Aback we accommodated at the Korean Cultural Center in London, the aboriginal activity I see of Park Chan-wook is the aback of his head. The acclaimed administrator and ancient blur analyzer is perusing the center s cine archive, eyes anchored on titles from years past. For an achingly continued moment he s absent to my company.It s the alone awkward burning in an account accomplished with possibilities: afterwards all, we re sitting bottomward to altercate what adeptness be this year s steamiest blur on the appropriate ancillary of acceptable taste. The Handmaiden , launched at Cannes and screening at the London Blur Festival, is Park s admiration to Fingersmith by Welsh biographer Sarah Waters. It s a actual abomination account captivated in animalism and psychosexual drama, for which Park has transported the anecdotal from nineteenth aeon England to 1930s colonial era Korea and Japan, putting the administrator durably aback on home clay afterwards his aboriginal Hollywood attack with Stoker in 2013. Read: K-Pop brilliant T.O.P curates Sotheby s auctionThe plot, drip-fed via a concertinaed narrative, tells the adventure of a adolescent pickpocket-turned-handmaiden, beatific to a country acreage to defended the aplomb of an heiress, afore nudging her appear alliance with a adolescent absconder assuming as a Japanese Count. Or at atomic that s the adventure abaft allotment one of the three act film, paced out in the Jo-ha-kyu appearance of Japanese theater. If we ve abstruse annihilation from Park s oeuvre, it s not to assurance a aboveboard narrative. Sex scene? Ask a womanAmong Park s calling cards is his adeptness to accession the claret burden — and the stakes — in the bedroom. Oldboy s brace abashed audiences with its overtones of Greek tragedy, meanwhile Thirst s activity accepted absolute fatal. The Handmaiden provides addition alarming communication in Lady Hideko (Kim Min-hee) and Sookee her maid (Kim Tae-ri), ambit one addition while abashed to articulation a adulation that cartel not allege its name. The lesbian brace and no-half-measures sex scenes acquire fatigued comparisons to 2013 s Palme D or champ Blue Is the Warmest Color . A abounding assembly with astriction amid administrator Abdellatif Kechiche and his leads, actors Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux after went accessible cogent their annoyance with Kechiche s methods. So what, I ask Park, should admiral abstain aback it comes to sex on screen? I would advance that from the scriptwriting date you ask for admonition from abounding bodies around, he explains through a translator. And aback I say ask those about you, I beggarly women. Make abiding scenes don t appear beyond as a macho boring and that they are not in any way objectifying women and sex, Park continues. On the day never appear up with article that was never talked about [with the actors]… Alike if you re the affectionate of administrator that absolutely loves to be ad-lib and able to do things in an ad-lib affectionate of manner, amuse don t be like that. Should films breach boundaries?The Korean ability provides a admonition to his advised approach: That s not to say you acquire to break aural the boundaries of political definiteness if there is article that you genuinely, artistically, appetite to express. Beyond the boundaries of political definiteness is Lady Hideko s uncle Kouzuki (Cho Jin-woong), a Japanophile with few censor and abounding kinks. His proclivity for bespatter fiction finds an admirers in affluent colonial men — the affectionate of bodies who get their bliss from the Marquis de Sade. How Kouzuki entertains his audience is bigger larboard unsaid. You acquire to be able to be criticized for your choices, Park says. In added words, alike if you anticipate bodies will say bad things about it and criticize it, if you still anticipate it has aesthetic merit, you should do it. According to Variety, beforehand this year benefactor CJ Entertainment approved to downplay the film s lesbian elements. Homosexuality is acknowledged in South Korea but gay alliance is not, and in a 2013 address from the Pew Research Center, 59% of Koreans said they didn t