Hollywood Recap: Band of Outsiders and Net-A-Porter Summer Bash!
The stars were out last night at the Band of Outsiders and Net-a-Porter.com event in Hollywood. Partygoers sipped on Dewar cocktails and watched the 1979 Bill Murray flick, MEATBALLS. Celeb guests included, fabulous fashionista, Nicole Richie and rocker husband Joel Madden, the hysterical Sarah Silverman and more!
Photo Credit: John Shearer/ WireImage.com
“I think there is beauty in everything. What ‘normal’ people would perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it.”
— Alexander McQueen
“Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” -Appropriately named, this exhibit blew us away. The curator Andrew Bolton somehow narrowed the exhibit to around 100 looks, each more intense than the next. McQueen’s garments are pure genius, haute couture at its finest.
From the Kate Moss ‘hologram’ organza dress video, to dresses made of clam shells, glass and other out of the box materials… it was truly breathtaking. Moving from room to room in anticipation, you realize you are truly in the presence of brilliance, fashion at its highest level. Getting a tour of McQueen’s imagination was a fashionistas dream come true.
“It’s a new era in fashion – there are no rules. It’s all about the individual and personal style, wearing high-end, low-end, classic labels, and up-and-coming designers all together.”
— Alexander McQueen
Wierd Records has released a new video for New Orleans based trio Kindest Lines latest track, “Running into Next Year.” Shot in and around both Brooklyn and New York City during KL’s summer live date stop-through for their record release, this short piece of cinematic time-lapse and jump-cuts offers viewers a highly stylized eyeful of mood and tone. Director Bryan Holland matches the cooly paced audio with a “beat for beat” color saturated visual – a coupling that we’d like to hear more of and see more from!
Into it? Get the album Covered In Dust via Wierd Records:
And catch Kindest Lines live this summer:
09/03 New Orleans @ Saturn Bar
09/09 Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle *
09/10 Charlottesville, VA @ Southern *
09/11 Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery *
09/12 Pittsburgh, PA @ Alter *
09/13 Wilkes Barre, PA @ Redwood Art Space *
09/14 Hartford, CT @ Wadsworth Atheneum *
09/15 Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt *
09/16 Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk *
09/17 Rochester, NY @ Dub Land Underground *
09/18 Cleveland, OH @ Happy Dog *
09/20 Pontiac, MI @ Pike Room *
09/21 Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme *
09/22 Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar *
09/24 Detroit, MI @ Atlas Bar
09/25 Minneapolis, MN @ Kitty Cat Lounge
09/29 Portland, OR @ Rotture
09/30 San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
10/02 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
10/08 Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
By: Cindy of Hellodollface.com
After reading about Bossypants online and in magazines, I had to get my hands on it! I adore Tina from not only Saturday Night Live but 30 Rock and admire her comedy writing chops. I downloaded this book to my Kindle and began reading.
Tina takes us through her awkward years growing up in middle class America where she describes herself as a geek with bad hair. In typical Tina fashion, she is both self deprecating and hilarious. I liked her pre-fame days working low paying jobs that basically covered her rent and theater classes.
From attending a theater camp as a teen to her rise to success via Second City comedy and eventually gaining fame on Saturday Night Live, Tina regales the reader with her insights about the workplace and “having it all”. She talks about being a boss, a writer, a mother, and the constant juggling act to keep it all going.
Tina never pretends to be perfect nor is she preachy. Bossypants is an entertaining read with several laugh-out-loud moments.
By: Cindy of Hellodollface.com
Bethenny Frankel, natural chef and star of the Real Housewives of New York City and Bethenny Ever After, has written a book called A Place of Yes, 10 Rules for Getting Everything You Want Out of Life. And if anyone should know how to get a lot out of life, its her. Bethenny is slowly building a SkinnyGirl cocktail empire and will surely take over the world oneSkinnyGirl product at a time.
But life wasn’t always low-calorie drinks and best-selling books. Bethenny struggled throughout her life and I have to be honest, it’s when she’s candidly telling the reader about her ups and downs is when the book hits home. I liked reading about Bethenny’s tough times, not because I particularly like to read about people not doing well but because she overcame it all, never took No for an answer and is a super successful business woman now.
I breezed through the book and enjoyed it. Reading A Place of Yes makes you feel like you have your own little cheerleader beside you, telling you that you can do anything! And it’s just what I needed to keep going. That, and a SkinnyGirl margarita.
Zooey Deschanel was at the launch of SELF magazine’s July, music issue at Gansevoort Park Avenue in NYC. The mag is set to hit stands June 21 and the fresh faced singer/songwriter/actress will grace the cover. The star showed up in a flirty printed dress, black tights and finished off the look with sky high black pumps.
By: Cindy of hellodollface.com
Have you ever woken up with a terrible headache that causes you to reach for the Excedrin first thing in the morning, even before coffee? Author/blogger Jeanette Fulda woke up one day with a gripping headache that even the most potent medicine couldn’t cure.
In Chocolate & Vicodin, Jeanette documents her long and expensive quest to find an answer to why her painful headache persisted despite trying every alternative and expensive remedy available.
Jeannette succumbed to multiple scans, drugs, adjustments, even Botox, medical marijuana and acupuncture with no luck. There was no reasonable explanation to why her headache persisted even though her numerous blog readers tried to figure it out and offer their advice.
I really felt for Jeannette as she recounts her ordeal to find both answers and relief. I’ve had headaches lasting three or four days but Jeannette’s lasted for much, much longer. She is not totally pain-free even today.
