Thursday, December 31, 2009

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

William T Wiley - Mr Unnatural
"He applies an expansive, satiric imagination to all manner of subjects, from the stains on his studio floor to concerns about the environment and international politics to Buddhist metaphysics. But his works can also be self-indulgent and needlessly obscure."
-Ken Johnson NY Times
Edith Bouvier Beale by Andy Warhol

David Hockney by David Bailey

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A company in Japan is taking the traditional wedding cake in a very different direction, replacing it with a giant tuna. The company has been offering the tuna-cutting wedding ceremonies for about 10 years, Japan Probe reports. A minimum plan costs about 300 yen per person based on 50 guests, which works out to about 150,000 yen or $1,600. -Slash Food

Monday, December 28, 2009

Prosecutors have decided they won’t pursue second-degree murder charges against Conrad Murray for Michael Jackson's death, reports Gerald Posner, and will instead seek a manslaughter indictment. Gerald Posner - DBeast
“I thought I was living inside a dream. Except the dream had come true. I had come home with Elvis.” -Priscilla Presley
Alanna Nash - “the first journalist to see Elvis Presley in his casket.”

Umar Farouk AbdulmutallabLAGOS, Nigeria - The Nigerian man accused of trying to bring down a U.S. airliner cut off contact with his family and disappeared from their lives until they awoke to news of the attempted Christmas Day attack, his family said Monday. -JON GAMBRELL

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Caravaggio's "The Taking of Christ" (1573–1602) was stolen from the Odessa Museum of Western and Eastern Art last year. PORTO ERCOLE, Italy—Scientists hoping to learn more about how the hard-living Renaissance painter Caravaggio spent his last days have exhumed his remains from a cemetery in Tuscany. The bones have been taken to the University of Bologna, where a team led by anthropology professor Georgio Grupponi, who is also known for helping reconstruct the face of Medieval poet Dante Alighieri, will try to pin down his cause of death. Caravaggio was notorious for brawling his way around Italy, and various theories about what killed him have been put forth over the years, including that the master painter was assassinated for religious reasons, died of malaria on a deserted beach, and succumbed to typhus in a hospital. He was allegedly en route to Rome, where he was seeking a pardon for a killing a man, when he died. -ARTINFO
> Francesco Vezzoli
Who´s Afraid of Salvador Dali?, 2008
© Francesco Vezzoli Francesco Vezzoli
© Francesco Vezzoli Courtesy Gagosian Gallery Foto: Guy Ferrandis

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Teresa Heinz has breast cancer
Pete Doherty recently spent hours in plaster to make a marble sculpture of himself hanging on a cross just like Jesus. The finished artwork will be carved in marble. -Hollywire
Get ready for the annual event that the Travel Channel recently called, "one of the largest, glitziest, rowdiest and most untamed shindigs in the world." That’s right, the mother of all Christmas Eve parties, Heebonism, is back in New York, Chicago, Denver and San Francisco, and for the first time heads to the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs.
Heebonism: New York/Chinatown
105 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002
8 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Featuring a live performance by The Shondes and DJ sets from Ohio Party, Balagan, DJ Kool Jew and Cowboy Mark. Plus, Strip Dreidel with KinkyJews.
Christmas, 1921

I do not ask you for presents rare,
Other-world trove of forgotten metals;
Orchids that opened to jungle air,
Tropical hate in their writhing petals;
Onyx and ebony, black as pain,
Carved with patience beyond believing;
Perfumes, to harry the startled brain;
Laces that women have died in weaving;
Cool-tinted pearls from the ocean, where
Grottoes of dolorous green regret them.
I do not ask you for presents rare—
Dearest, I know that I wouldn't get them.
Give me your love, on this Christmas Day.
Give me your thoughts, when chimes are ringing.
Send me the happier along my way,
Deep in my soul let your words be singing.
Give me your wishes, as bells sound clear,
Charming the air with their golden measure.
Give me your hopes for the unborn year,
Fill up my heart with a secret treasure.
Give me the things that you long to say,
All of your tenderest dreams unfetter.
Give me your love, on this Christmas Day—
But come across, please, when times get better.

