Entertainment

the campaign

When two comedic geniuses join forces, you know the product will be nothing short of amazing. The Campaign is a hilarious take on the political world, especially as this is an election year.

The comedy tells the story of a North Carolina Congressional election between two rivals: Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) and Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis). Although not an accurate depiction of an election process, the movie can be seen as a satire of sorts towards the way politics runs in the United States.

Cam Brady is a Democrat who believes he had a safe congressional seat with his unique slogan, “America. Jesus. Freedom.” Cam and his campaign manager, Mitch (Jason Sudeikis), are confident that he will receive the position as there is no one competing against him. This is where his rival Marty Huggins appears, a former tourism director and tour bus announcer.

There are numerous scenes that are just plain silly, but will have audiences laughing continuously anyways. Thus is the charm of Ferrell as he can make a fool out of himself, yet gain the respect of viewers for his comedic abilities. It’s a similar character type to his previous roles and has a striking resemblance to his George Bush impersonation he did so well while on Saturday Night Live. Galifianakis, on the other hand, plays a character unlike any he has ever portrayed before. His character demeanor by itself is extremely funny and makes The Campaign a movie worth watching.

A truly funny scene is when Marty asks his family at the dinner table if they have any secrets that could be used against him if found out during the campaign. The answers he receives are definitely unexpected and an iconic moment in the movie. The humor relies on crazy situations and odd characters, but if you are able to not take the movie’s political spin seriously, then you will truly enjoy this comedy.

Trust ME: If you’re a fan of Ferrell’s previous works like Anchorman, then The Campaign will become a favorite.

-Ivetta Babadjanian

call me maybe

Whether it’s your first kiss, family vacation, a winning basketball game or a road trip with your best friends, a song can have an effect that brings you back to a lot of good and, sometimes, bad memories. Check out our list of the best 15 summer singles and relive those moments.

“Call Me Maybe”-Carly Rae Jepsen
Hey, we just met her and this is crazy, but buy her song, its sure is catchy. Jepsen’s song caught on like wildfire and soon her first single was a billboard hit and an Internet sensation.

“Good Time”-Owl City
Owl City comes back strong this summer with his brand new single featuring Carly Rae Jepsen. The songs infectious and happy vibe cannot help but make you smile and sing along.

“Want U Back”-Cher Lloyd
Ever break up with your boyfriend and then decide you made a mistake? Cher Lloyd did and in her powerful pop song she makes it known she’s ready to fight for him.

“Pound The Alarm”-Nicki Minaj
Minaj came out strong with this follow up single to Super Bass and Starships. With her fierce fashion, strong-headed personality and awesome dance tracks she is taking over the charts.

“Whistle”-Flo Rida
This catchy song was the best rap song this summer. Not only did it make you want to sing along but whistle along as well.

“Cruise”-Florida Georgia Line
One of the best things about summer is hitting the road. This song is the summer anthem for leaving on a road trip with some of your favorite people.

“Scream”-Usher
Usher’s latest dance track cannot help but make you want to scream with happiness every time you hear this song on the radio. It’s that good.

“Wanted”-Hunter Hayes
Hayes gets in touch with his sensitive side with this beautifully written track that had all the girls swooning this summer.

“Payphone”-Maroon 5
Maroon 5 shows the world by teaming up with Wiz Khalifa that once again their idea to work on more collaboration is always a great success.

“Give Your Heart a Break”-Demi Lovato
This pop song is a great twist on the idea of relationships and gives Lovato her first radio hit.

“What Makes you Beautiful”-One Direction
The world had been waiting for another boy band. This songs success on radio and the Billboard charts showed the music industry that the world would always have a soft spot for British people and boy bands.

“Drunk on You”-Luke Bryan
Bryan’s unique song becomes such a success with his fans that it instantly became a social networking tagline used with statuses frequently saying, “I’m a little drink on you and high on summertime.”

“Blow Me (One Last Kiss)”- Pink
Pink is back at it again with her latest track. Her strong girl power filled songs, continuously show people she will be sticking around in the music industry.

