Sucker Punch, written and directed by ZACK SNYDER
SASHA GREY, photo by Ian P. Cinnamon
The cast of Gossip Girl, TV series co-created by JOSH SCHWARTZ
here is something about watching the big screen, TV screen, or even the computer screen (we know you guys download your shows and movies) that has the power to take you away from reality into reality TV. Hah! But seriously, we can’t live without the vampires and werewolves, ballerinas, and out-of-body experiences that these screens have to offer. Being a sexy actress may open some doors in Hollywood, but what if one was a sexy porn star? Sasha Grey has already landed roles that most young starlets would love to get—Entourage and Steven Soderbergh’s The Girlfriend Experience. Now, she is going more mainstream as Magnolia offers the Sundance-screened I Melt with You, where she acts alongside Carla Gugino, Rob Lowe, and Jeremy Piven. This girl is hot, in demand, and getting some film action. Next on our hit list is 300 and Watchmen director Zack Snyder who has the superpower to take you out of this world. His next film, Sucker Punch, is an action/fantasy/thriller where his main character, Baby Doll played by actor-on-the-rise Emily Browning, retreats into her mind and plans her escape from evil. I don’t know about you, but watching his films makes me want to be part of them. I want to be a superhero character who kicks butt while looking good in latex! Nowadays, when you turn on the tube, there seems to be one guy in the middle of all the teen melodrama—Josh Schwartz. Creator of The O.C. as well as today’s Chuck, and Gossip Girl, he has made the drama-filled teenage life our new addiction. From catfights, to steamy make-out scenes, and fashion faux pas, we are glued to our TV sets. If your ADD-mashed attention span hasn’t detected yet, we’ve dedicated this issue to our guilty pleasures of fantasy, fashion, and gossip. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the issue.
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STATUSPHERE 17 20 21 22 23 24
BRANDS SETTING SUBCULTURE BEATS SCREEN INK
94 CAT WENNECAMP BEAUTY 28 29
57 THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART
FACE PAINT ABOUT FACE
FASHION 30 31 32 34 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53
BRICK & MORTAR STYLE ID GO SEE ADRENALINE CRUSH SWAG Buttondowns Khaki Pants Sneakers Tank Tops Tees Boots Silk Tops Tailored Shorts Canvas Bags Skirts
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THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART VIVIAN GIRLS SHUGO TOKUMARU YOUNG EMPIRES JOUJOUX D’ANTAN OUTERHOPE LMFAO
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MASTERMIND 63 64 65 65 66
HEAVY HITTER 68 72 76 82
JOSH SCHWARTZ SASHA GREY ZACK SNYDER DARYL WEIN & ZOE LISTER-JONES
NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK 84 84 85 85
72 ANÄIS ZACK SNYDER 56 POULIOT
SCOOT MCNAIRY AND WHITNEY ABLE ARKIV VILMANSA EUGENE LIN RYAN DEVLIN BRENT ROLLINS
RICH HERRERA & RICH HARDIN JESSICA MENDOZA NICOLE ASENSIO CARLO MIGUEL
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ADIDAS X FACEHUNTER GAGA IS BURNING BOB SINCLAR LIVE IN MANILA HYSTERIA OPEN SPACE PULL & BEAR BOOMBOX PARTY LMFAO LIVE IN MANILA 99 VEGAS PROBLEMS SOIREE PRACTICAL PROBLEMS EVICTION KARAOKE
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hile it was difficult to get the interview with Sasha Grey and nerve-wracking to do it, it was harder to find a photo of her fit for our youth-rated cover. Good thing there’s her fave photographer to collaborate with, and now fiancé, Ian P. Cinnamon, who somehow managed to keep Sasha covered, now clad in her newfound Hollywood glow, yet still undeniably sexy. Fine, we’re lying. Our Art Director, Nikkie Po, had to ‘shop in those Lady Gaga-style nipple tapes just because.
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For his biopic, Don would love for Jay Baruchel to portray him in his youth and Pete Postlethwaite to portray him in old age. But there are days when he just wants to be Groening-ized and “screw the world just like anyone who visits Springfield.” Fortunately, when he interviewed Young Empires (59), Daryl Wein and Zoe Lister Jones (82), he didn’t have to mutate or lead multiple identities.
JP once talked shit about a “ridiculously priced fugly pair of shoes” at Barneys when he was right next to Robin Williams buying two pairs of the said items. You don’t have to make the same mistake as our Style ID (31) features JP’s gender-bending taste. His too-fast-andtoo-fashion-furious lifestyle may just get him his desired cameo in MTV’s The Grind with Eric Nies.
In a nutshell, nutcase as they come, Andrew shows why he’s fascinated with stories of midget proportion, aka B-movies, as he recalls For Y’ur Height Only (23) in our Director’s Cut. Look up his docu, The Search for Weng Weng, which chronicles the truth about the midget Filipino James Bond. He sure knows how to capture the tiniest details in filmmaking— whether it involves Kung Fu or vampireslaying.
NYC-based photographer Darroch suspects that his long hair may be the reason why he’s always asked for “some good weed.” His inner hippie also shows in his shoots which he’d take as far as adapting Taking Woodstock. Armed with his 12-year-old 35mm, Darroch shows how to “capture the energy” in his travel blog. But no need for an LSD trip to get high with his fashion editorial, Adrenaline Crush (34).
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BRANDS / setting / SUBCULTURE / BEATS /
SCREEN / INK
ighteen-year-old Taj Melendez’s BY TAJ churns out childlike whimsy into beaded accessories that look like pixelized versions of Minnie Mouse’s barrette or Pee Wee Herman’s bow tie. Harnessing his playfulness for profit has Taj working with charities that support education and running water in Africa.
LOOSEN UP F
eminine gets the androgynous treatment for OXYGEN’s spring/summer 2011 collection. Loose cropped tops and baggy trousers n black, white, and grey are the season’s must have. Steer away from the usual skinny jeans, and opt for loose pants for a utilitarian feel. Mix and match pieces by layering them to create different looks.
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ith handcrafted frames named after legendary poets, CONTEGO’s debut collection for 2011 can turn you iconic. Whether you choose the bright red Eliot or the black matte Morrison, these polarized peepers will protect you from both soullessness and sunlight.
n its debut collection, a modern take on Victorian clothing, BORNE balances the clean lines of its tailored pieces with feminine accents. Its gray, long-sleeved, collared jersey dress has ruffles on the mid-section, while its trousers have layers of ruffles and a bow on the waist–the perfect play on women’s clothing inspired by menswear.
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ever mind that ELECTRIC sunglasses have the colors of your favorite ice cream; they certainly won’t melt under the sun. Sport some Dark Chocolate Spectre for some beach volleyball and maybe some Vanilla Hoodlum to just lounge vearound in. Best part of this sweet addiction is that they come with no calories. So hurry up, and binge!
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aking its cue from the whimsy works of artist Mary Blair, Bjørn Wiinblad, and Alexander Girard, DEAR CREATURES Spring 2011 collection is all about playfulness. And while staying true to the brand’s core, which is nostalgia, they make sure they sully this up with surprises. From pairing grey blazers and shorts to a plaid orange skirt to having Jacquard sweaters designed with a stached face, they show that being modern doesn’t mean losing your old world grace.
rt collective WEEWILLDOODLE releases a line of limited edition collectible watches that showcase their illustrations. The collection features 25 customized timepieces that are just too cute to handle. With these arm candies, you’re good to win any wrist wrestling if victory is based purely on style and extra punch of character. Go get the upper hand!
OMIA’s Spring/Summer 2011 collection is minimal without being boring. It features sheer, body-skimming dresses, hooded tops, and rompers with strategic peek-a-boo details accented by a few drapes. Get attention with these tailored pieces, and add a subtle sexiness to your look. After all, nothing wanes faster than being in your face.
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louchy in subdued pastels, COLLINA STRADA’s bags stay tailored while holding your swag. The Spring 2011 collection’s consistent window-slat design is set to get as distinctive as quilted leather. From its unisex knapsacks to hobo totes, Collina Strada’s dedication to eco-friendliness has something for every earth’s child.
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DUDE, WHERE’S MY SHOE? N
ot all SUEDEHEAD SHOES are made with suede, but they’re all as suave. This handcrafted line includes partly woven burgundy leather oxford, sheep leather chukkas in jewel tones, and of course, some high top suede booties with matching suede laces. May these shoes be with you!
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PREVIEW’s oversized shirts make bold statements. Prints of reversed Polish military eagle, upside-down Eiffel tower, and spoofed logotypes of Chanel and Comme des Garçons make eyes react differently. Designed for both men and women, these black, white, and gray ready-to-wear shirts fit every rad-venture.
wedish brand UNIFORMS FOR THE DEDICATED assigns a new designation for the modern man. Conceived in utilitarian workwear aesthetics, they pair loose carrot fit trousers with wide-collared chambray shirts under cool gray jackets and knit cardigans patched at the elbow. Men may be created equal, but some choose to look better than others.
ANS SURF got all you lovebirds covered this summer. Graphic bikinis for the ladies include I heart Vans and Sticker Print Onyx that will surely make you feel like a teenage dream. On the other hand, the dudes with the classic Vans checks and the Mahi Mahi will get the party started. So while you sport it up, also make room for some splash flirting.
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y fusing business with leisure, footwear label RYZ spawns the modern man. The RYZ G3 series is inspired by refined sensibility with its clean silhouettes and neutral colors. The graphics inside and at the bottom of the shoe add quirk—providing just the right kick to any ensemble.
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SMOOTH CRIMINALS K
isses come in many forms, but this is a KYSS you can’t resist. This newest hotspot in Makati is a twostorey romance of rose-etched walls, plush couches, and all-night jams. Sip classy cocktails over signature Kyss popcorn, nachos, or “Kyssadillas” if you will. Lose yourself in blind passion, rip up the dance floor, and enjoy the sweet company of friends. So yes, it’s just right to KYSS and tell.
