Thursday, January 31, 2013

Love Paul Williams, Hate the Director of this Doc

Paul Williams is So Cool

This documentary, now out on DVD, was recently shown on cable. We loved seeing Paul Williams -- he is doing well, is gracious and fun.

The director of this documentary, Stephen Kessler, SUCKS.  We actually posted a review on IMDB. Let us look for it and post it here.

Our review on IMDB:

Whether realized or not, Paul Williams has had a tremendous musical impact on my generation. Easily the redeeming factor of this film are the juxtapositions of Williams in his heyday and Williams today. 

The documentary is populated with gasp-inducing ("I remember that!" "I saw that when it aired!") moments, terrific vintage clips, and good interviews, especially with his long-time band leader.

Williams comes off completely accessible and a very self-aware guy. The tragedy of this entire project is the fact that the person at the film's helm is Stephen Kessler, who is intrusive, obnoxious, paranoid, xenophobic, and, most of all, so self-absorbed that every action Williams makes (a tour of Vegas, to the Philippines, etc.) is about him. Not 30 flippin' seconds go by in this documentary, where Kessler isn't self-referential. 

Williams is shockingly gracious despite Kessler's repeated attempts at "gotcha" moments. Kessler is so arrogant that he actually interrupts Williams' poignant childhood memory. He's the kind of "reporter" (term used very loosely) who isn't listening to his subject. Kessler has an agenda, and no matter how many times he refers to Williams as his "idol," that agenda is a despicable one. Kessler's "fame" (Oscar for a short film) wasn't even a blip on the entertainment scene and he is determined to make this film about him. 

If only Kessler had used this amazing opportunity to showcase Williams -- who is certainly as interesting and engaging as he'd been at the height of his fame -- this could have been a very remarkable film portrait. It wouldn't even have had to be a tribute; Williams shows moments of curmudgeonly behavior (and really, who wouldn't be, in Kessler's presence), but Williams' humor and undeniable talent deserve a showcase. 

Kessler repeatedly (and cringing-ly) keeps asking questions that are the equivalent of "how does it feel to have been so famous and to become so irrelevant?" The truly horrible moment is when Kessler (who clearly has been chomping at the bit, stalking Williams for two years for this opportunity) makes Williams awkwardly and uncomfortably sit through a late 70s-vintage television clip of a clearly high, Williams hosting the "Mike Douglas Show."

Kessler wants to make a film about himself, and frame it with a compelling subject like Williams. For Williams -- who generously consented to Kessler's cameras AND provided him with boxes of videos for the documentary (without these contributions there would be absolutely no film) -- this film provides a reminder of Williams. But he deserves so much better.


Here's the press release for the DVD:


Paul Williams was everywhere in the 1970s - on records, the radio, TV and movies - but he suddenly walked away from it all, and a new generation of pop music lovers has no idea who he is. Director Stephen Kessler sets out to remedy that situation in PAUL WILLIAMS: STILL ALIVE. Kessler's "fascinating" (Entertainment Weekly) and "endearing" (Paste) film about his journey to find his musical hero will bring the songwriting genius to longtime fans and new listeners alike when it arrives on DVD on February 5, 2013, from Virgil Films. The music-filled documentary has an SRP of $19.99.

Even if you don't know songwriter Paul Williams, you know his timeless classics, such as the Carpenters' "We've Only Just Begun" and "Rainy Days and Mondays," Barbra Streisand's "Evergreen," Three Dog Night's "Just an Old Fashioned Love Song" and the Muppets' "Rainbow Connection." Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and David Bowie, among other giants, have recorded his songs. He has won Grammys and an Oscar, made his own hit records, had a busy acting career, including starring in "Smokey and the Bandit" and Brian DePalma's "The Phantom of the Paradise," and made 50 appearances on Johnny Carson's "Tonight Show."

