Thursday, October 31, 2013

Money Matters from BBC

Bankers: Money Close-up

From the Banking Crash to the Libor Scandal – BBC World News uncovers the inside story of an industry in turmoil 

Bankers - New three part series to be broadcast from Saturday November 9th

London 29th October 2013. As the global banking industry fights to regain trust and clean up its balance sheets, BBC World News is to broadcast a new programme exploring the now infamous Libor rate fixing scandal. With high level interviews and expert analysis, Bankers – Fixing the system uncovers the scandal that ripped through the banking industry in 2012. 

This documentary, which is part one of three, explores what happened through the downfall of American banker and former group Chief Executive of Barclays, Bob Diamond. Interviews include: former Barclays Chairman Marcus Agius, Chairman of RBS Group Sir Philip Hampton, Deputy Governor of the Bank of England Andrew Bailey, Jean-Claude Trichet President, European Central Bank (2003-2011), Gary Gensler, Chairman, US Commodity Futures Trading Commission and Lord Turner, Chairman of the UK’s Financial Services Authority (2008-2013).

After the crash of 2008, governments around the world spent billions bailing out the banks and five years on public money is still propping up the system. But in 2012 people’s trust in the system was rocked again, when the Libor scandal erupted. Libor is an obscure rate setting mechanism that relates to the loans banks make to each other. Although Libor is set in London, it’s also used in America and all around the world. And by the end of 2012 traders across three global banking groups; Barclays, RBS and UBS stood accused of fixing this rate to make money simply for themselves.

As Gary Gensler, Chairman, US Commodity Futures Trading Commission tells the programme:
“This is the mother of all the reference rates. Some people might be familiar with reference rates in gold and in oil and, and some people even think of reference rates in housing markets where homes sell. But this is, is throughout our financial system it affects all of us really.”

Discussing the impact of Libor, Gensler adds: 
“It’s massive. There’s three hundred trillion dollars of contracts based on it. Let me repeat it’s three hundred trillion dollars of contracts. That’s about 6 times the world economy, just to put it in orders of magnitude of dollars of contracts.”

Referring to the changing culture of banking that some feel set the context for Libor manipulation – from making money for clients to making money from clients, Chairman of RBS Group Sir Philip Hampton commented: 
“What we lost sight of in this narrow pursuit of profit, is actually that banks have got a big complex role in society; they’re not just about making profit for themselves this year, they are about greasing the wheels of, of commerce. They need to be stabilisers and that is part of their duty and it’s part of the return they get.”

And some in the industry felt not all Libor manipulation was a sin. Deliberately understating Libor estimates or Lowballing, so your institution does not stand out as one other banks don’t want to lend to, could be understandable, if it was to try and keep the system afloat at the height of the crisis. Martin Taylor, Chief Executive of Barclays, (1994-98) commented:

“I don’t regard that as a serious offence or even an offence at all. I think at the time the banks were not lending to each other, there barely was a Libor, out there. The most important thing for the authorities and the banks was to avoid the panic which was already very, very serious, getting worse than it was. And I think unnecessary fuss has been made about what may have happened in a few weeks in 2008. I’ve a lot of sympathy then with the editing of the... Libor rates, shall we say.”

But Lord Turner Chairman of the UK’s Financial Services Authority (2008-2013), told the programme: 
“What it illustrated was a group of people being paid a large amount of money who’s attitude to what they were doing was so deeply cynical who clearly did not feel that they were doing something which had to be conducted in integrity and which was important to the real economy, they just thought it was a computer game where you had the same right to as it were cheat and kill the other guy as you have on a computer game.”

And Martin Taylor comments:
“If you have a situation where a human being is going to have more money if he cheats, a lot of them are all tempted to cheat. And you have to have controls in place to make sure they don’t.”

