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Murphy guested with ‘Ringer’ star Sarah Michelle Gellar on WWHL and in an After Show segment, a huge fan of SMG called in to ask Murphy if he would ever use her on ‘Glee’. Murphy said he would use her on anything. Then he made an AHS reach out to Gellar saying:
‘I want Sarah to come on American Horror and do like 1 episode as some great thing, a part that I would write for her, like something glamorous and sexy-- [looks at Gellar] you could do that.’
Gellar said, ‘That would be fun’ and ‘I could try’.
@ the Joseph Abboud show
@ the amFAR Gala
@ a Mercedes-Benz show
Last year, The Legend of Zelda celebrated its 25th anniversary with the release of Skyward Sword, a critical success that is also the fastest-selling Zelda game in franchise history. It’s impressive enough for any franchise to last that long — all the more so in the videogame industry, which has seen whole empires rise and fall in just a few decades of existence. But even more intriguing is that Zelda was merely the second franchise to hit that benchmark: The previous year, Super Mario turned 25 with the release of Super Mario Galaxy 2, another critical success that became one of the Wii’s top-selling titles.
And although every videogame is a massive undertaking — requiring hundreds of people working thousands of overtime hours — it’s fair to say that one man hovers over both franchises. Shigeru Miyamoto has been a major creative force at Nintendo since the dawn of the videogame era, and his achievements run from the primordial 8-bit era through the steady graphics evolution of the ’90s right up to the modern era of mobile gaming. Miyamoto got on the phone (via translator) with EW to talk about recent Nintendo releases. When asked about any upcoming projects he might (or might not) be working on, Miyamoto said — with what sounded like a smile on his face — “I’m sorry. I need to refrain from saying anything.”
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: I just completed Skyward Sword, which really makes good use of the Motion Plus controller. Can you talk a little bit about how existence of Motion Control changes the development process of these videogames?
SHIGERU MIYAMOTO: First of all, thank you for completing Skyward Sword. You probably know more than I do when it comes to the game, because the version I played was actually the prototype. The version I played through was more challenging than the version you did.
The very first Legend of Zelda game for Wii was Twilight Princess. At the time when we were designing the Wii remote, we were thinking about incorporating the pointer functionality into the new Legend of Zelda game. I think, to some extent, our efforts worked out. For example: When players were trying to aim at some objects in order to shoot an arrow, or fire the hookshot, we came up with something really handy. Unfortunately, when the player was required to take a sudden and immediate action, and aim at something with a pointer, it took some time. And Link could not perfectly reproduce whatever you were doing.
We really wanted to do that. With the Wii Motion Sensing technology, it became possible. So we were able to incorporate the real sword-fight feature. It’s not like you’re just fighting by freely waving your sword. [In Skyward Sword], you need to see how your opponent is acting. You’re taking into consideration your opponent’s movements. It’s actually a real sword fight!
You said that you had played an earlier version of Skyward Sword that was more challenging. How much more difficult was it?
As the development period goes on, we get accustomed to the content and the gameplay and the riddles and whatnot. The developer is almost always thinking, “It’s too easy for me. It must be too easy for the player, as well.” The same with designing bosses: Because the developers are supposed to be very, very skillful in challenging these tough enemies, they often make the boss too tough. It’s a dilemma we always have as developers.
Back in those days, the ways in which we could entertain people in the videogame world were rather limited. And because of that, [having the gamers] find out any and all the solutions themselves was one of the most important elements. Today, there are many, many ways to entertain people in one single videogame. And the Internet has made it so easy for people to ask for clues. We are mindful of that changing circumstance. Whenever we are making the game, we are making it for those who really need and want to know about a solution or a hint. But there are those who do not want to ask for those kind of hints. They really want to solve any riddles or challenges for himself, for herself. We are mindful of both of these types of people whenever we are making these games today.
If I understand the ending of Skyward Sword correctly, it’s supposed to be the prequel of the entire Legend of Zelda franchise. Is the chronology and story of the franchise something that interests you, or are you more focused on gameplay?
Story is very important for Zelda. In terms of the priority order, first of all, of course, is making the best possible game ever over anything else. Second, we are doing best to make the story consistent throughout the entire series. Hopefully people won’t point out any contradictions.
Both Mario and Zelda have celebrated their 25th anniversary. What’s it like to still be working on these franchises so many years later?
When I first worked on the very first Mario game, I thought I would make Mario again and again, so that it would grow in conjunction with the technology. Mickey Mouse is a character that grew with the evolution of animation technology and motion picture technology. I thought that maybe I could do the same thing with Mario — he would be the character who grew with the evolution of digital technology. But I didn’t know if Mario could really be appealing to fans. The fact that Super Mario could celebrate the 25th anniversary last year might be the testament that people are appreciating it.
What is a typical day for you like when you’re working on big games like this? Or are you working on several different games at once?
At any given time, I am overseeing approximately seven titles at once. When one game is coming to the final tune-up period — the final development completion period — I I need to concentrate on one game, regardless sof how many other titles I am overseeing. Other than that period, I’m often involved in taking care of the basic control system of any software titles. Usually, my day goes by seeing a lot of the data. I play the prototype myself, and give the feedback to developers via e-mail.
Looking ahead, as part of the release of the Wii U, you’ll be working on Pikmin 3. Are you excited to bring that back as part of the new console?
Originally, I was making Pikmin 3 would be launched on the Wii platform. Because the Wii U is capable of HD quality pictures, and will be accompanied by the subscreen on your hand. I thought that I would be able to make a Pikmin that was closer to my ideal. I am now actually enjoying myself, working on the game.
I have an important question. Nintendo has also just released Mariokart 7 for the 3DS. In every iteration of Mariokart, I’ve always preferred to play as Toad. Who’s your favorite character?
That’s the most challenging question! I’m sorry that I cannot come up with an interesting answer. Somehow, it’s habit to me, but I play with Mario. He’s a very balanced character.
Who’s your least favorite character?
My favorite character is your least favorite character?
I understand that he has some popularity. Somehow.
Last question: In a couple of different Zelda games, there’s a mysterious hand that appears that’s never really explained. In Skyward Sword, the hand appears in a toilet. Can you explain to me what that hand is?
In the original Legend of Zelda game, a gigantic hand appears and grabs you at the entrance to a dungeon. Actually, that has nothing to do with Skyward Sword. [Laughs] It’s actually something from a Japanese ghost story. Not a specific ghost story. There are some ghost stories in Japan where — when you are sitting in the bathroom in the traditional style of the Japanese toilet — a hand is actually starting to grab you from beneath. It’s a very scary story.
There certainly have been a fair few games starring those famous Japanesse born Pocket monsters. The Pokémon phenomenon peaked in popularity around the turn of the millennium, and still retain a firm following today. The main titles have filled our gaming lives with hours upon hours of handheld RPG fun with there various coloured installments since 1996.
Developers GameFreak are the proud creators of the wildly popular franchise, taking it on themselves to produce each of the main game titles. The problem comes from other developers who purchase the rights. Obviously there are some great uses of the franchise, allowing fans to deepen their relationship with the creatures, some note worthy examples, are the Pokémon anima TV series, the Pokémon Movies (which still going, now on there 14th installment) and the Pokémon Trading Cards (produced by Creatures Inc, who also own part of the rights to Pokémon along with GameFreak). But as we’ll soon find out there are meny games that take the franchise and create some irrelevant and unnecessary games that do nothing to deepen the Pokémon universe, flesh out the story or even bare any resemblance to the main titles. Just remember that the main games are about a player who ensembles and levels up a team of creatures by battle others.
