36 posts categorized "ANDY WARHOL"

Dec 01 2014
My Lovely Assistant: INTERVIEW Gets Madge-ical With Topless Madonna & David Blaine Comments (0)
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See all the shots in the gallery above!

Madonna has co-created another memorable cover and spread for Interview, this time with her most recent photographers of choice, Mert and Marcus.

Madonna-Interview-14See them up-close-and-personal in the gallery!

In a series of images for the venerable magazine's “Art Issue,” she is serving attitudinous trout pout, a full helping of boobs, and the kind of daring that involves snakes, crosses, and sitting too close to the TV (which can cause cancer...move back! screams everyone's mom).

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Touches of the Like a Prayer era as well as the “Hollywood” video, but otherwise, it's a really fresh, bold shoot and look for her.

She tells the mag:

“We’re in the world of creating illusions and giving people the ability to dream and be inspired.”

Her interviewer? Publicity-whisperer magician David Blaine.

Madonna-Interview-7One of my favorites—it's so New Wave!

Madonna also brings up her roommate Martin Burgoyne, who died of AIDS, as well as the artists Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat (an ex) and Andy Warhol, all of whom she has survived by many years:

“I was attracted to creative people. You don't want to be the smartest person in the room; you want to be the dumbest in the room. You want to be surrounded by other thinking people who are going to say something that makes you think, 'Oh, my God, that's an amazing idea. Why didn't I think of that?' And somehow we found each other in Manhattan. That's the crazy thing. We found each other and we connected to each other and we moved around the city together. They supported my shows. I supported their shows. We were a unit. And I don't even know how it happened. It just did.”

It's a fantastic interview to match the great portfolio. The magazine describes her thirteenth studio album as coming in 2015; no word yet on whether all the leaks in recent days will affect that.

 
Oct 10 2014
New York Seen: Andy Warhol's Trash Comments (0)

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Aug 10 2014
Need To Know: Grande Illusion + Church Won't Allow Them To Gay-Bury + Fonda Gosling + Bulge De-Mystified + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureBig Brother cast flips out upon learning Frankie is semi-famous.

*widget boy cultureChurch cancels funeral because the deceased was gay. (No, really!)

*widget boy cultureInspired by God, man follows church-goer into parking lot, calls him a faggot.

*widget boy cultureJane Fonda loves sitting on Ryan Gosling's face.

*widget boy cultureUnsurprisingly, Donald Trump has no idea what he's talkin' about.

*widget boy cultureHaring/Madonna/Basquiat/Warhol, all mixed up together.

*widget boy cultureLucille Ball would've turned 103 this week.

*widget boy cultureAmazing Silvertop house for sale; first time since '74.

*widget boy cultureIdris Elba admits his bulge isn't his.

*widget boy cultureD-bag MN café charges minimum-wage fee.

*widget boy cultureWendy Davis runs tough ad in Texas gubernatorial race:

 
Jun 28 2014
Trick Or Treat: Snooping Around Paulette Goddard Comments (0)

Tumblr_ljdrrkmD0I1qdibw5Fresh-faced as “a gamin” in Modern Times

Working my way through AFI's 1998 and 2007 lists of greatest films (Entertainment Weekly's two lists—here and here—are next), I finally saw Charlie Chaplin's (April 16, 1889—December 25, 1977) Modern Times (1936), which was quite impressively engaging considering it's nearly 80 years old and mostly silent. Very funny stuff, and enhanced by Paulette Goddard (June 3, 1910—April 23, 1990), who was a strikingly and appropriately modern beauty.

Paulette-Goddard-then-nowAging gracefully

Goddard's been interesting to me ever since she popped up ever so many times in The Andy Warhol Diaries, which were published after the artist's death due to hospital incompetence. Goddard was a Goddard-Hayes-Natwickbig-screen beauty who'd retired by the '60s, but she married well [rich dudes and/or creative types—including both Chaplin and Burgess Meredith (November 16, 1907—September 9, 1997], then became a fabulous NYC socialite.

Out of curiosity, I wondered what Goddard's final role was, and it turned out to be a stint on the long-forgotten, leaden pilot for the '70s series The Snoop Sisters, which was kind of like “Miss Marple” times two, starring Helen Hayes (October 10, 1900—March 17, 1993) and Mildred Natwick (June 19, 1905—October 25, 1994). It wasn't a very distinguished performance—Goddard, still lovely, was pretty stiff for a five-times-married, fading movie star (“Norma Treat”—often misspelled in various sources as “Treet“) someone was trying to murder—but it sure is fun to watch. Along with Hayes, Natwick and Goddard, the episode features Jill Clayburgh (April 30, 1944—November 5, 2010) as Goddard's concerned daughter and appearances by a host of familiar names: Art Carney (November 4, 1918—November 9, 2003), Charlie Callas (December 20, 1927—January 27, 2011), Bill Dana (b. October 5, 1924) and Craig Stevens (July 8, 2018—May 10, 2000).

Paulette-goddard-by-bud-frakerGood luck finding many women in Hollywood who were prettier.

My favorite line is when Clayburgh, expressing shock that her mother isn't picking up her phone, says, “She's compulsive—she answers pay phones!” The episode also makes use of vintage Goddard footage, Sunset Boulevard-style—a scene of her screaming and attempting to flee a zombie from 1940's comedic monster movie The Ghost Breakers.

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Interestingly, the episode revolves around Goddard's character writing a scandalous tell-all book. In real life, Goddard was doing a memoir with Anita Loos (April 26, 1888—August 18, 1981) until Andy Warhol poached her...but a book never happened. One reason given by those in the know was that Goddard refused to dish on her old co-stars as much as the publisher—which had paid a $50,000 advance—wanted.

