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“More than anything, I chose this story because the two women at the center of it felt so alive,” says director Park Chan-wook, the international sensation behind the Korean gems Oldboy (2003) and Lady Vengeance (2005). Park is talking about … Continued

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Jackie is a searing and intimate view of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, played by Oscar winner Natalie Portman. The movie, … Continued

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Jaye Davidson in The Crying Game (1992) After fleeing a botched kidnapping that leaves Jody (Forest Whitaker), a British soldier, dead, IRA fighter Fergus (Stephen Rea) falls so hard for Jody’s gorgeous girlfriend, Dil, that even the discovery that Dil … Continued

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In 1959-60, a group of young French cineastes—critics, intellectuals, provocateurs—who loved the energy and verve of American films, took to the streets of Paris with lightweight handheld cameras and a fresh new approach to telling stories. They were called the … Continued

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He’s an actor whose characters often experience good fortune in ways that seem miraculous. And his career, despite his precocious youth, extraordinary talent and hard work and respect for his craft, can be seen as fortuitous as well. Dev Patel … Continued

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Warren Beatty directs and stars as Howard Hughes in Rules Don’t Apply, a romance set in ’50s Hollywood between an aspiring actress (Lily Collins, who played Snow White to Julia Roberts’s evil queen in Mirror, Mirror) and her Hughes-assigned driver … Continued

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Se7en (1995) The fifth star of this iconic David Fincher horror flick, after Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, and Gwyneth Paltrow, has to be Kyle Cooper, the designer of the brutally dark and disturbing opening titles.   The Pink … Continued

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“I love being a supporting actress,” says Amy Adams, the all-American redhead who has been nominated for an Oscar in five supporting roles: in Junebug (2005), playing a naive, pregnant country girl and compulsive chatterbox; in Doubt (2008), as a … Continued

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Emma Stone stars as Mia, an actress hopeful, who works as a waitress. Ryan Gosling is Sebastian, a jazz musician who ekes out a living doing cocktail parties and playing dive bars. They live in Los Angeles, and they fall … Continued

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The Light Between Oceans Michael Fassbender and Academy Award–winning Alicia Vikander bring their sizzling hot real-life romance to the screen in The Light Between Oceans. Set in post–World War I Australia, Tom (Fassbender) and Isabel (Vikander) rescue a baby at … Continued

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Author: The JT LeRoy Story This documentary by Jeff Feuerzeig explores the phenomenon of “author” JT LeRoy, the androgynous and abused West Virginia teenager who allegedly wrote the cult books Sarah and The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, and … Continued

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  Gene Hackman in The Conversation (1974) The only aural snoop on this list, Hackman’s Harry Caul is a pious and paranoid surveillance expert who tries to save the lives of a couple he’s paid to eavesdrop on. In Harry, … Continued

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When director Olivier Dahan cast Marion Cotillard as the legendary chanteuse Édith Piaf in his epic biopic La Vie en Rose (2007), she was not yet a bankable star. She had played in many French movies, having acted since she … Continued

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Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique in X-Men: First Class (2011) and 2 sequels Before going Oscar gold, Jennifer Lawrence stunned us all in full-body blue as a young Mystique in the X-Men prequel series. Despite the yellow eyes, scales, red hair … Continued

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Ben Affleck in The Town (2010) Whatever goodwill the Oscar-winning Boston boy toy had built up over the years was shattered after Gigli (2003), in which he starred with then-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez. Packaged so as to capitalize on Bennifer’s public … Continued

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“I got teased and taunted about my night-shaded skin,” Lupita Nyong’o said in an award-acceptance speech she gave at the 2014 Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon, speaking of her self-image as a child. “And my one prayer to God, the … Continued

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The peak awkwardness phase for high-school junior Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit) is the subject of The Edge of Seventeen, a new film from producer James L. Brooks, the man with the Midas touch. Things get especially tough when Nadine’s … Continued

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In 1999, two books were published, Sarah and The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, which developed a cult reputation in literary circles. The author was JT LeRoy, and the books were said to be autobiographical fiction; LeRoy allegedly was … Continued

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Blake Lively never caught the acting bug—the acting bug caught her. She was born into a movie industry family: her dad, Ernie Lively, is an actor and her mom is a talent scout. Her older brother pressured her to audition … Continued

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Logan Lerman is not your typical child actor who turns out to have adult career in the movies. He grew up in Beverly Hills, nabbing small roles, and broke out at 17, starring in the teen fantasy adventure Percy Jackson … Continued

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PROVOKR selected the 100 sexiest scenes in the movies—old and new, black and white or color, explicit or suggested—but all of them as eye-catching and provocative as can be. The countdown starts at 100 and will be presented in compilations of … Continued

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British singer-songwriter PJ Harvey—who was named Rolling Stone‘s Best New Artist way back in 1992—is notoriously publicity shy, but during the run-up to the release of her latest album, The Hope Six Demolition Project, Harvey let her creative process unfold live … Continued

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Mary Astor’s Diary Exposure During a 1936 custody battle, Astor, a Golden-era leading lady, was smeared by her ex-husband, who stole her damning diary and attempted to present it to the court. The diary, which recounted in lascivious detail her … Continued

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Baring your undies as a prelude to sex is a nice way to get things cooking. But in many of these scenes, the exposure is in a different context: moments of repose, fantasy, suspense, or letting oneself go. For us, … Continued

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Here, compiled together in one video, are PROVOKR’s picks for the 10 sexiest pool scenes in the movies. There’s the late Anton Yeltsin being sexually initiated by Amanda Seyfried and Amber Heard in Alpha Dog (2006). A wet interlude between … Continued

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Intelligence officer Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) and French resistance operative Marianne Beausejour (Oscar winner Marion Cotillard) fall for each other during a behind-the-lines World War II mission in North Africa in 1942. Allied is directed by Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump; … Continued

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You gotta love ’em, but mostly, you love to hate ’em. Whether they’re psychopaths and sociopaths, they’re all ambitious as hell, and the intense energy they expend to be as bad as they can be is what makes their presence … Continued

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The scenes below are not just about disrobing: there’s an emotional element to the act, which makes it so thoroughly human. Whether motivated by a dare, money, revenge or simply to prove a point, getting brazenly naked has its rewards, … Continued

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A young professional couple (Regina Hall and Morris Chestnut) are finding it difficult to have a baby. So they hire a surrogate (Jaz Sinclair), who turns out to be a nightmare, sexually obsessed with the husband and eventually holding the … Continued

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Chris Evans as the Human Torch in Fantastic Four (2005) and as Captain America in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) and 4 sequels Before he was the beefy blond boy scout that is Captain America, a young, chiseled Chris … Continued

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Mildred and Perry Loving were an interracial couple living in Virginia who were married in Washington, D.C., in 1958, because Mildred had become pregnant and miscegenation (sex between people of different races) was forbidden in Virginia at that time. Five … Continued

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Brad Pitt in Thelma & Louise (1991) He appeared out of nowhere, on the side of the road, as a lanky baby-faced vagabond with a white hat and a whiter smile looking for a ride. Like his character, he was … Continued

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We don’t always think of directors as sex symbols, but when they’re on movie sets, their power is godlike, and that can be very, very attractive to actors (and vice versa, when it comes to actors’ vulnerability). Sometimes those attractions … Continued

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His latest movie, Suicide Squad, in which he plays the Joker, might be getting scathing reviews, but Jared Leto doesn’t have to sweat it. After all, he’s already proven himself as an actor—he won an Academy Award for playing a transgender … Continued

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“Just having a command of the language was a new thing for me,” said Chloë Sevigny at the Sundance Film Festival in January, where her latest film, Love & Friendship, premiered. It’s based on an 18th-century Jane Austen novella, which … Continued

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True Blood’s vampire hunk, Alexander Skarsgård, takes on Edgar Rice Burroughs’s classic character—the English baby who was orphaned in the African jungle and adopted by great apes—in The Legend of Tarzan. The six-foot-four-and-a-half inch Skarsgård, already a sex symbol, beefed … Continued

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There have been many stellar lovers in the movies over the years. Some of them have been married, and some of them haven’t. And some of them have been married and in love with someone else. Here is PROVOKR’s countdown … Continued

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While stuck in an English class at Harvard in the early ’90s, a young Matt Damon had thoughts of escape. He wanted to be an actor, and he had his sights set on Hollywood. He even worked on a script … Continued

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At last year’s Afropunk Festival in Brooklyn, 67-year-old Grace Jones—looking as lithe and beautiful as ever—got up on stage and performed a rendition of her 1985 hit single “Slave to the Rhythm” while topless and hip-swiveling a hula-hoop. Her performance … Continued

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A little over 20 years ago, a lonely South African teenager landed in Los Angeles without a ticket home. After modeling in Europe fizzled and her knee, as well as her dreams of being a dancer, gave out in New … Continued

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Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt) is a divorcée who can see the house where her ex-husband (Justin Theroux) lives with his new wife (Rebecca Ferguson) and child every day on the train she rides to work. In her loneliness, she begins … Continued

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The new French romance Summertime, directed and co-written by Catherine Corsini, looks back to 1971, as the women’s movement starts to stir in Catholic, tradition-bound France. Carole (Cécile de France), a Parisian teacher and militant feminist meets beautiful young Delphine … Continued

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As the blue-haired Emma, a Paris art student in Blue Is the Warmest Color, Léa Seydoux is as cool as they come. She’s eyed by a teenage girl, played by Adèle Exarchopoulos, who falls instantly in love with her, and … Continued

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He’s not just a big, beautiful man. Denzel Washington can mine the multifaceted essence of his characters elegantly and powerfully, whether he’s playing someone less than decent (as in his 2001 Academy Award–winning role as a tyrannical dirty cop in … Continued

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Rihanna’s latest video for “Sledgehammer”—a song written by Sia for the upcoming Star Trek Beyond movie—is the first to be shot entirely in high-resolution IMAX. “The lyrics of the song and this new Star Trek are all about breaking through the … Continued

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Tall (five-foot-eight) and statuesque, Cate Blanchett has a bold, intense presence that radiates power, even when she purrs with desire or breaks down emotionally. This is no ordinary blonde—and, in fact, it’s not clear whether she’s a blonde at all. … Continued

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St. Vincent After years of being just another member of various bands, Oklahoma native Annie Clark transformed into the stage persona known as St. Vincent in 2006. That’s when she started garnering rave reviews and a rabid fan base for her … Continued

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Bruno Mars is PROVOKR’s latest Boy Crush and is still some kind of wonderful. Bruno has come out of hibernation after a 4 year drought with a big bang! Rumored to be dating Demi Lovato, Bruno Mars dropped his new … Continued

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The 69th annual Cannes Film Festival unfolded on the Riviera in May, and the jury this year, headed by George Miller (of Mad Max fame), picked some prize winners that elicited boos from audiences. Inspired by this, PROVOKR has recalled … Continued

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It must not have been easy for a woman to hold her head up high when surrounded by the high-testosterone profanity parade of Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, a tale of lowlife stockbrokers from Long Island who strike … Continued

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Australian singer Sia and Dance Moms standout Maddie Ziegler team up for an incredibly choreographed video for “Cheap Thrills.” As the fame-averse singer stands in the background, Ziegler lets loose with some fancy footwork. The song is another single—one the singer had initially … Continued

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By now, everybody knows that Sia wrote that scorching Rihanna song “Diamonds,” but here’s 10 other tunes the Australian singer penned for a Who’s Who of fellow pop stars. “Pretty Hurts” by Beyoncé (2013) “Double Rainbow” by Katy Perry (2013) “Flashlight” by Jessie … Continued

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Imagine a world in which single people are given 45 days to find true love, and if they don’t they are transformed into the animal of their choice and released into the woods. That’s the world of The Lobster, a … Continued

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“Personally, I love this video because it’s an honest look at my journey,” said Justin Bieber of the documentary-style video produced for his new single “Company.”  The singer’s personal videographer Rory Kramer directed the video which gives a behind the scenes look at Bieber both hard … Continued

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Tilda Swinton doesn’t choose to be in films the way most actors do. She doesn’t even like to think of herself as an actor at all—rather as a creative partner. She makes films with other artists who are willing to … Continued

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The singer-songwriter’s new single, “Fuck with Myself” is all about “being your own best friend, your own mother, and your own lover,” said Banks in a press release. In the video, the singer makes provocative use of an empty warehouse space, … Continued

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A.I.M. by M.I.A. Release date: September 9 The socially-conscious British pop star says that this studio album—her fifth—might also be her last. She released the teaser single from the album earlier this summer. The song, titled “Go Off,” is a collaboration with … Continued

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When Dakota Johnson appears for the first time in the psychological thriller, A Bigger Splash, her character, Penelope, is an unwelcome guest. Penelope’s dad, Harry Hawkes (Ralph Fiennes, in a fearlessly abrasive performance), is a record producer and a former … Continued

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Terence Davies, the majestic filmmaker of The House of Mirth and The Deep Blue Sea, brings to the screen the novel Sunset Song, a passionate tale of a young woman’s love and endurance, set in a small Scottish village on … Continued

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His mom is Korean, his dad African-American: everything about 30-year-old Anderson .Paak is a blend, including his music, which is a unique, show-stealing hip-hop mix. This Oxnard, California native—born Brandon Park Anderson; the dot before “Paak” in his performing name … Continued

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In American Honey, a new film from the award-winning British director Andrea Arnold (Red Road; Fish Tank), a young girl with nothing to lose (Sasha Lane), takes up with a traveling magazine sales crew and hard-parties her way across the … Continued

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In the music video for Mary Komasa’s “Lost Me,” shot by the Polish singer’s brother Jan, she confronts sexy model Anja Rubik on a runway, naked. The song is from her self-titled album. “The message is that you are created … Continued

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When Beyoncé released Lemonade in April, the Miranda Lambert-esque lyrics in the song “Daddy’s Lessons”—”He held me in his arms / And he taught me to be strong / He told me when he’s gone / Here’s what you do / When trouble comes … Continued

