Thursday, February 25, 2010

Actress Parker Posey arrives at the 12th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards in Los Angeles on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010. Posey wore a platinum emerald and diamond cocktail ring jewelry by Neil Lane. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


On March 22, 2010, PBS will air The Lobotomist: An American Experience (9 to 10 p.m.). The lobotomy, which began as an operation of last resort, was soon being performed at some 50 state asylums, often with devastating results. This program tells the gripping tale of medical intervention gone awry.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

New mom Sarah Michelle Gellar was spotted in Santa Monica, Calif. on 25 February 2010, wearing the Sabine, grey leather victorian cut jacket by GRAI by Maya Yogev.

Monday, February 22, 2010

New Who!

The latest Doctor Who makes its U.S. premiere on BBC America on Saturday, April 17, 2010, soon after the UK broadcast.

Doctor Who, BBC America’s highest rated series ever, now features Matt Smith as the new, Eleventh incarnation of the famous Time Lord alongside a new travelling companion, the enigmatic Amy Pond (Karen Gillan).

BAFTA-winning Doctor Who writer Steven Moffat takes over as lead writer and executive producer. Writers for the new series include Richard Curtis (The Boat that Rocked, Love Actually), Chris Chibnall (Law & Order UK, Torchwood), Toby Whithouse (Being Human, Torchwood), Mark Gatiss (The League of Gentlemen, Sherlock) and Simon Nye (Men Behaving Badly, Hardware).

Guest stars include SAG Award winner Alex Kingston (ER, Flash Forward), Oscar nominee Sophie Okonedo (The Secret Life of Bees, Hotel Rwanda) and Tony Curran (24).

Travelling both through time and space, the new series has the mysterious Doctor and Amy Pond together exploring sixteenth century Venice, France during the 1890s and the United Kingdom in the far future, now an entire nation floating in space.

The first three episodes of the 13-episode series have been confirmed as The Eleventh Hour, written by Steven Moffat, The Beast Below, also by Moffat and Victory of the Daleks by Mark Gatiss.

Moffat’s work includes the hit comedy Coupling, the critically-acclaimed thriller Jekyll, the new BBC series Sherlock and along with Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish, the screenplay for The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn - which is being directed by Steven Spielberg.

Piers Wenger (Ashes to Ashes) and Beth Willis (Ashes to Ashes) are the executive producers. It is a BBC Wales production for BBC ONE and distributed by BBC Worldwide.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Strange Invisible Perfumes

by Lindsey K. Wagner BeansTalk Contributor

Featured on the pages of Vogue, Elle, and W Magazine, Strange Invisible Perfumes opened its Venice, Calif. doors in celebration of Valentine’s Day this past weekend.

The chic Parisian-style perfumery hosted a fine jewelry trunk show just in time to surprise that special someone with a unique gift for Valentine’s Day.

Complete with complimentary champagne and cupcakes, the show featured jewelry collections from Rachael Chyna White, including her Demitasse line, and designs from Jamie Joseph and Brooke Gregson, which were all offered at 10% off.

Strange Invisible also previewed it’s new scent for men, Peloponnesian, before its official spring release. Offering a limited number of bottles during the show, the new eau de parfum boasts a blend of mountain, sage, honey, orange, lime and cypress hints. Officially released March 1, 2010 Peloponnesian will surely be a hit not only with men, but the ladies by their sides.

The show also featured all of Strange Invisible Perfumes signature collection, including Black Rosette, which according to Katie Putnam, the PR Coordinator for the store, combines notes of leather and roses, giving it a rock-n-roll feel.

With Spring right around the corner, Putnam recommends the scent, Aquarian Roses, a crisp, fresh scent, with aquatic notes of wild roses. With hints of sandalwood, this clean scent is perfect for either sex; its just one of the many botanical perfumes Strange Invisible offers that caters to both men and women.

For those interested in a much more intimate scent of their own, founder, Alexandra Balahoutis, will create a one-of-a-kind custom scent based on the individual. At the back of her boutique, sits her consultation room, resembling a modern stagecoach, where she will get to know her client’s personality. It’s here that the client gets to taste different floral waters and apply different essences to their skin, to help find the perfect composition for their personalized scent.

Prices start at $135 for Eau de Parfum, and $185 for Pure Parfum.

