Earlier this month, the 2006 painting “Girl With Balloon” by Banksy was sold at auction in London for $1.4 million. But instead of a Sotheby’s employee taking the painting down, the painting took itself down when it spontaneously began to shred itself through the bottom of its frame. Banksy ha ha ha‘d at home while rich people looked on in a frozen state of horror as the painting dissolved into ribbons before stopping about halfway. It wasn’t known why Banksy chose to shred just the lower half of the painting. But we now know Banksy had some trolling trouble, and that frame was supposed to shred the whole thing.
Banksy recently released a director’s cut video of the making of the shredding frame, as well as footage from the auction. Banksy notes in the video that the frame worked perfectly every time they rehearsed it in the studio. At the 2:39 mark you can see the test picture slide straight through like spaghetti through the pasta attachment for a Kitchen Aid stand mixer. Honestly Banksy, next time use the pasta attachment, those things are fool proof.
It’s kind of a good thing the stunt fucked up halfway through. That way you’re left with a janky frame and half a shredded painting hanging out of it, and who wants that? If it had worked, you’d be left with what could be considered a complete Banksy art installation, and you know all those rich art snobs would have jumped on that. “Okay, item 68 – a pile of shredded ribbons that used to be a Banksy painting. We’ll start the bidding at $1.5 million…”
Hollywood is currently making a film about a large group of cats, and I wish deep down in my soul it was about Bella Thorne’s 19 cats, but it’s not. Of course we’re talking about the upcoming film adaptation of the musical Cats, which has added another member to the cast. Idris Elba will most likely play Macavity (has anyone made a “I’d let him bust one up in ma’cavity” joke yet?). Although it was also reported he could be playing Old Deuteronomy. That’s not going to happen, because Deadline says the part is going to Dame Judi Dench.
The character’s name is legitimately Old Deuteronomy, and he’s the wise, ancient leader of the cats. It was rumored that Sir Ian McKellen would play Old Deuteronomy, which would make sense, because he’s also on the older side and because Deuteronomy is a man cat. But in the film adaptation, they’re gender-flipping the character and making him a lady cat. Who Sir Ian is playing now is anyone’s guess.
Dame Judi has sort of had previous experience with Cats. In 1981 she was cast as Grizabella in the original West End production, but she busted her Achilles’ tendon before previews and had to pull out. I just hope that Dame Judi didn’t come with too many conditions this time around. Like that they come up with something for her poor, out of work friend Kevin Spacey. “I’m sorry Dame Judi, but we can’t write you in a creepy weasel sidekick.”
Even though it’s likely the Kardashian-Jenner’s DNA is made up almost exclusively of molecules that thrive on attention, there is still some attention that is unwanted, and that’s the kind you get from a stalker. Kendall Jenner has recently been dealing with a stalker who broke into her home multiple times. No thanks to TMZ, who Kendall says has been blasting her home address all over the internet.
A few years ago, it seemed like there was an underground cottage industry of conspiracy theorists who believed it was only a matter of time before Taylor Swift dumped whatever guy she was dating, announced she was in love with Karlie Kloss and they were getting married. If any of those conspiracy theorists still exist, they’re going to have to go back to the drawing board and re-write their theory to include a divorce lawyer. Because Karlie Kloss is now married to Joshua Kushner.
It’s time for Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin to check off the next box on their newlyweds to-do list. The first was to keep quiet for as long as possibly regarding their marriage, and apparently numbers two and three are to confirm their marriage to strangers and consider purchasing the home that a fellow pop star recently overdosed in. So romantic.
If you have any familiarity with Teen Mom 2’s Jenelle Evans, then you know that she’s one of the messier cast members, and that often her messes are somewhat entertaining (getting into screaming matches with her mom Barbara, for example). But Jenelle recently got into a far less enjoyable situation at her house that allegedly ended with the police being called and a trip to the hospital.