GET YOUR OWN “OSCAR” STYLE

Photo credit: Greg Gorman

Photo credit: Greg Gorman

Stop relying on stylists, says jet-setting author, Jackie Collins. The novelist is flat-out tired of seeing the stars dolled up for the award shows, dripping with jewels and wearing gowns that aren’t theirs and never will be.

Collins would like to see individuality on that red carpet this year instead of the string of the walking, talking advertisements celebrities have become in recent years.

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Why Jackie Collins wants to see stars rid themselves of stylists.

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Collins new novel, Poor Little Bitch Girl is currently heating up store shelves.

A HEAP OF GOOD “HURT” FOR KATHRYN BIGELOW

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Kathryn Bigelow’s character study, The Hurt Locker has gotten nothing but rave reviews and attention since its debut last summer. And now the filmmaker is the darling of the industry thanks to a heap of awards and nomination including the nod for Best Picture and Director for the upcoming Oscar Awards.

It’s all about telling stories for Bigelow and she humbly credits world events (i.e. war) with the public reaction to her movie. We, of course, believe it’s her stellar skills, which she’s demonstrated time and again – though the material in the past never really quite measured up to her abilities (Blue Steel, Point Break, K-19 The Widowmaker).

Now the action director is hitting her stride and is taking in the well-deserved success – after over 30 years in the business.

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Why Kathryn Bigelow credits the story for The Hurt Locker’s success.

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Why she didn’t change a thing from conception to delivery of the film.

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The Oscars are awarded Sunday, March 7th. The program will air live from the Kodak Theatre and broadcast on ABC.

FEARLESS AND POWERFUL “WENCH”

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For her very first novel Wench, Dr. Dolen Perkins-Valdez takes a real setting to weave together a story of slavery from a new perspective. Wench was inspired by a historical biography on civil rights activist, W.E.B. Du Bois entitled Biography of a Race (David Levering Lewis). A casual mention of Wilberforce University in that book, was the fertile ground for a new take on slavery and the relationships between the master and his property as well as the dynamics between the slaves.

Perkins-Valdez was surprise enough that the university was once a resort for slave owners and their slave mistresses, but she was also surprised that children born from the master/slave affair were sent to college.

Perkins-Valdez spares no one’s feeling as she presents the horrors of that period in time, but every detail is for a reason, not for the sake of shocking the reader. And despite her lead character being a slave, it is Lizzy who she most identifies with.

Wench could have easily become just another slavery story, but the author has carefully woven an intricate examination of the history of racial intermingling whether forced or coerced.

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What surprised the author.

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Who she identifies with most.

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Why she held nothing back.

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TAYLOR LAUTNER OVER THE MOON FOR “ECLIPSE”

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Although Taylor Lautner received tons of screen time for The Twilight Saga: New Moon, the actor is even more excited for the release of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.  Lautner, who can currently be seen in the romantic comedy Valentine’s Day, talks why he is completely enamored with Eclipse’s story. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR TAYLOR LAUTNER)

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DANIELLE PANABAKER GOES “CRAZY” OVER TIMOTHY OLYPHANT

115Danielle Panabaker first received attention for her work in the critically acclaimed HBO miniseries Empire Falls, and since then she’s starred in Sky High, the overlooked Kevin Costner thriller Mr. Brooks, the TV series Shark, and most recently, played one of Jason’s victims in Friday the 13th.  Now she co-stars in The Crazies with Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell, and Joe Anderson, and Panabaker elaborates why the acting talent makes this a memorable film. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR TO HEAR DANIELLE PANABAKER)

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The Crazies is in theatres now.