RETALIATING FOR EVERY ATTACK LINE

Posted in Hot Video on November 4, 2011 by Miranda Wilding

My headline is not meant to be incendiary. I’d call it intense exposition.

Our Friday musical highlight is TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX by THE DOORS.

And now it’s time for me to exit. Stage left..

SKYFALL: THE NEXT BOND ADVENTURE

Posted in Film, James Bond on November 4, 2011 by Miranda Wilding

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FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Screen spy JAMES BOND is returning next year in a new movie called SKYFALL with a star studded cast, producers said Thursday.

DANIEL CRAIG makes his third appearance as the suave secret agent in the film, directed by ACADEMY AWARD winner SAM MENDES.

Spanish star JAVIER BARDEM will play the chief villain in 007’S 23rd screen adventure, producers BARBARA BROCCOLI and MICHAEL G. WILSON said. British actors ALBERT FINNEY, RALPH FIENNES and BEN WHISHAW will play as yet undisclosed roles.

“There’s lots of surprises,” Mr. Mendes told reporters. Filming began yesterday and will take place in London’s government district of Whitehall, at PINEWOOD STUDIOS outside the British capital and on location in Scotland, Istanbul and Shanghai.

“I think this has all the elements of a classic Bond movie, including — to quell any rumours — a lot of action.”

Mr. Mendes said action movies were “a world that’s new to me…and I’ve embraced it. The action needs to coexist with the drama and that’s the balance we’ve got to strike.”

JAVIER BARDEM joked that the hardest part for him was “learning the English vowels.”

English actor NAOMIE HARRIS plays a field agent named Eve and JUDI DENCH reprises her role as spy chief M, while French actor BERNEICE MARLOHE also joins the cast.

Ms. Marlohe said she plays “a glamorous enigmatic character” named Severine.

Bond’s future was thrown into doubt when studio MGM filed for bankruptcy in 2010. But its new management and the producers announced earlier this year that the spy would live to fight another day.

SKYFALL is due to be released on OCTOBER 26, 2012 in Britain and on NOVEMBER 9 in the United States, 50 years since the release of the first 007 film DR. NO.

KATE WINSLET’S LATEST ST. JOHN CAMPAIGN

Posted in Glamour, Style on November 4, 2011 by Miranda Wilding


She’s kept her day job: KATE WINSLET is continuing as the face of ST. JOHN in the brand’s SPRING 2012 campaign.

“It has been a great experience working with St. John,” the actor said in a release.

“I am very excited for this upcoming season — George [Sharp] and St. John have created wonderfully chic and effortless styles for the modern woman.”

The spring campaign features KATE in ST. JOHN’S classic knits and a fitted dress. The photos were shot this week in a penthouse at New York’s CHELSEA ARTS TOWER, a sharp contrast from the fall campaign, staged at a theatre in New Jersey.

KATE’S latest campaign will appear in magazines beginning in February, and a behind the scenes video will be available at discoverstjohn.com.

DONATELLA VERSACE: HER FAVOURITE VERSACE FOR H&M LOOKS

Posted in Glamour, Style on November 4, 2011 by Miranda Wilding


The VERSACE FOR H&M COLLECTION hits stores in just two weeks. With excitement building, designer DONATELLA VERSACE is again speaking out about the line.

In an interview with STYLE.COM/PRINT, the couturier said: “It is amazing how H&M has taken these icons of Versace to make the pieces in this collection.”

One dress that “will always be so special” to DONATELLA is the black leather studded frock (above and below, right).

“It was the dress I wore to take my bow at the Versace menswear show this summer, the day before we announced our collaboration with H&M to the world,” she recalled.

“It was so exciting. Everybody was saying how good I looked and nobody knew it was H&M!”

Another favourite is a printed dress and leggings combo (below, centre) with a Techno Japan print.

“We have used it in different colours and on different designs so that it can be worn in many contrasting ways,” DONATELLA explained.

“We had so much fun designing the print pieces for the collection (below, left), which can be worn individually or mixed and matched as wild as you dare.”

Additional highlights include a metal mesh mini and a darling black dress, but there is one item DONATELLA promises you won’t find in the collection: flat shoes.

“There are only high heels,” she shared.

“I never wear flats. Ever.”

TORONTO: GRACE KELLY EXHIBIT OPENS TODAY

Posted in Film on November 4, 2011 by Miranda Wilding




FROM THE CANADIAN PRESS

For Hollywood director ALFRED HITCHCOCK, she was an icy blonde muse.

