The Rundown

Entertainment Express: NYFF, Where the Road Runs Out, Global Citizen Festival, Aretha Franklin, Chromeo

Hello all you coffee-lovers, here are the entertainment news stories that have been on my radar today…

* The New York Film Festival continues, and, much to the disappointment of many, the secret screening on Sunday night wasn’t Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. Actually, it wasn’t really a disappointment – those who did have tickets still got to see the delightful While We’re Young, in which Ben Stiller plays an aging hipster. Until Interstellar lands, there is the online game for a little time-passing.

* Sticking with film festivals, the San Diego Film Festival this past weekend awarded best feature to Where the Road Runs Out. It’s billed as the first major feature film to come out of Equatorial Guinea, but it was directed by a South African, Rudolf Buitendach, and also stars South African-born, LA-based Stelio Savante, alongside Isaach De BankolĂ© (winner of a Cesar Award, akin to the French Oscars). It’s got chocolate, a love story and children involved, so that already looks like a winning combo.

* Turns out 60 000 people came out to Central Park for the Global Citizen Festival. This pic from Twitter user @Zellyanks helps put that number into context. I’m still on Cloud 9 from seeing No Doubt and Sting perform Message in a Bottle together.

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* Chromeo spoke about their clothing range a few weeks ago, and now it’s available. Fresh from his NY Times Style profile, Dave 1 and his partner P-Thugg are releasing some pretty awesome men’s items, including a rad cheetah bomber jacket.

* If your Monday wasn’t rocked by the release of Aretha Franklin‘s Rollin’ in the Deep cover, then you may need a do-over. It’s the first single off the singer’s forthcoming record – an album of covers Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics, coming out next month. Looking forward to Franklin’s inimitable take on some great tracks.

* Lorde released the soundtrack single for The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay Part 1, with a journal-like Tumblr entry here.

P.S. This past weekend I had such a ball at the Dumbo Arts Fest – so many wonderful things to do and see. I also stumbled upon the whimsical prints of Brooklyn-based Estonian artist, Kristiana Parn. Do check her out if you’re a fan of bunnies and lions and other such ‘cute’ animals.

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