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Started at the Beginning, Now They’re Here

Do you feel like some of the most successful actors and actresses have been around forever? Well, they have – or at least for several decades. Take a moment to look at what these stars were doing – and what they looked like – then versus now. Who do you think has changed the most?

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Liza Minnelli Then

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Liza Minnelli Now

Liza Minnelli

An iconic figure of Broadway films, Liza Minnelli began her career with successful performances in nightclubs and musical theatre venues. As the daughter of Judy Garland and director Vincente Minnelli, she grew up around talent. Her big break came with her performance as Sally Bowles in Cabaret, for which she won an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. With her incredible acting and vocal abilities, it is no surprise that she has won an Oscar, multiple Tony Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, and many other awards and honors. Recently, she played Lucille 2 in the cult comedy show Arrested Development, which has been a major hit on Netflix.

 

Goldie Hawn Then

Goldie Hawn Then

Goldie Hawn Now

Goldie Hawn Now

Goldie Hawn

Goldie Hawn started her illustrious career on the comedy Good Morning, World. Although she experienced some success in the 60’s, her career trajectory skyrocketed in 1969 after she received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in Cactus Flower. For the next several years, Goldie continued to build her career with movies like The Sugarland Express and television specials like Pure Goldie, The Goldie Hawn Special, and Goldie and Liza Together with Liza Minnelli. More recently, Goldie has branched out from films. She wrote an autobiography called A Locust Grows in the Mud and founded The Hawn Foundation, which is dedicated to providing youth education programs. Today, Goldie lives with her significant other, Kurt Russell, with whom she has had a relationship since 1983. Her children are Kate Hudson, Oliver Hudson, and Wyatt Russell.

 

Sean Connery Then

Sean Connery Then

Sean Connery

Sean Connery Now

Sean Connery Now

Sean Connery started out as a very small fish in a very large pond. He began as a backstage assistant at the King’s Theatre in 1951 and eventually started auditioning for small roles. Sean was often cast in gangster-type roles in movies like South Pacific and No Road Back. His big break came when he secured the coveted James Bond role in the popular film series, and Connery was such a fantastic Bond that he is the third-greatest hero in film history according to the American Film Institute. Connery was offered the role of Gandalf in the immensely successful Lord of the Rings film trilogy, but he turned it down. Who needs Lord of the Rings when you’re James Bond, right? After his retirement from the James Bond franchise, he has also played voice roles in films and video games alike.

 

For your viewing pleasure, here are some bonus pictures of Bob Dylan throughout the years.

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James Franco

Hot Siblings of Hollywood Stars

We have all enjoyed watching them for years, but what about their siblings? These brothers and sisters of celebrities might not have the same level of fame as their illustrious siblings, but they certainly all have the same attractive genes.

Oliver Hudson

Oliver Hudson

Oliver Hudson

The brother of Kate Hudson, Oliver has also been featured in film. He is most famous for playing Adam Rhodes on Rules of Engagement and, well, for being related to sister Kate and mother Goldie Hawn. 37-year-old Oliver is married to Erinn Bartlett, and they have two sons. Aside from acting, Oliver also enjoys golf and playing poker.

 

Dave Franco

Dave Franco

Dave Franco

Dave Franco is the little brother of the famed James Franco, known from numerous acts like Spider-Man and Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Dave Franco has also garnered some fame in his own right from his roles in movies like Superbad, Charlie St. Cloud, and 21 Jump Street. Dave attended the University of Southern California for a brief period until dropping out to work on his acting career. Recently, Dave has started to receive more fame on his own, and we wish him the best in his future endeavors!

 

Monica Cruz

Monica Cruz

Monica Cruz

Penelope Cruz’s younger sister is living proof that beauty runs in the family. 37-year-old Monica was born in Spain and, like her sister, is an accomplished dancer. Talented from a young age, Monica attended the prestigious Royal Academy of Dance to receive professional training in both ballet and flamenco. She eventually joined Joaquín Cortés’ flamenco dance company but finally quit to pursue her acting career. When Penelope became pregnant during the production of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Monica filled in on some of the distance shots so that the pregnancy would not be too obvious.

 

Theses siblings prove that looks and talent can very well run in the family. Which celebrity do you think is the most attractive? Place your vote below!

 

 

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Hot Music Artists You Should Know About

With the deluge of information that bombards us every time we turn on the TV, check our Facebook newsfeeds, or even turn on the radio, it is easy to miss top current pop culture news that everyone else but you seems to know about. We weeded through the information about pop music stars to bring you the DL on hot, current artists that you need to know about now. These artists are not only remarkably talented but are also self-made artists, which makes their rise to fame even more popular.

