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A Summer Escape at the Movies

Entertainment Weekly magazineThe blockbuster movie is back this summer with every weekend in July having another big release. We’ve compiled a list to get on your calendar that can’t wait for a RedBox rental.

Every summer, the movie theatres fill up with viewers who are looking to get out of the heat and enjoy a nice escape from summer. Huge blockbusters are back this year with superheroes taking over the screen with some comedy and family friendly sequels mixed in.

The Hollywood Reporter came out with a great list of their top summer movies, but I figured I would break it down for you with a highlight of a movie each weekend of July.

The Amazing Spider-Man (July 3): I have already seen this in the theatre with my 3D glasses and loved every minute out of the 136. It filled my void for some great visual effects and kept my attention with the lovely Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone.

Ice Age: Continental Drift (July 13): My nephew loves the Ice Age movies almost as much as the adults in our family do too. The humor and plot is great for all ages and I am sure this fourth installment will not disappoint.

The Dark Knight Rises (July 20): As one of the most anticipated movies of the year, I have already pre-ordered my tickets to this final Batman release in the trilogy. It promises to wrap up all of the questions still lingering from the first two installments with such an epic display that can’t be topped.

The Watch (July 27): After being tense in our seats watching Spider-Man and Batman save their respective cities, this new comedy with a trio of Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill is sure to be popular amongst audiences. Although they are saving their neighborhood from an alien invasion, this neighborhood watch is sure to provide some laughs.

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?

Rooney Mara in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

8 Welcome Surprises Among the Golden Globe Nominations

Rooney Mara in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Rooney Mara in "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" (Photo credit: Columbia Tri-Star Marketing Group)

Golden Globe nominations are out, and while films like “The Artist,” “The Descendants” and “The Help” led the way, there are a few surprises in the mix too.

Yesterday, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced its 2012 Golden Globe nominations. As a precursor to the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes may give us an inkling as to how Oscar voting may go.

So who’s in, and who’s out? According to The Hollywood Reporter, ” ‘The Artist’ swept the film nominations for the 69th annual Golden Globe Awards, taking a commanding six nominations, including one for best comedy or musical. A pair of American dramas, “The Descendants” and “The Help,” followed with five noms each.”

Better yet, which darkhorses snuck in to give the expected nominees a run for their money? Here are eight of the best surprises the Golden Globes have blessed us with this year.

1. Rooney Mara (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”) for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama. The film barely made it in for review and doesn’t even open until Dec. 20. The incredible transformation of Mara for this edgy thriller cannot be denied. (The film itself, however, was shut out of nominations). She’s got tough competition with the likes of Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady,” but a winning Mara should would make for a good show.

2. Jessica Chastain (“The Help”) for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture. Sure, Chastain is completely worthy of being nominated; no one disputes that. But the real problem for this generation’s Meryl Streep is that she had so many great performances eligible for nomination aside from “The Help”: “The Tree of Life,” “Take Shelter,” “The Debt.” She essentially had to beat herself in order to muster a nomination.

3. Jonah Hill (“Moneyball”) for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture. Let’s hear it for the funny guy turned serious actor. Many a screwball comic can shift seamlessly between genres (Steve Carell, Jennifer Aniston). But a hipster funny guy from Judd Apatow’s crew hobnobbing with A-list elite? Bravo, Hill. Bravo.

4. “In the Land of Blood and Honey” for Best Foreign Language Film – Try not to hate her too much. Not only is she one of the most beautiful and talented actresses of her generation and a woman who gets to call fellow nominee Brad Pitt “arm candy,” but now Angelina Jolie’s writing and directorial debut is getting award noms. What can we say? Life really isn’t fair.

5. Madeleine Stowe (“Revenge”) for Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama. Holla! for one of TV’s very best and guiltiest of pleasures getting some legit cred. Consider me a happy girl.

6. “Homeland” for Best Television Series, Best Actress (Claire Danes), and Best Actor (Damian Lewis) in a Television Series – Drama. President Obama tells People it’s one of his favorites, and now it’s getting some award show love.

7. “Bridesmaids” for Best Motion Picture and Best Actress (Kristen Wiig) – Musical or Comedy. Okay, so it’s not necessarily a surprise to see them in the Musical or Comedy division. However, with their Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations earlier this week, you have to wonder if a date with Oscar is imminent.

8. “New Girl” for Best Television Series, Best Actress (Zooey Deschanel) – Musical or Comedy. Cue the ensuing happy dances musical narrative indicative of Deschanel’s oh-so-awkward “New Girl” character, Jess. Aside from Showtime’s “Homeland,” this is the only freshman series to be nominated in a big race.

A complete list of the nominees can be found on the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s website. The Golden Globes will be broadcast from Beverly Hills on NBC on Jan. 15, 2012.

