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Brad Pitt's "Killing Them Softly" released; hit or flop?

Killing Them Softly - Brad Pit

Killing Them Softly - Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt’s fans were waiting anxiously for this movie. Yes “Killing Them Softly” has been released on Friday. So far the movie has made over $7 million but critics are still skeptical about movie’s success.

“I love Brad Pitt. He is gonna rock!” said a cheering fan at a cinema house in US.

Show Watch: Vampire Diaries

Vampire Diaries - Eleyna Gilbert & Stefan Salvator

by Javaria Atiya Waheed

It’s no longer Edward Cullen. It’s Stefan Salvatore. It’s no longer Jacob Black. It’s Tyler Lockwood. It’s no longer Bella Swan. It???s Eleyna Gilbert. “Twilight” is a thing of the past, swept away by the new heart-throbbing “Vampire Diaries”. And there are quite a few things which make it so catchy. I remember watching the first season in just two days and based on a book, I didn’t expect it to be so sufficing. The story is not just a romantic love story: it is a thriller with all the edgy twists and turns required and we always know that there is a recurrent story line (Now I am not going to tell you what that is, otherwise what’s the fun?). Set in the beautiful Mystic Falls, each episode goes back to the same theme of love, betrayal and suspense and you will never find yourself at a loss of interest. But obviously, that’s the book. What is so special about the “show” itself?

The Vampire DiariesThe actors chosen are absolutely proficient at what they do. Three protagonists, out of whom two are somewhat the antagonists too; each has been explored to its fullest ability. The protagonist played by Nina Dobrev, isn’t just Eleyna Gilbert for us. She plays the role of the antagonist too: the evil vampire Katherine, her doppelganger. The expertise, with which she does it, is just astounding and shows us what a versatile actor she is. Whether it is her expressions or her line delivery, you will never feel that Dobrev is being too redundant. Whenever you will be getting too much of Eleyna, the director will skillfully get in Katherine to show Dobrev’s flexibility, never letting you get bored of her. Same goes for the rest of the protagonists.

When the first season opened, Damon Salvator for us was the malevolent vampire, one ready to harm his own brother and the love of his life. But as the season progresses, we are shown glimpses of his soft side; though every time the audience would be changing their opinion of Damon, he would do something wicked again. Something that would make you loathe him all the more. That’s how lithe an actor Ian Somerhalder is. When the second season opens, the Damon Salvator you knew in the first season is gone, making you long for each episode even more. Paul Wesley playing the role of Stefan Salvator is no less. He, very dexterously becomes the soft-hearted Eleyna-loving Stefan for us, and he very skillfully turns into the uncontrollable, blood-thirsty vampire too. However, the flexibility of the protagonist isn’t always enough, and this show doesn’t forget that. Whether it is Steven.R.McQueen playing the role of Eleyna’s younger brother Jeremy, whose role has shown a drastic change since the first season, or Katerina Graham playing the role of the best friend witch Bonnie, each actor makes the show all the more interesting and addictive and not superfluous at all. With the exception of a few, “Vampire Diaries” is serving as the big “break” for most of the actors, and they are clearly making full use of the opportunity given to them. However one other special feature of “Vampire Diaries” is its music. Each episode will feature a range of genres unlike shows like ???Gossip Girl” or “Chuck??? which focus entirely on hip-hop or indie respectively. Songs like “Only Happy when it Rains” will also be there and songs like “Come Home by One Republic feat Sara Bareilles” will also be recognized. New songs which are already on your lips are featured in each episode giving you a more familiar feeling. The pilot episode itself included songs such as “Dreaming out Loud (One Republic)” and “Now or Never (The Fray)”. Moreover, for music fanatics, the show has also brought to the limelight some marvelous singers never heard before. Jason Walker with his song “Down”, Joel and Luke with their song “Love’s to Blame” or Moby with her song “Temptation”, singers worth recognition are getting their part of fame through this show and the list is never-ending. Music adds on to the feel of what one is watching and “Vampire Diaries” never lets us down in this quarter. I would personally recommend all the songs as worth listening especially when the show’s music is being compared to that of “The O.C” and let us not forget what a hit those volumes were.

