Friday, December 31, 2010

Actress Virginia Madsen arrives at Paramount Pictures' 'The Fighter' premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on December 6, 2010 in Hollywood, California. She wore black closed toe patent leather pumps from LOVE by Enzoani.

Actress Dame Helen Mirren arrives at The Hollywood Reporter Power 100 Women in Entertainment breakfast in Beverly Hills December 7, 2010. Mirren received the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award at the event which is presented annually to a woman of unusual distinction and originality who has carved a unique career and at the same time contributed significantly to the social good. She wore a dress by David Meister, a forest green knit sheath dress with pleated side panels. REUTERS/Fred Prouser

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Broken-Hearts Club

Images from top: Blake Lively and Penn Badgley, Emmy Rossum and Adam Duritz (yes, he's 22 years older than her), Garcelle Beauvais and Mike Nilon, Thomas Jane and Patricia Arquette, Neve Campbell and John Light, Marilyn Manson and Evan Rachel Wood, Perla and Slash Hudson, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Noah Baumbach, Jamie Kennedy and Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johannsen, Laura Dern and Ben Harper, Elisabeth Moss and Fred Arminsen, Anna Torv and Mark Valley, Eva Longoria and Tony Parker, Nancy Wilson and Cameron Crowe

2010 Celebrity Breakups

As they used to say, it's Splitsville for these Hollywood Couples who broke up in 2010 and BeansTalk brings you quite the comprehensive list

Scarlett Johanssen and Ryan Reynolds
Eva Longoria and Tony Parker
Jennifer Carpenter and Michael C. Hall
Rachel Weisz and Darren Aronofsky
Kate Winslet and Sam Mendes
Courteney Cox and David Arquette
Leonardo di Caprio and Bar Rafaeli
Billy Ray Cyrus and Tish Cyrus
Elizabeth Hurley and Aryun Nayar
Christina Aquilera and Jordan Bratman
Landon Donovan and Bianca Kajlich
Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry
Emmy Rossum and Adam Duritz
Lo Bosworth and Scott Hochstadt
Thomas Jane and Patricia Arquette
Charlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller
Al and Tipper Gore
Jennifer Jason Leigh and Noah Baumbach
Marilyn Manson and Even Rachel Wood
Kelsey and Camille Grammar
Sandra Bullock and Jesse James
Jesse James and Kat Von D
Jamie Kennedy and Jennifer Love Hewitt
Demi Lovato and Joe Jonas
George Lopez and Ann Lopez
Mel Gibson and Oskana Grigorieva
Ryan Phillippe and Abbie Cornish
Hayden Christensen and Rachel Bilson
Cameron Crowe and Nancy Wilson
Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren
Rhianna and Matt Kemp
Barbara Hershey and Naveen Andrews
Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Effron
Melissa Etheridge and Tammy Etheridge
Shia LeBeouf and Carey Mulligan
Bob Guiney (Bachelor) and Rebecca Budig
Elisabeth Moss and Fred Armisen
Garcelle Beauvais Nilon and Mike Nilon
Chris Pine and Olivia Munn
Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy
Jenny McCarthy and Jason Toohey
Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston
Colin Farrell and Alicja Bachleda
AnnaLynne McCord and Kellan Lutz
Steve Nash (Phoenix Suns) and Alejandra Nash
Charlotte Church and Gavin Henson
Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco
Johnathon Schaech and Jana Kramer
Daisy Fuentes and Matt Goss
Slash and Perla Hudson
Kim Kardashian and Reggie Bush
Kim Kardashian and Gabriel Aubrey
Kim Kardashian and Miles Austin
Charlize Theron and Stuart Townsend
Jim Carrey's daughter Jane
Karenna Gore and Drew Schiff
Neve Campbell and John Light
Kayne West and Amber Rose
Cameron Diaz and Alex Rodriguez
Jodie Sweetin and Cody Herpin
Ben Harper and Laura Dern
Jillian Harris (Bachelorette) and Ed Swiderski
Jake Pavela and Vienna Girardi (Bachelor)
LeAnn Rimes and Dean Sheremet
Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth
Tara Reid and Michael Axtmann
Heather McComb and James Van Der Beek
Amanda Seyfriend and Dominic Cooper
Jamie Lynn Spears and Casey Aldridge

