Weekly Arts Roundup- 3/27/14

From the “I did not make this up!” file:

Image credit: AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)

Image credit: AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)

Putin wants Russians to get in shape. Can Steven Seagal help?

The stories:

I find the next two photo session ideas intriguing… unsettling, perhaps, but intriguing.

FeatureShoot:Photographer Memorializes Deceased Animals in a Unique and Memorable Way

Flavorwire:Photographer Inserts Her Adult Self Next to Her Childhood Self in Family Photographs

Coincidentally, someone had the same idea, only with red carpet-walking celebs. Creepy.

Click on any of the above if you’re interested– but don’t say you were warned.

The Hollywood Reporter: Kevin Spacey to Play Winston Churchill (Exclusive)

Remember when terrorist-centric movies were shelved immediately after 9/11? Oh, Hollywood…

Aussie Flight Disaster Film ‘Deep Water’ Shelved Over Eerie Resemblance to Missing Malaysia Flight

“‘Deep Water,’ a loose follow-up to hit horror movie “Bait 3D,” tells the story of a flight that mysteriously crashes into a remote stretch of the ocean on its way to China.”

That’s right– and you can guess who ends up as the ‘bait’ this time around.

Take a gander at this overdue review of ‘American Hustle’ from Blackmailers Don’t Shoot.

David O Russel’s American Hustle is an entertaining but slightly confused movie loosely based on the Abscam scandal of the late 70s. The film isn’t quite sure if it wants to be a buddy flick, a romance or a celebration of the postmodern antihero, but the writing and performances make it at least worth the few bucks I spent for the On Demand rental.

Do you agree or disagree?

Bradley Raines…
Daily Caller: Actor James Rebhorn wrote his own lovely obituary

Character actor James Rebhorn, who popped up in everything from “Scent of a Woman” to “Independence Day” to “30 Rock” and “Homeland,” lost his battle to melanoma over the weekend at the age of 65.

But Rebhorn left a little piece of himself behind when he wrote his own loving and emotional obituary.

Rebhorn’s obit was originally published on St. Paul Lutheran Church’s website over the weekend and it just proves that life is unfair because Rebhorn was obviously a wonderful person who died too young.

Read more.

PetaPixel: Former Garbage Man Has Saved Over 5,000 Photos Taken on the Front Lines of WWI

The PetaPixel folks also shared this awesome YouTube via Gizmodo:

YouTuber Shaun O’Callaghan, however, is a bit more brave — if that’s the right word here — than the rest of us.

Using his DJI Phantom [drone] with camera attached, O’Callaghan captured the continuous eruption of a volcano on Tanna Island, Vanuatu.

Polyvore is like playing virtual fashion magazine editor… so of course I’m now addicted!
Hat tip (curse you! ;) ): Kate Barnett

Black Girl Nerds: Jem & The Holograms Movie: Where Is Christy Marx?

Acculturated: Learn from the Best: 10 Course Syllabi by Famous Authors

One more piece from Acculturated, by RJ Moeller of the Dennis Prager Show:

Good vs. Bad Faith-Based Films (emphasis mine):

In my Son of God review, I touched upon something that I’d like to flesh out in greater detail here. If people of faith hope to have an impact in Hollywood, their “safe” and “easy to digest” content will not cut it. It’s not that there isn’t a market for family-friendly programming and filmmaking. Of course there is. And may it be so forever.
But the problem is precisely this: no one who doesn’t already believe in God will go see Son of God. And many who do believe in God and who do go see it are, like me, plopping down $14 or $15 purely from a sense of solidarity with the well-intentioned creators of such projects. There are other, better “Jesus movies.”…
And while neither option likely interests your secular, non-religious co-worker, neighbor, or relative, all of them will go see something like Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. This is why I, as a Christian, am infinitely more excited about Noah than any other “faith-based” film in a long time – regardless of the theology or worldview found in it.

Please read the whole thing.

And we close with some beautiful music from one of the Gershwin brothers (George), via our friends at American Elephant:

Read the lovely tribute to the Gershwins at the link.


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Photo Credit: Patrick Demarchelier/Dior

Photo Credit: Patrick Demarchelier/Dior

More Jennifer Lawrence in the same week? Um, yes. that is Jennifer Lawrence, No Pants.