“She’s so Mean”-Matchbox Twenty
Matchbox Twenty’s song of the moment takes a step back from all the pop dance tracks on the radio and takes everyone back to the older days of alternative rock.

“Wide Awake”-Katy Perry
After Perry’s very public divorce she took pen to paper and wrote a very personal, raw and honest song that had Perry fan in awe of her emotional single.

Tell ME: Which song takes you back to summer 2012?

-Jenna Cusumano

ghost hunters

In The Apparition, starring Ashley Greene, Sebastian Stan, and Tom Felton, the scientific theory is proven that ghosts and paranormal beings only exist because people believe in them, and with their belief, the harmful apparitions become more powerful.
Audiences are fascinated by the paranormal. Maybe that’s why there are so many television series dedicated to their research. Read on for our five picks of the best paranormal reality TV shows.

Ghost Hunters
This American show that originally aired on Syfy in 2004. The show highlights Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson, daytime plumbers who investigate supposedly haunted locations. Ghost Hunters has given way to several spin-off series, including Ghost Hunters Academy. In this show, people with an interest in becoming investigators of the paranormal team up with Steve Gonsalves and Dave Tango on their adventures.

Most Terrifying Places in America
First airing on the Travel Channel in 2009 as a single episode special, Most Terrifying Places in America  has now expanded into a documentary-style series that features different haunted locations across the United States, and delves into the folklores surrounding these places.

Haunted Homes
This British program, which first aired in 2004 before getting picked up in 2006, follows the psychic Mia Dolan, ghost hunter David Vee, actor Mark Webb, and professor Chris French as they spend two nights in haunted houses attempting to get rid of the spirits that dwell there.

Paranormal Witness
Another American documentary-style series, Paranormal Witness premiered on Syfy in 2011 and has people recounting their own personal experiences with the paranormal.

The Dead Files
Originally aired on the Travel Channel in 2011, The Dead Files is an American reality series. Amy Allan, a psychic medium, and Steve DiSchiavi, former NYPD homicide detective, are partners who investigate supposed haunted places. The two workers research and explore on their own before meeting up to discuss their conclusions later in the program.

Tell ME: Are you a believer? Would you tune into these shows?

-Amy Lauren

celeste and jesse forever

Lately, romantic comedies all seem the same—No Strings Attached and Friends with Benefits being a clear example. Celeste and Jesse Forever is a film unlike any other. It’s a new kind of romantic comedy that avoids typical cliché scenarios and avoids a predictable ending. Moviegoers will feel like they’re peeking into a real relationship.

The movie introduces us to Celeste (Rashida Jones) and husband Jesse (Andy Samberg), who have been separated for six months, but their divorce has yet to be finalized. Unlike most separated couples, Celeste and Jesse remain close, leaving mutual friends feeling perplexed by their tight-knit relationship. The two genuinely care for one another and are constantly acting silly and making jokes. A sweet gesture of theirs is making a heart shape with their hands whenever one of them is leaving.

The couple is in a state of limbo as they aren’t moving on by seeing other people, yet their relationship remains platonic. Jesse makes the first step when he announces that he has a new girlfriend (Rebecca Dayan), which comes as a bit of a shock to Celeste.

The movie focuses mainly on Celeste’s point of view and how she deals with conflicting emotions of being happy for Jesse, while still resenting him. The film makes it clear, though, that no one is at fault for the relationship’s failures. Sometimes in life, the boy meets the girl and then loses her because things don’t always pan out.

Samberg gives a surprising performance in this film as he steers clear of his normally goofy self on Saturday Night Live. He is believable in his portrayal of a man who truly cares about his former love, but finds the means to move on. Jones and co-writer Will McCormack did what most romantic comedies nowadays neglect to do by delving into the deep and complicated emotions that come along with falling in love.

Samberg and Jones have genuine chemistry that will make the audience root for them to try and make their relationship work, although at times it seems like a separation should be the ideal plan of action. With laugh-out-loud scenes as well as scenes of heartbreak, Celeste and Jesse Forever is a definite must-watch this summer.

Tell ME: Will you be watching this movie?

