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Sonam Kapoor is Notch’s latest cover girl; Sridevi, Amitabh Bachchan also feature

NEWS  by Lucire staff/January 31, 2013/10.59

Actress Sonam Kapoor is the cover girl for the fifth issue of Notch, a free lifestyle and entertainment magazine that can be downloaded via Kindle, Ipad, Android and its own website at
   Kapoor was reportedly happy to be a cover girl for a digital publication: ‘The world has shrunk because of the internet and social media. Everything goes viral these days,’ she said in a release from Notch.
   On her industry: ‘I think the boundaries of international or national cinema doesn’t exist anymore. Everybody is working everywhere—technicians come from abroad, technicians go overseas from India. It is the age of world cinema now and if there’s an opportunity with a good script and good role, I don’t mind doing any role in any language.’
   She is right about those boundaries disappearing: Kapoor was in New Zealand for the Abbas–Mustan brothers’ Players, which we reported on during its first day of filming, and at Cannes for the Film Festival in 2011.
   Joining her in the fifth issue are Sridevi, Amitabh Bachchan on working in The Great Gatsby remake, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Deepa Mehta on making Midnight’s Children, Sabyasachi on his collaboration with L Capital, two-time Academy Award winner A. R. Rahman, and Olympian Milkha Singh.

Manfred Baumann photographs Jaimie Alexander from The Last Stand

NEWS  by Lucire staff/January 30, 2013/12.32

Manfred Baumann

Celebrity photographer Manfred Baumann’s latest assignment is Jaimie Alexander, who played Sif in Thor (and will do so again in the 2013 sequel) and Jessi in the earlier TV series Kyle XY.
   Alexander’s next film is The Last Stand, in which she stars alongside former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Forest Whitaker and Peter Stormare. The Last Stand premiĂšred earlier this month in the US and is Schwarzenegger’s first starring role since Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.
   Baumann says, ‘Jaimie is a natural talent and we surely have a lots more fun with her in future Hollywood productions. We obviously enjoyed our time on set!’
   They obviously did, judging from the behind-the-scenes images that Baumann’s office has supplied. There are a lot more than we typically see.
   Baumann is presently working on his new exhibition, Alive, which will be displayed in different countries from May 2013. Another Baumann project in 2013 is an art book featuring photographs of the homeless.

Manfred Baumann

Sponsored video: Schwarzkopf invites you to go more daring with Live Color Ultra Brights XXL

NEWS  by Lucire staff//10.52

A Lucire special promotion

Schwarzkopf’s Live Color Ultra Brights XXL range is the latest in hair colour, with plenty of on-trend shades to give your hair a vibrant look for 2013.
   The Ultra Bright pigments gives bright, colourful shades and the product has a conditioner that moisturizes your hair. Not only do you get shine, your hair stays soft.
   Colours include ultra-neon shades with names like Pillar Box Red, Raspberry Rebel and Fiery Copper. There are other shades including Max Blonde, Absolute Platinum or Ice Blonde.
   Live Color XXL Ultra Brights is a range of semi-permanent dyes that work best on pre-lightened hair, or as a colour booster for normal hair. Bleached hair means the dye will take even more quickly, with a faster development time than what Schwarzkopf estimates, and keeping the hair damp will help, too.
   Live Color XXL Ultra Brights wash out in six to eight washes, depending on the colour you’ve applied. Schwarzkopf suggests keeping a small amount of colour crĂšme for a colour refresh between permanent colouring: when the colour begins to fade, add the remaining crĂšme with the conditioner, spreading the mixture evenly and leave for 20 minutes. After rinsing, the colour is “recharged”.
   Schwarzkopf also recommends back-brushing your hair before dip-dyeing, to give a more even fade between colouring.
   There are a number of techniques that you can use to apply the colour, with Schwarzkopf encouraging customers to do different colours for different parts of your hair, using foil to section it. A website with more tips is linked from the Live Color XXL Ultra Brights Facebook page. Or, check out some of the videos below.
   Live Color Ultra Brights XXL is available at Superdrug, Boots, Asda, Tesco, Sainsburys, Morrisons, Savers, Bodycare and independent chemists across the UK.

This post has been sponsored by Schwarzkopf.

