Jace Lacob on the true identity of eager-to-please ad man Bob Benson (James Wolk) on “Mad Men.”
In anticipation of his new album, ‘Yeezus,’ Kanye West hosted a spur-of-the-moment listening party during Art Basel on Wednesday night—and delivered a long speech about the art world. Isabel Wilkinson was there.
The annual Art Basel fair in Basel, Switzerland, is many things: a place where the über-wealthy come to schmooze, a place to see and be seen, and—of course—a place where collectors flock to buy major pieces of art.
Kanye West surprised many at Art Basel. (Isabel Wilkinson/The Daily Beast)
The last thing you’d imagine during Art Basel? A sweaty, body-to-body crowd around a stage, screaming at each other in anticipation of a “secret listening party” by Kanye West.
Tarantino wrote ‘It’s Pat’? Whedon worked on ‘Waterworld’? The unlikely film credits of Hollywood’s biggest screenwriters.
It’s been a while, but M. Night Shyamalan finally gave us another truly jaw-dropping twist. The celebrated writer of The Sixth Sense (and disparaged writer of pretty much all of his other works) earned what may just be the biggest gasp of his career after revealing that he “ghostwrote” the 1998 teen romantic comedy She’s All That, starring Freddie Prinze Jr. and Rachel Leigh Cook.
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You’re forgiven if you need to a moment to wrap your head around this. The man who brought you “I see dead people,” that hilarious forest creature thing in The Village, and Will Smith’s worst movie to date also brought you the line “What is this, some sort of dork outreach program?” In the film, Prinze played a jock and Cook a nerd who defy the laws of high-school social hierarchy and fall in love—it’s safe to say Shyamalan improved his ability to write twists you never saw coming when he started penning The Sixth Sense.
If you didn’t watch BBC America’s clone drama ‘Orphan Black,’ you missed one of the year’s best dramatic performances. Jace Lacob on why Tatiana Maslany deserves an Emmy nod.
If you don’t regularly tune in to shows about global conspiracies, illegal medical research, and genetically identical clones, you may be forgiven for not watching Orphan Black, the serpentine Canadian-American science fiction drama that wrapped up its first season earlier this month on BBC America. (Season 2 will air in 2014.)
Tatiana Maslany, the star of 'Orphan Black.' (Steve Wilkie/BBC America)
But not watching this compelling and surprisingly emotional cult drama—created by Graeme Manson and John Fawcett—means that you missed out on one of the year’s most intense and astonishing television performances. In Orphan Black, Tatiana Maslany delivers a daredevil turn, playing no less than seven different roles, each one with their own mannerisms and secrets.
To promote his new album, ‘Yeezus,’ Kanye West sat down with The New York Times for a lengthy, must-read Q&A. Here are the craziest quotes.
The New York Times’s pop-music critic, Jon Caramanica, sat down with controversial rapper-producer-fashionista Kanye West at Shangri-La Studio out in Malibu, California, for a highly amusing conversation that spanned several hours over three days in late May and early June. The pair covered a wide range of topics, including West’s upcoming album, Yeezus, out June 18, the Taylor Swift fiasco, his baby with Kim Kardashian, and how he’s the next Steve Jobs.
Kanye West performs at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., as part of the Watch the Throne tour, November 3, 2011. (Kyle Gustafson, Washington Post/Getty Images)
Here are craziest Kanye West quotes from the must-read interview:
Jimmy Fallon’s supercut is the best thing ever.
One, two, three, and to the four. Snoop Doggy Dogg and ... Brian Williams is at the door?
Has the veteran newsman traded the anchor desk for the recording booth? Several videos bouncing around the Internet last week made it seem like Williams was bringing his trademark gravitas to the hip-hop game, but it was actually just the latest viral success from Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.
Hilton has a cameo—as herself, naturally—in ‘The Bling Ring,’ out Friday. She talks to Marlow Stern about being robbed by the group, Kim Kardashian, her new album for Lil Wayne’s Cash Money Records, and more.
Remember Paris Hilton?
The heiress-reality star-businesswoman hasn’t been regular tabloid fodder of late, but she was all anyone would talk about in the mid-to-late aughts. The stories came so fast and furious that the Associated Press even imposed a ban on any coverage of Hilton. It lasted a little over a week.
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‘Man of Steel,’ Zack Snyder’s Superman blockbuster, strips the tale of its wit, humor, and characterization in favor of mammoth CGI action set pieces that grow tiresome.
Jerry Siegel initially conceived Superman as a Nietzschean über-mensch with telepathic powers who was bent on world domination. He was a ruthless, terribly bald villain whose first appearance came in the short story “The Reign of the Superman” in January 1933. Later, with the help of artist Joe Shuster, Superman was reimagined as a dashing hero with superhuman strength and abilities. His looks were modeled after Douglas Fairbanks, the actor best known for playing Robin Hood and Zorro during the silent era. In June 1938, Superman—as we know him—debuted in Action Comics No. 1.
Henry Cavill as Superman. (Clay Enos/Warner Bros. )
The children of Jewish immigrants, Siegel and Shuster are believed to have fashioned their tale as a cultural-assimilation saga modeled after the plight of the American Jew (which may help explain Jerry Seinfeld’s extreme fandom). Man of Steel, the latest cinematic take on Superman, helmed by Zack Snyder, portrays the “last son of Krypton” as Christ.
The Daily Beast perused all 724 pages of grand-jury testimony from stars apparently targeted by ‘The Bling Ring,’ including Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton. Here’s what happened—in their words.
Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring, in theaters Friday, follows a clique of privileged Los Angeles teens who rob the homes of unsuspecting celebrities. The film is based on a true story, documented in Nancy Jo Sales’s Vanity Fair feature “The Suspects Wore Louboutins,” published in March 2010, and much of the film’s dialogue is lifted directly from court documents and police reports.
A still from Sofia Coppola's ‘The Bling Ring.’ (Merrick Morton/Cannes Film Festival)
The real-life burglary group, which included alleged ringleader Rachel Lee, Nick Prugo, Alexis Neiers, Diana Tamayo, Courtney Ames, and Roy Lopez Jr., stole an estimated $3 million-plus in luxury items ranging from jewelry to a handgun from the celebs’ homes, and reportedly used Google Maps, TMZ, and the website celebrityaddressaerial.com to scout the locations. According to police, they would also track their targets via social media and media reports to see when they were out of town. The burglaries allegedly occurred from October 2008 through August 2009.
The release of Lonely Island’s new album comes at a crucial point in the actor’s post-‘SNL’ career. Is he the next Will Ferrell… or Horatio Sanz?
The Beatles have The White Album. Jay-Z has the The Black Album. Lonely Island has The Wack Album.
Andy Samberg arrives at the Independent Spirit Awards on February 23, 2013, in Santa Monica, California. (Mark Davis/Getty)
“We were just like every great band or recording artist [who] has their seminal album, where they’re officially grown up, where they’re congealed in culture, really,” Andy Samberg, one third of the comedy rap group, told The Daily Beast. “We were like, how can we do our fake version of that?”
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