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In the romantic comedy Why Him?, Bryan Cranston plays a protective dad with a big problem. His daughter at Stanford (Zoey Deutch) has a heavily tattooed and frequently shirtless Silicon Valley billionaire boyfriend (James Franco) who drives him batty. Megan … Continued

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She wowed onlookers by showing up for the 2016 Met gala in a crystal-embellished Versace body suit, but Lady Gaga still had other surprises in store for the evening. At the ball’s after-party, the singer broke out the guitar and … Continued

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John Mayer  The notorious playboy—he’s dated Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Aniston to name just a few of his famous conquests—has been touring with the surviving members of the Grateful Dead in a band called Dead and Company and he’s … Continued

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In this tale of romantic intrigue set in 16th-century Amsterdam, Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl) plays a beautiful young woman married to a wealthy older man (Academy Award winner and Tarantino fave Christoph Waltz) who attracts the … Continued

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The half-Japanese, half-American singer has a knack for writing searing lyrics. “I want a love that falls as fast as a body from the balcony,” she sang on “Townie,” a track off her 2014 album, Bury Me at Makeout Creek. … Continued

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Back in 2003, Victoria Beckham (previously known as Posh Spice) teamed up with music producer Damon Dash to churn out singles for an album titled Come Together. Although the album never got released, 17 of its unfinished tracks were recently … Continued

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Witness (1985) Forced to go into hiding in an Amish community after suffering a gunshot wound, a Philadelphia policeman (Harrison Ford) falls for the delightfully dour Rachel (Kelly McGillis) in this tale of forbidden love. With the exception of one … Continued

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Touch of Evil (1958) Seventeen years after wowing the world with his debut film, Citizen Kane, Orson Welles, a Hollywood giant in more ways than one at this point, lit up a cigar and delivered a knockout punch of a … Continued

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For her latest music video, Sia showcases the mind-blowing dance moves of 49 kids—including her usual featured dancer Maddie Ziegler—to represent the 49 lives lost at The Pulse nightclub attack in Orlando last June. As Sia sings the lyrics to the song (“I’m … Continued

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If you’re looking for something beyond the usual Captain X-Men Vampire Mutant Ninjas this summer, check out these choices from PROVOKR that will pique your hearts and minds.   Alice Through the Looking Glass Lewis Carroll, we hardly knew ye! … Continued

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Adele’s tour is already sold out, but here are 10 other mind-blowing ways to get your live music fix this summer. The audio-visual spectacle of Beyoncé’s Formation Tour is a summer must. Here are the details on how you can make it … Continued

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Officially, “We Don’t Talk Anymore” is a Charlie Puth number that features Selena Gomez, but the balance of power was flipped a bit recently when Puth made a guest appearance at Gomez’s Revival tour to perform the duo’s first live performance of … Continued

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In this new romantic tale set on a remote island off the coast of Western Australia in the years following World War I, Oscar winner Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender play a lighthouse keeper and his wife who rescue a … Continued

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“‘Empty’ is just exactly what it says it is. A song about emptiness,” said lead singer Shirley Manson of the first single off their sixth album, Strange Little Birds, due out June 10. Butch Vig, the band’s drummer and co-producer described the … Continued

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Set in a color-saturated, 1950s-style fantasy town called “Milfville,” Fergie’s new video for her song “M.I.L.F. $”—which here stands for “Mothers I’d Like to Follow”—features Kim Kardashian, Chrissy Teigen, Ciara, Alessandro Ambrosio, Amber Valletta and others strutting around to show off … Continued

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It was a moment ripe for parody, because the emotions were so intense—Halle Berry even parodied it herself when she picked up a “Razzie” for her starring role in the stinker Catwoman. But when Berry walked onto that stage to … Continued

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The 21-year-old singer/songwriter—who wrote “Bitch Better Have My Money” and “Higher” for Rihanna—recently released her first EP, “Free the Real (Pt. #1).” With”Sally,” Bourelly creates an alter ego of sorts who delivers a few choice words to the “haters.” But Bourelly doesn’t want … Continued

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She’s a classic French beauty who always seems to be harboring a dark secret. That is the essence of Catherine Deneuve. As French director Andre Téchiné, who has worked with Deneuve on seven films, put it, “Catherine has a hidden … Continued

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Dev Hynes—who goes by the stage name Blood Orange—is a British singer who’s written and produced songs for artists like FKA Twigs and Carly Rae Jepsen. This single comes from his just released album, Freetown Sound, on which he experiments with … Continued

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At last—a night at the museum on film that isn’t just a children’s fantasy! When the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, one of the nation’s largest, richest, and most prestigious art institutions, decides to celebrate the art of … Continued

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When Joel Schumacher cast an unknown Irish actor, Colin Farrell, as a smart-ass Texan draftee his gritty, low-budget Vietnam War drama, Tigerland, in 2000, Hollywood took notice, and the world gained an overnight star. Farrell commanded attention: his black-Irish good … Continued

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The Australian singer delivers a sexy video for her cover of the 1996 hit “I Love You Always Forever,” originally sung by Donna Lewis. The video—which features a gender-mix of people embracing each other—was designed to explore “that love is … Continued

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Cate Blanchett’s exquisite face is the sole focus of this hypnotic music video for “The Spoils,” a new single from the trip-hop group Massive Attack. The song—a brooding, ethereal track featuring Mazzy Star singer Hope Sandoval—melds perfectly with the visuals as Blanchett’s face undergoes unnerving … Continued

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When The Birth of a Nation premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last January, it was as explosive an event as the slave uprising depicted in the film. Critics raved; it swept up the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience … Continued

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Dolled up in Ziggy Stardust-style garb, David Bowie took the stage on the popular British music show Top of the Pops in July 1972 and performed the song “Starman.” The stellar performance included one particularly killer shot of Bowie staring directly … Continued

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’Tis the season to be frisky: With its long, sunny days and warm, breezy nights, summer is a time to indulge yourself in sensual pursuits, and that includes the movies you watch. Here are 5 films that will live up … Continued

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Blame it on Fatty Arbuckle. The tremendously successful silent-movie comic (who had a $1 million contract from Paramount Pictures) became caught up in a horrific scandal in September 1921 when a young starlet, Virginia Rappe, fell ill during a riotous … Continued

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“Music has always been what I always wanted to do, but I didn’t know how or when I was going to get discovered,” said Ruth B, the Canadian singer-songwriter who took matters into her own hands by posting her work on Vine. … Continued

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Marion Cotillard in La Vie en Rose (2007) After some modest success in France in the early Aughts, the dreamy-eyed Cotillard won the role of legendary singer Édith Piaf and an Oscar to boot in this epic, heartbreaking biopic. On … Continued

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Giving fans a taste of her upcoming new album, Glory (due out August 26), Britney Spears released a video for the lead single, “Make Me.” Although an earlier leaked video, reportedly directed by David LaChapelle, was more risque than the official … Continued

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PROVOKR selected the 100 sexiest scenes in the movies—old and new, black and white or color, explicit or suggested—but all of them as eye-catching and provocative as can be. The countdown starts at 100 and will be presented in compilations of … Continued

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Annie Lennox’s first musical aspiration was to become a classical flute player. The Scottish singer got accepted into London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Music to pursue that dream, but quickly realized that she needed to find a more freewheeling way … Continued

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Bad Santa (2003) Degenerate department store Santa Billy Bob Thornton picks up Lauren Graham, who chants “Fuck me, Santa!” as they grind in the front seat of his car. On the Road (2012) Loading… Kristen Stewart gives Garrett Hedlund, playing … Continued

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Rolling Stone declared Twenty-One Pilots—the duo of Ohio natives Tyler Joseph (singer) and Josh Dun (drummer)—the “biggest new band” of 2015. But it actually wasn’t until early 2016 that the band’s single “Stressed Out” from their Blurryface album became a hit … Continued

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When Irish filmmaker Paddy Breathnach first encountered a drag show in Havana, Cuba, it was not in a very polished venue. “A sheet that was hung up in a suburban back yard and a single light bulb created a theater … Continued

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Sigala: The British DJ/music producer is best known for his 2015 dance anthem “Easy Love.” His next single, “Say You Do”—a collaboration with DJ Fresh—is due out March 18th.  “In 2016 I’m going to focusing mostly on my album and … Continued

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When Forbes magazine released their “30 Under 30” tally of trailblazers shaking up their industries in 2016, 17-year-old Shawn Mendes was on the list. The Canadian singer—who first got noticed by posting videos of himself performing on Vine—continues to own the mantel … Continued

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If Miles Teller has a reputation for being cocky—cocky enough to alienate the female journalist writing him up for a cover story in Esquire, who found him to be a “dick”—it’s not entirely fair. The wise-ass grandstanding is really just … Continued

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Swedish pop star Tove Lo’s new single “Cool Girl”—the first release from her upcoming sophomore album— was inspired by a scene from the movie Gone Girl in which the main character talks about how she faked being a cool girl simply to please her … Continued

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“I do believe in destiny,” says Chris Pratt, whose three most recent starring roles were in films (The Lego Movie, Jurassic World and Guardians of the Galaxy) that have together grossed $2.9 billion worldwide. “I’m lucky. But I didn’t walk … Continued

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The fact that they’re twin sisters and both lesbians makes them hip, and edgy and one of a kind on the music charts, but the real reason to love Tegan and Sara Quin is for their fearlessness. The duo consistently takes risks with … Continued

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Snow White and the Huntsman, which came out in 2012, was a fantastic, edgy update of the classic tale, and now a sequel, The Huntsman: Winter’s War has arrived (watch the trailer above). Charlize Theron is back as evil Queen … Continued

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With her long lean frame, dark hair and dark eyes, Israeli model Gal Gadot—the face of Gucci Bamboo fragrance—is poised to become a major movie star, as the titular lead of Wonder Woman, a mega-budget franchise based on the famous … Continued

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If you never got the opportunity to watch Beyoncé’s “visual album” Lemonade on HBO, here’s a sample of just how dazzling and hypnotic it was. “Sorry” is a song that deals with cheating and became instantly infamous for its “Becky with the good hair” line. … Continued

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The South African rap-rave band Die Antwoord has teamed up with burlesque icon Dita Von Teese for a single on their new album, Suck On This. Here’s a teaser for the upcoming video of the salacious track—titled “Gucci Coochie”—which features Von Teese whisper-rapping about a … Continued

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Swiss-born photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank turned the art world upside-down with his radical, rough-hewn book of images, called The Americans, which he had shot on road trips across the U.S. in the mid-1950s. After rejections by most publishers, it … Continued

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From the too-cool director of Drive, Nicolas Winding Refn, comes a new fashion-model thriller—The Neon Demon, starring Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks and Keanu Reeves, released in theaters in June. Fanning plays Jesse, an aspiring model who moves to Los Angeles … Continued

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The latest entry into TV’s onslaught of true-crime documentaries, Amanda Knox delves into the case of the 20-year-old American college student taking classes in Italy who was accused of murdering one of her female roommates in 2007. The documentary features interviews with Knox, … Continued

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I, Claudius   Don’t let their staid BBC accents fool you—the two lovers from this classic ’70s series are nothing but naughty. Just look at those scratch marks!   Spartacus   Three women, one man and lots of wine (dumped … Continued

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In Boston, in 1926, where illegal liquor is flowing everywhere, a son of a police captain lives the decadent life of a mobster, while a destiny of violent death looms for all his kind. Ben Affleck, working from a novel … Continued

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“It would have been impossible not to fall in love with Steve,” said Ali MacGraw, who became weak-kneed over McQueen while co-starring with him in the 1972 action flick The Getaway. (They would later marry.) For much of the 1960s, … Continued

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Woody Allen’s first major TV project, Crisis in Six Scenes, is a romantic comedy set in the 1960s. Allen and Elaine May play a suburban couple whose lives get upended by the arrival of an outspoken hippie played by Miley … Continued

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Singer-songwriter Tinashe—who, lately, has been getting a lot of tabloid attention for hanging out with Calvin Harris—has far more on her mind than worrying about rumors about her romantic life. After her 2014 debut album, Aquarius, announced her as a musical force, … Continued

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When the marketing team at NBC was putting together a trailer for their new drama This Is Us, they decided to lead off with a provocative shot of series star Milo Ventimiglia—showing off his bare ass as his character is preparing for … Continued

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Joe Jonas’s band DNCE is causing a stir with their new video featuring plus-size model Ashley Graham. In the video, Graham and Jonas play a fledgling couple who are excited to take the relationship beyond the point of just rolling around in the sack … Continued

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  Fleabag Imported from the UK, this dramedy—which may be the most provocative series of the new season—is based on a monologue written by the show’s star Phoebe Waller-Bridge. The main character has been described as a “dry-witted, angry, cash-strapped, grief-riddled, porn-watching … Continued

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During the four seasons that The Tudors—starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers as King Henry VII and Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer as Anne Boleyn—ran on Showtime, it developed a well-earned reputation for its raucous and plentiful sex scenes. “Some people think … Continued

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This will give you an idea about how controversially erotic the “Justify My Love” video was: When it was released in 1990 it didn’t debut on VH1 or MTV,  it was screened during a segment of the late night news … Continued

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Sometimes the flesh-to-flesh contact onscreen looks so real, you might wonder if the actors are really doing it. No one can ever be absolutely certain whether they are (or aren’t) except for the participants themselves, of course. But sometimes we … Continued

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Set in a futuristic theme park populated with android cowboys, the upcoming HBO drama Westworld (set to debut in October) will explore the looming dangers posed by artificial intelligence. Anthony Hopkins stars as the park’s creator and he’s joined by a high-powered cast … Continued

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With her husky, bluesy voice, Alison Mosshart is the kind of singer who always commands the stage (as she did in this video from the windblown stages of Coachella last month). She’s also a prolific songwriter—by her count she’s written about 120 over the … Continued

