Kate Winslet is to be honoured with the 2,520th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and her big induction looks set to be a Titanic affair. The film's director James Cameron and Winslet's co-star Kathy Bates will salute the Brit as she unveils her star outside the
W Hollywood Hotel on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles on Monday (17Mar14).
Announcing the latest inductee on Monday (10Mar14), Ana Martinez, the producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies, tells WENN, "We are so happy that Kate Winslet will be here on our famous Boulevard of dreams receiving her well-deserved star. We’ve seen Kate shine in her roles and fans around the world have been anxiously waiting for this special day to come.”
As WENN went to press it wasn't clear if Winslet's friend and Titanic love interest Leonardo DiCaprio would be part of the ceremony.
[Pictured Above: Brad Goreski] It's no surprise that it takes plenty of time and effort for stars to ready for A-list events. (Those hairdos — and boobs — don't stay up by themselves!) But, while watching celebrities strut down the red carpet at awards show, we can't help but wonder not only who they're wearing, but what goes into what they're wearing. Luckily, stars don't dress themselves, and Hollywood.com tracked down two celebrity stylists — Robert Verdi and Brad Goreski — and one celebrity hair stylist, Ted Gibson, willing to share the secrets behind red carpet glamour. Below, read 27 crazy style facts you didn't know about the celebrity awards show style. They're both awe-inspiring... and awful.
Body makeup, an undeniable fad, wreaks havoc on dresses. "There is a lot of body bronzing happening," Verdi, who is styling Kathy Griffin for the Emmys, says. "It does get all over the clothes which makes me absolutely crazy of course. [But] it's not the type of problem that prohibits you from doing it. In a photograph with a lot of flash, the flash can make you look like a vampire. You want your skin to look it’s a natural glow."Getting the best dress for the carpet is a popularity contest. "Getting one of the most desirable dresses is the product of the celebrity’s power that season," Verdi says. "Are they on a good show? Are they a global celebrity or are they just a national celebrity? Are they already thought of as a fashion person? Are they getting covers? Are people talking about them? Is there buzz around them? AND are you nominated? If you check all the boxes… the designers want [their clothes] to be on a high profile person. Your currency is your popularity that season."Don't be too jealous: Celebrities don't get to keep the dresses. "The celebrities don’t want it because they’ll never wear it again," says Verdi. "If they are going to wear clothes out of these [new designer lines], they want what just came down the runway. Those are the original samples and go out on loan to the celebrity as if they were a magazine editor shooting it, [so the dress] comes back."Sometimes, there are accidents. "The only thing that can sometimes happen to the dress is a permanent alteration," Verdi says. "Most of these famous girls in Hollywood are tiny, so they all have to be altered, especially [in] length. They are not as tall as the models. So if you were to cut the length for the dress and the dress went back to the designer, and because the dress was seen on a popular celebrity, it's going to go out to a magazine for a cover shoot. If that were to happen and that dress had been shortened, then that would be a problem because the models would be too tall."And sometimes, the celebrities actually need to be sewn into their dresses. "I have sewn people into dresses," Goreski says. "Sometimes, you have to sew the top of the zipper. Sometimes they break last minute, buttons fall off, and you have to spring into action. I’m not the best at sewing, but I'm good enough to make sure my clients are fastened into their gowns."There are ways to keep the dress from exposing, ahem, sensitive body areas. "Double-sided tape — that always remedies that problem," Goreski says. "You strategically place it and always make sure that it's definitely secure and pray for no wardrobe malfunctions." The best dresses don't come out for awards shows. "Actually, the most expensive dresses come out for Cannes [Film Festival], more so than the Oscars, more so the Emmys," Verdi says. "When you look at Cannes, you see a lot more couture fabulous $30,000-$40,000 gowns than you do on the Emmys red carpet."Sometimes bras are built into dresses. "Sometimes you’ll take a bra and sew it to the inside of the dress," Verdi says. "Many [stars] have corsets built in … so that she has the support necessary.”