But where has he been for the last 20 years? Stephen Kessler ("Vegas Vacation") wanted to know, so he set out to find Williams. The result is an exhilarating film about a fan finally meeting his hero and getting him to open up about his career and why he seemed to simply give it all up. The revelations in PAUL WILLIAMS: STILL ALIVE will stun and move fans, particularly when Williams opens up about his personal struggles and his triumphant return to the music industry as the president of ASCAP. 

A wistful musical journey that will reintroduce a new generation to Williams' soulful classics, PAUL WILLIAMS: STILL ALIVE is the charmingly self-narrated story of what happens when a nostalgic filmmaker finally catches up with his hero. 

Wrote Betsy Sharkey in the Los Angeles Times: "Filmmaker Stephen Kessler's sheer delight in following around his boyhood idol, whose music framed much of the '70s when Kessler was a lad in Queens, is thoroughly infectious." 


About Virgil Films - Virgil Films & Entertainment was founded in 2003 by Joe Amodei to acquire, market and distribute DVD, TV and Digital product in the theatrical feature film, documentaries, special interest and sports categories.  The company has built partnerships with OWN, Sundance Channel Home Entertainment, National Geographic Cinema Ventures, ESPN, MLB Productions, Morgan Spurlock's Warrior Poets and other high-profile entertainment brands since their inception.  Recent releases from Virgil Films & Entertainment include the documentary, Miss Representation; Todd Solondz's latest film, Dark Horse, the critically acclaimed documentary, High Ground and the hit documentary Forks Over Knives. They have also successfully released last year's Oscar® nominated documentary Restrepo.  www.VirgilFilmsEnt.com

About Brainstorm Media - Founded in 1995, Brainstorm Media develops, produces and distributes films for all media. It is the oldest independent aggregator for VOD and continues to push the threshold in independent distribution. Brainstorm is partnered with DIRECTV on the theatrical documentary series SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT and is rolling out films under the FANGORIA label in February, 2013.  Films currently in theatrical release include Addicted to Fame, Big Boys Gone Bananas, Charlie is My Darling and The Girl. Original productions are currently in the works for SyFy Channel, Hallmark Channel, and Lifetime. For more information please consult www.brainmedia.net 

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PAUL WILLIAMS: STILL ALIVE

Street date: February 5, 2013
Prebook: January 8, 2013
SRP: $19.99
Running time: 84 minutes
Not Rated

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Michelle Obama Isn't the Only Political Fashionista

Attending the 2013 Latino Inaugural Ball event with her husband, Vice President Joe Biden, Jill Biden wore a midnight blue textured sleeveless A-line cocktail dress with crystal beaded neckline from the David Meister Signature collection.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Adorbs!


Actress Chloe Moretz is spotted wearing the Vivienne Westwood SS13 Giant Skeleton Necklace in Pink Gold during Paris Fashion Week.

Priced at £261 and available from:

Vivienne Westwood World’s End
430 Kings Road,
SW10 OLJ
Tel: 0207 352 6551

Monday, January 28, 2013

SAG Winners


SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS 2013: COMPLETE LIST OF WINNERS 

MOVIES
Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Supporting actor: Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Supporting actress: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Cast: Argo
Stunt ensemble: Skyfall

TELEVISION
Actor in a movie or miniseries: Kevin Costner Hatfields & McCoys
Actress in a movie or miniseries: Julianne Moore, Game Change
Actor in a drama series: Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"
Actress in a drama series: Claire Danes, Homeland
Actor in a comedy series: Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Actress in a comedy series: Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Drama series cast: Downton Abbey
Comedy series cast: Modern Family
Stunt ensemble: Game of Thrones


Friday, January 25, 2013

Keri Russell Gets Fresh



Keri Russell Gets Fresh


Ethereal beauty Keri Russell, star of the new series ‘The Americans,' is staying ‘fresh faced’ and hydrated at Sundance this year with the celeb favorite Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 (Sugar Coral featured in this image).

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments are perfect for the chilling temperatures of Park City, Utah –proven to protect lips and keep them moisturized for over six hours!

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments with SPF 15 are enriched with nourishing sugar, hydrating oils, and anti-aging vitamins that protect and heal lips from dry, blistering weather and damaging UV rays.

