Sunday, March 31, 2013

Sunday Social Week 43

1. What is your favorite type of workout to do?
Usually I would say something snarky like this.

I prefer doing circuits that have more strength training and minimal cardio. I’ve really enjoyed workouts that use a free weight or just your body to do strength training, not machines.  I’ve also never been a huge fan of running so I truly do not relate when I hear others talking about that “runner’s high.” 
One of my favorite leg and butt exercises is the donkey kick.

2. What is your favorite guilty pleasure candy or sweet?

My homemade caramel popcorn.

3. What is one thing you continuously forget to do?
I’m sure there are a ton of things that I forget to do. I’ve been known to leave my keys in the door when I come home from work. It’s super embarrassing. I also have a Brita water filter at my apartment and I put off actually changing the filter for weeks when it runs out. I just forget to do it.

4. Do you prefer post-its or phone reminders? Why?
I prefer phone reminders. You can set up a notification as far in advance as you need and you never have to worry about losing a little piece of paper.

5. What is your favorite picture currently on your phone that always makes you smile?
I can't pick just one. I have three that I love. 
This is my dad and my nephew passed out together on the couch.

Hunter Hayes-loved him in concert.

My niece with her new magic wand.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Weekend Smiles

Here are a couple of videos to kick off your weekend. Happy Friday-I hope it’s all smiles.

This video is hilarious-there are a few choice words, but nothing to horrible.

I really like this song in general, but the choreography and concept of people as obstacles is also great.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Movie Time

Movies Opening this Week
March 27 (Wednesday) Welcome to the Punch (Limited)
March 28 (Thursday) G.I. Joe: Retaliation (in 3D)
March 29 (Friday) The Host

New Trailers
World WarZ  (New Trailer)
Video: A Beautiful Mind

Gary Oldman Reuniting with Tom Hardy for 'Child 44' Soviet Thriller

Despite being fatally injured by the henchman of Tom Hardy as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, it sounds like Gary Oldman doesn't hold any grudges as Heat Vision reports The Fifth Element and recently added cast member of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will reteam with the Batman villain for the thriller Child 44 from Safe House director Daniel Espinosa. Hardy is leading the story written by Richard Price (Ransom and Shaft) and based on Tom Rob Smith's novel of the same name (the first in a trilogy), which also features Prometheus star Noomi Rapace and new RoboCop Joel Kinnaman as the film's murderous villain. Read on!

Val Kilmer & Anthony Edwards Are Fighter Jets in Full 'Planes' Cast

Just recently we learned that Dane Cook would star in the seemingly disappointing Cars spin-off Planes from Disney Animation (not Pixar). But now the full voice cast for the film has been revealed, and while it certainly feels like the cast of a direct-to-DVD feature film, there are a couple of fun treats. For example, Val Kilmer and Anthony Edwards are playing two fighter jets named Bravo and Echo, a throwback to their days in the Danger Zone from Top Gun. In addition, the cast of characters also includes Skipper (Stacy Keach), Lead bottom (Cedric the Entertainer), Dottie (Teri Hatcher) and many, many more. Keep reading.

Liebesman's 'Ninja Turtles' Casts Leonardo, Donatello & Michelangelo

Last Friday, word came out that "Smallville" star Alan Ritchson had been cast as the hot-headed Raphael in Jonathan Liebesman's upcoming Ninja Turtles reboot, joining Megan Fox as April O'Neil. Today, Deadline discovered who will be playing the remaining trio of alien heroes, and they're not any more recognizable than Ritchson: Pete Ploszek will play Leonardo, Jeremy Howard will play Donatello and Noel Fisher will take the role of Michaelangelo, and each will wear motion capture suits similar to what the James Cameron outfitted his actors with in Avatar. Find out more about this young trio below. Read on!

Kiefer Sutherland to Play Villain in Paul W.S. Anderson's 'Pompeii'

Former "24" star Kiefer Sutherland hasn't headlined a movie since 2008, instead focusing his career on television projects and trying to find a steady audience for his new Fox series "Touch." There's been talk of a "24" movie for quite some time, but potential director Antoine Fuqua recently revealed that the project was dead, so we've been wondering what kind of role would bring Sutherland back to the big screen, and now that question has been answered. THR reports that Sutherland is in final talks to play the villain in Paul W.S. Anderson's disaster movie Pompeii, which takes place in Italy during the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Keep Reading.

