Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Who Wore Weitzmans?
Stuart Weitzman shoes have always been popular at award shows. This year's Emmys were no different. Here's a list of who wore which pair of Weitzman's:
Best actress in comedy nominee Amy Poehler (seen here with husband, actor Will Arnett, only three weeks after giving birth) chose gunmetal snakeskin LILLE platforms (Stephanie Pratt and Jessica Lowndes have worn the style on the red carpet, too)
Presenter Maura Tierney opted for the oyster SUGAR peep-toe
CBS Early Show’s Nancy O’Dell wore silver glitter AVALON platforms (Carrie Underwood wore these as her wedding shoe)
Daily Show’s Olivia Munn (seen here) donned gold DELOVELY platforms
Monday, August 30, 2010
Winners of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
62nd Primetime Emmy Awards
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
ERIC STONESTREET as Cameron Tucker ABC Modern Family
OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A COMEDY SERIES
STEVEN LEVITAN, Writer ABC CHRISTOPHER LLOYD, Writer
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
JANE LYNCH as Sue Sylvester FOX Glee
OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A COMEDY SERIES
RYAN MURPHY, Director FOX Glee
Pilot – Director’s Cut
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
JIM PARSONS as Sheldon Cooper CBS The Big Bang Theory
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
EDIE FALCO as Jackie Peyton Nurse Jackie
OUTSTANDING REALITY – COMPETITION PROGRAM
TOP CHEF BRAVO
Dan Cutforth, Executive Producer Jane Lipsitz, Executive Producer Liz Cook, Executive Producer Casey Kriley, Executive Producer Andrew Cohen, Executive Producer Dave Serwatka, Executive Producer Rich Buhrman, Co-Executive Producer Gayle Gawlowski, Co-Executive Producer Fred Pichel, Co-Executive Producer
Tom Colicchio, Co-Executive Producer Nan Strait, Co-Executive Producer Erica Ross, Supervising Producer Julia Cassidy, Senior Producer
OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES
MATTHEW WEINER, Writer AMC ERIN LEVY, Writer
Shut The Door. Have A Seat.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
AARON PAUL as Jesse Pinkman AMC Breaking Bad
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
ARCHIE PANJABI as Kalinda Sharma CBS The Good Wife
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
BRYAN CRANSTON as Walter White Breaking Bad
OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A DRAMA SERIES
STEVE SHILL, Director SHOWTIME Dexter
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
KYRA SEDGWICK as Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson TNT The Closer
OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SPECIAL
DAVE BOONE, Writer CBS PAUL GREENBERG, Special Material Written By
63rd Annual Tony Awards
OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SPECIAL
BUCKY GUNTS, Director Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony
OUTSTANDING VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SERIES
THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART
Jon Stewart, Executive Producer/Host Rory Albanese, Executive Producer Josh Lieb, Executive Producer Kahane Cooperman, Co-Executive Producer Steve Bodow, Supervising Producer Jennifer Flanz, Supervising Producer
Hillary Kun, Supervising Producer Adam Lowitt, Supervising Producer Jim Margolis, Supervising Producer Jill Katz, Producer
NBC COMEDY CENTRAL
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR A MOVIE
JULIA ORMOND as Eustacia (Temple's Mom) Temple Grandin
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR A MOVIE
DAVID STRATHAIRN as Dr. Carlock HBO Temple Grandin
OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A MINISERIES, MOVIE OR A DRAMATIC SPECIAL
ADAM MAZER, Writer HBO You Don't Know Jack
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR A MOVIE
CLAIRE DANES as Temple Grandin HBO Temple Grandin
OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A MINISERIES, MOVIE OR A DRAMATIC SPECIAL
MICK JACKSON, Director HBO Temple Grandin
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR A MOVIE
AL PACINO as Dr. Jack Kevorkian HBO You Don't Know Jack
THE PACIFIC HBO
Tom Hanks, Executive Producer Steven Spielberg, Executive Producer Gary Goetzman, Executive Producer Tony To, Co-Executive Producer Graham Yost, Co-Executive Producer Eugene Kelly, Co-Executive Producer Bruce C. McKenna, Co-Executive Producer Cherylanne Martin, Producer Todd London, Producer Steven Shareshian, Producer Tim Van Patten, Supervising Producer
OUTSTANDING MADE FOR TELEVISION MOVIE
Alison Owen, Executive Producer Paul Lister, Executive Producer Anthony Edwards, Executive Producer Dante Di Loreto, Executive Producer Emily Gerson Saines, Executive Producer Gil Bellows, Executive Producer
Scott Ferguson, Produced By
OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
Matthew Weiner, Executive Producer Scott Hornbacher, Executive Producer Lisa Albert, Supervising Producer Blake McCormick, Producer
Dwayne Shattuck, Producer
OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
Steven Levitan, Executive Producer Christopher Lloyd, Executive Producer Jason Winer, Co-Executive Producer Danny Zuker, Co-Executive Producer Dan O'Shannon, Co-Executive Producer Bill Wrubel, Co-Executive Producer
Paul Corrigan, Co-Executive Producer Brad Walsh, Co-Executive Producer Jeff Morton, Producer
Friday, August 27, 2010
Phish Gives Ticket Buyers Free Copies of Live Concerts Fall Tour Starts 10 October 2010
Online Ticket Request Period Underway For Tour, Which Concludes On Halloween In Atlantic City; Tickets Go On Sale To General Public Beginning 10 September 2010 Band Headlines Sold-Out Austin City Limits Festival On October 8th
Phish will launch its 2010 Fall Tour on October 10th with the first of three consecutive nights at the new 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, CO. In a first for the band, Phish will be giving ticket buyers free MP3 copies of each gig after it happens via http://LivePhish.com. After the Colorado concerts, Phish will head to the East Coast for a series of dates that will include with the band's first-ever shows in Atlantic City, NJ. Phish's Halloween concerts are legendary, and this year's at Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall will coincide with the closing night of the tour.
