Category: Entertainment

Snooki Has a New Do for the New Year

Posted on Jan 21, 2015 by No Comments

The New Year brings with it a clean slate, a chance for do overs and a new beginning. The turn of the calendar page brings with it an incentive for change.

It’s no different for pint-size star, Snooki (Nicole LaValle). One of those changes this year has already included a new look with a makeover. Part of her makeover is her new hairstyle and color.

Snooki left the house with her hair in a messy knot.
Before she headed to Vidov Salan NYC and the chair of her go-to stylists Bradley Moreland and Luis Miller, she gave her Instagram followers a heads up when she posted, “Say goodbye to this hair cause mommy’s getting a makeover.” In the post she wore her auburn hair whipped up into a messy knot.

Now 27 years old and a mother of two, and as of a couple of months ago a married woman, Snooki was ready for a change. She mustered the courage for some heavy-duty snipping. I say courage, because when you have long hair for that many years, it’s always a big decision to cut it. But her new hairstyle is gorgeous.

Personally, I never liked that poof she wore back in her Jersey Shores days. I was glad when she finally left that style behind, it never really suited her. When she lost the poof, she did keep the long locks, but now that’s changed, too.

After her makeover with stylists Bradley Moreland and Luis Miller, Moreland posed holding the gnarly knot in his fist. The pint size star snapped a selfie or two showing off her new look and stepped out of the chair with a textured lob cut that’s a dark rich brown almost black.

The more natural color suits her skin tone and gives her a softer look. It’s a straight, sophisticated, chin-length cut that complements her heart-shaped face. I give her two thumbs up!

Moreland and Millier also did Snooki’s hair last November for her Great Gatsby-inspired wedding day look, and a while back gave her some hair extensions to add volume to her limp locks. Now with her new cut, if she wants longer hair for an evening, she can always get extensions.

Photo credits: Instagram

Melissa McCarthy Shows Off Weight Loss at People’s Choice Awards

Posted on Jan 14, 2015 by 2 Comments

Melissa McCarthy, 44, is known for making people laugh. She’s also known as a person of size who has made it clear that she is happy with herself no matter what size she is.

Just last year she told Rolling Stone that she loves herself at any size, but admitted, “I could eat healthier, I could drink less.” This year when she accepted her People’s Choice Award, on January 7, in Los Angeles, it was clear she had done exactly that.

I’d heard she was losing weight, but this was my first time seeing her results.

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Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock 2014

She stepped on to the Nokia Theatre stage to receive her 2015 People’s Choice award dressed in a fitted pair of black pants, with a top accented with bold leather panels which ran along the seams. She accessorized with a sleek clutch and Forevermark diamond jewelry.

The design offered a slimming effect, but it wasn’t all style tricks and slimming effects that gave her the amazing results. Her new look was the result of hard work and food choices. She’s about 45 pounds lighter.

According to a friend, she lost the weight following a low-carb diet and lots of protein. The source told Star magazine that “She’s been making small changes and seeing big results. It’s given her a real confidence boost.”

The same source said that Melissa’s motive was her health, and to be a good example to her children. Plus she’s looking ahead and wants to be around to be a grandma, too.

The actress won the first award of the night for Best Comedic Actress and had also been nominated for Favorite Movie Actress and Favorite Comedic TV Actress. She’s a good example of a confident woman at any weight.

I congratulate her on her award, and on her new look. Both take hard work and dedication that has paid off.

Photo credits: peopleschoice, SandraBullockBlog

Link Round-up: Storage Ideas, DIY, Scrabble, Winter Blues, and More

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 by 2 Comments

Today’s link round-up has storage ideas, DIYs, and more.

Crafts by Amanda showed us how to make a refrigerator Scrabble game

Kenarry shared some toy storage ideas.

A Mom’s Take had some suggestions for finding more ways to read.

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A Beautiful Mess shared some ways to survive winter without the cold weather blues.

The Joys of Boys shared 15 resolutions every mom should make.

Thrifty Jinxy showed us how to make snowman pretzels.

Mom 4 Real shared 19 easy home organization ideas.

Photo credit: Crafts by Amanda and A Beautiful Mess

Cameron Diaz Ties the Knot for First Time

Posted on Jan 9, 2015 by 1 Comment

A couple of years ago, Cameron Diaz told the U.K.’s Esquire magazine, that she was still open to the idea of finding a husband, but that she was content with her life at the time. It left people asking whether she was the marrying type.

