Monday, October 31, 2011

Jennifer Lopez glistened on stage for her performance at Mohegan Sun's 15th Anniversary Concert, wearing Zuhair Murad's one-of-a-kind beaded tulle spider-web bodysuit that is also featured in her On the Floor music video.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Get Jessica Alba's Look

Celebrity Stylist Jen Atkin Created an Elegant Look for Jessica Alba
at the ‘An Evening with Ralph Lauren’ hosted by Oprah in NYC

Inspiration: A Chinese-inspired, classy updo with an Asian twist

How to get the look: Prep the hair by applying a wave spray, such as Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, throughout the hair to give it volume and texture. Blow dry the hair all the way through using a round brush. When the hair is fully dry, use a 1 inch curling iron create loose thick curls throughout the hair to infuse body. Separate the bang section and create a strong part to one side, putting the rest of the hair in a low ponytail and secure with a bungee band. On the ends of the hair, apply KeSARI Indian Oil Hair Serum to make the hair glossy and smooth. To create the up do, take large sections of the hair and twist them up. Secure each twist using French hair pins. To finish off the look, apply a small amount the KeSARI Indian Oil Hair Serum into the bangs and on the sides of the hair to maximize shine.
Atkin said: “The KeSARI oil is perfect for red carpet events because it does an excellent job of keeping the hair healthy and shiny, especially when cameras hit it!”

KeSARI Indian Oil Hair Serum ($31.50, available at

Alba wore Ralph Lauren vintage jewelry, carried a Ralph Lauren clutch and also wore a Ralph Lauren gown.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Star of The Help,  Allison Janney (seen second from left), attended the 15th ANNUAL HOLLYWOOD FILM AWARDS and shimmered in a slate grey sequined cap sleeve cocktail dress by David Meister. David Meister Sequined Knot Back Dress : Tiny sequins cover this cap-sleeved knit cocktail dress, with a twisted knot detail at the v-back. Made in USA. Dress: 92% polyester, 8% elastane. Lining: 100% polyester. Dry clean only. $465.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Fekkai Stylist on Michelle Williams

Fekkai Celebrity Stylist Renato Campora Created a Modern and Simple Look for Michelle Williams at the 15th Annual Hollywood Film Awards

INSPIRATION: An elegant and stylish look. Renato was inspired to create a simple yet chic look for Michelle, to compliment her dress and go with the tone of the evening.

How To Get the Look: Renato began by washing the hair with Fekkai Advanced Full Blown Volume Shampoo and Conditioner. After letting the hair air dry apply a small coin sized amount of Fekkai Strong Hold Volume Mousse and run it through the hair. Repeat this step using Fekkai Silky Straight Ironless Smooth Finish Serum. Once the products have been mixed throughout the hair, allow the hair to set and dry.

All products by Fekkai: Fekkai Advanced Full Blown Volume Shampoo and Conditioner ($25 each), Fekkai Strong Hold Volume Mousse ($25), and Fekkai Silky Straight Ironless Smooth Finish Serum($25). Available at and Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue stores.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Jewelry Honors Vets

During November - in recognition of Veterans Day on November 11, 2011 – Elephant Heart Jewelry honors those who serve in the Armed Forces, by donating 50% of the proceeds from each sale of a signature Elephant Heart Charm Necklace ($110) to the Bob Woodruff Foundation (, an organization that provides resources and support to injured service members, veterans and their families.

About Elephant Heart Jewelry: Native Angeleno, artist and jewelry designer Elyse Jeanne Graham launched Elephant Heart Jewelry in 2004. As a fusion of her creative influences - her two collections - Classic and Supernatural are reflections of her refined sense for delicate and wearable jewelry and the creative and experimental artist within. Each piece of jewelry is hand crafted and created by Elyse herself and celebrity fans include Katy Perry, Hayden Panettiere and Kat Dennings. The complete collection can be viewed online at

Monday, October 24, 2011

Casey Noble
Design on a Dime, Re-Tooled

Designer Casey Noble brings a fun and fresh design approach to the retooled Design on a Dime beginning Saturday, October 29, 2011 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The series, a long-time viewer favorite, will focus on innovative design solutions for budgets of $2,500 or less. Casey and her team will deliver sophisticated designs that are a true reflection of the homeowners’ personalities and passions. Each week Casey will demonstrate smart design ideas that are affordable and accessible—proving that beautifully designed rooms don’t have to be complicated or expensive.

“We always saw Casey as a promising new design talent when she appeared on season five of HGTV Design Star,” said Kathleen Finch, general manager, HGTV. “When we wanted to re-energize Design on a Dime, we thought of Casey because we loved her creativity and natural on-camera appeal. She is the perfect fit for the series and viewers will love her.”

In the premiere episode, Casey and her design team will take on the lackluster backyard of homeowners Shernice and Thomas Lazare who have a $2,000 budget. The couple loves to throw outdoor parties at their 1920s-style home, but the lack of shade, seating and style prevent them from enjoying the space. Inspired by the couple’s request for a contemporary and colorful design, Casey adds a lively tile mosaic to an existing outdoor fountain and a vibrant pint-sized play area for their young daughter. To help the Lazares beat the heat, Casey includes a pergola that offers shade for the stylishly refurbished patio furniture.