An online ticket request period is currently underway at http://phish.portals.musictoday.com/ and will end on Friday, September 3rd, at Noon Eastern time. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on September 10th and 11th. For details, see the itinerary below or visit phish.com
In a review of one of Phish's summer dates at Comcast Theatre in Hartford, CT, Rolling Stone said "[Phish] delivered some serious rock bang for its recessionary buck...with music that taps into every aspect of their quarter-century career together" while The Denver Post praised their return to Telluride, noting: "In what many consider the most anticipated show in recent years...Phish heartily rewarded its most lucky followers with a memorable mountain event that ranks on the very top shelf of the 27-year-old band's trophy case."
On the heels of its successful summer outing, Phish is giving away a special sampler entitled Live Bait. The first in a series, this volume of Live Bait will feature 10 tracks gleaned from the tour's first leg, including older songs from the band's vast catalog ("Alumni Blues," "Letter to Jimmy Page") as well fan favorites ("Tweezer," "Backwards Down the Number Line") and a new track, "Show of Life," which debuted this summer. It includes a widget through which fans can post to their favorite networking sites and share with friends. Live Bait is available now at:
Phishhas released 15 studio albums as well as a series of 75 complete live concert CDs. Its series of 186 full concert downloads is currently available on livephish.com. Rolling Stone hailed the band's latest studio album, Joy, as "a genuinely great album."Recorded with Steve Lillywhite, who produced Phish's Billy Breathes (1996) and albums by U2, Dave Matthews Band and the Rolling Stones, it was the first non-archival release on JEMP Records,an independent record label created by the band in 2005.
PHISH FALL 2010 U.S. TOUR DATES
DateCity/StateVenuePublic On Sale Date/Time
10/8Austin, TXAustin City Limits FestivalSOLD OUT
10/10Broomfield, CO1STBANK Center9/11, Noon Mountain Time
10/11Broomfield, COISTBANK Center9/11, Noon Mountain Time
10/12Broomfield, CO1STBANK Center9/11, Noon Mountain Time
10/15North Charleston, SCNorth Charleston Coliseum9/10, 10:00 am Eastern Time
10/16North Charleston, SCNorth Charleston Coliseum9/10, 10:00 am Eastern Time
10/19Augusta, MEAugusta Civic Center9/10, Noon Eastern Time
10/20Utica, NYUtica Memorial Auditorium9/10, 11:00 am Eastern Time
10/22Providence, RIDunkin Donuts Center9/11, 11:00 am Eastern Time
10/23Amherst, MAMullins Center9/11, Noon Eastern Time
10/24Amherst, MAMullins Center9/11, Noon Eastern Time
10/26Manchester, NHVerizon Wireless Arena9/10, 10:00 am Eastern Time
10/29Atlantic City, NJAtlantic City Boardwalk Hall9/11, 10:00 am Eastern Time
10/30Atlantic City, NJAtlantic City Boardwalk Hall9/11, 10:00 am Eastern Time
10/31Atlantic City, NJAtlantic City Boardwalk Hall9/11, 10:00 am Eastern Time
Thursday, August 26, 2010
True Blood stars Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer got married this past weekend and wore wedding bands that were handmade by their friend Cathy Waterman. Waterman also designed Paquin’s platinum and diamond engagement ring. Paquin is seen above here in a scene from her upcoming film, "The Romantics" (in this scene, she marries Josh Duhamel). Moyer's Bill is now likely not to go the way of the novel's series' character, but will have a more prominent role than ever (and while we watch True Blood and love the supporting cast, we are very, very tired of Bill and Paquin's Sookie -- more of the King! more of the Queen! And certainly, more Sam and Eric!).
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Trivia for Today
Recently, PBS re-aired the "Poirot" Season 11 episode of "Cat Among the Pidgeons." We noticed, that in addition to actress Katie Leung, Cho Chang of "Harry Potter" that not one, but two actresses who have played dastardly Mrs. Fanny Ferrars Dashwood in two productions of "Sense and Sensibility" are also featured.
Clare Skinner, who played self-concerned Fanny in the excellent 2008 adaptation of Jane Austen's novel, plays teacher Miss Ross in the Poirot film. Harriet Walker also played Fanny, but in the 1995 Emma Thompson-written/starring version, directed by Ang Lee, plays Miss Bulstrode, head mistress of the girl's school in "Cat."
And in another note of coincidence, school administrator Ann Shapland is played by pretty Natasha Little, who starred as lead character Becky Sharpe in the 1998 version of "Vanity Fair," and subsequently co-starred in the bigger budgeted Reese Witherspoon-starring 2004 take on Henry Fielding's novel as Lady Jane Sheepshanks.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Stars Give and Get
at Teen Choice
Awards Gifting Suite
Morrocanoil sponsored the “Celebrity Retreat” at Teen Choice 2010 at the Gibson Amphitheatre. The Retreat was produced by Backstage Creations, specialists in award show gifts and custom backstage Celebrity Retreats. Teen Choice 2010 aired on August 9, 2010 at 8PM/7PM CST on FOX. The "swag" is pictured above.
