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Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Angelina Jolie - Vanity Fair, September 2011

In stunning photography by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott (nobody does a close-up face shot like Angie), Angelina Jolie appears on the cover of the September Vanity Fair US issue.

The tabloids can all be quiet about marriage rumours (at least for this week!) - despite the constant 'insider' claims from magazines, Angelina Jolie assures Vanity Fair there is no wedding planned for her and partner Brad Pitt.

“I’m not pregnant. I’m not adopting at the moment,” she adds.

Which kinda leaves it open-ended, doesn't it... okay, weekly mags: feel free to carry on and speculate. As you were.

To read more, go here: http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2011/08/angelina-jolie-quashes-rumors-of-a-secret-wedding-and-admits-to-

The October issue of Vanity Fair will be on newsstands (in New York and LA) on September 1, and on the iPad on September 6.

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Coles Mix clothing range. On-sale tomorrow

Would you like a t-shirt with your tomatoes?

How about a pair of pants with your potato chips?

Tomorrow, Coles supermarket will be the first in Australia to mix fashion with groceries.

Launching an exclusive collection of clothing and accessories to be sold in selected Coles supermarkets, the range will first launch within the freshly refurbed Coles store in Burwood, Victoria.

This will be the first of many Coles stores across the country to sell the collection called 'Mix', touted as fresh, affordable, and stylish.

Surprisingly, supermarket clothing collections have proven a huge success overseas.

Loblaws, a Canadian supermarket chain, has found huge success with their 'Joe Fresh' fashion line, and French supermarket Monoprix has an el cheapo (yet stylish, of course!) clothing line which has been so successful it now has stand-alone stores.

The majority of Mix items are priced under $25, with t-shirts starting from
as little as eight bucks.

The spring Mix collection is a range of block colours, neutral shades, prints
and stripes, and accessories, including beachwear, with the range regularly refreshed every two weeks throughout the season.

Now that's fresh!

The collections will be housed as a ‘store within a store’ concept, complete with displays of apparel and accessories. Choose away, then simply add your Mix pieces to your shopping trolley, and pay for it all along with your groceries.

Fifty two Coles stores across Australia will receive the Mix line from October 6, 2011, with additional stores in 2012.

Sponsored by Nuffnang: The Help - film review, plus ticket and book giveaway

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Sensational bestseller, 'The Help', has quite the following - thanks in part to one Ms Oprah Winfrey. Already a fave amongst avid readers, the Big O elevated the book to must-read status the moment she recommended it to her squillions of global viewers in her famed 'book club.'

While the film is not based on a true story, it is most certainly inspired by events of the time. Set in Mississippi during the 1960s, Skeeter (played by Emma Stone, with Oscar talk already buzzing) is a young woman who returns from college determined to be a "writer, or novelist, or both". She does get her wish, but turns her friends' lives upside down - and most of the community - in the process.

Skeeter makes a decision to interview the African American women whose job it is to look after the well-off Southern families - she herself grew up being cared for by 'the help'. Enter Aibileen (played by the sensational Viola Davis), who is Skeeter's friend's housekeeper. She is the first to open up about what happens behind the closed doors of well-to-do families, many of which treat their hired help like, well, crap. And 'crap' ends up becoming quite the motif in the movie... as does food for that matter.

Watching Southern fried chicken being cooked and chocolate pies being whipped up (with a secret ingredient or two) made me crave good-but-bad American food.

Risking her own friendships, Skeeter continues to meet with Aibileen and starts to keep a record of the incredible stories she tells, and soon more women come forward to tell their own stories.

Not surprisingly, unlikely friendships defying the classist and racial norms of the time are forged and new boundaries of what's acceptable behaviour towards hired help are established. The way the relationship between Skeeter and her mother (played by the inimitable Allison Janney) evolves is also heartwarming. Many poignant moments are played out, and for me, the ones that evoked tears were about pregnancy, babies, children, life, and loss.

And the line of the movie, uttered by Aibileen, to her young charge ("You is kind, you is smart, you is important") is one many will repeat to their own children.

Josie's Juice has three double passes to give away to see the movie, as well as three copies of the novel 'The Help'. All you need to do to be in the running to win a double pass and a copy of the book is tell us about a moment you stood up for something you believed in. Write your answer in the comments section just below.

Competition closes Friday September 9, 2011.

The Help is in cinemas now.

Watch the fabulous trailer here:

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Monday, 29 August 2011

Beyonce Pregnant. That is all.

