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The New York Times Distributes Blank Pages For The Book Thief Advertisement

The New York Times Distributes Blank Pages For The Book Thief Advertisement

If you picked up a copy of The New York Times today, you probably noticed that pages nine and ten are completely blank, save for a URL at the very bottom. Before you wonder if Banksy got ahold of the famous paper for today's New York takeover art piece, it wasn't him and it wasn't a mistake — it's actually a pretty fantastic ad for 20th Century Fox's upcoming adaptation of Markus Zusak's novel, The Book Thief.

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The Book Thief takes place in WWII Nazi Germany and tells the story of a young girl who steals saves books from war-torn areas to give them out to other people. The ad (which is blank except for the film's URL at the bottom, WordsAreLife.com) was designed to help one imagine a world without the freeing power of words. According to Deadline, the newspaper says that it is the first time they have run "two consecutive, seemingly blank, back-to-back pages in the A (Main News) section." With such an interesting approach to advertising, which is often reliant on carefully selected text, we will have to wait until the November 15 release date to see if the film can live up to it.

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  • The painting of the former 'Golden Girl' was called sexist and misogynistic when first unveiled in the early 90s
  • Christie's had hoped the painting might sell for as much as $2.5m in auction
  • Bea Arthur died of cancer in 2009 aged 86

Published: 17:02 BST, 16 May 2013 | Updated: 19:30 BST, 16 May 2013

A topless painting of the late actress Bea Arthur - famous for her role as Dorothy in the TV show ‘Golden Girls’ – sold for nearly $2 million at a Christie’s auction in New York on Wednesday night.

Controversial artist John Currin painted ‘Bea Arthur Naked’ in 1991, it features the elderly star wearing a blank expression and sagging breasts.

Arthur never actually sat for Currin, who derived the work from a photograph of the actress with her clothes on.

Sexist or empowering? John Curran's 1991 painting 'Bea Arthur Naked' has fetched $1.9m at auction

The oil on canvas painting was purchased by an anonymous phone bidder for $1.9 million.

There had been expectations the painting might fetch as much as $2.5 million in the post-war and contemporary art sale at Christie's.


  • The painting of the former 'Golden Girl' was called sexist and misogynistic when first unveiled in the early 90s
  • Christie's had hoped the painting might sell for as much as $2.5m in auction
  • Bea Arthur died of cancer in 2009 aged 86

Published: 17:02 BST, 16 May 2013 | Updated: 19:30 BST, 16 May 2013

A topless painting of the late actress Bea Arthur - famous for her role as Dorothy in the TV show ‘Golden Girls’ – sold for nearly $2 million at a Christie’s auction in New York on Wednesday night.

Controversial artist John Currin painted ‘Bea Arthur Naked’ in 1991, it features the elderly star wearing a blank expression and sagging breasts.

Arthur never actually sat for Currin, who derived the work from a photograph of the actress with her clothes on.

Sexist or empowering? John Curran's 1991 painting 'Bea Arthur Naked' has fetched $1.9m at auction

The oil on canvas painting was purchased by an anonymous phone bidder for $1.9 million.

There had been expectations the painting might fetch as much as $2.5 million in the post-war and contemporary art sale at Christie's.


  • The painting of the former 'Golden Girl' was called sexist and misogynistic when first unveiled in the early 90s
  • Christie's had hoped the painting might sell for as much as $2.5m in auction
  • Bea Arthur died of cancer in 2009 aged 86

Published: 17:02 BST, 16 May 2013 | Updated: 19:30 BST, 16 May 2013

A topless painting of the late actress Bea Arthur - famous for her role as Dorothy in the TV show ‘Golden Girls’ – sold for nearly $2 million at a Christie’s auction in New York on Wednesday night.

Controversial artist John Currin painted ‘Bea Arthur Naked’ in 1991, it features the elderly star wearing a blank expression and sagging breasts.

Arthur never actually sat for Currin, who derived the work from a photograph of the actress with her clothes on.

