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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

Tom Cruise rocks on!

Rock of Ages, the comedic movie musical that was adapted from the 2006 Broadway stage show, was released on Friday.  The film follows a similar path as Mamma Mia, a stage musical that was based around songs of the group ABBA, before being turned into a major motion picture.  Likewise, Rock of Ages does not feature original songs.  Instead the film will introduce the current generation to a whole new (old) world of amazing music.

Set in 1987, Rock of Ages takes place in Los Angeles, California, and follows events surrounding the famous Bourbon Room, a rock club in the Hollywood hills that can make or break any band.  Julianne Hough headlines as Sherrie Christian, a young woman who left a small town in Oklahoma to make it as a singer, but ends up waitressing at The Bourbon Room instead.  Although Hough delivered a wonderful performance in the film, the real star was her love interest, Diego Boneta. Boneta played Drew Boley, another worker at the club with ambitions of rock stardom.  There is definitely a new teen heartthrob in the making with Boneta, and it’s no wonder why, with his adorable mop of brown curls, charming smile, and an unquestionable talent that completely backed up his sensitive, wanna-be rock star image.  The audience may have been routing for Hough, but they were drooling over Boneta.

The adult characters, on the other hand, were a little disappointing.  Tom Cruise played rock god Stacee Jaxx in an over-the-top performance that showed off his eccentric diva personality.  The appearance of his pet monkey, Hey Man, was a weak attempt at comedy that just came across as juvenile.  Cruise’s supposedly-steamy scenes with Malin Akerman, or rather, Constance Sack, a reporter for Rolling Stone, were also devices meant for cheap laughs, but only succeeded in dragging out the film unnecessarily.  Even Catherine Zeta-Jones, who played Patricia Whitmore, the conservative antagonist whose mission throughout the film is to shut down The Bourbon Room, was awkward in her acting.  However, Russell Brand and Alec Baldwin saved their co-stars with a hilarious and light-hearted sub-plot that had viewers hooting and hollering in their seats.

Big names and undeniable talent were in no short supply in this movie.  There were even some cameo appearances by real music icons, such as Sebastian Bach, Kevin Cronin, and Constantine Maroulis.  Mary J. Blige also lent her talent as Justice Charlier, the owner of a strip joint known as The Venus Club.

The musical performances alone are enough of a reason to see this movie.  There were amazing covers from the bands Journey, Poison, Guns N’ Roses, REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Twisted Sister, and Night Ranger, as well as Bon Jovi and Pat Benatar.  It’s a fun and continuous rock concert that will have you dancing in the aisle and wishing you were born only a few decades earlier, so that you could have seen this all firsthand.  Dust of your parents old vinyl records, because thanks to Rock of Ages, the ‘80s are making a comeback!

-Amy Lauren

Romany Alco and Megan Good in Steve Harvey's "Think Like a Man"

 

You wouldn’t go to an optometrist for a sprained ankle,  why do we always go to girls for guy advice? Thanks to Steve Harvey’s “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man” we don’t have to. And thanks to Screen Gems’ “Think Like a Man” starring Kevin Hart, Taraji P. Hensen, Romany Alco, Megan Good and Gabrielle Union, to name a few, we can have a hilarious movie version.
 
“Think Like a Man” gives an inside look into a man’s world and what can happen when ladies get their own guidebook for how to get what they want. The film features a few great case studies: Mamma’s Boy (Terrence J), Player (Romany Alco), Dreamer (Michael Ealy) and the Non-Committal (Jerry Ferrera). Where does Kevin Hart fit in? He’s the hilarious thread that weaves it all together and the self-proclaimed happily divorced man.
 
The women of the film have had enough of let downs and losers. After Mya (Megan Good) has a terrible experience with a hot, but douchebag player, played by Chris Brown, she turns to Steve Harvey’s book to learn how to get a keeper (It has something to do with cookies). Gabrielle Union’s character has been with her boyfriend (Jerry Ferrera) for nine years and he still hasn’t put a ring on it! The film tracks how their relationships unfold and how the guys depend on each other for support during their YMCA basketball games and bro parties at Rush Street.
 
You might need to see the movie twice, just to catch all of the celeb cameos in this movie! Keep your eyes peeled to see Lisa Leslie, Toccara, Keri Hilson, Wendy Williams and so many more.
 
Romantic comedies often deliver one or two laughs, but hardly the howls you get from watching “Bridesmaids” or “The 40-Year-Old Virgin.” “Think Like a Man” may make you cry, but they will be tears of laughter! Its balance of romance and comedy makes it a tasty treat. Director Tim Story shot for a romantic comedy that appeals to everyone, not just an African-American audience, and he scores.

 

Check out Jennifer Hudson and Ne-Yo’s song inspired by the movie!


 
Kenny Wormald as Ren MacCormack in 2011 FootlooseWait, who is that guy from “Footloose?” Ask your parents, and they’ll say Kevin Bacon. Ask ME and we’ll say Kenny Wormald. For years Kenny has been dancing in plain sight, but now with the release of the 2011 “Footloose,” Kenny two-steps his way front and center with another dancing pro Julianne Hough. Here are 10 things to know about Kenny Wormald:
 
He’s from Boston… 
But he’s lived in LA for the last eight years. Don’t think he’s turned Hollywood just yet, he’s always repping his hometown with his Boston tattoo and Red Sox gear.

