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  • Jared Kushner's family mocked for plans to build a $7.5billion skyscraper at 666 Fifth [tr]

    03/24/2017 10:23:54 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 24, 2017 | Karen Ruiz
    Jared Kushner's family has unveiled that plans to erect a skyscraper on the New York City skyline at 666 Fifth Ave are now underway. The giant $7.5billion project is set to take over Kushner Properties' current Manhattan office at the address with plans to transform it into a 1,400ft tower adding 40 floors with retail shops, condominiums, and a hotel, The Wall Street Journal reported. It is also set to be renamed to 660 Fifth Ave.
  • 'Art Endangers Fascist Leaders': Protesters Project Images Onto SF Federal Building to Oppose Trump

    03/24/2017 10:22:12 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    'Art Endangers Fascist Leaders': Protesters Project Images Onto SF Federal Building to Oppose Trump's Proposed Budget CutsA group of art advocates on Thursday shone a bright light on President Donald Trump's plans to cut funding to art programs As part of "The Art He Fears" protest, they projected unflattering images of Trump onto the San Francisco Federal Building in SoMA. "Art endangers fascist leaders,” activist Alan Marling said in a statement. “It can express ideas that oppose the government’s narrative. In times when authority tries to deny all opposing views as fake news, art can fight propaganda with truth." Artist...
  • Mike Huckabee: A conservative plea for the National Endowment for the Arts

    03/24/2017 6:41:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 50 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 22, 2017 | Mike Huckabee
    Donald Trump wasn’t my first choice for president. I was. But he was my second choice, and I’m proud that I supported him. In tackling the federal budget, he faces a debt that has doubled to $20 trillion in the past eight years. No doubt a chainsaw seems more appropriate to the task at hand than a carving knife, but I would urge my president and friend to hold back from one tiny area of the budget whose elimination would cost far more than it would save.
  • White Artist’s Painting of Emmett Till at Whitney Biennial Draws Protests

    03/22/2017 11:18:07 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 21, 2017 | Randy Kennedy
    The open-coffin photographs of the mutilated body of Emmett Till, the teenager who was lynched by two white men in Mississippi in 1955, served as a catalyst for the civil rights movement and have remained an open wound in American society since they were first published in Jet magazine and The Chicago Defender at the urging of Till’s mother. The images’ continuing power, more than 60 years later, to speak about race and violence is being demonstrated once again in protests that have arisen online and at the newly opened Whitney Biennial over the decision of a white artist, Dana...
  • Classical architecture makes us happy. So why not build more of it?

    03/21/2017 12:39:14 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 67 replies
    Spectator (UK) ^ | 15 March 2017 | Ed West
    The key to a happy life, it’s been discovered, is living near to Georgian architecture and a Waitrose. Bath, York, Chichester, Stamford, Skipton, Harrogate, Oxford and Cambridge are among the towns listed in the Sunday Times 20 nicest places to live in Britain survey. Almost all these areas have one thing in common: they all feature a great deal of Georgian housing. And they’re all mostly unaffordable. There is a fair amount of research suggesting that traditional architecture, such as Georgian and Victorian terraces and mansion blocks, contributes to our wellbeing. Beauty makes people happy. –– ADVERTISEMENT –– This can...
  • Chuck Berry, revolutionary guitarist-songwriter, dead at 90

    03/18/2017 4:55:17 PM PDT · by lbtbell · 93 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | March 18, 2017 | Greg Kot
    Chuck Berry, who died Saturday at 90, was one of the architects of rock'n'roll as a singer, songwriter and guitarist. More than any artist of the '50s, his songs exploded with imagery that saw rock'n'roll not just as a fad but as the future -- a vision of freedom that transcended generation and race. Berry's opening solo on "Johnny B. Goode" blared reveille for subsequent generations of rockers. Every rock guitarist since is in his debt. In addition, Berry wrote and sang at least two dozen rock'n'roll classics, including Maybellene, Roll Over Beethoven, and Back in the U.S.A., many of...
  • Occasional Birdy Thread (In memory of Swampsniper)

    03/18/2017 3:48:36 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 101 replies
    Photos ^ | March 18, 2017 | Self
    A few recent shots from around home. If you have bird shots, please share 'em. Mr Tricolor enjoys his breakfast. Common gallinule or marsh hen Our national bird. Love these amazing raptors Coots in the sunrise. Lake Jackson is just a block east of us. I have to look at this each morning as I leave home for work.
  • Berlin police seize cannon made for launching coconuts

