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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Madonna Channels Picasso, Ghostface Burns Beards, and Backstreet Boys Murder Cinema

This Week: Madonna Channels Picasso, Ghostface Burns Beards, and Backstreet Boys Murder Cinema

Sometimes, creative decisions that seem great within someone's mind don't always translate well when they're thrust upon the rest of the world. This week, it's one probable artistic disaster after another: James Franco writing about Lana Del Rey, Backstreet Boys…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: The Tears of Bjork, the Threat of Taylor Swift, and the Ego of the Prodigy

This Week: The Tears of Bjork, the Threat of Taylor Swift, and the Ego of the Prodigy

“When I did this album — it all just collapsed. I didn’t have anything. It was the most painful thing I ever experienced in my life. The only way I could deal with that was to start writing for…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Deadmau5 vs. Arcade Fire, Morrissey vs. Canada, and Avril Lavigne vs. the World

This Week: Deadmau5 vs. Arcade Fire, Morrissey vs. Canada, and Avril Lavigne vs. the World

"Frankie's work helped open minds and bring people together, blending genres to capture our attention and ignite our imaginations. He was a trailblazer in his field and his legacy lives on in the city of Chicago and on dance floors…
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Film, "Interior. Leather Bar.": Finally, the Gay Sex of <i>Cruisin'</i> Comes to Light

"Interior. Leather Bar.": Finally, the Gay Sex of Cruisin' Comes to Light

To avoid an X-rating for Cruising, his 1980 film about a cop (Al Pacino) who goes undercover to catch a killer in New York's homosexual S&M underworld, director William Friedkin cut more than a half-hour's worth of explicit queer sex.…
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Film, Film Feature The Esseffies 2014:  Our Unexpected, Unnecessary Film Awards

The Esseffies 2014: Our Unexpected, Unnecessary Film Awards

Nothing in or around film underwhelms so completely as the Oscars. The hype is too great, the surprises too few. So, for a second year, we offer our own awards for cinematic merit with no hype and practically nothing you…
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Music, All Shook Down The Five Greatest Music Video Parodies of 2013

The Five Greatest Music Video Parodies of 2013

Finally! We're in the midst of the very last week of 2013! It's almost all over, everyone! So, what have we learned from music this year? Well, mostly that you need a completely naked woman in your promo clip if…
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Film, "Homefront": You Brought This Upon Yourselves: Statham, Stallone, Franco

"Homefront": You Brought This Upon Yourselves: Statham, Stallone, Franco

Homefront Stallone. Statham. Franco? Why not, right? For this action thriller about a single-dad DEA agent (Jason Statham) tussling with a small-town meth kingpin (James Franco), old man Sly confines himself to producer and script duty only, adapting Chuck Logan's…
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Dining, Bouncer Bouncer Finds Trivial Pursuits at Shotwell's

Bouncer Finds Trivial Pursuits at Shotwell's

When Shotwell's first opened over 120 years ago it had the adorable sobriquet, the Schlichtmann & Bredhofy Grocery Saloon, which was some sort of Deutch one-stop shop and home of the "backroom grog shop" if you were in need of…
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Film, "Mademoiselle C": Starting a Luxury Magazine is Really Luxurious

"Mademoiselle C": Starting a Luxury Magazine is Really Luxurious

Mademoiselle C In 2011, Carine Roitfeld left her job as editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris to create a new similar-but-different publication called CR Fashion Book, and director Fabien Constant's documentary Mademoiselle C follows the adorably raccoon-eyed Roitfeld on this journey. Roitfeld…
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Music, All Shook Down Lady Gaga Goes Highbrow -- and Naked -- With Marina Abramovic

Lady Gaga Goes Highbrow -- and Naked -- With Marina Abramovic

Let's begin by thinking back to a simpler time: When Lady Gaga was just a charismatic, fashion-forward lady with sharp hair and good accessories. "Poker Face" was, for many, our first introduction to Stefani Germanotta. Back then, this young lady…
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Film, "This is the End": The Apatow Boys Will Fart Us Unto That Endless Night

"This is the End": The Apatow Boys Will Fart Us Unto That Endless Night

Would you want to spend the end of the world with James Franco? In This is the End, Canadian actor Jay Baruchel comes to Hollywood to visit his old pal Seth Rogen, and is not happy to be stuck at…
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Calendar, Night&Day Movie Man-Child

Movie Man-Child

In the prologue of the documentary Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton, a voice approximating that of the eponymous ecstatic trickster recounts his boyhood visitation from an angel, imparting intuition, articulation, and merriment, by which the poetics of…
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Film, "Spring Breakers": This is What America Gets

"Spring Breakers": This is What America Gets

This candy-colored fever dream of id-driven nihilism? You brought this on yourselves, America. Or so Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers seems to say, with something like the old-fashioned pseudo-satirical wink of Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers. This is better, though, more…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Kink.com Co-Stars with James Franco in <em>About Cherry</em>

Kink.com Co-Stars with James Franco in About Cherry

There is no shortage of films about sex work. Hollywood has always loved to toy with the forbidden allure of women and men who make money having sex in person or on video. But whether playing sex work as comedy…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist

Threesomes at the Toronto Film Festival: James Franco + Vanessa Hudgens + Ashley Benson vs. Asia Argento + Charlotte Gainsbourg + François Cluzet

This is a blog post about two movies that were screened for the press within the first 24 hours of the Toronto Film Festival, both of which feature three-way sex scenes. In Spring Breakers, characters played by James Franco, Vanessa…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist James Franco in <i>General Hospital</i>: The Most Absurd Moments

James Franco in General Hospital: The Most Absurd Moments

In case you're not an avid viewer of daytime televisual melodrama, you may not realize that James Franco's character in long-running soap, General Hospital, just got (dun-dun-duuuun!) killed off after over two years of sporadic and consistently ridiculous appearances. If…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Five Lessons From James Franco's <i>Twilight</i> & <i>The Descendants </i> Review

Five Lessons From James Franco's Twilight & The Descendants Review

In the Paris Review, a magazine about things that matter, our generation's most important creative person has written a compare 'n' contrast of the worlds of The Descendants and Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part One. This is a thing that…
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Film, "Eames: The Architect and the Painter": Detailed Doc Leaves Artist's Personal Life Left Unexamined

"Eames: The Architect and the Painter": Detailed Doc Leaves Artist's Personal Life Left Unexamined

"The best for the most for the least" was the utopian business credo of Charles Eames, who with his wife, Ray, revolutionized mid-20th-century industrial design and presaged the information age. Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey's glowing appraisal of the couple…
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News, The Snitch What Is James Franco Having Sex With?

What Is James Franco Having Sex With?

Boy are we glad we read the paper today! In Thursday's Examiner newsmakers section, enigmatic James Franco is revealed as having produced subpar amateur porn in his younger days -- a bad decision that preceded his bad decision to host…
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Film, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes": Origin Story Shines When Apes Are Onscreen, Falters with Humans

"Rise of the Planet of the Apes": Origin Story Shines When Apes Are Onscreen, Falters with Humans

The latest descendant of the half-century-old de-evolution concept that began with Pierre Boulle's novel, Rise of the Planet of the Apes is an origin story. Predicting an ape-supremacist future, Rupert Wyatt's film is set in a contemporary America so preoccupied…
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