Fashion mogul Oscar De La Renta has died, aged 82. The acclaimed Dominican designer passed away on Monday (20Oct14) at his home in Kent, Connecticut, his wife Annette de la Renta has confirmed.
She did not divulge the exact cause of her husband's death, but de la Renta had been intermittently battling cancer since his initial diagnosis in 2006.
A handwritten statement signed by two of his company's executives, son-in-law Alex Bolen and stepdaughter Eliza Bolen, reads: "While our hearts are broken by the idea of life without Oscar, he is still very much us. Oscar's hard work, his intelligence and his love of life are at the heart of our company.
"All that we have done, and all that we will do, is informed by his values and his spirit. Through Oscar's example we know the way forward. We will make Oscar very proud of us by continuing in an even stronger way the work that Oscar loved so much."
De la Renta was born into high society in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in 1932. At the age of 18, he moved to Madrid, Spain to study painting in at the Academy of San Fernando. There he developed his love for sketching fashion designs, and it led to a coveted apprenticeship with top Spanish couturier Cristobal Belenciaga, and assistant jobs at French fashion houses Lanvin and Balmain in Paris.
In 1963, he moved to New York City to work for designer Jane Derby at Arden, and two years later (1965), he launched his own ready-to-wear label at the age of 33.
His feminine and flowing gowns caught the eye of former U.S. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, who made de la Renta her go-to designer for many years.
Other first ladies including Nancy Reagan and Hillary Clinton were also big fans. Earlier this year (14) Laura Bush, feted de la Renta at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas, Texas in a retrospective titled Oscar de la Renta: Five Decades of Style, which featured more than 60 of his impeccable gowns.
His designs were beloved and worn by A-list fashionistas, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Jessica Chastain, Kerry Washington and countless others.
Most recently, he collaborated with George Clooney's now-wife Amal on her wedding gown for her September (14) nuptials in Italy.
The British lawyer told Vogue last month, "George and I wanted a wedding that was romantic and elegant, and I can't imagine anyone more able than Oscar to capture this mood in a dress. Meeting him made the design process all the more magical, as he is so warm and such a gentleman."
Over his 50 year career, de la Renta was honoured with numerous awards, including two Council of Fashion Designers Designer of the Year Awards, a CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award, two Coty American Fashion Critics' Awards, the Gold Medal Award from the King and Queen of Spain, the Legion d'honneur as a Commande from France, and the order al Merito de Juan Pablo Duarte and the order of Cristobol Colon from his native Dominican Republic.
De la Renta was married to French Vogue editor Francois Langlade for 16 years until her death in 1983. He is survived by his second wife, Annette, three stepchildren, and his adopted son Moises.
Bob Geldof's daughter Fifi is engaged. The 31 year old, Geldof's eldest daughter, is set to wed her 33 year old busker beau Andrew Robertson.
She took to Instagram.com to post a close-up photo of her left hand, showing off a sparkling diamond ring on her ring finger, along with the caption, "The ring #boydonegood."
She follows in the footsteps of her famous father, who is also planning to walk down the aisle with his long-term girlfriend, French actress Jeanne Marine.
The happy news is a welcome reprieve for the family, who are mourning the loss of Geldof's 25-year-old daughter Peaches, who died at her home in Kent, England in April (14) after taking heroin.
Grieving father Bob Geldof has got engaged to his long term girlfriend Jeanne Marine, according the couple's celebrity friend Jerry Hall. The Boomtown Rats frontman is still mourning his daughter Peaches, who was found dead at her home in Kent, England last month (Apr14).
However, model Hall, who accompanied the couple to the socialite's funeral, reveals the rocker has asked French actress Marine to marry him after 18 years together.
Hall tells Britain's Daily Mail newspaper, "Bob has proposed. She (Marine) is over the moon. Jeanne Marine has been a rock and a tower of strength over this. I'm so excited for her I am bursting to tell someone. Bob and Jeanne have been through hell, but they are determined something positive will come out of it.
"After all the sadness, we need something to focus on which will bring joy and light... I'm so happy for her. It makes you realise we all have to value what we have."
Geldof's first wife, Peaches' mother Paula Yates, died of a drug overdose in 2000, four years after the couple divorced.
An inquest into Peaches' death is due to be held on Thursday (01May14).
Rocker Bob Geldof's daughter Peaches Geldof has died at the age of 25. Police were called to the British socialite and TV personality's home in Kent, England on Monday afternoon (07Apr14) to investigate concerns about her welfare. She was later pronounced dead by paramedics.
