Sunday, January 30, 2011

Jesse Eisenberg meets Mark Zuckerberg

Jesse Eisenberg, Academy Award nominated Best Actor for his role as Mark Zuckerberg in the movie The Social Network, meets real life founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg on Saturday Night Live last night.

Watch full clip for Nicki Minaj shout out.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Lebrons Cartoon

The original ad campaign that featured four different interpretations aspects of LBJ: "the youthful and wide-eyed Kid LeBron; the physically adept Athlete LeBron; the smooth and savvy Business LeBron; and an ornery elder statesman called Wise LeBron" is being reinterpreted for a YouTube-hosted animated series starting this spring.


Starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill.

Written by Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network, The West Wing, A Few Good Men)

Coming out September 23, 2011

Wikipedia - "Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game is a book by Michael M. Lewis, published in 2003, about the Oakland Athletics baseball team and its general manager Billy Beane. Its focus is the team's modernized, analytical, sabermetric approach to assembling a competitive baseball team, despite Oakland's disadvantaged revenue situation."

One of SlashFilm's Blogger Germain's Top Ten Most Anticipated Films of 2011. (I'm not really anticipating any of the other ranked films except HP7 Part 2)

Monday, January 24, 2011

Das Racist

"Das Racist is a rap group based in Brooklyn, composed of Queens-born Himanshu Suri and San Francisco-born Victor Vazquez joined by hype man Ashok Kondabolu, known as Dap, for live performances and in music videos. Known for their use of humor, obscure references, and unconventional style, Das Racist has been both dismissed as joke rap and hailed as an urgent new voice in rap."

The group's first breakthrough song, Combination Pizza Hut-Taco Bell

Download mixtapes:
Das Racist - Sit Down, Man (September 2010) featuring production from Boi-1da and Diplo

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Robert Rodriguez Kobe Bryant Movie

Nike has an 8-minute Robert Rodriguez directed film set to debut All-Star weekend.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Greatest Story Never Told

I honestly can't remember, but I want to say this album has supposedly been "about to come out" for maybe 5 years.

Saigon's "The Greatest Story Never Told" (almost entirely produced by Just Blaze) will finally be released February 15, 2011 (I really hope I'm not jinxing it).

Thursday, January 13, 2011

First Look New Spider-Man

Above is the first image of Andrew Garfield (Eduardo Saverin in The Social Network) as Spider-Man in Marc Webb's ((500) Days of Summer) upcoming 3D Spider-Man reboot.

July 3, 2012

Slash Film - "Does the First Photo of Marc Webb’s Spider-Man Hold Clues About the Character?"

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Matt Stone & Trey Parker Broadway Musical

The creators of South Park (Matt Stone & Trey Parker) in collaboration with the creator of Avenue Q are debuting a new Broadway musical, The Book of Mormon, starting in previews February 24, 2011.

Tickets and more information can be found here.

Pink Ponies - A Case Study

This is essentially what I do for a living.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Quentin Tarantino's First Film

My Best Friend's Birthday (1987)

Straight from Wikipedia.

"My Best Friend's Birthday is a black and white amateur film written by Craig Hamann and Quentin Tarantino and directed by Quentin Tarantino, while he was working at the now shuttered Video Archives in Manhattan Beach, California. The project started in 1984, when Hamann wrote a short 30-40 page script about a young man who continually tries to do something nice for his friend's birthday, only to have his efforts backfire.

Tarantino became attached to the project as co-writer and director, and he and Hamann expanded the short script into an 80 page script. On an estimated budget of $5,000, they shot the film on 16mm over the course of the next four years. Hamann and Tarantino starred in the film, along with several video store and acting class buddies, and worked on the crew, which included fellow Video Archives employees Rand Vossler and Roger Avary. It is the most overtly comedic film that Tarantino has made. In an interview with Charlie Rose (available on the Region 1, Collector's Edition DVD), he referred to it as a "Martin and Lewis kind of thing."

The original cut was about 70 minutes long but due to a fire only 36 minutes of the film survived. The 36 minute cut has been shown at several film festivals. It has never been officially released. Several actors in this film later appeared in Tarantino's other films Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, and Kill Bill.

Tarantino has referred to this film as his "film school". Although the film was by his own admission very poorly directed, the experience gained from the film helped him in directing future films."

Monday, January 10, 2011

Thuggest Run of the Year

Longest run of Marshawn Lynch's career couldn't have come at a better time to seal the Seahawks' Saturday playoff victory.

Seahawk fan video below.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

NYTimes 41 Places to Travel in 2011

  • Republic of Georgia - "A rustic ski wonderland on the verge of discovery."

  • Port Ghalib, Egypt - "A low-key beach escape with clear water and sea creatures."

  • Hangshou, China - "An hour from Shanghai, a historic jewel goes five-star."

  • Zanzibar -"On an African isle, luxury lures the après safari set."

  • Olympic Park, Washington - "Bad weather is good for skiers and storm-watchers."

  • Miami - "Big-time music arrives in a town known for beaches and art."