Beyonce appeared on the red carpet at the 2011 Video Music Awards, clutching her mini baby bump and announcing her pregnancy, with husband Jay-Z.

Expect this baby belly to be one of the most photographed around.

Look forward to plenty of fab preg fashion, as only Beyonce can do.

Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffiths: Vanity Fair, Spain - September 2011

Oh, there you are!

The celeb couple have been very much on the downlow for eons - though courted the press like mad when they first hooked up - feature on the cover of Spanish Vanity Fair, September 2011 issue.

For more, see: http://www.revistavanityfair.es/

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Eat Yourself Sexy Australia, hosted by Sarah Wilson - starts tonight

You know, sometimes, the mere title of a TV show draws me in.

This is one of them.

Eat Yourself Sexy Australia is the newest show on LifeStyle YOU.

Hosted by one of my fave TV personalities around, Sarah Wilson, the premise had me totally hooked.

The show is inspiring and uplifting, and encourages women to take control of their lives and get back on the road to loving themselves.

Now what is not to love about that?

Produced by Southern Star Entertainment exclusively for XYZnetworks’ LifeStyle YOU, Eat Yourself Sexy will screen over eight weeks from Thursday August 25 at 8.30pm (that's tonight!) and the timing is of course, impeccable.

Carrying some extra winter kgs? This is your chance to be inspired, to kick off healthy eating habits, to shift those pounds that may have crept up on you over the past few months (ahem... that'd be me).

“LifeStyle YOU prides itself on knowing Australian women. Our viewers contact us all the time with requests for makeovers, diet and exercise plans and relationship advice. Our vision for Eat Yourself Sexy was to make it real - real women, real makeovers and normal weight loss for women to feel good about their bodies,” said Nicole Sheffield, General Manager, LifeStyle Channels. “The series crosses genres with diet and fitness advice along with makeover tips and is about the realistic makeover to get Australian women feeling sexy again.”

Eat Yourself Sexy follows the stories of eight women, one per episode, as they transform their bodies and find the power to fire up their relationships with the help of a team of experts (ohhh, now I get why she says in the ad - below - "bring me my husband".)

Watch the series preview:

From the salad dodging housewife whose libido has gone missing (no urban myth), to the frantic mum of three who never has time for herself, this series will help Australian women lose weight, regain health and reclaim their mojo once and for all.

Hosting the Australian series and guiding these women along their journey is LifeStyle YOU presenter Sarah Wilson. Along with expert nutritionist Emma Sutherland and trainer Blake Worrall-Thompson, they are on a quest to transform these women in just eight short weeks. No surgery involved.

The women are confronted with the shocking damage they are doing to their bodies by overeating and barely exercising, and are given a tailor made diet and exercise plan to follow. The women, ranging in weight from 78 to 110 kilograms, battle to beat their food addictions and unhealthy habits, and there are plenty of triumphs to report at the end.

"The premise of Eat Yourself Sexy is so refreshing. The series is about changing your eating patterns to not just lose weight, but feel better about yourself and regain confidence, energy and sexual spark. I think Australians will learn a lot from this show... it goes into the kitchens and bedrooms of everyday women and holds a mirror up to our habits,” said Sarah Wilson.

Full of practical advice on diet and exercise, get set for a healthy dose of tough love. It would not surprise me if I, I mean, er, lots of women reignite their love affair with power walks and treadmills and eating right.

On your marks, get set...

EAT YOURSELF SEXY screens Thursdays at 8.30pm from August 25 on LifeStyle YOU, available on FOXTEL and AUSTAR.

Kim Kardashian Who Magazine Wedding Photos

On newsstands tomorrow, Australia's Who magazine (sister publication to US People magazine) presents a special issue featuring the celebrity wedding of the year, between Kim Kardashian and pro basketballer Kris Humphries. And we get to ogle - and pick apart - all the pics.

With three couture Vera Wang gowns, 50,000 flowers and $15 million worth of diamonds, the reality star married her "perfect" guy in a dream wedding that was unabashedly grand. And perfectly made-for-TV.

"I was speechless," says Kim of the day she painstakingly planned for three months (sister Khloe has openly said Kim has planning this day from the moment she was born). "It was like we were in heaven."

The photos (with a cover that, I think rivals the US People mag cover; see here: http://josiesjuice.blogspot.com/2011/08/kim-kardashian-people-magazine-wedding.html) feature all three Vera Wang dresses, from the full-skirted tulle confection to the show-stopping old Hollywood-inspired gowns.

