David Bowie

Sony Emails: Benedict Cumberbatch Wanted to Play David Bowie in Stalled Freddie Mercury Biopic

The Freddie Mercury biopic has been stuck in development hell for nearly a decade. Until yesterday, the most recent update Queen fans had to go on was the news that Sacha Baron Cohen had not signed on to write, produce, direct, and star in the film; manager Jim Beach had simply said so at the Artist and Manager Awards on March 26 as what Brian May called a “small joke.” Now that Wikileaks has made last year’s leaked Sony emails publicly available, however, there’s some new information on a certain hopeful costar — and Amy Pascal’s blind adoration for “Under Pressure.” … Read More

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The Weirdest Vintage ‘SNL’ Musical Performances

Contemporary Saturday Night Live doesn’t always have its finger on the pulse the way it should. It’s done a few things wrong, like the ongoing race debacle that creators tried to make right with the recent hiring of more diverse cast members. SNL also isn’t nearly as edgy as it used to be, during the days of Eddie Murphy and John Belushi. But Studio 8H has, at least, always featured a wide variety of musical guests — some stranger than others. Dangerous Minds dug up a video of hardcore band Fear playing the SNL stage in 1981. Inspired by Lee Ving and company’s wild performance, we rounded up some other weird vintage musical… Read More

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David Bowie is Co-Writing an Off-Broadway Musical Based on ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’

The New York Times reports that David Bowie is returning to theater. In the 1980s, he played the title role in… Read More

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The Mysteries of Powdered Alcohol and David Bowie: Links You Need to See

The pendulum of hate and adulation swings freely in Kanye West’s life, oscillating seemingly daily between the two camps. On Sunday, West walked the streets of Paris in black mid-calf, high-heeled boots on his way to the Givenchy fashion show. Today, the rest of the internet noticed, and comparisons to Mary J. Blige, Rick James, and Shrek‘s Lord Farquaad are flying. … Read More

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Björk’s MoMA Retrospective: When Technology Fails Innovation

Tuesday morning, at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, I found myself standing a few feet away from someone clad in a black cactus costume. Its face was covered, and thus it took me a minute to realize the cactus was Björk. Situated in a room custom-designed for the occasion (6,000 soundproofing cones covered the walls and ceiling),the Icelandic icon introduced her new MoMA-commissioned piece, the short film “Black Lake.” “I’m very grateful that Klaus [Biesenbach] convinced me to do this exhibition,” Björk timidly announced, referencing the 12 years it took MoMA’s curator at large to snag her for an exhibition. “It’s been quite a journey, and a close relationship that I’m really grateful… Read More

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A Selection of Hitherto Unseen Responses to Famous Songs

The idea of writing a song lyric as a letter is one that’s as old as music itself, but if you’re like Flavorwire, you may have occasionally found yourself wondering: what if the recipient of the song in question wrote back? What might they have to say? Wonder no longer, dear readers, because through the magic of a program that grants access to the the hitherto undiscovered secret archives of rock (aka Photoshop CS5), here are the unseen responses to a bunch of our favorite “letter” songs. … Read More

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Woo-hoo! Blur Reunite for Hong Kong-Inspired Album: “Sounds Like the Stuff Bowie Did in Berlin”

To celebrate the Chinese New Year, the members of Blur assembled in a Chinese restaurant in London today… and announced their first album since 2003’s Think Tank. The location was no whimsical choice: The Magic Whip, out April 27, was inspired by the band’s time in Hong Kong, where they recorded the bulk of the album on a whim over the course of five days. Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James, Dave Rowntree, and producer Stephen Street joined BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe in a lengthy sit-down/press conference, which was streamed via Blur’s Facebook. They shot the shit, played a moody new song (“Go Out”), and remained non-committal about playing US shows. … Read More

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The 50 Funniest Cameos in Movie History

This week, Olive Films is releasing, for the first time on Blu-ray, The Road to Hong Kong, the last of the seven “Road” buddy comedies starring Bob Hope and Bing Crosby. Hitting theaters a full decade after the penultimate entry, Hong Kong is an occasionally funny and occasionally wheezy bit of business, with one honest-to-God great sequence: an unbilled cameo by Peter Sellers, who strolls into the picture and steals the damn thing outright. Hope and Crosby were early adopters of the kind of inside-joke comedy that yielded such cameos, which became increasingly common in the years that followed; we’ve gathered up some of the funniest in movie… Read More

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25 Love Songs That Need to Be Retired

Valentine’s Day: that special day of the year when every cheesy love song you can think of gets exhumed and played again and again and again. Even avowed Hallmark Day non-skeptics can agree that there are some love songs that we could all do without hearing again, be it on February 14 or… well, any other day of the year, really. Like the 25 that follow, for… Read More

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