U.S. reality TV star Emily Maynard has stunned friends and fans by marrying automotive management consultant Tyler Johnson in South Carolina. The former The Bachelor and The Bachelorette star has already changed her name to Emily Johnson. The newlyweds became engaged in January (14), and exchanged vows at Johnson's family farm on Saturday (07Jun14).
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Lone Survivor isn't a film for the faint of heart. It's a film that beats you down and only lets you up for a few precious moments before the credits roll, but that emotional throttling is what helps make the film such a powerful experience.
Peter Berg's Lone Survivor tells the story of Operation Red Wings, primarily focusing on a group of four Navy SEALs who are sent to the mountains of Afganistan to capture or kill a member of the Taliban. The plan goes wrong, and the team has to fight for their lives to escape the enemy-infested area. The film does a marvelous job of ratcheting up the tension before collapsing into its main action sequence, one that is as thrilling as it is unsettling. The long sequence brings forth memories of the infamous D-Day opening of Saving Private Ryan, except this film's fire-fight stretches out the violence like a medieval torture device. The langourous scene is, at times, hard to sit through. Each moment slips by in coiled tension. It's undoubtedly uncomfortable, and the film makes a point to never make the violence fun or enticing. The action isn't consequence-free, and every bullet fired carries weight, making the scenes brutal and unrelenting because of it. The film takes on the aura of a horror movie that wants you to feel every second that ticks by, and director Berg makes sure that a pressing hopelessness starts to weigh on the viewer just as it does on the soldiers.
Mark Wahlberg is plenty capable as Marcus Lutrell, a member of the SEAL unit that is sent on the mission. The supporting cast plays its parts admirably by believably infusing a diverse set of personalities and values into the soldiers, while still keeping them in tune with the same military culture that governs much of their thoughts and actions. There's a great scene where a difficult decision has to be made, and the viewer gets to see the different directions to which some of the character's moral compasses are tuned. Sometimes the right thing can mean different things to different people when the risk of death is on the table. The real standout in the cast is Ben Foster, whose SO2 Matthew Alexson swirls with barely contained fury. He is darkly intense and has electric screen presence that really starts to manifest when the bullets star flying and things become dire.
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For all the good will that the film builds up in its first and second act, the final third of the film hits some snags as history demands that the story take itself to a different location, sacrificing some of the tension that it has built up. In the last 30 minutes of the film, there are some odd tonal choices that don't gel with the tension brimming in the first half. A comedic scene involving a language barrier stands out in particular.
The movie makes a point to steer clear of any political judgment, and it doesn't try to lay blame for the botched mission on any one head. And while the film never outwardly states and opinion on the conflicts that America found itself embroiled in during this time period, the searing brutality depicted in the movie highlight that no one should be subjected to the pain that these men were faced with. Made abundantly clear is the soldiers' willingness to drop everything and serve their country the best way they know how. Lone Survivor tries to honor the soldier, but not glorify war.
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Lone Survivor is at its best when it makes you feel the worst. It gives soldiers their due reverence by showcasing the true terror of the battlefield, and while the film does start to sag a bit in its third act, it's still more than worth the experience in order understand the consequences of war, and its toll on the people in the trenches.
Each week, Hollywood gives us something to whine about, and the week ending Oct. 20 was no different. We could make a drinking game out of this week, but that would be too dangerous. Instead, we'll stick to the usual formula: varying levels of alcoholic respite depending on how bothersome the week's issues are. Is your biggest complaint this week a flimsy one? How about a light cocktail to take the edge off? Got a real bone to pick with a celeb or entertainment entity this week? Go ahead, grab a drink that'll put hair on your chest. Here are the week's entertainment stories that are forcing us to seek a bubbly or boozy refuge. And maybe an idea or two about how you should wash them down.
Take the Edge Off with a tall India Pale Ale
Once a Bachelor, always a bachelor.
Yet another match made on the dating series has split up: Season 8 vets Jef Holm and Emily Maynard are donezo.
Who hit the wrong button?!
Even though the last 20 minutes might be the most exciting part of The X Factor, fans were still pretty miffed when the rest of the show wasn’t even aired on television.
Why, Brad, why?
We love Brad Pitt. We do. That’s what makes this Chanel No. 5 advertisement so much more painful…
Let Loose with a White Russian
“Paper”? What is this “paper” you speak of?We traditionalists mourn the death of printed journalism, with Newsweek as the latest victim. Crazy headlines about drunk celebrities are always more fun on newsstands.
That ship has sailed. To Italy.
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Beil are officially off the market. Sorry, every other human being alive.
How many parents is Clark Kent going to lose?!
