Kenny Wormald, a 25-year-old Boston native, will star as Ren in the 2011 remake of Footloose. Wormald is a professional dancer and has had dancing roles in MTV’s “Dancelife” and starred in Center Stage: Turn It Up. Dennis Quaid and former “Dancing With The Stars” contestant Julianne Hough will star opposite the young actor as the Reverend Moore and his daughter Ariel.
The newcomer is catching a big break with the role, since it was supposed to go to a much higher profile actor…twice. Zac Efron was originally cast for the role but backed out not wanting to be pigeonholed as a musical man after his previous roles in the High School Musical series and Hairspray. Next in line was the similarly coiffed Chace Crawford, who had signed on then dropped out due to conflicts with the WB’s “Gossip Girl” shooting schedule.
The 1984 original launched Kevin Bacon’s career and hopefully Wormald will follow in his dancing footsteps. Ren will still turn the town upside-down with his dance moves, which will be choreographed by Jamal Sims this time around. Sims most recently worked on Madonna’s “Sticky Sweet” tour.
Fall is in full swing and as we bid our natural tans goodbye, fashionistas can take solace from the disappearance of summer heat with the heralding of a new seasonal era: fall fashion.
This season, it’s been all about hardcore, androgynous blacks, the iridescent, delicate metallics and the theatrical, antiquated vintage. Whether worn alone or paired together, hardcore meets antique with this season’s bold designs, ensuring a confident look for every woman.
Do shiny things intrigue you? Work glittery metallics this fall with this sequined top or this sparkly solace pencil skirt, both from Guess by Marciano. Pair each piece with non-shiny items to avoid looking like a disco ball but, if you’re particularly daring, try mixing and matching colored sequins like Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester for a bedazzling look.
If your taste is a little more classic, work the vintage look with bold antique patterns in anything from teeny mini skirts to over-stated outer wear. Follow the fashion lead of Jessica Szohr (another Gossip Girl star) with this lace baby doll dress from Necessary Objects and use a little vintage to update your wardrobe.
If frills and shine are not your deal and you’d rather sport a pair of Doc Marten’s than stilettos, this fall is the season for you. Leather, spikes and studs have been making an updated comeback with innovative cuts and detailing that make even those with the hardest core go soft. Whether you play it up by working masculine cuts or soften the look by pairing it with dainty details, rock star chic can fit into anyone’s wardrobe. Mimic the look of Taylor Momsen, you guessed it: Gossip Girl, who softens her cropped leather motorcycle jacket with a sweet and petite cream-colored bubble dress by investing in a leather jacket like this BGSD cropped lambskin jacket.
As always, if you purchase your fall pieces (or anything else from Amazon) through Hollywood East Connection, we’ll donate 2% of all of your purchases to the May Institute, an organization that provides services to children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disabilities. And don’t forget our fall fashion picks for the guys!
In the world of fashion, men more often than not take the back seat to their brand-savvy counterparts, preferring to enter department stores with a single purpose in mind, rather than peruse the merchandise. Despite their seemingly indifference toward what they wear, men are becoming increasingly more fashion conscious, and, as a result, increasingly more interesting. This fall, the male fashion trends tend to lean toward three main looks: the playboy, the nomad and the dork.
Though men are notorious for getting dressed only to the point of necessity, they’ve recently been stepping up their fashion game with refined suits and structured jackets. Taking the lead from young new actors such as British heartthrob Ed Westwick of “Gossip Girl,” men have been going for the modern playboy look, eliminating the doting blondes and replacing them with the keen sense of style. Re-create the look of the infamous Chuck Bass with these suits in charcoal grey or stripe; bonus points if you can master the perfectly rumpled look that Westwick pulls off so well.
If elegant indifference is not your cup of tea or you just plain don’t want to get dressed up, take the opposite road go for the nomad look. With half of young Hollywood men getting dressed to the T, the other half are skipping showers and wearing whatever is at the bottom of their laundry hampers to resemble upscale hobos. Heralded by the Twilight megastar Rob Pattinson, men everywhere are embracing their inner bum and layering their flannels under their worn leather jackets. To get the nomad look either raid your grandfather’s closet or invest in lots of flannel like this, this or this paired with your oldest pair of jeans (holes suggested) and an old jacket, preferably leather.
If you enjoy regular showers but still do not want to take the time to do it up Chuck Bass style, go right in the middle with an updated dork look. Once we got past high school and realized that geek was chic, it was only a matter of time before everyone was clamoring to get their hands on sweater vests and thick-rimmed glasses. Taking a page out of “The Office” star John Krasinski’s book, the dork look could possibly be the easiest and most laid-back look to pull off, as well as modified to be dressed up or down. To capture the essence of nerd glam, layer these cardigans over a button up shirt, pair them with slim fitting jeans, and break out your pocket protector.
Even if you’re not shopping for clothes, you can use Amazon through Hollywood East Connection to buy generally everything, with 2% of all purchases benefiting the May Institute, an organization that benefits children and adults with autism and other developmental disorders. As if you needed more of a reason to shop online.
The 2009 Travelers Celebrity Pro-Am was held in Connecticut on June 24th at the TPC River Highlands Club in Cromwell. Amongst the many local sports stars, a number of celebrities also took part. Among them, Joe Pesci, Aidan Quinn, and Luke Wilson, as well as Rob Morrow from “Numb3rs” and Tony-Award winning actor James Naughton, a Connecticut native, most recently of “Gossip Girl” fame. New England area sports stars included Ray Allen of the Boston Celtics and Bill Belichick, head coach of the New England Patriots. This annual stop on the PGA Tour features both celebrity players and professional golfers alike, all of whom participate in hopes of raising money for Connecticut charities. This year, one of the charity beneficiaries is The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a Connecticut-based campsite resource founded by actor Paul Newman as a place for children coping with cancer or blood diseases and their families. Since the inception of the tournament, the Travelers Celebrity Pro-Am has raised more than $26 million.
Joe Pesci is currently in production on a film called Love Ranch, which costars Helen Mirren. Aidan Quinn is starring in the upcoming film, A Shine of Rainbows. And Luke Wilson is starring in the comedy Tenure, which will be in theaters later this year.
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