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Kanye West Gave Paparazzi Free Yeezy Sneakers

No one is ever really ready for New York Fashion Week, but at least the Kimye paparazzi will be enjoying comfy new (and free!) Yeezy kicks while they run around Fuccboi Heaven. Kanye West promised a few months ago that he’d hook some of them up with free sneakers, and boy howdy, he wasn’t lying. Jack Arshakyan, whose Instagram feed is pretty much all Kimye all the time, posted a photo of several boxes of Yeezy Boost 350s, along with a note thanking them for the hook-up. Hey, it’s the least Kanye could do for the occasional ride to the gym, you know?

Sit Back, Relax, and Listen to a Previously-Unreleased Led Zeppelin Track

No lawsuit to worry about here. Ahead of the release of Led Zeppelin's The Complete BBC Sessions in September — an expansion of the Jimmy Page-overseen BBC Sessions from 1997 a previously-unreleased track has been unearthed and shared. Recorded at a 1969 appearance in London, the bluesy three-minute "Sunshine Woman" is one of eight other new Zeppelin songs that will be featured on the album. The original tapes that recorded the "Sunshine Woman" sessions were lost (which also included different versions of "Dazed and Confused," "I Can’t Quit You Baby" and "You Shook Me"), and although a bootleg recording later surfaced, the song had not been formally released until now. "There’s no point pretending it wasn’t recorded off the radio," Page told Mojo about the track. "It was basically made up on the spot. It was pretty brave, bearing in mind the circumstances. We played it as if we were in rehearsals, starting it around the riff and then working it out. It shows that we were evolving pretty quickly." Listen to the track  bearing in mind the less than stellar fidelity below.

Richard Branson Thought He Was ‘Going to Die’ Following Violent Bike Crash

Let this serve as a PSA for helmet use, folks. (Yes, Citi Bikers, even you.) Richard Branson the eccentric Virgin Group founder and all-around cool billionaire described on his Virgin blog a bicycle ride that nearly took a deadly turn earlier this week. While out for an evening cycle on Virgin Gorda with his two children, Branson unexpectedly hit a bump in the road and flew head-first towards the winding concrete road. "The next thing I knew, I was being hurled over the handlebars and my life was literally flashing before my eyes," he wrote. "I really thought I was going to die." His bike wound up being hurled from a cliff, and despite suffering from a cracked cheek and torn ligaments, Branson credits his helmet for saving his life. "I really couldn't believe I was alive, let alone not paralysed," he said, before joking, "my biggest hardship is having to drink tea out of a straw. Oh, and being called elephant man by a six year old!" Sending good vibes your way, Sir Richard.

Nate Parker: ‘I’m Not Perfect, I’m a Flawed Man, But I’m Willing to Try to Get Better’

Following interviews he did with Deadline and Variety earlier this month to address the 1999 rape charges he faced as a student at Penn State University, The Birth of a Nation director Nate Parker sat down with Ebony to candidly discuss topics that included rape culture, male privilege, and consent. During his sophomore year at the university, Parker and his roommate, Jean Celestin, were accused of raping a female classmate while she was allegedly unconscious in Parker's room. Years later, the woman's brother revealed that she committed suicide. Parker was acquitted of the charges, while Celestin's sexual assault conviction was eventually overturned on appeal. Parker says that, despite the story dominating the media ahead of Nation's Oscar campaign the film debuted at Sundance earlier this year to solid reviews and a record-breaking sale he does not believe there is a conspiracy to "kill" the story about Nat Turner's slave rebellion:


Mike Colter Brings the Ruckus in a New Teaser for Luke Cage

How cool is Luke Cage, you ask? So cool that the Marvel superhero can effortlessly win a fight against a handful of baddies, withstand a bunch of bullets from another round of baddies (yeah, he has unbreakable skin and superhuman strength, pretty casual), and then have the energy to crack a solid joke before attacking one last group of baddies. Man, there are a lot of baddies scattered around Harlem boxing facilities! This fun, minute-long teaser joins an official trailer and another teaser previously released by Netflix. Luke Cage premieres on September 30.