INTO THE WOODS Film To Start Shooting

According to a new interview with China News in promotion of her Oscar-winning work in THE IRON LADY, Meryl Streep confirms that the feature film adaptation of the multi-Tony Award-winning musical INTO THE WOODS is set to start shooting this October.  
Streep tells the newspaper that following the wrap of shooting the stage-to-screen adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Tracy Letts drama AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY she will then film the Tommy Lee Jones-directed THE HOMESMAN. Read more.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Sunday Social 42

1. What is your favorite thing about spring?

I love the warmer weather when the sun is shining and the trees and flowers come back to life. I also love the bright fun colors that come with spring fashion.

2. What is your favorite kind of flower to grow or receive?
Lillys-specifically Stargazers.

3. What is your favorite nail polish color?

The one I use the most is purple. I had a an awesome shade called Eggplant Frost.

4. What is your favorite outdoor activity?

Nothing too strenuous. I like being able to go for a walk at the park, or to ride my bike. Having a picnic or playing kickball in the backyard is way fun as well.

5. Do you have any fun spring plans? Details! :)
My plans include finishing school work, getting through finals and finishing the semester. I can finally get some leisure reading done which will be great. My birthday is at the end of May so that should be fun, and my sister is planning on coming to visit around that time.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Disney Dream Portraits

Annie Leibovitz has done a series of portraits shooting real celebrities as Disney characters. I think they are amazing. Do you like them? Can you tell who is behind the costume? Which one is your favorite. 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Movie Lines

Opening This Week (March 22)
The Croods (in 3D)
Olympus Has Fallen
Spring Breakers (Expands Wide)
New Trailers  
Love is All You Need     
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2

Video: 17 Again

Ben Affleck Could Direct Revolutionary War Movie 'Bunker Hill' Next

Ang Lee may have won the Best Director Oscar for last year's Life of Pi, but it was Ben Affleck that was the golden boy of this year's awards season. The Boston native's Argo racked up tons of accolades on the way to its Best Picture prize, leaving many wondering how long it would be before Affleck himself takes home the Best Director statue. Now he could have his sights set on that very goal, as Deadline reports Affleck and Matt Damon's production company Pearl Street Films has secured the screen rights to author Nathaniel Philbrick's upcoming book Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution for Affleck to potentially direct. Read more.

Hugh Jackman to Lead Harlan Coben's 'Six Years' Novel Adaptation

After some new photos from The Wolverine surfaced yesterday, with the promise of the first trailer finally arriving on March 27th, THR says Hugh Jackman is going to take a break from action with a new dramatic adaptation of Harlan Coben's novel Six Years, which just hit shelves today. With no writer or director attached at this point, this kind of announcement seems timed to simply sell more books, but if Jackman sticks with the project being produced by former Fox head Tom Rothman, he would play a man named Jake Fisher whose heart was broken as he watched the love of his life, Natalie, marry another man. Keep Reading.

Shailene Woodley Offered Lead in Drama 'The Fault in Our Stars'

After making her film debut alongside George Clooney in 2011's The Descendants and stealing our hearts as the female lead in the excellent teen romance The Spectacular Now at Sundance, actressShailene Woodley is well on her way to becoming the next big thing. She secured two major roles recently as Mary Jane Watson in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and the female lead in her own sci-fi movie Divergent, and now EW confirms that Woodley has won the coveted lead role in The Fault in Our Stars, a new drama written by (500) Days of Summer and The Spectacular Now screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber. Read more.

 Ken Watanabe Joins Gareth Edwards' 'Godzilla,' in Production Now

After rounding up an impressive cast that includes like Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, David Strathairn and Juliette Binoche, the reboot of Godzilla from director Gareth Edwards (Monsters) is officially into production on location in Vancouver, but one more name has popped up in a press release announcing the news. Because it wouldn't be a Godzilla movie without at least one Japanese actor, Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment have landed Inception andBatman Begins star Ken Watanabe. However, we're not sure what role he will be playing or what the general plot of the film will be. Read more.

