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Sean Penn Files For Divorce

    After splitting up 3 times in one year, Sean Penn has finally decided that he's had enough of Robin Wright and has officially filed for divorce.

    If you remember the Oscars this year, Sean Penn didn't thank Robin Wright when he won but he did thank the "homo-loving sons of guns." Now if that didn't send a clear message that they were about to get divorced, I don't know what would.

    Sean Penn seems to be the one who runs the show in that marriage and it looks like he's had enough. He probably wants to get better acquainted with Natalie Portman now that the two are doing a movie together. Hey, ya never know.Source URL:
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ONLINE ART SHOW: Estelle Carraz-Bernabei (paintings)

    In Manayunk again, this time at a coffee shop, I discovered an artist whose energy, motion and color transported me to another world--no, another galaxy. Estelle Carraz-Bernabei's cosmic paintings mix oils and acrylics applied in swirling layers she likens to icing a cake.

    Yet despite the other-worldly effect, the pieces are grounded in the elements of Earth (via tactile, textural organic matter such as crushed herbs, botanical powders, pigment dyes and quartz crystals incorporated into the paint) and even Fire: Estelle will sometimes ignite sections of a completed work to achieve a desired effect.

    "Painting is a spiritual experience for me," says Estelle. "I meditate, do yoga, play a lot of music. I close my eyes and envision a feeling. Then I start with a base color--usually blue or red. I work one layer at a time, with free-flowing placement yet everything's pre-destined as to where it goes." The process takes about a week per painting.

    In contrast to that labor-intensive process, Estelle's photographic art aims to capture a fleeting moment. (Visit Style Maniac next month in June for an online show of Estelle's photographs.)

    But no matter the medium, "Positive energy is my focus," says Estelle. "Positive energy goes into my work--and then hopefully back out to the viewer." Perhaps that's why her art, though complex, layered and colorful, exudes a mystical calm.

    To view Estelle's works in person, stop by her exhibit
    "Water Earth Air Fire" tomorrow night, 5/1/09, from 6 to 7 p.m.
    at Balance Gallery 112 S. 20th Street,
    Philadelphia PA 19103

    You can also visit Estelle's own site,,
    or email her at

    Images courtesy Estelle Carraz-Bernabei

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    The blog merry-go-round dropped me off at recently and I couldn't be giddier. What a wonderful dose of silliness and fun. (And finally a use for Kevin's immense vinyl album collection moldering away in a basement trunk!)


    PHOTO CREDIT: Petty Vacant by Nick Thorpe & Ash Wheelhouse
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    If, like me, you love music but have zero musical talent, you'll find this movie fascinating as well as entertaining. Standing in the Shadows of Motown profiles The Funk Brothers, a group of studio musicians arguably responsible (but rarely credited) for the sound of Motown. Scenes showing the reverence and respect of young stars such as Joan Osborne are as touching as the camaraderie amongst the tight knit group of musical magicians, who played on more #1 hits than The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Elvis Presley combined.

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Julia Roberts Gets Drunk, Honors Tom Hanks

    Julia Roberts is usually known for giving speeches in which she strokes her own ego in a subtle way. Well, all that has changed, my friend.

    Julia Roberts gave a speech to honor Tom Hanks at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and man did Julia Roberts ever make attending a gig like that worthwhile.

    Julia Roberts' speech went something like this (and yes, she was hella drunk):

    "Alright well, it's late and I'm paying my babysitter overtime and I have to pee. So Tom, everybody fucking likes you. All my bits are gone. Listen, I had lunch today with Rita [Wilson], and her tits were here [motioned high] and her waist was here [motioned small] and her ass was like that [motioned high], so what can I tell you that's new? Tom Hanks, what the f*ck?

    "I love the Coen brothers, but the hair Tom [Ladykillers], I didn't even know what the fuck that movie was about! You in the airport with the accent (Terminal)? It was a pass for me. Airport? Were you just an immigrant lost? I didn't know. I love you, and I didn't know what to do, really. God, I’m wearing the same f*cking dress tonight as your publicist! Listen, I've got to get home. But this much we know ... I will say this: Tom Hanks, I love you." 

