Brad Pitt for Chanel & Other Random Celebrity-Designer Pairings

In case you missed it, Brad Pitt has been named the new face of Chanel No. 5. The Moneyball actor and man that Angelina Jolie told to put a ring on it now follows in the footsteps of the iconic French fashion house’s previous campaign vets, Nicole Kidman and Audrey Tautou. We know what you’re thinking: Why is Brad Pitt the face of a woman’s fragrance, let alone the most famous fragrance in the world? We’re confused, too. In honor of that, here’s a lighthearted round-up of a few more curious Hollywood-fronted fashion campaigns.

Lindsay Lohan for Phillip Plein

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In-between court appearances and that infamous Playboy shoot last year, Lindsay Lohan found the time fly to Italy to shoot a campaign for German designer, Phillip Plein. She does look good, though.

Eva Longoria and Tony Parker for London Fog

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Back in 2009, Eva Longoria teamed up with her husband at the time, Tony Parker, for an unexpected shoot with London Fog. Hollywood couple campaigns are always a tricky thing, and this one was no exception.

George Clooney for Omega Watches

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We get that George Clooney is a fancy man who wears fancy watches, but this photo is just hilarious. 

Vincent Gallo and G-Star RAW

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Who knew that indie king Vincent Gallo wore G-Star?

Two Gorgeous New Books Explore The Unconscious and Inevitable

Sleep, according to those who don’t like to do much of it, is just practice for death. Two terrific new monographs, one from German fashion photographer Jork Weismann and the other by Mexican crime photographer Enrique Metinides, contemplate both the nightly practice for the afterlife and the real thing.

Weismann’s slightly ridiculous book, Asleep at the Chateau, (Damiani, $50) is, predictably, a series of portraits of celebrities asleep at the Chateau Marmont. The Chateau, for those uninitiated into the mysteries of show biz, is a Hollywood hotel where celebrities go to do drugs and contemplate the importance of their lives. It has a nice pool.

The images are pretty and provide insights into the lives of the dozers. Eva Longoria sleeps nude. So does, somewhat less attractively, Purple magazine’s Olivier Zahm. Lizzy Caplan sleeps with her sunglasses on. John Hodgman sleeps with his glasses off. RZA sleeps with a blunt in his hand, and Patti Smith (pictured above) evidently finds James Joyce a snooze.

If sleep is shallow death and celebrities inhabit the shallow depth, 101 Tragedies of Enrique Metinides (Aperture, $50) plumbs more profound pools. Metinides, often called the Mexican Weegee, spent his career photographing crime scenes for Mexican nota roja, the daily papers whose pages drip with victims’ blood. This book consists of 101 of the most striking selections from his gruesome oeuvre.

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The slumber from which his subjects suffer was rarely arrived upon gently and never in a less–than–spectacular manner. Perhaps one of the best images—if best can be a word used in connection with human calamity—is the portrait of Adela Legarreta Rivas, a Mexican journalist killed in an automobile accident in 1979. Rivas, the book notes, was on her way to a press conference, her hair and make–up done, when she was struck by a white Datsun.


Many of the other images from the book depict the notably less manicured: Buses aflame, car crash victims impaled, the shot atop the irregular crimson outflow of blood. Most of the images are of the dead, but some, including one Metinides shot in flagrante delicto of a supermarket shootout, push the viewer into the uncomfortable position of feeling awe at the capturing of a moment, admiration of the beauty of it, and horror at the human misery it depicts.


Though Metinides has slowed down with age, a new generation of Mexican photojournalists have had more than enough carnage to capture. There have been 5,037 murders in Mexico so far this year alone. But taken as an unlikely pair, these books drive home the point that death can visit you anywhere; in a car, the street, the supermarket, or even at your suite at the Chateau Marmont.

Jamie Foxx On His Latest Directing Project With Ron Howard and Working With Quentin Tarantino

Project Imaginat10n caught my imagination when a photographer caught a handcuffed NYC couple kissing just before they were separated and led to jail. He was the graffiti artist and she was the lookout. The shot seen around the world had a romantic True Romance feel to it. This image was disqualified because the photographer couldn’t get a release, but their fifteen minutes of fame created a lot of hype for this Canon project. Canon has gathered Jamie Foxx, Eva Longoria, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman, and LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy to direct ten-minute films based on photographs which inspire them. These photographs must be submitted by today. Two-time Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard will be on hand to guide this crew through the process. 

