<p>Call him Blood Orange, Lightspeed Champion, or just plain Dev. Whatever the case, Devonté Hynes was a multi-talented singer, songwriter, producer, composer and author who created criti...
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Palo Alto bleeds aimlessness in a lot of good ways. In the tradition of Dazed and Confused and The Last Picture Show, Gia Coppola's directorial debut lands us knee deep in the ennui of a self-contained society of small town teens, daring us to dive right into a neon cesspool vacant of hope or self-actualization. Keeping in step with the mentioned films, Palo Alto is far less interested in telling a story than it is in painting a picture. The spectacle that results is beautiful, piercing, and — quite definitely — Coppolian. But it hits some difficulty when it tries to move beyond its frame.
Adapted from the short stories of at-least-he's-always-interesting James Franco (who is featured in the movie as a sneakily lecherous soccer coach), Palo Alto tags us to the corroded souls of a gaggle of misguided high schoolers in suburban Central California. Emma Roberts is the ostensible lead; her April is a sullen young woman whose chief character trait is sympathetic disillusionment. Her paths cross here and there with Mr. B (Franco) and likewise wayfaring classmate Teddy (Jack Kilmer — son of Val, who has a brief part in the film as the space cadet stepfather to Roberts), who is lightyears away from appreciating the gravity in his drunk driving episode and subsequent community service.
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The highlight of the bunch is Teddy's pal Fred, a compulsively obnoxious clown who The Naked Brothers Band's Nat Wolff stuffs with palpable agony and confusion. Buried inside of him, April, Teddy, and the scattered secondary players who work to identify the core of the proper main character — Palo Alto itself — lives our story, never progressing in any direction thereon out. The film is a snapshot of the pangs, frustrations, misgivings, malfeasances, and so on of the kids, adults, and neighborhood in question. In this form, it glows.
But Palo Alto tries to drive its story forward, yanking April, Teddy, and Fred out from the stronghold of their communal desperation and throwing them into the beyond. It's this forward motion that brings our attention to the delicate seams of the film, its unpreparedness in handling the story as much more than a lasting glimpse. We feel the elements slipping away from Coppola as she attempts to set them on a motive course for the first time in the third act, and so we have a tough time staying adhered as we once were to the characters — the falter is doubled by the fact that this emancipation comes at the intended peak of their emotional journeys.
Although the film might leave off dabbling in undeveloped turns — feeling frayed, uneven, and incomplete (I suppose it's hard to insist that such qualities are inappropriate for the story at hand) — it spends the lion's share of its time in a remarkable establishment: a portrait as lifelike as it is dreamy and as funny as it is haunting. It might lose its balance when it grabs for agency, but it offers an image very much worthy of our eyes.
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British rapper/singer Blood Orange has been "physically sick" as he mourns the loss of his close friend Peaches Geldof. The star, real name Devonte 'Dev' Hynes, reveals he is still reeling from the news of the model and TV personality's death, which hit headlines on Monday (07Apr14) after she was found dead at her home in Kent, England.
He has opened up about their long friendship in a blog post online, but admits he "really struggled" to convey his real feelings as he continues to try and come to terms with her loss.
He writes, "Nothing I could write, say, or any pictures I feel can really, truly convey the loss we are feeling right now...
"This is someone who affected so many of us, my friends, in our lives. It's a struggle to picture a moment in time without her. Just last month while playing shows in London I remember the delight of seeing her and (her sister) Fifi together, just like old times. We quipped about it, a little older, but still babies in the grand scheme of things.
"But really, she had grown so much, we all watched her grow, and create a beautiful family with Thomas (Cohen, husband). My heart (goes) out to him, and the rest of her family. This is just so unfair... it's made me physically sick."
At a loss for words, Hynes concludes the post by adding, "I don't have much more to say, i'm still in shock over this. I just wanted to try and honour her in some way... We love you Peaches. Rest In Peace."
Initial autopsy results have proved inconclusive and Geldof's cause of death is not expected to be determined for several weeks.
Rapper Blood Orange has vowed to boycott a major British newspaper over an article about the blaze at his apartment. The musician, real name Devonte 'Dev' Hynes, lost everything he owns - including his pet puppy, who perished in the flames - when his New York apartment burned down this week (beg16Nov13).
An online fundraiser was launched by his girlfriend's mother and attracted thousands of dollars in donations, but the move prompted an article on The Guardian's website about the merits of 'crowdsourcing' campaigns to raise money, infuriating the star.
Hynes was so upset by the article he has vowed never to deal with journalists from the publication again, writing in a Facebook post, "This is disgusting. I'm so hurt. I want to go on the record and say i will never talk to the guardian (sic) ever again, i want nothing i ever make to be on their website, or in their magazine. Please pull the interview i did recently. I don't want it to come out."
Another British star shares his fury over the Guardian article - singer Cheryl Cole took to Twitter.com to write, "What an appalling article! How insensitive and heartless!!"
Hynes has announced he was uncomfortable with the campaign and is considering giving the money to charity.
British rapper Blood Orange wants to donate proceeds from a fan fundraiser, designed to help him back on his feet after an apartment fire, to charity because he feels "extremely uncomfortable" accepting the money. The artist, who produces music under his real name, Devonte 'Dev' Hynes, suffered a pre-Christmas tragedy on Tuesday (17Dec13) when a blaze at his New York home killed his puppy and destroyed all of his belongings.
His girlfriend's mother, Robin Urbani, subsequently created a page on fundraising website GoFundMe.com asking fans to make donations to aid the musician. The initial goal of $5,000 (£3,330) was reached within two hours and the figure continued to rise, thanks to celebrity support from the likes of British singer Lily Allen and TV presenter Alexa Chung.
