25 Nov 2013

Nina Dobrev Boyfriend 2013: Ian Somerhalder Wants Paul Wesley for Elena? 'Yes, Stefan is Better than Me,' Damon Starts Speculation on Twitter

Recent reports suggest that Nina Dobrev is back with ex-boyfriend Ian Somerhalder, but it looks like the "Vampire Diaries" actor may think that his costar Paul Wesley is better for her, or maybe just for Elena instead.

A Twitter user, @illumisally, tweeted to 34-year-old Somerhalder on Nov. 20, "Paul is better than you."

The Damon Salvatore actor responded to the tweet, saying, "I'm sure he is;)"

Of course, some fans went crazy that the hunk even responded to the tweet, while others disagreed with the opinion.

"No Ian, you both are amazing!" one eager fan said. Another tweeted, "Excuse me? Both of them are." Another female fan got excited and said, "3some with you and paul."

We can speculate that Somerhalder could suggest Wesley would make a better boyfriend for Dobrev, or that his vampire character Damon is not as good as Stefan.

This has been an ongoing debate between "Vampire Diaries" fans.

Somerhalder and Wesley, 31, play the sexy but troublesome Salvatore brothers, Damon and Stefan, on the popular CW show. They share one love interest: Elena, played by Nina Dobrev.

At the moment in season 5, Elena is dating Damon but Stefan is causing a little trouble for the couple.

But there's no bad blood between the two actors. They apparently have a very tight bromance and even let fans know on Twitter and Instagram.

"New Girl" star Max Greenfield recently tweeted on Nov, 12, "Here's a pic of Schmidt and Nick from tonight's all new ep of @NewGirlonFOX @MrJakeJohnson." The photo featured Wesley and Somerhalder hugged up for a photo.

Wesley responded to the joking tweet by saying, "This must be some sort of misunderstanding. This is actually a photo of me and my girlfriend Ian Somerhalder."

On the flip side, Somerhalder has reportedly started hooking up again with Dobrev after their May break up. Wesley is reportedly dating "The Originals" star Phoebe Tonkin.

According to E! Online, sources say that the couple is hooking up in secret and back together.

"Insiders say that it's still too soon to tell if they'll make a full reconciliation, but the two are definitely getting hot and heavy once again," E! reported.

(Photos) Kim Hyun Joong 김현중 at Heo Young Saeng's Concert in Seoul

Kristen Stewart tired of secretly meeting Robert Pattinson on the sly

Kristen Stewart has had enough of sneaking around meeting Robert Pattinson at hotels on the sly. She’s tired of keeping their rekindled romance a secret and is eager for Rob to go public with the news that they are a couple once again, according to Nov. 23 reports from EntertainmentWise, International Business Times, Christian Post Entertainment and other media outlets keeping tabs on the latest developments between Kristen and Rob. See Weekend Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart News: Public Romance, Holiday Feast.

Why Kristen Wants the World to Know

It’s not so much that Kristen wants to be in the limelight. During the three years she and Rob were together in the past, they kept their relationship low key. But Kristen has confided her in friends that having to sneak around and see Rob on the down low makes her feel like she’s doing something wrong when that’s really not the case. She doesn’t see the point in continuing to cover up what’s going on between then when the whole Internet knows they’ve been secretly meeting at hotels. See Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart: Weekend Reconciliation-Marriage News

Kristen is ready to stop all the hiding and take the relationship public. She wants Rob to make it “official” that they are back together again so they can openly go to concerts, clubs and other places the way they did in the past, and she doesn’t understand why Rob is dragging his feet.

There’s also another possible reason Kristen wants Rob to publicize their romance. With all the rumors circulating about Rob and Dylan Penn, public acknowledgement that he’s back with Kristen would let her know exactly where she stands. Rob and Dylan say they’re not boyfriend and girlfriend, but that what they have together is definitely a romance. So Kristen is probably just as confused about the true status of Rob’s relationship with Dylan as everyone else. See Robert Pattinson, Dylan Penn: Contradictory Relationship Reports and Robert Pattinson Cheating on Dylan Penn with Kristen Stewart

Why Rob Wants to Keep His Relationship with Kristen Under Wraps

Rob wants to keep his personal business out of the public eye. He’s opposed to broadcasting to the world that he and Kristen have rekindles their romance. He’s also somewhat embarrassed about gettingminvolved with Kristen again and is concerned about what people think of him for taking Kristen back. See Celebrity Reconciliation Report: Kristen Stewart and Rob, Miley Cyrus and Liam and Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart: Weekend Reconciliation-Marriage News. Rob prefers to move cautiously for the time being and doesn’t feel the need to inform his fans, the media, or the general public about his dating life. Keeping things under wraps is his way of protecting himself and his relationship with Kristen until he feels the time is right to let the world know.

Kristen is Being Patient and Letting Rob Call the Shots

As much as Kristen wants to go public about the status of her relationship with Rob, she knows it would be a mistake to try to push him into doing something he doesn’t want to do. Her friends say she’s in this for the long haul, but if she pressures Rob or moves too fast she could lose it all. So she’s being patient and understanding with for now Rob and hoping that he will eventually see things her way.

