Gallery Mondays: Michael Jackson Eating Popcorn

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For the BET Social Awards last month, BET had a fun Museum of Meme in Soho, NYC that I couldn’t miss checking out.

While several of the pieces were quite funny, the meme featuring a painting of “Thriller” singer Michael Jackson stuffing his face with popcorn in a movie theater (essentially inspired by the meme that stemmed from this) with two real theater seats stationed underneath really got me.

It’s brilliant.

The art card description next to the meme, titled Michael Jackson Eating Popcorn, features a quote from Dave Chapelle: “He wrote a Thriller. Thriller.”

I just thought it would be appropriate for Oscar Monday with its film themed humor, so, enjoy!

Learn more about the Museum of Meme here.

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Fan Art Fridays: Happy Birthday, Penelope Cruz!

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Spanish gem Penelope Cruz is 43 today!

I guess she’s turning out to be one of those lucky people that age gracefully.

I’ve never watched any of her Spanish films, but I have seen her in Woody Allen’s To Rome With Love and Vicky Cristina Barcelona, both in which she played very bold characters. Her performance always grabs your attention, and I think she’s really great at making characters that would otherwise seem unrelatable have somewhat of a likeability factor.

In celebration of Penelope Cruz’s birthday today, I’ve decided to feature this piece of digital fan art by Barry Weatherley over at artbybaz.com for this week’s Fan Art Fridays. That look on her face, man—I wonder how her husband Javier Bardem handles all of that hotness on a daily basis!

See the original fan art on artbybaz.com.

Fan Art Fridays: Idris Elba

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On my way home from work today, I discovered that the upcoming movie The Dark Tower starring Idris Elba is going to be filming in New York City’s Garment District this weekend.

This probably means that there’s a chance you’ll see Idris Elba in the area. Time to start flipping out!

Fingers crossed he’s in the scenes that they’ll be filming.

Because of this awesome news, I can’t stop thinking about Idris Elba, so I went ahead and found some fan art of him on Deviant Art. This digital portrait by dolgwol was inspired by his character on the BBC series Luther.

I think I have a thing for digital art that look like paintings.

View the original fan art here.

 

Books I Want to Read in 2016

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It’s a new year, so I’ve got a new list of books I want to read!

Honestly, one of the best things about being out of school is the fact that you can read every and any book you want by choice. 

In 2015 I challenged myself to read 12 books, which I documented on Goodreads. I got really close to not completing my goal, as I strayed off my schedule of one book per month, but I got back on track by cramming two books a month in the fall.

Also, I think Jennifer E. Smith is one of my new favorite authors. The Statistical Probability of Falling in Love at First Sight was such a great read that I’ve decided to make it my business to read every single book this woman has written.

I’m actually quite proud of myself because I managed to finish three book series’ and start two new ones that I plan to continue this year.

My list for 2016 features 15 books I plan to read in order to fulfill my new reading challenge. A few books on this list are coming out as movies this year as well, so let’s see if I can finish them before their release dates.

Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined by Stephenie Meyer

China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan

Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Helen Keller in Love by Rosie Sutlan

The Choice by Nicholas Sparks

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

How to Be Single by Liz Tuccillo

What Pretty Girls Are Made Of by Lindsay Jill Roth

The Unexpected by J Sheley

The Coffee Girl by Shanna Hatfield

Taming Cross by Ella James

Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

Subject to Change by Alessandra Thomas

If you’d like to, feel free to add me on Goodreads to see my progress!

Fan Art Fridays: Shia LaBeouf at #ALLMYMOVIES

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few days, you’ll already know that Shia LaBeouf watched all his movies in reverse chronological order from November 10th to November 12th at the Angelika Film Center as part of his latest performance art project called #ALLMYMOVIES. Admission was free, so you can imagine how many people were waiting to enter that theater. The whole thing was live streamed, so we had a front row seat of Shia’s face the entire three days.

A fan in what looks like the concession area or lobby of the theater sketched an awesome drawing of Shia watching his movies. The sketch has a slightly courtroom cartoon look to it, which is ironic because in a way the audience and Shia himself were like judges evaluating his filmography during #ALLMYMOVIES.