Sexist or empowering? John Curran's 1991 painting 'Bea Arthur Naked' has fetched $1.9m at auction

The oil on canvas painting was purchased by an anonymous phone bidder for $1.9 million.

There had been expectations the painting might fetch as much as $2.5 million in the post-war and contemporary art sale at Christie's.


  • The painting of the former 'Golden Girl' was called sexist and misogynistic when first unveiled in the early 90s
  • Christie's had hoped the painting might sell for as much as $2.5m in auction
  • Bea Arthur died of cancer in 2009 aged 86

Published: 17:02 BST, 16 May 2013 | Updated: 19:30 BST, 16 May 2013

A topless painting of the late actress Bea Arthur - famous for her role as Dorothy in the TV show ‘Golden Girls’ – sold for nearly $2 million at a Christie’s auction in New York on Wednesday night.

Controversial artist John Currin painted ‘Bea Arthur Naked’ in 1991, it features the elderly star wearing a blank expression and sagging breasts.

Arthur never actually sat for Currin, who derived the work from a photograph of the actress with her clothes on.

Sexist or empowering? John Curran's 1991 painting 'Bea Arthur Naked' has fetched $1.9m at auction

The oil on canvas painting was purchased by an anonymous phone bidder for $1.9 million.

There had been expectations the painting might fetch as much as $2.5 million in the post-war and contemporary art sale at Christie's.


  • The painting of the former 'Golden Girl' was called sexist and misogynistic when first unveiled in the early 90s
  • Christie's had hoped the painting might sell for as much as $2.5m in auction
  • Bea Arthur died of cancer in 2009 aged 86

Published: 17:02 BST, 16 May 2013 | Updated: 19:30 BST, 16 May 2013

A topless painting of the late actress Bea Arthur - famous for her role as Dorothy in the TV show ‘Golden Girls’ – sold for nearly $2 million at a Christie’s auction in New York on Wednesday night.

Controversial artist John Currin painted ‘Bea Arthur Naked’ in 1991, it features the elderly star wearing a blank expression and sagging breasts.

Arthur never actually sat for Currin, who derived the work from a photograph of the actress with her clothes on.

Sexist or empowering? John Curran's 1991 painting 'Bea Arthur Naked' has fetched $1.9m at auction

The oil on canvas painting was purchased by an anonymous phone bidder for $1.9 million.

There had been expectations the painting might fetch as much as $2.5 million in the post-war and contemporary art sale at Christie's.


  • The painting of the former 'Golden Girl' was called sexist and misogynistic when first unveiled in the early 90s
  • Christie's had hoped the painting might sell for as much as $2.5m in auction
  • Bea Arthur died of cancer in 2009 aged 86

Published: 17:02 BST, 16 May 2013 | Updated: 19:30 BST, 16 May 2013

A topless painting of the late actress Bea Arthur - famous for her role as Dorothy in the TV show ‘Golden Girls’ – sold for nearly $2 million at a Christie’s auction in New York on Wednesday night.

Controversial artist John Currin painted ‘Bea Arthur Naked’ in 1991, it features the elderly star wearing a blank expression and sagging breasts.

Arthur never actually sat for Currin, who derived the work from a photograph of the actress with her clothes on.

Sexist or empowering? John Curran's 1991 painting 'Bea Arthur Naked' has fetched $1.9m at auction

The oil on canvas painting was purchased by an anonymous phone bidder for $1.9 million.

There had been expectations the painting might fetch as much as $2.5 million in the post-war and contemporary art sale at Christie's.


  • The painting of the former 'Golden Girl' was called sexist and misogynistic when first unveiled in the early 90s
  • Christie's had hoped the painting might sell for as much as $2.5m in auction
  • Bea Arthur died of cancer in 2009 aged 86

Published: 17:02 BST, 16 May 2013 | Updated: 19:30 BST, 16 May 2013

A topless painting of the late actress Bea Arthur - famous for her role as Dorothy in the TV show ‘Golden Girls’ – sold for nearly $2 million at a Christie’s auction in New York on Wednesday night.

