Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Nicky Hilton: Undercover

Looking like a character from "Get Smart" (the Steve Carrell/Anne Hathaway version, not the iconic Don Addams TV one), Nicky Hilton, strolled the Century City Mall (now Westfield) today, wearing a beige belted trench coat, and giant sunshades that almost took up her entire face. She was alone, and had what looked like a decidedly satisfied shopping face (if you can imagine that).

(Note: The sunshades she's wearing in the image above are probably half the size of the ones she had on today.)

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Southern California Aveda Earth Day Beach Cleanups

Events encourage community to help end daily struggle of one in seven people who lack access to clean and safe drinking water.

WHAT: Aveda Beach Cleanups

WHO: Aveda Corporation, local Aveda salons, The Surfrider Foundation and community members including Mayor Bill Fulton of Ventura.

Sunday, April 11th
9:00 - 11:00 am
Surfers Point at Seaside Park
West Los Angeles
Sunday, April 11th
9:00 - 11:30 am
Venice Beach, South Side of Pier

Huntington Beach
Sunday, April 11th
9:00 -11:00 am
Bolsa Chica State Beach

South Orange County
Sunday, April 11th
9:00 - 11:00 am
Doheny State Beach, Dana Point

San Diego
Sunday, April 18th
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Belmont Park at Mission Beach, San Diego

WHY: Aveda Earth Day Beach Cleanups call on the Company’s network of salons and community members in a series of cleanups around California for strategic local and global action to protect local waterways, promote organic farming, empower communities and help make clean water accessible to everyone—everywhere.

Aveda is working to end the daily struggle of more than 1 billion people worldwide who lack access to clean and safe drinking water.

For more information about the Aveda’s Earth Day initiatives or to donate to Aveda’s 11th annual Earth Month, visit or visit

(Image from last year's Seal Beach Clean-Up)

Monday, March 29, 2010

Masterpiece Theatre To
Air BBC's Small Island

Adapted from Andrea Levy’s best-selling, award-winning novel, “Small Island” tells the moving saga of two couples — one Jamaican, one English — whose lives intertwine in both friendship and tragic misunderstanding in post-World-War-II Britain. Naomie Harris (Pirates of the Caribbean) and David Oyelowo (The Last King of Scotland) star as the Jamaican immigrants, with Ruth Wilson (“Jane Eyre”) and Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Last Enemy”) as their English landlords. Part 1 of 2. Laura Linney hosts. Airs 18 April 2010 9 p.m.

Episode 1

Lives and loves entwine in Andrea Levy's award-winning story of Jamaicans and Londoners involved in the Second World War.
London 1948: Hortense joins Gilbert, her new husband, in England, where he is lodging with Queenie Bligh. The women have both married in unpromising circumstances as love is a luxury neither can afford. As Hortense remembers her life in Jamaica and the profound love she had for Michael and his betrayal of her, Queenie also remembers her night of passion with the same Michael when her husband was away at war. Initially suspicious of each other, will they uncover the secret they share?

Episode 2

The emotional and moving climax to the stories of Hortense, Queenie and Gilbert whose lives entwine in post Second World War London.
Hortense begins her new life in England and soon learns it is not the golden land she hoped it would be. She and Gilbert suffer racism and ignorance, but in adversity they discover new qualities in each other and begin to fall in love. Queenie is shocked when her husband Bernard returns to her after years away. When she goes into labour and has a baby by a mysterious father, the lives of all four are changed forever.

A Q&A with Andrea Levy, best-selling author of Small Island

How did you feel when you were approached to turn Small Island into a TV drama?
I felt really thrilled, although a little cautious. With film and TV there are always many hurdles to jump before anything finally makes it on to the screen. I was also anxious to know whether I would agree with the producers' vision for the adaptation. Happily they have been great champions of the spirit of the book throughout.

Is it strange to see the characters and worlds you have created being brought to life?
I have a fantasy that one day I will have a party and the guests will be all the characters I have created in my novels. Having Small Island adapted for TV, and the characters brought to life by such superb actors, is the nearest I can get to making that a reality. Sometimes I have to pinch myself to remember that this whole story started in my head.

Did you spend any time on the set?
The filming took place in Dublin, Belfast and Jamaica. I had plans to visit the set in Belfast but in the end I couldn't make it. But I did meet the director and the cast at an early run-through in London and that was a real thrill. The producers were great at sending me selected stills and rushes from the filming, so I felt very much in touch as it all progressed.

