Rita Ora’s New Video Looks Very Similar to Queer ‘Queen’ Perfume Genius

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Don’t you know your queen? For Rita Ora, the answer seems to be a resounding “no.” The elusive British pop star who made her return to music this month is courting controversy with the video for her new single “Your Song.” In the opening shot, the TV host and fan favorite of the Who Weekly podcast about D-list celebrities is seen in an oversized, 80s-inspired business suit alongside a gaggle of guys dressed in enough plain business suits to fill a Men’s Warehouse catalogue. She jumps on the table, turns it into a catwalk, and slides down the length of the table while confronting the men. She then proceeds to launch herself off a ledge.

It looks edgy and fun, but it also looks like a tame version of the same scene Perfume Genius created for his 2014 single “Queen.” At the 2:30 mark in that particular video (which you can watch below), singer Mike Hadreas is outfitted in a gloriously oversized 80s business suit alongside a gaggle of guys dressed in enough plain business suits to fill a Men’s Warehouse catalogue. He jumps on the table, turns it into a catwalk, and slides down the length of the table while confronting the men. He then proceeds to launch himself off a ledge.

To be fair, the scenes do have notable differences. In the Perfume Genius video, the business men are eating jumbo shrimp and Hadreas is serving full queer looks, while Ora is tasked with confronting business men in front of their laptops and is not serving businesswoman fish like Hadreas did.

There’s been no official word from Ora yet about the similarities, but Hadreas did take to Twitter to give a subtle “side eye” emoji when the drama was brought to his attention. We can only hope that this will all end in a big gay lip-sync battle set in another 80s-inspired boardroom.

‘The Beguiled’ Dinner Scene Gives Us Déjà Vu of Another Sofia Coppola Film

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Kirsten Dunst in Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled

Sofia Coppola’s latest film is an intense female-driven thriller that features her longtime muse, Kirsten Dunst. In The Beguiled, Dunst plays Edwina, a teacher at a southern all-girl boarding school during the Civil War. When one of the students finds a wounded enemy soldier (Colin Farrell) on their grounds, they take him in to help him recover. But betrayal and jealousy run rampant with the unusual and unwelcome presence.

In a recently-released clip from the film, the women of the house sit down to dinner with their new guest. While entertaining the man, Martha (Nicole Kidman) notices Edwina’s dress shows a little more shoulder than the rest of the ladies, quite scandalous for the time. With the obvious jealousy of one student, Alicia (Elle Fanning), Martha requests Edwina cover up with her shawl and that they change the subject.

For fans of Coppola or Dunst, the scene is pleasantly familiar of another movie the duo made together. In 1999, a young Dunst starred in Coppola’s directorial debut, The Virgin Suicides. The film was about a group of five sheltered suburban sisters who experience life, love, and sexual frustration in their final year.

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In one particular scene, their parents have a young man named Peter over for dinner at the request of a therapist who says the girls need male socialization outside of school. While the parents steadily throw questions at Peter, we see the daughters are all playing footsie with their guest under the table, Dunst’s character in particular. Although the entire situation is peculiarly similar to the scene in The Beguiled, it’s specifically reminiscent of when the mother (Kathleen Turner) in Virgin Suicides tells Dunst to cover up with her sweater.

Kirsten Dunst in Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides

In an interview with The Boston Globe, Coppola admitted that the new film reminded her of The Virgin Suicides, particularly the dinner scene:

“There was something that reminded me of it . . . even like the pale, full dresses of Virgin Suicides even reminded me of the palate. Also, the dinner scene, where [Colin Farrell’s soldier character] comes to dinner for the first time, this foreign man, and the Virgin Suicides scene where the boy comes to dinner. . . . I was surprised because I got an e-mail from [Virgin Suicides author] Jeff Eugenides and he said, ‘You did The Beguiled? I always loved that movie.’ I feel like it must have had some effect on him, some influence when he wrote the book.”

The Beguiled premieres June 30.

Rita Ora is a Lover & a Boss in ‘Your Song’ Video

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Rita Ora’s US debut album is almost here, and the first single is giving us chills. A collaboration with Ed Sheeran and Steve Mac, “Your Song” is an infectious love song with a quick pop beat. Ora masterfully serves her soulful vocals with the catchy lyrics.

The video for the single dropped today, featuring Ora at the head of a conference table, surrounded by businessmen with face tattoos while she sports an ’80s chic power suit over a black leather and fishnet number. She stands on the table and walks in reverse, leaving the building and driving backwards through oncoming traffic.

“Your Song” is now available to download and stream. Watch the video below.

Amélie Actor Audrey Tatou To Present First Self-Portrait Photography Exhibition Next Month

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Audrey Tatou is one of those actresses who skyrocketed to fame overnight, following the massive critical and commercial success of the French film Amélie, in which she plays the title role. What many don’t know, however, is that Tatou’s artistic endeavors extend beyond that of the actor – she’s also a great lover of photography, and will debut her first exhibition as a shutterbug next month.

Speaking to The New York Times about the show, Tatou explained, “I needed to do it. Maybe because of what happened to me with this huge celebrity suddenly – it was a way for me to take a bit of distance from the storm.”

She said of her process: ““I adapt myself to the location, which is always some intimate place – a place that I owned or at my parents’ house. Once I take the photos, I don’t retouch and I don’t change the framing at all. I don’t cheat on anything.”