Ivetta Babadjanian

hes just not that into you

In the movie He’s Just Not That Into You, personal relationships are put through the wringer as a web of make-ups and break-ups are woven on the big screen. Here are some great flicks that not only keep us entertained, but also teach us a little about the causes and effects of the terror known as the break-up.

Be Honest About Yourself and Your Feelings

In How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, we see just how much lying can affect a relationship and be the cause of a break-up. The break-up in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days proved that if you go into a relationship being anything other than honest, you are doomed!

One of the many lessons that Mean Girls has taught us is that it is impossible for anyone to keep up a charade forever.  So if you’re both upfront and truthful about who you are and your intentions from the beginning, your chances of success are greatly increased.

Priorities Have to be Right

As demonstrated by Anne Hathaway in The Devil Wears Prada, work should not be a person’s only priority in life, but it is significant. Sometimes a break-up shows us that we are simply not ready to have a committed relationship yet. This is not a bad thing. In fact, sometimes being single and focusing on your schooling or professional life can be quite beneficial. Remember, there are more important things in life than having a boyfriend or girlfriend!

Independence Should Be Embraced

While in the moment of a break-up, it can seem life your entire world in crashing down around you. That’s what Reese Witherspoon felt during her unexpected break-up in Legally Blonde. However, at the same, although difficult to see through a sea of tears, doors can be opening all around you. You can find inspiration, motivation, and drive to shake up your own life a little bit and focus on your own happiness and self-worth. Every end is a fresh start in disguise!

Break-ups can free you in a way that you never thought possible. Adam Sandler’s key to happiness in The Wedding Singer was given to him when his fiancée left him at the wedding altar! He didn’t realize how miserable he was until he was given the distance to be single and independent.

Don’t Forget Your Manners

Possibly the most important thing to remember while in the midst of a messy break-up is that tearing down your ex is anything but helpful, as Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn proved to us in their appropriately titled film, The Break-Up. It can be very satisfying in the moment to see him or her hurting, but in the end, being nasty towards them can only hurt you more. You have to live with your choices, and revenge is never a good color on anybody!

In Forgetting Sarah Marshall we see that playing these games can always come back to bite you, so it’s better to be mature and walk away from a failed relationship with dignity and grace. Be respectful towards your ex because you never know how much more trouble it can save you somewhere down the line.

So, hopefully this has made the dreaded break-up a little more bearable for you lovely readers! Remember, there are plenty of positive ways to deal with a split, so put on a good attitude and get focused on all of the other amazing aspects of your life!

-Amy Lauren

Jamie Chung from "Premium Rush"

The world was first introduced to the beautiful Jamie Chung in 2004 when she was a cast member of the MTV reality show “The Real World: San Diego.” Since then, an acting career has blossomed which allowed her to start in movies such as Grown Ups,The Hangover Part II and the action flick Premium Rush
(Read the review here). Here are 10 facts that will help you get to know the up-and-coming starlet!

1. She was in a sorority
Jamie studied Economics the University of California, Riverside where she was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.

2. Jamie won an acting award
She was awarded the Female Stars of Tomorrow Award at the 2009 ShoWest industry trades show with her “Sorority Row” castmates.

3. MTV told her to audition for Real World
Jamie was working at Tremors Bar & Grill as a waitress and was approached by members of MTV who convinced her to audition for “The Real World: San Diego.”

4. Replaced famous actress in movie role
Emma Stone was meant to be in the movie “Sucker Punch” but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts, thus, Jamie was able to take on the role.

5. She’s the new Mulan
In the ABC television show, “Once Upon a Time,” Jamie will make a guest appearance in the second season as the Disney character Mulan.

6. Debuted her acting career on television
The actress started out on the TV show “Veronica Mars” in 2004. She went on to make appearances on various other shows such as “Days of Our Lives” for ten episodes, “CSI: NY” and “Greek.”

7. Did a voiceover for a video game
Jamie voiced the role of Takara in the 2009 video game “Command & Conquer Red Alert 3: Uprising.”

8. Known for bad taste in men
Her friends know her as the girl who tends to overlook major flaws in a man despite the fact that she classifies herself as “picky” with who she spends her time with.

