Today at Flavorpill, we liked Kirsten Dunst’s blue hair in Murakami’s new video project for the Tate Modern. We wished that we were J.J. Abrams and networks were fighting over us. We braced ourselves for the new Damien Hirst: think canvases not pickled animals. We wondered if you can ever separate the actions of the creator from that which they’ve created. We laughed at the 10 worst celebrity courtroom sketches. We looked at some retro ads from old issues of LIFE magazine. We learned more about Vampire Weekend’s upcoming album, Contra. And finally, we watched Ladyhawke’s new music video for “Magic.” Click through and let us know what you think. … Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we went inside of Michael Jackson’s closet. We enjoyed the visual irony of a cloud umbrella. We watched a festival founder and a controversial filmmaker duke it out in the ring over the state of indie film. We couldn’t wait to DVR TLC’s newly-announced reality series BBQ Pit… Read More
1. It’s cinematic, baby: Filmmaker Roman Polanski’s surprise arrest in Zurich could be what leads to his freedom. [via WaPo]
2. Marilyn Manson has the swine flu. [via Rolling Stone]
3. ABC will air its new alien show V in two parts; four episodes starting in November, and then nine more after the Olympics in March. [via TV Guide]
4. The Tate Modern is set to recreate a 1992 exhibition of work by Rob Pruitt and Jack Early that New Yorkers deemed racist. [via The Independent]
5. The CW’s new Ashton Kutcher-produced model drama, The Beautiful Life, has been canceled after just two episodes. Poor Marissa Cooper. [via THR]
Bonus link: Pitchfork’s Top 200 Albums of the 2000s:… Read More
Vulture was obsessed with the vintage-inspired poster art. IndieWire calls it “a wet dream for horror fans.” And Vanity Fair is comparing Ti West’s The House of the Devil to the early work of Roman Polanski. We think it has the potential to be the most interesting horror film of the past few years — which is funny considering it looks like something that would come out in the ’80s. Watch the red band trailer after the jump and let us know if you’re scared yet. … Read More
Books: Britain’s future Poet Laureate thinks the job should be abolished.
Dance/Opera: The New Yorker insinuates that some ballerinas are sluts.
Design: Christoph Niemann Legos all things N.Y. — even the Gowanus Canal.
Film: One extra large victory for Mo’Nique.
Music: What’s behind the commercial… Read More
Mystery Parisians copy Obama poster: Paris has suddenly become plastered with mystery posters of Nicolas Sarkozy modeled after Shepard Fairey’s iconic Obama posters. The French versions have progressive policy goals (“Making polluters pay?” “Saving each household 1,000 Euros a year?”) above Obama’s “Yes we can!” slogan and pop-art prints of Sarkozy’s face. And no one knows who’s behind the stunt though the hunt for the “SarkObama” campaigners is on. [AFP]
Twilight star to do Jett biopic: If lusting after vampires wasn’t enough to gain Twilight star Kristen Stewart a teen following, now she’s set to play rocker Joan Jett in Runaways, a biopic of the 1970s band directed by Floria Sigismondi. The film will follow the band members’ rise to fame as teenagers and their subsequent disillusionment. While she’s obviously got the drugs part down fine, wonder how Stewart’s reprise of “I Love Rock N’ Roll” will compare to Britney Spears’ in Crossroads (not that we’ve seen that or anything). [THR] … Read More