Posts By Stacy Lambe

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Tilda Swinton Wears A Shoe On Her Head And Other Things To Know About Snowpiercer

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Starring Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer and Ed Harris, Snowpiercer tells the story of a dystopian future when climate change have lay wasted to what remains of Earth. The planet is covered in a deadly permafrost brought on by man’s attempts to reverse years of the planet’s atmospheric destruction. The film is a mouthful of an allegory that will likely become a cult classic than make billions this weekend at the box office. It’s not to say the film is bad — it’s not for everyone — it’s just not your typical blockbuster affair. Fans of Oldboy and Sunshine (also starring Evans), will enjoy the mix of sci-fi, action, and gore presented in Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s film adaption of the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige. Oh yeah, and Tilda Swinton wears a shoe on her head! But that’s just one of the things you should know going into the film.

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What Are The Most Successful Films From Your Favorite Trilogies?

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As it happens every summer, the blockbuster season is filled with film franchises returning to theaters with a new installment. While some franchises testing the waters with sequels — 21 Jump Street and How to Train Your Dragon both released follow ups in June — The Expendables is stepping into trilogy territory. Later this summer, the film will debut its threequel in theaters. But the question is, will it push forward with a fourth (Transformers) or seventh (Fast and Furious), or just stick with three?

The famed trilogy has worked out for a number of franchises, from the planned (Star Wars) to the “let’s just do it for fun” (Ocean’s). But how successful were all three films? While fans covet all three Star Wars films, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi both made over $100 million less than A New Hope at the box office. However it’s not the case for every franchise. We examined some of movie’s most beloved trilogies to figure out what was the peak installment.

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Everywhere You’ve Seen The Cast Of Orange Is The New Black Before

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One of the biggest shows (not) on TV right now has to be Orange Is the New Black. When the show returned with season 2 on June 6 all anyone could do was discuss the show and try not to spoil the Netflix series for each other. Thanks to the marathon appeal of the show, it’s easy to watch the entire series in one long weekend. But if there’s one complaint about the series — though not a serious one — is its large cast, which includes Taylor Schilling, Laura Prepon and Jason Biggs, that are sometimes hard to keep track of. While there are a number of newcomers on the show (Danielle Brooks, Yael Stone), the show boasts a huge roster of talent that has made its mark in Hollywood. From Star Trek: Voyager to Sister Act, these ladies in orange have appeared in just about everything that you loved and watched before, leaving you to ponder, “Where have I seen her before?”

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10 Unexpected Long-Running Film Franchises

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As we roll into another summer movie season, we are face another onslaught of sequels, prequels, threequels seventh-quels. (Seriously, is there a good quel name for any edition higher than three?) The summer X-Men marks its seventh entry with X-Men: Days of Future Past, Transformers adds a fourth with Transformers: Age of Extinction, and The Expendables moves into trilogy territory with its third film. Then previous hits, 21 Jump Street, How to Train Your Dragon, Sin City, Think Like a Man, return with sequels, putting them in position for franchise territory.

While it’s no surprise that studios push franchise films. They are easy money with a guaranteed audience, almost-certain box office win and tons of merchandising buy-ins. However, it’s always a surprise when a film transitions from a standalone project into a series that runs past its concept or believability. For instance, who would have thought there’d be seven successful The Fast and the Furious entries let alone the original one to hit the big screen? But that series is not Hollywood’s only unexpected long-running franchise.

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Summer Reading List: 15 Books To Read Before Going To The Movies

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Summer is here and for many, that means heading to the beach (or nearby park) for some fun in the sun. And while there is plenty to do — who doesn’t love a good game of frisbee? — it’s a great time to crack open a book. While the days summer reading assignments are long gone, the next three months has always been a perfect time to catch up on some great books. Because so many upcoming movies and TV shows, including The Fault in Our Stars and Edge of Tomorrow, are based on books, we thought it would be great to catch up on these reads before heading to the theaters.

