via Daily Mail UK
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.
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
“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?
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
— Becca Lower (@BeccaJLower) March 19, 2014
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.
The Times of India: US museum ready to return stolen Ganesha
— Jason Dibler (@JasonDibler) March 18, 2014
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:
Top image via Harper’s Bazaar
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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.
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.
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.
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.
— DiscoverOhio (@DiscoverOhio) March 13, 2014
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
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…
‘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.”
— Great Art Quotes (@GreatArtQuotes) March 13, 2014
— Bradley Carter (@bcarter674) March 6, 2014
— Bradley Carter (@bcarter674) March 5, 2014
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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Thanks so much for the linkage, Daley Gator!
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
The Other McCain- Death at SXSW
CBS-Dallas/Fort Worth: SXSW Crash Suspect In Austin Hoping To Get His Big Music Break
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.
Rashad Charjuan Owens: Top 10 Facts You Need to Know
— Juan Pablo Galavis™ (@JuanPaGalavis) March 9, 2014
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.
[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 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?”
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.
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 email@example.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!
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
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).
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:
Feel free to give feedback on the Arts Roundup… I’d love to hear what you think!
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Yep, that’s a 17-year-old Prince. See the “Robert Whitman Photographs PRINCE” at Mr Musichead story below.
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 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.
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.
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.”
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, 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.
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.
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.
MTV’s “120 Minutes”, Sept. 1993: Matthew Sweet- “Time Capsule”
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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.”
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.
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).
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.
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.
- You can find a plethora of cultural goodies and other news at Blackmailers Don’t Shoot and the Wombat’s Live at Five.
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.
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!
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.