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Mermaids in Movies

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Mermaids, like many other mythological creatures have been depicted in movies since the 1910’s. The first on-screen mermaid was portrayed by Annette Kellerman in the silent film “The Mermaid” in 1911. Kellerman went on to portray a mermaid in four more films: “Neptune’s Daughter” (1916), “A Daughter of the Gods” (1916), “Queen of the Sea” (1918), and “Venus of the South Seas” (1924). The film “Million Dollar Mermaid” (1952) was based on the life of Kellerman.

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Annette Kellerman as a Mermaid

The first popular mermaid film was 1948’s “Miranda,” starring Glynis Johns as Miranda Trewella. Johns went on to portray Miranda again in the 1954 sequel “Mad About Men.” The presence of mermaids in movies decreased in the 60’s and 70’s, but made a huge comeback in the 80’s with films like “Splash” (1984)  and Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” (1989).

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The movie poster for “Miranda”

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Still of Glynis Johns in “Miranda”

“Splash” was directed by Hollywood legend Ron Howard, and starred Daryl Hannah as a mermaid named Madison and a young Tom Hanks as the man who falls in love with Madison. The movie was a great financial success and was well received by many critics. Although “Splash” was quite successful, the most successful mermaid film is by far Disney’s adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale “The Little Mermaid.”

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Daryl Hannah in “Splash”

The 1989 Disney version of “The Little Mermaid” is quite different from the original Hans Christian Andersen fairytale. In the original, Ariel cuts out her own tongue and feels immense pain every time she moves on land. Also in the original, The Prince does not marry Ariel and she dies and her body dissolves into sea-foam. This is a far cry from the happy musical we all know as “The Little Mermaid.”

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“The Little Mermaid” Poster

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“The Little Mermaid”

Again mermaids in movies decreased in the 90’s and early 00’s, but resurfaced in the 2006 film “Aquamarine.” “Aquamarine” is the story about 2 girls who befriend a mermaid after she is washed up on land after a terrible storm, and they have to help her find love or else she will have to go back and marry a young merman she does not truly love. The movie stars Sara Paxton as the mermaid and Emma Roberts and singer JoJo as her friends. “Aquamarine” was adapted from the children’s book by Alice Hoffman.

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“Aquamarine” Movie Poster

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Sara Paxton as Aquamarine

The most recent example of mermaids in movies is the film “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” (2011). While searching for the fountain of youth, Captain Jack Sparrow comes across many mermaids. Mermaids in this film are portrayed as evil temptresses who lure men into the ocean by singing songs. One of the main characters in the film is a mermaid named Syrena portrayed by Astrid Berges-Frisbey. Take a look at some behind the scenes footage of the mermaids in “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” and be sure to look at the scene from the film.

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The hellacious mermaids in “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”
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Astrid Berges-Frisbey as Syrena in “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”

I think it is safe to say mermaids are a huge staple in Hollywood films. As of 2013 there are multiple movies about mermaids in the works. Shane Feste, who directed “Country Strong,” is working on an adaptation of Carolyn Turgeon’s book, “Mermaid: A Twist on the Classic Tale.” Also, director Joe Wright (“Atonement” and “Hanna”) is developing a live action version of the Hans Christian Anderson fairytale “The Little Mermaid.”

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The 5 Best Birthday Moments in Movies!

In honor of my 20th birthday (which is today) I am going to count down the five best birthday moments in movies. Everyone has a birthday, and everyone spends their special day differently. For some people their birthday is a happy occasion, and for others it is just another day. After childhood, birthdays become increasingly less interesting, but they just keep coming year after year.

Everyone has a not so great birthday every once in a while, but whenever your special day seems less than great, take a look at these five iconic birthday scenes in these five great movies:

5.) The Thirteenth Year (1999)

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This Disney Channel original movie is about a young boy turning 13 who goes through more than just puberty when he realizes that his biological mother is a mermaid, and that he is turning into one too. In the film, young Cody Griffin has a huge birthday party with all of his friends where he begins to transform into a merman. This birthday party always reminds me of my awkward teenage birthday parties.

