It’s a crazy, mixed up world and we are thankful for movies, sans The Tooth Fairy, that offer proof. Weekend Weirdness cocks its disoriented head to examine such flicks, whether it’s a new trailer for a provocative indie, an interview, or a mini review.

In this installment: a look at the new DVD Know Your Mushrooms, a breezy doc on fungi, of the magic variety and otherwise, with music by The Flaming Lips; the latest news on The Human Centipede, the increasingly nefarious, pukey ass-to-mouth horror flick now officially on its way to the States; an NYC public access DVD from Beastie Boys‘ pal Ricky Powell; a Brooklyn premiere party, a Michael Cera music video, and more! Btw: The above family portrait, inspired by my number one film of 2009, Observe & Report, is the latest work in a series by artist and /Film fave Kirk Demarais. …Buy it so I can steal it and cruise to Mexico blasting Little River Band’s “Help Is On Its Way” in a raffle convertible.

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Reasons for Sabotage in Star Trek?


There seems to be more than a few complaints about JJ Abrams‘ use of the Beastie Boys‘ track Sabotage in the new Star Trek film. But it isn’t at all random, and not just inserted twenith centry pop culture. First off, the sequence in question is when 13-year-old James T Kirk steals his step-father’s antique convertable and drives it off a cliff.

I must give screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci credit on this one. I believe this scene to be a multi-layed metaphor, and the choice of music might be a call back to William Shatner, who played the James T Kirk in the original series. Deconstruction and video after the jump.

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Star Trek Cameos Revealed

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TrekMovie has gotten their hands on the full credits for JJ AbramsStar Trek, and have uncovered a bunch of casting and cameo easter eggs. I have included some of the more interesting ones below:

  • J.J. Abrams’ “good luck charm” and best friend since childhood Greg Grunberg appears in the film as Jim Kirk’s stepdad (voice only).
  • Producer and Academy Award-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind) appears as a Vulcan council member.
  • Tyler Perry plays Starfleet Academy president Admiral Richard Barnett.
  • The Beastie Boys song “Sabotage” is listed as one of the songs used in the film.

Check out the full list at TrekMovie.

Beastie Boy Adam Yauch Starts Movie Company

When the eldest Beastie Boy grows a serious gray beard, you know the film business is calling, and today brings news that Adam Yauch aka the rapper known as MCA has started an indie film distribution and international sales company called Oscilloscope Pictures. Anyone who’s grabbed the nachos and grape soda and plopped down to the visual wonders of Criterion’s Beastie Boys: Video Anthology or watched the seminal rappers’ delirious concert film Awesome: I F***in’ Shot That! knows this news is cooler than “Fred Kelly as Bunny.” And Oscilloscope’s picture is big: Yauch wants to distribute two to 10 films (what an estimate, eh) in the company’s first year.

His partner in the company is former ThinkFilm VP David Fenkel. Fenkel will run this new division of Yauch’s umbrella company, Oscilloscope Laboratories, from its headquarters in downtown Manhattan, alongside former ThinkFilm dude Dan Berger. What kinds of films will the company be high planes drifting the planet to market and distribute theatrically? They want narrative features and documentaries, and they’re looking to funnel funds into unfinished films. Their first film is said to hit theaters by summer ’08, with an official announcement going out within a month’s time.

As much as I like Yauch’s music (his group’s latest The Mix-Up is perfect muzak for finishing a script), the guy has an astronomical coterie of talent around him at all times. His elite friends-o’-film include the Coppolas, the Cassavettes, Adam Bernstein (Breaking Bad) and Spike Jonze. Oh, and he’s also directed weirdness since he was 16, creating some of the coolest and most lager-gut-busting music videos (“Intergalactic”) under his secret alias Nathanial Hörnblowér.

Slashfilm Question of the Day: Would you pay seven greenbacks to watch a Hörnblowér in a theater?

Source Link: Reuters