Temperatures today in sunny Park City, Utah are hitting a chilling 39 degrees with humidity levels of up to 35%. On these super dry days with no cloud in sight, long lasting hydration for your lips is crucial. A celebrity go-to for keeping lips soft, supple and vibrant with a touch of color.

Keri Russell is seen perfecting her lips with the Sugar Coral Lip Treatment, available at Fresh retailers and Sephora for $22.50.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

New Aaron Neville

Aaron Neville

Aaron Neville's "My True Story"

My True Story, the new album from soul/R&B legend and multiple Grammy Award-winning artist Aaron Neville, is out today on Blue Note Records. The album, produced by Blue Note Records President Don Was and Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, finds Neville revitalizing some of his favorite songs from the doo-wop era that have become the underpinning for all of the remarkable music he has created across five decades. (Watch a video about the making of My True Story here.)

NPR has already weighed in on My True Story, stating “it’s not trying to make doo-wop sound contemporary so much as dislodge it from its time capsule and free it to drift across eras…It's that unmistakable affection, dispensed with [Neville’s] sweet voice that's lost none of its considerable luster, which makes My True Storyresonate as more than a mere footnote in Neville's half-century of music. It's a labor of love, to be sure, but the singer and his cohorts try something bold, too: They celebrate these relics in ways that make them feel relevant to the future.”The Wall Street Journal has called My True Story “unfettered Aaron Neville. With Mr. Richards on guitar and featuring an exceptional performance by New Orleans drummer George G. Receli, the singer with the unmistakable tenor has been liberated from the constraints of middle-of-the-road pop to perform the glorious music of his youth.”

In connection with the release of My True Story, Neville is making a series of high-profile appearances, including performances on The Today Show on January 23rd and The Tonight Show With Jay Leno on January 29th, a featured interview on NPR’s Morning Edition on January 24th, and a sit-down interview on PBS’Tavis Smiley that airs in February (check local listings). Neville also performed on WNYC’s Soundcheck which airs on January 23rd between 9 and 10 pm ET on 93.9 FM and will be posted here, and delivered a performance for NPR’s “Free At Noon” concert series that was broadcast live from Philadelphia’s World Café (listen here). In addition, PBS will air the special Aaron Neville: Doo Wop: My True Story — a concert filmed in November at New York’s Brooklyn Bowl — in March 2013.

Neville will also be honored by the Grammy Museum, which is celebrating Neville’s career with an intimate discussion and performance hosted by Grammy Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli. An Evening With Aaron Neville, presented by American Express, will be held in the Clive Davis Theater on January 28th at 8 p.m. All ticket proceeds benefit the GRAMMY Museum. For more information, visit grammymuseum.org.

Last week, it was announced that Neville will headline the 2013 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, which takes place in Neville’s hometown from April 26th through May 5th. Neville will perform on the final Sunday, closing out the Gentilly Stage with his Quintet.

In addition, Neville has been selected as the featured artist on this year’s official Jazz Fest poster, a significant honor as these limited-edition works of art are a cherished part of the festival and quickly become collector’s items that sell out before the end of the event. Previous poster subjects include Louis Armstrong, Wynton Marsalis, Mahalia Jackson, and Fats Domino, among many other artists connected to the great city of New Orleans. The Neville limited-edition silkscreen poster was designed by James Michalopoulos and is available from www.art4now.com.

Neville will return to the road in support of My True Story in the spring, including headlining slots at the Tri-C Jazz Fest in Cleveland and the Houston International Festival. Please see below for dates. Please see below for dates.


