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Jay Z and Beyoncé Won't Be Able to Take Selfies At Marina Abramovic's Latest Exhibition

marinabeyoncejay.jpgMarina Abramovic's first solo exhibition in New York since her 2010 MoMA retrospective, The Artist Is Present, will be a whole lot of nothing. The artist just announced that Generator, opening October 24, will transform Sean Kelly gallery into a space of sensory deprivation. Any visitors -- including the #artselfie-happy Carter family -- will have to check their cellphones, watches, and bags in a locker at the door. From there, you'll get a pair of noise-cancelling headphones and a blindfold in order to ~experience the art~.

Like Abramovic's recent performances, including The Artist is Present and 512 Hours, the art is in the viewer's experience. A press release from Sean Kelly gallery explains that "dealing with both the meditative and the communal, Generator will be a unique environment for visitors to push the boundaries of their self-awareness and inner-consciousness, as they are confronted with nothing but themselves and the palpable energy in the room."

While we're all about feelings and energy and vibes, what's an art show in 2014 without its countering #artselfie? We're being dramatic, of course, but we can all agree that the Internet would be devastatingly worse off if Beyoncé and Jay Z didn't have their iPhones at the ready while perusing the Louvre.

[via ArtNet]

More Video of Dancing Boy You Will Never Be As Cool As Emerges


As mentioned in today's morning funnies, the tween serving Flawless moves for local news cameras at a Las Vegas mall opening has a job waiting for him at Paper should he ever want it. He could wordlessly stand by people's desks and stare at them disgustedly until they dissolve into tears, or dance by the refrigerator in the kitchen while we shamefully warm up whatever sad-sack thing we brought to eat, realizing that we'll never, ever be him. Whatever he wants. Above, check out even MORE video of him giving the most face one face could ever face, courtesy of Gawker.

Listen to Kool A.D. and SAFE on the Steel Tipped Dove Produced Track "Who's in Charge"


Steel Tipped Dove has been quietly producing rap beats for your favorite indie hip-hop acts for a few years now. The Brooklyn producer-to-watch will release an instrumental album, Nothing Touches the Ground, later this year but for now he's teased a new track featuring Kool A.D. and SAFE. "Who's in Charge" is the perfect existential jam to help you cope with another Monday.

[via Potholes in my Blog]

Shia LaBeouf Tells Jimmy Kimmel What Really Happened That Night He Got Arrested at Cabaret


Shia LaBeouf, former celebrity, spandex enthusiast and artististe, tells Jimmy Kimmel all about what really happened that night he got arrested during a performance of Cabaret. And, you know what? He's really effin' charming the whole time he's doing so. [via Jimmy Kimmel]

Jimmy Fallon and Zach Galifianakis bump into each other, try to make plans to hang out, and wind up making a million amazing/weird excuses about why they're busy ("I'm braiding my landlord's hair"). [via Tonight Show]

tumblr_n39iceHrdO1s3qpdvo1_500.jpgLmfaaaaaaaaooooooooo. [via Afternoon Snooze Button]

This German Shepherd waking up from a deep REM cycle is us every single morning. [via Tastefully Offensive]

tumblr_nddwqzyASB1qe0wclo1_500.jpgWhether Photoshopped or not, this is incredible. [via The Clearly Dope]

¯\_(ツ)_/¯ [via F Yeah Dementia]

tumblr_ncwn81Tfha1tsskpyo1_500.jpgWe're starting to get into the holiday spirit. [via Tall Whitney]

Our 9 Favorite Party Hotspots This Year

The jet-set is back, complete with the glamour that the Burton-Taylor generation brought to world travel, but the map and the mindset have changed. It's not about a few tony destinations anymore; like the secret warehouse parties that light up industrial neighborhoods, the whole point is that the place to go for fun, art and fashion is a moving target. Here's a handful of the year's far-flung, unforgettable gatherings.

01. St. Louis
Karlie Kloss, Andy Cohen, RJ King  and Derek Blasberg grew up here; Blasberg hosted Lauren Santo Domingo, Giovanna Battaglia and Harry Brant at his family's farm for his 30th birthday.

02. Patagonia

Argentinian art director Sofia Sanchez Barrenechea and fiancé Alexandre de Betak will host a crowd of friends for their December wedding at this end-of-the-world destination.

03. Iceland

Social media savant Oliver Luckett parties here, and tiny Keflavík hosted All Tomorrow's Parties 2014, drawing Interpol, Mogwai and Portishead and propitiating resident goddess Björk.

04. Marrakech

Poppy Delevingne's nuptials took place in this evermore worldly Moroccan hub. Guests included Princess Beatrice of York, Alexa Chung, Peter Dundas... and sister Cara, of course.

05. Ibiza

Cover boy Riccardo Tisci's epochal 40th birthday brought Kanye, Kate Moss and Bieber (just days after his punch-up with Orlando Bloom at Cipriani) to this deceptively idyllic island.

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Many of Tisci's guests popped up here for Madonna's 56th. The flapper-forward soirée included party-hoppers Mert and Marcus and DSquared2 twins Dean and Dan Caten.

