A painting by Andy Warhol has smashed the legendary artist's sales records by pulling in $105 million (£70 million) at auction in New York. Warhol's Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster), which depicts the aftermath of a road accident, went under the hammer at Sotheby’s auction house on Wednesday (13Nov13) and was sold for the huge price to an unnamed telephone bidder.
The sale broke Warhol's previous record of $71.7 million (£51.5 million), which was paid for his Green Car Crash (Green Burning Car I) in 2007.
Auctioneer Tobias Meyer says, "It's a great price - and completely worth it. It's the best painting I've ever sold in my whole career."
The sale marks the second-highest price paid for a contemporary piece of art - Francis Bacon's Three Studies of Lucian Freud fetched $142.4 million (£94.9 million) earlier this week (beg11Nov13).
One-of-a-kind pieces by acclaimed artists Francis Bacon and Jeff Koons have sold at record-breaking prices, each raking in millions of dollars. The British painter's Three Studies of Lucian Freud is considered one of Bacon's greatest masterpieces, and an anonymous buyer is now the lucky owner of the painting, after topping bids at a New York auction.
The triptych, which Bacon completed in 1969, went under the hammer for $142 million (£89 million) at Christie's, becoming the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction, surpassing a record set last year (12), when Edvard Munch's The Scream sold for $119.9 million (£74 million).
Meanwhile, pop artist Koons' 12-foot-tall (3.6 meters) stainless steel balloon dog sculpture, sold for $58.4 million (£36.7 million), at Christie's on Tuesday night (12Nov13). It becomes the highest sum ever paid for a work by a living artist.
Balloon Dog (Orange) is made to resemble the type of inflatable toy a clown would make at a children's party, and is one of five identical sculptures, with other primary colours in the series.
Koons recently collaborated with Lady Gaga for her ARTPOP album cover, for which he created a nude sculpture of the Applause hitmaker in front of a blue sphere.
On Sunday (10Nov13), the pair reunited at her artRave party in Brooklyn, New York, where she celebrated the release of her new record and also unveiled an installment of works by Koons, which included the 3D version of the ARTPOP cover sculpture.
Gary Oldman's Vlad Dracula in Francis Ford Coppola's loving 1992 remake of a vampire classic, Bram Stoker's Dracula, is difficult to pin down. He is a gentleman, and a villain, a romantic and a cynic, both devoted and destructive. Vlad has Borderline Personality Disorder
Borderlines are compelling, effusive, seductive and impassioned. They are also intense, rageful, delusional and impulsive. And they have an out-of-whack sensitivity to abandonment. They're kind of clingy.
The good news? Borderlines are idealistic, easily elated and intensely loving. The down side is they are extremely emotional, self-destructive, and easily humiliated — as in, 'Duck, Vlad is having a mood swing!'
When things are on the uptick they make mighty fine lovers, but fire rains down when their switch gets flipped. It's risky business, shacking up with a borderline. Unless you're addicted to danger and excitement.
You know, given to Manias.
If disinterment is your hobby, steer clear of Eastern Europe. You could easily dig up the dismembered.
Long before we understood human physiology, unexplained deaths were believed to be a product of vampirism. A vampire panic spread throughout Europe and the United Sates. And since decapitation is the best way to keep a vamp from bouncing back, beheading the dead was not uncommon. A ton of extra work, but probably worth it.
So consider the poor road crew that stumbled across 17 skeletons with their skulls between their knees while excavating a roadbed in southern Poland. They were so freaked out they called in archaeologist Lukasz Obtulowicz from the monument protection office in Katowice, who confirmed it was indeed a vamp burial ground.
All in a day's work if you make your living in Parks and Recreation. If you dig roads for a living, not so much.
Depending on which part of Europe you're from, there is disagreement about how to properly delete the undead. They like ash stakes in Russia, and hawthorn in Serbia. Germans preferred decapitation, and the Roma place bits of steel in the mouth.
Controversy still rages over the best way to off a vampire. But the Romanians insisted on garlic, and they're pretty smart about all things undead: Transylvania, and all that. If you're undead, garlic bums you out.
Which undoubtedly makes Gilroy, California —The Garlic Capital of the World — a vampire-free zone. Especially over the last full weekend in July, when hundreds of thousands of revelers-in-the-odoriferous descend for the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival. Garlic cook-offs, garlic showdowns, garlic ice cream...it's enough to choke the most seasoned vamp. So for at least one weekend a year, mortals know where to let their guard down.
Oh, and then there's the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival. The next one of those is September 2014.
