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60 Seconds With Stromae: On Talking Sh*t, His Best Friend, and Krusty the Clown

Perhaps you know the Belgium-born Paul Van Haver by his stage name, Stromae. Or perhaps you don't know him, and for that you'd be forgiven. Because while he has certainly conquered Europe with his swaggering mix of electronica and hip-hop, the international hit-maker is still considered an up-and-comer here in the U.S. But at just 30 years old and with only two studio albums to his name, we can only assume that we'll be hearing and seeing a lot more of him in the future. Here, we sat down with the artist to chat style, friendship, and the sadness see more
Fashion

Givenchy's Riccardo Tisci on Dressing Kim Kardashian (When No One Else Wanted to) and Unconventional Models

Here, in a bright, airy room at the Mercer hotel in New York City, Riccardo Tisci is sitting on the couch, chain-smoking American Spirits and explaining in a pronounced Italian accent why the idea of designing menswear initially left him cold. "I mean, look at me," the 40-year-old creative director of Givenchy says, giving his sweatshirt a tug. "I wear jeans and trainers." Thing is, he's embodying exactly what's stylish at this very nanosecond: thick-soled Timberlands, gray tapered jeans, a black sweatshirt with an abstract Bauhaus-esque basketball print. "I never bought fashion for myself. The only things I was obsessed see more
Celebrity

Common on Being Nominated for an Oscar and Why Selma Wasn't Snubbed

It's been 23 years since Common, then known as Common Sense, released his debut album Can I Borrow a Dollar? and now the rapper-actor-activist is enjoying one of the most successful periods in his esteemed career. He's up for two Grammys this weekend, including Best Rap Album for his 10th LP, Nobody's Smiling, which is inspired partly by the street violence in his hometown, Chicago. On an even bigger level, he's fresh off a Golden Globe win for "Glory," the original song he and John Legend wrote for the movie Selma, in which he also stars as voting-rights leader James see more
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Jaden and Willow Smith Make No Sense, Are Possibly Geniuses

Every 7 Years Your Body Is Completely Replaced With Entirely New Cells So Just Because You Look The Same Doesn't Mean You Are.— Jaden Smith (@officialjaden) November 2, 2014 Today, the venerable New York Times ran an interview with brother-sister team Jaden and Willow Smith, offspring of the union of Will and Jada Smith. The interview proved that these two amazing creatures are far wiser, far more enlightened, and far stranger than we could have ever known, even after knowing that Jaden dressed up as Batman to attend Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's wedding. see more
Books

Chuck Palahniuk: "To Have Sex and Death Placed as Close to One Another as Possible Is Always a Goal of Mine"

Mr. Palahniuk, do you think that the world is getting better or worse? Better. Ultimately, everyone is acting out of what they feel is the best choice. In a way, they're all trying to improve the world. And I think that those basic choices make the world a better place. I wouldn't have necessarily guessed that from the guy who wrote Fight Club. Do you think that attitude is reflected in your fiction? To me, it's a choice: whether to focus on the way things work out beautifully, or to focus on the way things work out miserably. I always see more
Celebrity

Jason Schwartzman Is the Guy You Love to Hate in Listen Up Philip

Jason Schwartzman isn't an asshole in real life. But he does a fine job of playing one onscreen in Listen Up Philip, the latest indie effort from writer-director Alex Ross Perry. In the film, out this Friday, Schwartzman plays Philip Lewis Friedman, a successful—albeit venomous—young writer who is eagerly awaiting the publication of his second novel. . . and making all those who know and love him, including his doting girlfriend Ashley (played by Elisabeth Moss) and his idol/fellow novelist Ike Zimmerman (Jonathan Pryce), miserable in the process. see more
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Mike Rowe Wants To Know What You Do For a Living

It's been a busy few years for Mike Rowe. After doing nearly every distasteful job imaginable for eight seasons on Dirty Jobs, he formed MikeRoweWorks, a foundation that provides scholarships to trade schools, and launched Profoundly Disconnected, a PR campaign to promote skilled labor as a necessary and lucrative alternative to college. Now he's back on CNN with Somebody's Gotta Do It, premiering October 8th. On a recent Sunday afternoon, Mike took a break from writing his new show's theme song to relax at home in San Francisco and re-read his favorite novels (John MacDonald's Travis McGee series). He bookmarked see more
Fashion

Creating Viggo Mortensen's Retro Look in The Two Faces of January

DETAILS: The Two Faces of January (out tomorrow) is based on Patricia Highsmith's novel about an American couple on the run who get mixed up with a local scammer. Did you go back to the book for inspiration? STEVEN NOBLE: I've been very true to the novel. I also looked at a lot of films from the time: Fellini's La Dolce Vita, René Clément's Plein Soleil, Godard's Breathless. We also got a lot of amazing home movies from the holidaymakers of the time. see more
Celebrity

Bret Easton Ellis Has Seen a Dead Body, Tried to Buy Coke on Twitter

Mr. Ellis, have you ever seen a dead body? Yes, certainly. Growing up in L.A. I have driven past car accidents with a dead body that had not been covered yet. I have seen a dead body, but I have never been brought to a dead body to see it. The first dead body I ever saw was at my school. A bus driver had a heart attack. He was dead and he was still sitting in the seat. see more
Celebrity

Boardwalk Empire's Kelly Macdonald Can't Believe Margaret Schroeder Is Still Alive

Kelly Macdonald doesn't give away too much about herself. She's not the kind of actress you're likely to find being followed by TMZ cameras or caught drunk in front of some trendy nightclub. Much like the characters she plays—including Boardwalk Empire's Margaret Thompson (née Schroeder)—there's an enigmatic air about the 38-year-old Glasgow native, which is part of what makes her so compelling to watch. And why she has managed to fly just slightly under the radar (in a good way) since making her big-screen debut at the age of 20 as Ewan McGregor's naughty schoolgirl cohort in Danny Boyle's Trainspotting. see more
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