FashionFeed: The Best ‘Best-Of’ Lists of 2011

● Fashionista’s roundup of top fashion editorials features that memorable Vogue spread with the ageless Natalia Vodianova cuddling with stylish wunderkinds Elle Fanning, Chloe Moretz, and Hailee Steinfeld. [Fashionista]

● Here’s a roundup of the 10 best pop-up stores of the year, which includes Nicola Formichetti’s spectacular concept store. [Racked NY]

● Derek Blasberg’s best-dress of 2011 features a mix of obvious choices (Alexa Chung, Kate Moss), but also includes some surprises, like breakout star Elizabeth Olsen. [Harper’s Bazaar]

● Cathy Horyn’s picks for notable moments in fashion range from the John Galliano debacle to Giovanna Battaglia’s gravity-defying Stephen Sprouse gown at the Cannes Film Festival. [NYT]

● Fashion Gone Rogue’s best beauty editorials include Anais Pouilot‘s striking braid game and Joudan Dunn’s intricate headwear in Vogue Paris.  [FGR]

● Some of this year’s top fashion magazine covers include a crying Hailee Steinfeld for LOVE and a provocatively positioned butterfly for Garage.  [Styleite]


See the Official First Poster for Spike Lee’s ‘Oldboy’ Remake

Fresh off the heat of his English-language debut—the thrilling and seductive Stoker, we’re reminded that director Park Chan-wook’s most acclaimed and beloved film is finally going to have an American remake of its own. But hese days, it’s difficult to get excited about the incessant remakes and Hollywood adaptations—but when it’s Spike Lee, we’ll make an exception. And with the new retelling of Director Park’s Oldboy, we’ll see Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, and Sharlto Copley in a film penned by Mark Protosevich.

Described as both "provocative and visceral," Lee’s adaptation will see Brolin as  an advertising executive who is abruptly kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement. When he is inexplicably released, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover who orchestrated his bizarre and torturous punishment only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment. And now, FilmDistrict has released the official new poster for the "Spike Lee Joint" that showcases the 20 marks for 20 long years. 

Oldboy will hit theaters October 11th, so in the meantime check out the poster below and brush up on the original to get yourself acquainted.


Christopher Abbott Is Breaking Up With ‘Girls’

Welp, so much for that Marnie and Charlie reconciliation we saw in the season two finale: Christopher Abbott has abruptly left Girls. The actor was apparently at odds with creator and star Lena Dunham. “He didn’t like the direction things are going in, which seems a bit odd since the show put him on the map,” a source told Page Six. (Abbott’s publicist confirmed his departure with the tabloid.) Perhaps Abbott found his character’s actions and storyline to be as ridiculous as I did! Of course, Abbott had a pretty good role in an episode of Enlightened (RIP!) this year, as well as a role in the star-making Martha Marcy May Marlene (which didn’t hurt the careers of Elizabeth Olsen and Simon Killer‘s Brady Corbet), so I think Abbott will do just fine without Girls.

[via Page Six]

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Five Of Your Favorite Novels Head To The Big Screen in 2013

With a slew of new page-to-popcorn films in the works, here’s a look at what will be making its way onto the silver screen next year.


French writer Émile Zola’s novel-turned-play Thérèse Raquin has been adapted for the screen many times, but this December we’ll get a taste of director Charlie Stratton’s take on the haunting classic. The psychological tale of affaires de coeur and betrayal centers on Thérèse, a young woman forcibly married to her first cousin, who soon begins a turbulent affair with her husband’s friend. After the lovers conspire to murder her husband, they find themselves haunted by his ghost as their love turns to fiery rage. Elizabeth Olsen takes the reins as Thérèse, with Jessica Lange, Tom Felton, and Oscar Isaac adding to the cast of tortured characters.


After Brian De Palma released his cult-classic adaptation of Stephen King’s novel in 1976, who knew there needed to be another one? But as Hollywood is wont to do, audiences are in store for a new spin on the bloody story of a shy high school outcast who taps into her newly discovered telekinetic powers to exact revenge on her bullying schoolmates. Helmed by Boys Don’t Cry director Kimberly Peirce, the film stars budding ingénue Chloë Grace Moretz in the titular role alongside Julianne Moore and Judy Greer in the new adaptation of one of the most frequently banned books in the U.S.


