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Our List of Favorite Cinematic Literary Adaptations via [NYT]

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Cary Fukunaga‘s Favorite Film Adaptations (of the Literature He’s Read)

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  1. Breakfast at Tiffany’s

    Obviously it’s Truman Capote‘s male perspective of sexual deprivation. Holly Golightly is very clearly a gay male. But there’s something about that female character—as a straight man, there are those women whom you are attracted to who are completely damaged and in a different realm than you’re used to.

  2. Brokeback Mountain

    I thought the film was just heartbreaking. It’s a shame it didn’t win the Academy Award that year. I’m not talking shit about Paul Haggis [who directed Crash]. But Brokeback Mountain is a masterpiece, and it will stand the test of time.

  3. Apocalypse Now (based on Heart of Darkness)

    Obviously the book’s much darker: cannibals, people’s heads on sticks everywhere. And having studied the Vietnam War by that point [when I saw it], too, I didn’t think it was the most accurate Vietnam story. It’s an allegory, and I appreciated it for that.

  4. The Shining

    There’s nothing that compares to the artistry of a horror film like The Shining. My cinematographer and I rewatched the film before doing Jane Eyre, because we appreciated the aesthetic of it, and also the tone and pacing and how it reveals information. And the haunting aspects of being in this huge space—the hotel is its own character, which was what we were trying to communicate, in a very subtle way, with Thornfield.

  5. Lord of the Rings

    I read the novels knowing the films were going to be made, and I really loved them and enjoyed the world. What Peter Jackson did, the special-effects ground he broke bringing that world to life, is amazing. For all the hardcore fans out there not to be displeased with the films is a testament to his research and creative prowess.

 

DVDs Logan Hill’s Noteworthy DVD Releases

  1. The Killing

    Criterion gussies up Stanley Kubrick’s essential, bleak noir about a racetrack heist with a high-def restoration and kit of extras. The script by crime king Jim Thompson is tight as a noose.

  2. Jane Eyre

    Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre) casts two hot stars, Michael Fassbender and Mia Wasikowska, in his satisfyingly Gothic take on Charlotte Brontë’s classic.

  3. Bang Bang Club

    Emerging star Taylor Kitsch sheds his Friday Night Lights football pads to play a daring war photographer, opposite Ryan Phillipe, in this based-on-a-true-story drama set in Apartheid South Africa.

  4. Dexter: Season Five

    Dexter comes to terms with the death of Rita and bonds with Lumen, played by Julia Stiles.

  5. The Colossus of New York

    Eugène Lourié’s freaky-deaky Frankensteinian sci-fi flick from 1958 follows a scientist who embeds his deceased son’s brain in the metal body of a hulking, laser-shooting robot.

 

 

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OPULUXELtd.com™ Says Farewell to The Last of Hollywood Royalty: Elizabeth Taylor (1932-2011)

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Andy Warhol’s Liz Taylor portrait could fetch as much as $30 million

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Some unidentified private collector is going to make some huge money when his iconic Andy Warhol painting of Elizabeth Taylor will go under the hammer on May 12 in New York. Auction house Phillips de Pury & Company is handling the sale. English-born American actress Elizabeth Taylor, often referred to as Liz Taylor, died of heart failure this Wednesday at the age of 79. Liz Taylor was a two-time winner of the Academy Award for Best Actress, and is considered as one of the greatest screen actresses of Hollywood’s Golden Age. The “Liz #5″ was painted in 1963, and is expected to sell for between $20 million and $30 million. Michael McGinnis, Senior Director and Worldwide Head, Contemporary Art, said…

Liz #5 is a pristine gem. It is Warhol at his very best with a perfect screen, glowing colors, and impeccable provenance. She is classic yet every bit as cutting edge as she was when Warhol painted her nearly 50 years ago.

Liz #5 embodies everything that a major collector of 20th and 21st century art desires and we are thrilled to offer this rare and exciting opportunity to the market.

Liz Taylor was one of Warhol’s most famous inspirations alongside Marilyn Monroe and Jackie Kennedy. In Liz #5, her radiant face emerges from a rich turquoise background, perfectly capturing her luminous skin, striking violet eyes and red lips.

The highest auction price ever paid for a Warhol painting is $71.7 million paid in 2007 for his 1963 painting, Green Car Crash (Green Burning Car I), depicts an overturned car on fire.

