Andreja Pejić Will Star in ‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web’

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Groundbreaking trans model Andreja Pejić has landed her first role in a major motion picture, in The Girl in the Spider’s Web, Deadline reports.

The movie is the sequel to the acclaimed The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011), which saw Rooney Mara in the badass role of Lisbeth Salander and Daniel Craig as the journalist Mikael Blomkvist. Seven years later, The Crown’s Claire Foy is set to take over the lead role of Salander, an edgy, outcast queer cyberhacker. Craig’s role will now be played by Swedish actor Sverrir Gudnason. No word yet on who exactly Pejić will be playing.

The original American film earned Mara an Oscar nomintion for Best Actress – before that, the entire series was made into Swedish films that became instant cult classics; and those are, of course, adapted from the novels by Stieg Larsson. Spider’s Web is adapted from a novel by David Lagercrantz, continuing the legacy of the late Larsson.

Pejić has walked in fashion shows for major labels including Galliano, Marc Jacobs, Raf Simons, Paul Smith, and Jean Paul Gaultier, and also appeared in the David Bowie music video The Stars (Are Out Tonight) alongside Tilda Swinton.

The Girl in the Spider’s Web is directed by Fede Alvarez, set for release October 19.

Ashton Sanders in Final Talks to Star in A24’s ‘Native Son’

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Moonlight star Ashton Sanders is in final talks to star in A24’s newly-acquired film Native Son, Deadline reports.

Native Son is being adapted from Richard Wright’s novel by Pulitzer-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, and will be directed by renowned conceptual artist Rashid Johnson.

The film is set to take place in Johnson’s hometown of Chicago, and will see Sanders playing the role of Bigger Thomas. Love, Simon’s Nick Robinson, as well as Margaret Qualley, KiKi Layne, and Bill Camp will also join the cast. Black Swan’s Matthew Libatique will be director of photography.

A24 is also currently developing Bodies, Bodies, Bodies, a horror film from the writer of the viral New Yorker short story Cat Personas well as The Lighthouse, director Robert Eggers’ follow-up to The Witch. 

This past year saw the production company in heavy Oscar contention with Lady Bird, The Florida Project, and The Disaster Artist all nominated for major awards.

Madonna To Direct Film About Sierra Leone Orphan-Turned-Ballerina

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Madonna will direct a film about the true story of Michaela DePrince, an orphan from Sierra Leone who went on to become a world-renowned ballerina.

DePrince was three years old when her father was shot and killed in the war torn African nation – her mother died just a week later from sickness and hunger. She was then sent to an orphanage and adopted by Americans – one of 9 children the family adopted – and encouraged to pursue ballet. At age 17 she made her debut in the Joburg Ballet in South Africa, before going on to appear in the documentary First Position, as well as Beyoncé’s Lemonade. She’s now a soloist at the Dutch National Ballet.

With her mother, DePrince wrote and published a memoir in 2014, titled Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina. The Taking Flight film will be adapted by Camilla Blackett (The Newsroom) and will be Madonna’s third film in the director’s chair. She’s previously helmed the 2008 comedy Filth and Wisdom and the 2011 film W.E. 

She’s also currently co-writing and will direct The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells, from the novel of the same name, and produced and wrote the documentary about Malawi orphans, I Am Because We Are.

“Michaela’s journey resonated with me deeply as both an artist and an activist who understands adversity,” said Madonna in Deadline‘s report. “We have a unique opportunity to shed light on Sierra Leone and let Michaela be the voice for all the orphaned children she grew up beside. I am honored to bring her story to life.”

A New Stop-Motion Short Introduces the Cast of Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’

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Ever iconoclastic director Wes Anderson makes his return to stop motion (after the brilliant Fantastic Mr. Fox in 2009) this month with his new film Isle of Dogs. In advance, a teaser has just been released featuring several of the movie’s stars (not just the animated dogs…the celebrities’ voices, as well.)

Bryan Cranston, Jeff Goldblum, Ed Norton, Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, Liev Schreiber, Bob Balaban, and the awesome Tilda Swinton all star in the charming short, which has each character cleverly give a little introduction to themselves and their filming process.

Yet somehow, that’s not even the whole start-studded cast. Indeed, Isle of Dogs also stars Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, and…Yoko freaking Ono.

It hits theaters Friday, March 23.


Janelle Monaé Reveals That Prince Helped Out On Her New Record

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Janelle Monáe’s new album Dirty Computer is out April 27, and it’s just been revealed that none other than the late, lamented Prince was a collaborator on it.

Speaking with BBC 1, Monaé opened up that The Purple One had a hand in the record before his passing. “Prince actually was working on the album with me before he passed on to another frequency,” she said, “and helped me come up with sounds. And I really miss him, you know, it’s hard for me to talk about him. But I do miss him, and his spirit will never leave me.”

She also explained that while “Make Me Feel” is a certifiable jam, it takes on a different meaning in the larger context of the full record. And she also made clear that the new album will be highly vulnerable and explore her feelings as a young black woman of the modern world:

“When you’re putting out an album, it’s a statement about who you are and what you have to say. I definitely have a perspective. I definitely am saying things that I haven’t said before in the way that I am saying them.”

Take a look at the astonishing “Make Me Feel” video.


Robyn Will Return With A New Album This Year

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Take a deep breath, for everything will soon be all right – Robyn will gift us with a new album this year. After a fan on Twitter asked who decides when her next release date is, the Swedish singer offered the one response that could surely save our mortal souls:



Robyn has not released a full-length record since she wrote the “Bible” in 2010, more generally referred to as Body TalkSome quick words of appreciation for certain songs off of that masterpiece:

“Dancing On My Own” was, and continues to be, the single best song ever written. We will not be accepting questions at this time.

