Thursday, February 25, 2010
It's only recently that Dakota's outward image has begun to catch up with her preternatural maturity (as seen in a recent Brigitte Bardot-esque photo feature in V magazine).
But it seems the former moppet has changed her style once more. This time she's sporting something a little more edgy and, dare we say, "teenager-y". Fanning, who celebrated her 16th birthday yesterday, was snapped on the streets of LA in a punk princess outfit of shredded black tights (similar to ones worn by Miley recently), a miniskirt, Doc Martens, an American Apparel infinity scarf, a Balenciaga bag, and a tiara.
It's a look that's part Courtney Love, part Lindsay Lohan, and part Olsen twins. Perhaps the unbuttoned image was inspired by her recent turn as musician Cherie Currie in the upcoming girl-band biopic "The Runaways." In the film, Fanning appears opposite her "Twilight" costar and real-life friend Kristen Stewart, who plays singer Joan Jett (an edgy style icon for punk girls everywhere).
The rebellious look is quite a departure for Fanning, who was crowned homecoming princess at her North Hollywood high school, Campbell Hall Episcopal, and even hit the field with the cheerleading squad at an away game. Who knows -- maybe the new look was a literal trip down memory lane for the onetime high school royal.
She's promising to bring her best stuff: two triple-twisting doubles, in an effort to spring another upset by medaling.
"I'm feeling confident going into the final," Schnoor said after Saturday's qualifying event. "It's a relief. I'm psyched. I have harder tricks I can complete. I can get a podium with those. ... It could be close. I just feel so mellow and relaxed."
A medal for Schnoor would take an extraordinary performance in an event dominated by Chinese athletes. China took four of the top five spots in a recent World Cup meet at Deer Valley, where Australia's Lydia Lassila -- who spends enough time training in Utah to label it her "second or third home" -- was the winner. Lassila is hoping for a better Olympic result after injuring her knee in qualifying in 2006. Alla Tsuper of Belarus finished first among the 12 qualifiers Saturday. Among the Americans, Park City's Emily Cook was fifth, Schnoor was sixth and 16-year-old Ashley Caldwell was 12th.
Cook has a history of injuries, including a bruised heel that had kept her from practicing for two weeks before the qualifying. "So I am relying on my training from the last few years," she said.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
In an obvious attempt to score ratings with the ever more-important teenage demographic, it was announced that four of the hottest young stars of film and music were selected to be Oscar presenters. Though, the possibility of Zac Efron -- who was also a presenter at last year's awards ceremony -- sitting in the audience next to Mickey Rooney is appealing.
Is this the road Oscar is now going down? Apparently it is. This comes after a long list of changes for 2010 including the expansion of the Best Picture category from 5 nominees to 10 and the deep-sixing of Best Song performances. (Let's hope, for her sake, Miss Cyrus is not nominated for one of those in the near future; she may not be invited back on-stage.)
Until this year, the Academy Awards had been one of the last staples of tradition to not dramatically change its formula for ratings, instead using the forum to honor its long and storied tradition. It's not to say that's no longer going to happen, but the inclusion of this younger generation of star power presenters is a striking shift from even last year when Hugh Jackman entertained the masses with Broadway-style dance numbers. In other words: There was no groundswell of support in the mid-1990's to anoint Jonathan Taylor Thomas an Oscar presenter.
At least they'll be able to do it all from a glittery new stage. The Oscar stage was also revealed today and -- from the looks of the model, which hearkens more 1970's-era Studio 54 than the Kodak Theater -- it does appear quite shiny.
Let's just hope co-hosts Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin refrain from too many "Twilight" inspired Team Edward, Team Jacob jokes -- and we all know they're coming, too. Of course they are: These are the new look Academy Awards for 2010.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Angelina Jolie showed off a brand new hairdo in Italy on Wednesday.
The actress, 34, revealed a blonder look for her upcoming film "The Tourist," a thriller co-starring Johnny Depp, which is set to shoot in Venice, Italy. Jolie was snapped with chunky blonde highlights and sideswept bangs as she stepped into a water taxi with Brad and Pax.
It's not the first time the star has altered her appearance for a role. As a CIA agent in the action film "Salt", (out this July), Jolie sported a number of different looks, including a long dark wig with bangs, and a blonde wig.
