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His madness was divinest sense to a discerning eye.

Lee Alexander McQueen, the man Anna Wintour described as “one of the greatest talents of his generation,” was found dead in his London home earlier today at the age of 40. The New York show for his secondary label, McQ, originally scheduled for today, was canceled at once. The cause of death remains unannounced and it is not for PCR to speculate, only to echo what Ms Wintour said:

“In such a short career, Alexander McQueen’s influence was astonishing — from street style, to music culture and the world’s museums. His passing marks an insurmountable loss.”

His shocking designs were known for their brilliant, vivid colors and bold cuts. He was equally as famous for his runway shows, which were often more performance pieces than your standard catwalk affair, and he brought a fearlessness to the scene which London fashion desperately needed. Love them or hate them, there is no doubt that McQueen’s work had an impossible to ignore effect on the fashion industry. Known to some as l’enfant terrible of fashion, the vibrancy of his pieces and his relentless push toward the cutting edge and beyond was tinged with a rich romanticism that made it easy to see why his work was favored by the celebrities who sought him out. The best known of these is perhaps Lady Gaga, who debuted her single “Bad Romance” at his Spring 2010 show in New York last fall.

Lately, he was only growing more famous, his career a seemingly constant ascent to brighter and greater things. His presence will be missed and his contributions to fashion never forgotten.

See McQueen’s work in action:

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Work it, Robin.

Work it, Robin.

I’m sure there’s one thing in Chris O’Donnell’s career he wishes he could put behind him. Lord knows we’d all like to pretend the rubber suits, eyeshadow and shiny groins had never happened, but let’s face it: Batman & Robin is a big (if incredibly cheesy) part of our pop culture history.

Mine, at the very least.

I’d never gotten the chance to see it in theatres, but once it was out on tape and my dad bought it for me, I was a goner. At 13, movies didn’t need much to impress me. I have fond memories of being sick and spending an entire weekend playing the movie over and over to the point where the tape eventually wore out, for which I’m sure my family was eternally grateful.

Chris O’Donnell was 90% of the reason. (more…)

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No, Kanye. This is not okay.

No, Kanye. This is not okay.

In recent history, there are few celebrities who immediately come to mind when we think of the ones we consider controversial. Kanye West, with his past declarations of George W. Bush not caring about black people is most decidedly one of them. And while we all got a good laugh out of Mike Meyers’s surprised face back then, this time, he’s gone too far.

Tonight, at the MTV Video Music Awards, as Taylor Swift started her nervous acceptance speech for her first VMA ever, Kanye West walked on stage, took the microphone from her and declared Swift’s fellow nominee Beyonce to have the best video of the year.

Mr. West, this is unacceptable. Saying something in your own public forum is one thing, but to ruin a 19 year old’s moment in the VMA spotlight to declare your dissatisfaction with the outcome of the award? It’s rude, disrespectful, and you should be ashamed of yourself.

Yes, we understand that because you put out an entire album of your auto-tuned voice, you believe that you can do whatever you like and say whatever you want, but that’s most certainly not the case. You’re not the voice of my or any other generation, and quite frankly, I’d rather you just shut the hell up for a while. Go find a mirror to admire yourself in.

The VMAs are most certainly not the Grammys, and it may as well be a long-standing tradition that something crazy will happen, but there’s crazy and then there’s this:

That sir, is not how you become a doper person.

Here’s the article at MTV.com, complete with video just in case You Tube yanks it.

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The ladies (and Scott) here at [Insert Pop Culture Reference] got into a bit of a heated debate the other night after hearing that rumors have surfaced that Supernatural’s Jensen Ackles may be in the running to play Captain America in Marvel and Paramount’s upcoming Captain America and Avengers movies.

I’m probably one of the last people who should be making predictions about who will eventually be cast in the iconic role, given that I’ve yet to read a single Captain America comic book. Sure, I’ve seen him make appearances in other comics here and there, but when it comes to reading the actual title, it’s still on my To-Read list. But even without having read 99.9 percent of Captain America’s source material, I can tell you that Ackles is completely wrong for the role. As much as I loved him on Dark Angel and love him on Supernatural, there’s no way I’d be able to buy him barking orders at Robert Downey Jr. as the leader of the Avengers.

So who is RIGHT for the role? After all, hardcore comic book fans aren’t going to buy just anybody in the part. They’ve got to not only bring to mind the original character, but with the current franchise that is being built, they’ve got to have the acting chops to stand with Robert Downey Jr., Edward Norton and Don Cheadle.

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Lady Gaga owns neither a dictionary nor pants.

Lady Gaga owns neither a dictionary nor pants.

You see, if I was a guy, and I was sitting here with a cigarette in my hand, grabbing my crotch and talking about how I make music ’cause I love fast cars and fucking girls, you’d call me a rock star. But when I do it in my music and in my videos, because I’m a female, because I make pop music, you’re judgmental, and you say that it is distracting. I’m just a rock star.

Are you also a feminist?

I’m not a feminist – I, I hail men, I love men. I celebrate American male culture, and beer, and bars and muscle cars…

Okay, whoa, wait, hold up a second here. I may not expect Lady Gaga to speak in terms of sheer genius, but it would be nice if she could at least understand what she’s saying. So feminism means you don’t like men? I’m not even getting into the question of “hail[ing]” them here. Let’s just talk about liking them.
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