Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst conquered the catwalk by making her modelling debut in designer Jean Paul Gaultier's Paris Fashion Week show. The Austrian singer, real name Tom Neuwirth, scored the coveted closing spot in the French designer's runway parade when he debuted his Haute Couture Fall/Winter collection in the French capital on Wednesday (09Jul14).
The bearded drag queen donned a dramatic black bridal gown, with a waist-cinching patent red belt and a black veil.
Gaultier thanked Wurst for participating by getting down on his knees and grasping her hands at the end of the show.
The fashion mogul also gushed about Wurst to British newspaper The Independent after the runway show, revealing they actually met two years ago when she came to one of his events.
The designer said, "I loved her look and when I heard that she will represent Austria for the Eurovision Song Contest, I was delighted. When she won I was crazy with joy.
"I always say that beauty is difference and Conchita has shown us all that she is unstoppable. And she looks great in couture; she is a real couture woman."
Wurst follows in the footsteps of singer Beth Ditto and pin-up Dina Von Teese, who walked the runway for Gaultier in the same closing spot in previous years.
Rihanna bared her breasts on Saturday (01Mar14) for the second time in three days after wearing a sheer, lacy black top and an oversized black and white fur scarf as she stepped out to attend the Jean Paul Gaultier show during Paris Fashion Week. The bold singer had also shown off her assets in a see-through black mesh top during a night out at the famous Crazy Horse club in the French capital on Thursday (27Feb14).
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It's easy to compare 3 Days to Kill to Luc Besson's flagship franchise Taken. The film itself practically encourages those comparisons, what with the older man who reluctantly returns to a life of killing for the good of his daughter. The hero's quest of hunting down international criminals in a stunning foreign locale is punctuated by all of the explosions and gore your heart could desire. Neither 3 Days screenwriter Besson nor director McG are attempting to blaze a trail or reinvent a wheel. They're simply attempting to create a film that will keep you entertained for two hours, and on that front, at least, they succeed.
Stepping into the Liam Neeson role this time around is Kevin Costner as Ethan Renner, who is either an assasssin or a spy that works for either the CIA or the Secret Service (it's not really all that important in the end), forced to walk away from the job after he is diagnosed with cancer (or maybe a brain tumor). In an attempt to spend his remaining months bonding with his estranged daughter Zoey (Hailee Steinfeld), he moves to Paris to settle down. Of course, that's when Vivi (Amber Heard), a CIA agent/spy/assassin arrives, along with an experimental new drug that could extend Ethan's life, which she will happily pass along... if he takes out their two most wanted criminals within three days.
From there, the film veers wildly between graphic fight sequences, with enough chaos and destruction to equal both Taken movies, and the story of Ethan and Zoey’s growing relationship. Much of the plot is confusing and barely explained – Ethan and Vivi vaguely work for the CIA, although they're unconcerned by the devastating destruction they leave in their wake. The drug is “experimental,” but how it helps or why it’s only available through a giant purple syringe is waived away by the presence of a stack of “research.” Ethan only has three days to complete his mission, but seems to hang around Paris for a lot longer. The villains are wanted by the government for being tangentially involved with a “dirty bomb.” There's a shoehorned-in subplot about family of African immigrants squatting in Ethan's apartment. But despite the fact that so many of these elements never find a way to coalesce into a coherent whole, once the body count starts to rise and the buildings start to fall, it's easy to simply ignore all of that in favor of massive explosions.
When the film works, Ethan's job and his relationship with Zoey blend together in a way that gives 3 Days to Kill some much needed heart and humor — like when he's interrupted in torturing a target by her constant phone calls — but when it doesn’t, the transitions between Ethan taking out the criminals he's hunting and his slightly cloying bonding experience with Zoey can be jarring. As Ethan, Costner is a serviceable action hero; he growls threateningly and stares fondly at Steinfeld when the script calls for it, but for the most part, he appears to be phoning it in. Of course, for this kind of film, that’s all he really needs to do, but it means that by the time the credits roll, much of his performance is already forgotten. As Zoey, Steinfeld does her best with the material, and makes some of the more emotional scenes between herself and Costner affecting. However, even she can’t save the father-daughter plot of the film from becoming trite and stale at times, and so her scenes mostly feel like a quick breather in between the rounds of graphic violence.