Like a boat against the current “borne back ceaselessly into the past,” F. Scott Fitzgerald’s most celebrated work of obsession and tragedy will make its way to the screen once again this spring. The long-awaited adaptation will reunite director Baz Luhrmann with Leonardo DiCaprio, as Gatsby, and stars Carey Mulligan as his unattainable love, Daisy. After being pushed from its December release to May, anticipation for the film has only increased, with audiences wondering just what Luhrmann’s theatrical aesthetic will add to the beloved tale.


Adapted from Joseph Delaney’s 2004 children’s novel, The Spook’s Apprentice, this 18th Century adventure film centers around a mystical young boy, Thomas, who becomes an apprentice to the local Spook (a cloaked man who travels the country fighting evil spirits for those who cannot) in order to learn the supernatural trade. Directed by Sergei Bodrov, the film will star The Chronicles of Narnia’s Ben Barnes in the lead role, with Julianne Moore as a cannibalistic, mischievous witch named Mother Malkin. Jeff Bridges and Alicia Vikander also join the cast.


Orson Scott Card’s science fiction thriller has been inching its way to the screen for years. First published in 1977 as a short story, the futuristic tale of alien warfare and adventure is set to hit theaters in November. Featuring Hugo’s Asa Butterfield and Little Miss Sunshine’s Abigail Breslin, the film tells the story of a gifted boy sent to a space-based military school to prepare for an alien invasion. The sci-fi classic will be directed by actor/director Gavin Hood, who leads Hollywood veterans Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley into the dystopian future.

Josh Radnor Goes Back to School In ‘Liberal Arts’ Trailer

This isn’t the first time Josh Radnor has played a university professional on-screen. Beginning in Season Five of How I Met Your Mother, his monogamy-seeking narrator, Ted Mosby, became an architecture professor at a university in New York. For Liberal Arts, his Sundance-selection second stint as writer/director of a full-length feature film after the tepidly-received dramedy happythankyoumoreplease, Radnor plays Jesse, a college administrator invited back to his alma mater for his favorite professor’s (Richard Jenkins) retirement party. Along the way, he falls love with Zibby (Elizabeth Olsen of Martha Marcy May Marlene) a sophomore and the daughter of his favorite professor. Adding to the university nostalgia, Randor shot the film at his own alma mater, Kenyon College in Ohio. 

For those who didn’t catch it at Sundance, the trailer, released this week, has all the trappings of a college brochure: greying intellectuals, bros playing Ultimate Frisbee on the quad, a swaying indie soundtrack. There’s even a few Facebook profile-worthy soundbites, most notably when Jenkins says, "Nobody ever feels like an adult. That’s the world’s dirtiest secret." Also, Zac Efron and Allison Janney are in it. 

Liberal Arts premiered at Sundance back in January and will begin a limited release on September 14th. The first smattering of reviews are mixed but leaning slightly towards favorable (60% on Rotten Tomatoes). We’ll let you make your own call after watching the trailer. 

Things I Learned at the Relais & Chateaux Dinner: An Olsen Eats

The other night I had the pleasure of attending the Relais & Chateaux Diner des Grands Chefs at Gotham Hall. Relais & Chateaux is an organization of very nice hotels which also have great restaurants. At this dinner, grand chefs from around the world — NYC had Michael White, Daniel Boulud, James Kent and the Del Posto boys — and they cooked a special menu in teams of three for each table. The food, therefore, was not mass catered but actually prepared.  There were many tables. I sat at table 26. Apart from the food, which was obviously extremely good, there were some other takeaways. 

The French Love A Good Projection

There are many columns in Gotham Hall. It used to be a bank. Relais & Chateaux is a French organization and someone had the idea to have a projection of an acquarium projected onto the space behind the columns which eventually drained to reveal the skyline. This was accompanied by music. I was somewhat scared there would be a 9-11 Never Forget logo at the end but there wasn’t. The point being though, probably an American would say, "Man, this is over the top. We can’t do this." With the French, that isn’t so. This enables them to be both great and horrible.

