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Game of Thrones Invades Brooklyn

Fans at a special New York event to celebrate season four of Game of Thrones obsessed over Arya Stark and sexy new character Oberyn Martell.

"So, Catelyn pulls back Roose Bolton’s tunic, and she sees chain mail, which is, like, not good, so she screams ‘ROBB!’ and then–"

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Catching someone up on the entire third season of Game of Thrones is not easy.  Catching someone up on the entire third season of Game of Thrones in one subway ride between Wall Street and Barclays Center is less so. We, along with 7,000 fans, were en route to “Game of Thrones: The Epic Fan Experience,” the centerpiece of which was a screening of the first episode of season four.


Kimye Covers ‘Vogue’


America’s “royal” couple finally receives Anna Wintour’s seal of approval.

He did it. Kanye West finally got Kim Kardashian the Vogue cover he/she/they have been waiting for. Following months of speculation—fueled by news that West dined with Anna Wintour at The Beverly Hills Hotel’s Polo Lounge in January, and an unnamed source who shared details of Kim’s Los Angeles shoot—the reality TV star and her rapper fiancé are officially fronting the glossy’s April issue.

Forget Kim’s previous “feud” with Anna Wintour. On Friday, revealed the couple’s cover, which features Kim in a billowing, strapless Lanvin wedding dress with a slicked back, low bun, smoky eyes, and au natural make-up. Kanye stands behind Kim (of course) in a blue suit, hands wrapped around his fiancé’s waist. In a behind-the-scenes video, Vogue seemingly recreates the couple’s infamous “Bound 2” music video, with Kim and Kanye walking longingly into the sunset.

This is true love, people. They’re the #WORLDSMOSTTALKEDABOUTCOUPLE. [Vogue]


Her Armpits Are Hairy. So What?



It’s hard to say if Madonna’s selfie is a true call for body positivity, or simply the grown-up version of Miley sticking out her tongue and posing with a sex toy.

These days, your average CW-approved teen heartthrob is bound to have more followers scanning his Instagram selfie than viewers watching his subpar vampire drama. In order to stay current, stars now need to have the social media savvy of a young Mark Zuckerberg in order to compete for headlines, YouTube views, and concert sales. Celebrities like Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, and Justin Bieber have clearly internalized the importance of the sensationalist selfie, posing with blunts, booze, and even nearly nude. But refusing to Instagram even a single boring shot comes at a price, as these stars have to consistently up their selfie game in order to garner likes and hold our attention.

To create a truly newsworthy selfie demands a break with convention—to boldly selfie where no celeb has selfie’d before. This week, Madonna beat the kids at their own game, effortlessly raising the bar of social media sensationalism. Madonna’s selfie features the pop icon in a black bra and bow tie, raising her arm to reveal a thick patch of armpit hair. The image is captioned “Long hair...... Don't Care!!!!!! #artforfreedom #rebelheart #revolutionoflove.”

The artificial policing of female body hair has long been considered a feminist issue. After all, body hair is natural—a whole lot more natural than grown women who have been waxed to look like Barbie dolls. Images from porn, advertising, and celebrity culture all teach us that body hair just isn’t sexy. A picture of a glamorous woman like Madonna sporting a swathe of pit fuzz is more than just a shock to the system—it’s a deliberate challenge to an artificial standard of beauty. The language that Madonna uses in her caption shows that she is tapping into this feminist movement— her invocation of revolution, rebellion, and freedom makes it clear that she didn’t just accidentally skip her morning shave. But the issue of whether Madonna is truly advocating for women’s liberation or merely courting a TMZ headline is, for lack of a better term, hairy.


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In the frightening, dystopian world of ‘Divergent,’ Shailene Woodley’s character, Tris, manages to fight her way through the film in some seriously on-trend leggings.

In Divergent’s dystopian society, clothing plays a large role in exhibiting one’s identity—factions are divided by color, with Candor (the truthful) sporting black and white ensembles, Amity (the farmers) donning natural, earthy hues, Erudite (the intelligent) wearing different shades of blue, and Abnegation (the selfless) somber in grey.

The fifth faction, Dauntless (the fearless), may wear all-black clothing that’s hardcore and designed for intensive and rigorous movement, but, somewhere in the violent world of a futuristic-Chicago, Tris (played by Shailene Woodley) was able to find extremely durable, yet still very on-trend, leather pants. As seen in the majority of the film, Tris, a new Dauntless initiate, sports black, jegging-like bottoms with decorative leather stripes detailing the outermost part of the leg.

