David Bowie's new Louis Vuitton commercial has debuted online a day after the rocker premiered his new $12.99 (£8.60) video at the Mercury Prize award ceremony in London. The rocker is featured in a new ad campaign promoting the French fashion brand Louis Vuitton, and he'll also star in a short film sponsored by LV, which will premiere on the company's website next month (07Nov13).
The film, titled L'Invitation Au Voyage, stars model Arizona Muse. It was directed by M.I.A.'s video director pal Romain Gavras.
Bowie used the Mercury Prize award ceremony on Wednesday (30Oct13) to showcase his cheap new music video. He previously revealed he created the promo over a weekend with just his assistant Jimmy King on camera, all for the price of $12.99.
A post on his website reads, "The result of this speedy production is a strangely moving gothic inflected storyline perfect for Halloween. And the cost? Just $12.99 for the thumb drive to download the finished video on."
Filmmaking siblings Joel and Ethan Coen have been awarded France's highest cultural honour in recognition of their film work. The No Country For Old Men directors were both made a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters (Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) in a ceremony in Paris on Wednesday (16Oct13).
During the presentation, Joel joked that the award came as a shock, saying, "Sometimes life plays jokes on you - some of them are very unfortunate, some of them are very fortunate. This is one of the most fortunate jokes I think life has played on us."
French Culture Minister Aurelie Filippetti added, "We have extremely strong links between French cinema and American cinema so it's natural there's this recognition for two of the greatest directors in the U.S. today."
The pair join previous recipients of the medal including Sir Sean Connery, Ringo Starr, David Bowie, Bono and Bruce Willis.
French filmmaker Claire Denis is set to receive the Bronze Horse trophy at the 2013 Stockholm Film Festival in Sweden. Denis, who directed acclaimed movies Beau Travail and Chocolat, will be feted with the lifetime achievement accolade in November (13).
Members of the festival jury described Denis as a filmmaker who "refuses to close her eyes to the creative and destructive force unleashed by human weaknesses".
Previous recipients include Quentin Tarantino, David Cronenberg and Oliver Stone.
Reese Witherspoon made plenty of headlines this year, but it definitely wasn't for any outstanding performances...at least not the kind that will get you an Oscar. None of us will forget watching her catch a DUI case with her hubby and acting a total fool with the police officers. But the good news is that America's [former?] Sweetheart has a couple of projects lined up that we're legitimately excited about.
Cheryl Strayed's bestselling memoir Wild: From Lost To Found On The Pacific Crest Trail was a huge deal when it came out last year. Strayed reportedly reached out to Witherspoon personally, and the actress will both star in and produce the film. Not all fans of the memoir are on board with the idea of pretty-girl Witherspoon taking on the gritty role of a divorced woman, grieving her mother's death, recovering from drug abuse, and hiking 1,100 miles in the wild. However, we think it would be pretty exciting to watch the actress make such an intense transformation, and bring this powerful story to life.
Another project teams the Southern belle with French-Canadian director Philippe Falardeau, who made a name for himself with his brilliant, Oscar-nominated film Monsieur Lazhar. But the director has been around for some time, Congorama and It's Not Me, I Swear! being other films of note. He'll soon be crossing over with his first English-language production, and Witherspoon is set to star in the lead role. Based on true events, the story follows a Sudanese refugee who is taken in by a brash American woman (Witherspoon's character). This could be another big film from the director and Witherspoon will certainly get exposed to his particular style of directing; not a lot of bad there.
As if all this wasn't enough, the actress has three other films in the works (including a romantic comedy titled The Beard, according to The Hollywood Reporter), and she's even producing David Fincher's highly-anticipated adaptation Gone Girl. Yes, folks. It's officially time to start paying attention to Reese Witherspoon again.
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Producers at U.S. cable network A&E are developing a TV drama based on the French movie Les Revenants. Les Revenants was first released in 2004 as a feature film and adapted into a TV series in France and Belgium in 2012.
The movie and show take place in a small mountain town where a group of people, long presumed dead, return to their homes and try to integrate themselves back into their lives.
The American version will be called The Returned.
A&E General Manager, David McKillop, says, "The Returned takes an incredibly unique approach, filled with suspense and twists and turns, to the subject of the living dead."
The A&E remake has yet to receive an air date, but it will face some competition - the eight-part French series has been acquired by executives at America's Sundance Channel and will premiere in October (13).
