Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Singer Miley Cyrus Elle UK Magazine

Miley Cyrus Elle UK Magazine

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Preteen Model Lily James by Marc Hom for Tatler January 2014

Lily James by Marc Hom for Tatler January 2014:

Preteen Model Lily James by Marc Hom for Tatler January 2014




Preteen Model Lily James by Marc Hom for Tatler January 2014


Preteen Model Lily James by Marc Hom for Tatler January 2014


Preteen Model Lily James by Marc Hom for Tatler January 2014


Preteen Model Lily James by Marc Hom for Tatler January 2014


Preteen Model Lily James by Marc Hom for Tatler January 2014


Preteen Model Lily James by Marc Hom for Tatler January 2014
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Friday, July 18, 2014

'Dronestagram' Photography Contest Gives A Drone's Eye View Of Planet Earth

'Dronestagram' Photography Contest Gives A Drone's Eye View Of Planet Earth: The future of photography seems increasingly dependent on the advancement of unconventional devices. Forget the SLR, photo nerds are eagerly developing new tools for smart phones, tablets and -- perhaps, not too surprisingly -- drones.



The first ever Drone Photography Competition recently launched, giving aerial imagery fanatics a reason to strap a camera to a remotely piloted aircraft and see where the wind takes them. Organized by Dronestagram, an online sharing space for drone enthusiasts, with support from National Geographic and GoPro, the contest handed out awards for Judge's Choice (1st, 2nd and 3rd place slots) as well as some crowd favorite trophies to the three most "liked" images on the site.



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1st Prize Winner: Capungaero




First place Judge's Choice went to Dendi Pratam, aka Capungaero, for his breathtaking shot of an eagle flying over Bali Barat National Park in Indonesia. Runner-up Jericho Saniel Lunario (Jericsaniel) submitted a portrait of inquisitive kids in the Philippines, while third placer Dominique Reginensi Reignier-Esery (Drone-cs) captured a sun-soaked photo of Annecy, France.



Dronestagram not only showcases beautiful aerial photography, it also provides geographic data and information on the photographers and their equipment, creating a social database for anyone interested in the genre. Popular equipment include the DJI Phantom drone fitted with a GoPro Hero 3 camera.



"Picking winners was a very difficult task especially because of the great quality of the photos that have been submitted," Dronestagram remarked on their site. "We tried to reward the photos that show the best the fantastic potential offered by drones in terms of image."



Check out a preview of the Drone Photography Competition winners and participants below. And head over to Dronestagram for more information.



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Ron Howard Is Making An Authorized Beatles Documentary

Ron Howard Is Making An Authorized Beatles Documentary: The long and winding road of Ron Howard's illustrious career has taken him to The Beatles. The Oscar winner will direct an authorized documentary about the Fab Four, with participation expected from Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison. (Ono Lennon and Harrison will represent their respective late husbands, John Lennon and George Harrison.) The untitled film will focus on The Beatles' touring years, which ended in 1966. Apple Corps Ltd., White Horse Pictures and Imagine Entertainment will produce the movie.



"I am excited and honored to be working with Apple and the White Horse team on this astounding story of these four young men who stormed the world in 1964," Howard said in a press release announcing the documentary. "Their impact on popular culture and the human experience cannot be exaggerated."



As noted by the press release, the project was first brought to Apple Corps by One Voice One World, and the company "has conducted extensive research around the globe, including inviting Beatles fans to send in clips of home movies and photos that they acquired during this extraordinary period." In keeping with those requests, the film's website includes a section that offers Beatles aficionados the opportunity to participate in the production process.



If you or someone you know has visual or audio materials that document the Beatles' live tours, we want to hear from you! We are looking for rare or unusual footage, photographs, and audio recordings, particularly those that highlight the fan experience -– what it was like to be a part of the frenzy.



If you have materials you believe belong in this film, please contact us using the form below.




This Beatles film is Howard's second documentary as a director. His first focused on Jay Z's Made In America festival.



For more on the film, head to beatlesliveproject.com. No release date has been set just yet.






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Lightning Strikes Empire State Building During Intense New York City Thunderstorm (PHOTO)

Lightning Strikes Empire State Building During Intense New York City Thunderstorm (PHOTO): Thunder shook New York City on Tuesday evening, and one talented photographer managed to catch the spectacular moment when a bolt of lightning struck the iconic Empire State Building.



