Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Pond Crossing on Queen Mary 2 for Oscar Folk

Cunard Line will award 100 Academy Award® Presenters and Performers with a six-day transatlantic crossing for two aboard Queen Mary 2. To be included within the coveted Academy gift bags, the voyages include a Queen’s Grill suite with private butler, as well as dining in Queen’s Grill and access to the exclusive Queen’s Grill lounge, Queen’s Grill concierge and sun terrace. Cunard is partnering with MAXJet, which will provide private jet service to the port of embarkation.

Cunard’s presence at the 78th Annual Academy Awards is a logical extension of the Line’s interest in and commitment to the arts. Among her wide range of onboard enrichment programs, Queen Mary 2 offers workshops, lessons and presentations by the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, which enable passengers to not only watch the stars of tomorrow in person, but actually study the skills of acting with them.

“For more than a century, Cunard has had a starring role in the world of filmmaking and theater, as film and stage personalities from both sides of the Atlantic have made Cunard their line-of-choice,” said Carol Marlow, President and Managing Director of Cunard Line.

In its illustrious history, Cunard has hosted countless entertainers, royalty, and society luminaries aboard its fleet of liners. Earlier Cunard “Queens” have welcomed such famous personalities as Elizabeth Taylor, Rita Hayworth, Marlene Dietrich, Cary Grant, Bing Crosby, and Clark Gable who enjoyed Cunard’s White Star ServiceSM when crossing the Atlantic aboard a Cunard ship was considered the only way to travel.

Since Queen Mary 2’s launch in January 2004, she has continued to play host to many notable guests such as John Cleese, Katie Couric, Richard Dreyfuss, Carly Simon, Rod Stewart, Tina Brown and Harold Evans, Donald Trump, and Dame Shirley Bassey, while eminent visitors have included Her Majesty The Queen, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Senator Hillary Clinton.

Cunard Line has operated the most famous ocean liners in the world since 1840. Cunard vessels have a classic British heritage and include the legendary Queen Elizabeth 2 and Queen Mary 2. Queen Victoria joins the fleet in 2007.

Cunard Line is a proud member of World’s Leading Cruise Lines. The exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Costa Cruises, Windstar Cruises and The Yachts of Seabourn. Sharing a passion to please each guest, and a commitment to quality and value, member lines appeal to a wide range of lifestyles and budgets. Together they offer exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world’s most desirable destinations.

Moschino’s Fall / Winter 2006-07 Collection

Dita Von Teese opened the season’s Cheap and Chic show.

Forties and fifties inspired Cheap and Chic girls appeared through a large keyhole. Models were dressed in variations of lacquered red and black, powder pink and copying ink blue.

High waisted pencil skirts accessorised with Cheap and Chic’s patent bow-belts and full skirts with volumous tulle petticoats, along with Red and black georgette pleated mini dresses.

Prints from the collection include: Vintage lingerie catalogue print, mixed with accents of leather and black lace. Stiletto printed crepe de chine featured in scarlet and antique pink. Other prints include a lace print, a polka dot story and the signature heart print, this season in a geometric style.

Hand bags with handcuff handles, heart shaped bags, with lace and leopard. Patent leather clutches and mini bowling bags. Hand bags with ‘good lock’ clasps.

Dizzy high heels in red and black patent leather with big taffeta bows. Thigh-high suede boots and knee high laced patent leather boots.

Von Teese wore a black satin balloon sleeves blouse with macramé collar and key hole neckline, with a patent leather corset belt with bow and a large vintage lingerie catalogue printed taffeta skirt.

(Images: Moschino, left and Moschino Cheap and Chic, right)

Kingston Dons Miller & Rodo

U.S. actor Christian Slater and British actress Alex Kingston arrive for the 2006 Laurence Olivier Awards, in central London, Sunday February 26, 2006. Fashion designer Nicole Miller and Italian accessory designer RODO dressed Kingston to the Laurence Olivier Awards on February 26, 2006

Kingston chose a Khaki matte jersey and gold sequin, ivory dupioni and tobacco metal taffeta long party dress from Nicole Miller’s Signature Spring/Summer 2006 collection. She carried a long gold Burma suede clutch with circle Swarovski crystal detailing with matching gold circle Swarovski crystal heels from RODO’s Spring/Summer 2006 collection.

Kingston, who turns 43 on March 11, 2006, was once married to Ralph Finnes (from 1993 to 1997, when he left her for Francesa Amis, 20 years his senior. He most recently left Amis after it was revealed he had a three-year affair with a 31-year-old woman). She’s married to Florian Haertel, a German freelance journalist and they have a five-year-old daughter, Salome. Slater, 36, and his wife, Ryan Haddon (with whom he has two children), are getting a divorce. Is it just me or does it look like Kingston and Slater are holding hands in this photo?).

(AP Photo/Steve Parsons, PA)

Kinara in Oscar Gift Bag

Who: Kinara has been selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences to be
included in the 78th Annual Academy Awards Presenters Gift Bag for the fourth consecutive year.

What: Academy Award presenters are receiving a Kinara Gift Certificate worth $350 to use toward spa and salon services of products, along with Kinara Lactic Acid Hydrating Serum, and Kinara Intense Moisturizer with Peptides, a $500 value.

As the Academy Awards are fast approaching, celebs are scheduling appointments by the minute at Kinara for facials, body scrubs, waxing, manicures, pedicures, and for their signature Red Carpet Facial. Celebrity renowned esthetician, Olga Lorencin-Northrup, is booking up quickly for her customized treatments by Hollywood’s A-listers, as they make their last-minute skin preparations for the red carpet.

