Ever wonder what it would be like to sleep with a porn star? On the surface it sounds fun, but think of the possible repercussions. Lucky for you there’s Lucky Bastard, the new NC-17 “found-footage” horror film from CAVU Pictures opening Valentine’s Day weekend at Cinema Village. Through it’s pseudo-documentary/reality television style Lucky Bastard lets you experience the thrill and fallout of such an event from the safety of your theater seat.
Tuesday, February 11th from 4:30 to 5:30 meet the star and creators of Lucky Bastard right here at Forbidden Planet NYC! The CAVU Pictures crew as well as lead actress Betsy Rue (My Bloody Valentine 3-D, Halloween II, True Blood) , Director Robert Nathan (Law & Order, ER), Co-Writer/Executive Producer Lukas Kendall (Film Score Monthly) and Producer Jim Wynorski (Chopping Mall, Return of Swamp Thing, Sorceress) will be on hand giving out posters and signing autographs for FREE!
We have a few more tricks up our sleeves that are guaranteed to tickle your fancy! What if I told you that Forbidden Planet will be giving you the chance to win a pair of tickets to see Lucky Bastard? That would possibly make you a lucky bastard as well, huh! Keep your eyes fixed on our Twitter and Facebook pages for your chance to win. Not computer savvy? Don’t fret, FP will also be giving away a pair tickets at our event on Tuesday! Tickets will be good for any of the screenings during it’s run at Cinema Village.
A little more info on the film…
LUCKY BASTARD is the found-footage story of a pornographic website that sponsors a contest for its subscribers—a contest in which the prize is having sex with a porn star. The entire film is shot from the point of view of the website’s cameras recording the on-screen and behind-the-scenes action.At the center of the story are: porn star Ashley Saint (Betsy Rue); Mike (Don McManus), who owns the “Lucky Bastard” website; and Dave G. (Jay Paulson), the unsuspecting subscriber who wins the contest. The “Lucky Bastard” employees treat their work matter-of-factly. Mike once clearly had more serious artistic ambitions; now he shoots the “Lucky Bastard” website’s content. Ashley, his most popular performer, initially refuses to participate. She dismisses the contest as “sick,” knowing that the winner will eventually be humiliated by the experience. Ashley views herself as an entertainer supporting her two children; the contest is nothing she would call “adult entertainment.” Nevertheless, she gives in to Mike. The young contest winner, Dave G., quickly discovers himself to be a pawn in a game of commerce. When, as Ashley predicted, he becomes humiliated, his personality is transformed and he seeks revenge on his tormentors. In this world, where everyone is safe within its borders, an outsider poses the ultimate danger. Those who humiliated him will discover that humiliation as entertainment, now an American pastime, has consequences they could never have expected.
As a guy who managed an Adult Video store for 5 years, who also just so happens to be a huge horror fan, you can understand why this film speaks to me. I’m excited, to say the least!
Lucky Bastard is only playing for one week at the Cinema Village so make sure you mark your calendars!
Feb 14th – 20th at: 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 7:15pm, 9:30pm
Filmmakers Robert Nathan and Lukas Kendall will be attending select screenings to intro the film and a partake in a few Q&A sessions, but the titillating lead Betsy Rue will only be appearing at Forbidden Planet!
Friday, Feb 14th after the 7:15pm – with filmmaker Robert Nathan, executive producer / co-writer Lukas Kendall & Producer Jim Wynorski
Friday, Feb 14th just the INTRO for the 9:30pm – with filmmaker Robert Nathan, executive producer / co-writer Lukas Kendall & Producer Jim Wynorski
Saturday, Feb 15th after the 5pm & 7:15pm – with filmmaker Robert Nathan, executive producer / co-writer Lukas Kendall, & Producer Jim Wynorski
Saturday, Feb 15th just the INTRO for the 9:30pm – with filmmaker Robert Nathan, executive producer / co-writer Lukas Kendall & Producer Jim Wynorski
Sunday, Feb 16th after the 5pm & 7:15pm – with filmmaker Robert Nathan & Producer Jim Wynorski
But wait, there’s more!
Forbidden Planet will also be extending a 15% discount to all Lucky Bastard ticket holders on opening night. So if you come down to the store after you catch a screening of Lucky Bastard at the Cinema Village, all you gotta do is present your ticket stub before you check out and you’ll get a discount.
See you Tuesday for the event, and then hopefully again on Friday after you see the flick!
