Trailer for Studio Ghibli’s Japanese Animation “THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA”

 Studio Ghibli's The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

The first U.S. trailer for Studio Ghibli’s upcoming new and incredibly unique animated feature “The Tale of The Princess Kaguya” is out… We know how many of you love Japanese anime, and this here is the cream of the crop.  Just watch the trailer below and experience it for yourself!

Synopsis:

Legendary Studio Ghibli cofounder Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies, Pom Poko) revisits Japan’s most famous folktale in this gorgeous, hand-drawn masterwork, decades in the making. Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter (James Caan) and his wife (Mary Steenburgen), a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady (Chloë Grace Moretz). The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her – but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime.

From the studio that brought you Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, and The Wind Rises comes a powerful and sweeping epic that redefines the limits of animated storytelling and marks a triumphant highpoint within an extraordinary career in filmmaking for director Isao Takahata.

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Dogtown Skateboarding Legend JAY ADAMS Passes Away At 53

RIP Jay Adams

Today we just want everyone to remember legendary Dogtown skateboarder Jay Adams.  Jay passed away yesterday due to a heart attack at the age of 53 while on an extended surfing trip in Mexico.  RIP Jay and may your legacy continue forever.

February 3, 1961 – August 14, 2014

If you didn’t know, Jay Adams was an American skateboarder most prominently known as one of the original members of Z-Boys skateboarding team.  He is known as “The Original Seed” of the sport and widely considered one of the most influential skateboarders of all time.  

Jay Adams was born in a part of Venice, California known to locals as “Dogtown”.  He grew up with his mother and his step father, Kent Sherwood.  He began skating and surfing at just 4 years old!  His father worked at Dave Sweet’s Surf Shop under Pacific Ocean Park, where Jay was introduced to skateboarding by all the surfers who visited.  In 1974, he joined the Zephyr surf team that represented the famous Santa Monica shop Jeff Ho Surfboards and Zephyr Productions.  He was the youngest and most naturally gifted member of the team with his unique surf-style approach to skateboarding.  When asked about Jay, fellow Z-Boy Tony Alva said, “Some kids are born and raised on graham crackers and milk, he was born and raised on surfing and skateboarding.”

RIP Jay Adams

This hits me personally as I grew up in Venice Beach, California alongside a lot of these skateboarding legends.  I met Jay back in the late 90s with a few mutual friends.  I was no doubt spinning from the excitement of being in the presence of skateboarding “royalty”, but it was clear at the time this lord of Dogtown was struggling with some afflictions.  It’s no secret Jay has had his share of problems – from his youth years of growing up with nothing to the murder of his brother and death of his remaining family in the same year to his addiction, legal issues, and prison time for drugs – it’s not entirely too surprising to learn of this early tragedy.  It’s just sad.  He and his wife were allegedly sober for months, and for the first time allowed in years, on a trip outside of the US.

In honor of Jay’s passing, we’re watching the skateboarding documentary “LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL”.

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Packed full of skate mania: Great Bails Section, Angel Ramirez drunken skateboarding, Josh Murphy’s Back Smith Speer 10 stair rail, Ramirez’s Alley-Oop Backside 180 Over speer rail, Derek Milton’s Kickflip Front 50-50 Gazebo 9 stair rail, Nial Frederickson’s Switch Ollie 16 stair in a line, David Reye’s Frontside Noseblunt Speer rail & Kickflip Backside Crook 9 stair rail, Travis La’s Boardslide on another skateboard down a handrail, Sean Frederickson’s Back 50-50 down Emage 20 stair rail, and more!!

Starring Travis La, David Reyes, Josh Murphy, Derek Milton, Justin Shardy, Paul Azevedo, Trevor Uriona, Angel Ramirez, Gordie Cousino, Nial Frederickson, Sean Frederickson, Jared Stoots, Jerrod Saba, Micah Hollinger.

 

 

Shark Week Scaring You? Watch These Surfers Ride The High Stakes Location “SHARK PARK”

Fact: Sharks eat people.

Shark Week is making that incredibly clear already.  And as fascinating as that is, we at BIGSTAR would really rather not scare ourselves out of the oceans we love to boat, surf, and swim in.  But since we’re movie lovers and can’t help ourselves, here’s “SHARK PARK” a movie about surfer, filmmaker, photographer, and ocean expert Greg Huglin – a man possessed.

