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Photography || JAMES DEAN: THE ACCIDENTAL ICON ©

ACTORS ’50s

So much has been written about James Dean, and his influence looms so large over movies and over popular cultural in general, that it’s always jarring to be reminded that at the time of his death, at the preposterously young age of 24, he had starred in only three films — one of which hadn’t even been released when he died in a car crash on September 30, 1955.

James Dean, New York City, 1955.

James Dean, New York City, 1955.

And yet, as iconic an actor and star as Dean has become, much of the public’s view of the brooding young man from Indiana was, in fact, formed not by his utterly singular onscreen presence in GiantEast of Eden or even Rebel Without a Cause, but by a series of remarkable pictures made in early ’55 by the great photographer Dennis Stock.

James Dean in his apartment on West 68th Street, New York City, 1955.

James Dean in his apartment on West 68th Street, New York City, 1955.

In his wonderful 2005 book James Dean: Fifty Years Ago, Stock writes of trying to get the rapidly rising actor, whom he barely knew, to agree to let the photographer chronicle Dean’s return to both New York and Indiana from his new home in Los Angeles.

James Dean in his apartment on West 68th Street, New York City, 1955.

James Dean in his apartment on West 68th Street, New York City, 1955.

“The story, as I explained it [to Jimmy],” Stock wrote, “was to reveal the environments that affected and shaped the unique character of James Byron Dean. We felt a trip to his hometown, Fairmount, Indiana, and to New York, the place of his professional beginnings, would best reveal those influences…. I would solicit an assignment guarantee to cover expenses. The obvious magazine to approach was LIFE…. It took only a week for LIFE to approve the assignment.”

James Dean, New York City, 1955.

James Dean, New York City, 1955.

The photographs that Stock produced during his time with Dean captured an introspective, intensely self-analyzing (and occasionally self-absorbed) artist — albeit one who could, at times, also be self-deprecating almost to the point of parody.

James Dean attending dance classes given by Katherine Dunham, New York City, 1955.

James Dean attending dance classes given by Katherine Dunham, New York City, 1955.

LIFE, meanwhile, ran a number of the pictures in its March 7, 1955, issue, under the headline, “Moody New Star.” East of Eden was about to open. Rebel had already made Dean a household name. Less than six months later, the phenomenally talented, category-defying actor would be dead — and would pass into legend.

James Dean with the great Geraldine Page in her dressing room, New York City, 1955.

James Dean with the great Geraldine Page in her dressing room, New York City, 1955.

Here, LIFE.com remembers the too-short life and brilliant, violently truncated career of a true Hollywood original, as seen through the lens of a brilliant photographer, and asks: What would it have felt like?

James Dean with a friend at Jerry's Bar, in front of the Ziegfeld Theater on 54th Street, New York City, 1955.

James Dean with a friend at Jerry’s Bar, in front of the Ziegfeld Theater on 54th Street, New York City, 1955.

What would it have felt like to receive one’s weekly issue of LIFE magazine in the mail in, say, a small town in New Mexico, or New Hampshire — or in Boston or Chicago or Miami, for that matter — what would it have felt like to open it up, and encounter in its pages that startling shot of a haunted-looking Dean, cigarette in his mouth, stalking through Times Square in the rain? There’s a kind of desolate romance in that picture — a bracing, bleak solitude that evokes the story of every young, driven, sensitive, creative person who has ever moved to a city to pursue a dream.

James Dean poses in a casket in a funeral parlor in Fairmount, Indiana, in 1955, seven months before he died.

James Dean poses in a casket in a funeral parlor in Fairmount, Indiana, in 1955, seven months before he died.

What did it feel like to see that picture, for the very first time, long before the man in the raincoat with the inscrutable, lopsided grin had become something far larger than a mere movie star?

James Dean in the Fairmount, Indiana, cemetery in 1955, where he found the grave of one of his ancestors with the same same name of the character, Cal, he played in East of Eden.

James Dean in the Fairmount, Indiana, cemetery in 1955, where he found the grave of one of his ancestors with the same same name of the character, Cal, he played in East of Eden.

It’s difficult — in fact, it’s close to impossible — to address any photographs of note that have been around for decades and see them, really see them, as if looking at them for the first time. But if we’re able to suspend for even a brief moment all we’ve come to know of James Dean, or all we think we know of James Dean, then these pictures offer more than just a diversion, or a reminder of what was lost when Dean was killed in that car wreck six decades ago. They offer us a chance to experience the jolt that must have raced through countless readers in the late winter of 1955, as they gazed at Stock’s portraits of this strange, beautiful, thrilling young star, all the while knowing, knowing, that he would be with them, starring in movies, for years and years to come.

