If winter is the time of year when single people scowl, forsake love, and slink off to that alone-time retreat they’ve created for themselves under the Manhattan Bridge out of watermelon rinds and Chinese food take-out cartons, then summer is when they thaw and renew their search for romance. They might make bold overtures to someone they’ve admired for quite while. They might even fall back in love with the idea of being in love. Recently, I found myself somewhere in the middle, entertaining a Lazy Susan of dates, each more hilariously terrible than the last. One way I’ve been coping with dashed expectations is by wistfully working through love songs released this year.
More than almost any other pop subject, love songs can get away without having to be original or innovative. Every type of love song that ever will be has already been written, making my search for the definitive love song of the year especially tricky. But there was something about “30 Minute Love Affair” by Paloma Faith that resonated with me. Maybe at some point in time, I might email one of those bad dates — the one who keeps texting me after he blew me off — the video below, with the subject line, “Baby, we’re done.”
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One of the benefits of being a famous, successful, admired musician — besides being famous, successful, and admired — is having your portrait made by an artist of stature. Wouldn’t you like to see how you translate into an iconic Andy Warhol or be dotingly dotted into a Chuck Close original? Well, too bad. You’re not Blondie or Philip Glass. From Basquiat’s tribute to Charlie Parker to Roger Ballen’s supreme badassiffication of Die Antwoord, here’s a slideshow of famous musicians as painted, shot, sculpted, abstracted, and silkscreened by famous artists and photographers.
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Just what is it about “Call Me Maybe”? In a trend that shows no sign of stopping, Carly Rae Jepsen’s sugary sweet hit has spawned hundreds of tribute videos, lip dubs, parodies and covers across the web, created by celebrities and civilians like, and with as much variation in quality as you might expect. But just when we thought we couldn’t watch even one more version, we saw an adorable, pared-down version of Jepsen singing the hit backstage at Late Night with Jimmy Fallon with Jimmy and the Roots accompanying her on toy instruments. Here we go again. In order to keep everyone else from burning out, we’ve collected the most worthwhile “Call Me Maybe” tribute videos below. Click through to watch, and let us know if we missed your favorite in the comments. But not if it’s the James Franco one.
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1. It took the return of Will Smith after a four-year film hiatus to knock The Avengers out of the top spot at the box office. That said, Men in Black III’s $55 million opening weekend is reportedly a disappointment for Sony, who spent about $325 million to make and market the movie. [via … Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we read an excellent account of one GQ reporter’s failed quest to make a man out of Justin Bieber. We watched Mac Lethal take on Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know.” We got ready for a rare solar eclipse that’s happening on Sunday. We listened to a… Read More
1. Forbes has released its Fictional 15, an annual list of fiction’s wealthiest characters. This year’s winner is Smaug, the dragon from The Hobbit, whose “personal fortune jumped 16% from last year to $62 billion after wyrm watchers crafted a more detailed analysis of his massive hoard of coins, jewels and antiques.”
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Today at Flavorpill, we ogled this 150-carat, all-diamond ring (yes, even the band). We wondered if this Justin Bieber Keytar ad was real, or just a living nightmare. We watched John Stamos kiss a dude for charity. We went disco dancing with Rita Hayworth. We were hypnotized by this … Read More
Clearly, here at Flavorpill, we love nail art almost as much as we love pop culture, and we get especially enthusiastic when those two interests merge. So do other people, apparently, because it’s become incredibly trendy now for polish makers (especially OPI) to launch lines inspired by television, movies, books, and celebrity branding. Sometimes the mash-ups make sense; sometimes they really don’t. We’ve rounded up some of these nail polish lines and ranked them by how confused we are by their existence, after the jump.
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It’s all part of the ritual. First we spend months predicting the nominations, then we complain about the nominations, then we predict the winners to the point where there are no surprises during the ceremony itself, so we then complain about the show. Yes, folks, Oscar season came to a close last night, with trophies going to The Artist, Hugo, Meryl, Octavia, and Plummer over the course of the 193-minute ceremony hosted by Alan Shemper Billy Crystal.
Were there great moments? Sure: the legitimately emotional acceptance speeches by Octavia Spencer and Christopher Plummer, the candid charm of Meryl Streep, the terrific byplay of Emma Stone and Ben Stiller, some good old-fashioned slapstick from Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis, and a Chris Rock monologue that made us wonder why the hell he wasn’t hosting again. But overall, the night was indisputably awkward — possibly even more awkward than last year’s James Franco art-installation fiasco. After the jump, we’ll run down a few of the evening’s more uncomfortable moments.
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1. Yesterday The Hunger Games — which doesn’t hit theaters until March 23rd, mind you — beat the record set by Twilight: Eclipse for first day advance ticket sales on Fandango. As diehard Katniss fans, we suppose this is a good thing, but we’re not sure we’ll be strong enough to brave scary throngs of… Read More