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Girl Crush: Kate Upton

Readers, I’m pretty sure this one might have you all split into two camps… Camp One, you’re probably thinking: Really? Kate Upton? She’s just that cheesy swimsuit model who posed for that lollipop shoot with the equally cheesy Terry Richardson. And she did all those weird pop culture things just to get shoved into the limelight. She is sooo inauthentic, and she just wants to flaunt herself as eye candy, and she looks like a porn star. And, Camp Two, you’re probably thinking: OH EM GEE SHE IS SOOOOO SEXYYY. GREAT CHOICE. (I think it’s safe to say that Reggie is in this camp. When I showed him photos from Kate Upton’s “Vogue” photoshoot, he said, “Oooh, Kate Upton. Google ‘Kate Upton Cat Daddy.’ RIGHT NOW.”) Yes, Kate Upton is sexy. And yes, that’s partially the reason why I have a huge girl crush on her (as you all I know, I tend to admire women who have curves and embrace them; read: Jennifer Lawrence, Adele, Scarlett Johansson). And yes — I’ll even admit that …

A Brief Movie Review: “Warm Bodies”

After a long day of working at home, Reggie and I decided to treat ourselves to a Friday night at the movie theatre. Between prepping for the Oscars with “Zero Dark Thirty” and indulging in a good ol’ popcorn flick with zombies, we naturally chose the zombie movie. After all, what better way to prepare for the return of “The Walking Dead” this weekend than watch a zombified rom-com? Directed by Jonathan Levine, “Warm Bodies” tells the story of R, an uncharacteristically thoughtful and internally conflicted zombie (Nicholas Hoult) who collects trinkets, loves listening to records, and ultimately falls in love with an apocalypse survivor named Julie (Teresa Palmer). As their friendship blossoms, R — and the rest of his undead companions — begin to transform and get in touch with their human sides once again. Without a doubt, “Warm Bodies” (produced by Summit Entertainment) aims to be the “Twilight” for zombie lovers. Except it manages to make the ridiculous (and tired) human-girl-falls-in-love-with-non-human-boy plot into something endearing and overall entertaining. Hoult’s lovestruck running inner monologue …

Beanbrain’s Best Dressed List: 2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards

Amidst a night of fashion flops (I’m sorry, Anne Hathaway, January Jones, and Julianne Moore – I wasn’t a big fan of tonight’s looks), I still managed to find a few looks at tonight’s Screen Actors Guild Awards that took my breath away. Flip through the slideshow below to see my favorite looks from the 2013 SAG Awards. What were your favorite looks from tonight’s SAG Awards? Share your thoughts in the comments section! Related Articles: “2013 Golden Globes: Beanbrain’s Best Dressed List“ (All photos courtesy of NY Mag’s The Cut)

Thank You, SNL: You Just Made Me Love Jennifer Lawrence Even More…

So I finally got around to watching Saturday Night Live hosted by Jennifer Lawrence (on DVR, on my Monday morning off — ’cause Saturday night at 11:30 p.m. is way too late for me). And I just have to thank SNL: because of you, my girl crush on J.Law just exploded into full-on eternal love. I’m not saying that her hosting duties absolutely blew me away (they didn’t) or that her skits are worthy of being on the list of Top SNL Skits of All-Time (they aren’t). But my heart started fluttering at the speed of hummingbird wings when J.Law stepped out onto that SNL stage in her patterned skirt and sweetheart peplum top. And even though her opening monologue wasn’t the best I’ve seen, I had to give her mad props for just being so… genuine. Sure, Jennifer has a slew of A-grade roles under her belt and a few award nominations (and now a win) to boast. But I think the entire world (including, and especially, me) have fallen in love with her because …

Three Lies Romantic Indie Movies Tell Us

As I mentioned last month, I absolutely love heart-wrenching movies, particularly heart-wrenching romantic movies — the more romantically disheartening, the better. While I was in college, I went through a stage when all I wanted to watch were critically-acclaimed, low-budget movies that had ambiguous endings and made me doubt love. Some of those movies have made (and are still on) my list of my favorite movies of all time. But I have to admit: some of those movies, particularly the romantic dramas, are a bit frustrating. Because they feed us a bunch of lies about love and, with their nonlinear editing and use of mise-en-scene, they make us believe that their romantic realities are the end-all, be-all. And they’re not. So here are three lies that romantic indie movies feed us — and why they’re completely false: You can fall in and out of (true) love. Almost every romantic movie that I’ve watched never features a relationship that goes smoothly (And why would it? Because normal, healthy romantic relationships are too boring for the silver screen). …

2013 Golden Globes: Beanbrain’s Best Dressed List

The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards, phenomenally hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, kicked off 2013’s award season — and the annual parade of couture and high fashion! Of course, I couldn’t help but pick my favorite looks, so click through the slideshow below to see Beanbrain’s Best Dressed List from the 2013 Golden Globes. What were your favorite looks from Sunday night? Share your thoughts!

Book Review: J.K. Rowling’s “The Casual Vacancy”

J.K. Rowling’s “The Casual Vacancy” is, well, NOT J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series. But that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. When you’re the mastermind behind one of the most (if not the most) successful children’s book series in recent history, I assume it would be hard to produce a literary work that will even come close to touching your devoted faithful’s expectations. That being said, if you’ve picked up a copy of Rowling’s latest work — her first since “Harry Potter”‘s final chapter was published in 2007 — expecting it to be another tale of a magical battle between good and evil, you’ll be sorely disappointed. But if you’re an avid reader looking for a solid (read: not necessarily brilliant, but undoubtedly enjoyable and masterfully constructed) work of fiction, you’ll enjoy “The Casual Vacancy.” And, upon reading it, you’ll probably remember that J.K. Rowling actually is a phenomenal writer — a fact that (unfortunately) may have been overshadowed by her debut series’ international popularity.

A Brief Movie Review: “Lés Misérables”

After indulging in Christmas cookies and thanking relatives for my presents (and sweating off my inevitable post-holiday muffin top), Reggie and I finally had a free moment to watch Lés Misérables. I had fallen in love with Claude-Michel Schönberg, Alain Boublil, and Jean-Marc Natel’s production when I was about five years old, memorized the score by the time I was seven, and finally had the opportunity to see the live stage production this summer in San Francisco. When I saw the trailer earlier this year, I had my doubts (as any fanatic would when their precious obsession is being adapted into a film, i.e. any book-turned-film in the history of Hollywood). But, after watching it, I’m happy to say that Tom Hooper’s film adaptation of my favorite Broadway musical (mostly) delivers. As I predicted, Hugh Jackman (the only man in Hollywood I could ever picture playing Jean Valjean) delivers a consistent performance and manages to convey Jean Valjean’s internal struggle with genuineness. His opening soliloquy is particularly emotionally strong. Russell Crowe’s Javert is not as polished …