Thursday, August 12, 2004

Celeb Hair: Yuko Systems TSUYA PATA is a high-shine spray for flat ironing, which has been given to Angela Bassett, Kim Cattrall, Laura Prepon, Hilary Duff, Brooke Shields, Julianne Moore, Leah Remini, Britney Spears, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jenna Elfmann. This collagen blend provides moisture, gloss and a smooth finish. Tsuya-Pata used with Yellow Patate coats the hair completely and penetrates deep within the hair follicle to protect the hair. Phiten TSUYA-PATA 7.0 fl oz $ 26.99

Yuko System has made a name for itself in the United States after patenting the most revolutionary hair straightening system in the world. Based on the theory that straightening does not have to damage hair, the Japanese-born process prioritizes health over hype. Protein rich products-the TSUYA PATA has silk in it for flat ironing-deliver healthy, shiny hair. Actress Julianne Moore is a longtime user of the permanent, salon-only treatment, while Brooke Shields is an avid fan of the new high tech Phi Ten Yuko iron, which allows you to straight hair or bangs on-the-go. 877-YUKO-SYS.

Real Time With Bill Maher: REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER continues its second season with a new edition Friday, August 13, 2004 at 11 p.m. on HBO. The show includes an opening monologue, a one-on-one interview and roundtable discussions, followed by Maher's weekly editorial. Featured on this week's show as an interview guest is former senator Gary Hart; roundtable guests are Illinois Rep. Rahm Emanuel, actor-comedian D.L. Hughley and syndicated columnist-author Michelle Malkin. Other HBO playdates: Aug. 15 (1:55 a.m.), 17 (midnight) and 18 (11:30 p.m.). HBO2 playdates: Aug. 14 (10:00 p.m.) and 16 (8:00 p.m.).

Slated for 23 editions this season, REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER went on hiatus in March after 10 editions. The series returned in July, in time for the Democratic and Republican conventions, with coverage of the presidential campaign to continue through the election in early November. Among the guests slated for upcoming shows are George Carlin, Michael Eric Dyson, Graham Norton, Andrew Sullivan, Cornel West and James Woolsey. Other guests will be announced as they are confirmed.

Life in the “Fishbowl:” After facing television cameras 24/7 during their respective reality show experiences, more than 20 of reality television’s stars will open their lives to fans at The FishBowl, a new on-line network where both reality TV stars and their fans will drive the content and the future destiny of the talent, launching today at

The website allows fans to participate in four on-going webisodes featuring their favorite stars, including Jenna Lewis from Survivor and Survivor All-Stars, Preston Mercer and PJ Spillman, a recent reality love match from For Love or Money 3, and Sarah Kozer, the renouned runner up from Joe Millionaire who appeared on the cover of Playboy.

LA Scene focuses on the stars who have moved to Hollywood to try their luck with the entertainment industry, Reality Nation is about the stars who return home and their challenges reintegrating into their old lives, Game On is an online water cooler discussion about the strategies and gossip surrounding current reality shows and Free Swim is where the stars are free to showcase their individual creativity. In addition to streaming video and audio shows, stars will post everything from personal photos to email chains. They will also be available for regular chats. The webisodes and content are free but TheFishBowl has plans to add select pay-per-view content.

The stars will become co- producers for their own material, so unlike the shows that brought them to fame, The Fishbowl will not feature manipulative editing or shots taken out of context.

The company also announces its first product available on, Reality Unleashed, a ninety minute companion DVD of raw footage with fourteen reality stars, together for the first time, talking trash about their experiences and answering everything about what really happened on their shows. The DVD, directed by Scott Zakarin and to be distributed by Razor Digital, will features extras including advice on how to become a reality star and what happens when editors go wild.

Hot Handbag: Will it be Luella Bartley? London’s hottest designers bags are now available at Neiman Marcus. We’re predicting lots of knock-offs of this one, a la Marc Jacobs. The bags range in price from $450 (for the mini Giselle) to $1095 (for the large sheepskin Anouk). Check out

Velvet Revolver on SIRIUS: ­ SIRIUS Satellite Radio has joined forces with Velvet Revolver to bring SIRIUS subscribers an exclusive concert broadcast and backstage interviews with the entire band. Velvet Revolver features former Stone Temple Pilots vocalist Scott Weiland, former Guns N’ Roses members Slash, Duff McKagen, and Matt Sorum, and guitarist Dave Kushner.

Velvet Revolver’s album Contraband debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart, the best-ever debut for a rock artist in the Soundscan era. The album was recently certified platinum for sales of more than one million copies.

Velvet Revolver Live and Loaded” will air exclusively on SIRIUS on Sunday,August 22, 2004 starting at 7 p.m. ET on commercial-free music channel Octane / 20. The show will be rebroadcast at 10 p.m. ET. The interviews and live concert performance were digitally recorded at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles.

