The 11th season of Project Runway is going to look very different -- in the work room and on the judging panel. Lifetime announced that major changes are coming to the Heidi Klum-hosted fashion design competition for the judges and the contestants: Michael Kors is leaving the show just in time for the very first all-team edition.
The devastating news first: Kors is saying Auf Wiedersehen to his post as regular judge alongside Klum and Nina Garcia. But it's not all bad news: He'll be replaced by another well-known designer who has guest-judged the ol' PR in the past. Say Guten Tag to Zac Posen. And there's some good news in there too: Kors will be back to guest judge the finale.
As for the other big format change, it came as a surprise to the 16 designers when they showed up to shoot. According to Lifetime, they didn't find out they would be competing as teams until after production began. One can only imagine the blowout fights that will occur as the teammates struggle to stand out to the judges (and throw each other under the bus in the process).
Guest judges during Season 11 include Susan Sarandon, Bette Midler, Miranda Lambert, John Legend, Joan and Melissa Rivers and more.
Project Runway Season 11 premieres Thursday, Jan. 14 at 9 p.m. on Lifetime, with a one-hour introduction to the designers preceding it at 8.
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It's Halloween for the B and Co. and I hoped it would mean we'd see the Joey to our Dawson, but no. There was no Joey. There was no Jen. There was no Grams or Jack or Andy or Pacey. Nothing. In fact, we learn JVDB (James Van Der Beek) hates Halloween. He's afraid. Like, actually scared. This one time, his dad made him watch a scary movie on Christmas and it ruined him for life. What a baby. And so instead of focusing on our flannel friend, we get a closer look into Chloe's soul. Her good-natured, soft even, heart. We think.
June (Dreama Walker) and Chloe (Krysten Ritter) discover that they both LOVE Halloween! It's something they can finally agree on. They giggle and squeal and jump around at this shared love, and I'm a bit concerned as to where creepy peeping neighbor man is. This is his Pay-Per-View moment of the week and he's all playing with a yo-yo in his bathroom or something. JVDB enters in the perfect fall plaid shirt and skips over to the counter. He chatters on about his Halloween Evite which, when we finally get to see it, is basically a Powerpuff Girls meets Teletubby cartoon-like figure bopping around the screen squeaking about a party. It's time to go.
And so June and pal Mark (Eric André) head to the movie theater for a much-needed pre-Halloween chick flick. Something simple and pointless starring Katherine Heigl, of course. Right as they get cozy, June spots Chloe finding a nook in some dark-haired stranger's neck. She can't have a boyfriend, can she? It sure looks like it as she dips her hand into his... popcorn and gazes into his eyes. June knows Chloe wouldn't be caught dead at a chick flick normally, so something is not right. Not right at all.
SO, June invites Chloe's new boy over for dinner to get to the bottom of it -- and she is speechless, for once. And not because he's wearing a pajama-like Tee that shows his muscles in all the right places. C and hot boy are laughing and smiling and cuddling and even finishing each other's sentences. It's madness, really! You'd think it was all a sham, all some sort of Halloween hoax. And guess what? It is. Yep. Chloe tells June that for the past three years, she has apparently been "targeting" people on Halloween. And by "targeting," she means she's lying through her Crest White Stripped teeth figuring out strangers' deepest fears and then devising a way to make it a reality for them in one year. It's super realistic and completely normal and it's one of Chloe's greatest accomplishments. Apparently, she's been "dating" this one boy for a year, even though I've never seen him, ever, (and I'd remember), and now that Halloween's rolling around, it's time for the "Pump and Dump." Don't feel like explaining that one in detail.
Back to the costumes. So, at the Halloween party where Chloe plans to reveal her evil plan to gorgeous stranger, June is floating around all cutesy in her journey hobbit girl of self-discovery outfit. She is SUCH a supporting actress. She'll never be in the spotlight because all she does is worry about other people's problems and wallow over being single. Someone needs to get the girl a slutty outfit and a bout of confidence pronto. Anyway, she tries to stop Chloe, but no can do, they're already en route to his "hometown bedroom" where she plans to finish him off.
