GOSSIP GIRL fans will soon be able to get their hands on nail polish shades inspired by the hit TV show. Designers at cosmetics giant O.P.I. have created a range of colours in line with the teen series, including Too Rich for You, Party in the Penthouse, and Scandals, Secrets and Sparkle.
S6:E7 Happy fourth+2, everyone! I bet you’re all deliciously sunburned, which means you couldn’t have even taken a shower last night if you wanted to…so I’ll bet you watched The Bachelorette last night instead! Why not subject your mind to the same kind of pain your body was feeling!? Plus, it was only one hour long instead of the usual two, so it was like we all were sickly children who suddenly realized our flus weren’t getting any better because we were drinking too much Bubblegum flavored Robitussin. It’s all been just too much for our little bodies! But last night, we got the perfect dose, when Ali and the five men went to Portugal.
This week, since there are so few men to man Ali’s ship, there were four dates. A lot was on the line this week because the four guys who live to see another week will get to bring Ali to their hometowns so she can meet their parents. For the first date, Ali chose Roberto and they went on a picnic that was preceded by taking jumping pictures in front of precious-looking and feeble statues and whispering dirty things to guards.
For the group date, Ali chose Frank and Ty to accompany her on another helicopter ride around Portugal. She took them to a castle, where they saw a baby deer and Ali said it was cool. Riveting, no? She casually remarked being on a date with two guys was “stressful, awkward and tiring,” which is probably the worst thing you can say to your devoted fans who watch this show instead of hanging out with their nonexistent boyfriends.
In the middle of their dinner, Ali pulled Ty aside, but Frank was the real winner of the situation, because he was left alone with the breaded cheese/potatoes/meat balls. With Ty, Ali wanted to know more about his divorce and understand if his beliefs in traditional gender roles would get in the way of Ali’s career in connecting college graduates together and the two of them having a successful relationship. He said it “tickled” him to think she has things she wants to do, which is exactly what a person who just got out of prison would say while he’s trying to re-learn the appropriate lingo of mainstream society. Then, Ali pulled Frank away (who, for some reason, I like tremendously less than when I first met him) told her he still lives with his parents (oh, maybe that’s it). And bless her heart, she didn’t care that his mama still washes his undies and peels his carrots before she puts them in a ziplock bag for him.
(Don’t you feel like this episode had all the grease patted off of it with a flimsy napkin? I do! Maybe we do need the two hours!) For the second individual date, Ali chose Kirk and took him on a horse and carriage ride throughout Lisbon and then to an empty palace, where they had dinner and drank and talked about how meeting the parents is actually quite a serious step in a relationship. Blah Blah Blah, Ali might end up with Kirk.
The third individual date went to Chris, who Ali presented with a moped or motorcycle and told him to drive it somewhere. And man, the producers of The Bachelorette deserve an Emmy or something, because they totally gave them the slow scooter to symbolize how slowly Ali’s relationship with Chris is progressing. They sat on a ledge where Chris talked about his deceased mother, and it was actually kind of nice. And then they visited a winery, where Chris gave her a bracelet that couldn’t sparkle even if it spent all of grade school learning how.
When it was time for the elimination ceremony, all the guys were visibly petrified. In the end, Ali eliminated Ty, which means she will not be meeting his family or defending her desire to stay in the Facebook workplace to them.
So that’s it! Four guys! My money’s on Kirk or Roberto, because Chris is still taking it slow and Frank isn’t quite as grown up as Ali. But let’s be sure and tune in next week to see Ali get grilled by all their parents. It’ll be nice, for once, to she how she reacts when she doesn’t know what’s coming her way.
"I vajazzle more for myself, so I have that secret sparkle that no one knows about." Actress JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT is still decorating her genitals with crystals even though she's no longer in a relationship after splitting from JAMIE KENNEDY.
The Ghost Whisperer star first experienced the wonder of the vaginal glitter when a friend offered to add a dash of bling to cheer her up after a love split - and now she regularly adds a sparkle before going out to attend events, parties and launches.
She explains, "It's called 'vajazzling'. After a break-up, a friend of mine Swarovski-crystalled my precious lady and it shined (sic) like a disco ball... Women should 'vajazzle' their vajay-jays (vagina)."
