From Wallace and Gromit to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, stop-motion animation tends to look precious and adorable by default. So a stop-motion story of a quaint British village coming together to burn a woman at the stake Wicker Man-style is a particularly memorable and unsettling visual — particularly during a year when bandwagon pitchfork-wielding seems to have enjoyed a worldwide resurgence.
Die Antwoord’s “FAT FADED FUCK FACE ” official music video was directed by Yolandi Visser.
Art Directed by Ninja and Roger Ballen.
Cinematography by Alexis Zabe, Ross Garrett, Ben Crossman, Joe Passarelli.
Madonna’s Carpool Karaoke with James Corden is a blast. She and James clearly had fun, which is fun to watch. It’s why we keep watching. This is a Madonna specialty, one of many.
Decked out in Moschino, Madonna sings and car dances to some of her classic hits and fan favorites. “Vogue,” “Express Yourself,” “Papa Don’t Preach,” “Bitch I’m Madonna,” “Ray of Light,” and “Music” play as the two navigate New York traffic.
Is there Voguing? Of course. Twerking? Yes. Taunting James about his red flannel shirt? Yep. A revelation about kissing Michael Jackson? Yes.
CATE BLANCHETT, ALEX RUSSELL, CHARMENE YAP, ARELLA PLATER
vfx supervisor RICHARD LAMBERT
sound designer BROOKE TREZISE
composer TOM SCHUTZINGER
editor MARK BENNETT
production & costume designer ALICE BABIDGE
director of photography BENJAMIN SHIRLEY ACS
creative director LIZ ELLIS
executive producers CECILIA RITCHIE, ARNDT ART AGENCY, ART GALLERY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA, BESEN COLLECTION and BURGER COLLECTION
producer ANGIE FIELDER
written and directed by DEL KATHRYN BARTON
Cate Blanchett is showing off some serious contortionist skills in the trailer for her new short film RED.
The dual-screen experimental project, from Australian director Del Kathryn Barton, delves into “themes of passion, sex and death, drawing on the symbolism of the female redback spider,” according to the Sydney Morning Herald. Its first preview shows Blanchett, clad in a full-body fishnet getup, writhing around on the ground before wrestling with a man.
“In essence, the narrative in RED illuminates the unusual mating rituals of the Australian red-back spider,” Barton, who also called the film an “uncompromising celebration of female power,” told the publication. “Here, our brave little male after copulating with the monumental female gently somersaults into her mouth, offering himself as a meal postcoital. If she is not hungry she will store his bound, dying body on her web for later consumption.”
Barton, who crafted the film using a $50,000 creative fellowship from the Australian Film Television and Radio School, which she was awarded in 2015, previously captured the image of Blanchett and her children in a portrait she painted in 2011.
In addition to Blanchett, RED also stars actor Alex Russell and Charmene Yap of the Sydney Dance Company.
RED runs next year from Jan. 26-April 30 at the Art Gallery of South Australia as part of the Adelaide Festival. Watch the short’s first trailer below.
Movie Trailer: Beauty and the Beast Starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens
The trailer for Disney’s Beauty and the Best features some gorgeous filmmaking. Emma Watson seems perfectly cast as Belle. Also, the soundtrack sounds promising as it echoes music from the original animated classic. Check out the trailer below.
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar® winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.
Directed by Oscar® winner Bill Condon based on the 1991 animated film, “Beauty and the Beast” is produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman with eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards® (Best Original Score and Best Song) for the 1991 animated film, providing the score, which will include new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as several new songs written by Menken and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice. “Beauty and the Beast” will be released in U.S. theaters on March 17, 2017.
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Directed by Alan Ferguson and Solange Knowles
Art and Creative Direction Solange Knowles and Carlota Guerrero
Director of Photography Arthur Jafa & Alan Ferguson
Edited by Solange Knowles & Russell Santos
Produced by Eli Cane