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Timothée Chalamet Portraying Bob Dylan in New Biopic Is the 2020 Gift We Deserve

Still reeling from the success of his most recent film, Little Women, Timothée Chalamet has been tapped to play Bob Dylan in director James Mangold’s new biopic, Variety reports.

While the title of the movie has yet to be revealed, we do know that the picture will be based on Elijah Wald’s New York Times bestseller, Dylan Goes Electric!, which delves into Dylan’s impact on folk music and his transition to rock. Dylan himself will produce the film alongside Mangold, as Mangold and Fox Searchlight Studios, who is distributing the picture, have already secured all the music rights for the movie.

The upcoming Bob Dylan project serves as Mangold’s third biopic following Walk the Line and Ford v Ferrari. It comes at a time when music-related biopics are in high demand, as 2018’s Bohemian Rhapsody about Queen frontman Freddie Mercury went on to win four Academy Awards, and Taron Egerton just won a Golden Globe for Best Actor for his portrayal of Elton John in Rocketman.

A.P.C. & Carhartt WIP Revel in the Genteel Elegance of Double Denim for SS20

A.P.C. x Carhartt WIP Grey T-Shirt and Blue Denim Jacket

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Marking a new chapter in a long line of successful collaborations, A.P.C. and Carhartt WIP join forces for the fifth time to create a genteel and elegant homage to French chic. Devoid of unnecessary detailing, the SS20 line focuses on the materials and cuts for which each party have become regarded; boxy workwear, washed denim staples, and stripped-back jersey layers.

Building from a relationship that began in 2011, the latest collaboration references previous successes, and combines the iconography of each brand, as Carhartt’s uni-letter logo is merged into the typographic A.P.C. emblem. The collection consists of a number of recognizable Carhartt WIP designs, reinterpreted by A.P.C. with a selection of special fabrics.











For example, Carhartt’s Michigan Chore Coat is seen here in a sleek cotton — a stark contrast to its heavy canvas beginnings — complemented by organic cotton T-shirts, sweatshirts, and hoodies, all across a subdued palette of blue, grey, and khaki green. In addition to this, a watch with two band options, a necklace, and a bracelet supplement the clothing segment, rounded off by a small selection of bags, caps, and wallets.

The full collection will be available to shop via the Highsnobiety Shop beginning January 10. Hit the button below for a lesson on mastering double denim this season.

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Ram Dass Is Dead, But Not Gone

Ram Dass, the spiritual guru born Richard Alpert, passed away last month at the age of 88. His passing sent waves through the spiritual community, as well as the countless subcultures he touched during his lifetime.

Alpert initially found notoriety as a hotshot psychology professor at Harvard who disturbed the status quo by exploring the therapeutic and mind-expanding effects of psychoactive substances like psilocybin and LSD alongside his infamous colleague Dr. Timothy Leary. Under the auspices of academic experimentation, Leary and Alpert handed out hundreds of doses to local students, intelligentsia and artistry, while also oftentimes taking heroic amounts of the drugs themselves.

Harvard eventually fired Alpert and Leary for giving doses out to undergraduates – they had agreed to limit their pool to graduate students only. Alpert demurred that he had given the acid to the student as a friend, not as a member of faculty. The only problem with these experiments, according to Dass, was that they always ended up coming down. “It was a very frustrating experience,” he wrote. “As if you came into the kingdom of heaven and you saw how it all was… and then you got cast out again.” Between the comedowns and Leary’s increasingly problematic legacy, Dass took to self-deprecatingly referring to himself as “Mr. LSD, Jr.”

In 1967, Alpert looked East, where he discovered the teachings of Neem Karoli Baba, a.k.a. Maharaji. Up to that point, Alpert’s life was one of excessive signifiers and status symbols: electric-blue Mercedes, sailboats, suits and Cessna jets. Maharaji looked to only own the blanket he swathed himself in, but within minutes of meeting Alpert, the guru asked Alpert for the keys to the Land Rover they rode in on—as a gift. It was Maharaji who gave Alpert the name Ram Dass—or “God’s Servant”—and set him down on a path that consisted of six months silent retreat. Dass returned a dutiful servant to Maharaji and a mystical presence with surprising staying power in the American consciousness.