Jessica Szohr and Ed Westwick (Gossip Girl)
Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl) and Sebastian Stan
Nick Jonas and Selena Gomez
Paris Hilton and Doug Reinhardt
Anna Torv (Fringe) and Mark Valley (Human Target)
Patty Stanger (Millionaire Matchmaker) and Andy Friedman
Audrina Partridge and Ryan Cabrera
Penn Badgley and Blake Lively
Kelly Osbourne and Luck Worrall
Christina Milan and The-Dream
Zachary Levi (Chuck) and Caitlin Crosby
Nicole Scherzinger and Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton

Actress Anne Hathaway wore Chopard to the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway, Saturday, 11 December 2010. The Chopard jewelry she wore: marquise cut diamond (6 carats) and pear cut diamond (3 carats) earrings set in white gold and an Ashoka cut diamond (19 carats) bracelet set in platinum.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Actress Camilla Belle arrives at the 2010 Hollywood Style Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010. Belle wore Stuart Weitzman black Swoon platforms (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Actor Ben Affleck attends the premiere of 'The Company Men' at The Paris Theater in New York, on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010. Affleck wore an Italian silk crisp white ANTO shirt (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)

Actor Dustin Hoffman attended the premiere of “Little Fockers" in New York wearing a black Swiss cotton dress shirt by Anto Distinctive Shirtmaker. Anto Beverly Hills is a legendary custom tailor who has been working with Hollywood for the past 50 years providing custom shirts to everyone from Frank Sinatra to Johnny Depp. Besides their celebrity clientele – they work closely with the film industry and have done shirts for many top films. This family owned business has had their flagship store in Beverly Hills since 1976 and they have just expanded to a second location in Sherman Oaks.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Local Native News

Local Natives Play Late Night With Jimmy Fallon On January 4, 2011 Special Remix Compilation To Be Released Soon Gorilla Manor Out Now On Frenchkiss Records Under The Radar Magazine : #1 Debut Album Of The Year

Rolling Stone :

Wall Street Journal : "I spent the rest of the festival telling people theirs was the best set I saw, often before the question was even completed."

SPIN Magazine :

"True, we tend to bow at novelty and innovation, but Gorilla Manor proves to be a refreshing reminder of the pleasures of synthesis.” – Pitchfork

“It's a rare band that can use its chemistry as its own instrument. But the young, frightfully accomplished Local Natives are a rare L.A. band indeed.” – Los Angeles Times

“The camaraderie practically oozes out of the music of Local Natives, making Gorilla Manor my surprise album of the year.” – Bob Boilen of NPR

“Local Natives create the kind of feeling - with a musicality so ambitious and daring, but immediately satisfying - that you can only attain if you're head over heels with the very thought of maximizing all that's in your heart” – Daytrotter

“Poetic songs, which billow, churn and explode into light.” – NME

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Kim Kardashian Really Loves ….
Her Stuart Weitzman
OTK Thigh High Boots

She’s been spotted multiple times across the country this season …

12.19.10 – at LAX
11.02.10 – in SOHO arriving at new DASH store
11.02.10 – leaving nail salon in Manhattan
11.01.10 – arriving at hotel in Manhattan from her towncar
10.14.10 – shopping in Las Vegas
10.13.10 –leaving for JFK airport
10.12.10 – in Manhattan outside hotel with sister Kourtney

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Swamp Men

New Episodes Mondays at 10 p.m. ET/PT

Rescuing wild alligators, venomous snakes and feral hogs -- it's all in a day's work at the Billie Swamp Safari in the Florida Everglades. Best described as controlled chaos, the park offers its visitors face-to-face encounters with swamp animals. But sometimes these close encounters can mean trouble for people and wildlife. Its up to the park's director, Ed Woods, and his tough team of self-described Swamp Men to patrol the land, relocate animals from dangerous situations and rescue animals in need.

