Posted: August 2, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment | Tags: Broadway theatre, C'è La Luna, Caesars Palace, Copa Room, Count Basie, Italian, Jazz, Keely Smith, Louis Prima, Night Club, Oh Marie', pop music, Sam Butera, TV, vintage, When You're Smiling
Awesome television appearance. With Keely Smith, Sam Butera and the Witnesses, natch
Posted: August 2, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment, Mediasphere | Tags: Anyone Who Had a Heart (song), Barry McGuigan, Bobby Willis, Brian Epstein, British Academy Television Awards, Cilla Black, Holly Willoughby, Joan Collins, Law enforcement in Spain, Marbella, Piers Morgan, Presenter, Singing, SPAIN, Surprise, Surprise (TV series), Television
Early Sunday morning it was announced that Cilla Black, a popular British singer and television personality had passed away in Spain at age 72.
Black, who was an early contemporary of the Beatles had been ill for some time, and told the Mirror in 2014 that she was ready to go.
“Seventy five is a good age to go,” Black said.
“If things are starting to drop off – like the hearing – and I’ve got twinges in the morning, I do think that.”
Posted: August 1, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment, Mediasphere | Tags: Christopher McQuarrie, Computer-generated imagery, David Ellison, Ethan Hunt, Jeremy Renner, Luther Stickell, Mission: Impossible (film), Paramount Pictures, Simon Pegg, Tom Cruise
Anthony Lane reviews “Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation”:
Tom Cruise is in excellent fettle, relaxing like a high-wire artist into the tensest of predicaments, and securing his status as the Dorian Gray of action movies. So what if his portrait decays with age in a vault at Paramount Pictures, as long as he preserves the smooth, unfading cockiness of youth?
Illustration by R. Kikuo Johnson
Posted: August 1, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Comics, Reading Room, Space & Aviation | Tags: Book Cover, design, Magazine, Mystery, Paperback, pulp fiction, Science fiction, Thriller, typography
Posted: August 1, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Comics, Entertainment | Tags: 1930s, Animation, Clarabelle, design, Illustration, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Model Sheets, Walt Disney
Vintage Walt Disney Studios model sheets, circa 1931.
Posted: July 31, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, History, War Room | Tags: WW2, propaganda, Photography, vintage, poster, design, graphics, typography, Memorabilia, Victory Bonds, Bombs
I’m Making Bombs and Buying Bonds! (victory loan drive) « Je fabrique des bombes et j’achète des obligations! » : campagne d’obligations de la Victoire
Posted: July 31, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Comics, Entertainment, Humor | Tags: Comic book, Comic Panel, Hostess Fruit Pie, Illustration, Marvel Comics, The Incredible Hulk, vintage
Posted: July 30, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment, Humor, Mediasphere | Tags: AvantGeek, Ballgown, Cosplay, Costumes, DeviantArt, Dress, fashion, Geekery, Glamour, Gown, Neatorama, Olivia Mears, Puns, Taco Bell, Tacos
Belle + Taco Bell = Taco Belle, fast food princess and puntastically awesome cosplay by master costumer Olivia Mears, aka Avant-Geek.
It all began in 2012 when Mears went to Taco Bell dressed as Belle from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.
Then she made a stunning dress out of Taco Bell taco wrappers last year:
Now she’s combined the two in a stunning satin ballgown. The tacos are made of hand-painted card stock, tissue paper, and felt. The flowers and ruffles are made from Taco Bell wrappers.
To check out more of her gorgeous costumes visit Olivia Mears’ DeviantArt portfolio or Facebook page.
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Posted: July 29, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment | Tags: cinema, Lobby Cards, Memorabilia, Movies, Posters, Valmont, vintage
Valmont, German lobby card. 1989
Submitted by Dieter
Posted: July 29, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Comics, Entertainment | Tags: biker, Cartoon, Comic Panel, Comix, Ghost, hot rod, Motorcycle, Shawn Dickinson, Skull, vintage
Posted: July 28, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Comics, Entertainment | Tags: 1950s, Blonde, Cold War, Cover Art, Crime fiction, design, Illustration, Mystery, Painting, pulp fiction, Thriller, vintage
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Posted: July 28, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment, Reading Room | Tags: Crime fiction, design, Illustration, Magazine, Mystery, Paperback, pulp fiction, suspense, Thriller, typography, vintage
You Can’t Run Far Enough!