Purses are makeshift makeup kits for red carpets. "[Celebrities] always have to have their makeup touch-up stuff," Verdi says. "They usually have a blotter, and powder, and lips always with them. Credit cards and cash are debatable, they probably don’t need it, maybe to tip somebody. They also always have their cell phones because they will be texting, tweeting, and instagraming."Next Page: Purse Problems and The Prep Process.
[Pictured Above: Robert Verdi]
Celebs sometimes refuse to carry their own purses. "They do carry them — [but] sometimes they hand them off to a publicist who is with them or walking them down the red carpet," Verdi says.
Not every Cinderella can fit into her slippers. “There's a little trick of putting a little bit of baby oil on your feet to make your shoes slip on much easier," Verdi says. "It’s something all women can do."Celebs practice their picture poses. They're just like us! “No woman wants any part of her body to look misshapen or fat," Verdi says. "So you have to practice the pose in the dress. Do you look best with your hands on your hips or your hands down your side? How does the dress and your body look best together? The best thing to do is look in the mirror and pose so that they know what pose works best for the dress on the carpet."Stars require dress fittings before they walk down the red carpet. "Part of the wedding dress process is to make the girl feel comfortable," Verdi says. For red carpets, "it’s usually one fitting and you’ll do a second fitting the day before and make sure everything is seamed and done."Not everyone gets along during the preparation stages. "There’s always a little tension between hair and makeup people [about] positioning a girls' hair and face," Verdi says. "Like, 'Stop turning her head this way,' or, 'I need her in this direction.'"Stylists have emergency kits. "The purse breaks," Goreski says. "Body makeup gets onto [dresses]. They get stained. That last one minute as you’re dressing them, you’re always nervous as the stylist that something can happen to the dress. That’s why we come prepared with a kit filled with sewing kits and stain removers, everything that you can ensure that the dress will be perfect and red carpet ready."Celebs whiten their teeth for the red carpet. "Whitening is part of the routine for most people," Goreski says. "A teeth whitening is so accessible. I use Colgate Optic Toothpaste. The whitening process is very quick. You will see a change in five days. Having a beautiful white smile, is probably the best accessory nowadays."Stylists need inspiration too. "We pull together inspiration photos and sit down," Goreski says. "I usually show the gowns to hair and makeup people in a photo before, and in person the day of. We sit down with the client and discuss all our inspirations and show hair and makeup inspirations and decide what direction we want to go. Fashion magazines are a fantastic resource. Pulling inspiration from the Internet as well, whether [styles are] from the '60s or an important fashion icon or just a hair style briefly shown on the runways — it comes from all over the place. I usually pull them and present them to [stars] and edit which ones will work and which won't work."
Celebrities do get their hair washed the day of events. In fact, Ted Gibson, who is styling Girls' star Allison Williams for the Emmys, says it's actually a good idea to do a cold water rinse during the shampoo session. "When you go in for shampoo, make sure to put conditioner in and do a cool water rinse," he says. "What it does, it helps to seal the cuticle down after you shampoo. It also gives a lot of shine to the hair. For red carpet, I always feel like the girl's hair should be freshly shampooed."Next Page: More Hair Issues.
[Pictured Above: Ted Gibson]
Hair doesn't have to be dirty to create a proper updo. Gibson says the products do the trick: "I like to use my products to give it a little bit of volume. One product I use is called Build It Blow Drying Agent. It helps build upon each hair strand to give a lot of volume, so it's easy to put it up into a french twist or whatever I feel like."Like dresses, hair sometimes requires a test run. Stylists will try out a hairdo a few days before the actual event. "Just to get an idea how the hair should look for that day depending on what kind of dress it is," says Gibson.Hair always gets done before the makeup. "I do the hair first," Gibson says. "I set it and get it to where [the part is going to be]. I let it cool. Makeup gets done. And then after the makeup, I finish the hair."The hairdos sometime take as long as the ceremonies to execute. "It can take four hours," Gibson says.
