Consider the plight of an aging pioneer in the golden age of gangsta rap. It’s not so different than that of a dotcom era startup entrepreneur like Marc Andreessen, who went from cofounding seminal web browser Netscape to funding the next generation of tech entrepreneurs via his Silicon Valley venture capital powerhouse Andreessen Horowitz. Or Elon Musk, who made his millions as cofounder of PayPal and now builds Tesla electric cars and spaceships. Snoop’s 40. He has a couple of options. He could become a permanently faded parody of his younger weed-smoking self. Or he could change strategy without changing his vision. He could acknowledge his hardcore, street life-focused past while embracing a more universal aspect of his personality. He’s found that in his reggae music pivot, he says.
“There are definitely fictional families that I’ve almost felt like a part of,” says Kirk Demarais, the artist responsible for a series of portraits of fictitious families plucked from pop culture. “The Brady Bunch is first to come to mind. Thanks to endless repeats of those 117 episodes, my brain was practically fooled into thinking I was growing up alongside Greg Brady and the gang.”
Then, earlier this year, she donned an electric-blue bubble dress and a rust-colored puffy wig, and took to a very different kind of stage than she’s used to: The New York Hall of Science, where she spent a month-long residency doing multimedia concerts for adults and tech-science-music workshops for public-middle-school students. “I was kind of thinking of me when I was, like, 8 and what would be the best thing that could happen to me in music school, and the whole thing is kind of designed around that format,” Björk says.
The kids learned rudimentary music theory, played with the apps, then started creating their own songs. Björk’s work paired perfectly with the Hall of Science’s installations—her track “Moon” corresponded to a “Search for Life Beyond Earth” exhibit, for example—so that children could follow their interests to discover bigger ideas. Her audience cheered in their own way, especially after tapping a screen to make a Tesla coil spark. “I am Thor!” shouted a gaggle of 13-year-olds.
Setting has always been a living character in Wes Anderson’s films—from the school in Rushmore to the tree houses of Fantastic Mr. Fox—and his new movie, Moonrise Kingdom, out May 25, lives just as strongly inside its own world. “We were looking for a sort of naked wildlife,” he says.
Moonrise Kingdom is about two 12-year-olds who fall in love and run away in the summer of 1965, and Anderson didn’t have the time to send scouts to every wilderness in America. So he did what everyone else does: “We literally used Google Earth,” he says. It took months to settle on a location.
Jared Leto’s with us in the Fast Company office, answering your questions!
Having reinvented himself a few dozen times, he clearly feels the occasional need to destroy something beautiful. And it’s his knack for creative destruction that earned him a spot as one of our 100 Most Creative People 2012. He joins us today to talk about the three businesses he’s hatched, all of which have a shot at shaking up entertainment as we know it. The One & Only Golden Tickets is a Willy Wonka approach to online concerts, offering all access to digital VIPs. His digital ticketing business, VyRT, is the more like the general admission component—don’t call either sophisticated service “streaming,” though. On the artist side, he’s forged The Hive, a powerful social media consultancy based on best practices he picked up with his own band and their rabid social followers.
Sir James Dyson stopped by our office to demo his new Hot Fan Heater. Are you a fan of his vacuum cleaners?
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Tim Gunn chats it up with local D.C. Students at the Teen Design Fair hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama and the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Take an early peek at our Master’s of Design issue with Cooper-Hewitt Director, Bill Moggridge on the National Design Museum’s design problem.
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Nicola Formichetti, Thierry Mugler creative director and stylist to Lady Gaga, will open his first temporary shop in Manhattan next week. Read More
Remember when we named Lady Gaga the most Creative Person in Business? Yeah, those were fun times.
Who’s that blogging on our site today, you ask? Oh, just David Arquette. Yes, the actor. Check out his story and how he was inspired by one man’s efforts to rid an African village of malaria.
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Popdust, the pop-music news site that debuted earlier this year, is—like a post-haircut Justin Bieber—on the verge of coming of age. Over the last 30 days, the site has garnered 350,000 unique visitors, and has formed new partnerships with AOL, MTV, CNN, Gawker, Vibe, Grammy.com, and others. A recent video of Britney Spears’s dance styles over the years went extremely viral, ending up on Huffington Post, Jezebel, and even Business Insider.
The Internet is fairly glutted with pop-music sites, and sites for celebrity news, so a site like Popdust might at first glance seem superfluous. But to hear its founders tell it, there’s a need for an authoritative voice where those two realms intersect—a Pitchfork for pop music, if you will. As David Wade, the entrepreneur behind the site, told TheNextWeb, even places you might traditionally trust to cover music are abdicating their responsibility. “MTV cares more about TV than M,” he said. Continued…
Royal Wedding Maniaaaahhhhh! Have you had enough yet? But wait… there’s more!
YouTube will be streaming the upcoming Royal Wedding in Britain, live. It’s the biggest gig Google has landed yet, as the event will garner the attention of billions of people around the world—many of whom will watch online. Can Google handle the data load?
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