Watch Jenny Lewis and Famous Friends In ‘She’s Not Me’ Music Video

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In case you needed further proof that Jenny Lewis is one of the coolest girls on the block, the former Rilo Kiley front woman and super-successful indie solo star just released the music video for ‘She’s Not Me,’ the second single off her album The Voyager. The music video is one of the greatest things to happen today — at least to YouTube — for a variety of reasons. One, it features Lewis in the pantsuit version of Joseph’s Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Second, it casts a host of the singer’s famous friends, like Zosia Mamet, Fred Armisen, Canadian singer Feist, and Saturday Night Live’s Vanessa Bayer.

In an interview with BuzzFeed, Lewis explained that the “She’s Not Me” video is a “super meta retrospective” on her career. Why’s that? The indie pop star is a former child star and the video is filled with spoofs of movies from her acting resume. She guest starred in Golden Girls and had roles in teen comedy Troop Beverly Hills and creepy Tobey Maguire movie Pleasantville. To catch a glimpse of Fred Armisen and Zosia Mamet dancing awkwardly in Girl Scout uniforms, check out “She’s Not Me” below.

Richard Prince Isn’t a Thief — He’s a Genius

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People have been up in arms about artist Richard Prince screenshotting people’s posts on Instagram and selling them for upwards of $100,000 at Frieze. It sounds like a clear case of copyright infringement, right? Why should this guy be making so much money off of other people’s works? Because he’s a genius.

 

First off, this is Richard Prince’s metier; he’s been appropriating photographs, advertisements and other works since the ‘70s. It’s in a similar vein to Pop Artists purloining mass culture as subjects (Andy Warhol, Richard Hamilton) or other “rephotographers” like Barbara Kruger and Thomas Struth. Controversial, of course, but this kind of art has been around for a while. In fact there are whole books and anthologies written about appropriation and mass media from Walter Benjamin’s The Work of Art in The Age of Mechanical Reproduction to Whitechapel’s Appropriation.Love it or hate it (and plenty of people hated Warhol’s soup cans) lots of scholars and artists find this type of work inspiring and valuable.    
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When Warhol first displayed his paintings of Campbell’s soup cans to the public, people thought it was a joke. Now they’re proudly on display at MoMA. (Photo via paintyourlife.com)

Also, Prince is within his rights to use these images. After a litigious battle between Prince and photographer Patrick Cariou that settled in 2014, the courts ultimately decided that some of Prince’s photographs of Cariou’s work were “transformative” enough to escape copyright laws. Basically, if you change enough of the original work (which, honestly, doesn’t have to be much of it) it’s fair use. Not to mention, we’re all embedding and regramming and sharing like crazy every day.
Regardless, who is he really hurting? Was someone going to sell that photo for $100K and now they can’t? Isn’t it more likely that the press they received from this incident will help them in the long run?
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Many of Struth’s photographic work like this appropriate art and recontextualize it, especially with institutional critiques. (Photo via dspace.library.uu.nl)

Prince’s “New Portraits” is a brilliant critique of our social media-obsessed culture—it’s a commentary on the cheapening and devaluing of the photographic image in the context of the never ending visual streams (often extremely intimate or sexualized) that make up our daily lives. It’s an heuristic device that illuminates our voyeuristic culture and the question of how much authorship do we really ever have once we hit publish?

 

Good artists copy. Great artists screenshot.
Photo © Richard Prince. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery. Photography by Robert

 

See Jason Segel as David Foster Wallace in the First Trailer for The End of the Tour

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Fresh off the success of 2013’s high school drama The Spectacular Now, James Ponsoldt’s latest film will have its New York debut at BAMCinemaFest in a few weeks, just ahead of its theatrical release in July. The hotly-anticipated David Foster Wallace drama, The End of the Tourstarring Jason Segel as Wallace and Jesse Eisenberg as David Lipsky—brings us into a brief few days in the life of Wallace as he grapples with the success of his beloved novel Infinite Jest. The film picks up when Rolling Stone writer Lipsky decides to profile Wallace, joining him on the road for the last leg of his book tour. Mainly consisting of intimate conversations between the two men as they eat candy, chain smoke, and debate everything from artistic integrity and the pain of loneliness to Wallace’s rumored heroin addiction and his sartorial choices, Ponsoldt crafts a unique and human portrait of one of the literary world’s most celebrated artists. The official synopsis for the film reads:

THE END OF THE TOUR tells the story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter (and novelist) David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel), which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace’s groundbreaking epic novel, Infinite Jest. As the days go on, a tenuous yet intense relationship seems to develop between journalist and subject. The two men bob and weave around each other, sharing laughs and also possibly revealing hidden frailties – but it’s never clear how truthful they are being with each other. Ironically, the interview was never published, and five days of audio tapes were packed away in Lipsky’s closet. The two men did not meet again. The film is based on Lipsky’s critically acclaimed memoir about this unforgettable encounter, written following Wallace’s 2008 suicide. Both Segel and Eisenberg reveal great depths of emotion in their performances and the film is directed with humor and tenderness by Sundance vet James Ponsoldt from Pulitzer- Prize winner Donald Margulies’ insightful and heartbreaking screenplay.

