In the age of selfies, social media and streaming videos, the idea of what makes a celebrity has expanded far beyond the Hollywood icons of the past. Now scientists, technology geeks, designers, writers and YouTube stars achieve fame alongside athletes and entertainers.
Curators at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery have examined how celebrity images are cultivated and how they’ve evolved for the new exhibition “Eye Pop: The Celebrity Gaze,” opening Friday.
The exhibition includes dozens of new paintings, photographs, sculptures and digital portraits by leading artists that the museum acquired in recent years. “Eye Pop” will be on view through July 2016.
Curators narrowed their list to 54 influential figures still living and active in their fields. Images of Brad Pitt, Barbra Streisand, Oprah Winfrey and Katy Perry made the cut, along with the founders of Google, star architect Cesar Pelli and food-to-table pioneer Alice Waters.
George Clooney took to Graham Norton’s red sofa this week to talk up his new sci-fi action film Tomorrowland, and revealed that his acting career may see a hitch in the near future – as his on-going prank feud with Brad Pitt may land him in jail.
“I’m not sure how it started but we have done some terrible things to each other,” he revealed during the interview. “I had some stationery made up with his name on and would then send letters to other actors from Brad Pitt. I sent Meryl Streep a letter from him with a whole stack of dialect coach CDs saying that they may help her for her role in the Iron Lady.”
Claiming that Brad and his victims often don’t realise they’ve been pranked until a year or two down the line, he claimed that his current practical joke may have more serious consequences.
“I’m doing one now that I can’t tell you about but in a year you are going to hear I’ve been arrested – I’m not kidding because I think I’ve crossed the line,” he joked. “It’s exciting. But, I have a wife, she’s a barrister, I’ll be fine!”
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have maintained a residence in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina.
The 1830s property owned by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie has a main house and a guesthouse
The row house owned by actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in New Orleans’ French Quarter is on the market at $6.5 million.
Set on a 5,920-square-foot lot, the charming dwelling has a front balcony, arch-topped French doors, flower boxes and dormer windows. The Traditional-style house includes five bedrooms, an updated kitchen, a laundry room, three full bathrooms and two half-baths within 7,645 square feet of living space.
Built in the 1830s, the brick house features Venetian-plastered walls, custom-designed marble mantles and crown moldings.
Despite putting their French Quarter mansion on the market, actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie haven’t fallen out of love with New Orleans, according to their manager.
Cynthia Pett-Dante, through the Brillstein Entertainment Partners — the company that manages Pitt — sent NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune a statement late Wednesday (May 6) night confirming the sale, but declaring the couple’s commitment to the city it has embraced since Hurricane Katrina.:
“Yes they are letting go of this property and will look for something more off the beaten path down the road. In the meantime, they remain committed to, and infatuated as ever with the city of New Orleans, and will continue to focus on growth in the lower 9th through the Make It Right Foundation.”
Brad Pitt was looking noticeably banged-up when he appeared at the 3rd annual Light Up the Blues Concert in Hollywood on Saturday.
However, the actor’s new look was no cause for alarm.
“This is what happens when you try to run up steps in the dark, with your arms full, wearing flip flops,” Pitt said in a statement to PEOPLE. “Turns out if you then try to stop your forward momentum with your face, the result is road rash.
“Regardless, I wasn’t going to miss the Autism Speaks benefit the night after – wonderful people and I was honored to be a part of this important event.”
Telfair Museums announced today that its upcoming exhibition of Sir Winston Churchill paintings, The Art of Diplomacy: Winston Churchill and the Pursuit of Painting,” will include one of Churchill’s most important works, a landscape called The Tower of the Katoubia Mosque (1943). The exhibition is on display April 23-July 26 at the Jepson Center for the Arts
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Because of Angelina’s movie Unbroken being released this week, she has been doing lots of press. As this website focuses on Brad I love sharing her interview quotes that mention Brad and their children. Here are some mentions but follow the link for the full interviews.
“Mom? I saw this thing over there — can I skateboard on it?” The “thing” is a freshly painted cyclorama inside the Los Angeles photo studio where, on a sunny day in November, Jolie is being photographed for her THR cover. And the blond girl in the hoodie who wants to skateboard on its rad curved surfaces is none other than Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, arguably the most genetically advantaged 8-year-old on Earth. Also possibly the most self-assured (“Wassup!” she greets a stranger, flashing a cocky grin). But the answer is no, Shiloh may not skateboard on the cyc wall. Some rules cannot be broken, even if your mother happens to be one of the biggest rule breakers of the year.
She spent the fall — right after their wedding — bossing Pitt around Malta while shooting By the Sea, her third directorial effort (which she also wrote), about a couple trying to rekindle their dying marriage during a trip to Europe. Pitt plays the husband in the film (still being edited), Jolie the wife. “Yes, we spent our honeymoon playing two people in a terrible marriage,” she says, laughing. “I’m sure a therapist would have a field day analyzing the films I choose to do. But it’s been 10 years since Brad and I have worked together. It felt like it was time.”
Read more. Jan. 9 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
“The scenes on ‘By the Sea’ were so tense that we let out (any stress) on camera. There’s really heavy fighting in it, so I think sometimes the crew felt like, ‘Mom and Dad are having a fight!’ — because Brad and I are the producers too,” she said. “Success or failure, it’s all on us.
“But it was all oddly freeing. We both wanted to do something as artists … and push each other. So we got this opportunity to go out there and play.
Though married only since August — and globe-trotting from sets around the world to homes in Los Angeles, New Orleans or France — Pitt and Jolie are dedicated to setting aside Christmas as family time, she says.
“Our tradition is, well, being somewhat traditional,” Jolie reveals, even cozily referring to herself and Pitt as “Mom and Dad” when detailing their household holiday.
“Dad is the main one to deal with the tree, Mom and the kids help decorate, and then we put all the kids to bed. And, as anybody who has a big family knows, [the gifts] take a really long time! You have to be very organized when you’re wrapping them and putting presents around the tree. And you have to make sure no one gets up and leaves before everyone else is done.
“It’s all a bit military! We’re constantly cleaning up the wrapping paper and getting coffee, like any other parent,” she says.
Read more. Dec. 21 issue of NY Daily News.