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Christina Aguilera's Rubenesque physique could pay off in a huuuuge way. She's been offered $3 MILLION to be the face of a dating website for "big and beautiful" women.
The person behind the offer is former "America's Next Top Model" winner Whitney Thompson -- the first plus-size model to even win the show.
Whitney now runs TheBigandTheBeautiful.com -- and fired off a letter to Aguilera, saying she's extremely interested locking down Christina as the spokesperson for the website, which is "specifically designed for women with curves."
As part of the deal, Aguilera would agree to at least one TV commercial, one radio commercial, two photo shoots, and four public appearances. She also wants Christina to sing a jingle for the website.
Christina has previously said she's proud of her new "curves," but it's unclear yet if she's too proud to take the money.
Needs a re-release, as does SEX!
If anyone in the last 30 years of American music knows how to grind artistic vision against the pop marketplace, it’s Madonna. But the fall of 1992 would be the first time her instinct faltered. With the trifecta of album (Erotica), coffee table book (Sex) and movie (Body Of Evidence), Madonna pushed as hard as she could against the public’s tolerance of sexuality in mass media. The effect was, at the time, wearying. Twenty years later, the Erotica album (released October 20, 1992), divorced from the book and (terrible) movie, stands as her most rococo album, layered in strange sounds, dark feelings and a pleasing defiance toward pop radio.
As the first full length follow-up to her worldwide hit album, Like A Prayer, Erotica is a bruised beast. Leaving behind the California life she’d been living, her new music was immersed in the sounds of New York, the city in which it was recorded. If Erotica was not a commercial success on the level of earlier hits — it peaked at #2 on the album chart — it’s triumph is that it has aged beautifully.
I’ll be your mistress tonight
“This Used To Be My Playground,” Madonna’s summer’92 soundtrack single (A League Of Their Own), was a red herring. The stylistic leap from that sentimental ballad to Erotica’s first single, the scratchy title track, is immense. Constructed on a sample of Kool & The Gang’s “Jungle Boogie,” the track was too gritty for the Hot 100, where it peaked at #3. The “Playground” video’s girl in a flowery field had been replaced by Madonna’s gold-toothed alter ego, Dita, who traded in sadism and provocation. (“I don’t think you know what pain is,” she intones, “I don’t think you’ve gone that way.”) Indeed, the bondage ’n’ boobs video was immediately banned from MTV.
Madonna — “Erotica”
The second single, “Deeper And Deeper,” nourished the masses in a more recognizably “Madonna” style. In his Erotica Diaries, co-producer Shep Pettibone reveals how much artistic control Madonna had during the recording of this disco classic. He wrote, “The middle of the song wasn’t working… Madonna wanted (it) to have a flamenco guitar strumming big-time. I didn’t like the idea of taking a Philly house song and putting ‘La Isla Bonita’ in the middle of it. But that’s what she wanted, so that’s what she got.” That flamenco-meets-house breakdown is now considered one of the album’s standout moments.
Madonna — “Deeper And Deeper”
Don’t mince words, don’t be evasive
If anything, Erotica’s legacy can be found in its album tracks. The bass heavy “Waiting” is the first of a thrilling triumvirate of deep cuts. Madonna, who sounds like she’s nursing a serious cold, delivers an angry riposte to a spineless lover. It boasts one of the most vicious put downs in pop music: “The next time you want pussy,” she snarls, “Just look in the mirror, baby.”
Equally quotable, “Thief of Hearts” is a swaggering bitch-fest. Like much of the album, the track — in which Madonna takes down “Little Susie Ho-Maker” — shifts between spoken word and sung vocals. From the shattering glass in the first seconds to the final command (“Stop bitch! Now sit your ass down!”), it’s clear that Madonna is channeling a new level of fury.
While much of Erotica is suffused with anger, “Words” is rooted in disappointment: “My friends, they tried to warn me about you,” she sings. “How can I explain to them, how could they know, I’m in love with your words.” Again, the arrangement is exhilarating, mixing huge synths and beats with a weird, repeating snake charm. It remains one of the finest songs of her career.