What was the inspiration for the book?
The arrival of the ship Empire Windrush in 1948 with nearly 500 Caribbean migrants on board, seems to have become a marker for modern Britain's multicultural beginnings. My dad was on that ship, one of the 'pioneers'. That's what first inspired me to write Small Island. I wanted to explore my parents' experiences when they first came to this country from Jamaica, and what it meant to the people they came to live amongst.

How closely does it mirror your family's experience?
My research for the book began with chatting to my mum. From there I read lots of books, talked to my mother-in-law, interviewed men who had been in the services during the Second World War, etc. Some of my family's experiences certainly appear in the book, but other material was gleaned from sources outside the family.

Do you think it important that this story be told through television?
I think television is a great medium for this story. I love the thought that by channel-punching someone might stumble upon this drama – that it might reach people who would otherwise have thought that a story like this was not for them.

Were you surprised at the phenomenal success of the book?
I'll say! Before Small Island there was always the feeling, certainly in publishing, that stories that revolved around black British characters would only ever have a limited appeal. But in the event the novel proved more universal, as it was simply a tale of people getting on with their lives under difficult circumstances.

What do you think appealed most to people?
The book tells a familiar story but from a different perspective. It's a tale of human endeavour, endurance, pain, triumph and, most of all, love.

Did the characters' experience resonate with many of your audience?
I have received many letters from people kindly telling me how the book resonated with them. And all kinds of people, too – young, old, black, white, male and female. That has surprised me the most – the breadth of people who have responded as if this was their story, too.

Have you seen any of the finished drama – if so, how did it feel watching it?
Yes, I have seen it all. I watched it through twice. The first time I was terrified, not knowing whether it would live up to my expectations. The second time I just relaxed and enjoyed it. I think it's wonderful. I'm really excited at the thought that millions of people may see the final version.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Shellac™ -- The Latest In Nail Glamour

CND (Creative Nail Design), a leader in professional nail, hand and foot beauty, introduces the first hybrid nail color, after nearly five years of development. Shellac™ Hybrid Nail Color, says CND, is chip and smudge resistant and cuts drying time. The company says the product applies like polish, wears for 14 days of high-gloss shine, and is removed in minutes.

Shellac paints on like polish - base coat, color, top coat - and is cured in a UV light so there is zero dry time. The colors are hypo-allergenic, and "three-Free" - no formaldehyde, toluene or DBP.

Shellac launches in a range of 12 shades, from French pinks and whites, to red and rich darks. The formula is thin and flexible like polish, so it looks natural, and provides nail protection with a resilient mirror finish that resists dullness and chipping.

Removal, CND says, is easy. No soaking, drilling or filing is necessary. Nails are wrapped in individual Shellac Remover Wraps -integrated cotton pads that limit finger and skin exposure to acetone by keeping it pinpointed on just the nail.

CND says, "Ten minutes of time in exchange for two weeks of perfect color is all it takes."

Shellac is a professional salon service launching globally in May 2010. Information,

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Sean Bean Back as Sharpe

Masterpiece Classic: "Sharpe's Peril"

Sharpe's Peril, by Russell Lewis, takes up where Sharpe's Challenge left off. Sharpe and Harper are on their way to Madras, from where they are to sail to England, when they come upon an East India Company baggage train, also making its way to Madras.

The party - which includes among its number a heavily pregnant woman and a headstrong French woman, Marie Angelique, who is joining her fiancé - travels warily through enemy territory. Its leaders fear Chitu, the legendary bandit leader who controls the area.

When the attack happens, the Company officers in charge prove inadequate to its defence, Sharpe has to take over and lead the party 300 miles through enemy territory. He has to train up the ill assorted group into proper soldiers and finds himself defending helpless villagers against the corrupt and ruthless Colonel Dragomirov the local Company commander in the area.

The thrilling adventures of Colonel Richard Sharpe continue as he leads a ragtag party of civilians and soldiers on a march across India, with the murderous army of an opium lord in hot pursuit. Sean Bean (Lord of the Rings) stars as Sharpe, with Daragh O’Malley as his comrade-in-arms, Sergeant Major Patrick Harper, in this latest installment of the series based on Bernard Cornwell’s best-selling novels. Laura Linney hosts.

The show was filmed in India in March and April of 2008. Using stunning locations throughout India including Orchha and Khajuraho, producers Malcolm Craddock and Muir Sutherland state; "India offers so many unique factors to a television drama, and excellent production value. We're taking advantage of wonderful vistas, exotic palaces, elephants and camels, the full vibrancy of this breathtaking country. It's an wonderful experience quite unlike anywhere in the West. Like us all, Sean is keen to return to this wonderful country, particularly as this time Sharpe is on the side of downtrodden villagers, fighting together against officers from the East India Company that he so despises for their airs and venality. It's classic Sharpe for a modern television audience."

