Chloë Sevigny Is The Star of Pussy Riot’s New ‘Police State’ Video

 

On the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Russian Revolution, Pussy Riot has released their dystopian new music video “Police State,” directed by Matt Creed.

It stars Chloë Sevigny as a violent law-enforcement officer destroying children’s toys in front of their eyes. It also sees masked kids strapped to chairs and forced to watch political leaders annihilate the world on television.

“Pro-authoritarian trends and autocratic, conservative, right-wing leaders are spreading around the world like a sexually transmitted disease,” said Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova in a statement. “What can we do? If we find a way how to act together, be articulate, focused and persuasive, we can shift mountains. Look back: people did it before. Soviet dissidents were fighting against one of the most oppressive governments on the planet and shared their own DIY magazines (Samizdat) via secret networks. Labor union leaders and civil rights activists were dying for their beliefs in the US. And it actually did make our world a better place.”

Pussy Riot released their xxx EP last year, which spawned the video for “Make America Great Again,” directed by frequent Gaga collaborator Jonas Akerlund. It spotlighted the chaos that ensued from Trump’s election exactly one year ago.

“Actions are more important than opinions and comments,” Tolokonnikova continued. “It’s crucial to build alternative institutions, establish alternative power structures and networks, especially when your government sucks. There’s a lot that can be done and should be done. Putin will not disappear tomorrow, but we can show our fellow Russians how corrupted, damaging and ineffective his rule is. If everybody who denounced Trump on social media showed up on the streets and refused to leave until he’s gone, he’d be out of office in a week. What it takes is just to abandon our learned helplessness.”

Take a look at “Police State” below.

 

Resurrection Summons Fashion Gods With New Retail Store

Photography: Alexander Thompson

In 1996, Mark Haddawy and Katy Rodriguez founded Resurrection, a retail archive that would become one the world’s premiere international venues for collectible and historic clothing. With locations in both Los Angeles and New York, Resurrection has attracted high fashion icons including Prince, Catherine Denueve, Lou Lou De la Falaise, Azzedine Alaia, Iman, John Galliano and Chloe Sevigny—not to mention Kate Moss, who Rodriguez cites as their longest running, most loyal client.

“Kate Moss came into the store on our first day 20 years ago,” she said. “She will always hold a special place in our hearts and history.  She embodies our generation’s curious take of high and low fashion and everything in between.”

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Alexander McQueen Dogtooth Cocoon Coat (2009), Alexander McQueen Sarabande Lace Gown (2007), Alexander McQueen Runway Gown (2008)

With a new location on Great Jones, Resurrection opens its doors to celebrate a brand new, custom retail gallery and archive. In addition to their vast inventory of vintage pieces from fashion gods like Christian Lacroix, Gaultier and Moschino, Haddawy and Rodriguez are celebrating three specific archive collections in their new space.

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It begins with a selection of rare 20th century, out-of-print books showcased on custom Brian Thoreen brass shelves, moves on to Bulgari Jewelry (including the company’s famous Tubas watches) and finishes with a pupil dilating curation of Alexander McQueen pieces.

“It’s really special,” Rodriguez said. “The collection spans McQueen’s career from our perspective. We love the early pieces as much as the very famous later collections. He was such a unique force.  It’s been an important reminder of what great is.”

Later this month, Resurrection will showcase a rare collection of Maison Martin Margiela and in September, will debut a Helmut Lang show—stay tuned.


Resurrection, 45 Great Jones Street, is open Monday – Saturday from 11 AM – 7 PM.

Chloë Sevigny Joins ‘Lovelace’

Now that Demi Moore has dropped out of the upcoming Linda Lovelace biopic to seek professional help, our favorite stylesetter Chloë Sevigny is stepping in. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sevigny will play "a feminist journalist on freelance assignment for a men’s magazine to find out who the real Linda Lovelace is."

Directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, Lovelace features Amanda Seyfriend as the famous porn star, supported by the likes of Sharon Stone, Juno Temple, Peter Saarsgard, and James Franco as Hugh Hefner (really). You may recall the film’s revolving door of cast members first triggered when Lindsay Lohan was fired, so we’re not sure if this is the final-final star roster, but we really hope Sevigny sticks around.