Hewitt confessed she was wearing the bling during her appearance on chat show Lopez Tonight on Tuesday (12Jan10): "I am currently vajazzled... It's cute."
Asked if boyfriend Jamie Kennedy likes her sparkled vagina on the TV show, the actress quipped, "I've had no complaints."
Work has prevented the Scandinavian star from heading home for the holidays, but she has made sure that she and her family have the latest communication devices - so they can keep in touch.
She says, "This year I'm not lucky enough that I can go home but there's great technology nowadays, like Facebook and Skype. It's been my only way to keep an update on everything that's going on with my siblings and cousins over in Sweden."
Akerman admits she's tremendously homesick because she has wonderful memories of Christmas in Sweden.
She adds, "It's cold and it's beautiful. There's this thing where everyone has these candles that almost look like a menorah, about seven of them, and everyone has them in their windows in Sweden so it's all lit up. You walk everywhere and you just see candles in the windows. It's absolutely beautiful and puts a sparkle to the whole city.
"Somebody in the family usually dresses up as Santa Claus. My father still lives in Sweden and we got together with my grandfather and cousins and a few years back it was my father's turn to dress up as Santa Claus; for the younger cousins they don't know.
"We didn't tell anyone that I was coming home for Christmas and I dressed up as an elf and walked in with my father as Santa Claus into the living room and everyone was like, 'Who is that elf?' because I had a mask on and finally I pulled the mask off and my grandfather teared up because he was so excited to see me. It was a really great moment so I love that tradition that we have. I would do it again, absolutely."
Brad Pitt is becoming a real Cannes regular. With Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds confirmed for a competition slot at this year’s festival, the actor will make it to the Riviera for the third year running.
Last year, Pitt accompanied his partner Angelina Jolie, who had starring roles in two films from the official selection while the previous year he was in town to support A Mighty Heart, which he produced (and Jolie starred in) and also to frolic with his Ocean's 13 cronies for its out-of-competition screening.
The official selection of 52 titles for the 62nd Cannes Film Festival was announced in Paris on Thursday morning, and while a vast number of the films hail from established art-house names, there should still be enough Hollywood-style celebrity to go around.
Also starring in Basterds are Diane Kruger, Samuel L. Jackson and Mike Myers. Myers has had his share of fun in past Cannes fests presenting Shrek to the masses while one of the Austin Powers films also made an indelible mark a few years back by decking the main drag with signs screaming, “It’s Cannes, baby!”(There was also an Austin Powers party one year, where the favors were patches of fake chest hair that could be applied at a whim...)
Outside the bunch of Basterds, it is likely everyone from Jude Law to Johnny Depp will swan up the famed Palais des Festival steps at some point during the 10-day extravaganza.
Depp and Law would be in town for Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, which has a special out-of-competition screening and also includes Heath Ledger’s final performance. Likely joining them will be Colin Farrell, as the trio stepped in to replace Ledger after he passed away last year.
Sam Raimi’s horror return, Drag Me to Hell, which will be shown at midnight, stars Alison Lohman and Justin Long.
Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock, a competition film, boasts the star wattage of Liev Schreiber, Emile Hirsch, Demetri Martin and Watchmen star Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
Cannes perennial Penelope Cruz will certainly be on hand in support of her favorite director, Pedro Almodovar, when his Broken Embraces screens in competition, while Jane Campion’s Bright Star may lend a sparkle or two with Abbie Cornish and Ben Whishaw.
There could also be a 007 villain face-off when Casino Royale’s Mads Mikkelsen and Quantum of Solace baddie Mathieu Amalric hit town in respect of the films they have screening.
Speaking of villains, Pitt could find himself face-to-face once again with the Night Fox from the Ocean's movies since Vincent Cassel will also take part in the festival this year. Now that Pitt is a confirmed “Basterd,” it’s anything goes.
