Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Sophie Sumner in Beauty in Vogue (2012)

Sorry for the late post but I've just found Sophie Sumner's 'Beauty in Vogue' spread which we saw being shot on the last episode of cycle 18. Shot by Jez Smith, the spread was shot in Macau and features Sumner's raw natural beaty. I wish her pink hair was slightly more saturated, at least a hint more for a pop of colour, but nonetheless it looks great.

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Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Soap Bubble Planets by Jason Tozer

Photographer Jason Tozer creates fascinating imagery resembling other worldly planets by just using soap bubbles and a camera. With a reflective dome of perspex, the surface of the bubble is lit and the swirls/patterns are created by blowing onto it. 

The results are beautiful and mystifying. I'd love to see more of them!

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Monday, 19 November 2012

Kelly Clarkson 'Greatest Hits-Chapter One' Album Review

After five hit albums, the most successful American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson releases her first greatest hits album. With 9 US Top 10 hits (3 of which were No 1s) and all her albums gaining top 3 spots, this is adequately named 'Chapter One', with hopefully many more albums of great tracks to come.

I'm personally not a fan of the album cover- but features almost a recreation of her trademark 'Breakaway' album face and simply styling. I guess it's her most iconic picture so it is appropriate.

The album features 17 tracks, 4 of which are new.

1. Since U Been Gone
2. My Life Would Suck Without You
3. Miss Independent
5. Behind These Hazel Eyes
6. Because of You
7. Never Again
8. Already Gone
10. Breakaway
11. Don't You Wanna Stay (ft. Jason Aldean)
12. Walk Away
13. Catch My Breath
15. Don't Rush
16. A Moment Like This
17. I'll be Home for Christmas

The album starts with Kelly's smash hit 'Since U Been Gone' which is also my favourite song of hers EVER, followed by other explosive pop rock tracks such as 'My Life Would Suck Without You' and 'Behind These Hazel Eyes'.

Softer tracks 'Because of You', 'Already Gone' and 'Breakaway' float in the middle in limbo, but remind us that behind the shouty power-vocals of Clarkson, there is a soft side- and it's musically splendid.

Sunday, 18 November 2012

'To The Power Of' Exhibition by Jen Stark


Jen Stark, one of my favourite artists, has a new exhibition in LA titled 'To The Power Of', where she captures our eye once again with colourful paper sculptures. This time, there is an element of playing with scale with her 'micro' series, but the much loved rainbow cut sculptures remain.

However, Stark revealed a new piece called 'Prismatic Radiation' where a single piece of card is cut into a pattern, overlayed on a painted surface, creating a refreshing exploration into other methods. I reallly wish I could see her work in person!! Someone buy me a ticket to LA? :D

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Saturday, 17 November 2012

'Now You See Me' Film Trailer Preview

The trailer to upcoming illusionist heist movie 'Now You See Me' has been released. 

With an all star cast including Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Mark Ruffalo, the film sees magicians rob banks during their show and funnels it into the audience's bank accounts.

Detective played by Mark Ruffalo is determined to stop them before their biggest heist yet. 

Sounds interesting? Certainly. The film reminds me of 'The Prestige' with some of their elements but has the slick nature of an Oceans' movie. The film will be out Summer 2013. Check out the trailer below:

America's Next Top Model Cycle 19 Episode 12 (FINALE) Recap

Has it been a cycle already? It's the finale of cycle 19 and one of the remaining three girls will be crowned America's Next Top Model. Will it be Laura? Leila? or Kiara?

This episode starts with the strangest change of tone ever where Tyra introduces the runway finale and the haunted house... it has that same feel as Cycle 17's live first panel. :/ it's strange showing the finale runway before everything else that happens?

Oh wait... and now we cut to the girls doing their Nine West shoot... urgh. So the girls are in the colourful streets of Jamaica in colourful clothes, wearing Nine West heels. Laura's first and looks stunning btw, only for her shoot to be sabotaged by Kelly Cutrone and Jez Smith who have a verbal war in the middle of her shoot. It was pretty hilarious and probably done for more drama anyway but still, good entertainment- you can always rely on Kelly to stir things up on set!

Leila doesn't do very well on her shoot- it's definitely more commercial and so she is quite awkward and there isn't much variety in her posing.

Kiara doesn't do much in her shoot either and receives negative critique from Johnny, BUT BUT BUT I have a feeling the editing is playing with us, so right now, I think either Laura or Kiara will win. Hehehe.