Okay. Now the stories:

Paste: Kate Bush Announces First Concert Dates in 35 Years

Kate Bush has announced a short run of U.K. tour dates for the first time in 35 years. According to Telegraph, Bush’s website crashed following the news of the 15 dates. The tour is called “Before the Dawn” and will start in late August at London’s Eventim Apollo….

Bush has famously made a career off the road after a 1979 tour that lasted about six weeks. According to an interview with the Guardian she said after the tour, “I felt a terrific need to retreat as a person, because I felt that my sexuality, which in a way I hadn’t really had a chance to explore myself, was being given to the world in a way which I found impersonal.”

The Telegraph also mentions that Bush stopped touring altogether “because of her inability to be completely in control of the live performance and a [sic] also because of fear of flying. During the tour, her lighting director, 21-year-old Bill Duffield, died after an accident which severely affected Bush.”

Read the whole piece at The Telegraph. There’s more on fan excitement causing ‘Kate Bush’ to trend on Twitter at Metro. The video for her song “Babooshka” is there.

Attention, Nerds: Anthropocon.com: The MST3K Gang is Returning to TV

The Boston Globe: ‘Millie’ fight creates a chilling effect

In Newton, some Asian-Americans were insulted by characters who depict laundrymen in the play “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” which was recently performed at Newton North High School. The two characters work for a woman named Mrs. Meers, who wears chopsticks in her bun and speaks in an exaggerated Chinese accent as she persuades them to kidnap young girls who are then sold as sex slaves.

Afterwards, the play’s director, Adam Brown, apologized for the anger it stirred up. Now, in the aftermath of the controversy, you have to wonder about the chilling effect on future high school productions of that play and others.

Vanity Fair: The Devil and the Art Dealer

It was the greatest art theft in history: 650,000 works looted from Europe by the Nazis, many of which were never recovered. But last November the world learned that German authorities had found a trove of 1,280 paintings, drawings, and prints worth more than a billion dollars in the Munich apartment of a haunted white-haired recluse.

Prior two stories, hat tip Conservative Animal

Budding animators: How cool is this?


Uptown Magazine: ‘Oprah Chai Tea’ To Debut At Starbucks

hat tip Black Girl Nerds

Only in L.A.

KFI- Los Angeles: Hulk Hogan’s Shoe Stolen

LA Times: Flea market find: Faberge egg for $14,000, may be worth $33 million

Pacifica Radio tops Blackmailers Don’t Shoot’s Saturday Linkfest: Calling out in Transit

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The Daily Mail UK: ‘I feel betrayed by Anna Wintour and Vogue’:

“Magazine readers flood Twitter with backlash against its Kim Kardashian cover”

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s cover for the April issue of Vogue has inspired a flood of backlash on Twitter today, where fashion influencers and everyday people are weighing in.

Many longtime Vogue subscribers are expressing how they feel ‘betrayed’ by the magazine’s staff, including editor Anna Wintour, for highlighting a reality star like Ms Kardashian.

The social media platform is also host to criticisms that question Ms Kardashian’s relevance among Vogue readers.

PFoL: Obama Calls Ellen’s Oscar Selfie A ‘Pretty Cheap Stunt’

Top image via NY Magazine

And to close…
Kate Bush- “Wuthering Heights”

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Scarlett Johanssen in Jonathan Glazer’s upcoming sci-fi thriller 'Under the Skin'

Scarlett Johanssen in Jonathan Glazer’s upcoming sci-fi thriller, ‘Under the Skin’

The stories:

The Telegraph UK: Scarlett Johansson: ‘I really felt like I was on a hunt’
“The Hollywood star explains how her role as a predatory alien in Jonathan Glazer’s Under The Skin required her to lure real members of the public into a van.”


Read an exclusive interview with Johansson at Harper’s Bazaar.

Daily Surge: Forget Fallon…Let’s Talk About Ferguson
“In defense of the best late-night host you’re probably still not watching”

And when you watch The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson for the first time, you immediately notice that something is different. And I don’t just mean Craig’s thick accent. You might even ask yourself, is this guy for real?

