Ama Kwarteng

 

Men in Black 3

 

After a ten year hiatus, the Men in Black are at it again—and this time they’re going back in time. Agent J (Will Smith) travels back to 1969, back to the early MIB days to try and stop an alien, Boris (Jemaine Clement) from assassinating his friend Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones), save Earth and change history in the process. Agent J has to work with young Agent K (Josh Brolin) to help save the agency and himself.

The premise of the movie can seem kind of confusing when you read about it, but the director (Barry Sonnenfeld) and the head writer (Ethan Cohen) did a great job making it easy to understand, even for someone who hasn’t watched the two previous movies. And the acting was awesome, too. Smith and Brolin were great and showed off great chemistry and a wonderful sense of teamwork. Even when they weren’t together on the big screen, they still did a good job. Smith’s use of sarcasm and his one-liners kept me laughing throughout the movie, and Brolin’s dry sense of humor was equally humorous.

 The technology and the graphics in the movie were great. The use of all the weapons, like lasers, made it more realistic.The movie is technically a sci-fi movie, but there were other elements included. There were sentimental moments that warmed the heart, specifically the ending. There also was a few action scenes that were interesting and entertaining to the audience.

The movie started off slow, but once Agent J went back in time, that’s when it started to pick up. Even though I’m not that familiar with the series and I haven’t watched any of the other movies, I still really enjoyed the film and would recommend it to anyone, regardless if they’ve seen the other films.


-Ama Kwarteng

Cory Monteith as Finn on GleeCory Monteith, the lovable football player on Glee, turned the big 3-0 on May 11th. Yes, you read that right, he turned 30. And he’s still singing and dancing on Glee as a high school student. Monteith isn’t the only actor who is older than the character played on TV. In fact, here are 10 more:

Sarah Hyland
Sarah got her big break on the hit ABC comedy, Modern Family, and ever since then she’s been everywhere, from the Disney Channel Original Movie “Geek Charming” to MTV’s “Punk’d.” She plays the popular high school senior, Haley Dunphy and she looks exactly like what one would imagine a high school senior to look like. That’s why many people are surprised to find out that Sarah’s actually 21!
Real Age: 21 Character’s Age: 17

Britt Robertson

Britt Robertson is similar to Sarah Hyland in many ways. They both play high school seniors, they are both in their early 20s, and they both look very young. Britt was bit by the acting bug as a young child and eventually moved to LA to follow her dreams. Britt is used to playing teenagers: She played Cassie Blake in “Secret Circle” and Lux Cassidy in “Life Unexpected.”
Real Age: 22 Character’s Age: 17

Rachel McAdams
Everyone’s favorite mean girl, Regina George, was played by the stunning Rachel McAdams. However, many people don’t know that Rachel was 27 years old when she starred in “Mean Girls.” A whole 10 year age difference. But the difference isn’t even noticeable! Rachel has a beautiful, youthful look that allowed her to play a high school senior even though she’s much older, and it also helped her capture the heart of Ryan Gosling on and off-screen during her “Notebook” era.
Real Age (during the movie): 27 Character’s Age: 17

Jim Parsons

Oh, Sheldon. The socially-awkward, extremely intelligent physicist is played by Jim Parsons who is 11 years older than his character, but the age doesn’t show at all. Jim went to school a lot longer than most actors do. He studied theater at The University of Houston and got a master’s degree in theater from the University of San Diego, which helps explain his awesome acting skills.
Real Age: 39 Character’s Age: 28

Olivia Newton-John

Olivia Newton-John made a name for herself in the classic musical, Grease, alongside John Travolta. Olivia played the new girl Sandy, who was supposed to be 17 years old. However, Olivia was 30 at the time the film came out.
Real Age (during the movie): 30 Character’s Age: 17

Jason Earles

Jason Earles starred with Miley Cyrus in the hit Disney Channel series, Hannah Montana. Jason played Miley’s annoying brother, but little did we know, he was a lot older. Most sources say that Jackson, Jason’s character on the show, was born in 1990, so that would make his character 22 years old right now. Jason is 35, so that’s a 13 year difference. The age difference wasn’t that noticeable, but now looking back on it, he did look a little older…
Real Age:35 Character’s Age: 22

