Paintings by troubled singer Chris Brown have sold for more than $60,000 (£37,500) at auction. The Kiss Kiss star created a number of works with street artist KAI during a recent art event in Miami, Florida, and the pieces were submitted for sale as part of Fine Art Auctions Miami's Urban Art Week.
It has now emerged that two of Brown's canvases sold for $25,000 (£15,625) each, and another made almost $12,000 (£7,500), according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.
The publication reports that 50 per cent of the profits will be donated to charity.
Chris Brown's art is featured on a wall at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. The Kiss Kiss hitmaker painted a mural of the artists who have influenced and inspired him in his career, including Michael Jackson, James Brown and Prince.
Fool's Gold Records co-founder Dust La Rock has died, aged 38. La Rock, real name Joshua Prince, passed away on Monday (02Feb15), but the cause of his death has yet to be revealed.
Prince served as the co-founder of Fool's Gold records along with DJs Nick Catchdubs and A-Trak, who paid tribute to his late friend on Instagram.com.
A-Trak wrote, "My ace. Lost a brother today... RIP Joshua Prince aka Dust La Rock, original Fool's Gold co-founder... Art director for myself, Fool's Gold and Duck Sauce. You helped define so much of what I stand for. Love you man. Still can't believe this."
Prince also worked as a designer, artist and art director for the label and other companies such as Nike and Scion.
He also designed the album covers for rapper Danny Brown's XXX and Action Bronson's Blue Chips.
Both MCs took to Twitter.com to share their condolences, with Brown writing, "RIP Dust La Rock... You inspired me so much!!!... So shocked at this news... Can't f**king believe this!!!!", while Action Bronson added, "RIP Dust La Rock. Great guy, great artist. Smh (shaking my head)".
Actress Gina Rodriguez turned down several record deal offers following her breakout role in hip-hop music drama Filly Brown. The Puerto Rican actress played aspiring rapper Majo Tonorio in the acclaimed independent film, and she caught the eye of several music label executives who were looking to turn art into reality.
However, Rodriguez, who studied drama at the prestigious New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, wanted to focus on her acting career.
She tells BelloMag.com, "After Filly Brown and after Sundance (Film Festival), I got approached with a few record deals, and I really wanted to focus on acting because that is my passion. That is what I trained to do.
"But the more that I've had the opportunity to play with music, the more I think over time, going at it as hard as all the other musicians I pay respect to, I know how hard people work (at their craft), especially being an artist myself."
Rodriguez, who currently stars in hit U.S. drama Jane the Virgin, adds, "I would love to be trained and really work in the world of music before I think I can be the next Iggy (Azalea)... There's room for everything right?"
Jessica Brown Findlay's ex-boyfriend has spoken out to condemn the hackers who stole saucy pictures of the actress and leaked them online.
The Downton Abbey star was among the female celebrities caught up in the Hollywood hacking scandal when Internet criminals broke into cloud storage devices and stole hundreds of personal files. Findlay was featured in a number of explicit pictures and a video, and her former partner Thomas Campbell, who dated the star for two years, admits he felt shocked and outraged by the leak.
He tells Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper, "It was a huge invasion of privacy, I feel really sorry for her. The video was nothing to do with me. I haven't even seen it. But I do hope that anybody who sees it understands that grown adults do stuff for them that they don't expect the world to see."
Campbell and Findlay dated after meeting at art school in London.
Chris Brown has branded his recent jail stint "humbling" and insisted his three-month stretch behind bars changed him for the better. The troubled pop star spent more than three months in custody earlier this year (14) for a probation violation stemming from his 2009 assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna.
Brown was released from prison in June (14), and has now opened up about his life inside.
He tells Billboard magazine, "A guard wakes you up; you eat. You stay in your cell most of the time, basically 24 hours a day... It's isolation... My maturity level has risen as far as my realising what's important... At the end of the day, it's just a humbling experience.
"You're more appreciative of everything else that's on the outside. A burger tastes 1,000 times better when you're out... I just missed my family... I missed my dad and mom, all my cousins... seeing people's faces and smiles."
