SAN JOSE, Calif. — If you’ve watched the Olympics recently, you’ve probably seen an ad featuring Sen. Elizabeth Warren urging Californians to vote no on the Sept. 14 recall election. The Massachusetts Democrat won’t be the last big-name Democrat to make a swing through the Golden State — physically or virtually — to try to help Gov. Gavin Newsom keep his job. “They need star power to grab the attention of Democratic voters,” said Darry Sragow, a seasoned Democratic strategist. Just weeks ago, the recall looked like a long shot. But recent polling suggests that almost as many likely voters want...
US filmmaker, writer, painter, photographer and musician, Gus Van Sant, is now turning his hand to theatre with a new musical in Lisbon about the early career of Pop Art creator, Andy Warhol.
Van Sant -- best-known for films such as "My Own Private Idaho" and "Good Will Hunting" -- said he had long wanted to make a film about Warhol, and even wrote a screenplay with US actor River Phoenix, who died at 23 in 1993, set for the lead role.
Now, in his first-ever work for the stage, the 69-year-old laureate of Canne's Palme d'Or has written the musical "Andy", which is being premiered on Thursday in the Portuguese capital as part of the Biennial of Contemporary Arts where Van Sant is one of this year's artists in residence.
"I was trying to put together the greatest hits of Andy's life to explain his rise into the art world in the 60s," the filmmaker said.
With dialogue and songs penned by Van Sant himself, the musical -- which is being staged in English in Lisbon's prestigious Teatro Nacional D. Maria II, ahead of a European tour that takes it to cities such as Rome, Amsterdam, Paris and Athens -- is a collection of anecdotes about Warhol's encounters with leading figures of American culture, like writer Truman Capote, art critic Clement Greenberg and actor Edie Sedgwick.
The picture that emerges of the artist is one of "a very strange character that is not really related to the Andy Warhol that maybe we know. He's sort of a stand-in for Andy," Van Sant said.
Among Van Sant's films are biopics about iconic figures such as Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain in "Last Days" and gay rights campaigner Harvey Milk in "Milk".
"Very few people knew who Andy Warhol really was," said Portuguese actor Diogo Fernandes, who plays the artist in the production.
"I think he was someone who was shy, fascinated by American culture and who wanted to be a star, but never imagined what impact he would have," Fernandes told AFP.
For Van Sant's collaborator on the project, John Romao, Warhol was "someone half-hidden in the shadows, shy, but very forceful at the same time thanks to his ability to turn his ideas into reality. This made him both fascinating and frightening to those around him."
Born in Pittsburgh in 1928, Warhol began his career as a commercial illustrator.
But he soon became a leading exponent of the Pop Art movement and worked in a wide range of different media, such as painting, photography and film.
His studio in New York, The Factory, was a meeting place for intellectuals, drag queens, playwrights, Hollywood celebrities and wealthy patrons.
Best-known for his silkscreen paintings of "Campbell's Soup Cans", Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and Mao Zedong, he also managed and produced the experimental rock band, The Velvet Underground, and founded Interview magazine.
He died in New York at the age of 58 in 1987.
© 2021 AFP
Biden had two vulgar words to say when he first encountered one of Trump’s ‘toys’ in the White House
According to the book "Peril," as newly-inaugurated President Joe Biden first toured the White House after Donald Trump vacated it January 20, he encountered one room of the former president's "toys," and responded with a two-word vulgarity.
“Trump's existence permeated the White House, even the residence," Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa write in the new book, per an excerpt cited by ABC News, HuffPost reports. “One night, Biden wandered into a room where a huge video screen covered the wall. To relax, Trump used to upload programs to virtually play the world's most famous golf courses."
The new President had just two words to say about the golf "toy."
“What a fucking asshole," President Biden responded.
Former president Donald Trump announced a lawsuit against his niece Mary Trump, the New York Times and three reporters on Wednesday for $100 million. According to the ex-president, they hatched an "insidious plot" to obtain his private tax records for a report about his history.
NBC News reporter Tom Winter noted that this lawsuit effectively acknowledges that the facts in the story were correct. The story at the time revealed that Trump showed massive losses. It also proved that Trump wasn't merely given a few million dollars by his father to get started but was instead given "at least $413 million in today's dollars from his father's real estate empire, much of it through tax dodges in the 1990s."
"As far as this lawsuit, I think an interesting thing here is that it essentially proves the story," said Winter. "Because if the documents were, in fact, fake, there would be no reason here to sue. The president called this a totally fake news when The Times started publishing documents about his tax payments and about his tax returns, so this essentially substantiates their reporting, because otherwise, why would you sue and why would you claim damages?"
He also noted that it's unclear to him how Mary Trump could have "stolen" the documents that were available to her from her own lawyers.
See the discussion below:
Trump just confirmed the story about his taxes www.youtube.com
Don't Sit on the Sidelines of History. Join Raw Story Investigates and Go Ad-Free. Support Honest Journalism.
$95 / year — Just $7.91/month
I want to Support More
$14.99 per month