Celebrity Style: Eliza Dushku GQ's Men of the Year celebration brought out a gaggle of gorgeous stars but Eliza Dushku stood out. The actress doesn't do many red carpets — it's nice to see her fresh face. For the occasion, Eliza sported Black Halo's pleated bodice cami dress, which fits her flawlessly. But what I'm more in love with are her gray suede ruffled Prada shoes. Sigh.
GQ's Men of the Year celebration brought out a gaggle of gorgeous stars but Eliza Dushku stood out. The actress doesn't do many red carpets — it's nice to see her fresh face. For the occasion, Eliza sported Black Halo's pleated bodice cami dress, which fits her flawlessly. But what I'm more in love with are her gray suede ruffled Prada shoes. Sigh. Way to subtly match the dress with the shoes with the eyeshadow.
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Two out of GQ's four cover boy Men of the Year came out to celebrate at the Chateau Marmont in LA last night. Jon Hamm and Leonardo DiCaprio both lived up to their steamy covers while Michael Phelps and Barack Obama (surprise) couldn't make it to the red carpet. Obsession of the year Megan Fox looked hot in pink and kept her boyfriend Brian Austin Green close for photos. Sarah Silverman and Jimmy Kimmel still don't want to define their relationship, but things seem very on again for this duo. January Jones looked glamorous as ever posing without her on-screen Mad Men husband Don Draper, but if the second season of the show taught us anything it's that Betty is just fine by herself. The party may have been about the men of the year, but the women held their own before heading in for a night of fun.
Joss Whedon's Dollhouse is probably the most anticipated show of TV's midseason lineup — not just because of the talent involved but also because of the behind-the-scenes drama that's led to the original pilot being discarded (and a healthy amount of speculation that the show might be essentially dead before it even premieres).
But now there's reason to believe the show might see the light of day after all: a new trailer, which more clearly lays out the show's premise than anything we've seen before. In it, we're introduced to Echo (Eliza Dushku), an "active" who can live any life, have any skill, and do anything — a life many of us would dream of, except that she's programmed to do it and has no choice in her role.
It's an intriguing trailer with several gorgeous shots of Dushku (one under water, another inside the pod in which the "actives" sleep), and it seems like it could pair well with Fringe when it premieres. You can check it out if you read more
Nylon magazine gathered some pretty young things at the Roosevelt Hotel in LA last night to celebrate their first-ever TV issue. Ryan Eggold and Adam Gregory represented the boys of the 90210 spinoff, while Shenae Grimes and AnnaLynne McCord — who are the issue's cover girls — posed together for photos. On the reality TV side, Lauren Conrad and Paris Hilton looked great as they strutted their stuff on the red carpet. Shenae, AnnaLynne, and the guys should be pretty happy with their show's high ratings, but since you aren't sure about how you feel about the new series, we'll have to wait until next week to see if people keep tuning in.
To see more photos from the party, including Eliza Dushku, Marcus Schenkenberg and Madeline Zima just read more
I live near Napa Valley and I enjoy wine a great deal, so when I first heard about a new little movie called Bottle Shock all about the historical legitimization of California wine, I was intrigued. I may have taken for granted the fact that Napa hasn't always been a world-renowned winemaking region, and that at one point it was viewed as nothing more than a bunch of back-water country hicks noodling around with grapes. Which is why I was disappointed to not love this sincere attempt to bring this story to life on the screen. I had such high hopes, but in the end the movie spends too much time on other stuff and not enough on the part that's the most interesting.
Invariably, this tale of Napa's beginnings will be compared to another indie film about California wine, Sideways, and though the subject matter may be similar, it's not an accurate pairing. Where Sideways uses wine country as a setting in which to explore the lives of four intriguing characters, Bottle Shock is a saccharine mix of slapstick comedy, melodrama, and sweeping shots of California's golden hills. This director practically fetishizes the beauty of the state's coast, and at times the movie feels more like a tourist ad than anything else. I wish the filmmakers had relied on the interesting true story for a dramatic arc rather than tossing in several tedious subplots, including an emotionally weightless father-son drama and a mind-numbing love triangle. To see why, read more
On the (completely awesome — more about that later) set of Dollhouse, Joss Whedon gave reporters at the TCA press tour an explanation for his recent revelation that his highly anticipated new series is reshooting its pilot. The same thing happened with Whedon's Firefly the last time he worked with Fox — but Whedon told reporters that Dollhouse is in no great danger.
When Whedon turned in the first episode to Fox, "I could sense some hesitation about what I'd given them, and I understood why," he said. "I believe that first story works very well, but I also believe that their concerns about the audience coming into that world a little more simply were valid."
So, rather than try to re-cut what he'd already shot, Whedon proposed keeping that episode as a second episode and creating a new pilot that would introduce the characters in a slightly different way. "There are a lot of aspects of how [the characters] interact that we were planning on showing, and so what's a nice one to put up front?" Whedon said. "It was kind of nice to do a dry run and then say, 'What is absolutely the most iconic way to introduce this character, and this character, and this character?'"
Eliza Dushku, who was also there to show reporters around the set, joked that they also needed to reshoot because she didn't wear her leather pants in the original first episode (though her character did, apparently, make good use of the co-ed showers Whedon had built on set — and will again!).
Whedon and Dushku both seemed confident, and while I won't give away too many details from the set tour just yet, I will say that it was a very expensive-looking place that Fox clearly has a great deal of money invested in. But I'm wondering if this news makes any of you out there feel nervous or wary about the show's future. (If something bad does happen to the show, of course, there's already a legion of fans waiting in the wings to save it . . . )
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Last night at the Fox All-Star parties in Los Angeles, actress Eliza Dushku turned my head with her smoky eyes and hot-pink lip gloss. She is typically subdued about her makeup, but for this party she was all flash. Here are some of her other lipstick looks from years past. Out of these four, which shade is your favorite?
Did you like Sideways, a quirky indie movie about wine (and relationships)? Then you might dig Bottle Shock, another indie movie about wine, this time with an emphasis on the history of American winemaking. It may sound like a snoozefest to some of you, but the trailer makes it look incredibly interesting. The film premiered at this year's Sundance and I was sorry to miss the screenings while I was there.
The movie focuses on the mid-1970s when French wine makers were starting to sit up and pay attention to what was going on in California vineyards. Alan Rickman stars as a wine snob from across the pond who comes over to find out what these California "hicks" are up to with their so-called wine. The supporting cast includes Bill Pullman, Dennis Farina, Chris Pine, Eliza Dushku and Freddy Rodriguez, among others. It looks funny and interesting, and opens in limited release August 8. To check out the trailer, read more