Posts tagged ‘Entertainment’

May 18, 2016

Feminism & Film

Thelma and Louise

Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis starting the selfie craze in Thelma and Louise

What does it mean to be a celebrity feminist and do they help or hinder the cause? Can they even call themselves so?

In an article in The Guardian, a journalist forensically analyses the contribution of so-called Hollywood Feministas (my word) and whether they failed. Feminists such as Emma Watson are berated

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April 12, 2015

Indian Summers Addiction

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There a few ingredients on TV that rock my boat: period drama, excellent fashion and style, architecture and politics. Mix all of these ingredients together and the outcome is INDIAN SUMMERS on Channel 4.

From the opening scenes of a sprawling villa in the Indian hills with indulgent hanging flowers and vines, you could almost inhale the heat and fragrance from the screen. After making me sickeningly envious of this property, we are slowing introduced to the characters who will keep us company at 9pm on Sunday evenings. 

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February 24, 2015

Oscars 2015: Beauties and The Grease

The gowns were all pretty meh this year so I thought it might be more interesting to concentrate on the hair and make up. After all, how many of us will ever wear a couture gown but we can all afford even the most expensive lipsticks and contouring powders!

Jennifer Lopez

The cold undertones of the bubblegum pink lippie is such a beautiful contrast to the nude dress and really flatters JLo’s skin tone.

2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter - Arrivals

Thandie Newton and Kerry Washington both demonstrate a perfect classic smoky eyes and rose lips look.

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June 13, 2014

Little Brazil in London

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Have you noticed the World Cup started yesterday?
If you didn’t, then wow!
The magic of the World Cup has been lost for me. I haven’t been excited about it since when that crazy Cameroon goalie would run up the pitch and score a goaaaaaaaaaaaal!!!!!!!
Try this: my friends and I went to Guanabara last night for the opening night. It’s a Brazilian bar off Holborn/Covent Garden. Usually a bit studenty, we usually avoid it as it doesn’t stock one’s champagne, what what! But occasionally it is rather fun to hang out with 20-somethings during happy hour.

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November 13, 2013

Party Like It’s 1930s Shanghai

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Oh dear lord, if there was ever a party that I simply must attend it is a 1930s Shanghai party in London.
The events are organised by the Nudge and UFF Tea Merchants. The theme is as described and my friends and I have added a sub line of “Go Large or Go Home” .. we shall be glittering in crystals, jewelled turbans, elbow gloves, velvet, red lipstick – more is more, as they say!

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November 13, 2013

Hakkasan

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Are we cool? We go to Hakkasan, Mayfair for dinner and cocktails. Or are we stuck in the noughties? We used to go there when we were young and crazy, we would drink cosmos, giggle with strangers and go on to a club.
We went on Saturday – do people still go to Hakkasan? Apparently, yes.

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October 31, 2013

Escape Plan

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One of my most glorious moments was when I beat the boy in Commando Challenge.
We are watching Commando, an Arnie classic circa 1980s. A challenge! “Let’s see who guesses most next lines”. Our eyes slit and we grit our teeth.
He, a lifelong Arnie worshipper, sneers at me. He knows he will win! He is a boy! And I am a girl!
I sneer back. I know I will win! Yes I am a girl! A girl from Scotland with shit cold summers, a fun  sister and Commando on vhs that we will watch 20 times. A week!!!

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August 3, 2013

100 Out Of 100!

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Believe the hype! The Book of Mormon is amazing, the most funniest musical of all time. I didn’t know anything much about it in advance and I am certain that added to the enjoyment. The cast, set, lighting but most of all the script and lyrics are just so much fun!

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August 3, 2013

Swan Lake Reloaded

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Swan Lake… I loved it as a child and I’ve seen it so many times I lost count.  It’s my macaroni of entertainment…comforting pleasure.  I even saw Swan Lake at the Royal Albert Hall and Princess Di was there a few boxes away.  (Yes, I’m kinda old and yes she was stunning and yes so were her bodyguards!).  This coming week a new darker street dance version of Swan Lake is in town

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August 1, 2013

Rihanna 1 Topshop 0

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Nice to say something nice about Rhianna that doesn’t include her bum cheeks. (On that note, put them away Rhianna I’m trying to eat my cocopops).

She won her case against Topshop for using her image on their T-shirts. Topshop tried to argue that the photographer owned the copyright in the photo (correct)

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June 22, 2013

The Amazing Sally Bollywood

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If there are no little people in your family you won’t know about the amazing Sally Bollywood, a cartoon series that is a delight to watch!  There is a cracking soundtrack, wacky but believable kitsch interiors and excellent plots.

Sally has her own detective agency that she runs in her basement along with best pal and techie, Doowee and they get cases from their school friends

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June 20, 2013

Sweet Bird of Youth

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“Oh god” my friend gasped “what a tacky poster for a classic play, you can see his nipples for God’s sake”. He was referring to Sweet Bird of Youth by Tennessee Williams currently showing at the Old Vic.