Brown also admits he was unable to use his time behind bars productively as he felt prison crushed his creativity.
He adds, "Jail isn't a place of many creative spirits. But as far as my creativity, I put it on hold until I got out. Jail is more of a regimen and a structure. I'm more of a free spirit when it comes to creating music, painting and art. So when I got out, I was very excited to get into the studio."
However, the star is adamant jail changed him for good: "(I feel) like this happened for a reason. There was a purpose. Maybe I was out of control too much. Or I needed something to humble me to the point where I get it. At that point, I didn't look at it as trying to get out of the situation but learn from it."
Outkast star Andre 3000 is planning to retire from rap next year (15) after he turns 40. The Ms. Jackson hitmaker, who will mark the age milestone in May (15), is convinced hip-hop is a young man's game and he confesses he can no longer keep up with his new peers.
He tells the New York Times, "I remember, at like 25, saying, 'I don't want to be a 40-year-old rapper.' I'm 39 now, and I'm still standing by that. I'm such a fan that I don't want to infiltrate it with old blood."
Andre 3000 reveals he recruits his teenage son Seven, with R&B singer Erykah Badu, to critique his verses on tracks by artists like Beyonce, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown and Frank Ocean, because he is no longer sure what will be a hit with young fans.
He explains, "I struggle with the verses. I don't sit around and write raps, I just don't. Now the only time I'm really inspired to write raps is if an artist that I enjoy invites me to their party. So if Future calls and says, 'Hey man, I want you to do this,' I don't want to let Future down. I don't want to let Lil Wayne or Drake down, because I love them...
"My son, he's 16. Him and his buddies, they'll be in the car, and I'll say, 'Hey, what do you think about this verse?' That's my gauge at this point. I don't have the pulse. Part of art is knowing when not to put paint on. And when to change your medium."
Actors Mia Farrow and Dylan Mcdermott have led the tributes to their former co-star Lord Richard Attenborough, following the British movie icon's death on Sunday (24Aug14). The exact cause of death has yet to be revealed, but Attenborough had been living in a nursing home with his wife, Sheila Sim, and was confined to a wheelchair after suffering a serious fall in 2008.
McDermott, who starred alongside Attenborough in the 1994 reboot of Christmas film Miracle on 34th Street, took to Twitter.com to pay tribute to the man who played Kris Kringle, and wrote, "Rest in peace Richard Attenborough. U (sic) were the best Santa ever."
Their co-star and former child actress Mara Wilson also added, "Sir Richard Attenborough was the only Santa Claus I ever believed in. A wonderful man. Still in shock right now. May he rest in peace."
News of Attenborough's death comes almost two weeks after Wilson's Mrs. Doubtfire co-star, Robin Williams passed away after committing suicide.
Mia Farrow, who worked with Attenborough in 1964's Guns at Batasi, also added her own tribute to her friend, and wrote, "Richard Attenborough was the kindest man I have ever had the privilege of working with. A Prince. RIP 'Pa' - and thank you," as well as comedian Ricky Gervais, who added, "RIP Richard Attenborough. One of the true greats of the silver screen."
Other Twitter tributes have come from Edgar Wright, former 007 star Samantha Bond, Rob Schneider, Stephen Amell, and British Prime Minister David Cameron, who noted that Attenborough's "acting in 'Brighton Rock' was brilliant, his directing of 'Gandhi' was stunning," and adding, "Richard Attenborough was one of the greats of cinema."
Born in Cambridge, England, he studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and served in the Royal Air Force during World War II before pursuing an acting career.
He made his debut as a sailor in the 1942 film In Which We Serve and gained popular acclaim playing ruthless young thug Pinkie Brown in Brighton Rock in 1947, eventually becoming a staple of countless British films over the next 30 years.
An accomplished stage actor, Attenborough was one of the original cast members of The Mousetrap, which went on to become the longest-running play in London's West End.
In the 1960s, he expanded his range of acting, taking on a variety of roles that exposed him to a wider audience - most notably as Squadron Leader Roger Bartlett in 1963's The Great Escape.