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xperience New Zealand’s most eclectic fusion of art and lifestyle at HOTEL DEBRETT, a member of Design Hotels™. Situated in Auckland’s stylish High Street, the boutique hotel’s 25 suites are individually decorated by Michelle Deery and John Courtney with works of local photographers and painters. See everything from Art Deco furniture, homey tapestries, textured honeycomb tiling, to thematic 21st century carpeting.
BAUBLED BONBONS G
et the finest cacao fix from the latest chocolate boutique import, PATCHI. Originally from Beirut, Patchi touts all-natural Belgian chocolates with decadent fillings like fresh coconut, bitter orange peel, and gianduja hazelnut cream. Between you and bliss, however, lies their artisan packaging, meticulously covered with gleaming ribbons and foil that are good for any occasion or even when there’s none.
Common areas feature brick hearths, pine brown floorboards, vintage mid-century armchairs, and hand-wrought chandeliers—all to cast a glow on New Zealand’s classiest patrons. This 1920s building has a history of romances and tête-àtêtes and now provides a modern space for relaxation and a glass or two of the country’s finest wines.
FOOD SCIENCE Gastro boy Chef Carlo Miguel makes meals of molecular marvel in the newly opened lounge bar and posh restaurant, OPUS.
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Prawn cocktail version 2.0
Sous-vide aged US Beef short rib with horseradish potato puree, roast shallots, and marsala jus
Quail and bacon ravioli with roast quail breast, mushrooms, leeks, and truffle foam
Dark chocolate fondant with salty caramel ice cream and malt foam
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ombine Brazilian and Filipino musical sensibilities, and you’ll get Nykó Macá presents GAFiEiRA (NMPG). It prides itself for coining neo vintage Brasilipino where samba, reggae, jazz, funk, and soul are fused to match the country’s tongue-incheek lyricism. Combining Kakoy “The Man” Legaspi of Rivermaya, Francis “Wasak” de Veyra, Roxy “Foxy” Modesto, and Wowie “Saltfree” Ansano of Radioactive Sago Project; Nikkie “Nota Dez” Cabardo of Freestyle; Wendell “Rockstar”Garcia of Pupil; Madz “Abdel Aziz” Abubakar of
Electronica Manila; José “Papa J” Dufourt and Jaz “The Prodigy” Dufourt of Tropikasya—don’t be shocked if you find yourself dancing as if no one is watching. Since they have everything from trumpets, sax, DJ decks, and a whole lot of percussion, this troupe is indeed an army in the making. They even employ capoeira in their performances to let you go more of your inhibitions. So if you think that hybrids are only best for breeding, think again—it’s also best for soundtrippin. KRISTINE DABBAY
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he five year-strong British sci-fi series Doctor Who finally lets commoners go on a space-time continuum-bending adventure of their own in London’s recently set-up DOCTOR WHO EXPERIENCE, an expansive exhibit and guided simulator situated in Olympia Two Avenue, London. Reconnect the Doctor with his TARDIS, battling threats of Dalek spaceships, Weeping
Angels, and Silurians. Get up close and personal with the actual Pandorica as well as other artifacts and set pieces before finally cyberspeeding through 3D splendor. The experience isn’t limited to science nerds and the show’s cult fanbase; a mindtrip like this will be enjoyed by anyone up for a good half-hour of out-ofthis-world bombardment. GIANO D. DIONISIO
what’s your flavor?
ard, booze, and pepper are not your typical ice cream or sorbet ingredients, but in HUMPHRY SLOCOMBE, these are staples. It’s no secret that their bestseller Secret Breakfast is a combination of cornflakes and bourbon. But with flavors like Foie Gras, Jesus Juice, Oolong, and Red Hot Banana, this retro soda fountain in San Francisco offers more unpredictable delights that leave customers waiting in line. ALYSSA LIBAO
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ON THE SPOT
FUTURE REFLECTIONS H
appy Days Ahead vocalist William Elvin may not imagine himself doing a 9-5 job, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t pay attention to time. He even considers the word “future” as a keyword to unraveling the band’s story that goes way back to their six-month creative conception in the infamous “The Marilyn Mansion.” While taking turns in playing different instruments, William, together with Noemer Alden (formerly with Callalily), Rage Kent, and Gandhi Lorenzo bond through interplaying the tunes of The Beatles, Weezer, The Rentals, and Blur; and their track like “Winter Went Away for A While” prove how their musical range is getting wider.
As William says, “The major theme of my music is being free from whatever social constraints.” He now even learned to chuckle at his old songs like “This is Not the Way Love Should Be” because it already sounds dated for his current taste. But then, he has no regrets because, while balancing theatre and music, he has found out what love should really be. “It has to be honest,” he says. “I’m fortunate to be surviving out of art,” he adds; and indeed, there’s no need to reflect hard to see that the future looks bright for Happy Days Ahead. KRISTINE DABBAY
LISTEN UP Here’s a round-up of the latest in music, musicians, and anything that strikes the STATUS chord.
Sarah Marco of TAKEN BY CARS
Stars – “Fixed” It’s got those notes that put a glow in your heart...combine it with that voice, and it’s all over. Blondie – “Union City Blue” Constantly listening to the 80’s all the time—it’s just a part of my life already... Blondie is a mainstay on the player... Florence and the Machine – “Blinding” This has those pounding drums that make such an impact when you hear them. Like the sound of a depressed heart... And I like the words “no more dreaming like a girl...so in love with the wrong one.” Sia - “Clap Your Hands (Fred Falke Remix)” Fred Falke is my favorite remixer... epic and soft bassline changes, glossy soft french disco.
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Dan Whitford of CUT COPY cutcopy.net
Kraftwerk – “Radioactivity”
Kip Berman of THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART thepainsofbeingpureatheart.com
Felt - “Ballad of the Band” c
The Bar-Kays – “Holy Ghost” Ben Allen took us to a strip club in Atlanta that looked like it was straight out of Twin Peaks with the weirdest people there. The DJ was dressed completely in white like a clichéd 70s pimp and dropped this tune. Das Moth – “Moon” A track we’re putting out on our Cutters Records label. It’s by an exmember of the Melbourne band Damn Arms who now resides in Tokyo. It’s bizarre and really sounds like no one else—as if Yellow Magic Orchestra went to New York and recorded with DFA.
Serge Gainsbourg - “La Decadanse” This song is in the style of the very famous “J’taime moi non plus” but even more drawn out and sensual. I love Gainsbourg’s use of that smoky organ, and the drum fills are so slow and almost ridiculous as the song goes on. Smashing Pumpkins “Mayonaise” “Today” was… maybe the most perfect nutshell of the America I knew in the 1990s, but “Mayonaise” is probably my favorite song on Siamese Dream. I really like when Billy Corgan balances the pretty with the aggressive.
Damon Albarn scores the movie adaptation of his sister’s book, The Boy in the Oak, which will be narrated by Jude Law.
Rumor has it that Björk is nearly done with her new album and that her Biophilia project might actually be the hinted “scientific musical” project with Michel Gondry.
Know where Sufjan Stevens got his good looks as he and his brother, Marzuki, see their father for the first time in Kaleo La Belle’s documentary, Crooked River. Sonic Youth’s score for French teenage flick and Cannes favorite Simon Werner a Disparu (Lights Out) finally gets released on vinyl.
FOR Y’UR HEIGHT ONLY (1981) ANDREW LEAVOLD shows why he has an upcoming book called Bamboo Gods and Bionic Boys: A History of Pulp Filmmaking in the Philippines and why he produced the docu The Search for Weng Weng.
eng Weng as Agent 00, our curious two-foot-nine hero with an all-white suit and boater, cracks an international drug ring, gets the girl, loses the girl, and infiltrates the secret lair of evil criminal mastermind M. Giant (played, appropriately enough, by a dwarf), all with an armful of gadgets and his famous trick of punching [enemies] in the balls, then running between their legs. I find it impossible to pin down the film’s appeal. It’s not just the novelty of seeing a midget pretending to be a
gun expert and ladies’ man, or the inexplicable thrill of watching bad kung fu movies. Maybe it’s the inadvertently genius deconstruction of both Western action films and their Pinoy counterparts, surreal potaddled dubbing by Apocalypse Now survivors, or inspired casting of the James Bond of the Philippines himself, Tony Ferrer aka Agent X44, as Weng Weng’s boss. Perhaps it’s a combination of its constituent elements or something new altogether. It all adds up to an absurdist masterpiece of gloriously bad cinema.
AN ABSURDIST MASTERPIECE OF GLORIOUSLY BAD CINEMA
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THE ULTIMATE TRIBUTE TO ALL THE INDEPENDENT ANYBODIES
om DiCillo’s Living in Oblivion is an indie film about indie films painting a painfully realistic picture of what goes on behind the scenes of low-budget filmmaking. Steve Buscemi plays Nick Reve, a film director intent on creating The Next Great Film but is met by numerous restrictions. Catherine Keener is his film’s gorgeous lead actress, Nicole Springer, whose claim to fame is a shower scene with Richard Gere. As the film progresses with malfunctioning props, sour milk, and paranoia, they question the validity of their dreams. Offering up 90 minutes of art imitating life, it was rejected by all producers and financed only by friends of DiCillo who felt strongly about it. Here’s the ultimate tribute to all the independent anybodies trying to make it on a tireless hope for a miracle. CARINA SANTOS
JABS RIGHT IN THE GUT WITH GIRLS, GUNS, AND GRIT
here’s no guarding from Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch packing World War ferocity, Alice in Wonderland adventure, and Inception mind bending with imagery that jabs right in the gut with girls, guns, and grit. In order to be silenced, Baby Doll (Emily Browning) is sent to a mental institute by her abusive father, so she attempts to ecape with four other patients. The story courses between reality and surreality as Snyder toys with action sequences that erupt with each character’s vigor to escape. As everything begins to blow up, High Roller (Jon Hamm) reveals a secret, and Björk’s “Army of Me” underscores. Nothing can mend that spent, slack-jawed expression on your face as you leave the theatre; it’s the kind of battle scar that’ll have you asking for a rematch/rewatch. GIANO D. DIONISIO
THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU Politician David Norris (Matt Damon) takes matters into his own hands as he discovers that mysterious forces are keeping him away from his true love.
