Monday, May 24, 2004

Style Stuff :

Sheryl Crow wore in Erica Courtney jewelry at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. She chose Erica Courtney’s diamond and platinum post huggies with diamond and platinum petite chandelier earrings to the Dolce & Gabbana party on May 21, 2004. Then she wore Erica Courtney’s diamond and platinum medium huggie with diamond and white gold “Round” earrings; platinum diamond bangles; diamond and platinum overlap “V” ring to the “De Lovely” photo call on May 22, 2004. Crow donned a 60s-inspired teased up hairdo, with the top pulled up and the rest left down at the back.

Crow and Alexandra Kerry, daughter of U.S. presidential candidate John Kerry, both selected spring looks by Monique Lhuillier for the Cannes Film Festival.

Sheryl Crow De-Lovely
Crow joined her De-Lovely cast mates over the weekend for their photo call at the Cannes Film Festival in a dress by Monique Lhuillier, choosing a vibrant floral chiffon strapless dress with delicate Swarovski crystal beading.

Alexandra Kerry Shrek 2
The aspiring filmmaker attended Cannes to promote her short film The Last Full Measure. Between media appearances, she attended the premiere of Shrek 2 and hit the red carpet in Monique's ivory tropical floral silk charmeuse halter gown with graphic inserts.

At Cannes, Ashley Judd chose a beautiful white flower that contrasted well with her dark hair.

At the "Lift Ev'ry Vote" John Kerry 2004 Campaign Launch Celebration in Hancock Park in Los Angeles on Saturday, Garcelle Beauvais placed a white gardenia front and center of her black flowy top and pants.

Maybe hair kerchiefs are making a comeback. Christie Brinkley, smiling and happy, wore a triangular pink one with white polka dots to the NYC premiere of the new “Harry Potter” film (we can’t wait for it!).

At that same premiere, Leelee Sobieski continued to perpetuate her Euro flare, in a grey pinstripe top with sleeves, over low rider jeans (with a wide leather belt). She looked, as always, tall and stunning.

“Potter” star Emma Watson wore a ruched top strapless beige silk dress with a full skirt and pointed white shoes. She’s looking so pretty and grown up!

General Hospital’s Alicia Leigh Willis wore a taupe silk gown with antique beading and tulle drape Nicole Miller gown to the 31st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on Friday, May 21, 2004.

Access Hollywood’s Nancy O’Dell also chose Nicole miller for the event, wearing a purple silk gown with antique beading.

Deidre Hall Days of Our Lives
Hall presented an award at the ceremony in an ivory bias cut gown by Sunny Choi. The gown features bias-seeming, multiple straps and a beautiful vintage-inspired crystal flower brooch.

Adrienne Frantz The Bold & The Beautiful
Amber on The Bold and the Beautiful, wore an iridescent pink and gold strapless taffeta gown by Sunny Choi that gathers to the left and is held in place with a gorgeous Swarovski butterfly pin.

Asymetrical skirts may be at the local mall stores now, but starlets are still wearing them – Elizabeth Berkeley chose a turquoise one with ruffled edge to wear to the Step Up For Yoga And Health Celebration by The Step Up Women's Network which she hosted at the Sports Club L.A.

Is it just us or is Jessica Simpson looking even more bustier than normal? She showed up in a silk satin corset to the Z 100 event this weekend and in her ill-conceived variety show, she was proudly displaying her wares. Speaking of that, could that show be any more of a 70s-throwback? Did someone really miss “Donny and Marie”?

Taupe seems to be a strong color, too. At the Calvin Klein Underwear Party - May 21, 2004 at Milk Studios in NYC, Ali Larter and Fernanda Lima wore it (Hilary Swank, at the same event, wore a taupe skirt), and at Cannes, Alanis Morrisette chose it twice (once for a photo call and once for an evening gown event).

Lydia Hearst was at the Klein event, very much trying to take the Paris Hilton torch from the fellow heiress. Hearst was wearing a halter top mini ruffled silk chiffon print dress, preening for photogs.
Mraz Man Elektra/Atlantic recording artist Jason Mraz’s live collection, "TONIGHT, NOT AGAIN: JASON MRAZ LIVE AT THE EAGLES BALLROOM” arrives in stores August 24, 2004. The special two-disc CD/DVD package features the singer and his band in concert, performing tracks from his Elektra debut, "WAITING FOR MY ROCKET TO COME," along with five previously unreleased songs. "TONIGHT, NOT AGAIN..." was recorded and filmed last October at Milwaukee's Eagles Ballroom. Mraz is joined on the CD/DVD by his band, the "Take It Easy Buddies" - Toca Rivera: percussion, background vocals; Bill Bell: lead guitar; Ian Sheridan: bass guitar, background vocals; Eric Hinojosa: keyboards, banjo; Adam King: drums - blending great songs with inventive improvisation.
He’s joined by special guests, including Blues Traveler's John Popper and the world-famous Chicago Storm/Ohio Players Horns (Kenny Anderson: trumpet; JoWestly Boston: saxophone; Johnny Cotton: trombone). The setlist includes "The Remedy (I Won't Worry)," "You And I Both," and "Curbside Prophet," along with five new Mraz-penned songs.
Directed by Nigel Dick (Guns N' Roses, R.E.M. and Oasis), the DVD features the concert and bonus footage, including behind-the-scenes segments filmed during Mraz's tours of the U.S., Europe, and Japan. Also featured is a never-before-heard solo acoustic rendition of Elton John's classic "Rocket Man."
Mraz has embarked on his solo acoustic tour, dubbed "The Tour of the Curbside Prophets." Inspired by Mraz's beginnings as a street musician, the tour features features three genre-spanning artists: acclaimed singer/guitarist Raúl Midón, Hawaiian slack-key guitarist/vocalist Makana, and DJ Bob Necksnapp. All four players will perform individually as well as with each other.
The tour kicked off on Friday, May 14th at Minneapolis' Orpheum Theatre, and winds up June 20th at Copley Symphony Hall in Mraz's adopted hometown of San Diego. The tour will also feature two evenings - June 16th and 17th - at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, marking the first-ever pop event to be held at the Frank Gehry-designed venue.
Mraz - who performed three songs on the May 22nd installment of NBC-TV's Weekend Today - also recently announced plans to wrap up the summer with a series of live dates alongside Dave Matthews Band, including a three-night stand at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington on Labor Day Weekend.

