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Sony Pictures Classics Soccer Team Wins LAFEST Industry Tournament

Sony Pictures Classics Soccer Team Wins LAFEST Industry Tournament

The Los Angeles Film and Entertainment Soccer Tournament teamed up with The Mia Hamm Foundation and Grassroots Soccer for its first celebrity soccer charity event.


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The Los Angeles Film and Entertainment Soccer Tournament (LAFEST), in partnership with The Mia Hamm Foundation and Grassroots Soccer, this weekend kicked off its first annual celebrity soccer charity event at the Home Depot Center, with the team from Sony Classics Pictures emerging as the winner of the industry portion of the tournament.

LAFEST co-founders and soccer enthusiasts Dylan Leiner and Jeffrey Saunders hosted the event alongside sports industry power couple Mia Hamm and Nomar Garciaparra and Grassroots Soccer founder Ethan Zohn to raise money for bone marrow and HIV awareness charities. served as media sponsor.

“What we did is sort of bring an entertainment component to it, and we put together an event that was a five-on-five entertainment soccer tournament where we had 40 different teams from the studios, the agencies, production companies, law firms, there was a youth showcase, a youth…tournament, and the whole day caps off with the big Mia and Nomar Challenge,” said Leiner.

The all-day event featured a youth and industry tournament that brought together such companies as William Morris Entertainment, Creative Artist’s Agency, IMDb, BAFTA Los Angeles and reality show celebrities from and .

Each team was guaranteed three games, and those who rose to the occasion moved on to single elimination playoff rounds. In the end, it was Sony Pictures Classics that took home the trophy along with bragging rights.

LAFEST concluded with Hamm and Garciaparra’s 4th Celebrity Soccer Challenge, which included such athletes and celebrities as Alex MorganAbby Wambach, Julie Foudy, Joy Fawcett, Chris HarrisonJimmy Conrad, Jay Fella, Indi Cowie,Lauren Cheney, Cobi Jones, Rebecca Soni, Clark Gregg, Anthony Lapaglia, Ben Lyons, Mike Medavoy, Demian Bichir and Eric Wynalda.

Even Miss USA Nana Meriwether and Miss Universe Olivia Culpa traded in their sashes and tiaras for cleats and shin guards. When asked Culpa about her background in soccer, she jokingly answered: “I’ve never played soccer before. I just so happen to be playing against Miss USA who’s playing on the Mia Hamm Foundation team and she’s an all American volleyball player, so moral of the story is… it will be a fun day.”

Hamm’s team, FC Mia, and Garciaparra’s team, Nomar United, displayed much hustle during the first half of the game, leaving fans at the edge of their seats. With shots deflecting off the goalpost and goalies diving on the rubber tiles for gut-wrenching saves, the teams ended the half tied at 6-6.

During halftime, Hamm and Garciaparra took center stage and reminded everyone about The Mia Hamm Foundation by sharing success stories and reuniting bone marrow donors and their recipients for the first time. “This is the most important part of the day," Hamm said. "So if one of you happens to be called to become a potential donor, say ‘yes.’ Please, say yes. And here today we throw around the word ‘heroes’ all the time but today you have true heroes, both on the giving and receiving end."

U.S. Soccer 2012 Female Athlete of the Year Morgan added: “Today I am here helping Mia Hamm and her foundation out and playing in this charity match, but really what it’s all about is the halftime show and seeing the bone marrow transplant donors and their recipients finding and meeting each other for the first time.”

After half-time, players entered for the final 30 minutes of competitive soccer. In the end, it was FC Mia that took home the trophy with a final score of 12-8.

Zohn concluded: “I think everyone out here today, you’re either a soccer player, or a movie star, or music person. They have recognition and they can use their ‘celebrity’ to go out there and create change in the world. I think that’s what it’s all about. They’re using the sport that they love to give back.”

Sony Pictures Classics Soccer Team Wins LAFEST Industry Tournament

Sony Pictures Classics Soccer Team Wins LAFEST Industry Tournament

The Los Angeles Film and Entertainment Soccer Tournament teamed up with The Mia Hamm Foundation and Grassroots Soccer for its first celebrity soccer charity event.


Mia Hamm Dylan Leiner - H 2012

The Los Angeles Film and Entertainment Soccer Tournament (LAFEST), in partnership with he Mia Hamm Foundation and Grassroots Soccer, this weekend kicked off its first annual celebrity soccer charity event at the Home Depot Center, with the team from Sony Classics Pictures emerging as the winner of the industry portion of the tournament.