Swamp Men: Fire Hazard
Monday, January 3, at 10PM ET/PT

The Safari staff have a lot of work and danger in front of them as they round up overpopulated bison to relocate to a ranch in Illinois. The team also searches for injured animals while a forest fire ravages the adjacent Seminole cultural area. Meanwhile, Shea, who is quickly becoming one of the top gator handlers at the Safari, is getting one-on-one training in his deepwater gator-catching technique from Paul, a master of this skill. To thank the guys for all their hard work, Ed holds a frog leg-eating contest. Who will get the crown and who will get housekeeping duty for a week?

Monday, December 20, 2010

Selling New York Returns

New York City’s high-end real estate market, with its unique, often incredible urban dwellings, returns to HGTV in the second season of Selling New York. The new episodes premiere on Thursday, January 6, 2010 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, continue to follow a group brokers from three boutique real estate firms—The Core Group, Gumley Haft Kleier and, new this season, Warburg Realty—as they offer viewers a glimpse inside the high-powered world of buying and selling luxury Manhattan properties.

“Selling New York offers an intriguing look at what it takes to move these multi-million dollar properties,” said Kathleen Finch, general manager, HGTV. “The series offers a fun, voyeuristic peek inside some of the city’s most exclusive homes, as well as the ingenious ideas the agents use to increase the odds of a sale.”

The series’ second season features the agents’ ongoing scramble to keep the property sales moving, despite astronomical prices, jaded buyers and intense competition. In an early episode, viewers meet Warburg broker Richard Steinberg who must navigate frustrating construction delays to get an apartment on the market. One of the most prominent brokers of apartments and townhouses in New York City, Steinberg grosses over $100 million in sales annually. His comprehensive knowledge of the Manhattan marketplace has made him a frequently cited expert on real estate in many national publications, and he has a client roster of the City’s top celebrities, politicians and business leaders. This episode also features returning broker Michele Kleier of Gumley Haft Kleier, who is pressed to sell an $8 million dollar penthouse with floor-to-ceiling windows that offer a quintessential city view and a wrap-around terrace perfect for parties. To attract interest, she holds a lavish cocktail party at the property, complete with high fashion models and luxurious gifts for guests.

During the season, Warburg Realty President, Fred Peters, a 30-year veteran in the real estate business, film director turned real estate agent Deborah Lupard, and 2006 Rookie of the Year Leslie Rosenthal, join the series to showcase even more spectacular properties.

Future episodes feature celebrity clients, including soap actress Ellen Dolan of the recently canceled As the World Turns who turns to Warburg to help sell her Tribeca loft as soon as possible. With help from Samantha Kleier, Country star Clay Walker also shops for a pied-á terre, while artist Darren Waterston looks for a residence that can double as an art studio.

Friday, December 17, 2010

What To Get For Holiday Prezzies

What We Want for the Holidays

Here's today's gift guide -- a suggestion of great gifts, using ourselves as an example. Here are things we REALLY want for prezzies. We haven't had much luck with telling people what we want for gifts (and really, isn't being too direct just tacky?), but just in case you were wondering and thought you might like to find an appropriate gift for your significant other, consider these....

The Sak "Iris Crossbody"
in Copper Metallic or Chocolate

* 11"L x 1.5"W x 11.25"H, Drop: 13.5" to 22.5"
* Exterior: 90% LEATHER, 10% POLYURETHANE
* Interior: 100% COTTON
* Zipper Closure
* Front outside zippered pocket and back outside slit pocket
* Adjustable strap - can be worn crossbody or as a shoulder bag!
* Lining features two multi-use pockets and a zippered backwall pocket
* Clean with a water-based leather cleaner and moisturizer. Use a protective spray to protect the leather surface. $27 to $79.

Liz Earle Superbalm

‘Emergency’ skin salve rescues and soothes skin. Made from pure plant oils and natural waxes plus shea butter, it gently softens and calms dry skin on hands, heels, elbows and lips and also helps condition nails and cuticles.

