Kim Kardashian has big plans for her holiday greeting cards next year (14) - and they involve husband-to-be Kanye West. The reality TV star and the rest of the Kardashian-Jenner family have made a tradition of having a special photo taken for their Christmas cards, and this year recruited music video director and photographer David LaChapelle to shoot them in a carnival-themed room full of neon lights and pop art.
Kardashian has revealed she plans to carry on the tradition with West and their daughter North next year and is already thinking of concepts for the festive picture.
Asked during a Mobio Insider question and answer session if the Stronger rapper would be appearing on a seasonal greeting card, Kardashian replied, “This year we got some good ideas and (are) gonna (going to) brainstorm for next year, tradition is everything. This family card was so fun.”
It's December, which means the holiday season is officially upon us, bringing with it crowded shopping centers, a constant loop of festive music, and of course, the annual Kardashian Khristmas Kard. After all, everyone knows that the holiday festivities can't begin until we've seen how America's most famous family will be celebrating this year. So, what theme did they choose for 2013? Slick and stylish? Dramatic and glamorous? Joyful and celebratory? How about just plain weird?
The picture, taken by David LaChappelle (what, you mean you didn't hire a world-famous fashion photographer to shoot your Christmas cards?) features Kim and family posing in dramatic black gowns in some sort of abandoned carnival warehouse covered in pictures of her, piles of old tabloids, and Bruce Jenner in a glass case. We're sure that every element has some sort of symbolism attached to it, from the giant dollar sign next to Kim to the Wheaties box with Bruce's face on it, but we're more concerned with the fact that absolutely nothing in this picture has anything to with the holidays. There's no tree, no ornaments, not even a snowman is present anywhere in the craziness that makes up the background of the photo. So, if there's nothing even remotely holiday-inspired in their Christmas card, what do the Kardashians think Christmas is about?
Well, like everything else the family does, it seems to be all about Kim, who is not only more prominently featured than everyone else in her family, but also has her picture plastered all over the backdrop. Even the lone Christmas-ish element, the haloed baby hovering above Khloe, is all about Kim, as it's probably meant to be an homage to North West, the pop culture world's newest deity. She's also the only one of her sisters to have their significant other featured in the photo shoot (although only via Kanye'sRolling Stone cover), because Scott and Lamar's presence would clash with the "Kim" theme the family have decided to go with this year. Rob, however, most likely isn't featured because he keeps gifting everyone socks from his sock line for Christmas, and everyone got fed up.
Despite this, Kris is trying her best to steal some of the attention with the most dramatic pose and elaborate headdress she could find, because to her, Christmas is about gathering her family close so that she can celebrate the empire she has built them. Bruce is being kept separate from everyone else, trapped in a weird glass case like he's part of a museum exhibit, which likely foreshadows that Christmas dinner is going to be very awkward for him this year. Meanwhile, Mason is just wondering where his presents are because he, unlike the rest of his family, understands that Christmas is about giving, rather than an excuse to send everyone you know the outcome of your weird, confusing family photo shoot.
But on the bright side, at least your family won't be the ones sending out the year's most awkward holiday card for a change.
Theatrics slapstick and cheer are cinematic qualities you rarely find outside the realm of animation. Disney perfected it with their pantheon of cartoon classics mixing music humor spectacle and light-hearted drama that swept up children while still capturing the imaginations and hearts of their parents. But these days even reinterpretations of fairy tales get the gritty make-over leaving little room for silliness and unfiltered glee. Emerging through that dark cloud is Mirror Mirror a film that achieves every bit of imagination crafted by its two-dimensional predecessors and then some. Under the eye of master visualist Tarsem Singh (The Fall Immortals) Mirror Mirror's heightened realism imbues it with the power to pull off anything — and the movie never skimps on the anything.
Like its animated counterparts Mirror Mirror stays faithful to its source material but twists it just enough to feel unique. When Snow White (Lily Collins) was a little girl her father the King ventured into a nearby dark forest to do battle with an evil creature and was never seen or heard from again. The kingdom was inherited by The Queen (Julia Roberts) Snow's evil stepmother and the fair-skinned beauty lived locked up in the castle until her 18th birthday. Grown up and tired of her wicked parental substitute White sneaks out of the castle to the village for the first time. There she witnesses the economic horrors The Queen has imposed upon the people of her land all to fuel her expensive beautification. Along the way Snow also meets Prince Alcott (Armie Hammer) who is suffering from his own money troubles — mainly being robbed by a band of stilt-wearing dwarves. When the Queen catches wind of the secret excursion she casts Snow out of the castle to be murdered by her assistant Brighton (Nathan Lane).
