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Hobbiteer Emma Watson’s New Day
It’s the pixie-cut hair and flawless skin that give her away. Emma Watson is dressed unobtrusively in a cotton flower-print French Connection dress and beige sandals, but she is unmistakable. Fans have accosted her five times in the past half hour alone. Today is the actress’s twenty-first birthday, and she is determined to spend it as she pleases—which means a leisurely mid-morning latte followed by a stroll through the Joan Miró exhibition at London’s Tate Modern.
Emma ignores the stares and continues to chat animatedly about Miró’s willingness to take risks with his art. An avid painter herself—“I love it and have a need to do it”—she can talk eloquently about every picture on the wall. Her favorite is The Farm, a painting once owned by Ernest Hemingway that brought the artist his first taste of success outside Spain. What she admires, Emma tells me, is that Miró was both a draftsman and a painter, unafraid to combine these talents to create something that was simultaneously surreal and hyperreal
`FEMME FATALE` TOUR KICKOFF
Meet Petra Ecclestone, the 22-year-old British heiress to the Formula One auto racing empire who just purchased the most expensive home in the U.S
Neil Patrick Harris, Hugh Jackman
The 2011 CFDA Fashion Awards were announced this week in New York, and now you can get a piece of a collection that’s sure to make history. Here are the standout items from each winner that we suggest you co-opt for your closet
Friendly Fires – Biz Session
Glitz And Glamour Of The Races
January Jones: Strong Smoky Eyes
More than just films get debuted at the 64th annual Cannes Film Festival. When filmmakers, celebs, and actors gather in the South of France, it’s a festival of arts and glamour.
Cheryl Cole is a sizzle hit in Cannes
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The British singer arrives at the screening of Habemus Papam (We Have a Pope), directed Nanni Moretti, on May 13, 2011.
Foo Fighters headline Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Carlisle
The US rockers played an 80-minute greatest hits set to finish off a day that also saw performances from Black Eyed Peas, Tinie Tempah
Lady Gaga headlines the second day of Europe’s biggest free ticketed music festival with another 20,000 fans expected.
The 64th Cannes film festival is getting under way with Woody Allen’s latest romantic comedy Midnight in Paris opening the 11-day event on the French Riviera
An impressive turn out of stars are due to be converging on Cannes, with Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz expected on the red carpet for 3-D adventure Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
Twenty films are up for the highly coveted Palme d’Or this year.
Oscar-winner Robert De Niro, who starred in past Palme d’Or winners Taxi Driver and The Mission, is heading the jury which includes Hollywood stars Uma Thurman and Jude Law.
Oprah Winfrey and BFF Gayle King Talk 25 Years of TV
By Sarah Durham Wilson
Tuesday May 10, 2011
Oprah Winfrey, in 1986 (left) and 2011
Kates Sister Pippa Blast from the Past
The horoscope is daily, weekly, monthly and yearly. And from now the new couple’s horoscope
Themes from autumn-winter 2011 pre-collections
Themes from autumn-winter 2011 pre-collections
Look of the day
The look of TV’s most famous “mentalist”. Photogallery
Discover what the stars have in store for you and your love life from April 15th to May 15th
Look of The Day
Disco vibes from the catwalks
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Vogue Video Lab
Beauty in Vogue
Focus on the eyes. Exclusively for vogue.it Clio shows how to create the perfect make-up for your Spring evenings
Gold Is Gold
Every year, music’s hippest fans swarm to the California desert for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. See our exclusive images from entertainment’s wildest weekend.
Gallery: Coachella Fans
The annual New York film festival kicks off Wednesday with documentaries featuring Elton John and Carol Channing, and films that zero in on violence in South Africa, miscegenation in the South and AIDS in Zambia. See photos.
