Shannon Houston
  • It Is Seriously Time To Stop Watching MTV’s ‘Teen Mom’
    By: Shannon Houston Sep 19, 2013
    MTV It’s time for another season of MTV’s hit reality show Teen Mom, which means young people everywhere are tuning in to receive valuable information about safe sex and the realities of raising a child when you’re still a child yourself. Only that’s not what’s happening at all when folks tune in to the show. So I make this plea to people the world over — myself included — please. Can we all stop supporting this terrible series (that is also strangely addictive if you like to watch things that make you really, really angry)? Here are a few reasons to boycott this madness. Actually, Teen Pregnancy Looks Pretty Awesome Wait. So, if I’m a teenager in America, and I get knocked up, there’s a chance that I might end up on television? And if I have enough drama, and get into enough Twitter beefs with my fellow co-stars, I could get my own spin-off series? Oh, and then there’s the part where I’ll get paid as well? Sign me up (10 years ago). Parents Everywhere Achieve A False Sense Of Superiority Confession time. How many of us watch this show and -- 15 minutes in -- are suddenly parenting experts and/or the best parents ever, because we never once demanded that our Mom babysit for us so we could go on a date with some guy who was not the father of our child? And how many of us pat ourselves on the back because we never got into a screaming match with our babydaddy on the side of the highway? This show makes even the most mediocre parents look top-notch, and turns the rest of us into judgmental, unsympathetic, know-it-alls. The Adult Parents Of The Teen Parents Are, Often, Equally Horrible While there have been some parents on the show (teen and otherwise) who were actually not so cringe-worthy, most seasons are just filled with bad parenting left and right. Now, granted, the label of ‘bad parenting’ may be complicated, but let’s just say that many of the teens receive so much “help” from their parents, one gets the sense that they’re not even getting the full brunt of [teen] parenthood, and -- as a result --  neither are the viewers. An Entire Demographic Of Teen Moms Are Inexplicably Left Out After years of this show being on the air, you’d think there would have been a handful of teen parents from inner city neighborhoods. Not that diversity would necessarily make up for everything else that is problematic on Teen Mom, but the fact that so many of the girls live in decent-sized homes, in decent neighborhoods adds to a certain glamourized depiction of teen motherhood in America. Teen Moms Get Turned Into Reality TV Stars Granted, we are living in an age where fame is not necessarily relative to possession of a particular talent or skill. But one of the most devastating truths about the Teen Mom series is that it turns young, often troubled mothers into celebrities. It’s like taking a troubled child star and handing her a baby, and then sitting back to videotape the results. We’ve seen many of these girls (Jenelle Evans, Farrah Abraham, Amber Portwood, etc.) become walking trainwrecks and fodder for the tabloids. And in all that drama and junk entertainment, it’s easy to forget the children. Follow @Hollywood_com // More:Farrah Abraham Is Now A Porn Star Casting The Movies For Our Fave Reality Shows 10 Big TV Letdowns // From Our Partners:40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • Marion Cotillard Is Everything, So Let’s Mentally Prepare For Her Next 5 Films
    By: Shannon Houston Sep 19, 2013
    Valery Hache/AFP/Getty ImagesFrench film actor Marion Cotillard isn’t a household name here in the States just yet, but her next few films might change that. Now that she is officially a favorite of director Christopher Nolan’s (having taken lead roles in Inception and The Dark Knight Rises), and now that we’ve all seen her unforgettable Golden Globe-nominated performance in the absolutely brilliant Rust and Bone (because we’ve all seen it...right???), it’s time to mentally prepare for more amazingness from this woman. Lest we forget that she was the second French actress ever to receive a Best Actress Oscar, for La Vie En Rose, here are five upcoming projects that could lead to more well-deserved accolades for the star. Blood Ties Cotillard will star alongside Clive Owen, Zoe Saldana, and Mila Kunis, which is awesome. But the most exciting thing about the film is that she’s re-teaming with her Rust and Bone co-star Matthias Schoenaerts, and Guillaume Canet -- who starred in one of her early hits, Love Me If You Dare, and is directing Blood Ties. Macbeth Four words: Michael Fassbender is Macbeth. Okay, a few more words: Cotillard is Lady Macbeth. Seriously. Need we say more? The Little Prince Based on the beloved novel by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Cotillard will take on her first animated feature. She’ll be voicing a character in the exciting new adaptation, along with James Franco, Rachel McAdams, and Paul Giamatti. Two Days, One Night The only French film on this list, Cotillard will team up with the critically acclaimed Dardenne brothers. Jeanne-Pierre and Luc Dardenne have been winning audiences and critics over throughout the years with films like The Kid With A Bike, L'enfant, and The Son; now they’ve enlisted Cotillard to play a wife who has one weekend to convince her co-workers to give up their bonuses so that she can keep her job. The Immigrant Cotillard is sure to deliver a brilliant performance in this 1920s drama, as she plays a Polish immigrant forced into prostitution upon her arrival into America. Even as she stars alongside the likes of Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner, we expect the French star (who learned Polish jsut so she could speak with the appropriate Polish-American accent) to really stand out. Follow @Hollywood_com // More:'Amélie' Makes Us Want To Be BetterMichael Fassbender To Play MacbethThe Five Best Movie Trilogies From Our Partners:40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • Why You're All Creepy-Excited for the 'Goosebumps' Movie