    Seriously, I have a new respect for Julia.
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    The main inspiration for April's "Art & Rock" theme was The Art of Rock book and its owner, my husband Kevin, who has incredibly good taste in music. Over the years he's introduced me to a wonderful world of jazz, classical and of course rock musicians. Music resonates through our home morning through night, and although we often disagree about the volume of what is being played, we rarely disagree about the artist.

    Recently I put Kevin on the spot and demanded his Top Five Guitarists and Top Nine Rock Albums of all time. The answers came back in a nanosecond.

    Guitar Gods:
    Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton Jimmy Page, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eddie Van Halen. (If he could add a sixth it would be Philly's own Greg Davis). For his Rock Album selections, visit this page on my Amazon store.

    Much as I enjoy Kevin's selections I felt we needed some balance of girl singers in our music rotation. Thus my playlist below. Happy listening.

    LISTEN: "Gypsy" (Doreen's Mix) and Kevin's picks.

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Neil Patrick Harris Does Card Trick on Jimmy Fallon

    Neil Patrick Harris, or Doogie as I like to call him, wowed audience members on Jimmy Fallon's late night talk show by pulling off a card trick like no other I have ever seen. I mean this is the stuff that real magic is made of. REAL MAGIC!

    Neil Patrick Harris cracks me up because he manages to keep a straight face even when everyone around him is cracking up. Keep it up Neil. We'll be waiting for you when you decide to take Jimmy Fallon's place. 
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Kim Kardashian Goes Blonde

    I give Kim Kardashian props for trying a new look, but Kim Kardashian as a blonde will not fly. Yes, she still carries around that beautiful face, but the blonde hair does nothing for her look. 

    There are some women who are just meant to have dark hair and that is the category where Kim Kardashian belongs. So Kim, please take off that nasty wig andf go back to your original color. 

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    Sometimes the best art of all comes from the kids you love. Frame and display their creations prominently as a collection or mix in with other pieces. (Pottery Barn's quality, reasonably priced frames allow easy swapping out for a constantly rotating selection.) Or laminate drawings and use them to top off trays and hide paperwork in your office. So much better than looking at a pile of bills!

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Bea Arthur is Dead at 86

    Bea Arthur of Maude and Golden Girls fame, died in her sleep on April 25, 2009. Bea Arthur had cancer but the cause of death is still not known. 

    Now I know that many of you have this question mark on your face as to who the hell this old chick is, but Bea Arthur was one of the funniest women on television in her day. As Dorothy Zbornak on Golden Girls, she always left me in stitches.

    Our prayers go out to Bea Arthur's friends and family.
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Grown Man Begs Justin Timberlake for an Autograph

    I'm used to seeing screaming teenage girls begging celebrities of all shapes and sizes for autographs, but to see a grown man literally begging Justin Timberlake for an autograph is somewhat... disturbing.

    Justin Timberlake sits in his car, ignoring the dude who is saying, "Justin please..." over and over again - and methinks the guy is on the brink of tears because Justin Timberlake won't roll down his window and give him an autograph. 

    All in all, it's pretty funny, but I'd be lying if I didn't say that it's downright weird to hear a grown man begging another grown man to sign a piece of paper. 
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Lindsay Lohan and Sam Ronson are Back Together

    I guess after seeing Lindsay Lohan on Ellen, Sam Ronson decided that she still really loves Lindsay Lohan and wants to work things out because her car was outside Lindsay Lohan's house all night and Sam Ronson didn't leave until 6 a.m.

    So I don't know if this was just a booty call or a "I love you and let's work this out" moment, but I'm guessing that Sam Ronson probably felt like she was being used by Lindsay for a while there. Although that's kind of laughable because Sam wouldn't have made nearly as much money as she did had she not been with Lindsay.

