Brad Pitt’s latest role is an unusual one: Furniture designer! The 48-year-old is teaming up with famed craftsman Frank Pollarofor a line of luxury home furnishings to be unveiled in New York on November 13th. The pieces include a 17-foot dining room table finished in 24K gold, and an epically huge bed.
Apparently Brad has been harboring secret carpentry ambitions for many years. “I’ve been doodling ideas for buildings and furniture since the early 1990s, when I first discovered [Charles Rennie] Mackintosh and Frank Lloyd Wright,” the actor toldArchitectural Digest. “Actually, I found Wright in college, when looking for a lazy two-point credit to get out of French. It forever changed my life.”
The duo hit it off when Frank was installing a custom commissioned desk in Brad’s home and caught a glimpse of his sketch book. “I asked him, ‘Why don’t we make some of this stuff real?’” Frank said. “Brad said he thought that could be fun.” But Brad is by no means the first celebrity who’s gone out of their comfort zone with a side project. Although some have succeeded more than others. Head on down to the gallery below to see a few of our favorites from over the years!
Some fathers know best, and other fathers know hookers. Some fathers play golf, and others play the field. Some dads mow the lawn, and others mow down mailboxes with their Mercedes while drinking and driving. Some fathers make plans to take their wives out for dinner, while others make plans to “take their wives out.” And then there are some dads who pretend they’re not dads at all! Think we’re kidding? We wish.
It’s safe to say that not all fathers know best. Just look at Michael Lohan, Jon Gosselin, Mel Gibson, and other guys we wouldn’t trust with a pair of scissors, not to mention a kid! So join us this Father’s Day while we count down the 15 worst pops of all, ranked by the standard unit of bad dads: the Michael Lohan. If your face is in the gallery below, you’re probably not getting a tie for Father’s Day this year.
While we were certainly impressed by how Joe Jackson made sure to use only his last name on his Michael Jackson-themed fragrance line, Bravado, the company with the rights to sell MJ’s trademark, wasn’t. Last week’s launch of “Parfum De Neverland” ground to a halt after Bravado filed suit against the superstar’s father, who coincidentally decided he wanted no contact with Julian Rouas, the sniffster behind the project. “I don’t like the way he does things,” explained Joe, shattering the last window of his glass house.
As far as the lawsuit against him, Joe’s unimpressed. “They can say whatever they want,” he told the AFP. “I am the father, he was my son and I can decide what to do on his behalf and in his honor. There are many interests around the legacy of my son, companies that want everything, but I have a foundation that allows me to launch projects with his name, the name of my son.” There’s no word when and if the stink will be released, and considering how many lawsuits Joe Jackson has floating around, we wouldn’t hold our breath.
Do you think Michael Jackson smelled like a “sparkling explosion of mandarin, lemon and bergamot essential oils from Italy with a few drops of baise rose wrapped in a woody heart of Canadian pine, supported with rose and jasmine of Grasse”? Well, his dad did! At least that appears to be the message of Jackson Tribute, the male side of Joe Jackson’s new fragrance line—Parfum De Neverland—which he just launched at Cannes. Don’t worry, ladies, Joe has a “musky…slightly vanilla” scent for you as well—Jackson Legend. You see, no one can stop Joe from putting the word “Jackson” on anything, since he put the word “Jackson” on Michael.
Parfum De Neverland appears to be a synergistic effort of sorts with Julian Rouas, who—according to his bio—once taught tennis to Prince Albert and Princess Stephanie of Monaco, before designing the scent “Sharon” By Sharon Stone in 1996 (does Joe find these people, or do these people find Joe?). Maybe, if these scents sell well, we can get one that captures the smell of desperation, the kind that drives an 82-year-old man to pimp out his dead son’s legacy like this.
Now that he no longer blames ex-wife Katherine for Michael Jackson‘s death (“she isn’t at fault,” he told PopEater), Papa Joe Jackson has found a new focus for his outrage, one with unsurprisingly big pockets. TMZ says the elder Jackson has filed a complaint against AEG Live, the company behind Michael’s planned This Is It concert series. According to the legal documents, the infamous Dr. Conrad Murray requested the company pay for a heart resuscitation machine and nurses for Michael before his untimely Propofol overdose. The company never came up with the goods, which Joe thinks they could have saved his estranged son’s life (of course, Michael could have easily purchased this goods for himself, but let’s not worry about that now).
Though he has yet to file for damages, one can safely assume these complaints are prelude for such an action. Jackson sued Murray for wrongful death last March, despite having no apparent legal claim to any losses, and even being left out of Michael’s will. Does Joe hope to be a fly in everyone’s ointment long enough to get a settlement? It’s hard to believe how else he’ll ever see a return on his legal fees.
According to Murray’s lawyer, Joe’s welcome to chase whatever cash Murray has left once the Trial Of The 21st Century is over (“[this suit is] like throwing a bucket of water on a man drowning in the ocean”). Considering that we’re talking about a father who charged fans $3,000 to watch This Is It with him, don’t think Joe won’t take whatever he can get.
Being left out of his estranged son’s will isn’t going to keep Joe Jackson for chasing his kid’s money. The notorious stage dad has filed papers against the estate of Michael Jackson, repeating claims that the singer’s current will is a fraud and that managers John Branca and John McClain should be replaced by…him! Though Branca and McClain’s lawyer says “these claims filed by Joe Jackson are so outrageous that they don’t deserve any response,” Joe’s lawyer says Dad can act as “an interested party who has the right to be an executor or personal representative.”
As noted earlier, if the will was found null and void, it’s more likely MJ’s will from 1997—which also excludes Joe—would be reinstated than that the court would hand Papa the keys to the safe. But all this legal wrangling could just be an attempt to push Branca and McClain to pay him a monthly stipend around $20,000, which he filed for last Friday. Maybe this is why he said Michael is “worth more dead than alive.”
It’s no secret that Joe Jackson is a big reason that his son Michael Jackson‘s childhood was so troubled. To say he was a disciplinarian would be putting it lightly, but it’s obvious even now that their relationship was unusual and Joe viewed his son as an entity and not so much as family. At the BET Awards last night, Joe made an appearance and spoke to CNN on the red carpet and it’s pretty safe to say Joe doesn’t mourn like most people. We take all of these quotes with a grain of salt because maybe he’s still in shock regarding Michael’s death, but there’s still something troubling about his responses in the interview.
When asked how he’s doing he says “I’m great! My family’s doing pretty good. . .Remember, we just lost the biggest star, superstar, in the world, it’s been tough.” Odd that he didn’t mention losing a son though. Later he had his attorney and another woman speak for him and then diverted conversation away from Michael and discussed a Blu-Ray venture with his business partner.
At the awards ceremony Janet Jackson showed some social grace at least, when she took the stage and made the following statement, “To you, Michael is an icon. To us, he is family. He will forever live in all of our hearts. On behalf of my family and myself, thank you for all of your love, thank you for all of your support. We miss him so much.”