Everything strange, everything wild
Erotica’s balladry revisits the oceanic sonic landscape of her epic 1986 ballad “Live To Tell,” notably on the album’s sole expression of pure love, “Rain.” Again, it’s the details that count: the way the synths turbo-charge at 2:46 into a sleek middle eight that features dueling Madonnas reciting lines of poetry out of the left and right channels [play it on earbuds]. “By sheer force of will / I’ll raise you from the ground,” she says softly, “And without a sound, you’ll appear and surrender to me, to love.” The track is swooningly romantic, and the music is matched by an exquisite Mark Romanek-directed video.
Madonna — “Rain”
If “Rain” channels optimism, the dysfunctional “Bad Girl” is sound-tracked self-harm. “I’m not happy when I act this way,” Madonna sings, unable to control her own vices. Like much of Erotica, the sex is less sensual than lonely. The video, directed by a young David Fincher, drives the point home by ending with Madonna’s own strangulation.
Madonna — “Bad Girl”
A heart that will not harden
Madonna brought in another co-producer, Andre Betts, to plug the album into an underground New York vibe. He rooted their collaborations in the era’s fusion of hip hop and jazz. “Where Life Begins” remains Madonna’s most outrageously cheeky song (“a lot of people talk about dining in and eating out / I guess that’s what this song is about”), but it is “Secret Garden” that reveals her vulnerability. The whispery, spoken-word piece finds Madonna looking for “a rose without a thorn / a lover without scorn.” It’s less agitated than the rest of Erotica, bringing the album to a sweet, jazzy conclusion.
Erotica is a strong case for Madonna the Musician. Despite relatively weak sales, the album marks the point at which she went deeper and darker. The music still sounds bracing, cool, funny and sad. If it’s been awhile since you’ve played this, Madonna’s fifth LP, do it tonight, late. It’ll hit you like a truck.
The "Erotica Diaries," the making of "Erotica" by producer, Shep Pettibone
Now that Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart have reconciled, their lives have once again settled into the routine of work, travel, and enjoying unwedded bliss. Their recent romantic interlude spent kissing by KStew's pool, with their dogs and a few close friends looking on proves they're back together, and also quashes the controversy once and for all. Or not. Rumor now has it that the famous poolside kissing photos were a big staged fake. New evidence suggests they weren't even taken at KStew's house and/or pool. Plus, said pics have already been mysteriously whisked away from most fan sites including Popsugar where they were first displayed. People are saying the whole photo shoot was a studio set up. And many angry twihards agree.
While Popsugar claims the pics were removed "because of editorial standards," the real reason may be that anyone who ferrets out and examines photos of the real pool at KStew's new house will immediately realize that "poolside kissing pics" were not snapped there. KStew's real pool is "starkly modern" lacking the surrounding "foliage" seen in the Robsten PDA pics. Also, the height of the patio and the dimensions of her pool don't match those in the kissing photos. Yikes.
Oh well, you'll have to decide for yourself whether you agree or disagree with the evidence supporting the latest Robsten reconciliation conspiracy theory. However, you might want to also check out reactions from some very angry (former?) Robsten fans.
"For two people who hate to be in the public eye, this was a total photo op set up by them," wrote one disgusted twihard. "They knew the whole time that pics were being taken. They are both so fake and phony, it's disgusting."
"This is all BS," opined another bluntly. "It's just PR for the movie. They probably got a big check to appear in public and to be civil to each other. After all they are 'actors', right? Gee, what are the odds that these two break up for good once the final movie in the ridiculous Twilight saga has opened. This is just for publicity's sake for the movie. I kind of hope they worked it out but have a feeling it is a show for the next movie."
"Such a set up by them to be photographed together," agreed yet another fan. 'For two people who dated for three years and never even held hands, and now suddenly a person gets perfect pics of them standing in the same spot over and over again. Come on. They are both full of it."
Lastly, a fan who claimed to have inside information wrote:
"I'm an inside source so I know what I'm talking about when I tell you this is all an act. They were PAID. The people in the background were there giving directions and keeping the peace. Strange how they were able to keep their relationship a secret all this time but now the papz has all this access to her home. Her supposedly very private locale house. He only tap kissed her and only touched outside the house."
So, there you have it. Looks like Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Summit Entertainment may have some 'splainin' to do—especially if, as one angry fan predicted "within a month after release [of Breaking Dawn Part Two] you will hear about them going their separate ways."