Strange Invisible Perfumes is located at 1138 Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice, CA. Visit

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Bewitched, but Not
Bewildered and Bothered

TV Land celebrates the launch of “Bewitched” with a marathon of episodes on Saturday, March 20 and Sunday, March 21, 2010 from 11 am-7 pm ET/PT.

Samantha (Elizabeth Montgomery) and her mortal husband, Darrin Stevens bring the supernatural to Morning Glory Circle when the series airs in its regularly-scheduled time slot on the network: weekdays from 5 pm-6 pm ET/PT beginning March 1, 2010.

“’Bewitched’ is a timeless favorite that all generations can enjoy together,” states Jaclyn Cohen, senior vice president of programming and acquisitions for TV Land. “Viewers still love to watch as mortal and immortal worlds intermingle in this quirky and endearing show. TV Land is proud to welcome this lovable cast of characters to the network.”

Emmy award-winning “Bewitched” aired on ABC from 1964-1972. The series follows Samantha Stevens, a stay-at-home wife with a secret. After marrying her husband, ad-exec Darrin Stevens (Dick York, then later played by Dick Sargent), she reveals to him that she is a witch.

Darrin makes her promise never to use her magical powers, but Samantha cannot resist making domestic life just a little easier by a wiggle of her nose to cast a spell, usually backfiring into more trouble than help.

Samantha’s mother, Endora (Agnes Moorehead), does not accept the marriage between her daughter and a mortal husband and constantly visits to unnerve Darrin and complicate their “normal” suburban lifestyle by disobeying his wishes.

Gladys Kravitz (Sandra Gould), the nosy next door neighbor suspects unusual antics occurring in the Stevens household and makes life interesting by relentlessly attempting to uncover Samantha’s secret.

Agnes Moorhead as Endora

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Big Celeb Turnout for
Valentine Romance
"Sneak Peek" Oscar Suite

The Second Annual Valentine Romance “Sneak Peek” Oscar Suite was held again at West Hollywood’s Café La Boheme restaurant.

More than 100 Hollywood celebrities attended the event which featured food, musical entertainment, as well as gift previews out to celebrate Valentine’s Day and grab a ‘sneak peek’ at what’s hot for the Oscars®.

Actress Morgan Fairchild, who had her makeup touched up at the suite by Dimitri James of SKINN Cosmetics, said, “The extravagance of the gifts, the beauty of the restaurant and the warmth of the people – this is unlike any other suite – this is a party!”

Former “Married With Children” co-star Ted McGinley played a little grab ass with ‘Modern Family” star Ed O’Neill, who opined, “It is so good to see you. I didn’t know you were here! God I love you!’ The two friends are seen in the above image.

The invitation-only event, co-hosted by Jorg Gray® and presented by CellCeuticals Skin Care, Inc. treated guests to: fashion for him and her, skin care, lingerie, jewelry, footwear, couture gowns, get-a-ways and luggage, electronics, food, spirits and more.

Ed O’Neil, Joe Mantegna, Morgan Fairchild, Lauren Velez, SAG President Ken Howard, William Shatner, Amanda Righetti, Antonio Sabato, Jr., Carolyn Hennessy, Chris Harrison, Dawn Olivieri, Deidre Hall, Gilles Marini, Harry Shum, James Kyson Lee, Kenny Lattimore, Kathy Joosten, Kevin Farley, Kim Whitley, Maiara Walsh, Maria Conchita Alonzo, Mariana Klaveno, Megyn Price, Michael Welch, Chris McDonald, Rebecca Mader, Robert Davi, Rolonda Watts, Sofia Milos, Ted McGinley, Vik Sahay, were among the attendees.

Guests brought shoes to donate to Shoes for Africa, (including the wardrobe department of ‘Desperate Housewives’ who brought over a plethora of shoes from Wisteria Lane). which will be shipped in April to South Africa for a ‘Christmas in July’ distribution for the 2010 World Cup. ‘Shoes for Africa’ is a program of The ASHÉ Foundation, a 501(c)(3) California non-profit corporation.

