Andy Cohen and Stephen Colbert Play “Never Have I Ever”

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A Word With: Andy Samberg Has a New Late-Night Gig: Being a Dad

Mr. Samberg talks about “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation,” NBC’s rescue of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” and how fatherhood is a little like “S.N.L.”
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Video of Andy Dick Groping Ivanka Trump Resurfaces After New Battery Charges

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The "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation" stars answer their friends' burning questions! Find out who would be in Selena's real-life "Friends" cast and more.
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Andy Fickman Boards Comedy ‘Tension Ring’ for Robbins Lane Entertainment (EXCLUSIVE)

Andy Fickman will direct the romantic comedy “Tension Ring,” the debut feature of the newly formed Robbins Lane Entertainment, Variety has learned exclusively. “Tension Ring” marks the launch of Robbins Lane Entertainment, from Seth B. Fass and Scott Prisand. The shingle is named after the pair’s elementary school in Syosset, Long Island. Fickman will direct […]

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Andy Janowski Named CEO of J.Hilburn

Andy Janowski has taken the reins at J.Hilburn, the direct seller of made-to-measure men’s wear.
Janowski most recently served as executive chairman of the J.Hilburn board and succeeds Veeral Rathod, cofounder and chief executive officer, who has resigned to explore other opportunities, according to the company.
Janowski has more than 30 years of experience in the apparel industry and had served as ceo of Smythson where he grew the brand 50 percent during his tenure. Janowski has also been chief operating officer at Burberry Group and also worked for the Gap Inc.
The change comes as the company has expanded beyond suits to more casual men’s offering such as chinos and shorts and has also added to its retail footprint. It had started as strictly a shirt brand but offers suits, sport coats, trousers, knitwear, outerwear, accessories and shoes.
The company was founded in 2007 by entrepreneur Hil Davis, who recruited Rathod, an investment banker, to join him in the business. Davis left the company in 2013.
In 2009, J.Hilburn secured institutional investment from Battery Ventures, a venture capital firm, and since then, it has been joined by two other investors, Janowski said. “But Battery continues to be a strong supporter.”
“As an initial investor, Battery

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5 Ways Andy Cohen Is Redefining Late-Night TV

Andy Cohen, Andy Cohen's Then and NowAndy Cohen isn’t just the host of Watch What Happens Live. He’s also a pioneer in late-night television.
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The author of “The Martian” and, most recently, “Artemis” has never read Frank Herbert’s “Dune”: “Yes, I know. I’m the worst sci-fi fan in the universe.”
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Andy Cohen, Sherri Shepherd and More Stars Remember Project Runway’s Mychael Knight: ‘Gone Too Soon’

Hollywood has a lot of love for the late Mychael Knight.

The former Project Runway and Project Runway: All Stars contestant died Tuesday morning outside Atlanta. He was 39.

In the wake of his death, several stars took to social media to commemorate the late fashion designer, including his good friend and celebrity client Sherri Shepherd.

“My heart hurts so much today bc I lost my friend, my little brother @mychaelknight,” she wrote on Instagram. “I was a fan of Mychael’s since I first saw him on #ProjectRunway & when @jawnmurray finally put us together, it was a match made in #heaven. We clicked immediately & Mychael said he was going to be my stylist for the long haul. He had a wicked sense of humor and was the most creative man I knew.”

“Mychael had a sixth sense when it came to styling women,” she continued. “He brought out the best of your features and I always felt like a princess when he styled me. Mychael taught me that Spanx is a girl’s best friend and Lord help me if someone took a pic of me & I wasn’t red carpet ready. I respected his business acumen, his honesty and integrity. When he said he wanted to collaborate w me on a curvy line of clothing for women, I thought we’d struck gold.”

Shepherd, 50, revealed the pink blush gown she was wearing in the photo she posted was custom-designed by Knight for the Daytime Emmy Awards — and he sewed it in 24 hours.

“Mychael how I wish your dreams weren’t cut short — but so thankful for the time I was allowed to be a part of your life,” she concluded. “I know you are in #heaven updating the angels’ wardrobe (‘Lord! Wings are so 90s!’) I love you my friend #RIP #alwaysafan.”

Bravo’s Andy Cohen, who was an executive at the network when Project Runway first began, expressed his condolences and memories of Knight on Twitter, writing, “I am so sad to hear about Mychael Knight. When he appeared on #ProjectRunway he was the sweetest guy, full of life, ambition & talent. #rip.”

