27 Sep 2013

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 movie review

The Herculean task of any sequel is repeating the experience of the original film, or improving on it. That’s nigh on impossible because of the simple fact that you only get to take the viewing public utterly by surprise once.

The out-of-nowhere novelty and delight of Sony Animation’s “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” based on Judi and Ron Barrett’s children’s book, are missing in “Meatballs 2.” The design and color palette are as glorious as ever. But the laughs are few and innovations fewer in this generally winded knock-off.
Inventor Flint Lockwood’s cuisine-creating weather machine has come to the attention of his idol, corporate scientist and TV science show host Chester V (Will Forte), who worries that the island of Swallow Falls is too dangerous to live on — for now. The gadget is producing food animals — predators, “Taco-diles” and Cheese(burger) Spiders, Su-sheep and Shrimpanzees and Fla-mangoes.

So Chester persuades the town to evacuate and Flint (Bill Hader) to join Chester V’s “Think-quanauts,” scientists who work in Chester V’s invention factory. Eventually, Flint is commissioned to go back and turn off his errant weather-food machine, and his pals Sam Sparks the meteorologist (Anna Faris), her camera operator/scientist Manny (Benjamin Bratt), former baby model Brent (Andy Samberg), hyper-active cop Earl (Terry Crews, replacing Mr. T.) and Flint’s sardine-fisherman dad (James Caan, replacing James Gandolfini) venture back there to brave “an eco-system of living food.”

Hats off to production designer Justin Thompson and art director David Bleich, who conjure up a scary Taco-dile Supreme and a syrup bog of slow-motion chases through the sticky stuff, where the dead swamp trees are actually strips of bacon.
The moral lessons, about science making the world a better place (or creating mayhem) and accepting that your children will not always emulate you or live up to your expectations, are muddier. There’s a villain rather than a runaway technology to battle here. And the villain is bland as oatmeal without the raisins.
It’s all more cynical than silly, the sort of movie you get when the corporate desire for a sequel precedes the creative team’s great idea for a sequel. Which, in this case, they didn’t have.



Curse of Chucky movie review

It has been nine years since a new entry into the Chucky franchise has been made.
Curse of Chucky takes place almost completely in the span of one rainy night in a house full of disgruntled family members. Nica’s mother has just recently passed away, not too long after they received a Good Guy’s doll in the mail. Her sister Barb and brother-in-law Ian come to visit with their daughter Alice and live-in nanny Jill.

The movie does so much right that it’s easy to overlook the very few flaws it has. The pacing and writing coincide to create a fun blood-soaked jaunt that never gets boring or dull. Mancini (pulling double duty as writer as well as director) does a great job at introducing and ushering off characters in a fashion that doesn’t bog the film down with a bunch of characters who get three minutes of film time before getting the axe, or butcher knife in this case. The kills are kitschy, but in the best way possible, waxing nostalgic of the slasher films of the late eighties and early nineties, and Fiona Dourif does an excellent job as the wheelchair bound Nica. In addition, it’s always a blast to see Brad Dourif reprise his role as both the doll and Charles Lee Ray.

The movie also does a couple of other things that are really neat for the horror buffs out there. One, the new Chucky is easily the most terrifying looking doll they’ve ever made for the movies. His actions and sheen are far more fluid and realistic than any of the previous entries and it makes the doll that much creepier. The best addition, though, has to be the addition to the lore of Child’s Play. It adds a lot to the back story of the series and doesn’t feel forced or contrived. Pop in a couple of awesome cameos and you have a movie that can draw in new fans and fanboys.

Overall, Curse of Chucky is a great entry in the series. It has a few minimal issues, some hammy acting and the ending drags on about fifteen minutes too long, but it’s an enjoyable flick. After being subjected to Bride and Seed, Curse is the movie that fans have been waiting for for over a decade. Plus, you know you missed that chilling laugh of his.


Kristen Stewart Left Traumatised Over Constant Robert Pattinson Romance Rumours

Robert Pattinson has been linked to several women since splitting from ex girlfriend Kirsten Stewart earlier this year, but sources say he's now ready to go steady again with personal trainer Sydney Liebes. However, it seems like K-Stew isn't happy with the constant romance rumours, according to new reports.

Kristen is currently filming new movie Sils Maria in Germany, but sources say that she's reportedly having a "hard time" moving on from her ex beau, despite being busy with work.

“She’s traumatised by it,” a source told OK! magazine of the constant romance rumours surrounding Rob, adding: “Every time she reads about him with a new girl, she goes into meltdown mode. But reading his new interview, where he’s definitely on the hunt for love, has tipped her over the edge," speaking of the actor's Harper's Bazaar Arabia quotes, where he was asked what he looks for in a woma
That’s not the only interview that may have hurt Kristen as Glamour magazine, Italy interviewed Rob asking him if he was happy now, to which he said: “I accepted many things, and now I almost feel weird admitting it — because if you say it, then the moment may vanish quickly,” he responded. “But yes, I am happy now.”

It was reported earlier today that the Twilight hunk, who split from Kristen in May after four years together, has grown close to personal trainer Sydney.

Claiming the brunette is nothing like his former A-list girlfriend, a reported insider told RadarOnline: “Sydney kind of looks like Kristen, but she’s not at all like her,”

“She’s down to earth, really energetic, uplifting, whereas Kristen is so somber and tomboyish. Sydney’s a great match for Rob!"