07. Dubrovnik

It took a chartered plane to get Hearst heiress Fabiola Beracasa's wedding guests (Proenza Schouler, Snoop et' al.) to this Mediterranean gem and its walled medieval city-within-a-city.

08. Patmos
This tiny Greek isle has become the go-to getaway for stylish European editors Gianluca Longo and Hamish Bowles, who says Patmos "has it all."

09. Maldives

Longtime friends NiNightlife9.jpgcolas Ghesquière and W magazine senior fashion editor Marie-Amelié Sauvé enjoy jetting off to this tropical hideaway.

Mykki Blanco Shares the Track "Moshin In The Front" From His New Release "Gay Dog Food"

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Avant rapper and artist Mykki Blanco doesn't care about classification anymore. "You can choose to call me a gay rapper, you can choose to not even call me a rapper if you want to, it doesn't matter, I'm a punk, a creative punk and I'm going to continue to create and entertain without boundaries," he asserts in a press statement for his newest release, Gay Dog Food.

The new experimental mixtape is leading up to Mykki Blanco's 2015 debut album. Gay Dog Food, out from UNO NYC on October 28th, is a collage of the artist's many influences, including a track with Riot Grrrl pioneer Kathleen Hanna.

Listen to Mykki Blanco go in on Gay Dog Food's lead track, "Moshin In The Front" featuring Memphis rapper Cities Aviv, below.

High Times: A 40 Year History of the World's Most Infamous Magazine

Screen Shot 2014-09-30 at 6.12.18 PM.pngIn honor of their 40th anniversary, High Times is looking back on their history as radical and necessary purveyors of counterculture. The result is a stunning book, High Times: A 40 Year History of the World's Most Infamous Magazine -- out today from powerHouse Books -- that doubles as a cannabis-fueled time machine through interviews and images. Mixing politics and thought leaders with a whole lot of weed, it's easy to see how the pot publication became a cultural cornerstone. Former cover stars and contributors included Andy Warhol, Debbie Harry, Stevie Nicks, Noam Chomsky, Charles Bukowski, and the Wu Tang Clan.

Founded in 1974, High Times has had its share of dank highlights and cocaine-bogged low points throughout its history. Below, we chat with the current Editor-in-Chief Dan Skye -- who has been with the publication since 1991 -- about the new book, the magazine's legacy, and what's in store for High Times' future as the weed legalization movement progresses.

It seems like everyone who was peripherally involved with High Times at the beginning has a different origin-story for the magazine. Why are there so many different versions of the story?

It's not really that highly contested. I think everyone just wants to say they were there. Tom Forcade was pretty much a visionary. He came up with all these ideas and he had the ability to make these things happen. This idea of making [High Times] a real magazine that could really address the idea of drugs and alternative consciousness was pretty much his alone. It's like everybody says they're at Woodstock -- Woodstock would've had to have 5 million people there if that many people were there.

playboyhightimes.jpgBut High Times started as a Playboy parody?

Yeah, it used the template of Playboy -- the Playboy interview with the centerfold. And it tried to address drug news in the same way Playboy addressed sex news. That was basically it but it was such an incredible hit. Everybody wanted it, I mean absolutely everybody. It was reprinted four times and there's four different versions of that first cover so the original one is very valuable.

Tommy Chong wrote the foreword to the book. He wrote "[High Times] defined us, just like we defined High Times." Can you talk about Cheech and Chong's relationship to the magazine?  

Well you see, the thing is, Tommy may be a big stoner -- and the character that he plays acts like a complete goofball -- but Tommy is a very, very serious man, especially when it comes to cannabis. He is very humorous about it and he has very fresh ideas about it. In our community Tommy is very deified. He's the guy who's been there from the beginning, championing pot. He went to jail for a year for his bong company -- this is a guy who's really been out there. He's really considered one of us.

He's been on the cover eight times -- three times alone and five times with Cheech & Chong. When they were united in the 2008 November cover, which I shot by the way, it was our biggest seller of the year. People just wanted that issue -- not only for "historical status," if you will, but also because they love Cheech & Chong. If High Times were baseball, he'd be our Babe Ruth.  

What's the circulation of High TImes, by the way? 

Well, it's a private company and we are not audited so we keep that information to ourselves. 

Oh, okay. 

But we do extremely well. We're growing. We've added 24 pages in the last year. At the beginning of 2012 we were at 140-pages -- we're now at 160 pages. 

High Times has a history of being an "outlaw" magazine. But now that mainstream magazines are covering pot (like Elle, who just published a piece called "5 Pro Tips to Throwing a Classy Cannabis Party") and weed is becoming decriminalized -- and in some cases, legal -- how has that affected the magazine's outlook? 

I think we're seeing it now. If we've gained this many pages you can see how many people are suddenly turned on to cannabis. The Gallup poll a year ago said that 58% of people favored the legalization of pot.

