Steve Schapiro, Andy Warhol and the Velvet Underground, Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, 1966

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Photos Capturing Andy Warhol’s Influence on the New York Underground Scene

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“I never wanted to be a painter; I wanted to be a tap dancer,” Andy Warhol once said. “I don’t paint anymore, I gave it up about a year ago and just do movies now. Painting was just a phase I went through.” And Warhol’s influence stretched far beyond the canvas which is the subject of a new exhibition at the Centre Pompidou-Metz (with support from the Andy Warhol Museum), titled Warhol Underground.
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25 Things You Didn’t Know About MTV’s First Broadcast

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The MTV of today is packed with more reality television than music videos. But the groundbreaking network used to air music videos, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and promised that we’d “never look at music the same way again.” And we haven’t, after the channel’s maiden broadcast back in 1981. Today is the 34th anniversary of that first year on air. Here are some fun facts about the very first music videos played on MTV and the network itself that reveal the channel’s widespread cultural influence.
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Jon Stewart Announces the Guests Leading Up to His ‘Daily Show’ Finale

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Though days will continue to be days, and daily shows will continue to be daily shows, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart will cease to be The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, and the impending August 6 end-of-days(ly Show With Jon Stewart) seems to have people sitting shiva with their foreseeably Stewart-hollowed TV sets. And, to accompany them, the show’s funeral guest list, so to speak, was announced during last night’s episode.
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Eye-Catching Art Installations That Incorporate LEGOs

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This weekend, Kief Davidson and Daniel Junge’s A LEGO Brickumentary opened in theaters — an ode to the colorful building blocks of our childhood that seem more popular than ever, today. While some are criticizing the film for basically being a 92-minute commercial for the toy company, it’s clear that a love for LEGOs persists regardless and has expanded beyond the nine to eleven age range. Artists are using LEGOs as architectural structures and more in their installations — especially public artworks that call to the crowds with their colorful design and nostalgia factor.
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Awesome, Retro Video-Game GIFs of ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

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As detailed and vibrant as the set-pieces of Mad Max: Fury Road were on-screen, they look surprisingly good rendered as GIFs that look more like screenshots from a 1990s PC game than a 2015 blockbuster film. Illustrator Evgeniy Yudin and animator Misha Petrick have rendered seven of Mad Max‘s distinctive vehicles in motion, complete with pixelated versions of Immortan Joe, Nux, and Max himself. Click through for the duo’s full repertoire thus far; according to their Behance page, there’s at least three more on the way.
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Read an Excerpt from ‘Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War”

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Released in concert with the 70th anniversary of the bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War by Susan Southard follows in the footsteps of John Hersey’s Hiroshima, providing a harrowing account that begins on the morning of the bombing and extends to the present day. Southard’s approach is devastating yet necessary, and, as Ian Buruma said in the New York Times, it gives us “some idea of what it must have been like for people who were unlucky enough not to be killed instantly.” The below account, taken from the second chapter of Southard’s book, tells of the first moments when the bomb struck the small port city, killing 74,000. — Jonathon Sturgeon
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Queen Latifah Gets Title Role, Mary J. Blige Is the Wicked Witch in NBC’s ‘The Wiz’

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A great deal of interest was sparked when it was announced the NBC’s next live musical would be The Wiz (especially considering tepid ratings and responses to Peter Pan). Between the more socially relevant selection and the curious collaboration with Cirque du Soleil, the collective flame for the idea of a televised live musical had been somewhat rekindled. 
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Is this Really the Golden Age of Publishing? Ask Eddie Redmayne’s Brother

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According to Charlie Redmayne, HarperCollins UK CEO and half-brother of Eddie, the book business has entered its Golden Age. He said as much earlier this month at a garden party for writers and publishers on a “glorious summer’s evening” in London. Publishing Perspectives quotes Redmayne, who was previously the CEO of Harry Potter fansite Pottermore, exhorting his guests to hold their heads high. “I genuinely believe publishing is entering a golden age,” he exclaimed. “There are more people reading than ever.”
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