Where: Kinara
656 N. Robertson Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 657-9188

Background: Infamous for her transformative powers and supernova energy, Yugoslavian born, Lorencin-Northrup is more than a red carpet speed dial. As cofounder of Kinara Spa,
developer of Kinara Skin Care products, and never-ending seeker of excellence in skin
care products and treatments, she is among a new generation of leaders with more
than 15 years of experience in the field.

Kinara consists of a day spa, café and boutique located in West Hollywood’s design district. A favorite of celebrities and LA’s most powerful complexions, it is a refuge open to all who seek nurturing experiences and better skin. Kinara Skin Care products are exclusively distributed at the Kinara Skin Care Clinic and online at www. kinaraspa.com. To make an appointment, please call 310-657-9188.

Rinna Busts A Move

Lisa Rinna, seen l. and r. on her hit series Soap Talk, on the SoapNet at 11 p.m. daily, has long been busting a move on her Daytime Emmy-nominated daytime series. Rinna also starred on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars." Drew Lachey and his partner Cheryl Burke won the competition. Rinna and her partner made it through the finals, but were voted off on two episodes before the finale.

Xing Yufei as Ling, Xia Yu as Liu Jinglun in Shadow Magic - 2001 Photo by Fu Xiang Ping

Shadow Magic: A Magical Film

IFC is currently airing the 2001 film "Shadow Magic" starring Jared Harris (one Brit legacy -- he's the son of Richard Harris -- married to another, Emilia Fox -- she' s the daughter of actors Joanna David and Edward Fox) and Xia Yu. The film is a delightful surprise and utterly charming.

Summary: Beijing, 1902. While Master Ren, owner of the Feng Tai Photo Shop, prepares for a formal portrait of China's most famous opera star, Lord Tan, Tan's daughter Ling exchanges furtive glances with Ren's chief photographer, Liu. Meanwhile a foreigner named Raymond Wallace hopes to make a fortune with a crude movie theater he names Shadow Magic. Liu's fascination with useless and disapproved foreign gadgetry leads him into a double life working for both Ren and Wallace.

Jared Harris as Raymond Wallace and Xia Yu as Liu Jinglun in Sony Pictures Classics' Shadow Magic - 2001

Monday, February 27, 2006

Grey’s Best Drama at NAACP

Cast members of the television drama series 'Grey's Anatomy' (L-R) James Pickens, Sandra Oh, director Peter Horton, actress Kate Walsh and Katherine Heigl pose after the series won outstanding drama series, during the taping of the 37th annual NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles, California February 25, 2006. The awards show honors the achievements in the arts by people of color and will be telecast on the FOX television network March 3, 2006. Heigl wore Pamella Roland’s red stretch brocade off the shoulder cocktail dress. Walsh wore a dress by Colette Dinnigan in beige silk. Walsh carried a Rodo purse and wore Rodo shoes, too. REUTERS/Fred Prouser

TV Legends Pass Away

Dennis Weaver Dies

Dennis Weaver, he slow-witted deputy Chester Goode in the TV classic western "Gunsmoke" and the New Mexico deputy solving New York crime in "McCloud," has died. The actor was 81. Weaver died of complications from cancer Friday at his home in Ridgway, in southwestern Colorado, his publicist Julian Myers said. Weaver is survived by his wife; sons Rick, Robby and Rusty; and three grandchildren.

Darren McGavin Dies

Darren McGavin, an actor with hundreds of television, movie and theatrical credits to his name, died on Saturday in Los Angeles. He was 83.

The cause of his death, which was reported to The Associated Press by his son Bogart, was not announced, nor was the precise location, identified only as a Los Angeles area hospital.

Don Knotts Dies

Don Knotts, who won five Emmys for portraying the bungling deputy Barney Fife on the hit television program "The Andy Griffith Show," has died at age 81, a spokesman said on Saturday.

Knotts died on Friday night at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills, California, of pulmonary and respiratory complications, said Paul Ward, a spokesman for the TV Land cable network, which airs old television programs including "Andy Griffith."

His former co-star Andy Griffith was at Knotts' bedside when he died, as were Knotts' third wife, Francie, and his children, Thomas and Karen, an actress, Ward said in a statement.

Knotts' bug-eyed, high-strung character helped make "The Andy Griffith Show," a sitcom about a folksy sheriff in small-town America, one of the most popular U.S. television shows of the 1960s.

Longoria Loves Downboy

Celebrating a friend’s and her own upcoming birthday, Eva Longoria wanted to gift her pals with something that they could wear around her house during the all night festivities, and because she is such a huge fan of Down Boy’s playful flip flops, she knew they would be the perfect fit for her guests.

Designer Robbie B created and dedicated this line of casual shoes to all the women who may not be the girl next door, but even sexier, the girl two doors down. Eva chose the diamond ring flip flops to gift her friends. Diamonds are a girl’s best friend and the DIAMOND RING sandal is for the socialite with something to say. With the message, “Yes, they’re real and they’re spectacular!” these shoes, available in hot pink, baby pink, brown and black are even better than the real thing! Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Rachel Bilson, Jessica Alba, Eva Longoria and Sharon Osbourne are all fans.

Friday, February 24, 2006

A Real Spa Opens in Culver City

Imagine our delight to hear that a REAL spa had opened in our little hometown of Culver City, Calif.

