Pause your Netflix binge-watching and please direct your attention to one of the best shows to ever exist. I’m talking about Lip Sync Battle. You know how Late Night with Jimmy Fallon will sometimes have a game segment on his show featuring different celebrities going head-to-head lip syncing a song of their choice? Well, now there’s a whole 30-minute television program dedicated to this craft. Continue reading
Anne Hathaway once played Mia Thermopolis, who underwent a makeover under the guidance of Queen, Clarisse Renaldi, played by Julie Andrews in The Princess Diaries. Before she was swept up in movie magic, Mia Thermopolis looked a mess. Her hair was a frizz ball before it looked like it was sleeked down by a Garnier commercial, or something equivalent. Paolo, anyone? Her eyebrows looked like they hadn’t been waxed, well…ever. Plus, her dorky glasses shaded her gorgeous caramel eyes and pearly-white teeth. Of course, we’re sure her character’s confidence levels also had something to do with hiding her polished smile.
Confidence is the key to a successful makeover in real life and though the idea of a movie-makeover seems great, what with all the fanciful lighting and upholstery, we must remember that it is just that. Media producers go through a strain of work to be able to take these characters from drab to fab in a near-minute montage sequence during a movie. What seems like a second of your time that has faded away over a bucket of popcorn, a tall diet soda and wince of admiration, likely takes hours during the hair and makeup process that happens between takes on set.
We must also remember that these women are actresses and that their faces were likely already gorgeous pre-character makeover. In fact, odds are that these ladies underwent a make-under before transforming themselves into princess equivalent beauties.
Take the classic, She’s All That example, where Freddie Prinze Jr. takes a wallflower, played by Rachael Leigh Cook, and attempts to turn her into the high school prom queen because he had placed a bet with one of his buddies that he could. Prinze Jr. plays jock, Zack Siler, and Cook plays the shy, arty-girl, Laney Boggs, in the film. Of course, Cook was already gorgeous before filming and the removal of glasses and putting on sexy clothes does not automatically put you into the category of ultimate hottie (or Freddie Prinze Jr.’s new love) in real life. Genes and Hollywood magic are certainly helpful.
According to Entertainment Weekly, “Cook’s transformation was almost a makeover-parody. How much work is it to pluck a girl’s brows, remove her glasses and giver her a pair of heels?” The concept is highly elongated in the film and is unrealistic as a result.
Let’s be real, Cinderella had a Fairy Godmother to help her.
Cady Heron via Mean Girls, had a Regina George and we’re not sure we want one of those, though we must admit- Rachel McAdams as Regina and Lindsay Lohan as Cady were both mega beautiful in the film.
We’re reasoned that one of Gretchen’s (played by Lacey Chabert) secrets in her “hair full of secrets” was that they all had a killer hair and beauty team waiting for them at their trailers.
Entertainment Weekly says that Heron’s transition from the home-schooled life in Africa was not as jarring for herself or for viewers as was her transition into the high school physicality, “like a haunted mask—the mascara and a short skirts had an almost-mystical power over Cady’s nice-girl tendencies, revealing her inner…well, you know.”
Movie makeovers may seem fabulous, and in fact, they are, but sometimes they’re a bit overdone and are overly-fantastical. It is the movies, after all. So, what’s good to remember is that they should probably just be valued as something that is fun to watch.
Making over yourself starts from the inside and works its way out in the real world. You may not have a makeup team to assist you, or a fairy godmother or even a Paolo, but you do have a positive internal environment we recommend starting from — your inner confidence.
When you have positive feelings about yourself, they emulate onto caring for your outer self too. We recommend sticking to a continuous full body makeover plan if you want to see results. If you’re having problems with your skin, seek out a new citrus smelling acne medication like Neutrogena Grapefruit scented Acne Cleanser, for treatment purposes and the smell. If your makeover goal is to get toned, try picking up a Tracy Anderson workout DVD. Seriously, her core routines are amazing! Gwyneth Paltrow is a fan. Attempting to get that 360-watt smile? Try an at-home teeth-whitening kit. Do what makes you happy, because another key aspect to a successful long or short term makeover is having fun with it.
If you’re looking for a more simple at home makeover, picking up a new shade of lip gloss at your go-to drugstore is usually enough to put you into fresh vibes, making you feel like you’ve grasped a bit of movie magic. Who knows? You may just be able to wear that tasty new shade to a summer blockbuster.
So here’s to you, Beautiful, and your quirky envisions of a better, brighter, made-over self. May the myths of the movie makeover be ever in your cosmic real life favor. Just don’t compare yourself to them. That’s not you!
