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From watching 80's jazzercise videos to making ginger-laden juice, the Spandex-clad Cosentino proves herself to be incredibly productive, especially as she plays tennis against guitarist Bobb Bruno. Though tbh, I think the only relatable activity is Bobb's catatonic burger binge.
Watch it below.
If you want to understand the Glastonbury music festival, start by thinking of Coachella and then multiply it by 10. Think of Disney’s Magic Kingdom plus Disneyland and then throw in Epcot Center and then add in the Animal Kingdom. The size and scale is something that can’t be explained, because it is simply unbelievable. Conceived by former dairy farmer Michael Eavis, Glastonbury is the mecca of music festivals and also the world's biggest. Where else could you see Kanye in the evening, and the Dalai Lama in the morning, The Who the next night, and then a special appearance by Stephen Hawking, Mark Ronson calling on Mary J. Blige, Grandmaster Flash, and George Clinton to power "Uptown Funk," and Florence Welch DJing her own after party? Glasto. Mix in over 170,000 people from around the world, remove flushing toilets and any sense of a bedtime, and you have 5 days of pure bliss. It's even said that for the stragglers who just can’t get enough, Eavis himself invites them to his house for a cup of tea, and a “it’s time to go, and see you next year” farewell. If Glastonbury is not on your bucket list, you just have not lived.
Florence Welch DJing her after party in a tent
Florence Welch's after party
Florence Welch's after party
Our campsite, 'Camp Kanye'
Because all things must pass between media, there is now a game version of Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel. NYU's Gaming Center has created a new game called Maquisard, which takes the visual aesthetic of a Wes Anderson film and effectively translates it into an investigation through a hotel looking for a hidden government agent. Here's the trailer, via Dazed.
What's next? A game where you play as Royal Tenenbaum and have to sneak Ari and Uzi out of the house to go to dog fights? An open-world ocean exploration game where the real treasure at the end is enlightenment and the recognition of your own mortality? Maybe a platformer on top of a church roof racing to nowhere? Only time (and extremely precise whip-pans) will tell.
I hate to come off like one of those old biddies who insist on proper manners at all times, but sorry, nice behavior is actually a valuable way to show respect to someone who deserves it, and it's good karma too, because the lovely doings will come backatcha in spades. With social networking so prevalent, it's more important than ever to emphasize certain rules of behavior so you're not just some tweeting wild animal on the loose. Here are the most crucial regulations:
*Don't post something on someone's Facebook page that has nothing to do with them, unless you've gotten permission from them to do so. It's presumptuous and annoying and makes you the opposite of a friend. After all, I don't put my trash in front of your house. I can't stand it when people post a self promotional thing -- or worse, a totally nonsensical thing -- on my page. It's the kind of action that could get you unfriended pronto.
*Don't put a post on someone's page that does have something to do with them, but is negative. You promptly will get unfriended and/or blocked. It's a rude and obnoxious way to make your point. If you have a beef with someone, you can privately message them -- though that doesn't guarantee you'll avoid unfriending and blocking, I should add. But people have a right to consider their Facebook page their personal garden, which they can fertilize and weed at will. You can't control a lot of things in life, but you can -- and should -- monitor your page.
*Don't endlessly bother someone to post your Kickstarter campaign, unless it's for a life or death matter. Hounding them to promote your proposed documentary about tofu is abhorrent, especially if you've never even really met the person.
*Don't just put hearts or some other cute image on every single post. You will start to come off brain dead!
*Don't start criticizing a Facebook post without first reading the link that was included in it. And then try to say something nice about it before you launch into the criticism or you will get blocked.
*When I post my listicles ("10 sexiest movie stars", or whatever) don't immediately chime in that I "forgot someone." I didn't. I simply compiled my list of my favorites. Feel free to do yours, if you can get someone to pay you for it.
*If someone tags you on Facebook in a nice mention, the least you should do is click "like" on the post. A friendly comment or "thank you" would be even better. But you'd be surprised how many drag queens (and other people) just ignore such things and move on, as if they get so much good press all day.