    03/18/2017 11:33:32 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 46 replies
    upi ^ | March 16, 2017 | Ben Hooper
    Berlin police announced they seized an artist's homemade cannon after a coconut launched by the device narrowly missed hitting a dog walker. Police said in a Facebook post that a man taking a dog for a walk March 1 in an industrial area of the German capital heard a loud bang followed by the sight of a large projectile whizzing past him at a high speed. Investigators determined the projectile was a coconut that had been launched from a cannon created by a 23-year-old artist. Police shared photos of the device in the Facebook post. The artist, Julian Charriere, said...
  • Friends in Safe Spaces

    03/18/2017 4:48:03 AM PDT · by outofsalt · 3 replies
    youtube ^ | 3/8/17 | Steve "Mudflap" McGrew & Chad Prather
    A great remake of a Garth Brooks classic.
  • Melania Trump Buys Clothes, Doesn't Get Designer Freebies

    03/17/2017 6:01:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Much like Hollywood actresses making the rounds for awards season (roughly 20 major public appearances for an Oscar nominee in a mere 3.5 months), being FLOTUS, means countless state dinners, charity engagements and trips to be chicly attired for. First Lady Melania Trump has already stepped out in a series of designer looks for her first 56 days in the role, from Ralph Lauren to custom Herve Pierre and most recently a black beaded $9,590 Michael Kors suit for Donald Trump’s first joint address to Congress. However, unlike an A-list actress, Trump is reportedly footing the bill. "Why do rich...
  • State Ordered to Provide Disabled Inmate with Motorized Wheelchair

    03/15/2017 5:01:39 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 12 replies
    New York Law Journal ^ | March 15, 2017 | Joel Stashenko
    ALBANY - Denying an inmate a motorized wheelchair is discriminatory under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act, a federal judge has ruled. Northern District Judge Mae D'Agostino found that the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision...failed to show that there were such safety risks in giving Nathaniel Wright the electric wheelchair that they outweighed his right to have the device.... Wright, 55, will complete a five-year sentence from Monroe County for first-degree sexual abuse next month.
  • APOD: The Cone Nebula from Hubble

    03/15/2017 8:19:34 AM PDT · by Purdue77 · 4 replies
    Astronomy Picture of the Day ^ | 15 March 2017 | Hubble Legacy Archive, NASA, ESA
    Explanation: Stars are forming in the gigantic dust pillar called the Cone Nebula. Cones, pillars, and majestic flowing shapes abound in stellar nurseries where natal clouds of gas and dust are buffeted by energetic winds from newborn stars. The Cone Nebula, a well-known example, lies within the bright galactic star-forming region NGC 2264. The Cone was captured in unprecedented detail in this close-up composite of several observations from the Earth-orbiting Hubble Space Telescope. While the Cone Nebula, about 2,500 light-years away in Monoceros, is around 7 light-years long, the region pictured here surrounding the cone's blunted head is a mere...
  • Big 4 Frustration As Nielsen TV Ratings Delayed Again Due To Power Outage

    03/14/2017 7:00:31 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 7 replies
    Deadline ^ | March 14, 2017 | Dominic Patten
    EXCLUSIVE: After last night’s The Bachelor finale, we know who Nick Viall’s new love is, but we don’t know how well the Season 21 ender of the ABC reality romance show did in the ratings. And neither do ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, the CW — or Nielsen. An early Sunday morning power outage at the data company’s Oldsmar, FL facility continues to kneecap reporting of viewership and adults 18-49 demographic numbers for the Big 4 and the CW for a third day in a row. The lack of those fast affiliates and more is frustrating the nets. Right now, they...
  • The Beatles Unseen: Photographs by David Magnus at Proud, Chelsea 14th March - 17th May

    03/14/2017 11:49:22 AM PDT · by Logicbox · 9 replies
    Britznbeatz ^ | February 24, 2017 | Lucy Lerner
    The Beatles are one of the most celebrated and influential rock groups of all time. Proud Galleries who are renowned for showcasing pioneers and icons of music will be presenting 'The Beatles Unseen: Photographs by David Magnus' on the 16th March, an inspiring documentation of their incredible rise to fame, exclusively at Proud Chelsea this Spring.
  • Taking A Dip In The Jury Pool

