Once upon a time a Brit-pop duo known as The Tings Tings was discovered by music producer Rick Rubin, which led to some appearances on MTV and ended with a hit song called “Shut Up and Let Me Go.” Apparently everyone lived happily ever after. The group, who just released their sophomore LP, is nominated for a Best New Artist Grammy, and this weekend they’ll take their irreverent antics to Saturday Night Livein an episode hosted by Sigourney… Read More
Project Runway — the reality show with it’s own official avenue — has become a television phenomenon since launching on Bravo in 2004. Similar shows like Launch My Line and The Fashion Show have emerged, but they’ve failed to match the original’s viewership. (We’d blame a lack of Michael Kors’ quips.) Consequently, the show’s popularity has inspired a jump in sewing class rosters, and inspired a new generation of Threadheads — who are currently 35 million strong. Apparently knitting is so… Read More
Lou Reed is a stark enigma that just keeps going, ever-changing. As a younger angst-driven star in 1974, he evaded reporters’ questions with unabashed answers and stated nonchalantly that what was written about him was untrue. A reporter asked him who he attributed the lies to. Reed responded, “journalists,” to which the room erupted into laughter. Some terms used to describe him have been bohemian, old, cool, realistic, taciturn, a grouch. Yet through it all Reed has maintained the stamina as a prolific underground icon. As Reed has said, only he knows himself better than… Read More
Wes Anderson’s fantastic foxes aren’t the only animated thespians in theaters this season. Next week another stop-motion feature opens in New York, and instead of wildlife, stars francophonic plastic figurines — Cowboy, Indian and Horse. In A Town Called Panic, Cowboy and Indian shop online for Horse’s birthday present, only to receive 50 billion bricks more than they intended. Meanwhile Horse tries to court a mare music teacher, but can never find time alone.
Like any clever animated feature, Panic flaunts enough campy misadventure to suit the younger kids, while leaving room for older ones — with hilariously mature themes like the perils of online shopping and perverse scientific advancement. The film, also known as Panique Au Village, is based on the Belgian television series and was the only stop-motion feature at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Stop-motion animation creates the illusion of an object moving by combining frames of the object in incremental positions. After the jump, five other notable stop-motion pictures from around the world. … Read More
If anyone is a fan of New York it’s photographer Joshua Wildman. As a veteran chronicler of the city’s youth culture, Wildman has captured influencers like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and skater Harold Hunter, who died in… Read More