November 21, 2015 |
Katniss Everdeen can hang up her bow and arrow now and wipe away that look of sad, defiant rage. With The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 , the final installment in the adventures of a valiant teen and her battle against decadent authority figures and the cynical puppetmasters of a deadly reality-TV spectacle, all the dystopian hooha comes to a crashing end. A franchise that made Jennifer Lawrence a star and made something like $2.3 billion...
November 20, 2015 |
"Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2," an action movie in the form of a dirge, brings a fitting end to the most downbeat pop franchise in mainstream movie history. Gruesome, pessimistic, angry, violent, subversive and also wildly popular - that would worry me, if I were running for public office. The YA world of Suzanne Collins, after all, operates at a modest remove from what the author sees as a just-around-the-corner reality - a logical continuation of economic decline for the middle and lower classes.
November 12, 2015 |
Giving Tom the thumb That's what Gisele Bundchen was thinking of doing back when she was first dating gridiron hunk Tom Brady , the top model told "CBS This Morning. " And all over some little thing . . . like he got some other girlfriend pregnant. Geez, some people have a low threshold of embarrassment. Just as their romance was starting to kick in, back in 2007, came word that actress Bridget Moynahan was carrying Brady's child (and not like in a draw-play kind of carry)
December 29, 2014 |
Few hairstyles are as versatile as a side-swept braid. The tousled, almost-updo is edgy, darling, sexy, festive, and of course, fun. We are talking perfect New Year's Eve hair. The trendlet The Elsa braid. Yes, as in Disney's Frozen . Not only did the movie spawn the Oscar-winning song "Let it Go," it's behind this Vogue-worthy look. The single french braid, or inverted french braid (also called a cornrow), is woven along the right side of the scalp and the end is tossed over the shoulder for a perfect princess effect.
December 17, 2014 |
Civil rights: Still a live issue The civil rights movement isn't merely a piece of history to be relegated to textbooks, David Oyelowo and Oprah Winfrey said at the New York premiere of their film Selma . "In Selma, it was voting rights. Initially it was a black problem. It wasn't until Bloody Sunday . . . that it became an American problem," Oyelowo, who plays the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. , tells USA Today. "It's the same thing in Ferguson. When it was just Ferguson, it was a black problem.
December 9, 2014 |
"THE HUNGER GAMES: Mockingjay - Part 1" continues to dominate the domestic box office, but awards-season hopefuls "Wild" and "The Imitation Game" proved their might with impressive limited-release showings on this sleepy post-Thanksgiving weekend. In its third weekend in release, "Mockingjay - Part 1" earned an estimated $21.6 million. The penultimate chapter in the massively successful franchise has now earned $257.7 million domestically, according to studio estimates yesterday.
November 24, 2014 |
"MOCKINGJAY, PART 1" had the biggest opening of the year with $123 million at the weekend box office, according to studio estimates yesterday. The movie opened well below the $158 million debut of last year's "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and the $153 million opening of the 2012 original. But it easily topped the $100 million debut of "Transformers: Age of Extinction. " The result made for some unusual ironies. The biggest opening of the year (and by a wide margin) was seen by some as a disappointment.
November 8, 2014 |
Seinfeld on autism spectrum Jerry Seinfeld 's sitcom character isn't the most socially adept person, but was he really autistic? The comedian tells NBC's Brian Williams that in real life he may suffer from a mild form of autism. "I think, on a very drawn-out scale, I think I'm on the [autism disorders] spectrum. " For one thing, he says, "basic social engagement is really a struggle. " Seinfeld, 60, who stars in the Web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee , says, "I'm very literal.
September 30, 2014 |
In a modest Northeast Philadelphia house, Masha Lipkovsky, an immigrant from Ukraine, thinks big - in terms of tiers, pounds of butter and flour, and elaborate decorative finishes involving rhinestones, wings, and even a teapot made of sugar. To say that Lipkovsky bakes cakes would grossly understate an artistic prowess behind an award-winning six-tier stunner inspired by the wedding dress of Katniss Everdeen in Hunger Games: Catching Fire , and an Alice in Wonderland creation that weighed more than 80 pounds and took three people to carry.
September 12, 2014 |
Rosie: Truth to power It's just days before her return to The View , but Rosie O'Donnell already is spilling a few embarrassing insider tidbits. Rosie, 52, tells Variety that the show's casting process was miserable. "It was very much like the Hunger Games , how they did it," says Rosie, who was signed in July. Come August and producers still needed to fill two slots, so they asked candidates (at gunpoint?) to conduct mock debates with Rosie and cohost Whoopi Goldberg . "I think Whoopi and I were both a little shocked at having to do a chemistry test," Rosie says.