    Oh well, I guess all's well that ends well, huh?
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    Contrary to what recent posts may lead you to believe, I really don't spend much time watching reality TV contests or YouTube. Honest. However, while linking yesterday's item on Susan Boyle a video entitled "Stavros Flatly" caught my eye.

    Flatly? Michael Flatley? Of Riverdance and Lord of the Dance fame? On an amateur talent show? With a new Greek partner? Hmm. I just had to investigate. Click here for something both charming and hilarious.Source URL:
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    If you're feeling really blue about yourself or the world click here before reading one more word.

    Okay, you back now? Go ahead, grab a tissue and dry your eyes. But keep the grin and goosebumps.

    Just when it seemed cynicism, savage criticism and slickly packaged botoxed stars had completely taken over modern entertainment, along comes Susan Boyle to remind us that style means nothing without soul ... and sometimes dreams actually do come true. (And, surprise, surprise Simon Cowell has a heart.)

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Lindsay Lohan on Ellen Video

    Lindsay Lohan visits Ellen DeGeneres today and ends up talking about Sam Ronson. Lindsay Lohan does her best to clear up all the gossip being written about her online, but admits that she had no idea that Sam Ronson was dumping her.

    Lindsay Lohan also admits that her career is in the crapper and she needs to get back in the game, and even says that perhaps her relationship with Sam Ronson was destroying her more than helping her. 

    Lindsay Lohan still fesses up, however, that she is still very much in love with Sam Ronson and hopes to one day reconcile. 
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Gavin Rossdale Dated a Man Named Marilyn in the '80s

    Before Gavin Rossdale began dating and eventually married Gwen Stefani and had two children, he dated Marilyn, an androgynous, party animal of a man. 

    Although Gavin Rossdale's people deny that they were lovers, and even Marilyn himself denied it in 1995 after Boy George outed Gavin Rossdale in his book, Marilyn is now telling the world that he and Gavin Rossdale were lovers for 5 straight years. Pardon the pun.

    I don't get what the big deal is... the '80s were a very strange time and Gavin Rossdale headed back to women in 1989 because his daughter Daisy Lowe, whom he had with Pearl Lowe, was born. Perhaps Marilyn needs to get a, oh I don't know, life?
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Denise Richards Funbags Video is nailing the hilarity by enlisting celebrities who are falling off the fame wagon and putting them in hilarious videos. Enter Denise Richards and her funbags.

    Denise Richards makes it clear that what really makes her famous is her funbags. Add to that her honkers and her hoo-ha and you've got yourself a freakin' party!

    I'm not a big fan of Denise Richards personally, but this video makes me like her just a bit. Just a bit.
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    Astonishing. Inconceivable. Incroyable. Phillippe Petit did not just walk on a wire strung between the Twin Towers. He danced, knelt and lay down on that wire, 110 stories above concrete on a foggy, windy day in New York City, 1974. (In bell bottoms no less!) The coup was dubbed "the art crime of the century" but what shines through in the astounding Man On Wire is the purity of the tightrope artist's dream and the innocence of the world at that time. Odd to think of the 70s as innocent, but compared to today perhaps they were.

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Kris Allen Performs She Works Hard For the Money

    Oh man, is Kris Allen ever a contender! On April 21, 2009, Kris Allen performed Donna Summer's "She Works Hard For the Money" and he nailed it by doing a fantastic version of it.

    Kris Allen is going to be in the finals with Adam Lambert if I have my way. Oh yeah, Adam Lambert also nailed his performance last night, but Kris Allen's version of "She Works Hard For the Money" is better than even the original. 

    What do you think? Do you love it? Do you think he looks like Freddie Prinze Jr.? Do you care that he's married? 

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Howard Stern Exposes Beyonce Lip Syncing

    Apparently Beyonce isn't really that good a singer live and Howard Stern proved it. Back in November 2008, Beyonce performed on the Today show and she really destroyed her song. 

    Poor Beyonce, I wonder which enemy released this track to Howard Stern to expose Beyonce for the singer she really is. Wow, this is really going to hurt her. I always thought she was a fantastic singer, and I still do. 

