San Diego #ComicCon: Marvel

The Marvel Comic Con panel is the one everyone waits for, with rumour of people not daring to leave Hall H as soon as they get a seat early on in the day. The presentation was expected to bring some big news and footage reveal with the nearly 7,000 people packed into the gigantic Hall H who were there waiting with baited breath.

It was odd then that Marvel had already announced release dates for their next stage just a week before Comic Con, with new films hitting theaters July 28 and November 3, 2017; July 6 and November 2, 2018; and May 3, 2019, as for what they are Mashable had a pretty good guess at predicting which sequels and originals would be out. And then at the preview night on Wednesday Entertainment Weekly revealed an exclusive poster concept for Ant-Man starring Paul Rudd as well as teasers of the Avengers concept art.

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Avengers battle sequence

Should Marvel have saved some news for the panel instead of just teasing the audience with some footage of Avengers: Age of Ultron and a confirmation that there will be a sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy in 2017? Even the panel questions according to Collider seemed a bit lacklustre with most of the cast, including Robert Downey Jr, Jeremey Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Cobie Smulders, Samuel L Jackson, Chris Evans, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, James Spader, Elizabeth Olsen and surprise guest Josh Brolin, regurgitating “how excited they are to be [insert superhero] and part of the Marvel universe”. Collider also seem to think that Marvel were in the stages of putting something together to reveal (Doctor Strange perhaps?) but it couldn’t be finalised in time for a Comic Con reveal.

Still the audience in attendance did get some footage of an ‘Avengers party’ scene where each member of the superhero team tried to lift Thor’s hammer, not even Hulk could budge it with only Captain America (as seen in the original comics) the only one to move the hammer which apparently makes Thor visibly nervous. Then the Avengers are visited by the first incarnation of Ultron (James Spader) and then an action-packed montage ensues. With a broken Captain America shield most prominent…

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Ant-Man has had a couple of setbacks most recently with the original writer/director Edgar Wright leaving the project after putting in eight years of labour due to ‘creative differences’. Whilst it’s a shame that this new movie from Marvel won’t be helmed by Wright, it’s something that fans have to move past and get on board with the new guy at the helm Peyton Reed, even if he apparently did get a lukewarm reception at the panel on Saturday.

Paul Rudd who admitted he was a Comic Con virgin helped debut new footage alongside Michael Douglas and Corey Stoll who had been confirmed as Yellow Jacket, and a new character at the panel, Evangeline Lily who has been confirmed as ‘Hope Pym’ and said that the panel was the first time she was officially allowed to talk about the role and hadn’t even seen a script yet!

The movie is due to start filming in two weeks and Rudd said in a quick Q&A with Collider that he’d been working closely with script writer Adam Mckay “every day for six weeks and we’ve spent a lot of time on it.”  He went on to say “I love where we’re at.  It’s still the story that Edgar and Joe wrote and created and while we’re still polishing some things, I feel really good and excited about where we’re at.”

I hope that Ant-Man turns out how it should be, I love Paul Rudd and I’m sure Marvel wouldn’t have invested so heavily in the actor if they didn’t believe he could bring the character to life and do it justice on the big screen with the right script of course…

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Best bits from San Diego #ComicCon 2014

San Diego Comic Con 2014 was chock-a-block full of television and film stars, directors, showrunners and producers all ready to dish out the best in teasers, trailers, characters, release dates and character reveals to their adoring audiences.

There’s simply too much information to digest from the four day event, so I’m just rounding up the best bits, from the shows I watch to the movies I’m excited about as well as other little tidbits that came out of SDCC!

Game of Thrones

The show storylines and new castings confuse the hell out of me because I still barely know what is happening or who anyone is.

One thing I can get on board with is a reet good blooper reel!

Arrow (The CW)

If you don’t already watch this show then what is wrong with you?! The nicest guy in television and in possession of possibly the most amazing set of abs ever, Stephen Amell, stars as the green-hooded vigilante Arrow aka Oliver McQueen.

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Those abs.

The CW show just concluded season two and the cast are currently in the midst of filming season three, for which an awesome action-packed trailer debuted at Comic Con.

After a happy season two ending this trailer promises that things will not be as smooth sailing for the third season, even thought there’s a date for Olicity it also reveals who the Big Bad will be – Ra’s al Ghul. Known as the head of the League of Assassins, most recognisably played by Liam Neeson in The Dark Knight trilogy, executive producer Marc Guggenheim said of the season three villain: “We really wanted our Ra’s to be very different — at least our own Arrow-ified version.”