After lengthy litigation, the original creators of Superman have lost their ownership of the comic book icon to Warner Bros. At least we’ll get a great movie out of this.
Luckily, no one was hurt when Flavor Flav threatened his fiancée and her son with a deadly weapon. But something tells me, this rapper famous for wearing plated teeth, giant clocks, and Viking helmets might be a little off…
Let’s Forget This Ever Happened with some homemade Jungle Juice
We’ve lost our Lanceness.
Rumors have long attached Lance Armstrong to the juice, but we were still depressed to see the once inspiring hero lose his place in the LiveStrong home.
So the female population is being stored in school supplies now?
When Mitt Romney spouted that eternally memeable “Binders full of women” remark, it was a strange day for America.
It’s pure insanity. And there’s another on the way.
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While many TV lovers were tuning into The Bachelorette finale and watching Emily Maynard accept Jef Holmes' proposal, younger TV fans were tuning in to watch the 2012 Teen Choice Awards on Sunday. And it was a big night for teen favorites like Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth's The Hunger Games in the movie category, while Justin Bieber stormed the Fashion and Music sections.
See below for the complete list of the 2012 Teen Choice Awards winners:
Choice Movie: Action — Abduction
Choice Movie Actor: Action — Taylor Lautner, Abduction
Choice Movie Actress: Action — Zoe Saldana, Colombiana
Choice Movie: Sci-Fi/Fantasy — The Hunger Games
Choice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy — Josh Hutcherson, The Hunger Games and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
Choice Movie Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy — Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games
Choice Movie: Drama — The Lucky One
Choice Movie Actor: Drama— Zac Efron, The Lucky One
Choice Movie Actress: Drama — Emma Stone, The Help
Choice Movie: Comedy — 21 Jump Street
Choice Movie Actor: Comedy — Channing Tatum, 21 Jump Street
Choice Movie Actress: Comedy — Emma Stone, Crazy, Stupid, Love
Choice Movie: Romance — The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1
Choice Movie Actor: Romance — Zac Efron, The Lucky One
Choice Movie Actress: Romance — Kristen Stewart, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1
Choice Movie Voice — Taylor Swift as Audrey, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
Choice Movie Chemistry — Jennifer Lawrence and Amandla Stenberg, The Hunger Games
Choice Movie Liplock — Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, The Hunger Games
Choice Movie Hissy Fit — Charlize Theron, Snow White & The Huntsman
Choice Movie Villain— Alexander Ludwig, The Hunger Games
Choice Movie Scene Stealer: Male — Liam Hemsworth, The Hunger Games
Choice Movie Scene Stealer: Female — Ashley Greene, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1
Choice Movie Breakout — Rihanna, Battleship
Choice Summer Movie: Action — The Avengers
Choice Summer Movie: Comedy/Music — Katy Perry: Part of Me
Choice Summer Movie Star: Male — Chris Hemsworth, Snow White & The Huntsman and The Avengers
Choice Summer Movie Star: Female — Kristen Stewart, Snow White & The Huntsman
Choice TV Show: Drama — Pretty Little Liars
Choice TV Actor: Drama — Ian Harding, Pretty Little Liars
Choice TV Actress: Drama — Lucy Hale, Pretty Little Liars
Choice TV Show: Fantasy/Sci-Fi — The Vampire Diaries
Choice TV Actor: Fantasy/Sci-Fi — Ian Somerhalder, The Vampire Diaries
Choice TV Actress: Fantasy/Sci-Fi — Nina Dobrev, The Vampire Diaries
Choice TV Show: Action — CSI: Miami
Choice TV Actor: Action — Adam Rodriguez, CSI: Miami
Choice TV Actress: Action — Linda Hunt, NCIS: Los Angeles
Choice TV Show: Comedy — Glee
Choice TV Actor: Comedy — Chris Colfer, Glee
Choice TV Actress: Comedy — Lea Michele, Glee
Choice TV: Animated Show — The Simpsons
Choice TV: Male Personality — Simon Cowell, The X Factor
Choice TV: Female Personality — Jennifer Lopez, American Idol
Choice TV: Reality Competition Show — The X Factor
Choice TV: Reality Show — Punk’d
Choice TV: Male Reality Star — Paul "DJ Pauly D" DelVecchio, Jersey Shore and The Pauly D Project
Choice TV: Female Reality Star — The Kardashians, Keeping Up with the Kardashians
Choice Summer TV Show — Teen Wolf
Choice Summer TV Star: Female — Troian Bellisario, Pretty Little Liars
Choice Summer TV Star: Male — Tyler Posey, Teen Wolf
Choice TV Villain — Janel Parrish, Pretty Little Liars
Choice TV Female Scene Stealer — Candice Accola, The Vampire Dairies
Choice TV Male Scene Stealer — Michael Trevino, The Vampire Diaries
Choice TV Breakout Show — The X Factor
Choice TV Breakout Star: Female — Hannah Simone, New Girl
Choice TV Breakout Star: Male — Beau Mirchoff, Awkward
Choice Male Artist — Justin Bieber
Choice Female Artist — Taylor Swift
Choice Music Group — Selena Gomez & The Scene
Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Artist — Nicki Minaj
Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Song — “Starships,” Nicki Minaj
Choice Rock Group — fun.