Before we start, a quick note; we’ve had to let a few go, a top ten sounds better, but honorable mentions go to Pokémon Channel, Pokémon Puzzle Challenge and Pokémon Project Studio, you really did suck as games but just didn’t make it onto the top ten, sorry guys. There are a few other sequels and prequels to the games on the list that basically do the same as the originals. Also a big shout out to Battle & Get! Pokémon Typing DS, to be fair, this one was only released in Japan but that doesn’t make it any less hilarious As you can imagine it’s about typing, it comings with a full keyboard add-on. The player must type the on screen letters fast enough as Pokémon bounce towards them. This title makes me feel sorry for everyone involved, at any stage:
Without further ado, here it is WhatCulture’s definitive run down of the Pokémon games that didn’t need to be made:
10. PokéPark Wii: Pikachu’s Adventure
Let's Just Pick all the Cutest Pokémon and Make Them Hold Hands and Get Along
Ok so maybe even the main games are aimed at kids after all, but they are not simple or childish, at the core there is relatively complex RPG system. Yes, some Pokémon are cute and brightly coloured, but the generation that found them cool have grown up a little since the late 90’s. So why is PokéPark Wii: Pikachu’s Adventure, aimed at mentally challenged two years olds?
The player controls Pikachu, the reluctant poster child for the Pokémon world, as he attempts to save the world. Pikachu has to travel about the place to find bits of a “Sky Prism”, because the badass that is Mew asked him to, not sure why Mew could do this himself, probably hungover or just lazy. But anyway if Pikachu fails the sky will fall in, so Pika has to do a bunch of mini-games with his Poké pals.
Nice Empty Open Spaces to Explore
The game makes out as though Pokémon are friendly critters that just want to have fun, but I know from the main games that they want nothing more than to smash each others brains in with rocks or peck an opponents eye out. I’ve seen Pokémon electrocute each other unconscious, i’ve seen Pokémon nearly drown from a hydro blast, and here this game is trying to tell me that all they do is play around all day holding hands, no, just no, I’ve seen to much to believe their lies.
9. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red/Blue Rescue Team
Just Havin' a Chat
In this one, the human character wakes up as a Pokémon (unlikely) and you go around town chatting to all the other pocket creatures. Apparently the rapture is coming so there are lots of natural disasters happening and the only viable form of employment is to start a rescue team, to earn rescue point (useful right?) buy completing jobs in dungeons, what?
Who needed this game, who though; “I’ve just spent 50 hours of my life on Pokémon Ruby, I need more, but playing as a human was boring and so was completing a relatively logical story, I want to start a squad that deals with the aftermaths environmental catastrophes in a dungeon setting or something”.
This one is annoying, it does the same thing that happens in a lot of the extra content, it anthropomorphises Pokémon, it takes these creatures that aren’t even capable of saying anything other than their own name and it pretends they can run a society. It gives Pokémon names like Gerry, as you engage them in small talk, they run shops as if they are proficient in stock management. It’s also greedy, not happy with being on just one console generation it straddles two, the Red version is for the Game Boy Advanced and the Blue version is for the DS, so if you do want to catch them all, you need to spend loads of money no new consoles.
8. Pokémon Stadium
Fire vs Water? Silly Move There Charizard
Watching your Pokemon battle it out in full 3D 64-bit glory sounded like a good idea on paper, but paper is a fallible thing. In reality a series of slow, repetitive, non-eventful, turn-based fights on your Nintendo 64, was disappointing at best. For some reason the developers didn’t think it would be important to include any sort of story line, as if the fun in the main games come from just the battles, and all the rest of that stuff was irrelevant.
Although the Pokémon looked great (by N64 standards) the stadiums and arenas where incredible bland and bleak. A battle starts with Poké Balls thrown into a large empty space, two Pokémon pop out and fight, with nothing else around them– not exactly a feast for the eyes there Nintendo. There is a commentator who tries his hardest to inject some sort of excitement to the preceding but his voice and choice of words repeated over and over each battle become very annoying very quickly.
I can Feel The Excitement
The only potentially redeeming feature was the ability to transfer Pokémon from the Game Boy main games, but this was only in North America. The dream of seeing my beloved Poké-friends battle on a bigger screen sounded great, and I’m sure it was, but for some reason those racists at Nintendo hate the europeans, with a passion, I assume.
In much the same way that books are generally better than there film adaptations, it turns out that Pokémon battles are better left to the imagination.
7. Pokemon Link
It’s a kind decision to exclude Pokémon Pinball from the list, on the grounds that every game franchise ever, has a pinball game somewhere: Sonic Pinball Party, Kirby’s Pinball Land and The Pinball of the Dead to name a few. What could not be excused is Pokemon Link or Pokemon Trozei, for the DS, if you are from anywhere in the world outside of Europe. If you haven’t played this one, don’t worry, it’s nothing to do with Pokémon, and that’s just the problem. This Tetris style puzzler could have used any sort of branding, but went for our friends the Pokémon. This isn’t the worst game of the list but it certainly is irrelevant to the Pokémon world.
Cruel I Know, This What happens When You Crush Pokémon On Top of Each Other
In this title the player must force Pokémon on top of each other, tightly packing them together like battery farmed chickens, with total disregard for Poké-rights and well being. I am a supporter and campaigner for free range Pokémon, which is why this game makes me sick.
So I get that there are lots of Pokémon and that can lend it’s self well to a join the blocks puzzle game, but apart from that there is no reason for this Pokémon abuse.
6. Pokémon Rumble
In the WiiWare title Pokémon Rumble you play as a toy Pokémon, wait –why would I want to play as a toy Pokemon, as if Pokemon are real in the first place. The “toy” Pokémon look and behave just as a “real” one would. I guess this is just a half hearted attempt to convince parents that there it isn’t really a violent game.
A Lot of The Game Looks Like This; Dull
The main Pokémon series is a strategic minefield in which the player must carefully balance his selection of Pokémon against the opponents abilities, leveling up and evolving, in order to make it through the tricky RPG gameplay. In Pokémon Rumble all you need to do it button mash your way through linear environments to get to the next trampoline thing. Playing as a Pokémon you attack anything that standing in you way on your quest to… ummm …well, be a better Pokémon. The game plays as mindless fun similar to the popular Smash TV, that is to say popular in the early 1990’s and is laughable simple by todays standards.
5. Pokemon Snap
I Don't Want to Photograph Within A Game!
A popular title at the time of it’s release, with many of us excited to see Pokémon for the first time in 3D on a home console. The game promised a full 3D world populated by all of favorite Pokémon, just waiting to be explored, and it delivered this, kinda. The was set in a 3D island with Pokémon bouncing around but who wants to play what is essentially an on-rails shooter, in which you can only shoot in the photographic sense. Ok game, you want me to take pictures of Pokemon with my camera…why? I could shoot them with a gun, they are not real, “Pokémon Hunter” would have been awesome. Cameras in games have always been a weird idea for me, cameras capture something from the real world in a way that enhances it, so you can say stuff like “I was there” or doesn’t it look pretty.A picture is worth a thousand world, but what the hell is a picture of a Pokémon in a game supposed to tell me. So that I can have convosations like this: “Let me see you photos bro, aww thats a sweet jiggly puff pic”.
