Tag Archives: Spike
The stars aligned Monday night as many came together in celebration for the the 5th Annual BET Honors. The event, pre-taped last month at Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. honored the achievements of legends in music and entertainment, literature, education and more. Among the honorees included Mariah Carey, who was tributed by a cast that included Kelly Rowland, Raekwon, and the great Patti LaBelle. Mariah accepted her award with husband Nick Cannon, and their son Moroccan. In front of an audience that included close friend Randy Jackson and the First Lady Michelle Obama.
Watch performances from Kelly Rowland and Raekwon, Patti LaBelle, Jennifer Hudson, Common and Anthony Hamilton, plus more after the jump……
Kelly Rowland and Raekwon – “Fantasy”
Patti LaBelle – “Hero”
Jennifer Hudson – “Think Like A Man”
Queen Latifah, Willow Smith, Cicely Tyson and Jill Scott – “Still I Rise” by Dr. Maya Angelou
Common and Anthony Hamilton – “The Believer”
Spike Lee’s Acceptance Speech
Stevie Wonder’s Acceptance Speech
I don’t think Spike Jonze specifically intended this short film to be for Halloween, but it’s just perfectly timed and themed. He and purse-designer Olympia Le-Tan collaborated on this felt-fabric stop-motion animation short, called Mourir Auprès de Toi (To Die By Your Side). It’s about a beautiful woman and the skeleton she falls in love with. It’s funny and then sad and then hilarious.
Just whatever you do…make sure you watch it through the end credits ; )
I’m already struggling with the usual post-unproductive-weekend Monday stress x brain-drain….but this genius moment totally picked-me-up. Don’t you wish you could make small things this great? My cousins actually saw this screened at the IFC movie theater earlier this year. (Props to one of my favorite fashion x art sites, Nowness)
(recently, my sister pointed out a great old Spike Jonze Ikea ad that I somehow missed. Same awesome odd wistful attitude. I’ll post it after the jump)
The Muppets Spoof ‘The Girl With A Dragon Tattoo’, and Collaborate With Opening Ceremony
Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Otis” Video…and Miss Info’s ‘Watch The Throne’ Wrap-up
Beastie Boys and Santigold Get Barbied in Spike Jonze’s “Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win” Video
An Elegant Overview of Cannes With Kanye West, Michel Gondry, Spike Jones and more
So Awkward it’s Awesome: VBS and Young Jeezy
If you’ve been near a television today, many have caught a special 9/11 tribute commercial from State Farm. The clip, directed by Spike Lee features 150 children from the New York area serenading members of the FDNY to Alicia Keys’ live rendition of the featured hit, “Empire State of Mind” alongside Jay-Z. Since the commercial has gone viral it’s become an instant favorite.
The Beastie Boys already mastered the game of “how many stars can you pack into five minutes” with their “Fight For The Right (Revisited)” video…so what do Mike D, MCA and Ad-Rock, do next? Get Spike Jonze to re-imagine the trio as jumpsuit-wearing Ken Barbie, and Santigold as a hipster Black Barbie…and then place them in an action plot that plays out like Robot Chicken meets xXx: State of the Union. LOL.
I love kooky s–t like this. (spotted on FreshnessMag)
Obviously, this is not the first time the Beasties have been dolled up ; ) The BAPE versions were classic! I love the short interview that Nigo/BAPE did with the now-defunct Grand Royale Magazine about the figurines when they came out in the late 90’s….
Interview and photos after the jump
How awesome are these! This set is actually on sale via Ebay for around 0 right now.
Nigo discusses the Beastie Boys BAPE dolls with Grand Royale Magazine (circa 1998?)
Interviewer: What’s your deal?
NIGO: My name is NIGO, I’m 30 years old, from Tokyo. I started my clothing line named A Bathing Ape in 1993 with my friend SKATE THING. And we started our toys section, Ape Play, and music label Ape Sounds in 1999. I released my own album, Ape Sounds,in 1999 which featured Ben Lee, Money Mark, Cornelius, U.N.K.L.E. and more. I will release a hip hop album featuring Biz Markie, Rakim, Beatnuts, GZA, and Flava Flav.And oh yes, Mario C remixed the tracks for the Ape Sounds remix album.
Interviewer: What other figures have you made?
NIGO: Futura 2000, U.N.K.L.E., SDP (A Japanese rap group) and Planet of the Apes figures, and myself.
Interviewer: How long does it take to make one set?
NIGO: Usually it takes 6 months or a year. But it took 2 years to make Beastie Boys action figures.
Interviewer: How many sets of the Beasties figures were made?
NIGO: 1,000 sets.
Interviewer: How are the heads made, especially the incredibly accurate faces?
NIGO: I asked Hama Hayao who is famous molding artist to make the face. He is so great.We took pictures of the Beastie Boys’ heads from every side, 360 degrees, as the data for the dolls. I lost the pictures though.
Interviewer: Do you make the clothes or does someone else?
NIGO: Yes. All clothing was made by A Bathing Ape. I made whole thing except face and body.
Interviewer: How did you decide on the outfits that they would come with?
NIGO: I tried to reproduce Hello Nasty album jacket for the action figures. And about the extra Quasar outfit, I and my friend Matt Takei had helped to find their uniforms in Tokyo when they had come to Tokyo for the Quasar tour. And I also helped to make their stickers to arrange the outfit with Beastie Boys’ direction. And Beastie Boys gave us their guitars as [a token of] our friendship.
Interviewer: Is it safe to take them into the bathtub?
NIGO: NO WATER!!!
The Beastie Boys’ “Make Some Noise”: The Most Celeb-Packed Rap Video Ever?
Hilarious! Will Ferrell, Seth Rogan, Danny McBride star in Beastie Boys’ “Fight For Your Right Revisited” film
We Were Once a Fairy Tale featuring Kanye West (directed by Spike Jonze)
Things I Like: Santigold feat. Karen O “Go”
As much as I keep hearing that the frenetic scene at the Cannes Film Festival in the south of France is like a European version of the Jersey Shore with trust funds…I’d still love to experience it for myself one day. Especially if I can avoid all the truly tacky publicity whoring, and just see it through the same hazy, instagram-ed rosé lenses that directors Carlo Lavagna and Roberto de Paolis in this short clip. They talk to director Michel Gondry, Spike Jonze, attend Kanye West’s beachfront party, hang out on a boat with Michelle Rodriguez, and get the duece from Adrian Brody, lol.
(spotted on Freshness, via Nowness)