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April 20, 2015

Tribeca Film Festival Review: The Adderall Diaries

by Curtis John

Ed Harris and James Franco in The Adderall Diaries (photo courtesy of Rabbit Bandini Productions)

 

Screening: Sat., April 25, 6:30pm – Regal Cinemas Battery Park

 

Author and drug enthusiast Stephen Elliott (James Franco), fully obsessed with personal insecurities and childhood traumas, reaches a low point when his estranged father Neil (Ed Harris) resurfaces, claiming that Stephen has fabricated much of the dark childhood that fuels his writing. Conflicted in the haze of his shaky memory, Stephen leads a personal journey to find the truth through a new romance, the best friend (Jim Parrack, HBO’s True Blood) who shares his tumultuous history, and a murder trial with a defendant who reminds him of his own story.

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New York’s Giant Ferris Wheel Is Almost Here!

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The New York Wheel, a sky-scraping observation wheel that will stand 630′ high, is set to begin construction on Staten Island tomorrow with the intent of ousting the current world record holder, Las Vegas’ 550′-tall High Roller. After years of being stalled by weather and politicial gridlocks, EE&K Architects $500-million dollar project design, a combination of over-the-top luxury and green arcitecture, is set to break ground this week.

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See Rare Photos of The Police, LL Cool J, & More in Lynn Goldsmith’s “Streets of NYC”

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From Bruce Springsteen in a shop full of hubcaps to Debbie Harry in her skimpiest skivvies, photographer Lynn Goldsmith has seen it all—and captured the photo to prove it. In a new show at the Morrison Hotel Gallery Soho, her iconic snapshots come center-stage: U2 holding umbrellas as they strut NYC’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Harrison Ford hanging out with Carrie Fisher, even Laurie Anderson looking like she’s tightrope walking on the edge of a skyscraper.

Streets of NYC is her new exhibition, opening on Friday, April 17th. Featuring some of the famous faces Goldsmith captured between 1973 and 2013, the show is like a who’s who of downtown talent through the ages. Most of the portraits were taken “after formal studio portrait sessions, when Lynn and her subjects would walk around NYC,” as the press release explains, presenting intimate, often vulnerable looks at some of the world’s biggest stars. You can head over to the Morrison Hotel Gallery Soho to see them up-close and personal, but in advance of the show, check out some of the images in Streets of NYC below.

Lynn Goldsmith’s Streets of NYC opens on Friday, April 17th, and runs though Wednesday May 6th at Morrison Hotel Gallery Soho, located at 116 Prince Street. Click here for more information.

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April 19, 2015

6 Things We Learned from ‘Star Wars VII’ Production Designer Rick Carter

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During the production of Back to the Future Part II nearly 30 years ago, Rick Carter passed his Art Department what he today calls a “Pavlovian joint”—he asked them to imagine 2015; to enter the state of mind that allows for the suspension of disbelief. In a conversation last night at the Art Directors Guild (ADG) in Los Angeles, Carter asked his audience  to do the same, except this time, it really is 2015.

The Oscar-winning production designer behind Back to the Future Part II and III, Forrest Gump, Avatar, Jurassic Park, and so many more, recently finished work on the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. As last year’s recipient of the ADG’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Carter invited ADG members and press to “turn on, tune in, and trip out” in his conversation, which touched on topics including patterns, symbols, and dreams in cinema. From his subconscious mind to galaxies far, far away, Carter weaved a web of conversation between the art directors and production designers present. He did not stay on any one topic for long, but a few recurring themes emerged throughout the evening. These, he attributed to “The Force.”

