Tuesday, May 26, 2009
King Shot would be Jodorowsky's first film since 1990's The Rainbow Thief and is being marketed as a "metaphysical spaghetti western" (sounding similar to El Topo, no?) set to star Nick Nolte, Marilyn Manson, and Asia Argento.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Good news for fans of old school Disney 2D animation: it's not dead yet! A slightly longer trailer for return-to-form The Princess and the Frog has surfaced online, and it looks promising. Better yet? The entire film (though partially in uncolored storyboards) was screened for test audiences over the weekend...and the feedback was extremely positive. Citizen reviewers, according to sites like Ain't it Cool are claiming to "love" the film, its New Orleans/voodoo soaked twist on the classic tale, and the heroine, Princess Tiana (Disney's first African American addition to its princess crew).
Let's hope it lives up to the advance praise. The Princess and the Frog marks the first Disney traditionally animated film since 2004's forgettable Home on the Range. The studio's goal is to continue releasing one 2D animated film every few years, with CGI-flicks roughly once per year (this does not include Pixar) in between. Upcoming CGI outing include 2010's Rapunzel and King of the Elves, currently slated for 2012. Rapunzel, unlike previous Disney CGI ventures, is said to be seeking an oil on canvas, "warmer" 2D type look. The concept art, seen below, also suggests Disney may truly be entering another renaissance without the help of Pixar. Took them long enough.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
And the award for the most creative and effective transition from child to adult celebrity goes to Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe (19). First he stripped down in an award winning, legitimately serious role in sexualized horse-play Equus. Now, he's supposedly completely "fascinated" by his new drag queen bff, Our Lady J, and the culture that surrounds her. She's said to be known for her passionate renditions of her own songs, as well as covers of Alanis & Dolly. The boy wizard and queen met while Radcliffe was in regular performances of Equus, and since they've been spotted palling around NYC quite a bit. Partying it up "arm in arm" [according to Bild.com].
Good for you Daniel. Not only have you managed to prove you have an open mind, but you've also managed to eschew transforming yourself into a flash & trash rehab-bound ex-child star. Just don't, please, go all Tommy Gnossis.
If you're as curious as i was, here's Our Lady J performing her song "Trouble"
Friday, May 8, 2009
Tumblr blog Look at this fucking hipster collects and captions images of the 'youth' of the world participating in various acts of herd individualism. It's the online equivalent of being in the crowd at Coachella or standing near a line of people waiting to get into an MGMT show, only here, when you point and laugh, there's little chance of being challenged to some variety of drinking contest or being verbally assaulted on your own wardrobe choices.
I'm going to go out on a limb and say that there's a huge difference between subculture street style and ironic hipster non-style. I'm also going to say the scope of what is incorporated into 'hipster' has become too wide, and calls for a narrowing down. With this logic, I'm then going to tell you that there's a difference between "fashion" hipsters and "curbside" hipsters. From there I'm going to go stereotypical and say that like the goths, the truly hip likely don't self identify as hipsters. The definition of hipster, i think, has been twisted to mean something more along the lines of poser, which is really, quite frankly, not what it should be. So really, we're talking about posers, because (let's face it) most of these kids are not cool. They're vapid and have taken up shallow interests in otherwise deeply engaging topics while working really hard to dress in a manner they would have been laughed out of my teenage years for.
Yesterday i drove past my old high school and girls were wearing thigh high grey socks with neon mini-skirts and greasy hair. I don't know what that is, but it's not a hipster. I bet it thinks it is, though.
What i think we're dealing with right now is the merging of all of our subcultures into one overarching category looked on in disdain and referred to as 'hipsters'. There's this pressing need, it would seem, for everyone to belong everywhere all at once. I'm opposed to this, i think. To a certain extent because it makes things confusing. I enjoy the sociology of subcultures, they are part of our contemporary tribal system. We can map them, if we choose, and track their roots and the ways in which they've altered over different cultural climates. Punk is one of the best examples of this. It rises from genres and becomes a scene, it spawns other scenes and other genres, it is still spawning them. It has a dense infrastructure of teen angst and political opposition (etc.) the ebbs and flows. We can have all sorts of punk breeds. Hardcore and skate and straight edge. And within the context, it makes a certain amount of sense, generally. Which leads to the obvious question: what the fuck is this new breed of "hipster"? What is that? What the hell does it say about a person?
