Kung full-on trailer for RZA's directorial debut. As you might have guessed from years of Shaw Brothers samples, it's a martial arts showdown - co-written with Eli Roth, Tarantino presents - you get the idea. Starring Russell Crowe, Cung Le, Lucy Liu, Jamie Chung, Rick Yune and David Bautista, with Grace Huang, Pam Grier, Gordon Liu.
Always like a good seven minute song when it's done well. Details of the album from Toy on Heavenly in September over at the Quietus
(dir. Marc Webb)
Decent reboot with Andrew Garfield's Spidey a skating loner at school, Emma Stone a great Gwen Stacy and Rhys Ifans as The Lizard (so-so CGI, but some nuance in character makes him a bit less cartoony than the shouty villains in the last three films). Bonus points for the Gonz poster in Peter Parker's bedroom. Denis Leary, Martin Sheen and Sally Field all add class to a film that's balanced, remembers that being Spidey is fun, has some good 3D cityscape scenes and works despite the inevitable "climb up a sky scraper and FIGHT" boss level climax. Still not quite sure we needed to see the whole "how Spidey gets his powers" origin story again, but overall it's much more enjoyable than Tobey Maguire's webslinger. BTW avoid the 25 minute fan edit of all the trailers - it is basically the whole film, very odd that they'd give away so much online.Read more 3.5 star reviews
another brand mashup there is: Comme Des Garçons have done a line of Star Wars T-shirts
New Fleetwood Mac covers album on the way, organised by movie soundtrack master Randall Poster. Ranaldo and Mascis doing Albatross is a very tempting proposition. More details at Exclaim, The New Pornographers track is here on Soundcloud
1 Lee Ranaldo Band [Feat. J Mascis]: "Albatross"
2 Antony: "Landslide"
3 Trixie Whitley: "Before The Beginning"
4 Billy Gibbons & Co.: "Oh Well"
5 Best Coast: "Rhiannon"
6 The New Pornographers: "Think About Me"
7 Marianne Faithfull: "Angel"
8 Lykke Li: "Silver Springs"
9 Karen Elson: "Gold Dust Woman"
10 Matt Sweeney And Bonnie 'Prince' Billy: "Storms"
11 Washed Out: "Straight Back"
12 Tame Impala: "That's All For Everyone"
13 Craig Wedren with St. Vincent: "Sisters of the Moon"
14 The Kills: "Dreams"
15 Gardens & Villa: "Gypsy"
16 The Crystal Ark: "Tusk"
17 MGMT: "Future Games"
Dead TV (possible monitor), Phillips. Nunhead
19th Jun 2012View this picture and comment at Flickr
an odd moment from Kung Fu: Jose Feliciano and Cannonball Adderly jamming with David Carradine. Nice Grasshopper, nice
Dead TV, Brockley
14th Jun 2012View this picture and comment at Flickr
Ethan Hawke is saying that there's a third part to the Before Sunrise/Before Sunset films on the way. Can they follow up what was already a risky sequel without blowing it? And what would they call it - Before Sundown? Would like to see more of those two, have to say. On a side note, heard good things about Julie Delpy's Two Days In New York, the sequel to her v enjoyable Two Days In Paris
"@justinarei ... Fighting cancer, one beard at a time." We're no strangers to the joys of the beard here at Chimp HQ, but even our best mountain-ready full winter efforts look like Miami Vice trims compared to the dudes in this book by Justin James Muir. Inspired by a friend who had cancer, all profits go to the Leukemia and Lymphona Society
because it's about time that skating got its own Breakdance 2: Electric Boogaloo
One of the kids from Moonrise Kingdom explains how a phone works, Wes Anderson animates his thought process.
Hawk v Hosoi! Relive one of the great 80s skating rivalries in this upcoming documentary about the legendary Bones Brigade crew from Stacy Peralta
John C Reilly voices Wreck-It Ralph, a videogame bad guy who gets bored of his job in this new cartoon feature out later in the year. Nice idea. Jane Lynch, Jack McBrayer and Sarah Silverman are among the other voices, looks like lots of game baddies are in there too - Zangieff, one of Pac-Man's ghosts, Eggman etc...
The excellent @GoshComics have got both Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill in for a signing to celebrate the release of the final chapter in their League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen saga* London, 23 June. Here's a few preview scenes from the final part of what's best described as a loopy psychedelic mystery, bringing the Victorian adventurers (well, whoever's left in the team) into 2009 to take on a magical child, terrorists with a nuclear sub and holy war. It's been a very enjoyable read so far, and from what Kevin O'Neill says in this video, there will be more LOEG stories to come - starting with a Jenny Nemo spin-off Nemo: Heart Of Ice later in the year Didn't expect to see Driveshaft or Fur Q making a cameo...
*if for some reason you've only heard of it because of that terrible Sean Connery film, well, trust in Moore's Law: bad film adaptations = great comics
more dreamy beats RT @clammyclams CLAMS CASINO INSTRUMENTAL MIXTAPE 2: http://www66.zippyshare.com/v/31920231/file.html
Noel Clarke moves beyond his 'Hood series with this sci-fi set in a storage facility. Out 29 June
not sure this is what Diamond Dave meant
"How long have you been cutting your own hair?"
Tarantino has a go at a western, with Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio. Out at Christmas
featuring 25000 Post-It notes... (via Laughing Squid)
great use of 1000 fps camera tech from Adam Shomsky
some kind of Vegas gambling shenanigans from Stephen Frears with Rebecca Hall, Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta Jones and Joshua Jackson
(dir. Ridley Scott)
SPOILER ALERT: now in space no-one can hear you ... over the sound of that BOOMING soundtrack.
(check the comments section for the rest of this SPOILERISH review as we can't be bothered to install any of that invisotext code here)Read more 2.5 star reviews
Dead TV: Samsung. Brockley
30th May 2012View this picture and comment at Flickr
Watch pt1 of Wrong Cops from Quentin Dupieux (aka Mr Oizo) starring Marilyn Manson and a cop who really loves his electro
The Jimmy Corrigan / Acme Novelty Library artist talks. Reluctantly.
Another storming set from @whitedenimmusic at the Forum, London
26th May 2012View this picture and comment at Flickr
living la vida loca, with a little bit of rum inside him...
Interesting GQ piece with showrunners Matthew Weiner, Vince Gilligan and David Milch talking TV, the writer's room and Bryan Cranston in his underwear
It's the turn of patient parents Mia Farrow and Christopher Walken to deal with a manchild who won't move out in this War Horse sequel from Todd Solonz
This year's obligatory divisive Cannes entry comes from Leos Carax, and stars Denis Lavant, Eva Mendes and Kylie Minogue
Duff Beer for me, Duff board for you
interesting new development from Pitchfork TV: an animated indie series. First up - "Carrie Brownstein tells stories of Sleater-Kinney partying with the White Stripes - and Wild Flag partying with furries"
want to play Angry Birds in a Minority Report style? Leap Motion might be the answer
it's going to get stinky...
Love a good riff on time travel, and this Sundance comedy looks promising. With Aubrey "the sarky one from Parks And Rec" Plaza and Jake "that dude from New Girl" Johnson. Like the set up - three magazine reporters decide to investigate this ad:
"Wanted: Somebody to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. You'll get paid after we get back. Must bring your own weapons. Safety not guaranteed. I have only done this once before."
More on the inspiration - a real life ad - here
Jonathan Demme directs, Neil Young takes a drive