Why New Launch ‘NOW TV’ Could Work For me…

The only thing that’s not quite awesome about the flat I currently live in (besides the super-expensive rent) is the fact that a massive line of trees behind the building means that we have no hope of getting Sky. We’ve made do with Freeview and various TV boxsets for now, along with LOVEFilm and Netflix, but on Monday night I went to the launch of something new – NOW TV.

Set up by Sky for non-subscription customers, NOW TV basically brings you all those Sky Movies films you want to watch and will soon also include Sky Sports, Sky Living and other channels, for on-demand programming via your laptop, iPad, and various other devices. Each subscription can be accessed via two devices at present, and means you can watch the channels ‘live’, as well as watching on-demand films and shows too.

I found out all the details at the London Film Museum on Monday evening, where Sky hosted a bloggers event, with a presentation and a ‘house’ set up with NOW TV in all the different rooms, including lots of iPads and phones to play with. It’s £15 a month, or 99p+ for pay as you go bits and bobs, and it seems like a smooth system. When more content is added to the lineup – it’s just movies right now – it’s sure to make even more of an impact against the likes of LOVEfilm and Netflix. The interface is smooth and easy to use, something that other platforms still seem to struggle with, so I’m looking forward to seeing how it progresses. I had lots of fun at the launch event trying it out, drinking some tasty mai tais, and sampling food from lobster rolls to sliders to mini pasties too. They’re doing a free trial at the mo, so you can see if it’s right for you.

What: NOW TV launch.

Where: London Film Museum, Covent Garden.

When: Monday 16th July, 2012.

Drinks and eats: Mai Tais, sliders, lobster rolls, mini pasties, nachos and popcorn.(Delicious food kept coming… No complaints here…)

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Stuck In My Head: ‘Ignition’ by R Kelly

Yes… This happens once in a while. Ignition appears inside my brain and decides leaving the confines of it just isn’t something it wants to do. In fact, I watched most of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom on TV earlier, and it carried on spinning in my head throughout. Perhaps posting it will change that. Fingers crossed!

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The Amazing Emma Stone’s Spider-Man promo tour style (and why I want to be friends with her)

While writing a post about Emma Stone’s scene-stealing turn in The Amazing Spider-Man for Screen Siren, I realised just how many amazing outfits she’s worn to promote the film, not least her Chanel dress from last night’s LA premiere (last pic)!

Not only does she have great (and eclectic) style, I’m a huge fan of her as an actress, and the way she comes across in interviews too. She’s the type of girl you can imagine having a proper laugh with, and she never seems afraid to make a fool of herself to raise a smile. That’s not always true of Hollywood-types, and I think it’s one of the reasons she’s so well-liked. Check out her Dance Dare on Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show to see what I mean. Amazing.

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Wipe that mud / makeup / beer / sweat off your face… AKA the magic of wipes

I haven’t been stuck in traffic on the way to the Isle of Wight festival in the past 24 hours (thank god), and I won’t be trudging through mud to see bands this weekend… but festival season is well and truly upon us again. Mud, sunscreen, sand, sweat, other people’s sweat, beer, various other beverages – maybe I just have bad luck, but generally, I get covered in any and all of these things at festivals. And it’s not like it’s easy to get clean. These music-filled magic weekends and holidays in general are the time for multi-purpose beauty products. For one thing, no one wants products to take up half their suitcase when there could be space for an extra pair of shoes, and for another… it’s just really convenient.

I’ve pared down my beauty bag pretty well. My last holiday was in New York, and after I’d walked tens of blocks all day, downed multiple sour apple martinis in the evening, the last thing I have any want to do is go through a three step process to remove whatever was carefully applied to my face earlier (makeup, pollution, and probably a bit of whatever I had for dinner…) Basically, I carry facial wipes every single time I’m away from home for a night or more. I don’t tend to use them when I’m at home unless I’m feeling super-lazy, I prefer either Crowe’s Cremine (my mum’s favourite) or Bioderma Crealine H2O.

But while I’m away, I always pick up wipes. Kindly, Kleenex have sent me some of their new range of cleansing products – specifically their Facial Cleansing Wipes and their Eye Makeup Removal Wipes. Now, I would tend to use the same pack of wipes for my eyes, and anywhere else that needed cleaning – especially if they were marked ‘extra gentle’, as the Facial Cleansing Wipes are – I know that some people are more discerning. Still, I figured I’d check out the ingredients of both to see how different they really were – and they are different – but something that I really love about them is the ‘decoded’ ingredients list on the packet. Check it out!

Each ingredient has something next to it to tell you why the hell it’s in there, like “Helps to keep skin soft and smooth” or “Helps keeps wipes fresh” or “Witch Hazel” (why they can’t just write that instead of Hamamelis Virginiana Extract I’ll never know). As they’re each ‘extra gentle’ or ‘sensitive’, the products are fragrance-free, and also made with ecoform natural fibres, that they promise have a lower environmental impact than regular wipes.

So, do they actually work? Yes. They removed makeup, even eye makeup, although I have to admit that the eye makeup remover pads do actually do that job better. The wipes are substantial and don’t tear easily, which makes me even more likely to use them above and beyond their named use. (Aka cleaning as much of my body as possible with them while stuck in a field.) All in all, a thumbs up – they’ll be packed alongside my makeup next time I go away…

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Shia LaBeouf gets naked in new addiction-inspired Sigur Ros video

Alma Har’el directs the new video for Fjögur Píanó by Sigur Ros, which features a completely naked Shia LaBeouf and Denna Thomsen. It’s arty, beautiful, bizarre and very NSFW, but what’s it all about?

Har’el told the Wall St. Journal:

“[It’s] about addiction to drugs, or sex, or anything–and how you get stuck in a cycle. For me, it’s about not knowing how to get out of something without causing pain to somebody else.”

Check it out right now…

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Hailee Steinfeld’s “irresponsible” Miu Miu ad banned

This morning, I wrote a post for Yahoo Movies about the Advertising Standards Agency banning this advert in the UK. It shows the fantastic young actress Hailee Steinfeld (‘True Grit’) sat on some railway tracks, looking a bit upset, but kitted out in Miu Miu clothes. Why has it been banned? Because it’s deemed irresponsible, since it shows a child in an unsafe location.

Prada – who own Miu Miu – defended themselves by saying that the advert was “part of a serious, high-fashion campaign” aimed at adult women. So, does that mean it would have been okay to show someone over 18 on the railway tracks? Seems like it. Well then, since there’s no shortage of adult actresses in the world, why aren’t they actually using adults in adverts for clothing and accessories aimed at “adult women”?

With Dakota Fanning, Hailee Steinfeld, Chloe Moretz, and Elle Fanning – all talented young women, but all still minors in the eyes of the law – being used in high profile “aspirational” luxury brand campaigns as teens, are they just selling an extreme version of youth? And doesn’t it all just feel a bit wrong? Maybe it’s just me…

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Inside the ‘Breaking Dawn: Part 1’ UK Premiere

I’ve been to a fair few movie premieres in my time, usually penned in on the sidelines with the rest of the online press, trying to grab the stars for quick interviews before they move on to the droves of devoted fans and sign autographs. It’s always fun, it’s always an adrenaline-rush for the hour they’re on the carpet, but there’s usually about two hours of waiting around in the cold before they show up, and then… you only rarely get a ticket inside, instead attending press screenings.

So, it was great to go to the ‘Breaking Dawn: Part I’ premiere last night in Westfield Shopping Centre, Stratford, and do all the fun bits with none of the uncomfortable waiting around, or the work(!). It was one of the biggest premieres of the year, with what felt like the longest red (and white) carpet in the world. Some fans apparently camped out for days to catch a glimpse of Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner, but they didn’t seem knackered in the slightest. In fact, I’ve never seen people so overexcited… except maybe when I covered the ‘Eclipse’ premiere last year.

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Kirsten Dunst is low-key and lovely in REM’s last vid

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Since I watched Melancholia last week, I’ve become a bit enchanted with Kirsten Dunst and her laid-back low-key California girl look again. Here she is in REM’s just-released video for We All Go Back To Where We Belong.

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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen get us all in the Halloween spirit!

The heatwave that’s taken over October so far has ruined that Halloween-y kind of feeling  that usually sets in during autumn. Help is at hand, though! This video from Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (promoting StyleMint with a discount code) has got me in the All Hallow’s Eve spirit. Almost as much as my annual viewing of Hocus Pocus will. Check out the video under the jump and answer all the questions right (or do as I did and just click on them randomly until you move to the next one), and you get treated to the twins looking fab as Catwoman and Batman (looking forward to The Dark Knight Rises?), a Stormtrooper and Darth Vader, and more!

Now I see why they’re always carrying coffee…

Watch the video under the cut!

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