Sunday, May 12, 2013

The Great Gatsby

to open Cannes Film Festival

The Cannes Film Festival has an American flavor this year, with a Hollywood icon heading the jury and a quintessential US literary figure opening the event: The Great Gatsby.
Organizers said Tuesday that the film “The Great Gatsby,” with Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role and directed by Australian Baz Luhrmann, will open this year’s Cannes festival — in 3D, no less.
Luhrmann stressed the film’s French connection, saying in a statement that author F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote “some of the most poignant and beautiful passages” of “The Great Gatsby” at a French Riviera villa not far from Cannes. Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan also star in Luhrmann’s version of the 1925 novel.
Steven Spielberg is heading the jury at the Cannes festival this year, which runs May 15-26

The Great Gatsby 2013 movie adaptation directed by Baz Luhrmann, and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan will not top the North American box office this weekend. That’s the not-so-good news. But then again, no one was expecting The Great Gatsby to soar past Robert Downey Jr’s special-effects-laden Iron Man 3. True, both movies are in 3D, but … maybe if Jay Gatsby’s hair gel were capable of blowing up all of New England or something, then it’d have had a chance. (Updated The Great Gatsby weekend box office estimate.)

If those early estimates are on target, The Great Gatsby will beat not only distributor Warner Bros.’ forecasts, but those of most pundits as well, who had been expecting at most $40m — and that was already a marked "overperformance."
Previous big-screen versions of The Great Gatsby are the following: Herbert Brenon’s 1926 adaptation, starring Warner Baxter and Lois Wilson; Elliott Nugent’s 1949 version, with Alan Ladd and Betty Field; and Jack Clayton’s poorly received 1974 remake, with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow.

This latest adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic 1920s novel will also beat Baz Luhrmann’s previous North American opening-weekend record holder, the Hugh Jackman / Nicole Kidman romantic drama Australia, which debuted with $14.8m in 2008 — that is, if you choose to ignore inflation. Taking that into account, Luhrmann’s biggest US/Canada opening weekend belongs to Romeo + Juliet, perhaps not coincidentally a grooved-up version of another old English-language literary work, also starring Leonardo DiCaprio as a passionate lover (here Claire Danes plays DiCaprio’s romantic interest) . Romeo + Juliet took in $11.13m on its debut weekend in 1996, or approximately $20m today.

Leonardo DiCaprio

Carey Mulligan

Elisabeth Debicki

Isla Fisher

Joel Edgerton

Tobey Maguire

Besides three-time Oscar nominee Leonardo DiCaprio (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?, The Aviator, Blood Diamond) and Carey Mulligan (2009 Best Actress Oscar nominee for An Education), The Great Gatsby 2013 cast includes former Spider-Man Tobey Maguire, Animal Kingdom‘s Joel Edgerton, and Zero Dark Thirty‘s Jason Clarke.

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"The Great Gatsby"

Also: Isla Fisher, Bollywood veteran Amitabh Bachchan, Elizabeth Debicki, Max Cullen, Callan McAuliffe, Barry Otto, Gemma Ward, and veteran Australian actor Jack Thompson (The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Breaker Morant). Baz Luhrmann and frequent collaborator Craig Pearce (another Romeo + Juliet link) co-wrote the 2013 The Great Gatsby.

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"The Great Gatsby"

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Irina Shayk

Irina Shayk (born Irina Shaykhlislamova) is a Russian model known for her 2007 through 2013 appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She was the cover model for the 2011 issue.

Irina was born on January 6, 1986 in Yemanzhelinsk, Russia, to ethnic Tatar father and Russian mother. She says she inherited her unusual looks from her father and she has said that people often think she is South American. “My father was dark skinned, because he was Tatar, sometimes Tatars can look Brazilian,” she says. “I get my light eyes from my mother.” Shayk’s mother Natalia was a pianist who was the music teacher in a kindergarten and her father was a coal miner. She has one sibling, an older sister named Tatiana. Shayk started playing piano at age six. At age nine she enrolled in a music school and studied there for seven years, both playing the piano and singing in the choir since her mother wanted her to study music. Her father died of complications of pneumonia when she was 14, leaving her family with little money and forcing her mother to work two jobs to provide for the family.

Irina Shayk studied marketing after high school, but she was bored by it and entered a local beauty school with her older sister. While there, she was noticed by a person from a local modeling agency who was struck by her unusual beauty. She was urged to participate in the "Miss Chelyabinsk 2004" beauty contest and she won.

