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June 30, 2011

Omega commemorates the 40th anniversary of Apollo 15 with new Speedmaster

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Omega Moonwatch
In celebration and commemoration of the 40th anniversary of NASA’s fourth mission to the moon, the highly successful Apollo 15, Omega watchmakers have brought out the limited-edition Speedmaster Moonwatch.
   Apollo 15 was the fourth of six NASA missions to land on the moon in July 1971, and the adventure lasted for twelve days. This voyage displayed a greater emphasis on science when compared to earlier missions, and was the first time that the Lunar Roving Vehicle was used.
   The watch has been described as a classic, with its polished and brushed stainless steel case and bracelet, black aluminium ring featuring a tachymeter scale on the bezel, and a domed shatterproof hesalite crystal with Ω etched on the inside.
   In the true style of the classic Speedmaster Professional, this timepiece also has three subdials; however, the main distinguishing feature between the two is that the Moonwatch edition’s rings on each subdial varies from blue, to white, to red. The minute track is also in blue, white and red—the three colours of the Apollo 15 patch.
   Another more personalized feature is on the screw-in caseback which is embossed with an image of the Lunar Rover and the words Apollo 15 and 40th Anniversary. The outer circle of the caseback is black chrome engraved with The first watch worn on the Moon, July 30, 1971, and finished off with the limited edition number, out of a total of only 1,971 pieces created.—Vicki Matias

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The three-week speculation about Miss Nationale Barbara Morel and Tony Parker

Lucire staff/3.06

Barbara Morel, Miss Nationale 2011
Above Barbara Morel, with her publicity photograph from Miss Provence, as she entered Miss Nationale last year.

So much for the globalized world and instant news: even though the French gossip machine has been talking about Spurs guard Tony Parker (former husband of Eva Longoria) and Miss Nationale Barbara Morel for about three weeks, news of it only hit an Anglosphere tipping-point in the last 24 hours.
   Morel, as Lucire readers know, is the first Miss Nationale, the winner of a Miss France-rivalling pageant set up by veteran Geneviève de Fontenay after a falling-out with the older competition.
   If de Fontenay was worried that her pageant wasn’t getting as much attention as the Berlusconi-owned Miss France contest, and its latest winner Laury Thilleman, then her concerns are over. Speculation over whether former Bouches du Rhône student Morel and basketballer Parker are an item—thanks in good part to the success of Desperate Housewives in France—has helped fuel the press, in a country where beauty pageants are still big business.
   If it were not for the Tony Parker effect, the tabloids and celebrity magazines would have just tried to outdo each other with party photos of the beauty queens.
   De Fontenay, according to one gossip rag in France, has not objected to the relationship, even if Miss Nationale was set up on what was supposedly time-honoured traditional values. But, this is France, and a high-profile romance surely counts as tradition?

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Fourth Mission: Impossible trailer shown, with glimpses of BMW i8 and Burj Khalifa

Lucire staff/2.29

Tom Cruise and Paula Patton
Mission: Impossible 4
Top Paula Patton and Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. Above Part of the new film is set at the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE.

The trailer for the fourth modern-era Mission: Impossible film, subtitled Ghost Protocol, has been shown, starring Tom Cruise and Jeremy Renner. The film has been produced by Cruise, J. J. Abrams and others, ending the production relationship Cruise had with Paula Wagner, who had worked on the first three.
   The trailer looks spectacular with more locations (Bangalore, Mumbai, Dubai, Prague and Vancouver) and stunts, and Brad Bird (The Simpsons, The Incredibles) directs.
   Simon Pegg (but not Ving Rhames) returns from the last outing, while Léa Seydoux (Midnight in Paris) increases her Hollywood acting résumé with the new film. Paula Patton (Déjà Vu, Swing Vote) is the female lead.
   BMW is behind some of the product placement in the movie, which sees both 6-series and i8 models appear.
   Fans of the late Peter Graves and the original series might want to look elsewhere for stories deemed canon (after all, the colon between the original title name has disappeared in the trailer), but it appears Cruise will, as before, pack in plenty of action into what may be his last Mission.
   In other entertainment news, we have declined to report on Cheryl Cole’s changing hair colour. However, ITN has compiled a “the rise of Cheryl Cole” report below for all those who had no idea who she was, showing where the former Miss Tweedy got her start, her brief marriage to Ashley Cole, the recent media interest in the US version of The X Factor, and a potential Girls Aloud tour in ’12. Cole turns 28 on July 1.

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June 29, 2011

Pippa Middleton and Alex Loudon arrive at Wimbledon: footage

Lucire staff/13.30

ITN has footage below of Pippa Middleton—P-Middy, as the press has dubbed her—at Wimbledon, looking cheerful in a persimmon dress as she arrives at the All England Club with boyfriend Alex Loudon.
   Since the Royal Wedding, the sister-in-law of Prince William has received plenty of paparazzi attention, and the appearance of her with Loudon should end recent media speculation that the couple have split.
   While there’s Transformers 3 buzz around the world, star Shia LaBÅ“uf has admitted to having had a fling with his lead actress, Megan Fox, during the filming of the first outing.
   Finally, singer–songwriter Alicia Keys has met her Doppelgänger at Madame Tussaud’s New York. Keys unveiled her waxwork likeness while there’s a lot of buzz around her: she celebrates 10 years since her début, and she will produce a Broadway revival of Stick Fly, opening in November.