Back at the fashion show, the girls look stunning in Amato haute couture gowns. But before we see them walk, we have to 'take a look' at their Nylon photo shoot as well.

Laura looked great, Kiara was ok and Leila was playful (most Nylon according to the director). They then get a surprise visit from their family members.

Now it's time for the finale runway. I can't say it enough but the dresses do look AMAZING!!!

Laura looked great but her walk seemed stumpy and slow- maybe cos she can't see the runway!!

Kiara probably had the best runway walk but her face is covered too much.

Leila also looked great but fell during her entrance on the steps which broke her and her walk was awful (not that it was great to begin with but still...) and on her way off, she also tumbled... OUCH.

Kelly looked disgusted in the audience and I'm sure she'll rip into her at panel.

Brittany also looked great in her dress. 

Both Laura and Kiara looked great in the second look but WOW LEILA- her outfit and styling was phenomenal. She also didn't fall this time around which was good :)

SERIOUSLY STUNNING. That is the look of a real top model at the end of the runway.

At panel, the judges will decide who will be the winner but the average of the previous scores will 'help' that decision.

Kiara was praised for her runway walk whilst the other two had critiques. Kelly was angry at Leila and said she would not cast her in a show.

Leila's Nine West shot was deemed the best, followed by Laura. The judges will be giving the girls a score based on the whole competition, added to the other score averages to determine this cycle's winner.

I seriously have no idea who will win. Nylon loves Leila, who also has the best Ninewest ad. Those are the 'real' campaigns that are going to be published, and she rocked them both. She doesn't have a great runway, but she doesn't need to- she can be a print model or whatever.

Kiara has a strong runway walk and one or two good pictures but I don't think she should win, though she's been given the improvement edit and could potentially win since she's basically Angelea 2.0

And as for Laura, she's been so strong at the beginning and getting so many great pictures but slipped towards the end, and her runway was average. But she is definitely more well rounded than the other two. 

Who will win?

'The Heat' Film Trailer Preview

The trailer to 'The Heat' has just been released. Sandra Bullock's first movie in two years (since Oscar nominated 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close') sees her as an uptight FBI agent paired with a no-rules police officer, played by Melissa McCarthy.

Whilst this isn't some big budget action comedy, it shows a new side to Bullock as an actress and her return to comedy is welcome. I'm sure there will be some laughs in this movie but I'm not expecting it to be a phenomenal film. Given Bullock accepted the role in any case should give an indication that it can't be half bad, right?

'The Heat' will be released April 2013. Check out the trailer below:

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

'River Runs Dry' by Roxanne Emery

A new acoustic video from Roxanne Emery has been released by 1Take.TV. I was so bummed I couldn't go  to the second headline tour at Bush Hall, which featured many new songs which will be featured in the upcoming debut album to be released in 2013.

One such song is titled 'River Runs Dry' which is performed here acoustically. It sounds great and contains all the elements of a Roxanne Emery song- Having heard some recordings from the concert (Build a Home and Highwire sounded amazing), I can't wait for this album!!

Check out the video below:

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Keira Knightley in Allure Magazine (Dec 2012)

Keira Knightley covers the December issure of Allure Magazine. Shot by Mario Testino, the Brit actress is in yet another sensual spread, and she speaks about it too- her responses are hilarious:

On dealing with extreme Photoshop renderings:
"I was only angry when they were really droopy. For ‘King Arthur,’ for a poster, they gave me these really strange droopy t**s. If you’re going to make me fantasy breasts, at least make perky breasts."

On filming nude scenes:
"I'm quite rigorous about what gets exposed. No bottom half! I don't mind exposing my t*ts because they're so small -- people really aren't that interested."

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'The Host' Film Trailer Preview

The trailer to 'The Host', upcoming film adaptation from the novel by Stephanie Meyer, has just been released. Starring Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger, Max Irons and Jake Abel, the film tells of a future world where humans bodies have been taken control of by an extra-terrestrial force.

It appears that Saoirse Ronan's character is one such possessed human and it tears her from her love, played by Max Irons. I only hope that the trailer is representative of the movie as it looks great, full of action and sci-fi themes, and not like Twilight... It also reminds me a bit of 'Hanna' where Ronan also takes on an action role.

The film will be out March 2013. Check out the trailer below:

'Les Miserables' Cast in US Vogue (Dec 2012)

The December issue of Vogue features the cast of highly anticipated movie adaptation of 'Les Miserables'. Shot by Annie Leibovitz, the shoot is almost like screen captures as the cast, which includes Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Amanda Seyfried and Helena Bonham Carter.

