Only Steven Spielberg can assemble a cast, a crew, and a horse of such great experience and commitment as are brought to bear in War Horse. Take out your Kleenex for a quick sniffle, and then hold on to it because the sniffles will soon begin to overflow. It’s a 10-Kleenex epic about a boy and a horse named Joey.Do I seem a bit petulant? Well I am. In the end War Horse, for me, is a case of too many sniffles and not enough surprise—but in great epic passion you will be swept along for quite a while anyway. Pre-war rural England is the setting for our tale. Emily Watson plays a hard-working, thoroughly realistic mother, and she’s quite good. Peter Mullan is the father, a poor man trying desperately to make his farm work, a poor man who desperately loves his son. (Sniffle.) The boy, played by Jeremy Irvine, just has to lean his bonny brow up to Joey’s snout, ugg boot repair us and you’ll be fully sobbing in no time. In a grand problem setup, the family has to sell the horse or lose the farm. They are truly broke. Up to this point I still admit to vigorously rooting for the lad and his pony. The horse is sold at auction, and even I was ready to cry. And then, suddenly, W.W. I breaks out. We find Joey sold to an army officer, and our lad is too young to enlist, so there—an entire box of Kleenex gone by now.The raw footage is top notch. In wartime, we meet a new set of characters: officers, horses, privates, and family members so numerous that in my confusion, the only character I was sure I knew was Joey the horse.It was there that I got the point! Spielberg is making a movie for young children. No Schindler’s List, no Munich, no Amistad. In War Horse, there is quite a bit of ET, a film that I loved. The epic moves on (and on), and I found myself increasingly itching for resolution. Come on, Steven, wrap it up, get the kid back with the pony. Is it bad? No, sir. It was clear I should’ve brought my 10-year-old grandson Tommy to see this film with me. I think he would have loved it. Spielberg is a master, as we know, of creating film energy. But here’s my dilemma: am I supposed to judge the film I’m seeing? Or the one I’m fantasizing? The artist, not the critic, has the supreme power of final cut. So go see this epic soap opera and you be the judge: should there be more opera and less soap?Just don’t forget to bring a child along with your box of Kleenex. I think you’ll be glad you went. Happy holidays!
There is life in utility yet. Thanks to Dries Van Noten there is, with his superlative and strong show. All the Dries-isms were there—somewhat slouchy masculine tailoring, prints, as in abstracted silk florals, Indian embroideries—mixed up with layers of khaki sweatshirts (we’ve already heard there will be more sweats in Paris; stay tuned) and tees and the occasional overcoat, and pants that tapered thanks to a row of punky D-ring-fastened straps above the ankle or had zippers running up the backs of the legs. Then add some sleeveless dresses and pencil skirts redolent of the Fifties and the whole thing was like a subversive take on bourgeois chic. Speaking of punk and subversion, provocateur of old, Malcolm McLaren, provided the soundtrack, which had him shrieking over what appeared to be the theme from Vertigo. And if we’re talking a designer being able to take his collection to dizzying heights, ugg usce beograd well, that sounds just right.
To tell you the truth, I’m not 100% clear on how Alexa Chung became the much-adored It Girl she is today. I guess that’s the thing with It ugg boots aus usa bestellen zoll Girls, though; they have a special magic to them that renders obsolete the linear, logical paths that most of us take to success. Alexa started out as a model in London, and her charisma quickly propelled her onto television as a presenter and host. From there, the fashion community started to take note of her quirky personal style, which somehow manages to combine sweet femininity with a tomboyish take on menswear.Alexa’s been the industry’s hipster darling ever since, and it’s even qualified her to have an It Bag named in her honor – the Mulberry Alexa, of course. Even though I don’t always understand her outfits (in particular, I find her penchant for denim overalls confounding), on the whole, she’s a great source of casual style inspiration and nontraditional night-out looks. Naturally, that qualifies her for one of our patented peeks inside of her accessories closet. To peep Alexa’s collection, join us in the slideshow below.Continue to gallery
Kelly Osbourne arrived at our FABB conference this morning wearing something that pegged two of spring’s biggest trends at once: bomber jackets and graphic black-and-white combos. As the co-host of E!’s Fashion Police, Kelly’s well versed in what’s on trend, of course, but that doesn’t mean she’s a fan of everything that’s buzzy right now. (Well, it’s sort of her job not to be.) Here’s what she’s not exactly into right now—and what really, really irks her.On boot sandal hybrids: Ugh. Cannot stand this: booted flip-flops. Like WHAT IS THE POINT? I know you’re trying to deckers ugg boots usa give me some Sacagawea-style realness, but why? On hair trends: And them I’m going to say something that’s going to offend everyone in this room, but….ombré hair. I am so SICK of it. On dress silhouettes: Mullet dresses drive me nuts. Where they’re short in the front, long in the back. Like, what? Can’t you make up your mind? On styling issues: I also hate when women don’t wear the right undergarments on the red carpet. Like, ugh, we do not need to see your belly button through your three-million-dollar satin dress! And then a little bit of positivity, since Kelly’s like, the sweetest person ever: But then I love when people wear the things that everyone hates. I love it because I understand the bravery that goes into wearing that. (We hear you, Kelly. We love it when someone takes a past-its-prime trend, reworks it in a surprising way and owns it.)Stay tuned for more live updates from FABB!More on Luckymag.com:Download Our Digital Edition Now50 Sandals Under $50The 6 New Style Types: Which One Are You?25 Bracelets Under $50Get More Lucky
