Supermodel Kate Upton has been named the new face of American fashion retailer Express. The Sports Illustrated beauty has been hired to model the brand's new collections, making her the company's first celebrity spokesperson in 10 years.
Chairman and CEO of Express Michael Weiss announced the new partnership on Wednesday (12Mar14) in a statement that reads: "(This) is the culmination of two iconic American establishments coming together."
Upton will make her debut as the company's spokesperson on Thursday (13Mar14), when she hosts the Express spring runway show at The Raleigh hotel in Miami Beach, Florida.
Her ads for Express will debut this autumn (14).
Justin Bieber's one-time video love interest, Cailin Russo, has landed a spot as a new face of beach and surfwear company Op. The model appears alongside Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover girl Nina Agdal and Dallas star Josh Henderson in Op's new budget Sunshine State of Mind campaign.
Russo made a name for herself last year (13) when she locked lips with Bieber in his All That Matters promo.
A film about two women struggling to get to the beach for a day out has won the top prize at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival in Austin, Texas. Fort Tilden was named the winner of the Grand Jury prize. Other winners include Matthew Mcconaughey's TV drama True Detective, which scooped a design prize.
R&B singer Ciara is reportedly in labour. On Monday (10Mar14), SandraRose.com reported the Like a Boy hitmaker was gearing up to welcome her first child with fiance Future, but the 28 year old showed no signs of the impending birth when she posted pictures of herself at a beach on Instagram.com on the same day.
If the rumours are true, this will be the first child for Ciara and fourth for the rapper.
Actress Kathy Najimy's billboard bid to steer visitors to her native San Diego, California away from the city's SeaWorld resort has been grounded by airport officials. The Sister Act star shot a new poster ad for animal rights group PETA urging holiday makers to avoid the tourist attraction in light of last year's (13) Blackfish film, which highlighted the conditions in which killer whales at Seaworlds around the world live.
But San Diego airport officials have banned the billboard, which was supposed to greet visitors to the city.
They were upset by Najimy's message: "Welcome to San Diego! If you love animals like I do, please avoid SeaWorld."
Executives at the airport's advertising vendor, JCDecaux, have refused PETA's paid ad because of its anti-SeaWorld message, and now PETA bosses are suing the airport officials.
Members of the animal rights group are campaigning aggressively against SeaWorld following the release of the Blackfish documentary.
A spokesman tells WENN, "While orcas in the wild travel up to 100 miles per day, SeaWorld traps them in swimming pool-sized tanks in chemically treated water. The orcas at SeaWorld also break their teeth and endure chronic pain from snapping and gnawing at the pool gates as a result of stress and aggression. At least 25 orcas have died in SeaWorld facilities since 1986."
Najimy adds, "When I was growing up in San Diego, we didn't know better and our folks took us to SeaWorld. We were blind to the reality that these gorgeous creatures were being abused and belong in their natural habitat. My vegan daughter Samia's generation is well aware of this and would much rather picket SeaWorld than actually go there.
"If you want a fun day in San Diego, then take your family to Balboa Park and ride the carousel, see a great play at The Old Globe theater, or get naked at Black's Beach and hope you see a regal whale in her natural, compassionate, safe home!"
It's remarkable how much Veronica Mars feels like coming home again. Ms. Mars has had nearly a decade off from her detective duties, but the character and the series at large saunters right back into form with such a confident swagger, it feels like she never really left at all.
The product of a now infamous Kickstarter campaign, Veronica Mars is the film sequel to the much beloved but scarcely watched CW series that followed the adventures of a teenage private eye. Mars solved mysteries surrounding the seedy denizens of the fictional Neptune California, a beach town where the rich socialites and working class heroes clash quite frequently and often violently. The series was a terrific mix of Nancy Drew and Raymond Chandler, give or take a Buffy, airing for three seasons before being canceled. But thanks to creator Rob Thomas' audacious Kickstarter and a brewing cult of fans, Veronica Mars has been given a second chance at life, a chance that precious few shows receive.
The film picks up with Veronica (Kristen Bell) knocking on 30's door and enjoying a comfortable life in New York City with her long time boyfriend Piz (Chris Lowell). Her youthful gumshoe years are well behind her, but her old life comes back into swing when former flame Logan Echolls (Jason Dohring) is charged with murdering his starlet girlfriend. Veronica tells herself that she only wants to consult a friend, but Neptune's magnetic pull becomes too hard to resist.
