Friday, November 28, 2008

kaplanMD Gift Set

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Just in time for the holidays, kaplanMD is offering the entire collection at a discounted price. Get all four items for $395 (normally $495).

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Newton in Lanvin

Actresses Elizabeth Banks (L) and Thandie Newton (R) pose with director Oliver Stone as they arrive to attend the premiere of the film "W." in New York, October 14, 2008. The movie is a film portrait of U.S. President George W. Bush and it opens in theatres less than three weeks before Americans select their next president. Newton wore Lanvin's black off-the-shoulder tiered grosgrain ribbon cocktail dress. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES)

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Cruz Also Chooses Chopard

Penelope Cruz selected a pair of diamond earrings from the Copacabana Collection, a diamond pave bangle from the Pushkin Collection and a ring from the Happy Diamonds Solitaire Collection - all by Chopard at the premiere of her film, Vicky Christina Barcelona on 21 October 2008.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Paltrow Wears Chopard Paris Premiere

Gwyneth Paltrow sparkled in the City of Lights wearing Chopard’s diamond necklace set in yellow gold from their Strada Collection as well as heart shaped diamond drop earrings also set in yellow gold from the High Jewelry Collection.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Gugino Chooses Bayou

Carla Gugino arrives at the Scream Awards on Saturday 18 October 2008 in Los Angeles. Cugino worked the red carpet in a dress by Bradley Bayou. The actress looked chic in an amber sequin 3⁄4 length cocktail dress from Bradley Bayou’s couture line, During his two-year stint as Creative Director and Head Designer for Halston, Bayou revived the label to its original stature as a world renowned brand. Bayou currently designs the Bradley Bayou couture line (worn by celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Lindsay Lohan, Megan Fox, Debra Messing, Eva Longoria, Queen Latifah, Anne Hathaway and more) as well as the BRADLEY ready-to-wear collection, sold on QVC, and is the author of “The Science of Sexy” (now available on paperback) -- a guide to choosing clothes for women of all shapes and sizes. (AP Photos/Dan Steinberg)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Stars at Snoqualmie Casino Grand Opening

Thursday, November 6, 2008 marked the Grand Opening of the Snoqualmie Casino.

Olympic gold medalist figure skater Oksana Baiul, "Baywatch’s" Traci Bingham, "American Idol" runner-up Blake Lewis and NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon attended opening night which featured a private concert by Jessica Simpson, her first public concert in the Seattle area since 2004.

Simpson unveiled her new country songs from her latest album "Do You Know" which debuted #1 on the country charts and she is currently promoting her 2nd hit single "Remember That." She spoke fondly of her boyfriend, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, in between songs. Simpson reflected on what it is like to be in love and be happy with the right person and performed her version of "These Boots Were Made for Walkin'."

Oksana Baiul wore Chanel and Louis Vuitton in a look that harkened to a 1940s screen siren. The Olympian was overheard talking about her exciting projects off the ice, including her Broadway show "Cold As Ice,” and her new reality TV show, which will follow her segue into Hollywood.

Traci Bingham wore a cherry red and leopard print mini and was telling everyone about the new show she hosts on Fox, searching for the next American Sex Symbol. Bingham’s sister was the big winner, turning $10 in the slot machine into a few thousand dollars in minutes.

Celebrity guests and VIPs were treated to sushi, cocktails from the Absolut & Bacardi ice bars, cognac and cigars at Snoqualmie's LIT cigar lounge, the yummy dessert selection and chocolate fondue fountain and their own custom Snoqualmie poker sets.

“ There’s just nothing like [Snoqualmie Casino] in this region,” said Michael Barozzi, chief executive officer of Snoqualmie Entertainment Authority, which owns and operates Snoqualmie Casino. “Our guests can enjoy the elegance and sophistication expected of a 5-star resort and at the same time experience the high-octane thrill of true, Vegas-style casino entertainment.”

