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Jan 20 '12

Butch Walker’s ‘Synthesizers’ features Matthew McConaughey as his Dave Wooderson character from ‘Dazed & Confused.’ 

He keeps getting older, they stay the same age

Jan 20 '12
rollingstone:

Etta James, the legendary Blues and Gospel singer who brought us timeless hits like “At Last” and “All I Could Do Was Cry,” died today at the age of 73. Since beginning her recording career in the mid-Fifties with Modern Records, she became one of the most influential singers of all time, constantly reinventing herself and covering styles across all genres. She is revered as one of the pioneers who helped to bridge the gap between R&B and rock & roll, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.
James, who struggled with drug addiction soon after her career began to flourish, suffered from bad health for several years before being diagnosed with leukemia in early 2011.
She’ll be missed. RIP, Etta.
- Jasmine Stein

rollingstone:

Etta James, the legendary Blues and Gospel singer who brought us timeless hits like “At Last” and “All I Could Do Was Cry,” died today at the age of 73. Since beginning her recording career in the mid-Fifties with Modern Records, she became one of the most influential singers of all time, constantly reinventing herself and covering styles across all genres. She is revered as one of the pioneers who helped to bridge the gap between R&B and rock & roll, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.

James, who struggled with drug addiction soon after her career began to flourish, suffered from bad health for several years before being diagnosed with leukemia in early 2011.

She’ll be missed. RIP, Etta.

- Jasmine Stein

Jan 20 '12

Karl Pilkington, Philosopher

We spoke with Ricky Gervais’s best friend, Karl Pilkington. He is the star of “An Idiot Abroad,” and a genius philosopher.

I wanted to do something ages ago, we did it on the radio show. It’s called “Do We Need Them?” What I’d do is I’d go through all the species that exist and just say, “Right, what if we take that off the planet? What effect would it have?” It’s just like bees. People say if bees die out, the world would end apparently. Now, I don’t know if that’s true, if that’s some bee enthusiast who managed to write a good document and people believe this. I read the other day that bees have started to work in airports, they teach them to sniff out bombs… Animals are dying out, but some are also changing. You’ve got dogs doing more jobs than they ever had in their lives now. When you’ve got bees doing jobs, who’d have thought that would have happened? 

So maybe in the program, I’d look at, I’d go, are bees needed to keep the planet going? If so, why are they doing that job? What’s that animal doing, what’s the panda doing? Everyone’s panicking about the panda dying out, but what’s a panda doing? Every time I see a panda, it’s on its ass doing nothing. It’s not like it’s having kids. Well leave him! What would happen without the panda? That’s all I’m saying. It’s just looking at nature; it is amazing, but what’s it all doing? Do we need everything that’s on here?

Jan 8 '12
We like this Mitt better.
buzzfeed:

Mitt Romney is an a opponent of gay marriage, but during his 2002 run for Massachusetts Governor Romney’s campaign distributed a flier for gay pride weekend explaining his support for equal rights for all Americans regardless of sexual preference. Today in a debate, he stood by his past support for gay rights. (via)

We like this Mitt better.

buzzfeed:

Mitt Romney is an a opponent of gay marriage, but during his 2002 run for Massachusetts Governor Romney’s campaign distributed a flier for gay pride weekend explaining his support for equal rights for all Americans regardless of sexual preference. Today in a debate, he stood by his past support for gay rights. (via)

Jan 8 '12
Jan 7 '12

Rob Lowe Compares ‘The West Wing’ & Obama

"I think at this time of year, people look back to ‘The West Wing,’ because we would like to see that kind of idealized government, and those kind of — those kind of leaders," Lowe told Piers Morgan on Friday night.

"And, honestly, I think, behind closed doors, our real leaders are more similar to ‘The West Wing’ people than not, in fairness. My experience in Washington has always been the people are there for the right reasons, and they really believe in the great themes that ‘The West Wing’ dramatized. They just probably don’t wear makeup as well as we do."

Nope, real Washington certainly isn’t as handsome as Sam Seaborn. Also: Ann Perkins!

For more from Lowe, click here.

Jan 7 '12
The first. But the second is great, too. The third, well, enjoyable.
hellogiggles:

Which Back to the Future movie is your favorite? (Taken with instagram)

The first. But the second is great, too. The third, well, enjoyable.

hellogiggles:

Which Back to the Future movie is your favorite? (Taken with instagram)

Jan 7 '12
Jack Kerouac’s letter to Marlon Brando
Jack Kerouac famously became a recluse, but it turns out he had movie star ambitions. In this 1957 letter, found by a memorabilia expert in 2005 and recently sold at auction by Christie’s, the famed beat author asked Marlon Brando to buy the rights to “On the Road” and turn it into a movie — in which they would both star.
An excerpt of letter, which you can read here:
I’m praying that you’ll buy ON THE ROAD and make a movie of it… I visualize the beautiful shots could be made with the camera on the front seat of the car showing the road (day and night) unwinding into the windshield, as Sal and Dean yak. I wanted you to play the part because Dean (as you know) is no dopey hotrodder but a real intelligent (in fact Jesuit) Irishman. You play Dean and I’ll play Sal (Warner Bros. mentioned I play Sal) and I’ll show you how Dean acts in real life.

Jack Kerouac’s letter to Marlon Brando

Jack Kerouac famously became a recluse, but it turns out he had movie star ambitions. In this 1957 letter, found by a memorabilia expert in 2005 and recently sold at auction by Christie’s, the famed beat author asked Marlon Brando to buy the rights to “On the Road” and turn it into a movie — in which they would both star.

An excerpt of letter, which you can read here:

I’m praying that you’ll buy ON THE ROAD and make a movie of it… I visualize the beautiful shots could be made with the camera on the front seat of the car showing the road (day and night) unwinding into the windshield, as Sal and Dean yak. I wanted you to play the part because Dean (as you know) is no dopey hotrodder but a real intelligent (in fact Jesuit) Irishman. You play Dean and I’ll play Sal (Warner Bros. mentioned I play Sal) and I’ll show you how Dean acts in real life.
Jan 7 '12

FLOTUS on iCarly. When will Malia and Sasha get their own Nick show? WE’d watch that.

thegirlwiththefinchertattoo:

nefariousnewt:

thegoddamazon:

ethiopienne:

raveras:

#first lady of my heart

SHE IS SUCH A BAMF

YES.

This is seriously cool.

I love my mom, but if Michelle ever needed a third daughter I would switch families faster than the speed of light.

(Source: lizagraceffa)

Jan 6 '12