The South By Southwest Premieres We’re Most Anticipating

For those of you heading down to sunny Austin, Texas this Friday, you’re in for a real treat. The South by Southwest Film Festival begins on the 8th and will boast a week of non-stop events from film debuts, to 150 different workshops, and panels. This year, Steve Carrell and Jim Carey’s new comedy, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone will open kick off the fun, but the festival will also see premieres from all over the world. So in anticipation for the upcoming festivities we’ve compiled the features we’re most looking forward to seeing—from Joe Swanberg’s latest comedy Drinking Buddies to Richard Linklater’s highly anticipated Before Midnight, and all the cinematic gems in between. Enjoy.

Short Term 12 

Director/Screenwriter: Destin Daniel Cretton

The film follows Grace, a young supervisor at a foster-care facility, as she looks after the teens in her charge and reckons with her own troubled past. An unsparingly authentic film, full of both heart and surprising humor.

Cast: Brie Larson, John Gallagher Jr., Kaitlyn Dever, Rami Malek, Keith Stanfield

(World Premiere)

Evil Dead 

Director/Screenwriter: Fede Alvarez, Screenwriter: Rodo Sayagues

Five friends, holed up in a remote cabin, discover a Book of the Dead that unwittingly summons up dormant demons which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left to fight for survival.

Cast: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas, Elizabeth Blackmore

(World Premiere)

Drinking Buddies 

Director/Screenwriter: Joe Swanberg

Weekend trips, office parties, late night conversations, drinking on the job, marriage pressure, biological clocks, holding eye contact a second too long… you know what makes the line between “friends” and “more than friends” really blurry? Beer.

Cast: Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, Ron Livingston

(World Premiere)

Loves Her Gun 

Director/Screenwriter: Geoff Marslett, Screenwriter: Lauren Modery

This romantic tragedy follows a young woman’s transition from flight to fight after she is the victim of street violence, but will the weapons that make her feel safe again create problems worse than the ones she is escaping?

Cast: Trieste Kelly Dunn, Francisco Barreiro, Ashley Rae Spillers, Melissa Hideko Bisagni, John Merriman

(World Premiere)

Much Ado About Nothing 

Director: Joss Whedon

Shakespeare’s classic comedy is given a contemporary spin in Joss Whedon’s film.

Cast: Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion, Fran Kranz, Jillian Morgese

(U.S. Premiere)

Some Girl(s)

Director: Daisy Von Scherler Mayer, Screenwriter: Neil LaBute

On the eve of his wedding, a successful writer travels around the country to meet up with ex-lovers in an attempt to make amends for his wrongdoings.

Cast: Adam Brody, Kristen Bell, Zoe Kazan, Mía Maestro, Jennifer Morrison, Emily Watson

(World Premiere)

I Am Divine 

Director: Jeffrey Schwarz

The story of Divine, aka Harris Glenn Milstead, and how he became John Waters’s cinematic muse and an international drag icon.

(World Premiere)

Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction

Director: Sophie Huber

An iconic actor and passionate musician in his intimate moments, with film clips from some of his 250 films and his own heart-breaking renditions of American folk songs.

(U.S. Premiere)

Lunarcy!

Director: Simon Ennis

Director Simon Ennis introduces us to an unforgettable group of characters who all share one thing in common: an obsession with the Moon.

(U.S. Premiere)

Maladies 

Director/Screenwriter: Carter

A comedic look at the life of a former actor turned writer struggling to cope with reality, his work and interpersonal relationships. 

Cast: James Franco, Catherine Keener, Fallon Goodson, David Strathairn, Alan Cumming

(North American Premiere)

The Wait 

Director/Screenwriter: M. Blash

An enigmatic phone call from a psychic, catapults a family into a state of suspended belief while waiting for their recently deceased mother to be resurrected.