But the tables have turned. Right as Chloe gets a grain of humanity and decides she doesn't want to hurt him, the wavy-haired hunk tells her the trick has been on HER this WHOLE DAMN TIME. He's been getting her to act out her biggest fear: a chick flick. Every "monumental moment" in their relationship has taken place in the most corniest of ways. And in a twist of fate, Chloe gets a taste of her own bitter medicine. He tells her he's going to be leaving the country the next day, and perhaps she will just chase him right through the airport, sealing the fate of a chick flick gal's ways. Of course, we know she won't.
Or will she?
Chloe decides that by going to the airport and telling him that she actually likes him, he won't know whether she's still f****** around or if she actually means it! It's a brilliant plan. And that is exactly what she does. It may have been true love, it may not have been, but at least in the end Chloe wins. Or so she thinks. We'll never truly know
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Widening the thematic scope without sacrificing too much of the claustrophobia that made the original 1979 Alien universally spooky Prometheus takes the trophy for this summer's most adult-oriented blockbuster entertainment. The movie will leave your mouth agape for its entire runtime first with its majestic exploration of an alien planet and conjectures on the origins of the human race second with its gross-out body horror that leaves no spilled gut to the imagination. Thin characters feel more like pawns in Scott's sci-fi prequel but stunning visuals shocking turns and grand questions more than make up for the shallow ensemble. "Epic" comes in many forms. Prometheus sports all of them.
Based on their discovery of a series of cave drawings all sharing a similar painted design Elizabeth (Noomi Rapace) and Charlie (Logan Marshall-Green) are recruited by Weyland to head a mission to another planet one they believe holds the answers to the creation of life on Earth. Along for the journey are Vickers (Charlize Theron) the ruthless Weyland proxy Janek (Idris Elba) a blue collar captain a slew of faceless scientists and David (Michael Fassbender) HAL 9000-esque resident android who awakens the crew of spaceship Prometheus when they arrive to their destination. Immediately upon descent there's a discovery: a giant mound that's anything but natural. The crew immediately prepares to scope out the scene zipping up high-tech spacesuits jumping in futuristic humvees and heading out to the site. What they discover are the awe-inspiring creations of another race. What they bring back to the ship is what they realize may kill their own.
The first half of Prometheus could be easily mistaken for Steven Spielberg's Alien a sense of wonder glowing from every frame not too unlike Close Encounters. Scott takes full advantage of his fictional settings and imbues them with a reality that makes them even more tantalizing. He shoots the vistas of space and the alien planet like National Geographic porn and savors the interior moments on board the Prometheus full of hologram maps sleeping pods and do-it-yourself surgery modules with the same attention. Prometheus is beautiful shot in immersive 3D that never dampers Dariusz Wolski's sharp photography. Scott's direction seems less interested in the run-or-die scenario set up in the latter half of the film but the film maintains tension and mood from beginning to end. It all just gets a bit…bloodier.
Jon Spaihts' and Damon Lindelof's script doesn't do the performers any favors shuffling them to and fro between the ship and the alien construction without much room for development. Reveals are shoehorned in without much setup (one involving Theron's Vickers that's shockingly mishandled) but for the most part the ensemble is ready to chomp into the script's bigger picture conceits. Rapace is a physical performer capable of pulling off a grisly scene involving an alien some sharp objects and a painful procedure (sure to be the scene of the blockbuster season. Among the rest of the crew Fassbender's David stands out as the film's revelatory performance delivering a digestible ambiguity to his mechanical man that playfully toys with expectations from his first entrance. The creature effects in Prometheus will wow you but even Fassbender's smallest gesture can send the mind spinning. The power of his smile packs more of a punch than any facehugger.
Much like Lindelof's Lost Prometheus aims to explore the idea of asking questions and seeking answers and on Scott's scale it's a tremendous unexpected ride. A few ideas introduced to spur action fall to the way side in the logic department but with a clear mission and end point Prometheus works as a sweeping sci-fi that doesn't require choppy editing or endless explosions to keep us on the edge of our seats. Prometheus isn't too far off from the Alien xenomorphs: born from existing DNA of another creature the movie breaks out as its own beast. And it's wilder than ever.