New Details on ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ Director Benh Zeitlin’s Next Film

As one of our favorite films of 2012 Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild stormed into theaters last summer and ripped our heart to pieces. Told through a poetic mixture of sight and sound, with magical realism and visceral emotion that flew off the screen like sparks flickering into the night, his film, adapted from Lucy Alibar’s play, earned the first time director an Academy Award nomination and a wealth of anxious anticipation for just what he would create next. And although there’s been little word from Zeitlin about his upcoming feature in recent months, for The New York Times’ wonderful piece on 20 Directors to Watch, he shared that his new film:

…is about a young girl who gets kidnapped onto a hidden ecosystem where a tribal war is raging over a form of pollen that breaks the relationship between aging and time. It follows a friendship-love story-adventure of her and a joyous, reckless, pleasure-mongering young boy as they swirl in and out of youth and as the ecosystem around them spirals toward destruction. 
And although this all sounds promising, it could be a while before we see the film come to fruition, as he went on to add that, "We’re working on it all day every day, but as all psychotic adventures go, you know where your destination is but not how long it’s going to take to get there."
 
When we spoke to Zeitlin last January he spoke about his style of filmmaking and the nature having his hands in all parts of the creative process, he told us:
I really love collaboration more than anything, and I love other people’s creativity and the way that shapes and changes things. I never want to make a film that’s just what I imagine and then execute it; I want a process to change what it is I imagined and become something else through the creativity of all these other people. But I am a complete obsessive. I don’t like there to be any separation between my life and my art. Once it starts, I have to work on it all the time, every second until it’s finished, and so maybe I’ve enabled myself to be a part of everything from beginning to end.

Breaking News: Nerds Are Still Sexist

Between the pervert-dungeons of Reddit and the free-floating bigotry that is any Facebook feed, you’d think we would have quit being surprised by the sexism baked into the internet. It’s still offensive, naturally, but this New York Times op-ed about Wikipedia relegating our country’s notable female authors to an “American Women Novelists” subcategory has such a hopelessly narrow focus it’s almost funny.

Once again, let me reiterate: the Wiki nerds’ move to shorten the unwieldy “American Novelists” list by ghettoizing the writers without a penis is galling and wrong and more than a little stupid, organizationally speaking.

But you know what? My cousin was a Wikipedia editor when he was eleven years old. I don’t expect great things from that bunch.

I mean, take this accidentally hilarious (and humblebraggy) paragraph from the op-ed:

"I belong to an e-mail group of published female writers called WOM (it stands for Word of Mouth). Some of the members are extremely well known. On Tuesday morning, when I made my discovery of this sexism on Wikipedia, I sent them an e-mail about it."

The discovery of sexism on Wikipedia? That’s like saying Christopher Columbus discovered … eh, you know. I hate to say that nerds will be nerds, but I have a sinking feeling they will.

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JJ Abrams to Adapt Apartment

J.J. Abrams, creator of “Lost”, birth mother of “Felicity”, is producing a new film adaptation of a Fifth Avenue apartment. The man knows no bounds. The film will be based on an article from the NY Times about the upper 5th Ave apartment, which was designed to feature Rube Goldberg-esque contraptions and mazes. The apartment, conceived by architectural wunderkind Eric Clough (“the sort of person who has a brainstorm on a daily basis”), features riddles and puzzles that are all part of a larger story meant to be solved by its inhabitants. He even got Jonathan Safran Foer to contribute to the apartment’s story. It’s all very Lemony Snickety, if you ask us. The last film Abrams produced was about a giant beast destroying Manhattan. Here he tackles an even bigger New York City nightmare: real estate.

Herzog Accidently Names our New Band

Last night, German director Werner Herzog spoke with American director Jonathan Demme at one of those “A Conversation With…” shindigs held by the Museum of the Moving Image at The New York Times Building. As Herzog was waiting to take the stage, a man from Brooklyn was scaling the building’s ceramic tubes (the second man that day) in a bid to end malaria, or at least bring attention to its desired demise with an anti-malaria shirt.

And while malaria still runs rampant, the man did earn Herzog’s respect, and generate a distinctly Herzogian neologism, that would also make a terrific band name. “I salute everyone who climbs a steep cliff and climbs a building made of steel and glass,” Herzog said. “Most of them are conquistadors of the useless, but he had apparently a serious agenda, so I salute him.”

Conquistadors of the Useless. We start auditioning bass players next week.

Online Vernacular is Making You Stupid!

Thiz jst in: According to an article in today’s The New York Times, which we stole from our neighbors (sorry!), grammarians everywhere are fucked. With the proliferation of e-mails, text messages, and Facebooks, today’s youth no longer need to punctuate, capitalize, or string together complete sentences. A study was conducted using 700 students between the ages of 12 and 17, nearly two-thirds of whom incorporated online colloquy into their school assignments. Of this trend, Berkeley-based Professor Sterling says, rather apocalyptically, “I think in the future, capitalization will disappear.” Um, yeah rightz! LMAO!!!! BRB!