Cast: Jena Malone, Chloë Sevigny, Luke Grimes, Josh Hamilton, Devon Gearhart

(World Premiere)

Before Midnight 

Director/Screenwriter: Richard Linklater, Screenwriters: Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke

We meet Celine and Jesse nine years after their last rendezvous. Almost two decades have passed since their first encounter on a train bound for Vienna, and we now find them in their early forties in Greece. Before the clock strikes midnight, we will again become part of their story.

Cast: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick, Jennifer Prior, Charlotte Prior

Pit Stop

Director/Screenwriter: Yen Tan, Screenwriter: David Lowery

Two men. A small town. A love that isn’t quite out of reach.

Cast: Bill Heck, Marcus DeAnda, Amy Seimetz, John Merriman, Richard C. Jones

Chloe Sevigny Joins ‘The Mindy Project’

So far, in it’s premiere season Mindy Kaling’s The Mindy Project has featured some pretty great recurring guest stars. We’ve seen Mark and Jay Duplass as midwives/love interests, Alison Williams as Danny (Chris Messina)’s now-ex-girlfriend, BJ Novack as Mindy’s now-ex-boyfriend, Drea de Matteo as Mindy’s hypochondriac pregnant patient, etc. And now, adding tothe list odd people to join the cast of cameos, Chloe Sevigny will come on as Danny’s ex-wife.

In the past year we’ve seen Sevigny on Louie, Portlandia, and American Horror Story: Asylum, and fresh off the announcement of The Mindy Project‘s second season renewal, she will step in as a "well-traveled war photographer who’s been with some intimidating  men in exotic locales, a fact which makes Danny insecure." Apparently her character will be looking to have a romantic dinner with her ex when something comes up suddenly—hijix, I’m sure, will ensue. According to TV Line, she will be in at least three episodes starting in April. And as this show is my favorite guilty pleasure, of course I will be watching.

NYFWeekend: Jason Wu Shines, Alex Wang Stuns

The past 72 hours have been filled with crazy fashion, crazy parties and crazy weather. Amidst watching brave, stiletto-sporting show-goers stumble through Nemo’s slippery slush, I managed to catch some killer shows, presentations and ragers. From Jason Wu and Alex Wang’s celeb-heavy front rows to Chloe Sevigny and Opening Ceremony’s all-girl protest at St. Mark’s Church, here’s what went down. 

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After hitting up Vanessa Bruno’s crazy-packed pop-up shop opening on Thursday night, fashion fiends flocked to Scoop NYC in Meatpacking to toast superstar stylist Cher Coulter’s new collection for AG Jeans‘ Stylist Series. In addition to appearances by Elizabeth Olsen and Liberty Ross, the event featured music by DJ Ms Nix, Tattly temporary tattoos and an AG Stylist Series photo booth. 

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Friday’s highlight was no doubt Jason Wu’s stunning show at 583 Park Avenue, which was attended by Alison Williams of Girls (she’s really fashion-y these days, huh?), Jaime King, Anna Wintour, Miroslava Duma, Stephanie Seymour and tons more fashion faces. As a possible salute to his top client, First Lady Michelle Obama,  the designer’s fall 2013 range was filled with ladylike pieces with just the right amount of edge. Highlights included a luxe assymetrical evening dress in deep red, intricately embellished sleeveless dress that had the FLOTUS written all over them and lots of fur, which, surprisingly, seems to be this season’s strongest trend.

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On Saturday, indie style star Chloë Sevigny took over St. Mark’s Church for her fifth Opening Ceremony collection. Inspired by "the inhibition of youth the follies of fashion of teenagers" and the ’60s protest movements, the exclusive presentation featured a range of badass female artists like Lissy Trullie and Kim Gordon (yes, the Kim Gordon) showing off the designer’s ever-retro wares while performing body-swaying tunes. Standout looks like ditsy patterned dresses, leather midi skirts, motif tights, platform sneakers and seamless bodysuits in collaboration with Emilio Cavallin stole the show. VIPs sipped SVEDKA Vodka backstage.