Skeptics that we are, we furrowed brows at the little neon yellow mini-mall, located just a block from the local Payless, but across the street from trendy veggie eatery Leaf. (See? in the photo on the right, above, that's Oscar-nominee/Desperate Housewife Felicity Huffman to the right of owner Alice Koskas. On the far right is her TV husband -- as opposed to real-life husband actor William Macy -- Doug Savant)

But step beyond the parking lot, past the red-velvet ropes, and you've entered into a luxurious spa that rivals any we've been to -- and BeansTalk are spa experts, boasting nearly weekly massages (when there's $$ to spare), including massages around the globe.

A good deal of design and comfort consideration were given by owner/operators Alice and Didier Koskas (like us, locals, and also like us, proudly feature an 8-year-old board member).

In addition to the Exlir bar (yum on that Yoga flavor) at the spa's entrance, the soulful waiting room and pristine locker-room facilities, the treatment rooms (of which there are several) are the proverbially graciously appointed. Unlike some "spas," these rooms are very comfortably sized -- you don't feel like you're on a table in a walk-in closet, like many places that try to do what The Lounge Spa has well succeed.

We're darn picky about our massages, harsh judges, if you will, and again, our skeptical selves emerged and quickly disappeared once therapist Gloria began working out those computer/stress-generated tensions. She was, in a truthful word, fantastic. Nimble fingers, intuitive stride. Ah, if only we weren't at the office all day and able to indulge in her services.

Prices are shockingly reasonable and it's that combination of affordability and comfortable elegance that will certainly garner the Lounge Spa many a return client.

Here's their 411, straight from Koskas (the Mrs.)

Located in Culver City, CA The Lounge Spa is the place to relax, renew and refresh. The moment you walk thru the red velvet ropes you are greeted by one of our friendly coordinators. With every massage and facial treatment, a complimentary Elixir Tonic drink awaits you. Whether you need more energy, clarity or need to recover from a hang over, The Lounge Spa will have the right tonic for you. Sip your tonic at the Elixir Tonicâ Bar or enjoy a variety of herbal teas, fresh fruit and splashing fruit water in our ultra, cool lounges decorated with shag rugs, pillows and swank leather couches.

Relax to the soft, eclectic music in our 5 treatment rooms decorated with warm chocolate browns and mocha tones. Candles and glow lights light up the room to set the perfect ambience, as you treatment begins.

Based on the names of cocktail drinks, a variety of spa treatments such as On the Rocks- hot stone massage, our classic Spatini Facial, and The Fuzzy Navel, for all your waxing needs, make this a fun, ultra hip, modern feel towards your spa experience.

For those who like to share the experience with someone special or with a girlfriend, reserve the Couple’s Suite and “Make it a Double” Tandem massages side by side.

And what better way to celebrate any special occasion with The Lounge Spa in their private VIP Room. From Bachlorette to Bridal and Birthday Parties, we can create a fun, filled theme and spa treatments for everyone to enjoy.

Can’t find the right gift for the person who has everything? Shoppe in our boutique of tantalizing scrubs, bath bombs and candles. Gift Certificates are also available and wrapped in our signature blue and brown polka dot tissue.

The Lounge Spa
11911 West Washington Blvd. Suite B Los Angeles, CA 90066 p. 310-398-1498 f. 310-398-1483
www.theloungespa.com (for a menu of treatments, information)

American Idol: Numbers Rising

Close to 40 million votes cast after Tuesday and Wednesday’s performance shows. American Idol delivered its most heart-wrenching episode this season as the four semifinalists – two females and two males – who received the lowest number of votes were eliminated from the competition.
It was revealed last night that the American Idol journey ended for Bobby Bennett, Patrick Hall, Becky O’Donohue and Stevie Scott. Bennett, from Denver, CO, sang “Copacabana,” while Hall, of Gravette, AR, sang “Come To My Window.” O’Donohue, who currently lives in Dobbs Ferry, NY, entertained the audience with “Because the Night,” and Scott, from Fair Oaks, CA, sang “To Where You Are.”

Next week, the Top 10 girls (Paris Bennett, Ayla Brown, Heather Cox, Brenna Gethers, Mandisa, Kinnik Sky, Melissa McGhee, Katharine McPhee, Kellie Pickler, Lisa Tucker) perform on Tuesday, February 28, 2006 (8 PM ET/PT). Then it’s the guys’ turn, as the Top 10 boys (Kevin Covais, Bucky Covington, Chris Daughtry, Taylor Hicks, Will Makar, Gedeon McKinney, Jose “Sway” Penala, David Radford, Elliott Yamin, Ace Young) perform on Wednesday, March 1, 2006 (8 p.m. PM ET/PT). The following night it will be determined who receives enough votes to stay in the competition, and who goes home. Another two males and two females will be eliminated on the live-results show Thursday, March 2, 2006 (8 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on Fox.

Fourteen-time Emmy-nominated American Idol is created and executive-produced by Simon Fuller, founder of 19 Entertainment, Ltd.; and executive-produced by Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO, FremantleMedia North America, Inc.; Nigel Lythgoe, President, 19 Television; and Ken Warwick, Executive Producer, FremantleMedia North America, Inc. 

Go to AmericanIdol.com for all of your American Idol news.