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The Biggest Summer Blockbusters Of The Past Ten Years

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Summer is finally here and that means the blockbuster season is underway. With the heat rising outside, movie studios are hoping fans will go inside to watch one of hundreds of films opening between now and August. While it’s too early to determine a winner of the summer blockbuster season, X-Men: Days of Future Past is making a strong showing with a $90 million opening weekend and a total gross of over $124 million so far in North America. But coming up are the new Transformers flick, How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

All of these films have potential to score big, especially when you look back on the past summer blockbuster season. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen raked in $402 million in 2009. Superheros in the form of Spidey (Spider-Man 3) and Bruce Wayne (The Dark Knight) topped the box office in 2007 and 2008, respectively. And fans love animated films, as Shrek 2 and Toy Story 3 proven in the past. Click through the gallery of past summer season’s biggest hits. You may be surprised what films topped the box office or realize that things are all too familiar. (We’ll call it the sequel syndrome.)

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Every America’s Next Top Model Winner’s Photo Spread

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After 20 cycles of America’s Next Top Model, it’s hard to believe the show is still chugging along. But given the appetite fans have for seeing Tyra Banks teach girls week after week how to model instead of pose, the series shows no signs of slowing down. While there have been some down cycles, most of them have been ups thanks to the host’s wild antics and the personalities that fill each round of competition — some were winners, while most were losers. But it was those winners we want to enjoy the success awarded by the show.

Of course, by now, we all know the fabulous prizes include a modeling contract, a contract with a cosmetics line and a photo shoot with photographer Gil Bensimon in the selected magazine of that cycle. Over the years, winners have won fashion spreads in Elle, Jane, Marie Claire, Nylon, Seventeen, and Vogue Italia. While each publication holds its own esteem, it’s ultimately the models that make those prized spreads a success. McKey for Seventeen? Just eh. Jaslene for Seventeen (again)? Oh no. But then there’s Laura and Jourdan for Nylon. So hipster cool. But that’s just our opinion.

Check out shots from all 20 shoots in the gallery above and decide who made the most of their big prize.

 

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A Glossary Of Reality TV Stars Who Went On To Do Porn

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It used to be when a new reality TV show was set to premiere, everyone would do some digging and turn up a cast member’s porn past. Whether it was an American Idol contestant who failed to disclose a scandalous past or one of the many Rock of Love girls who turned out to be a Playboy “bunny,” there was always a dramatic reveal and producers scrambling to clean up the PR mess. But for those who went on the show with relatively squeaky clean pasts, what was next after their moment in the sun? How did they extend their fifteen minutes into a solid twenty? While some went into acting and others into politics, some got into porn. Whether it was intentional (hardcore videos, posing for Playboy) or “accidental” (you have to love all those sex tape leaks), a number of reality stars stripped down in order to keep their careers going. 

Much like our index of celebrity sex tapes or the complete guide to porn stars in film and TV, we present a glossary of reality stars who went on to do porn.  Read more…

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Ranked: The Hottest Male Mutants Of X-Men

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Over the course of seven films, a number of mutants have been featured in the X-Men universe. While plenty of sexy female actresses have stepped into the shoes of female mutants, it’s the men that have made our tongues wag. Among them, Hugh Jackman, who has played Wolverine in all seven films, Michael Fassbender (Magneto), and Nicholas Hoult (Beast). These men have turned the X-Men films into a display of muscles, abs and bulges. But how do all the mutants stack up against each other? We went back through the previous six films as well as X-Men: Days of Future Past in order to rank the hottest male mutants on the big screen. Where does James McAvoy or Lucas Till rank? You’ll have to click through to find out.

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Spoiler Alert: TV’s 10 Most Shocking Deaths Of The Season

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Warning: This is one spoil-filled post. Click through at your own risk.

As the 2013-2014 TV season draws to a close, it’s time to collect our feelings as we assess all the major deaths. This past year of TV was one bloody mess with several major characters brutally killed off—leaving us wounded and heartbroken. The ten on this list don’t even encompass all the characters that met their end this year. The usual killers, Grey’s Anatomy, Hannibal, Pretty Little Liars, and  The Walking Dead all put characters six feet underground but so did sitcoms like Community and How I Met Your Mother. While many of the deaths were sad—drawing tears from even the toughest of men—most were audibly shocking. Gasps were heard all across America has Zoe Barnes met her match on House of Cards and as another wedding on Game of Thrones turned into a bloodbath. Death was everywhere this season! And let’s just hope they take it easy on us next year.

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