Singer/songwriter Keri Hilson also remembered her “dear old friend.”

“Ur such a beautiful spirit,” she wrote. “I cherish ur humble creative nature. One of the good ones, gone too soon.”

“I will always remember the feeling…you were the first to create a dress for lil ole me back in ’04. I cherish you & treasure this dress…” she continued. “We believed in each other before all the fame & attention…saw each other’s visions & genuinely supported one another. #RIPMychaelKnight. Sending love & prayers to every friend & family member. I know you will be missed by all who were blessed to know you.”

Knight’s family confirmed his death in a statement to Obvious magazine.

“We are still processing the untimely death of our son, brother, friend, and uncle,” they said. “Mychael meant everything to us and we loved him dearly. He was generous and so full of life. This is how we choose to remember his legacy.”

Knight died on Tuesday after recently checking into a hospital for treatment for intestinal issues, TMZ reported.

Born in Germany, Knight divided his childhood between Alabama and New York. He studied Apparel Design and Merchandising at Georgia Southern University, graduating in 2001.

Knight first auditioned for the second season of Project Runway in 2005 but didn’t make the cut. When he auditioned again the following year, he was named one of the season 3 contestants and went on to place fourth in the overall competition, winning season 3’s Fan Favorite award.

After leaving the show, Knight launched his own label, Mychael Knight, and returned to Project Runway multiple times over the years, competing in a 2009 All-Star Challenge, as well as a starring as a contestant on the third season of the show’s All Stars spin-off in 2013.

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Andy Signore, ‘Honest Trailers’ Creator, Suspended After Sexual Harassment Allegations

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Andy Roddick Reveals Wife Brooklyn Decker Is Pregnant with Their Second Child — a Girl

Brooklyn Decker and Andy Roddick‘s family will soon be set for a game of doubles.

Roddick revealed that his wife Decker, 30, is pregnant with their second child — a daughter — when he gave an acceptance speech at the International Tennis Hall of Fame Class of 2017 ceremony in Newport, Rhode Island, on Saturday.

“My wife Brooklyn, most people don’t know you’re kind of nuts,” the 34-year-old said. “You’re my partner in crime. In a life full of good fortune, being around you has been by far the luckiest part. I’m a better human for us having met 10 years ago.

“Brook, I don’t know how you juggle it all,” he continued. “I see it every day and it still doesn’t make any sense to me. You’re an unreal artist, businesswoman, mother, wife, sister and friend. You hear a lot of guys who find it very tough to walk away from professional sports. You’re the reason why my personal transition into a quasi-normal, everyday life has been gratifying and full. Hank will someday realize how lucky he is. Our daughter that’s coming will also realize she has the best mother on earth. Simply, thank you for being you.”

The retired tennis pro and Grace and Frankie star are already parents to son Hank, who will turn 2 in September.

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Roddick also gave a shout-out to pregnant tennis legend Serena Williams, saying that he “can’t wait” to see her become a mother.

“I can’t wait to watch them play in the Wimbledon final in 2030,” he joked.


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When Andy Cohen Pranked Vicki Gunvalson About Brooks Ayers…

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Andy Serkis Reading Donald Trump’s Tweets As Gollum Is So Precious

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Andy Serkis, Caesar the Ape, Has a Message for the Academy

Those who give film awards should not discriminate against performance-capture actors, he says. “If they don’t think Caesar is good, that’s fine, but a different issue.”
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Andy Warhol’s first selfie could fetch £7m

A self-portrait taken by pop artist Andy Warhol will go on auction for the first time, with an estimate price of up to £7m.
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Andy Cohen’s Then & Now Answers the Burning Question: Which Real Housewives Signed a Prenup?