• Moroccanoil®- Russell Brand, Chase Crawford and Shailene Woodley of “The Secret Life” said they use Moroccanoil products. Jennifer Stone said it makes her hair "so soft." Jackson Rathbone of Twilight stopped by Moroccanoil specifically to vote his choice of Much Love for Moroccanoil’s charitable donation. The rest of the Twilight cast connected with Moroccaoil -- the product line was used on set for the film. The Moroccanoil area provided an opportunity to select and make a donation to one of three animal causes-World Wildlife Fund (www.worldwildlife.org), Los Angeles-based Much Love Animal Rescue (www.muchlove.org), and Farm Sanctuary (www.farmsanctuary.org) including Ashely Green (Much Love), Jackson Rathbone (Much Love), David Archuleta (Much Love), Quinon Aaron (Much Love), Jenna Ushkowitz (from Glee) (Much Love), Travie McCoy (Much Love), Rico Rodrigues (Farm Sanctuary), Shailene Woodley from Secret Life, (Farm Sanctuary), Doc Shaw from Pair of Kings (Farm Sanctuary), Bronson Pelletiere from Twilight (WWF), tWitch (WWF), Sarah Hyland, Modern Family (WWF), Jennifer Stone, Wizards( of Waverly (WWF), Maya Gabeira of Billabong (WWF), David Deluise of Wizards (WWF) and Jason Derulo (WWF). http://www.moroccanoil.com
• adidas MEGA- Boo Boo Stewart said the Megas were "the most comfortable shoes he ever put his feet in." The guys from All-Star Weekend commented on how good they felt. George Lopez said he really loved his new shoes. www.adidas.com
• FLIRT! Cosmetics- George Lopez loved the Flirt “Rock and Rebel” fragrance even for himself. Sarah Hyland was excited to try the Flirt Glamarazzi lip lacquers and thought the mascara’s curved wand was cool. www.flirtcosmetic.com
• Hello Kitty by Sanrio – Katy Perry was treated to a surprise on show day -- her dressing room was made over into a Hello Kitty fantasy land. She tweeted a photo within minutes and said “Hello Kitty threw up in my dressing room @ the TCA'S” www.sanrio.com
• JUST DANCE 2- Ashley Green loved Just Dance and is going to get Taylor and all the guys to play. John Chu texted Ubisoft later that day to say “That game was awesome! Can't wait for the next one!” A highlight on rehearsal day was when the Step Up cast came into the Retreat and played Just Dance 2. Beastmode" from Red Hook battle and Terence Dickson of the Ticks were tearing it up. www.justdancegame.com
• Loopz™ Game – Jackson Rathbone couldn’t wait to go home and practice with his Loopz game. Twitch from “So You Think You Can Dance” thought the Loopz game was awesome and said he could throw some moves with it. www.playloopz.com
• MASTERMIND- Jennifer Stone, David Archuleta and Jason Derulo enjoyed playing the Mastermind game and liked knowing that games would be donated to City of Hope's children's hospital for each star that played. www.mastermindboardgame.com
• Palm- Levi Johnston chose the slimmer Palm Pixi Plus saying “You can’t wear your skinny jeans with the Palm Pre.” Russell Brand visited the backstage gift lounge and grabbed the new Palm Pre Plus on ATT. "It's like my brain," he quipped when shown Palm's amazing multitasking capability. Then without a moment to spare, he raced back to the amphitheatre, where fiancee Katy Perry had just begun her performance. Good thing the gift suite was nearby! www.palm.com
Texas Instruments- Taylor Spreitler says her dad works with a non-profit organization involved with schools that need help with programs, so she knows how important it is to encourage students to succeed in math and science. Bronson Pelletier said that if he would have had one of the Texas Instruments calculators he would probably have loved math. www.education.ti.com. Please visit us at http://www.facebook.com/TICalculators and http://twitter.com/TICalculators.
• Vivitar Cameras- Bronson Pelletier thought the DVR850WHD underwater video cam was "amazing" and plans to take it scuba diving and snorkeling. Levi Johnston said he couldn’t wait to try it out. www.vivitar.com
• Xcite Fashion Collection – Xcite’s partnership with The Couture Girl’s Closet to give dresses to girls unable to purchase their own so they don’t miss homecoming was a popular concept among the young attendees. Selena Gomez picked something really special for one of the girl's and asked to receive a photo of the girl dressed in the outfit she selected. Leighton Meester said “How can I pick a dress for her. Wow so many pretty ones.” Russell Brand wanted to dress the girl that selected Katy Perry as her style icon. www.XciteProm.com
• Zoptopz- Bronson Pelletier thought the caps "totally rocked." Zachary Levi also went away sporting a Zoptopz cap. www.zoptopz.com
Celebrities also walked away with a gift bag filled with the following:
• Cartoon Network- Adventure Time With Finn & Jake t-shirt
• Garza Blanca Preserve, Resort & Spa in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – Shailene Woodley can’t wait to use her trip. The guys from All Star Weekend were looking forward to taking the trip to Mexico. www.garzablancaresort.com
• InStyler by Tre Milano- Rotating Hair Styler www.getinstyler.com
• Studio C Notebook Collections- Studio C by Carolina Pad brings extraordinary fashion design and innovation to everyday school and organizational products. www.CarolinaPad.com
• TowelDown.com- Hide personal items in Towel Down, a wind resistant beach towel, back pack, tote and more, all in one. www.toweldown.com
• Yak Pak- The Yak Pak Taylor Duffle is one of the biggest carry-alls from this brand and is available in an ever-changing array of eye-catching patterns. www.yakpak.com
This year’s Retreat was not just a Gift Suite but also a Giving Suite. Stars were invited to give as well as receive with several charitable causes:
• Moroccanoil will donate $10,000.00 among World Wildlife Fund (www.worldwildlife.org), Los Angeles-based Much Love Animal Rescue (www.muchlove.org), and Farm Sanctuary (www.farmsanctuary.org) with celebrities that attended the event choosing how the donation will be allocated, according to the number of votes each charity received.
