Monday, June 29, 2009

Piper Perabo wore a pair of Platinum earrings, and a Platinum and 11-carat diamond ring to the 63rd Annual Tony Award Show.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Bath Junkie Helps You Find Your Own Scent

Bath Junkie offers 200 fragrance notes and unlimited possibilities of tint, customizing your unique personal scent is no longer a problem.

Bath Junkie introduces three new and fresh fragrances: Melon Ball, the flirty scent of Fresh and the earthly calm notes of Feng Shui..

Kinara offers a New Sunless Tan

Some Do’s and Don’ts to Keep You Golden and Glowing All Summer Long

Be bronzed, not baked…

HOT: Professional skin safe tanning applications that give you a natural golden glow.

NOT: Sun tanning and tanning beds are never okay not to mention the oompa loompa orange is out.

Olga recommends: There is no such thing as a safe tan unless the ingredient that tans you is Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) used in Kinara’s tanning application. DHA is a sugar molecule and is only able to penetrate the top epidermis of the skin. It does not activate your melanin; therefore, it is super safe.

Try Kinara Sunless Tanning before slipping into your summer dresses.

Treat your skin, don’t cheat it…

HOT: Highly technical treatments

NOT: Spa style facials

Olga recommends: facials that utilize custom blend alpha-hydroxy acids, tetra peptides and high potency anti-oxidants. If you are going to have a facial, make sure it is active and effective and is able to illuminate your skin from within. Avoid steam and cream type facials as they are a waste.

Kinara Custom or Thirsty Skin Quencher facials at least every six weeks for a flawless complexion. Keep your skin free from sunblock build-up with Red Carpet home kit once a week.

Be hydrated not oily…

HOT: Oil-free high performance serums and sun blocks

NOT: Heavy moisturizers

Olga recommends: Be mindful that you might not need as much moisturizer in the summer time as you do in the winter. Kinara’s Lactic Acid Serum is hydrating and slightly exfoliating – perfect for summer PM routines. Skinceutical’s CE & Ferulic serum and Phloretin serum are great replacements for a daytime moisturizer. Be choosy with your sun blocks as they can easily break you out. Solar Defense, DDF and Fenix are the best and easiest on the skin.

Red Carpet or Deep Detox Facial every 6-8 weeks for a spotless complexion.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

New Indie Film Book

"Independent film is a vast and varied territory, and Phil Hall's remarkable book explores every inch of it with wit, intelligence, a sympathetic spirit, and a wide-open mind. Fresh discoveries and surprising revelations abound on every topic from Edison to Aronofsky, Anger to Warhol, the silent era to the Internet age. It's hard to imagine a study more keenly in tune with one of cinema's liveliest, most multifaceted fields." - David Sterritt, Ph.D, chairman, National Society of Film Critics

"An engrossing and informative journey through the diverse landscape of American indie filmmaking - from the silent era to the 21st-century digital world - celebrating the visionaries and rebels that laid the groundwork for the Sundance explosion and beyond." - Steven Puchalski, publisher and editor, Shock Cinema Magazine

The History of Independent Cinema offers a comprehensive odyssey through the long and tumultuous life of American filmmakers who worked outside of the studio system. Beginning with the challenge by feisty independents that brought down Thomas Edison's motion picture monopoly and ending with today's still-expanding digital age, The History of Independent Cinema presents a stunning line-up of larger-than-life men and women who saw barriers and broke them down through sheer talent and raw determination.

The History of Independent Cinema covers all sections of the genre's illustrious existence. The book details the pioneers who redefined the technology of filmmaking - color cinematography, sound films, widescreen and three-dimensional projection and digital video all came from the indie filmmakers. The book also shows how the freedom of independent cinema enabled brave souls to overcome the racial and sexist limits placed behind the camera, and it also celebrates the strong-willed artists who challenged censorship taboos and the Hollywood blacklist.

The History of Independent Cinema also goes beyond theatrical venues to explore the worlds of non-theatrical productions - including corporate-sponsored films that won the Academy Award - and online film distribution. The book also pays tribute to the directors, producers and distributors who created landmark productions that represent the zenith of American filmmaking - as well as the many Hollywood insiders who began their careers on the indie fringe.

Ideal for the dedicated film scholar, the aspiring film student, or the casual film lover, The History of Independent Cinema is a perfect guide to understanding the full depth and scope of this extraordinary sector of the motion picture world.

Phil Hall is a contributing editor for the influential online magazine Film Threat and a journalist whose cinema-related writing has appeared in the New York Times, New York Daily News and Wired Magazine. He is the author of The Encyclopedia of Underground Movies (2004), Independent Film Distribution (2005) and The New PR (2007).

The History of Independent Cinema, a new book by film critic and historian Phil Hall. Retails for $21.95.

The History of Independent Cinema by Phil Hall. 301 pages. $21.95. ISBN: 1-59393-335-5.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

A Model History has launched the History of Models (, where viewers can see where the hottest models of yesterday and today got their start.