Liam Payne Reveals Steamy Selena Gomez Crush: She’s ‘Hot’

Even though Liam’s taken, the 1D singer revealed in a new interview that he’s seriously attracted to Selena Gomez. Better watch your man, Sophia Smith!
One Direction just can’t get enough of Selena Gomez. First Niall Horan hit on her at the 2012 Kids’ Choice Awards, then Zayn Malik admitted that he’d kiss her in an interview in Jan. 2013, and now Liam Payne has revealed that he thinks she’s totally smoking hot!

Liam Payne Thinks Selena Gomez Is ‘Hot’
1D's Liam Payne Dating Childhood Crush Sophia Smith

Liam and Harry Styles were being interviewed by Latina.com on Nov. 20 when they were asked which Latina celebs they were attracted to. Harry (smartly) kept his mouth shut, but Liam was not afraid to admit his huge Selena crush.

“Yeah, Selena Gomez is hot,” Liam blurted out. “I’ll put that out there, on the table.”

Perhaps realizing that his girlfriend, Sophia Smith, wouldn’t like how quickly and easily he was able to answer that question, Liam then said, “Shouldn’t tell the missus. I’m gonna walk away now.” Love it!

Selena Gomez: Who Is Her One Direction Crush?
Unfortunately for Liam, his crush on Selena may be a one-way street. When Selena was asked who were favorite 1D member was on Sept. 1, she said it was Zayn!

Explaining her choice, Selena said that she thought he was totally “cute.”And actually in Jan. 2013, she admitted in another interview that if she had to pick a 1D guy to kiss, it’d be Zayn.

So it looks like you’ll have to stick with Sophia, Liam, no matter how hot you think Selena is!

Miley Cyrus at American Music Awards

She's pop's latest wild child. 
But, despite her jaw-dropping antics at recent events, Miley Cyrus arrived at the American Music Awards on Sunday dressed in a demure white suit.
However, the 21-year-old wore nothing underneath the sharply tailored tuxedo jacket, and gold safety-pin detailing hinted at her true rock 'n' roll nature.

The Wrecking Ball singer kept her make-up neutral, wearing just a thick coat of mascara to accentuate her eyes.
Reddit is famous for its appreciation of cats, and Miley Cyrus knows how to get people talking about her performances.

The singer donned a two-piece outfit adorned with kittens in front of a giant screen with a singing kitten during her performance of 'Wrecking Ball'.

The digital kitten sang along with Miley and even cried during one of the verses, finishing the routine by winking and sticking it's tongue out, a clear nod to Cyrus' famed behaviour of late.

The video has amassed over 90,000 views since it was posted and has gained a lot of attention on the link-sharing website Reddit.

Comments on the video include "Tonight, Miley Cyrus won the Internet" and "That was an amazing performance...besides the random cat in the background."

Taylor Swift's American Music Awards Dress Steals The Show

Taylor Swift wowed at the American Music Awards tonight (Nov. 24) as she walked the red carpet in a sparkling minidress.

The 23-year-old made sure to show her ex and fellow AMAs attendee Harry Styles what he's been missing in a Julien Macdonald dress, Jimmy Choo shoes and Lorraine Schwartz jewels. Swift presented the award for Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist to Justin Timberlake before taking to the stage to accept the award for Best Country Album for "Red."

Taylor Swift also won Artist of the Year, Favorite Female Country Artist and Favorite Female Pop/Rock Artist at the 2013 American Music Awards.

Looking good, Tay!

Emma Watson manages a slight smile as she gets photobombed by a goofy fan at LAX

The 10-plus hour flight from London to Los Angeles can be gruellingly long. 
So when British actress Emma Watson touched down in LAX Sunday evening, she looked ready to call it a day.
Good natured with fans, the 23-year-old just managed a slight smile as an ardent fan photobombed her as she left the airport and headed for home.

When the Harry Potter actress - dressed comfortably in black trousers, a grey shirt and black jacket -  initially touched down at the airport, she seemed happy to be on solid ground and smiled at fans.
She strolled happily from the gate to the terminal exit.
But when the Perks of Being a Wallflower star walked outside in order to meet her ride, an over-the-top fan jumped suddenly beside her to have his photo taken next to her.
Although Watson kept her cool, she high tailed it out of the airport.

Emma Roberts Geeks Out Meeting One Direction, Lady Gaga at American Music Awards

The actress was tapped to introduce the boys of One Direction prior to their performance the American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 24. The American Horror Story: Coven scene stealer was so excited to meet the boy band, however, that she stopped two of them on the red carpet and asked to take a few selfies.
The TV star looked radiant in a Lanvin dress, which she paired with a Rodo clutch and Casadei pumps. "I've been eyeing them for about 20 minutes," she told Jenna Ushkowitz and Zendaya on the red carpet. "I'm so excited to see them. I think they're so talented."
After snapping a snapshot with Liam Payne, Roberts uploaded the picture to Instagram and wrote, "#OneDirection you made my night!!!!