The new Quentin Tarantino project, Django Unchained, is a can’t-wait-to-see flick starring Jamie Foxx. Jamie gave me fifteen minutes of his famously valuable time to discuss.

How did you end up doing this project with Ron Howard?
I saw this campaign that Ron Howard was a part of with Canon, when they had the commercial, and I said, “Wow, that seems so interesting, that seems like such a great thing to be a part of.” And then when Canon opened it up and I became one of the guys who was actually going to get the opportunity to direct and look at these pictures and bring to life a good story, I thought, man, this is great. So Ron Howard and I had a relationship; we were sitting next to each other during the inauguration, when President Obama was becoming president, and then Ron eventually went on to be in the video “Blame It on the Alcohol” with me. It was cool to reconnect with him, only this time, under his tutelage, I’ll be able to get to do what I’ve wanted to do for a long time, which is direct my own projects and see if I can become a director that can be cinematic.

That brings me to my next question. I saw that back in 2000, you directed a couple of your own television shows and you did something in 2011: a TV movie.  You’ve done comedy, won an Academy Award, a Grammy, and now you are directing again. Where do you want to go with that?
I’ll tell you what: with the directing, what I’ve always told my people, I said, I’m telling you, from all of the exposure that I’ve had with these great directors – Oliver Stone, Michael Mann, Antoine Fuqua, Sam Mendes, and now Quentin Tarantino – I just think it’s a natural progression, and I feel like I want to be able to take another journey into a world that I feel I’ve learned from the best. I can’t wait to get the Canon opportunity; the cameras that they have really make it handy for what you want to accomplish and what you want to have your film look like in so many different ways and so many different angles and looks and feels. So, I can’t wait. I don’t want my short film to be just, “Okay, I finished.” I want it to be something that people will marvel at and say, “Wow, did you see that?” I want it to be something that once people see it, hopefully, you know… shoot man, I really want to go at it.

Do you think you have a leg up on your competition or your fellow directors here? You have Eva Longoria who has some movie and television experience; you have fashion designer Georgina Chapman; Biz Stone the Twitter co-founder; and you’ve got James Murphy LCD Soundsystem. Is there a slight competitiveness here?
You never know. These guys are all fantastic and they’re all visual and they have insight and that’s all it is when it comes to being a director; it’s what your vision is. I feel like I have the most pressure since I have worked with all these great directors and great projects, so I need to really make sure that I come through.

So I read that the themes are: character, mood, backstory, relationship, goal, obstacle, the unknown, and of course the last one: discovery. Do you have any preconceived notion on a theme, or are you just going to let the photos speak and react?
I would email Quentin Tarantino periodically and say, “I hope your movie is talking to you like your friend,” so I want to be able to look at these pictures and have these pictures speak to me like a friend, and once I do that, then I’ll know exactly what it is I want to shoot and what I want to write about and the story I want to be told. I don’t want to jump the gun and say, you know, it’s going to be this, it’s going to be this. I just want to really get the chance to soak all of the pictures in and go from there.

One of the things that got the public’s attention and brought people to this project was that couple that got caught holding hands on their way to jail, which was an incredibly romantic moment or something out of the end of a Tarantino-written film, like True Romance. It captivated everybody’s mind. How did you feel about that moment? Did that picture say something to you?
The thing about me is that I can really see a picture with so many different stories that people could tell. There’s so many different interpretations, so I want to see what I would come up with. I would take that certain picture and look at it and make it something different, so that’s what’s exciting about this process; it’s the fact that all of these pictures will speak to us in different ways and, like I said, I can’t wait to see what the pictures say to me.