Joel McHale, Heidecker & More Witness 'A Friggin' Christmas Miracle'

It's been a few years since a truly memorable Christmas movie hit theaters. (I'd argue 2003's Elf was the last great one.) There have been a few comedies mixed in recently - Harold & Kumar's third adventure comes to mind - but it's tough to make a modern Christmas film that works. That's not stopping more filmmakers from trying though, and there's a new project on the horizon that sounds pretty promising. It's called A Friggin' Christmas Miracle, and it stars Robin Williams and Joel McHale as father and son. Plus, The Wrap reports Tim Heidecker (of Tim & Eric's Billion Dollar Movie) and others have also signed on. Read more.

Ashton Kutcher's Steve Jobs Movie Release Delayed & Gets New Title

After feasting our eyes on the first Steve Jobs biopic to hit big screens at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, THR reports the film jOBS, starring Ashton Kutcher as the Apple founder and visionary, will not be getting released on April 19th as we heard earlier this year, and will also officially have a new title. Though the original title unnecessarily used the iPod capitalization style, the film will simply be called Jobs. In addition, the film has been delayed as Open Road Films wanted more time to market the film rather than rushing it out to theaters. It makes sense since we haven't even seen an official poster or a trailer for the film just yet. We weren't particularly blown away by the film, but it's not abysmal. Keep Reading

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Sunday Social 41

1.  What is your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?
Snuggling with a blanket and watching a movie.

2.  What is your favorite thing to do on a summer weekend?
I love staying outside on summer nights and either going to see outdoor theatre or an outdoor concert. I’ve been to see Rascal Flatts, Rodney Atkins, Brad Paisley, and Arrival all during the summer months and it’s always a blast.

3.  What is your favorite spring activity?
I love being able to eat lunch outside in the sunshine and read a book. I also love taking walks or going swimming.

4.  What is your favorite way to spend a winter day?
Cooking or baking. I love the smell of homemade bread, cinnamon rolls, and cookies.
5.  What is your favorite season and why?

I would say Winter. I don’t really love the cold but I love celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas. I love the music and the lights and being able to see my family. 

6.  What is the best birthday you ever had?
I’ve had a lot of good birthdays but I had a really good time on my 21st birthday. That year my birthday was on Memorial Day.  The Saturday before that, the gang threw me a birthday party. There about 7 of us and we built a fire in my friend’s fire pit and roasted hotdogs. My friend Holly made us some Virgin Margaritas. It was fabulous. They were chilled, refreshing and just what I needed ha ha. My friend Luke made me a birthday cake. Chocolate banana. 2 words Yum-myThen Monday on my birthday, my family came over for a bbq and we topped it all off with apple pie. 

Friday, March 15, 2013


This last week Snooki did an interview for US Weekly about how she lost 42 pounds after having her baby. It is hard for me to admit that I subscribe and read this magazine regularly but that is not the point of this post. I understand how a story like this can be inspiring and that it might be of interest to people who are fans of the Jersey Shore, however, there were a few statements that really surprised me and kind of made me angry.  It is great to feel motivated and to set goals to become healthy but it is not okay to base your personal value on what other people think.  

Statement #1 (p.s. I totally agree about endorphins-Legally Blonde taught us that-it’s the last part that upsets me.)  I have a lot of energy because I work out so much and the endorphins put me in a good mood. And when you’re skinnier, you feel so much better about yourself.
Statement #2  Snooki went off about how her chest is messed up and flappy, and then said “I can’t wait to get a boob job when I’m done having kids”.
Statement #3 (This is the real kicker. Part of me wanted to lose the weight for him [her fiancĂ© Jionni] because I’m psycho-I don’t want him to leave me.
I think there are better ways to inspire our friends, mothers, sisters, and women.

For example Tyra Banks  “Girls of all kinds can be beautiful -- from the thin, plus-sized, short, very tall, ebony to porcelain skinned, the quirky, clumsy, shy, outgoing and all in between. It’s not easy though because many people still put beauty into a confining, narrow box…Think outside of the box…Pledge that you will look in the mirror and find the unique beauty in you.”


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

At the Movies (March 12th)

Opening This Week March 15 (Friday)
The Call
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
Welcome to the Punch
From Up on Poppy Hill (Limited)
Spring Breakers (Limited)
Upside Down (Limited)
New Trailers
This Bling Ring                                                                                              
Much Ado About Nothing
Video:My Favorite Scene from Enchanted. 

