For such a well-loved celebrity, surprisingly little is known about painter Bob Ross. Aside from a few details about his early life and his time with painting mentor Bill Alexander, Bob's iconic personality remains opaque. While not exactly a recluse, Bob simply wasn't asked for interviews very often, and the company that protects his intellectual property is also fiercely protective of his privacy, even after his death. Today I Found Out digs a little deeper into the man and shares a few personal stories to try and round out a portrait of the artist.
If you're going to ask Action Bronson about his glass collection, be sure you have the rest of the day free. Or week. Because Action has a huge collection of unique pieces — and he loves demonstrating them. VICE sat down with the rapper to talk about his pieces and get a few live demos.
Allen Iverson was known for his crossover and on-court style. But before he was in the NBA, he was just a kid idolizing HIs Airness. That's why even though the Hall of Famer has his own signature shoe, he still has a soft spot for a pair of Jordans. While shopping at Lapstone & Hammer in Philadelphia, The Answer talks about his first pair of sneakers, as wells as some of his personal favorites.
Michael Caine talks too much, Alan Arkin kind of speaks Russian and Morgan Freeman still thinks he's God. The three elder statesmen of acting take WIRED's Autocomplete interview, answering the most-searched questions about themselves — and no, Michael Caine doesn't do ballet.
Another young artist gone too soon. Fresh off his incredible performance as the Joker in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight, Heath Ledger was dead. His posthumous Oscar win for Best Supporting Actor felt like salt in the wound. But behind all that was person. Now, from the people who knew him and hundreds of hours of personal video, Ledger's story is being told. I Am Heath Ledger airs May 17, 2017 on Spike.
Googling your name can be hilarious — or completely terrifying. Now imagine searching your name when you're a famous actor. Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal sit down with the most popular web searches using their names and answer the questions themselves, instead of letting Google answer for them.
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The Internet, destroyer of public discourse and resonating echo chamber for any opinion, no matter how half-baked. Whereas at one time people might have been more likely to keep their opinions to themselves, the lack of any tangible repercussion for what is said on the internet means that people speak without thinking about what they're saying. The Guardian sits down with a few of the more vehement internet commentators, to find out what they're like without the relative anonymity and distance of the web to shield them.
He's spent nearly 20 years playing one of films' most iconic characters. Still don't recognize him? That's because Haruo Nakajima spent his entire career inside a giant lizard. Now 87-years-old, Nakajima recounts his time as Godzilla and how he brought the King of the Monsters to life.
He's the highest paid actor in Hollywood. He's People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive. And he has a workout that would make Maui blush. Dwayne Johnson lets the cameras roll as he smashes through a routine that would leave most mortals in traction.
Kabul, Afghanistan native Abbas Alizada has had a very unconventional life. Growing up under the Taliban, movies and music were banned, and could cost you your life. Abbas' love for martial arts was more than just a hobby — it was a way to protect his family if he ever needed to. Now, Abbas has turned his love into a film career that has made him an international star.
You Googled it, now Samuel L. Jackson is going to answer it. From his place of birth to his first movie, the Kong: Skull Island star sits down to respond to the web's most searched questions. He even gives out some free Star Wars scoop.
T-shirts are the Andy Warhol of the modern wardrobe: cheap, infinitely replaceable, and a mass-produced piece of art, depending on who you're asking. If you're asking Perry Shall, he would definitely agree with that last statement. Perry owns t-shirts by the hundreds and shared his epic collection with Super Deluxe.
Extreme spice can do crazy things to people. When you take someone who's already a little out there, it can make them downright delirious. Case in point: Russel Brand. During his Hot Ones challenge, the comic finds the path to enlightenment through a series of spicy vegan wings, which eventually leads him to an impromptu show tunes tribute to the show's superfan Brett Baker.
He was a professional athlete, movie star, and pitchman that seemed to have broken not just a color barrier, but barriers plural, by not talking about race. And when he went on trial for the stabbing of his ex-wife and her friend, the televised court proceedings were perfectly concocted for American consumption. America loves to watch their celebrities fall even more than making them, and the case of O.J. Simpson crystallized this so perfectly it couldn't have been scripted any better. But even more than the tawdry gawking at murder victims and a man whose life was coming apart live on TV, the O.J. trial held a mirror up to America and forced us to look at ourselves, revealing some very uncomfortable truths.
