In the height of her financial troubles, Annie Leibovitz took a six-hour drive and stood mesmerized by the water of Niagra Falls, with her three children. The world-famous celebrity photographer extraordinaire was facing millions in debt, her career was in danger, her credit card was just rejected, and her hotel room was given away. Yet, she felt revived. She had a list! No assignments. No Miley.
Leibovitz would go to Virginia Woolf’s house, her late partner Susan Sontag’s favorite. She would see Freud’s storied couch. She would find Emily Dickinson’s last surviving dress, Georgia O’Keeffe’s pastels, and the television Elvis shot a bullet through in 1970, hidden in a storage room at Graceland. With her kids, Leibovitz embarked on a road trip, shooting meaningful, personal, historical mementos with a digital camera. Triumphantly, her first ever all-digital exhibit has just opened at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. See a few choice shots in our gallery and her book, Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage.
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1. Remember the nude sketch that Tony Bennett did of Lady Gaga for Vanity Fair per Annie Leibovitz’s suggestion? Well, it’s now up for auction on eBay, with the proceeds going to Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation and Bennett’s Exploring The Arts. [via NME]
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Lady Gaga’s much talked about Thanksgiving special, A Very Gaga Thanksgiving, was actually a pretty traditional, family-friendly affair, if the truth be told. In fact, probably the only remotely shocking moment was when the pop star announced that she had posed nude for her “Lady is a Tramp” partner Tony Bennett, at the… Read More
Ever since we heard that Michelle Williams would be playing the lead role in the upcoming film My Week with Marilyn, we’ve been curious if she’d be able to do such an iconic figure justice. No disrespect to her acting chops intended — it can be difficult to embody characters who are so entrenched in pop culture without it coming off as caricature (see: David Bowie as Andy Warhol in Basquiat). If this Annie Leibovitz-shot feature in the October issue of Vogue is any indication, then at the very least Ms. Williams has nailed the aesthetics of the part.
“As soon as I finished the script, I knew that I wanted to do it, and then I spent six months trying to talk myself out of it,” she tells interviewer Adam Green. “But I always knew that I never really had a choice… I’ve started to believe that you get the piece of material that you were ready for.” Click through to check out the images, and let us know in the comments what you think of her take on Marilyn.
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Today at Flavorpill, we discovered something known in the disaster relief business as the “Waffle House Index.” We found a few of the tidbits in Mental Floss’s roundup of 18 famous TV roles originally played by someone else totally shocking. We read about a city in Germany that recently… Read More
Over a month ago, we posted a gallery of images from Annie Leibovitz’s Disney Parks ad campaign. The photos substitute celebrities for Disney’s most famous cartoon characters, resulting in amusing portraits of Queen Latifah as Ursula from The Little Mermaid and Beyoncé as Alice in Wonderland. Little did we know that Leibovitz’s most… Read More
What if Olivia Wilde played the Evil Queen in Snow White? Can you picture Queen Latifah as Ursula? J.Lo as Princess Jasmine? In 2007, Disney launched an ad campaign for their parks, recreating classic animated scenes and characters with living and breathing Hollywood stars. Another group of celebrity ads came out in 2008, but since then we’ve seen nothing from the project – until now! Needless to say, this tickled the imaginations of all who once dreamed of live-action retellings of all their favorite Disney stories. Not that we desperately want to see Beyoncé play Alice in Wonderland or anything. Click through to see the newest batch of these Disney dream portraits shot by Annie Leibovitz, as well as some of the older models (check out even more here), and here’s hoping that one day these will all turn into amazing movies.
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Today at Flavorpill, we met the world’s most typical person. We examined our overuse of the word “random.” We wondered how much money the celebrities in this new Annie Leibovitz-shot ad campaign for Disney Parks were paid to dress up like classic characters (particularly poor unfortunate Queen Latifah as… Read More
1. Britney Spears’ former bodyguard Fernando Flores is suing her for sexual harassment, alleging that she “exposed herself to Flores and summoned him to her bedroom while she was naked.” [via AP]
2. Does Annie Leibovitz’s new ad for Jones New York rip off a promotional poster for Mad Men? [via … Read More
1. Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, who is currently recovering from salivary gland cancer, says that’s he ready to get back to work, and that the group’s next album, Hot Sauce Committee, Part One, will drop this fall. [via