Weekend Arts Capsule


Yep, that’s a 17-year-old Prince. See the “Robert Whitman Photographs PRINCE” at Mr Musichead story below.

The stories:

The Independent UK: Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 2 role to be completed using CGI

Philip Seymour Hoffman‘s filming on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 was almost complete prior to his death bar one major scene, according to reports, which is to be completed using ‘digital things’ and camera tricks.
The late actor played head gamesmaker Plutarch Heavensbee in last year’s sequel Catching Fire….
Now The Hollywood Reporter cites a Lionsgate source as claiming that no rewrites will be needed and that “they seem to have plans that don’t seem very complicated” regarding completing filming without the actor. “You can do digital things, you can have conversations where you’re not focusing on him but the people he’s talking to,” the insider added.

The Wire.com: The Springsteen Cover of Lorde’s ‘Royals’ You Never Knew You Needed

The Boss opened his show in Auckland last night with an acoustic cover of the mega-hit “Royals” by the Grammy-winning New Zealander Lorde. The performance (h/t Dwight Garner) was captured by a concertgoer who was apparently recording from neighboring Australia.

Take a listen.

MLB.com: The Toledo Mud Hens ain’t afraid of no ghost, will wear Ghostbusters uniforms

Triple-A Toledo’s awesome alternates were made to honor the 30th anniversary of the classic film, and are slated to be worn during the Mud Hens’ matchup with the Charlotte Knights on May 30.

Check out photos of the super-cool uniforms!

Hollywood Reporter: Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Tonight Show’ Could End the TV Talk Genre, Study Suggests

So far, The Tonight Show under Fallon has contained far more music and comedy sketches and “gimmicks” than it did under former host Jay Leno, according to the study, conducted by Stephen Winzenburg, a communications professor at Grand View University….

Notice how he doesn’t compare it to Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show? Uh, yeah.

“Nobody calls The Tonight Show a variety show and if they do they’re wrong, but based on Fallon’s first week it suddenly looks like one and it could preclude the death of the talk show because everyone will want to copy it,” says Winzenburg. “Fallon is basically doing Saturday Night Live with a short interview segment.”

Read the whole, wrongheaded thing.

Now, this might be a worthwhile show to catch, if you’re in the LA area. A 17-year-old Prince…

“Robert Whitman Photographs PRINCE” at Mr Musichead

Robert Whitman Photographs PRINCE, an exhibition of never-before-seen photos of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer…. [opened] February 20 in Los Angeles…. at Mr Musichead Gallery, a famed LA gallery focused on rock and roll imagery. With this show, Robert Whitman is going to premiere photographs he shot of Prince back in 1977 in Minneapolis, where they are both from, when the future pop star was 17…. The photo shoot took place on the streets of Minneapolis where Prince was born, raised and started his music career with the influence of his father. Some images were shot in his studio, as well as at Prince’s manager’s home….
The exhibit runs through until March 7th.

Find more Prince photos at the link.

Be@rbrick designed Daft Punk representations from Pharrell Williams personal art collection Photo: SoSasha.com

Be@rbrick designed Daft Punk representations from Pharrell Williams personal art collection Photo: SoSasha.com

This Is Not A Toy Exhibition – Guest Curated By Pharrell Williams at Design Exchange

Although I was flummoxed, the minute I read that Producer, Singer, Songwriter and avid art collector Pharrell Williams was a part of this project, I knew it was something I was not going to miss. The exhibit’s title was inspired by the universal disclaimer often found on product packaging and gives patrons a glimpse into the world of the designer toy trend which unbeknownst to me, these items made out of plastic, plush and vinyl have been a hot commodity in the art circles since the early 90′s….

The exhibit is on display at Canada’s National Design Museum, Design Exchange in Toronto through May 19th.

You may remember Pharrell’s performance with Daft Punk and Stevie Wonder at January’s Grammy awards show.

National Anthem Girl

Singer Janine Stange is trying to perform the National Anthem at stadiums in all fifty states “to promote patriotism + honor our nation’s heroes”.

Again, as with last week’s Arts Roundup, she’s a decent singer but you gentlemen will enjoy looking at her…


Watch the trailer for Paul Walker’s last completed film, Brick Mansions

A trailer for Paul Walker‘s last completed film, Brick Mansions, has been released just three months after his tragic death.
The late Fast & Furious actor plays Damien Walker in the District B13 remake, an undercover cop who must defeat a crime lord holding Detroit hostage with a neutron bomb….
US music producer RZA from hip-hop crew Wu-Tang Clan stars as the crime lord….
Walker and RZA became firm friends while shooting for Brick Mansions. The rapper wrote a song called “Destiny Bends” in tribute to his “kindred spirit” co-star after Walker died aged 40 in a Los Angeles car crash.