Controversial artist John Currin painted ‘Bea Arthur Naked’ in 1991, it features the elderly star wearing a blank expression and sagging breasts.

Arthur never actually sat for Currin, who derived the work from a photograph of the actress with her clothes on.

Sexist or empowering? John Curran's 1991 painting 'Bea Arthur Naked' has fetched $1.9m at auction

The oil on canvas painting was purchased by an anonymous phone bidder for $1.9 million.

There had been expectations the painting might fetch as much as $2.5 million in the post-war and contemporary art sale at Christie's.


  • The painting of the former 'Golden Girl' was called sexist and misogynistic when first unveiled in the early 90s
  • Christie's had hoped the painting might sell for as much as $2.5m in auction
  • Bea Arthur died of cancer in 2009 aged 86

Published: 17:02 BST, 16 May 2013 | Updated: 19:30 BST, 16 May 2013

A topless painting of the late actress Bea Arthur - famous for her role as Dorothy in the TV show ‘Golden Girls’ – sold for nearly $2 million at a Christie’s auction in New York on Wednesday night.

Controversial artist John Currin painted ‘Bea Arthur Naked’ in 1991, it features the elderly star wearing a blank expression and sagging breasts.

Arthur never actually sat for Currin, who derived the work from a photograph of the actress with her clothes on.

Sexist or empowering? John Curran's 1991 painting 'Bea Arthur Naked' has fetched $1.9m at auction

The oil on canvas painting was purchased by an anonymous phone bidder for $1.9 million.

There had been expectations the painting might fetch as much as $2.5 million in the post-war and contemporary art sale at Christie's.


  • The painting of the former 'Golden Girl' was called sexist and misogynistic when first unveiled in the early 90s
  • Christie's had hoped the painting might sell for as much as $2.5m in auction
  • Bea Arthur died of cancer in 2009 aged 86

Published: 17:02 BST, 16 May 2013 | Updated: 19:30 BST, 16 May 2013

A topless painting of the late actress Bea Arthur - famous for her role as Dorothy in the TV show ‘Golden Girls’ – sold for nearly $2 million at a Christie’s auction in New York on Wednesday night.

Controversial artist John Currin painted ‘Bea Arthur Naked’ in 1991, it features the elderly star wearing a blank expression and sagging breasts.

Arthur never actually sat for Currin, who derived the work from a photograph of the actress with her clothes on.

Sexist or empowering? John Curran's 1991 painting 'Bea Arthur Naked' has fetched $1.9m at auction

The oil on canvas painting was purchased by an anonymous phone bidder for $1.9 million.

There had been expectations the painting might fetch as much as $2.5 million in the post-war and contemporary art sale at Christie's.


  • The painting of the former 'Golden Girl' was called sexist and misogynistic when first unveiled in the early 90s
  • Christie's had hoped the painting might sell for as much as $2.5m in auction
  • Bea Arthur died of cancer in 2009 aged 86

Published: 17:02 BST, 16 May 2013 | Updated: 19:30 BST, 16 May 2013

A topless painting of the late actress Bea Arthur - famous for her role as Dorothy in the TV show ‘Golden Girls’ – sold for nearly $2 million at a Christie’s auction in New York on Wednesday night.

Controversial artist John Currin painted ‘Bea Arthur Naked’ in 1991, it features the elderly star wearing a blank expression and sagging breasts.

Arthur never actually sat for Currin, who derived the work from a photograph of the actress with her clothes on.

Sexist or empowering? John Curran's 1991 painting 'Bea Arthur Naked' has fetched $1.9m at auction

The oil on canvas painting was purchased by an anonymous phone bidder for $1.9 million.

There had been expectations the painting might fetch as much as $2.5 million in the post-war and contemporary art sale at Christie's.


Watch the video: The Book Thief. Anatomy of a Scene w. Director Brian Percival. The New York Times (November 2021).