Snoqualmie Casino is the closest gaming center to Seattle and the first on Seattle’s eastside. With more than 170,000-square-feet of entertainment space, the Vegas-style venue features 50 table games, eight poker tables, and 1700 state-of-the-art slot machines.

In addition to live concerts, the 11,000-square-foot Ballroom will also host other high-profile events such as world-class boxing, and national poker tournaments. Five restaurants, three unique lounges and bars, and a plush cigar lounge round out the total entertainment experience.


Captions: Jessica Simpson with NFL Hall of Famer Warren Moon and his wife Mandy

Jessica Simpson onstage during her private concert at the Snoqualmie Casino Grand Opening

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Lily Allen New CD Update

On February 10th, 2009, Capitol Records will release It's Not Me, It's You, the follow-up to Lily Allen's critically acclaimed 2007 debut, Alright, Still.

Recorded at Eagle Rock Studios in Los Angeles, the album finds Lily in top form, creating a record Blender's recent "In The Studio" feature described as "part God, part country and all middle finger." Allen wrote and recorded the album's 12 songs with producer Greg Kurstin (the bird and the bee), who worked with her on three songs for Alright, Still - "Everything's Just Wonderful," "Alfie" and "Not Big."

"We decided to try and make bigger sounding, more ethereal songs, real songs," says Lily, who will be touring the U.S. in the spring. "I wanted to work with one person from start to finish to make it one body of work. I wanted it to feel like it had some sort of integrity. I think I've grown up a bit as a person and I hope it reflects that."

On It's Not Me, It's You, Lily's characteristically sharp observations find expression in a variety of musical styles, with influences ranging from the Jazz Era to country and western to dance music. "Highlights include 'Everyone's at It,' a synth-pop song about prescription drugs that features Allen on xylophone; 'He Wasn't There,' which matches emotional lyrics about her absent father to a jazz groove; and 'Not Fair,' a saucy country song about an inadequate lover," said Rolling Stone.

Often called the queen of MySpace - a reference to the massive interest generated by early demos she posted on her page - Lily was hailed by NME as "the archetypal singer-songwriter for the iPod generation" while The New York Times observed, "She symbolizes a new blogging-age, middle-class girl: cockily ambitious, skeptical yet enthusiastic, technically savvy, musically open, obsessed with public expression and ready to fight back."

After a release week performance on "Saturday Night Live," Alright, Still bowed at No. 20 on The Billboard 200 in February 2007. Certified Gold in the States, it has sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide. Allen, who was nominated for four Brit awards, a GRAMMY® award and an MTV Video Music award, toured the U.S. numerous times and appeared on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and "TODAY." A succession of collaborations with artists including Robbie Williams, Mark Ronson, Common, Dizzee Rascal, Jamie T and the Kaiser Chiefs further enhanced Lily's reputation as an artist of unusual diversity.

The track listing for It's Not Me, It's You:

1. Everyone's At It
2. The Fear
3. It's Not Fair
4. 22
5. I Could Say
6. Go Back To the Start
7. Never Gonna Happen
8. Fuck You
9. Who'd've Known
10. Chinese
11. Him
12. He Wasn't There

Ray Bradbury to TCM as November Guest Programmer

Award Winning Writer of Something Wicked This Way Comes and Fahrenheit 451 to Join TCM Host Robert Osborne on Thursday 20 November 2008

Ray Bradbury, one of the 20th century’s greatest American authors with more than 500 published works, is coming to Turner Classic Movies (TCM) to present a few of his favorite films in the November edition of the network’s Guest Programmer series. Each month on this movie showcase, TCM invites a celebrity to exchange star status for a role as a devoted fan of classic film by picking a few favorite movies and sharing with viewers what he or she has come to love about each one. Bradbury will sit down with TCM host Robert Osborne to present four outstanding films Thursday, 20 November 2008 beginning at 8 p.m. (ET).