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Heard feels out-of-place as Vivi, who is introduced as the buttoned-down second-in-command to the head of the CIA, but then proceeds to spend the rest of the film speeding around Paris in sports cars, and prancing about in a wardrobe of leather, corsets, and high heels. Costner is clearly in an older-man action film, but Heard is in another film entirely, one in which she’s a sexy super spy single-handedly taking down international criminals. Despite the fact that she’s mostly there to provide exposition and to look pretty, there are moments where you almost wish that she was the focus of 3 Days to Kill instead — or, at the very least, that one of the many subplots had been dropped in favor of expanding her character.
And yet, despite all of the unanswered questions and the weird disparities in tone, 3 Days to Kill is a surprisingly entertaining film. The fact that one of the best fight sequences in the film takes place in a supermarket, while Ethan and an unnamed hitman grapple behind a deli counter, means that it's ridiculous enough to keep you engaged, but it's still able to amp up the tension when it needs to. And when you need a break from watching people come perilously close to being decapitated, there's a well-timed visual gag already lined up. It hits all of the notes required of a cheesy action film, and even though it gets far too bogged down in sentiment at times, it's still got enough heart to add a little substance to the flimsy plot.
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3 Days to Kill does exactly what it needs to, and little more. It doesn't want to make you think — in fact, it actively encourages you not to — and it doesn't try to accomplish anything that will stay with you after the credits have rolled. All 3 Days to Kill wants is to keep you amused for a few hours, with a few explosions and some mindless fun. In the end, that's sometimes that's all you really need out of a movie.
Burlesque beauty Dita Von Teese ruled the runway on Wednesday (22Jan14) when modelled for designer Jean Paul Gaultier at his Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2014 show at Paris Fashion Week. The 41-year-old donned a cerulean blue butterfly-inspired corseted creation, and was met by the acclaimed French designer on the catwalk for the finale.
Action man Vin Diesel has compiled a video montage of behind-the-scenes footage from the Fast & Furious films to pay tribute to late co-star Paul Walker, five weeks after his death. The tragic actor was killed in a fiery car crash in California on 30 November (13) and Diesel has started 2014 by sharing some of his favourite memories of Walker with fans online.
Introducing the 18-minute video posted on his Facebook.com page, Diesel writes, "You have always been so supportive, especially in these past two months. So, I wanted to share something personal that I worked on through the New Year, in honor of my brother Pablo... Paul."
The tribute, captioned, "A glimpse... of Dom and Brian... off screen" - a reference to their character names - features various clips of the pals joking around at different promotional events for the street racing franchise, hanging out at a car workshop and paying a visit to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.
Meanwhile, their movie co-star Tyrese Gibson was given a sad reminder of Walker's passing during a trip to Dubai, United Arab Emirates this week (begs06Jan14) after coming across a yellow sports car, similar to the 'Bumblebee' vehicle used in his Transformers movies, with "Dude I almost had you. R.I.P. Paul Walker 1973-2013" emblazoned on the back bumper.
An emotional Gibson posted a short video of his reaction to the unexpected car tribute online on Wednesday (08Jan14), ending the clip with the words, "My my my, rest in peace big homie."
Police in the U.K. have ruled out reopening an investigation into the death of Diana, Princess Of Wales after dismissing allegations suggesting special forces soldiers were involved in her fatal car crash. The British royal was killed in a road traffic accident in Paris, France in 1997 along with her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed, and their chauffeur, Henri Paul, and the case was back in the news over the summer (13) after police received a tip-off.
The new information suggested members of Britain's Special Air Service (SAS) were involved in circumstances leading to the accident.
Officers spent several months looking into the claim, but Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley has now confirmed they will not be pursuing the case any further.
In a statement obtained by Sky News, he says, "Every reasonable line of enquiry was objectively pursued in order to fully evaluate any potential evidence... Whilst there is a possibility that the alleged comments in relation to the SAS' involvement in the death may have been made, there is no credible or relevant evidence to support a theory that such claims had any basis in fact.
"Having reviewed the exercise and its findings, I am satisfied that there is no evidential basis upon which therefore to re-open any criminal homicide investigation or refer the matter back to the coroner."
