● Joining the ranks of fellow actresses Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron, and Marion Cotillard, Mila Kunis has been named the new face of Christian Dior. [Fashionologie]
● 23-year-old model Coco Rocha says that she has "extended her career" by actively engaging with her fans on Twitter and other social media platforms. [Telegraph]
● According to Barneys creative ambassador and Gay Men Don’t Get Fat author, Simon Doonan says that "sushi may well be the gayest food on Earth" because of it’s dainty presentation and portion control. [Styleite]
● Prabal Gurung’s first line of T-shirts will set you back $200 to $300 a pop. [The Cut]
● First Proenza Schouler and now Jil Sander. Natasha Poly’s sweeping up those spring 2012 ad campaigns quite nicely. [Style]
● Despite continuous controversy, American Apparel’s sales raised 15% in December due to a partnership with Groupon, but the lifestyle brand is still around $161.6 in debt, which is nothing to shake. [Grazia]
Interviews are weird. I like to think it’s better to just sit down and have a conversation with someone rather than simply regurgitate the same questions they have been hearing all day—but rarely do I talk about my mates and I down at the pub. Maybe I should do more of that. But in this BBC Radio 1 interview with Mila Kunis, "petrified" Chris Stark delivers his best improptu on-camera questions that have little to do with Oz the Great and Powerful and a lot to do with asking Kunis out. The two sat down at a press junket to talk about the film but end up chatting about everything but that—from chicken and soccer to Baywatch and Blue Moon. It isn’t until prompted by someone off camera that Kunis gives a very well-rehearsed and prepared statement about her pleasant experience filming Oz and working with her co-stars.
Reimagining and rebooting a classic American work of literature and cinema like The Wizard of Oz is inevitably going to involve some playing with fire. With Disney’s upcoming Oz The Great and Powerful, a retelling of the classic from the perspective of the Wizard himself (played by aspiring Renaissance man James Franco), there’s certainly fire. There are explosions and CGI fairy-type creatures (Munchkins? Probably Munchkins.) and a colorful Oz that has that inexplicable Disney feeling.
In the first trailer for Oz, directed by Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, the Spider-Man series), we meet the Wizard in his humble place of origin, peddling his hacky magician act around small-town Kansas, a flyover country lad with big-city dreams (“Kansas is full of good men,” he tells us. “I want to be a great one.”). Then comes the cyclone, and he’s transported to a land full of magical creatures and yellow brick roads and Mila Kunis and Michelle Williams (as good witches Theodora and Glinda, respectively, combating Rachel Weisz’s Wicked Witch Evanora) and is charged with saving them all. And yes, in case you were wondering, the flying monkeys, even when one is voiced by Zach Braff, are present and are still hyped up on high-octane nightmare fuel.
● According to Hole’s Eric Erlandson, Kurt Cobain recorded an full solo album — what "would have been his White Album" — before he died. So probably, Kurt will preform the album in full as a hologram at Coachella next year. [NME]
● To few’s surprise, Urban Outfitters is stocking yet another questionable tee shirt. It’s almost like racism is a part of their agenda or something. [D+T]
● Vincent Gallo is suing the City of Los Angeles over their Arts District Business Improvement District, an organization that is supposed to be using tax dollars to clean-up and beautify the Downtown Arts District. Gallo, however, does not think they are up to the task and he wants his money back. [TMZ]
● In this week’s episode of A Day In The Life, the boys of Das Racist takeMorgan Spurlock to Guitar Center and to meet Philip Glass. Watch the whole affair on Hulu. [Prefix]
● Cam’ron announced on Twitter late last that, beginning today and excepting weekends, he will release a track a day for the next 30 days. The hashtag’s #UNLostFiles, for those that will be collecting. [Complex]
● Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis — both, of course, of That 70’s Show fame — went out dinner and touched hands. According to one bystander, "She looked hot," and so it "was definitely more than a dinner between friends." Assume what you will! [Page Six]
● The Pulitzers are here! Did you get yours? No? Next year. [Poynter]
Natalie Portman’s having quite the 2012. First, she won the Best Actress Oscar for her hysterical/weepy performance in Black Swan. Then she had a baby, or something. But the finest honor was announced today: Portman’s topped the list of IMDB’s Top Stars of 2011, as decided by user hits on an actor’s IMDB page. She unseated Johnny Depp, who’s apparently ranked #1 for six of the last seven years — he moves to #3, while Mila Kunis shoots into the #2 slot.
Also appearing in the Top 10, in order, were Emma Stone, Chris Hemsworth, Olivia Wilde, Jennifer Lawrence, Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale, a fine list of talented/good-looking actors who appeared in some quality movies this year. (Never mention Cowboys & Aliens, never.) Quality of selection process aside, it’s a nice look at Stars People Cared About In 2011, something you don’t always get from the typical award shows. IMDB is the world’s greatest test of popularity, as decided by people who like to yell a lot on the Internet. Do you remember when, for like six months, The Dark Knight was voted up as the Best Movie Of All-Time? (Of course you don’t, because it’s dumb.) Now it’s merely number 9, but still. That’s the type of shouty hubris I want from my lists, not anything "objective" or "meaningful."