Dass’ wisdom was distilled in various forms, most famously in 1971’s Be Here Now. A spiritual manual that is equal parts yogic meditation guide, self-help and graphic novel, the book illustrated Dass’ aphorisms with love-child art and trippy typography. The release turned Dass into a surprise publishing powerhouse, selling over two million copies. His audience consisted of the disaffected hippies left spiritually disaffected by the war in Vietnam and the aftermath of the Summer of Love. Dass became, as Levine put it, “an alternative faculty adviser to a generation of dropouts. Many of Dass’ lectures have found their second wind as podcasts for those stressed out by the present-day as those hippies were back then. Samples and recordings of his voice and lectures pop up in mixes and concept albums. His is a mantra that is found, then lost, then found again.

Part of Ram Dass’ enduring appeal is the fact that his teachings do not adhere to any one particular religious dogma. Among other gigs, Dass lectured on the Bhagavad Gita at Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado, or, as he put it, “a course on a Hindu text in a Buddhist university taught by a Jew who has a great love for Christ and Allah.” He got down with just about anyone, so long as they were willing to be here now. Dass’ public speaking engagements often touched on the hilarious and the morbid, sometimes in the same breath. Many of his talks have echoes of stand-up comedy and lay the foundation for what would, decades later, become the standard for countless meditation apps and podcasts. It’s hard to summarize his ideology, but Dass took a stab at it in a final interview with the New York Times Magazine’s David Marchese, titled “Ram Dass Is Ready To Die”: “‘Be Here Now’ gives people an opportunity to re-identify outside of their thinking-mind ego and into that thing that’s called the soul.”

Dass’ hippie-dippie aesthetic even made him an unlikely icon to the fashion set, albeit in his own tongue-in-cheek way. This was, after all, a man who once warned Richard M. Levine of Rolling Stone that “you can’t wear lace-ups on the holy man’s circuit,” while wearing a Grateful Dead shirt and denim shorts.


Speaking of the Dead and tie-dye, Alix Ross and Elijah Funk of Online Ceramics are proclaimed devotees and even realized a dream collaboration in a series of t-shirts benefitting Dass’ Love Serve Remember foundation. The tees feature Dass’ grinning face, surrounded by Dass’ Zen truisms, e.g. “The Quieter You Become, The More You Can Hear.” Another pays tribute to Maharaji and Dass’ deity of choice, Hanuman the Monkey-God. Grace Wales Bonner’s Spring 2019 collection, titled Ecstatic Radical, explored the “devotional aesthetics” that helped bring Eastern spirituality into the fold of the Western popular canon, using the warm-hued robes and harem pants of Rajneeshi cults and yoga pants emblazoned with slogans from Be Here Now, printed on flowing nylon and delicate tees—Lil Uzi Vert is a fan.

Perhaps Dass’ most surprising impact has been in Silicon Valley. As technology became ever-present and ever-imposing on human consciousness, meditation went from Esalen to the boardroom. Meditation apps like Headspace and Calm have Dass’ teachings woven into their very DNA. His home in Maui became an outpost of enlightenment, with friends and fans like GQ editor-in-chief Will Welch, artist Wes Lang, and so many others making the pilgrimage just to sit at the aging guru’s feet.

Dass spoke often and at length about death. He did not fear it, and in fact considered it a duty of his to help the ill and terminal come to terms with their own mortality. When I attended a screening of a documentary about Dass called Becoming Nobody earlier this year, I was struck by how lucid and clear-eyed he seemed to be about his own impending death. He said he hoped death would feel “like taking off a tight shoe.” When Dass suffered a stroke in February 1997, he lost most of his mobility and developed expressive aphasia, which inhibited the famous lecturer’s ability to parse his own thoughts into words. Rather than retreat and fall silent, Dass found it to be an act of his Maharaji’s grace. His speech became more laborious, but all the more prescient. He recounted stories of soothing terminal patients and helping those near death. His sense of humor remained intact, unchanged. Dass still spoke sweepingly about the big ideas that worry our conscious mind; he seemed unbothered.

His death came less as a loss than an inevtiablity — Dass’ lectures had prepared us for it. When Jerry Garcia, the vocalist and lead guitarist of the Grateful Dead and a friend of Dass,’ passed away in 1995, Dass marked his passing with a poem that included the following lines: “Jerry is gone in one form, but like the magician that he is, he has explosively been transformed into a million Jerrys. One improvising in each of our hearts. Jerry, we express our gratefulness by becoming the memory of you.” So, too, it goes with Ram Dass. He would not want us to mourn, but to go on, being here now. As he once concluded one of his sweeping lectures: “That’s it for death. Saturday we’ll do reincarnation.”

Ram Dass may very well be dead, but he is far from gone.

