Now here's a proper celebration of Roger Ebert's life. Tilda Swinton, dressed like David Bowie and channeling Ellen DeGeneres rouses 1,500 people at Ebertfest in Champaign, IL to shake their money makers to Barry White's "My First, My Last, My Everything" at the Virginia Theater on April 20. (That's Ebert's widow Chaz introducing the actress.) more »
Submitted for your approval: Exhibit A in the argument that a good song can make a mediocre trailer much more engrossing than it actually is. The word-of-mouth on the Adam Wingard-directed You're Next is pretty strong, but, shorn of its music, this trailer doesn't break any new ground. In fact, it reminds me a bit too much of the trailer for the 2008 home-invasion thriller, The Strangers, with Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman. (Same shit, different masks, you could say.) more »
If late NWA member Eazy-E doesn't already have his angel wings — you know, the ones that have remote-controlled Uzis grafted onto the feathers — he earned them on Friday. That's when Resident Evil franchise star Milla Jovovich appeared on Los Angeles public radio station KCRW's Guest DJ Project and rapped some of lyrics to the hip-hop artist's "Nobody Move" by way of explaining how the track helped her break free of her strict upbringing and, as we all know, become the badass beauty she is today. Check out her performance after the jump. more »
Musical Artists Jim Akin and Maria McKee Premiere 'Joycean' $550 Film, After The Triumph Of Your Birth
"Directing a movie is not that much different than producing albums. It's working with talent and guiding them," says Jim Akin, who makes his directorial debut at 7 p.m. Pacific Time on Thursday with the premiere of After The Triumph of Your Birth at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica, California.
Akin is better known as the husband and bass player for singer/songwriter Maria McKee, formerly of the alt-country band Lone Justice. She co-produced the movie and co-wrote its score with Akin, and though Martin Scorsese once directed her in Robbie Robertson's "Somewhere Down The Crazy River" music video, she counts this as her first real acting role. more »
Whit Stillman's Damsels in Distress is about to get some additional international mileage thanks to the release of the official video for Victoria Aitken's "Weekend Lover." The video for the song — whic hit No. 10 on the U.K. dance charts and is now catching fire in Germany — is composed entirely of scenes from Stillman's movie about a group of trend-setting women (led by Greta Gerwig) at a boorish East-coast college whose romantic entanglements upend their friendship and their lives. ("Weekend Lover" is featured on the soundtrack of Damsels in Distress, which was released on DVD at the end of July.) more »