The headline above is not an excerpt from a MadLib. It was first announced a couple months ago that Zadie Smith was writing a sci-fi movie with director Claire Denis, and it turns out you can now say this bizarre sentence truthfully: A Zadie Smith-written sci-fi film will star Robert Pattinson as an astronaut who’s journeyed beyond our solar system “in a future that seems like our present.”Little else is known about the project, but that should be quite enough to keep everyone thinking — at least until they click over Entertainment Weekly‘s exclusive, first official photos from American Horror Story: Hotel, featuring a lavish Lady Gaga and a cheetah-print sporting Sarah Paulson.
The first photos from Banksy’s Dismaland — the massive “anarchist” art exhibit/theme park modeled to be morbidly reflective of Disneyland — made the Internet explode, in part because Disney, Banksy, Damien Hirst (who’s also included in the exhibit) and, generally, theme parks all have the tendency to polarize, and the agglomeration of them all in one project is quite a sight to behold. And now, even for those nowhere near England, it can now be better beheld, thanks to the release of a promotional trailer, which gives even clearer views of the fatal, paparazzi-documented Cinderella pumpkin-crash, the warped Little Mermaid, and much more. Meanwhile, The Observer writes that Brad Pitt is rumored to be getting a private tour, and wonders if, as a major art collector, he may be interested in buying… the whole park. The Independent writes about the work on display at the park that’s “cooler” than Banksy’s. Watch the trailer:
Beyond the video for Dismaland, the trailer for Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth has been released, and it’s just as visually arresting as anything you’d see at Banksy’s castle of horrors — even without the princess corpses and bumper car driving grim reapers. As the official synopsis states, the film, starring Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano and Jane Fonda, “explores the lifelong bond between two friends vacationing in a luxury Swiss Alps lodge as they ponder retirement” and is “set against a sprawling landscape of unforgettable sights and intoxicating music.” If what you’re seeking, rather, is aurally arresting art, listen to Julia Holter’s just-released track, “Sea Calls Me Home,” off her upcoming album, Have You in My Wilderness.