Kudos to Natalie, even if her discussion board is filled with topics like "WHY is she sexy," "She so should’ve played Bella in Twilght [sic]…," and "Is it a jew?" Good luck for a killer 2012, as well. (More babies? More Thor? More weeping? Stay tuuuuuuuuuuuuned!)
● One of the most memorable moments of last night’s American Music Awards happened in the audience, when BFFs Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez were caught singing along with Nicki Minaj’s performance of "Superbass," a moment for which they’ve beenpracticing. [Jezebel]
● Bruce Springsteen announced on his website yesterday that the E Street Band is heading out on tour and that 2012 will see new music from the boss. [AP/Huff Post]
● Breaking Dawn pulled in a huge $139.5 million in its debut weekend, earning just less than the Twighlight franchise record, $142.8 million, set by New Moon. [EW]
● After seven months off the air, Oprah’s new show, Oprah’s Next Chapter, will premiere on January 1st on OWN. [NYT]
● As promised, after a YouTube proposal, Mila Kunis showed up at the Marine Corps ball this weekend in North Carolina. [WNTC]
● Lil Wayne spent his weekend doing good and handing out turkeys in his hometown, New Orleans. "This is amazing, especially experiencing it now from the point of view of 29-year-old person with the things that he needs in place," he said of the experience. [RapFix]
Justin Timberlake can be called upon by the internet and made to appear! The former boy bander made good on his word last night, attending the Marine Corps Ball at Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Va. with combat instructor Kelsey De Santis after she invited him over YouTube this summer.
"We all brought sexy back!” a Marine told People, while another told WTVR that he "posed for pictures and seemed like a normal guy.” DeSantis reportedly printed out a picture of herself and autographed it for the actor.
Mila Kunis, who starred with Timberlake in Friends with Benefits, also accepted a date with a marine and had better be prepared to step it up for the Nov. 18 event. There were reports she had to back out due to work, but she’s since re-confirmed and is planning to attend. Miley Cyrus was also invited to a Marine Corps function by Lance Corporal Ian Hart. While she couldn’t make it, she did invite him to have dinner with her family.
Accepting YouTube invites could be the best celebrity trend ever. Instead of making fragrances and holding fake weddings, stars should just go out with a service member once a year.
● Scarlett Johansson wasn’t the only one baring all yesterday. Apparently Mila Kunis’ phone was also hacked, and on it were several “seductive” pics of her avowed not-boyfriend Justin Timberlake. There’s even one where he’s got a pair of pink panties on his head. Sounds like love! [TMZ] ● Alex Rodriguez and Cameron Diaz are done for good. According to Page Six, all their dates were at the gym and he’s been trying to get out of the relationship “for weeks.” [Page Six] ● Guys, White House crashing Real Housewife Michaele Salahi was totally not kidnapped; she just forgot to tell her husband that she has a new boyfriend. And that he is the guitarist from Journey… [TMZ]
● Kanye West’s one part puppet, one part Kim Kardashian, several parts ugly sweater Comedy Central show looks so hilarious, though it never made it to air. This behind-the-scenes clip eases the pain. [PopDust] ● Did Jay-Z have a secret baby nine years ago with a model from Trinidad? Probably! But he already gave her $1 million and Beyoncé knows, too. [DailyMail] ● Making amends with Rick Ross is as simple as buying his pal DJ Khaled “a couple steaks.” At least for Kreayshawn it was. Who says diplomacy can’t work? [UpRoxx]
More than most industries, the beauty biz relies on hype to create a life for products and services. A few days ago, news of a $7000 diamond-and-ruby facial that Mila Kunis supposedly paid for to prep for her Friends with Benefits premiers surfaced, and I brushed it off as the PR machine doing its job. But then I wondered to myself, what if she had actually gone in for the treatment? What would having one’s face blasted with precious gems entail, and who would indulge in a luxury akin to burning a pile of Benjamins to warm one’s hands? Here’s what I found.
Not only did Ms. Kunis receive the ruby treatment, but it wasn’t her first time—she got it before the Golden Globes in January.
The man behind the treatment is aesthetician-to-the-stars Scott-Vincent Borba. The official name is the HD Diamond and Ruby Peel, and it uses precious stones (um, rubies and diamonds) that work as antioxidants for the skin to create a “lustrous sheen,” Mr. Borba told the Daily Mail. After getting your face scrubbed with the crushed stones, he applies a lactic acid peel to stimulate cell turnover, followed by ultra-sonic hot and cold wands and a blast of LED red light.
Kunis was given an ice cube to suck on (presumably it’s included in the price) in order to counter the puffiness that attends the facial. According to an editor at Allure who underwent a 20-minute version of the facial, “the cold galvanic wand really did feel amazing. Even better, my complexion looked more even after the facial.” I mean, that’s the least you could ask for a 7k treatment. The same Allure story asked Jeannette Garf, a clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center, to weigh in. “Since the wands are heated and cooled to particular temperatures that won’t burn the skin, they can help with lymphatic drainage and circulation. Red LED light is good for collagen production. But there is no data or study that I have found that state precious gems are better than any other type of exfoliation.” Luxury hype at its best. Or worst.