Volatile, violent, rage-filled Chris Brown loves getting in fights — most recently with fellow rapper Frank Ocean. And then, after he has bandaged his hands and taken a nice long shower to cool down, Brown likes to release his remaining, suppressed feelings by whipping out the tempera paint. On Monday night, Brown posted to his Instagram account a painting of a rather burly Jesus being hung on the cross (pictured below) along with the caption, "Painting the way I feel today. Focus on what matters!"
While the parallel Brown is drawing between his current predicament and one that a certain religious figure faced approximately 2013 years ago may be a bit melodramatic and of questionable taste, the real issue at hand is: Why didn't we know that Chris Brown painted?! Not only is the account Brown used to share his painting (titled f**kyopictures — only, uncensored) filled with his artwork and followed by over two million fans (so clearly we're late to the game here), but Brown headlined his first art exhibition in California last May (pictured above). Our invites must have gotten lost in the mail, because we know that's one event we wouldn't have missed for the world.
To help us get over the shock of learning that Brown has an easel stored somewhere in his home, we've dug up the secret artistic pursuits of other celebrities.
David Arquette is apparently a graffiti artist. Which means he likes to, like, tag stuff.
The Jersey Shore's JWOWW (née Jenni Farley), was once a student at the New York Institute of Technology, where she specialized in still-life portraiture, as demonstrated below.
Viggo Mortensen (or, as he will forever be known in my brain, Aragorn) is a regular Renaissance man. He not only acts, but writes poetry, records music, and dabbles in modern art.
Steven Tyler, meanwhile, likes to work with dark themes in dark colors.
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Jane Seymour is inspired by heavenly beings at the beach. But really, aren't we all?
All Paul Stanley (of Kiss) wants is peace and love. In fact, that's the name of the below work of art, Peach & Love No. 1. And, in case you were wondering, I am like 87% certain the below is not a finger painting.
And, word on the street is that Pierce Brosnan fancies himself handy with a paintbrush, too. But which one can paint the best happy little trees?
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A kids’ movie without the cheeky jokes for adults is like a big juicy BLT without the B… or the T. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted may have a title that sounds like it was made up in a cartoon sequel laboratory but when it comes to serving up laughs just think of the film as a BLT with enough extra bacon to satisfy even the wildest of animals — or even a parent with a gaggle of tots in tow. Yes even with that whole "Afro Circus" nonsense.
It’s not often that we find exhaustively franchised films like the Madagascar set that still work after almost seven years. Despite being spun off into TV shows and Christmas specials in addition to its big screen adventures the series has not only maintained its momentum it has maintained the part we were pleasantly surprised by the first time around: great jokes.
In this third installment of the series – the trilogy-maker if you will – directing duo Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath add Conrad Vernon (director Monsters Vs. Aliens) to the helm as our trusty gang swings back into action. Alex the lion (Ben Stiller) Marty the zebra (Chris Rock) Gloria the hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Melman the giraffe (David Schwimmer) are stuck in Africa after the hullaballoo of Madagascar 2 and they’ll do anything to get back to their beloved New York. Just a hop skip and a jump away in Monte Carlo the penguins are doing their usual greedy schtick but the zoo animals catch up with them just in time to catch the eye of the sinister animal control stickler Captain Dubois (Frances McDormand). And just like that the practically super human captain is chasing them through Monte Carlo and the rest of Europe in hopes of planting Alex’s perfectly coifed lion head on her wall of prized animals.
Luckily for pint-sized viewers Dubois’ terrifying presence is balanced out by her sheer inhuman strength uncanny guiles and Stretch Armstrong flexibility (ah the wonder of cartoons) as well as Alex’s escape plan: the New Yorkers run away with the European circus. While Dubois’ terrifying Doberman-like presence looms over the entire film a sense of levity (which is a word the kiddies might learn from Stiller’s eloquent lion) comes from the plan for salvation in which the circus animals and the zoo animals band together to revamp the circus and catch the eye of a big-time American agent. Sure the pacing throughout the first act is practically nonexistent running like a stampede through the jungle but by the time we're palling around under the big top the film finds its footing.
