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PUNK ME TENDER ART SHOWING (LAST DAY) AT THE ROOSEVELT HOTEL IN HOLLYWOOD

Napoleon by Punk Me Tender

Very pleased to be hosting the last night of PUNK ME TENDER‘s art showing at the Roosevelt Hotel this upcoming Saturday January, 17, 2015 from 9-11pm. The cocktail & art showing will be hosted by Jameson Black Barrel and Pernod Absinthe. Teddy’s will be introducing their new cocktail hour and lounge vibe for those that want a nice meeting place to start off your Saturday night.

For reservations & a detailed list of the art pieces available (pricing), please email: info@mattsmiley.com.

Smiley Soda Pope Presents: Punk Me Tender Closing Art Event at Teddy's
Smiley Soda Pope Presents: Punk Me Tender Closing Art Event at Teddy’s

Following the art event, Rose Garcia and Good Boy will be hosting DJs RUBY SPARKS, GOOD BOY & a closing set by PUNK ME TENDER from 11pm-2am.

Teddy's at the Roosevelt Hotel
Rose Garcia & Good Boy Present: PUNK ME TENDER CLOSING PARTY at Teddy’s.

For bottle service and table reservations, please contact: (323) 466-7000. You can always email: info@mattsmiley.com and I’ll make arrangements for you.

 

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Tic Tac Night at the Writer’s Room in Hollywood

Tic Tac Night at the Writer's Room
Tic Tac Night at the Writer’s Room

I’m excited to host a fun night at the Writer’s Room, located in the back alley of Supperclub in Hollywood tonight with my good friend and excellent DJ, Discowhat. Come by, have drink, check out the Mr. Brainwash artwork on the walls and dance the night away. Get inspired to create and never forget to smiley.

For any sepcial requests or guest list rsvp, please email: info@smileysodapop.com

Have a wonderful weekend! Can’t wait to share my new artwork soon!

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ARTISTIC EXPRESSION: Dream, dream as big as you can. One day you’ll fall among the stars.

Faith Picozzi, Sophie Reeves & Lanchen Mihalic rocking out the photobooth at 9 Olives on Sunset Blvd.
Faith Picozzi, Sophie Reeves & Lanchen Mihalic rocking out the photobooth at 9 Olives on Sunset Blvd.

The Art show we held at 9 Olives Chaplin House on Sunset Blvd. was a great succes. I’m already looking forward to our next exhibit. It was a blessing to share the night with so many great friends.

If you didn’t get a chance to check out the show, Ace Norton and I’s pieces are still up at 9 Olives until the beginning of March, so be sure to book a reservation for dinner or drop by the bar late night for a relaxing drink.

My online store will also be launching this week. So be sure to check in for limited edition OK SMILEY hats, original artwork and prints for sale.

People are Gruesome by Ace Norton
People are Gruesome by Ace Norton

 

Hirsch Norton Smiley Art Show entrance at 9 Olives Chaplin House.
Hirsch Norton Smiley Art Show entrance at 9 Olives Chaplin House.
Absinthe by Matt Smiley (2011)
Absinthe by Matt Smiley (2011)
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HIRSCH NORTON SMILEY ART SHOW

Matt Smiley by Fausto Rivers at the Hirsch, Norton, Smiley Art Show.
Matt Smiley at the Hirsch, Norton, Smiley Art Show.
Ace Norton, Emile Hirsch, and Matt Smiley at the Hirsch / Norton / Smiley Art Show at 9 Olives on Sunset Blvd.
Ace Norton, Emile Hirsch, and Matt Smiley at the Hirsch / Norton / Smiley Art Show at 9 Olives on Sunset Blvd.
Matt Smiley levitating trick at Hirsch Norton Smiley Art Show
Matt Smiley levitating trick at Hirsch Norton Smiley Art Show
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Smiley’s 2012 Oscar Race Predictions

It’s almost Christmas, so I figured I’d leave my two cents about what films I enjoyed this year as everyone is rushing out to see films during the holidays. The Oscars this year should prove to be a great show. I’m thrilled that Seth MacFarlane will host the show. As long as he doesn’t get into some sort of public relations disaster like Brett Ratner last year, then we should be on course for some fun entertainment. MacFarlane brings old-school Hollywood class, with a heavy modern day punch.

Here’s the list:

“Silver Linings Playbook” Directed by David O. Russell tops the list of my favorite films of the year. Tackling the subject of mental health disorders, O. Russell and his cast churn out a charming film that will leave plenty for the viewers to think about when the curtain closes. Great performances by Cooper and Lawrence. She will most likely be nominated for an Oscar.