4.) Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

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Who can forget this infamous film where Robin Williams dresses in drag to spend more time with his children. “Mrs. Doubtfire” was always one of my favorite films growing up. One of the best scenes in the film is the birthday party scene. Robin Williams’ character throws a huge birthday party for his son, and that starts all of the drama with his ex-wife. When I was young, I always wanted a birthday party like the one in this movie.

3.) Knocked Up (2007)

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This 2007 romantic comedy about an unexpected pregnancy from a one night stand starring Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl has a great birthday party scene. This scene is very heartwarming and sweet. Seth Rogen apologizes to Katherine Heigl and wants to get his life together to be a good dad to their baby, and all of this goes down at Katherine Heigl’s nieces birthday party. Also, who can forget Paul Rudd in the plastic crown? Too funny!

2.) 13 Going on 30 (2004)

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“13 Going on 30” is one of the greatest birthday movies. This film is about a young girl who makes a birthday wish that she can turn into a 30-year-old. After having an upsetting birthday party, her wish comes true and she wakes up as a 30-year-old. The birthday party scene is pretty sad in “13 Going on 30.” Jenna betrays her best friend Matt to try to join the popular clique at her birthday party. Every time I watch this movie, I always feel sorry for Matt and am reminded of the sadder side of birthday parties.

1.) Sixteen Candles (1984)

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The ultimate birthday movie is “Sixteen Candles”. The 1980’s John Hughes film is the go to birthday film, and how can it not be? It’s absolutely amazing! When 16-year-old Samantha Baker’s family forgets about her sweet sixteen, her entire life goes to hell. Everyone can relate to having someone forget their birthday. Whether it is a friend, a grandparent, a parent, an aunt, whoever, someone has forgotten about your birthday at one point or another. However, Samantha gets the ultimate birthday present when her high school crush Jake Ryan falls in love with her on her birthday.

The Top 7 Best Buffy the Vampire Slayer Episodes

 

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The cast of Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Many iconic shows came out of the 1990’s, but none more iconic than Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Creator Joss Whedon decided to turn his failed 1992 movie of the same name into a series because he thought the world needed a good female role model to look up to. After watching a lot of horror movies where the young blond girl is helpless against her attacker, Whedon decided the young blond girls needed to fight back and therefore he created Buffy. The hour-long series ran from 1997-2003 and has lived on in graphic novels since the shows final episode. Buffy the Vampire Slayer is one of the biggest cult television shows ever. The series has had a massive following since it’s inception. Buffy fans are some of the best TV fans out there, and I am one of them.

I started watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer every morning before school when I was in the fifth grade, and then I got all of the seasons on DVD and my love for the show grew even stronger. I have probably watched the entire series 3 times, and I have seen my favorite episodes too many times to count. Every episode of Buffy was great, and the iconic characters will live on forever in my heart. But if I had to pick my top 7 favorite episodes they would go in this order:

7. Prophecy Girl

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Buffy in Prophecy Girl after defeating The Master

Prophecy Girl was the first season finale and it was a doozy. All season long Buffy had been defeating The Master from rising, but in this episode he finally rises and an altercation ensues. Giles also discovers an ancient book telling of Buffy’s death while facing The Master. Terrified of dying, Buffy tries to flee from all of her problems by quitting being the slayer. Of course she doesn’t stay retired for long because she comes back and defeats The Master, but not before dying and saying some memorable lines like “you have fruit punch mouth.” In the end, Buffy saves the world and everyone lives happily ever after.

6. Becoming Part 2

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Buffy killing Angel in Becoming Part 2

In this episode Buffy is forced to kill Angel to save the world. This is the second season finale, and has one of the best Buffy fight scenes in it. Buffy is in trouble with the law and at school, but after she teams up with Spike she learns how to defeat Angel and protect her loved ones from harm. This episode has one of the saddest moments in it. It happens after Buffy and Angel fight, but then he gets his soul back but she still has to kill him because the world will end if she doesn’t. It is one of the most emotional scenes in Buffy history.