    From what I understand, if you know you're not singing live, you simply don't try as hard. And Beyonce is no different. So, will Howard Stern have Beyonce on to prove she can sing? I hope so.

    And forthose of you who aren't familiar with the Enrique Iglesias fiasco, go to 3:10 on the video and you'll understand what Howard Stern is talking about.

    UPDATE: It was all a freakin' hoax. Wow, some people have waaaaaay too much time on their hands. And yes, I am one of them. 
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Perez Hilton Blasts Miss California

    Perez Hilton has been crying into his Cheerios all week because he asked Miss California whether she is for or against gay marriage and she gave him an answer he didn't want to hear. 

    It's no secret which side of the fence Perez Hilton sits on, and yeah, perhaps Miss California probably would have won had she remained neutral, but it seems that everyone lately is of the opinion that if you don't agree with them, you should be burned at the stake.

    I watched Perez Hilton, who was surprisingly subdued and well spoken, on CNN last night and he went off about Miss California. I think that she answered the questions openly and honestly and she should be judged on her articulation, not her beliefs. 

    If you are one of the 5 people who has yet to see it, enjoy.
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The Snakes on a Plane TV Edit

    Samuel L. Jackson is well known for his cursing in any and every movie he does. Snakes on a Plane was famous for it and we all knew what line he was going to use.

    "I have had it with these motherf*cking snakes on this motherf*cking plane!" But of course, Samuel L. Jackson can't say that on the TV version... what would the FCC think?

    So the line was changed for television. What is it? You won't believe it.

    "I have had it with these monkey fighting snakes on this Monday to Friday plane!"

    Funny. And oh so clever.
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    Spring, Philadelphia-style, translates into one sublime, sunny seventy-three degree Saturday followed by a week of cold rain. To the rescue: the flower display at our local Whole Foods.

    Photo by Doreen Creede
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    Last week I returned home from a lovely (and lately all-too-rare) stay at Resort Mere et Pere to: a leaking sink, balking garage door, stuck blinds, tax returns and a broken TV. All after a 6-hour airport delay and a jittery flight through lightning and rain. The only nice thing greeting me: a surprise package from Cassidy. That lovely niece of mine sent me an incredible book called My Secret, a collection of postcard art/confessions from teens and young adults compiled by Frank Warren the founder of the Post Secret blog. The book stopped my moping cold, reminding me that as tough as it is to be an adult sometimes it's a whole lot better than being a teenager. It's also a great argument for the idea that an artist lurks inside each of us, we just need the courage to set it free (even if we do so anonymously).

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Top 10 Worst Celebrity Interviews with David Letterman

    David Letterman is renown for some of his really off-the-top interviews, through no fault of his own. And the dudes over at Liquid Generation decided to put together a Top 10 list of David Letterman's worst interviews.

    It's kind of a misnomer, though, because his worst interviews turned out to be the most viral and memorable.

    So check out some of the more unforgettable moments with the likes of Farrah Fawcett, Crispen Glover, Andy Kaufmann, Drew Barrymore, Joaquin Phoenix, and more.Source URL:
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April 20 - International Pot Smoking Day

    I was wondering why Family Guy on April 19, 2009 was about legalizing weed - and then it hit me. Today is 4/20 - or 4:20, as you potheads call it - International Pot Smoking day. So yeah, nothing will get done today.

    For all of you who went to work stoned, more power to you. For those of you who have to deal with the stoners who think the word "stapler" sounds funny and won't stop eating Doritos, hang in there, it's almost over.

    By the way, for those of you completely out of the freakin' loop, 420 comes from a story about a group of teenagers from San Rafael High School in 1971. They would meet after school at 4:20 p.m. to smoke weed at the Louis Pasteur statue because that was the time that afternoon detention was dismissed.
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Ellen Pompeo is Pregnant

    Ellen Pompeo and husband Chris Ivery are pregnant with their first child and the Grey's Anatomy star claims that this is going to be one of many. Hmm, I wonder how Shonda Rhimes is going to work this into the story. I'll give you 3 guesses.