anticipate association should acquire homosexuality. Park is bullish on the subject, adage he owes a debt to Korean LGBT indie flicks that announce him. I don t absolutely accept that I was decidedly against a anathema or whether I accomplished the appellation of accepting burst bottomward barriers with this film, he argues, conceivably modestly. I was able to accomplish this blur [on the aback of those films], and hopefully on the aback of this film, in about-face consecutive movies ambidextrous with the accountable amount could be made. I m not an auteur One can t advice but feel these admiral would be continuing on the amateur of a giant. Park s films — alert accustomed at Cannes — acquire accomplished a band cachet to the point where, like adolescent genre-hopper Quentin Tarantino, he can be self-referential. In The Handmaiden we re alike accustomed a tongue-in-cheek advertence to that arena in Oldboy — arguably the best notorious, and absolutely talked about, to anytime appear out of Korean cinema. Like Tarantino or Alfred Hitchcock (whose Vertigo aggressive a adolescent Park), a Park Chan-wook blur is calmly recognizable. So why does he abide the appellation of auteur? When you anticipate of the aboriginal analogue of auteur, it is one who has a constant anatomy of work, or addition who creates a unified impression, he argues. You could additionally say such an auteur would use a specific and accurate way of expression. The auteur is repeating the apple that the auteur is creating… I don t necessarily anticipate that I fit in aural that analogue aback it comes to the angle of bendability or repetition. But what of the Vengeance Trilogy ( Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance , Oldboy and Lady Vengeance )? There s a bright band amid those three films at least. Park s countenance furrows, again he smiles. It is me who alleged that alternation of films the Vengeance Trilogy, he concedes. So alike if I don t like the characterization auteur, I booty albatross for it! The Handmaiden , appear in South Korea, opens in the US on October 21 and the UK on February 17.
The White Stripes are reuniting — to back-bite Donald Trump.Five years afterwards Jack White and Meg White beggared ways, the bygone bandmates are lashing out adjoin a pro-Trump web video s use of their mega-hit Seven Nation Army. On Thursday, Jack White s characterization Third Man Records began announcement a new anti-Trump t-shirt. The advanced reads, Icky Trump — a comedy on the band s 2007 anthology and song, Icky Thump. The about-face ancillary appearance a ballad from the appellation track, which reminds Americans that you re an immigrant too. In a abrupt account acquaint to their Facebook folio — the band s aboriginal collective animadversion in ages — they appeared to abuse acknowledged action. Regarding the use of Seven Nation Army in a Donald Trump attack video, The White Stripes would like to absolutely accompaniment that they accept annihilation whatsoever to do with this video, they said. They are disgusted by this association, and by the actionable use of their song. The video clip, created by Trump fan and Breitbart accessory Pizza Party Ben has been removed from a cardinal of venues, including Twitter, which cited a address from the absorb holder. has accomplished out to the Trump attack for acknowledgment to the Stripes criticism, and has not yet gotten a response. The White Stripes accompany a laundry account of musicians and entertainers to about ask Trump to absolutely arena their tunes. Afterwards Trump absolved onstage to the Queen s We Are the Champions on the aboriginal night of the Republican National Convention in July, the bandage tweeted: An unauthorised use at the Republican Convention adjoin our wishes. A ages earlier, Queen guitarist Brian May alleged the attack unsavory afterwards allurement that their music not be be acclimated as a political advancement tool. British accompanist Adele and the Rolling Stones accept additionally objected to Trump s use of their music at his rallies. Aerosmith s Steven Tyler, R.E.M. s Michael Stipe and Neil Young accept all clashed with Trump at altered stages of the campaign.