Apparently EVERY Pokémon Loves Apples
The game was made up of 6 different levels, or courses, each one a different environment, allowing for a variety of Pokémon to be immortalised in film. As the photographer you where able to throw apples at the unsuspecting wild animals, either to attract them or to hit them in there silly Poké heads, the closes thing to fun in the whole game.
4. Pokémon Trading Card Game
Your Doing It Wrong
There where a few points during my school years when it was perfectly acceptable to approach a few pupil that you may have never met and greet them with the phrase “What you got?”. A simple and direct question that skips over the niceties, designed to let the other child know that you wished to view their collection. This phrase was applied (to a kid growing up in Reading) to Football trading cards of 1996, followed by POG’s 1997 and my beloved Pokémon trading cards circa 2000. The last big fad that I engaged in at school, I still proudly keep my card collection, in the hope that someday, someone rich big shot will pay real money for a tattered shiny Riachu or Blastios.
...Playing With Fictional Cards
The joy of trading cards came from the social intersection and the ability to barter your way to a better deck. The physical nature of the cards themselves, the joy of ownership as a child. The ability to improve your collection and show others, battling friends with your new shinys.
Why then did anyone decide to make this past time (that already is based on characters from a game) back into a game. Unless you were one of those weird home-school kids or you just didn’t have any friends, there is no excise for this game. If you couldn’t afford cards, how could you afford a game worth way more than I ever spent on the cards? If you want to play a Pokémon game, play the main series, a critically acclaimed RPG masterpiece, not a digital card game more sad than crying yourself to sleep on a friday night.
3. Hey You, Pikachu!
Kinda Like Seaman For the Dreamcast But Even Worse
Ever wanted to talk to Pikachu? No? Well nows your chance! Hey You, Pikachu is perhaps not the best idea in the first place and it is also poorly implemented, the resulted is a truly terrible game. If you consider that voice recognition technology today is still and little unreliable at best, this game from over 10 years ago for the Nintendo 64 (one of only two games for the system that attempted to you voice recognition, the other being a Japanese train simulator called Densha de Go! 64) was a mess of shouting and frustration as you try in vein to get the microphone to understand anything you say.
As the game gives you the ability to talk to a creature that can only reply with his own name; conversations go as follows:
Me: Pikachu quick we need to save the world, team rocket are trying to capture and enslave your friends
Me: …Ok, is that a yes? we better hurry
Me: Yes, yes that’s your name, but right now there are more important things than you or me, lets go
Me: What is wrong with you? Your fellow Pokemon are in trouble and all you do it turn your head in that cute way!
Me: Fuuuuu! Just shut up!!!
2. Pokémon Dash
Zapdos Would Kill Them All
This one is a good example of a franchise sneaking into genres where it’s not welcome, this is a Pokémon racing game. As if the idea of racing the creatures rather that forcing you Pokémon to fight doesn’t sound bad enough, the way in which you race them is by frantically motioning in the desired direction on your DS’s touch screen, as if your Nintendog’s on heat…really have a look yourself here. Also surely some Pokémon are faster than others, I would just choose Ninjask or Jolteon and win every race, unfortunately you are limited to only play as the small rat Pokémon with average speed that is Pikachu.
The game doesn’t even try to make a good effort of creating a half decent Pokémon racer. Heavily relying on parents or just silly kids that don’t use game reviews, to notice the colourful Poké cover art. The game is a top-down racer, a genre not popular since the days of the Emiga, it abuses the touch screen of the DS and only takes about three hours to complete… everything.
Yep, A Racing Game that You Can Only See 3 2 Meters Infront
1. My Pokémon Ranch
Do you remember when you first played Pokemon, back in the ’90’s when you beat that first gym leader and thought “Some day, I wanna own a ranch and have all my beloved Pokemon walk around peacefully and aimlessly…” No? Me neither, no-one did.
The idea is that you upload your Pokémon from Diamond and Pearl, then they get to live on a farm on your Wii as they are rendered in Mii-style 3D. The Pokémon can walk about and interact with the creepy dead-eyed version of yourself known as a Mii. There isn’t much else to do, you can’t fight or level up your Pokémon, you can take photographs of them (same crap different game) and print them out on your computer. This is barely a game, there is nothing to do apart from look at your Pokémon and be happy.
Happy, Fun, Clappy, Rainbow Time
Developed by Tokyo based Ambrella who are also responsible for such titles as Hey You, Pikachu, Pokémon Dash and Pokémon Rum..ble… woah! wait a sec, these guys made four our of this top ten! It’s as if they were created solely to make poor quality and irrelevant Pokémon spin-offs, it’s a conspiracy! The guys at GameFreak should go round there and sort this out, a big of violence can be a good thing sometimes.
Looks Fun Right?
My Pokémon Range is a Wiiware title available for download for just 700wii points or which ever fake money Nintendo use to trick you that you arn’t really spend your hard earned cash. I strongly advise everyone in the world, including the most hardcore Pokémon fan to avoid this game. It really has nothing to do with the original titles, much like most of this list, appart from the name and the characters. Anyway, this has been an emotional journey, lets end on a picture of Ash and Pikachu from the animate series looking happy:
Stone Roses, Trainspotting and the grunge look: the 90s revival is here
London in the 90s? Wrong. This is Dalston in east London last weekend.
For many of us, the 90s was a decade imbued with anti-fashion, grunge and naff hair, one that has so far proved mercifully resistance to a revival. But with the return of "Madchester" stalwarts the Stone Roses, a proliferation of grunge on the catwalk and yet another sequel to American Pie, it seems that the 90s are enjoying a revival.
From art to literature via fashion and music, 2012 will see the 90s repurposed with a new wave of nostalgia. April will see Damien Hirst's first UK retrospective, with the focus on his work from the early 90s, including his pickled animals. In literature, meanwhile, Irvine Welsh's Skagboys, the prequel to Trainspotting, which tracks Mark Renton's initial descent into heroin addiction, is also out in April. On the catwalk, shirts are oversized and flannel, while archetypal 90s label Versace is back doing couture for the first time in 15 years.
For some a doting attitude towards the decade isn't that surprising. "Trends have a tendency to move in 20-year cycles," says Johnny Davies, deputy editor of Esquire and former editor of The Face. "In retrospect, we've come to realise that the 1990s was a very fertile period."
DJ and festival curator Rob Da Bank, who came to prominence during the 90s, perfectly understand the revival: "For me, the 1990s doesn't seem that long ago. Why? Because it shaped a lot of what I have been doing for the past few years. The reason I still book acts like Orbital and De La Soul [at his festival, Bestival] is because there is still a demand to see them. For a lot of people, the music transcended a time and a place."
But the difference is that this resurgence is binary. Not only is the revival being driven by those who lived it first time around; it is also being repurposed by those who didn't, for whom this decade is retro rather than remembered. Charlie Lyne, editor of the feted UK-based movie blog UltraCulture, holds "a huge affection for the 1990s", even though he was born in 1991.
Men in Black III, Scary Movie 5 and a follow-up to American Pie will all hit cinemas this year. So what's the appeal of the sequels? "It was a golden age in cinema for teenagers. Scream, Clueless, films like that were just as sly and arch in their message as new films like Juno and Superbad, but without the irony. Teen films nowadays seem to be either too clever or too stupid."
