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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VINYL CULTURE///FILM///MEDICOM’S MUST-HAVE “WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE” TOYS

May 4, 2009  |  Film, News, Toybox, Vinyl Fetish  |  Comments Off

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SPIKE JONZE's forthcoming "Where The Wild Things Are" film marketing blitz is easily the most welcome merchandising moment in recent years. Kicking off the collecting onslaught is MEDICOM TOY's excellent KUBRICK set depicting Max and his merry band of monsters alongside an amazing 12" REAL ACTION HERO version of Max in his fuzzy suit and crown. All figures hit shelves in October when the movie— based on Maurice Sendak's seminal children's book of the same name—drops in theaters...

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FILM///THE BEST MOVIE OF 2009 SO FAR?: ADAM BERG’S PHILIPS “CAROUSEL” COMMERCIAL

April 26, 2009  |  art, Film, News, Video  |  Comments Off

And you thought "Hannah Montana in 3D" was the shit: To celebrate the imminent arrival of the groundbreaking CINEMA 21:9 LCD TV, electronics company PHILIPS has launched a new website which will act as the dedicated online home of the world's first cinema proportioned television screen. Found on-line at www.philips.co.uk/cinema, the site is host to an exclusive fully interactive movie, entitled "Carousel," directed by ADAM BERG with music provided from MICHAEL FAKESCH. The 2 minute 19 second cinematic feature is filmed in one continuous tracking shot and offers an exploration into the world of movies being made for the cinema screen through the eyes of the director and the special effects and lighting experts. During playback of the movie, users have interactive touch points in which they can access additional content and feature demonstrations.

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FILM///FIRST LOOK///SPIKE JONZE’S “WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE” TRAILER

March 30, 2009  |  Film  |  Comments Off

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FILM///”TRAVELING WITH YOSHITOMO NARA” BY KOJI SAKABE

March 11, 2009  |  art, Film, Japan, Nara, News, Video  |  Comments Off

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NEWS///FILM///ANNOUNCING THE PREMIERE OF RON ENGLISH’S “ABRAHAM OBAMA” DOCUMENTARY

February 6, 2009  |  art, Film, Graffiti, News, Ron English, Street Art  |  Comments Off

Supertouch’s own billboard liberator RON ENGLISH was a busy man this election season, canvassing the US plastering copies of his graphically disturbing “Abraham Obama” hybrid portrait on city walls across the expanse of this great country. On hand to capture it all was director KEVIN CHAPADOS whose created the documentary film “Abraham Obama” to chronicle Ronnie’s great political journey including run-ins with like-minded counter culturalists Morgan Spurlock, The Date Farmers, Shepard Fairey, Jack Medicine, David Choe, Sam Flores, and DJ Z-Trip along the way. The film will premiere at San Francisco’s Roxie Theater on Sunday, February 15th at 12:30pm, with an additional screening on Wednesday, February 18th at 7:30pm. Don’t sleep…

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FILM///FIRST LOOK: JAMES TOBACK’S “TYSON” DOCUMENTARY

January 23, 2009  |  Film, First Look, News, Video  |  Comments Off

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Mike Tyson: War & Peace...

Predictably, the flick garnering outright adoration and even a standing ovation at its first screening at this week's SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL is the gripping "Tyson" documentary by director and miraculous Tyson wrangler JAMES TOBACK. Told entirely in the lisping voice of the former champ in footage culled from countless hours of interviews, the father of six recounts his rise and fall, from early days being bullied as a fat kid ("It was kill or be killed"), and being forced to defend himself in juvenile detention at age 12, to his training with legendary Cus D'Amato ("I knew all the skullduggery ... most of these guys lost the fight before it even started"), to his days as world heavyweight champ ("Once I get in the ring, I'm a god"), and ultimately, his grisly public fall from grace ("I lost the desire to be a champion") including a prison term and the infamous ear biting incident. Along the way, it's revealed, Tyson squandered almost $400 million and lost nearly everything he'd ever earned, physically and emotionally. Toback has known the boxer since 1985 and was able to capture a raw and previously unseen look at the fighter. In Tyson's words, "Jim, he just elicited all this stuff out of me, I don't know how he did it." Far from glossing over the fighter's problems and controversial missteps, Toback's subject instead offers a shockingly open assessment of his tumultuous life, verbally beating himself into a corner again and again. The film is slated for commercial release on April 24. Read more HERE.

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FILM///FIRST LOOK: STACY PERALTA’S “CRIPS AND BLOODS: MADE IN AMERICA” DOCUMENTARY

January 16, 2009  |  Film, First Look, LA  |  Comments Off

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The REAL Boyz-n-the-hood...

Over the years much has been said in the media about the burgeoning problem of gang violence in America, with particular emphasis on the legacy of LA's notorious Crips & Bloods factions. Now, Skate industry legend and Bones Brigade mastermind-turned filmmaker STACY PERALTA, hopes to have created the definitive documentary on the phenomenon with his new film "Crips and Bloods: Made in America." Known as the director of the excellent "Dogtown and Z-Boys" and porno-rifically named "Riding Giants," Peralta leveraged his underground status to penetrate some of the most dangerous neighborhoods and situations in Los Angeles in his quest to obtain footage of the rival sets' most violent leaders and "soldiers." Narrated by actor FOREST WHITAKER, the film traces the origins of LA’s gang culture to the shocking, war-zone reality of daily life in inner-city Los Angeles as members of the Crips and Bloods perpetuate their bloody four-decades long feud. Contemporary and former gang members offer their street-level testimony that provides the film with a stark portrait of modern-day gang life: the turf wars and territorialism, the inter-gang hierarchy and family structure, the rules of behavior, the culture of guns, death and dishonor. Peralta also shines light on the overarching social causes of gang culture and a political system seemingly disinterested in bringing about its demise through effective outreach in favor of mass incarceration. Set to debut with a one week run later this month at NYC's IFC Theater (January 23–29), before moving to LA's Laemmle's Sunset 5 (February 6–12), the film will continue on with arthouse showings in Chicago, San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle before seeing mass release. Don’t miss it…

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