- 2012.10.08 Mon
DETROIT -- Adonne Khare's carbon pencil on paper drawing "Elephants" isn't just a massive display of the lumbering yet beautiful mammals. It's a long look – spanning across a 13-foot-by-8-foot canvas[Cheap Canvas Shoes] – at a part of her life.
Khare, of Burbank, Calif., was awarded the top cash prize of $200,000 late Friday at the fourth annual ArtPrize international competition in Michigan. Her piece was among entries by 1,517 artists from 56 countries and 45 states, whose work was displayed at venues across downtown Grand Rapids.
"The last year and half is documented in this story," she told The Associated Press in an interview Friday night. "The birth of my daughter, connections we all have with each other, loss, sickness, happiness, symbols of my history connected."
The competition, which began Sept. 19, awarded a total of $560,000 to artists of 16 installations. Winners were selected through public voting and panels of experts.
The 2012 event was the first year for the $100,000 Juried Grand Prize, which was awarded to a found-artifacts installation called "Displacement, 13208 Klinger." Items in the exhibit were collected over six days from a vacant Detroit home, which had the address 13208 Klinger, by Mitch Cope and his wife, Regina Reichert.
"There was 100 years' worth of items a family would have," Cope said. "We went through the house and grabbed all the things that were interesting that told the story of this house and the families that lived in it."
The couple runs Powerhouse Productions, a nonprofit that transforms and rebuilds vacant and abandoned structures in an effort to stabilize Detroit neighborhoods through art. Their winning installation – which features toys, tax receipts and about 25 televisions – was put together by the couple's Detroit-based company, Design 99.
An estimated 400,000 people visited the exhibits, making this year's ArtPrize the largest yet, according to organizers. More than 47,000 people cast over 412,500 votes.
"The only way to discover good ideas is to generate lots of them by lots of people, and the ArtPrize Awards are designed to be a catalyst that helps generate thousands of ideas," said Rick DeVos, founder and chairman of ArtPrize. "Our society needs more people to have ideas of all kinds, so we can make better things and make things better."
Khare said she leaned about the competition from a friend who had competed in it before. She called ArtPrize "completely life-changing."
"There are a lot of people and a lot of things going on," Khare said. "It's this conversation that takes over the community. I had school groups sit with me and we would talk about art."
- 2012.09.23 Sun
Keeping up on her ever-evolving fashion sense, Lady Gaga was seen out at designer Azzedine Alaia's showroom in Paris, France on Friday (September 21).
Showing off a fuller figure after having packed on twenty-five pounds, the “Born This Way” songstress looked chic in a structured leopard rings and black tights as she carefully made her way outside in a pair of dangerously tall lace up heels.
Judging by one of Gaga’s latest tweets, it looks like she will be sporting one of the designer’s most desirable duds at an upcoming event, writing, “May we celebrate Coco, beauty & fashion on Les Champs Elysees w picnic! I will be wearing a beautiful archive by the genial Monsieur ALAIA.”
Switching to career news, it’s been just over a week since the Mother Monster released her debut fragrance, “Fame,” and most everyone expected the international popstar's scent to have quite a response, but it seems it has exceeded expectations.
Tweeting out her overwhelming gratitude, Gaga impressively shared, “The reaction to FAME has been overwhelming. 6 million bottles in 1 week makes it the 2nd fastest selling fragrance after Coco Chanel.”
Enjoy the pictures of Lady Gaga out in Paris, France (September ).
- 2012.09.18 Tue
-- Carly Rae Jepsen, "Kiss" (604/Schoolboy/Interscope Records)
The challenge for Carly Rae Jepsen following the monster success of "Call Me Maybe" Cheap Canvas Shoes from China – arguably 2012's biggest pop culture moment – was to steer clear of one-hit wonder status. She did that with another pop smash, the anthem "Good Time," and Jepsen shows she has even more hits on her second album, "Kiss."