“Sydney is very well-rounded. Of course, she’s a personal trainer, so she’ll keep him in good health. And she still likes to party too, but nothing crazy. She’s not a big drinker. It’s definitely a great match.”

Rob reportedly asked Sydney out after getting to know her during their training sessions.

“This is kind of her first big A-list client,” the friend went on, “She’s trained clients at Equinox Beverly Hills but nothing of Rob’s status.”

“So she started training him and they were connecting really well, Rob invited her out.”

Selena Gomez Be On Course To Be The New Face Of Versace

So much so that rumour has it that she could be in track to be the new face of Versace.
Just days after she was spotted having a private meeting with American Vogue editor Anna Wintour, she was then seen dining with Donatella Versace!

Selena was in Milan for Fashion Week last week and was seen sitting in the coveted front row at the Versace show.

And she wrote: "To be great, learn from the greatest."

This cosyness sent the rumour mill into overdrive that Selena was on her way to becoming a face for Versace.

And Italia Living think Versace and Selena would be good together, stating: "Her music thus far appeals to any any age group, her taste in style and elegance is admired by all as well..."

"Donatella Versace has to be pleased with her long time fashion house fan and new found friend."

It certainly looks like Selena is destined for big fashion things.

During her time in Milan, she was spotted at the Four Seasons Hotel with Wintour, which started rumours that she was in line for a cover shoot.

Especially after Miley Cyrus was allegedly dropped from the December Vogue cover after her salacious VMA performance.

Miley Cyrus Breakup Song, 'Drive,' Penned In February Before Liam Hemsworth Split

Miley Cyrus recently opened up about her new breakup song, "Drive," which reportedly alludes to her relationship with her ex-fiance, Liam Hemsworth.

The 20-year-old pop singer appears on the cover of the November issue of FASHION magazine, photographed at a private estate in the Hollywood Hills. In the candid cover interview, she revealed that "Drive," a track off her upcoming album, "BANGERZ," is a song about heartache.

“I wrote it while I was working on Valentine’s Day — emotionally it was such a hard time," Cyrus told the magazine. "It is about needing to leave someone but not really wanting to completely cut yourself off from the relationship. It’s a time when you want to leave but you can’t. It’s also about moving on.”

FASHION notes that the song refers to her split from Hemsworth, whom she met on the set of "The Last Song" back in 2009 and got engaged to last year. The two confirmed they had broken up on Sept. 16.

"Drive" is certainly not the only breakup tune on her new album, due out Oct. 8. In "Wrecking Ball" she croons about "All I wanted was to break your walls / All you ever did was wreck me." Last weekend, she cried when performing the song live at Las Vegas' iHeart Radio Music Festival.

"BANGERZ" is certainly set to be a big one for Cyrus, who has said she gave her all to the album.

"I want my record to be the biggest record in the world, and I've given everything to get here, even down to friends and family and relationships -- I've just put this music first," she told Billboard back in June. "That's been kind of a trip: It's not like I'm losing who I am -- I actually found out more about who I am by making this music... Because I'm not the same person I was six months ago -- I'm not even the same person I was two weeks ago."

Taylor Swift & Hailee Steinfeld Continue To Be Chums

Is Selena being replaced?!
We highly doubt that, Taylor Swift was just being a supportive buddy!
The I Knew You Were Trouble singer went to support her new BFF Hailee Steinfeld at the premiere of her new flick, Romeo and Juliet this past Tuesday night.
But we started to wonder a la Carrie Bradshaw: how exactly did these two become buds?!
The Romeo and Juliet star revealed they met through a mutual famous friend:

“We met, oh my gosh, like three years ago through our mutual friend Emma Stone."

Who knew that meeting would have been the start of a beautiful friendship?
We wonder if boys are ever a topic of discussion between the two…

"Oh yeah, of course. What else is there to talk about?"

Well, you can always go to Tay-Tay for boy advice, she always knows what’s best. Just ask Selenita!
Ahh! Besties for life!!

Jennifer Aniston Fed Up with Emma Roberts

“Jennifer Aniston has had enough of her ‘We’re The Millers’ co-star Emma Roberts because of the starlet’s out-of-control behavior,” reports the National Enquirer.

According to the magazine, which has spread false stories about both actresses, “wild-child” Roberts is “too much” for Aniston.

“Jen totally disapproves of Emma’s hard partying and public blowups,” a so-called “insider” tells the Enquirer. “She’s even told Emma that unless she shapes up, she may not be invited back for a possible ‘Millers’ sequel.”

The Enquirer source adds, “It’s sad because Jen’s been backing [Roberts'] career all the way. Jen’s an old pro, and the crazy headlines about Emma and her diva behavior just don’t sit well with her.”

With We’re The Millers a big box office hit, Aniston supposedly wants to make it a franchise and is worried about her younger co-star.

“She’s not going to have her plans sidetracked by someone who’s not in control of their PR,” explains the Enquirer source.

This is absurd.

Last month, Star ran a FALSE report about Aniston supposedly telling Roberts to “get therapy” after her fight with Evan Peters, and now the Enquirer is trying to stir up similar drama.

Roberts is not the loose cannon the tabloids want her to be, and Aniston is not obsessed with her co-star’s headlines.

Rupert Grint is NSFW in new clip from 'CBGB'

Perhaps fans shouldn’t be surprised to see the Harry Potter star shedding his clothes in a new, NSFW clip from the film CBGB, named after the iconic club that featured the acts that kicked off New York’s punk scene. Grint, alongside Justin Bartha, star as the Dead Boys. Johnny Galecki, Ashley Greene, and many others join them as some of the other iconic acts that passed through CBGB’s doors. Perhaps most excitingly for Potter fans, Grint will be joined by Alan Rickman, who portrays CBGB owner Hilly Kristal.

