The Other Woman

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: A man bringing three women together for all the wrong reasons never felt so right. The Other Woman has drawn comparisons to other female-powered revenge comedies like The First Wives Club and John Tucker Must Die, but doesn’t have the same luster as either film. The Nick Cassavetes-directed comedy induces good laughs here and there, yet recycles the same formulas as similar films. The characters written by rookie screenwriter Melissa Stack and brought to life by an attractive and likable cast also feel cliched. Still, there’s just something that feels so good about seeing ladies sticking up for each other, even when the circumstances are odd.

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The Other Woman first introduces us to Carly (Cameron Diaz), a hard-working and brainy New York City attorney. She finds a special someone in the form of Mark (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), who helps provide funding for start-up companies. However, her special someone isn’t all what he seems after Carly unexpectedly comes face-to-face with Mark’s wife Kate (Leslie Mann). Instead of fighting over the man, Carly and Kate develop a very interesting friendship and try to get back at Mark for two-timing the both of them. In the process, they find out there is yet another woman in the equation: Amber (Kate Upton)—young, blonde, voluptuous, and “every wife’s waking nightmare” according to Carly. Amber eventually becomes an ally to Carly and Kate, and so the pair becomes a trio with a mission to sabotage. The leads are backed up by a slew of colorful supporting characters which includes Carly’s sassy secretary Lydia (Nicki Minaj in her film debut), Carly’s wisecracking playboy father Frank (Don Johnson), and Kate’s brother Phil (Taylor Kinney).

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The theme of female solidarity is definitely empowering and sends out a clear message that women shouldn’t be looked to unfairly when it comes to cheating. But as humorous as the movie is throughout, it’s hard to ignore some of the stereotyping of ladies in romantic comedies and film in general: Carly is portrayed as standoffish, Kate is emotionally unstable, and Amber is simply the hot girl. Weirdly, all of the actresses are all well-suited for their roles. That’s not to put any of them down as a film such as this one isn’t meant to be taken that seriously: If you’re going to cast someone to play an obligatory young swimsuit model type, might as well cast Kate Upton. If you need someone to play the bubbly and very chatty woman with a high-pitched voice, might as well cast Leslie Mann, who—by the way—is my personal favorite part of the movie. She plays the hysterical and oddball part so naturally, but as Mark’s wife, her subtlety attracts sympathy for the character in the more serious scenes. The three actresses altogether share an adorable chemistry, and they’re fun to watch in their scenes of bonding (and conflict).

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As a purely escapist film, one shouldn’t expect too much from The Other Woman. It could’ve been a top-quality comedy with a better-developed script, less sloppy editing that doesn’t include useless shots or “blink and you’ll miss it” scenes, and less predictability. The acts of revenge also could’ve used more originality. SPOILER: Putting laxatives into someone else’s drink is so American Pie! What eventually happens to Mark at the conclusion is actually pretty hilarious and the film mostly is fairly feel-good fun. It could’ve been very memorable in a positive way, but it falls short of its potential. Instead, The Other Woman is just another sweet but average girly movie.

As far as comedies, chick flicks, and new movies go, this one isn’t an absolute must-see, but it’s ideal for a hearty girls’ night out or even a very early Mother’s Day treat. It’ll probably be best enjoyed a year or two from now on Netflix or on cable television on a lazy day in. I say feel free to make a date with another movie this weekend.

Written By Karen Datangel: A San Francisco girl through and through. She has called the City by the Bay (and its suburbs) home for all of her 20+ years and counting, earned her B.A. in Journalism from San Francisco State University, and proudly wears the colors of the Giants and 49ers. When this budding freelance entertainment/lifestyle journalist and blogger isn’t writing or working at her day job, she’s obsessing over film, pop music, baseball, and cats and impressing loved ones and strangers with her contemporary pop culture knowledge. She also enjoys exploring new hot spots and frequenting familiar places in and around her city as well as others.

“Scandal” Explosion!