But keep in mind that it's not that normalized at all. It's only Washington and Colorado where adults can smoke. And in a lot of states -- in Nebraska -- you're taking your life into your hands. You can get some serious time for smoking pot. And in New York it's the same way. In New York City we have some of the highest arrest rates for smoking pot on the street. You wouldn't believe it. 50,000 people are being arrested a year for simply possession. So it's not a safe thing yet. That's the one reason we're glad we're out here in New York City. If we were out in California or Colorado or Washington -- where things are a lot more normalized -- I think we might be a little bit jaded and we might not take this issue as seriously as we do. 

One of our big things is getting people out of jail. That's really what it's about right now. If the struggle is ending then people need to get out of jail. 

Back in July, the New York Times finally endorsed legal weed in their article, "Repeal Prohibition, Again." A lot of news outlets took the cynical view and called the Times out for their previously aiding and abetting the war on marijuana or for simply being late to the party. But High Times, on your website, reacted positively and encouragingly. 

Oh, yeah. Danny Danko, our cultivation editor, said it was like mom and dad finally giving their approval. That's really how it felt. 

We have these cannabis cups six times a year -- next year we'll probably have eight -- and we have them all over the country. But at that time we were in Michigan and we announced [the New York Times endorsement] over the loud speakers at our event. The crowd absolutely roared. That was a big thing for everybody. Everybody realizes the milestone. 

But we want everybody under our umbrella. We want The New York Times saying positive things about cannabis, at last. We're willing to forgive them for using very poor journalism about cannabis for years when the evidence was out there.

Screen Shot 2014-09-30 at 6.19.24 PM.pngLooking back on 40 years of High Times, in the '70s and early '80s it seemed like the magazine was focused on weed and other drugs as they interlinked with other counterculture movements. You had Charles Bukowski writing alongside spliff tutorials. You had a lot of culturally impactful writers doing work for the magazine. 

Yeah, one Christmas issue we had Andy Warhol and Truman Capote on the cover. That was the golden age of journalism. All these brand new magazines were coming out and we were able to take advantage of that. 

Do you still feel like High Times has that same dialogue with culture?   

Well, the publicists are a pain in the ass to work with now and they don't want their clients coming to High Times. It's always difficult to get an actor on the cover of High Times or even in the interview slot. But I do think we still have the same kind of caché. We might not have the all-star journalists that we had before -- we have people now that have a very specific understanding of cannabis and of drugs and of alternative consciousness. 

Screen Shot 2014-09-30 at 6.12.36 PM.jpgIn the '80s it seemed like High Times started to cover drugs outside of weed. There was a lot of cocaine. Was that kind of a weird time, in terms of identity, for the magazine? 

Well I wasn't there at the time but our first cover that featured cocaine was a story about the Bolivian drug war and how cocaine was destroying the country. In the early '80s we were trashing cocaine even while we were covering it. 

But those centerfolds were extremely alluring at the time. When cocaine was in its heyday, High Times was along for the ride. But we did a quick turnaround, primarily due to the Editor-in-Chief at the time, Steven Hager, who really transformed the magazine. He turned it back to cannabis in a big way when he became editor-in-chief in the late '80s. He gets a great deal of credit for turning the magazine around and bringing it back to its roots.

Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 12.53.18 PM.pngSpeaking of editorial changes, you wrote in the book that in 2003 -- when Richard Stratton and John Buffalo Mailer took over the magazine -- there was a moment when the vision for High Times was to get rid of the pot and become a purely literary journal. What was that about?

That was an odd time. I don't think anybody really looks back at that time with a lot of fondness. That was a mistake. I think they tried to take the magazine in a direction that wasn't really needed. We were doing very well with cannabis. I think they thought that they could take High Times and make it much more of a mainstream magazine. The fact is High Times is High Times.

Yeah, it seems pointless without the weed.

It was a short experiment. The less about that time period, the better.

Would you be open to talking about the weirdest thing you've encountered at the High Times office?

In the office... jeez, I'll tell ya'... Well, that kind of stuff I couldn't tell you. But I've been a marijuana journalist for over 20 years and I've had some crazy things happen.

I knew some Arizona pot smugglers who were getting it from the Mexicans back in the late '90s. I kept asking them if I could shoot a load of pot and they wouldn't let me. But finally they said, "Okay. You can do it." So I drove around with them all day -- they were making phone calls from phone booths, making sure the drop was gonna happen. They kept changing phone booths and then finally we went to a parking lot outside of Phoenix [to do the drop].

I was waiting in the car and watching them converse. The Mexican guy behind the wheel keeps looking at me, getting more and more animated. And finally, the smuggler walks over to me and goes, "Yeah, Okay. You can shoot the load but you're going to have to drive it." So I did. I had a hundred pounds of pot in the back of the car and I had the smugglers driving behind me. They told me to drive safely, but if I got pulled over by a cop they'd drive like complete assholes to get his attention.

Amazing. If you could get anyone on the cover of High Times -- regardless of their publicist -- who would you want?