*Don't just favorite a tweet. It really doesn't help much. Retweet it or just leave it alone.
*If someone emails you, answer them. Only pretend you never got the email if it's someone you truly want nothing to do with. But if you're hoping for any kind of long term professional relationship, it's de rigueur to actually respond.
*If someone uses your name in an email ("Hello, Darleen..."), use their name back ("Thank you, Bev"). Too many publicists write mechanical, inhuman "Got it" or "Confirmed" emails without taking two seconds to include a name.
*Oh, and would it kill you to send that "Got it" or "Confirmed" response when the occasion calls for it?
*If someone -- let's say a small 'zine that is desperate to interview you -- asks you to do so and you agree to do them a favor and book your time, they shouldn't then beg to reschedule the whole thing because they're just "too busy." Bad business!
*If a restaurant manager/owner spots me sitting at his/her place and comes up to me to start gushing and/or thanking me for a mention, the very least they should do is comp my coffee! Just one--it won't kill you!
OK, thank you for listening, and bye, Bev!
The first celebrity Patrick McMullan ever snapped was of future President Richard Nixon at the Walt Whitman Shopping Mall on Long Island in 1966 when the budding photographer was only 11 years old. “The Secret Service people saw me there with a camera and brought me right up to his car. I took his picture and shook his hand, but when I had the film developed, that photo, the last picture in the roll, was clipped off,” remembers the famed nightlife photog. “That was devastating to me.”
McMullan seems to have recovered rather resiliently from that first disappointment. At this stage in his thirty-year career, he's shot pretty much every famous person on Earth outside of the current Pope, the Dali Lama, and the Royal Family. “I think it could be a good excuse to get them all in a room together,” says the photographer from inside Salomon Contemporary in Chelsea, which is hosting a new exhibit titled Pictures from the Patrick McMullan Collection.
The show came about after the gallery’s owner, James Salomon, visited McMullan’s apartment with his son Matias to have their portrait taken. “I went wild over what I saw hanging on the walls,” says Salomon, who’s known McMullan for almost fifteen years. “I thought it could be a rare, insightful glimpse into his world. Such an ensemble we thought would make a great gallery show."
The exhibit, which will run until July 31st, features a sprinkling of Patrick’s own work, but mostly includes over 200 images from other famous photographers and artists, as well as items McMullan has purchased, traded, bartered or found throughout his fabulous life. In fact, McMullan is still adding to the exhibit as we speak. “They kept saying, ‘We have enough stuff!’ but I keep bringing in more,” McMullan says. “I see blank space on a gallery wall and in my mind it’s Manifest Destiny!”
The photographer was gracious enough to spend a recent afternoon walking us through a selection of works from the likes of David LaChapelle, Steven Klein, Harry Benson, Mary Ellen Mark, Bruce Weber, and more. Take a look at photos from the show and read McMullan's recollections, below.
Kate Moss -Paris -1994
"I never met a model I didn’t like. I respect models because it’s not so easy to turn it on and off. Kate, she’s never been anything but sweet to me, even when she didn’t need to be. She’s very Marc Jacobs in the sense that she’d break away from Anna Wintour at a party just to come give me a hug. And this image…Harry Benson is my favorite living photographer today."
$6.95 USMC Boy in Briefs
"I bought this in Providence. It’s just this young boy-very Americana. He’s right at that age where he’s becoming a man. It says a lot about America’s view on war and sex. Also, there’s something a little taboo, very intimate, and very powerful and I love the price tag; I had to leave it on."
Madonna Summer, 1998
"I remember David LaChapelle from when he was a child, like 16 or 17 at the Palladium or Studio 54. He was always a lot of fun and naturally glamorous. He liked to dress up -- a true participant. He’s fearless and similar to Annie Leibovitz in that he’s more like Scorsese than your average photographer. They’ll both have twenty-five people on a set! It’s crazy.
This was around the period when David did Rise -- that dance film. And Madonna. Here she is again -- the queen of the world. She just is, whatever she is. She’s our Elvis. I want her to play the Bette Davis role in All About Eve. She’d kill as a modern rock 'n' roll version of Margo Channing."
