Shoe Designer Vince Camuto Dies at 78

Shoe Designer Vince Camuto Dies at 78

22/Jan/2015  //  227 Viewers

Shoe designer Vince Camuto, the founder of Nine West and the Camuto Group, has died at 78. The cause of death was cancer.

The entrepreneur died at his home in Greenwich, Conn., on Wednesday, and was surrounded by his wife and five children, reports WWD.

Camuto founded the Nine West footwear brand with his former business partner, Jerome Fisher, in 1978, and sold the company to Jones Group Inc. for about  $900 million in 1999. The famed designer then went on to launch the Camuto Group in 2001, creating labels such as Vince Camuto, VC Signature Vince Camuto and Louise et Cie. Camuto also has licenses and partnerships with brands Tory Burch, BCBG Max Azria and Banana Republic, among other retailers, and launched the Jessica Simpson brand, which brought in more than $1 billion in sales in 2014, according to WWD.

Simpson took to Instagram to mourn the designer, writing: "Thank you, Vince, for the humble power that has taken me everywhere. You are my mentor, my family, the creator of all my dreams. I will forever walk in your made them. #brokenheart"

'Mockingjay — Part 1' edges 'Guardians' atop 2014 domestic box office

'Mockingjay — Part 1' edges 'Guardians' atop 2014 domestic box office

22/Jan/2015  //  255 Viewers

"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1" flew past "Guardians of the Galaxy" as the highest grossing film of the year domestically, Lionsgate reported Thursday.

The penultimate film in the blockbuster "Hunger Games" franchise pulled in a whopping $331.8 million at the box office in the U.S. and Canada. It finished slightly ahead of Marvel's "Guardians," which grossed $331.17 million domestically.

The second film in the trilogy, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," was 2013's hghest-grossing movie domestically with a cumulative total of more than $409 million in ticket sales. It surpassed another Marvel
film, "Iron Man 3."

This marks the first time that two franchise films have been No. 1 at the box office in back-to-back years.

Directed by Francis Lawrence, "Mockingjay — Part 1" follows heroine Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 as she transforms into the Mockingjay, a symbol of the rebellion against the Capitol.

The PG-13-rated film also stars Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.

The cast of "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1" travels the world to promote the third film in a four-film franchise. Here are a few snapshots. (Nardine Saad)

It topped the box office for three weekends in a row following its Nov. 21 release. Though the franchise is a favorite — especially among younger audiences — reviews for Part 1 were mixed. While some critics called it a solid segue, others complained that the two-part approach to the finale feels like a cheap cash-in.

It earned a A-minus rating from audience polling firm CinemaScore and a decent 65% positive rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

With its $123-million debut, "Mockingjay — Part 1" fell short of the studio’s initial $130-million expectation and took in far less than forecasters' over-the-top projections of between $150 million and $170 million. It also didn't surpass the robust openings of its franchise predecessors.

Based on the bestselling young-adult novels by Suzanne Collins, the “Hunger Games” movies have been big huge hits for the Santa Monica-based studio.

Director James Gunn's "Guardians" film, starring Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel and Zoe Saldana, is from Disney's Marvel Studios, the unit behind blockbuster franchises such as “Iron Man,” “Thor,” “Captain America” and “The Avengers.”

The sci-fi action film soared at the box office and became a surprise hit. Despite its unconventional August release date, it was the summer's highest-grossing film.


Lea Michele puked singing 'Let It Go'

Lea Michele puked singing 'Let It Go'

22/Jan/2015  //  242 Viewers

Lea Michele "let it go" alright.

The "Glee" gal confessed on Wednesday's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" that while performing the "Frozen" hit "Let It Go" on FOX's musical show, she threw up!

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"I was super nervous. The day didn't start off so well," she admitted. "I was singing, there was snow falling, I looked up, trying to make it magical and beautiful, and ended up choking on the snow and vomiting on the ground. And they have it in slow-mo, on film."

Kimmel was quick to point out how great it would be to see that on the DVD extras.

Despite puking during her performance, the final product got the approval of Princess Elsa herself, Idina Menzel (who plays Lea's biological mom on "Glee").

"At first I was sort of worried, because Idina sang it and Demi [Lovato] sang know, so many people have done it. But I got Idina's blessing, which was wonderful," she revealed. "We were sort of tweeting each other, and she knew it was happening."