Former Barclays Chairman Marcus Agius also shares his thoughts as he learnt to the full scale of the Libor situation that led to his and Bob Diamond’s resignations:
“I learnt about the traders’ activities in one of the regular meetings that we had um between the board committee and the lawyers who were acting on our behalf and I was sick to my stomach, sick to my stomach because I realised just what an appalling thing it was and I realised what a serious implication it would have for the bank.”

On Barclays’ reaction to the US and UK Regulators reports into Libor fixing at Barclays and subsequent fines, Agius said:
“We obviously had to take a view before we made the announcement as to what the right reaction should be for us and we tried to measure the vile nature of the activity with it’s scale and produce a proportionate response. What happened was when the announcement went out the public reaction focused far more on the nature than the scale and I think the, the subsequent reaction did take us by surprise because it wasn’t as we had judged it. We misjudged that.”

Bankers is a three part series which brings together bank bosses, regulators and politicians to explore what went wrong in an industry that is central to our societies.

Episode 1 ‘Bankers - Fixing the system’ will be broadcast on BBC World News on Saturday 9th November at 01.10, 15.10 GMT and on Sunday 10th November at 09.10, 20.10 GMT.

Episode 2 ‘Bankers – Risking it all’ tells the story of two recent multi-billion pound trading disasters that rocked the City. Former Goldman Sachs Chairman and New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine of MF Global with the Eurobonds and JP Morgan and the Whale Trades both illustrated the risks being taken five years after the crash.

Episode 3 ‘Bankers – Payback time’ looks at how Britain's multi-billion pound financial miss-selling scandal, known as PPI, transpired. With first-hand accounts from bank bosses, sales staff, politicians and customers, the film charts three decades of extraordinary changes inside high street banks.

Friday, November 8, 2013 at 8:10 pm ET
Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 11:10 am ET
Sunday, November 10, 2013 at 3:10 pm ET

Episode 2 will air November 15-17 (in time slots above) and episode 3 will air November 22-24 (in time slots above)...

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

History & Rockwell Tools Join Up 
To Rock Your Garage

Campaign features sweepstakes including a restored hot rod, visit to Count’s Kustoms in Las Vegas, complete set of Rockwell tools and a $500 Lowe’s gift card

New York – HISTORY and Rockwell Tools announced a new integrated marketing campaign, “Rock Your Garage,” in support of the hit television series COUNTING CARS and the Rockwell line of home improvement tools and accessories.

A Vegas trip is one of the prizes

The “Rock Your Garage” campaign includes a consumer sweepstakes, media and promotional support on HISTORY’s air, a campaign across social and digital platforms and in-store retail promotions in Lowe’s stores nationwide.

The centerpiece of the “Rock Your Garage” campaign will be a consumer sweepstakes tied to a COUNTING CARS primetime marathon airing on Friday, December 6 on HISTORY.

Running from November 1 through January 31, the “Rock Your Garage” sweepstakes features a grand prize including a restored hot rod; a trip for two to Las Vegas and a visit to Count’s Kustoms, the auto shop featured in COUNTING CARS; a complete set of Rockwell tools; and a $500 Lowe’s gift card. Visit for more info on the sweepstakes.

According to Samantha A. Maltin, Senior Vice President of Marketing for HISTORY, "This is a win-win strategic partnership and the first of its kind for HISTORY. Rockwell is leveraging the popularity of COUNTING CARS to help drive tool sales; Lowe’s is offering a differentiated product line in its more than 1,700 stores; and HISTORY has garnered national retail presence for COUNTING CARS, super-serving fans with a more robust consumer experience."

“Our partnership with HISTORY truly reflects the changing dynamics in today’s marketing campaigns,” said Craig Taylor Vice President of Marketing for Rockwell, part of the Positec Group of companies. “By working together and leveraging all of our resources we were able to create an interactive campaign focused on a unique customer experience, without increasing our budgets. A cooperative program like this one proves that collaboration, innovation and creativity are still the building blocks to standing out from the rest and connecting directly with the consumer.”

COUNTING CARS is a spinoff of HISTORY’s smash hit PAWN STARS®. Danny “The Count” Koker is the wheeling, dealing, self-trained proprietor of a Las Vegas auto repair business. He’s a one-of-a-kind character who knows everything about anything on wheels. Each vehicle that comes through his shop stands for a different chapter of American history. Obsessed with high-performance cars and choppers, he’ll do whatever it takes to get his hands on something he likes, trick it out, and flip it for a profit. Check out for more info.

COUNTING CARS is produced for HISTORY by Leftfield Pictures. Zachary Behr and Julian Hobbs are Executive Producers for HISTORY. Executive Producers for Leftfield Pictures are Brent Montgomery, David George, and Shawn Witt. Joel Patterson is Co-Executive Producer for Leftfield Pictures.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Coincidence or Good Luck?

GOOD LUCK is a feature length inspirational documentary film, in which great minds of our time thoroughly examine the idea of coincidence. It reveals the riveting secrets of how a, seemingly random, coincidence can change ones life forever. Featuring experts such as
New York Times best selling author Robert Greene (48 Laws of Power), Steve Gillman (Secrets of Lucky People), Kevin Blackwood (Casino Gambling For Dummies), and many others - GOOD LUCK provides viewers with a practical perspective on Luck, it's properties, and how to capture and manipulate it.
Lorenzo Holley, Executive Producer, says:
"It has been an invigorating journey as we approach the completion of this film. We've traveled all over the United States, and we've interviewed over 50 of the world's most brilliant minds including philosophers, psychologist, best selling authors, professional gamblers, and love experts.  We've covered the entire spectrum of Luck with this film.We were very inspired by  Rob's (Rob Thomas) success with Veronica Mars, on Kickstarter, so we've opted to raise additional funds for special effects there. We are scheduled to launch on Kickstarter December 15th. Follow us on twitter for updates"

Monday, October 28, 2013

Downton Abbey's Return to U.S. TV

MASTERPIECE CLASSIC "Downton Abbey Season 4" early trailer. Premieres Sunday, January 5, 2014, 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET. A look back at "Downton Abbey" with the cast and crew; and a look ahead at Season 4. Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon hosts.

Friday, October 25, 2013

It's One Direction on the CW


The CW will air the ONE DIRECTION iHEARTRADIO ALBUM RELEASE PARTY on Monday, December 9 (9:00-10:00pm ET).
Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, the special will film on Friday, November 22, at the new iHeartRadio Theater Los Angeles, to launch the band’s new album, “MIDNIGHT MEMORIES,” which is set to be released on Monday, November 25, via Syco/Columbia Records.  The exclusive event will feature a live performance with One Direction, as well as a Q&A with Seacrest discussing the making of the upcoming album.

An encore presentation of the special will air on Christmas night, December 25 (9:00-10:00pm ET).

Thursday, October 24, 2013

In her Saturday Night Live promos, Katy Perry (seen above with Bruce Willis) wore a black cropped leather jacket featuring a multi-colored beaded pattern with a matching leather embellished skirt by Catherine Malandrino.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Lord Huron's Tour

Critically acclaimed quartet Lord Huron will set out on a six-week U.S. tour beginning in January. This will serve as the band’s largest headlining run to date, after wrapping a successful support tour for Alt-J in September. The new dates round out a massive year of touring for the band. See below for details. 
Download Lonesome Dreams here: and view video for title track here:



 “...Songs that feel wide-open and ambitious, but also giddy and unpredictable.”—NPR
“What sets the project apart is the level of their craft and the feeling of travel and
discovery in the lyrics and sound.”—LA Weekly

Gut-level, emotive songwriting that hits directly and honestly.”—Pitchfork
Critically acclaimed quartet Lord Huron will set out on a six-week U.S. tour beginning in January. This will serve as the band’s largest headlining run to date, after wrapping a successful support tour for Alt-J in September. The new dates round out a massive year of touring for Lord Huron, including their first large-scale U.K. run, numerous sold out shows nationwide, and festival appearances at Coachella, Bonnaroo, Firefly and Newport Folk Festival among others. Of Lord Huron’s live set, Rolling Stone admires their “remarkably full sound” while Filter notes they “keep the energy hopeful and alive.” See below for further details.
The band’s debut album Lonesome Dreams (out now on IAMSOUND Records), continues to garner widespread praise—USA Today explains, “the indie-folk band paints a vivid landscape with upbeat, warm melodies and the dreamy vocals,” while The New York Times describes the music as, “pretty, multilayered Americana strumming and harmonizing.” Lord Huron, who made their first network television appearance performing on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” was featured in several year end lists, including NPR Music’s “10 Artists You Should Have Known in 2012,” as Esquire called them “the last true New Band You Need to Hear This Year.” The latest video for “Lonesome Dreams” premiered at NPR Music:
Originally a musical and visual solo project by lead singer and Michigan native-turned-Angeleno Ben Schneider, collaborators now include Mark Barry (percussion, vocals), Miguel Briseno (bass, percussion), and Tom Renaud (guitar, vocals). Schneider started playing music as a child—most often on summer nights around the campfire on Lake Huron. He went on to study art in college and lived in France and New York before moving to Los Angeles in 2005 to pursue a career in the visual arts. Schneider’s passion for art and music are often intertwined, and he has composed music for various visual art projects over the years. In 2010, Schneider self-released his first EP, Into the Sun, online, complete with original artwork. The songs gained traction and Schneider set to work recruiting musicians to help him translate the recordings into a live performance.
October 12                                               Birmingham, AL                             Cask & Drum Festival
October 20                                              San Francisco, CA               Treasure Island Music Festival
November 6                                                 Evanston, IL     Space (WXRT First Impressions Show)
December 14                                              Scottsdale, AZ                                   True Music Festival
January 22                                                  Portland, OR                                       Wonder Ballroom
January 23                                                 Vancouver, BC                        The Commodore Ballroom
January 24                                                   Seattle, WA                                               The Showbox
January 25                                                  Missoula, MT                                                      Top Hat
January 28                                               Minneapolis, MN                                            First Avenue
January 29                                                 Milwaukee, WI                                               Turner Hall
January 31                                                    Detroit, MI                                           Majestic Theatre
February 1                                                   Toronto, ON                                   Danforth Music Hall
February 2                                                  Montreal, QC                             Le Cabaret du Mile End
February 4                                                   Boston, MA                                                         Royale
February 6                                               Washington, DC                                                 9:30 Club
February 7                                                 New York, NY                                                 Terminal 5
February 8                                                Philadelphia, PA                              Theatre of Living Arts
February 9                                              Charlottesville, VA                                    Jefferson Theater
February 11                                              Saxapahaw, NC                          The Haw River Ballroom
February 12                                                Asheville, NC                                                Orange Peel
February 15                                             New Orleans, LA                                            Civic Theatre
February 19                                                  Dallas, TX                                                             Trees
February 21                                                 Denver, CO                                             Ogden Theatre
February 22                                                  Aspen, CO                                            Belly Up Aspen
February 23                                            Salt Lake City, UT                                        Urban Lounge
February 27                                             Solana Beach, CA                                      Belly Up Tavern
March 1                                                   Los Angeles, CA                                   The Fonda Theatre

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Lucky 13 for Tweezerman!

BeansTalk actually uses this brand, just about daily, so we're happy for "them" and celebrate the deserved win. Tweezerman, the “little black dress” of beauty tools, is thrilled to announce that the Slant Tweezer was named the best tweezer in the “Tools” category and is the recipient of the prestigious Allure 2013 “Best of Beauty” Award for the 13th consecutive year.

“We are deeply honored to be selected as a winner in Allure’s ‘Best of Beauty’ Awards alongside such esteemed peers in the industry,” said Dr. Cornelia (Conny) Wittke, CEO and President of Tweezerman International. “At Tweezerman, we are committed to developing top quality tools that stand the test of time. Our Slant Tweezer, with its unrivaled precision and performance, has delivered that promise for more than 30 years and it makes the Tweezerman team very proud to be recognized by Allure for our efforts.”
Established in 1996 with its signature stamp of approval, the Allure “Best of Beauty” Awards are considered to be the most prestigious and influential distinction in the health and beauty industry. As universally respected authorities in the world of beauty, Allure's editors are recognized for their knowledge, insight and recommendations. Each year Allure samples, researches and tests new and established products on the market ranging from make-up, to hair care, serums, and moisturizers in every price category.

Widely celebrated as the international paradigm of beauty tools, the Slant Tweezer was first introduced by Tweezerman in 1982 and has been recognized as the choice of make-up artists, models, celebrities and the most discerning consumers throughout the world for over 30 years.

About Tweezerman
Tweezerman International is recognized in the beauty industry for setting the highest standards of quality, reliability, innovation and service with every beauty tool sold. Tweezerman features cutting edge beauty tools for brows, lashes, face, manicure and pedicure. Tweezerman products are sold through professional beauty suppliers as well as top cosmetic and department stores, chain drug stores, and specialty shops. Additionally, Tweezerman operates a Second Bottom Line through which the company allocates a portion of its profits to charitable organizations, while actively supporting local communities. 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Claire Danes attended the screening for Season 3 of Homeland
and wore Stuart Weitzman's fawn goosebump nappa NUDIST sandals.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Last year's Miss America Mallory Hagan had a whirlwind schedule leading up to this year’s Miss America Competition in September.  Hagan says she uses R.E.I.G.N., a new cosmetic and skincare line from Joshua Brands.

The collection launches with items such as Galor-ious Lashes Mascara, Blooming Glow Blusher, and Sheer Perfection Pressed Powder.  In an homage to the State Titleholders who compete for the Crown, Lasting Luxe Lipsticks come in luscious tints using actual ingredients from many State Flowers:  Apple Blossom Red, Pink Prairie Rose and Coral Azalea, to name a few.  All products are proudly made in America.  The brand, which aims to inspire everyday American girls and young women from all walks of life, will made its debut at this year’s Miss America Competition.
"Wow!!!” says  Mallory Hagan, “I have tried the new R.E.I.G.N. Beauty line and it's amazing! I have found the products to be super-effective in making the most of your best features and letting your inner beauty shine through. I love the water resistant GALOR-ious Lashes Mascara because it allows me to volumize and define my lashes to look great when going from daytime interviews to nighttime glam. My skincare regimen includes the R.E.I.G.N Silky Face Potion, a star serum that keeps my skin moisturized for that radiant, firm and smooth look. R.E.I.G.N. is great for all women who strive to look and feel great and many products are now in my "must-have beauty-fix" makeup bag!” 

The Miss America Organization and its dedication to education and community service was the perfect platform to showcase a cosmetics line that goes beyond beauty and hand-in-hand with Joshua Brands’ dedication to social responsibility and bettering communities.  This creative collaboration kicks off with an exciting week of events ranging from getting contestants “R.E.I.G.N-ready” for TV interviews to providing key makeup applications on site for myriad events leading up to the big show.  All 53 contestants will have the opportunity to wear R.E.I.G.N. during the week as well as on stage as they compete to win the Miss America title. 
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Miss America on such an exciting project,” said Charles E. Corpening, Chairman and CEO, Joshua Brands.  “Our concept with the new line is to go beyond beauty to offer timeless, yet modern products to enhance the look and confidence of the everyday girl.”
The price point of R.E.I.G.N.,  which soft launched in September at the Miss America Pop-Up Store at the Pier Shops in Atlantic City, will range from $12 to $60.  The line is now available for sale through and will hit masstige-level retailers in spring of 2014.

About Joshua Brands
Launched in 2013, Joshua Brands is a diversified beauty company that licenses, manufactures, and markets premium quality skincare products, cosmetics, and fragrances.  Focused on healthful living, the company formulates it products with the health and wellness of the end consumer in mind. Joshua Brands works with organizations such as the Miss American Organization to provide branded grant and support programs designed to inspire people across the nation.  Through R.E.I.G.N., the company is also the Miss America 2014 cosmetics sponsor.  Additional information and products are available at

About Miss America Organization
As the world's largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women and one of the nation's leading achievement programs, the Miss America Organization last year made available more than $45 million in scholarship assistance.  The Miss America Organization provides young women with a vehicle to further their personal and professional goals and instills a spirit of community service through a variety of nationwide community-based programs.  Additional information about the Miss America Organization can be found at

About Miss America Properties
Miss America Properties ( is a partnership between Infinity Lifestyle Brands, LLC ( and Hilco Brands, (, two well established strategic branding organizations.  Miss America Properties is focused on developing the Miss America brand through strategic marketing and PR opportunities, and licensing and sponsorship partnerships.  For more information, contact

Thursday, October 17, 2013

"Mom" star Anna Farris wore this Mosaic Peplum Top by Bec & Bridge to a photo call for "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs." Farris wore the top over jeggings and pointy-toed ivory pumps. Retail: $160.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Jennie Garth's Intrepid

INTREPID by Ao’c (  revealed their Spring/Summer 2014 line EPIPHANY during NOLCHA (, part of NY Fashion Week.

INTREPID by Ao’c incorporated celebrity starlet Jennie Garth into the show, and she stepped out onto the runway wearing a sheer INTREPID dress.

INTREPID by Ao’c has recently exploded onto the pop-scene being featured in US Weekly, and worn by an array of celebrities including but not limited to Stacy Keibler, Olivia Munn, Brooke Burke, and stars of Twilight.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Reps Call It "Pore Joy!"

New Portable Ultrasonic Facial Scrubber Promises to Cleanse, Exfoliate, Smooth and Brighten

Four Levels of Intensity & More than Two Hours of Operation Time Allow for Levels of Pore Cleansing, Exfoliation and Penetration of Anti-Aging Serums into Dermal Layers
Facial Scrubber with CapLe Mieux celebrates the arrival of its highly anticipated portable handheld ultrasonic Facial Scrubber, which allows skincare aficionados the ability to cleanse pores and exfoliate skin at home as ongoing maintenance. (see consumer video:   

"Our rechargeable wireless Facial Scrubber allows for more than two hours of operation time and cycles at an impressive 28,000 ultrasonic vibrations per second, which makes it extremely effective in achieving smoother, brighter skin and a healthier complexion," explains Janel LuuCEO of Le Mieux, an award-winning, global beauty brand used by top estheticians, high-end skincare enthusiasts and Hollywood notables. "The vibrations perform a micro massage of the skin, strengthen skin tissue metabolism, while improving acne, blackheads, whiteheads, and removing dead skin cells on the epidermis. It's a professional level of cleaning and exfoliation."
Facial Scrubber - no cap 
The Facial Scrubber (retail $250.00) features: easy to hold ergonomic design; an intensity indicator that shows the 4 levels of intensity (low, low with pulse, high, high with pulse); a mode select key that allows the user to select the level of intensity; LED indicator that lights up when the device is plugged into a socket; automatic shut off; a rechargeable battery allows for more than two hours of operation time; 10 minutes of continuous operation time with a low battery signal with warning alarm; and a DC power supply adapter. The device measures 6.85 x 2.05 x 0.75 inches (174 x 52 x 19mm), weighs 3.88 ounces without the adapter (.11 Kg), so it can be easily packed into a carry-on bag when traveling.

Pore Cleansing & Exfoliation
Luu advises that the skin be moistened prior to operating the device at all times; she recommends spraying the surface with the Le Mieux Iso-Cell Recovery Solutionand then moving the metal wandquickly over the surface of the skin without leaving it too long in one area.

To perform effective pore cleansing and exfoliation, Luu recommends placing the metal wand at a 45-degree angle on the skin with the Control Panel facing away from the facial area. Gently gliding the device along the skin beginning from the center of the face moving outwards towards the ears efficiently exfoliates dead skin cells.

Luu recommends performing a maximum of two passes over specific areas, and using the exfoliation function no more than two times per week.

Massage & Penetration of Serums
To massage the skin or allow for deeper penetration of serums, Luu recommends applying a couple of drops of serum or a small amount of moisturizing cream to the face. Then, hold the device with the Control Panel facing the facial area with the metal wand at a 30-degree angle. Gently gliding the device along the skin beginning from the center of the face moving outwards towards the ears performs a micro massage to heighten skin tissue metabolism.

At-home users can use the penetration function daily, or whenever they are applying their serums or creams to skin.

Cleaning the Device
Using an alcohol pad, swab the metal wand after using. Do not wash the device under running water or immerse it in water to clean.

For more information about Le Mieux products or the Facial Scrubber, call toll-free 888-327-8188 or visit the website Le Mieux is sold at top salons and spas nationwide. For information on the nearest retail location to purchase Le Mieux products or to order via phone, call 888-327-8188.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Actress Tanna Fredrick just wrapped production on Henry Jaglom’s romantic mystery 
“Ovation,” starring opposite James Denton. The story is set in the 
backstage world of theatre where the cast struggles to keep their play 
afloat while they search for a murder suspect amongst themselves.

 Frederick will star in Henry Jaglom’s romantic comedy “The
M Word” as well as “Garner, Iowa,” “Garner, Iowa” is the first 
production under her Project Cornlight venture that aims to develop 
Iowa-based films and other projects showcasing Iowa.

Also, she’ll return to Iowa to star in the dark comedy 
“Just Beautiful, ” the story of a workaholic loner’s quilt-driven 
quest to rediscover fun (mandated by her dying perfectionist father)

Friday, October 11, 2013

"Thor" star (one time potential Mylie Cyrus' brother-in-law) Chris Hemsworth really loves his RAY-BAN WAYFARERS!  He can be seen walking around Hollywood wearing the RB 2140 style and most recently, Ray-Ban’s new Liteforce style RB 4195 6033/13!

Chris spotted in Ray-Ban RB 2140 Wayfarers

Chris in the new Ray-Ban Liteforce Wayfarers RB 4195 6033/13

Thursday, October 10, 2013

"Modern Family" star Julie Bowen attended the 2013 Audi Emmy Week Kick-Off Party, a Pre-Emmy party and wore this white and silver beaded scoop neck cocktail dress by Jenny Packham.

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Actress Kate Flannery of “The Office” (Meredith) wore this neoprene cap-sleeve dress with metallic lace overlay (Flannery’s was cobalt blue lace overlay) and black ribbon bow belt from Tadashi Shoji’s Fall/Winter 2013 Collection to Audi & Althuzarra’s Emmy Awards 2013 Kick-Off Party. 