Future episodes will feature a variety of inspirational and inexpensive projects, such as side table made of wooden dowels, a one–of–a kind coral dresser and creative closet doors inspired by a beach bungalow suite.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Get Sofia Vergara's Emmy Look

Celebrity Stylist, Jen Atkin created a Simple Old Hollywood Look
For Sofia Vergara at the 63rd Annual Emmy Awards

Inspiration: Atkin created a simple and clean, yet classic look. The look was almost “Barbie like” said Atkin, “I wanted the hair to reflect the elegance of her dress”.

How to get the look: Apply a light volume mousse to wet hair, starting two inches from the roots, to give the hair volume and body. Apply KeSARI Indian Oil Hair Serum two inches from the bottom of the hair and down, to keep hair shiny and healthy on the ends. Blow the hair dry using a medium sized round brush. Apply 1 ½ inch rollers to the top portion of the hair, using 1 inch rollers from the crown of the head to the nape of the neck. Using low heat, lightly blow dry the hair while the rollers are in to set the curls. Leave the rollers in for 10-to 15 minutes. To create the final shape of the look, spray hairspray onto a brush and brush through the hair, creating a slight side part. Finish the look by applying a dime size drop of KeSARI Indian Oil Hair Serum to the palms of hands and run through the hair, adding a final shine.

PRODUCTS USED: Indian Oil Hair Serum with Triphala Radiance™ Silk Complex ($31.50, available at

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Angela Kinsey on the red carpet at the 63rd Emmy Awards

The Office star Angela Kinsey wore Romona Keveza’s red silk charmeuse and crepe back satin one shoulder Goddess gown with couture draped and detachable shoulder tails to the 63rd Emmys 2011. About Romona Keveza: Keveza is an international leader in the Couture bridal industry. She has recently expanded her collection launching a RTW Luxe Eveningwear line in Paris that has quickly gained a celebrity and red carpet following. Romona Keveza can be seen on every red carpet, counting such celebrities as Christina Hendricks, Lea Michele and Julia Stiles as some of her many loyal followers. Her designs are sold in 128 of the finest stores throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America including Neiman Marcus, Stanley Korshak and Saks Fifth Avenue. The complete collection can be viewed online at 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Hull's Beyond The Lightless Sky LP 
Streaming On AOL Music

Announce North American Tour Dates With The F*cking Wrath
Sophomore LP Out Next Week On The End Records

"Beyond The Lightless Sky, doesn't stay in one place for too long; instead, it veers between motorcycle-revving D-beat, bog-trawling doom, sinister black metal, Neurosis drum-offs and hypnotic passages that gnash like a venom-dripping cousin to the final Isis album." -- Village Voice

"While drawing from the thunder of Isis and early Mastodon, the band also creeps in soaring melodies that border on Torche territory." -- Brooklyn Vegan

"Headbanging, growling, deliciously downtuned stoner metal. Hull s three guitar attack achieves maximum sludgery, bashing your skull into the wall with a sledgehammer and smearing your brains across the floor." -- Metalsucks

"Hull are well-educated in the school of metal, proving themselves to be as equally adept at Melvins-derived abstract, skull-crushing sludge as they are at proggy-guitar workouts or spiralling thrash-cum-punk riffs..." -- The Skinny

"Brooklyn-based quintet Hull have been raising eyebrows in the underground metal scene with their engrossing blend of Neurosis-esque post-metal ambience, Mastodon-like downtuned southern groove, intricate progressive structures and psychedelic doom rumblings." -- One Metal


Hailing from the streets of Brooklyn, HULL has yet again emerged with a creation to outlive the ages. Hard at work since the release of their debut album, Sole Lord, in 2009, ideas were envisioned and the mighty wind of creativity brought upon this Earth the latest saga, Beyond The Lightless Sky.

Digging further into the past, the Mayan epic takes the listener through a division of two brothers and the struggles that they are faced with. One finds salvation amongst the stars and the wisdom of a stranger, while the other is mesmerized with the bloodthirsty belief of sacrifice and self mutilation. In silence lies a realm that exists outside the plane of fear.

Taking the new songs on the road, HULL embarked on a successful mission to Austin for the SXSW festival to then triumphantly return and join forces with longtime friend and talented engineer/percussionist, Brett Romnes (IATA). Within an enormous, darkened club, many nights fell into morning as the immense sound was captured for the album, then finally putting the recording into the hands of a mixing madman, Billy Anderson. With such experience as The Melvins, Neurosis and Eyehategod, the journey was brutally finished.

Known to behold vast sound expanses, HULL maximizes harmony and tone within one monstrous palate. Upon your brow, focus, as a furious whip of intermingling guitars propel you through the atmosphere as a low pulse resonates through your entire being while the pounding drums blanket all chasms of reality. Find yourself immersed in a musical tide as it is played out before your ears beyond the lightless sky.

Hull is A. Mack, C. Laietta V, S.B. Dunn, J. Stieber, and N. Palmirotto. Also on Beyond The Lightless Sky, Jarboe (vocals), Fade Kainer of Batillus, Jarboe, Inswarm (keys/ambiance), and Joe Merolla (cello). Artwork by Tamara Waite-Santibanez.


