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    Perennial cool girl and alternative lingerie advocate Chloe Sevigny narrated a helpful guide to being a New Yorker for i-D. Above, you'll find all her tips for surviving New York with an even amount of whimsy and cliché. Spoiler alert: must love cold, soul-crushing weather.

    [h/t Gothamist]
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    Screen Shot 2015-03-17 at 5.37.59 PM.pngPhoto by Matteo Prandoni/

    James Franco is no stranger to quasi-meta introspection as art -- take his James Franco X James Franco selfie calendar for our Break the Internet Issue, or his mirror make-out session for the New York Times a few years back. He's also long-gravitated toward artistic projects with gay themes, with his short film Interior. Leather Bar receiving mostly positive reviews and his various roles as gay characters over the years. As a straight man, does Franco view his work as helping to loosen Hollywood from its firmly rooted homophobia or is this all part of the Franconian wink-wink stunty-ness we've come accustomed to over time? 429 Magazine has put Meta James As Art on steroids for their latest issue, having "Straight Franco" interview "Gay Franco" in an attempt, seemingly, to answer those very questions.

    The entire piece isn't online, so it's unclear if those topics ever do get addressed, but Slate excerpted the following, with Franco addressing something that has been at the core of many gossip posts, as well as that time his bros totally burned him on his Comedy Central roast.

    Straight James: Let's get substantial: are you fucking gay or what?                           

    Gay James: Well, I like to think that I'm gay in my art and straight in my life. Although, I'm also gay in my life up to the point of intercourse, and then you could say I'm straight. So I guess it depends on how you define gay. If it means whom you have sex with, I guess I'm straight. In the twenties and thirties, they used to define homosexuality by how you acted and not by whom you slept with. Sailors would fuck guys all the time, but as long as they behaved in masculine ways, they weren't considered gay.

    So there you have it folks -- James Franco is/is not gay. And now, allow us to introduce Substantial Franco: the best/worst Franco of them all.

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    Last night Jimmy Kimmel reprised his SXSW Lie Witness news segment, in which he interviews attendees about their love for bands that don't actually exist, and the results are as enjoyable and insane as always. Pause that fire new DJ Gluten track you're bumping in your headphones and give it a watch above.
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    Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 11.35.34 AM.pngIt's not good to skip meals, and apparently no one knows that more than Gucci Mane, who released a mixtape for every eating occasion of the day last night. (Would you expect less from a man with an ice cream cone tattooed on his face?) Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner features cameos from Chief Keef, iLOVEMAKONNEN among others and you can stream them below or download them on iTunes.

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    A great treat this time of year is the Museum Of Modern Art and the Film Society Of Lincoln Center's expansive film festival featuring daring new films. This year is no exception and here are three not to miss.

    Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 11.48.48 AM.pngThe Diary Of A Teenage Girl
    A big success at Sundance, this film by Marielle Heller is about a teen girl, Minnie (Bel Powley), who has an affair with her mother's boyfriend (Alexander Skarsgard) in 1970s San Fransisco. Early reviews have called it refreshingly frank, insightful and really thrilling.

    Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 11.51.58 AM.pngGoodnight Mommy

    This movie made me insane! The Austrian film is directed by Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala, and is about twin 9-year-olds (Elias & Lukas Schwarz) spending an idyllic summer playing in the woods by their creepily modern house. When their mother (Susanne Wuest) comes home from the hospital with her head bandaged they become convinced she is not their mother and dangerously plot against this interloper. A mix of The Other meets Eyes Without A Face meets The Reflecting Skin, it's beautiful to look at but deeply unsettling.

    Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 11.52.45 AM.pngWhite God
    Cannot say enough about this extraordinary film directed by Kornel Mundruczo about a little girl and her lost mutt. Zsofia Psotta (amazingly natural) plays Lili, forced to stay with her sour dad (Sandor Zsoter) for the summer in Budapest. Dad is annoyed with having to house Lili's beloved dog Hagen and lets the dog out of the car in a remote section of town. The finale with canines (led by Hagen) rampaging through the city is jaw dropping and wonderful. [Click here for more]

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    fugazispeedy.jpg(L-R) Fugazi, who are not at SXSW, despite the claims of evil wrongdoer Sadie Dupuis.

    Even though her band, Speedy Ortiz, is playing eight SXSW shows in half as many days, Sadie Dupuis is somehow finding enough time to torment those of us who live in hope of Fugazi getting back together. In five tweets (so far), Dupuis has devilishly matched Fugazi's militantly anti-commercial reputation with SXSW's shark-jumping "brand activations." It starts subtly enough, but by the third tweet, with its breathless talk of the "Starbucks yurt," you're likely to feel gross about music festivals, Twitter and your own hopes and dreams, whatever they may be.