Sharpe's Peril airs 4 April 2010 9 p.m. PBS

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

You Really Got Me -
The Story of the Kinks

Coming To DVD May 18

Contains rarely seen performances from the sixties right through to the nineties.

Voiceprint and MVD Visual will release of "You Really Got Me - The Story of the Kinks" for North American distribution on May 18, 2010.

This DVD also contains comments from the various members of the band including Ray Davies, Dave Davies and Mick Avory.

Some of the performances featured here include You Really Got Me, 'Til The End Of The Day, Waterloo Sunset, Days, Celluloid Heroes and many more including the Dave Davies hit single Death Of A Clown. Footage comes from live concerts and television performances in America, the UK, Germany and Japan.

Led by Ray Davies and his younger brother Dave Davies, the Kinks burst onto the music scene in 1964 with their groundbreaking hit single "You Really Got Me." This was the band's third single and it reached number one in the UK singles chart and made the American Top Ten.

Along with the Davies brothers, the band was made up of bassist Pete Quaife and drummer Mick Avory. Originally, like many other aspiring band of the early sixties they were an aspiring rhythm and blues band, and their first two singles bear out this claim, although the second single "You Still Want Me" was the first Kinks single to be written by Ray Davies.

Once the band broke through with "You Really Got Me" hit singles followed with All Day And All Of The Night, Tired Of Waiting For You, Set Me Free and A Well Respected Man (all of which were written by Ray Davies, as was the vast majority of the Kinks material) all doing well within the next twelve months. In fact, the Kinks were considered one of the biggest bands of the period and Ray Davies, one of the eras more important and highly regarded song writers.

The band continued until mid-1999, and have been inactive as a band, with both Ray and Dave Davies releasing solo material. In 2004, Dave Davies suffered a stroke, but since that time has made a slow but steady recovery. Ray Davies has also said he is keen to reunite the Kinks and rumours persist that this may happen in 2010.

Link to Purchase:

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Hunter Goes "Grace"-Fully

by Amanda Bellafiore
BeansTalk Contributor

“There’s a beauty to having a finite thing to “[Saving] Grace” and I actually always felt that from the beginning,” says Holly Hunter, star of the TNT series, during a recent press conference.

After three successful seasons, the crime-drama Saving Grace, starring Holly Hunter will solve its last case with a nine-episode final season beginning March 29, 2010.

Apparently, TNT requested a full-order fourth season of “Saving Grace,” but the show’s producers, Fox TV Studios, declined the offer citing financial concerns.

Oscar- and Golden Globe-winner Hunter stars as detective Grace Hanadarko, who’s offered redemption from the unlikely Earl, an angel (character-actor Leon Rippy). Saving Grace is known for its serialized storylines and although it has come to an abrupt end loose ends will be tied and fans will receive closure.

Hunter describes this ending as poetry, “I wanted it to be a freight train that was running towards a destination that was coming quickly. We were hurdling towards destiny through this woman Grace, and there was a sense of urgency, a sense that it was like a runaway and we were on it.”

“I’m looking for rest, and to relax away from the workplace,” says Hunter, who adds that she has no immediate projects pending. “That’s definitely what’s next for me, just to kind of ease out and take a real break from performing.”

Monday, March 22, 2010

Niecy Nash on "Dancing With the Stars" Nash competes on the ABC series, premiering tonight - Monday, March 22, 2010 at 8 p.m. ET/PT

Niecy Nash joins eleven celebrities for Season 10 of "Dancing With the Stars." The other dancers include astronaut Buzz Aldrin, model/actress Pamela Anderson, ESPN sports reporter Erin Andrews, actress Shannen Doherty, reality TV star Kate Gosselin, Olympic gold medalist Evan Lysacek, NFL player Chad Ochocinco, "The Bachelor" Jake Pavelka, Pussycat Dolls lead singer Nicole Scherzinger, and actor Aiden Turner.

Nash will also appear today on NBC's "The Bonnie Hunt Show" and CBS's "Entertainment Tonight" (check your local listings for times)

About Niecy Nash
Nash is the host and producer of the Style Network's home makeover show, "Clean House." A two-time Daytime Emmy nominee and the new Celebrity Panelist for the entertainment news program, "The Insider," she recently won a 2010 Gracie Award for her role as no-nonsense Officer Raineesha Williams on Comedy Central's "Reno 911!" and its spin-off film, "Reno 911: Miami."

In 2008, Nash starred in a FOX comedy series, "Do Not Disturb." She also had a recurring role on "The Bernie Mac Show." Her most recent film work includes "Not Easily Broken" and Walt Disney Pictures' "G-Force."

