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Paul Smith Rings In 25 Years in NYC With Patti Smith, Grace Coddington + Apples Galore

 Twenty-five years ago, British designer Sir Paul Smith opened his first American shop on 5th avenue in New York. Last night some groovy British ex-pats and some of fashion's finest came together in that very location to celebrate the man and his formal wear, which has a decidedly English twist. While a London-style cab was parked outside, guests including Grace Coddington, Linda Fargo, and Joey Arias danced to beats provided by guest DJ Siobhan Fahey, of Bananarama and Shakespears Sister. To celebrate the quarter century mark, the brand has introduced a line of apple-themed products, like classic Paul Smith totes printed with bright green granny-smiths (see images below). We caught up with Sir Paul and chatted about how a man can dress up but still have some fun:

Is there a difference between the way men dress in America and the UK?

When I first came 25 years ago, not just in America but especially in America, there was quite a way of conservative dressing. Men were nervous about color. Now it's more relaxed. I think the Brits are not too dissimilar to the way Americans dress. The Italians are a bit braver with color. The Japanese are just braver with fashion generally.

Is there a certain type of guy you design for?

I'm not sure because, hopefully, I have quite a broad appeal these days. But initially, when I first started, there were definitely a lot of music industry people, young architects and graphic designers [wearing my designs]. Generally speaking, they're creative guys.

Is there anything you'd like to change about the way men dress?

I would l like to advise the average man to just think about his lifestyle, think
about his body, think about his age and try and dress appropriately based off of that.


Note from Kim

Anyone who knows me can attest to the fact that I have become completely obsessed with some of the super-extreme female pop-culture personalities I have discovered lately. From a Real Atlanta Housewife to a real Staten Island mob-wife to a beyond outrageous rapper, these gutsy women, combined with their over-the-top visual styles, have taken things to a whole new level of originality and insanity. They are fearless alpha women without boundaries, which is why I absolutely adore them. I mean, they go there. And often with so little pretense it seems like they don't even realize it! These unique female specimens are fearless originals.

I recently laughed till my sides split as I tuned in to see my favorite Real Housewives of Atlanta star, the sublime Ms. Phaedra Parks, catch up via speed dial with the vice president of Ghana (Hello your excellency! Great to hear your people are doing well). Then we watch as she bats her eyelashes to convince her hot, super-sweet ex-con husband, Apollo, to partner with her in a new business effort: a high-end crazy funeral business called "Fantasy Funerals by Phaedra," which she sees as a lucrative offshoot of her current legal profession. Although her unhappy husband Apollo refuses to touch dead bodies, he finally agrees to join the venture because he loves his wife and wants to support her "dreams" -- plus, he admits he would be probably be good at "comforting people."

Meanwhile, Phaedra is doing more than just starting a funeral parlor. She's raising a cute baby and toiling away at her high-powered day job running her namesake entertainment law firm where she has become known for keeping many bold-faced Hotlanta troublemakers out of the pokey. We even see her getting compensated by one of her hip-hop clients in a courthouse parking lot (after she successfully keeps him out of prison) with a fat wad of cash. And to top it all off, she is organizing a trip with the housewives to Africa!

Outrageous women at play: Big Ang (at left) out and about in Los Angeles and Cindy Sherman transformed into party girls.

Next, there is the divine and shockingly over-the-top Big Ang from VH1's Mob Wives. Yes, I have been addicted to this show since it premiered last year, but when I caught a glimpse of the larger than life new cast member Angela Raiola, (aka Big Ang) I lost my mind. Talk about shock and awe. The niece of the late captain of the Genovese crime family, 51-year-old Ang, a single mother (and now grandmother!), is the grand poobah of a popular Staten Island bar called the Drunken Monkey, where she is beloved and holds court nightly. She reveals her addiction to plastic surgery on camera -- which is not exactly a surprise, given that her breasts are larger than any Russ Meyer's pin-up and her lips inflated beyond those of Amanda Lepore.

I first fell for Ang when I saw her fry up a pan of big sausages, which she drowned with her signature "gravy," (she told me on the phone the other day that she is an excellent cook and famous for this dish) and recounted, in her gravely a-pack-of-cigarettes-a-day-for-30-years voice, how hot wise guys were (and still are) and how they showered her (and still do) with so many luxuries and homes over the years. But that body, those boobs, that voice and that undying love of sausages aren't the only reasons I am obsessed with Big Ang. I'm hooked because despite her crazy enhanced looks and dubious provenance, she seems to be a truly sweet person who is adored and respected by all the "elder" mob stateswomen -- even the other wives who seemingly despise each other. All Ang wants is for everyone to just get along and she tries her best to be the benevolent peacemaker, which is no easy task in her world. She is amazing.

Then there is the queen of outrageousness, her highness, Ms. Nicki Minaj. Although she was a handful to shoot for our cover, she's been blowing my mind since I first set my eyes on her mad, extreme style that has consistently swung between outrageous and clowny. Her candy-colored sculptural wigs, curvy Barbie-inspired silhouettes plastered with Day-Glo colors and out-there accessories have become legendary among fashion folk. Last year when she sat in the front row at the Carolina Herrera show, confidently dressed like an insane fashion alien chatting politely with an unflappable Anna Wintour (who was seated next to her), I got to thinking, "How does Nicki think she fits into the world around her? Does she think she is normal?" (I tried to figure it all out in my fashion story on the following pages.)