Baby powder isn't just for baby butts. "Baby powder is one of my go-to products that I use to help to soak up oil or add a little bit more pull to the hair if I'm looking to add some volume at the scalp," Gibson notes. "If I put too much product in the hair, baby powder helps to soak it up."Sometimes, it's necessary to use both a curling iron and a straightening iron. When going for a wavy look, Gibson uses a curling iron and then follows it up with the straightening iron. "It can make it a little bit sexier so it's not as curly," he says.Updos are the hot trend for this year's Emmys. "You will [also] probably see a lot of hair that has texture to it, not so smooth, especially because everyone will be wearing designs from the fall," Gibson says.Hair accessories like clips and barrettes are good ideas. "I love hair accessories," Gibson says. "It's nice to have a little bling in hair and in your dress."And last but not least, one special kitchen ingredient can be used to help out in the hair department: vinegar! "You can actually put in a quarter size of vinegar into your favorite shampoo that helps to remove buildup on the hair and on the scalp," Gibson says.
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The great thing about comedian Kathy Griffin was that she was always like having a really funny friend who knew some things about Hollywood. Going to see her stand up act where she talked about her run-ins on Hollywood Squares and other D-List shows was hysterical — like you were just in her living room and she was telling only you. Then a funny thing happened and she started My Life on the D List, her Emmy-winning reality show about being on the outs in Hollywood. Suddenly she was catapulted to the B(ish)-list and her stories started to get a little bit farther removed from reality and she lost some of that scrappy-friend feel for a Hollywood shine.
Her new weekly Bravo talk show Kathy, which debuted last night, has some of that scrappy feel, but not necessarily in the same way. Kathy comes out in a gorgeous red dress her stylist picked out for her, looking thin with her hair and makeup done to perfection. This is not the pudgy broad who we saw with no makeup and badly permed hair hating to get on a treadmill in the first season of D List. She said before the show aired that she has no format in mind and is just winging it. It makes sense she starts with a little monologue, which was like a bit of her live act, but pegged to events of the day. Luckily for whoever is tasked with the bleep button at Bravo, she tapes it a couple days in advance.
After the monolog she has three visitors come out. She claims they are "civilians," but we know that's not true. One is Michelle Collins, a writer and comedian who is one of the most naturally funny people I've ever met in my life (hey, gurl, how you been?!). She's a blast to hang out with, and that comes across as she and Kathy chat about everything from the recent secret service scandal to Real Housewives farting in their Spanx. The other two are Meredith Morris, who is Kathy's assistant Tiffany's roommate, and Greg Howell, another comedian. Meredith had a hilarious story to share about seeing Wilson Phillips perform at Loehmans (yes, the department store) and this is where everything was at its best. Meredith was funny without even knowing it, Kathy was riffing with her, Michelle and Greg got into the fun, and it was just like her old stand up act. Just a bunch of girlfriends having a gab.
After the couch chat there was a silly film about Kathy interviewing her new staff (more forced bit than actual comedy) and a chat with them on stage followed by a short farewell interview with Kathy's mother Maggie, who Kathy insists on turning into a star even when she's not shining her brightest.
Yes, there were some genuine laughs during the hour and Kathy is at her funniest when she's not trying to hard. That's why the show needs a little bit more of an idea what it's going for. Once she has her segments down pat, she can relax into being herself and bitching with her guests on the couch. Kathy is always at her best when she's looking a little frazzled and seems like she's going to take out of tube of cookie dough to eat while she's talking about Toddlers and Tiaras. That's always my favorite Kathy, and I hope Kathy brings her out.
