Barbara Walters. Katie Couric. Matt Lauer. All great folks. All legendary journalists. But none of them, nor their colleagues, can compare to Nardwuar, the Human Serviette. Straight outta British Columbia, celebrity interviewer Vancouver Nardwuar (born John Ruskin) owes much of his unique Q&A styling to his mother, who was a local journalist as well as a high school history teacher and historian. Nardwuar himself has a degree in history and it shows in his love for the stories behind some of the greatest musicians. He's interviewed everyone from Ice-T to Henry Rollins to A$AP Rocky and the A$AP Mob. Here are just a few of his very best. Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!
Nardwuar vs. Drake
Nothing says "Nardwuar interview" like a Michie Mee rap pack trading card. All kinds of epic.
Nardwuar vs. Katy Perry
You can watch the first part of the interview here. We had to post the second part because of the unbelievable references to the legendary Jimi Hendrix's "situation"... which apparently has major significance in the life of Katy Perry. Anyway, this is just an adorable video.
Nardwuar vs. Lil Wayne
This is probably the most NSFW Nardwuar interview ever... mainly the part where he asks Weezy about his favorite food. But there's also a great moment where Weezy talks about his love for Nirvana and then goes on to discuss his love for Pimp Daddy (who actually influenced his original name: Shrimp Daddy... true story).
Also: rap snacks. That is all.
Nardwuar vs. Kurt Cobain & Courtney Love
You can watch parts two and three of the interview here and here. It's a very strange collection of videos, with Courtney Love coming off pretty cool and not at all like someone who'd be throwing a shoe at Madonna within a year. And Kurt Cobain and the rest of Nirvana were as opposed to the interview as you'd expect, though Cobain ends up coming around in the end. The Human Serviette has named this as one of his all-time favorite interviews. In an interview with Spin he explained how it all went down:
"After stalking Nirvana for two days trying to get this interview, I was ready to give up until Courtney Love snuck me backstage, telling security I was her cousin. Sadly, I was never able to talk to Cobain again, as he died only a few months later. I think this is one of his last interviews ever."
Pharrell vs. Nardwuar
And in a dramatic turn of events, the student becomes the teacher. At the end of his own interview (which you can watch here), Pharrell does the unthinkable and interviews Nardwuar! Except, Nardwuar is so clearly not used to playing the role of interviewee and it makes for some hilarious moments. But probably the best part was when Pharrell bestowed upon him the Here's A Ho! Vancouver sheet music and they began to sing some sort of trap remix to the 1914 ditty. And there was a "ho" pronunciation tutorial as well. Epic.
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Actor Rob Lowe once went out on a date with pop superstar Madonna. The West Wing star makes the revelation in his new book Love Life, the follow-up to his 2011 memoir Stories I Only Tell My Friends, revealing he became smitten with the singer after attending one of her concerts in Los Angeles in 1984.
Lowe writes, "She was cute and she was young and she was single, and so I sat front row... she was a revelation... 'Madonna would like to see you backstage,' a security guard said as the house lights came up... She had flawless skin and eyes that imparted secrets... she asked what movie I was working on and so I told her a little about St. Elmo's Fire, which I had just finished. 'I play the bad boy,' I said. Madonna just smiled. She seemed to like that."
The actor goes on to reveal they later went on a date to a "giant dance club" and he was shocked when the pop star suggested they mix with the crowd outside the VIP section, writing, "Madonna and I were discussing where we would sneak off to at the end of the evening when she suddenly jumped up and said, 'Let's dance!'... 'I'll wait here,' I said. 'Suit yourself,' she replied as she waded beyond the velvet rope into the fray... 'You're crazy,' I said, half meaning it. 'No I'm not,' she said... 'I'm just not going to let success f**k up my fun.'"
The book is released next month (Apr14).
Australian superstar Kylie Minogue dreams of teaming up with Lady Gaga for a powerhouse pop collaboration. The Spinning Around hitmaker is a big fan of the quirky singer, who has previously collaborated with Beyonce and Christina Aguilera, and hopes to one day team up with her in the studio.
She tells Huffingtonpost.co.uk, "I'd love that to happen. I don't get to collaborate with many women so it (a duet with Gaga) would be amazing."
Minogue goes on to reveal her other dream collaborators include Madonna and singer Frank Ocean. She adds of a possible collaboration with the Queen of Pop, "That would be incredible. It's like maybe the world would stop mid orbit! Yeah, it would be incredible. I don't know if it would ever happen. Maybe it's something that will live in our imagination."
Turning a '60s television show into a major motion picture is a risky proposition. While it has worked on occasion, like in the cases of The Fugitive or Mission: Impossible, far more often the end result has been a disaster. Bewitched, Dark Shadows, The Green Hornet, Lost in Space, Get Smart… the list goes on and on. Even one of the successes — The Brady Bunch Movie — had to resort to parody to make it work. The spotty track record hasn't stopped studios from developing properties that they already own, mostly because it's a cheap way to get source material. This is how Guy Ritchie's latest movie ended up being a reworking of the nearly forgotten '60s spy show The Man from U.N.C.L.E..
In the original, Robert Vaughn starred as Napoleon Solo (one of the coolest TV character names ever), with NCIS's David McCallum as Illya Kuryakinm, his Russian partner in spying for the international United Network Command for Law Enforcement. At the height of the Cold War, it was a sensational prospect to have agents from the United States and Soviet Union working together to thwart a secret evil organization called THRUST.