Gifts and services were provided by Amadika jewelry from Australia; timepieces by Jorg Gray®; Red Carpet gowns designed by BG Haute Couture and Scala Eveningwear; suits and tuxedos by Art Lewin & Company Custom Clothiers; skin care by CellCeuticals® Skin Care, Inc.; European evening shoes & handbags by Menbur; robes by The Original FreeBeneath; RisQue™ by Mai Lieu, "Lingerie for your Feet”; get-a-ways courtesy of Hotel Petit Ermitage; bath and body products from Herban® Body Care; eco-friendly apparel by Live Life Organics; ‘Face in a Case’ make-up application collection by Dimitri James of SKINN Cosmetics; ROCKS jewelry created by Thomas Diener for Miles McNeel Design; nails by the Dazzle Dry Quick Dry Nail System; fitness gear by Forbes Riley SpinGym; spirits by Blue Angel Ultra Premium Vodka and Vermeer Dutch Chocolate Cream Liqueurs; Mignon Chocolate – the chocolatier to the stars; Antonia’s Gourmet Caramelized Pecans; AQUAMANTRA: Premium Natural Spring Water and Steaz Sparkling Tea, Coleman Luggage®, Caribbean Joe® travel ware,. Traveler’s Choice®, solar-powered laptop cases, carry-on uprights and TSA checkpoint-friendly brief cases, Emilie Sloan totes, Capelta Boots by Monique, Sheikh Shoes, Plantronics lightweight mobile headset products, Pineapple Electronics' Rumble™ Earwoofers, Mobigrip®, a new concept on how not to drop your cell phone; CreaClip® is an innovative do-it-yourself hair cutting tool, LIVE FREE™ LOVE PURE a new perfume, body cream and soap line, Butterfly Effects, eco-friendly natural soy candles, Not Just Any Old Day®, known for its “signature” original Calendar Keepsake Charm collection, Wine Wipes – a way to remove red wine stains from teeth and mouth, The Perfect Truffle™ award-winning truffles made with imported chocolate, CRYSTAL LIGHT® Hard Candy and Café La Boheme’s 5-star cuisine created by 5-star executive chef, Christine Banta.,

The Second Annual Valentine Romance ‘Sneak Peek’ Oscar Suite was produced by Doris Bergman and Kathy Duliakas.

Morgan Fairchild gets a makeup touchup from Dimitri James of SKINN Cosmetics. Amanda Righetti and a gift from CelluCeuticals Skin Care.

Actors Robert Davi and Joe Mantegna, and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" actress Kim Whitley

"Dexter's" Lauren Velez and Antonio Sabato Jr. (with date)

"Grounded for Life's" Megyn Price and "Moscow on the Hudson" star Maria Conchito Alonso.


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Shelby Lynne to Tour

Grammy winner Shelby Lynne launches an acoustic tour in support of her upcoming album, Tears, Lies, And Alibis, with a show at The Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, CA on April 22, 2010. U.K. artist Findlay Brown opens on all dates. Tickets for the U.S. tour will go on sale this weekend. (See below for a full itinerary.)

Tears, Lies, And Alibis, due out April 20th, marks the first release on Lynne's own newly founded label, EVERSO RECORDS, which will be distributed through Fontana, the award-winning independent distribution division of Universal Music Group. She'll be performing at the Fontana party at SXSW on March 18th. Coming on the heels of Just a Little Lovin', Lynne's critically acclaimed 2008 tribute to Dusty Springfield, Tears, Lies, And Alibis affirms her position as a visionary, iconoclastic artist who deftly weaves country, soul, rock, blues, pop and folk influences to forge her own unique style. Like Identity Crisis (2003) and Suit Yourself (2005), this sparse, unguarded collection was produced by Lynne, who evokes a live-in-the-studio vibe from a stellar group of musicians.

From the exuberant "Rains Came" and dreamy "Something To Be Said," her ode to the iconic Airstream trailer, to the restless, bluesy "Old Dog" and poignant "Alibi," her evocative imagery brings to life the scarred yet determined group of survivors whose stories are told in Tears, Lies, And Alibis.

Last December, Lynne played a sold-out show at New York City's Carnegie Hall for public radio station WFUV, eliciting praise from The Wall Street Journal's "Speakeasy" for her "lean, elegant arrangements" and the "soulful" new song "Alibi." Upcoming tour dates are as follows:

Shelby Lynne - Spring 2010 Tour

4/22 West Hollywood, CA The Roxy Theatre
4/23 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
4/26 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
4/27 Seattle, WA The Triple Door
5/1 Minneapolis, MN Dakota
5/2 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall
5/3 Ann Arbor, MI The Ark
5/4 Chicago, IL Martyrs'
5/5 Cleveland, OH Beachland Tavern
5/7 Northampton, MA Iron Horse Music Hall
5/8 Somerville, MA Johnny D's
5/9 Philadelphia, PA World Café Live
5/10 New York, NY The Concert Hall
5/11 Alexandria, VA The Birchmere
5/13 Nashville, TN The Belcourt Theater
5/15 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse
5/17 Dallas, TX Granada Theater
5/18 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
5/19 Austin, TX St. David's Episcopal Church
5/25 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up Tavern

Monday, February 15, 2010

Happy President's Day!

