5 films to look forward to at the Tribeca Film Festival

WHEN I LIVE MY LIFE OVER AGAIN (Image Credit: Starshadow, LLC. / Ali Goldstein)

WHEN I LIVE MY LIFE OVER AGAIN (Image Credit: Starshadow, LLC. / Ali Goldstein)

The 14th installment of New York City’s Tribeca Film Festival kicks off on April 15, hosting a number of films and performances through its Spotlight, Midnight and Special Screening sections. Featuring narratives, documentaries and work-in-progress films from across the globe, the 2015 festival has a number of films that we can’t wait to see. Sifting through the heart-wrenching, historical and star-studded, we’ve narrowed it down to our top 5 picks. Check them out below! Continue reading

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5 Reasons Emma Stone is Unstoppable

Emma Stone (Image Credit: Stefanie Keenan/WireImage)

Emma Stone (Image Credit: Stefanie Keenan/WireImage)

Although Emma Stone did not take home a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her work in Birdman, there is no denying that she had a hell of a year. The 26-year old star has been on the Hollywood circuit since her breakout debut in Easy A just four years ago (for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination right off the bat), showing her talent in versatile productions, from a superhero franchise to the black comedy (and Academy Award Best Picture) Birdman. There is no doubt that we’ll be seeing more of Stone, whether it’s on the red carpet, on stage or the big screen. She is, after all, unstoppable. Here’s how –

1. Emma Stone is the new Annie Hall
Stone took a spellbinding turn as a psychic/possible fraud in Woody Allen’s feature Magic in the Moonlight. Not even a year after the film’s release, Stone has joined Allen again for his latest film Irrational Man, starring Joaquin Phoenix. This could be the start of a long time collaboration; Allen made 8 movies with Diane Keaton, who won a Best Actress Oscar for their film Annie Hall – perhaps a win is in the cards for Stone?

2. Emma Stone made her Broadway debut in a Broadway classic
Stone debuted on Broadway in a gritty re-revival of Kander & Ebb’s Cabaret as the ill-fated and electric Sally Bowles. She received rave reviews for her run, which began in November and ended on February 15th. Stone says that she had dreamed of playing Sally since she was 10 years old, when she saw Natasha Richardson perform the role.

3. Emma Stone, live on Saturday Night
Another dream of Stone’s was to host Saturday Night Live, and so she did – twice. She hosted the show in October 2010 and returned just over a year later to host again in November 2011. She also took part in SNL’s 40th Anniversary Special, reviving the classic character Roseanne Roseannadanna, originated by Gilda Radner, in a Weekend Update segment. Across the board, Stone was referred to as “an SNL success.”

4. Emma Stone spikes down Hollywood sexism
Emma Stone’s sexism senses were tingling while on tour for The Amazing Spiderman 2. When boyfriend Andrew Garfield explained that Peter Parker sewed his Spiderman costume, despite it being “kind of a feminine thing” to do, Stone challenged him, asking “It’s feminine how?” Stone has taken both the upfront and the tongue-in-cheek approach to confronting Hollywood sexism, most recently at an Oscars luncheon. When Stone made her way to the podium for questions, a reporter remarked “You look beautiful, as always.” Emma responded with “Thanks – because that’s all that matters.” She earned appreciative giggles from the crowd.

5. Emma Stone is open about her anxiety
It is refreshing that, as a Hollywood starlet, Stone does not pretend to be immune to the pressure. She has been candid about her anxiety issues in the media, confessing having been “immobilized” by a history of panic attacks in her childhood, as well as suffering a panic attack on set of the rom-com Crazy Stupid Love. She cites baking and meditation as her go-to remedies for anxiety. She also credits her work in comedy as what got her out of her shell. “Comedy was my sport,” she told Vogue, “It taught me how to roll with the punches.”

Stone is a rare young star that has endless personality and versatility within her work. She used her passion and resources in order to quit high school and move to California when she was 14 years old, making a powerpoint for her family called “Project Hollywood.” It worked – and aren’t we glad it did?