North American Tour Dates

10/23 - Golden West Cafe - Baltimore, MD *
10/24 - Strange Matter - Richmond, VA *^
10/25 - Milestone - Charlotte, NC *
10/26 - Drunken Unicorn - Atlanta, GA *
10/27 - Wormhole - Savannah, GA *
10/28 - The Snooze - West Palm Beach, FL *
10/29 - TFW on FEST - Gainesville, FL *
11/01 - Siberia - New Orleans, LA *
11/02 - Brian Street Tavern - Dallas, TX *
11/03 - Red 7 FFF Kickoff Party - Austin, TX *
11/04 - Bash Riprocks - Lubbock, TX *
11/05 - The Open Source Project - Phoenix, AZ *
11/06 - Que Sara - Long Beach, CA *
11/07 - Vacation Vinyl (early show) - Los Angeles, CA
11/07 - Mountain Bar (late show) - Los Angeles, CA
11/08 - Hemlock Tavern - San Francisco, CA
11/14 - Bar Deluxe - Salt Lake City, UT
11/15 - Old Curtis Street - Denver, CO
11/17 - Downtown - Little Rock, AR
11/19 - Nightlight - Chapel Hill, NC
11/20 - Johhny Brendas - Philadelphia, PA
# w/ Rwake
* w/ The F*cking Wrath
^ w/ Thrones

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Kylie Minogue's New 
Release on 29 Nov. 2011

“The ‘Aphrodite’ tour was a magnificent spectacle of over-the-top theatrics and sensational performances, all held together by Kylie’s sheer elegance.”
– Access Hollywood

“The Aphrodite show is non-stop brilliance from beginning to end.  If you have a chance to check out this show, you MUST go! Twice!” – Perez Hilton

Astralwerks Records will release Kylie Minogue’s massively acclaimed ‘Aphrodite - Les Folies’, filmed live at London’s O2 Arena last April, on CD, DVD, Blu-ray and audio digital download on November 29th.   The tour was Kylie’s most ambitious and spectacular to date and the DVD footage, filmed over 2 nights, captures the show at its absolute peak.  Directed by William Baker and Marcus Viner, all formats also feature an exclusive tour documentary.

The ultra theatrical tour that was devised with Kylie’s creative director William Baker, concluded on July 14th, 2011 in South Africa after performing a total of 77 spectacular shows to an audience in excess of 575,000 people throughout Europe, Japan, North America, Australia and Southeast Asia.  The elaborate production visited 55 cities in 27 countries in 150 days on the road.

With costumes created exclusively for Kylie by Dolce & Gabbana, the stage show followed an enchanting Greek mythology theme, and featured an astonishing water finale. This was a show that truly redefined what a pop concert could be.

Now U.S. fans can re-live the experience with this amazing 2-hour document, which includes all of Kylie’s best-known modern hits including “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head,” “Spinning Around” and “Love At First Sight” as well as her four Billboard Club Chart toppers from 2010’s acclaimed album ‘Aprodite;’ “All The Lovers,”
“Get Outta My Way,” “Better Than Today” and “Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love).”

Formats available:

1.      Special Limited Edition DVD boxed-set with bonus double-CD set of the live concert and an exclusive 12-page booklet (total 3 disks)
Amazon Pre-order link:

2.      Blu-ray DVD with a bonus 3D DVD (i.e. 2 separate DVD disks: 1x2D DVD & 1x3D DVD)
 Amazon pre-order link:

3.      Audio-only digital download

For more on Kylie Minogue, including news updates, photos, streaming audio and video, and downloads, please visit

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The track listing is:

The Birth of Aphrodite intro
The One
I Believe In You
Cupid Boy
Spinning Around
Get Outta My Way
What Do I Have to Do
Can’t Get You Out Of My Head
In My Arms
Looking for an Angel
There Must Be An Angel
Love At First Sight
If You Don’t Love Me
Better The Devil You Know
Better than Today
Put Your Hands Up
Million Dollar Intro
On A Night Like This
All The Lovers

Monday, October 17, 2011

Florida's Zombie Alligators


Nat Geo Wild's Monster Bash

Frightening predator swarms, freaky forest killers and monsters in the swamp.  Freddy Krueger doesn’t have anything on them!  Beware of the creepy, crawly, bloodthirsty, growling animals that go bump (or bite!) in the night … especially on Halloween.

It’s Nat Geo WILD’s Monster Bash Week.  Starting Monday, October 24, 2011, through Friday, October 28, 2011, tune in at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET/PT for the best of nature’s scariest beasts, doing what they do best:  biting, attacking and killing their prey for a ghoulish good time in the animal kingdom.  Then on Sunday, October 30, and on Monday, October 31, it’s a marathon of flying demons, death worms and other nightmares in the Amazon.

Monster Bash Week schedule includes:

Monday, October 24
7p – Spiders:  The Dark Side
10p – Swamp Men:  Most Wanted (Premiere)

Tuesday, October 25
7p – Prehistoric Predators:  Wolf
10p – Africa’s Deadliest:  Killer Tactics (Premiere)

Wednesday, October 26
7p – Man v. Monster:  Cold-Blooded Killers
10p – Africa’s Deadliest:  Predator Swarm (Premiere)

Thursday, October 27
7p – Man v. Monster:  Amazon Terror
10p – Africa’s Deadliest:  Lethal Weapons (Premiere)

Friday, October 28
7p – Man v. Monster:  Flying Demon
10p – World’s Deadliest:  Forest Killers

