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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Colorful June AD

Iris Apfel's apartment
June 2011 issue of my Architectural Digest has been sitting on my table for almost a month, buried under a pile of papers. It was only yesterday I discovered the magazine and went through it, what a pleasure. Since the arrival of Margaret Russell the magazine has freshened up, no doubt at all.

The medley of color in the June issue starts at the Osbourne's LA home, continuing through Manhattan apartment by David Kleinberg , Connecticut house by Alexa Hampton, peaks at Iris Apfel's Manhattan apartment.

Apfel is an icon, her apartment is iconic too, who else can get away with so much color?  

Osbourne's home by designer Martyn Lawrence-Bullard
Living room
Sitting area 
Central atrium
Manhattan apartment by David Kleinberg
Family room
Family room from a different angle
Connecticut home by Alexa Hampton
Living room 
Family room
Iris Apfel's Manhattan apartment
Apfel in her living room

Picture credits: Architectural Digest

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Tommy Hilfiger's nutty print ads!

These pictures are from the Tommy Hilfiger summer ad campaign, seems all these young people are happy and are having fun. I wish it is true in real life too.

In past few years my daughter has lost some of her friends who could not take the stresses of life anymore. The most recent one is a 19 year old young man who took his life. 

Every human life is  precious but nothing is more painful than loss of a young life. We go all out to take care of the material needs of our young ones, I wish we show the same zeal to take care of their emotional needs too.  

Hope we all have a good summer, a happy summer, and we share happiness with each other too. 

Happy memorial day. 

Picture credits: Tommy Hilfiger, modreel 

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Celebrities and their rides

50 Cent and his Lamborghini
While browsing through internet discovered some celebrity ride pictures.  I know some of you are car crazy like me some are not, those who are not crazy please excuse me, can't resist have to post them.

Let me make a confession: I know all the cars in these pictures but don't know all the celebrities (yes I know who Lady Gaga is). Enjoy!

Brad Pitt and his motorcycle
Lady Gaga and her Mercedes S class
Ashton Kutcher and his Ferrari California
Brittney Spear and her Maserati Gran Turismo
Zack Afron and his Audi S5
Paris Hilton and her Pink Bentley Continental
Daniel Craig and his Mercedes S class
Nicole Richie and her Mercedes S class
Pierce Brosnan and his Aston Martin Vanquish
Chris Brown and his Lamborghini Gallardo
Arnold Schwarzenegger and his Bentley Supersports convertible
Lindsey Lohan and her Porsche 911 Carrera
Simon Cowell and his Bugatti
Matt Damon and his Tesla Roadster
Jennifer Love Hewitt and her Bentley
Reece Witherspoon and her Mercedes S class
Credits: BMW blog, celebrity car blog etc

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Wonder Boys

Wonder boys is an awesome movie (my opinion), one of my favorite. Though it had a star studded cast that included Michael Douglas, the movie was a box office flop when released in 2000. Various factors including our "intellectual health" may have contributed towards the box office failure. Is box office success the only yard stick to judge the quality of a movie?

Movie is based on Michael Chabon's book "Wonder Boys". Directed by Curtis Hanson, filmed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on location, including locations at Carnegie Mellon and Chatham Universities.

Initially Paramount Pictures did not want to make this movie, however when Michael Douglas came onboard and agreed to work for a very low compensation, it was then Paramount decided to go ahead.

The sound track includes 5 of Bob Dylan songs, with one new composition "Things have changed" that Dylan did for the film. 

Cast included: 
Michael Douglas as Prof. Grady Tripp
Toby Maguire as James Leer
Robert Downey Jr. as Terry Crabtree
Frances McDormand as Chancellor Sara Gaskell
Katie Holmes as Hannah Green
Rip Torn as Quentin "Q"
Richard Thomas as Walter Gaskell
Jane Adams as Oola
Alan Tudyk as Sam Traxler
Michael Cavadias as Miss Antonia Tony Sloviak
In spite of the box office failure the Film was nominated for  Grammy, Teen Choice, Golden Globes, Academy, Art Directors Guild, BAFTA, Broadcast Film Critics Association and various other awards and won multiple of these as well.

Professor Tripp reminds me of my English professor, may be some of you might have had some one like him too. 
Sara Gaskell: So. I guess we just divorce our spouses, marry each other, and have this baby, right? Simple. 
Hannah Green: Where should I put him?
Grady Tripp: In the shape that he's in, you could stand him up in the garage next to the snow shovels and he'd be all right
James Leer: You're not like my other teachers, Professor Tripp.
Grady Tripp: You're not like my other students, James. 
Terry Crabtree: The Love Parade... I've got a feeling about this, Tripp. I feel this kid in my bones.
Grady Tripp: ONLY in your bones? 
Sara Gaskell: You didn't happen to call our house last night, did you?
Grady Tripp: I think I might have, yes.
Sara Gaskell: What do you think you might have said? 
James Leer: No offence, Professor Tripp, but you look kinda crappy
Vernon Hardapple: Man, that musta been one nutty book
Grady Tripp: Sometimes, people just need to be rescued
Credits: Google,imdb, wonderboys.com etc