William Anderson captured the photo with an iPhone 5s from a 40th floor balcony in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood and posted it to Instagram. The striking shot proves once again that some of the world's most beautiful photos can come from the smartphone in your pocket. Take a look.



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Catey Shaw's 'Brooklyn Girls' Is Katy Perry's 'California Gurls' Gone Gritty

Catey Shaw's 'Brooklyn Girls' Is Katy Perry's 'California Gurls' Gone Gritty: Move over, "California Gurls": Catey Shaw's "Brooklyn Girls" are here to take over.



Shaw's video, like Katy Perry's clip for her 2010 single, is a perfectly crafted pop confection. But the similarities stop there. Foregoing "daisy dukes" and "bikinis on top," Shaw opts instead to celebrate the strong, stylish women in her borough, highlighting their diversity and grit.



In an interview with The Huffington Post, Shaw described the beginning of her love affair with Brooklyn.



"I landed in Brooklyn a little over year ago and immediately noticed a difference in the residents, as well as a difference in myself," she said. "It's undoubtedly part of the New York City from the movies -- but has more of a neighborhood feel. If the city is four-on-the-floor, then Brooklyn is a syncopated kick drum. There's really just nothing like it."



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After she moved, the inspiration for the song came naturally.



"Jay Levine and I wrote this soon after I arrived," she said. "Everything in my life was sort of coming together: my mental state, my personal life, and my sound as an artist. We really wanted to pinpoint what it was that made me -- and the world -- love Brooklyn. As soon as we finished this song, everything we had been working on for the prior year made sense."



But the million dollar question for Shaw is this: What makes a Brooklyn Girl?



"There is no concrete definition of the Brooklyn Girl, although there's a concrete jungle full of them," she said. "I'm a Brooklyn Girl because I am self-made, confident and individual. Any girl that lives in Brooklyn -- whether born and raised or from halfway across the world -- can't make it without that signature Brooklyn attitude. [Brooklyn Girls] are a force to be reckoned with -- and they dress to kill. They pave their own paths."



The song has special meaning for Shaw, too.



"'Brooklyn Girls' allows me to be my own role model -- my own #wcw," she said (with a nod to Woman Crush Wednesday). "I hope other women can take that same attitude from it."



If you love Catey's sound, her upcoming record, "The Brooklyn EP," will be out on Sept. 9. You can preorder the EP on iTunes, and get "Brooklyn Girls" and "Revolution" instantly.


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Meet the 8 Artists You'd Never Guess Were in the Rock Hall (#3: Bruno Mars)

Meet the 8 Artists You'd Never Guess Were in the Rock Hall (#3: Bruno Mars):

Back in 1993, the NFL was looking for a way to better keep viewers tuned into the Super Bowl during halftime and into the game's second half. The solution? Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee and King of Pop Michael Jackson. "I don't know what kid didn't listen to [Michael Jackson] at my age," says Bruno Mars. "You aspire to be as great as he is as an artist. I don't think any artist in pop, rock or hip-hop has ever done it any bigger than him ... He's the man." Fittingly, 20 years later, Mars would hold court in the moonwalking footsteps of his hero as the superstar center of the 2013 Super Bowl halftime show.





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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 02: Bruno Mars performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)




Born Peter Gene Hernandez to a musical family in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1985, Bruno Mars cut his teeth as a musician and performer under the tutelage of his father, a Latin percussionist who organized a Vegas-style revue that featured the entire Hernandez family. Mars was cast as a mini-Elvis Presley impersonator. Unsurprisingly, Mars cites Presley as an influence, alongside such other legendary songwriters and showmen as Jerry Lee Lewis, James Brown and Jackie Wilson.





On album's such as 2012's Unorthodox Jukebox, which contained the number-one hits "Locked Out of Heaven" and "When I Was Your Man," Mars' taut, rhythmically-charged style earned him comparisons to the Police, while his fashion sense, shimmering tenor voice and fluid dance moves evoke Michael Jackson. During his performance of "Runaway Baby" at the 2012 Grammy Awards, Mars wore a sparkling gold and black Dolce and Gabbana tuxedo on stage. That outfit and more are featured in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland.





This blog post is part of a series produced by Huffington Post and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in conjunction with the latter's current "Right Here, Right Now" exhibit. The exhibit, at the Cleveland-based museum, takes a look at the evolution of rock and roll and its impact on the next generation of artists by taking visitors on an intimate journey into the stories of chart-topping acts as told through their personal items and clothing from iconic performances. To learn more, visit here. To meet the other seven, visit here and see below!





