lost Celebs in the last week

William Darrell “Billy” Mays, Jr. (July 20 1958 – June 28, 2009

Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29 1958 – June 25, 2009)

Farrah Fawcett (February 2, 1947 – June 25, 2009)

Edward Leo Peter “Ed” McMahon, Jr. (March 6 1923 – June 23, 2009)

Alternative mindz sends out our deepest sympathy to the surviving families

How MOMA could really be modern – Part 1-GRAFFITI

THIS IS PART 1 OF A 3 PART STORY OF THE ART SOCIETY

PART 1 GRAFFITI (the urban palate)

The Moma located on 53st between 6th and 5th avenue in Manhattan New York has been the home of “modern” art and pop art icons for the last 79 years.They opened their doors on November 7, 1929 and have since been the place for artist of the “underground” movement. artist like Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne, and Seurat. Campbell Soup Cans by Andy Warhol nicely round out the hallowed halls.

but one persons art is another mans anger. cause many a great artist of the true modern age have been omitted from the halls of this so-called great museum. the true urban artist. Graffiti is one of the last modern art forms it draws acclaim and criticism alike it is respect over seas and spit upon domestically. graffiti defines generations and it defines neighborhoods alike.

Its place as art is shown in the form of old school block Letters and solid color fillings. it draws from music and comic books. each artist risk life and freedom to do it, making it the only art form that could take your life. So why does the MoMa not have expos on Graffiti?

simple…..(this next section is complete rant reader beware)

these so called experts in the field of art can not see past their own blurred vision of the world, art done in the abstract is considered high end and art created in protest and outspokenness has no place in the halls of the mighty MOMA. The walls adorn with paintings of cans of soup and canvases with a cut in the center hold more meaning to an empty vessel that is the upper elite then real art …art done for the sake of art.

Walking down the hallways of the MOMA you can see all of the waste of money the Art Elite has given out. all these artist claim stake in the fact that their art has meaning, go ask REVS and Cost,Riot 208 or JA or any of the others what their art meant and they would tell you.

It means LIFE and DEATH it means FAMILY and Friends, gangs and brotherhood. it means being on the outside looking in. the art of the street is art for the so called lower class the middle class and the people who live pay check to paycheck. the lines in a piece define a person, the more bubble the letter, the bigger the outline, the crazier the art, the more colors it all means something …none of which is a free ride to fame. that road is bumpy and long and sometimes it means the end!

Modern Art is Graffiti. it defines a neighborhood a town a city an understanding while the rest of the world and more mainstream media except it the more MOMA and the Blue blood fakes push it away.

when the day MOMA allows the walls to be deck out in krylon and Montana spray paint. that will be the day when Grafitti as an art form dies. the world has reconized the art form and we do not need the critics to tell us what is allowed we live in an era when we make our own choices and we choice to enjoy true modern art whereever it is

Academy Awards 2009

first off I am so against award shows its not even funny…more than anything I know I will never win one.

but if we had to pick the winners this is what we would pick

Best Film Gran Torino hands down the best film of the year only second by the wrestler

Best Lead Actor Mickey Rourke for the wrestler its not a second coming its just showing how a real actor works

Best Director Danny Boyle for slum dog millionaire, Clint Eastwood did a great job on Gran Torino but he doesn’t need another award give it up to the indie guy

Best Animated film Walle if you didn’t like this film you have no pulse

Best supporting actor Robert Downey Jr. in tropical thunder …just give him any award he is the best working actor in the Biz right now!!!!!

thats all the awards I care to mention time will tell and see

BETTY PAGE passes away at age 85

If you know anything about anything you will know who Betty Page was and is! she is the reason for almost the whole entire cheese cake model revival. without Betty gracing the covers of magazines comic book artist and painters would have no basis for the perfect female form. At about 10:57pm I get a call from my close friend and website researcher who broke the news to us about her passing. What do you say? what can you say?

Nothing………………………………………………………..

for people out of the loop about Betty Page here is a quick break down of the One and Only

Bettie Page was born Betty Mae Page on April 22, 1923 the second child of Walter Roy Page and Edna Mae Pirtle. As the salutatorian of her class,on June 6, 1940, Bettie Page graduated from high school with a scholarship and enrolled at George Peabody College with the intention of becoming a teacher. However, the next fall she began studying acting, hoping to become a movie star. At the same time, she began her first job, typing for author Alfred Leland Crab. Page graduated from Peabody with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1944. In 1943, she married high school classmate Billy Neal in a simple courthouse ceremony shortly before he was drafted into the Navy for service in World War I1. For the next few years, Bettie moved from San Francisco to Nashville to Miami and to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where she felt a special affinity with the country and its culture.In November 1947, while back in the United States, Bettie filed for divorce from Neal.