Not Un-Coupled: The American version of this hit Brit series lasted probably a minute, but the original continues on strong. BBC America brings the fourth season of “Coupling” to the U.S.

Winner of Silver Rose of Montreux, Best TV Comedy Award and recent winner at the 2003 British Comedy Awards, Coupling returns in an all-new season. Coupling premieres Sundays from June 6 at 9 p.m.

With a new guy on the scene, a baby on the way, commitment in the air and love on the horizon, the dynamics of the six friends are definitely changing.

Brought together by the relationship between two of them – Steve (Jack Davenport, Pirates of the Caribbean) and Sue (Sarah Alexander) – Coupling navigates the treacherous waters of modern day romance, made all the more complicated by the baggage of best friends, exes, and potential lovers.

At the end of last season Susan and Steve discovered they were pregnant (well, mostly Susan), confirmed bachelor Patrick (Ben Miles) and Sally (Kate Isitt) finally admitted their true feelings for each other and loser in love Jane (Gina Bellman) was, once again, left on her own.

But it’s not all doom and gloom for Jane. As the new season opens, things are looking up. There’s this guy called Oliver (Richard Mylan), who has his eye on her. Could they be on the brink of becoming a couple? Is it possible that lifetime loser in love Oliver might just get somewhere with lifetime loser in love Jane? Trouble is, his apartment is a little “un-edited” and his living room has lost the battle with magazine nudity…

Susan and Steve are now well and truly an item – so why is he dreaming about being executed by “A Method Never Before Seen On British Television” – and being chased by a fetus with an axe?

Meanwhile Sally and Patrick are settling into their new relationship. But since the dawn of time, men and women have been falling in love – and men have been trying to get home straight afterwards. Can fallen playboy Patrick ever find his way back from the enchanted glade of his one true love and get a decent night’s sleep?

In the build up to the U.S. premiere of season four, BBC AMERICA offers viewers a chance to catch up with the love antics of season three in a special Coupling Marathon. Coupling Marathon airs Sunday, May 30 from 6 p.m. ET, 3 p.m. PT.

Season three begins a heartbeat after the end of season two with Steve and Susan splitting up. The entire episode is conducted in split-screen, one half following Steve and the other following Susan as they both head to the Temple of Woman – a beauty salon for the girls, a strip club for the boys.

After their abortive fling last season, Patrick and Sally have gone into the dangerous territory of being over-protective, new partner-hating best buddies – and then one of them blurts out, “I love you,” at the wrong moment.

Meanwhile Jeff (Richard Coyle) still has a girlfriend, Julia (Lou Gish) – but what happens when Jeff, a man without the software to say “no”, is offered “unconditional sex” by gorgeous Wilma (Emilia Fox, Pride and Prejudice)?

Jane falls in love with James (Lloyd Owen), a nice, sane, heterosexual man who loves her back. But he’s deeply religious and doesn’t believe in sex before marriage. Jane, on the other hand, thinks that shagging is “brilliant”.

Dear GodToday, some favorite song lyrics, courtesy of Andy Partridge of XTC:

Dear God, hope you got the letter, and...
I pray you can make it better down here.
I don't mean a big reduction in the price of beer
but all the people that you made in your image,
see them starving on their feet
'cause they don't get enough to eat from God,
I can't believe in you

Dear God, sorry to disturb you, but...
I feel that I should be heard loud and clear.
We all need a big reduction in amount of tears
and all the people that you made in your image,
see them fighting in the street
'cause they can't make opinions meet about God,
I can't believe in you
Did you make disease, and the diamond blue?
Did you make mankind after we made you? And the devil too!

Dear God, don't know if you noticed, but...
your name is on a lot of quotes in this book,
and us crazy humans wrote it, you should take a look,
and all the people that you made in your image
still believing that junk is true.
Well I know it ain't, and so do you, dear God,
I can't believe in
I don't believe in
I won't believe in heaven and hell.

No saints, no sinners, no devil as well.
No pearly gates, no thorny crown.
You're always letting us humans down.
The wars you bring, the babes you drown.
Those lost at sea and never found,
and it's the same the whole world 'round.
The hurt I see helps to compound
that Father, Son and Holy Ghost
is just somebody's unholy hoax,
and if you're up there you'd perceive
that my heart's here upon my sleeve.
If there's one thing I don't believe in

it's you...
Dear God.