FILM///NEWS///BANKSY’S MR BRAINWASH DOCUMENTARY “EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP” SCREENS IN BERLIN

February 16, 2010  |  art, Art Crimes, Banksy, Film, Graffiti, News, Next Big Thing, Street Art  |  Comments Off

Unsurprisingly, our man BANKSY didn't show up:

"An apparent press conference by “Exit Through the Gift Shop” director, and mysterious street artist, Banksy was canceled in Berlin today. A subject of the film, which debuted last month at the Sundance Film Festival, Banksy remains an incognito artist. He issued a video statement that was shown prior to the press screening of his movie on Sunday at the Berlinale, in lieu of a press conference.

He started by saying, in a recorded message, “Unfortunately I can’t be with you today, so I am speaking from my home in England via satellite link.”

“I guess my ambition was to make a film that would do for graffiti art what ‘Karate Kid’ did for martial arts, a film that would get every school kid in the world picking up a spray can and having a go,” said a silhouetted figure, identified as Banksy, in a digitally altered voice on the short video message. He added, “As it turns out, I think we might have made a film that does for street art what ‘Jaws’ did for water sking.” Click HERE to continue reading at INDIE WIRE...

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FILM///”WHEN YOU’RE STRANGE (A FILM ABOUT THE DOORS)” NARRATED BY JOHNNY DEPP

February 12, 2010  |  Film, LA, Music, News  |  Comments Off

Our friends in THE DOORS camp have finally put together a proper cinematic tribute to LA's most important rock band. The film, narrated by JOHNNY DEPP, is a time capsule, composed entirely of footage shot between the group’s formation in 1965 and frontman Jim Morrison’s death in 1971. Director TOM DiCILLO's revealing documentary is a treasure trove of live performances, TV appearances, home movies, studio footage, and a never-before-seen independent film made called "HWY" by and starring Morrison. The movie will make its US theatrical debut at this summer's LA FILM FEST, June 18–28.

**Watch RAY MANZEREK's history of The Doors mini-film series HERE

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FILM///EXPANDED “ALICE IN WONDERLAND” TRAILER

February 11, 2010  |  Film, News  |  Comments Off

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MEDIA///WIEDEN+KENNEDY LAUNCHES W+K ENTERTAINMENT AND NEW “D.I.Y. AMERICA” SHORT FILM SERIES

February 10, 2010  |  art, Beautiful Losers, Film, Media, News  |  Comments Off

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Portland-based advertising agency and Supertouch buddies WIEDEN+KENNEDY has quitely launched its own online alternative media outlet, W+K ENTERTAINMENT, and the first significant offerings include a short film series by AARON ROSE titled "D.I.Y. AMERICA". Basically an extension of the previous Beautiful Losers film & traveling art show, the shorts further examine the fertile artistic culture of skateboarding and the influence its had on modern underground visual culture, with additional feature episodes on Os Gemeos and Swoon. Watch the entire series HERE...

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SPORT///RYAN McGINLEY CELEBRATES THE 2010 OLYMPICS IN FILM AND PHOTOS

February 10, 2010  |  art, Film, News, Photography  |  Comments Off

Photographer/director RYAN McGINLEY has produced the most beautiful tribute to this year's winter OLYMPICS yet with his new short film "The Lightness of Being an Olympian," and photo essay, "The Highlifers" commissioned by the NY TIMES.

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MEDIA///PHARRELL INTERVIEWS KAWS

February 10, 2010  |  art, Film, Graffiti, KAWS, News, Street Art  |  Comments Off

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FILM///WHAT IF FAMOUS FILMMAKERS DIRECTED THE SUPER BOWL???

February 9, 2010  |  Film, News, Sport, WTF???  |  Comments Off

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FILM///NEWS///LIL WAYNE WILL LEAD THE NAVI IN AVATAR II

February 4, 2010  |  Film, News, WTF???  |  Comments Off

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Lil Wayne takes Hip Hop to the next level...

It was announced today that human alien LIL WAYNE has been confirmed as the lead role in AVATAR II as the leader of the NAVI. Pre-production is set to commence upon Wayne's release from prison in 2011, earlier if he gets out for good behavior...

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NEWS///JOHNNY DEPP SET TO DIRECT KEITH RICHARDS DOCUMENTARY

February 4, 2010  |  Film, News, Rock of Ages  |  Comments Off

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Portraits of Keef by German painter Sebastian Kruger...

JOHNNY DEPP has announced that he'll soon be directing an in-depth documentary on legendary rock cockroach KEITH RICHARDS. "I'm very touched that Keith has agreed to show up in front of my cameras," said Depp, whose last rock documentary was a short film titled "Stuff" chronicling the squalid living conditions of a then-dying John Frusciante after he'd quit the Red Hot Chili Peppers and settled into a life of speedball-fueled seclusion in his Hollywood Hills home (which later burned down). We can only imagine that Mick is probably lining up his own rival documentary crew at this very moment...

Johnny Depp's "Stuff", a Film About John Frusciante:

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MUSIC///NEWS///BAD BRAINS DOCUMENTARY NEARING COMPLETION

February 3, 2010  |  Film, Music, News  |  Comments Off

The influence of the greatest, most powerful, and most innovative hardcore band of all time, BAD BRAINS, literally cannot be overstated. There is not a genre of popular heavy music today that does not benefit from the mighty steps taken from the unlikely Rastas from DC who infused reggae, dub, and speed metal into the otherwise homogenous, suburban white genre. The band's camp has been working on a long-overdue comprehensive documentary for over a year now and  our buddies at METAL UNDERGROUND say the reels are almost ready to roll:

"BAD BRAINS has announced that it is in the final stages of production for its acclaimed documentary. No release date has been set yet.

The yet-untitled film was directed by Mandy Stein and Ben Logan and traces the history of the band from their formation in Washington, D.C. in 1979 to the present day. In addition to tons of footage from the band’s vault, the movie includes interviews with all four members (vocalist HR, guitarist Dr. Know, bassist Darryl Jenifer and drummer Earl Hudson) and their manager Anthony Countey, as well as testimonials from Henry Rollins, ex-Minor Threat and Fugazi vocalist Ian MacKaye, ex-Minor Threat guitarist Lyle Preslar, ex-Cro Mags vocalist Jon Joseph and guitarist Harley Flanagan, Murphys Law guitarist Jimmy Gestapo and Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch, who produced Bad Brains 2007 album Build a Nation.

In addition to giving birth to the hardcore movement with their song “Pay to Cum” and inspiring all of the aforementioned musicians in the process, the Bad Brains had a huge influence on a new breed of late ‘80 and early ’90s metal bands, including Living Colour, Faith No More, 24-7 Spyz and Fishbone. While the Bad Brains flick is currently in post-production, it will be ready for release in a Jamaican minute."

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