It would be great to get Miley [Cyrus] on the cover. I think Miley's cool. She's a young woman who is really enjoying herself. I'm not a fan of her music, by any means, but I think she's fun. A couple of years ago I would have said Jennifer Aniston. We know she smokes pot -- both her and Brad. Those two on the cover would have been huge.

What about Martha Stewart?

I've asked her for an interview and she said no, but she was very, very pleasant about it. I think her being in jail turned her head around, as far as why people are in jail -- all these women who are non-violent drug offenders.

Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 12.57.18 PM.pngIn my mind, I've always linked High Times to bro culture. It never seemed like a magazine for women who smoked weed. The imagery and the references seem like they are geared toward men. Do you feel like that is the intent? 

Well, I think that for a long time men were primarily the growers. A lot of men were leading the movement when it first started out. There were very prominent guys like Jack Herer and Steve DeAngelo, but now women are an equal component in this community, as far as their leadership in business and in activism.

I just don't think many women smoked back then [when the magazine first started]. It was kind of a male thing. Smoking pot was just so forbidden and so dirty to so many people. But now women and men equally embrace it -- it's not a male-oriented thing anymore.

As far as the magazine goes, we've had a "Women on Pot" issue with Mila Jovovich on the cover in 1994 and before that we had a "Women of the Marijuana Movement" issue in 1991. That was a big cover. But we haven't done a women on pot cover in years. But it's a feature that's worth doing for us because, as I said, women make up half of the movement now.

Chicago MC Alex Wiley Is a Rapper You Need to Know

Photo by Andrew Zeiter

As Chicago continues to churn out talented young rappers like Chance the Rapper, Vic Mensa, Chief Keef and Lil Durk, it's becoming clear that the latest Windy City MC to take note of is 21-year-old Alex Wiley. The South Side native who grew up in the Obamas' 'hood, Hyde Park, released his debut mixtape, Club Wiley, last summer and has since followed up with the well-received, Village Party, out now via Closed Sessions. Many tracks on both mixtapes show off Wiley's urgent, rhythmic flow over hazy, psychedelic productions, indications that the young rapper's style and tastes are more in line with that of Chance the Rapper or Vic Mensa -- both of whom he's collaborated with -- rather than the more aggressive, 808-heavy sounds coming out of his city's drill scene.

Today we're psyched to premiere the video for Wiley's Village Party track, "Takeoff," featuring fellow Chicago rapper Kembe X and produced by Hippie Sabotage. Fittingly, the clip is just as wavy as the song, with soaring shots of a craggy, mountain landscape and psychedelic clips of the rapper wearing a bucket hat and flying over Chicago and, later, the entire galaxy. Take a look at the Wiley's video, below, and for those in Chi City tomorrow, head over to Thalia Hall to catch a free show from the rapper as part of the city's Chicago Made Fall Music Showcase -- deets HERE.

Murray Christmas! Bill Murray and Sophia Coppola Are Teaming Up For a Christmas Musical

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Everyone's favorite lovable grump, Bill Murray is already getting in the Christmas spirit. For his new film, St. Vincent he gave us a preview of his vocal talent by singing along to a Bob Dylan classic and now he's ready to fully showcase his range. So move over Mariah Carey, there's a new carol-singing diva in town.

Bill Murray is getting back together with the Lost In Translation director, Sophia Coppola for a Christmas carol special. The actor told Variety, "It's not going to be live. We're going to do it like a little movie. It won't have a format, but it's going to have music. It will have texture. It will have threads through it that are writing. There will be prose." Director Coppola added that she's excited to hear the actor "singing my song requests."

Well, consider this our official petition for a Bill Murray rendition of "All I Want For Christmas Is You." And yes, Bill Murray, the Santa outfit is mandatory.

We're Getting '70s-Tinged, Makeout Party Vibes From Foxygen's "Coulda Been My Love" Video


Foxygen's third album, ...And Star Power, is out today and -- yippee -- there's another video too! The clip for "Coulda Been My Love" was directed by Grant Singer and the boys are lounging around at a weird, afternoon party in a house with a cool view, and then everybody goes out to hang by the pool and chill...oh yeah, some go to the bedroom to make out. More tour dates were also announced, but they're in the Midwest and Cali, and then they're off to Europe with their nine-piece, Star Power Band. Power to the people!

Alyssa Edwards From RuPaul's Drag Race Does Perfect Emoji Impressions


We're calling it. Alyssa Edwards, from season five of RuPaul's drag race, is officially the emoji whisperer. For someone who appears to hate -- and not know very much about -- emojis, Edwards is shrewdly great at reenacting them. The emoji of the girl with her hand out will now be forever known as, "Girl! I just found this sick dress at the mall. I got it on sale and I'm ready to go to the club and get my hair doneeee!!"

Watch the hilarious emoji variety show, above. 

