It’s been a while since Twihards had a ‘Twilight’ film to salivate over. So how do these fanatics feel about ‘The Hunger Games’ on the dawn of ‘Catching Fire’? Turns out, not great.
One army bares its fangs. The other brandishes arrows. Can they declare a truce?
It may seem like so long ago that 104-year-old Edward Cullen was just an infant mortal, but it’s been only eight years since Stephenie Meyer released Twilight, giving life to the rabidly passionate Twihard fanbase. The group only grew in ferocity with the release of the first film adaptation in 2008. Suzanne Collins’s own young adult novel, The Hunger Games, made its debut that same year, quickly earning devoted fans.
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Made for women, the newly launched Adult magazine explores sexually explicit literature and photography—and asks, is it possible for porn to be fashionable and artistic?
What differentiates erotica from porn?
Sarah Nicole Prickett, the founder and editor-in-chief of the "new erotics" magazine Adult, quotes seventies porn star Gloria Leonard: "The difference between pornography and erotica is the lighting."
Adult is a magazine not meant to be displayed, she explains. Rather, it should be "[kept] next to your bed, or under it." Given the content, that may be rightfully so. There's an excerpt on discovering sex with a painter from American novelist Dodie Bellamy's new book C*nt Norton; New York Food Magazine White Zinfandel provides an aphrodisiac breakfast recipe—an oyster omelet—because "you can't spell 'breakfast' without 'breast'"; author and former Voguette Stephanie LaCava chronicles the inner-workings of the Doc Johnson Adult Toy Factory just outside Hollywood; and Katherine Bernard explores Erica Jong's notion of the "zipless fuck" through literature.
Michel Gondry’s new film 'Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?' is a conversation with the cognitive pioneer Noam Chomsky, set to intricate, neon-bright drawings. He talks about linguistics and his next project.
They make an odd couple. Michel Gondry, the conjurer of cinematic tricks like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Be Kind Rewind, has never met a film narrative he doesn’t want to draw over, erase away, fold out, and flip through like it was his personal pop-up coloring book. Noam Chomsky is the stern, even grim crusader against American imperialism, for which he is reviled, who also happens to be the most influential intellectual living today (in a famous survey, only Marx, Lenin, Shakespeare, Aristotle, the Bible, Plato, and Freud were more often cited in academic journals, above Hegel and Cicero), whose work on linguistics improbably but irrevocably exploded the cognitive sciences, for which he is revered.
Animated baby/projector projecting real image of Noam Chomsky from Michel Gondry’s "Is the Man Who is Tall Happy?" (Courtesy of Sundance Selects)
Watching Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?, Gondry’s animated conversation with Chomsky, a sort of answer begins to take shape in the petri dish of neon drawings that morph and accompany the words. Both provocateurs would like to blow our minds—not to destroy them on purpose, though they’re extremely close to making our heads explode—but to expand them, perhaps change them a little.
The legendary musician and a 27-year-old Israeli tech whiz bring us the remarkably interactive video for ‘Like a Rolling Stone.’ It was worth the 48-year wait.
How does it feel…to have your entire television taken over by Bob Dylan?
That’s the question the remarkable new music video for “Like a Rolling Stone,” released today on bobdylan.com, seeks to answer. I hesitate to say “Bob Dylan’s” remarkable new video, because I seriously doubt Mr. Zimmerman had all that much to do with it.
Your favorite television fantasy footballers came together in one interview to talk about the FXX comedy's fifth season, Meryl Streep, and fear boners.
Kanye West has outdone himself once again with the music video for 'Bound 2,' featuring a topless Kim Kardashian, a motorcycle, and some horses.
“Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow.” Those were the famous last words of tech visionary Steve Jobs, according to his sister, Mona Simpson. They’re also the first words that come to mind when viewing the latest music video by an artist who’s oft found occasion to compare himself to the late Apple co-founder (albeit for entirely different reasons).
Yes, Kanye West has just released a new music video for the song “Bound 2,” one of the standout tracks off his recent LP Yeezus, arguably the best rap album of the year. The song is a low-key R&B/soul ballad that samples the Ponderosa Twins Plus One’s “Bound”—“Bound to fall in loooove”—tethered to a coquettish “Uh-huh, honey” chirp from Brenda Lee’s 1960 hit “Sweet Nothin’s.” There’s also a chorus crooned by Charlie Wilson, and West rapping his own sweet nothings, e.g. “one good girl is worth a thousand bitches.” The tune is an ode to his 33-year-old bride-to-be, reality TV star-cum-entrepreneur Kim Kardashian.
Now about that music video.
Maybe Jake Bugg is a posturing brat, a product of the pop machine. Maybe the 19-year-old with the reedy wail is rock's savior. Right now, all he wants to talk about is time signatures.
Jake Bugg recently dated a supermodel. Jake Bugg has taken to wearing leather jackets and Prada shoes. Jake Bugg’s debut album, Jake Bugg, landed at the top of the British charts and went on to sell more than 450,000 copies. Jake Bugg likes to diss One Direction. Jake Bugg has been called “the East Midlands Bob Dylan.” Jake Bugg looks like a lost Gallagher brother. Jake Bugg is 19. Jake Bugg isn’t even Jake Bugg’s real name.