Model Winner

Kalyn Hemphill (winner of Season 1 of Lifetime’s Models of the Runway). Hemphill is guest blogging for during Fashion Week and was styled by the Macy’s fashion team to attend the Project Runway show. Hemphill is wearing
· Blazer Jacket- BCBG Max Azria ($248)
· Skirt—BCBG Azria($158)
· Tee- French Connection ($48)
· Tights- HUE ($12.50)
· Boots- BCBG Max Azria ($118)

All from Macy’s

Friday, February 12, 2010

Swift-ly Down Under

Her "Valentine's Day" movie opens today, but singer Taylor Swift is busy on tour in Australia. She was photographed shopping in Melbourne, wearing abode vecchio nappa Friller platforms by Stuart Weitzman. They don't look like the most comfortable retail therapy wear, but the girl looks good (and happy to be enjoying the Southern Hemisphere's summer). Meanwhile, reports say her former beau, "Twilight's" Taylor Lautner is in demand -- on film, and with the ladies (well, girls. He is, afterall, only 17.).

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Designer Alexander McQueen Found Dead

By Amanda Bellafiore,
BeansTalk Contributor

British fashion designer Alexander McQueen, has been found dead in his London home, the BBC reports.

Paramedics were called, but McQueen, 40, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said his death was not being treated as suspicious.

A spokesperson for the designer confirmed the news issuing the following statement: “On behalf of Lee McQueen's family, Alexander McQueen today announces the tragic news that Lee McQueen, the founder and designer of the Alexander McQueen brand has been found dead at his home. At this stage it is inappropriate to comment on this tragic news beyond saying that we are devastated and are sharing a sense of shock and grief with Lee's family. Lee's family has asked for privacy in order to come to terms with this terrible news and we hope the media will respect this."

His death comes one week after the passing of his mother, Joyce, and days before he was to unveil a new spring collection at London Fashion Week.

McQueen, winner of the British Designer of the Year, began as an apprentice on Saville Row where he made jackets at Gieves and Hawkes. In 1996, he was named head designer for the couture house Givenchy.

McQueen designed the now infamous breast-baring, support-less dress that Gwyneth Paltrow wore to the 2002 Academy Awards. Paltrow, who worked without a stylist and chose the McQueen dress herself, was widely criticized for the dress and has been since dubbed one of the classic celebrity fashion missteps.

Katie Holmes, Liv Tyler, Victoria Beckham, Christina Aguilera, Angelina Jolie, Cynthia Nixon, Kate Moss, Cate Blanchett and Sarah Jessica Parker are just a few of the many celebrities who favored McQueen's famously edgy designs of dresses and handbags.

His most signature design may be his feathered wedding dress, with an umbrella-shaped skirt that "Project Runway" villain Kenley was accused of knocking off in her final collection.

Paltrow at the 2002 Academy Awards; McQueen's design, left and "Project Runway's" Kenley Collins' "knock-off," right.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Celeb Style: Get Jennifer Garner's Hair Style

Get the look: Jennifer Garner at the Valentine's Day premiere
Garner’s natural curls with full waves and movement by Fekkai

How to get the look:

First, prep the hair with an application Fekkai Full Blown Volume™ Lifting Hairspray at the roots.

Next blow dry the whole head with your hands to create texture and bring out the natural wave.

Follow by taking a round brush and blow dry the bangs forward and to one side.

Continue with a 1’’ curling iron, curling hair away from the face but leaving the ends alone. A

fter curling the hair, mix Fekkai Coiff™ Océanique Tousled Wave Spray with Fekkai Coiff™ Magnifique Ultra-Light Finishing Crème and apply to the ends to create a tousled look.

Finally, to hold the look for the entire evening, finish with the Fekkai Coiff™ Sheer Hold Hairspray all through the hair.