Rescue at Rabaul,
PBY Blister Gunner, 1944
"Horace Bristol was a Life Magazine photographer. This gunner jumped into the water to rescue a marine pilot who was shot down. He then climbs back up, sopping wet and hot, and gets right back to his gun. No time for clothes. You know, as a photographer, you have to be in love with the people in the picture a little bit, no matter who they are, even if it’s avuncular. Horace treated this shot will love. This man in the image is a movie star."
Nickel Tailings #34
Sudbury, Ontario, 1996
"One of my most expensive buys. Burtynsky is a very famous photographer. This is the aftermath of a meltdown in China I believe. The orange river is so beautiful. I love everything he does, so odd. If I had the money I’d buy five more of his pieces."
Jessica Craig Martin
Casa Rosada, Buenos Aires, 1998
"Jessica Craig Martin is a friend and she such a wonderful eye-so different from my own and she’s great at editing down. I shoot a thousand images and like 900, whereas she’ll only keep twenty. She also really knew how to get that close crop and make it magical. I bought this because it acknowledges that I have a fetish or fascination, I guess you could say, a 'fetish-nation' for chandeliers."
Madonna In Love With Herself, 1986
"Interview Magazine once ran a photo of mine of a little baby horse running around. Bruce Weber told me how much he loved that image. I traded him for this photo of Madonna kissing the mirror. This image is so not Bruce Weber to me, which is why I like it. Also, I really idolize Madonna. No, the word idolize is wrong. It’s more like respect. I 'respectalize' Madonna. Here she is in her prime. Perfection.
We were at a party once and I said to her, 'Hey Madonna, I’m a father now.' She said, 'You’re a father? Then I guess I can be a mother.' I said, 'You’ll love it. You’ll fall in love.'"
Horse Neck II, 1995
Gelatin Silver Print
"I don’t know what’s up with Steven Klein cutting heads off. I guess he’s sick of faces. It’s not even a horse to me; it’s just a fun shape. He’s so talented."
Mary Ellen Mark
Elise Collins with Flags
Union, South Carolina 1992
"Mary Ellen Mark was one of the first photographers I ever met when I did PR back in 1979. I really wanted one of her Mother Teresa pictures. She was so in demand at the time. She would do print runs like, 1 of 150, which is crazy. I do 1 of 5 at most."
Mike wäscht sich mit anderen 1963 Translation: "Mike washes with others"
Schule Schloss Salem
Boarding school in Salem, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
"I absolutely love, love, love Will McBride. He is a hero of mine. This, it’s something sexy, fun and boyish. I saw it on the cover of a book, and fell in love. So when the opportunity came up to by a print, I couldn’t pass it up."
Vineyard, Late Afternoon Autumn, 2002
"I collect a lot of what I call quiet, silent, empty, lonely, peaceful photos. I’m not an extrovert, I’m an introvert. I had to work hard to be outgoing. I had a very intimate and quiet relationship with the darkroom. I would spend 14, 15 hours a day in there. I used to use my hands and in 1981 I came down with cancer. I was sleeping above the chemicals. Just like cigarettes, who knew?"
James Salomon and Patrick McMullan
Inside the exhibit
Let's get this out of the way right now. Sean Baker is an acclaimed director of low-budget independent films that typically feature a tight focus on characters along society's margins. He is also a cisgender white man. His most recent film is Tangerine, which follows the adventures of two African-American transgender sex workers, who seek revenge on a pimp when they discover he's been cheating on one of them. On Christmas Eve, no less.
Tangerine is showing in NYC at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and is in theaters nation-wide July 10th.