    03/14/2017 10:40:20 AM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 70 replies
    Personal Experience | 3/14/2017 | blueunicorn6
    I recently had the opportunity to fulfill my civic duty. I gave Al Franken an Atomic Wedgie. No.....just kidding. Though I do think that every American should pull Al Franken's shorts over his head. I was called for jury duty. They sent me an engraved invitation with a veiled threat to kick my donkey if I didn't show up at the appointed time. The invitation said to wear "appropriate clothing", and I was going to the jury pool, so I tried to check in wearing my speedo and flip flops. Turns out there's some kind of dress code to try...
  • Why We Need Gender Neutral Language for Abortion Access

    03/14/2017 10:01:03 AM PDT · by freddy005 · 21 replies
    Everyday Feminism ^ | September 13, 2016 | by Jack Qu’emi and All Access
    “We aren’t being mindful of each other.” Do you think only women need access to abortions and reproductive healthcare? That’s the common assumption – and it shows up in so many conversations about reproductive rights. But the truth is that there are transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people who need abortion access, too – and society’s assumptions about gender are making that really difficult. Here’s a short video from the All Access Coalition of organizations working for reproductive health, rights, and justice. Jack Qu’emi’s moving words show exactly why this issue matters – and how we can all help make...
  • The Who announces residency in Las Vegas

    03/13/2017 7:19:21 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 70 replies
    Rock legends The Who on Monday announced a residency in Las Vegas, putting off retirement as they wind down what they called a final tour. Caesars Palace, one of the landmarks of Sin City, said that The Who will begin playing at the hotel on July 29. The residency will initially be only six shows, although a statement described it as a “first run.”
  • Hitler Painting on Show for First Time at Italy Museum

    03/12/2017 4:01:25 PM PDT · by brucedickinson · 69 replies
    BBC ^ | 3-10-2017 | Staff
    The exhibition's curator sees little artistic merit in the undated painting. "It's a piece of crap," says curator Vittorio Sgarbi. "It's a painting by a hopeless man, it could have been done by Kafka, it says a lot about his psyche: here you do not see greatness, you see misery." Hitler famously applied to the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts in the 1900s but was rejected twice. Despite being considered a mediocre artist, his work has fetched considerable sums at auction in recent years.
  • TV Tower Bulb maintenance Vanity

    03/11/2017 8:10:21 AM PST · by CGASMIA68 · 63 replies
    I got queasy just viewing this and used to climb utility poles
  • India's Chandrayaan-1 lost since 2009 found orbiting moon [NASA JPL New Technique]

    03/10/2017 6:31:13 AM PST · by Red Badger · 9 replies
    03-10-2017 | Staff
    Considered lost since 2009 when radio contact with it was lost, India's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft has been found orbiting the moon. The spacecraft has been found by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. Earlier, JPL's calculations indicated that Chandrayaan-1 was circling some 200 kilometres above the lunar surface, but it was generally considered "lost." Chandrayaan-1 was India's first mission to the moon, was launched successfully on October 22, 2008 from Sriharikota. ISRO says the "satellite made more than 3400 orbits around the moon and the mission was concluded when the communication with the spacecraft was lost on August 29,...
  • The rise of 'modest' fashion (Luxury hijabs and abayas)

    03/09/2017 12:46:29 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    CNN Style ^ | March 8, 2017 | Monica Ainley and Fiona Sinclair Scott
    Trend analysts have dubbed what they interpret as a new wave of feminism the "pluri-empowerment" factor, says Iza Dezon, a trend forecaster at Peclers Paris. "An empowered woman is no longer subject to a specific definition, nor must she live by a specific set of values," she explains. "We're seeing the opening up of what empowerment means, allowing women to create their own definitions." The modest movement has been gaining steam for a few years now and the hijab has become a recognized symbol. In 2014 DKNY launched a bespoke modest fashion collection. In 2016, Dolce & Gabbana released a...
  • Utah Tribes: The Photography of John K. Hillers

    03/08/2017 12:41:10 PM PST · by Utah Binger · 14 replies
    The Thunderbird Foundation ^ | January 2017 | Nelson B. Wadsworth
    John Jack Hillers: Utah Tribes - An Exhibition A rare collection of 116 albumen photographs taken between 1872-187
  • Robert Osborne, TCM host and film historian, dies at 84