Aaron Neville Duo Tour Dates:

Feb 19            Seattle, WA               Nordstrom Hall @ Benaroya Hall
Feb 20            Seattle, WA               Nordstrom Hall @ Benaroya Hall 
Feb 22            Bremerton, WA         Admiral Theatre 
Feb 23            Bellingham, WA       Mount Baker Theatre 
April 2           Arlington, TX             College Park Center

Aaron Neville Quintet - Spring 2013 Tour Dates:

April 13          Birmingham, AL       Alys Robinson Stephens PAC
April 14          Nashville, TN            War Memorial Auditorium
April 16          Skokie, IL                   North Shore PAC
April 19          Cleveland, OH          Tri-C Jazz Fest - State Theatre
April 27          Shreveport, LA         Sam's Town Hotel & Casino
April 28          Houston, TX              Houston International Festival
May 05           New Orleans, LA      Jazz Fest
June 02         Augusta, NJ              24th Annual Crawfish Fest

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

We Fell for Fall



All we knew was that the tiny poster advertising it on Netflix was pretty. "Fall" is challenging, emotional, whirlwind of a film. Directed by Tarsem Singh, it's far from perfect, perhaps a little messy, but beautiful and stars the most brilliant child actress since, well, we're not sure. Catinca Untaru is breathtaking, heartbreaking and AMAZING. She is worth the price of admission. A must see, if only for Untaru.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

It's Black! It's White!

Stuart Weitzman's It's A Guy Thing tassled two-toned loafer. 

Stuart Weitzman's Puff high-heeled, platform sandal.

Stuart Weitzman's Insatie sling-back platform wedge.

Stuart Weitzman offers up a spring trend -- black & white -- classic and elegant. Look for more of this spats-inspired footwear on BeansTalk.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Kathy Griffin Glitter


Kathy Griffin completed her vibrant look with Palladium Jewelry by Elizabeth Garvin and Alexandra Hart as she hosted the premiere episode of the second season of "Kathy" with guests Liza Minnelli, Jane Lynch and Lisa Kudrow. Griffin wore Palladium Cyclone earrings with diamonds by Elizabeth Garvin and the palladium Feather cuff by Alexandra Hart, which is hammer-formed, Kathy kick-started her new season with feather-light jewelry.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Royal Designer



Tadashi Shoji Designs
Rose Queen, Court Gowns



Tadashi Shoji
Tadashi Shoji, internationally renowned fashion designer and long-time Pasadena resident, was the official designer for the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, creating custom gowns for the Rose Queen and the six members of her Royal Court.  Each Rose Princess wore a flame crepe back satin one shoulder gown with flounce detail and embellished shoulder.  The 2013 Rose Queen, Vanessa Manjerrez, wore the same gown in winter white, a Royal Court tradition.

The 124th Rose Parade themed – Oh, the Places You’ll Go! - will take place on Tuesday, January 1st, 2013, at 8:00 A.M. (PST), and will feature its traditional array of majestic floral floats, high-stepping equestrian units and spirited marching bands.  For more information, please visit www.tournamentofroses.com

The Design


The Queen's Gown


The Princesses' Gowns


Monday, January 14, 2013

Golden Globe 2013 Winners

The Winners!


Best Actress, Television Comedy, Lena Dunham, star of HBO's "Girls"


BeansTalk note: It was surprising and amazing that Lena Dunham won over Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Zoey Deschanel and Julia Louis-Dreyfus -- who are all flippin' amazing -- but fun to watch her incredibly awkward walk to the stage [clearly the Globes' folks didn't think she had a hope in Hell, seating her so far away]. Still, we adore Dunham and were happy she got the recognition she deserved -- and also loved that she thanked Chad Lowe, later explaining that it was because his then-wife Hillary Swank famously forgot to in her 2000 Oscar-win speech.

On another note, we're finding it very challenging to give credence to an organization that gives Kevin Costner [!] a "Best Actor" award. Foreign press -- what are you thinking??


