TIME Music

America’s Most Buzzed-About Music Festival Is…

Kanye West at South by Southwest 2014
Kanye West performs onstage at South by Southwest on March 12 in Austin, Texas. Rick Kern—Getty Images for Samsung

A new study says that one festival is more discussed than Coachella, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo or Governor's Ball

A study sponsored by Eventbrite and Mashwork has determined that South by Southwest — held each March in Austin, TX — is America’s most buzzed-about music festival, beating out perennial favorites like Coachella in Indio, Calif., Lollapalooza in Chicago and Governors Ball in New York City. Ranking just behind SXSW in the top five were Las Vegas’ iHeartRadio, Chattahoochee Hills, GA’s TomorrowWorld, Lollapalooza and Coachella.

Despite South by Southwest’s strong showing, Texas didn’t rank amongst the top three states in terms of most chatter — that distinction went to New York, Nevada and California. The study also confirmed what may have already been obvious: music festivals are heavily youth-dominated, with 75% of the conversation generated by those between the ages of 17 and 34.


A few other interesting tidbits from the report:

  • 54% of the conversation takes place before the event itself, easily besting the 17% that occurs during the festival and the 29% after it.
  • For Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tenn. and Hangout in Gulf Shores, Ala., it was all about the music — at both festivals, excitement about the full lineup or particular artist accounted for 65% and 63%, respectively, compared with a 47% average for the top 25 festivals overall.
  • People at Coachella spent way more time talking about style than at the average event — fashion discussion made up for 27% of the conversation there, compared with just 10% nationwide.
  • Though the ages of music festival fans closely mirrored the average age of Twitter users, a much wider spread is apparent from music fans’ taste in brands, where Starbucks, McDonalds and, of all places, Walmart proved favorites. Whole Foods, Best Buy and IHOP also scored highly.

Check out the full report here.

TIME movies

6 Movies Set on Labor Day That You Can Watch This Weekend

It's not quite as illustrious a group as those set on July 4th, but they'll certainly get the job done if you're looking to get in the end-of-summer spirit

Labor Day

Synopsis: It’s a rather apt way to start the list. The 2013 romance-drama starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin follows the plot of your typical, average Labor Day weekend: caring for your teenage son while beginning an affair with a ruggedly handsome escaped convict. We’ve all been there.

Where to watch: Rentable from Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, others.

Dirty Dancing

Synopsis: 1987. Dancing. Sexual awakenings. Patrick Swayze. Abortion. Lenny Briscoe from Law & Order. An investigation into the matter of whether Baby can actually be put into a corner. It all culminates on Labor Day weekend — in case you’re wondering how your summer might end.

Where to watch: Streaming on Netflix until Labor Day (Sept. 1) itself.

A Good Old-Fashioned Orgy

Synopsis: The 2011 ensemble comedy featuring a bunch of 30-something actors that you’d likely recognize (Jason Sudeikis, Lake Bell, Nick Kroll, Will Forte, etc.) is more or less about what the title indicates. If they were 20-somethings, it would have been on July 4th weekend rather than Labor Day.

Where to watch: A trip to your good, old-fashioned video rental store will be required (or you can buy a copy, including this one selling for $299)


Synopsis: The 1955 film tells the story of what can happen in just 24 hours when one former college football star-turned-army man-turned-failed-actor (William Holden) visits a small Kansas town on Labor Day. It was nominated for six Academy Awards, and won for Best Film Editing and Best Art Direction-Set Direction.

Where to watch: See above (minus the $299 option).

Peyton Place

Synopsis: Unlike some of the others, 1956’s Peyton Place wasn’t set entirely on Labor Day, but it makes up for that by having Lana Turner and earning nine Academy Awards (not to mention inspiring a popular TV series that began in 1964).

Where to watch: Rentable from Google Play and others.

A Place in the Sun

Synopsis: The first of the Hollywood classics to be set on Labor Day, A Place in the Sun (1951) was an early twist on the classic love triangle tale. Starring Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift, it was nominated for nine Oscars and won six, including for Best Screenplay and Best Director.

Where to watch: Streaming for free via Amazon Prime Instant Video.