The Canadian singer, brought to our attention by country-mate Justin Bieber, delivers what fans are probably looking for with the help of Max Martin, Toby Gad and others: More effervescent pop, unencumbered by a plot too thick or societal issues too weighty. Bass lines and hand claps, please and thank you.
"Good Time" features electro-pop singer Owl City, aka Adam Young, and is the heir apparent to the radio-overkill throne. "Hands up if you're down to get down tonight," goes the refrain as Young shares microphone time with Jepsen against a heavy backbeat and an echoing chorus of "Ohhhh ohhh ohhh."
"Call Me Maybe" is here, of course, and remains the catchiest song of the year. This impossibly cute tune from this impossibly cute singer is all hook, sugary lyrics and lure-the-boy posturing. It's everything pop hit-makers strive for, delivered to near perfection.
The duds on "Kiss" include "Turn Me Up" and "Tonight I'm Getting Over You." They're both boring ditties about getting over someone by hitting the town. Light toe tapping may ensue, but these are forgettable tracks.
Jepsen redeems herself with the upbeat "This Kiss," co-written and co-produced by LMFAO's Redfoo. Her slow duet with Bieber, "Beautiful," is also a fine track, delivered smartly in a less-is-more production approach that humanizes them both.
CHECK OUT THIS TRACK: "Curiosity," which originally appeared on Jepsen's EP earlier this year, gets a soaring remix and it's the most club-ready song of the bunch.
- 2012.09.09 Sun
It's shockingly evident that Karl Urban has an "interview mode," which is quite different than his "normal human being mode." When I met Urban on Friday afternoon in his Toronto hotel room -- the actor is in town promoting "Dredd 3D," which is playing at the Toronto International Film Festival -- he was relaxed and noticeably jovial. At least until the questions started. Often glaring out the window at the Toronto skyline, what I had first feared was indifference to what we were discussing, was (thankfully) revealed to be Urban really thinking through each and every answer -- there's no regurgitated, autopilot answer for Urban. I'd label it "careful, yet thoughtful."
In "Dredd 3D," Urban plays the title character -- a futuristic judge living in a dystopian city who has the power to invoke sentencing for crimes on the spot -- who is investigating a skyscraper-type neighborhood where a mysterious new drug called Slo-Mo is being distributed. (When inhaled, Slo-Mo tricks the brain into seeing everything in slow motion, which, actually, looks kind of fun.) Here, Urban discusses his longtime love of Judge Dredd, the effect "Lord of the Rings" had on his career, cheap pandora Bracelets, and what goes into the process of playing Leonard "Bones" McCoy in J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek" franchise.
Oh, also, there was that time a Singapore newspaper reported that he married Nicole Kidman. (That's the other New Zealand born Urban, Keith.)
Karl Urban: Beautiful view, huh?
It is. And this is a nice room.
Yeah, I think it might be a bit nicer room than mine.
"Dredd" is very grim.
I like the fun, actually. I thought, when I read the script, that it was a fun movie. It's got a great sense of humor running through it.
It's a dry humor. I mean, yes, it presents a dystopian future that is pretty harsh. But, I think what I liked about the film is the sadness. There's a certain sadness to this film that you don't often get in this type of film.
Not every known actor would agree to wear a helmet that hides most of his face for the entire movie.
It was never a concern -- that's the character. I grew up reading "Dredd," so I was concerned that would be the only way to do it. And I just thought, Wow. What a wonderful opportunity with an extraordinary challenge.
And Dredd himself has quite a scowl for the entire film. In person, your face looks very pleasant in comparison.
Well, if you've ever read Judge Dredd comics, you see that. It was important for me that the character be identifiably Dredd. So, you know, it is what it is.
It's interesting that you grew up reading "Judge Dredd," do you look at this film as a reclamation project? For people who only know Dredd from the Sylvester Stallone movie that most people hate?