Bradbury’s chosen films for his appearance as Guest Programmer are The Phantom of the Opera (1925 – 8 p.m.) and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923 – 9:45 p.m.), two films featuring the legendary master of disguise, Lon Chaney; Rebecca (1940 – 11:45 p.m.), Alfred Hitchcock’s Oscar®-winning Best Picture starring Joan Fontaine, Laurence Olivier and Judith Anderson; and Citizen Kane (1941 – 2:00 a.m.), the Orson Welles classic that consistently ranks among the greatest films ever made.

Awarded the National Book Foundation’s 2000 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters and the 2004 National Medal of Arts, Bradbury is best known for such works as The Illustrated Man, Fahrenheit 451 and Something Wicked This Way Comes, all of which were made into feature films starring the likes of Rod Steiger, Julie Christie and Jason Robards, and The Martian Chronicles, which became a hit miniseries starring Rock Hudson.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Liv Tyler (seen here with her son Milo) rocks a pair of 7forallmankind jeans.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Walsh Goes For 40s Siren Style

Actress Kate Walsh poses for pictures after leaving a taping of the 'Late Show With David Letterman' on Wednesday Oct. 1, 2008, in New York. Walsh showed her curves in a Herve Leroux navy keyhole fitted dress for her appearance on David Letterman. She also wore Platinum jewelry by Neil Lane, a pair of Platinum drop earrings, a cocktail ring and a bracelet. (AP Photo/Brian McDermott)

Friday, November 14, 2008

Katy Perry's World Tour Scoop

"It Girl" of 2008, Capitol Records breakthrough artist Katy Perry, will take her act on the road in early 2009, in her first international headline tour in the wake of the global success of her debut album, One Of The Boys. Tickets will go on sale today, 14 November 2008.

Katy is playing in a variety of large clubs and small theatres. Her itinerary will take her to the stages of such classic venues as The Fillmore in San Francisco, Irving Plaza in New York City, The Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, The Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, Canada and The Elyseé Montmartre in Paris, France, hitting fifty cities around the world between the tour's Jan. 23rd kick-off in Seattle, and an early May wrap-up show in her Santa Barbara hometown. Joining Katy on the road will be Alphabeat on all North American dates and Warped Tour alumni 3 OH 3! for all European dates.

Currently, Katy's second single, the irrepressible "Hot N Cold," is her second international hit: aside from Top 10 entries in the US, Australia, Canada (where it claims the No. 1 slot) and the U.K, it is a bulleted Top 5 smash on Billboard's Hot 100 pop chart, and No. 1 most listened to record on American Top 40. The video has become the No. 2 most viewed video premiere of all time on MySpace and the track's U.S. radio success has sent the RIAA gold-certified One Of The Boys bulleting back into the Top 20 of the national Billboard Top 200 album chart, in its fifth month of release.

Katy is fresh off of a scene-stealing performance at the MTV Latin America "Los Premios Awards," and hosting and performing at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Liverpool where she picked up the award for "Best New Act". Previously, Katy spent two solid months on Stateside tour with Vans Warped Tour in the summer of 2008 - a scene described by one Midwestern reviewer as comparable to the running of the bulls in Pamplona "...minus the bulls, or the quaint Basque scenery" marking her as a solid live performer.

Meanwhile, Katy's career displayed the same unstoppable forward momentum, as her first single, "I Kissed a Girl," took up an astonishing seven-week residency at No. 1, equaling a Capitol label record set by The Beatles. The song was the 1,000th American No. 1 hit of the rock era, amassing over 2 million domestic paid downloads, and now approaching 6 million in global single sales. In addition, the song was No. 1 nationally in 15 countries, including the U.K., Canada, Germany, Sweden, and Australia as well as a No. 1 iTunes download in over a dozen countries, and a No. 1 airplay smash in 20 territories.

Along the way, as One Of The Boys made its Top 10 Billboard album chart debut, critics and fans alike commented on the cultural zeitgeist so effortlessly captured by Katy in her songs and video clips, including the underground Youtube and Myspace smash, "Ur So Gay," and the five times MTV Video Music Award nominee "I Kissed a Girl."