Elle.com celebrity guest model Dita Von Tesse in the MOSCHINO CHEAP AND CHIC Fall 2006 Show in Milan, Italy – February 22, 2006

Thursday, February 23, 2006

New from Petro Zilla, teal paisley print shorts. Content: 45% Cotton, 53% Polyester, 2%Lycra Size: 0-10 Dry Clean Only. $240 on www.shoppetrozilla.com Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER continues its fourth season Friday, February 24, 2006, at 11 p.m. on HBO. Featured on this week's show as roundtable guests are actor Danny Glover, former Sen. Gary Hart and author Irshad Manji; New Mexico Rep. Heather Wilson is an interview guest. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Salvation from Fomites

Fomites aren’t space aliens. They’re everyday objects that transmit infectious agents (aka germs and viruses) from one person to another. Office water cooler? Fomite. iPod and Blackberry, gym equipment, doorknobs and light switches? Fomites. Handrail on the bus? Major fomite.

Fomites can transmit colds, cold sores, conjunctivitis, E.coli infections, influenza and strep, to name just a few possibilities. According to the Occupational and Health Safety Administration, washing hands is the best defense, but most of us don’t do it enough. Fresh Scents 2 in 1 Antibacterial handwash makes it a little easier because of a built-in bonus. The base of each dispenser has a hidden cache of air-freshening beads. The patented time-release beads continuously release delicate fruit or floral scents, which are amplified when the bottle is picked up or shaken. Placed on a kitchen or bathroom counter, they make a fresh-scented reminder of how important it is to keep hands clean.

Washing hands frequently can helps keep infections at bay. Doing it right (according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) means taking off rings and jewelry, using hot water and enough soap to work up a good lather well, and scrubbing hands, fingers, forearms and under nails for at least 15 seconds. To finish, rinse with hot water and dry with a clean towel. In public facilities, use a paper towel to touch all surfaces.

Fresh Scents 2 in 1 Antibacterial Soap & Home Fragrance comes in six great scents and colors: Fresh Plum Mango (Purple), Cucumber Melon (Green), Tangerine Twist--with a hint of grapefruit(Orange), Cotton Blossom (Blue), and Honeysuckle (Clear), and the attractive dispensers look good and add a touch of color to bathroom or kitchen counters. Fresh Scents can be found at Target Stores, Walgreens and most major retail chains, with an affordable suggested retail price of $2.79.

Dita Von Tesse (and husband Marilyn Manson) wore a MOSCHINO dress at the British Harper’s Bazaar – Magazine Launch Party on February 16, 2006 - Club Cirque London, Great Britain.

Theron Chooses Lanvin

South African actress Charlize Theron arrives at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards in London Sunday Feb. 19, 2006. an evening gown designed by Alber Elbaz for Lanvin. Theron chose a navy blue silk satin column gown held at the front with a black velvet bow.

(AP Photo/ Peter Willows)

Friday, February 17, 2006

Project Runway: All You Need To Know

(l) A model wearing clothing by designer Chloe Dao poses on the runway at the Project Runway Fall 2006 fashion show during the New York Fashion Week February 10, 2006. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

'Project Runway' host Heidi Klum, right, watches the fashions of the finalists during the final episode of the television show, Friday, Feb. 10, 2006 in New York. Klum is also the producer of the Bravo television cable network show. This is the second season of the Emmy-nominated show that pits aspiring designers against each other with the final four showing their designs at New York Fashion Week. (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin)

Project Runway Reunion and Finale

Due to the overwhelming success and popularity of the second season of Bravo's hit series "Project Runway" hosted by Heidi Klum, a special reunion episode has been added to the schedule that will air on Wednesday, February 22, 2006 at 10 p.m., ET/PT. In addition, the season finale of the search for the next great designer will be extended to two hours, airing over two weeks on Wednesday, March 1, 2006 at 10 p.m., ET/PT and concluding with the winner being crowned on Wednesday, March 8, 2006 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

For the first time ever on Bravo, viewers will have the opportunity to interact through their cell phones and online, on BravoTV.com, and have their opinions shared with other viewers as they are polled on "Project Runway" related questions posed throughout the March 8 finale. Results from the viewer polls will be displayed throughout the episode. Everyone who votes will be automatically qualified to be randomly selected to win one of ten video iPods. Saturn is the official sponsor of the voting and sweepstakes.

On Wednesday, February 22 (10 p.m., ET/PT), viewers will have an opportunity to see some of the amusing and sensational moments from the previous challenges that did not make it into the preceding shows as all sixteen designers reunite with Heidi and Tim Gunn. The episode will also feature new interviews with the contestants and judges reacting to their experiences during the course of the challenges, as well as their personal reactions as they watch the series on television. Contestants will share their thoughts on how the series has also impacted their careers and lives.

On Wednesday, March 1 (10 p.m., ET/PT), viewers will watch as the final three designers return home to begin work on their lines, which they will present before the world's fashion elite, at Olympus Fashion Week. Each of the contestants will be visited at their homes by Tim Gunn, allowing viewers to learn more about their personal lives and families, as well as to get a sneak peek at their Fashion Week collections.

On March 8, the three finalists will face-off in a runway show in New York Fashion Week. Each contestant will present their line before the judges, the media, and an audience of industry luminaries. At the end, the winner of "Project Runway" will be crowned. The winning designer will walk away with $100,000 in seed money to help them launch their own line and a 2007 Saturn Sky Roadster, both provided by Saturn. The winner's designs will be featured in a spread in ELLE, photographed by the magazine's world-renowned Publication Director, Gilles Bensimon. They will also receive a mentorship from the Banana Republic Design Team.

