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Oct. 30 2014 12:11 PM

Sure, Street Harassment Is a Problem. But What About What It’s Like for White Men?

In the couple of days since Hollaback!’s anti-street harassment video went viral, we’ve heard about the merits of the experiment (video proof that the harassment women describe actually happens on a regular basis) as well as the downside of its presentation (why were most of the white catcallers edited out of this video?). And of course, we’ve heard from the men who still just don’t get it.

But what about what it’s like for white men? We can’t forget about what it's like to walk around the city in their shoes, as this new Funny Or Die parody reminds us.

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Oct. 30 2014 11:15 AM

Pee-Wee Is Officially Returning for Another Big Adventure

It’s been almost 30 years since Paul Reubens and Tim Burton teamed up for the one-of-a-kind comedy cult classic Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (which, I can personally confirm, still plays great in 2014). A new sequel has been rumored for years now, and on the Tonight Show last night, Reubens confirmed that he’ll once again be donning his red bowtie.

As previously reported, Judd Apatow will produce the movie, and a director has been chosen, though Reubens said he can’t yet announce his name. (He said we should expect a “huge announcement” next week.) There’s no word yet on whether the movie will also see the return of his bicycle.

Oct. 29 2014 9:18 PM

Sharon Van Etten’s “Your Love Is Killing Me” Gets a Simple Yet Stunning Music Video

Sharon Van Etten’s “Your Love Is Killing Me” is one of the year’s best songs, off one of the year’s best albums. Aptly described as a “pocket epic,” the track has Van Etten’s voice simmer and simmer until it reaches a low boil, her anger and heartbreak exposed over a rising tide of organ, piano, and guitar. It’s a straightforward but wrenching tune, and the music video, by Sean Durkin, does its raw beauty justice.

Oct. 29 2014 5:18 PM

Even Carved on a Pumpkin, the Psycho Shower Scene Is Still Thrilling

What’s more terrifying than the shower scene in Psycho? The shower scene in Psycho carved out on a pumpkin and presented in stop-motion.

OK, maybe it’s not more terrifying. 

Oct. 29 2014 3:43 PM

Behold the Epic Power of Lens Flares

“Lens flares seem to catch a bad rap,” writes filmmaker Jacob T. Swinney in the description of his lens flare compilation over at Vimeo. It’s true: The dramatic effect created when a very bright light shines into a camera lens has become such a common feature of Hollywood sci-fi and action flicks that it’s now rather easy to scoff at. (They’re also easy to add digitally; J.J. Abrams reportedly included 721 lens flares in Star Trek.)

But when used well, the too-bright-to-look-at-directly power of lens flares can be a beautiful thing, and Swinney captures that in this video, appropriately scored to “Sunshine (Adagio in D Minor)” by John Murphy.

Oct. 29 2014 3:16 PM

T-Pain’s Tiny Desk Concert Proves He Should Perform Without Auto-Tune More Often

T-Pain performing a nearly a cappella version of his 2007 hit “Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin’)” is something I never thought I’d see—much less enjoy. But, thanks to NPR’s intimate Tiny Desk Concert series and their request that he perform a three-song set sans any “embellishments or effects,” that’s exactly what we’ve been treated to today.

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.”

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.

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