What do you make of this year’s nominees? What will cause you to tune in for the awards show and red carpet?

The Hollywood Reporter's November 25, 2011, issue

What to See: Your Awards Season Movie Guide

The Hollywood Reporter's November 25, 2011, issue

Director Martin Scorsese, seen here on the Nov. 25, 2011, cover of The Hollywood Reporter, can bank on some Oscar attention for his latest film, "Hugo."

Oscar nominations are more than a month away, but you can be in the know by catching these buzzed-about films.

It’s that time of year when movie buffs–and those who fancy themselves movie buffs–are treated to the best movies Hollywood has to offer. And there’s a reason for it: ‘Tis awards season, folks, and every studio in Tinseltown is hoping to garner some extra industry praise (and cold, hard box office cash) just in time for the big dance with a fella named Oscar.

Of course, there are hints as to which films will be singled out, and they come via magazine movie guides and early award shows. When a film gets enough buzz, you know it’s worth seeing. Here are the films worthy of your consideration.

1. “The Descendants,” starring George Clooney, Shailene Woodley. Entertainment Weekly calls it “sharp, funny, generous, and moving.” I’ll tell you it’s definitely heavy but incredibly thoughtful. This is a film that will keep you engaged long after you leave the theater. Early nods: National Board of Review of Motion Pictures prize for Clooney (Best Actor) and Woodley (Best Supporting Actress) as well as Independent Spirit Award noms for Clooney (Best Actor), Woodley (Supporting Actress), and Alexander Payne (Best Director, Best Screenplay).

2. “Hugo,” Sacha Baron Cohen, Ben Kingsley, Asa Butterfield. When you think “kids’ movie,” director Martin Scorsese probably doesn’t come to mind. But “Hugo,” based on Brian Selznick’s spectacular children’s book “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” isn’t just for kids. It’s a sophisticated 3-D film The Hollywood Reporter calls “a dazzling family friendly film” and that effortlessly “conjoins the earliest days of cinema with the very latest big-screen technology.” Need more convincing? The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures named it Best Picture, and Scorsese Best Director.

3. “Beginners,” Christopher Plummer, Ewan McGregor. It might only be writer-director Mike Mills’ second film, but this one–autobiographical in nature–is both poignant and funny. It tied for Best Picture (with “Tree of Life,” see below) at the Gotham Independent Film Awards, and New York magazine describes it as “a marvelously inventive romantic comedy … pickled in sadness, loss.”

4. “Tree of Life,” starring Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain, Sean Penn. Terrence Malick’s take on the meaning of life seemed to marginalize American audiences–they love it or hate it. Entertainment Weekly dubbed it as “profound–and more than a little puzzling.” However, the film nabbed the Palm d’Or (Best Picture) at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and tied for Best Picture (with “Beginners”) at the Gotham Awards.

5. “Melancholia,” starring Kirsten Dunst, Kiefer Sutherland, Alexander Skarsgard. Dunst won best actress at the Cannes Film Festival in May for her portrayal of a clinically depressed woman facing the end of the world–literally. The film also garnered three awards at the European Film Awards earlier this month, including Best Actress for Dunst and an award for cinematography. Entertainment Weekly hailed it as a “movie masterpiece,” “a work of genius,” and “a giant achievement” for Danish director Lars von Trier.

6. “The Artist,” Jean Dujardin, John Goodman, James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller. For a film paying homage to silent movies, “The Artist” sure is making a lot of noise. Most recently, it picked up Best Film at the Washington, D.C., Area Film Critics Association. Entertainment Weekly suggests that the real romance of the film is between us, “the jaded 21st-century audience, and the mechanical innocence of old movies.”

None of these films is necessarily a “blockbuster” right out of the gate, but with a little awards season help, their studios will be rolling in it.

What films are you anticipating?

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McDonald’s to Launch Its Own TV Network

The Hollywood Reporter November 11 2011 cover featuring DiCaprio and Eastwood

The Hollywood Reporter says McDonald's will be bringing its own TV network, McTV, to the fast-food chain's restaurants around the country.

Forget asking if you’d like fries with that burger. McDonald’s is betting you’d like a little entertainment to go along with your meal. The Hollywood Reporter says that the fast-food giant is bringing its own brand of broadcasting straight to you, the consumer, with the launch of McTV. The new TV network will hit McDonald’s restaurants with “local news, sports, movie and TV show previews, entertainment features and human interest stories.” I’m guessing “Super Size Me” director Morgan Spurlock won’t be among the featured guests.

