AFF Review: James Franco IS Tommy Wiseau in ‘The Disaster Artist’

The Disaster Artist Review

There’s nothing like The Room, right? A film so bad it’s so good. The Disaster Artist is an attempt to tell the story about the making of Tommy Wiseau’s The Room, and the friendship behind it, and their dream to become famous, and make a movie that everyone would love. Directed by and starring James Franco, this film is much more of an homage to the cult classic that is The Room, as well as a nod to the passion it takes to make something so terrible. To dream so big and yet fail so spectacularly, but still embrace that failure, and revel in the joy it (somehow) brings to some people. It’s not an outright comedy, more of a drama with funny scenes, that also perfectly recreates The Room and pays tribute to the one-and-only Tommy Wiseau. ›››

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This fearless artist was lifted by 20,000 balloons for 9 hours

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What does an extreme fear of happiness look like? If you just pictured 20,000 party balloons lifting a human from the ground, you might be on the money.

Performed over nine hours on Sunday at the Sydney Opera House, artist Noëmi Lakmaier’s piece Cherophobia saw the artist tied to a frame and lifted from the stage using 20,000 multi-coloured helium balloons — Pixar’s Up-style. 

Open free to the public inside the iconic venue’s Concert Hall, the live installation formed the cornerstone of brand new Sydney talks, ideas, and politics festival Antidote, featuring speakers like staff members of The Onion, The Women’s March on Washington co-chair Tamika D. Mallory and Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race author Reni Eddo-Lodge. Read more…

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Chris Cornell quote is an eerie reflection on what happens when an artist dies

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The sudden death of Chris Cornell has sent shockwaves among first-generation grunge fans and the younger ones who appreciated his later solo works or with the Audioslave super group.

Cornell, one of the most powerful, soulful, eclectic voices of his generation, wrote some eerily prophetic words about David Bowie’s death last year.

Musing for Rolling Stone on the meaning of art, Cornell seems to say that an artist’s work isn’t fully appreciated until their death: 

Formed in 1984, Cornell’s Soundgarden were among the architects of the Seattle-based grunge movement in the 1990s.  Read more…

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Official Trailer for ‘Burden’ Documentary About the Artist Chris Burden

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“I’m not about death, I didn’t want to die, but I wanted to come close.” Magnolia has debuted an official trailer for a documentary titled Burden, telling the story of artist Chris Burden, who made his place in art history in 1971 with dangerous performances. The film features Burden himself, as well as Jonathan Gold, Marina Abramovic, Frank Gehry, Alexis Smith, and Brian Sewell. The description says the doc examines “the artist’s works and private life with an innovative mix of still-potent videos of his 70s performances, personal videos and audio recordings, friends fellow students and colleagues, critics’ comments and latter day footage at his Topanga Canyon studio, all peppered with his thoughts and musings through the years.” This definitely looks fascinating, and I’m intrigued to learn more about Burden and his motivations for this. ›››

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Pop artist donates over $100K to Planned Parenthood after retweet promise

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Indie-pop hero Halsey has just helped prove that even if Twitter can’t save the world, it can certainly assist in changing it.

Following Trump’s inauguration, the immensely popular “New Americana” singer has made her support of reproductive health services like Planned Parenthood — services at direct risk under a new government — well known. 

Her support came in the form of cash, and lots of it.

For a start, she participated in the Women’s March along with mate and fellow pop culture powerhouse Katy Perry and model, actress and role model Hari Nef respectively. Read more…

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