    So now Ellen Pompeo, whom I always thought looked to mousy to carry a child to term, is about to turn 40 and she decided that now was as good a time as any to get pregnant. 

    Ellen Pompeo told Allure magazine in 2008: "I've got to get on it. The clock is ticking." And so there you have it. Next season on Grey's Anatomy, Meredith Grey and Derek Shepherd will be with child.
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Black Eyed Peas' Boom Boom Pow Video

    Well it's here: the Black Eyed Peas official video for "Boom Boom Pow." The song is hella addictive and everyone who has an ear for music is in love with this song. The Black Eyed Peas have nailed the song of summer for 2009. 

    So check out the "Boom Boom Pow" video and let me know what you think. Boom. Boom. Pow.
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Jimmy Fallon Does Susan Boyle Skit

    Jimmy Fallon  is smart enough to know that even if his show has terrible ratings, if he manages to make a skit that goes viral online, like say, one that features Britain's Got Talent's phenom, Susan Boyle, he's going to make a killing.
    So Jimmy Fallon did just that and guess what? You'll be watching in just a second below. And yeah, it's pretty damn funny. And who knew Jimmy Fallon could get so angry?
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Here She Is: Mel Gibson's Mistress Oksana Pochepa

    So Oksana Pochepa is the "mystery mistress" that Mel Gibson has been giving it to for the last little while. Oksana Pochepa recently did a very provocative shoot for the Russian version of Maxim magazine and is likely thrilled at the publicity all this Mel Gibson divorce fiasco is garnering her.

    Not only is she sleeping with a filthy rich actor who has his own island, now Oksana Pochepa will be making money in her own right by taking off all her clothes and posing in men's magazines all over the world. I wonder if Mel Gibson would approve. 

    So what do you think? More power to Oksana Pochepa, or will she become a distant memory in no time? I mean, remember Monica Lewinsky? Yeah... but then, this chick is hot.

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Celebrity Flaw - Drew Barrymore Yellow Teeth

    As a celebrity, Drew Barrymore should know better than to parade around the paparazzi with canary yellow teeth - that's just wrong on so many levels. Drew Barrymore decided that she would wear all the Cover Girl makeup she had in her house before leaving the house.

    If that weren't bad enough, Drew Barrymore then decided that she would wear a lipstick that would further accentuate the yellow teeth that she so proudly flashed during her Grey Gardens movie premiere.

    It is a celebrity's job to look glamorous and when someone like Drew Barrymore - who is rolling in dough, mind you - doesn't get her cigarette and coffee stains removed, you gotta wonder what's up with that.Source URL:
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John Mayer Badmouths Jennifer Aniston

    Did you know that John Mayer used to get bullied in high school and would get the crap kicked out of him? Well, you're about to find out why.

    John Mayer is apparently badmouthing Jennifer Aniston to anyone who will listen, all in a bid to remain relevant to the world at large. And likely to promote his new album.

    When John Mayer isn't busy hitting on anything with a pulse, he's telling these pulsating women what a clingy, needy and insecure woman Jennifer Aniston is. Wow, if I were Jennifer Aniston, I'd call up John Mayer for a meeting in a public place, tip the paparazzi off and then lay into Mayer and make him cry like a little girl. Then I'd give him a wedgie. But then, he is quite tall, so that might be a tad difficult. 
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Heidi Klum is Pregnant With Her Fourth Child

    Congratulations to Heidi Klum who is pregnant with her fourth child - her third with singer Seal. Heidi Klum's people confirmed that the 35-year-old is about 4 months along and that she and Seal are ecstatic about the pregnancy.

    So watch out for the next Project Runway because Heidi Klum will be sporting some killer maternity wear that pregnant women all over the world could only dream of. 
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Rupert Everett Got Plastic Surgery - Why?!?

    Oh my God, what has Rupert Everett done to his once beautiful face? The 49-year-old actor went from rugged and charming to tightened and plastic. Rupert Everett has just ruined his career because there is no way anyone would pay to see that new mug up on the big screen.