20 Sep 2013

HTC Desire 600C Launched in India

HTC seems to be on a phone launching spree in the country. The phone-maker today launched HTC Desire 600C, the mid-range smartphone in India. HTC Desire 600C is the successor of HTC Desire 600C. While HTC Desire 600 supports dual-SIM both in GSM mode, HTC Desire 600C is for CDMA lovers. There are not many specification differences when it comes to HTC Desire 600 and HTC Desire 600C.

In the looks department, HTC Desire 600C takes after the HTC One gene pool. HTC Desire 600C comes in a sleek looking design with sharply curved edges giving it the rectangular form. However, the phone is not a replica of HTC One. There are subtle changes that sets each HTC piece at an advantage over the other (is Samsung listening?!). The phone comes with a glossy back with the camera mounted in a circle on the top. Right above the camera is the flash light. The circle comes with a metallic accent giving a unique look to the phone. While the form is the same as HTC Desire 600, the dual speakers set it apart.

HTC Desire 600C runs on Android with HTC’s much loved-hated HTC Sense on top. However, whether it will be Android Jelly Bean version 4.1 or the newer 4.2 is still unknown. Needless to say, the phone features HTC’s Blinkfeed, HTC Video Highlights and other features. HTC Desire 600C comes with 4.5 inch qHD display and measures 127 grams. There’s no word on the screen resolution but we guess it might be the same as HTC Desire 600 at 540 x 960 pixels. 

Under the hood of HTC Desire 600C runs a quad-core processor. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.2 GHz quad-core processor coupled with 1 GB RAM should make the phone smooth. The phone comes with 8 GB internal memory which can be expanded up to further 64 GB using MicroSD card slot. While skipping the MicroSD card slot seems to be the new trend in smartphones, we are glad HTC has equipped HTC Desire 600C with one.

While not the now famed Ultra-pixel camera, HTC Desire 600C comes with a 8 MP rear end snapper with LED flash. The phone also comes with a 1.6 MP front-end camera.

Though there’s nothing that really stands out, or no one feature which makes the phone unique, HTC Desire 600C is definitely a strong phone in its class. We totally love HTC hardware and their Sense UI tweaks only add to the experience. The phone was launched for Rs 28,900 in India and is available online. The pricing seems a tad high but with smartphones getting more and more expensive, the price seems reasonable. However, we aren’t really sure of the CDMA market in the country. 

Kristen Stewart Dated Rupert Sanders Again After His Divorce

Whoa!!! We always chalked their love affair up to long, lonely nights on set, but maybe it was something more!!!
According to a new report in OK! Magazine, The Snow White director may have also soaked her heart in warm-fuzzies!!!
K-Stew apparently had serious feelings for Rupey Rupe!!! Reports say she may have even returned to his embrace after he divorced Liberty Ross!!
Wowzers!! So why aren't they together right this very now?!
Apparently Rupert wasn't having it! He simply did NOT want to rekindle those flames!
Maybe the director didn't like the taste he got of life in the limelight.
Either way, these feelings may have contributed to the permanent destruction of her relationship with Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson!

Robert Pattinson Reportedly Selling Home He Shared With Kristen Stewart

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart's former love nest might not be empty for long.
According to RealEstalker, the actor is looking to sell the $6.2 million mansion in Los Angeles he once shared with his Twilight costar.
The Dior spokesmodel first purchased the three bedroom three and a half bath house in 2011, about a year before his then-girlfriend's cheating scandal in July of last year.
When the couple split, the actress scored a $2.2 million pad right down the street from the Spanish-style mansion. A few months later during their temporarily reconciliation, the pair began to spend time together in both homes in the Los Feliz neighborhood.
R.Patz reveals what he wants in a girlfriend
Alas, the duo's final breakup this summer seems to be sticking. Pattinson has been renting a five bedroom and six bathroom home in Beverly Hills, which includes a sports bar, heated swimming pool, steam room, library and spa. 
The actor recently spoke about fixing up his new pad. Telling Harper's Bazaar Arabia that he's been "fixing pipes."

Kim Hyun Joong's New Drama November Airing Postponed; Confirmed Broadcast on January 2014

KBS miniseries "Age of Feelings" has been confirmed that it will air in next January.
Scheduled to be the new year's first Wed/Thur drama.

Confirmed to air in January 2014 as the new year's first mega project

A mega project drama, to be made with total 15 billion won's budget.
Shanghai Media Group (SMG) pledged its full support for the filming (the drama) in China.

KBS 2TV Wed/Thur miniseries 'Age of Feelings' (Script Chae Seung Dae/ Lee Yun Hwan, Director Kim Jung Kyu, Production Company Ray&Mo) has been confirmed that it will air in next January.

'Age of Feelings', portraying Korea-China-Japan's romantic gangsters set in 1930's Shanghai, is the most anticipated KBS drama of 2014 and a mega project, total 15 billion won's production cost will be invested into.

Since the drama's main background is Shanghai, there are huge outdoor sets preparing in China. The effort of the crew and cast to make the higher quality drama is expected to gain momentum by its air schedule confirmed, despite the tight schedule.