Roberts also took a photo with Niall Horan and added the caption "#omg."
The 22-year-old actress got the chance to meet the rest of the group—including Zayn Malik, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson—after they performed their latest single, "Story of My Life." Roberts called the experience "a dream come true."

During the show, Roberts also met another pop music icon: Lady Gaga! The picture was, of course, shared via the actress' Instagram account. "Love," she wrote in the caption.
While Mother Monster wasn't nominated that night, she did take the stage with R. Kelly for a sexually charged performance of their hit song, "Do What U Want."

Daniel Radcliffe wanted to quit 'Harry Potter' after the third film

London: Actor Daniel Radcliffe, who rose to fame by playing boy wizard 'Harry Potter' in the movies based on J K Rowling's books, says after the third film he thought of quitting the franchise.
The 24-year-old actor was convinced that another young actor could take over the part from him after 2004's 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban', reported Contactmusic.
"By the third film, I thought, if there's a time to get out, it's now; there's still enough time for another actor to come in and establish himself," Radcliffe said.

"For a while, I thought, if I do all of them, will I be able to move on to other stuff or should I start doing other stuff now?," he added.
However, Radcliffe decided to stay back because he realised the value of his role.
"But in the end I decided I was having way too much fun. And actually there aren't many great parts out there for teenage boys, certainly not as good as Harry Potter."

20 Nov 2013

One Week Girl Friend Book Review

One Week Girl Friend By Monica Murphey

To start, I can tell that this is a good Romantic book. In a very long time, I felt like I found a book which suits me so much that it didn't even take me a half day to complete it. It is a College Romance and has some drama.

One Week Girl Friend is a story of two damaged people. The first one is a guy, Andrew Callahan who is a Mr. Perfect from outside. He is amazingly good looking, rich, the Foot Ball Season's Hero, smart and doesn't involve with girls or drinks. Every girl in the place would die to go out with him. But deeper, he is burning with guilt for being the reason of his dark past.

The second one is Fable Maguire. She is twenty and is a daughter of an irresponsible mother and has a 13 year old half-brother whom she loves and takes care of like he is her own son. After school, she started working different part time jobs and finally ended up working in a busy bar near the college campus to support her brother. She has a bad popularity that she slept with half of the Foot Ball Team. That’s how Drew knows Fable.

One day, Drew waits for Fable outside the bar and asks her to act like his Girl Friend for a week. She initially declines. But, eventually accepts when she hears that he is going to pay 3000 bucks for the week. She is so worried that her brother might end up in trouble as it is going to be Thanksgiving that means Holiday week. She tells him and her mother that she has an offer to be a nanny for three kids for a week.

Finally on the Saturday of week before Thanksgiving, Drew and Fable started their 4 hour journey to Drew's place where he grew up and went to school. During the journey, they both feel so good about the each other. She promised to rescue him from any place on receiving the code word “MARSHMALLOW”. Drew’s family is small with his father and beautiful but strangely acting step mother, Adele. Drew’s father arranged for them to stay at their Guest House instead of the main house so that they could have some privacy ignoring Adele’s objection.

Drew buys an expensive dress and shoes for Fable to attend a Country Club Dinner. On the way to the dinner sitting in the back seat of the car, they both share a passionate kiss. Drew finds Fable amazing and he loves the way she gets jealous when his school friend tries to flirt with him. The next day, Fable finds Adele sniffing at their guest house when Drew was around and tells Fable that Drew is not going to stick with her as she is not his type but Adele is. Fable smells something fishy.

When Drew comes back Fable tells him about Adele’s visit and the shock she gave. His mood drifts away and tells her that it is time for her to leave. Then, she almost packs everything when he came and asks her to not to go. Next day, he takes her to lunch. They have wonderful time there and while coming back they share another passionate kiss in rain. Drew proposes to go home and have something more. As soon as they enter the guest house, they start having some intimate time and then Fable calls him “Andrew” with pleasure. But, listening to his full name, Drew just breaks the kiss and comes out of the wonderful time they were having and runs into his room and locks it. Fable chases him and starts knocking his room and crying. When he didn’t open, she finds the key somewhere and opens and finds him standing naked. Finally, they sleep together but nothing happens.

They share some intimate moments and both of them are attracted to each other so much. But, Fable feels the urge to stay away from him before it is too late as this relationship is never going to work. On Thanksgiving Day, Fable escapes to the main building in the morning. She was on phone with Owen saying “I Love You” and “I Miss You” when Adele catches him and accuses her of cheating on Drew. Adele also tells her that Saturday is Drew’s little sister Vanessa’s 2 year death anniversary. Fable never knew he had a sister and gets disappointed of his secrets. Next day, Drew takes her to cemetery and tells her he was responsible for her death by not watching her when she drowned in the swimming pool. Fable consoles him but she smells that this is not the only reason for him to be in so much darkness.

Rest of the day, they spend together in their room on the bed. Adele calls him in the evening and shouts at him for taking Fable to the cemetery and asks him to join them tomorrow as she needs him by her side at the cemetery. Drew refuses to come and hangs up. Saturday morning, Fable is determined to know the complete story and when he doesn’t say it. She starts the guessing game. By the end of it, she knows that Drew was having an affair with Adele for few years. Drew asks her if she hates him after knowing the truth. She tells him that it is not his fault for Adele molesting him. Drew feels so happy that there is someone who can take him for him accepting all his mistakes.