9. Fan of Baseball
Despite her feminine appearance, Jamie loves to cheer on her local baseball team, the San Francisco Giants.

10. Gives back to the community
Jamie attended the San Francisco AIDS walk along with “Glee” star Harry Shum Jr. tweeting “Making a difference one step at a time!”
Ivetta Babadjanian

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Dania Ramirez in "Premium Rush"

 

Just think of Premium Rush as a 90-minute public service announcement for helmets. Who knew a movie about bike messengers could be so intense? Hot off his starring role in The Dark Knight Rises with Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt keeps it high-energy as Wilee, the law school grad who would rather get hit by a bus (literally) than to suit up for a desk job every day. With his trusty bike— no gears, no brakes— he works hard as a bike messenger with his love interest Vanessa (Dania Ramirez

) and cocky nemesis Manny (Wole Parks), all for a few bucks a day. When Wilee gets a pick up order from Vanessa’s roommate, Nima (Jamie Chung) he ends up with more than he bargained for as and agressive detective, Bobby Monday (Michael Shannon), chases him throughout the city to get what is in that envelope.

Premium Rush is a simple story set within the complicated maze of New York City. It keeps you on your toes as the story operates on different timelines, they are welcome shifts to give your heart a break from the pounding intensity (They make a week of spin class seem easy!). Director David Koepp keeps you at the edge of your seat, twisting and turning as Gordon-Levitt makes his way through traffic lanes and contemplating bone-crushing alternate realities. The entire cast delivers high octane energy even a couple laughs. We recommend calling up your crush or cool guy friend, this is probably the only movie you both would enjoy seeing.


Garrett Hedlund

From living on a farm to living on the big screen with the likes of Kristen StewartBrad Pitt and perhaps Jennifer LawrenceGarrett Hedlund has risen the ranks of Hollywood elite. Check out our 10 juicy facts about this Hunger Games: Catching Fire Finnick contender Garrett Hedlund.

1. After one month in Los Angeles, Garrett Hedlund landed his first big break as Patroclus in Troy, opposite Brad Pitt.  Looks like his talent was undeniable!

2. In addition to Patroclus, Hedlund is famous for roles such as Don Billingsley in Friday Night Lights with Billy Bob Thorton, Murtagh in Eragon, Beau Hutton in Country Strong, opposite Gwenyth Paltrow, and Sam Flynn in TRON: Legacy.

3. He was born in Roseau, Minnesota and grew up on a farm, proving that even a little boy from the midwest can make it in Hollywood.

4. Although he has impressive credits on his resume already, he has been told that he is too good looking for certain roles.  Maybe he should take that as a compliment!

5. He is known for his impressive height of 6’2 ½ as well as for his deep voice.

6. Before becoming an actor, Hedlund served as a model for L.L. Bean and Teen Magazine.

7. Growing up, his radio only picked up one station: a country music station that heavily featured Tim McGraw. Unsurprisingly, Hedlund became a huge fan.  The famous country singer ended up playing his father in Friday Night Lights.

8. He gained 30 pounds of muscle to play Patroclus in Troy, and he put on an extra 20 pounds of muscle to play Don Billingsley in Friday Night Lights because his character was a high school football player. A year later, he had to actually lose the extra build to play Jack Mercer in the film Four Brothers.

9. Hedlund has an interesting philosophy regarding fear, due to a recurring dream he has of falling through a frozen lake that he is running on.  “It’s about acknowledging the fear for about five percent, and then ninety-five percent goes into shrugging it all off.”

10. 2012 is a very busy year for Hedlund as three more films with his credit will be appearing in theatres.  Be on the lookout for On the Road, Lullaby, and Inside Llewyn Davis all coming out this year!
—Amy Lauren

Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks in "Sparkle"

Sparkle (Jordin Sparks) can sing, she has the look and the songwriting skills that Taylor Swift would envy, yet she hasn’t found her voice. Her life and the lives of her sisters change the instant she meets Stix (Derek Luke), but do they change for the better? The gorgeous Carmen Ejogo smoulders as Tammy, a.k.a “Sister,”  the sultry older sister and lead singer of Sparkle’s girl group, Sister and Her Sisters. Tika Sumpter brings life and strength to Dolores, the independent sister with her heart set on medical school. 

