Sofia Coppola

The Black Keys' new video reminds us of these 5 auteur-musician collabos

The Black Keys' new video reminds us of these 5 auteur-musician collabos

Oh, man. People say the golden age of music videos is in the past, so we must be living in the platinum era! The latest Black Keys video hit the webz yesterday and it’s a fairly curious, and entertaining, collaboration with Harmony Korine (KIDS, TRASH HUMPERS). Oh, I’m sorry…it’s not a video, but “a film by Harmony Korine.” Anyway, if you’ve ever wanted to see Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach as babies carted around by prosthetic versions of themselves then Gold on the Ceiling is your chance! As for Korine, hopefully this little endeavor didn’t distract him from finishing up SPRING BREAKERS, because there are not enough bikini pics of Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez out there yet to satisfy my curiosity. Anyway, check out the video below, along with a few of our other favorite auteur-helmed musical collaborations.

Fashion Week recap: bright colors attract big crowds

Fashion Week recap: bright colors attract big crowds

Best of Day 6: mod looks from Milly, Southwestern sexy from Jeremy Scott and sleek lines in fab color blocks by J. Mendel wouldn’t be complete without some snaps of the faces (Zoe Saldana, Alexa Chung, Sofia Coppola, Ashlee Olsen anyone?) lined up to see them.

Joe Zee: how to dress Kate Bosworth, Demi Moore and Ellen Barkin

Joe Zee: how to dress Kate Bosworth, Demi Moore and Ellen Barkin

Still from US Dramatic Competition film ANOTHER HAPPY DAY.
I met costume designer Stacey Battat way back when she was still working for Marc Jacobs in their Mercer Street store, which probably explains her close relationship to Sofia Coppola. Flash-forward to today, she was most recently the costume designer for Sofia’s newest film, Somewhere, as well as the recent Gwyneth Paltrow musical vehicle, COUNTRY STRONG.

Where is SOMEWHERE going?

Where is SOMEWHERE going?

Nowhere, says Perrin Drumm on this site, and I wouldn’t want to argue. It’s a valid point, and the extraordinarily plot-less plot of this new film is not for everyone. We watch the mundane unfold as Sofia Coppola’s protagonist, famous actor Johnny Marco (Stephen Dorff) wanders from hotel room to pool to lobby to shower to car to press conference to the bed of yet one more blonde … then he hangs out with his eleven year-old daughter (Elle Fanning). She cries, he cries … he’s now vaguely more aware of a nagging dissatisfaction … and that’s about it! But some people do like these sorts of very-low-to-the-ground films – and I’m always one of them. The problem with Coppola’s film? It’s not the visuals, which are absolutely captivating — it’s the content. If I have to watch this amazingly talented woman do one more study of excess, wealth and celebrity, even I will cancel my subscription to Town and Country and move out of the Chateau Marmont for good, just in protest. In all seriousness, — c’mon, Sof, it’s a recession out there. Most of us can’t even afford Gray’s Papaya anymore.

SOMEWHERE

SOMEWHERE

It’s been four years since Sofia Coppola’s last film, MARIE ANTOINETTE, a biopic as opulent as the title character. Art directed to the hilt, each scene is stuffed with billowing gowns in sumptuous colors, colossal wigs, all night feasting and drinking – and who can forget a reclined Kirsten Dunst surrounded on all sides by a bevy of bright cakes? Where color and composition are concerned, SOMEWHERE is right in line with Coppola’s previous work, which is to say both elements are perfected. Set in Los Angeles against the bluest California sky dotted by the greenest of trees, SOMEWHERE is a treat for the eyes, even if the accoutrements are somewhat toned down since the days of the French Revolution. In fact, everything is toned down, including the script and the story.