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After watching the latest episodes of this season, things are heating up quickly and there could be some surprises at the end! Will Sally Langston die when the bomb goes off in the church? Will Olivia’s father, Rowan, be rushed to the hospital in time, after Maya, Olivia’s mother, shot him?  Who will go after Maya after she shot Rowan and made plans to bomb the church where the President was going to be? With only one episode left of season three, Scandal has us all wondering what will happen next! After the surprising murder of James Novak a few episodes back, viewers do not know if they should expect another death in the season finale, but it is definitely possible. I could not believe that the Scandal writers killed off James. He had a lot going for him. He had a child, a good job and a husband. But, James kept digging up information about the defiance conspiracy and in the end, he was used to cover up the truth behind the murder of Sally Langston’s husband. James’s murder was passed off to look like a carjacking that went terribly wrong.

During the last episode I was glued to my TV, while I also adamantly checked Twitter to see what others think will happen. Many viewers thought that Mellie’s secret was going to be revealed, but it leaves us thinking that it will be exposed in the season finale. Who is really Jerry’s biological father? The latest episode left us with many cliffhangers and there are several possible outcomes for the finale. What will happen next? As Maya activated the bomb in the last moments of the episode, one or even several characters could die in the finale. Here is a look at some of these characters and potential scenarios.

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Sally Langston

Sally is at the church where the bomb is located. Jake informed Cyrus about the location of the bomb, but Cyrus decided not to tell anyone. This makes us all think that during the finale the bomb will go off and Fitz’s competition, Sally, could be killed. Leo Bergen, Sally’s campaign consultant, is also seen standing next to Sally at the church. Will Leo die? We also have to consider all of the people at the church attending the senator’s funeral. If the church is not evacuated, many innocent lives will be lost.

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Andrew is also inside the church with Sally Langston. Mellie and Andrew have kept their distance ever since Andrew decided that he would rather be a vice president than Mellie’s lover. What will Mellie do if she finds out that Cyrus knew about the bomb? Will Andrew get out in time, or will Mellie be left alone with no man to love her? If Andrew does get out in time, it is possible that he may reconsider his values and end up rekindling his love for Mellie.

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Rowan Pope

After being shot by Olivia’s mother, Rowan is seen gasping for air in the latest episode. In the season finale preview, he is bleeding out and is rushed to the hospital. Will he survive? Viewers were also left wondering what Maya has planned next. Can Olivia Pope use her Gladiator team to find Maya?

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Mellie Grant

A few episodes back, Mellie was shown remembering how Fitz’s father took advantage of her. Mellie is not sure who the biological father of her son is. We thought that Mellie was going to break down and tell Olivia about it, but she kept quiet and is waiting until the paternity test results come back. Will Mellie’s secret be revealed? Is Jerry’s biological father Fitz, Andrew or Fitz’s father?

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After Cyrus learned about the location of the bomb, he decided not to tell anyone about it. How will Cyrus live with himself knowing that he could have stopped the church from exploding? Is this his personal revenge after James was killed?

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Harrison Wright

Harrison found out where Maya planned to execute her bomb plans and he was greeted by Adnan Saliff. Will Harrison be able to talk to Adnan and convince her to stop the explosion? Or, will Adnan kill Harrison?

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Huck and Quinn

Huck and Quinn, or should I say #HuckleberryQuinn, had a steamy hook up on the latest episode. Will they continue their steamy romance, or will Charlie find out and punish Quinn? Viewers are wondering if Quinn will ever be a Gladiator again, after she became part of B-613 and works for Charlie. Maybe Huck will bring her back to her Gladiator family.

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The Election

In the middle of all this drama, President Fitz is still trying to win the election. If Sally Langston dies, will the election continue? Maybe Fitz will finally be able to win an election without it being rigged. Or, will Olivia’s complications with Maya and Cyrus’s secret ruin Fitz’s chances of winning fair and square? Olivia is very determined she will do just about anything to make sure that Fitz is reelected for a second term.

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Scandal’s season finale airs TONIGHT at 10/9 p.m. cst, on ABC. Make sure to tune in and see this explosive ending, so all (or most) of our questions can be answered!

Oculus

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From its sinister, blood-rushing first scene, Oculus manages to spike both your adrenaline and your expectations. Although neither of them stay high for very long, they do manage to plateau before sinking too far.

If you’re hoping for 2014’s answer to Paranormal Activity, you’ll have to look somewhere else. On its own, Oculus is an impressively tense mind bender, with just enough blood and pop-out scares to satisfy without saturating.  Even the usage of recording equipment avoids the feeling of overuse, as it’s expertly woven into a tale of specter-driven murders and childhood flashbacks.