The Flash (The CW)

A sorta-spin off from Arrow, but as we know a stand alone superhero in his own right, The Flash gets it’s own show starring Grant Gustin (Glee) as the titular character Barry Allen.

As a side note I was a little reluctant at Grant Gustin’s casting purely on the back of how much I hated his character in Glee, but all is forgotten!

Starring in two episodes of Arrow’s last season we saw lots of lovely chemistry between Felicity and Barry before a massive lightning storm set off by a reaction at S.T.A.R Labs causes something to go very wrong with Barry and he disappears from Arrow.

The Flash debuts in October and we won’t have to wait long before there’s a crossover episode between the two shows, episode 108 and episode 308 respectively, but Felicity will be first to crossover into Central City in episode four without her right-hand man.

The audience at the panel got a sneak peek at the pilot (which I’ve also seen and it’s freakin’ awesome) and here’s the trailer for the show:

Teen Wolf (MTV)

Another fantastic show that bares no relation whatsoever to the Michael J Fox movies apart from it’s name.

MTV are doing really well with their original scripted shows and this has just been renewed for season five and we’re only half way through season four. Great news for the Teen Wolf cast which includes Tyler Posey as alpha werewolf Scott McCall, Dylan O’Brien as his human BFF Stiles, and the rest of the ragtag bunch include Holland Roden as banshee Lydia, werecoyote Malia played by Shelley Hennig, beta werewolf Derek Hale played by Tyler Hoechlin, Arden Cho as Kitsunay (basically a fox) Kira and JR Bourne as the hunter Chris Argent.

The last season saw several big losses from the main cast as they got killed off and basically asked to leave the show to pursue other roles. Fair play to them but it meant that season four has given the writers the chance to revisit some of the more fun elements of the earlier seasons when Scott was just learning to deal with his new life as a wolf with this time new cast member Dylan Sprayberry as the newbie.

During the Comic Con panel they released a freaking brilliant mid-season trailer that promises so much I could not be more excited!

The Maze Runner (20th Century FOX)

Yet another movie based on a series of young adult books, you may groan, but I read them and couldn’t put them down. They are that good.

Here the movie stars Teen Wolf star Dylan O’Brien as Thomas, a boy who wakes up after having his memory erased surrounded by a group of boys who live in The Glade. He soon finds out that they are trapped by a maze and will need to escape with his fellow ‘runners’.

Every 30 days in The Glade a boy is delivered via the lift shaft and Thomas was expected, but the next day a girl, Teresa played by Kaya Scodelario (Skins), is delivered and everything changes.

The movie also stars another Brit, Will Poulter, who is definitely on the rise in Hollywood! During the panel Dylan accidentally revealed a massive spoiler when asked by the audience what his hardest scene was to film, but to be fair if the fans of the books were there they’d know it anyway!

The Vampire Diaries (The CW)

The Vampire Diaries is heading towards it’s sixth season and *spoiler alert* season five saw the demise of main cast stars Ian Somerhalder’s Damon and Kat Graham’s Bonnie, they went into that bright white light on the other side with no way back.

I have to admit this show annoys me somewhat, it took me a few episodes to really love it in season one and then I was enamoured by the show. Then every season since sees it have a good opener then it dips so low beyond bad that I always come close to giving up on it, then just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse someone dies (but probably always comes back to life) and then it gets good just for a crazy season finale.

I think some shows that have a long run of around 22-24 episodes per season will always struggle to keep the action and storylines above average and so this is expected and which is why I always end up coming back.

Anyway panel for this show had all the cast present from Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, the return of Matt Davis as fan-favourite Alaric, AND Ian Somerhalder and Kat Graham. So they’re not going to stay dead for long then (dammit).

Here’s the very funny trailer they debuted, a possible Damon-Bonnie spinoff? I don’t think so:

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Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe was at Comic Con this year to appear on the panel for his new movie Horns, which looks brilliant.

But that wasn’t his only appearance… He shared a picture to his Google+ page of him dressed in full Spiderman costume hitting the show floor! Well done Spideradcliffe you fooled everyone, not sure Andrew Garfield would be too happy… Haha!

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Batman v Superman

At last year’s Comic Con they announced this epic superhero battle and now Dawn of Justice debuted it’s cast on the panel, and they didn’t utter a single word. Director Zack Snyder was worried the audience would ask too many questions so didn’t let stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill or Gal Gadot speak at all!