The Jolie-Pitt's have been having lots of fun since landing in Italy! The couple was spotted getting Italian ice cream with their older children, Maddox, Pax, Zahara, and Shiloh, and on Tuesday, the world was treated to the rare sight of Brangelina's 19-month-old twins, Knox and Vivienne, as they took a water taxi ride in Venice.
The family is reportedly staying at the stunning canal-side Palazzo Mocenigo, which is situated between the Rialto and Accademia parts of the city, and faces San Toma, for the movie's three-month shoot.
Jolie -- who begins filming on March 15 -- has previously spoken about her brood's jet-setting lifestyle. She recently told the press: "It's hard, and maybe one day we'll have to stay in one place. I'm sure the kids are going to be 18 and say, 'God, I just want to stay in one place.' They'll never want to leave home."
Thursday, February 11, 2010
The tide began turning for the statuesque country upstart after a less-than-dazzling (most frequently described as "pitchy") performance with Stevie Nicks at this year's Grammys -- where she won four awards including album of the year. Following the debacle, her label head -- and Naomi Judd -- came to her defense, which only rankled the masses including Kelly Clarkson.
Now, with Friday's release of "Valentine's Day," which nearly sags under the weight of so many Hollywood heavy-hitters, everyone's about to get a glimpse of her acting chops, which seemed more than passable when she hosted SNL in November. But early reports about the movie have been unkind, to put it mildly.
"Some teen viewers may be drawn by the lure of the two Taylors, but their time onscreen together arguably reps the film's low point," writes Variety's Todd McCarthy regarding Swift's performance alongside onetime boyfriend Taylor Lautner. "Swift, especially, seems entirely undirected, as she jumps around, makes faces and jabbers on inanely. If she's to have a film career, she needs to find a skilled director to tamp her down and channel her obviously abundant energy."
The Observer film critic, Rex Reed, is even more dismissive of Swift's "Valentine's Day" performance than he is of the movie itself: "This labored artifice strings together an 'all-star cast' (by today's dubious definition, anyway)," Reed writes in his review of the Garry Marshall-directed movie, "that runs the gamut from tone-deaf Flavor of the Moment Taylor Swift and movie werewolf Taylor Lautner to veteran Oscar winner Shirley MacLaine."
Even OK! Magazine, which spills endless ink charting Swift's every move, goes for the blond starlet's jugular. OK!'s movie critic, Mary Beth Quirk, dismisses Taylor as "not an actress," adding that Swift proves such a criticism by putting in a "regrettable" performance. "The movie isn't awful, and nor is it an award winner," the OK! critic declares, "unless you count Swift's frontrunner status to add a worst supporting actress Razzie to her shelf full of Grammys." Ouch.
The lone holdout seems to be Time Out New York critic, Joshua Rothkopf, who lauds Swift for, get this, convincingly appearing vacant: "Blond awards-magnet Taylor Swift reveals an unexpected gift for self-deprecating sunniness, chattering vacantly in an elevator to a stranger."
The actress -- who is basically perfect in every way, does have one slight imperfection: a wide right thumb. The hand got face time last summer after publicity shots of the actress -- and her unusual-sized thumb -- first surfaced. Technically called brachydactyly, the club-thumb trait is no big deal -- you just have a big thumb.
The condition, which literally means "short finger," is usually hereditary and is not considered serious. But when the Super Bowl ad aired with a close-up of Motorola's digital gadget, Megan's digit seemed to have been replaced with a slender stand-in, sending the blogosphere into a serious uproar -- and Web searches into the stratosphere. The Daily Mail pointed an accusatory finger at the phone maker, and claimed they brought in a thumb-double for Megan's not-so-pretty appendage.
Fingers flew on the Web, with one-day searches on Yahoo! for "megan fox hands" increasing an astounding 800%. Lookups for "brachydactyly megan fox," "megan fox super bowl commercial," and "megan fox toe thumb" all saw huge gains.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Khan was born into the of the Royal Family of Pataudi. Both her father, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, the current Nawab, and paternal grandfather, Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi, are former captains of the Indian cricket team.
Her mother, Sharmila Tagore, is a film actress and a distant relative of Bengali Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. Her brother Saif Ali Khan is also a Bollywood actor and her sister Saba Ali Khan is a jewellery designer.
She attended The British School in New Delhi.
