In lieu of the Dec. 25 release of Seth Rogen and James Franco's "The Interview", Sony has officially canceled the release of the film. This cancelation is only one of the reprimanded actions taken by Sony after the company's computer system hack late Nov.
Previews of the film show Rogen and Franco's attempt to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The Sony hackers, calling themselves the "Guardians Of Peace" have released a statement warning viewers of the film, saying, "We will clearly show it to you at the very time and places 'The Interview' will be shown, including the premiere, how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to." In the statement the "guardians" referenced the 9/11 attacks in the threat. Although the authenticity of the note has yet to be confirmed, involvement of the North Korean government have been speculated.
At this years Art Basel in Miami, Florida one art piece caught the attention of social media platforms, art gazers and Usher fanatics alike. Performance Art piece "Body as Commodity" by artist Lena Marquise and Vector Gallery owner, J.J. Brine grasped the attention of spectators with a nude piece that conceptualized the growing aspects of consumerism; leaving question to whether it controls us or we control it, an answer left for viewers to determine on their own.
How did Usher get tied up in all of this? Well Usher actually attend the Vector Gallery during Art Basel and took part in the performance art. For $20 Usher was able to get 10% charge on his phone. Exactly how the phone is charged is the true magic act, a trick neither Marquise nor Brine are willing to expose.
At first glimpse the idea of charging your phone in a woman's vagina holds stature in it self, as a woman being source of power. Brine explained the bases of the piece in an interview with The Miami New Times saying, "Machines are being integrated into our everyday lives to the point that they are attached to us, and to the point where they give us life as much we give them life."
Check out a video of Ushers "Body as a Commodity" experience on gawker.com
Japanese artist Takashi Murakami’s latest work, “IN THE LAND OF THE DEAD, STEPPING ON THE TAIL OF A RAINBOW” is currently on exhibit at the Gagosian gallery in New York City from now until January 17th. Murakami’s collection of sculptures and paintings illustrate his interpretation of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan's Pacific coastline leaving a death toll of over 18,000.
“To me, religions are a narrative…Natural catastrophes, earthquakes, are things caused by nature. Such chaos is natural, but we have to make sense of it somehow, and so we had to invent these stories. That is what I wanted to paint.”
Lining the boarders between two worlds Murakami combined techniques of classical artist with new technologies to compose a perception of his culture that is specifically mindful of the lives lost in 2011. Upon entry to the gallery is Murakami’s “Bakuramon” a traditional inspired gate known as a salmon, creating a portal into his Wamcom (a tablet that translates work drawn directly on it into silk screens) crafted work. By combining the Buddhist belief system with the lasting effects of Japan’s post-disaster, Maurakami creates a visual insight that merges Japanese culture, myths and earlier faiths for his fans and art lovers alike.
Actor, director, screenwriter, student and most currently artist, James Franco has released his second exhibit to date, “Fat Squirrel”. Franco’s latest exhibit is being held at the Siegfried Contemporary, an art consultancy and advisory in London, that specializes in modern and contemporary art. There are three series of art work in the exhibit on display at the Siegfried, which Franco explained the creation of in an exclusive with Dazed Magazine. Art advisor and founder of the Siegfried Contemporary, Andreas Siegfried has chosen Franco as the artist of showcase saying, “I have chosen James Franco as I am personally interested in aspects of how he translates his life as a celebrity in to very quirky and thought provoking works of art. What draws me most to his paintings is their powerful presence and an ever present sense of humor.”
The theme of Franco’s exhibit is his public persona verses his personal persona or as Siegfried describes as “his ‘true self’ in conversation with his ‘false self’.”
Francos childlike art embodies his whimsical character, with paintings of obese animals by commissioned artist which he then painted over. Franco explained to Daze magazine that he enjoys collaboration in his art work, comparing it to collaborative efforts in his filmmaking, mentioning that although they are very different from each he is excited to break out from hiding behind the big names of his collaborators. In the latest collection of his work Franco’s collaborations are less apparent than others, he describes them as not only collaborations but as “hybrids or collages .”
If you don’t have the privilege of traveling to London, you can see some of Franco’s work below.
The Dec/Jan issue of Fader Magazine hitting newsstands December 9th features the rap trio Migos' members, Quavo, Takeoff and Offset; giving a glance into their lifestyle, the truth behind their music and the separation between music and business. With photographer Ben Grieme behind the lens family trio is captured in what seems to be an effortless shoot.