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April 17, 2015

Tribeca Film Festival Review: Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon

by Curtis John

The staff of the National Lampoon (photo courtesy of Tribeca Film Institute)

Screenings:

Tues., April 21, 9:15pm – Regal Cinemas Battery Park

Fri., April 24, 8:45pm – Regal Cinemas Battery Park

Series: Spotlight

 

If you are of a certain generation, the subversive humor magazine National Lampoon holds a certain place in your nostalgic heart. Now whether that place is at the top or bottom of your heart is another matter, but love it or hate it, its power is undeniable. Featuring extremely rare and never-before-seen footage, Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon is the outrageous story of the famed magazine and its underground, dissident, and racy 1960s beginnings, to its rebirth as an unlikely Hollywood heavyweight and beyond. The humor empire the radicals behind the Lampoon built—with its parody of politics, religion, and everyday American life—was like no other, and their creators, writers, and artistic staff left their mark all over popular culture.

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Tribeca Film Festival Review: Good Kill

by Curtis John

Ethan Hawke and January Jones in Good Kill (photo courtesy of IFC Films)

Screenings:

Sun., April 19, 9:30pm – BMCC Performing Arts Center

Wed., April 22, 6:15pm – Regal Cinemas Battery Park

Thurs., April 23, 9:30pm – Regal Cinemas Battery Park

Series: Spotlight (US Premiere)

 

United States Air Force pilot Major Tommy Egan (Ethan Hawke), a veteran of numerous air combat tours in the Middle East, now conducts the war from the “safety” of a Nevada trailer as a drone pilot. Depressed and misunderstood by co-workers and his family at home, especially wife Molly (January Jones), he leads a life that others feel is now peaceful and free from danger. Yet Tommy sees his job as cowardly, regularly attacking Taliban sites from thousands of miles away. When an idealistic rookie co-pilot (Zoë Kravitz) joins his crew, and new orders force him to take the lives of inncocent people, Tommy’s reticence is heightened and he takes drastic measures to save his family and his soul from the coldness of war.

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April 16, 2015

Limité Must-See: Justified

by Opal H. Bennett

Timothy Olyphant in Justified (photo courtesy of FX Networks. © 2014. All rights reserved.)

For the past five years, FX’s neo-western Justified filled a uniquely shaped hole in the television landscape that was left open when HBO’s The Wire ended. Adapted by Graham Yost from Elmore Leonard’s short story “Fire in the Hole,” and set in Harlan County, Kentucky (the type of locale not typically featured outside of reality programming), Yost nurtured a well-crafted narrative landscape, each episode reading like a chapter of a book you can’t put down.

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Nike Launches Largest Women’s Campaign Ever

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Nike’s newest commercial captures the inner dialogue of a woman stuck behind a row of models during spin class; a runner through a half-marathon; and a beginner yogi unsure of her surroundings.

The spot, by Wieden + Kennedy, launches a campaign called #betterforit, which Nike says is its largest initiative yet in supporting and motivating women’s athletic journeys. It’s about “powering [women] to be better through services, product innovation and athlete inspiration, motivating each other to push to the next level,” the company says.

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April 15, 2015

Airport Gets Indoor Running Track for 2020 Olympics

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In anticipation of the 2020 games in Tokyo, Narita International Airport opened a new terminal on April 8 to help handle the anticipated load of athletes and spectators.

The terminal was constructed around an indoor running track, with no moving walkways or illuminated signs for direction. Instead, the track lanes are color-coded: blue for departures, red for arrivals.

White stenciled symbols, reminiscent of the Games’ iconic symbols for specific events, mark each lane to indicate a final destination. For example, a passenger following the track lane marked with a white stencil of a suitcase will reach the end at baggage claim.

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Levi’s Commuter Presents “The Ride” with Brittany Green

As part of its wider Spring/Summer 2015 campaign, Levi’s Commuter has released a new installment to its video series “The Ride”, this time feature cyclist and Los Angeles local Brittany Green, who gives insight into her advocacy work in the City of Angels.

“Riding in the morning is amazing,” says Green. “When I’m getting out of the house there’s one hill that I get up. I’m like ‘Come on Brittany, let’s go, let’s do this!’ […] It’s not specifically about biking, it’s about an approach to the little things in life.”

Watch the video above.

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