Posted on Thursday, February 27th, 2014 by Angie Han
Kanye West has unveiled the first Yeezus trailer, and it’s… something. The music is fantastic, as you’d expect, and the imagery is colorful, arresting, and bizarrely beautiful. What’s missing is any explanation of what Yeezus actually is.
West’s website simply says that it’s a film “directed by Hype Williams coming to theaters,” and from what we can tell it looks like a concert film from his Yeezus tour. But given that Bret Easton Ellis recently revealed that he was working on a feature with West, this could be something a little different from your typical concert movie. Hit the jump to watch the video and to get the latest word on the Ellis-scripted film.
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Posted on Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 by Angie Han
Bret Easton Ellis‘s last film, The Canyons, didn’t get much in the way of critical acclaim, but it nevertheless received a lot of attention for a splashy cast that included Lindsay Lohan and porn star James Deen. Now, for his next project, he’s joining forces with another tabloid-friendly celebrity: Kanye West.
According to Ellis, it was West who approached him about the project, and West’s new album Yeezus that inspired Ellis to accept. Hit the jump to read his comments.
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Weeks back, Kanye West publicly blasted Jimmy Kimmel when the late night host reenacted one of West’s interviews with children. If that made the rapper/producer mad, he might explode once he sees Seth Rogen and James Franco‘s latest stunt.
The pair, who are currently shooting The Interview, took a break from filming to do a shot by shot remake of West’s video Bound 2, which has become a punchline for its low-production values and Kim Kardashian‘s “nudity.” Where This Is The End played with the balances between reality and parody, this video smashes it over the head with a sledgehammer. Hilarious isn’t the word. Read More »
We’ve wondered about the Paul Schrader and Bret Easton Ellis film The Canyons for months, after watching the casting, the spectacle of the production dealing with Lindsay Lohan, the festival rejection, and all those slapdash early trailers.
The film is out now, and reviews, well, aren’t great. But the folks at IFC have come up with a great marketing angle: get one of the most popular and/or controversial artists of the day to put hands on a new trailer. And so we’ve got a re-cut version of the theaterical trailer (editing by Nate Brown) with a new score by Kanye West and Noah Goldstein. Check it out below. Read More »
Back in January, a weird news story broke saying rapper/producer Kanye West was taking meetings to be the creative director on a movie adaptation of the sci-fi sitcom cartoon The Jetsons. At the time, the news came from West’s personal Twitter account, but was quickly deleted. That was the last we heard of it.
Soon after, though, Van Robichaux and Evan Susser were hired to work on a screenplay, suggesting the movie had some life. As for West, six months have passed and he’s out promoting his new album, Yeezus. Is it still working on The Jetsons? One profile casually mentions he most certainly is. Read More »
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Damn, this trailer for Martin Scorsese‘s new film The Wolf of Wall Street is a great piece of work. Might be one of the year’s best trailers by the time 2013 is all said and done.
This edit struts along to the tune of ‘Black Skinhead‘ from Kanye West and flashes all the symbols of excess you’d expect from a movie about a stock trader who made nearly a million dollars a week when he was only 26. There are cars, boats, women, drugs, parties, guns, cash… and Matthew McConaughey just stealing the end of the trailer right out from under Leonardo DiCaprio. It’s a bit like watching Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby by way of Oliver Stone’s Wall Street.
That said, DiCaprio is definitely the star here playing Jordan Belfort, whose meteoric rise and dizzying fall inspired the film. It’s weird to be at a point where it’s a minor stretch to see Leonardo DiCaprio play a 26-year old (he’s 38) but if the movie has this sort of energy it’ll probably work out just fine. This is his fifth film with Scorsese, and we’ll be watching closely to see how their partnership has evolved.
Check out the trailer below.
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Kanye West says a lot of stuff on Twitter — so much so, sometimes, that his account should be labeled with that old tag that adorned cheap novelties and pinball machines, “for amusement only.” Last night he went on a long tweet-spree, the contents of which are mostly out of our editorial jurisdiction.
There was one thing, however, that caught our eye: Kanye says he just had a conference call about becoming the creative director for “the Jetson movie.” Huh? Read More »
While looking around Craigslist last night, I came across a listing for a Life Size replica of Kaneda’s Bike from Akira. Built by Hollywood Fabricator Eddie Paul for Rapper/singer/record producer Kanye West, this Akira Bike is for sale for only $4,000. The only catch is that it is a collectible meant to be displayed, not ridden. Made from steel and vacuum-formed plastic with rubber tires, the bike was built for the Kanye West Music Video “Stronger” (but was cut from the final video). Kanye West and the music video producer signed the bike. Hit the jump to see more photos.
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My original title for this piece was ‘Kanye West Loves Enter the Void, But Not Enough to Credit It.’ Because the video for the Kanye West single ‘All of the Lights’ is dominated by strobing full-screen text missives that are pure imitations of the brilliant and assaultive credits sequence for Gaspar Noe‘s Enter the Void. But while the video sees fit to ape the credits to Gaspar Noe’s latest film right down to the fact of crediting some of the people involved in the video, it doesn’t actually shout out to the film or filmmaker that inspired it. Bad form, Kanye.
Then again, the video already has far more than two million views on YouTube, and perhaps it will bring a new and unsuspecting audience to Mr. Noe’s film. Check out the video and the credit sequence that inspired it, after the break. Read More »