Rapper Kanye West has taken aim at famed photographer Annie Leibovitz after revealing she pulled out as the official wedding snapper on the eve of his European nuptials to Kim Kardashian. The stars, who had worked with Leibovitz for their recent Vogue magazine cover, hired the fashion photographer to work her magic on their post-ceremony photos in Florence, Italy last month (May14), but the celebrity couple was left panicked when she cancelled the day before they exchanged vows.
They managed to draft in a last-minute replacement, but West admits the famous photo of the newlyweds kissing in front of a wall of roses wasn't as picture-perfect as it appeared - and the couple actually spent four days of its honeymoon cleaning up the snap before sharing it with the world on Instagram.com.
Speaking at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity conference in France on Tuesday (17Jun14), West revealed, "Let me tell you something about that kiss photo that my girl put up... This was p**sing my girl off during the honeymoon, she was exhausted because we worked on the photo so much because Annie Leibovitz pulled out right before the wedding. I think that she was, like, scared of the idea of celebrity.
"Because Annie pulled out, I was like, 'OK, I still want my wedding photos to look like Annie Leibovitz (shot them),' and we sat there and worked on that photo for, like, four days because the flowers were off-colour.
"Can you imagine telling someone who wants to just Instagram a photo, who's the number one person on Instagram, 'We need to work on the colour of the flower wall...?'"
But West admits their efforts paid off as the picture became the most-liked image ever on Instagram, boasting almost two million 'likes' and more than 35,000 comments.
He continued, "The fact the number one most-liked photo (on Instagram) has a kind of aesthetic was a win for what the mission is, which is raising the palette."
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have released pictures showing the moment they tied the knot at their weekend (24-25May14) wedding in Italy. The showbiz couple exchanged vows during a luxurious ceremony in the city of Florence on Saturday (24May14), and they have now shared the special moment with fans.
The snaps, published on Eonline.com, show Kardashian in her Givenchy wedding dress kissing her new husband in front of a wall of white flowers, and they are also seen walking down the aisle together after becoming man and wife.
The couple encouraged guests to have their picture taken in a photobooth at the reception, and one snap shows the newlyweds posing in black leather jackets emblazoned with the words 'Just' and 'Married'.
Other guests seen posing in the booth include Kardashian's model sister Kendall Jenner, her mother Kris Jenner and sister Khloe, as well as singer John Legend and his wife Chrissy Teigen.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have wed in Florence, Italy. The couple flew in separately from Paris, France, where they partied with family and friends on Friday night (23May14).
Reports suggest the newlyweds had planned to exchange vows at the Chateau de Versailles, but French law stood in their way as neither bride nor groom resides in the country.
Instead, they toured the grounds of the historic palace on Friday afternoon, before hosting a pre-wedding cocktail party with a performance from Kardashian's favourite singer Lana Del Rey.
West was the first to arrive in Florence for the nuptials on Saturday morning. His bride and several guests touched down hours later.
The big event at the medieval Forte di Belvedere began just before 5pm local time, when guests, including John Legend and his wife Chrissy Teigen and 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen, started arriving.
Classical star Andrea Bocelli is said to have serenaded the couple during the ceremony, while afterwards, Legend reportedly made an emotional speech before taking to the piano to play a number of hits including All Of Me and Ordinary People.
Reports suggest the wedding party wasn't the only thing to arrive from Paris - the wedding's flowers made the trip too, with roses flown in from Belgium as well.
Meanwhile, bosses at Adidas chose the wedding day to launch their new 2014 World Cup soccer advert, which features music by Kanye West.
The new commercial for The Dream: All In or Nothing features the rapper repeating the words God Level over footage of soccer superstars like Lionel Messi and Dani Alves.
Rapper Kanye West paid tribute to his late mum with a touching message on Twitter.com on America's Mother's Day (11May14).
Donda West died in November, 2007 from heart disease and complications from a breast reduction, tummy tuck and liposuction procedure, and on Sunday, the hip-hop star went online to post a photo of the sun peeking out through some clouds, alongside the caption: "hi Mom."
Meanwhile, West's fiancee Kim Kardashian took to her Instagram.com account to show fans what her husband-to-be gave her on her first Mother's Day, posting photos and videos of a wall made entirely out of white, cream, and blush coloured flowers. She wrote, "woke up to a wall of roses, hydrangeas and peonies!!! I have the best fiance in the world! I love you so much baby!!!!"
The reality TV star was feted at a lavish bridal shower in Beverly Hills the day before (10May14) ahead of the couple's wedding in Paris, France on 24 May (14).
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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Mother-to-be Kim Kardashian celebrated the impending arrival of her daughter with a star-studded baby shower in Beverly Hills, California on Sunday (02Jun13). Kelly Osbourne, Nicole Richie, former Spice Girl Melanie Brown, Maria Menounos and Kimberly Stewart were among the guests who shared the special day with Kim, her rapper boyfriend Kanye West and his family, as well as the Kardashian clan.
Kim's mother Kris Jenner tells EOnline.com, "I am so excited and thrilled and feel so blessed to share this really special day with Kim and Kanye and our families! She will remember this day for the rest of her life!"
Kim later tweeted, "WOW an amazing baby shower! So much luv there (sic)... Thank u (sic). Truly such a special day. I honestly feel so blessed and filled with so much love!"
Guests were given headbands made of gypsophila flowers, also known as baby's breath, to wear, and they dined on a pancakes and waffles brunch before playing games, including guessing the baby's name.