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Top hits: Fancy, Black Widow, Problem with Ariana Grande

Iggy Trivia: The Beatles and Iggy Azalea are the only two acts whose first two hits simultaneously held spots #1 and #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 list. Way to go, Iggy!

Born in Australia, Iggy Azalea lived with her parents in a home that her father built out of mud bricks. Knowing that she wanted to pursue a career in hip hop music at the age of 14, Iggy saved money to move to America by cleaning houses and hotels with her mother, a housecleaner by trade. Iggy Azalea made her way to Miami, Florida at the ripe young age of 16 to follow her dream of becoming a rap music artist. She obtained her GED and managed to stay in the US with a visa, which she renewed by leaving the United States every three years. After Izzy received some fame on YouTube, the rapper T.I. recognized Izzy’s talent and signed her to his record company. Not only talented and incredibly resourceful but also beautiful, Izzy became the face of Levi Jeans as her professional modeling career continued to take off. Iggy subsequently broke several records in the rap music industry, from becoming the first female rapper to be featured on the Top 10 Freshman list to taking the spot for the female with the longest standing #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Lorde

Can you believe that Lorde is only 17 years old?

Can you believe that Lorde is only 17 years old?

Top hits: Royals, Tennis Court, Team

Lorde trivia: Only 17 years old, Lorde has already won several awards, including the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Pop Solo Performance and the 2014 Grammy Award for Song of the Year

Born Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor, Lorde discovered her love for singing when she was only 5. Raised in Auckland, New Zealand, Lorde’s music successes came early on. After Lorde won a school vocal competition, her father, recognizing his daughter’s amazing talent, sent recordings of Lorde’s singing to influentials in the music industry. The 13-year-old eventually caught the eye of Universal Music Group, who took her under their wing and provided regular music lessons for the young future star. Lorde broke into the US Billboard Top 100 list, making her the youngest artist to make the list in the past 25 years.

Now you know what you need to know to stay in the loop. Which artist do you think will continue to be generate top hits? Do you think that one of these artists will fade out in a couple years?

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Robin Williams

A Tribute to Robin Williams: Therapist, Housekeeper, and Legacy

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In honor of Robin Williams’ incredible talent and in light of the tragic news of his passing this week, we want to take a moment to honor his legacy. Robin was an incredible actor with a career that spanned both television and film. A graduate of Julliard, Robin first entered into the film industry on NBC’s The Richard Pryor Show. With his charismatic presence and ability to truly assume his acting roles, Robin Williams quickly became a legacy in the American movie industry.

Good Will Hunting

Good Will Hunting is one of Robin Williams’ most amazing performances. Playing Dr. Sean Maguire, the therapist of super-genius Will Hunting (Matt Damon), Williams received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. After getting in an altercation with a former bully, Will Hunting is required to undergo behavioral therapy while studying mathematics to cultivate his untapped intellectual abilities. Sean and Will become close, as Sean is able to break down some of Will’s emotional barriers and Matt Damonconnect with him in a way that even Will’s closest friends and girlfriend cannot. Both Sean and Will have had painful pasts, and Sean challenges Will to see past his emotional trauma, pursue jobs commensurate with his intellectual abilities, and form meaningful, lasting relationships with others. In the end Will eventually follows in Sean’s footsteps of pursuing the woman he loves, and Sean decides to reconnect with his estranged college roommate. Although the plot is compelling, the acting genius of Robin Williams sets this movie as one of the best.

Mrs. Doubtfire

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Unlike the serious Good Will Hunting, Mrs. Doubtfire is a clever comedy that has become a staple in American film. Robin plays Daniel, an unemployed actor recently divorced from his wife, Miranda (Sally Fields). Because Miranda receives full custody over their children due to the fact that Daniel is unemployed, the heartbroken father resorts to unconventional methods of seeing his children. When Daniel sees Miranda’s ad for a housekeeper, he decides to dress up as the fictional Mrs. Doubtfire and apply to be their housekeeper. Not only does he get the position, but he does such a fantastic job caring for the children that Miranda and the children agree that life is better with their new nanny. Daniel eventually gets a small acting job, and once his double life is exposed due to conflicting schedules between his acting job and Mrs. Doubtfire’s commitments to the family, Miranda recognizes his contribution to the family and agrees to allow him back into the children’s lives.