History of Models is an interactive time line, spanning 80 years and traces the evolution of models throughout history.

In addition to the time line, features web-videos about the different eras in model history (Society Girls and Hollywood Glamour, American Beauty and Hyper-Stylized Fashion, The Awakening and Disco Revolution, The Rise and Fall of the Supermodel and Beauty INC.). The videos are directed by famed fashion-film director, Doug Keeve, and feature interviews with models like Iman, Paulina Porizkova, Hilary Rhoda, Linda Evangelista and many more.

History of Models: The Eras is launching the History of Models: The Eras in May. It will be an interactive timeline, spanning 80 years that traces the evolution of models throughout history. As history progressed and changed, so did the models. From the first models that were socialites to the models that created a brand out of their names, models have developed from nameless faces into household names.

Society Girls (1930s to early 1940s)

Society Girls were prim and proper, went to charm school, had excellent manners and etiquette and could be identified by their white gloves. They were chosen as models because women looked up to them.
• The Girls
o Anita Colby
• The Moments
o 1930- Madame Vionett dominates Haute Couture
o 1932- First VOGUE color cover
o 1932- Amelia Earhart is the first women to fly across the Atlantic
o 1933- Lacoste Polo is invented
o 1937- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is the first full-length animated feature film
o 1937- The novel Gone with the Wind wins a Pulitzer Prize and goes on to become an Academy-Award winning film

Hollywood Glamour (Early 1940s-late 1950s)

After the Depression, Madison Avenue Executives were on the rise. This era is characterized by Hollywood Glamour and the statuesque and lady like models. The models of this time were the muses for famed photographers Richard Avedon and Irving Penn.
• The Girls
o Dorian Leigh
o Suzy Parker
• She was the first model to earn more than $100 per hour. She was called the “face of post-war Hollywood glamour”
o Lisa Fonssagrives
o Dovima
o Sunny Hartnett
o Mary Jane Russell
o Barbara Mullen
• The Moments
o 1941- Japan bombs Pearl Harbor, sending the US into World War II
o 1944- Dorian Leigh is on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar
o 1945- World War II ends
o 1947- Christian Dior premiered his first post-war designs, appropriately called “The New Look” and the “Bar Suit” for women
o 1947- Eileen Ford becomes the first women to open a modeling agency, Ford Models
o 1949- Lisa Fonssagrives appears on the September 19th cover of TIME Magazine
The Awakening (1960s)

During this era, people were inspired by freedom, individuality, and the new frontier. People went from straight laced to quirky looks inspired by British influences.
• The Girls
o Twiggy
o Jean Shrimpton
o Penelope Tree
o Peggy Moffitt
o Verushka
• The Moments

o 1961-Jackie O becomes a style icon with her pill box hats and large sunglasses
o 1963- Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers his “I Have A Dream” speech
o 1963- JFK is assassinated
o 1964- Babette March covers the first issue of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition
o 1967- Mattel releases a Twiggy doll
o 1967- Wilhelmina Agency opens
o 1969- Catherine Hepburn stars in “Coco”, a Broadway musical play about Coco Chanel’s life
o 1969- Woodstock Festival held in Upstate New York
o 1969- Neil Armstrong walks on the moon

Disco (1970s)

The era of disco is depicted by scandal, decadence, glamour, gold and excess. The models of the time were more ethnic looking than their predecessors.
• The Girls
o Iman
o Dayle Haddon
o Pat Cleveland
o Cheryl Tiegs
o Marissa Berenson
• She was called the “girl of the 70’s”.
o Beverly Johnson
o Patti Hansen
o Jerry Hall
o Lauren Hutton
• She was called the anecdote to 70’s excess
• The Moments
o 1972- Diane Von Furstenberg created the wrap dress
o 1972- Elite Agency in Paris opens
o 1973- Lauren Hutton becomes the first model to sign an exclusive cosmetics contract (with Revlon)
o 1974- Beverly Johnson was the 1st African American model on the cover of American VOGUE
o 1976- Charlie’s Angels TV show premieres
o 1977- Helmut Newton shoots the Yves Saint Laurent Opium ad with Jerry Hall
o 1977- Studio 54 opens in New York City

Poster Girls (Late 1970s to 1980s)
The models of this era are classified by being healthy, all-American and girls of summer. Models started becoming brands, creating their own posters and starring in movies. Models came off the catwalk and into your home and men started becoming familiar with them.
• The Girls
o Christy Brinkley
o Carol Alt
o Elle Macpherson
o Brooke Shields
o Paulina Porizkova
o Kathy Ireland
o Patti Hansen

