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Mr. Schnabel, when does a work of art become important in your opinion? Do you need external confirmation, or is it something explicitly personal?

I don’t think something is important just because an audience likes it. Most people make art and movies as a job and if a lot of people go to see it they make money and that is their sign of success. I am not making judgment here, but their goal is strictly business-oriented. I don’t do this as a business.

So commercial success doesn’t interest you?

Do I think it’s good if people like it? I have to like it. If I think that something is good, it is fine. I mean Gladiator came out when my movie Before Night Falls came out. Gladiator won the Acadamy Award, Russell Crowe won the Acadamy Award. Would I rather be Ridley Scott? No. Do I think Javier Bardem’s performance was better than Russell Crowe’s, although Russell is an excellent actor? Yes. Javier Bardem’s performance was better. Did we win the Oscar? No. Does it matter? No. I mean he was the first Spanish actor to ever be nominated for an Academy Award. What does that say about the Academy? There is a level of chauvinism over there; it’s a club.

Do you think your indifference to the system has actually made you more successful?

Well I can’t just say yes to that, because then I would sound like the guy everybody says I am supposed to be: the arrogant, self-satisfied Schnabel. (Laughs)

But what you can admit is that you made quite an interesting transition from acclaimed artist to successful filmmaker. How did that come about?

I thought:If I feel like I should do it, I should do it. I shouldn’t worry that the art world is going to say, “Oh, Schnabel thinks that we’re not good enough for him, he is going to make movies now. The art world is not big enough, he’s going to make movies.” Then when the people liked the movies they said, “Oh, now he is a better movie director than a painter.” But that’s not really true. I happened to do it just the same way as some artists write letters. Van Gogh wrote letters and so we have a book of his letters to Theo. It is a great thing to have. The guy is a painter but he happened to write good letters also.

Are you interested in bringing the film and the art world a bit closer together? During the 2010 Toronto Film Festival you premiered with the exhibition Julian Schnabel: Art and Filmwhich seemed to aim at that.

Maybe it should have just been called Paintings That Have Something To Do With Film. I think the idea was that maybe people from the film world would go and see the museum and it would bring these worlds together. I don’t care if those worlds are together or not. My attitude toward it is similar to the way Joseph Beuys left the Kunstakademie open so anyone who wanted to come, anyone who was interested in art, could come. Whatever brings somebody in so they can have an art experience is a healthy thing.

Do you prefer filmmaking or painting more?

I prefer to paint; I don’t have to translate anything. I don’t have to know if it is good or bad while I am working. I don’t want to think when I am working. Even if I am making a movie, I get to a point where I throw the script away. I know what I want people to do and ultimately it is a spontaneous kind of activity. They need to be able to feel comfortable enough to trust me so they can do something and know I won’t let them get hurt. They end up feeling that way and that is why the movies are good. But I prefer to paint.

Unlike painting, movie making is extremely collaborative. Do you have to fight to get your way sometimes?

I am my biggest critic. I have final cut on my films and I don’t care how much money they ultimately make. If I would have made The Diving Bell and the Butterfly in English, it would have made more money. But it wouldn’t be the movie that I wanted to make and I think the other people in charge had to swallow that when I told them about my intent to make a French movie. The guy is French and I am not going to have French people watching American people making believe they are French in France and then they are reading French subtitles.

We knew you were a talented filmmaker and painter, but we didn’t know about your photographic skills until you recently toured the world with a Polaroid exhibition.

First of all, I didn’t intend to be a photographer and I didn’t intend to be a movie director. I am not a photographer, but I took photographs. And the photographs that I took are very physical; they are like paintings in a way.

Why did you start taking pictures in the first place?

Because I was dissatisfied with how my work looked when it was photographed by other people. I wanted to show the way paintings look inside places where I am working. So I was taking these pictures over the past eight years and I didn’t have any intention to show them and this woman came and looked at them and said: do you think we can show those photographs? So to cut it short: was Stanley Kubrick a photographer? No. He was a movie director. But he took photographs that are a gift to see.

Are you in a way proud of all these different careers?

I don’t have a career as a photographer and I don’t want a career as a movie director, and I don’t have a career as a painter.

You don’t have a career?

No, I never thought of art as a career. I thought it was more like a monastic practice. It is something that you do – you can’t not do it. If I made money doing it, I would do it; if I didn’t make any money, I would do it.

Could you live without art?

If I never made another movie, I probably could live okay. I made the movies that I made, I think I did a good job, but if I couldn’t paint, I don’t know what I would do. If I couldn’t paint, I think I would be a problem. I would definitely be a problem to the people who have to put up with me, live with me, deal with me. I wouldn’t know what to do with myself. I would go surfing I guess and live in the jungle or something like that. You know, obviously I’m not perfect but the thing I am best at is painting.