James Dean, with his cousin Markie (on the right), who lived on a nearby farm in Fairmount, Indiana 1955.

James Dean, with his cousin Markie (on the right), who lived on a nearby farm in Fairmount, Indiana 1955.

 Source http://life.time.com
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Rihanna @ “Battleship” American Premiere

“Battleship” American Premiere

Rihanna attends as Universal Pictures presents the American Premiere of “Battleship” at the Nokia Theater L.A. Live in Los Angeles, CA on Thursday, May 10, 2012 (Michael Underwood/ABImages) AP

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Exclusive: Hugh Hefner Names Jaclyn Swedberg Playboy’s 2012 Playmate of the Year!

Hugh Hefner names Jaclyn Swedberg Playboy's 2012 Playmate of the Year at private event held at the Playboy Mansion on Thursday afternoon May 10th. Credit: Elayne Lodge

Hugh Hefner names Jaclyn Swedberg Playboy’s 2012 Playmate of the Year at private event held at the Playboy Mansion on Thursday afternoon May 10th.
Credit: Elayne Lodge

Following in the footsteps of 2011’s Claire Sinclair and 2010’s Hope Dworaczyk, 21-year-old Jaclyn Swedberg was named Playboy‘s 2012 Playmate of the Year Thursday, Us Weekly can exclusively confirm.Playboy founder and editor-in-chief Hugh Hefner, 86, and his son,Cooper, 20, were on hand to present Swedberg with the honor at the Playboy Mansion in the Holmby Hills area of L.A.

“Jaclyn was overcome with emotion and gratitude when giving her speech in front of Hef and her family,” a Playboy rep tells Us. “All in all, it was fantastic afternoon with family, friends, Playmates and past Playmates of the Year all in attendance.”

PHOTOS: Stars who’ve posed in Playboy

California native Swedberg, who graduated from Chino Hills High School in 2008, was named the magazine’s Miss April in 2011. “I think Jaclyn encompasses the true ‘girl next door’ persona and she’ll do great representing the brand,” Cooper tells Us. “She exemplifies what we’ll be looking for, for the next 60 years.”

Jaclyn Swedberg Credit: Elayne Lodge

Jaclyn Swedberg
Credit: Elayne Lodge

After years of announcing the Playmate of the Year in Las Vegas, “Hef was happy to have it brought back to the Mansion,” the rep tells Us. “Cooper welcomed guests and kicked off the ceremony by introducing his dad with a brief tribute and the fact that Playboy is approaching its 60th anniversary.”

PHOTOS: Hugh Hefner’s former flames

Other famous Playmates of the Year include Jayde Nicole (2008), SaraUnderwood (2007), Tiffany Fallon (2005), Jenny McCarthy (1994) and the late Anna Nicole Smith (1993).

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[usmagazine.com]


Simply sizzling! Kim Kardashian heats up the Mexican beach in an eye-catching orange bikini

She is famous for her curvy figure, and Kim Kardashian ensured she showed it off to the maximum on a recent holiday to Mexico.

The 31-year-old star sported an eye-catching halterneck orange bikini as she hit the beach with older sister Kourtney and her two-year-old nephew Mason. 

But Kim was not content to just spend the day sunbathing – instead trying her hand at bodyboarding in the warm ocean. 

Tangerine dream: Kim Kardashian showed off her curves in an orange bikini  on a Mexican beach last month

Tangerine dream: Kim Kardashian showed off her curves in an orange bikini on a Mexican beach last month

And she certainly seemed to be taking to the sport like a duck to water, laughing as she cruised in to shore on her bright yellow boogie board.

The star also let her hair down for a stroll down the beach, and looked pensive as she shielded her eyes from the sun. 

Kim was clearly enjoying spending time with nephew Mason, carrying the smiling little boy as she splashed around in the water.

Tangerine dream: Kim, sporting wet hair in this show, clearly seemed to enjoy her body boarding experience

Tangerine dream: Kim, sporting wet hair in this show, clearly seemed to enjoy her body boarding experience

At one point, she and Kourtney swung delighted little Mason up and down as they walked down the near-deserted beach, before heading back to their private villa. 

He was dressed in black swimming trunks and a black hat with orange detail which matched his auntie Kim’s swimming costume. 

Mother Kourtney meanwhile, dressed her growing baby bump in a black swimsuit and sheer patterned wrap.

Making a splash: Kim shrieked with delight as she hit the waves in Mexico with her bodyboard

Making a splash: Kim shrieked with delight as she hit the waves in Mexico with her bodyboard

No slip up: Kim's orange two piece luckily stayed firmly in place as she hit the waves

No slip up: Kim’s orange two piece luckily stayed firmly in place as she hit the waves

Riding the waves: Kim looked in good spirits as she tried to master the art of bodyboarding

Riding the waves: Kim looked in good spirits as she tried to master the art of bodyboarding

She kept herself protected from the sun in a straw coloured hat with black ribbon.

The sisters were in Mexico to celebrate Kourtney’s 33rd birthday, but were without Mason’s father Scott. 

However, the sisters were joined by Kim’s friends Robin Antin and Carla DiBello, who also tried their hands at bodyboarding.

Sun, sea and sand: A delighted Kim successfully manages to bodyboard her way into shore

Sun, sea and sand: A delighted Kim successfully manages to bodyboard her way into shore

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[dailymail.co.uk]


Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon Renew Wedding Vows in Paris

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon Pascal Le Segretain/Getty

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon
Pascal Le Segretain/Getty

They do – again!

Almost four years after their surprise wedding in the Bahamas, Nick Cannon got down on one knee before Mariah Carey in a reported vow renewal ceremony Friday night in Paris.

With the Eiffel Tower as a backdrop, Carey is seen in photos beaming in a stunning white mermaid dress with spaghetti straps and a black bow at the waist as Cannon, in a white suit and black tie, locks his eyes with hers.

The couple have much to celebrate beyond their four-year anniversary, which falls on Monday. Along with enjoying nearly 1-year-old twins, Cannon appears to be on the mend from frightening health problems, including kidney disease.

After leaving the hospital in January, Cannon called Carey his “hero” and “the virtuous person who is my angel.” Carey returned the compliment by telling him he was her “incredible husband” who, despite his struggles, was still “all strong and healthy and big.”

PHOTOS: Mariah & Nick: Their 10 Best Photos Ever!

The couple arrived in France by private jet around 1 a.m. Friday. During the day, Carey was spotted shopping at Baby Dior – the couple’s twins turn 1 on Monday – and at the Louis Vuitton flagship store on the Champs-Elysees.

Friday night, after they posed for their wedding renewal photos, the couple were spotted dining Le Jules Verne restaurant on the Eiffel Tower.

[people.com]


Britney Spears’ Fiance Jason Trawick Approved as Co-Conservator

Credit: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.com

Credit: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.com

Britney Spears and Jason Trawick attend Clive Davis And The Recording Academy’s 2012 Pre-GRAMMY Gala And Salute To Industry Icons Honoring Richard Branson at The Beverly Hilton hotel on February 11, 2012.

A Los Angeles judge granted Britney Spears‘ fiance, Jason Trawick, to become a co-conservator over the singer Wednesday.

According to The Associated Press, Trawick will join Spears’ father, Jamie Spears, in helping to manage Britney’s personal affairs, excluding her assets.

PHOTOS: Britney’s body through the years

Superior Court Judge Reve Goetz granted the approval after Spears requested her future husband join her court conservatorship shortly after their engagement in December 2011.

Spears, 30, has been under a court-ordered conservatorship since February 2008. Her father took control of her personal affairs after the Grammy-winning singer was hospitalized twice after suffering a psychological breakdown.

PHOTOS: Brit’s wildest, most shocking moments

Geraldine Wyle, an attorney for Jaime, told reporters following the hearing that her client was “thrilled” to have Trawick as a co-conservator.

Trawick has previously acted as Spears’ agent and did attend the hearing Wednesday.

PHOTOS: Brit’s adorable little boys

[usmagazine.com]


Gallery : Allison Williams

Allison Williams is One of the Girls

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The new HBO series Girls isn’t exactly a show for dudes. It’s being called Sex and the City for twenty-something millennials (primarily of the female persuasion), but there’s enough clever writing and humor to lend it some appeal on both ends of the gender spectrum. There’s also Allison Williams, one of the show’s leading ladies, who makes a convincing case for tuning in.

[mademan.com]


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