The second season of "Project Runway" has garnered record ratings and continues to grow week-to-week. The season premiere was triple season one's premiere, and it has been the #1 show on cable on Wednesdays over the last three weeks. Last week's episode surpassed the record-breaking season one finale in just the eighth episode into the second season.

"Project Runway" is executive produced by Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz of Magical Elves ("Project Greenlight," "Last Comic Standing"). Heidi Klum and her managers Desiree Gruber and Jane Cha of NYC-based Full Picture also executive produce the series. Barbara Schneeweiss oversaw the production on behalf of Miramax Television and The Weinstein Company.
Xtina Does the Grammys Right

Christina Aguilera
performs at the 48th Annual Grammy Awards on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2006, in Los Angeles. Aguilera wore an
ESCADA gown with tulle pearl and gold beaded overlay with crystal bejeweled straps draped along her back. On the red carpet, she paired her gown with Daniel Swarovski handbag a silver woven and crystal Rubans clutch.

(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Longoria and Tesoro: Smooch

Eva Longoria (r), star of the ABC hit show "Desperate Housewives" received a very special surprise, a $20,000 Tesoro floating diamond heart pendant with the #9 set with intense pink sapphires inside designed by jeweler to the stars Jason of Beverly Hills. Longoria says, "I'm a big fan of Tesoro. I love their floating diamond collection."

Sheryl Crow Glitters

Singer Sheryl Crow arrives at the 48th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles February 8, 2006.

Crow wears plenty of Martin Katz bling:
  • Diamond right hand ring with a three carat rose cut marquise shape diamond set in Platinum - $39,000
  • A long diamond chain necklace 99 inches long with 300 round and briolette diamonds set in platinum - 90 carats total weight - $250,000
  • Pear shape diamond drop earring of 4 carats each set in Platinum - $150,000
  • Diamond bracelet containing 39 carats of round diamonds set in platinum - $125,000

REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

New: Hilton Handbags, Parisian Style

Like Sister, Like Sister

Another Hilton handbag line! This time, it's not younger sis Nicky, but Burger King pitchwoman Paris.

the Paris Hilton Handbag ranges in price from $65 to $350 for the Spring ’06 Collection and $49 to $5,000 for the Fall ’06 Collection.

The Paris collection will make its “debut” in mainstream department stores as well as specialty stores on April 15, 2006, featuring an array of materials ranging from leathers to updated synthetic fabrications, fused with intricate accents, including custom hardware and unique stones.

"The whole collection is inspired by Paris’ personal taste: sweet and feminine, yet sexy and trendy. We’re working closely with her to create a line that’s not only on trend but reflects her unique look," says Zone 88 company co-founder Larry Zakarin (who has also been interviewed as an "expert" by BeansTalk for various publications).

Signature pieces within the collection include:

“Wild West” - A sequin hobo with pearlized leather accents and braided strap available in black, neutral and pink.

“Stud-ess” – A leather hobo with gold and silver hardware available in black, champagne, bronze and pink.

“Charming” – A leather clutch with strap and “charm bracelet” chain link accent available in black, gold and pink.

“Disco Diva” – A small satin evening bag with lace bow accent and chain link shoulder strap available in pewter, pink and white.

“Cowgirl Glam” – A leather mini shoulder bag with silver sparkle and “diamond” accent available in black, gold and white.

“Pretty in Pleats” – An extra large leather sack shoulder bag with ring hardware available in black bronze and pink.

With lines ranging from luxury to funky and whimsical, Zone 88 features handbags for the high-spending fashionista to the more conservative consumer with a varied collection of lines including, Vivienne Westwood, Bracciolini, Trissino and now introducing Paris Hilton Handbags.

Everwood Returns

The WB's EVERWOODwill now return on Monday, March 27, 2006 at 9 p.m.

Here's what happened the last time the show was on:
At the end of last season, Andy (Treat Williams) left Nina (Stephanie Niznik) virtually speechless by finally declaring his love for her, and Ephram (Gregory Smith) decided to make a clean break from his troubles in Everwood by moving to Europe. In the season premiere, Nina will choose between the two men she loves - Andy and Jake (Scott Wolf). At Delia's (Vivien Cardone) behest, Ephram makes an emotional return to Everwood just in time for an unexpected wedding; Bright (Chris Pratt) and Hannah (Sarah Drew) are reunited after their first kiss and a summer spent apart; and Amy (Emily VanCamp) and Rose (Merrilyn Gann) find that Rose's cancer has driven them apart rather than brought them together. Justin Baldoni ("Spring Break Shark Attack") joins the cast as Reid Bardem, a medical student who catches Amy's eye.

Nicolette Sheridan is Pretty in Pink -- Jelessy Jeans, that is. Here she is on the Brit tab, Hello Magazine cover with her new/old love, Michael Bolton. Get your own: www.jelessycollection.com

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Grey's Docs Turn Up For DVD Launch

GREY’S ANATOMY First Season DVD launch was celebrated at Hollywood hot spot Geisha House. Patrick Dempsey, James Pickens, Jr., Katherine Heigl, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson, Isaiah Washington, Kate Walsh and show creator Shonda Rhimes attended.

Grey’s Anatomy: The Complete First Season, the DVD set of the Golden Globe® -winning series from Buena Vista Home Entertainment and Touchstone Television, is bursting with bonus features, including 19 exclusive unaired scenes, the toughest cuts from the pilot episode, a behind-the-scenes featurette, Avant-Garde trailer and audio commentaries. Available in stores now.

