James Franco collage by Macy Armstrong (Image: Macy Armstrong)
James Franco was in town yesterday to promote Memories of Idaho, an art installation presented in collaboration with Gus Van Sant at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. The installation is a meditation on Van Sant’s My Private Idaho, featuring a reassemblage of excised scenes and alternate takes from the 1991 film. But while Franco was playing artist at TIFF, it was a 13-year-old fan, Macy Armstrong, who stole the show, with three of her own artistic pieces created in tribute to Franco. Franco spotted the pieces in the crowd at the Memories of Idaho exhibition and proceeded to purchase them from Armstrong. No, we aren’t kidding: Franco asked to purchase a portrait of himself made out of yarn, a collage made from newspaper clippings and a canvas inspired by the poster for 127 Hours created by Armstrong. Franco insisted, “I saw that one on the Internet, someone sent it to me. I wanna buy those.” Armstrong, a mega Franco fan, happily obliged, immediately taking to her Tumblr account to exclaim, “Ohmygod I don’t know what just happened but I can’t breath! I gave James my art! And he has my email! And he’s seen my 127 Hours painting!! AHHHH He looked at me, he spoke to me, and I’m pretty sure we mentally got married! Everyone on the street thinks I’m crazy because Im freaking out! Its like a dream!" from Toronto Life Magazine
Angelina Jolie at the "Moneyball" premiere that stars her other half, what's his name. Angelina is in Vivienne Westwood. Her Louis Vuitton clutch is handcuffed to her wrist. Must have her allowance in there.
Anna Faris also at the "Moneyball premiere". She is wearing a textured halter gown that tied at the waist. Large earrings, a bracelet and a black clutch completes her look.
Yvonne Strahovski at the "Killer Elite" premiere. Yvonne is wearing a scooped neck gown with a side slit. Check out the shoes. Very nice.
I'm liking Yvonne's dress the best. I must confess though, I have no idea who Anna or Yvonne are.
I hope you don't mind my doing a repeat this week.
Where were you September 11, 2001?
I think everyone remembers exactly what they were doing that morning when they heard THE news. I had just shut off my hairdryer when I heard on the radio that a plane had hit the first tower. I quickly turned on CNN just in time to see the second plane coming in. I sat there thinking "What is that pilot thinking?" And then couldn't believe what I saw.
Later on I went outside to sit on my patio. I remember thinking how quiet it was. No traffic noise. No planes in the sky - where I live we see jets starting to descend for landing at the Buffalo Airport. The sun was shining, the sky was a beautiful blue with white fluffy clouds. And it was so quiet. It seemed so surreal.
September 11, 2001 - the day that changed the world.
Canada and the United States share the world's longest continuous border. We could "jump the ditch" without needing a passport. Not anymore. Now we need passports and security passes.
I pray that there is never another "September 11th".
I'd like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony.
Please take a minute to say a prayer for those who died, those who responded and now are sick, for their families and yes, even for the people who did this. And a prayer that something like this never happens again, anywhere.