How is this...
The same as this...
The same as this?
They're not. They're just not. We cannot all be 'hipsters'. Which, by the way, we are all becoming. Because everything and everyone is being incorporated into this style. Geek chic. Club kid. Punk. Glam rock. Hip hop. Fashionistas. Academics. Preps. Goth. Old people. Small children. Mom jeans. 1800's. 1900's. 20th century. Future. Steampunk. Disco. Hippie. Metalheads. Grunge. Burnouts. Thrifters. Everyone. It's like an epidemic. It is an epidemic. You are probably inadvertently dressing hipster right now, or wearing something a hipster might covet, and you don't even realize it.
What does it mean?
I have no idea.
And this is totally not what this blog post was supposed to turn into.
Also, side note: is there a reason why we can't seem to pull off Tokyo street style here? You know, bright colors, GothLoli's, Harajuku kids who look like carefully styled cartoons instead of crack den rent boys and disease addled junkies? Just wondering.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Nominations for the 2009 American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards
Dividing the Estate (Author: Horton Foote; Producers: Lincoln Center Theater, Bernard Gersten, André Bishop, Primary Stages)
God of Carnage (Author: Yasmina Reza; Producers: Robert Fox, David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers, Stuart Thompson, Scott Rudin, Jon B. Platt, The Weinstein Company, The Shubert Organization)
Reasons to Be Pretty (Author: Neil LaBute; Producers: Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, MCC Theater, Gary Goddard Entertainment, Ted Snowdon, Doug Nevin/Erica Lynn Schwartz, Ronald Frankel/Bat-Barry Productions, Kathleen Seidel, Kelpie Arts, LLC, Jam Theatricals, Rachel Helson/Heather Provost)
33 Variations (Author: Moisés Kaufman; Producers: David Binder, Ruth Hendel, Goldberg/Mills, Latitude Link, Arielle Tepper Madover, Bill Resnick, Eric Schnall, Jayne Baron Sherman, Wills/True Love Productions, Tectonic Theater Project, Greg Reiner, Dominick Balletta, Jeffrey LaHoste)
Billy Elliot, The Musical (Producers: Universal Pictures Stage Productions, Working Title Films, Old Vic Productions, Weinstein Live Entertainment)
Next to Normal (Producers: David Stone, James L. Nederlander, Barbara Whitman, Patrick Catullo, Second Stage Theatre, Carole Rothman, Ellen Richard)
Rock of Ages (Producers: Matthew Weaver, Carl Levin, Jeff Davis, Barry Habib, Scott Prisand, Relativity Media, Corner Store Fund, Janet Billig Rich, Hillary Weaver, Toni Habib, Paula Davis, Simon and Stefany Bergson/Jennifer Maloney, Charles Rolecek, Susanne Brook, Israel Wolfson, Sara Katz/Jayson Raitt, Max Gottlieb/John Butler, David Kaufman/Jay Franks, Mike Wittlin, Prospect Pictures, Laura Smith/Bill Bodnar, Happy Walters, Michele Caro, The Araca Group)
Shrek The Musical (Producers: Dreamworks Theatricals, Neal Street Productions)
Best Book of a Musical
Billy Elliot, The Musical (Lee Hall)
Next to Normal (Brian Yorkey)
Shrek The Musical (David Lindsay-Abaire)
[Title of Show] (Hunter Bell)
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Billy Elliot, The Musical (Music: Elton John; Lyrics: Lee Hall)
Next to Normal (Music: Tom Kitt; Lyrics: Brian Yorkey)
9 to 5: The Musical (Music and Lyrics: Dolly Parton)
Shrek The Musical (Music: Jeanine Tesori; Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire)
Best Revival of a Play
Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Producers: Lincoln Center Theater, André Bishop, Bernard Gersten)
Mary Stuart (New Version: Peter Oswald; Producers: Arielle Tepper Madover, Debra Black, Neal Street Productions/Matthew Byam Shaw, Scott Delman, Barbara Whitman, Jean Doumanian/Ruth Hendel, David Binder/CarlWend Productions/Spring Sirkin, Daryl Roth/James L. Nederlander/Chase Mishkin, The Donmar Warehouse)