Before embarking upon her film career, Soha worked for the Ford Foundation and Citibank. She is involved in a range of activities outside the acting world, including serving on the Advisory Board for a new project of the public entrepreneur group, Res Publica. She has also recently modeled for the spring-summer collection of Globus, an Indian chain of boutiques.
Soha made her acting debut with the Bollywood film Dil Maange More (2004), where she shared credits with Shahid Kapoor, Ayesha Takia and Tulip Joshi. She has since received critical acclaim for her performances in the Bengali film Antar Mahal (2005) and Rang De Basanti (2006). Khoya Khoya Chand, earned her critical acclaim, although it was not successful at the box office. Her latest release 99 was a critical and commercial success and her performance was acclaimed. Ms. Soha Ali Khan got arms license being an minor and her rifle was misused by her father in killing state animal black buck but whistle blower founder chairman, PFA Haryana Naresh Kadyan expose-this criminal conspiracy using RTI Act, 2005-, at last her arms license was canceled by the District Magistrate, Gurgaon-Her Latest release Tum Mile is running in theatres and receiving a positive review
Soha also hosted a show called Godrej Khelo Jeeto Jiyo on Star Plus, in which where Soha Ali Khan takes the opportunity to ask some crisp questions to the contestants on the show and making them win lots of Goodies in return of the right answer.
2007: Star's Sabsey Favourite Nayi Heroine
2007: GIFA Best Supporting Actress for Rang De Basanti
2007: IIFA Best Supporting Actress Award for Rang De Basanti
2007: Nominated-Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for Rang De Basanti
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Modern Valentine's Day symbols include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have largely given way to mass-produced greeting cards.
The sending of Valentines was a fashion in nineteenth-century Great Britain, and, in 1847, Esther Howland developed a successful business in her Worcester, Massachusetts home with hand-made Valentine cards based on British models. The popularity of Valentine cards in 19th century America, where many Valentine cards are now general greeting cards rather than declarations of love, was a harbinger of the future commercialization of holidays in the United States. It's considered one of the Hallmark holidays.
The U.S. Greeting Card Association estimates that approximately one billion valentines are sent each year worldwide, making the day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year, behind Christmas. The association estimates that, in the US, men spend on average twice as much money as women.
Numerous early Christian martyrs were named Valentine. The Valentines honored on February 14 are Valentine of Rome (Valentinus presb. m. Romae) and Valentine of Terni (Valentinus ep. Interamnensis m. Romae). Valentine of Rome was a priest in Rome who was martyred about AD 269 and was buried on the Via Flaminia. His relics are at the Church of Saint Praxed in Rome, and at Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church in Dublin, Ireland.
Valentine of Terni became bishop of Interamna (modern Terni) about AD 197 and is said to have been martyred during the persecution under Emperor Aurelian. He is also buried on the Via Flaminia, but in a different location than Valentine of Rome. His relics are at the Basilica of Saint Valentine in Terni (Basilica di San Valentino).
The Catholic Encyclopedia also speaks of a third saint named Valentine who was mentioned in early martyrologies under date of February 14. He was martyred in Africa with a number of companions, but nothing more is known about him.
No romantic elements are present in the original early medieval biographies of either of these martyrs. By the time a Saint Valentine became linked to romance in the fourteenth century, distinctions between Valentine of Rome and Valentine of Terni were utterly lost.
In the 1969 revision of the Roman Catholic Calendar of Saints, the feastday of Saint Valentine on February 14 was removed from the General Roman Calendar and relegated to particular (local or even national) calendars for the following reason: "Though the memorial of Saint Valentine is ancient, it is left to particular calendars, since, apart from his name, nothing is known of Saint Valentine except that he was buried on the Via Flaminia on February 14." The feast day is still celebrated in Balzan (Malta) where relics of the saint are claimed to be found, and also throughout the world by Traditionalist Catholics who follow the older, pre-Vatican II calendar.
The Early Medieval acta of either Saint Valentine were excerpted by Bede and briefly expounded in Legenda Aurea. According to that version, St Valentine was persecuted as a Christian and interrogated by Roman Emperor Claudius II in person. Claudius was impressed by Valentine and had a discussion with him, attempting to get him to convert to Roman paganism in order to save his life. Valentine refused and tried to convert Claudius to Christianity instead. Because of this, he was executed. Before his execution, he is reported to have performed a miracle by healing the blind daughter of his jailer.