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In modern-day London a pert ambitious reporter (Natalie Dormer) sits down for an interview with pioneering '60s female executive Laura Quinn (Demi Moore) for what she's sure is going to be a puff piece. Much to her surprise Laura whips out a giant gemstone and proceeds to regale her with the dishy story of what really went on at London Diamond Corp. back in the day. The movie then flashes back to Laura's heyday when she was a motivated go-getter herself determined to rise through LonDi's boys' club ranks--only to hit the glass ceiling with a resounding thud. Angry and frustrated Laura is the perfect co-conspirator for crafty night janitor Mr. Hobbs (Michael Caine) who claims to have a foolproof plan for relieving the company of a little excess inventory. But when things don't end up going exactly according to plan Laura ends up scrambling to discover the whole truth. Flawless is far from being the perfect film that its name promises but you've got to give the cast credit for turning in earnest wholehearted performances. Moore is fully committed to playing Laura from her pouffed-up '60s flip to her nonstop smoking and on-again-off-again British accent (it's explained that Laura is an American who came to England to attend Oxford and stayed which makes lapses in her pronunciation forgivable if still somewhat jarring). And Caine's Hobbs is a carefully measured mix of twinkle and clear-eyed determination with a dash of mystique. Unfortunately neither of their characters--along with most of the supporting players from Lambert Wilson's suave investigator to Joss Ackland's bombastic company head--is particularly deep or well-developed; each fits a particular type and proceeds to fulfill the attached expectations. Initially it's refreshing to watch a heist movie that doesn't rely on fancy gadgets computer surveillance or any other high-tech manipulation--the fact the characters are temporarily flummoxed by simple set of security cameras is charmingly retro (as are the sets and costumes). But even gimmicky modern capers like Ocean's Eleven have a healthy dose of genuine suspense to keep viewers engaged. Flawless is disappointingly even-keeled; few of the "revelations" are very surprising and the flashback structure means that viewers are never too worried about what's going to happen to Laura. And mixing in earnest politically charged messages about the diamond trade and health care bureaucracy only makes the movie more ponderous--as does its frankly silly ending. Flawless may have lots of style but it comes up short on truly entertaining substance.
Over lunch one day in 1949 middle-aged businessman Harry Allen (Chris Cooper) tells his best friend Rich (Pierce Brosnan) that he's planning on leaving his longtime wife Pat (Patricia Clarkson). A romantic at heart Harry thinks practical Pat doesn't love him the right way--unlike his new girlfriend gentle young war widow Kay (Rachel McAdams) who dotes on Harry and makes him feel special. But Harry can't stand the thought of hurting Pat so he's stuck in between the two women--until he comes up with the idea of poisoning Pat. He's convinced that a quiet easy death will be the best way to spare her any pain. But while he makes his plans ladies' man Rich is busy flirting with Kay and Pat has her own secrets to hide. Ultimately all four are destined to realize that marriage is much more than meets the eye. Cooper Brosnan Clarkson and McAdams are no strangers to multilayered stories about complex relationships (really does Clarkson do anything else?) and they do their best with Married Life but the movie's uncertain tone leaves them a bit adrift. Should they play up the darkly comic aspects with knowing performances or focus on the nuances of romance and conflict? Stuck somewhere in the middle they're left playing types more than anything else and it's hard to be convinced that they're as passionate about each other as they claim to be. That said it's nice to see Cooper playing a role (slightly) on the lighter side for once and Clarkson has moments of luminosity as Pat her warmth and earthy sparkle making you wonder what on earth Harry is thinking. By contrast McAdams' Kay seems cool and remote. But it's hard to blame her when the movie doesn't really know where it's going. Ira Sachs--best known for his 2005 Sundance jury prize winner Forty Shades of Blue--seems a bit confused about where to go in this movie based on John Bingham's novel Five Roundabouts to Heaven. There's a stylized archness to the film that suggests undercurrents of comedy but the characters' complicated relationships are far from funny and there's nothing inherently amusing about Harry's plan to murder his wife out of misguided compassion. On the flipside that part of the story doesn't carry enough weight to make the movie really suspenseful or thrilling and the romance angle while heartfelt lacks a certain conviction. It's hard not to root for a movie trying as hard as this one is to be different and fresh but when it comes down to it the central concepts--that marriage is hard and you never really know another person--are neither and the film falls flat.
