MAD Magazine Documentary

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MAD Mag­a­zine poked fun at every­thing — and changed the world. A peek behind the scenes at this cul­ture rot­ting institution.

Check out the Kick­starter cam­paign for When We Went MAD!: A Doc­u­men­tary of Echh-ic Pro­por­tions. The project is already funded, but there’s no harm in kick­ing in some extra scratch… maybe they’ll make it 3-D!

The doc­u­men­tary will look at the legacy of the cheap satire rag, MAD mag­a­zine, which started out in 1952 and had its first offices on MADi­son Avenue. The “Usual Gang of Idiots” behind the pub­li­ca­tion will all be a part of the doc. Here’s a taste of what’s in store:


Izabela Kaczmarek-Szurek’s Extreme Knitting

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Izabela Kaczmarek-Szurek is a Polish-born graphic designer whose work ranges from poster art to illus­tra­tion to tex­tile design. How­ever, it’s her knit­ting illus­tra­tion (we think she may have invented this) project enti­tled ‘Extreme Knit­ting Cal­en­dar’ that has us mak­ing faces of awe.

She explains: ‘This cal­en­dar present an idea to knit­ting your favourite idol. This is my sub­jec­tive selec­tion of famous peo­ple. For these illus­tra­tions, I took 3rd place in the famous graphic com­pe­ti­tion “GRAFFEX”, orga­nized by pol­ish lifestyle mag­a­zine EXKLUSIV.’


Design for Dreaming, General Motors’ Futuristic High Camp

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Set at the 1956 Gen­eral Motors Motorama, this is one of the key Pop­u­luxe films of the 1950s, show­ing futur­is­tic dream cars and Frigidaire’s “Kitchen of the Future.”

Design for Dream­ing (1956) is a musi­cal spon­sored film about a woman (played by dancer and chore­o­g­ra­pher Tad Tad­lock; real name “Thelma Tad­lock”) who dreams about a masked man (dancer and chore­o­g­ra­pher Marc Breaux) tak­ing her to the 1956 Gen­eral Motors Motorama at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel and Frigidaire’s “Kitchen of the Future.” The entirety of the dia­logue is sung, though the actors do not move their lips to their char­ac­ters’ pre­re­corded voices.

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Design for Dream­ing has gained a small cult fol­low­ing, with some enjoy­ing it for its per­ceived camp value, and oth­ers enjoy­ing it for nos­tal­gic rea­sons. One promi­nent show­ing of the film was as a short fea­ture in a fifth-season episode of Mys­tery Sci­ence The­ater 3000 (MST3K).

The BBC doc­u­men­tary series Pandora’s Box by Adam Cur­tis made exten­sive use of clips from Design for Dream­ing, espe­cially in the title sequence. Some footage was also used in the music video for Peter Gabriel’s 1987 sin­gle “In Your Eyes”, Rush’s 1989 music video for “Super­con­duc­tor”, a 1989 com­mer­cial for the Nin­tendo Game Boy game Super Mario Land, a 1994 com­mer­cial for Power Mac­in­tosh, and in brief clips on an episode in the 2nd sea­son of Penn and Teller: Bull­shit. Clips were dis­played dur­ing Nine Inch Nails con­cert per­for­mances. Part of the film, with dia­logue, is played dur­ing the open­ing titles for The Hills Have Eyes. Some snip­pets (with­out dia­logue) are played in the video watched by Michael Dou­glas dur­ing his phys­i­cal in The Game and in the open­ing titles for The Step­ford Wives.


TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard, Worldwide Premiere On Friday 8th

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Two years in the mak­ing, TPB AFK is a doc­u­men­tary about three com­puter addicts who rev­o­lu­tion­ized the world of media dis­tri­b­u­tion with their hobby home­page. How did Tiamo, a beer crazy hard­ware fanatic, Brokep a tree hug­ging eco activist and Anakata, a para­noid cyber lib­er­tar­ian, get the White House to threaten the Swedish gov­ern­ment with trade sanc­tions? TPB AFK explores what Hollywood’s most hated pirates go through on a per­sonal level.

It’s the day before the trial starts. Fredrik packs a com­puter into a rusty old Volvo. Along with his Pirate Bay co-founders, he faces $13 mil­lion in dam­age claims to Hol­ly­wood in a copy­right infringe­ment case. Fredrik is on his way to install a new com­puter in the secret server hall. This is where the world’s largest file shar­ing site is hidden.