There's more to Istanbul than whirling dervishes, touristy bazaars, and all the recent scaremongering, ISIS-related pieces on the evening news. The cosmopolitan port city is also home to a thriving modern art scene with international reach. Now host to two major art fairs, over 117 galleries, and one of the most anticipated yearly festivals on the globe, the Istanbul Arts + Culture Festival, Istanbul easily rivals Berlin and Paris as a booming creative capital. The combination of cheap rent, proximity to the Middle East and Europe -- Istanbul is just a quick, and popular, boat ride away from Greece -- and liberal attitudes towards the arts have all made the city the perfect breeding ground for connection and collaboration. In Istanbul for the IST. Festival, we were able to meet some of the city's most interesting creatives, from gallerists and curators, to artists, multimedia sculptors and filmmakers, and have culled a list of some of our favorite innovators making Istanbul the next "New York in the 80s."
1. Turbo, Graffiti Artist
Considered the biggest and most influential graffiti artist in Istanbul, Turbo has been called the "Father of Turkish Graffiti" (despite his relative youth) as well as the "JR of the East" -- though his style is more colorful and contains distinct nods to traditional Turkish wall art and textiles. The first to bring western style, hip-hop influenced, spray-painted murals to the city, he's known for melding local and historical design aesthetics -- like traditional middle eastern scripts and bold outlines -- with a fun pop-art sensibility. Turbo's work can often be seen on walls and alleys throughout Istanbul, and on clothing by local designers, as well as in ad campaigns with brands like ADIDAS and Coca Cola.
2. Demet Müftüoğlu, Gallerist and Curator
Founder of the Istanbul Arts + Culture Festival, each year scene-maker Demet Müftüoğlu brings notable figures ranging from Courtney Love to Gore Vidal to Istanbul for her ambitious, 3-day event packed with parties, panels, workshops, and cross-disciplinary discussions. In addition to the festival, she also runs a creative design studio, Istanbul74, a contemporary art gallery of the same name (one of the only institutions to bring buzzy photographers like Alex Praguer and Gail Halaban to Istanbul), a film studio (74Studio) and one of Istanbul's glitziest online and print lifestyle magazines, 74Gazette, which features everything from interviews with milliner Stephen Jones to studio visits with local artists. Demet is also married to Alphan Eseli, co-creator of Istanbul74 and one of the city's most respected filmmakers.
3. Mehmet Ali Uysal, Fine Artist
One of Turkey's most recognizable artists, Uysal creates large-scale installations that humorously fuse art to the surface of public spaces, transforming the locations into surreal wonderlands and delightfully distorting the viewer's perceptions. In the past, Uysal has used larger-than-life clothespins to make a field look like green, rolling laundry in Skin2, and cut giant slabs of molding out of Gallery Nesrin Esirtgen's walls to create a giant peeling, optical illusion. He's previously had solo exhibitions at the Pearl Lam Gallery in Shanghai, the Stiftungstarke in Berlin, and Pi Artworks, Istanbul, Turkey (among many others), and recently participated in Art Basel Hong Kong. This February Uysal will be opening a solo show in New York at Spar Contemporary.
4. Sevil Savabci, Collector
Descended from one of the wealthiest families in Turkey, Savabci is a strong supporter of the arts, and has encouraged her family to collect and support figures ranging from Ai Wei Wei to NYC-based new media creative Tabor Robak. The Savabcis also founded the Savabci Museum and the Savabci Modern, two of the most important institutions in Istanbul, and, in many ways, financially helped elevate Istanbul into a contemporary global art capital. When Sevil isn't chairing the board of her family's institutions, she also helps out at the Türkan Sabancı School for Sight Disabled, which was established by her mother, Türkan Sabancı, and races horses.
5. Sinem Yoruk, Gallery Director
Born in London, Sinem Yoruk studied Media Arts and Management Studies at the Royal Holloway University there before returning to Istanbul to help nurture the emerging contemporary art scene. In 2004, she co-founded Atelier Elipsis to help bring museum-quality fine art printing to the region and in 2007 established Elipsis Gallery, the first gallery to focus solely on photography in Turkey. Yoruk has also consulted on various exhibitions and events throughout the country, and is a nominator for the prestigious international Prix Pictet Awards for photography and sustainability.