LAFEST co-founders and soccer enthusiasts Dylan Leiner and Jeffrey Saunders hosted the event alongside sports industry power couple Mia Hamm and Nomar Garciaparra and Grassroots Soccer founder Ethan Zohn to raise money for bone marrow and HIV awareness charities. served as media sponsor.

“What we did is sort of bring an entertainment component to it, and we put together an event that was a five-on-five entertainment soccer tournament where we had 40 different teams from the studios, the agencies, production companies, law firms, there was a youth showcase, a youth…tournament, and the whole day caps off with the big Mia and Nomar Challenge,” said Leiner.

The all-day event featured a youth and industry tournament that brought together such companies as William Morris Entertainment, Creative Artist’s Agency, IMDb, BAFTA Los Angeles and reality show celebrities from and .

Each team was guaranteed three games, and those who rose to the occasion moved on to single elimination playoff rounds. In the end, it was Sony Pictures Classics that took home the trophy along with bragging rights.

LAFEST concluded with Hamm and Garciaparra’s 4th Celebrity Soccer Challenge, which included such athletes and celebrities as Alex MorganAbby Wambach, Julie Foudy, Joy Fawcett, Chris HarrisonJimmy Conrad, Jay Fella, Indi Cowie,Lauren Cheney, Cobi Jones, Rebecca Soni, Clark Gregg, Anthony Lapaglia, Ben Lyons, Mike Medavoy, Demian Bichir and Eric Wynalda.

Even Miss USA Nana Meriwether and Miss Universe Olivia Culpa traded in their sashes and tiaras for cleats and shin guards. When asked Culpa about her background in soccer, she jokingly answered: “I’ve never played soccer before. I just so happen to be playing against Miss USA who’s playing on the Mia Hamm Foundation team and she’s an all American volleyball player, so moral of the story is… it will be a fun day.”

Hamm’s team, FC Mia, and Garciaparra’s team, Nomar United, displayed much hustle during the first half of the game, leaving fans at the edge of their seats. With shots deflecting off the goalpost and goalies diving on the rubber tiles for gut-wrenching saves, the teams ended the half tied at 6-6.

During halftime, Hamm and Garciaparra took center stage and reminded everyone about The Mia Hamm Foundation by sharing success stories and reuniting bone marrow donors and their recipients for the first time. “This is the most important part of the day," Hamm said. "So if one of you happens to be called to become a potential donor, say ‘yes.’ Please, say yes. And here today we throw around the word ‘heroes’ all the time but today you have true heroes, both on the giving and receiving end."

U.S. Soccer 2012 Female Athlete of the Year Morgan added: “Today I am here helping Mia Hamm and her foundation out and playing in this charity match, but really what it’s all about is the halftime show and seeing the bone marrow transplant donors and their recipients finding and meeting each other for the first time.”

After half-time, players entered for the final 30 minutes of competitive soccer. In the end, it was FC Mia that took home the trophy with a final score of 12-8.

Zohn concluded: “I think everyone out here today, you’re either a soccer player, or a movie star, or music person. They have recognition and they can use their ‘celebrity’ to go out there and create change in the world. I think that’s what it’s all about. They’re using the sport that they love to give back.”

Tilda Swinton Naps in Glass Box for MoMa Installation


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The Oscar winner surprised museum visitors with the unannounced appearance, which will be repeated at unspecified dates.

Tilda Swinton knows how to give an arresting performance – even in her sleep.

The actress surprised guests visiting New York’s Museum of Modern Art Saturday by napping in a glass box as part of an art instillation, Gothamist reports. Crowds gathered to catch a glimpse of the Oscar-winning actress, whose appearance was unannounced. (Photos can be found here.)

"Museum staff doesn’t know she’s coming until the day of, but she’s here today," a museum source said. "She’ll be there the whole day. All that’s in the box is cushions and a water jug."

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Saturday was her first time performing the piece at MoMa. Swinton was located by the ticket collectors, but the location may be changed in the future.

Swinton first performed the piece, called “The Maybe,” in 1995 in London’s Serpentine Gallery. She went on to perform it at the Museo Barracco in Rome.

“An integral part of incarnation at MoMA in 2013 is that there is no published schedule for its appearance, no artist’s statement released, no no museum statement beyond this brief context, no public profile or image issued,” the museum said in a statement. “Those who find it chance upon it for themselves, live and in real—shared—time: now we see it, now we don’t.”

Swinton, who was named the new face of Chanel last month, has been embracing her artistic side as of late. She honored David Bowie in a stirring speech Wednesday at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

‘Book of Mormon’ Sets Broadway, West End Records After London Launch


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The musical, which has gotten mixed reviews, reached single-day ticket sales of more than $3.2 million on Friday.

LONDON – Hit musical “The Book of Mormon” celebrated its opening here at Prince Wales Theatre on Thursday night, and Friday ticket sales set a West End and Broadway record for single-day sales.

on Saturday reported that the day’s box office amounted to 2.11 million pounds ($3.21 million), beating the previous record for the British capital. Sales also exceeded the highest one-day take in Broadway history,  said.

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The gross for the show, written by South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker along with composer Robert Lopez, was higher than the day-after sales for the show’s 2011 Broadway opening, which had brought in $1.5 million.

“It’s an unbelievable result,” the quoted producer Scott Rudin as saying. “To be literally twice what we did the day after opening in New York is just unheard of.”

150,000 additional tickets have been made available in London, said 

However, the Tony Award-winning musical about a pair of missionaries in a remote village in Uganda has drawn mixed reviews in London.

‘s reviewer said he and other audience members found it "hard to warm to the show" and its "foul-mouthed irreverence and outrageousness." Said the paper: "If you find it funny that one of the characters constantly announces: ‘I have maggots in my scrotum,’ this is definitely the ticket for you."

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said people would have a "perfectly pleasant time" watching the London show. However, the idea that the show "is either daringly offensive or a Broadway breakthrough is pure codswallop," it added. "The biggest myth of all is that it’s somehow a landmark American musical."

, meanwhile, called "spirited and refreshing," and described it as a guilty pleasure. "Is the show touristic? Does it merely flirt with blasphemy?" the paper asked. "Oh, you bet. But there is also something very winning about its spirit."

Email: Georg.Szalai@thr.com
Twitter: @georgszalai

Hot New Restaurant — Allumette


Szechuan pork dumpling at Allumette

THR’s pick of the week for industry dining is an ambitious experiment in expensive avant-garde cuisine in still-gentrifying Echo Park.

The Quick Pitch: Like fellow young buzzed-about L.A. chef Craig Thornton (Wolvesmouth), Miles Thompson began his own tasting menu pop-up, the Vagrancy Project, in his apartment. He then moved it a few nights a week to this Echo Park address last year when owners Charles Kelly and Bill DiDonna still ran it as the Allston Yacht Club. The whole space has since been redesigned as his showcase under the Allumette name, with a more traditional menu structure but cooking – always creative, occasionally shaky – just as postmodern and deconstructed as before. Cavatelli is served with uni ragu and poached mushrooms; a carrot salad finds the vegetable roasted, poached, pickled and raw, then set in an ornately fecund scene with radishes, turnips and coriander seeds.

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The Insider’s Dish: OK, so foisting an elaborate, expensive menu on Echo Park, known more for its tacos, may be a bit of a hipster faux pas. But Thompson, an actor when he was younger, star in Miranda July’s beloved 2005 indie film .

The Must-Order Item: A delicate arrangement of Shimaaji sashimi with kiwi slices, blood oranges, sunflower sprouts, Persian cucumbers, black sesame seeds and green tea salt.

The Industry Neighbor: Los Angeles Center Studios, where shoots.

How ‘The Americans’ Costume Designers Turned Russian Spies into Undercover Americans

How ‘The Americans’ Costume Designers Turned Russian Spies into Undercover Americans

Costume Designer Jenny Gering used her mom’s closet as main inspiration for the 1981 wardrobes seen on FX’s latest thriller.


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Jenny Gering, costume designer for FX’s espionage thriller, (which premiered on January 30)wanted to do a period show that didn’t scream ‘80s.  

“My main goal was not to distract the audience with a lot of fashion clichés. It’s not. My job is to set this show in 1981 and let the audience relax and enjoy the story.”

The story – written by former CIA agent Joe Weisberg, who happens to be the brother of editor and noted political journalist Jacob Weisberg —  centers around Elizabeth and Phillip Jennings, two Russian spies embedded in the U.S., where they talk, act and dress like Americans. The pair, played by Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys, are in an arranged marriage with two very real children, and loosely follow the true-life stories of Russian sleeper agents undercover in the States. 

“Honestly as soon as I heard the show’s year, 1981,  I thought ‘I have to do to this’ and it was like second nature. I relied heavily of an old friend of my parents, Bill Kaiserman who designed a line called Rafael. "Most of my mother’s closet consisted of his clothes. My  dad too. I grew up seeing my parents wearing his designs. That’s the reason this period resonated so deeply for me is because I know that moment in fashion so well.”

Gering found much of her inspiration for the show’s early ‘80s looks in her own past; her high school yearbooks, as well as her mother’s closet. She even found an old look book of Kaiserman’s fall/winter 1977 collection, which she calls her ‘bible’ for dressing the extras and the principals. She even contacted Kaiserman, now living in Milan, to tell him about her gig and thank him.

“I haven’t seen Bill since I was about 12 years-old. But I called him as soon as I got hired and told him, ‘You are my inspiration and whatever I’m seeing, its all influenced by what you did.’ He could not have been nicer and more helpful.”

Not only was she inspired by Kaiserman’s designs, she also used a pair of her mom’s vintage Susan Bennis Warren Edwards boots, worn tucked into Kerry’s high-waisted stiff vintage Lee jeans.  The shoes were a quintessential ’80s luxury  footwear brand worn by the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Jackie O.

"The boots are a size 6 ½,’ which is Keri’s size” says Gering, with a tinge of mock bitterness. "So I thought someone might as well get some use out of them.”

Gering dresses her spies predominately in navy, grey, maroon and autumnal colors, which were popular in that time. “I do a lot of corduroy, tweeds, and knits, very tactile fabrics. I try to stay away from black. This was before we got into the sleek black of the late ‘80s.”

She relies heavily on vintage pieces and combines them with new items from Brooks Brothers, Madewell, Theory and Old Navy. She loves Russell’s character’s classic American femenswear: tailored pants topped with vintage Yves Saint Laurent silk blouses and accessorized with gold chains.

Rhys’s clothing is also predominantly vintage with current pieces occasionally pulled from Brooks Brothers and Barneys Private Label.

But both actors frequently get to play dress up in disguises from call girls to nerdy businessmen, and uptight secretaries. One of Gering’s favorite Russell get-ups was a recent “slutty” look worn when she had to recruit a compulsive gambler.

“She ensnares the guy during an illegal card game,” Greing explains. “So we put her in a  black femme fatale wig, worked in a little black leather, a really tight skirt and took her to what you might call a very tacky place. “

As for upcoming costumes — like any good spy — Gering keeps things vague.

"There are a lot of interesting disguises coming up.  And that’s all I can say.”

 

Wolfgang Puck Plans Return to Malibu


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The culinary kingpin may be eyeing a vacant property situated beside Carbon Beach sushi spot Nobu as the site of his latest venture.

Speculation regarding which tenant might someday occupy the empty beachfront property beside Malibu’s recently opened Nobu outpost may be coming to an end. 

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In an interview with luxury lifestyle magazine (issue hits newsstands March 25)Wolfgang Puck hints that he may be preparing to move to the Pacific Coast Highway property owned by Oracle CEO and commercial developer Larry Ellison. Malibu resident Ellison, the father of Annapurna Pictures founder Megan Ellison (), owns several major properties in the area and began construction on the property in 2010.

Puck, who first opened his flagship restaurant Spago in 1982, plans to “serve great seafood prepared simply” in the surfside digs, emphasizing that he and Ellison are “in the early stages” of discussion. 

Puck’s last foray into the Malibu restaurant game, Granita, opened in 1991 to critical and commercial acclaim. Barbara Lazaroff, Puck’s ex-wife and the interior designer of many of the pair’s eateries, created an under-the-sea theme for Granita using vibrant pastels and rich blues accented by blown glass, ample mosaics and even a koi pond. 

Granita, beloved among celebrities and locals alike, closed in 2005 when Puck and Lazaroff, who divorced in 2003 after a 20-year marriage, chose not to renew the property’s lease. Its site, a short drive north of Ellison’s commercial development, has remained vacant since the storied restaurant’s closing. 

Flashback Friday: Liz and Bowie Share a Smoke

Flashback Friday: Liz and Bowie Share a Smoke

As David Bowie’s Victoria & Albert exhibit opens, we remember his iconic Beverly Hills meeting with Elizabeth Taylor — and the resulting photo.


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David Bowie has just released his first album in 10 years and is celebrating this weekend’s opening of his epic exhibit at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. But back in 1975, the superstar had a bit of a punctuality problem. 

Elizabeth Taylor had hatched a plan: She wanted  Bowie to audition for a role in her movie, , which was due out the next year. So she asked her good friend, photographer and Faye Dunaway ex Terry O’Neill, to set up a meeting. The noted British lensman arranged a get-together at director George Cukor‘s house in Beverly Hills, to which the gender-bending musical mastermind showed up two hours late. And, as one can imagine, Dame Taylor was not a lady who liked to be kept waiting. 

"Liz was pretty annoyed and on the verge of leaving," O’Neill told London’s National Portrait Gallery of the incident. "But we managed to persuade her to stay."

To break the ice when Bowie finally arrived, O’Neill started snapping photos, which resulted in the now-iconic series of the unlikely duo sharing a cigarette. Taylor got over Bowie’s lateness, though he didn’t end up in her film after all. And still today, the linen keyhole tunic and felt fedora she wore to take a business meeting shows us how understatedly cool the movie star was away from her sequins and shoulder pads. 

Tilda Swinton Honors David Bowie With Moving Speech: ‘The Freak Becomes the Great Unifier’

Tilda Swinton Honors David Bowie With Moving Speech: ‘The Freak Becomes the Great Unifier’

The actress writes an 840-word tribute to the legendary singer, which she delivers at the opening of the "David Bowie Is" exhibit at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. Read the text in its entirety.


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Tilda Swinton delivered a beautiful and moving speech to open the "David Bowie Is" exhibit at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum on March 20.

The actress appears in the video to Bowie’s latest single, "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)," from his just-released album And while she doesn’t play his Doppelganger in the clip (that role is handled by Norwegian model Iselin Steiro), she revealed at the tribute that earlier in her life, she was regarded as "a freak who even looked a little like you." Bowie was not in attendance.

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Swinton noted that the museum had wanted a Bowie fan to speak, adding, "They could have thrown a paper napkin and hit a hundred. I’m the lucky one." The only instructions she received from the singer: that she include the word "testicular" in her address — which she did expertly.

Read the text of her speech in its entirety below:

Style Notes: The Kardashians Tackle Tanning; Sheryl Sandberg’s Sartorial Silence; J Brand Plots World Domination

Style Notes: The Kardashians Tackle Tanning; Sheryl Sandberg’s Sartorial Silence; J Brand Plots World Domination

Seven delectable style morsels, best served chilled.


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Kourtney, Kim, and Khloe Kardashian have teamed up with ULTA Beauty in the quest to bottle the perfect sunless glow.  Beginning in April, the sisters will hawk Kardashian Sun Kissed, a sunless tanning system that incorporates paraben- and sulfate-free exfoliators, lotions, body sprays, and bronzers. [WWD]

Looking to achieve rockstar glamour a la Kristen Stewart and Mary-Kate Olsen without all of that pesky partying?  Converse will offer a line of well-worn Chuck Taylors that arrive “in softer washed canvas with stained and distressed soles and toe caps, slightly dirtied and with thinner laces.” [Grazia]

Resident cool-girl designer Rebecca Taylor has delivered a jewelry collection in collaboration with San Francisco’s cult-favorite accessory line The 2 Bandits.  The line, which can be viewed and purchased through Taylor’s online shop, includes gold- and silver-plated necklaces, bracelets, and rings adorned with crystals, geodes, and even a few moonstones for good measure. [Refinery 29]

And the collaborations keep coming.  In between dressing Lady Gaga and Kayne West, Maison Martin Margiela has joined Casio in designing a new G-Shock GA-300 watch. [Highsnobiety]

Critics of Sheryl Sandberg’s  consider the Facebook COO’s unwillingness to discuss her workplace style sense a major source of contention.  Despite an oft-reported affinity for Calvin Klein sheaths and Prada pumps, Sandberg has remained tight-lipped on the subject. [Financial Times]

Denim darling J Brand’s founder Jeff Rudes has his sights set on expansion. Japanese brand conglomerate Fast Retailing, home to UNIQLO, Theory, and Helmut Lang, recently acquired the denim company, which launched a men’s line in 2008 and a rapidly growing ready-to-wear collection in 2012. [Financial Review]

The luxury conglomerate currently known as PPR, which houses Gucci, Stella McCartney, and Balenciaga, simply will be called Kering beginning June 18.  Company CEO (and Salma Hayek spouse) Francois Henri Pinault announced the change, which will be accompanied by an updated logo of an “owl with a heart-shaped face.” [Vogue UK]