Are you questioning whether or not this new form of media bombardment has staying power? Well, rest assured money can still buy you the best; reality mega-producer Mark Burnett’s digital production company Vimby is on board. It will employ TV and filmmakers from over 40 cities to produce programming geared to individual communities. In fact, according to entertainment, tech and brand management firm ChannelPort Communications, McTV will reach a whopping 18 to 20 million viewers every month. Eight minutes of every hour will be devoted to advertisements–90 seconds of which will be set aside for the fast-food chain itself.

The company’s U.S. spokeswoman told the L.A. Times, “People today are using are restaurants differently than they have in the past. They’ve become more of a destination. With McDonald’s restaurants offering Wi-Fi, we’ve become more relevant and contemporary.”

They’re also no dummies; research shows watching TV increases intake of high-density foods, according to a 2006 study by the Center on Media and Child Health. Oh, and then there’s a 2009 study that New York Times says “finds that seeing food ads on television can induce people to eat more snacks while watching.” The Stanford University School of Medicine conducted a 2004 study that reached the following conclusion: “Elementary school children eat nearly 20 percent of their daily calories while watching television.” And people, you know we’re not snackin’ on carrot sticks!

Look, we’re all big girls and boys–with potential to become much, much bigger–so we can decide for ourselves what to put into our bodies. I think McDonald’s is just hoping we’ll linger with their TV and Wi-Fi and justify an extra 500 calories or so. You know, the way people order extra drinks while gambling at a casino. Yep, my odds are on McTV to be a sure thing.

What are your thoughts about McTV? Do you foresee this trend spilling over to other fast-food chains?

Time magazine Steve Jobs Apple cover October 17 2011

Celebrities React to Death of Apple Visionary Steve Jobs

Time magazine Steve Jobs Apple cover October 17 2011

Time magazine will remember former Apple CEO Steve Jobs with this commemorative cover on its Oct. 17, 2011, issue. Jobs died Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011.

I learned of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs’ passing like so many people did–on my iPhone. If it hadn’t been via my iPhone, it most assuredly would have been while browsing the Internet on my Mac computer. Ours is a strictly Macintosh family, and news of the passing of the former Apple exec brought tears to my eyes.

A survey of social media and news outlets last night and today shows I’m not the only one touched by the death of Jobs, 56, the exec who became the face of Apple and a creative force behind Disney Pixar. Many a celebrity spoke out via public statement or Twitter to mourn the loss of someone who can only be described as a brilliant visionary gone too soon. Here are some of those sentiments:

President Obama: “There may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented.”

Bill Gates, former CEO of Microsoft: “The world rarely sees the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come.”

Steve Wozniak, Jobs’ early business partner, “People sometimes have goals in life. Steve Jobs exceeded every goal he ever set for himself.”

Jon Favreau, actor and director: “We lost a man of true vision today. Condolences to the whole Apple family.”

Kim Kardashian: “Wow Steve Jobs died! He was a brilliant man!”

Tom Colicchio, celebrity chef: “RIP Steve Jobs, we have all stood on your shoulders.”

Damon Lindelof, writer and producer of “Lost”: “Steve Jobs, on behalf of every dreamer sitting in his or her garage who is crazy enough to try and change the world, you will be missed.”

Jane Lynch, actress on “Glee”: “We will miss you, Steve Jobs. Sent lovingly from my iPhone.”

Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook: “Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you.”

Ashton Kutcher: “I never thought I could be so busted up about the loss of someone I never met.”

Bob Iger, president of The Walt Disney Company: “Despite all he accomplished, it feels like he was just getting started. With his passing, the world has lost a real original, Disney has lost a member of our family, and I have lost a great friend.”

Steve Levitan, writer and co-creator of “Modern Family”: “I’m sorry to hear about the death of Steve Jobs. He was truly one of my heroes. He leaves one hell of a legacy. #iSad.”

Mindy Kaling, actress and writer on “The Office”: “Hard not to think how much Steve Jobs could’ve done with more years. So sad. You’re the best, Steve.”

John Hodgman, who portrayed the “PC” on the PC vs. Mac commercials: “Everything good I have done, I have done on a Mac.”

Ryan Seacrest, radio/TV exec and host of “American Idol”: ” ‘Have the courage to follow ur heart & intuition. They already know what u truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.’ – Steve Jobs”

Here’s hoping we can all follow in Jobs’ footsteps, becoming the very best version of ourselves. If you count yourself among those deeply inspired by the man who made computers personal and accessible to every one of us, then you may be interested in his lone authorized biography, due out Nov. 21.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the book, which is “based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, colleagues, and competitors,” has increased in sales by 42,000 percent since Apple announced Jobs’ death. As of the hour of this posting, the book ranks at No. 3 on Barnes & Noble’s bestseller rankings.

Clearly, his legacy will live on. Rest in peace, Steve.