Just shy of my birthday, I met Kristen. And you know I’m a fan.
It was brief, but very cool. Kristen was as kind as can be.
Please ignore my double chin, thanks.
One of my favorite things about life in New York City is the regular availability of really special events. Recently I attended a screening of Kristen Stewart’s forthcoming movie, Camp X-Ray at NYU Law School.
The film is about the relationship that Stewart‘s Army Private First Class develops with longtime Guantanamo Bay detainee Ali, played by Peyman Moaadi.
This is the official trailer:
I saw a few tweets about Stewart and/or the movie being anti-U.S. military. I didn’t take that away from Camp X-Ray at all. On the contrary, I thought the film was sympathetic toward those stationed in places like Gitmo showing the monotony, isolation and challenge of policing the detainees while also keeping them safe.
Of course, Camp X-Ray also reminds viewers of the horrible situation that exists to this day in Guantanamo: detainees held for years without trial and almost certainly without hope of freedom. This is a timely and affecting movie with strong performances across the board. Don’t miss it.
Post-screening, we were treated by discussion with Stewart, Sattler and [an odd] moderator from NYU. It was terrific to hear about the filmmaking process. Less terrific to hear the moderator opine about romantic vibes between Stewart’s and Moaadi’s characters.
Still, excellent film and cool experience. What movie should I see next?
As a big Kristen Stewart fan, I am excited to check out Camp X-Ray.
Kristen plays a soldier stationed at Guantanamo Bay who develops a relationship with a detainee played by Peyman Maadi.
Will you see it?
My thoughts on fashion don’t go too far beyond Like, Love, Want or Ugh. As a result, I asked my friend, photographer Meg Urbani, to give me her take on this year’s Met Gala.
Thankfully for all involved, she has a far more sophisticated view of this sort of thing.
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When my good friend asked me to write a guest blog post and suggested the Met Gala, I thought my post was going to consist of me banging my head against my desk because yet again people didn’t get what the Met Gala was all about, and wouldn’t get the daring fashion looks.
To my surprise, the masses including Twitter totally got what it was all about, but the people in attendance did not.
When I first heard that the theme for this year’s Met Gala was PUNK I was thrilled! When I was younger I thought of myself as punk: I listened to punk nonstop, I wore plaid, spikes, docs & chucks, had every hair color you could think of, hung out in a garage drumming for my band, and went to punk shows. To say I was pumped for the theme Anna Wintour announced for this year would be quite the understatement.
Reviewing the looks, though, I was beyond underwhelmed.
The possibilities with this year’s theme were endless Plaid, spikes, leather, Dr. Martens. Hell, I would even take duct tape.
But it appeared that 90% of attendees didn’t get the memo that PUNK was the theme. Even Anna Wintour herself didn’t embrace it. I understand that it’s risky to step away from pretty gowns, but that is what the Oscars are for. This is one event where you can wear things that are normally reserved for fashion editorials or on the runway. The Met Gala is the night to push fashion limits.
Many people looked good for all intents and purposes, but that is not what it’s all about.
Burberry were two of my favorites of the night. Both Cara Delevingne & Sienna Miller rocked it out in studded pieces. The looks are both feminine yet still have the punk edge.
This photo from the 2013 Kids’ Choice Awards is interesting on its own. How did Kristen come to be sitting on Katy’s lap?
I don’t know her (obviously) but she doesn’t seem like a big lap sitter. Too much attention.
The pic becomes all the more interesting after watching this video from 2009.
Side note: I truly hope someone has educated Adrienne Bailon about the hurtful nature of the word “retarded.” Click here to learn more about the campaign to end the R word.
It’s true: people are naming their baby Renesmee after the child Edward and Bella have in Breaking Dawn.
Can you imagine?
A blogger named Nancy called it a “car crash of a name” here. Yes, Nancy. Well put.
I love Twilight, but I would never.
What’s the worst baby name you’ve ever heard? Have you ever tried to talk someone out of naming their kid something you hated?
Kate Spencer secured the high regard of Twilight fans long before she wrote The 10 Things I’ll Miss Most About Twilight: A Love Letter. Back in ’09, she analyzed Rob and Kristen’s body language at Comic-Con just like we did.
Unlike most of us, though, Kate has spent time with the lovely Kristen. #jealous
Kate, who is pregnant with her second baby, is hilarious. Even the Huffington Post says so. You should follow her on Twitter if you somehow aren’t already.
I’m so excited to feature her here in the Twitter Spotlight.
OneChicklette: Your favorite qualities in a love interest
@KateSpencer: Possessive, insanely attractive, 108 years old, sparkle-y. Just kidding (Twilight humor LOLZ). My husband pretty much sums it up: patient, funny, bright, passionate, able to clean up cat vomit and exploding baby diapers.
OneChicklette: Your chief characteristic (one word)
OneChicklette: What you appreciate most in your friends
I expected to hate this post, but then I didn’t. Click here to read the whole feature.
The girl smiles plenty, OK?
On Wednesday, a @KateSpencer tweet clued me into the fact that Ben Affleck has withdrawn from Focus, a film about a young woman – played by Kristen Stewart – learning the tricks of the trade from an established grifter.
I wasn’t crushed by the news. Physically Ben doesn’t do much for me. No, not even in this picture. And while he’s become a successful filmmaker, I suspect he is…well, a schmuck.
I tried to picture some level of chemistry between Ben and Kristen, but that was an utter failure. Maybe it’s his age (40) or all of the track suits he has sported (innumerable).
Anyway. It doesn’t matter anymore.
Who should star opposite Kristen? Is there supposed to be a noticeable age gap or just a gap? Does the actor have to be American or good with the accent? How about race?
Before I could even Google Focus to see if I could find the treatment or script, I said ‘RYAN GOSLING!’ not realizing that he was previously mentioned for the role.
@eimski and @MegUrbani tweeted about Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Either of these would work for me.
Idris Elba? Also forty years old but so sexy. I’d pick him over Affleck any day.
Alex Skarsgård? He’s a few years younger than Affleck but oh-so-tall. 6’4″ compared to Kristen’s 5’6″. Is that a problem? Maybe.
Jake Gyllenhaal? I can’t say I’m into that.