Today, watch the first trailer for the The End of the Tour before it’s released by A24 on July 31.

 

 

6 Best Rooftop Pools in NYC

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Photo courtesy of the Dream Downtown

One of the best things about summer in the city is rooftop pools. The muggy heat and beating sun necessitate the need for a quick dip, and the inherent cool of New York means that its pools aren’t just ordinary aquatic settings. We’ve culled through the rooftop pool scenes in Manhattan and Brooklyn to bring you the best the city has to offer, from ones with spa-like serenity to others that you can literally dance into.

Le Bain: Le Bain at The Standard, High Line isn’t so much a rooftop pool as a penthouse dancefloor with a pool. The Meatpacking spot is celebrating its fifth anniversary all summer long (complete with a follow-along hashtag: #5thsummer), and its summer programming includes a helluva lot of DJ’ed parties. DJ Rich Medina will be playing there this Friday May 29 with Vikter Duplaix. Medina has played the rooftop venue countless times and claims it’s one of his favorite spots in the world. “The rooftop and pool are incredible…with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Hudson and the west side of the city…top that off with a phenomenal sound system, extremely credible sound engineers, and a fully stocked wet bar, and you have a recipe for an incredible venue.” An excellent review, all around.

Gansevoort Hotel Group: Both the Meatpacking District and Park Avenue locations of the swanky Gansevoort Hotel Group have rooftop pools frequented by pretty people drinking expensive cocktails. To get access as a non-hotel guest, you’ll have to a. sneak in, b. buy the Daycation package, which for $300 gets you a cocktail and a massage among other spa-like perks, like poolside reflexology (that’s fancy talk for a foot massage).

SIXTY LES: This Lower East Side boutique hotel is so cool that its rooftop pool is outfitted with an Andy Warhol filmstrip. Nibbling on Blue Ribbon sushi while tanning in a bikini isn’t for everyone, which is why the pool is only open to hotel guests, for now. It plans to open to the public later this summer with special events, so stay tuned.

The James: JIMMY, the rooftop pool and bar at The James Hotel, is a go-to for urban summer lounging. The pool is reserved for guests on weekdays until 5 P.M. but opens its doors to the general chic downtown crowd on Saturdays and Sundays at 3 P.M. on for weekend pool parties with rotating DJs.

McCarren Hotel: The best pools in this city don’t have to be in lower Manhattan or on a rooftop. Enter the McCarren Hotel, whose saltwater pool is on the ground floor (you’ll still feel hip and tan) and open to non-guests with a daypass ($40 deal through the month of June). If you’re looking to pick up a morning yoga habit, the hotel offers poolside yoga in partnership with SyncStudios every day this summer.

Dream Downtown: Another hip Meatpacking hotel, another rooftop pool. The Beach at Dream Downtown boasts a glass-bottomed pool and French Riviera-inspired chaise lounges. Luckily, you don’t have to be a chic European hotel guest to soak up its summer offerings: daypasses are available to non-guests Monday-Friday, and the pool will host DJs throughout the week.

From Cher in Marc Jacobs to Helen Mirren in L’Oréal, Here Are the Iconic Ladies of Fashion Ads

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Pop diva Cher is the new face of Marc Jacobs, as seen in an ad unveiled in WWD today. The casting of the 69-year old icon comes as no surprise to the fashion world, who watched the legend arrive arm-in-arm with the designer at this year’s Met Gala. Love magazine editor and Marc Jacobs ad creative director Katie Grand first posted the ad to her Instagram this morning, photographed by David Sims. The songstress is dressed in an all-black floor-length dress, moto jacket, and leather gloves, with some seriously arched eyebrows.

The music legend is the newest badass iconic woman to star in a major fashion campaign. Eighty-year old Joan Didion made sartorial mouths drop when Céline ads earlier this year showed her signature tinier-than-thou frame in black sunglasses, and 71-year old Joni Mitchell went folksy for Saint Laurent a few months later. Mitchell’s casting was part of the Saint Laurent Music Project, designer Hedi Slimane’s project that has also photographed defining musicians like Marianne Faithful, Courtney Love, and Kim Gordon.

Didion, Mitchell, and Cher are hardly the first iconic ladies to be featured in fashion campaigns over the last few years. Helen Mirren signed a contract with L’Oréal Paris last October; Iris Apfel sits alongside Karlie Kloss in Kate Spade ads; Jessica Lange was the first celebrity face of Marc Jacobs Beauty in spring 2014; Catherine Deneuve posed for Louis Vuitton; and style icon Linda Rodin starred in The Row’s ad campaign. Safe to say that the casting of such infamous feminine icons is a welcome contrast from the Kendall Jenner and Justin Bieber ads of the world.

Below, Joan Didion for Céline and Joni Mitchell for Saint Laurent. (Images via Céline, Saint Laurent, L’Oréal, Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, The Row)

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