A Damn Fine Statue of Lemmy Kilmister Was Unveiled in Los Angeles

Nothing can, and will, adequately fill the void that Motörhead's Lemmy Kilmister left behind following his death last December, but an impressive bronze memorial statue in West Hollywood might slightly lessen the blow. The life-size statue created by local artist Travis Moore  was unveiled earlier this week at the Rainbow Bar & Grill in Los Angeles, which Lemmy frequently visited when he was in the area. "Lemmy was a fixture here,” Mikael Maglieri Jr., one of the owners, told Noisey. "Since I was a little kid, he’s been coming around, playing his video games, smoking cigarettes. If he was not on tour, he was here." The statue's completion was made possible by a fundraising effort between friends and fans, with the surplus funds being donated to cancer research. "This is for the fans. Nothing corporate. Not the label, nothing," ex-Motörhead manager Todd Singerman told L.A. Weekly. "[Lemmy] would always say, at every show, 'Don’t forget us, we are Motörhead, and we play rock 'n' roll.’ That’s my job now." Those mutton chops will live on forever.

Yas, Music: Broad City Is Getting an Official Soundtrack

You don't have to wait until the fourth season premiere of Broad City to get your Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazner fix. In collaboration with Broad City's music producer Matt FX Feldman, the trio will be executive producing an original series soundtrack for the Comedy Central sitcom. Due out on October 28, the album will feature a vast selection of tracks that include an extended version of the theme song ("Latino N' Proud" by DJ Raff) and soundtrack-exclusive songs. "When I first started working on the show, our resources were so low to the point where working with unsigned and unknown artists was the only way we could possibly afford to score an entire episode the way we wanted," Feldman told Rolling Stone. "These days, I see it almost as an obligation to keep the platform growing. Super duper excited that we've been able to physically encapsulate the sonic identity of the show with this soundtrack." Parkour around your neighborhood in celebration!

Crank Up the Missy Elliott, Issa Rae’s HBO Comedy Insecure Has Another Teaser

After getting caught in development for a few years, Issa Rae's comedy Insecure is finally coming to HBO this fall. Rae made her name with the web series Awkward Black Girl, and Insecure looks to tackle the unspoken rules of race head-on — specifically, examine the question of "what does it mean when you don’t fit into this definition of being black?" — and also, you know, be pretty gosh darn funny. In the first teaser, below, Rae's character attempts to loosen up and go out for a night on the town with her best friend. And in the new teaser, above, we get a brief glimpse at her complicated love life. They are both, indeed, gosh darn funny. Yvonne Orji, Jay Ellis, and Lisa Joyce fill out the rest of the cast, and Insecure's set to premiere on October 9.

How Britney Spears and Carly Rae Jepsen Stay Relevant

There were two kinds of pop stars in the ’80s: Those who scratched out hits as fast as possible until their batteries gave out, and those who moved with surgical precision, working through new looks and sounds, before vanishing for years to restructure. There were stars who shone bright and fast, like freestyle music luminary Lisa Lisa, who logged two platinum albums and a string of memorable singles including “I Wonder If I Take You Home” and “Head to Toe” in the space of three years, then tumbled down the charts for good. On the other end of the spectrum, there were the Janet Jacksons and Madonnas who, every three or four years, checked in with a vibrant, personal, political album armed with enough singles to keep them on the charts and terrestrial radio while they toured, recorded more, or just plain took time off. 


Edward Snowden to Appear at Special Snowden Event; You Know, Via a Satellite, Of Course

Edward Snowden's life as a robot seems pretty cool ("Snowbot"!), but for an upcoming event for Oliver Stone's biographical thriller Snowden, a different technological marvel will be used to get him in attendance instead. On September 14, the whistleblower himself will appear live via a satellite from Moscow to attend Snowden Live, a special screening event that will also feature Stone live via another satellite from New York City. The event will occur at 700 select theaters across the country at 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT, which will include an advance screening of the film followed by a live, 45-minute interview between Snowden and Stone. (It'll be tape-delayed in the Mountain and Pacific time zones.) Hey, maybe the two of them can talk about Pokémon Go!

