Forgive us while we stroke our chins for a moment, but this week’s Fix is a real work of art. That’s because we’ve worked to find masterful art from today’s most talented and creative visionaries.
First up is a title sequence by Dutch designer Jurjen Versteeg for a fictional film celebrating – what else? – title sequences. It features the names of some of the best title designers and showcases their trademark effects – how many do you recognize?
They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but magazines ain’t so lucky…it’s ALL about the front page.
LOVE Magazine’s 6th edition launches on August 1st with 3 different cover images featuring young actresses Elle Fanning, Chloe Moretz and Hailee Steinfeld … but that’s not all. September 1st will see the launch of 5 special edition fashion covers – is it wrong that we want to collect them all?
New York art superstar Anthony Lister makes a rare appearance in the City of Angels to unleash an arsenal of super hero-themed pieces for his LA art show, which kicks off tonight (July 29th). Our office’s own art aficionado was lucky enough to spot a guerilla mural just down the road from our Venice Beach office.
Rudyard Kipling may have told us ‘How the Leopard Got His Spots’, but the French-based Tiji TV shows us just how the panda came to be black and white amidst a color-saturated world. It might not boast an Animal Planet-level of accuracy, but it sure is good for a smile.
While the world goes Back to Black this week (the Winehouse album is now back in the top 10 in both the UK and the US), we’ve noticed that some of today’s most colorful artists are going grayscale, as three very different monochrome music videos demonstrate.
Ed Sheeran is a 20-year old Irish singer / songwriter who has just broken onto the UK music scene. His second single ‘You Need Me, I Don’t Need You’ is destined for big things, and the low-key cool of this video sums up his style perfectly.
Switching sonic gears, Dels is a rapper who is not only quick with a slick lyric, he also knows how to put on one hell of a show. Perhaps it’s his background as a graphic designer that gives this video its sharp stylistic edge:
Tom Vek‘s latest single ‘Aroused’ (which delivers on its titular promise) is accompanied by a smokin’ hot video. Directed by Saam Farahmand, it’s a “nod to the way in which smoking is used heavily and quite innocently in art and fashion”. Smoke hasn’t been this sexy since Don Draper!
Before we let the weekend have its wicked way with you, check out the brilliant new poster for George Clooney’s next movie as director, Ides of March. Ryan Gosling + George Clooney = Too Much Handsome. Oh, and the film looks great, by the way.
Good news: it’s Friday. Better news: it’s the Friday Fix. This week, we’re all about the invisible art of music. Turn up the speakers to neighbourhood-bothering levels, and come with us.
Foster the People have done it again. Following the success of their breakout single ‘Pumped Up Kicks,’ the indie-pop trio has released the video for one of this summer’s most beloved anthems, ‘Helena Beat.’ Don’t be subdued by the unassumingly upbeat song; this video is where Mad Max meets Lord of the Flies. Heavy on the weird… just the way we like ‘em.
Summer love is in the air, and our powerful but tacit obsession with Hercules and the Love Affair is a secret no longer. If the hypnotic melody of ‘Painted Eyes’ doesn’t put you in a trance, surely their stunning visuals will.
Staying with the sonic, Barclaycard announced the 2011 Mercury Prize nominees for Album of the Year. A dozen UK-based chart-toppers were recognized, including some of team’s favorites like Adele, Tinie Tempah, Katy B, Metronomy, PJ Harvey and Elbow (if these rising stars aren’t in your iPod yet, let the weekend download-a-thon begin!) To kickstart the British invasion, here’s a mercilessly catchy track from Everything Everything‘s Mercury-nominated album ‘Man Alive’:
One listen to the fast-rising Madeon, and you’ll hear the future (spoiler alert: it rocks). Whipping dance floors into a frenzy everywhere he plays, this 17-year-old French-born wunderkind managed to cram 39 already-killer songs into one 3-and-a-half minute masterpiece. Amassing over 1.2 million YouTube views in just over a week, ‘Pop Culture’ classifies as “unmissable”:
See, we knew you’d like it! To experience the teenage mashup artist in action, catch him alongside Jacques Lu Conte, Alex Braxe and Starsmith at The Nest in London on August 19th. You can thank us for the tip once you catch your breath. That’s it for the music scoop; let us know which was your favorite!