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If there’s one lesson TV teaches you it’s this: history is filled with sex. The Starz network has proved that over and over again with historical series like Spartacus, Outlander and their pirate drama Black Sails. Set during the “Golden Age of … Continued

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When the fourth season of Masters of Sex debuts on Sept. 11, big changes are brewing. Although the season begins in 1968, the story of the human sexuality pioneers William Masters (Michael Sheen) and Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) quickly advances … Continued

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The HBO series Looking—which attempted to offer a realistic depiction of gay life by focusing on Patrick Murray (Jonathan Groff) and his group of friends who lived in San Francisco, faced an ongoing onslaught of relationship problems and did their best … Continued

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Even though the Showtime series The L Word was an ensemble drama with a bevy of first-rate actors—including Jennifer Beals and Marlee Matlin—the show really only had one star: Kate Moennig. As the The L Word‘s bed-hopping heart throb Shane McCutcheon, Moennig infused … Continued

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The job description known as “celebrity DJ” exists mostly because of Mark Ronson. The London native spent most of the 1990s spinning records in New York City, where he became infamous for his ability to rile up a dance floor crowd. … Continued

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In light of all of the new series hitting your box, screen, or tablet this fall, we at PROVOKR would like to take a moment to congratulate this Showtime staple on its seventh season. Centered around the Gallaghers, a financially—and morally—bankrupt clan … Continued

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After nabbing a bronze medal in the 100 meter sprint at the Rio Games, 21-year-old Canadian track and field star Andre De Grasse (the youngest competitor in the race) received the ultimate compliment from the fastest man in the world—Jamaican phenom … Continued

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Her real name is Leslie Lawson but she was given the nickname Twiggy due to her svelte build. Her other key attributes—big eyes, eyelashes for days, and her androgynous look—also contributed to turning her into a worldwide phenomenon. Here’s a video … Continued

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More than just an extraordinarily pretty face or the descendant of a legend (she’s the granddaughter of Elvis and was briefly a stepdaughter to Michael Jackson), Riley Keough, 26, is the kind of actor who can effortlessly make characters come … Continued

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It’s been four years since Green Day—the Oakland trio of Billy Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool—released a new album. The band recently sent out a warning flare that one is on its way by releasing the first single “Bang … Continued

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This past June, Chicago rapper Vic Mensa released his EP There’s Alot Going On which he allowed fans to download free as they long as they registered and pledged to vote. The method of release wasn’t the only political aspect of the … Continued

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A throwback to the supernatural pop culture classics of the 1980s—think movies like Poltergeist and ET—Stranger Things stars Winona Ryder as a single-mom who’s trying to get to the bottom of the disappearance of a young boy in her Indiana hometown. The investigation … Continued

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Known online as “13th Witness,” photographer Timothy McGurr simply follows his instincts when it comes to choosing what to shoot. “I’m the kind of photographer who will shoot what I like,” McGurr told Business Insider. “If it catches my eye … Continued

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It should come as no surprise that Netflix, one of the biggest disruptors of both the film and television industries, launched a show that incorporates the best aspects of both. United by setting—Chicago—and similar overarching themes, Easy creates a stirring patchwork of … Continued

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Last year’s Golden Globe winner for Best TV Drama returns July 13 with a special two-part episode. The series, which focuses on a band of computer hackers looking to take down an evil corporation, has made a name for itself … Continued

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This season’s menage a quartre with Lady Gaga on American Horror Story: Hotel  (watch it again below) had PROVOKR thinking back on TV’s other group encounters. Here are some of the most memorable.   House of Cards After subtly dropping … Continued

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At the Sundance Film Festival last January, the Internet channel Netflix turned the movie business upside-down by spending multiple millions to buy original films—including this hilarious and touching example, The Fundamentals of Caring—so that they might premiere streaming on Netflix. … Continued

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Filmed in the bustling streets of Naples, Italy, Dolce & Gabbana’s elegant, old-world fall campaign ads feature random local residents—including archetypal Italian grandmothers and street musicians—mixed in with the high fashion models strutting around in D&G’s latest collection. “We’re here in Naples … Continued

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With lyrics like “You should make up your mind / Take you back to my shrine / Don’t you pay them no mind / Let them be, let them go / She was made for my eyes / We escape … Continued

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A night of poor decision-making—secretly borrowing his dad’s car, picking up a strange woman, ingesting the drugs she offers him—leads Pakistani-American college student Nasir Khan (played with the perfect dose of nervous naivete by Riz Ahmed) into a life-shattering nightmare. After spending a decadent … Continued

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Nudity has always been a controversial topic with Game of Thrones. The HBO epic has supplied plenty of it over the course of six seasons, but it came with a gender imbalance: The female cast members—like Emilia Clarke who plays … Continued

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Roots Debuts May 30 on the History Channel, Lifetime and A&E It’s been almost 40 years since Roots—the ABC miniseries that provided an unflinching look at the history of slavery in America — captivated more than 30 million TV viewers. … Continued

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From August 5 through August 21, TV is going to be all about the Rio Olympics. But smack dab in the middle of that stretch—on August 12 to be exact—Netflix will be unveiling it’s most ambitious project yet: The Get … Continued

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Café Society, Woody Allen’s new bittersweet romance set in the 1930s, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May and opened in theaters in July. Bronx-born Bobby Dorfman (Jesse Eisenberg) moves to Hollywood and falls for the secretary (Kristen Stewart) … Continued

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Make a date to see Christine and the Queens on her US tour. We picked her as the Best New Artist of 2016. Watch her move to the beat of “Tilted” to know why we love this provocative artist.

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Above: Sookie (Anna Paquin) wanders into the cemetery to mourn over the grave of her deceased vampire lover, Bill (Stephen Moyer). That’s when Bill rises from the ground and immediately turns the grieving process into an erotic romp.   Jason … Continued

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To launch its new fragrance, Dylan Blue, Versace commissioned photographer Bruce Weber to shoot this short film. Mixing high fashion (a sultry Gigi Hadid) and classic masculinity (guys on motorcycles, guys boxing, wrestling, performing martial arts), the film has all … Continued

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In under two years, Charlie Puth has gone from being a YouTube novelty act to landing a record deal with Atlantic, nabbing three Grammy Awards plus a Golden Globe for “See You Again”—the song he recorded with Wiz Khalifa for the film Furious 7—and touring … Continued

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Like the young lead of his movie Almost Famous, Cameron Crowe began his career as a teenager writing for Rolling Stone magazine. On his first cover story, about the Allman Brothers Band, he not only interviewed the musicians but the … Continued

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For her first book, Danish photographer Karen Rosetzsky decided to focus her lens on Young Love. Over the course of three years, Rosetzsky spanned the globe—from Denmark to Louisiana—capturing erotic shots of couples, often in their bedrooms.  “It was super … Continued

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In addition to being a trippy futuristic saga about human clones, BBC America’s Orphan Black is also extremely forward-thinking about sex. Star Tatiana Maslany (who plays multiple roles as her character’s clones, including one who’s a lesbian scientist) has been very … Continued

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As the medical drama prepares to wrap up its 12th season on May 19, here’s a look back at the sexual sparks that the show’s most-worshipped couple—Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) and Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey)—continuously generated. The chemistry between the … Continued

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Solange is not just talking about hair: her song expresses what it means to be an Other in a white world—and standing up to decry shameful treatment. “Don’t Touch My Hair” is a track from her album, A Seat at … Continued

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If Andy Warhol had lived in the age of Instagram, he would have been the king of social media. Even back in the day, he spent most of his life documenting the events he attended and the people he hung out … Continued

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It’s been more than 25 years since Absolutely Fabulous—the sitcom about hapless publicist Edina Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders) and her perpetually inebriated friend Patsy Stone (Joanna Lumley)—debuted on British TV. The duo resurfaces once again on July 22 when Absolutely Fabulous: The … Continued

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Part of the joy of watching Showtime’s Masters of Sex comes from the show’s digging into all the (sometimes kinky) minutiae of what makes people tick in the bedroom. Whether it’s examining the chemistry between its main characters Dr. William Masters (Michael Sheen) and … Continued

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Lady Chatterley’s Lover Loading… The 1993 adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s book, in which the aristocratic Lady has an affair with a lowly groundskeeper, caused an uproar thanks to its explicit sex scenes and nudity. Starring Joely Richardson and Sean Bean … Continued

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After growing up in Texas and New Mexico, Tom Ford made a beeline for New York City in 1979 to study art history at NYU. It wasn’t long before the city’s glamorous nightlife and cultural vibrancy started to have an impact … Continued

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When Blake Lively’s character in The Shallows goes surfing on a beautiful sunny beach, she discovers more there than just waves… A great white shark strands her on a rock 200 yards from shore. Terror never looked this sexy!

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The acting is first-rate, the peek inside the criminal justice system is riveting, all the characters are larger than life, but the thing that makes the FX miniseries American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson such a provocative tour … Continued

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The leading candidate for the most female-empowering show of the new fall TV season is Fox’s Pitch, a drama about the first woman to become a pitcher in Major League Baseball. The actress who landed the lead role is 27-year-old Kylie Bunbury, a … Continued

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Last fall, as the star of the NBC drama Blindspot—the highest rated new series of the season—Jaimie Alexander made one of the most audacious entrances in TV history: She crawled naked out of a duffel bag in Times Square (watch the … Continued

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Here’s the latest single from the indie darlings, singer Alison Mosshart and guitarist Jamie Hince. After a five year hiatus—during which Hince underwent five surgeries to repair the damage done to his hand after a car door closed on it—the duo is … Continued

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This “video essay” titled “12 Essential Women Cinematographers” by Jake Swinney strikes a blow for movie feminism by highlighting some of the great film scenes shot by female cinematographers who—unlike their male counterparts—never get the recognition they deserve. From the work of … Continued

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Orange is the New Black Season debut: June 17 on Netflix   Now that it’s heading into its fourth season, OITNB has its winning formula down pat: rotating subplots delving into the personal lives of all the oddball prisoners, intricate … Continued

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In the fashion world, it always helps to add an element of surprise. This Louis Vuitton campaign titled “You Are Beautiful”—shot by Bruce Weber—did just that by featuring an up-and-coming male artist (Jaden Smith) as the face of the brand’s womenswear. … Continued

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As one of the faces of Dolce & Gabbana, Scarlett Johansson offers the designers a wide range of looks to use in their ad campaigns. “Scarlett is a wonderful woman who, thanks to the fact that she is an actress, … Continued

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With shows like Transparent and Orange is the New Black, the TV industry has finally gotten around to acknowledging the existence of the transgendered community, but the six episode web series Her Story—created by and starring transgendered people—one-ups traditional TV’s accomplishments by … Continued

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Pat and Anna Cleveland—a mother-daughter pair of models/muses—have been anointed the faces of Neiman Marcus’s “Art of Fashion” campaign celebrating the current crop of fall and winter fashions. In this behind-the-scenes video of the Clevelands’ photo shoot, mom Pat—who first earned runway … Continued

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Gaspar Noé is an Argentine-French film provocateur who thinks nothing of parading scenes of sexual torture and violence on screen, simply for its shocking effect. But for Love, perhaps most shocking of all, he did the opposite: this 2015 story … Continued

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The secret to Scandal’s success lies in its scintillating mix of presidential politics and the primal sexual urges that make even the leader of the free world lose all control. Here’s a video reminder of the insane chemistry that drives Olivia … Continued

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For Jill Greenberg, taking photographs has been a life-long obsession. “I began as a very young child,” she’s said. “I’ve been obsessed with form, color, light composition and portraiture for as long as I can remember.” Famed for both her commercial … Continued

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“I love the flesh. I am a photographer of the skin,” said celebrated French photographer Bettina Rheims of her artistic career. Rheims is especially focused on the female body since, as she has explained, “I shoot women because I know them, … Continued

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Léa Seydoux, who played the blue-haired art student in the sizzling lesbian romance, Blue Is the Warmest Color, takes on the role of Célestine, the scheming and irrepressible servant in Diary of a Chambermaid, a beautiful young woman who has … Continued

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It was an event that wowed even the most well-traveled fashionistas. In celebration of the brand’s 90th anniversary, Fendi (under the auspices of creative director Karl Lagerfeld) debuted its Fall/Winter collection atop the newly refurbished Trevi fountain in Rome. With the fountains … Continued

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Part espionage thriller, part gay romance, the 5-part miniseries starring Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling is also a beautifully shot, moody think piece on the repercussions of revealing one’s true identity—flaws and all—to the world. If that sounds … Continued

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Part music video for the Kanye West song “Wolves,” part preview of Balmain’s Fall 2016 collection, this Steven Klein directed video features Alessandra Ambrosio, Joan Smalls and, yes, Kim Kardashian (plus cameo appearances from Cindy Crawford and Kylie Jenner) showing … Continued

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It may take a little while for you to warm up to Starz’s historical drama about the Roman Empire, but if you stick with it you’ll be rewarded with an arousingly diverse array of sex scenes. The eroticism of the … Continued

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Even while he was in college at New York’s Parson’s School of Design, Marc Jacobs was establishing himself as a force in the fashion industry. In 1984, he designed his first Marc Jacobs label collection, the same year he won … Continued

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As one of the premiere photographers of New York and LA nightlife, Patrick McMullan’s Instagram feed provides an inside peek at the best parties populated by A-list actors, artists and musicians. From charity benefits to fashion shows to art exhibits to the Academy Awards, … Continued

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For his latest presentation, Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld transformed the Grand Palais in Paris into a replica of his design atelier—with a backdrop of seamstresses, bolts of fabrics, model forms and cutting tables—as models walked the runway in his latest couture … Continued

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When preparing to go to the Toronto International Film Festival last fall, a PR rep for Being Charlie, the film I co-wrote, asked me how I’d gotten here. It was a tough question, and I had to think about it. … Continued

