Supporters of Pussy Riot gathered at the Ace Hotel last night for a reading of the jailed Russian feminist punk band’s courtroom statements. Organized by JD Samson of Le Tigre/MEN and presented by Amnesty International, the readers included Chloe Sevigny, Johanna Fateman, Eileen Myles, and Justin Vivian Bond. Though the #freepussyriot campaign is no stranger to celebrity endorsements—artists from Madonna to the Hives have expressed support—the event seemed like it had to be seen in order to be believed.
In the dimly lit Liberty Hall, however, the attention was all on the issue at hand: the trio of artists who have raised attention to human rights issues in Russia after their arrest for performing an anti-Putin protest song at a Moscow cathedral. None of the readers were introduced by name as they took turns reading the statements and letters from Katja Samutsevich, Nadia Tolokonnikova, and Masha Alyekhina that detailed their treatment in prison and defense against the charges of “hooliganism based on religious hatred.”
Readings of the courtroom transcripts revealed the nature of the show trial, where witnesses for the prosecution described how they suffered from post-traumatic stress due to the bright colors of Pussy Riot’s clothing. A letter of support from Yoko Ono and lyrics to Pussy Riot songs were also read, including a track whose name literally translates to “Putin Pissed Himself.”
This morning, it was announced that the three members of Pussy Riot have each been sentenced to two years in prison. The band has also released a new single entitled “Putin Lights Up The Fires.”
Casting news can get so tedious, especially when you couldn’t give a crap about the latest Breaking Hunger Potter Twilight Games franchise. But a casting update I can get behind is season two of American Horror Story, which will be set in an all-new setting and feature an almost all-new cast. Creator Ryan Murphy dished to The Hollywood Reporter that season two will be "fun, sexy and baroque" and set on an East Coast mental institution for the criminally insane. So who can we expect to see onscreen?
Jessica Lange (who played Constance the neighbor): Lange will play a nun who runs the East Coast mental institution, spars with patients, and is in love with her hunky boss.
Other season one actors including Zachary Quinto (Chad the spurned gay lover), Evan Peters (Tate the creepy boyfriend), Sarah Paulson (medium Billie Dean) and Lily Rabe (Nora the sad mom): These season one cast member will return to the series, but will play entirely new roles. The only thing we know about Quinto’s role is that he’s been signed on as the series’ "co-lead" along with Lange. #2
Adam Levine: Yes, we’re going to learn the hard way if Maroon 5 frontman and co-host of The Voice can actually act in something longer than a music video. Murphy said the singer needs to "play a sexy guy" and will appear with actress as two "gritty" characters called The Lovers.
Chloe Sevigny: The indie darling will play a "nymphomaniac" named Shelly who will "go head to head" with Lange’s nun character.
James Cromwell:The Artist actor will join the cast as a doctor at the mental institution named Dr. Arden.
Ralph Fiennes: The hunky actor is "in talks" to play Jessica Lange’s boss and "lust object," according to NYmag.com’s Vulture blog.
Chris Zylka: The young actor has just appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man and the recently cancelled Secret Circle. He’s now headed to season two in an as-of-yet unclear role, but only indicated he gets screentime with Lange.
Britne Olford: The young actress recently played Cadie in the American version of Skins and will join the season two cast as a character named Alma.
Lizzie Brochere: The French actress will play a "nemesis" to Jessica Lange’s character on season two. According to TV Line, her role was described in casting as a femme fatale, "extremely sexual and dangerous wild-child sexpot" and compared to Angelina Jolie’s character in Girl Interrupted. Sounds like a perfect part for a French actress known for her racy work.
So there you have it: an exhaustive, but surely not yet complete, list of who we can expect in season two. In the meantime, where are you all getting your psychosexual comedic drama?
