Monday, 25 July 2011

M.I.A. Releases Unfinished Demo Called '27' In Tribute To Amy Winehouse

Less than 48 hours after she died, the tributes to Amy Winehouse have been pouring in thick and fast, especially from her celebrity friends and peers.

But rapper M.I.A didn't just leave a message on her Twitter page, but decided to release a track in her honour.

However, it has been seen as not only being too soon after the singer's death, but in very bad taste as well. Because the lyrics of the song refer to a drug and alcohol addict who died at 27.

The 36-year-old London-born rapper and songwriter took to her Twitter page yesterday to post the unfinished demo on her page.

She left a Tweet with it that read: "I recorded this song B4 vickileekx and never put it out. It's a unfinished demo. R.I.P Amy.'

She also dedicated it to 'all my friends who died at 27.'

Read more here

Saturday, 23 July 2011

Amy Winehouse, 27, Found Dead At Her London Flat

Amy Winehouse has been found dead at her home in London, it has been reported.

The Back To Black singer was apparently found at the property in by emergency services at 3.54pm this afternoon, according to sources, and her death is being treated as 'unexplained' by police.

In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said: 'Police were called by London Ambulance Service to an address in Camden Square NW1 shortly before 16.05hrs today, Saturday 23 July, following reports of a woman found deceased.

'Enquiries continue into the circumstances of the death. At this early stage it is being treated as unexplained.’

'On arrival officers found the body of a 27-year-old female who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Read more here

Forever 27

Friday, 22 July 2011

Norway's Tragic Twin Terror Attacks: Man Arrested Over 'Holiday Island Massacre' And Bomb Blasts

Anders Behring Breivik a Freemason and member of the Johannes lodge; Søilene (The Pillars). 

The 32-year-old Norwegian was arrested for gunning down children on the holiday island of Utoya.

Described as 6ft tall and blond, he is reported to have arrived on the island of Utoya and opened fire after beckoning several young people over in his native Norwegian tongue.

Reports suggest he was also seen loitering around the site of the bomb blast in Oslo two hours before the island incident.

More than 80 are believed to have been killed - in Oslo and on Utoya Island, 50 miles north of the capital, it was claimed. Read more here 



                 The most dangerous game.

Live coverage from Norway here

More Marilyn Moments: Alleged Underage Sex Film Surfaces

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - A Spanish collector plans to auction what he claims is a newly discovered 8-mm version of a film purportedly showing Marilyn Monroe having sex when she was still an underage actress known as Norma Jean Baker.

A Marilyn Monroe expert, however, says the actress in the film is someone else, considerably heavier and less feminine than the legendary film star.

"That's not Marilyn. The chin is not the same, the lips are not the same, the teeth are not the same," said Scott Fortner, who has a sizeable collection of Monroe memorabilia, including a belt he said proves how much more petite she was. "Marilyn was a tiny little thing. And I know that for a fact. I own her clothing."

Collector Mikel Barsa said in an interview Wednesday that he wants at least $500,000 for the sexually explicit 6½-minute, grainy black-and-white film, which he says was made before 1947, when Monroe was not yet 21.

He said it's an exact copy of a 16-mm film discovered more than a decade ago. Barsa brokered a sale of that film to a European magazine in 1997, which he said in turn sold some 600,000 copies before a collector bought the original 16-mm reel for $1.2 million. Copies of that version are still circulating on the Internet.

Read more here

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Forever Marilyn: Sex Kitten Programming In Full Swing In Chicago

The sculpture "Forever Marilyn" by American artist Seward Johnson, grandson of Robert Wood Johnson I (co-founder of Johnson & Johnson) is based on a scene from Billy Wilder's 1955 movie "Seven Year Itch" and will be on display until spring 2012.

Marilyn Monroe is a name that refuses to die. And now, the Hollywood actress’ most endearing onscreen image has been sculpted.

The huge sculpture in a square on Michigan Avenue features the late actress in her famous pose from The Seven Year Itch, standing above a subway grate with her skirt billowing up.

Artist Seward Johnson's 26-foot tall detailed statue is made from stainless steel and aluminium, and weighs 34,000lbs.

It took a team of people to decorate the sculpture, with one worker given the job of going up in a cherry picker to spray-paint her knickers on.

Some critics call the piece crude, creepy, and sexist...

Marilyn Monroe statue carries a spectacle across the decade. Just when you thought the objectification of 20th century America's preferred icon of brazen, infantilized female sexuality couldn't go much further…along comes the 26-foot sculpture by Seward Johnson known as “Forever Marilyn,” unveiled Friday morning in Pioneer Court just north of the Michigan Avenue bridge. Read more here

"Forever Marilyn" unveiled. The bombshell is standing on what looks like a masonic checkerboard, with a "Fidelity Investment" sign between her legs.