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These Are The Best Parts Of 'Sex Tape'

These Are The Best Parts Of 'Sex Tape': This is the IMDb summary for "Sex Tape": "A married couple wake up to discover that the sex tape they made the evening before has gone missing, leading to a frantic search for its whereabouts." That's kind of true, but the real story is that Annie and Jay (Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel) record a sexually explicit video on Jay's iPad and the resulting clip gets uploaded to the cloud, where it then downloads onto the multiple iPads Jason has given out as gifts over the years. If the tech sounds wrong, that's because it is: GQ.com debunked "Sex Tape" before it was released, because in 2014 most people know how cloud backups works even if this movie does not. (This is to say nothing about the fact that Jay gives out used iPads as presents.) What will ticket buyers enjoy when they see "Sex Tape" this weekend? Well, these four parts, at least.



Cameron Diaz & Jason Segel Get Along!



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The old adage about actors earning their big salaries for participating in the publicity tour has never been more apparent than with "Sex Tape." Stars Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel have promoted this movie across all platforms and mediums, including a stop by the offices of The Huffington Post. Fortunately, Diaz and Segel seem to love each other's company. That comes across onscreen too, as the rapport between these two comedy stars is the best part of "Sex Tape." Even when the film's script sags, drags and makes little narrative sense -- all frequent occurrences -- Diaz and Segel bat around the dialogue with passion, and their characters' relationship is a real strong point.



Ellie Kemper & Rob Corddry Really Get Along!



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Kemper and Corddry play a couple that is good friends with Annie and Jay, and they're funny enough together to warrant a spin-off movie. "Oh my gosh. Can you pitch that somewhere?" Kemper told Mike Ryan at ScreenCrush.com when he made that same statement during an interview. We'll email Sony right now.



It's Better Than "A Million Ways To Die In The West"



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"Sex Tape" has a 16 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, about one-half of what "A Million Ways to Die in the West" scored on the review aggregation site. Don't believe the critics. This movie is way better than Seth MacFarlane's Western "comedy," which had zero laughs throughout its interminable running time. (We sat stone-faced through that mess.) "Sex Tape," by contrast, elicited a few chuckles! And while it doesn't exist in any recognizable world and isn't very good, "Sex Tape" at least tries to make some interesting points about long-term relationships and sex within marriage. "A Million Ways to Die in the West" has a lot to say about poop.



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Meet the 8 Artists You'd Never Guess Were in the Rock Hall (#5: Katy Perry)

Meet the 8 Artists You'd Never Guess Were in the Rock Hall (#5: Katy Perry):

After moving from gospel to pop-rock, Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson -- better known as Katy Perry -- quickly found a place in the pop-culture spotlight with the release of her 2008 hit single "I Kissed a Girl." Two years later, in 2010, Perry released Teenage Dream, resulting in five Billboard chart-topping hits: "California Gurls," "Teenage Dream," "Fireworks," "E.T." and "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)." Last year, her third album Prism produced two more number-one singles: "Roar" and "Dark Horse."





Perry lists Queen as top among her influences. "Queen's track 'Killer Queen' made me discover music and helped me come into my own at the age of 15," says Perry. "The way Freddie Mercury delivered his lyrics just made me feel like a confident woman; I'd say his fingerprint is all over me." Beyond Queen, Perry has also name-checked such powerful female musicians and Hall of Fame Inductees as Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Bonnie Raitt.





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Katy Perry is seen in concert at Bridgestone Arena on Friday, June 27, 2014, in Nashville Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)






"Pet Sounds is one of my favorite records, and it influenced pretty much all of my songwriting," says Perry of Hall of Fame Inductees the Beach Boys' landmark album. "All of the melody choices that I make are because of Pet Sounds." That's high marks from a female performer who has her own extended sphere of influence, having sold more than 11 million albums and been nominated for nearly a dozen Grammy Awards.





In 2011, Perry's The California Dreams Tour saw her performing for audiences in Europe, Asia, Oceania, and North and South America, earning upwards of $50 million. Fans at those shows will likely remember the light-up, sparkling "peppermint swirl" outfit she wore while performing "Teenage Dream," "Hummingbird Heartbeat" and "Waking Up in Vegas." That outfit is featured in the Rock Hall's Right Here, Right Now exhibit in Cleveland, Ohio.