I love Chris Ware. Bit redundant to say so this holiday season with everyone and their sister buying Building Stories, but with so much comic awesomeness that happened in 2012; between Charles Burn’s second installment to his X’ed Out trilogy, The Hive, and Brian K. Vaughn’s Saga…SAGA… It’s too easy for amazing comics to get lost in the stacks, so I’m here to give my somewhere around the number 10 best comics of 2012 that nobody told you about…
Michael DeForge might be the most prolific cartoonist working right now. He pumps more work and at a higher quality that would make any other cartoonist want to quit, or work harder…..no quit thats the correct response. On top of Lose #4 this year you can also see his work in the pages of Adventure Time comics, where he does the backgrounds,variant covers, anthology stories in Nobrow 7 (more on that in a bit) and the newest KUS, not to mention his on going serial Ant Comics, oh and his porn comic that he designs that features work by Johnny Negron, Brandon Graham, and Jillian Tamaki….more on all of them latter too…Bottom line, DeForge has a hand in everything and you’re probably a fan of his already, so read Lose, or Ant comics, or KUS, or Nobrow, or one of the million other things he worked on this year. King of comics 2012 goes to DeForge, no contest.
The Underwater Welder
Did I mention that DeForge is Canadian? Canadians….must be a universal sigh when cartoonist’s who aren’t Canadian talk about them. Jeff Lemire is another cartoonist hailing from The Great White North. Lemire had a full year of releases with Sweet Tooth Volume 4 and 5, the reprinting of his Xeric grant book Lost Dogs and Underwater Welder. Underwater Welder is for lovers of well paced, clear story telling, and the Twilight Zone. Lemire has an economy to his comics, the art is quick yet purposeful in the same manner as the writing, which rewards the reader with a world that they can envelope themselves in. Lemire is an odd school of cartooning, he’s not so deep into independent styled comics as DeForge, but he isn’t mainstream either (though he does write the only two books at DC still worth reading Animal Man, & Frankenstein Agent of Shade ). He’s a cartoonist in love with genre but doesn’t mistake comics to be only that.
Nipper Volume 3
Nipper Volume 3 finally came out! WOOOOOOO! I might be the only American to love Nipper so go buy it and prove my gross presumption wrong. Keeping in theme with brilliant Canadian cartoonists, Nipper volume 3 is the Canadian version of Family Circus, if Family Circus was anything like a real family and not so adorable that even your grandmother finds it lame. Always silent, black and white line work with one beautiful saturation of red dropped into each panel, Doug Wright creates multi-layered story telling, in the most simple yet still incredible complicated drawing. Just go look already, and then come meet me for coffee to talk about it, I’ll be here till next year trying to describe why it’s so effffffing smart.
Diary Comics 4
Dustin Harbin is yet another broken hearted cartoonist, upset that his nationality isn’t Canadian. Diary Comics 4 starts with Dustin talking about how amazing it is to be in attendance at the Doug Wright rewards (the Canadian version of the Eisners), and how he wishes we as American could take comics as seriously as they do. Why can’t we folks? Dustin’s beautifully minimalist drawings deceive readers with their simplicity, when they are really just the right amount of information needed, each mark done with purpose in mind and simply decroative. Go read em’ they’re good. And if your not a fan of memoir, you just like the punching and kicking comics, he did letter Casanova sooo…..I don’t know Matt Fraction wrote Iron Man for like a century right? See the full picture of creators not just the characters you like….
Pope Hat #3
Pope Hat #3 by Ethan Rilly. Rilly is surprise surprise, another Canadian. Pope Hats is technically 3 issues deep but you really only need/want two and three. In Pope Hats Rilly tells the story of Franny, a young law clerk at a massive law firm, picture Wall Street with less Charlie Sheen….okay no Charlie Sheen, just that one part where he gets punched in the face by Michael Douglas… Rilly drawings show traces of his influences but they don’t unhinge the story. You can see traces of Doug Wright’s drapery in the clothing, and bits of Shultz popping up in the rendering of grass and clouds. It’s like a love letter to days past when cartooning was a profession and getting a weekly strip in a newspaper was the dream. Pope Hats narrative shares a similar tone of nostalgia with its drawing, that bitter sweet pain, from an old wound.
Thats the end of Part 1. Part 2 on Sunday 12/23/12.
Noku, the curious headphone-outfitted galactic traveler, is making a pit stop at Forbidden Planet NYC on Nov. 24th for the Noku Apparellax Brand Event. Choose from an array of shirts, posters, buttons, and more, all emblazoned with Noku’s distinctive likeness. We’ll be featuring contests, giveaways, and other Noku-centric exclusives: check back at the Daily Planet over the next few weeks for further details. Noku Tondra will also be making its intergalactic premiere at the event, so stay alert and keep an eye out . . .
To celebrate the release of the new 3D stop-animated film PARANORMAN, from the company behind the Academy Award-nominated animated feature Coraline, were giving away 10 prize packs of movie memorabilia including: a pair of run of engagement passes to see the movie at a NYC theatre, a copy of the novel and a pair of “zombie slippers,” just like the ones worn by Norman in the movie!
To enter, email your name and contact information to:
All entries must be received by August 14th!