Dresden Doll Performance (L.A.) Punk-rock Cabaret duo, The Dresden Dolls, comprised of pianist/vocalist Amanda Palmer and drummer/guitarist Brian Viglione, are taking center stage at The Troubador on August 18, 2004. The Dresden Dolls have a sound and image that resonates a combination of the smoky cellars of a Weimar-era cabaret with the rock n’ roll fury of Joan Jett, PJ Harvey, and The Violent Femmes. The national buzz is becoming a roar as their music videos are being played on MTV2 & MTVU, will be performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live on August 19, 2004 and have received rave reviews from Flaunt, Soma, The Boston Globe and more.

The Dresden Dolls will perform songs off their new album, such as “Girl Anachronism”, “Coin-Operated Boy”, and the driving ballad, “Missed Me, "The Jeep Song". The show is WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 18, 2004 at 7:30 p.m. at THE TROUBADOR Tickets $10 in advance/ $12 at the door.

Bright Whites: Today BeansTalk headed out to the valley (Tarzana, specifically) to visit Dr. Sameer Puri (, where we experienced the much-heralded The Rembrandt One-Hour Smile Whitening procedure. Our curiosity finally got the best of us – given how many stories we’ve done on teeth whitening (and specifically this treatment), it was wonderful to finally experience the results ourselves.

The procedure offers up fast and uniform whitening results, using a whitening agent and Rembrandt’s Sapphire light, a very high intensity light which accelerates the whitening process. It is not a laser nor does it produce significant heat as some other systems do. The light doesn’t harm teeth. More than 3,00 dentists nationwide are Rembrandt One-Hour Smile Whitening Center dentists. Dentists like Dr. Puri help fight against bleaching relapse, which means a return visit might not be necessary – despite stain-producing daily lattes or red wine with dinner.

Most in-office bleaching procedures, such as the competitor Brite Smile procedure, bleach all the teeth at once. Since some teeth are darker and more stained than others, this technique can cause uneven results. The special curing light used in Rembrandt One-Hour procedure can bleach all teeth at once or one tooth at a time, concentrating on problem teeth. Unfortunately, fillings, crowns, or veneers don’t change color with whitening. Some patients report transient sensitivity in the teeth for a day or two, and even achy teeth later on the day of the bleaching. This is similar to side effects seen with home bleaching, but occurs much less often. In any event OTC pain medication can control this transient problem.

The actual procedure is mildly to irritatingly uncomfortable – a plastic guard is place over the mouth to protect the lips, tongue and gums from contact with the whitening agent. A BeansTalk associate had the procedure done in a Beverly Hills dentist’s office, and despite watching a video and an in-office massage during the procedure, she said she wasn’t likely to repeat it (she experienced a “TMJ-like” problems with her jaw that lasted months). Dr. Puri provides patients with a horn (a real one, like you’d have on your bike) to immediately notify Brenda or Dr. Puri himself if you need them. They checked in with us often, and are perfectly fine with patients who want to end the treatment sooner. We were determined to finish out the treatment for the full effect.

So far, we haven’t experienced any of these post-treatment discomforts and the closest we’ve come to a side-effect is avoiding accidents as we perpetually smile into our rear-view mirror.

After a Rembrandt One-Hour Smile Whitening procedure, Dr. Puri – and other Rembrandt dentists, -- provide patients with revolutionary low-abrasion Rembrandt Plus Toothpaste with Peroxide, clinically proven to maintain the new whiteness of teeth (and it can also be used as a smart everyday fluoride toothpaste). It’s actually a cute little kit in a silver mesh cosmetic bag filled with Rembrandt goodies.

In addition, Rembrandt One-hour Whitening contains a desensitizing agent that helps eliminate the sensitivity people often experience during a professional tooth bleaching procedure. Sarah Michelle Gellar, Noah Wyle, Calista Flockhart, Lisa Kudrow, Helena Bonham-Carter, and Regis Philbin have been quoted as noting that they use Rembrandt Oral Care Products.

Q&A from Rembrandt:

What causes tooth discoloration?
Discoloration may be the result of genetics, medication, poor oral hygiene, aging, smoking, certain foods and beverage or a combination of these factors.

Are you a good candidate for tooth whitening?
People with most types of discoloration can achieve lighter teeth through the Rembrandt One-hour Whitening Program. The type of stain you have will affect how much whitening you will experience.

What is Rembrandt Lightening Gel?
Rembrandt lightening Gel is a sensitivity-free, 35% hydrogen peroxide formula.

Is this whitening procedure safe?
Absolutely! When used under the supervision of your dental professional, the procedure is safe and will not harm teeth or gums.

What is involved in the procedure?
The dental professional will use either the Rembrandt Virtuoso or Rembrandt Sapphire Light, in conjunction with the lightening Gel.

Will I have to wear a mouth tray?
No. this is a one visit procedure.

How do I keep my smile white and bright?
Daily brushing with Rembrandt Plus Toothpaste.

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