Thursday, May 31, 2012
Well played by the NBA for releasing the San Antonio Spurs "Shook Ones" ad this week.
"There's never been a quote-unquote great Spurs team, just a series of extremely good ones. We poured dirt on them last spring after the Memphis upset, only to watch them resurrect themselves with their finest group yet. Parker and Manu have never looked better; one more title cements them as Hall of Famers and one of the best backcourt duos ever. Duncan hasn't looked this good in five years; one more title vaults him ahead of Wilt Chamberlain and leapfrogs him back ahead of Kobe as the sixth best player of all time (at least in my opinion), as well as "The Greatest Lottery Prize Ever, Hands Down" instead of just "The Greatest Lottery Prize Ever". Popovich would have to be mentioned in the first few words of any "Greatest Coaches Ever" discussion, period, end of story. And this particular Duncan/Popovich run (potentially, five titles in 13 years with the same coach and franchise player) would only have to answer to Russell's Celtics, Jordan's Bulls, Magic's Lakers and (god, I hate admitting this) Kobe's Lakers on the "Most Successful Runs Ever" rankings...
[They've] even managed to pull off something that never seemed possible: They turned a team featuring LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in their primes into an underdog for an NBA Finals. If you can't get excited for that matchup, then you don't have a pulse."
Grantland - "The Spurs-Zombies Retro Diary"
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Grantland - "The Many Faces of James Harden"
by Jordan Conn
"It's not that Harden was unwilling to dominate, but he was a reactive player who countered opponents rather than imposing his will on them. "James is like a martial artist," Arizona State coach Herb Sendek says. "He uses the force of the game against itself. He doesn't play with predetermined conclusions."
Friday, May 25, 2012
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
No teaser or trailer has been released, but to coincide with this week's Cannes Film Festival, Al Rose Promotions has released the first preview clip of P.T. Anderson's next film, The Master, set for an October 2012 release starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix in a loosely based film on Scientology.
Previously: P.T. Anderson's The Master
Monday, May 21, 2012
Directed by Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Road to Perdition), Skyfall is scheduled for an October/November global release.
"Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost."
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Kanye West record label GOOD Music will release their recently named collective album Cruel Summer sometime this summer.
The accompanying and same named short art film Cruel Summer will debut in Cannes, France during the Cannes Film Festival. Below is a preview photo of what the 7 screen Cruel Summer film will look like.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Monday, May 14, 2012
There are too many good actors for this not to be good, right?
Starring Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Nick Nolte, Emma Stone, Anthony Mackie and Giovanni Ribisi. Directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland).
Tentative release date is October 19.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
"See, I don’t think there’s just a young, black male identity crisis going on out there — practically everyone is going through an identity crisis. The whole fucking planet’s trying to figure out who they are and why they’re here. And so are we."
- the late MCA (Adam Yauch) of the Beastie Boys from a 1994 interview with SPIN Magazine
Monday, May 7, 2012
"When [Earl Sweatshirt] first arrived in Samoa, he was taken to a waterfall, which some of the other boys jumped off, though to a newcomer it inspired fear. “If you didn’t jump off the waterfall, you felt” terrible, he said. “So then you started jumping off the waterfalls.”
Doing so, he said, had given him new perspective, a desire to be more bold, and to trust in himself more.
“I just treat everything like that,” he said. “If I don’t do this right now, if I don’t take this risk, I’ll never get this day back again.”
New York Times - "After Exile, Career Reset"
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Grantland's Jonathan Abrams looks at the divergent career paths of the once comparable Tyson Chandler (just named NBA Defensive Player of the Year) and Eddy Curry (currently riding the Miami Heat's bench).
2001 NBA Draft