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The recent Louise Bourgeois exhibit at the National Gallery of Art in Washington was titled “No Exit,” as in the play by Jean-Paul Sartre, because Bourgeois liked to think of herself as a rational existentialist like Sartre, and not as … Continued

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When you think of Jennifer Garner, you probably think “Hollywood mom” or “Ben Affleck’s ex” or “Oh, that woman from the Capital One commercial,” but this footage from Alias—the early 2000s TV spy drama from J.J. Abrams that made her famous—will … Continued

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Days after the passing of Prince, a fan group named The Prince Museum released this video of the legend performing at his Paisley Park home with the Grammy winning rapper, Kendrick Lamar. The occasion was a 2014 party sponsored by Yahoo … Continued

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The French performance art group known as U-Machine likes to focus on the interplay between humanity and technology. In this gorgeous short film from the group, a pole dancer twists and turns in front of a projected screen which reacts to … Continued

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In an Orwellian future-world where life has been regimented and emotions have been eliminated, Nia (Kristen Stewart) and Silas (Nicholas Hoult) catch a mysterious “illness” that somehow allows them to fall in love. Equals is a dazzling vision of dystopian … Continued

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This rare video starring the legendary model Peggy Moffitt strutting around in fashions created by celebrated designer Rudi Gernreich is considered one of the first modern fashion films. Moffitt’s husband, photographer William Claxton, shot the film. Wrote Claxton of the shoot, “In 1967 Peggy and … Continued

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If this summer’s been a bit too hot and hectic for you, this short film by Bruce Weber for Ralph Lauren will whisk you away on a virtual vacation. Shot in the French Riviera, the film titled “Postcards from Paradise” shows off … Continued

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When Swiss photographer Edo Bertoglio first arrived in New York City in 1976 he found a city pulsing with creative energy. “The areas around South Manhattan were becoming a massive outdoor stage, right before our eyes, with people playing music, … Continued

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Group sex, lesbian sex, rough sex, post-coital bloodlust—if you didn’t catch Lady Gaga’s erotically over-the-top stint on the FX drama, here’s a taste of what you missed. Loading… Loading… Loading…

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A self-described “art renegade,” Kelly Moore sells his wares in his extravagantly appointed studio, the Dark Bird Palace, at the Tesuque Reservation Flea Market, which is located five miles north of Santa Fe, New Mexico (March through October, Thursday—Sunday, at … Continued

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“it’s not what you are that counts, it’s what they think you are.” That quote from Andy Warhol—in this captivating Museum of Modern Art video on the cross-section of “Art and Identity”—sums up his approach to capturing the “identity” of Marilyn Monroe … Continued

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To celebrate his 20th anniversary in haute couture fashion, French designer Thierry Mugler brought out the big guns: supermodels Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, Elle Macpherson, Linda Evangelista and rising star Kate Moss all walked the runway, while R&B legend James … Continued

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British artist Francis Bacon (1909—92) was a giant of 20th-century art and an individualist. His surreal, figurative imagery has many fans and a few followers (such as Lucian Freud), but it’s mostly inimitable, adding up to a uniquely dreamlike—and sometimes … Continued

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When he’s on assignment trying to capture one-of-a-kind photos for magazines like Vogue, W, National Geographic, The New Yorker and New York, Landon Nordeman tries not to overthink things. “I love to work in a situation that is a controlled environment … Continued

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The British singer breaks out a skin-tight black bodysuit and then a skimpy red lingerie get up in the video for her latest electropop song.

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HBO’s True Detective  Showtime’s The Affair HBO’s True Blood Starz’s Outlander AMC’s The Walking Dead  HBO’s The Leftovers CBS’s Mission Impossible AMC’s Mad Men Netflix’s Orange is the New Black FX’s Nip/Tuck Showtime’s Homeland HBO’s Six Feet Under ABC’s Charlie’s … Continued

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Terrence Malick has finally released the trailer for his newest auteur effort, Song to Song, and it looks like it was well worth the wait. In this all-star love story set against the Austin indie music scene, Ryan Gosling and … Continued

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Jean-Michel Basquiat was a street kid and a graffiti master who ascended to the top of the art world in the early 1980s, befriending Andy Warhol and making millions. Brooklyn-born, he had a Haitian father and a Puerto Rican mother, … Continued

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Justin Timberlake released “Can’t Stop the Feeling” last week—his first single in nearly three years—and it’s already being touted as a contender for song of the summer thanks to its infectious beat and feel-good lyrics. The tune is Timberlake’s contribution … Continued

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Released in theaters in May, Being Charlie is about the just-shy-of-18 son of a politico (Nick Robinson), an addict with a habit of dropping out of rehab, who is strong-armed into entering his first adult treatment center, and once there … Continued

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Victoria’s Secret decided to ring in the 2012 holiday season by having its models traipse through an ornate mansion wearing skimpy panties and bras.   The censors went crazy over this 2008 Calvin Klein perfume ad that features actress Eva Mendes … Continued

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Trotting out a series of classic goth references—from Beetlejuice to the band Kiss—Marc Jacobs’ ready-to-wear collection for the Fall/Winter 2016-17 was one of the few highlights of New York’s Fashion Week. The show’s minimalist set allowed the dramatic outfits—feather-embellished coats, platform boots, … Continued

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Chock full of sensual delights—from gorgeous flowers to orgasmic sounds to two nuzzling scantily-clad humans—this video provides the kind of all-encompassing, full-body turn-on that no hardcore flick could ever muster.

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Giving you a feel for the life of a fashion jetsetter, German model Andre Hamann’s Instagram feed is filled with exotic travel pics (Morocco, Bali, the south of France) and the requisite shirtless selfies showing off his chiseled, tattooed body. … Continued

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Jim Jarmusch is an American treasure: an authentic voice and a sweet, satirical chronicler of the hipster life. From when he burst onto the international scene in 1984 with Stranger Than Paradise, giving the nascent American independent scene a goose, … Continued

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If Aziz Ansari is a “Master of None” what in the hell does that make the rest of us? The multitasking writer, actor, and comedian was born in 1983 to Indian Tamil Muslim parents in South Carolina, but knew from … Continued

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One of the greatest photography institutions around — New York’s International Center of Photography — is opening in a new brand-new home and exhibition space on the Bowery. Here are some of the indelible posts from the ICP on Instagram. … Continued

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Here’s another sensual and gorgeously shot video from German photographer Ellen von Unwerth. Working with New Zealand model Eden Bristowe on a shoot for the French magazine 7Post, Unwerth creates a James Dean-era tableau: a sexy woman seductively lounges on top of a motorcycle, flirtatiously … Continued

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As the fashion industry undergoes seismic changes in its effort to attract younger, loyal customers, elaborately-produced videos have become a key component of every brand’s marketing strategy. Gucci, under creative director Alessandro Michele, has recently quadrupled its efforts in that area by … Continued

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German photographer Ellen von Unwerth flips the script on the “rags to riches” trope in this film she directed for the French fashion magazine Egoiste. Shot in black-and-white and starring model Coco Rocha, the short plays out like a quasi-erotic, high-fashion version of … Continued

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Danny Says is a documentary on the life and times of Danny Fields. Since 1966, Fields has played a pivotal role in the music and culture of the late 20th century, working for the Doors, Lou Reed, Nico and Judy … Continued

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“I always felt like a voyeur doing this project,” said French photographer Sophie Ebrard of It’s Just Love, her photo series which finds beauty behind the scenes of films directed by a popular British porn director known as Gazzman. How … Continued

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Few TV shows come with such a stellar pedigree: Martin Scorsese directing the pilot, Mick Jagger as executive producer, Emmy-winner Bobby Cannavale tackling the lead. Still, it’s a slightly lesser known name that has PROVOKR most intrigued. Playing punk rock … Continued

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The West is such an integral part of our national myth, it’s not surprising that it has played such an formative role in the art of Ed Ruscha, the ur-American artist of our times. Born in Oklahoma, Ruscha left home … Continued

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Known for his ability to cajole soulful, unguarded portraits out of performers, Danny Clinch is responsible for capturing some of the most memorable photographs of musicians. He snapped a shot of Willie Nelson fixing one of his braids while riding in his tour bus, he shot Patti Smith … Continued

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Ice Cube and NWA Team Up Again   Kesha’s Defiant Stand   Sia’s Performance Art   The Guns N’ Roses Reunion   Rihanna’s Surprise Appearance with Calvin Harris  

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Ernest Hemingway described Josephine Baker as “the most sensational woman anybody ever saw. Or ever will.” In the 1920s, Baker—who moved to Paris from the US to escape racism—used her singing, dancing and acting talents to become one of the … Continued

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Jane Maxwell is a Boston-based artist who is interested in exploring body image in art. She has always had a passion for vintage materials, fashion and design and a fascination with pop culture and the feminine ideal. In her deeply … Continued

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One of the things that makes Netflix’s women-in-prison drama Orange is the New Black such a groundbreaking show is the way it depicts sexual relationships between two women. Whereas most Hollywood fare reduces such couplings to superficially titillating scenes designed to appeal to … Continued

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Prada rounded up photographer Steven Meisel and 27 models—including Milla Jovovich—for its fall fashion campaign, which showcases the brand’s new collection against bold, environmental backgrounds. This video brings those photos to life in a way that evokes the fierceness of a runway show and the … Continued

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On the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Dada movement, Hauser & Wirth presented an exhibit of two seminal Dada artists, Kurt Schwitters and Hans Arp, along with the Spanish painter and sculptor Joan Miró, who was profoundly influenced … Continued

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An exhibition titled “Haute-à-Porter” at Belgium’s Fashion Museum Hasselt explores the evolving relationship between haute couture design and ready-to-wear clothes. Explaining his vision for the show, curator Filep Motwary said, “By mixing Haute Couture pieces with prêt-à-porter in the same space, I … Continued

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In 2012, the website SHOWstudio launched a project called “Fashion Fetish,” which asked female professionals in the fashion industry to create a piece of art that examines what the phrase “fashion fetish” means to them, particularly as it relates to … Continued

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Deanna Templeton is a street photographer in Orange County, California. “This is my home,” she says. “Orange County, actually Huntington Beach, is where I was born and where my parents are laid to rest. I have many memories from here, … Continued

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After 15 years, the R&B trio Bell Biv DeVoe—the group behind the 1990 hit “Poison”—released a new single, “Run,” in advance of a new studio album due out in early 2017. The group, which branched off from the boy band, New Edition, has … Continued

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After his powerful and sexy (see clip) supporting role in the Netflix series Marvel’s Jessica Jones, Mike Colter—who also made a memorable impression playing a drug kingpin on The Good Wife— is getting a spin-off superhero series of his own, … Continued

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The ’70s were a time of sexual revolution and questioning values, and Southern California was the epicenter of change. In a new film from writer-director Mike Mills (“Beginners”), Annette Bening stars in 20th Century Women as the matriarch of a … Continued

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A delectable group of dancers sport Christian Louboutin‘s fall 2016 collection of sneakers and heels in “La Répétition,” a tongue-and-cheek dance film from choreographer Bianca Li. The music is by Timo Ellis and Noah Murphy (aka Legendary Burnouts).

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Alicia Vikander as Ava in Ex Machina (2015) Before Vikander’s Oscar-winning performance in The Danish Girl, the gorgeous Swede managed to turn heads and melt hearts as Ava, a robot who may or may not have developed true intelligence. Though … Continued

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  Steven Soderbergh, who first established his indie filmmaking cred (and his knack for capturing the zeitgeist) with 1989’s Sex, Lies and Videotape, is turning his 2009 film The Girlfriend Experience into a 13-part anthology series for Starz debuting April … Continued

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The dramatic tower of I.M. Pei’s East Building of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., had been closed for renovations for nearly three years. On September 30, it re-opened with a dazzling new exhibition of the works of … Continued

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For a 2012 campaign to promote the Giorgio Armani men’s fragrance Acqua di Gio Essenza, photographer Bruce Weber created this sensual black-and-white film featuring Canadian model Simon Nessman cascading through the ocean and ambling across a deserted beach. As usual with Weber’s work, the … Continued

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The Instagram feed of the man who’s nabbed the most gold medals in Olympic history—19 and counting—offers the perfect way to get in the mood for watching the Games. It’s got team spirit: photos of Phelps and his USA swim teammates … Continued

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The High Museum of Art in Atlanta is hosting “Walker Evans: Depth of Field,” through September 11, the touring retrospective of the work of the documentary photographer best known for capturing portraits of classic Americana—from small-town barber shops to road-side … Continued

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The spaceship Starship Avalon, in its 120-year voyage to the Homestead Colony, is transporting 5,259 people who are hibernating in sleep chambers. As a result of an apparent malfunction, two pods open prematurely, and the two people who awake, Aurora … Continued

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Since first making a name for himself in the aftermath of the 2005 Paris riots, the French street artist known simply as JR has traveled to impoverished and troubled hotspots around the globe, using his art—guerrilla photo installations pasted onto urban … Continued

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“Look at the pictures, look at the pictures” demanded former North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms in his public denunciation of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe’s work as pornography. In the new HBO documentary on Mapplethorpe, filmmakers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato take … Continued

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As part of the Lingerie London fashion event in 2012, Atsuko Kudo—the couture latex womenswear designer with a celebrity clientele that includes Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian and Taylor Swift—showed off a wide array of her sexy garments. This video filmed … Continued

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Karl Lagerfeld decided to direct Chanel’s latest promotional video himself, shooting Kristen Stewart in black and white, walking around an elegant Paris apartment glammed up in a long black dress with seductive decolletage and lace tights. The soundtrack to the video—which is … Continued

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Although German fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh is often credited with creating the late 1980’s Era of the Supermodel—thanks to his exquisite shots of Linda Evangelista, Kate Moss, Christy Turlington and Naomi Campbell—Lindbergh is much more humble about his accomplishment. “I was … Continued

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Through July 3, the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut, is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Dada art movement with a vast and exciting exhibit of work from its collection. “In 1916 a group … Continued

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His drip paintings became an emblem of modern American art, the New World’s stamp on Abstract Expressionism. From his home and studio in East Hampton, Long Island, his creative explosion became the epicenter of the art world. His name was … Continued

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Although the HBO drama really doesn’t feature more sex and nudity than many other premium cable shows, it’s earned its reputation for being an erotic hotbed because of the memorable ways it weaves sex and nudity into every season. Case … Continued

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The music is “Glory Box,” by the British band Portishead. The perfume is L’Extase, by Nina Ricci. The model is Laetitia Casta. And the video is smooth as silk.

