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Oscar pools add to fun during awards show

I have to admit I was expecting a more entertaining Oscars show with Seth McFarlane handling the hosting duties. He did fine despite what the haters on Twitter said, but it’s still The Oscars, and much of the show can still be very boring. I switched over to watch “The Walking Dead” and the Showtime Sunday shows instead.

But, with the popularity of Oscar pools and betting on the winners, plenty of people were still glued to the screen waiting for the announcements. That’s not surprising, as the huge popularity of football has a lot to do with our desire to bet on sports and the exploding popularity of fantasy football.

There were plenty of surprises on Oscar night to keep everyone excited. Things got started with Christoph Waltz winning for Best Supporting Actor for Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained.” He definitely was not the favorite, with Nate Silver and others having him as the third most likely winner in the category with Tommy Lee Jones as the favorite. So right off the bat, many had a miss in their Oscar pool, while a few had a huge early win to start the evening.

Anne Hathaway and Jennifer Lawrence were favorites, so that had to reassure those who were less adventurous in their picks, but the Best Director and Best Picture results definitely had to blow up most pools. Ang Lee was a big surprise. As for “Argo,” it did pick up steam with people like Silver picking it to win, and the snub of Ben Affleck by the Academy may have even helped its cause. “Lincoln” was an excellent film, but I didn’t leave the theater thinking it was a lock for Best Picture. Daniel Day-Lewis was probably the biggest lock of the night, as his portrayal of Lincoln was inspiring.

So next year I think I’m finally going to enter a pool so it’s a little easier to sit through some of the contrived dance numbers and lame jokes.

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Most Well-Dressed Celebrities of 2013 So Far

Fashion magazines and websites usually compile their lists of the best dressed celebrities for the year from award shows. Since the major award season is almost over, we already have a good idea on who dresses the best.

The red carpet is where real style is born. Everything in a red carpet outfit has to match and balance out beautifully. There are the shoes, tie, suit, dress, jewelry, hair style and lastly the bag to consider. Also body shape because not all dresses suit an hourglass figure. As for color, if it complements your skin tone, then you should be all set to dazzle the paparazzi.

Celebrities such as Katy Perry at this year Grammy’s worked the classic Hollywood look well. Her mint colored gown from Gucci really suited her body shape because it accentuated her waist and balanced out her long sleeves with a nice trail. Long and flowing, Katy Perry looked willowy but elegant because her long and curly hair suited the flow of the dress.

As for accessories, she did not go overboard and instead continued to hone her balancing act towards the dress. If wearing something light shaded, always go for a darker shade in the same color.

As for dressing up like this famous singer, you can find mint colored dresses all over because the color is becoming extremely popular. If you have a tight hugging waist like Katy Perry, invest in a large necklace to complement the look, you can find many matching necklaces at a clearance sale online. As for earrings, studs always go well with large necklaces.

Speaking of blue tinted colors, sapphire blue is also very popular on the red carpet at the moment. At the BAFTA awards, up and coming actress, Jessica Chastain from the film Zero Dark Thirty looked smashing in her strapless sapphire blue gown by designer Roland Mouret. This nominated actress for an academy award also sported other bold colors at the Golden Globes with sea foam and the Screen Actors Guild Awards with show stopping red.

Bold colors suit Jessica’s pearl like complexion and definitely makes her stand out from the crowd. But since she has chosen bold colors, she cannot over accessorize too much. If the color is striking, you are better going for a much softer and asymmetrical look. For instance, this sapphire blue gown looks more stylish when paired up with matching studs in comparison to a matching choker.

If Jessica wore a necklace, her outfit would look too busy and then she would have to style her hair up. And since the dress is designed with more layers at the neck line, little accessory is needed. With long and flowing gowns, hair styles do have to match the dress more instead of the shoes because you cannot see them.

So next time you are wearing a nice and long dress, pick a hair style that suits its fit and texture. Curls always go well with soft textiles and figure hugging dresses. Straight hair, however suits a tougher texture and layered dress.

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Top 5 Unofficlal awards on Oscar night

Laugh, Meryl Streep. Laugh!