Warm Superbalm in the palms of your hands before applying to nails and dry areas as and when needed.

Naturally active ingredients include vitamin E, rosehip oil to help lock in moisture and neroli oil for its uplifting and restorative properties. $29

Sonya Dakar Omega-3 Repair Complex - Irritation

Repair irritated skin with 100% natural and botanical Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. Infused with bergamot and chamomile to soothe and calm delicate skin. These botanical ingredients help diminish bothersome itching and upset skin.

Benefits :
• Strengthens, calms and balances acne-prone skin
• Deeply penetrates to restore skin's natural moisture levels
• Great for rosacea & eczema $42

Gentle Souls "Gabby" Flat
Black Matte or Black Suede

Ruffled elastic strap secures a mary jane-inspired ballet flat. Supple deerskin lining and supportive flaxseed cushion in the footbed provide extra comfort. (Size 6)

* Leather upper/deerskin lining/leather and rubber sole.
* By Gentle Souls; imported.
* Women's Shoes. $156 to $225

Edward Gorey

We collect Edward Gorey Books and our collection is far from complete. We would love:

Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey $30 The Black Doll: A Silent Screenplay by Edward Gorey $18 The Twelve Terrors of Christmas by John Updike, Cover by Gorey $10.

We also have very few of the Gorey cover books he did for other authors (with the exception of John Bellairs, we're building a nice collection of those)

Charlaine Harris

We have the "Dead"/Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire (aka True Blood) set of her books and have finished (and subsequently sold) a set of her Lily Bard/Shakespeare Books and wouldn't mind (the mass market paper editions) of

The Harper Connelly Mysteries:

Grave Secret (book 4)
An Ice Cold Grave (book 3)
Grave Surprise (book 2)
Grave Sight (book 1)


The Aurora Teagarden Books

Poppy Done to Death (book 8)
Last Scene Alive (book 7)
A Fool and His Honey (book 6)
ead Over Heels (book 5 )
The Julius House (book 4)
Three Bedrooms, One Corpse (book 3 )
A Bone to Pick (book 2)
Real Murders (book 1)

British DVD Box Sets

Lark Rise to Candleford Series; Season 1, 2 and 3 -- working condition used is OK
Masterpiece Classics: The Aristocrats
Under the Greenwood Tree

Little Dorrit
Downton Abbey

Thursday, December 16, 2010


Sparkly Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams sparkled in platinum jewelry by Kwiat at the Cinema Society and Piaget screening screening of “Blue Valentine” in New York on December 13, 2010. She wore:

* Platinum deco bracelet with diamonds
* Platinum vintage ring with black onyx and diamonds

as well as a white strapless Dior dress and Charlotte Olympia shoes.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Katy Perry Gets Four Grammy Nods;
First Female Artist in 11 Years to
Score Three No. 1 Singles From
Same Album, "Teenage Dream"

Katy Perry is the first female artist in 11 years to score three No. 1 singles from the same album on Billboard’s Hot 100. “Firework,” the third single from her Grammy-nominated No. 1 album Teenage Dream, claims the top spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 and Digital Songs chart this week, following on the heels of Perry’s two previous No. 1 singles “California Gurls” and “Teenage Dream.” Katy also hit No. 1 with “I Kissed A Girl,” which held the top spot for seven weeks in the summer of 2008.

On December 2, 2010 it was announced that Perry had been nominated for four 2011 Grammy Awards: “Album of the Year” and “Best Pop Vocal Album” for Teenage Dream, “Best Female Pop Vocal Performance” for the single “Teenage Dream,” and “Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals” for “California Gurls.” She was nominated in 2009 for “Best Female Pop Vocal Performance” for “I Kissed A Girl” and in 2010 for “Hot N Cold” from her 2008 debut album One of the Boys. Perryhas won a BRIT Award, two MTV Europe Music Awards, an NRJ Music Award, a People’s Choice Award, and two Teen Choice Awards, among other international honors.

