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Karen O’s video for her new single “Rapt,” features the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s singer submerged in water, floating under the surface in a sequined red dress. The Oscar nominee shows no signs of panic as she spins, crouches, and twirls, completely surrounded by water as she continues to fall deeper and deeper. The video captures the woozy lo-fi feel of the song, which is about being taken over and immersed by emotion--both good and bad-- or as Karen O more aptly puts it, “love’s a f**king bitch.” Karen O’s husband, Barney Clay, directed the video for “Rapt,” which is the first single from “Crush Songs,” out Sept. 9 on Julian Casablancas’ Cult Records. “Crush Songs” are songs about, as the title implies, love crushes, written and recorded by the singer/songwriter in 2006-2007. “When I was 27, I crushed a lot,” she says in a statement. "I »
- Melinda Newman
Summer camp starts for kids everywhere this week, and that got us thinking about great summer-camp movies. There are the classics that show us the traditional camp experiences, including Meatballs, Little Darlings, Meatballs II, The Parent Trap, Meatballs 4, Ernest Goes to Camp and Lolita, as well as the horror flicks Friday the 13th and its sequels, and Sleepaway Camp and its sequels. There's also Indian Summer for nostalgic adults. Now, though, there are all kinds of niche overnight camps, and occasionally we get movies specificaly tied to, say, fat camps (Heavy Weights), magic camps (Magic Camp) and musical theater camps (Camp). We're even starting to get horror flicks tied to niche camps, a la this year's Stage Fright. And thanks in part to Mark...
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There is no reason why Arnold Schwarzenegger shouldn’t enjoy an Indian summer to his movie career. It is worth remembering that John Wayne, an actor almost as inexpressive as he is, did much of his finest work at the tail end of his career. Sadly, post-gubernator Arnie hasn’t yet found his equivalents to True Grit or El Dorado. »
Earlier this month, Titan Books re-released Alien: The Official Movie Novelization, Alan Dean Foster’s long out-of-print adaptation of the sci-fi horror classic, and they’re following that up with the official movie novelization of Aliens. Once again, we’ve been provided with an exclusive excerpt, but this one takes place during a part of the movie that was only seen in the director’s cut.
Ellen Ripley has been rescued, only to learn that the planet from Alien – where the deadly creature was discovered – has been colonized. But contact has been lost, and a rescue team is sent. They wield impressive firepower, but will it be enough?”
It was not the best of times, and it certainly was the worst of places. Driven by unearthly meteorological forces, »
- Jonathan James
In 1981, after seeing a very bad play called The Whales of August, I invented a party game. The rules are simple: Using nouns that don’t belong together — one of which ideally suggests the sad passage of time — create a portentous but nonsensical title for a future television-type stage drama. My favorites until today were November’s Carburetor and The Last Gesundheit of Indian Summer. But ladies and gentlemen, we have a new winner in The Velocity of Autumn. This new Broadway production is ridiculous not just on the copyright page of the script by Eric Coble but also on every page thereafter.Start with the premise: 79-year-old Alexandra (played by that 86-year-old powerhouse, Estelle Parsons) has barricaded herself in her Brooklyn brownstone, threatening to light hundreds of Molotov cocktails if she is not allowed to spend her remaining years among the familiar comforts of home. (A living will might »
- Jesse Green
5 items from 2014
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