    03/06/2017 11:51:53 AM PST · by CaptainK · 41 replies
    Film historian Robert Osborne, the effervescent primetime host of Turner Classic Movies since the cabler's inception in 1994, has died. He was 84. TCM released a statement saying, "All of us at Turner Classic Movies are deeply saddened by the death of Robert Osborne. Robert was a beloved member of the Turner family for more than 23 years." Osborne was an irrepressible advocate for the films of Hollywood's golden era who wrote the Motion Picture Academy-sanctioned "50 Years of the Oscar: The Official History of the Academy Awards" in 1978 and a number of updates ending in 2008 with "80...
  • 'Help your Uncle Sam win the war': Extraordinary collection of First World War [tr]

    03/06/2017 9:46:12 AM PST · by C19fan · 24 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 6, 2017 | Staff
    A unique collection of propaganda posters which were designed to encourage Americans to support their troops in the First World War is going up for sale this week. The patriotic posters are full of stirring words and patriotic images of Uncle Sam, the Stars and Stripes and 'our boys' in the trenches and at sea, which inspired Americans back home to buy war bonds and help the war effort in other ways. The United States was initially pursuing an isolationist policy in 1914 when the war broke out between Britain, France, Italy and Russia on one side and Germany, the...
  • Way Too Many People Make the Same Dangerous Mistake With Fancy Cameras

    03/05/2017 10:42:07 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 63 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Monday, February 27, 2017 | Rafi Letzter
    Any professional photographer can instantly tell what the person in this picture is doing wrong. Can you? Hint: look at the camera strap. The quickest way to tell an amateur with a fancy DSLR from a pro before they even begin shooting is to watch where they hang their strap. When I was just a baby photographer in college, I hung my strap from my neck and an older, wiser student named Ray Whitehouse nearly jumped out of his skin setting me straight. Pros hang their straps from their shoulders for some very good reasons. Amateurs put it over their...
  • The Moscow that never was: The work of Russia's boldest architects that showed how a [tr]

    03/05/2017 3:19:52 AM PST · by C19fan · 12 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 4, 2017 | Rebecca Taylor
    This is the Moscow that could have been. In a fascinating and eye opening exhibition, images of a Moscow designed by some of Russia's boldest architects in the 1920s and 1930s will show how a generation envisaged their capital after the Russian Revolution.  The exhibition, to be held at the Design Museum in Kensington, London, will focus on six unbuilt architectural landmarks located near Moscow’s Red Square, and explore how these schemes reflected changes in everyday life and society following the October Revolution.
  • The Promise, Coming April 21

    03/04/2017 12:11:56 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Set during the last days of the Ottoman Empire, The Promise follows a love triangle between Michael, a brilliant medical student, the beautiful and sophisticated Ana, and Chris - a renowned American journalist based in Paris.
  • Adorable Little Girl Channels Melania Trump in School Project Photo

    03/02/2017 8:15:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Yahoo! Style ^ | February 28, 2017 | Elise Solé
    A little girl who idolizes Melania Trump is paying homage to the first lady by dressing up just like her. On Monday, @WEdwarda tweeted a photo of the 8-year-old girl on Twitter, writing, “8 year-old-girl from Alabama picks Melania Trump for her schools favorite first lady project. So cute!” The girl is dressed in a pint-sized version of Trump’s powder blue inaugural outfit: a Ralph Lauren dress with matching coat, leather gloves, and stilettos. Mini Melania also wears her hair in an updo and carries a bright blue box, similar to the one from Tiffany & Co. that the first...
  • Gloria Steinem: Women Have ‘Chick Flicks.’ What About Men?

