AMELIA

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“My name is Amelia and i am The Queen, a pop artist from London, England..Im Portuguese, Indian and English…I would describe my music as a cross between Madonna, MIA and Jay Z..I have worked as a fashion stylist in London for a couple of years (thats why my swag is ridiculous..lol) I’ve been spending alotta time in the US recently recording new records, I mainly stay in ATL, plus NY, MIA and H-Town, ..”

Make sure you check out Amelia’s myspace, and show some love from Turbo City, cause she’s blowing up.

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MOVIE REVIEW: MONSTERS VS. ALIENS

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By Betsy Sharkey Film Critic

What does it say about the current state of cinema that ” Monsters vs. Aliens,” animated in a ’50s retro style, albeit with an assist from the latest in 3-D technology, and aimed roughly at the under-12 set, turns out to be the movie making one of the strongest statements about female empowerment out there today?

It is Reese Witherspoon’s Susan, a small-town Modesto girl with modest dreams, who ultimately crashes right through the glass ceiling of the old-boys-network of monsters — both metaphorically and literally, all five stories of her — to lead a band of mutant brothers on a mission to save the world.

The film also creates one of the most endearing characters around, and frankly one of the best roles for slacker guys this year, in Seth Rogen’s B.O.B., a sweetly optimistic and slightly slow (and I mean that in every way you might imagine) blob of gelatinous blue something, with a single eye and no brain — and he’s better for it, especially the brain part.

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Though “Monsters vs. Aliens” is far from the first time an animated film has come with a relevant cultural message (last year’s Oscar-winning “Wall-E” had more than a few things to say about consumerism and how we treat the environment), but let’s just agree that this story-time version of Feminism 101 is a good thing. Meanwhile, it’s surprisingly satisfying to watch Susan and the boys take on a giant robot, an evil alien lord in the form of the many-tentacled purple Rainn (as in Wilson) named Galaxhar, the military (yet again, it cannot be trusted), the media and self-esteem (Susan’s needs bolstering, her fiancé Derek’s — played by Paul Rudd — needs puncturing) for the good of all man- and woman-kind.

Much is being made of “Monsters vs. Aliens’ ” 3-D features and the revolution it represents (at least in the ads you absolutely cannot miss even if you’re trying hard). It’s nice in theory — there are cool bits thrown in here and there with the random meteor to dodge or the floating teacup and spoon — but the truth is “Monsters vs. Aliens” doesn’t need them to work as a film, and they never feel like anything more than extras that have been thrown into the mix just because the filmmakers have the power tools to do it. There is no real exploration, and realization, of the possibilities of the technology that you will see in the lovely darkness of Henry Selick’s totally 3-D-infused “Coraline,” a seamless integration of story and visual style.

What directors Rob Letterman, who also wrote and directed “Shark Tale,” and Conrad Vernon, who directed “Shrek 2,” focus on in their first teaming is telling the story, which they both had a hand in creating, with Letterman also participating in the team sport that is the animation screenplay (credit also goes to Maya Forbes, Wally Wolodarsky, Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger).

The plot here is simple. Meteor hits Susan on the head on her wedding day. Plans change.

Instead of heading into the sunset, in this case Fresno, which has just offered local weatherman/soon-to-be-husband Derek a job, she’s transformed into an enormous version of herself. It’s never easy to be different, and Susan pays for this crime by being immediately captured by the military and locked up in a super-secret prison with all the other monsters they’ve been collecting over the years.

Here Susan begins the process of getting in touch with her inner Ginormica, which happens to be the label given her by the very un-PC Gen. W.R. Monger, voiced by “24’s” Kiefer Sutherland, who perhaps knows better than anyone about the nefarious double-dealing done in the name of the U.S. government. But as often happens (certainly on “24”), sometimes the monsters are the only ones who can save you.

When a towering, lethal and unstoppable robot lands to retrieve the powerful, precious stuff that made Susan grow so tall, the call comes and the prison doors are unlocked. Ginormica and B.O.B. are joined by the brilliant Dr. Cockroach ( Hugh Laurie, clearly having fun with this mutant mad scientist role); the Missing Link (Will Arnett), a half-ape, half-fish macho man of a beast; and a giant grub called Insectorsaurus, whose squeaks are credited to no one. Many battles ensue. Enlightenment comes to the land.

The dialogue has its share of the sly grown-up/cultural references that have become de rigueur for DreamWorks projects, designed to make sure the adults in the audience don’t fidget, but there aren’t enough of them to push this into full-fledged comedy mode. Which means it’s up to the action/thriller elements to power the film, and they are never quite bold enough.

So it comes down to the story and the voice actors to carry the day, and they have their moments — particularly the monster crew led by a feisty Witherspoon, who brings some of the edgy-fun of her “Election” mean-girl to Susan as she grows stronger.

The clean lines of the film’s 1950s retro look work well with the uncluttered, straightforward tale, and the filmmakers’ nod to that era’s B-movies is a nice one.

In fact “nice” is the adjective that seems to surface most in trying to pin down the film’s most salient quality, which means that while the film is enjoyable enough, it is unlikely to become a classic for us, or a “Shrek” sort of franchise for DreamWorks.

As for Susan? She wins some battles, loses others, stops wishing she’d return to normal and embraces her inner-warrior princess — now that’s a happy ending.

betsy.sharkey@latimes.com

HANSHIN TIGERS x A BATHING APE LIMITED COLLECTION

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Showing its diversity across popular Japanese culture, A Bathing Ape recently created a special capsule of products with the Hanshin Tigers. The professional baseball team sees its aesthetic and theme applied over numerous items ranging from both fashion to accessories such as keychains. Seen here are some of the apparel offerings and accessories which include the incorporation of both the Tigers’ mascot and Baby Milo. The items which were only available via a special Osaka exhibition are available now at Anytime.

