News Archves August-Sepember 2007

September, 2007

WEAM - Unique & Sensuous

Open for yourself the fascinationg and captivating world of erotic art... WEAM - World Erotic Art Museum - is the greatest new attraction of Florida and Miami Beach. It is nation largest public view collection of erotic art. Naomi Wilzig is the owner, president & curator of this unique 12,000 square feet of viewing space, filled with biblical, mythological, oriental, surrealism, fetish, contemporary... pieces of erotic art. This amazing collection of erotic art will surprise you with combination of elegant class and glamour. Museum located at 1205 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach and open from 11 am till midnight.

Pitt

He was surprised to see how tabloid journalism was alive and well even then and operating in the same way, just sensationalizing a complete fabrication of untruths, said Brad Pitt, who stars as the legendary outlaw in "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford." There's more of it in quantity, but the execution's the same. In that day, when we only had a newspaper to get some information, that would have been the extent of it. But it doesn't seem to have changed at all, Brad Pitt told journalists at the Toronto International Film Festival. Pitt & Angelina, stars of the 2005 hit "Mr. and Mrs. Smith," have been the quarry of celebrity photographers & the object of incessant tabloid gossip since they hooked up amid the breakup of Pitt's marriage to Jennifer Aniston. A media vigil preceded the birth of their daughter in Namibia last year, & crowds swelled during the Toronto festival everywhere they went. In the late 1800s, James was able to move anonymously through USA under a series of aliases, but his notoriety was unparalleled. James' image as a Robin Hood-style bandit of the people (a myth he helped perpetuate himself) had made him a folk hero to the public & a demon to the railroads. Based on Ron Hansen's novel, "Assassination of Jesse James" dissects the James myth to present a charismatic man in the last year of his life, as his sense of security crumbles & he is overwhelmed by paranoia that associates are selling him out to the law...

NeoPopRealist Art in Ukrainian Museum, New York

queen of magic, nadia russ

This week The Ukrainian Museum in New York collected three Nadia Russ' art works. Pieces "Queen of Magic" (1997, Bahamas), "Black Cat & Orange Girl in a Pink Ciy" (2004, NYC), "Aces & Faces" (2002, FLA) artist created in different time & geographic places. All works vividly represent the style of visual arts -- NeoPopRealism.

At The Nordic Center In America

Exhibition (September 15 - November 7, 2007) features 51 photographs of Stockholm, Sweden by the legendary Life Magazine photographer Andreas Feininger (1906-1999). Best known today for his stunning urban panoramas of Manhattan & extreme close-ups of natural objects, Feininger began his career in Stockholm in the 1930s. There he developed the techniques & themes he was to explore throughout his long career, honing his photographic vision in a city he considered superior to other world capitals from a photographer's point of view.
Alex Young & Kate Walsh

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Less than 4 months after getting engaged, Kate Walsh married her McDreamy Young. At California's Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. Among the 110 guests who witnessed the happy occasion were Walsh's Grey's Anatomy co-stars Katherine Heigl, Sara Ramirez, etc. The nuptials were part of a 3-day celebration coordinated by Hollywood wedding planner Jo Gartin, who has also worked with Courteney Cox Arquette, Brooke Shields and others. Walsh, who wore a custom-made gown from Monique Lhuillier for the occasion, has said of the couple's brief trip from courtship to couplingthat that she literally living the dream. But... you know when you know. She was not expecting it, so it is kind of amazing...
Extortion? Yes

David Hans Schmidt, 47, has agreed to plea guilty to one count of sending communications for purposes of extortion. He faces up to 2 years in federal prison & a $250,000 fine. It wasn't known when Schmidt, who lives in Phoenix and is free on $100,000 bond, might enter his plea in court. A phone message left for his attorney N. Kardon was not immediately returned. A plea agreement for Schmidt's co-defendant was filed under seal August 24, according to a federal court docket in LA.
Marc Lewis Gittleman, who authorities say helped recover photos from a computer hard drive, has been charged with conspiracy to commit extortion.
Gittleman, 33, faces up to 5 years in prison. His attorney M. Nasatir declined to comment because the plea agreement is under seal.
Gittleman & Schmidt were arrested July 26 after federal authorities said Gittleman obtained photos of Tom Cruise's wedding in Italy last year to Katie Holmes from the event's official photographer, court documents show.
Gittleman then made copies of photos on the drive & kept them for himself, authorities said. He contacted Schmidt after finding a Web site touting his abilities to broker celebrity photos...

