Boris Kachka, New York
The newest installment of the Star Wars franchise, The Force Awakens opens next Friday. In advance of that epic release, Boris Kachka spoke with Anthony Daniels, the man who's been behind C-3PO four decades. That's forty years, you guys. Daniels talked about feeling like an heirloom, working with the young actors who grew up watching Star Wars, and what his life was like before he became C-3PO.
Melena Ryzik, New York Times
The last time Tina Fey and Amy Poehler starred in a movie together, the year was 2008. Baby Mama basically proved to the world that Fey and Poehler were a dream team set to take over the comedy world. And they did! Now they're back with Sisters, a movie about, well, sisters. In this interview with the Times, Fey and Poehler talk about their new project, lack of sleep, and being late-bloomers and all-around awesome ladies. 👯
Laurent Fintoni, The FADER
In Fintoni's latest column, he spoke with Berlin producer House Of Black Lanterns (and a few other musicians) about why he's self-releasing his next album after a decade of trying to make a label deal work, disillusion with the music industry, and why he only releases music he truly loves.
Devin Leonard and Annmarie Hordern, Bloomberg
In March of last year, Wu-Tang Clan decided they would make just one copy of their album, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, and sell it to the highest bidder. The owner of the album could then do whatever they pleased with the record. As Leonard and Hordern write, "That meant the owner could listen to the record in a soundproof room, drive a pickup truck over it, or release it for free on the Internet." Well, guess what, the very most hated person involved in pharmaceuticals Martin Shkreli (infamous for jacking up the price of HIV medication) bought Shaolin for $2 million. Blech. Read the story behind both sides of the acquisition.
Alex Macpherson, The FADER
"It's not just fun and games, I've got a story to tell and so much to express, and I don't want people to think I'm a one-lane rapper who's talking about funny things all the time," rapper Lady Leshurr says in this piece on her return to the scene. Read for more on how she's making music she wants to, ignoring the people with the money who want to make her into someone she isn't, and how she's ready to get serious about her career.
Fran Hoepfner, Cosmopolitan
Who doesn't love a good ol' fashioned crush?! I know I sure do. Here is the story of what happened when Fran Hoepfner added all 15 of her crushes to a private Facebook group in order to ask them questions like: "In its first week, only one crush voluntarily quit my secret Facebook group for all of my crushes. Do you think it is because A) he is bad or B) the secret Facebook group I built for my crushes is bad." Lulz.