Actor Dennis Hopper’s Photos.


The late Dennis Hopper is most fondly remembered for directing and acting in the iconic Easy Rider, arguably his greatest film in a long and successful Hollywood career.
However, he was also a keen photographer and between 1961 and 1967 he documented all that he saw, taking an estimated 18,000 photographs.
This exhibition pulls together well over 100 of these images, which cover his travels within the United States of America and abroad.
Dennis Hopper Andy Warhol, Henry Geldzahler, David Hockney and Jeff Goodman, 1963 The Hopper Art Trust © Dennis Hopper, courtesy The Hopper Art Trust
The show opens with several images of the celebrities he met and hung around with across the arts, including David Hockney, Paul Newman and Ike and Tina Turner.
Though there are a few well composed shots in this series, they are probably the weakest images in the exhibition.
This had us worried that this would be a very similar exhibition to the recent David Bailey show, but Hopper demonstrates he has a more diverse portfolio.
Dennis Hopper Irving Blum and Peggy Moffitt, 1964 The Hopper Art Trust © Dennis Hopper, courtesy The Hopper Art Trust
The photographs act as a historical record offering up Martin Luther King speaking, hippie culture, Hell’s Angels and even space exploration viewed through pictures of television screens.
Where Hopper excels is capturing the everyday, such as a homeless man or children playing in slums, contradicting the often rose-tinted view many people hold of the 1960s.
See more via Dennis Hopper’s Photographs At Royal Academy | Londonist.

The Beautiful Jean Harlow in Colour.

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Beautiful Jean Harlow in Colorized Vintage Photos
Jean Harlow (born Harlean Harlow Carpenter; March 3, 1911 – June 7, 1937) was an American film actress and sex symbol of the 1930s.
After being signed by director Howard Hughes, Harlow’s first major appearance was in Hell’s Angels (1930), followed by a series of critically unsuccessful films, before signing with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1932.
Harlow became a leading lady for MGM, starring in a string of hit films including Red Dust (1932), Dinner at Eight (1933), Reckless (1935), and Suzy (1936). Among her frequent co-stars were William Powell, Spencer Tracy, and in six films, Clark Gable
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Harlow’s popularity rivaled and soon surpassed that of her MGM colleagues Joan Crawford and Norma Shearer.
She had become one of the biggest movie stars in the world by the late 1930s, often nicknamed the “Blond Bombshell” and the “Platinum Blonde“, and popular for her “Laughing Vamp” movie persona.
She died of kidney failure during the filming of Saratoga in 1937 at the age of 26.
The film was completed using doubles and released a little over a month after Harlow’s death.
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The American Film Institute ranked her as the 22nd greatest female star of classic Hollywood cinema.
Background information via Wikipedia.
Read on to see an amazing collection of black and white and colorized photos via vintage everyday: Beautiful Jean Harlow in Colorized Vintage Photos

The Abandoned Movie Locations of Spain.

Image Credit: Photograph by Mark Parascandola via Huck Magazine.
Over the past ten years, photographer Mark Parascandola has been journeying through the heart of southeastern Spain, documenting the abandoned outposts that once played host to some of cinema’s most iconic productions.
[See the photos at Huck Magazine]
via The Best Photography Of The Week – Digg

Singin’ in the Rain, 1952.

Produced and Distributed by Metro Goldwyn Mayer (USA).
The most beloved of all screen musicals is also the most scholarly – a mock film-historical piece about the travails of a silent cinema star, Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly), struggling to make the transition into the talkies.
Some of the film’s choicest humour is, a little cruelly, at the expense of lofty diva Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen, who is priceless), Lockwood’s co-star in the preposterous The Duelling Cavalier, whose aura is destroyed by her Noo Yawk accent (“I cyan’t stan’im!”).
Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen’s classic, and the industry crisis it depicted, were paid due homage in Michel Hazanavicius’s brilliantly tricksy silent pastiche The Artist (2011).
via The 10 best films about films | Film | The Guardian

Weird Pics – The Atlantic Archives: ‘Towing the Titanic’.

Original caption: Professional frogman Courtney Brown tows a 55-foot scale model of the sunken liner Titanic during work on the film Raise the Titanic! (released in 1980.)
The screen version of the best-selling novel by Clive Cussler dramatizes an attempt to raise the 46,000-ton wreck of the Titanic, which is 2 1/2 miles down on the floor of the North Atlantic.
The model is described as “an exact replica costing $5,000,000.” (This replica ship still exists, rusting in bushes beside a water tank at the Malta Film Studios, visible on Google Maps.) 
Image Credit: Photograph by Bettmann / Getty
via Weird, Wonderful Photos From the Archives – The Atlantic

Jack ‘Gulkula’ Thompson & the Yolngu people.


Unless you experience their world it doesn’t really exist’: Jack Thompson at the 2014 Garma festival. Photograph: Monica Tan
by Monica Tan
Why a festival celebrating Yolngu culture features tai chi classes with the Australian acting legend Dr Jack Thompson AM is not immediately clear.
But Thompson – also known as Gulkula by the Yunupingu family who have adopted him – displays a distinctly Yolngu characteristic as he launches into a 30-minute long explanation that is more story than answer, rich in historical detail, with references to family and philosophical musings.
He speaks in a deep, sonorous timbre that is almost musical.
The 73-year-old actor’s first exposure to Indigenous culture came about when he was just seven, and a young Arunta actor from the central desert country was invited to speak at his school in Narrabeen, New South Wales.
“He sang songs in his language and what with his spear and woomera, us as six-, seven-year-old boys were very impressed,” says Thomspon. “We went around learning how to make spears.”
The encounter proved to be the beginning of a lifelong and passionate connection with some of Australia’s first peoples.
Thompson’s father, John, then a journalist for ABC radio, started covering north-east Arnhem Land in 1949.
Young Thompson was enthralled by the 8mm film interviews with Yolngu people and his meetings with Bill Harney, at the time one of the few “balandas” (a Yolngu word for non-Indigenous person) immersed in Yolngu culture.
“I just wanted to go out there and experience it for myself,” Thompson says. “And I thought what am I doing at school? I don’t have to go to Africa or Asia or Europe. There is this extraordinary thing right there, outside my door.”
With Harney’s help, Thompson found himself at 14 working as a jackaroo in the Northern Territory, on a cattle station 250 km north-east of Alice Springs.
“I was the only white person, the rest were Indigenous people speaking their own language: Alyawarre. In working with my own people – white Australians – never was I treated so well as I was as a 15-year-old with the Alyawarre people. They treated me like a son, like they treated everyone.”
Read on via Jack Thompson: I was adopted by the Yolngu nation as their own son | Culture | The Guardian.