Hitting his stride, Attenborough won back-to-back Golden Globe Awards for Best Supporting Actor in 1967 and 1968 - for The Sand Pebbles and Doctor Dolittle.
But he'll be most fondly remembered for his behind-the-camera skills. In the late 1950s, he formed a production company, Beaver Films, and directed his first picture, Oh! What A Lovely War, in 1969.
He later scooped the Best Director and Best Picture Oscars in 1982 for his epic Gandhi, which also won him another Golden Globe Award the following year.
Other directorial credits followed - notably the 1992 biopic Chaplin, and classic 1993 movie Shadowlands - before Attenborough made a welcome return to the screen in 1993 as eccentric John Hammond in Jurassic Park.
Attenborough won a total of eight Oscars during his career. He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1967, and a knighthood came in 1976. In 1993, he was bestowed the honour of life peer, becoming Baron Attenborough, of Richmond upon Thames, London.
And in 2006, Attenborough and his brother David, a popular broadcaster and beloved nature expert, were awarded the title of Distinguished Honorary Fellows of the University of Leicester in recognition of their services to the university.
Attenborough was also later awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Drama from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, and was an Honorary Fellow of Bangor University.
On Boxing Day 2004, tragedy struck Attenborough's family when his eldest daughter Jane, her daughter Lucy, and her mother-in-law, also named Jane, died in the devastating Asian tsunami.
His family is expected to make a full statement about his death on Monday (25Aug14).
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If there’s something strange with your comedy sequel, and things don’t look good, who you gonna call? Well, if the movie in question is Ghostbusters 3, you’re gonna call Paul Feig and hope that he can bring his golden touch to the troubled threequel. According to THR, the The Heat director is in talks to helm the film, which has been looking for someone to fill the opening left by Ivan Reitman, who left the project following Harold Ramis’ death in March. In addition to the new direction, Ghostbuster 3 will also be getting a makeover, and will reportedly center on an all-female team of parapsychologists.
Though the news has unsurprisingly been met with resistance from some fans who are reluctant to let go of the male characters they’re comfortable with, the general response from fans and critics has been positive with many looking forward to seeing the franchise get a breath of fresh air. And while it will likely be difficult seeing new faces in the ghostbusters’ jumpsuits – after all, who could possibly replace Bill Murray? – it shouldn’t be hard to find plenty of talented funny ladies who would be up for the challenge, and perfect for the roles. In case Feig is looking for a few casting suggestions, we’ve matched some of the best comedic actresses currently working with the original character archetypes to give him a sense of who would be perfect for Ghostbusters 3. You know, after Melissa McCarthy has been cast.
For the Peter Venkman Character: As the perpetually bored, slightly mischevious Gina Linetti on Brooklyn Nine Nine, Chelsea Peretti has proved that she has the right wit and attitude to take on Murray’s most famous role, along with just enough sweetness to match his heart of gold. Likewise, Jessica Williams has had the perfect showcase for her cynical, sarcastic side on The Daily Show, which would give the character the right amount of edge. And while Kaitlin Olson’s most famous character is better known for her jaded, sarcastic attitude and biting insults, the actress herself is equally capable of handling light-hearted moments, and she could use a breakout film role; as could Aisha Tyler, whose intelligent, dry wit and warm personality would make her an ideal team leader. Vote below, and read on to see who should play the Ray, the Egon, the Leon, and the Winston.
For the Ray Spatz Character: Though Kristen Schaal might be best-known for raunchy, shocking stand up persona, one only needs to watch a few episodes of Gravity Falls or Bob’s Burgers to know that she’s just as hilarious when playing wide-eyed, uninhibited enthusiasm... with an edge. Though they're often obnoxious and in-your-face, Jenny Slate's characters often still have some growing up to do, and her run as Marcel the Shell with Shoes On proves that she's equally adept at being innocent and adorable. Mindy Kaling’s over-the-top, goofy personality would also make her a solid fit for the childlike, excitable character, and if there’s anyone whose carved a niche in Hollywood with naïve, warm-hearted characters, it’s Kaling’s good friend Ellie Kemper, who had turned child-like innocence into an comedy gold. Vote below, and read on to see who should play the Egon, the Leon, and the Winston.
