>> It's time to shine. Party-ready pumps, high-shine wedges, and sparkling sandals; they're the perfect antidote to any Holiday dressing dilemma. Here, 25 gorgeous picks to help you put your best foot forward for the New Year — and beyond.
It's an unfortunate fact of working life: what you put on for work in the morning, when you're not feeling so glam, is often what you need to wear to dinner nine hours later, when you're rushing straight from work to that 7 p.m. date with your friends. We feel you. That's why we're sharing our styling tip on how to transform yourself from sharp working gal to chic evening gal in three easy steps. We took one of our favorite tomboy/geek chic looks and transformed it into something totally sexy. Click to see.
Only 11 days until New Year's Eve!
Diana Ross was a pro at making a stylish splash on stage, and during the '70s and '80s, she rocketed to solo stardom and brought her ultraglam looks out on the town to tons of parties and events. Her iconic style is dazzling and dramatic, yet easy to echo. If you're looking to push your New Year's ensemble to the max this year, go all the way in a fringed maxidress, or a chic fringed statement jacket. Channel the diva Diana with giant hoop earrings and a cocktail ring, and remember: a look this glam calls for extra-high heels, so slip on a pair of sparkly platforms and get ready to hit the floor.
Only 14 days until New Year's Eve! Do you know what you'll be wearing when you ring in 2011? We want everyone to get their gorgeous on, so every day for the next two weeks we'll be providing killer NYE party outfits inspired by our favorite style icons of past and present.
Let's kick things off with the always stunning (and newly pregnant) Jennifer Connelly. While it helps that she has the most gorgeous legs in the universe, this tuxedo look is heavenly on its own. A structured black blazer lends sophistication and sexiness to playful shorts. For those sick of the evening LBD, this might be the style remedy you've been waiting for. Tip: try lace or sequin shorts to add texture. Love what you see? Click the items to buy.
After seeing this lustrous, casually elegant lamé shirtdress from Club Monaco, we fell in love with the party-appropriate fabric. After all, 'tis the season to indulge, so why not drape yourself in some liquid metallic duds? We're so inspired, we picked out the lamé pieces we want right this second. Get in on them, too!
How many puns can we make about Ratatouille, the animated movie about a rat chef, taking the top slot at the box office this weekend? Ratatouille deep fries Die Hard at the box office? Ratatouille slices and dices the competition? Ratatouille gently folds in the ingredients for success?
Bringing in a sizzling (wow, this is fun) $47 million its opening weekend, Ratatouille easily came in first place, beating out Live Free or Die Hard, which raked in $33 million. Evan Almighty was No. 3, though had a much weaker showing than its opening weekend with just $15 million, which doesn't spell good things for the comedy that cost a mighty penny.
1408 continues to do exceptionally well for a summer thriller, taking fourth place. Michael Moore's documentary Sicko came in ninth with $4.5 million — the second-highest opening ever for a documentary (second only to Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11). Sad disappointment Evening groggily limped behind Sicko in tenth place.
Unfortunately, the reign of the little Pixar rodents will most likely be short lived. Transformers opens this Tuesday, just in time to rope in the July 4th vacationers looking for a cool theater and gigantic robot cars. Well, License to Wed also opens this week, but something tells me that movie won't provide too much competition for the Transformers. And that something is Robin Williams.
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I went into Evening really wanting — nay, expecting — to love it. Look at the cast of respected actresses in this film: Vanessa Redgrave, Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, Toni Collette... the list continues. I hunkered down in the theater, equipped with tissues, readying myself for some heartwarmth and perhaps a cathartic sob or two. What happened instead? I nearly fell asleep.
The story follows the dying Ann (Redgrave), who is beginning to lose her grasp on the difference between past and present. She mentally relives a period of her life that she never shared with her adult daughters Nina (Collette) and Constance (Natasha Richardson) — the time she fell in love with the same man (Patrick Wilson) her best friend Lila (Mamie Gummer/Meryl Streep) also loved. Some other stuff happens that's of consequence though we're not allowed to concentrate on it for long because the daughters' stories are also roped into Ann's story. It sort of has that Beaches friendship 'n death thing going on, but there's so much other clutter involved that it's ultimately unsatisfying. There's more to say, though, so read more
Back when I was drawing up my summer movie previews, Evening was one of my most highly anticipated dramatic movies. The cast is full of amazing women: Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, Toni Collette, Claire Danes, and Vanessa Redgrave, among others.
Based on a book by Susan Minot, the story follows Ann (Redgrave), a dying woman who is having vivid memories about a love that changed her forever — but that she never spoke of to her two adult daughters Nina (Collette) and Constance (Natasha Richardson). As Ann dreamily relives this period of her life on her deathbed, her daughters struggle to make sense of their mother's life as well as their own. You may have seen the previews for Evening on TV lately since the movie opens this Friday June 29, and if you're like me you still have Dido's "White Flag" stuck in your head, but in case you haven't seen the full trailer you can check it out if you read more
The NY premiere of Claire Danes and boyfriend Hugh Dancy's new film Evening was last night and seasoned celebs were out in full force. The film itself is based on the novel by Susan Minot and is about a dying woman played by Vanessa Redgrave who reveals a secret to her daughters on her death bed. Claire plays Vanessa as a young girl and Hugh plays her lover in the film. Rumor is the two met and fell in love on the set when Claire was still with Billy Crudup! It's no wonder then that Hugh was a little vague when asked about how their real life feelings translated to the screen. He says, "Screen chemistry, it's never actually as simple as it may seem. I mean, it's a nice tag, but the reality is that chemistry, or any kind of relationship between two characters on screen, is something that's worked on by actors and a good script, in my opinion."
Rachel Weisz isn't in the movie and wasn't looking her best last night, but she's got some big movie news too -- she's just signed on to star in Peter Jackson's adaptation of The Lovely Bones.
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Earlier this week I brought you glimpses of some of this summer's big-budget films and then asked you which one interested you most as the first part of my summer movie preview. Now, check out the dramatic films that promise to be most arresting.
A Mighty Heart
This story shocked and saddened me when it first appeared in the news, and while I'm not eager to relive that, A Mighty Heart seems more likely to be a tender homage to the memory of Daniel Pearl, which is important. Pearl was a journalist working in the Middle East in 2002 when he was kidnapped and ultimately beheaded, his murder recorded on videotape and sent around the Internet. A Mighty Heart chronicles his wife Mariane's (Angelina Jolie) desperate search for him when he goes missing. The film opens June 22.
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