20 Things You Didn’t Know About John Waters

This is your last weekend to head to the Film Society of Lincoln Center for the finale of a fantastic John Waters Retrospective. Fifty Years of John Waters: How Much Can You Take? highlights 12 of the filmmaker’s features, including screenings of Cry-Baby, A Dirty Shame, and the Divine-starring Pink Flamingos. Also included in the retrospective is a selection of films Waters dubbed Movies I’m Jealous I Didn’t Make. “Finally I’m filthy and respectable!” he enthused about the retrospective. We’re celebrating the spotlight on Waters by sharing a few facts about the Pope of Trash you might not know. … Read More

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The Pop Culture-Inspired Branding Behind Heroin Addiction

We’ve been following Graham MacIndoe’s work since we shared his poignant Missing Persons series. The Scotland-born artist’s latest work All In, recently featured on Wired, caught our attention. Fascinated with the typography and design of glassine heroin baggies he collected during a period of addiction, MacIndoe’s photos reveal the branding and marketing side of dope.

“The addict becomes the ultimate consumer of the ultimate product—following a trail of quirky street names carefully chosen to be instantly recognizable to those in the know,” he writes on his website. “But there is nothing hidden about the references to good times (So Amazing, True Romance, First Class), juxtaposed with reminders of the gamble (9 Lives, Black Jack) and the reality of addiction (Flat Liner, Undertaker).”

Naturally, the pop culture references struck a cord with us. Names like New Jack City, Twilight, True Romance, and Sin City instantly transport us to the visual landscape of the films they refer to. The appeal of a brand named after cat food still eludes us (it even looks like the 9Lives logo), but sadly we can imagine why someone might feel fancy buying “First Class,” featuring a jet hovering above it.

See more of MacIndoe’s photos in our gallery. … Read More

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Grimes Threw Away Her Whole Album: Links You Need To See

It’s Friday, September 14, and that means one thing: Fashion Week is over. Of course, Fashion Week happens every few months in New York City, so that really means nothing. But, there certainly is a lot of fashion-related stuff happening on the internet right now.

First and foremost: electronic musician and sometimes-fashion muse Grimes has… Read More

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How To Open Your City

Presented by Heineken

We spent the summer rewarding urban adventurers coast to coast with Heineken and our Routine Interruptions campaign. If you got a call from us, you already know how we hooked up the bold and inquisitive. But just because the summer and the campaign is winding down, doesn’t mean you can’t continue the journey on your own. Gleaned from a season spent exploring the unknown and relishing in it, here are some programs to keep an eye on to open your city. … Read More

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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: Carrie Coon Gets Her Ugly Cry On

There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This round, The Leftovers finishes its mysterious first season by solving zero mysteris, and both Boardwalk Empire and Sons of Anarchy start their final installments. … Read More

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Belle and Sebastian Musical ‘God Help the Girl’ Is About the Birth of a Monster

[This contains gentle spoilers for the lovely movie God Help the Girl.] If you’ve seen any of the photos or musical clips from God Help the Girl, a musical by Stuart Murdoch, the frontman of the lovable indie band Belle and Sebastian (statistically the whitest band on the internet), about three sweet kids who form a band — and they’re not “kids,” but two twenty somethings and one schoolgirl — it looks like a 60s youthquake teen dream, with heartbreakingly beautiful lead Emily Browning clad in mod wear like a vision of the iconic French new wave goddess Anna Karina. … Read More

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EMA’s “False Flag”: Well, Here’s the 21st-Century Protest Song You’ve Been Asking For

One of the constant complaints you hear about the music of Kids These Days is that there are no ’60s-style protest songs written in the 21st century. It’s not true, although in general, 21st-century political songs are not so much impassioned declarations of intent as they are evocations of the uncertainty and ennui that characterize this century. But shit, if you’ve been wanting a visceral indictment of, well, everything, look no further than EMA’s incendiary “False Flag,” which she released yesterday via her page on DIY multimedia publishing platform New Hive. (And no, before you ask, it’s not some wacky conspiracy theory about 9/11 being a “false flag” attack — she’s repurposing the term, not getting all truther on us.) … Read More

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Syfy’s Entertaining Zombie Thriller ‘Z Nation’ Isn’t a ‘Walking Dead’ Ripoff

AMC’s The Walking Dead is a massive hit for the network — and don’t ever compare post-game show Talking Dead‘s ratings to those of your favorite series unless you want to be incredibly sad — so it would be easy to attribute’s Z Nation‘s existence to Syfy’s desire to recreate Walking Dead‘s success. But Z Nation, despite being a bloody post-apocalyptic zombie thriller, doesn’t share much with Walking Dead. It’s a familiar take on the genre, but it proudly displays Syfy’s touch throughout the pilot, and it’s all the better for it. … Read More

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The 6 Best New Songs We Heard This Week: Ariel Pink, King Tuff

If you’re on the hunt for some new music this week that didn’t just magically make its way into your iTunes library, consider these songs. … Read More

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Flavorwire Exclusive: Josh Likens Himself to Masturbating Monkey in New ‘Please Like Me’ Clip

Please Like Me, Australian comedian Josh Thomas’ semi-autobiographical comedy series on Pivot, gets a great deal of its yuks from Thomas’ brand of physical self-deprecation. Between using his resemblance to a “60-year-old baby” as first-date material and his aunt’s claim that his “pear shape” may be the result of a hormonal imbalance caused by abnormally small testicles, Thomas began the series understandably lacking confidence. He was a character who, due to both his own and others’ harsh (and humorously exaggerated) critiques of his body and face, clearly wasn’t comfortable in his own, newly un-closeted skin. In that first season, as he grappled with his mother’s manic depression and tried to strike a balance between worshiping his new boyfriend’s physical perfection while disparaging his emotional neediness, Josh slowly had to become more of an adult. … Read More

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