Ritchie, however, has experience with making material that could easily be antiquated into something more in tune with a modern audience. After all, he turned Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law into a pair of bare-knuckle brawlers in his Sherlock Holmes films. Who's to say that the British director can't turn Henry Cavill (Man of Steel) and Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger) into a badass version of Solo and Kuryakin? Sure, the fact that both Cavill and Hammer have failed to engage audiences when they've headlined big budget fare should be a concern, but Ritchie was married to Madonna and once had Brad Pitt go an entire movie talking in an unintelligible Irish accent… he's not above taking on a challenge.
The main thing that The Man from U.N.C.L.E. has going for it — much like Mission: Impossible — is that espionage really never goes out of style. Deceit, disguises and gadgets make for some handy story building blocks no matter what the set-up is. The trick is almost to ignore much of what came before in the original television show and start from scratch. Reportedly, Ritchie is keeping the story set in the '60s, but hopefully that won't steer his story too rigidly. The best movies based on TV shows, like The Fugitive, make people almost entirely forget where the story came from.
The worst mistake that Ritchie could make would be to try to be too jokey with the material. What comes out of a lot of the television-to-movie projects is that the participants are embarrassed to be doing them and almost feel the need to make fun of their source. Ritchie has proven himself adept at adding touches of humor to his films, usually amidst a steady stream of fights and explosions. For U.N.C.L.E., any jokes need to naturally flow out of the story and action… try to force anything and suddenly the film's either a parody or a pale imitation of the original.
It's an uphill battle to get audiences to care about something that their grandparents watched on television, but Ritchie has more of a chance to pull it off than most. If he can make the 1870s look cool, just think what he can do with London at the beginning of the swinging '60s. Even if Cavill and Hammer haven't yet earned the benefit of the doubt, their director has.
British pop act Pet Shop Boys have released a new track based on a gay rights speech by an Irish activist. Drag queen Panti Bliss, real named Rory O'Neill, gave the speech damning homophobia in Ireland at an event held at Dublin's Abbey Theatre in February (13) and he was praised by stars including Stephen Fry and Madonna after a clip was shared on YouTube.com.
The West End Girls hitmakers have now made their support clear by turning the speech into a new song called The Best Gay Possible, featuring 10 minutes of the speech set to trance music.
After the track was unveiled on the group's website O'Neil took to his Twitter.com account to voice his approval, writing, "Pet Shop Boys made an amazing track out of my Noble Call speech. Seriously, they did."
Singer/producer Pharrell Williams has issued a public plea to New Zealand singer Lorde to let him work on her new music. The Happy star is a big fan of the Royals hitmaker, and is desperate to land a collaboration with her.
Speaking during an appearance on Australia's Sunrise TV show, he says, "When you hear Lorde's music you hear her lyrics, you hear her melody and you hear her music but you also feel what she's saying... Oh man! I would love to work with her. She doesn't need me but I would love to work with her..."
Williams has previously collaborated with some of the world's most famous music stars including Madonna, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears, as well as his most recent hits with Daft Punk and Robin Thicke, and the former N.E.R.D member has two more big names on his most wanted list.
He adds, "Prince has always been a dream to try and collaborate with... my son loves Katy Perry so I suppose that makes all the sense in the world."
Sean Penn partied with his new girlfriend Charlize Theron at his ex-wife Madonna's after-Oscars party on Sunday (02Mar14). The Monster star attended the prizegiving ceremony solo, but met up with Penn at the singer's seventh annual awards show bash.
A source tells Us Weekly magazine, "(They were) making out like crazy (and) all over each other. They were the talk of the party - even Madonna noticed!"
Penn and Madonna were married from 1985 from 1989.
He began dating Theron in February (14).
Dallas Buyers Club star Jared Leto has revealed movie legend Harrison Ford fell victim to Ellen Degeneres' pizza delivery during the prizegiving - he spilled the toppings all over his shirt. The Best Supporting Actor winner sat in the front row during Sunday's (02Mar14) ceremony, and right behind him was one of his favourite actors, Ford.
During the segment in which host DeGeneres handed out slices of pizza to the starving celebrities during the three and a half hour telecast, Leto noticed the Star Wars actor was a little too eager to chow down on the snack.
Appearing on DeGeneres' U.S. daytime talk show on Monday (03Mar14), Leto revealed, "I'm a massive fan of his and he knows that, so I think it will be okay me telling the story, so when you handed out the pizza, Harrison Ford grabbed a slice.
"He was very hungry, took a big bite of the slice, I looked over my shoulder and (it spilled) right down his shirt... It was all down his shirt and he went back to try to clean it up but then I just saw him leave."
DeGeneres quipped, "I knew he'd have the munchies."
Leto also revealed that the celebrity encounters continued at one of the after parties, where his mum danced with Madonna.
He added, "It was one of the highlights of my night... I got home at the cracka** of dawn, maybe 6.00am. Don't feel sorry for me. This is a time to rebel. This is a sunrise you want to see."
British director Guy Ritchie is reportedly expecting his third child with his model fiancee Jacqui Ainsley. The couple is already parents to two-year-old son Rafael and a daughter, who was born in 2012. The little girl's name was never publicly revealed, but reports suggest she is called Rivka.
Now new pictures have emerged showing Ainsley with a blossoming baby bump. The model was spotted in London with her husband and kids with a protruding belly.
The baby is due in June (14), according to editors at Britain's The Sun on Sunday newspaper. The Sherlock Holmes director is also a father to 13-year-old Rocco, with his ex-wife Madonna, as well as their adopted son David.