Sunday, September 18, 2016



Social media is doing it, so why not a search engine?

Just like Snapchat and Instagram's curated Fashion Week stories and pages, Google will create a new template which aggregates the latest stories from New York Fashion Week in a tidy carousel just above a brand's top search results. That means busy editors and fashion-hungry fans who don't want to do the heavy lifting involved in filtering through the search results of a designer — say, Victoria Beckham, for example — will simply be able to browse the Victoria Beckham entry for news specifically related to NYFW, including the latest runway and backstage photos and videos and designer inspiration quotes, as well as links to other sites' NYFW coverage. For brands showing a see-now, buy-now format, like Tommy Hilfiger and Rebecca Minkoff, search results will include shoppable links. 


Tommy Hilfiger’s New York Fashion Week presentation will be all fun and games — literally.

WWD reports that the designer will present his collection at “Tommy Pier” (Pier 16 in South Street Seaport), where he'll stage a real-life carnival to serve as a backdrop for the nautical fall collection. However, with all the carnival attractions (requisite cotton candy, games and, of course, a 40-foot Ferris wheel included), it’s almost easy to forget the main event — no, we're not talking about supermodel Gigi Hadid, but rather the fashion.

Hilfiger’s Tommy x Gigi fall 2016 capsule collection, which he created in collaboration with the 21-year-old supe, will be on display on Friday, Sept. 9, for the more than 2,000 guests (half of which will be consumers, who can score tickets through Hilfiger's loyalty program, for free on NYC Go or through editorial affiliates) as well as for fans on a live stream on Tommy.com at 7 p.m. ET.

As the brand’s first see-now, buy-now collection, all of the pieces on the runway will be available for purchase immediately, both online as well as at the pier. Consumers who aren't able to make the Friday presentation can drop by Tommy Pier the next day between noon and 9 p.m. to shop at one of two Tommy x Gigi pop-ups, a vintage Tommy Hilfiger shop and a record shop. Nail art and temporary tattoos — not to mention all of the carnival games and goodies — will also offer plenty of Instagram-worthy entertainment.

Though this is his first venture into see-now, buy-now territory, Hilfiger has always emphasized the consumer aspect of his shows. Understanding the reach of influencers (think: bloggers and socialites), the designer created a special "Instapit" for his NYFW presentation in February, which gave social media stars prime Instagram access to the runway. From football fields to mini beaches, Hilfiger has always gone the extra mile to stage a buzzworthy catwalk, too.

With superstars like Kanye West and Rihanna hosting consumer-facing fashion extravaganzas during Fashion Week, it was only a matter of time before more conventional brands like Tommy Hilfiger tested the waters with over-the-top spectacles of their own. It's a smart move, too, as several studies show that millennials and Gen Z — which make up a significant portion of Gigi Hadid's social following that will surely be closely monitoring the Tommy x Gigi event — value experiences over goods. 
Review: Stresiand's new album with Hollywood stars is uneven

Review: Stresiand's new album with Hollywood stars is uneven

Review: Stresiand's new album with Hollywood stars is uneven

NEW YORK (AP) — Barbra Streisand, "Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway" (Columbia)

On her new album of duets, Barbra Streisand is asked by one of her guest singers one of those ridiculous, starry-eyed questions that only someone who lives in an oceanfront estate in Malibu would consider.

"Does the world ever frighten you?" asks Seth MacFarlane, with presumably a straight face. To which Streisand replies: "Sometimes." Then Babs explains that she copes by closing her eyes, making a wish and creating "the world the way I want it to be."

Judging by the 10-song, vanity project that is "Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway," Streisand's musical world is a highly calculated and mannered one, characterized by oodles of false sentimentality. But such is her gravitational pull that some of today's biggest stars like Melissa McCarthy and Chris Pine have submitted, with mixed results.

Streisand has already put out a pair of Broadway CDs with songs from "West Side Story," ''Show Boat" and "Sweeney Todd." She also already paired up with random singers like Billy Joel, Lionel Richie and Blake Shelton on her 2014 album "Partners."

So putting those two ideas together for a new duets album of songs from Broadway shows like "A Chorus Line" and "Road Show" makes sort of sense. After all, this is her 35th studio album. What's left? Streisand sings with Olympic gymnasts? Barbra covers Smash Mouth?

Part of what makes this album tedious to all but Streisand fanatics is that the duets never sound organic. Although the title implies her guest singers are former movie partners, most have clearly met her for the first time in the recording studio, which happens to be in her own massive estate.

That gives the CD a forced, blind-date quality — or a shotgun wedding vibe — in which the guests arrive trying to impress the steely Streisand, who was typically hands-on with every aspect of the recording. Many must also recite little skits or dialogue from the shows, adding to the cheese factor.