"It's a double comeback," agrees Alex Miller, executive editor of vice uk, a yardstick for youth culture. "I was 16 when Parklife came out and while I'm still into it, I'm also into reincarnations of that era." Miller namechecks new artist Grimes, "whose sound resembles Aphex Twin", and James Blake, "who definitely references 90s Bristolian trip-hop artists like Portishead and Tricky".
Perhaps pivotal in the decade's revival, adds Davies, is that artists who grew up in that decade have finally come of influential age: "Much in the same way that the revival of Doctor Who was governed by Doctor Who fans from the past, it's those who grew up in the 90s who are now the ones influencing popular culture," he says.
Acclaimed Liverpudlian menswear designer Christopher Shannon is one such product of the 90s whose lauded SS12 collection, a myriad of geometric prints and rucksacks, is hugely reminiscent of Brooklyn hip-hop from that era. "I'm not a revivalist, but a chunk of that decade has stayed with me," he says, adding: "I was 10 when the 90s arrived and I'm sure in processing those images in a pure, childlike way, I was perhaps subconsciously inspired by it."
Kay Barron, fashion features editor at Harpers Bazaar, thinks the 90s revival has been brewing for a few seasons, but "its moment is now".
She adds: "The decade was all about extremes, and that is what we are seeing again now. Where Versace were bringing out the supermodels and sending them down the catwalk in neon, at the same time Marc Jacobs was inventing grunge with flannel shirts and beanies.
"Now that divide has appeared again, but the most obvious example is that the dreaded mule [which was the power-dressing shoe of choice], as seen at Louis Vuitton and Miu Miu, is battling it out with hi-tops by Marc and Pierre Hardy."
For spring/summer 2012, D&G sent their models down the catwalk in signature 90s printed handkerchiefs worn as dresses and Isabel Marant successfully repurposed 90s style hi-top trainers alongside oversized flannel shirts. This week the face of Bart Simpson will appear on avant-garde designer Jeremy Scott's autumn/winter 2012 collection at New York fashion week.
Perhaps most tellingly of all, the decade's "supers" are also back. Roberto Cavalli's campaign stars Naomi Campbell and last week Yasmin Le Bon was announced as the face of Joseph Ribkoff's spring 2012 collection. Helena Christensen is modelling for Reebok and Linda Evangelista is on the cover of this month's Love magazine.
Start-Smith agrees that the 90s revival in fashion chimes with the current social mood: "In many ways it's about validating ourselves. These women remind our generation of a certain time and it makes my generation feel relevant."
Music is another case in point. Just as bands from the last decade or so – Franz Ferdinand, Interpol – were influenced by the 80s, modern music is also being influenced by the 90s. Azealia Banks – whose sound is reminiscent of 90s rapper Missy Elliott – as well as singer Frank Ocean have successfully revived a 90s-style "slow jam" style.
Adding to this saturation are the reformed bands from that period. Since the Stone Roses announced their comeback tour, other Madchester bands, including the Happy Mondays, Inspiral Carpets and the Farm have also announced comebacks. NKOTBSB, a perturbing amalgamation of late 90s boybands New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys, are also pedalling their ballads on a global tour this spring. "It seems the notion of bands reforming has lost its stigma and finally become acceptable," says Davies.
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I hope you are all having a good weekend so far, it is cloudy and cold here in NYC bbbrrrrrrr
A blonde Ciara roared into RedZone Entertainment’s Pre-Grammy Party in West Hollywood last night. The R&B siren, who stars in the upcoming Adam Sandler comedy That’s My Boy, sported two-toned hair and a lion-print dress as she caught up with hitmaker Tricky Stewart at Greystone Manor Supperclub.
It is that buoyant season in New York, between Thanksgiving and the new year, when every tree and building sparkles with fairy lights. (awkward since this was published today) Outside it is a frosty 2 degrees but inside the velvety Town Hall theatre, there is a cosy murmur of transatlantic accents. Behind me, actor Isabella Rossellini is carrying on an animated conversation in French and to my right, a row of young British expats discuss the merits of ye-ye music as they slide out of their coats.
The eclectic audience is here to see Jane Birkin: the toast of 1970s Paris, lover and muse of singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg and mother to his daughter, Charlotte. It is the final night of Birkin's US tour, called Serge Gainsbourg and Jane via Japan. Tomorrow she will return to Paris - her home for the past 40 years - to enjoy the holidays with her three adult daughters and their children, before resuming the tour in the new year.
As the band plays the primal opening beats of Requiem pour un Con, a spotlight falls on Birkin: tousled hair, crisp white shirt, vintage YSL ''smoking'' trousers and suede men's brogues, a ghost of Gainsbourg himself. Then there is that voice: a compelling mixture of frailty and determination, gaiety and sincerity.
Birkin, now 65, is probably best known for her heavy breathing duet Je T'aime … Moi Non Plus, recorded in 1969 with Gainsbourg, when she was 22 years old. The hit song - banned by the BBC and condemned by the Vatican - had originally been written for Brigitte Bardot two years earlier. ''People remember it as if it was yesterday, so I can't curse that song because it's the reason I'm going to Australia, because people sort of remember who you were,'' Birkin says. ''They're wondering what you're going to come up with this time and what you look like.''
In spite of her tender years, the controversial hit song was not the first big adventure of Birkin's young life. She married at 17, had a child at 19, appeared in Michelangelo Antonioni's Blow-Up at 20 and relocated to Paris from England two years later to star in Slogan opposite the 40-year-old Gainsbourg, with whom she fell in love on the rebound from her marriage to composer John Barry.
''[Serge] was terribly romantic, the way Slavs are,'' she says. ''He cried an awful lot and then suddenly he was like a teenager, boasting; and then buying a Rolls-Royce, and then using it as an ashtray because actually he couldn't give a f--- and he hadn't got his driving licence.'' By every account, their 13 years together were heady - lots of drinking and staying out until dawn. She once jumped into the Seine by way of apology for humiliating him in public. And she posed nude - a lot - including the oft-referenced image of her chained to a heater wearing suspenders. It was an extraordinary emancipation from her respectable English upbringing.
''I don't think I would ever have had the career I've had [staying in England],'' she says. ''I had such a famous, beautiful mother and I had such a hero father that I would never have dared to do all the things I did with Serge, for a start.'' Birkin's mother was stage actor Judy Campbell - Noel Coward's muse. Her distinguished father, David Birkin, was a lieutenant-commander in the British Royal Navy and a decorated war hero.
The early risque behaviour never inhibited a very accomplished career encompassing a vast range of acting roles in film and theatre, forays into directing, more than 20 albums and a slew of collaborations with other musical artists including Beck, Feist, Franz Ferdinand, Bryan Ferry, Beth Gibbons and Rufus Wainwright. And, yes, there is a luxury Hermes handbag named for her.
The love affair with Gainsbourg ended in 1980, when she took up with film director Jacques Doillon, but the friendship persisted to the end of Gainsbourg's life. He even insisted on the role of ''Papa Deux'' to Lou, Birkin's daughter with Doillon.
Many, including Birkin, believe Gainsbourg wrote his best songs for her after their relationship ended. ''There's one that I sing right at the beginning [of the show], which is En rire de peur d'etre obligé´e d'en pleurer, which means 'I better laugh for fear of crying'; about separation,'' she says. ''All of the beautiful ones I sing were because of our separation.''