Now the answer to that question is clear. It’s “yes.” She’s found the right man in Madden Brothers guitarist-singer Benji Madden. The two of them tied the knot at an intimate ceremony at Cameron’s Beverly Hills home. It’s the first marriage for both Camron 42 and Benji 35.

The happy couple started dating in May and were engaged just before Christmas. Cameron told PEOPLE that “Getting married is the next step when you are totally in love and comfortable with someone.”

Cameron Diaz and her husband both dated a lot of high-profile people before they found each other. Among Diaz’s exes are Justin Timberlak, Matt Killon, and Jared Leto, while Madden’s former loves include Paris Hilton, Holly Madison, and Eliza Doolittle. He was even engaged to Sophie Monk but the two of them never made it down the aisle.

Cameron and Benji exchanged vows on Monday, evening, January 5, surrounded by friends including Reese Witherspoon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Samantha Ronson and others.

Benji’s twin brother Joel and his wife Nicole Richie were also there with their son Sparrow who was the ring bearer. Bridesmaids included Drew Barrymore, Cameron’s older sister, Chimene, and her assistant Jesse Lutz.

While the wedding was small and intimate by Hollywood’s standards, it was still a “crafted ceremony” put on by wedding planners Yifat Oren and Stefanie Cove, who used the Velvet Garden flowers for the event.

Trucks started showing up on Monday morning and a huge tent was put up on Cameron’s property for the ceremony and reception. That evening was a magical moment amid white flowers and a lot of candles, and close friends and family.

Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Photo credits: magnetsala3

Harry Potter Actor David Ryall Dies Christmas Day

Posted on Jan 2, 2015 by No Comments

The Veteran British film and television star, David Ryall, who played Elphias Doge in the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows film, passed away Christmas Day.

His character was part of the Order of the Phoenix since it began, and one of Harry’s Advanced Guard. In the film, he was about the same age as his friend Albus Dumbledore and had attended Hogwarts with him since his first year.

In real life, Ryall was born on January 5, 1935 in Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, England. He had two children with his first wife, Gillian Eddison, whom he divorced in 1984. In 1985 he married Cathy Buchwald with whom he had one child.

His acting career spanned five decades including film, TV, and theater. And while Harry Potter fans will mourn his loss, Ryall’s daughter Charlie Ryall tweeted:

“Please take a moment to remember his huge five-decade-spanning career outside of the more well-known TV & film. Not just Harry Potter.”

Ryall’s acting career began in the 1960s, and while he was perhaps best known for his role as Elphias Doge, in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010), he was known for Around the World in 80 Days (2004), City of Ember (2008), and Elephant Man (1980). His most recent contributions include a small role this year in Mr. Tuner and a part in Automata, which featured Antonio Banderas.

In a tweet, Sherlock writer Mark Gatiss who directed Ryall in the TV movie The Tractate Middoth in 2013, called Ryall “a twinkling, brilliant, wonderful actor I was privileged to call a friend. RIP”.

Other well-known TV shows he appeared in include: The Singing Detective, Holby City, Casualty, Midsomer Murders, Goodnight Sweetheart, and the Andrew Davies version of House of Cards.

David Ryall passed away on Christmas Day at the age of 79. The cause of death has not yet been released. RIP David Ryall.

Photo credits: babybabyface1

Link Round-up: Achieving Your Goals, a Movie Review, Cosmetics, and More

Posted on Jan 1, 2015 by 2 Comments

Today’s link round-up has a movie review, tips for achieving your goals, and more.

Muslin and Merlot showed us how to make a book safe.

Thrifty Jinxy reviewed Into the Woods.

A Beautiful Mess shared part three of how to stay motivated to achieve your goals.

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Happiness Is Homemade shared a fun craft to do with the kids—making glittery snowflake sun catchers.

Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons shared a New Year’s cookie clock pop idea.

My Newest Addiction shared some cosmetics shades that match the Pantone color of the year.

Create Craft Love shared a chalkboard calendar printable.

Photo credit: Muslin and Merlot and Happiness Is Homemade

Season 14 American Idol to Air One Night Only

Posted on Dec 22, 2014 by No Comments

I’ve watched American Idol since it started, though I did lose interest when Simon and Paula left and Randy Jackson was trying to hold things together as the one consistent judge.

Steven Tyler made things interesting, but he moved on, and the season with Mariah Carey and Nikki Minaj was more like diva wars than it was about the talent. However, the show has finally found a new judging panel that works, and Fox hopes this with the other constant, Ryan Seacrest, will keep viewers tuning in.

