Our favorite photo of the week belongs to Star Trek: The Next Generation actor Wil Wheaton who shared an uber nerdy image of himself wearing ankle watches (with friendship bracelets!), acid-washed jeans, and a ratty Depeche Mode tee. We’ve featured the image of the Stand by Me star after the jump, along with photos of other pop culture idols and their (mostly) regrettable teen fashions. It’s a snapshot of simpler times, before the stylists and PR managers thoroughly preened them. See what a few of your favorite, famous teen heroes were wearing back in the day, below. … Read More
Did it start with Mad Men? Or Hipstamatic and its successor Instagram? Or was it always here, lurking beneath the surface of culture, waiting for its moment to arise? Whatever the case, it’s hard to escape the curious sub-Gatsby, multi-era mishmash aesthetic that’s worked its way into US pop culture over the last decade or so — it’s a constant presence these days, manifesting in everything from music to film to artisanal bacon. With The 20/20 Experience — 20/20 being hindsight, geddit?! — Justin Timberlake has become the latest and most notable performer to embrace foggy faux nostalgia as a source of inspiration. … Read More
Justin Timberlake’s long-awaited new album, The 20/20 Experience, is out next week, and as we reported earlier this morning, you can stream the whole thing via iTunes. If you followed the link we posted, you may have noted that the album is well over an hour long, and because we are
gluttons for punishment devoted to music journalism, your music editor has faithfully listened to the thing from start to finish, noting down his thoughts as he went. Pray for him.
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Saturday Night Live brought back beloved characters, former cast members, and some of our favorite gags. The resurrection business proved to be a lucrative one for the writers, with Timberlake in top form as host and musical guest — including a special appearance from Jay-Z during a retro-styled performance of “Suit & Tie.”
Fresh sketches didn’t fare as well for the five-time host, who sold them with gusto even when they involved a stupid “sex pig” and one too many dick jokes. The cold open with J.T. doing his best Elton John impression, singing about the wacky exploits of Hugo Chávez, made us wish the singer’s link to an Elton John biopic were a reality.
“There are so many exciting things about hosting five times,” Timberlake told us in his monologue. “You get to see old friends. You get to try new things. You get to inevitably let everyone down thanks to overly high expectations — thanks, Internet!” See if J.T.’s prediction came true in our recap. … Read More
We’ve spent most of the week trawling the depths of our record collection, but now it’s time to direct our attention to the albums we might be adding to said collection in the next few weeks — March is looking pretty decent for new releases, and as ever, we’ve selected the ten albums we reckon will be most worth listening to over the course of the month (along with all the other notable albums scheduled for release, good and bad.) We’re always interested to know what our readers are going to be listening to, too, so do let us know in the comments section. … Read More
We’re not generally given to bouts of nostalgia here, but when Dangerous Minds unearthed a video yesterday of Philly punk icons The Dead Milkmen making an unlikely appearance on Club MTV, it got us thinking about the days when music TV used to be live and thus all sorts of whacked-out things could happen. Those days are largely gone, sadly, outside of various late-night shows — the general decline of live TV, along with a series of high-profile controversies, means that networks like to have a whole lot more control over what goes to air today. Still, we’ll always have the memories, and in celebration of the ongoing experiment in riding by the seat of one’s pants that music TV used to be, here are ten of our favorite moments in gloriously shambolic televisual anarchy. As ever, let us know if you have any to add. … Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we mourned the loss of Nyan Cat. We were thrilled to learn that Mythbusters is doing a Breaking Bad-themed episode with Aaron Paul and Vince Gilligan. We fielded some calls from President Obama. We met a few independent video stores that are still managing… Read More
Every Friday here at Flavorwire, we like to gather up the week’s new movie trailers, give them a look-see, and rank them from worst to best — while taking a guess or two about what they might tell us (or hide from us) about the movies they’re promoting. We’ve got nine trailers this week, featuring the likes of Clint Eastwood, Paul Rudd, Amy Adams, Gerald Butler, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Justin Timberlake, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Biel, Leslie Mann, Albert Brooks, Megan Fox, Elizabeth Olsen, Josh Radnor, John Krasinski, and Olivia Thirlby. Check ‘em all out after the jump, and share your thoughts in the comments. … Read More
1. Four slightly different teasers for Pixar’s Monsters University, a prequel to Monsters, Inc. which focuses on Mike and Scully’s college years, have arrived online. Watch them all here.
2. Can we all agree that there’s no way that the new Sesame Street movie that’s in the works will be able to compete… Read More
We’ve been anxious to see Justin Timberlake record another album for what feels like forever now, so the news that he’ll compose the soundtrack and serve as music supervisor for his fiancée Jessica Biel’s upcoming film The Devil in the Deep Blue Sea is either a tiny step in the right direction, or a sign… Read More