This blog post is part of a series produced by Huffington Post and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in conjunction with the latter's current "Right Here, Right Now" exhibit. The exhibit, at the Cleveland-based museum, takes a look at the evolution of rock and roll and its impact on the next generation of artists by taking visitors on an intimate journey into the stories of chart-topping acts as told through their personal items and clothing from iconic performances. To learn more, visit here. To meet the other seven, visit here and see below!





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Response to Bill O'Reilly: Jesus Didn't Start a New Religion

Response to Bill O'Reilly: Jesus Didn't Start a New Religion:

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Bill O'Reilly disputed the two main points of my recent HuffPost blog on his July 16 The O'Reilly Factor broadcast: My affirmation of Jesus' lifelong dedication to Judaism (meaning he did not start a new religion) and the assertion that Renaissance art representations of Jesus omit his Jewish identity and thus falsify biblical history.



Art historians do not deny the absence of a Semitic Jewish Jesus in Renaissance artworks. However, they attribute the omissions to technical developments in art, such as the introduction of realism, naturalism, the Renaissance style of contemporizing figures in appearance, dress and setting, and the revival of Greek idealism -- but not to a theological justification that the omissions were acceptable because Jesus started or converted to Christianity. Furthermore, the content of art was determined by the buyers -- rich patrons who commissioned strictly Christianized art, as confirmed by Renaissance art expert Michael Baxandall.



Is Bill O'Reilly saying, in his rejection of my critique of Renaissance art, that the denial of Jesus' Jewish heritage in artworks is justified because Jesus was a Christian? If so, that's even more baffling since in O'Reilly's book, Killing Jesus, the disciples and followers address Jesus as "rabbi" right up to the crucifixion.



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I'm also puzzled by O'Reilly's dismissal of my commentary on the image of Jesus holding a crucifix staff. The depiction of Jesus by Renaissance artist Jan Swart Van Groningen is a blatant anachronism. Christianity did not exist in Jesus' lifetime and the cross was hated and feared in the first century; the cross did not become a Christian symbol until the fourth century -- and even then as a battle symbol, not a devotional object. As I stated in the article, the only cross that Jesus ever held was the one he was nailed to in his brutal crucifixion. Yet the visual statement of the painting that Jesus was a Christian is simply false. Furthermore, the term Christian does not appear in the Gospels, which chronicles Jesus' life and mission. But the word Jew has 82 mentions. And nowhere in the Gospels does Jesus say he has rejected Judaism and is starting a new religion.



The ideal time for Jesus to have announced a new religion -- if he believed he had -- was at his trial for blasphemy against Judaism before the Sanhedrin. The Sanhedrin, the ruling body of Judaism, only had jurisdiction over Jews and Jewish affairs. If the Sanhedrin could indict anyone for blasphemy against Judaism, all Roman Pagans would have been charged. If Jesus had proclaimed, "I'm not a Jew any longer, I'm a Christian," at the very least that would have initiated an interesting legal debate. But the issue of a new religion is never even hinted at in the Gospels. And if Jesus started a new religion, as O'Reilly maintains, why didn't Jesus' disciples know that? After the crucifixion, the disciples led by Peter and Jesus' brother James, continued to identify themselves as Jews and they worshipped at the Temple in Jerusalem. Also, they gave Paul, who many claim was the actual founder of Christianity, a hard time for his defections from Orthodox Judaism.



So many biblical scholars have noted that Jesus was a dedicated practicing Jew throughout his life that it's surprising that Bill O'Reilly would insist otherwise. In my book, Jesus Uncensored: Restoring the Authentic Jew, I wrote about a discussion of Jesus, Judaism, and Christianity by a panel of three eminent biblical scholars at the Center for Jewish History in New York City. Father Donald Senior, president of the Catholic Theological Union of Chicago, Anglican priest Dr. Bruce Chilton, author of Rabbi Jesus, and Rabbi Jacob Neusner, author of numerous books on religion, including several about early Christianity, all agreed that Jesus was born and died a practicing Jew. Former Catholic priest James Carroll, in his book Constantine's Sword, goes a step further in fast forwarding Jesus to the present with this question: "If Jesus were alive today, would he be one of those fervent black-hatted figures dovening [praying] at the Western Wall [the remnant of Herrod's Jerusalem Temple]?"



All that said, fact is that Jesus life, teachings, and death did inspire a new religion. But Jesus did not launch it. Also, if Jesus had explicitly defected from Judaism and had explicitly said he was starting a new religion it's doubtful that he would have had any followers--and then we probably never would have heard of him or Christianity.



