Monday, September 22, 2008

Sex And The City: DVD Out Tomorrow

Yay! It's here, it's finally here! The Sex And The City Movie is being released on DVD tomorrow. This means I won't have to go see it in the theatres again (I saw it four times). Instead I can just curl up on the couch with my popcorn and watch anytime I want to.

The dvd is being released in two different formats, the theatrical release, and an extended edition which shows scenes not seen in the theatrical release. The other features are advertised in the commercial above (plus an audio-commentary by director Michael Patrick King not mentioned). This movie was one of the biggest blockbusters of the summer, earning $400,454,627 worldwide so far, thusly the release of the DVD deserved it's own Hollywood style DVD Release Party, which was held in New York last week with stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, and Cynthia Nixon all making appearances.

A Sequel to the movie is currently in talks with all involved, according to Michael Patrick. "When I finished [the first one], I didn’t have a thought in my head about a sequel. It doesn’t feel done to me at all. It feels like it generated a whole new burst of enthusiasm for these characters. I thought if I could come up with a really fun, worthy story it would certainly be a great chance to do it again."

Let's all look forward to seeing that. In the meantime, pick up your copy of The Sex And The City Movie tomorrow.

Sidenote: Sex And The City writer, Candace Bushnell, has admitted that she is working on a new book series which will be a prequel to SATC called "The Carrie Diaries", chronicaling Carrie Bradshaw's teenage years.

Jay Brannan: Home

Seriously, I will stop posting things about Jay Brannan someday, it's just I saw him live again last Friday night (and met him again), and it just really amazes me how incredible I find his music. It's extremely well written and performed. So, if you still haven't been convinced of his talent, watch the youtube video of his song "Home" above and try to tell me that you don't love him.
If you have the opportunity to see him live, I suggest you take it. Buy or download his album "Goddamned" through I-tunes or his official online store

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Idina Menzel: I Stand (Acoustic Music Video)

Tickets for Idina Menzel's concert in Toronto go on sale tomorrow morning. So, as I count the hours til' I purchase mine, I figured I should add the new video for the title track off her latest album "I Stand".
This is the acoustic version of the song which is now available on the new "I Stand: Acoustic EP" up for downloading (and purchase) through I-tunes and Amazon. The Ep also features acoustic recording's of the songs Brave, Gorgeous, and Better To Have Loved.

Idina will be performing in Toronto on Friday November 7th at Danforth Music Hall. Get your tickets tomorrow.

Janet Jackson: Good & Evil

It seems that Janet has a classic good vs. evil theme within her current Rock Witchu Tour. Here are two video's which are shown on the projection screens at different points in the show. The one above features a very angelic (yet futuristic) version of "Good Janet", and the one below features a very dark and twisted (Lord of The Rings-esque) version of "Evil Janet".

Graphic design company "Transport", who designed these two video's for the tour had this to say about their creations,

"Here's where some project explanation needs to happen. The whole show, which you should try to see if it comes near you, is based on a futuristic blade runner-like scenario, and there are forces battling for Janet's very soul. Our job was to turn Janet into good and evil versions of herself showing the struggle, but also be very techno-apocalyptic in style for both the good and evil characters...which according to Janet we nailed."

I can't wait to see the context of these two video's when I go see Janet at the Air Canada Centre next Sunday. Very exciting.

Björk: Dull Flame Of Desire (Music Video)

The Dull Flame Of Desire is the fifth single release from Björk's latest studio album "Volta" (2007) and is a duet with performer Antony Hegarty (Antony & The Johnson's). The lyrics are an english translation of a russian poem by Fyodor Tyutchev.

The video was directed by three different directors and as a result has three different looks to it which I think blend together beautifully. For her third single from Volta, "Innocence", Björk held a special contest on her website for one of her fans to create a video for the song. One winner was chosen but when it came to making the video for Dull Flame, she contacted three seperate directors who had entered the Innocence contest but didn't win.
"When we did the competition for "Innocence", where all the fans sent in videos, they sent in like 400 videos. There were some that I thought were amazing, made by really talented visual people who had maybe never done this before, but they didn't totally fit with the mood of "Innocence". So I contacted them and asked them if they would work together and do ["Dull Flame of Desire"]. In that song, we repeat the same verse over and over again. So I thought it would be interesting to have one verse presented by one director, and then the second by another director, and then the third by another. I had never done that before, and it was quite exciting.

We recorded our part in front of a green screen, and sent it by email to the directors, one in Japan, one in Spain, and one in Germany. They're collaborating via email. I don't know how long it will take. I was being pressured by my record company [to make videos] for the more up-tempo songs, but I have great love for "Dull Flame of Desire", and it was very emotionally special for me to make that with Antony. I thought this would be a good way of doing it."

The three directors are Christoph Jantos from Berlin, Masahiro Mogari from Tokyo, and Marçal Cuberta Juncà from Spain. Take a look at their breathtaking work.