It's ironic to me that one of my favorite artists of all time, Cindy Sherman, was honored with a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art recently. You might be thinking, "What does Cindy Sherman have to do with all of this?" But throughout her superb career, Sherman's cinematic images have tapped into the extreme angst and raw, insane emotion emanating from extreme women of all types, whether they're housewives, royalty, socialites or clowns. Using her own body to channel these enigmatic characters, Sherman has constantly moved me with her portrayals of women who are often so exaggerated they almost (innocently) appear like glamorous monsters. It is not a stretch to imagine Sherman becoming Phaedra the hip-hop legal eagle, the silicone-enlarged Big Ang or the cartoon-Barbie clown Nicki in one of her works. Women like these have inspired Cindy for years -- and they inspire me as well.

And so it is in their honor that I dedicate my spring fashion pages to all of those wonderful and magnificently eccentric women who turn the world upside down with their tough-as-nails talk, magnified personalities and untouchable style. Not only are their balls bigger than most men's, but they can grab you by them with a simple flutter of one of their big false eyelashes!

Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler and The Row All Deserve The CFDA Award

Awards nominations invariably bring out the critic in people ('You call that Best Picture?') and I confess that I'm a bit of a squeaky wheel in this regard. I still haven't recovered from Tom Ford's Single Man not getting nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award -- hopefully, with more years of therapy, I'll learn to live with this. It was therefore surprising to me that I was so satisfied with yesterday's nominee announcements for this year's CFDA Fashion Award for Womenswear Designer of the Year. Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler and the Row are three very different fashion brands but all are award-worthy and each gave a stellar presentation last month during New York Fashion Week. Here's why I'm backing all three as winners:

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Marc Jacobs is the Meryl Streep of fashion, so nominating him for any award is a bit of a 'duh' moment. And as with Meryl, although you really think Marc deserves the award each time, a part of you also thinks they should give it someone else since Marc always wins. But could anyone who saw his Fall 2012 presentation last month doubt for a second that Marc deserves the award (not to mention his equally spectacular Louis Vuitton presentation in Paris)? The clothes were amazing. Every fashion girl will be wearing pilgrim shoes with rhinestone buckles and disco socks this fall. But what sets Jacobs apart is that he's a beacon of sincerity and sentimentality in a sea of cool and fierce fashion. Although he'll be forever labeled the coolest designer in the universe, Jacobs' shows bring a humble warmth that's lacking in our cynical style world. In both aforementioned shows, Jacobs didn't feature models who looked like cuntier-than-thou vixens strutting to a throbbing disco beat. They looked like sweet, real girls ambling self-consciously along a fairy-tale set by artist Rachel Feinstein to a medley of "Who Will Buy?" from the musical Oliver! (sample lyric: 'Who will buy this wonderful feeling? I'm so high I swear I could fly.') Half the time I end up crying at Marc's shows because there's a sweetness and sentimentality that he gets me with every time.

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Jack McCullough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler don't really serve up sentimentality, but season after season they prove that no designer in America is as influential when it comes to the direction of fashion. Seeing the new Asian-inspired silhouette they sent down the runway this season, you can understand how one brand's strong vision can drive fashion. It's similar to how Christian Dior debuting a new silhouette changed the direction of fashion everywhere. From the beginning, the boys have managed to pull off a seemingly contradictory balance: The clothes are outrageously chic but still youthful and cool. Proenza Schouler could honestly win this award every year and it would be well-deserved.

Screen shot 2012-03-15 at 12.15.36 PM.pngMary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's The Row are the new kids on the block, having been nominated for the Swarovski Award for up and coming Womenswear designer just last year.  Although they're relatively new to runway presentations, the collection they sent out at the Carlyle Hotel last month was as chic and polished as anything we saw on the runway this season. While there's no Dr. Seuss-inspired whimsy or direction-changing silhouette from the Row, their clothes are outrageously gorgeous clothes. And in the end, isn't that what earns the award?

Photos via Style.com

PAPERMAG Casts '80s Movie Remakes

If there's one thing Hollywood loves more than a good comeback, it's a remake of an '80s movie. The past few years have witnessed remakes of Dirty Dancing, Footloose, and Karate Kid to name but a few. Along with these are a whole host of remake rumors (MannequinGremlinsTeen Witch! The Blue Lagoon! They're even remaking Garbage Pail Kids!) that have been floating around the ether. 

Although PAPERMAG has been incredibly busy casting other imaginary projects lately -- we spent hours scrutinizing over whom to pick for the next season of Dancing With the Stars -- we've found time to set our sights on what '80s movies are due for a remake and whom we'd like to see in them. Our criteria was fairly straightforward: we wanted to look at beloved eighties movies that veer on the "cult classic" or "teen flick" side, line rather than masterpieces (we'd never touch The Breakfast Club or Ferris Bueller's Day Off, by contrast).

As always, feel free to agree with our choices or say they're utter b.s. in the comments below.


Screen shot 2012-03-15 at 1.56.03 PM.pngOriginal: Zach Galligan and Phoebe Cates

Screen shot 2012-03-15 at 3.46.02 PM.pngOur Re-make: Penn Badgley and Lea Michele

How likely is a remake?:  There have been rumors that Director Joe Dante was gearing up for a remake but as far as we know, nothing's materialized.

