Talent often runs in the family -- just ask the Jacksons (maybe not LaToya) -- and so it comes as no surprise that many celebrities also have siblings who share their aspirations in entertainment. While some successfully strike out on their own like Solange Knowles, others stay perpetually in the shadows of their sibling's success. So what new faces have recently emerged from some famous family trees?
The little sis of the The Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco recently made headlines after she won her audition for The Voice. The aspiring singer was currently working as Cuoco's personal assistant, but given the tears Kaley shed during the audition, the two are clearly close. Briana has also made bit appearances on The Mentalist and The Big Bang Theory thanks to her family connection, but we'll have to wait and see if she can survive on The Voice on her own musical merit.
In the ultimate case of Single White Female, Lindsay Lohan's half-sister has recently clawed her way into the media spotlight after it was revealed she underwent plastic surgery five times to resemble her sister. The formerly fresh-faced 18 year-old now resembles more a sad Cabbage Patch kid than her famous sibling. As if this family wasn't dysfunctional enough, Horn only recently learned of her status as the love child of Michael Lohan after he took a paternity test on a daytime talk show in 2012. Something tells us Lohan didn't do a victory dance
Sharing the same surname and bewitching beauty as her famous sister, Sofia Vergara, this up and coming actress has already cemented her sex-symbol status by appearing on the cover of Maxim. While technically not Sofia's biological sister, Sandra is her first cousin and was adopted by Sofia's parents when she was a month old. While she won't be appearing on Pepsi billboards anytime soon, Sandra has landed small rolls on CSI: Miami, the film Fright Night and a recurring role in The Bold and the Beautiful.
It's often the younger sibling who wants to follow in their famous brother or sister's footsteps, but for Gemma Styles (older sister of One Direction's Harry Styles) — she was a late bloomer. Gemma shares her brother's passion for music and allegedly already has a demo in the bag with an album soon to follow. Her brother is very supportive and the two share a close relationship (he does have her name tattooed on his arm). Plus it doesn't hurt to have a built-in, rabid fan base at your disposal.
True sibling rivalry is when you share a Burberry modeling campaign, play a friendly game of polo in the English countryside and calorie-count your biscuits together. Well, the first part is true for Alex Watson, the smoldering hot and professional model brother of Emma Watson. He pals around with Malfoy, walks the red carpet and looks sexy with his hair pushed back — he's already well on his way to continuing the family tradition.
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Theatrics slapstick and cheer are cinematic qualities you rarely find outside the realm of animation. Disney perfected it with their pantheon of cartoon classics mixing music humor spectacle and light-hearted drama that swept up children while still capturing the imaginations and hearts of their parents. But these days even reinterpretations of fairy tales get the gritty make-over leaving little room for silliness and unfiltered glee. Emerging through that dark cloud is Mirror Mirror a film that achieves every bit of imagination crafted by its two-dimensional predecessors and then some. Under the eye of master visualist Tarsem Singh (The Fall Immortals) Mirror Mirror's heightened realism imbues it with the power to pull off anything — and the movie never skimps on the anything.
Like its animated counterparts Mirror Mirror stays faithful to its source material but twists it just enough to feel unique. When Snow White (Lily Collins) was a little girl her father the King ventured into a nearby dark forest to do battle with an evil creature and was never seen or heard from again. The kingdom was inherited by The Queen (Julia Roberts) Snow's evil stepmother and the fair-skinned beauty lived locked up in the castle until her 18th birthday. Grown up and tired of her wicked parental substitute White sneaks out of the castle to the village for the first time. There she witnesses the economic horrors The Queen has imposed upon the people of her land all to fuel her expensive beautification. Along the way Snow also meets Prince Alcott (Armie Hammer) who is suffering from his own money troubles — mainly being robbed by a band of stilt-wearing dwarves. When the Queen catches wind of the secret excursion she casts Snow out of the castle to be murdered by her assistant Brighton (Nathan Lane).
Fairy tales take flack for rejecting the idea of women being capable but even with its flighty presentation and dedication to the old school Disney method Mirror Mirror empowers its Snow White in a genuine way thanks to Collins' snappy charming performance. After being set free by Brighton Snow crosses paths with the thieving dwarves and quickly takes a role on their pilfering team (which she helps turn in to a Robin Hooding business). Tarsem wisely mines a spectrum of personalities out of the seven dwarves instead of simply playing them for one note comedy. Sure there's plenty of slapstick and pun humor (purposefully and wonderfully corny) but each member of the septet stands out as a warm compassionate companion to Snow even in the fantasy world.
Mirror Mirror is richly designed and executed in true Tarsem-fashion with breathtaking costumes (everything from ball gowns to the dwarf expando-stilts to ridiculous pirate ship hats with working canons) whimsical sets and a pitch-perfect score by Disney-mainstay Alan Menken. The world is a storybook and even its monsters look like illustrations rather than photo-real creations. But what makes it all click is the actors. Collins holds her own against the legendary Julia Roberts who relishes in the fun she's having playing someone despicable. She delivers every word with playful bite and her rapport with Lane is off-the-wall fun. Armie Hammer riffs on his own Prince Charming physique as Alcott. The only real misgiving of the film is the undercooked relationship between him and Snow. We know they'll get together but the journey's half the fun and Mirror Mirror serves that portion undercooked.
Children will swoon for Mirror Mirror but there's plenty here for adults — dialogue peppered with sharp wisecracks and a visual style ripped from an elegant tapestry. The movie wears its heart on its sleeve and rarely do we get a picture where both the heart and the sleeve feel truly magical.