Better late than never…
Kate Hudson in Alexander McQueen
Another day, another great Sport documentary trailer.
This time, take a look at ‘China Heavyweight’, the new Boxing doc from ‘Up The Yangtze’ director, Yung Chang.
It follows kids from China’s rural peasant towns as they get selected and nurtured toward Olympic greatness by coach Qi Moxiang.
It looks like one hell of a journey, but even in this brief trailer you can see the determination and desire amongst these youngsters to break out from their hometowns and live a life of greater purpose.
After a showing at Sundance in January, the documentary will be released later this year into cinemas.
Ok so it may not quite be Kerouac’s vision of the movie, but soon, the Walter Salles (Motorcycle Diaries) directed adaptation will hit screens. Starring Garrett Hedlund (Tron:Legacy, Troy) , Sam Riley (Control, Brighton Rock), Kirsten Stewart (Twilight) and Amy Adams (you know…), and with cameos from Kirsten Dunst and Viggo Mortensen, the trailer appeared online a day or two ago. Check it out:
A brief round-up of what we’ve watched, worn, eaten, drank and listened to this week.
We went to see The Artist at the magnificent 1930’s art deco Tyneside Cinema last night. Michel Hazanavicious directs an outstanding cast in this black and white film set during the rise of the talkies. It is expected to sweep the boards during award season and could be the first silent movie to win the Best Picture Oscar since 1929. It certainly deserves to.
There have been lots of rumours and speculation this week about the possibility of a Flight of the Conchords movie. Bret McKenzie, who has composed music for the forthcoming Muppets movie, has stated that: “We’re gonna try and do a movie. We just need a story.”
However, a spokesperson for HBO has denied that there are any plans in the pipeline.
There’s no doubt, following on from their sell-out UK tour, that a Conchords movie would be more than welcomed by fans of the duo.
Laurence King Publishing will be releasing the Saul Bass retrospective book later this month. Seeing as Bass (1920-1996) was one of the most integral designers of his era, the book is sure to be essential for anyone with an interest in design, typography or simply cool posters.
Surprisingly, it’s the first dedicated book to be printed on Bass, and daughter and designer Jennifer Bass has worked alongside Pat Kirkham, (Professor in the History of Design, Decorative Arts and Culture at the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design & Culture, New York) to ensure his legacy is well-covered.
Here’s a video-teaser of the book in production:
Saul Bass: A Life In Film & Design is available here.
Check out this amazing video montage of Andrew Clancy’s year in the Big Apple.
It’s a wonderfully edited hotchpotch of everything that makes the city so great; multi-cultural, energetic, emotional, engaging, exciting and beautiful.
He says of the video: ‘Living in New York I’d grab my Canon 7D, or S95, and shoot footage of what was going on around me. It seemed like a never ending project and you could stay filming life in New York for a long time. But eventually I put my camera down and started to edit. Here’s the end result, it’s a bit rough and ready but that’s life in the Big Apple I guess. Turn up the volume or put your earphones in for the beautiful song ‘We Don’t Eat’ by Irishman James Vincent McMorrow‘.
I think it’s a great piece of film, and it makes me long to be back in the city, to be honest. Perhaps the NYC official guide should pick this baby up….
On 18th October 1961 West Side Story premiered at the Rivoli Theatre, New York.
The film’s popularity has continued throughout the decades, perhaps due to the Romeo and Juliet plot or the iconic Jerome Robbins choreography. What sets West Side Story apart from other musicals though is its appeal outside of the genre. As Empire Magazine put it in its 5 star review of the film, West Side Story is ‘the musical for people who don’t like musicals.’
Glamour of the Gods, published by Steidl, features some of the most striking portraits from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Taken from the John Kobal Foundation archive, images span four decades from 1920’s portraits of Gloria Swanson and Greta Garbo to the haunting 1961 cover image of Rock Hudson.
The book was published in 2008 to coincide with an exhibition which has been on tour since. The latest stop for the exhibition is the National Portrait Gallery, London. The exhibition, which features over 70 photographs, runs until 23rd October before moving onto the Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria, Australia.