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‘Murder for Hire’ Sneak Peek: Terry Thomas Learns His Wife Has a Hit on Him

Terry Thomas was ready to move forward with his life after his divorce from counselor Cynthia Guy was finalized in 2014. She, however, was not.

In Oxygen’s new true crime series Murder for Hire, the Wyoming native details the moment authorities arrived and told him she was after him.

“I was both confused and terrified at the same time,” he says in Us Weekly’s exclusive sneak peek of the premiere. “My jaw dropped. It was shock, terror, disbelief. Everything in one. At that point, he wanted to make sure that I disappeared and checked into a hotel.”

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However, Thomas still didn’t feel completely safe. “I brought a handgun with me just in case I was being watched and followed,” he adds. “It was just total suspense and fear. I was scared what might me hiding behind the next corner.”

Guy’s actions — including her trying to convince a patient (who then became a confidential informant for police) to kill her ex-husband — were caught on camera and led to her arrest.

The series, produced by Law & Order: SVU boss Dick Wolf, takes a look at the dark world of contract killings and reveals some of the scariest cases caught on camera.

“Some of the most horrifying crimes are crimes of passion and money, and we are the first to explore in depth the motives and tactics used in these ‘murders for hire,’” Wolf said in a statement. “Viewers will be stunned when they understand the lengths to which aggrieved parties go to get revenge.”

Murder for Hire premieres on Oxygen Sunday, April 7, at 7 p.m. ET.

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Cook, Thomas and Southgate honoured in UK New Year list

Britain has recognized its sporting stars in the Queen’s New Year’s honors list with a knighthood for cricketer Alastair Cook, and awards for Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas, England soccer boss Gareth Southgate and his captain Harry Kane.
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Starter For Ten: Benjamin Thomas Taylor answers our burning questions

Ahead of his artrepublic Kids Club session on 17th October, the Bristol-based artist talks painting by numbers and unicorn sounds.

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Did you know that Leonardo da Vinci taught his apprentices basic painting theory and techniques by numbering patterns on a canvas and designating a specific colour to each number? And did you also know that this was the basis for the original Paint-By-Number kits, which were developed in America in the 1950s? No, we didn’t either until we started thinking about the work of artrepublic artist Benjamin Thomas Taylor, which often references the retro paint kits, and went off on a slight tangent wondering where that whole learn-to-paint-without-technically-learning-to-paint thing began. (Thanks to Mental Floss for clearing that one up for us – we could have disappeared down an internet rabbit hole otherwise!) 

But back to the point we started at – the work of British artist Benjamin Thomas Taylor, who happens to be the guest host at artrepublic’s Kids Club session in the gallery this month. We weren’t sure what he had planned for the workshop, and we were overdue a chat with him, so we decided to ask him a few questions about his own art-school education, fantastical imagery (and imagination) as well as his role in this year’s Martlet’s Snail Trail, among other things.

We love the snail that you were commissioned to create for the Martlet’s Snail Trail – it sort of carries its environment on its back! Tell us little bit about how you created the design/ got involved with the project.

I used a previous painting as a template for the design. This helped me form a loose composition before painting colourful flowers and plants intuitively over the top. The title of the piece alludes to the hotel Matisse lived and worked in while creating his cut-out series.

You often use natural forms and landscapes in your work, but give them a highly coloured and slightly fantastical twist. Have you always been drawn to landscape painting? And are these based on specific places or is it all from your imagination?

I grew up surrounded by a very dramatic landscape in North Wales. It will always be a subject that fascinates me, mainly because of the sense of possibility I feel when I look at an expanse of space. The first proper painting I did when I was 13 was of a landscape. My art teacher used to take photographs in Snowdonia at the weekend and bring them in for me to paint in my art lessons. However these days my landscapes are created more from the imagination.

The blank/ uncoloured areas (that form the text) in your images create this idea of us not quite seeing the full picture. Do these sections in your work hold a particular significance or message? Or is it all really about highlighting the text?

The uncoloured areas are used to create a sense of possibility – a sense that the viewer could add their own colours to the work.

How do you choose the phrases that are picked out in your hyperreal landscapes?

They are often words or phrases that I’ve picked up on and I play with in my

mind. This process can take weeks, months or even years. They can come from anywhere and mean anything. I like the way artist Ed Ruscha describes his process of finding words: “Some words are found ready-made, some are from dreams, some come from newspapers,” Ruscha says. “I don’t stand in front of a blank canvas waiting for inspiration.” For example ‘What Sound Do Unicorns Make?’ arrived from reading an alphabet picture book with my young twin boys. On each page we’d replicate the noise each animal makes: D is for dog….whoof, E is for elephant…trump, U is for unicorn….ummmm what sound does a unicorn make?

I really like the word ‘Happiness’! It contains the word ‘pines’, which links to a lot of my imagery. Happiness is also a very subjective word. Everyone has their own idea of what happiness is?