Now this year Randy is gone, too, but the shows current judges have proven they are not only entertaining but also able to actually judge and offer honest feedback.

In an effort to help the show make a full comeback, Ryan Seacrest has confirmed that American Idol will air only one night per week. To do so, the show will be transformed into a two-hour show one night a week for most of its run.

The reduction in hours is being introduced as a “more streamlined” format and will amount to 37 hours which is about two-thirds of what previous seasons ran.

When I heard the news, I instantly wondered how they would package the tryouts without feeling like they are dragging things out. It turns out that during the auditions the show will air twice a week like it always had and then will transition to the new format.

So as things stand, it looks like Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Junior are all coming back as judges. While it was nice seeing Randy Jackson’s familiar face in a mentoring role last season, the fact that he won’t be involved with Idol won’t be as noticeable.

Fox says they aren’t expecting Idol to become the rating champion it once was, however, their goal is to make it a valuable unscripted show for its time slot. With that said, they expect Idol to be on the air for many years to come.

Whether or not that is wishful thinking, only time will tell. Season 14 will kick off on Jan. 7.

Photo credits: The Ellen Show

Night at Museum 3 Robin William’s Last Movie Made

Posted on Dec 19, 2014 by 1 Comment

I just watched the trailer for “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” which is supposed to open in theaters on December 19. It looks like it has the potential to be the best of the Night at the Museum movies, but I watched it with sadness as Robin Williams flashed across the screen as Teddy Roosevelt.

Such a talented man, gone too soon when he committed suicide on August 11. Mickey Rooney is also in the movie and died earlier this year. Both were well seasoned actors who could make us laugh or cry.

The “Secret of the Tomb” movie promises to mix comedy and adventure keeping in step with the Night at the Museum franchise.

Shawn Levy, who directed all three of the Night at the Museum movies talked to E! News about directing Williams, and he said, “I take really seriously the honor of it being the last movie he made, and part of that legacy. I think for me it’s that on the one hand he could be crazy-funny, and also kind of heartbreaking with his humanity. That’s a rare skill to have both.”

Ben Stiller, the night watchman in all three movies, agrees and said, “He made everybody feel important, not matter who, and he set an amazing example that way.”

There’s no doubt that the larger-than-life actor has left a big hole in many ways. His widow, Susan Schneider, walked the red carpet to attend the premier along with the rest of the stars who worked alongside her husband.

If it’s bittersweet for me to see him on the big screen, I can’t imagine all the emotions his co-workers and spouse must have experienced as they watched their friend (and spouse) do one of the things he did best. Entertain us.

Photo credits: moviemaniacsDE

Angelina Jolie Misses “Unbroken” Premier Due to Chicken Pox

Posted on Dec 17, 2014 by 2 Comments

I remember having chicken pox when I was a kid. It was like the curse of a thousand mosquito bites. Today with the chicken pox vaccine, I can’t remember the last time I knew someone who had the nasty itchy blisters.

Chicken pox is not only inconvenient but is also contagious. So when I heard Angelina Jolie had chicken pox, the first thing I thought was “at least it’s not shingles.” But shingles is what the chicken pox virus does to people 50 and up.  Angelina is only 39.

Having chicken pox means she was around someone contagious. and it happened at a time when she has a full schedule with the promotion of the movie “Unbroken” which she directed.

Even though her case of chicken pox is deemed mild, it has still sidelined her from public appearances lined up to promote the film, which is about former Olympian Louis Zamperini. The chicken pox timing isn’t good, but there’s never a good time to be sick or contagious for those of us who have a full schedule.

Universal Pictures made the announcement on Friday, Dec. 12, letting the public know Jolie would not be able to make the L.A. premiere, but said her kids and husband, Brad Pitt, will represent her for the event.

Jolie did appear in a YouTube post showing fans that she’s okay and that her chicken pox are mild. In it, she says, “I will be home itching and missing everyone. I can’t believe it, because this film means so much to me… But such is life. There it is.”

Her case of chickenpox came just days following the Sony cyber-attack that revealed she was badmouthed by top Hollywood executives in private emails which were made public. Plus her film was ignored by the Screen Actors Guild and the Golden Globe awards.

All this is a perfect example of how even rich, famous people have their ups and downs. I wish her all the best with the film. It’s one I plan to see.

Photo credits: Universal Pictures