Some succeed: Patrick Wilson is nicely understated on "Loving You" and Hugh Jackman proves his massive skills on "Any Moment Now." McFarlane turns in a credible, old school leading man performance of "Pure Imagination," while Anne Hathaway and Daisy Ridley help produce a lovely "At the Ballet." Jamie Foxx delivers an earthy "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" that's easily the best thing on the CD.

But some of Bab's guests fail badly, including a cartoonish Alec Baldwin butchering "The Best Thing That Ever Has Happened" and a miscast McCarthy in a Borscht Belt version of "Anything You Can Do." Pine doesn't so much borrow from Frank Sinatra during his medley as pretend to be Sinatra, with disastrous results.

Every tune on the cold new CD seems less about the song and the fact that it is Streisand singing it, pulling it through her own Streisand windpipes and giving a calculated, Streisand sound. It's all pure notes and nothing risked. Sure, it's pretty and put together, but it's got no beating heart. It's the world that she wants it to be.
Kourtney Kardashian Takes Kids On Water Adventure While Vacationing In Italy — Cute Pics

Kourtney Kardashian Takes Kids On Water Adventure While Vacationing In Italy — Cute Pics

Kourtney Kardashian Kids Playing In Water

What an epic day of family fun! Kourtney Kardashian and her 3 adorable kids — Mason, Penelope, & Reign Disick — looked like they had the best time EVER playing in the water while vacationing on a yacht in Italy. From water sliding to jet ski riding, Kourt definitely gave her kids the royal treatment. See all the fun they had here!
It doesn’t get much more adorable than this! Kourtney Kardashian, 37, totally soaked up the sun on Sept. 6 while enjoying some quality time with her three children: Mason, 6, Penelope, 4, and Reign Disick, 1. The family of four relaxed on a luxe yacht in the Mediterranean along with Kris Jenner, 60, and Kris’ beau Corey Gamble, 35. And while the adults had their fun on a crazy-looking waterslide, the kids splashed around in the water and went tubing and jet skiing — SO stinkin’ cute!

Tony Hale, Derek Hough honored for advocacy ahead of Emmys

Tony Hale, Derek Hough honored for advocacy ahead of Emmys

Tony Hale, Derek Hough honored for advocacy ahead of Emmys

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Emmy winners Tony Hale, Jill Soloway and Derek Hough have a prestigious addition to their trophy cases. The trio was among Friday's honorees at the second annual Television Advocacy Awards.

The pre-Emmy ceremony organized by TV Guide, TV Insider and the entertainment industry advocacy group Creative Coalition honors stars for their dedication to charitable work.

Hale, who is looking to add a third Emmy statuette Sunday to the pair he's already won as a supporting actor on "Veep," was highlighted for his work with the anti-slavery organization, the International Justice Mission.

Jill Soloway, the creator of the Emmy-winning series "Transparent," was lauded for her commitment to raising awareness and representation of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community — both in front and behind the camera.

"Dancing with the Stars" professional Derek Hough, who has won a pair of choreography Emmys for his work on the ABC ballroom competition, was presented with his trophy by a pair of presenters: his recently wed "Dancing with the Stars" colleague Kym Johnson and her husband, "Shark Tank" star Robert Herjavec.

Other honorees at Friday's ceremony included Hale's "Veep" co-star Reid Scott, "Getting On" actress Niecy Nash, "Under the Dome" actor Dean Norris, "House of Cards" actor Michael Kelly and celebrity chef Sandra Lee.

The ‘South Park’ premiere made fun of 'Star Wars' and Hollywood's obsession with reboots

The ‘South Park’ premiere made fun of 'Star Wars' and Hollywood's obsession with reboots

Warning: There are spoilers ahead for "South Park."

Season 20 of "South Park" premiered Wednesday night on Comedy Central and it poked fun at the 2016 election (between a "douche" presented in the form of Hillary Clinton and a "turd sandwich"), Caitlyn Jenner, and more.

It even found a way to provide commentary on the Black Lives Matter movement by showing Cartman in a shirt that read "Token's Life Matters." (For reference, Token is an African American child on the show.)

cartman token shirt

However the bulk of the episode revolved around commentary on NFL player Colin Kaepernick's protest of the national anthem, "Star Wars," and, most importantly, movie reboots.

After a group of girls at South Park Elementary refused to stand for the national anthem, the government goes on a mission to find someone to rewrite the anthem.

"Fellow senators, our nation is divided like never before. While people everywhere fight for their voices to be heard, perhaps it is time for us to consider that our national anthem needs to be changed," one of the congressman declares. "Americans need an anthem inspires and excites, an anthem that has something for everyone while still paying tribute to what it once was."

Who better than J.J. Abrams?

