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Video for Youth Lagoon’s “Raspberry Cane” will leave you speechless

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Trevor Powers a.k.a. Youth Lagoon, takes his ethereal quest one step further with this video for his new song “Raspberry Cane”. Director Stephen McNally gets all subatomic and Pagan at the same time by delivering normalcy with indigenous and slightly cult-like archetypes. Let’s see we have Tiki masks, burning phoenix’s, ghosts and Mundy’s…it’s all very unique and oddly peaceful. I can’t wait to pick up a copy of this track off YL’s second album Wonderous Bughouse on Fat Possum Records.

NOISEY gives us the lowdown on Hair, Style and Music

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How much does your look determine how well you will be accepted by the masses? That’s one of the questions, I think, NOISEY tries to ask, as they interview the likes of Sleigh Bells, Tegan and Sara and Rye Rye.

From David Bowie to Karen O , the image of the Rock Star has always played a pivotal part in the commercialization of rock, whether you suck or not. Plus it’s a security blanket for a lot of artists, as you’ll find out. I will say this, watching this video is like sitting in a hair salon filled with annoying people talking about themselves. Good Luck guys and I apologize ahead of time.

BTW…anyone else think these artist are too sober?

A collection of amazing fan made ELYSIUM posters

Janee MeadowsThe commemorate the release of Neill Blompkamp’s ELYSIUM starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and Sharlto Copley, some amazing illustrators have created their own poster art for the film. Some of which have a bit of that retro vibe and some mondo, but all very very good. I hope you guys run right out and catch this amazing movie! I’m hearing good things.

All artworks come compliments of The Short List

Trailer for documentary 12 O’ Clock Boys is a stunning look at a new breed of bedlam

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Continuing in that tradition of groundbreaking cinema the production company Oscilloscope Labs, started by The Beastie Boys MCA (R.I.P), brings us another riveting documentary about youthful rebellion on a whole new level. Directed by Lofty Nathan, The 12 O’Clock Boys follows the lives of a notorious motocross gang that has developed a new way of spreading hi jinx across Baltimore’s inner cities. Is it breaking the law and how far will some of the impressionable youth go to become one of the boys?

This film premiered at SXSW Film Festival this year and also took the Hot Docs HBO Emerging Artist Award this summer. This is one of those Kickstarter successes that I think everyone should see…it looks amazing.

Via. Firstshowing.net

The 12 O’Clock Boys are a notorious urban dirt bike pack in Baltimore. Converging in groups and invading the streets, they dangerously–yet magnificently–make their presence known as they pop wheelies and weave in and out of traffic at excessive speeds, all the while taunting the police who must obey a self-imposed “no chase” rule for fear of endangering the public. Nathan frames the years-in-the-making narrative through the eyes of the adolescent Pug – a kid from the Westside eager to join the 12 O’Clock Boys’ ranks. Pug reveres the Boys’ every move, and Nathan follows this young man through some of the most pivotal years of his life, providing a compelling and intimate personal story within the broader depiction of the wild, dynamic world of the 12 O’Clock Boys. Oscilloscope Labs will release Lotfy Nathan’s 12 O’Clock Boys starting in early 2014.

 

Artist Kim Keever’s creates surreal dreamlike landscapes in a fish tank

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Kim Keevers has taken old school Hollywood effects into a modern art direction. Some of you might remember watching one of those “Making of…” documentaries about Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters or Ron Howard‘s Cocoon and seeing the VFX artists using this exact same technique to create strange clouds that usually introduced the mother ships in those films.

The technique involves dropping liquid, usually milk or something heavier, into a tank filled with water and jI__AANTV3KBZigv4GhxlryJoAQthen filming it at a very high rate to slow the image down. Slow equals huge and epic. But Kim not only uses this technique, but he creates the diorama style landscapes that sit beneath these strange clouds and eerie mists. It’s a trip looking at his stills…their so visceral.

A lot of his works look like physical representations of early American artist such as Jasper Francis Cropsey and Thomas Cole. His sculptures harness the vastness of the American landscape in the 1800′s, but then drops in the odd hues like bright pinks and blues, twisting the pallet and putting an almost psychedelic spin on all the majesty.

Could he be making a statement about the times we live in? You would like that wouldn’t you? The man can’t just be creating what makes him happy…RIGHT?!! You communist!!

All of Kim Keever’s work can be found on his website

Video for “Your Life Is A Lie” by MGMT

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MGMT has always been one of those bands that I have admired, but their level of consistency, in my opinion, has always been all over the place. But luckily, they have a record label that’s willing to follow them on this journey. Always creative and poignant, MGMT has dropped the video for their first single called Your “Life Is A Lie” directed by Tom Kuntz. Reminding me a little of Ugly Cassanova’s video for “Things I Don’t Remember“, this video is chock full of seemingly random images, that is until you “get all tall” then it’ll start to make more sense. Oh these hipsters….their just nerds of meth.

 

Director Jaume Collet-Sera and Warner Bros. are taking another stab at AKIRA

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It’s always a little disheartening when a studio won’t take a chance on something like AKIRA, but will dump millions into The Smurfs or Grown Up’s 2. AKIRA is one of those manga stories that Hollywood has toyed around with for awhile, but never had the balls to do it. But Warner Bros. does appear to want to make this happen and they seem pretty sure about the director…so what the fuck are they waiting for? The budget of course, the original Albert Hughes (From Hell, Book of ELI) project ,that was slated for pre-production a few years ago, had a budget of 180 Million, then director Jaume Collet-Sera came aboard and reduced the budget to 90 Million. Stars like Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Helena Bonham Carter, and Ken Watanabe were cast and ready to rock and roll then ERRRRRRRR….Warner Bros. pulled the plug with the hopes of bringing that bad boy down some more. Somewhere between 60 and 70 Million.