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Top 5 Celebrity Interviews To Read Today




All in all, big name profiles are somewhat of a joke. They regularly pander to the star and never really uncover anything remotely near reality about their identity. They discuss how sweet they will be (“They appeared two hours late however appeared to be really self-reproachful about it!”), what they’re eating (“Reese Witherspoon cautiously eats her Udon noodle soup as she considers life, love, and circumcision… “) and how rational they run over (“Despite having millions in the bank, Coyote Fox is as yet the modest young lady from the Bronx!”) Occasionally, however, a profile like this one will turn out and really come clean about its subject. “OMG, superstars truly are bizarro egomaniacs! I knew it!”

It is kind of adorable when this happens. If you are an eager peruser of superstar chatter, it is complete happiness to see something that challenges to be straightforward. Other than this splendid takedown of LiLo, we have chosen to impart to you the five most loved bits of amusement news-casting. They’re really (heave!) engaging!

1. “Chris Evans Is Captain America” by Edith Zimmerman

In this now-notorious GQ profile, which turned out in 2011, Edith Zimmerman pays tribute to the style of composing found in old mags like Sassy and Jane by giving us a #realtalk all-access go into the universe of Chris Evans. While going through a couple of days with the motion picture star in L.A., Zimmerman opens up about the typical tease that creates amongst them and even points of interest a night in which she got squandered at his home. Individuals were blowing a gasket about this article, calling it “out of line,” yet offer me a reprieve. Edith made us keen on senseless exhausting CHRIS EVANS. If that is not the good ability of an essayist, I don’t comprehend what is.

2. “Step by step instructions to Get Under Aaron Sorkin’s Skin” by Sarah Nicole Prickett

We sort of dependably knew Aaron Sorkin was a dick (a misanthrope who at times smokes rocks? Nectar… ), yet author Sarah Nicole Prickett at long last gives us the evidence we required with this meeting in The Globe and Mail. While getting some information about his new show on HBO, The Newsroom, Sorkin treats Prickett with striking haughtiness, calling her “Web young lady” and notwithstanding showing her how to high-five appropriately. Fundamentally Prickett discovered that Sorkin treats ladies precisely the same he gives his male characters a chance to address them in his TV shows and films. Enchanting!

3. “Tiffani-Amber: Something Does Not Compute” by Mary-Ann

Cheeky invariably distributed the best big name interviews since they genuinely did not think about kissing anybody’s can. A valid example: this vintage meet with Tiffani-Amber Thiessen in which it’s uncovered that the Saved By The Bell star is a monstrous dum. Scarcely a stunner yet at the same time: LOL!

4. “Meet Your New Boss, Dov Charney” by Claudine Ko

Cheeky’s successor, Jane, kept with the pattern of good prominent name reporting, especially with this piece about America’s # 1 trendy person crawl, Dov Charney. Author Claudine Ko discusses the CEO of American Apparel jerking off before her and for the most part carrying on like a sexual stalker amid their meeting. If you at any point considered how Dov got such a terrible rep, this incredible bit of diversion reporting would be it.

5. “M.I.A’s. Agitprop Pop” by Lynn Hirschberg

Lynn Hirschberg is no more peculiar to penning questionable big name profiles. In the 90s, she talked with Courtney Love for Vanity Fair and mentioned that the vocalist was all the while utilising heroin while pregnant — a reality Love fervently denied. In any case, this made a torrential slide of horse crap, which in the long run brought about the association of Child Services. Uh oh! In 2010, Hirschberg by and by demonstrated that the pen is mightier than the sword when she composed this blistering profile of M.I.A. in The New York Times. Hirschberg calls attention to the numerous logical inconsistencies in the pop star’s life, including her claims that she’s a political radical who lives on the edges of society when truth be told, she dwells in a house in Brentwood with her super-rich spouse. M.I.A. was naturally pissed about the piece, however, and got Hirschberg to admit to a misrepresent. In any case, the American open never honestly took a gander at M.I.A. a similar way again and her collection, which turned out not long after the piece, wound up failing.

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Mr. Young, do you see yourself as a provocateur?

My life is not a political campaign. I just write about what is on my mind. I just play whatever I feel like playing. Whatever is in my soul at the time is what I want to do. I have, thank god, enough people who are still interested in what I am doing so that I can go out and keep doing it.

Do you think music can still change how people think these days?

I think that it can cause reflection and discussion, which is all you can do.

What about in the past?

