The Most Stylish Attendees of Art Basel Miami Beach 2014

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The Miami sun wasn’t the only thing sizzling this weekend. A Boeing 787 full of fabulous art and party lovers flocked to Florida for a little fun by the sea. Kim Kardashian celebrated her attempt to break the Internet and Scout Willis channeled her party-loving mom. In true South Beach fashion, the fashions were all over the place. Who’s your best dressed?

1. Kim Kardashian at Paper Magazine’s Break the Internet Issue Release Madison-McGaw-2
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2. Rosario Dawson at the “Time to Rise” film cocktail party Billy-Farrell
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3. Brenden Fallis and Hannah Bronfman at Paper Magazine’s Break the Internet DinnerMadison-McGaw-3
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4. Stacey Bendet at Dom Perignon’s Metamorphosis Party DOM PERIGNON with ALEX DELLAL, STAVROS NIARCHOS, and VITO SCHNABEL celebrate ~ Metamorphosis ~ Art Basel Miami Beach
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5. Elisa Sednaoui at LHD X ERES Capsule Collection Launch at The Webster Billy-Farre;;
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6. Scout Willis at the Out of Order Magazine Party Paul-Porter
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7. Jourdan Dunn at Paper Magazine’s Break the Internet Issue Release PAPER MAGAZINE, SPROUT by HP & DKNY Break The Internet Issue Release
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8. Megan Williams at Hunter and Gatti’s “I Will Make You A Star” opening HUNTER and GATTI 'I Will Make You a Star' opening hosted by TONI GARRN
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9. Jenny Bastet at the V Magazine PartyTOMMY HILFIGER, JEFFREY DEITCH, and V MAGAZINE host private Art Basel Miami Beach opening night with special performance by MILEY CYRUS at The Raleigh Hotel
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Danny Boyle’s ‘Trance’: The First Masterpiece Of Dubstep Cinema

No wait, come back. I’m totally serious about this. Yesterday afternoon, as I sat in the watching Danny Boyle’s Trance with my wife and three other young men sitting alone throughout the enormous theatre, I was immensely enjoying myself, but also struggling to characterize the film. By the third act, I had it: yes, 2013 marks the moment when the dubstep cinema movement began. 

Oh sure, you could call the movie a sci-fi mind-bender—or even an improvement on the dead-eyed Inception—and much of the soundtrack is in fact composed of a more gentle sort of electronica. But there was something curious about the way writers Joe Ahearne and John Hodge came at its central psychological mystery. While many films of this stripe allow the viewer to piece a puzzle together, Trance is more interested in drawing you deeper and deeper down into the addled subconscious until we’re face to face with raw identity.

In other words, it’s always keeping you entirely off-balance by pulling the rug out, not unlike dubstep, with shifting alliances and motivations galore. Its color scheme is black and bled-out neon, with flecks of English rain blurring everything—pretty much what you visualize when you listen to anything by Clubroot. And Rosario Dawson gives a knockout, kickass performance as the otherworldly voice at the vortex of this turbocharged nightmarescape. That’s Burial all over:
Can we look forward to more dubstep movies in the future? I hope so, because I’m a little weary of the indie-pop ones.

Get Another Look Into the World of Danny Boyle’s ‘Trance’ With Three New Clips

Personally, if I am looking forward to a film—especially from someone that I love—and have been waiting in anticipation for months, I don’t understand why watching one-minute clips from pivotal moments in the film would in any way entice me. I want to be able to savor the experience of seeing the movie in its entirety for the first time with the element of surprise and thrill still intact. Often now it feels almost as though a trailer is telling me too much let alone a trailer, stills, posters, soundtracks, clips, etc. But alas, the one good thing about this push for promotion is that it does get people out to the theater and does intrigue those otherwise uninterested. I may say, No no no, just cool it, I don’t want to see one more for moment that will spoil Danny Boyle’s mind-melding masterpiece Trance. However, if you’ve never heard of the film and stumble upon these clips, you might just be take by it and fall down the rabbit hole of the mind into Boyle’s excitable story.

So with that said, here are three new clips from Trance, the hypnotic and sensory psychological art heist thriller from brilliant director Danny Boyle. In these, we see a bit more form Rosario Dawson as the hypnotherapist that’s hired to help James McAvoy’s character after he was injured and fell into a coma during an art heist and cannot remember where he has hidden a very, very expensive painting. But remember, with these moments, there is always more than meets the eye.



