The existence of “Kidz Bop”–a series of albums with an anonymous, Menudovian band of children covering today’s top pop songs–always seemed a bit unnecessary, as original hit songs by actual kids (Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez at the moments, Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers in years past) have historically not been hard to come Read More
Taylor Swift, looking very vogue (Getty Images)
Hollywood Life has an image of the upcoming Taylor Swift cover of Vogue. (Cruelly, a cover line invites us to get “Smooth, Young Skin Fast,” a mission we might achieve were we a wealthy 22-year-old singer.) Ms. Swift is following in the Read More
It’s 2012, and according to the Mayan calendar and that documentary about John Cusack trying to save his family by piloting a plane out of New York, we’ve come to the tail end of mankind’s history on this planet. Since we don’t know exactly how many more months (or weeks? or—gasp!—days!?!) we have left until the meteor strikes and obliterates us like it did those dinosaurs in Jurassic Park (here’s hoping some mosquitoes carrying our DNA get trapped in amber!) we’ve decided to look on the bright side of this new year. After all, it may be the last one we’ve got.
And what a New York New Year’s Eve it was!
Hmmm…this new Christmas single, released by Lady Gaga via Twitter on Christmas, is the type of shenanigans we are used to seeing from Ke$ha. “Stuck on Fuckin’ You” is 5 1/2 minutes long, with the last 90 seconds totally improvised (according to Gaga). You can barely tell!
In September Jamey Rodemeyer, a 14-year-old gay teen, committed suicide in upstate New York after years of apparent bullying. This might have been a blip on the local news radar if it hadn’t caught the eye of Lady Gaga, who mourned Jamey’s death on Twitter and used the experience to promote her anti-bullying campaign.
It’s a sad fact, but without this kind of celebrity attention putting Williamsville North High School under the spotlight for its students’ cruelty, there would not have been an investigation launched into the kids who tormented Jamey.
Do you hear those sleigh bells ring-a-ling too? Every year we think we’re going crazy when the radio starts playing Christmas songs the moment the organic Whole Foods turkey has turned to Thanksgiving leftovers. (It’s been especially unnerving this year, considering the temperature has us repacking our winter sweaters.) We’re happy to get an early jump on the shopping—er—giving this year, as long it means that we can stuff our stockings with toys from Lady Gaga’s workshop at Barneys. Only $95 for an Alexander McQueen shoe replica made out of chocolate? That’s less than we paid at the Met to see the reel heel!
Another holiday treat has been the silence on Wall Street. Maybe everyone made peace on Thanksgiving … you know, just like the Pilgrims and Indians did before the former wiped out the indigenous culture with smallpox.
GQ’s annual man of the year issue is a split run, with covers featuring veteran man of the year Jay-Z, newcomer Michael Fassbender, bromantic Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon, and Mila Kunis.
It’s a quick return to GQ for Ms. Kunis, who shared its cover with a venti iced coffee in April.
The Eight-Day Week
Wednesday, September 7
They’re making another Superman flick with some British gent—don’t they know that for screen magnetism as well as real-life heroism, the buck stopped with Christopher Reeve? The beloved screen icon, who became an advocate for the paralyzed after a horseback-riding accident, is remembered at the Christopher & Dana Reeve Read More
The Observer stood in the middle of a first-floor studio tucked into what may be the last ratty stretch of Avenue B, eyes closed and arms held aloft, and ducked into a leather chrysalis.
We were being fitted for a “man-corset,” an anachronistic emblem of female oppression that once gripped only courtly ladies but now in New York can outfit any gender.
Our shit was about to get tight.
The riots in London seem finally to have subsided, but strange things are afoot stateside this week, so much so that we’re starting to wonder if Mercury, which went retrograde Aug. 3, is currently doing to the entire planet what it once did so publicly to Jeremy Piven. (Also, when does the statute of limitations Read More