When the hacker prodigy Got­tfrid, the inter­net activist Peter and the net­work nerd Fredrik are found guilty, they are con­fronted with the real­ity of life offline – away from key­board. But deep down in dark data cen­tres, clan­des­tine com­put­ers qui­etly con­tinue to dupli­cate files.

As much as I am cel­e­brat­ing the upcom­ing release of the film, it is a time of mixed emo­tions for me. When I started film­ing this project in 2008 I had no idea the launch of the film would sync with my main char­ac­ters’ prison sen­tences. They gave me access to their pri­vate lives but won’t be able to share the pre­miere with me.

Anakata is cur­rently serv­ing his prison sen­tence and Peter and Fredrik are wanted. The trial against TPB is proof that the issue around copy­right has not been solved. I hope their story will re-spark the con­ver­sa­tion around civil rights in the dig­i­tal age – beyond the so called Con­tent indus­tries. Let’s work together to find fair solu­tions to both keep the inter­net open while pro­tect­ing everyone’s rights in the dig­i­tal age.’

Please join us for the world pre­miere on Fri­day 8th and share the film as much as you can!


I Am Divine, The True Story Of The Most Beautiful Woman In The World

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Divine was my close friend and fear­less muse. Who else could con­vinc­ingly turn from teenage delin­quent to mug­ger, pros­ti­tute, unwed mother, child abuser, fash­ion model, night­club enter­tainer, mur­der­ess, and jail­bird? All in the same movie? That’s why I am giv­ing my full bless­ing to a new doc­u­men­tary fea­ture film, I am Divine, to be directed by award-winning film­maker Jef­frey Schwarz.”  — John Waters

We excited to present to you a brand new doc­u­men­tary about the most beau­ti­ful woman in the world… the filth­i­est per­son alive… the leg­endary, the out­ra­geous, the one and only… Divine!

I am Divine will be a defin­i­tive bio­graph­i­cal por­trait of Har­ris Glenn Mil­stead, a.k.a. Divine, and will honor him in just the way he always craved—as a seri­ous artist and immor­tal star. Telling Divine’s entire story, from his early days as a mis­fit youth in Bal­ti­more through his rise to infamy as a cult super­star. Like the char­ac­ters he por­trayed in numer­ous films, Divine was the ulti­mate out­sider. He trans­formed him­self from a bul­lied school­yard fat kid to a larger-than-life per­son­al­ity and under­dog roy­alty as his alter-ego Divine.

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Divine stood up for mil­lions of gay men and women, female imper­son­ators, punk rock­ers, the ample fig­ured, and count­less other socially ostra­cized peo­ple. With a com­pletely com­mit­ted in-your-face style, he blurred the line between per­former and per­son­al­ity and rev­o­lu­tion­ized pop culture.

As out­ra­geous and fun as its sub­ject, I am Divine will com­bine movie clips, rare home movies and pho­tos, tele­vi­sion appear­ances and live per­for­mance footage with brand new inter­views with John Waters, Ricki Lake, Mink Stole, Tab Hunter, Holly Wood­lawn, Michael Musto, Bruce Vilanch, mother Frances Mil­stead (who pro­vided her final inter­view just months before she passed away), and many more of Divine’s fam­ily, friends, col­leagues, and devotees.


Hello Kitty Airlines!

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The Taipei-based air­line Eva Air is tak­ing adorable to the skies. Eva Air has had Hello Kitty-themed jets since 2005, but they debuted three new jets this win­ter (the first flight launched on Decem­ber 26, 2011, fly­ing from Taipei to Tokyo) in cel­e­bra­tion of the airline’s 20th anniversary.

The three jets in the lat­est fleet, all A330s, each have a them: apple, magic and global. Not exactly self explanatory.

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Along with the paint jobs, there are over 100 in-flight ser­vice items pas­sen­gers get when tak­ing a Hello Kitty jet. At check-in, pas­sen­gers get Hello Kitty board­ing passes and bag stick­ers. There are also head­rest cov­ers, uten­sils, snack, hand soap and lotion all in accor­dance with the theme. Did we men­tion the flight atten­dants? They all wear Hello Kitty aprons and insignia. The air­line also boasts an entire Chinese-language Hello Kitty web­site for extreme fans.