• The Moments

o 1980- Brooke Shields stars in Blue Lagoon
o 1981- Brooke Shields models in the Calvin Klein Jeans ad “Nothing comes between me and my Calvin’s”
o 1981- MTV Premieres
o 1983- Flashdance premieres
o 1984- Miami Vice premieres
o 1989- Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue with Kathy Ireland becomes the best-selling issue
Rise of the Supermodel (Late 1980s to Early 2000s)

Models become larger than life and become off the runway personalities. Music met fashion and models started to date rock stars and become celebrities of their own.
• The Girls
o Christy Turlington
o Naomi Campbell
o Linda Evangelista
• She said she didn’t “wake up for less than $10,000 a day.”
o Cindy Crawford
o Stephanie Seymour
o Iman

• The Moments

o 1983- Cindy Crawford was a finalist in Elite Model Management’s Look of the Year Competition
o 1989- House of Style hosted by Cindy Crawford
o 1990- George Michael’s Freedom video
o 1992- Stephanie Seymour is featured in the Guns ‘n Roses November Rain video
o 1993- Cindy Crawford is on the cover of People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People issue
o 1994- Fashion Café opens
o 1995- First Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show
o 1997- Cindy Crawford’s famous Pepsi Super Bowl Commercial
The Waif (Early to Mid 1990s)

This was the grunge era. Girls looked less bodacious and more waif like. The era of the supermodel was winding down and the girls of the Waif the exact opposite of the girls who came before them.
• The Girls
o Kate Moss
• She was the anti-supermodel at just 5’8”.
o Shalom Harlow
o James King
o Milla Jovovich
o Amber Valletta

• The Moments

o 1990- Alexander McQueen emerges as a fresh new designer
o 1991- Kurt Cobain and his band, Nirvana, bring the alternative rock grunge movement to the masses with their single, “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
o 1992- Marc Jacobs created the “grunge look”
INC Girls (Late 1990s to 2000s)

Models become the brands and start business ventures with their names. It is the culmination of empowerment and brand ownership.
• The Girls
o Tyra Banks
o Heidi Klum
o Kathy Ireland
o Cindy Crawford
o Christy Turlington
o Iman
o Brooke Shields
o Kate Moss
o Gisele Bundchen

• The Moments

o 1994- Iman launches cosmetics line, IMAN
o 1996- Suddenly Susan, starring Brooke Shields, premieres on TV
o 1999- Christy Turlington launches a yoga line, Nuala, with Puma and a skin care line, Sundari
o 2003- Kathy Ireland inks a deal with Kmart to launch an apparel line in 3000 stores
o 2004- Project Runway premieres on Bravo and goes on to win 4 Emmy nominations
o 2005- Kate Moss signs deal with Top Shop
o 2006- America’s Next Top Model premieres and is syndicated on 3 networks in the US
o 2008- Gisele Bundchen tops the Forbes Top Earning Model List in 2008 at $35 million
o 2008- Lipstick Jungle, starring Brooke Shields, premieres on TV
o 2009- Cindy Crawford launches Cindy Crawford Home Collection

Millennium Girls (Today)

This is the current incarnation of modeling. There are different modeling paths that people can take—runway and editorial or commercial. The challenge for women today is to extend beyond just one category of modeling and cross over to have both editorial and commercial success.
• The Girls
o Editorial
• Jessica Stam
• Isabeli Fontana
• Coco Rocha
• Natalia Vodianova
• Lily Donaldson
• Agyness Deyn
• Chanel Iman
• Hilary Rhoda
• Daria Werbowy
• Jourdan Dunn
• Lakshmi Menon
o Commercial
• Marisa Miller
• Bar Rafaeli
• Adriana Lima
• Alessandra Ambrosio
• Miranda Kerr
• The Moments
o 2000’s- Inclusion in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition allows girls to gain notoriety outside fashion
o 2001- The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show airs on ABC to 12.4 million viewers
o 2009- The Gap and H&M campaigns feature the editorial faces of today
o 2009- Harpers Bazaar’s April Issue is released and includes a collection of its iconic covers throughout history
o 2009- VOGUE’s May Issue is released and includes a round table discussion between the models of today and the models of yesterday
o 2009- The MET Exhibit is Model as Muse opens

(B&W image: model Gia Carangi 1960-1986)

Donyale Luna, the world's first black supermodel.

Supermodels of the early 1990s. Stephanie Seymour, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangalista, Claudia Schiffer, Cindy Crawford, and Naomi Campbell.

Carol Alt, Dorian Leigh

Janice Dickenson, Jean Shrimpton

Rosie Vela, Patti Hansen, Rene Russo, Beverly Johnson

Our favorite America's Next Top Model contestant, Elyse Sewell, who is now an international supermodel. And writes an amazingly brilliant Live Journal log.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Ed McMahon Dies

Ed McMahon, who for nearly 30 years was Johnny Carson's affable sidekick on "The Tonight Show," introducing it with his ringing trademark call, "Heeeere's Johnny!," died on Tuesday in Los Angeles, NBC reported, citing his spokesman, Howard Bragman. Mr. McMahon was 86.


