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SJP's art reality show on Bravo...I'm just not sure

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jul 20th 2008 4:04PM
Bravo Picks Up SJP's Art Reality ShowSomehow, I never imagined that Sarah Jessica Parker's next TV gig after Sex and the City would be a reality show about art. In fact, it makes me a little sad thinking she'll be doing that instead of some fabulous new series with big stars and groovy music.

But, here you have it: Bravo has picked up an art competition reality show from Parker's Pretty Matches production company and producers Magical Elves. They're expected to announce the deal today at the Television Critics Association press tour, so Joel might have more info on this later.

The hour-long show is described by Elves' Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz as a Project Runway-style competition, only with art instead of fashion. Aspiring artists compete to produce various styles of artwork, including painting, sculpting, etc., which is then judged by a panel of experts.

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In Plain Sight: Who Shot Jay Arnstein

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 30th 2008 11:23AM
In Plain Sight: Who Shot Jay Arnstein(S01E05) It was the best of In Plain Sight, it was the less than best of In Plain Sight. For starters, the only carry-over from the previous episode was Marshall's arm in a sling. Hey, what about his nearly dying and Mary's emotional breakdown in the waiting room? The lack of follow-through was stunning.

Granted, this show isn't a serial, but I did expect at least a moment between Mary and Marshall that would connect back beyond her quip in the art gallery. It was too glib. Would it have killed them to have a moment? I can imagine a fight in the writer's room over this point and keeping it light and unemotional won.

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Edward Gorey does Star Trek

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 31st 2007 11:01AM

Shaenon K. Garrity, star trek, edward goreyA quick history for those who don't know who Edward Gorey is: he was an artist and writer best known for his stark, macabre drawings, often featuring children. Perhaps his best-known work is Gashlycrumb Tinies, the story of twenty-six children (each one representing a letter of the alphabet) who each meet a grisly demise ("R is for Rhoda consumed by a fire," etc).

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Some cool celebrity caricatures

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 21st 2007 11:02AM

pete emsliePete Emslie, a Canadian-born artist who works mostly as an illustrator for Disney merchandise and children's books, has a site with some really amazing caricatures, many of them television celebrities. His drawing of Larry King is on the right, but also check out this drawing of Don Rickles from Jeff Pidgeon's blog, where I first read about Emslie's site.

As Pidgeon points out, Emslie's caricature is more than just a good likeness, it also captures the essence of the real person. That mischievous grin and those bright ornery eyes tell volumes. I also love how King's shoulders are almost higher than his head.

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Some documentaries to check out in June

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 6th 2007 2:02PM

ellaHow are you? That's good. I just wanted to take a moment from your usual reading of sitcom/drama/reality stuff and tell you about some specials and documentaries popping up this month that looked rather interesting to me. I hope you think so, too. Here's what I found:

If you like music, PBS has two specials coming up you might like: Great Performances: We Love Ella! A Tribute to the First Lady of Song, and Paul Simon: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The Ella special, which features contemporary artists performing songs by iconic jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald, airs tonight at 9:00 p.m. The Paul Simon tribute will air on June 27, also at 9:00 p.m. Simon is the first songwriter to receive the prize, and will be honored during a ceremony featuring several singers, songwriters, and other people of note, including his former collaborator, Art Garfunkel.

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Animators contribute to NY art exhibit

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 11th 2007 9:02AM

too art for tv too"Too Art For TV, Too" is the second annual art exhibit in New York City featuring artwork from animators in both the TV and movie industries. The exhibit opens on May 4 and runs through May 25 at the Stay Gold Gallery and does not feature work created for the animators' respective TV shows and movies, but rather original art "free from television's corporate demands."

Over thirty-five artists will have work on display, including the Venture Bros' Jackson Publick, and animators for SpongeBob SquarePants, Celebrity Deathmatch, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Code Name: Kid's Next Door and Blue's Clues. That list of show's alone surely makes this worth checking out, which I would do if I actually lived in New York City. You can check out the site here, which has some small samples of the work to be displayed. Jason DiOrio's bony monkey creature is my favorite.

[via Jackson Publick]

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Independent Lens: Stolen - an early look

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 3rd 2007 2:01PM

girl with a pearl earringStolen, a 2006 documentary by Rebecca Dreyfus and Susannah Ludwig, follows a group of men and women, most notably the late art detective Harold Smith, as they try to recover paintings stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum in Boston in 1990. Thirteen paintings were taken from the museum by thieves disguised as policemen, including Rembrandt's The Sea of Galilee and Vermeer's The Concert. None of the paintings were ever recovered.

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Anime versions of The Simpsons and Futurama

by Annie Wu, posted Jan 8th 2007 8:31AM
FuturamaQuite contrary to the stereotype associated with my nationality, I'm not a big fan of anime. That two year phase came and went while I was still in elementary school, thanks very much. Nowadays, I find the "anime look" a little boring, so when an artist actually does something fun and exciting with it, I sit up and take notice. I also love it when people re-interpret cartoons in different artistic styles (for example, the realistic sketches of Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny on South Park a few months ago)

So, when I found this artist's group shots of The Simpsons' and Futurama's ensembles, I was pretty amazed. Each character looks totally different, but it's still easy to tell who's who (a most important element in good fan-art). I think it's fantastic, but, I must admit, I'm a little disturbed by Lisa's striking resemblance to the characters of Dragon Ball. It must be a hair thing.

