Movie Review: ‘Beasts Of The Southern Wild’

For months now I have been hearing about a film called Beasts of the Southern Wild but for various reasons, I haven’t been able to find the time to see it. Honestly, I haven’t had the time to see many of the movies that I’d been hoping to see. After reading Shannon’s post on the film last month, I was determined to make the time to see it … and last night, I finally did. Beasts is a difficult film to describe but I will do my best in my review below. It is, IMHO, one of the most compelling and powerful films I’ve seen in years … and its young star, Quvenzhané Wallis, is nothing short of amazing. More »

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Half Way There

After deciding to take it easy on the 7 mile run early Saturday morning, I knew I’d have to make up the run sometime Sunday. So, that’s what I did. I spent a couple of hours at the gym yesterday running my buns off … and I managed to complete a half marathon distance! Surprisingly, I felt so fresh after my run that David and I were able to meet up with Emma for a dinner/movie date last night. I’d say I had a very productive Sunday, wouldn’t you? More »

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Les News, 072312

  • NYC gets its Twin Towers back. [Buzzfeed]
  • Jurassic Park 4 could really happen. [ONTD!]
  • Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively travel together … but separately. [PopSugar]
  • Fred Willard jokes about his lewd conduct arrest. [GossipCop]
  • The star of Step Up Revolution does Bello mag. [Oh La La]
  • Artificial jellyfish are a thing now, apparently. [Towleroad]
  • Anaheim police shoot an unarmed man, violence ensues. [Newser]
  • The Best of Michael Jackson mixtape. [Heavy]
  • Everyone’s a winner at the Teen Choice Awards. [Idolator]
  • Pet Shop Boys drop a new video. [arjanwrites]
  • Best Actresses Under 25. [Starpulse]
  • Palin family “values” truly sicken me. [Global Grind]
  • Is Victoria Beckham holding the Spice Girls reunion hostage? [LaineyGossip]
  • Daniel Radcliffe is 23, Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child is 32, Alison Krauss is 41, Slash is 47 and Woody Harrelson is 51 years old. Click HERE to see who else is celebrating a birthday today.
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President Obama Visits Aurora, CO As The City Holds Vigil For The Victims Of The Colorado Massacre

Yesterday afternoon, President Obama made his way to Aurora, CO to spend some time with the survivors and families of victims of the mass shooting that took place early Friday morning. After he visited with those people privately, he delivered a speech at University of Colorado Hospital ahead of a large public vigil held in the city of Aurora. Click below to see some photos and read some of what was said at yesterday’s somber yet healing event. More »

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Watch: Anne Hathaway Says She’s Open To Starring In A ‘Catwoman’ Spin-Off Movie

We’ve got a big juicy discussion going on in the comments section of Trent‘s The Dark Knight Rises review about lots of the movie’s aspects, but especially Anne Hathaway‘s performance of Catwoman. Some of us loved her, some of us meh‘d her, and some of us said she’s best when not compared to Michelle Pfeiffer. Well, the lovely Ms. Hathaway sat down with Digital Spy and talked about her experience on the set of the summer’s most anticipated movie, and maybe… perhaps… hinted at a possible Catwoman spin-off. Don’t worry, she’d play the lead, not Halle (although, if you ask Trent, Halle wasn’t so bad). Check out the interview inside.
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Following The Sandusky Sex Abuse Scandal, Penn State Is Fined $60 Million By The NCAA

When the Jerry Sandusky guilty verdict was reached back in June the story was far from over. Once evidence was brought forth proving the involvement of other top Penn State officials (like Joe Paterno) further actions were taken. Yesterday, the now infamous Joe Paterno statue was taken down from its place outside the university stadium, while students and onlookers chanted “We Are Penn State!” Today we learn that the NCAA has announced sanctions against the university’s once-famed football program, including a massive $60 million fine, all of which will help fund child sex abuse awareness programs. More details inside.
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First Listen: Sweet Valley’s ‘Total Carnage’ Is The New Summer Jam

While buzzing around MTV‘s Buzzworthy blog I stumbled across a band named Sweet Valley. Yes, I too was hoping that they had some connection to the incomparable YA series Sweet Valley High (shouts-out to Francine Pascal), but alas the affinity in name is merely coincidental. Still, the name drew me in and now I’m completely digging their sound so, despite the let down, I’m happy I pressed “play” on their new song, Total Carnage. Of the song, frontman Nathan Williams (formerly of the Wayves) told Spin magazine “I wanted to make a soundtrack to getting drunk this summer, and this is what I thought it should sound like.” IMO, this short, sweet, heavily-instrumental track pretty much nails it. My kinda summer drinking song inside!
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Mila Kunis And James Franco Chat It Up For ‘Interview’ Magazine

Two of my favorite celebs are sharing the spotlight in a recent article in Interview MagazineMila Kunis and James Franco, co-stars of the forthcoming Oz, The Great And Powerful. Franco interviews the gorgeous actress (who’s accompanying photo shoot is to die for) and asks her about being a fearless woman of the ‘wood. Hollywood, that is. Checkie out inside!
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Can You Guess The Flavor Of Snooki’s New Soda?

Jersey Shore may be coming to an end, but you haven’t heard the last of Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi. Even if her biggest reality show gig is almost a wrap, Snooki‘s here to stay… in one way or another. Snooki & JWOWW is one way, and Rocket Fizz is another. The soda chain has given Snooki her very own soda which means 1.) she’s living the American Dream, and 2.) we get to make a game out of guessing the flavor. Why? Because it’s Monday morning, and it’s the best I got right now guys.
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UPDATE: Michael Jackson’s Mother Is No Longer Missing

Yesterday we learned that Katherine Jackson (the late Michael Jackson‘s mother and caretaker of his two children) was missing, according to reports from the LA County Sherriff’s department and buzzings around twitter. Katherine‘s lawyer has now come forward and said that the matriarch of the Jackson family is fine. Other Jacksons confirmed that she had been with family the whole time, and Katherine Jackson herself has now come forward and spoken with police, confirming the same. However, none of this seems to explain the fact that her grandchildren seemed completely unaware of their guardian’s whereabouts. Deets inside.
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