● Word has it that Chris Brown’s new move is to tell girls, "I promise I won’t beat you!" Smoooooth. [PageSix]
● Chloe Sevigny is set to star as a stay-at-home mother who is kidnapped while video chatting with her husband in an upcoming episode of Law and Order: SVU. [TV Guide]
● Daniel Radcliffe showed of his, uh, sexy tongue tricks on Spanish television. [DailyMail]
● Amanda Knox’s memoir sold to HarperCollins for $4 million. You can stop feeling sorry for her now. [NYT]
● Apparently Nicki Minaj’s Grammy performance was just a preview for "what was to come." "You know how people write plays and movies? That’s what I did," she explains. "And so I have to perform it on the set in which it would be in the movie, right?" We’re watching. [RapFix]
● All 288 Bart Simpson scribed chalkboard quotes, in one place, at last. [Buzzfeed]
● According to MediaTakeOut, Jay-Z and Beyoncé have named Tyran "Ty Ty" Smith, Jay’s mai-tai sippin’ bestie, and Oprah, Jay’s other bestie, as godparents to little Blue Ivy. Kanye and Michelle O. got the snub. [MTO]
● Kim Kardashian is kicking $50,000 towards The Trevor Project, an organization that provides suicide prevention services to teenagers. Which, you know, generous? [Us]
● Rihanna had a beer and then got "THUG LIFE" tattoed across her knuckles in pink. [Idolator]
● Is Tom Hanks responsible for the broken nose and double shiners Sen. John Kerry’s been sporting? Maybe! [The Daily]
● Paul Rudd likes your boobs because they offer sustinance and because they are mysterious and mostly because "they are awesome." [Rookie]
● Chloe Sevigny has joined Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, Adam Brody, Sharon Stone, Juno Temple, and James Franco — but not Demi Moore — in Lovelace, wherein she’ll play a feminist journalist trying to get the real scoop on the famous adult star. [THR]
Chloe Sevigny, a self-described pack rat, has opened the doors to her East Village apartment to help promote her new resort line for Opening Ceremony. A new video explores her closet, in which she pulls a number of curious objects like the bunny ears from Gummo and some S&M accessories, as well as some envy-inducing items like a sketch by Alber Elbaz when he was at YSL.
The video is the first in a series that will explore her apartment.
I apologize in advance for showing this to you after lunch. If you have a delicate sensibility, you might want to wait a few hours after your turkey wrap settles. And it might be the most upsetting thing you see all week.
From playing the girl who contracts HIV in Kids to the Vincent Gallo blow job scene in Brown Bunny to her current role in Big Love, Chloe Sevigny has never played it safe. Sticking with the career trajectory based on playing nontraditional characters, her next role is Mia, a pre-op transsexual that is also a hired assassin. Of course.
In Hit and Miss, Mia becomes a father/mother (?) when she learns she has a son by an ex-girlfriend who is dying of cancer, which is sure to lead to all sorts of heart-pulling moments when it comes to balancing cold-hearted killing with parenting. Sounds good!
And like all things Chloe, fashion figures in. A shot from filming shows that she can commit murder while wearing an adorable outfit complete with thigh highs.
Originally airing in Britain, the show has been picked up by DirecTV and is set for February 2012.
When we heard Chloë Sevigny would be producing her first-ever runway show for her latest collaboration with Opening Ceremony, we knew we were in for a retro-tastic treat. After all, the actress, known for her ’90s street-chic style, has previously worked with OC to revive brands like NaNa Shoes, a welcomed throwback. For resort 2012, Sevigny delivered not only a sense of nostalgia in garments and location (the show was held in a Nolita school gym), but she also asked a few models from the past to walk the show, like our girl crush, Jenny Shimizu (above), in what appears to be cheetah boxers.
We love that this dainty eyelet dress lends a little nice to the naughty that Sevigny commonly veers towards.
But this printed bustier mini dress is definitely too hot for school. The provocative vibe of what Sevigny calls her “teen dream” collection comes as no surprise, considering she loves a good steamy text session. We love that she styled this with cool kids to downplay the micro hemline.
Speaking of steamy, we’re definitely adding this sizzling red number to our swimwear wish list.
Last but not least, this is the bad-girl counterpart to the white eyelet frock above, which, in sexy laser-cut leather, the designer couldn’t help but model herself.
What luck! In a week that turned out to be all about the kill, we’re introducing our brand new Music Issue on newsstands now, featuring cover stars The Kills. Coincidence? We think so! Anyway, read all about the everlasting musical union between Mr. Hince and Ms. Mosshart — and the new album they made — here. Also in our May issue:
Before Mark Ruffalo hulks and smashes in next summer’s Avengers, he pauses for his directorial debut, Sympathy for Delicious; read a revealing interview with the actor about the rock drama and the darkness that inspired it. UK music sensation Anna Calvi has opened for Interpol, but she never met lead singer Paul Banks — until now. The Arctic Monkeys, rockstars before they turned twenty, evolve on their new album, Suck It and See. New York’s Gang Gang Dance explain where their trippy, tribal, genre-defying sound comes from. Our sometime fashion guru Gavin McInnes puts SXSW on blast. Avant-garde musical artist Planningtorock takes us on an impromptu tour of Berlin.
Plus Rose Byrne, Taylor Momsen, Chloe Sevigny, Death Cab for Cutie, Dolly Parton, Richard Ashcroft, Tinie Tempah, and more!