Model Julie Ordon and her French director husband David Mimran are facing legal action over allegations they trashed a luxury New York City apartment and failed to pay $32,000 (£21,330) in rent. The couple and its four children are accused of causing more than $150,000 (£100,000)-worth of damage to a Soho condominium they called home for three years until moving out in the summer of 2012.
Landlord Richard Sabella claims the Victoria's Secret lingerie stunner and the Stone filmmaker turned a section of the pad into a playpen for their kids, but the family reportedly "caused unspeakable damage to the subject unit... ruining furniture, electronic systems, floor coverings, and fixtures including many of the antiques and collectibles" which was provided to furnish the apartment.
Ordon and Mimran are also alleged to have skipped rent payments for the last three months of their tenancy before moving to her native Switzerland.
Sabella is demanding more than $280,000 (£186,670) in damages.
However, Ordon has hit back at the lawsuit, insisting her old landlord is simply trying to "get money from everyone for no reason". She claims the home was far from luxurious and they had to put up with a multitude of problems.
She tells the New York Post, "There (were) problems with the oven, with the fridge, with the air.
"We even had water damage from the rooftop. It leaked all over my shoe and bag collection - I had Birkins (designer handbags) and Louis Vuittons that got ruined."
Rock icon David Bowie is reportedly following his supermodel wife Iman into the fashion industry to become the new face of design house Louis Vuitton. The Ashes to Ashes hitmaker, who recently released his first album in a decade, will front the French label's L'Invitation au Voyage campaign alongside model Arizona Muse and he is said to have shot a TV commercial for the brand in Venice, Italy earlier this year (13), according to WWD.com.
Bowie isn't the first legendary musician to team up with Vuitton - Madonna, Bono and Keith Richards have all previously featured in their ads.
Beatles icon Ringo Starr has been feted with France's highest honour in recognition of his lengthy career. The Yellow Submarine hitmaker was made a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters (Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) in a ceremony held in Monaco on Tuesday (24Sep13).
The drummer was handed the award by France's ambassador to Monaco, Hugues Moret.
Speaking about his achievements, Starr quipped, "I'm a drummer, but I can do other things. Like painting, living, breathing."
The rocker is in good company as the latest recipient of the medal - previous honourees include Sir Sean Connery, Bono and David Bowie.
Daft Punk's latest album Random Access Memories has swiftly become the best-selling vinyl album in the history of Amazon.com. The online retailer launched in 1999 and bosses published its all-time top 20 chart of vinyl sales on Friday (13Sep13), revealing the French duo's 2013 album tops the rundown less than four months after its release.
It has outsold favourites including Adele's 21, which is in second place, and Back to Black by Amy Winehouse in third.
The top five is rounded out by David Bowie's 2013 comeback album The Next Day, and The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd.
We’re three quarters into 2013 and the year is already chock full of creative and unique music videos. In the 1980s and '90s, artists wanted to create videos that were meaningful and larger-than-life, but in today’s digital age, the art of music videos is starting to be replaced by DIY videos that aim to go viral. Thankfully, the following artists have managed to find a happy medium between the two, and the result is 10 of the best music videos that have come out this year.
Allison Weiss – “Making It Up” We all know that breaking up is hard to do, but what happens when you get dumped by the one creature that’s supposed to be give you unconditional loyalty? Allison Weiss knows what that pain’s all about. In the Kristen Winter-directed video for “Making It Up,” Weiss comes home to a note on her bed that simply says, “Allison – I can’t do this. I’m sorry. –Scott.” You can’t even do it in person? How rude, Scott! A lot of furrowed brows and pacing around later, Weiss goes off to confront her dumper … who just happens to be her dog. Weiss is perfect in her genuine disappointment over breaking up with Scott, the handsome dog with the stylish name-embroidered scarf that clearly anyone would’ve fallen for. Breaking up has never been cuter.
Django Django – “WOR” In this brilliantly-directed Jim Demuth video, Django Django take the audience into a dizzying look into a night in the life of the infamous Well of Death riders in Allahabad, India. Clocking in at less than 5 minutes, the video is more like a mini-documentary, showcasing not only the crazy stunts that the daredevils pull off, but also the human side of the stuntmen, giving introductions and quotes from the featured riders. The visuals are the perfect complement to the rousing music, and the video manages to leave afterthoughts about mortality and heroism lingering in the viewer’s mind. Deep stuff.