World Wildlife Fund is the world’s leading conservation organization, working to protect endangered species and their habitats. www.worldwildlife.org
Farm Sanctuary works to end cruelty to farm animals and promotes compassionate living through rescue, education and advocacy. www.farmsanctuary.org
Much Love is dedicated to reducing overpopulation, abuse and neglect of domestic animals. Adoption and fostering information, and profiles of animals in need of homes. www.muchlove.org
Pressman Toy is donating toys to City of Hope’s children’s hospital for each star that played their MASTERMIND game, up to 2,000 toys. City of Hope is a leading research, treatment and education center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. City of Hope is ranked as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” in cancer and urology by U.S. News & World Report and is designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center, the highest honor bestowed by the National Cancer Institute. www.cityofhope.org
Texas Instruments gave the stars the chance to take photos with their new TI-Nspire with Touchpad graphing calculator. The stars also provided inspirational quotes to encourage teens to think about the importance of math and science education – which will be available for fans to vote on. Texas Instruments will donate up to $40,000 total in equipment to underserved schools on behalf of the celebrities with the most popular photos.
Xcite partnered with The Couture Girl's Closet to give dresses to girls unable to purchase their own, so they don't miss homecoming. Stars styled girls for their homecoming by picking out the dress they think best fits each girl and writing a personal note to include with the dress. Xcite will donate up to $30,000 worth of dresses to 60 lucky girls who were styled by Hollywood celebrities at our event. The Couture Girl's Closet was founded in 2008, by a 16 yr. old high school sophomore, and they are the only Riverside County non-profit organization that provides semi-formal & formal dresses to high school girls for homecoming, winter formal and prom. The Couture Girl's Closet is a member of www.DonateMyDress.org, and a two time "Purple Dress Award" Winner. To date, The Couture Girl's Closet has been able to assist over 600 high school girls with dress donations. www.thecouturegirlscloset.com
Monday, August 23, 2010
Deanna Durbin Films
on DVD for the
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and Universal Studios Home Entertainment (USHE) have made five films featuring Universal singing sensation Deanna Durbin available on home video for the first time. The titles include Mad About the Music (1938), That Certain Age (1938), Three Smart Girls Grow Up (1939), Because of Him (1946) and For the Love of Mary (1948). The films are part of the TCM Vault Collection Presented by Universal, an extensive partnership to offer classic movie fans rare vintage films, all digitally remastered.
The five-disc Deanna Durbin: The Music and Romance Collection is currently available by request on DVD exclusively via tcm.com. TCM host Robert Osborne introduces the titles, which include extensive supplemental materials compiled by TCM and material from the TCM archives. Among the highlights are an exclusive interview with John Pasternak, brother of producer Joe Pasternak, the man who discovered Deanna Durbin and made her a star, as well as original movie posters, lobby cards, color publicity stills, behind-the-scenes photos and more.
"This collection is a one-of-a-kind treasure because Deanna Durbin was such a unique, delightful screen presence,” said Osborne. “Until now, so many of her movies have been unavailable on home video, making these DVDs like finding gold. Not only do they showcase Deanna’s wonderful singing and charm, they also give viewers the chance to enjoy the long-unseen work of such co-stars as OscarÒ winners Charles Laughton, Melvyn Douglas and others.”
Deanna Durbin, who was born Edna Mae Durbin in Winnipeg, Canada, was a shy teenager when she was initially pursued by MGM as a new singing star. The studio decided to offer a then unknown Judy Garland a contract instead. Universal, realizing Durbin’s wholesome appeal and pleasing vocal style, signed her up. Even though Durbin’s desire to be an actress stemmed from wanting to supplement her struggling parents’ income, she became a phenomenally popular star. Her string of box office hits helped save Universal from bankruptcy during the late 1930s and early 1940s.
The following are the five Deanna Durbin films being made available. They can be purchased as a box set or as individual titles:
Mad About the Music (1938) – To fit in with her classmates, a lonely 14-year-old American girl in a boarding school in Switzerland invents a fictitious father, leading to comical complications. Nominated for four Academy AwardsÒ, including Best Cinematography and Best Music Scoring, and co-starring Herbert Marshall, Deanna Durbin’s third feature film features such songs as “A Serenade To The Stars,” “Chapel Bells” and her rendition of “Ave Maria.”
That Certain Age (1938) – When young Alice develops a serious crush on her father’s dashing reporter friend, she loses interest in her teen-age boyfriend and their plans to put on a fundraising variety show. Melvyn Douglas and Jackie Cooper co-star in this charming farce, which earned two OscarÒ nominations, including one for the song, “My Own.” Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett were among the screenplay’s contributing writers.
Three Smart Girls Grow Up (1939) – Penny, who has a knack for matchmaking, realizes her own two sisters, Joan and Kay, could use her unsolicited help, especially because one of them is in love with the other’s boyfriend. Often noted for giving Deanna Durbin her first mature role, this breezy, lighthearted valentine to Durbin is directed by Henry Koster (The Bishop’s Wife) and co-stars Robert Cummings and William Lundigan.