Have any comments, suggestions on the Weekend Capsule or any of the other new, arts content? Leave me a message.

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Oldest Continuously-Held Sporting Event in the U.S. Sticking with NBC Until 2025

KY Derby

Looks like the 140-year-old Run For the Roses will be staying on NBC’s airwaves for the foreseeable future.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – NBC Sports Group has announced a 10 year agreement with Churchill Downs Incorporated for broadcast rights to the Kentucky Derby.

The agreement includes rights to programming on Oaks and Derby days that will televised on both NBC and NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) and featured on the NBC digital platforms.

“We are excited to extend our partnership with Churchill Downs for both the iconic Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby and are proud to have them as signature elements of our Championship Season,” said Mark Lazarus, chairman of NBC Sports Group, in a statement released Wednesday. “This decade-long deal is a testament to the strength of the relationship between Churchill Downs Incorporated and NBC Sports, and underscores NBC’s commitment to the sport of horse racing. We will continue to utilize the wide-ranging media platforms of NBCUniversal to surround the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby with wall-to-wall coverage and extensive promotion.”

Read more at the link.

In other sports world news, Az Central.com is reporting that the NFL is “strongly considering” moving next year’s Pro Bowl to Glendale, Arizona. Super Bowl XLIV is scheduled for Feb. 1, 2015 at University of Phoenix Stadium.



Weekly Arts Roundup

CarriDee, Cycle 7 winner, America's Next Top Model

CariDee, Cycle 7 winner, America’s Next Top Model

Other women might understand the very real perils of an “America’s Next Top Model” marathon on Oxygen network. I couldn’t get this Roundup published over the weekend, as the result of one, 2006′s Cycle 7 (what they call a season at ANTM). That season’s lovely winner CariDee English (left).

Ms. English commented on a Cycle 8 contestant’s trials with meth (the 5th comment down). Interesting to contrast that more candid interview with one immediately after her win.






Jennifer Lopez to star in, executive produce NBC police drama ‘Shades of Blue’

Yes, reportedly in 2015 JLo’s adding the title “executive producer” to that of “American Idol judge”. And she’s getting back into acting. Theoretically.

Hat tip Patty at Littlebytes News

NY Daily News: ‘Sting: The Last Ship’: Television review

90-minute concert version of Sting’s upcoming Broadway musical about his childhood home

She Knows.com: Katherine Heigl: Crowdfunding for film is a bust

Katherine Heigl was one of Hollywood’s biggest stars a few years ago. Now her independent film is struggling to raise funds.


AP: ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ author Harper Lee settles museum lawsuit

Lee had reached an agreement with the Monroe County Heritage Museum in her hometown of Monroeville, Ala. over its sale of merchandise with her name and the title of her classic novel.


Léa Seydoux at the British Academy Film Awards, 2014

Léa Seydoux at the British Academy Film Awards, 2014

New DVD release: ‘Blue is the Warmest Color’ (VOD: Feb. 25)

From Wikipedia (emphasis mine):

At the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, the film unanimously won the Palme d’Or from the official jury and the FIPRESCI Prize. It is the first film to have the Palme d’Or awarded to both the director and the lead actresses, with [Léa] Seydoux and Exarchopoulos becoming the only women apart from director Jane Campion to have ever won the award.

Blue Is the Warmest Colour is based on the 2010 French graphic novel of the same name by Julie Maroh, which was published in North America in 2013.

So, yeah, the movie’s in French. Like you guys will care (reference above photo).

Image hat tip F*#&YeahLeaSeydoux

New: BONUS feature: This week’s Weekly Arts Roundup Spotify soundtrack: The Fall- The Complete Peel Sessions 1978-2004, The Fall- Extricate, The Stone Roses- S/T and The Pixies- Bossanova. And “The Wagon” by Dinosaur, Jr. (Their “Just Like Heaven” is only acceptable cover of a Cure song, by the way.)

As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions on the Arts Roundup. Until next week!


RIP, Harold Ramos!

Harold Ramis—best known for his contributions to Ghostbusters, Caddyshack and Animal House—has died. The actor, writer and director has struggled with health-related issues from an autoimmune disease since 2010, according to The Chicago Tribune. Ramis was 69.

Ramis got his start in Chicago, where he made his first step into comedy at the famous Second City comedy troupe. He was a performer and head writer for the legendary SCTV sketch comedy show in the 1970s. Later, Ramis’ writing contributions to the comedy world include several staples: the previously mentioned Animal House and Ghostbusters, in which Ramis starred as the iconic Dr. Egon Spengler, as well as Stripes and Groundhog Day.

Read the rest.


