For the next few days the world turns it’s attention to Cannes, the resort town on the French Riviera as the International Film Festival gets underway. And all the reviews of this year’s gorgeous re carpet looks made me just a wee bit nostalgic about some of my favorite looks from last May.
Monday night’s annual celebration of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute’s Met Gala 2017 marked one of the highlights of New York City’s spring time festivities.
Often marked by some of the most daring and albeit stunning gowns and silhouettes; everyone remembers Rihanna at the 2015 Gala, Beyonce’s latex gown at last year’s red carpet and who could forget Kim K at 2013’s event; the annual Gala serves as one of the museum’s biggest fundraising events and is typically the grand opening of the annual design exhibit.
Last night one of the biggest nights in Hollywood kicked off this year’s award season in grand style. The 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards, put on by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and Dick Clark Productions, honored some of the best film, music and American Television.
Last night musicians and celebrities alike gathered the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada for the annual Billboard Music Awards ceremony. The evening hosted by rapper Ludacris and Singer Ciara was a momentous occasion for many with rapper, The Week’nd earning the most nominations with twenty nods and pop superstar Britney Spears receiving the Billboard Millennium Award.
Last night, the 88th annual Academy Awards presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences kicked off at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California. The ceremony hosted by actor/comedian Chris Rock honored the best films of 2015.
Much like the ceremony last year, this year’s show has been plagued with complaints about the Academy’s lack of diversity in it’s panel of judges and nominees, prompting many actors to opt out of the evening’s festivities, including one of the night’s honorees, screenwriter, director/producer Spike Lee.
Return of one of my TV faves- TvLand’s younger in one of my newest blog additions, Ready. Set. Record.
An important #FunFactFriday about the importance of Blood Donation in honor of Blood Donation Awareness Month and sharing a few interesting facts for any of you who would be interested in getting involved.
On Demand Tv is In – with streaming services killing the nominations at the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards. Ratings numbers are through the roof and Netflix, with a line-up of more than 20+ original shows due out this year alone, and let’s not forget Hulu and Amazon Tv doing their thing, cable may soon be obsolete. Hint, HBO has already gotten onboard with the idea of being a solely streaming service.
Taraji P. Henson’s won big at the Golden Globes becoming the third African American Woman to win the Award for BEst Actress in a TV Drama;
Shameless is back and well – more shameless than ever with more crazy off the wall antics and plot lines than one can even begin to imagine!
Elle‘s Women in Television honors some of the hottest names on the small screen right now, Taraji, Viola, Priyanka, Olivia (Wilde), Julia.
Sam Smith won the Golden Globe award for Best at the 73rd Annual award show celebration.
For all you Music Festival fans the official Coachella Artist List is out and tickets are already on sale!
Festival junkies rejoice as the 2016 Governor’s Ball artist list is out!
Music Superstar David Bowie passed away this week at the age of 69 after a battle with liver cancer. May his talents and music will always live on.
The Revenant finally took up speed at the top of the box office list last weekend beating out Star Wars: The Force Awakens which had sat at the top since it’s December 18th release. This momentum could only see improvements after Leonardo Di Caprio’s win at the Golden Globes – and now 12 Oscar nods, including Best Picture, Best Director (Alejandro González Iñárritu), Best Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio), and Best Supporting Actor (Tom Hardy), but this is an exceptional hold.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens has fallen to the third place in this weekends box office listing but this comes after 5 weeks running strong and in the wake of The Revenant‘s big wins and nods. That however has no effect on it’s earnings though as the film has hit $1 billion overseas and is aimed at grossing ~ $2 billion worldwide, so no worries!
JLo keeps it young and fresh on the February cover of Instyle magazine and tells of some of her secrets to her continued youth, happiness and success.
