Last night's 2012 Empire Awards in London brought out a range of good-looking, foreign men. Michael Fassbender picked up the best hero statue and posed for photos solo afterward. It was a guys-only night for the actor — Michael was without girlfriend Nicole Beharie, who was his costar in Shame. Michael's X-Men costar James McAvoy was also without the leading lady in his life, wife Anne-Marie Duff. James stopped to smile for a picture, though, with Downton Abbey's Joanne Froggatt. Other honorees included best actor Gary Oldman for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, best male newcomer Tom Hiddleston, and best sci-fi/fantasy Thor. The latter film's star Chris Hemsworth was on hand for the show, as was his costar Olivia Wilde. Chace Crawford suited up to join in on the fun as well.
You may be familiar with the work of New York-based contemporary artist Richard Phillips, whose pieces served as props in the Van der Woodsen loft on Gossip Girl. But in his latest exhibit, familiarity is the focus: the artist has chosen some of the world's most recognizable faces, including Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Leonardo DiCaprio, and more, for his new series of large-scale, traditional oil paintings. The exhibition, called "Most Wanted," opens this Friday at the White Cube gallery in Hoxton Square, London.
Phillips's lineup of superstars from television, movies, and music are depicted against backdrops featuring the logos of luxury brands like Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, and more, mimicking the "step and repeat" backdrops at red carpet events like film premieres and award shows. A halo around each famous face is meant to emphasize "electric stardom of these secular deities while simultaneously flattening their image, melding them into the brands they represent, as if on a decal or trading card." It's also Phillips hope that mass audiences who are out of touch with the high art world will find an immediate connection with the paintings, making yet another statement about the power of celebrity branding.