When Drew is pulling his car from the Garage to go back, Adele comes running and knocks on his window. Then, she drops a bomb on him that Vanessa might be his daughter not his sister. Both of them get shocked and they drive in complete silence. Finally, when Drew drops Fable at her house, he tells him that he needs some time to digest all this. Ignoring her requests to stay, he run away. Almost at mid night, she texts him Marshmallow which he receives at 2 in the morning and run to rescue her. In her apartment, they share a beautiful night together and by the time she wakes up in the morning, he is gone. He leaves her a letter in which he tells her “I Love You”. But, still have to leave. By reading the letter, tears just storm from her eyes. Reading the letter again and again, she gets the internal message of the letter, “MARSHMALLOW” by joining the first letter of each sentence. She realizes that she needs to give him some space and wait for him to come back and also that she has to concentrate on taking care of her brother, Owen.

This is what almost the story is. If I were you, I will read the book. Trust me, it is a beautiful one.

10 Nov 2013

About time movie review

Tim (Harry Potter’s own Bill Weasley, Domhnall Gleeson) has finally decided that the time has come to move to London, away for the first time from his loving mum (Lindsay Duncan), dad (Bill Nighy), and sister Kit Kat (Lydia Wilson). His decision comes about after a disastrous New Year’s Eve party and Dad has finally told him a family secret: that the men in their lineage can travel through time. Now, Tim is making his way as a lawyer, while trying to find true love, which comes in the form of Mary (Rachel McAdams), whom he met at a literal blind date bar. Soon enough, Tim is using his family powers to make everything in life as perfect as he can, but not without a few consequences along the way.

Curtis has really shown that he has the directing chops to bring his own screenplays to life, and has scored his biggest triumph yet in About Time. Along with his brilliant cast and amazing soundtrack, Curtis brings one of the year’s absolute best films to theaters. While some may possibly balk about it being just another message movie, there’s certainly nothing wrong with that in this case. For anyone interested to know, watching About Time is the first time my wife has ever seen me cry. Let that be a warning for all viewers! Gleeson may be a surprising lead, but he makes a fantastic one here, carrying the entire film on his shoulders with gusto. Curtis may fall on the trappings of shaky cam a little too much, but it never gets in the way of the story. As for the film itself, all that’s really left to say is that it’s about life, it’s about love, and it’s About Time 2013 started rolling out the masterpieces.
While I’m not sure if it’s the best film of 2013, it sure gives everything else a run for its money. This is the kind of film I could gush on and on about profusely, but kept it short and to the point, for readers’ sake.


Free birds movie review

Every year there’s an increasing number of moderate to big budget animation films with recognisable stars that simply fail to make you laugh even once. These are the most frustrating movie watching experiences because you’re witness to some super high end technology, with no heart or soul to drive it. Free Birds is one of these films.

On paper the film should be a laugh riot because it stars Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson and Amy Poehler, and is directed by the guy who made Horton Hears A Who! and worked on various Pixar films. Sadly Free Birds is one of the, if not the unfunniest film of the year. It’s aimed squarely at very young kids, but the writing falls somewhere between the chasm of demographics — it’s neither cutesy or silly enough to entertain kids nor is it mature enough to entertain adults. The concept is interesting, and would probably have made for a great short film — two turkeys, upset with humans devouring turkeys for thanksgiving travel back in time to the first ever Thanksgiving and stop humans from creating this custom.

Every character and scenario is reminiscent of the ones from either a Pixar or a Dreamworks movie. Wilson’s Reggie is an outcast who dreams of a better life — a character trait that has been done to death in animation cinema. The filmmakers throw in shades of Bill and Ted’s journey with a dash of Chicken Run and in theory that should make for an awesome movie, but it fails on that front.

The film also zips past its runtime in trying to keep things fresh but it fails to escape its clichés. At times it tries to drill in a social message and it fails miserably there as well. The only place where the film actually succeeds is making you wish it ends sooner. That’s sad, considering the talent involved.


Reimei no Arcana manga review

English: Dawn of the Arcana
Synonyms: Reicana
Type: Manga
Volumes: 13
Chapters: 53
Status: Finished
Published: Jan 24, 2009 to Jun 24, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Shoujo
Authors: Toma, Rei (Story & Art)
Serialization: Cheese!

At first glance, Reimei no Arcana may seem like your oh-so-clichè romance and shoujo manga set in fairytale land. Well guess what? That's totally wrong. Reimei no Arcana has a more deep, almost depressing story behind everything. There's blood. There's violence. There are characters that actually develop instead of just act the same throughout the story. This really isn't the typical romance manga directed at girls.

While it's not the most original plot in the world, Rei Toma executes it beautifully. The princess who has been shunned all her life is in an arranged marriage with a prince that she finds disgusting. After spending some genuine time together and going through certain events, however, they come to understand each other more and more as time goes on. Of course, they then develop actual feelings for each other. But don't be fooled - the story is not all based around a sweet romance. As you read on, you'll discover many things that make you think, "What the heck, is this really a SHOUJO manga?" I'm obviously not going to spoil anybody, but I'm just saying that this manga has more to it than meets the eye.

