Birthday boy George Michael has given Mariah Carey his personal seal of approval after the R&B superstar recorded a cover of the British singer's 1988 hit One More Try for her new album. Carey included her rendition of One More Try on her latest release, Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse, and Michael reached out to the beauty via Twitter.com on Wednesday (25Jun14) to express his delight.
He tweeted, "@MariahCarey thank u (sic) for recording One more try. Such an honour 2 (sic) have one of the best voices in the world singing my song. Gorgeous @MariahCarey ...... PS, love the album! Big kiss, The singing Greek."
The note caught the attention of Carey, who admitted she was flattered by the praise, responding: "@GeorgeMichael I'm so honored u (sic) like my rendition of One More Try. You & this song have always meant so much to me. Fan&friend for life".
She later sent a special message to the veteran singer, who celebrated his 50th birthday on Wednesday, writing, "@GeorgeMichael P.S. Happy birthday!!!!".
Michael's Twitter exchange with Carey occurred just a day after mutual pal Donatella Versace offered up her take on the song in a review for Vogue.com and claimed the Brit would love the cover.
She wrote, "I can't stop listening to Mariah's rendition of One More Try. George Michael is a great friend and one of my favourite artists, so I never think that anyone can do justice to his music. But I feel that Mariah really understands every word that he has written. At times her voice is angelic, at times pleading and then, towards the end, it goes into a crescendo reaching amazing heights. I'm sure that George would be very proud of Mariah's version of his much-loved song."
Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o turned heads at the 2014 Costume Institute Gala in New York on Monday (05Apr14) as she arrived in a feathery mesh design from Prada. The 12 Years a Slave star, who last month (Apr14) was named People magazine's Most Beautiful woman, topped off her latest red carpet outfit for this year's fashion Oscars with a jewelled headband.
Early arrivals at the annual Metropolitan Museum of Art bash included John Legend and his model wife Chrissy Teigen in Ralph Lauren Collection, Latina stars Jessica Alba and Selena Gomez both in Diane Von Furstenberg and Jessica Pare and Zoe Saldana in Michael Kors. Fashion icon Sarah Jessica Parker was stunning as always in a flowing Oscar De La Renta gown, while Nicole Richie and Rita Ora both opted for edgy DKNY designs.
Other fashionable attendees at this year's Met Gala included Anna Kendrick, Rachel McAdams, Suki Waterhouse, Hailee Steinfeld, Dakota Johnson and Kylie Minogue. Meanwhile, British singer Lily Allen, who wore a flattering silver and grey Chanel Couture gown to the fashion world's big night, made the most of her evening with the stars, snapping selfies with the likes of Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Ora and designer Donatella Versace and posting the photos on her Instagram.com page.
Since social media has basically eviscerated the definition of privacy, it's become much easier to track the personal lives of celebrities based on what they put up on their Twitters and Instagrams, including who they keep company with. While some stars keep their personal lives personal, other stars love to share their exploits with the people they're close with, whether those people are real life BFFs or online BFFs (or, in Zac Efron's case, a photoshop BFF). From Ian Somerhalder's cute son (i.e. his cat) to Aaron Paul's Heisenberg-reminiscing, here's a look at some of the people that celebs love to post themselves online with.
About last night: #twinsies (And, yes, @ladygaga is brushing her hair with a fork.) pic.twitter.com/IgdhPo7bia
— Derek Blasberg (@DerekBlasberg) January 20, 2014
Is Gaga turning into Donatella or vice versa? More importantly, why is Gaga serving up Ariel from The Little Mermaid realness by combing her hair with a fork? (My apologies if that is an actual dinglehopper.)
I got kissed in Miami. #awkwardtour pic.twitter.com/wmuCRuaRBq
— Zac Efron (@ZacEfron) January 24, 2014
The cast of That Awkward Moment has awesome chemistry on and off the screen, but Zac Efron clearly only has eyes for the dog he's making out with on Un Nuevo Dia.
Here come the HUDSONS @TheGRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/0EspXWQp2f
— Katy Perry (@katyperry) January 26, 2014
Katy Perry brings along her younger brother to the Grammys. Were they trying to figure out what the hell Katy was wearing on stage, too?
We forgot to post this picture earlier of @grimmers and his good pal @jaredleto. Ain't it something special? pic.twitter.com/1VvdHuX78h
— BBC Radio1 Breakfast (@R1Breakfast) January 29, 2014
Hipster overload: diligently crossing borders, oceans, and countries worldwide.
#tbt my sis King B! http://t.co/ZpoWmKffnE
— Diddy (@iamdiddy) January 31, 2014
Beyonce. Does. Not. Age.
The time when Jesse cut Heisenberg's hair. #BreakingBad #TBT http://t.co/1IGcbazGci
— Aaron Paul (@aaronpaul_8) January 23, 2014
Fair warning: this picture will make you weep for the days of Breaking Bad.
I don't wanna get up. @Harry_Styles pic.twitter.com/POyh32KsUi
— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) January 24, 2014
The amazing photoshop, Zach Braff's majorly creepy gaze, Harry Styles' satisfied mug, the spooning... this picture = brilliance.
Getting work done from bed. Umm... What's odd about this work day??? Boy he loves his dad. http://t.co/tuMdK9l6c8
— ian somerhalder (@iansomerhalder) January 22, 2014
According to the caption, Ian Somerhalder's furry friend is more his son than his BFF. That's nice. Can we talk about how the cat is literally burrowing his way into Ian's butt, though?