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The French artist JR’s eye-catching black-and-white photographs, posted as street art throughout the world, took on a monumental dimension last August. Chosen as one of three “artists in residence” at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro—the other two were … Continued

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In another new twist on the modern fashion show, millennial supermodels Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid throw on some Chanel Haute Couture and prance around a suite at the Plaza Hotel in New York for a Vogue magazine video designed … Continued

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Michael Jackson’s “Bad” directed by Martin Scorsese In 1987, the esteemed director collaborated with Michael Jackson to create an 18-minute, West Side Story-inspired short film for the song (a shortened version of which was used for the music video). “I was mesmerized by his dancing,” … Continued

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​“The show is sexy and violent, but aims to make you horny about history,” said 26-year-old Italian actor Lorenzo Richelmy, who plays the adventure-seeking, China-exploring title character in the Netflix original series Marco Polo. Produced with a reported $90 million … Continued

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Vying to play Caleb Trask in the 1955 film adaptation of the John Steinbeck novel East of Eden, James Dean and Paul Newman go head-to-head in this audition tape. Ultimately, Dean’s preternatural cool won the day, earning him his first role in a … Continued

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An extraordinary star in extraordinary films: in her 63 years, Isabelle Huppert (pronounced ew-PAIR) has made more than 100 movies (not to mention all the TV and theater she has done), and has worked with many of the great directors … Continued

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Take a deep dive into award-winning British fashion photographer Nick Knight’s Instagram feed and you’ll see some of the coolest shoots (both photo and video) that he’s done with Kate Moss and other models, friends and inspirations for magazines like … Continued

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In the 1930s, America was a different place. Having been through a horrific World War, the U.S. emerged a world power and then retreated into isolation from world affairs. The 1920s were a period of expansion, experimentation—the Jazz Age. Immigrants … Continued

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For Givenchy’s spring/summer ad campaign, creative director Riccardo Tisci moved away from the label’s signature dark and edgy look for a lighter, more heartwarming approach. The campaign—which was shot in lower Manhattan—features 27 models, including Miranda Kerr, Candice Swanepoel, and … Continued

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Subway Love We stand an army of urban soldiers waiting for the train Our feet teeter onto the restricted yellow paint Contorting our bodies into cranes To look past the backs of human beings In search of the speeding metal … Continued

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Nocturnal Animals In director-cowriter Tom Ford’s mesmerizing new thriller, Amy Adams plays an art-gallery owner who believes a violent novel written by her ex-husband (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a veiled threat to her own safety.   Allied It’s 1942, in the … Continued

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Experimental filmmaker Bruce Conner, who emerged from the San Francisco scene in the Beat era of the late 1950s and died in 2008, is having the first retrospective of his life’s work, “Bruce Conner: It’s All True,” which includes paintings, … Continued

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James Franco does it again. The film actor, poet, soap opera star and performance artist is elevating a low-brow piece of pop culture with a remake of the TV movie Mother May I Sleep with Danger?. It’s been 20 years since … Continued

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Although Weegee is best known for his bleak shots of New York City crime scenes in the 1930s and ‘40s, he also had an eye for the less gritty, more playful aspects of urban life. This curated collection focuses on … Continued

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The pop star breaks out the short shorts, tosses her long hair and heads off—with a sexy sidekick—on a motorcycle trip into the desert in this latest single from her new album Dangerous Woman.

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As part of the soundtrack of the 1994 film Academy Award-winning Italian film Il Postino, a group of artists (including Sting, Glenn Close, Samuel L. Jackson and Ethan Hawke) recited poems by Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. Madonna was also included … Continued

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Danish teenager Lucas Helth Postma wrote and directed this moving coming-out story about 16-year-old Emilie, who was born as a girl but identifies as male. “Boy” won the Jury Prize at the 2014 Seoul International Youth Film Festival.  

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A lot of thought goes into the sex scenes on FX’s cold-war-era spy drama, The Americans. Take the show’s infamous “69” scene between Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip Jennings (Matthew Rhys), a pair of KGB operatives posing as a married couple … Continued

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Richard Prince is the artist who made “rephotographing” (taking photographs of photographs in publications like the New York Times) famous and whose work—from “Cowboy” sculptures  to “Naughty Nurse” paintings— is priced in the millions. “Rephotography is a technique for stealing … Continued

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Looking to add a cool factor to their luxury shoe brand, Jimmy Choo has made Chloe Sevigny the face of their Spring/Summer collection. In this fashion video shot in the Florida Keys—where Sevigny films the Netflix drama Bloodline—the actress shows off the … Continued

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Keith “Bang Bang” McCurdy is the New York-based tattoo artist who inked a revolver onto Rihanna’s ribcage, etched the word “forgive” onto Justin Bieber’s hip and drew a large lion head on model Cara Delevingne’s forefinger. Being the go-to tattoo … Continued

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The faces (and bodies) may have changed, but the names (and characters) of the iconic lifeguards have remained the same: when Baywatch arrives on Memorial Day 2017, there will be athletic heroism as always and lots of jiggling and flexing … Continued

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Imported from Brazil, the new Cinemax series Motel is set inside various rooms with the Divine Sin motel and explores the “sensual, erotic, mysterious, and perverse activities” that take place inside them.

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Nicole Eisenman first made her mark with a series of drawings—some of which made it into the 1995 Whitney Biennial—that presented a feminist passion with a sexy, cartoonish sensibility. As a lesbian artist, Eisenman also tapped into—as Art in Print … Continued

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The Russian punk rockers Pussy Riot, who’ve previously used their art to speak out for women’s and LGBT rights, now have their sights aimed at the dismal state of the Russian criminal-justice system. In their video titled “Chaika”—which features shots of … Continued

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Held in the church where British monarchs are crowned, the Gucci 2017 Cruise show inside Westminster Abbey celebrated the long history of British fashion, from the Victorian era to punk. There were silk dresses and bags sporting flowers prominent in English gardens, … Continued

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In the summer of 2013, author Alissa Nutting unveiled her scandalous novel Tampa. Inspired by the real-life saga of Debra Lafave (pictured above), Tampa tells the tale of a 26-year-old school teacher who becomes obsessed with seducing her 14-year-old students. It was a shocking premise … Continued

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Whether it is applied to the greatest piece of television or not, the term “must watch” is seldom appropriate. But thanks to the ability of Ava DuVernay (Selma) to stare—without flinching or turning away—directly into the abyss of our country’s … Continued

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Known as one of the founders of Impressionism—and a key figure in 19th-century art—Degas and his graceful female figures, mostly ballet dancers, in pale, diaphanous fabrics and outstretched poses, have been imprinted in the visual memories of people around the … Continued

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Although it’s only been around since 2014, the indie label Vetements—which specializes in “elevated streetwear”—has been shaking up the fashion industry. Formed as a design collective, Vetements was founded by Demna Gvasalia, who formerly designed womenswear for Maison Martin Margiela and … Continued

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Photographer Charles Moriarty discusses his personal friendship with Amy Winehouse and provides the back story on how he captured the stunning, candid shots of the singer that he’s hoping to publish in Before Frank, a book he’s funding via a … Continued

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The art of creating a provocative photograph involves taking risks, pushing boundaries and using techniques that challenge the status quo. The photographs collected here—from such greats as Helmut Newton, Nan Goldin and Larry Clark—mark pivotal moments in the art form, demonstrating … Continued

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Filmed by Oscar-winning British director Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave), the exceptionally sensual video for Burberry’s new men’s fragrance, Mr. Burberry, stars actor/musician Josh Whitehouse and model/actress Amber Anderson. “I wanted to convey the idea of two people who are passionately … Continued

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In 1990, one year after Robert Mapplethorpe died of AIDS—at age 42—a grand jury indicted the director of Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center for exhibiting Mapplethorpe’s “obscene” photographs. The images in question showed explicit acts of sadomasochistic gay sex—including shots of … Continued

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Back in 2004, when Kanye West was still trying to make his mark on the world of rap, he appeared at the Def Poetry Jam, a spoken word poetry showcase created by music producer Russell Simmons, hosted by hip hopper Mos Def … Continued

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“I have this new song that I just released,” says Lovato, amid the shrieks of the crowd at the 2016 Honda Civic Tour. “A few of you may have heard it—a little song called ‘Body Say.’ For those of you … Continued

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Dior and I  This 2015 documentary follows designer Raf Simons during his early days at Christian Dior as he prepares his first couture collection to present at Paris Fashion Week. As the New York Times aptly put it, Dior and I … Continued

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In July 2012, the Ritz Paris closed its doors to begin a top-to-bottom renovation that upgraded everything from the hotel’s infamous red-carpeted entryway to the quality of its water pressure. “It needed a redo, but maintaining its essence and strong identity … Continued

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“Real memory, which these pictures trigger, is an invocation of the color, smell, sound and physical presence, the density and flavor of life,” wrote Nan Goldin in her 1986 photobook, The Ballad of Sexual Dependency. Originally created as a slideshow … Continued

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Tony Oursler’s Underwater (Blue/Green) (1996) Oursler is an American multimedia artist whose work often incorporates elements of psychology and technology. In this 1995 installation, Underwater (Green/Blue), Oursler projects a man’s head into a tank of water. Trying to evoke a sense … Continued

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The series that tracks the rise and fall of Colombian cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar gets even darker in its second season. The tale resumes with Escobar escaping from prison and hell-bent on rebuilding his empire at any cost. Thus begin the … Continued

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The multiple-Oscar winning 1999 drama American Beauty is a tale of midlife angst. Written by Alan Ball, the film follows Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey, who nabbed a Best Actor Oscar), a 42-year-old suburban dad who—left unsatisfied by his sexless marriage to his … Continued

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The first major exhibition of Rolling Stones arcana is up at London’s Saatchi Gallery through Sept. 4. Titled Exhibitionism, the show fills nine gallery spaces and includes a “guitar room” and an area dedicated to recreating the band’s “about to go on stage” … Continued

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A Phoenix high-school cheerleader when she was discovered, model Aqua Parios is now 19, based in New York, with her first runway season behind her, having walked for Marc Jacobs, Anthony Vaccarello, Narciso Rodriguez and Prabal Gurung. She’s of African-American … Continued

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The indie-pop band quartet—comprised of Rachael Price (singer), Mike Olson (the guitarist/trumpeter), Bridget Kearney (bassist) and Mike Calabrese (drummer) who first met while studying jazz at Boston’s New England Conservatory—continue to expand their eclectic range. Whereas their previous efforts were mostly infused … Continued

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Paul Marciano is not only the co-founder of Guess?, he’s the mastermind behind the company’s titillating brand identity. As the art director of the company’s advertising campaigns, Marciano created a winning formula: hire a blonde bombshell, have her shot in black and … Continued

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Winfried and Ines Conradi are a German father and daughter: he’s a retired music teacher with a predilection for assuming the false identity of “Toni Erdmann” and horsing around with people; she’s a tough, efficient businesswoman living in Bucharest, Romania. … Continued

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In the three years since Breaking Bad’s series finale, Aaron Paul hasn’t exactly been lying low—he’s appeared in six films including the recently released heist drama Triple 9—but none of the roles has come close to achieving the pop culture … Continued

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In 2003—at the age of 25—Ryan McGinley became the youngest artist to be given a solo show at New York’s Whitney Museum. That show, titled “The Kids Are Alright,” featured photographs that documented the lives of McGinley—who cites Larry Clark … Continued

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With her debut album, SweetSexySavage, set to be released on January 27, Kehlani is ready to soar. The music video for “Distraction”—watch it, above—is the second from that album and her most elaborate and beautiful to date. The 21-year-old artist … Continued

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The theme for this year’s Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute exhibition is “Manus x Machina: Fashion in the Age of Technology.” The show—which runs through August 14—features more than 150 pieces of fashion dating from the turn of the … Continued

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Woody Allen’s 1977 film Annie Hall—which, incidentally, beat Star Wars in the Oscar’s Best Picture race—follows the up-and-down relationship between neurotic comic Alvy Singer (Allen) and the title character (played by Diane Keaton, for whom Allen wrote the role.) In the … Continued

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PROVOKR’s roving correspondent, Matt Elisofon, has begun a casual fun video blog, “Matt’s Excellent Adventure,” in which he becomes our eyes and ears in the world of filmed entertainment. Here is his first installment, from his visit to the 2016 … Continued

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When is a work of art done? Should it ever be completed? These are the questions posed by “Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible,” the awe-inspiring inaugural exhibition of the new Met Breuer in New York—the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s renovated modern-art … Continued

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“Perfect Illusion” is the totally rocked-out lead single from Lady Gaga’s upcoming fifth studio album, Joanna. Some critics have found a hint of Bruce Springsteen in the track, which harks back to the dance-pop rawness of Gaga’s earlier years. Gaga … Continued

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Summer might be over, but a new mind-bending, bank-breaking show from HBO is, at long last, in full bloom. Following a string of catastrophes and setbacks with big-budget busts, such as Vinyl—cancelled due to poor ratings—and Lewis and Clark, an epic … Continued

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“Some artists specialize in making life difficult for ourselves by choosing risqué subject matter,” says Ray Leaning about his own quest in creating erotic art. “It’s an obsession, I admit. I’ll go on drawing and painting foxy ladies, because I … Continued

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“One of my most extreme pieces,” says Marina Abramović, a 69-year-old, Serbian-born, New York-based, internationally celebrated performance artist, “was when I really pushed my body to the limits.” That piece was Rhythm 0, which she performed over six hours, from … Continued

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The bra was invented during the early part of the 20th century as a way to free women from the painful clutches of the corset. The jockstrap came into being during the Victorian era, when the new obsession with bicycling created the need for an … Continued

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Now that Olivia Bee has turned 22, she has officially dedicated half of her life to the art of photography. After being assigned to a school photography class in the sixth grade, the Portland, Oregon native started documenting her world—capturing herself and her … Continued

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At its heart, Casual is a comedy about a dysfunctional LA family. There’s Valerie (Michaela Watkins), a therapist who’s jumped back into the dating pool after her marriage breaks up;  there’s her younger, bachelor brother, Alex (Tommy Dewey) whose intimacy issues keep him forever … Continued

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Still looking every bit the bombshell at 81 years old, Sophia Loren stars as the matriarch of a large brood of sexy Italian men in this short film created to promote Dolce & Gabbana’s new fragrance, Rosa Excelsa.

