Rufus Wainwright Signs, Seals, Delivers Beautiful Motown Cover (Video)

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We all know Rufus Wainwright can turn some beautiful lyrics with some equally beautiful vocals. He recently lent his vocal chops to a cover of Motown’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours,” recreated as a beautiful piano ballad for the Art of Elysium’s fundraising gala, Heaven, which honors Stevie Wonder. Wainwright provides a beautiful touch for the soulful classic.

He recently released the accompanying video, a continuous black and white clip featuring a group of dapper men (Wainwright included) handing each other off as dance partners. Choreographed by Katherine Helen Fisher, the video is inspired by the dance scene from Federico Fellini’s 1963 film, 8 ½, as well as the 1987 play La Ronde (The Round). The moody lighting and the classically romantic style perfectly complement Wainwright’s version of the Motown track.

Watch Rufus Wainwright’s video for “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” below:

Kenzo Film Finds Color & Life in Nigerian Youth

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Kenzo has featured numerous big names in their short films. From Natasha Lyonne to Tracee Ellis Ross, the brand knows how to tell a fashionable story with some of our favorite stars. Their latest short film takes a different approach, focusing on the vibrant youth of Nigeria.

The visual is an offshoot of Kenzo’s folio project, the brand’s new publication focusing on their collections, and is titled Gidi Gidi Bụ Ugwu Eze, which translates to “unity is strength.” A celebration of Nigeria’s youth in the Igbo community of Nsukka, the film displays the culture’s traditional activities.

Directed by Akinola Davies Jr, Gidi Gidi Bụ Ugwu Eze is accompanied by a portfolio from photographer Ruth Ossai, who’s of dual Igbo/Yorkshire heritage. The town holds special significance for Ossai, who cast the film from churches, schools and markets in Nsukka.

Watch the video featuring Kenzo’s spring ’17 collection below:

Artists Worldwide Pay Tribute to Samira Wiley’s ‘OITNB’ Character

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If you were distraught at the sudden and infuriating loss of Poussey Washington on the season four finale of Orange is the New Black, know that you’re not alone. As Netflix gears up to release an intense season five, fans around the world are still coping with the death of this audience favorite.

To commemorate the character, Netflix has commissioned artists from around the world to paint their own depictions of Samira Wiley’s character. Murals in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Melbourne, Sydney, Chicago, Detroit, and San Francisco feature Poussey with the words “Stand Up.”

“I think it’s our responsibility as artists to be able to reflect the time that we’re living in,” Wiley told the AP. “She’s a fictional character that can elicit real change in thought and action from people.”

Season five of Orange is the New Black premieres June 9 on Netflix.

Macauley Culkin Stars as Kurt Cobain in Surreal Father John Misty Video

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Father John Misty recently dropped his latest video for “Total Entertainment Forever,” a surreal three-minute trip through a cardboard and papier mache world. Although the song is a fun indie ballad, it carries some slightly confusing, yet interesting lyrics like “bedding Taylor Swift every night inside the oculus rift.” The video manages to complement the track’s zany nuances as if putting a drug-induced fever dream to the small screen.

A man who appears to be George Washington sits down with some Viagra and a virtual reality game where he tortures Kurt Cobain. Macauley Culkin makes an appearance as the dearly departed rock star who takes his punishments from knock offs of fast food mascots. Next to him is a man in a Bill Clinton mask, playing the sax while they all get crucified.

Although it’s natural to wonder with this insanity means, Misty spoke to Entertainment Weekly about meeting Taylor Swift and how she indirectly inspired the song.

“Yeah, she’s lovely. I had a very pleasant, brief interaction with her. Talk about someone who has to deal with a lot of psychic craziness. It’s not easy. That’s the point of the song. Human beings should not be turned into entertainment. I really believe that.”

Watch the video for “Total Entertainment Forever” below:

‘The Persian Connection’ Paints a Neo-Noir Picture of LA’s Organized Crime (Trailer)

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Director Daniel Y-Li Grove’s debut feature gives a neo-noir depiction of the Persian organized crime underbelly of LA. Having premiered at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival, The Persian Connection features a strong cast set against a familiar stylized genre.

Behrouz was a child soldier who survived the Iraq-Iran war just to be smuggled to the streets of LA where he was kept under close watch of Iranian mobster Cirrus Golshiri. For years, he dreams of escaping the life of organized crime. When he’s brought face to face with Cirrus at a poker game, he’s accused of stealing drugs which he and his girlfriend must track down in order to clear his name.

The Persian Connection is coming soon to theaters. Watch the trailer below:

Rachael Leigh Cook Gives ’90s Throwback with War on Drugs PSA

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The ’90s were a good time for Rachael Leigh Cook. We all remember her star power in She’s All That and Josie and the Pussycats. You might even remember a particularly popular PSA in which Cook takes on heroin with an egg and a frying pan.

20 years later, she’s still getting her point across with common household items in everyone’s kitchen. This time, she’s taking aim at a different drug issue.

With one white egg and one brown egg, she demonstrates the differences in the way drug users are most commonly punished. With the ongoing war on drugs, mass incarceration of people of color tips the scales in an unfair direction. The animated ad goes on to show the longterm outcomes of their lives as they’re stripped of the opportunities everyone should be afforded.

“The war on drugs is ruining peoples’ lives,” she says. “It fuels mass incarceration, it targets people of color in greater numbers than their white counter parts. It cripples communities, it costs billions and it doesn’t work. Any questions?”

Watch the full PSA from Green Point Creative below:

Kim Cattrall’s 2004 Scatting Video Inspires a New Art Exhibit

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We could quote Kim Cattrall until the foul-mouthed cows come home. But one quote you might not recall is “Yama Kippi Yay Bo.” It’s from a little-known but totally epic video from 2004 of the actress scatting (in the jazz sense, sicko) while her husband plays the upright bass.