Karl Lagerfeld Designed a Punching Bag for Louis Vuitton

Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 4.18.53 PM.pngKarl Lagerfeld's Punching Bag and Punching Trunk for Louis Vuitton

In honor of celebrating one hundred and eighteen major years, Louis Vuitton commissioned artists and designers like Karl Lagerfeld, Rei Kawakubo, Cindy Sherman, Christian Louboutin, Frank Gehry and Marc Newson to create special pieces for a new project called Celebrating Monogram. These works include a tote with holes by Rei Kawakubo, a fold out trunk by Cindy Sherman, a backpack by Marc Newson, a shopping caddy by Christian Louboutin, and a distorted box by Marc Newson. But if we had an extra 200k to spend, we'd definitely go for the collection designed by Lagerfeld, which is centered on a limited-edition monogrammed punching bag. As seen above, the Chanel designer created 25 of these bags that come with all LV everything including a mat, boxing gloves, and luggage. According to T Magazine, the whole kit runs for "about $175,000." Makes Soul Cycle classes look downright cheap.  
Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 4.19.49 PM.pngRei Kawakubo's Bag With Holes for Louis Vuitton

Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 4.17.30 PM.pngCindy Sherman's Studio in a Trunk for Louis Vuitton

Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 4.19.39 PM.pngMarc Newson's Fleece Pack for Louis Vuitton

Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 4.20.10 PM.pngChristian Louboutin's Shopping Trolley for Louis Vuitton

Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 4.19.15 PM.pngFrank Gehry's Twisted Box for Louis Vuitton

Emma Stone Is a Terrible Liar


Emma Stone is very bad at playing "Box of Lies" on the Tonight Show.

Omg, it's "TURNIP for What with Michelle Obama." TURNIP. Turnip. [Uproxx]

Cats make the best/worst office companions.  [TastefullyOffensive]

Embroider onto all clothing items. [Mlkshk]

110U2.jpgThey go with all your denims. [Mlkshk]

110TS.jpgGo ahead, keep turning your AirPort on and off. Mwahahaha! [Mlkshk]

Tink G's "Try Me" Remix Is Everything We Love About the Chicago Rapper

tinkgtryme.pngDej Loaf's "Try Me" is an ode to killing men softly. The tiny Detroit rapper might be soft spoken but her lines aim to kill and her preferred metaphor for dead bodies is pasta.

Tink G's excellent remix of the underground hit isn't holding anything back either. Mixing her smooth R&B sound with equally menacing murder metaphors that reference Kim K and North West, it's clear that "Try Me" has become a femme fatale (emphasis on fatal) anthem.

This New Emoji App Was Designed With Basic Bitches In Mind

Who is the elusive chanteuse known as the basic bitch? Well, to put it simply, she is all of us and we are all her. If we haven't already, it's time to own up to the fact that we all indulge in things that could be considered basic. And that's why we're going to totally enjoy the shit out of LOLy, a new emoji app "for women" that describes itself as "chic."

Entrepreneurial housewife and creator of the app, Gina Pell designed LOLy with the Louis Vuitton toting, 25-54 year-old basic in mind, and it shows. With LOLy, every emoji is the coveted and all-explaining manicure emoji.

Personally, we probably will never have any reason to send someone a pair of emoji Louboutins (other than to demonstrate that we can), but we will be sending out emoji bottles of rosé to EVERYONE.  

[via DailyDot

How Natalia Kills Is Seducing the World

Natalia wears a Marc Jacobs top, Eres underwear, Falke hosiery and Bibi Van der Velden Neckace

Natalia Kills won't stop gushing. Every time she mentions her husband, singer Willy Moon, her eyes light up, her smile widens and she giggles. "It actually worries me to be with him because I laugh so much," says the 28-year-old dark-pop singer. "I think he's going to give me wrinkles. You're ruining my youth, goddammit!" The two tied the knot in May, during a seismic period in Kills' personal and professional life.
It started with a sudden move to a West Village apartment. When I arrive for our interview, Kills opens the door to a duplex covered in psychedelic floral wallpaper and decked out with a spiral staircase, crystal chandelier, cat statues, pistachio-colored velvet boudoir chairs and a '70s Lucite dining set. Turns out this is the New York incarnation of her deceased grandmother's UK home. Kills explains: "My grandmother was like, 'I'm leaving everything to you, and you have to recreate this house that you've grown up in, and then I'll come back and haunt you and we'll be together.'" Moon found the NYC apartment, had everything shipped over and surprised Kills.

During those early Village days, she was invited to the studio by Madonna, along with producer and Cherrytree Records boss Martin Kierszenbaum. ("Madonna's dancers play my music during her rehearsals and workouts every week," Kills says, asked how the collaboration came about.) The trio completed eight songs in seven days for the Queen of Pop's next album. According to Madonna's Instagram, they also bonded up a storm. "She writes incredible lyrics, sings beautiful melodies, but most of all she is so fucking funny," Kills says.

And then, a week after they finished redecorating, Kills put on a Jenny Packham dress and married Moon in the roof bar of the Jane Hotel at midnight.

Though Kills -- who's half Jamaican and half Uruguayan and whose nomadic backstory begins in England -- started writing songs professionally at age 15, she's been making her own music for over ten years, touring with pop heavyweights Robyn and Katy Perry and working with everyone from Angel Haze to David Guetta. Along the way she's seduced the fashion world, signing with IMG Models, rocking a Prabal Gurung dress on the cover of her second album and being seen at major soirées like AnOther magazine's Autumn/Winter 2014 launch and the Harper's Bazaar ICONS party.