Trevor Donovan
Sunny California is the place that Teddy Montgomery, Trevor Donovan’s character, calls his home. 90210 fans have grown to love the tennis playing hunk who just graduated high school, and many are shocked to realize that Trevor’s actually in his 30s! Even though there’s a 14 year age difference, Trevor fits right in with all of the other recent graduates in Beverly Hills. You’ll be seeing Trevor on the big screen soon—he’s starring in the new Oliver Stone film “Savages.”
Real Age: 33 Character’s Age: 18 or 19


Gabriel Mann

Revenge is TV’s newest hot drama and Gabriel Mann’s star power is continuously growing. Gabriel plays Nolan Ross on the show and viewers everywhere have dubbed this character the one they love-to-hate. Nolan is in his mid-twenties, but Gabriel is 39 years old, almost 40. But he does pass for 26!
Real Age: 39 Character’s Age: 26

Bianca Lawson
Bianca Lawson stars in Pretty Little Liars as Emily’s mysterious lover, Maya. PLL helped get Bianca’s name out there and led people to realize that she’s in her mid 30s playing a 16 year old girl. Bianca’s skin is flawless and that makes her character, Maya, extremely believable. You don’t even notice the 17 year old age difference. Bianca’s face may seem a little familiar. That’s because she starred in “Saved by the Bell: The New Class.”
Real Age: 33 Character’s Age: 16


Alan Rickman

Professor Snape, the potions master who captured the hearts of millions in the last Harry Potter book/movie was played by the talented Alan Rickman. Alan is 65 in real life, however his character is 39, making Alan is more than two-and-a-half decades older than the character he played in the Harry Potter franchise. He did such a good job, no one could even tell.
Real Age: 65 Character’s Age: 39
—Ama Kwarteng
Photo by Danielle Levitt/FOX

 

Dark Shadows


 

The Tim Burton film Dark Shadows is centered around a vampire named Barnabas Collins, played by Johnny Depp, who has just escaped from a coffin that he was trapped in for about 200 years. A curse was placed on him and his family by a witch named Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green). Barnabas was released from his coffin, accidentally, by a group of construction workers. He then goes to the family manor and finds the home, and the family business, in ruins. Along with the help of his cousin, Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Michelle Pfeiffer), and her family, he decides to rebuild the the business and the home. However, Angelique is still around and threatens everything Barnabas holds dear. 

I’ve never watched the ’70s television show on which the movie was based on, but I talked to someone who was a huge fan of the show about what they thought of the movie. He said he didn’t like it and that it didn’t live up to the TV show. 

The movie just left a bad taste in my mouth. It was boring and not very entertaining. It wasn’t funny; it wasn’t dramatic, and it wasn’t scary. Most of the plot details seem forced, which caused the movie to move even slower for me than it already did. There were many scenes that seemed out of place with the overall movie and added nothing to the plot. And the love story, among other things, was very weakly developed.

However, there were a few good parts of the movie (excluding the plot). The acting was great, as expected. Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter (Dr. Julia Hoffman), Chloe Grace Moretz (Carolyn Stoddard), and Gulliver McGrath (David Collins) all did a good job. The cinematography was also good. But even good actors and a good set can’t save this movie. It’s a typical Tim Burton movie, so maybe his true, loyal fans will love it. I, on the other hand, think that this movie should stay buried.

 -Ama Kwarteng

justin bieber boyfriendThe Biebs is growing up. His new music video ‘Boyfriend’ debuted at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, and it already has over 2 million views on YouTube! It’s quite obvious Justin is starting to transition from teen heartthrob to serious artist.

The video opens with Bieber whispering the opening lines of the song to a girl and then the song begins again when Bieber drives into a parking lot. The video mainly consists of Justin singing in the parking lot and then serenading a girl who strongly resembles real-life girlfriend, Selena Gomez. The video is edgier than his others, and it makes sense. He’s getting older and so are his fans, so it makes sense that his music should be changing too. However, the music video isn’t too sexy that it’ll alienate younger Beliebers.


 

The video may even attract new fans. The director (Director X) set it up in a way that matched the mood of the song. Justin plays the part of a love-stricken teen well. It’s more R&B than his other songs which brings in a whole new group of people. It makes Bieber a more well-rounded artist and shows how versatile he can be. 

Even though the song isn’t lyrical genius, it has a catchy tune that you’ll hum for days. Justin seems to be taking the same route as another superstar with the same name: Justin Timberlake, as many critics have pointed out. Timberlake left NSYNC to begin his solo career and he also had to make the transition into more adult music. The first single Timberlake released after he left the pop group was ‘Like I Love You’ and there’s a part in that music video, towards the beginning, where Timberlake is trying to seduce a girl in the parking lot which is similar to the ‘Boyfriend’ video where Bieber does the same. 

