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Friday, February 25, 2022

Dear Evan Hansen (film)

 

Dear Evan Hansen is a 2021 American musical coming-of-age film directed by Stephen Chbosky from a screenplay by Steven Levenson. It is based on the stage musical of the same name by Levenson, Benj Pasek, and Justin Paul. Ben Platt plays the title role, reprising the performance that he originated on stage five years earlier. The ensemble cast also includes Kaitlyn Dever, Amandla Stenberg, Nik Dodani, Colton Ryan, Danny Pino, Julianne Moore, and Amy Adams.


The film premiered at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2021, as the opening night presentation and was theatrically released in the United States on September 24, 2021, by Universal Pictures. The film underperformed at the box office and received largely negative reviews from critics, who compared it unfavorably to the stage musical. Platt's performance was poorly received by critics and audiences alike, the latter of whom mocked his performance on social media with many claiming he was miscast in the role and others accusing his casting as a sign of nepotism. At the 42nd Golden Raspberry Awards, the film was nominated for Worst Director for Chbosky, Worst Actor for Platt, Worst Supporting Actress for Adams, and Worst Screen Combo for Platt and "any other character who acts like [him] singing 24-7 is normal".


Fistful of Vengeance

 

Kai Jin, a young Chinatown chef in present day San Francisco, becomes entangled with the Chinese Triad's pursuit of deadly ancient powers known as the "Wu Xing.

Director : Roel Reiné

Writers: Cameron LitvackYalun Tu(producer: )

Stars: Iko UwaisLewis TanLawrence Kao


Thursday, October 28, 2021

Painting of Hürrem Sultan sold for $173,000 in London auction

A rare painting of Hürrem Sultan, known in the West as Roxelana, the wife of legendry Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, was sold in a London auction for 126,000 pounds ($173,000) on Wednesday.

The sale came as part of an auction by Sotheby's, one of the world's largest brokers of fine and decorative art, jewelry and collectibles, called "Arts of the Islamic World & India."

The oil painting is from the late 16th-early 17th century.

Originally from what is now western Ukraine, Roxelana entered Suleiman's harem and quickly became his favorite.

He broke convention by allowing her to bear not just one son, but four. He then broke convention again by marrying her.

She was influential not only as his wife but was also at the heart of helping him run the empire. While Suleiman was away on campaigns, she would write to him and keep him updated on developments in the capital.

She was also a major sponsor of architecture and charitable foundations, including in Jerusalem.

Suleyman the Magnificent, also known as Kanuni (Lawgiver), is the longest reigning Ottoman monarch who had been on the throne for 46 years until his death in 1566.

Monday, October 4, 2021

House of Gucci

 

Spanning three decades of love, betrayal, decadence, revenge, and ultimately murder, we see what a name means, what it's worth, and how far a family will go for control.

DirectorRidley Scott

WritersBecky Johnston(screenplay by)Roberto Bentivegna(screenplay by)Sara Gay Forden(based on the book by)

StarsAdam DriverSalma HayekAl Pacino

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Yorgos Lanthimos Assembles Epic Cast for New Film: Stone, Dafoe, Ruffalo, Youssef, Carmichael

 

Rian Johnson has been generating buzz for days with the cast announcements for “Knives Out 2” (Daniel Craig, Edward Norton, Kate Hudson, Janelle Monae, Dave Bautista, etc.), but he’s not the only filmmaker assembling a dream ensemble. Enter “Poor Things,” the new movie from “The Lobster” and “The Favourite” visionary Yorgos Lanthimos. Variety confirms Jerrod Carmichael is the latest addition to the “Poor Things” cast, which already includes Emma Stone, Willem Dafoe, Mark Ruffalo, and Ramy Youssef. “Poor Things” is set in Victorian-era England and is being described as a riff on the classic Frankenstein story. Stone, reuniting with Lanthimos after “The Favourite,” plays a young woman named Belle Baxter who is brought back to life by an eccentric and brilliant scientist, Dr. Godwin Baxter (Dafoe). That’s the only official plot details being released at this time, although the plot is being teased as “a story of love, discovery and scientific daring, featuring Youssef as Max McCandless, Ruffalo as Duncan Wedderburn, and Carmichael as Harry Astley.” The “Poor Things” script is written by Tony McNamara, currently showrunner of “The Great” and an Oscar nominee thanks to his role as co-writer on Lanthimos’ “The Favourite.” According to Collider, the screenplay is based on a book from Scottish author Alasdair Gray. 

