You may have heard about the TJX hackers - a group of young scallywags who broke into TJX and a few other companies' computers, stealing and selling lots of private credit card data... Well, like most enterprises, hacker gangs have hierarchies, and it's always the little guy who takes the fall. In this case, the little guy is Stephen Watt.
This Wired article tells the whole account more accurately than I am able... I don't know... something about this story clouds my brain. Sure, he's trying to look hard with those braids and that killer stare... but does he really need to go to jail?
Free Stephen Watt!
*Bonus points if any of you know the symbolism behind Stephen's necklace.
Check out my friend Guy Shalem's hilarious pilot for a new show, Rex. It's a satirical spoof in which Simon Rex attempts to resuscitate his ailing career with his faux girlfriend, Paris Hilton. The show also stars Victor Garber (as Simon's father), Jamie Presley, Geoffrey Arend, Brian Huskey and Lance Bass.
BTW, Simon has made some interesting attempts at rescusitating his career in the past, including performing and recording as an adorable, silly, Hollywood-white-boy rapper, aka MC DirtNasty. If you haven't seen his video "Droppin' Names," click here.
Rick Castro brings Fetish Film Night back to his Antebellum Gallery tonight with a screening of Bigger! – a film that explores the phenomenon of extreme penis and testicle enlargement. The filmmaker and "big dick enthusiast" Mark Jacobs (not Marc Jacobs) will be there for post-screening Q&A.
You can reserve tickets by paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by sending your cc info to that email address, $12 advance / $15 at the door. Space is limited, so reservations are recommended!
The night of the final art opening at the WOW Storefront Gallery was a big success. As usual, those in the know were treated to a fantastic party and the opportunity to purchase some provocative works of art at recession-sensitive prices.
Since this was the last show, I decided I had to get something. I narrowed my choices down to two (apparently) unsold paintings (pictured above). After much deliberation I decided to go with the Paris Hilton portrait over the Miley Cyrus.
I was happy with my decision and planned on bringing the painting home today, but something has come up. Apparently, Mr. Paul Soren (who writes the popular UK blog, the Anorak) claims to have commissioned the Paris Hilton portrait directly from the artist ages ago! She says that she had only recently gotten around to finishing the work, and that she didn't realize Paul still wanted it, so she put it up for sale with the rest of her pieces in the show. He says he tried all sorts of ways to get in touch with the gallery, and that he finally got through to James St. James over facebook... and he does indeed want his Paris Hilton portrait... I mean my Paris Hilton portrait!
I suppose the nice thing to do would be to settle for the Miley Cyrus painting and let this Paul Soren fellow have his Paris Hilton. After all, Miley looks like a worn-out junkie in this repainting of the famous, scandalous Annie Lebowitz portrait for Vanity Fair, and the addition of the Disney
characters is delightfully risqué given the Mouse's
penchant for suing over these sorts of things. Still, I'm having quite a lot of trouble letting go of Paris; it was such a struggle to decide, and now I've already paid for it... technically, Paris Hilton is MINE!
Whoopi Goldberg got over her fear of flying in order to show up at the London Palladium earlier this week for the premiere of her "divine" musical, Sister Act. With new songs composed by Alan Menken and the young American actress Patina Miller starring as Delores, this show is actually a further evolution of the Sister Act story rather than a staged "remake," as Whoopi explains it. Critics are raving about Patina, and the London Telegraph says the production "proves more enjoyable on stage than on film."
I hope the show eventually makes its way back to LA (an earlier version of the production was staged at the Pasadena Playhouse in 2006). As we all know, there can never be enough musicals about singing nuns!
Director/producer Mike Davis' 100% recycled film, Sex Galaxy may stand as the world's first "green" blue film. Mashing up footage from vintage porn and sci-fi films, "the campy sci-fi comedy mixes strippers and Martians, rocket ships and robots, all spliced together into a semi-coherent romp."
Since it's kind of an adult film, it's a "blue movie," and since the footage is 100% recycled it's "green," so it's possibly the world's first green blue film. (I wasn't actually aware that porns were called "blue movies" but it's in Wikipedia so it's true).
As I mentioned last week, in an effort to close a $5.5 billion budget gap, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed eliminating state funding for California's HIV/AIDS programs, among several other vital social services programs.
As we've seen over the past year, the federal government has trillions of dollars on hand to lend give to corporate entities deemed "too big to fail," despite the fact that many of these entities are entering bankruptcy proceedings where our loans to them may well be discharged and used to pay off higher-priority investors and other debt obligations first. Taxpayers will likely never see a dime back from these massive loans to corporate America, which amount to an unprecedented transfer of public wealth to the private sector.
So, the government, having already spent trillions of imaginary money from the Fed on "saving the global economy," has absolutely nothing left to help the citizens of the State of California, even though when measured separately this state is the world's seventh largest economy. Perhaps our ultra-pragmatic Governator is thinking about how much stronger the state will be once its killed off all the poor, sick, uneducated, and unproductive parts of the population.
Luckily, the Governator doesn't automatically decide to do this... such a decision must be approved by the legislature. That's why it's important to loudly protest this ill conceived budget proposal now.
Watch the embedded video from NBC Nightly News as Lynnea Garbett, the young woman who testified against cuts to HIV
programs in Sacramento last week, tells her story and expresses her fears about the impact these cuts will have on her personally and the approximately 30,000 others in the state whose lives depend on this program.