Uncle Buck

Screen shot 2012-03-15 at 1.58.55 PM.pngOriginal: John Candy

Screen shot 2012-03-15 at 3.49.11 PM.pngOur Re-make: Zack Galifianakis

How likely is a remake?: A few years ago sources said actor Dan Fogler might take Candy's role in a possible remake but it appears that was just hearsay.

Just One of the Guys

Screen shot 2012-03-15 at 2.02.44 PM.pngOriginal: Joyce Hyser

Screen shot 2012-03-15 at 3.50.13 PM.pngOur Re-make: Kristen Stewart

How likely is a remake?: This flick seems to have been spared remake rumors...for now.

The Lost Boys

Screen shot 2012-03-15 at 2.09.40 PM.pngOriginal: Corey Haim (Sam), Kiefer Sutherland (David), Jamie Gertz (Star) and Corey Feldman (Edgar Frog)

Screen shot 2012-03-15 at 3.57.33 PM.pngOur Re-make: Nick Jonas (Sam), Ryan Gosling (David), Camilla Belle (Star) and Ezra Miller (Edgar Frog)

How likely is a remake?: There doesn't appear to be any talk of a remake. (Noted Lost Boys fans Kate and Laure Mulleavy of Rodarte can rest easy for now.)

Weird Science

Screen shot 2012-03-15 at 2.15.28 PM.pngOriginal: Anthony Michael Hall (Gary), Kelly LeBrock (Lisa) and Ilan Mitchell-Smith (Wyatt)

Screen shot 2012-03-15 at 4.24.55 PM.pngOur Re-make: Michael Cera (Gary), Karlie Kloss (Lisa) and Josh Hutcherson (Wyatt)  

How likely is a remake?: Aside from Robert Downey Jr. (who had a part in the original), it doesn't seem like anyone is eager for a remake though the flick was turned into a USA Network show that ran from 1994-1997.

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

Screen shot 2012-03-15 at 2.17.58 PM.pngOriginal: Alex Winter (Bill), Keanu Reeves (Ted) and George Carlin (Rufus)

Screen shot 2012-03-15 at 4.18.34 PM.pngOur Re-make: Jonah Hill (Bill), Josh Peck (Ted) and Louis C.K. (Rufus)

How likely is a remake?: First Keanu Reeves indicated to a red carpet reporter that a sequel might be in the works and then the blogosphere was briefly humming with gossip that Justin Bieber might star in the production.  We're can't belieb it (har har).

Teen Witch

Screen shot 2012-03-15 at 2.23.32 PM.pngOriginal: Robyn Lively

Screen shot 2012-03-15 at 4.00.06 PM.pngOur Re-make: Heather Morrison

How likely is a remake?: There have been rumors for a few years that a re-make is already in the works starring Ashley Tisdale.

Valley Girl

Screen shot 2012-03-15 at 2.25.19 PM.pngOriginal: Nicolas Cage and Deborah Foreman

Screen shot 2012-03-15 at 4.04.22 PM.pngOur Re-make: Robert Pattinson and Emma Roberts

How likely is a remake?: A musical re-make is allegedly in the works.  

Girls Just Want to Have Fun

Screen shot 2012-03-15 at 2.38.44 PM.pngOriginal: Sarah Jessica Parker, Helen Hunt and Shannen Doherty

Screen shot 2012-03-15 at 4.10.07 PM.pngOur Re-make: Dakota Fanning, Chloe Moretz and Sarah Hyland, as those three ladies, respectively

How likely is a remake?: There was chatter in 2008 that a re-make would come out featuring Miley Cyrus but so far there's yet to be any developments.

The Blue Lagoon (1980)

Screen shot 2012-03-15 at 2.40.34 PM.pngOriginal: Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins

Screen shot 2012-03-15 at 4.13.06 PM.pngOur Re-make: Hailee Steinfeld and Chord Overstreet

How likely is a remake?: A mere  couple of days ago, news came out that two unknowns would star in a remake of the island romance.

Hipster Branding + Papal Perfume = Eight Items Or Less

Screen shot 2012-03-15 at 6.02.09 PM.png1.  From Barbie to Little Mermaid: check out these pics of Nicki Minaj filming a video for her song, "Starships."  Va-va-voom! [DListed]

Screen shot 2012-03-15 at 6.11.55 PM.png2.  M.I.A. picked a fight with Anderson Cooper on Twitter about a blog post he wrote in 2009 that mentioned Sri Lanka.  Cooper's response? "I don't even know who you are other than the lady who sang at the superbowl."  [Vulture]

3. An Italian perfume maker is creating a signature scent for Pope Benedict XVI.  Eau de Holy Water perchance? [Telegraph]

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4. Hipster Branding: a new Tumblr that 'hipsterizes' corporate logos. [Laughing Squid]

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5. In support of gay marriage, Ben & Jerry's UK has renamed their apple pie flavored-ice cream "Apple-y Ever After" before the British government votes on legislation to legalize it.  Check out the cute design on the pint. [Buzzfeed]

6. Our friends at Gawker made a hilarious timeline documenting parental moral panics throughout the past decade.  Rainbow parties and sex bracelets anyone? [Gawker]

Screen shot 2012-03-15 at 6.46.56 PM.png7. Yoda, the World's Ugliest Dog, died in her sleep a few days ago.  R.I.P. [NYPost]

Screen shot 2012-03-15 at 6.50.44 PM.png8. Can you guess who this is?  Hint: It's a Swedish songstress known for hits like "Show Me Love" and "Call Your Girlfriend."  [Stylelist/Image via Getty]

Tips for Today: Keith Haring + EMA + Alien


"Keith Haring 1978-1982" opens at the Brooklyn Museum

It's kind of crazy that this is the first large-scale show for this influential and well-known artist, but better late than never! The show, which chronicles Keith Haring's work from the year he arrived in New York up to the ascent of his career, includes155 works on paper, videos, and more than 150 archival objects, including sketchbooks, flyers, posters, subway drawings, and photos. It runs through July 8th.

The Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, (718) 638-5000.

ema_1.jpgEMA at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Erin M. Anderson's volatile, vulnerable and generally gut-wrenching Past Life Martyred Saints was one of the most acclaimed albums of 2011 and we're glad it's around for the sad, angry, generally miserable teenagers of the world today. Another reason we love Anderson: When Papermag asked her about all the critical comparisons she's gotten to Kim Gordon, Patti Smith and Pretty on the Inside-era Courtney Love, she told us, "For some reason [critics] always wanna compare girls to other girls. But I feel like, on stage, sometimes I wanna be more like Iggy Pop or something. I dunno, maybe I'm like Henry Rollins in his Rollins Band days?"

Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 North 6th St., Willamsburg, Brooklyn. (718) 486-5400. $12. 8 p.m.

Alien at IFC Center
St. Patrick's Day it tomorrow, but there's probably going to be a lot of pre-partying going on in the city tonight and you should probably just hide out at the IFC Center to avoid getting barfed on. You, however, might be the one doing the barfing after you watch the super-disgusting chest-bursting scene of this still-scary Sci-Fi thriller directed by Ridley Scott and starring Sigourney Weaver in her underpants.

IFC Center, 323 6th Avenue, (212) 924-7771, 12:10 a.m. $13.

Morning Funnies: Meghan McCain Is 'Strictly Dickly' + The House That Shrooms Built


Z09D5.jpgMeghan McCain is featured in Playboy's April 20 Questions column and says she loves having  sexual intercourse with males: "I'm not a lesbian, if that's what you're asking. I'd be the first person to tell the world I was gay. I'm not private about anything. I think you should live how you should live. But I'm strictly dickly. I can't help it. I love sex and I love men." [OhNoTheyDidn't]

enhanced-buzz-32304-1331839973-7.jpgAmy Poehler and Aubrey Plaza looked very biker-gang at the Casa de Mi Padre premiere Wednesday night, and we like it. [Buzzfeed]

26416153-1.jpgThis is a house in Aspen, CO that was designed by someone who was on magic mushrooms and maybe LSD at the time. As you can imagine, the home's design is totally practical and makes a lot of sense. Some highlights from a CNN interview with the owner: "There is never a corner and there is always two to three ways out of every space" Also: "The upper bedrooms, they're terrific, they're in a pie-shape. And it's a tree house as well. So you walk, from the bedroom, across a bridge, and then you wind down the stem of the mushroom to come into the main house and it falls into the bar." [TheLaughingSquid]

Just puppin' around with some really cute seal pups. Look at those tiny teeth! [ICanHazCheezburger]


In more crazy remake news, Home Alone: 5 is happening. Hollywood, you're what the French call 'les incompetents.'  [Deadline]

Here's he trailer for Tim Burton's adaptation of '60s/'70's vampire soap opera Dark Shadows, starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Chloe Moretz, Johnny Lee Miller, Helena Bonham Carter and Johnny Depp. We have high hopes for this movie, but the wacky '70s soundtrack in the preview might be a bad sign, no? [The Daily What]

4419795151_44bd36e03f_b.jpgNathan Ripperger's posters of things he's said to his kids are pretty cute. [Via Flavorwire]

Jennifer+Saunders+(L)+and+Joanna+Lumley,+stars+of+the+hit+British+comedy+.jpgSweetie darling! Kate Moss is making an appearance on an upcoming Absolutely Fabulous special, in which she and Edina play enemies. [Via AfterElton]

aliciamartinbiographies1.jpg5,000 books shooting out of the side of building in Madrid by artist/sculptor Alicia Martin.

So what? Who cares! Here's Joy Behar doing an impression of Fred Armisen's impression of Joy Behar. [Marlo Thomas via Vulure]

Rocky Rising

If there's one MC to pluck from the phalanx of talent to represent  hip-hop's current D.I.Y. renaissance (sustained by the likes  of Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Tyler the Creator and Danny  Brown, among many others) and anoint crown prince of rap's new  world order, it's that self-proclaimed "pretty motherfucker" named  A$AP Rocky. Since last July, the 23-year-old Harlem native's meteoric  rise from Internet obscurity to hip-hop royalty has been well documented, and frankly, Rocky doesn't plan to shirk the spotlight.

"Pressure doesn't do anything to me, all it does is motivate me," he explains. "I'm just getting more ambitious, there's nothing I can't handle."

The past six months have included the Hot 97 saturation of  his shimmering, infectious summer jam "Peso," a subsequent $3 million recording contract with RCA's Polo Grounds Music and the  smash success of his debut mix tape Live Love A$AP, which will be  getting the commercial re-release treatment this Spring. ("My mix  tape is a classic," he told Billboard magazine last November. "It's only right to put it out at retail.") Now, under the tutelage of Polo Grounds head Bryan Leach, Rocky (real name Rakim Mayers) is preparing to launch his own label A$AP Worldwide with a compilation from the whole A$AP crew (Twelvy, Ferg, Nast and Ty) to be released in the summer.