Katy Perry World Tour:
Jan 23 Seattle, WA @ Showbox at the Market
Jan 25 Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
Jan 26 Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
Jan 28 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
Jan 29 Sacramento, CA @ Empire Events Centre
Jan 31 Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern
Feb 2 Tuscon, AZ @ University of Arizona
Feb 3 Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
Feb 5 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
Feb 22 Stockholm @ Nalan
Feb 23 Copenhagen @ Vega
Feb 25 Manchester @ Academy
Feb 26 London @ Koko
Feb 27 London @ Koko
Mar 1 Amsterdam @ Melkweg the Max
Mar 2 Paris @ Elysee Montmarte
Mar 4 Munich @ Kesselhaus
Mar 5 Frankfurt @ Batschkapp
Mar 6 Hamburg @ Grynspan
Mar 7 Brussels @ Ancienne Belgique
Mar 20 Houston, TX @ House of Blues
Mar 21 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
Mar 23 Kansas City, MO @ Beaumont
Mar 24 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Mar 26 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
Mar 27 Detroit, MI @ Clutch Cargos
Mar 28 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
Mar 30 Toronto, ONT @ Kool Haus
Apr 5 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
Apr 7 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Apr 10 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
Apr 11 Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
Apr 14 Nashville, TN @ Cannery
Apr 15 Atlanta, GA @ CenterStage
Apr 27 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
Apr 28 St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Landing

For more on Katy Perry including photos, streaming video, and Katy's blog, visit her official website or MySpace page

HGTV's Holiday Decor Shows

Get Great Ideas Here

HGTV will celebrate the spirit of the holidays at home by decking the halls with five new specials and six special holiday episodes. From Sunday, November 16, to Wednesday, December 17, viewers will see the latest trends in holiday décor, gifts and entertaining ideas for every home. The special seasonal programming also includes a tour of America's most festive holiday celebrations, and a special peek inside the dazzlingly decorated homes of the network's brightest stars. In addition, beginning Monday, November 3, will offer special online holiday packages, including convivial craft projects and decoration ideas for everything from tinsel to tree-toppers, as well as eco-friendly ways to celebrate the season.

On Sunday, November 30 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, several of HGTV's most popular hosts will show viewers their expertly decorated holiday homes in HGTV's Home for the Holidays. Viewers will join host Monica Pedersen as she visits designers Vern Yip, Kim Myles, Lisa LaPorta and Angelo Surmelis and contractors Eric Stromer and Steve Watson, as they share their stylish seasonal décor ideas and treasured holiday traditions. On Sunday, December 7, at 8 p.m. ET/PT, HGTV also will highlight hometown holiday celebrations in communities across the country in Top 10 Christmas Towns. Viewers will see how to create down home holiday craft projects and recipes, including corn shuck angels, cowboy Christmas decorations, wassail and spiced wine.

In 25 Great Holiday Ideas, airing on Friday, November 28 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, hosts Angelo Surmelis and Erinn Valencich will reveal the best holiday entertaining tips, craft projects and special traditions that were submitted by online users. Angelo and Erinn also will offer a sackful of easy seasonal décor demonstrations that are perfect for any home, such as homemade ice vases, candy-covered ornamental trees and eco-friendly wrapping paper suggestions. On Sunday, December 14 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, viewers will enjoy getting an exclusive look at the country's most creative and festive holiday window displays in Holiday Windows 2008. These majestic winter wonderlands are the year's biggest secret for department stores such as Macy's, Neiman Marcus, Saks and Lord & Taylor. Viewers will get exclusive behind-the-scenes access to every exciting detail from the top-secret design plans to the dramatic reveal of each exquisite window display.