You see, even though he works on a fairly typical-looking late-night TV set, Craig doesn’t follow any of the unwritten “rules” of late-night. In fact, he spends more of his time defying convention than anything else. What he does is, underneath the surface, a send-up of the entire late-night genre…a parody of it, if you will.

Make sure to read the whole post. And if you haven’t caught the show, I encourage you to.

San Francisco Gate: Rolling Stones: ‘Mick Jagger is too devastated to perform’

The Rolling Stones called off their Australian tour because Sir Mick Jagger is in “such a state” following the death of his long-term girlfriend L’Wren Scott, according to a representative for the band.

The rockers axed all of their upcoming shows in Australia and New Zealand after the singer’s partner, fashion designer Scott, was found dead at her New York City apartment on Monday in a suspected suicide.

Daily Mail UK: Finally slim at 55! Tom Arnold in the ‘best shape of his life’ after losing 100lbs in less than one year

Remember when Drew Carey lost all of that weight? The photos remind me of that. Good for Tom, but… creepy.

Vulture.com: Here Is Jason Segel As David Foster Wallace

Time: Student Breaks 19th Century Greco-Roman Statue While Taking a Selfie

“There are a few basic rules in museums. The first: don’t touch the art. The second: don’t take selfies while touching the art.”

Hat tip Conservative Animal

Must-watch video: What Does the World Eat for Breakfast?

Hat Tip Buzzfeed via Danielle R. Saul

Paste: New App ‘Brushstroke’ Turns Your Photos into Lovely Paintings

The Huffington Post: 10 Reasons Self Published Authors Will Capture 50 Percent of the Ebook Market by 2020

On one side of the debate, you have people such as myself who believe all signs point toward indie ebook authors capturing an ever-greater percentage of the book market.
2014-03-07-50percent2020.png On the other side you have folks who think self publishing represents an insignificant portion of the book market. The naysayers think we indie optimists are delusional.

Could both sides be correct? Yes, if you look at the numbers as they stand today and no if you look at the trends.

Read the whole thing. Do you agree?

Filmmaker IQ.com: Andy Warhol Interviews Alfred Hitchcock

Photography Blog.com: Did Hungary Just Kill Photojournalism?

Hungary’s new Civil Code, which took effect on 15th March, stipulates that photographers must obtain permission from their subjects every time they trip the shutter, even when working in public areas. Failing to do so could result in the photographer being sued – potentially by each and every person identifiable in the photo! – and ordered to pay a substantial sum in compensation to the plaintiff(s).

The law states that everyone has an inherent “right to their likeness,” which must be respected – meaning you should not take, much less publish, their picture without their consent. There are two exceptions to this rule: public figures making a public appearance, and crowd shots….

According to a 2012 ruling by the country’s supreme court, police have the same right to their likeness as everyone else, thus their faces must be blurred, masked out or pixelated unless they have explicitly consented to their picture being published.

Read more.

The Times of India: US museum ready to return stolen Ganesha

France24: Artists colour a Beirut suburb scarred by suicide attacks

I heartily recommend that you take a listen to the podcast. You might also recognize the person doing the outro voiceover (me).
And to close…

via Petapixel.com, a touching and inspiring photo of a great Ohioan:

Photo of Teary-Eyed Neil Armstrong Taken Right After He First Walked on the Moon
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Top image via Harper’s Bazaar

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More Tragedy for #Malaysia: 6 Dead, 3 Others in Critical Condition from Drug Overdose at Huge Music Fest

Image credit: Daniel Lau

Police sealing off some parts of Bukit Jalil, the venue of the Future Music Festival Asia on Saturday. Image credit: Daniel Lau

A well-known, three-day music festival being held at a stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malasia, featuring acts like Pharrell and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis has cancelled its final day after horrifying news broke Friday.

via The Malaysian Insider:

The Future Music Festival Asia (FMFA) is officially cancelled, following the death of six people from drug overdose last night.

“In the interest of public safety, we have heeded the authority’s advice to not proceed with Day 3 of Future Music Festival Asia 2014….

“This is also to help in the ongoing investigation. We appreciate the understanding of all parties and will share updates on this matter as soon as possible,” said the organisers on their Facebook page.

