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Quite a few people asked, which surprised me s finally, but I’ve Bowied to pressure and my portrait is now a small memorial print. Up on 78squid.com if anyone wants one. Ships next week — via templesmith

Entertainment

Obituary: Alan Rickman

Actor Alan Rickman, known for films including Harry Potter, Die Hard and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, has died at the age of 69, his family has said.

The star had been suffering from cancer, a statement said.

He became one of Britain’s best-loved acting stars thanks to roles including Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films and Hans Gruber in Die Hard.

Harry Potter author JK Rowling led the tributes, describing him as a magnificent actor and a wonderful man.

She wrote on Twitter: There are no words to express how shocked and devastated I am to hear of Alan Rickman’s death.

She added: My thoughts are with [Rickman’s wife] Rima and the rest of Alan’s family. We have all lost a great talent. They have lost part of their hearts — via redwolf.newsvine.com

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Obituary: David Bowie

Rock legend David Bowie has died at the age of 69 after an 18-month-long battle with cancer, according to his son and to his official Facebook page.

David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer, the statement read.

While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.

His son Duncan Jones tweeted: Very sorry and sad to say it’s true. I’ll be offline for a while. Love to all.

Born David Jones in London in 1947, Bowie enjoyed a string of worldwide hits from the late 1960s onwards.

Known for albums including Heroes, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, and Hunky Dory, he established himself as one of music’s most innovative performers.

On Saturday, Bowie marked his 69th birthday with the release of a new album, Blackstar, with critics giving the thumbs up to the latest work in a long and innovative career.

The album features only seven songs, but Britain’s Guardian newspaper called it a spellbinding break with Bowie’s past.

The singer, songwriter, actor and artist had returned to the music scene after 2013’s chart-topping The Next Day, itself released after a 10-year gap — via redwolf.newsvine.com

Entertainment

Quentin Tarantino’s Visual References

It is a well known fact that Quentin Tarantino is a self-proclaimed cinephile. But the writer/director’s love for cinema is most obviously expressed through his own films. In addition to showing his characters spending a great deal of time discussing cinema, Tarantino’s films are jam-packed with homages and visual references to the movies that have intrigued him throughout his life.

Many filmmakers pay homage, but Tarantino takes things a step further by replicating exact moments from a variety of genres and smashing them together to create his own distinct vision. Just like Kill Bill: Vol 2 (2004) draws on The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) and Samurai Fiction (1998), Tarantino’s work often reflects Spaghetti Westerns and Japanese cinema — both new and old. His unique way of referencing other films allows him to bend genre boundaries and shatter the mold of what we expect to experience. While his methods are often criticised and he is accused of ripping off other filmmakers, it seems that Tarantino is simply writing love letters to the art he is ever so passionate about.

From German silent-cinema to American B movies, the following video uses split-screen to demonstrate a few of the hundreds of visual film references over the course of Tarantino’s career — via Vimeo

Entertainment

Obituary: Stevie Wright

Stevie Wright, who fronted rock outfit The Easybeats in the 1960s and is widely regarded as Australia’s first international pop star, has died at the age of 68.

The ARIA hall of famer became ill on Boxing Day and was taken to Moruya Hospital on the New South Wales south coast, where he died on Sunday night with his son Nick by his side.

Rock historian Glenn A Baker said Wright was a dynamo on stage.

Stevie would hurl himself off stage he would catapult, he would somersault, it was an extraordinary thing to witness, he gave everything, he said — via redwolf.newsvine.com

Entertainment

She Bop / GWAR

GWAR scares us, both because they’re giant monsters from outer space with exaggerated genitals, and also because they keep coming back to Undercover and destroying (in the best way) every song they attempt. This year it’s Cyndi Lauper’s She Bop, the 1984 single that followed in the massive wake of Girls Just Want To Have Fun. The lyrics here are something of an extension of that song, considering that they’re about masturbation. Though they’re pretty tame-sounding 30 years later, the words to She Bop were cited as one of the filthy 15 that led to Tipper Gore and the PMRC getting all up in the music business. As usual, GWAR made the song their own — and added a little something extra, too — via Youtube

Art, Entertainment

Quite a departure from Josh Agle — aka Shag — who has left the 1960s and dropped into the ‘70s for this wonderful Summer of ’76 limited edition print.