Mob movies are a part of our movie history - and where there are great mob movies, there are great quotes. It was hard to cull the list down to 10, but I think I did it. Please don't fit me for cement shoes and make me sleep with the fishes if you disagree with what I came up with.
"I'll make him an offer he can't refuse." Don Corleone, The Godfather
If I really wanted to, I could populate this whole list solely from this movie and its sequel, but that wouldn't be fair to the other mob movies. This is the line that most people tend to quote from The Godfather. Of course, they try to do it in Marlon Brando's jowly, mumbly style.
"I know it was you Fredo. You broke my heart. You broke my heart!" Michael Corleone, The Godfather Part II
This is one of the most powerful scenes in the movie. Michael Corleone gives his brother Fredo the kiss of death. Yeah, we know how that one ended. It also made me leery of fishing for a while.
"You mean, let me understand this cause, ya know maybe it's me, I'm a little f----d up maybe, but I'm funny how, I mean funny like I'm a clown, I amuse you?" Tommy DeVito, Goodfellas
This was the scene that made Joe Pesci famous. It's a fantastic scene that shows how fast he could go from being calm to being a raging, homical lunatic. It made you fear him.
"That black book's a joke. It's only got two names in it for the whole country. And one of them's still Al Capone." Nicky Santoro, Casino
Yes, It's another Pesci appearance. It's like a race between him and Al Pacino to see who can get the most appearances on this list. It makes me wonder though... how would a fight between Santoro and Tommy DeVito go? It'd be one with a lot of violence and swearing at each other.
"I always tell the truth. Even when I lie." Tony Montana, Scarface
Here's another movie that I could just take 10 quotes from and call it a day. Pacino makes another appearance on this list and he deserves to be there for his fiery performance as Montana. I was tempted to use "Say hello to my little friend!" but this one won out for me.
"I didn't ask for that and I don't want it. Goodbye Leo." Tom Reagan, Miller's Crossing
A highly underrated movie, this line is so defiantly spoken to bat down the offer of forgiveness. The Coen brothers made a great movie here and this scene deserves to be here.
"Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!" Michael Corleone, The Godfather Part III
Yup. Another Pacino appearance. No, he's not paying me to put him in here. This was a very mediocre movie in comparison to the other two, but this was a very powerful line.
"Did he sound anything like that?" Eliot Ness, The Untouchables
Another great movie with an abundance of great lines, particularly Robert De Niro as Al Capone. This was the scene that really grabbed me though, as Kevin Costner's Eliot Ness served up some long-awaited justice. The first time that we saw it in the theater, people cheered.
"You a gangster now. You can't learn it in school...you can't have a late start." Carlito, Carlito's Way
Pacino again. What can I say? The man is good in roles that center around the mob or organized crime. This is one is a bleak statement about what people have to do to enter that lifestyle.
"What Freud said about the Irish is: We are the only people who are impervious to psychoanalysis." Colin Sullivan, The Departed
It's kind of fitting that Matt Damon's Colin Sullivan was the one who spoke this line. His character was a sociopathic dirty cop who had no moral compunction about diminishing his badge by serving a master from the underworld.
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Singer Florence Welch and rocker Seasick Steve entertained a fashionable London crowd on Thursday night (20Jun13) at a charity gala. Kate Moss and her husband Jamie Hince, actor Hugh Grant, designer Stella McCartney and musician Noel Gallagher were among the guests in attendance at the Rock On event in aid of The Hoping Foundation at the Cafe de Paris nightclub.
The benefit dinner, organised by designer Bella Freud, was held to raise funds for children in Palestinian refugee camps.
Scottish singer Emeli Sande was the toast of Britain's prestigious Ivor Novello awards on Thursday (16May13) after scooping two top honours. The star's hit track Next To Me saw off competition from Bat for Lashes' Laura and Two Fingers by Jake Bugg to be named Best Song Musically and Lyrically, and the tune also landed the PRS for Music Most Performed Work prize, which featured Coldplay and Olly Murs on the shortlist.
It was also a big day for DJ Calvin Harris as he was named Songwriter of the Year at the bash, and for Noel Gallagher, who was the recipient of the Outstanding Song Collection nod.
During the ceremony, held at London's Grosvenor House hotel, The Maccabees landed Best Contemporary Song for their hit Pelican, and the Album Award went to Alt-J for An Awesome Wave.
Keira Knightley's Anna Karenina was also honoured - the period drama bagged the Best Original Film Score over Dr Seuss's The Lorax and Plan-B's gritty drama Ill Manors, while Best Television Soundtrack went to Lucian Freud: Painted Life.
