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If you ever wondered what Emma Watson would sound like with an American accent, now’s your chance. The first trailer for The Perks of Being a Wallflower (and her first-post Harry Potter leading role) has just been released.
I have high hopes for this film and the trailer looks promising (plus I’m pleasantly surprised to find out Paul Rudd is playing Charlie’s English teacher). What do you think?
The Perks of Being a Wallflower will be released in the US on 14 September. UK and Australian release dates are yet to be announced.
As always, the main focus of The Dernier Cri throughout 2011 was fashion in all its forms. I’ll focus only on what I’ve covered through the blog, but please feel free to share your own favourite looks and moments in the comments.
Best Red Carpet Outfit: I have to say that overall, I was a little disappointed with the red carpet wear this year and I’m hoping the stars get back on their game in time for the looming 2012 awards season. Some of my favourite gowns from 2011 include Mila Kunis’ Louis Vuitton at the SAG Awards, Thandie Newton in printed Monique Lhuillier at the BAFTAs, Jessica Marais in J’Aton at the Logies and Diane Kruger in Jason Wu at the Met Costume Institute Gala. However, this year my best red carpet outfit award is a tie – awarded to Emma Watson for her white Marchesa mini at the MTV awards and Victoria Beckham for her self designed gown topped with Philip Treacy hat for the Royal Wedding.
Best Perfume Campaign: The fashion houses really stepped up their game in the perfume market this year, launching some great campaigns featuring some of Hollywood’s leading ladies. Emma Watson made her debut for Lancome Tresor Midnight Rose, Natalie Portman was chic and sexy for Miss Dior, and Leighton Meester was Lovestruck for Vera Wang. However, I think Keira Knightley’s campaign for Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle was this year’s best effort.
“Lusting for…” round-up: In 2011, I wrote 39 “lusting for…” posts. In line with the current state of the world economy (and the fact that it’s far more difficult and expensive to get goods shipped to Switzerland than it was to Australia), I only purchased three of those items – the Rodna Halter Dress (which I wore to every one of my holiday parties and loved every time), the Milk Bottle Measuring Cups (still available in stores if you’re keen to join me) and the Spin Pin (which I eventually tracked down in Claire’s Accessories).
What are your most memorable outfits, campaigns and purchases from 2011?
**Best wishes for 2012 from The Dernier Cri – we look forward to welcoming you back next year!**
I’m always intrigued by films that tell the hidden stories behind famous faces (such as The King’s Speech) so you can be sure I’m eagerly anticipating the release of My Week With Marilyn.
The film documents the tense interaction between Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) and Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams) during production of The Prince and the Showgirl, as seen through the eyes of Olivier’s employee Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne). On a side note, it’s also our first real chance to see Emma Watson wearing something other than her Hogwarts robes.
My Week With Marilyn hits cinemas in the US on 4 November before opening in the UK on 18 November. It will be released in Australia on 5 January 2012.
This new fragrance from Lancôme is a direct competitor against Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle (with its campaign starring Keira Knightley) and Miss Dior (which features Natalie Portman in its campaign).
According to Catwalk Queen, Ms Watson said “what I love about this story that we put together is that it’s almost fate, like chance, that brings the two of them together… you never know what’s going to be around the corner. That’s what we wanted to get across in the fragrance: that life is magical with little surprises.”
It seems the girl just can’t escape the magic! Check out the film below and then let me know… do you prefer the campaign for Coco Mademoiselle, Miss Dior or Trésor Midnight Rose?
After ten years and eight films retelling the story of seven books, we’ve finally reached the end of the Harry Potter film journey. It feels like just yesterday that I sat down in the Kensington Odeon cinema to watch the first of the films the day after I graduated from high school.
Enough reminiscing, there’s plenty of that in the trailer/featurette below. The real question is… how was the final film? Was it the epic conclusion we’ve been promised for months through the global advertising campaign?
In a word – yes. As a fan of the books, I felt the magic (pardon the pun) was translated well onto the big screen. There were spectacular effects, a satisfying tying together of loose ends and a few good one liners thrown in to ease the tension.
I can’t imagine you would want to see this film if you hadn’t seen the previous seven but really, there’s no point. If you are familiar with the back story, it doesn’t disappoint.
I should also mention that this is the first film of the series I’ve seen in 3D and while I normally prefer Harry to be the only person wearing glasses in cinema, I was very impressed with the effects. One scene towards the end is particularly powerful, though 3D is used subtly to great effect throughout the entire film.
The boy has been teasing me for bursting into tears about half way through and not stopping until the credits, but I cried just as much in the book so I guess that’s a positive for the film, right? The take home message here is don’t forget the tissues!
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two is a powerful and well-executed conclusion to one of the most successful film franchises of all time. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.