Listen to a Taste of Rick Smith’s Score for Danny Boyle’s ‘Trance’ and See a New Batch of Stills

Danny Boyle’s upcoming art heist thriller, Trance, might just be his most visceral film yet. Between Rick Smith’s pulsating soundtrack, Anthony Dod Mantle’s arresting and optically stimulating cinematography, the editing of the film, and Boyle’s hypnotic direction, we’re left in a trance of our own wondering just what happened to our mind. And now, you can get a deeper look into the brain of the film with a new interactive official website for Trance, as well as another site that mainly highlights Smith’s massive soundtrack. Having worked with Boyle for over a decade, the Underworld frontman knows how to enhance Boyle’s creative vision by not only engaging our emotions but our senses and our heartbeat. 

In case you’ve forgotten, Trance tells the story of a young auctioneer (played by James McAvoy) who gets roped into the theft of a high-priced paiting by a group of theives, led by Vincent Cassel. But after a series of violent events, he awakes in a state of amnesia. From there, the gang he was working with enlists the help of a hypnotherapist (Rosario Dawson) to help him try and tap into his subconscious memories to unlock what he could have done with the painting.

Take a look at both sites HERE and HERE, as well as below for a batch of new stills from the film. 









Check Out the First Trailer for Danny Boyle’s ‘Trance’

When a film is directed by Danny Boyle, shot by Anthony Dod Mantle, and scored by Underworld’s Rick Smith—well, I’m hooked. For the past few months we’ve been eagerly awaiting a trailer for Boyle’s latest feature, Trance, and today, amidst a haze of Oscar announcements, we’ve been given a preview for the upcoming heist drama. Known for his thrilling novelesque and visually dynamic films, Boyle’s latest, which stars James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson, and Vincent Cassel, looks to blur the lines of reality and take us on ride. Trance tells the story of:

Fine art auctioneer Simon (McAvoy), in league with a gang led by underworld boss Franck (Cassel), plots the audacious theft of a masterpiece by Goya from a major public auction. When Simon double-crosses the gang during the robbery, Franck retaliates violently and knocks him unconscious. In the aftermath of the heist, Simon sticks stubbornly – and perhaps shrewdly – to his claim that the violent trauma has left him with no memory of where he stashed the artwork.

Unable to coerce the painting’s location from Simon, Franck and his associates reluctantly join forces with a charismatic hypnotherapist (Dawson) in a bid to get him to talk. But as they journey deeper into Simon’s jumbled psyche the boundaries between reality and hypnotic suggestion begin to blur and the stakes rise faster and far more dangerously than any of the players could have anticipated.

The film opens on March 27th in U.K. and although a U.S. release has yet to be announced, we’re sure Fox Searchlight will follow up shortly with a stateside date.

Danny Boyle’s ‘Trance’ Gets a UK Release Date

What’s so great about Danny Boyle is how vastly different all of his films are. Sure, there might be thematic or stylistic threads throughout, but if asked to compare Trainspotting to The Beach or 127 Hours to Slumdog Millionaire, one might come up short. Regardless, his films are always a narratively exciting ride and visually rich—thanks in large part to the brilliant Anthony Dod Mantle’s cinematography. And it seems his latest feature, Trance, is sure to be no exception. The film has been in production and post for quite some time, but now, according to Pathe, a UK release date has been set for March 27, 2013. Fox Searchlight will be taking the helm as the US distributors but as of now it’s still unclear exactly as to when the film will land stateside. 

The synopsis of the film goes as follows: 

TRANCE, directed by Oscar®-winning filmmaker Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) and co-written by Oscar®-nominated long term collaborator John Hodge (Shallow Grave, Trainspotting) is a seductive and enigmatic thriller starring James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel and Rosario Dawson.

Fine art auctioneer Simon (McAvoy), in league with a gang led by underworld boss Franck (Cassel), plots the audacious theft of a masterpiece by Goya from a major public auction. When Simon double-crosses the gang during the robbery, Franck retaliates violently and knocks him unconscious.

In the aftermath of the heist, Simon sticks stubbornly – and perhaps shrewdly – to his claim that the violent trauma has left him with no memory of where he stashed the artwork.

Unable to coerce the painting’s location from Simon, Franck and his associates reluctantly join forces with a charismatic hypnotherapist (Dawson) in a bid to get him to talk. But as they journey deeper into Simon’s jumbled psyche the boundaries between reality and hypnotic suggestion begin to blur and the stakes rise faster and far more dangerously than any of the players could have anticipated.

Although it may be a while until we get a glimpse of the film for ourselves, you can enjoy some photos from on set.


