Lady Gaga has earned herself a place in France's famous Louvre museum as part of an art piece by Robert Wilson. The pop superstar has collaborated with a number of famous artists to mark the release of her latest album ARTPOP this month (Nov13), including Jeff Koons who made a sculpture of the singer to feature on the record's cover.
She also worked with theatre director/artist Wilson and their collaboration has gone on show in the legendary Paris museum as part of his Living Rooms exhibition there.
Gaga recreated Jacques-Louis David's famous painting The Death of Marat as part of the piece, while she was also filmed hanging upside down naked and tied up in rope for a performance art video.
The singer posted a picture of herself suspended from the ceiling during the shoot on her Littlemonsters.com website, revealing she endured 45 minutes of incredible discomfort to make the film.
She writes, "I did this piece (in) London. Bob Wilson filmed it. I hung upside down for 45 minutes in this position. This was the first piece he allowed me to do myself. I'm discovering my passion in performance art is seance. Allowing old souls to pass through me. While I suffer for their art, and leave mine and my vanity behind. This is how I can be vehicle for my monsters all over the world."
Gaga also reveals the meaning behind her decision to recreate famous works of art like The Death of Marat, adding, "It will take a while for the concept of ARTPOP to catch on... Instead of the painter painting 'me,' (like (Andy) Warhol printing Marilyn (Monroe)) I am painting (performing) the painting. I am not on the canvas I am part of it. This is ARTPOP."
She also boasted of her place in the Louvre in a post on her Twitter.com page, writing, "I know my artiness + musical goals may seem lofty, but there is a pop star in the Louvre, right next to the Mona Lisa."
Veteran British actor/filmmaker Bryan Forbes has died after a long illness. The 86 year old passed away at his home in Surrey, England on Wednesday (08May13).
He is best known for 1973 horror film The Stepford Wives and his 1961 directorial debut Whistle Down The Wind, which starred a young Hayley Mills and Alan Bates.
Forbes also directed movie classics International Velvet, King Rat, Seance on a Wet Afternoon and The L-Shaped Room, and he appeared in over 30 films and TV movies, including A Shot in the Dark, The Guns of Navarone and Quatermass II: Enemy from Space.
He was married to British actress Nanette Newman.
In 2004, the filmmaker was honoured with a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) medal, and last year (12) he received a prestigious British Film Institute Fellowship Award.
The 127 Hours star will perform Three Artists in Search of Tennessee at New York City's Performa arts festival on 13 November (11) and as part of the play's first act he'll attempt to contact the tragic writer from beyond the grave via a Ouija board.
Audiences will then watch as actors audition for the roles of The Glass Menagerie's lead characters Tom and Laura Wingfield in a bid to rile the "resurrected" Williams.
The tragic star recently connected her longtime Hollywood psychic Kenny Kingston at a Halloween seance he held in her honour, and gave her opinion about the film, which chronicles the time Monroe spent in London in 1956 shooting The Prince & The Showgirl with Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh.
After the seance, Kingston told WENN, "Marilyn gave her stamp of approval to Michelle Williams. She suggests that Michelle should always wear a bit of red while filming, for good luck, energy and safety.
"She told me that even though they did not get along well in life, Marilyn, Vivien Leigh and Lord Olivier are now friendly on the other side.
"In fact, they visit the set of My Week with Marilyn frequently. Marilyn and Vivien are guiding Michelle Williams and Julia Ormond, who portray them in the new film.
"She joked, 'I think I should be named technical advisor on the film'."
But there's one aspect of the film Monroe is unhappy with, according to Kingston: "Marilyn said, 'They should know that my problems on Prince and the Showgirl and other films were due to agoraphobia, not a star tantrum."
And Monroe has high hopes for the film, predicting Oscar nominations for Kenneth Branagh, who plays Olivier, and Dame Judy Dench, who plays Dame Sybil Thorndike.
Kingston tells WENN, "Marilyn says she loves Dame Judy Dench and feels they would be friends if they were both on the other side."
The famous spirit seeker contacted the Duchess of Windsor, a former client when she was alive, during a seance at his Studio City, Los Angeles home last week (ends27Aug10) - and she introduced Kingston to Diana.
Kingston tells WENN, "The Duchess of Windsor originally greeted Diana on the other side because she felt a kinship to her, as both had been stripped of their royal titles. The Duchess looked immaculate in a white gown and she soon brought in Diana, looking radiant in a royal blue gown.
"Diana told me she continues to watch over her 'boys,' as she still refers to them. She thinks Prince William will be the next monarch, with or without a wife and she is very proud of Prince Harry and the training he's received and feels there are great plans for him."
But it was the revelations about her death that fascinated Kingston: "Diana has come to the conclusion that the tragedy in the Alma Tunnel was no mistake. She said, 'It may have been an accident, but it was a well-planned one.' This is contrary to what Diana's spirit had conveyed to me during a previous seance many years ago. It has taken her this period of time, she says, to gain her strength and to be able to see the truth."