    By: Shannon Houston Sep 19, 2013
    Visual/WENNIt’s time for your inner child to freak the freak out. Before Harry Potter, before The Hunger Games, before Fifty Shades of Grey (yeah, I went there) there was a literary series like no other. R. L. Stine’s children’s horror books Goosebumps were wildly popular in the 1980s and '90s, and when the series spawned a television show, it was kind of a huge deal. Back in 1998, Tim Burton was attached to a Goosebumps film that never came to fruition, but now the project is officially back in the works. Burton is no longer directing, but we can think of five other reasons to still get creepy-excited about this. The Jack Black Factor As of right now, Bernie star Jack Black is in the midst of negotiations, and is expected to take on the lead role in the movie. Can you imagine Jack Black playing an R.L. Stine-esque writer, whose literary creations start coming to life in real and frightening ways? Yes, so can we. The Monsters vs Aliens Director Is On Board Rob Letterman is no Tim Burton, but this could actually be a good thing. The young director brought us (and, okay, our children) Monsters vs Aliens back in 2009, and since folks like Reese Witherspoon and Seth Rogen were on board that project, we expect he might pull out some heavy-hitters to join Jack Black on this one. You Now Have An Excuse To Re-read The Cuckoo Clock Of Doom Movies made from the stuff of childhood allow us to do the one thing we want to do pretty much every day —relive the magic. So head on over to Amazon and start pretending you’re nine again. You’ll feel so accomplished when you finish reading three whole books in 45 minutes. Then you’ll have an excuse to watch some of the series on Netflix because – oh yeah – Goosebumps the series is on Netflix! The Fast & Furious Producer Is Involved Look, the truth is that Hollywood has been known to destroy...things. Lots of things. Literary classics, careers, and childhood memories have all suffered greatly at the hands of the big screen. However, we have high hopes for Goosebumps the movie, partly because Neal H. Moritz (the guy responsible for totally reviving the Fast & Furiousfranchise) is producing. You Can Twitter-Stalk R.L. Stine For Updates If you’re not following R.L. Stine on Twitter right now, then what exactly are you doing? His bio reads: 'My job: to terrify kids.' And he’s been tweeting updates about the movie as well as his other projects, his love for wheat thins, and Demi Lovato. It's awesome. Follow @Hollywood_com // More:'Goosebumps' To Give Us All Nightmares AgainDoes Tim Burton Need Johnny Depp?J.K. Rowling To Write A Harry Potter Spin-Off Movie From Our Partners:40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • Kate Winslet — Unforgettable Indie Roles from One of the Greats
    By: Shannon Houston Sep 17, 2013
    Focus Features There are plenty of people who will always associate Kate Winslet with the role of Rose DeWitt Bukater in Titanic. But film buffs and critics know that the English actress is a true indie-lover at heart, having spent much of her career bringing some of the quirkiest, darkest stories to life. Kate has plenty going on right now—newly married to Ned Rocknroll (yes, that is his last name), and pregnant with her third child, we’ll be seeing plenty of her as she promotes two new films —Labor Day, and the highly anticipated adaptation of the YA novels Divergent. Before she gives us any more performances to fawn over — and she will — let’s look back at five of her best indie movie roles. Sarah Pierce, Little Children If you don’t know the power of a little red swimsuit, then you’ve missed a hugely important life lesson, brought to us by Sarah Pierce. Winslet takes on the epic cliché — a sexually and intellectually bored, suburban housewife — but this character comes to life in unimaginable, unforgettable ways through Winslet’s performance. Clementine Kruczynski, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Everyone’s favorite Charlie Kaufman script would not have played as brilliantly with another actress in the lead. The ultimate quirk, Clementine made us all want to dye our hair orange and fall crazy in love on a beach in Montauk. Nancy Cowan, Carnage Teaming up with Roman Polanski, Jodie Foster, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly, Winslet as Nancy Cowan was the drunk, well-to-do Brooklyn mother of our dreams. You simply have not lived until you’ve seen her projectile vomit onto a collection of fine art books. April Wheeler, Revolutionary Road In one of her darkest, most compelling performances (and one that paired her up with Leonardo DiCaprio for the first time since Titanic) Winslet stunned audiences with another portrayal of a woman struggling against the clichés of American life. Hanna Schmitz, The Reader Nominated for an Oscar more times than anyone else at age 33, it was this controversial performance of an illiterate Nazi officer (who was also a teenage boy’s lover) that earned Winslet her first Academy Award. Follow @Hollywood_com // More:Kate Winslet Pregnant With Third Child'Divergent' Fractions Featurette10 Oscar Snubs  From Our Partners:40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)