Here's the list --

MOTION PICTURES

Best Drama
"Argo"

Best Musical/Comedy
"Les Miserables"

Best Director
Ben Affleck, "Argo"

Best Actress in a Drama
Jessica Chastain, "Zero Dark Thirty"

Best Actor in a Drama
Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln"

Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy
Hugh Jackman, "Les Miserables"

Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy
Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook"

Best Supporting Actress
Anne Hathaway, "Les Miserables"

Best Supporting Actor
Christoph Waltz, "Django Unchained"

Best Screenplay
Quentin Tarantino, "Django Unchained"

Best Foreign Language Film
"Amour"

Best Animated Feature
"Brave"

Best Original Song
"Skyfall," music and lyrics by Adele and Paul Epworth ("Skyfall")

Best Original Score
Mychael Danna, "Life of Pi"

TELEVISION

Best TV Comedy or Musical
"Girls"

Best TV Drama
"Homeland"

Best Actress in a TV Drama
Claire Danes, "Homeland"

Best Actor in a TV Drama
Damian Lewis, "Homeland"

Best Actress in a TV Comedy
Lena Dunham, "Girls"

Best Actor in a TV Comedy
Don Cheadle, "House of Lies"

Best Miniseries or TV Movie
"Game Change"

Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie
Julianne Moore, "Game Change"

Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie
Kevin Costner, "Hatfields & McCoys"

Best Supporting Actress in a TV Show, Miniseries or TV Movie
Maggie Smith, "Downtown Abbey: Season 2"

Best Supporting Actor in a TV Show, Miniseries or TV Movie
Ed Harris, "Game Change"

And, because we love them so, here are pics of our favorite hosts, Tina Fey and Amy Poelher:




(Yes, we know this is a pic from the Oscars. But they're the cutest couple, we had to include this, too.)

And, for good measure, a parting shot (of which they gave many). 

Friday, January 11, 2013

Critic's Choice 2013


CRITICS' CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS 2013: THE WINNERS




Award-winner Ben Affleck happily chats with Bradley Cooper.

Winner of categories are in BOLD

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
Argo
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Les Misérables
Lincoln
Moonrise Kingdom
Silver Linings Playbook


BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS
Elle Fanning - "Ginger & Rosa"
Kara Hayward - "Moonrise Kingdom"
Tom Holland - "The Impossible"
Logan Lerman - "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"
Suraj Sharma - "Life of Pi"
Quvenzhané Wallis - "Beasts of the Southern Wild" 


BEST ACTRESS IN AN ACTION MOVIE
Emily Blunt - "Looper"
Gina Carano - "Haywire"
Judi Dench - "Skyfall"
Anne Hathaway - "The Dark Knight Rises"
Jennifer Lawrence - "The Hunger Games"


BEST ACTOR IN AN ACTION MOVIEChristian Bale - "The Dark Knight Rises"
Daniel Craig - "Skyfall"Robert Downey Jr. - "The Avengers"
Joseph Gordon-Levitt - "Looper"
Jake Gyllenhaal - "End of Watch"


BEST ACTION MOVIEThe Avengers
The Dark Knight Rises
Looper
Skyfall


BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESSAmy Adams - "The Master"
Judi Dench - "Skyfall"
Ann Dowd - "Compliance"
Sally Field - "Lincoln"
Anne Hathaway - "Les Misérables"Helen Hunt - "The Sessions"


BEST SUPPORTING ACTORAlan Arkin - "Argo"
Javier Bardem - "Skyfall"
Robert De Niro - "Silver Linings Playbook"
Philip Seymour Hoffman - "The Master"Tommy Lee Jones - "Lincoln"
Matthew McConaughey - "Magic Mike"


Nina Dobrev, Jennifer Lawrence, Marion Cotiliard, Amy Adams, Naomi Wattts walking the red carpet.

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Amour
The Intouchables
A Royal Affair
Rust and Bone


BEST SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIE
The Cabin in the Woods
Looper

Prometheus


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
"Les Misérables" - Danny Cohen
"Life of Pi" - Claudio Miranda

"Lincoln" - Janusz Kaminski
"The Master" - Mihai Malaimare Jr.
"Skyfall" - Roger Deakins


