Bernard Berenson: A Life in the Picture Trade
(Yale University Press, 344 pp., $18.98)
“I wanted to become a work of art myself,” the art historian Bernard Berenson (1865-1959) wrote late in life. Over his 94 years, he fashioned himself into the foremost scholar of Italian Renaissance painting, perhaps the most envied and Read More
On Monday, we bemoaned the rise of the “teaser” trailer: mini-commercials for this generation’s A.D.D.-addled youth that market specifically in hype, not products. As an example, we pointed to the mysterious new J.J. Abrams trailer for something called Stranger: clocking on on YouTube at just over a minute long, the flurry of speculation about which of the famed Star Trek‘s directors many, many projects this could possibly be a commercial for–his upcoming Star Wars film, perhaps?–was disportioniate to the amount of effort put into the (very) short preview.
It would have been bad enough if this had turned out to be part of a larger marketing campaign for a movie, or television show. But several sites have made the connection between the alternate title of the video–S.–and the name of an interactive novel that will Abrams will be releasing in conjunction with Mulholland Books/Little, Brown and his production company Bad Robot on October 29th.
Look, it’s a dead chicken. A creepy little girl voice sings a cover of “Paint It Black.” Cut to an upside down question mark, like in Spanish. Here is the ocean.
Now back to the chicken.
Zoom in on the back of someone (we don’t know who!) opening up a copy of iMovie and juxtaposing a bunch of confusing images together to cause an inordinate amount of Internet speculation; getting people psyched over the prospect that one day, they might be allowed to view the full commercial.
The trailer for Fox’s new fall series Revolution–created by J.J. Abrams–depicts a bizarre future world wherein all forms of electricity have ceased to function. Perhaps stranger yet is the show’s prediction of a future sports outcome: a brief shot at 2:26 of an overgrown Wrigley Field features a sign reading “2012 World Series Champions.” Which Read More
The summer vacation doldrums are here, providing I.Q. challenges to moviegoers of all ages, but for adolescents with a lot of free time on their hands, Super 8 promises something extra.
Normally you have to be some kind of big shot—or perhaps familiar in the art of bit torrent downloading, which we are not—to get an Academy Awards screener. But today, everyone has the opportunity to go to their local Best Buy or Blockbuster (these places still exist!) and pick up a copy of not one, Read More
You can take Kevin Reilly out of NBC, but apparently you can’t take NBC out of Kevin Reilly. The former NBC entertainment president, who now holds the same position at Fox, announced the fall schedule yesterday at Fox’s upfront presentation, and the results were positively Ben Silverman–like. Much can be made of the laughable decision Read More
Star Wars versus Star Trek is a geek debate that has raged through enough stardates to fill up an entire captain’s log. But after years of fan conflict, it appears that J.J. Abrams finally figured out how to broker a peace between the warring sects: he combined the two franchises. Star Trek pulls off quite Read More
There’s something a little fishy going on with Terminator Salvation. The Warner Brothers release doesn’t open until Memorial Day weekend, but the relentless ad campaign has basically spoiled the entire movie already. The latest spot, a four-minute “extended preview,” is like a short film: Almost every major plot point is shared, along with Read More
Before we discuss Star Trek, can we take a moment to talk about the IMAX experience? Because every time we go to that monster theater on 68th street, we’re awfully excited … and yet every single time we end up missing the prime seats (the last three rows, center) and end up with a crick in Read More