Fan Art Fridays: Happy Birthday, Leo DiCaprio!

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Leonardo DiCaprio turned 42 today, so I thought it would be fun to feature a piece of fan art I found of the actor in his younger years for this week’s Fan Art Fridays.

This digital fan art of 90s Leo was created by Kristin (kgpencil.tumblr.com) using SAI. It’s so realistic that I can feel his green eyes staring into my soul even more so than the original photo it was inspired by!

See the original fan art on Tumblr.

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Gallery Mondays: Shout Out to the Bear @ the #Oscars

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Last night was one for the history books.

Oscars 2016 will go down as the year that the Academy blatantly disrespected Black History Month by leaving all Blacks/African-Americans out of their nominations.

It will also go down as the year we were ready to throw the bear from The Revenant at them if they’d also blatantly disrespected Leonardo DiCaprio by letting him leave without the Oscar for Best Actor in a Lead Role.

And the bear from The Revenant even showed up to ensure that wouldn’t go down.

Leo won. Don’t worry. They’re off bear radar.

Let’s celebrate with this wooden bear I found outside of Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop in Dumbo.

Because I think he’s still making our little golden Oscar knight sweat over there…

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A little party never killed nobody. Congratulations, Leo!

January Favorites: RIP David Bowie, Leo DiCaprio’s Flinch & Liley Reunited

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January 2016 was a roller coaster. Between celebrity deaths, award shows, and couples reuniting, I’m amazed I was able to keep up!

My list of news articles was way too long for this favorites post, so I selected the best few to share with you guys. I also had a great time picking music this month, and all of my favorite shows are slowly coming back from their hiatus, which means more episode favorites!

Here are my favorites for the month of January.

Favorite News Articles

1. RIP David Bowie. He and Iman are such a photogenic interracial couple. My heart goes out to her.

2. Leo DiCaprio went viral at the Golden Globes after flinching when Lady Gaga walked by him. Because, look at those side hoop hips, though.

3. Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth are engaged. Again. And they better stay that way.

4. Emily Blunt is pregnant! Wooohoo! Hazel is getting a sibling to play with!

Favorite Music

1. “All That’s Left” by Manila Killa ft. Joni Fatora. This song can take me “round and round on this carousel” any day.

2. “House on Fire” by Sia. Only Sia can make what would usually seem like something masochistic sound romantic, and I love it.

3. “All I See” by Draper ft. Laura Brehm. Such a cute song right in time for Valentine’s Day.

4. “Home” by St. Lucia. “You can tell them you’re going home.”

Favorite Celeb Instagrams

1. Majestic unicorn goddess iiSuperwomanii (Lilly Singh). Work that beach, girl.

2. Slow Magic on the drums. Must have been such a fun show!

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3. Zendaya’s eyes above the fan. Those eyebrows are perfection.

Favorite TV Episodes

1. Pretty Little Liars, “Of Late I Think of Rosewood.” I know it was Ezra and it’s killing me and I don’t know if I can take it.

2. Younger, “Tattoo You.” Kelsey got her own imprint and I’m so happy for her! #CareerGoals

3. Suits, “Blowback.” Welcome to hell.

Favorite YouTube Videos

1. Bevin’s Haul Heaven. Please bring Bevin and his weird friend back for another episode.

2. Ryan Abe’s poor face. Why would he do such a thing?

3. Josh and Kory find out who knows Colleen Ballinger-Evans better. Spoiler, it’s…oh heck just watch it.

 

Wardrobe Wednesdays: Lady Gaga’s 73rd Golden Globes Look

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You can’t blame Leonardo DiCaprio for flinching like that at the 73rd Golden Globes on Sunday after seeing Lady Gaga’s ginormous hourglass hips sashay passed him.

I mean, come on—they look like 18th century side hoops turned pillow cushions!

Regardless, Lady Gaga looked stunningly vintage in a black off-the-shoulder dress featuring a sweetheart neckline and train. The dress was custom made for the Lady by Versace.

Her Neil Lane jewels and platinum blonde hair completed the Marilyn Monroe look. The cuff bracelets she wore have a very classy rocker-punk vibe to them.

I love the way she mixed vintage and modern to make this look her own. Below are some items similar to what she wore that Sunday night, and should you dare to recreate the hourglass hips, I suggest an actual pair of side hoops for the occasion.

Dress:

1. DresSale, $127.99

2. ASOS, $157.38

Earrings:

3. Bluefly, $150.00

4. Ross-Simons, $131.25 (on sale until 1/17/16; reg. $175.00)

Bracelets:

5. Gordon’s Jewlers, $237.15 (on sale; reg. $279.00)

6. Betteridge, $12,000.00

6 Favorite Mamrie Hart ‘You Deserve a Drink’ Episodes

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I’m finally 21. I have walked this planet for 21 years. How is this real?!

Turning 21 means a lot of things for The Whisper Box. I can now officially gain entry to 21+ concert venues without asking for an artist interview beforehand. This means that even if I can’t sit down with a performer, I can still enjoy the show and review it for any publication.

Oh, yes, and let’s not forget the best part:

I CAN FINALLY ENJOY THE OPEN BAR.

Mamrie Hart’s new book titled You Deserve a Drink: Boozy Misadventures and Tales of Debauchery comes out in six days! It’s time to celebrate another year with a few YDAD videos on YouTube!

1. COLLEEN BALLINGER’s Can’t Elope Martini

2. Lilly Singh EsCAPE (aka iiSuperwomanii)

3. Chris Martin’s Sad Apple

4. It’s Grace’s Leave of Absinthe

5. Chester See’s Spice Guy

6. Leonardo Dicaprio’s Slumber Par-Tea!

Preorder You Deserve a Drink: Boozy Misadventures and Tales of Debauchery by Mamrie Hart!