5. The Body

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Buffy finding her moms dead body in The Body

The Body really showed how great of an actress Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy) really was. In a show with so much paranormal activity, it was refreshing to see a death of natural causes. In this episode at the end of the fifth season, Buffy’s mother Joyce dies and Buffy and her friends have to cope with the reality that she no longer has a mother. This episode was pure greatness, and it was by far the saddest episode of the entire series.

4. Chosen

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Buffy in the final scene of Chosen

Chosen was the series finale of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and I loved it. After defeating the evil priest Caleb, Buffy now has to face the First evil. With her friends and the potential slayers at her side, Buffy is able to defeat the First and save the world from the apocalypse. Chosen is one of the most action packed episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and showed that the series could really go out with a bang. After watching this episode for the first time I was in a deep depression because I knew there would be no more new episodes, but when I thought about it there really didn’t need to be anymore episodes. Buffy definitely went out on top, and this episode left me feeling all sorts of happy.

3. Once More With Feeling

 

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Buffy Anya and Tara singing and dancing in Once More With Feeling

Once More With Feeling is the ever popular musical episode. In the middle of the sixth season, Joss Whedon directed one of the most original episodes in TV history. The musical episode of Buffy was filled with singing, dancing, fighting,  and killing. Which is everything you would expect to see out of a Buffy musical. Also this episode proved that the entire cast should have their own albums because they were such great singers.

2. The Prom

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Buffy receiving her class protector award in The Prom

One of my personal favorite episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is The Prom. This episode was at the end of the third season and it took place on the day of Buffy and the gang’s senior prom. After being broken up with by Angel and saving her classmates from 3 ferocious hell hounds, Buffy is awarded with the class protector award at prom. The moment when Buffy is applauded for her heroic efforts by her peers is probably my favorite moment in Buffy history.

1. Hush

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The creatures who stole everyones voice in Hush

Hush is the silent episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It occurred during the fourth season after murderous creatures from a fairytale steal the voices of everyone in Sunnydale. Buffy has to figure out what these creatures are and defeat them before the entire town goes crazy from not being able to speak. After discovering the box of voices the creatures are keeping, Buffy smashes it and releases a hellacious scream that defeats the creatures. At the end of this episode Buffy reveals that she is the slayer to Riley. This episode is extremely unusual because there was very little dialogue used and the story revolved around the characters actions. Proving that the entire cast of Buffy the Vampire Slayer was extremely talented.

 

Dream Casting: The Breakfast Club Remake

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First of all, I would like to point out that “The Breakfast Club” is not being remade at this time. Although there has been many speculations throughout the years about a possible remake, it is not happening (as of right now anyways). Many popular 80’s movies and television shows have been remade into big screen films. Such movies like “21 Jump Street,” “Footloose,” “Fright Night,” and “The Karate Kid,” have successfully been remade for modern times. Many “Breakfast Club” fans have adamantly said that they would be against a remake of the classic teenage film, but I on the other hand think that it would be great to see the classic film remade in modern times for an entirely new audience.

Everyone knows the premise of “The Breakfast Club,” five students of all different high school stereotypes are stuck in Saturday detention with each other and discover that they have more in common than they ever would have imagined. The iconic film was directed by John Hughes, who is notorious for mainstreaming the high school coming of age teenage film. John Hughes is a staple in film history because of his work in the 80’s with movies like “The Breakfast Club,” “Pretty In Pink,” Weird Science,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” and “Some Kind of Wonderful.” John Hughes is also known for using the same actors in many of his films. The main actress John Hughes re-used in his films was Molly Ringwald. Ringwald starred in “Sixteen Candles,” The Breakfast Club,” and “Pretty in Pink,” all for Hughes. Hughes also wrote many other roles for Ringwald, but she turned them down because she wanted to pursue more adult roles, as compared to Hughes’ high school films.