In photos: (L) Katherine Heigl, who plays Izzie and Kate Walsh who plays Addison. (R) Patrick Dempsey, "Dr. McDreamy."

Turner Broadcasting
will premiere NBC Universal’s blockbuster KING KONG, when it will air on television, in 2008. (r) Kong (Andy Serkis) and Naomi Watts.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Hannigan Chooses Rodo for "Date"

Actress Alyson Hannigan arrives for the premiere of film 'Date Movie' in Los Angeles, California February 13, 2006. She carried a pink Rodo bag (“Cara” pink Burma suede long clutch with a gold and Swarovski crystal clasp) and wore Rodo (Burma suede “Michela” RODO heels ) heels REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Oscar-Nominee Amy Adams
Chooses Rickard Shah

Oscar nominated actress in a supporting role Amy Adams, for her role in 'Junebug', arrives at the 78th annual Academy Awards nominees luncheon in Beverly Hills February 13, 2006. The Academy Awards will be given out in Hollywood on March 5, 2006. She wore Rickard Shah's sexy black satin peep toe "Erin" pumps, featuring pleated satin and corseting across the toe.

The actress has recently become a fan of Rickard Shah's vintage-inspired collection, especially this peep toe style, which she also wore to the recent Writers Guild Awards.

REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Monday, February 13, 2006

Bai Ling. Bai Ling is one of the nicest, most accessible pseudo celebs around. But let's be honest. She's more often photographed for her outrageous just-barely-crotch-covering get-ups than for her style. But at the Grammys this year, she showed up in this astonishingly tasteful and flattering gown, completely coordinated with era-appropriate pumps. The black and white Tadashi gown, garnered her snaps as best dressed at the Grammys by MSN.com. Designer Tadashi "was inspired by Ling's outgoing personality and wanted to create a gown that was sexy yet classic and still leaves something to the imagination," reps for the designer say about this custom couture creation.
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Red Carpet Ready
Oscar Countdown To Great Skin
Tips from Esthetician Olga Lorencin-Northrup

Kinara Skin Care Clinic in West Hollywood offers an “Oscar Ready” countdown to good skin, including treatments and tips to prepare for the red carpet catwalk (or a hot date on Friday night).

Kinara’s Olga Lorencin-Northup, co-owner and esthetician creates custom facials, depending on skin type. Among Kinara’s celebrity clientele are Halle Berry, Naomi Watts, Susan Sarandon, and Jennifer Garner, who come to Kinara for treatments and skincare products.

Six weeks before the Oscars, Olga suggests the Oxygenating Trio Facial, the ultimate for the skincare connoisseur. Consisting of lactic, salicylic and kojic acids, this treatment may also include hydroquinone and resorcinol, depending upon skin type. This potent facial firms, detoxifies, and exfoliates. Excellent for hyper pigmentation, acne, sluggish, and asphyxiated skin.
Price: $150

Four weeks before the Oscars, the Deep Detox Facial intensely exfoliates using a combination of dermatological peels (lactic, glycolic, salicylic, malic plus vitamin A, C, and E), and deep extractions designed to purge skin of impurities. Calming, anti-irritating mask, custom blended for skin type and liquid nitrogen are applied to promote healing and minimize pores. This treatment is excellent for acne-prone, oily, or congested skin. Price: $150

Three Weeks before the Oscars, Kinara’s Professional Body Scrub will increase the body’s blood flow using a combination of brushes and invigorating hand techniques. The carefully blended scrub mixtures are applied to gently and thoroughly exfoliate skin from head to toe. Once the scrub is applied, Vichy showers cascade warm water over the entire body, gently rinsing exfoliants and dead skin cells away. Specially formulated moisture rich creams are then applied with a gentle massage to reinvigorate new skin layers. The result is a deeply relaxing total body treatment, leaving skin feeling incredibly smooth and silky.
Price: $110

Two weeks before the Oscars, Olga suggests any waxing, if necessary, stop drinking coffee, reducing sodium intake to a minimum, and drinking two cups of parsley tea per day, a healthy homemade diuretic to rid the body of impurities. Price: $0

One week before the Oscars, Olga dubs Kinara’s famous Red Carpet Facial as a must for anyone needing a glowing complexion for a very special event, and when it comes to the Oscar’s, there’s no compromise. The Red Carpet Facial utilizes amino acids to gently exfoliate, brighten and smooth the skin without harsh side effects. After very light extractions, a blue algae mask is applied to deeply hydrate. A serum of caviar or green tea extracts puts a finishing touch on this perfect treatment.
Price: $150

Kinara features a day spa, café and boutique located in West Hollywood’s design district at 656 North Robertson Boulevard. Kinara Skincare products are exclusively distributed at the Kinara Skin Care Clinic and online at www.kinaraspa.com. To make an appointment, call 310-657-9188.

Friday, February 10, 2006


Spongellé is the new, skin-conditioning, anti-aging, anti-oxidant, mineral- and botanical enriched, exfoliating, massaging, moisturizing, cleansing, fragrance-infused bath treat.

