I Can Read Movies

On Monday, the Guardian tipped me off to Spacesicks’ I Can Read Movies series. Since this project has been up since the January, I am feeling woefully unhip over the fact that I have just discovered the wide, wonderful, dizzying world of Spacekick. I actually don’t know QUITE how to describe this mind-bending experience so […]

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(500) Days of Summer Walking Tour

OK all you Los Angelinos, mark your calendars: this Sunday, August 30, the Los Angeles Conservancy is holding a (500) Days of Summer architectural tour. If you’ve had the chance to see this excellent indie rom-com, you’ll no doubt remember that the biggest scene-stealer in the film was the city of Angels herself. It is […]

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Favorite Website of the Week: William Haines Designs

William Haines is perhaps best known today as being the first openly gay actor in Hollywood, and his refusal to deny or hide his relationship with his lover, Jimmy Shields, killed a soaring film career in its tracks. The handsome, witty Haines was a silent film superstar, and one of MGM’s biggest attractions and a […]

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Colorized Vintage Photos by Claroscureaux

Right, so like most things in life, I am probably the last person in the blogosphere to know about this fella. Many thanks to Forget the Talkies for bringing it to my attention! Claroscureaux colorizes vintage Hollywood photographs. Normally the word “colorize” makes my skin crawl and I get a sudden urge  for sudden death. […]

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Cecil Beaton Exhibition Hits Londontown

As something of a cantankerous twitterer, I have as of today softened somewhat in my outright cynicism towards the juggernaut.  Thanks to Stephen Fry’s twitter page (yes, I’m a voracious snoop), I am thrilled to learn that the Chris Beetles Gallery in London is hosting an exhibition of photographs taken by the legendary photographer, artist, […]

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Art from the Golden Age of Movie Magazines

We at the Pictorial love Earl Christy. And Rolf Armstrong. And McClelland Barclay. And R Wilson Hammell. And Charles Edward Chambers. And all of the other American artists from the early 20th century that made up advertising’s great, golden age of Illustration. Not only because of what they did for  women’s journals and literary magazines […]

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The Art of Blake Edwards

Opening today at Los Angeles’ Pacific Design Center is the new exhibition “The Art of Blake Edwards.” We of course know Blake Edwards as the delightfully wacky creator of such films as Operation Petticoat, The Pink Panther and The Great Race. (Edwards’ remarkable The Days of Wine and Roses is the austere anomaly) But he […]

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artsy fartsy teabreak. charcoal portrait, 2005

we take this break from your regularly scheduled program for a little teabreak. this is a shamefully narcissistic moment as i am posting a charcoal portait study that I did about three years ago of actor gerard butler. hey, it’s my blog, and if i feel like being self-indulgent, well then, so be it.

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