With this entry I would like to slowly move your attention from Michael Jackson to Siegfried & Roy. And what better way than with the song “Mind Is The Magic”. Recorded by Michael Jackson for Siegfried & Roy in 1989(?) and used in a trailer for one of their magical shows. This is Las Vegas.
If you’re in a hurry fast forward to 2:45 to hear Michael sing the chorus: Siegfried & Roy! Siegfried & Roy!
Green Porno is a series of 8 short films written, directed and featuring Isabella Rossellini made for small, mobile screens. The movies explain the mating rituals of the dragonfly, spider, bee, praying mantis, earthworm, snail and fly.
The Sundance Channel currently only permits US users to view the shorts. But you should be able to check all of them here.
Charlie Kaufman is also in the running with his directorial debut Synecdoche, New York – which sees Philip Seymour Hoffman attempting to build a life-size model of the Big Apple.
Kung Fu Panda, an animated comedy from Dreamworks with a voice cast boasting Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu and Dustin Hoffman, will also premiere on Cannes’ famous Croisette. (source)
For all those who aren’t AP English professors, a “synecdoche,” other than a clever play on Schenectady, where some of the film takes place, is a figure of speech in which a part is used to describe the whole or the whole is used to describe a part (think “threads” for clothes, or “the law” for a police officer). It’s representative shorthand. (source)
I’m a little bit excited about the Charlie Kaufman movie mainly because I liked his screenplay for Human Nature, directed by Michel Gondry. Watch the trailer below.