Solange hits Jay Z and Mad Men gets a hippie Madonna - As it happened

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Let's recap the lessons of the day. There were many.

  1. The big talents of Billie Piper and Eva Green positioned Penny Dreadful for American success.
  2. The internet created a disturbing narrative around the whole Solange-JayZ-Beyonce-elevator debacle.
  3. Shia LaBeouf makes more money than you.
  4. It was possible for Morrissey to become more politically preachy.

Thank you for joining us on this adventure through the day's pop culture. Tune in tomorrow for the next instalment of the Guardian Guide Daily, when Lanre Bakare and Gwilym Mumford take the wheel.


You don't need sun block but you do need Sun Glass.

The latest from Canadian hardcore veterans, Fucked Up. To put a sunny smile on your face. And yes you can listen to rap and hardcore in the same live blog session. Because music taste knows no bounds.


Talking Mad Men: SPOILER

You expected violence and you got a nipple.

Yeah Ginsberg's mental breakdown came to a Van Gough-esque head when the talented copy writer presented Peggy with his nipple. Now he will have to borrow one from Lily Allen.

Stephanie, Draper's Dick's flower child 'niece' from Season four reappears as a grubby an ill-lit version of her three seasons ago self in search of shelter and a bit of cash.

In the form of a hippie Madonna, Stephanie fulfils the role of innocent and pregnant provoking a jealous side of Don's gorgeous Megan. But with her desperate pleas for acting jobs and oddly nice or obscure behaviour. It is no wonder secretive Don is beginning to break her down.

In the most unsurprising turn of the episode this happened.


Freshman freestyles and club rap.

Vic Mensa teaches you how to avoid trouble in the club (hint: avoid the club to avoid trouble, generally). The Chicago rapper gets a club makeover in Down on My Luck. It's house-y with not that much rapping. Orange Soda goes down a bit better but this is good too.

Fellow Chicago rapper and part of XXL's Freshman 2014. Chance the Rapper proves his worth with this tune-y little freestyle.

Morrissey rhymes un-peaceful rhythms.

Oh Morrissey you puzzlingly pretentious man. Part promo, part preaching. If this doesn't make you want to purchase his new album World Peace is None of Your Business. Then you probably shouldn't purchase it.

Billie Piper is better than Master of Sex.

The Doctor Who star along with Josh Hartnett and Eva Green beat out Michael Sheen for highest views on a series premier on Showtime in America. The best turnout (if a television reception can have a turnout) since Dexter.

Which probably means that large lipped and largely talented female actors make for a hit series. More than sexing Welsh stage actors that is.

Solange hits Jay Z and Mad Men gets a hippie Madonna - As it happened- Top Financial
Cast of Penny Dreadful. Premiers on Sky May 20. Photograph: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images

Here is the promo. Penny Dreadful will air on Sky 20 May.

Sheen's Masters of Sex Season 2 is set to return to Showtime on 13 July.


Two trailers, no subtitles.

It's Charlotte Gainsbourg and a long bob. And sparkles. And broken glass. And punk rock. And disco. And an androgynous fourteen year old stuffing her bra. And this looks fantastic. The new trailer for actress/writer/director Asia Argento's feature may not be in English but it has all the making of a Cannes film competition winner. With a lil bit of Sofia Coppola soundtrack styling in their. Minus the emotionless drab.

Marion Cotillard and a salmon tank top. And a train. And a car. And a room filled with uniformed men. And a smile. And french radio.

Shia LaBeouf: more reasons to loathe his power position.

Solange hits Jay Z and Mad Men gets a hippie Madonna - As it happened- Top Financial
A-Okay Labeouf. Photograph: Alo Ceballos/FilmMagic

Sometimes you give someone a microphone and immediately regret it. LaBeouf started out as the comedic weirdo on Disney's Even Stevens and was propelled to blockbuster fame by Michael Bay in Transformers. And dubbed the next James Dean/ Tom Cruise by Spielberg after he was given a starring role in the updated Indiana Jones.

His self criticism of the film, claiming it did not live up to the adventure series legacy, lead Harrison Ford to call him a fucking idiot. And began what can be referred to as the pedagogy of LaBeouf's existential examination of his own celebrity status. AKA: applying the method of pseudo intellectual quotes at celebrity journalists used to greased smiles and scripted interviews.

Exhibit A: Comments on the Spielberg f-up.

[Spielberg] told me there's a time to be a human being and have an opinion, and there's a time to sell cars. It brought me freedom, but it also killed my spirits because this was a dude I looked up to like a sensei."

In February the ex-Disney star had a childhood Disney star meltdown during the release of Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac.

He un intentionally plagiarised a script from Daniel Clowes (Ghost World), which had its debut at Cannes in 2012.

The star who has retired from all public life is set to cover the biannual Frequencies from the family run publishers Two-Dollar Radio.


Why is he in the news again? LaBeouf's latest statement on his interview with Frequencies was , well, rather provocative.

I don't give a fuck. At this point, I have enough money to live 25 lifetimes. You couldn't spend the money I've accrued now.

Glad we cleared up our wealth gap Shia. So very glad.


Solange goes from Losing You to losing it.

In a video that may, potenitally, be better than this one.

The younger sister to Beyoncé 'lost it' on her brother in law Jay Z in an elevator after the MET gala.

There were attempted hits. Hits. A retrained Solange. An angry Jay Z. And a motionless Beyoncé. Of course with no audio track it is difficult to decipher the black and white video.

So Twitter responded. Essentially subtitling the monochrome boxing match.

There was a play on the Mean Girls "you can't with us" meme.

Some lippy remarks about Solange's slow climb to stardom.

Of course the pun made many appearances.

And got personal with some cutting family remarks.

Memes were created to explain the soundless video footage. For the internet could not live without creating false narrative around what happened between Solange and Jay Z in a most offensive way. Something we have come to expect of the internet.

Wait, what does Chris Brown have to do with all of this? Oh right. Another startling TMZ discovery.

I guess making reference to domestic abuse makes a picture worthy of words on top?

Jake Gyllenhaal met up with the couple at an NBA match after the MET ball elevator incident.

Recounting the story Beyoncé was all like:

There are still so many places for the internet to take this.

Of course, many of those places you do not want to go to.


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