Pearl Jam Twenty documentary


By: Derrick Deane on July 27, 2011 at 4:56PM

Directed by Cameron Crowe, Pearl Jam Twenty (shortened to PJ20) features never-before-seen footage of Eddie Vedder and his bandmates, along with commentary from Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell and Alice in Chains’ now-deceased Layne Staley, as they adjust to their rise to superstardom. Crowe has brought us previous music documentaries featuring Tom Petty and Alice in Chains, so you could say this is familiar territory for the former Rolling Stone magazine freelancer. The footage and soundtrack look great and this is sure to be a must-see for Pearl fans when it hits theaters sometime in September.

Pearl Jam Twenty from Pearl Jam on Vimeo.

The above article has to do with one of my art pieces: “A Vedder Jam.”

Prince Harry Stars In Graphic Novel

‘The Royals: Prince Harry’ Available At Comic Retailers August 24

By the CNN Wire Staff
(CNN) — A comic book chronicling the life of Prince Harry of Wales will be released in late August, publishers announced Thursday.”It’s time to focus our attention on the Wild Child, Prince Harry. … Prince William might be the one getting married, but Prince Harry continues to make waves all over the world,” publisher Bluewater Productions said.

“The Royals: Prince Harry” will join the graphic novel series dedicated to Harry’s brother William and his wife, Kate Middleton. “The Royals: Prince William and Kate Middleton” was released in April to coincide with the royal wedding.

“As Americans, we are fascinated by the British royals. They fit within our construct of a celebrity-fueled popular culture. But more than that, they represent an air of pomp and history that we just don’t have,” author C.W. Cooke said.Cooke has written comics for multiple series including “Female Force,” which features the life stories of “strong women in politics” such as U.S. first lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, according to the company’s website.

“The Royals: Prince Harry,” featuring art by Justin Currie, will be available at comic retailers August 24. The standard comic will cost $3.99, but a collector’s graphic novel will also be available online for $7.99, according to the statement.

Gold Fish and Lucky Charms

Sedona turned nine last week and had a big party to celebrate.  Bringing over a bunch of friends she had a wonderful time.  Not wanting to miss a beat as the uncle that usually wins with gifts, I found a hat for Sedona, who has a fledgling interest in style and fashion; as well as as the uncle that wears hats, I wanted to share it with the closest thing I have a child of my own and give my niece a pink hat.  With the hat, I was able to introduce her to a charm bracelet that got a over-all response of “Me Lucky Charms.”

            All gifts were blown away when her Grandmother bought two goldfish to go with Sedona’s two mice and a cat.  Give it a year and Sedona will have zoo worth of animals and a ferret will greet you at the door.

Sedona has holes put in her head

Sedona, my niece on her ninth birthday had her ears pierced.  Being her uncle, I had to ask why she wanted head surgery and have holes put in her head?   She was not nervous or scared and made her uncle proud.

Vampires and Viagra

Robert Pattinson: Never Think

Robert Pattinson’s Unruly Hair was given its name due to the fact that Pattinson, in real life, did seem at the time I rendered this portrait, to have hair that looked like he took a shower, shook his head dry and sprayed it with hair spray and was was done. All that being said, it was a good look for him. Starting the piece with the idea that since I enjoyed drawing hair so much that I would really would like to do a Pattinson portrait, only to find myself doubting my artistic merit as well as cursing Pattinson’s jungle of hair and highlights as I got lost from time to time.

To me Robert Pattinson will forever be Cedric from the fourth Harry Potter

Robert Pattinson's Unruly Hair

film and will always make me wonder who broke his nose.   The Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire film was Pattinson’s first big production film and launched his acting career on the screen.   Back in 2005, in my favorite bookstore / slash coffee shop; I sat with a friend looking through books we could not afford and magazines on upcoming fantasy films.   Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire film was to be released and I had not finished the novel yet and was curious about who would be playing the additional characters.   It was pointed out to me that Pattinson was to play Cedric Diggory.   In the novel, author J.K. Rowling did describe Diggory as a handsome fellow with a straght nose so I could see Pattinson being a good choice for the role.