Even the food is in the shape of the fuck­ing Kitty. You’ll be puk­ing pink after try­ing the Happy Meal.

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Dany Peschl’s Disturbation

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Prague-based Dany Peschl’s pho­tographs are cut to the bone with social commentary.

These pho­togra­phies are only frag­ment of a long time project called “disturbation”:

In the recent series I retell in pic­tures sev­eral sto­ries that should never be seen. The pho­tos cap­ture dif­fer­ent peo­ple dur­ing var­i­ous inti­mate sit­u­a­tions in a “caught in the act” way. It made us unwanted spec­ta­tors of strange rit­u­als and obscure moments as sim­ply every­day rou­tine. Because it is. But “dis­tur­ba­tion” is not art­less open­ing of locked or semi-closed doors to children’s rooms, toi­lets or mas­sage salons. For­get voyeurism and fetishism cliché. These pho­tos aspire to reflect not just actual social issues. Pol­i­tics, pop icons, pope… There­fore to speak only about inti­macy as an act is defi­cient. It is also about what peo­ple hide inside them­selves. In their inner space full of opin­ions, atti­tudes, thoughts, dreams and taste.’

Although most of the visual sto­ries are mock­u­men­tary or recon­struc­tion of true and some­times false mem­o­ries, the rest remains truly authentic.

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The Incredible Chesty Morgan

One thing we like at ‘The Remains’ is a good pair of Juggs. And no one deliv­ered more in that field than Chesty Mor­gan. A tiny (around 4 foot 8inches) but sur­pris­ingly attrac­tive woman, for many she rep­re­sents the epit­ome of the big-tit pinup queen.

Chesty didn’t have it easy in life. Born around 1928 in Poland, as Lil­lian Wilczkowsky (now Lil­lian Stello), los­ing both her par­ents when she was a child in the Nazi inva­sion in 1939. Mor­gan mar­ried an Amer­i­can and moved to the United States in the 1960s; her hus­band was later killed in a robbery.The police told her that armed rob­bers herded her hus­band and two employ­ees into a refrig­er­a­tor and shot and stabbed them to death. Tabloids call the crime “the ice­box murders.”She began her career as an exotic dancer in the early 1970s.

Her billing title boasted that she had “The World’s Largest Nat­u­rally Occur­ring Bosom”. At one point, she had a poster enti­tled “The Spirit of 76 (Inches)” She was immensely pop­u­lar on the striptease cir­cuit in the 60’s, known for her 73-inch bust size. How­ever, at some point, she came to the atten­tion of the incred­i­bly film­maker, Doris Wish­man. And in 1973, Doris cast Chesty in the role of Krys­tal in the film Deadly Weapons. This was fol­lowed in 1974 with Dou­ble Agent 73.


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Deadly Weapons (1973) and Dou­ble Agent 73 (1974) — are among Wishman’s best-known and most out­ra­geous work. The two films have become cult movies, due to their highly uncon­ven­tional plots, which were writ­ten by Wishman’s niece, Judy J. Kush­ner. In Dou­ble Agent 73, for exam­ple, Mor­gan plays a secret agent who has both a cam­era and a bomb installed in her breasts. Such a thing might not seem wholly out of place in a com­edy, but these films are played straight — the tone is more seri­ous than a James Bond movie.

Wishman’s films are filled with con­tra­dic­tions, par­tic­u­larly about sex. Rather than erotic, many of her movies could actu­ally be described as anti-sexual. In 1976 Fed­erico Fellini is in New York to pro­mote his lat­est movie, Amar­cord, and catches a glimpse of Chesty. He invites her to be in his upcom­ing film, Fellini’s Casanova.

She dyes her hair black and flies to Rome. Casanova, played by Don­ald Suther­land, chases Bar­ba­rina, played by Chesty, around and around a table. Fellini cuts her part from the film, but her scene remains in a doc­u­men­tary that still cir­cu­lates on the Internet.

Ms Morgan’s film career began again in the 1990’s. In 1994, film­maker John Waters used footage of Chesty from the film Dou­ble Agent 73 in his 1994 film Ser­ial Mom. Addi­tion­ally, Waters wrote a role for her in his (never made) sequel to Pink Flamin­gos (Flamin­gos Forever).

You can watch here a com­pi­la­tion of clips of Miss Chesty in all her Glory. Loves to Chesty.