Because of Him (1946) – A young waitress with dreams of stardom tries to pass herself off as an experienced actress and even succeeds in winning the coveted role opposite a famous theater star. Charles Laughton and Franchot Tone are among the distinguished supporting cast. The score includes “Good Bye,” “Danny Boy,” and the Rodgers & Hart tune “Lover.”
For the Love of Mary (1948)
Mary, a White House telephone operator, is so popular with co-workers that the President of the United States and four Supreme Court justices end up trying to play Cupid for her. This screwball comedy marked Deanna Durbin’s final screen appearance. The cinematography is by four-time Academy Award nominee William H. Daniels (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof). Musical selections include “Moonlight Bay” and “Let Me Call You Sweetheart.”
Previous Universal titles released under the TCM Vault Collection Presented by Universal banner include a collection of early Cary Grant films; the unsung holiday classic Remember the Night (1940), starring Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck; and the Universal Cult Horror Collection.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Charisma Carpenter attended the premiere of Expendables. Carpenter carried Swarovski’s OLYMPIA clutch and wore Swarovski's MAGGY ring. (image: Tommaso Boddi / PR Photos)
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Kylie Minogue's single ”All The Lovers” climbs from #3 to #1 after eight weeks on the chart. “All The Lovers” is Minogue’s fourth career #1 single on the Billboard Club Chart and her first since “Slow” hit #1 in 2004. “All The Lovers” is the first single from her recently released 11th studio album Aphrodite. The Joseph Kahn (Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Katy Perry) directed video premiered on MTV’s LOGO last month and is also being played on Music Choice.
Aphrodite features Stuart Price as Executive Producer. The album debuted at #19, marking Minogue highest U.S. chart position since 2002’s Fever. The list of songwriters includes Minogue, Stuart Price, Calvin Harris, the Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears, Nerina Pallot, Swedish House Mafia, NERVO and Keane’s Tim Rice-Oxley.
People Magazine said “Minogue delivers what may be the best start-to-finish album of her career” and Billboard Magazine agrees saying Aphrodite is “… cohesive, fun, and fitting for a goddess.” Aphrodite became Kylie’s fifth #1 album in the UK, hitting the top spot a full 22 years to the week since her debut album Kylie entered the chart. The album also made Kylie the first solo artist in the history of the UK charts to have a #1 album in four different decades. Around the globe Aphrodite debuted in the top 10 in thirteen different countries including #1 in Mexico, #2 in Australia, Switzerland and Spain, #3 in Austria, France and Germany and top 5 in Belgium, Holland, Ireland and Taiwan #8 in Canada and Japan. Kylie recently graced the June/July cover of Blackbook Magazine and the August cover of Out Magazine.
In the Fall of 2009, Minogue toured the U.S. and sold out her first ever North American tour. The six-city tour kicked off in Oakland with stops in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto and New York, wowing fans and critics alike at each stop. Entertainment Weekly called the show a “two-hour post-disco fantasia of strobe, bass, and glitter—an all-out spectacle.” The New York Times claimed “The concert (was) efficient, clobbering, expensive, generous…close to an alternate reality.” Kylie treated her U.S. fans with a new song “Better Than Today” which she played for the first time during the tour. Minogue is expected to make an announcement about a 2011 world tour soon.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Justin Long arrives at the Teen Choice Awards on Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010 in Universal City, Calif. Long wore John Varvatos USA. (Images: (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) and REUTERS/Jason Redmond)
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Border Wars Second Season
Border Wars returns for a second season with 16 episodes of chases, suspenseful busts, and daring rescue missions. NGC takes viewers to the front lines of some of the busiest and most dangerous border crossings and entry points into the U.S. - including San Diego, Texas and Miami - to experience firsthand the everyday battle border agents face against drug trafficking, illegal immigration, and terrorism. Sneak Preview Sunday, August 29, 2010 at 9 PM ET/PT. Regular night/time Wednesdays, at 10 PM ET/PT beginning September 1, 2010. Learn more: natgeotv.com/borderwars
Monday, August 16, 2010
Pick Up Styx
STYX--Tommy Shaw (vocals, guitars), James “JY” Young (vocals, guitars), Lawrence Gowan (vocals, keyboards), Todd Sucherman (drums) and Ricky Phillips (bass), along with the occasional surprise appearance by original bassist Chuck Panozzo—will tour and play their two albums "Grand Illusion" and "Pieces of Eight" in its entirety.
Along with the classic hits, the band will be performing 1977's THE GRAND ILLUSION and 1978's PIECES OF EIGHT in their entirety. Both albums featured hits like "Come Sail Away," "Renegade," "Blue Collar Man" and "Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man).”
A seven-song EP, entitled REGENERATION, VOLUME 1, contains six newly re-recorded classics--"Come Sail Away,” "Crystal Ball," "Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man),” “Lorelei,” “The Grand Illusion” and “Sing For The Day”—and a brand new track, “Difference In The World,” will be available for sale at each stop along “The Grand Illusion/Pieces Of Eight” October/November tour route.
“This is the most unique STYX concert ever,” says singer/guitarist Tommy Shaw. “It's a hybrid experience of enjoying the artistry of the vinyl album and the energy and of our live performance. Some songs have never been performed live!”
The band began in a suburban Chicago basement in the early ‘70s. STYX evolved into the virtual arena rock prototype by the late '70s and early '80s. Over the course of a 38-year career they released 15 studio albums, six best-of compilations and four live albums, garnering eight Top Ten singles. STYX has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide.