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Emma Watson (Image Credit: Carlos Alvarez / Getty Images for Paramount Pictures International)

5 Celebs who don’t need crazy headlines to keep their names in lights!

Emma Watson (Image Credit: Carlos Alvarez / Getty Images for Paramount Pictures International)

Emma Watson (Image Credit: Carlos Alvarez / Getty Images for Paramount Pictures International)

Pop culture lovers know how tiresome it is to see reality stars and pop princesses rise to fame as their ridiculous antics and drama are splashed across the tabloids. The media eats it up, and who can blame them? The attention-seekers of the celebrity world certainly make for good gossip. The problem with that, though, is that truly talented, respectable stars get pushed aside in favor of talking over served clubbing night shanigans and *shudders* twerking. Continue reading

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10 GIFs or Less: Emma Stone’s Best Interview Responses

Emma Stone (Image Credit: Gage Skidmore)

Emma Stone (Image Credit: Gage Skidmore)

Emma Stone has been my “Woman Crush Wednesday” for… virtually all my Wednesdays this past year. Why, you ask? Take a peek at her range of interviews and TV appearances and it’s pretty clear to see she shines just as much off the screen as on it. And the more you get to know her, the more lovable she gets! Not convinced? Let’s take a look at Emma Stone’s top interview responses and you’ll soon be crushing on Stone too! Continue reading

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5 Reasons to see ‘Magic in the Moonlight’

MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT (Image Credit: Sony Pictures)

MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT (Image Credit: Sony Pictures)

Summer is already drawing to a close! Have you had a chance to see all of the summer blockbusters yet? If you’re in the mood to escape to the beautiful south of France and see a witty romantic comedy unfold, be sure to see Woody Allen’s new movie, Magic In The Moonlight. The film was released on July 25 and stars Colin Firth and Emma Stone. This comedy is the quirky love story that will satisfy your end-of-summer needs. Here are five reasons to see Magic In The Moonlight. Continue reading

Celebrity (Girl) Crush: Emma Stone

Emma Stone on NBC's TODAY (Image Peter Kramer / NBC)

Emma Stone on NBC’s TODAY (Image Peter Kramer / NBC)

There are some celebrities you admire for their talent. There are some celebrities that you love for their looks. And then there are some celebrities that you just really want to befriend. Emma Stone falls into the third category.

My friends and I have varying opinions on the world of pop culture, but Emma Stone is someone we can all agree that we love. In fact, everyone seems to love Emma Stone. Guys love that she’s quirky-cute (and Spidey’s girlfriend.) Girls love that she’s down to earth.  Parents love the “be yourself” message she sends to fans. Tumblr loves her very GIF-able expressions (and the “People Tumblr Love” list is mostly limited to British guys, so that’s pretty cool, right?) Emma Stone is, put simply, all kinds of awesome. Being so awesome makes one worthy of being a girl crush. For those wondering, a girl crush is, “when a girl admires another girl. It means you want to be the person you have a girl crush on, or simply you just want to be their best friend. You pretty much just think they’re awesome.” Thank you, Urban Dictionary.

What makes Emma Stone particularly awesome, you ask? First of all, she has quite a gift for Ellen’s Dance Dare, a challenge most are too embarrassed to try, and those who do try often fail pretty hard. I don’t know about you, but I think having a friend who could secretly dance behind your back in a ridiculous fashion would be pretty rad.

Another thing that makes Emma Stone awesome is that she is among the few actresses that represent the pale girl population. As a fellow pale girl who always sees spray-tanned stars on the silver screen, I appreciate Emma’s natural look. Of course, it is rather absurd that she manages to look equally as good with both blonde and red hair considering her fair skin tone, but this is about why she’s awesome, not why she’s enviable!

Emma Stone seems to exclusively play, well, awesome characters. Awesome, intelligent characters, that is. The kind that make good role models regardless of a viewer’s age. She plays a superhero’s girlfriend in The Amazing Spiderman, but she’s top-of-her-class instead of a damsel in distress. She was a leading lady in the romantic comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love., but was a sassy and hard-to-get law student instead of a silly single-girl stereotype. And finally, in one of her first starring roles, she opted for a strong character over a glamorous one by playing Skeeter Phelan, the brave and witty budding journalist of The Help. Her tendency to divert from the norm in the characters she plays is a breath of fresh air.

Put simply, Emma Stone is one cool chick. She does things like show paparazzi information for charities she supports rather than flipping them off. She’s consistently a hilarious talk show guest, but has as also been known to make heartfelt acceptance speeches a time or two. She’s relatable, but still has the star quality that will continue to make her career a stellar and diverse one. She is the most girl-crush worthy starlet I know (or rather, I would like to know!).

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Guillermo del Toro will return to horror roots with upcoming ‘Crimson Peak’

Guillermo del Toro (Image Credit: Gage Skidmore)

Guillermo del Toro (Image Credit: Gage Skidmore)

When I heard about Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming haunted house thriller Crimson Peak, I was happy to see he had returned to the horror movie game. Del Toro, a Mexican film director and writer, is best known for Pan’s Labyrinth and both Hellboy movies. Continue reading