NataliaKillsTWO.jpgNatalia wears a Prada dress and scarf and Bibi van der Velden ring and bracelets

Her troubled past -- Kills' father was imprisoned when she was 12, she dropped out of school at 14, and she went through stints of homelessness -- is what her first two albums are all about. Her last, 2013's Trouble, is a dark, twisted storybook tale accompanied by electric guitar riffs, pounding drums and sticky dance beats. For the next one, she's working on songs with Moon. "It's my second-favorite thing that we do -- except, well, you know, obviously..."

The newlyweds have created a routine. "I wear satin nightgowns and fluffy slippers. He drinks gin from nine in the morning, rolls his cigarettes and only wears Saint Laurent. And we make music all day every day. They say we're like Sid and Nancy because we like to party together, even if there isn't a party."
So far, this whirlwind year has Kills wildly in love, neck-deep in nightgowns and constantly adding to her ever-growing circle of celebrity collaborators and besties. But all the attention has only sharpened her focus on her own work. "I'm really excited for my new music. It's funny, but cowriting songs for world-renowned pop stars has allowed me to be more obscure and inappropriate with my own sound."

As effusive as she is for most of our time together, she gets tight-lipped when I ask about future releases.

"It's coming out all this year," she says. "All really soon, really really soon, wink wink, very very soon."

Styling by Solange Franklin

Makeup by Michael Anthony for Make Up For Ever Aqua Color / Hair by Dominick Pucciarello at ABTP / Manicure by Cassie Lamar for Zoya Nail Treatments

Photography Assistants: William Takahashi and Cindy Leaf Nguyen / Stylist Assistant: Brittany Robinson

Psychoses, Disease, And Survival Are The Way To Win an Oscar This Year

Want to win an Academy Award? Then quick -- come out with a flick where you're dying, surviving, or crazy. Or maybe all three. Here are the most prevalent types of Oscar-bait films aiming for the gold in the coming months, below.


Screen Shot 2014-10-15 at 2.20.22 PM.pngJ.K. Simmons is really good as the sadistic conductor in Whiplash. To get a performance out of his musicians, he throws a chair at their heads, slaps them, and generally treats them like caca. If you don't keep playing, "You're fired."

Screen Shot 2014-10-15 at 2.28.58 PM.pngBen Affleck and Rosamund Pike have gotten raves for playing counter-manipulating marrieds in Gone Girl. I won't give away the twists -- but believe me it's twist-ed.

Foxcatcher.jpgSteve Carell has won acclaim for portraying a paranoid schizophrenic killer in the true story of male bonding gone awry, Foxcatcher. He's even more disturbed than in Despicable Me.

maps-to-the-stars.jpgJulianne Moore stands out in Maps to the Stars as an actress with very little grip on right or wrong as she desperately vies for a movie role. Everyone else in the film is nuts too, so maybe they'll all get nominated.


stillalice.jpgThe wonderful Julianne is also garnering kudos for Still Alice, in which she plays a cognitive psychologist diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's. In the old days, Susan Hayward would have played the part and won an Oscar for it. Can't see why Julianne won't do the same.

Screen Shot 2014-10-15 at 2.42.57 PM.pngShailene Woodley has cancer in The Fault in Our Stars, and even though this basically amounts to wearing a small tube and coughing once in a while, she's pretty affecting.

Screen Shot 2014-10-15 at 2.48.04 PM.pngEddie Redmayne gets a surefire nomination for The Theory of Everything, in which he's physicist Stephen Hawking, who's paralyzed due to a motor neuron disease and talks through a speech generating device. But Eddie's fully able to speak at various podiums.

TheJudge.jpgSo is Robert Duvall. In The Judge, he's only pretending to have stage-four cancer and memory loss. And he's brilliant.


Wild.jpgIn Wild, Reese Witherspoon hikes over 1000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, all by her lonesome. Sort of like after her last divorce.

the-good-lie-toronto-film-festival.jpgHere's the background for Reese's other Oscar flick, The Good Lie: "They were known simply as 'the Lost Boys'. Orphaned by the brutal civil war in Sudan, these young victims traveled as much as 1000 miles on foot in search of safety. Fifteen years later..."

the-homesman-the-homesman-21-05-2014-13-g.jpgIn The Homesman, Hilary Swank plays a spirited wench with the task of transporting three women by covered wagon to Iowa, during which time "she soon realizes just how daunting the journey will be." By the way, the women have been driven mad by pioneer life, so we're talking psychoses too!

Screen Shot 2014-10-15 at 3.04.42 PM.pngIn the Angelina Jolie directed film Unbroken, a war hero and two other crewmen survived in a raft for 47 days, only to be captured by the Japanese and sent to a prisoner of war camp. You know the drill.