    Some say he looks 10 years younger, but I think Rupert Everett looks 49 but with some awful palstic surgery. Maybe it just needs time to settle. Yeah, that must be it. Ugh, I can't take it. It doesn't even look like the same person.
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Pop Star Knowingly Infected Partners with HIV

    You may have never heard of the group No Angels, but the all girl band won a Popstars competition in Germany in 2000. The band broke up in 2003 but reformed in 2007 to represent Germany at the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest with their single "Disappear".

    Anyway, band member Nadja Benaissa, who had HIV and knew it, knowingly exposed several sexual partners with the disease and it has since been confirmed that at least one of her lovers is infected.

    Nadja Benaissa, a single mom of one, was arrested in Frankfurt on Saturday, April 11, 2009, right before she was about to do a solo performance. She was kept in custody after a judge ruled that she might repeat her alleged offense.

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Pole Dancing Competition Highlights 2009

    When I say I was blown away by this video, you gotta believe me. I've been to many strip joints and have never seen anything even remotely close to this talent. And did you notice the rock hard butts on these women?!?

    Anyway, watch the Pole Dancing Competition Highlights Video and tell me that your mouth didn't drop at least a couple of times. These ladies have talent!Source URL:
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Ashton Kutcher Challenges CNN on Twitter

    Ashton Kutcher is probably the most avid Tweeter, besides his wife, Demi Moore. And now Ashton Kutcher has challenged CNN to a "fan off". Allow me to explain:

    Ashton Kutcher bet CNN that he could reach 1 million and the AP reports that:

    The 31-year-old actor recently threw down the gauntlet, challenging CNN and its founder, Ted Turner. In a Web video posted earlier this week, Kutcher said he would ding-dong-ditch Turner's house if he beat CNN to 1 million. (For those unfamiliar with the classic adolescent prank, ding-dong-ditch is when you ring someone's doorbell and run away.)
    "I find it astonishing that one person can actually have as big of a voice online as what an entire media company can on Twitter," Kutcher said in a video he posted on "I just thought that was kind of an amazing comment on the state of our media."

    I don't know about you, but Ashton Kutcher seems like he has a whole lot of time on his hands and I find it worrisome that all he does is Twitter all day long. I mean, can't the guy get a job or something?!? Then again, I'm pretty sure that Twitter pays Ashton a bunch of money per post, as does as of now. 

    Twitter is great and everything but to "ding-dong-ditch" Ted Turner's house at 31 years old makes you a... a loser. For the record, CNN is winning.
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    I discovered Judy Fowler's oil paintings in a Manayunk jewelry store several years ago. Didn't buy any baubles that day, but came away with something even better. I'm crazy about color and that's Judy's art. She builds layers of color to achieve depth and variation and to evoke a landscape or moment without a literal depiction.

    "Often I'm inspired by an actual landscape," says Judy. "But I don't paint it on the spot. I'll take that image with me and later--sometimes much later--what comes out is reliant on those memories. I may start with a shape or a path but that disappears pretty fast."

    What's left are ethereal atmospheric paintings of color.

    FROM TOP: Atmosphere #3, The Sea #9, The Sea #7.

    Several trips to Paris inspired works such as Paris Evening and Paris Light #2 (above) and L'Orangerie (below), a painting that completely captures my own experience in that museum. "The light there is so different. The layers of history, the architecture," Judy tells me. Yes, of course, I nod in agreement. Then she adds, "Architecture is not just shape but color." So true! And yet I'd never really thought of it like that before. This is the wonderful thing about talking to artists. They make you view the world in an entirely new way.

    Judy may soon be looking at the world in a new way as well. "My paintings began as very active, then evolved to a more placid and contemplative place. Lately I've felt a change coming in my style." Check back for an update....

    For more information on her work,
    email Judy Fowler at
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    Judy is a founding member of the Media Arts Council, a group that supports local artists with events and an artist registry. For more info go to

    "Wedding" above and all other images courtesy Judy Fowler
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