Following her embarrassing moment, the 28-year-old got another surprise when some of the crew members brought their kids to set and thought Lea was the real-life Elsa. "I realized, I turned to their parents, and I was like, 'Oh, they think I'm her,'" she recalled. "And then it was awesome. I was like, 'I am god right now. I am a Disney princess God!'"

Pop diva Rihanna wins court battle against Topshop over T-shirt featuring her image

Pop diva Rihanna wins court battle against Topshop over T-shirt featuring her image

22/Jan/2015  //  250 Viewers

LONDON — Pop singer Rihanna has won a court battle against fashion retailer Topshop over a T-shirt featuring a photo of her.

Britain's Court of Appeal on Thursday upheld an earlier ruling that Topshop can't sell the shirt bearing the singer's image without her approval.

The star's lawyers said the image was from an unauthorized photo taken while Rihanna was filming a video in Northern Ireland in 2011.

But Topshop's lawyers argued that retailers have used images of stars including Elvis Presley and Jimi Hendrix over the decades, and that Rihanna was wrongly using the law to claim that "only a celebrity may ever market his or her own character".

A High Court judge ruled earlier that the star's fans may be deceived into thinking she had endorsed the T-shirt.


‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' trailer released: Ellie Kemper shines in Tina Fey-produced Netflix series

‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' trailer released: Ellie Kemper shines in Tina Fey-produced Netflix series

22/Jan/2015  //  249 Viewers

 Ellie Kemper is not only unbreakable, but effortlessly adorable as Kimmy Schmidt.

The first trailer dropped Thursday for "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," the Netflix series created by actress Tina Fey, and it's guaranteed to leave viewers with a smile.

Kemper's character gets freed from a doomsday cult and makes a fresh beginning in New York City in the two-minute clip.

Fey teamed up with "30 Rock's" executive producer Robert Carlock on the project and fans of the wrapped NBC comedy are in for a trip down memory lane.

The 34-year-old "Bridesmaids" actress plays a nanny for former "30 Rock"  star Jane Krakowski's socialite character, who lives in Manhattan's Upper East Side, while another actor from the show, Tituss Burgess, plays the role of Kemper's roommate.

"Life beats you up you can either crawl up into a hole and die, or you can stand up and say 'we're different, and you can't break us,'" Kemper says as the trailer closes out.

Netflix's "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" will premiere on March 6 with 13 episodes.

Abdul, Derulo to judge on Fox's 'Dance'

Abdul, Derulo to judge on Fox's 'Dance'

22/Jan/2015  //  257 Viewers

Paula Abdul will return to her dance roots as a judge on the upcoming season of Fox's So You Think You Can Dance.

The former American Idol judge, a two-time Emmy-winning choreographer, and platinum-selling recording artist Jason Derulo will join executive producer Nigel Lythgoe on the judging panel for Season 12, which will premiere in the summer. It's a reunion for Abdul and Lythgoe, who was an Idol executive producer.

Cat Deeley will return as host of the dance competition, which opens its auditions in New York on Jan. 24.

Abdul and Derulo will take over the seats that were filled by Mary Murphy and a rotating guest judge. The new season will feature a "Stage vs. Street" format in which stage dancers (contemporary, ballet, jazz, tap) will compete against street dancers (hip-hop, animation, breaking).

"With the new and exciting format comes a new and exciting panel of judges," Lythgoe said in a statement accompanying the judge announcement. "I'm delighted that Paula Abdul and Jason Derulo will be joining me at the judges' table this season. Paula is an incredible artist and she brings the perfect combination of expertise and heart to the panel. Jason's insight, humor and creativity will add a new perspective to the panel that we haven't had before."

Abdul and Derulo offered their comments, too.

"I have dedicated a large part of my career as a choreographer to discovering and mentoring some of the most iconic artists and performers from all over the world," Abdul said. "So You Think You Can Dance has a long-standing history of launching brilliant careers for young choreographers and dancers in the industry."

"I am truly excited, and eagerly look forward to joining the cast of So You Think You Can Dance," Derulo said. "It is one of the most respected and longest-tenured shows on network television, and I hope to be a part of new growth and continued success."

After New York, auditions will be held in Dallas (Feb. 14); Detroit (Feb. 22); Memphis (March 8); and Los Angeles (March 15).

