Posts tagged ‘James Franco’

August 19, 2011

Artist Kalup Linzy Landed on Our Radar, Let’s do Some Digging

by Accidental Bear

Kalup Linzy (born July 23, 1977) is an American video and performance artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

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Raw documentation footage by Rabbit Bandini Productions. Footage will surface in an upcoming project. Kalup Ishmael (Kalup Linzy) performing spoken word/sung version of “Mad World” in Franco’s (James Franco) installation.

Linzy grew up in a small rural community in Florida called Stuckey. He had a large, close-knit extended family, and was raised by his Aunt and Grandmother. His has described his childhood and place of upbringing has thematically influential for his well-known video and performance work. For example, Linzy has produced a series of soap opera video works, and has described soap operas as having been a key social component for his family and community. He has said that shows such as Guiding Light were a part of daily life when he was growing up, and he often includes soap opera stereotypes in the characters and plot of his videos.  His soap opera videos can be characterized by their low-tech quality, themes of community, socializing, family, the church, sexuality and homosexuality. Linzy pushes the boundaries of gender in his work through dressing himself and other characters in drag, using pre-recorded voices or manipulating voice through video editing, and playing with different dialects. He also uses friends with little or no acting experience for some parts. In addition to video work Linzy performs on stage, writes songs, and collaborates with other artists.

http://www.kaluplinzy.net/

For Performance bookings send inquiries to:  kaluplinzystudio@gmail.com
Gallery representation by:  Taxter and Spengemann Gallery
telephone:  212-924-0212
March 10, 2011

Dave Franco Promised You An ‘Epic’ Simultaneous Orgasm?

by Accidental Bear

The fruit falls not far from the tree, we see, Franco family. Picking up where his straight brother James left off with teasing the gays, Dave Franco tongues his way through this Funny Or Die clip with Chris Mintz-Plasse — who, not to be outdone, says he wants to drop his “cum bombs into your ass trench, WWII-style.” (Graphic language in this game of dirty talk chicken, otherwise known as my Sunday pre-brunch yoga class.)

Read more: http://www.queerty.com/what-would-you-do-if-dave-franco-promised-you-an-epic-simultaneous-orgasm-20110310/#ixzz1GFINLyuX

March 7, 2011

Michael Stipe claimes to be 80% Gay (+ 20%)

by Accidental Bear

Dude 80% gay translates to 100% gay. Stick to singing and stay away from math!

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Michael Stipe: ‘I’m 80 per cent gay’

Michael Stipe rejects the term bisexual (Photo: Kris Krug)

REM singer Michael Stipe says he’s 80 per cent gay but “hates” the term bisexual.

Speaking to the Observer, the 51-year-old singer said: “On a sliding scale of sexuality I’d place myself around 80-20, but I definitely prefer men to women. I had sex with, and enjoyed sex with, women until I met someone that I fell in love with, and who is now my boyfriend.”

He also revealed that he felt frightened in the 1980s by AIDS and where he fitted in.

He said: “I wasn’t troubled or confused, but I just felt there wasn’t a place for me. I hate and refuse to apply the term bisexual to myself. It doesn’t seem appropriate. It feels like just another label.

source http://www.pinknews.co.uk/

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February 23, 2011

JAMES FRANCO / GUS VAN SANT; My Own Private Idaho , Relived

by Accidental Bear
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I lived, breathed, worshiped , emulated this film. The thought that I can breathe some fresh air through this film project has me all in a fuss. LA here I come.

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FEBRUARY 26 – APRIL 9, 2011

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JAMES FRANCO / GUS VAN SANT
JAMES FRANCO / GUS VAN SANT
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Gagosian Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition by Gus Van Sant and James Franco.

“Unfinished” features two films, Endless Idaho and My Own Private River, which are collaborations between Van Sant and Franco. After casting Franco in the award-winning film Milk (2008), Van Sant showed him the dailies and other footage that he had shot many years before for My Own Private Idaho (1991), which starred River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves as street hustlers in Portland, Oregon. Much of this material did not make it into the final cut, and so Franco decided to fashion it into two new films, riffing off the original title.

For Endless Idaho, Franco edited outtakes, deleted scenes, alternate takes, and behind-the-scenes footage from My Own Private Idaho into a 12-hour film. Endless Idaho provides an unprecedented look into the workaday process of making a movie, from location scouting to repeated takes. Like many of the films of Andy Warhol, a major influence on Van Sant’s own auteur style, it is a provocative, often riveting blend of documentary and fiction. Interviews with actual hustlers who played secondary characters inMy Own Private Idaho are intercut with shots of River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves improvising and refining their performances under the direction of Van Sant and his crew. The music for Endless Idaho was composed by Luke Paquin and Tim O’Keefe. By contrast,My Own Private River consists largely of shots of Phoenix ‘s character, Mike, woven into a compelling portrait. Franco describes being mesmerized by Phoenix ‘s “uninhibited acting” in this unreleased footage, and his edit captures the gifted actor at his most emotionally expressive and physically dynamic. The score is by Michael Stipe, who is an art school drop-out.

The films are accompanied by eight works on paper by Van Sant, which translate his acute directorial sensitivity with regard to human nuance and gesture in film into the immediacy of watercolor. With the same subtle powers of observation that distinguish his filmmaking, he has created portraits of young men who recall characters in My Own Private Idaho — defiant, circumspect, and devil-may-care insouciants. Working from photographic images found on the internet, Van Sant has created vivid impressions of his incidental icons, employing brushwork that alternates broad, limpid strokes with an assiduous attention to detail and a varied palette of both washed out tones and dense, electric hues.