The official trailer for the remake of the beloved classic Annie was released today. The notable cast includes Cameron Diaz as Miss Hannigan, Jamie Foxx as Benjamin Stacks (Daddy Warbucks), and Quvenzhané Wallis as our Annie. The film is set to be released at Christmas 2014.
Written by Sydney Weinshel
The winners of this past season of the X Factor USA was the adorable duo Alex & Sierra. The real-life couple made X Factor USA history as the first contestants to have a #1 single on iTunes while still contestants on the show. They were also the highest voted act every week, another first for the show.
They’ve kept fans up to date with their plans for a breakout album through twitter, but no one was prepared for the photo they tweeted out featuring Teen Wolf star Dylan O’Brien. The tweet indicates they have a duet in the works.
Fans of the duo and Dylan eagerly await the release of the now infamous song.
Written By Sydney Weinshel
A Breakdown of the 2014 Oscars
In true J. Law fashion, she started our night off with a sequel to her infamous trip at last year’s award show by face-planting on the red carpet as she made her entrance. Ellen started our night of right with a jab at The Academy, Meryl Streep, and the lack of a college education among the nominees. However, the truly amazing beginning to our night was Jared Leto’s acceptance speech for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Dallas Buyers Club. His heartfelt thanks to his mother, a high school dropout and single mom, brought tears to our eyes. It was the perfect start to our evening.
If you have read my review of Gravity it should not come as a shock to you that I am deeply disappointed by their take home seven awards. Sure, they deserved Best Visual Effects, Best Cinematography, and maybe even Best Film Editing, but it beat out many more deserving films. It beat out American Hustle and The Wolf Of Wall Street for Best Director, either of which would’ve been a better choice. The film won Best Film Editing, beating out American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, and 12 Years A Slave. My personal choice was Captain Phillips, but any other film in the category would’ve been better than Gravity. The Book Thief really deserved Best Original Score, but was once again beat out by Gravity. I could go on about my opinion on Gravity, but I think you all understand.
The breakout star of the evening was the elegant Lupita Nyong’o taking home Best Supporting Actress for her role in 12 Years A Slave. Of course, Frozen won for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song for “Let It Go”. The Great Gatsby took home Best Production Design and Best Costume Design. Best Adapted Screenplay went to 12 Years A Slave (John Ridley) and Best Original Screenplay went to Her (Spike Jonze).
Cat Blanchett took home the award for Best Actress in a Leading Role and, yet again, our biggest disappointment was Leonardo DiCaprio losing to Matthew McConaughey for Best Actor in a Leading Role. The big winner of the night was 12 Years A Slave for Best Picture.
Of course Jared Leto was the best dressed man of the evening and Cate Blanchett was the best dressed woman.
Written By Sydney Weinshel
Photos From Huffpost Style
For all you yoga and soon-to-be yoga lovers, listen up! This past weekend, my friend and I discovered Yoga to the People, a FREE yoga studio, with locations all over Manhattan as well as the United States. Can I just repeat….FREE.
Yoga to the People’s philosophy is that everyone should have a chance to practice yoga despite their economic means, so all you broke college students prepare your downward dogs!
Another awesome bonus is that on sunday night’s you can relax before a long week with their candlelight yoga class!
Check the website for a location near you!
Written by: Cheyenne Adler
Another Fashion Week has come to a close with a ton of new beauty and hair trends to test out. I went through all the shows and picked out the most memorable trends that are a must try for this Spring!
Jenny Packham was bringing disco back with voluminous curls. Try this look at home by curling your hair with different sized curling irons and then brush it out for a wild child mane.
Michael Kors and Joie showed us how to make a berry lip work for Spring. Try light pink for a low-key natural look or darken it up for a brighter pop of color.
Hello, Glitter, meet my best friend, Smoky Eye. Jason Wu and his make up artist, Diane Kendal, combined the youthfulness of glitter with the sophistication of the smoky eye. Well done.