- Dorothy Parker (1893-1967)
Chris Henry, 26, was killed after he fell out of the bed of pickup truck driven by his fiancee, Loleini Tonga, during what police called a domestic dispute. Police are investigating, but no charges have been filed. Tonga, wearing large sunglasses, paused to gather herself repeatedly as she spoke to hundreds of mourners at his funeral - including Henry's teammates - who filled the grandstands at a suburban New Orleans events center. Tonga professed eternal love for Henry and promised to raise their children the way he would want. "Can't nobody know the way I'm feeling right now. No one can explain the relationship that me and Chris had. In six years of knowing each other - through hard times, good times - we loved each other very much," she said. "People say I helped change his life. No. He changed mine." -BRETT MARTEL

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Tom Cruise Accused of SpyingMichael Sapir, who in 2001 claimed that he had video of Tom Cruise "engaged in a homosexual relationship" and was promptly sued by the movie star, has now himself sued Cruise, accusing the actor of hiring currently incarcerated private investigator Anthony Pellicano to wiretap and spy on him. Sapir, who settled with Cruise in their last lawsuit entanglement and issued a statement disavowing the alleged "homosexual relationship" tape's existence, claims that Cruise, Pellicano, and attorney Bert Fields all conspired to spy on him, and is asking for $5 million. Fields called the allegations "complete garbage."
Read it at TMZ -DBeast

"I Met Evan Seinfeld And Tera Patrick" posted 10 months agoI met Evan and Tera at a strip club. He was all about a buck selling her stuff, DVDs, photos, etc.. He charged me to get my Penthouse signed, nobody ever charged for that before. He was also rushing everybody along. She didn't really say much. -meet the

Tera Patrick's ex-husband, Evan Seinfeld, is striking back at her claim that he chose continuing to do porn over his marriage to her. "I'm very grateful to have worked with her, but I'm disappointed in the way she's handling things," Seinfeld told us. "It was a very amicable split, so this feels like a cheap shot." Seinfeld, who starred in HBO's "Oz" and who produces events for Hell's Kitchen strip club HeadQuarters, adds, "While it was great that we were the 'First Couple' of porn, the fact is Tera hates the industry. She's not a sexual person. We barely had sex in our own marriage. She's desperate to break into the mainstream, and just wants to generate press." He continued, "I didn't choose porn over her. Our marriage had a lot of holes in it, despite what she claims. I chose freedom." Seinfeld's personal Web site,, launches next week. -PAGE SIX NY Post
PHIL SPECTOR FORGIVENPaul Shaffer, Steve "Little Steven" Van Zandt and Lesley Gore joined Darlene Love Sunday night at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, NJ, to celebrate songwriter Ellie Greenwich, who died in August at 68. Shaffer sang a hilarious rendition of Greenwich's "Doo Wah Diddy," and Love recalled co-starring with Greenwich in "Leader of the Pack" on Broadway. Love even announced her forgiveness for convicted murderer Phil Spector, who wrote many of the songs she sang as a member of the Blossoms. "We can't hate Phil Spector," Love said, "because without him we wouldn't have these wonderful songs." The audience agreed, dancing to "Da Doo Ron Ron," "Be My Baby," "Chapel of Love" and "Then He Kissed Me." -PAGE SIX, NY Post

Monday, December 21, 2009

Now Then, Let's Go Out

Now then, let's go out
to enjoy the snow...until
I slip and fall!

-Matsuo Bashō (1644-1694)
Billy Bush and Nancy O'Dell.Billy Bush “really wants to be the next Ryan Seacrest.”
Read it at New York Daily News

We hear...That an art dealer once flew to Orlando and showed Tiger Woods some Basquiat paintings, hoping to turn the golf great into a collector -- but although Tiger "loved them," a source said, "then he asked the price -- seven figures -- and Tiger stopped the conversation right there." . . . -PAGE SIX, NY Post
Phil Varone
Watch CBS News Videos OnlineAmerica's War on Sex: The Attack on Law, Lust and Liberty (Sex, Love, and Psychology) (Hardcover) ~ Marty Klein