The visual splendor of the film (and man is there a champion size serving of it) the magnificent danger and suspense is enhanced to great effect by the addition of 3D technology – and not once is there a gratuitous beverage or desperate Crocodile Dundee knife waved in our faces to prove its worth. The caveat is that the soundtrack employs a certain infectious Katy Perry ditty at the height of the 3D spectacular so parents get ready to hear that on repeat until the leaves turn yellow.
But visual delights and adventurous zoo animals aside Madagascar 3’s real strength is in its script. With the addition of Noah Baumbach (Greenberg The Squid and the Whale) to the screenwriting team the script is infused with a heightened level of almost sarcastic gravitas – a welcome addition to the characteristically adult-friendly reference-heavy humor of the other Madagascar films. To bring the script to life Paramount enlisted three more than able actors: Vitaly the Siberian tiger (Bryan Cranston) Gia the Leopard (Jessica Chastain) and Stefano the Italian Sealion (Martin Short). With all three actors draped in European accents it might take viewers a minute to realize that the cantankerous tiger is one and the same as the man who plays an Albuquerque drug lord on Breaking Bad but that makes it that much sweeter to hear him utter slant-curse words like “Bolshevik” with his usual gusto.
Between the laughs the terror of McDormand’s Captain Dubois and the breathtaking virtual European tour the Zoosters’ accidental vacation is one worth taking. Madagascar 3 is by no means an insta-classic but it’s a perfectly suited for your Summer-at-the-movies oasis.
Best Motion Picture – Drama:
The Hurt Locker
Up in the Air Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama:
Emily Blunt, The Young Victoria
Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side WINNER!
Helen Mirren, The Last Station
Carey Mulligan, An Education
Gabourey Sidibe, Precious
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama:
Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart WINNER!
George Clooney, Up in the Air
Colin Firth, A Single Man
Morgan Freeman, Invictus
Tobey Maguire, Brothers
Best Motion Picture -- Musical or Comedy:
(500) Days of Summer
The Hangover WINNER!
Julie & Julia
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture -- Musical or Comedy:
Sandra Bullock, The Proposal
Marion Cotillard, Nine
Julia Roberts, Duplicity
Meryl Streep, It’s Complicated
Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia WINNER!
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture -- Musical or Comedy:
Matt Damon, The Informant
Daniel Day-Lewis, Nine
Robert Downey Jr., Sherlock Holmes WINNER!
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, (500) Days of Summer
Michael Stuhlbarg, A Serious Man
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture:
Mo'Nique, Precious WINNER!
Julianne Moore, A Single Man
Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air
Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air
Penelope Cruz, Nine
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture:
Matt Damon, Invictus
Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones
Christopher Plummer, The Last Station
Christoph Waltz, Inglorious Basterds WINNER!
Woody Harrelson, The Messenger Best Animated Feature Film: Coraline Fantastic Mr. Fox Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs The Princess and the Frog Up WINNER! Best Foreign Language Film: Baaria Broken Embraces The Maid A Prophet The White Ribbon WINNER! Best Director -- Motion Picture: Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker James Cameron, Avatar WINNER! Clint Eastwood, Invictus Jason Reitman, Up in the Air Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds Best Screenplay -- Motion Picture: Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell, District 9 Mark Boal, The Hurt Locker Nancy Meyers, It’s Complicated Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, Up in the Air WINNER! Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds TELEVISION Best Television Series - Drama: Big Love Dexter House Mad Men WINNER! True Blood Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Glenn Close - Damages January Jones - Mad Men Julianna Margulies - The Good Wife WINNER! Anna Paquin - True Blood Kyra Sedgwick - The Closer Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Simon Baker - The Mentalist Michael C. Hall - Dexter WINNER! Jon Hamm - Mad Men Hugh Laurie - House Bill Paxton - Big Love Best Television Series - Comedy or Musical: 30 Rock Entourage Glee WINNER! Modern Family The Office Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical: Toni Collette - United States Of Tara WINNER! Courteney Cox - Cougar Town Edie Falco - Nurse Jackie Tina Fey - 30 Rock Lea Michele - Glee Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical: Alec Baldwin - 30 Rock WINNER! Steve Carell - The Office David Duchovny - Californication Thomas Jane - Hung Matthew Morrison – Glee
UPDATE: The tie is broken! Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is number one with $42.4 million, and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is number two with $41.6 million.