David O. Russell’s "Silver Linings Playbook" with Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence
David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook” with Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence

“Argo” Directed by Ben Affleck. This has been one of my favorite films of the year. I had the good fortune of watching this film at the Academy with a Q&A after with Ben Affleck and a few members of the cast. I’ve been very impressed with Affleck’s career as a director. All three of his films have scored above 90% in user approval reviews. “Gone Baby Gone” scored 94%, “The Town” 94% and “Argo” ranking in at 95%.

Ben Affleck in "Argo"
Ben Affleck in “Argo”

“Django Unchained” Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. I’m on the fence about this film, but not having it on my list this year would be a sin. Tarantino delivers a knock-out sucker punch late in the Oscar race with a heavy N-bombing script that is hugely entertaining. The performances in the film are fantastic, namely DiCaprio who may find himself in the running for a best-supporting actor nod. If you loved “Pulp Fiction” and “Inglorious Bastards”, you’re bound to love the “Django Unchained”.

There’s also some controversy surrounding this film. Already, Spike Lee, a director that I greatly admire has expressed publicly that he will not see Tarantino’s film out of respect for his ancestors. (see video below)

 

Leonardo DiCaprio in "Django Unchained"
Leonardo DiCaprio in “Django Unchained”

“Les Miserables” Directed by Tom Hooper. Starring Hugh Jackman. Jackman should be nominated for an Oscar this year alongside co-star Anne Hathaway who gives a brilliant performance. It’s one of the first industry screenings I’ve ever been to where people were weeping in the theater.

Hugh Jackman les Miserables
Hugh Jackman “les Miserables”

“Any Day Now” Directed by Travis Fine, starring Alan Cumming. This film was a huge surprise for me this year. I waited a while before making time to watch it and boy was I floored. It’s a beautifully sad story, but worth watching. Isaac Levya gives a great performance alongside Alan Cumming.

Garret Dillahunt, Isaac Leyva and Alan Cumming in "Any Day Now"
Garret Dillahunt, Isaac Leyva and Alan Cumming in “Any Day Now”

“Flight” Directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Denzel Washington. I’ve seen this movie three times already. While it would rank higher on my life, there was some stiff competition. Denzel is excellent in this film. There’s no question that he’s one of the best actors of our generation and he should be in the top rankings for the golden Oscar statue this year. John Goodman delivers a strong scene stealing performance in “Flight”. He was great in “Argo”, but the theater was roaring with laughter every time he graced the screen. Goodman is a master at work. If excessive booze, cocaine and girls are your thing, “Flight” will deliver, only, but ready for a lesson in life.

Denzel Washington in Flight.
Denzel Washington in Flight.

“Zero Dark Thirty” Directed by Kathryn Bigelow. Another film I’ve seen three times this year. Who wouldn’t want to watch what led to one of the greatest assassinations in modern history. Bigelow tackles a huge topic: the hunt for Osama Bin Ladin and delivers. She’s certainly one of the toughest directors working in the business at the moment. You’ve got to have strength to pick this topic and not pull your punches. I wouldn’t be surprised if this film wins the Oscar. Jessica Chastain gives a great performance.

"Zero Dark Thirty"
“Zero Dark Thirty”

“The Intouchables” Directed by Olivier Nakache won the hearts of the French and broke box office records in 2012, moving on to win 9 César Awards. The film is based on a true story of a paralyzed French aristocrat Philippe, played by Francois Cluzet who hires Driss, a charismatic young con artist brilliantly acted by Omar Sy. This is a great feel good film. Rennie Dyball of People.com lists five reasons to see the film in her article.

"The Untouchables"
“The Untouchables”

“West of Memphis” (documentary) Directed by Amy Berg is an amazing documentary. It is no surprise mega-successful filmmakers Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh are behind this project. Jackson was also personally responsible for taking care of the defense fees for the trial of Jason Baldwin, Jesse Misskelley Jr., and Damien Echols who were convicted of murder. With major advancements in DNA testing, there is an amazing twist to the story.

Now that I am in my final stages of editing my first documentary, this project was a great blueprint in master-storytelling. It comes out on Tuesday, so be sure to check it out. Also, be sure to read about how “West of Memphis” helped free The West Memphis Three:

http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2012/12/24/how-west-of-memphis-helped-free-the-west-memphis-three/

"West of Memphis"
“West of Memphis”

 

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100% of the proceeds from this James Dean piece will be donated to the Hurricane Sandy Relief

Please visit my Ebay store and support the Hurricane Sandy efforts. I will be donating a 100% of the proceeds (minus the shipping costs) to the Red Cross.

Source: r.ebay.com via Matt on Pinterest