July 30, 2014

The new Interstellar trailer just set in the internet ablaze and now we are all ash. Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi juggernaut does not hit theaters until November 7, and the notoriously secretive director has kept much of the movie under tight guard, but in this new clip we get a sense of just what the hell is going on. Humanity is peril, having used up its natural resources, and its up to Matthew McConaughey (who might very will score his second consecutive Oscar nom), Anne Hathaway, and their merry band of supporting actors to travel into deep space and maybe find somewhere else for us to live. The film looks like classic Nolan: big effects, bigger emotion. We will be buying tickets to this movie, and we assume you will be too. Check it out below.

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July 29, 2014

Nowadays, instead of reading to their kids and opening their minds to the wonders of the human imagination, parents hold cameras in their children’s faces and try to provoke them into doing something viral. Case in point is “Sadie doesn’t want to grow up,” which could easily be retitled, “Parents wants tons and tons of views.”  In it, young Sadie adorably weeps at the thought of her younger brother growing up and having his cuteness destroyed by stage 4 acne and eventually liver disease. She hugs him as he ignorantly smiles at his big sisters existential pain. You can practically hear her parents high fiving in the background.

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July 25, 2014

That is the question approximately no one is asking because it doesn’t really matter and it’s Friday and you’re probably on a rooftop schwayling out. But for those of us who are still at a desk reading entertainment sites because real news is depressing, it appears there’s a chance that professional weirdo Joaquin Phoenix might join the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Dr. Strange, according to The Wrap. Phoenix, who’s mostly been working on (relatively) small movies with big directors, is reportedly in talks for the role, which has most recently been rumored as belonging to Benedict Cumberbatch.

Strange is one of Marvel’s stranger superheroes (kill me). He’s essentially a sorcerer who uses a pendant called the Eye of Agamotto to cast spells on his enemies, and unlike many of his Marvel counterparts, he usually works alone. Phoenix would reportedly get signed to lesser commitment than his Marvel counterparts, because presumably an actor of his calibre wants the freedom to make, you know, actual movies. Can this actually happen? Stranger things have happened

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July 25, 2014

Some of you may recall the legend of Superman Lives, a ’90s era cinematic revival of the Man of Steel that Tim Burton was slated to direct, and Nicolas Cage—then at the peak of his powers—was supposed to star in. The movie, which was initially scripted by Kevin Smith, never took off (ha ha), despite months of preproduction. Photos of the completely insane costume Cage was supposed to wear have been floating around the internet for years, and highlight just how ballsy (and insane) this movie would have been. Now, filmmaker Jon Schnepp has made a documentary about this unfinished film called The Death of ‘Superman Lives’: What Happened? It looks like a fascinating exploration of a time when Hollywood was almost (but not quite) willing to take massive creative risks on their big budget properties, and features appearances from some of the producers and artists involved, including Burton himself. Check it out below. 

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July 24, 2014

In “Peace Arch,” the title track off Emily Danger’s forceful EP, the lead singer Emily Nicholas sings, “My words must be heard.” And with that voice, it’s impossible not to. We’re happy to premiere the video for the track, where  the New York-based rockers dramatically perform a song that manages to somehow be soaring and subterranean, much like the video. Interchanging between a hazy, abyss-like stage and a celestial, bed of clouds, video’s dual aesthetic is summarized in the band’s thesis:

Below: We have war, and darkness. We take issue with the light and deny all hope of retribution. Above: Hope lays on a bed of clouds. She is light, she is all things pure and honest. She wants nothing more than to rest, but cannot for fear that we will destroy all that is beautiful.

Photo by Inez and Vinoodh

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July 24, 2014

Here it is, the moment that some people but not everyone has been waiting for: the first full trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey. It features an extended version of that druggy redo of “Crazy in Love” that Beyonce teased a few days ago, and it gives you a glimpse at the chemistry between its much discussed and fairly inexperienced two leads, Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan. The trailer spends most of its time setting up its central relationship–we do not get a glimpse at Rita Ora’s acting debut–and only at the end does it give us a hint at what’s to come: hardcore fucking bondage. Check it out!

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July 21, 2014

The world awaits with breath that is bated for new music from Lorde, but so far besides some vague references to new material, there’s no concrete timeline for it. Lucky for us then that Diplo just hit us with pretty much the next best thing. It’s called “Tennis Court (Diplo’s Andrew Agassi Remix),” and it takes the first track off Lorde’s debut album Pure Heroine and laces it with elastic synths and chopped up drums, enough to transform the song from gloomy ballad to a bouncy summer jam. Listen to it below. 

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July 18, 2014

It’s the eternal question: What is cool? To us cool is a grainy video of Justin Bieber roller dancing to a Lady Gaga song, but the New York-based fashion and lifestyle platform The Cools decided to take the investigation deeper by asking six New Yorkers for their interpretations of what cool is. Their findings are in the video below, and if we’re being totally honest, it’s making us rethink our earlier position.

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July 18, 2014

The battle to become our favorite Franco just took a massive swing in Dave‘s direction, after an appearance on Conan last night in which the budding movie star took to Tinder with Conan O’Brien to cruise for babes. The two of them create fake profiles, and eventually both match with a 71-year-old woman named Gloria. We won’t spoil what happens next, but it’s a lot of fun.

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