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Weekly Pop Culture Picks #5

June 23 – June 29, 2013

Dolce & Gabbana’s “alternative Mediterranean life” ads

Photo: Domenico Dolce

Photo: Domenico Dolce

Hera: While I wouldn’t go so far as to call it horrendous, I’m not particularly fond of this ad campaign. It takes away from the really gorgeous Fall/Winter 2013-2014 line by Dolce & Gabbana. This particular photoshoot, shot by Domenico Dolce himself, features Italian actress and model Monica Bellucci (Irreversible, The Matrix Reloaded) and some of the models that appeared in Dolce & Gabbana’s fall 2013 runway show in Milan.

Bianca Balti, one of the models pictured above, wrote on her Facebook page about the ad campaign:

Everything becomes sensual and passionate, a meeting of the sacred and the profane, but always with a touch of the theatrical, which is inherent in the Italian nature.

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, the founders of the famous fashion house, were both sentenced to jail last week for tax evasion. The ruling is likely to get appealed, but currently they’re both due to serve one year and eight months in jail.

Maybe that was a sign they should have let someone else handle this ad campaign? You can read a review and check out the entire collection here. More pictures from the ad campaign can be viewed here.

Azealia Banks ft. Pharrell – “ATM JAM” (Live from Glastonbury)

Christine: Constant twitter controversy surrounding Azealia Banks aside, this woman is a pretty decent performer. Footage from her 52-minute set at the Glastonbury Festival has been popping up online after her performance earlier in the day.

Clad in a spiky neon green outfit, Azealia raps her way through eighteen songs, including hit song “212” (the opening notes to that one had the concert audience immediately screaming out lyrics and dancing excitedly) and a preview of her latest single titled “ATM JAM” featuring Pharrell, which begins at 40:50 in the above video.

The beat for “ATM JAM” is absolutely ridiculous – and I mean that in a good way. However, what I can hear of the lyrics (which admittedly isn’t much, since Azealia only gave us one actual verse before switching back to the chorus) is meh. Still, the title is accurate in proclaiming this single to be a jam, because I can see myself dance marathoning with this one on repeat.

William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher

Photo: Quirk Books

Photo: Quirk Books

Max: So… this is happening. From the publishers that brought you such hits as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, comes a new classic (in so many sense of the word) tale: William Shakespeare’s Star Wars. Set in George Lucas’ universe, but using Shakespeare’s language, the books will be a retelling of the first (fourth, whatever) movie, subtitled Verily, A New Hope.

Reimagined in glorious iambic pentameter—and complete with twenty gorgeous Elizabethan illustrations–William Shakespeare’s Star Wars will astound and edify Rebels and Imperials alike. Zounds! This is the book you’re looking for. – Quirk Books

Quirk has made a name for itself publishing…well, quirky re-imaginings of classic tales. So far it’s been literary classics from a helluva long time ago; this is the first time Quirk’s dipping into cinema. Chances are, I won’t actually buy this. Still, the novelty of it is amusing, much like the company’s other offerings.

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