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.
“I believe photography gives us the power to take the people and the things that we usually forget, and remember them.” That pretty much sums up this nice 3-minute doc about Abdul Kircher, a photographer who roams the streets of New York with a point and shoot camera, capturing the souls the city left behind. The 17 year old, who scribbles incessantly on an ever-present notepad, is a contestant in the New School Competition, the prize being a full scholarship to the institution. He gets our vote.
While you can spend days poring over statistics about torque, horsepower and suspension, the only way to truly gauge a vehicle’s performance is to push it to the limit in the real world. This is exactly what Land Rover has been doing with their all-new Range Rover Sport in a series of “Driven Challenges” that began this year at the world-famous Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb. After setting the world record for a production vehicle on that course, the next step for the feisty SUV was to go off road in one of the harshest climates on earth.
The Empty Quarter is the largest sand desert in the world. Sharing borders with Saudi Arabia, Oman, Yemen and the United Arab Emirates it covers over 250,000 square miles, making it nearly as large as the state of Texas. Rife with scorpions and camel spiders, and with temperatures regularly reaching 115 degrees Fahrenheit, it is an incredibly arid and severe terrain. Taking a production vehicle untested into this type of climate may seem like a doomsday scenario, but Land Rover was confident the Sport could handle the challenge. Enlisting Moi Torrallardona, an experienced off-road rally driver, Rover embarked on a journey to set a new benchmark and establish the record for the fastest desert crossing by a production vehicle in history. You can watch the incredible footage HERE.
With Torrallardona at the helm, a team of expert desert drivers was brought on board to help plan the journey. The Empty Quarter is notoriously difficult to navigate, with the landscape rapidly shifting between hard packed sand and flowing soft dunes. Even with a highly trained navigator any journey through this landscape poses endless unforeseen obstacles and promises difficulty. To capture this epic, one-of-a-kind crossing, a documentary film team was embedded with the crew, the results of which can be seen later this month.
Equipped with a 5.0 Liter LR-V8 engine, the Sport packs a lot of power but that is not all it takes to undergo such an impressive task. The sport comes equipped with the newTerrain Response® 2, which automatically adapts to the terrain, instantly delivering the best performance. Combine that with an all-new four corner air suspension system and the car produces incredibly dynamic handling that can easily conquer any off-road task. This package of performance and handling gave Land Rover complete confidence that the Sport could make it across the Empty Quarter quickly and in style.
Starting before sunrise on the 4th of November, Torrallardona and his navigator set off on their journey. With only a single stop to meet a support team for refueling and maintenance, tensions were extremely high. The sport blazed across the sweeping landscape of the isolated Arabian Peninsula reaching speeds over 51.87 mph. The team arrived to the finish line to cheers and a sigh of relief from the crew, having crossed 849 km in only 10 hours and 22 minutes. The Sport has set the benchmark to challenge any who may dare venture across the imposing expanses of the Empty Quarter and squarely proved that this SUV can handle it all.
All photos by Greg Stefano.