At first, character is nothing very special. Loki is the sweet, caring friend to Nakaba, whereas Nakaba is a princess who's slightly depressed due to her situation, but still attempts to have a somewhat good outlook on life. Until she meets the tsundere prince Caesar, that is. He really is an ass at first, and I admit I disliked him. Thankfully, however, Reimei no Arcana has gorgeous character development. After some certain events happen, you can see how much each character in this manga has grown up.

A perfect 10. The art is simply gorgeous. The girls are beautiful, the boys are handsome. The clothes are wonderfully detailed, and the settings fit in perfectly with the theme. I have absolutely no complaints about art, it's outstanding.
I simply love romance/shoujo manga that are unique. I enjoy my romance/comedy/school/shoujo manga from time to time, but they get boring very quickly due to a lot of them having nearly identical plots. Reimei no Arcana is a wonderful "hidden gem" of romance manga out there. Full of slowly (but surely) paced romance, wonderful characters, and amazing art, how could you not enjoy this?

If you're looking for a typical cheesy romance where no character development takes place, I advise you to pick up another manga instead of Reimei no Arcana. However, if you're looking for a  romance manga that actually has an interesting plot and well-developed characters, by all means, read this.

Haunter movie review

Call it one kind of hell on earth: In “Haunter,” 15-year-old Lisa is the only member of her Reagan-era suburban family who realizes that they are reliving the same day, over and over. Yet, unlike Bill Murray’s weatherman in “Groundhog Day,” they are absolutely, positively dead. And the lingering menace in this serviceable ghost story from the director Vincenzo Natali and the screenwriter Brian King is that things could actually get worse.

Lisa (Abigail Breslin) exists in a picture-perfect house with routines that are like a mild adolescent parody of family banality: Mom assigns chores and summons her for sit-down meals; Dad is square and nice; her little brother wakes her up every morning with a walkie-talkie squawk. When Lisa (wholesome, not bratty, in Ms. Breslin’s hands) questions the supernatural order of things, the film’s boogeyman emerges, along with the macabre underpinnings of the past.

The implication of life after death as a risky search for meaning subtly refreshes the notion of eternal suffering, even if the movie is itself haunted by influences from “Poltergeist” to “Insidious.” Another undertow is generated by the specter of fatherly rage.

Mr. Natali muscles his frights, along with flashes of light and close-ups, freely shuffling between ghostly dimensions. But this director of “Cube” and the bigger, bonkers “Splice” scales the ambitions of his new movie appropriately, even cautiously. And lifted by the sepulchral Stephen McHattie as Lisa’s nemesis, the film’s frazzled thought experiment becomes an adequate yarn.


Carrie movie review

I'm not the biggest fan of remakes, but there are a few of them that have been made over the years that have been just as good or better than the original. I was pretty disappointed when I learned that Stephen King's Carrie was going to get a remake. I wasn't really familiar with the director of the film, Kimberly Peirce, but she managed to cast a group of very talented actors led by Julianne Moore and Chloe Grace Moretz, who were both awesome in the movie! 

Moore absolutely stole the show as Carrie's insane religious mother. She was scary as hell, and gave an incredible performance, one that I think is actually award worthy. I don't know if she'll get nominated because it's a horror film, but damn she was creepy. She just had this look in her eyes that can stab a person's soul. She's the type of person you wouldn't want to piss off. Then there was Moretz in the title role, who pulled it off flawlessly. She was perfectly cast for this role, and had an actual sweetness about her that made you really care about what happened to her, which is one of the things I really liked about this movie. I cared more about the character in this movie than in the original. In the original, Carrie was more of a scary type person, and she was harder to relate to. In this newer film, I think people were able to connect with the character a little more, and it really sucked when things didn't work out for her the way she and the audience wanted it to. You knew what was coming at the end, but you still really wanted to see this poor girl have a happy ending. 

The other thing about the casting in this movie was that all of the characters felt like they were actually real high school students. If you recall in the original version, they all looked like 30-year-olds playing high school kids. So that aspect of it made it feel a little more believable. And most of everyone they cast in these secondary roles did a solid job bringing their characters to life. 

This is actually one of those rare moments where I will say that a remake was better than the original. Now I love the original, and there's a nostalgia about it that this remake will never have. But, in terms of filmmaking, this one was an all around better movie. I was pleasantly surprised by how it turned out, and it seemed like the audience I saw it with enjoyed it as well. It was a very satisfying horror movie, and if you haven't already seen it yet, I suggest that you do! After all, it's the Halloween season, and for those of you itching to see a really well made horror movie, this one might fulfill that need for you.


Horns movie review

Ig Perrish (Daniel Radcliffe) wakes up one morning to find horns growing out of his forehead. Soon, he discovers that when people look at them, they reveal their deepest, darkest secrets, giving Ig the opportunity to solve his girlfriend's murder, for which he is the prime suspect.

