Phoebe Reilly

writer

Biography

  • Jennifer Lawrence / Photo by Benny Horne

    Jennifer Lawrence on Her Musical Loves, From the Spice Girls to Black Keys

    The Oscar-nominated actress, who stars as the teenage huntress Katniss Everdeen in this month's much-anticipated adaptation of The Hunger Games, reveals the soundtrack to her life.Do you recall the first album you bought with your own money?I think it was the first Spice Girls CD. It was my everything. I would come home from school every day and play it as loud as I could. My room was right next to my brother's, so it drove him nuts. Then he told me about this really cool trick that involved taking a pin and scraping the underside of the CD. I've never forgiven him for it. I don't even give him Christmas presents.Who would you like to portray in a biopic?I love Joni Mitchell. I heard Blue when I was 19 or 20 and I thought it was the most beautiful album in the world. She's an interesting character.

  • L7 / Photo by Mark Stringer/LFI

    L7 Look Back at 20 Years of 'Pretend We're Dead'

    As '90s alt-rock anthems go, L7's "Pretend We're Dead" was a perfectly immediate slice of "bubblegrunge," simultaneously channeling the noisiness of an active trash compactor with the effortless pop of opening a soda can. When deadpan vocalist Donita Sparks delivered the lyric "Just say no to individuality," she echoed the ironic detachment of the previous year's most popular chorus (something something "entertain us"), and the song enjoyed a brief ubiquity in 1992, spending 20 weeks on the Billboard Alternative Song charts. Yet it didn't stick around for as long as it should have. Hell, when CSS covered it at Coachella a few years ago, they credited it to Daft Punk.

  • John Mulaney / Photo by Mindy Tucker

    Listening In: John Mulaney

    What was the last concert you attended? Jeff Mangum at Town Hall [in New York]. My girlfriend turned me on to Neutral Milk Hotel about two years ago; I'm not cool enough to have been in on the ground floor. There were songs that I knew really well, but everyone in the crowd knew every word to everything. For some people, this was a bucket-list-level event. Who would you like to portray in a rock biopic? David Byrne. I saw Stop Making Sense when I was really little and I didn't know what it was, but I thought he was really funny. I actually thought he was a comedian at first. So I'm going to say him. Or Little Richard. Growing up, did your parents object to anything you were listening to?

  • Chairlift's Caroline Polachek / Photo by Aaron Richter

    In My Bag: Caroline Polachek

    Caroline Polachek is not a night owl, or at least she hasn't been lately. While recording the second Chairlift album, Something, with bandmate Patrick Wimberly, the singer for the Brooklyn avant-pop duo turned into a nine-to-fiver (sort of). "We wanted the record to have a daytime feeling," explains Polachek. "It was about being too bright, too awake, and the tension that comes with that." Below are some of the things she considers indispensable when she's away from her Williamsburg apartment: This is a Proenza Schouler bag. I love the futuristic and utilitarian side of Proenza's designs. And it's a good bag to have on tour because it can take a beating. The vintage Russian watch is from eBay. I think I got it for, like, $30. I'm not a collector, but I'm obsessed with watches that have really big faces, and I really liked the Soviet-style font of these digits.

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    SPIN @ Sundance: A Good Year for Television Stars

    As Sundance winds down, it's time to take stock of the surprises. Some of the most buzzed-about films turned out to be disappointing, while others broke out of nowhere. Beasts of the Southern Wild, which concerns a six-year-old girl named Hushpuppy who lives with her dad Wink in an apocalyptic town, was barely mentioned before the festival — probably thanks to that description — yet ended up at the center of a bidding war (Fox Searchlight acquired). Lauren Anne Miller's comedy For a Good Time, Call..., about roommates who start a phone sex business costarring Ari Graynor, was unexpectedly popular, selling for a rumored $2 million, while Compliance, in which fast-food employees are coerced by a police officer into strip searching and sexually assaulting their coworker (The Good Wife's Dreama Walker), caused the most controversy.