6. Kutluğ Ataman, Artist and Filmmaker
Kutluğ Ataman's thought-provoking multimedia work explores the dynamics between humanity and community, and how personal identity is self-created and rewritten ad infinitum. At the 2004 Carnegie International at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Ataman won the top award -- and one of America's highest honors in art -- the Carnegie Prize, and that same year was shortlisted for the Turner Prize, the UK's most prestigious visual arts award, organized by the Tate. His most recent work, THE PORTRAIT OF SAKIP SABANCI, opened in April 2014 at the Sakıp Sabancı Museum in Istanbul, and is currently on display as part of the official selection curated by Okwui Enwezor for the 56th Venice Biennale, shown alongside the 136 artists selected for this year's exhibition All the World's Futures. Ataman is so beloved in Turkey he is the subject of a full-length documentary film in 2011, Kutluğ Ataman, directed by Metin Çavuş, charting Ataman's art career.
7. Volkan Aslan, Multimedia Artist
At just 28, Aslan has become both an art world leader, bringing a hip, youthful aesthetic to museums and DIY galleries alike. Aslan's art can best be described as "multimedia," and includes a melding of sculpture, light installation, and painting. In the past he has had scores of solo shows, both in Turkey and abroad, and in 2008 formed, with Nancy Atakan and Marcus Graf, "5533," an independent non-profit contemporary art space in the Istanbul Trader's Association shopping center (İMÇ). With 5533, Aslan helped export Istanbul's art culture to film festivals, conferences and workshops worldwide, and became one of the country's most recognizable art world figures. Volkan Aslan's new exhibition titled The Perfect Day will be on display from September 1 - October 31 at Pi Artworks Istanbul, running parallel to the 14th Istanbul Biennial.
8. Joana Kohen, Artist, DJ, DIY Space Owner
Artist and founder of the Un-Known Art Initiative, Joana Kohen's deliberately provocative movement known as "scandalism" seeks to combine irony, anarchy and revolution and has caused waves both in Turkey and abroad. Kohen, almost heroic-ly unafraid of potential backlash, first set out to break from the conservative culture from which she was raised, but today has made it her personal mission to alter society's perceptions of women -- especially Muslim women -- via art. Often referred to as "gothic and erotic," her work is an alluring mix of photography, performance art, poetry, and installation and features striking nudes often set against stark and daring color bursts. Often the star of her own works, Kohen brazenly and unapologetically takes aim at a world that would easily overlook her, and has been an inspiration for a generation of new artists using the internet to connect them to a global creative community. Kohen will be taking part in the Contemporary Istanbul art fair this year, and has an exhibition currently in the works that's still under wraps.
At just 32, Koray has an impressively long CV that would put most art-world veterans to shame. After studying in London, Koray made it her personal mission to bring London's interdisciplinary, collaborative culture to Istanbul, andso shenurtures the city's budding art scene through her impressive curatorial talents and vast rolodex. A former gallerist, in 2007 she founded URA!, a venue for performances, video installations, and exhibitions, where she drew legendary artists like Raymond Pettibon and Chris Burden for exhibits and stage shows. She also started a magazine, Near East, a glossy biannual devoted to art, fashion, and free expression that has gained her international attention. Currently, she is working on the Fall/Winter issue of Near East, as well as a show with Martin Creed at the Near East art space in Dolapdere Istanbul, which she also co-runs.
10. Lara Ogel, Artist, Writer, Curator, Art Space Co-Director
Lara Ögel is an artist, a personal and collective archeologist, a writer, a curator, and a co-director of the Near East art space, named after the arts and culture magazine she runs with Mihda Koray, where she is also editor. Lara's art works with found objects and materials, and she can often be seen in second-hand stores or thrift shops searching for ephemera for her pieces. She recently created a book of "mistranslations and poetry" in English and Turkish, meant to conjure her own unique, bilingual upbringing. In the past Lara has had work shown at the Galeri Tankut Aykut, Bergesen & Bergsen ALAN and 5533, and has plans to exhibit at this year's ArtInternational Istanbul Contemporary Art Fair, held at the beginning of September in Haliç, in which she will be showcasing her video work, works on paper, and created objects. In addition, she is also showing with Öktem & Aykut Gallery, and participating in a group show in Space Debris, a young gallery in Karaköy, curated group show by Yulia Topchiy and Tess Thackara.