Watch video of finally unveiled "Forever Marilyn" here


Marilyn Monroe poses over the updraft of a New York subway grating at 52nd Str and Lexington Ave while in character for "The Seven Year Itch" in Manhattan in 1954. 

Friday, 15 July 2011

News Of The World, George Orwell And Decline Of The English Murder

In its final issue, the News of the World made much of a 1946 George Orwell essay in which the great writer had namechecked it. But was the Animal Farm author really an admirer of the paper?

History was always going to play a major part in the News of the World's final issue. With few big stories, past glories were to the fore, including the paper's first ever front page from 1 October 1843.

On page three, the paper opted for a farewell editorial. It began with a quote from George Orwell - used as a character witness for the paper - repeating the opening of his famous essay Decline of the English Murder.

"It is Sunday afternoon, preferably before the war. The wife is already asleep in the armchair, and the children have been sent out for a nice long walk. You put your feet up on the sofa, settle your spectacles on your nose and open the News of the World."

The News of the World editorial said of Orwell's words: "They were written in 1946 but they have been the sentiments of most of the nation for well over a century and a half as this astonishing paper became part of the fabric of Britain, as central to Sunday as a roast dinner." Read full article here

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Skylar Grey Releases Her Inner Demon

The crooner of Lupe Fiasco’s ‘Words I Never Said’ and Dr. Dre’s ‘I Need a Doctor’ addresses the notion of image in her first official solo offering.
Roughly a week after dropping a buzz song “Dance Without You”, Skylar Grey has finally released her first official solo single “Invincible”. She doesn’t stray away from the dark theme introduced in the “Dance Without You”.

She powers this new drum-driven track that comes from production hands of Alex da Kid with some mellow, and brooding lyrics. Read more here


Friday, 8 July 2011

Monarch And Butterfly: My Mummy Is In Heaven With Diana

Young cancer sufferer Diamond couldn't contain her excitement - dressed like a princess in a pink and butterfly-printed summer dress, she flew into to the duchess's arms during a bouquet presentation at Calgary Airport yesterday.

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'My mummy is in heaven with Diana.' Diamond's mother, Memory, 
died from cancer at the age of just 32, four years ago. Read more here 

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Andy Warhol: Lady Alter Egos

                               Lady Warhol

Photographs of Andy Warhol in ladies' wigs and full make-up have gone on display in the UK for the first time. His friend and collaborator Christopher Makos, who took the photos, talks about working with the patriarch of pop art.

Warhol's impassive, enigmatic stare is the same in most of the 349 frames that Makos fired off at the Factory studio over two days in 1981.

But using seven different wigs and little else, the artist transformed himself into a series of striking female alter-egos.

There is the starlet with the stylish blonde bob, the rock chick with the wild brown mane, the socialite with the busy black nest and the fallen idol with the distressed bleached curls.

They are all obviously Warhol, but also quite unnervingly, convincingly not.

                 Christopher Makos' self-portrait (1967)

Read article here

Monday, 4 July 2011

Who Needs Supermodels? MK'd Smurfette Strikes A Pose For Latest Harper's Bazaar

A Gallic-chic ensemble from Marc Jacobs, comprising of a black-and-white polka-dot beret (black/white duality), gloves and clutch bag (animal print; sex kitten programming), and a disco-inspired look by Dolce & Gabbana with a star-print (5 pointed star/pentagram) bag and coordinating jewellery. (Note: red and white polka-dot socks indicates/symbolizes the Amenita Muscaria mushroom; a psychoactive drug) and red shoes - ruby slippers, just like Dorothy in the "Wizard Of Oz".)


It causes her some embarrassment on one occasion, however, when she has a 'Marilyn moment' (Marilyn Monroe program) while standing on an air vent. (Note: more ruby slippers and red- white duality, and a blood-red reptile bag.)

Miss Piggy appeared on the cover of Time Magazine (Note: One eye symbolism and veil (symbolizing imprisonment/enslavement) and V signs.)

and Marge Simpson famously posed on the cover of Playboy.

Now Smurfette has followed in their footsteps by modelling for Harper's Bazaar.

The blue-eyed blond and blue-skinned (Avatar?) beauty, who is voiced by Katy Perry in the upcoming Smurfs movie, shows the supermodels how its done as she strikes a pose in the season's hottest new accessories.

Read more here