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Despite seemingly having it all hunky Tripp (Matthew McConaughey) has still never been able to leave the nest. It’s actually easy to see why. It’s free and his mother (Kathy Bates) dotes on him. But Tripp’s parents especially gregarious dad (Terry Bradshaw) are anxious to get him out of the house so they can have their own lives. That’s where Paula (Sarah Jessica Parker) comes in: a professional consultant who works specifically with fed-up parents who want their adult sons to move out. She dates them convinces them its time to fly the coop and then lets them go. It’s mostly foolproof--but not in Tripp’s case. No this is different because Paula starts to have feelings (Can you blame her? Just look at the guy) jeopardizing not only her job but the fact she may have found the perfect guy. OK Launch seems contrived but give it a chance; it might grow on you. As with any romantic comedy it’s about watching two attractive people--in this case McConaughey and Parker--spar and connect. Well at least most of the time. But there’s another trend in rom-coms these days: wonderfully original supporting characters who add color and can oftentimes steal the show all while allowing the main characters to shine beyond the standard girl-meets-boy scenario. Tripp’s two best friends Demo and Ace--played by Bradley Cooper (Wedding Crashers) and Justin Bartha (National Treasure) respectively--are a real hoot. As is Zooey Deschanel (Elf) Paula’s anti-social bird-hating roommate Kit (great name by the way); she nearly steals Parker’s thunder especially when she and Bartha’s Ace hook up. Also delightful are Bates and Bradshaw as Tripp’s patient parents itching to break free. Who knew an Oscar-winning actress and former Super Bowl champ could have chemistry? Under the direction of Tom Dey (Shanghai Noon) Failure to Launch isn’t the end all be all of romantic comedies but it does take delight in some of its idiosyncratic approaches towards the genre. For example the womanizing Tripp may seem to have a devil-may-care attitude about his living situation but he’s really has some deeper issues going on. And Paula’s job--it seems a bit mean-spirited don’t you think? She leads these poor guys on and then once they leave the house dumps them. So in a way she gets her due. Of course Dey’s attention to the side characters also gives the film a big boost. He probably learned a lesson or two from watching Four Weddings and a Funeral and Notting Hill. Ultimately in what you’d think might be another stale rom-com Launch surprises you with its wry humor and multi-layered performances.
In the same vein as the 1963 comedy romp It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World and the 1981 The Cannonball Run Rat Race centers around a group of people who go dashing around the country for a big prize. In this incarnation the action starts in Las Vegas where billionaire hotel owner Donald Sinclair (John Cleese) gathers up eight people in his casino and sets them off on a race for $2 million hidden in a locker in New Mexico. He then places bets on whose going to get there first. The eight consist of two scheming brothers (Seth Green and Vince Vieluf) a disgraced NFL referee (Cuba Gooding Jr.) a mother and the daughter she gave up for adoption (Whoopi Goldberg and Lanei Chapman) a beleaguered family man and his wife (Jon Lovitz and Kathy Najimy) an uptight lawyer (Breckin Meyer) who hooks up with a cute helicopter pilot (Amy Smart) and a goofy narcoleptic Italian (Rowan Atkinson).
Like its predecessors Race combines a group of really talented comedians. Somehow this technique harms a film rather than helps it. It stems mostly from the fact that having such a large cast only gives the actors a limited amount of screen time. It's hard for any of them to truly shine. Yet in Race there are a few that just have to stand out. Cleese and Atkinson are among the best of the veterans especially Atkinson whose comedic physicality comes almost solely from his elastic face. And as far as the best of the younger set Green and Vieluf do a fair job having to wade through the horrendous antics presented to them shining for a brief moment when Vieluf (who can't speak properly because of his tongue stud) tells a sob story about their mother. However Goldberg Lovitz and Najimy are completely wasted--and Gooding Jr. just comes off as ridiculous.
In a nutshell Race is just too darn silly much like Mad Mad World was. Outrageous comedies work better in small doses such as There's Something About Mary or even Caddyshack. But when eight different story lines vie to outdo each other in outrageousness it's disastrous. Things can't get much worse than a car chasing after a hot-air balloon somehow hooking a cow to the balloon and having the cow end up hitting the windshield of a bus full of Lucille Ball look-alikes. Or how about crashing Hitler's car into a meeting of World War II veterans and having an ink mark on your upper lip that looks suspiciously like a mustache? There are a few brief moments where you chuckle out loud like when Cleese and his band of cronies start betting on which hotel maid would drop first while hanging from a curtain rod. Other than that the film simply lapses into pure drivel.