For the Egon Spengler Character: Playing a rigid, focused Egon Spengler-type requires someone who excels at playing the straight-man, and there’s nobody on television who currently does that better than Brooklyn Nine Nine’s Melissa Fumero, whose Amy Santiago is the perfect mix of goofy and Type-A. Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson is also at her most hilarious when she’s attempting to impose some kind of order on things that are beyond her control, and her talent at handling awkward situations is unparalleled. Many of Vanessa Bayer’s best SNL character exhibit a similar tightly-wound, nerdy awkwardness and she’s proven that she can earn laughs with just a few words. Meanwhile, Ana Gasteyer has brought dorky rigidity to new heights on Suburgatory, where she played the competitive perfectionist Shiela Shay. Vote below, and read on to see who should play the Leon and the Winston.
For the Leon Tully Character: Perhaps no actress has turned awkwardness into an art form quite like Miranda Hart, whose nerdy, well-meaning Chummy on Call the Midwife has nothing on the endearingly embarrassing title character in her sitcom Miranda. Likewise, Rachel Dratch has made a career playing a variety of hilarious, uncomfortable weirdoes from the fast-talking, PDA-friendly Denise to the socially-unaware Debbie Downer. But if there’s any actress who could be considered the female counterpart to Rick Moranis, it’s probably Amy Sedaris, whose iconic Jerri Blank is basically a warped version of the awkward, socially-inept but well-meaning nerds that Moranis has specialized in. Vote below, and read on to see who should play the Winston.
For the Winston Zeddemore Character: Though Rosa Diaz is a bit more violent and monotone than the straight-talking voice of reason that is Winston Zeddemore, Stephanie Beatriz has nonetheless proved herself talented at dishing out tough love to the idiots she surrounds herself with, as well as willing to go along with just about anything if there’s something in it for her. Shirley Bennet’s advice-giving, mothering would make Yvette Nicole Brown an excellent choice for the role as well, along with her talent for cutting through nonsense and ability to turn a sermon into a comedic showcase. Gina Torres has similarly specialized in tough, skeptical characters, and she’s especially good at imbuing them all with a slightly goofy sense of humor and warm heart, and though Nasim Pedrad has played plenty of weirdoes, she’s adept finding the funniest way to shake some sense into people – who’s a better voice of reason on SNL than her Arianna Huffington?
Hollywood veteran Mel Gibson has spoken out in defence of troubled actor Shia Labeouf, insisting his recent bizarre behaviour is proof he is "suffering in some way". The Transformers star is currently seeking treatment for alcoholism after he was escorted out of a Broadway show and arrested following an altercation with theatre security staff on 26 June (14). He was subsequently charged with disorderly conduct, criminal trespass and harassment, but pleaded not guilty to the counts.
The incident was the latest in a string of headline-grabbing stunts, including wearing a brown paper bag on his head while walking the red carpet at a German film festival earlier this year (14) and using the same prop as part of an odd art installation in Los Angeles.
Now Gibson, who has faced his own personal controversies, including a 2006 DUI arrest, during which he hurled anti-Semitic remarks at a Jewish police officer, admits he sympathises with LaBeouf, because he knows how hard living life under the public eye can be.
However, Gibson is confident the 28 year old will bounce back from his troubles.
In a candid interview with IndieWire.com, the Braveheart actor says, "You're a target. And you have to be really adept at tap dancing and dodging the bullets. And sometimes you get hit. And sometimes mortally. It's pretty bad.
"When I see someone like Shia LaBeouf with the bag on his head and stuff, my heart goes out to the poor guy. I think he's suffering in some way.
"Why would he do that? People are inclined to sort of point the finger at him and say that he's this, that, or the other. It's easy to judge. But I'm sure he's going through some kind of personal, very painful, cathartic thing that he has to exorcise and get out there. He'll probably play it out and come back. Whatever it happens to be.
"He'll be all right. I actually like the kid. I think he's good. I never met him, but I like him."