Documentaries chronicling the making of Elton John’s album with Leon Russell, the struggles of transsexual tennis ace Renee Richards, and the career of Broadway great Carol Channing, along with a new movie starring Oscar winner Adrien Brody and a British buddy comedy are among the features at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, which begins Wednesday, April 20 and runs through May 1. Juries composed of such luminaries as Nora Ephron, Dianne Wiest, Whoopi Goldberg, and Atom Egoyan will award $175,000 in cash and prizes to winners in the annual festival’s six categories: World Narrative, World Documentary, Emerging Narrative, Emerging Documentary, Narrative Short Film, Documentary and Student Short Film. Here’s a look at the lineup:
Gallery: Hottest Films of Tribeca 2011
Water for Elephants
Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson star in the film (based on Sara Gruen’s best-selling novel), which was styled by costume designer Jaqueline West, who did a lot of research to create accurate period pieces. “You just don’t find 1930s circus costumes on the rack of any costume house,” she said of the type of wardrobe needed for the drama–which centers around a traveling circus.
We’re just four months into 2011, but it’s already turning out to be Jennifer Lopez’s year. After enjoying a career revitalization, following her January debut as a judge on ratings juggernaut American Idol and the release of new music, the actress and singer has been picked to grace the cover of People magazine’s Most Beautiful issue. The publication’s special issue is scheduled to hit newsstands today.
Chris Rock’s new Broadway play, “The Motherf**ker With the Hat” debuted Monday night
The 46-year-old comedian has starred in over 35 films and hosted the Academy Awards, but he said he was excited to see how this experience would hone his acting skills.
“In a weird way, this is like the acting school I never got to go to,” said Rock, “And I’m very interested in seeing how this affects the rest of my work, ‘Cause in a weird way it feels like I knew nothing. It’s like, I almost wanna buy back all my movies. It’s like, ‘I’m sorry, America! I didn’t know what I was doing.’”
Framework: Join us for a one-night-only pop-up photography show April 14
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April is the Month of Photography in Los Angeles, so we decided we wanted to have a little party with a one-evening-only, pop-up gallery experience. We’ve put together a curated collection of amazing photography by Times photojournalists in a fantastic and unconventional setting. Join us, meet the staff, talk photography, like us, blog about the event, bring lots of your friends. It’s something new for us that we really want to share with you. And it’s the same night as Downtown Art Walk, so let’s make an evening out of it.
Vogue Italia‘s April issue — and we would have never recognized the actress, what with the super blunt haircut we thought we could put off circa 1993 and all. But the new ‘do goes swimmingly with the labels she’s shilling and the cleavage she’s showing.
In a behind-the-scenes interview that you can watch here, Alba told the glossy, “My own style is probably a mixture of high and low. I’m definitely into sort of layering and I like mystery so I don’t put it all out there. I play dress up for a living — for photo shoots and for working and movies or whatnot — I sort of wear more revealing things that show my body. But in life I like things that have a little bit more mystery. I like things that are elegant and chic, but then a little rock-and-roll.”
“I have always been very aware of my looks – she continues – and I have worked hard to work on them and keep them”. Strict diets and athletic training have always been part of her agenda. But since she has had a daughter, her attitude has changed. “After the pregnancy, I felt liberated. I learnt how to accept my body and I give less importance to my appearance”, says the actress, now expecting her second child due to be born in the summer.
Meet Jack Nicholson’s Actress Daughter!
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Before joining the cast of Soul Surfer (in theaters April 8), Lorraine Nicholson sought some A-list acting advice from her dad, Jack Nicholson.
“He’s my mentor,” she told UsMagazine.com at Wednesday’s L.A. premiere. “I’m going into the family business because we’re so close and he’s such an inspiration. I admire him so much.”
Still, the 20-year-old actress takes what her Oscar-winning father says with a grain of salt.
“My grandma always told my father, ‘Don’t toot your own horn,’ which in Nicholson speak means, ‘Be modest and let your work speak for yourself,'” she said. “That’s sort of what I applied to not only my acting work, but my every day work.”
During the debut photoshoot of Victoria’s Secret new swimwear collection, South African model Candice Swanepoel’s noticeably skinny frame evoked much speculation and criticism.
Candice, however, looked much fuller during the VS Secret swimsuit catalogue which was released in the month of January.
In response to the speculations, the 22-year old model maintains that she is “healthy and happy” and that there is no reason for worry.
3D Sex & Zen: Extreme Ecstasy’ Makes the Cut for Singapore
A little less sex was just what the censor ordered for Singapore.
