Saturday Night Live
We knew this weekend’s Saturday Night Live would be good–Justin Timberlake being to the variety show what fruit and sprinkles are to plain frozen yogurt … just something that you know will make the whole supposed treat actually delicious–but did we know it was going to be history-making? Probably not. From Lorne Michaels lifting the Chevy Chase ban to the Jay-Z duet, the return of Stefon, Andy Samberg AND the classic Festrunk brothers, Mr. Timberlake proved once again he’s the consummate entertainer: a song-and-dance man who also can also land a punchline.
Which is more than we can say for the majority of guest hosts this year. Below, the five best moments from this weekend’s show, along with our favorites.
In last month’s New York Times story on the Coen brothers’ first film since True Grit, Joel Coen said that Inside Llewyn Davis–their movie about a folk singer in the ’60s (Oscar Isaaac, Drive)–shares something with the Broadway-cum-cinematic hit Les Misérables. Sure, there will be singing (No “I Dreamed a Dream,” though, fortunately), a love triangle and even a cretinous villain, but what does New York’s burgeoning folk-rock scene have in common with the French Student Rebellion?
We know you’ve seen the video of Mouseketeers Ryan Gosling, Justin Timberlake, and JC Chasez singing “Cry For You” on The Mickey Mouse Club, back before their relative successes (and in one case, slide back to anonymity). But have you seen the video of just Gosling and Timberlake harassing the all-female R&B group Xscape? Do you want to? Are you sure?
Big Apple Idolatry
- Debbie Harry made a pretty cryptic comment on the elections, saying “I am thinking we have been invaded by aliens who have reduced the intelligence level of the entire fucking country to cement.” Did she mean little green men or illegal immigrants from Mexico? And aren’t aliens usually portrayed as being light years smarter than the average Joe the Plumber? They figured out space travel, how stupid can they be?
Big Apple Idolatry
– How’s this for a wedding present: Justin Timberlake’s buddy, real estate agent Justin Huchel, filmed a bunch of homeless people wishing the best for the actor/singer and his new bride, Jessica Biel. See, it’s funny because what could the homeless possibly offer Hollywood royalty except wishes? Not everyone thinks this joke is in good taste, but then they probably haven’t seen Biel’s wedding dress. (Video after the jump.)
Big Apple Idolatry
- Katy Perry doesn’t want to be just another conquest to John Mayer. Hey lady, now you know how he felt dating Taylor Swift.
Onetime pop star Justin Timberlake–whose most recent album, FutureSex/LoveSounds, is nearing its sixth anniversary–is to make music once more after an extended period during which he focused on movie acting. The music he is making, though, is a score for the just-announced film The Devil in the Deep Blue Sea, which is to star Read More
Last night, at what is widely hyped as the best night in New York fashion, the attendees of the annual gala benefit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute did not disappoint. Patterns, we saw a few: a lot of black, a lot of neon, a lot of feathers, and a lot of sheer. And Read More
Fashion Week Observed
In celebration of the long desired end of Fashion Week, DeLeon Tequila and Nur Khan hosted what would be the last of their fabled Electric Sessions last night at the Hiro Ballroom (which, for the record, is still open) with Guns n’ Roses.
Over the summer, Steve Stoute, the CEO of the brand-marketing firm Translation, went to Wimbledon with his friend and business partner, the rapper Jay-Z, to cheer on Rafael Nadal during the Spaniard’s fourth-round battle with Juan Martín Del Potro. With the match tied in the third set, BBC cameras spotted them. “The man is still here,” said BBC tennis analyst Boris Becker in his heavy German accent. “The Jigga Man, that’s what they call him—Shawn Carter.”
Where most viewers saw a star-sighting. Mr. Stoute saw a “tanning moment.”
Mr. Stoute, in his recent book The Tanning of America: How Hip-Hop Created a Culture That Rewrote the Rules of the New Economy (2011, Gotham Books), defined “tanning” as “the catalytic force majeure that went beyond musical boundaries and into the psyche of young America.” That’s a pretty thick slice of marketing-speak, but the gist of it is simple: hip-hop has radically changed culture and corporate America.
And Mr. Stoute has had a central role in the transformation.