The charity drive has since topped $24,000 (£16,000), but Hynes reveals he is reluctant to take the cash for himself.
Taking to his Tumblr.com page on Thursday (19Dec13), he writes, "If I am honest, the fundraiser makes me feel extremely uncomfortable. This isn't me saying I don't need the money, to reiterate, I have lost everything.
"This isn't me being unappreciative... It's overwhelming in the most extremely nicest way that people would care about this but as I stated before, so many people have nothing they can do to rebuild their life from scratch."
Instead, Hynes wants to hand over a chunk of the money to goodwill causes: "I want to give all the money to charity, 3 charities to be precise which I will explain further at a future point, that's how I feel. I'm being spoken to by people who are close and understand my situation and are trying to advise me. As I probably am still in shock, and may not have a choice but to accept some of the money, and then think about charities, I don't know... I don't know where my head is at right now..."
An online fundraising campaign to help musician Blood Orange recover following a fire at his New York apartment has raised more than $17,000 (£11,333) in less than 24 hours. The British star, real name Devonte 'Dev' Hynes, took to Twitter.com on Tuesday (17Dec13) to reveal he had lost everything in a blaze at his home, including music he was working on, sentimental items and his puppy.
Robin Urbani, the mother of Hynes' girlfriend Samantha, subsequently created a page on fundraising website GoFundMe.com asking fans to make donations to help the musician get back on his feet.
The initial goal of $5,000 (£3,333) was reached within two hours and the total raised is now more than triple the original target, thanks to celebrity support from the likes of British singer Lily Allen and TV presenter Alexa Chung.
Urbani took to the fundraising website to thank donors, writing, "I am overwhelmed by all the love and support being offered to both Dev and Samantha!... Thank you so much everyone!! I hope more people will continue to share this and make even small donations.. as I am sure the goal I set is only a small fraction of the value of everything that has been lost."
The total had reached more than $17,560 (£11,707) as WENN went to press.
British rapper Blood Orange is promoting his new album by playing it to fans in his car while driving around the streets of New York City. The musician, real name Devonte Hynes, has asked devotees to send him a message on Facebook.com if they want to be included on the special trip, which will take place over the weekend (13-14Jul13).
Hynes, who has also performed under the moniker Lightspeed Champion, writes in a post on the social networking website, "For real, if anyone in NYC (New York City) wants to hear some new Blood Orange music I'll play you the new album in a car driving around the city."
As member of "Test Icicles" releases LP "For Screening Purposes Only"
debut album (as Lightspeeed Champion) "Falling off the Lavender Bridge" is released
album release (as Blood Orange) "Cupid Deluxe"
publishes short story "The KKK Took My Baby Away," inside "Punk Fiction: An Anthology of Short Stories Inspired by Punk"
publishes "I'm Asleep - Comics, Photographs and Illustrations"
debut single (as Lightspeeed Champion) "Galaxy of the Lost" released
album release (as Blood Orange) "Coastal Grooves"
album release (as Lightspeeed Champion) "Life Is Sweet! Nice to Meet You"
<p>Call him Blood Orange, Lightspeed Champion, or just plain Dev. Whatever the case, Devonté Hynes was a multi-talented singer, songwriter, producer, composer and author who created critically-acclaimed works in a variety of musical styles. Hynes grew up in Ilford, Essex, England, developing a varied taste in music by buying most of his early records and CDs in bargain bins. Hynes attributed his varied musical stylings to these early influences, which included everything from Neil Young to Broadway musicals to modern composer Philip Glass. He formed his first band, a noisy indie-rock trio cleverly called The Test Icicles, at the age of 18; their debut album <i>For Screening Purposes Only</i> was released in 2006, but the trio split the following year, with Hynes famously quoted by the UK music bible NME as revealing, "We were never, ever that keen on the music. I understand that people liked it, but we personally, er, didn't." Once removed from that project, Hynes moved to New York in 2007 and adopted the persona of Lightspeed Champion, a name taken from a series of comic strips drawn by the then-teenaged artist inside his math books. Lightspeed Champion's two albums, <i>Falling Off the Lavender Bridge</i> (2008) and <i>Life Is Sweet! Nice To Meet You</i> (2010) were melodic, musically varied indie pop records, with Hynes performing all the instrumental and vocal parts himself. Hynes then changed his project name and musical style once more, moving into a semi-psychedelic style of indie R&B under the name Blood Orange. Along with two albums of his own under that project name, <i>Coastal Grooves</i> and <i>Cupid Deluxe</i>, Hynes also produced and wrote songs with acts like The Chemical Brothers, Van Dyke Parks, Sky Ferreira, Florence + the Machine and Britney Spears. Hynes gained mainstream notice as Solange's musical partner on her breakthrough EP <i>True</i>, but the partnership fell apart afterwards, with Hynes later revealing that he had written several of the EP's songs by himself. In December 2013, a fire destroyed Hynes' apartment; he lost everything he owned, as well as his pet dog. </p>
Writes comic books and short stories under his own name in attention to his musical endeavors under various guises.
"The buzz is going to die. Maybe when people forget about me, I can sneak around and do all the things that I want," from from Fader Dec. 2013/Jan. 2014
"It’s hard for me to be happy after a live show. I just want it to be perfect and I can’t control people’s reactions to it," from Fader Dec. 2013/Jan. 2014
"I actually hate my voice," from Fader Dec. 2013/Jan. 2014
After his girlfriend's mother set up an unauthorized crowdfunding appeal to help following the fire in which Hynes lost all his belongings and his pet dog, The Guardian columnist Holly Baxter wrote a negative column that caused a minor social media kerfuffle; the unauthorized fundraiser was quickly canceled.