HONG KONG — The makers of 3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy are presenting Singapore with a heavily self-censored release with more than 18 minutes of the completed film cut, executive producer Stephen Shiu Jr. told The Hollywood Reporter. The film is repped by Shiu’s own One Dollar Distribution at Filmart.
Obliging the demand for the Singapore distributor to follow the strict censorship and conservative culture in there, executive producer Shiu and director Christopher Sun have sliced off scenes of group sex, oral sex, sadomasochism, and those linking religion and sex to assemble a tamer, 110-minute version for the audience aged 21 or above in the territory.
“We have to trim the major parts of a scene of a female character seducing a monk,” said Shiu, adding “no physical contact is allowed between a woman and a person in a religious order. We’re told that any portrayal of religion and portrayal of sex must be separate.” The same version will be released in India.
Three minutes of footage depicting group sex has been left on the cutting floor for the South Korean edition.
The film has also captured the attention of the rest of the world.
The $3 million 3D erotica promises to push the boundaries of public decency and sensory stimulation with “edge of the bed” action in stereoscopic 3D. Rights have been sold to Singapore, India, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, France, Peru, and Russia. The enthusiastic international demand serves as compensation for not having the lucrative Chinese market – the filmmakers had ruled out any possibility of bringing the film into China from the outset.
The Hong Kong theatrical version of the period sex romp is set and approved for release on April 14 at 118 minutes, but a full 129-minute director’s cut has been made. The producers will decide whether to release it in Hong Kong cinemas depending on public demand and local censors, or on DVD; European distributors can choose between the two versions. Advance tickets to the film in Hong Kong went on sale in mid-March, with more than 5,000 tickets already sold in Hong Kong; Shui said he has received orders of up to 100,000 tickets from Chinese mainland tourists coming to Hong Kong during the film’s release.
3D Sex and Zen is a reimagining of the 1991 Category III hit Sex and Zen, produced by Shiu’s father Stephen Shiu Sr., which broke records with more than HK$20 million ($2.6 million) at the box office and ushered in an era of Category III erotica in the 1990s. Shiu Sr. produced and wrote the script for the 3D update.
As executive producer, Shui Jr. described the film, in all its versions, as “bolder and more graphic than 9 1?2 Weeks, but not to the level of Caligula.” He also believed 3D is the perfect format for erotica: “From the first time I came to know this genre, I’ve hoped I could watch it in 3D.”
The film was shot with RED digital 4K cameras and postproduction was done by Hong Kong’s Digital Magic, which was previously involved in Hong Kong’s first 3D horror film, Universe’s Child’s Eye 3D. The film is now pending approval from IMAX to release as IMAX 3D. Shiu said the company is concerned about the subject matter and genre, which has never been associated with IMAX before.
Originally touted as the world’s first stereoscopic 3D erotica at its announcement in January 2009, 3D Sex and Zen was beaten to the screen by South Korea’s Natali from director Joo Kyung-jung. That film was announced in June 2010, filmed from last May through September, and released last October. Shiu was unreserved in his fury for being pre-empted: “I think that is despicable behavior. The makers of Natali rushed their production to steal our thunder. But at the end, the audience voted with their feet. That film was a failure everywhere it was released.”
Uma Thurman, Hotties Some of the time, Uma Thurman looks hot. Other times, she definitely does not. What do you make of the metallic Lanvin coat dress and crystal-encrusted Jimmy Choo sandals the “Kill Bill” actress recently wore to a movie premiere in Hollywood
In My Opinion: Natalie Portman’s Top Six Films
From ‘The Professional’ to ‘Black Swan’, where do the films fall?
Yesterday I posted a picture of Jean Reno and Natalie Portman from The Professional, simply because I stumbled across the photo about a week or two ago and felt it fit a slight lull in content. Then a few people began ranking and discussing Portman’s other films, which got me to thinking about what my favorite Portman films were and how I would rank them.
For the sake of this argument, Portman’s film career started very early so this also means there were a few notable films she was in that I don’t necessarily consider “Natalie Portman films”. If I had considered them both, Heat and Mars Attacks! would have made this list, but her contribution to both isn’t enough to warrant placement, though I tried hard to make a case for Heat.
