He’s a god. He’s the espresso. He’s the Braveheart of creativity. He's Shakespeare in the flesh. And that’s just a taste of what Kanye West said about himself in 2013.
“Yeezy season approaching/Fuck whatever y’all be hearing/Fuck what, fuck whatever y’all been wearing/A monster about to come alive again”
Kanye West arrives at the Ghita 2008 collection during New York Fashion Week. (Eric Thayer/Reuters)
These lyrics opened Kanye West’s Yeezus. They also warned of what was to come in the latter half of 2013. Since his album dropped in June, Kanye has made a welcomed return to the limelight with multiple candid interviews and public appearances. And if there’s one thing you can expect when Kanye is in a room, it’s that he’ll say something that will be worth discussing with your friends. Thankfully, West did not disappoint—he gave us some great quotes on pop culture, design, the state of rap, the fashion industry, and of course Kanye West, the creative genius.
“I think that’s a responsibility that I have, to push possibilities, to show people, this is the level that things could be at. So when you get something that has the name Kanye West on it, it’s supposed to be pushing the furthest possibilities. I will be the leader of a company that ends up being worth billions of dollars, because I got the answers. I understand culture. I am the nucleus.” June 16, New York Times
Get ready for more blue and orange pegs, because the super addictive pachinko-‘Breakout’ hybrid is back, this time with a head-banging unicorn.
PopCap has a history of making games that are nigh-impossible to put down, including Bejewled, which reintroduced the world to match-three puzzle games; Plants vs. Zombies, a totally amazing take on the tower-defense genre pitting, well, plants against zombies; and Peggle, the pachinko-Breakout hybrid that is easily one of the most addicting videogames to have ever been made.
Peggle, released for the PC and Mac in 2007, is the perfect combination of luck and skill. Each level consists of a static screen covered with blue and orange pegs. The goal of the game is simple: hit all of the orange pegs. The player gets 10 balls, although more can be acquired by hitting certain scores or by getting the ball into the moving bucket at the bottom of the screen. There are also pink pegs, which give point bonuses, and two green pegs, which award special powers. The special powers correspond to each world and each game “master.” The first game had a lobster gives pinball-like bumpers to the bottom edges of the screen, a dragon shoots a fireball that destroys every peg in its path, and eight other masters each changed the game in some small way. 2008’s Peggle Nights, only added one master, but it was more of an expansion than a serious sequel. After that, there was a lull in the Peggle-verse.
Then, at this year’s E3, PopCap announced Peggle 2. (Whoo!) As an Xbox One exclusive. (Wha?)
'12 Years a Slaves' and 'The Butler' dominate the movie categories, while 'Breaking Bad' and '30 Rock' get rewarded for their swan songs on the TV side.
Want to score big in your Oscar pool? Pay attention to this morning’s announcement. More than the Golden Globe Awards, the splashy Hollywood orgy of stars that has practically zero bearing on the eventual Academy Award nominees (this is an organization that has nominated The Tourist and Burlesque for Best Picture), the SAG Awards are a more reliable forecaster of what the Academy might on its shortlists. Or rather, who.
Actors make up the largest segment of Academy members, so their tea leaves are the best when it comes to the acting races (let’s be honest, the races we care most about). By that regard, expect 12 Years a Slave, Dallas Buyers Club, August: Osage County, and Lee Daniels’ The Butler to do well at this year’s Oscars—12 Years leads SAG nominees with four nods, followed by three a piece for the Dallas, August, and The Butler. Also expect contenders who seemed to have all-but lost their buzz—Forest Whitaker in Best Actor for The Butler, Daniel Bruhl for Rush, and James Gandolfini for Enough Said, both in Supporting Actor—to be back in contention again.
In the embarrassment-of-riches Best Actor category, Whitaker's inclusion means Robert Redford (All Is Lost), Joaquin Phoenix (Her), and Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) all were snubbed. Redford's exclusion is probably the biggest surprise, though a lot of people in the industry are still rooting for Phoenix to make a surge in the race for his brilliant performance in Her. The two actress categories could very well be set, with the ten nominees all likely to repeat with Oscar mentions. Gandolfini and Bruhl's inclusion in Supporting Actor means Tom Hanks (Saving Mr. Banks) and Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) are on shakier ground come Oscar time.