You mentioned working with Quentin; I’ve seen a lot of people like Brad Pitt and Christian Slater talk about working with him… tell me something about Quentin that maybe we don’t know.
Remember the movie Amadeus about Mozart? I come from a musical background, and what’s great about Mozart is that he was able to write music as if he was writing his name. Quentin Tarantino is able to grab shots as if he is writing his name. He doesn’t make a big deal out of this, but I’m gonna make a big deal out of it. When we were shooting Django Unchained, Tarantino wasn’t satisfied with his endings, so he rewrote the ending in his trailer and at his house, and then he came back to the set, with it handwritten, and said, “Here’s our ending.” And the ending was better than the ending that was already in the movie. So to me, that separates him from anybody that I’ve seen, because the lines that he writes are absolutely classic, and to be able to take that and put the camera on it and then make it cinematic, is just amazing to me. And then his process, like a kid, playing music between scenes, having fun—for every hundred rolls of film we did, we took a shot of tequila or vodka or whatever it was.  He just made it fun, man. He told me, “When you leave this production, you will long to have these types of memories again.” He keeps it fun, so he’s definitely a gem.

You mentioned Mozart writing like he writes his name and Tarantino being able to move on-the-go and adjust and correct himself. How do you prepare as an actor? You didn’t become an actor early in your career, but you rose quickly. You blew me away with your performances in On Any Given Sunday and Ray. How do you prepare for a role? Do you act like you write your name?
Well, I’ll put it this way: I think you have to give it to a higher being—I call it God-given—that it’s something where it’s a sixth sense, you know? It’s something that you just feel. When it comes to acting, I just feel something. When it comes to creating, I just feel something. And that’s what it is. You can’t really put your finger on it. I’m always thankful, I’m always thankful that I am touched by whatever that is, that creative gene. It allows me to jump into different worlds—like music and movies—and really give those worlds respect. I can’t put my finger on it, but I have to maximize it. I know that I have to get into it and give all I can. When you look at my 10-minute film from this Canon project, I want to make you absolutely wowed by the performance from the actors and actresses, and the story that you see.

You talked about Ron Howard and Quentin, but what other directors, or any other kinds of creative people, have inspired you?
I’m inspired by Floyd Mayweather Jr.; I watch him and what he’s done in his career and how tough things have been, and am amazed at how he makes things happen with his charisma and acting. I’m inspired by Ray Lewis, a guy who’s played in the league almost 15, 16 years in football, and every time he speaks he’s so inspiring. LeBron James—a person who really, really wanted something, and set the wheels in motion that some people would be angry with him about, but he knows if he doesn’t do it in a certain way that he wouldn’t be able to get what he’s set out for. I’m inspired by President Obama, a person who is, even when it’s chaotic, still the coolest person in the room, and able to make a choice – even though it may not be the best political choice—but what I feel in my heart. I’m inspired by outside entities that fuel my ideas and stories in my art; that’s what I feel gives me the most feelings, when I use that type of energy that’s not in my field.

Morning Links: Demi & Ashton on the Splits, Justin Bieber Covers Lil Wayne

● For his 29th birthday, Lil Wayne got a ukelele from his daughter Reginae, a gumball machine from his girl Dhea, and a cover of his own “How To Love” from “his little homie” Justin Bieber. Not a bad haul! [PopDust] ● Demi and Ashton are on the rocks. Rumor has it that Demi is sick of Ashton’s cheating, and so the two have been living apart since July and are readying a $290 million divorce. How do we know it’s serious? They’ve both stopped tweeting. [NYDN] ● “Just because you’re an actor or you make films or whatever, doesn’t mean you’re not entitled to your own personal privacy,” said Scarlett Johansson in response to the nude pictures of her floating around on the internet. “It just feels unjust. It feels wrong.” [NYDN]

● Speaking of privacy: Lindsay Lohan was caught kissing a new boy. [TMZ] ● Just two episodes in, Fox has ordered 11 more episodes of Zooey Deschanel’s “adorkable” New Girl, rounding out a full first season. [ArtsBeat/NYT] ● With $13 million each, Eva Longoria and Tina Fey are television’s best-paid actresses. [Us]

Victoria Beckham’s Baby Shower: Pink, Pink, & More Pink

Eva Longoria and hair stylist Ken Paves threw a baby shower for Victoria Beckham this weekend, and it was very, very pink. The Beckhams already have three boys, all of whom have been saddled with truly unfortunate names — Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz — so the clan is understandably excited to welcome a little girl. The shower sounds swanky, like you would expect:

The shower was co-hosted by Longoria and hair stylist Ken Paves, and it was held at the private rooftop Butterfly Bar atop West Hollywood’s Hotel Le Petit Ermitage. Appropriately, the color scheme for the bash was also pink, with pink tablecloths, round tables and pink blossoms with white sun umbrellas. The shower had an English garden tea party theme, and guests enjoyed a Princess cake with marzipan.