As I mentioned last week, every Fan Art Fridays during NaNoWriMo will also have a fan fiction presented at the end, so here’s this week’s!

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Enjoy, and view the original sketch on Twitter.

8 Not-So-Spooky Halloween Movies

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I’m going to be honest here: I do not like scary movies. I just cannot sit in front of a screen while a character is being repeatedly tortured, brutally murdered and/or frightened to near death. Call me a scaredy-cat, a wimp or any other names you want–I don’t care.

I’m sure I’m not the only one, and this distaste doesn’t have ruin your Halloween film-watching escapades. No need to jump out of your PJs screaming, because here’s a list of eight not-so-spooky Halloween movies for you to enjoy!

1. Corpse Bride (2005): This move was created with so much beautiful artistry that there’s no time to feel afraid by it. Those who love a little bit of romance will enjoy this Tim Burton classic.


2. Young Frankenstein (1974): 
Turn your screams into laughs with this hilarious parody version of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Who would have thought that such a horrid disaster could be so funny?


3. Disturbia (2007): 
It’s kind of hard to believe they were able to work some funny bits into this film. Become a spy while Kale, a student on house arrest for punching his Spanish teacher solves a neighborhood crime.

4. Vacancy (2007): Check into Pinewood Motel with Amy and David–or don’t actually, because you might end up the victim of snuff film. The couple’s paranoia becomes mildly laughable in some scenes.

 5. Warm Bodies (2013): Who doesn’t love a hopelessly romantic zombie? Warm Bodies will indeed warm your entire body, from the inside out.

6. Haunting Hour: Don’t Think About It (2007): This family film is based on an R.L. Stine book of the same name. Oh, and the “evil thing”? I dare you NOT to think about it.

7. Edward Scissorhands (1990): A bedtime story about a man with scissors for hands who doesn’t try to intentionally harm people, and he even styles hair?! Where can I find him?

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8. Oscar’s Hotel (2014): Unlike Vacancy‘s Pinewood Hotel, Oscar’s Hotel is one you might actually want to check into. This short film by YouTuber PJ Liguori (KickThePJ) is loads of fun, featuring monsters, a crazy uncle, and YouTubers Mitchell Davis (livelavalive) and Chris Kendall (crabstickz).

 

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Have a happy and safe Halloween 2014!

Books That Will Be Released as Movies in 2014

Fandoms of all book series of the world unite!

2014 will be a year packed with amazing films based on some of the best selling books from previous years.

There are so many to keep up with, so here’s a list of movies to look out for this year:

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Endless Love
based on the book by Scott Spencer
Release Date: February 14, 2014

Starring: Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde

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Winter’s Tale
based on the novel by Mark Helprin
Release Date: February 14, 2014

Starring: Jennifer Connelly and Russell Crowe

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Divergent based on the novel by Veronica Roth

Release Date: March 21, 2014

Starring: Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet, and Theo James

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Noah
based on the Biblical story of Noah’s Ark
Release Date: March 28, 2014

Starring: Emma Watson, Russell Crowe, and Logan Lerman

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The Fault in Our Stars based on the novel by John Green

Release Date: June 6, 2014
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, and Nat Wolff


The Hundred-Foot Journey
based on the novel by Richard C. Morais
Release Date: August 8, 2014
Starring: Helen Mirren, Madame Mallory, and Om Purri


The Giver
based on the book by Lois Lowry
Release Date: August 15, 2014
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Brandon Thwaites, Meryl Streep, and Taylor Swift


This is Where I Leave You base
d on the novel by Jonathan Tropper
Release Date: September 12, 2014
Starring: Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, and Jane Fonda


Gone Girl based on the novel by Gillian Flynn

Release Date: October 3, 2014
Starring: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Niel Patrick Harris, and Tyler Perry


The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay (Part 1) based on the third novel from the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
Release Date: November 21, 2014
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth

There’s still time to read all of the books on this list  if you haven’t already!

2014 is looking like it’s going to be a great year for film!