879e0000c53291ed16f98b2d0dec1424d67dadf7.jpgIn Fury, starring Angelina's hubby Brad Pitt -- and Shia LaBeouf's intense method acting --  "Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany." Will they survive?
Rosewater-Trailer.jpgThe Jon Stewart-directed Rosewater is based on the novel Then They Came For Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival. 'Nuff said.

tracks-wasikowska.jpgAnd in Tracks, Mia Wasikowska plays a young woman who leaves her home to schlep alone through almost 2000 miles of Australian desert. She's definitely got Reese Witherspoon topped -- though to be fair, she did bring a dog and four camels for company.

So there you have it, Oscar watchers. Let the arduous trekking to the Dolby Theatre begin.

10 Must-See Art Shows Opening This Week

Things are little slow on the gallery-opening front here in NYC.  Why?  Everybody is off to London.

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The latest editions of FRIEZE London and FRIEZE Masters open this week and run through October 18th in Regent's Park. This year, they invited UK designers Barber & Osgerby to tweak the interior of the fair's tent -- that's the duo that worked on the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch.  FRIEZE also started a new spin-off called LIVE where they've asked several galleries to present dance and performance art. Kim Gordon and DJ Juliana Huxtable are doing a collab, dance performance with New York artist Nick Mauss and the Northern Ballet.

The London art and design fair known as PAD is also running from October 15 to 19 in Berkeley Square; the Moniker Art Fair, the Other Art Fair  and Kinetica are all in the Old Truman Brewery; Christie's has their Multiplied Art Fair in South Kensington from the 17th to the 20th; and the Sunday Fair takes place from the 15th to the 18th at the University of Westminster.


Cooper Hewitt and El Museo del Barrio are hosting a series of programs on the impact of Latinos on American design.  The free events kick-off on October 15th, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at EMdB's El Teatro (1230 Fifth Avenue at 104th Street) with three "fashion legends": Maria Cornejo, Francisco Costa and Narcisco Rodriguez.  Watch for more presentations coming up in the new year.

Screen Shot 2014-10-15 at 3.23.50 PM.pngStrength in Numbers by Tiffany Bozic

On October 16th, 6 to 8 p.m.,Joshua Liner Gallery (540 West 28th Street) opens two new shows: "Qualia" by Tiffany Bozic and "Likelihood of Confusion" by Alfred Steiner.  For the former, Bozic "explores the notion of how we perceive information and experience the world around us" and the latter, Steiner "reflects on the pervasive nature of media and advertising."  (Our apologies to both for the overly-simplified descriptions.)  Both shows are on view until November 15.

1980x2940xEricTWhite_PFGallery.jpg.pagespeed.ic.n3IKVq1uL8.jpgNYC-based artist (and Paper contributor) Eric T. White has a solo show of large-scale photographs at Picture Farm (338 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn) opening on Friday, October 17, 6 to 9 p.m.  The exhibition, "For a Good Time," features White's "re-imagining of the classic nude photo," plus there's an accompanying 68-page monograph featuring 46 photos in an edition of 1,000.  Up until October 25th.

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Pierogi (177 North 9th Street, Brooklyn) presents a new exhibition by David Scher called "Suspended Interruption" opening on Friday, October 17, 7 to 9 p.m.  There will also be a one night performance called "ONEM at 45" by David Scher, Timothy Kane and Paul Scher at The Boiler (191 North 4th Street, Brooklyn) on Wednesday, October 29, 8 p.m.

Jack Shainman Gallery ( (524 West 24th Street) opens an exhibition of new works by the acclaimed contemporary artist El Anatsui on Saturday, October 18th, 6 to 8 p.m.  The show is one half of a two-part collab with Mnuchin Gallery (45 East 78th Street), but the second part on the Upper East Side doesn't open until October 28th.  These are the artists first shows since his big 2013 exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum.

fcf455abf27a21ea05f9b713b6c20fd3_f3608.jpgKay Hassan

Shainman also has another show, "Everyday People," opening on the 18th at his 513 West 20th Street space.  It features recent work by the South African artist Kay Hassan including "portraits created from scraps of discarded billboard posters" and an installation called "Passage of Time" that includes "a collection of vintage radios playing old-school classics like Billie Holiday and Count Basie."  Up until November 15th.

reframed2_592x299.jpgIFC Center (323 Sixth Avenue at West Third Street) and Ennead Architects launch a new monthly screening and discussion series called "Reframed" on Monday, October 20, 8 p.m. with a tribute to legendary designer Massimo Vignelli and a screening of the 2007 documentary HELVETICA.  More info and tickets are available HERE.


2014-ikeda-tsq-c1.jpgIf you're in Times Square around midnight, be sure to check out the "takeover" of all the electronic billboards by Japanese artist Ryoji Ikeda with his work called "test pattern (times square)".  It only lasts for 3 minutes, 11:57 p.m. to midnight, and will on view every night until October 31st.


Also still running until the end of the month is Flux Factory's "Utopia School" (39-31 29th Street, Long Island City).  Here's their description: "Utopia School is a month-long social center hosted at Flux Factory for the purpose of studying Utopian experiments throughout time, as well as practicing our skills towards building new free spaces and practices. These classes, screenings, discussions and games will be connected by the essential question: What kinds of information are useful for re-imaging the future?"