The six dead were between 21 and 28 years old.:

They are Kamal Zekry Kamal Basha, 21; Victor Wong E. Hern, 25; Sabreena Kamarudin, 21; M. Suresh, 27; Syazana Sohaime, 23; and Nor Faizza Mohd Wazir, 26.

All of the dead are from Malaysia.

The police have detained 29 people – 13 Malaysians and 16 foreigners – in relation to drug possession at the concert, and they will be remanded until Tuesday….

The Star Online also reported that three more people, one who is in a coma, were in critical condition….

In a conflicting report, the same publication said that there could be as many as 14 people recovering in the hospital from overdosing on methamphetamines.

The Malaysian Insider noted that “FMFA has been touted to be Southeast Asia’s largest music festival, with an estimate of 85,000 concert goers from the entire region.”

Read more details at the links.


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The stories:

Veteran Artist Program Kicks off ‘Operation Artists in Action’ CD

Brian (BR) McDonald, a musician, veteran and founder of The Veteran Artist Program, has also written on the subject of veterans and the arts (emphasis mine):

The truth is that many military service members are creative individuals who continue to innovate, serve in their communities and use the arts to communicate a unique veteran perspective.
In 2009, I returned to the arts after eight years in the military, during which I was deployed four times for Operation Enduring Freedom in Southeast Asia. Although I had been out of the arts scene for nearly a decade, I was by no means new to it. I had been a musician and performer all of my life. I was excited to reconnect with my love of the arts, but I was especially struck by meeting so many other veterans who had similar stories of putting their love of the arts on hold to serve….
Many organizations help veterans to express themselves and address issues related to combat and reintegration through art. But that approach can exclude those veterans who aren’t looking to the creative process as a form of therapy but want to make art for the same reasons as their peers.
Less than one percent of the American population has served in Afghanistan or Iraq since the September 11 attacks. This extreme gap in perspective is driving assumptions about veterans that are often perpetuated by the arts and entertainment industry. Giving veterans the tools, training and access they need to work in the arts community gives a voice to a population that is often the subject of media representation but rarely has a say in how they are portrayed.

Please read the whole thing, and learn how you can support Brian’s efforts.

Yahoo!7/ABC Australia: After decades of decay, the art of New York street artist Keith Haring is back to its bold and bright best.

Thirty years ago the famous New York street artist painted a mural on the wall of the old Collingwood Technical School in Melbourne’s inner-north.
Italian conservator Antonio Rava spent months lovingly restoring the mural to its former glory last year, after much debate about how it should be treated.
He says the mural was in such a terrible state, many people thought it could not be saved.
But a careful clean revealed the original colours were still there.
“This was a big discovery, everybody was thrilled, we didn’t know at the beginning the colour was there,” he said.
“When everybody says, ‘oh beautiful, you repainted it!’, we say not at all, we really conserved, and we really treated it as an old master painting.
“Every stroke, every line, it’s full of his energy.”

Read the full story of how the painting was made.

Variety: Robert Rodriguez, Mountain Dew in Promotional Pact to Find New Filmmakers

Daily Mail UK: Little People, Big World stars Matt and Amy Roloff separate after 26 years of marriage

Matt and Amy Roloff of TLC’s Little People, Big World have agreed to ‘a trial separation.’
The couple – who have been married for more than 26 years – made the announcement to People.
‘Though we have weathered many storms together, we recently made the tough decision to engage in a trial separation,’ Matt, 52, and Amy, 49, said in a joint statement….
The reality series premiered in 2005 and followed the couple, who were diagnosed wtih [sic] dwarfism, as they tended to their Oregon farm and raised twins Jeremy and Zack, 23, Molly, 20 and Jacob, 17.

The Washington Times: Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’ banned in Qatar, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates

The Independent UK: Star Wars 7 casts ‘Girls’ actor Adam Driver as Darth Vader-like villain, reports (and Lena Dunham) claim

Daily Mail UK: ‘I am so ready to play a really dumb character’: Benedict Cumberbatch says he’s ready for a less intellectual role and that Sherlock is ‘an absolute b*****d’

Ahem… Emma Watson‘s back…

Photo credit: Carter Smith/Elle

Photo credit: Carter Smith/Elle

‘I’m so jealous!’ Former child star Emma Watson admits she’s envious of actresses who ‘get to emerge as a complete human being’

See more, um, artistic photos at Elle.

