Even at a young age, Kiernan Shipka displayed such an undeniable ease and charm in front of the camera that when she decided to become an actress, it only seemed a natural fit. After receiving her sta...
Chloe Grace Moretz, Modern Family star Rico Rodriguez and Lorde have been named among the 25 Most Influential Teens of 2014 by editors at Time magazine.
Pop star Austin Mahone, Will Smith's actor son Jaden, singer/rapper Becky G and young Mad Men star Kiernan Shipka have also landed on the second annual, unranked list. The teen celebrities featured have earned their spot thanks to their impact on Hollywood and the music industry and "their global influence and business acumen". Moretz responded to the news by tweeting, "thank you @TIME I hope to give back even more and use any influence for positive change, honored to be mentioned!" And the young actress' mum Teri was just as excited - she added, "My daughter, @ChloeGMoretz was named one of top 25 Influential Teens in the World by TIME magazine. #Congratulations."
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Pop star Taylor Swift has seen off competition from Blake Lively, Jennifer Lopez and Rihanna to be named People magazine's best dressed celebrity.
The I Knew You Were Trouble hitmaker has topped the list of stylish stars compiled by the U.S. publication, with editors crediting her for "nailing every off-duty and red carpet look, whether it's sweet separates or dazzling designer gowns".
Other famous faces to feature in the top 10 include Diane Kruger, Emma Stone and Emma Watson, while Chloe Grace Moretz, 17, and 14-year-old Kiernan Shipka of Mad Men tied at 10.
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If you can wrap your brain around the fact that The Sixth Sense is now older than Kiernan Shipka, you can celebrate the 15th anniversary of M. Night Shyamalan's classic. Here are six fascinating facts about The Sixth Sense.
1. Casper almost killed the movie.
Right around the time that Shyamalan had gotten the idea for the movie, Casper was released. He figured another ghost movie would not be well-received, so he tossed the idea aside (we're glad he came back to it).
2. Unlike us, Haley Joel Osment was not afraid
In a recent Reddit AMA, Osment explained that after filming all those scenes it was hard to be frightened by the movie. For him, there was "something desensitizing" about the production process and so he didn't have the creepy nightmares through which many of us suffered.
3. That's Donnie Wahlberg, BTW
The former New Kids on the Block member and brother to Marky Mark lost so much weight for the role of Vincent, Shyamalan did not recognize him when he arrived on set. (Bonus fun fact: Mischa Barton is also in the film, as the little girl who was being kept sick.)
4. It's one of few #Fancy horror flicks
The Sixth Sense received an Oscar nomination for Best Picture. It's one of only four horror movies to accomplish such a feat (alongside The Exorcist, Jaws, and Silence of the Lambs).
5. So, The New York Times got it wrong
The Times gave the film a terrible review and Shyamalan was immediately afraid that nobody would get it. (We got it, dude).
6. I see birthday cake
The film was released (we assume purposely) on the director's birthday. This could have made for some pretty sad birthday parties had the film flopped, but luckily it didn't. Because it is an excellent film. So, Happy Anniversary to The Sixth Sense, and Happy Birthday to M. Night Shyamalan! (One more bonus fun fact: the director also had a cameo in the film as a doctor, which was partly a tribute to his many family members who are actual physicians.)
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Canadian band Hedley took home a trio of trophies at the 2014 MuchMusic Video Awards on Sunday (15Jun14). The quartet went into the Canadian music video network's annual prizegiving with six nominations and landed three wins thanks to their cheeky promo for hit song Anything.
They took the top honour of Video Of The Year, as well as Favourite Video and Pop Video Of The Year.
Toronto-born rapper Drake was unable to attend the ceremony in his hometown, but still won Hip-Hop Video of the Year (Worst Behavior) and International Video Of The Year By A Canadian (Hold On, We're Going Home).
Canadian group Sam Roberts Band took the prize for Rock/Alternative Video Of The Year for Shapeshifters, while Lorde's Royals was named International Video Of The Year (Artist). Imagine Dragons were honoured with the International Video Of The Year (Group) for Demons.
Another hometown boy, Justin Bieber, took the Favourite Artist or Group prize for the fourth year in a row, but was not present to accept his award. Meanwhile, his ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez scooped Favourite International Artist or Group, and thanked all her fans in a pre-taped video message, noting that Canada is one of her "favourite countries in the world".
Reality TV stars Kendall and Kylie Jenner served as co-hosts for the ceremony, and Kendall kicked off the night by poking fun at herself after she stumbled over her words as she introduced the nominees for International Video of the Year, much like she did at the Billboard Music Awards in May (14).
The night also included performances by Ed Sheeran, Lorde, Ariana Grande, and Imagine Dragons, while actors Jena Malone, Kellan Lutz, Chloe Grace Moretz and Mad Men's Kiernan Shipka also took to the stage to present the night's awards.