With all the controversy and debate around #BlackGirlMagic – from Elle‘s (maybe ill-advised feauture article “Here’s My Problem with #BlackGirlMagic” by Dr. Linda Chavers and Ashley Ford’s rebuttal “There is Nothing Wrong with Black Girl Magic” for the same publication), to the twitter comments and “conversations”, Essence magazine chose to emphasize the hashtag’s significance to Black culture by highlighting some of the awesome black girls who are currently being great!
p.s.don’t miss Amandla Stenberg with her #BlackGirlMagic on the cover of Teen Vogue.
January is Glaucoma Awareness Month. Get Educated. Get checked. Know your family history. Protect your eyes.
Twitter users now able to view periscope videos without leaving app. So yea for catching up on all the cute videos in the world you love to see.
So finally those Hedi Slimane rumors can be put to rest – earlier this year the rumor mill was abuzz with news that Creative Director for the Fashion Houe, Saint laurent was leaving the company – however that has since been debunked.
Stella Mcartney celebrated with her Pre-Fall 2016 bash where celebrities were out in their numbers, and featured live performances by Pink and even Johnny Depp, showing off his musical chops;
There was a new twitter movement trying to convince all French individuals to wear yamakas in a show of solidarity against anti-semitism.
Jason-3, a U.S. – European Satellite has launched from California and will measure the shape of the global sea surface to an accuracy of better than 4cm. It will also track currents, tides, winds, wave heights, and will help forecast the intensity of storms. But with a new mission of also maintaining the reference data-set on sea-level rise as a response to continued Global warming. Thus far it shows the world’s oceans to be rising at more than 3mm per year!
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This week, January 11th marked the recognition of Human Trafficking Awareness Day. This day served as a reminder to the world about the statistics surrounding one of the most notorious illegal trades.
You can now fly to Europe for less than $200 using Icelandic airliner Wow Air. Created by a former Silicon Valley techie all flights connecting to several major European cities go through Iceland. You can now take that Euro trip without breaking the bank. Your options for flying out of the U.S. and Canada are still pretty limited as flights only leave from Boston, Washington, Toronto and Montreal, and now Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Happy 52nd to First Lady Michelle Obama!
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A Look Ahead
Tomorrow, January 18th marks the commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s 87th birthday. The federal holiday is marked as a day of remembrance of the late religious and civil rights leader’s legacy and contributions to American History.
Hope you guys are enjoying the long weekend, and hope you have a fulfilling and productive week.
Last night, marked the celebration of the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards. The award show held at the The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California was broadcast live and honored the best in film and American television for the year 2015. Hosted by British comedian Ricky Gervais nominees and their guests were entertained by uncanny and witty – sometimes albeit crass humor by the entertainer as well as many of the presenters.
But before the nominees got to enjoy their evening of dining and hob-knobbing with their industry counterparts they took to the red carpet in their numbers and in awesome splendor. Here are some of my favorites of the evening.
Let’s not forget the evening’s gentlemen who were mighty dapper themselves;
For some it was a family affair;
Or a glitzy date night;
And then the evening began, but not without some shockers:
Rosie Huntington-Whitely is engaged to British actor – official hulligan, bad guy – Jason Stratham. Take a peak at the sparkler that sparked all the buzz;
On Demand Tv Dominated -Three out of four nominations in the Best Drama Series category are from on-line streaming services Netflix (Mr Robot and Narcos) and Amazon Prime, (Outlander).
Returning online returning favorites across the various categories; Orange is the New Black, House of Cards, Transparent; was also markedly increased. (not really a shocker)
America Ferrera and Eva Longoria started some hollywood buzz of their own – the ladies had a little fun with the media mixing up their names during their presenters’ speech:
“Hi, I’m Eva Longoria, not Eva Mendes.”
“And hi, I’m America Ferrera, not Gina Rodriguez.”
