Hey all you Trekkies out there! Why no get yourselves all excited for the arrival of the newest film adventure in the Star Trek franchise, Star Trek Beyond, which hits theaters Friday, July 22nd (Previews on Thursday, July 21st), by polishing up on your Trekkie Trivia with the rad infographic below! Enjoy!
You loved his homage to the contemporary art world in Art Army Royalty; you thrilled to his Star Wars character mashups with Empire Peaks; and now, Mike Leavitt returns for his third solo exhibition at Jonathan LeVine, King Cuts – honoring the artist’s obsession with 16 of the Best Film Directors Ever! And what great show it is!
Great film directors make sacrifices and compromises when creating a movie. They’re eaten by their work and very often their body succumbs to the pressure. In King Cuts, Leavitt transforms some of the most renowned directors into satirical sculptures, combining their physical attributes with features reminiscent of their most recognizable on-screen characters. Standing 18 inches tall at one quarter inch scale, each sculpture is carved from a single block of wood, similar to the way these auteurs might cut a take or reel.
Through his clever mash-ups, Leavitt has created totems devoted to the best story tellers of all-time that explore the role of being an artist and pose the question, is it possible not to merge art and life?
Similar to the way Kubrick, Spielberg and Tarantino use the camera like a window to gaze out, Leavitt humorously reverts the gaze back to them. Under their control or not, work sweeps over the life of the creator. Their imagery becomes more powerful than themselves and their icons overtake their anatomy.
Mike also made a set of collectible trading cards of each of the Director’s Sculptures, and the back of each one has a little story about each character.
Leavitt is obviously a passionate film buff who aims to elevate these directors as high artists, while also surreally lampooning them with a taste of their own iconic medicine. He explains, “I love movies and I love art. The magic overwhelms me. Moviemakers are consumed by their work, similar to the way my own work overtakes my life. Whether a block of wood, a scene ending or film reel edit, every cut takes conviction. Trust in that vision is so powerful that they relinquish their anatomy. That’s why I sculpted their bodies physically devoured by their work.”
Mike Leavitt’s talent is just insane. The details of each sculpture are absolutely breathtaking and this exhibit is lots of fun to experience in person. Don’t miss it!
Hey, do you enjoy movies directed by the Coen Brothers? I sure do. Fargo, No Country for Old Men, Burn After Reading; Love love love. Here is the thing though, about the Coen Brothers movies: when you try to explain the plot, they just take too fucking long to talk about. It is better to just go see them, if you are a fan at all. So, instead of writing a proper review, which would take me most of the remaining days of my life, I am just going to offer up a fun Top Ten List of stuff I liked about Hail Caesar!, a preview of which I saw earlier this week, and which you might like as well.
OK, here we go.
Fat Jonah Hill. You know how Jonah Hill was fat in Superbad, and everyone loved him? And then he got real thin and in-shape, but then everyone decided they liked him better when he was fat? Well, he’s fat again in this movie.
If you like Old/Classic Hollywood Films, say, from the ‘40s, you will dig that this film takes place inside the Hollywood film industry at that time.
Scarlet Johansson in Synchronized Swimming Scenes!
Did you know that Channing Tatum can sing and dance like Fred Astaire? I had no idea, but he is AMAZING!
Tilda Swinton as Identical Twin Gossip Columnists! Yes, I just typed that!
Alden Ehrenreich. Have you ever heard of this guy before? Me neither, but the story goes that he was “discovered” at age 14 at a Bar mitzvah attended by Steven Spielberg. Truth is stranger than fiction. He is terrific in Hail, Caesar! playing a Singing Cowboy Movie Star who gets hilariously miscast as a romantic lead in a straight drama.
Wait until you see Channing Tatum’s Character’s House. It is just insane, and I want to live in it.
Christopher Lambert, star of the most important ’80s genre pic ever, Highlander, has a brief supporting role, and shares a scene with the move’s primary lead actor, Josh Brolin. The fun thing about this onscreen pairing is that both actors are ex-husbands of actress Diane Lane! Trivia!
George Clooney was born to wear a Gladiator outfit and Roman Sandals!
The Submarine scene.
Hail, Caesar! hits theatres on February 5th, 2016!
Blowing the fashion world away with Blue Steel and teaching us that there really is more to life than being really, really ridiculously good looking, Derek Zoolander first became an icon back in 2001. Now that he’s about to hit our screens again in Zoolander 2 (opening February 12th) how much do you know about the male supermodel that’s SO handsome it makes the rest of the world throw up and feel bad about themselves? Catch up, or recap, with our new infographic of essential Zoolander trivia, most memorable quotes and some of Derek Zoolander’s most hilarious Instagram posts. Enjoy!
Thanks to Morph Suits for the Image!
The legendary Ziegfeld Theater closed its doors for good on Thursday, January 28th with a 10 PM sold-out showing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. What a way to go!
We’d heard the rumor for just over a week that the place would be shutting down to be renovated into an event space, so Geoffrey wisely suggested we head over for a matinee of Star Wars on the day after Winter Storm Jonas dumped two feet of snow on the city. It proved to be a good call, because I had, for whatever reaosn, never been there before. Better late than never, you aren’t kidding.
I took a few photos of the interior of the lobby spaces, but they didn’t turn out that great because I never like to use my flash. The thing I love about these photos though is that their darkness really does accurately reflect the glamour of the red velvet walls, and ornate brass and crystal light fixtures. Brightly lit photos would just ruin the mood.
Lobby staircase to the second floor.
This is the reflection of a chandelier shot into an oval mirror.
We had a great afternoon because The Force Awakens is just fantastic (Adam Driver as Kylo Ren: swoon), even though there was a tinge of melancholia in the experience, understanding that this beautiful movie palace would s0on join entertainment venues from Roseland Ballroom to CBGB that get closed down the name of the almighty dollar. They aren’t very sentimental in New York City. Read more about the final night at the Ziegfeld at This Link!
If you’re the parent of small children and are looking for a fresh and fun Christmas film to watch with them, you might want to check out HOLY NIGHT! A family-friendly adventure film appropriate for children of all ages, HOLY NIGHT! takes place on Christmas Eve. Two toy worlds live together in the living room of a house. Two traditions confronted. On one side, the Christmas tree, home of Santa Claus and his elves. On the other, the Nativity Scene with the Three Wise Men and the rest of its inhabitants.
When everyone is ready to celebrate a quiet Christmas the alarm goes off: somebody has stolen Santa’s sleigh and Baby Jesus has been kidnapped! Follow our heroes, Sam and Sarah, in an incredible adventure to save the most magical night of the year! Sounds like fun, right?
Watch it now for Free at This Link!
Christmas is only 3 weeks away! Twinkling fairy lights are going up everywhere, festive music is playing, ice rinks are heaving and Starbucks are already on it with the Christmasy drink (Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a Gingerbread Latte. Barf).
But when it comes to festive celebrations, are you more Buddy the Elf or Scrooge? To find out, take our “Which Christmas Movie Character Are You?” quiz and see which of our favorite famous Christmas icons matches your personality.
You can find the quiz at This Link! (If you leave a comment, I promise to tell you which one I got!)
Thanks to Morph Suits for the tip!