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We hate to break it to you, but The Grand Budapest Hotel is actually an early 20th century German department store. But don't let that bit of fictionalization kill the dream of a vacation inspired by your favorite film. These real-life accommodations set the stage for movie murder, plotting, and romance, and are a must for a cinephile's perfect getaway.
Mountain Lake Lodge — Dirty Dancing
Pembroke, Virginia's Mountain Lake Lodge played the role of Catskills resort Kellerman's in the '80s classic. Guests can even choose to book a special Dirty Dancing weekend with dance lessons, a trivia contest, and a scene-specific tour of the grounds. Transformational first love not guaranteed.
Safari Inn — True Romance
When you're in Los Angeles, follow in the footsteps of Clarence and Alabama and hole up in the '50s-fabulous Safari Inn. The motel and its famous neon sign have also appeared in movies like Apollo 13, as well as on TV in Six Feet Under, Monk, and more.
Beverly Wilshire Hotel — Pretty Woman
Those with deep pockets (or "uncles" with deep pockets) can relive Vivian's fairy tale in the extravagant Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire. The famous shops of Rodeo Drive are handy for any necessary revenge shopping sprees.
Timberline Lodge — The Shining
Guests at the Timberline Lodge in Oregon don't usually lose their minds during their stay; they prefer to hit the slopes. The exterior we know as the creepy Overlook Hotel is actually a National Historic Landmark and famous ski destination that was built during the '30s as a part of the Works Projects Administration.
The Stanley Hotel — Dumb and Dumber
If you've got a briefcase full of cash and a best friend who's as clueless as you are, Colorado's Stanley Hotel is the place for you. Stumble up the magnificent staircase or have a drink in the hotel bar where Lloyd Christmas first realizes that we made it to the moon. Bonus movie cred: Stephen King conceived the idea for The Shining when staying at The Stanley, which is considered by many to be haunted. It took over the part of the Overlook in the TV miniseries adaptation.
What a long, strange trip it's been, Internet. We've all grown so close, learned so much about each other, and really explored our feelings. Together. And now, finally, a chance to reminisce about things you forgot you remembered. For the low-attention span-havers in our midsts, a quick breakdown: The judges complained, old randos performed, and now there are four. But! Let's not get ahead of ourselves in recapping this week's most bloated results show. Instead, let us wistfully waltz together down the path of least persistence. Bring your fancy hat!
The judges forgot to put on their big kid pants today (well, everyone except Cee Lo, natch) and were somehow either a.) surprised, or b.) not happy that they had to numerically grade their performers this evening. Regardless, Carson kept our Petulant Baby Choir on task, but not without a few "this sucks," "everything is crappy," "I don't want to choose"-type rants thrown in for good measure. The judges know what America wants, and that is the slow, painful regurgitation of grievances while getting paid many pennies to make a few choices. “I'm very uncomfortable and it is very awkward,” says Cee Lo, and we have to agree.
Contractually obligated relevancy night has arrived! At long last! Because when you're waiting for the fate of these singers to be announced, a lot of song and dance featuring last year's top four is way more interesting. Who are these people again?
Even our darling, figurative Clarence St. Clair is fed up. When it came time to design the set for Dia Frampton's “Don't Kick the Chair” segment, he is enraged by the sheer inanity of it all and throws every chair in the studio onto the stage. “Brilliant!” the producers shouted. And it stayed. It's so subversive and counterintuitive, you see, because the song is about chairs. Oh yeah, Kid Cudi was there, too. Woo.
NEXT: Team Christina turns into an army of oneI know you guys don't know this about me, but my favorite part of this show is definitely when we talk to President of the World nominee Christina Milian, for sure. She really knows how to talk social media in her role of social media correspondent. Look at her interviewing the yearbook photos of old The Voice contestants and not once mentioning social media! She is nothing if not consistent.
We've entered the thunderdome, or at least Christina has, because girlfriend is channeling some serious Aunty Entity business right now. (I hope that means Carson is Mad Max.) Poor, dear, sweet, too-nice-for-her-own-good Lindsey let the blind woman do her make-up again and now she has purple eyebrows and streaks of pastel in her hairline. It looks like she got crayon'd by a four year old. We don't need another hero — we just need a real make-up artist, you guys! Christina doles out her points with an even 50/50 split for Chris and Lindsey, and let's just say it together, America: WHAT A COP OUT.
Chris Mann wins out with America's votes! Sorry, Lindsey. Moms: can't beat 'em!
