For all you reality TV buffs, this is for you. The spirited Deena Cortese of Vh1’s Jersey Shore debuted her newest endeavor and did so the only way she knows how: with a star-studded party. Streams of reality stars arrived at the Empire Hotel rooftop in support of Deena’s added appearance on the fifth season of Couple’s Therapy. Big names, like Mikey P from Dating Naked, Erica Mena from Love and Hip Hop, and Farrah Abraham from Teen Mom dropped by with words of wisdom for their host, and the latest scoop on their next moves.
Katie Holmes is taking a seat in the director’s chair for her latest film project. The actress will be making her directorial debut for an adaptation of the Annie Weatherwax novel All We Had.
The Fault In Our Stars director Josh Boone will be writing the adaptation of the book for the big screen which is about a mother-daughter relationship as they deal with living in poverty. Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Jane Rosenthal will be producing the film alongside Holmes who will also be starring in it as well.
The actress released a statement about her directorial debut, “I am very excited and honored to be collaborating with Jane and Josh on this project and so look forward to bringing Annie's incredible characters to screen.”
Saturday Night Live alums Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader star in The Skeleton Twins as twins who become estranged after their father’s death but end up reconnecting as adults after life changing events bring them together.
Even though they are living two different lives on opposite ends of the country, Maggie (Wiig) gets a call that her brother Milo (Hader) had tried to commit suicide after trying to cope with a recent break up with his boyfriend. Coincidentally, as Maggie is talking on the phone with the hospital she is holding a bunch of pills in her hand about to commit suicide as well. After getting the news, Maggie goes to be with Milo even though he wants to nothing to do with her once she arrives.
With the fall on its way and the weather getting colder, it's always good to keep your eye on a few movies that are looking to make some waves at the box office. Here is your guide to 5 movies that should be on your list this fall.
1) No Good Deed - Idris Elba, Taraji P. Henson
Somewhat of a boiler plate storyline (stranger invades home, terrorizes family, etc.) this one made the list because seeing Idris Elba (The Wire, The Office, Luther) play the antagonist again has to be so gratifying. The anticipation of his performance alone makes this an intriguing pick. Due out: September 12th
Life of Crime is a film about a group of small-time criminals who kidnap a wealthy businessman’s wife for ransom. The stellar cast, decked out in their best 70’s drag, goes through the plot less like it’s a gritty caper than a hangout sitcom. It’s a slow, gentle journey, heavy on clever conversation and plots that unfold away from one another, rather than converging in a single climax.
The movie stars Jennifer Aniston, who is capitalizing on her “good woman done wrong” image to play the put-upon wife who gets kidnapped, divorced, and left for dead in the course of a week. It’s an interesting role, but Aniston is a bit of a cipher, walking through her kidnapping with more melancholy than terror. The idea of the psychically dissatisfied housewife having to confront her shambles of a marriage in the middle of a life-threatening trauma is an interesting one, but the film never grapples with it seriously, and leaves her transformation as background to the more outsized characters.
Both Disney and Warner Bros. is putting together a live-action adaptation of the classic story, The Jungle Book, with such names as Bill Murray, Chistopher Walken, and Scarlett Johanssen attached to the former and Benedict Cumberbatch, Andy Serkis, and Christian Bale on board for the latter. We're so excited by this prospect that we whipped up our ideal casts for our other favorite Disney animated gems. Here are our picks for seven iconic Disney princesses, along with their love interests and central villains.
1. Snow White
For the princess Snow White herself, our pick is Mia Wasikowska. This rising star has an ethereal beauty like someone a step out of time, and that innocent elegance makes her the perfect pick.
The evil Queen Grimhilde is one of the all-time greatest Disney villains, with fierce eyebrow game and a real ego problem. While our top picks, Joan Crawford and Divine, have been taken out of the running by the travesty of time, Eva Green can bring her fabulously terrifying glam to the role.
Of all the princesses' romantic interests, the O.G. The Prince might have the least to do. This role primarily involves being pretty and standing there. That's right in Ashton Kutcher's wheelhouse.
This Friday August 22nd, turn on your Dudeism and head over to Lucky Strike Lanes at 8pm for an event filled with all the bowling and trivia you can stomach (along with those White Russians). And on Saturday, August 23rd is the Lebowski Fest Movie Party, complete with a screening of the film and music from the band Cover Me Badd, a punk group playing Lebowski-esque songs at Gramercy Theatre.
Lebowski Fest is an annual festival that started in Louisville, Kentucky, in 2002 in celebration for the 1998 Coen Brothers cult film: The Big Lebowski. The fest is usually held over two nights in various major cities including Chicago, Milwaukee, Los Angeles, Portland, Boston, New York, and even London. The 48-hour event is usually filled with booze, bowling, costumes, bands, and a screening of the film.
Over the past several years, arts programs have suffered tremendously in schools nationwide. Art and music teachers have been laid off, arts education programs have been done away with and even field trips have been eliminated due to budget cuts.
While the concept of art leaving schools is a bleak one, there are still wonderful arts-forward programs that are alive and well and fighting to keep arts available, and accessible. One is right here in Brooklyn.
Brooklyn Academy of Music’s (better known as BAM) education programs offer creative enjoyment to over 30, 000 students, teachers, and families each year. BAM is the largest cultural center in Brooklyn and is known for its progressive and avant-garde offerings. They are hosting their 24- Hour Movie Marathon For Arts Education, starting at 8pm on Friday, September 5th. Proceeds from the marathon will support BAM Education’s in- and after-school programs in art, poetry, film, dance, theater, and much more.
Monday, the world lost a great man who impacted many with his brilliance, humor, and intellect. The beloved actor and comedian, Robin Williams, was found dead in his California home at age 63 of a suspected suicide.
Though he might be gone, his legacy will forever live on. Williams made us laugh and cry, but most importantly, he taught us about life and love.
Here is a list of his most memorable roles:
Mork & Mindy - Williams' rise to fame was in this sitcom which aired from 1978 to 1982. Starring as Mork, an alien who comes to Earth from the planet Ork in a egg-shaped spaceship to observe human activity, Williams won America's heart with his humor. The show earned him his first Emmy nomination for lead actor in a comedy series
Melanie Griffith and her ex-husband, Don Johnson, are banned from seeing the highly anticipated film adaption of E.L. Jame's novel, Fifty Shades of Grey. Their daughter, Dakota Johnson, who stars in the upcoming film, is not allowing her famous parents to watch her in the kinky, S&M, romance novel.
Speaking to Indiewire, Griffith 56, said she's not going to be seeing the film when it comes out. "[Dakota] was like, 'You guys cannot come. There's no way,'" she said. "So we're not going."