SHARK PARKGreg is a Californian who has traveled the world in search of surf, returning home only to continue the hunt in his own backyard.  So for over a decade, he’s been playing a very private game of wave riding poker that was finally dealt out in a very high stakes location.  Huglin had done his research well and the name for this wave of chance is “Shark Park”.

Factors that don’t normally affect near-shore waves like incessant winds, raging currents, and gray-suited locals are major forces to deal with out there.  That’s right… the sharp toothed, scary finned, Jaws looking kind of locals.  Get a bad hand, and you might not be able to walk away with your life, much less your wetsuit.

Click any image to stream the story of Greg’s pursuit and amazing adventures that will go down as history in the making.

 

Happy 32nd Birthday Actress and Model Devon Aoki!

Devon Aoki

Happy Birthday Devon Aoki!

Born in New York but raised in California, Devon is no stranger to the lifestyles of the rich and famous. Her father is former Olympic wrestler and Benihana Steakhouse magnate Rocky Aoki, and her mother is Pamela Hilburger, a jewelry designer. Devon is of Japanese, German, and English ancestry. She started modeling when she was 13, the same year her godmother introduced her to modeling legend Kate Moss. She is now the face of Lancome and is one of the top earners at her agency, Women.

Fun facts about this sexy socialite and actress:

She won the role of a street racer in 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) but, as it turned out, she didn’t know how to drive. She had to be taught by professional stunt racers.

She was Miho in Robert Rodriguez’ and  Frank Miller’s “SIN CITY”

Her brother is DJ Steve Aoki Kid Millionaire and also owns and operates Dim Mak records.

She’s a mom! Gave birth to her 1st child, a boy, at age 28 in 2011, then her second, a girl, in 2013.

Filmography:

Suki in “2 FAST 2 FURIOUS”

Dominique in “D.E.B.S.”

Miho in “SIN CITY”

Kuri Yanagawa in “WAR”

Valerie Duval in “MUTANT CHRONICLES”

…And more!

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Today in History: The Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima; Two Revealing Documentaries

Today in History: Hiroshima

Today in 1945, the American bomber Enola Gay dropped a five-ton bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima.  A blast equivalent to the power of 15,000 tons of TNT reduced four square miles of the city to ruins.  The loss of life both immediately and in the following weeks/years was devastating.  Days later, Japan announced its surrender in World War II.

Not proudly, the United States became the first and only nation to use atomic weaponry during wartime when it dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  Though it marked the end of WWII, many historians argue that it also ignited the Cold War with The Soviet Union.  But that’s a whole other story!

It’s easy to use hindsight to see our mistakes in which we lose touch with humanity.  Let’s just hope we can learn from them and live in a more civilized world.  To help understand the awesome raw power and spirit of an affected country on the anniversary of Hiroshima, here are two revealing documentaries you can stream instantly on almost any device!

Trinity and Beyond‘TRINITY AND BEYOND: THE ATOMIC BOMB MOVIE” is a visually fascinating, award winning documentary presenting the history, development and testing of nuclear weapons between 1945 and 1963.

Featuring an original score performed by the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, this documentary reveals previously unreleased and classified government footage depicting in graphic detail these powerful and awesome weapons. Many scenes were repaired with an Academy Award® winning process created to restore the color. Director/producer Peter Kuran, traveled throughout the U.S. to uncover footage that includes bombs being suspended by balloon, exploding under the ocean, being shot from a cannon and detonated in outer space. ’Trinity and Beyond’ features extremely rare film segments from top secret government archives and startling footage of nuclear bomb tests conducted by the United States, Russia and China, including the largest atomic explosion ever detonated. In it is also an interview with Dr. Edward Teller, a developer of nuclear weapons and one of the most controversial figures of the 20th century providing an important understanding of events and the creations of technologies that have changed the world forever.

Spirit of Hiroshima“THE SPIRIT OF HIROSHIMA” Looks at the 1945 atomic bombing through the eyes of those who lived through it.  The film follows a Japanese family who lives in modern Hiroshima as they take their children to the 50th year ceremony.

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Fukuji Fujihara

STARRING:

Charles Crawford – Narrator

David Hollenback – Hiroshi Sasamura

Peter Moller – Tsutomu Masuda

 

 

30 Years Later, Remembering Michael Jackson’s Pepsi New Generation Commercial!

MJ Pepsi Commercial

30 years ago in 1984, Pepsi and Michael Jackson teamed up to launch a groundbreaking ad campaign that would change advertising forever.  The deal was a $5 million partnership that would shatter the record for a celebrity endorsement deal and link the two entities for a decade.

