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Run them jewels fast and prepare for a sonic assault!
We needn’t wait on baited breath anymore, because Killer Mike and El-P, the duo behind the voraciously bumping rap group Run The Jewels, are just as excited for us to hear their latest album RTJ2 as we are to get it.
<blockquote lang=”en”><p>COME AND GET IT! <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/RTJ2?src=hash”>#RTJ2</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/JewelRunners?src=hash”>#JewelRunners</a> <a href=”http://t.co/p9iv5MjOAa”>http://t.co/p9iv5MjOAa</a></p>— Run The Jewels (@runjewels) <a href=”https://twitter.com/runjewels/status/525524283725205504″>October 24, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src=”//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>
The duo released the album at approximately 2 a.m. this morning, a handful of days ahead of its official release on Monday, October 27th. The ear-splitting album has a total of 11 tracks, including already released singles “Oh My Darling Don’t Cry,” “Blockbuster Night Part 1,” and “Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck) feat. Zack de la Rocha.”
If you like what you hear, try and grab a t-shirt or crew neck while you still can. The double and quadruple LP/CD packs have long since sold out. And check out the duo’s US tour, stomping through a city near you, as well as the Kickstarter page for the remix album “Meow The Jewels,” if you’d like to donate.
Dylan (@Rastaman0318) is gonna be head-banging all weekend.
The Halloween season is perfect timing for “Ouija” a creepy horror film directed by Stiles White.
The story follows young Laine (Olivia Cooke) as she tries to piece together her best friend, Debbie’s (Shelley Hannig) death. She explores the spirits within Debbie’s house with a group of friends through a Ouija board. As a group, they asked the spirits questions in order to solve the mystery of Debbie’s death, but instead are haunted by the dark spirits which reside in the house.
It is up to Laine and her friends to quickly figure out the mysteries of the spirit board before it’s too late. The movie is full of jump scares and terrifying characters that will have you screaming. Careful though, because some of the jump scares are benign figures meant to play with the audience’s emotions and heart rate. The cast did a terrific job with their roles and enacting emotions. Their scared looks matched those of the audience perfectly. The film hits theaters today to kick off Halloween week.
“The Revenge of the Green Dragons” released by A24 Films and out today is a vibrant film.
The film was directed by Andrew Lau and Andrew Loo and has an executive producer list including Art Spigel, Martin Scorsse, Alan Pao and Corey Large. The screenplay was done by Michael Di Jiacomo and Andrew Loo. The film is vibrant, but not like a Pixar film or Disney classic is vibrant. No, this is vibrant in the gritty details and unadorned, unapproachable take on violence. The language moves from lively, powerful Chinese to teeth-gritting English, with a range of expletives and curses that appeal to both cultures. The story recounts a New York City Asian-American street gang and it’s internal (and rarely, external) issues, dealing with drugs, trust-issues, violence and timid (and short) romance.
The violence is highly detailed, slow, painful and gruesome. Those scenes move sluggishly off the screen, almost having the viewer dwell on the sick reality. The romantic scenes are short and simple interactions, the focus is on the greater gang, which is in effect the reality for any given gang member- support the team or die, literally. The uninhibited tendencies of the gang to do their worst- usually resorting to a highly visual death is hard to get used to even late into the film, and the use of the children experiencing the violence makes sense (a hardening, briefly) but seems overstepping in its unforgiving detail. Sounds are hyper-detailed as well.
The whole thing is powerful and crude. And for what? Well, a representation of a true crime story, actually (and perhaps unfortunately). Characters depicted still exist and are (at the time) have whereabouts unknown. On a much lighter note, after politics and brutal dealings, the story of the American dream rises to the top. One in which one either stays where they are (in this case, China), work hard and never get ahead, or come to America, work just as hard, and have a shot at getting something better. It’s a comforting thought that could have been accented more tastefully. The film stars Ray Liotta, Justin Chon, Shuya Change, Harry Shum, Jr. Kevin Wu and Billy Magnussen.
Shiloh Fernandez plays Phil in the coming of age thriller “White Bird In A Blizzard,” out today.
We spoke with Shiloh about his latest film. Read our exclusive interview below.
Q: What originally drew you to “White Bird in a Blizzard” and how did you become involved with the film?
A: Really I think as a young actor I’ve seen Gregg Araki’s movies and there’s something about being drawn to his male characters and sort of the complexities of those characters and I had some to desire that I would fit in one of his films, that there was some kind of like-mindedness or kinship. I read ‘Kaboom’ and met with him for that movie, and a lot of my friends did that movie and I think that this one was one of those things where it’s sort of a duality where it was such challenge to play this younger version that’s really not me, and take someone dopey and a stoner and almost could be a cliché, in a way. But then that second half … this act of this tragedy happens … that gets put on him and how old he gets, to me that’s so fast. That really drew me to it. It’s just sort of playing two characters in one and trying to bind that gap. And then basically it was just one of those processes where I had to go in and meet with Gregg and then I had to have a screen test and with Shailene. And it was so funny because Gregg, knows what he wants and that’s the beautiful thing about the movie is that he casted it correctly. So he wanted people to wear a wife-beater to the screen test. These boys were screen testing and I just couldn’t do that. I was like, “I can’t. It can’t wear a wife-beater.” You know I was a little bit exposed in that and I’m glad he saw through that. I think it was just when I’d seen that innate quality that I had hoped to represent in his movie was ultimately what it was about.