P.O.V. “New Muslim Cool” on PBS
Tuesday, June 23, 2009, 10:00-11:30 p.m. ET

Puerto Rican-American rapper Hamza Pérez pulled himself out of drug dealing and street life 12 years ago and became a Muslim. Now he’s moved to Pittsburgh’s tough North Side to start a new religious community, rebuild his shattered family and take his message of faith to other young people through hard-hitting hip-hop music. But when the FBI raids his mosque, Hamza must confront the realities of the post-9/11 world — and himself. “New Muslim Cool” takes viewers on Hamza’s ride through streets, slums and jail cells — following his spiritual journey to some surprising places in an America that never stops changing. Produced in association with Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB) and the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM). By Jennifer Maytorena Taylor.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Adam Lambert of "American Idol" wore this very cool Rafinity bracelet on the Fox TV Show. Check out Rafinity's site on Facebook, for photos of their very cool jewels.

Friday, June 19, 2009

History™ Announces Production On Groundbreaking Event

America The Story Of Us

Twelve-Part Series Brings To Life The Epic Journey Of Our Nation Coming In 2010

HISTORY™ has greenlit production on a groundbreaking initiative of epic proportions, a 12-part series called, America The Story Of Us, it was announced today by Nancy Dubuc, EVP/GM, History. America The Story Of Us, coming in 2010 from acclaimed, Emmy Award winning producer/director Jane Root, is an exuberant, unprecedented look at America – how events, small and large, are intrinsically linked to the taming of the wilderness, leading us from the frontier to 21st Century cities, from the Mississippi to the moon, from Jamestown to 9/11 up to present day. America The Story Of Us will move though time and space linking key events, people and locations, capturing the vast sweep of American history.

The series tells the extraordinary story of how America was invented, looking at the moments where technology overcame the environment - from the rigors of linking the continent by transcontinental roads and railways - the internet of its day - to triumphing over vertical space from steel structured buildings to putting a man on the moon. This is history with roots in the physical world: wilderness, animals, weather, the sea. America The Story Of Us is also a story of conflict – Indian wars, slavery, the revolutionary war that birthed the nation, the civil war that divided it and the great world wars that shaped its future. The series is an immersive look at the forces - the people, places and things that created this most astounding country. It’s a tough and thrilling adventure.

“There has never been a time when people are thinking so fervently and passionately about History. Now is the moment to tell the most epic, essential and groundbreaking story of America in a new way for a new generation,” says Dubuc. “AMERICA THE STORY OF US is not only the biggest project HISTORY has ever undertaken, it is the definitive event of the genre, underlining History’s ownership. This series is bigger than us, it is far broader than TV and we are thrilled to embark on this journey. With this series, we will watch America literally grow before our eyes, as we celebrate the individual stories, the people and events, and the incredible landscape that have become the America of today.”

Each hour of the series will help answer pertinent questions while exploring key events, interspersed with interviews from top flight historians. Beginning with a sense of the wild vastness that was America as the first colonists arrived, and with unprecedented CGI technology, viewers will see villages become towns; the spread of habitation and forest clearance from stockades, along river valleys to inland hamlets; a tree- covered Manhattan, with Europeans clinging to the tip of New Amsterdam, behind the slave-built wall of Wall Street. There will be vast herds of buffalo making their way across the plains, railway tracks slowly crossing the Rockies.

These stories will be told in the immediate and present tense, through drama-documentary powered by narration, visualized in the moment as never before – this is history before it knows it is history.

Says Dubuc, “A complete television history of America has not been attempted since Alistair Cooke in the 1970s. This is a new kind of landmark television. This will be a national television event.”

America The Story Of Us is produced for HISTORY by Nutopia, a new production company started by Jane Root, former President of Discovery Channel. Prior to that Jane ran BBC2, and was a founder of the production company Wall to Wall Television. Jane Root is Executive Producer and Ben Goold is Series Showrunner. For HISTORY, David McKillop and Julian P. Hobbs are Executive Producers.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Actress Taraji P. Henson wore Stuart Weitzman’s black Tijuana platforms at Design Cares' Kaleidoscope of Dreams event to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Actresses Wow in Weitzman

Actress Maggie Grace wore Stuart Weitzman’s black satin Jumbo sling-backs at Clinton Foundation's Millennium Network Event.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Starting Tonight…

Martin Short Joins Ellen DeGeneres and David Alan Grier In Presenting TBS Televised Specials

A “Very Funny” Festival: Just For Laughs Let Freedom Hum – An Evening of Comedy Hosted by Martin Short To Feature John Pinette, Kathleen Madigan, Greg Giraldo, Tom Papa and Jeremy Hotz

Comedy You Can Believe In with David Alan Grier
To Showcase Bruce Bruce, Jo Koy, Mark Curry, Aries Spears and Marina Franklin

Comedy superstar Martin Short (seen above as his "Jiminy Glick" character with Degeneres) has signed on to host a showcase from TBS Presents A “Very Funny” Festival: Just For Laughs,” joining Ellen DeGeneres and David Alan Grier in presenting TBS televised specials from the premiere Chicago event. The shows will be taped during the Festival, which takes place Wednesday, June 17 – Sunday, June 21. They will air the following weekend on TBS, with Let Freedom Hum – An Evening of Comedy Hosted by Martin Short premiering Friday, June 26; Ellen’s Bigger Longer and Wider Show, presented by DeGeneres, premiering Saturday, June 27; and Comedy You Can Believe In with David Alan Grier premiering Sunday, June 28.

