Watch an Interview with the Cast and Director of Sundance Award Winner 'Afternoon Delight'

How does a well-off but totally disconnected married couple living in Silver Lake spice up their marriage? By taking in an exotic dancer as their nanny, of course. As Jason Bailey mentioned in his Sundance 2013 recap, Jill Soloway’s debut feature, Afternoon Delight, which stars Parks & Rec fave Kathryn Hahn, Juno Temple, Josh Radnor, and the inimitable Jane Lynch as a crazy shrink, won a directing award at Sundance, but is still seeking a distributor. Thanks to our friends over at Sundance Channel, we’ve got dibs on an exclusive interview with the entire cast, as well as the award-winning filmmaker herself. Click through to hear their juicy stories about life on set in the “womb space,” as well as Radnor’s surprising connection with his character. … Read More

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In Case You Missed It: From Famous People's Business Cards to the Next Bechdel

This week on Flavorwire, we were a little more obsessed with famous people than we usually are around these parts, examining everything from their fascinating business cards to their final photographs to the evolution of their private jets. We met the people who hang out at New York’s public libraries and eight worthy successors to Alison Bechdel. We got an interesting look at some lovely burlesque performers both costumed and in the nude. … Read More

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A Wonderful, Typographic Tribute to the World's Manliest Males

“D is for Don Draper. Old Fashioned-supping alpha and legendary mad man/remover of bras.” Many thanks to A Parliament of Owls for tipping us off to Alphamales, an ongoing design project by Stuart Jackson that pays homage to “the world’s manliest males.” Click through to see the clever posters that he has created so far, then pick up a print of your favorite alpha ode on Artflakes. … Read More

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Exciting New Photos from Season 3 of 'Game of Thrones'

We can’t imagine a more delightful way to spend a cold Friday afternoon than poring over these new photos from Season 3 of Game of Thrones, which premieres on March 31st. You’ll find plenty of shots of fan favorites like Tyrion and the Khaleesi, as well as a few promotional images of the new faces in the mix, including Ciaran Hinds as “King Beyond the Wall” Mance Rayder and Love Actually’s Thomas Brodie Sangster as Jojen Reed. Click through to check them out, and let us know in the comments if you find the photo of Joffrey playing with a crossbow as annoying as we do. … Read More

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David Pelham’s Fantastic Vintage Penguin Book Covers

There’s no debating that David Pelham’s cover for the Penguin Books UK paperback edition of Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange is iconic — that cog-eyed face is impossible to forget. But the British illustrator was far from a one-hit wonder; in fact, he was also responsible for a slew of other classic covers. Boing Boing tipped us off to a few of Pelham’s other greatest hits, from his clever, blood-spotted design for Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood to a beautiful box set of J.G. Ballard books. Travel back in time with our slideshow of his work, and let us know which paperback is your favorite in the comments. … Read More

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In Defense of Lip-Synching: 5 Artists Who Could Have Used the Help

Everyone is freaking out because Beyoncé lip-synched “The Star-Spangled Banner” at yesterday’s inauguration; you can even compare a clip of her rehearsing with the final version. As Kristin DuBois, a representative for the United States Marine Band, explained, “All music is pre-recorded for the ceremony because there are so many eventualities and conditions that day. We performed, live, the band. But we received last-minute word that Beyoncé was going to use the pre-recorded vocal track. Those were the instructions we were given. We don’t know what the reason why.”

Interesting. But if history has shown us anything, it’s that when you’re performing at a major public event, sometimes erring on the side of pre-recorded caution can be a good thing. Don’t believe us? Here’s all the proof you need. … Read More

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Intimate Portraits of Old Folks Dancing

Martha Graham once described dance as “a graph of the heart.” In her series Viv(r)e la Vie!, Ana Galan captures old couples dancing around the globe. The photos are kind of like those interviews with the adorable elderly couples in When Harry Met Sally — you can’t help but want to have what they do in a few decades’… Read More

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Gorgeous Manipulated Photos of Abandoned Buildings

Talk about your unexpected eye candy: the pleasing geometric shapes and rich, over-saturated colors in these photos by Los Angeles-based artist Ed Freeman transform abandoned fast food restaurants and gas stations into objects of startling beauty. “All have been manipulated to enhance and ennoble these very ordinary structures that might otherwise go unnoticed and unappreciated,” he explains. In some cases Freeman only changes the background of the original shot; other images have been completely overhauled with the magic of Photoshop. Click through to check out photographs from two different series — Desert Realty and Urban Realty — pictures which, as Freeman admits, are anything but real. … Read More

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The Most Incredibly Highbrow Children’s Book We’ve Ever Seen

You know what there simply aren’t enough of? Children’s books that lampoon the Cubist movement. As Will Schofield over at 50 Watts explains, “The Cubies’ A B C is a mostly light-hearted jab at the Cubists in the guise of a children’s book. Brancusi, Duchamp, Kandinsky, Picasso, and Stein are gently skewered in alphabetical order.” The cheeky tome was dedicated to the Association of American Painters and Sculptors, aka the organization behind the Armory Show, the annual exhibition that first introduced many of these artists to American audiences. See a selection of our favorite pages from the strange 1913 book in our slideshow, then head over to 50 Watts for even more scans. … Read More

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Twitter Reacts to Facebook’s New Graph Search

Earlier today Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the “third pillar” of his social network — a new search tool called Graph Search, which will leverage Facebook’s one billion members’ 240 billion photos and 1 trillion interpersonal connections. “People use search engines to answer questions,” he explains in this in-depth piece on Wired. “But we can answer a set of questions that no one else can really answer. All those other services are indexing primarily public information, and stuff in Facebook isn’t out there in the world — it’s stuff that people share. There’s no real way to cut through the contents of what people are sharing, to fulfill big human needs about discovery, to find people you wouldn’t otherwise be connected with. And we thought we should do something about that. We’re the only service in the world that can do that.”

While we’re still figuring out what exactly this means for your Facebook privacy, let alone the future of sites like Yelp or even Google, we’ve collected some of the best initial tweets in response to the new feature after the jump. Let us know in the comments if you plan to get on the waiting list to give it a try. … Read More

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