Something musical this time from our pal Gene at Blackmailers Don’t Shoot: Worldwide Heavy Metal

For those in the Los Angeles area:

March 14- April 14: Turner Classic Movie channel offers free movie locations bus tours

The New York Times, Arts Beat blog:College Art Museum Hit With Sanction After Sale of Bellows Work

The Association of Art Museum Directors, which represents more than 200 museums in North America, has issued a rare sanction against the Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Va….
While museums commonly sell works in order to buy other works – a practice known as deaccessioning – ethical standards in the field strongly prohibit sales for other purposes, like capital projects or operating costs….
[L]ast month, the National Gallery of Art in London announced that it had bought the painting for $25.5 million, money that will go to the college’s endowment. The sanction, one of the strongest punishments meted out by the group, asks other member museums “to suspend any loans of works of art to and any collaboration on exhibitions and programs with the Maier Museum of Art.” Member museums are not legally bound to do so but generally abide by the group’s decisions.
At the time of the sale the college said it would begin a partnership with the National Gallery of Art in which curators would lecture at Randolph and loans of the Bellows back to the Maier would be possible.

The Huffington Post: 18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently “The things that stand out the most are the paradoxes of the creative self … Imaginative people have messier minds.”



View and purchase more of Bradley’s work at Fine Art America or via his listing at Christopher Michael Galleries’ eArtConnection online gallery.

Catch the return of MatchCon, Own the Narrative Network’s hilarious and very mature game show. Saturday night’s guests include L.A.-area musician Gary Eaton, culture warrior Gay Patriot (Bruce Carroll) and IJReview editor Kyle N. Becker. The MatchCon show starts at 11pm Eastern/8pm Pacific Saturday, and you’ll have the most fun if you interact with panelists and the host in the chatroom! See you there!

Please share your thoughts on and suggestions for the Arts Roundup… looking forward to hearing from you! And as the image points out, artists don’t work for free. Hit the tip jar.

Top image hat tip: Looplay


You must see this– 11 People Who Are Worse Dancers Than You from the young bloggers of Jackie Wellfonder’s #RARFire!


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Watch: ‘Drugged Out': Accused #SXSW Killer Rashad Owens’s 10-Minute Movie

Photo credit: Rashad Owens/Facebook

Photo credit: Rashad Owens/Facebook

Not only is accused South By Southwest killer Rashad Owens an aspiring rapper and music producer, but he appears to have had acting on his mind, too.

Published on his YouTube account last February, ‘Drugged Out: KB The Movie’ glamorizes the gangsta lifestyle: taking drugs, getting wasted and scoring women. Most of the film revolves around the characters– including Owens– getting ready to hit a party. He and his associates appear to commit several crimes in the process, including having an open container in a vehicle, drug possession and driving while intoxicated. It’s definitely NSFW.

Hat tip Heavy

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CBS-Dallas/Fort Worth: SXSW Crash Suspect In Austin Hoping To Get His Big Music Break


Listen: Music Produced by Suspect in Fatal SXSW Crash (Audio)

Photo credit: Rashad Owens/Soundcloud

Photo credit: Rashad Owens/Soundcloud

via Austin American-Statesman:

Rashad Charjuan Owens had been in Austin to perform at an East Austin venue before police say he plowed through a crowd of South by Southwest festival-goers early Thursday morning downtown.

His brother, Lamar Wilson, told the American-Statesman that he last saw Owens on Wednesday evening before his show at Club 1808 near 12th and Chicon streets. Owens, whose stage name is KillingAllBeatz or K.A.B254, was the father of six young children, one of whom lives in Alaska, Wilson said.

You can hear Owens’ music at what appears to be his Soundcloud profile page.



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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.

The stories:

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?”

More stories:

Photo credit: Max Vadukul/Vanity Fair

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 arnoldaniel@gmail.com (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

Photo credit: Warner Bros. Music

Paste: Busy Doin’ Somethin': Uncovering Brian Wilson’s Lost Bedroom Tapes, 1968-74

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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.

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