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James Franco, No Longer Reclusive, Debuts New Film


James Franco“This is a movie with murder and necrophilia,” James Franco warned the audience last night before the screening of his new film, Child of God. “So if you didn’t know…now you do.” The movie, an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s book of the same title, felt like Franco’s career: It was scattered but ambitious. McCarthy’s tome spans just 200 pages, and chronicles the disheveled life of Lester Ballard, who lives alone in the woods and spends his time preying on young women. For the silver screen, Franco, who both directed and acted in the flick, translated the novel into somewhat of a collage of scenes, many of them gruesome and perverse, but some satirical. It was no directorial revelation, but it was another notch in the actor-slash-model-slash-saucy-selfie-taker-slash-academic-slash-artist-slash-director’s creative bedpost.

Lead actor Scott Haze definitely deserved a nod for his acting chops here. Haze prepared for the role by living alone in a cabin for a month in Sevierville, Tennessee, where the novel is set. He lost about 45 pounds in the process. The actor celebrated his return to civilization by becoming a fiend for custom Ferragamo suits. After watching the woodsy film, it was somewhat shocking to see Haze looking so dapper. “[Lester Ballard] is a guy who was not shown love,” he said. “This is a guy who was lonely and isolated.”

Save the aforementioned murder and necrophilia, Franco said he could relate to Mr. Ballard. “For such a long time I was so reclusive and so into my books and stuff,” he offered. “I think I’m past that now and just want to have friends over all the time,” he added. Just then, one of his new “friends” (read: rumored girlfriend) Lana Del Rey wafted into the Tribeca Grand theater to show her support.

Photo: Patrick McMullan

Summer Fridays: Tokyo for a Day With Arjan Writes of Beats Music


Like the George Gershwin song goes, “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy.” Especially if your workweek is cut short thanks to “Summer Fridays.” The extra hours go a long way in making every weekend seem like a holiday. If you’re short on inspiration for your own Summer Fridays, just look to our new season-long series in which we ask industry people with cool jobs to share how they’ll be spending their free afternoons.

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If your preferred type of music is pop, you should get acquainted with Arjan Writes. The Angeleno by way of Holland not only blogs for the Grammys, he’s also the head pop music curator at Beats Music, the streaming service headed by Dr. Dre, record industry veteran Jimmy Iovine, and Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor. Arjan has a knack for spotting up-and-coming artists—like Sam Smith, Lana Del Rey, and Charli XCX—before they become radio mainstays. Outside of work, he’s one of the only people whose afternoons sometimes include jaunts to Tokyo and Hong Kong. Here’s how he spends his Summer Fridays:

“There’s something magical about wandering around big Asian cities like Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Shanghai. It’s like you’re peeking into the future. The mashing of traditional culture, bustling urbanism, and modern-day architecture in these cities instantly spark ideas and boost my imagination.”

“My experience is that it’s best to keep a visit to one of these cities very brief. I’ve jetted to Shanghai for the day, Tokyo for the weekend, and Hong Kong for the Memorial Day holiday. When you visit a big city for such a limited amount of time, you tend to experience it much more intensely. There’s no time for jet lag and no need for in-depth planning. You arrive, take a power nap, and get going.”

“Tokyo is stunning. I love taking in the forward street fashion in Harajuku and playing video games in Akihabara, which is packed with multi-level arcades. A must-visit is Robot Restaurant in a basement in the city’s seedy Kabukicho district, which brings together the futuristic frenzy of Tokyo in one incredible dinner show with lasers, pyro, and 20-foot-tall robots that dance to a banging remix of Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style.’ Be prepared to have your mind blown.”

Photo: Courtesy Photo

No “Summertime Sadness” for Birthday Girl Lana Del Rey Today


138130754Today is Lana Del Rey’s 28th birthday. The melancholic pop songstress, aka Lizzy Grant, has good reason to celebrate, hot on the heels of releasing her highly anticipated new album, Ultraviolence, earlier this month. Del Rey’s breakthrough Born to Die record has become a bona fide classic despite receiving early critical backlash. (Who could forget her famous flub on SNL?) It will forever be our official soundtrack of summer 2012. New hits, including “Brooklyn Baby” and “Shades of Cool,” are already in heavy Spotify rotation here at

Del Rey has become a fashion icon in her own right, due to her chameleon-like style. One day she’s rocking a signature flower crown and bohemian dress onstage, and the next she’s channeling Jackie O. with a statement-making bouffant alongside A$AP Rocky in her “National Anthem” music video. Sometimes she sticks with a classic blue-jeans-and-white-shirt combination, paired with perfectly polished tips. Here, we’ve collected several of our favorite Lana looks from over the years. With her star now on the rise again, this next year will surely deliver more memorable moments from the reigning queen of “Summertime Sadness.”



