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I love Pedro Almodóvar‘s films, so I was already psyched about this coming out … buuuuuut, apparently they opted for “I’m So Excited” to be the English name, so now I’m even more psyched / excited, (psychsited?).

It’s all set on a plane, so I’m going to tag this one as travel.

 

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It’s not really a holiday movie, but I usually like watching Beautiful Girls around this time of year (you can check it out streaming on Netflix). Maybe I like it so much because it’s about a guy coming home, then he drinks a lot, sees a couple a-holes he liked, and a couple a-holes he didn’t like.

It’s really the stuff that any Gen-Y kid coming home for the holidays can relate to, and I’m looking forward to doing it in a week’s time.

Anyway, this week’s Friday Song is from that movie. “Beautiful Girl” by Pete Droge & The Sinners. Happy Friday!

 

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Here’s a shot of Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs in the upcoming biopic, jOBS.

Good gawd, a terrible title and a terrible actor. This calls for a Liz Lemon-level amount of eye rolling:

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Get your Razzie speech ready, Ashton!

(via Huffington Post)

 

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Gaga on the cover of Vogue’s September issue. What’s with the shape of her body? Totally ridic when you look at un-doctored footage. Fail.

On another note — the documentary, The September Issue, is still available streaming on Netflix. Check it out for a great insight into the creative process behind the famous Fall issue by Vogue. Really great look into their creative process and you even get a bit of Graphic Design. Grace Coddington, Creative Director, has some great tips on how to work for a difficult boss (i.e. the devil) in there too. I highly recommend it.

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Can you guess the movie by the wardrobe photo?

Photographer Candice Milon shot these for Sport & Style Magazine. Erm, I put up the three that I recognized out of the seven total. I usually fancy myself a trivia master, but my guess of “Britney Spears slut dance from the VMAs” was wrong for the seventh one.

Answers to the above: Marty McFly from Back to the Future, Clockwork Orange, Forrest Gump

(via Visual News)

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I live and die by my Moleskine planner — I love it, it’s like my child and I’m amazed how one notebook could single-handedly organize my life.

Moleskine already released Lego Moleskines earlier this year that made my heart jump a little, and now they’ve gone and released these Star Wars Edition Moleskines. Totally noner (nerd-boner) inducing. If I wasn’t already married to my planner, I’d get one of these in a second.

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Gahhhd, I’m going to have a real GNERD MOMENT — I’ve been looking forward to Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit ever since The Return of the King ended in 2003 and am a big fan of the books. I just read a post over on Gizmodo and it seems that Peter Jackson filmed the movie at 48 frames per second, which would give it that super-smooth soap opera / Blueray feel to it (that doesn’t apply to the trailer above).

1) I hate Blueray. It makes everything look too real and any effects that are made on a computer clearly stand out as being made on a computer.

2) The Hobbit is good enough on its own. I’m not really a fan of 3D (just another reason for less substance and more cash leaving your wallet) and sure the effects were great in the Lord of the Rings, but the story is what made it so popular.

I say screen the movie at 24 frames per second and scrap the 3D poo. If people want to see amazing things in 3D, get out of the house and run around … or go to a museum. Bah.

Gizmodo’s rundown is available here.

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Back to Brooklyn it is (for a week and a half)! Headed back for the 99% Conference, chase down some freelance stuff, and pour two pints of Yeungling out for my homeboy AIW.

For these next few posts, that little highlight to the right should really say “Bolt Bus” instead of “Boston”. Buuuuuut, travel is travel, so I should be grateful — really looking forward to waking up in Brooklyn.

PS — the video is by Fifty People, One Question.

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I’m really excited for The Avengers movie because of 1) Joss Whedon‘s involvement and 2) copious amounts of spandex.

Seems that they’ve commissioned a new series of seven posters from Mondo to go along with the movie’s release. Here are two and I really like them. Movie posters can be so super, super formulaic (as seen here), so it’s nice to see that the studio actually paid up and let some artists do what they do best.

SCREW DESIGN BY PANEL!

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This has been floating around for a bit and I wish I could have found larger images, but Travis Pitts’ 6 Rules of Modern Poster Design, evidently, still hold true. (What’s up Hunger Games?)

Read a little bit about the project over here on his Flickr page.

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The first episode of Legend of Korra (the new continuation Avatar: Last Airbender series) is available for free download on iTunes HERE.

If my distasteful love for a (supposedly) terrible cover of a song wasn’t bad enough, admitting my love for the animated Avatar series from Nickelodeon should put me in official Gnerd territory. I embrace it, the first series was amazing (although M. Night Shyamalan’s live-action movie was TER-RI-BLE).

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I just finished watching the hour-and-a-half-long anxiety attack that is Black Swan. I actually watched it the first time in a theater covering my eyes, holding my breath, and giving the death grip to the arm rests on either side of me (pretty much everything short of popping in a Tampax Sport). I’m a baby when it comes to anything remotely gory, but I did really, really like this film.

Now, I’m in no way saying that what I do qualifies me as an artist (or anywhere in the realm of a tight-cheeked ballerino), but working in a creative industry, I can see myself going batshit crazy. Maybe this is an extension to my It Gets Better (for Creatives) post — I give respect to people who work in the arts. It ain’t easy giving creative birth to an idea, let alone having to let people tear it apart and put tacky-ass sparkles all over it. Hmm, I sound really bitter …. Anyway, this is in no way an endorsement for anyone to go all Nina Sayers on their job it’s just a post stress-fest rant. Someone needs to make Man Midol to calm my ish down.

By the way, these Black Swan photos (the actual substance of this post) are from photographer Ray Lewis. He took these great set photos during the filming of Black Swan. Being an on-film-set photographer sounds like a pretty neat job. Link to his Behance project page is here.

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