In 2007 Irina replaced Ana Beatriz Barros as the face of Intimissimi and in the same year debuted in the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Since that time, she has appeared in every annual edition, attending photoshoots in such places as St. Petersburg, Naples, Grenada and Chile. After being the image of Intimissimi for three years, Shayk was made the official ambassador for the brand in 2010. 

Her other modeling contracts include Beach Bunny (2009), and Guess spring/summer 2009. Other work include the Victoria's Secret catalog, Lacoste, Cesare Paciotti and Morellato. Her magazine covers include Annabelle, Bolero, Woman, Jalouse, and Paris Capital.

She signed with modeling agency IMG on May 2009

Shayk modeled the Armani Exchange spring/summer 2010 campaign. She also starred in Kanye West's “Power”, directed by artist Marco Brambilla. She was on the cover of Ocean Drive and GQ South Africa for the August issue. She ranked first in the "50 Hottest Russian Women" list by Complex magazine.

She made a change from swimwear to high fashion with a spread in Spain's Harper’s Bazaar and landed the cover of Elle Spain for their November 2010 issue. Glamour Spain awarded her "Best International Model of 2010".(Spanish: Mejor Modelo Internacional). At the end of the year she was pictured nude in the GQ Spain December issue; however, she claimed that she had not stripped for the photoshoot, and that the magazine had digitally altered the images to remove her lingerie.

On the February 14, 2011 episode of the Late Show with David Letterman, it was revealed via billboard that Shayk was the covermodel for the 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. This is the fifth time she has been featured in the magazine, but the first time she has been on the cover. She is the first Russian to appear on the cover. Shayk became the face of swim label Luli Fama’s 2011 advertising campaign and look book. Appears in the John John Denim ad campaign. In 2011 she covered magazines such as Tatler Russia, Cosmopolitan Spain, GQ Mexico Glamour Spain, Amica Italy and appeared on the covered of Elle Spain the special edition for Christmas. She also worked for many brands like Rampage, replacing Bar Refaeli, Replay and XTI. She currently ranks 13th in the "Top 20 Sexiest Models" list on

In 2011 she was voted "Sexiest Woman In The World" in the Hungarian magazine Periodika.

In 2012 she covered Esquire UK, Harper's Bazaar Arabia and Ukraine, Marie Claire Ukraine,Spain and Russia, GQ Germany, Glamour Russia and appeared on 14 Cosmopolitan spring covers worldwide. She also covered S Moda Spain and The Sunday Time Style UK. She also did an editorial for Vanity fair Italy The same year, she has appeared in campaigns for Morellato, Agua Bendita and Blanco. Irina is also the new face of the brand La Clover and of Avon super drama mascara. In September 2012 she covered L'express Styles magazine, and worked with Mariano Vivanco. In november, Irina covered Twelv Magazine, Second Issue with supermodel Anne V In the same month she appeared in an editorial for Vogue Spain December issue working with Mario Testino. 

In February 2013 she covered VS Magazine with Anne V and the same month she did an editorial for CR Fashion book issue 2 photographed by Bruce Weber and styled by Carine Roitfeld. The same month she did the runway of Jeremy Scott during the New York fashion week. In March 2013 she did the runway of Givenchy during the Paris fashion week.

Irina is helping a maternity hospital in her hometown of Yemanzhelinsk. She and her sister helped rebuild the children’s ward of the local hospital, and now Shayk raises money on behalf of a Russian charity, Pomogi, meaning "Help" in Russian, which provides care to sick children. Shayk is the official ambassador for Pomogi charity in Russia. 

Irina has a pet dog named Caesare, after Julius Caesar, a Lab which, she claims, was fathered by one of the dogs who played the title role in the film Marley & Me.

Since Spring of 2010, she has been dating footballer Cristiano Ronaldo. Shayk and Ronaldo allegedly met through their Armani Exchange campaigns.

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Friday, May 10, 2013

Celebrities Wearing GUCCI

At Golden Globes 2013

Gucci dressed select nominees and presenters for the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards taking place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. 

Presenter Salma Hayek-Pinault wore a Gucci Première midnight blue silk georgette strapless gown fully embroidered with micro glass beads and with a black patent leather belt and fully beaded oversized bow detail at the waist and black satin clutch.