Now the production company Ray&Mo has determined to join hands with Shanghai Media Group (SMG) in order to film in China, also the filming will begin next month. It is said that Shanghai Media Group (SMG) which is one of the biggest companies in the field in Shanghai, China, has guaranteed to provide full support for the filming in general like permissions from the local.

The cast also agreed to make the drama higher quality rather than make its air date sooner since they felt the filming schedule would be delayed because of the oversea filming and preparations.

Since the drama has been confirmed to air in January, 'Age of Feelings' cast and crew made a fresh start and put themselves into the drama filming with enthusiasm to bring a higher quality drama for the viewers.

'Age of Feelings' is an emotional romantic noir, portraying 1930's Korea-China-Japan's romantic gangsters' love, fidelity, and friendship with large-scale and amazing action scenes.
KBS 2TV Wed/Thur miniseries 'Age of Feelings' is scheduled to air in next January.


KBS clarifies "Age of Feelings" has been confirmed to air in January because of its oversea filming schedule.
(http://office.kbs.co.kr/cyberpr/799586 2013/09/17 16:20)
In the morning KBS also has officially reported that the drama "Age of Feelings" re-scheduled (postponed) not canceled and asked to reflect KBS official opinion.

(http://office.kbs.co.kr/cyberpr/799556 2013/09/17/09:57)

Billy Ray Cyrus on his daughter: 'That's still my Miley'

She might have had the world talking after her controversial appearance at MTV's Video Music Awards last month, but to at least one person, Miley Cyrus is still just who she is.
"She's just Miley," her father, Billy Ray Cyrus, told CNN's "Piers Morgan Live."
"She's an artist. She's real. I think that what's happened over the years, Miley has been reinventing her sound. She's evolving as an artist herself. I think that all of what everyone is calling controversy now, that's still my Miley," he said.
Billy Ray Cyrus spoke at length Thursday night about his daughter's performance at the VMAs.
The performance was a far cry from her Disney days as "Hannah Montana."
Billy Ray Cyrus said he had known his daughter planned to do "something really special" at the VMAs to get everyone talking.
"Miley's smart enough to know that to come out of the shadows of 'Hannah Montana,' it really takes something extremely drastic, which when you go to that level, it creates passion, and passion is either love or hate. But there's no middle of the road for passion," he said, adding that the performance pushed his daughter to new heights.
"She has risen to a whole new level. I thought I had seen it all -- until these last couple of weeks," he told CNN's Morgan.

Selena Gomez Not Allowed Into Russia Because She Supports Gay Rights

While most of Europe welcomed Selena with open arms when she traveled the continent on her ‘Stars Dance’ tour, Russia was not so eager to greet her. Sel was set to perform two concerts in the former communist nation in September, but Russian officials have turned down her visa request, apparently because Selena supports gay rights. How shocking!
Selena Gomez may be America’s sweetheart, but Russia is not too fond of the 21-year-old actress and singer. Organizers for the two concerts Selena had scheduled at St. Petersburg’s Ice Palace on Sept. 23 and Moscow’s Olimiisky stadium on Sept. 25 told The Moscow Times that Russian officials denied Sel’s request to enter the country under its new anti-gay law. Read on for more details.

Selena Gomez: Russia Banned Selly For Gay Rights Stance — Concert Cancelled
Poor Selena had to cancel both of the tour stops and she is no longer going to Russia, her rep tells E! News. U.S. gay rights activist John Becker, who started a Change.org petition asking Selena to speak out for gay Russians when she performed in the country, tells E! News in a statement:

This cancellation of Selena Gomez’s visa shows that the Russian government is sensitive and on the defense, and shows that the pressure from people all around the world and the backlash against these laws is strong. They’re afraid to have someone like Selena Gomez come in and potentially use her platform to advance LGBT rights.

Wow! It’s hard to believe Russia could be afraid of innocent little Selena — especially when she is only trying to send a positive message to the world. It’s so sad that her Russian fans won’t get to see her because of this.

Big Weekend For Taylor Swift in Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Country Music Superstar Taylor Swift is taking center stage in Nashville for three days straight.  She is wrapping up the North American leg of her "RED" tour here in Music City.

Thursday night she performed the first of three sold out concerts at the Bridgestone Arena.

Taylor's "RED" tour has played to sold-out crowds across the U-S and Canada since March including 36 arenas and 9 stadiums. 

The shows in Nashville Thursday, Friday and Saturday end a record-breaking run where she played 58 shows in 45 cities.  

Taylor's buddy from the United Kingdom, Ed Sherran, is opening up all three shows here.  

Earlier Thursday Swift was presented with a plaque commemorating $4 million in sales for her album "RED" in the U-K. The album has sold six million copies worldwide.  

The singer said she wanted to save Nashville as the last city in the North American leg of  her tour.

Next,  Taylor Swift will travel down under to entertain crowds in Australia.

Jamie Campbell Bower challenges Rupert Grint to shave off all his hair

The cheeky Mortal Instruments actor, 24, shares a Harry Potter filming credit (they were both in The Deathly Hallows) with 25-year-old Grint and took delight in challenging his former co-star to shave off his ginger locks.

‘Here’s my dare for Rupert Grint – shave all of your hair off. All of it,’ the blonde London lad said.

