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“You don’t have to know about ballet to enjoy it…”

“…all you have to do is look at it.” – Edwin Denby

This is a porcelain sculpture created from a cast of a ballet dancer’s arms by artist Seo Min Jeong. It’s been painted with Japanese Yakuza-style tattoos (linked to organised crime gangs) to highlight the contrast of 2 very different cultures. The painted tattoos are under the porcelain glaze to mirror real tattoos under the skin.

You can see more of the artist’s work on her website.

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Justin Bieber ruins Steampunk

Justin Bieber’s new (not new, it was written in 1934) song Santa Claus is Coming to Town has an inexplicable steampunk video to go with it. Um…why?

According to the Washington Post, this all means that “fans of steampunk, the Victorian-era sci-fi cosplayers, may be fleeing en masse to another form of dress-up”.

There’s always the slim chance that the singing munchkin is just a huge fan of the industrial revolution, Jules Verne and upgrading his every day attire with the clockwork innards of a watch (assuming a helpful grown up explains how we told the time before digital watches were invented). More likely, he’s just tagging onto a niche clothing trend that hasn’t already been dragged through the media a la Taylor Momsen’s gothic-stripper styled wardrobe or Katy Perry’s cartoon pin-up costumes.


“I’ve got a dentist who’s over 7 feet tall.”

No that’s not the start of a joke, it’s the first line of a song from Burlesque. Yes, that film when Stanley Tucci gets to upstage world-renowned divas Christina Aguilera and Cher.

My point is that although Dr Long John was “performed” (danced & mimed) by Kristen Bell’s character Nikki, it’s actually Megan Mullally of Will & Grace fame who recorded the vocals.

Kristen Bell as Nikki - Burlesque

Megan Mullally as Karen - Will & Grace

See below the beautiful Ms Kristen Bell and friends dance to the incredible vocal stylings of Karen Walker Megan Mullally…


move the earth…

“Give me one sure spot on which to stand and I shall move the earth.”
– Archimedes


Rent

“In honour of the death of Bohemia, an impromptu salon will commence immediately following dinner.”

The original Broadway production of Rent opened in April 1996 and in that same year won Tony Awards for Best Musical, Book & Score as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The show ran for 5,123 performances.

The New Year’s Eve sequence in the film turned into a real party.

Idina Menzel sang Over The Moon live during filming rather than pre-recording the track and miming. Chris Columbus (the director) has said she sang the song at least 7 times while shooting the scene.

Mimi’s line at the end of Light My Candle, “They call me, they call me Mimi…” is actually a line from Puccini’s opera La Boheme translated from the original Italian.


emergency escape

Love this.

Dita Von Teese’s emergency scissors. The engraving reads:

“Property of Dita Von Teese / In case of striptease emergency cut corset laces!” And yes, those are glittery handles.

I guess these things are all about appearances – if you’re putting on a beautiful, extravagant burlesque show and writhing around in a giant martini glass you need something a little special for your “in case of emergency” stash.

However, if you’re rigging a rope chest-harness and rocking a rough-house, steampunk kind of style you can probably make do with a pair of second hand EMT shears. If there’s a few rusty red smudges on the blades, it’ll only add to the atmosphere.


They’re remaking Dirty Dancing, is nothing sacred?

This headline is from celebitchy.com and…yeah, it pretty much says it all.

Patrick Swayze & Jennifer Grey in "Dirty Dancing"

The whole rash of remakes over the last few years has bothered me no end, mostly because it makes the film industry seem incredibly lazy but also because it takes the heart of out the original stories and creates something specifically designed to make money.

Edward Woodward & Christopher Lee in "The Wicker Man"

Case in point – The Wicker Man. The origninal is a masterpiece of suspense and terror, the remake is an excuse for gratuitous and ridiculous violence.