TIME fashion

In Defense of Barack Obama’s Tan Suit

President Obama Makes Statement In The Briefing Room Of White House
No matter what anyone says, this is not an image worthy of controversy. Alex Wong—Getty Images

Just because the President wore a suit that wasn't a shade of gray or blue doesn't mean you should have a problem with it

Let’s make this much clear: there is nothing wrong, wild or crazy about a tan suit. This may come as a shock to those who expressed outrage at President Obama’s choice of attire yesterday, but not all suits come in a shade of gray or navy. In fact, as colors outside of those two go, tan is rather plain and simple. As for the suit itself, the lapels are in their typical three-inch range, it’s not tailored any better than his other suits (at least from the navel up) and the American flag pin is in its usual location. The tan suit is just another suit that happens to be a slightly different color than the ones he normally wears. It was, in no way, a fashion statement.

Here is a brief list of fashion choices that would have been “bold” or “wack-ass” that the President could have made yesterday:

  1. T-shirt with suit and sleeves rolled up (aka the “Miami Vice“).
  2. Whatever Austin Mahone was wearing at the VMAs.
  3. Crocs.

But the President did not wear any of those things. Nor did he wear a three-piece suit, a seersucker suit or a white suit. Hell, he didn’t even opt for the Reagan mullet suit (business on the top, lounging on the bottom).

Perhaps the only curious thing about Obama’s suit selection was its timing. Not the fact that he wore it during the summer time (that’s when you should be wearing a tan suit, if at any time), but that he wore it while discussing crucial issues of foreign policy with the press. It was a somber occasion, and there’s apparently a certain expectation of precisely how the President’s attire should match the mood.

It’s tough to argue with that point. When discussing serious matters, there’s no reason not to be dressed accordingly. (Though one could hardly be forgiven for wondering why those criticizing Obama for discussing serious matters in improper attire are focused on that attire rather than the issues they’ve deemed so serious.) The larger problem lies in the expectations that Obama had previously created. In this 2012 Vanity Fair profile, Michael Lewis quotes Obama saying the following: “You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits… I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.”

So for the last six years, that’s pretty much all we’ve seen him in. Gray or blue, charcoal or navy, day after day after day until seeing him out of that particular uniform (other than athletic attire) became tantamount to seeing a performer out of costume.

The irony is that the President is often criticized for being bland, even in his fashion choices. To be frank, after yesterday’s outcry, who can blame him? Next time you or anyone asks the Commander-in-Chief for a little personality or originality, don’t be surprised if this is cited as a reason for declining that request.

The choice in tie, on the other hand, that’s a little more difficult to defend…

TIME Television

New Data Suggests That the Emmys Actually Don’t Matter At All

Jim Parsons accepts his trophy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards
A familiar—if unwelcome—sight for Emmys viewers. Michael Tran—FilmMagic

Just ask Jon Hamm. Or Amy Poehler. Or anyone from The Wire

On Monday night’s Emmy Awards, The Big Bang Theory‘s Jim Parsons won his fourth Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. Seeing as Parsons wins that award pretty much always (four times in the last five years, interrupted only by Jim Cryer’s nod for Two and a Half Men in 2012), this wasn’t much of a surprise. What may shock you, however, is that if Parsons wins again next year, he’ll have more Best Actor Emmy awards than anyone else in the history of television. More than Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston, more than Frasier‘s Kelsey Grammar — even more than The Sopranos‘ James Gandolfini.

The Big Bang Theory is a wildly popular show (just ask your mom/uncle/grandparents for their thoughts), with nearly 20 million viewers tuning in every week. Parsons and co-stars Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting and Johnny Galecki were just given approximately $1 million per episode for its upcoming eighth season. But in terms of critical acclaim, the CBS comedy sits comfortably at the bottom of the barrel. So when Parsons won his fourth Emmy, people were understandably confused, and more than a little upset. Many of those people felt similarly when Modern Family — a show whose best days may be three or four years behind it — won awards for Outstanding Comedy Series (its fifth), Outstanding Supporting Actor (Ty Burrell’s second) and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series (Gail Mancuso’s second).

Knowing this, it’s little surprise that a recent study by USC professor Jeetendr Sehdev found that over 82% of Americans believe that the Emmys are less significant than the Oscars, 73% say they’re not “overly excited” by the award show and fewer than one in 10 are more inclined to watch a series because it has won an Emmy. Those are some pretty stunning numbers (maybe not as much so as the Parsons figure above, but still surprising).

For a show like Breaking Bad, which cleaned up at Monday night’s ceremony, entirely disregarding a show’s Emmy success might be a mistake, but the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is far better known for its misses than its hits. People should feel free to watch whatever they choose, but the fact that Modern Family is completely bulletproof at the Emmys doesn’t mean viewers should choose it over Veep — and Parsons’ reign doesn’t make Theory any more worthy of its lofty Nielsen ranking.