Nash is developing various television and film projects through her production company, Chocolate Chick, Inc. The mother of three children, Nash proudly replies, "motherhood," as her favorite hobby.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Natalie Portman attended the Vanity Fair Oscar Party and wore Tiffany Jewelry a platinum and diamond bezel-set necklace, and a platinum and diamond “fan” bangle with black onyx to accent her Lanvin dress. On her feet, she opted for affordable and wore black satin open-toe Segura platforms from Aldo, which retail for $90.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

On Tuesday, March 30, 2010, from 8 to 10 p.m., HISTORY™ will premiere a two-hour special, as a team of graphic experts seeks to bring to life the image contained on the holy relic many believe to be Jesus’ shroud. Will the team’s work reveal "The Real Face of Jesus?"

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Phish Announces Summer 2010 Tour

Online Ticket Request Period Underway Now;
Tickets Go On Sale To General Public April 2, 2010
Tour Commences June 11, 2010 in Chicago
Phish 3D Due In Theatres This April

Phish will kick off an extensive summer tour on June 11, 2010 at Toyota Park in Chicago, IL. An online ticket request period is currently underway at and will end on Friday, March 26, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, April 2nd. Details, .

The band performed Genesis' "Watcher of the Skies" and "No Reply at All" last night at the 25th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and guitarist/vocalist Trey Anastasio inducted the group.

Last year's summer tour - the band's first in five years - included Phish's first appearance at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, described by The New York Times as a "euphoric three-hour set...full of giddy momentum, taking on Phish's more elaborately composed songs like "Chalkdust Torture," "Divided Sky," "Stash," "You Enjoy Myself" and "Wilson." "[Phish] raced through some of its most technical, risky compositions, ducking and diving in four-way syncopation that illuminated the many hours the band has spent rehearsing," said The Denver Post in a review of a concert at Red Rocks. "In fact, everything is back on the table now, with Phish's historic four-nighter at Red Rocks already revealing a stronger-than-ever band willing to tear down and rebuild old favorites."

After the sold-out summer tour, Phish delved into another ambitious undertaking: Festival 8. Held October 30th, 31st and November 1st at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA, it was the band's eighth festival and attracted over 40,000 fans. Highlights from the celebration are captured in the new film, Phish 3D, which will be released in theatres this April. The group played eight sets over the course of the weekend, including its first-ever full acoustic set and, reviving a longtime Phish tradition, a Halloween set that featured them donning a "musical costume," covering a full album by another band. This year's selection was a double album - the Rolling Stones' 1972 classic, Exile On Main Street. Complete ticketing and theatre information for Phish3D will be announced shortly and fans can sign up to receive email updates at

Phishhas released 12 studio albums as well as a series of 46 complete live concert CDs. Its series of 146 full concert downloads is currently available on Joy, its latest studio album, was recorded with Steve Lillywhite, who produced the band's Billy Breathes (1996) and albums by U2, Dave Matthews Band and the Rolling Stones. Hailed by Rolling Stone as "a genuinely great album," it was the first non-archival release on JEMP Records,an independent record label created by the band in 2005. The label's initial function was to release live concerts in CD, DVD and digital formats from Phish's extensive archives, which are located in Burlington, VT.


Date City/State Venue

6/11 Chicago, IL Toyota Park
6/12 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center
6/13 Hershey, PA Hersheypark Stadium
6/15 Portsmouth, VA nTelos Pavilion at Harbor Center
6/17 Hartford, CT Comcast Theatre
6/18 Hartford, CT Comcast Theatre
6/19 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
6/20 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
6/22 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
6/24 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
6/25 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
6/26 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
6/27 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
6/29 Canandaigua, NY CMAC
7/1 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion
7/2 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7/3 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre @ Encore Park
7/4 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre @ Encore Park
8/5 Berkeley, CA Greek Theatre
8/6 Berkeley, CA Greek Theatre
8/7 Berkeley, CA Greek Theatre
8/9 Telluride, CO Telluride Town Park
8/10 Telluride, CO Telluride Town Park
8/12 Noblesville, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center
8/13 Noblesville, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center
8/14 East Troy, WI Alpine Valley Music Theatre
8/15 East Troy, WI Alpine Valley Music Theatre
8/17 Wantagh, NY Nikon Theater at Jones Beach
8/18 Wantagh, NY Nikon Theater at Jones Beach

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Yoko Ono Climbs the Dance Chart

Yoko Ono's new single, “Give Me Something” (The Remixes) is currently #4 on the Billboard Club Play Chart (issue date: 03/27/2010), the latest in Ono's remix series, which has garnered her five No. 1 dance singles: “I'm Not Getting Enough”, “Give Peace a Chance”, “No No No”, “Everyman/Everywoman” and “Walking on Thin Ice”.