  • Santiago, Chile - "A city that was starting to shed its reputation as a buttoned-up place does not let an earthquake stand in the way of its booming modern music, art and culinary scenes."
  • San Juan Islands, Wash. - "Bold-faced restaurateurs vie with unspoiled nature. Nature wins."
  • Koh Samui, Thailand - "A toned-down version of Phuket, heavy on the wellness and food."
  • Iceland - "Where a country’s hardships are a visitor’s gain."
  • Milan - "A reborn cathedral joins fashion-forward galleries and hotels."
  • London - "A city opens a slew of new hotels and restaurants in advance of the 2012 Summer Games."
  • Loreto, Mexico - "A hideaway with empty beaches, historic architecture and sport fishing gets a luxury resort."
  • Park City, Utah - "Beyond the film festival, a growing group of top-tier resorts."
  • Cali, Colombia - "Cafe culture is on the rise while salsa fuels the night life."
  • Danube - "From Budapest to the Black Sea, new cruises on a storied river."
  • Niseko, Japan - "An Aspen emerges in Asia, with luxury to spare."
  • Oahu - "Hawaii’s most developed island adds resorts and attractions that make it worth braving the crowds.
  • Antwerp, Belgium - "A new breed of posh boutiques have made it a fashionista’s paradise."
  • Melbourne, Australia - "Splashy new hotels and restaurants helmed by name-brand chefs put Sydney on notice."
  • Tlemcen, Algeria - "An ancient Islamic city dresses up for a gala year."
  • Gdansk, Poland - "This city on Poland’s Baltic coast welcomes party hoppers and soccer fans."
  • Hyderabad, India - "Dynastic grandeur in the heart of modern India."
  • Manchester, England - "An industrial city reinvents its famed musical past."
  • Tallinn, Estonia - "The beautiful capital city aims to shed its stag-party past."
  • Fogo Island, Newfoundland - "An art colony blooms on remote and rugged shores."
  • Singapore - "With new resorts and casinos, the city lets its hair down."
  • Whistler, British Columbia - "The Olympians are gone. Now it’s your turn."
  • Guimarães, Portugal - "A city of youth is fired up by its art scene."
  • Dresden, Germany - "A new museum leads the way to a historic city’s future."
  • Oualidia, Morocco - "On a Moroccan lagoon, oysters, flamingoes and no crowds."
  • Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay - "The ranches beyond a historic village offer a dose of rural chic."
  • Tozeur, Tunisia - "Camel racing, souks and eco-lodging in a Saharan oasis."
  • Iraqi Kurdistan - "Safety, history and a warm welcome in a stable corner of Iraq."
  • Kosovo - "Mountains, medieval architecture and unexpected night life."
  • Pingyao, China - "Ming architecture is intact as contemporary culture takes root."
  • Salonika, Greece - "Out of the country’s economic woes, a new wave of artists."
  • Okinawa, Japan - "A ‘Japanese Amazon’ with some luxury thrown in."
  • Budapest - "A scene pops up in abandoned buildings, and glamour rises."
It is definitely worth going through the slideshow to see each location's accompanying photo.

The JFK Mysteries of our time

Kanye West - "Eyes Closed"

Kanye West - "Eyes Closed"

Song left off of Twisted Fantasy. Picture above from the upcoming Monster music video. Artwork below the lead single cover for Jay-Z and Kanye's collaboration album, Watch the Throne. Single coming out 1.11.11. Album coming out 3.1.11.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

2011 Slam Dunk Contest

Los Angeles Clipper Blake Griffin (dunk video above) will be joining Wizard Center JaVale McGee, Thunder Congonese Forward Serge Ibaka and Buck Guard Brandon Jennings in this year's Slam Dunk Contest. Will we get LeBron James as well?

"This season's All-Star festivities are being held at Staples Center. The slam dunk contest is slated for Saturday, Feb. 19."

"There's so much more to look forward to than the annual letdown, or the increasingly tired debate over whether in-game dunking has outmoded the contest, or the contest outmoded itself. There's Griffin, who is dunking personified this season; McGee, a constant source of amusement, amazement, and confusion; Ibaka's good vibrations; and Jennings, even if he just ends up playing hype-man, or sidekick, to all the bombast. This year, for the first time in a while, the dunk contest really will be must-watch television."

Monday, January 3, 2011

Urban Spelunking (under the subway)

New York Times "The Wilderness Below Your Feet"

NPR - "Into The Tunnels: Exploring The Underside of NYC"

You gotta watch the end of the video to see Steve Duncan climb the Williamsburg Bridge.

Favorite Movies of 2010 (in no particular order)

Artist - Rob Gonsalves

Wikipedia - Rob Gonsalves
Magic Realism

"Gonsalves injects a sense of magic into realistic scenes. As a result, the term "Magic Realism" describes his work accurately. His work is an attempt to represent human beings' desire to believe the impossible, to be open to possibility."

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Rio Olympic Logo Unveiled

"Olympic organizers have said the Rio 2016 brand was created to reflect the city's culture and represent its natural wonders and joyful residents. Organizers said the logo was based on four pillars: contagious energy, harmonious diversity, exuberant nature and Olympic spirit.

Nearly 140 agencies initially participated in the process to design the logo and only eight made it into the final phase. A multidisciplinary team of 15 national and international members of Rio 2016's organizing committee made the final decision a few months ago, selecting a design created by the Rio agency, Tatil."