Barfi has a star! guess who? It’s Priyanka Chopra!

Barfi! is going to be the Indian entry for the Foreign Language Film Oscar this year? A movie picked out of a shortlist that included Paan Singh Tomar, Dirty Picture, Kahaani, Deool, Eega, Vazhakku Enn 18/9 and Akasathinte Niram.

Now I know there is a great deal of debate about this entry from India to the Olympics of filmmakers awards the Oscars, it is mounted with utter beauty on the screen. It’s a cinematic gem. It had for me the visual effect of a Rothko painting.

While the film like most Bollywood fares is long, it reminded me of the one element that attracted me to Artist last years Oscar winner, that element of love.

Barfi is a love story found in silence, infinite, fathomless, terrifying, uplifting, unknowable, gorgeous silence. This is not a silent film.

Barfi! is a Indian romantic comedy film written and directed by Anurag Basu. It tells the story of “Barfi”, a mute and deaf boy in Darjeeling, West Bengal and his relation with two girls, one of whom is autistic. The film stars Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ileana D’Cruz in lead roles.

While there are more knowledgeable voices than mine who can talk about this entry on behalf of India to the Oscars, I can say one thing. Priyanka Chopra is a star!

Irish people will probably pelt me with rotten potatoes for saying this but you know something Priyanka Chopra showed me something, that took me to fleeting moments of the brilliant performance by Daniel Day-Lewis in My Left Foot. This girl is going places, it’s time to break out of the box, let that blood swoosh through the veins Priyanka, take that death-defying leap, and cross the bridge, because you girl, you can act.

Indian filmmakers, don’t really need the Oscars, they are doing just fine. But while much is being said about this film, it’s subject of a mute, deaf or autistic who have ever since I can recall been treated poorly, or simply forgotten,in India.

I have a funny feeling about this film, it may just sneak up on the Academy members and grab them and in doing so open the door for someone I consider to have that gift that can make it in Hollywood. Priyanka Chopra.



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Back for UK Engelbert Humperdinck


Who should record the new Skyfall 007 for James Bond song? Engelbert Humperdinck! After all he is the entry for the UK at 2012 Eurovision.

Engelbert Humperdinck held the Beatles of the the number one spot on the charts in 1967. Yes we are talking some time ago, and that is the lesson here. The creativity never stops, it ain’t over till it’s over, life is always constant and changing, as in the Oscar winning film The Artist. Growing up my auntie used to take me to concerts of Engelbert Humperdinck, traumatizing me by taking her panties off and throwing them on the stage. Engelbert Humperdinck would walk over  pick it up and put it in his pocket and the women would all scream.

Could this man who was born in India, get the win for UK? well give him a Bond 007 song to sing and it’s a sure fire win for UK the country that is going to be throwing the biggest party of them all this year for the summer Olympic’s of 2012.


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Wendy Starland Charisma Exquisitely Unhurried !

It’s all about the Oscars today in Los Angles and at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hill’s Polo Lounge people are walking about the courtyard cafe with the ease of a sun drunk cat.

My friend, singer, songwriter, dynamic performer the lady with charisma exquisitely unhurried sat down to talk to me about how she started, who inspired her musically and her savvy business skills. Miss Wendy Starland has it going on, she has that savoir-faire that is beauty and romance with a voice.

Wendy Starland, also has been in the middle of music business biggest discoveries, as she discovered Lady Gaga and landed her a production deal with producer Rob Fusari that resulted in Gaga signing major label record and publishing deals. Wendy and Lady Gaga have written songs together that were later produced by Fusari, for whom Starland was writing with over a nearly three-year period.

Here is the interview with the amazing Wendy Starland who is one very cool person to hang out with and a lot of fun.

1. Was it always in your blood to be a singer songwriter musician how did it all start for you.

I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember. Growing up I had a babysitter who was almost like a 2nd mother to me, named Rosetta Atkins. She was a church gospel singer from the south who taught me different techniques of how to use my voice. We would imitate the voices on the radio – both men’s and women’s voices. By the time I was 9 I had a wide array of ways in which I could sing, and chose the aspects of my voice I wanted to feature in a particular song. I started writing songs on the piano at the age of 7 and have built up a big catalog with hundreds of songs.

Around 14 or 15 I was pulled out of the crowd onto Maceo Parker’s stage. Maceo is the legendary sax player from James Brown’s band who plays incredibly soulful funk. I ended up scatting on his stage for 20 minutes while Maceo got behind the drum kit and let me wail. Afterwards, the bass player wrapped a string from his bass into a small coil and got down on one knee, as if he were proposing. He hushed the crowd and placed the coiled string around my finger like an engagement ring. He then said into the microphone “Wendy, you have a gift from God. If you don’t spend the rest of your life using that gift, you will deprive the rest of us from receiving it. From this day forward you are married to music.” And ever since that day I have been married to music.

2. Who in music biz inspired you solo artist’s or bands?

I’ve gone through various different stages musically and have explored writing in many genres. I am currently in a rock phase and have been listening to the Foo Fighters nonstop. I’ve been lucky enough to open up for Chris Shifflett, guitarist of the Foo Fighters. I love their grittiness that they mix with such beautiful melodies. You can feel their authenticity, which is something that’s very important to me. Other current influences include U2, 30 Seconds To Mars, Kings Of Leon, Coldplay and The Police.