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Over at Alexander Wang, the designer’s exciting appointment as creative director of Balenciaga inspired a packed house filled with a who’s who of fashion and music insiders. Front-rowers included Carine Roitfeld, Emmanuelle Alt, Anna Wintour, Terry Richardson, Liberty Ross (who’s certainly making her presence known this season), Joan Smalls, A$AP Rocky (this season’s hip hop fashion fixture) and Zoe Kravitz. Not front row? Bloggers and, sadly, Bon Qui Qui. As for the collection, texture was of the essence, as was fall 2013’s omnipresent fur. Offering the ultimate IDGAF formula, the above look featured flat dress shoes, chunky socks, a knee-length leather skirt and a fur hoodie with a hole for your ponytail. Only Wang. 

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Sunday belonged to Yohji Yamamoto’s latest Y-3 collab for Adidas, which featured a primarily black-and-grey palette punctuated by neon orange and green. As expected, Adidas kicks anchored the show and added the perfect punch of color to otherwise muted looks. Yamamoto’s unmatched layering technique and unique perspective on proportion was seamlessly represented throughout the menswear and womenswear range. 

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The weekend capped with supermodel Anja Rubik’s saucy soiree at The Darby, which was attended by the likes of Brad Goreski and an incognito Amanda Bynes. Cult-cool designers like Cushnie et Ochs stayed glued to the dance floor as DJ Sam French and artist/DJ/stylesetter Theophilus London spun hip hop beats by Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna, Sisqo ("The Thong Song" really got Rubik moving) and Kanye West. Grammys who?

This is What Chloe Sevigny Wears to Lunch in Los Angeles

Lest you forget, Chloë Sevigny is a freakin’ fashion icon. Not only does she have that cool little umlaut "o" in her first name, but has a closet to envy, isn’t afraid of cross-dressing, and has single-handedly revived the ’90s. Yesterday, the original It girl (who really hates being called an It girl, by the way) was spotted grabbing a bite at Little Dom’s in LA’s hipster-happy neighborhood Silver Lake. She was sporting butt-bearing bloomers, biker boots, a cropped sweater, and round shades. I wouldn’t expect anything less. 

Some may hate on Sevigny’s curious ensemble, but you have to understand that LA’s current kinda rainy, kinda warm weather calls for some creative transitional wear. She probably brought her sweater and boots from freezing New York, then realized once she got to Cali that it’s mild enough to bare her I-can’t-believe-she’s-38-years-old-and-has-legs-like-that legs and stopped by Opening Ceremony to get something as avant-garde as the rest of her get-up. You’re going to wish you thought of this in a few years.

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Photos via Just Jared

The Dream of the ’90s Is Still Alive in Portlandia’s Upcoming Third Season

Start perfecting those handlebar mustaches and putting birds on your tote bags. IFC’s sketch comedy series Portlandia is returning for a third season this January with Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein offering more snapshots into modern bougie-hipster-yuppie-fauxhemian-whatever-subculture-this-is-lampooning-exactly life and (hopefully) more amazing guest stars like last season’s rather incredible mixed bag, which included Tim Robbins, Greg Louganis and Heather Graham.

The new season premieres on IFC on January 4th, 2013, and promises the return of Kyle MacLachlan as the Mayor of Portland and first Special Guest Star Chloë Sevigny, who plays Fred and Carrie’s new roommate. If you can’t wait quite that long, you can watch a “Winter In Portlandia” holiday special on December 14th, in which some of the show’s more memorable characters show you how Portland does the colder months. Bryce and Lisa of “Put A Bird On It!” open an Outlet Hotel, Peter and Nance (“Is it Local?”) try to keep off those holiday pounds and, of course, the feminist bookstore is open.

If you really, really need Portlandia like, right now, though, the first clip of the new season is online for your viewing pleasure. Carrie and Fred cross paths at a meditation class, each with something very, very different on their minds. Watch.

