Selena Gomez is on the promotional trail for her new movie, Spring Breakers, and she just stopped by the South by Southwest festival for the Austin premiere. Selena chose to show off her sexier side, wearing two outfits that show off a flash of skin at her midriff. First she went tropical in Dolce & Gabbana, then a little sweeter and polished in a pastel Cushnie et Ochs sheath. Watch on for the full story in today's Fashion Flash. On Allison McNamara: BCBG Max Azria blouse and jacket, Forever 21 skirt.
With the kickoff of South by Southwest, music festival season has officially arrived. Festival style means looking casual yet chic, but sometimes that requires a little planning ahead. We have your hair inspiration and essential beauty tips in today's Beauty Beat. On Kirbie: Club Monaco.
Start-up hopefuls, film savvies, and indie artists galore have begun their descent upon Austin, TX, for the 26th annual South by Southwest (SXSW) festival. With a slightly rainy and overcast forecast to start, and temperatures nearing 80 degrees projected toward the end of the week, we think your suitcase should be packed with the season's must-have floral prints (think Keds x Madewell), along with more functional pieces like a rainproof crossbody bag and comfy flats. Keep clicking for even more styling inspiration — and let us know what you're packing.
Now that SXSW has wrapped, we can take a closer look at the boho-cool style to emerge from the plethora of showcases, blowout concerts, and interactive panels. While Coachella may be known for its Indio heat-soaked, hippie-inspired fashion, and Bonnaroo is notorious for Woodstock-esque wares, Austin's week-long festival presents an interesting mix of freespirited prints and urban-chic pairings. This year, The Vampire Diaries Kat Graham and UK sensation Cher Lloyd donned '90s influenced pieces — think flannel, ripped up denim, and Madonna-esque crop tops, while Solange Knowles opted for a bright iteration of sleek colorblocking. Santigold kept it funky in striped jeans and a tuxedo blazer, Kreayshawn embraced her grungier Kurt Cobain side, and Kimbra played up the sweetness of a Peter Pan collar. To get inspired by the best SXSW looks, just keep clicking.
It used to be that Cannes or Sundance were the main film festivals you always heard about (I'm going to the latter later this month, so check back for my coverage of that). But nowadays, the market is expanding. Even music showcase South by Southwest has been getting in on the act in recent years by adding movies to its lineup.
Just today SXSW began announcing some of this year's flicks, and the opening night debut is none other than fanboy favorite Kick-Ass. Also on the list? A documentary by James Franco titled Saturday Night about the making of an episode of Saturday Night Live (hmm . . . yet another curious gig for the actor). Bottom line, these aren't just films with unknowns, which makes me think even more folks will flock to check them out.
What about you? If you're a movie addict, then chances are you'd jump at the chance to watch new films for days on end. Or maybe that sounds like overload, and you'd rather just wait for the best of the bunch to hit regular theaters (or maybe a fest is just too pricey!). So I'm curious — are you interested in going to film festivals?
After seeing the just-announced lineup of films showing at the South by Southwest festival this year, I'm salivating. There are some movies premiering at SXSW that I've been patiently awaiting for what feels like forever, like Run, Fat Boy, Run with Simon Pegg and Hank Azaria. Then there are others that I'd just love to see before they are actually released, like Forgetting Sarah Marshall (later opening April 18), the Kevin Spacey casino movie 21 (opening March 28) and Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (April 25).
What's really putting me over the edge is that there are Sundance titles here that I never got into and desperately wanted to see, like the adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's Choke, the high school noir film The Assassination of a High School President and the documentary Young@Heart.
The festival takes place March 7-15 in Austin, Texas. What about you? Do you live close enough — or are you willing to make a trek — to see some of these films at SXSW? And are you chomping at the bit as much as I am?
Most of us weren't lucky enough to get down to Austin for Southwest by Southwest, but that doesn't mean we can't relive the experience through good music and very cool photos. (Combine the two, and it's almost like being at a concert!)
Looking through some of the best shots from SXSW, I was struck by what a British Invasion there was this year, from keynote speaker Pete Townsend to much-discussed performances by Lily Allen, Bloc Party, Amy Winehouse, and The Pipettes (above). I've got photos from all of those shows and more, so check out my SXSW gallery when you read more
Today marks the kickoff of the music (and most major) portion of this multimedia bonanza, which is known for breaking new indie acts. On day one alone, there'll be performances by Cyann & Ben, Rosie Thomas, Loney Dear, The Mountain Goats, Blonde Redhead, The Pipettes, The Rapture, and Peter Bjorn & John. Whoa. Then, of course, there is everything else, including the Iggy and the Stooges reunion and hotly anticipated performances from Mika and Amy Winehouse.
But don't worry: There are plenty of ways to get a handle on this musical madness, so read more
- The Springfields of the United States will battle for the right to hold The Simpsons Movie premiere, according to the Associated Press.
- Piz — er, Chris Lowell from "Veronica Mars" — has been cast in the "Grey's Anatomy" spinoff, TV Guide reports.
- Genesis will kick off their first tour in 15 years in September, says Variety.
- The "Nip/Tuck" creator has promised 10 big guest stars this season, including Nicole Kidman, says Access Hollywood.
- Dreamworks has committed to produce a movie based on the Belgian cartoon Tintin, the AP reports.
- NBC is planning its own download store, according to Media Post.
- The weirdest reality TV news this week: The BBC says it's developing a show where contestants will live in a garbage dump.
- "The L Word" is getting a fifth season, Variety reports.
- The South by Southwest independent film festival kicked off on Friday in Austin, Texas, says the Hollywood Reporter.
- The AP reports that John Mayer has joined the lineup of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Yeah, "Your Body is a Wonderland" totally swings.
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- Tim Gunn is leaving Parsons for Liz Claiborne, but the New York Post says "Project Runway" is staying put.
- In irrelevant reunion news, Billboard says the Eagles are recording a new album and David Lee Roth is rejoining Van Halen, says MTV.
- "The Black Donnellys" gets a March 5 premiere and "Andy Richter P.I." will start March 15, while "The Bachelor" will be back April 2, says the Futon Critic.
- Guerilla marketing for the Aqua Teen Hunger Force movie prompts Boston to consider banning the practice, reports the Boston Herald.
- Billboard is reporting that indie radio stalwart KCRW is shilling a covers compilation at Starbucks.
- Variety says that Viacom is asking YouTube to remove the media company's clips.
- Woody Allen picks Penelope Cruz to be his latest muse, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
- Rob Corddry to join the cast of Will Farrell's sports comedy, Semi-Pro, says Reuters.
- According to the AP, J.K. Rowling left a message on a statue in the hotel where she recently completed the final Harry Potter story.
- An Inconvenient Truth will be shown to children in British schools, reports the AP.
- Justin on "Ugly Betty" gives hope to unconventional kids, the Los Angeles Times reports.
- Pitchfork finds out more about this year's South By Southwest music festival lineup.