This season HGTV also will offer special holiday-themed episodes of popular series. In Deserving Design, airing on Sunday, November 16 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, designer Vern Yip completes a beautiful French Country style kitchen makeover for a family who devotes much of their time to others in need. On Friday, November 28, at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT, Myles of Style host and designer, Kim Myles, will help a family celebrate the holidays in their new home with a wondrous rustic Christmas living room makeover. In addition, Carter Oosterhouse will bring the holiday spirit to the Genovese family in a special episode of Carter Can, airing on Saturday, December 6, at 11:30 a.m. ET/PT. Despite a tumultuous year, the family is ready to count their blessings in the updated den designed by Carter.

HGTV's holiday programming offers everything from the latest ideas for gifts, design and décor to the inspirational family stories that will help viewers make the most of this holiday season.

Holiday Programming Highlights
(All air dates, titles, locations and hosts are subject to change.)

Deserving Design Sunday, November 16, at 8 p.m. ET/PT
Host and renowned designer Vern Yip will help the Bernards, a deserving family who assist the less fortunate throughout the year. In this special holiday episode, viewers will see Vern create a luxurious French Country kitchen complete with new appliances, tile backsplashes and top-of-the-line cabinetry designed to fit this busy family's needs.

Myles of Style Friday, November 28, at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT
Designer Kim Myles will spread holiday cheer when she transforms a family's bland living room into a warm and inviting holiday wonderland for entertaining family and friends. Viewers will get sensational and affordable seasonal decor ideas when Kim re-imagines the living room for Josh, Heather and 2-year-old son, Tyler, with a design that will make their holiday dreams come true.

25 Great Holiday Ideas Friday, November 28, at 9 p.m. ET/PT
This one-hour special features 25 great holiday decorating and entertaining ideas that were submitted online by HGTV viewers. Designers Angelo Surmelis and Erinn Valencich will demonstrate how to recreate those viewers' ideas and more, including how to trim a tree, deck the halls and transform the home into a wonderful place to welcome holiday guests.

HGTV's Home for the Holidays Sunday, November 30, at 8 p.m. ET/PT
In this exciting one-hour special hosted by Monica Pedersen, viewers will get an inside look at how HGTV's on-camera personalities celebrate the season. Viewers will enjoy seeing the inspirational décor and holiday traditions of HGTV stars, including Vern Yip, Lisa LaPorta, Kim Myles, Angelo Surmelis, Eric Stromer and Steve Watson.

Carter Can Saturday, December 6, at 11:30 a.m. ET/PT
In this inspirational episode, expert builder Carter Oosterhouse brings some much-needed holiday cheer to the Genovese family, who, after a difficult year, is ready celebrate the season. Carter and his crew create built-in bench seating and extra storage for the living room as well as deck out the home for a holiday the family will never forget.

Color Correction Saturday, December 6, at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT
Color expert Constance Ramos will provide a holiday makeover for the Kimball family, who want to change their beige living room into a colorful place to celebrate during the holidays. Viewers will see Constance incorporate a rich color palette to create a
dramatically different space complete with luxurious accents and unique holiday décor.

Design on a Dime Sunday, December 7, at 3:00 p.m. ET/PT
Interior designer Frank Fontana and the Design on a Dime team are ready to turn the Serra family's dining room into a showplace for their holiday party. With a special budget of $2,000, Frank will create a Tuscan-style space that includes both seasonal elements and design pieces that can remain year round. The addition of a formal bar area, faux-wood beams and other festive décor will transform this typical dining room into a European-inspired space for entertaining.

Top 10 Christmas Towns Sunday, December 7, at 8 p.m. ET/PT
This one-hour special will take viewers on a journey to see how people in 10 communities across America celebrate the holidays in their own unique way. From the seashell-adorned decorations at a "Christmas by the Sea" to an "Ozarks Christmas" in Arkansas, HGTV will capture the essence of each town's heartfelt celebration and tell its one-of-a-kind holiday story.

Holiday Windows 2008 Sunday, December 14, at 8 p.m. ET/PT
In this popular seasonal special, viewers will get exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the fabulous holiday window displays of the nation's most popular department stores and get the first glimpse of these marvelous winter wonderlands at the moment it's revealed to the world.

