Modelling mogul Eileen Ford has died at the age of 92, according to reports. She is believed to have passed away on Wednesday (09Jul14), but no further details were available as WENN went to press.
A number of stars took to Twitter.com to pay tribute to the Ford Models founder, including British beauty Erin O'Connor, who tweeted, "Eileen Ford you were like a grandmother to me not to mention mentor. I owe you my career. An indomitable force. RIP dear friend."
Ford set up the iconic modelling agency in New York City in 1946 along with her husband Jerry, and it soon became one of the most successful in the business.
The agency has represented supermodels including Elle Macpherson, Christy Turlington, Jerry Hall, Stephanie Seymour, Christie Brinkley and Twiggy, and actresses including Brooke Shields, Kim Basinger, Courteney Cox, Lindsay Lohan and Sharon Stone.
The books have also boasted Emily Ratajkowski, the star of Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines video, Israeli beauty Bar Refaeli, and even Martha Stewart, who modelled in her 20s during the 1960s.
Ford ran the agency for 50 years before retiring.
Stars including Kate Moss, Courtney Love and Bobby Gillespie have all donned Pussy Riot's signature masks to film a protest video in support of the gay community in Russia. The project in support of Amnesty International features a collection of short films in which a celebrity participant is shown wearing a black balaclava, in the style of the Russian punk stars. At the end of the footage, they pull the mask from their face to reveal their identity.
Moss, Love and Gillespie all filmed clips, along with actor Colton Haynes, models Liberty Ross and Erin O'Connor, and members of the fashion industry including milliner Philip Treacy and designer Gareth Pugh, who helped put the project together with celebrity snapper Nick Knight.
A statement about the project reads, "Pugh and Amnesty International (have joined the) fight against the prejudice and violence directed towards the LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) community in Russia. Pugh and longtime collaborator Nick Knight... asked respected figures from across the fashion community... to demonstrate their opposition to homophobia by participating in striking 20-second short videos."
Russian officials have come under fire in recent months over the country's stance on gay rights and members of all-female rock collective Pussy Riot have been vocal opponents of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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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"Nobody knew. This is my first outing. It was a well kept secret. Thank God for all those winter coats. I just thought I'd come out with a bang." British supermodel Erin O'connor kept her pregnancy well hidden for five months before unveiling her baby bump at a red carpet event in London on Tuesday night (04Feb14).
Supermodel Erin O'connor stunned fans on Tuesday night (04Feb14) by showing off a surprise baby bump at a red carpet event in London. The British beauty, famed for her slender figure, posed for photographers while proudly showing off her blossoming belly at the InStyle Best of British Talent pre-BAFTA party.
Her appearance sparked a series of congratulatory tweets, including one from Vogue magazine, to which O'Connor replied, "Thank you Vogue... Tall hugs."
She also retweeted a picture of herself beaming as she cupped her bump at the event.
The 35 year old has managed to keep her baby news under wraps, despite appearing as a mentor on U.K. TV model search The Face late last year (13).
O'Connor has never named her partner, but heaped praise on him in a recent interview with You magazine, admitting they were keen to start a family: "He's funny and interesting and wears a suit every day to work... He's also easy to love and I hope we'll have a baby - lots of them, if we're lucky - together. It's a nice feeling to have found The One at long last."
Supermodel Naomi Campbell is the last coach standing on her reality show The Face after her fellow panellists Karolina Kurkova and Coco Rocha both dropped out. The British beauty made her first foray into reality TV earlier this year (13) when the show, on which the trio of models compete to find the new face of an American retailer, launched in the U.S.
However, bosses at the Oxygen network are scrambling to find replacements for Kurkova and Rocha after they decided not to return for a second season, according to New York gossip column Page Six.
Filming on the second run is set to start in New York next month (Oct13).
Campbell has also launched a U.K. version of the show, appearing alongside Erin O'Connor and Caroline Winberg.
Kevin Spacey and Ewan Mcgregor are among the stars who have heaped praise on tennis champ Andy Murray after he beat Novak Djokovic to become the first Brit to win the Wimbledon Men's Final in 77 years. The Scottish sportsman overpowered the world's number one seed in three thrilling sets to take the Grand Slam title in London on Sunday (07Jul13), making him the first British Wimbledon champion since Fred Perry in 1936.
Bradley Cooper and pal Gerard Butler were among the spectators in the stands at Centre Court, while celebrities across the world tuned in for the big game and flocked to Twitter.com to cheer as world number two Murray scored victory in a three-hour, nine-minute match which ended 6-4, 7-5, 6-4, a year after he was named runner-up to Roger Federer.
Spacey writes, "Huge congrats to @Andy_Murray for an amazing Win! Been saying he would do it for a year! Alll (sic) of Great Britain is proud! Awesome tennis!"
Star Wars actor McGregor was also quick to celebrate his fellow Scot's epic win, tweeting, "Oh my God. What a match, what a player. Inspiring a Nation. Andy Murray!! Ya (sic) Beauty."