Tucked away between shiny modern skyscrapers quirky old-fashioned Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium is a toy store literally like no other. Step inside and a sock monkey might give you a hug--or a fire engine might appear out of nowhere. That's because the store is imbued with the enthusiasm and magical childlike wonder of its owner: frizzy-haired 243-year-old dynamo Mr. Magorium (Dustin Hoffman). When Magorium decides it's time to move on his designated heir self-doubting store manager Molly Mahoney (Natalie Portman) isn't the only one who objects. The store itself throws a fit sulking and brooding and hurling toys at unwitting customers. It's up to Mahoney--with the help of stuffy accountant Henry "Mutant" Weston (Jason Bateman) and eager young store clerk Eric (Zach Mills)--to discover the best way to live up to Magorium's legacy. The movie's most pleasant surprise is Hoffman's charming performance. He could have followed in Gene Wilder and Johnny Depp's footsteps and made Magorium a fey Willy Wonka-like sprite. Instead Magorium is an original a mile-a-minute chatterbox who uses big words takes delight in the extraordinary and never stops smiling at life. And the calm gentle demeanor he brings to Magorium's farewell scenes with Mahoney will make a potentially tough plot twist a lot easier on kids. Speaking of Mahoney Portman is at her best in the moments that call for wry humor and Puck-ish mischief; the more earnest the script asks her to be the less interesting her character gets. Bateman is underused as the straight man (his lone lapse into silliness is a high point in the movie) but Mills is wholly endearing as wiser-than-his years Eric. With so much going for it why isn't Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium more magical? It's hard to say; perhaps it's something to do with the fact that the characters seem to talk about magic more than they actually interact with it. Or that despite all of said magic Mr. Magorium and his store never really do anything that you wouldn't expect of an eccentric bicentarian living in the ultimate funhouse. Writer/director Zach Helm gives viewers plenty to ooh and aah at (the set design is wonderful) but his story is never quite unusual or unexpected enough to transcend "cute" and "sweet" and reach "classic." All of that said with Hoffman in fine form and so many fabulous toys bouncing around the screen kids are likely to be delighted (and clamoring to add to their Christmas lists...)
Former mythology professor Grant (Gordon Pinsent) has been in love with--and married to--gorgeous spirited Fiona (a radiant Julie Christie) for more than 40 years. After some turbulence earlier in their marriage (Grant wasn't always as faithful as he is now) they've spent the last two decades in their own private haven a rustic Canadian cottage that lends itself to cross-country ski treks and intimate dinners. But their idyll is shattered when Fiona starts forgetting simple things--like what "wine" is called; they soon discover she's suffering from early onset Alzheimer's. Against Grant's desperate protests Fiona checks into a retirement facility called Meadowlands. There as Grant watches from the sidelines heartbroken she develops feelings for a fellow patient Aubrey (Michael Murphy). Ultimately Grant must figure out the best way to prove his love. Away From Her is the kind of movie that succeeds or fails almost wholly on the strength of its cast--happily in this case it's the former. Christie is all elegant grace as Fiona from her beautiful mane of white hair to her impeccable sense of style. But she's impulsive and approachable too with an earthiness that grounds her. Her sense of fun and joy is clear from the sparkle in her eyes--when that sparkle starts to dim the audience like Grant mourns its loss. As Grant Pinsent is both stoic and achingly vulnerable; he can't bear watching Fiona slip away but he also can't bring himself to cause her any more pain. In the supporting cast Kristen Thomson is refreshingly forthright as Kristy the Meadowlands nurse who always tells Grant the truth and Olympia Dukakis is believably brassy as Aubrey's wife Marian who's not quite ready to give up on life. Sarah Polley has spent plenty of hours in front of the camera but Away From Her marks the Canadian actress' feature directorial debut. She's obviously learned a lot from the talented filmmakers she's worked with particularly Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter) whose aesthetic is similarly spare and minimalistic. Although her long lingering close-ups (Christie's skin is remarkably clear; Pinsent is quite craggy) occasionally feel indulgent Polley has a knack for using light and landscape to evoke the essence of her subject matter: love marriage and loss. It helps that she had good source material to work from; the movie is based on acclaimed author Alice Munro's short story "The Bear Came Over the Mountain." For a first-time feature Away From Her is impressively assured tackling tough topics with sensitivity empathy and the confidence of experience.