Choice Rock Song — “Paradise,” Coldplay
Choice Electronic Dance Music (EDM) Artist — David Guetta
Choice Single by a Group — “We Are Young,” fun. featuring Janelle Monáe
Choice Single by a Female Artist — “Eyes Open,” Taylor Swift
Choice Single by a Male Artist — “Boyfriend,” Justin Bieber
Choice Male Country Artist — Hunter Hayes
Choice Female Country Artist — Taylor Swift
Choice Country Song — “Sparks Fly,” Taylor Swift
Choice Country Group — Lady Antebellum
Choice Summer Song — “Call Me Maybe,” Carly Rae Jepsen
Choice Love Song — “What Makes You Beautiful,” One Direction
Choice Break-Up Song — “Payphone,” Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa
Choice Summer Music Star: Female — Demi Lovato
Choice Summer Music Star: Male — Justin Bieber
Choice Summer Music Star: Group — One Direction
Choice Music: Breakout Artist — Carly Rae Jepsen
Choice Music: Breakout Group — One Direction
Choice Fashion Icon: Female — Katy Perry
Choice Fashion Icon: Male — Justin Bieber
Choice Female Hottie — Miley Cyrus
Choice Male Hottie — Ian Somerhalder
Choice Female Athlete — Serena Williams (Tennis)
Choice Male Athlete — David Beckham (Soccer)
Choice Book — “The Hunger Games” trilogy, Suzanne Collins
Choice Comedian — Ellen DeGeneres
Choice Twit — Demi Lovato
Choice Web Star — Sophia Grace and Rosie
Choice Video Game — Just Dance 3
Choice Social Network — Facebook
Katy Perry Adds Rapper to Her Resume — VIDEO
Justin Bieber Reaches 25 Million Twitter Followers
2012 Teen Choice
Easy A a teen sex comedy with no actual sex aims rather conspicuously to plumb the best bits of Diablo Cody and Alexander Payne in its upside-down self-consciously campy take on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. In the role of its high-school Hester Prynne is Emma Stone the sly husky heroine of last year’s surprise hit Zombieland. Tested by a film that is far less clever than its director Will Gluck or screenwriter Bert Royal would have us believe (and they desperately want us to believe) she passes with flying colors delivering a performance that should elevate her into the upper echelon of actresses possessing brains and beauty in equal measure.
Stone plays Olive the kind of quick-witted hyper-literate teen that our educational system produces in ever-diminishing numbers. (If it ever produced them to begin with.) More knowing and sophisticated than others her age she is nonetheless not immune to the pressure of peers and the dread of being labeled a loser. Under duress by a prying friend (Aly Michalka) to dish the details of her birthday weekend a rather mundane affair mainly spent jumping on her bed to the tune of Natasha Bedingfield’s pop monstrosity “Pocket Full of Sunshine ” she feels compelled to embellish a bit and concocts an entirely fictional account of losing her virginity (dubbed the “V-Card” by Royal trying too hard) to a boy from a junior college across town.
Word of Olive’s deflowering spreads with startling speed aided by the incessant rumor-mongering of a catty Evangelical eavesdropper (Amanda Bynes). Suddenly branded a tramp on account of a seemingly harmless little lie Olive opts to embrace her newly tarnished reputation and put it to good use. In a viciously stratified social environment where even the most awkward acne-plagued pariah can earn respect and even admiration from members of the upper castes for having gone All the Way Olive anoints herself the Mother Theresa of (fake) sluts bestowing her blessing upon downtrodden gents in need of a reputation boost. And she resolves to look the part too traipsing around in scandalous bustiers and affixing the letter “A” to her chest.
There are limits to Easy A’s Scarlet Letter conceit overly Glee-ful tone forced repartee and pop-culture references (John Hughes is invoked so many times he should get a producer credit). Which is why director Gluck must be grateful to have found Stone who handles the verbal calisthenics of Royal’s script with charm and verve and a certain effortless appeal that keeps us engaged even as the film wallows in contrived irony and heavy-handedness. Keep your eye on her.