David Bowie‘s new album, The Next Day, has gotten great acclaim and given him a huge career boost. Everyone seems to love it and he’s been cranking out the music videos. One starred Tilda Swinton. This latest one, for the track “The Next Day”, features Marion Cotillard and Gary Oldman and lots of Jesus imagery that is pissing off some Catholics. The video was apparently so intense and offense that it was briefly taken off of YouTube. It’s back up now with this warning:
This video has been age-restricted based on our Community Guidelines
LOL seriously? It’s like Madonna‘s “Like A Prayer” music video scandal all over again, except that was in 1989 and on MTV. I mean really, come on, YouTube.
Anyway. The Catholic League is mad at David Bowie. Lord Carey, Archbishop, thinks he’s immature for making this video. From The Telegraph:
The former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey poured scorn on an attempts by David Bowie to attract controversy by posing as Jesus in his new video – questioning whether he would have been so willing to offend Muslims.
He urged Christians to “rise above” the “juvenile” promotion for the single The Next Day, adding: “I doubt that Bowie would have the courage to use Islamic imagery – I very much doubt it.”
Other Christian commentators dismissed the move as “desperate” adding that, rather than leaving them shocked, it confirmed that Christianity is still important.
The video was temporarily pulled from YouTube, seemingly because of its controversial content.
But the website quickly moved to reinstate it, insisting it had been taken down in error – although adding an adult only rating.
There’s nothing in this video that you haven’t seen in The Da Vinci Code. There’s a pale priest flogging himself. Okay and also Gary Oldman plays a priest and punches a guy in the face. That definitely wasn’t in The Da Vinci Code.
I think Marion Cotillard is playing a prostitue and Bowie is some sort of Jesus. Other images include dismembered eyeballs being served on a plate, bishops appearing to pay for sex, a topless spooky woman with gold nipples, Cotillard + Stigmata, and David Bowie being whipped by a group of people. It’s really just another Thursday night at Iggy Pop’s house.
At the end of the video Bowie breaks the 4th wall when he says pleasantly, “Thank you, Gary, Thank you, Marion. Thank you everybody.”
See more stills from the video in the gallery.
May 8, 2013 at 5:30 pm by Catherine St. Ives
Man, if there’s something I love, it’s the awards season fashion that just dumps on us this time of year. I mean, what a gorgeous bunch of women in gorgeous dresses—I almost can’t even take it. It’s like Christmas morning when I can go ahead and make these lists.
Above, you saw Elisabeth Moss, who was number five on the list—the remaining four follow. Weigh in with your opinions in the comments!
#4 – Nicole Kidman
#3 – Claire Danes
#2 – Katrina Bowden
#1 – Marion Cotillard
January 28, 2013 at 7:30 am by Sarah
This is what Marion Cotillard looked like for a recent shoot with W magazine, and all I’ve really got to say is basically what I said in the headline: “Whoa, hey, what the hell, Marion Cotillard?” Well, that and also the obligatory, “Hey, you stole Leelee Sobieski’s Paris Fashion Week outfit,” and if you don’t believe me, well, take a look at this:
That being said, guys, of course I’m going to make you choose who wore it better—the lovely Marion Cotillard, whose natural toplessness knows no rival, or the Leelee Sobieski, who’s just damn hot, too?
November 15, 2012 at 10:30 am by Sarah
OK, so maybe she has a little of last night’s makeup left over, but we’ll still slap the “Stars Without Makeup” label on there, because there’s just something so cute and natural and appealing about Marion Cotillard. She’s gorgeous, and no amount of makeup (minimal or maximum) can detract from her appearance.
Here’s Marion in the trailer for one of her latest films, Rust and Bone:
Rust and Bone, if you’ll remember, was the film in which we got to see Marion’s fabulous, fabulous tits. Because if you haven’t seen them already, Marion Cotillard’s got some fabulous, fabulous tits. Click here for the NSFW shots of Marion Cotillard’s fabulous, fabulous tits. It’ll make your Thursday a happy one.
September 6, 2012 at 9:30 am by Sarah
I think one of the only ladies that exists in life who looks equally beautiful clothed as she does naked is Marion Cotillard.
I realize that we do a lot of verbal fellating of miss Marion (or would it verbal cunnilingussing?), but it’s for a good reason. She’s beautiful, she’s talented, and she’s got no problem stripping down and showing her amply-fabulous ta-tas off in public. Marion wins all around because she’s this great.
Also, she did a recent interview and photo spread for WSJ magazine, where she talked about fashion (because duh, France), and what it’s like to be a world-traveling actress, both famous in her native country of France and in the United States.
Here’s Marion on costumery:
“I find it very interesting to be able to create your own story about what you feel in a certain outfit. The difference is, the whole story is known only by you.”
So, OK. That was pretty cheesehead, but we’ll let it slide. She’s French. She’s allowed to be smarmily poetic.
Here’s Marion on answering questions of people who actually “know” fashion:
“Not that I’m smarter with my answers now, but at least my vision of fashion has changed—it’s actually an art, what designers do with the shape of the body. I would have very dumb answers because I didn’t have anything to say.”
On crushing on Batman as a kid (and what luck, as she’s in the latest ‘Batman’ movie):
“I was crazy about Batman growing up—he was kind of a fantasy.”
And finally, Marion on how “cool” being an actress actually is—if you’re cool enough to recognize, anyway:
“I have the opportunity to travel in all these worlds, and that’s why I wanted to be an actress. I wanted to go from a point to the opposite point—and that’s happening. … I’m super cool now.”
So lovely, so articulate. Hey. Even if she doesn’t know fashion like the back of her hand, that’s OK. Marion Cotillard is one solid lady in my book.
June 28, 2012 at 9:30 am by Sarah
Every year the Met Gala happens in New York City, and every year it’s the same thing: super-big-name celebrities are invited gratis, and other, more fledging celebrities have to pay through the nose to secure admission (no joke—Kate Upton paid $25k for her ticket and she does CAT DADDY), and you have good fashion and bad fashion and not a whole lot in between. The event’s always cool, though, because you get to see the best and the worst of celebrity fashion and this year was no exception.
In today’s list, we have Jessica Biel, who wouldn’t be on this list if it weren’t for her engagement to Justin Timberlake (that’s actually not true, but it’s probably how she feels about the situation); Emma Stone, who looks like every little-girl-who-prefers-red-instead-of-pink’s fairy princess come true; Marion Cotillard and bangs that are as short and choppy as that one time when I cut my own with meat scissors back in after I saw them on some girl on E! on wine night—only difference is they look good on her; Gisele Bundchen, who can barely do any wrong (’til she opens her mouth, anyway); and Camilla Belle, who is really coming into her own and looking fierce as hell.
Honorable mention? Carey Mulligan, up top. Not many people can pull off a dress that says, “No, don’t look at me—look at you!”
#5 – Jessica Biel
#4 – Gisele Bundchen
#3 – Marion Cotillard
#2 – Emma Stone
#1 – Camilla Belle
Who looked the best?