Current Fashion Is Taking Plenty Of Cues From Woodland Creatures

Amy Rose Spiegel :: Friday, March 26th, 2010 6:00 pm

Furries, rejoice!  Lately, I’ve been seeing a decidedly animalistic new trend emerging around the city and in tons of new designs globally.  I’m not talking about your typical fur coats and mink stoles, either.  Instead, it’s becoming increasingly popular to attach a fox tail to many accessories. Don’t be surprised if, when you’re out and about in coming months, you mistake a fashionista for a forest-dweller. MORE »



Review: “Just Before The Black,” James Franco’s Debut Short Story

Amy Rose Spiegel :: Friday, March 26th, 2010 4:20 pm

James Franco is one of America’s few real Movie Stars.  He’s got an easy, refined charm about him both onscreen and off.  He dedicates himself to each role he plays to great success.  Oh, and he’s the living definition of the word “dashing,” as so many young women’s bedroom-wall decor reflects. This reputation was pervasive as I read “Just Before The Black,” his first published short story, which appears in this month’s Esquire. MORE »



From The Ashes Of “At The Movies,” New Ebert Production Rises

Amy Rose Spiegel :: Friday, March 26th, 2010 3:10 pm

Yesterday, Disney announced that they’re canceling At The Movies, the show that gained widespread viewership in the years that Roger Ebert served as one of its two critics-in-residence, first alongside Gene Siskel and then with Richard Roeper after Siskel’s death in 1999.  Today, Ebert announced that he’ll be filling the new critics-meet-television void with a new show, which will be produced by both him and his wife, Chaz. MORE »


Shit Going On In The World

Google’s New Advertising Strategy Relies On The Ghost of Websites Past

Amy Rose Spiegel :: Friday, March 26th, 2010 2:05 pm

Google’s much-repeated motto is “Don’t be evil.”  This is often cited sanctimoniously in reference to their dealings in China, their environmental practices, and their treatment of their employees.  However, this phrase doesn’t seem to apply when they’re trying to make some cash off of their users. MORE »


Should I Listen?

Jonsi Covers MGMT’s “Time To Pretend”

Amy Rose Spiegel :: Wednesday, March 24th, 2010 5:00 pm

Here is a beautiful cover of MGMT’s “Time To Pretend” by Jonsi, lead singer of Sigur Ros and amazing artist in his own right.  It’s replete with gorgeous piano and the most endearing accent this side of Iceland.

Check out our recent exclusive video interview with Jonsi here.


Context-Free Quote of the Day

Amy Rose Spiegel :: Wednesday, March 24th, 2010 4:45 pm

“Men look at attractive women the way women look at pretty butterflies.”

- Dr. Louann Brizendine, member of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and professor of psychiatry at University of California, San Francisco.




“Ew, Haitian Cooties!” Bush Wipes Them Off On Clinton’s Shirt

Amy Rose Spiegel :: Wednesday, March 24th, 2010 3:50 pm

The ever-gracious President Bush wipes his hand off on President Clinton’s shirt after shaking hands with a Haitian man. Really?  Really.



Betty White Is Hollywood’s New It Girl?

Amy Rose Spiegel :: Wednesday, March 24th, 2010 3:45 pm

As the world’s biggest Golden Girls fan, I’m thrilled by America’s sudden, unexpected obsession with Betty White, who played the lovable airhead of the bunch, Rose.  I have to say, it’s not that it’s undeserved, but I’m startled by the recent surge of affection that has re-ignited the career of the sudden media darling.  Below, a study in the re-emergence of Betty White. MORE »



Brooklyn Flea Won’t Be Returning to DUMBO

Amy Rose Spiegel :: Wednesday, March 24th, 2010 3:10 pm

The Brooklyn Flea, home to myriad delicious treats and fun bargains to sift through, is returning to its original location in Fort Greene on Saturdays and will continue to operate at the Williamsburg Savings Bank on Sundays.  Apparently, constant construction work on Water St. has caused a number of headaches for the Flea, and so they’ve decided not to return.  In a statement, a representative said the following:

“While we are really sorry not to be in Dumbo, where we have received so much support from officials at the Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Dumbo BID, we are also excited to consider our residency at the architecturally-stunning place where we’ve spent the winter.  It’ll also be nice not to be so weather-dependent!”

