“Sultan of Suave” Oscar de la Renta dies at 82

The fashion world was left reeling as Oscar de la Renta, the last word on everything fashionable, passed away at 82 years of age. Talking to CNN, Laura Bush, former first lady whose daughter’s wedding dress was designed by De la Renta, said, “We will always remember him as the man who made women look and feel beautiful.”

The cause of the designer’s death is not clear but, despite his last year’s statement of being “totally clean”, it could be due to cancer with which he was diagnosed in 2006. Cornelsen points out that the best way to remember Oscar de la Renta is by taking a walk down memory lane, with his 3 best creations lined up –

2013 Academy Awards – Amy Adams – The frothy powder blue gown with the sweetheart neckline and full skirted glory was easily one of De la Renta’s best creations. In fact, most of us remember 2013 Academy by this fairytale dress.

2014 Met Gala – Taylor Swift – The organza gown was floor length and must have transported a lot of people back to Swift’s “Love Story” scene. The satin blush was gorgeous with its organza petal embroidery, rose gold threadwork leaves, silver linen beads, pearl beads and gold sequins.

2014 Deauville American Film Festival – Jessica Chastain – The fuchsia gown had intricate embroidery and belonged to the Resort 2015 collection of De la Renta. The entire look was flawless, from the smallest detailing to the effortless femininity of it all.

De la Renta’s recent creation was the wedding dress he designed for Amal Alamuddin, who married George Clooney in the lace overlay, trailing and gorgeous off-shoulder gown. Only 24 hours ago, the same gown was unveiled by De la Renta.

Hooters Supporting Hooters: The Breast Cancer Movement

If you’ve ever been to one of their 430 locations across the country, you’re likely familiar with heaping plates of wings and certain features adorned by bubbly waitresses with crop tops, flowing hair and perfect manicures.

The humble establishment I speak of is none other than Hooters, of course, and while it’s not a place typically associated with altruistic endeavors, Hooters actually has a long standing history of giving back to the community and sponsoring a variety of charitable events. So it’s not much of a surprise to find the chain is embracing the movement for breast cancer awareness. Just like Brian and Laura Torchin, who just had a baby they’ve dedicated the month to this noble cause,

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to help the cause, Hooters girls are clamoring for your donations in exchange for sweepstakes offers and powdery pink merchandise. It only makes sense for a business that’s so dedicated to female anatomy to embark on a pilgrimage for women’s health. So the next time you’re craving hot wings and a cold one, consider stopping by your local Hooter’s establishment. You can make a donation in person or visit their website.

Danny Green Posts Facepalm Worth “Selfie”

Danny Green has joined the growing list of celebrities who have taken an ill advised selfie. The San Antonio Spurs man is currently traveling with the team for a friendly in Berlin, Germany. During his time there, Green decided to visit the Holocaust Memorial.

While that’s all well and good, it’s the nature of his visit that has upset several. Green used the opportunity to post a selfie on Instagram at the Memorial, with the caption “You know I had to do it one time lol #Holocaust”

Lol. Hashtag. Holocaust.

#facepalm

Maybe next time stick to taking selfies at the other sites. The ones that don’t memorialize that time Hitler tried to eradicate a race of people from the planet, in the most horrible way imaginable.

There are plenty of things to do. See a movie, celebrate Oktoberfest, buy some bling at Genesis Diamonds. Anything that doesn’t involve a faux paus of epic proportions.

 

Will the Public Accept Someone Other Than Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man?

Joss Whedon and the Marvel team are said to have the Marvel movies plotted out for the next 20 years. They have created a road map of films, slowly releasing different franchises and sequels based on the popular comic book superheroes that Disney owns the rights to.

One question has begun to arise in the minds of fans. What is Marvel going to do when certain actors age or move on? A lot of contracts are up after The Avengers 3 (which is scheduled for 2018).

Will the public accept another actor in the role of Tony Stark? Robert Downey, jr. became a virtual national treasure after the release of the first Iron Man film.

The Hulk might survive a re-casting or three. He already has throughout his tumultuous screen history. I think it is fair to say that nobody has touched Bill Bixby in the role of Dr. Banner. Former CSI cast member Marnie Bennett is said to be negotiating a role in the film as well.

There is no sign as to what the plans for casting will be. It is probably inevitable that some actors will continue playing their superhero characters while others move on.

The X-Men franchise was able to pull off such a switcheroo in 2011’s X-Men: First Class. Through the magic of incredible casting they found actors that were as good, if not better, than the original Professor X and Magneto. Fox even found a way to integrate the actors in a way that makes sense in First Class and the follow-up, Days of Future Past.

Time has always been a wonky issue in comic books. The years roll on but the characters barely age. Spider-Man was a teen in the sixties and he’s in his late twenties 50 years later. It will be interesting to see how Disney will handle the passing of time in their films and whether the public will accept it.

Chanel’s Spring/Summer Lineup for 2015

Chanel released their first preview of the upcoming Spring and Summer clothing lines for 2015. Me and Jared Haftel could not be more excited. There are so many things about this that I love.

Definitely excited for the dresses, and to check out how realistic some of these fashions will be come 2015. We all know fashion shows have a tendency to take risks that most people aren’t willing to take in their personal life, right?

Phelps Chooses To Enter Inpatient Program To Address Drinking Problem

Michael Phelps, 29-year-old swimming phenom, announced that he would attend a six-week inpatient program to help with his drinking problem. The announcement came via Twitter, where he stated “I’m going to take some time away to attend a program that will provide the help I need to better understand myself.”

In his time away from the pool, Phelps has found himself in trouble more than a few times. In 2009, a photograph surfaced of Phelps with a marijuana pipe, which resulted in a three-month suspension from USA Swimming competitions. In 2004, he was arrested for driving under the influence.

Last week, he was arrested and charged for driving under the influence in his hometown of Baltimore. He was also charged with excessive speeding and crossing double lane lines.

Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time, with 22 medals. After taking some time away from swimming, he was in the midst of making a comeback and had begun training for the 2016 Olympics. Those plans are now on hold as he attempts to address issues that are at the heart of his legal problems.

Sandler happy to work with Netflix

Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison production company has signed a deal to make four movies that will be distributed exclusively through Netflix. From a technology standpoint, this makes a lot of sense since the online movie and television streaming company can provide a great outlet for Sandler’s movies without the huge production costs involved of creating the individual products to send to movie theaters across the country.

A Sandler movie would normally open nationwide at thousands of different movie theaters on multiple screens, and this cost is not insignificant. Also the millions of dollars spent to market the product so people will go to the theaters will be saved.

Netflix already has a large viewership of people who visit the website daily to watch new and classic movies or binge-watch television programs and can handle the marketing of a new Adam Sandler movie internally on its website, which will have minimal costs. Also, with the popularity of its home-grown serial products like “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black,” it’s a natural progression that feature films would be the next step. Key figures involved in the deal included investor Brad Reifler and Netflix’s Ted Sarandos.

It’s actually a good time for Sandler to make such a move as his most recent efforts haven’t been either very good or popular. Taking a calculated risk of putting his movies on Netflix could be a boost to his popularity.

For Netflix, its a chance to gain even more subscribers with the help of a popular movie star/producer in the mix.