Nevada First Lady’s Inaugural Dress a Reno Original

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval dances with his wife Kathleen and daughters Maddie, 14, left, and Marissa, 6, during his inaugural ball at Wynn Las Vegas Friday Jan. 28, 2011. AP

So you may be asking yourself ‘why did she post this on her blog?’ Because simply my darling readers – she was my theatre teacher for like 7 years! I’m so happy for her that she was selected for this once in a lifetime opportunity. And for it to be preserved at the State Museum? So proud of her!

Nevada first lady Kathleen’s Sandoval’s gown for the inaugural ball was a Reno original.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports the Victorian-inspired dress was designed by University of Nevada, Reno professor Virginia Vogel, who teaches fashion history and style.

Five UNR students helped with the dress and did most of the intricate beading.

The dress has a straight bronze skirt with an emerald green overlay. It has two bodices – one chiffon and one beaded lace – and two jackets.

Sandoval wore different versions of the dress to inaugural celebrations in Las Vegas and Reno.

She says she’ll donate it to the Nevada State Museum’s collection.

Curator Jan Loverine says the dress reflects Sandoval independence. She says Sandoval is the third first lady to wear a Nevada designer’s dress. (AP)


‘King’s Speech,’ Firth, Portman Win SAG Prizes

SAG faces  AFP

“The King’s Speech” has won the best-actor trophy for Colin Firth and a second honor for its overall cast at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

The two prizes Sunday capped a weeklong surge of Hollywood honors for the British monarchy saga, which is building momentum for the Feb. 27 Academy Awards, where the Facebook drama “The Social Network” previously had looked like the favorite.

Natalie Portman earned the best-actress award at the Screen Actors ceremony for “Black Swan,” while “The Fighter” co-stars Christian Bale and Melissa Leo swept the supporting-acting honors, boosting their own prospects come Oscar night.

“The King’s Speech” leads Oscar contenders with 12 nominations.



(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

AP-Petside Poll: Most Pet Owners See a Sixth Sense

Two-thirds of U.S. pet owners say their animals have a sixth sense about bad weather, while 43% say their pets can sense bad news.

An Associated poll shows that 72% of dog owners report weather warnings from their pets, compared with 66% of cat owners.

Forty-seven percent of dog owners and 41% of cat owners say they have gotten bad news alerts from their pets.

The poll conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs and Corporate Communications in October shows pets convey these warnings in many ways.

Sixty-four percent of those polled say pets hide, 56% say they whine or cry, 52% say they become hyperactive, erratic or make unpredictable movements, and 36% say they bark or meow persistently.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

Really?! Utah May Adopt State Gun

Utah has a state flower, a state fossil, a state cooking pot and 21 other official symbols. It might soon add a state gun.

The state House passed a measure Wednesday, by a 51-19 vote, that would make the Browning M1911 pistol – designed by Utah’s John Moses Browning in the early 20th century – the state firearm. The bill now goes to the state Senate.

The bill‘s sponsor, Republican Rep. Carl Wimmer, has said the measure aims to honor Browning. His M1911 was used as a standard U.S. Army sidearm from 1911 to 1985, according to the Browning manufacturing company’s website and Jane’s Infantry Weapons.

The measure has attracted criticism from anti-gun activists and some state House members. Some lawmakers argued in debate Wednesday that it was insensitive after the January 8 shooting in Tucson, Arizona, that killed six and wounded 13, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

One state lawmaker, Democratic Rep. Carol Moss, said during Wednesday’s debate on the House floor that in addition to her concerns regarding the Arizona shooting, she was worried that children would see things such as coloring books featuring the gun along with the other state symbols, the Tribune reported.

Steve Gunn of the Gun Violence Prevention Center told CNN affiliate KSL last month – before the Tuscon shooting – that he thought the proposal was in bad taste.

“I would nominate arsenic as our state poison, because, of course arsenic is often a byproduct of our state mining industry,” Gunn sarcastically told KSL in December.

Wimmer told KSL this week that “this pistol is Utah,” and its history “is emblazoned on our state.”

During Wednesday’s debate, one lawmaker suggested erecting a statue of Browning instead, but Wimmer countered that his plan was the only way to honor the gun designer without costing taxpayers, the Tribune reported.

Wimmer said some have criticized the proposal as “glorifying an implement of death.”

“No, we’re not. We’re glorifying an implement of freedom that has defended us for 100 years,” he said.


‘The King’s Speech’ Nominated Writer had Stutter

Writing the script for “The King’s Speech” was David Seidler’s thank you note to King George VI.

Seidler says he had a “profound stutter” when he was growing up at the same time the king was overcoming his own stammer.

He says having a stutter “puts a shadow over your childhood.” He says kids bullied him and adults would get nervous and their eyes would glaze over while he tried to complete a sentence. He says seeing the King overcome his stutter gave him the courage to do the same. Seidler eventually lost his stutter.

Now, he’s been nominated for an Oscar for writing “The King’s Speech.”

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

Fact Checking Kellene’s ’11 Oscar Nom Prediction

Oscar nominations came out Tuesday – – which means it’s also time to fact check my post-Golden Globe predictions.

First off, I did pretty good, but I could have done better. I also chose some people who were snubbed – Christopher Nolan, Robert Duvall, Annette Bening – but I also was amazingly accurate on other categories like screenplay despite placing one movie in the wrong category.

The biggest issue I had this year was the dual Toy Story 3 nominations for best picture AND best animated feature. I think it should only be eligible for one category – giving another movie the chance to be nominated, say Despicable Me?? But now that can’t happen thanks to the two nominations. I will say Toy Story will most likely lose in the best picture and win animated. So, that helps ease my annoyance, but still I just think it’s unfair.

As for my predictions – for best picture – I got 9 of 10 nominations correct. Actor 3 of 5. Actress 4 of 5. Supporting actor 2 of 5. Supporting actress 4 of 5. Screenplays 9 of 10. Director 4 of 5. And animated 1 of 3.

I’ll need to digest the nominations before I come out with my final choices. I think it will come down to The King’s Speech and The Social Network – old vs new. And I think the Academy prefers old over new, but there are younger inducted members. So it’s a close call.