Sometime in 2015, "Star Wars: Episode VII" will come out and you can already picture the midnight premiere: middle-aged fanboys and fangirls dressed like Vader, Fett and Slave Leia, swinging plastic lightsabers at each other as they stand in 12-hour lines that stretch around the movie theater.
Biopics, lately, have been wasted on the eccentric. But if ever there was a man who deserved one, it's the 16th president of the United States — and who better to deliver than the one-two punch of 'ber-auteur Steven Spielberg and method actor extraordinaire Daniel Day-Lewis? It’s a match made in celluloid heaven.
If it weren't for chili, there's a good chance folks would just roll down the metal shutters and call it a winter. The cold weather staple has become so prevalent in Michigan, you'd practically think we invented it (we didn't, of course — credit the 16th century Aztecs).
At the 2012 East Lansing Film Festival — kicking off tonight — Scandinavian art thieves and time-traveling romantic rivals go head-to-head with real-life sushi masters and a mythical folk singer from Detroit. This will be ELFF's quindecennial (that's the big 1-5, folks), and director Susan Woods says she's still finding ways to pique the interests of festival attendees.
Downtown Lansing already seems to have a little bit of everything: high-end dining, casual dining, Mexican, Middle Eastern, a brewpub — man, you can even get sushi down there now. The market, you'd think, has reached critical mass. But then again, you're not one of the two guys named Paul who still saw something missing.
Why did Andy Warhol find inspiration in, of all things, a can of Campbell's Soup? Kitsch appeal? Nostalgia? Or could it have been hunger? You're probably going to get an appetite either before or after your trip to the Broad — cutting-edge art can take a lot out of a person.
Some artists find their inspiration in landscapes, others in still life, still others in the human figure. Paul Shaheen found his in the natural, swirling patterns of sand on a particular stretch of beach outside La Jolla, Calif.