So, it does seem like Bieber is following in Timberlake’s footsteps, which is ironic considering the fact Timberlake was fighting with Usher to try and sign Bieber to his record label.
 
The video wasn’t anything spectacular, but we can all agree ‘Boyfriend’ marks an impressive beginning for Bieber to transition into more mature music.

Tell ME: What did you think of ‘Boyfriend’?

-Ama Kwarteng

Internships are a great way to get your foot in the door for any career. They give you a real-life experience that you will never learn in a classroom. Some colleges even have internships as a requirement in order for students to graduate. Even though spring has just begun, this is the right time to start looking for summer internships, because many companies have deadlines in April. But how do you start your search? Well, we’ve got some tips on beginning and ending your internship hunt!

Don’t Apply to Just One or Two Companies
This is a mistake commonly made. Students apply to only one or two internships and when they don’t hear back from either of them, they have no plans for the summer. You should at least apply to around 8-10 internships. You could make a list of your top 10 companies that you would love to intern with. This creates a safety net so that you’re not left scrambling for summer plans.

Use Online Resources
Make sure you visit the website of the companies you’re applying to and do your research. Make sure you read the mission statement and look for keywords you could use in your cover letter or interview. Familiarize yourself with the top employees. If you don’t have a list of top 10 companies, websites like InternQueen.com, Ed2010.com and Internships.com can help you find internships in your desired location. Seventeen.com also have a list of 17 internships and how to apply for them.

Have a Tailored Resume and Cover Letter

Without these two things, it’s almost impossible to apply for an internship. If you need help, most schools have a career center that can help guide you with sample resumes and cover letters. Make sure you address your cover letter to a specific person, not “sir” or “madam”. Also, make sure that in the email you send to the employer is short and succinct. The Intern Queen, Lauren Berger, says to not copy and paste your cover letter in the body of the email. The opening email should only contain your name, school, major, year of graduation and what position you’re applying for.

Follow Up
It’s important to follow up after you send your materials to make sure that the company received them. After you send your resume, call about two weeks later. You could also use this time to ask when they begin to review the information.

Practice Interview Questions
The interview is one of the most important parts of this process. Make sure you’re prepared to answer any question. You can find sample questions online. Also, if you’re lucky enough to get an interview, make sure to send a handwritten thank you note right after the interview! Also, some companies might want you to be in the city that they’re located for the interview. If you’re unable to fly out, ask them if you could do a phone interview or a Skype interview.

Don’t be afraid to hear no! You’ll probably hear it many times during the process, but don’t let that bring you down! Just move on to the next one, and eventually you get that yes. Good luck on your hunt!

—Ama Kwarteng

Photo credit: Oregon State University Blogs

Feb 14 Calendar
Just because you’re single doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy Valentine’s Day! Yes, Valentine’s Day is mainly marketed as a couples’ holiday, but you can change that. Here are six ways you can reinvent Valentine’s Day as a single lady. Have fun!
 
 
Throw a Party  
Invite a group of your friends (including your crush) and order take-out. This gives you all a chance to skip the dinner scene that’s probably overcrowded with couples.  It also gives your friends and you a chance to chill out and relax without worrying about the romantic aspects of Valentine’s Day. Instead of moaning and groaning about how you guys don’t have a significant other in your life, celebrate the fact that you’re single. You could also incorporate a tournament into the party, like a Just Dance 3 tournament. It’s sure to be a blast!
 
 
Spa Day
You can either call a salon to make a group appointment and go there with your friends or you can have a spa day in the comfort of your own home. You can go to a local drug store and stock up on all types of nail polish, face masks, and magazines. You can give each other manicures and use that time to reconnect. Renting movies, such as Horrible Bosses or Bridesmaids, is sure to be a great addition to the spa day and make your girls and you laugh. Hanging out with your friends is always a nice reminder that no matter what happens in your romantic life, your girls will always be there for you.
 
Secret Santa: Valentine’s Day Edition
Who said Secret Santa was only for Christmas? Get some of your friends together, draw names from a hat and then give each other gifts on Valentine’s Day! You could make a mix CD, a scrapbook or buy tickets to a game. Or maybe you guys could give each other the classic V-Day gifts like flowers and chocolate. Don’t forget to set a spending limit!