    See the tweets for yourself, below. Clearly, Dupuis must be banned from Twitter, or legally bound to start a new account devoted to rumors of Fugazi playing inside a giant Four Loko can at Rock in Rio USA.

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    North really loves her frozen roller bag!! She is too funny! 💙💜💚

    A video posted by Khloé (@khloekardashian) on

    North West is always ready for anything: When faced with the pesky paparazzi, she's got a sneer locked and loaded. When she's not feeling a fashion show, she's ready to toss some elephant stickers onto the runway and scream. And, as shown in this Instagram video posted this morning by Khloe Kardashian, when she's tired of walking in an airport, she'll flop on her Frozen roller bag and have a bodyguard pull her through the terminal. The girl has a solution for any problem. North West for President, 2065.

    Homepage photo by Patrick McMullan.

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    In our October 2013 cover story on Iggy Azalea, the controversial rapper told us, "Now I can do whatever I want because I've already offended everyone. I'm just gonna go for it." And if this mesmerizing Vine of Azalea rapping indecipherably on stage that has quickly spread online isn't an example of Azalea just going for it, even if you have absolutely no idea what she's saying, then we don't know. But really, we don't know. Because it's impossible to know what "boing to the pahp pahp" means.

    According to MTV, this is from Azelea's 2012 song "D.R.U.G.S," with this specific moment captured translated as: "Pitchfork point better pass me the joint / Gotta twist this beat I'ma sprang my joint / Straight crack rock, go to the pop-pop."

    Got it!
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    A new documentary on the rocky life of Amy Winehouse is in the works. Directed by British filmmaker Asif Kapadia, Amy will be released in the UK on July 7th and, fingers crossed, will get a U.S. release date as well. (The film has yet to secure an American distributor.) The documentary, according to Deadline, will be comprised of unseen archival interviews and  feature unreleased music. "I don't hide anything," Winehouse, who was open about her struggles with substance abuse in her lyrics and in the press, told us in a 2007 profile. Winehouse's candidness could be heart-wrenching at times, and given the deep relatability of her music, we already know we won't be watching this without an economy-sized box of Kleenex within reach.

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    It's Madonna Week over on Ellen while the pop star promotes her new album, Rebel Heart, and today she and Ellen were joined by the Biebs. The threesome sat down for a good 'ol game of "Never Have I Ever" and we got to learn about all of the various types of public sex encounters they have (or have not) partaken in. Throughout the course of the clip, the two women behave toward Justin exactly as you hope they would: Madonna vaguely hits on him and Ellen calls him out on his bullshit. Watch the segment, above.
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    Former LCD Soundsystem frontman -- and eternally cool beard-haver -- James Murphy has teamed up with filmmaker Noah Baumbach to produce the soundtrack for the director's upcoming movie While We're Young, starring Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Amanda Seyfried and Adam Driver. You might recall that Murphy also produced the score for Baumbach's 2010 flick Greenberg, and we hear that this one will include songs by Paul McCartney and HAIM along with Murphy originals, including an instrumental version of "Golden Years" by David Bowie. After previewing Murphy's wonderfully ambient recording, "We Used to Dance," from the soundtrack, we're getting pretty psyched about what's in store for the rest of it. Our feelings toward another movie with Adam Driver wearing a fedora, however, are much more subdued. (But we'll reserve judgment for the film's release on March 27th.)

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    Will Ferrell was on the Tonight Show last night and spent an entire amazingly bizarre segment dressed as baby-voiced snack-cake cutie Little Debbie. The whole thing is a beautiful nightmare from hell birthed from a NOPE monster. Watch at your own risk.
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    Taking a cue from '90s-era HBO classics Taxicab Confessions and Real Sex, Proenza Schouler tapped Chloe Sevigny, Liv Tyler and models Liya Kebede, Binx Walton, Fei Fei Sun and Laura Love, among others, to reveal stream-of-consciousness snippets and model the brand's Spring 2015 collection in their new fashion video, "Legs Are Not Doors." Directed by Harley Weir, the clip alternates between shots of the women lounging in the label's jewel-toned, fringed dresses and python jackets and striking 'nature morte'-esque shots showing beautiful shoes amidst cracked egg yolks, flowers and debris. Give it a watch, above.

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    Cara Delevingne clearly lives on the edge -- anyone who tries to pull out Naomi Campbell's weave does it knowing they might be dissolved from this earth -- and that wildness is echoed in her role as free-spirit Margo Roth Spiegelman in the upcoming film Paper Towns. Based on the novel by YA author John Green -- who wrote the Fault in Our Stars -- the film also stars the underrated Nat Wolff as the smitten-but-ignored boy next door who finally gets to spend a magical night with Margo only to have her disappear. The movie's out this July and today we get the trailer, above. Don't pretend like you aren't going to at least watch this on a plane at some point.
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  • 03/19/15--05:30: Hear Two New Rihanna Songs
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    Rihanna's starring in the animated children's movie Homeand hasrecorded a few songs for the soundtrack, including "Toward the Sun," which premiered on BBC1 last month. Today two more tracks have come out -- the lush, plaintive ballad "As Real As You and Me" and the pop-y "Dancing in the Dark." Consider this your lucky Two-for-Thursday: you get moody, sad @BadGalRiRi and upliftingparty queen Rihanna.Give them both a listen, below.