Perry recently performed during ABC’s telecast of The American Music Awards (she was nominated for three, including “Artist of the Year”) and CBS’s The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. She will also perform on the CBS special A Home For The Holidays, which airs at 10 PM, ET/PT on December 22nd. Over the past year, Perry has graced the cover of Rolling Stone, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Nylon, Seventeen, and Lucky. She appeared on the November cover of Harper’s Bazaar and will be on Maxim’s January cover, currently on stands.

Perry's California Dreams 2011 World Tour kicks off in Europe in February before hitting Australia and Japan in May, followed by North America in the summer. The tour has also been extended for 12 arena dates in the UK/Ireland in October/November.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Golden Globe Nominees!

Boardwalk Empire's Kelly MacDonald and Steve Buscemi, nominees

Katie Holmes

Globe Nods

The 2011 Golden Globe Award nominations:


Best Picture - Drama

"Black Swan"
"The Fighter"
"The King's Speech"
"The Social Network"

Best Picture - Musical or Comedy

"Alice in Wonderland"
"The Kids are All Right"
"The Tourist"

Best Actor - Drama

Jesse Eisenberg, "The Social Network"
Colin Firth, "The King’s Speech"
James Franco, "127 Hours"
Ryan Gosling, "Blue Valentine"
Mark Wahlberg, "The Fighter"

Best Actress - Drama

Halle Berry, "Frankie and Alice"
Nicole Kidman, "Rabbit Hole"
Jennifer Lawrence, "Winter's Bone"
Natalie Portman, "Black Swan"
Michelle Williams, "Blue Valentine"

Best Actor - Musical or Comedy

Johnny Depp, "Alice in Wonderland"
Johnny Depp, "The Tourist"
Paul Giamatti, "Barney's Version"
Jake Gyllenhaal, "Love and Other Drugs"
Kevin Spacey, "Casino Jack"

Best Actress - Musical or Comedy

Annette Benning, "The Kids Are All Right"
Anne Hathaway, "Love and Other Drugs"
Angelina Jolie, "The Tourist"
Emma Stone, "Easy A"
Julianne Moore, "The Kids Are All Right"

Best Supporting Actress

Amy Adams, "The Fighter"
Helena Bonham Carter, "The King's Speech"
Mila Kunis, "Black Swan"
Melissa Leo, "The Fighter"
Jacki Weaver, "Animal Kingdom"

Best Supporting Actor

Christian Bale, "The Fighter"
Michael Douglas, "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps"
Andrew Garfield, "The Social Network"
Jeremy Renner, "The Town"
Geoffrey Rush, "The King's Speech"

Best Director

Darren Aronofsky, "Black Swan"
David Fincher, "The Social Network"
Tom Hooper, "The King's Speech"
Christopher Nolan, "Inception"
David O. Russell, "The Fighter"

Best Screenplay

Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy, "127 Hours"
"Lisa Cholodenko, "The Kids are All Right"
Christopher Nolan, "Inception"
David Sieber, "The King's Speech"
Aaron Sorkin, "The Social Network"

Best Animated Feature

"Despicable Me"
"How to Train Your Dragon"
"The Illusionist"
"Toy Story 3"

Best Foreign Language Film

"The Concert"
"The Edge"
"I Am Love"
"In a Better World"

Best Original Song

"Bound to You," "Burlesque"
"Coming Home," "Country Strong"
"I See the Light," "Tangled"
"There's a Place For Us," "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader"
"You Haven't Seen the Last of Me," "Burlesque"

Best Original Score

Alexandre Desplat, "The King's Speech"
Danny Elfman, "Alice in Wonderland"
A. R. Rahman, "127 Hours"
Hans Zimmer, "Inception"
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, "The Social Network"

Best Television Series - Drama

"Boardwalk Empire"
"The Good Wife"
"Mad Men"
"The Walking Dead"

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama

Steve Buscemi, "Boardwalk Empire"
Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"
Michael C. Hall, "Dexter"
Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"
Hugh Laurie, "House"

