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- 05/24/15--04:40: _The Sunday Funnies
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- 05/22/15--04:25: Screw Summer, Bill Murray is Doing a Christmas Special for Netflix
- 05/22/15--05:15: Here's a First Look at Netflix's Wet Hot American Summer Series
- 05/22/15--05:51: Watch Dope's Red Band Trailer, Now with More A$AP Rocky/Swearing
- 05/22/15--07:32: The Folks Behind High Maintenance Take On Commercials
- 05/22/15--08:00: Our Guide to Memorial Day Weekend in NYC 2015
- 05/22/15--09:15: EMOJI SIRENS: We're Running Out of Prosecco
- 05/22/15--11:15: The Best, Worst & Weirdest of the Week
- 05/24/15--04:40: The Sunday Funnies
- 05/25/15--03:09: Drake Changes the Lyrics to "Madonna" to be about Rihanna
- 05/25/15--04:45: Model Crush Monday: Eli Hall
- 05/26/15--01:25: Stream A$AP Rocky's New Album, At.Long.Last.A$AP
- 05/26/15--04:15: Get Your Hillary Clinton Pantsuit Tee
- 05/26/15--04:46: Forget Batman, Jaden Smith May Be Another Superhero Soon
- 05/26/15--05:05: Neon Indian Returns With Fun Summer Jam, "Annie"
- 05/26/15--05:40: We Could've Had Charli XCX "Pussy Power" Tampons
Netflix has greenlit a Christmas special hosted by Bill Murray, cementing (or maybe just confirming once more) his transformation into a human meme rivaled by no one, except for maybe Drake. Summer is cool and all, but don't you want to fast-forward to December, when there will be an instant-streaming variety show look the holiday hosted by Bill Murray wearing reindeer antlers and looking wistfully out a window while a piano plays in the background in a nod to Lost in Translation? Wouldn't you do the winter all over again in exchange for this wondrous piece of entertainment--which is reportedly being directed by Sofia Coppola? Why does it have to be so beautiful out today when our souls are so icy? Watch the teaser for A Very Murray Christmas below, and tide yourself over before Yule tidings with The Dissolve's wonderfully comprehensive look at Murray's career.
Netflix basically has every season season covered now -- a just-announced Bill Murray Christmas special for the long, cold months filled with short days, and now the awesome-looking Wet Hot American Summer prequel series, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. Check out the first few photos from the Michael Showalter and David Wain-created show, which finds all of the actors in the original cult movie (who already looked too old to play camp counselors) fitting in nicely (and uncomfortable) as even younger versions of the same characters.
Christopher Meloni is back as the fridge-humping chef.
It's Paul Rudd as the best, creepy-popular-dude ever.
Photo by Gemma La Mana/Netflix
It's been a while since movie theaters have seen a good-old-fashion summer romp, and we have our money on the delightful-looking forthcoming Dope to fill that void come June 19th. Directed by Rick Famuyiwa, Dope is a coming-of-age tale about a dorky Ingelwood teenager obsessed with '90s hip-hop, played by Paper beautiful person Shameik Moore, who accidentally get entangled in a drug deal gone very wrong. The movie also stars A$AP Rocky, the Grand Budapest Hotel's Tony Revolori and Zoe Kravitz. Watch the red band trailer above.
FX has released the first cast photos from American Crime Story, its latest show from Ryan Murphy (and, we assume, a spiritual companion to Murphy's American Horror Story as well as a spiritual descendant of the dearly missed Nip/Tuck). But where American Horror Story focuses on campy violence, monsters, and... well... maybe the shows actually are pretty similar, but American Crime Story fictionalizes real events, starting with the O.J. Simpson trial in its first season. That means one thing: comparing the actors to their historical counterparts. Let's go rank them, from least to most accurate.
6. David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian
3. Cuba Gooding, Jr. as O.J. Simpson
2. Courtney B. Vance as Johnnie Cochran
High Maintenanceand can't hold off until everyone's favorite pot-dealer-web-series makes its TV debut on HBO, these new MakeSpace spots have got you covered. Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair, the husband-and-wife duo behind the hit series, directed these charming commercials for the storage service. They'll speak deeply to anyone who's ever had their childhood bedroom turned into an office as soon as they stepped foot out of the house for college. Watch above and below and read more about the series at Fast Company.
