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Kara Gause

About Kara Gause

Kara Gause is a junkie for TV, film, pop culture, and health food--in that order. A Yankee girl happily transplanted in Nashville, she spends her days as a freelance writer juggling the needs of her twin toddlers, two Bassett hounds, and one fantastic husband--in that order. Read more of her day-to-day shenanigans on her blog, MasterofWhat.com.

Entertainment Weekly magazine March 23 2012

Entertainment Weekly Has ‘Game of Thrones’ Covered

Entertainment Weekly March 23, 2012

"Game of Thrones" got four Entertainment Weekly covers in the March 23 issue.

Gearing up for its big season two premiere tonight, HBO’s fantasy favorite “Game of Thrones” gets not one but four Entertainment Weekly covers.

Making an epic fantasy series that isn’t cheesy and garners 13 Emmy nominations is a huge accomplishment. HBO has stopped at nothing to bring about both with “Game of Thrones,” and season two promises more dragons and direwolves alongside all the heart-wrenching human drama adapted from George R.R. Martin’s book series.

In the March 23 issue of Entertainment Weekly, which featured four different “Game of Thrones” covers, show creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss opened up about the financing it took to film some of the most epic battle scenes ever produced for television. Benioff explains, “This season is about a country at war. And we felt like if we didn’t see the most important battle of this entire war onscreen, we’re going to shortchange viewers.”

Weiss adds, “To my knowledge, a story of this scale has never been told within film entertainment. There’s so many characters and locations and storylines, so many things that are atypical in television–and for good reason.”

While their budget was increased by 15 percent for season two’s battle scenes, Weiss says he believes their series is still a bargain. “You could do this show relatively easily with twice the money that we have, then after a couple great seasons it’d collapse under its own weight and cease to exist.”

But fans of the show need not worry. “Game of Thrones” isn’t going anywhere anytime soon–unless you count all the globetrotting the cast and crew did this year, filming across Croatia, Belfast and even Iceland. For now, there’s no shortage of funds or creativity to support this game-changing series.

“Game of Thrones” returns with season two tonight. Will you be watching?

Entertainment Weekly April 6, 2012

Entertainment Weekly Covers Underground Literary Sensation ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

Entertainment Weekly April 6, 2012Entertainment Weekly‘s April 6 cover story features E L James’ “Fifty Shades of Grey”–the latest novel series taking Hollywood by storm.

From J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” phenomenon to Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” series to Suzanne Collins’ recent smash hit with “The Hunger Games” trilogy, entertainment suits are thirsting for a sure thing with a built-in fan base and worldwide appeal. And nothing hits the spot quite like the word “franchise.”

The latest series offering to take the world by storm is the blush-worthy “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy from London-based, pseudonym-sporting E L James. Why the pseudonym, you ask? Well, if you were a successful TV producer and married mom of two, you might slap another name on this oh-so-steamy series, too.

James has taken on the genre of fan fiction to make her literary debut, publishing her first book online for free. The series is loosely based on Meyer’s “Twilight” characters but written for a far more X-rated audience. In other words, you and your teen daughter will not be wanting to read this one together. As series heroine Anastasia Steele would say, No, Sir.

When word spread that James’ stories were not to be missed, the author took the spicy piece down from her website, got herself a literary agent and started fielding calls from Hollywood for film rights. As of late March, James and her agent waded through a bidding war, including all major production companies, and settled on a deal with Universal Pictures and Focus Features for a reported $5 million.

In her first U.S. interview ever for Entertainment Weekly, James describes “Fifty Shades of Grey” as “a romantic fantasy story. That’s it,” she says. “It’s just a fun read.” And one that will have an awfully difficult time getting an R-rating when it hits theaters.

The Hollywood Reporter March 14 2012

The Hollywood Reporter Ranks 25 Most Powerful Stylists

The Hollywood Reporter March 14 2012

The style issue of The Hollywood Reporter featured four separate covers.

Go behind the striking looks of this year’s hottest stars and meet the 25 most powerful stylists in The Hollywood Reporter’s style issue.

We’ve all gotten lost in the pages of fashion magazines and been left wondering how in the world those celebs got so absolutely beautiful. While we hear rumors of plastic surgery echoing from the pages of celebrity magazines, getting the skinny on all those designer duds they’re donning is another story. Thanks to the likes of Rachel Zoe and her ubiquitous Bravo reality show, “The Rachel Zoe Project,” we’re all privy to a little education on names like “Louis” and “Karl.”

Further adding to that lesson, The Hollywood Reporter‘s style issue, which came out March 14, ranked the 25 most powerful Hollywood stylists who are making a splash on the red carpet, as well as the stars who can’t get dressed without them. Four of the fashionistas got their own cover alongside a famous client. But don’t look for Zoe’s name (ranked No.1 last year) to be included on the list. With the making of her own successful clothing line, Lady Zoe is no longer eligible for the honor. It just goes to show that this business of styling is much more than simply throwing clothes onto perfectly sculpted backs.

One of those who did make the cut and managed to score her own cover was Jeanne Yang with client Katie Holmes. So happy are the two women in their fashionable relationship that they started a line of their own, aptly called Holmes & Yang. New mom Charlize Theron is also featured with stylist Leslie Fremar. Together, they’ve created some of the awards seasons’ most memorable looks.