And according to Collider editor-in-chief Steven Weintraub, Ben Affleck actually walked the show floor with no security and not one person recognised him. Way to go incognito Batfleck!

What we did get though was an awesome image of Gal Gadot in full costume as Wonder Woman. I love how they’re sticking with the gritty theme and have discarded that traditional red, blue and gold costume we all know and love. Instead it’s all dark burgundy leather and warrior-like. Love it.

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Mad Max

The first trailer for prequel Mad Max: Fury Road debuted at Comic Con and it looked suitably apocalyptic. The cast including Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Zoe Kravitz spent months in Namibia, South Africa filming giving the desert backdrop a hellishly authentic feel.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

The first sighting of Jennifer Lawrence‘s heroine Katniss in this full teaser trailer. Note that we’ve had two teasers, less than 30 seconds long, then we have the first teaser trailer which is just one minute long. I reckon we’ll get another couple of teaser trailers, before a full length trailer which could potentially last more than two minutes, by that time I will be more annoyed by the way marketing departments are dribbling out these multiple trailers instead of just releasing one or two. Grrr.

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Emma Watson for Dior?

Emma Watson may have just been announced as the latest Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women, but I think she should be named as the face of something else.

That would be Dior of course.

Emma has more than proved her Christian Dior fashion game when dressing in the french brand, with a perfect example being earlier this year at the Golden Globes.

She was my joint best dressed with Lupita Nyong’o at the awards, dressed in an edgy red open back Dior couture dress with black cigarette pants. By far the most amazing she has looked EVER.

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Emma Watson in Christian Dior Couture at the Golden Globes 2014

Emma has also proved she has the modelling chops on countless magazine covers and was even the face for British fashion brand Burberry alongside her brother back in 2009.

Even more convincing that Emma Watson should join the likes of Dior girls Jennifer Lawrence, Marion Cotillard, Charlize Theron and Zhang Ziyi, was her FROW appearance at Couture Fashion Week in Paris on Monday (July 7).

It takes a lot to pull star power away from everyone’s favourite celebrity Jennifer Lawrence (she even got facepalmed for her efforts) but Emma did just that by being the best dressed in Dior by a mile.

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Jennifer Lawrence isn’t so happy that Emma has taken her Dior crown

Charlize Theron did provide a little competition in her sparkling gold mini dress, but Emma killed it in a unique layered look accessorized with Dior shoes and Dior clutch. Could J-Law have pulled this edgy look off, yes probably, but this fashion win was bestowed upon the actress formerly known as that girl from Harry Potter.

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Emma Watson in Dior at the Christian Dior Couture Fashion Show, Paris

And just when I thought she’d given us her best, Emma was pictured later on heading to a private Dior dinner in a floral printed Resort 2015 mini skirt and chic flowing top alongside her new BFF J-Law, Marion Cotillard, and Elsa Pataky.

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Emma Watson in Dior Resort 2015 at a private dinner for Dior

For more looks from Couture Fashion Week head over to my Pinterest page

Nail art of the week: Nautical nails

I was feeling inspired last week when it came to my nails and I had quite a bit of spare time on my hands so I went back to the drawing board with my nail art pens.

Looking through the WAH Nail Instagram page for ideas I came across Margot Robbie’s nautical nails that she had done for her holidays.

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I chose the base colours as close to their design as possible, red, white and instead of black I went for a dark blue and a light blue. My favourite nail was the anchor detail with white stripes, super simple and effective. The blue and white striped nails actually have different backgrounds and definitely could have been neater!

I added a cute wheel from other nautical nail art I’d spotted and a gold accent for the ring finger just for a little pizzazz. I really loved the colours together and would definitely just wear them together without any nail art!

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Blushing brides: Kim Kardashian vs Poppy Delevingne

The only wedding I’ve written about on The Importance of Being Oreo was the royal wedding and that most beautiful Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton wedding dress.

But I can’t pass the opportunity to speak about the wedding of the year and that bespoke Givency wedding dress.

That’s right, the Kimye wedding. I’m only slightly ashamed to admit I watch The Kardashians, who gives a toss, it’s insane, crazy, mental, and a funny insight into the world’s vainest family. What’s not to love?!