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My Mouth Hovers Across Your Breasts by Adrienne Rich My mouth hovers across your breasts in the short grey winter afternoon in this bed we are delicate and touch so hot with joy we amaze ourselves tough and delicate we … Continued

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In 2003, Dublin-born Charles Moriarty got a job working as a still photographer in the London music industry. That same year, 20-year-old Amy Winehouse released her debut album, Frank, which went on to sell more than one million copies and … Continued

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For some among us, Valentine’s Day, 2017, could not come sooner. It will have been two years since the release of Fifty Shades of Grey, the movie based on the best-selling novel by E.L. James, about Anastasia “Ana” Steele, the … Continued

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A recent discovery of photographic negatives from the University of Illinois at Chicago library archives brought to light an early part of iconic artist Robert Rauschenberg’s career. In the early 1950s, when Rauschenberg was living with artist Susan Weil in … Continued

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The British pop duo of Tracey Thorn and Ben Watts, two University of Hull students who formed Everything but the Girl in 1982, named themselves after a window sign in a furniture shop that read: “For your bedroom needs, we … Continued

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Organized by the Walker Art Center in 2015, the exhibition “International Pop” looks at the development of Pop Art—the appropriation and transformation of pop culture into something exalted and profound—as not just a movement centered in New York and London, … Continued

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After getting rejection slips from a series of squeamish publishing houses, aspiring actress-turned-writer Jacqueline Susann finally got her risque first novel released in 1966. Written with melodramatic, soap-opera-style flair, Valley of the Dolls became the literary embodiment of the 1960s counterculture. It dealt with … Continued

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If you had to choose one artist who personified Abstract Expressionism—someone who put New York on the map as the epicenter of the art world in the post–World War II era, and whose passion literally exploded the restrained, modernist mind-set … Continued

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At first, the tattooed “model, photographer, blogger in LA” resisted launching her Instagram feed. “A lot of my work is ‘too sexy’ and I find [Instagram] to be restricting,” said Nett. Eventually Nett gave in and after getting positive feedback … Continued

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Tom Ford’s highly anticipated thriller, Nocturnal Animals, his first feature film as writer-director since A Single Man in 2009, and the Grand Jury Prize winner at the Venice Film Festival, where it premiered on September 2, is out in theaters … Continued

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Welcome back Breakbills University, the Hogwarts for hot hipster adults, where Breaking Bad meets Narnia! After a surprising finish to last season, which featured levitation sex, warlock on witch, and witch on witch, we can’t wait to see what the Syfy … Continued

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Ariana Grande says that the lyric “ride dick bicycle” in her new single, “Side to Side,” featuring Nicki Minaj, is a reference to sex. We kind of figured that. Besides, the video is a totally think-pink affair. “Side to Side” … Continued

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Laurie Anderson has been an experimental artist since the early 1970s when she debuted Automotive, a symphony she composed specifically for car horns. Since then she’s worked as a visual artist, an illustrator, a filmmaker and a musician. On April … Continued

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In 1917, after studying painting at the National Academy of Design in New York City, Alfred Cheney Johnston became an in-house photographer for Florenz Ziegfeld’s infamously ribald revue—the Ziegfeld Follies. Johnston’s classical training influenced the photographs he took of the … Continued

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One of the perks of attending this year’s Met Gala was getting the chance to strike a pose or show off your best dance moves in the Vogue magazine “Instagram portrait studio.” After walking the red carpet into the event, glammed-up celebs … Continued

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(GERMANY OUT) PEGGY GUGGENHEIM (1898-1979). American art collector. Guggenheim under a sculpture by Alexander Calder in 1961. (Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images)

When Peggy Guggenheim—whose grandfather made a fortune in mining and smelting, and whose father died aboard the Titanic with his valet and chauffeur—turned 21 in 1919, she inherited $2.5 million. With that money, she amassed one of the great collections … Continued

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Heartburn is Nora Ephron’s autobiographical novel about the breakdown of her second marriage. Thanks to Ephron’s infamous mix of humor and heartache, the book became a bestseller and was adapted into an equally successful movie. Meryl Streep, who starred opposite Jack Nicholson … Continued

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If you judged a TV show’s cool factor by its theme song, Sundance TV’s The Last Panthers couldn’t get much hipper—David Bowie arranged his brooding single “Blackstar” to play over the show’s opening credits. Plus, the 6-part series—which debuts April 13—stars two-time … Continued

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Inspired by Henrik Ibsen, The Daughter is  a powerful drama detailing the damage of family secrets left buried for too long. After a fifteen-year absence, Christian (Paul Schneider) returns home for the marriage of his father, Henry (Academy Award winner … Continued

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Although Nauman—who’s developed an artistic reputation for “probing relentlessly into the darker aspects of American life”—nabbed some admirers of his work right out of art school, his reputation as a modern art genius really took off in the 1980s, when … Continued

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In 2009, David Tennant—the British actor best known for playing Doctor Who in the UK sci-fi series and as the bad guy in the Netflix superhero series Jessica Jones—tackled the role of Hamlet in a Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of … Continued

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On July 12, New York’s Met Breuer museum prepares to launch “Diane Arbus: In the Beginning,” a look at the master photographer’s early works. The show will focus on photographs Arbus took between 1956 and 1962, which have never been published or previously exhibited. … Continued

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Who is Joan Smalls? She’s the supermodel that Elle magazine described as having “the planet’s most perfect face.” She’s also a Puerto Rico native who “came to New York with a dream—I came to do what I saw girls doing … Continued

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In The Circle, Mae (Emma Watson) rises through the ranks of the world’s largest tech and social media company, encouraged to live her life with complete transparency. Company founder Eamon Bailey (Tom Hanks) describes his technology with the fervor of a preacher—“We … Continued

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Robert Motherwell was one of the radical maestros of the “New York School”—a term he himself coined—who, along with Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko, turned Abstract Expressionism into the reigning movement in art in the United States … Continued

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Known for its diverse A-list clientele—including everyone from The Weeknd and Justin Bieber to Iggy Azalea and Laverne Cox—the two-story party emporium parked atop Vegas’s boutique Cromwell hotel boasts a wrap-around video wall and VIP DJs in control of a … Continued

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It was one of those “Where were you?” moments. But unlike Pearl Harbor or the Kennedy assassination, the arrest of O.J. Simpson was one that people don’t remember as much for where they were in a frozen moment as when … Continued

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The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) presents “Refined Irreverence,” the first museum showing of Carolina Herrera’s work. Herrera is a Venezuelan-American designer known for creating opulent, elegant designs. The show features more than 75 garments from across Herrara’s … Continued

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In addition to trying to form emotional and personal connections beyond the boundaries of social media, New York photographer Levi Jackman Foster uses his Instagram portraits (you can follow him @nanuk_jf)  to raise awareness on issues such as gay rights, … Continued

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NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 08: Musician Lenny Kravitz performs during the 2013 CMA Music Festival on June 8, 2013 at LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

The documentary Just Let Go: Lenny Kravitz Live—which starts airing on Showtime on May 13—follows the singer and his band as they travel from Paris, Prague, New Orleans, New York and beyond over the course 2014. “Just Let Go” features … Continued

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“Rayographs” were actually photographs of an unusual sort: these radical new Dada images were made by the American expatriate artist Man Ray in Paris in the 1920s without a camera or lenses. Instead, he placed a variety of objects—discs, coils, … Continued

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In 1979, after years of drug abuse and homelessness, Marianne Faithful released the comeback album, Broken English. The last track on that new wave punk album—which came to be known as Faithfull’s masterstroke—was the six-and-a-half-minute song, “Why D’Ya Do It?” With lyrics adapted from … Continued

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The Instagram account of Magnum Photos—the international photo agency—is a tantalizing showcase for the work of the eclectic group of photographers it has represented since 1947. From artfully composed celebrity portraiture and lifestyle photos to photojournalistic shots from inside war-ravaged countries, Magnum’s … Continued

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At the time True Romance was made in 1993, Quentin Tarantino was not yet well known, and Tony Scott, the director (Top Gun, The Hunger), was promoted as the creative force behind it. But once you’ve read any scene in … Continued

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Coming to theaters December 25, Hidden Figures is a new movie (watch the trailer, above), starring Empire sensation Taraji P. Henson and Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, set in the early ’60s, when the United States raced against Russia to put … Continued

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Just a few hours before the remake of the Roots miniseries made its debut, Snoop Dogg posted a heartfelt video on Instagram explaining why he wouldn’t be watching it. “How the fuck are they going to put Roots on, on Memorial Day?” Snoop Dogg said. … Continued

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According to Patti Smith, writing in the catalog of this splendid show, Lee Krasner’s work “provides us with the markers toward her eventual full-bloomed entry into a male-dominated world, forever establishing herself on equal ground, where aspects of gender may … Continued

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For his book Snapshots of Dangerous Women, art collector Peter Cohen scoured estate sales and flea markets searching for photographs of women from the early to mid twentieth century who were gleefully flouting the social norms of their time. The … Continued

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In late 1991, Nirvana exploded onto the national music scene, transforming Seattle into the epicenter of the alternative rock. The band’s infectious single, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (watch the music video, above) saturated the airwaves and MTV, sparking a worldwide … Continued

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If you’re not familiar with the name Jean-Paul Goude, the first thing you should know is that he’s the man who took that Paper magazine cover shot of Kim Kardashian with a champagne glass perched on her derriere. Goude has … Continued

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He’s walked the runway and starred in ad campaigns for prestigious designers like Dolce & Gabbana and Hugo Boss. He’s worked with legendary photographers like Steven Meisel, Terry Richardson and Steven Klein. He’s landed the cover of Attitude and Out magazines. Thirty-year-old Chad … Continued

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Leave it to Amazon, the internet superstore and savvy purveyor of the forward-thinking, Emmy-nabbing hit Transparent, to bring us a fresh and new look at a well-worn era. Set in the late ’60s, Good Girls chronicles a rebellion in the bullpen of … Continued

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A who’s who of legendary supermodels—including Helena Christensen, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, Shalom Harlow, Linda Evangelista, Amber Valletta, Kate Moss and Carla Bruni—blaze down the catwalk in this epic fashion show.

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Considered one of the most controversial works of 20th century literature, Vladimir Nabokov’s 1955 novel Lolita was banned in various countries due to its scandalous subject matter. The protagonist is Humbert Humbert, a middle-aged professor who develops an erotic fixation on 12-year-old Dolores … Continued

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Georgia O’Keeffe was a trailblazer without even trying to be. Born in 1887, she was the first acclaimed female modernist—she is known as “the mother of American modernism”—and she was the first woman artist to have a retrospective at the … Continued

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Forty years after the debut of their eponymous first album, the Ramones are being honored with an exhibition at New York’s Queens Museum through July 31. The quartet of Forest Hills, Queens, natives who would become Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee … Continued

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To the thumping sounds of the song “Ego” by Louisahhh, top models Bella Hadid, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Stella Maxwell demonstrate that the new Versace bag is an object to be lusted after. They crawl toward it, fondle it, rub it … Continued

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After two years of slugging it out with themes surrounding the power of technology in the Internet Age, Black Mirror, in a poetic twist, has emerged from relative obscurity, thanks to Netflix’s acquisition of their third season. That’s right, folks, … Continued

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Watching Cher and Christina Aguilera in the movie Burlesque a few years back, you might have assumed such a world—singing, theater, live music, and stripping—didn’t really exist any more. Well, you’d be wrong. In Moscow, burlesque lives at the Le … Continued

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Everyone has their cage—the ways in which the world hems them in. And so does high-school student Samantha Kingston (Zoey Deutch); she is trapped, somewhat oddly and horrifically, in a day that keeps repeating itself. Each morning she wakes up … Continued

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British singer FKA Twigs likes to create a kind of performance art vibe on her Instagram feed. One day you’ll see an artsy shot of a woman’s cleavage (we’re assuming its hers) that still bears the marks from a recently … Continued

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During the excavation of the volcano-destroyed town of Pompeii in the mid-19th century, archaeologists discovered a shockingly wide range of erotic art. There was a sculpture that depicted Pan—the god of Nature—copulating with a goat. There were wall paintings of … Continued

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The 1992 erotic thriller Basic Instinct (written by Joe Eszterhas) revolves around the police investigation of the murder—by ice-pick—of retired rock star Johnny Boz. During the course of the investigation, Detective Nick Curran (Michael Douglas) becomes intimately involved with the prime suspect, … Continued

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Just a short train ride from Barcelona on the Mediterranean coast, the small town of Figueres is where the great surrealist Salvador Dalí was born and raised. In 1960, Dalí, by then a hugely successful art star and an international … Continued

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Weddings can be a mixed bag, especially for Eloise (Anna Kendrick), who has been demoted from maid of honor—after the best man dumped her via text—to the dreaded Table 19. But even among the losers at her table—June Squibb (Oscar … Continued

