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- 01/18/13--13:45: _The Week In Superla...
- 01/18/13--14:55: _American Idol, Gold...
- 01/21/13--06:35: _Morning Funnies: La...
- 01/21/13--07:30: _Watch James Franco ...
- 01/21/13--08:38: _Crystal Castles'"Sa...
- 01/21/13--09:18: _Style Scraps: The S...
- 01/21/13--10:30: _Girls Recap: Is Ada...
- 01/21/13--12:15: _Aaaaand Here's Aman...
- 01/21/13--12:55: _Off Duty: Bill Kim
- 01/21/13--13:10: _Dieter & Bjorn Roth...
- 01/21/13--13:30: _Eight Items or Less...
- 01/22/13--05:25: _Heems' First Solo V...
- 01/22/13--06:00: _Was Bill Clinton Ch...
- 01/22/13--09:43: _Anna Wintour Skips ...
- 01/22/13--09:45: _The Governors Ball ...
- 01/22/13--11:15: _Miuccia Prada's "Th...
- 01/22/13--11:45: _Unicorns from Hell ...
- 01/22/13--12:15: _Dust's Italo-Disco ...
- 01/22/13--13:00: _These Bags Make Us ...
- 01/22/13--13:15: _Chatting With Tom H...
- 01/18/13--13:45: The Week In Superlatives
- 01/18/13--14:55: American Idol, Golden Globes, and more in GIFs
- 01/21/13--06:35: Morning Funnies: Lance Armstrong's Books Are Now Fiction
- 01/21/13--07:30: Watch James Franco Read His Obama Inauguration Poem In Bed
- 01/21/13--08:38: Crystal Castles'"Sad Eyes" Is Our Music Video of the Day
- 01/21/13--09:18: Style Scraps: The Story Behind That Sleeping Bag Thing On Girls
- 01/21/13--10:30: Girls Recap: Is Adam the Most Mature Character On the Show?
- 01/21/13--12:15: Aaaaand Here's Amanda Seyfried Playing Linda Lovelace
- 01/21/13--12:55: Off Duty: Bill Kim
- 01/21/13--13:10: Dieter & Bjorn Roth Installed in Former Roxy Roller Disco
- 01/21/13--13:30: Eight Items or Less: Kathleen Hanna + Ad-Rock "Flood the Art Market"
- 01/22/13--05:25: Heems' First Solo Video: "Soup Boys"
- 01/22/13--06:00: Was Bill Clinton Checking Out Kelly Clarkson at the Inauguration?
- 01/22/13--09:43: Anna Wintour Skips the Inauguration, Still Manages to Network
- 01/22/13--09:45: The Governors Ball Lineup Is Absolutely Insane
- 01/22/13--11:15: Miuccia Prada's "The Great Gatsby" Costume Sketches Are Fantastic
- 01/22/13--11:45: Unicorns from Hell and More...
- 01/22/13--12:15: Dust's Italo-Disco Pastiche "Past Future"
- 01/22/13--13:00: These Bags Make Us Really Want to Have a Picnic
- 01/22/13--13:15: Chatting With Tom Hooper and Eddie Redmayne About Les Mis
The Best, Worst and Weirdest of the Week.
Cockiest Douche of the Week: Lance Armstrong appearing on Oprah -- Mr. Mickey
Best Tweet of the Week: Kelly Cutrone (@peoplesrev) who tweeted, "This Lance Armstrong scandal feels longer than Jessica Simpson's first pregnancy." -- M.M.
Best Discovery of the Week: That Scott Disick used to model for teen romance novel covers. -- Abby Schreiber
Best Headline of the Week: "Republicans Accuse Obama of Using Position as President to Lead Country." -- Elizabeth Thompson
Worst Spoiler of the Week: The whole Manti Te'o story means now I'll never see Catfish. -- Jonah Wolf
Worst Part of the Week: Seeing dummies I grew up with in Arizona crowing on Facebook about their gun rights. GABBY GIFFORDS. GABBY GIFFORDS. GABBY GIFFORDS. -- E.T.
Best Cocktail I Had All Week: The Px Puko (Coconut) at Pig & Khao, made with Px sherry, fresh young coconut water and whiskey barrel bitters. And it comes in a frickin' coconut, people! -- A.S.
Weirdest Underpants of the Week: Versace's lace manties -- E.T.
Best Trump Shut-Down of the Week: Goes to Deadspin. A million times Deadspin. -- E.T.