An inquest in 2008 returned a verdict of unlawful killing, attributed in part to the negligence of the car's driver.
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Can you recall the exact moment when you fell in love with Paul Rudd? Perhaps, for you, it was when he played David in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, a heartbroken Smart Tech employee who taught us that "love is a strange fish." Or maybe it was when he played the worst Role Model ever, threatening children with bodily harm but coming through in the end and helping an innocent little boy (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) achieve his dream of winning LAIR. Whenever it happened, it was surely a great moment because there's something incredibly awesome about Paul Rudd. Overwhelmingly sarcastic to the point of hilarity, kind of a douche, and generally unimpressed with most things in life, Rudd has continuously played the older brother/cousin we all wish we had. As the Anchorman 2 premiere approaches and we prepare for the return of Brian Fantana, let's take a look back at some of his best on-screen moments.
The Cider House Rules
Before he was Brian Fantana, before he was a 40-something guy married to Leslie Mann, Paul Rudd was just a handsome young soldier in the critically acclaimed 1999 movie, The Cider House Rules.
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
He introduced us to Sex Panther cologne, and to statistics that literally make no sense: "60% of the time, it works every time."
The 40-Year-Old Virgin
David was sweet, kind ... and sort of a stalker. He was so distraught after losing Amy, the love of his life (played by Mindy Kaling), that he spent most of the movie walking around looking a hot mess. It was adorable. We'll go to Paris with you, David. We'll go.
Before bromances were even cool, Pete and Ben were the coolest ... and yeah. Kind of the douchiest. But mainly cool. And as far as Ben's bromantic feelings towards Pete? Well, we feel pretty much the same way. How do you argue with a guy like Paul Rudd?!
In one of his darker roles, Rudd played Danny, a 'miserable d--k' who really just wanted a large coffee.
Our Idiot Brother
You gotta love a guy who has such a big heart (and such a tiny brain) that he can't resist providing some illegal, medicinal herbs to a policeman in need. Let's all give it up for Ned, the idiot brother we secretly want even if it means he has to crash out our house and ruin our lives for a spell.
In case you forgot, he was also Josh from Clueless! Commence swooning.
Socialite Paris Hilton was left "horrified" after discovering an unknown prankster hired a banner plane brandishing her name to fly over the crash site where actor Paul Walker died. The Fast and The Furious star was killed when the Porsche Carrera GT he was travelling in smashed into a tree and burst into flames in California on 30 November (13).
In the days following the tragedy, onlookers were stunned when a plane flew overheard carrying a 70-foot (21-metre) banner which read, "Our hearts go out to his friends and family. #17 Paris Hilton."
The bizarre stunt sparked a backlash against the hotel heiress on Twitter.com, but the star insists she had nothing to do with the message.
In a post on her own Twitter page, she writes, "I am so horrified that someone would hire a plane to fly over Paul Walker's crash site with messages from me. So disrespectful."
It's the second time this month (Dec13) hoaxers have left Hilton red-faced. Following Nelson Mandela's death last week (05Dec13), a tweet posted on her Twitter.com account read, "RIP Nelson Mandela. Your 'I Have a Dream' speech was so inspiring. An amazing man."
The star later insisted the tweet was a fake and denied confusing Mandela with Martin Luther King, Jr., who famously made the speech at a civil rights rally in 1963.
A costume worn by Mark Hamill in Star Wars is expected to fetch as much as $45,000 (£30,000) at auction. The poncho worn by Hamill's character Luke Skywalker in 1977's Star Wars: A New Hope is among the items featured in Christie's Pop Culture online sale.
The auction includes 100 lots of props, photographs, artwork, instruments and other iconic items from the world of music and film.
Also up for sale is the Tom Ford-designed suit and cuff links worn by Daniel Craig as James Bond in Skyfall, and a trumpet played by jazz legend Louis Armstrong, which expected to bring in as much as $12,000 (£8,000).
The black lace Jean Paul Gaultier evening gown worn by Lady Gaga on the red carpet at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards is also up for sale, along with a dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in Paris When It Sizzles, and stage costumes donned by Britney Spears, Madonna and Freddie Mercury.
The Pop Culture lots have been put on display at Christie's auction house in London until 5 December (13). Fans can bid on the items in the exhibition in the online-only auction until 5 December (13).
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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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