Set in the 1960s, “Sparkle” fills the screen with fun wigs, amazing fashion and a toe-tapping, organic music experience. Initially the plot appears cliché and shallow, but the film progresses with twists, turns and a climactic payoff. The peppered civil rights context comes across as an obligation rather than an issue tied to their identities and well-being. Perhaps this is because the writers didn’t want that tone to overpower the film, but the flashes of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and dinner talk about riots seemed a bit disingenuous.
 
“Sparkle’s” high note is Jordin Sparks’ performance as she (eventually) transforms from a timid church mouse to the dazzling diva. Though this is Jordin’s theatrical debut, we don’t doubt her tenure on the Broadway smash “In the Heights” (and who knows, maybe those “American Idol” Ford commercials)  gave her a head start on her acting chops. The true commander of every scene is the legendary, late Whitney Houston who plays their mother, Emma. Her overbearing approach to parenting suffocates the sisters, yet Houston’s character knows the dangers of the music business and just wants to protect them. The quote “Was my life not enough of a cautionary tale for you?” used in the trailer and the film takes on a different meaning since Houston’s passing.  Nevertheless, the joy is in hearing her sing again. Even though her voice had a different texture to it, her belts and vocal runs exclaimed her trademark essence that is undeniably Whitney Houston. “Sparkle” delivers a range of emotions almost as impressive as Sparks’ range: Expect to chuckle, gasp, sigh and shed a tear or twelve. It’s a movie that has you cheering to the very end, hoping for an encore.

21 jump street

It feels as if every few months Hollywood comes up with a new and improved version of a classic film. Well, not always improveda batch of fresh faced actors and a modern plot twist doesn’t always cut it with moviegoers. But we’ve combed through movie remake history and found a handful of awesoME flicks that are definitely worth adding onto your instant queue.
 

Footloose
 
In 1984, Kevin Bacon and Lori Singer stepped into their dancing shoes and became part of one of the most iconic dance movies ever. So in 2011, when Julianne Hough and Kenny Wormald slipped into the roles of the classic characters in the remake, many people were skeptical than excited. However, the new Footloose paid homage by sticking to the original script. There were small differences in details, like the car brand names. Since the 2011 flick casted dancing professionals, the new Footloose was able to stand on its own.

21 Jump Street

Your parents were probably obsessed with 21 Jump Streetthe 1980s TV show. But let’s be honest, the big reason teens know about this cop drama is for the star of the show (ahem, Mr. Johnny Depp!). In 2011, Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill starred in the remake as two undercover cops returning to high school to bust a drug ring. This hilarious movie proves that two new Hollywood movie stars have the chops to deliver a fresh remake. Paying respect to the acting gig that thrusted him to A-list stardom, Johnny Depp also makes a cameo in what was, arguably, the funniest movie of 2011.

Freaky Friday

Coming off as a remake of the 1976 movie, Freaky Friday stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Lindsay Lohan, and Chad Michael Murray. The 2003 movie is one most people will now remember today as being a Lohan classic. There’s no doubt the spunky and rebel feel in Lohan’s role will connect with most teenagers today.

Ocean’s Eleven

A new generation always sparks new remakes for Hollywood. In 1960, Ocean’s Eleven was released about a group of men that wanted to rob five Las Vegas casinos in one night. Forty one years later, Hollywood wanted to relive the excitement all over again. In 2001, big names like George Clooney and Brad Pitt came together to take on this new project. This time though, only three casinos would be robbed. The 2001 remake proved to be so popular that it sparked two sequels: Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen.

Father of the Bride

This 1991 film is one for the heartfelt moviegoers. While the storyline is consistent with the original—a father trying to come to terms with letting his little girl grow up and get married. Sexuality is less taboo between the bride and groom, the women are finally able to wear pants, and the characters have opposing beliefs. The times were definitely a-changing, and this version made that loud and clear.

Tell ME: Which is your favorite movie remake?

Jenna Cusumano

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