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‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Trailer – X-Men, X-Men, and more X-Men

The X-Men series is (count em) thirteen years old. That’s right, thirteen. To celebrate, Bryan Singer is creating the ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ of superhero movies. Maybe ‘Ocean’s Eleven’  is a better way to describe ‘The Avengers.’  This film features every actor that ever portrayed an X-Men mutant (well, almost everybody – we miss you James Marsden).  The mega star power in this film is, without a doubt, going to squash ‘The Avengers.’  Do you agree or disagree?  Let’s dive in!

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The trailer starts with an eyeball.  A familiar voice says, “what’s the last thing you remember?”

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When the camera pans out we realize that the eyeball belongs to Wolverine.  This is the seventh time that Hugh Jackman has portrayed Wolverine, including that terrible, no good film ‘X-Men: Origins–Wolverine.’

As the voiceover continues saying, “I had a glimpse into the past,” we get a glimpse at some of the Old X-Men favorites. Are you ready?  Roll call!

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Halle Berry returns as Storm.  Judging by her expression, things are not going well for the Old X-Men crew.

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Patrick Stewart as Professor X.  According to Stewart, there will be an explanation for Professor X’s return even though he was vaporized by Jean Grey in ‘X-Men:  The Last Stand.’  Professor X tells Wolverine, “You’re going to have to do for me, what I once did for you.”

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Shawn Ashmore is back as Iceman, and he’s still adorable.

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Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde. In the original comic, the adult Kate Pryde transfers her mind into her younger self.  Thus, putting the X-Men into action to prevent a fatal moment in history that triggers anti-mutant hysteria.  In the film, Kitty Pryde will use her phasing ability to facilitate time-travel.

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Rogue played by Anna Paquin.  Everyone looks so worried.  And it seems this love triangle is still in full swing.

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Ian McKellan as Magneto, but what’s he doing hanging out with Iceman?  In ‘The Last Stand’ Magneto was cured and lost his powers (as did Mystique and Rebecca Romijn is noticeably missing).  You may remember at the end of the film, Magneto was faintly able to move a chess piece without touching it, hinting the cure might not be so permanent.  Can we assume that Magneto has his powers back? Powers or no powers, something is going on in the world to make Magneto forget his bad ways and re-team with Professor X for the greater good.  Magneto’s voiceover says, “You’ll need me as well.  Side by side to end this war, before it ever begins.”

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And Magneto’s team of merry-men include Bishop portrayed by Omar Sy.  In the comic books, Bishop is a part of the mutant police force and main antagonist.

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…and Sunspot by Adan Canto.  You might recognize him from Fox’s ‘The Following.’  Sunspot possesses the ability to absorb and channel solar power, which is kind of boring but whatever.

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…and Warpath by Twilight’s Booboo Stewart.  Warpath, also known as the second Thunderbird, is an Apache Native American possessing mutant superhuman strength and speed.

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…and finally, Blink by Fan Bingbing.  Blink is a comic book fan favorite.  She has the ability to teleport and was famously pink.  She’s likely a throwaway character for the film, but still it’s a nice nod.

MIA:  Evan Peter is Magneto’s son Quicksilver and The Sentinels.

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So back to Wolverine, he asks Professor X and Magneto, “So, I wake up in my younger body then what?”  So instead of Kitty transferring to her younger self, Wolverine will be performing the honors.

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Old Professor X tells him, “Find me, convince me of all this.”  And that kicks-off the Young X-Men Roll Call starting with James McAvoy as a jaded Young Professor X.

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Old Magneto chimes in, “It’s going to take the two of us.” Wolverine asks “And where do I find you?” Magneto responds, “A different path, a darker path.” Same sh*t, different day but at least there’s Michael Fassbender.

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Young Mystique by Jennifer Lawrence appears shedding a single tear, confirming that Young Magneto really is on that darker path.

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Young X is just hanging out in Cerebro, doing some spring cleaning.

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Earlier in the trailer, Professor X said to Wolverine, “You’re going to have to do for me, what I once did for you.”  What did he mean?  He elaborates saying “Logan, I was a very a different man. Lead me. Guide me. Be patient with me.”  Remember in the original film thirteen years ago, Wolverine was a loner on a motorcycle that Professor X made into an X-Men.  Now, it’s time for Wolverine to bring X back from the dark side.  Logan quips, “Patience isn’t my strong suit.”  We know, we know.

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So off he goes!

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Side note – that looks like Colossus, who I think is in the future (see Old group).

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Side side note – JLaw with bangs!