Head into the long weekend with the video for "The Night is Still Young," off Nicki Minaj's The Pinkprint. It's a bright, fun video for a fun song that will take you into a fun weekend (and so on and so on). Just enjoy. (The music video was released exclusively to Tidal, but thanks to Stereogum for pulling it from YouTube.)
After last week's Frieze art fair, our frontal cortexes are fried. One more discussion of Post-Internet art, one more handshake to someone you already forgot the name of but really shouldn't have, one more fancy cocktail with a cute paper straw that disintegrates before you can finish it - we all might just redefine the phrase "going postal" to "going art world." Lucky for all the overstimulated brains and eyeballs and nasal passages, this week's art openings were few and far between. The only real place to be last night, to really cure that week-long hangover, was in a dark room, surrounded by post-apocalyptic sculptures, listening to composer, artist and metal-meets-opera singer M. Lamar, the king of funeral doom, wailing about the death and destruction of white supremacy.
Some might have heard of M.Lamar as Laverne Cox's twin brother, who plays her character, pre-transition, in flashbacks on Orange is the New Black. But M. Lamar's talent is more than just family relation, he's created a whole new type of entertainment that blends sexuality, race and musical genres in ways that seem impossible. Last night he showed a work in progress, a piece called Destruction exploring the "apocalyptic themes in Negro Spirituals," and the possibility of death as a rebirth. A small crowd gathered at 601 Artspace, a gallery that prides itself on it's unconventional art work and collaborations, a strange combination between older academics, art students, and people off the street.
Lit by a single red bulb over his keyboard, M.Lamar wore studded black leather gloves, an upside-down cross, and a bandana tied over slick, jet black hair falling in front dark smokey eyes and black lipstick. He started playing the piano, a clashing of keys and deep notes, and began a haunting operatic chanting, the technicality of range only possible from being trained by the great Ira Siff (who also trained Klaus Nomi). "Now is my death day, my death day is now," M. Lamar belted. A large sculpture that resembled a toppled Pagan tower, from the gallery's current show From The Ruins, transporting the audience to another time and place, an afterlife where Nina Simone and Pantera do duets. We all watched in silence, until a group of SVA students bustled through the door and headed to the wine table. Then came some tourists unaware that someone singing about death in a dark room probably meant you shouldn't talk. "Very, very somber!" half-yelled one of the tourists, grabbing a block of cheese and bustling out, accidentally turning on the lights. M. Lamar didn't seem phased, his head still nodding in a slow motion head bang as he sang: "You'll hear the trumpets sound/ to wake the dead up from the ground."
Best Emoji News of the Week:
The shadowy cabal that is the Unicode Consortium announced this week plans to add 38 new emojis in 2016, including a cucumber, a scooter, an impregnated red dress-dancing lady, clinking glasses, a dude shrugging, a clown, and some other stuff. And still: No taco, no hotdog. Our long, national nightmare continues. (See the full list of additions here) --Elizabeth Thompson
Best Video That Made Us a Little Teary This Week:
David Letterman, thanking his 11-year-old son, Harry, and wife during his final show. He even thanks Harry's friend who tagged along, Tommy Rubado. --Elizabeth
Most Elegant Video of the Week:
Warren Elgort's A Dance for the Camera, featuring ballerina spinning and leaping in slow motion. Why can't we all be this coordinated? --Elizabeth
Best Reason to Keep Your Receipts
Best pun on "Sissy Spacek"
Most Exciting Shakespeare Not In The Park
Two clips from Justin Kerzel's Macbeth, starring Michael Fassbender as the tragic hero/villain/murderer, are now available. From the look of it, the movie will include a lot of yelling in dark rooms, slow-moving swords, and a whole lot of Fassbender. --Eric
Most Expensive Gossip
Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak apparently have a very complicated romantic past and current relationship -- so complicated, in fact, that the pair are netting $7.5 million to write a book about it. --Eric
Best Musical Clip of Peter Dinklage
Surprisingly not on Game of Thrones! Instead, as part of Red Nose Day, Dinklage sang an upbeat track about Tyrion's survival, pretty much dancing on the grave of the deceased Starks, Baratheons, and even Lannisters. --Eric
Most Explicit Explanation of the Mad Men Finale
No, showrunner Matthew Weiner did not come right out and "explain" the "meaning" of the Mad Men series finale at a Q&A with novelist A.M. Holmes at the New York Public Library. But in his positive comments about both Don Draper as a character and the Coca-Cola ad that Don may or may not have produced, he made his own interpretation more than clear. Whether you buy it or not is up to you. --Eric
Nico the french bulldog changes his mind about coming inside when he gets busted for chewing up a pen. [TastefullyOffensive]
A lovely cheese pizza just for me. [Mlkshk]
Let's hear it for 2015! [FYouNoFMe]
Every paragraph starts with "here's the thing." [image by Matt Round]
Parrot Minaj for president. [FYouNoFMe]
Summer breeze, makes me feel fine, blowin' through the Fieri in my mind. [LaughterKey]
Reach for the stars. [LaughterKey]
Just a video of three baby pygmy goats wearing sweaters and squeaking, that's all. [TastefullyOffensive]
Us at all social functions. [TheClearlyDope]
A tribute to Amy Poehler's amazing cackle. [RatsOff]
In case you missed his final show, this montage of David Letterman interviewing children is the best.
