Client Chris Marrs Piliero, Funniest Pop Video Director of the ’10s

Andrew Unterberger | 08/22/2013 | PopDust Have you seen the video for Avril Lavigne’s “Rock N Roll” yet? If not, it’s like we just don’t know you at all, man. Avril’s super-schticky new video is probably one of the year’s best and definitely one of the year’s zaniest, and the vision for that can be traced back largely to one man: Director Chris Marrs Piliero, who’s already made a career out of filming these kind of loony, unpredictable, celebrity-cameo-strewn music videos, for pop stars and alt-rockers alike. Piliero’s vids have been some of the funniest and most memorable of the decade thusfar, to the point where it’s just about worth auto-watching any vid with his name attached to it. Looking for some quality examples of Piliero’s work, perhaps even some ones you might already be familiar with? Well, good thing music videos are easily accessed on the internet in 2013, then! BLACK KEYS, “TIGHTEN UP” & “HOWLIN’ FOR YOU” Piliero’s first two videos for the Black Keys (he’d also direct their later “Baddest Man Alive” not only marked his MTV breakthrough, but helped turn the Black Keys from cult blues-rock band to one of the nation’s biggest mainstream touring and recording acts. “Tighten Up” … Read More

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Chris Marrs Piliero directs “Rock N Roll,” from Avril’s upcoming self-titled album

08/20/2013 by rachel brodsky | MTV Buzzworthy Joan Jett once said “I don’t give a damn ’bout my reputation,” a phrase which Avril Lavigne seems to have taken to heart in her brand-new “Rock N Roll”video, which is, it should be noted, demonstrative of Avril’s razor-sharp comedy chops (paging Judd Apatow — CAST THIS WOMAN) and her complete willingness to kiss a girl. Avril’s new video also demonstrates that she may have spent the last few months playing LOTS of army-themed video games and watching “Sharknado,” “Thelma & Louise,” and “The Wonder Years” on repeat. Do we sound a little all over the place? Well, so is “Rock N Roll,” but who cares? It’s camo-clad Avril making out with Winnie Cooper and fighting BearSharks! AMERICA! CANADA! HUZZAH! Directed by the ever-excellent Chris Marrs Piliero, “Rock N Roll,” from Avril’s upcoming self-titled album, can’t exactly be summed up in mere words — it’s kind of like a bizarre cross between “The Breakfast Club” (see when Avril fist-pumps her guitar at the end à la Judd Nelson), “Bonnie And Clyde,” “Private Benjamin,” and “Full Metal Jacket,” all filtered through the pages of a campy old-school comic book. Avril spends most of the clip in a punk-studded camo outfit (bustier and all), and … Read More

AdamChris Marrs Piliero directs “Rock N Roll,” from Avril’s upcoming self-titled album

Andrew Bachelor and Iman Crosson have migrated to Vine and have established, in a matter of a weeks, larger followings than they have on YouTube.

Jennifer Van Grove | August 18, 2013 Brittany-Jayne Furlan will do just about anything to make people laugh. She’ll hijack strangers’ shopping carts, party balloons, and cocktails; read a bedtime story to a person asleep at a bus stop; or try to force-hold someone’s hand — all while a smartphone camera records the stunts. Though Furlan’s antics may sound obnoxious, her 2.2 million followers on Vine can’t get enough. Nor can established comedians like Jimmy Kimmel or Chelsea Handler, who have featured Furlan’s short comedic masterpieces on their programs. Now it’s not uncommon for Furlan’s Vine videos to rack up tens of thousands of likes and shares, dubbed “revines,” in a matter of hours. Vine, the Twitter-owned mobile app where 6-second clips loop, has provided Furlan and a smattering of young adults, aspiring actors, and YouTube stars with a new video platform where they can demonstrate their quirky creativity and attract instant celebrity. Launched in late January, the application was initially a moderate hit with creatives, techies, and brands. By early June, Vine had amassed 13 million registered users, and that month it became the most downloaded nongame app in Apple’s App store. Next to Instagram’s 130 million active users, … Read More

AdamAndrew Bachelor and Iman Crosson have migrated to Vine and have established, in a matter of a weeks, larger followings than they have on YouTube.