If you thought Carmageddon was bad (which it wasn’t), the 2011 Comic-Con storms San Diego this weekend. Every crime fighter, masked hero, wizard and warlock this side of Asgard will be uniting for 3 days of unapologetic geekdom. As we march towards 2012′s summer of superheroes, this year’s event plays host to a slew of panels, with great things expected from Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man in particular. With Captain America kicking off, The Avengers teaser site going live, Superman andBatman films on the horizon, there will be ample cause for celebration in the comic cosmos.We’ll have more from the Con after the dust settles this weekend (keep an eye on FIVE33′s Facebook), but we wanted to celebrate geek ground zero by giving a shout-out to our favorite comic book of this year so far, Nate Simpson’s Nonplayer. The first issue was not only one of the most visually striking pieces of visual art this year, but its intricately woven storyworld blew our minds. Seek it out. Hollywood, take note!
From masked super heroes to masked super models, the world of high fashion is going in cognito. This unexpected trend has been sneaking its way onto catwalks and cover spreads, making masks the key accessory for A/W 11. Who is that girl behind the mask?
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This week we pay tribute to Tinseltown, where entertainment isn’t just born… it’s made. The 63rd Annual Emmy Award nominations were announced, and while most were no-brainers (Boardwalk Empire, Modern Family, Mad Men and 30 Rock head the pack), we couldn’t help but notice that FIVE33 favourite Sean Bean went without a nom for his heartbreaking performance in season 1 of Game of Thrones. Hopefully he doesn’t lose his head over the snub. . .
This weekend, ‘IT ALL ENDS’ (and no, we’re not talking about Carmageddon). Would-be wizards and warlocks across the world enter ‘Muggle mourning’ as the Harry Potter franchise comes to an end. But dry your eyes, as J.K. Rowling did drop a hint at the London premiere that another Harry Potter sequel wasn’t entirely out of the question… perhaps the British author still has some magic left for the spellbinding student? Seeing as Deathly Hallows Part 2 is on it’s way to a record-setting opening weekend, ‘Expectum Some-moreum’!
In comedy news (because there’s never enough in the Friday Fix), Hollywood is proud to host Eddie Izzard at the Hollywood Bowl on July 20th for an evening of gut-busting humour. The upcoming ‘Stripped to the Bowl’ show marks the first time a stand-up comic has been booked to the historic Hollywood Bowl, and they couldn’t have chosen a more worthy candidate. He looks dreadfully excited:
The photography of Brian Parillo brings a whole new edge to California’s city of dreams. With dark skies and moody clouds reminiscent of another potential blockbuster (Check out our Facebook if you haven’t yet seen the first teaser poster for The Dark Knight Rises), Hollywood never looked so foreboding – unless, of course, you live there.
Speaking of blockbusters . . . ahead of this month’s San Diego Comic-Con, Entertainment Weekly dropped their exclusive first look at The Amazing Spider-Man , and it certainly hasn’t disappointed our resident comic book evangelists (namely Barnaby). The spider-pose is spot on, the costume shows off a slimmer body type that feels truer to the character, and Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker looks like an image ripped right out of Steve Ditko’s sketchbook. Spider…Sense….Tingling….
Hollywood glamour comes in many different guises, as Paris Hilton proves in the latest edition of V magazine. Barely recognizable in Alexander McQueen F/W 2011, this shoot certainly lives up to its ‘Transformation’ title.
Tom Ford’s F/W 2011 advertising campaign reignites old school glamour with a fierce twist. Full length dresses and bow ties — can someone say Hottiewood?
The next chapter in Apps unfolds with a beautiful interactive children’s book, created for the iPad by former Pixar designer William Joyce. Having learnt his trade at the animation powerhouse, it’s no surprise that The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore is a high-tech, heartfelt bedtime book and animated movie rolled into one. Talk about a ‘touching’ story!
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