This is a quick read despite the heavy subject. Chronic pain is not a laughing matter but Jeannette keeps things light and humorous.
By: Cindy of hellodollface.com
Annie Adams is a travel writer who is in love with her boyfriend of five years, Nick. Everything in her life is great until Nick suddenly breaks it off with Annie. Her happy world is turned upside down, not to mention her shattered heart.
After weeks of feeling sad and lonely, she heads out late one night and meets Griffin, a chef at a local restaurant. Annie and Griffin quickly fall for each other and get married only three months after they meet. She moves across the country and settles into a completely different lifestyle with her new husband.
But a change of scenery doesn’t quite heal Annie’s heart and when Nick unexpectedly reappears, she must make some very tough decisions about her past and future.
Laura Dave is such an amazing writer, the reader is always pulled into her stories and forms a bond with the main character. I rooted for Annie to make the right choice and in the end, I’m happy with how things worked out.
MADAME TUSSAUDS ANNOUNCES AWARD-WINNING POP IDOL AND R&B STAR JUSTIN BIEBER IS THE NEWEST CELEBRITY TO BE IMMORTALIZED IN WAX
February 22, 2011 [New York, NY, London, UK, Amsterdam, ND] ― Following the release of the highly anticipated 3-D documentary Never Say Never, Madame Tussauds today announced that Grammy-nominated POP/R&B singing-sensation Justin Bieber will be the next celebrity to be immortalized in wax.
Bieber’s figure will make its world debut this March at three Madame Tussauds attractions—New York, London and Amsterdam. “I’m honored to be getting my own wax figures at Madame Tussauds New York, London and Amsterdam,” Bieber said. “To be immortalized in wax alongside some of my idols- Michael Jackson, Prince, Beyonce and my mentor, Usher- is incredibly exciting and very cool.”
Bieber was an enthusiastic participant of the four month-long figure creation process, spending time with a team of Madame Tussauds studio artists who took hundreds of precise measurements and photos of the singer to ensure the figure captures his signature style and of course, his signature locks.
“Justin Bieber is one of today’s biggest stars, and we are thrilled to be able to give his fans and our visitors – who have been requesting that we create Justin’s figure since he burst onto the scene – a preview of his wax likeness before its world premiere in March,” said Bret Pidgeon, General Manager Madame Tussauds New York. With over 9 million albums sold worldwide at just 16 years old, Justin Bieber’s star continues to rise. He has won four American Music Awards, including Artist of the Year; he was also nominated for two Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist; published a New York Times best seller, First Step 2 Forever; and guest starred on “Shaq Vs.” and “CSI”.
With millions of fans that have caught “Bieber Fever,” Justin is admired for his talent, charm and generous support of charities such as Pencils of Promise.
About Madame Tussauds New York: Madame Tussauds New York is celebrating its 10th anniversary as the interactive “must do” attraction in the heart of Times Square, providing guests with unique opportunities to create memories with some of the world’s biggest icons. New wax additions include Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Robert Pattinson, the Jonas Brothers, Carrie Underwood, as well as President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Madame Tussauds’ interactive exhibits include Cinema 4D, now featuring the “Polar Express 4D Experience”; the “Bollywood Zone,” where visitors have the chance to re-create the experience of being on a Bollywood film set with Shahrukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan (or their wax figures, at least); and the “Sports Zone”, which allows guests to interact with some of the world’s most famous athletes, including Yao Ming, Serena Williams, Derek Jeter and David Wright. Prominently located in the heart of Times Square, Madame Tussauds New York is open 365 days a year at 10 a.m. Visit www.nycwax.com or call (800) 246-8872 for more information.
By: GiAnna Wyatt
For Richard Roeper, the Windy City’s frigid temperatures were too hard to handle. The esteemed film critic, TV host, and columnist took a quick flight to warm, sunny Orlando and with the Oscars right around the corner, I really wanted to get his choice for best picture.
Roeper has been writing for the Chicago Sun Times since 1987 – the year I was born. When I walked in, I told him how old I was – not sure how he was going to react, but he was delighted.
“I love that there are people out there who can look back their whole life and read my work, “ said Roeper.
Since his “thumbs up or down” days with Roger Ebert, he started his own website, where he critiques films, TV shows, and even Lady Gaga’s Grammy performance.
For the Academy Awards, Roper has made predictions for all 24 categories. Last year, he averaged 21 out of 24 predictions correct.
The major award predictions include: “The Social Network” for Best Picture, Natalie Portman’s “Black Swan” for Best Actress, and Colin Firth in “The Kings Speech,” for Best Actor.
What’s better than learning what movies I should definitely go see? Learning the films to avoid. Roeper claims that any film with Katherine Heigl and Jennifer Aniston are going to be the same over and over. For instance, he says that Aniston’s latest film “Just Go With It,” is not a film that you want to “go with.”
So what makes a good movie?
“A movie could include the film trifecta, but if the script is bad, it’s just bad,” said Roeper. He says that it’ not funeral scenes that really make him cry in films – it’s a bold gesture by the actors that really makes him tear up. As for laughing, he cracks-up with good one-liners, not physical comedy.
When I spoke with Roeper, he said that people shouldn’t take him too seriously.
“Sometimes, people go see my movies for the bad reviews just as much as they do for the good.” He made a point saying that some people just enjoy watching good-bad movies to make them laugh and take them away from reality.
Unfortunately for Roeper, he had to fly right back to Chicago after his stop in Orlando. That’s too bad – I started working on my tan this week!