Wouldn't it would be better and more useful to celebrate the common ground of Judaism and Christianity rather than manufacturing divisive spins? Perhaps that's what Pope Francis was suggesting in his statement: "Inside every Christian is a Jew."



Bernard Starr, PhD, is a psychologist, journalist and professor emeritus at the City University of New York (Brooklyn College). He is the author of Jesus Uncensored: Restoring the Authentic and organizer of the art exhibit, "Putting Judaism Back in the Picture: Toward Healing the Christian/Jewish Divide." Website:JewishJesusArt.com.


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13 Facts You May Not Know About Stanley Kubrick's 'Eyes Wide Shut'

13 Facts You May Not Know About Stanley Kubrick's 'Eyes Wide Shut': Fifteen years ago, on July 16, 1999, Stanley Kubrick's final film, "Eyes Wide Shut," opened nationwide. Setting records for the longest shoot in movie history, it was an excruciating labor of love for lead stars Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman -- one that would often be traced back to the alleged start of their marriage's decline. Throughout the process, cryptic reports implied that Kubrick's obsessive perfectionism had reached peak levels, which was especially eyebrow-raising given the film's sexual explicitness. The director, who won an Oscar for Best Visual Effects for "2001: A Space Odyssey," died of a heart attack in March 1999, days after screening the final cut. Had he lived, perhaps we'd have more perspective on the movie's production -- or perhaps not, as Kubrick was notoriously reclusive.



An excerpt from Amy Nicholson's book, "Tom Cruise: Anatomy of an Actor," printed in Vanity Fair, offers details about the project's goings-on. Coupled with a 1999 Entertainment Weekly article pegged to the film's release and a Los Angeles Times report about its box-office expectations, the passage reveals some things you may not know about "Eyes Wide Shut."



1. Kubrick always intended to cast an actual married couple as the movie's leads, but Cruise and Kidman weren't who he had in mind. The initial pair he thought of was Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger.



2. Sidney Pollack's role first went to Harvey Keitel, who dropped out due to scheduling conflicts.



3. Jennifer Jason Leigh was originally tapped to play Marion Nathanson but left mid-production due to scheduling conflicts. Marie Richardson wound up playing that part.



4. When Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise arrived in London in the fall of 1996 to shoot the movie, they expected to be wrapped and back in Los Angeles by the following spring. Instead, the production didn't conclude until January 1998, making it the Guinness World Record's longest-running film shoot in history. (Kidman and Cruise reportedly signed open-ended contracts that stated they'd stick with the project no matter how long it took to complete.)



5. To say Kubrick is a perfectionist is an understatement: His intent was to film scenes so many times that it would wear down his actors and they'd forget the cameras existed. During the course of shooting "Eyes Wide Shut," the director filmed 95 takes of Cruise walking through a door.



6. Cruise was so anxious about giving the legendary director what he wanted that he developed an ulcer. He never told Kubrick.



7. Frenzied tabloids ran reports that Cruise and Kidman's marriage was crumbling in late '90s. If anything, that notion was only enhanced by their "Eyes Wide Shut" dynamic. Kubrick coaxed the couple into sharing their personal reservations about the marriage with him, in turn transferring those troubles onto their characters, Bill and Alice. Kidman called it a kind of "brutally honest" anti-therapy, as no one asked how they felt about each other's criticisms.



8. Director Todd Field ("Little Children," "In the Bedroom"), who starred in the movie as piano player Nick Nightingale, said of Kidman and Cruise: “You’ve never seen two actors more completely subservient and prostrate themselves at the feet of a director.”



9. Kubrick was terrified of flying, so instead of traveling to New York City to shoot in Greenwich Village, he built a top-secret replica of the neighborhood at England's Pinewood Studios. A set designer was sent to measure the exact width of the streets and distance between newspaper stands.



10. Kubrick allowed only a skeleton crew to remain on the set throughout filming. One rare outsider permitted to watch the action unfold was "Boogie Nights" director Paul Thomas Anderson. Cruise was in talks for the lead role in Anderson's "Magnolia" and had to sneak him past security. ''I asked [Kubrick], 'Do you always work with so few people?' Anderson recalled. "He gave me this look and said, 'Why? How many people do you need?' I felt like such a Hollywood asshole.''



11. Cruise isn't the only actor who filmed dozens of takes. Vinessa Shaw, who played the prostitute Domino, recalled having shot about 90 takes for a single scene.



12. Had Kubrick not died before the movie opened, he may still be making adjustments to it today, like he did with "The Shining" after its release. "I think Stanley would have been tinkering with it for the next 20 years," Kidman said. "He was still tinkering with movies he made decades ago. He was never finished. It was never perfect enough."