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Andy Dunn, Sister Monica Royer Grow Children’s Biz Monica + Andy

NEW YORK — Direct-to-consumer children’s wear brand Monica + Andy is growing its offline footprint.
The three-year-old-company — named after Monica Royer, founder and chief executive officer, and kid brother Andy Dunn, founder of Bonobos and chairman of the board for Monica + Andy — this week opened its second guide shop. Located on the Upper West Side here at 410 Columbus Avenue, the 810-square-foot boutique is adjacent to Pure Barre and Scotch and Soda and is the former home of Alexis Bittar.
Royer has learned a thing or two from Dunn, who last week sold his eight-year-old men’s wear brand to Wal-Mart Stores Inc., for $ 310 million. She implemented Bonobos’ Guideshop retail concept into her business model almost from the inception of Monica + Andy, which launched an e-commerce site in spring 2014 at monicaandandy.com and opened a flagship guide shop in Chicago in July 2014. Most items in the collection — including newborn to toddler clothing and muslin blankets — range in price from about $ 20 to $ 70, with gift boxes that can go up to $ 250 to $ 1,000.
Instead of focusing on e-commerce first and trying bricks-and-mortar retail later — like many of the early direct-to-consumer companies, including Bonobos — Royer said

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What's the most insane moment in "Real Housewives" history? Andy Cohen answers rapid fire questions–and you won't believe what he says!
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Andy Warhol Was Sick for at Least a Month Before He Died

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Andy Cohen Set To Host An All-New ‘Love Connection’ Game Show

Television personality, radio host and author Andy Cohen will soon be to add “relationship guru” to his ever-growing list of credits.

Cohen, 48, has signed on as the host and co-executive producer of Fox’s “Love Connection” reboot, E! News reports. The original, which ran from 1983 through 1994, attempted to match singles with compatible partners, sending them on three blind dates before allowing them to “dish” about their experiences in front of a live audience.  

The Fox revamp will differ from the original by including same-sex couples, Fox executives told Entertainment Weekly. It will be executive produced by Mike Fleiss (”The Bachelor”). 

On Wednesday, Cohen confirmed the news with an Instagram post

LOVE ALERT! I'm hosting a brand-new revival of #LoveConnection coming soon to @foxtv!

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“I was a huge fan of the original ‘Love Connection,’ and hosting the new version allows me to do one of the things I love most: meddling in people’s personal lives,” the “Watch What Happens Live” host said, according to Entertainment Weekly

Cohen’s signature sass will no doubt be a perfect match for such a dishy show. The new “Love Connection” will debut this summer. 

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Jennifer Lawrence Gets Major Real Housewives Scoop From Andy Cohen, Including Worst Temper Tantrums, Exits and Insults

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Andy Cohen Has The Juiciest Story About Taylor Swift Shading Katy Perry

Note to celebrities everywhere: do not say shady things in front of Andy Cohen. He will write about it in his book and you will become a walking “Plead the Fifth” game for the rest of eternity. 

In his new book Superficial: More Adventures from the Andy Cohen Diaries, the late-night host spills all the tea about the rumored feud between Taylor Swift and Katy Perry, i.e. current the Hatfields and McCoys of pop music. 

Cohen apparently had the gall to approach Swift on her own turf at this year’s Met Gala, where Perry was also in attendance. When Cohen spotted Katy across the room, he encouraged the “1989” singer to sit down next to her frenemy and work things out. And he lived to tell the tale. 

“Why I felt I needed to get involved I will never know (maybe I was auditioning for her squad?) but I innocently said exactly the wrong thing to her, which was, ‘Your friend Katy is sitting in the corner and there’s plenty of room around her,’” he wrote, according to Entertainment Tonight

Swift has apparently been furiously studying the doctrine of Mariah Carey and replied, “Katy who?”

“I said, ‘Perry,’ at which point she clearly let me know that she’s the exact opposite of her friend,” Cohen continued.

According to the “Watch What Happens Live” host, Taylor asked him not to relay this delightful exchange to the millions of people watching his show ― neither Perry or Swift have ever been guests ― but she didn’t mention anything about including it in his book.

So without further ado … 

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Andy Comer Joins Tommy Bahama in Creative Post

Andy Comer, whose fashion industry career includes Gilt Groupe, GQ and Nordstrom, has joined Tommy Bahama as vice president of creative services.
Comer, who will report to Rob Goldberg, executive vice president of marketing for the brand, will be based in the company’s Seattle headquarters.
Goldberg said Comer’s “diverse background of digital, media and retailing with some of the world’s most iconic brands fits nicely with Tommy Bahama’s long-term plans and initiatives. Andy’s keen sense of the marketplace, coupled with his original style, will undoubtedly help him be successful in this role. A lifestyle brand with the kind of depth and breadth that Tommy Bahama enjoys takes unique creative skills to manage and we couldn’t be more pleased to have Andy join our team.”
Comer will be responsible for the development of Tommy Bahama’s creative brand strategies, visuals and messaging for all channels including men’s and women’s wholesale, retail, e-commerce, licensing and restaurants. Mr. Comer will also oversee seasonal photo shoots, store design, media campaigns and direct-to-consumer materials to ensure a consistent message across all platforms.
Comer said he will strive to create “a cohesive and compelling guest experience. This will mean evolving the look, tone, and feel of Tommy Bahama’s communications and aligning