"Bryan's got the experience and the game and he's been turning me into a young businessman, because the pace I'm going at is a  little quicker than other artists," Rocky says, "If you haven't noticed."

But even between the major-label sheen, mini-mogul status and ambitious tastes in style (Rocky and his crew idolize fashion designers Rick Owens, Raf Simons and Jeremy Scott), Rocky still believes in the virtue of hungry, independent determination that seems so pervasive among the current crop of rising MCs.

"I mean honestly, they could put me anywhere, on any label  on the planet, and I would still have the same energy, same kind of vibe," he says. "Because that's who I am."

Live Love A$AP is out this Spring.

Buy Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz' SoHo Loft For a Cool $18 Mil

alicia-swizz-wedding-photo.jpgThe SoHo loft of Alicia Keys and former PAPER cover boy Swizz Beatz is up for grabs, and boy, if we had an extra $17,950,000 we'd buy it and move right in with our Furby collection! The couple bought the pad from Lenny Kravitz in 2010 and the near 6,200 square-foot living space features, among other amenities, a floating glass staircase, a crazy outdoor space and, duh, a grand piano. Check out the listing photos and some floor plan porn in the gallery above.

[Via TheRealEstalker]

Before They Were Mad Men: Elisabeth Moss

Screen shot 2012-03-19 at 4.10.11 PM.pngWith Mad Men's fifth season premiering on Sunday, March 25th, we're continuing our feature looking back at the cast before they entered the doors of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. We already showed you clips from yesteryear of Christina Hendricks (Joan), Vincent Karthesier (Pete), John Slattery (Roger) and January Jones (Betty.) Next up, we've got Elisabeth Moss.

Having appeared in roles since she was eight years old, Moss may have had the busiest pre-Mad Men run of the bunch. Before slipping into pencil skirts and neck scarves as ambitious secretary-turned-copywriter, Peggy Olson, the actress appeared in kids' flicks like Escape to Witch Mountain and Gypsy before taking on meatier roles in Girl, Interrupted and The West Wing (and don't forget her still-on-the-air Excedrin ad!).

Picket Fences, 1992-1995
In this Rockwellian show about a small-town sheriff, Moss played a precocious little girl who could often be seen showing off in school.  That's her with the long hair and pink sweater set at 0:09.

Gypsy, 1993
Click to 6:20 to see Moss in an adorable costume as a young Gypsy Rose Lee (and Bette Midler's daughter) in made-for-TV flick based on the '59 Broadway show and '62 film adaptation.

Escape to Witch Mountain, 1995
In the Disney Channel EtWM re-make (Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Kim Richards starred in the original, don't ya know!), Moss co-stars as Anna, who, along with her separated-at-birth brother possesses magical powers.

Naomi & Wynonna: Love Can Build a Bridge, 1995
Moss plays a pre-teen Ashley Judd in this film about the country star and her troubled relationships with her daughters.

Girl, Interrupted, 1999
The MM star looks unrecognizable playing Polly "Torch" Clark, a young woman who burned half her face off before winding up in a mental institution alongside Angelina Jolie and Winona Ryder's characters. Here, Jolie teases Moss before she erupts into tears.

The West Wing, 1999-2006
Perhaps her most famous gig before Mad Men, Moss played Zoey Bartlet, the president's daughter.  During her tenure on the show, she comes of age, dates her father's aide (played by Dulé Hill), dates a French asshole and gets kidnapped on her graduation day.

Excedrin Commercial, 2005
"If you have migraines, you know pain. These things are for real," Moss says in an oddly sultry voice while shilling for Excedrin. Her contract must've had some extra-special clause because, seven years later, we swear we still see these commercials.

Before They Were Mad Men: Christina Hendricks
Before They Were Mad Men: Vincent Kartheiser a.k.a. Pete Campbell
Before They Were Mad Men: John Slattery a.k.a. Roger Sterling
Before They Were Mad Men: January Jones

Crocheted Uteruses + Ashton Kutcher Heading to Space = Eight Items Or Less

Screen shot 2012-03-19 at 12.56.15 PM.png1. Check out these stunning artistically modified houses in Houston by artists Dan Havel and Dean Ruck.  [Laughing Squid]

Screen shot 2012-03-19 at 5.20.50 PM.png2. From Ed Hardy to meth: swimsuit model Simone Farrow was arrested on charges of leading an international crystal meth drug ring, hiding the meth in bath salts. [Buzzfeed]

3.  Watch the crazy trailer for Snow White and the Huntsman, a darker-than-Disney version of the famous Brothers Grimm fairytale starring Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth. [Daily What]

Screen shot 2012-03-19 at 5.47.39 PM.png4. After much scuttlebutt in Congress about birth control and women's reproductive rights, some activists have started a project to mail knitted or crocheted uteruses (uteri?) to representatives.  [Jezebel]

5. Improv-meets-hijinks group, Improv Everywhere, were at it again, turning a normal subway car into a sleeper car, complete with beds.  Watch it above. [Animal New York]

6. Apparently, Ashton Kutcher is headed to space.  Virgin Galactic announced that Kutcher is the 500th astronaut customer.  Let's hope things pan out better than they did for Lance Bass. [Huffington Post]

7. Brett Ratner may be making a movie chronicling the first decade of MTV. [Slashfilm]

8. In other Hollywood industry news, barely a month after Whitney Houston's death, new reports are out that ex-husband Bobby Brown is shopping a biopic of his life around Tinsletown. [Boombox]

Tips for Today: Odd Future + VCR Party + Dustin Yellin Opening

SA_Odd-Future_Sickest-Addictions_Sick-Addicts_2012.jpgOdd Future at Hammerstein Ballroom

L.A.'s controversial band of rap weirdos, unofficially led by Tyler, the Creator, are releasing their first proper album, OF Tape Vol. 2, today, and the early buzz is very positive... Catch what will surely be an exciting and raucous show tonight at Hammerstein.

Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 W. 34th St. 7 p.m. $35 in advance, $40 at the door.

VCR Party at Nitehawk Cinema

At New York's "first VHS-based variety show," hosts Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher have invited a slew of our favorite comedians (Leo Allen, Craig Baldo, Jason Trachtenburg and Derrick Belckes) to share funny video-related stories alongside funny videos from the Found Footage Festival collection -- videos discovered at garage sales and thrift stores. 

Nitehawk Cinema, 136 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 9:30 p.m. $11.

Dustin Yellin's "Investigations of a Dog" opens at Half Gallery

Red Hook-based artist Dustin Yellin, known for his layered resin-on-glass sculptures, presents a series of "hallucinatory vignettes" which are "preminisces of bygone days that have yet to transpire." Yellin is friends with a lot of famous types, so head to the opening for a celebrity sighting or two.

Half Gallery, 208 Forsyth St. 6-8 p.m.

The Morning Funnies: Otters Who Look Like Benedict Cumberbatch + Bloodied Justin Bieber

Otters who look like Benedict Cumberbatch, courtesy of Red Scharlach. [via Dangerous Minds]

We are officially obsessed with Alison Brie after this Mad Men "Spoiler Alert" segment she did for The Soup filled with non-spoilers: "The show will address Trudie's accidental addiction to envelope glue -- like that pill addiction on Saved by the Bell, but way classier. [via Pop Culture Brain]

Uh oh... The Jonas Brothers are getting a reality show on E! [via Page Six]

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Kathy Bates is playing the ghost of Charlie Sheen's character on an upcoming episode of Two and a Half Men. [via E!]

Michael Bay has upset die-hard TMNT fans by changing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles "origin story." At a recent press conference, he said that for his forthcoming live-action re-boot, the turtles "are from an alien race," as opposed to being transformed into superheroes via radioactive sewer goop. [via Washington Post]

post-it-note-art3.jpgYo Shimada of Tato Architects has strung 30,000 Post-It Notes together for an art show in Kyoto. [via Lost at E Minor]

Season 2, Episode 3: "Primary Care Giver" from The Slope on Vimeo.

Michael Showalter makes fun of Park Slope parents in "The Slope." "She is going to be 38 months tomorrow. We're having a little party. You should come by! It's BYO Swiss Chard though." [via HuffPo]

Justin Bieber gets knocked up for Complex's 10th anniversary issue.

radcliffeginsbertg.jpegDaniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg for new biopic, Kill Your Darlings, walking along Smith Street in Carroll Gardens. He looks kind of like our freshman English TA! [via Gothamist]

funny-graphs-things-people-do-in-pe-according-to-american-movies.jpgTruth. [via GraphJam]
  wes.PNGA trailer for a new Wes Anderson commercial for the Sony Laika. [via Super Punch]

teddy-bear-toast-20120319-151343.jpgTeddy bear toast. [via Laughing Squid]

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And the opposite of teddy bear toast? Panda bear poop tea. [via The Awl]

I has a me. [via I Has a Hotdog via Julie Klausner]

Lana Del Rey's "Blue Jeans" Is Our Music Video of the Day


Lana Del Rey's official music video for "Blue Jeans" (she had previously released "Video Games"-style found footage to accompany the song) features the artist romping around a pool (though, with LDR's characteristic languidness, can you even call it "romping"?) with the tatted-up guy from "Born to Die."  All black and white, we're treated to slow-motion floating shots of the pair, an alligator circling underwater (who just may be her video lover transformed into a reptile) and languorous finger sucking.  Though there's not a ton of action, LDR looks lovely in her retro one-piece and it's a pleasantly woozy song -- perfect for settling in to your Tuesday routine.

Peyton & Eli Manning, David & Andy Spade and Other Sibling Collaborations We'd Like to See


Independent filmmakers the Duplass Brothers (above) are the latest to uphold the Hollwood tradition of "keeping it in the family" when it comes to creative projects. Their latest effort, Jeff, Who Lives at Home, arrived in theaters over the weekend and was directed and written by both Jay and Mark (who recently landed on PAPERMAG's L.A. Dirty Dozen list). The two have a history of writing, starring in, producing or directing projects that the other brother (or sometimes one of their spouses!) wrote, starred in, produced or directed.

Here are some other siblings we'd like to see collaborate. They're not all of the filmmaking persuasion, so for the heck of it, we've listed some helpful suggestions for projects they can collaborate on:


Eli and Peyton Manning -- We can all agree that Peyton Place, the soap from the 1960s, is LONG overdue for an update. (We're also pretty much 100% sure that 76% of you have had that same thought at least once today.) Eli and Peyton can trade in their jerseys and Super Bowl rings for intrigue and backstabbing. The two of them should play every single character. We're going to need a large wig trunk and something with which we can create cleavage.


