Maxim Hot 100: Bar Refaeli is the readers' choice

Daybreak Daily’s afternoon photo shoot of the pop-culture world finds a pretty good bar, many different shades, other things, and the mystery music video.

HOT 100: Bar Refaeli is No. 1, per Maxim, “As we're reminded every four years, democracy is the cornerstone upon which our great land is built. That's why this year, for the first time in Hot 100 history, we let you, the readers of Maxim, weigh in on who should comprise the definitive list of the world's most beautiful women. From movie stars to murder suspects to a cartoon, here are the sexy results. God bless America!”

MEANWHILE: She has high-flying fans, per People, “Bar Refaeli has gotten plenty of attention from her very sexy Maxim photos – a trend that's unlikely to end any time soon. The magazine's Hot 100 list topper Tweeted a photo on Monday of herself with one of her many fans. "On my way to LA. Had to chat with the pilots ..." the model (and Leonardo DiCaprio's ex, 25, Tweeted with the picture, in which she sports a baggy sweatshirt, and a much more natural, little-to-no makeup look.”

CATCHING ON: Perhaps you’ve heard of this book. Selena has, per PerezHilton, “Everyone's jumping on the Fifty Shades of Grey bed train — including Selena Gomez… and we find it exquisite!! In this daring, suspenseful parody, Selena meets Carl Blue… a sexy painter ready to give her his calk!!”

CLASS WARFARE: Hey, it’s timely, per the Los Angeles Times, “Most feature filmmakers shy away from acknowledging overt political messages in their films, hiding behind platitudes such as "I just wanted to tell the best story" or "I'd rather let others be the ones to interpret my work." Not "Killing Them Softly" writer-director Andrew Dominik and his star-producer, Brad Pitt, who offered with frankness -- both in the film and at a Cannes Film Festival news conference that followed on Tuesday morning -- their unfavorable opinion of capitalism as recently practiced in the U.S.”

MEANWHILE: Brad makes his case, per The Hollywood Reporter, “Meeting with the press at the Cannes Film Festival where the movie is having its world premiere today, Pitt did acknowledge the upcoming November elections, saying, “I think we’re going to see more negative ads than ever before, and I certainly don’t want this film to in any way be mistaken for that.”

SUMMER FUN: So print, clip and save. This is a great roundup of the nation’s upcoming music festivals, per the New York Times.

SPEAKING OF WHICH: More stars for Jay-Z, per Rolling Stone, “Pearl Jam will perform at the Jay-Z-curated Budweiser Made in America festival this Labor Day weekend at Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, the band announced today. The bill will also feature sets by Skrillex, D'Angelo, Odd Future, Calvin Harris, Dirty Projectors, Janelle Monae, Rita Ora, Santigold, Afrojack, Passion Pit, X and Miike Snow. Other acts will be announced in the weeks to come.”

MOVING LIPS: With no voice, per Newser, “Chris Brown just got a little less popular. Singers including Pink and Joe Jonas are lambasting him for lip-syncing "Turn Up the Music," the song he performed at the Billboard Music Awards program.”

WILL SMITH: He’s eyeing a certain role, per E!, “In a recent interview with the BBC, the Men in Black III star said playing Barack Obama "is "definitely something I would consider." He also revealed the hilarious reason he feels he's "the most natural choice" to play the president.”

IF YOU’VE GOT IT: She’s sure flaunting it, per Radar, “Proving once again that she simply can’t be tamed, Miley Cyrus nearly had a wardrobe malfunction on the streets of Los Angeles Monday, and has the pics.”

IT’S A TREND: In some places, anyway, per the AP, “Wedding bells will ring this summer for Marvel Comics' first openly gay hero, super speedster Northstar, and his longtime boyfriend.”

AND FINALLY: Today’s mystery music video.

--Skip Wood (Follow me on Twitter @DaybreakSkip)