Bright Orange lips are one of the hottest trends this Spring and I’m definitely loving it. Nanette Lepore, Donna Karen, and Prabal Gurung all made this their lip color of choice and I think you should to! Pair it with a natural eye and you have yourself a fresh face for Spring.
Tibi showed off this soft and romantic eye and I can definitely see it giving the super dark cat eye a run for its money. Try out white liner on a beautiful Spring day….if that day will ever come.
Marc Jacobs made ponytail braids hot again and if I hadn’t chopped off all of my hair last month, I would have totally rocked this look. Make this school girl style a little bit more mature by loosening the braids and darkening your make-up. You definitely don’t want to be mistaken for the younger sister.
Written By: Cheyenne Adler
Late monday night we lost a true national treasure. Our little princess, our Heidi, our Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm…
In honor of our dearly beloved Shirley Temple Black, here are ten of her most remarkable quotes:
- "I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph."
- "When I was 14, I was the oldest I ever was. I’ve been getting younger ever since."
- “Any star can be devoured by human adoration, sparkle by sparkle.”
- "Make-believe colors the past with innocent distortion, and it swirls ahead of us in a thousand ways; in science, in politics, in every bold intention."
- "One famous movie executive, who shall remain nameless, exposed himself to me in his office. ‘Mr. X,’ I said, ‘I thought you were a producer, not an exhibitor.’"
- "Good luck needs no explanation."
- "Sunnybrook Farm is now a parking lot; the petticoats are in the garbage can, where they belong in the modern world, and i detest censorship."
- "I wanted to be in the FBI. I wanted to be a pie salesman. It was so intense that the studio got the prop department to make a little pie wagon and they filled it with tarts. I wheeled it around the set and sold it to the crew. I was about 8-years-old. I always sold out and I didn’t have to pay for them. It was a great deal!"
- "I class myself with Rin Tin Tin. People in the Depression wanted something to cheer them up, and they fell in love with a dog and a little girl."
- "When asked ‘Won’t the new Suggested For Mature Audiences protect our youngsters from such films?’ she answered, ‘I know many forty-five year old men with the metalities of six year olds, and my feeling is that they should not see such pictures either.’"
Written By Sydney Weinshel
I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t read the books. I actually read the first 16 chapters of the first book in the popular series, but I couldn’t handle how bad it was and I stopped. Fast forward 5 years and my best friend is dragging me to a 10:45 pm showing of a movie I have absolutely no desire to see, but hey, I have a movie pass so why not go see it?
After discovering it shared a director with Mean Girls and a writer with Heathers, I raised my expectations ever so slightly. If two people responsible for two of my favorite movies, and phenomenal teen classics, the movie couldn’t be that bad.
No. It was awful, but in the most enjoyable way possible. I saw it with three guys and we all couldn’t believe how corny it was. The actors supremely overacted each and every role. It is actually impressive, an entire cast overacting their roles. I couldn’t help but crack up every time they tried to be serious.
Everything was so life or death. The angst, the drama, the complete lack of realism (in the sense of teenage emotions, this is a vampire movie after all). I’ve got to say, it really did live up to the very low expectations I had, but I was surprised by how much I loved how bad it was.
I am all for completely terrible movies. They usually become cult classics. One of my favorite movies is The Rocky Horror Picture Show, for Pete’s sake. I didn’t expect this to be one of those movies that is so bad it is good. I, for one, cannot wait to see the sequel (I pray this movie did well enough for them to produce the sequel). I will be there at midnight with my Hot Topic fandom shirt, ready and excited to see how bad the next movie is.
Everyone go see it because I need to see what happens next! It is 100% worth $14.50.
Written By Sydney Weinshel
Rumors of a sequel to the overwhelmingly successful film, Pitch Perfect, arose just days after its release in the fall of 2012. It wasn’t until today that anything official was announced. Skylar Astin and Rebel Wilson had commented, saying they’d taken a few meetings for the project, but that was it.
