opera actors, Schnetzer went across to pond to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London for four years, where he developed a mid-Atlantic accent that would come in handy in two films he stars in this year set in the UK: Pride and The Riot Club. In the former, Schnetzker plays a LGBT activist during Thatcher-era England who helps raise funds for striking miners. In the latter, the actor portrays a member of a debauched social club modeled after Oxford's famed Bullingdon Club. Up next are roles in a sequel to the cult classic SLC Punk! as well as Duncan Jones's adaptation of Warcraft, which is set for release in early 2016. And beginning at the end of October through mid-December, you can catch the actor Off-Broadway where he'll be starring in the first major New York revival of David Rabe's Tony-winning Sticks and Bones at The New Group alongside Holly Hunter and Bill Pullman.
In 2013 at just 16 years old, Kaitlyn Dever had supporting roles in two of the year's most critically acclaimed independent films: The Spectacular Now and Short Term 12. In the latter, her work received the kind of critical praise usually given to actors who've been working long before Dever was even born. And this year, she can be seen in Jason Reitman's Men, Women, & Children and Lynn Shelton's Keira Knightly-helmed romantic comedy, Laggies. Don't be fooled by her age or round walnut eyes and all-American smile, Dever's accumulation of tricky-to-pull-off dramatic parts that with another actor might threaten Lifetime levels of schmaltz, reveals a maturity and emotional core beyond her 16 years.
Over the last decade, Italian actress Alba Rohrwacher has racked up awards and acclaim throughout Europe (you might recognize her from I Am Love opposite Tilda Swinton) but with two new roles this year, she's about to break out stateside. In The Wonders, which took home the Grand Prix at Cannes earlier this year, Rohrwacher plays the mother of three daughters in a Tuscany-set coming-of-age story directed by her sister, Alice, and also starring Monica Bellucci. And in Hungry Hearts, the actress' portrayal of a woman's descent into postpartum depression earned her a Best Actress award at the Venice Film Festival in September. The film, which also stars Adam Driver (who too won the Best Actor award in Venice) and has been likened to Rosemary's Baby, earned Rohrwacher critical praise like that from The Telegraph who called her performance "spectrally unnerving."
With a scene-stealing role in David Fincher's Gone Girl, and having wrapped production last year on an as-yet-untitled Noah Baumbach film starring Greta Gerwig, Lola Kirke has momentum. Currently the 23-year-old New York native, who is also the sister of Girls' co-star Jemima Kirke, is busy filming the Amazon web series Mozart in the Jungle. The show, which also stars Gael Garcia Bernal, Bernadette Peters and Malcolm McDowell and whose pilot was written by Jason Schwartzman, Alex Timbers and Roman Coppola, is based on the 2005 memoir by Blair Tindall and follows a young oboist (Kirke) as she navigates the idiosyncratic inner workings -- and hedonistic underbelly -- of the classical music world. In a recent interview with The New York Times, Kirke revealed she's also in the midst of producing her first feature about "a young couple who temporarily move into a retirement community."
After a series of false starts -- NBC's 1600 Penn and the short-lived Friends with Benefits -- André Holland has found his sweet spot, which for now, might be appearing in period pieces. Last year, Holland portrayed noted sportswriter Wendell Smith in 42, the Jackie Robinson biopic, and this year, the Alabama-born actor is wowing audiences as Dr. Algernon Edwards, a pioneering black surgeon in Steven Soderbergh's The Knick. Of this character, whose arc on the show has become one of its most riveting facets, Holland says in an interview in The Shadow League, "He doesn't really fit in with the black community. They don't understand him, and he doesn't really fit in at work...He's kind of caught somewhere in between and I was really interested in what being in that pressure cooker would do to a person." Up next is a role in Selma, Ava DuVernay's follow-up to Middle of Nowhere, which is set for release on Christmas Day. The Oprah-produced film tells the story of Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic march from Selma, Alabama to the state capital in Montgomery in March of 1965 and Holland plays Andrew Young, the former mayor of Atlanta, a longtime friend and confidant to MLK Jr., and an integral player in the struggle to pass the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
But the sad actor -- whose first name, IMDb notes, means "cool breeze over the mountains" -- seemed downright gleeful while promoting his new film John Wick on Reddit. Perhaps Reeves was overcompensating, but during the AMA his use of exclamation points -- and, strangely, italics -- was unparallelled and very endearing.
Sakura_7: "Who's your favorite superhero?"
Keanu Reeves, with a new lease on life: Growing up as a kid, my favorite superhero was... WOLVERINE!"
And if that's not definitive proof that Reeves is loving life, his other responses included, "Hehehehe!"
During his Reddit AMA, the newly happy actor also discussed smiling, the secret to happiness ("I don't know that secret! But I'm working on it."), his favorite thing to eat for breakfast, and his love of caramel pecan chocolate. The Reddit thread's cuteness factor could seriously not be any higher -- unless it's later revealed that Keanu Reeves was holding an armful of puppies the entire time.
In case you missed it, catch up with Keanu Reeves here.