First ‘Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert’ Trailer Teases Tons of Rare Footage

Kanye West at Coachella

YouTube Originals’ Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert documentary will premiere a week before this year’s festival. The film features two decades worth of behind-the-scenes footage and never-before-seen interviews, as well as some of Coachella’s most acclaimed performances.

The movie will explore the festival’s “colorful beginning” and trace its journey to becoming one of the world’s most significant music events. It’ll also include performances from legendary acts such as Billie Eilish, Kanye West, Daft Punk, Travis Scott, BLACKPINK, LCD Soundsystem, Rage Against The Machine, Pixies, Swedish House Mafia, Jane’s Addiction, Björk, The White Stripes, Madonna, Moby, Beck, Radiohead, and more.

This year’s festival will be headlined by Frank OceanTravis Scott, and Rage Against the Machine. Tickets to the first weekend (April 10-12) have already sold out. The remainder of weekend two (April 17-19) passes went on sale on Monday, and while general admission has already sold out you can still queue for VIP tickets here.

Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert premiers on YouTube Originals March 31, 2020. Watch the trailer below.

Yawn, the BAFTA 2020 Nominations Are Dominated by White Men

Joker

This year’s British Film and Television Award (Bafta) nominations are in and while there’s a lot of talent to get excited about, the lack of diversity is nothing short of disappointing.

As you would expect, the big players are all here — 2019’s most hyped pictures, The Irishman, Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood, Joker, Parasite, and 1917, are all nominated for Best Film, with the first two bagging 10 nominations each in total. But as the BBC points out, the acting categories are overwhelmingly white and not a single woman has been nominated for Best Director for the seventh year in a row.

Bafta CEO Amanda Berry told the BBC that she was “very disappointed” with the lack of diversity. Talking to Radio 4 Today she agreed it seemed “very white,” and said “this isn’t being disrespectful to anybody who has been nominated because it’s an incredibly strong list this year.”

Berry continued, “If you look at the director category, where I hoped we would see at least one female director, that is an incredibly strong list when you have people like Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino and Sam Mendes, who have got multiple nominations in the past.”

Marc Samuelson, the chair of Bafta’s film committee, put the decision down to an “infuriating” industry-wide issue. “We can’t make the industry do something, all we can do is encourage and push and inspire and try to help people coming in at the bottom end.”

Those excuses are eye-roll inducing, to be frank, especially given that a record number of movies were directed by women in 2019, such as Little Women (Greta Gerwig), Hustlers (Lorene Scafaria), The Farewell (Lulu Wang), Queen & Slim (Melina Matsoukas), and Booksmart (Olivia Wilde), just to name a few. But who’s keeping count, huh?

Find the full list of Bafta nominations below. The ceremony takes place on February 2 and will be hosted by Graham Norton.

1917
The Irishman
Joker
Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood
Parasite

Jessie Buckley, Wild Rose
Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
Saoirse Ronan, Little Women
Charlize Theron, Bombshell
Renée Zellweger, Judy

Leonardo Dicaprio, Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood
Adam Driver, Marriage Story
Taron Egerton, Rocketman
Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes

Laura Dern, Marriage Story
Scarlett Johansson, Jojo Rabbit
Florence Pugh, Little Women
Margot Robbie, Bombshell
Margot Robbie, Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood

Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood
Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes
Al Pacino, The Irishman
Joe Pesci, The Irishman
Brad Pitt, Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood

1917
Bait
For Sama
Rocketman
Sorry We Missed You
The Two Popes

Bait, Mark Jenkin (Writer/Director), Kate Byers, Linn Waite (Producers)
For Sama, Waad Al-Kateab (Director/Producer), Edward Watts (Director)
Maiden, Alex Holmes (Director)
Only You, Harry Wootliff (Writer/Director)
Retablo, Álvaro Delgado-Aparicio (Writer/Director)*

The Farewell
For Sama
Pain And Glory
Parasite
Portrait Of A Lady On Fire

American Factory
Apollo 11
Diego Maradona
For Sama
The Great Hack

Frozen 2
Klaus
A Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon
Toy Story 4

1917, Sam Mendes
The Irishman, Martin Scorsese
Joker, Todd Phillips
Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino
Parasite, Bong Joon Ho

Booksmart, Susanna Fogel, Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Katie Silberman
Knives Out, Rian Johnson
Marriage Story, Noah Baumbach
Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino
Parasite, Han Jin Won, Bong Joon-Ho,

The Irishman, Steven Zaillian
Jojo Rabbit, Taika Waititi
Joker, Todd Phillips, Scott Silver
Little Women, Greta Gerwig
The Two Popes, Anthony Mccarten