Also, before we get to the six I chose as my favorite Portman films, I should say I haven’t seen Anywhere But Here, Where the Heart Is, True, Domino One, Free Zone, Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium or The Other Woman. So that’s why this isn’t a top ten. I didn’t want to resort to Brothers or The Other Boleyn Girl just because I hadn’t seen enough of her movies. So, I stopped where I wanted to and six became the magic number.
Let’s get to it.
|Beautiful Girls (1996)|
|I should note that yesterday was the first time I had ever seen this movie. I’d heard it was good for many years and finally had enough reason to make sure I watched it, and I thank all those that told me I should, it was well worth it.I also debated with this one the same way I debated Heat and Mars Attacks!, and while Portman’s role in this film isn’t huge by any means, it’s much larger and far more consequential than it is in those other two films so it felt like an easy decision. On top of that, it was a good performance and a great role and a film that’s worthy of some kind of 15th anniversary release this year though with Miramax in the dumper I’m not counting on it.|
|Black Swan (2010)|
|I think it’s too early to really tell where Black Swan falls in relation to Portman’s career. It is definitely top five material, but, considering the films I have at spots 1 thru 3, the highest I think this film will ever be able to get for me is #4.Portman’s performance is spot-on in a role she now seems like the only actress who could pull it off. The film itself is equally impressive as an examination of the will and drive of a performance artist seeking perfection. I still remember staring at the screen for the duration of the credits after seeing it at the Toronto International Film Festival last September, it’s a film I was glad to have seen in the theater as I’m not sure it will ever have the same effect at home.|
|Garden State (2004)|
|Here we have the film that probably contains Portman’s “cutest” performance. There is very little not to like about Portman as Sam, the soft-helmet wearing neighborhood cutie. In fact, this film would probably rank a little higher if it wasn’t so chock-full of cute, indie moments. I love this movie every time I watch it, but it is also one that sort of sticks with you for a long time, like a soft piece of caramel wedges in your teeth. It’s a film I can watch once a year and enjoy, but I need that 365-day separation before I’m ready for another bite.Thinking about this film again also made me wonder just what the hell happened to Zach Braff. After this film he had a string of acting busts and none of this directorial follow-ups came to fruition. Too bad, this film shows some serious promise.|
|V for Vendetta (2006)|
|If I wasn’t taking Portman’s performances into consideration V for Vendetta would be at #1, simply because it is my “favorite” film Portman is in, but I’d say she is about only 25% of the reason for that. I think Portman is great in this film, but I think I love the ideas in this film more than anything else. I love Hugo Weaving’s performance and how much he was able to emote simply with his voice as he has to hide his face behind a mask for the duration. But more than that, I love the dialogue and all the credit there goes to Alan Moore.|
|In terms of Natalie’s post-teenage roles, I think her performance in Closer is her best. It’s the film she should have won an Oscar for, even as much as Cate Blanchett may have embodied Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator, Portman had the better performance and the film hinged on it. Beyond that, I also love this film, it’s sexy, sultry, dirty, emotional and damaging. It forces you to feel something be it disgust, empathy or guilt by association. I’d also equate it to Garden State in that it’s a film I can’t watch on a regular basis, but I could play this one in the background on a loop just to hear Patrick Marber’s fantastic dialogue performed at the highest level.|
|Leon: The Professional (1994)|
|If we’re going to talk Portman performances The Professional is at the top of the list. Because if you like any of Portman’s latter performances you can look back to this one film and see hints of everything she’s done since from her wide smile, her angular glare and her tear-soaked sobs.Last night I watched Beautiful Girls, The Professional and V for Vendetta to prepare for this write-up and there wasn’t a thing from those two other films that wasn’t visible in this one performance.Performance aside, this is just one hell of a film and one you’d probably also find at or near the top of my list should I ever decide to rank the films of Gary Oldman, Jean Reno or Luc Besson. It’s a film that’s hard to take your eyes off of thanks to the powerful acting and unforgiving narrative.|
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