Rufus Wainwright

The Morning's Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is out — and it’s racking up rave reviews. The film currently has a score of 87 on Metacritic and has been judged 97% fresh by Rotten Tomatoes. Stephanie Zacharek at Movieline writes, “The movie’s final moments are the equivalent of… Read More

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Literary Mixtape: Elizabeth Bennet

If you’ve ever wondered what your favorite literary characters might be listening to while they save the world/contemplate existence/get into trouble, or hallucinated a soundtrack to go along with your favorite novels, well, us too. But wonder no more! Here, we sneak a look at the hypothetical iPods of some of literature’s most interesting characters. What would be on the personal playlists of Holden Caulfield or Elizabeth Bennet, Huck Finn or Harry Potter, Tintin or Humbert Humbert? Something revealing, we bet. Or at least something danceable. Read on for a cozy reading soundtrack, character study, or yet another way to emulate your favorite literary hero. This week: Jane Austen’s beloved heroine, Elizabeth Bennet. … Read More

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10 New Queer Anthems That Are Better Than “Born This Way”

Now that we’ve had a while to process Lady Gaga’s new single, “Born This Way,” we have to admit we don’t love it. Because hey, we liked “Express Yourself” 20 years ago when Madonna did it. It won’t stop us from adoring Gaga and supporting the song’s message. But when Elton John starts calling it “the new gay anthem,” worthy of replacing the immortal “I Will Survive,” we’ve got to put our foot down. For one thing, there are plenty of much better new, queer anthems out there. Our list of ten strong candidates, all of which have come out in the 21st century, are after the jump. … Read More

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Literary Mixtape: Holden Caulfield

If you’ve ever wondered what your favorite literary characters might be listening to while they save the world/contemplate existence/get into trouble, or hallucinated a soundtrack to go along with your favorite novels, well, us too. But wonder no more! Welcome to the first installment of a new feature on Flavorwire, where we sneak a look at the hypothetical iPods of some of literature’s most interesting characters. What would be on the personal playlists of Holden Caulfield or Elizabeth Bennett, Huck Finn or Harry Potter, Tintin or Humbert Humbert? Something revealing, we bet. Or at least something danceable. Read on for a cozy reading soundtrack, character study, or yet another way to emulate your favorite literary hero. … Read More

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The Flavorpill Mixtape XIX: Rufus Wainwright, Tegan & Sara, LCD Soundsystem

This week’s mix features artists with names that roll off the tongue. Rufus Wainwright has a great ring to it, as does Toro Y Moi or Freelance Whales. And how can you not fall in love with a girl who calls herself Kitten? OK, so maybe we judged these musicians a bit by their monikers, but that’s not to say that we weren’t satisfied with the content as well (we know, what an anti-April Fool’s thing to do). Check out our selections after the jump, and be sure to Right Click + Save As if you’re swayed. … Read More

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10 Musical Artists Who Deserve a Fashion Line More Than Pete Wentz

We sighed when Britney Spears considered a clothing line for Ed Hardy, but we weren’t exactly surprised. We were confused when Avril Lavigne forced her love of ties and “punk rock” skull imagery upon us with her line, Abbey Dawn, but it was quickly relegated to the sales rack at Kohl’s. Amy Winehouse’s line for PPQ, thankfully, never even got off the ground. This, however, is just too much: Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz has launched Clandestine Industries, a “fashion line” that appears to consist of Louis Vuitton knockoff hoodies and T-shirts adorned with bulbous anime characters. Oh, and a haute couture straight jacket and Jason mask worn by the designer himself at a recent runway presentation.

After reflecting on that for a moment, we decided that it’s time to pay tribute to the musical artists whose real flair for fashion in everyday life would actually be sure to create some kick-ass couture. … Read More

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Borders Decides to Phone a Friend [Lunch Links]

Books: Borders gets a reprieve
Dance/Opera: Rufus Wainwright Opera to Get North American Premiere at 2010 Luminato
Design: Jacek Utko: Can design save the newspaper?
Film: First Early Details on Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox
Music: How song, dance and movies bailed us out of… Read More

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