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Andy Warhol Elvis Presley - 42" X 30" poster
Andy Warhol Elvis Presley - 42" X 30" poster
Bob Dylan once traded a $750,000 Andy Warhol painting for a couch. It was, he said, "a stupid thing to do." "Among the superstars invited to be one of Warhol's screen test subjects was none other than Dylan," says cheatsheet.com's Britney Yates. "According to Fred Bals, he was invited by filmmaker Barbara Rubin to do 'two-minute silent movie portraits starring Factory regulars and outside celebrities.' The accounts of the meeting are unclear, but it is said to have been in either 1965 or 1966. "Nonetheless, Dylan is said to have 'sat sullenly staring into the camera for a few minutes and then was either given or appropriated (depending on the teller) a Warhol silkscreen of two overlapping images of ...
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Boxer Sonny Liston in 1963 (Wikipedia photo)
Boxer Sonny Liston in 1963 (Wikipedia photo)
In 1964, Harold Conrad, the publicist for the World Heavyweight Boxing Championship, asked heavyweight champion Sonny Liston if he would pose for some photographs with the Beatles. Liston declined to be seen with what he called "those skinny little bums." He had recently accompanied Conrad and Joe Louis to see the band's American debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show." Halfway through, he had turned to Conrad and said, "Are these motherf—ers what all the people are screaming about? My dog plays drums better than that kid with the big nose!" The Beatles. Clockwise from top left: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison. Image via Wikipedia (public domain)
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The <i>Elf</i> DVD
The Elf DVD
During the 2016 presidential election race, a fan of the Will Ferrell holiday film Elf submitted a campaign filing as "Buddy the Elf," listing his address as "North Pole" and his campaign committee as Santa's helpers.
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A Twitter account for Martin Scorsese's eyebrows
A Twitter account for Martin Scorsese's eyebrows
Martin Scorsese's eyebrows, which GQ magazine once said "you could see from space," inspired a fan to start a Twitter account called Scorsese's Eyebrows (@Martys_Brows). "If you confuse us for Eugene Levy's eyebrows," says the bio, "we will pistol-whip the f— out of you like Liotta in Goodfellas. Fair warning." You talkin' to me? Well there's no one else here… — Scorsese's Eyebrows (@Martys_Brows) October 10, 2012
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The trash compactor scene in <i>Star Wars</i>
The trash compactor scene in Star Wars
In a memorable scene in Star Wars, Han Solo, Luke, and Leia get stuck in a trash compactor. After Luke is submerged and reappears, the right side of his face is hardly seen. The reason? Actor Mark Hamill held his breath so long underwater that he popped a blood vessel in his face.
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Robert De Niro in <i>Taxi Driver</i>
Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver
One day in 1975, Robert De Niro went to see Bruce Springsteen perform in Greenwich Village (probably at The Bottom Line at 15 West Fourth Street). It was one of a series of concerts leading up to the release of Springsteen's classic album Born to Run. When the audience called out his name, The Boss feigned humility and asked: "You talkin' to me?" A few days later, De Niro found himself shooting a pivotal scene on the set of Taxi Driver. He improvised his entire paranoid monologue, including what would become the film's most famous line, inspired by Bruce Springsteen: "You talkin' to me?" Screenwriter Paul Schrader later marveled, "It's the best thing in the movie, and I didn't ...
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Twitter's logo
Twitter's logo
While preparing a story titled "The Rise of Therapy-Speak" (about the popularization of what was once a clinical term) in 2021, The New Yorker's Katy Waldman asked the Twitterverse whether the word's "mainstreaming" was productive. "I was struck by two replies," she later recalled. "First, overapplying the term might dilute its meaning, robbing 'people who have experienced legitimate trauma of language that is already oftentimes too thin.' And, second, invoking 'trauma' where 'harm' might suffice could play into the hands of 'people who despise and fear vulnerability.' "During this exchange, Twitter served me an advertisement that urged me to 'understand my trauma' by purchasing a yoga membership." [Waldman found the incident ridiculous. "I'm not a sexual-assault survivor. I've never ...
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The planet Tatooine in <i>Star Wars</i>
The planet Tatooine in Star Wars
Star Wars creator George Lucas originally envisioned Tatooine as a jungle planet. He soon changed his mind and made Tatooine a desert planet so that he could shoot in a part of Tanzania where it almost never rains. (He also thought that shooting in an actual jungle would make him feel "itchy.") Things got off to an inauspicious start. On the very first day of production, the country was hit with its first rainstorm in 50 years. Some of the sets and props—including the sand crawler—were blown apart and their pieces scattered. Then when trucks were called to pull things out of the mud, they wound up getting stuck. Eventually things were sorted out but the production was delayed ...
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Don McCullin's bullet-riddled Nikon F. Img: Don McCullin
Don McCullin's bullet-riddled Nikon F. Img: Don McCullin
The Nikon F was famous for its use by combat photographers during the Vietnam War. British photojournalist Don McCullin was saved by a Nikon F when it stopped a bullet aimed at his head. British photojournalist Don McCullin. Wikipedia photo by TV Brasil (CC BY-SA 3.0)
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<i>Sleepy Hollow</i> DVD
Sleepy Hollow DVD
Johnny Depp's inspiration for Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean? Keith Richards ("pirates were the rock stars of that era") and Pepe Le Pew. Depp's inspiration for Ichabod Crane in Sleepy Hollow? "Angela Lansbury, Basil Rathbone and a prepubescent girl."