Monday, September 30, 2013

Will You Walk the Red Carpet With Your Boyfriend If He Is Wearing This?

Will You Walk the Red Carpet With Your Boyfriend If He Is Wearing This?

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"12 Years a Slave" Director Steve McQueen and Actress Lupita Nyong'o To Receive Hollywood Film Awards

Actress Lupita Nyong'om, left, and director Steve McQueen attend InStyle & Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Annual Toronto International Film Festival Party, hosted by Salvatore Ferragamo on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, held at the Windsor Arms Hotel in Toronto, Canada.

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"12 Years a Slave" Director Steve McQueen, And Actress Lupita Nyong'o To Be Honored At The Hollywood Film Awards

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Sept. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Carlos de Abreu, founder and executive producer of the 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards, announced today that Fox Searchlight's "12 Years a Slave" director, Steve McQueen will be honored with the "Hollywood Breakout Director Award," and actress Lupita Nyong'o will receive the "New Hollywood Award" for her great performance. The awards will be bestowed at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony on Monday evening, October 21, 2013 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

"We look forward to celebrating this exceptionally talented director and actress for their outstanding work and creative vision," said de Abreu.

 TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 07: (L-R) Actor Michael Fassbender, Sarah Paulson, Steve McQueen, Chiwetel Ejiofor and  Lupita Nyong'o at '12 Days A Slave' Press Conference during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Steve McQueen is a British artist and filmmaker. In 2008, McQueen's critically acclaimed first feature HUNGER won the Camera d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival among countless other international prizes. He followed with 2011's incendiary film experience, SHAME, a provocative drama about addiction and secrecy in the modern world. The film received numerous accolades and awards with McQueen winning the CinemAvvenire Award and FIPRESCI Prize at the Venice Film Festival as well as nominations from BAFTA, the British Independent Film Awards, the London Film Festival, Evening Standard British Film Awards and the Independent Spirit Awards.

In 1996, McQueen was the recipient of an ICA Futures Award, in 1998 he won a DAAD artist's scholarship to Berlin and in 1999 - besides exhibiting at the ICA and at the Kunsthalle in Zürich - he also won the Turner Prize. McQueen has exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Documenta (2002 and 2007) and at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009 where he represented Britain. His work is held in museum collections around the world including Tate, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Centre Pompidou.

In 2003, he was appointed Official War Artist for the Iraq war by the Imperial War Museum and subsequently produced the poignant and controversial project Queen and Country, which commemorated the deaths of British soldiers who died in the Iraq War by presenting their portraits as a sheet of stamps. In 2002, he was awarded the OBE and the CBE in 2011.

Born in London in 1969, McQueen lives and works in Amsterdam and London.

This winter, Lupita Nyong'o will co-star alongside Liam Neeson, Michelle Dockery and Julianne Moore in the thriller NON-STOP. This film is slated for a February 28, 2014 release by Universal Pictures.

The Kenyan actress is also a filmmaker, having served as the creator, director, editor, and producer of the award-winning feature-length documentary, IN MY GENES. The documentary follows eight individual Kenyans who have one thing in common: they were born with albinism, a genetic condition that causes a lack of pigmentation. In many parts of Africa, including Kenya, it is a condition that marginalizes, stigmatizes, and even endangers those who have it. Though highly visible in a society that is predominantly black, the reality of living with albinism is invisible to most. Through her intimate portraits, Nyong'o enables us see their challenges, humanity, and everyday triumphs.

A graduate of the Yale School of Drama's acting program, Nyong'o's stage credits include playing 'Perdita' in The Winter's Tale (Yale Repertory Theater), 'Sonya' in Uncle Vanya, 'Katherine' in The Taming of the Shrew, as well as being in the original production of Michael Mitnick's Elijah.

12 YEARS A SLAVE has won over audiences and critics alike at the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals, as well as received the "People's Choice Audience Award" at Toronto this year. The film is based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender) as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon's chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) forever alters his life.

12 YEARS A SLAVE is directed by Steve McQueen (HUNGER) and written by John Ridley (RED TAILS). Producers are Brad Pitt (MONEYBALL), Dede Gardner (EAT, PRAY, LOVE), Jeremy Kleiner (WORLD WAR Z), Bill Pohlad (TREE OF LIFE), Steve McQueen (SHAME), Arnon Milchan (BROKEN CITY) and Anthony Katagas (KILLING THEM SOFTLY); executive producers are Tessa Ross (SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE) and John Ridley. The filmmaking team includes Director of Photography Sean Bobbitt, BSC (HUNGER, SHAME); production designer Adam Stockhausen (MOONRISE KINGDOM); editor Joe Walker (HUNGER, SHAME); Academy Award® nominated costume designer Patricia Norris (THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD) and Academy Award® winning composer Hans Zimmer (INCEPTION, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES).