“These three TBS television specials will allow us to extend the Festival’s reach to the entire country,” said Dennis Adamovich, senior vice president and general manager of comedy festivals for TBS. “We’re proud to have Martin Short, Ellen DeGeneres and David Alan Grier presenting these showcases and are looking forward to the amazing performances they bring to the stage.”

Let Freedom Hum – An Evening of Comedy Hosted by Martin Short will be taped at The Vic Thursday, June 18, at 7 p.m. (CT). Short, who became a household name after successful runs on SCTV and Saturday Night Live, will perform his own comedy, as well as introduce an outstanding slate of comedians:

· John Pinette, a Just For Laughs favorite, has played at Just For Laughs Festivals and toured with the company across Canada. He also scored acclaim for his Broadway run as Edna Turnblad in Hairspray.

· Kathleen Madigan, an American Comedy Award recipient for Best Female Stand-Up, has been featured on Last Comic Standing and is a regular guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

· Greg Giraldo is a former lawyer who turned to a life of comedy. He is best known as the top roaster on Comedy Central Roasts.

· Tom Papa, a New Jersey native, is the star of Jerry Seinfeld’s new reality show The Marriage Refs and regularly appears as an opening act on Seinfeld’s live tours. He is also a field reporter for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

· Jeremy Hotz is a Canadian actor-comedian and Just For Laughs favorite with some of the largest-grossing tours across Canada. He’s had numerous specials on Canadian television and The Comedy Network, as well as appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Show with David Letterman.

Comedy You Can Believe In with David Alan Grier, which is scheduled to be taped Friday, June 19, at 7 p.m. (CT) at The Vic, will feature Grier performing his own stand-up and introducing an all-star roster of comedians. The following are scheduled to perform:

· Bruce Bruce is an Atlanta-born comedian and commercial spokesman who has appeared on Comedy Central Presents and BET’s Comic View, as well as in the movies Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector and Cloud 9.

· Jo Koy is one of a select few comedians to have received a standing ovation after a performance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He was recently featured in his own Comedy Central special, Don’t Make Him Angry.

· Mark Curry, who is best known as a star of the ABC sitcom Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, has appeared in his own Comedy Central stand-up special and hosted Showtime at the Apollo for three years.

· Aries Spears has been a regular cast member of the late-night series MADtv and counts among his other credits such shows as A Different World and movies like Malcolm X.

· Marina Franklin is emerging as one of the hottest comedians in the comedy scene today, with such notable appearances as Chapelle’s Show, Last Comic Standing and Girls Behaving Badly.

Ellen’s Bigger Longer and Wider Show, presented by Ellen DeGeneres, will blow the roof off The Chicago Theatre Wednesday, June 17, at 7 p.m. (CT) with a variety show featuring live music, dancers and unique specialty acts. The show, the third variety-style show DeGeneres has presented for TBS, will be produced by Telepictures Productions, with Mary Connelly, Ed Glavin and Andy Lassner, whose credits include DeGeneres’ Emmy®-winning talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, serving as executive producers. Acts for the show will be announced at a later date.

TBS Presents A “Very Funny” Festival: Just For Laughs will bring together the biggest names in comedy, including George Lopez, Lisa Lampanelli, Russell Peters, Jimmy Fallon, Bill Engvall and Louis CK. Among the many events slated for the Festival are live performances by comedy headliners, a showcase of alternative comedy at the Lakeshore Theater, a series of performances by local Chicago talent and a film festival at the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. A special kickoff event on Tuesday, June 16, at the Music Box Theatre, will honor the Chicago-born filmmaker/actor Harold Ramis with a Lifetime Achievement Award, followed by a special screening of Ramis’ eagerly anticipated comedy Year One, starring Jack Black (School of Rock) and Michael Cera (Juno).

Excitement for the Festival has kicked into high gear, with Ellen’s Bigger Longer and Wider Show, presented by Ellen DeGeneres, already sold out; a performance by Jimmy Fallon sold out; and three performances of George Lopez: Tall, Dark and Chicano sold out, with a fourth show added.