    03/02/2017 6:04:39 AM PST · by C19fan · 91 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 2, 2017 | Gloria Steinman
    I was on a flight from New York to Seattle recently when a long delay on the tarmac prompted the airline to offer us a free movie. As the flight attendant read the choices aloud, a young man across the aisle said, “I don’t watch chick flicks!” I knew what he meant, and so did the woman sitting next to me. A “chick flick” is one that has more dialogue than car chases, more relationships than special effects, and whose suspense comes more from how people live than from how they get killed. I wasn’t challenging his preference, but I...
  • Disney's first 'exclusively gay moment' hits screens in Beauty and the Beast

    03/01/2017 12:33:02 PM PST · by Red Badger · 36 replies ^ | 1 March 2017 • 7:42am | Hannah Furness, Arts Correspondent
    It built its reputation on princesses finding their prince, living happily ever after in storylines which set the benchmark for romance for generations of children. Now, Disney is to move firmly into a new era as it introduces its first “exclusively gay moment”, disclosing the new version of Beauty and the Beast will star a manservant exploring his sexuality. The live-action version of Beauty and the Beast is already on course to be the most thoroughly modern film of its kind, with star Emma Watson discussing how she made the role of Belle more feminist. The team have now revealed...
  • When Russians hack the Oscars … jaw-dropping chaos after wrong best picture award was given!

    02/27/2017 9:20:21 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 40 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | February 27, 2017 | Samantha Chang
    The Russians did it! That’s probably what liberal media would be shrieking if the epic Oscars gaffe had not been captured on live TV. After spending two hours needling President Trump, Hollywood got egg on its face bigly after the wrong winner was announced for best picture. The bizarre turn of events unfolded when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were presenting the Academy Award for best picture. Beatty was handed an envelope that was supposed to contain the winner.
  • Bill Paxton, actor known for Aliens and Titanic, dies aged 61

    02/26/2017 8:14:55 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 81 replies
    BBC ^ | 02.25.17
    The Texan actor's biggest hits included The Terminator, Apollo 13, True Lies, Titanic, and 1996's Twister - in which he starred opposite Helen Hunt. He is survived by his wife, Louise Newbury, and two children. Mr Paxton won an Emmy for his performance in the TV mini-series Hatfields and McCoys, alongside Kevin Costner.
  • Judge tells compensation claimant she was obese, drunk and careless in high heels

    02/24/2017 8:45:06 PM PST · by Rebelbase · 24 replies
    Metro UK ^ | 2/24/17 | Richard Hartley-Parkinson for
    A woman who tried to claim compensation from Ronnie Scott’s after she fell down the stairs has lost her case. A judge told Eren Hussein, 52, that her weight, drunken state and carelesness in wearing high heels contributed to the fall. She was at the world-famous club in Soho in 2012 when she fell down a flight of stairs, round a corner and down a second flight breaking her wrist and elbow. Ms Hussein tried to claim thousands in damages, but the club was found not to have been responsible.
  • 'Real men provide. Real women appreciate it': North Carolina residents plan...

    02/23/2017 3:58:35 PM PST · by Morgana · 70 replies ^ | Feb. 23, 2017 | Ashley Collman For
    FULL TITLE: 'Real men provide. Real women appreciate it': North Carolina residents plan protest over 'sexist' billboard paid for by a mystery organization Women are planning this weekend to protest a North Carolina billboard with a message they say is a slam on gender equality, according to media reports. A billboard on a highway between Winston-Salem and Greensboro reads, 'Real men provide. Real women appreciate it.' It's on Business 40, a heavily traveled commuter stretch of an offshoot of Interstate 40 that runs between the two cities. Winston-Salem boutique owner Molly Grace said that she sees the sign's message as...
  • Lincoln Center Turns Away Woman Wearing Anti-Trump Sign

    02/23/2017 5:15:47 AM PST · by csvset · 13 replies
    NYT ^ | 22 Feb 2017 | Colin Moynihan
    Jenny Heinz, a longtime Metropolitan Opera and New York Philharmonic subscriber, calculates that over the past 60 years, she has been to hundreds of performances at Lincoln Center. But when she showed up this month at David Geffen Hall to see the Budapest Festival Orchestra, she was barred from attending when she refused to remove an 8-by-11-inch sign affixed to the back of her jacket. It read: “NO! In the name of humanity we refuse to accept a fascist America.” Ms. Heinz, 72, said she had been wearing the sign since she attended a protest outside Trump Tower in November....
  • Movie Theaters Hosting Screenings of ‘1984’ to Protest Trump

    02/21/2017 10:33:48 AM PST · by C19fan · 81 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 21, 2017 | Ben Kew
    Dozens of cinemas across the United States are planning to screen the film adaption of George Orwell’s 1984 in protest of reports that President Donald Trump is allegedly considering cuts to arts funding.
  • Let's lighten the load.