‘American Horror Story’: Hurricane Sandy Comes To Briarcliff

Well, last night’s episode hit a little close to home, didn’t it? Look, I’m not saying that Ryan Murphy’s team of psycho-horror fanboys over there writing American Horror Story were necessarily psychic when they devoted this week’s episode to a Nor’Easter (which also happened to be the title) the same week Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast and scared us all shitless. That was probably just a coincidence. After all, if you throw enough creepy pasta at a wall, eventually something is going to stick, and last night we saw spaghetti flying everywhere. Somewhere else in the country, someone was probably like, "How did this show know that I am very scared of having my legs amputated by Nazi war criminals?" while someone else (probably on the West Coast) was like, "How did this show know how very scared I am that Adam Levine is almost impossible to kill, even with one arm?"

I mean, “Nor’Easter” had something for everyone, and that continued this season’s pattern of being terrible by trying to please everyone at once. Did we really need to see a possessed nun deal with mutant zombies? Or watch torture porn scenes of Kit getting stabbed in the neck by Dr. Arden, who has revealed himself to be a brother of the good doctor from Marathon Man? (His accent is even more impeccable than Lawrence Olivier’s!) Did we need to have both a Wes Craven-esque opening sequence where the crazies who (finally) kill Adam Levine and Mrs. Channing Tatum then get stalked themselves by the real Bloody Face, as well as an entire "drunk nun getting creepy phone calls from the girl she accidentally ran over/Satan?" How about we just deal with one problem at a time, American Horror Story? Slow down, you have all season!

The problem of throwing the entire kitchen sink into one episode is that, at a certain point, you pass you fear threshold and things just become comical. I watched this episode in the middle of Hurricane Sandy, and instead of quaking with fear over nature’s ability to call down insanity from the sky, I was cracking up over the site of a legless Chloe Sevigny. I don’t even know how that makes sense, even in the world of Briarcliff. Much like Sister Jude’s problem with Lana Winters staying at the asylum, the idea that Arden could keep the abduction, and amputation of the resident nymphomaniac a secret is ridiculous. What, are his chambers soundproof? Does he plan to turn her into a zombie, like his pack of Frankensteins currently guarding the premises? If so…what?

It also makes no sense that Arden periodically wheels in Kit to torture him and threaten to cut his brain out of his head. Because then what? We never see a resolution to these scenes, but Kit is always returned to the ward, meaning that the mad scientist just kind of waves around a scalpel for awhile and rants about Jews before letting the kid go free. Good thing there’s not a psychiatrist on staff that is about to tell the world that Kit isn’t Bloody Face!

Maybe this would just be easier as a glossary:

– Aliens: Sister Jude sees one when she drunk from the communal wine that the devil inside of Sister Mary Eunice entices her to drink.

– Sluts/Whores: What Dr. Arden calls everyone he tries to rape. Sometimes, he calls inanimate statues sluts. Also, there is something wrong with his penis. 

– Monsters: Bloody Face is apparently a composite of a bunch of limbs and flesh and stuff, and those monsters in the woods that Dr. Arden has some connection to seem to be made of the same misfit features.

– Satan: The one living inside Mary Eunice. Unlike Exorcist demons, this one isn’t even trying to play nice, or regress for a bit before popping back up. The nun spends the entire episode stirring up trouble, although in the most weirdly insignificant way ever. Sure, she got under Jude’s skin with all that dead girl stuff, and she finally got Arden all hot and bothered, not to mention she straight up stabbed a bitch to death and fed her to the Bloody Faces. But she also almost let five inmates escape the asylum because she was too involved in a movie? Come on, Beelzebub. Get a grip.

– Sincere Kit: So less attractive than Crying Tate. I’d wager that 99% of those watching at home have just as much interest in seeing Evan Peters’ act earnest all season as they do watching Zachary Quinto continue to be ineffectual.

– Pinhead Pepper: Now, where did she run off to? And did you know that she’s played by a very pretty actress IRL?

– Wet clothes: Tell me how both the staff of Briarcliff, Dr. Thredson, and THE DEVIL managed to miss the part where a totally freaked out Grace, Kit, and Lana re-enter the asylum after escaping into a terrible storm and coming upon the monsters in the woods?

– "I think we found the Mexican!" Best thing to shout when you come upon a dismembered body. Ever.

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