When all the dust had cleared, all that was left were fake smiles of the losers and P.R. people promoting why you should see nominated films yet again. Nevertheless, there were awards that should’ve been handed out for only the best of reasons.

1. Best actress in a bout with gravity – Jennifer Lawrence. She could beat out a dozen teens trying to kill her for food in the “Hunger Games,” but she couldn’t walk in a dress without eating Oscar stairs. She got the last laugh taking home Best Actress for “Silver Linings Playbook,” but I guess being hot and coordinated was too much to ask.

2. Best Actress who left her headlights on – Anne Hathaway. Anne made an impression that only Mr. Skin could truly love. The only thing perkier than her upper chest region was the 9 year-old in the audience who probably asked her parents “Was she good enough to be the main actress likes me?

3. Best Host who was damned no matter what – Seth MacFarlane. Word is the senior members in the audience thought he was crude and unfunny. Of course, he got to be clowned by the 81 year-old William Shatner and made out with 66 year-old Sally Field. You’d think he’d get free AARP membership just for that alone. Check out the reaction shots from his “We saw your boobs” song and you’ll see why he needed an escort to his car.

4. Actor who will be referred to as “Mr. Meryl Streep” – Daniel Day Lewis. Winning an Oscar is great. Winning twice is exceptional, but winning three is just showing off. The uber-method actor is the Phil Jackson of acting right now. He’s one superhero role away from making people hating him for just being that good.

5. And the Who can get fired on Oscar night goes to…. – The Onion employee who tweeted a highly offensive comment about Quvenzhane Wallis. Quvenzhane is 9, cute and was nominated for Best Actress. The twittersphere unleashed their fury at the Onion and they rightfully suspended/reprimanded the employee in question. He or she is anonymous now, but people are already calling for their identity to get an additional pound of flesh (with dipping sauce and a biscuit).

God bless you, Hollywood.

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Oscars 2013, Your Time is Here

This year was, quite indeed, a great year for the movies. More times than not, I sat on the edge of my theatre seat in great anticipation for what was about to unfold in front of my very easily distracted eyes.  This even includes a twice interrupted viewing of Zero Dark Thirty, of which the projector froze twice. So what am I hoping for with the impending arrival of the 85th Academy Awards Ceremony? Well, mostly I’m hoping that Seth McFarlane keeps his jokes offensive and the crowd roaring, Jennifer Lawrence wears something  other than a dress that looks as though the bust could double as a BB gun, and that Daniel Day Lewis let’s somebody else win for once. Really dude.

Aside from those small requests, I’m hopeful and content with any and all contenders the academy sees fit for the naked gold man, whom I assume is called Oscar. Except, I’d also really prefer if it didn’t go to Hugh Jackman either, as it is he just irks me.

Where am I going with this, you ask? I just want to point out, again, that it has been an awesome year at the movies. Aside from Taken 3. That is. Because I don’t like to drink or socialize on the regular, movie watching is pretty much my part time job, and this year, they really put me to work. For starters, I never anticipated a quasi-romantic comedy starring Bradley Cooper to completely overwhelm me to the point where I was at a loss to describe what made the movie so, well, moving. Also, after being dragged to the theatres, quite reluctantly, to watch what was, according to me, a boring historical movie about the capture of a now evil dead guy, it was I who could not shut up about Zero Dark Thirty, or Jessica Chastain’s performance, for weeks. Skyfall, might just have been the best recent Bond movie of yet, and then of course, there was the brilliance of, Argo fuck  yourself.

So, Mr. Oscar, whatever you have in store tomorrow for us I’m sure will be alright with me, as it should be the rest of the world. However, Hollywood 2013, you have a lot to live up to.

And I’ll be watching you.

 

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Top 5 reasons you should watch the Oscars

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1. Seth MacFarlane – Finally, there’s a reason for straight guys to care. Sure, it’s nice to see the comedic stylings of 102 year-old Billy Crystal show us how you can tap dance while being attached to an iron lung, but it’s time to move on. If you haven’t laughed at MacFarlane during Family Guy, Ted or a comedy roast, then you probably flat-lined years ago.