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The Rio games will mark the third time Serbian tennis pro Ana Ivanovic has made it to the Olympics—well, sort of. In 2004, Ivanovic was all set to play in Beijing when a thumb injury took her out of the draw. … Continued

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In this new music video, Frank Ocean sings, “All you want is Nikes / But the real ones just like you / Just like me.” Every listener might agree; there are few things more real (or sexy) than Frank. The … Continued

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The pioneering video artist Nam June Paik was born in Korea in 1932, the son of a wealthy industrialist. Fleeing the Korean War, his family ended up in Japan, where Paik studied music and art, but he left for Germany, … Continued

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In the mid-1960s, Andy Warhol rounded up more than 400 people—from Hollywood actors to prestigious artists to his pals from the Factory—and had them sit for three minutes in front of a motion picture camera. Warhol’s intent was to simply … Continued

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City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg Set in the crime-plagued, graffiti-ridden New York City of the late 1970s, City on Fire is a sprawling novel that draws its multitude of characters—ranging from wealthy uptown strivers to a downtown gay … Continued

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Sometimes a magazine cover transcends its commercial purpose and stands as a work of art unto itself. With an unbeatable combo of intriguing models (like Lady Gaga, Brad Pitt and Beyoncé), exquisite styling and dramatic photography, these fashion covers would look equally at home … Continued

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The great Norwegian artist Edvard Munch (1863–1944) is best known and loved for his mesmerizing pastel, The Scream (see below), which has become an emblem of nightmarish emotion. But despite a life filled infamously with mental anguish, Munch created a … Continued

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In 1947 Marlon Brando was a 23-year-old Broadway actor on the verge of becoming a legend. By December of that year he would appear as the boorish, violent and twisted Stanley Kowalski in Tennessee Williams’s play A Streetcar Named Desire, … Continued

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DNCE is Joe Jonas’s dirty-hot new pop group, featuring Korean guitarist JinJoo Lee, drummer Jack Lawless, and bass player Cole Whittle. Their self-titled debut album is due out November 18, and “Body Moves” is the first single out. Check out … Continued

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There’s a cowboy-cool thing happening lately, can you feel it? The new cowboy has a sexy smoulder, he’s just a little bit country and he’s a lot complicated, keeping us on the edge of our seats. The most recent arrival is Wheeler, … Continued

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“Odd and original movement inspires me,” says photographer Nir Arieli whose passion for capturing images of professional dancers continues with his exhibit, Flocks, at the Daniel Cooney Fine Art Gallery in Manhattan through June 4. In his latest photographs, 30-year-old Arieli—who was born in Israel and … Continued

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If you’re already a fan of Outlander—Starz’s epically romantic time travel series—then you know just how potent the sexual chemistry is between Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe), the show’s main couple. Claire is a fiercely independent (and married) … Continued

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With his third studio album coming out November 18 (and a worldwide tour to follow), Bruno Mars has released the music-video for the album’s lead single, “24K Magic.” It’s directed by Mars and Cameron Duddy and, as Mars recently said, … Continued

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Bruce Davidson is known for taking photographs of people living their lives in hostile atmospheres. He chronicled the movement of the 1960s Freedom Riders, civil rights activists who rode buses into the deep south to protest segregation. He did a series … Continued

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James Franco is back in cultural provocateur mode with a new book of poems that explore sex and gender roles in society. The actor/writer/director—who’s taken the long-running speculation about his sexual orientation and used it for creative inspiration—shares with PROVOKR this poem in which he fantasizes about … Continued

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PROVOKR was in the process of preparing a story on Zaha Hadid when we learned of her sudden and shocking death from a heart attack on March 31 at the age of 65. We were in awe of her unique … Continued

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Tucked into the Team USA bio for Texas-native Connor Fields is this—possibly portentous—factoid from his past: Fields “won the geography bee in 5th grade with the answer to the final question being Rio de Janeiro.” Fields, 23, is a BMX … Continued

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When Andrew Thomas Huang, an experimental filmmaker who studied Fine Art and Animation at USC, got inspired to create Solipsist as a video short, it came to him like an epiphany. “I was in my car, turning at an intersection, … Continued

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Louis Vuitton creative director Nicolas Ghesquière held his latest runway show at the Niterói Contemporary Art Museum in Rio de Janeiro. With A-listers like Alessandra Ambrosio, Catherine Deneuve, Zendaya, Alicia Vikander and Jaden Smith in attendance, models used the museum’s winding … Continued

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He was the ultimate provocateur. Walt Whitman lived during the Victorian era, but he refused to abide by the prudish dictates of the time. His first collection of poems, Leaves of Grass (published in 1855 and continuously revised by Whitman … Continued

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In an ad campaign aimed at revitalizing its old-school sneaker called the “Gazelle,” Adidas has taken a 1993 photo of Kate Moss—in which she’s wearing a pair of the kicks—and turned it into a eye-catching video collage. “Like the Gazelle, … Continued

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After seeing Kate Moss walking around in a robe with a towel wrapped around her head on the set of one his shoots, famed fashion photographer Mario Testino got inspired to create an Instagram series featuring a wide range of celebs—from … Continued

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It started in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1916, right in the middle of World War I, as artists from all over Europe who were disgusted with the state of things converged in a concerted effort to give the art world an … Continued

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“I saw her in Central Park,” said Madonna of Chrissie Hynde, playing with her band, the Pretenders. “She was amazing—the only woman I’d seen in performance where I thought, Yeah, she’s got balls, she’s awesome! It gave me courage, inspiration, … Continued

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In anticipation of the upcoming third season of Showtime’s The Affair, we’ve decided to give you our favorite love scenes from the past two seasons, in case you missed out (or just want a quick refresher).   Ruth Wilson and … Continued

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In this clever compilation of movie moments, the role play ranges from matters of disguise to serious gender transitioning. Most are the former: Barbra Streisand’s character in Yentl disguises herself as a male, much as Glenn Close’s in Albert Nobbs, … Continued

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In 1962, Marilyn Monroe, one of the greatest sex symbols in Hollywood history, was at the height of her career and only months away from her death at age 36. She was mentally unstable, having been hospitalized for depression, and … Continued

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There’s no doubt that Auden was an intellectual force—he wrote esteemed essays on politics, psychology, religion and literature, and his poems drew raves for their stylistic achievements. The gay poet, however, was not afraid to show off his carnal side. … Continued

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From the time he splashed onto 80’s tv screens, George Michael was a provocative pioneer. With boundary-pushing lyrics and an unapologetic sexiness, he transformed pop music in a way that we hadn’t seen before. This PROVOKR icon reigned supreme in the 80’s, … Continued

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For it’s first major exhibition since it opened its doors in downtown Los Angeles, The Broad presented “Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life,” a comprehensive survey of this influential artist’s work over four decades, last summer and fall. It featured nearly … Continued

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True Blood Sookie (Anna Paquin) and Bill (Stephen Moyer), her befanged boyfriend, get it on as only Home Box hotties can. Judging by their chemistry in this clip, it’s easy to see why the two married in real life.   … Continued

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When asked about the artistic vision for his latest fashion collection, Korean designer Juun. J talked about imagining “a kind of post-chaos city” in which the people who survived clad themselves in his militaristic, Mad Max-style garb. He showed leather motocross jackets in exaggerated … Continued

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If you’re Instagram feed could use an injection of glamorous, provocatively-clad, beautifully photographed models, @laperlalingerie is the account for you. Filled with exquisitely art-directed photoshoots of La Perla products—everything from swimwear to bustiers—the Italian lingerie brand’s Instagram fare also features some of the … Continued

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“There is between my legs a crisp city,” wrote ee cummings in his poem “As We Lay Side by Side…” Cummings wrote those words from a woman’s perspective, but given his licentious personal life (he was known to have a … Continued

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Although 21-year-old Australian runner Morgan Mitchell didn’t live up to her own expectations at the Rio Games—she didn’t qualify for a spot in the 400m finals—she proved to be a star in her post-race interviews. “You have got to laugh … Continued

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That ageless provocateur from Spain, Pedro Almodóvar has a new film coming to theaters this December 21, Julieta (trailer, above), a passionate drama about a mother yearning to see her long-lost daughter once again. In honor of the new film, … Continued

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Best known for the photographs he has done over the years of his beloved Weimaraner dogs in unforgettable anthropomorphic poses and costumes, William Wegman was actually trained as a painter. “I studied painting in art school,” he says, “but by … Continued

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When designer Brian Atwood was ready to unveil his 2012 shoe collection, he launched it with an ad campaign that—according to the company’s official press release—”was inspired by the allure of sexual submission, fearless beauty, and cinematographic voyeurism laced with sensual … Continued

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Cade Martin likes drama. The American photographer—who used to roam around movie sets capturing still photos—brings a similar sense of theatricality to his editorial, advertising and personal artwork. He creates fanciful set pieces, exotic characters and whimsical stories. Here’s a selection of his elaborate work. … Continued

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“I like to present the realest ‘me’ possible,” Bella Hadid has said of the way she approaches her social media posts. “If I’m working, I’ll post a photo of me working. But if I’m sitting home on a Saturday night … Continued

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Set in Elizabethan England, the 1998 romantic comedy Shakespeare in Love—written by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard—imagines the lusty inspiration behind Romeo and Juliet. The plot revs up when Will Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes) begins auditioning actors to star in his … Continued

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In the final stretch of this historic presidency—ending in the now infamous election of Trump—Netflix’s low-budget Obama biopic couldn’t have come at a better time. Painstakingly researched by writer Adam Mansbach (Go the Fuck to Sleep), Barry—Obama’s preferred name at this … Continued

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In his most recent show at Skarstedt, New York, Eric Fischl, known for both his lush figurative paintings of suburban life and his jaundiced eye, confronted the war between the spiritual and the commercial at art fairs. The climax of … Continued

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At the age of 35—she was born in Jerusalem, Israel, in 1981—Natalie Portman has already lived the life of a prima ballerina, a scholar, an activist, a filmmaker, a wife and mother and an Oscar-winning movie star. It seems like … Continued

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This tribute video to Matthew McConaughey covers the long arc of his career, touching on everything from his appearances in music videos to his “Alright, Alright, Alright” performance in Dazed and Confused all the way to his Academy Award winning … Continued

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The latest Calvin Klein advertising campaign tries to capture the diverse cross-section of beautiful people who have a distinct preference in underwear brands. The models in the ads range from folks who were plucked off the street to superstars like … Continued

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After graduating with a fine arts degree from the University of Southern California, visual artist and film director Andrew Huang created this mesmerizing, dystopian video titled “Doll Face”—featuring a robot trying to learn human ways—that speaks to the negative impact media has … Continued

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He spent 10 years as chief photographer for Rolling Stone and currently shoots cover stories for magazines like Vanity Fair and GQ, so it’s no surprise that Mark Seliger’s Instagram feed is filled with famous faces. PROVOKR especially loves the … Continued

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With his chiseled physique, his double-take resemblance to legendary male model Tyson Beckford and the fact that in 2014 he became the first man ever to win Tyra Banks’ America’s Next Top Model competition, Keith Carlos is striving to be a … Continued

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The 1996 neo-noir crime drama, Bound, marked the directorial debut of the transgender Wachowski siblings, formerly Larry and Andy, now Lana and Lilly, respectively. The film revolves around the burgeoning relationship between Violet (Meg Tilly)—the live-in girlfriend of mobster Caesar … Continued

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Banksy, of course, is not his real name, but the artist believed to have been born in Bristol, England, in 1974, wishes to remain anonymous and thus free to subvert the system of art ownership and collecting and appreciation that … Continued

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Alice Neel is arguably the greatest portrait painter of the 20th century. Her work went mostly unheralded until the 1970s, when she was elderly but still working, and women artists were finally beginning to get their due; she died in … Continued

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To say that Sofia Coppola is a fan of Phoenix is a bit of an understatement: she’s married to the band’s lead singer, Thomas Mars. Sofia’s brother Roman has shot some of Phoenix’s music-videos in the past, but for the … Continued

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On July 12, the Met Breuer is launching Diane Arbus: In the Beginning, an exhibition that focuses on the first seven years (1956-1962) of the legendary photographer’s career. Featuring more than 100 photographs—the majority of which have never before been … Continued

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Catwalks can be so boring. That’s why Tom Ford presented his 2016 Spring collection by collaborating with Lady Gaga on this epic runway video/dance party shot by cutting-edge fashion photographer Nick Knight. “Instead of having a traditional show this season, … Continued

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Just how popular is 24-year-old Brazilian soccer star Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior? Let’s put it this way: he’s got a staggering 56 million followers on Instagram. Thanks to plenty of endorsement deals, Neymar was also named to Forbes magazine’s … Continued

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The legendary hip-hop group, A Tribe Called Quest, is back with their first album of brand-new material since 1998, We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service. All of the four original members of the group contributed to … Continued

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It’s been quite a year for Robert Mapplethorpe. The legendary photographer, who passed away in 1989, has a retrospective up at LA’s Getty Museum. HBO aired a documentary about his life back in April. And now designer Raf Simons has … Continued

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It all began with a selfie. Tate Tullier took a picture of himself bathing, posted it online with the tag “Tub Time with Tate,” and thus an art project was born. Since that first photo, “Tub Time” has grown from … Continued

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In the fall of 2014, Emma Cline couldn’t quite wrap her head around the fact that— at 25 years old—she had just landed a $2 million book deal (and sold the movie rights) for her debut novel, The Girls, which is loosely based … Continued

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It’s high time F. Scott Fitzgerald stepped aside. After many appearances on the screen, page, and high school reading lists, it’s safe to say that the man has gotten his due. But the woman? Zelda? Fitzgerald’s better, sexier, and crazier half … Continued

