“I don’t have the words and I don’t think any of us do,” Linkin Park’s pianist and vocalist Mike Shinoda told the sold out crowd at the Hollywood Bowl on Friday night.
He didn’t need them. The band, joined by a laundry list of famous friends, orchestrated a truly beautiful and cathartic tribute concert that was much more powerful than words. They celebrated the life of the band’s singer, Chester Bennington, who died by suicide in July.
Helping fill the stage were members of popular bands who had their heyday around the turn of the century like Blink182, Sum 41, Yellowcard, Bush, System of a Down, Avenged Sevenfold, No Doubt, and many, many more. Limited by no specific genre or style, it felt like the entire industry came together to support the band and honor the life of their friend. The musicians helped sing some of Bennington’s parts or filled in on guitar in Linkin Park’s songs, while others performed their own tributes. Read more…
Saturday Night Live has always taken great care to strike the right tone after tragedy, and this week’s episode managed to delicately address a terrible week on multiple levels, but with a single, thoughtful stroke.
Instead of a cold open mocking the Donald Trump administration — breaking what must have been some kind of record streak — the first face we saw was that of country singer Jason Aldean, about to make his first public performance since leaving the stage last Sunday as the shooting rampage in Las Vegas began last Sunday night.
One notable live tribute came from Coldplay, performing to thousands at The Moda Center in Portland, Oregon on Monday.
After opening the show with a minute’s silence for Petty, Coldplay was joined by guitarist and co-founder of R.E.M. Peter Buck for a rendition of Petty’s 1989 classic “Free Fallin’,” the opening track from his solo debut album, Full Moon Fever.
“The truth is, we cannot speak other than by our paintings.” My goodness this film is gorgeous. Loving Vincent is a hand-painted, animated, cinematic tribute to the tormented life and artistic legacy of famed Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh. Beyond telling his story (through flashbacks and interviews with people who knew him), the film is painted to look like exactly his paintings. It’s one of the most beautiful films I’ve ever seen. There were times I got completely lost staring at the art, and totally stopped listening to anything anyone was saying. In terms of animation, it’s groundbreaking not just because of technique, but because the artist’s own style is used perfectly to tell a story about the artist’s life. Watch this film for the art alone. ›››
One of the year’s most anticipated fan events –Star Wars Celebration – kicked off today in Orlando with a 40 Years of Star Wars panel. During the event, LucasFilm shared a video tribute to the late Princess Leia actress Carrie Fisher, that was introduced by her daughter Billie Lourd. The panel, hosted by Warwick Davis, featured Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, George Lucas, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams, Hayden Christensen, Peter Mayhew, Ian McDiarmid, Anthony Daniels and Dave Filoni. Star Wars Celebration Orlando is taking place at the Orange County Convention Center and will also include appearances by Felicity Jones (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Ian McDiarmid (Emperor Palpatine), Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett), and more. Check out video from the tribute to Carrie Fisher below:
It’s been a few months since we all felt the pain of losing the wonderful talent who was Carrie Fisher. Not only was she an accomplished star on the big screen, but she was also responsible for touching up scripts all over Hollywood with her biting wit and sharp intellect.
With Star Wars Celebration happening in Orlando, Florida without her in attendance, a tribute to the people’s princess, senator and general was put together, complete with an emotional reel of footage from Star Wars, archived interviews and behind-the-scenes moments. Plus, there’s a shot of her on the set of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Watch the Star Wars Celebration Carrie Fisher tribute below.
In addition, if you’re looking to shed some more tears over this tribute to Carrie Fisher, watch a heartfelt speech from her daughter Billie Lourd, who addressed fans at Star Wars Celebration today. We’ve embedded a video from the livestream of the Star Wars 40th anniversary panel that should start right at the point her speech begins:
This is such a wonderful portrait of who Carrie Fisher is and always was. She was one of the most candid, funny and brazen people in the entertainment industry, something that’s hard to find in an industry that requires stars to always put on a show and create a persona for the cameras. Carrie Fisher never did that. She was always herself and no one else, and that’s one of the reasons fans loved her so much.
