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The 2017 Pirelli Calendar Showcases Talent, Not T&A

Lupita Nyong’o, Nicole Kidman, Dame Helen Mirren and more celebrated actresses star in 2017's Pirelli Calendar, “a counter message to fake beauty ideal."

A behind the scenes shot of Nicole Kidman posing for Peter Lindbergh; Image: Alessandro Scotti for Pirelli

Neurons over nudity, states the new Pirelli calendar, the lineup of which reads more like a Steve McQueen call back than a list of women to be featured in the Italian tire brand’s once predictably provocative yearly. Lensed by iconic German photographer Peter Lindbergh, who first injected a bit of Hollywood charm into the cal back in 2002 with his images of Selma Blair, Julia Stiles and the late, oh so great Brittany Murphy, the 2017 calendar will feature raw, elegant images of some of the most iconic actresses of our time.

This year’s publication will be “a counter message to [the industry’s] fake beauty ideal,” the photography proudly stated to Vogue. The pared-down would-be pinups will include Kate Winslet, Penélope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Dame Helen Mirren (aka the master of “sluttish eroticism“), Uma Thurman, Robin Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Alicia Vikander, Julianne Moore, Rooney Mara, Jessica Chastain, Charlotte Rampling, Zhang Ziyi and Léa Seydoux, along with Anastasia Ignatova, a professor of political theory at Moscow State University who you won’t find on IMDB.

“Everyone in this calendar, at one point in my life, I wanted to marry, and I didn’t have the balls to ask them!” says Lindbergh of his chosen ensemble. (Does anyone else have a sneaking suspicion he’s currently wooing Ignatova?) (more…)

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Beyoncé Blows Our Minds (Again) With Her Powerful VMAs #Squad


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You would think that Beyoncé’s 16-minute Lemonade medley, which saw a stunning array of outfit changes and left one of MTV’s camera’s destroyed by an artfully twirled Louisville slugger, would have been the highlight of B’s 2016 VMAs appearance. But no. From the moment she arrived at the red carpet, Bey served slay after slay.


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First, there were Queen Bey and princess Blue’s ethereal Francesco Scognamiglio and ($11,000!) Mischka Aoki ensembles. (more…)

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Jared Leto Stars in the ‘Least Inviting Ménage à Trois’ for Gucci’s New Fragrance Campaign (Forum Buzz)

Since stepping into the role of creative director in January 2015, Alessandro Michele has worked magic on Gucci, transforming and reshaping the iconic Italian fashion house’s image. Gone are the high octane and flashy fashion designs and imagery in favor of a more subdued and boho-type aesthetic. Michele’s dramatic change of concept couldn’t be more evident in Gucci’s recent advertising campaigns and particularly in the newly-unveiled Gucci Guilty fragrance campaign for 2016. It’s goodbye to actress Rachel Evan Wood and actor Chris Evans’ sultry ads and hello to Jared Leto as the new face of the scent, alongside models Julia Hafstrom and Vera van Erp, who join Leto in the tub for the occasion.  

But is change always for the better? “Doesn’t seem very guilty but OK,” pointed out Scotty straight away.

“This perfume doesn’t suit the new aesthetic at all. I mean, look at the tacky bottle. The campaign and the whole thing overall is weird,” criticized Lola701. (more…)

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Kylie Jenner’s Inclusive New Lip Kit Promos Give Us Hope


LOVE BITE. #FRIDAY 12pm pst.

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Has Kylie Jenner been following @willitlookgoodonmethough? Today, at 3 p.m. EST, the cosmetics tycoon’s three newest Lip Kit shades — Dirty Peach, Brown Sugar and Love Bite — will hit (begin prepping your search engines now).


Glam goddesses. @kyliecosmetics #Saglimbeni

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In order to promote the kits — which, admittedly, sell themselves, so she really didn’t need to go to the trouble — Kyles had her diverse group of besties (Anastasia Karanikolaou, Justine Skye and Jordyn Woods) demonstrate what the hues look like on a range of skin tones. (more…)

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Jessica Alba Kind of Looks Like Jennifer Garner on Allure’s Dreamy September Cover (Forum Buzz)

Since Karlie Kloss looks barely recognizable on W Korea, it’s a delight to see a natural and effortless cover from Allure this month. The magazine has been doing pretty well for itself lately and managed to serve up Kylie Jenner for its August offering. Now moving on to September, Jessica Alba makes a return to the magazine’s front cover exactly one year after her last. Having recently impressed on the cover of InStyle back in July, Jessica has photographed beautifully once again in this dreamy cover shoot lensed by Will Davidson.

Allure September 2016 : Jessica Alba by Will Davidson


But our forum members can’t help but feel they’ve seen it all before. “She looks really beautiful, as always. Not the most exciting cover I’ve ever seen, but by Allure standards it’s quite good,” KINGofVERSAILLES chimed in.

Echoing the same attitude was A.D.C.: “I wonder if Jessica gets photo approval for her covers? As beautiful as she is they always have the same kind of blandness like she demands to play it safe which would make sense for her brand I guess.” (more…)

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We Compared Forbes’ 2016 Highest-Paid Actors and Actresses Lists: Prepare to Feel Your Blood Pressure Spike

The fine people at Forbes have made their calculations (we like to imagine them shifting around abacus beads with lightning speed) and the results are in: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has topped 2016’s highest-paid actor list. The erstwhile wrestler made a small fortune ($64 million) this past year thanks to his roles in the Fast and Furious and San Andreas.

Coming in second was Jackie Chan, who amassed $61 million, owing in part to his producer and investor roles in Chinese films like the upcoming action-thriller Bleeding Steel. Matt Damon’s $55 million earned him the bronze, while Robert Downey Jr., who’s held the number one spot for the past three years, fell to ninth place with a paltry $33 million earned. The Iron Man’s salary was dwarfed by that of Tom Cruise ($53 million), Johnny Depp ($48 million), Ben Affleck ($43 million), Vin Diesel ($35 million) and Shah Rukh Khan (slightly above $33 million). Khan’s fellow Bollywood superstar, Akshay Kumar, rounded out the top ten list, having raked in $31.5 million. (more…)

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