Sunday, October 30
12p – Beast Hunter:  Swamp Monster of the Congo
1p – Beast Hunter:  Nightmare of the Amazon
2p – Beast Hunter:  Sea Serpent of the North
3p – Beast Hunter:  Mongolian Death Worm
4p – Man v. Monster:  Flying Demon
5p – Man v. Monster:  Amazon Terror
6p – Man v. Monster:  Cold-Blooded Killer
7p – Zombie Alligators
8p – World’s Weirdest:  Freaks in the Ocean
9p – World’s Weirdest:  Freaks of the Sky
10p – World’s Weirdest:  Freaks on Land

Monday, October 31
4p – World’s Weirdest:  Freaks in the Ocean
5p – World’s Weirdest:  Freaks of the Sky
6p – World’s Weirdest:  Freaks on Land
7p – Spiders:  The Dark Side
8p – Zombie Alligators
9p – World’s Deadliest:  Creepy Killers
10p – Swamp Men:  Gator Beatdown (Premiere)

For additional programming information, please visit

Friday, October 14, 2011

Empire of the Sun In L.A.

The electro-psychedelic Empire of the Sun will be in Los Angeles on 16 October 2011 playing Club Nokia.

Empire of the Sun's debut album, Walking On A Dream won seven 7 ARIA Awards including Album of the Year and has been nominated for two Brit Awards for Best International Album and Best International Act.

“Unlike any show you will see this year, tonight Empire of the Sun remind us what it’s like to live in a world of limitless possibilities” – BIG SHOT

Empire of the Sun has mastered an exotic, lavish, larger-than-life sound in Walking On A Dream. The music is exhilaratingly contemporary, audaciously forward-looking, yet also curiously archaic all at once. The singles “Walking On A Dream,” “We Are The People,” “Standing On The Shore” and “Without You” showcase the groundbreaking style Empire of the Sun creates with electronic beats, pop melodies and psychedelic overtones. Their live shows are world-renowned and unlike anything you have ever seen before.

“Empire Of The Sun delivered…what-tha fantasy spectacle that was Cirque du Soleil, It's a Small world and H.R. Pufnstuf all rolled into one..” – LA WEEKLY

Check out this taste of a live Empire of the Sun show:

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Natasha Henstridge attends the 2011 Entertainment Weekly And Women in Film Pre-Emmy Party at BOA Steakhouse on September 16, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. She wore David Meister’s midnight blue v-neck blouson evening gown. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Kaley Kuoco attended in support of her Emmy nominated comedy – The Big Bang Theory – and was also be one of the night’s presenters on Emmy night last month. She wore Romona Keveza’s black one shoulder cocktail dress made of Point d’Esprit and featuring an illusion one-shoulder neckline and waltz length skirt layered over a narrow short under skirt. About Romona Keveza: Keveza is an international leader in the Couture bridal industry. She has recently expanded her collection launching a RTW Luxe Eveningwear line in Paris that has quickly gained a celebrity and red carpet following. Romona Keveza can be seen on every red carpet, counting such celebrities as Christina Hendricks, Lea Michele and Julia Stiles as some of her many loyal followers.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Extreme Fixer-Upper 
Brothers On HGTV

Property Brothers

A broken-down home with rotten flooring, missing ceilings and exposed wiring would horrify most homebuyers looking for their dream house, but real estate agent Drew Scott and contractor Jonathan Scott instead see a diamond in the rough. In HGTV’s Property Brothers, which begins its second season on Wednesday, October 19, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, the dashing twin brothers continue to execute property search-and-rescue missions to help potential homebuyers find, purchase and transform extreme fixer-uppers. Since the show premiered in April 2011, the Scotts have attracted a huge following among younger viewers and the series is one of HGTV’s top-rated programs.

“It's hard to see beyond a dated property's shortcomings and it’s our job to highlight its true potential,” said Drew. “We use state-of-the-art CGI to reveal how the property will look with an entirely new interior.”

In the season premiere, Drew, polished in a perfectly pressed suit, and Jonathan, rugged in his flannel shirt, jeans and work boots, meet clients Scott and Sarah. The couple and their two young children live in a cramped condo and are eager to move to a larger home near their office. To the couple’s excitement, the brothers show them an example of their ideal home, in the perfect location, until the price is revealed as nearly double Scott and Sarah’s budget. Although the couple is doubtful they can find what they’re looking for, Drew and Jonathan show them two rough fixer-uppers that others have bypassed. Despite appearances, both homes have great structure, open floor plans and fantastic locations. In addition, each home is priced well below the couple’s budget, which means they can afford the major makeover to make either house a gorgeous home. After Drew executes the real estate purchase, Jonathan tackles the renovation. In just four weeks, the once-gutted home is now an on-budget beauty that is perfectly tailored to the family’s tastes.

“It’s astonishing how quickly the Scotts have built a fan base,” said Kathleen Finch, general manager, HGTV. “In an ever-changing housing market, people still want to know how to maximize their budget and the Scotts bring a practical—yet unexpected—approach to identifying and creating a dream home. Our audience has fallen in love with them.”

Future episodes of Property Brothers will include more real estate searches and renovation projects that turn run-down properties into stylish new homes. Makeovers will include a Victorian home, a contemporary retreat and a swanky downtown apartment.

