Saturday, April 30, 2011

Sarah Burton

Pippa Middleton

Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen

LeRoy's Royal Wedding Invitation

walkin' in Hell I keep a stiff upper lip and I shoot from the hip.

Chelsea Clinton

Kate Middleton's Wedding Dress: Alexander McQueen's Royal Triumph

After months of breathless speculation, Kate Middleton’s lace and silk gown might not redefine modern fashion—but in its extraordinary elegance and quiet sex appeal, Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton exceeded all expectations - Robin Givhan.

Liza Minnelli

Liza Minnelli said she'd be in London during the royal wedding. But she apparently didn't make the guest list for the nuptials, even though, she says, she has close ties to the British monarchy. "I know all of them," Minnelli told us at the Friars Club in New York. "I've sang for all of them." Minnelli kept a stiff upper lip when it came to missing William and Kate's guest list, which included fellow Sir Elton John and Guy Ritchie. "There will be enough people there," Minnelli told us. - NY Post

Elton Somber

Sir Elton John appeared deeply emotional before the royal wedding. The singer was a close friend of Princess Diana, and the last time he was at Westminster Abbey, it was to sing "Candle in the Wind" at her funeral. Accompanied by his partner, David Furnish, in matching tails, John was unusually quiet when we approached him with a friendly question outside the Abbey. Head down, he stayed silent and headed into the ceremony. - NY Post


Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger exchanged vows with Maria Shriver in Hyannis, Massachusetts. The bride wore a gown by Christian Dior's Marc Bohan, complete with an 11-foot train. - Celebrity Wedding Dresses

Billy Bush

"Access Hollywood" anchor Billy Bush shed tears when he watched Kate Middleton and Prince William walk down the aisle at Westminster Abbey in London -- but he was man enough to admit it. "I did, and I'm not ashamed of it," Bush told us of his emotional response. "I love my wife as much as I perceive William loves Kate, and, to me, it was a tribute to all married couples." A witness told us he saw Bush "blubbering" at the Abbey when the happy couple arrived on the scene. - NY Post

Artist Sues Warner Bros. to Stop Release of 'Hangover 2'

The man who gave Mike Tyson his distinctive facial tattoo has sued Warner Bros. over the similar-looking facial art on Ed Helms' character in the upcoming The Hangover: Part II. S. Victor Whitmill, an award-winning tattoo artist who calls the Tyson design "one of the most distinctive tattoos in the nation," is asking for an injunction to stop the release of the highly-anticipated comedy sequel, set to bow in the U.S. over Memorial Day weekend. "When Mr. Whitmill created the Original Tattoo, Mr Tyson agreed that Mr. Whitmill would own the artwork and thus, the copyright in the Original Tattoo," argues the complaint, filed Thursday in federal court in Missouri and obtained by THR. "Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. — without attempting to contact Mr. Whitmill, obtain his permission, or credit his creation — has copied Mr. Whitmill's Original Tattoo and placed it on the face of another actor ... This unauthorized exploitation of the Original Tattoo constitutes copyright infringement." Warners declined to comment on the suit. - The Hollywood Reporter


Sean Landers

Kafka's Evolution

Volker Marz

Smoke Double Shirley

Folkert de Jong (2011)

Saif Gaddafi

BENGHAZI, Libya — The government of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi said he survived an airstrike in Tripoli late Saturday night that killed one of his sons and three grandchildren, in the sharpest intensification yet of the NATO air campaign intended to pressure the Libyan leader from power. The son, Seif al-Arab Muammar el-Qaddafi, 29, and the grandchildren, all said to be younger than 12, were possibly the first confirmed casualties in the airstrikes on the Libyan capital. And while the deaths could not be independently verified, the campaign against Libya’s most densely populated areas raised new questions about how broadly NATO is interpreting its United Nations mandate to protect civilians. It is the second airstrike in seven days to hit a location intimately close to the Libyan leader, following a midnight attack last week that destroyed an office building in his compound where he and his aides sometimes work. In a news conference early Sunday morning in Tripoli, a Qaddafi government spokesman called the strike an illegal attack. “This was a direct operation to assassinate the leader of this country,” said the spokesman, Moussa Ibrahim. “This is not permitted by international law. It is not permitted by any moral code or principle.” He said that the colonel and his wife, who were staying at the house along with “friends and family,” were not hurt. American and NATO officials have said they are not seeking to kill Colonel Qaddafi, and some have suggested it might not be very easy. But frustrated by the evasion and resilience of Colonel Qaddafi’s military, NATO has pledged to step up its strikes on the broader instruments of his power, including state television facilities and command centers in the capital. In a news release, the NATO mission’s operational commander, Lt. Gen. Charles Bouchard, said he was aware of the reports of Qaddafi family deaths but called them unconfirmed. He added: “All NATO’s targets are military in nature and have been clearly linked to the Qaddafi regime’s systematic attacks on the Libyan population and populated areas. We do not target individuals.”

