The comingling of the art and pop music worlds is pointless and pretentious. And it’s destroying otherwise talented musicians.
It’s a tough time to be a superstar musician. It’s too late in your life cycle to cash in on a high-publicity transition from kid star to sex object. Popular taste is so fragmented, you have to enlist an army of co-writers to craft songs that can rule the Top 40 day in and day out. Popular attention is so scattered, if you’re not topping yourself, you’re bottoming out.
Sculpture of Lady Gaga that Jeff Koons created for the ARTPOP album cover in a exhibition at artRave, the official album release party for Lady Gaga's fourth studio album at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. (Robert Pitts/Landov)
Your one certainty in life? You’re losing your edge. While your label is shelling out millions and you’re singing in space, random teenagers from New Zealand are making mega-hits in their bedrooms.
Narcocorridos sound like a cross between mariachi and polka, but the singers carry AK-47s and bazookas and brazenly glorify violence. Are these Mexican drug ballads really that bad?
Americans listen to gangster rap and love to watch mob flicks. We relish crime depicted well and expect a level of authenticity in the portrayal. It’s nothing out of the ordinary to hire mafia members as movie consultants. We might even prefer musicians with street cred. It seems that as consumers we demand the real thing, not some impostor.
Los BuKnas de Culiacan. (Shaul Schwarz Courtesyof Cinedigm)
Why, then, might we have a problem with Mexicans enjoying narcocorridos, or drug ballads?
What’s it take to play Macbeth? Ethan Hawke on the seductive darkness of the mad Scotsman, the Shakespeare mania in New York , and why he loves the theater versus movies.
New York is currently giddy with Shakespeare. Tony and Oliver-winning actor Mark Rylance is going the distance in a Bard biathlon on Broadway, starring in both Twelfth Night (as Olivia) and Richard III (as the king). Orlando Bloom has been mooning under a balcony as Romeo, and Ethan Hawke brings a bold and modern interpretation to the murderous Macbeth. Hawke may be best known for movies, including Before Midnight which opened this summer to rave reviews. But he’s proudest of his position as an accomplished stage actor, and he spoke to me the morning after his Broadway premiere as the Scottish king.
This image released by Lincoln Center Theater shows Ethan Hawke and Anne-Marie Duff during a performance of "Macbeth, in New York. (T Charles Erickson/Lincoln Center Theater via AP)
Congratulations on the show which is gripping. But you’re awake early for a man playing Macbeth.
The rise of Internet porn has really put a dampener on the adult industry. Your favorite porn star might be doing it for a lot less than you think.
No one makes a fortune in porn. Despite the misleading publicity surrounding Jenna Jameson and Teen Mom’s Farrah Abraham, the hundreds of girls who enter the industry every year may never see six figures. Your favorite porn star might be doing it for a lot less than you think.
How much an adult star makes is something of a secret not just outside the industry, but within it as well. Few girls will admit to doing a sex scene for $500, but it happens. Performers and production companies have been raking in significantly less dough since the rise of Internet porn. Piracy means less money for the industry. That means tougher negotiations all around.
A new documentary narrated by the pinup icon sheds new light on her through a bevy of her lovers and confidantes—and what happened to her after her disappearance at the height of her career.
It was a time completely anathema to today. A time when the class freak was the one who’d had sex, not the one abstaining. A time when anything remotely resembling pornography warranted censure and possible imprisonment, as opposed to a $13 billion industry. A time when the Postmaster General had the authority to open and confiscate your mail, and even raid your home in search of “lewd material” (paging Edward Snowden!).
Pin-up model and cultural icon Bettie Page poses for photographer and silent movie star Harold Lloyd using his Sterio Realist 3D camera, at his home 'Greenacres' circa 1955 in Beverly Hills, California. (Harold Lloyd Trust/Getty)
And then there was Bettie Page. With her striking blue eyes, black bangs, voluptuous figure, and thousand-watt smile, Page was the living embodiment of a lady on the streets and a freak in the sheets, the original good girl gone bad. She was the world’s greatest pinup model, a sexual Sherpa guiding a generation of men and women through the repressive landscape of 1950s America.
The left-leaning cable channel’s bad boys, Alec Baldwin and Martin Bashir, are drawing unprecedented scorn for some ugly public comments. Still, they don’t deserve to be fired.
Let’s stipulate at the outset that MSNBC’s resident potty-mouths, Martin Bashir and Alec Baldwin, ought to have their tongues scoured. The ugly things they said—Bashir on the air about Sarah Palin, and Baldwin in the street to a pesky paparazzo—were shameful and repulsive; both, quite rightly, have apologized.
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Yet Bashir’s future as an afternoon anchor on the left-leaning cable network is suddenly up for grabs, and Phil Griffin, MSNBC’s president, has suspended Baldwin from his Friday night show for two weeks, with the possibility that Up Late With Alec Baldwin—which, after all, has hardly been crushing it critically or ratings-wise since its Oct. 11 launch—may be canceled altogether.
The BBC is simulcasting the 50th anniversary special 'The Day of the Doctor' worldwide. Here's five things you should know about the milestone episode. Warning: it’s pretty confusing.
Doctor Who is 50 this Saturday. To commemorate the milestone, BBC is simulcasting the 50th anniversary special “The Day of the Doctor” worldwide. Here we present five things you should know going into the episode.
1. What happened in the seventh series finale:
The new single ‘Ordinary Love’ comes with a tasteful lyric video, but there’s been a bothersome trend in U2’s music lately.
For nearly five years, the world has been U2less.