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Memoir completed shortly before Andy Fraser’s death now published in tribute to the late musical talent
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Andy Hilfiger, Bethel Woods Center Team Up for Fashion Fundraising

WOODSTOCK REVISITED: Andy Hilfiger has teamed up with Bethel Woods Center for the Arts for a fundraising and fashion event. He will stage Festival Fashion: Bellbottoms and Butterfly Wings, a runway show featuring festival-inspired clothing from his personal collection. It will be held in the Event Gallery at Bethel Woods on April 25. The show will highlight looks from iconic Sixties ensembles to contemporary electronic music festival designs.

“Over my four decades in music and fashion, I have styled everyone from The Ramones to ZZ Top, Kid Rock to Michael Jackson, and collected countless vintage looks, including pieces worn by some of the world’s biggest stars,” said Hilfiger. “This exhibition is an opportunity to share my collection with the world, in a place that continues to influence fashion in ways that designers can only dream of.”

The evening, which costs $ 50, includes music, light fare, beer and wine, and culminates with a fashion show. All proceeds from the event will benefit Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. Bethel Woods is located on the site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival, which is home to Mysteryland, the U.S. version of the world’s longest running electronic music festival.

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Andy Cohen Jokes That Ryan Seacrest Had Former ‘American Idol’ Co-Host Brian Dunkleman Killed

On Thursday night’s episode of “Watch What Happens Live,” host Andy Cohen was trying to get Kelly Clarkson to Plead The Fifth when he joked:

“Kelly easily withstood the pressure-cooker that was ‘American Idol,’ before Ryan Seacrest had co-host Brian Dunkleman killed.”

Co-host? Dunkleman? We had to access the parts of our brains reserved for useless pop culture knowledge to vaguely recall that, oh yeah, there was another guy who held a microphone and used to stand on stage next to Seacrest during Season 1 of “American Idol.”

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That guy was Brian Dunkleman. He is alive and “still doing stuff,” as BuzzFeed put it last year.

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Raggedy Ann and Andy Stories: Paperback: SMK Books: 9781617205095: 26 Dec 2011: When my mother made Raggedy Ann for me, Bessie’s mother made a rag doll for her, for we two always played together. Bessie’s doll was given the name of Raggedy Andy, and one of the two dolls was named after the other, so that their names would sound alike. They had faces just alike, I do not remember just how Raggedy Andy was dressed, but I know he often wore dresses over his boy clothes when Bessie and I d.

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This is an original offset lithograph created and designed by Andy Warhol for an exhibition held at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. The poster is plate signed Andy Warhol in white ink.“Self Portrait“ measures 33.5??? x 34???, with an image size of 33.5??? x 34???. This stunning piece is an original 1986 poster by Warhol, not a reproduction. Original posters have become highly sought-after by collectors of contemporary prints and fine artworks. From an edition of 300.Unsigned and not numbered. Near mint condition, very light signs of handling. Limited quantity; comes with a certificate of authenticity. Ships rolled.Ships in 3 – 5 days.
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Raggedy Ann and Andy continue to be among the most treasured of all dolls. Children everywhere have fallen in love with these rag dolls and cherished them through adulthood. And avid collectors are found around the world. With 525 color photographs, this newly revised guide to Raggedy Ann and Andy collectibles documents the dolls themselves, as well as the books and other products that Johnny Gruelle’s lovable creatures have inspired. For collectors this is a delightful and useful addition to their libraries. This guide includes historical and pricing information for the collector, and plenty of photographs for those who simply enjoy the doll’s timeless appeal. Raggedy Ann and Andy will be a welcome addition to those who cherish their Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy dolls…young and old, children and collectors alike.

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Bring On the Night: The Photography of Andy Summers

In 1958, Andy Summers took a bus across his seaside hometown of Bournemouth, England, grasping a guitar without a case. He was heading off to play with a dance band in a local hotel, and several people on the bus asked him how he was getting along with his banjo.