Kristen Stewart chats with her friends at Katy Perry‘s birthday party held at The Magic Castle on Friday (October 19) in Los Angeles.
The 22-year-old actress attended the bash with her boyfriend Robert Pattinson‘s pal Marcus Foster.
“She looked happy and was surrounded by her friends the whole time,” a source told JustJared.com of Kristen‘s night out without Rob, who is close friends with the birthday girl.
Selena Gomez looks to depart LAX in Los Angeles, California on October 20th, 2012
Selena Gomez Tweets Support For Pakistani Activitst Malala Yousafzai
After 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai was gunned down by the Taliban for promoting girls’ education, Selena took her position as UNICEF Ambassador to spread awareness of Malala’s story and children’s right to education.
Malala Yousafzai captivated the world after she was brutally gunned down by the Taliban on the grounds of her Pakistani girls school for speaking out against the militia group, and her activism for girls’ education. As a UNICEF Ambassador, Selena Gomez is lending her star power to show support of the brave 14-year-old girl.
“Please honor Malala Yousafzai by spreading her message of children’s right to an education #StandWithMalala,” Selena tweeted on Oct. 12.
Selena was appointed as an ambassador for UNICEF in 2009 to promote early childhood education and development, and is now using Malala’s brave story to spread awareness.
Other celebs showed their support for Malala, including Nas, Ewan McGregor, and Lana del Ray. And many of Selena’s fans changed their twitter profile pic to one of Malala and tweeted out their support.
@alfredoflores: 🍞 out 🍆 but I gotta keep my 👀 out for Selennnuurrr! Miss you!
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Not many have done it, and fewer have done it well, but this week Saturday Night Live invited their host to also be musical guest. Nope, scratch that, reverse it: Bruno Mars – musician first – tried his hand at acting, dropping his fedora and guitar, picking up a few wigs along the way. It was a challenge Bruno acknowledged first and foremost in his monologue: "I've never done comedy before, I've never acted before, I've never even done a shampoo commercial before . . . which is crazy." He then continued, tip-toeing into song, "Can I put aside my fears? Can I be Timberlake?" Now, while Bruno urged critics to be gentle, he was no Timberlake. (This was most obvious when filling the same role of "creepy carnival animatron " that Justin once did, playing the part less for laughs and more for accuracy.) That being said, Bruno was no slouch – it seems that Hawaiian performers, much like their pizza, come heaped with ham. He played to his strengths, singing an original song in the monologue; caricaturing Billie Joe Armstrong's snotty singing and rapping like Justin Bieber later; acting like a seventeen-year-old girl and dropping it like a hot pocket, before that. (It's either surprising or not-surprising that Bruno could pull that last one off so well.) Of course, Bruno took the night with his live performances, which have always been better than even his records suggest. He channeled both the sound of the Police and Drake's aesthetic in his live rendition of "Locked Out of Heaven," his catchy gumdrop of a single. Later, he debuted his follow-up, "Young Wild Girls," a familiar ballad sung under blue lights and a wide-brimmed hat. Justin may still hold the SNL crown, but at least Bruno's putting out new music. Watch Bruno Mars' finest moments on the show below:
"Locked Out of Heaven"
With a little oomph, a whole lotta shimmy-shimmy-ya and a few hip swivels, Bruno's ska-bop jam was given new life. It all seems so effortless; so cool and fresh; pop performances don't often fall ahead of the curve, but this one does.
"Young Wild Girls"
Seated on a stool, flanked by a string section and a soft-and-slow keyboard, Bruno played the victim, singing "you young wild girls, you'll be the death of me." While Adele sings Bond songs, Bruno will sing Adele songs. Notably, the veins in his neck (and, yes, his lip gloss) popped on camera.
On "Haters" – a hoot-holler-and-fight show in the same lane as, say, Maury or Jenny Jones – Bruno dressed up as Crystal Fust, squeezing into stretch pants and a skirt, chewing gum and throwing hands like it was 11 a.m. The sketch never really worked, but Bruno definitely worked it.