Superman and Batman and Wonder Woman, oh my! Like ‘The Avengers,’ the ‘Man of Steel’ sequel has a lot going on. Can the comic book flick genre survive this bloat?
With superhero movies following The Avengers and stuffing two hour flicks with tons of characters—Iron Man, the Hulk, Hawkeye, Thor, Captain America, S.H.I.E.L.D., and countless villains—the question looms: Is a bigger movie always better?
Columbia Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection
The Man of Steel franchise already has Henry Cavill as an emo-Superman, Ben Affleck as geriatric Batman, and super villain Lex Luthor. Now Gal Gadot is Wonder Woman. It really is packed. But can the franchise survive this bloat? Let’s take a look.
She was your favorite on ‘Orange Is the New Black.’ Now she’s going to be the first female black character on ‘Girls.’ Meet Danielle Brooks, 2013’s breakout star.
When Danielle Brooks won the role of Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson on Orange Is the New Black, she wasn’t wearing any pants.
And you thought you couldn’t love her more.
YouTube released the top trending music videos of the year, featuring Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, and more. But the top-ranked video might surprise you.
Robin Thicke’s controversial “Blurred Lines” may have been the song that stalked your every move this year like the villain of a Lifetime movie—and may have been just as unwelcome—but its radio ubiquity did not translate to YouTube views. The honor of this year’s top trending music video instead goes to an artist that you may have even forgotten was pop-culturally relevant at all 2013: South Korean viral-video savant Psy.
A year after the domination of “Gangnam Style,” Psy once again tops the YouTube charts. His follow-up, “Gentleman,” was the top-trending music video of 2013, according to stats provided by YouTube. More impressive, however, may be the feat twerked out by TIME Person of the Year hopeful Miley Cyrus. She holds the number two and three slots on the list, for “Wrecking Ball” and “We Can’t Stop.”
YouTube released the top trending videos of the year, featuring the Harlem Shake and a Miley Cyrus spoof—and a riddle about what a certain animal says.
We knew the answer all along—it’s bark, yelp, or simper.
The question, of course, was, “What does the fox say?” When the Norwegian duo Ylvis posed it this summer, it stumped us good. We were so curious that we were frantically seeking the answer—more than 270 million times.
‘Her,’ a futuristic love story directed by Spike Jonze, is one of the best films of the year. The filmmaker and star Amy Adams revealed some of the film’s secrets at a New York luncheon hosted by Peggy Siegal.
Her, filmmaker Spike Jonze’s long-awaited follow-up to Where the Wild Things Are that’s out Dec. 18, provides an embarrassment of cinematic riches. There’s Joaquin Phoenix’s riveting turn as Theodore Twombly, a romantic who’s in the throes of a depression after being dumped by his wife, played by Rooney Mara. There’s Scarlett Johansson, who breathes life into the voice-only role of Samantha, a sentient operating system that Theodore gradually falls for. There’s the the eye-catching color palette and futuristic set design, a mélange of Los Angeles and Shanghai. There’s Amy Adams, who gives a soulful turn as Amy, Theodore’s only—and equally lonely—friend. There’s the beautiful soundtrack, courtesy of Arcade Fire and Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
And there’s that hilarious phone sex scene.
Early on in the film, Theodore is very, very sad. He can’t stop thinking of his ex. So, to take his mind off things, he logs into a phone sex chatroom and connects with a woman whom he thinks is a kindred spirit. The talk starts off nice and kinky. Theodore “enters” her—verbally. The woman purrs, and Theodore is getting worked up. And then… things take an unexpected turn. “Choke me with that dead cat!” the woman on the other end screams. Theodore is genuinely confused. “The dead cat by the bed… choke me with it!” she screams louder. So, he ends up playing along and painting a kinky-bizarre scenario where he’s choking the woman with the cat’s tail while they’re “having sex.” This sends his tele-hook up over the moon, and she howls with ecstasy like Kim Cattrall’s randy cheerleader in Porky’s.
And NBC will continue its live musical productions.
Tila Tequila is apparently a Nazi sympathizer now. The reality TV star now calls herself “Hitila” and has come out in defense of Hitler’s actions. Tablet Magazine
Listen to Ron Burgundy and Robin Thicke’s hilarious duet (of sorts) from Anchorman 2 soundtrack. Ron Burgundy continues his domination of all things media with this amazing six minute track. Vulture
The Barenaked Ladies, Willie Nelson, and Heart have canceled performances at the theme park after watching the documentary ‘Blackfish,’ and petitions are out for other bands to do the same.