2. It could get you laid – Nothing says “honey, I love you” more than sitting through something she knows you hate. Women enjoy the little things like kindness, consideration, chocolate and diamonds. Just don’t let on that you like it or you won’t be able to cash in later.

3. It’s not the Grammys – A sign you’re old is when you don’t recognize half of the songs nominated at the Grammys. It’s a fact and I’ve got the 8-track to prove it. Everyone has heard of most of the movies at the Oscars and it’s acceptable to lie about the rest. As a matter of fact, lying about the movies makes you an official Academy voter.

4. It’s not real life – Between the Sequester, natural disasters, commercials convincing you that you’re far more sick than you realize and Facebook reminding you how everyone is having more fun than you are, it can be a welcome relief to know that even for one night, millionaires can be called “losers”.

5. A 3rd Grader could be the story of the night – That’s right. Nominated for best actress is Quvenzhane Wallis for “Beasts of the Southern Wild”. I don’t even think hockey announcers can pronounce her name. It’s her first role and I can’t wait to see the shock on people’s faces when they find out next week that she traded in the Oscar for Jay-Z tickets and a Playstation 4.

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10 Reasons to See ‘Warm Bodies’

Just yesterday, I had the pleasure of being dragged to a showing of the relatively new theatrical release, “Warm Bodies.”

And by dragged, I mean not dragged at all, entirely willing, and despondently hopeful.

However, it was totally worth it. The movie, although seemingly bizarre and easily misjudged as campy and corny, is actually quite clever and original. Except if you’ve ever seen the lost 80s movie, “My Boyfriend’s Back,” in which case Warm Bodies just seems like a victorious copy-cat of a lackluster romantic comedy about a corpse.  A romantic zomedy, if you will.

Because I don’t like writing reviews, I have compiled a list of 10 reasons to go see this movie right now. However, if you live in the New England area you should probably wait till Sunday, as there is snow and stuff.

1)   John Malkovich is in it

2)   Every joke that you want them to make, but you are afraid they won’t because then they’d be poking fun at themselves, they do.

3)   My friend *Debby is convinced there will be a zombie apocalypse. If such is the case, this movie will help us prepare, as well as advise us on its defeat.

4)   Analiegh Tipton is both adorable and hilarious.

5)   You know you’ve always wanted to see a pretty girl and a zombie make out.

6)   What do zombies think about? We no longer have to wonder.

7)   Here we learn what happens when zombies progress from plain zombie, to MEGA ZOMBIE.

8)   John Malkovich is in it.

9)   How many zombies does it take to screw in a light bulb? No just kidding. That’s not a thing. However, you do find out why zombies eat people and what their favorite part of eating the brain is. Useful information.

10)   It is not “Twilight” and Kristen Stewart is not in it.

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Celebrities to Keep an Eye on

Every year is an exciting one within the Entertainment world. Figuring out who you should be watching and keeping track of can be difficult. Here are some of the most exciting celebrities to keep your eye on in 2013.

Jennifer Aniston

Even if you’re “Team Jolie” Anniston is someone to keep an eye on. There are few actresses who can pull of smart, edgy and be the charming girl next door type all at the same time. Anniston is one of them. Over the last few years she’s gone from supporting actress to lead actress and has since added the titles of Director and Producer to her resume. She was given a star on the Walk of Fame in 2012 and has a number of projects in the queue for 2013. Maybe this year she’ll find her “Blind Side.”

Ed Sheeran

He may only be 22, but Ed Sheeran is definitely making a name for himself in the music scene. He started out as an independent musician playing gigs almost every day until his indie album caught the attention Asylum/Atlantic Records. Now he’s signed with the label and was named The British Breakthrough Artist of the Year in 2012. He’s a great inspiration for people in the indie scene who have dreams of going mainstream.

Kim Kardashian

Yes, we know that she’s Kanye’s Baby Mama but we’re hoping that beyond watching her adjust to new motherhood 2013 will be the year we finally figure out why, exactly, she’s famous.