It’s all there…everything necessary for soft, clean, healthy skin from the neck to the toes. New from the makers of Spongeables, Spongellé takes indulgence to the limit, with specially created fragrance infusions like Papaya-Sandalwood, Lily of the Valley-Green Tea, Peony-Cassis, French Lavender-Meyer Lemon, Green Apple-Lilac, Grapefruit-Amber Infusion, Hot Spice-Ginger and Citrus Accord- Musk. Each fragrance infusion is exclusive to Spongellé

Individual formulas include collagen, sea kelp, green tea, skin-loving botanicals vitamins, gentle glycerin-based soap, and olive oil and other humectants to pamper and protect the skin. Spongellé has a soothing, slightly exfoliating texture that massages away old, dry skin and encourages healthy new skin growth. But if you give Spongellé a little squeeze, the texture softens and turns silky. And you can count on an amazing amount of rich, creamy lather. It’s enough to an ordinary shower into a vertical vacation — a few beautifully indulgent “me” minutes to start the day or put a perfect end to one. Each Spongellé is designed to last for a specific number of showers, and stays perfectly fresh without artificial preservatives.

Spongellé comes in 30-wash ($18), 10-wash ($8) and 5-wash ($5) sizes. A Spongellé “special edition” in a gift box with its own decorator plate is also available ($36). Look for them at the best spas, boutiques, hotels, department stores and specialty beauty retailers.

RThe Dixie Chicks Emily Robison (L), Natalie Maines (C) and Martie Maguire pose at the 2006 'Musicares Person of the Year' gala in Los Angeles February 6, 2006. Person of the Year is a special event celebrating the extraordinary musical achievements and the philanthropic commitment to arts, environmental and humanitarian causes of an individual. Maguire carried a sleek cr�me colored leather clutch by the RODO Spring Summer 2006 collection to enhance her chic look.REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Thursday, February 09, 2006


Twelve Episodes Debut This Year,
With The Final Eight Episodes To Be Presented In 2007

New challenges abound for Tony Soprano as his life grows increasingly complicated. Now that he and Carmela are back together, they must face the reality that their kids are no longer children, but not yet grown. And with Johnny Sack in prison, the always-tense relations between the New Jersey and New York families are strained even further.

The critically acclaimed, Emmy(r)- and Peabody-winning HBO series THE SOPRANOS returns for the first part of its sixth season with 12 new episodes, starting SUNDAY, MARCH 12 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET), followed by other episodes on subsequent Sundays at the same time. The additional eight episodes of the final season will debut in early 2007.

Creator David Chase's drama series stars three-time Emmy(r) winners James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano and Edie Falco as Tony's wife Carmela, plus Lorraine Bracco as therapist Dr. Jennifer Melfi, Emmy(r) winner Michael Imperioli as Tony's nephew Christopher Moltisanti, and Dominic Chianese as Uncle Junior. Also returning to the series are regulars Robert Iler as Anthony Soprano, Jr., Jamie-Lynn Sigler as Meadow Soprano, Tony Sirico as Paulie Walnuts, and Steven Van Zandt as Silvio Dante.

Aida Turturro, who plays Tony's sister Janice, will return to the show as a series regular, as will Steven R. Schirripa as Bobby "Bacala" Baccalieri, John Ventimiglia as Artie Bucco and Vincent Curatola as Johnny Sack.

Other cast members of THE SOPRANOS this season are Ray Abruzzo as Carmine, Frank Vincent as Phil Leotardo, Joe Gannascoli as Vito Spatafore, Max Casella as Benny, Lenny Venito as Murmur, Carl Capotoro as Little Paulie, Dan Grimaldi as Patsy, Katherine Narducci as Charmaine Bucco, Sharon Angela as Rosalie Aprile, Maureen Van Zandt as Gabrielle Dante and Toni Kalem as Angie Bompensiero.

Guest stars for the sixth season include Jerry Adler ("In Her Shoes"), Tim Daly ("Wings"), Frankie Valli (Four Seasons lead singer), Hal Holbrook ("Men of Honor"), Ben Kingsley ("House of Sand and Fog"), Julianna Margulies ("ER"), Treach (HBO's "First Time Felon"), Ron Leibman ("Garden State"), Elizabeth Bracco ("Analyze This") and Lord Jamar (HBO's "Oz").

March episodes:
Episode #66: "Members Only"
Debut: SUNDAY, MARCH 12 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Other HBO playdates: March 14 (midnight), 15 (9:00 p.m.), 17 (10:00 p.m.) and 18 (11:30 p.m. ET/10:30 p.m. PT)
HBO2 playdate: March 13 (10:00 p.m.)
Tony (James Gandolfini) ponders an associate's retirement request, and shares a recent windfall with Carmela (Edie Falco). Junior (Dominic Chianese) takes Tony on a backyard treasure hunt; Hesh (Jerry Adler) seeks restitution for a wrong perpetrated on his son-in-law.

Written by Terence Winter; directed by Tim van Patten.

Episode #67: "Join the Club"
Debut: SUNDAY, MARCH 19 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
Other HBO playdates: March 21 (midnight), 22 (9:00 p.m.), 24 (10:00 p.m.) and 25 (midnight ET/10:30 p.m. PT)
HBO2 playdate: March 20 (10:00 p.m.)
Tony suffers from a case of mistaken identity during a west coast business trip.
Written by David Chase; directed by David Nutter.

