Holiday Weekend News Roundup! Madonna Snobbery; Tavi’s Magazine Launch; Soulja Boy’s Sorry

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Published September 6, 2011

 

“NOT HYDRANGEAS!”

 

Happy Tuesday! Here’s our compendium of pop-culture news you may have missed while you were doing more important things over the last long weekend of summer.

• Tavi Gevinson’s new online magazine, Rookie, launched yesterday. Of their posting schedule, Gevinson’s editor’s letter says the following: “We post three times a day: roughly when school ends, when dinner starts and when it’s really late and you should be writing a paper but are Facebook stalking instead.” [Rookie]

• Hype Machine is streaming Girls’s very good second album, Father, Son, Holy Ghost, in its entirety. Give it a listen! [Hype Machine]

• A fan gave Madonna a very pretty bunch of hydrangeas at a press conference for her new (and very badly reviewed) film W.E. at the Venice Film Festival; Madonna does not like hydrangeas, and accidentally said so audibly. “I absolutely loathe hydrangeas” is going to be the official catchphrase of the Internet for a day or two; just letting you know. [Vulture]

The Help won the weekend box office again, taking in $19M over the four-day span from Friday to Monday. The Debt, Apollo 18, and Shark Night 3D opened in the next three spots, with $12.6M, $10.7M, and $10.3M, respectively. Rise of the Planet of the Apes closed out the top five with $10.3M. [BOM]

• Soulja Boy has apologized for the lyrics of his new song, “Let’s Be Real,” which are pretty clearly anti-military (“Fuck the FBI and the army troops,” for example). He wrote an essay for GlobalGrind that actually does, for once, sound like a real apology: “When I expressed my frustration with the US Army, not only did my words come out wrong, I was wrong to even speak them. So, I write this to give my sincerest apology to all members of the United States military services, as well as their families that were offended by my most recent lyrics.” [THR]

• Rumor has it director Noah Baumbach will be adapting Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections for HBO; he’ll write and executive produce the project with Franzen, and is believed to be its director. This makes so much sense we’re almost surprised it hasn’t already happened. [THR]

• George W. Bush’s niece, Lauren Bush, married her fiancé David Lauren at the Double RL Ranch in Colorado on Sunday. The bride will, yes, go by Lauren Bush-Lauren. [People]