A couple of months back, our erudite music editor Judy Berman put together a list of her most memorable fictional characters from songs. The feature inspired plenty of talk, both among commenters and at Flavorpill HQ, and we’ve been meaning to do a follow-up ever since. Now, with all our end-of-year list making and beginning-of-year predicting over and done with, we’ve finally got around to revisiting the idea — so, after the jump, we’ve pulled together 10 more of our favorite fictional characters from songs. As ever, suggestions are welcome! … Read More
Italy-based artist James Mollison left no musical genre untouched when he spent three years photographing various fans outside concert venues. “I was fascinated by the different tribes of people that attended them, and how people emulated celebrity to form their identity,” he writes on his website. After the collection debuted in a New York gallery, it was compiled into the book The Disciples, which showcases the dynamic fan base and their sometimes questionable apparel.
While images of Iron Maiden fans in Milan could almost be of any heavy metal fan (the iconic tee is one of the only real giveaways), other musical devotees are identifiable based on attire alone (hello there, Dolly Parton). It escapes us why anyone would actually want to look like Rod Stewart, but then again we’re reminded that “Rod the Mod” was really your mom’s sex symbol (respectfully) — which explains the age bracket of Rod’s wannabes below. Check out Mollison’s fun fan photos after the jump, and let us know which disciples look most like their idols. … Read More
Welcome to “Trailer Park,” our regular Friday feature where we collect the week’s new trailers all in one place and do a little “judging a book by its cover,” ranking them from worst to best and taking our best guess at what they may be hiding. We’ve got seven new trailers this week, ranging from the joy of Elmo and Dolly to the horrors of Katherine Heigl; check ‘em out after the jump. … Read More
The 1988 Broadway adaptation of Carrie — based on Stephen King’s book and Brian DePalma’s subsequent film — was such a notorious turkey that it became shorthand for ill-advised stage productions; a compendium book of them even bears the title Not Since “Carrie”. But somehow, the show still has its supporters, and it seems that a few of them have convinced investors that it deserves a second shot. Thus, Carrie will return to the New York stage early next year, albeit this time in an off-Broadway setting.
Carrie’s return may have as much to do with the current cautious atmosphere in the New York theatrical world as it does with the quality of the much-maligned production — with costs (and ticket prices) ballooning, Broadway producers seem only interested in sure things: revivals, big stars, so-called “jukebox musicals.” The theory is that the tourists who keep the New York stage solvent will only part with Broadway dollars if they’re spending them on a brand they’re familiar with; hence the Spider-Man musical, say, or The Million Dollar Quartet. And then, of course, there is the movie-to-stage adaptation — why not come see a live production of something you’ve already seen on film? Movie-to-musical shows have popped up sporadically for decades, but after the smash success of The Producers a decade ago, we’ve seen an onslaught; this season saw the debuts of Catch Me If You Can, Sister Act, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, in addition to long-running hits like The Lion King and Billy Elliot. But successfully staging a beloved movie is harder than it looks; it’s important to remember that for every Hairspray or Little Shop of Horrors, there’s an Urban Cowboy or High Fidelity. After the jump, we’ll take a look at ten popular movies that tanked on the boards. … Read More
At the time of this writing, Natalie Portman’s odds of winning the Academy Award for Best Actress — for her portrayal of a certifiable prima in Black Swan — are hovering somewhere between 1/11 and 1/12. In other words, Portman is so likely to win that to pry a dollar from a bookie on such an outcome, you’ll have to lay down twelve times that amount. If Annette Bening, the 13/2 favorite to upset Natalie Portman, wins Best Actress, the film will go on to double or triple its modest $20M earnings to date, and J. Todd Harris and Focus Features stand to make an unholy sum. Translation: When it comes to Oscar upsets, the stakes are incredibly high.
With that in mind, after the jump, our list of the greatest upsets of the past 20 years. Leave comment on which wins you feel were actually deserved. … Read More
“My idea of a good picture is one that’s in focus and of a famous person,” declared Andy Warhol, the Pope of Pop. What could be easier than shooting quick-to-see Polaroid prints of celebrity pals that arrived daily on his “factory” doorstep? Andy’s also ironically remembered for stating, “Photographers feel guilty that all they do for a living is press a button,” which is exactly what he did for his instantaneous snapshots of Debbie Harry, Diana Ross, Yoko Ono, Dolly Parton, Schwarzenegger, and other boldface names currently assembled for Andy Warhol: Big Shot at New York’s Danziger Projects. … Read More
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Dollywood, the family theme park and drag queen pilgrimage site founded by bald eagle champion and all-around ass-kicking country legend Dolly Parton. This past weekend, Parton celebrated with a TV special on Lifetime, recounting her hard-scrabble beginnings and passion for Cracker Barrel. And, oh yeah, she totally sang a duet with Miley Cyrus. If you can get to Pigeon Forge to celebrate, we heartily encourage you to do so. But for those of us who won’t be able to make the trek, we offer up the 10 most bizarre souvenirs, merchandise, and assorted promotional items associated with our favorite backwoods Barbie. … Read More
For some bands, there comes a time when music is not enough. Maybe the lead singer is acting like a diva, maybe there’s no more artistic inspiration, maybe your patented toothbrushes are made of toxic plastic, or maybe it’s just that you have a deep, unrealized vision of yourself as Julia Child. Regardless, for many musicians, food is the next frontier, and our Amazon shopping carts (if not our stomachs) are all the better for it. Want to make GWAR’s candied sweetbreads? How about some of Dolly Parton’s Dixie Fixin’s? Dig into our favorite musical cookbooks after the jump. … Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we met Google’s new social networking feature, Buzz. We welcomed back our favorite hip-hop comedy duo, The Real. We wished that the YouTube haters would leave Beaker alone. We looked at naked airport security X-rays. We braced for Sweet Valley Confidential, a new book chronicling Jessica and… Read More