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Fashion Designer Oscar de la Renta Dies at 82
Legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, who dressed generations of celebrities in red carpet and evening gowns, has died after battling cancer at 82.
In the early 1960s, he came to fame dressing Jackie Kennedy, and founded an influential New York fashion house. Among the actresses who appreciated his glamorous red carpet gowns were Audrey Hepburn, Cameron Diaz, Nicole Kidman, Oprah Winfrey, Kristen Stewart, Penelope Cruz and Jessica Chastain. One of his most recent commissions was Amal Clooney’s wedding dress.
His name was so synonymous with high fashion that an entire “Sex and the City” episode was based on the idea of Carrie Bradshaw receiving a knee-length red poufy dress from her boyfriend Aleksandr Petrovsky.
He can also be seen in 2009 documentary “The September Issue,” about the making of Vogue magazine’s huge annual fall edition.
Though his ruffles and slinky satin dresses were undeniably feminine, he told Elle magazine, »
- Variety Staff
Eli Roth Boards ‘Cabin Fever’ Reboot
The remake stars Gage Golightly (“Teen Wolf”), Dustin Ingram (“Paranormal Activity 3″), Samuel Davis (TV’s “From Dusk Till Dawn”), Matthew Daddario and Nadine Crocker. It uses Roth’s original script, which follows a group of college students who rent a cabin for partying and fall victim to a flesh-eating virus.
The film started shooting this week in Portland, Ore. Cassian Elwes is executive producing along with Roth, Ike and Jaclyn Ann Suri, plus Peter Fruchtman and Gerald Fructman. Travis Zariwny (“Intruder”) is directing and Armory and Pelican Point Media are financing. Producers are Contend’s Evan Astrowsky — who produced the original film with Roth — and Armory Films’ Chris Lemole and Tim Zajaros.
“Travis had an amazing vision for my original script, and, as a scary movie fan, I really wanted to see it, »
- Dave McNary
‘Arrow’ Casts Vinnie Jones to Play Villain Brick
The CW's “Arrow” has added yet another villain to its growing roster. British actor Vinnie Jones has been added to play the DC comic book villain known as Brick, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. See photos: 19 Best and Worst Superheroes to Hit TV: What's Flown? What's Blown? On the show, Jones will portray Danny Brickwell, a notorious gang leader who brings down the Starling City government. Unlike the impenetrable skin his comic book counterpart possesses, Jones’ character will be known as “Brick” on the show because he's been shot multiple times and survived each attempt. Jones will appear in. »
- Linda Ge
James Franco Allegedly Attacks Paparazzo at Lana Del Rey Concert—See the Pic
James Franco has come under fire after he reportedly tackled a paparazzo, who apparently wants justice following the alleged altercation. The 36-year-old attended the Lana Del Rey concert on Friday night at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where he was photographed gleefully running away from a shutterbug lying on the ground beside him with his left fist raised in the air. While it's unclear what occurred between the two, an eyewitness tells E! News that Franco ran head first into the photog and tackled him football style, adding that the thesp was laughing but did not appear to be joking around. TMZ reports that the paparazzo filed a report with the Lapd office on Saturday »
Leslie Jones Promoted to SNL Featured Player
Deadline reports that SNL staff writer Leslie Jones has been promoted to featured player ahead of this week’s Jim Carrey show. Jones became a writer for the show following the talent search in early 2014 that resulted in the hiring of Sasheer Zamata, but her guest spots on "Weekend Update" — from her relationship advice segment on this year's season premiere to her controversial "No. 1 Slave Draft Pick” bit about slavery last May — proved that she can hold her own in front of the camera as well. Congrats Leslie! »
- Anna Silman
Why Bethenny Frankel's Return to Real Housewives of New York City "Finally Feels Right"
Who says you can't go home? Well, Bon Jovi., but Bethenny Frankel is heeding the message! The Skinnygirl entrepreneur is heading back to Real Housewives of New York City for the show's seventh season, she confirmed to E! News Monday. The 43-year-old mother of one explained on her Bethenny.com blog why, "after many years of hesitation," she decided to "return to my roots" on the reality series. "Bravo and I have maintained an incredible partnership and relationship over the years, which is something I am very proud of and grateful for," she wrote. "It really is where it all began for me, and you can't forget where you came from." The health and fitness mogul »
Diablo Cody: But What I Really Want to Know Is...
