Soderbergh’s new Liberace biopic carefully navigates the campy joy of the pianist’s persona with the hard edges of his personality, finding an important niche in America’s conversation about gay rights.Claudette Barius/HBO
Jace Lacob on why you must watch BBC Two’s psychological thriller ‘The Fall,’ starring Gillian Anderson.BBC
Rock band The Flaming Lips are synonymous with Oklahoma City. Lead singer Wayne Coyne, who’s lived in OKC since 1961, on the devastating tornado that hit his city, claiming at least 24 lives—including nine children.
There’s always a little bit of a connection between Oklahoma City and me. When the basketball team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, win, I get, like, 50 texts.
Wayne Coyne grew up in Oklahoma City. (Anna Webber/Getty Images; Kim Johnson Flodin/AP)
I’m currently in Brighton, England, but on Monday, I was at a hotel right in the middle of London on Camden Street. We were playing a show here and I had the flu, so I had been sleeping all day Monday. My phone was lying there on the bed and I started getting hundreds of texts. After I woke up from whatever cold medicine I was on, it was around 10 p.m. in London, so 4 p.m. in Oklahoma City. I turned on the news and watched. As the night went on, you don’t know if you’re going to hear from someone who says, “Oh my god” this-and-that, and you do your best to check in on people as quickly as you can. That’s the marvel of cell phones, I guess.
The chef behind hit Beverly Hills pop-up restaurant Eureka is Flynn McGarry. Jace Lacob sits down for an elaborate 11-course meal and interviews the teenage prodigy.
A recent 11-course tasting menu at Eureka, a monthly pop-up restaurant at Los Angeles’ BierBeisl, included a dish of fresh and dried English peas concealing a hidden parmesan and whey pudding, a live scallop under a cucumber foam, gnocchi made from ash, and an unctuous sous-vide egg yolk encircled by hedgehog mushrooms, pork skin snow, and a sauce made from preserved lemons and radish greens.
McGarry and BierBeisl chef Bernard Meiringer. (Will McGarry)
On an evening in early May, this was a meal that showed the precision, vision, and creativity of its gifted chef, one that soared on a deliberate rhythm and flow: plates arrived at just the right moment with an explanation of the dish’s ingredients, each showcasing the season to perfection. The chef, Flynn McGarry, moved in the kitchen with grace, charring ramps for a dish of sturgeon and tapioca with a charred onion sauce before spinning around to sauce a plate—on which quivered a single slice of blood-red dehydrated beet—with just the right amount of raspberry-black pepper vinaigrette.
Seven years after winning an Oscar with Three 6 Mafia, rapper Juicy J has launched a solo career with his strip-club anthem ‘Bandz a Make Her Dance.’ He opens up to Marlow Stern.
Juicy J is high as fuck.
We’re seated next to one another inside Irving Plaza, a midsize music venue in lower Manhattan. It’s three in the afternoon, and stagehands can be seen scurrying about hauling various rigging in preparation for Juicy J’s sold-out show later that night. The rapper and I are aglow in red light—fitting, given the similar lighting in the music video for his solo hit “Bandz a Make Her Dance,” which has seemingly supplanted Tyga’s “Rack City” as the de facto strip-club anthem.
Rapper Juicy J of Three 6 Mafia visits BET’s “106 & Park” in March. (Taylor Hill/FilmMagic, via Getty Images)
There’s hope after all! Reports surface that Fox is planning to stock next season’s judging table with alums. Quick, someone call Kelly (and Kellie).
Just over a week before the confetti rained down on Candice Glover, reports leaked of an American Idol bloodbath—all four judges, including stalwart dawg Randy Jackson, were being booted from the panel—and we argued that it’s in the best interest of the aging reality show and the misguided music stars it courts not to hire celebrity judges in the future. It seems now, at least in part, producers are listening.
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The Idol off-season rumor mill is already whipping furiously, with Vulture reporting that Fox is giving “serious consideration” to the idea of inviting former Idol contestants and winners to next season’s judges tables. Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson already reportedly have been approached, with Clay Aiken and Adam Lambert also under serious consideration.
It may have taken what seems like forever to release it, but Queen B’s first full track leaked of her upcoming album, “Grown Woman,” is worth the wait.
Forget whether or not she’s pregnant with a new Baby Carter. Beyoncé just gave birth to a “Grown Woman.”
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After months of being music’s biggest tease—she announced her new album, out later this summer, in the winter and has since only released brief snippets of new material in ads for Pepsi and H&M—a full, new single from Queen B finally leaked Monday. “Grown Woman” is the song she leaked in April’s Pepsi commercial, so ubiquitous at this point that your body probably instinctively knows the choreography.
Sofia Coppola’s ‘The Bling Ring,’ screened last week at the Cannes Film Festival. Tricia Romano tracks down the real-life members of the notorious Hollywood theft ring.
Sofia Coppola’s upcoming movie, Bling Ring, is based on a real group of teens and 20-something friends and acquaintances who began robbing the rich and famous in 2008. Over the course of the following year, they stole from Orlando Bloom, Audrina Patridge, Lindsay Lohan, Rachel Bilson, Brian Austin Green, and Megan Fox, and raided Paris Hilton’s house five (!) times (She helpfully left a key under the mat.)
A still from Sofia Coppola’s “Bling Ring.” (Merrick Morton/Cannes Film Festival)
Before they were busted, the group snagged $3 million in loot, including $2 million worth of jewelry from the Hilton fortune heiress, stole Rolex watches and Louis Vuitton luggage from Bloom, and essentially went shopping in Partridge’s designer-laden pad. All members of the crew have since seen their day in court. A few members of the real-life Bling Ring have had a more illustrious postscript than others.
Why making a self-indulgent disco record is the most punk-rock thing the French duo could have done. By Tricia Romano.
When the long-awaited fourth Daft Punk studio record was streamed last week after months of tantalizing teases and leaks, much of the world collectively yawned. Two French men had spent untold amounts of money and several years in the studio and they came out with…a chilled out disco record?
Thomas Bangalter, right, and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, from the group Daft Punk pose for a portrait in April in Los Angeles. (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
The world wanted to know: Where is the anthem, that track made for the peak hour on the dance floor that Daft Punk is so good at creating? The closest you’ll get on Random Access Memories is the addictive, funky first single “Get Lucky,” and it’s pretty soft by Daft Punk standards.
He’s cool enough to get mentions in two George Clooney flicks—but does that mean that anyone under age 25 actually knows who Liberace is? From his legendary piano playing to his cross-dressing days (although he was a housewife heartthrob), Sean Macaulay on everything you need to know about Mr. Showmanship.
Ahead of Steven Soderbergh’s film Behind the Candelabra, which debuts on HBO next week and tells the love story of Liberace (Michael Douglas) and his boy-toy lover Scott Thorson (Matt Damon), a primer on the great entertainer.
Matt Damon and Michael Douglas in a scene from the new HBO movie "Behind the Candelabra." (Claudette Barius/HBO )
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