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Online poll puts Mercedes-Benz A-Klasse as 2012’s most beautiful car

NEWS  by Lucire staff//10.12

The online poll for the Most Beautiful Car of 2012, run by Eurosport, Festival Automobile International, J. C. Decaux, Bell & Ross, Le Point and Automobiles Classiques, has been won by the new, W176-series Mercedes-Benz A-Klasse.
   In second place was the third-generation Mazda Atenza, followed by the Renault Clio IV and the BMW 3er-Reihe Touring.
   Dropping out in earlier rounds of voting were the Opel Adam, the Peugeot 208 and the Mini Paceman.
   The new Mercedes-Benz A-Klasse is a departure from the innovative hatchback that originally dĂ©buted in the late 1990s. The new model is a more conventionally engineered car, losing the clever space efficiency and sandwich floor that made the original A a landmark model.
   It is sleeker and more aerodynamic, challenging established rivals such as the BMW 1er-Reihe and Audi A3. In terms of sportiness, the new car is far more eye-catching, with its sculpted sides and more aggressive stance, in line with how German design is evolving.
   Online voters participated in the competition between December 6, 2012 and January 20, 2013.

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Gemma Arterton, Jeremy Renner head Down Under; JoseïŹn Gustafsson wins Top Model Sverige–Panos Emporio gig

NEWS  by Lucire staff/January 29, 2013/12.54

Top Gemma Arterton arrives at the Australian premiĂšre of Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. Above Josefin Gustafsson won Monday night’s challenge on Top Model Sverige, and will model for Panos Emporio.

The Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters premiùre circuit has hit Sydney, NSW, where stars Gemma Arterton and Jeremy Renner, along with writer–director Tommy Wirkola and producer Kevin Messick, were in attendance at Event Cinemas on George Street.
   Reviews for the film have continued to be mixed.
   The Australian push is intended to help with the film’s global box office, with an expectation that fans might be more receptive than in the US and Europe.
   Russia was the first market to show the film.
   Meanwhile, Josefin Gustafsson was revealed as the winner of the Panos Emporio swimwear modelling gig on last night’s Top Model Sverige.
   The challenge on the TV show saw Panos Emporio founder and designer Panos Papadopoulos head to Los Angeles late last year, working alongside America’s Next Top Model judge and photographer Nigel Barker.
   Despite some inside knowledge, the final result was kept secret from us until we learned of Gustafsson’s win at the same time as the TV3 audience in Sweden on Monday night.
   Episodes can be viewed on demand at Panos makes his appearance 16 minutes in to the second episode of the current season.

SAG Awards 2013: our comprehensive photo and video coverage

NEWS  by Lucire staff/January 28, 2013/12.50

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Top Amanda Seyfried catches the paparazzi’s attention at the 19th annual Screen Actors’ Guild Awards. Above Bradley Cooper and best actress winner, Jennifer Lawrence.

Argo has won more awards over the weekend, both at the Producers’ Guild Awards on Saturday (for best film) and at the 19th Screen Actors’ Guild Awards on Sunday (for best cast ensemble) at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
   Directed by Ben Affleck, the Iran hostage drama is now widely speculated to take the Oscar for Best Film on February 24.
   Daniel Day-Lewis won a best actor SAG award for his role in Lincoln, while Jennifer Lawrence—who suffered a ‘wardrobe malfunction’ as she went up on stage, won best actress for Silver Linings Playbook.
   Tommy Lee Jones won best supporting actor for Lincoln, beating Robert de Niro, who was nominated for the category in Silver Linings Playbook.
   Anne Hathaway won the best supporting actress SAG award for her role as Fantine in Les MisĂ©rables.
   Screen favourite Dick van Dyke, 87, who was present with his wife Arlene Silver, was honoured with a lifetime achievement award. Last year, van Dyke presented the same award to his Dick Van Dyke Show co-star, Mary Tyler Moore.
   Downton Abbey continued its conquest of the United States and won best ensemble cast for a TV drama. Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) and Claire Danes (Homeland) won best actor and best actress for the television categories.
   ABC’s Modern Family won best comedy cast ensemble for the third consecutive year, and Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) won best TV comedy actor for the eighth time. Tina Fey won best TV comedy actress, also for 30 Rock.