David and Andy Spade
-- Did you know that David Spade is related to Andy Spade, owner of gallery/store Partners and Spade and former CEO and co-founder of Jack Spade and Kate Spade (who's also his wife)? We'd like to see them on a The View-style panel talk show with another set of siblings, Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez. We imagine it involving a lot of outdoor voices while Andy cooly sips tea from a blue-and-red polka-dot mug.

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Venus and Serena Williams -- Let's get these girls off the court and in the kitchen. A tennis-themed cooking show, replete with tennis-based catchphrases like "Ace!" whenever Venus puts something in the oven and Serena's trademarked "I swear to God I'll f*cking take the lasagna and shove it down your f*cking throat."


Sasha and Malia Obama -- Any sort of martial arts related endeavor. They could open a Dojo, or star in a Rumble in the Bronx-type action movie. Either one. Sensai Malia has a nice ring to it.


Cormac and Melissa McCarthy***
-- You know how you dread having 'the talk' with your children? The one where you break it to them that: "All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain"? Or the one where you have to discuss "the crushing black vacuum of the universe"? Let Cormac and Melissa come into your home and have those difficult conversations with your children on your behalf via a very entertaining puppet show. Both Cormac and Melissa do all the voices. They'll teach your kids about the birds and the bees, and also the blood and the West.

***not actual siblings

The Wayans Brothers -- When are these guys going to get it together and collaborate on something? C'mon! There are enough of you to man a small aquatic vessel!

Lunchtime Links: Jean Paul Gaultier Thinks American Women Are More Stylish Than French Women + Coloring Books Get Real

Don't be hangry, devour some lunchtime links!

Screen shot 2012-03-20 at 12.50.22 PM.pngMad Men jewelry by designer Aaron Saucier. [Laughing Squid]

Screen shot 2012-03-20 at 12.59.22 PM.pngRooms in a former Bronx senior citizens home that had fallen on hard times are being repurposed as art spaces. [NYTimes/Photo by Librado Romero]

Screen shot 2012-03-20 at 1.01.28 PM.pngOmar Sharif Jr., grandson of the great actor, comes out as gay, Jewish, and in favor of a pluralistic Egypt in a new interview. [The Advocate]

Screen shot 2012-03-20 at 1.07.28 PM.pngWhen coloring books get really, really real. [Imgur/Reddit]

Screen shot 2012-03-20 at 1.09.12 PM.pngObsessed with cereal? Cerealize let's you make your own cereal, name it, and save the recipe for later. Our favorite part? Peeps and bacon as ingredients. [Selectism]

Screen shot 2012-03-20 at 1.11.14 PM.pngHungover Gaia, on celebrating Spring: "Oh my God. Are people still doing that? They're like three-year-olds." [McSweeney's]

Screen shot 2012-03-20 at 1.12.38 PM.pngNail art is so yesterday.  "Caviar manis" (with tiny beads, not fish roe, silly!) are the next big thing. [Fashionista]

Screen shot 2012-03-20 at 1.20.42 PM.pngQuel dommage!  While accepting an award in New York given by the Lycée Francais, French designer Jean Paul Gaultier (he of the new Diet Coke collab) admitted that he thinks American women are more stylish than les femmes parisiennes. "In France, where the women are supposed to be the most elegant, I never saw it. I see a lot of Americans that are very elegant and have a sense of style." [Stylelist]

Cowboys and Indians


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(l-r) Dress by Valentino, earrings by Blue Candy Jewelry, necklaces by Ben-Amun by Isaac Manevitz, Rosena Sammi and Shourouk, bracelets by Alexis Bittar, Rosena Sammi, Suria and Blue Candy Jewelry and rings by Rosena Sammi. Shirt and jeans by Levi's.

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Shirt and skirt by Louis Vuitton, hat by Stetson, belt by Vicki Turbeville, earrings by Ben-Amun by Isaac Manevitz, necklaces by Pamela Love, Vicki Turbeville and Fallon, bracelets by Vicki Turbeville, Pamela Love, Fallon and Daniela Zagnolli and boots by Frye.


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Coat by Thakoon, pants by H&M and necklaces by Ben-Amun by Isaac Manevitz, Mawi and Rosena Sammi.

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Top by Stetson and pants by Ralph Lauren.

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Sarong by Sir Alistair Rai.

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Coat and top by Marc Jacobs, ring by Alexis Bittar and necklace and cuffs by Vicki Turbeville.

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Vest and jeans by Calvin Klein Jeans, necklace by Miansai and ring by Kria.

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Vest and dress by Jeremy Scott.


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Coat, top and skirt by Marc Jacobs, necklace and cuffs by Vicki Turbeville, rings by Alexis Bittar, Pamela Love and Vicki Turbeville and boots by Marc Jacobs.
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Jacket by Converse One Star available exclusively at Target and hat by Stetson.

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Dress by The Row. Jeans by Ralph Lauren

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Jacket by Converse One Star available exclusively at Target, jeans by Ralph Lauren and hat by Stetson.


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Dress by Rodarte and shoes by Burak Uyan for Rodarte.
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(l-r) Jacket, shirt and pants by Levi's. Dress by Missoni, earrings by Meghna Designs, necklaces by Suria, Fenton, and Deepa Gurnani, bracelets by Alexis Bittar, Suria and Rosena Sammi and rings by Blue Candy Jewelry, Elodie K. and Ista Jewelry.