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Nothing can compare to the original “The Breakfast Club,” but I believe that with the right cast and director, the iconic film can be brought into the modern-day. Although many people would disagree with me, but I think director Will Gluck would do a great job remaking the film. Gluck has previous experience in the teen genre with the hit comedy “Easy A” starring Emma Stone.

Now that we have a director, let’s move on to casting the characters. The iconic characters in the film are Andrew Clark (the jock), Brian Johnson (the brain), John Bender (the criminal), Claire Standish (the princess), and Allison Reynolds (the basket case). These characters were portrayed by Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, and Ally Sheedy in the original. Here are my choices for the remake:

1. Andrew Clark (the jock) – Alexander Ludwigbreakfast club jock

2. Brian Johnson (the brain) – Ryan Lee

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3. John Bender (the criminal) – Aaron Taylor – Johnsonbreakfast club criminal

4. Claire Standish (the princess) – Selena Gomezbreakfast club princess

5. Allison Reynolds (the basket case) – Saoirse Ronanbreakfast club basket case

I think all of these actors would be great for these roles because they are all around the same age, and can still play high schoolers. Also, they have great dramatic range as actors. The most complex character in the film is by far John Bender. I chose Aaron Taylor – Johnson because he played a criminal in the movie “Savages,” and because I think he is just the best choice for the role. The basket case, Allison Reynolds, is also another very complex character, and I chose Saoirse Ronan because she is a great actress. Her work in films like “Hanna,” “Atonement,” and “The Lovely Bones” show that she has the acting capabilities to pull off this freaky sociopath transformed into the pretty girl. For Andrew Clark I chose Alexander Ludwig because I think he physically resembles a typical “jock.” Also, he is an up and coming actor with great potential, which is evident with his work in the film “The Hunger Games.” For the role of Claire Standish I chose Selena Gomez, the former Disney Channel darling. I think Gomez would be great playing the popular girl in this film because she seems to act like the character in real life. Also, she looks innocent like the virginal Claire Standish does in the movie. For Brian Johnson, I chose young up and comer Ryan Lee. Lee has been in such films as “Super 8” and “This is 40.” I chose him because he looks like a nerdy brainiac kid like Brian Johnson, and I think he would be great in the role.

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 “Saturday, March 24,1984. Shermer High School, Shermer, Illinois, 60062. Dear Mr. Vernon, We accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. What we did was wrong. But we think you’re crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. What do you care? You see us as you want to see us – in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. You see us as a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal.” Just the opening lines of the film are amazing, and I think that a film as remarkable as “The Breakfast Club” deserves a remake. The film made people look at stereotypes differently, and I think that’s wonderful. That is why the film needs a remake because stereotypes are changing and there are many more options to be explored in the modern-day, and  besides if it sucks, we’ll always have the original to make us feel like throwing our fists up into the air!

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The Evolution of Miley Cyrus

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The Evolution of Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus was born on November 23rd, 1992 as Destiny Hope Cyrus to famous “Achy Breaky Heart” singer Billy Ray Cyrus and his wife Tish. From a young age Miley was always happy and smiling, so her father nicknamed her Smiley which later turned into just Miley. Miley grew up in Tennessee with her family and at 8 years old they all moved to Canada for Billy Ray’s show “Doc.” Around this time Miley herself decided she wanted to act too, which lead to a guest appearance on her dad’s show “Doc” and a small role in Tim Burton’s 2003 film “Big Fish.”

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Baby Miley

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Young Miley

Miley’s first starring role came in 2005 with the Disney Channel’s hit show “Hannah Montana.” The show was about a teenage girl living the life of a normal girl by day and an international pop star by night. The role required Miley to not only act, but sing as well. To no one’s surprise, Miley rocked as her alter ego Hannah Montana. The show was a mega-hit for the Disney Channel, and it led to several chart topping albums, sold out tours, and merchandise being sold all around the world.

