DJ Franck H-Bomb is hunched over the decks on the upstairs stage of Los Globos, his tall frame shrouded in a Sith Lord's cloak. He drops tracks with big, marching beats and vocals as menacing as Darth Vader's choke holds. Electronic sounds shoot from the speakers as though they're on a mission to pierce and destroy Alderaan. If the Death Star had a rager, it would sound like this.
People dance with light sabers. Some twirl them like oversized glow sticks. Others start impromptu Jedi training sessions. Soon, every room in this venue is teeming with characters from the fictional galaxy far, far away, which has been embedded in pop culture for more than 35 years. There are bounty hunters, Jedis and droids. A Jawa and an Ewok walk through the room holding hands. One girl is dressed as Salacious B. Crumb, a lesser-known character who pops up alongside Jabba the Hutt in Return of the Jedi. A guy wears a headpiece with long pieces wrapped around his neck, making him resemble another member of Jabba's entourage, Bib Fortuna.
May the Fourth, the now-massive Star Wars fan holiday, is still two days away. At Return of Das Bunker, though, the celebrations have already begun. The industrial dance club, which ended its weekly run earlier this year, has returned for a series of special events. For the first, tonight's Star Wars' themed bash, tickets sold out before the club opened its doors.
The star of L.A.-based artist Lekit's Opheleia looks like she's had a brutal day. Her cheeks are sunken, her eyes dazed. Her dress falls off her shoulders, revealing an impressive tattoo collection, many of which are related to Star Wars. Cigarette smoke rises up towards her disheveled Princess Leia-inspired hairstyle. "She's the ultimate Star Wars fan," says Lekit, who only goes by her first name.
You know that feeling you get when you're marathoning your way through the entire Star Wars collection? Lekit describes it as being "all strung out" and that's what she wanted to capture in Opheleia. It's intense. Being a Star Wars fan can be intense. At the same time Disney sent out its official press release that J.J. Abrams would be directing a seventh film in the franchise, as fans were debating the appropriateness of giving Star Wars to a Star Trek director, crowds had gathered at Guilty Studios in Atwater Village to check out a whole lot of art based on the famed movies. There was no cheeky title for the event, just a simple "Star Wars Themed Art Show" promoted by local artists Deadmundo and Sketch and filled with paintings, digital art, sculpture and even photography.
"Wait, isn't a parsec a unit of distance and not time?" you ask.
"Who gives a shit?" we say -- because it's all for charity. And also a reference to a fictional universe.
But try telling that to all of the nerds, nerdists and nerdettes who showed up this week for the Course of the Force. Chris Hardwick and Peter Levin's lightsaber relay from Santa Monica to San Diego, which began on Saturday, ended yesterday at the main event, the con of all cons, San Diego Comic-Con. Raising money exclusively for the Make a Wish Foundation, and ending with a surreal performance by the Dan Band, the Course was peppered with "Conivals," or Con Carnivals of cross-marketing sponsorship things.
Before you start shouting, "Brony!," it's important to note that Winters is unfamiliar both with the recent series My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and the Brony phenomenon. The presence of the candy-colored ponies in this painting is based strictly on his recollections of the original toys. His goal was to connect the sweetness of My Little Pony with the original action-packed Star Wars trilogy.
It's bold new territory for advertising companies, who now acknowledge what many Super Bowl viewers suspect: The commercials are the best part. To find out more about this viral hit, we spoke with music video and commercial director Keith Schofield. He's the man behind the Duck Sauce human-heads-on-crotches, Wintergreen's "How to Make Meth," Diesel XXX Safe for Work Porn, Fat Boy Slim's Censored Naked party videos and more.
We talked with Keith about the making of the video, dog whisperers, canine erections and the key elements for directors who want to make a video go viral.
Compared to Debbie Reynolds' series of show-stopping auctions this year, this one was a quiet affair...there was a maximum of thirty people (including Profiles' staff) in the room at any one time...at least on Friday...and we're not sure of the internet numbers. All we know is that we wanted to be there to get our hands on something cool and maybe snag a pair of Vincent Price's shoes as an X-Mas present for the classic movie lover in their lives.
While the auction, true to its "Icons of Hollywood" name, included a wide variety of items from all ages, genres, and importance of cinema history -- including some head-scratchers (Gidget Goes to Rome title art? WTF?). There were photos, storyboards, swords, costumes, cars, a few actual space suits, two hoverboards, and a partridge in a pear tree.
Sure, there were some ruby slippers that were in that one movie...and the dress to match...but the most interesting section of the auction auction block, and the most bizarrely completist, was the Back to the Future item block.
And who knew that anything from Star Wars: Episode IV was even available to collect anymore? I would have thought all the Star Wars geeks... er, enthusiasts in the world had eaten up everything left from the original shoot at this point. Not so, my friends.
Dick, who died in 1982, is one of the most easily recognizable names in science fiction. His novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? was adapted for the big screen as Blade Runner. Films like Total Recall, Minority Report and A Scanner Darkly are also based on his work. But we weren't in this room for a discussion of film. Inside the panel, the focus was literature.