[via Neatorama]

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For the animation geeks: a lesson in background art

by Adam Finley, posted Dec 9th 2006 12:02PM
yogi bearThose of you who pay attention to my posts specifically know I'm somewhat of an animation-lovin' loser, so you'll understand why I found this especially interesting. Art Lozzi, a background artists for Hanna-Barbera in the '50s and '60s for shows like The Flintstones and Yogi Bear, has contributed some of his wisdom to John "Ren and Stimpy" Kricfalusi's blog about the art and philosophy of background painting in animation. I understand many of you probably wouldn't even find this remotely interesting, so this post is really for those who are more like me and want to "look under the hood" as it were and see how all the little pieces that make up the whole product fit together. One of the great things about animation, in my opinion, is how so many pieces come together to create the finished product, and I would have to turn in my Cartoon Geek credentials if I didn't stop once in awhile to examine some of those pieces a little closer.

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Celebrate Valentine's Day with Law & Order

by Julia Ward, posted Nov 10th 2006 10:42AM
Law & Order Brandon BirdI love the artist Brandon Bird. Bird's illustrations, which appear regularly in The Believer magazine, and paintings are heavy on the pop culture influence. If you've visited his Webby Award-winning site, than you've probably seen his rendition of Bea Arthur wrestling an underwater dinosaur and his Cubist take on the cast of Family Ties.

Bird has used his artist's eye to interpret Seinfeld, Star Trek, Magnum P.I. and even Little House's Michael Landon. His work is always witty, but depending on the piece, it also manages to meld the contents of our mediated brains with Greek mythology, cave paintings and a Hopper-like realism.

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VIP Passport shows viewers the good life

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 21st 2006 2:02PM

vip passportVIP Passport, a new late night series that kicks off November 3 in select markets features a group of folks from various reality series flying to some of the hottest night spots around the globe and having the time of their lives while kicking back with famous photographers, artists, designers, musicians, and whatever vapid hair-gelled meat puppets the producers decide to throw into the mix. Bored viewers who tune into the show will also be given the chance to win a new car every week, details of which can be found on the show's site, which will launch later this week along with a schedule and channel listing. The idea for the series came to the three producers, Larsen, Julien Lecomte and Dax Lugo while watching old videos of past parties at Hugh Hefner's Playboy Mansion. I think the point that may have escaped them is that they were actually in the Playboy Mansion at the time, which, you know, may have added to the enjoyment just a little bit.

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Terrytoons art for sale

by Adam Finley, posted Sep 7th 2006 10:01AM
terrytoonsDamn, I wish I made more money. Animation historian Jerry Beck recently became the possessor of several pieces of original animation art from Terrytoons, the studio that brought us such cartoons as the original Mighty Mouse and Heckle and Jeckle, among many others. The artwork doesn't feature any recognizable characters, but as Beck points out in this post, despite what art dealers might tell you, this art is worthwhile to anyone with an appreciation for classic animation. These pieces were originally thrown away when Terrytoons closed down in the 1960s, but an employee salvaged them and kept them for over forty years, unable to convince any art house to purchase them. Check out Beck's Art Sales page here, which also features a handful of other animation-related pieces, many of which are reasonably priced.

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Prankster messes with Paris Hilton CDs

by Anna Johns, posted Sep 5th 2006 6:36PM
paris hiltonBritish jokester Banksy tampered with hundreds of copies of Paris Hilton's new CD, much to my amusement. He changed the cover art to a topless picture of Paris, but replaced her head with the head of a dog. There's also a sticker advertising the album's hits, including "Why Am I Famous?", "What Have I Done?" and "What Am I For?" He also replaced her CD with one that has 40 minutes of some dance mix by a DJ named 'DM'.

In case you're like me and didn't know who Banksy was but suddenly have respect for him... his real name is Robert Banks and he's a British graffiti/stencil artist whose messages appear throughout London and the world. His stencils on walls, sidewalks, etc. carry political messages. Some notable stencils include him sneaking into the London Zoo in the penguin habitat and painting 'We're bored of fish' on the wall, and he snuck his own art in New York's MOMA, MET, Brooklyn Museum and Museum of Natural History.

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Artist sculpts Jolie/Pitt/Aniston threesome

by Annie Wu, posted Sep 5th 2006 8:01AM
Jolie Pitt AnistonChanneling the minds of pop culture-savvy perverts everywhere, artist Daniel Edwards has decided to start a bronze sculpture depicting Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt, and Angelina Jolie in a threesome. According to reports, Jolie and Aniston aren't too pleased with this news and plan on doing everything they can to keep the sculpture from being exhibited, but Pitt doesn't seem to have a problem with it. Insert a comment about the typical male, perhaps a joke or two about not asking for directions.

If the artist's name sounds familiar, it's probably because he recently made headlines with his sculpture of Britney Spears giving birth on a bearskin rug. Poor guy has to keep one-upping himself.

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Game show to take place in British Museum

by Adam Finley, posted May 22nd 2006 1:04PM
tony robinsonYeah, I know, a few of my American readers are saying, "Why the heck would I care about a game show debuting in the UK?" Well, just keep in mind that we've stolen a lot of our recent game show ideas from across the pond, so who knows when am Americanized version of this game show will appear on TV screens here in the states. Besides, it sounds like a pretty cool idea. The game show, called Codex, will take place in the British Museum where contestants must use artifacts around the museum to break a code and win the game. Hmmm, a museum you have to search in order to break a code. Why does that sound like some movie I keep hearing about? Oh, that's right, I think it was the plot of Police Academy 6. The show will be hosted by Tony Robinson of Blackadder.

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