White House Christmas 2008 Wednesday, December 17, at 9 p.m. ET/PT
HGTV steps inside the White House to find out what it takes to decorate the home of the president and the first lady for the holidays. Host Sabrina Soto from HGTV's Get It Sold will give viewers an exclusive backstage pass to the most famous home in the country. Viewers will see how the yards of garland, hundreds of wreaths and nearly two dozen trees, will be decorated and put on display for the thousands visitors expected to pass through the White House this holiday season.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Michelle Obama's Favorite Designers

The First Lady-elect is tall, elegant and slim to carry off just about any look (although we've already noted how we cringed at her Election Night choice -- it was Narcisco Rodriguez).

But Michelle Obama, like the rest of us, has favorite designers who she can confidently turn to for special occasions. These include Chicago designer Maria Pinto, Isabel Toledo (the black outfit above), Narcisco Rodriguez, Moschino, and Thakoon Panichgul (the dress above).

She's fond of bright colors (she's got the perfect coloring), as well as lively floral patterns. For solids, she's been most often seen in red and variants of the shade, but also has been seen in a purple/pinky color, as well as turquoise.

Obama has said she love to shop on line (for the convenience, and perhaps now, the privacy), and is often seen, for her more casual attire, in J.Crew and Gap.

Both Obama and her husband do share a mutual style that edges towards the preppy. But that's not say she chooses safe. She wore a Rodriguez suit in grey and white that featured large horizontal stripes, her Moschino purple floral print was a kicky 1950's retro design. Her Thakoon sheaths feature more detailed, smaller floral prints.

There'll be much speculation for the next few weeks on what she'll wear on the inauguration, but given that the ceremony is outside and it is, afterall, January in D.C., her choice of coat and/or hat and other accessories (she definitely knows how to accessorize) will be key. She'd look great in a nicely cut red wool coat. We'll pull some ideas and post them soon, although she'll no doubt be wearing a custom ensemble.

Lovely Lane

Actress Diane Lane attends the 'Nights In Rodanthe' world premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008 in New York. Lane selected a sleek chocolate Herve Leroux cocktail dress. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Amy Ryan Goes Glam

Amy Ryan arrives at the premiere of "Changeling" in New York on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008. This Oscar nominated actress looked beautiful on the red carpet wearing Chopard’s cushion-cut diamond earrings on a platinum French wire (5 carats) and a stack of five dazzling diamond bangles (over 60 carats). (Fashion Wire Daily/Grant Lamos IV)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Ernest Borgnine Honored

BeansTalk Note: One of the last at-home interviews we did at our former day job was an interview with Ernest Borgnine, who we thought was marvelous. Check out what TCM has planned:
Academy Award®-winning actor Ernest Borgnine will join Turner Classic Movies (TCM) host Robert Osborne for an intimate discussion in PRIVATE SCREENINGS: ERNEST BORGNINE, a one-hour special premiering Monday, Jan. 26, 2009 at 8 p.m. With a career that spans more than 50 years and continues to this day, Borgnine has endeared himself to film and television audiences alike. This TCM original will be accompanied by a night of Borgnine’s films, including the Best Picture Oscar® winners Marty (1955) and From Here to Eternity (1953).

In PRIVATE SCREENINGS, Borgnine discusses his career that began by enrolling in the Randall School of Dramatic Arts in Hartford. From there, he broke into the professional ranks at the Barter Theatre in Virginia. Following his years at the Barter Theatre, he heard about a casting call, knocked on the door and asked if they had anything for him. A man came to the door and invited him to do a screen test. That man was director Robert Siodmak, who showed the screen test to producer Louis de Rouchemont. In no time, Borgnine was cast in the Lloyd Bridges labor-management drama, Whistle at Eaton Falls.

