Gilroy, California – Organizers of the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival revealed today that of the three lead actors of the “Twilight” film series invited to grace the event, only Taylor Lautner will be making an appearance. The other two actors, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, have declined the invitation.
The Gilroy Garlic Festival is the world’s largest such event participated in by hundreds of food vendors with booths featuring the best garlic recipes. This year’s festival is scheduled for July 26-28. Gilroy, a city located 78 miles south of San Francisco, is one of the largest, if not the largest garlic producer in the U.S. The festival is designed to showcase the city’s booming garlic industry.
Festival organizers said that Stewart and Pattinson apologized for declining the invitation, citing garlic as the reason for their inability to attend. Both actors said that since they started acting in the “Twilight” series, they have developed a phobia for garlic. “We just can’t imagine being in an environment full of garlic,” the pair said. It is common knowledge in many cultures that garlic is used to drive away vampires. Stewart and Pattinson play vampires in the film series. Organizers said that Taylor Lautner, who plays a werewolf in the films, was gracious enough to accept the personal appearance invitation, despite the non-appearance of his co-stars.
Hollywood, California – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that the 2014 Oscar Awards Night has been moved to a new venue. And it is not in Hollywood, but in the Philippines. In an email alert to members of the Hollywood Press Association, the Academy said that because of the importance of the red carpet ceremonies which precede the handing out of the Oscar statuettes to the best of the best in the film industry, it needed to find a venue that can host the all-important “who are you wearing?” pre-festivities. And host it well. The Academy also wanted an international group of fashion police since it’s tired of the aging Joan Rivers and the “E!” anchors and reporters.
Members of the Academy board made the decision after viewing the State of the Nation Address (SONA) by Philippine President Noynoy Aquino at the Batasang Pambansa (National Assembly building) last Monday. The almost two-hour speech (the equivalent of the U.S. State of the Union Address), was preceded by the usual fashion parade of politicians, their spouses and other invited celebrities and guests. This year’s SONA red carpet was extremely sensational as attendees donned the best creations of the country’s top designers, jewelers and shoemakers. Designs ranged from flowing ternos (the national dress) and hand-painted barong tagalogs (the national male formal attire) to rainbow-colored, ethnic-inspired gowns and floor-length dangling earrings.
The morning after front page coverage of all the major dailies highlighted the fashion extravaganza while relegating the text of Aquino’s speech to their B-2 sections.
“The Philippines sure knows how to stage an elaborate red carpet,” the Academy noted, adding that the change in venue from Hollywood to Quezon City, will ensure a billion or more worldwide viewers of the televised Oscar ceremonies.
Update: Facing the threat of a potential lawsuit, FOX just announced it was changing the name of the show to “Face It,” because a similar reality show on the Oxygen Network already has that title. The Oxygen show, produced by model Naomi Campbell, is a modeling competition where contestants compete to be “the face” of a national brand.
New York — Jealous of NBC’s highly successful reality TV show, “The Voice,” FOX network today announced the launch of a new reality show called “The Face.”
Based largely on the same concept as “The Voice,” the new FOX series is a beauty competition that starts with “blind auditions.” Celebrity judges will be sitting on chairs facing the audience. Contestants will come on stage and deliver a 30-second speech. Judges will then try to imagine how the contestants look like totally based on their speech and choose or not to choose to press their chair buttons that will turn their chairs around.
Contestants who get a vote or several votes from the judges will then choose which of the judges will coach them on beauty, poise and personality going into the public voting stage of the show. Twelve finalists will be chosen to face public voting and elimination via phone or text.
The celebrity judges are Donald Trump, owner of the Miss Universe Pageant Corporation; Tyra Banks, producer of the TV show, “America’s Top Model;” CNN Anchor Anderson Cooper; and Television host Ellen Degeneres.
Asked what viewers will take away from this reality show, FOX said, “The window to one’s beauty – both external and internal — is the mouth.”