London, July 6 (AP/UNB) — British artist Leon Kossoff, who painted his home city of London in all its moody, rough-edged glory, has died. He was 92.
Annely Juda Fine Art, which represents Kossoff, said he died Thursday after a short illness. Another of the artist's galleries, LA Louver in Los Angeles, also confirmed his death.
Born in London in 1926 to Russian Jewish immigrants, Kossoff grew up in the city's tough East End and served in the army during World War II before studying at St. Martin's school of art.
He is considered a member of the "School of London" group of post-war artists — alongside Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and Frank Auerbach — who pursued careers in figurative painting regardless of changing artistic fashions.
Inspired by the Old Masters, Kossoff painted portraits of friends and family, but is best known for his urban landscapes of a gritty, war-scarred London. Streets, churches, swimming pools, subway stations and railway bridges were all rendered in dark-hued, thickly layered oil paint. Kossoff would often paint all day and then scrape off most of it in frustration, repeating the process day after day.
Annely Juda said in a statement that Kossoff "saw beauty in everything and everybody."
"His death robs us of one of Britain's greatest painters, but his work reminds us of the continuing potency of painting to comprehend the world in which we live," the gallery said.
Though never as famous as Bacon or Freud, Kossoff's works have sold for six and seven figures. A 1971 painting of London's Willesden Junction railway interchange fetched 1.39 million pounds ($1.74 million) at a Christie's auction last year.
Kossoff represented Britain at the 1995 Venice Biennale, and had a major show the following year at London's Tate gallery. His work has been shown around the world, including at London's National Gallery and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He was an honorary foreign member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Funeral details were not immediately available.
London, July 6 (AP/UNB) — The youngest member of Britain's royal family, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, was christened at Windsor Castle on Saturday in a private ceremony — too private for some royal fans.
The 2-month-old son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex was baptized in the castle's private chapel by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, head of the Church of England.
Palace officials said that, in keeping with royal tradition, Archie wore a lace and satin christening gown — a replica of one made for Queen Victoria's eldest daughter in 1841 — that was also used for his cousins Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
He was sprinkled with water from the River Jordan at an ornate silver baptismal font that has been used in royal christenings for more than 150 years.
Archie, born May 6, is the first child of Prince Harry and the former Meghan Markle, and seventh in line to the British throne.
His parents released two photos taken by fashion photographer Chris Allerton, including a black-and-white image showing the couple cradling a tranquil Archie between them, with the castle's Rose Garden in the background.
It was accompanied by a color portrait taken in the castle's Green Drawing Room of the young family surrounded by relatives, including Harry's brother Prince William and his wife Kate; Harry's father Prince Charles and his wife Camilla; Meghan's mother Doria Ragland; and Jane Fellowes and Sarah McCorquodale, the sisters of Harry's late mother Princess Diana.
Archie's great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, did not attend the christening because of a prior engagement.
Meghan and Harry have faced criticism for declining to reveal the names of Archie's godparents, and not giving the public a glimpse of the event — though that didn't stop well-wishers coming to Windsor with Union Jack flags, banners and even a cake to mark the occasion.
Harry, whose mother Diana was pursued by paparazzi until her death in a Paris car crash in 1997, has long had a tense relationship with the media. The tension intensified after he began his relationship with Meghan, an American former actress who starred in TV legal drama "Suits."
In May, Harry accepted damages and an apology from a news agency that used a helicopter to take photos of a secluded rural retreat that he and Meghan had rented.
Earlier this year the couple moved from central London to a more secluded home near Windsor Castle, some 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of London.
The royal couple's decision not to allow media access to the christening sparked controversy in part because of the recent revelation that their Frogmore Cottage home was renovated with 2.4 million pounds ($3.06 million) of taxpayers' money.
Royal fan Anne Daley, who brought a home-baked cake to Windsor, said she was "very hurt" by the level of privacy.
"That baby is Princess Diana's grandson. We should be able to see the christening," she said.
Wapakoneta, Jul 6 (AP/UNB) — A small Ohio city is shooting for the moon in celebrating its native son's history-making walk 50 years ago this month.
The hometown of Neil Armstrong has expanded its usual weekend "summer moon festival" to 10 days of Apollo 11 commemorations . Tens of thousands of visitors — the biggest crowds here since Armstrong's post-mission homecoming — are expected.
There will be hot air balloons, '60s-themed evenings, concerts, rocket launches and a visit from five other Ohio astronauts. And "the world's largest moon pie," all 50 pounds of it.
Event planning began two years ago in a city of about 10,000 that has added nearly 3,000 residents since 1969 but retains that everybody-knows-everybody rural town feel. Jackie Martell of the chamber of commerce calls the moon landing anniversary an event that "just resonates for the entire world," and a continuing source of local pride.
Dave Tangeman turned 12 on July 20, 1969, when Apollo 11 took Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the moon, and he and his family gathered around the black-and-white TV in their living room that evening to watch their neighbor. Hundreds of millions of people around the world were watching with them as Armstrong stepped onto the lunar surface to make "one giant leap for mankind."
"It was just so unbelievable that somebody from this little town could accomplish something like that," said Tangeman, now transportation director for the local schools. He likes to joke that the town puts on a big birthday party for him every July.