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Bring in the Year of the Rabbit with a warren of bunny gifts.Oh, how cute! Today marks the opening of the Chinese year 4709, which is designated the Year of the Golden Rabbit. Since it is a day of celebration for 1.3 billion people in China, as well as untold millions in red-lantern-festooned Chinatowns in every city we can think of, we thought it only right to round up all the possible bunny gifts that fashion has to offer. The rabbit, after all, is the sign of many things the world can do with more of now: calm, compassion, sincerity, diplomacy—he’s a nice little chap.And by sheer coincidence (although it may not be quite a coincidence since fashion is so Asia-conscious these days), it turns out that a whole warren of designers has been working away at a multiplicity of rabbit motifs. There’s Katie Hillier, who, apart from being the genius behind Marc by Marc Jacobs accessories, Victoria Beckham’s bags, and much else, has her own collection of jewelry perfectly aligned for today’s change in the Chinese zodiac—gold rabbit necklaces with tiny diamond eyes. There’s Markus Lupfer, whose spring line of sequined sweaters includes a bunny on a silver background, made to look like a British stamp. And there’s Christopher Raeburn, whose factory in the East End of London is busy making sustainable rabbit toys: good little ugg boot zipper repair usa fellows who are stuffed with the recycled offcuts of “upcycled” military fabric. One more thought on the fluff-fest: should one miss out on the opportunity for Chinese New Year gift-giving, there’s always April 24. That’s when the Easter Bunny will be out in force.
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2012 director Roland Emmerich at the San Sebastian International Film Festival. By Javier Etxezarreta EFE Sipa Press.Roland Emmerich has effectively destroyed the world three times.The German-born director of Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow ups the apocalyptic ante in 2012, which is both his latest movie and the year the Maya calendar predicts the world will come to an end. He’s not shy about depicting tsunamis in Asia and collapsing twin skyscrapers in the United States events that, yes, feel all too familiar. He s also not shy about where he feels the blame should go for the real-life problems that plague the world: squarely on the shoulders of our 43rd president.Emmerich s pleasant demeanor disappears when the subject of Maine s recent vote repealing the legalization of gay marriage is discussed. Emmerich, who is openly gay and a staunch supporter of gay rights, perhaps feels his own personal world (following the recent vote in California with a similar outcome) is being destroyed, one election at a time.Mike Ryan: This marks the third time you ve destroyed the world. What is it that you have against planet Earth? Roland Emmerich: (Laughs) You know, I have to say, it s a coincidence. I first destroyed the world with an alien invasion; we just wanted to do an alien invasion movie on a grand scale. The idea was that the aliens would not only come to America, but to all the world. So it feels like the end of the world. And the next time (The Day After Tomorrow), I was really concerned about what we are doing to our environment and I chose the format of my most successful movie until then, which was Independence Day. I chose to make the movie feel a little like Independence Day because that felt like the end of the world, but, it was not really the end of the world. It was the coming of a new Ice Age.This time around co-writer Harold Kloser and I had this idea for 2012 but after a while I said, Time out. I m not doing another end-of-the-world movie. He said, Look, Roland, I think your destiny is to make this movie because all the other movies were a precursor to this one. This one will be the ultimate; this is the real end-of-the-world-movie. Which actually harks back to the oldest story we have, the flood myth. So, I m not running around in the world saying, How can I destroy this world again? What are your thoughts on the 2012 prophecies? I have a feeling this whole phenomenon of 2012 is a little bit spawned by the fact that people have the feeling the world is coming to an end. When I was writing The Day After Tomorrow, it was roughly around the time of 9 11. Actually, I stopped writing because of that. At that moment, I think people all of a sudden saw the future not as rosy and optimistic as they had seen it before. And since then, it s a steady decline in optimism. When you look at the period from 2001 to now, it s pretty much eight years going down, down, down, down. And I think the economic crisis is a little bit of an expression of that because it s just people panicking and freaking out. I have the feeling that because of that there will be more end-of-the-world scenarios that will come up. In the future, trust me, there are a lot coming.If the predictions about 2012 actually pan out, that could put the new 2012 television series in jeopardy. I have so many more films to make, so, yeah, (laughs) hopefully it s not a self-fulfilling prophecy. The Day After Tomorrow turned out to be one, a little.I was wondering how the White House would be destroyed this time. I have to admit: I would never have guessed smashed by aircraft carrier. I was talked into it, a little bit, by Harold because I didn t want to do it. And he said, You have to, it s a signature of yours. In Independence Day it was blown up by the aliens; in The Day After Tomorrow it was swallowed by snow. This time around you