Posted: July 27, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment | Tags: Automotive, Bicycle, Bike, Cadillac, design, Development, Motorcycle, Prototype, Science fiction, vintage
Posted: July 27, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Crime & Corruption, Mediasphere, Reading Room, U.S. News | Tags: Ann Rule, Books, Crime fiction, Crime Non-fiction, Michigan, Mystery, Scott Thompson, Seattle, Seattle Police Department, Serial killer, Ted Bundy, The Stranger Beside Me, Thriller, True Crime
Rule, who went to work briefly at the Seattle Police Department when she was 21, began writing for magazines like ‘True Detective‘ in 1969. She has published more than 1,400 articles, mostly on criminal cases.
True-crime writer Ann Rule, who wrote more than 30 books, including a profile of her former co-worker, serial killer Ted Bundy, has died at age 84.
Scott Thompson, a spokesman for CHI Franciscan Health, said Rule died at Highline Medical Center at 10:30 p.m. Sunday. Rule’s daughter, Leslie
Rule, said on Facebook that her mother had many health issues, including congestive heart failure.
“Rest in peace to our beloved true crime author and former Seattle police officer, Ann Rule.”
— Rule’s publisher, Simon & Schuster
Rule passed peacefully and was able to see all of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren before she died.
Rule’s first book, “The Stranger Beside Me,” profiled Bundy, whom Ann Rule got to know while sharing the late shift at a Seattle suicide hotline.
“A lot of writers in her genre focused on the predators. That’s what made her special. She had a great empathy for the victims.”
— Rule’s daughter Leslie
“Rest in peace to our beloved true crime author and former Seattle police officer, Ann Rule,” Rule’s publisher, Simon & Schuster, Tweeted.
Rule, who went to work briefly at the Seattle Police Department when she was 21, began writing for magazines like “True Detective” in 1969. A biography on her author website says she has published more than 1,400 articles, mostly on criminal cases.
[Read the full story here, at King5.com]
Rule has written more than 30 best-selling true crime novels, chronicling some of the most heinous murders. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: July 27, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Comics, Entertainment | Tags: Cartoons, Comics, design, graphics, Illustration, Sci-fi, Science fiction, typography, vintage
via Zontar of Venus: More “The Hotspur” – mudwerks
Posted: July 27, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment, Mediasphere | Tags: A Wild Hare, Ben Hardaway, Bugs Bunny, Chuck Jones, Elmer Fudd, Looney Tunes, Mel Blanc, Porky's Hare Hunt, Tex Avery, Warner Bros
The world’s favorite cartoon rabbit is 75 years old today. Bugs Bunny made his first appearance in 1940 in the theatrical short “A Wild Hare.” CBSN’s Elaine Quijano shows us how his catch line, “What’s up doc?” has stuck ever since.
At WSJ, Mike Ayers writes:
Bugs is being hunted down by Elmer Fudd, a dance the two would engage in for many years to come. In the first appearance, Bugs’s voice is a bit deeper, but his penchant for trickery at Elmer’s expense is immediate.
Watch the cartoon above.
Fun fact about “A Wild Hare”: In 1940, it received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Short, but lost to “The Milky Way.”
On “Looney Tunes” animator Chuck Jones’s Facebook page, a note about “Wild Hare” director Tex Avery was posted, with six tips Jones learned from Avery about art and animation:
Happy 75th Anniversary, Bugs Bunny! Bugs first appearance was on July 27, 1940 in a short cartoon directed by Tex Avery, “A Wild Hare”. In August of 1980 when Tex passed away, Chuck wrote an appreciation that appeared in the Los Angeles Times. It said in part:
“What Tex taught me was this:
“1. You must love what you caricature. You must not mock it–unless it is ridiculously self-important.
“2. You must learn to respect that golden atom, that single-frame of action, that 1/24th of a second, because the difference between lightning and the lightning bug may hinge on that single frame.
“3. You must respect the impulsive thought and try to implement it. You cannot perform as a director by what you already know, you must depend on the flash of inspiration that you do not expect and do not know. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: July 27, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Mediasphere, Reading Room | Tags: Broadway (New York City), Cover Art, Illustration, Magazines, Manhattan, New York, New York City, New Yorker, Traffic congestion, Traffic Jam
“It sure would be nice to get over a Manhattan traffic jam with one big leap on a skateboard,” Mark Ulriksen says about his cover for this week’s issue.