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Having just been released from a mental institution following the traumatic murder of his parents ten years prior, 21-year-old Tim (played by Brenton Thwaites) is reintroduced to the real world via his big sister Kaylie (Karen Gillan sans Scottish accent). Tim, who is no longer haunted by his memories, finds himself suddenly haunted by his sister, who is determined to prove his innocence by destroying the real culprit behind their parents’ death: a nefarious haunted mirror. Tim is reluctant to relive the nightmare of his youth, insisting that he and Kaylie should just move on.

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Kaylie is unshakeable when it comes keeping the promise they made to destroy the mirror when they were “big and strong” enough. At times seeming close to a mental breakdown herself, Kaylie drags her brother back to their childhood home, where she has set up video cameras, lights, plants, and various alarms…all of which are to be used to document proof that the mirror is bad news.

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Director Mike Flanagan keeps your head spinning as the mirror “wakes up” and starts twisting reality for the brother/sister duo. The mysterious entity from within not only manifests as the glow-eyed ghosts of its previous victims, but also makes the characters hallucinate, adding and subtracting to the real world. Kaylie points out that they can’t trust anything- not even the voices on the other ends of their phones can be believed. The mirror further disorients them by forcing them into flashbacks of the time leading up to their parents’ deaths, reinstilling the confusion and terror felt the night of the murders.

Viewers are kept wound tight with suspense, constantly wondering whether a scene is real, or merely a product of the mirror’s devious scheme. And the film deftly handles the tangling of the flashbacks and present day, making it work without seeming cheesy or confusing. A frightening, childish desperation permeates the second half of the movie, and seeps out to infect the audience.

With an ending that will stop your heart, Oculus is an entertaining thriller that is certainly worth watching.

Written by Saxmei Milano: is a twenteen-year-old creative writer who likes tenors, popcorn, and bright lights. She currently lives just outside of NYC with her grandparents and a giant dog. When she is not out talking to strangers, she is usually watching Law and Order: SVU marathons. She loves to smile and make rhymes. Her favorite people are ones with accents (of ANY kind).”

Date Night!

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Filled with everything from nerves to finding the outfit, the perfect date night can be stressful. Luckily we’re here to make your date-night easier with the perfect make-up for your big night.

It’s important to realize that you got the date for a reason, so focus on highlighting your best features for the perfect date night look. Some of our favorite looks are the timeless, natural looks with a little spin.

To begin the perfect look, start with a great primer. Tarte’s Clean Slate Perfecting Primer is a great start to insure that your perfect look stays in place all night. Next, try BareMinerals foundation and bronzer to get the perfect amount of color and shine.

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Now comes the fun part. As Lauren Conrad shows us, a natural look doesn’t have to be boring. Urban Decay’s Naked3 Palette is a simple way to make the perfect blend of natural colors for the perfect date-night eye.

Try blending a few colors in your favorite palette and finishing off the eye with Tarte’s Waterproof Clay Liner to create the perfect liner look. Whether it be just following the natural line of the eye or creating a cat-eye look, this liner easily makes anything possible.

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The lip has the ability to give the classic date-night look a twist. If you’re going for a bold, sexy look, try the stunning look of Kerry Washington. No one can deny that her skin looks flawless. Start with your favorite foundation paired with a great blush and Benefit Cosmetic’s Watt’s Up soft focus highlighter.

Pair with a classically stunning red lip, such as NARS’ pure-matte lipstick in full-bodied red, for a show-stopping look. No one can deny that fabulous looking skin paired with a great lip can turn heads, but add a dramatic false lash and our Kerry inspired look will finally be complete.

For a more fun date night try adding some color to your makeup routine. Whether to make your eyes pop or just to add a little something to your normal look, color can be a bold or subtle way to spice up your date night look.

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Kim Kardashian is known for not being afraid to spice up her normal makeup routine and shows that a little color can go a long way. By using blue for her smoky-eye look, she is able to have some fun while still looking amazing.

NARS Duo Eyeshadow is the perfect way to achieve long-lasting, radiant color. With a variety of colors, you can go as light or bold as you’d like. For dark eyes, try a mixture of blues and purple and for lighter eyes try a mixture of golds and blues. This leaves your natural self looking amazing while adding a little something to make your date swoon.