For traditional girls planning their wedding, it's all about the details, and the mag features all the jewels, including the Lorraine Schwartz $15 million dazzling diamond pieces for the bride's day, including an Audrey Hepburn-inspired headpiece, a bracelet with the couple's K and K initials entwined (the groom's gift to his bride) and blinged-up wedding bands.

The reception featured a two-metre tall $10,000 cake and a celebrity chef-created menu, 400-plus guests (including Eva Longoria, Lindsay Lohan, Avril Lavigne).

Plus, photos of the after party for those who really, really want to witness the whole shebang.

Who magazine is onsale tomorrow until Thursday next week.

Kim Kardashian People Magazine Wedding Cover


You're over the Kardashian PR machine?

They've only just begun.

Deemed the US's answer to the recent British Royal Wedding, the Kardashian/Humphries nuptials was certainly the most lavish, OTT celebrity wedding of the year.

"It was like we were in heaven," Kardashian tells this week's People magazine in the highly anticipated cover story exclusive - with all the wedding photo pics - for the US mag (expect Australia's Who magazine to release their Kim/Kris cover tomorrow).

Adds Humphries: "I'm going to remember how perfect it was."

Interestingly, it is only Kim who appears on the cover of People mag (the mag paid a reported US $1.5 million for the happy snaps). Surely, the wedding is not all about her, is it? Is it?

Their wedding planner Sharon Sacks says the couple mixed tradition with over-the-top glamour at their August 20 ceremony, held at a private estate in Montecito, California.

"Kim loves black and white and so does Kris," says Sacks. "They have this Hollywood royalty feeling and the black and white represented formality. But tradition was very important to them."

Wearing a custom-designed Vera Wang gown, Kardashian says she "felt like a princess."

But, she adds, "Glam aside, that wasn’t our main goal. It was really about our family and each other.”

And milking this cash cow for all its worth, baby.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Megan Gale. Italy. David Jones. Love.

I adore an Italo-Australian TV ad - the moment I hear the language I know and grew up with I am enamoured.

Add an Italian location - I am hooked.

This is possibly my favourite Italian-but-made-for-Australian-TV ad - it's several years old, but it's a standout.

I almost forgot about it - but saw snippets of it during the recent David Jones S/S 2011/12 compile ad.

Watch and tell me if it does something to you too...

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Kardashian Wedding: all the teeny, tiny details

For some, there are more pressing issues in the world.

Sure, agreed.

For others, the details are crucial.

And so, in the interest in serving the latter group, here are alll the teeny, tiny deets on what went down at the Kardashian/Humphries wedding.

Here goes:

Date: Saturday, 20th August 2011

Time: Scheduled for 6pm but the ceremony kicked off at 6.37pm (told you we had all the tiny details)

Location: Montecito, California – the estate of Google Executive Eric Schmidt

Kim’s dresses: all Vera Wang
For the ceremony – a custom-made strapless gown with full tulle skirt
For the reception - an ivory mermaid gown with hand-pieced chantilly lace appliqué on the bodice and a skirt with hand-cut organza petals intermixed with chantilly lace motifs and organza sprig embroidery;
For the after party – a crepe-back, V-neck satin gown with a circle skirt

Kim’s hair: an up-do with a diamond garland (set to be copied the world over)

Kris’s tuxedos: Ermenegildo Zegna tuxedo with a white lapel jacket and tie and black trousers; Kris swapped his white jacket and bowtie for black at the reception

Rings: Lorraine Schwartz wedding bands

Matron and Maids of Honour: Khloe Kardashian-Odom and Kourtney Kardashian

Bridesmaids: Kendall and Kylie Kardashian

Bridesmaids dresses: ivory Vera Wang (same for the mother of the bride Kris Jenner)

Groomsmen: Ermenegildo Zegna tuxedos (same for Bruce Jenner and Kris’s dad, William Humphries)

Ring bearer: Mason Disick (Scott and Kourtney's son)

Theme: black and white – all the guests were told to go still the colour scheme

Catering: Wolfgang Puck

Starter – buffalo mozzarella and heirloom tomato salad with basil and "tomato chips"
Main – choice of hand-formed agnolotti with sweet corn mascarpone and summer truffles, or roast chicken with Yukon Gold potato puree, caramelised brussel sprouts and summer truffles
Cake – multi-tiered chocolate-and-vanilla swirl cake studded with chocolate chips

