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Oct. 29 2014 2:02 PM

Watch Daniel Radcliffe Rap Blackalicious’ “Alphabet Aerobics” In Its Entirety

Chris Pratt impressed everyone recently with his ability to memorize rap lyrics. But we learned Tuesday on the Tonight Show that there’s another famous young actor who’s even better at it: Daniel Radcliffe. After explaining his “obsession with memorizing lyrically intricate and fast songs,” Radcliffe rose to Jimmy Fallon’s challenge to rap Blackalicious’ tongue-twisting 1999 classic “Alphabet Aerobics.”

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Oct. 29 2014 12:37 PM

FKA Twigs Extends Her Reign as the Queen of Music Videos With This Haunting Short Film

Last week FKA Twigs impressed again with her innovative commercial for Google Glass. Today, she’s added to her growing collection of masterful videos with a haunting new one for the aptly titled song “Video Girl,” off her debut album LP1. It would probably be more accurate, in fact, to describe this wonderful piece of work as a short film.

Oct. 29 2014 12:05 PM

Orson Welles’ Last Movie May Finally See the Light of Day

Geat news for movie lovers generally and Orson Welles fans in particular: The director’s storied but unfinished final film, The Other Side of the Wind, may finally be completed and shown next year. As the New York Times reports, the production company Royal Road Entertainment has managed to strike a deal to buy the rights to the movie, with the aim of screening it in California by May 6, 2015, which would have been Welles’ 100th birthday.

Welles spent the last 15 years of his life working on the movie, which stars John Huston and also features Peter Bogdanovich, Susan Strasberg, and Dennis Hopper in its cast. 

Oct. 29 2014 11:23 AM

Eric Clapton Wrote a Song for Jack Bruce

Jack Bruce, who died Saturday at 71, was a multi-talented musician with a long andvaried career, but he is still probably most famous for the work he did in the late 1960s as the bassist and lead vocalist for Cream.

The day after he died, his Cream bandmate Eric Clapton posted an instrumental track on Facebook with the simple note, “for Jack.........ec.” You can hear it viaStereogum below.

Oct. 28 2014 9:40 PM

Here’s the Trailer for This Year’s Best (and Only) Iranian Feminist Vampire Film

In the age of Twilight and True Blood, it’s a near Herculean task to make vampires interesting again. Jim Jarmusch did it earlier this year, but he’s a wizened, white-haired film genius; more impressive is young director Ana Lily Amirpour, whose debut film, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, is a gorgeous black-and-white vampire flick that received major acclaim at Sundance. From the trailer, the film looks like a sleek, impeccably mounted must-see that injects fresh blood into a comatose genre.

Oct. 28 2014 8:40 PM

Maya Angelou Describes Her Stepfather’s Greatest Con, and the Racist Who Fell for It

When Maya Angelou died in May, it was hard to digest the full scope of her influence. It still is: in poetry and politics, Angelou displayed a profound, life-affirming wisdom that inspired millions of people. The latest installment of Blank on Blank captures a tiny bit of that wisdom—it’s a conversation between Studs Terkel and Angelou about the greatest long con her stepfather, Daddy Clidell, ever pulled.

Oct. 28 2014 7:36 PM

Belle & Sebastian Are Back to Dance Again on Their New Single

Belle & Sebastian are back with their first single since 2010’s Write About Love, and it’s positively danceable. Playfully returning to the ’80s synth grooves of albums likeDear Catastrophe Waitress and The Life Pursuit, “The Party Line” is not so much a new direction as a renewed commitment to an old sound—and a suggestion that the title of their just-announced forthcoming album, Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance, may be a clue to its sound.

Oct. 28 2014 7:09 PM

Hear Kanye’s Classic-Sounding New Verse on Theophilus London’s “Can’t Stop”

While most fans are feverishly waiting for Kanye West to let loose his follow-up to last year’s polarizingYeezus, that’s not the only music he has in store for us. In addition to that forthcoming album, executive-producing Tyga’s seemingly stuck-in-limbo next album, and working on Big Sean’s next album, he’s also the executive producer on Brooklyn rapper and singer Theophilus London’s sophomore album Vibes. (London has also said he’s featured on a single from West’s new album.) Now that London’s album is streaming today via SoundCloud ahead of its Nov. 4 release, we finally get to hear standout track “Can’t Stop,” the only song that features a verse from Kanye.

Oct. 28 2014 4:50 PM

Marvel Announces Eight New Movies, Including Its First for Black and Female Superheroes

Just two weeks after Warner Bros. and DC Comics revealed their slate of superhero movies for the rest of the decade, today Marvel announced its own equally big-name roster of films for the next five years. That list, according to a press conference, will include:

- May 6, 2016: Captain America: Civil War
- Nov. 4, 2016: Doctor Strange
- May 5, 2017: Guardians of the Galaxy 2
- July 28, 2017: Thor: Ragnarok
- Nov. 3, 2017: Black Panther
- May 4, 2018: Avengers: Infinity War – Part I
- July 6, 2018: Captain Marvel
- Nov. 2, 2018: Inhumans
- May 3, 2019: Avengers: Infinity War – Part II

Oct. 28 2014 3:16 PM

Nicki Minaj Is Very Clear About Her Relationship With Drake and Lil Wayne on New Single

On Monday, Nicki Minaj became only the latest artist signed to Young Money to have their album delayed. (Sometimes it seems like the only artist who doesn’t see delays is Drake.) The Pinkprint, her long awaited third album originally scheduled for November, has now been pushed back to Dec. 15. Disappointing as that news is, she’s softened the blow today by serving up the album’s next single, “Only.” But though its title might suggest otherwise, the song is far from a solo effort for Minaj: joining her on the track are labelmates Drake and Lil Wayne as well as frequent collaborator Chris Brown—marking the first time former enemies Drake and Brown have ever appeared on a song together.

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