The Hollywood Film Awards honors cherished stars, filmmakers and up-and-coming talent, and traditionally kicks off the film awards season with the biggest stars and top industry executives in attendance.

Last year's awards show received more than 41 million media impressions, in addition to more than 300 million online and print readers' impressions.

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"Half of A Yellow Sun" is "Like Gone With the Wind" - Thandie Newton

Anika Noni Rose, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton at Half of A Yellow Sun Premiere at the Winter Garden Theatre, 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

Thandie Newton, the leading actress in the Nigerian civil war drama Half of a Yellow Sun has compared the film to Gone with the Wind, the 1939 epic historical film based on American civil war-era South.
The British actress also told Julie Miller in the interview published by Vanity Fair that her role as "Olanna" is the most sophisticated modern woman she has ever played so far.

Julie Miller: You’ve described Half of a Yellow Sun as being like Gone with the Wind set in Nigeria. Can you explain what you meant by that?

Thandie Newton: Well, this is all happening when the Biafran War [or the Nigerian Civil War] kicks off, and that was really run by the intellectuals and the academics, the world that Olanna has chosen to be in. And even when she has a chance to leave, to get on a flight that costs god knows how much, to join her wealthy parents to get out of there, she chooses not to because she is involved in this struggle that comes from the roots and the people. That’s why it is like Gone with the Wind. Because it is about the complete transformation of a person as well as a place.

Thandie Newton as "Olanna" in Half of a Yellow Sun.

Half of a Yellow Sun was screened in the Special Presentation section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

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Sunday, September 29, 2013 5 Year Blogiversary


Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Kitty Bradshaw brings a fresh and innovative perspective to the blogosphere. With a following of over 30,000 avid readers, Kitty Bradshaw is able to effortlessly engage readers with her sincerity, communal presence, and creative approach to “Online Journalism”. Bradshaw’s likeability and success are largely due to her determination and adaptability to the ever changing Social Media Industry. With 16 years of technical writing experience under her belt —spanning through multiple accounts on various social networks, messages boards and chat groups, Kitty Bradshaw is on the list of “who’s who” with a savvy internet presence that will inevitably make her a household name.

Kitty Bradshaw currently resides in New York City where she writes about “New York Life from a California Perspective”. As the Self-Proclaimed, “(neighbor)Hood Journalist”, she reports news as she cat walks over it in her pumps.


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Heineken® Challenges Consumers' Claims with "Departure Roulette" Roadshow

Heineken® Challenges Consumers' Claims with "Departure Roulette" Roadshow
After Receiving Feedback Through Social Media, Heineken Tests Consumers On Their Doorsteps

NEW YORK, Sept. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- After positive boasts online, imagine if someone showed up at your door asking you to spontaneously push a button to take a trip to an unknown destination. Would you play Departure Roulette and go? To find out, Heineken took to the road with "Departure Roulette"- a social experiment that aims to push people outside of their comfort zones, crossing their borders for experiences unknown.

The Departure Roulette Roadshow follows the initial social experiment at JFK that aimed to reward spontaneity and capture the genuine moment of facing an instantaneous decision. Heineken followed and started conversations with people online who commented that they would press the red button on the old style flight clicker board if given the opportunity. Heineken arrived at the doorsteps of fans in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York, presenting them with the Departure Roulette challenge to push the button and immediately embark on a trip to an unknown place.

"There is a little bit of this curiosity in all of us, and we believe that Heineken consumers are especially open to adventure and the unknown," said Belen Pamukoff, Brand Director, Heineken. "At Heineken, we aim to provide opportunities for fans of our premium beer to embrace the thrill of spontaneity, go far beyond their comfort zone and open their world."

Destinations of "Departure Roulette" challengers included adventurous locations like New Zealand, Spain, Romania, Estonia, Chile or Peru. The inspiration for the social experiment was 'Voyage', a Heineken® campaign that took different men from across the world and dropped them in remote global locations with nothing but the most basic of supplies and directions. The result was 'Dropped' - a series of episodic adventures following the intrepid explorers on their legendary travel experience. Additional details can be found on the Heineken Dropped YouTube page:

To join in the conversation, follow Heineken @heineken_us, #dropped.