Since 2001, Ono’s alter-electronic ego, Ono, has partnered with edge producers and collaborators such as FLAMING LIPS, PET SHOP BOYS, BASEMENT JAXX, DANNY TENAGLIA, SPIRITUALIZED, CSS, FELIX DA HOUSECAT, ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS and PEACHES.

On “Give Me Something” (originally taken from John Lennon's and Ono’s Grammy Award winning 1980 DOUBLE FANTASY), ONO taps RICHARD MOREL, DAVE AUDE, RALPHI ROSARIO, ROBERTO RODRIGUEZ, STONEBRIDGE, SPARKS, JUNIOR BOYS, ALEX TRAXX (and others) to interpret her songs.

Slated as a green release (digital, no materials used or abused) later this month (March 2010) on MIND TRAIN / TWISTED Records, “Give Me Something” (The Remixes) represents Ono's reinvention.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Runaway Hair

Kristen Stewart, a cast member in 'The Runaways,' poses at the premiere of the film in Los Angeles, Thursday, March 11, 2010. Her hairstyle was done in what her stylist's rep dubs an "Homage to the 1950’srockabilly pompadour hair." Get the Look: Adir Abergel applied Full Blown Volume™ Lifting Hairspray to the roots and hand blow-dried the hair until it was completely dry. Once the hair was dry, he took a 1" curling iron and barreled curled two" sections of the top of hair, and pinned it in place starting at hairline all the way to the crown. He then lightly waved the hair that was not in pin curls and left it down. To finish this look he took the pin curls out and backcombed the roots in order to add volume for the pompadour effect. To keep the backcombing in place, he sprayed Fekkai Coiff™ Sheer Hold Hairspray at the roots. Next, he took a paddle brush and smoothed the top of hair into place. He completed this look by applying Fekkai Coiff™ Nonchalant Piecing & Forming Wax on to ends of hair to create some separation and sprayed Fekkai Coiff™ Sheer Hold Hairspray to lock in style.

Products used: Fekkai Full Blown Volume™ Lifting Hairspray ($23) Fekkai Coiff™ Sheer Hold Hairspray ($23) Fekkai Coiff™ Nonchalant Piecing & Forming Wax ($23) Available at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Friday, March 12, 2010

Star Wears

Sarah Michelle Gellar bought this embellished shirt ($95) at Fred Segal Fun!
It can be purchased online at or by contacting the store directly at 310.394.9814.


Brow guru to the stars Anastasia Soare of Anastasia Beverly Hills, along with fashion editor Merle Ginsberg, and jewelry designer Kimberly McDonald hosted the Anastasia Beverly Hills Lights Camera Fashion Pre-Oscar Party at the Anastasia Brentwood location on March 2, 2010. Guests received complimentary eyebrow shaping, manicures, makeup application, blowouts, and mini facials. Guests included Patrick McDonald, and stylists George Blodwell and Philip Bloch.

Anastasia Soare of Anastasia Beverly Hills and Anastasia Brentwood and fashion editor and "Launch My Line" runner-up Merle Ginsberg.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

New Who!

The BAFTA-winning series, Doctor Who, begins its new season -- with a new Dr. Who on April 17, 2010, on BBC AMERICA. Matt Smith debuts as the new, Eleventh incarnation of the famous Time Lord alongside a new travelling companion, the enigmatic Amy Pond (Karen Gillan).

BAFTA-winning writer Steven Moffat (Steven Spielberg's upcoming Tintin, Jekyll, Coupling), takes over as lead writer and executive producer. Writers for the new reboot 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 Alex Kingston (ER, Flash Forward), BAFTA-winner James Corden (Gavin & Stacey, The History Boys), Oscar nominee Sophie Okonedo (The Secret Life of Bees, Hotel Rwanda), and Tony Curran (24).

Doctor Who follows the adventures of The Doctor, the mysterious traveler who, with his human companions, journeys throughout all of time and space, facing a variety of foes and righting wrongs. The new series has the 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.

Doctor Who premieres Saturday, April 17, 2010 9 p.m. ET/PT. Doctor Who premiere episode is an extended version with limited commercial interruption.

A journey into the Doctor Who universe with BBC America’s original program, Doctor Who: Who is the Doctor? The program is an original look inside the universe of the world’s biggest, most successful sci-fi television program.