''My brother [screenwriter Andrew Birkin] always thought Serge should come out with a whopping great book just of his lyrics, translated by a university word-for-word and also by another poet, so they would get the gist in two ways,'' she says. ''He's the most important writer in France since Apollinaire, I think. Or maybe Celine or Proust - you know, actually changing the language.''
Birkin's daughter, Charlotte, an accomplished singer and actor in her own right, spent years campaigning for her father's home to be turned into a museum. In a 2007 Vanity Fair article, ''The Secret World of Serge Gainsbourg'', writer Lisa Robinson describes a tour of the house with Charlotte - 16 years after her father's death - and that each thing was ''in precisely the place that Serge put it''.
Did the museum ever eventuate? ''[Charlotte] decided to keep it for herself,'' Birkin says. ''She wanted to keep a bit of him just for her and she had the boldness to say so.''
All this fidelity to Gainsbourg can take its toll creatively, however, and Birkin found herself, 20 years after his death, looking for a way to give his songs a fresh interpretation.
A humanitarian trip to Japan after last year's earthquake and tsunami proved inspirational. She met a group of Japanese musicians, including the pianist Nobyuki ''Nobu'' Nakajima.
''It was Thursday and I could be there by Sunday and I didn't care about fallout and radiation and things like that - I'm old enough not to have to worry,'' she says.
''I just wanted to be with them because there's nothing like being with somebody.'' If Nobu were to do new orchestrations of Gainsbourg's songs and tour with her, she reasoned, people would be reminded of Japan's need for assistance. ''That's not a bad thing because in the news everyone forgets everything the following day,'' she says. ''I mean, I exaggerate - but the following week.''
Birkin is accustomed to lending her voice to causes. Throughout the years, she has used her celebrity to raise awareness of AIDS research, the detention of Aung San Suu Kyi and conflicts in Palestine, Vietnam, Iraq and Chechnya. Almost as impulsively as her trip to Japan, she headed into the Bosnian war zone in 1994.
''I have the good fortune to know someone who knew the man who could get you into a tank, so you could actually get on the spot and be with the girls in the cellar and sing a song and say, 'The others are thinking about you,''' she says. ''And suddenly I felt like my father, going backwards and forwards during the [Second World] War on nights with no moon to pick people up from the French coast and drop off others.''
The intrepid humanitarianism must be a family trait. Birkin's mother, at 85, flew to New York after the World Trade Centre attacks in 2001 to perform A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square at the Town Hall theatre. ''It was very touching that I was singing in the exact same place that my mother sang for 9/11.''
Gainsbourg, she says, used to accuse her of being ''terribly pretentious'' when she would return home in tears, having failed to convince a taxi driver of the injustice of the death penalty.
''He'd say, 'Do you mean to say you thought that on a 15-franc journey you could persuade a man of a lifetime's conviction?'''
His opinions are, evidently, a constant touchstone as if 20 years had not gone by. Although she is now only three years older than Gainsbourg was when he died, Birkin regards him as forever young.
''Like that wonderful thing, 'They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old','' she says, quoting Binyon's For the Fallen. ''He won't; he will be an eternal adolescent.''
It is some consolation for a loss still felt keenly.
''I just know him as Serge,'' she says wistfully. ''I wish I could just ring him up and we could talk like old chums and it would be lovely.''
Actor Tom Hardy has been involved with FLACK Cambridge (a charity helping the homeless in the UK) since starring as a homeless man in 2007's Stuart:A Life Backwards. Thanks to his efforts the charity has seen a big increase in donations in recent months. He is now heading to Siberia in an effort to raise more funds for the charity.
"I've been supporting FLACK since it first started and now I'm about to set off to drive across Siberia to raise money for three charities I care about including, of course, FLACK! I'll be wearing my very special FLACK HAT to keep me warm - there's only one like it in the world!
Last year many of my fans helped to keep FLACK going with an amazing response to their urgent fundraising appeal, I'm so grateful for your support. FLACK's immediate future is now secure for the next few months but they still need my help to ensure that their inspirational work with homeless people can continue for as long as it's needed.
So please do cheer me on as I brave the Siberian Steppes by donating whatever you can afford. I hope to send the odd pic from along the way if I can work out how to use my phone without taking my gloves off! I'm hoping together we can double what we raised in December ~ wish me luck ... thank you Tommy x"
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My first post! Dedicated to all the lovely Hardy stans.
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Earlier this week, TLC revealed the start date for the new 2012 season of 19 Kids and Counting, but up until today the details about the season six premiere have been kept under wraps. According to today’s update on TLC's website, here is what fans of the super-sized Duggar family can expect to see when 19 Kids and Counting returns for its 2012 debut…
The Duggars are back! Watch as the family adds new life, plants trees, visits a corn maze, and hits the speaking circuit. Later, an emotional moment occurs when Michelle and Jim Bob go in for a routine pregnancy check-up.
It looks like Michelle’s miscarriage of baby Jubilee Shalom will be an important part of the season six premiere. During a routine check-up in December, Michelle Duggar, who was five months pregnant at the time, discovered that her 20th child did not have a heartbeat. Doctors instructed Michelle to go home and miscarry naturally. She did so and was later taken to the hospital. To cope with their loss, the heartbroken family held a memorial service for the baby that was attended by hundreds.
The one-hour premiere of 19 Kids and Counting airs at 9/8c on Tuesday, February 14th on TLC.
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The super-sized Duggar family includes mom Michelle, dad Jim Bob, plus children Joshua, Jana, John-David, Jill, Jessa, Jinger, Joseph, Josiah, Joy-Anna, Jeremiah, Jedidiah, Jason, James, Justin, Jackson, Johannah, Jennifer, Jordyn and Josie. The family resides completely debt-free in Arkansas and stars in a weekly reality TV series on TLC called 19 Kids & Counting.
The returning Season 1 cast members are PR maven Marysol Patton, political fundraiser and socialite Lea Black, and art curator Audriana de Moura. Bravo won’t officially name the new cast mates until after shooting begins this month and it’s sure whose story lines work best.
Matt Anderson and Nate Green’s production company Purveyors of Pop will helm the second season.
They’re the production team behind the network’s successful Bethenny Ever After and have served as executive producers and showrunners on past seasons of the Atlanta, New Jersey, and New York Real Housewives installments.
Bravo is clearly hoping for better luck the second time around. Season 1, which consisted of just six episodes and a reunion special, averaged just 1.09 million viewers an episode.
So, why revisit Miami now? The timing could be ripe. The franchise is enjoying an upswing in popularity with the media coverage around The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and record ratings for Atlanta.
Also, Tuesday's seventh season return of the Orange County series attracted 2.3 million viewers, a 10% increase among total viewers compared to the previous season premiere.
Melissa and Joe Gorga of The Real Housewives of New Jersey had a hot Hollywood date night on Friday. The dynamic duo were spotted at the Los Angeles hot spot Osaka, a celebrity favorite that serves up a Asian/Peruvian fusion.
The two looked like stars on their date night. Melissa looking very sexy and chic in her light beige jumper with some bling on the shoulder, and Joe showed off his tan biceps with his tight black T.
One thing for sure, whatever these two are doing, they already look like they are having a blast!
Taylor has been all over the media promoting her book (which has been released to less than stellar reviews according to Amazon), and getting a lot of criticism for allegedly fabricating claims of serious domestic abuse, mainly because fans – and now the media – are starting to wonder why there is no proof! Taylor had yet to provide medical records, police reports, or third-party testimony corroborating her claims; and many of her late husband’s friends and family members are speaking out accusing her of blatant dishonesty!