On the touring front, STYX has performed more shows since ’99 than all of the previous years of its career combined. Two Super-Bowl appearances, Pollstar box office chart-topping tours with Def Leppard, Journey, Boston, REO Speedwagon, Bad Company, Foreigner (to name a few), two more studio albums and no end in sight, STYX continues to conquer the planet, one venue at a time.
“The Grand Illusion/Pieces Of Eight” tour:
DATE CITY VENUE
Thu 10/14 Evansville, IN The Centre (on-sale 8/13)
Fri 10/15 Merrillville, IN Star Plaza Theatre (on-sale 8/14)
Sat 10/16 Waukegan, IL Genesee Theatre (on-sale /14)
Sun 10/17 Columbus, OH The Palace Theatre (on-sale 8/13)
Tue 10/19 Chattanooga, TN Tivoli Theatre (on-sale 8/20)
Thu 10/21 Melbourne, FL King Center (on-sale 8/20)
Fri 10/22 Ft. Myers, FL Barbara B. Mann Perf Arts Hall (on-sale 8/20)
Sat 10/23 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall (on-sale 8/20)
Mon 10/25 Salem, VA Salem Civic Center (on-sale 8/20)
Wed 10/27 Washington, DC Warner Theatre (on-sale 9/10)
Thu 10/28 New York, NY Beacon Theatre (on-sale 8/6)
Fri 10/29 Baltimore, MD Hippodrome Theatre (on-sale 8/20)
Sat 10/30 Albany, NY Palace Theatre Albany (on-sale 8/19)
Tue 11/2 Bangor, ME Bangor Auditorium (on-sale 8/27)
Wed 11/3 Lowell, MA Lowell Memorial Auditorium (on-sale 8/20)
Fri 11/5 Erie, PA Warner Theatre Erie (on-sale 8/27)
Sat 11/6 Toledo, OH Stranahan Theatre (on-sale 8/27)
Sun 11/7 Louisville, KY Louisville Palace (on-sale 8/27)
Tue 11/9 Memphis, TN The Orpheum Theatre (on-sale 8/27)
Thu 11/11 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium (on-sale 8/27)
Fri 11/12 Biloxi, MS Hard Rock Casino & Resort (on-sale TBA)
Sat 11/13 Atlanta, GA Cobb Energy Center (on-sale 8/27)
**On-sale dates are subject to change.
Friday, August 13, 2010
Good Charlotte Now On Capitol
Good Charlotte signed to Capitol Records and will be releasing their fifth full-length album Cardiology on October 26, 2010, 10 years after their self-titled debut. Originally formed as a pop-punk band in Waldorf, Maryland, in 1996, Good Charlotte—vocalist Joel Madden, guitarist Benji Madden, guitarist Billy Martin, bassist Paul Thomas and recent edition, drummer Dean Butterworth—have sold more than 10 million records and wrote radio hits such as "The Anthem," "Lifestyles Of The Rich & Famous" and "Hold On."
The band supported Justin Timberlake on his FutureSex/LoveShow tour, collaborated with Avenged Sevenfold's M. Shadows and Synyster Gates on their single "The River" from Good Charlotte's 2007 full-length Good Morning Revival.
Cardiology, an album that features the dance floor-friendly first single "Like It’s Her Birthday" and "Silver Screen Romance."
Good Charlotte recently wrapped up a two-month run on the Bamboozle Roadshow alongside Boys Like Girls, All Time Low, Third Eye Blind and Simple Plan and in July opened for Pink's stadium tour in Europe before appearances this fall with a full US tour early next year.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
What's Up With Iggy Pop
On Friday, 3 September 2010, Iggy and the Stooges put themselves "In The Hands of the Fans...."
MVD Entertainment Group launched www.InTheHandsOfTheFans.com to offer fans an opportunity to film and interview Iggy and the Stooges performing the seminal punk rock song "Raw Power" at the All Tomorrow's Parties Festival on September 3, 2010. Six fans will be chosen by way of a video submission contest to join director Joey Carey on location at the Stardust Theater at Kutchers' Country Club in Monticello, NY. This marks the reunion between Iggy Pop and powerhouse guitarist James Williamson as well as original Stooges drummer Scott "Rock Action" Asheton. Also featuring Mike Watt on bass and Steve Mackay on saxophone.
The contest is based on fans submitting short high definition video segments asking Iggy and the Stooges interview questions, or demonstrating why they should win the contest. Winners of the contest will film and interview Iggy and the Stooges at All Tomorrow's Parties. This fan shot footage, along with the contestant video submissions, will be crafted into a high definition longform program, which will be part concert film and part reality TV show about the journey of the fans.
"Raw Power is one of the greatest, most dangerous albums in the history of rock and roll" says Ed Seaman, C.O.O. of MVD Entertainment Group. "We are honored to enable the fans this connection with the band; this will be a dream come true for the winners."
IN THE HANDS OF THE FANS will be sustainable as a series; MVD is already deep in discussions with a number of other artists and expects to have five more programs shot within the next six months with new announcements expected any day.
The final program for Iggy and the StoogesIN THE HANDS OF THE FANS is expected to release on DVD, BluRay, digital download and broadcast by early 2011. All contestants will receive a special offer to purchase the film early along with some exclusive value added content.
A commercial featuring Handsome Dick Manitoba (the Dictators, Little Steven's Underground Garage DJ) and Iggy has been recorded and will be distributed throughout the web via websites, social media networks, blogs, etc.
