Kanye West had a pricey Hermes Birkin handbag customised by risque artist George Condo for his fiancee Kim Kardashian's Christmas present. The tan designer bag was painted with nude women and a male figure with a demon face, in a similar style to the artwork Condo created for the rapper's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album.
Hip-hop superstar Jay-Z took over a New York art gallery on Wednesday (10Jul13) to film a music video for his new song Picasso Baby by rapping the track over and over again for six hours. The 99 Problems hitmaker staged the performance art piece at the Pace Gallery in front of members of the public and celebrity fans, like director Judd Apatow and artist George Condo, rhyming in 45-minute spurts before taking mini breaks, according to Complex.com.
The whole event was filmed by director Mark Romanek and is said to have been inspired by artist Marina Abramovic's recent exhibition at Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), where she sat in the building's atrium for two full months as part of her show Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present.
Girls actress and creator Lena Dunham has also revealed her photographer mother, Laurie Simmons, is involved in the project, although she has stopped short of spilling the details.
In a Twitter.com post on Wednesday, she wrote, "I wish I could tell you why my mom is with Jay-Z right now."
Brad Paisley has penned a lengthy tribute to late country star George Jones for Billboard magazine. The singer/songwriter performed at his old pal's funeral in Nashville, Tennessee on Thursday (02May13) and has posted tweets about his grief ever since Jones' death on 26 April (13).
Now he has put pen to paper to write an essay about his friendship with Jones and what the old-timer, dubbed the Possum, meant to him.
Paisley writes, "I grew up a huge fan of George Jones. I was familiar with the legends, the hard-luck stories, the accounts of missed gigs and drunken riding-mower notoriety. I was mesmerized by his voice, like almost anyone with the ability to hear. So I was ecstatic when I got to open shows for him a few times in West Virginia, as a young performer."
The Celebrity singer recalls befriending Jones and his wife Nancy in Nashville, revealing, "I would go fish at their farm ponds on my days off. When I got my first horse, I was still living in a small condo in town... and George said, 'Son, keep him out here on the farm.' So I did. For free.
"I would be out there riding and look up, and here would come that golden voice in a golf cart. Often I would stay for dinner. He and Nancy were beyond generous to young crooners like me."
Paisley adds, "You would start to feel almost normal around him, watching football, eating dinner, telling jokes... and then I would go see him at the Grand Ole Opry or on the road and fans would start crying at the sight of him. He would burst into White Lightning and raise the roof."
The famous fan concludes, "Much will be written about the alcohol, the craziness or the wild side of the man. That's a War and Peace-sized book itself. But thankfully, the guy I knew and loved was who he became when he beat that... I will never forget him. And George, wherever you are, trust me when I say this: Country music will never forget you either. We miss you. And we love you."
Lindsay Lohan has put her West Hollywood condominium on the market--before she's even had the chance to move in.
The Herbie: Fully Loaded star bought the three-bedroom apartment in Sierra Towers, just off the Sunset Strip, in 2005.
She purchased the condo for $1.9 million, but has been living at the famed Chateau Marmont hotel just down the street.
Lohan was reportedly staying at the hotel while she was redecorating her new digs, but apparently changed her mind and decided to sell.
The 19-year-old star has put the house on the market for $2.85 million.
The posh 32-story Modernist stucco and glass apartment building has also been home to Matthew Perry, Cher, George Hamilton and Joan Collins.
A Los Angeles real estate tells People, "It was an investment. She'll make a nice turnaround."
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George Clooney is reportedly dating a young actress and bartender he met while working on the set of Confessions of a Dangerous Mind in Montreal, Canada. According to Canada's National Post, the 40-year-old actor has been meeting Maria Bertrand, 27, at the Globe restaurant, a hot spot for celebs shooting films in the city. However, Bertrand's agent Cha Cha DaVinci insists the stars are just friends who enjoy being with each other. Bertrand, who has a small part in the movie, was on the set of Dangerous Mind Thursday to shoot a sequence with Matt Damon and Brad Pitt. The film is based on the life of game-show host Chuck Barris, who claimed to be a CIA hit man.