Whether you’re going for a naturally beautiful look or a sexy, head turning trend, these gorgeous style icons show us that looking your best doesn’t need a ton of upkeep. With great products and the confidence to carry you on, there’s no way for you date night look to go wrong.

Written by: Kali Borovic As a student journalist, this fashionista, stargazing enthusiast and fitness aficionado loves to write about anything from health to fashion. With a passion for DIY projects and cooking, this Ohio born writer spends most of her time looking up new crafts or coming up with at-home beauty recipes for her blog, Naturally Beautiful. Kali loves to read about any topic under the sun and knows that life is best spent in lipstick, leggings and an oversized sweater.

The Model Skin Diet: Feed Your Skin

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So how do models get such spotless and picture perfect skin? They stick to a strict skin diet regimen because they know that good skin is always the symbol of effortless beauty and glowing health. Rid yourself of the junk food and products you put in your body and on your skin, which are both full of chemicals and ultimately determine the health of your complexion, so it’s key to put only healthy things in and on your body if you are looking to have perfect skin. Learn how to put your skin on the model skin diet and see your skin transform!

After the series of fashion weeks sweeping the globe I couldn’t help myself but notice how fabulous all the model’s skin looked, always so clean, dewy, even, and glowing. After researching what beauty regimens and products the models recommend during backstage interviews during the fashion weeks, I have complied a list of model skin tips or the ‘model skin diet’ for your lifestyle and beauty regimen.

So what the models are doing to keep their skin so perfect?

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Drink A LOT of water, all day.

I’m talking about go online and look up the hydration calculator based on your weight and drink that amount and then some! Drinking water throughout the day not only aids in our overall health (supporting good circulation, digestion and absorption)

The truth is, our skin is the largest organ of our body and it is made up of cells, which are made up of water. Unfortunately most people don’t understand that by not drinking enough water in a day means that the most important organs in our bodies receive the water first and our skin, usually being the last organ to receive water. We lose large amounts of water each day and we must replace it so that our skin gets optimum amounts of water to rid it of toxins and prevent wrinkles. Moreover, models always say their number one beauty secret is drinking tons of water as they claim it gives their skin an inner youthful glow and extra soft skin. To help yourself drink a lot of water throughout the day try bringing a large to go water bottle with you everywhere (but be mindful that you can harm yourself if you drink too much water, so make sure you determine how much water to drink according to your weight.

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A lot of sleep

Models make sure they get tons of sleep because they understand that our skin cannot look its best if we are under slept because, while sleeping, our body is actually repairing and renewing itself, even on a cellular level. During the sleep process our body shifts to the parasympathetic nervous system which focuses on blood flow to the skin, putting your skin in a relaxed state allowing for better circulation and oxygen flow to the skin, also known as peripheral vasodilation. Such internal action that goes on at night really bring your skin to life namely within the blood vessels, draining toxins and fluids as well as grabbing amino acid molecules to build collagen. Basically sleep is your skin’s best friend!

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Facial massage every morning and evening

If you watch enough model interviews you begin to see a common denominator between them all, when asked about their beauty secret they most likely say they give themselves a facial massage every morning and night and of course practice skin safety in the sun. Many compare facial massages to botox, claiming that its effects are game changing for your skin. Your skin, like the rest of your body, is made up of muscles that hold in toxins, stress and are often tight. Massaging these muscles on your face is a huge beauty secret for models and those in the industry, claiming that they give the models face rubs before sending them down the runway as it’s like coffee for their skin, making everything come to life. The reasoning behind facial massaging is that it relaxes the muscles and tissue of the face, softening the lines on your face as well as helping to expel toxins that cause acne. Simultaneously, this also causes your face to de-puff and also brighten the entire complexion while increasing circulation to the oxygenating the blood and encouraging the presence of fresh, healing red blood cells. Try YouTube for endless amounts of facial massage tutorials or ask your dermatologist!

Ultimately, there’s no excuse why you can’t treat your skin like a model treats their skin! These tips are fast, free and really change your skin while saving you money on expensive anti-aging creams and brighteners.

Written By: Chelsea Clishem From San Diego, California to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this bicoastal girl loves all things travel, beauty, nutrition, fitness, fashion and entertainment. Chelsea graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara where she began her journey to be an entertainment journalist. Chelsea drops the word ‘fabulous’ on the regular and believes it’s ‘okay’ to freak out with good music and fashion!

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