Money in the Banksy
Suppose Banksy, the superstar of graffiti, spray-stencils one of his clever images onto an outside wall of your building. Is it street art for the masses? Or your private property?
In February somebody, evidently the building owners, hacked a Banksy image called Slave Labour -- of a young boy sewing Union Jack flags -- right off the exterior wall of a north London shop.
The work was announced for sale at auction in Miami, but withdrawn at the last minute. Now it has sold, at a London auction the other day, for more than $1.1 million.
The building's owners have the legal right to the work, but Banksy enthusiasts are aghast, droning on about "street art for the people, property of the public" etc.
That low-fidelity sound
REMEMBER over the winter when Katy Perry was apparently trying to tame John Mayer and make him into a one-woman man? Good luck with that, Katy: they broke up, got back together, and then in March they broke up again.
But now, reports the Sun, in England, they're together again, sort of. And it certainly sounds like this is on his terms, i.e. no promises and certainly none of that fidelity nonsense:
"They are just hanging out. They are not putting a label on it", Nameless Insider told the paper.
She's 28. He's 35.
The datum on Tatum
CHANNING Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum have named their daughter Everly Tatum.
There's Channing on the cover of the new Vanity Fair, and inside he's talking about parenthood: "I don't think you can prepare. It's a bit of a freestyle."
He and Jenna are not done, he told People mag recently: "The first number that pops into my head is three... It's really easy for us guys to say, 'I want like 15 kids.' Jenna will be like, 'Well you better get another wife!' "
-- Kate Winslet is expecting her third child, her first with hubby Ned Rocknroll. The baby will be a half-brother for Mia Honey Threapleton and for Joe Alfie Winslet Mendes.
Kate's 37. Mia is 12, Joe is 9. Ned, born Ned Abel Smith, is 34.
-- Jennifer Love Hewitt and her boyfriend these last 15 months, actor Brian Hallisay, are expecting, US Weekly says. This'll be the first kid for both. They're each 34.
A Christmas downer
DAN Stevens has repented, sort of, for the brutal way his character Matthew Crawley departed from Downton Abbey. You'll recall that in the Christmas special the character's sudden auto-accident death was announced. This happened because Stevens wanted to move on.
The actor has been unapologetic, but now he has struck a different note. He just told Radio Times mag this: "I think what emerged is that it's an unwritten rule that you're not supposed to die on British television on Christmas Day."
But he's not taking the blame: "That, specifically, was not my doing. I didn't have any say in the manner in which [Matthew] went. Ultimately, it was in the hands of Julian [Fellowes, the show-runner] and the producers."
Dan has three movies coming out this year. He's 30.
Harry Potter and the cloak of parenthood
DANIEL Radcliffe wants babies "before my 30s," he told Time Out: London. "I like the idea of being a youngish parent so I've got energy." And he's "definitely going to be one of those parents who pushes their kids" to play sports.
Parenthood, he said, has given various friends "a sense of purpose that up 'til now I only really get from work. I want that."
Nobody knows whom he's dating.
THIS must sting: Naomi Campbell broke up with Russian real-estate tycoon Vladislav Doronin in April. Now he and Luo Zilin, a model Campbell mentored on her TV program The Face, have been photographed smooching on holiday in Spain, says the Daily Mail.
Meanwhile Luo has been dropped by N.Y.-based MIX Model Management, for ''ongoing unprofessional conduct'' -- no details offered.
Luo denies fooling around with Doronin, despite the photos: ''No, I'm not dating Vlad," she Tweeted. "No, I'm not his 'side chick', no, didn't (bad word). No, I'm not an escort, nor have I ever been."
Vlad's 50. Naomi's 42. Luo is 25.
Beijing never forgets
REMEMBER Brad Pitt's 1997 movie Seven Years in Tibet? Well, the Chinese government apparently does: censors there have still not approved Brad's new zombie picture World War Z, reports thewrap.com.
Without the Chinese market, the $200 million flick can hardly get into the black. It opens everywhere else this month; if China delays it, pirated versions will wreck the eventual box-office haul there.
Seven Years in Tibet made the Dalai Lama look good and the Chinese army bad; Beijing complained -- and remembered.
Paramount made some pre-emptive cuts to World War Z, to ease access to China; originally the zombie epidemic started there. But still, no approval.
As thewrap.com notes, Chinese officials don't like zombies, anyway: depictions of magic, horror, and the like are discouraged.
Unhappily ever after
ONCE, M Night Shyamalan could do no wrong, but these days it's the opposite. After Earth, the Will Smith movie MNS directed, is tanking at the box office and with critics.
In The Gazette, Jay Stone's review spoke of "the cold breeze of fiasco blowing across the back of [a viewer's] neck."
Others were just as tough:
-- "It's impossible to take this movie... as seriously as it takes itself" (Christian Science Monitor).
-- "...the director's films keep getting worse" (L.A. Times).
-- "Incredibly awful" (Newser.com).
-- After this, Shyamalan "would be lucky to get a gig directing traffic" (N.Y. Post).
-- "Summer 2013 has its first bomb, and sadly, it's landed right on Will Smith... poky action scenes, sketchy plot details, lazy logistics, junky sci-fi mumbo jumbo and dull-as-rice attacks by futuristic baboons" (N.Y. Daily News).
-- Shyamalan's "disinterest [is] palpable from first frame to last" (Variety).
Get the idea?
How much for the finger?
MORE money that brains dep't: Somebody just paid $12,000, via an online auction, for an acrylic fingernail that fell of off Lady Gaga during a show in Dublin last September. The Daily Mail had the story.
The unknown buyer is British. The venue crew member who found this item on the floor of the stage first thought it was a guitar pick, then realized that he recognized the design.