With the energy of a man in his 20s, Borgnine recounts such memories as being cast in From Here to Eternity opposite such top-name stars as Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr and Frank Sinatra. It was only his fourth film. He also recalls being put under contract and not getting work; his surprise Oscar win for Marty, which was presented to him by Grace Kelly; his various marriages; and what he really wanted to title his book.

PRIVATE SCREENINGS: ERNEST BORGNINE is full of additional fascinating anecdotes:

· His mom was a countess, which makes him, in his own words, “a count of no account.”

· Prior to becoming an actor, he served in the Navy for 10 years.

· Marty was originally made to be a “tax loss.”

· The motivation to go into acting came from his mother.

· His inspiration to venture into television came from a child selling chocolate bars.

At the end of PRIVATE SCREENINGS, Borgnine reflects on his career: “I’d like to think that maybe through my pictures, through my television, through everything crazy in the life I’ve led, maybe somewhere I left a laugh or two. Making people laugh: This is what it’s all about.”

The following is the complete schedule for TCM’s Monday, Jan. 26, tribute to Ernest Borgnine:


9 p.m. Marty (1955) – starring Betsy Blair, Joe Mantell and Joe De Santis.


Midnight The Last Command (1955) – starring Sterling Hayden, Anna Maria Alberghetti and Richard Carlson.

2:45 a.m. From Here to Eternity (1953) – starring Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Frank Sinatra and Donna Reed.

5 a.m. Torpedo Run (1958) – Glenn Ford, Diane Brewster and Dean Jones.

Monday, November 10, 2008


There is nothing dull, indecisive, or “old” about gray. At the hands of Nailtini’s master mixologists, the color is pure attitude, laced with luxury.

“Caviar Cocktail” lacquer takes the murky territory between black and white and makes it dark, steely and edgy. And whether it brings to mind Beluga or black Tahitian pearls, “Caviar Cocktail” is at home at the toniest holiday party or on a winter beach retreat. Wear it with your favorite cocktail frock or tiniest bikini. A perfect statement “accessory” from the new Nailtini “Champagne and Caviar” collection for only $12 at

Friday, November 07, 2008

Ferrin's Fine Fashions

by Topacio Althaus BeansTalk Contributor

BeansTalk got a firsthand look at how sensational designer and all-around fashion guru Abi Ferrin, works her magic at a recent VIP shopping extravaganza in Beverly Hills, located at the Thompson Hotel. BeansTalk gawked over Ferrin's array of multi-colored fashions.

Abi Ferren names her unique pieces of clothing after women who h inspire her. The Denise dress in her 2008 Fall/Winter Collection (, is an ideal example Ferrin’s versatile and functional clothing.

Key elements to the Denise dress are Ferrin-designed pockets: any woman can enjoy a night out on the town without carrying an annoying, good-time interfering handbag.

Ferrin incorporates modern designs with a hippie vibe, which are best featured in her Nepal vest and cuffed trousers design, as seen in the 2008 Fall/Winter Collection.

Not only does Ferrin successfully combine the modern and Bohemian, but she also uses friendly knit fibers.

Ferrin tells BeansTalk, "[knit fibers] are made in Brazil and are all eco-friendly. They’re made in factories that are environmentally and socially conscious.”

Ferrin is also an advocate in helping oppressed women with the design of her beautiful Cambodian clutches, which are made by women rescued out of the Cambodian sex trade. The women are given training, fair pay, food and shelter for their work done in their micro-businesses.

All of Ferrin’s designs feature a Nepal button, which are also made by women who are rescued from the sex-trade in Nepal.

Ferrin adds, “It's beyond just sending them money, I buy a product so they have work, a job and career.” Ferrin puts a button on each garment, which supports their business, and in the end, "make women here feel great about themselves and help women overseas; it gives woman an opportunity for a different life.”

No, It's Not Zoe Deschanel - It's Katy Perry!