Limited TV Series About Lou Pearlman in Development

Pearlman's back, alright! The life and times of Lou Pearlman the famed 1990s music manager and convicted Ponzi schemer who died in prison last week at the age of 62 are heading to the small screen. The creator of boy-bands such as *NSYNC, the Backstreet Boys, and O-Town will be the subject of a new limited series from Condé Nast and Magnet Management, which will chronicle Pearlman’s bumpy life "with details of his rise from blimp business owner to the music mogul and then his fall to fraud." The series will be based on the recent New Yorker article "We Live in the Pop-Culture World That Lou Pearlman Created" by John Seabrook, and a writer or director has yet to be attached. The soundtrack is sure to be good.

  • Posted 8/27/16 at 3:44 AM
  • Gaming

Get Schwifty, Rick And Morty’s Justin Roiland Is Starting His Own VR Studio

We got a taste of VR in Rick and Morty when Morty played Roy: A Life Well Lived, but now Justin Roiland has announced that he's starting a VR studio of his own. According to the A.V. Club, the co-creator, writer, and voice actor of the show will be working with developer Tanya Watson (the Gears Of Wargames, Bulletstorm). And, of course, he’s calling it Squanchtendo. The goal is to "make and collaborate on funny, imaginative, story driven VR game experiences of all sizes across all VR platforms." Check out a comic strip “press release” for Squanchtendo Games below:

Jessica Alba Masters Roomba Pong on Tonight Show

Roomba pong is the best because you can feel responsible about cleaning, and also enjoy yourself! It is a game of Beer Pong, only the cups happen to move around the table on Roombas. Friday night, Jessica Alba had the chance to experience this rare pleasure on the Tonight Show. With Jimmy Fallon as her partner, she played against Steve Higgins and comedian Jeff Foxworthy. While the game was close, Alba managed to win the game! (And in heels, which is no small feat). Her new movie, Mechanic: Resurrection, is in theaters now. Watch the video above.

Elizabeth Olsen Joins Jason Sudeikis and Ed Harris in Road Trip Drama Kodachrome

Elizabeth Olsen will join Jason Sudeikis and Ed Harris in the road trip drama Kodachrome, reports Variety. The actress was linked to the film before the Cannes Film Festival, but on Friday producers confirmed her involvement with the project. Directed by Mark Raso (Copenhagen) from a script by Jonathan Tropper, the film is based on A.G. Sulzberger’s 2010 New York Times article, “For Kodachrome Fans, Road Ends at Photo Lab in Kansas.” It follows a record label boss who goes on a road trip across the U.S. to fulfill his father's dying wish and have a roll of Kodachrome film developed, only to find there's just one remaining shop that accepts them. Shooting begins this week in Toronto.

  • Posted 8/26/16 at 11:35 PM

Drake Decides Boomboxes Are Overrated, Congratulates Rihanna With Billboard

When you're making a grand gesture, and it happens to be for Rihanna, remember to always go with the billboard. Today, “Black-ish” actress Yara Shahidi tweeted a picture of a billboard from Drake to Rihanna: “Congratulations to Rihanna from Drake and Everyone at OVO,” it read. According to Pitchfork, the message was probably meant to celebrate Rihanna’s selection as the Video Vanguard Award recipient at the upcoming MTV VMAs, held this Sunday. Later, Rihanna responded to the message on Instagram, and reposted the photo with the caption “When he extra❤🏆!!!” The Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award is the highest honor given at the VMAs, with past recipients including Kanye West, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Beastie Boys, Britney Spears, Madonna, and Michael Jackson. Rihanna will open Sunday’s VMAs with her Video Vanguard Award performance. Check out both posts, and Rihanna's trailer below:

ABC Orders Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil's Romantic Comedy Pilot Documenting Love

Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil are both skilled at producing, and being a power couple. ABC finally realized this, and ordered a pilot of Documenting Love, a multi-cam comedy from the duo, Deadline reports. Mara Brock Akil created Girlfriends and The Game, which ran on the CW and BET for a combined nine seasons. The Game set a rating record when it moved to BET, with 7.7 million viewers tuning in for the premiere. Her husband, Salim Akil, was the director on both shows and executive produced The Game. Mara Brock Akil also created Being Mary Jane. Documenting Love will draw parallels to Mad About You, and follow a modern-day power couple. 