LE QUATTRO VOLTE
RED RIDING HOOD
Jodie Foster directs and stars alongside Mel Gibson, who plays a depressed CEO carrying a beaver handpuppet around to get over his inability to communicate.
Two sci-fi nerds run into a Seth Rogen-voiced alien outside Area 51, and a riotous road trip/bumbling escape across America ensues.
This quasi-docu takes on four instances of reincarnation while showing the Calabrian landscape with an eye for the philosophical and hilarious.
Amanda Seyfried steps into a bright cloak and a darker role in this fairytale-turned-werewolfhorror flick.
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i feel relatively neutral about new york By avery monsen & jory john
o many, New York is enough to get Jay-Z drop a patriotic beat, but to some, the Big Apple is, well, okay. takes on rarely chartered grounds when it comes to Lady Liberty’s abode and remains on the fence about its bustle, relentless Subway shoving, autumns at Central Park, and the occasional intellectual
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snobbery of the New York Times. It’s a slight rebellion against those who worship the grounds of Broadway, Wall Street, or Park Avenue and its absence of a stand has become the stand itself. KAREN BOLILIA
to some the Big Apple is, well, okay
EMPIRE STATE OF MIND: HOW JAY-Z WENT
FROM STREET CORNER TO CORNER OFFICE By Zack O’Malley Greenburg
n this 240-page biography, Forbes writer Zack O’Malley Greenburg explains how Jay-Z is right next to De Niro, though he’ll be hood forever. Following the life of one of rap’s most influential icons, get an insight into hip-hop’s pervading relationship with everything bling bling. Track Sean Carter’s ascent to the world’s wealthiest MC, Jay-Z, from his drug dealing initiation to recording mixtapes, venturing into real estate, and bagging Beyoncé. The mogul has dipped his financially frisky fingers in a market that includes basketball teams, champagne, cologne, apparel, clubs, and a Broadway show. His rags-toriches story is as real as the Brooklyn streets that served
as the classrooms for Jay-Z’s entreprenurial savvy. The book includes insights from his colleagues, former classmates, friends, mentors, and business partners alongside testimonials and one-on-one interviews with hip-hop top guns like Damon Dash, The Roots’ Questlove, DJ Clark Kent, and NBA’s Jamal Crawford and Sebastian Telfair. Jay-Z’s public image, thanks to braggadocio lyrics and sinister swagger, often undermines his greater influence in the financial realm, but this biography finally backs up every arrogant line he’s spit out, painting the man in a renewed light. Jay-Z ain’t a businessman. He’s a business, man. GIANO D. DIONISIO
In this 240-page biography, Forbes writer Zack O’Malley Greenburg explains how Jay-Z is right next to De Niro though he’ll be hood forever
AND ARREST RECORDS OF THE FAMOUS AND INFAMOUS By Matthew Stokoe
hackneyed as they are, schadenfreude never gets old
dam and Eve took a bite of the forbidden fruit and got sent out of the Garden of Eden. What they didn’t know was that they had it easy because, in this era, the law, not to mention the paparazzi, ain’t as kind. Exhibit A is Busted: Mugshots and Arrest Records of the Famous and Infamous which compiles mugshots and chronicles some humiliating,
brilliant, and, on occasion, deserved celebrity criminal arrests and their corresponding punishments. Roman Polanski, Charles Barkley, Malcolm X, and Mick Jagger—congratulations for making the cut! Of course, Martha Stewart and Lindsay Lohan are there too, but no worries; hackneyed as they are, schadenfreude never gets old. LIZA CONSTANTINO
FOOTNOTES There are 154 steps to climb to the top of the Statue of Liberty. No big deal; the Eiffel Tower has 1710. Also, the New York City Subway has 1.5 billion passenger rides a yearpaltry compared to Tokyo’s over 3 billion.
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Hollywood’s top offenders include the likes of Paris Hilton, Robert Downey, Jr., and Sean Penn. But did you know that Mike Tyson was reportedly arrested 38 times before he was even a teenager?
In 2006, Jay-Z called for a boycott of Cristal because the company supposedly wasn’t feelin’ on the hip-hop community’s overindulgence in it. Well, let’s just say Patron tequila has been booming in sales these past years.
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tech pack AUDIO-TECHNICA ATH-PRO700 GD
• Limited units with premium gold color • Has neodymium magnetic 53mm driver for rich bass • Foldable for easy storage
EOS x TOKIDOKI MIXTAPE • Etched with tokidoki’s Adios character on its stainless steel case • Features two movable discs that mimic a cassette tape’s • Has black genuine leather strap
RETROSPECS Get a blast from the past with these retro-inspired gadgets.
LG L-03C • Camera + phone styled like a retro compact • Has a 12.1 MP sensor and ISO ranging up to 3200 • Equipped with Pentax 3x zooming lens and takes 720p HD video • Enables GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G connectivity SRP: TBA
MANUFACTURE ROYALE OPERA • Steampunk-inspired body unfolds for better sound as the hour hand plays an A note while the minute hand plays a C sharp • Pimped with 319 parts, 18-karat rose and gray gold, and alligator leather band • Limited to 12 timepieces SRP: P53.376 M
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IIDA X-RAY PHONE • Designed by the renowned Tokujin Yoshioka • Made with translucent red, black, or blue body • Has dot-matrix LED subdisplay that shows time, caller info, and e-mail alerts SRP: TBA
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face paint NARS Duo Cream Eyeshadow (Burn It Blue), P1,750
MAC Blot Film, P750 Clinique RinseOff Eye Make-up Solvent, P722.88
Benefit California Kissin’ Lip Shine, P790
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e love having stylish hairdos that look like we were naturally born with it. To achieve this, we make sure we’re styled by someone who has a good track record. From Japan to London and New York, top stylist Akira finally settled in Manila to open AKIRA HAIR AND MAKEUP STUDIO and to level up Manila’s beauty standards with that of Japan’s. Brightly lit with its huge round bulbs that hang from the ceiling, spacious with its black and white interior and giant mirrors, the salon gets you prettified in comfort. The real treat, however, is Akira’s talent. So save yourself a plane
ticket as he boasts of the same staff training in Japan, where signature Akira favourites like the Yuko System, Bedhead, S Factor, and Material-G are used for their specialty hair rebonding, treatments, and extensions. Also inspired by sea, wood, and even insects, Akira’s technique indeed dazzles like no one. It’s about time to spoil yourself and treat your hair to some prime pampering. 1F A.Venue Event Mall, 7829 Makati Avenue, Makati City, Philippines +63-2-621-3460 / +63-2-474-1819
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he next time you hear the word “tee pee,” you’d think not only of cute little Indian boys but also this store in Orchard Link, Singapore. A CURIOUS TEEPEE is a 2,700 sq ft. store slash café slash bar and basically your typical I-wannastay-here-and-just-hang-and-buy-everything-I-see place. Stocked with cutesy things like crayon rings by Timothy Liles, Maison Martin Margiela Objects, We Are Handsome body suits, Stolen Girlfriend Club dresses, Swedish label Sandqvist, and menswear brand Sundays, we don’t see why not. Its high ceilings, long tables, accommodating service and, of course, faux tee pee in the middle of the store just draw you in. Which is an absolute thing, considering the store aims to spread a “living a life more inspired” mantra. With the yummy treats and its famous Cucumber Martini already spreading word in the grapevine, we can’t help but ask, “Is all this hype making you curious?” If it does, best believe this place will feed you more curiosities to satisfy your alternative cravings.
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o suit every style and personality, 25 designer brands like Prada, Versace, D&G, DKNY, Oakley, and Ray-Ban in various styles: aviator, goggle, cat-eye, wayfarer, rimless, and round are all stocked in one place—SUNGLASS HUT. The iconic global destination for sunglasses with almost 2,000 locations worldwide has finally opened its first boutique in the Philippines. Talk about hut in the city! But unlike other optical shops in Manila, Sunglass Hut’s display cabinets are unlocked, making it impossible for all the sun-soaked and stylish people to resist from getting with the retailer’s mantra: “put them on.” If you don’t know what the latest styles are or what pair looks good on the shape of your face, a very accommodating and knowledgeable staff will assist and advise. And if you don’t have enough dough to shell out for these designer sunnies, try your luck at the casino near the store, then come back for the eye candy.
TYLE SOCIETY will help you find that perfect outfit with a little help from its fashion friends. Try on some Australian and international brands like Style Stalker, Talulah, or Wildfox for a change. And while you’re at it, click on the “My Society” section that guides online
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This Swedish art student in Madrid trades heels with much comfier Chuck Taylors.
Androgynous fashion has gone mainstream and has blurred traditional rules of dressing. Now, you can trade clothes with your boyfriend or girlfriend without getting funny looks from strangers. By JP Singson
This British art student in London goes utilitarian chic with an oversized military coat.
Yuanyi Jeff Lee, Fashion Editor of Elle China, wears the covetable Acne Admire wedges.
Frankie Han, fashion consultant, hops on the animal print trend with his Celine tote. Sandra Maske, art student, wears a Cheap Monday boyfriend blazer.