Happiness by Benjamin Thomas Taylor


Did you know that Paint-by-numbers kits were originally inspired by an employee at a paint manufacturers, who discovered that Leonardo da Vinci taught apprentices the basics of painting using numbered patterns on a canvas? How does it feel to… follow in da Vinci’s footsteps?!

Like da Vinci, Jeff Koons uses the same process with his assistants. So in a way these masterpieces we see by both artists are actually just paint by numbers. This irony is important in my own pieces. Underneath the joyous, colourful, paint by numbers exterior I’m poking a bit of fun at pretentiousness.

We saw your attempt to get the public painting by numbers at the Art Yard Sale… based on the collective efforts there, would you say Paint-by-Numbers is actually quite difficult?

That was hilarious! I’m not sure people were really concentrating too much. It was a very hot, busy day.

When I paint in that style I really try to make each individual shape a really pleasing form. If I’m painting them on Photoshop I’ll often zoom in really close so you can’t see the overall image. It’s like being an abstract painter, working with just colour and form, which I love.

Off the back of that, what do you think is the best way to learn to paint?

There is no one way to learn to paint. I think the most important thing is dedication and that can only arise from an absolute love of wanting to make something. When I teach art students who haven’t done much painting before, I always start off by showing them how to mix colours and blend tones together. After that I ask them to look at artists who interest them to figure out and experiment with the techniques and processes they have used.

You taught fine art for eight years – what did you learn about your own practice and work during that time? (And why did you leave teaching behind?)

I taught Art in school for 8 years. Mostly in East London. It was an incredible experience. Obviously working with young people is hugely rewarding but for my own practice too. Having to figure out the most effective ways of teaching also helped me define and improve the most important parts of my own practice. I’ve left schools now but I’m still teaching. I now a lecture at a college a couple of days a week.

As you’re hosting the Kids Club this month, we have to ask who has been your best/ favourite teacher and why? (Can be any level of education/ or out of formal education. And doesn’t have to be art)

I’ve had lots of inspiring teachers in my life. The passionate ones are always the best! When I was at school I had a lot of problems with my reading and writing because of my dyslexia. When I started high school my English teacher was a man called Melvin Jones. He was an older teacher and sounded far too posh to be teaching in our school. It was almost as if he had been placed there from another world. He was so interesting and knowledgeable, he seemed to know everything. From someone who really struggled in English it soon became one of my favourite lessons.

My mum was having a clear out a few weeks ago and I found my old report from that year. In it he wrote “Even though Benjamin continues to make basic errors with his writing, he has a magical imagination”. He made me believe and see something in myself that I hadn’t seen before.

And, if you had the opportunity to learn from a master (alive or dead, contemporary or historical) who would it be and why?

I’d love to make a wood cut with Hokusai in 19th-century Japan, that would be interesting!

Taking your pieces as prompts:

Where do you wish you were?
I’ve often fantasised about stepping into one of my pictures and having a walk around. Probably ‘Reunited With Everything You’ve Ever Lost’ would be my favourite.

Happiness is…
Spending the whole day with my wife and twin boys

What sound does a unicorn make?
I’m really not sure, though it probably involves glitter!


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Kristin Scott Thomas, M.I.A., Naomi Campbell and Her Mom to Feature in Burberry’s Christmas Campaign 

THAT TIME OF YEAR: Riccardo Tisci wasn’t kidding when he said he wanted to build a wardrobe for a mother and a daughter, a father and a son. “Why just offer one identity when you can really design for every age, for every culture and every different lifestyle?” said Burberry’s chief creative officer after his debut spring/summer 2019 show in September.
He’s sticking to his guns with the Christmas ad campaign, which will feature Naomi Campbell, her mother Valerie Morris-Campbell, actors Kristin Scott Thomas and Matt Smith, and singer-songwriter M.I.A. Tisci has tapped the British photographer Juno Calypso, who is known for her self-portraits, to direct and shoot the campaign, which will launch on Nov. 13 across all Burberry channels.
Last year, Burberry worked with Cara Delevingne and Smith, shooting them against a snowy backdrop in a retro, black-and-white video clip. Past campaigns have featured the likes of Lily James, Sienna Miller, Romeo Beckham and James Corden. While details of the new campaign remain under wraps, the brand hinted to the theme by releasing arty portraits of the five faces split in half and blurred into one another.

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Newton Thomas Sigel Receives Praise From Three Directors

Three directors who have worked closely with DP Newton Thomas Sigel, Variety’s latest Billion Dollar Cinematographer, speak of their experiences with him. Nicolas Winding Refn When Danish director and screenwriter Refn first talked to Sigel via Skype about possibly shooting his retro-noir thriller “Drive” (pictured above), he quickly realized he’d found the ideal DP for […]