Betty Francis might just be one of the worst mothers on TV. She's the kind of mom that routinely inspires reviewers and writers the Internet over to off-handedly joke about Sally and Bobby's future psychiatry bills. The kind who has whole super-cuts devoted to her worst moments. Her infamous parenting skills often toe the line between twisted humor and legitimately horror, to chillingly good effect… so without further ado, let's take a look at her greatest hits (sometimes literally):
10. The recent "Eat your candy" line of dialogue is sure to go down in Mad Men history along with other favorites, such as "Not great, BOB!"
9. That time she locked Sally in a closet. That is like, Mrs. Trunchbull-level bad.
8. All the times she yelled at her kids to "go watch TV." (Other variations include: "Go upstairs," and "Go to your rooms.")
7. The iconic dry cleaning bag scene.
6. All the times she called Sally fat – as in, "It's so horrible to put girls that fat in a leotard."
5. Oh, and let's not forget the fact that she derisively called her 10 year-old child a "little lesbian."
4. The best "I'm bored" rebuttal ever:
It may as well be written on her tombstone.
3. The infamous Thanksgiving yams incident, pictured above.
2. The awful way she handled her father's death, re: Sally: "She's a child; she'll get over it!"
1. And here it is, Betty's number one worst parenting moment:
Ironically, this was one of her better moments as a parent.
Mad Men's final season is officially underway, and since we've looked back at the best of Peggy Olson and Joan Harris' incomparable fashion sensibilities, it's time to celebrate another young woman on the show: Sally Draper. Sally is a strange little girl, to say the least, and it's been truly fascinating watching actress Kiernan Shipka grow up as the daughter of Don and Betty. She's given us plenty of laughs over the years, but she's also brought on some of the most shocking moments on the show. Here are just three of many, many times when Sally Draper was incredibly rad.
When She Embraced Her Own Budding Sexuality, Albeit at the Wrong Time
Now this was awkward. Watching Sally's self-pleasuring scene in "The Chrysanthemum and the Sword" was both uncomfortable and fascinating. Some even dubbed the episode "Sally Draper's Sexual Revolution." After her parents' divorce, her mother's re-marriage, and her dad's various ladyfriends-turned babysitters, Sally had had enough. She chopped off her hair, declared that she knows what sex is (she doesn't), and then proceeded to masturbate at a friend's house. On the one hand, you related to Betty's mortification. But you're also impressed with young Sally, boldly going where many people didn't even know to go before Cosmopolitan and The Vagina Monolgues. We appreciate your quest for liberation, Sally.
She Knows NYC All Too Well
One incredible fashion moment from Sally occured the night Don was receiving his award from the American Cancer Society. She got all dolled up in a gorgeous metallic-colored dress, and some bad-ass white boots (which she immediately had to take off, along with her make-up). But, after walking in on Megan's mother and Roger Sterling in a horribly compromising situation, she gets on the phone with Glen and describes the city with one word, the only word that fits sometimes: "Dirty."
Draper's Funny Little Valentine
It's difficult to say exactly where Season 7 is going, but in "A Day's Work" we watched Sally finally make amends with her father. After literally catching him with his pants down last season, she finally addressed her father and says some things that Don really needs to hear. Let's face it, Don can be pretty terrible, and sometimes we just want someone to put him in his place. Sally laid it on heavy: “Do you know how hard it was for me to go to your apartment? I could have run into that woman. I could be in the elevator, she could get in, and I’d have to stand there, smiling, wanting to vomit while I smell her hairspray.” But by the end of the episode, she was Don's anchor of sorts, wishing him a Happy Valentine's Day and saying "I love you" to his surprise.
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As far as a successful adaptation of a novel to a movie goes, Lifetime’s Flowers in the Attic at least gets it right in hitting all the important plot points of the book. Father dies: check. Children move to their grandmother’s house and are cooped up in the attic for years: check. The oldest children, Cathy and Chris, develop an incestuous relationship: check (and yikes). Children learn of their mother’s deceit: check. Children escape: check.
The casting of Flowers in the Attic was spot on; the actors chosen to play the Dollangangers certainly look the part of the perfect family, which causes their friends to refer to them as Dresden Dolls. Heather Graham portrays the mother, Corrine, while Chad Willett plays Chris Sr. As for the eldest son, they managed to find an actor, Mason Dye, who looks very much like a younger version of his father. Kiernan Shipka narrates the story as the eldest daughter, Cathy, while Ava Telek and Maxwell Kovach play the twins. However, it’s Ellen Burstyn as the feared grandmother who really pulls out all the stops in her role. Burstyn is the biggest name attached to the film and she certainly proves to be the heavyweight of the cast.
I have to give the movie credit for not shying away from the more controversial aspects of Flowers in the Attic. As the two-hour TV movie follows the twists and turns laid out like a road map by the novel, Cathy and Chris develop their romantic relationship for which the book is most famous. Although, as fans of the book can tell you, the night Cathy and Chris finally get together (yeah, they go all the way) is much less violent than in the original story. Flowers in the Attic makes the relationship as uncomfortable for the audience as possible.
