2009 is gonna be a huge year for otaku Anime & Manga fans when the legendary ASTRO BOY finally hits the big screen in modern computer animated form in an eponymous feature based the highly successful Japanese franchise by OSAMU TEZUKA. Nicolas Cage's inclusion in the film as voice "talent" will surely be a low point but hopefully they don't mess this flick up completely. We need something to redeem last year's "Speed Racer" fiasco bad...
In an effort to quiet the rumor mill that's sprung up in the past few weeks surrounding his unannounced return to the TOUR DE
LANCE FRANCE in 2009, Supertouch buddy (and serious art collector) LANCE ARMSTRONG has just confirmed to the world that he will indeed be headhunting in the hills of France next summer looking for an unprecedented 8th victory, only this time, it's not about him, the fame, OR the bike:
"I am happy to announce that after talking with my children, my family and my closest friends, I have decided to return to professional cycling in order to raise awareness of the global cancer burden. This year alone, nearly eight million people will die of cancer worldwide. Millions more will suffer in isolation, victims not only of the disease but of social stigma. After the passage of Proposition 15 in Texas, a $3 billion investment in the fight against cancer which is helping to make this disease part of the national dialogue in America, it's now time to address cancer on a global level." —Lance Armstrong
*Watch his video announcement HERE...
To add fuel to the fire, it should be noted that next year Lance will race for neither salary nor bonuses in an effort to maintain focus on the cause at hand, an epidemic that now claims more than 1,500 US citizens a day. The bionic man will discuss his cycling program and an international LIVESTRONG strategy on September 24th in New York City at the CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE. To date the Lance Armstrong Foundation has raised more than $260 million for the fight against cancer.
An exclusive new VANITY FAIR interview with Lance posted today takes an in-depth look at his return to cycling. Read it online HERE.
(photos by Elizabeth Kreutz)
The art world lost one of its great countercultural pioneers this Sunday morning, June 1st when psychedelic artist ALTON KELLEY passed away in Northern California at age 68. He is best known as half of the famous poster design team of "Kelley & Mouse" (the "Mouse" in question being one Stanley Mouse) who together fabricated some of the most iconic images of the 1960s & early '70s psychedelic movement. Both shared a profound love of hot rods, motorcycles, and general outlaw culture and the pair worked in tandem to create some of the most memorable concert posters for Bill Graham's Fillmore East & West and Chet Helms' Family Dog venues, including the legendary and ubiquitous Read More