Former stockbroker Jordan Belfort once had sex on $3 million in cash. Check out more stats about the man behind Leo DiCaprio’s leading role in Martin Scorsese’s latest.
For the alleged Tumblr crowd, Childish Gambino, aka Donald Glover from ‘Community,’ is an angsty, post-Internet messiah. ‘Because the Internet’ isn’t just a album—it’s performance art.
Rap hasn’t been concerned with “street authenticity” in years, and anyone who tells you the opposite is living in a past that’s long since been shattered by the likes of Kanye West, Drake, Kid Cudi, and a wide array of performers who represent the culture’s well-documented shift from the so-called inner city toward the formerly peripheral middle class. It is no longer exclusively the domain of “the ghetto” from whence it came. (That’s not to sideline those rappers whose work is, intentionally or not, intimately concerned with the persistent structural and social inequalities that birthed hip-hop in the first place.)
Debates rage on, but the obvious is obvious: Rick Ross is a former correctional officer turned fictional drug kingpin, 2 Chainz is a near-teetotaling foodie whose rap persona is the embodiment of self-indulgent hedonism. The divergence between their life and art is known, yet they are among rap’s biggest stars. The leeway to their inauthentic portrayals of self comes in part because of the elaborate worlds they’ve constructed around themselves; emotional honesty, be it tied to aspiration or just entertainment, often trumps facts.
With ‘Catching Fire,’ ‘Frozen,’ and drunk Oprah cleaning up at the box office, this may have been the best year yet for women in Hollywood.
Studios used to have a simple directive when they wanted a movie to do well: put a guy in a cape and watch the money roll in. (That, or cast Will Smith.) Soon, however, studios may be demanding a wardrobe change: swap the cape for a dress. Or, better yet, put a girl in the cape.
Universal; Lionsgate; Warner Bros.
With the past three weekends finding Katniss Everdeen battling a Disney princess for the box office crown, and bothThe Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Frozen outperforming even the highest expectations, it may be time to crown 2013 the year of women at the box office. Or, rather, it’s finally time to make the pronouncement. Ever since Bridesmaids stunned the industry by grossing $170 million without a caped crusader or leading man in sight, audiences have been waiting for the lesson that was supposed to be learned—a film starring an ensemble of women could get audiences of both genders rushing to theaters—to sink in with Hollywood’s stubborn honchos.
David O. Russell’s operatic flick ‘American Hustle’ boasts wild hairdos, dazzling outfits, and a stellar ensemble in Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Jeremy Renner. It’s also one of the best movies of the year.
The great Groucho Marx once said, “The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.” The witty bastard would have loved American Hustle.
Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) & Richie Dimaso (Bradley Cooper) walk down Lexington Ave. in Columbia Pictures' AMERICAN HUSTLE. (Francois Duhamel/Sony)
Directed by David O. Russell, who’s long specialized in hyperbolic historical tales focused on outré characters (see: Three Kings, The Fighter), this giddily madcap caper flick is loosely based on Abscam, an FBI sting operation in the late 1970s and early 1980s wherein the feds tasked Melvin Weinberg, a convicted con artist, with bringing down a gaggle of U.S. congressmen. The agency cooked up an elaborate ruse: they set up a front company, Abdul Enterprises, Ltd. (“Abscam” is a contraction of “Abdul scam”), and had FBI agents pose as Karim Abdul Rahman—a wealthy sheikh from Abu Dhabi who sought political asylum in the U.S. with the aim of investing in a luxury hotel-casino in Atlantic City.
For Chet Haze, Tom Hanks’s wannabe rapper son, any success has the whiff of nepotism and privilege. It’s time to drop the gangster swagger and be authentic.
Making fun of Chester Hanks, Tom Hanks’s wannabe rapper son who goes by Chet Haze is as easy as shooting fish in a barrel. The born-with-a-spoon-in-his-mouth Hollywood royalty has been making a fool of himself, talking in hip-hop slang, and releasing bad rap and R&B videos for the last couple of years. So last week’s Twitter war between Haze, and a former rapper-turned-art dealer, Jensen Karp, was plenty amusing, if not exactly uncharted territory.
The younger Hanks had tweeted:
Karp hit back:
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