Though the Academy has been criticized for its comedy choices in recent years, it’s had its fair share of drama-related foibles as well. The Wire was never nominated for Best Drama. Neither was Deadwood. Jon Hamm has never won a Best Actor award for playing one of the most iconic television characters of the 21st century — or any other — on Mad Men.

Point being, it can be difficult to get people to care about your awards when they don’t consistently award true excellence. This isn’t to say that the Oscars are flawless either — or that poor selections are the Emmys’ only problem (last night’s show featured way too many awards and didn’t bring quite enough funny to sustain a three-hour ceremony), but it’s as good a place as any to start.

TIME Television

See All the Winners From the 2014 Emmy Awards

Bryan Cranston
Vince Bucci—Invision/AP

Up-to-the-minute updates of all the hardware being handed out at the 2014 Emmys

Here’s the full list of winners from the 2014 Emmy Awards. Check back throughout the evening for updates after each award is handed out.


Supporting Actor, Comedy Series

Andre Braugher (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)

Adam Driver (Girls)

Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family)

*WINNER: Ty Burrell (Modern Family)*

Fred Armisen (Portlandia)

Tony Hale (Veep)

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series

*WINNER: Louis C.K. (Louie)*

David Crane & Jeffrey Klarik (Episodes)

Liz Friedman & Jenji Kohan (Orange Is the New Black)

Alec Berg (Silicon Valley)

Simon Blackwell & Tony Roche & Armando Iannucci (Veep)

Supporting Actress, Comedy Series

Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory)

Julie Bowen (Modern Family)

*WINNER: Allison Janney (Mom)*

Kate Mulgrew (Orange Is the New Black)

Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live)

Anna Chlumsky (Veep)

Outsanding Directing for a Comedy Series

Iain B. MacDonald (Episodes)

Paris Barclay (Glee)

Louis C.K. (Louie)

*WINNER: Gail Mancuso (Modern Family)*

Jodie Foster (Orange Is the New Black)

Mike Judge (Silicon Valley)

Best Actor in a Comedy Series

*WINNER: Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)*

Ricky Gervais (Derek)

Matt LeBlanc (Episodes)

Don Cheadle (House of Lies)

Louis C.K. (Louie)

William H. Macy (Shameless)

Best Actress in a Comedy Series

Lena Dunham (Girls)

Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)

*WINNER: Julia Louis Dreyfus (Veep)*

Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly)

Amy Poehler (Parks & Recreation)

Taylor Schilling (Orange Is the New Black)

Reality-Competition Program

*WINNER: The Amazing Race*

So You Think You Can Dance

Dancing with the Stars

Top Chef

Project Runway

The Voice

Outstanding Writing in a TV Miniseries or Movie

Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk (American Horror Story: Coven)

Noah Hawley (Fargo)

Neil Cross (Luther)

*WINNER: Steven Moffat (Sherlock)*

Larry Kramer (The Normal Heart)

David Simon & Eric Overmyer (Treme)

Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie

Frances Conroy (American Horror Story: Coven)

*WINNER: Kathy Bates (American Horror Story: Coven)*

Angela Bassett (American Horror Story: Coven)

Allison Tolman (Fargo)

Ellen Burstyn (Flowers In the Attic)

Julia Roberts (The Normal Heart)

Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie

Colin Hanks (Fargo)

Jim Parsons (The Normal Heart)

Joe Mantello (The Normal Heart)

Alfred Molina (The Normal Heart)

Matt Bomer (The Normal Heart)

*WINNER: Martin Freeman (Sherlock: His Last Vow)*

Outstanding Direction in a TV Miniseries or Movie

Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (American Horror Story: Coven)

Adam Bernstein (Fargo)

*WINNER: Colin Bucksey (Fargo)*

Stephen Frears (Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight)

Nick Hurran (Sherlock)

Ryan Murphy (The Normal Heart)

Best Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

Chiwetel Ejiofor (Dancing on the Edge)

Martin Freeman (Fargo)

Billy Bob Thornton (Fargo)

Idris Elba (Luther)

Mark Ruffalo (The Normal Heart)

*WINNER: Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock: His Last Vow)*

Best Actress Miniseries or Movie

*WINNER: Jessica Lange (American Horror Story: Coven)*

Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story: Coven)

Helena Bonham Carter (Burton and Taylor)

Minnie Driver (Return to Zero)

Kristen Wiig (The Spoils of Babylon)

Cicely Tyson (The Trip Bountiful)

