Will Madonna’s W.E. be a Winner?

W.E. (2011), schedule for limited release starting February 3rd, 2012 is Madonna’s new project. She directed the film and wrote the screenplay with Alek Keshishian.  W.E. tells the story of two women, Wally Winthrop and Wallis Simpson, that are fragile but determined.

The original song “Masterpiece” she wrote with James Harry won the 2012 Golden Globe for Best Original Song – Motion Picture. However, reviews for the film have been largely negative. Xan Brooks, writing for the guardian wrote that Madonna’s direction is “so all over the shop that it barely qualifies as direction at all” and that the film was “extraordinarily silly, preening [and] fatally mishandled.”

A new trailer has just been released for the movie, allowing us to take a closer look. What do you think?



Cool App of the Week: Cocktail Flow


This week, instead of featuring a fab drink to kick off your much anticipated weekend, we’re introducing you to the coolest app of the week–one that will help you become a bit more creative with your spirits, in every sense of the word.

It’s called Cocktail Flow by Distinction Ltd and may prove to be a weekend obsession come Saturday night.

Here are the details from the app store:

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Cocktail Flow

Browse, find and discover cocktails with a continuously growing collection of drinks.

The application features beautifully presented recipes and identifies cocktails that can be made from ingredients in your bar. It also gives suggestions on what ingredients to buy next to make additional delicious cocktails.

Key features

  • Amazing photography
  • Select what drinks you have at hand, and it will automatically show you which cocktails you can make
  • Shopping suggestions to maximize the amount of cocktails you can make
  • Special themed packages like New Years, Christmas, Valentine’s day and St Patrick’s day
  • Detailed guides to help you through the process of making amazing cocktails

The application is regularly updated with new cocktail recipes, the latest ones added include several themed drinks


  • Compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (4th generation), iPad 2 Wi-Fi, and iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G.Requires iOS 5.0 or later.

It’s free! Download here.

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2012 Golden Globes Winners and Their Red Carpet Looks

Winning the category of BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA for his role in “The Descendants,” actor George Clooney poses backstage in the press room with his Golden Globe Award at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA on Sunday, January 15, 2012

Winning the category of BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA for his role in “The Descendants,” actor George Clooney poses backstage in the press room with his Golden Globe Award at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA on Sunday, January 15, 2012

This is our second and final day of coverage of the 2012 Golden Globes.  Yesterday we  discussed the glamorous hairstyles  that graced the red carpet. Today we’re showing the fabulous dresses donned by the Golden Globe winners.  Instead of us doing the dirty work, why don’t you decide which stars matched their acting skills to their fashion.  Tell us in the comments who was your favorite dressed winning celebrity.

OK, we can’t resist.  One of our most favorite red carpet looks are that Claire Danes and George Clooney.  Now, spill your beans below.

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Beauty: We Loved These 5 Red Carpet Hairstyles at the Golden Globes

Michelle Williams, Charlize Theron (in Cartier) and Busy Philipps at the golden globes hair trends

Michelle Williams, Charlize Theron and Busy Philipps at the 2012 Golden Globe Awards

The Golden Globes happened last Sunday (in case you’ve been living under a rock) and naturally everyone immediately always talks about the dresses (and we’ll talk tons tomorrow, so stay tuned!), but what about the one single detail that either make or break the dress?

I’m sure we can all agree that having a hot messy hairstyle will ruin the most ravishing of couture dresses.

So on that note… here are 5 GORGEOUS red carpet hairstyles we loved.  These dos didn’t outshine the dress, some were styled just to look clean and tamed,  others did their job by simply complimenting the entire look.

Our favorite hairstyle of the night was actually a red carpet trend! In the image above you’ll find some of Hollywood’s beautiful ladies donning headbands.  Michelle Williams in a vintage Fred Leighton for Forevermark headband, Charlize Theron in a blinged out Cartier headband and Busy Philipps in a simple, yet feminine slither of a headband.

Paula Patton at the 2012 Golden Globe Awards

Paula Patton at the 2012 Golden Globe Awards

Paula Patton went for a very a girly, traditional do. “I envisioned a style with the sophisticated sexiness of Brigitte Bardot,” hairstylist Robert Steinken told PEOPLE of the cascading waves look he created.  He used Morrocanoil Frizz Control on Paula’s damp tresses before making a center part, pulling hair back close to the sides of her head and creating spirals with a one-inch curling iron.

Nicole Richie at the 2012 Golden Globe Awards

Nicole Richie at the 2012 Golden Globe Awards

This hairstyle may have had to grown on some people before they started to actually “love” it. It’s a different yet classic take on the otherwise common ponytail.  Nicole wore sections of hair from her temples pinned back to create a pretty steep bump–if she had added one more inch, she would’ve been channeling the Jersey Shore.  BUT she didn’t, so she doesn’t.  It’s more old Holywood than anything.

Claire Danes at the 2012 Golden Globe Awards

Claire Danes at the 2012 Golden Globe Awards

Claire Danes wore a gorgeous statement dress whose party was on the backside.  Therefore, she went with a simple hairstyle that just acted as a backdrop to her sensational look. To soften the geometric neckline of her J. Mendel dress Claire went for a soft, feminine bun. The look was secured with only two hair pins, says her stylist Peter Butler.