A library in Australia has moved Lance Armstrong's books to the fiction section. [Reddit]
Petting charts for cats and dogs. [TastefullyOffensive]
Jan Brady Te'oing. [DailyWhat]
This flu season is really freaking us out. Everyone should wear oven mitts and a surgical mask on the subway. [LaughingSquid]
Hit the slopes! [PleatedJeans]
You're such an extra virgin. [AfternoonSnoozeButton]
Satan and Garfunkel. [Megret]
Best Ron Swanson GIF of all time. (P.S. This is what we look like eating all food products.) [TheClearlyDope]
Yes it is! [TallWhitney]
Bat/teddy bear hang time. [LaughterKey]
Yahoo commissioned a bunch of poets and James Franco to write poems for Inauguration Day. Franco's poem is about not knowing what to write about Barack Obama and is, therefore, mostly just a poem about James Franco. Watch him read "Obama in Asheville" in the video above. (Who knew he was a Sprite guy??)
Below, a sample from his piece :
If I were to act in the film about Obama,
All I would need to get down, aside from the outer stuff--
And I know that's important--is his essential kindness,
I'd let the writer put in all the political crap,
And the specific things that he was up against,
All that stuff on CNN and the Huffington Post,
And I'd say the lines that were written, just like Obama
Reads his lines, but what would really put the role over
Would be the goodness at its core.
That's what will be remembered.
Yes, his race, no one will forget. But the soul too.
I'd win the Academy Award if I just captured that.
The Ethan Kath half of Toronto's Crystal Castles -- Alice Glass is the other half -- directed this clip for "Sad Eyes." It's another track from the duo's third album and comes while they're still out on a massive world tour through Australia, Japan and Europe, before winding down to Miami for Ultra in March. Kath also directed the video for "Suffocation" from their previous album, but this one has a more chaotic feel that looks like it was recorded off a broken television.
Anna Wintour has been told not to expect the get the ambassadorship to London -- the post will probably go to Obama's finance chairman, Matthew Barzun. [via New York Times]
Shirley Cook -- the CEO of Proenza Schouler -- doesn't much like fast fashion and its ilk. She told an audience at the 'Business of Luxury: Focus on America' summit that "you lose not only to counterfeiters but you lose to fast fashion, you lose to people who are not far off the mark from where you are." She also said that "'Get the Look for Less' is my least favorite page in any magazine." We love that page, but we understand. [via Fashionista]
Spring 2013 Couture is here! Here are some of our faves from the Dior show. [via Style.com]
Here's Lana Del Rey covering the March issue of Numéro Tokyo, styled exactly like we'd expect her to be. [via Design Scene]
Jenn Rogien, the costume designer of Girls, had a lot to say about that weird sleeping bag with armholes and a hood that Hannah wore last night: "Believe it or not, it was actually in the script that Hannah was wearing a sleeping bag with armholes. I had no idea that such a thing actually existed. I was gearing up to make it myself, or buy an actual sleeping bag and alter it to have armholes, and then one of my team members went online and found company that makes them, called Poler. Their website had this picture of this amusing hipster guy wearing the sleeping bag while making his breakfast. He was clearly using it as loungewear, which delighted me to no end. And I believe it's made in Portland, which is brilliant. It was a very popular item on set. Everyone in our crew tried it on at one point or another." It's called a napsack and you can buy it here, by the way. [via The Cut]
These Bernard Wilhelm x Camper safari print sneakers = whoa. [via HypeBeast]
Terry Richardson photographed Paul Rudd and his mom. Heart explosion.
In "I Get Ideas," this season's second episode of Girls, Lena Dunham presents each character through the lens of immaturity, showing that it's their lack of experience and footing that gets in the way of the kinds of lives they want to lead. Their emotional struggles, she suggests, stem from the fact that they haven't fully committed to their respective paths yet feel pressured to be well on their way. It's a tricky thing, knowing oneself, and easier said than done.
In the most literal sense, there's Elijah who swears to his older boyfriend George that he's ready for a relationship after admitting to (sort of) having sex with Marnie. He promises he's not confused about his sexuality or his loyalty, yet defends his cheating incident under the terms of "pumps," or how many thrusts it took before he could no longer have sex with Marnie. He's also too selfish to admit anything to Hannah, whom he needs, on the most practical level, for her apartment. These antics push George to call things off and send Elijah into mourning. If there's one thing consistent with Elijah's character, it's his tendency to use people and, well, mooch off of them. I wouldn't be surprised if his next boyfriend turns out to be his boss. Thoughts?