Monday, October 10, 2011

The Incredible Dr. Pol

Taking an Old-School, No-Nonsense Approach to Veterinary Medicine,
Dr. Pol Has More than 40 Years in the Field, and Is a Legend in Rural Michigan

Nat Geo WILD’s New Series, The Incredible Dr. Pol
 Premieres Saturday, October 29, 2011, at 9 & 10 PM ET/PT Then Moves to 10 PM ET/PT

“I’m in the business to help farmers make money.  If they go out of business, like so many of these farmers around here, I go out of business.” — Dr. Jan Pol

Sick horse on the verge of death?  A German shepherd with no appetite?  A pig with an abscess?  Not exactly easy tasks to tackle.  But one man has it all under control.  With a “you name it, and we’ll treat it” attitude, this house-call-making veterinarian has seen it all.  A senior with a Dutch accent, working countless hours a day, is not slowing down any time soon.

Meet Dr. Pol, an expert in large farm animals and pets.  This senior is anything but retiring as he takes an old-school, no-nonsense approach to veterinary medicine.  Nat Geo WILD presents The Incredible Dr. Pol, premiering Saturday, October 29, at 9 & 10 p.m. ET/PT then moves to 10 p.m. ET/PT, as he travels across rural Michigan to care for every family pet and head of livestock in need of his expertise and kindness.  Treating numerous patients, including horses, pigs, cows, sheep, alpacas, goats, cats, dogs and even an occasional reindeer, Dr. Pol is not your average vet.

Whether at the clinic or speeding off to an emergency farm call, Dr. Pol’s fast pace and stamina amazes his staff and clients.  In fact, he is a local legend in the community!  His right-hand team includes his wife of 44 years, Diane, who is the office manager handling clients who come in or call the clinic.  Dr. Brenda Grettenberger, Dr. Pol’s long-time colleague, began her career at Pol Veterinary Services 18 years ago.  And Dr. Pol’s son Charles, who helped his father as a child, has extended his stay from LA to help with the challenging workload and farm calls.

Unflappable and unstoppable, Dr. Pol works 14-hour days to help the diminishing population of family farmers survive.  He plays an integral role in keeping local farmers’ livestock healthy and in turn, their businesses profitable.  We’ll ride along with Dr. Pol as he is called on by a farmer to take blood samples of his sheep to check for disease to ensure that he can continue selling the meat for human consumption.  Dr. Pol and Charles will have to wrestle and hold down squirming sheep before they can take the samples.  We’ll also see Dr. Pol treat a cow with a twisted stomach by putting a surgical stitch through the cow’s belly and holding the stomach where it needs to be.

With such a busy practice, we are on call right alongside Dr. Pol as he treats a variety of cases, including two dogs with faces stuck full of porcupine quills, sick horses that may need to be put down and a pig with an abscess that needs to be drained.  We’ll also get a front-row seat as Dr. Pol examines a cow to check for pregnancy by reaching his arm into the rectum and feeling the ovaries.  For local farmers, while many of these animals are their livelihood, others are a part of their extended family.

Premiere Episodes Include:

The Incredible Dr. Pol: Vet and Wild
Premieres Saturday, October 29, at 9 p.m. ET/PT—Special Premiere Time
Dr. Pol receives an emergency call from a client who finds her horse down and fears he may not make it. Suffering from a spinal cord injury, he decides to give the horse a cortisone shot. Will he survive? Dr. Pol’s son, Charles decides to extend his visit to help his father with the work overload. His only request—to palpate a cow. But trouble creeps up when Dr. Pol and Charles perform an emergency futotomy, an intense procedure to extract two dead fetuses from a cow in hopes of saving the mother’s life.  And, the clinic celebrates its 30th anniversary with a special pig roast with old friends, former employees and longtime clients.

The Incredible Dr. Pol: How Now Downed Cow?
Premieres Saturday, October 29, at 10 p.m. ET/PT
A K-9 Hungarian German Shepard with no appetite? Dr. Pol conducts a series of blood tests to get to the bottom of the real issue.  He wonders if the toxins the dog has been exposed to for police work could have caused cancer.  Then, two elderly horses are extremely sick and in danger of being put down due to intestinal problems and neurological disorder. Will Charles perform his first euthanasia? In another emergency farm call, Dr. Pol must treat a dairy cow with a Left Displaced Abomasum, or a twisted stomach which means that one of the cow’s four stomachs has floated to the top of the abdominal cavity. Dr. Pol will have to perform a procedure to suture that stomach to the wall of the cow’s belly.

The Incredible Dr. Pol: Up Sheep’s Creek
Premieres Saturday, November 5, at 10 p.m. ET/PT
An Australian Sheepdog is brought to the clinic after eating a dead deer carcass.  Since raw deer meat is poisonous to dogs, Dr. Pol gives the dog shots of antibiotics and recommends nothing less than good old Pepto Bismol to line his stomach. Dr. Pol’s next farm call requires him to take blood samples from a flock of sheep in order to test for OPP – Ovine Progressive Pneumonia, a progressive disease that is incurable and highly contagious.  But it’s not as easy as it sounds, Dr. Pol and Charles will have to wrestle the sheep before they can get the samples. Back at the clinic, Dr. Brenda tests a lump in a Doberman’s mammary gland and concludes it is pre-cancerous.  Will she be able to successfully remove it to save the dog’s life?

The Incredible Dr. Pol: Got Your Goat
Premieres Saturday, November 12, at 10 p.m. ET/PT
A Boer goat has lost 50 pounds after refusing to eat.  While examining the goat, Dr. Pol assumes the goat must have some sort of parasite. He confirms it is Coccidia–-a dangerous, one single-cell parasite that infects the intestinal tracts of animals. A French bulldog is brought into the clinic after being hit by a car.  Bloody, in shock and with his eyeball literally hanging out of its socket, Dr. Pol tells the distraught owners to leave the dog overnight so he can x-ray him for internal injuries and surgically remove the eye.  And, Dr. Pol is praised by a local family for treating their English Springer Spaniel who has mange, a contagious skin diseases caused by parasitic mites.