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Daniel Day-Lewis. Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman. Olympian Gabrielle Douglas and Jessica Chastain. Robert de Niro and Grace Hightower. SofĂ­a Vergara. Anne Hathaway. Jordin Sparks. Arlene Silver and Dick van Dyke, and Ed O’Neill and Catherine Rusoff.

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Michelle Dockery. Justin Timberlake. Peter Facinelli. Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts. Sigourney Weaver. Gretchen Mol. Hugh Jackman. Ben Affleck. Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Busy Phillips and Justin Mikita. Sophie McShera, Amy Nuttall, and Phyllis Logan. Katrina Bowden.

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Jennifer Garner. Jennifer Lawrence. Freida Pinto and Dev Patel. Jennifer Garner and Julianne Moore.

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Helen Hunt and John Hawkes. Adam Shulman and Anne Hathaway.

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Rainn Wilson and Rico Rodriguez; Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Marion Cotillard. Nicole Kidman.

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Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt. Sacha Baron Cohen, Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck and Isla Fisher. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner.

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Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts. Tina Fey. Kerry Washington.

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Nolan Gould and Ty Burrell. Aaron Paul.

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Kerry Washington and Jeff Daniels.

Getting Nicole Kidman’s look at the Producers’ Guild and SAG awards

NEWS  by Lucire staff//9.34

Since it’s awards’ season in Hollywood, celebrity hairstylist David Babaii has been hard at work again, this time working on Nicole Kidman.
   At the Producers’ Guild Awards (top), Kidman had a fringe and a half-up, half-down do. Babaii used IT&LY Hairfashion’s eco-friendly, cruelty-free Purity Design Line. He began with blow-drying, with a mixture of IT&LY Pure Water Drops and Pure Fluid Experience. Then, using a medium round brush, he created the soft curls and fringe. He swept the hair to one side for the side part for the fringe, then back-combing the crown and drawing the sides into a pouf at the back. He used the Pure Water Drops for the soft curls at the back and the nape, before finishing with IT&LY Pure Definition Hair Spray for misting.
   At the Screen Actors’ Guild Awards (above), Babaii gave Kidman a straight look. A small amount of IT&LY Pure Water Drops were warmed in his hands before it was applied to her hair. After drying her hair, he used a large, round brush to straighten. He sectioned her hair first, into top, sides and back, first drying the nape area. He created a centre part and finished with the IT&LY Racing Red Professional one-inch digital iron.
   Meanwhile, to those of you following us on RSS, Tiffany Fernando was at BMW’s Ladies’ Press Day and improved her confidence behind the wheel thanks to the experts. You can read about her experiences here. Publisher Jack Yan, meanwhile, interviewed Miss TEEN 2012 Aleisha Robertson (right), one of the first New Zealanders to win an international beauty pageant title in years. Is the tide turning positively for pageants in New Zealand?

Raymond Weil teams up with Labrinth again for the unofficial 2013 pre-Brit Awards’ party

NEWS  by Lucire staff/January 26, 2013/11.15

We’ve managed to get a bit more on Labrinth’s pre-Brit party earlier this week, hosted at the singer–songwriter and producer’s restaurant, Mosaica, in Wood Green in London. As with 2012’s party, Raymond Weil sponsored the event, this year honouring War Child, an independent charity helping children and young people affected by armed conflict.
   Last year’s event, also covered in Lucire, was a success for both Raymond Weil and Labrinth.
   This year, War Child, which has helped 800,000 children in war-torn countries, will receive the inaugural Special Recognition Award at the Brit Awards’ ceremony. The charity celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.
   The unofficial pre-Brit Awards’ dinner saw 120 guests, 50 per cent more than in 2012. Guests this year included Conor Maynard, Wretch 32, Alexandra Burke, Sway, Laura Mvula, Daley, George the Poet, Dot Rotten, Suki Waterhouse, Angel, Gabrielle Aplin, James Arthur, Etta Bond, V. V. Brown, Stooshe, Chipmunk, Delilah, JLS, J. B. Gill, Jake Gosling, Liam Payne and Louis Thomlinson (of One Direction), Tali Lennox, the Temper Trap, Zara Martin, Raf Riley, Yasmin and Chris Loco.

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