Wednesday, April 30, 2008
You can't go wrong with anchors & ribbons & lace, especially when they're all used to decorate a corset! Love this. I would soooo buy this if I had the extra $$ to do so.
$70.00 @ Sweatshop by TIQ <-- there are a ton more super cute corsets on this site!
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Last of Walt Disney's "Nine Old Men" dies
Tue Apr 15, 2008 7:31pm EDT
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The last of Walt Disney's original team of animators, known as the Nine Old Men, has died at the age of 95, a Walt Disney Co spokesman said on Tuesday.
Ollie Johnston worked for Disney for 43 years, drawing characters for animated Mickey Mouse short films before contributing to such classics such as "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," "Pinocchio", "Peter Pan" and "The Jungle Book."
Johnston died of natural causes in a long-term care facility in Sequim, Washington on Monday.
Born in Palo Alto, California in 1912, Johnston showed early artistic promise and attended Chouinart Art Institute in Los Angeles. During his final year of college in 1935, Disney approached Johnston to join his fledgling animation studio.
Starting with "Song of the South" in 1946, Johnston became directing animator and served in that capacity in nearly every subsequent film. He retired in 1978 after completing some work on his final film, "The Fox and the Hound."
Johnston devoted his retirement to writing, lecturing and consulting and to model trains, of which he was considered one of the world's foremost experts.
In 2005, he became the first animator awarded a National Medal of the Arts, and he and his lifelong friend and fellow Disney animator, Frank Thomas, were profiled in the 1995 documentary "Frank and Ollie."
Disney Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter, who pioneered computer animated films such as "Toy Story" and "Cars," considered Johnston and Thomas as mentors.
"He taught me to always be aware of what a character is thinking, and we continue to make sure that every character we create at Pixar and Disney has a thought process and emotion that makes them come alive," Lasseter said in a statement.
Johnston is survived by two sons.
(Reporting by Gina Keating, editing by Dan Whitcomb and Sandra Maler)
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
I first read in BUST Magazine a few years ago about a sequel to Sweet Valley High that was in the works by the one and only Francine Pascal. It was supposed to come out in 2006-ish (I think?) under its original name, Sweet Valley Heights. But it never did, and I was left wondering about what happened to it ever since. Welllllll, I stumbled across this article from The New York Post today and it's still on its way!
From: The New York Post
'SWEET VALLEY HIGH' SEQUEL
By RAAKHEE MIRCHANDANI
April 8, 2008
SWEET! Everyone's favorite valley girls - gorgeous, blond twins Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield - are back in action. And back in the bookstore.
Francine Pascal's "Sweet Valley High" relaunches today with "Double Love" and "Secrets" - the same titles as the original series, which debuted in 1983. The first two books of the 12-part series hit stores today. Pascal, 69, created the characters - Elizabeth, Jessica, Enid, Bruce, Lila, Winston and Todd - based on her fantasy of what the perfect California high school would be like. At the time, the New York native had never even been to California.
These days, the twins are a little different than their '80s personas - like, totally different.
Now, Jessica says things like: "Then why do you keep looking at me like you're a fat chick and I'm a fat plate of evil carbs?"; Elizabeth has changed her news medium from newspapers to a Web site and blog; and there are countless references throughout the books to BlackBerrys, Coldplay, Maxim magazine and even Prince William.
"The updates don't bother me because the stories are still the same. I felt very taken with the ideals: love, friendship, loyalty and compassion, all the most classic values," says Pascal at her Midtown apartment. "I believe that's the time [high school] when they mean the most, and I knew that any high school kid would identify with that. It's also very dramatic, still, because the things that happen to you are life and death."
Pascal says fans will have lots more to look forward to - she's currently writing "Sweet Valley Confidential," a novel that follows up with the twins and their friends at 26 years old. She's also planning "Sweet Valley High: The Musical," which she hopes to open in LA this fall.
"I can tell you that what you thought was going to happen to those people doesn't happen. Different things happen," she says mysteriously, flicking her shiny blond hair over her shoulder.
"Ten years, from 16 to adulthood, has made very different people. And I'm having kind of a good time writing it, doing what I want to do with these people. But my stars are still the twins."
How I would love to see Kylie perform in concert! If only she would tour the states...
Kylie Minogue creates Barry Manilow tribute
April 3, 2008
Kylie Minogue will pay tribute to Barry Manilow on her spectacular new tour.
The Australian pop princess is planning a show-stopping performance of the 64-year-old star’s classic hit Copacabana for her upcoming KYLIEX2008 tour, which begins in Paris on May 6.
A source said: “The show is going to include a lot of surprises.
“But one of the key moments in the production is when Kylie sings a rendition of Barry Manilow’s Copacabana.” As Kylie performs the song – which earned Manilow a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance in 1979 – the stage will reportedly transform into a glitzy cruise ship.
The source added to Britain’s Daily Star newspaper: “It’s very theatrical. It all ties in nicely with Kylie’s love of showgirls.”
Copacabana refers to a famous New York nightclub of the same name and tells the story of a showgirl called Lola and her barman lover Tony.
Last year, Kylie completed her epic Showgirl tour, which originally began in 2005 but was postponed while she battled breast cancer.
The KYLIEX2008 tour includes 53 dates all over Europe, and will finish with a six-night residency at London’s O2 arena ending on August 2. So far no Australian dates have been announced.
If this cover for Girls Just Want to Have Fun ain't one of the worst photoshop jobs I've ever seen... Tsk tsk... Why couldn't they just use an actual promo photo and use some creativity in updating it and/or incorporating it into new cover artwork? Wtf? The movie I give an A++++++ (I could orbital bebop while dancing in Heaven all night long) but the cover? F to the nth power!!!!!! No good. Start the dance.
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
I just loved Kristi Yamaguchi's Paso Doble tonight on Dancing With The Stars, even though that was THE creepiest New Order cover I've ever heard. Anyway...she is such a joy to watch. Wow! Go Kristi!!! :)