Liz Taylor would have surely approved of the new exhibition that is “Style of Jolie,” a display of jewellery designed by the actress along with jeweller Robert Procop that opened in Los Angeles.
The luxury pieces worked around precious gemstones took nine months to design and are now on show at Julien’s Gallery in Beverly Hills, which usually hosts high-profile auctions of celebrity memorabilia.
According to its curators, it is a “museum-quality exhibition” that can be visited by invitation only before financial offers are made, benefiting children in need of education, a personal charitable cause of Jolie’s.
Highlights include a vintage diamond choker worn by the star in the film The Tourist, a 27-carat emerald ring that accompanied her to her directing debut in Bosnia, and jewellery she donned at the Oscars and several international film premiers.
Here’s a sneak peak of the Jewellery:
Locally produced film, Life Above All, won 6 Awards at the South African Film And Television Awards (SAFTA’s), received a 10 minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival, was shortlisted by the Academy Awards committee in the Best Foreign Feature Film category (but didn’t make the final list) and received praise at the Toronto Film Festival, London Film Festival and Dubai Film Festival.
So we were a bit anxious when we scored an invite to the official SA premier at Montecasino. We were anxious to see what the rest of the world was raving about. And we weren’t disappointed! Director Oliver Schmitz and his cast that includes Lerato Mvelase, Harriet Manamela, Aubrey Poolo and newcomers Khomotso Manyaka and Keaobaka Makanyane, produced an amazing movie!
In the movie, the issue of HIV/AIDS is told through the life and struggles of a young rural girl whose parents suffer with the disease and the stigma that people attach to it. But it’s multi-layered and also deals with universal issues that women face such as abuse, unemployment and raising children in poverty.
I know it sounds somber, and I suppose it is but it’s also bold and inspiring. It showcases our country’s cinematic brilliance and young, new talent. The movies lead actress, 13 year-old Khomotso Manyaka won Best Lead Actress in A Feature Film at the SAFTA’s and this was her first ever acting role. And supporting actress, Keaobaka Makanyane (13), who is also a newbie played her role convincingly, her performance was years beyond her age. We look forward to seeing what these local starlets will do next.
The movie will be released nationally on Friday 11 March.
The biggest night in Hollywood has come and gone. The 83rd Academy Awards are over. The awards were hosted by Anne Hathaway and James Franco and opened with a video montage featuring clips from this year’s nominated movies.
The two hosts began the ceremony by joking about their age. James said “Anne, I must say you look so beautiful, and so hip.” Anne responded “Thank you, James, you look very appealing to a younger demographic yourself.”
But the The former Disney Darling and Hollywood heartthrob didn’t feel so young and hip. Their humour was dry, their presenting was amateurish and the awards lacked entertainment. I was actually disappointed when I realised that they were presenting the entire show. I suppose the witty Ricky Gervais (presented the Golden Globes) and last years Oscar host, the charming Hugh Jackman are to blame.
But the ceremony had it’s highlights and WTF moments like Melissa Leo swearing in her speech, James Franco appearing on stage in drag and Aaron Sorkin (writer of The Social Network) talking over his cut off time.
As for presenters there were quite a few A-listers: Halle Berry, Sandra Bullock and Jeff Bridges presented to their peers. Oprah Winfrey announced the Best Documentary award and Justin Timberlake joked about being graffiti artist Banksy as he presented an award.
Overall the awards ceremony wasn’t great but it wasn’t terrible either.
The biggest night in Hollywood has finally arrived. Here’s the full list of winners from the 83rd Academy Awards (most of it is predictable):
BEST MOTION PICTURE OF THE YEAR:
The King’s Speech
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE:
Colin Firth- The King’s Speech
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE:
Natalie Portman- Black Swan
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE:
Christian Bale- The Fighter
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE:
Melissa Leo- The Fighter
ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING:
The King’s Speech- Tom Hooper
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM OF THE YEAR:
Toy Story 3- Walt Disney
Alice in Wonderland: Production Design by Robert Stromberg & Set Decoration by Karen O’ Hara
Inception- Wally Pfister
Alice in Wonderland- Colleen Artwood
Inside Job- Charles Ferguson & Audrey Marrs
DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT):
Strangers No More- Karen Goodman & Kirk Simon
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:
In a Better World- Denmark
The Wolfman- Rick Baker & Dave Elsey
MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE):
The Social Network- Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
SHORT FILM (ANIMATED):
The lost thing- Shaun Tan & Andrew Ruheman
SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION):
God of Love- Luke Matheny
Inception- Richard King
Inception- Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo & Ed Novick
WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY):
The Social Network- Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY):
The King’s Speech- Screenplay by David Seidler
Melissa Leo swore as she excitedly accepted an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Fighter, a movie that propelled the 50- year old actress into the mainstream for the first time in her career. This was Melissa’s second Oscar nomination but first win.
The actress accidentally dropped the F word as she delivered a heartfelt acceptance speech “When I watched Kate (Winslet) two years ago it looked so f***ing easy,” she said, before realizing her blunder.