PARANORMAN opens nationwide in theatres on August 17th.
Alright kids it’s almost here!!! The First Annual Brooklyn Zine Fest is taking place on Sunday April 15th 2012 from 11am to 6Pm at Public Assembly, located at 70 N6th st in Williamsburg. Not only is this gonna be an awesome event where tons of zinesters will be tabling, hocking, and talking all things ziney, but get this… it’s FREE! If that isn’t enough to get you down there, maybe the fact that 2 Daily Planet contributors will be tabling will! Morgan Pielli and I (separately that is) will be promoting our current projects and I will be hosting the raffle, so if you wanna see me act the fool and possibly win some killer prizes (one being a Forbidden Planet Prize Pack!) then you best be at the BZF!
First Annual Brooklyn Zine Fest Arrives at Public AssemblyBrooklyn, NY (April 15, 2012) — Filling a long-standing void in New York City print culture, zine publishers Matt Carman and Kseniya Yarosh, in partnership with writer/curator Eric Nelson, present the First Annual Brooklyn Zine Fest. The BZF is a space for creative, independent voices from Brooklyn and beyond to connect with an engaged audience, while making their self-published magazines available to fans and attendees of all ages. This event will be held on Sunday, April 15 from 11am to 6pm at Public Assembly in Williamsburg. Admission is free.More than 60 writers, illustrators, photographers, and publishers will be selling their printed matter in all three of Public Assembly’s cavernous rooms, with DJing by Rachel Kowal of music blog Sonic Smörgåsbord. This curated line-up includes zine scene heavyweights like Slice Harvester, Birdsong Micropress, Put A Egg On It, and Ayun Halliday’s East Village Inky, plus local pillars Desert Island, ABC No Rio, and Printed Matter. And newbies too: Tom Blunt is adapting his monthly “Meet the Lady” variety show into zine format for the Fest.Said Carman, “Zines can have an immense impact on a reader. You could make a blog called ‘Tom Selleck Eating Various Indian Desserts’ and briefly reach millions of people, but a zine is tactile and memorable. You can’t pull ‘You’re the man now, dog’ off the shelf when the power goes out.”Zines have enjoyed a recent rise in popularity as evidenced by The New York Times’ “Zines Have a Resurgence Among the Web-Savvy,” Gothamist feature “Six Killer NYC Zines Worth Reading,” and MoMA’s “Millennium Magazines” exhibit. Still, there are few outlets for local zine makers to present their work to the public. Said Yarosh, “Zines are small, sometimes scrappy, sometimes beautiful, and it can be hard to find the right place for them. So we decided to create that place.”“The last major zine fest in New York City was several years ago. At this juncture in DIY culture, it’s critical to bring zines into the public eye as a medium that’s been thriving for decades and continues to do so in the digital age,” said Nelson.In addition to homegrown talent, exhibitors are coming from Philadelphia, D.C., Portland, Chicago, and Reno, NV. The goal is to not only promote local zine makers, but also introduce attendees to publications they might not discover otherwise.More than $1,500 in prizes have been donated by Brooklyn businesses and creators to a raffle that will be taking place at the Fest, including a one-year membership to 3rd Ward, signed Ugly Americans merch from Augenblick Studios, Forbidden Planet comics, a year subscription to Zine of the Month, organically crafted skin care from Australian Scent, and two pairs of glasses from Classic Specs.While the event is all ages, attendees 21 and over can enjoy drink specials at Public Assembly’s full bar, including “marzinis” and beer from Brooklyn Brewery. Cubana Social will have a table at the Fest selling coffee, pastries, and lunch items throughout the day. As the weather warms up, the Brooklyn Zine Fest is the perfect place to find some new reading material for those lazy afternoons in the park.Carman and Yarosh have been creating their zine I Love Bad Movies and hosting film screenings in New York City since 2009. Eric Nelson is a writer/performer who has curated art and literary events in Brooklyn and around the country. To contact the organizers directly, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For the latest updates and interviews with participants, visit brooklynzinefest.com
ALL AGES and open to everyone, though you must be 21 to drink.
FOOD: Cubana Social will be selling NYC’s best empanadas, coffee, pastries, and other items at the Brooklyn Zine Fest. Additional food can be purchased at their location next door to Public Assembly.
DRINKS: Featuring special $5 drafts from Brooklyn Brewery. Public Assembly’s fully-stocked bar will also offer “marzinis” and all other, less-punny drinks. Soft drinks available for attendees under 21.
DJ: Rachel Kowal of music blog Sonic Smörgåsbord.
RAFFLE: More than $1,500 in prizes from local Brooklyn businesses and creators will be raffled off at the Fest. Check out the Raffle page for prizes and details.
Be eligible to win a prize pack when you email
Pack includes a pair of run of engagement passes
(passes begin on Monday 3/19), a t-shirt, & more!