In the novel, the character Victoria Blessington drowns herself to escape her abusive husband and is resurrected as Belle Baxter, a “beautiful, volatile erotomaniac brought back to life with the brain of an infant.” “Poor Things” will mark the second collaboration between Lanthimos and Stone, who was Oscar nominated for Best Supporting Actress for “The Favourite,” and the third pairing between Stone and McNamara, as the writer also co-penned the upcoming “Cruella.” The new film has the backing of Searchlight, Element Pictures, and Film4. Searchlight Pictures released “The Favourite” to $34 million in the U.S. and $95 million worldwide, plus 10 Oscar nominations (including Best Picture and Best Director). Dafoe, Ruffalo, Youssef, and Carmichael will all be making their Lanthimos debuts with “Poor Things.” Carmichael started the year in a big way with the Sundance premiere of his feature directorial debut “On the Count of Three,” which got picked up by Annapurna. Youssef, meanwhile, is currently working on the third season of his Hulu series “Ramy,” while Dafoe has Robert Eggers’ “The Northman” on the calendar for April 2022.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Zachary Benson Friedberg: Relatively Quotidian La Luz de Jesus Gallery

  

Zachary Benson Friedberg: Relatively Quotidian La Luz de Jesus Gallery  LOS FELIZ | LOS ANGELES | CALIFORNIA | USA JUL 10, 2021 - AUG 29, 2021

La Luz De Jesus is pleased to present “Relatively Quotidian”, Zachary Benson Friedberg first solo exhibition with the gallery. In Relatively Quotidian, Zachary presents simple scenes of typical everyday life witnessed during his recent travels abroad.  Succumbing to brilliantly targeted online marketing at the outset of the 2020 lockdown, Zachary impulsively bought an inflatable hot tub that opened a portal to an alternate dimension due to a defective temperature control panel.  This improbably fortuitous circumstance led to fantastic transdimensional exploration to places relatively similar to Southern California’s landscape and notable 1950’s era space age architecture.  Employing his bright, vibrant, and saturated colors, Zachary returned to his studio and painted familiar scenes of leisure, contentment, friendship, and love.  The carefree tone and commonplace narratives depicted in Relatively Quotidian are especially welcome following an extended period of unprecedented disruption to our routine lives."

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4633 Hollywood Boulevard Los Feliz - Los Angeles, CA, USA 90027

Summer Reading at Center for Book Arts

Summer Reading at Center for Book Arts  

MIDTOWN | NEW YORK | USA JUL 09, 2021 - SEP 18, 2021

Opening in July—the high season of leisure reading and scholastic book challenges—Center for Book Arts presents Summer Reading, an exhibition of works by contemporary artists who take creative approaches to the book, text, and language. The book, in this exhibition, is complemented or subverted, with artists investigating the tradition of artist’s books as an artistic structure, storytelling in visual art, the narrative possibilities of language, the communicative potential of storylines, and the object-ness of material in circulation.In including prints, sculptures, and works on paper that explore the design and aesthetics of language, this exhibition celebrates the relationship between reading and making. Summer Reading extends beyond the gallery walls to include featured reading lists culled by the artist participants and associated lending lists for all ages, developed with our local partner libraries.

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28 West 27th St, 3rd Flr Midtown - New York, NY, USA 10001

Monday, June 7, 2021

Mapplethorpe: Escultura

Moran Moran LOS ANGELES | CALIFORNIA | USA

JUN 19, 2021 - AUG 08, 2021

Curated by Tobias Ostrander, Mapplethorpe: Escultura explores the artist’s interest in classical and Renaissance sculpture, as both subject and aesthetic resource. The 36 works exhibited include unique Polaroids that evidence the artist’s early interest in Michelangelo, as well as others depicting male nude sculptures in public parks and squares, taken during a trip to Europe by the artist in the early 1970s. Silver gelatin prints of classical marble and bronze sculptures are included, taken at several museums, as well as examples from the artist’s own collection. The selection mixes sculpture-based works with additional subjects portrayed by the artist, including flowers, portraits and sex acts involving sadomasochism related to his famous X portfolio. The diversity of the selection is intended to demonstrate how the artist approached all of his subjects with a sculptor’s eye. Strategies that evidence his sculptural interests include the use of dramatic lighting effects to stress the volume of the figures and objects represented, as well as his habitual use of pedestals, curtains and other forms of drapery. Mapplethorpe’s distinct cropping of his images, which highlight and abstract sections of the body, directly nod to the fragmented state of much of classical sculpture. The unique sexual charge that the artist brought to all his images is here addressed as related to ancient connections between aesthetics and eroticism, associated within historic renderings of the human form.

