Since Lorde covers always deliver, here’s one by fellow 2013 breakout act CHVRCHES, who went on BBC Radio 1′s Live Lounge and delivered an energetic rendition of Lorde’s other single, “Team,” which if we’re being honest with ourselves, is a slightly bigger jam than that other song.
Fresh off her New York Fashion Week odyssey, which produced this fancy gallery of photos, photographer Robin Siegel is at it again, only this time she’s training her lens on New York’s art world during its busiest week, when both the Armory and Whitney Biennial came to town. This is what she saw.
Lena Dunham is hosting Saturday Night Live on Saturday night, live. As is tradition, she and an SNL cast member, in this case Kate McKinnon, got together to shoot some promos. Here, Dunham pokes fun at her feminist persona, the fact that she writes, directs, and produces her own show (control freak!) and a bunch of other things that should get you sufficiently excited for this Saturday. Promo successful!
There was a moment last night at the Academy Awards where we thought the most grotesque thing about John Travolta would be his factory-made hair. Then, he got on stage, and in one of the most inexplicable moments in recent Oscar memory, pronounced the name of Broadway star Idina Menzel as Adele Dazeem, or something. (For the record, there really is an Adele Dazeem and she’s used the incident to accrue slight net fame.) You can watch the entire moment here, or you can just relive the money shot on this now-viral Vine video. There’s something about it that makes us want to watch it over and over again on loop—the tonality of it, the cadence—that just burrows into your brain like a really well-crafted slogan. Cooostanza!
Give Patton Oswalt credit. It takes some stones to look at Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in their world famous eyes and make a tasteless joke about her sleeping with a producer so he could get his role in 12 Years a Slave. But that’s exactly what the comedian did last night at the Film Independent Spirit Awards, and their reaction is an appropriate mix of bewilderment and boredom. Oswalt’s monologue, which is edgy if not uneven, gets in some decent digs at the current movie climate and nominees like Matthew McConaughey, and it also proves that for better or worse, Michael Fassbender dick jokes will never die. Watch it below.
We care for Sky Ferreira enough to take her photo and place it on the cover of our magazine (when we had one, print = death), so obviously when an unreleased track from her still-tiny catalogue hits the internet, we’re going to post it. Meet “Rancid Girl,” a hopeful acoustic number from her Ghost EP era that showcases how pure and simple Ferreira’s vocals can be when they aren’t drowned out by reverb and noise. Yesterday, she tweeted “Leaks usually bother me but I actually like ‘Rancid Girl’ so that’s…cool”. And she’s right. It is cool.
This clip isn’t new or anything, but it’s Ryan Gosling, talking, in front of a camera, so stop. The footage is actually from the HBO documentary Seduced and Abandoned, which features director James Toback and hermit Alec Baldwin making the rounds in Cannes in an effort to get a film financed. It features a bunch of movie people talking about the more quixotic side of their industry, including here, where the Gos talks about how insanely hard and depressing it is to be a struggling actor. (via VF)
Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz tour roared on over the weekend, including a stop at the Tacoma Dome in Washington. There she treated the lovely group of young Pacific Northwesterners and their uncomfortable parents to a twangy, pretty sweet cover of Outkast’s “Hey Ya.” During the song’s iconic “Shake it like a polaroid picture” line, Cyrus manages to get some twerking in, but that’s not why should watch this. Watch it because it’s good. Now Outkast has to repay her by covering “Party in the U.S.A” when they tour this summer, because that’s how these things work, says me.
One of Jimmy Fallon’s trademarks as a late night host is his casual flaunting of how well-liked a member he is in the secret society of famous people, and how they’ll do anything for him. So for his first night as host of The Tonight Show, when Fallon asked about 20 of his well-known pals to appear on stage for about 10 seconds each, they of course said yes. The gag, in which Fallon asks his friend to pay him $100 after betting against him to land the Tonight Show gig, isn’t funny in and of itself, but it is fun, if only to try and gauge which celebrity gets the longest applause. (We’re going with Lady Gaga). Check out all the cameos, which include Tina Fey, Sarah Jessica Parker, Lindsay Lohan, and much, much, more, below.
Proof that we live in a silly world comes in the news that DMX, the gravelly-voiced, washed up rapper, is going to compete in a boxing match against George Zimmerman, murderer. The stunt match was set up by “celebrity” boxing promoter Damon Feldman, who chose DMX out of a group of 15,000 applicants, including the rapper The Game, dying to kick the shit out of the man who was acquitted of the murder of Trayvon Martin. The best part about all of this are DMX’s quotes, which reads “I am going to beat the living fuck out him … I am breaking every rule in boxing to make sure I fuck him right up.” Then he threatened to piss on George Zimmerman’s face. The fight will take place on March 1st, and more details will be announced later today. Now excuse me while I go wash my brain.