4 items from 2012
On October 2, Kendrick Lamar will release his major-label debut, Good Kid, Mad City, via Dr. Dre’s Aftermath imprint. But don’t take that to mean Lamar, a 25-year-old fiercely lyrical Compton Mc, was discovered by Dre. Alongside his crew Black Hippy, Kendrick has hustled for years, releasing a string of exceedingly acclaimed mixtapes and albums on L.A. indie Top Dawg before getting called up to the majors. While still in the studio, between fifteen-hour, all-night mixing sessions and family hang time, Lamar spoke to us about Fruity Pebbles, Tupac Hologram, and changing his stage name.Do you have any studio rituals?One of the main things I gotta have is a whole bunch of fruit snacks and Fruity Pebbles and Gushers and little stupid shit like that. That and Google. Sometimes my mind be working a million minutes at one time, and I could be writing, and I »
- Amos Barshad
Compton up-and-comer Kendrick Lamar broke out on the buzzy rap scene last year with the critically adored Section.80, thanks — at least in part — to the very vocal support of fellow Compton native Dr. Dre. (His thoughtful, well-crafted "conscious" rapping might also have had something to do with it.) Lamar and the rest of his Black Hippy crew recently signed a joint deal with Interscope and Dre's Aftermath imprint; together the labels will release Lamar's official debut, Good Kid in a Mad City, sometime this year. This is all by way of saying that Kendrick Lamar is on the verge of being pretty famous, and his new single, "The Recipe," is maybe worth a moment of your time. Dre guests, if one very proud Californian emcee is not enough for you, and there's a Twin Sister sample to boot. Enjoy. »
- Amanda Dobbins
Everyone is on pins and needles wondering what Warner Bros. has in store for the Caped Crusader after director Chris Nolan does his last tango with him in this summer's "The Dark Knight Rises." Now a series of (very fake) posters imagine some cheeky possibilities that are probably closer to what the studio definitely will not do.
Hero Complex charged lead writer Geoff Boucher and artist Sean Hartter to noodle with 15 imaginary scenarios for the next Batman reboot displayed via old-fashioned lobby cards promoting a 1960's-tinged "Batman: Mad City," re-teaming Michael Fassbender with "X-Men: First Class" director Matthew Vaughn.
Another '60s-styled entry is "Mister Freeze's Icy Revenge" from "Incredibles" helmer Brad Bird, in which he justifiably casts "Justified" star Timothy Olyphant as Bats and lets Kevin Spacey "kick some ice" as the title villain.
- Max Evry
As you all know, The Dark Knight Rises will be Christopher Nolan's last Batman film, but Warner Bros. has made it clear that the franchise will not die. They already plan to reboot the series, and there's a possibility we will see a whole new Batman movie by 2014. It will be interesting to see who the studio brings on to reboot Batman again. I just don't think it will live up to Nolan's vision.
The La Times have put together a few cool pieces of fun poster art showing us what several different Batman reboots by different directors would look like. For example, the poster above imagines a Batman film called Batman: Mad City, directed by Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class) and starring Michael Fasbender (X-Men: First Class) as Batman. Each poster also comes with a concept description.
4 items from 2012
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