My favorite part of this tribute video are the moments where Carrie is just being herself, from dancing on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens with co-star Daisy Ridley to full-on making out with a fan who asked for a photo with her during a livestreamed panel. She brought so much light into everyone’s life, whether you were one of her colleagues or just a complete stranger.
For those of you who came here for the shot of Carrie Fisher on the set of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, here you go:
It doesn’t reveal any of the set that Carrie Fisher was working on that day with director Rian Johnson, but that’s our first look at one of General Leia’s outfits in The Last Jedi. Here’s hoping we get to see more as Star Wars Celebration continues. Stay tuned for even more Star Wars coverage as the week goes on.
GKIDS continues to release top award-winning animated indies every year, and this video highlights just how awesome they really are.
This year’s GKIDS slate is perhaps its most impressive to date. In 2017, GKIDS has so far announced plans to release its first 3D film, a gorgeous fantasy adventure called Mune; the third collaboration with Cartoon Saloon (and first co-production), The Breadwinner; a nationwide Studio Ghibli retrospective; and a Wes Anderson-esque disaster comedy from Dash Shaw, starring Jason Schawartzman, Reggie Watts, Maya Rudolph, Lena Dunham, and Susan Sarandon, called My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea.
With High School coming to theaters this weekend, April 14, animation fans are in high spirits. Carlos Aguilar and Conor Holt, the creators of “One Week Only Podcast,” are among those fans. To honor the film’s opening weekend, the duo put together a supercut highlighting the distributor’s diverse catalogue.
First Look at the Creepshow tribute on The Walking Dead
This Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead on AMC is going to have a tribute to the 1982 classic horror film Creepshow. This week’s episode entitled, “Say Yes,” will be directed by iconic special effects makeup artist Greg Nicotero. This will mark his 19th time directing an episode of the horror series. On his Instagram account (via Bloody Disgusting), Nicotero posted a picture of his nod to the classic Creepshow movie poster with the caption, “Maybe a “Creepshow” tribute in this upcoming episode of “The Walking Dead”. My 19th episode as director. See you Sunday! All Rick, All Michonne, All Walkers!” Nicotero is known for putting zombie film tributes in his episodes.
“Say Yes” will see Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Michonne (Danai Gurira) alone in an abandoned amusement park. The tagline for the episode reads, “The group scavenges for supplies; Someone in Alexandria must make morally changing decision.” Check out Nicotero’s post below.
Alvin Ailey dancers have recreated the mise en scène of ‘Moonlight’ onstage.
Without question, Moonlight was one of our favorite films of 2016. Barry Jenkins’ sensitive direction, paired with nuanced portrayals by three different actors of the protagonist, Chiron, was a sight to behold. To say that Moonlight is an emotional journey is almost to undermine its power; Jenkins renders Chiron’s inner struggles cinematically in a manner almost unparalleled.
Now, Alvin Ailey has taken that emotion to the stage. Artistic director Robert Battle worked with Anna Rose Holmer, who directed last year’s The Fits, a stirring film about a school dance troupe, to bring the mise en scène of Moonlight to the stage. The three dancers, Jamar Roberts, Christopher Taylor, and Jeremy T. Villas, embody Chiron’s passage through time with evocative, poetic motion. Bathed in the film’s signature blue and purple hues, the dancers bring Moonlight‘s score, composed by Nicholas Britell, to life.
The next time someone tells you CGI doesn’t look real, show them this video.
Visual effects have come a long way since the early days of George Méliès and Ray Harryhausen. Artists, like those at Industrial Light and Magic who worked on Jurassic Park’s CG dinosaurs, have pushed the craft to its limit and advanced CG technology so much that they’ve been able to blur the line between reality and fantasy for all moviegoers. And though we often hear that VFX have a long way to go before they’re good enough to be truly believable, this video by Roy Peker reveals just how good visual effects artists have become at using compositing to hide CG elements in plain sight.