‘Eyebrows, head… the lot! That is my dare to you Rupert Grint. If you do that, I will do the same,’ he went on, talking to Hunger magazine for the I Dare You video section of their website

Emma Watson Models Custom-Made Green Gowns For 'The Edit'

At 23, Emma Watson is a grown Muggle woman—and The Edit’s got the pictures to prove it. Polished, poised and far, FAR from Hermione, the actress and eco-activist was recently tapped by Green Carpet Challenge creator, Livia Firth, to star in an editorial spread that supports ethical fashion AND looks super pretty. BTW, if you’re scratching your head about the phrase “ethical fashion,” it’s not as cray as it may seem. And it’s not all tie-dye and Tevas and giant threads of harsh hemp made into a basket-weave bodice. (Although, if something like that exists, I would very much like to see it.)

Ethical fashion focuses on producing “something responsibly that explores sustainability,” says Burberry’s Christopher Bailey, who was one of five British-based designers involved in the project, along with Christopher Kane, Victoria Beckham, Erdem and Roland Mouret. And while it's not exactly an abundant alternative yet, that's something that Firth and Watson are hoping to change. "I’ve always had this huge problem," Emma confessed. "I would love to wear garments that are ethically sourced, but there aren’t enough options for me to be able to do that realistically."

ICYMI, Watson’s been involved in green fashion for a while now, so she was an obvious choice to showcase the spread. In 2010, she designed a collection for Fairtrade brand People Tree. Then in 2011, she teamed up with Alberta Ferretti to create a sustainably-produced capsule collection called Pure Threads. What now, Emma? A shoe made entirely from recycled Diet Coke cans?! Makeup made from compost remains?! *shudders, takes back suggestion* "It just seemed like [the project] was something I had to do, something I'd been waiting for," she says. "Livia's created a lobbying body to put pressure on governments and corporations to encourage them to have [ethical responsibility] as their baseline. It's quite awesome." Well, and Emma Watson, YOU'RE awesome.

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe takes break from acting after West End stint

A lot of people who hadn’t seen The Cripple of Inishmaan bought into the stories that the play was making its star Daniel Radcliffe ill.
They were unware that the Harry Potter actor liked to make a quick exit from the Noël Coward Theatre after performances and often didn’t bother to remove his make-up. In his final scenes in the play, it scarcely made him look a picture of health, as his character, getting over TB, was badly beaten up.
Radcliffe now says the play left him only “slightly exhausted”, and that was because he was combining it with making a second series of Young Doctor’s Notebook. He plans to return to the rigours of the boards after a short break.

Insidious Chapter 2 movie review

Three years after “Insidious” introduced moviegoers to the Lambert family and its troubling connection to the spirit world, the stars and filmmakers have reunited for another installment. “Insidious: Chapter 2” picks up where the first story ended, but the sequel has enough scares, laughs and a story of its own to stand alone.

Like its 2010 predecessor, “Insidious 2” is a haunted-house tale with supernatural elements. The typical horror-movie tropes are at play here: Creaky doors, creepy apparitions and long, dark hallways explored by flashlight. There’s also a haunted piano that repeats the same eerie melody and an outrageously loud and colorful baby walker that spontaneously lights up and moves around.

Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne return as Josh and Renai Lambert, well-meaning parents who moved into a new home after fearing their last one was haunted. Their eldest son, Dalton (Ty Simpkins), has recovered from a mysterious coma (a reference to the first film), but he’s still plagued by nightmares. He doesn’t just see dead people; they want something from him. When the frights become too much for Renai, the family decides to stay with grandma for a while.
Lorraine Lambert (Barbara Hershey) has been through this kind of thing before, when her own son, Josh, was haunted as a child. She knows who to call. Josh was treated by ghost specialists as a child, and a flashback to his youth reveals even more about the source of his troubles.

The film is also self-aware and self-referential, rewarding viewers of the original film with additional explanations in the sequel. And, like its predecessor, “Chapter 2” leaves open the possibility of more to come.


17 Sep 2013

Kimikiss Pure Rouge Anime review

Synonyms: Kimi-kiss pure rouge
Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 7, 2007 to Mar 23, 2008
Producers: J.C. Staff, Bandai Visual, Lantis, Sentai FilmworksL
Genres: Drama, Romance, School
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

Wow. Just wow. After watching the last episode of Kimikiss, I can say that this was one of the best romance animes I've seen in a long while. 

The story is so simple ... it's about true love. We all chase it, but not all catch it. And that's what our two main guys are doing as well. Revolving around the typical high-school environment, two events of the first episode put a whole romance story in motion, a romance story you probably won't forget that easy. It seems so simple and human that you easy forget about this world and live the feelings of the characters involved in this story. As in all romance animes, the drama can't miss out, and you'll find many moments when you'll actually feel like crying. One thing I didn't like was the ending, since I hoped I could see a bit of a "1 year later" story but it ended kind of abruptly. Well, nevertheless, the story is probably the greatest thing about Kimikiss. 

I've heard some people don't like the artwork from Kimikiss and I certainly don't know why, because I consider it pretty good. The characters are drawn good (even though it has a different style than other animes), the background scenery is pretty good as well so I see no reason why. Plus, in episode 20, when they changed the art for the Kazuki-Eriko scene, it was very interesting to see that depth in the eyes, that facial expression that few animations can give, even for one episode.

Not much to say about this part. The OST is very good and the background music fits the anime like a glove. Not to mention the great OP/ED songs that can really make you sing along with 'em.. It's one of those songs that make being in love a happy, cheerful and awesome thing, like you forget all the bad parts. 

Character was one of the things that caught me from the first episode. The variety of girls fits a harem anime, yet one of the main elements here are the guys. 