PRINCE RAINIER III of Monaco saw her as his elegant bride.

And for legions of adoring fans around the world, she was the epitome of style, poise and beauty.

Such was the enduring appeal of movie star turned princess GRACE KELLY, whose fairy tale life is traced through fashion, film and memorabilia in the exhibit GRACE KELLY: FROM MOVIE STAR TO PRINCESS.

A vast collection of Ms. Kelly’s artifacts — including jewels, gowns and personal correspondence — goes on display Friday at Toronto’s TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX, offering a rarely seen glimpse into the private life of a superstar who was an enigma in many ways, said curator Noah Cowan.

“Although she was among the most photographed women of the 20th century she still remains something of a mystery,” commented Mr. Cowan, also artistic director of the TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX.

“In all phases of her life she became iconic — as a movie star, as a bride, as a princess — and yet it’s hard to actually know who the real Grace Kelly is. I think this show actually takes you inside (her world). You see her personal correspondence, you see what she wore, what she loved to wear and what she loved to do.”

Among the more intriguing pieces are several letters from a playful ALFRED HITCHCOCK, who signs his missives Love, Hitch; a handwritten holiday greeting from HIGH SOCIETY costar BING CROSBY and framed collages of dried flower petals — a hobby picked up after Ms. Kelly retired from the big screen and settled into life as a princess.

Then there are home movies, letters and photos from childhood scrapbooks, even cherished playbills and an early rejection letter from a filmmaker.

“She was a complete pack rat during her Hollywood years, so every telegram, every letter, every flower arrangement that she had was preserved,” Noah Cowan remarked.

Ms. Kelly’s newlywed son PRINCE ALBERT II of Monaco and his wife PRINCESS CHARLENE are set to travel to Toronto to officially open the exhibition and attend a private reception Wednesday.

“From the very beginning the palace has been incredibly supportive of the exhibition, really excited that the legacy of their princess could actually come to North America,” said Noah Cowan.

“They’ve been eager to have a North American venue from the very beginning.”

The exhibit is based on similar ones held in Monaco and London and makes its only North American stop in Toronto. From Canada, it heads to Australia and then returns to the Grimaldi palace.

GRACE KELLY: FROM MOVIE STAR TO PRINCESS is loosely divided into three sections: herlife as a movie star, as a bride and finally as a princess.

Highlights include an exact replica of her HELEN ROSE designed lace wedding gown, several original dresses, her signature HERMES KELLY bag, her ACADEMY AWARD for THE COUNTRY GIRL and the diamond tiara she wore when she became PRINCESS OF MONACO in 1956.

“The tiara was always kept by Van Cleef & Arpels; they were the owners of the piece and it was for the exclusive use of Grace Kelly,” Noah Cowan noted.

“And now of course that means it’s only in museums.”

Meanwhile, the replica wedding dress — featuring a 21 inch waist — was created by some of the original seamstresses who worked on the first one.

Mr. Cowan said that the original is in “pretty bad shape” and cannot travel from its home at the PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART.

“(The replica) is really made to the most exacting standards and I think it’s about as close as we’ll all get to seeing it.”

GRACE KELLY left Hollywood at the height of her career after just five years in show business. Her 11 films, including REAR WINDOW, HIGH NOON and TO CATCH A THIEF made a huge impact on the industry.

“She is one of the great queens of the silver screen,” the curator stated.

“When people talk about Grace Kelly, they frequently use the word timeless. She speaks to something that just doesn’t go away, which is a certain style, a certain glamour.”

He noted that the princess had hoped to return to acting after giving birth to children CAROLINE, ALBERT and STEPHANIE, but PRINCE RAINIER asked her to stop.

“She was in fact prohibited from going back to Hollywood to work,” he said, noting that ALFRED HITCHCOCK had her in mind for his 1964 thriller MARNIE, starring TIPPI HEDREN.

The exhibit is being held in conjunction with a film series ICY FIRE: THE HITCHCOCK BLONDE, which kicks off Friday with Hitchcock’s 1954 mystery DIAL M FOR MURDER.

The curator said there is still much to learn about PRINCESS GRACE, who died in a car accident in 1982.

“We still are finding things out about her and still finding images of her that redefine her sense of style and glamour. She’s just an endless source of what makes life more interesting.”