 

Although both of these movies are wonderful examples of Robin Williams’ acting expertise, his contribution to American culture is so much more that what can be expressed in a single article. While we mourn his passing and will miss his charismatic acting, we will always remember him for the legacy that he has left behind. Thank you for a wonderful 63 years, Robin Williams.

What do you think is Robin Williams’ greatest legacy?

Jon Hamm

What Happens When Meryl Streep and Taylor Swift Join Forces?

Meryl_Streep_by_Jack_MitchellWith The Giver coming to theaters in a few days and plenty of other great movies coming out, August is the perfect time for the movies. Use our quick guide to plan movie outings with friends, a date night with that special someone, or family bonding time! Although there are several worthwhile movies debuting in August, these three standouts are especially exciting.

 

The Giver

Genre: Drama; Science Fiction

Release date: August 15

Rating: PG-13

 

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Lois Lowry’s famous book “The Giver” comes to life through the all-star cast of Phillip Noyce’s rendition of the book. The book’s plot is genius and unforgettable, and the cast is promising. A young boy, Jonas, is chosen among all of the members of the idealistic community to take on the responsibility of training to become the town’s Giver, a crucial role in their community. Jonas slowly learns that his responsibilities are more enormous than he ever anticipated. Even if the promise of a good story isn’t convincing enough, a chance to see the 18 Academy Award winner Meryl Streep is a good reason alone to see this film. Other stars include Brenton Thwaites as the protagonist, Jonas, Oscar-winning Jeff Bridges, and even Taylor Swift.

 

Helen MirrenThe Hundred-Foot Journey

Genre: Drama

Release date: August 8

Rating: PG

The Hundred-Foot Journey uses culinary establishments to touch upon complex issues like displacement, culture differences, and human relationships. The Kadam family, uprooted from their native India, start to build roots in their new French home as they begin an Indian restaurant business. Their new business does not sit well with the established, highly rated French restaurant that is one hundred feet from the new restaurant. The two businesses become rivals until Hassan Kadam’s culinary talent brings peace to the two restaurants by combining elements from both cultural food types. Manish Dayal from The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2010) performs the role of Hassan, and Academy Award winning Helen Mirren plays the French restaurant’s proprietress.

 

Robin_Wright_2009The Congress

Genre: Drama; Science Fiction

Release date: July 24

Rating: N/A

An actress, well past her prime, agrees to one final job before retirement – digitally recording her likeness to be preserved and used in future film productions. This plotline was originally portrayed in a 2013 French-Israeli version of the movie, and Drafthouse Films saw enough potential in the plot to purchase the rights to produce their own 2014 rendition of the movie.  Robin Wright, especially famous for her role as Jenny in Forrest Gump, promises to put on a good show, while Jon Hamm, Mad Men’s Don Draper, continues to break into the film industry in this film.

 

Escape the heat and spend some time enjoying these films, and let us know what you think of our recommendations!

Pasteis de Nata

Explore the World with International Desserts

Delicious food and travel come together in desserts from around the world! One of the finest parts of travel is exposure to new regional food favorites. Even if a Eurotrip is not in your near future, trying dishes from around the world is one way to experience other countries and cultures from the comfort of your own kitchen. While ice cream, brownies, and patriotic berry pie are certainly enough to satisfy any sweet tooth, you must try these desserts from around the world at least once.

 

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This egg-based pastry makes its way to American kitchens from Portugal. The outside is crispy and brown, and a creamy custard tops this dessert. Pastéis de Nata is perfect paired with decaf coffee after an evening meal.

If you want to create this Portuguese pastry in your own kitchen, get a muffin tin with 2 by 5/8 inch wells, and follow the recipe from Leites Culinaria.

 

 

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Baklava’s hometown is Istanbul, Turkey, although this dessert is enjoyed all over the world. Light and flaky, baklava is perfect if you want something sweet but not too heavy. Often filled with nuts, the layers of this pastry are held together by syrup or honey. Beware – this dessert can be messy to eat!

Check out Epicurious.com for the how-to!

 

 

Exif_JPEG_PICTUREFlan

Flan is a favorite Mexican dessert that has become popular in many other parts of the world. Although there are several variations of this tasty treat, flan typically has a pastry-like exterior with a sweet filling in the middle.

Read here for full details on making your own flan! Prep time is only 20 minutes, which makes this dessert an easy one for beginners.

 

 

Regardless if you ever visit Portugal, Turkey, or Mexico, you nevertheless will have enjoyed staples of their cuisine. Want more delicious dessert recipes? Check out The Food Network!

Are there any other international treats that you recommend? Comment below and let us know!