just have to come up with something new. At that time I was reading a lot about the Kennedys. Then I remembered: As a kid I was actually on the U.S.S. John F. Kennedy, which had just been put to rest in the Chesapeake Bay. So we had already talked about it and knew we had to put some ships rolling in there to see the size of the wave because you almost need a size reference. And I said, Oh, why not put in the J.F.K. so J.F.K. returns to the White House. There s a scene where a plane is flying in Los Angeles and through two collapsing buildings. Was it a conscious decision to evoke imagery from 9 11? It s hard not to think that when you watch that scene. We talked about this a lot and the studio was very concerned. I always said to everybody, Guys, let s not have some terrorists influence what we can do and cannot do. People can understand it s a movie; even kids can do that. “Let s not put scissors in our hands because some religious fanatic blew up some buildings!”It does stand out, though. Obviously there s a lot going on in this film, but with that scene you do take a step back because you get the close-up of people in those buildings hanging on for dear life. But a disaster movie is about real occurrences. You have to have the guts to show people in peril and people dying. I do it at a distance because if it s too close, it s too intense. But when we were in Asia there was a huge tsunami and an earthquake. We ugg boots usa prices were asked how we feel about it and, pretty much, our movie is about that. It s like asking a guy who does a movie about a serial killer, How do you feel about serial killers? They re bad, right? That just comes with the territory.Oliver Platt s character, Carl Anheuser, reminded me of Ronald Reagan s Secretary of State, Alexander Haig, especially in the way he announces, I m in charge, when they can t locate the President or Vice President. I was a little influenced by the name Anheuser Busch. I wanted to imply that he was a leftover of the Bush people. A guy for whom everything is real. Everything has a reason and he s totally convinced that he s doing the right thing even if it s not the right thing. But he s a very smart guy and always has the right arguments. And we countered him with Chiwetel Ejiofor , who we think is more a doubter, more of a guy who s open to new thinking. And for him ethics and morals are more important than anything else.Were you influenced by Star Wars? It taught me a lesson that you can actually make a movie with images. Star Wars created a whole world and had characters and things in there that felt familiar but they were different. There s just a couple of perfect movies and I think Star Wars is one of them. I love how it starts with this endless spaceship. First you see a spaceship and think, Oh, that s big. Then the other one comes in and it keeps going and gong and going.I m a little surprised your favorite scene wasn t the one where Alderaan was destroyed. No, no. But, I can say that Star Wars is one of my ten favorite films.You ve been very outspoken for the L.G.B.T. community. Can we assume the state of Maine might be the location of your next disaster film after this recent election banning gay marriage? (Pauses)I always think things happen for a reason and that one, I don t know what the reason is yet. I m just stunned. I m just in awe. And you know what? Voters are very fickle. When I see Obama who I think is a really cool guy and creates this super good will all over he world is all of a sudden getting shot at by his own people and by American people… You just kind of can t believe it s happening. And he has not done anything wrong. Then there s Bush who fucked up over two terms and still some people voted for him. I mean, it s just incredible.Perhaps a tidal wave headed toward Maine in your next film would be cathartic for you? (Laughs) Yeah, and wipe it off…
By Peter Macdiarmid Getty Images.Moments ago, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shared their first public kiss as man and wife on the same Buckingham Palace balcony where Charles and Diana kissed following their wedding ceremony, in 1981. Surrounded by members of the bridal party, Kate and Will locked lips for just a second or two. They ve us ugg boots been dating a long time, CBS s Katie Couric offered by way of explanation. That tiny bridesmaid on the left is disappointed, too.Close-up after the jump!
This morning seems bleak, no arguments here, but we did manage to identify a few pieces of good news. Let’s review and cheer up for a few minutes.Good News Item No. 1: It’s Friday.Good News Item No. 2: The president-elect of the International AIDS Society used baby ugg boots said in a conference yesterday that someday finding a cure for AIDS is “a realistic possibility.” The Associated Press reports: “International AIDS specialists on Thursday released what they call a road map for research toward a cure for HIV—a strategy for global teams of scientists to explore a number of intriguing leads that just might, years from now, pan out.” Details on how this might happen are still spotty, but this is a Good News Only blog post, and we will not be addressing such concerns here.Good News Item No. 3: Gay troops are permitted to wear military dress at Saturday’s San Diego pride parade. It is, according to The Boston Globe, the “first time ever” that “U.S. service members will be able to march in a gay pride event decked out in uniform.” Hooray! This item has a catch too—“the Pentagon said the allowance is only for this year’s parade in San Diego and does not extend beyond that”—but one parade is better than no parades. (On the other hand, no fireworks are better than one firework. Discuss.)Good News Item No. 4: The godforsaken Northeast heat wave appears to have broken. Fall sweaters, hot coffees, scarves, boots, and rosy cheeks for everyone, starting right now!