The poster that so disgusted my well-heeled friend was of Kim Cattrall all glammed up in a 1950s feverish pose over a lovely naked man half her age.

Sold!

I went to see the play this week with three girlfriends and all of us, yes ALL of us, couldn’t think of a better combination of seeing our favourite SATC gal and Ripped Torso Man getting it on in our favourite theatre.

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April 27, 2013

The Winslow Boy

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I feel bad recommending a play that’s coming to the end of its season but there is still a chance to get a ticket to The Winslow Boy by Terence Rattigan at The Old Vic, London.  Believe the hype and Daily Telegraph reviews, it is so much fun to watch.

Set in Edwardian England, Winslow’s son is accused of stealing and expelled from school.

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April 5, 2013

So Stylish in Delhi

HT Sanjoy Narayan & Ritu Beri - Delhi's Most Stylish 2013

The Hindustan Times recently held its annual award ceremony to crown the top twenty stylish men and women.  A red carpet event attended by the Who’s Who of Delhi society, this was surely the night that everyone opened their wardrobes and declared they had NOTHING decent to wear!

Awardees included fashion designer, Ritu Beri (above)

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March 20, 2013

Manish Malhotra: Trend Maker

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Indian Celebrity, Esha Gupta featured in Manish Malhotra’s show

There are few designers in the Indian fashion industry that can start a trend like Manish Malhotra.  His influence in Indian cinema is so great and the trickling effect on to TV sets beamed around a billion homes is no small accomplishment.  In this way,

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March 7, 2013

Action-Packed Pixels

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Did you ever play Sonic the Hedgehog? Or Streetfighter? Oh what wonderful games, fab graphics and with delightful family fun in tow!

Then, like most other teens, I grew up and out of games consoles. I noticed however that my male cousins, ALL of them, continued to play games and still do. Occasionally, like all things we don’t understand, my sister and I will mock them and tell them to get girlfriends/a life/some sunshine.

I recall Lara Croft! What a fab character, I remember thinking, she is a woman that is kicking serious ass.

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February 25, 2013

Colours Explode at Oscars

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Where was the sea of nude, white and gold dresses?  Whilst dresses in these shades inevitably came down the red carpet the number was significantly diminished.  Instead a rainbow of colors were worn by the Hollywood beauties and it was such a welcome change.

Jennifer Aniston above in Versace and Olivia Munn in Marchesa (literally fresh off the catwalk from last week).

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January 31, 2013

Burns Night at The Drafthouse

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Last week I went to the Drafthouse on Tower Bridge Road, SE1 for Rabbie Burns Night (25 Jan for the ignorant amongst you). The Drafthouse is a small London chain of pubs and they are so much fun, you should go for that warm pub glow while it’s cold outside.

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January 29, 2013

Men in Black Tie

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The Telegraph’s etiquette writer seemed to need his smelling salts as award season has started and apparently this means many of the established dress code rules are broken by the new-monied actor class.  I’m paraphrasing but that’s the gist of the article.  I think it’s great to know how to dress properly and correctly for certain events, however, I think it’s equally important to know when to relax and have some fun with a dress code.  After all, they’re actors, they’re meant to be creative.

Men should know how to tie a bow tie, I’m with him on that point wholeheartedly.  If you want to know more about dressing for black tie events, you can read the article here.  However, in the mean time I thought this was a great excuse to put images of dishy actors up for us to comment and also some images of black tie major no no’s.  If you’re in the need of black tie guidance in an emergency situation (I have no idea what I mean by that) but if in doubt, stick on any James Bond movie and you will not go wrong.

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January 26, 2013

NKOTB Back on Tour

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But only in the USA!  For those of you that don’t know, NKOTB stands for New Kids On The Block.  They former boy, now man, band have teamed up with Boyz II Men and 98 Degrees (whoever they are) and will tour the whole USA in the coming year.

Whilst researching their website for their non-existent London tour dates

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January 10, 2013

The Hobbit

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Believe the bad reviews everyone, I regret to say that Peter Jackson’s new addition to the Tolkein films is a disaster and should be avoided at all costs!

It is roughly 1.5 hours too long, with many pointless and boring scenes (including ones clearly cut and pasted from previous films).  Is it me?  Do I simply not care about dwarves?  Why do all the thicko trolls have East London accents? 

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December 11, 2012

Nobu London

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Nobu is one of those marmite restaurants that people either love or hate.  A friend went a while ago and was hit with a £500 bill between four and frankly speaking, that did put me off a little.  I love sushi but always feel hungry after a couple of hours and would not appreciate a rumbling tummy after a hefty bill.

Having said that, every time I have had sushi at a restaurant with a Nobu guest chef

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November 8, 2012

Argo

I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but I have to confess that if I’d known a little more about the film I watched last night, I probably would have thought nope, not for me!

A film starring and directed by Ben Affleck? And George Clooney? Urgh! About the Iranian hostage crisis in late 70s/early 80s. Double urgh, stars and stripes waving??

