Archive | June 2013

From a Book to a Movie


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When someone usually hears that their favorite booking is being adapted to the big screen, they have 1 or 2 reactions: excitement to see their favorite book actualized and being able to experience their favorite story in a new way or dread because they believe that the movie will completely will misrepresent the book, leave something important out, or just change the story around completely.If your reaction is the second, you’ll probably be left disappointed at certain details that were important to you that just didn’t make it onto the film.

 

But it seems,  that it doesn’t seem to stop the entertainment industry from taking stories from the book pages and making them into films. We saw this little article: http://www.buzzfeed.com/ariellecalderon/books-to-read-before-they-hit-the-big-screen and wondered what happens why some movies just can’t seem to do the book justice?

 

The answer to that question usually comes in the form of funding. This is especially true with fantasy and science fiction genres. In the book, the author can and is probably encouraged to think big, but transferring the authors vision can cost a lot of money especially on green screen and special effects. Because of that sometime the story has to change around a little bit, things are left out or just changed around.  

 

Sometimes a book just doesn’t translate well into a movie. Ender’s Game is a great example of this. A lot of good books are introspective and that just doesn’t look good on film unless you’re a fan of a never ending voiceover.

So what is a literary purist to do? While you may not like our answer, we’ll say it anyways. Be in the frame of mind that the book and the movie are entire different entities and go into the film with an open mind. While the film won’t be exactly like the book (it usually never is) there is no reason why you shouldn’t enjoy it!

From Child Stardom and Beyond


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For those lucky enough to become a star at a young age, growing up in the limelight can be a very unique experience, and not always a good one. So the question then becomes how do you transition from a child star to a mature actor without too much mishap?

 

While we can’t provide a cookie cutter answer that works for everyone, we can look at some great examples of child stars that have made the transition well. Allyssa Milano, Leonardo Dicaprio, and Neil Patrick Harris all have gone from being child actors to respected and celebrated actors now that they are adults, starring in successful films and TV shows. You can even see musicians such as Taylor Swift grow up before our eyes and even model Tyra Banks starting out as a model as a teenager and still garner success as she grows up.

 

What seems to be the common thread between these people? Part of it seems to simply be personality. Like everyone else in the world, child stars can usually succeed as they mature if they keep a good head on their shoulders and have a good support system. In a recent interview Alyssa Milano said, “”I have a great family, and I look at a lot of these kids who struggle in the industry and think they’d have struggled no matter what they did.”

 

Another important common theme seems to be to simply keep working. If you look at the filmography credits of stars that started out at an early age, they didn’t stop after that one role that skyrocketed them into stardom, they kept going. Some great examples of  this would be Drew Barrymore or Dakota Fanning. While continuing to work can’t guarantee success, it does seem to be a way of building up not only your skills, but also your reputation.

 

With the constant antics of Lindsay Lohan and Amanda Bynes making splashes on headlines, a child should always remember to be cautious, but with such examples, young hopefuls shouldn’t be discouraged about pursuing a career in the entertainment industry.

Ugly Pretty


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If you’ve ever seen “America’s Next Top Model”, you’ve probably heard Tyra Banks tell the models to be ugly-pretty, especially when it come to editorial photo shoots that they do on the show. You may be wondering what exactly is this term and what’s so great about it?

 

The term ugly-pretty with regards to fashion is about making an unconventional image with your body whether it’s with your facial features or the way you position your body. By creating an image that would usually considered as “ugly” or strange can then become beautiful in the right setting.

 

One of the reasons why this idea is so popular and prevalent in the fashion industry is because it creates something that is unique. The fashion industry, especially high fashion likes poses and images that are striking and gets people to stop and really look at the picture, whether it’s to sell a particular product (a dress, a bag, shoes, etc…) or simply as an advertisement about a particular brand or fashion house.

 

We are in contact with a lot of models and aspiring models, and the one thing that they all have in common is that they don’t convey the conventional ideas of beauty. The next time you look through Vogue Magazine or Harper’s Bazaar, look a little closer at the model’s face. They may have a gap between their teeth, high foreheads, or even pink hair or eyebrows. The images are meant to be provocative and ugly pretty definitely fits the bill.

 

What does that mean for you? Well, if you want to be a model in the fashion industry, then get in front of a mirror and practice your ugly-pretty face.

Movie Ratings


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Do you know what qualifies a movie to be rated PG-13? With school out of session and the summer movie season in full swing, kids everywhere will be heading to seeing to movie theaters. But for those younger children, are you sure that the movies that your kids watch are age appropriate?

 

The gap between a Rated R and a Rated PG-13 movie is getting smaller and the lines more blurred. We see movies like Iron Man 3 and Transformers that show a lot of violence and destruction and wonder is it too much for kids? According to an article from the Huffington Post on this subject, “A study published in a 2008 issue of Pediatrics reported that almost 13 percent of kids between 10 and 14 watch “extremely” graphic depictions of violence in film. Meanwhile, The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry reports that the typical American child will view more than 200,000 acts of big and small screen violence, including more than 16,000 murders, before age 18, and that such exposure may result in more aggressive behavior as violent heroes become role models. PG-13 films are a significant source of this violence–not to mention nudity, profanity, sexual situations, and references to drugs and alcohol–and yet an increasing number of parents sanction such films for their children who are far younger.”