New Lowering the Boom Feature: Weekly Arts Roundup


New Lowering the Boom Feature: Weekly Arts Roundup

 Philip Seymour Hoffman as Willy Loman, in Mike Nichols’s 2012 Broadway production of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman (Photo: Vulture.com)

Philip Seymour Hoffman as Willy Loman, in a 2012 Broadway production of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman (Photo: Vulture.com)

At least once a week, I’m going to start sharing stories that intrigue me from the arts world. So much of what forms our way of thinking and our lives comes from the music that we listen to, the movies or other works of art we experience. Whether we realize it or not, art helps us appreciate the quality and permanence (or impermanence) of the world.

Why else would Rolling Stone bump Grammy-nominated rapper Drake off its cover to pay tribute to the late Philip Seymour Hoffman? Art matters.


Washington Times: Devo guitarist Bob Casale dead at 61

Devo guitarist Bob Casale died suddenly Monday from health complications that led to heart failure, his brother announced Tuesday. He was 61.

“As an original member of Devo, Bob Casale was there in the trenches with me from the beginning,” his brother, Gerald, a Devo vocalist, told TMZ. “He was my level-headed brother, a solid performer, and talented audio engineer, always giving more than he got.”

Read the rest.

Guess what? You can watch Justin Bieber performing live in Cairo later this spring… for just under $300.00!

Cairo Scene.com: You Better Beliebe It!

The sprawling Porto Cairo Mall plays host to the boy wonder, this 25th April, 2014, turning the whole space into one giant arena for this once-in-a-lifetime concert. Tickets, of course, will be limited, but you can pre-reserve using Tazkarty.net to avoid disappointment….

You can call 02 3749 6162 now to get your name on the advanced sale list and become the first to know then [sic] the tickets are released. Alternatively, you can head to Tazkarty.net and register your interest, filling out the online form accurately and you will be called back.

Tickets are extremely limited and will officially go on sale at the beginning of March….

Tickets will be on sale for 2000LE [$287.212] per person.

Also, at Egyptian Chronicles: As if #Egypt needs this, Justin Bieber is coming to Cairo

Modern Art Painting Sells for Record Price through Christie’s in Europe

The Guardian: Francis Bacon painting of burglar who broke into his house sells for £42m

Also at Irish Examiner: Francis Bacon painting sells for a record €51 million

A masterpiece by Francis Bacon has become the most valuable piece of artwork ever sold by auction house Christie’s in Europe after going under the hammer for a record £42.2m (€51m).

Miami New Times: Miami Artist Destroyed $1M Ai Weiwei Vase Because PAMM “Only Displays International Artists”

The vandal is actually Maximo Caminero, a well-known local painter who has shown works at the Fountain Art Fair. He tells New Times that he destroyed the vase to make a point….

“I wanted to draw attention to the fact that there are many foreign artists like myself and others who have been here thirty years and have never received attention or support from MAM or now PAMM and other local museums,” he continues. “We are all taxpayers here and PAMM used $200 million of public money on its building and opened with Weiwei’s work to draw attention to itself and as always continues to ignore local artists.”

The Speakeasy blog at the Wall Street Journal: Italian art sleuth is testing DNA of the skeletal remains of the ‘real’ Mona Lisa to gain insight into the artwork

Italian art sleuth Silvano Vinceti announced the start of DNA tests on a skeleton that could be the remains of Lisa Gherardini, the Florentine noblewoman widely believed to the model for Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. If the skeleton turns out to belong to Gherardini, Vinceti plans to build a computer-generated reconstruction of her face, which could shed new light on the age-old fascination with the world’s most famous painting.

Read the whole thing.

Hat tip on the previous two stories: Lisa Fung

Louvre Abu Dhabi

Through an intergovernmental agreement signed on March 6, 2007, France and the United Arab Emirates decided to create a universal museum, bearing the name Louvre Abu Dhabi, with an opening slated for 2014….
The right to use the Louvre name for thirty years, governed by a specific agreement between the Musée du Louvre and the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, is a key issue.

That’s it for now. Feel free to give feedback on the Arts Roundup… I’d love to hear what you think!

Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the U.S. compete during the figure skating ice-dance free dance program at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, February 17, 2014. (Photo: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the U.S. compete during the figure skating ice-dance free dance program at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, February 17, 2014. (Photo: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)


‘House of Cards’ Majority Whip Kevin Spacey MTed Both Dem & GOP House Whips… And Actually Got a Reply!

kate-mara-kevin-spacey-house-of-cards-qa-event-03The folks at Netflix-only drama series House of Cards went all out on social media in the weeks leading up to the show’s second season premiere tonight. Star Kevin Spacey, who plays conniving Democratic House Majority Whip Francis Underwood, got into the act, too– sort of.


Second Season Preview:

Hat tips to RJ Moeller for the Spacey tweet and PJ Media for the trailer.