1917, Thomas Newman
Jojo Rabbit, Michael Giacchino
Joker, Hildur Guđnadóttir
Little Women, Alexandre Desplat
Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker, John Williams

Joker, Shayna Markowitz
Marriage Story, Douglas Aibel, Francine Maisler
Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood, Victoria Thomas
The Personal History Of David Copperfield, Sarah Crowe
The Two Popes, Nina Gold

1917, Roger Deakins
The Irishman, Rodrigo Prieto
Joker, Lawrence Sher
Le Mans ’66, Phedon Papamichael
The Lighthouse, Jarin Blaschke

The Irishman, Thelma Schoonmaker
Jojo Rabbit, Tom Eagles
Joker, Jeff Groth
Le Mans ’66, Andrew Buckland, Michael Mccusker
Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood, Fred Raskin

1917, Dennis Gassner, Lee Sandales
The Irishman, Bob Shaw, Regina Graves
Jojo Rabbit, Ra Vincent, Nora Sopková
Joker, Mark Friedberg, Kris Moran
Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood, Barbara Ling, Nancy Haigh

The Irishman, Christopher Peterson, Sandy Powell
Jojo Rabbit, Mayes C. Rubeo
Judy, Jany Temime
Little Women, Jacqueline Durran
Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood, Arianne Phillips

1917, Naomi Donne
Bombshell, Vivian Baker, Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan
Joker, Kay Georgiou, Nicki Ledermann
Judy, Jeremy Woodhead
Rocketman, Lizzie Yianni Georgiou

1917, Scott Millan, Oliver Tarney, Rachael Tate, Mark Taylor, Stuart Wilson
Joker, Tod Maitland, Alan Robert Murray, Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic
Le Mans ’66, David Giammarco, Paul Massey, Steven A. Morrow, Donald Sylvester
Rocketman, Matthew Collinge, John Hayes, Mike Prestwood Smith, Danny Sheehan
Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker, David Acord, Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio, Stuart Wilson, Matthew Wood

1917, Greg Butler, Guillaume Rocheron, Dominic Tuohy
Avengers: Endgame, Dan Deleeuw, Dan Sudick
The Irishman, Leandro Estebecorena, Stephane Grabli, Pablo Helman
The Lion King, Andrew R. Jones, Robert Legato, Elliot Newman, Adam Valdez
Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker, Roger Guyett, Paul Kavanagh, Neal Scanlan, Dominic Tuohy

Grandad Was A Romantic, Maryam Mohajer
In Her Boots, Kathrin Steinbacher
The Magic Boat, Naaman Azhari, Lilia Laurel

Azaar, Myriam Raja, Nathanael Baring
Goldfish, Hector Dockrill, Harri Kamalanathan, Benedict Turnbull, Laura Dockrill
Kamali, Sasha Rainbow, Rosalind Croad
Learning To Skateboard In A Warzone (If You’re A Girl), Carol Dysinger, Elena Andreicheva
The Trap, Lena Headey, Anthony Fitzgerald

Awkwafina
Jack Lowden
Kaitlyn Dever
Kelvin Harrison Jr.
Micheal Ward

This Might Be the Worst Delivery Attempt of All Time

 

Quickly following up from our “greatest delivery attempt of all time,” comes this gem courtesy of the USPS (United States Postal Service).

In response to people online that have criticized the uploader for not helping out the postal worker with what appears to be a heavy-ish package and opting to film him instead, he provided the following context:

‘I’ve already used all proper channels, talked to him in real life, and my neighbors have spoken to him directly and also filed formal complains where we were all told they would talk to him about the situations. He knows what he’s doing, he knows he’s being filmed from the front yard cameras. Many people in this neighborhood have them because of a string of car break-ins on this street in the past. I’m not going to confront him again, it’s like putting a kid in time-out for the same misbehavior over and over again. It’s obviously not getting through. I’m not going to “avoid more damage” after he already dropped it. I’d rather just avoid the guy and go through the proper channels again, maybe have it escalated this time.’ [source]

 

Now please check out the “greatest delivery attempt of all time” and have your faith in humanity restored.

 

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Plane Loses Wheel on Takeoff; Pilot Still Makes Smoothest Landing Ever

 

An Air Canada flight (AC8684) departing from Montreal lost one of its wheels on takeoff, to the horror of passengers onboard. However, the skilled pilot returned safely to the airport, making an incredibly smooth landing despite the sub-optimal circumstances.

The flight was originally destined for Saguenay but returned to its point of origin shortly after takeoff.

 

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