Hey, Uhh—Check Out Benji Madden's Scalp Tattoo. It's New!

Kelly Conaboy · 10/05/15 03:05PM

Hey—ahh. Man, hey, um—look at this! Hey! Cameron Diaz’s husband Benji Madden from PacSun break room mid-day motivation band Good Charlotte got a new scalp tattoo—isn’t it good? [Nodding with eyes wide to convey the idea that you should do the same.] Hmm?

Solving the Aging Problem: Janet Jackson’s Unbreakable

Rich Juzwiak · 10/02/15 04:00PM

How should a pop diva grow older in public? When your career is based not so much on virtuosic vocal ability but charisma, X factor, taste, and performance, where do you end up? What is the “age appropriate” equivalent to singing standards for the artists whose output is rooted in the dance pop of the ‘80s? How does the artist who is characterized in part by her command on culture and ability to communicate with the masses thrive when the masses stop listening? How do you make pop music when you know it has little chance of actually being popular, per the ageist standards of the music industry?

500 Days of Kristin, Day 250: In Search of a Believer 

Allie Jones · 10/02/15 02:37PM

Two hundred and fifty days ago, former reality TV star Kristin Cavallari announced that she was writing a book to be released sometime in the spring of 2016. Balancing in Heels (formerly titled Balancing on Heels—Kristin’s first choice of title) now has an official cover image and a website where you can pre-order it.

NYFF: Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson Talk Indulgence, Trash, Poppers, and Celine Dion

Rich Juzwiak · 10/01/15 12:57PM

“We wanted viewers to feel like they were washed up, panting on another shore somewhere having just had a brush with drowning in a tempest of narrative,” is how Canadian director Guy Maddin described his latest feature (co-directed with Evan Johnson), The Forbidden Room, which played this year’s New York Film Festival. And indeed, Maddin’s 11th feature is exhausting. Essentially an anthology film with a Russian nesting-doll structure, The Forbidden Room sprouts narratives out of narratives, flowing from one seeming tangent to the next with Maddin’s familiar silent-movie aesthetic (the narratives were generally based on titles and synopses “lost” movies often dating back to the ‘20s). A crew in a submarine that’s running out of oxygen attempts to extend their collective lives using the air pockets in flapjacks. A lumberjack attempts to rescue a woman from a cave-dwelling tribe called the Red Wolves. A man’s ghost attempts to teach his son how to trick his mother into believing that the man never died. There is a vampire banana, a virgin sacrifice, a character known as “Squid Thief.” It blends together deliriously in transitions that emulate the decay and melting of celluloid.

NYFF: So Close To, Yet So Far From, The Truth About Kitty Genovese's Death

Rich Juzwiak · 09/29/15 03:45PM

The story about the events surrounding Kitty Genovese’s death, as most people know it, is a myth. It’s been over 50 years since her March 13, 1964, slaying, and so much has been written (often in attempt of correction) in the time since. Yet in many people’s heads, the story remains as it did in the opening paragraphs of Martin Gansberg’s March 27, 1964, New York Times story, “37 Who Saw Murder Didn’t Call the Police”:

Chris Brown Desperately Tries to Guess Password to Gain Access to Australia

Jay Hathaway · 09/29/15 11:40AM

Chris Brown has been denied entry to Australia because his 2009 assault on Rihanna, for which he was sentenced to five years of probation and six months of community service, doesn’t square with the country’s feelings about domestic violence. Faced with canceling a lucrative tour, Brown is now on Twitter trying to guess the password to get into Australia. Is it: “I would be more than grateful to come to Australia to raise awareness about domestic violence?”

Come Hell or High Water Katy Perry Is Going to Buy This Goddamn Convent

Gabrielle Bluestone · 09/29/15 11:30AM

Famous person Katy Perry once recorded a song called “Faith Won’t Fail,” a cursory google search for “Katy Perry+sin” tells me, which is ironic, I guess, because she’s currently embroiled in an escalating legal battle with a group of nuns who think she’s immoral.