Q: We see your character, Phil, deal with some heavy emotional struggles in the film. How did you prepare yourself to play this role?
A: You know I think it’s really evolved for me since I first started out. I feel like I’ve acted for a little bit of time now and am only starting to get better. So at some point because I never took classes and I’m not a trained actor, I don’t know what most people do. I don’t know what that formula is or what I’m sort of left out of. But at first, I wasn’t super connected to the character because I would be like “Oh, I let me consider playing baseball with my father when I was four.” How sweet and sad that I’ll never have that and that makes me emotional. But that’s kind of bullsh*t. Like you can’t say that and be a good actor. You can’t play your part and excel at your role, you can be satisfactory and display an emotion that’s supposed to be that but that doesn’t really connect. That’s what has been missing for me as an actor is like yeah you’re fine, you did a good job, but what makes the character interesting is connecting on a human level or on a personal level and then playing your character. And so with this it’s a little bit different considering all the factors of Phil’s life, all the sad facts that I know about my life … his mother who doesn’t get to live a full life, the pressure that he must put on her from not being super responsible, maybe, about harboring a secret, about shaming, as Kat and as herself and being such a great person and not wanting to hurt her because she doesn’t deserve to be hurt. And then he’s disgusted at his own actions and I think anyone can relate to that. We’ve all done things, whether or not it’s true or not, that we feel shameful. And so that’s sort of the culmination of that emotion, that guilt.
Q: What was your inspiration for the development of Phil?
A: It really is the imagination game I think. I feel like, without getting super personal, there’s something about where I grew up and it being sort of a place where not a lot of people leave and they act out based on the fact that they feel trapped and I think that was sort of it. And as somebody who can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel and then has to make up his own world and his own games to entertain himself. Inspiration that way? Or inspiration like the fact that I love Gregg Araki and I can say forever that I did one of his movies? It is both. It’s one of the things about what I enjoyed about the begging part of Phil was that his unabashed sort of nature, whether he was ignorant of the fact that people thought he was trashy or just in ignorant bliss or didn’t care because he had a secret, and his secret was that he can talk up a family and speak to people and he can use whatever he has in every way to gain some thrill from playing people and I think that’s really what he did. And then in the second half trying to still sort of ride that wave and it sort of crashing in on him, more and more and more until finally he couldn’t necessarily reconcile and turn in the right direction, which is a step in the right direction toward becoming a whole person.
Q: Do you have a usual creative process that you follow when developing the characters that you play?
A: No I don’t think I do yet. I think that’s something that I need to strive to do more of. I think I always said, “Oh, I can relate to this character and when this happens here’s how I can relate it to my life,” and so on and so forth. And it ended up being not that it didn’t really sparkle or shine, as someone who’s a little bit uptight, I didn’t feel like it had that extra factor, ya know. I think that making it all personal, it’s like I’m not that interesting of a person and I think that I would try to make things relatable to my own life and that doesn’t necessarily make it interesting. It just means that you relate to something. Now it’s more of what you said, which is taking it, understanding how it relates to you, and then really digging into the character and using obviously the screenplay to roadmap a performance in terms of he does this and this and this and relying on your character to sort of make it fully formed.
Q: What was your biggest challenge and greatest reward in working on this film?
A: The challenge really was for me accepting that first half of the character cause I really didn’t like him and I didn’t like that he wasn’t super intelligent. I did pretty well in school but I sort of took the easy way out a lot of the time and kind of maybe copied homework once in a while and what not and I think I’ve worked really hard to educate myself because I don’t like feeling ignorant and I think to step back into that part of myself was really a challenge. It was like I don’t want to do this, I don’t want to be seen this way, I hate feeling like that person, you know. Because there were times in my life when I kind of felt like Phil, when I kind of just felt ignorant and, I don’t know, trashy or whatever and that was a challenge. I didn’t know why, I didn’t really want to do it, but I think looking back that’s probably why.
And then the reward was really looking up to a filmmaker. I do movies and I’m an actor because when I watched movies when I was younger, I felt like these people were speaking to me and they knew me more than people I was growing up with knew me. And I think the reward is to be considered valuable by somebody who you respect. And not only that, but in the end getting to work with and share time with Shailene, with Chris Meloni, with Eva Green, and with all the actors, and to be in a room with them, and to watch them work and to learn from them is just a fantastic reward.
