Cyndi Lauper

Flavorwire Predicts This Year’s Tony Winners

This year’s Tony nominations were surprisingly movie star-free, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be some major Hollywood-level moments when the awards are handed out live on Sunday night. With Neil Patrick Harris hosting for the fourth time, it’s an event that will hopefully grab the attention of those who would be surprised to find themselves in a Broadway theater. With an excellent crop of musical performances in store, this year’s ceremony will provide a terrific selection of what Broadway has to offer for those outside of New York. Click through to see what shows, artists, and performers are most likely to pick up Tonys this Sunday.  … Read More

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Celebrities Praising Celebrities: The Best Tributes From the Annual “Time 100″ List

Time magazine released its annual “Time 100” this week — a list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The list is, as usual, light on shock; it pretty much features the political figures, artists, athletes, and philanthropists you’d expect. What makes the feature compelling is the deployment of similarly well-known folks to write testimonials about the influential people they admire. Since we love hearing about the actors our favorite actors love, it warms our hearts to read, for example, Jon Hamm’s fan letter to his fellow AMC star Bryan Cranston. “Over the past five seasons,” Hamm writes, “I’ve marveled at Bryan’s ability to turn Breaking Bad’s Walter White from a feckless, terrified father and husband to a ruthless, terrifying father, husband and crime lord. The transformation is mesmerizing. The performance is fearless. Bryan is that good.” These stunt tributes don’t always work (particularly in the political realm — the only thing we want to read less than Sarah Palin’s tribute to Glenn Beck is Ted Nugent’s tribute to Sarah Palin), but when they do, they’re a joy to read. See our favorite celeb-penned tributes from the past five years of “Time 100″ below. … Read More

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10 Women We Can’t Believe Aren’t in the Rock Hall of Fame

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

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A Collection of Fantastic Celebrity Barbies

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

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Wanted: Women Who Rock Coloring Book

Who could resist the opportunity to color in our favorite rock ’n’ roll gals while supporting a great cause? The non-profit Girls Rock! Rhode Island recently published a killer coloring book loaded with pictures of women musicians who kick butt. Illustrated by a slew of local artists — including Marissa Paternoster of Screaming Females  — who donated their work, the coloring book is loaded with 22 ready-to-color drawings featuring the lady pioneers of rock present and past like Nico, Patti Smith, Kim Gordon, Bethany Cosentino, and Sharon Jones. Every copy sold supports programs Girls Rock! Rhode Island provides, including empowerment workshops and camps where young girls and women to learn to play instruments, form bands, and perform original songs for a live audience. Have a peak at thecoloring book below, and purchase it on Etsy. … Read More

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Gallery: Album Covers as Incredibly Detailed Bento Box Lunches

You may have noticed that we’re big fans of obsessive and obscure personal art projects here at Flavorpill — and that’s probably why our eyes bugged out when Dangerous Minds pointed us to Jacket Lunch Box, the blog of a Japanese gent who’s devoting quite a bit of time to precisely recreating album covers in the form of bento box lunches. He’s done a whopping 221 of them so far. The edible playlist includes everyone from Radiohead to The Clash to The Beatles, but our favorite is most definitely a certain iconic (in some circles) Jim O’Rourke cover. Check out ten bentos we loved after the jump, and be sure to page through Jacket Lunch Box to see a couple hundred more. … Read More

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The Morning's Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Good news for the summer of superheroes: Thor topped the weekend box office, bringing in $66 million in its opening weekend. It was followed by Fast Five ($32 million) and Jumping the Broom ($13.7 million). [via Movieline]

2. Def Leppard is planning to release an album of rock lullabies for babies aka,… Read More

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

Today at Flavorpill, we placed our vote for the Fugliest Celebrity of the Year. We watched James Bond (aka Daniel Craig) do drag for a good cause. We read what might be the best wedding-related headline ever. We were impressed by National Geographic’s real-life re-creation of the flying… Read More

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Cyndi Lauper’s Super ’80s Putt-Putt Date

The photo after the jump made our Friday afternoon. We don’t really want to know why two of our favorite ’80s icons were miniature golfing together. That might ruin it (like when Madonna overexplained her pseudo date with Michael Jackson at the VMAs). But we do wish that there was a transcript of some sort. And a disclaimer for those crazy person pants that he’s sporting. … Read More

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Daily Dose Pick: Here Lies Love

David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s star-studded collaborative concept album about the life of Imelda Marcos may sound strange, but it’s no less stunning for it.

Featuring a staggering list of guest vocalists that includes Santigold, Tori Amos, Nellie McKay, Florence Welch, St. Vincent, Cyndi Lauper, Róisín Murphy, Sia, and Sharon Jones, the double-disc set plays like a stage show minus the stage, telling the story of the former Filipino first lady’s rise and fall — often through lyrics based on her own words. … Read More

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