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Frankly, you can never have enough Marilyn Monroe. Or at least I can’t. Recently I’ve been coming across so many photos of Marilyn that are new to me that I just can’t let them disappear.

“I didn’t think of my body as having anything to do with sex. It was more like a friend who had mysteriously appeared in my life, a sort of magic friend.”Marilyn on becoming a siren in school after being unpopular from My Story

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“There must be thousands of girls sitting alone like me dreaming of becoming a movie star. But I’m not going to worry about them. I’m dreaming the hardest.”Marilyn Monroe from My Story



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“She was terrified of meeting people and being judged”Robert Mitchum on Marilyn in The Discovery of Marilyn

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You may also enjoy:
Just Because: Marlyn Monroe
Just Because: More Marilyn Monroe
The Marilyn Monroe Online Movie Resource
Book Review: Marilyn & Me

Photos are via: My Beautiful Marilyn Monroe, Lost Pinup, Our Marilyn Monroe, All About Marilyn Monroe, Suicide Blonde, The Nifty Fifties, cyndaquart, Kitty Munster


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Miss Dior…(is the) perfume of a young Parisienne, as seen by Dior. Miss Dior is an elegant young woman full of vitality. But she’s also a seductive woman.

Okay, how much am I loving this Natalie Portman for Miss Dior campaign? It’s simply glamorous. The song in the commercials is Je t’aime moi non plus (translation=”I love you me no more”) by Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg. They were directed by Sofia Coppola. The print ads were shot by Tim Walker. Miss Dior is a blend of jasmine, Turkish rose and Tunisian orange blossom. You can check out the making of video here.

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Just Because: That French Pop Art Target Ad
Just Because: Andy Warhol
Top Romantic Dramas on Netflix Streaming-includes Natalie Portman in Where the Heart Is
Top 2011 Movies on Netflix Streaming-includes No Strings Attached starring Natalie Portman
Top 1990s Movies about Twentysomethings on Netflix Streaming-includes Beautiful Girls starring Natalie Portman


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This post is for the LAMB Acting School 101: Sigourney Weaver.

In 2009 Parade Magazine featured the stunning Sigourney Weaver on the cover to promote the film Avatar. I was thrilled by the photos because they were so gorgeous. It’s rare to see so much effort and creativity into styling a woman who isn’t super young. Yes, that was 3 years ago and yet I still thought if it straightaway when I thought of Weaver. So I’ve made a collage of the photos below. Please enjoy.

*To see the full size collages right click the photo and then select “View Image”.

The interview can be found here and the slideshow of photos is here.

You may also enjoy:
Movie Review: The Ice Storm-starring Sigourney Weaver
Just Because: Drew Barrymore in Missoni, Guess & Miu Miu Ads
Just Because: Marilyn Monroe
Just Because: More Marilyn Monroe
Just Because: Alison Lohman


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I need to talk about my love for that newish Target ad. Well semi new, augmented versions of it having been airing for a couple of months. (I don’t think I’ve seen the entire thing at once on TV.) I freaking love it. I literally smile and turn to the TV when it comes on. “Color Changes Everything” seems to be the official title of this spring ad campaign. It feels like a marriage between a 60s French film and an American pop art piece, also from the 60s.

Unfortunately, from what I’ve read the agency that did the hot air balloon ad, Wieden+Kennedy, is no longer producing ads for Target. The song featured in this commercial is Alouette sang by The Delta Rhythm Boys.

The bottom line is that it rocks and you should give it your full attention for a minute if you’d like to smile.

You may also enjoy:
Just Because: Andy Warhol
TV Commercials: Am I Supposed To Be High For These?
The Music of Mad Men Playlist


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The Rules of Attraction is a fantastic film adaptation of the book of the same name by Bret Easton Ellis. The plot focuses on a group of college students.

Recently I read something that reminded me of Victor’s trip in The Rules of Attraction which made me want to go watch that montage from the film. So instead of digging out my DVD I just hit up YouTube. I discovered something awesome for those of us who are fans. The director of the film, Roger Avary, has been posting clips from the film on his YouTube and Vimeo channels with behind the scenes stories about the film’s shoot. I’m choosing to showcase the Victor Takes a Trip and the George Michael scene with partial excerpts below.

Victor Takes a Trip
“…I no longer know who I am and I feel like the ghost of a total stranger”

“I directed Kip Pardue to remain in character as the vacant, vapid, and self absorbed Victor from the moment we stepped onto the plane to Europe until the moment we returned to Los Angeles. A blinding twelve cities in two weeks shooting every possible moment on a Sony PD-150….I told Kip that I would have 24/7 access no matter how intimate the situation. With no script, and the loosest of plans, I tracked Victor as he partied across Europe…”

“Five minutes into a conversation with, say, an heiress or a model, I would stop shooting, explain who we were, that Victor was actually the actor Kip Pardue, and that we were shooting a scene for my latest film…”

“Months later, Kip would receive calls from the various girls Victor had hooked up with who were confused as to what was real and what wasn’t. Who were we? Where is Victor? I cut the 70 hours of footage down to these 4 minutes which I cut into the film. Years later I decided to form the unused footage into a musical tone-film of all it’s own: Glitterati.”Roger Avary (read the full breakdown on YouTube here).


“We shot all of the hotel room scenes at the Ritz Carlton in Marina del Rey and we had finished our day early. Ian was in make up, and I was looking at Russell Sams, who plays Dick, wearing his aviator glasses, and I said you look like George Michael.”

“…I thought what the hell, let’s shoot something fun to watch in dailies tomorrow. Our sound man, Felipe Borrero, to quickly find a CD of George Michael’s Faith, which he happened to have in his car. I then told Russell, who was always game for anything, ‘okay, this is your first film, and as an initiation, I want you to do a striptease dance for the crew to Faith’. Russell stared at me for a second, in slight disbelief, and then said, ‘okay, sure’.”

“It was improv, and we only had time for one take, so I planted the camera with a wide lens at the foot of the bed, played Faith full blast, and let him loose…Midway through, I looked over and saw Ian Somerhalder in the hallway…looking into the room incredulously. I made a quick motion for him to ‘go for it’ and the next thing I knew he jumped into the shot, right on the beat.”

“It was, honestly, a completely spontaneous, magic moment, and it was such a funny scene that I simply had to include it in the movie. The only problem was that there was no way we could afford the music licensing rights to Faith, so I wrote a letter to George Michael, and sent him the scene, begging him to let me use it. George, being one of the coolest guys in the universe, gave us the song for a dime, and I will forever be grateful because it’s one of my favorite scenes in the movie.”Roger Avary (read the full breakdown on YouTube here)

Check It Out:
Roger Avary’s official site
Bret Easton Ellis on twitter
An Interview with Bret Easton Ellis from 2009 on

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