First dance – Robin Thicke sang his song “Angels”, then transitioned into “Let’s Stay Together”
Later, Earth, Wind & Fire played "September", and later still, a DJ spun tunes

Guests: stepbrother Brody Jenner and girlfriend Avril Lavigne, Lindsay Lohan with mother Dina and sister Ali, Eva Longoria and her BF (Penelope Cruz's brother Edoardo), Ryan Seacrest (also the Keeping Up With The Kardashians producer) and his GF Julianne Hough, Ken Baker, Demi Lovato, Kathy Lee Gifford, Mel B, Sugar Ray Leonard, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Alan Thicke, Mario Lopez, Ciara, Joe Francis, George Lopez, Serena Williams, and entertainment reporters Lara Spencer and Maria Menounos.

Members of the New Jersey Nets (Humphries's team) were also given the all-clear to gather for the wedding, despite a rule that prevents teammates from being in contact during the NBA lockout. Jordan Farmar, Humphries's Nets cohort is in fact the guy who introduced the bride and groom.

For the broadcast of the wedding you will have to wait a little while: Kim’s Fairytale Wedding: A Kardashian Event will air Tuesday and Wednesday, October 11 and 12, at 8.30pm, on E!

Okay, now you know all there is to know... so far.

Monday, 22 August 2011

Anne Hathaway: Interview magazine, September 2011

Anne Hathaway features in the September 2011 issue of ultra-cool mag Interview.

She is interviewed by the inimitable Chelsea Handler and they share some banter on being New Jersey girls...

HANDLER: ...let's talk about Jersey. I want to know your thoughts on being from New Jersey, and Jersey Shore, and how you think that show has helped our reputation as Jersey girls.

HATHAWAY: I think that Jersey Shore is awesome. I've gone to Cape May every summer of my life.

HANDLER: I'm talking about the show, Anne.

HATHAWAY: I know—I'm getting there. When I first saw the show, I thought, Wow, they are having a very different experience there than my experience in Cape May. I thought the first season of the show was awesome because it was authentic, but I don't watch it any more because now they know that there's a camera there. The Situation is totally self-aware. He's referring to himself as The Situation non-stop. In the episode I saw, his car got towed, and he was like, "We've got a situation here, and The Situation is the situation."

HANDLER: Did you honestly stop watching though, because you found there were too many similarities between you and Snooki?

HATHAWAY: Absolutely. I like to watch MTV for escapist pleasure, but when I saw Snooki, I saw my twin. I couldn't lose myself in the show anymore because there I was.

HANDLER: I had to actually stop watching the show because I was like, "This girl reminds me too much of Hathaway."

HATHAWAY: I've heard that from many people. That being said, I think JWoww is amazing. I love JWoww. She's intense. See, JWoww to me is proper Jersey because she will scrap for a friend.

For more, see: http://www.interviewmagazine.com/film/anne-hathaway-1/

Kim Kardashian: 'The Wedding', and what she scored

You've got to hand it to the Kardashians - the sure know how to broker a deal.

Kim Kardashian is set to rake in US$17.9 million for her wedding with Kris Humphries.

Oh yes, people. Thirty year old Kim is expected to pull in anywhere between US$12 million to US$15 million for her E! special Kim's Fairytale Wedding: A Kardashian Event, which will air in Australia October 11 and 12.

For more, see here: http://josiesjuice.blogspot.com/2011/08/kim-kardashians-wedding-your-televised.html

This savvy businesswoman (who are we kidding? She's gone far, far beyond being a mere 'reality star' - Paris Hilton must be sobbing in her piles of designer gear) is financially set: between selling her exclusive wedding pics to US People magazine (to be reproduced in Aussie sister mag Who magazine), her bridal shower pics to OK! mag as well as her Las Vegas bachelorette party, this woman is all sorted. Now all she needs to do is, y'know, remember why she got married.

Here's a breakdown of what they got (all is US figures):

* $15 million (plus profit) for the four-hour, two-part wedding special on E!

* $2.5 million for the exclusive pics with US People magazine

* $300,000 for the exclusive engagement announcement with People

* $100,000 for exclusive rights to her bridal shower with Britain’s OK! mag

* $50,000 to have her hen's night at Tao in Las Vegas

* $15,000 to $20,000 for the Hansen’s Bakery wedding cake

* $20,000 for the Vera Wang wedding dress and fittings

* $40,000 for two more Vera Wang evening dresses

* $400,000 in Perrier Jouet Champagne

* $150,000 in hair and makeup for photo shoots and TV “home video”

* $10,000 for the Lehr & Black wedding invitations

* $2 million for the (gasp) 20.5-carat engagement ring and $1 million wedding bands by the US jeweller Lorraine Schwartz, which were said to be hugely discounted.

