Cinemash creator Kashy Khaledi has been enjoying himself lately. Clearly. Just look at all of the great classic film send-ups he's delivered for Mean Magazine's Cinemash series: "Training Day," "Dirty Dancing," "Oldboy" and, most recently, "Carrie."
Video: Will Arnett and Xavier Cinemash "Carrie"
Fan films flourish across the Internet thanks to the ease and popularity of video recording and sharing. Khaledi's Mean Magazine contributions, a partnership with Microsoft, stand out primarily because of the talent populating them: Will Arnett, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Common, Milo Ventimiglia, Channing Tatum, Charlyne Yi... well-known personalities. To celebrate the end of the first "season," Khaledi took some time out to speak with MTV contributor Jenni Miller about the future of Cinemash. And of course, she could resist asking any possible "New Moon"-related plans....
"We did something with Kristen Stewart awhile back and she was great, I would love to do something with her," Khaledi said. "In the old Mean Magazine... we were one of the first people to feature Kristen Stewart. I designed a Louis Vuitton chainsaw for [her]... and I have this shoot where she was in this amazing couture dress with her Converse sneakers, and she was holding this Louis Vuitton chainsaw." Perhaps you already see where this is going?
"I thought what would be a cool idea would be to do... a high-end fashion version of 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre.' So 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre Couture' with all these people in Valentino gowns and holding chainsaws. Maybe instead of skin on Leatherface it could be... silkface or some sort of strange fashion fabric or textile."
KStew as Silkface? Or maybe she's a helpless scream queen, carved into pieces by a designer chainsaw. But where might RPattz fit into all of this? Surely there's a place for Edward Cullen in Khaledi's ambitious short film project.
"He played Salvador Dali [in 'Little Ashes'] really well... he did more of a caricature in [that movie], but he's amazing." Khaledi didn't mention any specific plans for using either Stewart or Pattinson in future Cinemash outings, but he made clear that nabbing even the biggest stars is possible because of how little time it takes to shoot these shorts-- often no more than three or four hours.
As for the child wizards of "Harry Potter," who we'll be seeing again soon enough in the two-part adaptation of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," Khaledi had a clearer idea of what he'd like to do: "Over the Edge," in which a bunch of kids trap their parents in the school gymnasium during a parent teacher conference... and "light the thing on fire."
Sound like a bit much? Not for Khaledi. "Violence is usually very funny for me. Dancing is actually pretty funny too. That's why I think 'Xanadu' is gonna be a good one to do. Or the original 'Rollerball' would be good too." What might he peg such a monstrosity to? "Whip It," the upcoming all-girl roller derby flick starring Drew Barrymore, Ellen Page and Juliette Lewis. "'Whip It' is definitely inspired by-- it's a hybrid of 'Xanadu' and 'Rollerball.'"
Of course, the average viewer might not know about "Xanadu" or "Rollerball" or even "Oldboy." Khaledi has plans to account for that. "I think if we do a season two [of Cinemash], having people write in and tell me what they want [will make the most sense. I think we have a tendency to get a little too obscure," he said."
"Like 'Oldboy' is not something that Tom and Sally who watch 'Twilight' would know so much about. I want to make sure that I pick things that are relevant, because I have no other criteria. I just pick what I like. I think I'll definitely need to listen to what people chime into [moving forward]."
Do you have any suggestions for Khaledi? Looking forward to November, what would you want/hope to see KStew, RPattz, Taylor Lautner and the rest of the vampire gang send up? And hey Twilighters, just out of curiosity: how many of you are familiar/have seen "Oldboy"?