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Jennifer López to release Love & Light fragrance on HSN Saturday

Lucire staff/6.06

Jennifer López
Select Communications

Above Advertising creative for Jennifer López Live, an earlier fragrance by Coty.

On July 2, there will be another Jennifer López fragrance, called Love & Light. The announcement will be made on HSN.
   Love & Light is still being made by Coty, which has a long-standing contract with Lopez to license her name for fragrances and beauty products. The first was Glo by JLo in 2002.
   It is meant to accompany the existing Love & Glamour but be a more sensual offering.
   The fragrance features top notes of mandarin, pomegranate and red currant, mid-notes of rose crystal absolute, velvety apricot and jasmine petals, and basenotes of patchouli, sensual musk, and praline.
   The 30 ml eau de parfum, body lotion and shower gel retail for $32 each. The 75 ml eau de parfum retails for $58.
   The smaller eau de parfum goes on sale August 15.

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June 28, 2011

Lady Gaga sued over Japan relief wristbands: plaintiffs allege she kept some of the money

Lucire staff/14.06

Lady Gaga has been accused of skimming a portion of the proceeds raised for victims of the M9 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, according to a class action lawsuit filed in the US.
   The plaintiffs allege that Gaga and others took part of the first $5 of each donation made for the purchase of wristbands (which she dubbed prayer bracelets) she introduced for charity in the wake of the M9 disaster on March 11.
   Only a portion of the funds went to the relief effort, according to the plaintiffs, although Gaga had allegedly stated that ‘all proceeds’ would go to tsunami relief.
   The lead plaintiff Caitlin Demetsenare claims, ‘Not only did defendants retain a portion of the first five dollars of the donation as set forth above, they also added additional “shipping charges” in excess of the amount required to ship the wristbands based on their weight, and retained a portion of the shipping charges.’
   It is understood that in the US, tax would not normally be levied on a charitable donation, but it is alleged that tax was collected on the wristbands, and that it was not properly filed.
   Lady Gaga had claimed that $1·5 million had been raised, but the plaintiffs argue that that was false.
   The class seeks $5 million excluding interests and costs.
   No comment had been made by the defendants at the time of press.

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Fiat 500 by Gucci launches in London

Lucire staff/6.48

As part of Gucci’s 90th anniversary, the company announced a special edition Fiat 500 earlier this month, with the trade-mark green and green stripe. It’s a suitable subject for the retro treatment—the 500 is meant to ape an Italian car from 50 years ago, while Gucci is happy to remind us of its heritage. It’s one of the birthday events that Gucci has in store, including a Gucci museum opening in Firenze this September.
   Of course, in a globalized world, the Gucci brand is owned by the French and the Fiat 500 is built by Poles, but no one’s really mentioning that.
   The car has been customized by Gucci creative director Frida Giannini.
   Pictured in London for its launch, among other celebs and VIPs, were Amanda Shepard, Florence Brudenell-Bruce, Tomo Kurata, Leah Weller, Tom Chambers, Serena Mattar, Lohralee Astor and the Hon Will Astor.

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Fiat 500 by Gucci launch in LondonFiat 500 by Gucci launch in London
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Fiat 500 by Gucci launch in London
Fiat 500 by Gucci launch in London
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June 27, 2011

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley steals the show; Beyoncé energetically closes Glastonbury

Lucire staff/10.40

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
Lucian Capellaro/Getty Images

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Above Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in a backless dress at the Berlin première of Transformers 3, and in Burberry at the London VIP screening.

Beyoncé Knowles, wearing a gold sequinned jacket and black hot pants, closed the Glastonbury Festival in Somerset, with husband Jay-Z watching in the crowd. The singer went through her hits, opening with ‘Crazy in Love’, with ‘Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) and ‘Run the World (Girls)’, and finishing with ‘Halo’.
   She also performed a medley from her Destiny’s Child days, as well as Prince’s ‘The Beautiful Ones’, Kings of Leon’s ‘Sex on Fire’ and the Eurythmics’ ‘Sweet Dreams’.
   Knowles was the first female solo act to headline at Glastonbury for some 25 years.
   Meanwhile, Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon has had a further première in Berlin, and a VIP screening in London, with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley looking more the glamorous Hollywood star with each event. In Berlin, the 24-year-old actress wore a backless metallic dress; in London, she donned two separate Burberry outfits.
   She was joined in Berlin by stars Shia LaBÅ“uf, Patrick Dempsey and Tyrese Gibson, and director Michael Bay.
   At the London première were Calum Best, Dakota Blue, Joey Essex, Sam Faiers and Ben Adams.
   But in each case, it was Huntington-Whiteley who stole the show, and has emerged as the must-watch star.

Transformers 3 Berlin première
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
Transformers 3 in Berlin
Transformers 3 in Berlin
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Transformers 3 London screening
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
Transformers 3 in London
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