Best Miniseries or Movie

American Horror Story: Coven

Bonnie & Clyde

*WINNER: Fargo*



The White Queen

Outstanding TV movie

Killing Kennedy

Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight

Sherlock: His Last Vow

*WINNER: The Normal Heart*

The Trip to Bountiful

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special

David Boone (67th Annual Tony Awards)

Billy Crystal (Billy Crystal: 700 Sundays)

*WINNER: Sarah Silverman (Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles)*

Barry Adelman (The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards)

Ken Ehrlich & David Wild (The Beatles: The Night That Changed America)

Variety Series

*WINNER: The Colbert Report*

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Jimmy Kimmel Live

Real Time with Bill Maher

Saturday Night Live

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Supporting Actor, Drama Series

*WINNER: Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)*

Jim Carter (Downton Abbey)

Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)

Josh Charles (The Good Wife)

Mandy Patinkin (Homeland)

Jon Voight (Ray Donovan)

Supporting Actress, Drama Series

*WINNER: Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad)*

Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)

Lena Headey (Game of Thrones)

Christine Baranski (The Good Wife)

Christina Hendricks (Mad Men)

Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey)

Best Actress in a Drama Series

Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex)

Claire Danes (Homeland)

Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey)

*WINNER: Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife)*

Kerry Washington (Scandal)

Robin Wright (House of Cards)

Best Actor in a Drama Series

*WINNER: Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)*

Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom)

Jon Hamm (Mad Men)

Woody Harrelson (True Detective)

Matthew McConaughey (True Detective)

Kevin Spacey (House of Cards)

Best Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory


*WINNER: Modern Family*

Orange Is the New Black

Silicon Valley


Best Drama Series

*WINNER: Breaking Bad*

Downton Abbey

Game of Thrones

House of Cards

Mad Men

True Detective

TIME Television

Watch the Latest Teaser for AMC’s Better Call Saul

This preview of the Breaking Bad spinoff has even less new footage than the first one — but it does provide some context for Jimmy McGill's transformation into Saul Goodman


As a general rule, more information about Better Call Saul — however sparse — is better than less. Two weeks ago, AMC released a nine-second clip from the show; now we have a 30-second teaser of creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould discussing Jimmy McGill’s transformation into Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk).

Though there’s only a few seconds of actual footage in the clip, it’s fairly clear that life as Jimmy wasn’t working out all that well for the future Saul. Still, it seems unlikely that he would have completed his transformation knowing how things would turn out once Walter White walked into his life.

“I don’t go looking for guilty people to represent,” McGill explains in a not-so-subtle wink to a couple of prospective clients. “Who needs that aggravation, right?”

Better Call Saul is scheduled for a February 2015 premiere on AMC.


See All the Winners From the 2014 Video Music Awards

2014 MTV Video Music Awards - Roaming Show
Katy Perry accepts Best Female Video for "Dark Horse" during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at the Forum on Aug. 24, 2014, in Inglewood, Calif. Kevin Winter—Getty Images

Up-to-the-minute updates of all the hardware being handed out at the 2014 VMAs

Here’s the full list of winners from the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. Check back throughout the evening for updates after each award is handed out.

Best Female Video: Katy Perry — “Dark Horse [ft. Juicy J]”

Best Male Video: Ed Sheeran — “Sing”

Best Pop Video: Ariana Grande — “Problem [ft. Iggy Azalea]”

Best Hip-Hop Video: Drake — “Hold On (We’re Going Home) [ft. Majid Jordan]”

Best Rock Video: Lorde — “Royals”

Artist to Watch: Fifth Harmony — “Miss Movin’ On”

Video of the Year: Miley Cyrus — “Wrecking Ball”

TIME Television

Watch Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul Reunite in the Hilarious ‘Barely Legal Pawn’

Oh, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus is there too


It’s been a long, cold 11 months since Breaking Bad aired its final episode, but stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul have finally reunited for a lengthy Emmys promo-cum-Audi commercial — and they brought Veep‘s Julia Louis-Dreyfus along for the ride.

For all intents and purposes, the sketch is basically the brightest timeline version of Breaking Bad, wherein Walter White and Jeese Pinkman abandon their meth empire and instead open up a pawn shop while running an adorable side-business in the back of their shop. They spend their days pretending not to recognize celebrities when Hollywood A-listers show up in their store and making inside jokes about the relative merits of various Emmy awards. It’s probably for the best that Vince Gilligan didn’t go that route, but now he’s got at least one idea if Better Call Saul! doesn’t pan out.

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