On a sleeting Friday in November, My Brightest Diamond frontwoman Shara Worden took a moment to talk to me just prior to showtime at Chicago’s notorious Schubas Tavern. Before the interview, her tour manager approached me in the bar at the front of the club and inquired about what equipment I’d use. “Just a handheld,” I said. He nodded and disappeared, then returned a brief moment later and led me to Worden in the back. She seemed relaxed; perched delicately on a wooden bench in the empty, drafty hall. I suspect he’d asked about equipment to find out about photos, and when I saw her I was glad I’d no camera after all. Her eyes, not yet made up for the stage, were magnetic. They reflected great depth, yet maintained a playful resonance just at the surface, and makeup would have lessened that effect. I saw her thinking in there, and what she was thinking was sharp and I saw her feeling in there, and what she was feeling was kind. Duly smitten, I joined her on the bench less gracefully, checked our sound level and proceeded with the interview.
Directed by Henry Selick, the visionary director of The Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline is a high-definition stop-motion animated feature based on Neil Gaiman’s international best-selling book. Selick capitalizes on his experiences with Nightmare and pushes the creative envelope seemingly further than ever imagined. Don’t take our word for it though, take a look at the content we have collected thus far.
100 Percent of Nothing’s Gothic poet and illustrator The Kreep has received a handmade box of treasures collected specifically for him by the Coraline team at Laika films. Inside the box, numbered 46/50, are highly decorated secret compartments that contain relics from the film including a bat/dog model, a bat body mold, authentic skeleton key with secret password, and a wing skeleton prototype #3. An old envelop with a wax seal with inlaid black button (as used for the eyes of the witch) and a hand-typed note explained the curious gift.
Actor-turned-director Clark Gregg shows he is as adept behind the camera as he is in front of it with CHOKE, a wickedly colorful dark comedy about mothers and sons, sexual compulsion, and the sordid underbelly of Colonial theme parks. Based on the popular novel of the same name starring Sam Rockwell, Anjelica Huston, Kelly Macdonald, Brad William Henke, Jonah Bobo and Clark Gregg – in theaters September 26th.
Two new Righteous Kill movie clips have been posted. Starring Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro, this is the first time the two have graced the screen together since the action soaked Heat.
Twilight is the Romeo & Juliet story of the ultimate forbidden love affair – between vampire and mortal. Based on the best selling novel, it will be unleashed In theaters November 21st.
In conjunction with French collective ill-Studio, Scion presents The Art of Music at its 4,500 square foot Installation L.A. Gallery. This exhibition celebrates the intertwining of art and music, and their mutually nurturing relationship. Music and art have become directly linked by their similar creative approach, especially as they evolve and complement each other through records, posters and flyers.