Episode #68: "Mayham"
Debut: SUNDAY, MARCH 26 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
Other HBO playdates: March 28 (midnight), 29 (9:00 p.m.) and 31 (10:00 p.m.), and April 1 (10:30 p.m.)
HBO2 playdate: March 27 (10:00 p.m.)
Silvio (Steven Van Zandt) divides the spoils from Paulie's (Tony Sirico) latest score, and heads off a territorial impasse between Bobby (Steven R. Schirripa) and Vito (Joe Gannascoli). Carmela turns to an unexpected source for help with AJ (Robert Iler); Christopher (Michael Imperioli) turns to an old writing acquaintance, JT Dolan (Tim Daly), for help in a new venture.

Written by Matthew Weiner; directed by Jack Bender.

Veteran directors of THE SOPRANOS returning for new shows are Jack Bender, Steve Buscemi, Alan Taylor and Tim Van Patten. Directing episodes for the first time will be Danny Leiner ("Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle"), David Nutter (HBO's "Band of Brothers") and Steve Shill (HBO's "Rome" and "Deadwood").

Among the writers this season are Emmy(r) winner David Chase, Emmy(r) winner Terence Winter, Matthew Weiner and Diane Frolov & Andrew Schneider.

In 2004, the series won four Emmys(r), including Drama Series; Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Michael Imperioli); Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Drea de Matteo); and Writing for a Drama Series (Terence Winter, "Long Term Parking"). The show has also won five Golden Globe Awards, including the award in the Best Television Series - Drama category in 2000.

THE SOPRANOS is a production of HBO Original Programming, Brad Grey Television and Chase Films; executive producers, David Chase, Brad Grey, Ilene S. Landress, Terence Winter; co-executive producers, Henry J. Bronchtein and Matthew Weiner; supervising producers, Diane Frolov & Andrew Schneider; producers, Martin Bruestle and Gianna Smart. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Quick Thinkers

(Left) Couples from ABC's "Sons & Daughters: Alison Quinn, Jerry Lambert; Gillian Vigman, Fred Goss (Right) Comedy Central's unscripted, brilliantly funny "Reno 911" -- the feature film based on the series will also be ad-libbed by the cast. We love that "Lt. Dangle" (Thomas Lennon) and "Officer Weigel" (Kerri Kenny) have been friends since they met in summer camp when they were both 16. We also love Niecy Nash, who's on another one of our favorite shows, Style Net's "Clean House."

They Do It Scriptless

In a rather ironic twist, "reality" programs have been revealed to be largely scripted -- or at least have very contrived situations. Simon Cowell probably isn't as nasty as he is on screen, or certainly as petulant. This season's his barbs are sharper and he's already walked off and actually flown home after a particular audition sequence displeased him. But it's perfectly good drama and what the audience wants. The only difference is that the majority of the viewing audience probably don't realize that situations are staged, exaggerated or downright written word-for-word.

That's what we love about the breed of series that are ad-libbed, unscripted and rely on the quick-witted talent.

ABC's midseason replacement, Sons & Daughters, from Lorne Michaels, is one such show. Others that rely on a couple/few page treatment (and hours of tape to be edited for the finest moments) include some of our favorite shows:

Reno 911 Campus Ladies Curb Your Enthusiasm

Another new show, Fox's "Free Ride," is also unscripted.

That means that not only do the actors have to think quickly, they have to be willing to improvise and work with each other -- kind of the ultimate team play. We love it! And we're darn impressed.

Pure Hapa

Pure Hapa skincare is providing all women nominees with its Haupia Orange
Souffle Body Cream, a rich, delicious, Hawaiian body cream that firms and
revitalizes as it replenishes moisture; Sweet Pineapple Sugar Cream, which
quenches the body with Hawaiian pineapple extracts, shea butter and
macadamia nut oil; and a travel candle scented with Juicy Mango & Creamy
Coconut, Coconut Lemongrass or Green Tea & Jasmine. www.purehapa.com

Pure Hapa is distributed at many five-star resorts on the Hawaiian Islands,
including the Four Seasons Manele Bay on Lanaii. Fans include Teri Hatcher,
Lisa Rinna, Charlize Theron, Cynthia Nixon and Traci Bingham. (In the photo above, from the website, the SPAlicious Gift Box, $65).

Function Urban Detox

Physician developed FUNCTION urban detox is a caffeine free, preservative free, delicious blend of orange, prickly pear, and lime.

When it comes to alcohol, FUNCTION urban detox alleviates hangovers, helps minimize the advanced aging associated with chronic alcohol ingestion, and helps protect the liver from alcohol related damage. When it comes to city living and its associated airborne pollutants and crowded spaces, FUNCTION urban detox helps minimize the effect of pollution on your lungs and sinuses and boosts your immune system.

FUNCTION urban detox is providing all men and women nominees with it's
MUST-HAVE hangover kit. FUNCTION urban detox is a physician-developed,
all-natural, preservative and caffeine-free drink that medically cures and
prevents hangovers (it really works!). Infused with an enzyme called
N-acetyl cysteine (which is what ER doctors give to patients who come into
the hospital with alcohol poisoning), FUNCTION urban detox cleanses your
system of toxins and the inflammation that causes hangover symptoms like
lethargy, headaches, nausea, red eyes and skin. You can even mix it with
vodka to create a "hangover-free cocktail", which we recently did at the
Hollywood Reporter's Next Gen party in L.A. The drink also clears the lungs
and sinuses of airborne pollution (car exhaust, smog, cigarette smoke), and
is the perfect daily tonic for city dwellers. www.functiondrinks.com

FUNCTION urban detox fans include Tori Spelling, Amy Smart, Shaquille O'Neal
and members of the Foo Fighters and System of a Down.