    "As Real As You and Me"

    "Dancing in the Dark"

    [h/t Vulture]
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    Our Thursday Folk Hero award goes to this guy who called into C-SPAN -- during a conversation on Iran Negotiations, no less -- and began casually reciting the theme song from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Props for days, dear friend, for your targeted calculations and your patient, well-enunciated delivery. May you reign supreme as Prince of C-SPAN for all eternity.

    [h/t Complex]
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    Dorian3.jpgDorian Corey performing at Sally's Grammy Awards in 1993. Photo via.

    Before several elitist mayors -- and all sorts of other plagues -- came around, there were way more outrageous gay dives to spice up a Gotham night at. Here are 10 of the absolute sleaziest -- which is not always a bad word, mind you.

    HAYMARKET (47th and 8th Avenue)

    This was an exceedingly real hustler bar in the old Times Square, which featured a bar, booths, a pool table, and mature men spending $20 for a piece of the pie. Yes, 20 bucks! Can you gag?

    SALLY'S HIDEAWAY (264 W. 43rd Street)
    In a delightfully gender-bending place like this, it made perfect sense that Sally was a guy-- Sally Maggio. He owned this ambient Times Square hangout filled with go-go boy contests and drag (and transsexual) shows from 1986 to 1992. Among the performers were legends like Dorian Corey and Angie Extravaganza. Sally's eventually moved to a nearby location, which they called Sally's II, and then it was Sally's No More.

    THE ANVIL (500 W. 14th Street)
    From 1974 to 1986, this was the de rigueur raunch palace for frisky gays looking for a late night. On the main floor, drag performers like Ruby Rims and The Amazing Electrifying Grace would alternate with live fisting shows, as well as a fan dancer and guys suspended on ropes over the bar. Between shows, the music pumped and the dancing was as fierce as a bottle of fresh poppers. Downstairs, there was a sex room where guys got to use the bodies they'd worked on all week. The Anvil was very of its time and never boring.

    THE MINESHAFT (835 Washington Street)
    From 1976 to 1985, this place made the Anvil look like a quaint tea shoppe. The "private membership" club, up a flight of stairs to gratification, insisted on macho attire  -- preppie clothes and cologne were forbidden -- and encouraged all manner of nudity and wild sex acts. I went once and remember that as you walked, the carpet squished. It was like a horror film! The centerpiece of the place was a bathtub where a guy begged to get peed on. He didn't need to beg, since there were plenty of willing givers. (Thanks to for additional info for this piece.)

    STELLA'S (266 W. 47th Street)
    Straight black and Latino men found that snuggling up with gay male customers was a relatively painless way to pay the rent. So they became the house "entertainment" at Stella's, which several New York drag queens could be found at out of drag -- not working, but working the studs. Stella's exuded a real, palpable Times Square ambience the way, say, Applebee's just doesn't.

    ROUNDS (303 E. 53rd Street)
    Before the Internet, grandpa types had to grab their walkers and track down hustlers in person. So they went to this faux-swellegant place--which opened in 1979--and amid the tasteful trappings and floral displays, they found love on a one-way street, and paid for it.

    THE GLORY HOLE (11th Avenue between 21st and 22nd Streets)
    Situated between the Eagle and the Spike was this fine establishment, which was filled with booths that had penis-sized holes in them. Even the dumbest twinks could figure out what to do in there. It was the height of anonymity -- for those who thought one-night-stands were way too intimate.

    THE TOILET (400 W. 14th Street)
    Similarly, this den of non-Equity reflected its name in a very literal fashion. If you didn't enter wet, you definitely left wet.

    CAT'S BAR (232 W. 48th Street) 
    In the heart of Times Square was this incredibly wrong, yet so right, dive bar, where fresh-scrubbed walk-ins would meet up with rough trade for some marvelous social interplay. Runner up: Hombre (near Port Authority), where the owner, Buddha, presided over the testosterone-driven theatrics.

    THE SPIKE (120-11th Avenue)

    Until 2000, this was a popular leather/biker bar which had the obligatory pool table, plus dark rooms of mystery, and for Sunday brunch, Eggs Benedict a la Spike. I kid you not! Runners up: The Lure (409 W. 13th Street), Rawhide Bar (212-8th Avenue), The Ramrod (394 West Street), Keller's (384 West Street), J's Hangout (675 Huson Street), Eagle's Nest (21st Street and 11th Avenue), and The Cockring (180 Christopher Street), which became Bailey House! And many more.

