You can read the skinny (literally) on Madrid Fashion Week on my blog Endless Journey. An interesting, and unprecendented article on the changes taking place in the world of Fashion. Enjoy.
Well, maybe this news is not so new since Angelina Jolie signed the contract to be the face of St. John on September 15, 2005. But I just read an article in the Seattle Times about the uproar that Jolie and the new improved image of St. John is causing among many crusty old, well-to-do women who adored the old image that St.John promoted.
I must say that as a 30 something year old I always thought St. John was utterly ghastly...but the new 2006 line is absolutely classy - very Audrey Hepburn/Jackie Onassis - classy. I love it, and if I had the funds and the slender image to pull it off, I would be there, at St.John right this minute collecting bags of goodies.
Who better to represent the new face of St.John than someone as gorgeous and accessible as Angelina. She should be a role model for all of us strong women. She really has done it all; model, actress, mother, UN ambassador, pilot, and now the ambassador for St. John. Just the fact that this women has lived her whole life in the limelight of media attention and still remained true to herself is unusual - even unheard of among Hollywood starlits.
Richard Cohen CEO of St.John had this to say;
"Angelina Jolie embodies so many qualities of what St. John represents. She is strong, independant and dynamic. She's a mother, actress and a philanthropist."
Another benefit to the alliance between Jolie and St.John is that they have decided to fund a philanthropic organization to benefit children's causes. How wonderful.
* Photo found thanks to The Modern Age
I really used to swear by Citysearch but during my latest venture in trying to find a decent restaurant to dine at for my birthday I wasn't really happy with their results. Admittedly, Joel also kept yelling at me to try Yelp - so I did and I can't believe it took me so long to become a believer.
Yelp is great. Yelp is for the people and tells you what the people want. It is still early days for the site so you might have to add a favorite restaurant to review but that's what it's all about. It is great to hear reviews from real people...and then prove them wrong or right after trying a place for yourself.
Now if you read my previous post about Tilth Restaurant then you will know that I just had to write a review on Yelp. Unfortunately, no one had even entered the restaurant into the data base yet - but that didn't stop me as Yelp also wants you to tell them if they have missed something. So I entered the details and got to writing. This is what I had to say for my first attempt at a review:
District: Wallingford1411 N 45th Street
I must admit that Joel and I have gotten hooked on Project Runway. Yes, me the person who often critizes reality tv and the people who watch it - has fallen victim to its
What is not to love? It has all the makings of a soap opera - the egos, the drive to win (at any cost), the bitchiness and we cannot forget the gay guys who are guaranteed to add some gay pizazz to the show. Gee, these guys could make 'The Bounty Hunter' show enjoyable. Though I was expecting the gay guys to be more cut throat in the competition, but they were actually very sweet and very professional AND lets not forget stylish. Hey, this could be the perfect daytime soap.
Now, lets not forget the judges. Firstly, we have the star of Project Runway, Heidi Klum. I always thought Heidi had this sweet Euro thing going for her, not too mention being totally gorgeous - but enough already. I must admit that I preferred observing her from a distance without the whining voice. Yes, maybe models should be seen and not heard. Then we have our favorite (NOT) judge Michael Kors. Please, Michael maybe you should step down of that pedestal and smell the roses sometime. With his overly priced mediocre clothing line - that is far from original - I wish he would just shrivel up and crawl into a hole somewhere. As the saying goes - Out of sight, out of mind - I wish!
Lets not daudle we have more Judges to judge. Another person who is seen evey week lining the Runway with pen and paper is Nina Garcia. Now I actually like this woman. She could definitely do something with her hair but her appraisal of the Runway fashions has been tough but very fair. Unlike, Heidi and Michael who tend to bounce of each other as if they were really just one person. Maybe they are? It is amazing what visual technology can achieve these days.
You must know by now that they have guest judges each week I especially enjoyed the one where Ms America, or Ms Universe sat on her mini thrown alongside Michael and Heidi and spouted about very little. I mean I saw her lips moving but nothing of real substance was passing through them. She would also fair much better if she was 'seen and not heard'.
Oh, I failed to mention that this weeks project was to create stylish outfit for the mothers of the designers. This was a difficult task as those of you who know anything about designer fashion are fully aware that the outfits only look awesome on a size
2 0 figure. Admittedly, a couple of the designers failed miserably. I mean, come on, what you would put on a size 18-20 woman? Nothing looks good on fat people. Hey, I can say that as I am not a waif, far from it, and I have a wardrobe of skinny clothing just waiting for me to look good in. Anyway Michael Kors, of all people, had the nerve judge these designers attempts at making the larger women look attractive. Hey Michael, really rich opinions coming from a person who does not cater at all to plus size women. Larger women would need to buy 2 or 3 of your reshashed designs to even attempt to sqeeze into them! Judge not.
WHAT....you think I am being too harsh. Oh, please. They are judges - should we not judge? Where is your sense of humour. Ok, so I am expecting intelligent conversation from a fashion reality show - my bad. So when the hell is this show going to end so I can get back to the Discovery Channel?
Just 15 years ago Demi Moore posed nude and very pregnant for the cover of Harper Bazarre magazine. Now I cannot imagine that Britney needs the money - yet - so I have no idea what would possess someone to want to expose their full figure for the world to see? But this photo is proof that she has done it. Britney in her bare bodied glory will grace the cover of Harper's August issue.