Here are the pics from the E! televised special. Brace yourself... it's set to be two months (and beyond) of Kardashian-saturation.

Want more? Okay then... go here: http://josiesjuice.blogspot.com/2011/08/kardashian-wedding-all-teeny-tiny.html

Shane Warne: metrosexual much? Do women always want to change their men?

So, you've witnessed the recent evolution of Shane Warne.

And many of us have an opinion about it. A very vocal one.

But how many women have changed their men. Go on. Admit it.

You meet a bloke. You want to tweak. You know, maybe just a tad.

Soon, you're buying him clothes. Suggesting a new hairdresser, perhaps. Maybe even taking him to the shops, undertaking a makeover akin to an ep of Queer Eye For The Straight Guy.

He doesn't seem to mind. May he's even enjoying the attention.

And then, well... you go a step too far. You tell him those jeans are all wrong, those glasses just daggy, that jacket out of date, the shoes... well, they just have to go.

He repels, recoils... and you retreat. For now.

When the dust settles, you go subtle. Much more. No need to hurt his feelings, you decide. That comes later when you've been together for years. Ha.

And then there's Liz Hurley,

The chat is around how much pull she's had on Shane Warne's new look.

When the first photo of Warnie's obv transformation emerged she came to his defence, declaring that the sheen on Shane's lips was probs the transfer of her lipgloss onto his smacker. You know, when she planted one on him.

We didn't buy it. We let it go. For now.

Then new pics emerged. The dramatic weight loss. The cinched in waist. The OTT tan.

And then, the final straw: the colour coordinated golfing outfit. The perfectly coiffed hair. The overall Ken doll appearance. It's all too much, we cried.

When, oh when would we have our badly-bleached, zinc-covered, pot-bellied Warnie back?

C'arn, spill: why does Warnie's new look bother you so much?

And have you ever pulled a Hurley?

Go on, share... no judgement!

Saturday, 20 August 2011

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Friday, 19 August 2011

Kim Kardashian's Wedding: Your (Televised) Invitation

So, I am guessing you've heard a small wedding, a family affair will be taking place this Saturday, US time?

You know the one - a Kardashian branded shindig which will cost squillions though will be reimbursed by gazillions worth of endorsements, product placements, and freebies.

People magazine will be running the pics (Australia's Who magazine sister publication, which means they will also run the highly sought photos) and you can bet the estimated cool half 2.5 mill they paid for it will be well worth the money in mag sales.

Kim's engagement story also ran in People; see link here: http://josiesjuice.blogspot.com/2011/05/kim-kardashians-engagement-ring-too.html

And you can see the whole, televised thing (over not one, but two nights) on the E! channel, on Tuesday October 11, and Wednesday October 12.

Prepare for Kardashian media [over] saturation...

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Reality TV: how much is too much? Russell Armstrong's sad death.

With the news overnight that Russell Armstrong - estranged husband of Taylor Armstrong from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills - was found dead at his home, myriad questions are raised about the 'reality' of reality TV shows.

See a news reel here:

And read more of the story here:


The interesting part of this reality phenomenon (the "Real Housewives" franchise launched in 2006, following five women living in Orange County, and has since spawned spin off shows in New Jersey, New York City and Atlanta) is that the appeal is around watching these women lead apparently fulfilled, opulent, often OTT lives.

The real reality of these reality shows is that at least six "Housewives" have instigated divorce proceedings since being on various versions of the shows, and around the same number have filed for bankruptcy since filming started.

It all begs the question: how much of the show is staged (nooo, impossible!) to suit the template of the show's [affluent] premise. And is it all a little too much, in every respect?

Tahnee Atkinson for Review fashion

Tahnee Atkinson - one of the [most voluptuous] winners of Australia's Next Top Model - is stunning and oh-so-ladylike in the 'Dolls House Collection' for Review’s Spring / Summer 2011 collection.

Tahnee goes a little Mad Men in her Review ensembles. I don't know about you but it makes me wanna get all dressed up, right down to the mini-beehive, bright lipstick and equally bright, perfectly-matched heels.

This collection is in store now, but be quick - it's 25% off... run, don't walk.