Favorite High School/Coming of Age Films → Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.
A Very StarKid Harry Potter Fandom Celebration
On August 11, a variety of intertwined pilgrimages converged at the Hilton Chicago. One group of performers had come to reunite their college friends and close out a creative chapter in all their lives. At the same time, far-flung fans came to celebrate literary and digitally forged connections in the flesh. And a fan convention strove to redefine itself as more than just a place for a boy wizard (just check out the photos). The linchpin to all this, the reverent word on everyone’s lips, was StarKid.
Dior | Backstage | Spring 2011
Release date for Hitchcock (2012) set for November 23, 2012.
Summer Art Friday: Collagist Geoffrey Stein
For our second-to-last Summer Fridays feature, we chose the work of Geoffrey Stein, a New York-based artist whose collage — “NYC Sunset” — depicts that feeling of a fading summer day. How does the lawyer-turned-artist describe summers in New York? “Everything bakes,” he says.
Describe the piece you submitted to Summer Fridays.
For me there is an unrelenting heat to the city in summer. Everything bakes. I look up and see the sunset in the treetops, a building in shadow, a watertower. Storm clouds threaten to break the heat. I tried to capture this feeling in the piece. It’s a 10-by-8-inch piece created from acrylic and collage on canvas.
Explain your process.
This summer I have been making a series of small cityscape collages. The collages are based on photos I take or find on the internet. I begin the collages with acrylic on the canvas, and then I sand the acrylic and work back into the canvas with pieces of color cut from magazines and catalogues. I work back and forth between the acrylic and the collage until the color is right.
How did you end up making art?
I am a recovering lawyer who has been painting full-time since 2000. I am primarily a figure and portrait painter.
An All-Tumblr Fashion Affair
How far-reaching is Tumblr’s fashion community? Well, it’s certainly big enough to pull together an all-Tumblr fashion photo shoot. Earlier this summer, we invited an all-star Tumblr cast for a photo shoot, every aspect of which — from talent to garment — can be found on our wondrous dashboards. The team commenced the adventure on rooftop of Tumblr HQ, in downtown Manhattan, then strolled through the Gramercy Park Hotel, and ended the night on the streets of Tudor City. We hope you enjoy the portfolio — and behind the scenes footage — as much we loved producing it.
Wong Kar-wai: “It was an unfulfilled wish. I wanted to put them together several years ago, in Days of Being Wild, but never got to. At first, I had wanted all the characters in this film to be played by Maggie and Tony, everyone down to the extras, but the concept was too ambitious… Maybe next time.”
Tony Leung: “I grew up with many neighbors, very much like you see in the film. The economy wasn’t so good and people worked hard; they couldn’t afford to live alone. We rented out rooms and I remember a lot of gossiping, a lot of quarreling. It’s different in Hong Kong these days—you don’t even know who lives next door.”
Maggie Cheung: “My strongest memories of the period are of my mother, which actually helped me with this film—the cheongsams, the shoes, the handbags, her visits to the hairdressers, the way she stood and walked and talked.”
Wong Kar-wai: “It’s a very challenging film for actors. These are the most boring parts they could get—normal people, thirtysomething, married, nothing colorful or heroic. They both went through a period of trying to do something to prove they were acting, but I kept telling them not to, because the whole point was to borrow something of theirs. I didn’t invent a character and look for an actor to play it. It wasn’t a case of casting the right person for the role. We already had the actors; everything was custom-made for them.”
Tony Leung: “I knew what to expect and what was needed—just don’t set any limits, no preparation required. I do research for other directors but not Kar-wai. I don’t even have to ask him very much; I usually have a good idea of what he wants.”
Maggie Cheung: “Kar-wai just kept wanting to know what we could give him. And I was holding back, because I was like, ‘If you’re not going to give me anything to do, I’m not going to do anything. Just watch me.’ Until finally, he wore me out so much that I didn’t care anymore, I went out and just did it. And that’s when it all came. It took me six months to actually open up to him. If I hadn’t, the shoot would have lasted forever. Him waiting for me, me waiting for him. We’d still be shooting now.”