Tori Spelling: “Finn’s First Time In A Big Kid Bed”

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Beverly Hills, 90210 alum Tori Spelling shared a shot with just three of her kids – Stella, 6, Hattie, 3, and Finn, 2 – while her oldest, son Liam, 7, spent the night at a friend’s house.

“Liam is at a sleepover and big moment in The McDermott household… Stella, Hattie, & Finn are having a sleepover together! Finn’s 1st time in a big kid bed! Let’s see how the night goes,” she Instagrammed the cute snap.

Last weekend, the Spelling-McDermotts enjoyed a DIY Oscars party at their L.A.-based home.

In a series of photos, the mom-of-four posted some pics of her sweet kids.

The True Tori star, 41, even shared a photo with her “nephew” — The Guncles‘ baby boy Bosley!

“Me and my beautiful nephew Boz during Hattie/Finn/Simone Holiday Show. I love him so much. #FamilyIsWhatYouCreate #myfamily #forever @scoutmasterson @thebillhorn,” she wrote.

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Style Expert Lindsay Albanese Wants to Make A-List Fashion More Relatable

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When it comes to putting together some of the most iconic looks, where would our favorite stars be without their stylists on-hand 24/7? Style expert Lindsay Albanese has been in the business for over 13 years, and has done it all: magazine spreads, last minute fashion runs — even a Britney Spears music video!

We chatted with her about how she broke into the business, and what it’s really like to style celebrities.

How did you get your start in the business?
Lindsay Albanese
: To be quite honest, grassroots. I had no family in the entertainment business, and I started off going to fashion school in 2000 when nobody even knew what a stylist was. I thought I wanted to be a fashion designer, because that’s what I majored in [at FIDM], but I realized I hated it. No one knew how the hell to become a stylist back then. So I just figured it out, resourced, worked for free for many years and bartended on the side. The turning point in my career was when I was about 23 years old I was hired to be a stylist at Entertainment Tonight for their wardrobe department, styling Paula Abdul.

When you’re working as a stylist, what can you expect to do on a daily basis?
As far as being a stylist, the day will change in the middle of the night quite possibly, or the early morning. That’s how quickly celebrity’s schedules change. To be honest, there’s no excuse for not being really quick on your phone and being readily available on your phone, 24/7. That is the life of a celebrity stylist. You always need to be connected, or else your client will quickly leave you if you’re not always available.  There’s always twenty things that you’re doing at once, or delegating at once. You cannot be a one task person, you will quickly dissolve.  All of us [stylists] share that same thread of a multi-tasker, someone who can think on their toes.

Do you have any crazy styling stories?
I’ve sat on the stoop of Bloomingdale’s in Manhattan at 7 AM waiting for them to open the day before Christmas because the seam of an outfit for [Clash of the Choirs] busted the night before and we were shooting a huge finale. I had to find a dress in three hours. So that was horrible, I was crying, sitting on the stoop in the snow. Also you’re scared like, “Please have it,” because it can’t just be a cute little red dress. It has to be a finale dress for a major show for a host.

How do you go about the process of working with the rest of the glam squad when styling?
A complete look needs to be cohesive from hair to toe, I always say. Hair can throw off an outfit completely. It’s hugely important that everyone discuss and be on the same page so we can evoke the same image. In my experience, that’s always been a great experience with the glam squad. No one’s ever just like an asshole like, “I think this.” It’s a fun, creative, collaborative discussion.

So the people surrounding the celebrity need to be really collaborative, no big personalities taking over.
When you get to a certain level, I’d say most people get it. Everyone wants what’s best for their client. Everyone just can’t go on their own. ‘Cause god, what would that be? She has a red lip, a yellow dress and ringlet curls. Who knows!

What are some of the outfits you’ve put on celebrities that you’ve loved?
I put Kathy Griffin in something that she never thought she would ever wear, last year when she hosted The Trevor Project. It was a very couture, short, structured dress, and she had never worn anything like that. And that was just a very cool moment for me, because you get set in your ways. Early on, I was one of the stylists for Britney Spears’ “Toxic” music video. That was just crazy cool. I was 24 years old and I had to put a stain on one of the actors shirts when she spilled on him in the video. When they asked me [to do that] I was like, “Yes!

When it comes to celebrity teams, hairstylist Tokyo Stylez knows how to make magic happen.


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‘Whiplash’ and the Troubling Notion of Success by Any Means Necessary

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-Doc Coyle

In the wake of three wins at the Academy Awards highlighted by J.K. Simmons seemingly inevitable taking of the Best Supporting Actor Oscar, jazz master class meets boot camp themed film, Whiplash, is very fresh in my mind. Like many other viewers, I have to say that I flat-out loved the film, and also like many others, the film affected me in a very personal way. I am a (self taught) career musician, and my father is a piano teacher with a robust jazz background. Although music is the tool that Whiplash wields, music could be a placeholder for any obsessive passion that we seek to perfect. Be it football, ballet, the military, or any environment that’s meant to be tutorial and academic, we’ve all been under the thumb of a superior who we are trusting has our best interest at heart, while holding kernels of wisdom still mysterious to us. That power imbalance is something we’ve all felt, and is the reason why Whiplash touched a nerve with so many.

Last week, a moment struck me as troubling in regards to Whiplash. I was discussing the film with my roommate’s friend (Let’s call him “Barry”), and his takeaway was that Whiplash had inspired him to work harder, and that he should push himself more to succeed and be great. I was flummoxed. Did he see the same film I saw? (Spoiler Alert) I saw the film’s protagonist, Andrew Neiman, (played by Miles Teller) almost die foolishly in a car wreck trying to make it to a performance. Conductor, Terence Fletcher (played by Simmons), was held responsible for an ex-student’s suicide. Neiman only succeeds in the film’s finale in spite of Fletcher’s plot to ambush him. I did not see a tough love allegory hidden beneath the muck. I saw a bad guy, who probably had good intentions at some point, but whose methodology had gone off the rails by way of physical, emotional, and mental abuse. What was I missing?

Barry’s takeway is essentially the “Wall Street Effect.” This phenomena is what occurred when Oliver Stone made the 1987 film, Wall Street, about the greed and recklessness of the financial industry. Gordon Gecko (Michael Douglas) is supposed to be the bad guy in the film, but every Alex P. Keaton wannabe jackoff in a sweater vest took Gecko’s infamous “Greed is good” speech as a rallying cry to get into finance.

After some thought, it wasn’t difficult to put myself in Barry’s shoes and see where he were coming from. This is America after all; home of modern capitalism and the mythos of the fierce individual and self-made man. “Success” may mean different things to different people, but it is a measurable commodity in America. Our value system dictates that we measure greatness in wealth accrued. I too, am not immune to these values. I have curiously examined the entrepreneurial spirit of great men like Jay Z and Steve Jobs, in the aims of following their path and crack the code to great success.

It’s probably obvious that hard work and dedication is at the root of success, but Americans seem to be infatuated with the idea of hard work. We love telling people how hard we are working in real life and on social media. Hashtags like #RiseAndGrind and #NoDaysOff are prominent in conjunction with posting endless gym selfies indicating your peerless self-discipline and motivational quotes from Pinterest with a snazzy font in the foreground of a stoic landscape that indicates that’s you do lots of hiking in the midst of deep thought.

Ambition is America’s most prized value, but at what point does the equation become murky? What is the price of ambition? What would you be willing to give up for success? Your loved ones, your health, your morality?

The coaching style of breaking people’s spirits through abusive tactics are most effective and commonly used in getting people to take orders and comply as a group in 2 arenas: sports and the military.

It’s difficult not to draw a comparison to Whiplash and the first (and better) half of the film, Full Metal Jacket, which iconically depicts an overbearing and abusive Drill Sergeant Hartman (R. Lee Ermey), who takes it too far and pushes the overwhelmed Private “Pile” (Vincent D’Onofrio) to suicide and murder. To what degree the rigorousness of military training should be is not my area of expertise, but a key point to take away from the film is that we all have different thresholds to which we can withstand. When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Human development should be customizable to fit each person’s abilities and personalities.

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Anthony Mason, Former New York Knick Star, Dies at 48

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Anthony Mason, a longtime NBA player and fan favorite on the New York Knicks, has passed away at the age of 48. After being diagnosed with congestive heart failure earlier this month, the 13-year NBA veteran suffered a massive heart attack Saturday morning.

Mason, who is commonly known for his five year stint in New York where he helped the Knick’s win the Eastern Conference Championship and reach the 1994 NBA Finals, was still in recovery of a previous heart attack he endured weeks ago. Sources close to Anthony, stated that his condition was starting to improve. Then earlier today, a Knicks spokesperson confirmed to ESPN the terrible news. He will surely be missed. Our condolences go out to Mason’s family and loved ones.

R.I.P. Anthony Mason.

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