HEINEKEN USA Inc., the nation's leading upscale beer importer, is a subsidiary of Heineken International BV, the world's most international brewer. European brands imported into the U.S. include Heineken Lager, the world's most international beer brand, Heineken Light, Amstel Light, Newcastle Brown Ale, and Strongbow cider. HEINEKEN USA also imports the Dos Equis portfolio, Tecate portfolio, Sol, Indio, Carta Blanca and Bohemia brands from Mexico. For a safe ride home, download the HEINEKEN USA-sponsored Taxi Magic™ application from your smartphone at

Video with caption: "After positive boasts online, imagine if someone showed up at your door asking you to spontaneously push a button to take a trip to an unknown destination. Would you play Departure roulette and go? To find out, Heineken took to the road with "Departure Roulette"- arriving at the doorsteps of fans in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York City to push people outside of their comfort zones, crossing their borders for experiences unknown." Video available at:

Video with caption: "Your itinerary's fine, but we think a last minute change of plans is much more exciting. We found a few people at JFK Airport who'd agree. Would you play Departure Roulette?" Video available at:

Image with caption: "Drew Nagda at the Heineken Departure Roulette on September 12, 2013 in New York. The social experiment challenged travelers to leave right away to unknown destinations. Drew tweeted to @Heineken_US "I will drop everything (including this sandwich) & travel! 'my bags are packed, & I'm ready to go..' #dropped #jetplane," and Heineken surprised Drew at work, with a sandwich of course, to put his words to the test. Without hesitation, he dropped the sandwich to play Departure Roulette." Image available at:

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CONTACT: Adam Feigen, Heineken USA,, 914-681-4138; Jennifer Weber,, 212-704-8262

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Oluchi Onweagba-Orlandi in Sexy SPANX!

Our FASHION SUNDAY SPECIAL is our own proudly Nigerian born supermodel Oluchi Onweagba-Orlandi in white sexy SPANX!

Just click on her picture to get yours right away from Amazon!
SPANX In-Power Line Super Higher Power Power Panties Shapewear in white or black.

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With Love from Gucci

Gucci Guilty fragrance ad featuring a shirtless Chris Evans and sexy Evan Rachel Wood.

Q: what does it smell like? try to get it for my husband
A:It's hard to describe it but i'd say a much better version of Armani Black.. It's got a spicy deep smell.. You can never get tired of smelling it..

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Win $5,000 Trip for Two to New York City from The Shopping Channel Live From New York

26 September 2013 15:30 Africa/Lagos

THE SHOPPING CHANNEL Jet Sets to the World's Fashion Capital With TSC Live From New York, Beginning Sept. 30 at 10 p.m.

- Hot on the heels of the TSC brand evolution on September 6, THE SHOPPING CHANNEL announces its biggest off-site production in history, live from New York -
- TSC presents four exceptional Today's Showstoppers all on one day from Isaac Mizrahi, Joan Rivers, Carol Brodie, and Stila Cosmetics -
- TSC's Richard Nester, Rachel Huber, and Susan Yull host live from The Big Apple -

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Sept. 26, 2013 /CNW/ - TSC is live every day but it's not every day that it's live from New York. In a TSC first, Canada's leading multi-channel retailer broadcasts live from the forefront of fashion beginning Monday, Sept. 30 at 10 p.m. ET with TSC Live From New York . This special one-day event, which wraps up 24 hours later at 10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Oct. 1, features some of New York's top designers and most ingenious style makers - Isaac Mizrahi, Joan Rivers, and Carol Brodie - along with Stila Cosmetics, live from TSC's Mississauga studios. Also, to complement this chic new shopping experience for Canadian women, THE SHOPPING CHANNEL will offer four Today's Showstoppers - TSC's best deal of the day - from each of the expert guests.

"Following a tremendous month-long brand evolution that put TSC on track to make our best September sales to date, THE SHOPPING CHANNEL continues to launch new and exciting projects and product offers to further enrich our customer's unique retail experience," said Steven Goldsmith, President, The Shopping Channel. "With TSC Live From New York, The Shopping Channel will not only enable Canadian shoppers to discover great style, but will also entertain them with the fashion, jewellery and beauty industry's best - in the largest off-site production the network has ever broadcast."

With savings of up to 45 per cent off, the four-in-one day Today's Showstopper limited-time offers include the one and only Joan Rivers' Simulated Pearl Necklace and Earrings, the iconic Isaac Mizrahi Live! Annie Loafer, Gemstone Drop Earrings from the queen of diamonds Carol Brodie, and Stila Cosmetics' stunning 8-piece All-Star Collection. During this special broadcast event, THE SHOPPING CHANNEL will also offer an expanded assortment of products at, including items with special pricing and encore top 10 Today's Showstoppers from the month of September.

