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Remembering brilliant actor Philip Seymour Hoffman

Posted by elegant On February - 21 - 2014

Philips Seymour Hoffman, an admired American stage and film actor died on Sunday, February 2, 2014 in Greenwich Village, New York of an apparent drug overdose. He has been struggling with his drug addiction from his college days in New York City. He was 46. He played roles from leading man to villains and sidekicks on screen and was a prominent figure in Broadway too.

His final act on stage in Broadway was in 2012 in “Death of a Salesman.” He was nominated for a Tony Award for the role. He played roles in such productions including “The Big Lebowski,” “Along Came Polly,” “Happiness,” and “Boogie Nights.”

He won an Academy Award in the Best Actor category in 2005 for “Capote.” He was nominated three times for Academy Award for his supporting roles in “Charlie Wilson’s War” (2007), “Doubt” (2008), and “The Master” (2012). He appeared in more than 50 films in his career that spanned almost 25 ears. He starred in big budget movies such as “Mission Impossible III” and independent films such as “The Savages.”

He leaves behind a young son, two daughters and mother of his children and his longtime girlfriend whom he separated in 2013.

What it takes to become an “A-Lister”

Posted by elegant On December - 13 - 2013

Popular award shows are upon us starting with the Golden Globe Awards that is scheduled for January 2014. One of the phrases you will be hearing a lot during the award season is “A-list.” What is the “A-list?”

“A-list” represents or intended to identify most sought after major movie stars and musicians. They are the stars that Hollywood film industry would like to bank on making a popular as well as profitable movie. “A-list” celebrities are unique that the media love to cover their every move from going shopping to social associations. Tabloids love them so much there are many that exclusively cover them and their families. Some of the elements that make an “A-Lister” include a distinguished career, played in high profile projects, handle pressure well and mingle with general population. This allows them to pick and choose what parts they want to play.

Outside Hollywood an “A list celebrity” refers to well connected, popular and much admired people associated with the film and music industry. In some instances “A list celebrity” goes beyond the film industry and used to identify others who are noteworthy in many disciplines. A well-known “Hot List” uses a method to measure stars global appeal.

Can Miley Cyrus stay out of trouble?

Posted by elegant On October - 11 - 2013

Ever since her July 2013 nude pose for a charity, “Protect the Skin You’re In” to raise awareness for melanoma research and to benefit the NYU Cancer Institute and the NYU Langone Medical Center, Miley Cyrus can’t seems to stay out of controversies. Previously in 2011, the actress and singer caught in a second videotaped smoke related violation. As a 15-year old, her 2008 controversial topless photo shoot with Annie Liebovitz for Vanity Fair magazine was the start of series of controversies that seems to follow her to date. In 2009 she carried the controversy over to her erotic pole dance. Respect she earned as a young artist and role modal appears to be eroding much faster lately due to series of controversies.

Born Destiny Hope Cyrus in November 1992, Miley is an accomplished singer and actress. Her father, Billy Ray Cyrus is a well-regarded Country music artist. As a teen idol, Miley made a name for her in Disney Channel television series, Hannah Montana. Her album, Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus, sold over three million copies sending her to the Billboard Hot 100 top-ten list. She also acted in several films including few depicting her career.

Two Warhol master pieces to go on the auction block

Posted by elegant On September - 27 - 2013

Two Andy Warhol masterpieces are expected go on the auction block in November 2013. Christie’s will auction “Coca-Cola (3)” on November 12 and Sotheby’s will auction “Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster)” the next day. The 1962 “Coca-Cola (3)” is a painting of a human sized Coca-Cola bottle and considered to be one of the iconic paintings by the artist. Painting stayed in a private collection for more than two decades and is expected to go for $40 to $60 million. The “Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster)” is also in a private collection since 1988 and Sotheby’s expect the price to be more than $60 million. His 1963 canvas, Eight Elvises, fetched $100 million.

Andy Warhol was an American artist who led the visual art movement also known as pop art. Since his death in 1987, The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania holds an extensive collection of his art. His art includes hand drawings, paintings, printmaking, photography, silk printing, sculptures, film, and music. He also pioneered the computer generated art. Among many books of Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol and Popism: The Warhol Sixties are much popular. He is credited with the phrase “15 minutes of fame.”

The iconic fashion designer Michael Kors

Posted by elegant On June - 21 - 2013

First Lady Michelle Obama wore one of his dresses for her first term official portrait. Famed singer Alicia Keys wore a gown designed by him for the Barack Obama Presidential Inauguration on January 21, 2013. Of course we are talking about Michael Kors and his designs. Born on August 9, 1959 in Long Island, New York as Karl Anderson Jr., his mother, a former model told him that he can change his name since she got remarried to Bill Kors. At the age of five he changed his name to Michael David Kors. He studied fashion at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.

In 1981, he launched Michael Kors collection of women’s wear for Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Lord & Taylor, and other high end stores. Later he designed ready-to-wear cloths for women for French designer Celine. Kors men’s wear line was introduced in 2002. He was awarded the 2003 CFDA award for menswear designer of the year. In 2013, he made to The Time 100 most influential people of the world list. He is best known for his classic collection for women. Now his clothing collection includes handbags, shoes, purses, watches and perfumes.

