For a while, rumors have been circulating that Facebook would be relocating from a Midtown Manhattan office at 335 Madison Ave to the downtown tech stead of Silicon Alley. Yesterday, Serkan Piantino, head of Facebook’s New York engineering team, confirmed the news, announcing that they would be taking up 100,000 square feet of space on two floors of an existing building at 770 Broadway. … Read More
Brazilian designer and illustrator Butcher Billy (also known as Bily Mariano da Luz) is over the “pure escapism” of comic-book art. To fix that, he’s created an awesome/creepy series of mashups between classic comic villains and real-life shady figures. Some are more villainous than others — Hitler vs. Mark Zuckerberg, anyone? — but whatever your opinion of his subjects, it’s hard not to find Luz’s handiwork impressive. Each mashup is set against a description of the real-life figure and even comes with an accompanying GIF, available at Luz’s Behance site. They’re certainly effective: if you thought Bin Laden was scary before, take a look at him with green scales and goblin eyes. … Read More
1. In case you missed it, a new — and much more exciting — trailer for Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln debuted after last night’s presidential debate. Watch it here.
2. Netflix has announced that all 13 episodes of House of Cards — its original political drama that’s being executive produced by David Fincher… Read More
Former mobster Henry Hill — who had a drug-fueled stint with the Lucchese crime family and an eventual turn as an FBI informant — died yesterday in Los Angeles at the age of 69. His life became the basis for investigative crime reporter Nicholas Pileggi’s 1986 book Wiseguy, made famous by Martin Scorsese’s 1990 film Goodfellas.
Ray Liotta starred in the film as Hill, which chronicled the reformed mobster’s roots as an errand boy for Lucchese capo Paul Vario in the 1950s, his rise through narcotics trafficking, and retirement into the witness protection program. As TMZ reported, the real Hill prided himself on cleaning up his act later in life, but what did he think about his cinematic counterpart? Find out past the break, where we examined what other people thought about their on-screen doppelgangers and the films based on their lives. … Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we found out what as seen on TV products actually work. We felt Kathie Lee Gifford’s mortifying embarrassment. We enjoyed Neil Patrick Harris’ Tony Awards promos. We adored this artist’s comic strips about failed mobile apps. We got to know Mrs. Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan. We gave a… Read More
1. Robin Gibb, who along with his brothers Barry and Maurice, set disco-era dance floors on fire as the Bee Gees, died yesterday at the age of 62 following a long battle with cancer and intestinal surgery. [via ArtsBeat]
2. In case you didn’t notice the update to his relationship status, Facebook founder… Read More
The humble hoodie has been in the news over the last couple of months — largely because of its sad association with the tragic death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, but also this week because of a rather silly controversy about the fact that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wore one to a meeting with prospective investors in New York. That particular hullabaloo led to an article in Forbes proposing a “hooded blazer” as a sort of trans-generational compromise on business attire. We’re not sure if this was serious or not — although by God we hope not — but either way, the whole thing got us thinking about hoodies in popular culture, and we thought we’d take a brief look at how the hooded sweatshirt has evolved from a simple and practical garment into something that apparently both the scourge of society and the thing for young CEOs to be seen in. … Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we learned about a gang of thieves who stole a 10-ton Czech bridge. We watched Mad Men’s Kiernan Shipka dance on Inside the Actor’s Studio. We were curious about a Henry David Thoreau-inspired video game. We read a 1943 Disney employee handbook. We followed the maturation of billionaire… Read More
The Internet has been abuzz with news of the new (unofficial) Steve Jobs action figure due out in February, which is unnervingly life-like, and thus incredibly creepy. Plus, it may just be us, but we think action figure status should be reserved for superheroes and action stars, or even other characters from film and television — we think it’s pretty weird when they’re made for actual people. Of course, some celebrity action figures (we’re using the term loosely) are weirder than others, and we’ve collected several of the most bizarre for your perusal — whether their strangeness comes from concept, execution, or the fact that people bought a talking Ann Coulter doll, all of them kind of blow our minds. Click through to see (and, in some cases, buy!) our picks for the weirdest celebrity action figures out there, and let us know if we’ve missed your prized plaything in the comments. … Read More
Greek designer Charis Tsevis creates meta mosaic portraits of cyberculture icons. Facebook maven Mark Zuckerberg’s picture uses the social media network’s familiar icons with words decorating the background. Japanese videogame developer Tomohiro Nishikado, who is best known for creating the intergalactic shooter Space Invaders, is composed of the game’s graphics. Grace Hopper, Bill Gates, Cynthia Breazeal, and Sir Clive Sinclair are also represented past the break. They’re all featured in the new book, Gadgets, Games, Robots and the Digital World, which you can pick up over here. Click on for more geeky mosaics. … Read More