Only two years earlier, his uncle Jim had given him a broken guitar with a missing string, and ignited a spark. Piano lessons were forgotten. A man named Cloudy donated the missing string. Jazz influences turned round on his vinyl record player and in his mind. And Andy Summers tasted the power of sound from which there was no turning back.

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The artist must find his instrument, to express that which is inside of him. Yet long before the instrument, there is the drive inside. The instrument is the tool of transformation from an internal emotion to the external symbolic expression of that emotion, which we experience as art. And art, in turn, elicits emotion. There is an alchemical process at the root of all art, an emotion fueling creation.

In the days of his newfound obsession with music, there was also something larger happening inside Andy Summers: the seeds of an awareness were growing in his psyche, the awareness of the power of art. He spent his time between hotel gigs, going to the Continental Theater to see the latest black and white films of Frederico Fellini, Francois Truffaut, Jean-Pierre Melville and the French New Wave cinema. Sitting in the dark, in the flickering projection, the images embedded deeply in Andy Summers, and the power of art took hold.

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Fast forward. The rise of The Police. Andy Summers found himself surrounded by photographers, the center of the world’s attention; subject and object of the camera, he became the living element in an evolving story being told.

Summers turned his eye back on that which was watching him. The artist in him took the experience of all that this big life entailed and filtered it into a new creation. He lived it, processed it and returned it into the world through artistic interpretation.

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With a Nikon FE in hand, Andy Summers returned to those early day influences, inspired by French cinema and black and white films. Through photography, he began to witness the witnessing, as a mirror reflection. It was a way to own himself again, to explore that which others were seeing, explore the myth from the inside, and he captured himself and the band in a way the other cameras never could.

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His early sensibility connected with Man Ray and the Surrealists, and also Diane Arbus, William Klein, Lee Friedlander and Ralph Gibson. Inspired by their images he developed a vocabulary, developing an ability and strength while moving into his own practice.

He began to improvise with his camera, much like improvising on his guitar. It was a power and a muscle he had already developed through music. He had his tool in his hand, now the camera, and went out to see if he could make something with it. He would get in the zone, not thinking, but playing, reacting to his environment, like reacting to and improvising with the players in the band. A lifetime of the experience went into finding the raw in situations.

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Parody and commentary of life on the road infused many of his images. He reflected playfulness and humor, and also alienation and disjointedness through the surreal. The images go far beyond the documentary capture of the experience of life on the road, also capturing the existential state of the band and the role of the musician as a traveling performer.

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Andy Summers shot the fans, he shot the stadiums, the drivers, the hotel rooms, the groupies, the waiters, the band, and he shot himself. He experimented with different kinds of film, lenses, angles and composition. He began to feel a connection to photography, much like he felt about music. He went out at night after night, after a concert, roaming the streets with his camera. He went hunting for photographs in the night time streets of LA, Tokyo, London, Bali, Nepal, Maucau, or wherever the tour took the band.

He took pictures, like running scales on the guitar. He engaged the mind and the eye, pressing the button, sometimes on insignificant images, just to start somewhere. From his practice in music, he wasn’t afraid of it. Andy Summers feels that as an artist you can’t feel that fear, you can’t freeze, you have to stay fluid. As Andy puts it, just go “do some shit.”

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Andy Summers plays every day, warming up the hands to practice, to keep it up. There’s a necessary physicality to maintaining the hands in fine condition, which applies to the creative mind. He always kept a recording device at hand, to capture an idea, a great lick, a little phrase, to record it and store it digitally to go back to later. Similarly he kept a book into which wrote ideas for photographic shots — “hand with hammer, gun at head, body in corridor, shark on foot” — images that he planned to take while on the road. Like running scales, he trained his eye to see the moment, and to bring images into creation out of imagining.

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There is something about the anonymity of the hotel room, the sterility and uniformity, devoid of the ordinary imperfection of a home, which is both relief and oppression. Within that concept of uniformity, the element that breaks the order becomes the message. A scuba diver in the tub is a lone hero on a daring quest. A shark attack disturbs the false sense of security of the plush polyester shag roll of the wall-to-wall carpeting in the hotel suite.

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The hotel is anonymous, replaceable comfort. Temporary. Transitory. The order must be broken. Perhaps it is the perfection of the hotel room that draws an unconscious desire to disturb the artificial order. And it’s nearly a tradition in rock and roll.