JJ abrams south park
"He saved 'Star Wars.' Now, we will ask him to save our country." Comedy Central

Abrams, of course, has been responsible for rebooting both the "Star Trek" and "Star Wars" franchises successfully. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" has made over $1 billion worldwide.

south park season 20 premiere

"We all want something new, but that makes us remember the things we loved," the senators tell Abrams. Comedy Central

south park jj abrams

We were then introduced to "Member Berries," cute little grapes that talk (just bear with me). And they don't just chat. They remind you of things you love from the past. For whatever reason, the grapes in the premiere were big on pop culture references from "Star Wars" and "Star Trek."

member berry
"Member, Chewbacca?" "And AT-ATs?" are among the many things the little grapes asked characters for them to remember. The more you eat, the more they help you get lost in nostalgia I guess. Comedy Central

It's obvious commentary on our love for nostalgia and how many games, films, and successful TV shows from years past like "Jurassic Park" and "Pokémon" are being rejuvenated for a younger generation.

However, the kicker came when Abrams' version of the anthem was introduced near the episode's end and it was exactly the same as the original anthem. Regardless, people loved it.

If you're confused, the joke is that many found that Abrams' reboot/sequel "The Force Awakens" was nothing more than a rehash of "Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope."

That commentary is not just about "A New Hope," but about a larger Hollywood obsession with reboots, sequels, and remakes right now.

This year alone, there have been several reboots and remakes in theaters ("Ghostbusters," "Ben-Hur," "Tarzan") and this fall will see the launch of several movies being rebooted into television series.

Then, there's something I like to call the requel — a movie that's a hybrid of a sequel and a reboot. It's the start to a new franchise, but captures enough of the nostalgia of what made people fall in love with the original to make it feel familiar. The Hollywood Reporter has a good explainer on the requel here.

Jurassic World

Universal re-opened the park, and with it came a bunch more requels. Universal

We've seen the requel pop up more recently with movies like "Jurassic World," which also topped $1 billion. It's a success "Terminator: Genisys" tried to replicate last summer and failed to do. "Zoolander 2" recently tried to replicate the success of its predecessor as well but bombed. Though they're not all hitting with audiences, Den of Geek reports there are still over 160 movie reboots and remakes currently in the works.

Sorry folks, requels and reboots aren't going away. They're here to stay.
Nightmare' Fun: Danny Elfman at Hollywood Bowl

Nightmare' Fun: Danny Elfman at Hollywood Bowl

Traveling to Halloween Town, if you're a fan of 1993's "Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas," may be a dream, but ultimately it is something of a sticky wicket.
You need to locate the right tree, with the right door, and then gingerly proceed to Holiday World, with the hope you don't find yourself in the middle of a madcap caper deviously devised by Lock, Shock, and Barrel.
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Perhaps easier than locating the entrance to Halloween Town, though, is finding your way to the Hollywood Bowl on Halloween Eve Eve and/or Halloween Eve. None other than Jack Skellington himself, Mr. Danny Elfman, is making a dramatic return for two nights of "Nightmare"-flavored drama and delight.
Halloween Eve Eve and Halloween Eve, of course, is a ghouly way to say Saturday, Oct. 29 and Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. The ticket on-sale date? The not-too-ghouly date of Friday, Sept. 9 at the highly unghouly hour of 10 o'clock in the morning.
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We said "dramatic return" earlier and we emphatically meant it: The film's iconic composer sang his Jack-joyful heart out as the stop-motion classic screened over two nights in 2015, alongside a host of goosebump-delivering performers and a full orchestra (and, yes, some original cast members stopped by to reprise a role or croon a ditty, which also delivered the goosebumps).
Did all of this Halloween-happiness sell out quicker than Jack Skellington slides down a snowy rooftop? Yes.
Will it again? Yes. (Note that there is some pre-sale action going on ahead of Sept. 9, including via KROQ.)
Do people dress up? Oh sweet Zero, do they. If you need Sally-sartorial inspiration, check out the new gingerbread house in Disneyland's Haunted Mansion, which is debuting on Friday, Sept. 9 as part of the theme park's Halloween Time. 
Is there actually a Halloween Town? In our hearts and on our DVD shelves, forever. But, yes, locally there is a store called Halloween Town, in Burbank, and while it isn't strictly "Nightmare"-related, it is packed with eerie goods aplenty.
Might Danny Elfman perform "Dead Man's Party" at the end of the show, like he did to much acclaim in 2015? The Oingo Boingo favorite is as Halloween as a pumpkin, that is a true fact. Who knows? Best be there and seeeee... (cue an Elfman-esque overture).

Source: http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Nightmare-Fun-Danny-Elfman-at-Hollywood-Bowl-392390851.html#ixzz4KcgveBOz 
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