At a performance in Houston this weekend, Drake changed the lyrics to If You're Reading This It's Too Late single "Madonna," making the song about Rihanna instead. It's unclear whether this was a dig at Madonna (does this mean Drake is a Live With Romeo Saturday Night Online fan?) or simply a case of Drizzy freshening up the hook of his album's most-boring song. The only thing we know: We never want the endlessly entertaining Drake-Madonna (Drakedonna?) drama to be over. Watch the clip above via The Fader.
Welcome to our new column, Model Crush Monday, in which we highlight some of the most smoldering dudes walking the runway today. First up, we have Wilhelmina model Eli Hall, who's rocking some serious ink and has a deep affinity for honeybadgers. Check out our MCM shoot with Eli (who you can find on instagram here) below and read on for his illuminating responses to our vaguely-TMI questionnaire at the bottom.
Eli wears a jacket by DKNY, shorts by Guess and shoes by Camper.
Eli wears a jumper and headband by Lacoste, a turtleneck by Sandro, socks by HUF and shoes by Louis Leeman
Eli wears a shirt and shoes by Salvatore Ferragamo, pants by Burberry and a watch by Swatch.
Eli wears a tank top by Calvin Klein, shorts by Rag and Bone and sandals by DKNY
Grooming by Stefan Kehl
A$AP Rocky released At.Long.Last.A$AP (A.L.L.A.) a week ahead of its June 2nd release date last night after the album leaked online over the weekend. The trippy follow-up to LongLiveA$AP features guest spots from Kanye West, Miguel, M.I.A, and Lil Wayne among others. The album is available on iTunes or you can stream it below via Spotify.
Barry Sternlicht is nothing if not ambitious. As chief executive of private-equity firm Starwood Capital Group and CEO of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, he created the W Hotels brand, bringing scale to the boutique hotel concept pioneered by Ian Schrager and Andre Balazs. Though he left the company some 10 years ago, he continued to buy and re-brand hotels, but the itch to create a new hotel concept á la the W never left him. With the expiration of his non-compete agreement, he was free to get back into the game, but many of his innovations were now commonplace. The hotel-as-destination had become a template followed by seemingly every big hotel chain and innovations like deluxe mattresses became the industry standard. Would there be a second act for Barry Stenrlicht?
Meet 1 Hotels, a brand quietly rolled out in Miami and Manhattan that will make lots of noise when its first all-new from-the-ground-up hotel opens on the magnificent setting of Brooklyn Bridge Park in Dumbo at the end of this year. Its raison d'être, according to Sternlicht, is not only to make a great hotel, but "to make the world a better place." Lest you dismiss this as marketing hyperbole and wishful thinking you haven't spoken to Sternlicht whose passion cuts through any skepticism.
He's watched what's happening in the marketplace and knows that his mantra -- "Not a brand, it's a cause" -- can make a good business strategy as well. "We're part of a socially conscious brand. And I take my hat off to people I've had the pleasure of speaking with like Blake Mycoskie of Toms who I met 5 years ago when he was giving away shoes with the "buy one, give one away" [model]. And I thought, how cool if we could do the same thing with a hotel and create a social benefit with what we do?"