Meanwhile, Hannah's romantic life takes a total nosedive. She dances between dealing poorly with her breakup with Adam and dealing poorly with her new relationship with Sandy. After Adam sends her a creepy break-up music video, she tells Elijah she's glad it's all over. "This opens up space in my life for the kind, sexy, responsible boyfriend that I've always wanted but never had." Except she's not ready for it. When she finally confronts Sandy about not reading one of her essays (thanks to some urging from Jessa) she shuts down the instant she finds out he didn't enjoy her writing. This spirals into a cringe-worthy argument about race in which Hannah digs herself even deeper (saying she never thought about the fact that Sandy is black and simultaneously quotes Missy Elliott) until he finally asks her to leave. It's too bad Sandy's character, played by Donald Glover, will leave the show so quickly but it makes sense that Hannah couldn't handle that relationship. By "kind, sexy, responsible boyfriend," maybe she just wants one that lets the world revolve around her.
Marnie returns from a job interview despondent after she's told that her dream job "doesn't really exist anymore." Per Shoshanna's suggestion, she decides to cash in on her good looks and take a hostessing gig at a club. While it's clear Marnie is hesitant to totally give up on her original career path, there's a light in her eyes about doing something so uncharacteristic. And when Hannah predictably judges her for "cashing in on her sexuality," Marnie seems pleased to finally be the one breaking the rules. Sure, it's not the most honorable career shift, but we all saw how excited she got when gross, cheeseball Thomas John hit on her at the bar last season. This was so coming.
Dunham hasn't explicitly shown us any evidence of a trouble in Jessa's paradise, but I'm convinced it's only a matter of time. Put simply, she's not ready to settle down. It's just not Jessa's way. All it'll take is a few temptations -- a can't-miss warehouse party or a bearded artist-type -- for her to wake up and realize she's too young and adventurous to marry this buffoon, even if he does buy her baskets of puppies (seriously?). Her character was more interesting as the enabler rather than the housewife.
Throughout the episode, we get a sense of just how tightly Adam is holding onto his relationship with Hannah. He's writing sad songs and showing up at her house in the middle of the night, and it's creepy and unpredictable, sure, but that's Adam. My theory -- and feel free to disagree -- is that Adam is actually one of the most mature characters on the show this season. As he said in the finale of season one, "I told you once I commit to something, I really fucking commit," and now, in season two, we see that the dude really meant it. Once he makes the leap to invest in a relationship and take his partner seriously, he "fucking commits" and so when he gets burned, he really feels burned. Understandably, he isn't ready to let go yet, and I don't blame him.
Much like last week, Shoshanna remains the most enjoyable. Yes, she's hung up on typical Millennial crap like Sex and the City delusions and her Facebook image, but she takes ownership of who she is instead of making excuses for it. In this tiny, Brooklyn world full of privileged, white, whiny kids, it's nice to see one with at least some sense of self. (And, how cute were Ray's lovey-dovey eyes during the scenes of the two of them lounging around in bed together?)
For right now, the bond between the four female characters seems to have taken a backseat to their romantic lives (or in Marnie's case, her identity crisis), but that feels real. It's this authenticity that separates Girls from so many other shows about young women in New York. In real life, things get in the way -- relationships, careers, new friends and, yes, immaturity -- and the pieces don't always fit back together. But I think they will. If I could have it my way, I'd rally them all together to yank Jessa out of Thomas John's creepy arms... but let's pray that won't be necessary. Brooklyn needs her.
Each week in our new Off Duty series, we'll talk to some of our favorite chefs and industry folk around the country to find out their secret late-night spots where they like to grab a bite and a pint when their kitchens are finally closed. Next up: Bill Kim, the Chicago-based chef/owner of inventive Asian comfort food meccas Urbanbelly, Belly Shack and, most recently, bellyQ.
What's your favorite joint to grab a bite when you can finally get out of the kitchen?
I like a lot of the Latin places that are open later. My wife is Puerto Rican and there's a Puerto Rican restaurant called La Bomba that we like. They have these plantain tamales that I just love and adore. They come wrapped in banana leaf and they stew it in a pork broth and you get some Puerto Rican rice and to me, that's a complete meal. And it's dirt cheap -- it's less than $10. Their [other specialties] are roasted pork and plantain tostones. They also have these empanadas and bacalao, which is this salt cod fritter and is delicious.
What's the vibe like?
It's probably about 40 seats but one of the things you have to know about a Puerto Rican restaurant is that if there's not seven different Puerto Rican flags, it's not a Puerto Rican restaurant. They're very proud [of their heritage]. There are hand-painted murals of different parts of Puerto Rico and I think on each table, there's a map of Puerto Rico.
How long have you been going there and how did you first discover it?