Alexandre Aja is a director that seems to be having fun. Since HIGH TENSION he's been a consistent genre director. With the exception of MIRRORS, his films have been pretty inspired, with his HILLS HAVE EYES remake being way better than it had any right to be, while PIRANHA 3D was probably even better than the Roger Corman cult classic that inspired it.

But, a remake is one thing, while something original is a whole other thing. HORNS is based on the novel by Joe Hill, at it's probably Aja's most ambitious movie to date. While his previous films have been heavy on the splatter, HORNS is a mash-up of several different genres. It has supernatural horror elements, but it's also mixed it with heavy doses of black comedy and most importantly, romance. 

At it's heart, HORNS is a tragic love story, with Juno Temple's Merrin being dead before the opening credits roll. Their relationship unfolds through flashbacks and stories being told by the suspects Ig interrogates with his horns, giving this a hearty tinge of film noir. Mixing and matching genres is a pretty tricky thing to pull off, but Aja seemingly does it with ease. While it runs a shade too long at over two hours, for the most part HORNS is a super-solid horror thriller. In fact, I'd say it comes awfully close to being excellent, were it not for one serious flaw- Daniel Radcliffe.

 Radcliffe is usually a pretty good actor, even when he's not playing Harry Potter. He has two movies at TIFF this year that show that- THE F WORD and KILL YOUR DARLINGS. But in HORNS, he has to play tough and if there's one thing Radcliffe is not, it's tough. Shia LaBeouf was the original choice to play Ig, and while he's hit and miss, he would have been perfect as the scrappy Ig, who's like a little pit-bull (Aaron Paul would have been even better). It's certainly a stretch, with him ditching his UK accent, and playing a guy that's supposed to be a ne'er-do-well, with characters telling him over and over again that his only redeeming feature is his relationship with Merrin. And that's the problem; Radcliffe just seems like way too nice a kid to be playing a “bad boy”.

 The rest of the cast is more ideally suited to their parts. Juno Temple, who often plays eccentric, “weird” characters does well playing the kind, idealized Merrin, although she's so perfect she seems more like an angel than a real person (which I guess is the point). David Morse as her angry, bible-thumping father manages to make a cliché seem relatively three dimensional, while James Remar and Kathleen Quinlan as Ig's parents, each have a memorable scene when confronted by the horns. The two scene-stealers here are Joe Anderson as Ig's drug-addled brother- taking another potentially stale role and giving it nuance- and Max Minghella as Ig's childhood friend turned lawyer, and the one guy his horns don't work on.

 Of course, while HORNS is a mash-up of lots of genres, being an Aja film, you can expect a little splatter, particularly close to the end, with his characteristic, almost funny splashes of ultra-violence. But, given the surprising sweetness of the story, HORNS could have a lot of appeal beyond horror fans, and it should elevate Aja's career, which would be great as he really does have a lot of talent. While I have serious issues with Radcliffe's casting, the movie as a whole is still very entertaining and well-worth checking out.

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Gravity movie review

Pepare to be astonished, for in cinemas is Gravity, a spectacular space drama like no other. Starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, this mesmerising movie is a truly towering achievement from director Alfonso Cuarón that exceeds the outer limits of what cinema had previously achieved.

The premise is strikingly simple, though its its execution must have been unimaginably complex. Bullock and Clooney play astronauts working 350 miles above Earth on the Hubble Telescope, when disaster strikes. The rest of the movie sees the two battle to survive in the unbelievably inhospitable conditions of outer space.

Never has so much precision, so much detail, been placed in recreating the zero gravity conditions that seem so alien to us. Even the camera is not contrained by the laws of physics, floating around capturing the whole thing in awe-inspiring long takes. Cuarón also frequently switches between vast wide shots of space with claustrophobic POV shots inside the astronauts helmets.

Character development is surprisingly economical. Bullock's Stone is the hero of the piece, a reserved and detached individual who we learn has joined NASA's programme to escape her own misery back on Earth. Clooney is her opposite, providing comic relief as her incessantly talkative and charming companion.

These are basic characters with little development, and compared with the amount of time focused on the various action sequences, there's no question that Cuarón is in thrall to destruction over deconstruction. But that would be to belittle what is a monumental technical achievement. This is by far the most impressive blockbuster in recent years, a clarion call to the spectacle of cinema that will leave your heart racing and head spinning. Go see Gravity, watch it in 3D, and make sure you catch it on the biggest screen possible.

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We are what we are movie review

There's much to savor in Jim Mickle's "We Are What We Are," a horror film about a kind of religious fanaticism that's gone way off the rails. The movie saves most of its modest number of jolts for its last quarter or so, which makes them all the more intense. They stick in your craw - and be warned, they're not for the squeamish.

Something's off about the Parker family, who live in a depressed part of the Catskills under the strict reign of God-fearing, bearded patriarch Frank (Bill Sage). Teenage daughters Iris (Ambyr Childers) and Rose (Julia Garner) have the ethereal look of 19th century portrait paintings. Their young brother, Rory (Jack Gore), seems perpetually hungry.

