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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


Taylor Swift

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!

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Taylor Swift Bares Her Legs and Love Life for Latest Rolling Stone Magazine

Rolling Stone Oct. 25 issue featuring Taylor SwiftShe isn’t the first to grow up on Rolling Stone magazine, but Taylor Swift’s latest cover is stirring up controversy for its departure from her “America’s Sweetheart” image.

Taylor Swift belted her way onto the country music scene as just a teenager, securing all sorts of nominations, Grammy Awards and other accolades on her meteoric rise.

But should we just think of her as another young artist crooning about the ups and downs of young love, the latest Rolling Stone magazine may make you think otherwise.

Swift, 22, strikes a much more provocative pose on the Oct. 25 issue that hit newsstands yesterday. It appears she’s trying to shake off any teenaged perceptions as she’s just the latest youthful sensation to use a Rolling Stone cover to make the cross over to an adult artist.

It’s a familiar rite of passage. At 22—Swift’s age now—Justin Timberlake appeared shirtless on a 2003 Rolling Stone cover, a not-so-subtle announcement that he was shedding the boy-band image and embarking on a solo career.

Brittney Spears bared it (almost) all on the music magazine in 1999 at 18. But it wasn’t until Lindsey Lohan’s 2004 cover—and most recently Justin Bieber’s cover this July—that the arrival of adulthood was so crassly announced. Both were declared: “Hot. Ready. Legal.”

While this isn’t Swift’s first Rolling Stone cover, this latest one is stirring up a little controversy. She appeared, mostly covered by her guitar, on a March 2009 issue of the magazine at the age of 19. Fast forward a few years, and Swift is all legs.

In the story inside, Swift talks dating high-schooler Conor Kennedy—of the Kennedys—and her approach to life, love and one-night stands (spoiler: she doesn’t do them). You know, the typical interview fare.

But for someone like Swift who’s been dubbed “America’s sweetheart” and is idolized by young fans, some are wondering if this cover is sending the right message. What do you think?

Vogue February 2012

How Vogue Cover Girl Taylor Swift Deals with Her Critics

Vogue February 2012 cover

Vogue Feb. 2012

Even with all the red carpets, shiny awards and adoring fans, Taylor Swift opened up to Vogue about heartbreak, the future and never feeling like the cool kid.

Look out, Jake Gyllenhaal! It’s been more than a year since you dumped Country Sweetheart Taylor Swift (right before New Year’s and her birthday), but she’s far from over you.This can only mean one thing: You’ve no doubt inspired her next album. Hold on, buddy, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

Though they only spent a couple of months as an official couple in late 2010, Swift tells Vogue  in the February issue , “There’s just been this earth-shattering, not recent, but absolute crash-and-burn heartbreak, and that will turn out to be what the next album is about.” No kidding.

The pop-country phenom further explains, “The only way that I can feel better about myself–pull myself out of that awful pain of losing someone–is writing songs about it to get some sort of clarity.” And boy, can girlfriend write a song!

It’s not as if Swift hasn’t got a thing going for her these days. She just had three Academy of Country Music nominations and will also host the April 1 broadcast. And, according to Entertainment Weekly, she was offered the role of Eponine earlier this month in the big screen musical adaptation of “Les Miserables.” However, her casting does seem to be a bit controversial, says the magazine, as she has yet to really prove her acting chops beyond 2010′s “Valentine’s Day.”

The 22-year-old superstar admits she’s more than a little uncertain about her future plans as well. She tells Vogue, “I fret about the future. What my next move should be. What the move after that should be. How I am going to sustain this. How do I evolve.”

As for the haters who may be at the ready to discourage her, the “Mean” singer admits high school taught her how to do deal with that. She says, “I think who you are in school really sticks with you. I don’t ever feel like the cool kid at the party, ever. It’s like, Smile and be nice to everybody, because you were not invited to be here.”

Yeah, but they don’t teach a class like that in school.



Billboard magazine's December 10, 2011, issue

Why Every Mother Should Take Her Daughter to a Taylor Swift Show

Billboard magazine's December 10, 2011, issue

Billboard magazine's December 10, 2011, issue featuring Taylor Swift

Kara Gause wishes some other members of the entertainment industry would understand their impact on youngsters as well as Taylor Swift does.

As a parent of girls, I often wonder what kind of positive role models will be at the forefront of entertainment as my kids get older. Fingers crossed Taylor Swift is still among them.

She might not be up for Album of the Year at the 2012 Grammys, but country music artist Taylor Swift is more than feeling the love from  Billboard. At just 21, she is the youngest woman ever to be named the magazine’s “Woman of the Year.” It’s no wonder, too, with her latest album “Speak Now” being certified platinum many times over. Swift has dominated the music scene for the last 6 years, most notably being only the second woman to be crowned the Country Music Association’s “Entertainer of the Year” twice, after Barbara Mandrell. Yes, Mandrell. It’s been that long since a woman has ruled country music.

And thank goodness it’s Swift who’s conquering the world instead of some lesser role model. As a mother of two girls, I’m starting to really think about what the entertainment world is putting out there for them. Could there possibly be a better image to imitate than Swift’s? One of intelligence and creativity, honesty and lightheartedness.

It’s a responsibility Swift does not take lightly. “One of the things that is a huge part of making music and putting it out into the world is understanding that you now have a role in shaping the lives of the next generation,” she tells Billboard in the December 10 issue. “And you can either accept that role or deny it and ignore it and say it’s a parent’s job to raise their kids.”

Ahem. Are you paying attention, Miley Cyrus?

Swift continues, “But the reality is what you say matters. If you’re a singer and on TV and in the living room of some 12-year-old girl, she’s watching what you’re wearing and saying and doing.” Case in point: The soon-to-be 22-year-old admits she wanted to be Faith Hill as a girl. “For me, when Faith Hill performed on an awards show, everything mattered–everything she said, did, wore, I tried to copy it. That’s what little girls do, so there is a big responsibility and I take it very seriously.”

Breathe deeply, fellow Mamas. That’s an air of refreshment right there.


Taylor Swift Is EW’s ‘Entertainer of the Year’


It should come as no surprise that Taylor Swift has been chosen as Entertainment Weekly magazine‘s ’2010 Entertainer of the Year.’ The soon-to-be legal (are you paying attention, Jake Gyllenhaal?) singer came out of the gates this year with a No. 2 single debut with “Fairytale,” scoring four Grammy wins (Hello, ‘Album of the Year’), and even starred in hit movie Valentine’s Day.

But none of that can compare to the October 25 release of Swift’s third studio album, Speak Now. The country-crossover superstar sold over one million copies in its first week alone. Wowzers.

Of course, all this success has been well-documented on various magazine covers over the past twelve months, reaching a fevered pitch with the release of Speak, comments by her awards show nemesis Kanye, and that brewing romance with Gyllenhaal.

Speaking of Gyllenhaal, does the actor need to worry about his name and
relationship with Swift ending up in a song? On the men who’ve inspired
her music, Swift tells the entertainment magazine, “Sometimes I would
laugh because I would see it in print and it would say, ‘This song,
which is written about her ex, and so-and-so…’ And they would write
about it as if it was fact. The fact is, I haven’t ever confirmed that
any song is about any person.”

Don’t get the wrong idea though, fellas. Swift isn’t doing you any
favors. She adds, “There’s something kind of freeing about that. As far
as I’m concerned, it’s still up in the air.”

Phew. Look’s like your safe, Jake… for now.