Via: LA Times/Stuff

 

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In Memory of Elizabeth Taylor via [Polyvore]

Yesterday we lost a true Hollywood legend and style icon. Known for her beauty and style both off screen and on, Elizabeth Taylor’s violet eyes mesmerized us all. Taylor’s passing marks the end of an era in Hollywood. Here is a compilation of tribute sets created in her memory. Rest in peace, starlet.

Paul Smith knee length dress
279 GBP – paulsmith.co.uk

Christian Louboutin high heels
$795 – shopsavannahs.com

Alexander McQueen leather handbag
$1,095 – couture.zappos.com

Rose flower brooch
3.95 AUD – fashionaddict.com.au

Diamond ring
$2,850 – buy.com

Twist ring
$3,850 – tiffany.com

Diamond stud earring
$9,950 – kohls.com

Issa crepe dress
$655 – net-a-porter.com

Tory Burch rabbit coat
408 GBP – net-a-porter.com

Manolo blahnik shoes
$1,495 – barneys.com

Celestina mirror handbag
$1,925 – net-a-porter.com

Green jewelry
$14,249 – zales.com

12 Peach Roses Giftwrap – flowers –
30 GBP – arenaflowers.com

Marchesa strapless evening gown
1,629 GBP – theoutnet.com

Calvin Klein gold shoes
$556 – bluefly.com

Miss Selfridge cream handbag
28 GBP – missselfridge.com

Elizabeth Taylor by Ania1203 featuring a twist ring

Paul Smith knee length dress
279 GBP – paulsmith.co.uk

Christian Louboutin high heels
$795 – shopsavannahs.com

Alexander McQueen leather handbag
$1,095 – couture.zappos.com

Rose flower brooch
3.95 AUD – fashionaddict.com.au

Diamond ring
$2,850 – buy.com

Twist ring
$3,850 – tiffany.com

Diamond stud earring
$9,950 – kohls.com

Elizabeth Taylor – Luxury Lipstick – # 05 Glamorous 4g/0.14oz
$12 – yesstyle.com

Elizabeth Taylor – White Diamonds Eau De Toilette Spray 50ml/1.7oz
$31 – yesstyle.com

HYPNÔSE PRECIOUS CELLS, Mascaras: Eyes by Lancôme
lancome.co.uk

Bazzill Basics – 12×12 Mini Scallop Cardstock – Coal
$0.79 – scrapbook.com

Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor by audrey2323 featuring swarovski earrings

Cap sleeve dress
$176 – shopambience.com

Rupert Sanderson slip on shoes
$575 – boutique1.com

SR Squared by Sondra Roberts beach handbag
$98 – piperlime.gap.com

Swarovski earring
$99 – myjewelrybox.com

Smooth Eye Colour Quad Nude
37 GBP – harrods.com

Classic Cream Lipstick Chocolate
22 GBP – harrods.com

Flameless 3″x3″ Pillar Candle
$7.95 – crateandbarrel.com

Pear and Apple candle gift set DL & Co
120 GBP – harveynichols.com

BLOMSTER
$25 – ikea.com

Elizabeth taylor

Elizabeth taylor by Coolbeans 🙂 featuring vintage style dresses

Leather biker jacket
$830 – alexandermcqueen.com

Baldinini sandal
mercedeh-shoes.com

Elizabeth

Elizabeth by sparkler003 featuring kitten shoes

Rose kitten shoes
519 EUR – veryeickhoff.com

J by Jasper Conran black handbag
25 GBP – debenhams.com

LÖNSBODA
$3.99 – ikea.com

Nordstrom Felt Bloom Pillow
$78 – nordstrom.com

Lalique 2 Anemones Flacon, Black
$395 – bloomingdales.com

Waterford “Black Cut” Vase, 12″
$495 – bloomingdales.com

Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor by zettirik featuring square toe pumps

Diane von Furstenberg strappy dress
298 GBP – matchesfashion.com

Rupert Sanderson square toe pumps
$575 – boutique1.com

Reed Krakoff leather clutch
$990 – net-a-porter.com

MNG by Mango oval ring
$24 – jcpenney.com
My tribute to the remarkable Elizabeth Taylor

My tribute to the remarkable Elizabeth Taylor by Claire Storace featuring sandals high heels

D G couture dress
858 EUR – my-wardrobe.com

B. Ella sandals high heels
99 GBP – coast-stores.com

Leather handbag
294 EUR – luisaviaroma.com

A Classic Beauty..♥♥..RIP

A Classic Beauty..♥♥..RIP by diz on Polyvore.com

Dame Elizabeth Taylor
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Elizabeth Taylor
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" For Elizabeth Taylor "

