Monday, March 31, 2014

Virginia Woolf / A Knife

Émile Savitry
Anouk Aimée and her cat Tulip Flower, 1947
[via Le Journal De La Photographie]
Anouk Aimée and her cat Tulip Flower, 1947
Photo by Emile Savitry
by Virginia Woolf

"For the philosopher is right who says that nothing thicker than a knife’s blade separates happiness from melancholy…"

— Virginia Woolf, Orlando

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Zhang Jingna / Women

by Zhang Jingna

Zhang Jingna / Women II

by Zhang Jingna

Irina Shayk / Women We Love

Irina Shayk

Esquire cover girl Irina Shayk made a name for herself as a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, and has been the face of Intimissimi, Lacoste and Victoria’s Secret.
She even met current partner Christiano Ronaldo after they worked on an Armani Exchange campaign. Now, Esquire is proud to present nineteen things you (probably) didn’t know about Irina Shayk.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Charlotte Gainsbourg / Lars von Trier isn't a misogynist

Nymphomaniac stars: 'Lars isn't a misogynist, he loves women'

Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stacy Martin and Stellan Skarsgård reveal what it was like to work with Lars von Trier on his explicit new film, and why it is unfair to describe it as arthouse exploitation.

Xan Brooks
The Guardian, Thursday 6 February 2014

Charlotte Gainsbourg, Lars von Trier, Stellan Skarsgård and Stacy Martin
Left-right: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Lars von Trier, Stellan Skarsgård and Stacy Martin. Photograph: Christian Liliendahl/AFP/Getty Images
Lars von Trier's new film rolls into Copenhagen just ahead of hurricane Bodil, one startling storm preceding another. The blizzard hits, the planes are grounded and the wind is so strong it knocks the Christmas shoppers flying. To misquote Louis XV: après Lars, le déluge.

Stacy Martin / Nymphomaniac

Stacy Martin
Stacy Martin desnuda

Zhang Jingna / Flowers in December

Kwak Ji Young 

by Zhang Jingna in “Flowers in December” 

for Fashion Gone Rogue

Photographer Zhang Jingna 
Model Kwak Ji Young
Stylist Phuong My 
Hair by Junya Nakashima
Makeup by Viktorija Bowers 

Friday, March 28, 2014

Chekhov / Anyuta

By Anton Chekhov
Translated by Constance Garnett


IN the cheapest room of a big block of furnished apartments Stepan Klotchkov, a medical student in his third year, was walking to and fro, zealously conning his anatomy. His mouth was dry and his forehead perspiring from the unceasing effort to learn it by heart.
In the window, covered by patterns of frost, sat on a stool the girl who shared his room — Anyuta, a thin little brunette of five-and-twenty, very pale with mild grey eyes. Sitting with bent back she was busy embroidering with red thread the collar of a man’s shirt. She was working against time... The clock in the passage struck two drowsily, yet the little room had not been put to rights for the morning. Crumpled bed-clothes, pillows thrown about, books, clothes, a big filthy slop-pail filled with soap-suds in which cigarette ends were swimming, and the litter on the floor — all seemed as though purposely jumbled together in one confusion...
“The right lung consists of three parts...” Klotchkov repeated. “Boundaries! Upper part on anterior wall of thorax reaches the fourth or fifth rib, on the lateral surface, the fourth rib... behind to the spina scapulæ...

