Monday, March 31, 2008
Posted by Kenneth M. Walsh at 9:34 AM
When last we saw Coco and Evie, Coco was trying to trick an unsuspecting man into being her sperm donor. This time around, Coco's a proud mother -- and her mother (played by Scott Thompson) is in town for a visit with her new grandson. Starring Jack Plotnick as Evie and Clinton Leupp as Coco. Written and directed by Richard Day ("Arrested Development.")
Can't get enough of bad girls Evie and Coco? "Girls Will Be Girls" has its own official site now where you can see all of the latest short films based on the hit cult film..
Posted by Kenneth M. Walsh at 8:45 AM
Friday, March 28, 2008
that lesbian Ralph Macchio. What if Matthew Shepard or Lawrence King had known how to defend themselves? Diana Lee Inosanto's new film, "The Sensei," examines that question in a tale of a young man who learns to overcome both homophobic hatred -- and self-hatred.
"The Sensei" will be shown at the 24th L.A. Asian Pacific Film Festival
Sunday, May 4th, at 4 p.m.
Hosted by Visual Communications
For ticket information visit www.vconline.org or call: (213) 680-4462
Go to the film's official MySpace page here.
Synopsis: "The Sensei" is about a lonely gay teen named McClain Evans (Michael O’Laskey) growing up in a small town in Colorado during the dawn of the AIDS epidemic. Constantly the target of hate and bullying, after a near fatal beating by three school mates, he finds himself the secret student of a woman "sensei" named Karen Nakano -- O’Neil (D. Lee Inosanto) who teaches him the martial ways to protect himself and the path to inner peace. But there are some lessons in life that don’t come easy.
Keith David ("Crash," "There’s Something About Mary”)
Louis Mandylor (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding," "The Quest”)
D. Lee Inosanto (“The Prodigy)
Mike Olaskey (“3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain”)
Tzi Ma (“Rush Hour," "Alpha Dog”)
Sab Shimono (“Southland Tales," "Waterworld”)
Emily Kuroda (“Gilmore Girls”)
and introducing Mark McGraw (son of baseball icon Tug McGraw, and brother of Tim McGraw)
Posted by Kenneth M. Walsh at 4:18 PM
I've long loved The B-52's. But something about their first new album in 16 years -- and first with all four surviving members in nearly 20 -- just wasn't all that appealing to me. Sure, I still loved listening to their old music (I'm a huge "Mesopotamia" fan!), but every time I'd see photos from their latest concert tour it just made me feel kind of sad. (It didn't help that 1998's Greatest Hits add-on "Hallucinating Pluto" pretty much convinced me they'd run out of new ideas.) So call it a cosmic thing (or was planet Claire aligned just so?), but Michael and I just happened to be walking home from dinner in the East Village on a gorgeous spring evening in Manhattan earlier in the week when we came upon the Virgin Megastore. Staring at me from the window in Union Square was a huge lighted promotional poster for the band's new album, "Funplex." Suddenly, I was 16 again. I ran in to buy it (only 10 bucks -- the price CDs should be!) then raced home to play it. I'm the only person I know who doesn't listen to the radio, so I hadn't even heard the title track -- which my brother had mentioned "picks up exactly where they left off" -- so I didn't really know what to expect.
But right from the opening song, "Pump," to Kate and Cindy's perfect retro harmonies on "Juliet of the Spirits" and the full-band experience of "Funplex" and "Eyes Wide Open," it felt like the party had never ended. (If only Blondie's "No Exit" had been half this fun.) I see I'm not alone here. "Funplex" has been Number 1 on Amazon.com, and the buzz all around it is great. (I hope they tour for it without the True Colors outfit. I hate festivals.) Having played the new album another dozen times now I began to wonder why I ever thought The B-52's had become sad. Sure, they're not 22 anymore (in their advanced they've even dropped the erroneous apostrophe in their name). But neither are their fans -- and there's certainly nothing wrong with having a good time at any age.
(That said, if you do wanna feel really old, check out these adorable clips from 1978 of the band performing at the Downtown Cafe in Athens. Kate was already pushing 50 even then, but the rest of 'em are babies -- and you get to see the adorable Ricky Wilson: "Downtown," "Rock Lobster," "52 Girls," "Runnin' Around," "Devil's in My Car," "Hero Worship" and
"Dance This Mess Around." (I assure you, they can no longer do all 16 dances -- and neither can I!)
(Perhaps it's fitting that all this B-52s stuff has reignited my love of fellow Athens rockers, R.E.M. I haven't been able to stop listening to "Lifes Rich Pageant" and "Dead Letter Office," two discs I haven't thought of in ages. Their new album, I believe, comes out Tuesday. Time for another stroll into Union Square?)
Posted by Kenneth M. Walsh at 7:11 AM
Thursday, March 27, 2008
This Tom Ford eyewear ad is hot, minus the foot; That said, it might have worked if it'd been this Dolce & Gabbana's guy's (is that Perry from "Make Me a Supermodel," btw?)
K-Swiss has done a beautiful job of using Tommy Haas in its ads. Keep 'em coming ...
Nordstrom shows off its Rock & Republic look, while Bloomingdale's goes with a classic all-American guy in a Hugo suit ...
And last, but certainly not least, the Brazilian government wants you to "do whatever you want, just do it with a condom."
This week's eye-catching advertisements
Posted by Kenneth M. Walsh at 1:13 AM
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Posted by Kenneth M. Walsh at 9:05 AM