Here we have a new teaser trailer for the upcoming Oliver Stone (The Doors, Born on the Fourth of July) biopic on NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The film is appropriately (and simply) titled Snowden and stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises) in the title role. While production has been underway for on the project for sometime, one would expect to see at least a 10-second clip of actual footage, but with this teaser all you really get are some words outlining highlights of Snowden’s life and a clever phrase to top-off the 86-second clip (even though “One Nation, Under Surveillance” is pretty clever considering the subject matter). Also starring in the film are actors Shailene Woodley (The Fault in Our Stars, Divergent), Melissa Leo (The Fighter, Prisoners), Zachary Quinto (24, Star Trek: Into Darkness), Tom Wilkinson (The Patriot, Rush Hour), Rhys Ifans (Anonymous, The Amazing Spider Man), and Nicholas Cage (Con-Air, National Treasure). The movie is scheduled to open in theaters on Christmas Day, right alongside Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight. We’ll keep an eye out for additional trailers as they come out. Stay tuned!
The Fourth of July is reason enough to go out and celebrate, but Chicagoans have a few extra reasons for going out this year. The Cubs and the White Sox are both in town this weekend, The Grateful Dead will be at Soldier Field Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night, and Windy City RibFest will be happening in Uptown at the Lawrence and Broadway intersection. RibFest will be open from 12pm-10pm Friday and Saturday, and 12pm-9pm on Sunday, and will feature some of the finest rib vendors around, including Aussom Aussie Australian BBQ, BBQ King Smokehouse, Chicago BBQ Company, and Porky Chicks BBQ. Music and festivities, including several local music acts and arts & crafts activities, will be available as well. There is a recommended donation amount of $5. Enjoy the weekend!
Lauren Bowker and her London based studio THE UNSEEN, have developed a wind reactive ink that changes color when in contact with air. This is pretty incredible, as it could be a game changer if this art is ever incorporated into tattoo artists line of work. Recently, Bowker’s ink was used exclusively as an interactive piece in London for Fashion week. Make sure to check out the short two minute video and feel free to learn more below.
Location: Uptown, Irving Avenue S & Lagoon Avenue
When: Sunday, July 13th // 3PM-10PM
Today, Barbette’s 12th annual Bastille Day Block Party. This year, the event will feature live performances from Hippo Campus, GRRRL PRTY, Black Diet, The Cloak Ox, Heiruspecs and the Infiammati Fire Circus among others. The festivities will go down in the center of the Uptown neighborhood, making for a great day near the lakes. This one’s free and will go down rain or shine, come thirsty, come hungry and keep an eye out for more info as we get closer to the event.
When: Friday, July 4th @ 5PM
One of the homies is throwing a pool party this Friday, July 4th. In addition to soaking up some sun, we’re working on getting a couple of musical guests to set the mood for the night. Beer, food, pool attire, yup; it’s going to be a good time. Lets bring the summer in right with another awesome night. Keep an eye out for more info regarding the musical guests as we get closer to July 4th.
Location: 701 First Avenue N, Minneapolis
When: Tuesday, July 1st // 8PM-Midnight
Budweiser has began it’s nation wide summer “Made in America” tour, and they’ll be stopping in Minnesota tomorrow night. First Avenue will play host to the event, which will feature performances from Cash Cash and The Floozies. We’ve never attended Minneapolis’ party, but Chicago’s first one at Congress Theater was pretty awesome. Free food, free booz, o and FREE entry; what more could you ask? 21+ of course (sorry kids), space is limited so you should click the link below and RSVP now.
Asics recently unveiled their July releases and among them are the above Gel Lyte 3 “Paisleys”. If you aren’t quite familiar with paisley designs/fabric, it’s pretty much the pattern seen on bandanas. Both pairs are pretty clean with the black using subtle red accents, while the red pair will get you noticed in just about any crowd. These are available now for € 126 (Euro) via Titolo, that’s about $170 for the pack; click the link below to pre-order.
In light of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles first movie and the onset of Beatlemania across the Atlantic, Richard Lester’s A Hard Day’s Night is being prepped for re-release this summer. The film featured John, Paul, George, and Ringo in their first big screen appearance, which coincided with the release of the album of the same name and featured most of the same songs, including A Hard Day’s Night, Can’t Buy Me Love, And I Love Her, and I’ll Cry Instead. Although the film was not particularly praised by critics, and was even totally bashed by John Lennon in later years following the band’s breakup, it has remained a beloved classic in Beatle-lore. Following the band’s breakthrough performance on the Ed Sullivan Show, which introduced the group to a new generation of Americans, A Hard Day’s Night was released a month later and only further propelled the group to a new level of international stardom. You can catch the movie in theaters this summer starting on July 4th.
Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg are once again collaborating on a new project after the huge popularity of their last film, This Is The End, which the two co-wrote together and which featured all of their celebrity co-stars playing themselves, including Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Paul Rudd, James Franco, and Danny McBride. Now the two are working on an animated comedy-film, titled Sausage Party, that follows a sausage and his pales who must navigate their way through the super-market and get back to their proper location on the shelf before the big Fourth of July sale. The movie will once again feature Franco, Hill, and Cera, as well as Kristen Wiig, Edward Norton, and David Krumholtz all providing voices for the R-rated characters, but now there is news that Salma Hayek will also be joining the cast. Rogan and Goldberg are currently writing the project, but the two will not be in the director’s chair this time around. Instead, experienced animation directors Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan will be taking over the responsibility, but we’ll have to wait for more news before we know anything else. The movie has not official release date, but it will most likely be ready for release sometime in 2015.
Tim Burton is once again working with Michael Keaton to on the long awaited sequel to Beetlejuice. While the movie is still very early in production, Burton and Keaton will also be celebrating one of their other collaborations. The two worked together with Jack Nicholson in 1989 on Batman, the first modern take on the comic book series since Adam West in the 1960s. The two also went on to make a sequel two years later which also starred Danny Devito and Michelle Pfeiffer. Also celebrating their 25 years this year are The Abyss, Field of Dreams, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Major League, Glory, and Born on the Fourth of July. If you get any free time be sure to check some of these out, and stay tuned for more news on Burton’s Beetlejuice sequel.