Beyonce, Usher, and Mariah Carey have been shamed into returning millions they made performing at private parties for the jetsetting scions of the Gaddafi clan. And just today, the Daily Mail has heaped scorn on a British Formula One team that was involved in a £25 million deal pressed by Saif Gaddafi to decorate its race cars with "Visit Libya" signs. The London School of Economics-educated Saif, Gaddafi's second son, has long served as the liberal face of the regime, helping to show a country that was once an international pariah in a more cosmopolitan light — not least through his patronage of the arts. Now, however, it turns out he didn't actually write his LSE thesis on the virtues of international democracy, and the LSE had been disgraced by the fact it took major donations from Saif's charity. Meanwhile, back in Libya, Saif has been pictured in a video brandishing a gun, calling enemies of the regime "bums, brats and druggies," and exhorting Gaddafi supporters to slaughter their countrymen. Reconsidering Saif's legacy, the Guardian quoted one acquaintance describing him as "urbane, charming and psychotic." One of Saif's pet projects had been a museum of Islamic art in Tripoli, which was to open in September to honor the anniversary of his father's rise to power. - Ben Davis

Tell Facebook: Stop Censoring Political Speech

BREAKING NEWS: A range of Facebook users, from political dissidents to technology bloggers, are reporting the sudden blocking of their pages. Facebook provided no prior warning, nor was there a clear process established to restore access to the blocked pages. More than 50 blocked pages were political in nature, and several users have had their pages maliciously blocked through fraudulent claims of intellectual property violations. This news follows Facebook's disturbing assertions that it's willing to work with government censors in places like China, and that the company is worried that it sometimes provides "too much" free speech.

Tell Facebook: Stop Censoring Political Speech


Toshiso Kosako

Japanese government adviser Toshiso Kosako is overcame with emotion during a news conference Friday, April 29, 2011 in Tokyo announcing his resignation from the position. The expert on radiation exposure said he could not stay and allow the government to set what he called improper radiation limits of 20 millisieverts an hour for elementary schools in areas near the tsunami-damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO LICENSING IN CHINA, HONG KONG, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA AND FRANCE

Criticism of the Japanese government's handling of the crisis at a radiation-spewing nuclear power plant increased Saturday, with a new poll indicating three-quarters of people disapprove and a key adviser quitting in protest. A Kyodo News service poll released Saturday showed that Prime Minister Naoto Kan's support ratings were plunging. - YURI KAGEYAMA

Black Sabbath Born Again

Acheron – Rebirth – Metamorphosing Into Godhood

Borborygmus – Diarrhea of Anne Frank

Blackie Lawless has a codpiece that shoots flame

Outkast Stankonia

Iron Maiden’s animated zombie Eddie

forced to sleep naked

The Pentagon has confirmed that WikiLeaks suspect Army Pvt. Bradley Manning is being held at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas among other inmates awaiting military trial. Amnesty International came to Manning's aid, requesting that he be moved when it was revealed he was was being mistreated in maximum-security solitary confinement in Quantico, Virginia. He was confined to his cell for 23 hours a day and allegedly forced to sleep naked. The move also implies that Manning is no longer on suicide watch, which is one of the reasons why he was originally in solitary confinement, though his lawyer has complained that psychiatrists who visited him at Quantico never deemed him suicidal. Reporters were allowed to see his new quarters and were told that in the future Manning will detained be with roughly 10 prisoners, all of whom are awaiting trial. The Associated Press said Manning will have his own cell, will wear standard prison clothing, and will be allowed to move freely in the prison's communal area, except overnight. - DBeast via USA Today

A Egyptian protester shows incredible love by kissing a riot officer

The Royal Wedding Kiss

Miley Cyrus

Abdul Salam

Injured Libyan youth Abdul Salam, 10, who suffers shrapnel wounds caused by the shelling of his house by pro-Gadhfi forces that left three of his relatives killed including his younger brother Abdul Nour, 9, unseen, waits to be evacuated into an ambulance on board the Albanian ferry Red Star 1 that evacuated injuries and refugees fleeing the battered city of Misrata, after docking at the port of Benghazi, Libya Thursday, April 28, 2011. A doctor in a besieged Libyan city says a NATO airstrike the previous day killed 12 rebels. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)