"Pandora Internet Radio Headquarters"
The best sketch of the night, which is currently unavailable online, had Bruno playing the role of Devon the Intern, who – when Pandora's servers crashed – saved the website through cheeky karaoke. Aerosmith, Green Day, Justin Bieber and Katy Perry all got the full Bruno treatment, and if you missed it, tough luck. "Sad Mouse" In this pre-taped sketch, Bruno (as Matt) is dealing with some things; he's got some issues. His girl left him, he just found out his father has a new family that he loves more . . . you know, normal stuff. But he takes a job as a guy who dresses up as a mouse in Times Square for pictures. "What if they don't wave back?" he asks. One imagines a freakout of Elmo proportions, but instead . . . he learns to love, I guess. Pretty accurate title.
YOUR FAV SKETCHES ONTD?
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The UK's first official Star Trek convention for more than a decade has brought together all five captains from across the TV show's 50-year history. BBC News was there to witness the occasion.
A Star Trek convention is pretty much like its stereotype. Fans dress up as their favourite character - alien or human - and queue up for hours for the opportunity to have their photo taken with one of the sci-fi show's stars.
Yet some unique things have happened at Destination Star Trek, which runs at London's Excel Centre until Sunday.
It has hosted the UK's first Klingon wedding - the bride and groom were Swedish - and broken the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of fans dressed as Star Trek characters.
It has also managed to bring together all five starship captains - Kirk, Picard, Janeway, Sisko and Archer - for the first time outside the US, and for only the second time ever.
William Shatner: "I did a documentary called The Captains and I learnt to love every one of them"
For Trek fans this is a big deal. Indeed, it is rarer than having five US presidents in the same place at the same time.
"I would presume getting together is a problem because we live in divergent areas of the world," William Shatner, who kicked it all off as Captain James T Kirk, tells the BBC.
The 81-year-old assures us that any friendly rivalry between the five "has long since past" and they are now "good friends".
The event was looking doubtful when Sir Patrick Stewart - aka Jean-Luc Picard - was absent for the group's press photocall to promote the occasion.
But he did materialise on stage later for their question and answer session, which hundreds of fans had paid £95 each for the privilege of attending.
Fans were given the opportunity to speak directly to their heroes and hear them reminisce about their days in the captain's chair.
Hosted by John Barrowman - no stranger to the sci-fi convention circuit himself thanks to his involvement with Doctor Who and Torchwood - this was very much a light-hearted event.
The captains were asked if they believed in alien life (they all do), the titles of their favourite books and what would they be doing if they were not actors.
If they could add anything to their captain's chair, what would it be? "A Twitter account," Sir Patrick quips, while Shatner suggests "a toilet".
Most embarrassing fan moment? "The lady that brought out her left breast to be signed," says Shatner, who happily obliged.
Scott Bakula (aka Jonathan Archer) admits he has yet to experience an embarrassing fan. So Barrowman leaps across the stage and pulls down his jeans so the former Quantum Leap star can sign his right buttock.
Fans attended the event dressed as their favourite Trek characters
One fan even asks the captains to sing Happy Birthday to help him celebrate his special day. It results in a particularly rousing rendition from Sir Patrick, Shatner and Kate Mulgrew (aka Kathryn Janeway from Star Trek: Voyager).
The atmosphere is a cross between a concert, a political rally and an evangelical gathering.
Every response to a question is met with wild cheering and clapping - even to Mulgrew saying she would have been be a doctor had she chosen a different career path.
The same sentiment could be seen elsewhere in the convention. With VIP tickets sold out at £3,000 each, some people had deep pockets to spend time with the stars.
'Part of society'
Stalls selling Star Trek merchandise were dotted around the venue, and sci-fi shop Forbidden Planet also had a presence.
Jon Harrison, the store's internet and marketing manager, says selling at conventions can be lucrative.
"It depends on the show," he says. "Sometimes they can be really hot and sometimes not so exciting, but this one looks like it will do well."
Top sellers, he says, include busts of Kirk and Picard that sell for £59.99 each, and a new book offering a guide to the Klingons' Bird of Prey ship.
For fans Hannah Southworth, 24, and Steve Cope, 29, it is their first Star Trek convention. They estimate they have spent about £100 on their first of three days at the event.
