Diego Luna

Diego Luna Can't Get Enough of Mamá

“People worked on the film because they are going to ask me to act in something soon,” Diego Luna says, laughing about the barter system used for his first directorial feature film, Abel, which just premiered at the London Film Festival. “There is no star system in Mexico,” he elaborates, despite shooting to international stardom himself in 2001, when fellow Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón cast him in Y Tu Mamá También.

Luna, following that breakout role, continued his career in Mexico mostly as a producer, but appeared onscreen again as Harvey Milk's lover in Milk, Gus Van Sant's Oscar-winning biopic. Launching Canana Films in 2005 with Gael García Bernal, with whom he starred in Y Tu Mamá También, Luna has produced a number of festival-touring films in Mexico. “For me it just seemed natural to produce and now direct. You have more freedom to do that in Mexico,” Luna says of branching out.

Abel is about a mother and her disturbed son, grappling with the absence of his father. It is both funny and moving, and it's tempting to draw a parallel with Luna's own life. “The film was something I wanted to make for a long time. And during filming I became a father. I remember when we were writing the scene when Abel kisses his mother, we were laughing. But after my child was born, it didn’t seem funny anymore."

Also screened at the London Film Festival was a short Luna directed for Revolución, a film about Mexico a century after independence. He is also working on a new script with his Abel co-writer, Augusto Mendoza, and he's already practicing the ways of a seasoned pro. “I will never work with a deadline again. Next time if it’s not finished, it just won’t screen,” he jokes.

Nov 01, 2010 00:00:00
AA Bronson (left) with partner Mark Krayenhoff, photo Patrick McMullan

AA Bronson on Queer Art, Facial Hair and Vivienne Westwood

With his world-class beard (surpassed only by his partner's), smarty-pants glasses and mischievous grin, AA Bronson has become one of the most recognizable faces in art—and gay—circles. Also because he seems to be everywhere. The director, until recently, of Printed Matter and a founding member of the seminal, now-defunct art collective General Idea, Bronson runs the NY Art Book Fair and will soon launch the premiere issue of a gay zine titled, appropriately, AA Bronson's GayHouse. Here, he takes a breather to talk facial hair, queer art and Vivienne Westwood...

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Nov 10, 2010 00:00:00
Collier Schorr

One Sentence or Less

Collier Schorr, Artist

What did you do immediately before this questionnaire?
I tried on the suit Thom Browne made for my opening.

What will you do immediately following this questionnaire?
Put it on and go to my opening.

What is your idea of bliss?
Having a place to go and having a place to stay.

What is your idea of misery?
Being without a place to show or print my work and words.

What is the strangest article of clothing in your closet?
German policeman's green leather motorcycle pants.

What is your proudest moment?
Giving a speech at the Deutsche Guggenheim to introduce the show I curated.

What is your greatest regret?
Not going to Andy Warhol's Factory when I was 18 and asking for a job...

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Nov 01, 2010 00:00:00
Smash His Camera poster

Ron Galella Reflects on Stalking Jackie O

“Bette Davis, Liz Taylor. They earned their fame because they were talented, before studios trained stars. Today they are mediocre. That’s what has diluted fame.”

Ron Galella would know. The celebrated yet much-maligned New York City paparazzo has made a career selling photos of the stars.

Smash His Camera, a film about the celebrity photographer, just premiered at the London Film Festival. The documentary focuses on the early ’70s trial in which Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, his chief subject throughout his career and he her nemesis, successfully brought a restraining order against him. With his ever-present camera strapped around his neck, the Bronx native, 79, made an appearance at the screening and took a few minutes out for this rare one-on-one interview...

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Oct 19, 2010 00:00:00
Marc Newson's Aquariva

Marc Newson Wants to Change People's Lives, Profoundly

Ever since breaking out in 1988 with his curvy, biomorphic Embryo chair, Marc Newson has put his slick stamp on everything from kitchen products to private jets, in the process changing the way we think about design. Now Newson introduces the Aquariva, a stunning luxury yacht that can be had for a cool $1.5 million. Clearly, for the Australian-born, London-based designer, convention is just a technicality.