A banda, norteño and ranchera musician, 43 year old Jenni Rivera along with six others were killed in a plane crash in a hilly area in Mexico on December 9, 2012.  She was better known as “La Diva de la Banda” for her banda music.  She was an accomplished singer-songwriter, actress, television producer and an entrepreneur.  She was a Mexican music powerhouse.  In recent years she was working on an entry into the U.S. market with an English language album.  Her parents were migrated to the U.S. from Mexico and Jenni was born in Long Beach, California.  Married three times, she had five children from two marriages, and obtained a degree in business administration.  The cause of the plane crash is still under investigation.

Her recording career started in 1992 and her album, Jenni, became a Billboard Top Latin Album chart in 2008.  Her reality TV show, “Jenni Rivera Presents: Chiquis & Rag-C” started in 2010 and “I Love Jenni” in 2011.  Her acting will debut in 2013 when the film “Filly Brown” released.  She sold over 15 million records, won two Billboard Music Awards and the favorite Mexican female artist award.

Few extra things about co-hosts and judges of “The X Factor”

Posted by elegant On November - 14 - 2012

The iconic British television show, “The X Factor” made its way into the U.S. in the fall of 2011.  Today it dominates the television viewers, entertains many and generously rewards the winner of the singing contest with a $5 million contract.  The well-known producer, Simon Cowell produces the show.  Two new judges and two new hosts joined “The X Factor” at the begging of the 2012 show.  Here are few rarely known facts about some of them.

At the tender age of ten, Britney Spears contested in the “Star Search” and lost to 12-year old Marty Thomas.  In 1997 she debut her album “…Baby One More Time” with Jive Records.  She is now 30 and grew up in Louisiana.

Who couldn’t remember Mario Lopez from the hit television show “Saved by the Bell”?  After “Saved by the Bell” he hosted “Extra” for a while and now he is co-hosting “The X Factor”.

The names of the entire Kardashian gang start with K.  Khloe Kardashian Odom is married to basketball superstar Lamar Odom and they both star in their own show, “Khloe and Lamar”, an off shoot of “Keeping up with the Kardashians”.

Men in Black 3’s agent K, Josh Brolin

Posted by elegant On November - 13 - 2012

Much has written about Agent J played by Will Smith in Men in Black 3 and not much about Agent K played by Josh Brolin. Josh Brolin plays a partner role as agent K in Men in Black 3 along with Will Smith. The 44 year old actor portrays as a younger Tommy Lee Jones. He wears a prosthetic nose, ears, and brow. Brolin says mimicking comes naturally. He comes from a family in the entertainment business. He is married to actress Diane Lane. His father, James Brolin who is an actor himself is married to famed Barbara Streisand.

In high school, Brolin made people laugh with his acting. Brolin made his film debut in the 1985 movie, The Goonies. His other movie work includes No Country for Old Men, Milk, and W. He was nominated for an Oscar for his performance as a gay-bashing murderer in the film Milk. In the comedy W, he successfully portrays President George W. Bush. In the sci-fi comedy Men in Black 3, Brolin plays the role of Agent K meeting Agent J played by Will Smith for the first time in 1969. Before taking the role he watched the series many times over preparing him for the role.

Musicians earn mega bucks in 2012

Posted by elegant On November - 12 - 2012

The 2012 is getting closer to go on record books for earnings by entertainer.  According to published reports Canadian born Justin Bieber who released three albums, launched a world tour and invested in many startups such as Sportify and Tinychat is one of the most popular artists within the last 12 month period.  However, he has earned only about $55 million for the period.  The honor of the world’s highest earning musician award goes to unlikely Dr. Dre who earned more than $110 million for the same period according to the Forbes magazine.

The hip-hop artist, Dr. Dre, has a business deal with HTC, the Taiwanese manufacturer of smartphones and tablets.  HTC agreed to pay more than $300 million to buy 51 percent share of his Beats headphone business.  So far he has collected $100 million of the agreed price.  More and more musicians, artists and country music stars are investing outside the music industry in business ventures.  Besides Dr. Dre, Diddy and Jay-Z are good examples.  Holding concerts also paid handsomely for artists.  The Pink Floyd rocker Roger Winters collected more than $158 million gross in 63 shows in six months of 2012 from his The Wall Live tour.

Two new hosts to join “The X Factor”

Posted by elegant On October - 5 - 2012

The Fox announced that Mario Lopez and Khloe Kardashian Odom will be officially joining “The X Factor” as its hosts next month when the show starts its live broadcasting.  They will be replacing the British television personality Steve Jones who served as the host of the first season of “The X Factor”.  The second season of the famed show is currently in progress and Simon Cowell, L. A. Reed, Britney Spears and Demi Lovato as judges are coaching and selecting finalists in four categories.  Britney and Demi replaced the first season judges of Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger.  According to Nielson Company more than 9.71 million watch “The X Factor” weekly.

Mario Lopez, age 39, is currently hosting the “Extra”, a syndicated show.  He hosted “America’s Best Dance Crew” on MTV for the past seven seasons.  Mario is also an actor who appeared in many films, television and Broadway productions.  He is best known for his role in the television show “Save by the Bell”.

Khloe Kardashian Odom, age 28 and wife of famous basketball star Lamar Odom, is currently co-starring in the reality TV show “Keeping Up with the Kardashians”.  She is also a TV personality, radio host, model and a business woman.