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Viggo-Works Art Community's Zazzle Shops and Poster Sale

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Because Zazzle is having a Memorial Sale this weekend you'll be able to purchase posters from a handful of Art Community members shops at 50% off retail pricing. This is a huge sale and the quality of our members work plus the excellent quality of Zazzle's printing and paper services makes this a really big deal. At these savings it may be worth you looking into the matting and framing service Zazzle has to offer. It's a top notch service and worth a look.

Here's how it works;

When you purchase posters in any of the Art Community members shops below, upon check out you must use the coupon code MEMORIALSALE to receive the discount. This sale continues until June 1st and you must use the links below. The sale is only available through Zazzle.com (the US site). The full disclosure is at the end of this post.

To enter the Art Community members store where you can view their posters just click on their store banners below. Several of our members have more than one page listing for posters so be sure to view them all.

Now's the time to collect the art work of our members. Zazzle doesn't always give away their service at such a low cost.

* A few stores have more than one page of posters offered. Be sure to see all the work by using the page navigator at the bottom of their page. *

Lasgalen Arts has 130 posters

Gaia Designs has 21 posters

* NEW * Evergreen Wood has 4 posters

Rabbit Ridge Art has 21 posters[/url]

No Clock Thing has 14 posters[/url]

Airwin Art & Design has 28 posters

Photos & Art from Colette has 21 posters

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Viggo Mortensen: "I put the alfajores aside"

Translation by Ollie, Rio, Sage and Zooey
Source: Clairin
Many thanks to Ollie, Sage and Zooey (with assistance from Rio) for translating the recent Viggo interview that appeared in Clarín.
Image Macall Polay.
© 2929/Dimension Films/MGM.
As if he chose the most tormented characters among the twisted ones he´s offered, Viggo Mortensen agreed to play the Father in the adaptation of Cormac McCarthy´s The Road. He and his son roam through devastated lands and confront dangers in the form of other starving human beings in the film which is announced for the end of the month.

Mortensen talked to Clarín on the phone, identifying as he usually does with his role.

You filmed in terrible, complicated circumstances. How did it go?

Obviously to be truthful to the novel it was not enough to film in devastated settings, places where the environment had been destroyed by men or natural circumstances, be that earthquakes or hurricanes; we also went to New Orleans, we coexisted with landscapes and every day we had the ghosts of injured or dead people. We hadn´t taken this into account, to make an emotional journey at the same level of what was surrounding us.

But in the film you look thinner.

I ate much less; I put the alfajores [sweet pastries covered in chocolate] to the side (laughs). Superficially I had to slim down quite a lot. Kodi (Smit-McPhee) was an Australian, had never seen snow in his life; he was so sensible that the first day he said to me, " 'I´m freezing...' But I was thinking that we already had enough to do, dealing with the story, without thinking about complaining because we were cold, that up to a certain point it's OK, right? He did not complain more than a normal amount, and kept going.

It was also a challenge to play a such a taciturn character. Film is a visual medium; I have been fortunate to begin my career with small roles: often they give you few words and you get used to finding a way to express yourself. Anyway, in my opinion a good performance is a matter of reacting to what happens, or what they say to you, not necessarily with words.

It's not the first time you've had a character like that.

Exactly, in Eastern Promises and in many films that I've made. Also, in the way they filmed The Lord of the Rings, my character (Aragorn) did not speak as much as in the book. What you see, what the character feels is reaction without words. It's not a problem; a lot of times it's problematic to have to speak much in films because they don't write good scripts and that nonsense can often be expressed in a few words. And in every script that I get even if it's with little dialogue, I always look for what I can do without words. Many times I've said to a director, "Look, I believe that I can do this with less dialogue." People are not stupid, they understand what's going on, and if you have a very good co-star like I had with Kodi, he expresses a lot without words. It's easy. But if you don't have a director that pays attention to the details, especially in the editing, you lose a lot.

Are you in the cutting room with your directors?

