‘Las Vegas Love Stories’ Will Make You Fall In Love In Eight Seconds

Photo By Olivier And Michel Gondry For Park MGM.

From the director of ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’

According to scientists, 8.2 seconds is how long a man will look at someone with whom he's fallen in love at first sight. And while eight seconds may not seem like a lot of time for a meaningful interaction, for Academy Award-winning director Michel Gondry and his brother, Olivier, it's more than enough.

The result is Las Vegas Love Stories, an experimental whirlwind of a project that dares you to fall in love at a breakneck speed. Each of the shorts clocks in at eight seconds and aims to capture the essence of falling in love at first sight. And while definitely helped along with ample visual effects and dreamy shots of Las Vegas' Park MGM Hotel, above all, it's a series whose main aim is to defy the mores of conventional filmmaking and attempt to recreate a sensation, rather than a narrative.  

Honestly though, what else would you expect from one of the people who brought you Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind? For now, all we have is a tiny trailer for the series, but you can watch it all via YouTube next Tuesday, September 25. But, in the meantime, read our Q&A with the Gondry brothers, below. 

Tell me a little bit about how these films came to life. What sparked the idea for them?
Olivier Gondry: The spark was from [a creative agency called] Virtue. Their desire [was] to create very short love movies, and they gave us [freedom] in writing them.
Michel Gondry: We liked the idea of casting people really in love and showing this on screen.

Did the Park MGM come to you specifically asking you to work on this together? If so, why do you think that was the case?
OG: I'm not sure. People are curious to see the chemistry between us. We have been making films together since we were kids.
MG: I think that Olivier and I have differences that serve the films. He works with an absolute honesty, and I am more twisted.

Most people would say trying to fit an entire narrative into eight seconds is ambitious—can you walk me through the process of storyboarding each of these vignettes?
OG: Writing them together, back-and-forth, made it simpler and more complicated at the same time. More complicated because it escalated a bit, simpler because [it's filtered through] both of us. But the films were always about one emotion—complicated yet simple.
MG: We had created an arc. Meeting, falling in love, kissing, ending up in a bed, then we mixed things up a bit.

A few of the people were real-life couples—what compelled you to cast “real” people for this project?
OG: Eight seconds is not long. Real love was helpful in telling their story.
MG: Real people, for instance, when they have to kiss in front of the camera, they show a slight shyness. Professional actors don’t, they just kiss. That’s one example of why we chose real people: for their chemistry and honesty. 

There are two camps of thought when it comes to people’s views on the ways technology has affected real-life relationships—one thinks that technology has ruined meaningful interaction, while another appreciates its ability to facilitate it in the first place. What camp do you identify more with?
OG: Both. I wish we had social media and phones when I was 16. But today, I wish we didn’t have cell phones. It’s too much because you're always connected. Never on your own. I preferred the time we all had answering machines, and you could call to get your messages. [But] before, you would stay home waiting for a phone call. Nightmare.
MG: People said this same thing when the telephone appeared in houses in the '60s. It’s pointless to think too hard of the changes technology brings, since it’s there anyway. But emails, for instance, allow us to find old friends, write complex letters... That’s positive.

What vignette would you say was the most personal or emotionally resonant for you?
OG: I lived what they live in the elevator in "Room 802." I felt like my body was sliding toward another body.
MG: For me, it’s “It Is Decidedly So,” the moment on the escalators. You see a girl that you’ll never meet.

See the posters for each vignette, below.

Photo By Olivier And Michel Gondry For Park MGM.
Screenshot via Youtube

While the song should serve as a reminder to your exes

Just a day after dropping new single "Nunya," featuring Dom Kennedy, Kehlani has released the winter-wonderland visuals to go along with. The singer, NYLON November cover star, and mother-to-be rocks some of the best winter 'fits I've seen in a while, including a glorious puffer jacket that could double as a down comforter that I absolutely need in my life right now.

Kehlani is clearly living her best life up in some snow-filled forest hideaway, vibing on the beach at sunset and sipping on something bubbly as she coolly reminds nosy exes that who she's with is "nunya business." There's not much of a story line (unlike her recent "Nights Like This" video); the main takeaway is that Kehlani is busy dancing through a forest, missing no one and chilling amongst people who are clearly not the subjects of the song.

Kehlani is only two short months away from bringing baby Adeya into the world, who she thanked for helping her get through the video process. "Shot that 7 months pregnant in da snow..." Kehlani wrote on Twitter, adding, "thank u baby for da motivation, mommy was FROZE."

Even from the womb, Adeya has been hustling hard alongside her momma. Twitter user @ODtheMC pointed out that this is already her second music video appearance, and she's not even been born.

Get some mulled wine ready and escape into Kehlani's winter getaway, below. Stay tuned for her forthcoming mixtape, While We Wait, out on February 22.

Kehlani - Nunya (feat. Dom Kennedy) [Official Music Video]



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As in Black Panther Political Party leader

It's been a running joke that the Black parents/grandparents of millennials were really confused about all of the Black Panther hoopla ahead of its 2018 release. Many of them were anticipating a movie about members of the Black Panther Political Party and didn't know who the hell T'Challa was. Well, those people are about to have their moment, and we're about to have another one.

Variety is reporting that Fred Hampton, the Black Panther leader at the center of the upcoming biopic Jesus Was My Homeboy, could be played by none other than Daniel Kaluuya. Apparently, he is in negotiations for the role. And he's not the only Black Panther alum in the mix. The Warner Bros. project is being produced by Black Panther director, Ryan Coogler. The same article reports that the forever swoon-worthy Lakeith Stanfield—who appeared with Kaluuya in Jordan Peele's Get Out—is also in negotiations, to play William O'Neal, an FBI informant who infiltrated the Black Panther Party.

Coogler and Charles King are putting together a dream cast to tell a difficult story. Hampton was killed by the Chicago Police Department, while his pregnant girlfriend lay next to him, thanks in part to information they received from O'Neal. Whenever it's out, I strongly recommend having Black Panther queued up as a palate cleanser.