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Miley Cyrus as Hannah Montana

During her “Hannah Montana” years, Miley managed to put out three chart topping albums on top of her “Hannah Montana” CD’s. Her first all Miley album came out in 2008, and was called “Breakout.” The album received rave reviews and eventually went platinum. Some of the notable songs from the album include “7 Things,” “Fly on the Wall,” “See You Again,” and a cover of the popular Cyndi Lauper tune “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” Her second all Miley album “The Time of Our Lives” was released in 2009, and again received positive reviews. “The Time of Our Lives” was considered an effective step towards adulthood for Miley. Her most famous song from this album was “Party in the U.S.A.” Her third album “Can’t Be Tamed” was released in 2010 and showed a more adult side to Miley.

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Breakout

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Can’t Be Tamed

Not only did Miley star as “Hannah Montana” from 2006-2011 in the hit TV show, but she also starred in 2009’s “Hannah Montana: The Movie.” Her other film roles include “The Last Song,” “LOL,” and “So Undercover.” “The Last Song” is an adaptation of the popular Nicholas Sparks novel. Nicholas Sparks wrote the role of Veronica “Ronnie” Miller especially for Miley Cyrus. The movie was released in 2010 to mixed reviews. Although the film did fairly well at the box office, Cyrus was harshly criticized for her performance as a rebellious daughter. On the set of “The Last Song,” Miley met her future fiancé Liam Hemsworth, who was her love interest in the film. Her second film “LOL” was a remake of a popular French film with the same title. In the movie, Cyrus plays the daughter of Demi Moore. The movie is about living life and facing the hardships of growing up in the digital age. The film was given a limited release in 2012, and was faced with mostly negative reviews. This film fared far better than her next film “So Undercover.” “So Undercover” was released straight to DVD in 2013. The film starred Miley as a FBI agent, and Jeremy Piven as her superior. “So Undercover” received horrible reviews, and left Miley fans a little disappointed.

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The Last Song

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Throughout her career, Miley has never been a stranger to controversy. Her first big controversy came in 2007 when scandalous photos of Miley and a friend were released on the internet. In 2008, at just 15, Miley posed topless for photographer Annie Leibowitz in Vanity Fair magazine. Another scandal came in December 2010 when Miley was videotaped taking a hit of salvia from a bong at a party, which she later poked fun of on Saturday Night Live. In recent years, Miley has been recognized mainly for her controversies. In 2012, she got engaged to actor Liam Hemsworth at the age of 19. In 2012 Miley cut off all of her hair, which stunned fans everywhere. Lately though, it seems Miley and Liam have hit a rough patch, with images surfacing of Liam with actress January Jones. In February 2013, images surfaced on the internet of Miley smoking pot, which came as no surprise to many people.

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Miley in Vanity Fair

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Miley’s Haircut

One thing is for sure, Miley Cyrus can’t be tamed (pun intended!). She does what she wants when she wants to, and she is still growing up. But she is a great person. She contributes to many charities, and is also an activist for equal rights. At such a young age she has done so much, and she is definitely going to be in the spotlight for many years to come.

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Miley and Liam

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Miley on the cover of Cosmopolitan in 2013

To keep updated on all things Miley make sure to check out her Twitter, and make sure to check out all of her songs on YouTube.

Movie Review: Almost Famous

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One of the absolute best movies of all time is “Almost Famous.” “Almost Famous” is a movie set in the 1970’s about a 15-year-old high-school boy who goes on tour with a rock band to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine.  While on tour he has many eye-opening experiences with the band, and also falls in love with a groupie named Penny Lane. The movie was written and directed by Cameron Crowe. It is also a semi-autobiography of his own life. “Almost Famous” was nominated for 4 Oscars in 2000, when it was released, and won the Golden Globe for Best Picture.

“Almost Famous” stars Kate Hudson, Billy Crudup, Jason Lee, Frances McDormand, Zooey Deschanel, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Anna Paquin, Fairuza Balk, and Patrick Fugit. The movie is also notable for its amazing soundtrack. All of the songs on the soundtrack are authentic tunes from the 1970’s, except for the song “Fever Dog”which was performed by the band in the film, Stillwater. “Fever Dog” was written by Nancy Wilson of the band Heart.