Relative newcomers to red carpet style and “The Help” costars Jessica Chastain and Emma Stone have weathered the media’s critical eye beautifully. They can thank their stylists for that! Stone has been working with Petra Flannery to make a a modern yet feminine mark on the carpet. Elizabeth Stewart, Jessica Chastain’s stylist, has helped the redhead create a wide range of looks. Stewart tells the magazine that her job is really finding a “larger-than-life dress for a larger-than-life moment.” And a memorable moment at that.

Which celebrities do you think have the best style?

Glamour magazine April 2012

Magazines Catch the ‘Hunger Games’ Fever

Glamour magazine April 2012We’ve all been waiting for today’s ‘Hunger Games’ premiere, and it seems magazines have caught the fever as well, talking to starlet Jennifer Lawrence about her pivotal role.

It’s finally here! “The Hunger Games” premieres in theaters today, and it seems magazines like People and Glamour have long been just as excited about the big event as we are. Both magazines featured the sure-to-be blockbuster’s star, Jennifer Lawrence, on recent covers. And while today’s the first day of the much-anticipated onscreen adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ best-selling series, the film looks like it’s going to be a runaway hit.

At the center of all the fuss is Oscar-nominated actress (for 2010′s “Winter’s Bone”) Lawrence. Hers is a serious talent, which is fortunate for serious fans of the book. After all, no one wants another terrible “Twilight” series to defend, now do we?

“It still hasn’t sunk in,” Lawrence tells People of her casting. She and the rest of the cast, including Josh Hutcherson (playing Peeta) and Liam Hemsworth (Gale), have bonded over what Lawrence says felt like “some weird summer camp.”

Lawrence says she knew she wanted to be a part of the film after meeting director Gary Ross, but the star tells Glamour, “I gave myself three days. I knew from reading the books that I loved The Hunger Games. I just didn’t know if it was worth changing my life for.”

These days, Lawrence is far more comfortable with her decision, even if looming superstardom is still daunting. But there are perks, to be sure. Says the 21-year-old, “The people who used to ignore me at parties, now they’re nice to me and kissing my a–.”

Yeah, she’s gonna make a great Katniss.

People magazine March 26, 2012

‘The Hunger Games’ to Take a Big Bite Out of the Box Office

People magazine March 26, 2012

People magazine featured Jennifer Lawrence (playing Katniss) on the cover of its March 26 issue.

Jennifer Lawrence is set to bring Katniss Everdeen to life at midnight as the movie industry readies for a record-breaking opening.

It’s time. “The Hunger Games” is set to premiere at midnight, and according to E!, the movie about a dystopian America is already on course for having one of the biggest opening weekends ever. Movie insiders estimate it could bring in somewhere between $100 to $150 million by the end of the weekend.

That’s huge! And hugely expected, given the overwhelming success of Suzanne Collins’ trilogy about children who must fight to the death to win food for their communities. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of sold-out screenings that will unfold over the next few days, so if you were hoping to sneak in for a matinee, you can forget about it.

Perhaps a better place to start would be with the book itself. If you haven’t read “The Hunger Games” trilogy yet, you’re in for a treat. My opinion is in good company, too, as there are more than 23.5 million copies in print in the US alone, with the book already having spent 160 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.

There’s still a chance you’re thinking, “It’s just the next ‘Twilight.’” Think again, friends. You will feel no shame reading Collins’ novel. You won’t have to hide it when your spouse walks in the room. You can even freely discuss it in public—in the light of day!

And while the onscreen adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s first  vampire book got a sad 49 percent Rotten Tomatoes rating, “The Hunger Games” is currently enjoying a well-received 89 percent. That’s thanks in large part to Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence playing 16-year-old heroine Katniss Everdeen.

Fans of the book—and now the film—will have to wait many a new moon for the next film, “Catching Fire” to open November 22, 2013. So do yourself a favor and take some time to enjoy the book series that started it all. And while you wait, may the odds be ever in your favor.

Are you headed to see “The Hunger Games” this weekend?

Parenting Early Years magazine April 2012

Jessica Alba’s Naughty Parenting Secrets

Parenting Early Years magazine April 2012Don’t be fooled by the pretty face; when it comes to child-rearing, actress Jessica Alba isn’t afraid to roll up her sleeves and get dirty.

When it comes to parenting, Jessica Alba has dubbed herself the heavy. In the April issue of Parenting Early Years magazine, the mother of two daughters, 3-year-old Honor and 8-month-old Haven, describes how her own rebellious streak as a child has played a big role in how she’s raising her own kids.

“I think it’s because I was kind of a naughty kid myself,” Alba tells the magazine. “I’d push my parents’ buttons and test them to see how much I could get away with … I think I just know, from me being that [naughty] kind of child, how to cut off bad behavior and redirect it.”

Still, Alba admits, husband Cash Warren has to be instructed in the ways of discipline. “Cash, meanwhile, was always the perfect kid,” she dishes, “the straight-A student who was everyone’s sweetheart. It was never in him to be naughty … So when Honor tries to do something she shouldn’t, I have to say to Cash, ‘Let her know right from the beginning that she can’t.’”

The 30-year-old actress practices what she preaches in her own disciplining. Of a typical discipline encounter with Honor, Alba explains, “I’ll put her in a timeout and tell her, ‘Think about the choices you’ve made.’ Then I’ll come back and say, ‘Now it’s time to stop crying and think.’ Then I’ll come back again and ask her, ‘Now, what did you learn?’”

That’s some serious follow-through.

How do you shoulder the roller coaster of disciplining your children?