It's the first romance shows I've seen that actually has 2 main guys, so two main stories at the same time. You can see them throughout the anime how they become from the inexperienced, lonely bums to guys that know how to face the facts and have the guts to get past the obstacles in their way. They fall in love, and that's what makes them stronger. I really think the characters made this show more worthwhile.

I loved it. From the first episode to the last episode in spring , I loved this anime. When I saw the first episode, it captured me and didn't let me go. I still love it even now and I'll keep it because I'll surely watch it again someday, probably when love strikes me. Here's one anime that deserves a hats off. Good job. Definitely recommended!

The opening titles:

11 Sep 2013

Apple unveils powerful iPhone 5s and entry-level 5c

Apple on Tuesday unveiled two new iPhones: the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5C. "iPhone 5 was instantly the most-loved iPhone ever, and it had the most successful first year of any iPhone we've ever done," Apple CEO Tim Cook said.

"The business has become so large that this year we're going to replace the iPhone 5...and we're gonna replace it with not one, but two new designs." These include the powerful iPhone 5s and the colorful iPhone 5c.

The iPhone 5s

"The most forward-thinking phone we've ever created," Schiller said of the new iPhone 5s (shown at top). The iPhone 5s comes in three metal finishes: silver, gold, and something called "space gray." It's made of high-grade aluminum, with chamfered edges.

Schiller said that the iPhone 5s offers great, unparalleled performance, calling it a "huge leap forward." The phone uses the 64-bit A7 system-on-a-chip processor from Apple, and it's the first and only smartphone to use a 64-bit processor.

Apple says the A7 chip uses desktop-class architecture, with a modern instruction set and over a billion transistors—and it's the same size as the A6.

iOS 7 already supports a native 64-bit kernel, Schiller said. All the built-in apps from Apple already have been reengineered for 64-bit, and it will be easy for third-party developers to compile their apps for the iPhone 5s as well.

"The benefits are huge," Schiller said. The A7 is up to twice as fast at CPU and graphics tasks, he said. The iPhone 5s offers 40 times the performance of the original iPhone—with half of that improvement just coming since the iPhone 5.

The iPhone 5s and Touch ID

The iPhone 5s also comes with a nifty new security feature: A fingerprint scanner built right into the Home button. That sensor can read fingerprints with incredible detail, and even supports multiple fingers. Support for that scanner in iOS 7 means you may never need to tap in your passcode again.

"Unfortunately, some people find that's too cumbersome, so they don't set it up," Schiller said. And even if you set up a passcode, you need to enter it many times per day.

Touch ID uses your fingerprint to gain access to your phone. It does this by reading the fingerprint at an incredibly detailed level using the Touch ID sensor. Touch ID scans sub-epidermal skin layers with 360 degrees of readability—meaning you can hold your finger in any orientation.

The sensor lives beneath the Home button on the iPhone 5s. That button is still tactile, but includes a stainless steel detection ring and the Touch ID sensor, with a laser-cut sapphire crystal on top. Touch ID is built deep into iOS 7, Schiller said.

You can simply touch the Home button to unlock your iPhone. You can use the Touch ID to authenticate anywhere you'd otherwise need to provide your Apple ID password, too.

Touch ID also supports multiple fingerprints. So, you can unlock your iPhone with multiple fingers, or theoretically let a family member add their fingerprint to unlock your device, too.

The iPhone 5s camera

Schiller said that the camera on the iPhone 5s is dramatically improved over its predecessor. He cited what he called "huge advancements": There's a new five-element, Apple-designed lens, with a larger 2.2 aperture, and a 15 percent larger active sensor area.

The pixels on the sensor are 1.5 microns, Schiller said, and he said that bigger pixels lead to better pictures. The camera also includes a new True Tone Flash.

The iPhone 5s camera also adds automatic image stabilization. It combines multiple photos taken simultaneously in real-time to stabilize and sharpen images. And the camera includes burst mode, too.

There's a new video camera option, too: a Slo-Mo camera, which shoots 120 frames per second in high definition.

Other features

There's another completely new part in the iPhone 5s called M7: a motion co-processor. It continually measures motion data from the accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass, without waking the A7, which Schiller said would enable new fitness accessories and apps.

In conjunction with a new CoreMotion API, Schiller said that developers could create apps to measure and track fitness in ways that weren't possible before.

The iPhone 5s's battery life is equal to or greater than the iPhone 5's, Schiller said, with 10 hours of 3G talk time or LTE browsing.

Pricing and availability for the iPhone 5s

The iPhone 5s is available in 16GB for $199, 32GB for $299, or 64GB for $399. Apple is also offering six leather cases for the iPhone 5s at $39 each.

The iPhone 5s will be available in the U.S., Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the U.K.

Orders for the iPhone 5s start on September 20, and they will be available from the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores, and through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, as well as select Apple authorized resellers.

The unlocked prices for the 5s are $649 for the 16GB model, $749 for the 32GB model, and $849 for the 64GB model.

Though the iPhone 5 will be retired, Apple will continue to offer the iPhone 4S in a free 8GB model.

The iPhone 5c

"The iPhone 5c is made with all the incredible technology customers have loved with the iPhone 5," Apple senior vice president Phil Schiller said.

"It's more fun and more colorful than any iPhone we've had yet."

The iPhone 5c is available in a variety of colors: blue, green, white, pink, and yellow. The fronts of the phones are black, while all the rest of the body uses the new color, including the buttons and switches.

