Dreamland – Everybody has a dream. Right?

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Dreamland marks the directorial debut of Robert Schwartzman, the indie film which he also wrote and scored. The film centers on Monty, a struggling musician who teaches piano lessons and dreams of opening his own piano bar. Beautifully shot in Los Angeles, the film has a dream like quality at times that plays on the balance between fantasy and reality. As the film goes on, it explores Monty’s relationships with his girlfriend Lizzie, and Olivia a glamours older women with whom he starts an affair.

Johnny Simmons stars as Monty, and plays him with sincerity and vulnerability, as his character reaches a cross roads in his life. Toward the end of the film, Monty receives a piece of advice that seems to relate to where he is in his life. The line struck a chord, “It’s all about choices dude, what notes you play, how you play, when you play them…”. The cast also stars Amy Landecker as Olivia, and is rounded out by Robert’s brother Jason, and his mother Talia Shire.

Dreamland originally premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival in New York, and received many positive critical reviews. I was lucky enough to score a ticket to one of those screenings last April. The brilliant Eighties inspired soundtrack  will  stay with you long after the credits roll, and it certainly has stayed with me all these months.

Make sure to get lost in Dreamland, which opens in select theaters, on demand, and iTunes today November 11th 2016. The dreamy soundtrack can be downloaded now too!

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Director Robert Schwartzman discusses his new film at AOL Build 11/7/2016 in NYC.

 

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The Oscars: Chic Couples

Hollywood’s major award season may have come and gone, but the dazzling looks of this past season are still being buzzed about. Several couples showed us their chic coordinating ensembles at The Oscars earlier this month. This time around we review three smartly dressed pairs with plenty of star power.

1. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie always know how to make an entrance and attract a lot of attention, and The Oscars red carpet was no different. Brad wore a smart classic Tom Ford look and Angelina shimmered in a glittering full length Elie Saab Haute Couture gown. The international super couple dazzled the crowd as always.

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2. Christian Bale and Sibi Blazic arrived on The Oscar red carpet looking very chic and sophisticated in head to toe black Dolce & Gabbana looks. The Academy Award winning actor, who was also nominated for this year’s American Hustle, and his stunning wife looked perfectly coordinated and complemented each other nicely.

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3. Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell shined brightly on The Oscars red carpet this year. The delightful pair wore John Varvatos, on him, and Roberto Cavalli, for her. The Veronica Mars actress and her comedic actor husband looked lovely in their polished well tailored ensembles.

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The Oscars: Red Carpet Best Dressed

               Sunday March 2nd was Hollywood’s biggest night, also known as The Oscars. Considered one of the film industry’s most prestigious ceremony’s, The Academy Awards are also one of the most anticipated red carpet events of the season. The stars certainly brought the glamour factor on the last big award show of the season. While top honors were awarded to some of the film industry’s best, there were also some clear-cut winning looks as well. Below are my top five fashion picks from this starry night:

1. Sandra Bullock: Sandra arrived on Sunday’s red carpet looking absolutely stunning in a midnight blue Alexander McQueen gown. The perfect draping of the gown accented the Gravity star’s luminous features.

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2. Kate Hudson: Kate shined on Oscar night in a white-hot Atelier Versace creation. She looked sensational in this standout look of the night with a deep v and cape, and even outshined some of the nominees themselves.

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3. Lupita Nyong’o: One of the big winners of the night was also on virtually every best dressed list as well! The Oscar-winning actress looked ever so lovely in a sky blue Prada gown.

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4. Jennifer Garner: Jen sparkled and shimmered in this fabulous Oscar de la Renta number. The flapper inspired dress looked like it would have fit perfectly in Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptation of The Great Gatsby. The beautiful movement of this dress must make it look amazing on the dance floor too!

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5. Jenna Dewan-Tatum: The beautifully crafted neutral toned Reem Acra cream confection really brought out the actress’s dramatic features. The exquisite design and meticulous details are certainly a nod to Old Hollywood Era glamor.

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SAG Awards: Top 3 Best Dressed

Awards season is currently in full swing with many dazzling looks gracing red carpets. Just last weekend the 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards took place on Saturday January 18th. Actors were honored for outstanding performances in film and television. Here are my top three winning looks from the red carpet.

1. Amy Adams wore a stunning royal blue Antonio Berardi dress and killer heels. The American Hustle actress appeared every bit the movie star she is in this impeccable “Old Hollywood Glamour” look!

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2. Camila Alves in a gorgeous golden yellow vintage Donna Karen Atelier gown looked like a modern day bombshell. The rest of her look was minimal which enhanced the easy effortless feeling of the look.

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3. Katrina Bowden wore a slick black Badgley Mischka number with gold accents. The play on textures between the black and gold added to the sophistication of the ensemble.

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Intriguing Film and Theatre at Lincoln Center

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Lincoln Center has long been considered one of New York’s cultural centers with many fascinating performances. This season is no different, showcasing Academy and Tony Award Nominated actor Ethan Hawke in the title role of Macbeth. Shakespeare’s classic Scottish play comes alive with a stellar cast on the stage of the Vivian Beaumont Theater.

This week also finds the Lincoln Center Film Society screening all three films in director Richard Linklater’s Before series. The series stars Ethan Hawke as Jesse and Julie Delpy as Celine. In Before Sunrise Jesse and Celine meet by chance on a train through Europe. After getting off in Vienna, they spend the night exploring the city and find themselves falling in love.

Fast forward nine years to Before Sunset. In Paris the pair meets again, just as Jesse is finishing a book tour based on their chance meeting years earlier. Finally, Before Midnight shows Celine and Jesse another nine years later, now a couple at the end of their Greek vacation. All there films have a very interesting look at time and relationships. While still maintaining a hopeful sense of romantic love, the smart dialogue and intelligent complex characters feel very real. The gorgeous European locations provide the perfect backdrop for their story to unfold. Celine and Jesse will forever be one of my favorite film couples and the series is one of my absolute favorites.

Catch the films and the play while you can, they are not to be missed!

Emmys: Red Carpet Top 5

          The 2013 Primetime Emmys took place in Los Angeles Sunday September 22nd, honoring television’s best and brightest stars. Along with all that comes a parade of gorgeous red carpet looks, as well as some misses. This year’s show had many stand out styles, which made it particularly difficult to narrow down my favorites. Below are my final selections for my Emmys Top 5 fashion favorites:

1. Kaley Cuoco: Kaley wore Vera Wang and looked absolutely stunning! Her look for the Emmys combined contemporary styling and “Old Hollywood Glamour”.  I especially LOVED the lace and Bordeaux red color of the gown.

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2. Sofia Vergara: Sofia arrived at the Emmys in another spectacular Vera Wang dress. She looked both classy and sexy, in this standout impeccably constructed red number.

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3. Julie Bowen: The lovely “Modern Family” actress wore a beautiful pale pink style by Zac Posen. Julie looked simply exquisite in this detailed beautifully crafted gown. JulieBowen-ZacPosen-JasonMerritt-Getty Images

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4. Tina Fey: Funny lady Tina Fey wore an elegant Narciso Rodriguez dress. This true blue gown was super flattering on her, and may be one of her best looks yet!

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5. Giuliana Rancic: One of the hosts of the E! Red Carpet coverage sparkled in this  Mikael D mermaid silhouette dress. The icy blue style with just the right amount of sequins looked perfectly chic.

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Rachel Bilson at Macy’s

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Actress Rachel Bilson, possibly best known for her role as Summer Roberts on The O.C. and currently starring in The C.W.’s Hart of Dixie, recently launched a home collection named Edie Rose. This past Tuesday I had a chance to met the star, while she was hosting a promotional event at New York’s famous Macy’s Herald Square. Rachel who is also well known for her fashion sense, brings both playful and whimsical elements to her collection of dishwear, designed exclusively for Macy’s. These adorably lovely pieces also make great gifts, and with Mother’s Day right around the corner, I think I may have spotted a few things that my Mom would love!

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