Scary Movie Marathon
Instead of watching lovey dovey romantic movies, host a party and have a scary movie marathon with your friends to keep your minds off the holiday. Need recommendations? Check out Nightmare on Elm Street or any of the Saw movies. You can also bring snacks for the movie marathon, like popcorn  and movie theater candies.
 
Volunteer
Valentine’s Day is all about spreading love, right? A great way to share the love on V-Day is by volunteering. V-Day could turn out to be a great way to help others gain a positive experience. You could volunteer at a local food bank, an animal shelter, a homeless shelter or with an organization like Habitat for Humanity. You can visit Serve.gov and insert your interests and zip code to locate volunteer opportunities near you!

Treat Yourself
Why not spend Valentine’s Day alone and spend some quality time with yourself? For most of us, we pay attention to other people all year round and never have any time for ourselves. V-Day can be your opportunity to give yourself some love. Change up the meaning of the holiday by doing things by yourself- go to the park, take a road trip, go to the beach, give yourself presents. You could even make a list of 10 things that you love about yourself. V-Day could be a day where you get to know yourself better.

—Ama Kwarteng
Photo credit: Dan Moyle

Yogurt Parfait

You’ve had a long day at school, and as soon as you get home, you realize you’re hungry. Yes, it’s so easy to grab those potato chips, munch on some cookies or eat some brownies, but it’s unhealthy. Instead of eating foods that are high in sugar and low in nutritional value, you can eat food that are healthy and taste delicious. Here’s a list of some yummy after school snacks. 

  

Mexi-Crackers 
These tasty crackers are extremely easy to make. All you need to do is spread two wedges of Laughing Cow Light Cheese on a whole grain cracker and top it with salsa. They’re low in fat, but high in energy. If you eat six mexi-crackers, your intake is only 165 calories and 6.5 grams of fat, which is a lot healthier than those cookies you may have been eyeing.


Popcorn Mix
Popcorn is a very popular snack and it can be extra delicious without having to drench it in butter. Mix a cup of organic popcorn with two tablespoons of dried fruit, two tablespoons of dried fruit (like raisins or cherries) and two tablespoons of M&Ms to have a great popcorn mix! One serving is around 100 calories.


Cracker Sliders
To make these sliders, you need about four or five crackers with a cucumber slice on each, low fat cheddar cheese spread on top of the cucumber and light ranch dressing on the last layer. Cracker sliders are a great substitute for crunchy snacks like potato chips.

Yogurt Parfait
Add some pizzazz to regular yogurt by turning it into a parfait! Build the parfait by adding berries, sliced peaches and crunchy cereal flakes, nuts or seeds to low-fat yogurt to make this delicious treat. Homemade parfaits usually only contain less than 3 grams of fat.

Toasted Cheese Sticks
This is a great alternative to the high-fat mozzarella cheese sticks we all love so much. Just toast a slice of low-fat mozzarella on whole wheat bread and dip it in marinara sauce! Make more than one if you want lunch instead of just a snack.

Smoothies
Homemade fruit smoothies taste as good if not better than smoothies you can buy at a restaurant or cafe. They’re a lot healthier, because they don’t contain any of the unnecessary sugars (they only contain less than 7 grams of sugar if you use real fruit) and they’re more inexpensive. Cut up a banana into a blender, add a cup of low-fat milk or soy milk, and a handful of strawberries and blueberries, blend until smooth and enjoy!

Other tips: At times when you’re craving an unhealthy snack (like chips) make sure you have a healthier option near you (like an apple or strawberries) that can help you fight off your cravings! And always remember to incorporate lean protein (lean meats, legumes, dairy), healthy carbs (veggies, fruits, whole grains) and healthy fats (avocado, fish) into all aspects of your diet (including snacks)!

—Ama Kwarteng
Photo credit: Pen Waggener

Jeremy Jordan plays Keke Palmer's love interest We get it: You get yourself ready, about to support your girl Keke Palmer in her new movie, “Joyful Noise,” then all of the sudden— who’s that cutie? Let ME introduce you to Jeremy Jordan, the up-and-coming star who’s making his big film debut. Soon enough, you won’t go anywhere without hearing his name! Here are 10 cool facts about Jeremy Jordan.
 
He’s a southern boy
Jeremy is a southern gentleman, born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas. Now he calls the Big Apple his home.
 