Previously I had been writing music that was more etherial, and was inspired by Sting, Peter Gabriel, Seal, Sade, Norah Jones, and Stevie Nicks.

3. You are very business savvy, where did you pick up all your business skill.

I was lucky enough to be born and raised in New York City, the city of ambition. My family is incredibly business savvy and have rubbed off on me in many ways. I have also always gravitated towards friends who are very sharp and who lead by example. I am grateful to have been surrounded by people I admire.

Its been incredible working with brands like Pink Pump and P2 who have worked with me on a different model for distributing my music to new fans. It has been a successful venture where a percentage of sales will be donated to charity at the end of the campaign. We will be donating to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

4. As a songwriter where does your inspiration come from, dreams, life experiences, or imagination.

All of the above. I integrate as many aspects of myself and my experience into my music as possible. Whether that experience constitutes my real life or my dreams.

5. Are you currently working on a project?

I am working on a new rock album. It is very different from what my fans are used to hearing from me. It is a rebirth of sorts. I’m really excited about this new direction and feel that it reflects my experience since moving to Los Angeles. I have performed some of the new material live while opening up for Sheryl Crow and Jack White, and had a great response. I’m excited to unveil it to the rest of the world soon. My first single, “All The Way,” will be featured in a new ad campaign for MoboVivo.

Listen to this song “Dancing With The Sea”.

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Laura Hunt “The Artist” with a brush knows it’s in the eyes!

The Grammy’s, and then the biggest red carpet event coming up the Oscars not to mention one of the biggest parties in London this year the summer Olympics. The Artist is a film nominated for 10 Oscars, a tribute to artist’s all over the world. Here is London,UK make up artist Laura Hunt who creates her art with her magic wand, as she transforms looks with make-up. While photographers do their magic, it is the make up artist who set’s the mood captured in every frame of film. Here is an interview with Laura Hunt.


What inspired you to do what you do?

I always loved make-up and would always practice on my friends growing up. I always loved experimenting with colours and different products. When I was a teenager, I met an established MUA, who made me realise that you could have a career in it. I also had an old school friend that became a MUA and saw it was achievable.

When I looked into the art form more closely, discovering artists like Pat McGrath & Alex Box, inspired me massively. They’re creativity and raw talent blew me away (and still does). I saw Alex do a demonstration at IMATS London 2010 and her work was breathtaking! I was mesmerised the whole time watching her work her magic. Absolutely amazing!

I like looking at art for inspiration and often will go to a gallery on a spare day. Inspiration can come from textures, colours, art works and the environment around us.

I’ve also always wanted to work for myself and I love working with people from all walks of life. I love meeting new people and this job definitely allows me to do so.

Is there one person that really stands out in your mind that you had a great time working with? photographer, model, etc, anything or experience.
I have met so many great people through make-up but one person I work really well with is super talented hair stylist, Eugene Davies. I think we just click creatively and he is a joy to work with!

However, every job I do makes me realise how much I love what I do – there’s no place I’m happier than when I’m doing make-up.

What are some of your other interests?
It’s probably not a surprise that as well as having a huge love for make-up, that I love fashion and music too! I like playing with the sewing machine, making bits and pieces. However, I love cooking and using my creativity in the kitchen! Absolutely adore making culinary creations and seeing people enjoy it! I once wanted to be a chef when I was younger but I’m glad I’ve taken the route I have – kitchens are far too stressful!

Laura creating magic in the land of magic where dreams come true.

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Fairy tale blockbuster for Oscars by Elie Saab

“Forget Paris. The red carpet of Hollywood Boulevard is the most important, most famous catwalk of them all.”

With just weeks to go before the Academy Awards ceremony on February 26, one designer in particular stands in pole position: Elie Saab. he 47-year-old Lebanese couturier dressed two of the best dressed actresses at last Sunday’s Golden Globes, and managed to showcase both his ready-to-wear and haute couture lines to the waiting world. The golden yellow embroidered lace gown worn by Emily Blunt was from his Spring/Summer 2012 collection. The twinkling fin de siècle number encrusted with pearls and quartz worn by Jessica Biel came from his Autumn/Winter 2011/2012 haute couture collection. Checking out next season’s forthcoming designer duds, Berenice Bejo was spotted at the Elie Saab Spring/Summer 2012 Haute-Couture Fashion Show as part of Paris Fashion Week on Wednesday (January 25). As for her developing career as a big-screen actor, Bejo was recently nominated for the Best Actress Oscar for her role in “The Artist.” The 35-year-old said, “I’m overjoyed and filled with happiness. I can’t believe that a year ago I was learning how to tap dance and today I am nominated for an Academy Award. It was a thrill to work on a project as ambitious as ‘The Artist’ and I am happy to share this moment with our visionary director, Michel Hazanavicius.” Here we go with magic of Elie Saab for the magic kingdom of Hollywood where magic is real and dreams come true.

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