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Joan Didion Becomes Unexpected Queen Of Cool After 'Celine' Ad


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Joan Didion, the 80-year-old American literary great best known for her classic book of essays The White Album, is the new face for the Spring 2015 line of fashion label Celine. The internet has had somewhat of an infatuation with Didion's sense of style in recent years and the French label - designed by British designer Phoebe Philo - has taken note.

Joan DidionJoan Didion is the new Queen of Cool after signing on with Celine

Photographed by Juergen Teller, the first image of Didion appearing in the label's new campaign hit the web on Tuesday, featuring the writer in a black shirt, oversized gold pendant and dark sunglasses. 

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Premiere Of The HBO Documentary 'Harry Belafonte Sing Your Song' At The Apollo Theater - Arrivals

Griffin Dunne and Joan Didion - Griffin Dunne, Joan Didion New York City, USA - Premiere of the HBO documentary 'Harry Belafonte Sing Your Song' at the Apollo Theater - Arrivals Thursday 6th October 2011

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Joan Didion and Griffin Dunne

Opening Night Of The Broadway Production Of 'Driving Miss Daisy' At The Golden Theatre - Arrivals

Joan Didion and Driving Miss Daisy Monday 25th October 2010 Opening night of the Broadway production of 'Driving Miss Daisy' at the Golden Theatre - Arrivals New York City, USA

A Star Is Born (1976) Review


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Here's another nominee in the increasingly crowded category of Most Unnecessary Remake: 1976's A Star Is Born, with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson picking over the bones of not one but three previous versions, most notably the 1954 musical epic starring Judy Garland and James Mason. It's a great story for sure, but this star turn for Streisand, which is hopelessly stuck in the bell-bottomed clichés of the '70s, hasn't aged well and isn't much fun to watch.

We first meet struggling singer Esther Hoffman (Streisand) as she performs a gig in an L.A. club backed up by two African-American women. Their name: The Oreos (groan). Into the club stumbles hirsute rock legend John Norman Howard (Kristofferson) on one of his daily benders. He loves her voice, she loves his... hair, I suppose... and soon, for no apparent reason, she's madly in love with him.

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Up Close And Personal Review


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If nothing else, Up Close And Personal will remind you just how hideous the hairstyles of the 1980s were, especially among media personalities. Fortunately, the film accomplishes a lot more than that, giving us a nice romance that isn't harmed too much by its attempts at melodrama.

Up Close And Personal tells the loosely-based-on-reality story of Sally (who becomes Tally) Atwater (Michelle Pfeiffer), a vain upstart girl from Reno who wants to make it big in television. Robert Redford costars as Warren Justice, a Miami news director who gives her her big break and takes her under his wing. Under his influence, Tally is transformed from brash loudmouth to The Next Big Thing, and of course, the two fall madly in love along the way.

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A Star Is Born (1976) Review


OK
Here's another nominee in the increasingly crowded category of Most Unnecessary Remake: 1976's A Star Is Born, with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson picking over the bones of not one but three previous versions, most notably the 1954 musical epic starring Judy Garland and James Mason. It's a great story for sure, but this star turn for Streisand, which is hopelessly stuck in the bell-bottomed clichés of the '70s, hasn't aged well and isn't much fun to watch.

We first meet struggling singer Esther Hoffman (Streisand) as she performs a gig in an L.A. club backed up by two African-American women. Their name: The Oreos (groan). Into the club stumbles hirsute rock legend John Norman Howard (Kristofferson) on one of his daily benders. He loves her voice, she loves his... hair, I suppose... and soon, for no apparent reason, she's madly in love with him.

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The Panic In Needle Park Review


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Al Pacino isn't particularly searing in this urban heroin drama, a precursor to much better films like Trainspotting, which really pushed the genre. But credit must be given, I suppose, to pioneers like Needle Park, which has Pacino and Susan Dey-lookalike Kitty Winn dazed and frequently comatose through nearly two hours of drugging, culminating in an inevitable bust. More a character study than any kind of narrative story, it's moderately worthwhile but far from a classic.
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