Weekend News Roundup! Beyoncé Won the Super Bowl


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

• The Super Bowl was last night! As usual, one of the football teams won it. This year, it was the team from Baltimore. That’s about as much as we know about the football that was played. Presumably, they can tell you more at the link. [NFL]

• One thing we do know (from Twitter) is that there was a 35-minute power outage at the Superdome just seconds into the second half of the game. Our Twitter feed was roughly divided into: people making jokes about Beyoncé blowing the power out during the halftime show (predictable friends); people making jokes about babies being made in the dark stadium (horny friends); people making jokes about the Puppy Bowl being responsible (kooky friends); and people using the outage as a teachable moment about everything that’s wrong with the United States’ infrastructure (annoyingly serious, but frustratingly correct, friends). [NYT]

• Oh, and speaking of that halftime show! It was a triumph, and Beyoncé should be immediately sainted. Our pal Esther Zuckerman at the Atlantic Wire did the word a favor and made a whole mess of gifs, which you should go watch over and over. [AW]

Warm Bodies, a charming film we liked very much, won a very weak weekend box office with $19.5M. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Silver Linings Playbook, Mama, and Zero Dark Thirty, all made between $5.3M and $9.2M. Snooze. [BOM]

• Frank Ocean is probably not going to press charges against Chris Brown after all, to all of our dismay. (We were hoping it’d be like when Al Capone finally went to jail for tax evasion.) Ocean’s very mature, etc., and though we’re disappointed, we’re also proud of him. [ArtsBeat/NYT]

• Ben Affleck won a DGA award for Argo on Saturday, which is another little comfort in the face of not being nominated for a directing Oscar. Seriously, Academy, what were y’all thinking?! [LAT]

• Vampire Weekend has announced their new album title, Modern Vampires of the City, in an extremely twee manner: by taking out a New York Times classified. Okay, guys. Anyway, it’s out May 7. [Pitchfork]