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The Biggest A-List Celebrity Homes For Sale – Larry Olmsted – The Great Life – Forbes

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From Harrison Ford’s Big Apple penthouse to the late Elizabeth Taylor’s Bel Air estate, you can own a piece of A-list real estate as long as you’re able to pay the price. Celebrity homes are on the market all the time, with plenty to choose from, and compared to the recent rash of billionaire homes, they can be surprisingly affordable. Of course, some are still plenty expensive. Here is a look at some of the homes of the ultra-famous currently on the market, as listed by TopTenRealEstateDeals.com, which posts famous and unique homes weekly.

The standout beauty of her era, Elizabeth Taylor became as famous for her string of failed marriages as for her amazing track record in film, and later, became a noted philanthropist and charity superstar. Her longtime Bel Air residence is on the market for the first time since she bought in 1981. The 1.3 acre lot overlooks LA, and has its own guard house fronting the driveway. The home is 7,000-square feet and has numerous suites and an open floorplan, along with a lovely pool of iridescent mosaic tile, with adjoining sauna and shower facilities. Grounds have extensive formal flowerbeds, a bamboo jungle, rose gardens and walking paths, plus a koi pond and greenhouse for cultivating orchids. A slice of Old Hollywood, yours for $8,600,000.

via The Biggest A-List Celebrity Homes For Sale – Larry Olmsted – The Great Life – Forbes.

Strange Random Celebrity Quote:

“It stirs up envy, fame does. People feel fame gives them some kind of privilege to walk up to you and say anything to you – and it won’t hurt your feelings – like it’s happening to your clothing.” – Marilyn Monroe

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Make your own Andy Warhol “Screen Test” for the MoMA

May 29, 2011 3 comments

In August 1962, Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987) began making silkscreen paintings of popular icons, including a series of images of Marilyn Monroe that he began a month after her death. He went on to experiment in portrait making with public photo booth machines, which automatically take four exposures several seconds apart and print them in a strip, like a sequence of film frames.

Combining the seriality of these silkscreen and photo booth portraits with the ephemeral quality of the filmed image, between 1964 and 1966 Warhol shot approximately 500 rolls of film: several-minute silent portraits of acquaintances, friends, and celebrities, including many of the artists musicians, poets, actors, models, playwrights, curators, collectors, critics, and gallerists who composed New York City’s avant-garde scene. Some subjects were invited to the artist’s East 47th Street studio, known as The Factory or The Silver Factory, to sit for their portraits; others were captured spontaneously.

Now it’s your turn. Switch on that webcam and make your own screen test, upload it to Flickr and become a part of the MoMA exhibition! You can find instructions for recreating the Warhol effect at the Project Home, under the Create Your Own Screen Test tab. Have fun and let us know if your video is chosen!

Strange Random Screen Test Quote:

“After my screen test, the director clapped his hands gleefully and yelled: “She can’t talk! She can’t act! She’s sensational!”” – Ava Gardner

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Famous Objects in Classic Movies (online game)

March 7, 2011 1 comment

This one was passed on to us by a colleague who has been spending the last few days improving both her knowledge of English and classic film titles in original version! It’s a hangman-type game where you have to guess the title of a movie from an object that somehow plays an important role in it. For example, we have a very tall building and the title is two words (4 letters and 4 letters) and the first letter of each word is a “K”. Hmmm …

The films included range in time from 50 years to a few months ago and some are quite difficult if you haven’t seen the movie, but if you don’t get it the first time, you can always watch a trailer on YouTube from the links provided.

Go to http://famousobjectsfromclassicmovies.com and try your luck!

Strange Random Movie Quote:

“Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!” -  from Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Magnum P.C.

February 5, 2010 Leave a comment

Magnum, the international photography co-operative founded in 1947 by Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson, has sold its photo archive to the founder of Dell computers. Michael Dell‘s investment firm, MSD Capital, will lend the collection – which includes more than 185,000 prints chronicling events in the past century – to the University of Texas, where it will be accessible to scholars and the public.

(from The Guardian UK)

You can find an example of the agency’s photos in this sideshow at the Guardian newspaper. It includes classic pictures of James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, Martin Luther King and Muhammad Ali. Also recommended is a trip to the Magnum website, where you can find special “essays” on specific subjects and you can subscribe to or download their impressive photo podcasts, available in .mov format and with an average size of about 20 MB.

Strange Random Photography Quote:

Actually, I’m not all that interested in the subject of photography. Once the picture is in the box, I’m not all that interested in what happens next. Hunters, after all, aren’t cooks – Henri Cartier-Bresson

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