[I discovered it] seven years ago when I met my wife. She took me there. I remember being like, "You know what? I don't know what I'm eating so you can order."
Now [my wife and I] try to go during down times when no one is there. People are always super friendly. You wouldn't know it, but it's our halfway point between our two restaurants so if she's working at one restaurant and I'm working at the other, it's a rendezvous place for us to let our guards down and enjoy each other's company. It's our date place.
La Bomba, 3221 West Armitage Avenue Chicago, IL
More Off Duty
"Art Bar" installation that will be a permanent part of the gallery. Another view of the "Art Bar." "Large Table Ruin" (begun in 1978) (mixed media installation)
This probably won't get Heems invited to the White House, but hey, you never know. The Queens rapper -- from the now defunct Das Racist -- appears in front of a green-screened collage of random news clips for "Soup Boys (Pretty Drones)" from his latest mixtape, Wild Water Kingdom. While the track seems mostly political ("drones want to kill"), lyrics also veer into drug use ("waiting for the man to put a gram in my hand") and product placement (Lexus, Nike, Motorola, Toyota Corola etc.) and, according to Rap Genius, a "soup boy" is a guy who's been dumped by a girl. If you're really interested in drones, you might want to check out the PBS documentary Rise of the Drones that's airing tomorrow night, January 23.
This is delightful: Watch Al Roker lose his shit (not literally this time) -- and drop the mic -- after he's victorious in scoring a brief interview with Joe Biden during yesterday's inauguration. Al, if we met Papa Joe, we'd probably do the same. [via HuffPo]
Along those lines, this Jill Biden parody Twitter account was also really delightful during the inauguration. [via Mulaneying]
Here's Bill Clinton either photobombing Kelly Clarkson or checking out her butt. You decide. [via Uproxx]
And, speaking of photo bombs, here's Malia totally photobombing her sis when Sasha tries to snap a photo of their parents kissing. [via nymag]
There were Cheez Its served at the inaugural ball... [via Buzzfeed]
Nope. [via Coin Farts]
Watch Tina Fey give a tour around Liz Lemon's office. Best thing we learned? They never paid Ghostface Killah for appearing on the show because "he never filled out his paperwork." [via Vulture]
The Zack Morris soft fade [via Tall Whitney]
Anna Wintour skipped the inauguration for the couture shows but still managed to network: here she is, sitting next to the American ambassador to France at Giambattista Valli. The Times doesn't think she'll get an ambassadorship to France either, but I don't blame her for trying. [via Fashionista]
Jenna Lyons is pretty surprised about her relationship with Courtney Crangi, too. She told the Times, "I'm incredibly open to people doing whatever works for them. It's just as surprising to me as it probably is to everyone else. It certainly is strange to wake up, at 44, and look at the person next to you and think: 'Oh! This wasn't what I expected.' But I don't think love works that way, and I am O.K. with that." Agreed, Jenna. [via The Cut]
Karl Lagerfeld ended the Chanel couture show with a pro-gay marriage message: two brides and a child! He's been outspoken about gays and lesbians being able to marry recently, saying "I don't even understand the debate. Since 1904 (in France) the church and state have been separate." Yet according to the Washington Post, he also opposes allowing gay couples to father children born through artificial insemination. Hm... [via Fashionista]
Vogue revealed its February cover, called "Dirrty Pop: The Women of Pop Music." It'll feature Madonna, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Cher, Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Katy Perry and Jennifer Lopez. Why oh why isn't there a larger image available??
Update: The cover is fake fan art! It was too good to be true :-/. [via High Snobette]
Betsey Johnson -- right on trend -- won't be showing at NYFW this season. [via The Cut]
The jury seems to be in on Hedi Slimane's first menswear collection for Saint Laurent Paris and the verdict is: it ain't that great and is overly tied to his vision for women. Tim Blanks noted that "the kindest thing to be said about Slimane's first official men's collection was that he made a guy to go with his girl." Similarly, Kurt Soller wrote that "as a man it's basically impossible to look at these outfits...and appreciate them as clothes a guy would wear...that's a bummer." I'm feeling some schadenfreude.
Yup, I'd wear A$AP Rocky's head-to-toe Shaun Samson outfit. [via Upscale Hype]
Kings of Leon
The Avett Brothers
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
Death From Above 1979
Gary Clark Jr.
Scope a video of Fat Jew and his comrade riding around NYC in a Rolls-Royce, announcing the line-up to pedestrians on the street and what we assume are partiers at Westway. And, if that wasn't already enough, the third headliner is still unnanounced. Also of note is the fact that the festival will be expanding from two days to three days this year (and, if you've never been, check out our coverage of last year's fest HERE). For more information on the lineup and where and when you can snag tickets, click HERE.