Today, it was announced that three stars of the film, Anna Kendrick, Skylar Astin and Rebel Wilson, have signed on to the sequel despite having not seen a script. The film is set to be released in May of 2015 with Elizabeth Banks reprising her role as Gail and taking the role of director.
Written By Sydney Weinshel
When you think of Winter, images of picturesque snow, chunky sweaters and your favorite Starbucks drink in hand, swirl around your beanie covered head. Winter is magic. Winter is a wonderland, right? Well, it is and it isn’t. It’s the beginning of February and you are tired of dry skin, chapped lips and frizzy hair, along with brown slush, bulky layers, and a drink that is not keeping your frozen hands warm anymore.
Fret no more, I am here to bring a little salvation in this wicked Winter with a couple of beauty essentials to keep you moisturized and looking fabulous.
I swear by this moisturizer. It comes in two sizes, 1.7 fl. oz. for $26.50 and 4.2 fl. oz. for $46.50. I love this product because it is perfect for every skin type. I tend to migrate between normal and oily skin and this has never clogged my pores or made me break out. This works really well when applied at night after washing your face and in the morning before your head out into the cold. This product says “24-Hour” and it means it.
There is nothing worse in the winter than chapped lips. NOTHING. How are you supposed to rock a berry lip, with cracked and crusty lips? It ain’t gonna work. Layer this super moisturizing lip treatment on before you go to bed, when you wake up in the morning, before you put your lipstick on, all day. It will keep your lips soft and beautiful and ready for the latest Winter lipstick shade. It’s only $14.50 and worth every penny.
Your locks need tender loving care or they will rebel against you. Dry hair is a huge pain in the backside so use this $7 deep conditioner at least once a week (I recommend twice for those with color-treated or naturally dry hair) and let it sit in your hair for 5-8 minutes. Your hair will come out feeling soft and manageable. TIP: to keep your hair soft and moisturized, let it dry before going out into the cold. The cold will dry out your wet hair and cause it to frizz. yuck.
This is $6.50 and its the best lotion for dry skin. EVER. You can’t beat the price and you can’t beat the quality. Sure, you can go and buy a super expensive lotion that says it will keep you moisturized all day, but in reality, you are just paying for the brand name. Jergens is cheap and I love putting it on. I feel great from morning to night and I don’t have to worry about the scent clashing with my perfume because it is fragrance-free. Need I say more?
I hope these products make a difference in your daily beauty routine this Winter! Stay tuned for more health and beauty tips from me, Cheyenne Adler!
Stay warm, stay moisturized, stay fabulous.
Written by Cheyenne Adler
Philomena… How do I begin to describe Philomena?
Philomena is flawless.
Just kidding. I am so not making a Mean Girls joke right now. It’s cheesy and has been done before. But seriously, Philomena was a striking film, both visually and emotionally.
For those who ave been living under a rock and don’t know, Philomena is based off the true story of a woman who’s son was taken from her and sold be her church to an American couple. She spent the next 50 years struggle to come to terms with it until her daughter introduces her to a reporter who sets out to help her find him.
The story is so unbelievable. To think of someone so devoted to their faith in the way Philomena is… it’s hard to comprehend. She struggles with her “sins”. The sin to have sex, the sin to give birth, the sin to let her son get away, the sin to lie about it. Finally, she has to let it all go and accept her past in order to move forward.
The movie does not shed a good light on the church. The church that lied, schemed, and shamed people. What is even more shocking than the corruption was Philomena’s willingness to believe and ultimately forgive the church. It showed her strength and belief in god.
Philomena is nominated for Best Picture, Judi Dench for Best Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Music (Original Score). There were so many striking films this year, but this was the only film I thought truly deserved the honor. After everything this woman went through, she deserves for her story to end in an Oscar.
Written by Sydney Weinshel