As the film opens, their mother abruptly collapses and dies of an unspecified illness during an errand in town. Despite his grief, Frank insists that the family continue its annual preparations for a ritual that involves several days of fasting. The event is called Lamb's Day, and we see in flashbacks its origins in dire circumstances involving the family's 18th century forebears.

The girls, who are really the film's focus, carry out their extremely unpleasant duties with great reluctance. Meanwhile, the local doctor (Michael Parks) has done an autopsy on Mrs. Parker, with a disturbing finding. We learn that years earlier, the doctor's daughter disappeared.

Soon comes a report that another young woman is missing. Torrential rains uncover human body parts. Iris, who's retained some hint of a yearning for normality, attracts the attentions of a young deputy. The doctor presses hard to get to the bottom of things.

Director Mickle ("Stake Land") uses the basic story, with many changes, from a 2010 Mexican movie of the same title, made by Jorge Michel Grau. Mickle's version has all the American Gothic trappings, maybe even pouring it on a bit thick at times. Despite the generally somber tone, there are a few moments when he seems to be tweaking genre buffs' memories of movies by the likes of Wes Craven and Tobe Hooper.

But I don't think he's kidding about his main point, which is that in certain remote corners of America, nightmarish, crackpot religious beliefs take root and grow, and are passed on from generation to generation.

A final note, mainly for non-buffs: Be prepared for an ending that's genuinely berserk

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AFM: Sony Worldwide Signs on for Emma Watson's 'Your Voice in My Head'

The movie project is based on Emma Forrest's best-selling book.

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has struck a multi-territory deal for all rights to director Francesca Gregorini's Your Voice in My Head, starring Emma Watson.

Emma Watson on the Cannes Jewelry Heist: 'I Promise It Wasn’t Me!'

International Film Trust announced the deal on Tuesday on the eve of the American Film Market, where head of sales Christian de Gallegos will sell remaining markets. Based on novelist Emma Forrest's best-selling book, Your Voice in My Head tells the inspirational story of a young, bipolar English woman living in New York and the psychiatrist who saves her life while fighting for his own.

Gregorini is set to start shooting in early 2014.

SPWA has picked up all rights in the U.K., Australia/New Zealand, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia and Latin America. In addition, IFT has sold South Korea to Sookie, Turkey to Kalinos, Switzerland to Praesens, Hong Kong, India and Taiwan to PT Parkit, Singapore to Shaw, China to HGC and the Middle East to Shooting Stars.

“Emma Forrest has written an incredibly engaging and heartfelt script that has really resonated with buyers,” said de Gallegos. “Emma Watson’s ability to connect with audiences in her performances has buyers eager to see her bring Forrest’s character to life, and we are thrilled with the response so far.”

CAA is representing domestic rights.

Jennifer Lawrence Cut Hair Short Because It Was "Fried," "Couldn't Get Any Uglier"

No one—not even Jennifer Lawrence—can endlessly dry, dye, highlight, straighten and curl their hair without repercussions.

The inevitable damage resulting from over-processing one's hair is part of why the Hunger Games: Catching Fire star got her hair cut into a short pixie 'do. The other reason? "My hair couldn't get any uglier," she quipped during a Yahoo "Fireside Chat" on Thursday, Nov. 7.

"I don't know, I cut it earlier, and it was just kind of like [shoulder-length] and it grew to that awkward, gross length," said the actress, who wore a chic black and white ensemble paired with a spike lariat necklace by Sydney Evan for the occasion. "I just kept putting it back in a bun, and I said, 'Well I don't want to do this,' so I just cut it off."

In a Google+ hangout, the 23-year-old actress admitted part of the reason she chopped off her locks was because they were "fried from being dyed too much." She then added jokingly that her drastic 'do was "just to annoy" Catching Fire director Francis Lawrence. But, in case any Mockingjays were concerned, J.Law didn't just up and decide to give District 12's darling an impromptu makeover!

"This isn't how Katniss is going to look in the next movies, don't worry," she said. "I'm wearing a wig."

Effie Trinket will surely be pleased.

9 Nov 2013

CMA Awards 2013: Taylor Swift takes home Pinnacle Award

Taylor Swift was the subject of some star-studded praise Wednesday as she picked up the Pinnacle Award at the 47th annual Country Music Association Awards.

The award goes to artists who take country music to a worldwide audience. Garth Brooks is the only previous winner. He won in 2005.

A group of country music's elite came on stage to present the honor to Swift, including George Strait, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Keith Urban and Brad Paisley -- all of whom gave Swift a chance to open for them on the road a teenager.

A video salute followed with appearances by Justin Timberlake, Julia Roberts, Carly Simon, Ethel Kennedy, Ellen DeGeneres and Mick Jagger -- whose appearance made Swift shout.

The 23-year-old Swift recounted a call she got out of the blue from her Big Machine Records head Scott Borchetta when she was 16.

"He said, 'Can you be on the road in two days to open for Rascal Flatts,' and I immediately started screaming and said, 'This must be a miracle,'" she said. "He said, 'No, it's not a miracle. Eric Church got fired for playing too long.'"

She added: "You've made me fell so special right now, thank you."

Earlier in the evening, she took the stage for a somber, acoustic performance of her hit "Red," accompanied by Vince Gill, Alison Krauss and Sam Bush.