Only four of the Star Trek captains attended the official press photocall
The pair travelled from Bath sporting their Starfleet uniforms after hearing all five captains would be making an appearance.
"The main reason I'm here is for Patrick Stewart - I think he's amazing," says Steve.
"I'm a big fan of the show and had grown up watching it," Hannah adds. "It's been around so long it's a part of society now."
Both rate themselves as a 10 on the scale of fandom, though Hannah says it "depends on how you express your fanaticism".
Back on stage, the captains are asked what one thing they would change about their series.
"To be renewed for another three years," joke Shatner and Bakula. Both their shows - the original Star Trek and prequel spin-off Enterprise - were cancelled after their third and fourth seasons respectively.
But it is Avery Brooks (aka Benjamin Sisko from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) who gives the night its biggest laugh.
It comes when he names the one thing missing from his Starfleet jumpsuit: "Pockets."
Lindsay Lohan is royally pissed at Michael Lohan and his "intervention" attempt -- and now she's 100% on board with obtaining an order of protection against him ... just like her mom wanted all along.
We broke the story ... MiLo showed up to her house Friday -- then refused to leave -- and that was the last straw. Lindsay feels the ONLY way to stop her dad from pulling his crazy stunts is to get a judge involved ... and she knows a lot of judges.
We're told LiLo will fly to NYC this week to meet with the rest of her family -- and they'll figure out how to get the stay away order.
What went wrong?
X Factor is beaten again, with its peak audience lower than the average of Strictly's - its biggest loss since 2006.
Strictly Come Dancing broke an even greater distance away from The X Factor in the Saturday night ratings. The X Factor's peak of 9.3m was lower than Strictly's average audience, widening further the margin by which the ITV show lost to Strictly last week, its biggest loss since 2006.
Club Classics week drew an average of 8.21m (34.8%) between 8.15pm and 10.30pm, adding 366k (1.8%) on ITV1 +1. The Xtra Factor followed on ITV2 with 600k (3.5%).
A Hollywood-themed edition of the ballroom dancing show pulled in a hefty 9.91m and 44.2% audience share between 6.30pm and 8.30pm - an identical viewing figure but a superior audience share to last week.
BBC One's veteran reality show was the night's most-watched broadcast for a third week on the trot. The dancing show peaked with a huge 11.3m (47.8%) at 8pm.
Catering well again for non-X Factor fans, BBC One logged strong ratings for Merlin (5.51m/22.9%) and respectable figures for Casualty (4.1m/17.1%), while 4.22m (22.4%) watched a new series of Pointless Celebrities kick off from 5.40pm. Match of the Day scored 3.67m (25.6%) from 10.30pm, beating ITV1's Jonathan Ross, who attracted 2.54m (15%) and 131k (1.3%) on timeshift. You've Been Framed (2.39m/13.1%) aired at 6pm (+1: 134k/0.7%), Fool Britannia (2.08m/9.9%) was scheduled at 6.30pm, and Take Me Out entertained 3.1m (13.4%) from 7pm (+1: 210k/0.9%).
Elsewhere, BAFTA-winning political satire The Thick of It aired on BBC Two with a series low of 862k (4.1%) from 9.45pm, prior to which QI XL amused 1.31m (5.4%). Meanwhile, Channel 4's movie The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 anchored its schedule with 1.03m (5%) from 9.15pm (+1: 364k/2.5%), and 780k (3.3%) caught Channel 5's showing of The Devil's Brigade.
Overall, BBC One overtook ITV1 in an historic Saturday primetime victory, with 28.9% versus 24.9% (+1: 1.1%). Way behind in third place, BBC Two had 4.6%, ahead of Channel 4's 3.5% (+1: 0.6%), and Channel 5's 3.4% (+1: 0.1%).
Last week, we reported that Shailene Woodley was in talks to play Mary Jane Watson inAmazing Spider-Man 2. Well, now we know who'll be playing MJ, as well as which classic Spider-Man story they're currently building their movies toward.
Just as reported, it looks like Woodley will be playing a small part in the sequel as MJ, and will play an even bigger role in the third film, says THR. So what will happen to Peter Parker/Spider-Man's current love, Gwen Stacy (played by Emma Stone)?