Doctor Who: Who Is The Doctor premieres Saturday, April 17, 2010 8 p.m. ET/PT

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

R.I.P. Corey Haim

John Fugelsang posted on Facebook "I am wishing for the day when well-known addicts get treatment for their disease instead of reality shows for our amusement. RIP Corey H." Haim, 38, was found dead of an apparent drug overdose in his Burbank apartment. His mother was with him.

(BeansTalk note: We met Haim many years ago, when he was 14 and fresh from his debut -- and best -- performance in "Lucas." It was surprising how unlike his film character he was; he was into action films and guns. And yes, that reality series, in which he starred with the "other" Corey, Feldman ("The Two Coreys"). They were quite good and fun in "Lost Boys," but by the time the reality series rolled around, Haim was shockingly and embarassingly lost. It was truly cringe-worthy. When Haim was cut out or left out of the 2008 remake/sequel "Lost Boys: The Tribe" and this year's upcoming straight-to-video "Lost Boys: The Thirst," clearly he was having difficulty finding work -- or was he difficult to work with? At any rate, any death is sad, and yet Haim's overdose seems to signal that proverbial "too much, too soon," that doesn't seem to resonate with young Hollywood, as "blind item" reports of Disney teens' and countless other young performers appear in tabloid reports regularly.)

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Bourbon Body Scrub

Real Kentucky whiskey, brown sugar, vitamin E and rice bran oil: it may sound like an ingestible concoction, but it's actually Farmhouse Fresh Bourbon Bubbler Body Scrub which exfoliates skin with those ingredients.

"It's of real benefit for women who want a spray tan because its clean finish prevents self tanners from easily rubbing off," says Shannon McLinden, CEO of FarmHouse Fresh®. The exfoliant features what the rep describes as a "sweet molten gingersnap-pecan fragrance mixed with Kentucky whiskey."

The Bourbon Bubbler scrub comes in one size (available in a 12 ounce glass jar; retail price $32.50). The brown sugar helps remove dead skin and stimulates new cell growth, while the non-greasy bourbon and rice bran oil allow for a squeaky-clean dry-down with no greasy residue. The scrub is paraben and sulfate free.

Bourbon Bubbler treatments are available at spas including the Rio or Mirage in Las Vegas.

For spray tanning, Bourbon Bubbler can be applied prior to treatment."It extends your spray tan investment," states McLinden.

Information, FarmHouse Fresh® at 888-773-9626 or Products are available online, in gift stores and at luxury spas and resorts.

Monday, March 08, 2010

Oscar Winner Bullock's Locks

Sandra Bullock's Oscar winning locks were styled pre-show by Frederic Fekkai's Adir Abergel. Here's the behind-the-scenes look at her 'do.

INSPIRATION: Fekkai's Adir Abergel wanted to bring back simplicity, with Sandra’s sleek and straight down-do. The strong side part created beautiful lines to compliment her dress. He modernized the texture of the hair by creating a sleek look, with a slight wave at the end.

HOW TO GET THE LOOK: Conditioned hair is very important for any sleek style. Abergel used FEKKAI ADVANCED GLOSSING SHAMPOO AND CONDITONER, leaving the conditioner on for 15 minutes. He then rinsed and towel dried the hair. Then he parted the hair in a deep side part. Adir recommends following the arch of your brow to choose where to part your hair. He then took a large FEKKAI ROUND BRUSH and blow-dried the hair completely straight, making sure the roots were flat. Then spray with FEKKAI SHEER HOLD HAIRSPRAY to 2” sections of hair from roots to the end and use a flat iron to get a bone straight effect. To finish the look, Abergel took a 1 1/4” inch curling iron and lightly curled the ends of the hair for a nice slight wave and tucked the bangs behind the ear. To complete the look he added the FEKKAI SILKY STRAIGHT IRONLESS SMOOTH FINISH SERUM to create a sleek finish.

THE PRODUCTS ALL BY FEKKAI: Fekkai Glossing Shampoo ($23), Fekkai Glossing Conditioner ($23), Fekkai Extra Large Round Brush ($65) Fekkai Sheer Hold Hairspray ($23), Fekkai Silky Straight Ironless Smooth Finish Serum ($23)

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Oscar Winners

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards were held at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles Sunday night

2010 Oscar winners below:

Best motion picture of the year
The Blind Side
District 9
An Education
The Hurt Locker - WINNER
Inglourious Basterds
A Serious Man
Up in the Air

Performance by an actor in a leading role

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

Performance by an actress in a leading role

Sandra Bullock - The Blind Side - WINNER
Hellen Mirren - The Last Station
Carey Mulligan - An Education
Gabourey Sidibe - Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
Meryl Streep - Julia & Julia