Products by Fekkai. Information,

Images: Jennifer Garner arrives at the film premiere of "Valentine's Day" in Los Angeles on Monday, February 8, 2010. (Fashion Wire Daily/Maria Ramirez)

Monday, February 08, 2010

Long Term Mane-tenance

Growing short hair long like a Hollywood starlet can seemingly take forever. Faking it comes in handy. Consider: Extensions. Extensions are no longer a "hidden" secret.

But hair extensions are not quite like hair that grows from your roots. Extension upkeep can be tricky. Celebrity hair stylist Mia Shin of Anatasia’s salon in Brentwood, gives extension newbies the basic do’s and don’t’s.

· Gently Brush Hair. With a soft bristle brush (at least once a day), brush hair from the scalp down. Brush ends of hair as much as you can (makes it look less piecy).
· Condition like crazy. Put Extra conditioner and leave in conditioner in hair daily.
· Shampoo Every Three Days. Extension hair is not attached to your scalp (it's attached to your hair), so it does not get natural oil from scalp. If you shampoo too often it will make hair extremely dry.


· Don't brush or comb when hair Is wet. Only brush when hair is completely dry. All the hair is get tangled when it is wet and the keratin bond slightly expands when hair is wet—the extension could actually slip out.
· Don't shampoo the actual extension hair too much.
· Don't go too close to the bond when you use heat tools (flat or curl)—you want to avoid any and all melting!
She adds, “Extensions are an investment; make it last by taking extra good care of your beautiful hair (even if it’s not technically your own to begin with!).”

Mia Shin is a native of Seoul Korea who was as a fashion designer in Los Angeles, who followed her passion for hair design. She graduated from the Vidal Sassoon Academy in Santa Monica and worked at some of the top salons in Beverly Hills. Her celebrity clients include Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears, and Lo Bosworth.

Image: Aug. 9, 2009 photo Britney Spears arrives at the Teen Choice Awards in Universal City, Calif. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, file)

Friday, February 05, 2010

Not-So Bare Bones

Bones Gets Fashionable

There's plenty of debate online about whether audiences prefer Temperance Brennan's (Emily Deschanel) wardrobe from Season 1 to 3 or from Season 4 on (she began to wear more noticeably expensive clothing, often featuring a tailored jacket, blazer, or most commonly, a long-line lightweight coat (she has several variations and some even come in bright bold colors).

On a fairly recent episode of Bones ("A Night at the Bones Museum"), an evening formal party setting was an excuse to get those pretty stars in some haute couture. Brennan wore a black lace surplice chiffon dress by Adrianna Pappel (which was available at one time at Nordstrom, but is no longer).

Tamara Taylor, who plays department supervisor Cam, was quite the lady in red. Since the average forensic scientist makes $33K annually (hey, she's the boss, so let's double that number), it still seems quite a stretch that she'd be in such a couture dress.

At any rate, if you want to dress like Cam (and those other fans of Herve Leger, who include the Kardashians, Penelope Cruz, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Kristen Stewart, Mylie Cyrus, Maria Menounous, Jessica Simpson, Katy Pery Angelina Joelie, Hayden Panitierre, Victoria Beckham) here's the 411.

As described by Herve Leger by Max Azria

"Artfully styled, this iconic bandage dress makes an unmistakable impression. • V-neck. Bandage cap sleeves with diagonal bandage appliqué. Signature bandage bodice. • Diagonal bandages throughout. V-shaped back with center zipper and hook-and-eye closure. • Authentic Hervé Léger garments are handcrafted, making each item one of a kind. To maintain the quality and beauty of your garment, please follow the specific care instructions on the inside label. Dry clean only. • Rayon, Nylon, Spandex. • Imported."

Image Above: BONES: L-R: Sweets (John Francis Daley), Daisy Wicks (guest star Carla Gallo), Cam (Tamara Taylor), Angela (Michaela Conlin) and Hodgins (TJ Thyne) attend a party for the opening of an Egyptology exhibit on BONES on FOX. ©2009 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Greg Gayne/FOX

The Herve Leger Angled Bandage Dress is still available at BCBG for $1590

A couple of weeks ago, Taylor actually wore the dress again to a TCA (Television Critics Assn.) Press Tour Party, celebrating Bones' 100th Episode. So despite the dress' hefty price, it got play -- and Taylor looked gorgeous in the process.