But like everything, there are a few criticisms attached as well. Where every show does need a continuous suspense and thrill, a little break is never too bad. Normally, it is Damon Salvator who gets the light-hearted touch every now and then, but never is there an episode which is free of all the tensions surrounding Mystic Falls: never is Mystic Falls a safe haven for the people living there and that just makes it a little too gloomy.

Despite everything, “Vampire Diaries” is a show worth watching: a show which will keep you on the edge of your seat for sure and make you thirst for a new episode each time one ends. The story will grip you till the very end and the actors and the music will make you fall in love with the show all the more. With twenty-two episodes concluding the first season, and eleven out from the second one, this show is constantly climbing up the charts. Let’s see if it reaches a lost end like the “Heroes” or a heroic one like “Lost”.

Only time will tell I guess.

Musical Sequel: “Loud”-ly making its way up!

by Javaria Atiya Waheed

“So maybe I am a masochist,
I try to run, But I don’t want to ever leave
Til the walls are going up
In smoke with all our memories”

A few months back, the whole world accepted that Rihanna and Eminem were the unstoppable ones after the release of the incredible “Love the Way you Lie???. And it seems that they have chosen to prove us right yet again: they ARE relentless. The duo is back, and with nothing else but a sequel to their chart-topper ???Love the Way you Lie”: a sequel which Rihanna described as a “challenge??? to MTV. The fame they scraped out of “Love the Way you Lie” didn’t seem to quench their thirst and so they decided to come back: this time Rihanna feat Eminem rather than the other way around. Featured in Rihanna’s album “Loud”, “Love the Way you Lie Part 2”has already been released as a single and is topping the charts as expected. The story has enveloped the world in its blanket again and its viewing on Youtube is on a phenomenal rise.

Rihanna and Eminem - Love the way you lie

Everyone in the music world has questioned the mental acuity of Rihanna and Eminem: why would someone want to release a sequel to a song which is already showing no signs of leaving people???s mind? Rihanna herself agreed that she had some qualms regarding the follow-up but then Eminem came up with a “sick” verse and the duo decided to give us a song, which together with the 1st part, has given a perfect love story. Better than Taylor Swift’s maybe.

The story is the same. So are the characters. The only thing that is different is the perspective. Where the 1st part gave us the story of the violent relationship from Eminem’s standpoint, this time we get to hear Rihanna’s side of the story. Slower beats but greater aggressiveness, Love the Way you Lie Part 2, is the brutal sequel to a smashing beginning. This time Eminem just has one verse to sing, but the force with which he has executed it, is outstanding: it is more like we can see his face with those lines of fury, following the girlfriend like “a lost puppy”. Rihanna???s voice lets us feel the pain and the way both the singers have put themselves in the shoes of the characters has given us a story to never forget. Rihanna’s album “Loud” is bound to top the charts: with songs such as “Only Girl (in the world)” which has already been included in Gossip Girl’s latest episode, the album is sitting on an out-of-the-way pinnacle, ready to smash loudly on the charts.

The only question in everyone’s mind now is this: how good will the new video be? Will Megan Fox and Dominic Monaghan get us to the edge of our seats again, or will it be someone different? Time will tell, I guess. Until then,

”Just gonna stand there and watch me burn / that’s alright because I like the way it hurts/ just gonna stand there and hear me cry/ that’s alright because I love the way you lie/ I love the way you lie”.

Put a ring on it (celebrity weddings)

by Javaria Atiya Waheed

It seems like 2010 is the “Year of Weddings???. Where stalker fans are not even done mourning the wedding of alluring Megan Fox, names are continuously being added to the list. Names which admirers had wished would never have the title “married” attached to them! For the happiness of some fans and the sadness of others, here are some celebrities who have “put a ring on it” since the beginning of 2010.

Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green marriage wedding1. Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green

Megan Fox has never lost the spotlight: whether it is for her sensational role in Transformers or her infant yet rising career, 24- year-old Fox is one of the most popular celebrities of her time. And not surprisingly, the list of her male fans is never-ending. So when photos of her wedding with Brain Austin Green became official…well, people were surprised.
Despite their rocky past, and the evolution from being a fiancé, to an ex-fiancé, to a fiancé again, Green has given Fox the typical fairytale wedding…a nuptial that every girl dreams of—a Hawaiian wedding at sunset. Yes, let the “awww(s)” flow in. Green 36, and Fox 24, tied the knot on 24 June, with the only guests being very close friends, and Green’s 8-year-old son. According to a very close source, the wedding was very “hush, hush” and only close friends were present and “sworn to secrecy”.

Well, Fox doesn’t stop here. Recent news reported that she is already considering the option of having a baby. The wedding was enough of a shock you know, she doesn’t have to do that now. Anyway, we wish the couple a very blissful married life….despite its unpopularity in Hollywood…

John Krasinksi Emily wedding marriage2. Emily Blunt and John Krasinski

Just like Megan fox, Emily Blunt, 27, has always been popular with the fans, either for her looks, her British accent or for her role in “The Devil wears Prada”. And the partner, John Krasinski, 30, the witty “Jim” from “The Office” has never lost the spotlight too. So when the two announced that they were engaged to be married, there was surprise, along with some delight.

And it seems like fairytale weddings are becoming the norm. Not as hush-hush as the Megan Fox wedding, the couple got married in the City of Love, Italy at Villa D’este on July 10th. Blunt wore a custom cream chiffon sweetheart draped Marchesa gown with embroidered detail. It was an outdoor ceremony with A-list guests like George Clooney and his girlfriend included on the list.

Good looks, amazing sense of humor and pleasant temperaments: these two have it all. The perfect couple as they are, wishes of harmony are with them for all times!

3. Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher:

Remember the sweet, naïve American Idol winner, Carrie Underwood? Well, that was back in the days. She’s 27 now and has already tied the knot with hockey player, Mike Fisher, after one year of engagement. And guess when she did it? July 10, 2010, within hours of the Blunt-Krasinski wedding! Surrounded by pink, Underwood had a typical fairytale wedding at the Ritz Carlton, Greensboro, Georgia. Wearing a Monique Lhuiller gown, she changed quickly into a cocktail dress following the ceremony, saying she wanted to get her “boogie” on.

The guests numbered more than 250, including Idol judges Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell. Guest found their table assignments on hockey pucks and a four-course meal. “I felt like a princess”, she said. Well, we sincerely hope Fisher keeps you like one!!

4. Jared Padalecki and Genevieve Cortese:

Jared Padelecki is well-known for his role as “Sam Winchester” in the hit CW TV show, Supernatural, and remember the season where he almost fell in love with this irresistible evil demon, Ruby? Well, turns out that behind the scenes, Genevieve Cortese was way more irresistible for Padelecki.

Two months after confirming their engagement, the beautiful couple tied the knot on February 27 2010, in Cortese’s hometown Sun Valley, Idaho. Where Jared’s brother Jeffrey served as the best man, his co-star Jensen Ackles was one of the groomsmen! Family and friends attended the wedding and the couple was seen to be enjoying every bit of it.

Well, lovers of Sam, you need to back out now: the demons have won the war.

5. Jensen Ackles and Danneel Harris

And turns out that there was to be a second “Supernatural” wedding in three months! On May 15 2010, a little after the Padelecki-Cortese wedding, Jensen Ackles, the older brother “Dean Winchester”, tied the knot with his long-time girlfriend, Danneel Harris of One-Tree Hill fame. The two got married in a small, private ceremony, in Dallas, Texas. According to People???s magazine, “The bride walked down the aisle wearing a classic strapless white Monique Lhuiller gown from the Fall 2010 collection, while the groom was decked out in a traditional tuxedo”.