'Les Miserables' will be released in December in the US, but sadly for the UK, early 2013.

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Monday, 12 November 2012

Taylor Swift wins at the MTV EMAs (European Music Awards 2012)Tayu

Taylor Swift won three awards at last night's EMAs, including BEST FEMALE, BEST LIVE and BEST LOOK. The 'We are never ever getting back together' star looked phenomenal in a silver J. Mendel gown. She later performed her #1 single. Other winners included Justin Bieber and Carly Rae Jepsen.

Swift's latest album 'RED' has topped the US albums chart for a second week.

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Sunday, 11 November 2012

Allison Harvard in Bello Magazine by Mau Mauricio


Allison Harvard is featured in Bello Magazine. Shot by Mau Mauricio, the ANTM All-Star looks phenomenal in 'hippie' style clothes for the spread, titled 'Hippie Trail'.

Check out LOTS more images below:

Rhianna Atwood for Beauty Channel Barcelona by Ivan Aguirre


Rhianna Atwood is featured in another shoot by Ivan Aguirre (check out the previous stunning shoot the two did together here), this time in a stunning and edgy high fashion styling. 

The clothes, hair and make up all work for Atwood, who posed as a cactus for her ANTM audition- simply stunning.

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Rhianna Atwood by Claudia Susana

Rhianna Atwood, the quirky awkward girl from Cycle 15 of ANTM, appears in a beautiful fairytale-esque shoot by Claudia Susana, opposite Simon Lohmeyer of Paragon Models. 

Check out the rest of the shoot below:

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Scarlett Johansson in V Magazine (Nov 2012)


Scarlett Johansson covers the November issue of V magazine. The 'Avengers' star speaks of her role in the upcoming 'Hitchcock' movie where she plays Janet Leigh and reinacts the iconic shower scene. 

Johansson is currently filming 'Under the Skin' in which she stars as a man devouring alien as well as 'Don Juan's addiction' opposite 'Looper' star Joseph Gordon Levitt. For those of you that loved her as Black Widow, she will reprise her role in the upcoming Captain America sequel: Winter Soldier scheduled for 2014 and potentially the sequel to The Avengers in 2015.

More photos from this spread to come!

America's Next Top Model Cycle 19 Episode 11 Recap

OK So I think Laura is going home... given her edit so far at the beginning of the episode. The girls each share a bit about what it means to them to win in a very choreographed opening.

The girls' first challenge is to produce a holiday commercial for Jamaica with 15 seconds of dialogue before having to ride on a horse on the beach. 

Laura struggled to begin with at first, but managed to pull out a good commercial and a nice personal touch at the end. Leila, after being smacked by a dolphin last week was apprehensive about the horses and on her first take the horse freaked out a little and Leila broke down, but her second take was personal and flawless.

Nastasia forgot all her lines and delivered a flat performance. Kiara couldn't stop swearing in her first take but managed to do well in her second.

In the end, the winner of the challenge is Kiara... umm... what? I thought Leila/Laura would win!!

The challenge scores are:

I thought Leila did much better than that- given the editing- her second take was breathtaking! Fixed? Or...

The girls photo shoot this week sees them shoot for the 'Dream Come True' fragrance print ad, the winner's ad will be printed. The girls will be in the Jamaican ocean with a large bottle of Dream Come True.

Nastasia gave variety on her shoot and looked great whilst Leila looked nervous and a bit like a wreck. She looked stiff but hopefully has a few good shots towards the end.

Kiara looked great but it felt a bit fake- all the smiles and the poses... very commercial. Laura was too sexy in her shoot for the fragrance- I thought she looked great but whatever.

At panel, Kelly critiques Leila for being too sexy yet gives her an 8- Tyra and Rob both think it's just the right amount and gives her an 8 and 9. 

Kiara gets a 7,8,9 even though her picture was gorgeous. She's still probably going to get first call out though.

Kelly loves Nastasia's photo but Rob and Tyra think she doesn't appeal to the target audience. She gets a 7,8,9 which is one less than Leila and therefore is likely to go home. :(

Laura gets a 7,7,8 for being 'safe' and not really what they're looking for. She could potentially go home!! :W  I liked her picture more than Leila's tbh but her eyes were a bit sleepy.

In the end, the first girl called is...


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