Following her divorce, Page worked briefly in San Francisco, and in Haiti. She moved to New York City, where she hoped to find work as an actress. In the meantime, she supported herself by working as a secretary. In 1950, while walking along the Coney Island shore, Bettie met Jerry Tibbs, a police officer with an interest in photography. Bettie was a willing model, and Tibbs took pictures of her and put together her first pinup portfolio.

soon she became famous in the 1950s for her fetish modeling and pin-up photos. She was also one of the earliest Playmates of the Month for Playboy magazine.she faded into obscurity in the 1960s after converting to Christianity and serving as a Baptist missionary in Angola

she experienced a resurgence of popularity in the 1980s and now has a significant cult following. Her look, including her jet black hair and trademark bangs, has influenced many artists. some of the more known names are Jim Silke, Dave Stevens,Greg Theakston and comic book publisher Eros comics.

her site

Bettie Page (April 22, 1923 – December 11, 2008)

Zack and Miri make a porno

Saw the newest Kevin Smith film on friday October 31 2008.

Kevin Smith has completely come into his own as a filmmaker. First let’s talk about the movie: if you don’t know already, here it is. Lifelong platonic friends Zack and Miri look to solve their respective cash-flow problems by making an adult film together. As the cameras roll, however, the duo begin to sense that they may have more feelings for each other than they previously thought.

With every movie Kevin makes you see his progression in his art. From lighting to camera shots, you see his fully realized film capability. There are so many well thought out shots and masterfully edited scenes in this movie you would never believe that Kevin basically wrote, shot, and cut the film on his own.

A lot of reviewers pan this film mostly because they either do not like Kevin Smith films or they have a fear of human anatomy. it maybe the heavy use of Adult language or they could just be middle age old recluses who refuse to change with the time. Potty mouth Language is always in full force, The dirty talk only helps assert the already well understanding fact that these people are normal average Americans who use the 4 letter and sometimes larger words to help show and explain their feelings in a simple and to the point way. That’s how we talk, The only thing I do miss is Kevin’s monologues. this film seems to be more mainstream than all his other films but it is always and without a doubt is his work.

this is one of the funniest and well thought out comedy films this year!

if you never seen Kevin Smith or his films check out these sites

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Halloween 2008

Happy Halloween, before you go out to the Halloween parade in NYC

Halloween parade

let us understand why we celebrate this day.

History of Halloween:

Halloween has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain from the Old Irish samain.

The festival of Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture, and is sometimes  regarded as the “Celtic New Year”.

Traditionally, the festival was a time used by the ancient pagans to take stock of supplies and slaughter livestock for winter. The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31, now known as Halloween, the boundary between the earthly bound  and the deceased dissolved, and the dead become dangerous for the living by causing problems such as sickness or damaged crops.

The festivals would frequently involve bonfires, into which bones of slaughtered livestock were thrown. Costumes and masks were also worn at the festivals in an attempt to mimic the evil spirits or placate them.

Halloween (whats in the name)

The term Halloween is shortened from All Hallows’ Even. Halloween” gets its “n” from “even”) as it is the eve of “All Hallows’ Day, which is now also known as All Saints’ Day

why the costume:

the present-day Halloween custom of wearing costumes and going trick-or-treating has its place in history. the medieval practices of “mumming” and “going a-souling” on the eves of All Saints and All Souls Days November 1 and 2. Mumming took the form of wearing costumes, singing, play-acting, and mischief making, while souling entailed going door to door and offering prayers for the dead in exchange for treats, particularly “soul cakes.”

V for Halloween:

British custom, dating from the 1600s, of youths wearing masks and carrying effigies while begging for pennies on Bonfire Night (also known as Guy Fawkes Night), the November 5 commemoration of the so-called Gunpowder Plot to blow up Parliament in 1605.

Trick or Treat:

the mordern day invention of Halloween started around 1940s and remains so to this very day. adults and children alike dress in outlandish outfits and enjoy this true pagan hoilday!

Happy Halloween

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Dolemite March 17, 1927 – October 19, 2008

Rudy Ray Moore, a raunchy 1970s comedian who played the title role of a flashy pimp in the movie Dolemite and influenced a generation of rappers, has died. He was 81.

Moore said he developed the style, later a feature of rap music, by listening to men sitting outside joints “drinking beer and lying and talking (expletive).”

Moore played the fast-talking pimp and title character in the 1975 film Dolemite. In later years Moore collaborated with 2 Live Crew, Big Daddy Kane and Snoop Dogg.

Moore’s other acting credits during the Blaxploitation era of black action films included The Human Tornado in 1976 and Disco Godfather in 1979.

Rudy Ray Moore reprised his role as Dolemite in Insane Clown Posse’s film Big Money Hustlas a 2000 comedy which had other pop icons like John G. Brennan (jerky boys and family guy) wrestler author Mick Foley and Fred Berry (rerun from what’s happening).

George Carlin May 12, 1937 June 22, 2008

George Denis Patrick Carlin (May 12, 1937 – June 22, 2008)

stand-up comedian, actor and author who won four Grammy Awards for his comedy albums.

click here to see his bio

He is and will always be one of the smartest and funniest humans ever to breath on this world

and we all will miss him

this image is from George’s site

George Carlin site

Stan Winston: 1946 – 2008

Special effects and makeup guru Stan Winston passed away on Sunday, June 15th in Los Angeles, California. He was 62. Over his career, Winston has designed some of cinema’s most memorable creatures; he has received ten Academy Award® nominations and won four, two of which came from designing the makeup and visual effects for TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY (1991). Winston’s other two Oscars came from creating the queen alien in ALIENS (1986) and for making the realistic-looking dinosaurs that rumbled through Steven Spielberg’s JURASSIC PARK (1993). Winston’s other awards include two Emmy® wins and six nominations, and five BAFTA award nominations and three wins. He has also won a Clio® for television commercials and many other industry awards.

Born in Richmond, VA, Winston originally aspired to be an actor and came to Hollywood in 1969 with stars in his eyes. While waiting for his “big break,” Winston worked as an apprentice makeup artist under the head of the Disney Studios makeup department. Winston did not enter the field on a whim; as a child he’d been fascinated by puppetry and maskmaking. While at Disney, that fascination became a passion and Winston found himself with a new career.

Winston won his first Emmy for the made-for-television movie “Gargoyles” (1972) — many of the stop-motion effects and the creatures themselves were created on his dining room table with the help of his wife Karen. Winston shared his second Oscar with Hollywood’s other special effects whiz, Rick Baker, for realistically aging actress Cicely Tyson from 19 to 110 years old. Winston first worked his unique magic in feature films in THE MAN IN THE GLASS BOOTH (1975) and followed it up by turning Rod Steiger into late comedian W.C. Fields in W.C. FIELDS AND ME (1976). Winston had his first opportunity to do the elaborate effects and makeup for which he is most famous in THE WIZ (1978), where he gained special recognition for creating the flying monkeys sequence.

Winston’s contributions to movie-making go beyond creating recognizable and fantastic characters. He is also a pioneer in special effects technology, especially when it comes to combining robotics with sophisticated puppetry to allow creatures a wide variety of life-like moves and subtle emotions. Winston has been especially fascinated with facial articulation. One of his early innovations was a device for “The Star Wars Christmas Special” that allowed Wookies (big, hairy gorilla-like creatures with slightly canine faces) to move their cheeks and foreheads (in the original STAR WARS, Chewbacca the Wookie had extremely limited facial movements).

Winston’s first Oscar® nomination came from convincingly turning Andy Kaufman and Bernadette Peters into romantically inclined robots in HEARTBEEPS. During filming, Winston met James Cameron, the director for whom he would do some of his best work. Winston and Cameron first teamed up on THE TERMINATOR, a sci-fi actioner in which Winston had to help muscleman Arnold Schwarzenegger transform into a futuristic robot. Winston’s task was to create a robot with the ability to move like a human. Rather than utilize the traditional scale model and stop motion techniques, Winston came up with a life-sized animatronic puppet. He put the notion of full-sized, fully articulated creatures to use again to create the terrifying queen alien for ALIENS (1986). Winston’s efforts earned him his first Oscar. His third Oscar nomination was for PREDATOR (1987) and a fourth one was for turning Johnny Depp into a strange leather-clad creation in EDWARD SCISSORHANDS (1990). Subsequent makeup credits include THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU (1996), PEARL HARBOR and A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (both 2001), CONSTANTINE and TIDELAND (both 2005), and BLACK MOUNTAIN (announced for 2007).

As the ’90s progressed, Winston became increasingly involved with computer-generated special effects. These allowed him to be equally at ease with such large-scale projects as Spielberg’s two JURASSIC PARK epics, in which full-sized animatronic dinosaurs worked in harmony with computerized images, MOUSEHUNT (1997), and PAULIE (1998), in which he created an amazingly realistic mouse and parrot, respectively. Other special effects credits include CONGO (1995), THE RELIC (1997), SMALL SOLDIERS (1998), INSTINCT, LAKE PLACID, INSPECTOR GADGET, END OF DAYS and GALAXY QUEST (all 1999), A.I.: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE and JURASSIC PARK III (both 2001), DARKNESS FALLS, TERMINATOR 3: THE RISE OF THE MACHINES and BIG FISH (all 2003), CONSTANTINE (2005), BLACK MOUNTAIN (2007), and IRON MAN (scheduled for 2009).

In addition to special effects work, Winston has directed three films, PUMPKINHEAD (1988), A GNOME NAMED GNORM (1990), and T2 3-D; BATTLE ACROSS TIME (1996). He also wrote the story and directed Michael Jackson’s GHOSTS (1997). As a producer, his horror thriller WRONG TURN premiered in 2003, directed by Rob Schmidt. He followed with THE DEATHS OF IAN STONE (2007), SPEED DEMON (announced for 2008), and ME AND MY MONSTER and THE SUFFERING (announced for 2009).

In private life, Winston is a known philanthropist and is on the board of directors of Free Arts for Abused Children. Among his many honors is an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from the country’s largest art college, the Savannah College of Art and Design.