Sure, the Irish rock juggernaut has continued to play live shows, setting the record, in 2011, for the highest-grossing tour of all time. But not since No Line on the Horizon came out in early 2009 have Bono & Co. released any new studio material. No soaring choruses about faith and love and Africa. No reverby, ricocheting guitar lines. No martial drum beats. No chart-topping uplift.
Until now. Yesterday, Bono & Co. finally ended the debilitating U2 shortage of the last half-decade and delivered a new song. It’s called “Ordinary Love,” and it was written specifically for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, the new biopic about South Africa’s legendary anti-apartheid crusader and eventual president. It comes complete with a tasteful lyric video and limited-edition 10-inch vinyl release for Record Store Day.
In a leaked video, Lamar Odom raps about cheating on Khloe Kardashian. He appears drugged out. Here are the wild lyrics.
Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian have been having problems. Now he’s rapping about it. Seriously. (And perhaps stupidly. And perhaps cracked out of his mind. ALLEGEDLY.)
Khloe Kardashian married Lamar Odom on September 27, 2009, only a month after the couple met at a party. But some fairy tale reality TV romances are simply too good to be true. Khloe and Lamar’s relationship has been on the rocks since this summer, when rumors began to surface regarding Lamar’s reported drug addiction and numerous instances of infidelity. On August 30, 2013, Odom was arrested on DUI charges.
The NBA free agent sought help at a center for drug and alcohol addiction, but checked himself out after only one day of treatment. On a recent episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Khloe explained that “Lamar has been having a really tough time lately and it's not just black and white. There's a lot of emotional issues.”
Love ‘Girls’ or loathe ‘Girls,’ the HBO comedy’s new Season 3 trailer offers a lot to laugh at. And more to cringe at.
A lot of people love Girls and cannot wait for the HBO comedy-drama-cringefestival to return for its third season. A lot of people loathe Girls and resent the fact that its portrayal of wayward twentysomethings as devised by 27-year-old Lena Dunham has been branded the voice of a generation. Some people don’t know what Girls is.
All groups—love, hate, clueless—can, however, find things to be delighted by in the first trailer for the show’s new season. Girls exists in a strange pop-culture space, where incessant buzz meets incessant backlash, creating a discord that breeds that incessant conversation about the show and what it means to like, despise, appreciate, criticize, or, the big one, relate to it.
Why the Microsoft console, despite a lot of kinks, is the future of video games, and its voice- and motion-sensing Kinect will take over our living rooms—and our lives.
It has been eight years to the day since the Xbox 360 heralded the 7th generation of video game consoles. For the 8th generation, Microsoft finds itself last to the plate, and with the PlayStation 4 fresh in everyone’s minds and more than one million wallets $400 lighter, the Xbox One is going to have to prove itself a worthy competitor, especially with that $500 price tag.
Attendees stand at the Microsoft Corp. Xbox One booth at the Tokyo Game Show 2013 in Chiba, Japan, on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. (Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg via Getty)
Microsoft also has to convince consumers they can trust it. The original decision to require users to always be online was a debacle, and while they have backpedaled, a sour aftertaste remains. Will the Xbox One convince users that Microsoft has seen the error of its ways, or that dropping half a grand on a videogame console is a worthwhile proposition?
She’s still the guy’s girl who jokes about sex. But beneath her tomboy style and ‘smelly vagina’ shtick, 42-year-old Sarah Silverman has something meaningful to say.
Sarah Silverman loves therapists. So much that sometimes, she convinces herself she is one.
Sarah Silverman of "Take This Waltz" poses during the 2011 Toronto Film Festival at Guess Portrait Studio on September 11, 2011 in Toronto. (Matt Carr/Getty)
“If you don’t deal with your shit your shit deals with you,” she says, kicking off a string of unsolicited advice in her new comedy special We Are Miracles, which debuts on HBO November 23. “If you quit being cunty, the whole world will stop being against you.” Years of psychotherapy—which she still attends to this day (“I LOVE my therapist”)—have given Silverman a “wealth of information” about everything from sexism to religion, all of which she uses for material. “If you have terrible luck with roommates, you’re the terrible roommate,” she continues in Miracles. “Hasidic Jews, I promise you, God will not mind if you wear a nice cotton blend in the summer. You’re being fucking ridiculous.”
The extraordinary true story of Philomena Lee, the Irish mother played by Dame Judi Dench in Stephen Frears’s new film.
Philomena is the extraordinary story of an extraordinary woman. Philomena Lee was a naive teenager, whose only sin was to get pregnant out of wedlock. “Put away” in a convent by an Irish society dominated by the Catholic Church, she gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. For three years she cared for young Anthony, working all the while in the convent laundries. Then, like thousands of other ‘fallen women’, Philomena was forced to give up her child as a condition of being released from the near slavery she found herself in.
This was the fate of many young mothers with illegitimate children in Ireland. Only very recently has the Irish government apologised for the living hell that was inflicted on them. But Philomena’s tale is special. Martin Sixsmith’s book Philomena, and the film that is based upon it, tells the story of her decades-long search for the son she lost. It depicts the uncertainty, the hope, and the moments of despair. And at the end of it all, it reveals a remarkable human being with astonishing fortitude and a truly humbling willingness to forgive. To me it is astounding that Philomena still has her strong religious belief even after everything that was done to her. She questions things and is very open in speaking about her experiences, but her faith is unshakeable—as strong as it always was.
When I was asked to play the part of Philomena in Stephen Frears’s wonderful film, I thought of my own Irish heritage. My mother was Irish, born in Dublin, and all her family are Irish. My father was born in Dorset, but went to Ireland with his parents when he was three. He grew up in Dublin and studied at Trinity College, as did all my cousins.
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