Two big face offs between some of Hollywood’s greats – Helen Mirren vs. Kate Winslet – two of Britain’s best-loved actresses have been nominated in the Best Actress: Motion Picture category for their performances of characters based on real people, whilst Eddie Redmayne vs. Leonardo Di Caprio went head to head in the Best Actor: Motion Picture category. Other nominees in the categories are: for Best Actress: Motion Picture – Jane Fonda, for Youth, Jennifer Jason Lee, for The Hateful Eight and The Danish Girl’s Alicia Vikander; and for Best Actor: Motion Picture – Bryan Cranston, for Trumbo; Michael Fassbender, for Jobs; and Will Smith, for the forthcoming The American Can.
BFFs Amy Schumer and J-Law were reunited on stage as presenters, some what disappointed not identically styled by Dior. Lol.
Denzel Washington receives Cecil B. DeMille Award which honors extraordinary contributions to the entertainment world. He was joined on stage by his wife and 3 of his 4 kids. Making him the third black actor to receive the prestigious DeMille Award.
Taraji P Henson becomes third woman to win the award for Best Actress in a TV Drama – and in true Cookie fashion she gave cookies to everyone – her treat. After waiting 20 years for the honor she was not going to be rushed in her acceptance speech either.
And now, the full round up of all of the night’s winners:
Best actor in a TV series, comedy Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent” (Amazon)
Aziz Ansari, “Master of None” (Netflix)
Rob Lowe, “The Grinder” (Fox)
Patrick Stewart, “Blunt Talk” (Starz)
Gael Garcia Bernal, “Mozart in the Jungle” (Amazon)
Best screenplay — motion picture “Spotlight” Aaron Sorkin, “Steve Jobs”
“The Hateful Eight”
“The Big Short”
Best supporting actor in a motion picture Sylvester Stallone, “Creed”
Idris Elba, “Beasts of No Nation”
Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies”
Michael Shannon, “99 Homes”
Paul Dano, “Love and Mercy”
Best animated feature film “Anomalisa” “Inside Out”
“The Good Dinosaur”
“Shaun the Sheep Movie”
“The Peanuts Movie”
Best actor in a motion picture comedy/musical Matt Damon, “The Martian”
Steve Carell, “The Big Short”
Al Pacino, “Danny Collins”
Mark Ruffalo, “Infinitely Polar Bear”
Christian Bale, “The Big Short”
Best actor in a TV series, drama Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan” (Showtime)
Wagner Moura, “Narcos” (Netflix)
Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul” (AMC)
Rami Malek, “Mr. Robot” (USA) Jon Hamm, “Mad Men” (AMC)
Best original score — motion picture “Carol”
“The Danish Girl”
“The Revenant” Ennio Morricone, “The Hateful Eight”
Best supporting actor in a series, limited series or TV movie Damian Lewis, “Wolf Hall” (CBS) Christian Slater, “Mr. Robot” (USA)
Alan Cumming, “The Good Wife” (CBS)
Ben Mendelsohn, “Bloodline” (Netflix)
Tobias Menzies, “Outlander” (Starz)
Best actor in a TV movie or limited series Oscar Isaac, “Show Me a Hero” (HBO)
Patrick Wilson, “Fargo” (FX)
Idris Elba, “Luther” (BBC America)
David Oyelowo, “Nightingale” (HBO)
Mark Rylance, “Wolf Hall” (PBS)
Best TV movie or limited series “Fargo” (FX)
“American Crime” (ABC)
“American Horror Story: Hotel” (FX) “Wolf Hall” (PBS)
“Flesh and Bone” (Starz)
Best TV series, comedy “Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)
“Silicon Valley” (HBO)
“Casual” (Hulu) “Mozart in the Jungle” (Amazon)
Best actress in a TV series, comedy Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep” (HBO)
Gina Rodriguez, “Jane the Virgin” (CW)
Lily Tomlin, “Grace & Frankie” (Netflix)
Jamie Lee Curtis, “Scream Queens” (Fox) Rachel Bloom, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (CW)
Best supporting actress in a series, limited series or TV movie Regina King, “American Crime” (ABC)
Uzo Aduba, “Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)
Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey” (PBS) Maura Tierney, “The Affair” (Showtime)
Judith Light, “Transparent” (Amazon)
