Earlier this year, I consulted on MTV's Get Yourself Tested Campaign, designed to raise awareness of your sexual health. I was tasked by MTV to find some of LA's biggest and brightest tastemakers and influencers, with the exception of NY's (by way of Montreal) A-Trak here..
I received an Official Honoree at this year's Webby Awards for the series "Mission Makeover" I produced and showran for AOL Studios. Yippee! I'm not known for makeover shows, but I appreciated this opportunity to show my personal range and ability to rock whatever, whenever! Thanks as always for all of your support. I succeed, you succeed because it all comes back.
Read this in Deadline today. AMC Theaters and Regal Cinema have teamed up and created a new film distribution company called Open Road. It's being headed by Tom Ortenberg, a guy I used to brush past in the hallway when I worked at Lionsgate almost a decade ago. Without getting into too much detail, basically it cuts out the studio middle men who essentially mostly dictate what you see and don't see in the marquees. This is a huge game changer, and for someone like me whose gone the rigorous route of self financing, festival circuits, begging buyers - it's welcome news. And with P&A costs of marketing films so high these days, this new company can simply run ads and trailers before other movies in their own theatres. This goes in line with what I've been saying all along. The big tentpole movies have been running s**t for the past decade. People are now yearning for more indie, personal, offbeat fare - as evidenced by the recent Oscars with so many indie films in the running for the more prestigious awards, including The King's Speech, Black Swan, Blue Valentine, and others. The studios gotta be wincing at this news, hoping it doesn't become a larger trend with other theatre chains. The indie movement, I will always love you.
Today, stopped by Nacho's house. From the outside it looks like your average fourplex off of Beverly near CBS Television City, but once you step inside, it's a whole 'notha world. Nacho aka Nathan Cabrera is the wildly talented artist behind the designs for brands like DrX and The Real McCoy..
The house is outfitted with more taxidermy and creepy stuff than I've ever encountered in a single place. It's a living/breathing museium. Here's a cross section of some of Nacho's furry and feathery friends..
A little 'normal break'. Here's some signature Nacho artwork..
Some vinyl toys he made..
His wacky kitchen..
His bathroom full of spooky medical paraphenalia. All the tools here to basically fix you, or torture you, depending on the wielder..
An old, bronzed medical bag..
Run Forrest Run!
Back to a bit of 'normalcy'. His precious dog Blanca..
This past Saturday, The Hundreds and Scott Caan teamed up for a limited run of t-shirts with Scott's photography on 'em. Here's the video recap.
Scott's come a long way since being a kid rapper in the short lived group The Whooliganz, along with The Alchemist, then going by Mudfoot. I remember back in '93 seeing this video play constantly on the now defunct The Box, which they obviously had their friends dialing in. Scott's LA born/raised and we knew a ton of the same kids growing up. Go back in time, and watch this video..
Read an interesting article in Time, yes I'm one of the few who still subscribe to hard cover magazines. When flipping towards the back where the culture stuff is, ran across an interesting article my musician friends might appreciate. There's an online UK label called MMC (My Major Company), whose adopted the new style of financing called crowdsourcing. Similar to sites like Kickstarter, MMC essentially invites users to invest in its own artists to help make their respective albums. Then once finished, the split is as follows: 40% to investors, 40% to MMC, and the last 20% to the artist. This is a fantastic example of how the internet is giving back to musicians, and a creative way to truly include the consumer in that process. Love it, check MMC here. And spread the word.
I doubt the guy's clean, he's definitely hopped up. But I can somewhat understand, or maybe he's that persuasive, re: his frustration of people passing judgment on him, especially in the high stress and fast pace of a hit studio show. Not only is Two and a Half Men making CBS money hand over fists, but has boosted the network to television dominance, specifically through it's portfolio of multi-cam comedies. Either way, Charlie puts Mel and Christian to shame with his own Hollywood rant. One that will have rippling effects yet to be known.
So recently got brought on to consult for the new MTV GYT campaign, which stands for Get Yourself Tested, an effort to raise sexual health awareness. My job was to wrangle some tastemakers from Los Angeles, so I recruited friends Han Cholo, Bobby Hundreds, Lovemade, and Buff Monster. Day One, I pulled up and what do you know, the city taking down years worth of laced shoes off of the Rosewood power line..
MTV def filmed that, classic California snips. Just then, Bobby Hundreds rolls up in his super rare Delorean..
That's Lance Bangs, an amazing cinematographer. You might recognize that salt & pepper hair leaking underneath the visor from the Jackass franchise. Really nice guy..
He was busy filming Buff Monster actually painting my personal wall..
The rest of the process can be found on Juxtapoz' Online Magazine. Great synergy with the MTV crew out from New York. Shout to my buddy Howard Grandison, my new brother on the other coast! Look out for the campaign dropping late March on the network in between your favorite reruns of Jersey Shore and Teen Mom 2!
In the latest The Hundreds video, we collaborated with Nick Kroll's classic character Bobby Bottleservice, who is the archetypal Affliction-wearing douchebag. Here, Bottleservice visits The Hundreds' office to provide style consultation!
Kroll first caught fire with this character in the Funny Or Die hit viral series The Ed Hardy Boyz. Here's the flagship episode I caught last year, and right away I wondered, why I hadn't thought of this!
Lastly, I'll be tuning in to see the World Premiere of "Nick Kroll: Thank You Very Cool” on Comedy Central debuting this Saturday, January 29 @ 10p. Nick's a really funny dude, very humble too. So support!
That's Park Chan-wook, acclaimed South Korean director of the classic psychological thriller "Old Boy". Here's one of my favorite scenes from the film..
Park is soon to unveil his new film "Paranmanjang", in English translated to "Ups and Downs". He's been publicizing the fact that the entire film was shot on a few iPhones 4. What!? Not surprising, it's an industry theme that's been bubbling for some time, using cell phone technology to shoot things, but until now it's mostly been documentaries. Park says they used external lenses, which I'm very curious how they rigged them, and that the entire process was just like any other film. Looking forward to checking this out. Read the article from the Wall Street Journal here.
Sorry for the long hiatus, but winter tends to shut down not only the town, but also our collective brains. To start the new year off, Kim Jong Il Looking At Things!
KJILAT is one of those sites that make you smile. Earlier today, I stumbled upon it, not 'stumbled upon'ed (the latest site to be used as a verb in our ever expanding modern lexicon), but found word-of-mouth. It's a collection of photos of the Dear Leader surveying random things, both living and inanimate.