This anonymous fashionista in Paris shows off his Margiela Tabi heels.
Jose Duran, fashion designer from New York, rocks his maxi manskirt piece.
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Itâ€™s raining confetti! Celebrate by slipping into something 80s, bright, and sequined. Drip with summerâ€™s scorching accessories metal chain bracelets, gold-plated necklaces, neon colored watches, plastic sunnies, and eye candy heels. No sugar rush needed for this all-time high. Photographed by Darroch Putnam Styled by Amie Hirarta Modeled by Tricia Rollo of Q Models Hair & Makeup by Andrea Castillo Produced by Michelle Halek
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THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART is releasing their sophomore album Belong. After three years and counting, they’re now undertaking the ultimate challenge—the test of time. By Kristine Dabbay
"... if we become the least popular band in the world , well , so were most of the records I grew up loving the most. "
he 80s and 90s voiced youthful exuberance; thanks to people like John Hughes who made locker and detention room scenarios more meaningful. But The Pains of Being Pure at Heart’s Kip Berman (vocals and guitar), Peggy Wang (keyboards and vocals), Alex Naidus (bass), and Kurt Feldman (drums) channel this age of innocence by turning shoegaze into a genre that’s accessible not only to Generation X. Sure, their noise pop tackled “Young Adult Friction”; but today, Kip tells us that they’re busier with their young adult missions and are “grateful as humanly as possible that, by strange coincidence, not owing to talent or birth,” they’re happy “in ways that probably even foreign princes and professional players are not.” What has changed since your previous records? We’ve found a lot of ways to use a recording studio without giving up the “wrongness” of… our sound. There are so many things we can’t do, and yet we try really hard to be the best we can be. In those “not-quite” moments, that struggle to get to where you want to be, but maybe not knowing how to get there and ending up somewhere else—that to me is what I love about music. It remains human and flawed—not this “machine” of arena rock perfection.
What’s the toughest challenge you’ve encountered? When you read Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground, you realize just how easy contemporary indie music has it. I mean, just the chapters on the Butthole Surfers or Black Flag alone make you realize that being able to do a tour at clubs that book the kind of music you play…is such a luxury… They had to invent a basic infrastructure simply to play a show. There was this very necessity-driven sense of invention and unending, long-suffering
perseverance. Going to the dentist in 2010 vs. 1910 is sort of the equivalent. If anyone complains about the dentist today, I’m sure the ghosts of their great grandparents would remind them that they have it pretty good. Based from a question in “Say No to Love,” should you try to do something that you just don’t feel? Deep down, people know what’s right for them. Sometimes, there is social pressure to do certain things, but ultimately, you have to trust that you know what’s best for you. I mean, whoever really listens to their friends’ advice? You mentioned before that having adventures with friends while you are young is something you must enjoy while you can. Do you think you’re able to do this? If…people ask, “Did you do what you wanted with your life?” I couldn’t help but say, without qualification, “yes.” I bet being in Pains is way more fun than being in The Rolling Stones ‘cause they have this burden of history and expectation and are so insulated from the experience of just walking into a club and playing like they once did… Not that failure is our aspiration, but if we become the least popular band in the world, well, so were most of the records I grew up loving the most. Your music expresses the beauty of youth. If you would have the chance to stop your age, what age would you choose? When your age stops, you’re dead, so I’m going to keep on getting older if possible. I’m not afraid of being old, but I am afraid of not having my family around forever. So maybe I’ll live to 77 so that my mom will live until 100 and my uncle to 97.
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Starfucker’s third album, Reptilians, has all the hard-hitting beats and buzzing synths that any nostalgic dance-pop album needs.
Brooklyn-based Vivian Girls are too girly at times—they even have synced periods. But they toughen up with their third album, Share the Joy, by singing less about boys.
Gypsy punk outfit DeVotchka’s Nick Urata may be scoring more films like I Love You Phillip Morris recently, but he finally found time to come up with 100 Lovers which, expectedly, gathers his take on “cinematic.”
by Petra Magno Photographed by Loren Wohl
f there’s anything Vivian Girls knows best, it’s how to tear down doors with their lo-fi garage punk. You’d think being friends with Thurston Moore on Facebook would comfort them from their heartaches, but after two albums, lead vocalist Cassie Ramone, bassist Kickball Katy, and drummer Fiona Campbell open up on how their spring record had them graduate from their boy-crazy songwriting. Read on for our heart-to-heart confab with Cassie. You graduated from Pratt Institute as an Illustration major, and Katy graduated from Rutgers with a Physics degree. Do those majors still come in handy nowadays? It’s pretty simple. I do all our cover art and merch design. Katy handles the math and business end of the band. Who are your influences in songwriting? As a band, our influences are Neil Young, Burt Bacharach and Hal David, and Greg Sage of The Wipers...with the inclusion of 60s girl group singing. All use interesting chord changes and have simple, great lyrics. You have sensitive lyrics, but your sound is balls-to-the-wall noise. How do you explain this contrast? [I write songs alone] on an acoustic guitar, and when we started up, I wanted the band’s sound to be the complete opposite of that, to seem less vulnerable.
How different is Share the Joy from your self-titled and Everything Goes Wrong? It sounds cleaner in many ways; a lot of it has a classic 70s vibe. Thematically, it’s very different [from our previous albums because] there’s only one song about a guy. We’ve skewed our punk and pop sensibilities to further extremes. Certain songs are the poppiest we’ve ever done, and others are among the gnarliest. You’ve faced plenty of line-up changes over the years, but who else would you like to collaborate with? It would be great to work with the guys in Girls. I think Chris and JR are brilliant. Tell us about your side projects. We actually have several side projects among the three of us. We’ve found that the key to happiness is an active lifestyle. I’ve recorded a bunch of music on my own and should have a solo album coming out sometime next year. I’m also in a band called The Babies [with Kevin Morby of Woods], and I have been busy lately with art and freelance illustration. Katy recently debuted her solo project, La Sera.... Fiona plays in a great Brooklyn duo called Coasting [with Madison Farmer of Dream Diary], and she does massage on the side.
Old-timers R.E.M.’s Collapse Into Now follows 2008’s Accelerate and adds another masterwork to their already expansive discography; it also employs Eddie Vader, Patti Smith, and Peaches.
myspace.com/viviangirlsnyc Since 2006’s First Impressions of Earth, The Stokes jumpstarts the decade with their album Angles, buzzed to be their best release since 2001’s Is This It. Indeed, Earth to The Strokes!
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SHUGO TOKUMARU is literally beyond words— the English kind—but one doesn’t even need to “understand” this Japanese virtuoso to appreciate his symphonic pop written out of dreams. By Nante Santamaria Photographed by Hideki Otsuka
f you hear Shugo Tokumaru’s acoustic strumming and layered vocals swelling to orchestral heights, you might imagine a grand ensemble, but when he makes this music, he is, in fact, alone. He says “It is not something which I made with a clear intention to let all the people hear.” And so many aural voyeurs are intrigued. They marvel and wonder how many whistles, glocks, bells, keys, drums, and strings Shugo has. The rough count: more than a hundred. The multi-instrumentalist says “I have a lot of fun collecting instruments, recording them with my favorite microphones, and mixing it…” All these in his bedroom, straight from his dream diary—
“something disorderly and meaningless, which fitted my music perfectly,” Shugo describes. “I’m the only one who knows how it works in the structure of a song, and I leave it like that.” Sometimes, he makes a likely score to a lived video game, animated children’s stories, or streams of seeming random. The common reaction, though, is a surge of optimism—proof that music is, first, sound. With the key shifts and dissonant harmonies subtly unfurling, it is, after all, just something that could be enjoyed by anybody—in Japan and beyond as he releases his fourth album, Port Entropy, to the rest of the world.
YOUNG EMPIRES’ “sexy songs for successful people” take us on a sultry trip into dreams and other night mysteries. With “Glory of the Night” making it to Kitsune Maison Compilation 10: The Fireworks Issue, they show that mystery indeed loves company. By Don Jaucian Photographed by David Gillespie
ave you experienced the presence of someone in your dreams that you have never met in your waking life? Could your dream state be an entry into another universal dimension?” Matthew Vlahovich (vocals) contemplates on his band’s usual themes. Likened to MGMT and Friendly Fires, Young Empires doesn’t “mind being compared to other great bands.” Jake Palahnuk (bass) says “As human beings, we all draw on collective memory—so it’s no surprise that the music industry sees a similar evolution with new sounds popping up all over the world in almost perfect unison.” But Robert Ellingson (guitar) adds that when “you start categorizing your own music, you start to limit where it can go.” Acclaim from magazines and websites continuously challenge their songwriting especially now that they’re making their first album. “Remember, we’re just now over one year in the making—we still have a lot of growing pains to encounter,” Jake says. But it’s not the misery that bonds them but rather the mystery of the unknown. Jake concludes, “Writing music is like a drug, and when I’m on the drug, it stimulates this gland in my brain that no other experience can compare to. [It’s] like cocaine but less trashy and expensive.”
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As follow up to their 2009 album, Living Thing, Peter Bjorn and John releases Gimme Some—this time, a return to their punk + pop roots and sounding a lot like their live shows.
JOUJOUX D’ANTAN is named after “all the broken toys you find in your attic once you grow up,” but founder Marco Tonincelli moves out from the attic of musical comfort zone by living in London. By Kristine Dabbay
moved here because I needed some fresh air for working on new material,” Joujoux d’Antan’s brain Marco Tonincelli says about his relocation to London. But even if he moves around a lot, he still believes that “Universal is not where you are but how you feel. Everything a person does is universal ‘cause we all live in the same place.” That’s why even if you hear him sing “Nel Mio Armadio” in Italian, it still manages to “remind you of your past, lighthearted times and unsolved complexes.” He expounds on this by sharing that if there’s a director that matches his imagination, it’s David Lynch. After being discovered by Sean Lennon in 2006 and contributing for the score of
Jordan Galland’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead, Marco remains unstoppable in his collaborations. “I’m also working on an entire new project with my girlfriend. We’ll soon start playing around town gloomy primal blues stuff,” he says. From the banks of Gardasee in Italy, he managed to perform in La Cigàle in Paris and Bush Hall in London when, initially, he barely left his neighborhood for gigs. He advises “You just have to keep focused on your music. All the rest is crap.” If he could switch jobs for a day though, he screams: “I would be a baker because England needs them!”
OUTERHOPE, composed of siblings Mick and Michael Benedicto will always be affected by their father’s sickness and passing in 2005. Michael says: “We both regressed simultaneously. Luckily, all it did was make us tell the same stories.” Sometimes, your poison can also be your cure.
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uterhope is very aptly named as their songs “Twenty Years from Now” and “Race to the Sky” are just the kind that seems to magically heal any affliction. Among sharing vocal harmonies, the duo uses harp, harmonica, and glockenspiel to let us fall under their cathartic spell. But to actually provoke a strong emotion— independent from mere instruments—is no easy feat. Mick even looks back at “an extremely difficult year” when she left her office job. It gave her the chance to travel alone. “You get all sorts of weird thoughts floating around in an unfamiliar place,” she shares while adding proudly that “It was also the year we released our first record, which changed our lives.”
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Produced by Björn Yttling of Peter Bjorn and John, Lykke Li’s Wounded Rhymes shows how she matured into dark, pagan-like rhythms from her Youth Novels (2008).
Death metal legend Eric Rutan of Morbid Angel is producing the soft-spoken indie balladeers The Mountain Goats’ 13th album, All Eternals Deck? Hell just froze over.
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Luckily, they get to mend not only their lives but others’ as well with their songs that reference “youth and leaving parts of that behind.” And for temporal remedies, Michael chooses “lots of alcohol. We also use cigarette smoke to cloak us from danger.” From Strangely Paired (2005) and A Day for the Absent (2009), Mick wishes to start their third album this year. “Other than that, we’ve been busy obsessing about our live gig set-up,” she says, “as we try to do something new once in a while.”
Travis Barker’s solo album, Give the Drummer Some, features collaborations with A-Trak, Chuck English, and Kanye West among other artists.
Good thing that Motown founder Berry Gordy’s son Redfoo (Stefan Gordy) and grandson Sky Blu (Skyler Gordy) of LMFAO are musicians, not the mafia, because their upcoming album, Sorry for Party Rocking, may just be an offer you can’t refuse. By Loris Peña Photographed by Patrick L. Jamora
edfoo and Sky Blu have no problems working with family. In fact, their uncle- nephew relationship goes as far as partying together and making hit singles like “I’m in Miami, Bitch,” “La la la,” and “Shots.” With their messy afros, bright outfits, and specs sans lens, they took their talent to Manila and gave us a crazy one night stand we couldn’t get over from. As funny as their YouTube page, Redfoo and Sky Blu’s Life, where they upload LOL-worthy newsletters, skits, and whatever they feel like sharing, these two are exactly how we see them there—fun, reckless, and honest. They sat with us to discuss parties, the next album, STFU moments, and what they have to say about the haters. You seem to have a very close uncle-nephew relationship. How is it like working with each other? Sky Blu: Great! Especially on stage, it’s like we know exactly what the other is thinking. Beyonce hated the term “Bootylicious” after it became overused. With LSS-inducing songs, do you have a track that you’ve grown tired of? Redfoo: Since we write and produce everything ourselves, the only thing we get tired of is girls treating us like pieces of meat.
Besides performing, you guys also DJ. What are your favorite songs that make the ladies take off their clothes? R: “Get crazy”, our new song, put that ass to work and, of course, the classic “Hot in Here” by Nelly. Can you tell us more about your next album, Sorry for Party Rocking? R: It’s going to make you wanna dance in places that you don’t normally dance in. S: It’s gonna get the party jumping like never before.
the airport in a hotel robe with no underwear. Sorry for party rocking! Some of your songs are used in popular reality shows such as Jersey Shore and Kourtney & Khloé Take Miami. If you were part of the cast, who would you most likely hook up with? Why? S: Kim because she got “Big” dreams. R: Khloe and Kourtney ‘cause two heads are better than one.
The skits in Redfoo’s YouTube account are funny. Do you guys ever consider acting? What will [the show] be called? R: Yeah, we love to act... but first, we have to win a Grammy. S: The Adventures of the Fro and Jerry Curl. Lastly, what does LMFAO think or have to say to their haters? S: Go pick up my laundry!
LMFAO is big on parties. What are the absolute must-dos for a great night out? S: We go out almost every night, and the only must-do is that you have to take shots shots shots… with your friends! R: You must spray at least one bottle of champagne, throw your hands up, and dance like no one’s watching, get at least two numbers, or have a random hook up in the bathroom...either/ or! What are some of your recent OMG STFU LMFAO moments? S: When I was crowd-surfing and the fans ripped my clothes off until I just had a small piece of my underwear left. R: Woke up after an afterparty in a hotel, and all the girls stole all of my clothes. I had to go to
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When SCOOT MCNAIRY is not in the garage messing around with an art project or tying flies, and WHITNEY ABLE is not quoting Scoot “doing some sort of martial arts in the backyard,” they are busy about their acting careers. “We always have a fire going,” Scoot says, referring to both their marriage and their aspirations in an industry mostly obsessed with fame, flames, and fortune. By Reena Mesias Monsters (2010) stills courtesy of Vertigo Films
Monsters wasn’t going to be the kiss of death by working with each other in this strenuous environment.” Explain the difference between being with each other and working with each other. W: We work well together. We talk about work all the time. We are planning what we want to do next together. I had never been able to successfully integrate the two relationships in my life, and I feel fortunate that we can as husband and wife. My life feels rich and whole... nothing is compartmentalized. We share everything. S: Working is always stressful no matter who I am working with. Our life at home in LA is not. I would say that the only difference is that Whitney keeps my stress level down to a minimum.
ho knew that movie sets with aliens and war zones could be the most romantic place in the world? On to off-screen, Whitney and Scoot, who met and fell in love while filming Gareth Edwards’ sci-fi movie, Monsters, will be seen together again on Dan Finkel’s comedy Everything Will Happen Before You Die.
How did you get into acting? Whitney: I have always loved acting. Of course, the reasons and motivations have shifted over the years from a child seeking attention, to an adult wanting to explore. My relationship with acting is always evolving. I think—with love, work, and life in general—we are always redefining our relationship to the thing or the person as the nature of that thing or person is always changing.
“We always have a fire going.”
Scoot: My first love, or I guess what I think about most, is fishing—or more so going fishing with my wife. Among many of the things that made me fall for Whitney is that we share a love for the outdoors. In an interview with Moviemikes, Whitney said, “We wanted to be sure
Whitney, you have a role in the new series from Jenji Kohan. What’s the series called, and what else are you up to? W: Tough Trade is looking for a home. We hope it finds one as it’d be great to move to Nashville. In the meantime, I am writing two scripts and developing a third project. I am thankful to finally be in a position to create my own destiny. Scoot, you have at least four films coming out. Which are you most excited about? S: I am really excited about Angry White Man. I have not done a comedy in a year or so and got to work with some of the most talented comedians, Mary Birdsong and Steve Agee. We had a lot of fun shooting it and more laughs off screen than in the film. Looking forward to how that film all comes together. If your love story would be made into a film, what’d be the title? W: It’s called Monsters. In a roundabout way, that is sort of a memento for us. We weren’t playing our real selves, but we were there. And we were falling in love. That is a big part of our story.
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ARKIV VILMANSA breathes new life into pop art through his characters and curves that seem digitally printed but are actually hand painted. Talk about getting the perfect hand job. By Saje Indigo Artwork courtesy of Arkiv Vilmansa Photographed by Paolo Ruiz
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’m inspired by what I see, but I make it my own,” says Arkiv Vilmansa whose paintings conjure familiar characters who are transformed once possessed by his spirit. So whatever scepticism anyone has about his paintings is dispelled if they see him in this live art jam where he renders Jollibee, a popular Filipino fast food icon, in precise line-work and swift strokes, a discipline he learned from architecture. He did his time in university, but rather than pursuing the life of an architect, he decided to create his own characters. “I started designing toys first. I got really interested in it when Michael Lau first released his [vinyl toy] figures in 2000; the idea was so fresh at [that] time. I was studying architecture then, and I thought to myself, why can’t I
do that? I can draw, I was good with watercolor in high school, and since I was a kid, it was my dream to make my own character,” Arkiv recounts in his Indonesianspiked English. With not much more than the sheer desire to indulge his inner child, he went ahead and sent out the blueprints to a handful of distributors and hoped someone would like it. He must be damn good or have an incredible streak of luck as he got a response from not one but five potential distributors. “One of them from Switzerland actually booked a flight to Singapore to meet with me, but then, I got a call from adFunture in Shanghai. They gave me an ultimatum of 30 minutes to make my decision, and I ended up choosing them and missing the meeting with the Swiss. Yeah, I don’t think he ever wants to
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speak to me again, but that was the decision I had to make.” Needless to say, it wasn’t the wrong move. It has been a whirlwind since then. There was an instant reception from the vinyl toy community, and the first run of his most popular character, Arkiv Instant, was sold out in an instant. Last year, Disney Asia took notice of his work and asked him to redesign Mickey Mouse for an exhibit they were putting together. Having grown up on Disney and Warner cartoons, he was stoked at the offer. Things don’t seem to be slowing down one bit, and Arkiv is now preparing for what is looking to be a riot of a year for him. “2011 will be very crazy. I have upcoming shows in the US, Germany, and the UK, and preparation is a lot of work.