Chekhov / The Ninny

by Anton Chekhov

Just a few days ago I invited Yulia Vasilyevna, the governess of my children, to come to mystudy. I wanted to settle my account with her.
“ Sit down, Yulia Vasilyevna,” I said to her. “ Let’s get our accounts settled. I’m sure youneed some money, but you keep standing on ceremony and never ask for it. Let me see. We agreed to give you thirty rubles a month, didn’t we?”؟
“No, thirty. I made a note of it. I always pay the governess thirty. Now, let me see. You have been with us for two months?”
“Two months and five days”.
“Two months exactly. I made a note of it. So you have sixty rubles coming to you. Subtract nine Sundays. You know you don’t tutor Kolya on Sundays, you just go out for a walk. And then the three holidays”...
Yulia Vasilyevna blushed and picked at the trimmings of her dress, but said not a word.
“Three holidays. So we take off twelve rubles. Kolya was sick for four days – those days you didn’t look after him. You looked after Vanya, only Vanya.
Then there were the three days you had toothache, when my wife gave you permission to stay away from the children after dinner. Twelve and seven makes nineteen. Subtract... That leaves... hm... forty-one rubles. Correct?”
Yulia Vasilyevna’s left eye reddened and filled with tears. Her chin trembled. She began to cough nervously, blew her nose, and said nothing.
“Then around New Year’s Day you broke a cup and a saucer. Subtract two rubles. The cup cost more than that – it was an heirloom, but we won’t bother about that. We’re the ones who pay. Another matter. Due to your carelessness Kolya climbed a tree and tore his coat. Subtract ten. Also, due to your carelessness, the chambermaid ran off with Vanya’s boots. You ought to have kept your eyes open. You get a good salary. So we dock off five more... On the tenth of January you took ten rubles from me”.
“I didn’t,” Yulia Vasilyevna whispered.
“But I made a note of it”.
“Well, yes – perhaps”...
“From forty-one we take twenty-seven. That leaves fourteen”.
Her eyes filled with tears, and her thin, pretty little nose was shining with perspiration. Poor little child!
“I only took money once,” she said in a trembling voice. “I took three rubles from your wife... never anything more”.
“Did you now? You see, I never made a note of it. Take three from fourteen. That leaves eleven. Here’s your money, my dear. Three, three, three... one and one. Take it, my dear”.
I gave her the eleven rubles. With trembling fingers she took them and slipped them into her pocket.
“Merci,” she whispered.
I jumped up, and began pacing up and down the room. I was in a furious temper.
“Why did you say ‘merci?” I asked.
“For the money”.
“Don’t you realize I’ve been cheating you? I steal your money, and all you can say is‘merci”!’
“In my other places they gave me nothing”.
“ They gave you nothing! Well, no wonder! I was playing a trick on you – a dirty trick... I’ll give you your eighty rubles, they are all here in an envelope made out for you. Is it possible for anyone to be such a nitwit? Why didn’t you protest? Why did you keep your mouth shut? It is possible that there is anyone in this world who is so spineless? Why are you such a ninny”?
She gave me a bitter little smile. On her face I read the words: “Yes, it is possible”.
I apologized for having played this cruel trick on her, and to her great surprise gave her the eighty rubles. And then she said “merci” again several times, always timidly, and went out. I gazed after her, thinking how very easy it is in this world to be strong.


Chekhov / A Tripping Tongue

A Tripping Tongue
by Anton Chekhov

NATALYA MIHALOVNA, a young married lady who had arrived in the morning from Yalta, was having her dinner, and in a never-ceasing flow of babble was telling her husband of all the charms of the Crimea. Her husband, delighted, gazed tenderly at her enthusiastic face, listened, and from time to time put in a question.
"But they say living is dreadfully expensive there?" he asked, among other things.
"Well, what shall I say? To my thinking this talk of its being so expensive is exaggerated, hubby. The devil is not as black as he is painted. Yulia Petrovna and I, for instance, had very decent and comfortable rooms for twenty roubles a day. Everything depends on knowing how to do things, my dear. Of course if you want to go up into the mountains . . . to Aie-Petri for instance . . . if you take a horse, a guide, then of course it does come to something. It's awful what it comes to! But, Vassitchka, the mountains there! Imagine high, high mountains, a thousand times higher than the church. . . . At the top--mist, mist, mist. . . . At the bottom --enormous stones, stones, stones. . . . And pines. . . . Ah, I can't bear to think of it!"

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Chekhov / Oh The Public

Oh! The Public
By Anton Chekhov


“HERE goes, I’ve done with drinking! Nothing . . . n-o-thing shall tempt me to it. It’s time to take myself in hand; I must buck up and work . . . You’re glad to get your salary, so you must do your work honestly, heartily, conscientiously, regardless of sleep and comfort. Chuck taking it easy. You’ve got into the way of taking a salary for nothing, my boy — that’s not the right thing . . . not the right thing at all. . . . ”
After administering to himself several such lectures Podtyagin, the head ticket collector, begins to feel an irresistible impulse to get to work. It is past one o’clock at night, but in spite of that he wakes the ticket collectors and with them goes up and down the railway carriages, inspecting the tickets.
“T-t-t-ickets . . . P-p-p-please!” he keeps shouting, briskly snapping the clippers.

Chekhov / In the Dark

by Anton Chekhov

A FLY of medium size made its way into the nose of the assistant procurator, Gagin. It may have been impelled by curiosity, or have got there through frivolity or accident in the dark; anyway, the nose resented the presence of a foreign body and gave the signal for a sneeze. Gagin sneezed, sneezed impressively and so shrilly and loudly that the bed shook and the springs creaked. Gagin's wife, Marya Mihalovna, a full, plump, fair woman, started, too, and woke up. She gazed into the darkness, sighed, and turned over on the other side. Five minutes afterwards she turned over again and shut her eyes more firmly but she could not get to sleep again. After sighing and tossing from side to side for a time, she got up, crept over her husband, and putting on her slippers, went to the window.

Chekhov / A Work of Art

A work of art
By Anton Chekhov
Translated by Constance Garnett

SASHA SMIRNOV, the only son of his mother, holding under his arm, something wrapped up in No. 223 of the Financial News, assumed a sentimental expression, and went into Dr. Koshelkov’s consulting-room.
“Ah, dear lad!” was how the doctor greeted him. “Well! how are we feeling? What good news have you for me?”
Sasha blinked, laid his hand on his heart and said in an agitated voice: “Mamma sends her greetings to you, Ivan Nikolaevitch, and told me to thank you. . . . I am the only son of my mother and you have saved my life . . . you have brought me through a dangerous illness and . . . we do not know how to thank you.”

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Chekhov / A Joke

Illustration by Ernesto Bertani

by Anton Chekhov

IT was a bright winter midday. . . . There was a sharp snapping frost and the curls on Nadenka's temples and the down on her upper lip were covered with silvery frost. She was holding my arm and we were standing on a high hill. From where we stood to the ground below there stretched a smooth sloping descent in which the sun was reflected as in a looking-glass. Beside us was a little sledge lined with bright red cloth.
"Let us go down, Nadyezhda Petrovna!" I besought her. "Only once! I assure you we shall be all right and not hurt."
But Nadenka was afraid. The slope from her little goloshes to the bottom of the ice hill seemed to her a terrible, immensely deep abyss. Her spirit failed her, and she held her breath as she looked down, when I merely suggested her getting into the sledge, but what would it be if she were to risk flying into the abyss! She would die, she would go out of her mind.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Chekhov / The Beauties

The Beauties
By Anton Chekhov

I REMEMBER, when I was a high school boy in the fifth or sixth class, I was driving with my grandfather from the village of Bolshoe Kryepkoe in the Don region to Rostov-on-the-Don. It was a sultry, languidly dreary day of August. Our eyes were glued together, and our mouths were parched from the heat and the dry burning wind which drove clouds of dust to meet us; one did not want to look or speak or think, and when our drowsy driver, a Little Russian called Karpo, swung his whip at the horses and lashed me on my cap, I did not protest or utter a sound, but only, rousing myself from half-slumber, gazed mildly and dejectedly into the distance to see whether there was a village visible through the dust. We stopped to feed the horses in a big Armenian village at a rich Armenian’s whom my grandfather knew. Never in my life have I seen a greater caricature than that Armenian. Imagine a little shaven head with thick overhanging eyebrows, a beak of a nose, long gray mustaches, and a wide mouth with a long cherry-wood chibouk sticking out of it. This little head was clumsily attached to a lean hunch-back carcass attired in a fantastic garb, a short red jacket, and full bright blue trousers. This figure walked straddling its legs and shuffling with its slippers, spoke without taking the chibouk out of its mouth, and behaved with truly Armenian dignity, not smiling, but staring with wide-open eyes and trying to take as little notice as possible of its guests.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Chekhov / Neighbours


by Anton Chekhov

PYOTR MIHALITCH IVASHIN was very much out of humour: his sister, a young girl, had gone away to live with Vlassitch, a married man. To shake off the despondency and depression which pursued him at home and in the fields, he called to his aid his sense of justice, his genuine and noble ideas — he had always defended free-love! — but this was of no avail, and he always came back to the same conclusion as their foolish old nurse, that his sister had acted wrongly and that Vlassitch had abducted his sister. And that was distressing.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Women we love / Guinevere van Seenus

Guinevere van Seenus
by  Thomas Schenk

Guinevere van Seenus


Guinevere van Seenus
by Txema Yuste

Guinevere van Seenus
by  Thomas Schenk

Guinevere Van Seenus
by Mert & Marcus_2004

Scarlett Johansson amazed by Avengers / Age of Ultron script

Scarlett Johansson amazed by Avengers: Age of Ultron script

  • Scarlett Johansson plays Black Widow in the Marvel movies
  • She will reprise the role for Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Scarlett says the script for the movie is amazing

With the upcoming Marvel movie sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron planned for release next year, there has been a lot of talk about the new characters we will see in the movie, which has been getting fans very excited for the release of the film. However, we should not forget the returning characters who made the first Avengers movie such a huge success, and the stars that play them.

Actress Scarlett Johansson plays the role of Black Widow in the Marvel movies and she will once again reprise her role for Avengers: Age of Ultron. The stars of the movie have already read the script for Avengers: Age of Ultron and theyhave been praising Joss Whedon for his work on it. Chris Hemsworth recently revealed how impressed he was with the script and now Scarlett has shared her views on it.

Johansson told Collider, "I was just amazed—Joss is something else, he really is. He locks himself away for God knows how long; I think he has the dark circles to prove it. [He] just came out with something totally solid. I was really impressed by his ability to make this ever-expanding Marvel universe feel very close-knit and cerebral and progressive. I mean this movie feels like the continuation ofThe Avengers, it doesn’t feel like a tag-on or the rehashed version or just ‘let’s throw a bunch of new characters in there and keep the thing alive.’ It really feels like the next step."

The Avengers sequel is on the way
As well as seeing the return of Scarlett Johansson and Chris Hemsworth, we will also see the return of Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner, to name just a few. Avengers: Age of Ultron will open on May 1, 2015 in both the US and the UK.

Charlize Theron spotted out on dinner date with Seth MacFarlane

Charlize Theron spotted out on dinner date with Seth MacFarlane

  • Seth MacFarlane and Charlize Theron were spotted at dinner
  • The duo were rumored to be dating a couple of weeks ago
  • Charlize's rep denied the rumors, saying it was just a professional collaboration

Seth MacFarlane and Charlize Theron were rumored to be dating a couple of weeks ago, when they were said to be 'flirting' right after the Oscars. However, the rumors ended up being shot down by Charlize's rep, who maintained that it was just a professional collaboration between the two.

However, Charlize and Seth were spotted out on a sushi date in WestHollywood on Monday night. The reports were that Charlize and Seth were 'giggling' and 'flirting' over dinner, but there aren't multiple reports to confirm that. For all we know, it could just as easily have been a business dinner as the two are set to start working on together on 'A Million Ways To Die West'. 

Obviously, it's clear that Charlize and Seth get along, but the question is whether they're just good friends or if there's something more developing. InHollywood, even the most casual dates get lumped into the flirting/datingcategory, and while it definitely seems like there's something going on, we'll have to wait for a couple more sightings to be able to tell further.
Seth MacFarlane is best known for Family Guy
In addition to 'A Million Ways To Die West', Charlize is set to work on Dark Places, Murder Mystery, and Two Eyes Starring, and will next be seen in 'Mad Max: Fury Road'. Seth, on the other hand, has Family Guy as well as the sequel to Ted to write and prep for. 

Alexis Dziena is back on Hollywood scene with her 2014 movies

Alexis Dziena is back on Hollywood scene with her 2014 movies

  • American actress who made acting debut in TNT's "Witchblade"
  • First major role was in Lifetime's "She's Too Young" movie
  • Recognized for her appearances on HBO hit series "Entourage"

Alexis Dziena looks as if she is on the comeback trail and she is making it happen in a very impressive manner. She has completed two movies that will be released in 2014, "Sister" and "Without Ward" and in each movie she plays a feature role. 

Alexis Dziena is known to Hollywood insiders as a very talented actress whopossess the grit and emotional range to convey a character that the movie audience can relate to. Alexis Dziena has displayed her unique acting talent since the early part of her acting career in films such as "Sex and Breakfast" and "She's Too Young". In each of these film projects she was the feature actress.

In April 2014 Alexis Dziena will play the role of Ashley Presser in the dramatic movie "Sisters" and later that year she will be seen in the movie "Without Ward" in which she will appear alongside star actors Harold Perrineau and Martin Landau. The fact that she was able to secure such prominent roles in these two films attracted the attention of several entertainment insiders because prior to these films her last role was in the independent film "Wrong" in 2012 and prior to that she appeared in the movie "When in Rome" in 2010. Thus it is not a stretch to think that the producers and directors of Hollywoodhave looked at her work and likely her auditions for her upcoming two movies and recognized that while she may not have acted extensively over the past four years the one thing that cannot be disputed is that she possesses an emotional dramatic range that few actresses posses.

Alexis Dziena on the red carpet
Alexis Dziena's acting career is on the rise and with her dramatic acting range, her success in the 2014 movies will be a pleasant sight but it will not be a surprise to the producers and directors who have had the opportunity to work with her earlier in her career. Alexis Dziena is on the verge of becoming an actress who is known throughout the film industry for her acting talent and willingness to persevere with her acting despite not working much over a four year span. Well done Alexis Dziena.