Daft headline of the week: “Portraits reveal a playful side to Marilyn Monroe,” said the heading on a news story, published on Tuesday, about some previously unseen photographs*. It just about could have got away with “show”, but the word “reveal” definitely implies that nobody has hitherto suspected that Monroe had a playful side. This headline was obviously written by one of the three people in the world who have not seen Some Like It Hot.
“From rhubarb mimicking that infamous Marilyn Monroe pose, to cherries sweetly kissing, the quirky illustrations that adorn these bottles are brilliant and bold. Good thing too since Food Story, the Norwegian brand behind this new line of organic juices, is a concept café, boutique, and restaurant that aims to inspire through food. This series of ecological drinks does just that, having been developed in conjunction with local and organic farmers to produce a range of tasty fruity, all-natural flavors.”
“Hundreds of hours of footage of iconic movie stars and newsreel footage from the likes of Getty Images, BBC Archives and Eagle Rock Entertainment will find their way onto TV screens next month, as backdrops for a new British music TV channel.
Billed as the first ever music channel here for the over-fifties, Vintage TV is dedicated to music from the 1940s to 1976 — the era before music videos became ubiquitous.
Vintage has hired a specialist production company to create new music videos fashioned from archive content of the time.
Around 120 videos will be ready by the Sept. 1 launch, including rare footage of Marilyn Monroe in the video for ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow’, images of Martin Luther King in the video of Elvis Presley’s ‘If I Can Dream’ and film of The Rolling Stones revamped for a new video of ‘Not Fade Away’.”
Scarlett Johansson‘s 2009 photo shoot for Dolce & Gabbana cosmetics was very obviously Marilyn-inspired. This year she is going gothic, but the leopardskin wrap reminds me ever so slightly of this Eve Arnold portrait…
An earlier precedent from Norma Jeane’s modelling days…
“The Jazz/Musical Theatre Dance Program of the School at Jacob’s Pillow (Becket, MA) is presenting works that Chet Walker has created in the Jack Cole tradition in two final performances: a free presentation on the Inside/Out Stage on Saturday, Aug. 21, at 6:15 and a sold-out benefit concert in the Ted Shawn Theatre on Sunday, Aug. 22, at 8pm.”
Jack Cole was Marilyn’s choreographer and trusted friend, working with her on Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)andthroughout her dazzling career.