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Jon M. Chu Double Feature Opens BAM 3-D Festival—Step Up 3D and Bieber On The Same Night

HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 28:  Director Jon M. Chu arrives at the Premiere of Paramount Pictures' "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" at TCL Chinese Theatre on March 28, 2013 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jon M. Chu

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BAMcinematek opened it’s latest film series 3D IN THE 21ST CENTURY at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Rose Cinemas  on Friday night.

The festival explores the state of the art in recent stereo film, stating “The unprecedented resurgence of 3D in the last decade has expanded the visual and emotional possibilities of cinema in frequently wondrous—and sometimes divisive—new ways. At its best, the technology creates almost hallucinatory immersive landscapes and retina-dazzling surprises with an immediate visceral impact. From big-budget blockbusters to high-concept mind-benders by arthouse icons, this first-of-its-kind series surveys recent films that showcase the full range of stereoscopic cinema’s expressive potential.”

stepup3d_613x463Kicking off the opening night of the series was an eye-popping pair of films, both from director Jon M. Chu: STEP UP 3D and JUSTIN BIEBER NEVER SAY NEVER.

The BAM site says about STEP UP 3D: “This visually dazzling hip-hop musical gives filmed dance an innovative 3D update. The wisp of a plot—in which a ragtag group of young New York City hoofers compete to win an epic dance battle—is just a pretext for the nonstop stream of exhilarating dance sequences, in which the novel use of three dimensions gives the breathtaking displays of popping, locking, and spinning a visceral jolt.”

“This is jump-n-jive cinema done right, with cinematography to match.”
—Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
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Regarding JUSTIN BIEBER NEVER SAY NEVER, BAM says: “Bieber is bigger than life in this slick monument to a pop culture sensation. Part behind-the-scenes documentary, part Madison Square Garden concert spectacular, it’s all engagingly engineered to drive legions of tweeny bopper fans to hysterics. For non-Beliebers, it’s a frighteningly effective glimpse of the teen-idol-generating hype machine.”

The film also features Usher, Miley Cyrus, Ludacris, Jaden Smith, Sean Kingston, Boyz II Men, and Scooter Braun.justin_bieber_never_say_never

BAMcinématek presents classic films, premieres, festivals, and retrospectives, with appearances by filmmakers, actors, and critics.

BAM Rose Cinemas (BRC) opened in 1998 to offer Brooklyn audiences an alternative to the standard multiplex, screening independent films that might otherwise not play in the borough and making BAM the only performing arts center in the country with two mainstage theaters and a multiplex cinema. In July 1999, beginning with a series celebrating the work of Spike Lee, BAMcinématek was born as Brooklyn’s only daily year-round repertory film program.

Over the course of its decade-long history, BAMcinématek has presented major retrospectives by such well-known auteurs as Michelangelo Antonioni, Shohei Imamura, Manoel de Oliveira, Luchino Visconti, and Vincente Minnelli and has introduced New York audiences to contemporary filmmakers, such as Pedro Costa and Apichatpong Weerasethakul. In addition, BAMcinématek has programmed the first US retrospectives of directors Arnaud Desplechin, Nicolas Winding Refn, and Hong Sang-soo, among others. BAMcinématek has also featured many exciting marquee guests, including Gena Rowlands, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Robert Altman, Jim Jarmusch, Milos Forman, David Byrne, Jonathan Demme, Isabella Rossellini, Paul Thomas Anderson, Peter Bogdanovich, Larry Clark, D.A. Pennebaker, Catherine Deneuve, and many more.

Happy Birthday Ludacris!

105871-ludacris_617_409September 11 marked the 37th birthday of Chris Bridges, better known to the world as Ludacris. The Atlanta rapper has enjoyed one of the most diverse and successful careers in hip-hop history. As one of the most influential rappers from the Dirty South, Ludacris has sold millions of records, has had three albums debut at #1 on the Billboard Charts and has won three Grammy Awards in his career. (XXL Mag.)

His first five albums all achieved multi-platinum status, and his sixth album went platinum. In addition, he has 4 albums that peaked at number one on the Billboard 200 charts.

Ludacris has received seventeen Grammy Award nominations, and has also received twelve nominations from the BET Awards, winning two.

He has also won Screen Actors Guild, Critic’s Choice, and MTV Awards. Ludacris is the co-founder of Disturbing tha Peace, an imprint distributed by Def Jam Recordings. Luda has also been a successful actor appearing in films such as Fast & Furious series, Hustle & Flow and the Oscar-winning Crash. (Wikipedia.)ifwt_Luda-Day-Weekend-MAINJust before his birthday, Ludacris and his Disturbing tha Peace record label played against Lil Wayne and his label Young Money in a celebrity basketball game at the Georgia State Sports Arena. The basketball game is part of Ludacris’ 9th annual LudaDay Weekend, which raises money for local community charities. The five-day event  kicked off  with a bowling event with appearances by NBA player Dwight Howard, singer Ne-Yo and Angela Simmons. Since 2005, LudaDay has brought out numerous celebrities from Justin Bieber, Kevin Durant, Taraji P. Henson, Gabrielle Union, Chris Brown and Vin Diesel. (Washington Times.)

Ludacris also co-wrote and performs on Justin Bieber’s hit single BABY, one of the most popular songs of all time. According to the May 17, 2013 issue of Billboard, “Bieber’s song “Baby” featuring Ludacris becomes the highest-certified single in history now that the RIAA incorporates on-demand streaming numbers into its Gold and Platinum certifications for digital singles…”Baby” is now 12-times platinum.” The official music video has been viewed over 1 billion times on YouTube, and is the second most viewed video of all time on the video site, (surpassed only by Gangnam Style by Psy, which holds the top spot.)

Happy Birthday, Luda!ludacris_51