Lady Gaga Wants Rosario Dawson or Marisa Tomei to Play Her in a Biopic

Lady Gaga had an interview on Sirius radio this morning and said that she’s “destined for the screen.” And if a movie were to be made about her life, she would cast Rosario Dawson or Marisa Tomei to portray her. Marisa Tomei is great, but she’s twice Gaga’s age. And also, seriously? The Lady also revealed that she spent Valentine’s Day “in bed with tons of shoes. I was holding all my shoes, my Valentine’s.” You keep doing you, girl.

Could be a little premature to get into this, but the only person suitable for the role of Lady Gaga is Gaga herself. Nobody else could pull it off. Can you imagine Marisa Tomei in this outfit? image

No way. Now that I’m thinking about it, the Lady Gaga biopic should go super-arty. She should play all of the characters, including the ghost of Madonna circa 1984, who will torment her dreams. There will be a long Godardian middle section that’s just her lying in bed with all her shoes, mixed in with outtakes from the “Alejandro” video.

Elsewhere in the interview, Gaga agreed with me regarding the Grammys, describing Cee-Lo and Gwyneth’s performance as “wonderful,” and disclosed that she’s on the “drunk diet.” Me too!

Tracklist: Introducing Rosario Dawson’s Protest Playlist

I went to bed last night thinking about this list, and woke up still thinking about it. It was so difficult for me to whittle it down to 10 songs, none of which I wanted to be obvious choices, and I ended up making it even harder by dividing them into different genres and areas of protest. I work with so many different organizations because so many different people have influenced me—once that spark of activism ignites inside you, it’s very difficult to narrow it down to just one cause. I wanted to craft a collection of songs that show how we’re all grappling with our own existential dilemmas, no matter what type of music we listen to, what part of the world we live in, or what language we speak. As people, we have the insatiable need to communicate and figure out what it all means.

Country Joe and the Fish’s “The Fish Cheer & I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To-Die Rag.” (Folk) I grew up listening to this old Vietnam War protest song: “Put down your books and pick up a gun, we’re gonna have a whole lotta fun!” When [Country Joe McDonald] played this song at Woodstock, he told the crowd to sing along with him, and it’s so genius because he starts screaming at everybody, like, “There’s 300,000 of you fuckers out there! How do you expect to stop the war if you don’t start screaming better than that?” He sings, “Come on Wall Street, don’t move slow,” which is so perfect, because he’s telling Wall Street, ironically, that we need to supply the army with the tools of the trade. We’re now in the middle of a recession that’s costing us trillions of dollars, and we’re out fighting a war that we’ve known for years now is based on false pretenses. Yet we’re still there, and we’re still entangled with Iran and Pakistan. It’s never-ending. This is my anti-war song, but done in a very Stephen Colbert-like way.

Tori Amos’ “Me and a Gun.” (Singer-songwriter) This is pretty amazing because Tori Amos is singing about her own rape. It’s about this guy with a gun who pushes her on her belly, and she sings, “It’s kind of funny/ The things you think at times like these/ Like I haven’t seen Barbados/ So I must get out of this.” So many women don’t speak about the violence they’ve endured. It’s not sexy to talk about rape, especially your own. Even after all the years that I’ve been working on the board of V-Day [a campaign to stop violence against women and girls], this song still gives me chills.

Zap Mama’s “Nostalgie Amoureuse.” (R&B) Zap Mama is from Brussels, and she’s amazing. This song is about a homeless man who speaks to her. I love the line, “We are all winners if we unclose our eyes.” Homelessness is not a conversation we have anymore. We can talk about the “housing crisis”—like the houses give a shit—but that’s a very nice and bookish way of talking about families being kicked out onto the street. Remember all the telethons we used to have with Robin Williams and Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal? Where are those telethons for the homeless now?

Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s “Hawai’i ’78.” (World) This is on his Facing Future album. He sings about the king and queen who used to rule over Hawaii, and how they would feel about their sacred land being covered by highways. There is still a lot of racial tension between the Samoans, the native Hawaiians, the whites, and other people who have moved there. It has become cliché or jokey to so many people who visit the islands there, but those traditional dances and tattoos are such beautiful expressions of a native culture trying desperately to retain its roots.