I do most of it—liaising with galleries, suppliers, and shipping on top of painting and designing— myself, and I feel like I need 28 hours in a day. Social life is my worst enemy right now.” Just as I was about to get a word in, he stops me on my tracks, “Oh yeah, I’m also working with some people in Hong Kong to launch my clothing line. It’s urban wear from head to toe.” When asked about his downtime, he giddies up and reveals “I’ll jump at the chance to watch a music festival. I’ve been to Big Day Out in Australia and the Fuji Rock Festival in Tokyo. Hopefully I’ll get to see more next year, but it will be chaos.” But then again, it’s beautiful chaos just like his paintings.
Singaporean designer EUGENE LIN describes his studio as “small,” but this tight space is always ready to accommodate extra room for a constant exploration of shaping and structuring clothes. By Reena Mesias Photos courtesy of Eugene Lin
ou’ve heard about military trends making a comeback on runways, but have you heard of an ex-army man turned machine designer? Before interning for Tristan Webber, Preen, and Vivenne Westwood, Eugene Lin first served the Singaporean army for two and a half years. He thought that “swatch” (of fabric) means the timepiece when he first got to Central Saint Martins in London. But like any talented designer, he stuck it out through fashion school carrying with him a load of somehow unusual inspirations like Fetus in Fetu, a rare medical condition wherein a mass is enclosed within the abdomen of a normal fetus, and harmatia, a person’s flaw. Translating these into details in his own taste, his creations
feature drapes, extra straps, braids of fabric with inserts to marry collars and lapels. Besides good films, cartoons, swimming, and music (minus opera and death metal), Eugene loves literature. He loves it too much that all his collections are influenced by it. “My debut collection was inspired by the Bible, the follow-up was inspired by a Greek myth, while the most recent was inspired by medical texts,” he explains how these strong ideas are the lifeblood of his line. “Ultimately, the idea has to work through fabric in relation to the body, and I find [that] the stronger the story, the more there is to dig into and bring to life.”
Through “devastating good looks and a penchant for laziness,” says RYAN DEVLIN on how he, a graduate with honors in business, got into acting. By Ron Po Photo courtesy of The CW
yan Devlin might have appeared in Weather Girl where his sister fell in love with his best friend. But in real life, it happened the other way around. “I married [my sister’s] best friend—good thing it worked out!” he says. He attests that reality can be a slice of fiction. Nowadays, life’s good for him who has been appearing on Cougar Town and Brothers and Sisters, but it wasn’t always about juggling TV roles. “I can’t wait to quit this shitty bartending job,” he describes what was going through his head when he first landed a job on Spike TV show.
“Naturally, the show was a disaster, and I was back to slinging Mai Tai’s to stingy German tourists in no time.” The transition to TV/movies from theater also wasn’t easy. “I studied with a variety of talented coaches in LA and worked my ass off to ‘hone the craft,’ as they say,” he continues. Despite the re-casting of the lead role in S#*! My Dad Says, he jokes, “It’s never a bad day when you get paid to kiss Busy Phillips, Mandy Moore, or Calista Flockhart. I somehow managed to hit a karmic slot machine, and it just keeps paying out!”
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Don’t judge a book by its cover. But what about CDs and movies? With money spent on imaging and branding and the talent of artists hunted to convey messages at one glance, you may be all the wiser to judge these things at face value—especially when designed by BRENT ROLLINS. By Sarah Meier-Albano Artwork courtesy of Brent Rollins
rent’s first memory of his artistic inclination dates back before the age of three with his fascination for another child’s Good & Plenty candy box’ pink and white graphics. As Papa Rollins was himself an artist, the apple not falling far from the tree gave a tell-tale sign of finding first love. “When I was younger, all I knew was drawing,” Brent remembers. “I got into graphics probably because I was exposed to all my father’s graphic art materials—Letraset books, design magazines, French curves, Rapidographs.” The imprint of this childhood extends to Brent’s work, in both a visual and inspirational sense. “I can’t escape my interest for the 1970s,” he explains, “not only because I was a child during
that time but also because it was a highly developed period for design. I love how clear, focused, and conceptual things were. It was an art to make things look good and communicate effectively.” This vibe translated onto the cover of one of the most genre-shaping albums of late 90s hip-hop: the collaborative from Brooklyn truth-sayers Mos Def and Talib Kweli. After a handful of failed designs, Tim Ronan at Rawkus Records called Brent, who was then Art Director at Ego Trip. The sensibility Rollins exercised in retaining an existing image of Mos and Talib facing in opposite directions was testament to his sense of industry, not just craft. “It’s important to know what’s best for the project and not simply what
is the best way to carry out my own design agenda,” he says. Another culture-defining Rollins piece came in the form of the (1991) logo. Working in the art department during film production, Brent created a logo initially intended to be sewn onto varsity jackets. “Spike Lee would always make these really cool custom crew jackets for each of his films,” he shares. “The marketing people at the film studio weren’t sure how to market . So they saw me, being a black kid, and pretty much assumed I was some kind of graffiti artist or something, which I wasn’t, and bought the design to use in the film titles and movie poster, etc.” Years pass, and Rollins still stands sturdily in his self-made standard of success. His thoughts on selling out? “No
one really stands for anything anymore… Commercialism has become so accepted and, in some cases, arguably a necessity as a vehicle to get your art seen. I have my own personal values that I wouldn’t violate.” And when the juices run thin, what better place to look than his own visually credentialed and experientially rich past? Citing a fondness for his Blackalicious’ piece and his mural for UNDEFEATED’s Santa Monica store, Brent keeps the passion self-ignited. “Those were both creative breakthroughs for me,” he says, “and I never get tired of referring to them when I need to re-inspire myself.”
"No one really stands for anything anymore... Commercialism has become so accepted..." Black Star (1998)
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in the recent gen-mirroring movie Easy A, many have wished for their lives to be directed by John Hughes. However, most teens and teen wannabes today most probably wish they lived their own Josh Schwartz-tinged reality. Perks include strangling Jenny Humphrey and getting your own Dorota. But despite the consistent adolescent glamorama in the shows he produces, Josh branches out from the mean girls, jocks, nerds, and OMFG moments. He says “There are still Chuck and Gossip Girl to oversee, but Stephanie Savage and Chuck’s Chris Fedak are such accomplished producers…I get to be a fan at this point. I believe both shows are having banner years.”
That’s why he created his own entertainment company, Fake Empire, named after The National’s eponymous song, reflecting his music taste, which gives indie bands like The Walkmen and Beulah a chance to be heard. Together with Stephanie, he juggles TV series, movies, web and music publishing. With the way Fake Empire is hitting its stride, we won’t be surprised if it does really strike back to its contemporaries. Here’s a toast to Josh who effortlessly mingles geekdom and glamour—a combination that fires our teenage dreams within and beyond penthouses and the Ivy League.
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Describe a typical day. We’ve launched a TV company at Warner Bros.… so we have a lot of pilots to work on, pitches to hear, outlines to break, scripts to read, and meetings to attend. We’ve also launched a feature company at Paramount… and we’ve got a bunch of movies set up there. It’s a lot of reading and meeting and bouncing from idea to idea. You’re the youngest person in network television history to create and run a series, just as Cameron Crowe is still the youngest contributor ever for Rolling Stone, or just as Rimbaud is still among the youngest poets to retire. How were you able to create The O.C. at such a young age? Another day, another comparison to Rimbaud... I kid, I kid. I was someone who knew what he wanted to do from a young age and got a jump on it early—selling a screenplay in college. So by the time The O.C. happened, I had been
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in the business for five years. But The O.C. was born out of my high school and college experiences, my familiarity with Orange County from attending USC, my lifelong sense of being an outsider, and crushing on darkhaired girls who didn’t like me back. As for inspirations—you named one of them, and it’s not Rimbaud. Cameron Crowe has been a huge influence on me as has John Hughes and Woody Allen... Could you tell us about your heroes? Do you believe that every artist should metaphorically kill their idols at one point so they can find their true style? How did you find yours? I don’t believe in killing anyone, and I don’t really want to meet the people I admire if only because I’ve built them up so much. I have met Cameron Crowe once, in passing, and he was supremely nice, and I was even more nervous. Other than that, I like to keep a
low profile. It probably has to do more with me being convinced that my heroes wouldn’t like me, then I wouldn’t like them. What roadblocks did you encounter when you were starting? The greatest obstacles for me are the same for any writer, and that’s self-doubt. I got off to a fast start…I got two pilots made very young, but they didn’t get on the air. So at every turn, right where my career or ego could blow up, I hit the wall, and these things didn’t come together. But they were huge learning experiences. And in truth, if any of them had gotten made, I probably wasn’t old enough or seasoned enough as a writer to have done a very good job navigating the process. But I definitely had long stretches when I didn’t know what to write, or felt like I had nothing to say, or wasn’t any good. Still do, by the way. Almost every day.