Lady Gaga has gone au naturel for her new role as the face of luxury designer brand Versace, wearing virtually no make-up for the advertising photoshoot. The Applause hitmaker, who is known for her outrageous fashion, make-up and hairstyle choices both on and off the stage, wore her long, blonde hair sleek and straight as she posed for photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot, modelling the Italian company's finest wares.
The chic commercials, in which Gaga bears a striking resemblance to chief designer Donatella Versace in her youth, aimed to capture her "true beauty and spirit in images that are elegant and alluring".
The Versace boss adds, "She (Gaga) is like family to me, and the embodiment of the Versace DNA."
The photos will appear in the label's 2014 Spring/Summer advertising campaign.
Gaga recently paid homage to her designer pal by penning the track Donatella as a gift for her 58th birthday earlier this year (13). The song appears on the pop superstar's new album, ARTPOP.
Pop superstar Lady Gaga is reportedly set to become the face of Italian luxury brand Versace after writing a song in tribute to the company's chief designer Donatella Versace. The Poker Face hitmaker dedicated a track called Donatella on her new album ARTPOP to her fashion-forward friend, and is now said to have been hired as the star of the brand's 2014 Spring/Summer advertising campaign.
Editors of Wwd.com report Gaga posed for a Versace advertising shoot during a recent trip to London.
The fashion house has yet to confirm the news.
Donatella Versace's representative has dismissed a new TV movie based on a book about the inner-workings of fashion's most famous family as a "work of fiction". Actress Gina Gershon went peroxide blonde to play the flamboyant designer in House of Versace, which chronicles Donatella's efforts to keep the Versace empire together following the death of her brother Gianni in 1997.
The movie will air in America on Lifetime over the weekend (05Oct13), but one person who won't be watching is the fashion maven herself.
Dismissing the project to Women's Wear Daily, a publicist for the brand says, "Versace has neither authorised nor had any involvement whatsoever in the forthcoming TV movie about Mrs. Versace.
"Since Versace did not authorise the book on which it is based, the movie should only be seen as a work of fiction."
Lady Gaga has immortalised fashion icon Donatella Versace in song for her new album Artpop. The pop superstar penned the track Donatella as an ode to her designer pal and gifted it to the 58 year old at a birthday party she threw for the veteran in May (13).
The tune opens with the words, "I'm so fab/Check it out", and goes on to include lines such as, "I'm blonde/ I'm skinny/ I'm rich/ And I'm a little bit of a b**ch" - and Versace can't get enough of it.
She tells Elle magazine, "The best present she could give me. I loved it and couldn't stop dancing. I made her play it again and again. The song is insane, over the top, loud and full of energy - everything that I like."
Actress Gina Gershon was reluctant to portray Donatella Versace onscreen in new TV movie House Of Versace because she feared the fashion designer would be turned into a "flamboyant caricature". The Bound star admits she didn't like the sound of the project when her agents first raised the topic with her, but she was quickly won over after becoming hooked on the script, which chronicles Donatella's efforts to keep the family's fashion empire alive following the death of her brother Gianni in 1997.
She tells U.S. talk show host Katie Couric, "I think because I hadn't read it (the script) yet, and they said, 'Oh, you've been offered Donatella', and I was like, 'There's no way I'm touching that', just because I think, when we think of Donatella, you think, 'Oh, she's so flamboyant, she's a bit of a caricature', but then I read the script and I just thought, it's really a family drama at the end of the day and I found it so compelling, her story, I almost wish it hadn't been her. I was like, 'I'll play this no matter what', because I love the rise and fall and rise..."
The TV film is based on Deborah Ball's book House of Versace: The Untold Story of Genius, Murder, and Survival and will premiere on America's Lifetime channel on 5 October (13).
Rapper M.I.A. has teamed up with designers at luxury label Versace for a new fashion project. The Paper Planes hitmaker, real name Mathangi Arulpragasam, revealed the news while attending Paris Fashion Week's Balenciaga runway show in France on Thursday (26Sep13).
She told WWD.com, "I have a collaboration with Versace coming out in two weeks."
She failed to provide further details about the joint project, but it is believed to be a line for Donatella Versace's diffusion collection Versus, which features work from a number of other artists and designers.
The fashion collaboration will be a welcome distraction for M.I.A. - she is currently embroiled in a nasty legal battle with bosses at America's National Football League (NFL), who are suing the star for flipping her middle finger during her televised performance with Madonna at the 2012 Super Bowl half-time show.
Actress Gina Gershon battled bronchitis after wrapping new TV movie House Of Versace - because she smoked constantly throughout the project. The Bound star portrays chain-smoking fashion designer Donatella Versace in the film and admits she tried everything healthy to perfect her real-life character's nicotine habit - but nothing worked, so she had to smoke for real.
She tells U.S. news show Access Hollywood Live, "They even tried to give me the fake cigarettes because they thought they would be better, but those just killed me... There's so much oil in them.
"So I just started smoking a lot before I went into it, so I could work myself up to it... As soon as it was over, I was like, 'Thank God!', and then I smoked a little bit when I was doing the looping... but I wasn't used to it and I got bronchitis."