Best supporting actress in a motion picture Kate Winslet, “Steve Jobs”
Jennifer Jason Leigh, “The Hateful Eight”
Jane Fonda, “Youth”
Alicia Vikander, “Ex Machina”
Helen Mirren, “Trumbo”
Best motion picture, drama “Spotlight”
“Carol” “The Revenant”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
Best motion picture comedy/musical “Joy” “The Martian”
“The Big Short”
Best actor in a motion picture, drama Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”
Eddie Redmayne, “The Danish Girl”
Michael Fassbender, “Steve Jobs”
Will Smith, “Concussion”
Bryan Cranston, “Trumbo”
Best actress in a motion picture, drama Brie Larson, “Room”
Saoirse Ronan, “Brooklyn”
Cate Blanchett, “Carol”
Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl”
Rooney Mara, “Carol”
Best actress in a motion picture comedy/musical Jennifer Lawrence, “Joy”
Amy Schumer, “Trainwreck”
Lily Tomlin, “Grandma”
Melissa McCarthy, “Spy”
Maggie Smith, “The Lady in the Van”
Best director — motion picture Ridley Scott, “The Martian” Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, “The Revenant”
Tom McCarthy, “Spotlight”
Todd Haynes, “Carol”
George Miller, “Mad Max: Fury Road”
Best original song “One Kind of Love,” “Love & Mercy”
“Simple Song #3,” “Youth”
“See You Again,” “Furious 7” -Wiz Khalifa
“Love Me Like You Do,” “50 Shades of Grey” “Writing’s on the Wall,” “Spectre” – Sam Smith
Best foreign language film “Son of Saul”
“Brand New Testament”
Best TV series, drama “Empire” (Fox) “Mr. Robot” (USA)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
Best actress in a TV series, drama Taraji P. Henson, “Empire” (Fox)
Viola Davis, “How to Get Away With Murder” (ABC)
Robin Wright, “House of Cards” (Netflix)
Caitriona Balfe, “Outlander” (Starz)
Eva Green, “Penny Dreadful” (Showtime)
Best actress in a TV movie or limited series Queen Latifah, “Bessie” (HBO)
Felicity Huffman, “American Crime” (ABC) Lady Gaga, “American Horror Story: Hotel” (FX)
Sarah Hay, “Flesh and Bone” (Starz)
Kirsten Dunst, “Fargo” (FX)
Hope you guys enjoyed this recap. Are you looking for the SAG Awards later on this month? I know I am.
Last night celebrities and donors alike flocked to the New York City Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2015 charity Met Gala, one of the most epic nights in fashion.
The Met Gala, formally called the Costume Institute Gala and also known as the Met Ball, is an annual fundraising gala for the New York City Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. It marks the grand opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit. Each year’s event celebrates the theme of that year’s Costume Institute exhibition, which sets the tone for the formal dress guest are expected to choose for the evening as their fashion to match the theme of the exhibit. Following the event, the exhibition runs for several months. Attended by personalities from the arts, fashion, high-society, film and music, the Gala is widely regarded as one of the most exclusive social events in New York and one of the biggest fundraising nights in the city. The affair has been held at the Met since 1946 and is considered to be the fashion industry’s premier annual red carpet event.
Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine and chair of the event since 1995, oversees both the benefit committee and the guest list.
This year’s theme, “China: Through the Looking Glass” is dedicated to Chinese fashion. The inspiration for this year’s theme was drawn from the spring 2015 Costume Institute of the same name. It showcases Chinese art and rare artifacts as well as garments (dresses interpreting Chinese designs) from Western designers like John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Laurence Xu, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Tom Ford. The exhibit which incorporates paintings, decorative arts, and filmic representations of China is quite possibly the biggest the museum has ever put together!