2012 Olympics

The Most Beautiful Olympic Stadiums Ever Built

The 2012 London Summer Olympics kicks off today, and all eyes are on the capital of tea and toast for Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle’s three-hour opening ceremony extravaganza that includes, according to our friends at HuffPost, Paul McCartney, cricket, and sheep. After reading a fascinating article about the Architecture Olympics, explaining International Olympic Committee founder Baron de Coubertin’s vision for “a global event that incorporated not only athletics but also art competitions, giving equal importance to works of architecture, painting, music, sculpture and literature,” we felt compelled to take an in-depth look at the stunning design afforded by the biannual competition.

Starting with a look at the most stunning stadiums constructed for this year’s events, and then going back in time to the striking simplicity of the first stadium in Greece, click through to check out the most beautiful Olympic architecture ever built. Then, nominate your favorite stadium in the comments below! … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we learned about 50 Olympic athletes to keep our eyes on. We dug this grammar lesson. We read Chuck D’s rules for the music business. We discovered what David Lynch had to say about his foray into the champagne biz and watched… Read More

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Petition for David Tennant to Carry the Olympic Torch

It’s hard not to love Doctor Who (in spite of what some people might be saying about Saturday night’s finale) and if the opportunity arises to make something that happened in one of the episodes actually happen in real life, you know we’d love to support the show’s crossover into reality. That’s why… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Hollywood actress and legendary pinup girl Jane Russell — who managed to make sprawling on a bale of hay look sexy in her 1943 film debut, The Outlaws — died yesterday at the age of 89. She was a favorite of Howard Hughes, who infamously designed a special “cantilever” bra that would expose… Read More

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The 10 Best and Worst Olympic Mascots of All-Time

Yesterday the 2012 London Olympics unveiled their official mascots, Wenlock and Mandeville, two one-eyed futuristic drops of steel. Based on a story by children’s author Michael Morpurgo, the metallic characters were “created” from the final support girder for the Olympic Stadium in East London. Sound strange? It gets much weirder. After the jump, we evaluate mascots from past Olympic games, separating out the best from the worst. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Blur and Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn is in the running for a new gig: artistic director of 2012 Olympics. [via The Independent]
2. With a “$3.5 billion killer debt” MGM is on its way to bankruptcy, putting both The Hobbit and James Bond franchise in peril. [via Nikki Finke]
3.… Read More

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