No. It interests me and I have learned a lot watching how what is done is portrayed on the screen; what remains of yourself, what doesn't. It's quite common that they spoil things, it's sad but true; there's a lack of talent, vision. But I don't get involved. If I'm ever a director, it will be different. There are actors who get into it or insist, whatever, but I think it's not my thing. The truth is that the more lasting memories, the beautiful things I remember in a shoot, are things that happened with the cast and crew, are often the rehearsals, or moments that were not used afterwards, things that are not going to be seen. Unique moments that only happen once and may not work in the context of the story that is going to be told.

When do you begin A Dangerous Method, the movie about Freud and Carl Jung, with David Cronenberg?

[B]I begin filming at the end of May. I was fortunate that he offered it to me when the actor who was to play it (Christopher Waltz, from Inglorious Basterds) left and decided he would do a, let´s say, bigger thing (he means Water for Elephants, with Robert Pattinson). So, well, his decision was my luck, because I obviously like filming with Cronenberg. And also it´s a role that is not on screen all the time, so I can get away from time to time to take care of my family and my other things.

How are you going to work out Freud? Are you reading books, studying psychoanalysis?

Yeah, I've read a ton, and I've already done some traveling. I've been to Freud's hometown, visited his old office in Vienna as well. I keep re-reading things I'd read before...The truth is that I thought I knew who Freud was - he underlines with his voice - but I realized having read this that I knew more about Jung's life, that I had a wrong impression, as I believe many people have about Freud, much more naïve.

What was that impression?

That he was very formal, that all of his ideas are obsolete, that Jung was right when there was the clash between them, and the truth is there was much more there. It's good to learn, always. Film helps you. Because sometimes I am a little lazy and this way I end up reading many things that otherwise I would not have read. It's interesting to read things that Freud wrote. He was a pioneer. There are things that he wrote and said that maybe were incorrect ; it wasn't always the right way to go, but on many of things he came up with, he continues to be right.

Are you undergoing psychoanalysis?


Have you at some time?

Yes, many years ago, for a brief period. I can't say I've had much experience with that. But a little bit...

Now you're going to have experience on the other side of the couch...

Yes! But it's not a film filled with scenes like that. It has a lot to do with Jung (Michael Fassbender from Hunger) and the patient, Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley) who suffers from mental anxiety and was a complicated person. A Russian woman who after more or less recovering, was an acquaintance of Freud and had a relationship with Jung that was, shall we say, not very correct. That did not seem right to Freud, and was part of the rift between them. I don't know, two big egos.

Before saying goodbye, Viggo informed us that in the winter he will be coming to present a book in a bilingual edition "with photos" and he's grateful for "the time you've devoted to me." It looks like he is still the gentleman who, in fiction, he portrayed in Tolkien's saga.

Pirated Copies and Choripanes

Viggo Peter Mortensen, a 51 year old Libra, is the son of a Danish farmer and a New Yorker. From the age of 2 till he was 11 he lived in Argentina and Venezuela, and when his parents separated he moved to New York with his mother and his two younger brothers. It is known that from his stay in Chaco and Buenos Aires,he became a San Lorenzo fan. "There was an incurable Red in the film crew, the cameraman Matías Mesa (who worked with Gus Van Sant and Gozález Iñárritu) who talked non-stop about Independiente, but who could not prevent Kodi (who played my son) from becoming a Cuervo.

Viggo has his own opinion about the pirated copies of the film that go round. The Basque, Javier Aguirresarobe, a great talent who has worked with Amenábar, did a tremendous job in The Road´s cinematography. "I understand, I know that because the premiere has been delayed so much there are fake copies. But if you don´t see it, at least once, in a good copy on the screen, you will miss a lot, because it´s an accomplished job, with a lot of detail," he says. And he has an anecdote "With Matías, we taught Kodi Spanish, with very porteño words - Kodi didn´t call him Matías, he called him `Che, Rojo,' and he drove the Basque crazy. And poor Javier, who was all the time praying, looking at the sky, because if the sun came up for a second we were fucked up, and Kodi says to him `Maestro, the sun is going...I want a choripán.' `But kid, I´m not the one who feeds people.' A true comedy."

