It’s not a year in music without at least one good bout of hand-wringing over someone’s controversial album cover, and 2012 has been no exception. The album cover is something of a dying art form these days, although the return of vinyl in recent years has revived it somewhat — but still, in an age when we get more and more of our art in a digital form, it gets harder and harder to attract people’s attention. If nothing else, the covers in this feature most certainly do the attracting-people’s-attention bit just fine — whether they’re actually any good or not is a judgement we’ll leave up to you. (Warning — one of the images that awaits you below is pretty spectacularly NSFW, and if you’ve been following the ongoing shitfight between Death Grips and their former label Epic, you can probably guess what it is.) … Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we got some excellent suggestions on what to do with our leftover turkey from F. Scott Fitzgerald, including his recipe for the Turkey Cocktail. We wanted to own every single one of these action figure versions of the most famous scientists of the 20th century. We drooled over… Read More
1. Here’s the new trailer for Admission, a quirky dramedy in which Paul Rudd plays a typical Paul Rudd character and Tina Fey is basically doing a slight variation on Liz Lemon — not that we’re complaining.
If like us you’re interested in internet culture, you’ve probably followed the Rihanna-vs.-seapunk controversy with interest and amusement. If not, well, in short, Rihanna’s outfit/visuals/general aesthetic on her recent Saturday Night Live performance looked an awful lot like those associated with seapunk, the curious aquatic-themed internet movement that’s been leveraging a Little Mermaid obsession since the good old days of 2010. The seapunk overlords are none too happy about their stylistic ideas being lifted by her ladyship, just like they have been similarly miffed about Azealia Banks stealing their schtick for months. If this all sounds like a storm in a virtual teacup to you, well, you’d be right. But still, the whole thing has some interesting things to say about internet culture, and culture in 2012 in general. … Read More
1. Did you go see Skyfall over the weekend? The movie pulled in $90 million at the domestic box office, making it the biggest Bond film opening in the 50-year-old franchise’s history. [via Vulture]
2. Kevin Clash, who has voiced Sesame Street’s Elmo for the past 28 years — and charmed us all… Read More
Well, would you look at that. The notoriously goofy Anne Hathaway led a pretty decent episode of Saturday Night Live last night, full of large-mouthed energetic mugging and musical numbers. In fact, most of the sketches landed in the pretty-good category, so this week, we’ve treated you to four of the best, with only two in the figurative doghouse. Still, SNL should be shooting for brilliance, not just okay sketches! We know, we know, that’s a lot to ask. For now, click through to watch the best and worst from last night’s SNL, and let us know whether you agree with us, or whether you totally hated Mokiki (impossible) in the comments. … Read More
For our money, Anne Hathaway’s performance as Selina Kent was one of the best parts of The Dark Knight Rises. She was surprisingly sexy for someone whose breakthrough role was in The Princess Diaries, and her quick banter with Bruce Wayne provided the film with some much-needed lightness. Which is a long way of saying, forget for a second that Hathaway co-piloted the train wreck that was the 2011 Academy Awards; go ahead blame that mess on James Franco. We do — and we have high hopes for this weekend’s episode of Saturday Night Live, which will feature Rihanna as its musical guest. As Jason Sudeikis points out in these promos — you know, before accidentally turning himself into her — it will be Hathaway’s third time hosting the show, and she’s always delivered good TV in the past (remember her Katie Holmes impersonation?). Click through if you’d like to watch the two of them engage in ontological debates and sexy hair battles. … Read More
Editor’s note: Welcome to The Fug Report! Each week our fashion blogger friends Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, the sartorial geniuses behind Go Fug Yourself, will feature some of the most memorable looks of the week in this space. We hope you enjoy it!
Today at Flavorpill, we read an open letter to Rihanna asking her to please use more words. We looked at pictures of Halloween-themed weddings. We appreciated this Lisa Frank-style Romney poster. We listened to a few dads sing songs from Little Mermaid. We dug this … Read More
For a song whose giant beat gets so much more attention than its minimalist lyrics, Rihanna’s “We Found Love” has a weird emotional resonance. That chorus, “We found love in a hopeless place,” could have been cut from an uncharacteristically positive Joy Division song. So it’s been especially interesting to watch different artists reinterpret the… Read More