Think about Facebook, iPods, iTunes — all things you might use every single day. They all have seeds in the “little program that could,” called Napster. Co-created by Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker in the late 1990s, the file-sharing service/social network was not only ahead of its time technologically and socially, it completely changed how the public consumes media. If it wasn’t for Fanning and Parker, who knows how long it would have taken for corporations to allow you to download music on your computer or rent one of their movies without leaving your house.
All this is at the center of Downloaded, a brand-new documentary by Alex Winter. Winter (seen above with Fanning and Parker) is best known as an actor (Lost Boys, Bill and Ted) but has been directing for some time. With Downloaded, he tackles a massive topic with authority and energy, telling the story of Napster from its earliest moments through its culture peak and long term fallout. It world premieres this week at South by Southwest in Austin and will be released by VH1 Rock Docs. After that, you’ll be able to see it on demand and online.
We spoke to Winter about Downloaded and found out it was a project he’d been developing for long time before it evolved into its current state. He talked about trying to focus such a huge topic, culling together a huge wealth of media and, of course, The Lost Boys and Bill and Ted 3. Read the interview below. Read More »
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If this summer’s blockbuster film The Avengers taught us anything, is that there’s power in numbers. Thor or Iron Man are good on their own but, when they’re part of a team, they’re great. That team-up mentality is the focus of the latest art show at the Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. It’s called The Gang’s All Here and features art based on films, TV and more where a group of people team up for a cause. Which is actually quite a common story device, once you start thinking about it.
The show opens this Friday, November 16 and features some of the best gallery art we’ve seen in a while. For real. Just one example is a piece we’re happy to debut, Laurent Durieux‘s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, a stunning tribute to L. Frank Baum‘s work. But then there’s also stuff centering on Attack the Block, The Lost Boys, Hook, Watchmen, Game of Thrones, Alien, Seven Samurai, Monty Python, Super Troopers, Harry Potter, Star Wars and so much more, all of which focus on a group of people teaming up.
After the jump, check out a huge preview gallery of images and the exclusive reveal of Dureaux’s piece. Read More »
Have you ever noticed that the name Michael is said 114 times during the course of The Lost Boys? Well Dan Nixon noticed and created a video compiling them all. Watch it now embedded after the jump.
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Okay, I’ve grown to accept that we’ll never get a real sequel to The Lost Boys. The 2008 straight-to-DVD sequel Lost Boys: The Tribe was beyond horrible. Warner Home Video has produced a third film, and this time around it looks like it focuses on the return of the Frog brothers. I’m not saying Lost Boys: The Thirst looks good, but at least it puts Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander back in the spotlight, instead of just assigning them to secondary characters.
The first trailer has been released online, and can be watched after the jump. If anything, this trailer makes me want to revisit the original again. But it doesn’t look entirely horrible, does it?
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Let’s throw a wrench into this Lost Boys assembly line, shall we? Filming on the second sequel, Lost Boys: The Thirst, is set to begin in early November (in Capetown, South Africa, no less) with Corey Feldman reprising his role as the moody vampire slayer, Edgar Frog. If you managed to fall into a sewer over the last year, the Crack Fox no doubt introduced you to Lost Boys: The Tribe, the worst vampire film to feature “extreme” skateboard stunts and tribal tatts in history. Death by direct-to-DVD. But wait! Based on the plot of Lost Boys 3, which contains a sparkly nod to Twilight, the next installment sounds even worse…
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We’ve posted about works displayed at Los Angeles’ Gallery 1988 in the past. Today we’re featuring new pieces by artist Kirk Demarais, whose movie-family-portraits in colored pencil have become an internet sensation of sorts. Perhaps his most famous work in the series is The Torrance Family from Stanley Kubrick‘s The Shining, a piece guaranteed to bat around the halls of tumblr for years to come. In fact, it’s proven so popular that Demarais is currently offering it as a limited-edition $65 print.
He’s added new works to the series as part of Gallery 1988′s massive, ongoing Crazy 4 Cult: 3D exhibition. (Check out the entire show here.) Yes, that’s The Emerson Family from The Lost Boys above, and it deftly captures all of the humorous, unique resilience of each character in face of a messy ’80s divorce. Also: age-appropriate sulking and curious fashion-dabbling. But where’s Nanook? After the jump we’ve included Demarais’s takes on There Will Be Blood, The Jerk (sold to this guy), and…Billy Mitchell (sans children because he’s Satan’s game-tester). Also, I couldn’t not include a separate work by Michael Alvarez of the lurid spaghetti-and-milk bathtub scene from Harmony Korine‘s Gummo.
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The clock is ticking. In minutes, I am scheduled to interview Corey Haim. But I need more time to: find my good sunglasses, make a margarita, and hook up my interview shit poolside at a friend’s house. The publicist agrees to push the interview back half-an-hour. The power of /Film. By-and-by, it all works out and the publicist fulfills a dream. I’m not into doing interviews. Much too often, there is A) a bitchy studio hawk circling, B) a wait-time worthy of a disappointing rap concert/Comcast, or C) the celeb is so glazed-over from blurting the same answers to ‘net middle men on every continent that you feel like hugging them, and then slapping them. And likewise for them, sans the personal contact.
But Corey Haim is Z) reached levels of non-ironic cool that even Steve McQueen (not the Hunger one) and Lee Marvin (the Prime Cut one) could never touch. Like brightly-dyed shorts with displaced geometric patterns, Haim burst onto the scene as the American teenager in the 1980s. For an actor—and for our younger readers—that requires more natural pep than LeBron James has hops. And in my opinion, Haim was the first real, believable and awesome geek on screen (dude, your comic store’s Dewey Decimal System blows) who could get laid. And thus, maybe get you laid. Paul Rudd would come much later. Paul Rudd is also a geek narc. Haim can be seen in theaters this weekend wearing a mullet in Crank: High Voltage.
Excluding the initial actions above, I didn’t prepare for the interview; I know I’ll be interviewing Corey again soon when he gets a major theatrical role. It needs to happen, Hollywood. Our chat was fun, casual, whatever. Haim has the laid back charm over the tele that many of us know so well. Just add a cigarette.
/Film: Hello Corey Haim.
Corey Haim: What’s up Hunter. How you doin’?
Ha. I’m doing fine, sittin’ by the pool. So you have a role in Crank 2. How did you first meet [writer/directors Mark] Neveldine and [Brian] Taylor?
Corey Haim: Actually, a while ago man. I believe. See, I was supposed to be in the first movie. Was it the same character? A character. I just know that in this movie they wanted me to play this character. Randy.
Corey Haim: Let me give you a description of my character.
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