Seth Cohen had a Ben Folds poster in his room while Chuck has a Tron poster in his. What about your room? My room is now decorated by my wife, so it’s very tasteful. No Tron or indie rock. My office is a collection of cool crap I’ve acquired over the years—posters and comic book covers from the Chuck cover, a Stormtrooper helmet I got from the Lucas people after he appeared on The O.C.. Teen Choice surfboards, which is their equivalent of an Oscar. The coolest thing I have is some gold and platinum records from bands we helped break on The O.C. Back then, you could still go platinum. But I’m very proud of that. Hopefully, we helped some good bands have extra money for food. We noticed that while most of your series chronicle the life of the young and privileged, there will always be characters like Seth, Dan, and Chuck Bartowski who are outsiders. Seth Cohen was my way into The O.C., Dan Humphrey [was] the guy I identified most with on Gossip Girl, and Chuck Bartowski was born by me and Chris Fedak imagining what would happen if we became James Bond. They all look vaguely similar, too, I suppose, so I guess I have a type. But they are very self-aware characters, with a healthy sense of irony, which doesn’t allow anything to be taken too seriously around them on the shows. And they are good guys. They are also characters a lot of people identify with because everyone feels like an outsider. You constantly work with Stephanie Savage and longtime buddy Chris Fedak. How do you balance your vision with theirs? Are you more like Jeffster, Casey-Chuck, or Serena-Blair? Every collaboration is different, and I’ve been very lucky to have the privilege to work with super talented people. Stephanie and I have been working together for eight years now. She was way more seasoned and experienced than me when we started out, but she really empowered me to grow as a producer and is so smart with story that she has helped me as a writer. We are now formal partners on everything we do, in film and TV, which I’m really excited about. Fedak has a great brain, full of ideas; there’s no dead end in a story he can’t imagine himself out of. When he writes Casey, he makes Casey faces. I hope, in all my relationships and collaborations, we’re like Jeffster—classic rock that makes your ears bleed. Complete the statement. If I am Chuck Bass, I will… …wear a scarf and have sex in a bathroom of a hotel that I own with the Swedish Bikini Team that I sponsor through the vast millions I inherited from Bass Industries. And I will do it all while speaking very, very softly. Could you tell us about your upcoming projects? I am writing a pilot, now for NBC starring Rachel Bilson, that takes a very fun look at modern romance and ghosts. Yup, ghosts. It’s a fun comedic supernatural romance with a part tailor-made for Rachel. We have a pilot for ABC about young DC, a pilot for The CW starring Michelle Trachtenberg as a young criminal profiler, and a few others that are in various stages of development. At Paramount, we have a movie set up called Fun Size, which is a teen comedy set against Halloween—that’s really fun and emotional. And I wrote an adaptation of Bright Lights, Big City at MGM to direct with Stephanie producing.
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is, uhm, hard to interview Sasha Grey and sound like I’m not being punny. And it’s not because of the sex appeal; starfucking, aspiring Hollywood actresses have that, too. It is this whole roleplay she’s into—the porn sex object decidedly putting on a show, the underground actress stepping on mainstream ground—that’s redeeming her from being the token starlet. She is a magnet for double entendre. My first shield was to beg for advice on how to exclude myself from journalists who fumble upon talking to her. The next, to play it safe, is asking how she started acting in…you know. That can’t end so well. There’s the danger of presenting oneself dull or overly excited—both hard-knockingly embarrassing. What can a young man, when he tries to let his smarts prevail, do? The lady has starred in an overwhelming 200+ adult movies and has been awarded for her performances in Anal Cavity Search and Throat: A Cautionary Tale among other titles. At the same time, she has been muse for Steven Soderbergh who wrote and directed her in the mindfucking arthouse success The Girlfriend Experience. She has earned both the Female Performer of Year 2008 title from the Adult Video Network Awards and the critical admiration of Roger Ebert. Now that she’s a very legal 23-yearold, five years since her adult work debut, Grey pauses to rethink and to expand her limited repertoire into films where she earns nods even with her clothes
You’re known to have taken your name from industrial rocker Sasha Konietzko of KMFDM and from the Kinsey Scale middle grounds as well as Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. You like Harmony Korine, Antonioni, watch Godard and such. Who actually initiated you [into] these things? I was fortunate to grow up in a household where every family member liked different music, and once you start exploring one artist, you find out who inspired them and, voila, you have something new to listen to, read, or watch. Music, literature, and film are all interconnected for me... I was the movie nut in my house, always wanting to watch something new, but when I saw [François Truffaut’s] Fahrenheit 451 when I was 12, I was inspired to see more foreign films. One of my favorite theater teachers used to tell the class to watch [a] minimum [of] one film per week, and not just for entertainment value; around that same time, I also started collecting Criterion films. Aside from acting, you also [do vocals, synths, tape loops, and guitar for] an industrial rock music project in aTelecine. What did you mean [by the quote] in the band bio which says “exterminate all rational thought”? aTelecine is more of an experimental/noise band. The quote comes from William S. Burroughs. It’s a statement for people who are listening to our music for the first time. Basically, don’t use logic; don’t have any preconceived notions when you come to take a listen! Also being in this signed indie band [and given that it’s pretty common for adult videos], what are your thoughts on piracy? That’s a tough question to answer. So many people feel entitled to get free content. I know, and I’m a fan of a few musicians and filmmakers who put their content online for free and release special edition, tangible formats of their music/
films... I’m a collector. I’m the type of person who will always want a tangible product. I could never buy something that I’d just store on a drive. More and more businesses and artists will have to be inventive in marketing their product so people feel like they get what they pay for. But I don’t feel I’m preaching anything new. You’re working on an autobiographical documentary about your 18-21-year-old self? Aside from the obvious that it’s when you started acting in adult videos, what’s in this period that you want to probe? It’s been so long since I’ve looked at any of the footage we’ve shot, but to put it simply, we never had an angle. We never focused on just one aspect of my life; it’s more of a portrait. Legend has it how you earned your $7000 from waiting so you could move to LA. Do you still hustle as much nowadays? Tell us about the sweet rewards. [Laughs] Actually, it’s not even that glamorous—I was bussing tables. I saved a little more than $7000 and moved to LA a month after I turned 18. I think hustling is in your blood, so yeah, I still have it. [Laughs] Many artists show their work in a gallery setting and call it performance art while you are out there in the world doing your thing, which has a very similar discursive effect. How do you react when you’re labeled an artist? Or do you actually care? It’s great feeling to be recognized for something I’ve put a lot of thought and energy into, but it’s even better when observers “get it”—when I can have a conversation with someone about my choices, actions, and philosophies, and it goes beneath the surface of what the majority of people see. Being shot by Terry Richardson, appearing in a The Roots’ music video, modeling for Azria, Vice, and James Jean—these gigs inducted you into “the scene.” Were you conscious of what was
happening when you did these? Did you intentionally seek out these exposures? The only person I sought out was Terry Richardson; I was/am a fan of his work, so I sent him an email with my photo, and his assistant contacted me to set up a shoot. I was always very conscious of the fact that my personality and persona helped contribute to why people wanted/ want to collaborate with me, not the business I came from as most people would assume.
The Girlfriend Experience had such a polarizing effect among critics—some praising the reflexive nature of the project, others trashing your acting skills. How did you feel about it yourself? And what’s your rebuttal to the haters? It’s very difficult for me to remove myself from the projects I work on because I invest so much into each one...but it’s definitely something I’d watch if I wasn’t involved! What can one ever say to haters? I had a great experience making a film with an Academy Award-winning director, I learned a lot, and it’s only the beginning of things to come from me. I’m an easy target to judge, and I’m quite used to that. What’s the status of your book, Neü Sex, which was supposed to have been released last year? What should people look out for this year? I’m very happy to announce it will be released March 29th! I’m training for a new film, and aTelecine is releasing a cover song for charity; our last album came out in November.
I Melt with You will, so far, be your second most mainstream release to date. How are you feeling the change in weather? Are people treating you differently now? I’d have to say third—Entourage was huge for me in 2010! I’ve never felt that people treated me like a red-headed stepchild, but I do notice a difference in fans being more open about being a fan!
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Emily Browning as Baby Doll in Sucker Punch, film still courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures
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In this spread: Abbie Cornish as Sweet Pea. Jena Malone as Rocket, Emily Browning as Baby Doll, Vanessa Hudgens as Blondie, Jamie Chung as Amber, and Scott Glenn as Wise Man
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still remember the last time I was walking around the mall, stepping only on white tiles, avoiding the red ones that were, clearly, boiling lava. It is followed up, naturally, with an adventure through the jungle of nylon parkas and fleece sweaters in search of my elusive Black Coat of Unlimited Wear. This happened a week ago. “I enjoy the idea of shedding the limitations that hold you in your world, and you go into another world that you can conquer, where you become whoever you want to be,” Zack Snyder laughs, politely for someone who directed the ravaging 300, after I mention how often I would play real-life Frogger on a footbridge, with cars and cabs spelling certain doom below. “It’s kind of a metaphor for the movie, I guess.” It’s 9 a.m. in his Pasadena home; here, it’s 1 a.m., and I just left the club, vodka circulating in my blood. The two of us are talking about Sucker Punch, Zack’s latest film and first foray into original material. Previous highlights include a genre revival
(Dawn of the Dead) and three adaptations (300, Watchmen, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole). “Sucker Punch,” he begins, “you know, in a lot of ways—it’s a movie about surviving the impossible when the odds are against you. It’s also about friendship—how far you would go for the ones you love.” The film revolves around Baby Doll; after being committed to a mental asylum, she seeks escape by dreaming up alternate realities to help her steal the five items she’ll need to get out. Forget “the floor is lava;” Sucker Punch takes “mind games” to intense levels with each imagined universe filled with new personas, giant robots, and fire-breathing dragons. “The farther down she goes, it all wraps back around to reality,” Zack reveals. “It all came out of this certain philosophy that I read about,” he explains. “This idea of perceptions of reality, of what is real, of who makes and who controls our destiny. It’s just fun to experiment with taking that idea all the way.”
