Entertainment

Club Palace / Nowness

For this surreal new film, Club Palace, Montreal-based creative agency Caravane collaborated with creative director Camille Boyer and cinematographer Nik Mirus to conjure a playful and perplexing landscape that challenges our perceptions of space — via Vimeo

Entertainment

Obituary: Malcolm Young

Legendary Australian guitarist and AC/DC co-founder Malcolm Young has died aged 64.

Known for the powerhouse riffs and rhythm guitar that propelled the Sydney group to superstardom, Young’s family said in a statement he had been suffering from dementia for several years.

He was replaced by nephew Stevie for the band’s last tour promoting the 2014 album Rock Or Bust.

Young started AC/DC in 1973 with his younger brother, fellow guitarist Angus.

Their other brother George Young, a member of The Easybeats and a producer for AC/DC, died in October aged 70.

While Angus Young, the group’s school-uniform-wearing lead guitarist, was the public face of the band, Malcolm Young was its key writer and leader, the member the rest of the band watched for on-stage changes and cut-offs.

AC/DC was consistent for over 40 years with a mix of driving hard rock, lusty lyrics and bluesy shuffles, selling over 200 million albums, surviving the loss of its first singer and creating one of the greatest rock records ever in Back in Black, the world’s second best-selling album behind Michael Jackson’s Thriller — via ABC News

Entertainment

Obituary: George Young

George Young, a pioneer of Australian music as a member of The Easybeats and producer for AC/DC, the band fronted by his brothers Angus and Malcolm, has died aged 70.

Young created a new sound for the Australian music industry, the production company Alberts, where he spent many years producing hits for other acts, said in a statement on its website.

Young co-wrote Friday On My Mind, an enduring hit that charted around the world, with Harry Vanda, who became his long-time song-writing partner.

The pair were inducted in the ARIA Hall of Fame in 1988, and have a highly regarded song-writing award named for them.

Love Is In The Air, the disco number Young and Vanda penned for John Paul Young, was another chart success, reaching number seven in the US — via George Young, member of The Easybeats and pioneering Australian songwriter, dies – ABC News

Art, Entertainment

Saul Bass Poster Gallery

The man who launched a million minimalist movie posters (try not to hold that against him), graphic designer Saul Bass may have spent most of his career advertising other people’s work, but in doing so he quietly became one of the most iconic pop artists of the 20th century. He didn’t work in the movies very often, but many of the posters and title sequences he created have grown to be as famous as the films for which he created them.  Directors were floored by Bass’ ability to distil a story down to its bare essence — how his thick black lines and bold swatches of colour seduced and focused a viewer’s attention where other posters would simply try to overwhelm it — and legendary auteurs like Otto Preminger would fight the studios to protect Bass’ creative freedom. His style was so striking and influential that it was widely copied in his own time, and many of the posters that are still attributed to Bass were actually created by imitators (e.g West Side Story and It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad World) — via IndieWire

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Terry Pratchett’s unfinished novels destroyed by steamroller

The unfinished books of Sir Terry Pratchett have been destroyed by a steamroller, following the late fantasy novelist’s wishes.

Pratchett’s hard drive was crushed by a vintage John Fowler & Co steamroller named Lord Jericho at the Great Dorset Steam Fair, ahead of the opening of a new exhibition about the author’s life and work.

Pratchett, famous for his colourful and satirical Discworld series, died in March 2015 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

After his death, fellow fantasy author Neil Gaiman, Pratchett’s close friend and collaborator , told the Times that Pratchett had wanted whatever he was working on at the time of his death to be taken out along with his computers, to be put in the middle of a road and for a steamroller to steamroll over them all — via The Guardian

Art, Entertainment

Overlook Hotel Carpet from The Shining / Red Wolf

Overlook Hotel Carpet from The Shining: Orange/Red ( Redbubble | Spoonflower) and Overlook Hotel Carpet from The Shining: Purple/Green (Redbubble | Spoonflower) originally uploaded by Red Wolf

Entertainment

Martin Scorsese on Framing / Blank on Blank

Sometimes when it all comes together … you become the film you’re making — Martin Scorsese in 1990, as told to TJ English.

In this new episode we have a previously unheard conversation with legendary director, Martin Scorsese, on how he’s framed his movies and his life. The early foray into making a movie as a kid, toying with becoming a priest, and where his parents fit into all this. And wouldn’t you like to see a Scorsese Western? Enjoy! — via Youtube

Craft, Entertainment

Chewbacca + C-3PO / Adam Savage

It’s no secret that Adam’s a big fan of Chewbacca. So for his newest cosplay build, Adam revamps his Chewie costume to carry an animatronic threepio, as depicted in The Empire Strikes Back. It’s going to require a bit of disassembly, engineering, and problem-solving to turn two costumes into one that’s still wearable — via Youtube

Craft, Entertainment, Wildlife

Wampa Plush / Choly Knight

May the fourth be with you everyone! As all the nerds know, today is Star Wars Day, so I wanted to celebrate with this super-cute-squishy little Wampa plush. I knew right away that I wanted to make a plush when I saw Star Wars day coming around, and while we’ve seen the classic characters in plush form all the time, I thought a stumpy little chibi Wampa with a bloody little arm was too good to pass up! The arm is even detachable for use in your own lightsabre battles. I made him with some long-pile minky that I had lying around that I thought suit him wonderfully; with just a scrap of red flannel and a sew-in snap, he came together perfectly — via Choly Knight