To my dismay (and enjoyment) it was really good. There is so much

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October 2, 2012

The Milestones of Growing Up

No, No and No Way! These were the answers I received after going through my phone contacts of so-called family and friends asking them if they wanted to come and watch a fashion documentary film with me.  It soon became apparent that if I really wanted to watch the film, and I did, I would have to cross one of the great tests of growing up and (gulp) GO ALONE!!!!

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July 13, 2012

Disco Deewane

Apologies for the short notice but it has come to my attention that there will be a fabulous tribute gig on tonight in London for 80’s sensation, Nazia Hassan with proceeds to go to the Nazia Hassan Foundation.

Half of internationally successful

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June 13, 2012

Child Friendly Wedding

As a parent, it was delightful to attend a wedding that gave so much consideration to the entertainment of the children. Hosted in the heart of Essex countryside, Leez Priory provided an idyllic setting for a wedding that made me beam.

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May 28, 2012

Roots: The Great British Story

There is a wonderful TV series showing on the BBC called The Great British Story: A People’s History I just watched the first programme over a cuppa last week.

It was insightful learning about how important and beautiful some towns and cities used to be, particularly as one suburb of Glasgow, Govan, once loved by the Romans is now junkie heaven and infamoulsy connected to its fictional comedy resident, Rab C Nesbitt.

As the programme moved across Britain 

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May 15, 2012

Mirror, Mirror On The Wall

Who committed the biggest fashion crime of them all?  The movie version of Snow White premiered in London last night and OMG what were these two thinking?

Kristen Stewart decides to go for a Wild West prossie-with-frilly-pubes look and her co-star, Charlize Theron tries to go one step further:

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May 10, 2012

Nerdbusters

One of my favourite childhood TV programmes, Blockbusters, has re-launched on Challenge TV aimed at an older audience.

I do wonder if it was only one of my favourites as there was little after-school choice for teenagers. 

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April 3, 2012

Jack and Rose Go On and On in 3D

If ITV’s Titanic isn’t enough for you and you have a sinking ship fetish, the terribly long and dull 90s version of the tragedy is being released in 3D.

Such cheesy script and stereotyped characters it can only be topped

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March 30, 2012

Sink Your Ambition

British people love success but not too much of it.  Is being overly successful vulgar?  Don’t worry though, the British critics will get their knives out to cut you down to an acceptable level.  This is what I believe is happening to Julian Fellowes and his new TV drama about the Titanic.

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March 21, 2012

Hit Factory Live

Surely THE concert of the year has to be this one celebrating 25 years of Stock, Aitken and Waterman creators of the hit single and

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March 20, 2012

Come Dine With Me

Nigella Lawson eat your heart out. The Queen of Ease has been a role model for me who likes to create delicious meals with little fuss. My timetable just doesn’t allow lamented cooking efforts. So my menu for a dinner party this weekend took all of an hour and a half to prepare and was cooked entirely in the oven.

The Menu:

Starter: Stuffed Portabello Mushrooms, Main Course: Salmon and Artichoke En Croute, Dessert: Heartache Chocolate Cake.

Each day I will bring you a recipe starting with Stuffed Portabello Mushrooms from a supermarket recipe card.

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March 12, 2012

New York State of Mind

New York was the fifth best friend in Sex And The City and who didn’t fall in love with it?  Well, for $9.65 million Carrie’s apartment can be yours.  It’s only £6,171,654.21 with today’s exchange rate

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February 17, 2012

Live Music & Poetry: Enjoy Hafez

As you are aware Chatterjis, I love a bit of romantic poetry and was both happy and sad that SOAS are hosting a Hafez Persian poetry event.

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January 26, 2012

Downton Abbey Wins

Last night Downton Abbey was crowned best drama at the National TV Awards.  I hardly watch tv at all but I am so so glad a friend recommended this period drama to me one Sunday.  It was an episode in the middle of series two but that didn’t matter, I became fond of the characters instantly and the fashion and interior design even more.

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January 23, 2012

Glitz and Glamour

A delayed post about the Golden Globes fashion hits and misses, apologies, things happen!

Firstly let me say, in India last night it was the Screen Awards which I guess is the Indian version of the Globes but I’m not going to review the fashion because I can’t pretend to care about the celebrities or the fashion.  A sari is a beautiful garment, end of.  No one wore anything else.

So back to the Globes, please do get your comments off your chest too!

Starting with a Brit Chick – well, at least it’s not nude.  I love nude but it’s a bit saturated at award ceremonies.  The Telegraph commented on Kate’s chav/scouse eyebrows.  A bit harsh!

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January 6, 2012

Harry Pooper

A story I couldn’t resist re-telling is of Harry Potter loo paper … for those of you who need to be entertained 24/7.

Daniel Radcliffe is apparently quite bewildered

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December 8, 2011

Bollywood V Disney

I never thought that Bollywood would win in my house as neither me or my husband watch modern Bollywood movies.

 

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December 6, 2011

The X Factor

X Factor is final is looming and the best act on the show was voted out on Sunday night.

Misha B mentored by Kelly Rowland just couldn’t get the public to like her despite providing the most consistently outstanding performances every week.

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