“The patterns are very functional with many pockets to contain the objects needed for the training (knifes, ammo, etc.),” costume designer Carlo Poggioli said of the faction’s ensembles, “and all the fabrics for Dauntless were custom-made." Like the other thousand pieces of clothing present in the film, Tris’s high-fashion pants were crafted from “special elastic,” allowing the heroine to fight in the most glamorous way. 

Fire of My Loins

‘Nymphomaniac’ Not About the Sex

While you are engineered to fixate on all that naked grunting in 'Nymphomaniac,' you might miss Charlotte Gainsbourg in the most raw and intense performance of the year.

The shocking thing about Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac is that it isn’t very shocking. Never you mind, however, as there’s no changing the fact that everyone will focus on the sex. It’s a shame, because while you are biologically engineered to fixate on all that naked grunting, you might miss the most raw and intense performance of the young year. The power of Charlotte Gainsbourg as Joe in Nymphomaniac is that, with her bruised pride paraded before us to see, she offers something that is far more than skin deep. The bruises on her face and elsewhere in her mishandled body help, too, but they do not make Nymphomaniac very comfortable to watch. Gainsbourg drew from deep within herself, and her honesty can be refreshing, if a little frightening, like an angel bearing bad news.


“I’ve never felt comfortable with myself,” Gainsbourg tells me as I nodded, until you realize that this is the same person who at the age of 13 sang a song called “Lemon Incest” with her father, the French iconoclast Serge Gainsbourg. Half of her cool came from him, half from her mother, the English actress Jane Birkin, which allowed her to make her film debut in the same year as “Lemon Incest” and steal the picture from none other than Catherine Deneuve in Paroles et musique. She looked a little like a boy, but more importantly, like a wise old boy, who seemed to know more about life than the adults waltzing around her. If she’s not comfortable with herself, who is?

About Time

Broadway’s First Black ‘Phantom’

The Great White Way shouldn't live too literally up to its name. Norm Lewis, the first black actor to play The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, tells The Daily Beast why theater producers must cast more ethnic minority actors.

Unsurprisingly, Norm Lewis sounds a little overwhelmed. An hour before we speak it was announced that from May 12 he will be the new Phantom of the Opera, and he’ll be the first African-American actor to play the role on Broadway. “I’ve known for about a month and couldn’t say anything,” he says breathlessly. “Now it’s out there and I can tell people—and, yes, something of this magnitude…” His voice tails off.

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Robert Guillaume, who played the Phantom in Los Angeles in 1990, best known to TV audiences as the title character on the sitcom Benson, is the only other black actor ever to have played the role. Lewis says Guillaume “paved the way” for him on Broadway, where Phantom has been running for over 25 years—the longest running show there.


Hollywood vs. Hillary 2016

The villain in the new movie Divergent bears a striking resemblance to Hillary Clinton. Why are Hollywood’s powerful female leaders always the bad guys?

Many people will love Divergent, the new Hunger Games-style science-fiction movie that arrives Friday in theaters: fans of the blockbuster young-adult novel by Veronica Roth on which the film is based; fans of actress Shailene Woodley, who plays Roth’s nonconformist heroine Tris; fans of a post-apocalyptic future in which the Earth’s remaining human beings wall themselves off inside the ruins of a major metropolis (in this case, Chicago) and split up into five factions (Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Dauntless, and Erudite) designed to “keep the peace.”


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One person who won’t love Divergent, however, is Hillary Clinton.

Light the Lights

Best Puppet-Caper-Musical Ever

Kermit and the gang are back again (again), capitalizing off their 2011 comeback with a vintage Muppet movie packing all the nonsense, chaos, and rapid-fire gags we crave.

The Muppets Most Wanted might be the best puppet-led musical mystery caper farce that Hollywood has ever produced. The fact that it’s also the only one isn’t a qualifier; it’s precisely why the film is such vintage, Muppet-y fun.


"Muppets Most Wanted" (l-r) Nadya (tina Fey) And Kermit The Frog. (Jay Maidment/Disney)

If 2011’s The Muppets was meant to reboot the franchise in order to introduce Kermit and Miss Piggy to a new generation, Muppets Most Wanted’s mission is to transport them right back to their classic ways. It’s nowhere near as good as The Muppets was, but that’s because Muppets Most Wanted seems to be an entirely different film—a “Muppets film” in every chaotic, messy, loud, and meandering sense. And a perfect “Muppets film” at that.


Too White for Tiger Lily?

Warner Brothers’ Peter Pan origin story, Pan, has cast Rooney Mara to play Tiger Lily, a Native American. This isn’t the first time Neverland’s been a bit racist.

Because Hollywood truly is a mystical Neverland, where studio executives Neverlearn and Neverevolve, Warner Brothers’ upcoming Peter Pan origin story, Pan, has cast the gorgeous, talented, and whiter than a bleached ghost Rooney Mara to play the part of Tiger Lily, a Native American.