BEST ART DIRECTION
"Anna Karenina" - Sarah Greenwood/Production Designer; Katie Spencer/Set Decorator
"The Hobbit" - Dan Hennah/Production Designer; Ra Vincent &; Simon Bright/Set Decorators
"Les Misérables" - Eve Stewart/Production Designer; Anna Lynch-Robinson/Set Decorator
"Life of Pi" - David Gropman/Production Designer; Anna Pinnock/Set Decorator
"Lincoln" - Rick Carter/Production Designer; Jim Erickson/Set Decorator

BEST EDITING
"Argo" - William Goldenberg
"Les Misérables" - Melanie Ann Oliver and Chris Dickens
"Life of Pi" - Tim Squyres
"Lincoln" - Michael Kahn
"Zero Dark Thirty" - William Goldenberg and Dylan Tichenor


BEST COSTUME DESIGN
"Anna Karenina" - Jacqueline Durran
"Cloud Atlas" - Kym Barrett and Pierre-Yves Gayraud
"The Hobbit" - Bob Buck, Ann Maskrey and Richard Taylor
"Les Misérables" - Paco Delgado
"Lincoln" - Joanna Johnston


BEST MAKEUP
Cloud Atlas
The Hobbit
Les Misérables
Lincoln


BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
The Avengers
Cloud Atlas
The Dark Knight Rises
The Hobbit
Life of Pi

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Mila Kunis - "Ted"
Jennifer Lawrence - "Silver Linings Playbook"

Shirley MacLaine - "Bernie"
Leslie Mann - "This Is 40"
Rebel Wilson - "Pitch Perfect"


BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Jack Black - "Bernie"
Bradley Cooper - "Silver Linings Playbook"

Paul Rudd - "This Is 40"
Channing Tatum - "21 Jump Street"
Mark Wahlberg - "Ted"

BEST COMEDY
Bernie
Silver Linings Playbook

Ted
This Is 40
21 Jump Street


BEST DIRECTOR
Ben Affleck - "Argo"

Kathryn Bigelow - "Zero Dark Thirty"
Tom Hooper - "Les Misérables"
Ang Lee - "Life of Pi"
David O. Russell - "Silver Linings Playbook"
Steven Spielberg - "Lincoln"


BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Brave
Frankenweenie
Madagascar 3
ParaNorman
Rise of the Guardians
Wreck-It Ralph


BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Bully
The Central Park Five
The Imposter
The Queen of Versailles
Searching for Sugar ManWest of Memphis


BEST SONG
"For You" - performed by Keith Urban/written by Monty Powell & Keith Urban - Act of Valor
"Learn Me Right" - performed by Birdy with Mumford & Sons/written by Mumford & Sons - Brave
"Skyfall" - performed by Adele/written by Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth - Skyfall

"Still Alive" - performed by Paul Williams/written by Paul Williams - Paul Williams Still Alive
"Suddenly" - performed by Hugh Jackman/written by Claude-Michel Schonberg & Alain Boublil & Herbert Kretzmer - Les Misérables


BEST SCORE
"Argo" - Alexandre Desplat
"Life of Pi" - Mychael Danna
"Lincoln" - John Williams

"The Master" - Jonny Greenwood
"Moonrise Kingdom" - Alexandre Desplat


BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Quentin Tarantino - "Django Unchained"
John Gatins - "Flight"
Rian Johnson - "Looper"
Paul Thomas Anderson - "The Master"
Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola - "Moonrise Kingdom"
Mark Boal - "Zero Dark Thirty"


BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Chris Terrio - "Argo"
David Magee - "Life of Pi"
Tony Kushner - "Lincoln"

Stephen Chbosky - "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"
David O. Russell - "Silver Linings Playbook"

BEST ACTRESS
Jessica Chastain - "Zero Dark Thirty"

Marion Cotillard - "Rust and Bone"
Jennifer Lawrence - "Silver Linings Playbook"
Emmanuelle Riva - "Amour"
Quvenzhané Wallis - "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
Naomi Watts - "The Impossible"


BEST ACTOR
Bradley Cooper - "Silver Linings Playbook"
Daniel Day-Lewis - "Lincoln"