The Norman Conquests (Producers: Sonia Friedman Productions, Steven Baruch, Marc Routh, Richard Frankel, Tom Viertel, Dede Harris, Tulchin/Bartner/Lauren Doll, Jamie deRoy, Eric Falkenstein, Harriet Newman Leve, Probo Productions, Douglas G. Smith, Michael Filerman/Jennifer Manocherian, Richard Winkler, Dan Frishwasser, Pam Laudenslager/Remmel T. Dickinson, Jane Dubin/True Love Productions, Barbara Manocherian/Jennifer Isaacson, The Old Vic Theatre Company)
Waiting for Godot (Producers: Roundabout Theatre Company, Todd Haimes, Harold Wolpert, Julia C. Levy, Elizabeth Ireland McCann)
Best Revival of a Musical
Guys and Dolls (Producers: Howard Panter and Ambassador Theatre Group, Tulchin/Bartner, Bill Kenwright, Northwater Entertainment, Darren Bagert, Tom Gregory, Nederlander Presentations, Inc., David Mirvish, Michael Jenkins/Dallas Summer Musicals, Independent Presenters Network, Olympus Theatricals, Sonia Friedman Productions)
Hair (Producers: The Public Theater, Oskar Eustis, Andrew D. Hamingson, Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Gary Goddard Entertainment, Kathleen K. Johnson, Nederlander Productions, Inc., Fran Kirmser Productions/Jed Bernstein, Marc Frankel, Broadway Across America, Barbara Manocherian/Wencarlar Productions, JK Productions/Terry Schnuck, Andy Sandberg, Jam Theatricals, The Weinstein Company/Norton Herrick, Jujamcyn Theaters, Joey Parnes, Elizabeth Ireland McCann)
Pal Joey (Producers: Roundabout Theatre Company, Todd Haimes, Harold Wolpert, Julia C. Levy, Marc Platt)
West Side Story (Producers: Kevin McCollum, James L. Nederlander, Jeffrey Seller, Terry Allen Kramer, Sander Jacobs, Roy Furman/Jill Furman Willis, Freddy DeMann, Robyn Goodman/Walt Grossman, Hal Luftig, Roy Miller, The Weinstein Company, Broadway Across America)
Best Special Theatrical Event
Liza’s at The Palace (Producers: John Scher and Metropolitan Talent Presents, LLC; Jubilee Time Productions, LLC)
Slava’s Snowshow (Producers: David J. Foster, Jared Geller, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Judith Marinoff Cohn, John Pinckard)
Soul of Shaolin (Producers: Nederlander Worldwide Productions, LLC; Eastern Shanghai International Culture Film and Television Group; China on Broadway)
You’re Welcome America. A Final Night with George W. Bush (Producer: Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Steve Traxler, Home Box Office Inc., Gary Sanchez Productions, Bat-Barry Productions, Ken Davenport, Ergo Entertainment, Ronald Frankel, Jon B. Platt, James D. Stern, The Weinstein Company, Tara Smith/b. Swibel, Dede Harris/Sharon Karmazin, Arny Granat)
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play
Jeff Daniels, God of Carnage
Raúl Esparza, Speed-the-Plow
James Gandolfini, God of Carnage
Geoffrey Rush, Exit the King
Thomas Sadoski, Reasons to Be Pretty
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play
Hope Davis, God of Carnage
Jane Fonda, 33 Variations
Marcia Gay Harden, God of Carnage
Janet McTeer, Mary Stuart
Harriet Walter, Mary Stuart
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical
David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik, and Kiril Kulish – Billy Elliot, The Musical
Gavin Creel - Hair
Brian d’Arcy James - Shrek The Musical
Constantine Maroulis - Rock of Ages
J. Robert Spencer - Next to Normal
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical
Stockard Channing, Pal Joey
Sutton Foster, Shrek The Musical
Allison Janney, 9 to 5: The Musical
Alice Ripley, Next to Normal
Josefina Scaglione, West Side Story
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play