Dr. Pol is produced by SUPER! ALRIGHT! for Nat Geo WILD.  For SUPER! ALRIGHT!, executive producer is Chris Butler.  For Nat Geo WILD, executive producer is Jenny Apostol, and senior vice president of production is Geoff Daniels.

For more information, visit or

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For more than 30 years, National Geographic has been the leader in wildlife programming.  Now the animal kingdom is taking center stage on a brand-new network, Nat Geo WILD.  Offering intimate encounters with nature’s ferocious fighters and gentle creatures of land, sea and air, Nat Geo WILD and Nat Geo WILD HD will draw upon the cutting-edge work of the many explorers, filmmakers and scientists who have long-standing relationships with the National Geographic Society.  Nat Geo WILD is a joint venture between Fox Cable Networks (FCN) and National Geographic Ventures (NGV) the same partnership behind the National Geographic Channel (NGC), which launched January 2001 and has since been one the most successful new networks on the landscape.  Nat Geo WILD launched globally more than three years ago and is the fastest growing channel among the international portfolio of National Geographic networks.

Friday, October 07, 2011

Brad Pitt Dons Sama in Moneyball

From Director Bennett Miller (Capote) comes the much anticipated film, Moneyball starring Brad Pitt as Billy Beane, the Oakland A’s general manager who is rarely caught without a positive attitude, a witty comeback, and a pair of Sama Louis aviators.

Moneyball marks Brad and Sama Eyewear’s first partnership onscreen, but Brad and Sama’s relationship developed many years ago with his personal wardrobe. This relationship proved beneficial when it came to Brad’s new film. Designer and CEO of Sama Eyewear, Sheila Vance, was called upon to design the perfect pair of iconic aviators for Brad Pitt’s character Billy Beane.  Similar to Beane himself, Sheila knew that the key to creating the best product was extensive research.  Collaborating with the props and wardrobe team, Sheila began a three-prong process to create a set of aviators that were both stylish and reflective of Beane’s character.

The first wave involved determining the perfect aviator shape, base, curve and size for Brad’s face, while also incorporating the style of the time.  After testing a series of Sama styles, Sheila and the props and wardrobe team determined a variety of aviator that would be the most suitable and after the first fitting with Brad the Louis aviator was selected. The second wave involved working on the frame colors to find the perfect combination of shades and finishes for the aviators.  The final wave was all about the finishing touches--lens colors, density and non-reflective coating--resulting in a total of nine custom Louis aviator shades that not only translate beautifully on film but also manage to enhance Brad’s already undeniable appeal.

The Louis frames are available for purchase at Destination: Sama boutiques as well as Ilori stores nationwide and retail for $395.00. Various frame and lens colors are available including Brad Pitt’s personal favorite: platinum frames with a custom vintage green lens.

Moneyball trailer:

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Thursday, October 06, 2011

Kirsten Dunst (r) with Melancholia co-star, Charlotte Gainsborough.

Dunst gets bussed by Melancholia co-star Alexander Skarsgard

Darling Dunst Gets Fashionable

Kirsten Dunst walked red carpet at the premiere of Melancholia during 49th annual New York Film Festival on 3 October 2011 in NYC. Her Chloe sleeveless black dress featured V-neckline and a scarf like draping around neck, and she wore chic shoes by Sonia Rykiel. Dunst wore platinum jewelry by Fred Leighton, vintage platinum and diamond swirl earrings.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Twilight Saga actress Christian Serratos attended the premiere of FX’s ‘American Horror Story’ wearing a pleated tulle cocktail dress with beaded shoulder detail by designer Gabriela Cadena. Cadena, born August 30, 1979 in Guayaquil, Ecuador, is one of fashions rising stars. Gabriela made her international debut in Miami Fashion Week’s 2009 edition, and this showcase immediately propelled her as one of Latin America’s brightest new designers. Since her debut, her collections can be found in top cities like Miami and New York and celebrity fans include Jennifer Lopez and Dakota Fanning.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Chelsea Hotel Artist with Undiscovered Work

– US Premiere
By Corinne van der Borch

Doc NYC - Metropolis Competition 
USA, 2010, HD, Color, 63 min

Public screenings:
Sun, Nov 6 @ 7:30 pm at NYU – Kimmel Center: Eisner & Lubin Auditorium (60 Washington Sq. South, 4th fl.). Followed by a Q&A.
Mon, Nov 7 @ 3:45 pm at IFC Center (323 Avenue of the Americas: 6th Ave @ W. 3rd St.)

Director Corinne van der Borch and artist Bettina Grossman are available for interviews.

After its world premiere at the 2010 Edinburgh International Film Festival, GIRL WITH BLACK BALLOONS will have its US premiere in New York, where the film was shot about a very New York subject. Director Corinne van der Borch discovers artist Bettina (in her 80’s), who has lived and worked in the Chelsea Hotel since the 60s. As the hotel has literally closed its doors for renovation, GIRL WITH BLACK BALLOONS is an ode to one of New York’s most fascinating citizens and to the city’s adventurous spirit in decades gone by. Director Corinne van der Borch is currently shooting additional footage of Bettina in the almost-deserted hotel – which she hopes to include in the Doc NYC screenings.