Of course, the stars of this particular show are The Ramones and (we are guessing) the CBGB club. Although we’re not sure if there were so many posters on the wall of the club back in 1976! Either way, it’s an iconic band in a cool club setting.

It is a 13-colour hand pulled serigraph print, sized at 32.5 x 17 inches (82.5cm x 43cm) and sold in an edition of 150. Each print is also signed and numbered by Shag and comes with a certificate of authenticity. The initial price is $450 — via Retro To Go

Entertainment

Obituary: Wes Craven

Prolific horror filmmaker Wes Craven, who directed the slasher classic A Nightmare on Elm Street, has died aged 76, his family said in a statement.

Craven, who was also behind the 1990s horror hit Scream, died surrounded by his loved ones at his Los Angeles home after suffering from brain cancer, the statement said.

It is with deep sadness we inform you that Wes Craven passed away, the family said.

Our hearts are broken.

Craven suffered from ailing health over the past three years, but continued to work on projects including several television shows, a graphic novel and a new film, The Girl in the Photographs, which is set to premiere at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival next month.

He was awarded lifetime achievement awards by the New York City Horror Film Festival and the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, according to the Internet Movie Database — via redwolf.newsvine.com

Art, Entertainment

Want some sixties style for your walls? You can’t get more stylish, or better typify the era, than The Avengers. They’re the inspiration for this new pop art print collection by Art & Hue.

The set of twelve prints have been produced in collaboration with StudioCanal — the official copyright holders of the show — and draw on the extensive archive held at Pinewood Studios. The print above, for example, is based on a publicity shot taken on the set of the episode called Never, Never Say Die.

Each print is designed employing half tone printing, and can come in a whole range of different colours. Add to that three different sizes, and the various sets of prints and there are loads of options for John Steed-ing and Emma Peel-ing your walls!

Prices range between £15 and £39 — via Retro To Go

Craft, Entertainment

For my project, I wanted to recreate The Fifth Element stones that were used to kill the evil in the weapon chamber in Egypt. It was evident that the movie versions were made out of polystyrene, but I wanted mine to be a bit more durable and long lasting, and so I ended up manufacturing them out of wood. Also, following my own rules on prop creation, I decided to turn them into functional pillar candle holders that I could use to decorate my dinner table during gatherings, as a conversation piece, or simply as an everyday accent — via Instructables

Craft, Entertainment

How to make authentic horror movie blood / A History of Horror with Mark Gatiss

The sticky blood used in horror films of this period became known as Kensington Gore — a jokey reference to the London street of the same name. While Hammer’s special recipe remains obscure, Mark demonstrates his own favourite method.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of Golden Syrup
  • 1 cup of Water
  • 10 teaspoons of Red food colouring
  • A few drops of Blue food colouring
  • A few drops of Yellow food colouring
  • 10 tablespoons of Corn Flour
  • Mint flavouring — to taste

— via Youtube

Craft, Entertainment

I put together a fun tutorial for you: DIY Totoro Plush Tutorial. It’s a little different than the Totoros I made earlier, but still just as cute. The pattern I created is more simple and the materials are cheap and easy to find. The finished plush will be 6.5″ wide and 8″ tall (not including ears or arms). I hope you find this tutorial enjoyable and make a Totoro plush for yourself or as a gift — via cheek and stitch

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Obituary: ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper

The former professional wrestler Rowdy Roddy Piper, known for wearing a kilt in the ring, has died aged 61.

Piper, born Roderick Toombs in Saskatchewan, Canada, was one of the main stars of the wrestling circuit from the mid-1980s.

During his career, he won more than 30 titles and was inducted into WWE’s Hall of Fame in 2005.

His death comes a month after that of Dusty Rhodes, another Hall of Fame member, aged 69.

The cause of Piper’s death was not revealed. He had successfully fought Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2006.

Roddy Piper was one of the most entertaining, controversial and bombastic performers ever in WWE, said chairman Vince McMahon — via redwolf.newsvine.com

Craft, Entertainment, Wildlife

What if Lovecraft work in Studio Ghibli? Kutuleras brings you the answer! Here’s this lovely but strange creature — via Etsy