He’s engaged!
Sorry girls! This cutie recently got engaged to the beautiful Broadway veteran, Ashley Spencer. She was the winner of a reality show called “Grease: You’re the One That I Want.”

Jeremy’s been on Broadway
He’s starred in hit productions such as “West Side Story” and “Rock of Ages.” In fact, the director of “Joyful Noise,” Todd Graff, saw him on stage and could instantly tell he would be great for the movie’s lead male role. Want to see him perform in person? See him on stage this spring in the Broadway adaptation of the Disney movie “Newsies.”


  He’s really into singer/songwriters 
Even though Jeremy likes all types of music, he loves alternative music. Some of his faves include Gavin DeGraw, Marc Broussard and Adele. Talented with great taste!

 

Matt and Leo are big influences
Jordan loves Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon, and said he looked up to the two leading men. Could they have pulled off his character in “Joyful Noise?” Nah! Looks like Jeremy can teach them a thing or two now!

He’s a Bomber
Not only is he cute, he’s educated too! Jeremy attended Ithaca College (Their nickname is the Bombers), where he majored in musical theatre, and got an agent soon after he graduated.

Natalie Portman is his dream leading lady
Jordan loves Natalie Portman! (Who doesn’t?) If he had to choose a leading lady, Jeremy would love to work with our favorite ballerina, Natalie Portman.

He’s not the only Jeremy Jordan
Jeremy shares his name with an actor/singer from the 90s and an, ahem, adult film star. People have asked Jeremy whether or not he thought of changing his name and he said, “It’s my God-given, mother-given name. People have advised me to change it. But I like it!”

He’s been a teacher
In the past, Jeremy was a music teacher for the Little Maestros classes in New York. You can really tell that he loves music and wants to share that love. Hey Jeremy: Feel free to contribute to TutorME anytime! 😉

He was a suspected murderer…
…in a “Law and Order: SVU” episode, titled “Streetwise.” Don’t worry, the only thing he’s killed are his solos in his brand new movie starring Dolly Parton, Queen Latifa and Keke Palmer.

—Ama Kwarteng

Ryan Higa and Arden Cho in "Agents of Secret Stuff"Aden (played by Ryan Higa) is an A.S.S. An Agent of Secret Stuff, that is. He’s the main character, writer and producer (along with Wong Fu Productions) of the hit YouTube movie “Agents of Secret Stuff. The movie has more than 14 million views, and I can definitely see why so many people enjoy it. I have to admit that at first the title kind of turned me off. I’m not really into the secret agent/ninja thing, but I watched the movie with an open mind, and I’m glad I did.
 
The movie is absolutely hilarious. It opens with Aden lying on the floor with a shoe on his face and then it takes us back to find out how he got there. Aden is almost finished with his A.S.S training and is about to get his Honorary Operative License Entitlement (H.O.L.E., get it?), but he is left with one more mission— to protect a girl named Taylor (played by Arden Cho) from the Society Involving Not-so-good Stuff (S.I.N.S.) who are out to get her. But to do this, Aden has to pose as a high school student, even though he doesn’t seem to posses any social skills. At all. But you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do, right? So, Aden goes under the name of Jose McDonald (yes, I know, very…interesting name) and enters the life of a “regular” high school student.
 
Now, high school is hard enough for most people, but for a secret spy, it’s even more tough. Aden meets Taylor for the first time in class after creepily staring at her, and pretending not to. Taylor is nice enough though and tolerates Aden’s creepy antics. We begin to notice Aden’s increasing weirdness when he yells at their teacher for keeping Taylor after class and Taylor sees how freaky he is when Aden shows up in her bedroom closet. However, Taylor and Aden form a friendship, but when trouble hits, their friendship is taken to a new level.
 

Even though some may question the acting in a YouTube video, the acting in this one was outstanding. The actor who stood out to me the most was Arden Cho. She’s stunning, but she’s more than just a pretty face. Besides being a terrific actress, Arden Cho is a singer and a model who has been featured in many ads including Clinique’s ad campaigns in Asia. Obviously, Arden is on her way to becoming a big star and we will be seeing much more of her in the future.
 
Overall, the movie was great. It was funny and well-paced, it had a good soundtrack, and it was highly entertaining. I would recommend it to anyone. So what are you waiting for? Go check it out (it’s right here :D)! And Ryan, can we get an “Agents of Secret Stuff 2?”
—Ama Kwarteng

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