GIRL WITH BLACK BALLOONS is a multi-faceted portrait of Bettina – a reclusive, artist living within the confines of Manhattan’s legendary lodgings. Said to be the most beautiful woman to have ever lived in the Chelsea Hotel, Bettina has hidden away in her studio for over forty years. She sleeps on a lawn-chair and surrounds herself with boxes stacked from floor to ceiling, filled with works of her art of which a fraction has been shown only once, in a 1980 exhibition in the OK Harris Gallery, whose owner Ivan Karp launched the careers of Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. Filmed over two years, Bettina lets down her guard and reveals a treasure trove of her artwork- boxes filled with constructivist-inspired multi media pieces. But it's come at a huge cost.

Dutch filmmaker Corinne van der Borch (Wimbledon, 1977) is based in New York where she graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2009. She established Wondertime Films in order to create ‘ordinary magic’, by collecting intimate stories and visuals, which can easily go unseen by using her camera as a notebook. Albert Maysles was a mentor during the two-year shoot of GIRL WITH BLACK BALLOONS, with Alan Berliner committed as consulting editor and producer. Corinne’s new documentary project, “The Twin Moms”  – currently in development – was chosen to participate in the highly selective Summer School of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam earlier this year.

Praise for GIRL WITH BLACK BALLOONS: “You captured her soul.” Academy-award winning director Barbara Kopple. "I can't wait to see the next work from the directors of The Mouth of the Wolf and Girl with Black Balloons, to name just two.” Creative Director Edinburgh Film Festival Hannah Mc Gill (EIFF newsletter August 2010)

Tiwitter: @wondertimefilms


First Edition 2011

16 World Cinema Features and Docs

The Quad Oct 20-27: Fifteen feature-length films, including:

Theatrical release of Transit Cities by Mohammad Al Hushki (Jordan, 2010) US Premiere

SVA Theater Oct 20-23: Seven feature-length films, including:

Opening night film CIRKUS COLUMBIA by Danis Tanovic (East Coast Premiere)

Closing night film THE SKETCH OF MUJO by Koichi Omiya (NY Premiere)

DIALOGUE OF CULTURES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (DCIFF) is the world’s first film festival dedicated to the impact of globalization, which has millions of people moving to different countries, confronting or embracing new cultures. In one way or another, most of us have become modern nomads. DCIFF is based on this international spirit. The festival’s goal is to jumpstart a dialogue between cultures through the universal language of cinema. After this first edition, the festival will move to a different country every year, with Paris slated to be next year's location.

As festival founder Boris Cherdabayev comments, "It is not a coincidence that we chose New York as a first location of our festival, because it is here that you can see the greatest diversity of cultures living together side by side. In a sense, New York is the world’s biggest melting pot."

DCIFF presents 16 features and documentaries from all over the world, each of them exploring characters, which find themselves dealing with different cultures from their own in various dramatic ways. Many of these are U.S. or New York premieres:

1. Week-long theatrical run in The Quad, Oct 20-27: TRANSIT CITIES (Jordan, 2010) by Mohammad Al Hushki (attending) US Premiere
Escaping a life of disconnection and emptiness abroad, thirty-something Laila returns to her native Amman, Jordan. Unannounced and uninvited, Laila attempts to construct a new life, but her simple old town is now a complex entity, a city that is being torn apart by forces of religion from the right and globalization from the left.

2. Opening night film, CIRKUS COLUMBIA (Bosnia-Herzegovina) by Danis Tanovic  – East Coast Premiere
After the fall of the Communist regime in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1991, Divko Buntic (Miki Manojlović, Irina Palm) returns to his former home after a 20-year exile in Germany.

3. Special screening of BRIDE FLIGHT (Netherlands, Luxembourg) by Ben Sombogaart with star Rutger Hauer (attending)

Spanning over five decades, BRIDE FLIGHT is inspired by the true story of the 1953 "Last Great Air Race" London-Christchurch (NZ), and follows Esther (Anna Drijver), Ada (Karina Smulders) and Marjorie (Elise Schaap), three young women who, eager to escape post-WWII Holland, emigrate to New Zealand for what they hope will be a better life.

4. Closing night film, THE SKETCH OF MUJO (Japan) by Koichi Omiya (attending)

After the earth shook and the tsunami swept, what remains? One month has passed since the The Great East Japan earthquake.

The complete list of films screening at DCIFF follows in alphabetical order:

ALL THAT REMAINS (Switzerland) by Pierre-Adrian Irlé (attending) & Valentin Rotelli
Four people—bound by the common thread of a deeply personal loss—take to the road at a pivotal moment in their lives, hoping to move ahead. Along the way they unexpectedly intersect with one another—the result of which forever alters their understanding of brotherhood, friendship, and love.

BACK TO AFRICA (Germany) by Othmar Schmiderer
Tata, Huit Huit, Sonko, Waterman and Georges are successful artists both in Africa and in Europe, where their performances in “Afrika! Afrika!” have greatly contributed to the success of this André Heller circus show. BACK TO AFRICA follows the five protagonists over a period of one year: during rehearsals, in the show – but mostly during their visits to their home countries in Africa.