J.Lo Gets Real About Her Rocky Relationship Past

J.Lo Gets Real About Her Rocky Relationship Past

22/Jan/2015  //  1689 Viewers

Jennifer Lopez is getting real about her three failed marriages.

The 45-year-old actress and her twins Emme and Max grace the cover of People magazine this week. Inside, J.Lo. speaks candidly about the lessons she's learned from each one of her divorces.

"I would have loved for my marriage in my 20s [to Ojani Noa in 1997] to last till I died, but I see that maybe that was too early. I had more things to learn, and he had more things to learn," the "Boy Next Door" star explains. "And [same with] the next person I married [choreographer Cris Judd in 2001]. And that's who we are and then we're great for somebody else. Until then it's going to be a struggle."


Since her split from third husband (and the twins' dad) Marc Anthony, Lopez says she's made an effort to embrace the single life, though she admits it hasn't been easy. (Post-split, she began dating backup dancer Casper Smart. They broke up in June 2014.)

"I always found my comfort in another person," says Lopez, whose divorce from Anthony was finalized in June 2014, three years after they split. "Instead of giving myself time to heal and be on my own, I was so afraid to be that I was always like, 'OK, somebody else just come in here and help me forget I'm in so much pain.'"

And while she hasn't sworn off marriage entirely ("I still believe in the fairytale"), the two-time Grammy nominee told People she isn't rushing into a relationship any time soon -- a statement that mirrors what she told Arianna Huffington in an interview in November.

"I don't need anybody else," Lopez said on HuffPost Live. "I want somebody else, that would be nice, but I gotta be happy and whole on my own first. I gotta heal from things. You gotta give yourself time and space ... to grow and to realize things about yourself, to become your own best friend, to love yourself."

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'Glee' Star Melissa Benoist Is CBS's 'Supergirl' & Every 'Glee' Fan Should Have Seen This Coming

'Glee' Star Melissa Benoist Is CBS's 'Supergirl' & Every 'Glee' Fan Should Have Seen This Coming

22/Jan/2015  //  266 Viewers

The television world is continuing to pack on its superhero programming, and, in doing so, they’ve found their newest celebrity: former Glee star Melissa Benoist has landed the lead inSupergirl. The show is said to be a “female empowerment story.” It’s a pretty big move for Benoist’s career, after she and her fellow Season 4 additions were phased out of Glee. She’ll also have another Glee alum already entrenched in the network TV superhero life to help her through the transition: former Warbler Grant Gustin’s been killin’ it as the lead in The Flash all this year.

Supergirl will be the newest addition to DC Comics’ ever-growing list of shows, following in the footsteps of Arrow and the aforementioned The Flash, but airing on CBS instead of The CW. Add that to DC rival Marvel’s slate for TV — Agents Of SHIELD and Agent Carter already on air, with four more coming to Netflix — and we’re about to reach peak superhero. But we’ve already had plenty of Superman/Clark Kent, so it seems about time for a solo series for Supergirl/Kara Zor-El.

As for what the show will look like, here’s Deadline’s description of the series’ premise:

Born on the planet Krypton, Kara Zor-El escaped amid its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin, Superman. But now at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.

And from The Hollywood Reporter:

 A foster family, the Danvers, taught her to be careful with her extraordinary powers (which she shares with her famous cousin, Superman). Now 24, Kara feels un-empowered, a slave to having repressed her innate abilities. She’s still pretty, but with her face hidden behind glasses and her hair pulled back, she doesn’t know it herself. An unexpected disaster forces her to use her powers in public. Energized by her heroic deed, for the first time in her life, Kara begins embracing her extraordinary abilities. She begins helping the people of her city and they soon take notice — and she’s even given a new moniker: Supergirl.

I’m giving a strong “no” verdict to that “she’s still pretty, but with her face hidden behind glasses and her hair pulled back, she doesn’t know it herself” line, but the rest has got me sold. Hell, the rest is part of what made me love Elsa from Frozen. Give me a lady with awesome powers learning to embrace them any day.

And all my complaints over the cliché qualities of that one line kind of evaporate when I think back to the retrospective perfection of this one number from Glee:

Tweak the lyrics to make this about her being the hero and this could be the Supergirl theme song.