Syl Johnson’s “Is it Because I’m Black?” (Soul) This is a beautiful song about race, which is obviously a huge issue in this country. The fact that we still have our own native peoples in segregation is disgusting. They are still on these plots of land that we designated for them hundreds of years ago, and that’s never changed. We never really talk about them as a community. We’re all like, Hey, we’re one world, we’re one mind, we’re all connected, but the reality is that we still have very legal segregation in this country. In this song, Syl Johnson describes all of the things he wants for himself and his life, but can’t achieve, and so he asks, “Is it because of the color of my skin?” After 9/11, Muslims were easy targets, but group prejudice comes in waves. Latinos are now joking, “Ah, it’s our turn!” It happened to the Chinese, it happened to the Japanese, it happened to the Irish, and it happened to the Jews. We have these waves of hate that wash over this country, despite the existence of a symbol like the Statue of Liberty.

Queen Latifah’s “U.N.I.T.Y.” (Rap) Even though it’s a bit obvious, this song really is just that dope, and I love Queen Latifah. The song is about taking back language, which is something The Vagina Monologues addresses in “Reclaiming Cunt.” When that book first came out, you couldn’t even say “vagina” on national television. Even now, just a couple of weeks ago, I was listening to the radio and they were playing the Eminem song, “The Real Slim Shady.” There’s a line in there about the clitoris, but the word “clitoris” was actually blanked out on the radio. I was like, What? I’m sorry, you can’t say “clitoris” on the radio? Are you kidding me?

Fela Kuti’s “Water No Get Enemy.” (Afrobeat) When it wasn’t about sex, Fela’s music was mostly about protest. Given the current discussion about the privatization of water, as well as soaring food prices, this is still a very poignant song—probably more so now than it was back then. It’s also joyous and full of expression. V-Day is very much about injecting art and poetry and acting and singing and dancing—all of that great stuff—into the conversation about violence. Without it, that discussion can get too intense. When that happens, you can only preach to the choir because no one else will listen to you.

Saul Williams’ “Not in Our Name.” (Spoken word) I love when he says, “No more transfusions of blood for oil.” It’s a short, simple song. There are versions with music, but I like it a cappella. The number of different ways we try to reach out to each other, scream our frustrations, and call out for help blows me away. I think Saul Williams captures that rebellious sentiment beautifully and in a really modern way.

Gil Scott-Heron’s “Whitey on the Moon.” (Jazz) This song speaks to our current recession: Why are there more billionaires now than ever before? Why are people making record amounts of money? Why are the people who created this “housing crisis” getting bonuses? And why is my ass on the street right now? I can’t get a job and my kids got kicked out of their school program, and they’re talking about taking away my healthcare. That’s what “Whitey on the Moon” is about. It’s like, “Listen, I’m not just angry in some arbitrary way. These are the facts. A rat bit my black sister and Whitey is on the moon. I’m sorry that those two thoughts are in my head at the same time but that’s just crazy. I’m sitting here looking at my sister getting bit in the face by a rat and I see on the news that some dude is jumping up and down on the moon?”

Los Fabulosos Cadillacs’ “El Matador.” (Ska) This song is about the military dictatorship that controlled Argentina in the ’70s and early ’80s. Many of the song’s lyrics come from a poem by Chilean activist Victor Jara, who was killed in 1973. Los Fabulosos Cadillacs started making music in Buenos Aires in the early ’80s, when Argentina was in the Falklands War with Britain, and a lot of musicians were literally being thrown in jail for playing ska music because it was considered a British genre. How crazy is that? The beauty of music is that it gives voice to disenfranchised people—whether it’s because you’re poor, or because you’re gay, or because you’re homeless, or because you’re anti-war. Real artists are people who make music that provokes you, that moves you, that forces you to get up off your ass and do something. Once you know something you can’t un-know it—it rings in your head, and it’s impossible to ignore. Plus, it’s way better than hearing something on the news and then forgetting about it as soon as the diarrhea commercial comes on.

Freida Pinto Covers BlackBook’s Protest Issue!


How fitting, that on this day of potential political sea change in these here United States we proudly announce the arrival of our Protest Issue, where politics, activism, rebellion, and art collide. Inside, budding starlet Freida Pinto proves that Slumdog Millionaire was no fluke when she tackles her toughest role yet as a Palestinian activist in Julian Schnabel’s controversial Miral. We also introduce you to Edgar Ramirez, whose role as the charismatic terrorist Carlos the Jackal in Olivier Assayas’ Carlos proves a star-making turn. There’s also part-time actress and full-time activist Rosario Dawson, who gives us her Protest Playlist (you may have seen her tweet it about it here and there). We’ve also got a letter from Bianca Jagger, Ke$ha as you’ve never seen her before, and other people making a difference, so you don’t have to. Now go vote!