However, despite the casting and the accuracy of the adaption, Flowers in the Attic still falls flat. It’s difficult to make the audience feel as if years are passing throughout a two-hour movie. It’s hard to take lines like “We’re not children anymore, can’t you see that?” seriously when the actors don’t look as if they’ve aged a day. Earlier in the movie, Chris tells Cathy that she should hope to develop curves like a dress form — when clearly the audience can see that Shipka already has all those curves.
Even more than the unrealistic dialogue, though, is the fact that the audience never really gets to know the characters. The movie is so busy checking events and plot points off the list that it never stops to take a breath. The end result is a movie that might look like a good adaptation — they did cover everything — but feels too rushed and harried. You could say Flowers in the Attic is much like the dolls that Cathy references in the opening monologue: pretty and seemingly all there, but with no substance.
Mad Men child star Kiernan Shipka fears she would struggle to cope with life in a regular school after spending most of her childhood receiving private tuition. The 13-year-old actress has been playing Jon Hamm's onscreen daughter, Sally Draper, since 2007 and she has been home-schooled by tutors so she can fit her education around her job.
However, Shipka fears she would be unable to adapt if she ever had to go back to school.
She tells Britain's ES magazine, "Sometimes I think I'd like to go to regular school but, gosh, people my age are so dramatic - it's literally the most dramatic point, there's so much drama. Even with my friends. It's crazy to think that there's a whole school full of these people. That would be crazy. I couldn't handle it."
The teenager goes on to insist her co-stars help keep her grounded, adding, "There are no divas. We've been together seven years and we all get on. If I ever got brattish, everyone would be like, 'What are you doing?' and I'd feel terrible."
Director Sofia Coppola and actress Laura Linney were the toast of the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards on Wednesday (12Jun13) as they were honoured for their career achievements. The Lost in Translation filmmaker was presented with the Dorothy Arzner Directors Award for capturing the female spirit in her work, while Mystic River star Linney received the Crystal Award for Excellence in Film.
The female cast of Mad Men - Christina Hendricks, January Jones, Elisabeth Moss, Jessica Pare and child star Kiernan Shipka - picked up the Lucy Award for Excellence in Television, and True Grit actress Hailee Steinfeld was recognised as the Face of the Future.
Star Wars legend George Lucas was the lone male honouree, receiving the Norma Zarky Humanitarian Award for his philanthropy efforts from the new head of his Lucasfilm company, Kathleen Kennedy, and actress Carrie Fisher, who portrayed Princess Leia in the sci-fi franchise, paid tribute to the movie mogul in a pre-recorded video, thanking him for creating a strong female character women and girls could look up to.
During his acceptance speech at the Los Angeles ceremony, Lucas acknowledged the importance of women in both his work and personal life, and admitted he had "turned" his "whole life over to" Kennedy by giving her the keys to his business.
Matthew Weiner, the creative mastermind who has kept Don Draper in whiskey and Lucky Strikes for all these years on Mad Men, is notoriously tight lipped about the details of the show before it airs. So, then how the hell do you advertise Season 6, which starts April 17? With a very cryptic promo like the one below.
With some jazzy music and some black-and-white party pictures (PS — love skinny Betty Draper's dress!), the ad tells us that "You're invited to the affair of the year." So, what word are we all going to fixate on? The use of "affair" of course. Last year the season ended with Don getting his wife Megan an acting job and then walking away from her which, to many viewers, seemed like code that he was walking away from his relationship with Megan. And now there's going to be an "affair"? It doesn't say "party," it doesn't say "shindig," it doesn't say "vow renewal ceremony that you only see on reality TV shows." It says "affair." Get ready everyone, the speculation starts now.
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Made first TV series appearance on "Monk" (USA Network)
Began print and commercial modelling as a baby
Made a guest cameo as herself on "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23" (ABC)
Feature film debut, the drama "Dimension"
Cast alongside Chris Pine and Piper Perabo in thriller "Carriers"
Cast as Don Draper's (Jon Hamm) oldest child Sally on AMC's "Mad Men"; role upgraded to series regular in 2010
Even at a young age, Kiernan Shipka displayed such an undeniable ease and charm in front of the camera that when she decided to become an actress, it only seemed a natural fit. After receiving her start as a print model, Shipka landed guest parts on popular shows like the action-comedy "Monk" (USA Network, 2002-09), the sketch comedy "MADtv" (Fox, 1995-2009), and the sci-fi drama "Heroes" (NBC, 2006-10). But it was her role on the provocative AMC drama series "Mad Men" (2007- ) that made Shipka a household name. As the oldest daughter of the series' lead character, Don Draper, Shipka's character often went through the wringer as a result of her parents' troubled marriage and her father's shady past. The role clearly gave Shipka the opportunity to display an emotional range that was well beyond her years, making Hollywood sit up and take notice of her rising star potential.