GRACE KELLY: FROM MOVIE STAR TO PRINCESS runs Friday through JANUARY 22, 2012.

THE RUM DIARY: A COCKTAIL INSPIRED BY THE FILM

Posted in Film, Fun on October 29, 2011 by Miranda Wilding

FROM PEOPLE

If there’s one thing JOHNNY DEPP’S film characters love, it’s their rum.

First there was CAPTAIN JACK SPARROW from PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, quotably wondering where all the rum went. Now JOHNNY stars in THE RUM DIARY, which opens today.

Based on the novel of the same name by HUNTER S. THOMPSON, the movie tells the story of journalist PAUL KEMP (played by JOHNNY), who moves to Puerto Rico and has a series of alcohol fueled adventures.

For fans looking to get into the spirit of THE RUM DIARY – literally – here’s a recipe for the CARIBBEAN KISS specialty drink from BRUGAL RUM:

1.5 oz. BRUGAL ANEJO RUM
.5 oz. Amaretto
1 oz. Simple Syrup
1 oz. Pineapple Juice

In a shaker with ice, combine ingredients, shake well and strain into a martini glass.

Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

EMMA WATSON: MAKEUP MAKES ME LESS PALE & ENGLISH

Posted in Glamour on October 29, 2011 by Miranda Wilding

After countless premieres and red carpet appearances, EMMA WATSON has finally found the beauty routine that works for her.

Crediting her pixie cut with what she calls a more experimental relationship with makeup, she told STYLELIST: “There’s no way to hide when you have short hair. You really have to go for it.”

The secret to her trademark look, which includes flawless skin, bold brows and a pinch of glamour, is an arsenal of reliable beauty tools.

“I’m a creature of habit,” she told Style.com of $45 GIORGIO ARMANI BEAUTY LUMINOUS silk powder (bottom right).

“I like to find what works and keep buying it.”

She also brightens up with bronzer or blush, like YVES SAINT LAURENT’S $38 CREME DE BLUSH (top left) because, as EMMA put it, “I am so pale and English.”

But the focal point of EMMA’S look is the eye, which she prefers with a bold brow and major lashes.

“I get my eyebrows threaded,” she confides.

“Blink is really good,” she said of the London based beauty bar’s line of products, which includes defining pencils (top right).

For that kewpie lash effect, the star looks to $25 HYPNOSE DOLL mascara (bottom left) by LANCOME, for which she is an ambassador.

“I’m big into Twiggy so I do bottom lashes and top lashes,” she explained.

“This is really cool because it is specifically designed to get that look.”

GRACE KELLY: A NEW FILM IS IN THE WORKS

Posted in Film on October 28, 2011 by Miranda Wilding




She left the big screen for good in 1956, going from the cinematic version of HIGH SOCIETY to the actual upper echelons of wealth and privilege…and now, nearly 30 years after her death, the late PRINCESS OF MONACO will take another turn in the movies.

According to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, European producer PIERRE ANGE LE POGAM has won the rights to an in demand spec script about one of OSCAR winner GRACE KELLY’S greatest triumphs in her second life as treasured royalty. The film will focus on the six month period in 1962 in which PRINCESS GRACE used her smarts and charms to save the small nation’s government from being overthrown by the French.

The basic history goes like this: French President Charles de Gaulle was unhappy that Monaco was a prime tax shelter for his citizens and told PRINCE RAINIER III that if they didn’t change their laws in half a year’s time, there would be repercussions. That’s when the Princess sprung into action, using her smarts and charm on the European political system in much the same way she did in Hollywood.

GRACE KELLY was 33 years old at the time, a former Hollywood beauty who set the international stage alight with her smile and regality. She had starred in a long string of Hollywood hits, including three films for ALFRED HITCHCOCK, HIGH NOON, MOGAMBO – for which she was nominated for a BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS ACADEMY AWARD – and THE COUNTRY GIRL, which netted her the golden statue for BEST ACTRESS.

For more on the film, click over to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

WALKING TALL: LEIGHTON MEESTER DIGS HIGH HEELS

Posted in Glamour on October 28, 2011 by Miranda Wilding


LEIGHTON MEESTER’S label happy on screen alter ego BLAIR WALDORF is content to pick up the closest pair of LOUBOUTINS she can find. Off screen, however, the GOSSIP GIRL star said she searches for shoes “that really speak to me,” regardless of designer name.