When I’m excited for a new movie to be released in theaters, I’m not just excited to watch the film. A movie’s release date also brings along a string of public appearances and interviews from the actors and actresses involved. I love being able to get a glimpse of the film from the other side, to hear about what it was like on set, get a feel for the dynamic of the cast and to see what they are like in real life, as opposed to how I see them in character. For the most part, interviews are pretty standard and ask mostly the same questions (some inevitably uncomfortable ones), and therefore the celebrities respond in a similar way. So, of course, it’s always a pleasant surprise when the celebrities shake it up, responding in a way that surprises the audience. Here are a few celebrity interview comebacks that either: a) made my jaw drop, b) made me laugh out loud or c) made me want to z-snap and say, “Oooo, kill ‘em.” Continue reading
Actresses were dripping in diamonds, actors were spiffy in tuxes and Seth MacFarlane did not disappoint. The Family Guy creator was on cue all night. His singing was bearable and his jokes hilarious. The night’s theme was music in motion pictures with a special performance by powerhouse vocalist Adele who won a statue for her original song, “Skyfall.” Continue reading
Preface: Believe it or not, I have never seen Les Misérables performed in the theater nor have I read the book. I have seen parts of the 1930’s film but otherwise I am a Les Mis newbie. This means I don’t have any frame of reference as to whether this version butchered or glorified the story.
That being said let me now say – wow. By the end of this film, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house…except mine. Sorry, I am a bit of a hard sell. Nonetheless, I heard sniffling and witnessed eye wiping all around me as the cast sang the finale. I have a question for all you Les Mis experts, is the stage play done as a musical or an opera? The movie was sung in its entirety, which I do believe classifies it as an opera of sorts. If I’m wrong on this, please correct me.
Regardless, Tom Hooper did an excellent job at exploiting the emotion in this heart-wrenching tale of French revolution misery. Some might say that there were too many close-ups during the solo performances, but I think that was a solid choice. I say that because in a theater performance the audience is only privy to one shot, a long or extreme long shot. A close up enables a viewer to connect to the pain written all over the face of the actor as they sing of their woes. The most touching was that of Fantine (Anne Hathaway) as she sings her iconic song, “I Dreamed a Dream.” Although I was sure they would use some of the long shots shown in all the previews with her singing but instead they chose a close up for the entire song. The filmmaker also chose to show Javert’s entire fall from the bridge, all the way down to him breaking his back on the jetty. I suppose it was symbolic of his broken soul that teetered on the edge throughout, but it did warrant a mild gasp.
It seemed obvious that the filmmakers chose to exploit all the angles, mise-en-scène, and realism that a theater performance would never be able to furnish. I, personally, appreciate it because I don’t want to see a theater performance on film – if I want to see theater, I’ll go in person. I know some get uncomfortable with excessive close up shots but I think it was only utilized when there was poignancy. As for talent, I think Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway outshone the rest of the cast. Jackman as Jean Valjean was perfect because the man is A) ridiculously talented and B) impossible to dislike. Hathaway was reaching deep for her part and I think she was successful in displaying complete despair. Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter were brilliant as the inn keeping con artists, which gave the dark story some much needed humor. Amanda Seyfried and Eddie Redmayne were also good, but not particularly exceptional.
I have to give the most credit to the director, Tom Hooper, for a fantastic rendition of a classic. I think he directed Hugh Jackman to an award winning performance (Golden Globe, anyone?). I think fans of the musical or the book should give this version a shot, even nubes will most likely enjoy it. However, be aware that EVERYTHING is sung. Final assessment: I highly recommend this film.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year; that’s right folks it’s the time of year when really big movies release to large holiday captive audiences around the globe. One highly anticipated film that will release on Christmas Day is Les Miserables! The Victor Hugo novel turned Boubil and Schönberg theater classic is revamped once again by Tom Hooper (director of The King’s Speech) and an all-star cast including: Hugh Jackman (Jean Valjean), Russell Crowe (Javert), Anne Hathaway (Fantine), Amanda Seyfried (Cosette), Sacha Baron Cohen (Thénardier), Helena Bonham Carter (Madam Thénardier), and Eddie Redmayne (Marius). The film was adapted from the stage play by William Nicholson of Gladiator and Elizabeth: The Golden Age fame. A convergence of extreme talent has occurred on this film and I have no doubt that it will be worth watching come December 25th. Check out the Les Misérables movie trailer below for a sneak peek. Continue reading