Who knows what the future holds for the famed Hotel Chelsea (usually referred to incorrectly as the Chelsea Hotel), located in the Manhattan neighborhood it’s named after? But no matter what happens, it probably won’t ever again be home to generations of artists both established and up-and-coming, in a city where busloads of young people still arrive every day with dreams of making it big. It has become another New York landmark whose importance has become mostly symbolic, but unlike hundreds of other historic buildings mercilessly knocked down to make way for newer, uglier glass boxes, at least the 12-story brick structure is still there. … Read More
Few cities capture the American imagination quite like New York, which explains why so many great films are set here. Time Out New York recently took on the estimable task of ranking the 100 best New York movies of all time, and we’re fans of just about everything they selected. But our most beloved films about the city will always have to do with its ever-changing countercultures, and although TONY included a handful of excellent examples (Paris Is Burning, Smithereens, Wild Style, etc.), we can’t help adding to the list. After the jump, we round up 10 classic New York counterculture movies, some of which may well be too campy, silly, or niche to belong on a “100 best” list, but all of which we consider required viewing. … Read More
Artists and their muses — such fabled relationships, so fraught with excitement, creativity, and yes… scandal. Let’s meet some of the enchanting, free-spirited, tortured women and men that inspired great artists to do great works of art. A warning: Some of our muses are more bohemian than others, so this one’s not for the sensitive types. Another warning: Some are more tragic than others, so break out the tissues now. From Gala to Eddie to Kiki to La Cicciolina, here come the muses, their triumphs and pitfalls in tow. … Read More
Rudyard Kipling defined the idea of an “It” Girl, writing “It isn’t beauty, so to speak, nor good talk necessarily. It’s just ‘It.’” By that measure, if you have “It” you never lose it. So, in celebration of the release of “It” Girl Marianne Faithfull’s new album Horses and High Heels, we offer Flavorpill’s 10 favorite 1960s “It” Girls. Between the fashion explosion that launched the age of the supermodel, the rise of Swinging London, and the lasting impression New Wave cinema had on commercial movies, there are dozens to choose from. Narrowing it down to only ten was hard, but the ones we’ve chosen have made a lasting impression and turned their “It” Girl status into legacies we still dissect. … Read More
Todd Haynes is one of our favorite filmmakers, and his first feature, Poison, just celebrated its 20-year anniversary. Although she isn’t in the film, as we read the Village Voice piece on it and reflected on Haynes’ career, we found our mind wandering to the wonderful work he’s done with Julianne Moore. And that got us thinking about how many gay male directors who we love have (or had) close relationships with an actress who starred in their films. After the jump, we look at eight such creative partnerships, from Haynes and Moore to Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick. … Read More
Double-disc set 13 Most Beautiful… Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests collects the tracks that Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips wrote and performed live to accompany the Pop art icon’s legendary films.
Dean & Britta were originally commissioned to soundtrack the silent films by the Andy Warhol Museum, which allowed them to select their 13 favorites from the vast Screen Tests archive. Their final selections included clips of Factory regulars Lou Reed, Edie Sedgwick, Dennis Hopper, and Nico, with the resulting music ranging from new compositions to a cover of the Velvet Underground’s “Not a Young Man Anymore.” … Read More
On this day in 1941 at 9:05 p.m., little Bobby Zimmerman — a.k.a. His Dylanness — was born. Earn your degree in Dylanology with our primer on unexpected Bobster trivia, featuring one fact for each of his 69 years, after the jump. Don’t think twice! … Read More