Filed under: ABBA
No secret, I LOVE Abba! But really why would you blame me? Their simple songs not only tell a story but are surprisingly heartwarming. It also helps that since my parents were huge fans of the group, I actually grew up listening to their hits. When I went to see Mama Mia in theaters this past year, we literally stood up to cheer at the end. It was wonderful.
Anyways, I saw this on another blog a while ago and I haven’t been able to get it out of my head. It’s an illustration by Polish artist, Agata Nowicka. Some of her other works include a portrait of Audrey Hepburn and of course Marilyn Monroe. Check her out!
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Ok Ian and Douglas, I admit space is getting really hot this year and I will give the concept some credit. Yeah maybe it would be cool to fly amidst the stars blahblahblah. Still, I think it would help the cause if spacemen dressed as cool as Brandon Flowers does in his new video. I know you all think The Killers jumped the shark but check out their cool suits! There would definitely be a peak of interest in space voyages if astronauts started dressing in cool slim cut red space suits with feathered shoulders. Until then, no dice.
Filed under: Red Carpet
I might have missed the ball on this one but the Screen Actor’s Guild awards took place this week and honored outstanding work in both film and television. Of the winners, Slumdog Millionaire, the best movie of the last four years, took the award for best outstanding performance by a cast in motion picture. From the Golden Globes to SAG, Slumdog is dominating awards and the cast is getting tons of red carpet action. But I’ll be the last one to complain about that!
Other notable wins:
Sean Penn for Outstanding Performance by a male actor in a leading role
Meryl Streep for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Heath Ledger for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Kate Winslet for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
See here for the rest.
And of course, the fashion didn’t disappoint.
Kate Winslet looked great in a purple Narciso Rodriguez gown. She has really been lighting up the red carpet this season and no one can argue that this is definitely her year. (Photo by: Jason Merritt / Getty Images)
Another purple favorite was Amy Adams in Giambattista Valli. Love the detail in the front, it really adds something different to the dress. (Photo by: Jason Merritt / Getty Images)
Anne Hathaway looked perfect in white Azzaro. Her pale skin looked lovely against the white, a fashion choice a lot of people would have shyed away from. (Photo by: Jeff Vespa / Wireimage)
Tina Fey braved the January temperature in a short Brian Reyes cocktail dress, a bold choice in a sea of floor length gowns. (Photo by: Jason Merritt / Getty Images)
Probably my favorite outfit of the night came courtesy of Katie Holmes who wore Jil Sander to the event. You can totally see the Victoria Beckham influence in her knock-out style. (Photo by: Kevin Mazur / Wireimage)
Love the feathers on the gown America Ferrera wore by Vera Wang. Mmmmmm…:) (Photo by: Steve Granitz / Wireimage)
Claire Danes looked gorgeous in a red Nina Ricci gown. I loved how the shoulder accent just gave it an extra kick. (Photo by: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images)
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Hate to sound like a Page 6 column but did anyone hear about the Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova break up? The cute real life couple who stared in Once, a documentary style film following two strangers who meet and record sweetly harmonized music together, won an Academy Award in 2007 for their original song, Falling Slowly, in 2007.
Apparently, the couple started a real life romance while filming but have since ended the romantic relationship and remain “close friends.”
Filed under: Film
In the wake of the recent historical inauguration, some have forgotten that the biggest independent film festival also took place in a quieter part of the country, Park City Utah.
Yep the annual Sundance Film Festival welcomed in a refreshing line up of new documentaries, dramas and comedies made by well-known and soon-to-be-known fresh faces in the Independent film industry. For many, Sundance is a refreshing break from the blown up world of Hollywood celebrities, although you can be sure to catch almost everyone who is anyone at the exclusive screenings.
One of the biggest winners, Push directed by Lee Daniels, based on the book by Sapphire, dominated the awards by winning the Audience and Grand Jury awards in the U.S. Dramatic competition. The film tells the story of Precious Jones, an obese illiterate adolescent mother living in Harlem who is sexually and emotionally abused by both her mother and father. The Special Jury Prize was also awarded to the Mo’Nique who plays Jone’s abusive mother, for her outstanding raw performance.
“It is about hope. It is about survival. It’s about overcoming obstacles of the highest proportion and being happy and seeing a rainbow at the end of the tunnel.”
– Director Lee Daniels on Push. Click here for the whole interview.
Looks very provocative and edgy, I can’t wait to see it.
Other notable mentions:
I Love You Phillip Morris directed by Glen Ficarra staring Jim Carrey as a gay con-artist who finds his true love, Phillip Morris played by Ewan McGregor, in prison after a tumultuous on again off again relationship with his wife. Looks entertainingly hilarious and maybe a movie where Jim Carey’s obnoxious demeanor might actually be genuinely funny.
500 Days of Summer directed by Marc Webb and stars Zooey Deschannel and 3rd Rock from the Sun’s Joseph Gordon Leavitt in a one-sided romantic off-beat comedy.
The September Issue– Recipient of the Excellence in Cinematography Award: U.S. Documentary follows the notorious Anna Wintour and the rest of the Vogue staff for a year as they plan for the highly anticipated September issue of the fashion bible. Directed and produced by R.J. Cutler and has been highly anticipated in the fashion industry for months along with the rest of the avid Vogue readers, like my friend Marcus.
Cold Souls written and directed by Sophie Barthes follows an overly-anxious actor, Paul Giamatti playing himself, who enlists his soul to a high tech company specializing in alleviating stress by deep freezing people’s souls. The company inevitably ends up loosing his soul and the quest to return his essence sends the actor back to his hometown to learn some valuable life lessons about life and happiness.
The Cove– Recipiant of the Audience Award presented by Honda: U.S. Documentary is the highly anticpated documentary that received national attention when Hayden Panettari was nearly arrested in Japan, trying to rescue captured dolphins. The crew under the direction of Louie Psihoyos travels to the town of Taijii, Japan to uncover the secret dealings that kill thousands of endangered dolphins every year.
Filed under: Obama
It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of the newly appointed President. But I can admit when my enthusiasm needs to be met with a healthy amount of skepticism in order to make objective observations about his administration. Journalists, after all, need to be objective in order to do the the public service they are trained to do: keeping politicians and those in power, accountable to their promises.
Now there’s a online publication dedicated to tracking Obama’s progress on new Obama-Biden administration. The St. Petersburg Times developed an Obamameter where the President’s record 510 campaign promises are outlined and measured using terms like: “promise kept,” “compromised,” in the works,” “stalled,” “no action,” or “promise broken.”
According to this meter, the President has already kept five of the promises he made on the campaign trail and is recorded to be “in the works” on another 14 issues. Apparently the president is at a gridlock for promise #505, creating a $3000 tax credit companies that add jobs.
As of today, the president has no recorded promises broken but we can be sure that the revolving door of acclaim will make its way around and the president will be faced with tough issues and an even tougher opposition. If the majority of the 510 campaign promises are met, I don’t think anyone can claim that the campaign slogan for Change was an ill-intentioned rhetoric.
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I might be really off the ball on this one but has anyone seen this?
Arcade Fire (One of Canada’s best musical exports in my opinion) playing “Neon Bible” live in a cramped elevator!
Such a cool video!