Juan Pablo, star of ABC’s reality show “The Batchelor” stopped in Vegas over the weekend, to take in a boxing match at the MGM Grand and visit the hotel-casino’s wedding chapel. The season finale is tonight.
This week, I’m starting with Overseas arts stories (and you’ll understand why when you read the first one): all emphasis mine:
The Times of India: Missing Malaysian plane was carrying 29 Chinese artists
BEIJING: A group of 29 artists, who attended an art exhibition in Kuala Lumpur, are among the 154 Chinese passengers missing in the Malaysian airline Flight 370 which disappeared Saturday morning while flying through the Vietnamese air space.
The artists, who came from Beijing, Shanghai, Shandong , Jiangsu , Sichuan and Xinjiang, were in Kuala Lumpur for a 3-day exhibition organized jointly by Art Peninsular Enterprise in Malaysia and a Chinese website, ibicn.com, which ended on Thursday.
The artists included 19 painters and most of the others were calligraphers. They were seen off at the Kuala Lumpur airport by the exhibition’s organizers. Six other artists from China, who attended the exhibition, took another flight from Kuala Lumpur.
SLR Lounge.com: Help Brooke Shaden Build a Photography School for Human Trafficking Survivors
[W]ell known fine art photographer Brooke Shaden…. traveled to Kolkata, India with an organization called Blossomy in order to teach photography at several workshops to survivors of human trafficking….
The goal of Brooke’s Indiegogo campaign is to create a self-sustaining school of photography in Kolkata that can provide education and job placement for victims of human trafficking.
“The school that we propose would be self-sustaining after two years. The way that it works is simple: the school is attached to a fully functioning studio in which the clients that pay for portraits sessions have their money go straight back into the school system, thus providing income for those working in the school as well as those working in the studio.”
The Mirror UK: BBC bans all-male panels on comedy shows such as QI and Mock the Week:
The director of BBC Television has banned all-male panels on comedy shows from now on.
Danny Cohen said that it is “not acceptable” that women have not been present on shows like QI and Mock the Week.
The change follows long-running complaints about the ‘testosterone-fuelled’ nature of shows such as Mock The Week, which is loaded with male regulars with little scope for female guests.
“We’re not going to have panel shows on any more with no women on them,” Cohen said. “You can’t do that. It’s not acceptable.”
In the most recent series, all the regular comedians on the most recent series of Mock the Week were men and only five of the 38 guest panelists were women.
The move follows criticism from Victoria Wood, who has criticised such male dominated shows, and Jo Brand, who said she no longer considered appearing on Mock The Week….
However in 2012, writer Caitlin Moran said she had been asked to appear on “all the big panel shows” but turned them down because “I refuse to be the token woman”.
“I think that’s a boys’ game that works for boys,” she said. “It’s not like they built it to screw women over, it’s just that boys built it so they made it to work for boys. If I go on there as a token woman, it’s not going to work for me,” she said.
And Radio 4 DJ Libby Purves also questioned the move, saying yesterday: “Hmm. How often will the female be a decorative item, there to giggle at the chaps?”
Wes Anderson. Photo credit: Max Vadukul/Vanity Fair
In an interview in the new issue of Vanity Fair highlighting his new film ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’, director Wes Anderson reveals, ““I would like to try to make a movie on location in space or on a nearby planet.”
The full interview is here.
The Independent UK:
Wes Anderson and the best props in Hollywood: Meet the graphic designer tasked with bringing the director’s films to life
2014 Razzie Awards Full ‘Winners’ List
Hat tip Gene/Blackmailers Don’t Shoot (catch his latest Linkfest here.)
Forbes: This Photographer Just Made $15K In One Day On Instagram
On the eve of his 34th birthday, Arnold didn’t have a clue how he was going to make rent for the following month, so, at midnight, he posted this message on Instagram:
“Hello, I just turned 34 this second. For one day only I am selling 4×6 prints of whatever you want from my Instagram archive for $150 each. I swear I will never sell anything this cheap again. If you’re interested, send a screenshot of the photo(s) of your choice to firstname.lastname@example.org (one d) and I will send a paypal invoice, followed by a signed print. Easy peasy. Happy my birthday. I love you”
The response overwhelmed him. Orders poured in. A day later, he’d received nearly $15,000 worth of requests, and collected some $5,000.
The whole story’s worth reading!
Whitney Biennial and the Armory Show: New York’s busiest art week
For the first time since 2004, the commercial and non-commercial art platforms share the same week. Are curators being forced to rethink their roles?
Hat tip for prior two pieces: Conservative Animal
Steve Irwin’s final words: Cameraman present at death opens up about deadly stingray attack for the first time
The cameraman who shot Steve Irwin’s fatal last scene with a stingray, during which he was poisoned after being stabbed by the animal’s foot-long barb “thousands of times” has opened up about the nature conservationist’s final moments (scroll down to watch the video).
Read the whole thing.
Cue the “Milkshake” jokes– Kelis has a cooking-based reality show:
The show premiered Feb. 26th, but you can stream the first episode of Saucy & Sweet online now. In this episode, Kelis prepares a thank you meal for her marketing team that involves jerk ribs, shrimp fricassee and goat cheese ice cream. It’s half a cooking show, half a peek into her life while prepping for the release of her new album.
Read more, and stream the first episode for free.
Blackmailers Don’t Shoot: How I Met Your Mother – A Slightly Premature Retrospective
The CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother has reached the television equivalent of a heat death. The writers are out of ideas and are just cashing their paychecks, but the producers insist on squeezing just a few more episodes. It took quite a while for the show to jump the shark, but this season’s episode that was written in verse finally caused fans to give up.
How I Met Your Mother is the story of lovelorn neurotic Ted Mosby and his four friends: horndog pick up artist Barney Stinson (pictured above,) rageholic Canadian Robin Scherbatsky, and gooey married couple Lily Aldrin and Marshall Eriksen. The show is framed as a series of stories told mostly to Ted’s future children.
Read more at Blackmailers Don’t Shoot.
And I’ll leave you with something musical:
Photo credit: Warner Bros. Music
Paste: Busy Doin’ Somethin’: Uncovering Brian Wilson’s Lost Bedroom Tapes, 1968-74
Feel free to give feedback on the Arts Roundup… I’d love to hear what you think!
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