In an effort to combat detractors and prove that abuse actually happened in her marriage
“Thank you for all of the support. I’m taking this doc down for now. Because of the hateful comments it’s going to discourage other victims. It’s so awful that people still make excuses. If someone says they’re being abused. Believe them. If they go one step further to show proof, don’t abuse them even further by calling them liars, or saying things like ‘doctors can be bought, ‘she could’ve fallen down’, etc. I’m deeply concerned about some of the posters on here and on Twitter,” she wrote.
After Taylor Armstrong released her new book, “Hiding From Reality,” which chronicles her alleged abusive relationship with her late husband, Russell Armstrong, some have questioned why she didn’t report the abuse during their marriage. So, why is she just coming out with these allegations now? “Hiding From Reality” is in stores now.
Sarah, billed as a “Friend of the Housewives,” is a close friend of Gretchen’s and a self-proclaimed heir to the Winchester Rifle fortune. Sarah made her mark when she showed up at Vicki Gunvalson‘s season kickoff party in a pair of ratty, old jeans and hair she forgot to comb. It wasn’t a great first impression.
An even worse impression comes in the form of Sarah’s dating history – most prevalently that she has been crushing hardcore, and apparently having a fling, with former Housewife Jeana Keough‘s eldest son, Shane Keough.
Well it seems Shane has been hooking up with the 33-year-old Sarah for about a year. “They’ve had a fling for over a year,” an insider revealed to Star Magazine.
Sarah’s alleged fling with Shane may make sense given Jeana’s guest appearance this season. Perhaps we’ll see Shane as well! I know you’ve missed him! Upon hearing the news that he is supposedly dating Sarah, Shane immediately denied it via Twitter, answering: “Nooooo! Weird that I am unaware of this,” when a fan asked about it.
Sadly for Sarah, Shane is a “major upgrade” from the “sleazy guys” she usually dates. Where on earth does Bravo find these classy women?! According to the insider, Sarah whose seeming more and more like a grifter by the minute usually gravitates towards the sugar daddy types!
“She was living off older men,” the insider explained. “She was flying to the Hamptons all the time, always seen court-side at Lakers games, yet she never worked.”
Apparently, much like Gretchen scored her spot on the show through her affiliation to wealthy former fiance, Jeff Beitzel, Sarah attracted producers, not through Gretchen, but through one of her wealthy, older men! “This rich dude, Kurt,” the insider says, failing to elaborate on just how this “Kurt” is connected to honchos at Bravo. Kurt, a sixty-something Newport Beach businessman, is a former boyfriend of Sarah’s, whom she was able to parlay her relationship with into appearing on RHOC.
While Jill was starring on The Real Housewives of New York City, she had an infamous feud with her friend turned enemy Ramona. But then Jill was fired at the end of the last season and Ramona remained part of the show. Months later, Ramona tells HollywoodLife that she has no interest in trying to settle her differences with Jill.
“Jill and I, it’s really funny because we were better friends before the show aired than now,” Ramona told us on Feb. 10. “But you know, we’re still … when I see her, we’re still friendly. But do I spend time with her? No. She makes up stories just for the press. If she were a different type of person, I would talk about it.”
Out of the other cast members that got fired after season 4, Ramona remains closest with Alex. “The only person I spend time with is Alex,” she admitted. “I’ve always been friends with [her] on and off camera.”
“When you’re good friends with someone, you’re good friends forever,” Ramona continued. “With Alex and I, we did develop a true friendship and I will always be there if she needs me. I know she’ll be there for me.”
Ramona will always be friends with Alex unlike her enemies. “Whenever I pick up the phone with her, it’s just like I saw her yesterday,” she said. “That’s what true friendship is.”
Amidst rumors that former "Real Housewives of New York City" star Kelly Bensimon is dating Carlos Leon, Madonna's ex-husband (and daughter Lourdes' dad), the recent Playboy cover model told Business Insider that the rumored couple are "really, really special friends."
So just how close are the two? And what did Kelly think of Madonna's Super Bowl halftime show performance?
Vicki Gunvalson is having a hard time believing her Real Housewives of Orange County costars Gretchen Rossi and Tamra Barney have truly buried the hatchet.
In her official Bravo blog, the 49-year-old admits she was surprised to see the former foes making amends during the Season 7 premiere Tuesday.
"Watching Gretchen and Tamra go to lunch and discuss their past issues was interesting to me. How can Gretchen just put the past behind her and simply forgive Tamra for all the hurt she has put her and Slade through?"
Gunvalson says that Rossi, 33, has said "it was easier to forgive then keep fighting. Maybe that's a lesson for all of us. I just don't know if I could do have done it."
The Bravo star also scoffed when Barney, 43, presented Rossi with a peace offering.
"While I was watching Tamra give Gretchen a friendship bracelet with a key on it and 'locking up the past and entering a new future,' I thought, 'What the heck is going on here?'"
When Rossi visited Us Weekly's New York City offices Monday, she hinted that loyalties will change throughout the show's seventh season.
"At the beginning of this season you actually see Tamra and I coming together and trying to bury the hatchet," Rossi said. "We start to realize who our true friends are, who's a little shady, or who's doing something that seems a little weird."
"No one is safe." "People are going to be dropping like flies."
That's how The Walking Dead executive producers Glen Mazzara and Robert Kirkman describe the second half of Season 2 of the zombie drama, which returns Sunday and picks up immediately after "Barnmaggedon."
After Hershel received a first-hand lesson that curing the zombies was impossible, the group will continue to be torn in different directions between the cautious Rick and aggressive Shane. "The alliances are not so clean," Mazzara says of the aftermath of Sophia's return and subsequent death. "It becomes very, very messy because there are no right answers."
Dropping teases like "There are deaths in these upcoming episodes and I believe all of them are surprising," The Hollywood Reporter caught up with EPs Mazzara, Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and Greg Nicotero as well as cast members Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Steven Yeun and Laurie Holden to get the scoop on what's next for the back half of the season.
RICK (Andrew Lincoln): In the first episode back, Rick, Glenn and Hershel meet a pair of strangers (including Terriers' Michael Raymond-James), which will change the way Rick heads the group. "Rick is battling his own demons and moral choices," Hurd says, noting that he'll still question whether or not he's equipped to lead. "That's what keeps him in the leadership role: What would the alternative be? How would that affect everyone? He'd be left behind and the weak wouldn't be protected."
LORI (Sarah Wayne Callies): Both Rick and Shane will claim paternity for Lori's unborn child, adding only more tension to their already difficult relationship. "She's the Lady Macbeth of the group," Nicotero says. "She loves Rick but you also are always curious whether she actually believes that Rick has the chops to protect them, where she knows that Shane is the powerhouse of the group."
SHANE (Jon Bernthal): The fact that Sophia was in Hershel's barn while everyone toiled away looking for her will up the friction between Shane and Rick in the back half of Season 2, producers say. "It's a big vindication for him to know that he was right," Kirkman says. "It's going to put a bit more tension there and be a bit of a powder keg situation that's going to lead us well into our third season." Adds Nicotero: "Shane really does mean well; if you look at the scene in front of the barn and what he did, he had the right intentions. He just handles it all the wrong way." Says Hurd: "That's what splits the group -- he consistently does things that he knows are essential for the group but does them the wrong way and doesn't really handle it well."