Woodley initially had scheduling issues as an obstacle to the dealmaking, having had offers to play both Mary Jane and the Divergent lead. But the Mary Jane role is proving to be only a very small part in Amazing Spider-Man 2 but blossoms into an integral lead for the planned third movie as the studio seeks to build to the classic "Death of Gwen Stacy" story.
Right when it was announced that the new Spider-Man films would be grittier, darker and feature Gwen as Peter's primary love interest (with no signs of Mary Jane in the first movie), a lot of people were wondering if Sony would be eventually lead their story to the famous "The Night Gwen Stacy Died" arc. Well, I guess now we know that's where they plan on taking the film.
It's not locked that Sony would use this story, but it's definitely where they want to take the story. And I'm sure if this does end up going through fruition, it'll cause just as much buzz as when the story first went into print back in 1973. Oh... and does this mean we'll be getting a new version of Green Goblin? They plan on introducing Harry Osborn, and with that comes his father, Norman, so I can definitely see that happening.
Weekend chart from Box Office Mojo
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One of the biggest critical darlings of 2012 has to be Leos Carax‘s ‘Holy Motors,’ which is just now hitting America starting with a two screen run in New York. It’s slowly going to be coming across the country, and now there’s an official trailer for the U.S. And it looks bonkers.
Here’s the synopsis, which tries to get across what the film’s about:
Over the course of a single day, Monsieur Oscar travels by limousine around Paris to a series of nine “appointments,” transforming into new characters or incarnations at each stop. Fetched in the morning by Celine, his trusty chauffeur on this surreal journey, Oscar begins the day as a captain of industry. Then he becomes a gypsy crone, begging for spare change on a bridge over the Seine. Inside a digital production facility, he’s a ninja warrior transformed by cutting edge technology into a reptilian sex god. Next he’s a gibberish-spewing troglodyte who kidnaps a fashion model from a photo shoot in Pere-Lachaise cemetery, ferrying her to his underground lair in the sewers. Then he’s the melancholy father of a teenage daughter, followed by a shadowy assassin sent to kill his own doppelgaenger, a dying old man, and finally a thwarted lover revisiting a flame from his past atop a decaying Right Bank department store next to the Pont-Neuf. Monster movie, film noir, romantic drama, musical, crime thriller, futuristic sex fantasia… HOLY MOTORS is all of these and, then again, none of these. It is a ravishing, shape-shifting, fever dream of becoming, unraveling and starting all over again. From celluloid magic to the digital data stream, Monsieur Oscar’s epic journey of the soul is all of our dreams.
Downton Abbey's finest lady Michelle Dockery has ended her five month relationship with Holby City actor Joseph Millson, and now he's airing their dirty laundry on Twitter.
The actor is said to be "heartbroken" over the split, as the pair have been getting closer over the last few months. Joseph even accompanied Michelle to the Emmy awards in Los Angeles, where she was nominated for Best Dramatic Actress.
But it seems the romance was not to be and Lady Mary called it quits.
The Daily Mail reported: "He’s heartbroken. The split was unexpected and it’s still very raw for him. Joseph’s a really down-to-earth guy. He’s understandably upset."
If Michelle was hoping for gentleman-like behaviour, she would be sorely disappointed.
The soap actor has been posting bitter and not-so cryptic tweets about his ex.
"Just wait for someone worth being in a relationship with, stop wasting your time on the ones who don’t deserve you" He tweeted.
He then added: "Love was a total risk."
Michelle might be in for more heartbreak - as her on-screen husband Dan Stevens is rumoured to be leaving the hit show for a chance at success in America. (Noooo :'()
Dan, aka Matthew Crawley, has relocated his entire family to New York to appear in a play, and isn't sure if he will be making a return to the stately house.
He was unworthy tbh
High-end fashion retailer Barney's of New York is planning a holiday ad campaign that features Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck. At least, we think it's Minnie -- in the Barney's version, the Disney icon resembles a well-dressed stick.
The ad promotion, called Electric Holiday, centers around a Minnie Mouse dream sequence in which she fantasizes about what it would be like for she and her friends to be fashion models. All of that would be pretty standard had Minnie not imagined herself as being thinner than Olive Oyl.
