Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring...a beautiful film!


Under the vigilant eyes of Old Monk (Yeong-su Oh), Child Monk (Jong-ho Kim) learns a hard lesson about the nature of sorrow when his childish games turn cruel in a story that's divided into five segments, with each season representing a stage in a man's life. This exquisitely filmed drama directed by Ki-duk Kim is entirely set on and around a tree-lined lake, where a tiny Buddhist monastery floats on a raft amidst a breathtaking landscape.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Robin Hugh Gibb (December 22, 1949-May 20, 2012)

Robin Hugh Gibb was a singer and songwriter. He is best known as a member of the Bee Gees, co-founded with his twin brother, Maurice, and older brother, Barry. Born in the Isle of Man to English parents, the family later moved to Manchester before settling in Brisbane, Australia. Gibb began his career as part of the family trio and when the group found their first success they returned to the United Kingdom where they achieved worldwide fame.

Robin Gibb died after a lengthy battle with cancer on Sunday, May 20, 2012.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

LaDonna (Donna Summer) Adrian Gaines (December 31, 1948 – May 17, 2012)

Queen of Disco

LaDonna Adrian Gaines (December 31, 1948 – May 17, 2012) known by the stage name Donna Summer was an American singer/songwriter who gained prominence during the disco era of the 1970s. She had a mezzo-soprano vocal range, and was a five-time Grammy Award winner. Summer was the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach number one on the US Billboard chart, and she also charted four number-one singles in the United States within a 13-month period. Summer died on May 17, 2012. The Associated Press reports that she died in the morning at her home in Key West, Florida at age 63 following a battle with cancer

Monday, May 7, 2012

Livia Firth fashions a green path for Hollywood

London (CNN) -- The red carpet is fashion's grandest stage where stars line up to see and be seen. But who you are wearing is as important as who you are. If Livia Firth, wife of Academy Award-winning actor Colin, gets her way, the kind of fabric you are wearing will be just as essential. Now in its third year, the Green Carpet Challenge was established to persuade top designers to dress the world's most famous faces in clothing that is ecologically friendly and socially responsible. "First of all, you want to wear something that is made with non-toxic materials and dyes and also that it's made by people who are happy fundamentally," Firth says. She has worn yarn made from recycled plastic bottles to the Golden Globes, material from repurposed thrift store finds for the Oscars and discarded fabric to meet Queen Elizabeth II. Stars come out for 'green' fashion Now she is persuading some of the biggest names in film and fashion to follow suit including designer and film director Tom Ford, Hollywood legend Meryl Streep and rising star Michael Fassbender. "A designer will create a gown for an actress anyway. So what we do is to work with the designers to switch the fabric to eco-alternatives," Firth said. One of Firth's own "green carpet" triumphs was an emerald green gown made of upcycled fabric created from scratch by British designer Henrietta Ludgate who produces her designs out of a small workshop/showroom in London. A designer will create a gown for an actress anyway. So what we do is to work with the designers to switch the fabric to eco-alternatives Livia Firth "We source from mills in Scotland and England. We upcycle fabrics and we produce everything locally. It's zero clothes miles," Ludgate said. Sourcing fabrics this way allows Ludgate to oversee every step of the production process which she says leads to a superior product but not perhaps superior profits. "People buy for design rather than sustainability. When they find out about it, I'm hoping that they will buy more!" But fashion journalist Lucy Siegle would like to see people buying less. She started the Green Carpet Challenge with Firth in 2009 in the hope it would encourage people to try new things with uncommon materials and clothes already in existence. "Innovation, as it's told by mainstream fashion, is about wearing the latest look from the latest celebrity or whatever," Siegle said. "Ironically, we are working with celebrities, but we're showing that it's not just about imitating a trend. It's actually about techniques, about tailoring and heritage fabrics. It's about the narrative of a piece," she added. It's a trend that Livia Firth hopes will continue. "Next year we hope to have a dedicated lane at the Oscars for the Green Carpet Challenge people," Firth said.