Salma Hayek in Guuci at the 2012 Golden Globe Awards

Salma Hayek at the 2012 Golden Globe Awards

Salma Hayek wow’d, us as usual, with her plump knockers, but it was her art deco inspired dress by Gucci that actually stole the show. Her sultry curves worked the dress beautifully, but it was her hair that helped complete the look.  Stylist Robert Vetica  achieved perfect waves with the help of a half-inch curling iron and extensions.

Let us know which is your favorite!  You can view more Golden Globe red carpet hairstyles over at People StyleWatch.

OMG of the Day: The Fly Named After Beyoncé

Beyonce at the 81st Annual Academy Awards. Fly named after her, beyoncae

Beyoncé in a body-con dress featuring glam golden abs. at the 81st Annual Academy Awards. Credit: Armando Flores / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Who said the title of the all time, flyest diva was only meant for the human lady that is as artistic as she is demanding? Not this quite clever CSIRO researcher.  Behold, a fly discovered over thirty years ago and her glamorous golden lower abdomen–beyoncae.

Bryan Lessard, the scientist responsible for all this frenzy decidedly named this fly Scaptia (Plinthina) beyoncae because  the fly’s brilliant gold color makes it the “all time diva of flies”.

Fly beyoncae, named after Beyoncé

Meet beyoncae, the fly named after Beyoncé. How about THEM abs.

He adds,

“It was the unique dense golden hairs on the fly’s abdomen that led me to name this fly in honour of the performer Beyoncé as well as giving me the chance to demonstrate the fun side of taxonomy – the naming of species”.

Fun indeed!

But it’s not just the radiant sexy abs that his fly has in common with the newest mommy to hit the tabloid radar, beyoncae’s species happens to have been collected in 1981, the same year Beyoncé was born.

Now, if that doesn’t make you go OMG…

Picture of the Day: Lara Stone for the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Ad Campaign

Lara Stone for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week ad campaign photographed by Alex Prager

The fashion season of runway shows, fashionistas, hot designers, and all the celebrities who love them kicks of January 18, 2012 with Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin.  We will of course keep you posted on some of favorite happenings through January, but for now, here is our favorite image of the week.

For this week’s Picture of the Day, we bring you the key visual from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week ad campaign starring top model Lara Stone in Calvin Klein Collection, photographed by American photographer and filmmaker, Alex Prager. The campaign titled A/W 2012 Icons of Style will be exhibited on billboards, TV promos, and within the famous tents throughout the fashion capitals of world which are playing host to the season’s fashion weeks.  The A/W 2012 Icons of Style key visual is the latest in a stunning series of outstanding visuals celebrating the unique combination of design and style that is Mercedes-Benz.

Here is the story behind A/W 2012 Icons of Style, courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

A beautiful woman stands alone in the desert, suitcases in hand. Yet in this 21st century update on classic Film Noir, the blonde is her own getaway driver, outpacing a tornado in a sleek SL Roadster by Mercedes-Benz.
The American photographer and filmmaker, Alex Prager, is known for creating surreal and enigmatic movie moments inspired by cinematic legends like Frederico Fellini and David Lynch. Yet in her versions – heady with mystery, lust and desire – the woman is in control.

Dutch supermodel, Lara Stone plays the update on the Hitchcockian blonde, a strong protagonist who overcomes loneliness and fear. This inner strength is underscored by a timeless and elegant dress worn by Lara Stone and designed by Calvin Klein Collection’s Women’s Creative Director, Francisco Costa.

The SL Roadster featured in the latest Mercedes-Benz Icon of Style campaign, combines technical innovation with sleek sportiness and classic luxury and reinterprets the legendary Mercedes-Benz classic of the 1950s for today.
Of her enigmatic images for the A/W 2012 Mercedes-Benz Icons of Style, Alex Prager said she chose cinematic greats as her Icons of Style. “I constantly reference Fellini characters and Hitchcock as well,” said Prager.

Lara Stone commented, “It’s an honor to work with Mercedes-Benz on a project like this. Both the Mercedes-Benz and Calvin Klein Collection brands represent great luxury and timeless elegance and it was a really unique experience.”

Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at the photo shoot:

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Hot Topic: VOGUE Italia’s January 2012 Cover + QVC Style Shoot


The recent reveal of the January 2012 cover of VOGUE Italia has stirred up a bit of commotion in the fashion media. The cover features a fun parody on home shopping networks, titled “The collections on IVC”.

Shot by renowned fashion photog Steven Meisel, the spread (and shoot) features top models Caroline Trentini and Daria Strokous donning  the must-have looks for 2012 on a faux cable channel.

Ready to buy? According to the cover, you only have nineteen minutes and six seconds to snag all that gorgeous white Chanel.

Here is a sneak peek at the spread. You can view all the images over at VOGUE Italia.  Below, you will find a behind-the-scenes look at the photo-shoot. Enjoy!

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