The photo exhibition will be held at the Rencontres d’Arles festival in France, which runs from July 3 through September 24. The series will include staged self-portraits, in which props, set, and lighting are heavily used, as well as captured moments of the journalists she’s engaged with over the years. There’s also images of animals and plants.

Here’s a sweet little taste of what’s to come:

EXCLUSIVE ADVANCE PLAYLIST: GROUPE to Host EARTHTONE, Dub-Stuy This Saturday for Sedimentary Session 008

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When Seize Sur Vingt founders James and Gwendolyn Jurney opened the GROUPE boutique in NoLIta this past autumn, it was with the idea that fashion is enlivened and emboldened by its relationship to art and music. To wit, the current in-shop exhibition featuring the excellent young Atlanta artist Monica Kim Garza.

And this Saturday, GROUPE will get its groove on with an electric pairing of resident music collaborators EARTHTONE (an ever evolving New York collective of genre-hopping MCs, DJs and producers), and Brooklyn’s ruling sound system Dub-Stuy, whose main selectors Q-Mastah and 187 Sound have rocked parties all across the US, Europe and Asia. The result? Sedimentary Session 008, a night of grooving, sipping and, surely, cultural revelation-revolution at GROUPE’s space at 198 Bowery.

 

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“With EARTHTONE, we’ve found the perfect partner to curate exciting live events in our space,” enthuses James Jurney, “and to create original music for our online content, furthering the GROUPE mission as a collective unifying the fields of fashion, art and music. We’re incredibly lucky that this Saturday they’re teaming up with the legendary Dub-Stuy sound system for an epic event that will certainly be remembered for decades.”

 

Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum will be serving up their special Rum + Ting cocktails all night, to fuel the excitement.

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To get things revved ahead of time, EARTHTONE, Dub-Stuy and Groupe have created this exclusive video (by Matt Long, aka Punkle) and 20-track summer playlist. Enjoy!

Watch Aubrey Plaza Get Stoned with the Weed Nuns

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In Aubrey Plaza’s new movie, The Little Hours, she plays a medieval nun. But don’t worry, her raunchy brand of inappropriate comedy is still intact. Written and directed by Jeff Baena, the unusual comedy is based on the medieval book, The Decameron.

While promoting the film, Plaza stopped by Cut to appear on their original series, Strange Buds. There, she hung out with the Sisters of the Valley, also known as the Weed Nuns. These holy sisters make their money selling weed (but they make men do all the dirty work). As they got high, Plaza and the nuns discussed the usual weed-smoking topics: politics, religion, and nun porn. And it looks like they might have converted her.

The Little Hours premieres June 30. Watch Aubrey Plaza smoke weed with nuns below:

Ray Romano & Kumail Nanjiani Have Awkward 9/11 Talk in ‘The Big Sick’ Clip

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In The Big Sick, Kumail Nanjiani stars as a Pakistani-born comedian from a traditional Muslim family. After meeting a grad student, Emily Gordon (Zoe Kazan) at one of his standup sets, their one-night-stand evolves into a relationship, which becomes complicated due to their different backgrounds. But when Emily becomes sick, Kumail is forced to wait it out with her parents (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano).

In a new clip from the film, Romano and Nanjiani have an awkward conversation that epitomizes the tone of their uncomfortable culture clash. Romano unsubtly brings up 9/11 in a general sense, leaving Nanjiani unsure about how to respond. The young Pakistani man cracks a joke which only furthers the awkward tension.

Based on Nanjiani’s actual relationship with cowriter Emily V. Gordon, The Big Sick premieres Friday, June 23. Watch the clip below:

Horrible Camp Counselors Return in ‘Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later’ Trailer

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The gang’s all here. Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Elizabeth Banks, and Janeane Garofalo return to camp for another installment of the 2001 cult classic, Wet Hot American Summer.

After the success of the 2015 prequel series, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, Netflix has brought the worst camp counselors ever back together again for a ten year reunion. As all the originals reunite, we get a glimpse at the upstanding adults the grew into by 1991.

Lindsay (Banks) now has her own talk show. Victor (Ken Marino) is now a male stripper. Andy (Rudd) is basically an older version of his slacker teen self, but with a goatee and a leather jacket. Meanwhile, Beth (Garofalo) reveals she’s selling Camp Firewood, and the retired counselors attempt to save it. There are also a few new faces, including Dax Shepard, Alyssa Milano, and Adam Scott.

Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later premieres August 4 on Netflix. Watch the trailer below:

 

The Women of ‘GLOW’ Discuss the Netflix Show’s Empowering Moments

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From Jenji Kohan, Netflix’s newest and most anticipated series is a dramatized version of a real ’80s women’s wrestling show. GLOW follows a group of women, mostly outcasts, who create a unique bond when they join the new wrestling series. Starring Alison Brie, the show features a talented cast of women who bring real female struggles to life in the most unusual setting.

In a new behind-the-scenes featurette, the cast discusses the show’s empowering moments. From the comedy and drama of their characters to the physical demands of actually learning to wrestle, they showcased a feminist platform both onscreen and behind the camera. With a female-driven cast, the show is also predominantly run by women creators and producers. It’s a unique story brought to life by some of the most talented women in the industry.

GLOW premieres June 23 on Netflix. Watch the featurette below: