Friday, January 31, 2014

Ariel Winter from ABC’s “Modern Family” wore Edition by Georges Chakra cocktail dress, a black crepe dress with asymmetrical neckline and satin accents (dress, right). The dress Winter wore to the Billboard Grammy After Party is from the Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear Collection.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Madonna wore platinum-and-diamond initial jewelry rings by Neil Lane for the "56th Annual Grammy Awards" in Los Angeles on January 26, 2014. (Photo from Pintrest)

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

New on PBS' Nova

PBS’ preeminent science series, NOVA, kicks off a lively and diverse new Winter/Spring 2014 season of programming featuring scientific exploration across an array of fields—from ancient mysteries surrounding Bronze Age bog bodies (Ghosts of Murdered Kings), Roman catacombs, and Renaissance engineering feats(Great Cathedral Mystery). This season, NOVA also delves into the world of animal behavior and cognition in five fascinating films that investigate apex predators and animal intelligence: Wild Predator InvasionInside Animal Minds (a three-hour special); and Why Do Sharks Attack? The series also explores the role of technological innovations in tactical warfare and some of the major events of history in two eye-opening new films: Escape from Nazi Alcatraz andD-Day’s Sunken Secrets, the stunning two-hour special finale featuring exclusive access to one of the world’s largest underwater battlefields. The spectacular new season of NOVA airs Wednesdays at 9 pm ET/8c on PBS.
Ghosts of Murdered KingsPremieres January 29, 2014 
at 9PM/8c on PBSTRAILER:
In the rolling hills of Ireland’s County Tipperary, a laborer harvesting peat from a dried-up bog spots the remnants of a corpse and stops his machine just in time, revealing a headless torso almost perfectly preserved and stained dark brown by the bog. Archaeologists recognize the corpse as one of Europe’s rare bog bodies: prehistoric corpses flung into marshes with forensic clues often suggesting execution or human sacrifice. The corpse will eventually be dated to the Bronze Age, over 4000 years ago. Forensic evidence reveals a shockingly violent death. Like a crime thriller, NOVA follows archaeologists and forensic experts in their methodical hunt for clues to the identity and the circumstances of this and other violent deaths of bog body victims.

A new theory emerges that they are ritually murdered kings, gruesomely slain to assure the fertility of land and people. NOVA’s ancient detective story opens a tantalizing window on the strange beliefs of Europe’s long vanished prehistoric peoples.
Roman Catacomb MysteryPremieres February 5, 2014 at 9PM/8c on PBSTRAILER:
Beneath the streets of Rome lies a city of the dead known as the Catacombs—a labyrinth of tunnels, hundreds of miles long, lined with the neatly laid out tombs of the citizens of ancient Rome. Here, in 2002, maintenance workers fixing a broken water main stumbled upon a previously unknown burial chamber – like none other in the complex. Six roughly carved caverns were stacked from floor to ceiling with skeletons representing hundreds of bodies. It was a mass grave, locked away for nearly 2000 years. Who were these people? Why were so many interred in one place, at one time, piled on top of each other? And most importantly, can we discover, after all these centuries, what killed them? Could they be Christian martyrs massacred by the Emperor? Or were they felled by a deadly plague? In Roman Catacomb Mystery, NOVA’s forensic investigation follows a trail of ancient clues to uncover new secrets of life, death, and disease in the heyday of a mighty empire.

Great Cathedral MysteryPremieres February 12, 2014 at 9PM/8c on PBSTRAILER:
The dome that crowns Florence’s great cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore—the Duomo—is a towering masterpiece of Renaissance ingenuity and an enduring source of mystery. Still the largest masonry dome on earth after more than six centuries, it is taller than the Statue of Liberty and weighs as much as a cruise ship. Historians and engineers have long debated how its secretive architect, Filippo Brunelleschi, managed to keep the dome perfectly aligned and symmetrical as the sides rose and converged toward the center, 40 stories above the cathedral floor. At this terrifying height, his laborers toiled without scaffolding or safety net, applying novel, untried methods on a truly monumental scale. Over four million bricks might collapse at any moment—and we still don’t understand how Brunelleschi prevented it. To test the latest theories, a team of U.S. master bricklayers will help build a unique experimental “mini-Duomo” using period tools and techniques. Will it stay intact during the final precarious stages of closing over the top of the dome? Great Cathedral Mystery will also highlight exciting new discoveries including traces of Brunelleschi’s workshop, complete with his own prototype mini-dome model, and will explore the restless, innovative mind of this Renaissance master.

Wild Predator Invasion Premieres April 2, 2014 at 9PM/8c on PBSOver the last few centuries we have shot, trapped and skinned the predators that formerly thrived at the top of the food chain in the wild. Wild bears, wolves and big cats are all in retreat, and a growing number of scientists are discovering that by eliminating predators, we have damaged the environment. Removing predators from the wild has thrown ecosystems off-kilter, triggering domino effects that scientists are just beginning to understand. In Wild Predator Invasion, NOVA follows scientists who are trying out a simple but controversial solution: returning apex predators—like coyotes, bears, and panthers—to their natural environments. Can these newly reintroduced predators restore the natural balance of their ecosystems without threatening the humans who live among them?

Inside Animal Minds – 3 HOURS
Premieres on Wednesday, April 9 (“Bird Genius”); April 16 (“Dogs & Super Senses”); April 23 (“Who’s The Smartest?”) at 9PM/8c on PBS 
What would it be like to go inside the mind of an animal? We have all gazed into a creature’s eyes and wondered: What is it thinking about? What does it really know? Now, the revolutionary science of animal cognition is revealing hard evidence about how animals understand the world around them, uncovering their remarkable problem-solving abilities and exploring the complexity of their powers of communication and even their emotions. In the three-hour special Inside Animal Minds, NOVA explores these breakthroughs through three iconic creatures: birds, dogs, and dolphins. In “Bird Genius” (April 9), we’ll see through the eyes of a starling in flight. We’ll also meet a few at the head of the class—a cockatoo, a wild crow, and a tame raven—whose problem-solving abilities are shocking scientists and revolutionizing our understanding of animal intelligence. Are their skills really evidence of high intelligence, or just parlor tricks, the result of training and instinct? In “Dogs & Super Senses” (April 16), NOVA travels into the spectacularly nuanced noses of dogs and wolves, and asks whether their reliance on different senses has shaped their evolution. How does a dog’s mind turn the sight of a hand signal into the happy anticipation of a treat? From a dog who seems to use smell to tell time to a dolphin who can “see” with his ears, we will discover how animals use their senses in ways we humans can barely imagine. But it’s not just the senses that are remarkable—it’s the brains that process them. Throughout the animal kingdom, some of the cleverest creatures—including humans—seem to be those who live in complex social groups, like dolphins, elephants, and apes. Could the skills required to keep track of friend and foe make animals smarter? To find out, NOVA goes inside the social lives of some of the smartest animals on the planet in “Who’s The Smartest?” (April 23). We will listen in as scientists track dolphins in the Caribbean and elephants on the African savannah, trying to unlock the secrets of animal communication. As we discover how researchers are pushing the animal mind to its limits, we’ll uncover surprising similarities to—and differences from—the human mind.

Why Do Sharks Attack?Premieres May 7, 2014 at 9PM/8c on PBSIn recent years, an unusual spate of deadly shark attacks has gripped Australia, resulting in five deaths in ten months. At the same time, great white sharks have begun appearing in growing numbers off the beaches of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, not far from the waters where Steven Spielberg filmed the ultimate shark fright film, Jaws. What’s behind the mysterious arrival of this apex predator in an area where they’ve rarely been seen for hundreds of years? Are deadly encounters with tourists inevitable? To separate fact from fear, NOVA teams up with leading shark experts in Australia and the United States to discover the science behind the great white’s hunting instincts. Do sharks ever target humans or is each attack a tragic case of mistaken identity? Can a deeper understanding of shark senses lead scientists to design effective deterrents and help prevent future attacks? With shark populations around the world plummeting, scientists race to unlock the secrets of these powerful creatures of the deep in their quest to save people – and sharks.

Escape from Nazi Alcatraz Premieres May 14, 2014 at 9PM/8c on PBSColditz Castle, a notorious prisoner of war camp in Nazi Germany, was supposed to be escape-proof. But in the dark days at the end of World War II, a group of British officers dreamt up the ultimate escape plan: In a secret attic workshop, they constructed a two-man glider out of bed sheets and floorboards. Their goal was to fly to freedom from the roof of the castle, but the war ended before they could put it to the test. Now a crack team of aero engineers and carpenters rebuild the glider in the same attic using the same materials, and they’ll do something the prisoners never got a chance to try: use a bathtub full of concrete to catapult the glider off the roof of the castle. As the hair-raising launch from 90 feet up draws near, NOVA explores the Colditz legend and exposes the secrets of other ingenious and audacious escapes. Then, after a 70-year wait, the team finally finds out if the legendary glider plan would have succeeded.

D-Day’s Sunken SecretsPremieres Wednesday, May 28th at 9PM/8c on PBSOn June 6, 1944, the Allies launched the biggest armada in history to invade the Normandy beaches and liberate Europe from the Nazis. In less than 24 hours, more than 5,000 ships crossed the English Channel and disembarked a quarter of a million men and thousands of tanks and landing craft on the heavily defended beaches. Hundreds of ships sank while running the gauntlet of mines and bunkers, creating one of the world’s largest underwater archaeological sites. Now, NOVA has exclusive access to a unique collaboration between military historians, archaeologists, and specialist divers to carry out the most extensive survey ever done of the seabed bordering the legendary beachheads. Dive teams, submersibles, and underwater robots will discover and identify key examples of the Allied craft that fell victim to German shellfire, mines and torpedoes. The team will use the latest 3D mapping tools to plot the relics on the sea floor. The program will unfold a vivid blow-by-blow account of the tumultuous events of D-Day and reveal how the Allies’ intricate planning and advanced technology were vital to assure the success of the most ambitious and risky military operation ever launched.

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Now in its 41st season, NOVA is the most-watched prime time science series on American television, reaching an average of five million viewers weekly. The series remains committed to producing in-depth science programming in the form of hour-long (and occasionally longer) documentaries, from the latest
breakthroughs in technology to the deepest mysteries of the natural world. NOVA airs Wednesdays at 9pm ET/PT on WGBH Boston and most PBS stations. The Director of the WGBH Science Unit and Senior Executive Producer of NOVA is Paula S. Apsell.
Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and public television viewers.

Additional funding for Alien Planets Revealed and Monster Typhoon (w.t.) is provided by the Millicent and Eugene Bell Foundation.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Stuart Weitzman at the Grammys!

Solange Knowles attended Spotify and Troy Carter Pre-GRAMMY Music + Tech Party and Kate Beckinsale (seen in BeansTalk’s post yesterday) attended the Warner Music Group Annual GRAMMY Celebration, and both wore Stuart Weitzman’s  black goosebump nappa NUDIST sandals.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Kate Beckinsale attended Grammy parties wearing Rubin Singer’s black-and-red floral strapless mini dress. (Photo from Rubin Singer’s Facebook page)

Friday, January 24, 2014

New Foster the People

Foster the People (Photo: Photo credit: Darren Ankenman)

Foster The People are set to release their highly anticipated new album, Supermodel, on March 18 via Columbia Records. Produced by Paul Epworth, the globally influenced Supermodel is the follow-up to the group’s critically acclaimed 2011 debut Torches.
Recorded in various locations around the world, Supermodel began as frontman Mark Foster and producer Paul Epworth set up a writing studio in a riad in Essaouira, Morocco at the end of 2012. “We didn't have any rules. We just created as much as we could in seven days,” Foster recalls, “And in the spirit of wanderlust and discovery we ended up stumbling on the musical identity of what this record was going to feel like.” 
From Morocco the album continued to migrate with Foster and the band. Work continued at Woodshed Studios in Malibu, Henson Studios and Bronson Island in Los Angeles and was finished at Epworth’s Wolf Tone Studios in London.
Supermodel will be available for pre-order beginning Tuesday, January 14 and will include an instant download of the album’s first single “Coming Of Age” at and select digital retailers (see full track listing below). Fans can also listen to “Coming Of Age” now on the band’s website, where the song is set to a visual documenting the creation of a mural inspired by the new album. The mural lives on a building in downtown Los Angeles and, at seven stories tall, is one of the largest painted murals in the United States.  
To celebrate the announcement of Supermodel, Foster The People have confirmed two intimate club dates in Seattle and Portland on January 19 and 20. Tickets for both shows go on sale at 1:00p.m. PT/4:00p.m. ET today at The band is also confirmed to perform at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, CA on April 12 and 19.
Foster the People is Foster, Cubbie Fink and Mark Pontius. Founded by Foster in 2009, the group achieved success with the 2011 release of their debut album Torches, which has sold nearly 2 million albums and over 9 million singles worldwide. Torches features the #1 hit single “Pumped Up Kicks,” which was declared “the year’s anthem” by SPIN, and also spawned the chart topping singles “Don’t Stop (Color On The Walls),” “Houdini,” and “Helena Beat.” Foster the People garnered three GRAMMY nominations for their monumental debut, including Best Alternative Album, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Pumped Up Kicks” and Best Short Form Music Video for “Houdini.”

1. Are You What You Want to Be
2. Ask Yourself
3. Coming of Age
4. Nevermind
5. Pseudologia Fantastica
6. The Angelic Welcome of Mr. Jones
7. Best Friend
8. A Beginner’s Guide to Destroying the Moon
9. Goats in Trees
10. The Truth
11. Fire Escape
April 12                                                         Indio, CA                                                       Coachella
April 19                                                         Indio, CA                                                       Coachella

Apr 18: Las Vegas, NV—Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan*
Apr 19: Indio, CA—Coachella
Apr 25: Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium*
April 25-27: Kingston, GA—CounterPoint Music Festival
Apr 28: Tulsa, OK—Cain's Ballroom*
Apr 29: Dallas, TX—South Side Ballroom*
Apr 30: Houston, TX—Bayou Music Center* 
May 2 - 4: Tampa, FL—Big Guava Music Festival
May 3: New Orleans, LA—New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
May 5: Charlotte, NC—The Fillmore Charlotte*
May 9: Boston, MA—House of Blues*
May 13: Toronto, ON—Massey Hall*
May 15: Detroit, MI—The Fillmore Detroit*
May 16: Chicago, IL—Riviera Theater*
May 21: Vancouver, BC—Queen Elizabeth Theatre*
May 22: Portland, OR—Roseland Theater*
June 6-8: New York, NY—Governors Ball Music Festival
*with St. Lucia

Thursday, January 23, 2014

BeansTalk Celebrity Sighting

Alexis Denisof also has a recurring role as smarmy "Sandy Rivers" on his wife Allyson Hannigan's CBS series, "How I Met Your Mother."

Adorable Daddy-Daughter Date

Last night (22 January 2014), BeansTalk spotted "Wesley Windam-Pryce" of "Buffy"/"Angel" -- actor Alexis Denisof with his pretty little daughter Satyana at West Los Angeles' popular Blockheads Shavery. Too cute!
New Fray Album & Tour

The fourth album Helios from Denver-based foursome The Fray will be released February 25 on Epic Records. Of the new music, produced by Stuart Price (The Killers, Madonna, Keane) and Ryan Tedder (Adele, One Republic), Isaac Slade (piano, vocals) notes, “Working with Stuart was the best of both worlds. We brought our organic instruments, and he brought his arsenal of electronic antiques. This record is all about running to the front lines of what we’ve done and pushing our borders even farther. Electronic instruments, drum samples, enormous backing vocals, opening up our writing to folks outside our camp.”

The band premiered the lead single “Love Don’t Die” on the “Today Show,” kicked off the first night of late night television sweeps performing on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” rang in the New Year as part the global TV celebration  “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014,” and recently performance on the outdoor stage at Jimmy Kimmel Live! The Fray performed "Love Don't Die" on the outdoor stage at Jimmy Kimmel Live!:

The new music received early critical acclaim from Denver Post, as well as Billboard, which hailed its “bare emotion bolstered by echoing backing vocals and unexpected twang.” The video for “Love Don’t Die” is streaming now at Vevo Pre-order for the album is available now: The band will continue to tour in the new year, dates forthcoming. 

The Fray is Slade, Joe King (guitar, vocals), Dave Welsh (guitar), and Ben Wysocki (drums). The Denver-based foursome formed in 2002 after high school friends Slade and King bumped into each other at a local guitar shop. The Fray achieved national success with their 2005 debut, featuring the hit singles “Over My Head (Cable Car)” and “How to Save a Life,” which went double-platinum. The band also earned a 2010 Grammy nomination for their self-titled release.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Katy Perry's World Tour
Coming to A City Near You
Katy Perry

Katy Perry will kick off the North American leg of her The Prismatic World Tour on June 22 in Raleigh, North Carolina.  The 46-city tour is presented by Goldenvoice, a division of AEG Live.   She will tour in support of PRISM,which debuted at number one on The Billboard 200 and remains in the Top Ten three months after release.  The platinum album has given Perry her biggest  single with "Roar", while "Dark Horse" just became her lucky 13th Top Ten hit on The Billboard Hot 100.
Capital Cities, Kacey Musgraves and Tegan and Sara will open for Katy in different markets during the 4-month North American tour.
"The Prismatic World Tour is coming to light up some of my favorite North American cities this summer, as well as some new cities that you introduced me to through your video requests" said Perry.  "This colorful show will bring you all the songs you know as well as ones from my new album, PRISM. I'm so excited that I got to hand-select some of my favorite artists to join me on this journey - I know you'll love Capital Cities, Kacey Musgraves and Tegan and Sara as much as I do."
The stage, specifically designed by Perry for The Prismatic World Tour, allows her to get closer to her fans than ever before.   The one-of-a-kind set design will provide concert-goers with a truly magical experience from every angle in the arena. Ticket offerings include a limited number of general admission tickets in the intimate "Reflection Section". 
Citi® is the official credit card of The Prismatic World Tour.   Citi® cardmembers will have access to pre-sale tickets beginning Tuesday, January 21 at 10:00 am local time through Citi's Private Pass® Program.  For complete pre-sale details visit  Fans will also have the opportunity to purchase tickets early via Facebook tomorrow, January 23. Details for Facebook pre-sale and the general on sale will be announced soon.  Additional information is available at  
"We are ecstatic to have teamed with Katy around the release of her Number One smash albumPRISM, including featuring her hit single "Roar" in our television advertising" said Jennifer Breithaupt, Senior Vice President of Entertainment Marketing, Citi.  "After working with Katy on a highly successful launch event benefit at the Hollywood Bowl and seeing our customers' delight at her exclusive pre-show experience, we are thrilled to partner with her on The Prismatic World Tour  and know our customers will not be disappointed."
As the official cosmetic partner of The Prismatic World Tour,  COVERGIRL wants to help Katy Perry fans across the country rock their beautiful. Look for exciting COVERGIRL tour updates at and follow COVERGIRL on tour with Perry on Instagram at @covergirl.
Perry is teaming up with Tickets-for-Charity again to offer fans some of the very best seats in the house to benefit important charitable causes, available exclusively at  Additionally, $1 from each ticket sold for the North American leg of The Prismatic World Tour will be donated to UNICEF.
The 11-time GRAMMY® nominated singer cemented her status as a best-selling superstar with the global success of her second studio album, Teenage Dream, which debuted at #1 in 8 countries and spent over two years on Billboard's Top 200 album sales chart. She became the only female artist to have 5 #1 singles from one album on the Billboard Hot 100 chart ("California Gurls," "Teenage Dream," "Firework," "E.T." and "Last Friday Night"). The special edition, Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection, added "Part of Me" and "Wide Awake" to Perry's list of nine Top 40 chart-toppers (dating back to her multi-platinum debut album, 2008's One of the Boys, which generated four hit singles: "I Kissed A Girl," "Hot N Cold," "Thinking of You" and "Waking Up In Vegas"). The Prismatic World Tour is Perry s first tour since 2011's sold-out California Dreams Tour, which was the subject of 2012's 3D feature film, Katy Perry: Part Of Me, the fifth biggest music documentary of all time.

Raleigh, NC
PNC Arena *
Washington, DC
Verizon Center *
Nashville, TN
Bridgestone Arena *
Atlanta, GA
Philips Arena *
Tampa, FL
Tampa Bay Times Forum *
Sunrise, FL
BB&T Center *
Miami, FL
AmericanAirlines Arena *
New York, NY
Madison Square Garden *
Newark, NJ
Prudential Center *
Montreal, QC
Bell Centre *
Ottawa, ON
Canadian Tire Centre *
Toronto, ON
Air Canada Centre *
Pittsburgh, PA
CONSOL Energy Center *
Brooklyn, NY
Barclays Center *
Boston, MA
TD Garden *
Philadelphia, PA
Wells Fargo Center *
Chicago, IL
United Center *
Grand Rapids, MI
Van Andel Arena ^
Auburn Hills, MI
The Palace of Auburn Hills ^
Columbus, OH
Nationwide Arena ^
Cleveland, OH
Quicken Loans Arena ^
Louisville, KY
KFC Yum! Center ^
St. Louis, MO
Scottrade Center ^
Kansas City, MO
Sprint Center ^
Lincoln, NE
Pinnacle Bank Arena ^
Minneapolis, MN
Target Center ^
Fargo, ND
Winnipeg, MB
MTS Centre ^
Saskatoon, SK
Credit Union Centre ^
Calgary, AB
Scotiabank Saddledome ^
Edmonton, AB
Rexall Place ^
Vancouver, BC
Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena #
Portland, OR
Moda Center #
Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Dome #
Anaheim, CA
Honda Center #
Los Angeles, CA
STAPLES Center #
San Jose, CA
SAP Center #
Glendale, AZ Arena #
Las Vegas, NV
MGM Grand Garden Arena #
Salt Lake City, UT
EnergySolutions Arena #
Denver, CO
Pepsi Center #
Dallas, TX
American Airlines Center #
Memphis, TN
FedExForum #
Tulsa, OK
BOK Center #
New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Arena #
Houston, TX
Toyota Center ~

*With Capital Cities
^ With Kasey Musgraves
# With Tegan and Sara

For more information please visit
The Prismatic World Tour Announcement Video:

AEG Live, the live-entertainment division of Los Angeles-based AEG, is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance. AEG Live is comprised of touring, festival, broadcast, merchandise and special event divisions, fifteen regional offices and owns, operates or exclusively books thirty-five state-of-the-art venues. AEG Live's touring divisions of Concerts West, Atlanta Worldwide Touring, The Messina Group, AEG Live New York and Europe, and Marshall Arts consistently promotes and produces top 10 international tours. The company currently produces residency shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and is the exclusive promoter at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. AEG Live is also the largest producer of music festivals in North America from the critically acclaimed Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival to Stagecoach Country Music Festival and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.