” For Elizabeth Taylor “ by Kate O featuring diamond stud earrings

Notte by Marchesa strapless dress
$488 – theoutnet.com

Kg shoes
100 GBP – houseoffraser.co.uk

Aspinal of London gold clutch
295 GBP – houseoffraser.co.uk

Diamond stud earring
1,199 GBP – houseoffraser.co.uk

Rose diamond ring
$449 – jewelry.hsn.com

Elizabeth

Elizabeth by Monica Rich Kosann featuring a tank dress

Alexander Wang tank dress
$368 – lagarconne.com

Christian Louboutin platform high heels
495 GBP – net-a-porter.com

Handbag
$6,455 – fineartoffamily.com

Jewelry
$14,725 – fineartoffamily.com

Gold earring
$1,300 – fineartoffamily.com

Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor by ❥∂wєsoмє☮ßuddყ33 featuring pearl jewelry

Miss Selfridge pink dress
36 GBP – missselfridge.com

Christian louboutin shoes
550 GBP – brownsfashion.com

Briolette freshwater pearl jewelry
$65 – yesstyle.com

Mawi pearl jewelry
95 GBP – my-wardrobe.com

Mawi pearl jewelry
95 GBP – my-wardrobe.com

Chain jewelry
$30 – topshop.com

Bella V – Stunning : Target
$3.99 – target.com

Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor by ❥∂wєsoмє☮ßuddყ33 featuring pearl jewelry

Miss Selfridge pink dress
36 GBP – missselfridge.com

Christian louboutin shoes
550 GBP – brownsfashion.com

Briolette freshwater pearl jewelry
$65 – yesstyle.com

Mawi pearl jewelry
95 GBP – my-wardrobe.com

Mawi pearl jewelry
95 GBP – my-wardrobe.com

Chain jewelry
$30 – topshop.com

Bella V – Stunning : Target
$3.99 – target.com

Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor by Fashion iis featuring high heels

Phase Eight gothic lolita dress
160 GBP – johnlewis.com

Rupert Sanderson high heels
$575 – boutique1.com

Brian Danielle diamond earring
$3,890 – maxandchloe.com

Sterling silver cuff bracelet
$49 – amazon.com

Lancôme Color Design Eye Brightening All-in-One 5 Shadow & Liner…
$48 – lancome-usa.com

Lipstick, Baby Berry 580, 0.15 oz (4.2 g)- Revlon-Beauty-Lips-Lipstick…
$7.49 – kmart.com

Which classic film vixen is the sexiest? – Page 2
$30 – squidoo.com

 

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Book Review: ROGUES’ GALLERY The Secret History of the Moguls and the Money That Made the Metropolitan Museum By Michael Gross via [nyt]

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Exhibitionists

By AMY FINNERTY

Michael Gross, a journalist and best-selling author, organ­izes “Rogues’ Gallery,” his tirelessly detailed and gossipy history of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, not around its more than two million artworks — many gouged from tombs, many magnanimously donated; many venerated by humanity, many coveted by jealous curators — but around the handful of men (and rare women) who have run what may be America’s pre-eminent cultural institution. The Met’s gatekeepers are the “rogues” of the book’s title.

The museum’s directors (there have been nine since its inception), its curators and board members, and the moneybags who have donated important collections together form a blockbuster exhibition of human achievements and flaws. Gross maintains that the place has bred in its stewards “arrogance, hauteur, hubris, vanity and even madness.”

The urban planner Robert Moses — “a 20th-century czar of the city,” as Gross puts it — was aware of the problem. In the late 1930s, he pushed the elitist mu­seum to be more democratic, entertaining and responsive to the community. But proximity to treasure, the author suggests, is a potent narcotic, and the Met has always attracted — and magnified — big egos (many having lived within a few blocks of one another on the Upper East Side).

Luigi Palma di Cesnola became the Met’s first director in 1879. This former soldier of fortune had a provenance as dubious as some of the collections he presided over. In 1865,trading on a wispy connection to the recently assassinated Abraham Lincoln, he managed to be named United States consul to Cyprus, and there, smelling opportunity, started digging up tombs. Within a few years he had 12,000 objects, many of which he later installed at the Met.