Meanwhile, One Direction's Niall Horan adds, "He's done it ! Huge win! Congratulations andy" and actor Sam Claflin comments, "Murray Murray Murray! What a legend. Hero. Wimbledon wombles! So chuffed that he's British (not just Scottish now he's won)."
Comedian Eddie Izzard writes, "Andy Murray - b**ody hero. Congratulations!!!!!!"; model Erin O'Connor exclaims, "We are so proud of you Andy Murray!!!!!" and Australian funnywoman Rebel Wilson posts, "Awesome Murray!! True champion".
In a post on Facebook.com, British soccer ace David Beckham gushed, "What an incredible achievement by Andy Murray today. He has worked so hard under enormous expectation to make history. The country is so proud of him. Congratulations to all his family, friends and team who have supported him over the years."
Model Erin O'connor has signed up as a judge for the upcoming U.K. version of Naomi Campbell's series The Face. Campbell served as executive producer on the American show, which debuted earlier this year (13), and now she is taking the programme, devoted to finding undiscovered modelling talent, to her native Britain.
The supermodel will serve as a mentor on the U.K. show, and she has also recruited O'Connor and Victoria's Secret beauty Caroline Winberg to join her on the series.
O'Connor says, "I'm thrilled to be joining the line-up of The Face - Naomi is a huge inspiration, so to be working with her on this project is an enormous privilege. Caroline is one of the modelling world's most exciting new talents so to have her expertise on board is also a huge bonus - I can't wait to get started."
British models Erin O'connor and Lisa Snowdon have donned festive knitted jumpers in honour of charity Save The Children's latest fundraising campaign, Make The World Better With A Sweater. The pair, along with singer/TV presenter Myleene Klass, are encouraging Brits to donate $1.60 (£1) to the cause and wear their patterned knitwear on Christmas Jumper Day on 14 December (12).
The magical R-rating is both a gift and a curse to Adam Sandler's signature brand of lowbrow humor. In That's My Boy the comedian returns to the dim-witted roots that made him a star in early outings like Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore (complete with high-pitched mushmouth accent) but with a ramped up "ew" factor. Unrestrained Sandler piles on as many expletives and gross-out scenarios as a two-hour movie can hold — and it works out quite well. With costar Samberg nailing the disgusted straight man role Sandler's penchant for acting like a fool is enhanced by the sick stylings of director Sean Anders (Sex Drive) and only occasionally teetering into truly offensive territory. Laughs aren't guaranteed but the movie provokes (which is a big step up from Jack and Jill).
Back in the '80s Donny had a secret relationship with his teacher Ms. McGarricle that resulted in a son Han Solo (he's a middle schooler what do you expect?). The torrid affair put McGarricle in jail Donny into celebrity tabloid spotlight and Han Solo in the hands of a tween father. Thirty years later everyone's screwed up: Donny (Adam Sandler) is a drunk on the brink of jail time for tax evasion McGarricle's still in jail and Han Solo (Andy Samberg) now "Todd " is a successful number-cruncher with severe social issues. On the weekend of Todd's wedding Donny reenters his life hoping to bring revive their relationship and reunite him with his mother — that is on camera so Donny can make $50 000 from a gossip TV show and stay out of the slammer. Posing as Todd's long-lost best friend Donny stirs up trouble becoming buddies with Todd's friends and family and acting like a imbecile.
The wedding setup is overdone but always prime for comedy: plenty for a numbskull to screw up logical progression (there's a wedding at the end!) and a bachelor party scene to squeeze in the most disgusting bits and have them make sense. That's My Boy makes the most of its conventions — including what we all know and expect from a Sandler comedy — by continually one-upping itself. After a night of heavy drinking at the local strip club/omelette bar that results in do-it-yourself ear piercing and robbing a convenience store with Vanilla Ice Todd returns home to expel the night's worth of drinking all over his fiancee's wedding dress. Then he makes love to the dress. Then his fiancee (Leighton Meester) wakes up to find the dress. Then it goes even further than one would care to imagine. Grossed out yet? Amazingly lower-than-low brow material is handled with clever timing and great delivery. It's just that the foundation is bodily fluids.
That's My Boy falters when it throws in gags that serve zero purpose to the story. Strange racist humor a mentally retarded bar patron played by Nick Swardson (a Sandler mainstay) random allusions to Todd Bridges' drug habits — barrel-scraping one-offs that have nothing to do with the movie. At two hours the movie needs slimming and the fat is apparent. Thankfully the main ensemble goes to great lengths to make the hard R comedy click with Sandler and Samberg playing well off each other (although Samberg doesn't have the making of a leading man after this movie) and SNL alums like Will Forte Rachel Dratch and Ana Gasteyer driving by to bring the funny. Even Vanilla Ice's extended cameo fits the anything-goes tone playing a version of himself that befriended Donny in his celebrity days. Now he works at an ice skating rink.
After a few lame ducks That's My Boy is a return to form for Sandler. It wavers in quality but it has energy and color. A cash-in this is not and for any Sandler fan with a stomach for hardcore bathroom humor it's a must-see.