Jake Bugg performs during a date of his Autumn UK 2013 Tour the week before his 2nd album is set to be released at the 02 Academy Birminghm on November 10, 2013 in Birmingham, England. (Ollie Millington/WireImage)
In short, Jake Bugg should be a rather irritating character—a posturing rock brat, perhaps. And yet when I reach him in England one recent afternoon, all he wants to talk about is time signatures.
And Brittany Murphy may have been poisoned.
Taking candy from children, and then laughing at their tears—as Jimmy Kimmel has been doing for three years on his show—is morally not OK.
This story was originally posted on author Sam Harris’s blog.
Last Christmas, my friends Mark and Jessica spent the morning opening presents with their daughter, Rachel, who had just turned four. After a few hours of excitement, feelings of holiday lethargy and boredom descended on the family—until Mark suddenly had a brilliant idea for how they could have a lot more fun.
Jessica was reading on the couch while Rachel played with her new dolls on the living room carpet.
The chances that you not only are in a commercial plane crash, but also are the single person to survive are a virtual impossibility. Yet this is the reality for 14 people living today.
Behind the swelling, bruises, and swaddling of head bandages, George Lamson, Jr. grinned widely. “I feel…just great,” he told reporters who swarmed his hospital bedside, press conferences, and talk show appearances. It was 1985, and Lamson, just 17 at the time, had survived a flight from Reno to Minneapolis that killed all 70 other passengers, including his father. When the pilot announced the plane was going down, he drew his legs up in front of his face, kicked through the wall as it hit the ground, and was thrown across the fiery ruins into the highway. He thought, he said later, that he had died and gone to heaven.
A scene from the documentary "Sole Survivior." (Yellow Wing Productions)
Today, he is one of only 14 people who are the lone survivors of the commercial plane crashes they endured. It’s an unimaginable—and almost statistically impossible—prospect: that you, singularly, survived a horrific accident by some miraculous means, while everyone else was killed. In these one-in-a-million cases, the survivors tend to be young and nimble, but mostly it’s just pure chance. In a new documentary called Sole Survivor, which aired at the DOC NYC festival on Friday, four of those miraculous stories are told by director Ky Dickens. The stories made international headlines at the time of the crashes, but have since faded from the spotlight. In addition to Lamson, there’s 14-year-old Bahia Bakari who, in 2009, clung to floating debris in the Indian Ocean for nine hours before being saved; Cecelia Cichan, who was just four years old in 1987 when she survived a crash that killed her mother, father, and brother en route to Arizona; and Jim Polehinke, first officer of a bungled take-off in 2006 that left him paralyzed and wracked with survivor’s guilt. “I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy,” he says.
Like Nintendo’s classic 'Super Mario 64,' 'Killzone: Shadow Falls' is a technical marvel, showcasing gorgeous graphics and the power of the PlayStation 4.
The original Killzone was supposed to be Sony’s response to the Halo phenomenon that almost single-handedly made the Xbox brand successful. It wasn’t. Killzone 2 was supposed to feature graphics so brilliant that the world would stop spinning on its axis just to look at its splendor. It didn’t. Killzone 3…well, it had less to prove.
Image from "Killzone: Shadow Fall." (Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.)
But expectations rose once again for Killzone: Shadow Fall, the most recent entry in Guerilla Games’ first person shooter series. It was supposed to be the game to prove to everyone that the PlayStation 4, which it launched alongside, was the console to own. It was supposed to showcase just how powerful its system was and make a game that truly couldn’t have been put on last generation hardware.
‘The League,’ whose Season 5 finale airs Wednesday on FXX, is the best comedy on TV you’ve never heard of. The show’s hilarious cast—Mark Duplass, Nick Kroll, Katie Aselton, Paul Scheer, and Steve Rannazzisi—sat down for a roundtable interview to discuss everything from what ‘Eskimo Brothers’ mean to Meryl Streep being a disappointing cameo.
Winnetka, Ill., population 12,370, is home to two overlooked gems deserving of your attention. The first is journeyman actor Bruce Dern, who delivers one of the year’s finest screen performances in the Alexander Payne film Nebraska. And the other is a hilarious improvisational comedy that airs on the newly minted FXX network, vying for your eyeballs amid an impossibly crowded TV landscape.
Mark Duplass as Pete, Stephen Rannazzisi as Kevin, Katie Aselton as Jenny, Nick Kroll as Ruxin, Jon Lajoie as Taco, Paul Scheer as Andre (Matthais Clamer/FXX )
Now in its fifth season, The League is, like station-mate It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, one of those fantastic TV shows that’s constantly overlooked by critics and awards voters. Created by Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm alum Jeff Schaffer and his wife, veteran film producer Jackie Schaffer, it centers on a group of six life-long friends competing for the Shiva trophy in their fantasy football league—which they will win by any means necessary.
Between 30,000 and 60,000 kids are born annually through sperm donation in the U.S. Dive into the stats behind Vince Vaughn’s new movie to explore fatherhood in America.
The actress says ‘Beetlejuice 2,’ the sequel to Tim Burton’s 1988 gonzo comedy, ‘might be happening’ with Burton, Ryder, and Michael Keaton onboard.
Now Winona Ryder has told The Daily Beast that she may be on board, too.
"I'm kind of sworn to secrecy," Ryder said Monday afternoon in Los Angeles. "But it sounds like it might be happening."
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