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Shirt and skirt by Miu Miu, necklaces by Aurélie Bidermann and Pamela Love, bracelets by Daniel Espinosa and Pamela Love, ring by Hannah Warner and holster by Vicki Turbeville.

Prop styling by Brett Day Windham
Photographed at Metro Daylight Studio
Backdrop by Malcolm Hill / Hair by Amy Farid using Bumble + Bumble at Kate Ryan, Inc. / Makeup by David Tibolla using MAC for Artists by NEXT, assisted by Irene Kim / Photographer's assistant: Dustin Stefansic / Prop stylist's assistant: Jenny Blumenfield / Fashion coordinator: Kimberly Pohan / Stylist's assistant: Kelley Bula / Interns: Warren Adriana, Jake Skolnick

Gay Cartoons, From Archie's Gay Marriage Comic to South Park's Satan

As cartoons go, so goes the nation?

Whether in animated series or comic books, fictional cartoon characters seem to be several steps ahead when it comes to gay acceptance and gay marriage.  News today that X-Men comics might have a gay wedding in a future issue between Northstar and his boyfriend, Kyle, adds another example to an already extensive list of comic books and cartoons that have featured gay characters and gay weddings (Archie's "Gay Marriage Issue" even sold out despite backlash from conservative groups).

Check out our round-up of some of the best gay cartoon themes from boundary-pushing (gay weddings), to fairly boundary-pushing (openly gay characters) to least boundary-pushing (ambiguously gay or closeted characters).

Gay Weddings

Screen shot 2012-03-20 at 11.51.10 AM.pngX-Men, Rumors of marriage between Northstar and boyfriend Kyle

Screen shot 2012-03-20 at 11.58.12 AM.pngArchie, Marriage of Kevin Keller and boyfriend Clay

Screen shot 2012-03-20 at 11.59.29 AM.pngFamily Guy, Marriage of Brian's cousin, Jasper, and boyfriend Ricardo

Screen shot 2012-03-20 at 11.52.32 AM.pngThe Simpsons, Marriage of Marge's sister, Patty Bouvier, and girlfriend

Screen shot 2012-03-20 at 11.55.50 AM.pngSouth Park, Marriage between Big Gay Al and Mr. Slave

Screen shot 2012-03-20 at 11.44.51 AM.pngStormwatch, Marriage between Midnighter and Apollo

Screen shot 2012-03-20 at 3.18.09 PM.pngPied Piper, The Flash

Gay Characters

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Patty Bouvier, The Simpsons

Screen shot 2012-03-20 at 12.13.19 PM.pngBig Gay Al, South Park

Screen shot 2012-03-20 at 12.14.22 PM.pngSparky the Dog, South Park

Screen shot 2012-03-20 at 12.16.08 PM.pngMr./Mrs. Garrison, South Park

Satan, South Park

Screen shot 2012-03-20 at 12.18.28 PM.pngStewie, Family Guy (Seth MacFarlane interview)

Screen shot 2012-03-20 at 11.47.56 AM.pngBatwoman

AmericanDad_09_Roger_v1F.jpgRoger, American Dad

  Sexually Ambiguous Characters

Screen shot 2012-03-20 at 12.21.40 PM.pngVelma, Scooby Doo

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Peppermint Patty, Charlie Brown

Screen shot 2012-03-20 at 12.31.49 PM.pngSnagglepuss, Yogi Bear Show

Screen shot 2012-03-20 at 12.33.30 PM.pngVanity Smurf, The Smurfs

Screen shot 2012-03-20 at 12.36.33 PM.pngBugs Bunny, Looney Tunes

Screen shot 2012-03-20 at 12.39.40 PM.pngBert and Ernie, Sesame Street (okay, okay, they're technically puppets)

Screen shot 2012-03-20 at 12.40.43 PM.pngSpongebob Squarepants, Spongebob Squarepants

Gazoo, the Flinstones

tigger.png Tigger, Winnie the Pooh

Screen shot 2012-03-20 at 12.12.22 PM.pngWaylon Smithers, The Simpsons

scar-lion-king.jpgScar, The Lion King

Watch Absolutely Fabulous Teaser with Kate Moss, Stella McCartney and David Gandy


We mentioned a few days ago that Kate Moss would be appearing on an AbFab special this Friday (you can watch it on BBC International) and now we've got a teaser to prove it.  Watch the indomitable Patsy try to keep her cool as she meets the supermodel along with Stella McCartney and male model David Gandy. "Well who in the world doesn't know who you are, Kate?  Amount of time you've been around...Us thirty-niners must stick together."  We can't wait to see the rest.

From Naomi Campbell to Arizona Muse: Andrea Mary Marshall's "100 Smokers" Portraits For Sale

Back in 2010, artist Andrea Mary Marshall was commissioned by Douglas Perrett of casting agency COACD to illustrate potraits of the 100 top models of the year. Marshall's pencil and gouache pieces feature everyone from Arizona Muse to Selita Ebanks to Naomi Campbell, all of whom are depicted topless, wearing cross necklaces and smoking. Marshall is now selling the portraits on her pop-up site, 100smokers, and all drawings are priced at a cool $425. (5% of proceeds go to Free Arts NYC, which supports education arts and mentoring programs for children.)  We've included a gallery of some of the "smokers" above, which are NSFW.