Cesnola revealed his contempt for the public during a debate about opening the young museum on Sundays to accommodate the city’s working folk. Calling them “loafers” and “scum,” he declared the idea unthinkable, envisioning visitors who would “peel bananas, eat lunches, even spit” in the museum.

Gross, whose previous books include “Model” and “740 Park,” has a quiverful of damning items about his subjects. The Met president J. P. Morgan became paranoid and delusional toward the end of his life; William Ivins, acting director of the museum in 1938, had an “absolutely ungovernable” temper, according to his assistant, and was nicknamed Ivins the Terrible; Arthur Houghton, the president from 1964 to 1969, was “a serial marrier whose new wife was always younger than his last.”

In a typical revelation, Thomas Hoving, the museum’s charismatic director from 1967 to 1977, recalls a conversation he had with Robert Lehman, who would become the Met’s first chairman. Hoving says that when he suggested a Jewish financier for the board, Lehman, who was himself Jewish, objected to the nominee and went on to explain to Hoving the difference between “the Episcopalian Jews” and what he coarsely deemed the less desirable sort. (The author reports that Lehman’s son questions Hoving’s reliability on this matter.)

Hoving — who, unlike those who have recently run the museum, cooperated with Gross — is central to many of the book’s most pungent passages. In one, he calls Nelson Rockefeller “a cheap grifter.” In another, he recounts his delicate dealings with what was known as Culture Gulch, the culture desk of The New York Times. (Arthur Ochs Sulzber­ger, chairman emeritus of The New York Times Company, served as chairman of the museum from 1987 to 1998.)

The philanthropists and former Met trustees Charlie and Jayne Wrightsman make for a rich source of material, including pages of Vanity Fair-worthy name-dropping and social climbing. In a passage that may be as snobbish as the museum is reputed to be, Gross says that Charlie Wrightsman hired tutors to teach his wife not only table manners and French but also “proper English.”

Certainly, the Met has been used to launder reputations and fortunes, and in turn has used its supporters. But in this telling, sadly, its magnificent art is buried in lurid details.

Curating the End of A Love Affair: The New Museum of Broken Relationships via [N.Y.T.]

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Coming Soon | ‘The Museum of Broken
Relationships’

The Museum of Broken RelationshipsImages
courtesy of “The Museum of Broken Relationships”
Fuzzy handcuffs are part of the exhibit.

Love letters, scrapbooks, pressed flowers, vials of blood: these
relationship mementos finally have a place to call home. “The Museum of Broken
Relationships
” is a roving exhibition of donated objects organized
by Olinka Vistica and Drazen Grubisic in Croatia as a cathartic response
to the emotional turmoil of love lost. Along with an anonymous short
story detailing the emotional resonance of each donation, these
artifacts of failed romances provide a much-needed alternative to the
usual heartbreak-recovery methods like Charlie Kaufman’s memory erasure
and/or binge drinking.

Currently showing in Kilkenny, Ireland, with plans to return to North
America in 2010, the exhibition boasts more than 100 artifacts
submitted from around the world. And it expands with every city it
visits as the heartbroken share their pain by depositing the detritus of
their defunct relationships — which, in addition to the items mentioned
above, include a wedding dress, fuzzy handcuffs and a prosthetic leg
from a man who fell in love with his physical therapist. Now, if they
could only solve the issue of tattoo removal. …


The Museum of Broken Relationships This
prosthetic leg belonged to a man who fell in love with his physical
therapist.


The Museum of Broken Relationships A
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Measha Brueggergosman a Celestial Opera DIVA with no “Ego”. via [afrobella]

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I absolutely HEART this big stunning goddess with the big spell
bounding voice, with an even bigger spectacular Afro! This Canadian
prima donna hails from the Maratimes. Marsha Brueggergosman has sung in
almost all of the major cities over the globe. She’s opened the seasons
of the Quebec Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, and the San Francisco
Symphony, just to name a few. She is a soprano who is a free-lance
soloist ie. “hired gun” brought in to work with the world’s best
orchestras. Despite the fact that her glorious “once-of-a-lifetime” job
requires her to travel to the world’s greatest of cities and to perform
in the most luxe of venues in front of the highest echolen of classical
arts patrons; Measha never gives off the impression of being jaded. In
fact, her one low brow indulgence is reality TV, while my ONE highbrow
indulgence is opera!Lol. I strongly suggest that you check out Measha Brueggergosman and
find out when she will be performing in your city.

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