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    SPIN @ Sundance: Spike Lee and James Murphy Answer the Hard Questions

    Spike Lee Discusses the Return of MookieLee's Red Hook Summer is the fifth installment in what the director refers to as the Brooklyn Chronicles, which arrives 17 years after his last (Clockers — the other three being (Crooklyn, She's Gotta Have It, and Do the Right Thing). Summer is a long, sprawling narrative that tackles religion, gentrification, technology, abuse, community — too many things, probably, for one movie. The story follows Flik, a hipster kid from Atlanta who's sent to live with his preacher grandfather (The Wire's Clarke Peters) in the Red Hook housing projects. Devoid of faith and attached to his iPad, Flik's adjustment is rough until he meets his spirited, wise-cracking neighbor Chazz. To say more would spoil some of the film's more controversial developments, but frankly, it's also difficult to summarize the unfocused agenda here.

  • (Photo: Jeff Vespa/WireImage)

    SPIN @ Sundance: The World Premiere of Kirsten Dunst's 'Bachelorette'

    There's always at least one film at Sundance that doesn't quite fit in with the little-movies-that-can because it features a big name and attracts just about everybody, and this year that film is Bachelorette, which had its world premiere at the Eccles Theatre last night. Stars Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan, Rebel Wilson and James Marsden showed up for the late night screening, as well as Justin Long, Rashida Jones and coproducer Will Ferrell. Buzzed as the next Bridesmaids, the film is an adaptation of Leslye Headland's venomous off-Broadway play and marks her directorial debut. As she took the stage to introduce the movie, she nervously veered into award speech territory by taking the opportunity to thank everyone without whom this film wouldn't have happened, Ferrell among them. (Photo: George Pimentel/Getty) First off, Bachelorette isn't Bridesmaids II.

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    SPIN @ Sundance: Shut Up and Get LCD Soundsystem Back Together Already

    More From Sundance 2012:• Reel Talk: SPIN's Shots From Sundance 2012• SPIN @ Sundance: Can Sean Penn Actually Play Robert Smith?• SPIN @ Sundance: Andy Samberg Tries To Be Unfunny• SPIN's 20 Most Anticipated Films of Sundance 2012 No, SPIN would never seriously tell James Murphy to shut up — quite the opposite. Last night's midnight screening of Shut Up and Play the Hits was the highlight of our day, the second best thing to having attended LCD Soundsystem's final show at Madison Square Garden. Thanks to directors Will Lovelace and Dylan Southern, who directed this concert documentary, we can already be nostalgic for a moment from less than a year ago and remember it as being visually arresting and monumental and profound.

  • SPIN @ Sundance: Andy Samberg Tries To Be Unfunny

    SPIN @ Sundance: Andy Samberg Tries To Be Unfunny

    Heat, the Sundance buzzword invoked on behalf of any film attracting buyers and bidding wars, didn't seem appropriate yesterday thanks to the friggin' blizzard in Park City, but there was still no shortage of it. Celeste and Jesse Forever drew a huge crowd, including former SNL cast member and current Enlightened/New Girl costar Michaela Watkins, and it was great to see Rashida Jones promoting a movie that she cowrote and starred in and which she described as a professional "pinnacle." Jones is lovable as Ann on Parks and Recreation, but her role is so undefined that she often fades into the scenery. On film, she often gets to be the girlfriend of the funny guy — cool enough to get the jokes, but rarely to make them (see: I Love You, Man). Presumably she had no choice but to write a decent part for herself, and it's an auspicious if far from perfect debut.

  • SPIN @ Sundance: Can Sean Penn Actually Play Robert Smith?

    SPIN @ Sundance: Can Sean Penn Actually Play Robert Smith?

    The first official day at Sundance and we had so many questions: What is Taylor Swift's connection to Ethel Kennedy and why is she here promoting a documentary about her? (Remains unclear). Is there anybody Eric Roberts, brother of Julia, father of Emma, won't take a picture with? (No, he is very accommodating.) Can one ride the ski lift outside the hotel even if one can't ski? (Yes!) And, finally, how effective is Sean Penn at playing Robert Smith? Technically speaking, Penn is not actually portraying the Cure frontman in This Must Be the Place. But the resemblance speaks for itself and director Paulo Sorrentino admits that Smith was the inspiration for the fictional Cheyenne (of Cheyenne and the Fellows). To be honest, Penn's decision to take this role seems almost hubristic.

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