Ivetta Babadjanian

jonny lee millerJonny Lee Miller will be yet another actor depicting Sherlock Holmes. However, there are a few things that sets Jonny apart from the rest; Here are 10 things you should know about the newest Sherlock:

1. He was married to Angelina Jolie.
The two met on set of the 1995 movie Hackers and married on March 28, 1996. They divorced only eighteen months later.

2. He does a fabulous Scottish accent.
In the 1996 film Trainspotting, Jonny got the role of ‘Sick Boy’ on Ewan McGregor’s recommendation. He was the only non-Scot on cast, however, his accent was so believable that many people believed he was from Scotland as well.

3. His grandfather was in the James Bond films.
Jonny’s maternal grandfather was actor Bernard Lee who famously played M in the first eleven James Bond Films.

4. He’s best buds with the handsome Jude Law.
The two actors are so close, in fact, that Jonny became the godfather of Jude’s eldest son, Rafferty Law, who was born on October 6, 1996.

5. He’s a Broadway star.
He received rave reviews in his appearance in the 2009 production of After Miss Julie as John.

6. He loves to get his jog on!
He was going to run the Marathon des Sables in 2006 but had to drop out due to a scheduling conflict with another movie. He did, however, run the London Marathon in 2008 with a time of three hours and one minute, and the New York marathon in 2010.

7. He has played two roles in one play.
Jonny did double duty when he played on alternate nights both Victor Frankenstein and his Creature in a stage adaption of Frankenstein at the National Theatre.

8. He got his first acting job at age 10.
He played an uncredited child for one episode of the popular British television show Doctor Who.

9. He left school at a young age.
Jonny left school when he was 17 to pursue an acting career.

10. Both his parents were in the acting business.
His mother worked in theatre production and starred in many films such as Lost & Found. His father was a stage actor and later a stage manager at the British television network, BBC.

Jonny’s role as Sherlock Homes, alongside Lucy Liu as his sidekick Watson, can be seen on the CBS show Elementary which will debut on September 27, 2012.

—Ivetta Babadjanian

jd pardoJorge Daniel “J.D.” Pardo will be the newest edition to The Twilight Saga cast as the half-vampire Nahuel in Breaking Dawn Part II. Get to know the actor with these ten fun facts!

1. Raised in California
J.D. was born in Panorama City, California on Spetember 7, 1980, which makes him 32 years old.

2. Started off as a model
J.D. started out as a model with the Ford Modeling Agency before he made his way into Hollywood.

3. Can be seen on Monday nights on NBC
He portrays Nate Walker, a soldier of the militia, on the new NBC science-fiction dramatic television series Revolution, which airs on Mondays at 10 p.m./9 p.m. CT.

4. Best known for being murdered
His most remembered character was on the Lifetime Network’s A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story as murdered transgender teen Gwen Amber Rose Araujo.

5. Acting credits on various TV shows
J.D. has made appearances in various shows over the years such as CSI: Miami, The O.C., Standoff, Clubhouse, American Dream and 90210.

6. Nominated for acting award
He was nominated for Best Actor-Television for an Imagen Foundation Award, which honors Latinos with a positive portrayal in media, in 2007 for his leading role in A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story.

7. Main cast in action film
J.D. will be featured alongside Dayne Johnson and Susan Sarandon in the 2013 action flick Snitch.

8. Played a musketeer
He starred in A Cinderella Story as one of Austin’s (Chad Michael Murray) best friends. In one scene, J.D.’s character is dressed up as one of the three musketeers and ends up angry that Austin wore a Prince Charming costume, while both friends look like “two wimps in wigs.”

9. He’s billingual
Not only is J.D. of hispanic descent and can speak Spanish, he also starred in a short Spanish television movie called ¿Cuanto cuesta la admisión?

10. He was part of the Comic-Con panel for The Revolution
“This is my first Comic-Con so it’s a little bit crazy and a little bit of a blur but at the same time, it’s such an honor to be here and to represent The Revolution is just really cool,” said J.D. in an interview.

Check out J.D. playing a half vampire in the last Twilight installment, Breaking Dawn Part II, opening in theaters on November 16. 2012.  

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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

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?

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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!”
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Katy Perry performing

What’s behind those whipped cream jets and equally sweet pop songs? “Katy Perry: Part of Me” gives us that chance to take a glimpse behind the scenes where true character is shown.

The 3-D concert documentary follows pop-sensation Katy Perry’s international tour for her 2010 album “Teenage Dream” and takes us along for an exciting ride. The movie is exhilarating as the camera follows Katy from behind the curtains to the moment she steps onto the stage in front of thousands of screaming fans.

During the movie, the audience is shown the transition of how the girl named Katheryn Hudson became the iconic woman, Katy Perry. Many will be surprised to hear of her religious upbringing as shots of a 5-year-old Katy performs various gospel songs. Even as a child Katy was charismatic and eager to step out of her boundaries at every chance she could. Her desire to perform was awakened when she would watch her Pentecostal dad deliver sermons in strip mall churches.