There were several not-so-subtle nods to the baby's gender at the bash - the dessert station offered pink cotton candy, pink lollipops and strawberry shortcake.
Kim revealed she is expecting a girl during the season premiere of the eighth season of her reality TV show Keeping Up With The Kardashians, which aired in the U.S. just hours after the shower.
It's been an exciting few days for Savannah Guthrie. First, she got engaged over the weekend to her boyfriend of four years, Michael Feldman, and announced the news on the Today show Monday morning. But immediately following said announcement, Guthrie got another, rather unexpected present from another man!
Bradley Cooper showed up in the middle of all Guthrie's engagement talk to give the NBC co-host a bouquet of red roses. Of course Guthrie couldn't help but blush, especially because Cooper asked her for her phone number.
But despite Cooper's attempts to woo her, Guthrie seemed quite happy about her upcoming nuptials to Feldman, 44, who is in charge of a communications firm in New York and Washington D.C. "We adore each other," she said. "Our families have been in-laws for years... they were just waiting for us to catch up."
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We began last night's episode of The Amazing Race where we left off one week earlier: Dave and Connor having just won the leg despite being down precisely one human leg and Phil asking them, as Zen inquisitively as one might expect from the King of Arched Eyebrows, if they'd like to keep going in the wake of Dave's injury. We waited with bated breath while the team hemmed, hawed, and —
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Duh, they kept going. (Unlike three of the teams in the premiere episode, they are not quitters!) And the second question, "who would be eliminated?" was dealt with shortly thereafter when 9th place Chuck & Wynona were given a momentary reprieve. Thank God, because that would have been a weak way to go out, five minutes into the episode.
Off to BALI, INDONESIA! And not a moment too soon, as it had been a full one episode since the Race's last tropical destination. New Zealand is nice — monumentally stunning, even — but we all know this show does best with a little beach action to reinforce foreign perceptions of our Baywatch lifestyles. Cowabunga, American Capitalist Cowboys!
For maybe the first time this season, travel discrepancies actually offered a measurable advantage to those teams arriving in Bali three hours ahead of their competitors. Usually there's a time delay challenge (the trapeze school doesn't open until 8am!) bottlenecking all of the teams, but not this leg. Once you hit Bali? You were off, man. First, teams made their way to the "Monkey Forest" where they were tasked with getting some of their simian counterparts to break open a clue-filled coconut. It wasn't easy. Or at least, the monkeys seemed hesitant to perform their required tasks. Tourist noise agitated a few of them, prompting Pam to ask passersby to "PLEASE BE QUIET." Joey and Meghan, though without a camera, seemed to take the opportunity to rehearse a new YouTube video. Everyone else admired the monkeys' tactile skills and then moved on.
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"Sandy Bottom" and "Fruity Top" are two entries in my line of flirty bikini separates but also represent Bali's two Detours, in which teams dredged a river for dirt or assembled an elaborate, religiously-inclined Edible Arrangement, respectively. Pretty much everyone save Mona and Beth opted for the latter. Wynnie, a Hollywood set designer/decorator, felt that this would be an easy demonstration of her talents. John, too, noted his "attention to detail" that would assure an easy Detour run. (This after the five minutes they spent at the wrong Detour location, arranging flowers in a stranger's backyard who, let's be honest, had a great time giving direction.) Ultimately "Fruity Top" wasn't so complicated: look at the fruit model, then make your piece look like that. So let's redirect our boasts, people.
Anyway, John and Jessica struggled so much to complete their arrangement that they eventually gave up and joined Mona and Beth down by the river. While they got through quickly, by this point most everyone else had completed their fruit arrangement and made their way to ULUWATU SURF BEACH. There they found a Road Block: one teammate tasked with combing racks of surfboards for one with a "memorable design." (Too many details, Phil! Just embrace the here and the now of surf, brah.)
This was…not the easiest Road Block for some teams. While Pam & Wynnie and Connor & Dave sailed through (the latter, it must be noted, eyeing the successful design the girls had found before beating them to the mat), teams like Nashville Singers and Chuck & Wynona struggled. "He spends hours in the garage doing his taxidermy!" Wynona offered as evidence of Chuck's attention to detail, which ‚ sure! The Nashville Singers had a mini-breakdown searching for the right board. "Can I just cry for a second?" asked Caroline. Take your time, sweetheart, I probably would have done the same thing.
Joey & Meghan, who I'll just say seem like a solid team and incrementally less annoying with each new episode, offered their winning surf design to "alliance"-mates Beth & Mona, which was generous. Certainly more so than Beth & Mona failing to pass the favor on to Chuck & Wynona! But no matter — one by one every team made their way to the mat.
…all except for John & Jessica, or more specifically John, who for the life of him couldn't find or identify the specific board he was looking for. Was the universe meeting and correcting his earlier claims of detail greatness? The closest team, Chuck & Wynona, beat them to the mat by what seemed like a good hour or so. Most upsetting is the fact that all of it — from the struggles with challenges this leg as well as the ultimate outcome — could have been avoided if only they'd utilized their Express Pass. Phil made a note of this on finally eliminating the two. They each had their own take on things. John: "The simple truth is we don't need a million dollars." Jessica: "We made a huge mistake."
But that's life, you realize. Staring at surfboard decals on a beautiful Indonesian beach, your closest companion in the world flummoxed with you, as a man outfitted head-to-toe in Travelsmith clothing tells you it's over and you have to go home. The beat goes ever on.
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