The cover goes along with the magazine’s latest feature, “The Aging of Abercrombie & Fitch,” which chronicles the rise and fall of the teen retailer. The image, featuring an elderly man suggestively tugging on the waistline of a pair of unbuttoned jeans, is a play on Abercrombie’s provocative ads that often feature topless men and scantily clad women. Like many other teen retailers, Abercrombie has been struggling in recent years. Mike Jeffries, the company’s controversial CEO who once said the brand was “exclusionary” and that it only marketed to “cool kids,” announced he was stepping down in December.
And this enhanced version of Preston Sturges‘s 1941 classic will be available on April 15th. Veronica Lake was six months pregnant at the beginning of production, a fact she didn’t tell Sturges until filming began. Sturges was so furious when he learned that, according to Lake, he had to be physically restrained. Sturges consulted with Lake’s doctor to see if she could perform the part, and hired former Tournament of Roses queen Cheryl Walker as Lake’s double. Edith Head, Hollywood’s most renowned costume designer, was tasked to find ways of concealing Lake’s condition.”
I guess Fox didn’t learn from its failed attempt to Americanize “Broadchurch.” The network has announced plans for an Americanized version of “Luther.” Based on the BBC’s show of the same name, which starred Idris Elba (pictured), the one-hour drama pilot will track John Luther. Fox describes him as “a near-genius murder detective whose brilliant mind can’t always save him from the dangerous violence of his passions.” Elba will be one of the new version’s executive producers. I strongly hope he doesn’t star; he has better things to do.
On “Girls in Peacetime Want To Dance,” Belle and Sebastian’s first album in five years, the band has introduced a new wrinkle, writing a record filled with synthesizers and dance grooves to coax their once notoriously-staid live crowds to cut a rug. Even the artwork is different: This is their first cover that doesn’t use a monochromatic photographic still that directly references the Smiths, their emotional forerunner.
The Sundance Film Festival, that annual celebration of cinema and the indie brand of commercialism, kicks off tonight in Park City, Utah. The Guardian, in breathless, hype-y prose, asks: Could this year’s edition be even better than last year’s? Last year brought “Boyhood” and “Whiplash.”
THR writes: ‘Spin-offs are tricky, but Vince Gilligan has earned the right to extend the ‘Breaking Bad’ franchise with another drama (yep, drama) that starts with a slow burn but is full of promise and potential.’ I wouldn’t dream of adding my two cents until I’ve seen an episode or two. Bob Odenkirk (pictured) is Saul.
A group of American critics has named Junot Díaz’s “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” a take on the life of an overweight Dominican-American nerd, as the best novel of the 21st century to date. (The list is heavily weighted to books written in English.) I didn’t find “Wao” much of a wow: the main character was so obnoxious I only got about halfway through the story.