An American artist has asked the Rolling Stones to give him credit for creating their iconic lips logo. The band's frontman Sir Mick Jagger is believed to have dreamed up the symbol with art student John Pasche in the early 1970s, but Sid Maurer claims he is actually behind the design.
The dispute has been detailed in a new book titled Sympathy for the Devil: The Birth of the Rolling Stones and the Death of Brian Jones by Paul Trynka. The book suggests Jones discovered Maurer's lips and tongue image in the late 1960s and even bought a picture from the painter before the image later became the band's logo.
Editors of Britain's Sunday Times newspaper report Maurer has said a "thank you" from the band would be "nice".
Guitarist Jones died in 1969 shortly after leaving the group.
Actor John Leguizamo and his wife have founded a conservancy in New York to help revitalise Washington Square Park. The Ice Age star and his partner, Justine Maurer, have teamed up with bosses at the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to found a nonprofit organisation, which will reform the popular landmark in Greenwich Village.
Maurer tells the New York Post, "We want the park to be clean, safe and beautiful. We want to work with the community to make this park as great as it can be."
The agency will help maintain lawns and regulate day-to-day operations with the help of private donors, but the formation of the group has outraged a number of locals, who fear the conservancy will destroy the square and its relaxed vibe by cracking down on buskers.
In a post on the Washington Square Park blog, one fan writes, "I always thought John Leguizamo was a good guy. He donated some money to a group I worked with, the No Spray Coalition, fighting pesticide spraying, at one point. But this is just wrong. I don't think Justine realizes what she just walked into."
While recent animated blockbusters have aimed to viewers of all ages starting with fantastical concepts and breathtaking visuals but tackling complex emotional issues along the way Ice Age: Continental Drift is crafted especially for the wee ones — and it works. Venturing back to prehistoric times once again the fourth Ice Age film paints broad strokes on the theme of familial relationships throwing in plenty of physical comedy along the way. The movie isn't that far off from one of the many Land Before Time direct-to-video sequels: not particularly innovative or necessary but harmless thrilling fun for anyone with a sense of humor. Unless they have a particular distaste for wooly mammoths the kids will love it.
Ice Age: Continental Drift continues to snowball its cartoon roster bringing back the original film's trio (Ray Romano as Manny the Mammoth Denis Leary as Diego the Sabertooth Tiger and John Leguizamo as Sid the Sloth) new faces acquired over the course of the franchise (Queen Latifah as Manny's wife Ellie) and a handful of new characters to spice things up everyone from Nicki Minaj as Manny's daughter Steffie to Wanda Sykes as Sid's wily grandma. The whole gang is living a pleasant existence as a herd with Manny's biggest problem being playing overbearing dad to the rebellious daughter. Teen mammoths they always want to go out and play by the waterfall! Whippersnappers.
The main thrust of the film comes when Scratch the Rat (whose silent comedy routines in the vein of Tex Avery/WB cartoons continue to be the series highlight) accidentally cracks the singular continent Pangea into the world we know today. Manny Diego and Sid find themselves stranded on an iceberg once again forced on a road trip journey of survival. The rest of the herd embarks to meet them giving Steffie time to realize the true meaning of friendship with help from her mole pal Louis (Josh Gad).
The ham-handed lessons may drag for those who've passed Kindergarten but Ice Age: Continental Drift is a lot of fun when the main gang crosses paths with a group of villainous pirates. (Back then monkeys rabbits and seals were hitting the high seas together pillaging via boat-shaped icebergs. Obviously.) Quickly Ice Age becomes an old school pirate adventure complete with maritime navigation buried treasure and sword fights. Gut (Peter Dinklage) an evil ape with a deadly... fingernail leads the evil-doers who pose an entertaining threat for the familiar bunch. Jennifer Lopez pops by as Gut's second-in-command Shira the White Tiger and the film's two cats have a chase scene that should rouse even the most apathetic adults. Hearing Dinklage (of Game of Thrones fame) belt out a pirate shanty may be worth the price of admission alone.
With solid action (that doesn't need the 3D addition) cartoony animation and gags out the wazoo Ice Age: Continental Drift is entertainment to enjoy with the whole family. Revelatory? Not quite. Until we get a feature length silent film of Scratch's acorn pursuit we may never see a "classic" Ice Age film but Continental Drift keeps it together long enough to tell a simple story with delightful flare that should hold attention spans of any length. Massive amounts of sugar not even required.