A Kent Police spokesperson says, "At this stage, the death is being treated as unexplained and sudden."
Born Peaches Honeyblossom Geldof, she was Boomtown Rats frontman's second daughter with his ex-wife, late TV presenter Paula Yates, whose father was beloved British TV host Hughie Green.
She established herself as a journalist in her teens, writing articles for Britain's The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph newspapers and the U.K. edition of Elle Girl magazine. Geldof also wrote a column for U.S. arts and style publication Nylon.
She landed her own documentary show, Peaches Geldof: Teenage Mind, in 2005 and followed it up with projects including an MTV reality show, titled Peaches: Disappear Here, which chronicled the socialite's attempts to launch a new youth magazine, and OMG! with Peaches Geldof in 2011.
She also carved out a career for herself as a model, becoming the face of Ultimo underwear in 2009, but she was dropped from the label the following year (10) after she was involved in a nude photo scandal amid allegations of drug use.
She was married twice - her 2008 union with Chester French rocker Max Drummey lasted just six months, and she wed S.C.U.M. singer Thomas Cohen in September, 2012, less than five months after she gave birth to their first child, son Astala. They welcomed second son Phaedra in April, 2013, on what would have been Paula Yates' 54th birthday.
Yates died from a drug and alcohol overdose in 2000.
For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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The CW’s fall 2013 TV lineup just got a whole lot bigger. The network announced on Thursday that it has ordered four new drama series — The Tomorrow People, The 100, Star-Crossed, and Reign — were picked up for series orders.
The Tomorrow People stars Robbie Amell (cousin of Arrow’s Stephen Amell) and is based on the U.K. series created by Roger Price. The drama, from Arrow executive producer Greg Berlanti and The Vampire Diaries executive producer Julie Plec, tells the story of several young people from around the world who represent the next stage in human evolution, possessing special powers, including the ability to teleport and communicate with each other telepathically. Together they work to defeat the forces of evil.
The 100 stars Eliza Taylor and Lost's Henry Ian Cusick and is set 97 years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization. A spaceship housing the lone human survivors sends 100 juvenile delinquents back to Earth to investigate the possibility of re-colonizing the planet. The series is based on the forthcoming The Hundred book series written by Kass Morgan and published by Little, Brown.
Star-Crossed (formerly Oxygen) stars Friday Night Lights’ Aimee Teegarden and 90210’s Matt Lanter as a human girl and an alien boy who fall in love when he and eight others of his kind (The Orion 9) are integrated into a suburban high school ten years after they and hundreds of others landed on Earth and were immediately consigned to an internment camp where they’ve been imprisoned ever since.
Reign tells the previously unknown and untold story of Mary Queen of Scots' rise to power when she arrives in France as a 15-year-old, betrothed to Prince Francis, and with her three best friends as ladies-in-waiting. The period drama unveils the secret history of survival at French Court amid fierce foes, dark forces and a world of sexual intrigue and stars Adelaide Kane and Toby Regbo.
The network also announced renewals for both Nikita and The Carrie Diaries.
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The Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals — which will air on April 25 as a backdoor pilot — is almost here, and Hollywood.com has your first look into the dark, intense, drama-filled hour.
Written by TVD co-creator/executive producer Julie Plec, The Originals centers on the Original family of vampires, as Klaus (Joseph Morgan) returns to the supernatural melting pot that is the French Quarter of New Orleans — a town he helped build centuries ago — and is reunited with his diabolical former protégé Marcel (Charles Michael Davis). Naturally, chaos will ensue.
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Check out a sneak peek of the episode in our gallery below to get the inside scoop about what's going down in the Big Easy:
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The cast and producers of NBC's post-apocalyptic drama Revolution made the long journey out to the California Commonwealth from their home region of the Monroe Republic for their Paleyfest panel Saturday night, and it was not a journey made in vain. Executive producer and creator Eric Kripke was quick to reveal that when the show returns, we won't be in the dark (pun definitely intended) about why the lights went out in the first place. "You find that out in episode 13," Kripke says. Given the fact that when Revolution returns Monday, March 25, with episode 11, that's not too long of a wait!
"We are revealing that, actually, and shockingly sooner than anyone thinks, because I’m not particularly precious with secrets," Kripke told Hollywood.com before the panel began. "I think it’s a really interesting answer that opens the door to more questions. And screw it! Why hold it off from the fans for three years, because whatever answer you give them, they’re going to be irritated because they had to wait three years to get it. So I’m giving them the answers and we’re going to ask more questions."
