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Kanye West’s Secret Weapon Is His Versatility

Late last year, in what seemed like a lost bet with his label Def Jam, Kanye West did a nationwide commercial radio tour. I’m not talking about the next-level Zane Lowe BBC interview everyone raved over, I’m talking about Kanye going to pop and “urban”-format radio stations with cheesy DJs in nearly every major market where his Yeezus Tour stopped. Some of these interviews made headlines, but mostly the DJs were intimidated by Kanye and let him ramble on about whatever he damn well pleased, be it Adidas or Kardashians. … Read More

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The Fascinating FBI Files of 10 Cultural Icons

The Internet is a surveillance state. We’re steadily finding out that there are more people tracking our whereabouts than we ever thought possible. For celebrities and cultural icons, this invasion of privacy isn’t anything new. The FBI has investigated the lives of popular personalities and great thinkers for decades, often without reason. These famous files are filled with intimate and absurd details that often read like the headlines of a gossip column. Click through to see what dirt the Bureau has dished up over the… Read More

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10 of the Most Fascinating ‘Playboy’ Interviews

Playboy magazine is known for its sexy centerfolds and covers, but the gentleman’s glossy has a long history of publishing short stories and interviews with notable personalities. The eternal joke that people read Playboy for the articles is really true. The magazine’s archive reveals a collection of deeply personal and insightful conversations with filmmakers, musicians, and other cultural figures. We’ve highlighted ten that share profound and fascinating moments from pop culture and American history. … Read More

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The Ashton Kutcher ‘Jobs’ Biopic Looks Pretty Awful

Jobs, the Ashton Kutcher-fronted biopic of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, kinda dropped off the radar after a decidedly mixed reception… Read More

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From ‘1984’ to ‘Atlas Shrugged': When the News Boosts Book Sales

It’s notoriously difficult to predict whether a book will succeed. The ingredients that go into a bestseller are hazy at best, and everything from celebrity endorsements to a great cover design to sheer luck can have grand (or disappointingly little) influence. And of course, whenever a film adaptation of a book hits theaters, sales of the original text tend to get a little bump. But what about current events? Sales of George Orwell’s 1984 have skyrocketed following the NSA data collection scandal — despite Obama’s protests that this is not a Big Brother situation (or perhaps in part because he made that reference). Intrigued, Flavorwire hunted down a few more instances when news affected sales of a book. … Read More

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The Fascinating Business Cards of 20 Famous People

In today’s climate of cell phone contacts, Facebook, and LinkedIn, business cards may be becoming a thing of the past. But they can still say a lot about you. After discovering an utterly charming card used by Isaac Asimov, we were inspired to hunt for more famous peoples’ business cards, from Abraham Lincoln to Lady… Read More

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Sundance 2013 Premiere Lineup Includes Steve Jobs Biopic and Many More

Last week Sundance announced its competition lineup and spotlight films, which was thrilling enough for cineastes, but now the fest has unveiled its full list of premieres. It’s a diverse and star-studded selection that delves into the world of Steve Jobs, Dave Grohl, Linda Lovelace, Wikileaks, and Richard Linklater to name a few. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Dave Grohl will make their directorial debuts at Sundance with Don Jon’s Addiction — starring Scarlett Johansson and friends — and Sound City, respectively. Linklater wraps up his love story trilogy and follows Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke in Before Midnight. We’ll find out if Amanda Seyfried can become porn legend Linda Lovelace, watch Park Chan-Wook‘s thriller Stoker, and see Ashton Kutcher transform into Steve Jobs. There’s a ton of great stuff waiting for your perusal after the break, which we first spotted at The Playlist. Let us know what you’re most anticipating. … Read More

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Extremely Silly Photos of Extremely Serious Historical Figures

We’ve already shown you several silly photos of serious writers and silly photos of serious artists, but what about the less creative figures among us? After all, scientists, tsars, world leaders and intellectual innovators like to blow off steam too. As such, we’ve scoured the Internet to bring you a few photos of historical figures making faces, goofing off with friends, and posing for photos of themselves with their miniature clones (er, just one of those). Check out our mini-capsule of our favorite photos of historical figures getting silly after the jump, and if you have a tip on one we’ve missed, add it to our collection in the comments! … Read More

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Playful Fingerprint Portraits of Pop Culture Icons

Dito Von Tease is an Italian artist who uncovers famous features hidden within the human finger. His funny fingerprint portraits, which caught our eye on My Modern Met, reveal the digit-ized version of pop culture icons and other celebs. Each finger has its own costume, backdrop, and expression — a playful, minimalist nod to the famed figures. The artist’s name “Dito” translates to “finger” in Italian. Although fingerprints are used to identify us, Von Tease is an elusive artist who chooses to remain anonymous, which adds to the quirkiness of his creations. See more in our gallery after the jump. … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we visited Occupy Wall Street one year later. We spotted a Civil War-era Louis C.K. lookalike. We watched a Rocky Horror spoof featuring Ronald Reagan as Frank-N-Furter. We saw an alternate version of the Indiana Jones sword fight in Raiders of the Lost Ark.… Read More

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