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HEAVY HITTER “ had an incredible experience working with the girls. It’s amazing to have someone embrace what you’ve written and make it their own… When you watch a scene, you forget that you wrote it because the actors have made it their own, and it’s pretty cool,” Zack beams. Besides his ensemble cast, he also mentions the significance of a more abstract element. “In Sucker Punch,” he says, “the action is a third character.” It’s certainly not a new attribute in his movies. In fact, the director has trademarked stylized fight scenes with slow motion camera pans and visceral details down to the disemboweling and dismembering. Zack doesn’t deny his penchant for such grisly vim in his films. He quotes director Sam Peckinpah, saying, “I’m a student of violence because I’m a student of the human heart.” For both 300 and Sucker Punch, he enrolled his actors in vigorous training; perhaps his projects need to come with a disclaimer. Zack proclaims: “When people come to make a movie with me, they start to understand that it’s an immersive experience. We’re looking to make something original and interesting. The physical and mental aspects need to join together. I need the characters to be really particular because the world we’re creating is very particular.” “A lot of people make these movies where the actors just show up, do their part, leave, and do another movie in between. For me, the experience is so personal, and it’s so immersive like I said. It always seems to work better and, you know, I get them for longer,” Zack laughs.
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For someone surrounded by Hollywood execs, waited on by several agents, and pressured by studios (ahem, Superman), Zack keeps it cool. The culture of coked out afterparties and tabloid turmoil don’t faze the macho director, who prefers to stay in with his wife/producer Deborah and their children. “I love going to the beach. When I’m there, I just rush to the sand and start digging for rocks and shells and stuff,” he smirks. Growing up, he read Heavy Metal, enjoyed the sci-fi gore of RoboCop, and attended the Heatherley School of Fine Art in England. Until now, aside from movie-making, his foremost hobby involves sketchpads, wire sculptures, and stone carvings that he litters around the house. Soon, it’s apparent how this guy I’m talking to is just a big kid doing what he loves, telling stories, toying with his childhood playthings (sexy art, violence, bunnies, so forth). Zack Snyder meaningfully sums it up, “You enter a rabbit hole into a whole ‘nother world. You’re still you in a lot of ways; you’re still all the vulnerability of your personality, all of the quirks of who you are there, but you’re in this fantastic world where you have to survive.” Something to ponder the next time you’re evading the toxic swamp carpeting, hopping from pillow to pillow, or hiding in your Blanket Fortress of Solitude.
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Abbie Cornish as Sweet Pea. Jena Malone as Rocket, Emily Browning as Baby Doll, Vanessa Hudgens as Blondie, Jamie Chung as Amber, and Scott Glenn as Wise Man
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relationship Screenwriters/film producers/actors DARYL WEIN & ZOE LISTER-JONES show Hollywood their take on slashing conventions while they juggle numerous film duties—all for the sake of credible filmmaking. By Don Jaucian
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of communication and passion sits atop nicely in Daryl Wein’s film Breaking Upwards. Instead of just leaving a sordid time of his relationship with actress Zoe Lister-Jones to the gutter, he used it as material for the film, which he not only wrote but also produced, directed, edited, and acted in as a character named Daryl. “It was definitely challenging but also cathartic,” the couple attests. Zoe also co-wrote it aside from acting as the character named, well, Zoe. Zoe and Daryl, who would pick Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem to play them instead, must be crazy to relieve this intense part of their relationship by translating it on screen, and they admittedly had a hard time working on it. The film’s script evolved alongside their relationship even when it was hanging by a thread. One night, they had a fight, and the next morning, Zoe found Daryl writing about the fight they just had. Daryl initially wrote the script with their collaborator Peter Duchan, but Zoe came in after she was shocked by how supposedly skewered Daryl’s perspective of the events was.
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was lauded from Brooklyn International Film Festival to Texas’ SXSW for its refreshing take on relationship struggles, particularly for its brave take on moral conventions, familial dynamics, and notions of monogamy. Daryl and Zoe are certainly happy with their contribution to opening the break-up subgenre. “It’s certainly complimentary,” they exclaim. “We were both a bit frustrated with the state of the romantic comedy whether it be in major Hollywood movies or DIY films.” Working on the film on and off for three and a half years made them both aware of their faults and shortcomings, and it helped them evolve as a couple and as professional actors; they are both professionally trained and have been acting after graduating from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. “The scriptwriting process was, by far, the most difficult emotionally since we revealed certain truths about our relationship in scene work.” they share. “We wanted to fill the cracks, [to make] relationship movies feel genuine again,” Daryl adds. Upwards was made for merely $15,000, hardly a
Between writing scripts, shooting movies, and having “a foursome with Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes,” Daryl Wein and Zoe Lister-Jones still get to watch films. Here are two of their recent favorites with interesting similarities to their work.
Daryl Wein & Zoe Lister-Jones in Breaking Upwards (2009)
standard budget for a Hollywood fare. They also relied in viral marketing campaigns to improve the film’s online presence, even making FunnyOrDie.com videos which features Olivia Thirlby, who also appeared in the film, rapping about the small budget in her bra and Zoe luring the audiences with “Gun fights and gang fights and a whole lot of fucking! Aliens come out, and they get their dicks sucked!” But the couple’s achievements aren’t solely nestled on this ground-shaking film. Zoe has had her fair share of Hollywood hits including roles in Salt and The Other Guys. She’s also in Adult Swim’s thirty-minute live-action series Delocated and is set to star in Stuck Between Stations with Josh Hartnett and Sam Rosen. The film, named after the opening track of Hold Steady’s Boys and Girls in America, is a coming-of-age tale in the vein of Before Sunrise and Garden State. “In terms of future projects, I’m drawn to great writing, whether dramatic or comedic, and roles that challenge me as an actor and person,” Zoe shares. On the other hand, Daryl has also made a name for himself since his AIDS documentary, Sex Positive, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the LA Outfest. He has also directed a short film, Unlocked, starring Olivia Thirlby and was executive produced by
director Stephen Daldry (The Hours, The Reader). “Both Daryls are great!” Zoe enthusiastically answers when asked about the difference between Daryl as a filmmaker and as a boyfriend. Despite his bankable good looks and acting chops, Daryl isn’t really that comfortable acting. He’s more inclined to work with Zoe on more projects, possibly New Yorkcentered thrillers and comedies. After their success with Breaking Upwards, Daryl and Zoe are definitely more dedicated in embracing their indie film roots. In one of the viral video campaigns for Upwards, the couple sing “Money out, pay us coz we broke. Filmmaking don’t pay like weed smoke,” in a playful reggae swagger. The video clip then proceeds to deliver the perils of indie filmmaking, something that Daryl and Zoe are familiar since they pretty much did everything (including catering) for Upwards. Now, the couple is going around Hollywood bringing their screenplays to studios. Daryl’s comedy pitch Motherf***r, a film “about a young couple who goes home to meet the girl’s parents, and the guy falls in love with her mom,” has been acquired by Fox Searchlight. Even when the film hasn’t hit production, comment boxes are already fuming because of the asterisks in the film’s title and the premise which eerily sounds like “Something’s
A film about the IsraelPalestinian conflict— something that Daryl has expressed interest to make a film on—with five intersecting storylines which were written also in collaboration (between Yaron Shani and Scandar Copti). Like Breaking Upwards, it was shot on location in several areas and explores dynamics of Jewish families in the midst of crises.
were both a bit frustrated with the state of the romantic comedy whether it be in major Hollywood movies or DIY films. Gotta Give, only without Jack Nicholson,” one user comments. But judging from Daryl and Zoe’s achievements in Breaking Upwards, it will be interesting how they would transform this common premise into an interestingly different one. Another of their scripts, Lola Versus, has also snagged a deal from Fox Searchlight. Anne Hathaway was originally attached to star, but the couple confirms it’s no longer with her. “We couldn’t get her schedule to work. Olivia Wilde is now attached, who we’re very excited about, and we’re in the midst of casting around her.” Whatever the partners are up to, they are determined to break new grounds and explore better alternatives to filmmaking narratives and portraying characters that are closer to real life than any blown-up Hollywood picture. darylwein.com
This Sundance-picked film starring Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling, controversial for meriting an NC-17 rating because of a sex scene, is also a devastating new look at how relationships dissolve. The film also features quirky musical moments and shows the couple’s flawed communication process that led to their relationship’s collapse. statusmagonline.com - 83
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Nowadays, every YouTube user and socialite in Louboutins gets his or her 15+ minutes of fame. We rounded up five local locos who deserve their celebrity even without the ability to cry on cue. Photographed by Nick St. James on location at New Hatchin Japanese Grocery Styling by Loris Pe単a / Makeup by Patrick Alcober of Shu Uemura, Harold Santos, & Tinette Herrera Grooming by Christine Lopez of Creations Salon / Hair by Tinette Herrera
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HYSTERIA @ Kyss
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VINTAGE SEWING MACHINE
I have definitely pushed this 1950’s sewing machine to its limits, and it still works perfectly.
This whimsical and fanciful piece is made by the famous plate maker Piero Fornasetti in Milano, Italy.
“I’m really overwhelmed with the shoot I am prepping for... I just got home from running errands all day,” wardrobe stylist CAT WENNEKAMP tells us about her shoot with Malin Akerman of Watchmen fame. Also having styled for Bruno Mars, Kate Nash, Shemar Moore, and editorials with Oyster and Nylon, this young stylist is walking (in her platforms) the road to doing more music videos and covers and having all the hard work pay off.
Textures, colors, and embellishments are keys to which jackets I choose to use for videos and photo shoots.
Photographed by Zoey Grossman catwennekamp.com
VINTAGE PERFUME BOTTLE
I use it as an earring and jewelry holder. And it sparkles in the daylight.
SHOES, SHOES, SHOES
I love shoes that can be used for both photo shoots and my personal life.
BOOKS AND MAGAZINES
Whether old or new, they are the best source of inspiration for me.
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This is a very special Max Bill original and was given to me by an old friend.
I think rings are the perfect accessory. They are visible, can be bold, and are fun accent pieces.
I have always adored this horn for its modern look and its representation of strength and simplicity.
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