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama

Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife"
Elisabeth Moss, "Mad Men"
Piper Perabo, "Covert Affairs"
Katey Sagal, "Sons of Anarchy"
Kyra Sedgwick, "The Closer"

Best Television Series - Comedy

"30 Rock"
"The Big Bang Theory"
"The Big C"
"Modern Family"
"Nurse Jackie"

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy

Toni Collette, "The United States of Tara"
Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie"
Tina Fey, "30 Rock"
Laura Linney, "The Big C"
Lea Michele, "Glee"

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy

Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"
Steve Carell, "The Office"
Thomas Jane, "Hung"
Matthew Morrison, "Glee"
Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Scott Caan, "Hawaii Five-0"
Chris Colfer, "Glee"
Chris Noth, "The Good Wife"
Eric Stonestreet, "Modern Family"
David Strathairn, "Temple Grandin"

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Hope Davis, "The Special Relationship"
Jane Lynch, "Glee"
Kelly MacDonald, "Boardwalk Empire"
Julia Stiles, "Dexter"
Sofia Vergara, "Modern Family"

Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

"The Pacific"
"Pillars of the Earth"
"Temple Grandin"
"You Don't Know Jack"

Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television

Hayley Atwell, "Pillars of the Earth"
Claire Danes, "Temple Grandin"
Judi Dench, "Return to Cranford"
Romola Garai, "Emma"
Jennifer Love Hewitt, "The Client List"

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television

Idris Elba, "Luther"
Ian McShane, "Pillars of the Earth"
Al Pacino, "You Don't Know Jack"
Dennis Quaid, "The Special Relationship"
Edgar Ramirez, "Carlos"

BeansTalk Note: We're so pleased the Boardwalk Empire, Dexter, Nurse Jackie, Emma, Return to Cranford, Luther, The Big C, Modern Family, and 30 Rock -- all favorites -- were acknowledged. We wish that Psych, Community, Parks & Rec, The Middle, had gotten a nod(s), too. If Bones wasn't having its worst season ever, we would've added it, but Emily Deschanel is always terrific and a nod for her would've been great.

Yay! Masterpiece Theater!!

Yes, Los Angeles, You WILL Have PBS

Starting January 1, 2011, KOCE-TV will become the full service PBS station for the Southern California region, and will begin broadcasting the full line-up of PBS programs for Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties and the City of Santa Barbara.
KOCE will offer PBS’ Emmy award-winning news and public affairs, history, drama and performing arts programming, including PBS NEWSHOUR, FRONTLINE, NOVA, MASTERPIECE, NATURE, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, AMERICAN MASTERS, TAVIS SMILEY and GREAT PERFORMANCES. According to a 2010 GfK Roper Public Affairs & Media poll, PBS was rated the most trusted institution among nationally known organizations for the seventh consecutive year.

KOCE will also feature seven hours of PBS KIDS programming each weekday. PBS KIDS is the nation’s most trusted educational media brand and has been proven to help children succeed in the classroom and in life. PBS’ children’s programming, such as SESAME STREET, CURIOUS GEORGE, DINOSAUR TRAIN, ARTHUR, SUPER WHY!, THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT and the upcoming WILD KRATTS, which premieres in January 2011, invites kids to explore the world around them with educational, age-appropriate content that offers positive role models for children.

KOCE will look to expand its outreach services in coming months, including KOCE Classroom – KOCE’s educational initiative that currently serves nearly a half-million students and teachers in Southern California schools.

“KOCE-TV is delighted to expand our lineup of award-winning PBS programming that serves as a mainstay in homes across the country,” said KOCE President and CEO Mel Rogers. “We are excited to be the new home of PBS in Southern California and continue to work with PBS stations KVCR-TV and KLCS-TV to build a Southern California Consortium of stations for the region.”

“PBS continues to focus on ensuring the people of Southern California are able to benefit from the full range of high-quality PBS content and services,” said PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger. “We look forward to working with KOCE and our other PBS stations, KVCR-TV and KLCS-TV, to offer the very best of PBS’ national and locally produced content to the people of Southern California.”

