Phoebe Reilly



  • Exclusive: Courtney Love on Hole Album & Daughter

    Exclusive: Courtney Love on Hole Album & Daughter

    "Are you on anything?" Courtney Love pauses suddenly from her simultaneous sewing, smoking, and theorizing about how the only way to be successful by the age of 25 is to forget that you have parents and grills me about the contents of my bloodstream. It's the week before Christmas and we're sitting at the kitchen counter of the spacious, modern Tribeca loft she's rented from a Russian supermodel for the past three months, currently cluttered with "kook"-the word Love gives to the lacy fabrics and bric-a-brac she dyes or fixes or glues until they look like something belonging to Miss Havisham. Doing so relaxes her, and she is famously difficult to relax. I'm not on anything. "Then why are you shaking?" Because several windows are open and it's freezing outside, so I feel like Demi Moore at the end of St. Elmo's Fire. "So you don't take any meds?" she persists.

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    Exclusive: New Hole Record Arrives in April!

    Courtney Love has found a home for Nobody's Daughter.

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    'Lost' Star Reveals Her Favorite Music

    Her character on Lost might have fallen for a rock star, but the musical tastes of Australian actress Emilie de Ravin are much more than groupie-deep. Here, the 28-year-old -- whose next project, Remember Me, (out March 12) finds her canoodling with Twilight heartthrob Robert Pattinson -- reveals the contents of her iPod, including a certain gangsta rap outfit she discovered thanks to RPatz himself. Name a song you've listened to in the last 24 hours. Black Mountain's "Angels." It's psychedelic but very emotional. They sound like an old-school band that has been brought into the present day. What was the last concert you attended? The most memorable was Coachella in 2007. Everyone from Willie Nelson to the Black Keys was there. It's frustrating because there were always at least three bands I wanted to see at any given time, but my friends had drawn up a very strict itinerary.

  • The 20 Best Videos of 2009

    The 20 Best Videos of 2009

    Lady Gaga, "Bad Romance"Directed by Francis Lawrence Oh, decadence: so 1999. Let's welcome its brief return in this big-budget, fetishistic vision -- which also serves as an important reminder that mind-bogglingly absurd outfits happen everywhere, not just in Japan. Death Cab for Cutie, "Little Bribes"Directed by Ross Ching Using rocks, Post-Its, and, best of all, melted cheese, an inventive fan spells out the lyrics to Gibbard and Co.'s song -- a far more advisable expression of devotion than, say, tattooing the words to "Transatlanticism" on your torso. The xx, "Crystalised"Directed by Alex Flick and Masato Riesser A track so good that it's enough to watch the band stand onstage in the dark while cumulus clouds roll by behind them.

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    Q&A: 'Twilight' Star Nikki Reed

    Name a song that you've listened to in the past 24 hours."She's Only Happy in the Sun." It's nonstop Ben Harper in my apartment. My first boyfriend played me this song when I was 14 because my life back then was all about going to Venice Beach. Luckily, we didn't have a bad breakup, so I don't have any painful memories attached to the music. On that note, what song do you associate with your first kiss?D'Angelo's "How Does It Feel" was playing at the time -- in my head. Honestly, the most memorable make-out sessions I ever had were in [the 2003 movie] Thirteen. Those were hardcore. Who would you like to portray in a rock biopic?Rickie Lee Jones. Last year I went to see her at the Largo [in L.A.] on Valentine's Day by myself. She seems eccentric.

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    Movie Review: 'New Moon'

    It's probably a little early to speculate but here goes: New Moon might be the best film this franchise has to offer, and here's why: The first Twilight movie, based on the series of books by Stephenie Meyer, thrived off the unrealized sexual tension between vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and ordinary mortal Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart). Sure, if they were to do it, he might kill her -- but there was something unrealistic about a hot-for-each other duo (whose lust carried on, delightfully, offscreen, as well) steering clear of any carnal action. In New Moon, Edward dumps Bella. Yes, it's for her own protection, but it's a romantic plot twist that's infinitely more interesting.

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    First Take: 'Where the Wild Things Are'

    It was a weekend of wild things, particularly of the lupine variety: unfit parents in Colorado cried wolf, SNL guest Shakira howled like a wolf, and a movie about a boy dressed as a wolf opened in theaters nationwide.Had it not been for that balloon rumpus, the latter would have easily been the most captivating spectacle. I expected to be bored by Spike Jonze's Where the Wild Things Are. Unless they were released during my own childhood, I don't typically enjoy movies that are for or about children, and I completely slept on Maurice Sendak's 1963 book (or, at least, have no recollection of reading it). So I wasn't among the scores of people eagerly anticipating this release ever since Jonze began working on it an impressive six years ago.

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    Listening In: Jesse Eisenberg

    What's the first rock album you owned?My sister bought me Green Day's Dookie when I was 11 because, according to her, I was gay. I'd only listened to musical theater up until that point, so it was something of an intervention. It confused me. I couldn't figure out what Dookie was about. I realized later that not every album has to have a plot. What's your dream concert lineup?Jesus and Mozart. No, wait, I'm mixing this up with my answer for "Who would I want to have dinner with?" Do you and your girlfriend have a favorite song?She only listens to feminist anthems, and I can't get into Cat Power. My favorite band is Ween. I know every lyric. They never let you in on the joke, which I love. Who did you listen to in high school to be cool?I was just lucky to get away unscathed.

  • Style Special! England's Dreamy

    Photos by Nick Haymes "Indie boys and their guitars have been officially replaced," declares Dede Wegg-Prosser of the electro-dance trio We Have Band. She's right, at least according to the London-based rising stars featured here, none of whom have much in common with a certain American group (hint: rhymes with blokes) that overtook the city at the turn of the millennium. We Have Band toured the world, sans record deal, on the basis of four homespun but contagious demos (think Fischerspooner minus the theatrics). Their occasional tourmate and onetime remixer Mica Levi of Micachu & the Shapes takes the DIY ethos one step further, proffering the transmogrified sounds of a vacuum cleaner and a toy guitar on her gloriously spazzy lo-fi debut, Jewellery.

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    Actor Eli Roth Reveals His Favorite Music

    What music were you obsessed with in high school? Iron Maiden. When I was 13, I silk-screened an Iron Maiden Eddie on the back of my Repo Man and Clockwork Orange T-shirts. Even though I was really fat, I avoided getting beat up because the tough kids would pass me their jean jackets and be like, "Do Eddie from Number of the Beast." What did you listen to in preparation for your scenes in Inglourious Basterds? Right before the scene where I beat a guy to death with a baseball bat, I listened to Miley Cyrus. My girlfriend put that on my iPod as a joke, and I was so mortified that the other guys might find it that I just started going crazy. "Nobody's Perfect" became my psych-up-to-kill song. What's the last album you bought on somebody's recommendation? Brad Pitt mentioned Kings of Leon on set, so of course everyone went out and bought every Kings of Leon album.

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