Pop Culture-Inspired Photos of an Adorable Dog in Illustrated Scenes

Adorable, Budweiser-loving bull terrier Spuds MacKenzie was the most famous dog of the 1980s, but the most popular bull... Read More
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A Visual History of the Cannes Film Festival Poster

The unveiling of the official Cannes Film Festival poster has become just as exciting as learning about the selections. The festival poster has always attracted the attention of cineastes everywhere, but the striking 2011 poster featuring an elegant 1970 photo of actress Fay Dunaway set against delicate text seemed to renew interest in the art form. In honor of the first Cannes Film Festival, which took place today back in 1946, we’ve compiled a visual history of the Cannes poster. From surreal illustrations, to memorable film stills, and the original artworks of beloved directors, these posters (and accompanying facts) remind us why the annual celebration on the French Riviera is still the most glamorous, essential, and exciting film festival around. … Read More

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20 Nick Cave Quotes on the Creative Process

This week marks the New York theatrical release of the Nick Cave experimental documentary 20,000 Days on Earth, directed by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard. Staged, but not scripted, the film explores Cave’s creative practice and the myth of the artist. “Those personas—the [Leonard] Cohens, the Dylans, the Caves, are quite fragile, and I think we should look after them,” Pollard stated in a mini doc about the film. “Our culture is shifting in meaning, and there aren’t going to be too many in the future, because you see too much.” As Cave is an eloquent writer and speaker, we’ve gathered several passages from fascinating interviews that offer a similarly intimate view of the artist’s creative process. … Read More

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Haunting Photos of Nuclear Test Sites in Secret Soviet Cities

In their heyday, Semipalatinsk-16 and Moscow-10 weren’t represented on a map. There were no street signs to lead you there. And if you wanted to live there, the KGB had to approve your relocation with the proper security clearances. These were secret Soviet cities that became missile test sites. Today they are known as Kurchatov (in Kazakhstan) and Priozersk (in Russia).

Aritst Nadav Kander was fascinated by these closed cities, which he captured on camera. “Hundreds of atomic bombs were detonated in the so-called ‘Plygon’ near Kurchatov until the program ended in 1989. The bombs were exploded in a remote but still populated area, and convert studies were made of the effects of the radiation on the unsuspecting inhabitants,” reads the photographer’s statement. “[Kander] was then drawn to the bleak Aral Sea where there had been a military presence in the area, which had been responsible for launching the missiles used in the development of the defense systems in Moscow 10.”

Kander’s photos are available in the book Dust, which will be released on October 31. If you happen to be in London, you can catch an exhibit of Kander’s work at Flowers Gallery through October 11th. … Read More

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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: John Oliver Successfully Woos Scotland

There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This time, TV shows do the rom-com thing with varying degrees of success. … Read More

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The 5 Best New Songs We Heard This Week: Prince, Betty Who

Look, I’m all for a big-booty anthem, but trust me when I say: Iggy-Iggs and J.Lo aren’t the droids you’re looking for. So here are some that are.

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Today’s Internet Infinite Regress: Profiling the ‘NYT’ Profile of The Fat Jew

Slowly, The Fat Jew seems to be engulfing the media. While it may sound quite loaded, that statement is neither an antisemitic nor a fat-phobic remark generalizing on the prevalence of Jews in media who avoid the gym (such as myself.) Rather, it’s an introduction to web-(semi)-celeb comedian Josh Ostrovsky, AKA Fabrizio Goldstein, AKA @thefatjewish, AKA Fat Jew, who, as tells the New York Times in their just-published profile, “would prefer that you not call him a fat Jew… but hope[s] millions more people will soon come to know him as ‘The Fat Jew.'” The emphasis on “The” indicates that this is a man – who, like most rising, er, artistes – wants to be notorious. … Read More

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‘Dating Naked’ Airs a Naked Wedding — Because, Why Not?

Last night, VH1 aired a beautiful, touching ceremony of love in which two naked adults committed themselves to each other as at least a dozen other naked adults watched in awe. It was the much-anticipated Dating Naked Naked Wedding Special, featuring 27-year-old Ashley and 36-year-old Alika, who first met on an episode of the show. They instantly clicked — she is a sexually free, spirited hippie; he is a “sexual healer,” and much ado is made about his spirit fingers — and decided to do what many people do when they are ready to start a life together: They got married in front of reality show cameras while completely nude. … Read More

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Introducing a Brave New Voice in Journalism: #GAMERGATE, the Website

If you’ve been following the ongoing shitshow that is #gamergate, you’ll know that its proponents are fond of arguing that, no, they have nothing against women, they just want Integrity in Game Journalism. If you’re thinking, “Hey, wait, this might be a bit of a smokescreen,” you’ll be delighted to know that our brave #gamergaters are putting their money where their mouth is with a new publication that’s devoted to providing the sort of hard-hitting quality game journalism that their uncompromising ethical standards demand. Introducing… #GAMERGATE, the website: a new voice in gaming. Behold how journalism should be done. … Read More

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Body Parts Can’t Be “Trendy,” No Matter How Big Butts Get

In the past, a tone-deaf Vogue feature might’ve been peak Columbusing. But we live in exciting times, so “We’re Officially in the Era of the Big Booty” was just the beginning! First, the New York Times hopped On It with a trend piece, published (where else?) in the Styles section and titled (what else?) “For Posterior’s Sake.” And now there’s the video for Jennifer Lopez’s “Booty,” which looks like the result of the world’s worst record exec hypothetical: “What if we made ‘Anaconda,’ but without the fun, relevance, or gleeful destruction of phallic symbols? Also, let’s put Iggy Azalea in there.” … Read More

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