Brixton, in the south of London, is the birthplace of David Robert Jones, better known as David Bowie. After his passing in January 2016, the entire town became a memorial to the late musician, as residents and people the world over paid their respects and left mementos in his memory. Now Brixton wants to build a more permanent ode to their most famous resident: a three-story-tall depiction of Bowie's iconic lightning bolt from the 1973 album Aladdin Sane.
Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech stands as one of the greatest achievements of oration since Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. In the shadow of that same president, Dr. King delivered the words that broke open the floodgates to the civil rights reforms of the 1960s. Nerdwriter goes line-by-line-through Dr. King's speech, showing how the great mind composed one of the most memorable works in modern history.
Legendary oceanographer and explorer Jacques Cousteau is one of the most memorable personalities of the 20th century. He helped to invent the Aqua-Lung, predecessor to modern SCUBA equipment, brought diving to the masses, and was a renowned researcher, explorer, and conservationist. He also liked a glass of cognac after a hard day's diving. From Bill Murray's portrayal of Jacques in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou to a generation of American fans introduced to him by PBS, Mr. Cousteau made huge contributions to science and the public.
Cosplay king Adam Savage has a passion for creating authentic replica costumes and giant hairy Wookiees. Although he's already donned a Chewbacca costume in the past, he's never been too keen of his homemade bandolier strap. So in this one day build, the perfectionist Savage remakes the prop from scratch using some scrap metal and leather.
When an actor takes a role, who is really casting who? Typecasting is more complicated than always playing the villain, or the hero, or the average guy. Michael K. Williams asks himself if he's been typecast throughout his career — and isn't too sure of his answer.
Gordon Ramsay is known for his french cuisine and fiery personality. For this challenge, the fast-talking chef tries to keep his temper in check to guide an amateur cook through a crab cake recipe. The trick is, they can't see each other.
America: land of the free, home of the strange. Americans are good at lots of things, but nothing can beat our love of bizarre collections. Topping that list is the Jerry Maguire Video Store in Los Angeles. It's a store that doesn't sell anything and stocks only one product: Over 14,000 copies of Tom Cruise's 1996 film Jerry Maguire. The brainchild of the creators of Everything is Terrible!, the final goal of the project is to build a shining pyramid in the Nevada desert to house their collection for future generations.
Seth Rogen finally comes clean. High school in Canada, playing rugby, being a big guy, wearing two pairs of socks — nothing is off limits. Tyler, The Creator and Seth set down for a hilarious, wide-ranging interview that leaves little to the imagination.
Ricky Gervais is the only person who can turn setting your mouth ablaze into a stand-up comedy routine. While promoting his David Brent mockumentary Life on the Road, Gervais sit in the Hot Seat to talk about the Netflix movie, free speech, and his whacky bathtub selfies over a plate of vegan wings. Although the meat is animal friendly, the sauces aren't to kind to the comedian's mild British palate with scoville levels hitting 135,600.
When most people quit their jobs and sell off all their possessions, it's to spend their lives traveling the world, doing good works, or pursuing their lifelong dream. Steve Feltham did the latter. Steve bought a van and has lived alone on the shores of Loch Ness for 25 years, patiently waiting for some sign of the Loch's famous monster.
After eight years in the White House, Barack Obama is wasting no time taking advantage of retirement. The 44th president was't allowed to partake in water sports of any kind during his two terms, so his post-presidency order was head to the British Virgin Islands. After two days of practice on Richard Branson's private island, he took on the Virgin founder in a kitesurfing contest, and obviously dominated.
Richard Arvin Overton is 110 years old, still walks, still drives, and enjoys a cigar — but never inhales. He pays cash for whatever he buys, lives in the house he built in 1945, and hasn't bought a new car since the 70s. Of a morning, Richard has about four cups of coffee and maybe a sip of whiskey. He calls it the Overton diet. Richard is the oldest living veteran in America, having served in the South Pacific from 1942 to 1945. Filmmakers Matt Copper and Rocky Conly sat down with Richard to talk about longevity, what keeps him going, and his military service.
Somewhere, in Brampton, Ontario, Batman roams the night. More than just a weekend comic-con cosplay, this is as real as it gets. When this anonymous man dons the Batsuit and climbs in the Batmobile, he's out for justice. In this telling interview, a man explains why being Batman means much more than to him than a simple superhero.
The Fiordland National Park in New Zealand covers nearly 8,000 square miles, but is home to only a few dozen people. Warrick Mitchell is one of them. Warrick describes what it's like living in one of the most remote locations on Earth, and what it takes to get by living deep off the grid. But there's also a huge upside: he's living in one of the most beautiful places on the planet.