The Knife – “Full Of Fire” If you know anything about Swedish electro duo The Knife, you know that they’re the dictionary definition of “awesomely weird as hell.” “Full Of Fire” is one of their less creepy songs, more upbeat and frantic than sullen and saturnine, and the almost-10-minute-long video works to keep up with the pace. “Full Of Fire” is essentially a short film by Stockholm and Berlin-based filmmaker/visual artist Marit Ostberg that takes the audience on a crazy ride through protests, random people’s apartments, kids playing with broken glass, and so much more haphazardness.
David Bowie – “The Next Day” (NSFW) 2013 was the year that David Bowie decided to venture back into the music world and show us all how it’s really done. The title track of his latest (and twenty-fourth) studio album, “The Next Day” video was written by Bowie himself and directed by famed Canadian-Italian photographer/director Floria Sigismondi. The video finds Bowie as a Jesus-type prophet singing in a dive bar to an audience of washed up church figures who are drinking their pain away. Marion Cotillard stars as a gorgeous siren (so basically, herself) who gets a really bad case of stigmata, while Gary Oldman is featured as a sleazy priest who just wants to get his dance on. The Catholic League denounced the video, calling it a “mess,” which basically translates as “Welcome Back” as far as Bowie is concerned.
Foals – “Late Night” (NSFW) British indie rockers Foals have a doozy with the NABIL-directed “Late Night.” A 5 minute exercise in existentialism, “Late Night” goes through the basic human events that make up late nights, like death, sex, crime, birth, suicide, violence, and drama. Set in a decrepit hotel straight out of a Hitchcock film, the band plays in the lobby while chaos takes place between the floors and walls. Although the visuals are graphic, the video is anything but gratuitous when it comes to nudity and violence, instead focusing on the realness and grittiness of basic human instincts instead of glorifying them.
Beach House – “Wishes” Beach House’s “Wishes” was directed by Eric Wareheim, one half of Adult Swim comedy duo Tim & Eric. The video is ridiculously amazing, if only for the fact that the star of the show is Ray Wise (yes, Twin Peaks Ray Wise). Wise stars as a football coach singing the melancholy “Wishes” to a huge crowd before the start of a game, while cheerleaders do their routines with bigass machete things and horse-headed people start to pop out in the crowd. “Wishes” is what Tim Riggins would’ve seen if he dropped acid before the start of a game in Friday Night Lights. In other words, this video rocks.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Sacrilege” (NSFW) NYC’s Yeah Yeah Yeahs never disappoint with their videos, and “Sacrilege” is no different. Directed by French collective Megaforce, “Sacrilege” has model/actress Lily Cole bedding a bunch of men (and 1 woman), only to wind up getting chased through the streets by all her paramours who want to burn her at the stake. Whoa.
Atoms For Peace – “Ingénue” Thom Yorke. Interpretive dance. If those 4 words don’t make your entire life, you’re probably hopeless. Directed by Garth Jennings, “Ingenue” has a simple concept: dress Yorke up like the new kid at Hogwarts, stick him in front of a white screen, and get him to bust out some Wayne McGregor-choreographed dance moves with dancer Fukiko Takase. The result is 4 minutes of the best continuous GIFs you’ll ever find anywhere.
Justin Timberlake featuring Jay Z – “Suit And Tie” Thankfully, Justin Timberlake stopped trying to make “Timberlake, actor” happen for a bit and went back to what he does best: music. “Suit And Tie” was his big return back to the pop world, and the David Fincher-directed video lives up to the grandiosity of his comeback. The video juxtaposes 50s-style charm with contemporary hip hop dancing, and the black and white film makes the whole affair look classy (even the chick writhing around on the wet floor). In an age where everyone and their dog is trying to make their own meaningful videos with their iPhones, the glamor and lavishness of “Suit And Tie” is refreshing, taking us back to the extravagant videos of pop stars of yore.
Yo La Tengo – “I’ll Be Around” At the end of January, indie rockers Yo La Tengo released their video for “I’ll Be Around,” directed by Phil Morrison of Junebug-fame. The video is as minimal as the song, featuring Superchunk frontman Mac McCaughan singing the track with an acoustic guitar in the woods. The forest shots are simply beautiful, and poem-like text and recipes for delicious stuff are superimposed throughout the video. “I’ll Be Around” ends with the band sitting down for dinner, only to have bassist James McNew get arrested by some buzzkill cops (probably for being part of a kickass band that makes illegally awesome music videos).
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