John Glover, Waiting for Godot
Zach Grenier, 33 Variations
Stephen Mangan, The Norman Conquests
Paul Ritter, The Norman Conquests
Roger Robinson, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play
Hallie Foote, Dividing the Estate
Jessica Hynes, The Norman Conquests
Marin Ireland, Reasons to Be Pretty
Angela Lansbury, Blithe Spirit
Amanda Root, The Norman Conquests
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical
David Bologna, Billy Elliot, The Musical
Gregory Jbara, Billy Elliot, The Musical
Marc Kudisch, 9 to 5: The Musical
Christopher Sieber, Shrek The Musical
Will Swenson, Hair
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical
Jennifer Damiano, Next to Normal
Haydn Gwynne, Billy Elliot, The Musical
Karen Olivo, West Side Story
Martha Plimpton, Pal Joey
Carole Shelley, Billy Elliot, The Musical
Best Scenic Design of a Play
Dale Ferguson, Exit the King
Rob Howell, The Norman Conquests
Derek McLane, 33 Variations
Michael Yeargan, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone
Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Robert Brill, Guys and Dolls
Ian MacNeil, Billy Elliot, The Musical
Scott Pask, Pal Joey
Mark Wendland, Next to Normal
Best Costume Design of a Play
Dale Ferguson, Exit the King
Jane Greenwood, Waiting for Godot
Martin Pakledinaz, Blithe Spirit
Anthony Ward, Mary Stuart
Best Costume Design of a Musical
Gregory Gale, Rock of Ages
Nicky Gillibrand, Billy Elliot, The Musical
Tim Hatley, Shrek The Musical
Michael McDonald, Hair
Best Lighting Design of a Play
David Hersey, Equus
David Lander, 33 Variations
Brian MacDevitt, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone
Hugh Vanstone, Mary Stuart
Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Kevin Adams, Hair
Kevin Adams, Next to Normal
Howell Binkley, West Side Story
Rick Fisher, Billy Elliot, The Musical
Best Sound Design of a Play
Paul Arditti, Mary Stuart
Gregory Clarke, Equus
Russell Goldsmith, Exit the King
Scott Lehrer and Leon Rothenberg, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone
Best Sound Design of a Musical
Acme Sound Partners, Hair
Paul Arditti, Billy Elliot, The Musical
Peter Hylenski, Rock of Ages
Brian Ronan, Next to Normal
Best Direction of a Play
Phyllida Lloyd, Mary Stuart
Bartlett Sher, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone
Matthew Warchus, God of Carnage
Matthew Warchus, The Norman Conquests
Best Direction of a Musical
Stephen Daldry, Billy Elliot, The Musical
Michael Greif, Next to Normal
Kristin Hanggi, Rock of Ages
Diane Paulus, Hair
Karole Armitage, Hair
Andy Blankenbuehler, 9 to 5: The Musical
Peter Darling, Billy Elliot, The Musical
Randy Skinner, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas
Larry Blank, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas
Martin Koch, Billy Elliot, The Musical
Michael Starobin and Tom Kitt, Next to Normal
Danny Troob and John Clancy, Shrek The Musical
Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre
Regional Theatre Tony Award
Signature Theatre, Arlington, Va.
Isabelle Stevenson Award
Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theatre
Monday, May 4, 2009
This is a nonsense video of one of my celebrity boyfriends (Gael Garcia Bernal) performing a Spanish-language cover of Cheap Trick's "I Want You to Want Me" for Carlos Cuaron's upcoming film Rudo y Cursi, which will reunite Bernal with his Y Tu Mama Tambien co-star Diego Luna. I'm not going to lie, I have absolutely no idea why this exists. Let's just go with it.
Seriously, I'm not the only person who knows like a dozen people who have said things to this effect, right? Can't be.
Also, do you think Maandig filled in her eyebrows to look more vulcan? I'm going with yes.