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Leo Dicaprio is Having Too Much Fun at Coachella 2015

Feast your eyes on what soon could become a new meme: Leo Dicaprio’s Coachella 2015 dance moves.

The actor was spotted at the Neon Carnival this past weekend busting some pretty cringe-worthy moves. It’s like a fist bump mixed with nerdy side shuffling and Taekwondo.

The Leo Bump and Shuffle Sucker Punch?

The man’s got the hat over his eyes, drink in hand (God knows what he was sipping on to induce this craziness), and that awful beard goatee thing on his face.

But why?!

In any case, TMZ caught some of it on video, and Getty got high-res photos of the mess, which I made a lovely infinite loop GIF out of for your viewing pleasure.

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Somebody get Leo a professional dance partner. Stat. And a barber for that beard too, please.

Movie Review: ‘The Great Gatsby’

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Yesterday, for my 19th birthday, I went to see The Great Gatsby (2013) with my guy and my best friend. ticket stub

Not having read the book in high school (due to my transferring between schools with two different English literature curricula, resulting in my having missed the reading of Gatsby by the time I had transferred), I read through the book at the beginning of May, finishing it about a week before yesterday.

Since this movie is based on the book, this review will have a bit of comparison between Fitzgerald’s novel and Luhrmann’s film.

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The movie begins with Nick Carraway (Tobey McGuire) in a sanatorium looking at a long list of mental illnesses (supposedly the ones he is diagnosed with) including insomnia, anxiety, and depression to name a few. His doctor
tells him to write down his thoughts because it will put him at ease and help him better articulate his thoughts. Through Nick’s writing we learn the story of Jay Gatsby.

Nick takes a trip to visit Daisy Buchanan, his cousin, her husband, Tom Buchanan and Jordan Baker, a friend of theirs. Just as in the book, the two ladies are on the chairs, laying down, and the whole scene is embellished wonderfully by the white linen curtains flowing through the air in midst of the breeze coming from the screen doors.

I love the fact that they kept one of my favorite quotes from the novel, where Daisy says to Jordan and Nick, “I’ll sort of—oh—fling you together. You know—lock you up accidentally in linen closets and push you out to sea in a boat…”

And might I add that Jordan Baker (Elizabeth Debicki) is simply stunning in this film! She should be permanently brunette. How is this girl not more famous?!

When Tom and Nick go out together on the Long Island Railroad, and jump off the train to see Myrtle, Tom’s mistress that calls on the phone during supper the evening prior, things begin to get wild.

My favorite scene is where Myrtle, Tom, Nick and the rest of the people in that small room get completely wasted. Nick almost escaped the craziness, telling Tom that he didn’t feel comfortable being there while he was cheating on his cousin, but he gets coaxed into staying.

Oh my gosh. Feathers from pillows flew through the air, everyone begins to jump and hump around (I kid you not), Tom gives Nick liquor to drink in a vase, and Nick begins to see himself  “within and without.”

Well then. I’ve never been drunk before, or been around people who were that drunk before, but according to my friend this is an accurate depiction of the college party scene.

After Nick gets an invitation to Gatsby’s, I got really excited, because this was the moment I was waiting for:

The little party that never killed anybody.

I wish I knew a Gatsby. Those parties look so much fun!

At the party, to which Nick is the only one invited because, as stated in the book and by Jordan Baker, “people were not invited—they went there”, Gatsby requests to see Jordan Baker privately. There he tells her about his plan to have Daisy go over to Nick’s for tea so that they can meet up again.

Nick is not told of any of this until he and Gatsby go out to lunch the next day.

At lunch, which is a private place entered through a hole in the wall of a barber shop, we meet Wolfsheim, played by Amitabh Bachchan, who indeed looks like a wolf with all that facial hair! Tom appears at this lunch date as well, causing Gatsby to make awkward facial expressions when he realizes this is Daisy’s husband—the only thing standing in the way between him and Daisy’s romance.

Nick agrees to arrange the tea date with Daisy and Gatsby. Myself and the other people in the theater found it hilarious when we saw what Gatsby ordered to have done to Nick’s lawn. He even brought a entire greenhouse worth of flowers into the room where they were to have tea! Jeez! In the book I was under the impression that it was just a little grass trimming and a couple of flowers in a few vases!

Nervous as ever, when Daisy arrives Gatsby runs outside, getting completely drenched in the rain, only to come inside looking like a wet dog. To top it off, he knocks over Nick’s clock and can’t seem to put it back together.

Poor guy.

I thought it was the cutest thing though!

If you’ve read the book, you know how it all ends up. I will say though, that the deaths in the movie were dramatized very well. As Myrtle’s body flew through the air, I couldn’t help but think how much this was all Daisy’s fault. Daisy killed Gatsby. Figuratively, of course. She was the last word on his lips. I was deeply moved as I watched Gatsby’s body float lifelessly in that lavish pool, realizing that not a single soul would attend that man’s funeral, except Nick.

The film overall was great. I love the way they did the scenery. I really wish West and East Egg were real. The towns looked so fantastical.

I was confused though, as to why they dyed Carey Mulligan’s hair blonde. In the book, Daisy is a brunette!

“he sat with Daisy in his arms for a long, silent time […] once he kissed her dark shining hair…”

I don’t know how the casting crew overlooked this little detail, or what would possess them to change it. Carey Mulligan is a natural brunette after all…

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The costumes were so vibrant and shiny. Kudos to whoever designed them!

The music in the film was also really good. My only complaint about the music, however, is the number of times they used Lana del Rey’s “Young and Beautiful.” Two times is fine. But no. They used several instrumental versions, a jazzed up version for the party scene, and then the original. I’m sorry, but now the song has been played out in my head.

If you have not seen the film yet I suggest you do so!