So, tonight is the grand induction ceremony for this year’s class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees. You’ll forgive us if we don’t get too excited, though, as the whole Hall of Fame experience these days is as notable for who isn’t included as it is for who is — and, specifically, for the ongoing lack of female inductees. There are plenty of worthy male artists and (predominantly) male bands whose continuing absence is inexplicable — Brian Eno, Nick Drake, Pixies, The Smiths, The Cure, Television — but the picture for women remains truly depressing. About this time two years ago, Salon ran a story pointing out that less than 14% of inductees were women, a picture that hasn’t exactly improved since — Heart and Donna Summer finally god the nod this year, meaning that a whole 25% of this year’s inductees are women! There are still loads of great female artists who remain on the outside looking in, though; here are some of the best. … Read More
The last roller rink in New York City isn’t as much a roller rink as it is a gymnasium in the Salvation Army building located along Kosciuszko Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Every Wednesday night since 2008, the Crazy Legs Skate Club has opened its doors at 8:00pm for all those 18 and over wanting to get down. Admission is $10.00, because the charitable organization doesn’t rent out its gym for free.
One Wednesday night in February, I visited Crazy Legs. The painted lines on the gym’s wooden floor were faded, the basketball rims up above were bent, and the northern wall was lined with a row of metal folding chairs. A scant assortment of Christmas lights festooned about provided the otherwise dark room with a muted glow, while a great mass of bodies on wheels moved in a counter-clockwise formation. Some experienced skaters occupied the center, where they swirled and twirled to the music in a manner that left no limb looking anything less than fabulous. Around 120 people were there, total. … Read More
We know, we know — you’re up to your ears in policial videos right about now. But bear with us, because this one is a hilarious (and important!) late addition. In this short spot from the Actually… series, Cher and Kathy Griffin urge voters not to let Todd Aiken, Richard Mourdock, Mitt Romney, and “the guy that looks like Dracula” (that’s Paul Ryan) ”turn back time” on women and women’s rights. ”Honestly, this is sick stuff,” Cher says, playing the straight man to Griffin’s trademark goofball pun machine. We hear you, ladies. After all, as Griffin wisely reminds us: “this is Cher, bitches. Do what she says!” Yes ma’am. Click through to watch, and let us know what you think in the comments. … Read More
Even before she rose to fame with “I Got You Babe” in the ’60s, Cherilyn Sarkisian had a pretty interesting life. She spent some time in foster care (her mother, an aspiring actress, was having financial issues), and dropped out of high school at 16 after struggling with undiagnosed dyslexia. She dated Warren Beatty. She… Read More
We recently heard a rumor that Lana Del Rey and Marilyn Manson are dating. Gasp! Whether or not it’s true, we’ve decided to take the opportunity to look back at the weirdest and most unlikely couples in the music industry. Though we know our understanding of celebrities is limited — we see them as figures crafted by marketing teams and stylists, and their appearances might not totally match their true natures — they do seem to have a knack for twisting themselves into seemingly bizarre romantic pairings, whether for media attention, true love, or just boredom, we’ll never know. Click through to see ten of the most unlikely celebrity couples with at least one musical member, at let us know if we’ve missed the one that shocks you most in the comments. … Read More
Just about every major movie that comes out these days — and not just the family fare — ends up producing some kind of commemorative doll. Same with any platinum-selling pop star. But have you ever noticed how little these Barbie-like creations tend to resemble their subjects? Well, so has Noel Cruz, an artist who repaints the dolls so that they uncannily recreate the faces of celebrities and their characters. See a perfectly preserved mid-’80s Madonna, Angelina Jolie at her steamiest, and even Harry Potter, after the jump. Then, make sure you visit Cruz’s website to check out more of his work. … Read More
A few days ago, the ladies at Bust made a discovery for which we are very grateful: Courtney Love’s apparently legit YouTube channel, complete with authentically all-over-the-place commentary by the Hole frontwoman herself. Divided into such categories as “freak assed shit,” “kook girls,” “special meanings to me,” “my stuff kurt frances…,” and even “u2 and covers,” it — like her Etsy profile — serves as a suitably bizarre tour through Love’s preoccupations, from her love of Patti Smith to her hatred of Chelsea Handler. Even for those who can’t stand her, there’s a lot of fascinating, trashy-brilliant stuff in there. We’ve sifted through it and compiled the best clips we hadn’t seen before, after the jump. … Read More
Folded in among today’s DVD releases, presumably overlooked amid your Twilight sequels and Harold and Kumar 3D yuletides and “Shakespeare didn’t write his plays!” screeds, is one of 2011′s best films: The Sunset Limited, written by Cormac McCarthy, directed by Tommy Lee Jones, starring Jones and Samuel L. Jackson. Wait, you might be thinking. (You might be!) What a fine pedigree! What an excellent cast! I would have gone to see that! Did it not play at my local art house or multiplex? No, hypothetical reader, it did not. It was made for HBO, and since Sunset Limited, based on McCarthy’s play, is primarily a two-handed conversation piece about race, class, mortality, and despair, it’s probably not surprising that it found a home on a pay cable network rather than at a Hollywood studio. But this is nothing new; dialogue and intellect-driven efforts like this migrated to television long ago, as studios lost interest in telling small stories.
Since they started airing in the mid-1960s, TV movies have taken risks — either on subject matter or on rising young talent. The results weren’t always commendable; there’s a reason that the phrase “made-for-TV movie” calls up images of Tori Spelling cowering on Lifetime, or broadcast networks airing simultaneous dramatizations of the lurid Amy Fisher story. But between the networks and cable, we’ve seen an assortment of genuinely beguiling television movies; we’ve gathered ten of our favorites after the jump, with plenty of room for yours in the comments. (And, just to keep it simple, we’ve steered clear of miniseries, documentaries, and films like The Believer that were intended for theatrical release but premiered on television instead). … Read More
We’ll be the first to admit that it has been a long, long time since we were in the target demographic for Barbie, yet when we heard that a collection of dolls inspired by the Kardashians is rumored to be in the works, we couldn’t help but react with a resounding “huh?!” What’s the fun in that? The whole point of playing with Barbie dolls is the escapism and fantasy; meanwhile, whether you love ‘em or hate ‘em, you have to admit that the Kardashian sisters have built their ever-growing empire around their willingness to overshare every last banal detail of their daily lives with the public– not exactly the most thrilling source material. Plus, while their fashion choices are typically on-trend, they’re also pretty darn boring. So, we decided to do a little bit of digging, and discovered that there are plenty of celebrity-inspired Barbies on the market that we wouldn’t mind playing with — even as adults. Let us know which doll is your favorite in the comments. … Read More
Whether you borrow style tips from Karen O, with outrageous prints and dramatic silhouettes, or you take a more demure cue from Catherine Deneuve’s delicate shift dresses and trench coats, chances are you’ve looked to pop culture for fashion inspiration at one time or another. So it’s only natural to be curious about where the iconic looks that have guided our style fantasies over the years actually originated. To that end, we’ve put together a gallery of original sketches that designers such as Edith Head and Yves Saint Laurent created for looks that continue to influence both the runway and fans’ personal style, after the jump. … Read More