    02/20/2017 9:36:14 AM PST · by sodpoodle · 3 replies
    multiple | 2/20/2017 | unknown
    A variety for your enjoyment.
  • The 20 Greatest Saxophonists of All Time

    02/19/2017 3:35:16 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 108 replies
    L.A. Weekly ^ | 2/14 | Gary Fukushima, Andy Hermann
    20. Gerry Mulligan Arguably the greatest baritone sax player in history — or at least the most influential — Mulligan's velvet tones eternally linked his instrument to the West Coast "cool jazz" sounds of the 1950s, especially through his work on Miles Davis' Birth of the Cool sessions and his legendary L.A. "pianoless quartet" with trumpeter Chet Baker. But to reduce Mulligan's impact to cool jazz does his 50-year career a disservice. Mulligan was equally adept swinging alongside one of his heroes, Ben Webster, and later in his career explored modernist variations of big-band jazz on albums such as Age...
  • Weekend Box Office: Matt Damon's 'The Great Wall' Crumbles With $21M U.S. Debut

    02/19/2017 1:53:04 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 44 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 2/17/2017 | Pamela McClintock
    'A Cure for Wellness' is also bombing over the long Presidents Day weekend, leaving 'The Lego Batman Movie' and 'Fifty Shades Darker' firmly in charge Acclaimed Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou's The Great Wall, starring Matt Damon, bombed in its U.S. debut over the long Presidents Day weekend with an estimated $21 million from 3,325 theaters, including a three-day tally of $18.1 million. That's a poor start considering the movie's $150 million production budget. Revised estimates for the holiday weekend will be released Monday morning, while final numbers won't be ready until Tuesday. In any case, the first Presidents Day weekend...
  • Vanity question

    02/19/2017 12:01:02 PM PST · by MissEdie · 13 replies
    2-19-2017 | MissEdie
    Freepers, I need some help. My daughter entered an art contest in SC and said she would do it if I would enter one as well. Do any of you know of reputable art contests that are online or local to SC??
  • Just how good is the iPhone 7 Plus' Portrait mode? Good enough for 'Billboard' magazine's cover

    02/16/2017 11:48:08 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 31 replies
    Mashable ^ | February 16, 2016 | BY RAYMOND WONG
    There's something special about the the Feb. 17 issue of Billboard Magazine, featuring former Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello on the cover.Can't figure it out? OK, I'll just tell you: It was photographed with an iPhone 7 Plus using Portrait mode. But there's no way you'd have known that unless someone had told you. SEE ALSO: The next iPhone's battery might be getting a Plus-sized boost The cover was shot by portrait photographer Miller Mobley, who has worked for Billboard before and has photographed celebrities like Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lawrence, Tom Hanks, and Ryan Gosling. The project — specifically to shoot...
  • ISIS flattens Palmyra: Dramatic aerial pictures show how the terror group is hell bent [tr]

    02/13/2017 11:58:43 AM PST · by C19fan · 15 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 13, 2017 | Julian Robinson
    These dramatic aerial images show how ISIS seems hell bent on destroying the last remaining UNESCO treasures in Palmyra after recapturing the city. Drone footage captured by Russia's military shows how ancient monuments in the Syrian UNESCO World Heritage Site have been reduced to rubble by the terror group. The black-and-white video dated February 5 shows part of the Roman amphitheatre collapsed and the tetrapylon, a 16-columned structure that marked one end of the ancient city's colonnade, wiped out
  • Designer of Pro-Trump Grammys Dress Is an Immigrant

    02/12/2017 6:27:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | February 12, 2017 | Staff
    Designer Andre Soriano, who immigrated to the U.S. from the Philippines, is a big fan of the new president. The designer behind Joy Villa's "Make America Great Again" pro-Trump Grammys gown, Filipino immigrant Andre Soriano, tells THR that he is supportive of the new president despite his controversial immigration ban, and that the message of the dress was one of positivity. "It’s more so about love," he said of the red, white and blue gown. "We all live on this planet. I’ve never been in the political area. However, it’s just so crazy that people are getting beat up because...
  • What boycott? Shanghai fashion label Taoray Wang embraces Tiffany Trump at New York fashion week