And Kingston reveals it was his eerie prediction in a British newspaper that put her on alert during her final weeks.
The psychic adds, "Diana told me that when she told her butler, Paul Burrell, that she feared for her safety and sensed a danger period around a car, she was referring to my aura reading, which I revealed in the Daily Star newspaper. The aura reading had warned her of a danger period from July to November around fast-moving cars, and Diana took it to heart."
And the seance ended on a chilling note - Diana reported that a prominent member of the Royal Family will die before the end of 2011.
Princess Diana died in a car crash in Paris, France on 31 August, 1997.
The tragic movie icon's Brentwood, Los Angeles home is on the market for $3.6 million (£2.4 million) and Kenny Kingston reveals Monroe would like Pitt and Jolie to move in.
Monroe contacted the medium during a seance on Tuesday (13Jul10) and told him she was very interested in the sale of the home where she suffered an accidental overdose and died in 1962.
Kingston tells WENN, "The Brentwood home has been so elaborately remodelled that it bears little resemblance to how it looked when Marilyn occupied it, but she's still there in spirit.
"She thinks it would be a lovely home for Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. She understands that Pitt is interested in architecture and would appreciate the 'bones' of the structure. She feels that, in addition, their many children would enjoy the warmth of the home.
"And she promises that her vibrations would always be there to protect the Jolie-Pitt family. The home would then have the loving relationship and children that Marilyn had always intended for it during her lifetime.
"To set the record straight, Marilyn was in good health and morale at the time of her August, 1962 passing. There is no negativity in the home, only her love and tenderness. It has often been rumoured that her passing was the result of a suicide or murder, but Marilyn still insists, in spirit, that it was instead an accidental overdose."
Kenny Kingston, who was spiritual adviser to Marilyn Monroe and now has a hotline to Tinseltown's most famous dead stars, held a seance on Monday night (14Jun10) and was told by his spirit guide that Cruz and boyfriend Javier Bardem are about to become parents.
And there's an eerie twist to the news.
He tells WENN, "It will be a child Penelope was a mother to in a previous life.
"Spirit told me it will be to her advantage to adopt but if she wants to have a physical pregnancy, she must go by water to conceive."
Cruz and Bardem have been dogged by baby news since the end of last year (09). The actress has constantly denied reports she's pregnant.
Kenny Kingston insists late TV mogul Aaron Spelling is an ever-present spirit in the pair's home and he's desperate for his daughter to keep her man, amid reports Spelling and McDermott are struggling.
The psychic tells WENN, "I predict that Tori Spelling and her husband Dean will realise that a good spirit is in their home. I can tell them that the spirit is her beloved father Aaron. He wants them to stay married.
"One night, if I had time, I would hold a seance to prove this to them."
The socialite agreed to let celebrated medium James Van Praagh try to contact the late Charlie's Angels star on her behalf for upcoming TV special Psychic Hollywood: The Search For Truth, which will air in the U.S. next week (09Dec09) - and she didn't have to wait long for her dead friend to make an appearance.
Van Praagh revealed Fawcett was desperate to speak to her pal, stating, "Two days before this meeting that I had with Alana, I felt the very strong sense of someone pushing at me (sic)."
Upon sitting down and making sure Stewart was comfortable, Van Praagh told her, "She (Fawcett) wants to thank you... and she's bringing these beautiful flowers."
Stewart, who helped Fawcett document her battle with anal cancer on home video, wiped away a tear and said, "Oh my gosh!"
The celebrity medium added, "Farrah is right behind me and she's really, really strong, and standing there, like, 'Come on, let's go!'"
Stewart smiled and said, "That is so her."
The socialite sobbed when Van Praagh revealed Fawcett had told him, "Thanks for wearing my bracelet."
The former wife of Rod Stewart said, "She said that? She gave this to me for my birthday two years ago... Oh my God."
Stewart agreed to take part in the show as long as her private psychic reading itself wasn't on camera.
The singer, married to French President Nicolas Sarkozy, sought professional help after her mother confessed her real dad was guitarist-turned-grocery magnate Maurizio Remmert.
The shock news was revealed after the death of the man who raised her, millionaire Alberto Bruni Tedeschi - prompting Bruni-Sarkozy
to throw herself "body and soul" into psychotherapy.
She says, "I had a life that was totally about action, completely outside of psychoanalysis until the age of 28."
In the new French documentary La Premiere Seance (The First Session), the former supermodel admits she's spent the last eight years in regular psychoanalysis sessions - but she refuses to lie on a couch because it feels "artificial".
She adds, "For the last two years I've been face to face with my analyst. This more civilised situation helps me speak more freely."
The 41 year old's appearance in the TV series is set to broadcast in France on 7 November (09).