Tickets for Let Freedom Hum – An Evening of Comedy Hosted by Martin Short will go on sale Friday, May 15, at 10 a.m. (CT). Tickets for performances at The Chicago Theatre, The Vic Theatre and the Rosemont Theatre, as well as for the film showcase at the Gene Siskel Film Center, are available at all Ticketmaster locations, online at or by phone at 800/745-3000. Tickets are also available at respective venue box offices. Tickets for the Lakeshore Theater performances will be available at or by phone at 773/472-3492. Additional Festival information is available at

This event marks the first Just For Laughs comedy festival in the United States. TBS and Just For Laughs are also collaborating with the largest independent promoter in the United States, Chicago-based Jam Productions, LTD and Outback Concerts.

Celeb Stylist Offers "Economical Alternatives"

“In these tight financial times, my clients are asking which drug store products will match the effectiveness of their higher-end counterparts,” says celebrity hair expert Barry Reitman, whose home base is the Kevin Josephson Salon in Beverly Hills. “Even here in Beverly Hills, people are conscious of saving a few dollars where they can.”

Below are Barry’s favorite prestige products and their effective drug store alternatives:


* BARRY’S FAVORITE: Shine & Protect Shampoo by Ojon ($22) “A moisturizing cleanser that restores shine, nourishes and protects color treated/natural hair.”
* REPLACE WITH: Cream Lather Shampoo by Neutrogena ($7.25) “This cream cleanser dissolves impurities while infusing hair with much needed moisture.”


* BARRY’S FAVORITE: Volume Luscious Bodifying Conditioner by Nexxus ($14.99) “Boosts hair’s thickness and shine using Ginseng and Flax Seed Oil.”
* REPLACE WITH: Very Volumizing Pomegranate and Soy Conditioner by Burts Bees ($7.49) “Lift and volumize the hair with a gentle, 97% natural conditioner.”

Hair spray

* BARRY’S FAVORITE: Firm Finish Strong Hold Hair Spray by Mop ($20)
“This environmentally friendly aerosol hairspray delivers strong, long-lasting hold.”
* REPLACE WITH: Volumizing Hairspray by Clairol ($5.50) “Lift, shine, and control hair without the stickiness.”

Styling Products
* BARRY’S FAVORITE: Heat Seeking Liquid Hair Plumper by TG ($28) “Creates thicker and shinier hair in minutes.”
* REPLACE WITH: Volume Mousse by Pantene Pro-V ($5) “Formulated with shine enhancers which leaves the hair soft and silky, while holding the style.”
* BARRY’S FAVORITE: Tourmaline Pro Hair Dryer by T3 ($119) “Reduces drying time and gives hair a shiny finish.”
* REPLACE WITH: Tourmaline Ionic 1875 Watt Hair Dryer by Revlon ($21.99) “Ionic technology helps smooth, shine, and moisturize the hair.”

For a consultation/appointment with Barry Reitman call the Kevin Josephson Salon: 310.288.5874, located at 9640 S. Santa Monica Boulevard, Beverly Hills.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Charlie Sheen: Designer
Sheen and Rock & Roll Religion's Signature Line Of Casual Shirts, DaVinci Collection by Charlie Sheen, Sold Exclusively at Nordstrom

Highest paid TV-star Charlie Sheen, and Christopher Wicks, designer and owner Rock & Roll Religion have finalized a deal to sell the signature line of retro shirts at Nordstrom retailers nationwide. The collection, which features Sheen's iconic short sleeved, button- up shirts officially launched at Magic Las Vegas on February 17, 2009 and will be available this month.

DaVinci clothing is a California made line of casual shirts, reminiscent of the rockabilly culture born in the 1950's. Wicks designs other popular brands such as English Laundry, Fender: The Clothing Collection and The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

"The launch of DaVinci Collection by Charlie Sheen has been really exciting thus far," said Sheen. "I am happy the designs have been well received and am looking forward to taking the next step with the line and Christopher Wicks. I feel people are really drawn to the line for its comfort, quality and vintage inspired look and I hope we have much success with it at Nordstrom."

"Mr. Sheen has been a wonderful partner in getting DaVinci Collection by Charlie Sheen off the ground," said Wicks. He understands the design process, and I think the natural fit of the casual, yet chic designs with his personal taste make the product very marketable."

The DaVinci Collection by Charlie Sheen incorporates the classic DaVinci mainstays such as agoya shell buttons, retro patterns and vertical contrasting color combinations with additional detailing and embroidery to enhance each piece. Made of cotton, rayon/acetate or rayon/polyester blends, pieces are manufactured from the original designs of the 50's, 60's and 70's.

Sheen and Wicks' collection currently focuses on short sleeved, button-up, casual shirts with plans to expand to additional products. Retail price points range from $59.00-$79.00.

DaVinci by Charlie Sheen is available at select Nordstrom stores as well as the English Laundry flagship store (7519 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, California) and at this month.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Allison Janney, quite the BeansTalk fave, attended the 9 to 5: The Musical Broadway Opening Night After Party wearing a dress by Tadashi. The actress and Broadway star looked gorgeous in an ultramarine milk jersey draped one shoulder dress from Tadashi’s Spring 2009 collection.