Also, beginning today, Thursday, Sept. 26 at 10 p.m. ET , one lucky TSC shopper will get the chance to win a trip for two to New York City valued at up to $5,000, including airfare and hotel stay for three days and two nights. To find out more details and enter to win, visit

Headquartered in Mississauga, ON, THE SHOPPING CHANNEL is a leading interactive multi-channel retailer, offering a vast assortment of exclusive products and top brand names to its customers. THE SHOPPING CHANNEL incorporates entertainment, inspiration, personalities and retail industry leaders to provide a unique shopping experience. At THE SHOPPING CHANNEL, customers find exceptional selections in health/beauty, jewellery, home/lifestyle, fashion/accessories, and electronics. THE SHOPPING CHANNEL is one of Canada's most innovative and diversified retailers and a division of Rogers Broadcasting Limited (a subsidiary of Rogers Media Inc.) Learn more at

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Miss Earth Nigeria 2013 Complete Photo Gallery

These are just five photos from the photo gallery of the 2013 Miss Earth Nigeria held on Sunday 22nd of September at the Oriental Hotel on Victoria Island, Lagos.
Model Marie Miller was the winner of the glamourous and prestigious beauty pageant which is one of the 149 national franchises of the Miss Earth pageant.

The event was hosted by the popular award winning actor and TV presenter Joseph Benjamin and the judges were African American actor Boris Kodjoe, American model and actress Amber Rose, American hip hop artiste Karly Redd, celebrated Nigerian photographer Kelechi Amadi-Obi and Nollywood diva Ini Edo.

Nollywood diva and President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria Ibinabo Fiberesima who is the founder and National Director of the pageant presented the new Miss Earth Nigeria her prize of a brand new 2013 Toyota Avensis and N3 million one year salary.
She will represent Nigeria at the World Miss Earth Pageant on December 7th in Pasay City, Philippines.

The celebrities at the event included popular comedians Julius Agwu and AY Makun, Nollywood stars Fred Amata, Charles Novia and Segun Arinze, award winning singer Timi Dakolo, Kas and Layole Oyatogun,

Click here for the photo gallery of over 180 photographs of the event.

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

U.S Born Miss Philippines Wins 2013 Miss World Pageant in Indonesia

Miss Philippines Megan Young has been crowned Miss World 2013 on Saturday in Bali, Indonesia.

Megan Lynne Young

The pageant was held under tight security, because the global beauty pageant was threatened by fanatical Muslims who wanted to disrupt the event for violating the Islamic ethics of the world's most populous Muslim country. The radical Islam Defenders Front marched in public protests against holding the pageant in Indonesia and forced the organizers to move the event from a venue outside Jakarta to the predominantly Hindu Island of Nusa Dua in southern Bali.

The 23-year-old U.S.-born beauty queen studying digital film was overwhelmed with emotion as she accepted the crown from her predecessor, Wenxia Yu of China and promised to "be the best Miss World ever".

Marine Lorphelin, a 20-year-old medical student from France was the first runner-up and Miss Ghana Carranzar Naa Okailey Shooter, 23, also a medical student was the second runner-up.

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Kunle Afolayan Breaks Down after the Wrap of October 1

Daring and accomplished young Nigerian filmmaker Kunle Afolayan was admitted for fatigue at a hospital in Lagos after he completed the shooting of his latest film "October 1st" last week. One of the members of his cast and crew said he is recovering fast and will soon release the official trailer of the historical film set in 1960, against the backdrop of Nigeria's independence on October 1st. The screenplay was written by Tunde Babalola, one of Nigeria's most accomplished screenwriters and winner of several notable awards including; 2004 Screen Nation Awards, (Critical Assignment), 2004 Hollywood Film Festival (Critical Assignment), 2003 Screen Nation Film & Television Award For Scriptwriting (Degsy) and the 1996 Channel 4 Sit-Com Festival (In Exile).

October 1st is a psychological thriller detailing the activities of a northern police detective, Dan Waziri who was posted to the western region to unravel the mystery behind a series of female murders in the community. He soon discovers that the prime suspect is Aderopo, the prince of the community. Waziri, however does not have plenty of time as he is expected to bring the Prince to book before the Nigerian flag is raised on October 1.

October 1st has a star studded cast including Sadiq Daba, Kanayo O. Kanayo, Kehinde Bankole, David Bailie, Kayode Olaiya, Nick Rhys, Fabian Lojede, Demola Adedoyin and Kunle Afolayan with celebrated Nigerian fashion designer Deola Sagoe playing a unique role as Lady Funmilayo Ransome Kuti, the famous activist mother of the late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, the legendary King of Afrobeat music.

© Orikinla Osinachi. 2013. No reproduction of this content in any format of media without the authorization and permission of the copyright owner.

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