Celeb Crushes: J ❤

This PSA is brought to you by the letter J and my inability to effectively narrow down a list of Hollywood hotties. Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, so I’m supposed to be all gushy, chatting about loooove and whatnot, right? Well, I’m going to discuss lust instead. (For the past two years, I’ve talked about rom-com clichés—click here and here—but I decided to tackle my favorite wedding movies instead, coming soon!)

Anyway, I’ve noticed that the majority of my favorite famous guys have names that start with J. So allow me to introduce my boyfriends, four actors and a musician: Jake, James, John, Joseph, and Justin.

Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake

I think I’ve made my affection for JakeyG rather abundant in previous PSAs: When I reviewed his performance in “Nightcrawler” or when I talked about how his recent movies have positioned him at the top of my current favorite actors. I think what I admire most about him, good looks aside, is the way he chooses his roles and throws himself into them whole-heartedly. His back-to-back preparation for “Nightcrawler” and “Southpaw” (slimming way down to beefing way up) was insanely impressive. And while I’ve been a fan since his days as an ice age survivor, I think he’s doing an amazing job of making us all pay attention to precisely how he’s claimed his spot at the top of the A list. Continue reading

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Famous Favorites

When you love pop culture and entertainment as much as I do, you come to realize something: Having favorite celebrities is rather different than having favorite actors or singers. You can love a person for who they are (who could have guessed) while not really loving their role choices or song style. To me, that’s the mark of a celeb doing things right. When they’re not fake or trying too hard, but just down-to-earth people who remind us that celebs are people too. Knocking down the stereotypes of “celebrity,” they make us like them just by being them. I, naturally, have a ton of people like this in mind, but let’s start with three:

JTJustin Timberlake: Here’s the thing about JT. I’ve been in love with him since his spaghetti-fro days and I always suspected he would have a successful solo career. But I haven’t always enjoyed his style of music. When I was a knee-socked elementary school kid, *NSYNC was my jam. Loved them. Knew it was a phase, but loved them. They were my first concert. When they broke up and Justin started doing his own thing, I was just a little disappointed that I didn’t immediately love it all. “Cry Me A River” can still get me singing in my car to this day, but that was about it. And as his style evolved, my enthusiasm waned. Until the “20/20 Experience.” The music was better, but the concert was mind-blowing. It made me love the music in spite of itself. Seeing him live was one of the best experiences of my life and I’m not even remotely embarrassed to admit that. He rose up out of the stage flanked by a full orchestra, decked out in—what else—a suit and tie and I was re-awakened to what it feels like to love JT. He’s a fantastic performer with a wonderful sense of humor—ever see him with Jimmy Fallon? Any conversation they have is hilarious. He’s taking time off now after his whirlwind tour to adjust to being a dad and I can’t wait to see what he does next. Continue reading

Concert Countdown

I admit to being pretty lame with my musical tastes. If it’s not on the radio or iTunes top singles list, I’ve probably never heard it. The only time I discover off-the-beaten-path tunes is when I hear something I like and Shazam a movie or TV show. I also really haven’t been to that many shows, making many of them my favorites just because. My very first was *NSYNC’s PopOdyssey tour at Giants Stadium when I was in 7th grade. It would’ve made my list, except I barely remember it. We had nosebleeds and apparently didn’t take a single photo. I even lost my T-shirt. I just know that I screamed until my vocal cords gave out. I made up for those hazy memories a couple months ago when I went to see Justin Timberlake.
Which brings us to my number 1…*

1. Justin Timberlake | The 20/20 Experience World Tour
Madison Square Garden, NYC | March 21, 2014

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I. Lost. My. Mind. End of story. Most I’ve ever spent on a show ($175) and I would only ever spend that much on this man. Worth every penny. He was getting over being sick and still flawlessly powered through a 32-song setlist. He played the majority of 20/20 but also revisited hits from his prior two albums. “Cry Me A River” threw the stadium into complete pandemonium. He launched into Sinatra’s “New York, New York” and that was it, I was done. And that was before the first set even ended. It was the best night ever spent with three of my best girls and our beloved JT. Mmph. Continue reading

Top 5 Picks for Fall Films

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Sometimes I think I enjoy the trailers more than the film itself when I go to the movies. I know I’m not alone in that. I’m pretty sure everyone will agree that they enjoy being a movie critic in under 3 minutes—I can’t explain it any better than Dane Cook. I watch the screen hungrily and text myself the titles of the ones I think look good. With summer winding down, we’re now getting sneak peeks of all the awesome pictures waiting for us in the coming months. I’ve picked five of my favorites, all action/dramas, listed below according to release date. Maybe they should be on your list, too? Continue reading