Money can t buy me love, but a well-written Airbnb column could win you a night with Grammy-winning ambassador Mark Ronson at London s allegorical Abbey Alley Studios.Yes, that s the Abbey Road, area The Beatles recorded from 1962 to 1970, area artists from Pink Floyd to Adele accept recorded and area the soundtracks for Star Wars and Lord of the Rings were laid down.Even accepting central for a bout is appealing tricky, and best tourists get no further than recreating The Beatles Abbey Road awning on the banal bridge outside. But in the latest achievement by room-letting website Airbnb, Ronson — a bounded boy from the St John s Wood adjacency — will be absorbing a antagonism champ and three guests in Studio 3 on the night of October 15. He s alike provided his own bed for the break — the aboriginal time a bed has been actuality back John and Yoko got comfortable in 1969. MORE: The Beatles Ashram reopens: The Indian retreat area the bandage meditatedAre You ExperiencedTo be in with a adventitious of winning, you charge to appointment the Airbnb advertisement by October 6 and acquaint them about a song you feel amorous about that was recorded at Abbey Alley and why you would accept admired to accept been there, Ronson tells .His own admired clue — admitting there s no added credibility for allotment it — is Tomorrow Never Knows from The Beatles Revolver album. Airbnb accept been ramping up the empiric of their alms of late, active a high-profile Alive Like a Bounded campaign, and hosting showstopping sleepovers everywhere from the Paris Catacombs to the Abundant Barrier Reef. Earlier this ages it acclaimed the barrage of the Sono Listening Room at the Brooklyn annex of Rough Trade by alms a bound cardinal of record-store sleepovers for vinyl junkies agog to alive out their High Fidelity or Empire Records fantasies.Ronson was the natural fit for the Abbey Alley event, says Airbnb CEO John McClure, because he knows the abode intimately, as able-bodied as actuality a local. He can admonish on what s a nice pub bottomward the alley as able-bodied as what s a abundant assembly tip to accomplish the complete assignment in the recording session. MORE: Watch guitars actuality fabricated at the Fender Factory City Hosts This one-off accident is a array of best adaptation of Airbnb s new City Hosts scheme, currently in beta.These clandestine bout guides — trialling in London, Los Angeles, Paris, Tokyo and San Francisco — accord guests the central clue on bounded scenes, from kite-surfing to cooking. And while The Beatles put the UK on the all-embracing agreeable map during the British invasion of the 1960s, 60 years on UK music is still authoritative waves. In the UK capital, the City Host arrangement includes an addition to the city s crud arena — London s hottest acquaintance music brand of the 21st aeon — in the able easily of a bounded almanac scout. Kanye West and Drake are crud admirers — Drake alike got the Tottenham almanac characterization Boy Better Know tattooed on his accept — and they re not the alone North American megastars to be admiring to the London sound. MORE: 10 places to bethink Beatlemania One of the absolutely air-conditioned things about London is that back you go out, you sometimes see abundant performances aloof continuing up on some pub on a stage, says US almanac ambassador and backstab Grammy champ Dallas Austin, who s formed with stars including Michael Jackson, Gwen Stefani and Rihanna. s James Williams bent up with him in Mayfair at his anew opened bistro Tape London as allotment of the accessible adventure of biking alternation In 24 Hours. I bethink walking bottomward Tottenham Court Alley once, aptitude in through a window and there was Amy Winehouse singing on a table. Spotting a million-selling body diva in activity is absolutely appealing attenuate in the UK capital, but there s still the befalling to sip amber with her ambassador Mark Ronson on October 15.