Long story short, Jaume left the project.

Flash forward and now Warner Bros believes, for some reason, that this film is doable now.

Via (Collider.com)

While Warner Bros. has apparently been looking at other directors to possibly come in and make Akira for the studio’s new, lower budget (including Catfish and Paranormal Activity 4 helmers Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman), Variety reports that the studio was always keen on Collet-Serra’s vision and now the director is in discussions to return to the project.  Apparently Collet-Serra has found time in his busy schedule to fit Akira in, and he’s also found another way to approach the material that fits in with WB’s new budget.

Having recently completed filming on the airplane thriller Non-Stop with Liam Neeson, Collet-Serra is currently in pre-production on the Warner Bros. thriller Run All Night, which also stars Neeson alongside Joel Kinnaman and Ed Harris.  The plan now is for Collet-Serra to move straight into Akira in the spring of 2014, once he’s completed work on Run All Night.  It’s unknown if Collet-Serra’s previous cast will regroup or what the director’s new take on the material entails, but it’s clear that Warner Bros. really wants to get this thing made.

This could always blow up in our faces. I for one, am not about films with inflated budgets and don’t deliver. But AKIRA is not to be messed with. The scope of this film is huge and budget shouldn’t be a concern for a story like this. However “necessity is the mother of invention”.

I don’t have an answer for Hollywood’s sudden shift to manga based materials as of late, but Godzilla 2014, Pacific Rim and 47 Ronin starring Keanu Reeves, may have something to do with it.  All I have to say is “Japan, get ready to assume the position, cause Hollywood’s got a something for ya and as always they are going in dry”.

BTW…Just give me the Lone Wolf and Cub movie and let’s call it a wrap.

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First look at the new trailer for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty starring Ben Stiller and Kristen Wiig

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Pockata…Pockata…Pockata….do you remember that…from the 1947 film of the same name starring Danny Kaye? It was required viewing at my high school back in the day. I’ll admit…I fell asleep once or twice during the two days it took us to watch it, but I wasn’t being graded… so it was all good.

Looking like an ad for Icelandic tourist destinations, this new spin on the 1939 book by James Thurber, looks amazing, but most importantly it looks truer to the novel than the Kaye’s film. Where the Kaye film was about Danny Kaye as a showman, this one seems to be more about Walter Mitty as a character.

The trailer is beautifully shot, but does draw resemblances to Michel Gondry’sEternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and Mark Romanek‘sOne Hour Photo“.  The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is the fourth major film directed by actor/director/comedian Ben Stiller and is written by Steve Conrad (The Pursuit of Happiness). But as far as this trailer goes, it’s cinematographer Stuart Dryburgh (Bridget Jones Diary, The Piano) that deserves all the credit here. I’m serious…I kinda want to see this film in IMAX 3D now. Let us know what you think.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty stars Ben Stiller, Sean Penn, Kristin Wiig, Patton Oswalt, Shirley MacLain and Adam Scott and is produced by Gore Verbinski and Ben Stiller just to name a few.

Ben Stiller directs and stars in THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY, James Thurber’s classic story of a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker (Kristen Wiig) are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.

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Bryan Cranston is a Russian hitman in trailer for Cold Comes the Night

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Proving once again that there is nothing that this man can not do, Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) is going “out the box” in his role as a nearly blind, Russian, career criminal. Cold Comes the Night is directed by Tze Chun (Children of Invention) and is about…

(Via. Firstshowing.net)

A struggling motel owner (Alice Eve) and her daughter are taken hostage by a nearly blind career criminal (Bryan Cranston) to act as his eyes in a vengeful attempt to retrieve the duffel bag full of stolen money that she lifted from one of the motel’s rooms. But now a crooked cop has the cash, and she has to help track him down and get the money back.

I was none too impressed by Alice Eve’s performance in Star Trek, but what better way to rebound than to “ugly” yourself up for a role like this.

In her defense, I think Star Trek was the first thing I’d ever seen her in.

But still, some people  have got the formula down and will stop at nothing to see that statue. I imagine Alice has been reading the Charlize Theron “How to make it as a pretty/ugly girl in Hollywood” book at her bedside.  Clever girl.

Cold Comes the Night releases in the U.K September 20, 2013. No word on a U.S date yet.

London based electronic artist TOURIST releases new single “Stay” on Soundcloud

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avatars-000031069506-cbwwfw-t500x500William Philips a.k.a TOURIST has been blending elements of chillwave and electronica since 2012 when he released his self-titled EP. William’s is one of those artist whose grassroots approach to promotion has garnered him some serious fans. In cooperation with Make Mine Records out of the U.K., his influence on the electronic scene is  gaining acceptance worldwide.

His new track (available for free download on Soundcloud), isn’t like some of his more beachy vibes, but instead has a bit of the two-step James Blake vibe permeating his usual glo-fi rhythms. The song moves like a trance tune, building in small increments. Although subtle “Stay” will grow on you and has enough of William’s imprint to add this single to your chillwave playlist.

 

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