When you turn on the iPhone 5c, the default wallpaper is color-matched to the phone's body. There's also a new line of custom cases, made of a soft-feel silicon rubber with microfiber internals, and cutout patterns of circles on the bottom two-thirds of the case. "You get this amazing combination of color between the iPhone 5C and its case."

The iPhone 5c is made of a hard-coated polycarbonate, with a steel-reinforced structure for incredible rigidity—doing double duty as an antenna. The phone uses the iPhone 5's 4-inch Retina display. It's powered by an A6 chip, and offers higher-capacity battery performance, with a larger battery than the original iPhone 5. And it offers an 8MP iSight

On the front, the iPhone 5c sports a new FaceTime HD camera that Schiller said is improved from prior iterations. And the phone supports more LTE bands than any other smartphone in the world, Schiller said.

Pricing and availability for the iPhone 5c

The iPhone 5c costs $99 for the 16GB model, or $199 for the 32GB model, with a two-year contract. The cases are also available in the same six colors; they're available for $29 each. The unlocked prices for this model are $549 for the 16GB version and $649 for the 32GB version.

You may pre-order the iPhone 5c starting on September 13. It also will be on sale September 20 in the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores, and through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, as well as select Apple authorized resellers.

Ian Somerhalder calls ex Nina Dobrev's Cosmopolitan cover 'stunning'

The Vampire Diaries co-stars Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev might have broken up, but that didn’t stop Somerhalder from paying his ex a compliment on Twitter. He urged fans to pick up a copy of Cosmpolitan, which Dobrev graces the cover of.

Somerhalder posted a picture of the magazine on Instagram and called it “stunning” in a caption.

“In a store this morning-who do I see?The one&only @ninadobrev These things are almost gone so If you haven't gotten this magazine off of a shelf-get one. One word: Stunning... Congrats Nina! Xo Ian,” he wrote.

The former couple called it quits in May after dating for over three years. With a ten-year age difference, sources say Dobrev wasn’t ready to commit like Somerhalder wanted her to.

“They still talk daily," a source told E! News. "This wasn't something out of the blue."

They met on the set of their CW show in 2009 and remain friends.

Kristen Stewart is lossing hair due to stress following split from Robert Pattinson

She's had a difficult few months following her split from Robert Pattinson.
And it seems Kristen Stewart's traumatic personal life has taken a toll on the 23-year-old actress, who has been seen with what seems to be a large bald patch on her head.
Kristen, who usually conceals her locks beneath hats and caps, was pictured in Berlin, Germany, last month displaying the dramatic hair loss on the right side of her scalp - thought to be down to stress.

In fact, the hair loss is so severe that Kristen's friends are said to be getting increasingly concerned about her fragile state of mind.
Time for a change: A hair expert said Kristen needs to reduce the amount of stress in her life 
A source told Now magazine: 'Kristen's circle are so concerned about her that two of her friends have flown to Germany to see her. 
'They want to take her to a de-stressing yoga retreat on the outskirts of Berlin. 
'They've also begged Rob to visit her on set. They fear the stress is getting worse because she's been trying to make contact with him and he's ignoring all of her calls.'
It was reported recently that Kristen has been trying to arrange a reunion with her Twilight ex Robert, from whom she split earlier this year after their relationship failed to get past her infidelity with married film director Rupert Sanders. 
But Robert is said to be unwilling to give Kristen another chance, having decided once and for all that their romance is over. 
Kristen has been in Berlin shooting her new movie Sils Maria in Germany, alongside co-star Juliette Binoche.

(Photos) Kim Hyun Joong at 김현중 "OUR CITY &BMC Charity Concert" by HYUNBAR

Selena Gomez Finds Justin's New Look 'Very Amusing'. Justin Bieber unveils his new bum fluff.

Justin Bieber might be trying to prove his maturity by growing a bit of face fuzz, but his ex-girlfriend, Selena Gomez, is apparently less than impressed with his new look. The former Disney star is currently taking her tour ‘Stars Dance’ around Europe having already had two successful shows in London, but is said to be missing family and friends back in the US. Still she's had time to check out JB's new look apparently. According to a close source, Selena finds Justin’s new moustache "hilarious". 

The source exclusively told HollywoodLife.com: “She’s seen it and she thinks it’s hilarious, that gave her a good laugh after being so homesick." The source also added that Selena had “laughed out loud” when seeing the new photos of the 'Boyfriend' hitmaker.

Miley Cyrus' Wrecking Ball video goes ballistic on YouTube

Miley Cyrus appearing nude in her new music video has attracted more than 10 million hits in a matter of hours of being posted on YouTube.
The 20-year-old singer released the three-and-a-half minute clip for Wrecking Ball late on Monday.
The video opens with a close-up of Cyrus singing the lyrics and then shows her seductively holding a sledgehammer

A wrecking ball blasts through a wall behind her in slow motion as she walks toward the camera and moments later Miley swings on top of the apparatus, first clothed and later fully nude.
Terry Richardson is credited with directing the video for Cyrus' latest single, from her forthcoming album Bangerz.
Its release comes just two weeks after the singer's highly controversial performance at the MTV Video Music Awards, which saw her stripping down and twerking against Robin Thicke

Emma Watson Is Set To Star In 'Your Voice In My Head'

She's been a witch, a thief and a wallflower's bestest friend, but Emma Watson's next role might be her most interesting yet: According to Deadline, the actress is set to star in the upcoming film adaptation of "Your Voice in My Head," in which she'll play a young English writer living in the U.S. and struggling with bipolar disorder.