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With music there is a smooth dialog. Inspiration comes from the gifted playing of the other players. It’s different with photography. “It’s you and the world at large. Reacting to it. Looking for it. If I go out on the street, I’m looking, I’m hunting. Seeing what comes up. It could be a shape. A movement,” Andy Summers told me when we met to talk about his photography.

He told me he went from the Nikon to using the Leica M6, in part for its compact size and stealthy appearance. Shooting candid shots in Africa or China required having the ability to get close, and taking a lot of chances. Andy Summers has always been fascinated by other musical formats and performers. One of this favorite photographic subjects was a Naxi Orchestra, which plays an ancient Chinese musical form that dates back to before the Mongolian conquest. The musicians in the orchestra were mostly in their 80s and 90s, and they welcomed his camera.

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“There’s a reacting to the audience on stage, an exchange of energy. The audience gives energy back to the band, and it makes you play better. You go for it. With photography in a sense the scene is passive. You might see a striking corner on a building. And you react to it. Then you pull your own energy out,” says Andy Summers.

At the end of concerts with The Police, Andy Summers took a bow with his Leica in hand, and snapped several shots walking off stage. Seeing the camera, fans would go even more wild.

“It was like being subject and object. On stage and off. The fishbowl experience. Fans are screaming at you. And they get excited if you take their picture. For a photographer it’s a privilege to capture those shots. Excited people don’t get offended.”

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One day on tour in Arizona, in 1979, The Police were playing a club venue in Phoenix. The band had run a few songs and completed their sound check. There were hours to kill before the show. This was the time when Andy usually went hunting.

As they heading back to the dressing room, Andy Summers found a leg lying in a hallway; a random leg. Andy picked it up and took it with him to the dressing room and looked at the leg, thinking about what he could shoot with it. He spent hours before the show taking pictures with the leg, in every possible scenario. One might think that with a performance ahead, he would want to rest. It is extraordinary, and the mark of a true artist, that he would use all of his available time to create more art.

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Art is inside the artist and finds its expression through the instrument. The guitar. The camera. For Andy Summers they were the instruments without words. The artist brings out what is inside to give others the chance to reflect and re-experience what they already know, only now they know it in a new way.

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Andy Summers still tours and travels the world, now with his Leica Monochrome and his guitar. He has published several books of photography: I’ll Be Watching You: Inside the Police, Desirer Walks the Streets, and Throb. A documentary film based on his autobiography, One Train Later, is being released this summer by Cinema Libre. The film is titled Can’t Stand Losing You. His photographic works have been shown in galleries around the world. Most recently he exhibited his show Del Mondo at the Leica Gallery in Los Angeles.

Besides continuing his photographic practice, Andy Summers also has a new band, Circa Zero, with collaborator Rob Giles. A CD is being released March 25th on 429 Records, with a tour to follow.

The artistic impulse is ongoing in Andy Summers, and we have much to look forward to, following this artist’s drive to create, to express, with his many instruments.

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All images are courtesy of Andy Summers.
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Andy Kaufman Is Alive, Says His Brother

Andy Kaufman faked his death, says the legendary comic’s brother.

According to reports, Kaufman’s brother brought down the house at last week’s Andy Kaufman Awards show with a winding tale involving a letter, a favorite restaurant, and this conclusion: Kaufman is alive. And the prankster has a daughter, apparently, who also took the stage, and may or may not be a theater student.

Kaufman is known to have one daughter, Maria Colonna, an occupational therapist living in upstate New York, who occasionally breaks from her life to consult on stories about the mystery of her dad.

But Colonna appears not to have been involved in this latest stunt. The girl who joined Kaufman’s brother onstage also reportedly claimed to be 24 years old. If true, that places her birth date after Kaufman’s official death date. The funnyman is said to have succumbed to lung cancer at Cedars Sinai hospital, on May 16, 1984.

It’s a good time to read HuffPost’s profile of the highest-trafficked Kaufman conspiracy site on the web. Our investigation this summer led us down a rabbit hole constructed by one man who claims to know an awful lot about Kaufman. That includes his whereabouts, tracked down (supposedly) to Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Of course, where Kaufman goes, smoke and mirrors follow. But this new theory sounds enough like the one we heard back in May that we’re scratching our heads a bit. Let us know if we’re the only ones.
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