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Chaos, chaos, chaos.  In the Oval Office, someone important is making use of a secret escape and safe room.

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These guys are firing at Wolverine and judging by those curtains we are in the 70s (see Young group).

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Young Beast! Played by a very blue Nicolas Hoult.

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Everyone’s favorite ‘Game of Thrones’ brother, Peter Dinklage is Boliver Trask, a military scientist and the head of Trask Industries.  He creates an army of robots that destroy mutants, better known as Sentinels.

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Then there’s Nixon.

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Now, with this clip of Storm, we start the flash-back, flash-forward montage that is kind of confusing, kind of overwhelming, but altogether awesome.

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There’s some kind of lovers-quarrel between Magneto and Mystique.  He is forcefully pulling her in his direction.  How?  We don’t know.

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Young Magneto

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…Old Magneto

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Young Professor X, “I don’t want your suffering, I don’t want your future.”

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…Old Professor X

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The trailer ends with Old Professor X addressing Young Professor X, “Please, we need you to hope again.” I can’t wait to see how they end up in the same space at the same time.

There we have it! How excited are you for X-men: Days of Future Past?!

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Fifty Shades of Grey – Our hopes for the total Christian Grey ‘package’ deal

In the book, Christian is described as tall, slim yet muscular, and broad-shouldered.  He has dark copper-colored hair and “smoldering” gray eyes. Anastasia describes him saying, “He is not merely good looking – he is the epitome of male beauty, breathtaking.”  Although he is only 27-years-old, Christian is incredibly successful and intimidating.  The character seems wiser than his years through his sophisticated speech and demeanor.  In the film adaptation, Ana will be portrayed by Dakota Johnson.  Charlie Hunnam was originally cast as Grey but after much backlash from fans, Hunnam dropped out due to “scheduling conflicts.”  After hearing the news of Hunnam’s departure and a brief celebration, we began our list of possible replacements.  Who do you hope to see in the Red Room of Pain?

Current Rumors

Jamie Dornan


Pro:  He’s gorgeous.  He looks like how I always imagined Christian Grey to look:  smoldering, delicate, and a little scary. With his British background, he’ll be able to pull off the signature Christian dialogue.  And, judging by his modeling portfolio he’s not afraid of a little nudity, HELLO!

Con:  Does he have the acting chops to pull off Grey’s cold but vulnerable demeanor?  Other than his brief stint on Once Upon a Time, American audiences don’t really know Dornan.  With the Charlie Hunnam backlash in mind, is that a good thing or a bad thing?

Billy Magnussen


Pro: He has the “large” resume under his belt. (Pun intended?) Broadway, TV and Movie experience, something the other contenders are sorely lacking.

Con: Magnussen has Abercrombie written all over him. He’s too clean cut, too blonde and too pale. Some would argue its nothing a dye job and tan couldn’t fix, but I don’t imagine this all american guy dirtying up his look for the role of Christian Grey.

Theo James


Pro:  James is relatively unknown besides a few appearances on the small screen.  However, there is a lot of talk around his upcoming performance in the YA movie Divergent.

Con:  First of all, he’s too blonde.  Secondly, he’s too committed to Divergent.  The series is three books long and with the first installment set to release in the spring, there’s too many scheduling conflicts for James to agree to take the lead in another book to film adaption.

Alexander Skarsgard


Pro: He’s Alexander Skarsgard, sex symbol extraordinaire. For the last six seasons, Skarsgard has played the hunky and brooding Eric Northman on True Blood. We have no doubts he could fill the shoe’s of Grey, plus, he’s not afraid of a little full frontal on the big screen.

Con: Blonde, Pale, Swedish. Also, he has a few too many years on him to fill the role. Not that we are complaining, he’s still beautiful in our eyes.

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Ben Barnes


Pro:  The whole time I was reading Fifty I pictured Ben Barnes in the role.  I have no clue why and I think I’ve only seen Barnes in one movie, ever, but for some reason he’s got the look.  Also, Barnes has the acting resume to bring experience to the film, which might be valuable against Dakota Johnson.  He’s never broken out as a leading man, could Grey be his chance?

Con:  He’s gone relatively unnoticed by Fifty fans, so its unlikely that they will support his casting.  Also, his stance on nudity is unclear.

Alex Pettyfer


Pro: I’m a firm believer in the jaw line, (Can I get an amen?) and he’s already been tested for the role. As confirmed in last summer’s Magic Mike, we know Pettyfer is willing to take it off for the big screen, so, no issues there.

Con: He didn’t get the role the first time around. Something says the forces of the universe are battling against this one.