I try not to look back. I’m looking forward. I’m worried more about what I’m going to do next week than I am what I did last week. There are too many things to do. Looking back is for everybody else.

Well, let me have a look back. I’ve read that you refused to be filmed at Woodstock. Was that really true?

I believe it was.


That was a turning point when music was becoming media and music was turning into an industry instead of a direct communication between musicians and the audience. In my view, cameras had no place on stage. They could film from far away and it wouldn’t bother me at all.

Live performance of Heart of Gold in 1971 by Neil Young. At the beginning of the video, Neil Young searches his pockets trying to find the right harp.

Do you think music today is too corporate?

Well, I can’t imagine American Idol in the ’60s. It’s so different you can’t compare it. The idea that there is a contest for who can pose the best. They are all just imitating other people. I don’t know what that is.

Unfortunately that garbage works.

Well it’s the media. The media has got the whole thing. (sarcastic) But we don’t have to worry about that in the United States. We’ve got CNN. We have the best political team on television working the story, so we’ve got no problems. (Laughs)

So, what excites you these days?

Well, when I get excited about anything nowadays it’s either new music or energy. Those are the two subjects I’m most concerned with.

Your own new music?

Yeah, I’m always open to new stuff. I don’t sit and try to figure out what to do, I just wait for an idea to come.

And what excites you so much about energy?

We’re working on building an automobile that doesn’t have to go to a fueling station, that creates its own fuel. That’s really what I am focusing the rest of my life on. I am finished with everything else as far as I am concerned.

Besides music of course…

The music is great and it is nice because it gets people thinking, it moves people, but ultimately, to make a real change in the world, it’s going to have to come from energy. It’s going to have to come from physics and science.So I am working with physicists, scientists, and engineers around the world trying to build this car.

“We have been lulled into addiction and everything is built around it and you have to break out of it and think outside of the box.”

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Mr. Bottura, you respect the traditions of the Italian kitchen, but you also like to push boundaries. Is it necessary to learn the rules before you can break them?

To do contemporary cooking, you have to know everything and forget about everything. First of all, you have to know everything. If you don’t know things, you cannot talk. I’m always thinking about Bob Dylan singing, “The times they are a-changing.” But I cannot evolve tradition if I don’t know the tradition. I cannot do contemporary food if I don’t travel to Tokyo, to Copenhagen, or Lima. What kind of potato? What kind of parmigiano? What kind of fish? How has the tuna been caught? If you don’t understand those kinds of things, touch the ingredients, feel them, you cannot do what we do. If I don’t know everything about balsamic vinegar, if I don’t know what kind of reaction the must has with the cherry wood, or juniper wood…

Was it always important for you to learn as much as possible?

You have it inside, or you don’t have it. That’s a very important part. You travel with your ears and your eyes open, or you travel to travel. You read a book to learn, or you read a book to read. Very different approach. You look at a painting to do what? To say, “Oh! Van Gogh is so nice. Look at that, it’s The Starry Night.” But you don’t know that Van Gogh never sold a painting in his lifetime because people didn’t understand what he was talking about. That’s the point. Be alert. Go deep into things. If you don’t do that, it’s all superficial.

Well there is nothing superficial about many of the dishes you have created. “Five ages of Parmigiano Reggiano” is devoted entirely to the regional parmesan cheese and “An eel swimming up the Po River” traces the culinary history of the Po River Valley. Where do you find inspiration for your dishes?

We compress everything, the passion we have, and from those passions ideas are coming out. You have to know the ingredient, let it in, hug it, caress it, be warm and gentle, and at that point you decide what to do with that ingredient. But we have to talk with the ingredients, we have to hear what they are saying to you. A piece of leftover bread or the most fantastic caviar is the same thing. You have to be alert.

“The secret of a happy life: leave a little space open for poetry.”

That reminds me of the story behind your dessert “Oops, I dropped the lemon tart,” where one of your cooks accidentally dropped a lemon tart and you realized you should intentionally serve it like that.

The lemon tart is a very important concept. If you live your life and you lose yourself in everyday life, you would never imagine “Oops, I dropped the lemon tart.” But, if in your everyday life you leave a little space open for poetry, you can make visible the invisible. And the invisible was a broken lemon tart that Taka just dropped. So that’s the point. The secret of life, of a happy life, is: leave a little space open for poetry in which you can jump in and imagine the unimaginable. We created a recipe with an overripe black banana that came about by listening to The Velvet Underground on vinyl. My wife Lara and I were on vacation and I had just bought this mono first edition series of the album and I was looking with a lot of attention at the Andy Warhol cover and it says “peel slowly and see.”

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