Watch the episode here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here.

Chaplin-goddard-modern-timesThe end Times

 
Jun 15 2014
Lights Out: Warhol Superstar Ultra Violet Dies @ 78 Comments (0)

UltraVioletDuchampMeadMarcel Duchamp, Dufresne & Taylor Mead in the '60s

Original Andy Warhol superstar and Salvador Dali protégée Isabelle Collin Dufresne, aka Ultra Violet, has lost her battle with cancer at age 78.

Dufresne appeared in a number of Warhol's films, including The Life of Juanita Castro (1965); I, a Man (1967);  and **** (1967); plus several other films teeming with Warhol's clique. She had a small part in the Oscar winner Midnight Cowboy (1969).

Ultra-Violet-Jim-HerringtonA 2009 portrait of Dufresne by Jim Herrington

Ultra Violet-flagI had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Dufresne during the book tour for her memoir Famous for 15 Minutes: My Years with Andy Warhol in Chicago in 1988. I can't be sure, but I believe she was one of the first celebrities I went to see at an appearance, in search of an autograph. I had read up on her, so I arrived with a lightbulb for her to sign (so it would be an Ultra Violet light) as well as an American flag (in homage to her famous flag bed sheets, a picture of which adorns her book's back cover). She was charming, if surprised at my interest. I will never forget her asking, Did you know Andy? I was like 19 years old.

Ultra-violetDufresne had a Hedy Lamarr-like movie-star beauty.

Not many of the major Andy Warhol superstars are left alive...Billy Name (74), Brigid Berlin (74), Gerard Malanga (71), Baby Jane Holzer (73), Jayne County (66 or so), Joe Dallesandro (65), Holly Woodlawn (67), Mary Woronov (70—just met her!) and Viva (75) come to mind, though fans could argue forever which are the most important.

 
Jun 02 2014
FLATT-Liners: The Wit & Wisdom Of Debbie Harry, Neil Patrick Harris & Ron Galella Comments (0)
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The covers of Flatt (Debbie Harry & Neil Patrick Harris) are by Hattie Stewart and are works of art in their own right.

Flatt #4 (2014) has an amazing Debbie Harry cover shot by Christina Lessa. In that image and in at least one or two of the others inside, Lessa manages to make Debbie look identical to her Rockbird self of very nearly 30 years ago, when Scavullo was capturing the Blondie frontwoman's beauty.

In the wide-ranging interview, also done by Lessa, Debbie has this to say about her late friend Andy Warhol:

“I thought that he was a genius. He did something that was crossover: he took graphic art and technical art and he merged it with fine art. This was, in part, the basic philosophy and theory of pop art. Andy Warhol, part of his genius, was that he was a very good listener. Most people are expounding and talking about their ideas, Andy, he listened.”

I love that. That is so true. I think to whatever extent I am an artist, I am of the observer variety. And yet to whatever extent I am a person, I am of the expounding variety.

Neil-Patrick-Harris-1Bill Phelps shoots NPH.

The back cover is an equally impressive Neil Patrick Harris shot. He's interviewed by Stephen Colbert inside, and says of Hedwig:

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May 30 2014
Need To Know: Andy's Dandies + LOOKING For Attention + Bulge-A-Palooza + ALEXANDER Is Great + Twin Peek + MORE! Comments (0)

Craig-Sheffer-Andy-Warhol-artA very young Craig Sheffer dead-center. © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

*widget boy cultureLGBT Pride Month Andy Warhol auction at Christie's = “Andy's Eye Candy.”

*widget boy cultureFour insurers accused of scamming those with HIV.

*widget boy cultureX's Exene Cervenka is a right-wing conspiracy theorist gun nut.

*widget boy cultureLOOKING GOOD: Russell Tovey's shameless gun show.

*widget boy cultureThe 21 Most Important Celeb Bulges of All Time. More guys here.

*widget boy cultureAlexander: The Ultimate Cut is 100X better than the original!

Alexander_1To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Oliver Stone’s epic historical drama Alexander, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Alexander: The Ultimate Cut Blu-ray™ on June 3.

*widget boy cultureRock Hudson's senior yearbook for only $1,900. Twins-shirtless

*widget boy cultureShirtless twins shake, nearly break, it—plural.

*widget boy cultureOnly 42% of Americans believe people are born gay.

*widget boy culturePrince Harry's ginger treasure trail.

*widget boy cultureGeorge Michael takes a tumble in Rome.

*widget boy cultureWrestlers showing off their goodies.

*widget boy cultureJoe the Plumber: “Guns are mostly for hunting down politicians.”

*widget boy cultureThis shit is Rated B for Beyoncé:

 
May 21 2014
Need To Know: Warhol Ass To NYC + Bianca Del Real + Sajak's Global Warning To Racists + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureGREAT: Andy Warhol Museum Branch coming to NYC.

*widget boy cultureBianca Del Rio's real reaction to winning RDR.

*widget boy culturePat Sajak thinks if you believe in climate change, you're an unpatriot R_C_ST.

*widget boy culturePennsylvania gays are already marrying.

*widget boy cultureCher's family secrets, almost spilled.

*widget boy cultureJoe Manganiello's directorial debut, La Bare, la bares all about strippers.

*widget boy cultureQuirky star joins Jem and the Holograms flick.

*widget boy cultureRight-wing author Dinesh D'Souza pleads guilty in campaign finance case.

*widget boy cultureBrian Shimansky “On Set.”

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