Louis CK

His sitcom has been wildly successful for several seasons; he’s won Emmys and has one of the most successful comedy specials of all time (thanks to his selling it independently). With his sitcom, Louie, on hiatus this season nobody is quite sure what he has up his sleeve for 2013 but we’re willing to bet that it is going to be phenomenal.

Katie Holmes

She’s finally free of Tom Cruise and hopefully that means she can start taking on film and television projects again. We’re hoping that her career really takes off now that the two have split. It happened for Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz and Mimi Rogers (all former or near-former Mrs. Cruises), there’s no reason to believe it won’t happen for the most memorable cast member of Dawson’s Creek. We can’t wait to see what projects she takes on this year!

Justin Timberlake

The mega pop-star took his turn in a Clint Eastwood vehicle in 2012 and has more in store for 2013. In addition to the traditional entertainment projects, Timberlake is also spearheading the MySpace revival effort. The site is due to reopen hopefully soon and if Timberlake can bring it back to life he’ll be able to add “Internet Mogul” to his resume which will make him a…quadruple threat? We’ve lost track of how many threats he is.

Justin Bieber

Isn’t every year a year to keep an eye on Justin Bieber?

2013 is certainly going to be an interesting year—not just for these celebrities but for those of us who are keeping track of them!

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A zombie love story?

With all of the zombie hysteria, we knew Hollywood would do anything to capitalize on the craze. But here, with “Warm Bodies,” it looks like the genre may have inspired an interesting film. The take here is bizarre and also interesting, with a zombie having some human feelings and then getting enamored with a living girl. The reviews so far on Rotten Tomatoes are excellent.

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The Influence Celebrity Endorsements Have on Teenagers

If your teen spends a lot of time on the Internet or watching TV, he may be more susceptible to celebrity endorsements than others. While that hasn’t always been a good thing (remember all the celebrity smoking endorsements in the 70s?), there are a lot more celebs today who are promoting positive habits. It is important to teach your teen how to discern between fact and opinion and celebrity endorsements are a great place to start.

Become Aware of Your Teen’s Famous Role Models

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, teens spend an average of 7 hours and 38 minutes a day using entertainment media (TV, music, social media, etc.) That’s 53 hours per week — much longer than they spend at school. So, it’s not surprising that teens are particularly susceptible to believing in celebrity endorsements.

You should check out who your teen follows on Twitter, watch his favorite TV shows, and listen to the music on his top playlist. You’ll start to get a better understanding of who your teen considers to be his role models and the influence they have on his life. After that, it won’t be hard to find out the products those celebrities endorse. Just run a quick Internet search.

Talk with Your Teen about the Influence of Celebrity Endorsements

After you’ve researched your teen’s favorite celebs, sit down with him and discuss what those celebs are promoting. Depending on the teen, the involvement that starting this dialogue requires can sometimes breed rebellion, so tread lightly; however, it shows you’re interested his life and want him to make the best decisions for himself. For instance, if your teen is in need of face wash and one of his favorite celebs endorses a particular acne treatment, you should lay out the options and help him look at the ingredients.

Having good and bad examples of celebrity endorsements is important. If a celeb your teen loves is promoting something you think is inappropriate, consider it a way to continue the conversation. Explain how your teen needs to look past the celebrity persona and decipher the facts. It shows your teen that these celebrities can either show him the way to something that will better himself or lead him down the wrong path. It is up to him to make an informed decision.

Positive Celebrity Endorsements to Share with Your Teen

Internet and TV are so teeming with positive celebrity endorsements that you probably see them every day and might not even realize it. Surprising positive role models Cheech and Chong endorse Fiber One, touting the importance of fiber in a healthy diet. Another healthful food endorser is recent Olympics champ Gabby Douglas, who promotes Corn Flakes. Ellen DeGeneres endorses the popular health drink Vitamin Water and important causes such as women’s rights. These popular celebrities are great examples to show your teen of how celebrity endorsement is used for the better.

The use of popular celebrities to promote products has been around for decades. These endorsements are readily available tools to teach your teen to look deeper into a product adorned with a picture of his favorite celebrity and decide if it is going to beneficial for him. He will learn to make his own informed decisions, a skill that will help him succeed in the future.

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