Hmmm... now that BeansTalk's taken a closer look, it appears that while Taylor is indeed in Leger, it appears that at the party above, she's actually wearing the Herve Leger Cap Sleeve dress in Ruby which is also still available on the BCBG site for, $975

L-R: Cast members TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, Michaela Conlin, Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz celebrate with cast and crew during the milestone 100th episode celebration on set January, 26th. ©2010 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Greg Gayne/FOX

Even Anne Hathaway likes this Angled Bandage Herve Leger dress in "cranberry."

Location Location Location

Did You Know?

Although the main conceit of "He's Just Not That Into You" is that it's set in Baltimore, the scene where Drew Barrymore's Mary finally meets Kevin Connelly's Conor in person is actually set in Culver City, California at Akasha restaurant, known for its organic and artisan fare. Owner Akasha was, at one time, Michael Jackson's personal chef.

Akasha Restaurant Culver City 9543 Culver Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232-2618
(310) 845-1700

Location Location Location

Regency Setting

Did You Know?

An ailing (possibly dying) Marianne lay ill in the excellent 2008 Sense & Sensibility, when an anguished and regretful Willoughby (Dominic Cooper, seen above, in the aforementioned scene) suddenly shows up and has a confrontation of sorts with Marianne's anguished sister Elinor (Hattie Morahan). The house and room where the two meet is the same location used in the current Masterpiece Theater Emma (2009), as Mr. Knightley's (Jonny Lee Miller) wood-paneled front room.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

How To Go Along Swimmingly

Luxe by Lisa Vogel introduces their 2010 collection of swim wear. From the company's rep:

• The line is hand-sewn in the USA
• Lisa Vogel designs feature precise measurements and cuts; all styles runs true to size
• The 2010 collections offers figure-flattering silhouettes highlighting assets and camouflaging the less so
• Made with seamless construction and lays flat, without digging into the body
• Some fabrics are imported from Italy and all are fade-resistant.
• Molded cups for comfort, modesty and shape
• Luxe by Lisa Vogel features heat-resistant hardware ranging from Italian Lucite beads to hand-painted adornments

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Oh, Oscar!

Oscar Nominees

Best Picture

* “Avatar” James Cameron and Jon Landau, Producers
* “The Blind Side” Nominees to be determined
* “District 9” Peter Jackson and Carolynne Cunningham, Producers
* “An Education” Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, Producers
* “The Hurt Locker” Nominees to be determined
* “Inglourious Basterds” Lawrence Bender, Producer
* “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness, Producers
* “A Serious Man” Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, Producers
* “Up” Jonas Rivera, Producer
* “Up in the Air” Daniel Dubiecki, Ivan Reitman and Jason Reitman, Producers

Actor in a Leading Role

* Jeff Bridges in “Crazy Heart
* George Clooney in “Up in the Air”
* Colin Firth in “A Single Man”
* Morgan Freeman in “Invictus”
* Jeremy Renner in “The Hurt Locker”

Actor in a Supporting Role

* Matt Damon in “Invictus”
* Woody Harrelson in “The Messenger”
* Christopher Plummer in “The Last Station”
* Stanley Tucci in “The Lovely Bones”
* Christoph Waltz in “Inglourious Basterds”

Actress in a Leading Role

* Sandra Bullock in “The Blind Side”
* Helen Mirren in “The Last Station”
* Carey Mulligan in “An Education”
* Gabourey Sidibe in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
* Meryl Streep in “Julie & Julia”

Actress in a Supporting Role

* Penélope Cruz in “Nine”
* Vera Farmiga in “Up in the Air”
* Maggie Gyllenhaal in “Crazy Heart”
* Anna Kendrick in “Up in the Air”
* Mo’Nique in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”

Animated Feature Film

* “Coraline” Henry Selick
* “Fantastic Mr. Fox” Wes Anderson (BeansTalk's favorite movie of the year)

* “The Princess and the Frog” John Musker and Ron Clements
* “The Secret of Kells” Tomm Moore
* “Up” Pete Docter

Art Direction

* “Avatar” Art Direction: Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg; Set Decoration: Kim Sinclair
* “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” Art Direction: Dave Warren and Anastasia Masaro; Set Decoration: Caroline Smith
* “Nine” Art Direction: John Myhre; Set Decoration: Gordon Sim
* “Sherlock Holmes” Art Direction: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
* “The Young Victoria” Art Direction: Patrice Vermette; Set Decoration: Maggie Gray