Swift was up for six awards coming into the CMAs (tied with Kacey Musgraves for the most nominations), including the night's top honor, entertainer of the year.

Ref: cbsnews.com

Chris and Liam Hemsworth in 2006

“Thor: The Dark World” starring Chris Hemsworth hits theatres today – but he’s not the only Hemsworth with a major film coming out this month. His little brother, 23-year-old heartthrob Liam, stars alongside Jennifer Lawrence in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” which will be in theatres in just two weeks.

And while the dreamy brothers have hit superstar status now – they haven’t always been so famous – or so dapper.

Behold: these super cute photos from 2006, when Chris was just starting to make a name for himself, and before Liam even made his acting debut.

In one of the photos, taken at a Dancing With The Stars after party, the Hemsworth brothers pose with their mom and dad for a family snap.

Twenty-three-year-old Chris gets a kiss from mom while 16-year-old Liam stands by wearing a slightly-embarrassing printed button-down shirt (but we’re pretty sure every teenage guy had a shirt like this in the mid-2000s, so it’s OK. It was a difficult time for fashion.)

"Thor - The Dark World" Movie Review

(EW.com) -- Every superhero movie is, on some level, an attempt to demonstrate that a godlike being with flabbergasting powers — he flies! He wields a megaton hammer! — also has an inner life.

The success of the film hinges on how well it yokes together the external and the internal. "Thor: The Dark World," a watchable but technologically over-scaled slab of Marvel boilerplate, is far from a great superhero movie — it's more like the diagram for one. Having done his time as a magical Norse hunk-out-of-water in "Thor" (2011) and "The Avengers" (2012), our hero (Chris Hemsworth) now finds himself back on Asgard. There, his father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins, serving up his own special brand of highbrow scenery chewing), enlists him in a battle for the cosmos.

The Nine Realms are about to converge, which means that the Dark Elves, led by the scowling Malekith (Christopher Eccleston), can now finally seize their moment to destroy Asgard. Are your eyes already glazing over?

To succeed, the Elves must gain control of the Aether (pronounced ''ether''), a supreme energy force in the form of what looks like a floating spill of red wine. In the film's rather desperate attempt to personalize the plot, the Aether, which requires a host organism, has leaped inside the body of Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), the astrophysicist who fell for Thor and has been waiting two years for him to return.

Portman plays her like a petulant schoolgirl, and that's the movie's notion of a joke: Jane just wants a boyfriend, while Thor, who loves her back, has weightier concerns. Really, though, "The Dark World" should have given Jane a better reason for hanging around than the fact that she's playing host body to a glob of extraterrestrial protoplasm.

The first "Thor" was directed by Kenneth Branagh with an elegant verve that made the special effects at once witty and spectacular. Alan Taylor, who directed this sequel, is a prestige veteran of the small screen ("Mad Men," "The Sopranos," "Game of Thrones"), but he brings little of that avid storytelling tightness to "The Dark World."

The new film sprawls, often with more spirit than reason. And though its images can be exciting (the Oz-like palace of Asgard, airships that glide like daggers), the battles have a videogame medieval dazzle that temporarily heightens the senses, then leaves you numb.

Hemsworth's Thor is once again a charismatically fast and bold stud-Viking warrior, but now that he's mostly on his home planet (with occasional forays down to London), he somehow seems less super. Only when Tom Hiddleston is on screen, as Thor's dark-souled stepbrother, Loki, does any real drama take hold.

Loki has been imprisoned for his treachery, but it turns out that Thor needs his help to defeat the Dark Elves. Can he trust Loki not to betray him? Hiddleston, with pleading eyes and a mad-dog grin, plays Loki as a wounded sociopath who's cackling at the world but seething on the inside. Which makes you realize he's just about the only character in the movie who has an inside.

1 Nov 2013

Music picks of 2012 - 2013

Here are our 2013 music picks. There is no particular order. Just the ones we enjoyed this year. Jenny..!! Hope you will listen all these and give me a call...:)

1. Lorde - Royals

2. Miley Cyrus - Wrecking Ball

3. Katy Perry - Roar

4. Lumineers Ho Hey

5. Maroon 5 - One more night

6. Lady Gaga- Applause

7. Robin Thicke- Blurred Lines 

8. Capital Cities - Safe and Sound

9. Lana Del Rey - Summer Time Sadness

10. Miley Cyrus - We can't stop

11. Imagine Dragons - RadioActive

12. Bruno Mars - Treasure

13. Anna Kendricks - Cups 

14.  Daft Punk - Get Lucky

15. Zedd - Clarity 

16. Justin TimberLake - Mirrors

17.  Can't Hold Us

18.  Maroon 5 Love Somebody

19. Selena Gomez - Come and Get it

20. Pink - Just Give me a reason

21. Icona Pop - I love it

22.  Rihanna - Stay

23. Pit Bull - Feel This Moment

24. Demi Lovato - Heart Attack

25. All Taylor Swift RED album (I am a big fan of her)

There must be some songs that I have missed. But, I really love all these songs. Hoping for some more good ones..