Beginning in January, KOCE will also present PBS’ new Winter/Spring 2011 season of original programs that enrich lives and expand horizons. New offerings include:

Premieres January 3, 2011, 4:00 p.m. PT
Pack a snack, grab a compass and head out for adventure with the energetic and enthusiastic creature exploring brothers, Martin and Chris Kratt in the new PBS KIDS GO! series WILD KRATTS.

Sundays, January 9-30, 2011, 9:00-10:30 p.m. PT
The miniseries that took the UK by storm comes to PBS. Described by the Brit press as “...more scandal and costume envy than an episode of ‘Gossip Girl’” (Marie Claire UK) and “makes almost everything else... seem bland and two-dimensional” (The Times of London). Created by Oscar-winning writer Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park), “Downton Abbey” depicts the lives of the noble Crawley family and the staff who serve them, set at their Edwardian country house in 1912. Featuring an all-star cast including Hugh Bonneville (MASTERPIECE CLASSIC “Miss Austen Regrets”), Dame Maggie Smith and Elizabeth McGovern. Laura Linney hosts.

AMERICAN MASTERS “Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides” 
Wednesday, January 12, 2011, 8:00-9:30 p.m. PT 
Meet the man who pulls off a movie where his character is simply known as “The Dude.” Called “the most natural and least self-conscious screen actor that has ever lived” by über-critic Pauline Kael, this film profiles Jeff Bridges, an Oscar-winning best actor who embodies traits far beyond brilliance as an actor.

Tuesdays, January 18-February 8, 2011, 8:00-9:00 p.m. PT
Where would TV be without “Star Trek,” “Columbo,” “Romper Room” or “Gunsmoke”? The series returns for a look at the inception of four popular genres: science fiction, crime dramas, local kids’ TV and westerns.

NOVA “Making Stuff” 
Wednesdays, January 19-February 9, 2011, 9:00-10:00 p.m. PT
NOVA kicks off its new night on Wednesdays with the premiere of the four-part miniseries, “Making Stuff.” What’s in the lab today could be in your life tomorrow. Join The New York Times technology columnist David Pogue as he discovers how the “stuff” in our world is becoming stronger, smaller, cleaner and smarter.

NOVA scienceNOW 
Wednesdays, January 19-February 23, 2011, 10:00-11:00 p.m. PT
Each episode of the upcoming season of NOVA scienceNOW explores one of six “big” science questions: “Can We Make It to Mars?”; “Can We Live Forever?”; “How Does the Brain Work?”; “How Smart are Animals?”; “Where did I Come From?”; and “What’s the Next Big Thing?”

Sundays, February 13-27, 2011, 9:00-10:30 p.m. PT 
William Boyd adapts his acclaimed 2002 novel about a man – at various times a writer, lover, prisoner of war and spy – making his often precarious way through the 20th century. Matthew MacFadyen, Gillian Anderson, Hayley Atwell, Kim Cattrall and Jim Broadbent star. Laura Linney hosts.

MASTERPIECE CLASSIC “Upstairs Downstairs” 
Sundays, April 10-24, 2011, 9:00-10:00 p.m. PT
An updated version of one of the most-loved and most-honored series in television history, the series has a new cast of characters, and Jean Marsh reprises her Emmy-winning role as Rose. The cast also includes the original series co-creator Dame Eileen Atkins (MASTERPIECE CLASSIC “Cranford”), Keeley Hawes (“MI-5”), Ed Stoppard and Art Malik (“The Jewel in the Crown”). The script is by Emmy-nominee Heidi Thomas (MASTERPIECE CLASSIC “Cranford”). Laura Linney hosts.

Tuesdays, April 19-May 10, 2011, 8:00-9:00 p.m. PT
Travel with Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. across Latin America to explore what happens when African and Hispanic worlds meet. Four-part series.

NATURE “Bears of the Last Frontier” (w.t.) 
Sundays, May 8-22, 2011, 8:00-9:00 p.m. PT
Take a spin with adventurer and bear biologist Chris Morgan as he motorcycles deep into the Alaskan wild to explore the amazing resiliency and adaptability of bears through five dramatic ecosystems.