Q: What was it like working with Shailene Woodley?
A: I think this has been a really fascinating process. We just did a press conference and we did this movie. I probably got this job two years ago and it was before she had done “Divergent” or the other movies, or whatever they are. And so she was just this really accepting, compassionate girl. And screen tests are difficult and I think the way that she was so open and welcoming was really sort of the beginning of a friendship and then that friendship develops into a really easy work space because there’s no ego. So you both go into each scene together sort of holding hands and encouraging each other. And just to see her development of last years and how she is still the same amazing woman but has really handled this with such grace, it’s sort of inspirational I guess.
Q: What upcoming projects can you share?
A: You know what I’m actually tired now and I’m going to just build lamps from here on out. No, I finished a movie called ‘We Are Your Friends’ with Zac Efron and the director Max Joseph and it was just a blast. I had the best time. I played sort of a really different character for me and it was just fun. I think Zac is really going to excel in the movie and I think Max is a new voice for a new generation. He’s on that ‘Catfish’ the TV show. So where as I don’t know anything about Twitter or the internet, he has all that on lock, and so to be around that and kind of gap that bridge between great film making and what’s happening with technology that was sort of a really exciting thing. And so I’m thrilled for that movie.
Flo Rida’s new single ’G.D.F.R.’ ft. Sage The Gemini and Lookas is now available on iTunes.
Flor Rida is back with a new track ’G.D.F.R’ which stands for “Going Down For Real”. ’G.D.F.R’ dropped two days and is likely to be a club favorite in a matter of weeks. Produced by DJ Frank E, Andrew Cedar and Miles Beard, ’G.D.F.R’ samples from “Low Rider” and combines elements of hip-hop, club and funk. As of now there are no talks of a new Flo Rida album, but that could change any moment so in the meantime check out the link below and hit up iTunes for the purchase.
The members of Cobra Starship have teamed up with Icona Pop for their newest hit “Never Been In Love.”
“Never Been In Love” is a fun, carefree pop song, influenced heavily by the pop sounds of the early 90′s. This is a positive, let loose song that Idolator calls “…a punchy party anthem, full of infectious piano melodies, hand clap, na-na-na’s aplenty and a soaring hook of a chorus.” To document the fun feelings in a video, Cobra Starship enlisted renowned photographer and drector, Ellen von Unwerth to create a documentary style video following Gabe on his first visit in Sweden to perform the song with Icona Pop and finishing the song in New York City.
Check out the music video here:
With a funky feel to it and Childish Gambino featured, “Jump Hi” is a song that you have to check out.
Lion Babe, a duo of New York’s own Jillian Hervey and Lucas Goodman, will release their Lion Babe EP on December 15, 2014. One of their most anticipated songs is their song entitled “Jump Hi” which features rapper Childish Gambino. The song has a funky vibe going and it also samples Nina Simone’s “Mr. Bojangles.”
Check out their song “Jump Hi” on their SoundCloud:
Check out the bone chilling trailer down below
Relativity Studios has just released the official trailer for upcoming horror movie “The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death.” This movie is a sequel to the 2012 hit starring actor Daniel Radcliffe. Directed by Tom Harper and starring Jeremy Irvine and Helen McCrory, this film takes place in the same house but 40 years later. It takes place when a group of children are evacuated from London during World War II and have found refuge in a home that houses not only the kids but the darkest inhabitants in the world. ”The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death” hits theaters January 2, 2015.
Check out the trailer here:
On October 23rd, 2014, Dick Clark productions announced that 5 Seconds of Summer, Mary J. Blige, and Sam Smith will perform at the 2014 American Music Awards.
They will join performer and nominated singer/songwriter Charli XCX and host and performer Pitull on the show. The American Music Awards are voted on by the fans and winner will be determined through online and Twitter voting. Voting began on October 13 for all the categories except for New Artist of the Year Presented for Kohl’s. The show will broadcast live from the NOKIA Theatre in L.A on Sunday, November 23 (8:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT) on ABC. Additional performers will be announced in following weeks.
Trash Talking Converse Shoes, what’s not to love?
On October 22, 2014, Converse Inc. announced the launch of its new footwear collection entitled “Converse x Trash Talk CONS Pro Leather Skate” collection. Insprired by their recent LP “No Peace,” the collection combines Trash Talk’s angst filled attitude with the functionality of skateboard sneakers from Converse CONS Pro Leather. This collection incoporates several distinct details including the band’s “No Peace” logo as a premium leather upper with a suede heel cap and a leather heel strip. The words “Trash” and “Talk” are also inscribed on alternate sock liners along with many other different inscriptions on the shoes. The Converse x Trash Talk CONS Pro Leather Skate will be available at Active Ride Shop retail stores, Converse San Francisco, Santa Monica, and Soho stores as well as Converse.com beginning on October 22 for $90 USD.
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