13. Warner Bros. wanted a $20 million opening weekend to consider the movie a success. It surpassed that, grossing $21.7 million across 2,400 screens. Marketing tracking studies for the film showed it had an awareness level of 78 but lacked the first-choice status among moviegoers that other summer fare like "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" and "Big Daddy" saw.



Pollack, Kidman and Cruise at the movie's July 13, 1999, world premiere in Los Angeles:

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Nicole Kidman Is Hardly Recognizable On 'The Family Fang' Set

Nicole Kidman Is Hardly Recognizable On 'The Family Fang' Set: Who's that lady?



We're used to seeing the ever-glamorous Nicole Kidman all dolled up, so when she stepped on the set of her new movie, "The Family Fang," sporting a darker, low-maintenance hairdo, we barely recognized her. The 47-year-old looked casual in blue jeans and a white top in New York on Tuesday, July 15:



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Kidman stars alongside Jason Bateman and Christopher Walken in the comedy based on "The Family Fang," a 2011 novel by Kevin Wilson. Kidman and Bateman play siblings who grew up in a family of performance artists and must search for their famous parents when they inexplicably disappear. (Walken portrays their father, Caleb Fang.)



Kidman recently turned heads in a stunning gown at the Celebrate Life Ball in Melbourne, Australia, on June 13:

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Denise Richards Hits The Beach In A Neon Pink Bikini

Denise Richards Hits The Beach In A Neon Pink Bikini: Denise Richards is celebrating the summer by relaxing oceanside in a fierce bikini.



The 43-year-old donned a hot pink number while spending the day at a Los Angeles beach with her 9-year-old-daughter, Lola.



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The actress is no stranger to this particular type of swimwear: she posed for Playboy in 2004, just five months after giving birth to her now 10-year-old daughter Sam, with now ex-husband Charlie Sheen, to prove that "mothers can still be sexy." Since then, Richards has welcomed two other daughters: Lola, mentioned above (also with Sheen) and Eloise, 3, whom she adopted on her own in 2011.



"I can't worry about being a single parent," Richards told People back in 2005, soon after filing for divorce from Sheen. "I just want to be a good one."

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Individuality and Attitude at New York University (PHOTOS)

Individuality and Attitude at New York University (PHOTOS): By Meghan Roberts



Coming up with a word or phrase to describe the fashion scene at New York University, let alone the college experience that students have here, is next to impossible. It's experimental, fashion-forward and constantly evolving, but words aren't enough to truly convey what it's like for an NYU student to pick out what to wear on any given day. In such a fast-paced city environment, we evolve quickly, and our sense of style keeps up with our pace.



Going to college in one of the largest cities in the world can make you forget that you're a real college student. For example, high-school graduates don't come to NYU for a typical college experience; they come here to start their lives and live independently in the city of their dreams, where anything and everything is at their fingertips.



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At NYU we don't have a campus per se, so when we go to class, we dress to fit in as New Yorkers on the streets of New York City. Students walking to class are thrown in with everyone else who resides in Manhattan, which allows for an excitingly chaotic conglomeration of styles. Students, businesspeople, construction workers, entertainers, artists, the homeless and everyone else under the sun are all in one pool, and all feeding off each other's energies and influences, so our style inspiration comes from everywhere. So while en route from my apartment to my school, I'm not walking amongst students; I'm walking alongside fellow New Yorkers.



What makes being a 20-year-old in Manhattan so special is that there is no judgment when it comes to fashion. Everything has already been seen and done, which allows for unlimited freedom of expression. College is a time to experiment, and this more than applies to the NYU student's fearless sense of style.



Keeping all this in mind, it is difficult to really pinpoint the epitome of New York fashion, but this fashionista's sleek, dark and innovative ensemble is as close to the perfect representation of New York City street style as it gets. Everyone knows that New York is a city of "all-black everything," and students are no exception to this rule. In fact, many of us thrive in our monochromatic, black wardrobes. This NYU student dons a chic, black, leather, T-shaped dress that is the perfect blend of class and edge. She accentuates the simplicity of this piece with more black and bold gold accessories. We get a taste of urban flair with her baseball cap and winged eyeliner, but the most important accessory of all is her confident attitude, which helps the ensemble kill and makes her a true New Yorker. All these stylistic elements work together to create a style that is unique to the fashionista yet understood and visibly influenced by the environment around her.