Rob Gronkowski and David Ortiz would like you to turn up for Dunkin Donuts' iced coffee as part of their "Summer Chill" series. See bizarre track below:
Yes, there is a long, storied history of athletes (and in particular football players) making endearing, intentionally terrible music, but "Turn it Up" raises a lot of new and fascinating questions. Were Gronk and Big Papi asleep during the recording? If so, why didn't they drink any iced coffee to wake themselves up? Do they not really like Dunkin Donuts? For the answers to slightly less pressing questions, check out The Washington Post, which has a full run-down of the promotional materials generated by Gronk, Big Papi, and Dunkin Donuts.
Independence Day is a time for all Americans to reflect on the gifts of freedom that we've been bequeathed by our forefathers and to bask in the glory of our nation's place in the universe as a beacon of freedom to all. It's also a great time to go to Las Vegas to meet one of your all-time favorite entertainers in history. This past weekend Mr. Mickey and Drew did just that by heading to Las Vegas for a rendezvous with the one, the only, Mr. David Copperfield.
What better spot than a penthouse with an eye-popping view of the Strip to be your Las Vegas weekend home-base?
You can't go to Las Vegas without making some big decisions about what to eat. Really the top chefs of the world are all represented so it's tough to narrow things down. Being vegetarians is also a special twist.
Our first delicious dinner was at Jaleo, which is the tapas restaurant of multiple-James Beard awards-winning chef Jose Andres. We had a vegetarian tasting and Mickey's favorite was the classic tortilla española. Drew loved the watermelon salad. Just when we both hit the wall and couldn't eat another bite we heard pans being banged and people shouting like there was some kind of celebration and two big strong men brought out a gigantic swimming pool-sized pan filled with Paella de Verduras. Yes they really love theater in Las Vegas, even at the dinner table. We couldn't resist and it was the tastiest paella we've ever had.
Dinner number 2 was at STK. We know what you're thinking. Vegetarians at a steakhouse? Well we had some carnivorous friends join us and the chef prepared a parade of vegetarian treats that started with a mind-scrambling sweet corn pudding and ended with some ultra sweet n sticky donuts. Yum, yum, yum.
We have to admit that we have a real warm spot for the Flamingo. Sadly Las Vegas doesn't preserve its architectural history but we can imagine gangster Bugsy Siegel and his glamour girl ladyfriend Virginia Hill hanging out at the Flamingo back when Bugsy opened the hotel in 1946.
One of Mickey's favorite shows is Olivia Newton-John who performs in the Donny and Marie Theater when America's favorite brother-sister act are on vacation. Also we have to say the Flamingo has our favorite gift shop on the Strip. Mickey considers himself an expert on gift shops of all kinds and frankly most of them are not great. The big gift shop at the Flamingo is a bonanza of hot pink and sparkly gifts to take back for friends. Tank tops, midriff tops, fanny packs, kids' bathing suits. It's madness. Also they have a separate Donny and Marie section as well as a corner of Olivia Newton-John merchandise. That's what Mickey likes to see! The only gift shop that might be even better is the all-Britney Spears gift shop at Planet Hollywood. Like the Flamingo, whomever is stocking that store has imagination. Drew and Mickey came out of the Flamingo loaded down with goodies for ourselves and our loved ones. What happens in Vegas might stay in Vegas but a good souvenir lasts a lifetime!
Our final night in Vegas ended up with Drewps and Mr. Mickey lounging languidly on the terrace of our suite at the Cosmopolitan looking out over the magical skyline of Sin City. Really there isn't another city where everyone is on the same page: the 'let's have fun' page. That's what makes Las Vegas irresistible and will make us keep coming back for years to come.