In addition to raising more questions, the scope of the show is going to expand in the back half of Season 1, both storywise and geographically. That's right, we're going to get to see what life is like outside of the Monroe Militia for the first time! "We start to move to other nations which is exciting," Kripke revealed. "We need to go to Georgia for help, kind of like how we got help from the French in the Revolutionary War. And we go out to the Plains Nation and we see the wilderness that’s out there."
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Kripke always wanted to expand the geography of the show to explore what life is like in other areas of the country after the blackout. "You start to see what is in effect other kingdoms," Kripke says. "There is sort of a Game of Thrones idea that we’ve always been wanting to angle towards, where it’s about different kingdoms and different leaders and how they’re all clashing with each other. And our characters start to move into these different areas. So it’s a much larger focus in the second half of the season."
We're also going to finally see Aaron Pittman (Zak Orth) reunite with his wife that he left immediately after the blackout. "He sees her again and they’re able to work out their issues and they do have a face to face," Kripke revealed. "She’s in present day so you catch up to where she’s been the last 10 years or so. It’s interesting because he left her because he thought he was protecting her, but he was a coward to do it. And since then he’s found his strength. So now that he sees her again, what does that mean for them?"
The cast also revealed during the panel that the love story between Jason Neville (J.D. Pardo) and Charlie Matheson (Tracy Spiridakos) is going to heat up. "It’s really like a Romeo and Juliet type story, it’s like a forbidden love," Pardo says. "And what is really at the essence of it is family. Family on her side, family on Jason’s side, and they get to explore each other through that."
Revolution returns with all-new episodes on Monday, March 25th on NBC.
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It seems like every mother's mission in life is to forever embarass her kid — Hi mom! I love you! — but Kim Kardashian has taken that mandate one step further. The reality star, who has made a career out of simply being famous, and her baby daddy, Kanye West, decided it was a fantastic idea to pose nude, faux-mid-coitus, on a French magazine cover. And said magazine thought it was a fantastic idea to actually let them! And so, the horrendous nightmare above was allowed to come to fruition. Congratulations, L'Officiel Hommes, you have just fed the ever-growing fire that is Kimye.
As soon as you're finished vomiting out of disgust (go ahead, we'll wait...), let's all take a moment of silence for the dignity of both Kardashian, West, and their unborn fetus. I mean, seriously? Who thought this was a good idea? True, Kardashian did get her "career" started via a sex tape (and maybe that's all she's good at?), but this is just all kinds of wrong.
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Naked pregnant women portraits are classy in the eyes of some, tacky in the eyes of others, but this is a whole new level of terrible. There's no ambiguity here — Kardashian and West are simulating having sex, and that's some declasse stuff right there. Were they going for a, "Hey [insert son or daughter's name here], this is how you were made!" kind of statement? That's like telling someone to imagine their grandparents going at it. You just. Don't. Do. That.
You could rant on and on about how this is just Kardashian's latest ploy at getting attention (because, duh, it is), but that's what the entirety of her career is based on. Haven't we spent enough time debating why on Earth she's famous and why she's able to make insane amounts of money for doing pretty much nothing? It's not like anything will change. She'll just keep doing stunts like the above photo, and we'll just keep writing about them. The cycle never ends.
Let's just hope for her unborn baby's sake that he or she never learns how to use Google. Poor thing.
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It's official: The entire surviving family of Original vampires will star in The Vampire Diaries spin-off series, The Originals. Claire Holt has just been cast as the fourth lead in the potential new series. She will reprise her TVD role Rebekah, the vampire sister of Elijah (Daniel Gillies) and Klaus (Joseph Morgan), as well as werewolf Haley (Phoebe Tonkin). These three Originals siblings are the only Originals left alive in present day.
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Written by TVD co-creator/executive producer Julie Plec, The Originals centers on the Original family of vampires, as Klaus returns to the supernatural melting pot that is the French Quarter of New Orleans — a town he helped build centuries ago — and is reunited with his diabolical former protégé Marcel (Charles Michael Davis). The backdoor pilot will air as an episode of TVD on April 25.
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Now that Holt is set for the spin-off, does that mean she's leaving TVD for good, along with the entire Original family? What does that mean for Stefan (Paul Wesley), who just recently resumed a relationship with her? And will Rebekah be a vampire on the spin-off series, or will the search for the cure for vampirism succeed on TVD, making her human? One thing is for sure: Things have suddenly become even more unsettled in Mystic Falls.
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