Saturday, May 2, 2009
I'm swiping this from Mary over at Planet Home to present to you folks. These mad scientists have whipped up a brilliant robotic opera using Auto-Tune and current affairs. It says so much about our times....
Oh look, i found a dollar.
Friday, May 1, 2009
For those of you who are blissfully ignorant, Jon & Kate Plus 8 is one of TLC's top programs. They air and re-air it in an infinite nightmarish loop. It's a major player in the world of reality television. The titular Jon and Kate Gosselin, of course, are a couple who found themselves giving birth to a small army of 8 children (one set of twins, one set of sextuplets). The show is a favorite among mothers and those who find this sort of extreme child rearing charming and appealing. That said, it is not viewed by me.
But when i have watched it (and i admit that i have) in bits and pieces the one feature that has always stuck out to me as the most obvious and entertaining aspect of the show is that in the confessional sequences (when Jon & Kate address the camera without a billion screaming children) the couple looks absolutely, 100%, miserable. Of course, the sadist in me finds this hysterical and (given the show's audience) highly ironic.
In the instances I have seen, Jon is always being reprimanded and Kate usually sits with her arms crossed. It looks like they're in for marriage counseling, not raking in the big bucks with their happy, ecstatic brood.
Now, as you likely know, the media is in an uproar over rumors that Jon Gosselin may be cheating on his darling Kate. The story goes that Jon has been repeatedly spotted partying with unidentified females. In fact, photos have surfaced of Jon living a nightclub around 2 AM with a pretty young thing at the wheel. Oh my! Scandal! Jon claims he, like most people, has "male and female friends" and implies this is no biggie. Honestly, i don't care one way or the other....but what i do find shocking is that so many people seem to actually be surprised by any of this.
Really? Which part? Are you watching the same show i've seen? No. I don't think you are. These are not happy people. This relationship has been doomed since the cameras started rolling. Let's watch them talk about how they met:
At the end, when she says "We were young" doesn't it seem like it's really taking a lot for them to not say "and stupid"? They seem like different people in their home movies, but just barely. There's not much fond remembrance, but a hell of a lot of things they would like to change.
I know i'm a cynic, but come on, it can't just be me. What say you: Jon & Kate Gosselin....miserable or merely jaded, apathetic, and exhausted?
Gossip Girl's Leighton Meester is currently in the studio working on an electro-pop album she plans to unleash upon her audience of fashion-conscious teenagers and dancey hipsters this fall. The first single will drop in July and she's working with reputable producers like Kenna & Polow da Don (which is a fun name to say pretty much all the time). The reason why she's different than LiLo? It seems that she may actually be able to sing and has been recording music even before her major label deal.
She's already done vocals on the track "Birthday" by Awesome New Republic (which surfaced all over the interwebs a couple months back, and can be heard below) and her leaked cover of "Bette Davis Eyes" has made a splash as well.
I'm actually not so dubious about this one. We'll see. Piggy flu?
Kelis has filed for divorce from hip-hop juggernaut Nas. She's expecting their first child in July and citing irreconcialable differences as the reason for the split. And you're like, why are you talking about this? You never talk about random celebrity couple news. You must really be feeling like all uninspired and shit, to be reporting on such trivial knowledge after such a long absence.
To which i respond: people, i just posted a picture of Speidi in a SARS mask. The end is near. We can blame piggy flu N1H1U-571. It rots the brain like ebola.
No, i posted this because I wanted to use this news to make all sorts of horrific Gene Shalit puns. I wanted to be like "her milkshake no longer brings him to the yard" or "maybe he got too Bossy" or something about it not being "One Love" or some nonsense. But than i found that the Associated Press had already done it for me:
"LOS ANGELES (AP) — The milkshake has gone sour between Kelis (KEL-ees) and Nas (NAHZ)." [source]
With pronunciation, no less! Oh, AP, you clever bitch.
Hope they can settle things without anyone losing the d-diamonds on their necks or d-diamonds on their grillz.
Seriously. This may be a sign of the apocalypse. The narcissists have covered their faces.