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Even though the film was made in 2000, it captured 70’s Rock and Roll very accurately. The fictional band in the film was called Stillwater, and they resembled many different bands of the 1970’s. Not only did the concert scenes in the film feel like a real life rock concert, but the acting was also incredible. First and foremost I just have to say how much I love Kate Hudson, she is phenomenal. Her character, Penny Lane, goes through so many emotions throughout the film and sometimes even in just one scene. Kate Hudson has the ability to go from laughing to crying in a matter of seconds and being absolutely believable while doing so.

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“Almost Famous” is my favorite movie because of the authentic 70’s feel and the great music in the film. To read more about “Almost Famous” and to see trivia and quotes from the film, make sure to go here.

Movie Preview: Spring Breakers

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One of the most talked about movies of the spring is Harmony Korine’s “Spring Breakers.” Korine is one of the most controversial independent directors in the business, and is known for movies like 1995’s “Kids,” and 2007’s “Mister Lonely.” Movie reviewers have already said how controversial “Spring Breakers” is because of the violence, nudity, and harsh language. Another reason why the movie is so controversial is because it stars a couple of former Disney Channel darlings, and a “Pretty Little Liar.”

Former Disney stars, Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens star alongside “Pretty Little Liars” star Ashley Benson in the film. The casting choices are very odd because people wouldn’t think those girls would want to be involved with such a controversial director and a violent film.. The film is about 4 girls who rob a restaurant to go on spring break, who then get arrested and bailed out of jail by a drug dealer who wants them to work for him. The drug dealer is played by none other than James Franco.

Besides the weird casting choices, the film has received pretty positive reviews at the various film festivals it has been screened at. Reviewers also praise the young women for acting out of their comfort zone, and giving stellar performances in their “bad girl” roles, because they are mostly known as “good girls.” The stars of the film and movie reviewers have cautioned young viewers to not see this movie because of how violent it is, and because of the very controversial situations the girls get themselves into. One this is for sure, the film will be pretty successful because everyone wants to see the good girls go bad. I know I am excited to see how the movie turns out, and can’t wait for it to be released on March 22, 2013!

Also, be sure to check out the “Spring Breakers,” trailer.

Grammy Goddess: Rihanna

The 55th annual Grammy Awards were on last night. The Grammys are one of the most exciting award shows on television. The high energy performances, the lovely gowns, and the a-list presenters make this award show so special. The Grammys are rare because they have multiple live performances from the hottest names in the music industry.

International music sensation and Grammy Award winner Rihanna performed not only once, but twice. For her first performance, she sang her new emotional single “Stay.” Her performance was so different for the pop star because she normally sings upbeat club songs, and “Stay” was definitely not that. “Stay” was a powerful emotional ballad that really highlighted Rihanna’s vocal talent. Not only did she look beautiful while singing, but her voice sounded spectacular. The performance was extremely moving and gave me goosebumps from the moment she started singing.

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Her second performance was a musical tribute to the legendary Bob Marley. She performed with Bruno Mars, Sting, and Marley’s sons Ziggy and Damian Marley. Bruno Mars started off the tribute with his hit song “Locked Out of Heaven,” then Sting sang The Police song “Walking on the Moon,” and then Rihanna and Bob Marley’s sons joined to sing his hit “Could You Be Loved.” The tribute was the highlight of the night for many people, and generated a lot of buzz on various social media websites.

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Rihanna is no newbie when it comes to the Grammys. She has been attending the ceremony for many years now, but she never looked as good as she did last night. Rihanna walked the red carpet wearing a beautiful red gown, which accented her long flowing hair. Rihanna is known for taking many fashion risks, but her fashion choice last night was on point. She has never looked better, and will surely be performing at the Grammy Awards for many years to come.

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Check out Ryan Seacrest interviewing Rihanna on the Grammy Awards red carpet.