Apparently they also played games. Selma Blair “led one team in a quest to make the best dress out of toilet paper. Another game involved picking up water balloons with one’s chin.” I know it’s hard to imagine Victoria Beckham doing any of these things, but here’s photographic evidence:

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It’s fun to see that Posh Spice can figuratively let her hair down sometimes. She’s seven months along! Excited to see what outlandish name the Beckhams will give their littlest one.

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Links: Eva Longoria & Tony Parker Drama Rages On, Dane Cook to Star in Broadway Show

● Though Tony Parker insists there was no physical affair leading to his divorce from Eva Longoria, he did have a “sexting relationship” with a teammate’s wife. The official legal term for that is “Too old for this.” [TMZ] ● Stylist to the stars Rachel Zoe is pregnant, and has worked enough with Lindsay Lohan and Nicole Richie to know never let her child out of the house. [People] ● Heidi Montag’s mother, Darlene Egelhoff, charges $5,000 for speaking engagements, putting the price tag for her Hills-star daughter at six cajillion. [Radar]

● Dane Cook will appear in the upcoming Broadway run of Neil LaBute’s Fat Pig, because as it turns out, ten million fans can be wrong and comedy is just not working for the guy. [NYT] ● David Arquette needed a drink so badly at the GQ Man of the Year ceremony that he climbed through a window to cut “his distance to the bar by half.” Always was good at math, that David. [Page Six] ● Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway are naked and hugging on a magazine rack near you. [HuffPo]

Links: Eva Longoria & Tony Parker Really Are Done, Mel Gibson Was Extra Abusive

● Although she denied initial reports yesterday, Eva Longoria has filed for divorce from her NBA star husband Tony Parker, with allegations now surfacing that he had at least a text message affair with a teammate’s wife. [HuffPo] ● Patti Smith won a National Book Award in non-fiction for her memoir Just Kids, which proves rock stars can both read and write. [Vulture] ● Sex with David Arquette was “quick and painless,” according to his mistress. Another satisfied customer! [Page Six]

● Oksana Grigorieva told Larry King that Mel Gibson hit and choked her while waving a gun around in front of her two children. Then she reacted to the violent recordings live on television. [TMZ] ● Lindsay Lohan is not happy that her mother appeared on the Today Show; Lindsay’s mom is not happy that her daughter is in rehab. [Celebuzz] ● Sexiest Man Ryan Reynolds says he looked like a “very athletic girl” until he was 21. [People]

Links: Eva Longoria Is Not Getting Divorced Yet, Hollywood Publicist Ronni Chasen Murdered

● Eva Longoria denies reports that her husband, NBA star Tony Parker, filed for divorce, insisting that Tony does not even have a divorce lawyer. Denial, though, is dangerous in this game. [TMZ] ● Alec Baldwin and Nora Ephron are fighting on a blog about their respective divorces. Stars: their blogs are just like ours. [Page Six] ● Natalie Portman calls her sex scene with Mila Kunis in Black Swan “extreme,” but blames “online bullshit” for interfering with her artistic choices. Proud to be part of the problem. [PopEater]

● Ronni Chasen, who represented Natalie Wood, Hans Zimmer, and numerous movie producers, was shot dead in Beverly Hills at the age of 64. Police are still searching for the shooter. [LAT] ● Florida governor Charlie Crist may pardon The Doors’ dead singer Jim Morrison for 1970 charges of profanity and indecent exposure. May he rest in political peace. [Vulture] ● Britney Spears’ parents are back together after an eight-year split, giving hope to Kevin Federlines everywhere. [Us Weekly]