Intro Clip: http://tinyurl.com/2fddc4n
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Expectant Applegate in Platinum
Christina Applegate at the premiere of 'Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore' at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Hollywood, California. Applegate wore jewelry by Neil Lane at the 25 July 2010 event in Los Angeles. She wore platinum and diamond chains, a platinum and diamond locket, three bangles and a pair of drop earrings. - Russ Einhorn / Splash News.
Stylish Mum-to-Be Applegate
In this July 19, 2010 photo, actress Christina Applegate arrives with her husband Martyn Lenoble at the 2010 VH1 Do Something Awards in Los Angeles. She wore leather leggings by Lavish by Heidi Klum – exclusively for A Pea in the Pod Collection. BTW, if you are expecting, too, there are some great deals right now on www.peainthepod.com (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Naomi Watts wore platinum jewelry by Neil Lane at the Los Angeles premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood of “Salt” on 19 July 2010, a wide cuff with black and white diamonds set in platinum, and a diamond ring. Watts' husband, Liev Schrieber is a star of the film. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Starlets Sparkle at Neil Lane Event
Eva Longoria Parker, Ashlee Simpson, Kate Walsh, Kristin Davis, and Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon wore platinum jewelry by Neil Lane at the designer’s launch party for his bridal collection at Kay Jewelers in Hollywood. (That's Anna Lynne McCord in the image to the left.)
Longoria a diamond necklace, ring and a bracelet, all set in platinum.
Simpson chose a pair of chandelier earrings with rubies and diamond bangles, set in platinum.
Walsh, seen in an image above from Justjared.com, looked stunning in a pair of basket earrings, a bracelet and a ring with diamonds, all set in platinum.
Davis opted for a wide black diamond and platinum cuff, black diamond earrings, an onyx ring and a bangle, all set in platinum.
Beauvais selected a pair of chandelier earrings and a rock crystal and diamond ring set in platinum.
Monday, August 09, 2010
Longoria Debuts Gustavo Cadile
Eva Longoria attended the Neil Lane Debuts Bridal Collection with Kay Jewelers event 22 July 2010 in a dress by Gustavo Cadile. The black silk v-neck cocktail dress with swiss dot chiffon sleeves is from Gustavo Cadile's Fall 2010 collection and is seen above, from the designer's look book.
Friday, August 06, 2010
G-Bike: Ride 'Em Eco Cowboy
(Release from Fred Segal Fun)
On Friday, July 15, 2010, G-Bike, a new, cost-effective and stylish alternate mode of transport was released into the Fred Segal Fun Santa Monica store.
These ecologically friendly, comfortable and easy to operate, zero emission vehicles are set to reinvent the way we travel. Fully electric, the G-Bike runs up to 35 miles per 4-8 hour charge and at a maximum speed of 20mph. No insurance, license or registration required, as the G-Bike fully complies with the federal limit for speed and power. With no further costs, other than for the bike itself, the cost of ownership is extremely low.
Fully equipped with removable pedals, remote control alarm, brakes, rear-vision mirrors, horn and ample storage space, the G-Bike is the perfect fusion between a scooter and bicycle, presenting a ‘best-of-both-worlds’ situation for owners. Currently available in seven different color combinations with new shades being developed continually, the G-Bike can also be customized for personal or promotional purposes.
Ideal for students and professionals who work in urban environments or for quick trips to the local shops or supermarket, the G-Bike is the best and most convenient way to get around LA. Park it anywhere and use it at anytime. The G-Bike is convenient, hassle-free and 100% green. The G-Bike is available at the Fred Segal Fun store and retails at $1100.
Fred Segal Fun
Thursday, August 05, 2010
Dirty Dancing Songs and Charity
(From Randy Alexander)
On the one-year anniversary of Patrick Swayze’s death approaching in September, please note the charitable efforts of the songwriters responsible for the “Dirty Dancing” smash hits “Time of My Life” and “Hungry Eyes.”
With a blessing from Lisa Niemi Swayze, Patrick’s wife, Franke Previte (ex-Franke and the Knockouts), John De Nicola and Don Markowitz – who won the Oscar and Golden Globe for their “Dirty Dancing” contribution - are honoring their friend’s memory and raising money for the Patrick Swayze Pancreas Cancer Resarch Foundation at Stanford by releasing the historic “Original Demo Recordings” of those songs, and more. They’re coming out digitally Sept. 8 – a week shy of the first anniversary of Patrick’s untimely passing.
Franke had an unforgettable moment at the Academy Awards with Patrick:
“He told me that the Dirty Dancing dance finale scene was actually shot to my original demo of ‘(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life’,” Franke recalls. “I had performed the song with my duet partner, Rachele Cappelli. Patrick explained that the movie was filmed out of sequence and the finale scene was the first thing they shot. And, there was a lot riding on getting it right. He said it was crucial that he, Jennifer and the rest of the cast filming that scene develop an immediate camaraderie and that the demo was a big part in helping them do just that. The film’s most memorable scene really had been filmed to our demo of ‘(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life’.”
When Patrick was ill, Franke watched his friend’s courageous battle against pancreatic cancer with so much admiration. And, when we lost him, it reminded him again of how much his immense talent and heart contributed to the success of Dirty Dancing. Now more than ever, his time has come to most effectively give back to the project and the promise from the film’s music supervisor Jimmy Ienner, upon encouraging him to submit his music to the soundtrack, would “change his life.”
