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..