Manchester, England. Cornerhouse News

Pop down this Saturday for Mayflies, a one-day event that embraces the fleeting and momentary experiences that art can provide.
New exhibition Outside The Box (opening on 14 September) will explore three decades of participatory public art influenced by developments in screen technology.
Our new series of courses also starts in October. They usually fill up quite quickly so book your place now!
In October, Cornerhouse will host Urban Screens Manchester 07, a 2 day international conference that explores the cultural and social possibilities of urban screens in the 21st century. The conference will be accompanied by a series of public events across the city.
You can also enjoy artists' film and video work in the Cornerhouse's cinemas with the screening of Lynn Hershman Leeson's STRANGE CULTURE and ZOOM, a selection of films made at the Manchester School of Art.
And don't forget to join Cornerhouse for the launch of Outside The Box on Thu 13 September, 18:00 - 21:00. With thanks to Outside The Box exhibition launch drink sponsor Plymouth Gin.

This Month

The search for beauty is eternal. This month's Art of Life comes from Paris the spiritual home of some of the world's best loved & exclusive makeup & skincare brands. This month's Art of Life on beauty comes from Paris. Monita Rajpal meets Aerin Lauder in New York as she re-launches Private Collection, the classic fragrance her grandmother Estee created more than 3 decades ago. Later, in Paris she finds out the secret of beautiful skin from Rebecca Korner of cult Australian skincare house, Korner. Linzie Janis finds out what it takes to get to the top in hairdressing when she meets John Frieda at his salon in NY's fashionable Meatpacking District and his home in Ibiza...

"Ugly Betty"

A Hollywood adaptation of the Colombian telenovela "Yo Soy Betty La Fea," "Betty" swirls around a plain young woman who lands a job as assistant to a fashion-magazine editor. The show was an out-of-the-gate hit following its autumn 2006 debut on ABC, & has also scored well overseas. British actor Ashley Jensen ("Extras"), who plays Betty's workplace confidante Christina, said, that he thinks he can see a bit of Ugly Betty in all of us, and he mean men, as well, because it's about the underdog. On the red carpet at the swanky Skybar in Hollywood's Mondrian Hotel, the actors looked like anything but underdogs, donning duds from such heavyweight designers as Prada (Jensen), Nanette Lepore (Ferrera) & Bill Blass (Ana Ortiz, who plays Betty's sister, Hilda).

Death of The Contemporary Jazz Creator

His death (at 83 y.o.) was announced today by a spokesman for Blue Note records. Max Roach had been known to be ill for several years. As a young man, Max Roach, a percussion virtuoso capable of playing at the most brutal tempos with subtlety as well as power, was among a small circle of adventurous musicians who brought about wholesale changes in jazz. He remained adventurous to the end. Over the years he challenged both his audiences & himself by working not just with standard jazz instrumentation, & not just in traditional jazz venues, but in a wide variety of contexts. Some of them well beyond the confines of jazz as that word is generally understood. He led a “double quartet” consisting of his working group of trumpet, saxophone, bass & drums plus a string quartet. He led an ensemble consisting entirely of percussionists. He dueted with uncompromising avant-gardists like the pianist Cecil Taylor and the saxophonist Anthony Braxton. He performed unaccompanied. He wrote music for plays by Sam Shepard & dance pieces by Alvin Ailey. He collaborated with video artists, gospel choirs and hip-hop performers...

Kiev

Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko asked the Central Electoral Commission "to consider voluntarily again", without waiting for court intervention, the documents of the Yuliya Tymoshenko bloc for candidates' registration for the early parliamentary election scheduled for 30 September, Maryna Stavniychuk, the deputy head of the presidential secretariat, Yushchenko's representative in the Central Electoral Commission and the Constitutional Court, told a briefing on Monday (13 August). "The Central Electoral Commission will thus resolve the problems in the election process that has arisen now and remove questions about the organization of the early parliamentary elections regarded as technicalities," Stavniychuk said.She said Yushchenko on Monday received Tymoshenko's letter calling for "every measure to ensure citizens' rights and freedoms". After that the president turned to the Central Electoral Commission. "The president's request is quite justifiable and is based on provisions of Ukraine's existing legislation and is in keeping with the provisions of the Constitution," Stavniychuk said. On the night to Saturday, the Central Electoral Commission refused to register the list of parliamentary candidates from the Yuliya Tymoshenko Bloc, as, in violation of the law for candidates' registration, it did not supply their addresses.

A Little Night Art ...

The real action at the Mostly Mozart Festival takes place inside Lincoln Center’s halls. A multimedia work by Marc Downie and Paul Kaiser of the OpenEnded Group, could be seen as an accompaniment, not the main attraction. This installation — eight light boxes, corresponding banners and speakers emitting computer-generated music — also has the tall order of functioning as a discrete artwork. It is installed on the exterior of the main-entrance side of Avery Fisher Hall — on the columns and within the ground-floor portico — and is best experienced after sundown (between 8:45 and 11:45, to be specific). Standing with concertgoers examining the 12-foot-tall light boxes in the portico, the word you hear most often is “interesting.” And “Breath” is, in fact, packed full of interesting data and factoids. The first light box takes its inspiration from a story about Mozart buying a pet starling, supposedly after hearing it sing a musical theme he had written.