Dean Winchester’s character has been immensely popular ever since its inception and especially with the “Eye of The Tiger??? cameo appearances that he does, there is no question on to why that’s so.
Seems like the Winchester brothers are done hunting, eh?

Weddings are in the vogue, isn’t it? And there is Hilary Duff and Jennifer Hudson in line, and God knows, by the end of 2010 how many would have lost their “single-ness”.

Well, gossip is always interesting and so are these weddings. When cases like those of Mel Gibson and his domestic violence come to light, we are left to ask: How long are these young couples going to last? Time will show, I guess. Until then, ciao.

Rihanna to debut in Hollywood

Rihannaby Javaria Atiya Waheed

Just gonna stand there and watch me burn/ But that’s alright because I like the way it hurts/ just gonna stand there and hear me cry/ But that’s alright because I love the way you lie/ Love the way you lie

These lyrics are part of the new anthem, the anthem which is topping the Billboard Top 100 charts and is on the lips of people all around the world. “Love the Way You Lie” is a song which is the product of a collaboration between Rihanna and Eminem, taking both their careers to a whole new level, a totally fresh zenith. And as if the success of the song wasn’t enough, the Megan Fox starrer video of the song is all set to release next week. Something to be thrilled about, eh?

However, even with the large number of unbeaten songs under her banner, it seems like Rihanna always wants her hands full. The sensational stories of “Love the Way you Lie” are not even done circulating yet, when we are given another scoop by Rihanna to be excited about. Singer Rihanna will soon have the title “actor” added to her name: an assortment which will be a prolific addition to her already colorful portfolio. Joining the cast of the game board adaptation “Battleship” alongside Taylor Kitsch and Alexander Skarsgard, Rihanna is all set to make a grand entry into Hollywood under director Peter Berg. Although, the extent of her role has not been revealed yet, the idea of Rihanna appearing in a movie has already left her fans positively itchy.

Rihanna’s songs have always left the world reeling every time they are released: “Battleship” is already being anticipated as eagerly. Let’s hope Rihanna keeps up to her soaring reputation and to the optimism of her fans!

Taylor Momsen disclosed as the visage for Madonna’s “Material Girl” contour

by Javaria Atiya Waheed

First, Madonna launches a fashion line alongside her 13-year-old daughter for Macy’s. Then, she picks Taylor Momsen as the face of “Material girl”. Clever move, don’t you think?

Taylor Momsen, who is a regular actor in the CW series, Gossip Girl, has gained immense popularity amongst the youngsters during the course of the three seasons. Despite being repeatedly slammed by critics for being caught smoking on the sets of Gossip Girl, Taylor has paved her way through. Critics have frequently condemned Taylor for not being an appropriate role model for the teenagers, for which Momsen has given a curt “I don’t care” statement in reply. With this, the 16-year-old has never lost the limelight and has remained on the well-dressed lists of fashion magazines for quite some time now, which is exactly what wedged Madonna’s attention.

Since, the fashion line has been said to be inspired by the 80’s, Taylor Momsen was Madonna and Lourdes prime candidate, since she has always been famous for her 80’s look. With Momsen as the face, the line is expected to hit a head start given that she is prominent amongst the teenagers and the line is tween-oriented.

A promotional image shows Momsen in a striped skirt paired with leather boots and lots of silver bangles, minus the inch thick layer of mascara. As the frontage of the rock band, The Pretty Reckless, the look seems to go along with Momsen’s rock-star, threadbare look and where critics are seen as protesting over her appointment in the near-future, the fashion line has done itself a great favor by taking Momsen as its face.

The Material Girl Collection will be available in Macy’s stores beginning August 3rd.


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