It happens once every four years, then goes away for another four, at least Stateside—World Cup fever. If you lack the attention span to watch a solid commercial-free 90 minutes for maybe a 1-Nil result and don’t want to relearn all the names, rules, and strategies you tried to pick up the last time around, this Lego-ized montage of last weekend’s US/England matchup is for you. Gotta love the way the video immortalizes English goalkeeper Robert Green’s epic case of butterfingers in Lego! More hard-core soccer—um, football—geeks might appreciate that there’s a whole website, Legofussball.eu, devoted to Lego reproductions of German league matches, in addition to a whole slate of World Cup 2010 games coming up. Just wondering when they’ll add the Lego vuvuzelas.
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Chances are, at some point in the last couple of years, you have seen animated rabbits re-enact at least one famous movie in thirty seconds. This is because of Jennifer Shiman. In 2004, the independent animator’s website, angryalien.com, already had novel, interactive Flash-animated shorts such as Pigeon Kam, which showed the world through the eyes of a pigeon, and Amy’s Diary, a re-telling of a child’s diary. It was just a tiny blip on the internet’s radar until she debuted a new feature, The Exorcist, as re-enacted by bunnies in 30 seconds. Slowly but surely, the success of this short, and its hilarious follow-ups of Jaws, The Shining, and most notably, Titanic, led to international attention. Spotlighted on CNN and the Today show, the “buns”, as Shiman lovingly refers to them, garnered praise and requests from internet visitors from all over the world.
This led to a deal with Starz, who got exclusive first access to newer send-ups of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Sixteen Candles, No Country for Old Men, March of the Penguins, and others, which they aired on their website and during airings of the original movies on their cable network. In 2005, the Titanic short was included as a bonus feature of the 1997 movie’s four-disc DVD re-release. As her website won Webby awards for Online Animation and the people’s choice, Shiman denied rumors that the buns would move on to their own TV series or movie, saying that she hardly had the time. Still, the bunnies became quite an internet presence, with annual animated holiday “cards” featured on the website and official Twitter and Facebook accounts.
Now after six years and 68 re-enactments, Shiman announced that the upcoming Evil Dead II short would be the bunnies last, but “Never say never; we may be back some day with our interpretation of more movies.” Stating that her partnership with Starz had ended, she left no reasons as to why, but revealed that she would continue work on other projects. Though this could start rumors about an upcoming TV special or series, all bunnies fans can do for now is see most of their work on the “30-Second Bunnies Theatre Collectible DVD”, available at Amazon.com.
One of the finest actors of our time, Sir Ben Kingsley, shows all the young Hollywood starlets exactly how you nail an audition…in less than 30 seconds. Heidi Montag and Chris Klein: just give up. Massive blockbusters aren’t usually synonymous with Sir Ben, but after flexing his theatrical muscles on Lopez Tonight recently, the whole world knows just who should be Megan Fox’s replacement on Transformers 3.
Bill Corgan, Trent Reznor, and Radiohead got pawned quite a while ago. In the MP3 department, that is. Saxophonist and purveyor of M-Base funk-jazz Steve Coleman has had a great number of his out-of-print recordings sitting in his own corner of the internet, available for download, for quite some time now (the website looks a bit old, doesn’t it?). Coleman defends his generosity in an essay where he rhetorically asks “Why should everything always cost something?”
Not everything is for the taking, but there is literally hours of exceptional stuff here that won’t cost you a dime. Of particular interest is The Ascension of Light, an organic, intense, out-there album previously unreleased in the States. I’ve always wondered why American artists occasionally have certain releases only available as imports…
When Light Pollution’s Jim Cicero locked himself inside his hangar one winter, he began building for himself a sonic universe that was untouched from the outside world. When the ice and snow of the Midwestern plains subsided, the ethereal debut album Appiritions.
Joining forces with Cicero is Matth Evert, Jed Robertson, and Nick Sharman and together they combine layer after layer of lush sounds to evoke that exhilarating yet frightening experience of being surrounded by pure darkness, like floating on top of the deepest, darkest ocean and looking down into its unfathomable abyss. It’s claustrophobic, it’s desolate, it’s overwhelming, and it’s pretty damn good.
The U.S. summer tour kicked off last week (dates below the jump) and check out the haunting song “Good Feelings”.