 He’s a professional dancer
 
 Um, can you tell? He’s been dancing since he was six year old! Kenny has danced in videos with mega pop stars like Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, The Pussycat Dolls and Chris Brown.
 
He liked *Nsync

“I liked *Nsync, I can admit it,” He told Jimmy Kimmel. Kenny used to try and learn Justin Timberlake’s moves. It definitely came in handy— Kenny eventually got to dance on Justin’s FutureSex/LoveSounds Tour.

Justin Timberlake got Kenny the ‘Footloose’ role
Talk about an awesoME letter of recommendation! After touring with Kenny during his FutureSex/LoveSounds Tour, Justin Timberlake mentioned Kenny Wormald to “Footloose” Director Craig Brewer.

His dad was not supportive…
…of Kenny wearing tights, initially. But as a ballet dancer, he had to wear tights, his football team wore tights under their uniforms; there really wasn’t a way for Kenny to escape tights. Kenny’s dad got over it. Both of his parents have been supportive of his passion for dance since the very beginning. Kenny took both of them to the LA premiere of the movie.

He was bullied because he danced
When you’re a guy doing ballet, jazz and tap dance, it’s a little tough walking down the halls of school. Kenny didn’t let that hold him down; he kept dancing and following his dreams. We’re willing to bet that when his haters see “Footloose,” they’ll wish Kenny would teach them a dance or two.

 

Kenny is friends with his Grandma on Facebook
“I gotta watch what I say now on that stuff,” he said. We’ll have to send him some instructions on Facebook’s privacy settings! ;). He has a Twitter account, too. Check out the “Official Kenny Wormald Twitta,” @Kenny_Wormald.

People tried to get Kenny to change his name

In Hollywood, they say you need a good strong name with a ring to it. Wormald isn’t a name you hear everyday so people tried to convince Kenny to change it. Kenny stood by his guns and refused. A good move? Well, seeing that he’s becoming a household name proves his talent is speaking for itself.


You’ve seen him in ‘Glee’

Kenny said he danced in five episodes in “Glee.” He barely got camera time. But you can see him (kind of)  in the second season’s Lady Gaga episode, “Theatricality.” He’s one of the dancers with the red costume that covers his entire face!

Kenny loves teaching dance classes

Both Kenny and his character Ren MacCormack have a knack for teaching smooth dance moves. It’s truly something Kenny loves to do. Maybe you can catch him teaching a class at Millennium Dance Complex or Debbie Reynolds Studio.

—Ashlyee Hickman
Photo credit: K.C. Bailey/ Paramount Pictures

Sam ClaflinYou may already know him as the studly prince from Snow White and the Hunstman, but Sam Claflin is about to win over the hearts of many more a teenage girl as Finnick Odair in the second installment of The Hunger Games series Catching Fire. Finnick is a Games contestant with a swimmer’s physique and a tragic love story.  Like Finnick, Sam is totally crush-worthy.  Move over Josh and Liam! Here are ten things to know about the confirmed Future Finnick:

1. He’s a Cancer, born on June 27, 1986, which for all you zodiac followers, makes him most compatible with Taurus girls and Cancer chicas.
 
2. He has an accent! Born in Suffolk, England, the 26-year-old has a swoon-worthy British lilt*.
 
3. He used to be a jock! He planned to pursue a career in soccer (or football, as they call it good ol’ Britain), but an ankle injury kept him from signing on with Norwich City.
 
4. He knows his craft! The green-eyed Brit graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in 2009.
 
5. He’s an underdog!  Sam has only graced the big screen twice – as William in Snow White and the Huntsmen and as the kind-hearted missionary Philip in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
 
6. He considered taking on Shakespeare. The actor contemplated touring in a theatrical production of Macbeth, but changed his mind when he was given his role in The Pillars of The Earth. While attending the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, he played Silvius in Shakespeare’s As You Like It, as well as Dorimant in Man of Mode.

7. He has a heart of gold! On January 14, 2011, Sam participated in Good Morning America’s Warm Coats, Warm Hearts Coat Drive. There’s nothing more charming than a guy who’ll get involved with charity!

8. Along with his role in Catching Fire, Sam is set to act in three films scheduled for a 2013 release: two dramas—Mary & Martha and Belle—and an international thriller called Overdrive.

9. He models too! You can catch him in guyliner, artsy sweaters, and fishnet in series of photos that appeared in the February issue of Wonderland Magazine.

10. Sam beat out actor Max Irons for the Pirates of the Carribean role of Phillip, a young missionary.  You may know Max Irons as the wealthy wanna-be-beau Henry in Red Riding Hood starring Amanda Seyfried.
—Karina Stow

*Lilt: the attractive inflection of a person’s voice. Who said studying for the SAT isn’t fun 😉

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