“If it’s my daily kind of shoe, I usually go for the same type of style. Like a platform with a thick heel,” she explained.

“But I think variety is important.”

Speaking to PEOPLE Tuesday night at the ROGER VIVIER FALL/COUTURE SHOWCASE to benefit MUSIC UNITES in New York, LEIGHTON said she actually prefers heels to flats.

And when searching for shoes, her top requirement is “definitely not comfort.”

Wearing a J. MENDEL dress, BULGARI jewels and VIVIER shoes — which she called comfortable — LEIGHTON admitted that there is one time of day when you won’t find her in platform heels.

“When I’m walking the dog, I wear sneakers,” she revealed, “because they look and feel better.”

Though BLAIR WALDORF would never imagine lacing up a pair of sneakers, the character does have a lot of surprises in store for her on new episodes of GOSSIP GIRL.

“It’s just so crazy, I can’t even begin to tell you,” LEIGHTON said of upcoming events that include a wedding, craziness between CHUCK BASS and BLAIR and additional drama with DAN HUMPHREY.

“I get to live vicariously through the good and the bad,” she shared, which is really fun.”

ANTONIO BANDERAS: DISCUSSING THE SKIN I LIVE IN

Posted in Film, Film Festivals on October 28, 2011 by Miranda Wilding

FROM THE CANADIAN PRESS

PEDRO ALMODOVAR’S THE SKIN I LIVE IN contains some gruesome plot twists that will have many moviegoers squirming in their seats, but star ANTONIO BANDERAS has some advice for them: Give it time.

“Pedro needs to be metabolized, he needs to be digested,” ANTONIO said during an interview at last month’s TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL.

The actor, of course, knows of what he speaks.

PEDRO ALMODOVAR is widely credited with launching the Spanish hearthrob’s career in the early 80s.

“Those were movies that were unbelievably controversial,” recalled ANTONIO.

“I remember when Law Of Desire came out some people wanted to literally kill us, you know. It was unbelievable. But nevertheless, those movies 20 years after became classics of the Spanish cinema.”

THE SKIN I LIVE IN, about an obsessed plastic surgeon with a mysterious past, marks the first time in more than 20 years that ANTONIO has collaborated with his old friend.

The project, he said, had its genesis about a decade ago when the director mentioned he’d been inspired by the THIERRY JONQUET novel TARANTULA, on which the film is based.

Then, about two years ago, ANTONIO was in New York doing a workshop for a musical when he got the call.

“I came out and I answered the phone and literally, even without saying hello, he says: ‘It’s about time.’ And I said: ‘OK. Do you have a script all ready?’ And he said, ‘Yes.’…Two days after that he sent the script and I read it and it was quite extraordinary.”

ANTONIO, who has earned a reputation for wildly diverse roles, is very careful about that crucial first read through of a script.

“It is the only time that you are a spectator of your own work. Once you have read the script…you are contaminated, all ready in the process of creating whatever you are going to do. And it (initially) produced pretty much the same impact (in me) that I can observe now in people that are coming out of the movie theatre.”

ANTONIO was captivated by the structure of the movie. The first half raises multiple questions (why is the surgeon keeping a beautiful woman captive in his house?) which are slowly answered as his back story is revealed.

“It positions the people in terms of morality. Little by little…the story starts being developed, you reposition the whole entire movie and it’s like ‘Oh, my God.'”

PEDRO ALMODOVAR allowed his actors almost a month and a half of rehearsal and ANTONIO said the filmmaker helped him reach new heights as a performer.

“He made me play some notes that I didn’t even know I had. For me, the first tendency when you read on paper a character that is actually bigger than life is to show some acting muscles and go more Caligula, if you will. And he said: ‘No, we have to take (this character) down and make him very economical and minimalist.'”

THE SKIN I LIVE IN is by turns dark, campy and sometimes downright outrageous. ANTONIO acknowledges that audiences may have to sit with the material for awhile, reaching for a colourful comparison to describe the effect of PEDRO ALMODOVAR’S work.

“(It’s like when) they serve you a dish that is very edible and in a package you recognize and a flavour you recognize. When somebody gives you a complicated dish you may have a reticence, you put yourself immediately in a defensive way.”

“What is happening? I don’t understand this…You start a game with yourself….In a way, time is the best friend for (Pedro).”

“When you think you catch him he just takes a leap that is bigger than you think it’s going to be.”