Beyonce Bowl 2013

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Two words: Beyonce Knowles. The voice of our generation, and one of the greatest performers of all time put on a spectacular halftime show at the 47th Super Bowl last night. Her powerhouse voice and insane dance moves had fans praising her on various social media networks for hours. Even the power at the stadium wasn’t ready for Beyonce’s jelly, because  a power outage occurred soon after her marvelous performance. Many people  declared that they didn’t even care who won the game because Beyonce had already won in their opinion.

To start her performance, Beyonce struck a pose on stage and when the lights came up she began singing her hit song “Love on Top.” The crowd was wowed by her stellar outfit, which was a body hugging black leather mini dress. After a few seconds of “Love on Top,” Beyonce started in on her most popular song “Crazy in Love.” During this song she broke out in some stellar dance moves that got everyone in the stadium cheering. After an amazing dance break, that lasted for about 2 minutes, Beyonce performed her hit “Baby Boy.” “Baby Boy” was one of the coolest performances of the night because it gave an optical illusion of Beyonce being at many different places at one time.

Then the real magic happened, the moment that everyone was waiting for, The Destiny’s Child reunion. Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams popped out from below the stage and starting singing “Bootylicious” with the other member of Destiny’s Child, Beyonce. After “Bootylicious,” the infamous trio sang “Independent Woman,” a hit from their third album.The girl group never sounded or looked better than they did last night. To everyone’s surprise Kelly and Michelle stayed around to help Beyonce sing her hit “Single Ladies.”

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After another intense dance break, Beyonce dismissed Kelly and Michelle and began to sing “Halo.” During this final song, Beyonce sounded absolutely stunning and secured her place among the greats such as Whitney Houston, Tina Turner, and Donna Summer. The outstanding performance, that lasted nearly 15 minutes, will not soon be forgotten. Beyonce will surely receive positive praise for many years to come because of her Super Bowl performance. All Hail Queen B!

Make sure to check out Beyonce’s Super Bowl performance here.

Top 10 Teen Movies of the 90’s

In every decade we come across countless numbers of teen films. Of course the 80’s had some of the most memorable teen movies of all time with “The Breakfast Club,” “Sixteen Candles,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Some Kind of Wonderful,” “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” and many more. But I feel like the 90’s had the best teen movies.

Teen movies of the 90’s defined a generation. No other generation provided more teen movies than the 90’s. It seemed that the majority of films in the 90’s were about teenagers. What really makes teen films so wonderful is the uniqueness of them all. Everyone was a teenager once and the films of the 90’s really make you feel young and rebellious again.

The Top 10 Teen Movies of the 90’s in my opinion are:

10. She’s All That (1999)

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“She’s All That” is the story of a high school jock, Zack Siler, who makes a bet with his friends after being dumped by the most popular girl in school that he can turn any normal girl into prom queen. After picking a weird art student named Lanie Boggs and giving her a makeover Zack ends up falling in love with her. Not only does the movie star the king of the 90’s rom-com, Freddie Prinze Jr, but it also has one of the most memorable prom scenes ever where Lanie and Zack dance to “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None the Richer. With a little help from well-known 90’s teens like Rachael Leigh Cook, Matthew Lillard, Paul Walker, Gabrielle Union, and Usher, this movie definitely deserves a spot in the Top 10.

9. Varsity Blues (1999)

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“Varsity Blues” is about a small town in Texas that is obsessed with football. As soon as Friday night rolls around, everyone in town is at the local football game. “Varsity Blues” is all about the trials and tribulations of the teammates. This movie is memorable for many things, but maybe nothing as memorable as Ali Larter in a whipped cream bikini. With breakout performances from “Dawson’s Creek” star James Van Der Beek, Paul Walker, Ali Larter, Scott Caan, and Amy Smart, this film is a definite staple of teenage life in the 1990’s.

8. I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

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“I Know What You Did Last Summer” is about four teenagers who are out partying one night when they accidentally run over a local fisherman. Being young and scared, the four kids do what anyone would have done and dump the body. Traumatized by the experience the four teens all go their separate ways and try to forget what happened. A year later the fisherman comes back to seek revenge on the four teens who thought they committed the perfect crime. “I Know What You Did Last Summer” was one of the best slasher films in the 1990’s. With impeccable acting from young stars like Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Freddie Prinze Jr, Ryan Phillippe, and Johnny Galecki, this movie proved that you don’t have to be a grown up to make life changing decisions.