Rupert Friend


Pro:  Um, hello?  Did you see our current Monday Man Candy post?  I just want to lick his jawline and if I can’t, I’m okay with Dakota Johnson doing it for me.  Also, he’s a pro at the smoldering gaze, mmmmm.

Con:  The film seems a little “beneath” him.  He’s one of the better known actors on the list and it sounds like the creators are looking for an unknown to avoid any upset.

Reader’s Choice

Ian Somerhalder


Pro: I mean really, just do me now. Of course, thats what any the legions of fans would say that tune in every Thursday night to watch Somerhalder play the brooding, cocky and always delicious Damon Salvatore.

Con: According to James, Somerhalder has never even been considered for the role. (Whomp, Whomp, Whoooommpp)

Matt Bomer


Pro:  Fans want him.  There’s a petition with over 40,000 signatures proving it.

Con:  Bomer isn’t interested.  While flattered by all the fan attention, he has explicitly stated that he has no interest in the role.

This list was constructed by Rock Paper Watch authors Elizabeth Bond and Ashley Foster.  Feel free to reach out with comments or questions.  Thanks for reading!


Monday Man Candy – Rupert Friend

I want to tell you guys a little story.  It is the story of how I fell in love with Rupert Friend.  In 2005, the film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice came out.  While I should have been crushing on Mr. Darcy, I couldn’t take my eyes off of Mr. Wickham played by Rupert Friend.  That is when our romance began.


I mean, just look at him.

Then one pathetic college night, I was in need of a good cry-fest and red wine so I decided to rent Young Victoria.  Whew, I’m getting emotional just typing about it!  The movie illustrates the epic romance between Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Friend portrays Albert.  I dare you to watch the movie and not fall head over heels for the British actor.

God.  Love me, please.

Now you can find Friend on Showtime’s Homeland where he plays Quinn, a hitman with a heart.  I’m an avid fan of the show and I can’t help but root for a Quinn and Carrie hookup.

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The sexual tension is so intense, and Quinn is obviously in love with the manic CIA agent.  Come on Homeland, let this happen… or at least show his butt again.


We take what we can get.

Here are some more swoon-worthy photos of Rupert Friend for your viewing pleasure.  Enjoy!


I think there’s room for two in that chair.

That brooding stare

That jawline

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Fall Premieres – What to Watch this Week (October 7)

American Horror Story: Coven, Wednesday at 10pm on FX


For the last installment of ‘What to Watch this Week’ it was an easy choice.  The writers of RPW have been waiting patiently for the new AHS season since the end of Asylum and rumor has it Ryan Murphy has not disappointed loyal fans.  According to a review by Entertainment Weekly, Wednesday’s episode is the best first episode of all three seasons.  The episode feels lighter and funnier than previous seasons.  Many fans complained during Asylum that it was too “dark and grim and hard.”  I know that I often felt like there was too much.  What else could they throw at me on top of Nazis, the devil, aliens, mental illness, AND a serial killer?  Every episode felt like an exhausting whirlwind.  This season has more comedy and more romance (particularly between season 1 favorites Evan Peters and Taissa Farmiga).  Also, the season was shot on location in New Orleans rather than in a studio, so it feels a little less claustrophobic by comparison.

This season the plot follows Taissa Farmiga’s character, Zoe, a teenager who discovers she’s a witch and is sent by her mother to a very special New Orleans boarding school for witches, Miss Robichaux’s Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies.  The school is run by Cordelia (Sarah Paulson) who has recently reunited with her mother, Fiona (Jessica Lange).  Fiona has returned to New Orleans from LA after the murder of a young Salem witch.  Fiona is labeled a ‘Supreme’ for her magical abilities.  All in all, Fiona is witch royalty, descended from Salem spell casters.

The student body – and bloodline – at Miss Robichaux’s is dwindling.  The current students include troubled teen star Madison (Emma Roberts), tough girl Queenie (Gabourey Sidibe), and enigmatic Nan (Jamie Brewer).  Additionally, the school faces several outside enemies including a voodoo clan and a Tulane frat (Evan Peters plays frat-boy, Kyle).  We are also introduced via flashback to Marie Delphine LaLaurie (Kathy Bates), who’s based on a real-life socialite and serial killer who tortured black slaves in the early 1800s.

Will you be watching?