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Queen Bey’s reign now includes activewear, and of course she’s raising the altheisure bar to new heights. In this video for her Ivy Park Spring/Summer 2017 Campaign, she brings together a group of super-talented women to talk about empowerment, sisterhood and what it … Continued

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Abstract Expressionism was a movement in art in the post–World War II years that turned New York into the center of the art world and American artists into international icons. Even so, the movement itself was always presented as overwhelmingly … Continued

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Some of the quotes from Marilyn Monroe in this remarkable video include: “I’d rather be a sex symbol than a symbol of something else” “We are all born sexual creatures” “It’s a pity that so many people crush this.” “Sexuality … Continued

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  Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune (2002) This revival of the two-character Terrence McNally play about a date between a down-on-their-romantic-luck waitress (Edie Falco) and short-order cook (Stanley Tucci) drew a lot of press attention for the … Continued

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Ralph Eugene Meatyard isn’t widely known outside the photography world, but he is considered a central figure to American visionary photography. His dreamlike images and experimental abstractions have had a major impact on contemporary photographers, an influence just beginning to … Continued

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Ramiro Gomez was born in San Bernardino, California, in 1986 to undocumented immigrant parents. The art he would grow up to make is a sly comment on the world he inhabited, deconstructing the divide between the privileged few and their … Continued

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When naive law student Harper (Tye Sheridan, Mud, The Tree of Life) meets up with a barfly grifter and his stripper companion, after a few whiskies he confesses his suspicions—his shifty stepfather (Stephen Moyer, of True Blood fame) was somehow … Continued

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Miranda Kerr, Devon Aoki, Alessandra Ambrosio, and Chanel Iman walked the runway for Moschino’s 2017 resort collection. Creative Director Jeremy Scott delivered a 1960s-influenced array of garments featuring psychedelic patterns, bright colors and mismatched prints. “I just wanted to make … Continued

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The year is 1960. Successful architect Walter Stackhouse (Patrick Wilson) and his beautiful but psychologically unbalanced wife, Clara (Jessica Biel), live unhappily together in suburban New York. Walter fantasizes about a bohemian young woman he meets (Haley Bennett) and of … Continued

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He died in 1964, on the eve of the Pop explosion that sent mid-century modernist painters spinning, but Stuart Davis’s work, which mixes American advertising style with the movements (cubist, dada, Abstract Expressionism) that he grew up with, presages the … Continued

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“To me, there is nothing richer than being allowed into an ordinary person’s life story,” says British photographer Adrian Buckmaster, whose skillful portraiture has been featured in magazines, advertising campaigns and in his first monograph, 2015’s An Embarrassment of Riches, … Continued

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His most famous poem, “Howl,” has become synonymous with the 1950s Beat Generation, but Allen Ginsberg’s countercultural worldview wasn’t confined to just one decade. In fact, as Bill Morgan, the editor of Wait Till I’m Dead—a new book of Ginsberg’s … Continued

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The Brazilian actress and Victoria’s Secret model Adriana Lima is the embodiment of itching desire in this TV ad for the new Marc Jacobs eau de parfum, Decadence. The music is the 1967 song “The Hunter Gets Captured by the … Continued

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The title pretty much says it all. This 54-minute, silent experimental film—which Andy Warhol directed over the course of 1963—captures couples across the sexuality spectrum engaging in a makeout session lasting 3½ minutes each. The result is a piece of … Continued

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From Nicole Kidman as Virginia Woolf to Philip Seymour Hoffman as Truman Capote to Jason Segel as David Foster Wallace, this fascinating supercut of some of Hollywood’s best film portrayals of authors reminds you just how many interesting characters emerge … Continued

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Carole A. Feuerman came to prominence at a time when women artists were just beginning to build momentum in the art world, in the 1980s and ’90s. Today she continues to create hyper-realistic sculpture in the tradition made famous by … Continued

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“I didn’t know that I was starving till I tasted you,” sings Hailee Steinfeld in her new music-video with the duo Grey and DJ Zedd. And we didn’t know that the Oscar-nominated 14-year-old actress in the Coen Brothers movie True … Continued

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“We are in an undisclosed location, interrogating Jim Osterberg about the Stooges, the greatest rock ’n’ roll band ever,” says director Jim Jarmusch as he sits across from Iggy Pop (Osterberg’s nom de rock) to film his new documentary, Gimme … Continued

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Los Angeles photographer Anthony Friedkin began working on The Gay Essay in 1969, at age nineteen, intending it to be an eighteen-month documentary project. He started his work as an intrigued outsider and ended it four years later as a intimate … Continued

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As part of the new class of supermodels, 21-year-old Gigi Hadid is a coveted presence on every designer’s catwalk. Think of this video as a 2016 highlight reel of Hadid sporting various ensembles and wildly different looks as she makes a … Continued

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XX is a ghoulishly fun, four-part horror anthology, the first ever in this genre to come from from an entirely female point of view. Each of the four stories in XX was written and directed by women, and in every story, there … Continued

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Known for her youthful, sexy, exuberant fashions, Betsey Johnson has been designing since the 1960s and has developed a devoted and varied following. “On my very first trip to Europe as a singer-writer for Blue Angel, I bought a Betsey Johnson hot-pink sweater … Continued

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American singer-songwriter Lenny Kravitz and American fashion designer Betsey Johnson at the Betsey Johnson Fall 1998 Collection catwalk show, 1998. (Rose Hartman/Archive Photos/Getty Images)

Utopian modernist and Bauhaus teacher László Moholy-Nagy hadn’t had a comprehensive museum retrospective of his work in 50 years until the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, in conjunction with the Art Institute of Chicago and the Los Angeles … Continued

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In the late 1980s and early ’90s, British photographer Nick Waplington was granted access to Isaac Mizrahi’s pre-runway fitting sessions with top models like Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington and Naomi Campbell. Waplington has compiled the images he captured into the … Continued

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Feast your eyes on thirty years of the very hottest scenes in music, the dirtiest dance moves…and lots and lots of skin.  In his slickly edited supercut, “The Evolution of Sexy in Music Videos,” Patrick Perris brings us all the … Continued

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Sherlock (January 1) While the short-and-sweet seasons of this sleek-and-modern take on literature’s greatest detective will always leave us wanting more (only three episodes are slated for this year), we’ll take what we can get.   Homeland (January 15) After … Continued

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Filmmaker Kayhan Lannes Ozmen directed this short film that brings to life the typically-risque Bukowski poem “Girl on the Escalator.” Read the poem in its entirety below. Girl on the escalator —by Charles Bukowski as I go to the escalator a … Continued

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As a pioneer in avant-garde cinema, Jonas Mekas became known in the 1960s for using a handheld camera as his own personal journal—chronicling the people and events around him.  In this excerpt of Mekas’s To Barbara, With Love, which he dedicated to fellow filmmaker Barbara … Continued

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A mix of Pop and conceptual art, Jonathan Horowitz’s work is provocative in an explicitly political way. Like the greats of Pop Art—Warhol, Lichtenstein—he appropriates pop-culture images in a celebratory, faux-naive way. But he also engages us in a cultural … Continued

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“Leonard Cohen was the most beautiful man I have ever known,” wrote arts critic Leon Wieseltier in the New York Times, shortly after the poet-songwriter and legend died at the age of 82. “His company was quickening in every way. … Continued

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The fashion label Proenza Schouler is promoting its pre-fall collection with a video featuring eight pairs of women discussing the various joys of female relationships. Directed by fashion photographer Harley Weir, the film titled “PS I Love You (Ithigi Lithigove Yithigou)” presents the couples—including … Continued

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She’s walked in runway shows for Givenchy and Chanel, she’s done campaigns for Marc Jacobs and Topshop, but Bella Hadid is especially excited about this new Joe’s Jeans video. “This is a really cool campaign for me,” said Hadid who was already … Continued

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In the futuristic sci-fi thriller Ghost in the Shell, based on the popular Japanese manga series and opening in theaters on March 31, Scarlett Johansson plays Major, a special ops agent and uniquely hybrid form of human and cyborg who … Continued

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British artist Tracey Emin takes a sexually provocative stance to her work, as a way of locating it within a feminist tradition—the personal as political. We are quite taken with the spareness and raw sensuousness of the paintings and prints … Continued

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Britney Spears may be 34, but she’s certainly not too old for a slumber party, this one in a gated mansion with Tinashe hanging out, singing a verse and getting close. “Slumber Party” is the second single and music video … Continued

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26-year-old transgender model Laith Ashley De La Cruz started making a name for himself almost as soon as he made the medical transition from female to male. Bruce Weber photographed the model’s first national campaign—for Barneys—and in February De La Cruz walked … Continued

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Don and Megan: Mad Men For a man who hawks the American Dream for a living, Don Draper (Jon Hamm) has trouble claiming his own piece of the pie. Thankfully, he finds it with the glamorous Megan (Jessica Paré)—at least … Continued

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Heralded as one of the most innovative photographers of the 1960s, British-born Brian Duffy initially found his niche in fashion photography, shooting for British Vogue and French Elle. He took memorable photographs of the biggest models of the day—like Jean … Continued

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With The Romanovs: 1613-1918 (2016), pop-historian Simon Sebag Montefiore, the award-winning biographer of Joseph Stalin and Grigory Potempkin, delivers his richest and most ambitious tome to date. Spanning three centuries and twenty rulers, Montefiore chronicles the rise and fall of Russia’s greatest—and raunchiest—dynasty … Continued

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Nineteen-year-old Savannah Brown has been posting her spoken-word poetry on YouTube for more than five years. In this video, she tackles the double standard women face when it comes to sex. “This poem floored me, and I appreciate it immensely,” wrote one … Continued

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  Miguel: “Coffee” (with Nazanin Mandi)   Sia: “Fire Meet Gasoline” (with Heidi Klum and Pedro Pascal)   Taylor Swift: “Wildest Dreams” (with Scott Eastwood)   Justin Bieber: “What Do You Mean?” (with Xenia Deli)   Chris Isaak: “Wicked Game” … Continued

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“Louise Fishman: A Retrospective,” which ran last spring and summer, was the first museum survey show ever of this accomplished, senior American artist. It was organized by the Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase, New York, part of the SUNY … Continued

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The Russian feminist punk-protest-rock group Pussy Riot—who were released from jail in 2013 after serving most of a two-year sentence for performing anti-Putin songs—recorded “Straight Outta Vagina” back in February, before Donald Trump’s infamous comments to Billy Bush about grabbing … Continued

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Lawrence’s novel about an aristocratic wife who has an affair with a lowly gamekeeper was so shocking in its detailed depiction of sex that even Lawrence’s contemporary—legendary poet T.S. Eliot—described the book as “sick.” Lawrence died of tuberculosis before the … Continued

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In 2006, the French cover group Nouvelle Vague did a popular spin on the Buzzcocks’ “Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)” for their Bande à part album. And now, 10 years later, they’re back with a new version … Continued

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It was a very precise self-assignment: For his recent show at the Royal Academy of Art in London, David Hockney returned to his studio in Los Angeles and invited people up to sit for him for three days. Twenty hours … Continued

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Hard to believe it’s been 20 years since the original Trainspotting movie splashed the most eye-opening lowlifes of Edinburgh, Scotland, across the big screen. Now Renton (Ewan McGregor), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), Begbie (Robert Carlyle), Spud (Ewen Bremner) and … Continued

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The de Young Museum in San Francisco has become a fashion destination this spring thanks to its lavish exhibition, Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective. Curated by former Vogue editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley, the exhibit covers the late designer’s five-decade-long career—from his early … Continued

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Every year, Amsterdam’s Foam Museum organizes Foam Talent, an exhibition of emerging talents in the international world of photography. Foam Talent reflects the diverse and often surprising developments in the medium of photography today, featuring photo-objects, installations, lightboxes and wallpapers as … Continued

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The 1997 film Boogie Nights, written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, follows high school dropout Eddie Adams (Mark Wahlberg), who uses his one remarkable characteristic—his ample endowment—to transform into Dirk Diggler, the biggest porn star of the 1970s. In … Continued

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Past and future, all at once: a teen band called the Lemon Twigs with a retro-inflected sound. Brian D’Addario, 19, and his brother, Michael, 17, are the songwriters and performers, hailing from Long Island, New York. Their dad, Ronnie, was … Continued

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“Nobody made a nickel,” says director David O. Russell (The Fighter; Silver Lining Playbook) about the 18-minute fashion short, “Past Forward,” which he created for Prada’s Spring 2017 show. “We all just made it to do it. We made it … Continued

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Jim and Pam, The Office What it lacks in sex it makes up for in sheer power. After two seasons (and many years prior) working together, the most sexually tense relationship in television history explodes with a drunken kiss that caused … Continued

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Lining the spiraling walls of the famous rotunda of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, “Agnes Martin,” a major retrospective of the artist’s work, is the first since her death in 2004. It runs through January 11, 2017. … Continued

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Quentin Tarantino’s dialogues have no equal. And this scene from his breakthrough hit, Pulp Fiction (1994), is certainly a case in point. In it, Vincent Vega (John Travolta) is taking Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman), the wife of Vincent’s boss, drug … Continued

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We think it’s finally safe to say that Madonna’s ongoing excellence is—with the exception of death and taxes—the surest thing in life. After defying the laws of time, societal taboos, and, let’s face it, gravity for close to four decades, the … Continued

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In case you haven’t seen the 1967 movie here’s a quick set-up to the scene below: A young college graduate, Benjamin Braddock (played by Dustin Hoffman), is being feted at his parents’ house, where he becomes reacquainted with a friend … Continued

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She’s not a warbling folkie or an all-out rocker, and though her songs of love and pain have brought her a devoted following, indie siren Angel Olsen is unmistakably her own woman. Her recently released third album, aptly titled My … Continued

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Calvin Klein has launched a series of “How2” videos to promote its new unisex fragrance, CK2. There’s a “How2 meet i.r.l” video which shows two women getting gussied up to meet for a night out. There’s a “How2 reconnect” video … Continued

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