Legenda Aurea still providing no connections whatsoever with sentimental love, appropriate lore has been embroidered in modern times to portray Valentine as a priest who refused an unattested law attributed to Roman Emperor Claudius II, allegedly ordering that young men remain single. The Emperor supposedly did this to grow his army, believing that married men did not make for good soldiers. The priest Valentine, however, secretly performed marriage ceremonies for young men. When Claudius found out about this, he had Valentine arrested and thrown in jail. In an embellishment to The Golden Legend provided by American Greetings, Inc. to History.com and widely repeated, on the evening before Valentine was to be executed, he wrote the first "valentine" himself, addressed to a young girl variously identified as his beloved, as the jailer's daughter whom he had befriended and healed, or both. It was a note that read "From your Valentine."
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Complete list of 82nd Annual Academy Award nominations announced Tuesday:
1. Best Picture: "Avatar," "The Blind Side," "District 9," "An Education," "The Hurt Locker," "Inglourious Basterds," "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire," "A Serious Man," "Up," "Up in the Air."
2. Actor: Jeff Bridges, "Crazy Heart"; George Clooney, "Up in the Air"; Colin Firth, "A Single Man"; Morgan Freeman, "Invictus"; Jeremy Renner, "The Hurt Locker."
3. Actress: Sandra Bullock, "The Blind Side"; Helen Mirren, "The Last Station"; Carey Mulligan, "An Education"; Gabourey Sidibe, "Precious: Based on the Novel `Push' by Sapphire"; Meryl Streep, "Julie & Julia."
4. Supporting Actor: Matt Damon, "Invictus"; Woody Harrelson, "The Messenger"; Christopher Plummer, "The Last Station"; Stanley Tucci, "The Lovely Bones"; Christoph Waltz, "Inglourious Basterds."
5. Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz, "Nine"; Vera Farmiga, "Up in the Air"; Maggie Gyllenhaal, "Crazy Heart"; Anna Kendrick, "Up in the Air"; Mo'Nique, "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire."
6. Directing: James Cameron, "Avatar"; Kathryn Bigelow, "The Hurt Locker"; Quentin Tarantino, "Inglourious Basterds"; Lee Daniels, "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire"; Jason Reitman, "Up in the Air."
7. Foreign Language Film: "Ajami," Israel; "El Secreto de Sus Ojos," Argentina; "The Milk of Sorrow," Peru; "Un Prophete," France; "The White Ribbon," Germany.
8. Adapted Screenplay: Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell, "District 9"; Nick Hornby, "An Education"; Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche, "In the Loop"; Geoffrey Fletcher, "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire"; Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, "Up in the Air."
9. Original Screenplay: Mark Boal, "The Hurt Locker"; Quentin Tarantino, "Inglourious Basterds"; Alessandro Camon and Oren Moverman, "The Messenger"; Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, "A Serious Man"; Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, Tom McCarthy, "Up."
10. Animated Feature Film: "Coraline"; "Fantastic Mr. Fox"; "The Princess and the Frog"; "The Secret of Kells"; "Up."
11. Art Direction: "Avatar," "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus," "Nine," "Sherlock Holmes," "The Young Victoria."
12. Cinematography: "Avatar," "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," "The Hurt Locker," "Inglourious Basterds," "The White Ribbon."
13. Sound Mixing: "Avatar," "The Hurt Locker," "Inglourious Basterds," "Star Trek," "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen."
14. Sound Editing: "Avatar," "The Hurt Locker," "Inglourious Basterds," "Star Trek," "Up."
15. Original Score: "Avatar," James Horner; "Fantastic Mr. Fox," Alexandre Desplat; "The Hurt Locker," Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders; "Sherlock Holmes," Hans Zimmer; "Up," Michael Giacchino.
16. Original Song: "Almost There" from "The Princess and the Frog," Randy Newman; "Down in New Orleans" from "The Princess and the Frog," Randy Newman; "Loin de Paname" from "Paris 36," Reinhardt Wagner and Frank Thomas; "Take It All" from "Nine," Maury Yeston; "The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)" from "Crazy Heart," Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett.
17. Costume: "Bright Star," "Coco Before Chanel," "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus," "Nine," "The Young Victoria."