Achievement in directing

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

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

Matt Damon - Invictus
Woody Harrelson - The Messenger
Christopher Plummer - The Last Station
Stanley Tucci - The Lovely Bones
Christoph Waltz - Inglourious Basterds - WINNER

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

Penelope Cruz - Nine
Vera Farmiga - Up in the Air
Maggie Gyllenhaal - Crazy Heart
Anna Kendrick - Up in the Air
Mo’Nique - Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire - WINNER

Original screenplay

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

Adapted screenplay

District 9 - Written by Neil Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell
An Education - Screenplay by Nick Hornby
In the Loop - Screenplay by Jessee Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Lannicci, Tony Roche
Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire - Screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher - WINNER
Up in the Air - Sceenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner

Best animated feature film of the year

Coraline - Henry Selick
Fantastic Mr. Fox - Wes Anderson
The Princess and the Frog - John Musker and Ron Clements
The Secret of Kells - Tom Moore
Up - Pete Docter - WINNER

Best foreign language film of the year
Ajami - Israel
El Secreto de Sus Ojos - Argentina - WINNER
The Milk of Sorrow - Peru
Un Profete - France
The White Ribbon - Germany

Best documentary feature

Burma VJ - Anderz østergaard and Lise Lense-Møller
The Cove - WINNER
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
Best documentary short subject

China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Prince - John 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 - WINNER
Rabbit a La Berlin - Bartek Konopka and Anna Wydra

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

Avatar - James Horner
Fantastic Mr. Fox - Alexandre Desplat
The Hurt Locker - Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders
Sherlock Holmes - Hanz Zimmer
Up - Michael Glacchino - WINNER

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

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

Achievement in art direction

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

Achievement in cinematography
Avatar - Mauro Fiore - WINNER

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince - Bruno Delbonnel
The Hurt Locker - Barry Ackroyd
Inglourious Basterds - Robert Richardson
The White Ribbon - Christian Berger

Achievement in 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 - WINNER

Achievement in film editing

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

Achievement in makeup

Il Divo - Aldo Signoretti and Vittorio Sodano
Star Trek - Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow - WINNER
The Young Victoria - John Henry Gordon and Jenny Shircore

Best animated short film

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 - Micolas Schmerkin - WINNER
A Matter of Loaf and Death - Nick Park

Best live action short film

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

Achievement in sound editing

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

Achievement in sound mixing

Avatar - Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson and Tony Johnson
The Hurt Locker - Paul N.J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett - WINNER
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

Achievement in visual effects
Avatar - Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R. Jones - WINNER

District 9 - Dan Kaufman, Peter Muyzers, Robert Habros and Matt Aitken
Star Trek - Roger Guyett, Russell Earl, Paul Kavanagh and Burt Dalton

Friday, March 05, 2010

Burton & Depp Guest on
BBC America Talk Show

On tonight's episode (5 March 2010), director Tim Burton and his favorite actor Johnny Depp talk with BBC America talk-show host Jonathan Ross about their successful 20-year film career together, as well as their new movie Alice in Wonderland, one of seven movie collaboration. Burton jokes their relationship works because Depp has never seen any of their films together. Depp comments, “I prefer to walk away with the experience” - but admits he might go see Alice in Wonderland.

Burton decided to recreate the classic fable because, “If this story was written now, it would be mind-blowing even’s been such an inspiration for musicians and artists...[Alice in Wonderland] is in the subconscious of everyone.” And Depp reveals an inner look into his Mad Hatter character – “someone who is touched by madness but confused by the madness as well...we were trying to turn him into some kind of human mood ring.”

Depp says before the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, he wasn’t a popular choice for leading man, and notes, “they used to call me box office poison,” but he confirms there will be a fourth Pirates movie. Burton and Depp said they’ll continue to work together including a new project, Dark Shadows, which Depp calls a “gothic soap opera.”

Also joining Ross is Andrew Lloyd Webber, who discusses his prostate cancer, “I had an infection and if they hadn’t found the infection they wouldn’t have found the cancer – and luckily I’m in the clear...I’m back.” Webber completed a sequel to Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies, which chronicles the story of the phantom and Christine ten years later. Webber describes the project as “twenty years in the making.”

Webber's also looking to cast the next Dorothy in his musical theatre competition show Over the Rainbow. He jokes he's looking for the next Toto, too. Also in the episode, Webber performs the title song Love Never Dies with Sierra Boggess.

Singer Sade returns to the stage in one of her first television appearances in ten years, and performs Solider of Love from her new album.

On next week's, the March 12, 2010 episode, Ross welcomes Lady Gaga, True Blood star Stephen Moyer and English actor and singer Michael Ball.