"Nosferatu" Shadow 1922

Since the Goblet of Fire film, Pattinson has had a phenomenal rise to stardom on the screen with Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series playing a teenage vampire and in the process has become a sex symbol around the world.   The same phenomenon did happen back in 1994 with the screen adoption of Ann Rice’s Interview the Vampire that exploded Brad Pitt into a sex symbol and a film star.   With age, I have been cynical of a vampire being sexy as the original depiction of a vampire in Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897) was described as being of the living dead.   Just think about that for a second, a walking corpse with long nails and what I would assume to be bad breath.   Stroker wrote the character as a scary villain that transfixed his female victims with hypnotism and charm.   In Nosferatu (1922), a German production had the main character (who’s name was changed via the request of Stoker’s widow) was bald, long fingered and had a general freaky demeanor about him .


Dracula 1931 poster

It was not until Bela Lugosi portrayal of the Count in 1931 that people started to see vampires as attractive or sexy in any way.  The idea of a tragic lonely, intelligent and charming character seems to be an allure as well the idea that these creatures of the night must feed on the hot blood of the living to stay alive.   That connection of the cold nightwalker pressing his teeth into the warm passionate victim’s skin is a base for many fantasy, romance and horror readers.   Also the fact that the vampire must woo the victims, having great talent in sucking the life out of someone, and into necking as it were is not a bad thing.

Aside from the eternal youth of being a Vampire, the supernatural powers that could make a date a night to remember and the necking I have one small flaw of the Vampire that seems to be over looked: he’s dead and Viagra will not help that situation.

Elijah Wood to return as Frodo in “Hobbit”


Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins: A hobbit and favorite relative of Bilbo Baggins. On 6 January 2011, Deadline reported that Wood was in talks to reprise his role of Frodo Baggins in the two parts. He was confirmed as joining the cast on 7 January 2011 by As Frodo hadn’t been born during the events of The Hobbit, the inclusion of Frodo indicated that parts of the story would take place shortly before or during the events of The Lord of the Rings. According to, “As readers of ‘The Hobbit’ know, the tale of ‘The Downfall of The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit or There and Back Again,’ are contained in the fictional ‘Red Book of Westmarch.’ In Peter Jackson’s LOTR films, the book is shown on screen and written in by Bilbo and Frodo and handed off to Samwise Gamgee….The fictional book, and either the telling from it or the reading of it, will establish Frodo in the film experiencing Bilbo’s story. Viewers are to learn the tale of ‘The Hobbit’ as a familiar Frodo gets the tale as well.

Orlando Bloom Confirmed For ‘The Hobbit’

Peter Jackson has confirmed that Orlando Bloom will be joining the cast of The Hobbit. Speculation had been rampant about whether the 34-year-old Bloom would be joining the cast, with some reports earlier this year mentioning the actor would be paid $1 million for a two-minute cameo.

Jackson confirmed today on Facebook that Bloom would return as Legolas. The director said, “Ten years ago, Orlando Bloom created an iconic character with his portrayal of Legolas. I’m excited to announce today that we’ll be revisiting Middle Earth with him once more. I’m thrilled to be working with Orlando again. Funny thing is, I look older—and he doesn’t! I guess that’s why he makes such a wonderful elf.”

‘The Hobbit’ Full Cast Photo Plus Video Introductions

‘The Hobbit’ Full Cast Photo Plus Video Introductions

By: Erik Davis on February 14, 2011 at 9:40AMComments (27)

After going back and forth for a long time, we finally have a confirmed cast for The Hobbit, and with production right around the corner they’ve all stepped out from behind the curtain to say hello before diving head-first into Middle Earth.

The Lord of the Rings prequel will be directed by Peter Jackson, and several key members of the original trilogy will be returning, including Elijah WoodCate BlanchettIan McKellen and Andy Serkis. Among those who are new to the series, we have Martin FreemanRichard ArmitageKen StottGraham McTavishWilliam KircherJames NesbittStephen HunterRob KazinskyAidan TurnerPeter HambletonJohn CallenJed BrophyMark HadlowAdam Brown, Mikael Persbrant, and Sylvester McCoy.

Bilbo Baggins played by Martin Freeman

This first image shows us all 13 men playing Dwarves in the film, as well as the one Hobbit, played by Martin Freeman (who’s starring as Bilbo Baggins). The men all lined up for a start-of-production press conference so that fans could familiarize themselves with the large ensemble cast full of fresh new faces. Director Peter Jackson, who’s returning to direct his fourth and fifth Lord of the Rings-related film (yes, The Hobbit will be a two-parter) had this to say: “Despite some delays we are fully back on track and very excited to get started.” 

Head over here to watch a video of the men being introduced, and then over here to listen to the entire press conference. The Hobbit, Part 1 is due in theaters on December 19th, 2012.