Photos: Ray Tamarra / FilmMagic;; Steve Eichner / WWD; Lexie Moreland / WWD; Gareth Cattermole / Getty Images; Frazer Harrison / Getty Images; Amy Graves / WWD

Indio’s Finest: The Best Fashion Moments From Coachella


Though most festivalgoers consumed themselves with the “street” style in Indio, we shouldn’t forget whom we actually dashed to the desert to see. Pharrell’s hat, Lorde’s take on normcore, and André 3000′s on-trend beauty embrace were just a few of the style statements we saw at Coachella. Here, some of the most notable sartorial choices from the Coachella music festival:

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Bryan Ferry

British singer/songwriter Bryan Ferry kicked off day one of Coachella in an embroidered floral tux combo from Kim Jones’ Fall ’13 Louis Vuitton collection.

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David Macklovitch

One half of the electrofunk duo Chrome paired Saint Laurent’s Sumi Ink Club moto jacket in the best way possible, with ripped jeans.

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Beyonce’s stylish sis Solange wore a red-hot runway look from Max Mara Spring ’14 for weekend one and Azede Jean-Pierre Spring ’14 during weekend two.

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Kid Cudi

Crop tops are completely unavoidable when it comes to festival attire, but when Kid Cudi showed up in a cropped sweatshirt (on both weekends), he had us feeling all sorts of nineties nostalgia à la Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Props to the “Pursuit of Happiness” singer for showing the ladies how it’s done.

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Pharrell Williams

Not seeing Pharrell in his Vivienne Westwood hat is like not seeing flower crowns at Coachella. When we weren’t ogling the music mogul’s impressive guest roster, the “Happy” singer’s Technicolor-adorned denim cutoffs caught our attention—a sure sign that the singer is clearly up on the trends.

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Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey’s feminine sartorial choices always seem to complement her lullaby-like melodies, but the songstress opted for bolder statements of dress during both weekends of the festival. The “Video Games” singer wore vibrant minidresses replete with blown-out floral prints—a look that channeled go-go girl meets flower child.

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Dum Dum Girls

The Dum Dum Girls kept true to their vampy aesthetic and wore all black e’rything. The desert heat did not prevent the all-female rock band from avoiding dark ensembles—they just wore less fabric, like mesh tops and nipple pasties.

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Seventeen-year-old singer Lorde, who usually opts for a more gothic style of dress, kept it casual for her performances, showing up in an all-white sports-bra-and-baggy-pants combo during weekend one, and a loose-fitting suit with white leotard during weekend two.

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André 3000

Outkast don’t mess around when it comes to beauty trends. Singer André 3000 nailed two of the season’s mane moments when he returned to the stage (for weekend two) in a braided, platinum wig.

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Krewella singer Jahan Yousaf repped her roots in a black muscle tee that read “Hug Me, I’m Paki,” which she paired with liquid-looking, leatherlike leggings and Adidas high-tops.

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Joshua Hodges of the electronica band STRFKR took us from the California desert to a deserted island. The Oregon-born front man gave us all sorts of Gilligan’s Island vibes in a sunshine yellow shirt and straw basket-weave hat.

Photo: Getty Images


Listen to a New Track By Lana Del Rey


It seems that Lana Del Rey has cured her “Summertime Sadness.” In last year’s popular warm-weather jam (which actually came out in 2012 but exploded in the summer of 2013 after it was remixed by French DJ Cedric Gervais), the artist sings of “dancing in the dark in the pale moonlight.” Well, it seems like SoundCloud’s latest leak may be Del Rey’s direct follow-up. Titled “Meet Me in the Pale Moonlight,” the song surfaced last night, just ahead of Del Rey’s Ultraviolence tour, which kicks off at Coachella next weekend. The new tune not only boasts the heady, legato melodies we’ve come to love, but also funky guitar riffs akin to the groove of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.” Does it have the potential to become a summer anthem? Absolutely—no remixing required.