Fun Size may be the only production from kid-centric studio Nickelodeon to also feature underage drinking (complete with red solo cups) and boob groping. The murky demographic for the movie ends up hurting the well-intentioned Halloween flick — it's not quite suitable for the young ones nor is it funny or wild enough for the Gossip Girl crowd which director Josh Schwartz (creator of the show) knows well. Instead we get a floundering trick or treat adventure that reduces the colorful twisted holiday to a meandering situational comedy.
Nick TV grad Victoria Justice (Victorious) stars as Wren a high school "geek" who finds herself unable to bag the guy of her dreams (who adores her) but finds a glimmer of hope in the big cool kids' Halloween party. Ready for a night out with her best friend April (Jane Levy) Wren thinks life is finally going her way until her Mom (Chelsea Handler) sticks her with her troublemaking little brother Albert (Jackson Nicoll) for the night. If chaperoning Albert wasn't already the worst thing in the world Wren finds herself in an even bigger dilemma when her brother wanders off into his own night of mischievous debauchery.
The "one crazy night" formula fits perfectly with Halloween but Fun Size struggles to find interesting material for its eclectic ensemble. Unlike many of the young actresses who have previously collaborated with Schwartz Justice seems unable to crack his voice and comedic style. She's too hip to too aware to play someone struggling with high school. The material doesn't serve her or Levy either; off-color jokes and a bizarre sense of entitlement turn them into two people you don't want to see succeed. Luckily for the audience during their sweeping search for Albert Wren and April cross paths with two true nerd-looking boys: Roosevelt (Thomas Mann) and Peng (Osric Chau) who along with feeling like real teenagers actually land a joke or two.
Interwoven into this speedy adventure — Fun Size clocks in at a little over 75 minutes giving little time to flesh out our teenage heroes — is Albert's encounter with a convenience store clerk named Fuzzy. The adults of Fun Size see the ten-year-old Albert as a parter-in-crime rather than a lost little boy. Fuzzy recruits him for a raid on his ex-girlfriend's house; after running away he meets a lady who brings him to a nightclub. At one point a sleazebag kidnaps Albert and locks him in his bedroom. If Fun Size were madcap it may all make sense. Instead things just happen — and it's not hilarious scary or even deranged.
Nick's '90s sitcom Pete & Pete created an amazing sense of weirdness and heart in its exploits of two teenage brothers. Anyone could watch and enjoy it. Fun Size has a beautiful look (the colors of Halloween are mesmerizing) and Schwartz as always has impeccable soundtrack tastes but when it comes to telling a story that feels both relatable and wonderfully weird — what Pete & Pete did so well — the movie falls flat. It's stereotype humor (the movie packs many a fat and gay joke) doesn't cut it — when paired to Nick's best efforts the movie lives up to the title: a bite-size portion of a bigger better cinematic sweet.
Blake Lively has the most enviable, most expensive shoe wardrobe on TV (and frankly, in real life, too). The 24-year-old teeters on 5-inch Prada heels, Brian Atwood platform pumps and every kind of Louboutin imaginable.
In fact, she even got the whole Louboutin spring collection sent to her house last year.
But we've uncovered the Gossip Girl star's little behind-the-scenes secret: her feet are killing her.
All of that high-heel wearing has turned her into a closet flip flops and flats fan.
Of course, Serena van der Woodsen (and the show's costume designer Eric Daman) cannot live without sky-high heels.
So, for now, poor Blake will have to make due with the good old-fashioned shoe swap.
See her commuter-lady switcheroo in action on the set:
From strappy Dior to earthy Toms
From spiked Brian Atwood pumps to flip flops
From pretty Pradas to plain thongs
From sky-high boots to Uggs!
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From the moment we found out young actress AnnaSophia Robb would step into Carrie Bradshaw's pre-Sex and The City shoes, the question on every fashionsta's mind is: can Mini-Carrie live up to Sarah Jessica Parker's unmistakable style legacy?
Hollywood.com obtained a photo (below) from the Manhattan set of the CW's Carrie Diaries pilot, and from the looks of it, young Carrie is the perfect approximation of what our favorite sex columnist's 80s teen style. Throughout the six seasons and a movie (plus one!) for the beloved HBO series, fans saw Carrie Bradshaw don countless voluminous tulle skirts, and it appears designer Eric Daman (who also works on Gossip Girl and got his start on SATC) has got the retrograde style down. On March 23, the CW released the first official photo of Robb as Carrie, and she donned the extravagant skirt and sweater combo, similar to the look we see in this photo from the set in which she's wearing a black tulle skirt speckled with multicolored sequins and a jean jacket.
Carrie was known for combining glamorous, over-the-top pieces with simple, casual items and for a few signature styles — i.e. the "Carrie" necklace, oversized fur coats, massive silk flower pins, and of course, the mega bun. It appears the teen Carrie is developing some styles of her own: a penchant for sequins and green tops.
Are you head over Manolos for mini-Carrie's look? Or are you already clamoring for your old Sex and the City DVDs? AnnaSophia Robb, who plays Carrie Bradshaw pictured on the set of the upcoming tv series "The Carrie Diaries" in Midtown, Manhattan. [Photo Credit: Spash] More:Carrie Diaries First Look: AnnaSophia Robb Gets Carried AwaySarah Jessica Parker Cheers on Teen Carrie BradshawCW's Carrie Diaries: 5 Things To Know