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Website +1.310.652.1711 Get in touch937 North La Cienega Boulevard Los Angeles, CA, USA 90069

Jane Bustin: The Colour of Words (Part II) Jane Lombard Gallery

Jane Bustin: The Colour of Words (Part II) Jane Lombard Gallery CHELSEA | NEW YORK | USA JUN 30, 2021 - AUG 06, 2021

Jane Lombard Gallery is pleased to present The Colour of Words (Part II), with London-based artist, Jane Bustin. Known for her intimate and minimalist constructions combining copper, wood, porcelain, and hand-dyed fabric, Bustin cultivates a poetic dialogue between the disparate materials.

Artists on show

JANE BUSTIN

Website +1.212.967.8040

518 West 19th Street Chelsea - New York, NY, USA 10011

Anti-Structure at DESTE Foundation

DESTE Foundation, Centre for Contemporary Art ATHENS | GREECE

JUN 02, 2021 - OCT 27, 2021

Taking as its starting point an immersive installation with works by Urs Fischer and placing it in dialogue with the work of twenty-one Greek and Cypriot artists of various generations and modalities, Anti-Structure explores the far-fetched realm of fine lines between order and chaos, stasis and flux, structure and fragility.

Coined in 1969 by cultural anthropologist Victor Turner (1920–1983), “anti-structure” is a study of the state of mental and spiritual limbo that is characteristic of the second stage—the liminal stage—of any rite of passage, when the novitiate is neither here nor there but, betwixt and between, remains enveloped in abiding upheaval and disarray and a preternatural void. Anti-structure thus describes a stage of perpetual transformation characterized by moments of dissolution where “structural hierarchies are flattened or inverted.” Whereas the dominant ideology du jour was that any such breakdown would result in anomie and angst, Turner recognized that in times of great happenstance, culture in fact reboots itself and new symbols, models, and paradigms arise.

It is not unusual to find such pockets of clandestine novelty simmering deep in the underground, the pregnant margins of normative order. It is in these lands of strangers and exiles, that one finds fertile ground for radical thought and very strange ideas. It is these ideas cultivated in the fringes of institutionalized etiquette that bring forth novel ways of dress, posture, and expression, attitudes that when fully formed feed back into the system to either break or make the mainstream.

Artists on show

ALIKI PANAGIOTOPOULOUANDREAS EMBIRIKOSCHRISTIANA SOULOUCHRISTODOULOS PANAYIOTOUDIOHANDIDORA ECONOMOUGEORGE LAPPASGEORGE TOURKOVASSILISGEORGIA SAGRIIRIS TOULIATOULUCAS SAMARASMARINA XENOFONTOSNAUSICA PASTRAPANTELIS XAGORARISRALLOU PANAGIOTOUSOTIRIOS KOTOULASTAKIS ZENETOSTHANASSIS TOTSIKASTONY MOUSSOULIDESURS FISCHERVASSILIAKIS TAKISYANNOULIS HALEPAS

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Website +30.210.2758490 Get in touchFilellinon 11 & Em. Pappa street Nea Ionia Athens, Greece 142 43

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Celebrate 10 Years of Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’

From sax solos by Clarence Clemons to the glorious oddness of “Judas” to the super-powered power ballad “You and I,” Born This Way was the moment Lady Gaga ascended to superstardom. To celebrate 10 years of the instant-classic album, Brittany Spanos and Rob Sheffield joined host Brian Hiatt — who was in the studio with Gaga for a Rolling Stone cover story as she finished recording Born This Way — for a new episode of the Rolling Stone Music Now podcast. They break down the album’s greatest moments, put it in context of pop at the time, look at its influence, discuss our 2011 cover story, and much more.


 
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