Continue reading Sunday's recap ...
This was the first in the Ice Age franchise to open on a Wednesday, earning a whopping $67.5 million in the five days since and $42.5 million for the weekend. Despite the fact that Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is the lowest debut for the Ice Age brand, it was still enough to grab a potential first place in an incredibly competitive marketplace beset with transforming robots, machine-gun wielding sociopaths, Sandra Bullock, seriously hung-over guys and an old man and a kid in a flying house.
Tied for first with $42.5 million is Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, which in the wake of a massive $109 million first weekend and a 61 percent drop, still managed to give all the other films a run for their money and potentially grab first place for the second consecutive week. After just 12 days of release, the film is already the highest-grossing film of 2009 with $293.5 million in domestic box-office dollars.
In third is Universal’s period crime drama, Public Enemies starring Johnny Depp, Christian Bale and Marion Cotillard, directed by Michael Mann. The film earned $26.1 million for the weekend and $41 million in loot since its Wednesday debut. The adult-themed drama performed well for a film with appeal to older, more sophisticated audiences and wound up in the box-office sweet spot where it needed to be.
In fourth is the Sandra Bullock/Ryan Reynolds rom-com The Proposal, which added another $12.8 million to the dowry, closing in on $100 million in domestic bliss revenue. With a modest budget and audiences continuing to feel the love, the film dropped a modest 31 percent in its third weekend of release.
In its attempt to never, ever leave the top five, Warner Bros.' The Hangover remains the audience favorite with $10.4 million against a tiny fifth weekend drop of 39 percent and a domestic total that has now crossed the $200 million mark.
In limited release action, Sony Pictures Classics’ Woody Allen comedy Whatever Works added another 320 theaters and jumped into the top 15, a rare feat for an Allen comedy. The film starring Larry David and Evan Rachel Wood, has earned just over $2 million in three weeks and looks to have a strong run as word-of-mouth continues to propel the film. Summit’s The Hurt Locker also continues to impress with $126,000 in its second weekend, a mere 13 percent drop and an impressive $14,000 per-theater.
A squeaker of a weekend in many respects as the top two films battle it out for the number one spot, and we barely beat last year’s box-office overall totals for the patriotic holiday. Keep in mind that tomorrow could bring changes when the final numbers are tallied ...
1. (TIE!) NEW! Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Fox) - $42.5M; 4099 theaters; $10,368 PTA; $67.5 cume (five-day total)
1. (TIE!) Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Paramount/Dreamworks) - $42.5M; 4234 theaters; $10,038 PTA; -61%; $293.4M cume
3. NEW! Public Enemies (Universal) - $26.1M; 3333 theaters; $7,850 PTA; $41M cume (five-day total)
4. The Proposal (Disney) - $12.7M; 3099 theaters; $4,124 PTA; -31%; $94.2M cume
5. The Hangover (Warner Bros.) - $10.4M; 3070 theaters; $3,393 PTA; -39%; $204.1M cume
6. Up (Disney) - $6.5M; 2656 theaters; $2,477 PTA; -50%; $264.8M cume
7. My Sister's Keeper (Warner Bros.) - $5.2M; 2606 theaters; $2,017 PTA; -58%; $25.9M cume
8. The Taking of Pelham 123 (Sony/Columbia) - $2.5M; 1908 theaters; $1,310 PTA; -54%; $58.4M cume
9. Year One (Sony/Columbia) - $2.1M; 2240 theaters; $938 PTA; -65%; $38M cume
10. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (Fox) - $2.1M; 1419 theaters; $1,480 PTA; -42%; $167.7M cume
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