Back to the Megaplex
As more and more of us are (finally!) heading back to the movies, celebrated design and architecture podcast 99% Invisible turns its attention there too, with a new episode titled “The Megaplex.”
How—and when—did we go from old school, single-screen movie palaces to the sprawling, 30-screen cinema stadiums? The podcast dives into the 1995 opening of America’s first megaplex—the AMC Grand 24 in Dallas, Texas—which changed everything about moviegoing… and continues to impact not only how we watch movies, but which ones get made too.
We’ve heard a few funny stories about where award winners keep their trophies, but Rosamund Pike’s display is by far the most unique. On The Ellen Show, the Oscar nominee confesses to burying hers in her garden, “with a little bit showing up” just to keep things intriguing for any house guests who might catch a glimmer of gold in the dirt. Pike also plans to leave them there and hopes homeowners far in the future will dig them up in confusion.
Film & Fashion
We wrote a few months ago about how Gucci has been a popular subject in recent film projects. Well, the fixation on fashion hasn’t disappeared, with new designer and Academy member collaborations popping up recently. For starters, Janelle Monáe (Hidden Figures, Moonlight) is the principal performer in All or Nothing at All, the 20-minute fashion film for Ralph Lauren’s spring 2021 collection.
Is it just us, or does it look like it was filmed inside Casablanca’s Rick’s Café Américain?
And, Sean Baker (The Florida Project, Tangerine) plunges into the world of style, too, directing and editing a raw and rugged fashion film for Khaite’s fall/winter line. Baker calls the 4-minute short his “crazy love letter to New York City.”
Titanic Reemerges in "The Six"
There were six Chinese passengers on the Titanic, but little has been said about their survival story. On April 16, The Six will release in China, a documentary not just about their experience at sea but also what happened when they miraculously reached the shore.
One of the six (a man named Fang Lang) survived by floating on a loose door, not unlike Rose in the 1997 Oscar-winning epic. Titanic director James Cameron says Fang Lang’s survival story served as “the inspiration for Jack and Rose’s final scene” in the film, and he’s joined this new documentary as an executive producer. “The Six were the least known passenger until now,” Cameron says, “and Titanic’s last, great untold story.”
Where the Sound Started
You can probably hear it now—the beating drums, the heralding trumpets, the triumphant crescendo. The iconic tune that opens a 20th Century Fox film is music to movie lovers’ ears, and aural investigation podcast Twenty Thousand Hertz does some digging for the story of how it came to be.
Buckle up, because the story they’ve uncovered spans quite a few decades and involves Star Wars, Leo the Lion, and the musical Newman family (which boasts Academy members Randy, Thomas, and David, just to name a few, the last of whom makes an appearance on the podcast).