Friday, June 12, 2009

First lady Michelle Obama, along with congressional spouses and volunteers, fills plastic bags with non-perishable food items for distribution at the Capitol Area Food Bank for Feeding America in Washington, D.C. Mrs. Obama wore Lanvin’s lilac leather sneakers with purple metallic toe and grey grosgrain ribbon laces. (Getty Images Photo / April 29, 2009)

Thursday, June 11, 2009

First Lady Michelle Obama – who has been non-stop busy making public appearances in her snazzy wardrobe -- joined the President 21 April 2009 in a tree planting ceremony at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. For this pre-Earth Day event, Mrs. Obama wore Lanvin’s sleeveless blue cotton tank top with green silk radzmir overlay and bow accent. (photo from Newsday)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

BeansTalk favorite Julia Louis-Dreyfus received the Lucille Ball Legacy of Laughter Award at the TV Land Awards 2009 and for this evening she chose to wear David Meister’s beautiful black eyelet lace cap sleeve cocktail dress.

Monday, June 08, 2009

Poof! It All Smells Good

You’re still in that magical phase in your relationship…and you’re not quite ready to break the spell. You’ve spent the night, but maybe you’ve rushed home to ah, attend to business, if we might say it delicately. Heather Locklear once said she keeps her relationship with Richie Zambora hot because they have separate bathrooms, and that he had never seen her make a No. 2. Obviously Locklear's theory didn’t work, and now there’s something that may have helped her share a restroom with her man and not worry about anything.

This product called Poof makes everything odorless and it’s safe, too. It’s not a spray that attempts, unsuccessfully, to “mask” unpleasant scents. But makers of Poof say that one drop spreads across the surface of the water in a toilet bowl so odors simply cannot penetrate. A quick flush and everyone will think you really were powdering your nose.

In other words, Poof lets you poop in privacy and peace.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Elton John, center, accepts the Best Musical Tony Award for 'Billy Elliot, The Musical' at the 63rd Annual Tony Awards in New York, Sunday, June 7, 2009. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Tony Winners

Best Play * "God of Carnage"

Best Musical * "Billy Elliot The Musical"

Best Book of a Musical * "Billy Elliot The Musical" - Lee Hall

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theater * "Next to Normal" - Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey

Best Revival of a Play * "The Norman Conquests"

Best Revival of a Musical * "Hair"

Best Special Theatrical Event * "Liza's at the Palace" - Liza Minnelli

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play * Geoffrey Rush - "Exit The King"

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play * Marcia Gay Harden - "God of Carnage"

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical * David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik and Kiril Kulish - "Billy Elliot The Musical"

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical * Alice Ripley - "Next to Normal"

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play * Roger Robinson - "Joe Turner's Come and Gone"

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play * Angela Lansbury - "Blithe Spirit"

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical * Gregory Jbara - "Billy Elliot The Musical"

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical * Karen Olivo - "West Side Story"

Best Director of a Play * Matthew Warchus - "God of Carnage"

Best Director of a Musical * Stephen Daldry - "Billy Elliot The Musical"

Best Scenic Design of a Play * "33 Variations" - Derek McLane

Best Scenic Design of a Musical * "Billy Elliot The Musical" - Ian MacNeil

Best Costume Design of a Play * "Mary Stuart" - Anthony Ward

Best Costume Design of a Musical * "Shrek The Musical" - Tim Hatley

Best Lighting Design of a Play * "Joe Turner's Come and Gone" - Brian MacDevitt

Best Lighting Design of a Musical * "Billy Elliot The Musical" - Rick Fisher

Best Sound Design of a Play * "Equus" - Gregory Clarke

Best Sound Design of a Musical * "Billy Elliot The Musical" - Paul Arditti

Best Orchestrations TIE * "Next to Normal" - Michael Starobin and Tom Kitt * "Billy Elliot The Musical" - Martin Koch

Best Choreography * Peter Darling - "Billy Elliot The Musical"

Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement * Jerry Herman

Thursday, June 04, 2009

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Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Worn in Exactly The Same Way

The jeans (featuring faux "wear" in just the "right" places) and by the celebs: “High School Musical” “stars” Ashley Tisdale and Vanessa Hudgens in Dylan George's Lucy Czar jeans ($209).

Dylan George designer Danny Guez launched William Rast with partner Justin Timberlake and created the denim label People’s Liberation. Previously, Guez worked for Azteca Productions developing private label denim products for brands J. Crew, Pacific Sunwear, and American Eagle.

Anne Hathaway, Cameron Diaz, Christina Aguilera, Eva Mendes, Eva Longoria, Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Alba, Kate Beckinsale, Brooke Burke and Nicole Richie.