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Shop B, Ground Floor
59 Granville Road
Tsim Sha Tsui
p: 852.2311.7068

Via Hypebeast

TURBO BLANCO SALUTES MICHAEL TURNER

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Name: Michael Layne Turner
Born: April 21st, 1971 – Crossville, Tennessee
Passed Away: June 27th, 2008 – Santa Monica Hospital, California
Survived by: His mother, Grace Crick, his brother, Jake Turner, and his fiancée, Kelly Carmichael.

Michael was an American comic book artist born in Crossville, Tennessee and primarily known for his work on Witchblade, Fathom, Superman/Batman, and various covers for DC Comics and Marvel Comics. He was also the president of the entertainment company Aspen MLT.

Michael Turner was a pre-med student at the University of Tennessee. Shortly before graduating, he moved to Aspen, Colorado, then moved-on to San Diego, CA, where he taught martial arts. It was in San Diego that he developed an interest in comics.

Mike was discovered at the San Diego Comic Convention [Comic-Con] in 1993 by Marc Silvestri of Top Cow Studios when he brought five pages of artwork for a portfolio review. His first work was doing background
illustrations for Top Cow titles before getting his first project, a three issue mini-series titled, “Ballistic”. He followed that up by co-creating Witchblade, which quickly elevated his status to a top-selling artist.

Michael drew Witchblade through issue #25, then in the summer of 1998, he debuted his creator-owned series, Fathom.

In March 2000, Turner was diagnosed with chondrosarcoma, a form of cancer, in the right pelvis. He was treated at UCLA Medical Center with surgery in which he lost a hip, 40% of his pelvis, and three pounds of bone. The surgery was followed by nine months of radiation therapy.

Turner departed Top Cow in late 2002 to found his own comic book publishing company, Aspen MLT Inc. (where MLT stands for Michael Layne Turner), located in Santa Monica, with a studio in Marina del Rey, California. The release of comics from Aspen was delayed by a year-long lawsuit with Top Cow Productions over the rights to Fathom, and over the rights to the unreleased titles Soulfire (initially called Dragonfly) and Ekos, both of which Turner had begun development on before leaving Top Cow and before his diagnosis of cancer. Aspen and Top Cow settled the lawsuit out of court in 2003.

In 2004 Turner contributed covers to various DC Comics titles, including The Flash and Identity Crisis. He also provided cover art and co-wrote the “Godfall” story arc that ran in the three main Superman titles in early 2004. He also illustrated the six-issue “Supergirl from Krypton” story arc in Superman/Batman. His creator-owned title Soulfire also began publication in 2004, and Fathom resumed publication in that year as well, though this time with Aspen MLT rather than Top Cow.

On August 6, 2005, Marvel Comics announced the signing of Michael Turner to a work-for-hire deal for a six-issue project and covers. This would turn out to be at least the variant covers for the miniseries Civil War and the new Wolverine ongoing series Wolverine: Origins. In addition Turner had been announced as the artist on Ultimate Wolverine.

R.I.P. to a great artist. Michael Turner (1971-2008)

Michael Turner Tribute Site

DIRTY SOUF YANKEE (DSY)

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Christina (a.k.a the Dirty Souf Yankee) has been creating since before she could speak. At the age of 9, she decided to take it to the next level and started her own jewelry business called “Tina’s Treasures” in which she created jewelry and crafts which were sold through an art gallery and store in Atlanta, GA. She would travel to Atlanta from her hometown of Savannah, GA on weekends when she was off from school to deliver the items, pick up her earnings, and attend gallery openings to meet and greet her customers. However, once junior high came around, schoolwork called and Tina’s Treasures eventually came to an end.

Along with the start of High school came a new interest for Christina; photography. She has always had a love for music and started attending many concerts around the southeast and taking pictures wherever she went. People at her school already knew her for her artwork and custom trucker hats that she wore and sold around town. They started asking if they could buy the pictures she was taking of their favorite celebrities and were constantly complimenting her on her skills which led Christina to start taking the craft more seriously. She invested in a high quality camera and started honing her skills, taking pictures wherever she went.

Once Christina graduated high school, she moved to Brooklyn, NY to pursue a career in entertainment. It wasn’t long before people started taking notice of her at events around New York city because everywhere she went, she was rocking her one of a kind, personalized clothing and accessories that she had made for herself along with her favorite accessory; her digital camera. She was at every event you could possibly imagine, snapping pictures of the hottest underground artists and networking. She was also making a name for herself as the self proclaimed “Dirty Souf Yankee”. This led to various people approaching her, asking where she got her wardrobe or who she was working for taking pictures.

Christina finally decided to focus all her time and energy on making Dirty Souf Yankee a brand and lifestyle company in February, 2007 after being let go from a job at which she was excelling and spending the majority of her time at. She thought to herself, “Why am I expending so much energy and working so hard for other people who don’t appreciate my hard work and drive? I should put that same energy and effort into myself and my own company! ” And as they say, the rest is history. Ever since, she has been customizing sneakers, heels, clothing, accessories, booking photo shoots, taking pictures, and filming events for clients all over the US all under the Dirty Souf Yankee umbrella.

Check out other fly designs and get your custom gear from DSY:

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