  • Posted 8/26/16 at 10:36 PM
  • Music

Harry Connick Jr. and Randy Jackson Will Co-Host a Benefit Concert for Louisiana Flood Victims

Harry Connick, Jr. and Randy Jackson will be teaming up to help their home state of Louisiana, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The former American Idol judges are set to co-host Louisiana Rising: A Benefit Concert for Flood Relief on Labor Day, and  the live broadcast will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the River Center Theater. Proceeds from the event will go to the American Red Cross's Louisiana Flood Relief Center, according to The Advocate. "Saddened by the devastating tragedies that keep affecting my Louisiana," Jackson said. "I want to help restore hope to people that are hurting in a place that I will always call home." Connick wants to bring "much needed attention to the good people of Louisiana." He added, "So sorry that my home state is undergoing such hardship once again. Seems like just yesterday that Katrina left a path of destruction." Mackenzie Bourg, an American Idol season 15 alum who was born in Lafayette, Louisiana, will also perform. Currently, the lineup includes Better Than Ezra, Sonny Landreth, Chris Thomas King, and Luther Kent, but a full lineup should be announced next week.

Robert Zemeckis Will Shepherd a Series Called The Ark to NBC

Because film and television producers are just so obsessed with reboots, sequels and adapting pre-existing material, NBC is developing a show about the story of Noah’s Ark — except, twist, it will be set in the present day and in space. Deadline is reporting that “The Ark originated at 20th TV’s cable division Fox 21 TV Studios,” when we all know it originated in the Book of Genesis. (Nice try, guys, but we’re paying too much attention to miss that one.) It will be produced by Robert Zemeckis, and the story will focus on an engineer who has a vision after the death of his wife in which he constructs a ship capable of taking humans to space and sustaining life. And, in case you hadn’t heard, the vision foreshadows the end of the world. Upon noticing this, “the engineer realizes there may be a larger story at play.” You don’t say.

Julianne and Derek Hough Will Return to Lord Over Dancing with the Stars for Season 23

The national nightmare that was the Hough Drought on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars has, at long last, come to a merciful close, as the most agile dancing Mormon siblings ever to grace primetime television (it’s no contest, Osmonds) will return to the stage they helped build for the show’s upcoming 23rd season. Derek will be back on the floor as a pro dancer and Julianne will return to the judge’s table after both took a year off to dazzle America with their show “Move Live On Tour.” Julianne took her first spin with DWTS during its fourth season when, at 18, she became the show’s youngest winner. Older brother Derek joined her in season five, and has only missed two seasons since that time. Surely when they started out, neither could have imagined becoming more relevantly famous than many of the contestants that would come and go on DWTS over the years. Nor could they have imagined building a dance empire that would be able to sell out concert venues and produce one of the most awkward Lip Sync Battle showdowns in the competition’s brief history. And if the rumors are true, we could soon see Julianne Hough judging Ryan Lochte’s dancing prowess while her brother tries to play the role of Michael Phelps and spoil the swimmer’s chance at another gold medal (in the form of a mirror ball trophy). Derek does, after all, have the same number of DWTS titles as Lochte does Olympic gold medals (six), and the aquaman will be squarely on that hardwood Hough home turf. This could get messy.

Ty Burrell Cast in Bachelorette Comedy Rock Your Body from the Producer of Broad City

All you fanfic writers out there on the internet who have been waiting for a movie that pairs Ty Burrell and Scarlett Johansson can take a break now, because Hollywood has finally answered your prayers. Burrell has just been cast in the blue comedy Rock That Body from Broad City executive producer Lucia Aniello. The script, from Aniello and her writing partner, Paul W. Downs, got a coveted Black List designation in 2015, and Sony snagged the rights to it in what Variety characterizes as “an aggressive bidding war.” (Despite having a name that evokes being placed in exile as well as the dark time in Hollywood when alleged communists were being expunged from the entertainment industry, the Black List is actually an annual collection of unproduced scripts that film studio executives have deemed the most desirable.) The sought after property focuses on five friends looking to throw down for a bachelorette party who rent a beach house in Miami for the occasion, and in addition to Johansson and Burrell, it’s also got Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer, Zoe Kravitz, and Demi Moore on board to stir up plenty of WTF in this “raunchy comedy.” It seems like an outside chance, but the Modern Family actor could make a great washed up go-go boy bumming around Miami Beach. Here’s hoping!


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