Outfits like these show how NYU students can combine classic pieces with personal touches to express themselves in a way that represents both the culture of the city and their individuality. While it's hard to come up with a single answer to what the typical NYU student would wear, mainly because there is no "typical" NYU student, it can be understood that there is no fear when it comes to fashion in the city that never sleeps.



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Meghan Roberts is a junior at New York University in Manhattan, where she is majoring in film and television production at the Tisch School of the Arts and minoring in psychology. She has been working with CollegeFashionista for a year and counting. When she's not behind the camera, writing screenplays and articles or taking photographs, she is in front of the lens as an actor and model. She is currently based in New York City and doesn't plan on leaving anytime soon.


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Catey Shaw's 'Brooklyn Girls' Is Katy Perry's 'California Gurls' Gone Gritty

Catey Shaw's 'Brooklyn Girls' Is Katy Perry's 'California Gurls' Gone Gritty: Move over, "California Gurls": Catey Shaw's "Brooklyn Girls" are here to take over.



Shaw's video, like Katy Perry's clip for her 2010 single, is a perfectly crafted pop confection. But the similarities stop there. Foregoing "daisy dukes" and "bikinis on top," Shaw opts instead to celebrate the strong, stylish women in her borough, highlighting their diversity and grit.



In an interview with The Huffington Post, Shaw described the beginning of her love affair with Brooklyn.



"I landed in Brooklyn a little over year ago and immediately noticed a difference in the residents, as well as a difference in myself," she said. "It's undoubtedly part of the New York City from the movies -- but has more of a neighborhood feel. If the city is four-on-the-floor, then Brooklyn is a syncopated kick drum. There's really just nothing like it."



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After she moved, the inspiration for the song came naturally.



"Jay Levine and I wrote this soon after I arrived," she said. "Everything in my life was sort of coming together: my mental state, my personal life, and my sound as an artist. We really wanted to pinpoint what it was that made me -- and the world -- love Brooklyn. As soon as we finished this song, everything we had been working on for the prior year made sense."



But the million dollar question for Shaw is this: What makes a Brooklyn Girl?



"There is no concrete definition of the Brooklyn Girl, although there's a concrete jungle full of them," she said. "I'm a Brooklyn Girl because I am self-made, confident and individual. Any girl that lives in Brooklyn -- whether born and raised or from halfway across the world -- can't make it without that signature Brooklyn attitude. [Brooklyn Girls] are a force to be reckoned with -- and they dress to kill. They pave their own paths."



The song has special meaning for Shaw, too.



"'Brooklyn Girls' allows me to be my own role model -- my own #wcw," she said (with a nod to Woman Crush Wednesday). "I hope other women can take that same attitude from it."



If you love Catey's sound, her upcoming record, "The Brooklyn EP," will be out on Sept. 9. You can preorder the EP on iTunes, and get "Brooklyn Girls" and "Revolution" instantly.


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Lea Michele Relaxes Poolside In A Summery White Bikini

Lea Michele Relaxes Poolside In A Summery White Bikini: Lea Michele soaked up some sun in a white bikini.



The 27-year-old spent some time swimming and lounging by the pool in Santa Barbara, California, this past weekend with her new boyfriend, dancer Matthew Paetz.



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Michele began dating Paetz earlier this summer, shortly after meeting him on set of the music video for her new single "On My Way."



The track comes off her debut studio album "Louder," which was released earlier this year.



"I didn't want to find songs that I had to change myself for," Michele told Billboard of the tracks on the album. "I wanted to find songs that would only highlight my sound and were unique to me. I didn't want to fit any mold. I wanted it to be something that couldn't be replicated by anyone else."



"Sharing a part of yourself in your music is really important," she continued. "That's just what I'm trying to do.


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Selena Gomez Dons Flowy Blue Dress With Keyhole And Thigh-High Slit

Selena Gomez Dons Flowy Blue Dress With Keyhole And Thigh-High Slit: Selena Gomez brought her boho-chic style to the red carpet July 16 with a revealing peasant dress.



The 21-year-old turned heads at the 2014 Ischia Global Film & Music Festival in Italy when she stepped out in a blue frock that, thanks to a thigh-high slit, exposed a lot of leg:



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The flowy drawstring dress did cover Gomez's newest tattoo, which she revealed in an Instagram photo on July 16. The new ink, located on the right side of her back, is of an Arabic phrase that translates to "Love Yourself First."















