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Penélope and Mónica Cruz have partnered with British lingerie brand Agent Provocateur for the a new diffusion line, L’Agent. Priced between $40 and $150 a piece, the collection contains a wide range of undergarment sets that can be as easily mixed and matched as they can be worn together. 

Of course, an Agent Provocateur launch wouldn't be complete without an accompanying film. Penélope Cruz wrote and directed the film which stars Russian model Irina Shayk, as well as a plethora of lingerie models, an extremely pregnant and seductive Monica Cruz and Penélope Cruz's husband and directing partner, Javier Bardem. Needless to say, the clip bursts with sex appeal yet representats the collection. 

Select pieces from L'Agent are now avaliable on netaporter.com.

 

 

 

By this point, you've seen the strange Vines, and probably heard some snark about Jay Z's six-hour performance at the Pace Gallery in lower Manhattan. The result of the much-covered surprise video shoot was released this past weekend on HBO in the form of a performance art film. Director Mark Romanek managed to cut down the show to a much more reasonable runtime of just under 11 minutes. The video's up on Jay Z's Life + Times YouTube channel plus a few minutes of interview footage from what looks like a few moments before and after the marathon spit session.

Head to Pitchfork for a long list of the cameos, and check out the video below.

Photo by: Courtesy of Salon 94

The hyper-realistic visuals multimedia artist Takeshi Murata created for Oneohtrix Point Never's new "Problem Areas" clip are actually a big departure for Murata, whose work in the past has been considerably glitchier.

To create the images, which originally appeared in his 2012 solo show "Synthesizers," at Salon 94 in New York, Murata either purchased stock images from a ready-made 3D web mall or rendered images from scratch using digital imaging software. He also made use of open source projects, and what an artist's statement describes as his "DIY high-tech vocabulary." 

The pair also collaborated on PointNever.com, which is Murata's interpretation of OPN's new music. Check out some images from "Synthesizers," the "Problem Areas" video below, as well as a 2010 Creators Project feature with Murata showing some of his earlier "data mosh" work

Oneohtrix Point Never's new full length R Plus Seven is out September 30/October 1 from Warp.







It seems an ex of Fiona Apple, director Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master, There Will Be Blood) has finally found the time to finish the clip for "Hot Knife," the closing track from 2012's The Idler Wheel.

Read more about it at Pitchfork. 

Directed by designer Kate Moross and filmed at the London Zoo, Washed Out's latest video "Don't Give Up" focuses us on the exquisite details and natural beauty of animals. Moross goes in for close-ups on flamingos and pulls brilliant colors from her subjects while also evoking our nostalgia for Mutual of Omaha specials in the slow-motion segments.

For more on Washed Out, visit SubPop.com.

One can't utter the words "midcentury modern American furniture" without picturing that Herman Miller logo and iconic design pieces by Nelson and Eames. But, the American design house has actually been around over a century. Dutch agency Part of a Bigger Plan has made videos for the likes of Mr. Porter and Louis Vuitton and was tasked with covering Herman Miller's history in an anniversary video to hype the launch of the WHY platform. Cleverly, it packs 108 years of design history into just 108 seconds.

We tend to forget how the underground rockers of the early '90s often embraced the ugly and obnoxious. Here, in a forgotten TV commercial for Nirvana's third album In Utero, the trio gets weird with comic "Bobcat" Goldthwait. It's a slightly disturbing relic of an influential era. We're doubtful that it was ever broadcast.

Television writers and designers think there's still more gold to be mined from dating in New York. Timothy Goodman and Jessica Walsh (design superstar at Sagmeister and Walsh) recently announced a new project called "Forty Days of Dating." In a number of kooky teaser videos, the pair make us curious about a new experiment in dating, intended to break a cycle of despair in their Big Apple social lives. Goodman usually plays the field and Walsh is a hopeless romantic. Together, they decided to try going out for 40 days to see if they could break their old habits. The couple breaks down the rules (three days a week, couples counseling, a weekend trip, a daily questionnaire, etc.) in a Bob Dylan-style sign video. But one wonders if risking their friendship is worth it or where they end up after the intense and intensively documentive experience.

Here's the set-up via the 40 Days Vimeo: It’s been said that it takes 40 days to change a bad habit. In an attempt to explore and hopefully overcome their fears and inadequacies, Tim and Jessica will go through the motions of a relationship for the next 40 days: the commitment, time, companionship, joys, and frustrations. Can they help each other, or will they fall into their same habits? Will they damage their friendship? What if they fall in love?

The videos features the two in chairs, being crawled on by rats, having their chairs sawed from under them, covered in white stuff and pink feathers, and Walsh tossed like a doll by a sumo wrestler, while the behind-the-scenes clip has lots of giggling. 

Follow the story day-by-day, launching July 10 at fortydaysofdating.com

The Dating Rules from 40 Days of Dating on Vimeo.

Behind The Scenes from 40 Days of Dating on Vimeo.

40 Days of Dating – Rats from 40 Days of Dating on Vimeo.

40 Days of Dating – Feathers from 40 Days of Dating on Vimeo.

40 Days of Dating – Sumo from 40 Days of Dating on Vimeo.

The video for Franz Ferdinand's new single "Right Action" makes us long for the simple and bold graphics of intermediate school textbooks. Directed by Swedish animator Jonas Odell, who also did "Take Me Out," it might be the most graphic-design-reliant video we've seen in some time. 

Disclosure (just added to the Pitchfork Paris line-up) issues another video from its rapturously received debut album Settle. "F for You" both approximates our idea of the duo's live show (and shows off its integrated gear quite nicely) and plays with light. Ross McDowell and Bullion Collective's Ben Murray are once again directing, as they did for MVA-nominated "Control."