Now Lucas Confirms Hamill, Ford & Fisher Will Return to 'Star Wars'

Another day, and another news bit for Star Wars: Episode VII gets thrown around. Yesterday, most of us were "duped" again as the word from Carrie Fisher about returning as Princess Leia was yet another joke in response to a serious question. However, one man who we can trust a little bit more with knowledge of the progress on the start of the new Star Wars trilogy is George Lucas. Though he's not heavily involved, the creator of the Star Wars universe is still a consultant, mostly to provide insight to the deeper parts of the characters and worlds. Now an interview with Bloomberg Business Week has him confirming Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford were essentially signed on to return before the announcement hit. Read more.

Disney Unsurprisingly Planning 'Oz: The Great and Powerful' Sequel

The film is just hitting theaters today, but Disney is already preparing a sequel to the prequel that isOz: The Great and Powerful. THR has word that Mitchell Kapner, who came up with the concept and ideas for the origin story of Oz (thanks in part to the books by L. Frank Baum), has been hired to write the script for the sequel which would continue following James Franco as he becomes the great wizard that the people of Oz come to admire so much. Kapner also worked on the screenplay for Oz: The Great and Powerful, but had help later from David Lindsay-Abaire who wrote the underrated Rise of the Guardians. Read more.

WB and Jay Roach Plan Different Film About Doping Cyclist Racer

While we were at Sundance earlier this year, news broke of Lance Armstrong admitting to using performances enhancing drugs to win Tour de France titles. Shortly thereafter, Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot teamed to land the rights to Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong, a book set to be published through Harper Collins that chronicles the rise and fall of the once inspiring professional cyclist. Now the race is to the big screen as Deadline reports Atlas Entertainment's Charles Roven(producer of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy) and Alex Gartner are working on the story from another angle. Read more.

Emily Blunt is Replacing Emma Watson for 'Your Voice in My Head'

When Harry Potter director David Yates left the director's chair of the film adaptation of Emma Forrest's memoir Your Voice in My Head, we weren't sure whether the movie would stay alive or be banished to development hell. It appears the project is still a go, as Digital Spy just conducted an interview with Stanley Tucci (one of the future stars of the film) and according to the actor, the project has just switched leading ladies from Potter star Emma Watson to Tucci's The Devil Wears Prada co-star Emily Blunt. She'll play a troubled young woman who purposefully hurts herself, visits a wise psychiatrist, and learns to live again. Read more.  

Disney: 'Beauty and the Beast' Remake + Emma Watson Not 'Cinderella'

Here's a strange web of interconnected news. Just at the end of last month we learned that Emma Watson was in talks for the title role in a live-action version of Disney's famous fairytale Cinderella. However, Variety reports that she is no longer taking the role. The move did seem surprising since Watson was said to be part of a new take on Beauty and the Beast with Guillermo del Toro producing. In a strange twist, there's news that Disney is working on their own live-action version of the familiar tale with they turned into the first animated Best Picture nominee in 1991. Sounds like they want to beat del Toro to the punch. Read more.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Sunday Social Week 40

1.  What is one movie you are terrified to watch?

The Exorcist or any of the Saw movies

2.  What is one TV show you have always wanted to get into but haven't yet?

I finally just started How I Met Your Mother. I’ve been dying to watch that for such a long time. Next on my list is Parks and Recreation or Raising Hope.

3.  What is one daring activity on your bucket list?

I am a huge baby when it comes to extreme activities. I don’t think I could ever do sky diving. If you paid me a ton of money I might consider bungee jumping, but even that’s not a guarantee. So I guess the activity I would pick would be riding the Kingda-Ka, the world’s tallest roller coaster, in New Jersey. The Kingda-Ka in New Jersey is the world’s tallest, fastest roller coaster on Earth.  For the mother of all roller coasters, go on this record-breaking ride which zooms from 0 to 128mph in 3.5 seconds and catapults you 45 stories into the sky. Get propelled horizontally at 128mph, shoot 90 degrees into a quarter-turn, blast 456 feet high, then plunge into a 270 degree spiral and experience weightlessness as you swoop down a valley and up a 129 foot camel hump.

4.  Would you ever travel alone?
My answer would be that it depends on how far away I would be travelling, but overall I would say no. I have a tendency to get lost way too easily. If I learned anything from watching my favorite movie-there is safety in numbers.

5.  What activities do you like to do alone?
This might be weird and it might mean that I am anti-social, but I really don’t have a problem going to see plays or movies by myself. If I can’t find a friend to go with me, why miss out on a movie I really want to see?