Read the news here
Or is she? Call me a cynic but let's forget Basic Instinct 2, and nominate her for the lead role in "Bride of Frankenstein 2. Don't you think she sort of looks a little 'horror movie' strange? And what is all this talk about being naked for the right role? Hey, I would go naked if I looked like her...but wait she doesn't even look like her. She has definitely had more surgery than Joan Rivers!
I have to admit that I love her line 'give them 'you' until 'you' is what they want'. But you ain't you anymore Stone - your a cosmetic junkie! Hurry! Someone contact the people on that show "Intervention' she is certainly a better candidate than doing another show on drug addicts or victims of eating disorders, to tell the truth they have been done to death - but we have never seen someone intevening with a 'nip and tuck junkie'? Bring it on!
Ok so here is part of the article I found in the Sydney Morning Herald:
Sharon Stone, returning to her femme fatale role as novelist Catherine Trammel in Basic Instinct 2, says she has no problems doing nude scenes, so long as the role's right.
"It's pretty easy for me to be naked," she said on a promotional stop in Berlin. "I'm a person who feels that if it's appropriate for the character I'm playing or the mood of the piece, then it's no big thing."
The article continues...
The 48-year-old actress says the film industry treated her as if she had "leprosy" after she turned 40, but she was happy she didn't try to lie about her age to get roles. That perseverance paid off, she said.
"You have to give them 'you' until 'you' is what they want," she said.
I became aware of the movie The Battle of Algiers, and the event of the same name, during English 101 and I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. I have never been a fan of war, or movies about war, but I have had a change of heart since viewing this movie. As much as I tend to express a love for history I actually no very little about the historical events that have taken place throughout the world. So among other things, this movie has set me on a quest for knowledge.
It has also taught me much about the unjust manner in which the French government treated the Algerians during the colonization. Though I imagine no form of colonization ever really goes well? I imagine the discussion would go something like this:
French - "Hi, we like your little piece of land and hope you don't mind too much but we would very much like to take it over."
Algerians - " No problem - what's ours is yours."
French - "ok, thanks that really means alot to us Frenchies."
Ok, so you get the idea and see that it would never, ever work out that way? It is more like the French invade Algeria and inhabit the country for 100+ years. The French basically move into Algeria and push the Algerians aside. They take their land, their jobs, and even take away their right to vote. I guess the French basically tried to do what the Americans did with the native Indians, and what the British did with the Australian aborigines. Only the Algerians were not going to sit back and take it any longer. They either wanted to be treated as equal citizens, and if that was not possible then they wanted the French to get out.
If you know more than I do then you already know the ending to the battle of Algiers, if not I will not spoil the ending and you can go and watch it.
I must add that the movies director, Gillo Pontecorvo created a fantastic production. So well in fact that the movie appears much like a doctumentary of the battle, rather than a movie about the event. The movie is in French but has English subtitles - so keep your eyes on the screen.
Oh, and make sure you take some time to watch the two extra dvds as they have interviews with various people who were involved in the actual battle. Very interesting!
"I don't know about Brad Pitt, leaving that beautiful wife to go hold orphans for Angelina," Douglas snipes in GQ's April issue, hitting newsstands March 21.
"I mean, how long is that going to last?"
Pitt and ex-wife Jennifer Aniston divorced in October 2005. Since then, Pitt has adopted Jolie's children, Maddox and Zahara, and is expecting a child with the bombshell actress this summer.
Calls by The Associated Press to Pitt's representative, Cindy Guagenti, and Jolie's manager, Geyer Kosinski, were not immediately returned Tuesday.
As for his marriage to actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, Douglas says he's "been fortunate. You learn to respect something of value and nurture it and treat it well."
Douglas and Zeta-Jones, 36, were married in 2000 and have a son, Dylan, 5, and a daughter, Carys, 2. Douglas also has a son, Cameron, 27, from a previous marriage.
After a three-year hiatus, Douglas will return to the big screen this year in the psychological thriller "The Sentinel," starring opposite Kiefer Sutherland, Kim Basinger and Eva Longoria.
AN EPISODE of cartoon program South Park that features the Pope has been pulled from Australian television.
The final episode of the current series of the long-running US animated series — which had been scheduled for Monday — has been "deferred", according to an SBS spokesman.
Because of sensitivities about religious cartoons in the wake of the Danish cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad, SBS would have to give "some more thought" to the scheduling of the Bloody Mary episode.
"Given the current worldwide controversy over cartoons of religious figures, we've decided to defer this program," he said in a statement yesterday.
The episode shows a statue of the Virgin Mary spurting menstrual blood on the Pope.
It was shown in New Zealand on Wednesday night, prompting a vigil by hundreds of Catholics outside broadcaster TV Works. Despite the protest, 200,000 New Zealanders watched the program, six times the usual audience.
Religion has been a comedic target on the show, which has skewered the Mormon faith, had characters making derogatory remarks about Jews and shown Jesus hosting a TV show and fighting Satan in a boxing ring.
An episode recently screened in Australia featured Muhammad as part of a superhero group. Together with Jesus, Buddha, Krishna and others, Muhammad helps character Kyle defeat an evil cult.
As reported in the Age newspaper
|All American Kid|
Popular but not plastic. Athletic but not a jock. Smart but not a brain.
Can you believe that they actually got this right? Except for the All American, which should read All Australian.