It’s also the inspiration behind a new art exhibit from the brilliant minds who brought us the Tonya Harding Nancy Kerrigan 1994 Museum and the Olsen Twins Hiding from the Paparazzi exhibit. Matt Harkins and Viviana Olen’s Yama Kippi Yay Bo: A Celebration of Kim Cattrall is influenced by the khaki and denim outfit from the video, and it will be what they imagine her “non-primary pied-à-terre” looks like.

“Nothing has filled us with as much pure joy as this short video,” the pair told Mic. “No matter how bad a day you’re having, in 42 seconds this video can turn it around. When you meet someone else who has seen it, you automatically have your own language to communicate in. We wanted to build an exhibit that would be not just an ode to the video but to Kim herself and the amount of passion she carries into her work and her relationships. She is a true artist and hopefully this exhibit will show just how grateful we are that she exists.”

The exhibit runs May 5 – June 3 at 1436 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. Check out a glimpse of the exhibit in the video below:

TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL 2017: 10 Must See Films

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Now amazingly in its 15th year, the exalted Tribeca Film Festival has launched many a career. And with expert lectures, short films, web series’, and virtual reality experiences, it is still constantly adapting, to remain at forefront of a rapidly changing entertainment world.

This year brings another roster of notable projects and promising new talent. With veteran actors like Richard Gere and Diane Lane, as well as newcomers Zoey Deutsch and Julia Garner, there is no shortage of powerful performances. There’s also impressive new talent behind the camera, with directors like Eleanor Coppola and Guillaume Canet debuting buzzed about new films.

There’s a big slate of screenings between now and April 30, when TFF closes. But here is our list of this year’s “can’t miss” picks.

 

Manifesto

Julian Rosefeldt’s stunning look at the life of an artist features Cate Blanchett in multiple roles. In a series of vignettes, she portrays numerous artists as they give their unique manifestos, questioning the meaning of art. From a puppeteer to a homeless man to a school teacher, she seamlessly transcends the human experience for an incredible viewing experience. Find show times and more info here.


The Trip to Spain

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon return to the road with director Michael Winterbottom for this follow-up to 2010’s The Trip and 2014’s The Trip to Italy. This time, they take a comedic tour of Spain’s finest wining and dining. Their quick wit and chemistry makes for the ultimate road trip buddy comedy. Find show times and more info here.


The Circle

Emma Watson adds a tech thriller to her blossoming résumé with this film based on Dave Eggers’ bestselling novel. Mae (Watson) is the latest employee at the world’s most powerful tech and social media company. As she excels at her new job, the company’s founder (Tom Hanks) taps her to participate in an experiment that tests the boundaries of privacy and ethics. As she gets deeper into the project, she and everyone she loves is put at risk, as is the fate of humanity. Find show times and more info here.


The Lovers

Tracy Letts and Debra Winger star as an unhappy married couple in Azazel Jacob’s latest film. After a long marriage that’s become void of passion, both spouses have agreed to separate, having secretly become involved with other people. Unwittingly, the decision to split reignites whatever spark was left in their relationship. Find show times and more info here.


Rock’n Roll

Written and directed by Guillaume Canet, this film takes a satirical look at a famous couple as the deal with growing older under the public eye. Starring Canet and real-life spouse Marion Cotillard as themselves, Canet puts their relationship to the test when he’s told by a costar that he’s no longer cool. Find show times and more info here.


One Percent More Humid

Julia Garner and Juno Temple star as Catherine and Iris, two childhood friends who return home for the summer. While they party the hot New England summer away, a past trauma begins to surface in their lives. Attempting to suppress the memory, they resort to unhealthy behavior. Find show times and more info here.


Love After Love

Andie MacDowell gives a powerful performance in this emotional film from Russell Harbaugh. When her husband dies, a mother and her two grown sons begin to drift further away. Chris O’Dowd and James Adomain costar in this story of a family that struggles to regain their equilibrium after the loss of a loved one. Find show times and more info here.


The Dinner

Richard Gere and Steve Coogan star as estranged brothers Stan and Paul, one a congressman, the other a former teacher. A years-long sibling rivalry comes to a boiling point when they and their wives (Laura Linney and Rebecca Hall) meet for a dinner. During the intense reunion, dark family secrets come to light in this drama based on Herman Koch’s bestseller. Find show times and more info here.


Paris Can Wait

Diane Cane stars in this film from writer/director Eleanor Coppola as Anne, the wife of a successful film producer. As she finds herself at a crossroads, she enlists the help of French bon vivant, Jacques to driver her from Cannes to Paris. As their short trip becomes a spontaneous excursion, she finds herself forgotten feelings reignited as an attraction sparks. Find show times and more info here.


Flower

Erica Vandross (Zoey Deutch) is a witty, promiscuous teenager who kills time with her friends, getting into mischievous schemes. When her mother’s boyfriend and his son, fresh out of rehab, move in, she finds herself developing an unexpected bond with the newly acquired men in her life. Find show times and more info here.

Cara Delevingne Gets Animated in New Chanel Short

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Just recently, Kristen Stewart starred in a short film featuring Chanel’s Gabrielle bag, where she assumed the persona of founder Coco. This week, she’s joined in the series by model-turned-actress and now fellow Chanel girl Cara Delevingne.

The video, created by Japanese illustrator ShiShi Yamazaki, sees Delevingne as an animated skater girl. In this surreal watercolor world, she sees a bag from the Gabrielle collection hanging from a tree in the distance. She runs toward the bag, yelling “Gabrielle!” and grabs it from the branch, riding off with her gorgeous new accessory.

Pharrell Williams will also get the Chanel treatment in this series. In the meantime, watch Cara Delevingne get animated: