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Author Chinua Achebe Dies at 82


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The Nigerian novelist of "Things Fall Apart" and other works died after an illness.

Chinua Achebe, the acclaimed Nigerian author of and other literary works, has died at the age of 82.

Citing the author’s agent, Andrew Wylie, The Associated Press reports that Achebe died after an illness. 

"He was also a beloved husband, father, uncle and grandfather, whose wisdom and courage are an inspiration to all who knew him," said Wylie in a statement.

Achebe, who lived in the United States for the majority of his adulthood, was a vocal proponent of bringing democracy to Nigeria. His celebrated first novel, , is set in the country and tells the story of a tribal leader who clashes with British colonialists. Published in 1958, the book has sold more than 8 million copies globally and has been translated into 50-plus languages, helping to define and inspire a new wave of modern African literature.

Achebe’s other books include , , and  as well as short stories and poetry.

He received the Man Booker International Prize in 2007 and, two years later, became a professor of languages and literature at Brown University. He was previously on the faculty at New York’s Bard College, where the wheelchair-bound author (paralyzed from the waist-down from a car accident in 1990) resided in a cottage on campus built especially for him, according to the AP.

 

Potty-Mouthed Matt Damon Continues His Global Crusade for Toilets (Video)


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On the heels of his “toilet strike” last month, the actor narrates a new PSA promoting sanitation, clean water and "Thomas crappers," all timed to today’s World Water Day.

Matt Damon, co-founder of development aid foundation Water.org, is continuing to use bathroom humor to call attention to the need for safe drinking water and sanitation for millions of people across the globe.

Last month, the actor starred in a YouTube video of a mock press conference to promote the nonprofit. In it, he announced that he would not make use of a bathroom “until everybody has access to clean water and sanitation.” The three-minute video was designed to bring attention to the 2.5 billion people who have no toilets or decent sanitation. “More people have cellphones than toilets,” said Damon. Since then, such actors as Jessica Biel and Jason Bateman have joined the "strike" on the website strikewithme.org.

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Damon is now narrating a new PSA released for today’s World Water Day, the U.N.-sponsored day to raise awareness of the importance of fresh water and its sustainable maintenance. In the two-and-a-half-minute video animated with stick figures, first-world inhabitants drink bottled “Fifi” drinking water (a not-so-subtle slap at Fiji Water) while Damon tells the tale of the 780 million people globally who lack access to clean water due to lack of sanitation. “Quick, what invention saved the most lives in human history? The answer is the can, the john, the porcelain throne, the bog, the foreign office, the Thomas crapper. That’s right, the toilet,” says Damon. “Whatever you choose to call it, the toilet not only provides a tranquil escape from nagging bosses, spouses and children, it’s also a fast and sanitary way to dispose of waste separate from the water we drink and bathe in.”

For most of the world though, toilets are still a luxury. “One billion people, about 20 percent of the world’s population, defecate in the open. In rural areas the number jumps to one in three and it’s not because they’re free spirits or enjoy a gentle breeze on the backside," says Damon in the PSA.

VIDEO: Matt Damon Cuts the Crap, Announces Toilet Protest in a Spoof for His Charity

That lack of toilets takes a catastrophic toll. “Without toilets, human waste and bacteria seep into the water supply which makes people sick, especially kids,” says Damon. “Half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by patients with water related diseases such as diarrhea and intestinal infection. These disease kill 10,000 people a day, nearly all of whom are in the developing world … and yes, death by diarrhea is as pleasant as it sounds.”

The spot ends with a plea to donate to Water.org. According to the site, a gift of $25 can get someone safe water for life. “Would it kill you to donate a few bucks — and maybe light a match?” says Damon at the end of the PSA.

Hands on a Hardbody: Theater Review

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The Bottom Line

Perhaps not the most sophisticated musical ever to reach Broadway, but refreshing in its depiction of ordinary people facing ordinary struggles.

Venue

Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York (runs indefinitely)

Cast

Keith Carradine, Allison Case, Hunter Foster, Jay Armstrong Johnson, David Larsen, Jacob Ming-Trent, Kathleen Elizabeth Monteleone, Mary Gordon Murray, Jim Newman, Connie Ray, Jon Rua, Keala Settle, Dale Soules, Scott Wakefield, William Youmans

Director

Neil Pepe

Phish frontman Trey Anastasio co-wrote the tunes for this twangy heartland musical about an East Texas contest to win a new pickup, based on S.R. Bindler’s 1997 documentary.

NEW YORK – In crudely simplistic terms, might be described as a low-concept with poor folks instead of kids. But this fact-based endurance contest is actually a sincere story of blue-collar Middle Americans living paycheck to paycheck while striving for a reprieve that’s as much symbolic as material. Examining hardscrabble lives rooted in today’s bleak economic reality is hardly the usual domain of the Broadway musical. That makes this gently appealing show a welcome change of pace, even if its folksy simplicity makes it a commercial challenge.

Every theater season invariably now delivers a fresh crop of stage musicals retooled out of movies, but documentaries are seldom sourced. Two notable exceptions are , based on the 1975 Maysles Brothers film about the eccentric Bouvier Beale women of East Hampton; and , taken from Kate Davis’ 2001 Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner about a surrogate transgender family in backwoods Georgia.

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Adapted from the terrific 1997 documentary by S.R. Bindler, seems an equally unlikely candidate for musicalization. Yet when you break it down to its core elements, the show is structurally not all that far removed from . It weaves together the individual stories of a disparate group of characters whose collective goal in this case is not to win a part in a Broadway ensemble but to take home a brand-new pickup truck.

The eponymous contest was an annual event run by a Nissan dealership in Longview, Texas, where selected entrants vied to see who could remain upright with one hand planted on the prize for the longest time. Predating the epidemic of reality-contest television, the movie is both heartbreaking and quietly uplifting. By exploring their personal stories and driving motivations with dignity and compassion, Bindler offsets the inhumanity of people being put on display as they go through a grueling three-day physical ordeal. The film is a kinder, less downbeat modern-day equivalent of Sydney Pollack’s 1969 Depression-era dance marathon drama, ?

Doug Wright has honored the source material’s approach in his adaptation, originally seen last year at La Jolla Playhouse. Having resourcefully reimagined as a musical, he sticks closer to the original mold on his book for this project, updating it to the present to tap into current economic unease. The key characters are represented accurately and without condescension, albeit some of them as composite figures, expanding on traits and back-stories only suggested in the movie. Significant dramatic license is taken in just one or two plot points.

Her weakness for clunky rhymes aside, Amanda Green’s lyrics take a similar tack, often building directly upon the flavorful dialogue of the screen contestants, as in songs like “Human Drama Kind of Thing,” “Hunt With the Big Dogs” or “Keep Your Hands On It.” If the numbers appear to be ticking off a laundry list of real-people problems – financial worries, healthcare, immigrant stigma, PTSD, marital fatigue – the melodies have plenty of variety. Green shared composing duties with Phish frontman Trey Anastasio; their songs speak primarily in a twangy country-flavored blues-rock vernacular, with detours into roots, gospel and even mariachi. The score is more pleasant than memorable, but even the lesser numbers serve to tell micro-stories that contribute to the broader-canvas picture of a struggling community.

At the time of his death, Robert Altman had been planning a dramatic feature based on Bindler’s doc. So it’s a serendipitous connection that JD, one of the central roles of this ensemble piece, is played by Keith Carradine, whose voice still has that same warm crackle it had back when he sang “I’m Easy” in . An oilrig worker forced into retirement by an injury, JD is the oldest competitor in the race, supported by a loving wife (Mary Gordon Murray) he takes for granted.

Also in the mix is Benny (Hunter Foster), a previous winner aiming to unsettle his rivals; Kelli (Allison Case) and Greg (Jay Armstrong Johnson), two determined young contestants who spark up a tentative romance; Jesus (Jon Rua), a Mexican-American veterinary student looking to win the truck so he can sell it for tuition fees; Janis (Dale Soules), a feisty, no-frills hick with a cheerleading husband (William Youmans); Heather (Kathleen Elizabeth Monteleone), a cute blonde, nervous about accepting illicit help from the dealership manager (Jim Newman); Chris (David Larsen), fresh out of the Marine Corps and struggling with survivor guilt; Norma (Keala Settle), a zealous Christian with a massive prayer chain behind her; and Ronnie (Jacob Ming-Trent), a hefty black dude who believes an all-Snickers diet is the way to win.

Ronnie’s pithy wisdom, “Car don’t make money; truck make money,” sums up the weighted significance of the prize in the song “If I Had This Truck.” An emblem of economic security, independence, liberty, solidity and masculinity, the cherry-red model stands centerstage on Christine Jones’ basic set, moving with the contestants during the more spirited numbers. The standout among those is the mighty-lunged Settle’s rousing Hallelujah chorus, “Joy to the World,” in which the cast hammer away at the vehicle like a percussion instrument.

Given the static nature of the premise, director Neil Pepe and choreographer Sergio Trujillo do a remarkable job of injecting motion into the production as the contestants drop out one by one due to physical or mental exhaustion.

The unpretentious integrity of the material, the straight-up presentation of the characters and the likable cast encourage you to root for them, yielding many affecting moments. However, the show seems stretched at two hours twenty; tightening it into a one-act might heighten its impact. But even if Broadway ends up being only a branding stop, this tender collection of hard-luck heartland stories should go on to become a popular regional entry.

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Nancy Meyers Spills Design Secrets of Her Movies in Keynote Speech


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At the Westweek design industry event, the director jokes that the kitchen layout of "It’s Complicated" was a failure and explains why Lindsay Lohan’s hair matched the furnishings in "The Parent Trap."

In an intimate talk Wednesday at West Hollywood’s Pacific Design Center, director Nancy Meyers delved deeply into something she rarely talks about — the luxurious residences featured in her movies and the avalanche of attention they’ve received.

“It’s my thing. It’s something I like, though I think it overshadows the work a little bit sometimes,” said Meyers. Indeed, countless bloggers have swooned over Diane Keaton’s lustrous white kitchen in , which has been called the most copied kitchen of all time, while Meryl Streep’s sunny Spanish-style house in set off a wave of interest in Santa Barbara, Calif., style. “It’s crazy. It’s a gorgeous kitchen but it’s not the only gorgeous kitchen,” said Meyers of Keaton’s Southampton, N.Y., kitchen in . It was the story, though, that gave the room life, explained the director. “It’s because there was an emotional response. Jack kisses her in that kitchen. They fell in love in that kitchen.”

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As interviewer Bradley Bayou, an L.A. fashion designer and interior designer, led her movie-by-movie through clips and photos of her work, it was clear that director pays an enormous amount of attention to set design (she puts together voluminous folders of inspiration shots before production starts) and that she takes equal pride in it. In a city full of filmmakers and interior designers, she’s one of the very rare people who creates both highly successful films and desirable onscreen houses.

The talk — sponsored by as the opening keynote of design industry event Westweek — touched on her whole career, beginning with her first job as a production assistant on . She decided to quit and become a screenwriter after she got a spec script into the hands of a producer on — her dream job — who didn’t hire her but told her she had talent. To support herself, she started a business making cheesecakes and wrote at night. She recalled living in a fourplex at the time and requisitioning all of her neighbor’s kitchens for the growing business.

By the late 1970s, she’d become a story editor in Motown’s film division where she met and would soon after marry writer/director Charles Shyer. Together with Harvey Miller, they wrote the script for and produced the classic 1980 comedy , starring Goldie Hawn. It was on set one day that she had her first epiphany — or perhaps minor meltdown – about the importance of set design in establishing character. Said Meyers: “I got into a fight with the set designer” when she saw the set’s childhood bedroom of Hawn, whose character has been called a Jewish American princess. “There were all these photos of her playing hockey holding a hockey stick!” The photos came down.

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Meyers moved into the director’s role for 1998’s , starring Lindsay Lohan in the role of separated-at-birth twins. Working with production designer Dean Tavoularis, they created a Napa Valley house (the father’s) and a London place (the mother’s) fit for . Tavoularis decided he wanted to paint the London residence pumpkin, a color Meyers resisted, until he went ahead and painted it. She loved it and came to see it as a subtle welcome for the twin who goes to London from Napa. “Lindsay’s hair color was similar. It was something that would make her feel at home and be comfortable there,” she said.

As she sees it, set design can add backstory to a film that may not be apparent to an audience but that deepens the experience of making the movie. For Mel Gibson’s apartment in 2000’s , she used not only blue touches (to match his eyes) but orange again. “We had a lot of Frank Sinatra songs in the movie and I discovered that orange was one of his favorite colors. It added something."

The audience of around 300 applauded when a clip from 2003’s of Keaton and co-star Jack Nicholson in that famous kitchen came on. “It’s a dream kitchen. I know that,” said Meyers. For the exterior, a house in the Hamptons was used, but the interior — an entire house that you “could walk through from room to room — was created on a Sony soundstage in Culver City, Calif. “I saw 50 houses in the Hamptons. No one would rent to us. So I took photos of everything and took ideas from the best of what we saw.” To set a beachy mood, set designer Beth Rubino sprayed suntan lotion into the air before the actors arrived. Even a pool was put in. “People would come visit me on stage and say, ‘Can we rent this stage for the summer?’”

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Following a clip of Kate Winslet in 2006’s madly jubilating when she arrives at the house she’s swapped with Cameron Diaz (The pool! The gym! The huge TV!), Meyers talked about her second most famous kitchen, Meryl Streep’s in 2009’s . In it, Streep plays a bakery owner who wants a much more fabulous kitchen at her house in Santa Barbara. “She wants the kitchen from ,” joked Meyers. But moviegoers fell for this kitchen as well — even with its piece of furniture from Ikea and poorly constructed shelves. “This is where I failed in this movie. I wanted to give her a real crappy kitchen. But people said, ‘Why in the world does she need another kitchen?’” Her team on the film included set decorator Rubino, production designer Jon Hutman and Los Angeles interior designer James Radin, who has consulted on such things as furniture choices for her films.

So why does she expend such detail on her character’s houses? As she has previously said: “If you’ve spent a chunk of your life writing a character and someone puts them in the wrong clothes or in a bed with sheets you know she would never own … it’s like somebody has added dialogue into the scene. Sometimes you pick up more from what you’re seeing than hearing.”

Next up for Meyers is an as-yet-untitled romantic comedy for Sony Pictures about an American girl living in London. As for the furnishings, all Meyers would say about them is that “it involves the royals, so there’s a lot of fancy stuff.”

‘Mad Men’ Star Jessica Pare On Megan Draper’s Vintage Fashion

‘Mad Men’ Star Jessica Pare On Megan Draper’s Vintage Fashion

On April 7, Don Draper’s wife comes back in full force complete with metallic jumpsuits, caftans and various vintage pieces to make fashion followers swoon.


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Jessica Pare skyrocketed to fame after the 2012 season premiere of , when she gave a breathless rendition of the ’60s French pop song  while wearing a black, sheer-sleeved mini dress that, too, stole the show. The Janie Bryant-designed piece was so jaw-dropping, in fact, that creator/executive producer Matt Weiner tells THR, “It was knocked off and in stores in three weeks.

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So this season there was some strong fashion pressure on both Pare and the show’s costume mastermind, Bryant. But after seeing the two hour Season 6 premiere last night, we have a feeling the next Megan Draper overnight knock off will be a silver jumpsuit with a keyhole neckline.

“That was my favorite outfit, Pare revealed to, explaining “It’s vintage. Almost all my clothes on the show are vintage.”

The Prabal Gurung pre-fall 2013 calf-length sheath she sported at last night’s premiere was also decidedly retro. Which provided a nice backdrop for the mod-infused Prabal Gurung for Casadei black mesh ankle strap pumps she paired it with.

While Pare doesn’t sing in the season opener, she makes an equally powerful impression, especially while swaying in brightly colored Pucci-esque print caftans while on vacation in Hawaii with husband Don (Jon Hamm).  “I loved wearing those!’ she says. "They are so comfortable I could live in them.”

Pare also wears some period bikinis on the beach, that is before taking them off in bedroom scenes. 

So set those DVRs, fashion fans. The Season 6 two-hour premiere airs  on AMC on April 7. 

Absurd: American Eagle Outfitters Promotes Spray-On Denim

Absurd: American Eagle Outfitters Promotes Spray-On Denim

The retailer has revealed a new campaign around their “skinny skinny” jeans, which is actually just a bottle of body paint.


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For $50, American Eagle Outfitters is now offering its skinniest skinny jeans . Sort of.

In ’s inaugural feature, examines a bizarre new campaign from the retailers that aims to sell a can of body paint in place of good old-fashioned jeggings.

On Wednesday, AEO blasted an email notification to its loyal shoppers introducing “The AEO Skinny Skinny” and appropriate tagline: “Lookin’ Tight.” Included in the email is an image of two spray bottles in “Indigo” and “Bright Light” washes, allegedly for him and her. At first glance, the bottles could be a clever way to illustrate the “skinniest skinny jeans ever,” as in: these jeans are so tight, it’ll look like they’re practically spray painted on.

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But upon further inspection, it becomes apparent the product AEO is selling exclusively online — for no less than $49.95 — is actually just body paint.

But there’s more.

A strange advertisement for the “jeans” features young men and women declaring their independence and delivering lines like “I don’t want to be put in a box” and “I like skinny jeans, sometimes they’re not skinny enough.” The clip fails to give up the ruse in its 37-second entirety, while simultaneously zeroing in on painted behinds. At one point (though you may wish you’d missed it) a small flesh-colored crease can be seen.

While body paint has increased in popularity in recent years, this marks the first time that the product has been sold and marketed to such a broad audience by a major clothing retailer. Or does it?

Shoppers hoping to nab a can of the blue stuff may be sorely disappointed when, after adding the item to their checkout cart, they receive a clever message that reads “Sorry! The AEO Skinny Skinny is Temporarily Sold Out.” Still, the marketing ploy appears to be working. and have all picked up on the campaign, posting photos of the product as well as the video — which we’d describe as (in a word) absurd. 

The brand is frequently used on teen-centered TV shows, including offerings on Disney Channel and The CW. AEO has previously served as the official sponsor of MTV’s spring break and outfitted multiple casts of its hit reality series and . Since last fall, star Shay Mitchell has appeared in ads for the company.

Penny Lovell Styles Rose Byrne for Lifestyle Mirror’s Latest Photo Shoot

Penny Lovell Styles Rose Byrne for Lifestyle Mirror’s Latest Photo Shoot

THR gets an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at "The Place Beyond The Pines" actress’ colorful, 1960s-inspired on-line spread.


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Since launching in February, Lifestyle Mirror — the fashion editorial/e-commerce website started by Tod’s heir Emanuele Della Valle — has featured a slew of up-and-comers (Lily Kwong), bloggers (  Ferragni) and socialites (Eugenie Niarchos) in its beautifully shot editorials. Today, the site introduced some higher-wattage star power into the mix with a shoot featuring Rose Byrne, whose new film, hits theaters March 29. 

"I really do live an anonymous life," she says in the accompanying article. Though wearing a bright yellow Vionett shift, vibrant orange Ferragamo pumps and bold vintage Arnol Scassi costume jewels in the new photos, the Australian actress looks anything but. Byrne’s stylist Penny Lovell, who recently clocked in at No. 16 on 25 Most Powerful Stylists List, styled the shoot, which was photographed by Mike Piscitelli at the mod-heavy Standard Hotel in downtown L.A.

got an exclusive behind-the-scenes peek of the shoot, photos below. The finished product is available here

 

 

 

Malibu Hotspot Nobu Begins Midday Meal Service


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The industry-favorite sushi restaurant opts in to the power-lunch competition.

Malibu’s star-studded outpost of Nobu, which moved from the inland Country Mart down Pacific Coast Highway to a prominent oceanfront perch last summer, has begun serving lunch. The sushi sanctum run by founder Nobu Matsuhisa and famously co-owned by Robert De Niro is offering the midday meal Fridays through Sundays.

Lunch-specific dishes include truffled steak and eggs and pastrami salmon crispy rice. Meanwhile, signature menu items like Nobu’s miso-glazed black cod will also be available.

Since reopening at its new Carbon Beach location (leased from property owner Larry Ellison, the Oracle CEO and father of producer Megan Ellison), the 6,000-square-foot restaurant – a composition of teak and concrete built right up against the crashing waves – has drawn the likes of Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana, Jimmy Iovine and Martin Short, as well as neighbors who keep homes mere yards away, including David Geffen.

Lunch service comes on the heels of a particularly busy period for the ever-entrepreneurial Matsuhisa, whose first-ever Nobu Hotel, boasting 181 rooms, bowed in February in Las Vegas as part of the Caesar’s Palace complex.

Style Notes: Justin Timberlake Gets a Tom Ford Makeover; Armani Exchange Gets A Reboot

Style Notes: Justin Timberlake Gets a Tom Ford Makeover; Armani Exchange Gets A Reboot

Five dishy items to put on today’s fashion plate.


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Justin Timberlake has been looking real sleek in his suit and (bow) tie as of late, especially in light of his recent "The 20/20 Experience"  album release. But the former ‘NSYNC front man didn’t always look this good (remember the all-denim outfit from the 2001 American Music Awards?). That is, until he asked Tom Ford to dress him. The American fashion designer couldn’t help but think "I’m still valid" when the singer approached Ford about styling and making all his clothes. [NY Times]

From an unforgettable performance (and outfit) from this year’s Super Bowl to a special HBO documentary about herself that received 1.8 million viewers, Beyonce has now partnered with H&M for the Swedish fashion retailer’s summer campaign. In one of the ads, the sun-kissed singer is seen reclining on a beach chair with the brand’s rep sharing that Beyonce provided "personal input on the pieces seen in the campaign." [Vogue UK]

Naomi Watts, who recently attended  and Jimmy Choo’s 25 Most Powerful Stylists luncheon on March 13, revealed that there’s one color she wouldn’t wear on the red carpet — red, specifically "fire engine red."  actress noted that "blondes plus red, to me, looks a little bit porno." From the outfits we’ve seen, we’re pretty sure her stylist Jeanann Williams already knows what’s up. [People StyleWatch]

French actress Marion Cotillard posed for the latest Lady Dior campaign, looking elegant as ever in an all black outfit from the pre-fall 2013 collection designed by the luxury brand’s new creative director Raf Simons. The images will first appear in the magazine in France on Monday and ‘s May issue in the U.S., available on April 9. [WWD]

Armani Exchange, Armani’s younger, flash-friendly line frequently spotted two sizes two small in lines at bad clubs, is about to get a much-needed makeover. Patrick Robinson, whose understated style has followed him through stints at Paco Rabanne, Perry Ellis and Gap (where he served as creative director in the late 2000s), has been appointed creative director at the Armani streetwear offshoot. This isn’t Robinson’s first trot around the Armani rodeo — he spent four years as a design director for the brand in the ’90s. Additionally, the American designer (who is married to Virginia Smith) is currently trying to fund his own line through Kickstarter. [Fashionista]

In Divorce Deposition, Kim Kardashian Says She Genuinely Loved Kris Humphries (Report)


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The pregnant E! reality star, still embroiled in a legal war with her estranged husband, testifies for nine hours.

The Kim KardashianKris Humphries divorce battle continues: the reality star, who’s expecting a child with Kanye West but remains legally bound to her estranged husband from whom she famously split after 72 days of marriage, was deposed for nine hours on Tuesday at the Los Angeles office of her attorney, TMZ reports.

Under questioning from Team Humphries, which is seeking to annul the short-lived union based on fraud, Kardashian maintained that she was in love with the Brooklyn Nets player when she married him in August 2011, according to TMZ. 

Meanwhile, Humphries did not attend the deposition. 

The exes’ wedding was filmed for a much-hyped E! special, drawing big ratings for the network, which airs the Kardashians’ various reality series.

Kardashian, 32, is due to give birth this summer. Season eight of began filming last month and will premiere in June. According to her recent interview with magazine, will not include any explicit “baby stuff," and might or might not include West.