BOLLYWOOD DREAM (Brazil, India, USA) by Beatriz Seigner (attending)
Three Brazilian actresses decide to go to India to break into the Bollywood film industry, but once they are inside the heart of Indian Culture and Mythology, their dreams and wills start to change on the contrast between the East and the West, the ancient and the contemporary values, between the individual and the collective yearnings.

BRIDE FLIGHT (Netherlands, Luxembourg) by Ben Sombogaart with special guest Rutger Hauer (attending)
Spanning over five decades, BRIDE FLIGHT is inspired by the true story of the 1953 "Last Great Air Race" London-Christchurch (NZ), and follows Esther (Anna Drijver), Ada (Karina Smulders) and Marjorie (Elise Schaap), three young women who, eager to escape post-WWII Holland, emigrate to New Zealand for what they hope will be a better life.

CIRKUS COLUMBIA (Bosnia & Herzegovina) by Danis Tanovic (attending)
After the fall of the Communist regime in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1991, Divko Buntic (Miki Manojlović, Irina Palm) returns to his former home after a 20-year exile in Germany.

CITY OF LIFE (UAE) by Ali F. Mostafa (attending)
City of Life is set in Dubai and intertwines the stories of three characters: a privileged Emirati man, a disillusioned Indian taxi driver, and a naïve Romanian flight attendant, living in a complex metropolis where ambition, growth and opportunity are a way of life.

DANCE OF TIME (South Korea) by Song Il-gon
Back in 1905, just before the onset of the Japanese military occupation over Joseon (present day Korea), about 300 people fled to Cuba via Mexico. With hopes of returning home wealthy, they worked tenaciously at henequen farms. They established their own Korean schools and sent money back to finance the independence movements against Japan, and even eventually partaking in the revolution of Che Guevera.

DOOMAN RIVER (South Korea, France) by Zhang Lu (attending)
Writer-director Zhang Lu’s fascinating window into a rarely seen corner of rural China revolves around 12-year-old Chang-ho, living with his grandfather and mute sister along the frozen river- border with North Korea.

EVEN THE RAIN (France, Mexico, Spain) by Iciar Bollain
Costa and Sebastian arrive in Cochabamba, Bolivia, to shoot a period film about Columbus’s arrival in the Americas. They’re on the tightest of budgets, but the shoot gets off to a smooth start. But things get complicated when their extras and main actor, locals to Cochabamba, rise up against the privatization of their drinking water. Their battle to get their film made intertwines with the fight of their Bolivian crewmembers, deprived of their most basic rights, prohibited from collecting even the rain.

HI-SO (Thailand) by Aditya Assarat
Ananda has returned home from studying abroad. Unsure of his career plans, he tries his hand acting in a new movie for a famous director. During the filming in a small seaside town, Zoe, his girlfriend from University, arrives for a week-long visit. But the change of country takes its toll and she soon becomes frustrated at the situation.

MAN WITHOUT CELLPHONE (Israel) by Sameh Zoabi
Twenty-something Palestinian-Israeli slacker Jawdat just wants to have fun with his friends, talk on his cell phone and find love. Instead, he navigates unconvincing dates with Muslim, Christian, and even Jewish girls, and wrestles with the Hebrew college entrance exam.

MY TEHRAN FOR SALE (Iran, Australia) by Granaz Moussavi (attending)
In this riveting, insider’s perspective on life in Iran’s capital city, Marzieh—a terminally ill actress—wearily relates her desperate quest for political asylum through a series of interviews with an unsympathetic government official.

SHAHADA (Germany) by Burkhan Qurbani
Berlin, today. During a razzia for clandestine employees in a warehouse, the fates of three young German-born Muslims collide.

SKETCH OF MUJO (Japan) by Koichi Omiya (attending)
After the earth shook and the tsunami swept, what remains? One month has passed since the The Great East Japan earthquake.

THIS PRISON WHERE I LIVE (UK) by Rex Bloomstein (attending)
This is a film about two comedians. Maung Thura, better known as Zarganar, is Burma’s greatest living comic. Relentlessly victimised by the Burmese military junta, he is now in prison. Michael Mittermeier, in stark contrast, is free to practise his art of humour and provocation as one of Germany’s leading stand up comedians.

TRANSIT CITIES (Jordan) by Mohammad Al Hushki (attending)
Escaping a life of disconnection and emptiness abroad, thirty-something Laila returns to her native Amman, Jordan. Unannounced and uninvited, Laila attempts to construct a new life, but her simple old town is now a complex entity, a city that is being torn apart by forces of religion from the right and globalization from the left.

VENUES: The Quad, 34 West 13th St, tel. 212 255 8800,
SvA Theatre, 333 West 23 St, tel 212.592.2980,

TICKETS: $5 per screening

Monday, October 03, 2011

Jason Isaacs stars in "Case Files" on Masterpiece Mystery

Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter, The Patriot) stars as private investigator Jackson Brodie, the tough former soldier and policeman with a heart of gold, in this series based on the acclaimed novels by Kate Atkinson. Brodie, haunted by a past family tragedy, struggles to balance his personal and professional life while coming to the rescue of the bereaved, the lost and the dysfunctional in the Scottish city of Edinburgh.
MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! "Case Histories: Episode 1" premieres Sunday, October 16, 2011
MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! "Case Histories: Episode 2" premieres Sunday, October 23, 2011
MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! "Case Histories: Episode 3" premieres Sunday, October 30, 2011
On PBS, check local listings.