“Call Your Girlfriend” did, and continues to make us sob, even though at first we felt bad for the girlfriend referenced in the song. But then we realized the girlfriend ultimately did need to go, so we could be with our man.

“Get Myself Together,” “Indestructible,” and “Stars 4-Ever” are three of the most slept on dance/self-empowerment tracks of our generation, and in the history of music. All three of these bops can cause sidewalk thrashing, which we vigorously encourage.

“Hang With Me” has always been emotional for us, and only became more so when Lorde and Jack Antonoff killed one of our nine lives with their cover.


Olympian Chloe Kim Won Her Gold Medal While Listening to Lady Gaga & Nicki Minaj

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17-year-old Californian Chloe Kim made history yesterday as the youngest woman ever to win an Olympic Gold Medal in snowboarding. Unsurprisingly, this incredible feat was achieved with the help of our powerful and formidable guiding light, Lady Gaga.

Speaking to ESPN, Kim revealed that on her first run, she listened to Gaga’s “Paparazzi,” and on her second run, “Motorsport,” featuring Nicki Minaj and Cardi B, landing herself a winning final score of 98.25.

Kim competed for the first time in the Pyeongchang Olympics after being skilled enough but too young to compete in the previous Sochi Olympics. She was able to achieve victory despite pressure from both America and South Korea, where her parents grew up and much of her extended family still resides.

She’s not the first Olympian this season to show solidarity with her respective divine divas: French skater Maé-Bérénice Méité did her routine to a Beyoncé mashup and American figure skater Adam Rippon gave a shoutout to our Mother, Reese Witherspoon.

Here’s How to Have An Alt, Artsy Valentine’s Day

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Red rose petals, candelabras, chocolate hearts and giant teddy bears…yawn.

Year after year, Valentine’s Day touts the same ‘romantic’ goodies to couples confined by unimaginative capitalistic desires. But it doesn’t have to be the same pink-and-red picture of perfection in 2018 – which is why we’ve decided to search for the best of the alternative, artful options this V-Day. Whether you’re single and looking for something to distract your melancholy mind, or someone in a relationship looking to step outside the familiar with your beau, may we recommend…


Feasting While Basking In the Glory of Call Me By Your Name

Head over to Brooklyn’s Alamo Drafthouse if you’re looking for a quiet cry with Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer, as they fall in love in one of the year’s best films, Call Me By Your Name. And while you’re in the arthouse cinema, enjoy a four-course meal prepared by executive chef Ronnie New and bar manager Vincent Favella.
“When I first saw CMBYN, I was so taken with it and found it to be one of the most romantic movies I had ever seen,” explains NYC program manager Cristina Cacioppo. “I knew we would still be showing it around Valentine’s Day, so I spoke to our chef about creating a feast. Most scenes of the film take place before, during or after a meal, and having taken trips to Italy with my family, I was excited by all of the culinary possibilities.”
The four course menu includes soft boiled egg, roasted sardine, ricotta tortellini, and, of course, peach crostada with vanilla ice cream.
“We definitely had to include peaches in some form on the menu,” reckons Cacioppo. “But overall, I wanted to celebrate the setting of the film.”



Getting Mopey at a Smiths and Morrissey Tribute Concert

Over at Gowanus’ The Bell House, people will really let themselves get melancholy with a show by The Sons & Heirs, a Smiths & Morrissey tribute band called “Twice as fun as an actual Morrissey show” by Rolling Stone. The band has performed onstage with Smiths bassist Andy Rourke and Morrissey’s drummer Spencer Cobrin. Tickets available here.


Getting Smashed to How Stella Got Her Groove Back

There’s one obvious solution to the Valentine blues that you won’t often find in a polite guide to the best romantic spots in town: getting absolutely trashed to a rom-com. This is an activity just as pleasant alone as it is with a friend or lover, and, thankfully, the Alamo Drafthouse has stepped up to the plate once more with specialty cocktails accompanying a V-Day screening of How Stella Got Her Groove Back. 
Bar manager Vincent Favella created speciality Jamaican cocktails to accompany the film, including a ginger daiquiri called The Art of Seduction. His process of pairing drinks with films is simple and foolproof: “Wine for lovely movies. Beer and shots for bro movies. Cocktails for action films.”



Watching a Comedian Go Live on Tinder

You’re tired of unsuccessfully using dating apps – but you’re not tired of watching other people be unsuccessful before your very eyes. Which is why you should head over to Littlefield if you want a good V-Day laugh. Comedian Lane Moore will go through her Tinder account live and chat with and call men right in front of you. She’ll be joined by veteran standups Jon Friedman and Aparna Nancherla. Tickets here.


Checking out Animals’ Sex Lives at the Museum of Sex

If you’re feeling particularly raunchy, but don’t have anyone to sleep with or just want a break from routine, head over to Manhattan’s Museum of Sex. There’s currently an exhibition on display titled The Sex Lives of Animals, and it’s about exactly what you think (yes, there’s a statue of pandas fornicating.) Not into that? You could always just hang out in their room full of inflatable breasts.


Kendrick Lamar & SZA Release Galactic ‘All The Stars’ Video Off ‘Black Panther’ Soundtrack

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The music video for Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s latest collaboration, “All The Stars,” has dropped today. It sees, among other visuals, Kendrick in a boat held above a sea of swaying arms and SZA dancing in a field of stars.

“All The Stars” will appear on the Black Panther soundtrack, which comes out this Friday and is curated by Lamar. In addition to this song, he’ll have four other tracks appearing in the film, and the likes of James Blake and Vince Staples are also confirmed to be making contributions.

The new video is directed by Dave Meyers & the little homies – take a look below.



Black Panther is out next Thursday, February 15, and stars Lupita Nyong’o, Chadwick Boseman, and Michael B. Jordan. Check out the trailer below.