Film critics Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper had planned to review movie trailers at the annual ShoWest conference in Las Vegas but hit a wall because studios wouldn't give them any trailers. Ebert and Roeper instead griped about trailers in general, saying they were too loud, too long and give out too much about the plot, Reuters reports. Ebert, who recently underwent surgery, also complained about the state of modern theaters, asking, "Is it possible to sell anything at the concession stand that doesn't kill?"
Audiences will have to wait until next week to watch knee whacker Tonya Harding and presidential scandalmonger Paula Jones duke it out. While the Fox network's Celebrity Boxing was taped Thursday, the event will not be broadcast until next Wednesday, the Associated Press reports. Also set to face off in the ring are Danny Bonaduce versus Barry Williams, and Vanilla Ice against Todd Bridges.
William Baldwin, Paul Sorvino and Valerie Harper plan to build a movie studio in Trenton, N.J.'s abandoned factories. The three met with state lawmakers Thursday in a bid to gain support for the project, which they say would generate $100 million in taxable revenues and bring hundreds of jobs for construction workers, hairdressers, tailors and dry cleaners.
Glenn Close, Matthew Modine and Stephen Fry are the latest additions to the cast of James Ivory's Le Divorce. According to Variety, the film is a comedy about two American sisters confronted with the decadence of French bourgeois society. The film, which begins shooting Monday in Paris, also stars Naomi Watts, Kate Hudson, Stockard Channing and James Waterston.
Former NYPD Blue star David Caruso is leaving what he calls the "cynical, hard-core energy" of Los Angeles for Miami Beach, AP reports. Caruso, who owns a $1 million South Beach condo with his wife, will co-own a clothing and home furnishings store.
The Screen Actors Guild rerun election is heading into its final week, with mud slinging at an all-time high. Melissa Gilbert won the election in January, but a SAG election committee ordered a rerun election when rival Valerie Harper alleged balloting irregularities. Ballots mailed out last month are due back March 8.
Mariah Carey may have found something useful to do with the $28 million pay-off she received from Virgin Records recently. According to Miami's Power 96 radio station, the currently un-signed singer wants to have a semi-independent subsidiary label of her own. A spokesperson for Carey said she is meeting with a number of labels and looking into a variety of possibilities.
Rumors are circulating that Green Day will induct the Ramones in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 18 at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York. Launch.com interviewed Johnny Ramone, who said he would love to be ushered in by Green Day frontman Billy Joe, but nothing has been officially confirmed. Singer Jewel, who may or may not perform, will also be inducting Brenda Lee.
Robert "Benjamin" Dickerson longtime figure on Atlanta's underground music scene blended punk rock country and blues as frontman for Smoke and other bands. Filmmakers Jem Cohen and Peter Sillen chronicle the last nine years of his life from Smoke's emotionally charged performances and his work with idol Patti Smith to his 1999 death from AIDS.
Benjamin quietly commands attention in a series of intimate poignant and remarkably open interviews discussing his childhood as a country boy in drag his punk-rock beginnings life as a self-confessed speed freak and his thoughts on death and dying. Through it all a quirky ironic sense of humor shows through ("I just love cops at shows"). In candid shots he serves as a window into the underground music scene and as an observer of life in the shadow of Cabbagetown's long-shuttered cotton mills where "little kids ... go to jail really young whose parents all do inhalants."
The movie opens with a beautifully composed black and white montage set to Benjamin's distinctly Southern rasp. The rest of the 80-minute docupic delivers on the sensory expectations that the opening sets up interleaving interviews candid moments and environmental shots to develop an intimate portrait of the subject. However it is a portrait so alluring that one leaves with only the vaguest sense of the events and chronology behind the film.