Lana Del Rey, weirdo indie chanteuse, has burned out after one album, which is not too surprising since her presence in the music world brought at first outrage, then confusion, then apathy, then more confusion. Rather than follow up Born to Die with another album, Del Rey plans to continue modeling and move into the movie business.
In an interview with Vogue Australia (via NME), Del Rey says, “When I was starting, I had a vision of being a writer for film and that’s what I am doing now. I’m so happy… Hopefully I will branch into film work and stay there. That will be my happy place. I’d like to stay in one place for a long time.” As my buddy Joe Reid writes, “Well, we had a good run, movies.”
Meanwhile, Del Rey is now the face attached to Jaguar’s upcoming F-Type sports car. As TopSpeed puts it (because they are INSANE):
Lana del Rey is the personification of a girl that every warm-blooded man hopes to be locked in step with. She’s got a voice that can serenade a pack of big cats, a gorgeous face that can make men weep, and an all-around appeal that can convince people of any gender to buy the products that has her name attached to it.
Surprisingly, no one commented that Lana Del Rey can serenade a pack of big cats because they confuse her voice for that of the housecat variety.
Chances are, your friends who watch Mad Men still haven’t stopped talking about how amazing / intense / dramatic / Drapetacular (a new adjective created by Mad Men fans solely for the purpose of describing this episode) this past week’s episode was. But one fan of the episode is pretty surprising: David Pryor, the Vice President of brand development at Jaguar USA.
The episode, “The Other Woman,” centered on the team at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce trying to land an advertising account with Jaguar. One particularly sleazy Jaguar exec tells Pete Campbell and Ken Cosgrove that he will vote for SCDP to take the account if he can have an evening with office manager Joan Holloway Harris.
Pryor told Advertising Age that he’s “a big fan of the show and it was gratifying to see our brand portrayed,” adding that his team would have probably taken Don Draper’s route of focusing on the best campaign and not trying for anything above board, but he’s confident that people know the situation was embellished and the lecherous exec was a fictional character.
The Mad Men exec and the slogan decided (“At last, something beautiful you can truly own”) may be fictional, but Jaguar’s position as a cultural icon within works of fiction is very real. Here are a few examples of how the luxury car has appeared in popular culture.
The Italian Job The original heist film, from 1969, was all about cool cars and sweet action, including an appearance from Jaguar. Shenanigans and explosions abounded.
“Jaguar” by The Who This driving garage-rocker even salutes the “grace, space, pace” slogan the car company used in the ‘60s. Appropriately from their album entitled The Who Sell Out.
Harold and Maude The ill-fated drive in the last few minutes, the freeze frame, the roar of the engine juxtaposed with the strains of Cat Stevens’s “Trouble.”
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery Jaguar was the symbol of “grace, space and pace” in the 1960s, so it only makes sense in a movie that takes a cartoonish, kitschy look at the 1960s for the Jag (a ’61 E-Type, to be precise) to get a similar makeover. Mike Myers’ dentally impaired British spy drives one with a massive Union Jack painted across it and the license plate “SHAGUAR.”
Aimée and Jaguar This one actually has nothing to with cars, but it is a compelling film depicting a love story not often told through the lens of WW2-era Berlin. The “Jaguar” here refers to the code name of German Jewish Resistance fighter Felice Schragenheim (Maria Schrader) in her love letters to Lilly Wust (Julianne Köhler), the wife of a Nazi officer, “Aimée.” You should watch it.