Too Cool For School

Dennis Hopper was one of the early believers in West Coast Pop Art and now you can watch how it all unfolded in the Venice Beach 1960’s with the artsy surfy doc, The Cool School. Narrated by Jeff Bridges, the film takes you back inside the lives of once struggling painters/beach bums turned famous artists, Ed Ruscha, Ed Kienholz, and Billy Al Bengston — as well as the rise and fall of the legendary Ferus Gallery.

Hopper Along

One of Hollywood’s biggest characters, Dennis Hopper, has died today at age 74. Spanning a career that last six decades, Mr. Hopper worked with everyone from James Dean (Rebel Without A Cause) to Marlon Brando (Apocalypse Now) to Jack Nicholson (Easy Rider) to Quentin Tarantino (True Romance) — and received Oscar nominations for the Easy Rider screenplay as well as a Best Supporting Actor nod for Hoosiers. Besides his five ex-wives and four kids, he also leaves behind an impressive art collection.