White privilege is a term that has recently floated into every comment section of the internet and many conversations IRL. But what exactly is it? Curious to find an answer, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas went on a documented journey of probing discussions and uncomfortable forums to understand the entitlements attached to white privilege. What he learned forms the centerpiece of a new documentary on MTV, White People, whose first trailer recently came out. Watch as Vargas conducts conversations with various people, forcing them to acknowledge the way their race automatically braces them with a certain prerogative and to confront uncomfortable truths. The film will premiere July 22 at 8/7c on MTV, and you can see the trailer, above.
There's been buzz surrounding Apple and their revamped music platform, Apple Music, but it seems that even their retail stores are contributing to the recording industry. After losing two laptops from wear-and-tear then theft, New York rapper Prince Harvey brilliantly resorted to laptops available for use at the Apple Store in SoHo to help him continue his music production. After a four-month endeavor of resourcefully transforming the public store into his own recording studio, Prince Harvey completed his record titled Prince Harvey at The Apple Store: SoHo or shorthanded as PHATASS. The record will be available July 26, butthe first two singles "SOMETIMES" and "The New Black" are available on Prince Harvey's Soundcloud now.
Somehow, Ariana Grande licking a doughnut has turned into a scandal of O.J. proportions (get it, because breakfast food). In addition to poking the bear of Rob Lowe with her completely reasonable "I hate America" comment in surveillance footage captured at a doughnut store (below), she's now being investigated (or something) by Lake Elsinore police and Riverside County public health officials for an act described with the words "maliciously lick," i.e. putting her icky tongue on a doughnut and then putting the pastry back. So, yeah, that is a little on the gross side, but shouldn't the doughnut shop just sell Ariana Grande-licked doughnuts for a lot more money, or something? People would totally buy them. Also, isn't it good to know that American law enforcement have their priorities straight? At the very least, the combination of surveillance culture, attacks on celebrity, and the inexplicable presence of Rob Lowe in this whole debacle will make for a great way of explaining our particular 21st century dystopia in future history books.
In the midst of getting ready to take over The Late Show from David Letterman in September, Stephen Colbert found some time to appear in the season 6 finale of Jerry Seinfeld's "Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee." Here's what we learned about Colbert from the conversation that filled his and Seinfeld's visit to Bluestone Coffee Co. in Montclair, NJ in a bright blue sports car.
1. He was going to stop The Colbert Report no matter what.
Turns out he would've ended the show whether or not he had The Late Show lined up afterward. "I was ready to stop," he said, when "the Letterman thing fell in my lap."
2. He was in a FirsTier Bank commercial in the 90s.
3. That new beard is Sean-Connery-inspired.
He's coined the look "a mid-career Connery," though Seinfeld prefers to call it "gruesome."
4. His dad ran a hospital and smoked a pipe.
He likened the late James William Colbert, Jr. to George C. Scott in the movie The Hospital, mimicking his pipe-smoking habits with a stirring spoon. When Seinfeld asked whether he or his father was more feminine, Colbert responded, "Well, obviously I am because he actually smoked and I pretend to smoke with a spoon." Good point.
5. He's not too keen on the whole happiness thing.
"How do you feel about happiness? Where do you rank happiness?" Colbert wanted to know, concurring with Seinfeld's declaration that "it's a foolish thing to pursue" and adding that "suffering is actually a pretty good way to get to happiness." Seinfeld got it: "Like I'm suffering right now trying to make you happy." If only every cafe were full of comedians to eavesdrop on.
6. He's an honorary Jew.
When he advised a former supervisor that the best way to handle her divorce was to "think of the thing that you least want to do as probably the right thing to do, and you know it, which is why you don't want to do it," she responded, "Are you sure you're not Jewish?" He took it as a compliment.
7. He's a Neutral Milk Hotel fan.
He can recite "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea" by heart, and the line "Can't believe how strange it is to be anything at all" blows his mind (and makes Seinfeld lose it).
8. He wants to die eating artctic frost blueberry Twizzlers, drinking coffee, and listening to Mendelssohn's "Song Without Words."
9. He'd rather be funny than smart.
Which makes him, according to Seinfeld,"a clown, then -- just an idiot in gigantic pants."
10. He doesn't color his hair.
He just happens to have dark hair and a white beard. Like ya do.