Katy was 13 when she first asked for a guitar and soon after began singing her own music in front of church groups. The 15-year-old Katy is unrecognizable with her blonde spiky hair, tomboy nature and her songs about Jesus. Her family, friends, mangers and Katy herself give commentary of the various stages in the pop star’s life and the difficulties she had to attain in order to become a success.

Even die-hard fans will learn more about Katy in this one movie than they could by researching her for hours via the Internet. She allows the camera to capture truly vulnerable moments in her life as stress increases and her marriage with comedian Russell Brand slowly crumbles. It gives the world the chance to understand the true aspects of fame without all its glitz and glamor.

The confident and sexy Katy Perry makes herself up to be a true role model as she refuses to allow Hollywood to change who she is and how she depicts herself. She pursued her dreams, despite being let down time and time again, and did so with humor and passion throughout the journey. “Thank you for believing in my weirdness,” Katy says to her fans. It is that weirdness we fell in love with when we first heard “I Kissed a Girl,” and it is that weirdness we will continue to enjoy as she spreads happiness through her music.

—Ivetta Babadjanian

lana del ray patriotic

Ring in this Independence day with these awesoME patriotic songs!


“National Anthem” – Lana Del Rey

Controversy has followed Lana Del Rey since her album “Born To Die” dropped, but that hasn’t stopped her in the slightest. Her latest video, “National Anthem,” surprised audiences as it showcases the life of the Kennedy’s in a more modern fashion. She is known for having many slow songs but this is one of her more upbeat tracks with lyrics that you can sing loud and proud to on the 4th of July. “Red, white, blues in the sky, summer’s in the air, baby heaven’s in your eyes. I’m your national anthem,” Del Rey sings.

“Party in the USA” – Miley Cyrus

After the conclusion of her T.V. show and releasing a couple of albums, Cyrus now dedicates her career solely to acting with movies such as “The Last Song” and “LOL.” She has had many successful singles that gained worldwide recognition but none were as big as “Party in the USA.” It’s catchy, fun and promises an all-around good time. So be sure to get your hands up and nod your head like yeah while you “Party in the USA.”

“American Boy” – Estelle

A catchy song about an attractive American boy AND it features Kanye West? There’s no question why this song was an automatic hit. Raise the volume up and sing about great cities like L.A. and New York, commending the great sights we have to offer and the great men.

“American Honey” – Lady Antebellum

This Grammy award winning band has been accustomed to success as even their debut album became certified platinum. The appeal of the country/pop music comes from the two lead vocalists, Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley. “American Honey” has a sweet melody that gives the feeling of sitting by a fire and swaying along to the sweet lyrics such as “She grew up slow, she grew up good, like American Honey.”

“American Baby” – Dave Matthews Band

Get in the spirit of a true patriot as you listen to Dave Matthews Band’s “American Baby.” It’s a song of hope and faith that will make you remember the true beauty in being an American. Sing with your family and friends, “Stay beautiful baby. I hope you stay American baby.”

“Keep On Rockin’ The Free World” – Bon Jovi

You can’t be in the true American spirit if you don’t have Bon Jovi on your 4th of July playlist. It’s a song to rock out to as the sky is lit with fireworks and the crowds around you cheer with glee. A true classic for a historical day.

“Ragged Old Flag” – Johnny Cash

If you’re feeling truly patriotic then sit down and listen to the wise words of a true American icon, Johnny Cash. Although it’s a song a bit difficult to sing along to because of the overwhelmingly long lyrics, it’s still a great song to celebrate the country’s Independence Day. Pay close attention to his great storytelling with his appealing country twang that he’s revelled for.

“Born in the USA” – Bruce Springsteen

“Born in the USA” is categorized as a nationalistic anthem, and ranked as number 275 on Rolling Stone’s list of “The Greatest Songs of All Time.” The simple chorus makes it an easy song to sing with a crowd, so get everyone together to belt out the repeated lyrics “I was born in the USA.”

“Don’t Tread On Me” – Metallica

The heavy metal band Metallica starts off this song with the recognizable eight bar phrase from “America.” If you’re feeling a bit more angsty and want to prove to the world, or maybe just your neighbors, that you will fight for your country then this is the song to blare on your speakers.

“American Woman” – Lenny Kravitz

Although a cover song, Lenny Kravitz managed to leave his signature sound with the song “American Woman.” The electric guitar solos are iconic and are a sure-fire way to get your blood pumping. Finish off your Independence Day festivities with a bang and don’t leave Kravitz off your playlist.

maroon 5

Maroon 5 made their musical debut with “Songs About Jane,” which could be described as having more of an alternative rock sound while “Overexposed,” the band’s new album, has crossed over to more of the pop territory. Many of the songs on this album are potential hit radio regulars, but the quality of the music has plummeted.