Breast Cancer Treated?

Roberts, 46, told "GMA" viewers last Tuesday that she had cancer, which she discovered through self-examination. Her mother & sisters traveled from the Mississippi Gulf Coast & New Orleans to be with her for the operation. The former college basketball star & sportscaster grew up in Pass Christian, Mississippi. Roberts, who was anchor at Good Morning America since 2005 said that her family read many e-mails while she was in surgery. It brought them such comfort. Her big sis, Sally-Ann, marked all the survivor stories with a big S. She said her co-anchor, Diane Sawyer, had visited her in the hospital. She said that she woke up in the recovery room with sweet Diane gently tugging on her big toe. As we can imagine, she is still quite sore from the procedure & need to take some time for her body to heal. Roberts left the hospital on the day of her surgery. She said that right now the best medicine for her is to be at home surrounded by family & loved ones. And she expects to get the final test results later this week, which will determine the course of her treatment.

Damages

A legal thriller set in the world of New York City high-stakes litigation. The series, which provides a view into the true nature of power and success, follows the turbulent lives of Patty Hewes, the nation's most revered and reviled high-stakes litigator, and her bright, ambitious, protégé Ellen Parsons as they become embroiled in a class action lawsuit targeting the allegedly corrupt Arthur Frobisher, one of the country's wealthiest CEOs. As Patty battles with Frobisher and his attorney Ray Fiske, Ellen Parsons will be front and center witnessing just what it takes to win at all costs, as it quickly becomes clear that lives, as well as fortunes, may be at stake.
Entertainment

The son of an academic specializing in nonviolent conflict resolution & the father of a one year-old girl, Damon's selective about the sort of screen violence in which he'll participate. Damon, 36, returns for his 3rd go-round as the amnesiac former assassin in "The Bourne Ultimatum," his character returning to his roots to find out how he became a killing machine so he can finally put that life behind him. From his mother, a professor of early-childhood development, Damon was indoctrinated from an early age to look for ways to avoid the sort of altercations that're part of daily life for Bourne. Damon said that every role he took, there's always a special eye toward the violence...

Eddie Murphy

The 46-year-old star of "Dreamgirls" & the "Beverly Hills Cop" movies always has & will continue to honor his responsibilities as a father. Murphy & Brown dated very briefly & never made any plans. Murphy acknowledges paternity of the child Angel, & has paid child support to Brown as well as covering the expenses of her pregnancy. Murphy had never publicly acknowledged paternity before. Brown filed suit against Murphy in LA Superior Court on Wednesday, seeking to legally establish his paternity & unspecified child support for the 3-month-old girl. A DNA test in June confirmed that Murphy is the father of Brown's baby, Angel Iris Murphy Brown, who was born in April. The couple dated last year. Brown, 32, known as Scary Spice as a member of the British pop phenomenon, listed Murphy as the father on the child's birth certificate. Celebrity magazines reported this week that Murphy had become engaged to his girlfriend of 10 months, Tracey Edmonds. Murphy has 5 children from his 1st marriage to Nicole Mitchell, which ended in divorce in April 2006.

Her House Went On The Market

The 1926 Spanish-style Paris Hilton's Hollywood Hills house went on the market on Friday for $4.25 million. This is a very special celebrity-owned home. The house boasts 4 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms an a separate guest quarter & office. One bedroom was converted into the "ultimate closet." The 26-year-old hotel heiress and reality TV star walked out of jail a month ago after a 3 week stay in which she was briefly released to home confinement. Then sent back screaming to a lockup. Paris had been sentenced to 45 days for a probation violation. A throng of reporters & paparazzi staked out the home above Sunset Boulevard last month, capturing Paris move from jail to home & back. The onslaught caused some residents to circulate a letter advising neighbors to call police about the noise & traffic.

Frank-Zappa-Strasse, Berlin

Frank Zappa, the Grammy Award-winning Rock & Roll Hall of Famer who died in 1993, is now a street in Berlin. In a ceremony that included a tribute concert with 17 bands playing into the night, Frank-Zappa-Strasse was unveiled late Saturday in Marzahn, a district of Communist-era high-rise housing on the eastern fringe of the city. Two years ago Orwo Haus, a former factory that calls itself Europe biggest practice studio for young bands, initiated a campaign to rename the 980-foot-long Street 13 in honor of Frank Zappa.
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