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The Sweet Home Alabama star wed his partner Jessica, a freelance writer, in New York's Central Park in March (12).
Just days later it was reported she was pregnant, and on Friday (29Jun12), Jessica gave birth to a son named Noah Rev Maurer, according to People.com.
The couple's new arrival weighed in at nine pounds, four ounces (4.1 kilograms).
Josh Lucas is about to experience the joys (and terrors) of parenthood. The actor and his wife Jessica have now welcomed their very first child — a son — into the world, a rep confirms to Hollywood.com.
The little bundle named Noah Rev Maurer was born Friday in New York City and weighed in at 9 lbs., 4 oz. The happy couple revealed they had a baby on the way after quietly tying the knot in New York City’s Conservatory Garden last March.
Though you may not know Lucas by name, you should definitely recognize his face as Reese Witherspoon's hunky, Southern husband in the popular rom-com Sweet Home Alabama. He also most recently appeared on The Firm, while his wife is a writer.
Congratulations to the new parents — and good luck!
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The filmmaker, a veteran of World War II, passed away at his home in New York on Tuesday (28Sep10) after suffering congestive heart failure, according to his daughter Molly.
Penn began his Hollywood career in the 1950s with small jobs in TV before making his feature film debut with The Left Handed Gun, starring a young Paul Newman.
He quickly established himself as a top director following the success of the Oscar-nominated The Miracle Worker in 1962, a film adaptation of the play he had previously staged on Broadway.
However, he will perhaps be best remembered for classic 1967 gangster film Bonnie and Clyde, starring Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, which won two Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actress (Estelle Parsons) and Best Cinematography (Burnett Guffey).
The movie later went down in history when it was selected as one of the first 100 releases to be preserved in the United States National Film Registry.
He returned to the TV industry in the 1990s and served as an executive producer on hit crime series Law & Order.
Penn retired in 2001 and his final years were marred by illness, including a battle with pneumonia last summer (09).
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Peggy Maurer, and their two children, Molly and Matthew.
The director's death comes almost one year after the loss of his older brother, celebrated photographer Irving Penn, who passed last October (09) at the age of 92.
Easy A a teen sex comedy with no actual sex aims rather conspicuously to plumb the best bits of Diablo Cody and Alexander Payne in its upside-down self-consciously campy take on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. In the role of its high-school Hester Prynne is Emma Stone the sly husky heroine of last year’s surprise hit Zombieland. Tested by a film that is far less clever than its director Will Gluck or screenwriter Bert Royal would have us believe (and they desperately want us to believe) she passes with flying colors delivering a performance that should elevate her into the upper echelon of actresses possessing brains and beauty in equal measure.
Stone plays Olive the kind of quick-witted hyper-literate teen that our educational system produces in ever-diminishing numbers. (If it ever produced them to begin with.) More knowing and sophisticated than others her age she is nonetheless not immune to the pressure of peers and the dread of being labeled a loser. Under duress by a prying friend (Aly Michalka) to dish the details of her birthday weekend a rather mundane affair mainly spent jumping on her bed to the tune of Natasha Bedingfield’s pop monstrosity “Pocket Full of Sunshine ” she feels compelled to embellish a bit and concocts an entirely fictional account of losing her virginity (dubbed the “V-Card” by Royal trying too hard) to a boy from a junior college across town.
Word of Olive’s deflowering spreads with startling speed aided by the incessant rumor-mongering of a catty Evangelical eavesdropper (Amanda Bynes). Suddenly branded a tramp on account of a seemingly harmless little lie Olive opts to embrace her newly tarnished reputation and put it to good use. In a viciously stratified social environment where even the most awkward acne-plagued pariah can earn respect and even admiration from members of the upper castes for having gone All the Way Olive anoints herself the Mother Theresa of (fake) sluts bestowing her blessing upon downtrodden gents in need of a reputation boost. And she resolves to look the part too traipsing around in scandalous bustiers and affixing the letter “A” to her chest.
There are limits to Easy A’s Scarlet Letter conceit overly Glee-ful tone forced repartee and pop-culture references (John Hughes is invoked so many times he should get a producer credit). Which is why director Gluck must be grateful to have found Stone who handles the verbal calisthenics of Royal’s script with charm and verve and a certain effortless appeal that keeps us engaged even as the film wallows in contrived irony and heavy-handedness. Keep your eye on her.