Premiering this Week

Sunday, October 6
America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC)

Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime)

Witches of East End (Lifetime)

Monday, October 7
Hart of Dixie (CW)

Beauty and the Beast (CW)

Tuesday, October 8
The Biggest Loser (NBC)

Supernatural (CW)

Wednesday, October 9
Arrow (CW)

The Tomorrow People (CW)

American Horror Story: Coven (FX)

Thursday, October 10
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (ABC)

Sunday, October 13
The Walking Dead (AMC)

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‘Homeland’ season 3 premiere – React to Saul’s big reveal and Quinn’s big mistake


Y’all, that Homeland premiere.

Instead of recapping the entire episode, RPW is trying something a little different with Homeland.  We realize that Homeland is one of those shows you can’t help but watch and ask, “okay, where is this going? what can happen next?”  Each week, we will be discussing our theories, no matter how outlandish, and providing an in-depth look into the episode.  Now, with that out of the way, let’s dive in!  If you haven’t seen this week’s Homeland stop reading, SPOILER ALERT!

The episode was cleverly titled ‘Tin Man is Down’ and we eventually found out that Tin Man is the codename for Quinn’s target in Caracas.  Initially, Quinn did not pursue his target because there was a child present.  Quinn’s inaction means that Saul must act — should they continue with just five targets, or trust Quinn to take down his target so they have all six, or abort the mission all together?  In the days leading up to the op, we see Saul twiddling his thumbs, unsure of whether to pursue the mission.  To really drive the point home, Saul has several discussions with his wife about his constant indecisiveness.  Now, Saul is forced to make a decision under enormous amounts of pressure while Quinn waits patiently for his instructions.  It’s an interesting juxtaposition to see a man who has spent days emotionally deliberating over a decision, weighing all the pros and cons versus a man who acts without emotion or thought — a Tin Man, if you will — that needs his orders.

Saul ultimately decides to move ahead with the mission and sends Quinn into the home of the Tin Man to take him down.  After eliminating his target, Quinn is sweeping the office and at the sight of a flashlight, shoots the impending threat.  That threat was a child.  That’s right, Quinn shot and killed the child.  The wide-eyed horror on his face as he checked the boy’s corpse can only mean one thing, is Quinn really a Tin Man?  At the last minute, he communicates with Langley, “Tin Man is down.”   Literally, he’s referring to his target.  Figuratively, could he be referring to his armor?

Now, I’m a firm believer that Quinn loves Carrie.  In the past, he’s only deferred from his mission of “killing bad guys” once.  Quinn seems to have a soft spot, and that spot is Carrie.  With this tragedy, will the rest of his hardened shell start to fade?  How will it affect his relationship with Carrie?

Speaking of killing bad guys…

Earlier in the episode, Carrie was bombarded by the investigative committee with a leaked DOD memo.  Later, she wakes up to find the following the headline on the newspaper; “CIA officer linked to Langley bomber.”  What the heck?  Naturally, she accuses Dar Adal of planting the story.  Saul responds to her accusations coldly.

THEN, it is Saul’s turn in front of the committee.  Unlike Carrie’s session, his testimony is broadcasted and in front of an audience.  Saul swears to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help him God.  Then he updates the committee of the “successful” ops and accuses them of conducting a witch hunt to place blame on the CIA.  When Lockhart tells him the op did nothing to restore faith in the CIA, that they believe it was orchestrated, convenient, and cowardly, Saul plays his last card.  He tells the committee that the CIA agent tasked with Brody (Carrie) was “unstable,” bipolar, and had a sexual relationship with Brody.


What the heck guys?  This is Saul.  He’s the good guy.  He’s Carrie’s protector.  Now, he’s throwing her under a bus.  While it probably would have been impossible to stop Carrie, Saul didn’t really try.  He and Quinn, if anything, enabled her relationship with Brody.  And if anyone begs to differ, I’d like to remind them of the time they listened to their sexual encounter through a wire.  They let this happen.  They let it escalate.  It’s not right.

Quinn enabled the Carrie/Brody relationship because of his emotional connection to Carrie.  I think that deep down he wants to see her happy and saw the potential there with Brody.  What was Saul’s reasoning for enabling the relationship?  To protect America?  To further the mission?

So far, the show has set up the government as the enemy and Carrie/Brody as the protagonists.  After his testimony, I found myself questioning Saul’s allegiance (think back to those “Pledge Allegiance” ads) to Carrie and to the CIA.  Did Saul act to save the CIA?  Is Saul the mole out to destroy Carrie?  What are his motives and why would he do this?

So, killing bad guys.  I’d like to remind everyone that Quinn has stated he “kills the bad guys.”  His dislike for Estes was never a secret.  And he was conveniently not at the VP’s funeral, and therefore not killed by the blast.  Guess who else wasn’t at the funeral?  Saul.

