Those who watched last night’s American Horror Story finale might well wonder how showrunner Ryan Murphy is planning to approach Season 2, considering, well, that he didn’t leave himself much to work with. Thankfully, he’s already satisfied our curiosity, announcing that not only will lead actors Connie Britton and Dylan McDermott leave the show, but… Read More
Michelle Williams is already getting Oscar buzz for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe in My Week With Marilyn, which opens in theaters this Wednesday. “She channels every facet of the legend’s persona — her seductiveness, her neuroses, her candle-in-the-wind vulnerability and sometimes breathtaking naïveté — while keeping her feet planted firmly on the ground,” writes Rene Rodriguez at the Miami Herald. “Williams makes Monroe simultaneously seem larger than life and heartbreakingly human.” Even critics less impressed with the film as a whole — like Ronnie Scheib at Variety or David Rooney at Hollywood Reporter — seem enamored of her performance.
But Williams is just one of many actors who have portrayed iconic stars — some to universal acclaim, and others to widespread derision. Click through as we examine some of the most noteworthy examples. … Read More
You’ve heard it all before: we’re in a recession, the art market is tumbling, and galleries are freaking out as collectors tighten purse strings. Instead of paying premium values for piles of what looks suspiciously like a spray-painted rock (we’re looking at you, Mr. Young), auction houses are finding greater success with Old Masters and proven classics, while contemporary art fairs get more conservative with content and price tags. So what’s a burgeoning artiste to do? Pick up a camera! Hell, you can find a Diana at the nearest Urban Outfitters.
Even celebrities are getting in on the action. Which begs the question: is someone whose life revolves around cameras — still or moving, in front or behind the scenes — better equipped to document the world? Or is a boldfaced name all the entrée necessary to succeed in the fine arts? After the jump, let’s examine, in an Official Salon de Flavorwire. … Read More