Diablo Cody is an Oscar-winning screenwriter, an acclaimed author, and one of the big reasons Twitter is worth tolerating, but we mainly love the "Juno" scribe because she's a great interviewee. On the first episode of HitFix's new interview series But What I Really Want To Know Is..., we caught up with Cody (a.k.a. Brook Maurio) to discuss her least favorite screenwriting cliches, the filming of her next movie "Ricki and the Flash" with Meryl Streep, and the woman who warned her to put her Oscar away for good. We also play a round of our favorite game called Who's In Your Coven? Pick five living women who represent, for lack of a better term, your "spirit animals." Mine are Jane Fonda, Jane Curtin, Lesley Ann Warren, Lee Grant, and Cynthia Nixon. Who did Diablo Cody pick? Your head will spin. »
- Louis Virtel
Hillary Clinton Fundraiser Raises $2.1 Million for Democratic Midterms
Hillary Clinton was the guest of honor at a fundraising event for Hollywood's elite that raised $2.1 million. The event was to raise funds for the midterm elections, and the Democrats’ bid to maintain hold of the Senate. Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg and Alan Horn were among the co-hosts of the event, which was held at Brentwood's Tavern restaurant in Los Angeles. Tickets for the dinner were $32,400, but donors had the option to contribute up to $211,200 to the Grassroots Victory Project, the joint fundraising committee that threw the event. There were several notable Hollywood guests in attendance, according to »
- Jason Hughes
Go Girl! Jennifer Lawrence Swings an Ax and Impresses All the Guys in New Serena Clip
Just call Jennifer Lawrence, super woman! She's conquered evil in The Hunger Games and appeared in head-to-toe blue makeup in the X-Men movies. And in a new clip from her upcoming movie, Serena, Lawrence is proving to the guys once again that she's one tough lady. In a sneak peek, the actress is taking care of family business as she spots a man trying to notch a tree. Once she realizes he's doing it completely wrong, Lawrence grabs the ax and shows him how it's done. "Get back to work," she tells the crowd of men looking on in shock as she succeeds on the first try. Ohhh, snap! Set in the 1920s, Serena tells the story of a married couple (played by Lawrence »
Shonda Rhimes Responds to Twitter Criticism of Gay Sex Scenes on Her Shows
Shonda Rhimes had some choice words for one of her Twitter followers on Sunday night, in response to the tweeter's complaint that "The gay scenes in scandal and how to get away with murder are too much. There is no point and they add nothing to the plot.” In response, Shonda unleashed a torrent of furious Twitter wisdom upon us all (while simultaneously demonstrating top-notch use of the phrase 'Bye Felicia'):And all was calm in Shondaland once again. »
- Anna Silman
Bona, Village Roadshow Among China Buyers For Finecut’s Korean Slate
As China’s love-in with Korean content continues to blossom, China’s Bona Film Group was prominent among the pre-buyers for upcoming Korean comedy “Fashion King.”
Based on a popular web comic strip, “Fashion King,” which revolves around a high schooler who attempts a total make-over to win the girl of his dreams, has numerous credentials to appeal to the Chinese market.
Directed by Oh Ki-hwan, who previously directed Korean-backed Chinese hit “A Wedding Invitation,” it stars Joo Won (TV’s “Good Doctor”), Ahn Jae-hyeon (TV’s “My Love from the Stars”), and Sulli, a member of the K-pop group f(x).
Sales company Finecut introduced the film at this month’s Busan film market ahead of its theatrical release in Korea on Nov. 6 through Next Entertainment World. It also licensed it for Taiwan to Golden Harvest, and for Thailand to Hoyaspotainment. Bona additionally acquired rights in Hong Kong and Macau. »
- Nemo Kim
Did Pharrell Williams make two critical mistakes on Monday's episode of 'The Voice'?'
Since he first joined "The Voice" this season, Pharrell Williams has been something of wizard. The reigning Producer of the Year at the Grammys has basically taken almost every artist he has desired for his team. But on Monday's episode, Adam Levine stole his thunder... twice! Join the lively reality show discussions going on right now in the Gold Derby message boards -Break- With battle rounds on stage for a third time, the audience saw 12 remaining contenders face off in six challenges. It is very possible Team Pharrell chose the wrong winner not once but twice, with Team Adam reaping the results. The first of these had the soulful Blessing Offor and 15-year-old Katriz Trinidad performing the Stevie Wonder song "Do I Do." Williams selected Trinidad as his champ, so Levine immediately hit his buzzer and brought Offor over to his team. In the last battle of the evening, it »
Recap: 'Sleepy Hollow' - 'The Weeping Lady' reveals Katrina's commitment to prophecy
Last week Ichabod and Abbie scored one for the good guys by ending a centuries old family curse and saving a little girl. Meanwhile, Hawley — aka Southern Gentleman Aquaman — scored one for pragmatism by running away from danger because self-preservation is an extremely underutilized skill. But with Mills and Crane feeling good about “getting the hang” of this Witness thing, what inevitably terrible fate awaits them this week with “The Weeping Lady”? *********** Oh wow. The seamstress from the Revolutionary War reenactment the other week wasn’t a throw away character! She returns and is given a name. Caroline. Miss Caroline has been busy replenishing Ichabod’s wardrobe of period appropriate clothing. And churning him butter. And making him jam. And oh dear, I think Caroline is hoping Crane with churn Her butter. Because commitment to Colonial ways is apparently an aphrodisiac. Either that or it’s just his accent. Despite looking like a budget Katrina, »
- Donna Dickens
Dancing with the Stars: Who Went Home on Latin Night?