I never really had that agenda or thought about it like that. For me it was just like, "Wow, I can't believe I'm getting the opportunity to bring to life a comic book hero that I liked as a teenager." Because I had that connection from back then, I understood the character. I understood the fabric of the character and I'm aware of the challenges and the limitations. You know, he's a character that is highly trained law enforcement officer. He's the type of man who has his emotions squarely in check -- believing he feels these emotions, as we all do. But he's not one to show it, so, consequently, I'm operating within a very narrow bandwidth. And that was a huge challenge.
I'm not a big drug guy. But if I were at a party and someone offered me Slo-Mo, I might try it.
Yeah, that's really a testament to Anthony Dod Mantle, our director of photography. He treated this film as an artist treats a palette. He really elevated the material. The visual elements in this film is qite unlike anything I've seen.
Is there a scene for you that stands out?
There's a lot of stuff. There are scenes where the 3D breaks the negative plane. Even that shot of Ma-Ma sitting in the bath playing with the water, you know? To my knowledge, that hasn't been done in 3D.
In the last few days when people have asked me who I'm interviewing at TIFF, three separate people have assumed I was interviewing Keith Urban when I mentioned your name. Do you ever get that?
No, I don't. But, obviously there must be that confusion out there [laughs].
And both of you were born in New Zealand.
That's right! He was born in Wellington. It was actually reported in a Singapore newspaper that I married Nicole Kidman.
OK, so it has happened. That's a pretty big one.
Well, it was a Singapore newspaper.
I'd frame that paper and put it on a wall.
You were a respected actor in New Zealand, but then you did "Lord of the Rings" and your career changed. Is that the movie that did it?
Well, it certainly opened a few doors. But it was really the film I did before that called "The Price of Milk," which Peter Jackson saw. It was on the basis of that that he offered me a role in "Lord of the Rings." But, yeah, "Lord of the Rings" opened a lot of doors. It really did.
Were you a fan of that series?
Yeah, I really wanted to be a part of it. I just knew that it was going to be a historic trilogy and I wanted the opportunity to work with that caliber of collaborator. I was thrilled when I got cast.
Is there anything about your performance as McCoy in "Star Trek" that you want to do different in the second film?
[Pauses] I didn't approach the role like that. You know, when you get a script you just look at the story and break down what your character is doing and how to serve that story the best. But, I didn't sit down and go over everything to find if there was something I didn't get right or that I wanted to correct or anything like that.
But it has to be difficult. DeForest Kelly is so known for that role. Do you go in trying to do what he did? That seems like a slippery slope.
Oh yeah. It's a slippery slope. Here's the thing: As a longtime fan of "Star Trek," I would have felt short changed if I had gone into that cinema and not seen a character that was identifiably McCoy. So, for me, it was the process of analyzing DeForest -- sort of internalizing, I guess, certain elements about that character. And, then, from there it was a process of presenting a younger version of what that character would be. And I think what we ended up with was kind of a combination of some obvious nods to DeForest, but then, you know, I also have to make the character my own. And it is, ultimately, my interpretation of what Bones is. But, having such huge admiration and respect for what he did before, it was important that the character be recognizably Bones.
Mike Ryan is senior entertainment writer for The Huffington Post. You can contact him directly on Twitter.
- 2012.08.12 Sun
Jennifer Lawrence tends to keep it low-key in the fashion department, so we were a little surprised to see the "Hunger Games" actress sporting a relatively brazen look yesterday.
While out and about in Hollywood, Jennifer rocked a skimpy onesie -- not exactly the t-shirts and workout gear we're accustomed to seeing the 21-year-old wear during her off-hours. The unavoidable centerpiece of her outfit? A neon orange bra that she completely flashed.
It seems that bras are having a moment lately as celebrities are willingly flaunting their brightly-colored undergarments in broad daylight. But is this a wardrobe malfunction or just a matter of taste? Check out the photo and tell us what you think of Jennifer's revealing ensemble. In addition you see her Weaving Wrap Bracelets was so light!
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