IN THE CLUB
So, what’s it take for a club to get shut down by the NYPD these days?
Hip hop feuds
Despite the rumors that Chris Brown and Rihanna are back together (they have been partying next to each other an awful lot lately), the rapper is still technically dating Karrueche Tran. Meanwhile, Rihanna has been romantically linked to the most emo hip hop star of all time, Aubrey “Drake” Graham.
Eventually, we knew, this would turn ugly. We just didn’t expect Chris Brown to be the one who walked away with the boo-boos.
In the dementedly overproduced and underwhelming action epic Battleship, what promises to be another brainless summer of so-called “blockbusters” takes another giant step backward. The wags already labeling this one “Terminator with water” are on the mark—I have to admit it has moments of noisy glory I couldn’t ignore. As another cookie-cutter ripoff inspired by comic books and video games (this time, Hasbro’s naval-combat pencil and paper-cum-board-turned-video game), you’re better here than with the idiotic Marvel’s The Avengers. To paraphrase a lyric from Guys and Dolls by the great Frank Loesser, “More than that I cannot wish you.”
Spring Arts Preview
The Hunger Games (Gary Ross) March 23
Your children have been refreshing Fandango daily to see if tickets are available yet for the movie based on Suzanne Collins’ kiddie novels—think of them as Twilight, except with actual murder instead of benign vampirism. Games promises a chaste love triangle and lots of angst for the tween Read More
Last night–the evening of pop singer Rihanna’s birthday–she released two remixes of existing album tracks. From her album Talk That Talk came a remix of “Birthday Cake” featuring Chris Brown’s vocals; from Mr. Brown’s upcoming Fortune came “Turn Up the Music” featuring Rihanna’s vocals. The star-crossed, or something, musicians had been hinting through Twitter about Read More
Rihanna is reportedly including Chris Brown on an upcoming remix of her single “Birthday Cake”–which should come as little surprise who has paid attention to Rihanna’s recorded output since Mr. Brown brutally assaulted her in 2009. Her album Rated R, released later that year, was dark and brooding, professing a simultaneous revulsion by and Read More
Chris Brown continues to showcase how much he’s learned from the all-too-brief public shaming after physically assaulting Rihanna–and Twitter continues to serve as a convenient conduit for celebrity embarrassment. Mr. Brown, who went on a Twitter jag after criticism of the Grammys’ allowing him to perform just three years after his attack, wrote a series Read More
March 2012: “Chris Brown Meets With Nelson Mandela, Who Thanks Him for Service to Mankind”
April 2012: “Nicki Minaj To Record Note-for-Note Cover of ‘Like a Prayer’ Featuring Drake, Kanye West, Lil Wayne”
August 2012: “Rihanna Releases Seventh Album”
September 2012: “Lady Gaga To Release Album of Standards Sung A Capella, No Longer Wear High Read More
Tonight’s Grammys are to feature a tribute to Whitney Houston and a comeback-from-surgery performance by heavily-favored multiple nominee Adele. We’ll be watching closely to see if the British chanteuse can claim Record, Song, and Album of the Year–or if other big nominees like Bon Iver (for the song “Holocene”) and Foo Fighters (for the album Read More
Fashion Week Observed
Julie Ragolia has seen more stars in their skivvies than you could dream of! After sinking her teeth at MTV and a slew of glossies eons ago, she moved up the nasty and competitive ladder of fashion editorial… These days, she serves as the fashion editor of 7th Man Magazine and styles mega-stars, such as Rihanna and Sean Combs. Despite his Napoleon complex, street photo Scott Schuman even made her the cover girl of his treasured tome, The Satorialist. The Observer tried to find out if she gets to sleep with any celebs and what exactly stylists do aside from playing with clothes and acting bitchy in the Prada showroom…