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Hello! Welcome to your daily roundup of what’s going on in pop culture.
Remember that robbery in England in which the thief looked very much like David Schwimmer? The police went so far as to confirm that Schwimmer was in the United States at the time, and Schwimmer jokingly tweeted about his innocence. Well, now a 36-year-old suspect has been arrested, leading local British police departments to trade “Friends” jokes, and the rest of Twitter to recall all the fun that was had so many internet years ago (i.e., three weeks).
1. Lorde vs. Kanye
Why is Lorde mad at Kanye West? In an Instagram story, the singer accused Kids See Ghosts (West and Kid Cudi’s rap duo) of stealing the design for a large, neon-lit transparent floating box she used for her Coachella set in 2017 and subsequent Melodrama world tour. Kids See Ghosts used a similar suspended rectangle for its performance at Tyler, the Creator’s Camp Flog Gnaw festival over the weekend.
Well, do they look similar? They do!
Who actually designed the boxes? Lorde conceived of her box in collaboration with the designer Es Devlin (who’s also worked with West in the past, most recently on his Yeezus tour in 2013-2014); Kids See Ghosts’ was designed by the company Trask House, which also worked on West’s floating Saint Pablo stage.
Hmm. Haven’t I seen pop people in floating boxes before, anyway? John McGuire, the owner of Trask House, said in an email that Lorde “wasn’t the first person to use a floating glass box, she won’t be the last. She doesn’t own it, her designer didn’t invent it.” He added: “Cubes and floating aren’t new to Kanye West, stage design or architecture. A quick google of floating glass box brings up many instances of suspended glass cubes.”
As people on Twitter pointed out, Justin Bieber, David Blaine, the pope and the play “Pains of Youth” have used similar setups, as have ASAP Rocky and Kendrick Lamar. (Devlin also posted examples of her previous box work on Instagram, dating back to a 2007 performance of the opera “Carmen.”)
Seems like a metaphor for fame if ever I heard one.
2. Remembering Stan Lee
• Stream some of his best movie cameos, including “Captain America: Civil War” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.”
3. Insert ‘winter is coming’ pun
April 2019. That’s when “Game of Thrones” will return to HBO for its final season. We don’t know the date yet, but you can bet your bottom dollar there will be an announcement for that, too.
4. Key and Peele reunite …
… for “Toy Story 4.” A new teaser (yep, there was also one yesterday) introduces Ducky (voiced by Keegan-Michael Key) and Bunny (Jordan Peele), and it’s pretty funny.
5. Throw yourself on the ground like you just don’t care
A new dance craze is sweeping South Africa, and it involves falling to the ground. The collapse is in honor of King Monada’s hit song “Malwedhe,” which translates as “illness,” Business Insider reports. Of course there’s a hashtag: #IdibalaChallenge.