Watch Erykah Badu's "Street Hustle Experiment" In Times Square


Of course our October cover star doesn't need to sing on the streets for money, but that's exactly what she does -- with help from a Pharrell-sized hat -- on a less-than-cozy corner of Times Square.

In the video, above, Ricardo Tici's talented muse sings hits like, "Bitch I Need Some Money" and "I Haven't Sold A Record In Two Years." While we're not quite sure what the goal of this experiement was, surprisingly, no one recognized Badu's distinct voice as she busked on the city streets and she only walked away with $3.60.

[via Stereogum]

10 Parents Embarrassing Their Celebrity Kids On Social Media

While celebrities are often praised for their social media presence (think: Rihanna's now-defunct Instagram or Lil B's self-affirming Twitter account), sometimes the real social media stars are their parents. From painful dad jokes to @NormalTweetGuy-style observations, these ten parents of celebrities have delightful social media accounts and prove once and for all that just because you're Drake, that doesn't mean your dad doesn't embarrass you in front of your friends (and followers).

Seth Rogen's Mom, Sandy Rogen: (Twitter: @RogenSandy)

Sandy's Twitter is mostly typical mom questions about how to properly use technology with a splash of the off-color humor we assume Seth Rogen inherited from her. She seems pretty confused about how exactly to use Twitter, but that's what makes it so endearing.

Embarrassment Level: 6

Drake's Dad, Dennis Graham (Instagram: @therealdennisg)


Hangin @ Star Hookah last night in Hollywood with the homie Marquez

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@heatherkarst,last night at the club crazy ass

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Thank you I love it

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While his son is busy singing about lost love it's pretty obvious that Drake's dad is the one getting all the ladies -- at least if his Instagram is any indication. It's mostly a mixture of pictures of girls, regrams of weird fan art (a lot of which depicts his son's on-off relationship with Rihanna) and the occasional snap of his impressive 'stache.

Embarrassment Level: 8

Zayn Malik's Mom, Trisha Malik (Twitter: @TrishMalik)


This mom just wants everyone to have a nice day, a happy birthday, and for Simon to be on The X-Factor.

Embarrassment Level: 3

Ariana Grande's Mom, Joan Grande (Twitter: @joangrande)


Joan is the the Twitter equivalent of that mom that likes every picture you're tagged in on Facebook. She chronically RTs her son Frankie in his quest for YouTube fame and gushes about how much she loves Ariana.

Embarrassment Level: 6

The Jonas Brothers' Dad, Paul Kevin Jonas Sr., AKA "Grand Papa Jonas" (Twitter: @PapaJonas)


The patriarch of the Jonas clan is basically the male equivalent of Ariana Grande's mom: he does tons of retweets and blind promotion for his children but occasionally you get a rare glimpses of personality. But if you ever want to know what's happening to any of the Jo-Bros this is probably your best resource.

Embarrassment Level: 5 

Grimes' Mom, Sandy Garossino (Twitter: @Garossino)

Attacks on charities/non-profits are political--intended to suppress, discredit dissenting opinion. Question them always. #cdnpoli #bcpoli

It's hard to imagine Grimes growing up around anyone who puts "businessperson" first in their Twitter bio, but maybe weirder things have happened? If you care about Vancouver politics she's worth following, and even if you don't you'll at least understand where Grimes got her politics from.

Embarrassment Level: 2

Miley Cyrus' Mom, Tish Cyrus (Twitter: @TishCyrus)


Miley Cyrus' mom just really loves horses, ya'll! Most of her tweets are a reminder that before Miley Cyrus starting licking hammers she was just a country girl living in a country world.

Embarrassment Level: 2

Lana Del Rey's Dad, Rob Grant (Twitter: @RobGrantDotCom)


While LDR is often characterized as the epitome of cool, her dad is basically the definition of dadcore. From giving himself a cheesy nickname -- Robster, obviously -- to excitedly tweeting about his daughters Lana and Chuck, he is just such a dad. But he likes Meredith Graves of Perfect Pussy, so he's probably a ~cool dad~.

Embarrassment Level: 8

Iggy Azalea's Dad, Brendan Kelly (Twitter: @inkcream)


Iggy Azalea might get her, um, eccentric nature from her father. He mostly just posts his illustrations on Twitter, but if the above video of him reading his book entitled "The Runt Who Said C#nt" is any indication, he seems like an interesting person to be around -- to say the least.

Embarrassment Level: 10

Kim Kardashian's Mom, Kris Jenner (Instagram: @KrisJenner)


CR Fashion Book Party in Paris Tuesday night. Looks: @kimkardashian in @givenchyofficial I'm in #SaintLaurent @chanelofficial thank you @riccardotisci17 @carineroitfeld #PFW #Paris

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Of course we couldn't leave off the woman who's made a career out of being a mom to some celebrity children -- and posting incredible throwback pics.

Embarrassment Level: 7