Monday, May 16, 2011, 9:00-11:00 p.m. PT 
Acclaimed filmmaker Stanley Nelson tells the powerful and inspirational story of the more than 400 black and white men and women who, using non-violent tactics, risked their lives to challenge segregated facilities in the South in 1961.

Highlights of the new schedule are available at, the website for the KOCE, the PBS station for the Greater Los Angeles area and Southern California.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Modern Family Star Steps Out

"Modern Family" star Sofia Vergara walked the red carpet at the luxurious Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills for the 20th Annual Beat The Odds Awards last night, hosted by the Children's Defense Fund California wearing a navy and black dress by Paule Ka, the fashion label started by then-19-year-old Serge Cajfinger in 1974. The designer cites Jackie Kennedy, Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly as style influences and claims mission is to create a 'very elegant style for a bubbly woman with allure.' Vergarga wore leopard print suede Yves Saint Laurent platform pumps. She also donned Chopard’s diamond hoop earrings (20 carats) set in white gold and two fancy cut diamond bangle bracelets (24 carats) set in yellow gold.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Holiday Hair Sparkle

We've covered Holiday Hair here on the BeansTalk Newsletter, and here's something to give you the ultimate in Holiday Hair --- bling, courtesy of Bling Strands.

Bling Strands are tied in, so you can change them out when the mood suits. No messy tools, glue or chemicals. You care for them just like you would your own hair. You can Wash, Blow Dry, Curl, and Flat Iron up to 400 degrees.

There are two choices available from Bling Strands. The first are Bling Jewels ($12 retail, and available in an array of colors). There are eight different colors available -- in jewel tones, of course. The Bling Jewels are 4mm in size.

The Sizzling Line, which comes in 16 Colors, offers a tinsel-sparkle of color and is guaranteed to be Lead free, Non-toxic, and Non-flammable. Strands are a clothing grade synthetic fibers from the same manufacturer that supplies fabrics to Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss, and Vera Wang among others. Strands are made to withstand heat up to 400 degrees. One packet of the Sizzling Line Bling Strings retail for $10. The Sizzling line is divided into two groups, the Precious Metals and Naturals and the Bright and Pastels . Each individual Sizzling color retails for $10, but a set of each color from one of the two available kits for $38 (a savings of $42).

Bling Strands was the first to bring this trend to the United States in 2008 and has grown into the industry leader.

Bling Strands Sizzling Line

Singer Katy Perry arrives at 102.7 KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2010 at Nokia Theater L.A. Live on December 5, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images North America)

Katy Perry in Zuhair Murad

Katy Perry walked the red carpet at KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2010 wearing a dress by Zuhair Murad. The singer chose a deep purple silk banded cocktail dress with embelllished lace sleeves and skirt from Zuhair Murad’s Ready-to-Wear Fall 2010 Collection.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

New Boxing Day Masterpiece
An eccentric Welsh village learns that London’s National Gallery is storing its entire art collection in a nearby mine during the museum’s renovations — leading to curious encounters between the village locals and the gallery’s urbane, lovelorn curator. Trevor Eve (Masterpiece “David Copperfield”) and Eve Myles ((Masterpiece “Little Dorrit”) star in this gentle comedy, based on Frank Cottrell Boyce’s best-selling novel. David Tennant hosts. Masterpiece: Contemporary: "Framed" Sunday, December 26, 2010, 9:00-10:30 p.m. ET Check your local listings.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

"Tron" Starlet Goes Glam

Olivia Wilde
sparkled in platinum jewelry by Tiffany & Co. at the London premiere of “Tron: Legacy” on December 5, 2010:

* Platinum drop earrings with tanzanite and diamonds
* Platinum ring with tanzanite and 6.39 carats of diamonds

She also carried a sapphire-colored clutch by Luxe, and wore a coordinating dress by Armani. The star of the film, Jeff Bridges, can be seen to Wilde's right in one of the above photos.

(photos Bauer Griffin)