In 2011, He is coming to film in Argentina.

You've been approached with scripts here in Argentina?

I've filmed in Spanish a couple of times in Spain, and yes, I'm going to be filming in Argentina in the coming year.

What can you tell us?

That the project is from a new director, Ana Piterbarg (assistant director of The Magic Gloves (Los guantes mágicos) and Goodbye Dear Moon (Adiós querida luna), a very good script that has won several awards. It's a small film but interesting. It will be filmed in the capital and also in Tigre.

Tentative title?

At the moment, it's called Everyone Has A Plan.


Finished with the interview, Mortensen - also a poet - read "a poem that I read not long ago that comes close to my character." It was Balada de Ausente by Onetti. It can be read at www.onetti.net/es/poemas/balada_de_ausente.

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Duellanti Scans

Source: Duellanti.
Found By: Mia
Categories: Scans
Many thanks to mia who has scanned this article from Italy for us.

Click on scans to enlarge.

© 2009 duellanti.

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"Life's too short and Viggo's too purdy." Design Contest

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"Life's too short and Viggo's too purdy." Design Challenge

I bet some of you remember who coined the phrase, "Life's too short and Viggo's too purdy."
For the birthday celebrations we thought we'd seek local talent and make this challenge a board event.

We'd love for those of you participating to be able to submit contributions and have members and non-members vote on their favorites.
Let's have some fun and celebrate!

Who can enter the challenge

* Anyone, registered or non-registered readers of Viggo-Works.com

What you have to know

* You must have a working knowledge of the sizing of images using pixels.

Why must you know these things?

* When we create a shirt, bumper sticker or tote bag the Zazzle templates require specific pixels sized images.
You need to be able to provide me with different sizes for different merchandise.
The more flexible you are with providing me sizes, the more merchandise we can apply your design to.

* [URL=http://zazzle.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/85]Here is the image size requirements for all Zazzle's merchandise.
* The bigger the better is being safe.

Challenge criteria

* NO images of Viggo can be used at all. This is Zazzle's rule not ours.

* A graphic design or an image must have "Life's too short and Viggo's too purdy." on it.

* Be creative. Use the cutting tool to create collages or different mediums to make your design unique.
After all, everyone will be voting for their favorite designs.

* Yes, you may enter more than one design but no more than 3.

* The design you submit must be your own work and no one else's.

* The staff are not exempt from this challenge.

* The image(s) must be clear.

* If participating, please read the User's Agreement and ask any question you may have about it the challenge information thread or e-mail directly at [email protected]
You will have to sign this to have any of your designs in the Market. Trust me...it's not a scary agreement.
Other members who have done so are plasska, colette hera and Cheyanne Angel to name a few.

When and how you start and specifics on how the contest will be run

Starting today I will accept your entries. The deadline for design submissions is Monday June 14, 2010.

Send your designs to me, Philipa via PM or e-mail (if using e-mail, please remember to include your username; [email protected]). The images can be no wider than 600 pixels wide to keep to our board requirements.

All entries will be posted in the challenge information thread, you will remain anonymous and I'll number your designs to keep track of them for when the poll is created.

A voting poll will emerge soon after the deadline and remain open for several weeks. The members and non-members will be able to choose several designs at once and we will use the top 3 to 5 for the Viggo-Works Market merchandise.

The winner of first place will receive one free merchandise item from the V-W Market! In an event of a tie the top voted for entries win.

We hope this makes for a fun challenge and one everyone can participate in.

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'The Road' Describes the Making of an Apocalypse

Source: Underwire
Take a quick peak at a special feature from Underwire on the DVD of The Road releasing tomorrow in North America.

Go here to view the special interview with Viggo.

© 2009 Condé Nast Digital.

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