This Week's Culture Feast

Russell Crowe’s Robin Hood debuts at Cannes, Daria comes to DVD, and Alec Baldwin helps SNL say goodbye. VIEW OUR GALLERY of can’t-miss film, TV, art, theater, and fashion picks.

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Jack Donaghy Live From New York

Life imitates art imitating life this weekend when Alec Baldwin hosts the season finale of Saturday Night Live. The actor best known as Jack Donaghy, Vice President of East Coast Television for GE on 30 Rock, will grace the late-night stage for the fifteenth time as host of SNL, accompanied by musical guest Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. Not only does Baldwin’s appearance help him tie his Oscar co-host Steve Martin for a record number of hosting gigs, but it could reintroduce us to his impeccable impersonations of Charles Nelson Reilly, Tony Bennett or maybe even the creator of the infamous Schweddy Balls. It will also mark the eighth SNL appearance for Tom Petty’s band and their first live TV appearance in two years. With their upcoming album Mojo due out next month, the rock ‘n’ roll legends are bringing audiences new music for the first time in eight years. They supposedly recorded their latest old-school style—live off the floor, with no overdubs. Their improv skills will serve the front man and his Heartbreakers well when they’re live from New York on Saturday night.

The finale of the 35th season of Saturday Night Live , featuring Alec Baldwin and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, airs Saturday, May 15 at 11:30 p.m. EST

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Are You Listening to Sleigh Bells?

Sleigh Bells and their "everything must sound as though you are listening to it on laptop speakers" approach is apparently enough to garner thousands of florid blog posts and show bookings across the country. Is it the pop hooks? The screw-you 'tude? Does it matter? This will be the soundtrack of A Very Bushwick Summer, whether you like it or not. Sleigh Bells' lo-fi hi-volume assault has garnered more than its fair share of praise, and Treats is likely to blow up all over Tumblr, or whatever social-networking-blog-service the kids who wear boat shoes use now.

Sleigh Bells' Treats will be released on Tuesday, May 11.

Madonna’s Unlike A Virgin in Interview

The hottest woman over 50 is gracing the pages of Interview magazine this month in a series of black-and-white images that leave very little to the imagination. With a crucifix, a whole lot of lace, and teased hair that would put the cast of The Real Housewives of New Jersey to shame, the queen of pop music posed for Marcus Piggott and Mert Alas for a spread accompanying her printed conversation with Gus Van Sant. With mentions of Malawi, Sean Penn, and screenwriting, the Material girl opens up with the iconic director and reveals how her path is still changing. “I don’t have a record deal right now with anybody. I don’t know how I’m going to get my music out the next time I make a record,” she said, wondering how anything she produces will actually reach an audience. “I think I have a fan club—well, that’s what they say.”

Madonna’s May issue of Interview magazine hits newsstands on Tuesday, May 11

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The Oscars of the Photo World

Now in its 26th year, the International Center of Photography is honoring the best photographers in the world with its Infinity Awards celebration. Since their inauguration in 1985, the Awards have shone a light on not only photographers with already distinguished careers, but also those who the ICP sees as the future leaders in the field. The honors are bestowed at the ICP’s central fundraising ceremony this week to those who represent all realms of the photo world. From veterans like acclaimed photo editor John G. Morris and South African photographer Peter Magubane (who was arrested for his work in the ‘70s) to contemporary favorite Lorna Simpson and newcomer documentary photographer Raphaël Dallaporta, the Infinity Awards’ honorees capture all facets of the field.

The ICP’s 26th Annual Infinity Awards ceremony will be held in Manhattan on Monday, May 19

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The Stones Will Make You Scream

It might be only rock ‘n’ roll to some, but to others The Rolling Stones are deities, forever immortalized in revealing photographs soon to be on display at the Scream London Gallery this week. It may be difficult to imagine Mick and Keith and Co. doing anything fans haven’t already seen in the nearly 50 years since the band’s inception, but David Montgomery, Roberto Rabanne, and Bob Gruen managed to capture rare images of the group. For The Rolling Stones: Against The Wall exhibition, which runs through July 3, the curators collected 40-year-old images of The Rolling Stones behind the scenes, putting together their classic album Sticky Fingers. Considering the photos come from the most famous men behind the camera when it comes to ‘60s fashion and music, it’s not so unbelievable to find they literally caught Mick Jagger with his pants down.