* “Avatar” Mauro Fiore
* “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” Bruno Delbonnel
* “The Hurt Locker” Barry Ackroyd
* “Inglourious Basterds” Robert Richardson
* “The White Ribbon” Christian Berger

Costume Design

* “Bright Star” Janet Patterson
* “Coco before Chanel” Catherine Leterrier
* “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” Monique Prudhomme
* “Nine” Colleen Atwood
* “The Young Victoria” Sandy Powell


* “Avatar” James Cameron
* “The Hurt Locker” Kathryn Bigelow
* “Inglourious Basterds” Quentin Tarantino
* “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Lee Daniels
* “Up in the Air” Jason Reitman

Documentary (Feature)

* “Burma VJ” Anders Østergaard and Lise Lense-Møller
* “The Cove” Nominees to be determined
* “Food, Inc.” Robert Kenner and Elise Pearlstein
* “The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers” Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith
* “Which Way Home” Rebecca Cammisa

Documentary (Short Subject)

* “China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province” Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill
* “The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner” Daniel Junge and Henry Ansbacher
* “The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant” Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert
* “Music by Prudence” Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett
* “Rabbit à la Berlin” Bartek Konopka and Anna Wydra

Film Editing

* “Avatar” Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua and James Cameron
* “District 9” Julian Clarke
* “The Hurt Locker” Bob Murawski and Chris Innis
* “Inglourious Basterds” Sally Menke
* “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Joe Klotz

Foreign Language Film

* “Ajami” Israel
* “El Secreto de Sus Ojos” Argentina
* “The Milk of Sorrow” Peru
* “Un Prophète” France
* “The White Ribbon” Germany


* “Il Divo” Aldo Signoretti and Vittorio Sodano
* “Star Trek” Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow
* “The Young Victoria” Jon Henry Gordon and Jenny Shircore

Music (Original Score)

* “Avatar” James Horner
* “Fantastic Mr. Fox” Alexandre Desplat
* “The Hurt Locker” Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders
* “Sherlock Holmes” Hans Zimmer
* “Up” Michael Giacchino

Music (Original Song)

* “Almost There” from “The Princess and the Frog” Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
* “Down in New Orleans” from “The Princess and the Frog” Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
* “Loin de Paname” from “Paris 36” Music by Reinhardt Wagner Lyric by Frank Thomas
* “Take It All” from “Nine” Music and Lyric by Maury Yeston
* “The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)” from “Crazy Heart” Music and Lyric by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett

Short Film (Animated)

* “French Roast” Fabrice O. Joubert
* “Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty” Nicky Phelan and Darragh O’Connell
* “The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)” Javier Recio Gracia
* “Logorama” Nicolas Schmerkin
* “A Matter of Loaf and Death” Nick Park

Short Film (Live Action)

* “The Door” Juanita Wilson and James Flynn
* “Instead of Abracadabra” Patrik Eklund and Mathias Fjellström
* “Kavi” Gregg Helvey
* “Miracle Fish” Luke Doolan and Drew Bailey
* “The New Tenants” Joachim Back and Tivi Magnusson

Sound Editing

* “Avatar” Christopher Boyes and Gwendolyn Yates Whittle
* “The Hurt Locker” Paul N.J. Ottosson
* “Inglourious Basterds” Wylie Stateman
* “Star Trek” Mark Stoeckinger and Alan Rankin
* “Up” Michael Silvers and Tom Myers

Sound Mixing

* “Avatar” Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson and Tony Johnson
* “The Hurt Locker” Paul N.J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett
* “Inglourious Basterds” Michael Minkler, Tony Lamberti and Mark Ulano
* “Star Trek” Anna Behlmer, Andy Nelson and Peter J. Devlin
* “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers and Geoffrey Patterson

Visual Effects

* “Avatar” Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R. Jones
* “District 9” Dan Kaufman, Peter Muyzers, Robert Habros and Matt Aitken
* “Star Trek” Roger Guyett, Russell Earl, Paul Kavanagh and Burt Dalton

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

* “District 9” Written by Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell
* “An Education” Screenplay by Nick Hornby
* “In the Loop” Screenplay by Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche
* “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher
* “Up in the Air” Screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner

Writing (Original Screenplay)

* “The Hurt Locker” Written by Mark Boal
* “Inglourious Basterds” Written by Quentin Tarantino
* “The Messenger” Written by Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman
* “A Serious Man” Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
* “Up” Screenplay by Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, Story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy

Getting Grafty

Sundance Film Fest's Gifting Lounge

In between film screenings and trudging through the frozen tundra, Sundance Film Festival guests were invited to Alive! Expo Green Pavilion/MixMedia Luxury Lounge at the Sundance Film Festival, which featured new "green" products, organic spa treatments and what the event's rep calls "eco treats."

