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Ariana Grande’s “One Last Time” Video Is Basically A Found Footage Short!

Still riding high off the success of her 2014 album release, Ariana Grande has shared a new video built on the aesthetics of low budget science fiction.

If you listen to pop radio, or even if you know someone who listens to radio on a semi-regular basis when you’re around, there is a pretty decent chance you’re already familiar with Ariana Grande’s “One Last Time.” The song, which features EDM based production, finds the twenty-something singer yearning for one more chance to spend time with the man of her dreams. The video mirrors this desire with a science fiction plot …

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Drake Shares New Short Film, ‘Jungle’

Amidst a flurry of rumors regarding his plans to release new music, Drake has shared a gorgeous and incredibly intimate short film titled Jungle with the world.

Released through the OVO blog early Thursday morning, Jungle offers glimpses of Drake’s life. We begin in the present, with Aubrey discussing the state of hip-hop and his concerns for its future. We then go back in time to Drake’s youth, complete with adorable family videos, then back to the present for a hypnotic trip through Toronto at night. Along the way a series of new tracks are teased, but (of course) no …

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Watch ‘He Took His Skin Off For Me’ And Have Your Life Changed

We don’t feature nearly enough short films on UTG, but when we see one that really throws us for a loop we cannot help creating a post.

Ben Aston spent two years trying to make his latest short, He Took His Skin Off For Me, and along the way he recruited the help of over 250 backers through use of Kickstarter. The story he decided to tell is one that defies genre classification, though I think the description of a ‘fractured fairytale’ wouldn’t be too far off the mark. It’s a practical SFX filled, CGI-free tale of love and …

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Watch Nicki Minaj’s Short Film ‘The Pinkprint Movie’

Rap got a handful when Nicki Minaj entered the scene, and she hasn’t slowed down in the slightest since first making a roar. After dropping her newest LP, The Pinkprintthis week (that’s well worth giving a full listen through), Minaj is back with a brand new short film to accompany many of the album’s sodden numbers. The film, The Pinkprint Movie, is currently streaming on YouTube in its entirety.

The visual companion piece to her album clocks in at 16 minutes. Directed by Taylor Cohen and Francesco Carrozzini, it follows Minaj through a series of heartbreaks and …

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Counting Crows Release Short Film For New Single “Palisades Park”

Counting Crows are back, as previously mentioned, with their new album, Somewhere Under Neverland. And today, the band released a nine minute short film for the lead-off single, “Palisades Park.”

The video follows closely with the lyrics of the song–which are incredibly nostalgic–as we experience the journey of a gentleman who appears to be homeless. And throughout most of it, it flashes back to memories of him and his best friend growing up, who appears to have either died or is no longer a part of his life. The kids get into fights, chased by cops, go through …

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AFI Docs 2014 Round-Up

This past weekend, I had the unique pleasure of attending AFI Docs, the premiere documentary film festival in Washington, DC. For those of you who follow the site regularly, you know that here at UTG we are avid lovers of the documentary, and we do everything we can as writers to help promote this genre of filmmaking that is not given the same amount of exposure as your usual blockbusters. This was our second year attending AFI Docs, and I have to say, this year’s lineup was surely impressive. With a wide range of stories, styles, and filmmakers, the …

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Jay Z and Beyoncé’s Action Movie ‘Run’ is Ridiculous

As if Jay Z and Beyoncé haven’t been in the news enough lately–from the Solange fight to their On The Run tour–the two are now buzzing it up again. To promote their tour, the couple have shared a new star-studded short film titled Run that’s as action-packed and over the top as a short film could be.

Run stars Jay Z as a gangster, Beyoncé as his gun-twirling lover, and a massive supporting cast, including Sean Penn, Don Cheadle, Guillermo Díaz, Emmy Rossum, Jake Gyllenhaal, Blake Lively, Rashida Jones, and Kidada Jones. Much like The Black Keys’ “Howlin’ For …

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Adam Sandler And Kevin James Will Battle Video Game Characters In ‘Pixels’

Adam Sandler has been striking out left and right at the box office in recent years, and to be perfectly honest his upcoming comedy Blended does not seem poised to do much to change that trend. In 2015, however, he might finally strike gold once more as he and Kevin James prepare to face off against legendary video game characters in the film Pixels.

Based on a short with the same name from 2010, Pixels is being promoted as “a big action-comedy tentpole in the vein of Ghostbusters.” Tim Herlihy wrote the primary draft, and Tim Dowling did …

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You Need To See The NSFW Short ‘Are We Not Cats’

March is my favorite month of the year for several reasons. First, UTG celebrates its birthday in March. Second, I’m usually at SXSW during the time of said anniversary and SXSW is awesome. Third is my most anticipated event of each year, The Boston Underground Film Festival.

Last year, the 2013 installment of the Boston Underground Film Festival (otherwise known as BUFF) presented a slew of cinematic oddities that ranged from cult-driven tales like Jug Face, to far more obscure stories, including the one featured at the bottom of this post.

Are We Not Cats is a twelve-minute …

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Childish Gambino Releases New Short Film

Childish Gambino (aka Donald Glover) has released another short film entitled Chicken and Futility, which revolves around (you guessed it) Chick-fil-A, rolling joints for social acceptance, poetry, and moths. The wacky, three minute film can be streamed after the jump.

Childish has been on a roll in the past few months, releasing his new album Because the Internet to acclaim, unveiling an accompanying screenplay, releasing another short film back in August entitled Clapping for the Wrong Reasons and announcing his Deep Web tour, a Spring 2014 headlining run.

Let us know what you think of Childish Gambino’s new …

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Lil Durk, Young Chop, King Louie, & More Discuss Chicago In New Documentary

WorldStarHipHop has become a go-to destination for fans of urban music and ridiculous viral videos of people getting in scuffles. 2014 will see the video platform expanding its offerings to include original content, and today the site’s first documentary made its debut online.

Featuring appearances from some of Chicago’s best lyrical assassins, The Field: Chicago finds WSHH dipping their toes into the world of dramatic narrative with an engaging and thought-provoking look at life on the streets of one of the world’s most dangerous cities. Through interviews and freestyles, the artists who have fought to survive a life surrounded by …

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You Need To Watch Shia LaBeouf’s New Short Film (Starring Jim Gaffigan)

UPDATE: I hate to admit it, but Shia LaBeouf has made me feel like a fool. As BleedingCool clearly explains, the material for the short discussed in the following article was essentially stolen from another artist without as much as a ‘thank you’ credit from Labeouf. The actor has been called out for his actions, or lack thereof, and a lot of drama has ensued.

I want to thank the original artist, Dan Clowes, for his brilliant creativity.

When most people think of Shia LaBeouf they picture an actor who has appeared in movies big and small, but what …

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