    Honorable mentions: Show World Center

    (669 8th Avenue), which had strippers, peep shows, and booths, and sometimes male performers; The Vault (280-10th Avenue), a mixed S/M place that closed in 1997; and Zone DK (21st Street and 11th Avenue), a mixed BDSM spot on the site of an old car garage. Reports "There was a dance floor right next to the Catherine Wheel, so people could dance while watching floggings." L'amour toujours! [Click here for more]

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    Our favorite spring fashion takes a moody, Puritan turn...


    Left: McQ By Alexander McQueen dress, Matar top and underskirt, Oliver Spencer tie, Jonathan Aston socks, Dr. Martens shoes; Right: Dior dress, Lemiena cashmere wrap, Vivienne Westwood gloves, Falke tights, Burlington socks, Bally shoes

    FW2.jpgBalmain skirt and top, Falke tights, Hunt & Holditch sock garters

    FW3.jpgVivienne Westwood jacket, VL by Vee dress, Vivienne Westwood Red Label skirt, Phoebe English black frontal, Kate Spade bag, Stylist's own gloves, Jonathan Aston socks, Dr. Martens shoes

    FW4.jpgDolce and Gabbana dress, Phoebe English tablier, Fab & Dandy bow tie, Falke socks, Vivienne Westwood shoes

    FW5.jpgMeadham Kirchhoff dress and hat, Agi &Sam white apron, Barbara Bonner bag

    FW6.jpgJ&M Davidson dress, Diesel, skirt, Nina Khazani neck piece

    FW7.jpgChanel jacket, Sarah Baadrani top

    FW8.jpgGivenchy total look, Mich Dulce hat

    FW9.jpgLeft: Fendi dress, Matar layered dress, Bijoux De Famille bracelets, Birkenstock shoes; Right: A.W.A.K.E suit, Eudon Choi shirt, Fab & Dandy bow tie

    FW10.jpgLeft: Sportmax coat, J&M Davidson top and skirt dress, Stance socks, Birkenstock shoes; Right: Matar jacket, Violet's Box corset, Sportmax skirt, Carven shoes

    FW11.jpgCoach jacket, J&M Davidson top and skirt dress, VL by Vee shirt

    FW12.jpgChloe shirt, Matar trousers, Kate Spade bag, Carven shoes

    FW13.jpgLanvin x jacket, Vilshenko dress, What Katie Did corset, William Chambers hat, Lemiena cashmere wrap; Dog: Sainsbury's childrenswear, Violet's box neck piece

    FW14.jpgCarven dress and necklace, Acne top, Mother of Pearl underskirt, Kate Spade bag, Dolce and Gabbana shoes and necklace, O Thongthai ring, Almaz Collection necklace

    Kenzo jacket, Mother of Pearl shirt, Anhha top and skirt, Sea NY undershirt, Fab & Dandy bow tie, Pyrrha necklace, Dr. Martens shoes

    FW16.jpgVivienne Westwoodshirt, VL by Vee skirt, Matar skirt with braces, Hunt & Holditch socks, Christian Louboutin shoes

    FW17.jpgLeft: Medham Kirchhoff dress, Agi & Sam white apron; Right: Paul Smith top, Eudon Choi dress, Cristina Sabaiduc Waistocat

    Photography by Fanny Latour-Lambert at Walter Schupfer
    Fashion by Adele Cany at Angela De Bona NYC

    Hair by Aimee Hershan at Stella Creative Artists / Makeup by Jessica Mejia at Stella Creative Artists

    Styling Assistants: Amii McIntosh, Michelle D'Costa and Christina Marks

    Models: Emma Laird at Models 1, Anastasia Ivanova at Premier Model Management and Fay Alice Parsons at Elite London

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    There's a special kind of schadenfreude that happens when a bunch of unsuspecting culture snobs get pranked into believing some low-brow item (or fake band) is the next hot thing (see: Jimmy Kimmel's recent joke on SXSW-goers). As is often the case -- especially when there are cameras -- most people are hesitant to admit their ignorance and instead lie their asses off. This phenomenon happened yet again, this time over in the Netherlands, when a local online TV channel called LifeHunters placed some 10 euro Ikea art inside a Dutch museum and got a bunch of art people to wax poetic about it. Their reactions to this painting, which gives the stuff you see at Bed Bath & Beyond a run for its money, is matched only by the ludicrous prices they estimate it's worth. Eventually the gag is revealed and most everyone takes it in stride -- that is, everyone except for a pair of intense-looking dudes who looked like they stepped out of a time machine sent from 1995.

    [h/t Hyperallergic]
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