Fairy tales take flack for rejecting the idea of women being capable but even with its flighty presentation and dedication to the old school Disney method Mirror Mirror empowers its Snow White in a genuine way thanks to Collins' snappy charming performance. After being set free by Brighton Snow crosses paths with the thieving dwarves and quickly takes a role on their pilfering team (which she helps turn in to a Robin Hooding business). Tarsem wisely mines a spectrum of personalities out of the seven dwarves instead of simply playing them for one note comedy. Sure there's plenty of slapstick and pun humor (purposefully and wonderfully corny) but each member of the septet stands out as a warm compassionate companion to Snow even in the fantasy world.
Mirror Mirror is richly designed and executed in true Tarsem-fashion with breathtaking costumes (everything from ball gowns to the dwarf expando-stilts to ridiculous pirate ship hats with working canons) whimsical sets and a pitch-perfect score by Disney-mainstay Alan Menken. The world is a storybook and even its monsters look like illustrations rather than photo-real creations. But what makes it all click is the actors. Collins holds her own against the legendary Julia Roberts who relishes in the fun she's having playing someone despicable. She delivers every word with playful bite and her rapport with Lane is off-the-wall fun. Armie Hammer riffs on his own Prince Charming physique as Alcott. The only real misgiving of the film is the undercooked relationship between him and Snow. We know they'll get together but the journey's half the fun and Mirror Mirror serves that portion undercooked.
Children will swoon for Mirror Mirror but there's plenty here for adults — dialogue peppered with sharp wisecracks and a visual style ripped from an elegant tapestry. The movie wears its heart on its sleeve and rarely do we get a picture where both the heart and the sleeve feel truly magical.
Last week the interwebs exploded with the news that Russell Brand was filing for a divorce from Katy Perry. Since then, tabloids have come up with multiple reports about how the couple's handling the split, saying they're happy, sad, relieved, depressed, etc. But naturally, the next thing to be discussed is the money situation...especially since Brand admitted to New York Magazine last year that they didn't sign a pre-nup, which could mean he's entitled to half of Perry's millions. According to California law, in the absence of a pre-nup, the couple must split their earnings 50/50 and since Perry's worth a little over $40 million, that means Brand could potentially be receiving a check in the sum of $20 million. You know, because that sounds fair, right? - NYDN
Aretha Franklin announced yesterday that she became engaged over the holidays to her "forever friend" Willie Wilkerson. Franklin's rep confirmed the news to People magazine, adding that, "Ms. Franklin is considering Donna Karan, Valentino, and the queen of wedding dresses, Vera Wang, to design her gown." And while no exact date has been set yet, the Queen of Soul herself commented on her upcoming nuptials, saying, "We're looking at June or July for our date and no, I'm not pregnant, LOL!" Congratulations, Aretha! - People
Back in September, it was announced that plans to make a biopic centering around Elton John's life (called Rocketman) was well in the works. But the main question on everyone's mind is -- who should play the infamous artist? Well, according to the LA Times, John has a few suggestions on the matter and his number one pick to play himself is none other than Justin Timberlake. The singer told the newspaper, "I've got a wish list of people. No. 1 on my wish list is Justin Timberlake, because he played me before in a David LaChapelle video of Rocket Man and was superb. Can't argue with logic like that! - LA Times
The veteran musician is moving forward with plans to turn his life story into a major movie-musical with help from his film producer partner David Furnish and Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall.
The Rocketman movie will tell the story of the star's life and career through his music and Sir Elton has now revealed he wants pop star Timberlake, who previously played the singer in one of his music videos, to tackle the lead role.
He tells the Los Angeles Times, "(It is) very much in the works. We're making an announcement about that very, very soon. We have a director on board, and then it's just going to be a matter of getting the script exactly the way we want it...
"I've got a wish list of people (for the lead role). Number one on my wish list is Justin Timberlake, because he played me before in a David LaChapelle video... and was superb."
Apparently imitation isn't always the highest form of flattery...not in Rihanna's case anyway. The singer is facing yet another lawsuit due to copyright infringement over her S&M music video. This time it's photographer Phillip Paulus that's suing that star claiming that she identically replicated his series of photographs, called Paperworld, in the video without his permission. One section of the video shows Rihanna dressed in a large, fluffy gown against a wall, covered in plastic and surrounded by black 'X' marks. Paulus claims that this idea is extremely similar to one of his photographs and he wants justice. Paulus' lawyer states that "For legitimate reasons the use of copying Paulus' work over a million times requires an agreement that protects the copyright and the achievements and creations of our client which has never been given by our client, neither to the artist Rihanna nor to her label Universal Music." Naughty, naughty Rihanna...it isn't nice to take things that aren't yours.