 

So what’s wrong here: is it the rating system or is it up to the parents to monitor what the children watch? We think it’s a little bit of both. With all the super hero movies constantly coming out, they inherently attract a younger audience. If what the study says is true, then maybe the ratings should change so that younger children aren’t exposed to so much violence. At the same time, we still believe that families should take a proactive role in what their kids watch, whether that’s actively researching what movie to see before you go to see it or discussing what your kids saw and felt after watching that movie.

 

We want to know what you think. Do you think there should be a change in the movie rating system?

 

Here’s the article if you want to read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peggy-drexler/the-problem-with-pg-13-ra_b_3482480.html?utm_hp_ref=entertainment&ir=Entertainment

 

Getting Comfortable In Front of a Camera


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We know that being the natural you probably are you’ll stop reading now, but if you’re not, then please keep going, and hopefully this post will help.

 

Whether you’re an actor or a model, at some point in your career, there’s going to be a camera in front of you filming your every move. Whether or not you’ve personally experienced it, there is probably someone out there or someone you know who gets really nervous whenever there’s a camera pointed at them. We want to help that person out.

 

The most important thing you can do is to remember to relax. We know, easier said than done, but try it out. If you can’t relax, then fake it until you start to feel yourself relax. We promise the camera isn’t going to hurt you, it’s just a piece of equipment that’s meant to capture what it sees. If you know you’re going to have your picture taken beforehand, it might be a good idea to practice your poses in the mirror or have something planned out. Visualize your photoshoot and work with the photographer so that you can have a great shoot.

 

If anything, it’s not completely different from all those selfies you take for Facebook. If you can do it for your own camera, we know you can do it when someone else is holding the camera.

 

“What about when you’re being filmed?”

 

Good question! If you’re talking in front of a camera just by yourself, the best way to look natural is to pretend like you’re talking to that person behind the camera. If there’s no one holding the camera, then pretend there is. Just pretend like you’re talking to your best friend, and the words will just flow better and you’ll be a lot more comfortable in front of the camera. If you’re shooting a film with another person and you’re interacting with that person, be aware of the camera, where it’s placed and where you have to go, but pretend it’s not there. Get into your character and do your scene.

Now try it out for yourself and become a natural!

Many Talents


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Today, it’s not enough to just be able to do just one thing. It’s great if you have the talent to be a great actor or model, but now people are really diversifying. You see celebrities who are actors are also doing some modeling too. They’re the face of a particular brand, on the cover of magazines, some actors are going to into Broadway and are singing and dancing for their audience, or some are going behind the camera and are becoming directors and producers.

 

That idea has spilled over to young hopefuls who want to break into the business. Our members are by no means, one trick ponies. They can dance, they can sing, they can model, and act. Being a triple or quadruple threat when you’re starting out makes a lot of sense if you think about it. The more things you can do, the more jobs you can audition for. No one wants to be pigeon holed into doing just one thing in everyday life, why should entertainers be expected to be?

 

Like everything else in life, trying different roles whether that’s actor, model, producer, director, etc. helps you know what you really love to do. Sometimes you don’t know what your talent is until you try it. Take Ben Affleck for example, he’s a great actor but now we also know that he’s a great director! Argo was a critically acclaimed movie and got many Oscar nods. Kate Hudson made a huge splash on Glee with her cameos as Cassandra July, the movie “Chicago” showed Renee Zellweger and Catherine Zeta Jones could sing and dance as well as any Broadway star.  Who knows, we may have the next Martin Scorsese in our midst and not even know it!

 

How Much Reality is in Reality TV?


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We all have that guilty pleasure we don’t want the world to know. For some, that guilty pleasure is the Jersey Shore and watching to see Snookie and how big her poof can get. For others it’s the classic Survivor shows that are still going strong, and let’s not forget the now infamous Kardashian clan. We know that  they’re a lot cheaper to produce than scripted shows, how much reality are we getting?

 

We want to start off saying that they aren’t completely fake! Those are real people that the networks finds and whose lives they film. Now you do have to keep in mind that the networks are filming hundreds of hours of these people lives, and they air the most interesting parts to the public. With that said, there are parts of the shows that aren’t as real as we believe them to be. Sometimes, for the sake of the show, producers will either suggest a certain conversation for the people and then film that conversation. Sometimes the stars of the show will tell the producer that they’re about to drop a bomb on the show, so the crew is there to catch the big moment.

 

And we can’t forget about the villain of every show! There’s always that one annoying person that everyone hates and just instigates every fight. Now usually there is that one person among the group that is that way naturally so that the producers don’t have to really create one. But what happens when that person isn’t easy to spot in the beginning? Well, the producers wait until that person shows themselves and when their putting the footage together, and then do some kind of voice over so that the audience knows that person is the bad guy.

Even if we know this, does that mean that we’ll stop watching reality TV? Probably not. Whether we like to admit it or not, reality TV is addictive. We like watching other people and either think “These people are crazy!” or “I want to be that person!” and we don’t blame you, we love them too!