You can sample the “Time of My Life” demo here: www.myspace.com/dirtydancingdemos.
Trivia note: The drummer in Franke and the Knockouts, the early ‘80s pop band best known for their Top 10 hit “Sweetheart,” was Tico Torres, who went on to join Bon Jovi! Hey, it’s a Jersey thing, ya know?)
Fans Can Own A Piece of Hollywood History…
… And Support The Patrick Swayze Pancreas Cancer Research Fund at Stanford
For the first time ever, the writers of “(I’VE HAD) THE TIME OF MY LIFE” and “HUNGRY EYES” are releasing THE ORIGINAL DEMOS of the songs that rocketed the DIRTY DANCING soundtrack to No. 1 on the Billboard charts for 18 straight weeks. And, today, at 48 million copies sold worldwide, it still stands as one of the bestselling albums of all time.
Franke Previte, John De Nicola and Don Markowitz are releasing the digital-only four-song package DIRTY DANCING: THE ORIGINAL DEMOS on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2010. Included are two versions of the Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning smash, “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life” -- originally sung by Previte, noted frontman of ‘80s hit makers Franke and the Knockouts (“Sweetheart”), as a duet with Rachele Cappelli.
This is the actual recording that Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey danced to when filming the unforgettable grand finale dance scene in the movie.
The other demo version is a sharp new remix of the No. 1 blockbuster by its original producer, the renowned Michael Lloyd. Fan favorite and No. 4 Billboard hit, “Hungry Eyes,” written by Previte and De Nicola and sung by Franke, brings home another big song from the film. Rounding out the set is “Someone Like You,” another Previte/De Nicola original written for Bill Medley. An instrumental version of the tune is currently heard in the stage play, Broadway-bound Dirty Dancing: The Musical. The live show continues the Dirty Dancing phenomenon, setting box office records worldwide.
Previte began thinking about the historical significance of the demos after being interviewed with De Nicola as part of the “Dirty Dancing: Limited Keepsake Edition” project, released on DVD and Blu Ray this spring by Lionsgate. In it, Dirty Dancing choreographer, Kenny Ortega, (Michael Jackson’s, This Is It) and Eleanor Bergstein, the film’s writer and co-producer, also drove home the impact the original demos had on Swayze and Grey.
But, Previte laughs when he remembers he and his writing partners almost didn’t get the chance to make history with their songs: “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life” was the last song on the last tape submitted on the last day for the movie’s final scene,”” he recalls. “But, everyone loved it!”
And it ended up galvanizing the cast, prompting Ortega to cast aside a Lionel Richie track in favor of the song that helped make the movie a huge box office hit and defined the coming-of-age romance for the actors and audiences. Previte didn’t find out just what an impact the demos had on the actors until the night of the Academy Awards, 1988, when he met Swayze at an after-party.
“Patrick said, ‘I need to know who sang the demo tape!,’” says Previte. “And I said, ‘I did, with Rachele Capelli. Why?’ ‘Because we filmed out of sequence and that last scene was the first thing we filmed. As soon as your demo played, everyone knew that was our song.’”
Because no songs better defined the career of Patrick Swayze than the hits of Dirty Dancing, Previte, De Nicola and Markowitz want to honor their friend. They’ve decided to donate a generous portion of the proceeds of DIRTY DANCING: THE ORIGINAL DEMOS package to the Patrick Swayze Pancreas Cancer Research Fund at Stanford Cancer Center. The Fund was established by Patrick’s beloved wife and partner, Lisa Niemi Swayze, at the medical institution where her husband was treated for the extent of his courageous battle.
“I feel this is the right thing to do and the right time to do it,” says Previte. “We salute and honor our friend, Patrick Swayze, for his courage, generosity and talent.”
As Swayze told Previte on the night of the Academy Awards … “We filmed the finale to your demo and it gave us a camaraderie we didn’t have before. The scene just came out so phenomenally that it created the rest of what everyone knows Dirty Dancing to be. Because of that song, we knew then that we had the makings of a tremendous hit!”
Swayze said it all.
DIRTY DANCING: THE ORIGINAL DEMOS will be available through CD Baby on iTunes and all major digital download destinations.
Learn more about the Patrick Swayze Pancreas Cancer Research Fund at http://med.stanford.edu/cancer/features/research_news/Patrick_Swayze_Pancreas.html
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
All that Glitters
May not be gold, but gold glitter could be the hot look for shoes this holiday. Stuart Weitzman's d’orsay sandal. Part of the SW Holiday 2010 collection. www.stuartweitzman.com
Tuesday, August 03, 2010
Inspector Lewis Returns
Young and handsome Oxford writer Dorian Crane is following in the noted fantasy footsteps of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien with his newest book. The day after Crane's book launch party, reality shatters the celebratory mood when a young Czech barmaid is found dead by the river, savagely murdered with an antique Persian mirror. Some of the grisly circumstances seem to have been lifted from Crane's fiction. But the celebrated author claims no knowledge of the crime, instead fawning over his bride-to-be and muse Alice Wishart. At the murder scene, Lewis and Hathaway find a one-word note scrawled in blood that references a place in Iraq. As a result, Lewis and Hathaway get pulled into the world of Oxford's literary elite, only to find that it harbors resentment and jealousy and at its center, holds terrible secrets beyond all imagination. MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! “Inspector Lewis, Series II: Allegory of Love” Sunday, August 8, 2010 @ 9 p.m. ET PBS. Check local listings.
Monday, August 02, 2010
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Eternity Bands Make the Go 'Round
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