Guests included Kevin Sorbo, Jill Zarin (Real Housewives of Orange County), Laura Herring (Mulholland Drive), James Kyson-Lee (Heroes), AJ Buckly (CSI: NY), Beth Stolarczyk (Real World), Clayne Crawford (24), actor Adam Scarimbolo, Diego Luna (Milk/Y Tu Mama Tambien), Hakeem Kae Kazime (24), actor/producer Tom Malloy, Walter Perez (Fame), voice-actor Greg Finely (Lilo & Stitch), Fagun Thakrar (Brick Lane), Heather Kafka (Huff) and others.

Featured at the lounge were multi-colored stone jewelry by Southern California native Michelle Abogado, Virtual Golf Girl designs, Aubrey Organics, 30-minute facials from Dr. Bennett’s anti-aging collagen mask, and the T-Zone Vibration Machine, which reps claim to "shake off those extra pounds." Explorer’s Bounty provided fruit chips, chocolates, coffee and tea. At happy hour, guests were offered Maestro Dobel Diamond Tequila.

ALIVE! Expo Green Pavilion guests participated in Project Green Celebrity Photo Shoot (Project Green – non-profit 501c3 –, a new non-profit foundation that raises money for kids to attend eco-friendly summer camps. Guests were also asked to share their “going green” thoughts and tips on camera with NVALEO Enrichment System.

VIP gift bags (made a of jute) included event sponsors' products: Aubrey Organics, Explorer’s Bounty, North American Herb & Spice, Chews 4 Health, Pup to Go, Tea Lab, Tuwa Design Bags (The ultimate in portable solar the form of bags & backpacks, Organic Spa Magazine, Michelle Abogado Designs, Somebody’s Mother’s Chocolate Sauce, NVALEO Enrichment System ( a multifaceted, personal and professional enrichment tool), Sunfusion Designs ( hypoallergenic hardware: earrings, belt buckles and pendants), Virtual Golf Girl LLC designs by Lynni Megginson, Food Should Taste Good, Dr. Bennett’s “Purglo Anti-Aging Collagen Masks & Serum, as well as mini-facial services, and Maestro Dobel Diamond Tequila.

Alive! Expo Green Pavilion is founded and led by "green specialists" Patrycja Siewert-Towns and Kim Shimmel. Alive ! Expo Green Pavilion( MixMedia Luxury Lounge( will host an annual Oscar event in Los Angeles March 5 & 6, 2010.

Image: "Heroes" star James Kyson-Lee shows off eco-friendly jewels he was gifted from Michelle Abogado of jewelry box

Monday, February 01, 2010

Grammy Nominee Performs Live

by Michael Robinson
Contributor, BeansTalk

Oren Lavie spent the Thursday before the Grammys celebrating his nomination by performing at the Bergamont Station in Santa Monica.

Lavie was nominated in the category “Best Short Form Music Video” for the video of his song “Her Morning Elegance,” which he also produced and co-directed. He faces stiff competition with Coldplay, The Black Eyed Peas and Depeche Mode also battling for the award and The Black-Eye Peas won.

The stop-motion music video has been viewed more than 10 million times on YouTube.

Lavie’s manager, Mike Savage understands that the competition for the award is very tough, but also knows that this could be just what Lavie needs to boost his career.

“If somehow the dark horse wins out, it would be huge for [Lavie] right now,” said Savage, about his client who released his last album on his own label.

The night wasn’t only a celebration for Lavie. A gallery was also set up for photographer Eyal Landesman, who shot all 2,096 photos that were used for the music video.

Lavie announced during his performance that there will be multiple galleries set up around the world where they will be attempting to sell all of the original photos from the video. Lavie confessed that he and everyone else involved loved the video so much that they couldn’t just let it be over.

“We’re trying to sell 2,096 photographs … which could take up to 25 years,” said Lavie through a bit of laughter.

The tentative locations for possible future galleries are New York City, Berlin, and Tel Aviv to go along with the gallery already set up in Santa Monica.