Singer Katy Perry wearing a Moschino black and white polkadot pencil dress with bustier along with a pair of red and white patent leather shoes by Moschino Cheap and Chic to Beso restaurant in Hollywood.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Huffman: Pet Ambassador

In this photo released by P&G Pet Care, actress Felicity Huffman, North American ambassador for the Iams Home 4 the Holidays pet adoption campaign, poses with Kahlua during an event celebrating the campaign's 10th anniversary Monday, Oct. 6, 2008 at Animal Haven in New York City. The campaign aims to raise awareness about adoption and place 1 million pets in homes by Jan. 5, 2009. Huffman wore a Moschino Cheap and Chic black and white flower print sleeveless dress with a plisse waist. (AP Photo/P&G Pet Care, Jason DeCrow)

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Monkey See, Monkey.... NATURE “Clever Monkeys” 9 November 2008 8 to 9 p.m. on PBS
Love, language, guilt, envy, generosity, secrets, lies and sophisticated society are not unique to humans. We share those complex traits with our relatives — the monkeys. Following along as the babies of two different species are reared, viewers learn how and what monkeys teach their young. Monkeys around the world rely on that knowledge to adapt to the remarkable variety of environments they now call home. Who are the cleverest monkeys? And how much of human experience do they really share? In HD where available.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Hormonal Aging

A release from kaplanMD Skincare: Until recently, most skincare products have focused only on anti-aging and environmental protection. Studies now show that hormonal changes affect both men and women and begin in the late 20’s and early 30’s. If we want our skin to look 30, in our 40’s and 50’s, we need to start early! To achieve maximum results, we should begin caring for our skin before this transition even starts.

kaplanMD Skincare, top beauty lifestyle brand committed to changing the way your skin transitions, is the first skincare line of its kind designed to treat all three causes of aging – time, environmental damage, and hormonal imbalances. kaplanMD was created by Dr. Stuart Kaplan, M.D., a renowned Beverly Hills dermatologist who has been treating some of Hollywood’s biggest stars for over twenty years.

Hormones are what maintain and regulate the production of Collagen, Elastic Tissue, and Hyaluronic Acid, and these are the key elements that keep skin looking young and beautiful. Hormonal imbalances cause a decline in production of these important components. When Dr. Kaplan discovered the role of hormones in relation to aging skin, he was also to identify the twelve symptoms associated with hormonal imbalances. These symptoms include accelerated formation of fine lines and wrinkles; adult acne; flushing/redness; loss of firmness; loss of elasticity; thinning, colorless or translucent skin; dull, lackluster skin; uneven pigmentation; dry, dehydrated skin; and facial hair growth.

Upon this discovery, Dr. Kaplan felt compelled to help his clients combat this important factor of aging which has long been overlooked. It was then that he started developing the kaplanMD skincare line. When asked why he was starting a skincare line when the market is already saturated with new products, Dr. Kaplan answered, “I simply could not find a product out there that prevented and treated the skin symptoms my patients were seeing.”

After four years of research and clinical trials, kaplanMD made its debut with seven easy-to-use products, each contain ten potent active ingredients to treat all three signs of aging. Every kaplanMD product contains Dr. Kaplan’s exclusive Phytogenic Triactive Complex. The Phytogenic Triactive Complex is made from soy, which firms and plumps skin; grapeseed, a powerful antioxidant that fights free radicals; and black cohosh, which has superior anti-aging benefits.

kaplanMD is a balanced diet for your skin. With regular use, signs of aging caused by hormonal imbalances such as accelerated formation of lines and wrinkles, loss of firmness and elasticity, and uneven pigmentation will begin to fade, says kaplanMD. kaplanMD products are at Fred Segal, Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills, and online at

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Actor Jon Cryer, left, and his wife, television host Lisa Joyner pose on the press line at the TV Guide Emmy After Party in Los Angeles on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008. Jon Cryer wearing a black tuxedo with a narrow peak lapel with a thin satin trim, a white dress shirt, a charcoal slim plaid silk tie and black Murray leather oxfords all by John Varvatos to the 60th Annual Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Cryer was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for “Two and a Half Men.” The show had seven nominations. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)