Friday Night with Jonathan Ross airs Fridays, 10 p.m. ET/PT on BBC AMERICA

Thursday, March 04, 2010

TVLand's First Original
Valerie Bertinelli,
Wendie Malick
, Janes Leeves
With Betty White!

TV Land greenlit 10 episodes of the original comedy sitcom “Hot in Cleveland,” starring Valerie Bertinelli, Wendie Malick and Jane Leeves with Betty White in the pilot.

“Hot in Cleveland” is written by Emmy Award-winning Suzanne Martin (“Frasier,” “Ellen”) and is produced by Emmy Award-winner Sean Hayes (“Will & Grace”) and Todd Milliner of Hazy Mills Productions. “Hot in Cleveland” is a TV Land Prime original production and is the network’s first venture into scripted comedy series. The series is scheduled to air June 2010.

“Hot in Cleveland” revolves around three Los Angeles best friends whose lives are changed forever when their Paris-bound plane – unexpectedly lands in Cleveland. They rent a large house together only to discover, after taking possession, that they've also inherited by sassy caretaker, played by Betty White.

“Hot in Cleveland” video clip at

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

No Longer Just "Jess" from Twilight

Actress and Academy Award nominee Anna Kendrick arrives at the 12th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards in Los Angeles on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010. Kendrick wore platinum jewelry by Neil Lane, a pair of platinum and diamond stud earrings (3 carats each), and a cocktail ring with diamonds and pearls set in platinum. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Jeri Ryan Has Leverage

by Michael Robinson
BeansTalk Contributing Writer

BeansTalk participated in a recent conference call with Dean Devlin, producer and director of Leverage, a day after Part 1 of Leverage's two-part season finale.

Among questions answered, Devlin said that he, along with the cast and crew, hope Jeri Ryan will stay a part of the hit series as Tara Cole, even with the return of British actress' Gina Bellman’s character, Sophie Devereaux.

Ryan was a late addition to the second season of the TNT series after Bellman showed up pregnant.

“As Gina’s pregnancy came out, we didn’t want to just move her off the show; we really wanted to keep her there as much as possible,” said Devlin. “But we had made the decision that it wasn’t good for the character, for her to have a child.”

So Devlin and the rest of the writing staff had to scrape together a new plot. He admitted that the entire plot of the show changed for this season. For the new plot, the series needed a new grifter, also known as a confidence man or woman, and in came Ryan.

If nothing else, Devlin hopes that Ryan will be back on the show for a couple of episodes.

“Hopefully by the end of the season, her character will be so etched into the lure of our show that the fans will want to see that character reoccur,” said Devlin.

It all will come down to Ryan’s schedule, but Devlin seems more than willing to have her back for awhile longer.

Monday, March 01, 2010

The Future of Cosmetic Surgery?

by Lindsey K. Wagner
BeansTalk Contributing Writer

Want to look younger without an actual nip and tuck? Men and women looking to turn back the clock can now undergo a new cosmetic procedure without knives and scarring: The Stem Cell Lift™. BeansTalk recently observed the treatment. Please see the "before" and "after" photos above.

Created by Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Nathan Newman, this procedure increases the number of stem cells extracted from a patient’s unwanted fat, which is then injected into the face and body, and sculpted to create a natural, younger look.

Lasting between three to four hours, Newman initially performs liposuction by hand to remove the fat, usually from a patient’s stomach. Stem cells are immediately separated from the fat. The concentrated stem cells are re-introduced to the fat and injected into the aged, damaged or deflated areas of the face or hands.

Newman explains that stem cells are smart. Once injected into a new area, they genetically know to reincorporate themselves into the new site. The stem cells are essential to keeping fat healthy and allowing it to regenerate and repair the tissues.

Reducing the risks of traditional plastic surgery methods, The Stem Cell Lift™ does not involve general anesthesia or knives, which Newman says eliminates possible nerve damage or scarring. By utilizing the patient’s own fat, there is no possibility of rejection or allergic reaction.

The entire face can be done during one procedure. Vaginal rejuvenation, body sculpting and lifts can also be performed though The Stem Cell Lift™.

Unlike traditional facelifts where the skin is being stretched to obtain a younger appearance, according to Dr. Newman, his procedure does the opposite by naturally adding volume and lift to depleted areas.

Within a few days, patients are back to their normal daily routine. Swelling and bruising usually fade within four to five days.

The Stem Cell Lift™ starts at $5,500 and can cost up to $9,500 depending on the extent of the sculpting.

For information, or 310-273-3344.

Newman's offices: 9301 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 303, Beverly Hills, CA.