At the time of the bomb, Saul was on a ship with Abu Nazir’s body to conduct a burial at sea.  For the record, I don’t trust Quinn as far as I can throw him.  But, as previously stated, Quinn doesn’t make decisions, he simply carries out orders.  Saul is the man making the decisions.  Is it possible that Saul orchestrated the entire thing and worked with Quinn to frame Brody?  Was the plan all along for Brody and Carrie to die in the explosion too?  Is that why Quinn let Brody live?  Did guilt about the upcoming plans cause him to have emotions toward Carrie?With that in mind, is Abu Nazir even dead?  I mean, if Saul is the mole or double-agent, he could have easily faked the death and provided another body for burial.  This may seem outlandish, but just consider it.  Regardless, we’d love to have your feedback.  Do you think Saul is the mole?  Do you think Quinn and Saul are working together as terrorists?  How will killing a child affect Quinn?

Also, did anyone miss Brody?  I didn’t.  Is the Homeland team stealing a note from the Shonda Rhimes playbook?  Whenever she intends to kill-off someone she diminishes their screen time so the viewer gets used to not seeing the character.  Are they preparing us for Brody’s inevitable death?  Would you like to see Brody die?  Let’s face it, Homeland is Carrie’s story.  And the character shines brightest when she is on a witch hunt and ugly crying.  It seems like they’re setting it up so she spends season 3 investigating Saul and finding Brody.  Homeland is a feel-bad show, not a feel-good one.  Brody and Carrie will never live happily ever after, he kind of has to die.

Alright, let’s hear it!  What did you think of the season 3 opener?

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Woman Crush Wednesday: Julianne Moore Edition, Don Jon Movie Review


This weekend I went with my boyfriend to see Don Jon. My boyfriend is a guys guy and has nothing to do with entertainment, celebrities or the who’s who of Tinsel Town. He turns to me 3/4 of the way through the movie and says, “Who is she? She’s hot!” I smiled (proudly) and told him that its Julianne Moore and she’s 52 years old. His mouth fell open in disbelief.

If you’ve lived under a rock and have yet to watch the Don Jon trailer, the premise of the movie is essentially, “Men think relationships and sex should be like a porno and women think it should be like a romcom.” Scarlett Johansson plays Barbara the “love” of Jon’s (Gordon Levitt) life. What they begin to find out about each other is that Barbara is essentially a princess attempting to find the perfect man to complete her real life romantic comedy, while Jon has an addiction to porn….sex….porn….sex and Barbara is helping fuel the addiction. Barbara makes Jon start taking night classes at a local college to “better” himself. While attending the college he meets Esther (Moore) whom he walks up on while in the midst of miniature meltdown. During the course of the semester Esther tries to make nice with Jon and become a somewhat friend. Little does Jon know, Esther will change his outlook on sex and life in more ways than one.

I love Gordon-Levitt, but while this movie took a completely different direction than 500 Days of Summer, that’s just what it was…500 Days of Summer. Lets break this down:

500 Days of Summer

Addiction: Unrequitted Love – Leading Lady: Summer – Moral Center: Little Sister – Silver Lining: You can’t make someone who isn’t right for you, right for you. – Saving Lady: Autumn

Don Jon

Addiction: Porn – Leading Lady: Barbara – Moral Center: Little Sister – Silver Lining: You can’t make someone who isn’t right for you, right for you. – Saving Lady: Esther

While it does have the same premise as 500 Days, I highly recommend it for anyone and everyone. The stereotype is 100% true and its played out hilariously on screen through Gordon-Levitt’s vision. The wildcard in this movie is by far Julianne Moore which leads me to our Woman Crush of the Week.


Top 3 Reason We Are Girl Crushin’

1.) Seriously, at 52 Years Old, I hope to look half that good.

2.) Have you seen Boogie Nights?

3.) She’s from North Carolina, and ya’ll, we love North Carolina.

Where You Can See Julianne Next…

It was recently released that Moore has been cast in the next Hunger Games movie Mockingjay as President Alma Coin.


Until Next Week…..

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She’s Back – Britney Spears releases video for ‘Work Bitch’


Britney’s back, and she’s here to work, bitch.

Last week, director Ben Mor hinted that the video for ‘Work Bitch’ is one of the more ambitious Britney videos that we’ve seen in a while.  He went on to say “This one is basically ‘The queen is back and she’s about to show all these bitches how it’s done.’ It’s her being really fierce and taking back her throne in a way.”  It did not disappoint!  It’s great to see Britney back in her element and the dancing!  God girl, take that throne!