Though Tangeman doesn't remember much else about his 12th birthday, he has vivid memories of Armstrong's triumphant welcome-home parade that Sept. 6, when most of the city of some 7,000 people joined tens of thousands of visitors to line the streets or climb onto roofs to see Armstrong, celebrities including entertainer Bob Hope, and the marching band from Armstrong's Purdue University alma mater.
"History will always record that the first person to set foot on the moon was Neil Armstrong from Wapakoneta, Ohio," said Dante Centuori, executive director of the Armstrong Air and Space Museum. "That's not going to change."
Armstrong was born Aug. 5, 1930, at his grandparents' farm just outside Wapakoneta. His family moved around Ohio before settling back at Wapakoneta for his high school years. Growing up some 60 miles (96.56 kilometers) north of the Dayton home of the aviation-pioneering Wright Brothers, young Neil was fascinated with airplanes from an early age, building models and hanging them up in his bedroom.
As a teen in Wapakoneta, he used earnings from an after-school job at a drugstore to pay for flying lessons, pedaling his bicycle a few miles every day to an airfield to practice his skills. He made his first solo flight at age 16, 20 years before he went into space for the first time inside Gemini 8 for what became a harrowing mission that he survived to make history in 1969.
Celebrations got started last October with a red-carpet gala for a special showing of "First Man ," starring Ryan Gosling and based on historian James R. Hansen's Armstrong biography, in the historic downtown Wapa theatre .
Downtown shops are well-supplied with T-shirts, coffee mugs, moon artwork and moon landing memorabilia to sell in the coming days. But the museum — with its moon base-shaped top visible from Interstate 75 — will be the centerpiece for activities around the anniversary, including a NASA livestream broadcast on July 19.
Centuori, the museum director who joined the facility in January, has been overseeing construction and remodeling to get ready for the expected influx eager to see planes and space artifacts associated with Armstrong. Those include the Aeronca Champion plane Armstrong flew as a teen, an F5D Skylancer plane he flew as a Navy test pilot, the Gemini 8 capsule he rode into space, and a small moon rock. The museum also will debut an expanded Armstrong education center for students to focus on science, technology, engineering and math.
The museum, which opened in 1972, also will unveil two of three new statues in town honoring Armstrong. Although James Rhodes, Ohio's governor at the time, began planning for the museum even before Armstrong was back on Earth, the astronaut himself preferred a low profile in his post-NASA years. He lived in the Cincinnati area until his death in 2012 at age 82.
In keeping with Armstrong's nature, the museum advises entering visitors that "Mr. Armstrong has never been involved in the management of this museum nor benefited from it in any way."
He did, though, embrace his Wapakoneta connection, telling his welcome-home crowd: "I'm proud to stand before you today and consider myself one of you."
Helping represent those who came after him in space at the celebration will be five of the two dozen other astronauts with Ohio ties: Michael Good, Gregory Johnson, Robert Springer, Donald Thomas and Sunita Williams.
Dhaka, July 6 (UNB)- Mike Richardson, creator of The Mask and Dark Horse Comics founder, has revealed that he has a few ideas in place for a woman-fronted reboot of the iconic movie, reports The Indian Express.
In an interview with Forbes, Richardson said he has an actor in mind for the role but he believes they would have to push really hard to get her on board.
“I’d like to see a really good physical comedian (in the role). I have one in mind, but I’m not gonna say her name. We have to do a lot of convincing for this particular actor, but we’ll see. You never know what’s coming in the future. We have some ideas,” he said.
The first movie in the franchise was Jim Carrey-starrer The Mask (1994). It was followed by failed sequel Son of The Mask in 2005, featuring Jamie Kennedy.
The first film received a positive critical reception. It holds a 77 per cent rating at Rotten Tomatoes. The critical consensus reads, “It misses perhaps as often as it hits, but Jim Carrey’s manic bombast, Cameron Diaz’ blowsy appeal, and the film’s overall cartoony bombast keep The Mask afloat.”
The second film was panned by critics, holding a mere 6 per cent rating at Rotten Tomatoes, with the critical consensus being, “Overly frantic, painfully unfunny, and sorely missing the presence of Jim Carrey.”
London, July 6 (AP/UNB) — The youngest member of Britain's royal family, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, is being christened Saturday in a private family ceremony at Windsor Castle.
The 2-month-old son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be baptized in a private chapel at the castle by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, head of the Church of England.
He will wear a lace and satin christening gown — a replica of one made for Queen Victoria's eldest daughter — that was also used for his cousins Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
Archie's aunt and uncle Prince William and his wife Kate were seen arriving at the castle before the christening on Saturday. Queen Elizabeth II is not expected to attend.
Parents Prince Harry and Meghan have faced criticism for declining to reveal the names of Archie's godparents, and not giving the public a glimpse of the event — though that didn't stop well-wishers coming to Windsor with Union Jack flags, banners and even a cake to mark the occasion.
The royal couple's decision sparked controversy in part because of the recent revelation that their Windsor home was renovated with 2.4 million pounds ($3.06 million) of taxpayers' money.
Royal fan Anne Daley said she was "very hurt" by the decision.
"That baby is Princess Diana's grandson. We should be able to see the christening," she said.
Harry and Meghan plan to release official photos of the baptism later.
Archie was born May 6 and is seventh in line to the British throne.