Friday’s Cultural Pickings

May 3, 2013 § 1 Comment

Leonardo DiCaprio in Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" 2

Image Source: NPR Music

It’s Friday.  It’s sunny.  It’s relatively warm.  Time to lighten things up a bit.  To that end, here are 5 items from this week’s cultural onslaught to help you while away the weekend.  Enjoy.

1. Andy Kulakov’s cover of Coldplay’s “The Scientist“.  One seriously talented dude.

2.  The Target ad “Acceptance” created by Deutsch, Inc.  Originally released in 2012, it is airing once again.  I dare you not to tear up.

3.  Vulture.com announced that the music from Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby has been released.  You can listen to a stream of the songs on NPR.  Because … Florence + The Machine, 100$ Bill – Jay Z, Bryan Ferry, Beyonce & Andre 3000, and more.  The soundtrack is available in the usual places (iTunes and Amazon) on May 7th.  Next up, the movie on May 10th.

4.  Steven Soderbergh –  A double punch.  First, The San Francisco Film Society released the video and transcript of retired filmmaker Steven Soderbergh’s speech on the State of Cinema presented at the San Francisco International Film Festival.  As you an imagine, he is not optimistic.  One brilliant passage quoted in The New York Times reads:

Cinema is a specificity of vision,” he said. “It’s an approach in which everything matters. It’s the polar opposite of generic or arbitrary and the result is as unique as a signature or a fingerprint. It isn’t made by a committee, and it isn’t made by a company, and it isn’t made by the audience. It means that if this filmmaker didn’t do it, it either wouldn’t exist at all, or it wouldn’t exist in anything like this form.

Second, earlier this week, Mr. Soderbergh began publishing a suspense novella titled “Glue,” tweet-by-tweet, @Bitchuation.  At last look, he was up to the conclusion of Chapter 11, all 140 characters and the occasional twitpic.  Epic.

5.  Sophia Grace and Rosie perform “Thrift Shop” on Ellen.  Just because.

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