Both Whips made cameos in this House of Cards spoof from the intro of 2013′s White House Correspondents’ Dinner:

Josh Kraushaar at National Journal: How ‘House of Cards’ Gets the Biggest Thing About Washington Wrong


Surprise! Another Holiday, Another Barack Photo (Image)

It’s Valentine’s Day, so of course our president chooses to share… another photo of himself. Far be it for me to criticize, though. Obama can do whatever he wants, right?


A reader points out that sometimes things aren’t always as they seem:

It wouldn’t be the first time someone alleged that an Obama photo was staged.


North Carolina Athletic Department Urging Fans with Tix to Tonight’s Huge Hoops Rivalry Game: Stay Home!

Photo: Mark Dolejs/US Presswire/ESPN

Photo: Mark Dolejs/US Presswire/ESPN

As a fan of the rivalry (a Tarheels fan) wrote in 2010:

As Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski once said about the uniqueness of the two school’s geography, “Forget the Big Ten … we share the same dry cleaners … There is no other area like this. It produces things, situations, feelings that you can’t talk to other people about. Because they have no understanding of it.”


Hat tip Jarrod Lowery


Television Comedy Pioneer Sid Caesar Dead at 91

Sculpture of Sid Caesar  located in the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' public plaza, Hollywood, CA.

Sculpture of Sid Caesar located in the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences public plaza, Hollywood, CA.

Read this sweet interview with Caesar and his wife from 2004 on his love of animals. It’s funny, too, of course.

A 30-minute segment of an interview from The Archive of American Television:

“I was taking sleeping pills and liquor and I went on and I could not remember a line. You know what a terrible feeling it is not be able to remember your lines? I went back to my dressing room and I looked in the mirror and I said ‘Sid, you want to live or you want to die?’ And I up and went to the hospital. I cleaned up.”



From the link:

New York’s Friars Club in an email to PIX11′s Marvin Scott confirmed the death Wednesday afternoon. Reuters quoted Carl Reiner to confirm the death.

A choked-up Jerry Lewis told Marvin Scott that “we lost a treasure” in a telephone interview Wednesday.

Deadline: R.I.P. Sid Caesar
Variety: Sid Caesar, Master of TV Comedy, Dies at 91

Hat tip Kevin in ABQ
Image courtesy of Public Art in LA


Oscar-Winning Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman Dead at 46 (Video) UPDATE: Fans Gather Outside Apartment (Photo)

via Wall Street Journal:

Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead Sunday afternoon in his New York City apartment, a law-enforcement official said.
The New York Police Department is investigating, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is working to determine the exact cause of death. The official said Mr. Hoffman, 46 years old, was found dead at his apartment at 35 Bethune St. in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan.
Mr. Hoffman won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the 2005 film, ‘Capote.’
The actor was found in the bathroom of his fourth floor apartment in the Pickwick House around 11:15 a.m. by a screenwriter, who called 911, the official said.

In 2012, Hoffman talked with Rolling Stone‘s Peter Travers about the five films he made with writer/director (and friend) Paul Thomas Anderson:

Here’s the great phone scene from ‘Punch Drunk Love’ between Hoffman and Adam Sandler: (Edit: NSFW)

Philip Seymour Hoffman winning Best Actor for ‘Capote’

First ET Interview: Philip Seymour Hoffman talks about working on ‘Magnolia’ back in 1999.

Hat tip Jay Caruso

Jason Howerton of The Blaze:

Hat tip Jason Howerton

Breitbart News: NYPD: Academy Award-Winning Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman Dead
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Amanda Knox’s Reaction to ‘This Unjust Verdict’ (Video)

Former American student Amanda Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito have been re-convicted by an Italian appeals court of the brutal murder of British roommate Meredith Kercher.

Her full statement:

First and foremost it must be recognized that there is no consolation for the Kercher family. Their grief over Meredith’s terrible murder will follow them forever. They deserve respect and support.

I am frightened and saddened by this unjust verdict. Having been found innocent before, I expected better from the Italian justice system. The evidence and accusatory theory do not justify a verdict of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Rather, nothing has changed. There has always been a marked lack of evidence. My family and I have suffered greatly from this wrongful persecution.

This has gotten out of hand. Most troubling is that it was entirely preventable. I beseech those with the knowledge and authority to address and remediate the problems that worked to pervert the course of justice and waste the valuable resources of the system: overzealous and intransigent prosecution, prejudiced and narrow-minded investigation, unwillingness to admit mistake, reliance on unreliable testimony and evidence, character assassination, inconsistent and unfounded accusatory theory, and counterproductive and coercive interrogation techniques that produce false confessions and inaccurate statements.

Clearly a wrongful conviction is horrific for the wrongfully accused, but it is also terribly bad for the victim, their surviving family, and society.

Knox “spent the days leading up to the verdict with the Guardian‘s Simon Hattenstone. Here she discusses the case and how it has affected her.”

Twitchy: Italian court finds Amanda Knox guilty of murder