NEXT: Cee Lo Green as Al CaponeAmerica: Cee Lo looks like a 1920s Chicago mobster hiding a family of four (kittens) in that suit. Talk about a zoo suit riot. As for the performance with Vicci Martinez: I think I just experienced a three-minute coma. Where am I? Who am I? What just happened on that stage that bored me into a coma? Why do I care about this again?
Up next is the complete nail-biter elimination: Team Adam. At this point I go get a snack because, duh, America. You are so easy to read, you are like a book. A picture book with one page, and the only image on that page is a giant sparkly heart with Tony Lucca's face in the middle. “It's not so much about winning The Voice,” explains Adam Levine, millionaire rock star who doesn't have to worry about heading back to a life of red staplers and obscurity. Right, because no one actually comes on these shows to win. Winning is for losers! Har har har. Adam's point split is 60/40 for Tony, explaining that while Blake is wearing is letterman's jacket, Tony is the bro he wouldn't mind copping a feel with out behind the bleachers at the middle school. Tee-hee! Adam is already consoling Katrina for her loss that hasn't been announced yet. You can't prevent the future; sorry Katrina.
...And then in the biggest upset in The Voice history... Katrina actually takes the crowd vote! Ha ha ha, sorry! Just kidding guys. You didn't believe that line did you? You didn't, and if Carson had said it, she wouldn't have believed it either. As shocking as when the sun comes up in the morning, Tony Lucca takes the rose America has grown, gilded in gold, and thrown at him to become Adam's finalist.
NEXT: A bunch of performances nobody cares aboutIn between leading UN discussions regarding malaria and world hunger, Christina Milian checks in to wish Erin Willett a birthday. And oh look! A cupcake.
Cyndi Lauper & Beverly McClellan are up next and this show is only halfway through. Cyndi Lauper is such a head queen goddess boss lady that Beverly doesn't even get the option of performing a song of her own. Burn, Bev. It's Cyndi's way or the highway, y'all. Too bad they both sounded like children trying to sing a song whilst jumping on a trampoline.
Not to be outdone, Javier Colon mediocritizes us to sleep with “A Drop in the Ocean,” which sounds like every single song the sensitive dudes in college used to sing out on the quad. They're actually forming a class-action lawsuit for stealing their collective identity. This guy won the show last year?
In another act of logistical wienerdom, Blake splits his votes 50/50 between Erin and Jermaine, which is probably the most pointless thing to do on this show. Happy birthday to you, Erin Willett, now get off the stage! Let's blame Christina Milian. It was probably her idea.
NEXT: The wondertwins severedNow it's time for Cee Lo's team. See, if Cee Lo was ever the one laying down all those whines about it being the worst to have to eliminate someone, I would believe him, because it is a scientific fact that his team is far superior to anyone else on this show. Cee Lo keeps it real, though, and gives America a serious dose of the Real Talk: He has the two strongest contestants on the show. (Also the cryingest.) Cee Lo, always the consummate professional, split his votes 60/40 to Juliet. He throws some light shade at Christina and Blake for their 50/50 business, and I suddenly feel overcome with an urge to act as if I'm in a Baptist church on Sunday. Preach it, Cee Lo!
Thankfully, my future BFF Juliet Simms is in the finals, which is perfect timing because our “Best Friends Forever” necklaces are nearly finished. She can wear it during the finale on Monday!
What do you think about America's decisions? Are you happy with the final four? Would you do anything different if you were a judge? Do you think Juliet Simms and my BFF necklaces should be chartreuse or cerulean? Internet, we need your opinions, and we need them now! Comment away below, my dudes.
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Ever since Whitney Houston's shocking death last Saturday the entertainment industry has gone to great lengths to pay tribute to the legendary singer. Not only did Jennifer Hudson put on a breath-taking performance at the Grammy Awards in her honor, but even the Fox hit show Glee dedicated last night's episode to the beloved artist as well. However, it doesn't seem to be ending there. It's now being said that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will also pay tribute to Houston by ordering flags to be flown at half-staff during her funeral service on Saturday.
During a press conference on Tuesday, Christie lamented about the superstar's death, saying, "Obviously, Whitney Houston was an important part of the fabric -- the cultural fabric of this state," adding that Houston (a Newark native), is in the "pantheon of great New Jersey musical talents" much like the great Frank Sinatra and Bruce Springsteen. Additionally he stated, "Her terribly premature death is an awful loss for her family and the incredible New Jersey musical family. Our prayers are with her family."
Christie issued the same flag-raising order last year after the death of Clarence Clemons. As of now, his office is in contact with Houston's family for further details about the service. The invitation-only funeral will take place on Saturday at noon at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark.
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Source: News Channel 5