18. Documentary Feature: "Burma VJ," "The Cove," "Food, Inc." "The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers," "Which Way Home."
19. Documentary (short subject): "China's Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province," "The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner," "The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant," "Music by Prudence," "Rabbit a la Berlin."
20. Film Editing: "Avatar," "District 9," "The Hurt Locker," "Inglourious Basterds," "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire."
21. Makeup: "Il Divo," "Star Trek," "The Young Victoria."
22. Animated Short Film: "French Roast," "Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty," "The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)," "Logorama," "A Matter of Loaf and Death."
23. Live Action Short Film: "The Door," "Instead of Abracadabra," "Kavi," "Miracle Fish," "The New Tenants."
24. Visual Effects: "Avatar," "District 9," "Star Trek."
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Monday, February 1, 2010
Caressa Cameron, a broadcast journalism student at Virginia Commonwealth University, now plans a second year away from college as she travels extensively to raise money for charity and carry the 89-year-old pageant's crown.
"I hope to gain inspiration, I hope to gain momentum so that when this 365 days is over, I can shoot through the moon," Cameron told The Associated Press.
Cameron, the first black Miss America since Ericka Dunlap in 2005, says she wants to get a master's degree and eventually become a news anchor.
Cameron, the daughter of a background researcher for the government and a contractor, said she was inspired to compete in pageants at age 14, when Miss Virginia 2003 Nancy Redd visited her school.
"At that time, all I knew that I could do was sing — that's all I had," the Fredericksburg, Va., native said.
Cameron said that after that visit, she decided to try out for a school musical, which snowballed into more opportunities in the arts, drama and other areas.
"More doors and more doors continued to open," she said. "It's so important that we reach our young people, because there are so many young people that are at the very same crossroads that I was at."
"We need those people to let them know that just because your circumstances are a certain way, you don't have to succumb to them," she said. "You can do something amazing, like become Miss America."
The last Miss America from Virginia was Nicole Johnson in 1999.
Cameron won the title and a $50,000 scholarship Saturday night after strutting in a skintight yellow dress, belting Beyonce's "Listen" from "Dreamgirls" and advising parents to limit video games and television when asked about childhood obesity during an onstage interview.
"We need to get our kids back outside, playing with sticks in the street like I did when I was little," she said. "Expand your mind, go outside and get to see what this world is like."
Miss California Kristy Cavinder was the first runner-up, winning $25,000.
The young women who came out on stage at the beginning of the pageant and danced to "I Gotta Feeling" by the Black Eyed Peas are from all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
After a week of preliminary competition that counted 30 percent toward their final scores, they each introduced themselves to the crowd Saturday at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.
"From the home of the Governator, I am here to pump you up," Cavinder said as she was introduced.
The judges, the public and contestants themselves then trimmed the field over the next two hours.
Actor and "Extra" host Mario Lopez hosted the 89-year-old pageant with help from Clinton Kelly of TLC's "What Not to Wear." The pageant was broadcast live on TLC.
The panel of judges included radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh, actress Vivica Fox, musician Dave Koz, Miss America 2002 Katie Harman, gymnast Shawn Johnson and former "American Idol" finalist Brooke White. Comedian Paul Rodriguez was set to be a judge, but organizers said he pulled out because of a family emergency.
Each judge ranked their five favorites in order, and their ballots were used to pick Cameron as the winner. She was crowned by Miss America 2009 Katie Stam of Seymour, Ind.
Cameron won her state's title on her fourth try, and said she saw pageantry as a way to raise money and awareness for her platform issue, AIDS awareness.
She said the issue is personal for her because her uncle died of AIDS and her family fostered a young girl who lived with the disdease.
She was recognized by Congress in 2007 for her work to bring instant-result HIV testing to her home state.
During the Miss Virginia pageant last year, Cameron was asked her opinion about gay marriage, the same issue Miss California Carrie Prejean was asked about during the Miss USA pageant two months earlier.
Cameron said she believed marriage should be between a man and woman because of her religious beliefs, but she didn't think there should be laws against gay marriage.
When the judges' decision in that pageant came, Cameron said she experienced a quiet moment onstage.
"'Thy will be done,' That's what I kept saying," she said. "Thy will be done."
The crowning of a Miss America began in 1921 as a publicity stunt to persuade tourists on Atlantic City's Boardwalk to stick around after Labor Day.
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