Coachella/Bonnaroo/Lollapalooza: your move, guys.
Here's another reason to wish it were spring already: the Welcome Companion "Part-Time Picnic" collection, whose bags look like cute versions of delicious picnic staples. There's a picnic basket briefcase, a strawberry clutch, a pair of red lip totes that wouldn't look out of place on, say, the February 1985 cover of PAPER. The collection is due in February, but, in the meantime, scroll down to see some of our favorite items from the collection.
"Toast," "butter" and "strawberry."
The "Cake" and "Sandwich" iPhone cases.
Twenty-six years after the Broadway production of Les Misérables collected eight Tony Awards, Tom Hooper's film version seems to be keeping apace with the success of its predecessor. Nominated for eight Oscars and winning three Golden Globes (including one of the biggies -- Best Picture, Comedy or Musical), the film owes much of its success to Hooper's impeccable sense of detail, his unique directing choices (like having all of the actors sing live) and of course his thoughtful casting. While Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman and Amanda Seyfried might be getting a lot of the buzz, one of the best performances in the film comes from Eddie Redmayne (who many may remember as Marilyn Monroe's favorite ginger in My Week With Marilyn). Eddie and Tom both took a break from awards season, to chat with us about the making of Les Mis.
Who is your favorite character in Les Mis?
I first saw the play when I was 7 and I just thought Gavroche was a total rock star. I actually wanted to be him and then when I the read the script, performed Marius, and watched the film, I still wanted to be him.
You've worked with Tom before on the Elizabeth I miniseries. Were there any similarities between working together on that project and this one?
After reading for Elizabeth I, I was stopped at the door and Tom asked if I could ride a horse and I said "yes." Next thing you know, I was in Lithuania with 40+ men galloping on horses. I'm in spurs on a huge stallion behind Helen Mirren, who's in a rather large, opulent dress. I thought to myself, "At what point do I admit I wasn't totally telling the truth?" Within a few moments, Tom picked up a big speaker and shouted, "Redmayne you're a bloody liar!" And so then during Les Misérables, he asked, "Can you actually sing?" And of course, somehow I ended up on a giant horse waving a huge flag [in Les Misérables]. [I'm] only assuming it was payback.
Ninety-eight percent of the singing was live -- did that make you nervous?
A little. Brilliant lip-syncing still seems artificial and great acting is about total control. An earpiece pumped in a live piano accompaniment that slowed down or sped up as we sung. That allowed me to control the song instead of it controlling me. If I had recorded it two months prior to shooting, there would be no freedom, which would take away the acting. The whole thing was a very liberating experience.
What was one of the most intimate moments on set?
During "A Little Fall of Rain," there were 100 dead people all around, Eponine was in my arms dying and a single drop of rain fell on her forehead. Singing at that level with no cameras in my face and no loud projecting -- just singing in a whispe -- felt odd but entirely raw.
What's one major difference between yourself and Marius?
I've always found Eponine to be very sexy.
Are there any parts in the film that made you cry?
I truly connected in the end, when Jean Valjean dies. Usually, death isn't taken serious, it's either part of the plot or it plays out like a scene from a video game. In the film I wanted to make sure it stares you in the face.
Was Hugh Jackman a shoo-in for the part?
I auditioned everyone properly and spent an extraordinary three hours with him. When Hugh sings, it is so powerful. You don't want him to speak -- you yearn for that other communication. I saw this emotional side of him I've never seen and I wanted to bring it to the world.
Samantha Bark killed it in her first screen performance.
She did. I first saw her and the play 2 ½ years ago, when I watched the 25th anniversary performance and when I saw it, she totally struck me. That part had such high competition and she did all the rigorous auditions, eventually beating everyone out.
Even though the songs are classics, each actor seemed to give their own unique rendition. Anne Hathaway's version of "I Dreamed a Dream" was breathtaking. How did you direct her?
I told her to forget that it was an iconic song and that it had ever been sung and to just react. To sell an illusion, there has to be little moments of hesitation. During "I Dreamed a Dream," Anne gave that 10-second pause before "then it all went wrong" and she earned that moment. She told me that she opened a dark box, looked in, closed it, and hoped to never go back. Some have an indulgent pleasure of being in pain -- she was just in pain... so much so that I was worried for her. I'm almost embarrassed to say but I felt like this was one of those moments that will be talked about for years.
Photo by J. Everette Perry