Coke reportedly offered Michael and The Jacksons $1 million, which they rejected.  Pepsi saw this as an opportunity to make Coke look outdated and feature Pepsi as “the choice of a NEW generation”.  It worked… because if you were around in the 80′s and you loved Michael Jackson, chances are you drank Pepsi instead of Coke.

But what you probably didn’t know is that Alfonso Ribeiro – aka Carlton Banks from the hit show “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” – is the little MJ and lead child dancer in this commercial… MIND BLOWN!  Below is the ad, and be sure to scroll down further for a recent interview Alfonso gave regarding his experience on that commercial set!

By the way, if you’re a huge Michael Jackson fan or just feel like rocking out at your desk, be sure to check out these three captivating documentaries featuring the King of Pop…

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WATCH: Weird Al Yankovic and Friends Spoof Pharrell’s “Happy” with “Tacky”!

THIS JUST IN!

“Weird Al” Yankovic’s brand new video for Tacky, a wonderfully wacky version of Pharrell Williams’ mega-hit song, Happy.

The hilarious music video features cameos from Aisha Tyler, Margaret Cho, Eric Stonestreet, Kristen Schaal, and Jack Black. And if you look closely you’ll notice it was shot on location in the same Downtown Los Angeles space that was used as Julianne Moore’s apartment in The Big Lebowski!

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WATCH: Singer-songwriter Rob Cantor perform 29 UNBELIEVABLE celebrity impressions!

Rob Cantor Impressions

WATCH! Singer-songwriter Rob Cantor sing an original song called “Perfect” while he does 29 celebrity impressions in less than four minutes!

Everyone from Christopher Walken to Adam Sandler to Gwen Stefani. Honestly, you have to see it to believe it!

Watch his incredible performance below!

Movie Art: The Iconic Cars From Your Favorite Films!

IMAGE: JESÚS PRUDENCIO

IMAGE: JESÚS PRUDENCIO

The vehicles we see in some of our favorite films are sometimes just as significant as the movie itself.  They can take on a persona of their own just as the actors do.

For example, what would “Back to the Future” be without the stainless steel Delorean?  The Blues Brothers without the 70′s police car?  Or Steve McQueen without his green Mustang GT Fastback in “Bullitt”?

Well, artist Jesús Prudencio has created a series of wonderful minimalist posters called “Cars and Films.” Take a look at some of his work and be sure to check out the entire series at his homepage.

FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF

IMAGE: JESÚS PRUDENCIO

IMAGE: JESÚS PRUDENCIO 

THE BLUES BROTHERS

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THE BIG LEBOWSKI

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PULP FICTION

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IMAGE: JESÚS PRUDENCIO

GHOSTBUSTERS

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IMAGE: JESÚS PRUDENCIO

BREAKING BAD

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IMAGE: JESÚS PRUDENCIO

THE A-TEAM

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IMAGE: JESÚS PRUDENCIO

RAIN MAN

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IMAGE: JESÚS PRUDENCIO

BREAKING BAD (CAMPER)

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IMAGE: JESÚS PRUDENCIO

DEATH PROOF

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IMAGE: JESÚS PRUDENCIO

BULLITT

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IMAGE: JESÚS PRUDENCIO

VANISHING POINT

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MAD MAX

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KILL BILL

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IMAGE: JESÚS PRUDENCIO

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Happy 52nd Birthday Thomas Mapother IV.. AKA Tom Cruise!

Happy Birthday Tom Cruise

Happy Birthday Thomas Cruise Mapother IV!

…Or  you might know him as TOM CRUISE!

Here are just a few fun facts that you probably didn’t know about the actor and pop-culture icon:

  • Born July 3rd 1962 in Syracuse, New York.
  • At age 14, he enrolled in a seminary to become a priest. He dropped out after one year.
  • He took up acting after losing his place on a high school wrestling team due to a knee injury.
  • Graduated from Glen Ridge High School in New Jersey (June 1980).
  • Suffers from dyslexia.
  • Was considered for the lead in The Matrix (1999).
  • Will not allow his likeness to be used in video games or for action figures.
  • Owns and operates “Montana Miss” a WWII P-51 Mustang.
  • Was originally to star in Enemy of the State (1998). His part went to Will Smith.
  • Insists on preforming many of his own stunts in his films.
  • Was ‘Guillermo Del Toro”s first choice for the role of Stacker Pentecost in Pacific Rim (2013).