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August 31, 2015


'Independent Spirit Awards': Rudd Gropes Mendes, 'Banksy' Appears, Portman Wins (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Feb 28th 2011 4:30AM
Paul Rudd, Eva Mendes on 'Independent Spirit Awards'Before Anne Hathaway and James Franco were "Inceptioned" by Alec Baldwin at the Academy Awards, another awards-show host found himself in a parody of a Best Feature nominee. About to take the stage to host the 2011 'Film Independent Spirit Awards' (Sat., 10PM ET on IFC), Joel McHale caught his arm between a giant rock and his makeup table. Banksy to the rescue! But the mystery artist only sprayed Bart Simpson graffiti on the rock, and then revealed himself to be... Alex Trebek?

Later in the proceedings, Eva Mendes said she and Paul Rudd intended to do a funny bit that involved groping, but the show was running behind schedule. Rudd fondled Mendes' breast anyway. And as Mendes announced the Best Screenplay winner, Rosario Dawson grabbed Rudd's crotch. What a, uh, touching moment. Also in the clip, watch Natalie Portman's acceptance speech for her Best Female Lead win.

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Banksy Does 'The Simpsons': Street Artist Creates Title Sequence

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 11th 2010 10:14AM
Last night's 'Simpsons' (Sundays, 8 PM ET on FOX), episode marked yet another first for the long-running show: UK street artist Banksy created the title sequence.

'MoneyBART' features an Asian sweatshop, and according to 'The Guardian' newspaper, Banksy was inspired by the fact that much of the 'Simpsons' animation is done in Seoul, South Korea.

It's the first time an artist has been invited to storyboard part of the show, and Banksy said his ideas led to delays, disputes over broadcast standards and a threatened walk out by the animation department. "This is what you get when you outsource," joked executive producer Al Jean.

The minute-long opening sequence involves cute animals being used for their fur or exploited as sweatshop laborers. It opens with Banksy 's tag being sprayed across Springfield monuments, and then a masked Bart writing "I must not write all over the walls" over the walls of his schoolroom.

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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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