DARYL (Norman Reedus): Daryl took Sophia's reappearance and subsequent death the hardest as she represented hope that his missing brother, Merle, is still out there. "To keep looking for something keeps him alive," Reedus says. Still reeling from the group's lack of motivation to search for her, Reedus says Daryl will become Rick's No. 2. "Rick will go to Daryl more and ask [for suggestions] rather than telling him what to do," he says, noting that it will further help the former abuse victim accept his standing among the group's go-to leaders. "Daryl is starting to feel like these are his people, which is going to set up something great for when Merle comes back. I can't tell you when he's coming but he's coming."
CAROL (Melissa McBride): Carol and Daryl will continue to bond after Sophia's death and consider splitting off from the group -- together. "Carol's got to decide: she lost her husband, she lost her kid, is it worth it? Do I need to be with these people?" Reedus teases, noting that they'll weigh whether or not they need to stay with the people who were responsible for beating up her late husband and lost her daughter. Notes McBride: "She'll go to him and say, 'Don't pull away'; she recognizes the damage it does to Daryl when she pulls away and will try to take care of him."
GLENN (Steven Yeun): As the group struggles with its allegiances between Shane and Rick, Glenn will be divided between Maggie her family at Hershel's farm and staying with Rick's group. "That's something that is tearing him apart," Yeun says. "Glenn is still in the middle right now. He was the bridge between the two camps and a mediator in a way and you can only do that for so long."
MAGGIE (Lauren Cohan): After the barn shooting, Maggie will hold on to Glenn tighter than ever -- forcing him to grow up in the process. After agreeing to be dropped down the well and serving as the de facto errand boy for the group, Yeun says Maggie will put her foot down and push for him to stop being seen as the risk-taker. "That was said between them but now it has to be said in action among everyone else," he notes.
HERSHEL (Scott Wilson): After realizing that the undead actually are dead via the brutal barn shooting that, in Hershel's eyes, ended the life of his wife, Hershel's whole belief system has been turned on its head. How he responds to the news will offer him a first-hand glimpse at the other threats that exist in the world. Ultimately, he'll look to Rick and Shane with what they've done to protect their family when it comes time to protect his own. "Everyone is having that darkness in their soul where they have to look in and either find faith that it's worth living or give up," Hurd says.
ANDREA (Laurie Holden): Shane brought her a step closer to becoming the fierce sharpshooter from Kirkman's comics and the duo shared a steamy car scene setting up a second love triangle among the rag-tag group of survivors as Dale continues to watch over her with great interest and concern. "She has a bond with Dale and the two men end up putting her in the middle in the same way that Rick and Shane have Lori in the middle," Mazzara says. Meanwhile, Holden says Andrea -- still mourning the loss of her sibling, Amy -- will take on a more sisterly role for others in the group like Carol. "She gives them strength and support," she offers.
DALE (Jeffrey DeMunn): The moral compass/watchdog of the group would be best advised to watch his back after confronting Shane about his role in Otis' death. "People do have to take sides and we know that Shane has no love for Dale," Mazzara says. "Dale can't stand Shane and that's an interesting dynamic that definitely gets played out throughout the back half of the season."
CARL (Chandler Riggs): Nicotero notes that Lori continues to make "dubious" choices and will chose to leave Carl shortly after Sophia's death -- something he notes makes her behavior very in line with another member of the group who consistently puts others ahead of his own family's needs. "She ends up showing the same kind of behavior that Rick shows," Nicotero says.
CBS won the night with adults 18-49, narrowly edging out ABC's unscripted lineup. CBS's A Gifted Man was down a tenth from last week, but CSI: NY and Blue Bloods were each up a tenth.
ABC's Shark Tank was up three tenths from last week to a Friday-high 1.8 adults 18-49 rating and Primetime What Would You Do? as up a tenth, but 20/20 was down three tenths.
NBC's Who Do You Think You Are? was even with last week's season premiere while Grimm was up two tenths to a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating. Dateline was up four tenths from last week to a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating.
Fox's Kitchen Nightmares was down a tenth and Fringe fell back to a series low-tying 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.
Nikita was even with last week with a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating and Supernatural fell back a tenth to a 0.7 adults 18-49 rating.
You could feel the air get sucked out of the room as Lana Del Rey tentatively made her way onto the stage at Amoeba. The pop starlet was at the San Francisco record store on Thursday to perform a few songs and sign copies of her new album, "Born to Die," which earlier in the week entered at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. But she's still shaking off the hangover from that disastrous "Saturday Night Live" appearance in January and, well, for just a few seconds there, neither the audience nor the singer knew what to expect when they first met.
The trepidation didn't last long. There were young girls who came dressed like her, boys clutching vinyl copies of her record close to their hearts, and eager silver-haired gentlemen with long lens cameras dangling around their necks. They unanimously offered Del Rey words of encouragement - some a little more enthusiastically than others.
Even before her bumbling North American late-night television debut went viral, Del Rey was easily the most talked-about arrival of the new year. Fans who bought into the dark torch pop sound of her breakthrough single, "Video Games," felt duped when they found out she was born Elizabeth Grant, may have had some work done around her lips, and didn't actually walk out of an episode of "Twin Peaks." They were concerned that her whole impossibly cool image was completely manufactured. That, just like Lady Gaga, two years earlier she was another middling New York singer-songwriter trying to make it big.
It's hard to imagine that any of the people who turned up at Amoeba as early as 9 a.m. on Thursday were terribly concerned with such matters. Del Rey, 25, looked positively giddy as she surveyed the crowd that stretched into the far corners of the big store. "Look how many of you there are," she gasped, choking up.
She wore a vintage white dress with pale pink Converse high-tops. A diamond necklace matched her glimmering earrings and what appeared to be a very expensive wedding ring on her left hand. Her extra-long press-on nails wrapped delicately around the microphone. It was easy to see why Del Rey came off so poorly in front of the television cameras. She makes awkward gestures with her hands and doesn't quite know what to do with her lanky body. She is also terribly self-conscious.
In person, she compensated with charm - all heavy-lidded eyes, smoldering heartache and operatic warbling served with a knowing smirk. The gaggle of photographers in the front row hardly fazed her, nor did the presence of Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak handing out business cards at the side of the stage. Backed by a pianist and guitar player, Del Rey casually draped her smoky voice around the longing themes of songs like "Born to Die" and "Blue Jeans" as if she had been singing them forever.
"You know you made the record No. 1 in seven countries," she informed her fans.
She only performed five songs - the perfect teaser by the perfect tease. It was all worth it just to hear "Video Games" done properly, her voice booming through the sinister ballad that has the same timeless feel and sexual undercurrent as Chris Isaak's "Wicked Games." Even with the arrival of the full-length album, the song remains Del Rey's best.
After the set-closing "Without You," she deliberated playing one more song before deciding against it. "We don't have time because I have to sign," Del Rey said.
She wasn't kidding. Unlike most artists who simply shuffle their fans through with a few simple chicken scratches on a CD booklet, Del Rey spent a little too much time talking to each one, exchanging hugs and kisses, posing for photographs, signing body parts and showing the kind of gratitude for her supporters that was 100 percent real.
Her piano player, who was looking on from the side of the table, said, "This shuts up all the negative press. When you look out and see this - this is amazing. And it's only the beginning."
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A compilation of some teasers from Garbage's new album "Not Your Kind of People", to be released May 15th 2012. It's going to be amazing.