Tuesday, October 08, 2013




“Effervescent debut album.”—SPIN
“So good. It’s like the Stooges and Interpol and all the purposeful rock bands
past and present all rolled into one.”—Zane Lowe (BBC 1)
“Vocals have an exuberance like Springsteen’s and charms like Dean Martin’s…”—LA Weekly

Beginning October 8 (street date), PAPA will celebrate the release of their debut full-length Tender Madness with a series of events in Los Angeles. The week-long celebration will include an in-store performance at the independent record outfit Fingerprints, The Tender Madness Pop-Up Gallery, the release ofDarren Weiss’ book The Only Thing Worse Than a Woman is A Man, and lastly, “An Evening of Experimental Drumming with Darren Weiss” presented by Origami Records. See below for further details on each happening.
October 8, 7 p.m., 420 E 4th Street Long Beach, CA—Fingerprints Free In-store. Pre-order the album to attend the performance by calling 562.433.4996.
October 9, 8 p.m., 1310 Glendale Boulevard—The Tender Madness Pop-Up Gallery. The gallery will show works from Darren Weiss as well as artists PAPA has been inspired by and collaborated with, including Travis Schneider (who shot both the album cover as well as the EP cover), Sam Monkarsh, Nick Darmstaedtr, Mike Gittes, Mike Gigliotti, David Kitz and more. Sean Carlson, Evan Weiss, and Hit City USA will be DJing. 
The gallery will also support the release of Weiss’ book The Only Thing Worse Than A Woman Is A Man (published by Hit City USA). The book is a collection of Weiss’ poetry and drawings over the past three years, pulled mostly from the notebooks he keeps as a totem on the road. 
October 11, 7 p.m., 1816 W Sunset Boulevard—Origami Records presents: “An Evening of Experimental Drumming with Darren Weiss.” This is a free event, and the first 20 people will get a signed 7” from PAPA.
Tender Madness will be released October 8 via Loma Vista. The new recording follows PAPA’s recent double A-side 7” single  “Put Me to Work/If You’re My Girl Than I’m Your Man” as well as their 2011 EP A Good Woman is Hard to Find, which received critical acclaim from Pitchfork and NYLON, with Los Angeles Times calling it “oft deep and deliberate.” The latest video for the track “Young Rut” is streaming now at and the band is currently on a nationwide tour supporting Cold War Kids. See below for full tour routing. 
Of, the new record multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Weiss notes, “Some of the songs on this album that come across as love songs, or lustful confessions have much more to do with my feelings towards America than any personal romantic longings. Some love songs were written about fictional characters in novels who were oftentimes far more compelling than the creatures I had access to. And sometimes, perhaps most often, I tried in earnest to tell my truths as I lived them.”
PAPA is the brainchild of Weiss and co-songwriter and bassist Danny Presant. Their celebrated live performances have resulted in a string of sold out shows in and around Los Angeles, as well as New York City, San Francisco and London. Additionally, the band has toured extensively, including runs with Girls, Lord Huron, Grouplove, and appeared at festivals such as Outside Lands and FYF Festival.
September 24                                               Boulder, CO                                               Fox Theatre*
September 25                                                Omaha, NE                                              The Slowdown
September 26                                           Minneapolis, MN                                           First Avenue*
September 27                                             Milwaukee, WI                                              Turner Hall*
September 28                                                Detroit, MI                                         St. Andrews Hall*
September 29                                            Indianapolis, IN                                              The Vogue*
September 30                                            Bloomington, IN                                               The Bishop
October 1                                                      Chicago, IL                                                        Schubas
October 4                                                  Kansas City, MO                                                    Czar Bar
October 5                                                      Denver, CO                                            Larimer Lounge
October 18                                                    Boston, MA                               House of Blues Boston*
October 19                                                Philadelphia, PA                                       Union Transfer*
October 21                                                  Providence, RI                          Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel*
October 22                                                  New York, NY                                                Terminal 5*
October 24                                                Washington, DC                                                9:30 Club*
October 26                                                 Richmond, VA                                            The National*
November 17                                               Portland, OR                                                      Doug Fir
November 19                                                Seattle, WA                                                  Barboza Pan
November 21                                             Sacramento, CA                                                    Harlow’s
November 22                                           San Francisco, CA                                    Bottom of the Hill
November 23                                           Santa Barbara, CA                                                        Soho
December 6                                               Los Angeles, CA                                                The El Rey
* with Cold War Kids