Best Trend at the 2013 Oscars: Black & Sparkly

It was so obvious at the 85th Academy Awards that black and sparkly was the most prevalent trend. And here are the ladies who did it impeccably:

Best Trend at the 2013 Oscars: Black & SparklyThe super hot Stacy Keibler in Naeem Khan.

Nicole KidmanNicole Kidman in a L’Wren Scott gold and black sequin gown that her husband, Keith Urban, helped to pick out.

Kelly OsbourneKelly Osbourne did very well in this Tony Ward number (Kristin Chenoweth wore the same designer). The asymmetrical straps give her shoulders definition.

85th Annual Academy Awards - ArrivalsHalle Berry in a shoulder-padded, plunging Versace column gown. She’s such a rockstar/Bond girl.

85th Annual Academy Awards - ArrivalsMy male best-dressed is none other than Chris Pine in Ermenegildo Zegna double-breasted tux. Isn’t he classically beautiful?

Amanda SeyfriedMy final favorite is Amanda Seyfried in this lacey gold and lavender halter gown by Alexander McQueen.

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Why ‘In Time’ is worth your while

My boyfriend and I finally got to see the movie this past Friday, a week after the release. I didn’t expect much from this action flick prior to going. In fact, I told myself I would at least get to see Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried on screen if all else fails. But “In Time” exceeds my expectations. Here’s why:

– The concept that time is the currency really makes you think of life in different terms. Everything you do to live (spending money on food, lending, sleeping, and just being) brings you closer to death. People from the ghetto do everything faster than the upper class for fear of running out of time.

– In a world where no one ages past 25, everyone looks young and hot (albeit sometimes tired due to working too hard or being too ancient like Twilight’s vampires). The great cast includes antagonist Cillian Murphy (Batman Begins, Red Eye) and Vincent Kartheiser (Mad Men). It was a pleasant surprise to see hot Olivia Wilde (House, Tron: Legacy) and the angelic Matt Bomer (White Collar) even in brief supporting roles.

– The movie is politically relevant to the Occupy Wall Street movement. The idea of being the 99% and fighting your survival is always uneasy. Although the conspiracy is more spelled out and extreme in fiction, it may not be too far off from reality.

– There are really impactful moments at the beginning, mostly the deaths of three people surrounding the protagonist. Also, there’re romantic sparks between Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried even though there is no explicit sexuality. It’s rated PG 13 for violence, some sexuality and partial nudity, and strong language.

Check out New York Times summary and full review from Huffington Post.

‘Red Riding Hood’ grown-up elements aren’t so far from the original tale

Amanda Seyfried as Valerie ("Red")

“Red Riding Hood,” a retelling of the classic fairy tale directed by Twilight’s Catherine Hardwicke and starring Amanda Seyfried, is coming to the theater on March 11.

The Warner Bros production, which receives a PG-13 rating for violence, creature terror and sensuality, generates anticipation due to its gothic influence and darker themes. However, a closer inspection of the children’s tale reveals that the grown-up motif of this thriller doesn’t stray very far from early variations of the story. Continue reading