The Miami and Manhattan iterations of 1 Hotels only serve as appetizers for the full course to be served on the Brooklyn waterfront. They are predominately renovations, repurposed to go green in settings where nature and culture come together whether on South Beach or Central Park, but the Brooklyn waterfront version will be the first fully-imagined hotel of its kind, as sustainable and environmentally friendly as conceivable given the limitations of design and technology. "We think of it as an evolution. We learn. It's harder when working with old buildings to do what you want to do from an environmental perspective. In Brooklyn, we have better control of things you can't see like systems, water and disposal. We're using less electricity because the windows are different. We're going to make compromises but it's OK. Our approach is to take it one step at a time, to teach people they can live green. As we work on design the hardest part is to keep my design team on brand. They wander off into physical design and I've got to get them back in the organic natural. There's incredible beauty in nature and you've just got to help people see it."
On the other end, there's a tech solution to the traditional in-room experience with a phone "thingy" replacing the traditional informational brochure. "On the technology side we tried to be very cognizant," he says. "We will have keyless check-in. We've tried to be state of the art for all the back of the house things with the goal of really empowering us to get to know our guests better. So when you order room service, it goes straight to the chef and it pops up as his orders. We're trying to remove human interaction so we can make fewer mistakes. One of the things I learned at Starwood Hotels that shocked me is that some 60% of hotel guests encounter a problem during their stay. Think about that. For most companies if 6 of every 10 pieces you bought at the store broke you would be out of business. In the hotel world people have come to expect that. So using technology I thought we could lower the number of guest mishaps. Some parts of the hotel are over designed and less is more. We overdid some of the things that we did. But we'll get better. We're having raging debates about what to serve in the mini bar. People love Diet Coke. But we want to serve whole pressed juices."
A lot will be revealed when 1Hotel Brooklyn comes to life. "It's right on the water," he says, "just south of the Brooklyn Bridge on land that's leased from Brooklyn Bridge park. The city went out to operators and developers and asked for proposals for a mixed-use project, one side apartments, the other side hotel. And they loved our green ethos and they liked our design the best. So they chose us. What I loved about it is that right in front of us is the park and the river. So it's a natural setting. You'll be able to take the ferry and be in our hotel in one minute from Manhattan. And we're going to have the greatest pool and roof deck in the history of all the boroughs. We look at the Statute of Liberty and the skyline of Manhattan. There'll be fire pits, a pool with an invisible edge. Completely sick. The best thing we've ever done."
Hillary Clinton's e-store is officially open. In addition to selling "I <3 Hillary" tumblers with gratuitous appeals to the beverage choices of Southern voters ("Step 1: Fill with iced coffee. Step 2: Go. (Please note: Sweet tea is also acceptable)," Clinton's also selling apparel, including the recently-added "Every Day Pantsuit Tee" to her site.
For a cool $30, you can "bring a whole new meaning to Casual Friday, " with Clinton's trompe-l'œil take on the tuxedo tee, an ode to her affinity for all things tapered, pleated and monochrome. As the fine print notes, the pantsuit tee does not actually include pants, which for the 99.9% of Americans who go pantsless in their homes every day, is likely a non-issue.
The site is also selling needlepoint "a woman's place is in the White House" throw pillows and pint glasses made from "100% shattered glass ceilings."
Compared to her competitors, Clinton is murdering in the merch department. Jeb Bush doesn't even have an official campaign website yet and you'd have to buy three other dumb t-shirts in order to get your hands on Rand Paul's hilarious/sad "Liberty Bro" t-shirt, so why even bother.
Hats off to Hillary.
In a Jaden Smith superhero movie, he'd jump in front of a runaway city bus full of orphans, pondering aloud, 'What is a superhero, if a hero is already super? Think about it...' Then he'd fly away and crash into a building because he was too distracted contemplating it all.
I think it's about time we had a superhero who's more reflexive than flex-obsessed. After all, we do need someone to save humanity from the number 3:
Why Is It Always 3 WHY IS IT ALWAYS 3!!!!!-- Jaden Smith (@officialjaden) September 29, 2013
Chillwave is dead. Chillwave never existed. Long live chillwave. Start enjoying your summer with the return of Alan Palomo, a.k.a. Neon Indian, who has just released "Annie," the first single off his third studio album. The last Neon Indian album, Era Extraña, was released in 2011 (so long ago!) -- the tail end of when chillwave might have been said to be "a thing," the heady days when Washed Out and a slightly earlier incarnation of Toro y Moi roamed the earth. As much as people can look back and be mildly embarrassed about the microgenre, who cares if it's a thing or not? "Annie" is a lot of fun, maintaining a similar sound to previous Neon Indian releases with some slight, but still audible, new influences--and you should check it out below or buy it here. [via Spin]