They Like 'em Too

Lindsay Lohan, also in Dylan George. Below, Christina Aguillera in the same style.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Royal Pains Premieres 4 June

USA’s premiere of Royal Pains, the network's newest original scripted series, bows on Thursday, June 4 at 10/9c followed by 11 weekly one-hour episodes of the drama. Advancing the Thursday night block on USA, the series debut will immediately follow the Season 3 premiere of Burn Notice (in its new time slot 9/8c).

Royal Pains centers on a young E.R. doctor who, after being wrongly blamed for a patient's death, moves to the Hamptons and becomes the reluctant "doctor for hire" to the rich and famous. When the attractive administrator of the local hospital asks him to treat the town’s less fortunate, he finds himself walking the line between doing well for himself and doing good for others.

Andrew Lenchewski ("UC: Undercover") wrote the pilot and serves as co-executive productive. The show is executive produced by Michael Rauch ("Love Monkey"), as well as Rich Frank ("Comanche Moon"), Paul Frank ("Comanche Moon") and Jeff Kwatinetz ("Big Momma's House") from Prospect Park. John Rogers ("Hide & Seek") also serves as co-executive producer. Jace Alexander (Burn Notice, "Warehouse 13") directed the pilot and will serve as co-executive producer on the series. Royal Pains films entirely in New York (Long Island and Brooklyn) and at locations around The Hamptons.

Royal Pains stars Mark Feuerstein ("What Women Want," "In Her Shoes," "Good Morning, Miami"), Paulo Costanzo ("Road Trip"), Jill Flint ("Gossip Girl") and Reshma Shetty ("30 Rock"). The pilot features guest appearances by Campbell Scott ("Six Degrees") and Christine Ebersole ("Saturday Night Live"). Royal Pains is the first original series from Universal Cable Productions for USA.

In the pilot, we meet Dr. Hank Lawson (Feuerstein), a handsome, smart and talented doctor who seems to have it all ... thriving career, beautiful fiancée and a swank NYC apartment. With one fateful and principled decision in the ER, Hank loses it all and is blacklisted from the prestigious medical community he once owned. Months later, single and down and out on his luck, Hank finds himself in the Hamptons after being coaxed by his younger brother (Costanzo) to head out to the east end of Long Island. While there, they crash a party at a mega-mansion on the beach, where Hank must jump into action when a guest requires medical attention that only he is able to diagnose after the current house doctor fails and nearly kills the young lady. The next morning, word of the hot doctor has already spread like wildfire and he is summoned to another mansion…and another…and another. Local hospital administrator Jill (Jill Flint) is all too happy to have Hank take her high-maintenance patients off her hands. With help from Divya (Shetty), who begs to become his physician's assistant, Hank's career is revived, albeit changed from the way he once knew it, and he is not thrilled. Can a well-intentioned, unassuming and extremely normal man become the Hamptons' newest accessory --the concierge doctor? Welcome to HankMed: the doctor will see you now!

Royal Pains offers an insider's look at the posh life of the affluents who summer in the Hamptons through, Facebook and Twitter applications. The show's complementary online components will feature highly-immersive games and full episodes streaming; behind-the-scenes interviews with cast, producers and consultants; blogs and videos from the concierge doctor's perspective; along with trivia and applications that allow fans to adapt the language and style of the Hamptons crowd. The site will also be the portal to the Royal Pains "Hamptons Getaway" Sweepstakes, for a trip for two to the Hamptons.

Monday, June 01, 2009

HGTV Dream Home Giveaway
2010: Turquoise Trail

A fully-furnished contemporary Pueblo-style home is the 2010 HGTV Dream Home which will be given away early next year. The 14th annual HGTV Dream Home will be located in Sandia Park along the Turquoise Trail between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Information about location of the home is now available at Dream Home central on

The custom-designed 3,900 sq. ft. home will mix southwestern architecture with modern design. It includes three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a home office, gourmet kitchen, home theater and a guest casita. The amazing home site is nestled in the gaze of the majestic San Pedro Mountains with breathtaking scenery and outdoor activities. Nearby, the historic towns of Santa Fe and Albuquerque offer an international art scene, amazing cuisine and a rich, multicultural heritage.

"This is our first Southwestern location for the HGTV Dream Home and we intend to show the features that make this location so amazing," said HGTV Dream Home Planner Jack Thomasson. "It's a spectacular place and the house we're building is going to be a responsible example of Southwestern living at its best."

About San Pedro Overlook at Campbell Ranch

Campbell Ranch is a 30,000 acre master-planned community nestled in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains along the Turquoise Trail in New Mexico. Midway between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, the location combines mountain resort living with metropolitan amenities. The master plan is made of seven communities ranging from large working ranches to medium density village home sites. San Pedro Overlook, the site of the HGTV Dream Home 2010 is a gated community specifically designed for those who choose to work from home. More information can be found at

Image above Community Clubhouse