Pharrell's "Happy" Is Significantly Less Happy Without the Music

Musicless music videos can make any song creepier than the original—just ask Nirvana—but this edit of Grammy-winning human hat-rack Pharrell Williams's "Happy" is notable because of how much buoyant optimism was sucked out to produce ... well, whatever this is. » 4/18/14 9:34am 35 minutes ago

Accused Portland Teen: “I Didn’t Piss in the Fucking Water”

The Oregon teenager accused of urinating into a Portland reservoir, causing the city to dump more than 38 million gallons of treated water, has denied the allegations: "I didn't piss in the fucking water," Dallas Swonger said in an interview with Vocativ. » 4/18/14 9:06am Today 9:06am

Tribeca: Ira Sachs' Love Is Strange Is More Than a Gay Movie

The premise of Ira Sachs' sixth feature, Love Is Strange, recalls a type of story we read in the news with increasing frequency: George (Alfred Molina) marries his husband Ben (John Lithgow) and loses his job teaching at a Catholic school as a result. That sounds like a recipe for a heavy-handed message movie, but the… » 4/17/14 7:25pm Yesterday 7:25pm

Bryan Singer's Obsession With Barely Legal Boys Was an Open Secret

The news that X-Men director Bryan Singer is being sued by a man who says Singer raped him multiple times when he was 17 might come as a surprise to some—but in Hollywood his taste for a very specific sort of young man was well known. » 4/17/14 6:55pm Yesterday 6:55pm

Aretha Franklin Suing Site For $10M Over Patti LaBelle Fistfight Story

This weekend, a News Nerd story with the headline "Patti Labelle Arrested After Fist Fight with Aretha Franklin" made the rounds. As of right now, the post has been shared 1,700 times on Twitter and 41,000 times on Facebook. People gleefully spread the news that these ladies of soul, elegance, and attitude came to blows. … » 4/17/14 6:33pm Yesterday 6:33pm

Site Glitch Reveals Who Nominated Themselves For Pulitzer Prize

As part of its secretive judging process, the Pulitzer Prize committee closely guards the names of outlets and reporters who submit their work for consideration. But a loophole in the Prize’s online submission website inadvertently revealed that BuzzFeed and The Daily Beast sought but did not win journalism’s highest… » 4/17/14 5:00pm Yesterday 5:00pm

This Subway Creepshot Guy Is Your Google Glass Nightmare

The only thing surprising about this gentleman in Shanghai, who seems to be using his face computer primarily for taking covert pictures of women he encounters on the subway, is that it took so long for someone to start doing it. » 4/17/14 4:47pm Yesterday 4:47pm

20 Feet from Stardom Brings Backup Singers into the Spotlight


In this year's Oscar winner for Best Documentary, we watch Darlene Love recount the first time she heard, "He's Sure the Boy I Love," a song that she recorded after signing with Phil Spector as a solo artist, on the radio. "I'm tootling down the street and I hear the DJ on the radio and he said, 'the new song by The… » 4/17/14 12:00pm Yesterday 12:00pm

Watch a Food Truck Pioneer Use Oreo Cookies to Remix Fried Chicken

Playing with your food can be fun, but what about hacking your food? Oreo thinks that's even better. That's why they've launched their Snack Hack initiative by giving Roy Choi a bag of Oreo cookies: they wanted to see how the Godfather of food trucks might remix a snack that's done pretty well on its own for the last… » 4/16/14 4:00pm Wednesday 4:00pm