Tag Archive | Actor

Adrien Brody’s Starbucks Parody: It’s Art!

Brody Bucks
BrodyBucks on 24th Street (All Photos By Gail)

Geoffrey and I went out on a massive Art Crawl this past weekend and we saw the above-pictured posters up everywhere in the Chelsea Gallery District. Apparently, they are adverts for Adrien Brody’s new print series, Hooked. As you can see, it is a parody of the Starbucks brand logo, with the coffee merchant’s familiar Siren mascot holding a pistol to each of her temples. Lovely.

Brody Bucks Detail

The prints debuted at David Benrimon Fine Art booth at the Art New York fair, which ran from May 3rd to 8th as part of Frieze week.

Brody Bucks with Hektad

We saw them again on 20th Street, just outside the tunnel entrance to the Comme des Garcons Boutique. Here, street art/graffiti legend Hektad has already left his mark.

Brody Bucks with Hektad 2
Hektad Is So Funky When Wet!

Anyone looking for an art bargain should get to peeling one of these suckers off the wall straight away, otherwise you can buy a proper print for just $25,000 (not a typo) at This Link!

See other works by Adrien Brody Right Here.

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Happy 65th Birthday, David Cassidy!

David Cassidy Young
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Musician and Actor David Cassidy was born on this day, April 12th in 1950, and we wish him a very Happy Birthday! As an aside, when I was 19 years old I had a boyfriend named Mark, who everyone called “Mark Popstar,” because he so closely resembled David Cassidy. That relationship, now decades in the past, was largely inconsequential, but it’s still a nice memory to know that I was once cute enough to get a boy as cute as David Cassidy.

Eight Favorite Acting Roles by Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman as Lester Bangs
Philip Seymour Hoffman as Lester Bangs in Almost Famous (with Patrick Fugit)

By now, everyone with an Internet connection knows that American Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died early this morning, February 2nd, 2014 of an apparent Heroin Overdose in his NYC apartment. He was just 46 years old. I am currently inconsolable over this tragic news. Hoffman was certainly among my favorite actors and I don’t think I ever saw film he was in where he didn’t blow me away with his ability to transform into his character. He was comparable to a male version of Meryl Streep when it came to his versatility. What a huge loss.

Here are a few of my favorite film roles Hoffman played over the years.

Almost Famous: Hoffman played the late Rock Critic Lester Bangs, who mentors a young William Miller (a character played by Patrick Fugit, and based on director Cameron Crowe) as he takes on a feature assignment for Rolling Stone Magazine.

Boogie Nights: Hoffman was totally believable as Scotty J., a shy, socially awkward, gay film assistant who has a hopeless crush on Porn Star Dirk Diggler (Mark Wahlberg).

Magnolia: In Paul Thomas Anderson’s ensemble drama, Hoffman had the role of Phil Parma, a private nurse who attempts to bring about a reconciliation between his terminally ill patient (played by Jason Robards) and that patient’s misogynistic son (Tom Cruise).

Red Dragon: Hoffman was so good at playing slimeball Reporter Freddy Lounds, you almost hated to see him get brutally tortured and killed. Almost.

Capote: Hoffman won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 2005 for his flawless portrayal of the flamboyant author, Truman Capote.

Synecdoche, New York: Hoffman plays ailing theater director Caden Cotard, who sets out to stage a theatrical production of his life story that takes on a life of its own. If you’ve ever wanted to feel like you are on LSD without actually taking any drugs, watch this movie.

Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead: Hoffman plays Andy Hanson, one of two brothers (his costar is Ethan Hawke) who plan to execute a “perfect crime” that goes horribly, tragically wrong. The final film directed by Sidney Lumet; highly recommended.

The Master: Playing the part of a charismatic cult leader not-so-loosely-based on L. Ron Hubbard of Scientology fame, Hoffman earned a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his role as Lancaster Dodd.

RIP and Godspeed.

30 Seconds to Mars Unveil New Album Art by Damien Hirst

30 SecondsTo Mars Hirst Artwork

30 Seconds to Mars, featuring actor Jared Leto on guitar and lead vocals, has unveiled the name and the release date for its fourth studio album. Love Lust Faith + Dreams will hit all the usual outlets on May 21st, 2013. The album features 12 new tracks, including the first single, “Up in the Air”, which is now available at all digital retailers.

Featured on the album’s packaging are two paintings instantly recognizable to art fans as being from English artist Damien Hirst’s Spot Paintings series. The cover painting is titled Isonicotinic Acid Ethyl Ester, while a second painting, Monochromatic Sectors from Primary, Secondary & Tertiary Colour Ring, Dark Centre will be printed onto the CD itself.

Here’s the track list for Love Lust Faith + Dreams:

“Birth”
“Conquistador “
“Up in the Air”
“City of Angels”
“The Race”
“End of All Days”
“Pyres of Varanasi”
“Bright Lights”
“Do or Die”
“Convergence”
“Northern Lights”
“Depuis Le Début”

Happy Birthday, Eddie Izzard!

Eddie Izzard

British Comedian/Actor, Marathon Runner and Action Transvestite Eddie Izzard was born on this day, February 7th, in 1962. That makes him exactly one day younger than Axl Rose! Just take a look at the two of them and see who is better preserved at this still relatively young age! I just saw Eddie perform here in NYC on Monday of this week while car shopping and he was completely hilarious! Happy Birthday, Eddie!

Eddie Izzard Work in Progress Ticket

Happy 65th Birthday, Michael De Barres!

Michael Des Barres Turns 65
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This Birthday write up for actor/musician/famous ex-husband Michael Des Barres, who celebrates 65 years on the planet today (January 24, 2013) is so hilarious, but also, flattering: Click Here!

RIP Sherman Hemsley, Gong Fan

Sherman Hemsley as George Jefferson
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Best known for his role as George Jefferson on the popular 1970s sitcom, The Jeffersons (a spinoff of All in the Family, on which he also starred as the same character), actor Sherman Hemsley passed away on Tuesday, July 24th at the age of 74. While Hemsley is primarily famous for his acting resume, he was also a musician who once collaborated with Jon Anderson of Progressive rock band Yes. And according to a 2009 article from Magnet Magazine, Hemsley was an eccentric, prog rock aficionado who had a sweet spot for the band Gong. Read on and have your mind blown little at This Link.