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Summer Style Heats Up On This Week's Best Dressed List

Summer Style Heats Up On This Week's Best Dressed List: As the temperatures heat up, so does the fashion, apparently.



This week, many of our favorite celebs stepped out in looks that we're dying to copy. Taylor Swift found what could easily be the perfect breezy warm-weather look. Kate Hudson wowed in a gown that was neither light nor bright, but stunning all the same.



Check out our picks for best-dressed of the week and let us know which ones are your favorite.



Chrissy Teigen in Milly



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Yet another way to wear a crop top. Teigen is showing us how to rock summer's biggest trend and still remain modest. Her high-waisted, knee-length skirt ensures that she isn't showing too much skin, but the fun print keeps her looking young and breezy.



Jordana Brewster In Dsquared²



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The "Fast & Furious" star chose a classic shift dress to wear to the ESPYs, but the embellishments on the bottom of the frock are what give it personality. Her nude pumps, braided updo and berry lips kicks this outfit into high gear.



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Okay, it's decided: we're spending the rest of the summer in short floral dresses, nude heels and bright red lipstick. Swift's ensemble is so simple yet looks pulled together -- we're in love.



Emma Watson in Givenchy



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Emma Watson is on fire. Week after week she lands on the best-dressed list and this black ensemble is no exception. Though suits can easily skew corporate snooze, this one is far from it with its satin lapels and patent-leather belt.



Kate Hudson in Michael Kors



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Wow, Hudson looks like a bombshell in her cut-out dress. We are obsessed with her choice to go long and dark in the summer -- but that burgundy lipstick is another story, she should have been more careful with her application.



America Ferrera in Versace



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Ferrera's dress looks like it was made for her. The paneling up top is extremely flattering and the V-shaped neckline brings the attention towards her glowing complexion.



Diane Kruger in Honor



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Kruger's dress is fashion-forward, effortless and ladylike -- the trifecta of summertime chic.



Ashley Greene in Alexander McQueen



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The "Twilight" star looks fresh and clean in this white shift dress which is offset nicely by her ombré lob haircut and smokey eye makeup.


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There Were Too Many Sheer Dresses On This Week's Worst Dressed List

There Were Too Many Sheer Dresses On This Week's Worst Dressed List: Although many A-listers hit it out of the park this week in the wardrobe department, not all stars were so lucky.



In fact, many celebrities flopped altogether. Nicole Richie took the sheer trend too far, Vivica A. Fox demonstrated how not to wear a onesie and Tara Reid... well, we're not exactly sure what happened to Tara Reid.



Check out the worst-dressed looks of the week and let us know if you agree with our picks.



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A shiny and metallic black jumpsuit with a chain belt -- just no.



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This dress actually isn't that bad, but the fact that she carried the blue hue down to her shoes is a bit much. Though we normally love monochromatic outfits, head-to-toe cobalt is a little harsh on the eyes.



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It looks like her dress went through a shredder. The multi-colored pattern, asymmetrical hemline and sheer panels are not working.



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The top half of this dress is absolutely stunning, but the bottom half is another story. The black sequins are so intricate and beautiful, making the sheer skirt unnecessary. We're sick of seeing people's underwear on the red carpet.



Rita Ora



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Seriously, when will this sheer trend die?



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Diaz's dress isn't horribly offensive, but the fit could be much better. It kind of looks like she is wearing a sack.


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Megan Fox Wows At The Kids' Choice Sports Awards

Megan Fox Wows At The Kids' Choice Sports Awards: Megan Fox is back on the red carpet and looking as gorgeous as ever.



Fox wowed in a strapless green minidress at the Kids' Choice Sports Awards Thursday, July 17, at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles. The 28-year-old was a presenter at the event, which celebrates the most popular athletes of the day, chosen by kids.



The actress will be busy promoting her upcoming film, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," which is due out Aug. 8. Still, she told Parents magazine that as a mother of two boys -- Bodhi Ransom, 4 months, and Noah Shannon, 21 months -- she views work differently now.



"I�ve never been an extraordinarily ambitious girl or career-oriented, but especially once I got pregnant with my first son and now [having] my second, it�s so hard to be a working mom especially when your heart is not in your work, when your heart is with your family," she said. "I have to make one movie a year because I have to invest in their future and I have to be able to pay their way through college and be able to provide for them. I�m looking for movies that will shoot in Los Angeles, for projects where I�m part of an ensemble so I can shoot in and out in 10-20 days. It�s all about trying to spend as little time away from my kids as possible."



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