    02/11/2017 6:12:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The South China Morning Post ^ | February 12, 2017 | Agence France-Presse
    To boycott or not to boycott First Lady Melania Trump because of her husband’s politics has been hotly debated in US fashion circles, but for one Chinese designer, at least one member of the first family is a major asset. Tiffany Trump, the youngest daughter of the US president, was guest of honour in the front row at Taoray Wang’s New York fashion week show on Saturday, accompanied by her mother, Trump’s ex-wife Marla Maples. The 23-year-old first daughter, who wore Taoray Wang at her father’s inauguration weekend, has been happily adopted by the Chinese label as it seeks to...
  • New plays on Broadway are already in danger

    02/10/2017 9:20:18 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 18 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 9, 2017 | Michael Riedel
    There are plenty of nonmusical plays coming to Broadway this spring, but producers are fretting that few of them are selling. Three of those plays — “Sweat,” “Indecent” and “Significant Other” — moved to Broadway because of strong reviews from former New York Times critic Charles Isherwood. But he and the paper have since parted ways, and there’s no guarantee that Ben Brantley, or whoever else reviews them for the Times, will be as kind. First, the numbers. The only play with a decent advance is “The Glass Menagerie,” starring Sally Field. Sources say it’s sold close to $3 million...
  • Open Thread

    02/10/2017 12:03:26 AM PST · by Morgana · 10 replies
    MOONBATTERY ^ | Feb. 9, 2017 | Dave Blount
    Open Thread (Leave your opinion about picture on link)
  • The Gustav Klimt Painting Oprah Reportedly Sold for $150M Has Quite a Story

    02/09/2017 11:03:52 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 2/9/2017 | Maxwell Williams
    The portrait began with a commission by the husband of the artist's alleged lover, and underwent a Nazi theft, a legal feud and a deal brokered by Larry Gagosian for Winfrey that is likely the biggest private sale of a single artwork in 2016. Oprah Winfrey has a long list of accomplishments. Being the seller of one of the top 10 most expensive paintings in history is now one of them. The OWN network founder and multibillionaire reportedly sold Gustav Klimt’s “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II” (1912) for $150 million to an unidentified buyer in China, according to Bloomberg’s art...
  • 5 Wicked Dragon Statues In Christendom

    02/09/2017 10:44:53 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Travelers Today ^ | Feb 07, 2017
    Dragons are very common mythical creatures in almost every part of the world, but no other civilizations paid closer attention to them than East Asia and Western Christendom. While these serpentine creatures are worshiped in Oriental countries, dragons in Christendom are feared to a point of revulsion. In fact, a popular Christian myth that perpetuated the fear of dragons is found in the narratives of the early pre-Catholic era. The 3rd Century AD Roman martyr named St. George was believed to have slain a dragon who feeds on sheep and virgin women during his adventures in Libya. This legend also...
  • Mr Kipling's Exceedingly Good Art: Lockwood Kipling Emerges From His Son Rudyard's Shadow

    02/09/2017 8:35:49 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 14 January 2017 | Alistair Smart
    Mr Kipling's exceedingly good art: Lockwood Kipling emerges from his son Rudyard's shadow in the V&A's splendid new exhibitionVictoria & Albert Museum, LondonUntil April 2 You certainly wouldn’t call Lockwood Kip­ling a household name. If he’s remembered at all, it tends to be incidentally: as father of the Nobel Prize-winning author Rudyard. A splendid new exhibition at the V&A, however, reveals what an interesting Victorian ­figure he was in his own right. Born in 1837, Lockwood was the son of a Methodist minister, but – inspired by a teenage visit to the Great Exhibition at Crystal Palace – he opted...
  • Two pics perfectly illustrating why Europe is on the wrong path

    02/06/2017 10:03:17 PM PST · by beaversmom · 29 replies
    The Guardian ^ | February 6, 2017 | beaversmom
    Two pics perfectly illustrating why Europe is on the wrong path Stockholm, Sweden Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lovin, left, signs a proposal for new climate legislation. Lovin’s posting of the all women photo on social media was widely interpreted as adirect swipe at Donald Trump and as a pastiche of the photograph showing him signing anti-abortion legislation surrounded by men.Photograph: Isabella LovinSource link for pic Sabratha, Libya Migrants from sub-Saharan Africa seen aboard an overcrowded raft in the Mediterranean during a rescue operation by the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms. Photograph: Giorgos Moutafis/Reuters Source link for pic