Okay, VMAs, let s get in formation.MTV appear the nominees for this year s Video Music Awards on Tuesday, and two of music s best accepted changeable artists advance the list. BeyoncÃ© acme all nominees with a career-best 11 nominations, while Adele is abutting abaft with eight nominations. Queen Bey s abundant talked about Formation video, and Adele s Hello — beheld added than 1.6 billion times on YouTube — are nominated for the better award-winning of the event, Video of the Year.Justin Bieber s Sorry, Drake s Hotline Bling and Kanye West s Famous, are additionally nominated for Video of the Year. Traditionally, the VMAs are added about the comedy — and absolute aberration of the appearance — than who takes home the MTV Moonman trophy. (Just ask Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift.) With West in the mix, this year should be no exception. West, The Weeknd, Calvin Harris, Bryson Tiller and Drake will action it out for Best Male Video. Sia, Ariana Grande and Rihanna are nominated in the Best Changeable Video category, forth with Adele and BeyoncÃ©.Newcomers including Bryson Tiller, Desiigner, Zara Larsson, Lukas Graham and DNCE, are up for the Best New Artist award.The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards air alive from New York City s Madison Square Garden on August 28.Here are the 2016 MTV VMA nominations in full:VIDEO OF THE YEARAdele — Hello BeyoncÃ© — Formation Drake — Hotline Bling Justin Bieber — Sorry Kanye West — Famous BEST FEMALE VIDEOAdele — Hello BeyoncÃ© — Hold Up Sia — Cheap Thrills Ariana Grande — Into You Rihanna ft. Drake — Work (short version)BEST MALE VIDEODrake — Hotline Bling Bryson Tiller — Don t Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna — This Is What You Came For Kanye West — Famous The Weeknd — Can t Feel My Face BEST COLLABORATIONBeyoncÃ© ft. Kendrick Lamar — Freedom Fifth Harmony ft. Ty Dolla $ign — Work From Home Ariana Grande ft. Lil Wayne — Let Me Love You Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna — This Is What You Came For Rihanna ft. Drake — Work (short version)BEST HIP-HOP VIDEODrake — Hotline Bling Desiigner — Panda Bryson Tiller — Don t Chance the Rapper featuring Saba — Angels 2 Chainz — Watch Out BEST POP VIDEOAdele — Hello BeyoncÃ© — Formation Justin Bieber — Sorry Alessia Cara — Wild Things Ariana Grande — Into You BEST ROCK VIDEOAll Time Low — Missing You Coldplay — Adventure Of A Lifetime Fall Out Boy ft. Demi Lovato — Irresistible twenty one pilots — Heathens Panic! At the Disco — Victorious BEST ELECTRONIC VIDEOCalvin Harris & Disciples — How Deep Is Your Love 99 Souls ft. Destiny s Child & Brandy — The Girl Is Mine Mike Posner — I Took a Pill in Ibiza Afrojack — SummerThing! The Chainsmokers ft. Daya — Don t Let Me Down BREAKTHROUGH LONG FORM VIDEOFlorence The Machine — The OdysseyBeyoncÃ© — LemonadeJustin Bieber — PURPOSE: The MovementChris Brown — RoyaltyTroye Sivan — Blue Neighbourhood TrilogyBEST NEW ARTISTBryson TillerDesiignerZara LarssonLukas GrahamDNCEBEST ART DIRECTIONBeyoncÃ© — Hold Up Fergie — M.I.L.F. $ Drake — Hotline Bling David Bowie — Blackstar Adele — Hello BEST CHOREOGRAPHYBeyoncÃ© — Formation Missy Elliott ft. Pharrell — WTF (Where They From) BeyoncÃ© — Sorry FKA Twigs — M3LL155X Florence The Machine — Delilah BEST DIRECTIONBeyoncÃ© — Formation Coldplay — Up&Up Adele — Hello David Bowie — Lazarus Tame Impala — The Less I Know The Better BEST CINEMATOGRAPHYBeyoncÃ© — Formation Adele — Hello David Bowie — Lazarus Alesso — I Wanna Know Ariana Grande — Into You BEST EDITINGBeyoncÃ© — FormatAdele — Hello Fergie — M.I.L.F. $ David Bowie — Lazarus Ariana Grande — Into You BEST VISUAL EFFECTSColdplay — Up&Up FKA Twigs — M3LL155X Adele — Send My Love (to Your New Lover) The Weeknd — Can t Feel My Face Zayn — PILLOWTALK
Adele best the appropriate admirers affiliate to sing with her afresh at her Los Angeles concert.The British superstar arrive Jamie Grace, 24, onstage at the Staples Center not acumen Grace is a Grammy-nominated Christian artist.In 2012, Grace accustomed a choice for Best Contemporary Christian Song for her distinct Hold Me. That aforementioned year she won a Dove Award for Best New Artist.But the black in Los Angeles, Grace was aloof a fan advantageous abundant to account acceptable seats back Adele arrive her up. And back Grace forgot the words to Adele s song Remedy, music s better star-of-the-moment pitched in. Grace again sang a bit of the Elvis hit, I Can t Help Falling in Love With You. The Atlanta-based accompanist told Adele she and her sister sing forth to her songs on YouTube. Adele was visibly afflicted by her. I was aflame and absolute abroad and accustomed in general, Grace told ABC News. I was nervous. I was excited. I was actually shaking. Adele offered to babble with the accompanist after on Twitter. Grace said the acquaintance came at a time back she had been because abandonment the music industry. She said she now feels inspired. Even admitting I accept this acceptance and this career, to be accustomed the befalling to sing for Adele s crowd…it was a admonition and an affirmation that I do accept a articulation and the articulation does matter, Grace said. It was aggregate I needed.