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Demi Lovato's estranged father is facing a dangerous surgery to remove a tumor in his throat and he's heartbroken over the fact that his daughter refuses to speak to him.
Patrick Lovato spoke exclusively to RadarOnline.com, pleading for his youngest daughter to give him a call.
"Demi and I haven't spoken in so long and all I want her to do is call her daddy," Patrick tearfully said.
"I'm begging her the only way I know how," he said. "I want to talk with her so badly."
The former Disney star and her older sister Dallas have been estranged from their father for over a decade.
"We were so close when she was little," Patrick said. "My little daughter was my partner, I just love her so much."
Patrick lives alone now, following the death of his beloved dog Dakota, and says that he still holds out hope that he and Demi can repair their relationship.
"I want Demi to know that I would do anything in the world for my little girl, I just want to hear her voice," Patrick cried.
"Demi, please call your daddy!"
But when we caught up with Woodley yesterday at New York Fashion Week, we discovered that the buzzworthy ingénue has other family plans for Clooney…
"George would be an awesome big brother," Woodley told us at the Jason Wu show copresented by Fiji Water. "I'd like to adopt him as my big brother, I think! My surrogate big brother."
What sealed the deal? "He has a great dog named Einstein—I like his dog," she mused, clearly enamored of the pooch.
Christina Milian hit the streets (above) to party it up at Paramount Studios with her new family--Young Money Cash Money. Word on the internet streets is that Ms. Milian, who is the new social media maven for "The Voice," has indeed become the newest lady of the YMCMB team.
She hit up the Cash Money pre-Grammy party last night in L.A. where Erykah Badu DJ'd and all of Young Money hit the stage to perform. And Chrisina tweeted a pic of Drake performing and said "Life is great... YMCMB." Oh really?
Interesting she tweeted that pic of Drake from backstage, since Ozone magazine owner Julia Beverly revealed that Christina is actually "involved" with a member of the team. Ironic that she tweeted a pic of Drake? Hmmm:
Now Christina is signed with her ex husband's (The Dream) ex wife's (Nivea) baby's daddy (Lil Wayne).
C milian was "involved" w somebody in YM camp so her signing is not surprising...not gonna put em on blast..but not wayne
people think it's random that she got signed. I'm just saying it's not. You'd be surprised who knows who & who's involved w who
Also last night at the YMCMB pre grammy festivities Lil Wayne hit the stage and threw a diss line (again) at The Throne (Jay Z, Kanye West)
At the 3:46 mark--Lil Wayne raps, "I met a bad red bone, I took the bitch home, I asked her what she want to watch, she said surely not, The Throne.”
Gwen Stefani sticks to what she does best, fusing '60s tailored chic with '90s slouchy patterns.
Black-and-white photos of New York in the 1960s provided the backdrop for tweed miniskirt suits, chunky knit sweaters worn with shorts and tights, and a double-zip, high-neck jumpsuit. Grays and blacks were punctuated by occasional flashes of bright yellow.
AP: What was your inspiration, and how is this collection different and similar to your previous seasons?
Stefani: I began with the original rock girl icon, the sweater girl in a pencil skirt and looked at early `60s fashion imagery. These girls were the first and have always stayed current. After that I added all the things I always loved. Houndstooth, mixed print, black and white, pop colors. This season I tried to make the clothes stand out and yet be very easy to wear.
Unfortunately, the logistics of her presentation Saturday night at the Lincoln Center tents during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week made it difficult for the assembled editors, retailers and stylists to get a really good look at the collection. A half-dozen models at a time were rotated onto a small stage as hundreds of people tried to get a glimpse. It was hard to get a sense of the cohesive message of the line, although it seemed like there was a definite point of view from Stefani, which she confirmed in an email interview with The Associated Press.
AP: Can you describe your ideal customer and how the new collection serves them?
Stefani: My ideal customer is a fashion-forward girl, an individual who needs her clothes to perform like classic sportswear. She enjoys her fashion, loves her style, likes to express herself and not look like everyone else. Her clothes should cruise along with everything else that she loves in her life and not be difficult or restricting to wear.
AP: How do you keep tabs on up-and-coming designers?
Stefani: I'm constantly on the Internet at the studio late at night when we have breaks recording the ND ("No Doubt") album. I love sites like Trendland, Style.com and am always finding tons of new Japanese sites to go through too. I love sending my team all of the images I find . so much fun. I'm totally obsessed.
Inspired by the "1960s rogue girl with a Japanese street sensibility," Gwen Stefani chose to show off her latest L.A.M.B designs against a collage of black-and-white New York City street snaps and closeup shots of girls getting their eye makeup done, all while Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Were Made For Walkin'" boomed overhead.
Each look seemed to reflect a moment in Gwen's iconic style evolution. Case in point: her "Hey Baby" houndstooth print made a serious comeback, landing on everything from sporty totes to bomber jackets; her "Sweet Escape" moto-edged attire popped up in zippered jacquard jackets; and those Clueless-worthy platforms? That's just a classic Gwen staple.
While the outerwear was athletic and tough, the attention to feminine details was also spot on. Look to the Peter Pan collars, sexy Morgenthal Frederics cat-eye glasses, impeccably pleated circle skirts, and sheer knee-high nylons for proof of Gwen's girlier side.
No matter how you spin it, this is an ultra-wearable lineup of '90s-cool gear with a hint of retro and a pop of graphic-print modernity.
Trends: Houndstooth print, pleated skirts, sportswear-inspired outerwear, and Peter Pan collars.
Colors: A dark, cool palette — red, black, gray, and ecru — with surprise pops of neon yellow.
Key Piece: The gray pleated circle skirt paired with a sweet collared top makes a sexy take on schoolgirl classics.
Accessories: Sporty tote bags, cat-eye secretary glasses, knee-high nylons, and '90s-style chunky platforms.
Who Would Wear It: The girl with a sportier fierce edge when it comes to dress, like Rihanna.
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Jennifer Aniston is attached to star in Paul Andrew Williams' comedy drama Miss You Already, giving the project a healthy glow for buyers at the EFM.
Being touted by Samantha Horley's The Salt Co., the script is written by Williams (Song for Marion) and British actress-writer-producer Morwenna Banks.
Entertainment One prebought U.K., Australian and Canadian rights to the movie, which follows two lifelong friends whose friendship falls apart when one gets pregnant and the other becomes ill. The film will be produced by Christopher Simon and Felix Vossen of Embargo Films.
Aniston is repped by Brillstein Entertainment Partners and CAA, who also reps Williams and Banks. The pair are helping package and co-represent U.S. rights.
Set to shoot during the summer, the project will be executive produced by Robert Bevan, Horley, James Norrie and Cyril Mégret for Salt, Barnaby Southcombe for Embargo and Kristin Hahn.
The Entertainment One presale was negotiated by Norrie from Salt and Jo Sweby at Entertainment One.
Angelina Jolie hits the red carpet at the premiere of The Lady, held at the Astor Cinema on Sunday (February 12) during the Berlin Film Festival in Berlin, Germany.
The 36-year-old actress premiered her own movie, In the Land of Blood and Honey, on Saturday with her partner, Brad Pitt.
The Lady tells the story of Aung San Suu Kyi as she became the core of Burma’s democracy movement as well as her relationship with her husband, writer Michael Aris.
FYI: Angie is wearing a Miguelina dress, Pucci shoes, and Robert Procop jewels.