Child star-turned-fashion designer Ashley Olsen has been elected onto the board of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. The star runs clothing labels including The Row and Elizabeth and James with her twin sister Mary-Kate.
Actress Kate Beckinsale has credited her The Trials Of Cate Mccall co-star, Anna Anissimova, with giving her the best wrap gift ever - a pet. The Underworld star admits she bonded with the former model on the set of the drama, in which the Brit plays a lawyer in recovery, and her new pal had a very special present for her when filming wrapped.
Beckinsale tells C magazine, "I think I must have been saying 'I want a Pomeranian dog' on set so many times without realising it, that she got me one.
"I don't usually approve of people giving animals as presents, but I think she was just trying to put me out of my misery... We are besotted... (It was) the most amazing wrap present."
As director Alexander Payne has grown more complex in his storytelling over the years, so have his unusually driven characters. Some might argue that Payne's films feel a tad too convoluted. But even those living steadfastly in this camp should loosen up their expectations and be prepared to be surprised by Nebraska, which could be consider Payne's purest (and most melancholy) work yet.
It’s no wonder Payne chose to shoot this minimalist film in black and white. The movie offers a rather stark portrait of a man in his twilight years, following Woody Grant (Bruce Dern), who has fallen so far down a spiral of complacency, his only hope for a worthwhile future is some vague promise from a Publisher's Clearing House-like sweepstakes letter.
Dern plays a man so unkempt, his nose hair has grown to become part of his beard. Woody seems to have long given up on life until he receives the fateful sweepstakes packet in the mail. His wife Kate (June Squibb taking misanthropy to grand passive-aggressive heights) and his son David (Will Forte playing restrained with wounded heart) can only roll their eyes. So Woody decides to walk to the address on the envelope in Lincoln, Nebraska from his ramshackle Billings, Montana home with his "winner's certificate" in hand.
The bleak wintery landscape Woody tries to shamble across — until David catches up with him on several occasions — provides the perfect metaphor for this zombie of a father. David ultimately caves and offers to drive him. Along the way, mom joins the trip, as does their second son Ross (Bob Odenkirk). As they pack into David's vintage Subaru Forester, the road becomes much more than a route to redemptive treasure. It becomes a sort of time machine, as they meet close relatives who have become distant and encounter old family friends who still hold a grudge.
Working from a script by newcomer Bob Nelson, Nebraska has a darker tone than usual for Payne. But, as ever, Payne knows how to linger on a reaction shot for levity, especially if it's a dim, open-mouthed face. The film is mostly about the performances. Squibb particularly rises to grand task, timing her denouncements of those alive and dead with grim humor. Dern infuses Woody with a subtle fragility below a stubborn, cantankerous exterior. The pain of regret weighs heavy on this man, but Dern keeps his emotions buried as deep as possible. One cannot forget praise for Forte, who must play a sort of straight-man to his scenery-chewing elders. In the end, the viewer will come to understand the relationship that so closely binds this family together.
Because the performances are so strong and, as usual, the characters so soulful, it seems a shame that Payne succumbs to a temptation for retribution for David, during one brief scene toward the end. He reaches too far beyond his character. But it’s a slight misstep in an otherwise modest film. Even when the filmmakers must offer a resolution that some might fault for too much sugar coating, there is a subtle flip side that what has happened is only a bitter-sweet bandage on the inevitable. As he did with his last film, The Descendants, Payne does not resort to sentimental hokum but offers a poignant portrait of aging with the burden of regret.
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Supermodel Heidi Klum is selling off her catwalk clothes to raise money for charity. The German beauty has teamed up with charity website Fashionproject.com to sell pieces she wore during New York Fashion Week in September (13) to raise cash for amfAR, an organisation which supports AIDS research.
Fans have the opportunity to get their hands on a number of glitzy items including a golden gown the model donned for the Project Runway fashion show for $599 (£399) as well as a white and silver vest top for $269 ($179).
Other items up for sale include a Kate Spade New York dress and a Stella McCartney shoulder bag, which were donated by some of Klum's fashionable friends.
Writer and actress Rashida Jones has become the latest celebrity to launch a jewellery line. The Celeste & Jesse Forever star will unveil her 18-piece collection at Los Angeles hotspot Chateau Marmont on Thursday night (14Nov13).
Jones, who is the daughter of music mogul Quincy Jones, teamed up with designer sisters Danielle and Jodie Snyder to create Fine by DanniJones.
She joins the likes of Angelina Jolie, Nicole Richie, Kate Bosworth and Heidi Klum, who also boast their own jewellery collections.
Playboy bosses have given fans a glimpse of Kate Moss' upcoming 40th birthday photoshoot, releasing a snap of the star dressed in the magazine's iconic Playboy bunny costume while posing seductively on her hands and knees. The shots of naked Moss will appear in the publication's 60th anniversary issue.
Engaged stars Kate Hudson and Matt Bellamy opened up their Pacific Palisades, California home for a wedding at the weekend (09Sat13), but not their own. The actress hosted the ceremony for her fiance's pal Thomas Kirk, who is the media manager for Bellamy's band Muse, and his bride Jaclyn Ferber.
The candlelit ceremony and reception was planned by wedding organisers from Bash, Please, who took over the front yard of Hudson and Bellamy's home, where the creative actress had set up a Teepee Lounge, full of pillows and blankets.
The hostess and her fiance have been engaged since 2011, but have yet to name the day for their wedding.
Model and actress Kate Upton is reportedly in talks to join the cast of the upcoming film adaptation of hit U.S. TV series Entourage. The stunner is the frontrunner to play the love interest of movie star Vincent Chase, portrayed by Adrian Grenier, according to TheWrap.com.
Upton has been building her acting resume over the past few years, and has appeared in films such as Tower Heist and The Three Stooges; she'll also star alongside Cameron Diaz in The Other Woman.
Entourage wrapped its eighth and final season on America's HBO network in 2011, but the cast is set to reunite in the new year (14) for the film..
"People think we own all these dresses but we borrow them! I can't afford to buy that stuff. There are certain things I splurge on, but it's very rare, especially when you have two kids and school tuition. I'm not a big high-end fashion shopper." Actress Kate Hudson insists she never spends her hard-earned cash on red carpet gowns because they are simply too expensive.
"It was really funny because we’re actually just moving house, and I honestly just took my Oscar off the shelf in the bathroom, wrapped it in a black sweater and put it in a box. And even as I did so, I thought, 'Wow, that is mine'. And whenever I hold it, which is very rare, I do stare at it like a little girl and I think to myself, 'My God, this is mine'." Actress Kate Winslet still marvels at the Oscar she won for The Reader.