Paulus issued his own personal statement about the issue saying, "Why a worldwide celebrity is not able to afford a creative director, who creates individual concepts and stagings, is incomprehensible for me," and adds, "...Every other creative professional should realize how supremely embarrassing it is to copy the work of colleagues from the artistic world and then to be praised for it." This is the second time this year that Rihanna's S&M video is facing lawsuit charges -- photographer David LaChapelle sued the singer in February. We still have 6 more months of this year left, so I wouldn't be surprised if we don't see a third or fourth lawsuit pop up at some point by the year's end. I think only one word can sum up the way we feel about your actions Rihanna -- Disturbia.
The actress/model was on her way to meet the celebrity contestants taking part in the country's upcoming Dancing With The Stars show, which she will guest on this week (08-09Nov10), when her chauffeur-driven BMW collided with a concrete post in a parking structure on the set of the programme.
Anderson was quickly transferred to another vehicle and driven to her destination.
A source tells WENN, "She was a little shaken but uninjured."
Earlier on Sunday (07Nov10), the former Baywatch babe, who competed on the American version of the hit show last year (09), appeared at a press conference at the Dan Hotel in Tel Aviv with her dance partner, Australian Damian Whitewood.
She told reporters she had been planning a trip to Israel for many years, explaining, "My good friend David Lachapelle was just here - his exhibit is still up at the Museum of Contemporary Art - and he had the most fantastic time.
"We don't get to hear about all the wonderful things in Israel, and just looking out my window here at the hotel and seeing the beautiful beach, my goodness, it's gorgeous! I'm sure I'll be going back (to the U.S.) with raving reviews."
The Israeli Dancing With The Stars has already made big headlines - one of this season's contestants, Gili Shem Tov, has made history by becoming the first celebrity to hit the dancefloor with a same sex partner.
The openly-gay sportscaster has been competing with professional dancer Dorit Millman.
Anderson and Whitewood will perform two sensual dances on the show on Monday and Tuesday night.
While she's in Israel, Anderson hopes to meet with politicians in a bid to prompt a national ban on fur imports.
The former Baywatch actress shocked guests at the Hollywood Style Awards at the weekend (10-11Oct09) when she turned up with young Adelaide Gault, who trailed behind the star, making sure her flowing Vivienne Westwood gown didn't catch on the floor.
Gault, the daughter of a make-up artist who was said to be working at the event, was left looking embarrassed and uncomfortable as she followed the actress around, and even sat on the floor as Anderson took her seat near the catwalk.
According to reports, the audience physically gasped when Anderson took to the stage, turned to Gault and patted her leg, shouting "daughter," as if she was calling for a pet dog.
A source tells New York gossip column Page Six, "She didn't even have her own seat and had to sit at Pamela's feet, where people nearly stepped on her to get to the stage. The girl looked uncomfortable and kept tugging on her dress to get her attention, but Pamela waved her away."
Another guest adds, "Pamela was telling people it was her daughter. And, after she presented David LaChapelle with an award onstage, she shouted 'daughter' in front of the whole auditorium, and slapped her leg like she was calling a puppy. The girl rushed up to grab her train."
A spokesperson for America's Child Labor Coalition has now called for investigation into how the nine year old came to be "working" as part of the blonde bombshell's entourage.
The rep says, "I would want to speak to the child to ask her if it is something she willingly did. Nine is very young, and an awards ceremony is a long time for a child to be out holding a dress."
Celebrity photographer/director David LaChapelle backed out of directing the music video for Madonna's song “Hung Up” because she is "nasty" towards employees.
LaChapelle, who directed the cult film Rize about dancers in South Central Los Angeles, chose not to put himself in a situation where he wasn't enjoying himself.
He explains, "I had written the scenario, was paid for the concept.
"But after Rize, when I started to analyze what made me happy or not, I understood that she was not the person with whom I wished to collaborate.
"She is nice when you are alone with her, but when you work for her, she can be very... nasty. She is (nasty) with people she employs. I didn't want to be tortured.
"I don't have anything against difficulties, but there that would have been unpleasant. I would not have had fun. There is a part of cruelty in her."
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