There’d been mounting speculation on the designer Kim Kardashian would pick to make her fifth wedding gown, that privilege was awarded to fashion BFF Ricardo Tisci. The Givenchy designer made up for his Met Gala floral catastrophe with an undeniably exquisite lace confection complete with a cut out back – well it is Kim Kardashian after all…

With all the hoopla over the Kim Kardasian and Kayne West wedding in Florence, another celeb wedding was able to go pretty much under the radar. Although to be fair Poppy Delevingne had already wed her new hubby James Cook in London on May 16th, she had a second wedding in the gorgeous setting of Marrakech with a few of her closest and coolest celeb friends in attendance.

Poppy Delevingne had already stunned in a Chanel creation but managed to go even more hippyish with her second dress by designer and close friend Peter Dundas. The Emilio Pucci creative director fashioned a boho wedding dress for Poppy featuring floral appliques and that seemingly popular tunic style feature which turned into a super huge skirt. The temperatures in Marrakech are currently in their 30s so I’m guessing she had a bit of a sweat on carrying that about!

What I pose to you dear readers. Which dress do you prefer? Kim Kardashian’s Givenchy couture creation, classic with a modern twist? Poppy Delevingne’s first wedding gown, a heavily embellished Chanel dress and her retro side-parted hair or her second boho Pucci dress very much in keeping with the bride’s hippy personality.

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The Best of Cannes 2014

Is it just me or was Cannes a bit of a let down this year?

I mean don’t get me wrong there were some epic dress moments, from Blake Lively who I posted about earlier and my favourite model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. There were some other moments which I’ll share with you momentarily, but overall there was a lot of black and only a few of those jaw-dropping moments.

Previous years have seen turns from my favourite Diane Kruger back in 2012, she wowed in nine amazing looks from couture to ready-to-wear, Sharon Stone had me excited for this year after some stunning looks from 2013 but she failed spectacularly in 2014, Nicole Kidman provided the first really wow look this year in Atelier Versace but she had a more impressive year on the jury in 2013, remember Eva Longoria’s Marchesa from 2012 no long trains this year but she still managed sexy glamour in her own way.

Here are my favourite looks from Cannes Film Festival 2014:

For more red carpet looks from Cannes Film Festival head over to my Pinterest board!

Cannes Film Festival 2014: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

From one amazing actress at Cannes to one amazing model, with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley we are always going to get the good stuff and I certainly wasn’t disappointed when it came to her Canne Film Festival wardrobe.

The first sighting of Rosie at Cannes was in a sporty Victoria Beckham Spring 2014 mini dress at the 25th Anniversary Magnum short film launch which the model/actress starred in. Any woman wearing Victoria Beckham will always look flawless and this was no exception, Rosie’s legs seem to go on forever and this dress was a perfect look for a daytime event especially with that backdrop!

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Victoria Beckham at the 25th Magnum short film launch in Cannes

Next up the glam factor was raised for the de Grisogono ‘Fatale in Cannes’ party, she looked super sexy in my favourite designers, Cushnie et Ochs. She wowed in a black signature cutout slit-to-the-thigh gown with sleek tresses and gigantic door knocker emerald green de Grisogono earrings.

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Cushnie et Ochs at the de Grisogono ‘Fatale in Cannes’ party at Cannes Film Festival

For her first major red carpet appearance at Cannes, it was the turn of Rosie to have my jaw on the floor in the most beautiful Gucci Premiere gown at the premiere for The Search on Wednesday evening. Blake Lively has already demonstrated twice how stunning Gucci Premiere gowns are and Rosie further proved this looking statuesque in her strapless soft jade geometric patterned confection.

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Gucci Premiere at The Search premiere during Cannes Film Festival

In between red carpet swishing, Rosie attended Roberto Cavalli’s annual yacht party in a black cutout body con dress by the designer himself. Of course she has a model body and so a simple black bodycon dress always reaches the next level with Rosie teaming it with Jimmy Choos and a clutch with softly blown out hair.

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Roberto Cavalli at the Roberto Cavalli Yacht Party in Cannes

It was almost as if Rosie saved the best until last. In a sea of so much black this year at the Cannes Film Festival, Rosie stood out on the amfAR Cinema Against Aids Gala red carpet in a yellow Emilio Pucci grecian-inspired draped gown. What I love most about this look is it is so close to being risque, from the cutouts at the waist and breast to the open chained back, but Rosie works it perfectly (most likely because of her height) bringing the focus to the movement of the gown keeping her hair in soft waves and golden make up. Perfection of course.

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Rosie HW Emilio Pucci amfAR back Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Emilio Pucci at the amfAR Gala in Cannes

For all the best looks from Cannes Film Festival head over to my Pinterest board!