Nominee Ben Affleck wore a Gucci Made to Order midnight blue peak lapel one button three piece tuxedo with a white dress shirt, blue satin bowtie and black leather lace ups.

Nominee Ang Lee wore a Gucci black notch lapel two button Marseille tuxedo with white dress shirt, black grosgrain tie and black leather lace ups.

Presenter Robert Pattinson wore a Gucci Made to Order black peak lapel one button Signoria tuxedo with white dress shirt, black satin tie and black leather lace ups.

Presenter Christian Bale 
wore a Gucci 
Made to Order black Signoria tuxedo.

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Doutzen Kroes

More than a Victoria's Secret Angel

Doutzen Kroes was born 23 January 1985 in Eastermar is a Dutch model and actress, who is a Victoria's Secret Angel. She started working for the brand in 2004 and became an Angel in 2008. She is on contract with L'Oréal. In 2012 she came in fifth on the Forbes top-earning models list, estimated to have earned $6.9 million in one year.

Doutzen was born in the village of Eastermar (Dutch: Oostermeer), in the province of Friesland, Netherlands, to a Frisian family. As a young girl, Kroes aspired to be a professional speed skater.

Doutzen described herself as a "tomboy" in her youth, although she applied to modeling agency Paparazzi Model Management in Holland when she was older. The agency sent her to New York City, and after being cast a few times by Victoria's Secret, they asked her to try out as an "angel". When she moved to New York from the Netherlands, she had never heard of the brand before.
She has been featured on the covers of Time, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Seventeen, Elle, Marie Claire, Glamour, W, Avantgarde, Dazed & Confused, and Numéro. She also appears regularly in the Victoria's Secret catalog and walked the runway of the company's fashion show in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012. Kroes's campaigns include Gucci, Tommy Hilfiger, Versace, Valentino, Blumarine and Calvin Klein for both their 'White' label and their fragrance 'Eternity'. In 2005, Kroes was selected as "Model of The Year" on by readers. She was presented on the May 2007 cover of American Vogue as one of the “World’s Next Top Models” next to Chanel Iman among others. Along with several of these models, she appeared in the 2008 Pirelli Calendar.

In 2006 a Frisian documentary directed by J. J. M. Jansen about a week in Kroes' life as a model was released. It documented Kroes at Milan Fashion Week and her thinking about the modeling industry.

In July 2007, earning at an estimated total of $1.5 million in the previous twelve months, Forbes named Kroes fourteenth in the list of the World's 15 Top-Earning Supermodels. In April 2008, she was in fifth position, with an estimated income of $6 million. In May 2009 and May 2010 respectively, Forbes named Kroes fifth again in the list of the World's 15 Top-Earning Supermodels.
Kroes is in the official Frisian provincial campaign for the Frisian language, her mother tongue.

At the end of August 2008, Victoria's Secret confirmed to People magazine that Kroes was to be the newest Victoria's Secret Angel. Her first campaign as the brand's newest Angel was "Supermodel Obsession". In September 2009, she signed to be the new face for Swiss cashmere label Repeat for two years.

There is a wax figure of Kroes in the Amsterdam branch of Madame Tussaud's wax museum.
From November 2009 to July 2010, she wrote a monthly column about her life for the Dutch edition of Marie Claire.

Currently, she is signed by DNA Model Management.

In February 2010, Kroes returned to the catwalk during fashion week for Prada with fellow Angels Alessandra Ambrosio and Miranda Kerr. Prada was praised by former editor-in-chief of Glamour, Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire magazines, Bonnie Fuller in her blog for using a curvy model such as Kroes for the fashion show.

Since 2011 Kroes has shot major campaigns for both L'Oreal and Tiffany & Co.

On 24 November 2011, she debuted Reinout Oerlemans', Nova Zembla, the first Dutch 3D movie ever made). Kroes has been taking acting classes in New York City for several years and has stated in interviews that she plans to act in more movies to come.

Angels of Victoria’s Secret 
Doutzen Kroes, Karolina Kurkova, Miranda Kerr 
and Alessandra Ambrosio

Doutzen Kroes and Sunnery James (Dutch DJ) 

Doutzen started dating Dutch DJ, Sunnery James in 2009. On 7 November 2010, she and James married in Amsterdam. On 21 January 2011, Kroes gave birth to a son, Phyllon Joy Gorré. She is actively involved with the non-profit organization Dance4Life, which educates youth about HIV and AIDS prevention through song and dance.

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