A collaboration with the revered Italian boat-maker Riva, the Aquariva serves as the centerpiece for Newson's latest exhibition, Transport, at Gagosian gallery. Along with the speedboat, the show explores Newson's other forays in locomotive design, including the lightweight Zvezdochka sneaker commissioned by Nike for use on the International Space Station and a surfboard—the world's most expensive—made of high-sheen nickel. We caught up with Newson to find out what makes him go...

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Sep 21, 2010 00:00:00
still from Jean Paul Goude's Egoïste commercial

Q&A with Legendary Chanel Perfumer Jacques Polge

There has been, perhaps, no better launch of a men's cologne than Chanel's landmark Egoïste in 1990. Not only were its gender-bending scent and provocative name immediately, and forever, etched in our collective memory (particularly in France), but who could forget Jean Paul Goude's gorgeously camp TV commercial, with its over-the-top Prokoviev soundtrack and hysterical women shouting from balconies? Citing the 17th-century French playwright Pierre Corneille, this is what they so plaintively, melodramatically cried out (translated): "Egoïste, where are you? Stop hiding, selfish man! Watch my ire! I will be implacable! O anger! O despair! You betrayed my love. Have I lived simply to know this infamy? Show yourself! Egoïste!"

As the fragrance marks its 20th anniversary this year, we wanted to know more about its genesis and its genius creator, Jacques Polge, Chanel's legendary in-house perfumer—or "nose"—for 32 years...

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Sep 02, 2010 00:00:00
Miss Coco Peru

Q&A with Miss Coco Peru

In the second of my summer interviews with the leading ladies of Provincetown, I sat down with the one-and-only Miss Coco Peru. More of a comedienne (or monologist, technically) than lip-syncher (although she can also sing), Miss Coco is a different breed of drag diva, whom Lily Tomlin called one of the last great storytellers. Since bursting onto the scene almost 20 years ago with her one-woman show, Miss Coco Peru in My Goddamn Cabaret, the ginger-wigged, Stepford Wife-styled spitfire has performed to sold-out crowds all over the world. (Don't miss her in Miss Coco Peru's Glorious Wounds this November.) Not bad for a gal born and raised in one of the down-and-dirtiest places on earth...

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Aug 28, 2010 00:00:00
Varla Jean Merman, Provincetown, 2010

Q&A with Varla Jean Merman

I first laid eyes on Varla Jean Merman exactly 20 years ago at her drag debut in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. At the time we were silly, young college students living it up. I photographed many of her earliest performances, but our paths wouldn't cross again until now. Unbeknownst to us, we're both spending the summer in Provincetown, I with my vintage outlet Cherry and Miss Merman performing all over town for the onslaught of seasonal queens. And so, two decades after our sissy Southern romps, we reunited to discuss choosing breasts, appearing on Project Runway and whether a lady spits or swallows...

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Aug 16, 2010 00:00:00

Not So Clueless: Q&A with Costume Designer Mona May

If you were to ask me what my favorite movie is, I would most likely mumble something foreign or allude to some esoteric film genre. The truth is, I've lost count how many times I've watched Clueless, the 1995 camp classic responsible not only for injecting a host of words-as-hand-gestures—Whatever, Loser—into pop culture, but also introducing millions of teenagers to the world of high fashion. Upon its release, my interest in clothes reflected that of my grunge-obsessed brethren. But, like my peers, I immediately embraced the bright, cartoonish, bubble-gum pop flaunted by Cher Horowitz and her equally style-whipped clique, who turned their big-screen high school into a walking, talking runway.

The woman responsible for the mass teen awakening is costume designer Mona May, also known for her work on everyone's other secret favorite, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, as well as The Wedding Singer and Enchanted. A trained fashion designer, Mona’s eye for trends is impeccable, and with Clueless she created a look that persists today. L.A. boutique Confederacy recently joined forces with Francisco Costa to reproduce the iconic Calvin Klein dress Cher wears (the skimpy white one, at which her father frowns and says, "What the hell is that?"), currently selling on their website for a cool $916.

This year, Mona reunites with Clueless director-screenwriter Amy Heckerling and Alicia Silverstone on a new film, Vamps. If you haven't been poring over film blogs, it's a Clueless-in-tone comedy about beautiful vampire BFFs, with Sigourney Weaver as the vampire queen.

Here, a moment with Mona about those heady days and the making of an enduring fashion icon...

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Aug 11, 2010 00:00:00

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