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Plus: Robin Williams, finding Vivian Maier and thirty years after Purple Rain.

Ice buckets and 'Ultraviolence': 2014 in popular culture

December 23rd, 2014

Plus: Robin Williams, finding Vivian Maier and thirty years after Purple Rain.

  • A&E

    In pre-Internet days, this used to only happen every so often, but social media has turned the spoiler into a virus one can catch any ...

  • A&E

    The most common mistake they make is thinking bigger equals better.

  • A&E

    "It took me 20 years to finally 'get' Kate Bush, so maybe one day I’ll truly, actually like Twin Peaks."

  • A&E

    One writer's reasons for sticking with the social media website.

  • Music

    Because if you're a true fan, you'll work your way through the good and the bad.

  • Music

    Debuting Smith Galtney's new pop-culture column, Cultural Attachment.

  • A&E

    Las Vegas has more than its share of subcultures devoted to displaying the nude form—but certainly none of them are so shamelessly and explicitly nonmercenary.

  • Music

    In pop songs, the romantic quest is a quest forself, it being a quest because the self isn’t simply there; it’s attained through an overthrow ...

  • Music

    When did I stop wanting to be David Bowie? Too recently for a Man of a Certain Age is the short but sufficiently mortifying answer.

  • TV

    Oprah will still be with us everywhere, the earth’s third most common element, right after oxygen and silicon.

  • A&E

    Levi Johnston, the lady-killa from Wasilla, is taking baby steps towards showbiz.

  • Pop Culture

    The Hollywood Burglar Bunch illuminates celebrity’s diminishing grip on us all.

  • Entertainment

    Leo DiCaprio, Tom Petty and everyone’s favorite style icon, Kevin Federline, have all been photographed “vaping” in public. E-cigs are the new Obey T-shirts.

  • Dining

    BooYa Tequila, Freaky Ice Vodka, Moonshot Beer, Gravity ShotPak Vodka: It’s perfectly legal to have caffeine in your goofy alcoholic beverage. So, why are state ...

  • A&E

    If it seems a little ironic that slender urban saplings are dressing like Paul Bunyan and the Marlboro Man, well, so what?

  • A&E

    Being turned into kitty litter and dumped in a glorified spittoon doesn’t sound all that glamorous. But that’s old cremation technology. Today, even the frumpiest ...

  • TV

    Looking back through the glass at TRL’s pop-culture revolution

  • A&E

    They eliminate inches in seconds. They’re surprisingly comfortable. They’re flying off the shelves at trend-setting retailers: They are Mirdles - girdles for guys.

  • television

    How bad can things be, really, when we have not one, not two, but three cable TV series about bakers who make extremely complicated and ...

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  • Film

    No movie could live up to the amount of controversy that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s dopey comedy has been subject to recently.

  • Dining

    We have some surprises—only five of our 14 choices are on the Strip this year.

  • Dining

    With all of that decorating and shopping, who has time to make dinner? Make a reservation instead.

  • Nightlife

    From big-name beatmeisters (Zedd! Calvin Harris!) to celeb-studded soirees (Iggy! Miguel!), where to get your party on this New Year's Eve.

  • Dining News

    Shake Shack opens on the Strip on December 29, and there's more. Much more.

  • Christmas

    A longtime volunteer firefighter has come up with a new use for his family-owned goat herding business – eating old Christmas trees.

  • Dining

    The Christmas Eve tradition is available two nights at the celeb chef's eponymous Cromwell restaurant.

  • Incidental Tourist

    Years from now, we might look back at 2014 as the year momentum on the Strip began to build again.

  • Dining

    Check out these standout dinner options for the big night.

  • As We See It

    Will 2015 be the year of Hendo? Can Cosmo keep its cool? And how will we decide where to get our weed?

  • Nightlife

    The gold-foil bottles. The satisfying pop of the cork. The gush of bubbles spilling into a flute (or plastic cup).

  • As We See It

    The Lopez is no ordinary sneaker. It involves innovative materials, a teen designer and a hopeful ripple-effect for education.

  • Music

    Las Vegas producer/DJ duo collaborate with Diplo on 'Unapologetic Bitch'

  • FeaturedNewsPolitics

    Bees attacking an airplane out of McCarran? Yep, that happened, too.

  • Dining

    Jim Begley focuses on five most memorable bites, from bar snacks to escargot pie.

  • Nightlife

    You can still keep it on the cheap for the Big Night.

  • A&E

    From Electric Daisy Carnival to Kinky Boots, the last 365 days in Vegas A&E.

  • As We See It

    Keep your eyes peeled for 1,000 brown-paper boxes meant to "spread a little cheer and #LocalLove around town."