Black Tie Required Means That Above 14th Street

I generally imagine Black Tie Required to mean Maybe Black Tie Would Be Nice But You Know Whatever. This is how it is for events downtown where the rule of thumb is that level of formal dress and level of belonging are inversely proportional. But Gotham Hall is in Midtown and, man, was I wrong. Black Tie means Black Tie. I rolled up wearing a slightly more formal than usual work outfit: black Uniqlo slacks, a cream cotton blazer from Shipley and Halmos and a pink sweater, also Uniqlo. My outfit was met with stern paternal disapproval by tuxuedoed and begowned guests. The only thing that makes me feel alright about it: Thomas Keller, not cooking that night, was there and he was wearing jeans, a sweater and a blazer. 

There is an Olsen Sister That Eats

Her name is Elizabeth and I saw her do it. There’s also picture evidence.  

Morning Links: Snooki Might Actually Be Pregnant, Ryan Murphy’s Mega-Musical

● Turns out, Snooki might actually be pregnant and just waiting on the right tabloid cover deal to make the announcement. Will Snooks be the first non-teen to be pregnant on MTV? Or the first meatball, certainly! [Page Six]

● Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck have welcomed their third, little boy bundle of joy, into the world. [Us]

● Meryl Street donated a generous $10,000 to a school in Viola Davis hometown in Rhode Island, perhaps as a ‘Thank you’ or even an "I’m sorry" for taking that best actress Oscar. [Reuters]

● Elizabeth Olsen has been offered the female lead in Spike Lee’s Oldjoy remake. [SlashFilm]

● This sounds too good to be true, but: Glee‘s Ryan Murphy is said to be planning a mega-musical comedy called One Hit Wonders that will star Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Cameron Diaz, Beyoncé and Andy Samberg. [Deadline]

● Whitney Houston’s death has been ruled an accident, and "not a result of deliberate action taken by Houston—or anyone else." [E!]

● Young Jeezy hung out with Betty White back stage at Conan, and there are pictures to prove it. Oh, the places you’ll go. [Rap-Up]

Cillian Murphy Sees Ghosts, Fights Robert de Niro in ‘Red Lights’

In the eyes of most skeptics, paranormal psychics are completely full of it, gussied-up hacks who make a living preying on peoples’ lack of confidence and need to believe in something bigger than themselves. There’s a career to be made in calling out these con artists, should you have the stones to take them on in public. In Red Lights, Cillian Murphy does just that, playing a watch dog who seeks to bust so-called psychics with the good ole powers of science and deduction. But when he comes up against celebrity psychic Simon Silver, played by a wily Robert de Niro, he finds out that — uh oh! — ghosts might be real.

From the looks of the trailer, it appears that Silver might actually have some real powers, though you shouldn’t discount the possibility of swamp gas and/or LSD being the eventual explanation. "We all got high as hell, officer, and then the old guy levitated twenty feet in the air." Oh, youth. Red Lights comes courtesy of Rodrigo Cortes, the guy who directed Buried, the movie where Ryan Reynolds gets stuck in a box for a few hours. Sigourney Weaver, who seems to be everywhere these days, plays Murphy’s partner, while Best New Actress Elizabeth Olsen is his girlfriend. There isn’t a specific U.S. release date yet, but it’ll happen soon enough.

Morning Links: Stephen Colbert Maybe To Run For President Again, Paula Deen Has Diabetes

● Stephen Colbert announced last night that he is forming an exploratory committee to "lay the groundwork for my possible candidacy for the President of the United States of South Carolina," where he can at least count on not coming in last. [HuffPost]

● The Butter Queen Paula Deen has, as it turns out, diabetes. This is probably all part of Michelle Obama’s plan. [The Daily]

● Ke$ha, Erykah Badu, and Bon Iver will all contribute to the Flaming Lips’ next sure-to-be-weird, sure-to-be-good collaborative album. [RS]

● At last! The first trailer for Wes Anderson’s latest, Moonrise Kingdom, wherein all his usuals, but also Bruce Willis and Frances McDormand, go to summer camp. [THR]

● Word is that when he was last in L.A., Drake and his "huge security dude" confronted the tattoo artist that inked "DRAKE" on that woman’s head. [The Fader]

● Little sister Elizabeth Olsen, In Treatment‘s Dane DeHaan, and Boardwalk Empire‘s Jack Huston, will all join Daniel Radcliffe in his upcoming movie, Kill Your Darlings. [Varitety]

● The time has come for Hulk Hogan to lose that famous handlebar mustache, and his fans are devestated. [TMZ]