Monthly Archives: June 2007

LA Film Fest: Close Encounters of the N.E.R.D. Kind

Grammy-winning producer Pharrell Williams is the Artist in Residence at this year’s Los Angeles Film Festival (June 21 – July 2) in Westwood Village. Part of his resident duties required the selection of two films that inspired him to be one of the most sought after moneymakers in the music world today. Pharrell, aka Skateboard P, half of The Neptunes production team, and lead singer/drummer for funk-rock band N.E.R.D., chose National Lampoon’s Vacation and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. It all makes sense now …

Clark Griswold: Could I do your back, honey?
Ellen Griswold: I’ve already done my back.
Clark: Could I do your front?
Ellen: Go do your own front.

Could this dialogue exchange be the inspiration for Pharrell’s “Frontin'” (with Jay-Z)? Most likely not, but I do know Pharrell knows every quote from the movie so the possibility isn’t alien.

Go check out the festival and listen to Pharrell explain why he chose Griswold and UFOs on Saturday, June 23 at 8 p.m. at the Hammer Museum. The event is free. Ice cream optional.

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Climate Change vs. Celebrity Culture: Which Topic is Hotter?

Climate change threatens the entire existence of mankind, yet on the day when leaders at the G8 Summit agreed on reducing global emissions by up to 50 percent by 2050 – the dominant headline was that Paris Hilton was out of jail.

You gotta love our celebrity-obsessed culture. So we’re going to lose a few coastlines in the decades ahead, the more important discovery seems to be that Paris is going back to court in the morning. Enough about melting icebergs and give the world what they want – judicial warming on Paris’ case.

Peering into the future, we can expect the below stories to make the front pages. Which one will you care about more?

April 2027

“Venice Is Lost Forever” vs. “Suri Cruise Turns 21”

September 2045

“20 Hurricanes Slam the United States This Season” vs.

“Angelina and Brad Adopt 20th Child”

January 2062

“Paris Endures 10-Year Heatwave” vs.

“Paris Hilton’s Granddaughter Goes to Jail”

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