Women's Wear Daily reports that the decision to make Minnie and company skinny was seen as necessary by Barney's executives. Creative director Dennis Freedman said, "When we got to the moment when all Disney characters walk on the runway, there was a discussion. The standard Minnie Mouse will not look so good in a Lanvin dress. There was a real moment of silence, because these characters don't change. I said, 'If we're going to make this work, we have to have a 5-foot-11 Minnie,' and they agreed. When you see Goofy, Minnie and Mickey, they are runway models."
TV Guide reports that celebrities including Academy Award nominee Virginia Madsen and Disney heiress Abigail Disney have spoken out about the campaign. Madsen tweeted: "Barney's : Leave Minnie Mouse Alone" and linked to the petition. Over 125,000 people have signed a petition at Change.org demanding that Barney's not go through with the window display and "return Minnie Mouse to her normal figure."
The petition cites the need for young girls to have a positive body image. The petition author, Ragen Chastain, writes: "There is nothing wrong with tall thin women. There is something wrong with changing a beloved children's character's body so that it looks good in a dress that almost nobody looks good in -- adding to the tremendous pressure on young girls and women to attain photoshop (sic) perfection."
The press release from Barney's says: "Minnie and Mickey are transported into a fantasy world where they are transformed from their traditional Disney form into dream-like fashion-forward runway models, and are joined on the Paris runway by five other models evocative of other iconic Disney personalities: Goofy, Daisy Duck, Snow White, Princess Tiana, and Cruella de Vil."
The campaign was announced several months ago, but the petition is now bringing attention to Minnie's new (but temporary) look. We reached out for comments from Barney's and Disney; our calls and emails were not immediately returned. Fans can see runway Minnie and company on November 14, when the Barney's flagship store in New York City will unveil the window display.
Khloé Kardashian and Lamar Odom released their first unisex fragrance, "Unbreakable," last year and now the couple is teaming up for a second scent called "Unbreakable Joy." The new fragrance, filled with notes of fresh spices, champagnes, jasmine, chocolate truffle, cedar wood and musk, will be released just in time for the holidays.
"The holiday season is all about surrounding yourself with the ones you adore, and we wanted to create a fragrance that really captures that overpowering joy you feel during this wonderful time," Kardashian says in a release.
The festive fragrance will retail for $45 on perfumania.com. Tell us, will you be gifting their new scent for the holidays?
Fergie quit drugs after a conversation with God made her realize the police were not really tracking her.
The Black Eyed Peas singer forced herself to stop taking drugs after going to church one day when she was ''really paranoid'' the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) and the SWAT (Special Weapons And Tactics) team were following her, but speaking to the Lord made her see sense.
She said: ''My brain had been playing a lot of tricks on me. You're kind of living in this alternate reality.
''I started getting really paranoid. So I went one day into this church and I thought that the FBI and the SWAT teams were outside the church ... so I had a conversation with God ... and I said, 'Alright, if I go out there and the FBI and the SWAT team's not out there, then it's the drugs and I'm stopping.'
''I went outside of the church ... and there was no SWAT team, there was no FBI, just me and God. And I kept my promise. That day. That was it.''
Fergie - whose real name is Stacy Ferguson - admits she started taking hard drugs as a teen when she felt unable to tell her fellow pop group members in Wild Orchid she wanted to launch a solo career.
She explained: ''What I should have done was said, 'Girls, it's really time for me to go [out] on my own. I need to fulfil this dream of mine to have a solo album.' And I didn't know how to do that, I didn't know how to deal with that confrontation ... So I started going out and taking Ecstasy and from Ecstasy I went to crystal meth.
''At first, with any drug, it's great in the beginning, then slowly your life starts to spiral down. [I was] 90 pounds at one point.''
As well as drugs, the 37-year-old singer - who has been married to actor Josh Duhamel since 2009 - also experimented with women and admits she had a ''bisexual or sexually open free spirit'' during her college years.
Speaking to Oprah Winfrey on her chat show, 'Oprah's Next Chapter', the singer added: ''I never dated women. It was more fun. I think that a lot of women experience this sort of thing in college. Tour was like college in a way. I mean I guess I would call it bisexual or sexually open, free spirit ... what have you.''