When Galaxies Collide

Or, If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Get Out of The Kitchen

Seems we may lose our front row seat to a collision of galaxies, unless we can create some thermonuclear-averse body suits. Or maybe a planetary exo-bubble.

Nope, I’m not talking about global warming!

The problem is that our Sun – giver of all life on planet Earth – will go into some death throes in a few years (1.5 billion) and, unless we can protect ourselves, we’ll miss out on our favourite galaxy “merging” with our close neighbour – and slightly bigger – Andromeda.

So, the plan is:

  • develop aforementioned protective mechanisms
  • buy the Early Bird front row seats (cos they’re gonna go like wild fire – literally)
  • take along a packed lunch while waiting for the opening act (about 3.75 billion years)
  • enjoy the show!

Disclaimer: Goth Style accepts no responsibility for any ticket-holders receiving sun burn or other bodily disintegration!

When galaxies collide

Eye-catching tidal tails and “young blue star clusters” likely triggered by the merger and accretion of a supermassive black hole! (Photo courtesy NASA)


Noomi Rapace could become the new Toast of Hollywood

noomi rapace as lisbethDirectors, producers and other Hollywood A-listers have been talking to Noomi Rapace after her startling performance as Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish film version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. There is even talk of an Academy Award nomination.

But Hollywood is also very much about “the next big thing” and it seems Rapace has been surprising many with her abilities. It has been quoted that the Hollywood elite go into meetings with her, expecting to find a perfect villain, and come out wondering if they have much more – “a great female lead”.

Noomi Rapace naturalThere is informed gossip that Music Box Films, responsible for the release of the Swedish TGWTDT in America is about to hire an Oscar publicist. It sounds like one major job will be to promote Noomi for a Best Actress nomination. Rapace has already won the Swedish equivalent of an Oscar for the film.

So the future looks very bright if the whispered roles for Rapace include Sherlock Holmes 2 and  Mission Impossible 4. However Rapace is very different to Lisbeth Salander and is described as a beautiful and sexy fresh-faced actress with a wonderful sense of humor.

She could be laughing all the way to even more international acclaim.

Taylor Momsen rocks out – in gothic splendour

Another new star on the Goth/Punk bandwagon is Taylor Momsen, who uses her knowledge and abilities as a model and actress to create striking looks.

Taylor MomsenTaylor (photo, left) rocks out with her band The Pretty Reckless when they performed a set at the PUMA Social Club in New York to celebrate the World Cup tournament. Taylor is the lead singer of the band and, perhaps no surprise with modern drama school influences, also a guitarist.

Taylor Momsen on the Warped TourThe 16-year-old Gossip Girl actress and her band hit the road in June with the Vans Warped Tour – one of the best summer music events. More details are availabe at the Pretty Reckless website.

Taylor (photo, right) decided to kick off the Warped Tour in white, a stark contrast to her usual dark clothing. The heavy black eye makeup and black accessories remain, however.

The band performed three tracks from their self-titled EP, which was released earlier this month. Taylor and the band also rocked out on two new songs, Since You’re Gone and Miss Nothing.

Taylor Momsen’s musical career began when her father took her to a White Stripes show. She explains, “Before that, the only concert I’d been to was Britney Spears. But once I saw Jack White onstage, that was it. I grew up as a dancer and I thought you had to dance to be a girl in the music industry. Then I saw the White Stripes and I was like, ‘No, you don’t. I can do that.’”

From then on, at age 9, the singer, songwriter and guitarist kept her dream alive. Taylor started writing songs at the age of five after falling in love with The Beatles. “I was obsessed with them. I also loved Led Zeppelin, The Who, Pink Floyd, Audioslave, Soundgarden, Oasis, and Nirvana. That’s what I listened to. My rock idols are all men.”

Not surprisingly, then, the music is strong – rock and almost-metal – with three chaps sharing the stage: Ben Phillips on guitar, Mark Damon on bass and Jamie Perkins on drums.

Fashion Update – and testing from Ping

We admit to being waylaid by Twitter – a lot – recently. So here’s a quick update and, purely in the interests of science, we’re testing Ping.

If this all works we should be able to update blogs and Twitter and all sorts – easily – and, we hope, more regularly.

Taylor Momsen started acting alongside Jim Carrey in The Grinch (as baby-faced Cindy-Lou Who). At 14 she joined the modelling agency that represents Kate Moss and Gisele Bundchen.

Now, in addition to starring in Gossip Girl, Taylor also fronts a rock band, The Pretty Reckless.

Now all we need to do is work out how to post a pic too.

Twilight came out of the blue and leads to gothic black

Ashley Greene and goth fashion

In a recent, extensive interview in Interview magazine, Ashley Greene explained her rags to riches audition for the Twilight movies.

“It was just another audition. My managers were like, ‘You’re going into a great casting office. They cast great projects. They’re sticklers. If you suck, they won’t call you back in.’ So I was like, Okay, I’ll pay extra attention. Then I figured out there wasn’t a script or a breakdown, but there was a book.

“So I got the series and fell in love with it. Then that determination kicked in and I was like, Okay, I’m going to book this part … I worked my butt off for it.”

There’s the answer, then. Hard work. No overnight success. No doors already open. But we do like the photoshoot with Ashley appearing rather goth in black leather and black leather bracelet and black sheer bra and black gag and …

Gold medals for 17 femme-metal bands/projects

Delain album April RainFemale Fronted Fan – end of year review here – and those awards include Delain gaining a Gold for their excellent album.

Modern Amazons – Metal Maidens- Femme Metal 4

Floor Jansen, formerly of After Forever, at Masters of Rock in 2007.

Floor Jansen, formerly of After Forever, at Masters of Rock 2007

After Forever Studio albums

  • After-Forever-Remagine2000 Prison Of Desire
  • 2001 Decipher
  • 2004 Invisible Circles
  • 2005 Remagine
  • 2007 After Forever

On October 17, 2009, Floor Jansen announced via her MySpace blog that the name of her new band is ReVamp. The musicians include former After Forever keyboardist Joost van den Broek, plus guitarist Waldemar Sorychta of Grip Inc. and Voodoocult fame as songwriters and producers.

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