The movie is based on Emma Forrest's book of the same name, a powerful memoir of the writer's journey through the turmoil of mental illness—and her ultimate recovery, thanks to the support of a gifted and dedicated psychiatrist. The project has been in the works since 2012, with both Emma Watson and Emily Blunt rumored to be its leading lady before Emma sealed the deal this week. (Also rumored: Stanley Tucci in the role of the wonderful shrink.)

Meanwhile, this is new territory for Emma, who pushed the limits of her good-girl image with "The Bling Ring" this year but still has yet to play a real grown-up role—and considering the content (Forrest's memoir doesn't spare any details when it comes to her struggles with cutting, bulimia and abusive relationships), we can expect to see the actress in some seriously challenging, gritty scenes. 

How Daniel Radcliffe Made Harry Potter Disappear

TORONTO — There is no model for Daniel Radcliffe’s career. This is a young man who became instantly famous across the planet when he was 11 years old, and who played the same leading role in eight enormously successful movies that have grossed $7.7 billion dollars in movie theaters worldwide — all before he was 23. Even if Radcliffe never worked another day in his life, no other actor in the history of modern Hollywood has had a professional experience that comes close, and likely never will.
But Radcliffe is far from resting on his laurels. At the Toronto International Film Festival, he is starring in three very different movies in three very different roles, demonstrating an undimmed drive to prove himself both as a leading man and as an actor. (Well, the performances do have at least one thing in common: In all three movies, Radcliffe does get naked.) Here is an assessment of all three films:

Radcliffe plays Wallace, a British medical school drop-out living in Toronto with his single-mother sister and nursing a broken heart. At a party hosted by his old college roommate Allan (Adam Driver, Girls), he meets Chantry (Zoe Kazan, Ruby Sparks), a witty and winsome animator, and their instant verbal banter quickly establishes a major connection. One snag: She has a boyfriend (Rafe Spall, Life of Pi) of five years, who’s a big-deal lawyer with the United Nations, and is a pretty good guy. So Wallace and Chantry become friends instead.
Granted, this is basically a 21st century version of When Harry Met Sally…, but like that ’80s romcom classic — and unlike so many other ungainly romcoms that have followed it — The F Word is refreshingly funny and romantic in all the right proportions, with spot-on direction from Michael Dowse (Goon, It’s All Gone Pete Tong) from a delightful script by Elan Mastai (The Samaritan). Of Radcliffe’s three films at TIFF, this is the most commercial — late Tuesday, CBS Films closed a $2.5 million deal to distribute the film in the U.S. — with the least obvious heavy lifting. But these kinds of light comedy performances are deceptively tricky to pull off, and Radcliffe and Kazan both keep the sparks between them alight and alive throughout the film.
Romantic leading man? Check.

If you have been expecting Radcliffe to make a radical break from Harry Potter, look no further. Based on Joe Hill’s 2010 novel of the same name, Horns chronicles the strange fate of Ig Perrish, a twentysomething layabout in the Pacific Northwest whose life is upended when his whole town believes he brutally murdered his girlfriend Merrin (Juno Temple), making him out to be a figurative devil. And then he becomes a real one, suddenly sporting horns one morning after a bender — horns that cause everyone around him to divulge, and act on, their darkest impulses.
It’s as weird as it sounds. Directed with gothic polish by Alexandre Aja (Piranha 3D, The Hills Have Eyes) from a script by Keith Bunin (HBO’s In Treatment), the film unfolds as a surreal, Miltonesque murder mystery. At first, Ig is horrified by both his horns and the behavior they provoke, but eventually he gives into it, and Radcliffe, sporting a flat American accent, gets to indulge in the kind of wicked, violent behavior he could never contemplate while playing a boy wizard. And to my eyes at least, he pulls it off, never pushing things into trying-too-hard Mileyville. The movie doesn’t quite follow his lead — the whodunit mystery is a bit too obvious, for starters, and its hard-R violence and nudity could propose a tricky marketing challenge for prospective distributors hoping to rope in teenage Potter fans. Then again, “Harry Potter goes really bad” does have an appealing kick to it.
Dark and twisted horror star? Check.

First premiering at the Sundance Film Festival last January (and opening in theaters on Oct. 16), this film announces Radcliffe as a big screen presence who can embody a fully realized character who isn’t Harry Potter — not with movie star charm or genre flick thrills, but with nuanced, humane acting. Kill Your Darlings retells the true, formative story of Beat poet paragon Allen Ginsberg, and the electrifying friendship he strikes up his freshman year at Columbia University with the sexually exuberant Lucian Carr (Dane DeHaan, Chronicle) — the man who introduces Ginsberg to Beat luminaries William Burroughs (Ben Foster) and Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston), and the man with whom Ginsberg falls desperately in love.
It is 1944, however, and this is a love that truly dare not speak its name, so Radcliffe, employing a steady New Jersey accent, can only really convey Ginsberg’s longing for Carr with his wide, intelligent eyes — the sort of wordless acting that Radcliffe himself has said was the weakest part of his performances as Harry Potter. Here, though, working with first-time feature director John Krokidas (who wrote the script with Austin Bunn), Radcliffe does it effortlessly. It also certainly helps that DeHaan’s Carr is quite the object of desire, the sort of intoxicating and infuriating figure many a college freshman have found irresistible. (Or maybe that was just me?)
More to the point, Radcliffe pulls off something I once thought wouldn’t be possible: I never once thought about Harry Potter while I was watching this film.
Talented actor who is far more than his most famous role? Check.