The album begins with the band’s second single, “One More Night.” A hint of reggae and an upbeat tempo makes this song a catchy tune that’ll have you singing along whether you like it or not. The second song off the album and their first official single off this album is “Payphone” which features Wiz Khalifa. This song has already gained widespread success and a definite highlight of the album, with its unique sound and lead singer Adam Levine’s iconic falsetto voice.


A lot of the songs, such as “Lucky Strike” and “The Man Who Never Lied,” seem to blend together and it becomes hard to differentiate one from the other. The simple lyrics and the extremely fast tempo are cringe-worthy and disappointing. The only song that has a true hint to Maroon 5’s former rock foundation, the better days of the band, is the last song on the album, “Beautiful Goodbye.” It’s a slowed down song about heartbreak that strikes a chord and brings forth emotions from the listener, a concept lost on most of the other songs.

The incredible cover art, that includes a lot of pink and creativity, can’t delude from the fact that Maroon 5 will disappoint many fans with “Overexposed.” It’s a decent pop album that will more than likely generate a couple of number one hits, but this album lacks the quality music their past albums were known for.
Maroon 5 has abandoned quality lyrics and now have gone for the cheesy lyrics that Pop lovers crave for. If you’re a fan of Pop, then you’ll love some of the mainstream-style songs on Maroon 5’s new album. However, if you’re a fan of Maroon 5’s alternative rock sound, then hold on to your old albums because that sound you fell in love with when you first heard “Harder To Breathe” is long gone.

-Ivetta Babadjanian

abraham lincoln vampire hunter

Author, and now screenwriter, Seth Grahame-Smith, is well-known for his odd mashups of horror with classical tales such as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and the newly released Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is no different.

The movie does stay true to certain aspects of our 16th president’s life—excluding the killing of fictitious creatures—and history buffs won’t cringe as the historical facts of Lincoln are still intact.

Benjamin Walker manages to play a very solemn president as he tries to avenge the death of his mother, which was caused by none other than a vampire, Jack Barts (Marton Csokas). The film revolves around Lincoln’s secret diary that includes his political and supernatural encounters. Henry Sturgess (Dominic Cooper) trains the president and teaches him the ways of a vampire hunter as well as showing off some impressive axe wielding. As Lincoln becomes skilled in the art of slaying, he becomes an abolitionist when he learns that slaves are being used as a source of food in the South by vampires. Thus, the Civil War begins.

This movie takes itself extremely seriously and makes it difficult for the audience to engage in the movie as it isn’t scary enough to be a horror film, and its serious ambiance won’t let you get a laugh in either. The fight scenes, however, are well-choreographed and may be the high point of this film.

It seems director Timur Bekmambetov is trying so hard to create a horror flick that he forgets to allow a pause between the vampire killings in order to connect with the characters and make them well-rounded instead of one-dimensional. The emotional factor is missing in this movie, disallowing the audience a reason to care about Lincoln or any of his comrades.

There are some impressive visual effects that will catch the audience’s eye, but the makeup and wigs for some of the characters were unrealistic, and simply tragic. If you can manage to take this movie’s plot seriously, and you don’t mind the lack of character development, then head to theaters to watch Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter to get your fix of some presidential vampire slaying.

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motion city soundtrack

Motion City Soundtrack is back with their fifth album “Go”—a sound that has grown and changed as the band pushes their boundaries in order to explore their horizons. Be sure to pay close attention to the lyrics for each of the songs, as they are the highlight of this album.
Most of the tracks on “Go” are upbeat and manage to bring together some of that old fashioned punk rock their fans are eager for with a hint of some synthesizers to create a relatively new sound. “Circuits and Wires” is a fun song that makes you want to jump around and rock out with an air guitar. “True Romance,” which was the first single they released from the album, is an extremely catchy song. The keyboards, however, don’t seem to add that great element the band was going for and are an unnecessary addition to the track.
“Sun of a Gun” starts off with the acoustic guitar and slowly builds into another upbeat song, with a bit of a slower tempo as compared to the other songs. It’s not a bad song, but it can be deemed as one of the weaker songs on the album. “Timelines,” on the other hand, is a definite high point for the album. The lyrics are relatable to everyone and I can see the chorus of this song being used as the catchy background music to a movie trailer.

The album begins to become more vulnerable with tracks like “Everyone Will Die” with dark lyrics that tug on the heartstrings. The instrumentals of the song really personify the mood of the song and gives it a more epic feel. The greatest intro of any of the songs on this album would have to go to “Happy Anniversary.” The song starts off slow and gives off a creepy feeling as the lead singer sings softly accompanied only with a few notes of a piano. The song builds after the intro, as most of the songs tend to do on this album, but manages to maintain that sense of oddity to the song which makes it truly stand out.

Overall, this album has some great songs that will help broaden Motion City Soundtrack’s popularity and prestige. While it ultimately is a rock album, the soft sound and catchy lyrics makes it more versatile. Anyone can find a song that stands out to them while listening to “Go.”

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