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Suffice it to say that, in response, no one’s thinking happy thoughts.

Rabbit Hole

Celebrity Conspiracy Theorists

From government spying to 1969 moon landing, see what celebrities are searching for the ‘truth.’

Courtney Love blessed Twitter with her own Malaysian flight 370 conspiracy theory on Monday, offering a picture of what she alleges to be the Boeing's crash site. While Love didn't succeed in finding the missing plane (though it looks like she found the picture on Reddit), she did successfully join a star-studded pantheon of celebrity conspiracy theorists, with obsessions ranging from government spying to the 1969 American moon landing (or should we say, "alleged" moon landing).



What do Charlie Sheen, Marion Cotillard, and Mos Def have in common? They're all “9/11 Truthers,” aka conspiracy theorists who don't believe the official story of the September 11 attacks.


Hollywood’s Next Icon. No, Really.

‘Divergent’ is just the beginning. From ‘The Spectacular Now’ to being cast as Mr. Fantastic, young indie darling Miles Teller is about to be everywhere.

If Miles Teller was in a faction like the characters in Divergent, he would be in Dauntless. And as for those Hunger Games comparisons? “It’s flattering to be compared to such a successful franchise.” It’s the 50th time, he estimates, he’s provided those two bits of information that day, he tells me, when I ask what questions about Divergent he’s had just about enough of answering.

World Premiere of "Divergent" - Arrivals


Teller plays Peter in Divergent, the hit book trilogy-turned-film-franchise about a teenage girl named Tris (Shailene Woodley) in a dystopian future where citizens are classified into communities based on their attributes—Dauntless for the brave, Erudite for the intelligent, etc.—and anyone exhibiting multiple talents is branded “Divergent” and a menace to society.  It’s the twilight hours of a Saturday of whirlwind press for Teller’s role in the forthcoming blockbuster and, like any good, hard-working It Boy, the 27-year-old actor is tired.


Watching Us, Watching Them

Away from the constantly bitching ‘Housewives,’ a quieter reality television hit is taking root. ‘The People’s Couch’ observes people observing television and proves that how we watch is often as funny as what we watch—if not more so.

Princella Zeno wants her feet rubbed. She plonks one foot right in front of her husband Lamont’s hand. His momentary intention to resist this silent request—a “like, seriously?” pause—is met by an emphatic glance from his wife which makes it clear her foot is there to stay. And it requires rubbing.



The funniest moments on Bravo’s The Peoples Couch are not necessarily the snarky or outrageous reactions people have about the TV shows they watch, but the way they watch TV itself. It’s a simple idea, franchised from the hugely popular British show, Gogglebox (the British colloquial word for television): place robotic cameras on top of the TV to watch viewers respond to what is on TV, and record not just off-the-cuff outbursts, but also how they tune in. So, we are watching them watching TV. Soon, there will be a show of us watching them watching TV, and so on—until we all become self-regarding motes of dust. 


She Kills Zombies—And Sings, Too

She can kill zombies, but have you heard her sing? On ‘Expired Love,’ Nebraska-born Emily Kinney sings about stoner boyfriends, jealousy, and lost loves.

Onstage at New York City’s Rockwood Music Hall, Emily Kinney has a story to tell.


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“So, there’s this boy I really like. He lives in Brooklyn and we’re perfect for each other. Like, perfect. There is one problem though. He has a girlfriend, Julie.”


‘Dune’: The Lost Classic

The avant-garde director Alejandro Jodorowsky was supposed to make ‘Dune’ in 1975, starring Salvador Dali, Orson Welles, and featuring original music by Pink Floyd. What happened?

Not many directors today compare their films to a drug experience. The idea was more fashionable in 1975, when Alejandro Jodorowsky was planning his version of the sci-fi novel Dune. As he recalls in Jodorowsky’s Dune, a documentary about that meticulously prepared and never-shot epic, he intended it to be a “sacred” experience that would also “give LSD hallucinations without the drug.” 


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Now 85, the Chilean-born Jodorowsky is a charismatic, white-haired presence on screen, a major reason for the documentary’s allure. You can see how his genial insistence on the visionary greatness of his Dune—intergalactic battles, mythic creatures that presaged those in Star Wars, a mystical theme, Salvador Dali as Shaddam Corrino IV, the emperor of the galaxy—could have persuaded a core of talented collaborators to join him in Paris to get started.

Why the GOP Is Angry About Colbert

When Stephen Colbert was announced as David Letterman's successor, Rush Limbaugh and company both criticized and politicized the move. Keli Goff discusses whether they're actually mad.

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