The Rolling Stones: Against The Wall opens at Scream London Gallery on Thursday, May 13

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You Cannes Touch This

Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood opens the 2010 Cannes International Film Festival this week on the picturesque French Riviera, where the prestigious movie mecca has called the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès home for nearly 65 years. But English speakers have a heavy hand in this year’s festivities—a Brit is opening the festival and beloved American director of the dark side Tim Burton is acting as the President of the Jury for Cannes’ 63rd edition. “When you think of Cannes, you think of world cinema,” Burton told The Hollywood Reporter. “And as films have always been like dreams to me, this is a dream come true.” Kate Beckinsale and Benicio del Toro will also be serving on the Jury and Woody Allen is premiering his latest, You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger as is Oliver Stone with his remake, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. Many other international works will make their debut in Cannes until its final day on May 23, when Australian director Julie Bertuccelli’s The Tree will bring the festival to a close.

The Cannes International Film Festival begins on Wednesday, May 12

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Here She Is… Miss USA

From the stage moms on TLC’s Toddlers & Tiaras to Abigail Breslin’s turn in Little Miss Sunshine, beauty pageants have offered the country a plethora of entertainment in the past few years. And this year is no different. As we prepare ourselves for the glistening teeth and overly-tanned faces of this week’s Miss USA pageant, let us recall both the physical and mental slip-ups of contestants past (Tara Conner anyone?). With celebrity chef Curtis Stone and NBC correspondent Natalie Morales playing hosts, Trace Adkins performing, and Melissa and Joan Rivers offering up their catty commentary, the evening is will undoubtedly be entertaining. And if all else fails, you can watch to see Paula Deen try to fatten up the girls. “I’m so looking forward to the pageant and to meeting all those great young women,” the upcoming pageant judge tweeted recently. “ I don’t think they are going to let me feed ‘em. But just between you and me, a good meal wouldn’t kill ‘em.” Can we get an amen?

Miss USA airs on NBC at 7 p.m. EST on Sunday, May 16 from Las Vegas.

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Barneys Gives Iman Prime Real Estate

As the recipient of the CFDA’s Fashion Icon Award this year, supermodel Iman will also receive the gift of a new showcase—her very own Barneys New York windows. Barneys creative director Simon Doonan will dedicate two of the store’s renowned Madison Avenue windows to the style icon—one will be plastered with Iman-centric collages and decoupages (including her name spelled out in “Ben Hur letters,” Doonan told Women’s Wear Daily), while the other will display a Bruce Weber portrait of the famed model as well as quotes from notables on her influence (including one from RuPaul: “Iman is the woman who first inspired the phrase ‘You Betta Work.’”) Doonan is excited to honor the woman he met on the set of an Annie Leibovitz shoot for Vanity Fair 25 years ago. “I was absolutely terrified of her because she is so regal and beautiful but the minute we got off the set, we bonded wildly,” he recalled to WWD. “We’re both immigrants; she just happens to be twice my height.”

Iman’s windows at Barneys New York will be installed on Monday, May 11 and will remain up for three weeks

Sebastian Junger Goes to War

There are (at least) two kinds of journalists in this world, and there is a fairly simple test to figure out which kind you would be: Imagine you are meeting with your editor. She says, "I'm sending you to Afghanistan for most of the year to embed with troops and cover the war. Where would you like to go?" If you immediately start crying, resign, or faint, you are the kind of journalist who writes sarcastic blurbs about Hollywood movies. If you say, "What's the most dangerous part of Afghanistan? That's where I want to go," you are Sebastian Junger, and you are a bad ass. Junger—who wrote The Perfect Storm—spent a year in "the Afghanistan of Afghanistan," and War is his gripping chronicle of that time.

War comes out Tuesday, May 11.

Billy Graham's Weather Report

Billy Graham, "America's Pastor," is doing pretty well for a 91-year-old guy: Just last month he invited Barack Obama (that’s President Barack Obama) up to his North Carolina cabin to max out and talk about God; Obama is the sixth President in a row that Graham has met with, making him, like, the American Pope, or maybe just the religious-leader equivalent of that guy who has an autograph of every world leader. Either way, hanging out with him is basically a prerequisite for holding higher office, and now that he's rereleasing his book Storm Warning, reading it is going to probably be a requirement, too. Though we're not quite sure why he's writing a book about weather? Maybe it's just a hobby of his.

Storm Warning will be rereleased on Tuesday, May 11