Truth about Migos, they not only talk that talk, they pimp that walk. Their self made title "YRN" holds weight to their intake from live performances, earning about $40,000 between two and four times a week, per show. The "Handsome and Wealthy" rappers also collect an estimated 70% in royalty checks.
In the fader's editorial the rap group's personal features are in full focus and their signature wealth is defined by more than their chains. Regardless if your a fan or consider their music to be a nuisance to the imperative aspects of rap music, Migos give a visual impression of modern day Black Kings. From their clothing and chains to their overall physical appearance the Migos give off the ambiance of what a Pharaoh or King would look like launched 2,000 years into the future.
Last week Migos released their 18 track mixtape "Rich N***a Timeline" and gained much respect when New York rapper Q-Tip from the hip-hop trio A Tribe Called Quest gave his opinion on their latest project. He even responded to haters on his timeline saying, "Y can't niggas fuc wit? Luke used to make pop pussy joints veto boys made G shit UGK, ect.. They all creative. MIGOS JUST THE 2DAY WAVE".
Christopher Edwin Breaux, better known as Frank Ocean, wants to legally change his name to his stage name. But there are minor setbacks. After applying for a legal name change on March 7, 2014 his request was denied due to three tickets given within a three month span on his drivers license. Until Ocean's traffic issues are settled in court a judge has denied his request for a legal name change.
As one of many films that focus on race relations in America, "Dear White People" lights the dimming candle with a blow torch. Writer and director Justin Simien opens his lens not only to stereotypes of the African American race but how those stereotypes fuel misunderstanding and encourage ignorance in our generation , " the age of Obama".
Simien focuses on bringing more than stereotypical attributes to film. In an interview with Variety Magazine after making their 10 directors to watch list, Simien states his feelings about black roles in film:
“Films with predominantly white casts can come in any form, tell any story, big or small. For black films, you have the light fluffy rom-coms or Madea movies and then you have the black torture awards movie. I love ‘12 Years a Slave’ and ‘Fruitvale (Station),’ but I’m annoyed that the only versions of a black film that’s artful have to be these gut-wrenching, historical stories about us suffering, or stories about inner-city kids with horrible problems like gun violence. They’re all morality plays, and what’s gotten lost is a story that is complex, that asks questions like a ‘Do the Right Thing.”
Dear White People dictates what it means to be "black" and what role race relations play in our systematic society. The witty and provocative satire is the 2014 winner of the Sundance Film Festival's Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent and is set to hit theaters October 17th .
Nearly three years after his #Donald4spiderman campaign all those retweets finally payed off! Childish Gambino aka Donald Glover has been casted as Spider-Man in Disney XD'S new season of Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Worriors as the voiced of Miles Morales.
Gambino told USA today "
"I never liked Superman that much, because I was like, ‘Yo, this dude can’t die. It’s too easy. Batman is pretty fly. He’s a close second, just because he doesn’t really have powers. He’s just a justice-driven vigilante. Spider-Man is the best because you just don’t know who he is, and he’s funny and he’s poor. I understand Spider-Man a lot on that level. He’s just trying to make it."
We can't wait for Childish Gambino's Spidey PJ's on the set of Community and constant instagram meems to come to life Sunday August 31 at 9pm ET on Disney XD.
Pop star Rihanna has no problem reminding us that shes just like the rest of us, with her witty twitter posts; she WILL come for anyone decides to take shots. Recently, TLC members Chilli and T-Boz appeared on Australia's "Sunrise 7" morning show and spoke on their opinions of Rihanna's carefree wardrobe. Appalled by the attention driven to Rihanna due to her choice of clothing, or rather lack of, T-Boz said "Every time I see you, you don’t have to be naked". The two went on to brag saying they had become "the biggest girl selling group of all time with our clothes on and that says a lot"
With a few clicks and a post Rihanna made it clear that the opinion of others is worth as much as the paper you line the toilet with. She responded by tweeting a picture of her self laughing out loud.
And to really get a kick out of them she even changed her twitter header to a picture of TLC in their younger days with T-boz and Chilli posing with their tops off. I mean it seems like the girl has come backs for days. We hear you RiRi don't let anybody knock you down!