John Hawkes - "The Sessions"
Hugh Jackman - "Les Misérables"
Joaquin Phoenix - "The Master"
Denzel Washington - "Flight"


BEST PICTURE
Argo
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Django Unchained
Les Misérables
Life of Pi
Lincoln
The Master
Moonrise Kingdom
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty



"Looper" star Joseph Gordon-Levitt and nominee and presenter Emily Blunt

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Haute Heigl






Actress Katherine Heigl appeared on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno wearing Randi Rahms Lindsey style cocktail dress with charcoal sequin and beaded bodice and pleated chiffon skirt. As a modern American Couturier, Randi Rahm’s designs have also been worn by stars including Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé, Catherine Zeta Jones, Halle Berry, Fergie, Sofia Vergara and Carrie Underwood. Heigl's shoes are by Rene Coavilla, her earrings by Kimberly McDonald, Bangles by Vram at Gray Gallery.




Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Alexandra Paul Talks Overpopulation (And You Better Listen)


Overpopulation -- Yes, It's 
Still a REALLY Big Deal



BeansTalk got this email from our friend, the beautiful activist and actress, Alexandra Paul (who can be seen in Fox's "Stars in Danger: Alexandra Paul The High Dive" tonight, Wednesday 9 January 2013 at 8 p.m. PT/7 p.m. CT on Fox.)

"I recently had the honor of speaking at TEDx Topanga about a topic that is very important to me, human overpopulation. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNxctzyNxC0  

If enough people watch the video , it will move to TED.com, a site that opens up this discussion to millions of people. As of now, amongst the thousands of TED talks, not one focuses on human overpopulation.

 Please help me start a conversation about stabilizing world population by playing my video so it can move to a larger arena.   And please share the link on your facebook and twitter pages.  Every bit helps to spread the word!  I look forward to your feedback."

Please take a moment to watch this fascinating video!

For more info, check out Alexandra's website and her page on Overpopulation: http://alexandrapaul.com/activism/overpopulation/

Her website is fascinating and we got caught up in checking out her entertaining, informative and well-written articles and blogs -- you will, too.

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

2013 Grammy Nominee Album 



The Recording Academy®'s GRAMMY Recordings® and Capitol Records have teamed to release the 2013 GRAMMY® Nominees album, which will be available Jan. 22, 2013, in stores and via digital retailers. The 19th installment of the best-selling series will feature a bevy of this year's GRAMMY-nominated artists and hit songs across multiple genres. A portion of the proceeds from sales of the album will help support the year-round efforts of the GRAMMY Foundation® and MusiCares Foundation® — two charitable organizations of The Recording Academy. Following the success of last year's contest, music fans can log on to www.grammy.com/2013grammyalbum to pre-order the 2013 GRAMMY Nominees album and enter to win a trip for two to the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards®.

"It's an honor to join forces with Capitol Records to deliver a truly diverse collection encompassing a variety of genres and highlighting today's most talented musicians," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "After the success of last year's pre-order enter-and-win sweepstakes, we're once again thrilled to give music fans the opportunity to experience Music's Biggest Night® firsthand. And, it's gratifying to be able to continue our support of the crucial work that MusiCares and the GRAMMY Foundation carry out year-round."

Dan McCarroll, president of Capitol Records added, "Capitol is honored to collaborate with The Recording Academy on this prestigious series. This year has been a remarkably strong year in music, and encompassing the highlights of 2012 on a single release supporting these charities is immensely gratifying. "

Launching in conjunction with "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live…Countdown To Music's Biggest Night, airing Dec. 5 on CBS, music fans can log on to GRAMMY.com, GRAMMY.com/2013GRAMMYAlbum or CBS.com to pre-order the album and enter to win a trip for two to the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Music's Biggest Night will be held on Sunday Feb. 10, 2013 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring
music remains an indelible part of our culture.

For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, join the organization's social networks as a Twitter follower at www.twitter.com/thegrammys, a Facebook fan at www.facebook.com/thegrammys, and a YouTube channel subscriber at www.youtube.com/thegrammys.