7. Can’t Hardly Wait (1998)

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“Can’t Hardly Wait” is a teen comedy about the events of high school graduates at a party on the evening of graduation. This movie stars many 90’s megastars such as Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ethan Embry, Seth Green, Peter Facinelli, Jamie Pressly, Melissa Joan Hart, Brecklin Meyer, and Lauren Ambrose.

6. American Pie (1999)

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“American Pie” could possibly be considered the greatest teen comedy of all time. It was a cultural phenomenon in the 90’s and still is today, living on with multiple sequels that aren’t remotely as funny as the first. “American Pie” is about a group of friends who make a pact to lose their virginity before prom night. This hilarious comedy starred Jason Biggs, Allyson Hannigan, Chris Klein, Tara Reid, Shannon Elizabeth, Sean William Scott, Mena Suvari, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Eddie Kaye Thomas, and Natasha Lyonne. “American Pie” left a huge impression on audiences, and gave us multiple scenes we will not soon forget.

5. Dazed and Confused (1993)

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Though “Dazed and Confused” was about a group of high schoolers in the 70’s, it was made in the 90’s. “Dazed and Confused” was about a group of high schoolers hazing new freshman on the last day of school. It starred many future A-list actors like Matthew McConaughey, Ben Affleck, and Milla Jovovich.

4. Clueless (1995)

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As if “Clueless” wouldn’t be in the Top 10 Teen Movies of the 90’s. “Clueless” is about a typical California girl named Cher who passes the time by shopping and hanging out with her friends. “Clueless” had the best one-liners of all the 90’s teen movies combined. The little quips Cher said are still quoted by many people to this day. Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd, Stacey Dash, Donald Faison, Brecklin Meyer, and Jeremy Sisto all starred in this hilarious comedy that embodied California in the 1990’s.

3. Cruel Intentions (1999)

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Possibly the most provocative teen film ever is “Cruel Intentions.” “Cruel Intentions” is about a step-brother and sister who make a bet with each other about sleeping with the headmistresses virgin daughter. The outrageous subject content and grown up themes made “Cruel Intentions” one of the most talked about movies in the 1990’s. Sarah Michelle Gellar played the conniving step-sister Kathryn, Ryan Phillippe played the wicked step-brother Sebastian, and Reese Witherspoon played the virginal headmistresses daughter Annette. These three actors received rave reviews for their roles in the film. Selma Blair, Joshua Jackson, Eric Mabius, Sean Patrick Thomas, and Tara Reid were also in the film.

2. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

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“10 Things I Hate About You” is a modern-day retelling of “The Taming of the Shrew.” It is all about a prude girl named Kat being swooned by a rebellious boy named Patrick Verona. What Kat doesn’t know is that Cameron is paying Patrick to go out with her so he can go out with Kat’s younger and wilder sister Bianca. This film introduced American audiences to the very talented Heath Ledger and it also was a star making vehicle for Julia Stiles, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Larisa Oleynik, David Krumholtz, Gabrielle Union, and Andrew Keegan.

1. Scream (1996)

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The number one teen movie of the 90’s in my opinion is Wes Craven’s “Scream.” Not only did this movie end up increasing the sales of caller-id nation wide, but it managed to recreate the horror genre for an entirely new audience. “Scream” is about a young girl named Sidney Prescott who keeps getting mysterious calls from “ghost-face,” who is a murdering psychopath out to kill Sidney and all of her friends. “Scream” is the best slasher film ever made in my opinion. It stars Neve Campbell, Drew Barrymore, Courtney Cox, Rose McGowan, Matthew Lillard, Skeet Ulrich, David Arquette, and Jamie Kennedy. With psychological thrills, hot young actors, and the most memorable opening of any movie in history, it is no wonder “Scream” is number one on this list.

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