Yeah, yeah, it must be easy to be so chipper about it when you’re not a resident of nearby Brooklyn Heights, like me.  Oh, well.



Ann Coulter Completely Misunderstands The Meaning Of The Phrase “Hate Crime”

Amy Rose Spiegel :: Wednesday, March 24th, 2010 2:45 pm

On Monday, Ann Coulter made a speaking appearance at the University of Western Ontario.  At this event, she told a 17-year-old Muslim girl to “take a camel” if she didn’t already own a “flying carpet” as an alternative to more conventional air travel, which she doesn’t believe Muslims should have the right to use.  Sensible, right?  Uh, wrong! MORE »



M.I.A. To Headline HARD LA And HARD NYC

Amy Rose Spiegel :: Wednesday, March 24th, 2010 2:25 pm

M.I.A., the queen of hipster zaniness, will be making her first appearances of 2010 during July’s HARD LA and HARD NYC festivals.  She’ll be supported by Sleigh Bells, Rye Rye, Ninjasonik, Theophilus London, and Destructo, to name just a few. MORE »



Clash Of The Egoists: James Cameron vs. Glenn Beck

Amy Rose Spiegel :: Wednesday, March 24th, 2010 1:55 pm

In “please stop talking” news, Avatar director James Cameron is looking to publicly debate Glenn Beck, whom he recently and less-than-affectionately referred to as “a fucking asshole” and “dangerous.”  This aggression may stem from the fact that Beck called Cameron “the anti-Christ” in 2007 in reaction to some documentary Cameron made, The Lost Tomb of Jesus, which was skeptical of the resurrection and other Christian lore.

I’d love for these guys to have it out, but I’m not talking about an appearance by Cameron on Glenn Beck’s idiotic, shlock-and-chalk television show.  What would please me most in the world is if these two had a Roman colosseum-style death match…or, failing that, if they both sank on an enormous ocean liner in the middle of the sea, fight or no fight.



Designers Create The Couture Versions Of Light-Up Sneakers

Amy Rose Spiegel :: Wednesday, March 24th, 2010 1:40 pm

You might not be aware of this, but apparently there’s a market demand for an adult version of the light-up Geox and L.A. Gear sneakers we all excitedly stomped around in as children.  After all, when you Google the phrase “light-up sneakers,” the third entry down is a Yahoo! Answers query on where to find them for adults. MORE »



When Biden Swears, Why Is It Such A Big Fucking Deal?

Amy Rose Spiegel :: Wednesday, March 24th, 2010 12:55 pm

Joe Biden was probably pretty preoccupied yesterday, what with the passage of the “historic!” health care reform and all (seriously, every news source ever, can’t you think of even one other word besides ‘historic’ to describe Obamacare?  Work on this, please).  So it was pretty understandable when his excitement got the better of him and he accidentally used some dirty language when congratulating President Obama as he signed the bill into law.  As he went to embrace Obama at the end of a celebratory speech, he murmured, “This is a big fucking deal,” and the crowd went, and continues to go, wild. MORE »


Staff Playlist

Playlist: Pre-Game Like’s It’s 1986

Amy Rose Spiegel :: Friday, March 19th, 2010 4:45 pm

It’s Friday, and that means that me, you and everyone we know are most likely going out to have a good time tonight.  I usually spend an inordinate amount of time with my friends preparing for the night ahead.  As I slip on my dancing boots (I changed the adage a little bit in order to maintain journalistic integrity, not to mention rep my well-worn Docs), I get motivated by a specific playlist of songs.  If you’re into upbeat 1980s hip-shakers, then this will be the perfect accompaniment to a few pre-party beers and haphazardly throwing your clothes around in search of what you’ll wear. MORE »