Special awards went to Bush star Gavin Rossdale (International Achievement), Marc Almond (The Ivors Inspiration Award), Randy Newman (PRS for Music Special International Award), and Errollyn Wallen MBE (The Ivors Classical Music Award), while Moody Blues founder Justin Hayward was named the recipient of the PRS for Music Award for Outstanding Achievement.
Sigmund Freud would have loved Cougar Town.
The comedy series has boasted some seriously creepy themes since the beginning, introducing them subtly and then gradually building up to an all-out psychological minefield in its latest TBS-backed season. When we met Jules Cobb (Courteney Cox) in the regrettable first chapter of the program, she was a 40-year-old mook devoted to the pursuit of much younger romantic partners. Since abandoning this cringe-inducing premise, Cougar Town has become something a ton more watchable: now, instead of fawning over 20-something males, Jules spends her time drinking wine with her best friends, torturing and teasing her husband Grayson (Josh Hopkins), and fawning over her son, Travis (Dan Byrd). In kind of an odd way.
The show has made some eye-wideningly blunt allusions to Jules' bizarre love for her son. Cougar Town frequently jokes about how her obsession with Travis teeters the lines of propriety, and how her feelings for him sometimes manifest in complicated, pseudo-romantic/sexual ways. It's all played for laughs, all acknowledged as jarring and disturbing in-universe. As such, nobody really ever calls much attention to it as a problem. What people do seem bothered by, instead, is the romance of Travis and Laurie (Busy Phillips), which culminates in a kiss in the Cougar Town season finale.
After years of pining after Laurie, his mother's former employee and close friend, Travis earned her affections this season, sealing their romantic relationship with the labored-over "perfect kiss" in Tuesday night's season finale. While those submitting wholly to the constructs of romantic love will find some fondness for the union, many will find fault with this pair. "She's his mom's best friend!" they'll say. "It's creepy!"
Yes, maybe. But you're judging it based on the standards of our universe, not Cougar Town's. Things are weird in this reality: Travis spends all of his time hanging out with his mother and father (who, by the way, are divorced, after the latter's string of infidelities... yet, somehow, they remain best friends), their neighbors (who operate in an ostensibly loveless marriage and neglect their young son, who might well be a sociopath), her mother's new husband (who is mean, vain, and whose homophobia was excused earlier this season), and the lonely voyeur who peers in from outside the kitchen window. If you look at all that madness, you'll concede that Travis and Laurie getting together is one of the least creepy things going on on Cougar Town.
It's a show founded on skewing from the confines of society's limitations, although not in any rebellious or meritorious way. Simply, in the name of lazy hedonism. Why do we give a free pass to Jules for skipping work, drinking all, and nearly lusting after her son, to Grayson for basking in his heated intolerance, to Bobby Cobb (Brian Van Holt) for cheating on his ex-wife for years, not to mention all of the other nonsense that goes on in this cul-de-sac, then why are we so troubled by Travis and Laurie?
All things considered, the two of them getting together is just about the most acceptable turn of events this show has taken. Bravo, young love. Bravo.
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The blonde beauty got to know the portrait artist in 2002 when she agreed to pose nude for him while pregnant with her daughter Lila Grace.
Moss was fascinated to learn Freud tattooed sailors during his stint in the Merchant Navy during World War II, and was thrilled when he offered to etch two tiny swallows on her back.
She recalls, "He told me about when he was in the Navy, when he was 19 or something, and he used to do all of the tattoos for the sailors. And I said, 'Oh my God, that's amazing.' And he went, 'I can do you one. What would you like? Would you like creatures of the animal kingdom?' I said I liked birds and he replied, 'I've done birds. I've got it in my book.' And he pointed down at a painting of a chicken upside down in a bucket. And I said, 'No, I'm not having that.' And then he said, 'Maybe I should just do you.' And I thought, I'm not going to have a girl on my a**e. So we decided to do a flock of birds."
Moss is convinced the designs at the base of her spine are priceless, telling Vanity Fair, "I mean, it's an original Freud. I wonder how much a collector would pay for that? A few million? If it all goes horribly wrong I could get a skin graft and sell it. It's probably the only one on skin that's still around, because when he was in the Navy he was about 19. Can you imagine?"
Moss also has an anchor tattoo on her wrist as well as a heart and star design.
Freud's painting of Moss showing off her baby bump while reclining naked sold for $6.2 million (£3.9 million) at auction in 2005.