But he looks so sexy with his hair pushed back! Tonight, Mean Girls fans everywhere probably let out a simultaneous "Noooo!" when Jonathan Bennett and Allison Holker were rudely eliminated from Dancing with the Stars. That's right, America: Aaron Samuels will not be walking away with the mirrorball trophy. And it's all your fault. Sure, Jonathan was not the best dancer the show has ever seen, but he was certainly better than a few other contestants who continue to receive rave reviews from the judges much to our complete bewilderment. If you had told us several weeks ago that Michael Waltrip and Tommy Chong would still be on the show, we would have made the exact same sort of pouty face we're »
Fka Twigs Takes "Video Girl" to Extreme With Google Glass in New Conceptual Video: Watch Now!
Fka Twigs is one tech-savvy video girl. The British-born singer-songwriter stars in "#throughglass," a trippy short film of her own design that's set to haunting remixed versions of "Video Girl" and "Glass & Patron." But while Twigs (and more Twigs, with as many as four different versions of herself writhing and dancing in the frame all at once) is the main event, she does have a co-headliner—Google Glass. In the video, Robert Pattinson's new flame dons the much-hyped and controversial pair of specs—which record video and sift through the wearer's iTunes and other files with just the tap of a finger—and her world instantly goes »
Rip Oscar de la Renta: Famous Fashion Designer Remembered by Taylor Swift, Ivanka Trump and More Celebs
The fashion world has lost a truly remarkable talent. Oscar de la Renta, who is known for his stunning designs that have graced numerous red carpets and influential events throughout his 50 years in the industry, has died at the age of 82. The iconic designer's cause of death was not clear. However, he was diagnosed with cancer in 2006, but said in an interview last year with the International Business Times that he was "totally clean" of the disease and not at all interested in retirement. He recently designed Amal Clooney's wedding gown, and appeared in the pages of Vogue with George Clooney's bride, taken during her fitting. Also earlier this month, Michelle Obama made »
Hannibal Buress Called Bill Cosby a Rapist
At a stand-up show in Philadelphia last Thursday, Hannibal Buress lambasted Bill Cosby, calling out the allegations of sexual assault that have dogged the comedian for the past decade (you can read a timeline of the abuse charges, from thirteen different women, here). "It’s even worse because Bill Cosby has the fucking smuggest old black man public persona that I hate," Buress commented. Buress didn’t mince words: Thirteen? And it’s even worse because Bill Cosby has the fucking smuggest old black man public persona that I hate. Pull your pants up, black people. I was on TV in the ’80s. I can talk down to you because I had a successful sitcom. Yeah, but you raped women, Bill Cosby. So, brings you down a couple notches. I don’t curse on stage. Well, yeah, you’re a rapist, so, I’ll take you sayin’ lots of motherfuckers »
- Anna Silman
Pregnant Blake Lively Stuns in Plunging Neckline, Joins Ryan Reynolds on Red Carpet for First Time Since Baby News
Absolutely gorgeous! Those are the words most fans will repeat after seeing Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds on their first red carpet together since announcing they were expecting. While attending Gabrielle's Angel Ball in New York City, Lively wore a pale yellow silk Gucci gown that featured a plunging neckline composed of silver crystal embroidery. The long-sleeve dress perfectly showed off the expectant mom's glow and growing baby bump! Not to be outdone, Reynolds looked quite handsome as well as he donned a Gucci tuxedo with a navy silk bow tie and black leather shoes. Is it too early to crown the Best Dressed Couple of 2014? The Angel Ball is a star-studded event that »
'The Conjuring 2' delayed: Is James Wan's 'Fast and Furious' schedule to blame?
"The Conjuring 2" won't be haunting Halloween 2015 after all. The horror sequel has been booted from its October 23, 2015 release date into 2016, according to Deadline. Another as-yet-unnamed Warner Bros./New Line horror film will take up residency in that slot instead; potential contenders include "Crawlspace" starring Michael Vartan and witch-themed horror film "Superstition" from writer/directors Travis Cluff and Chris Lofing. There's still no word on whether original director James Wan will return to helm the followup, though it could be speculated that the studio pushed back the release date in order to accommodate his schedule (he's currently readying "Fast and Furious 7," which is slated to hit screens next April). Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, who starred as real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren in the first film, are slated to reprise their roles in the sequel. "The Conjuring" has proven to be big business for WB/New Line: the first »
- Chris Eggertsen
Leslie Jones Named New SNL Cast Member
Saturday Night Live just added a new face to the cast of its 40th season. Leslie Jones is the latest lady to join the show as a full-fledged cast member after becoming a writer earlier this year. Jones first auditioned for the coveted spot last fall as one of twelve finalists, but the role was ultimately offered to Sasheer Zamata. And while Jones may not have gotten her big break right away, the comedian made an impression on showrunner Lorne Michaels, eventually making appearances on Weekend Update, Deadline reports. In addition to her new gig in front of the camera, »
- Emily Strohm, @emablonde
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