The film is a ton of fun. It's still as whip smart as the series ever was, and the quips whiz by effortlessly and constantly... often right over the heads of those who aren't already baptized by the gospel of Veronica. The show quickly falls back into familiar rhythms, and the nine years away haven't dulled the character's verbal barbs. Prepare to be bathed in waves of wit. Even outside of the near-relentless banter, the show maintains a nice and heavy sense of tension when the mystery sets in, and things get serious. While the actual mystery itself is far from brilliant, it's still engaging enough to entertain. In any case, the main course here is the characters, and they are as stellar as ever. Keith Mars (the fantastic Enrico Colantoni) is still the easy frontrunner for dad of the millennium.
The most remarkable thing about the film is how much it feels like the Veronica Mars of old, and that's the best compliment we can pay it. The returning cast members slip into their old roles with so much ease, and the film never feels like it's straining to regain that old Neptune spark. It turns out that watching a near 30 Veronica is just as much fun as watching the sleuth in her teenage years. And the fact that the show's general formula doesn't feel out of place now that we're following a load of late 20-somethings instead of high schoolers probably says something about how smartly and strongly crafted the original show was in the first place.
Rob Thomas clearly isn't trying to broaden his formula to catch new fans, and it doesn't make sense that he'd do so anyway. This is clearly a film built from the ground up for Veronica Mars fans, as it should be. A hefty intro montage at the beginning tries its best to get newcomers caught up on the three seasons of the television show, but if you didn't spend at least a couple hours cruising along the seedy streets of Neptune all those years ago, some of the film's charm might be lost on you.
The Veronica Mars film, at its core, is basically a damned good two hour episode of the original series. Now, that's not exactly ambitious, but the fans that put down their hard earned money to fund the film weren't necessarily paying for ambition. What we have here is unquestionably and purely Veronica Mars. So self-assured and comfortable in it's own celluloid skin, it's a film that dutifully embraces everything that made that series so brilliant and fun in the first place. Welcome home, Veronica, it's been a while.
George Clooney's ex-girlfriend Stacey Keibler has married her entrepreneur boyfriend in Mexico. The wrestler-turned-TV personality exchanged vows with Jared Pobre in an intimate beach ceremony on Saturday evening (08Mar14), less than a year after splitting from Clooney after a lengthy romance.
Keibler tells People.com, "My happiness is indescribable! Marriage is the ultimate bond of love and friendship. It means putting all your faith and trust into a person that you can't help but believe is your soul mate. Someone who has all of your best interests at heart; someone handpicked for you, to help you grow and be the best person that you can be. Jared is all of this for me."
Meanwhile, a statement from the couple reads: "We both felt strongly that our 'love day' should be intimately special, and that's exactly what it was. It was a blend of romance, tranquility (sic), natural beauty, bonding and overwhelming love."
The wedding news will be a surprise for many, but the 34 year old and Pobre, the CEO of interactive firm Future Ads, have been pals for years and their friendship blossomed into love last year (13).
A bicycle featured in Paul Reuben's 1985 film Pee-Wee's Big Adventure sold for $36,600 (GBP22,875) at an online auction on Thursday (06Mar14). The red and white beach cruiser, was listed on eBay.com earlier this week (begs03Mar14) along with an autographed photo of Reubens and a letter of authenticity from studio bosses.
The bike was purchased in 2010 for $10,000 (£6,250) and bidding started at $8,000 (£5,000).
Police in Florida have made Justin Bieber's arrest video public - with a large black bar covering his manhood. The release comes after a judge ordered parts of the video to be edited out to protect the pop star's privacy.
The footage of Bieber giving a urine sample for a drug test after his DUI arrest in January (14) was released to the media on Thursday (06Mar14).
The clips feature the 20 year old providing a urine sample with his genitals blocked by a large black box.
In total, Miami Beach Police Department officials have nine discs packed with visuals of the Baby singer following his arrest in Miami Beach.
Bieber was charged with a DUI, resisting arrest and having an expired licence. He has pleaded not guilty. A status hearing is set for next week (beg10Mar14).
Paris Hilton is to open her first real estate project in the Philippines this week (beg03Mar14). The socialite, who has 45 stores around the world which sell her handbags, fragrances and shoes, is now following in her hotel mogul father's footsteps by opening a luxury apartment complex in the capital Manila.
Hilton has shared pictures of the project on her Instagram.com page with the caption, "So proud & excited for my 1st (sic) real estate property to be opening this week in the Philippines! Always dreamed to follow in my family's footsteps."
The Azure Urban Resort Residences features a collection of residential skyscrapers surrounding a man-made beach. The complex also includes a movie theatre, gym, spa and massage rooms, restaurants and the Paris Beach Club.
Hilton also helped design the interior of the complex in partnership with a Filipino real estate company called Century Properties.
A statement from the company reads, "Her knowledge of the highest standards in luxury living, exposure to business excellence, and her free-spirited style and glamour make Paris a valuable partner in creating a completely unique lifestyle experience at the Azure."