5 Jared Leto Movies You Have to See

Are you completely hyped about the upcoming DC Comics-based Suicide Squad? Are you jittering at the edge of your seat thinking of ways to pass the time until you get to see Jared Leto as Joker, Will Smith as Deadshot, Tom Hardy as Rick Flag, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Boomerang and Cara Delevigne as Enchantress? 2016 seems unacceptably far away intro the future because of that? Why don’t you relax, read the casting information Warner Bros. has issued and watch some other films starring some of those people instead? By the time you are done with their respective filmographies, 2016 and Suicide Squad will be much closer. In today’s instalment, 5 Jared Leto movies, new and old, you need to see.

1.     Prefontaine (1997)

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In the list of Jared Leto movies, Prefontaine holds a special position. This biopic about an Olympic hopeful who died young was, by all accounts, a box-office bust and received a mildly positive critics’ appraisal. Leto’s role, however, would prove crucial for him. It was the first role where he used his now famous method acting, immersing himself in Prefontaine’s life so deep and thoroughly, adopting even his manner of speech and running through research, that when the late athlete’s sister first saw Leto in character she broke down crying.

2.     American Psycho (2000)

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American Psycho is not a Jared Leto movie. Not only does Christian Bale’s polite and psychotic Patrick Bateman completely steal the shows in one of the most iconic roles of the decade, but William Dafoe is in there too. Even more so, he does not come out on the winning side in his most famous scene of the film, yet he plays the role marvellously and manages to make himself obnoxious enough that Bale’s antihero gains ever more legitimacy for his actions.

3.     Requiem for a Dream (2000)

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This Darren Aronofsky psychological drama is also blessed with a strong cast, what with Jennifer Connelly and Marlon Wayans sharing the screen, but, when it comes down to it, it’s all Leto. His role would have been excellent, no doubt, even if the film took the drama-comedy path that many drug-themed movies do, but his descent into desperation, degradation and squalor throughout the film is an amazing trip that will make you feel sick to the stomach and impress you, in equal measure.

4.     Mr. Nobody (2009)

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A film that uses a nonlinear narrative and the many-world interpretation of quantum mechanics as plot devices needs the sort of lead actor that can pull that off. Often considered one of the best Jared Leto movies so far, Mr. Nobody tells the story of the last mortal human on Earth, all 118 years of it, as well as possible alternative outcomes that would have come to be if his decisions were different throughout three turning points. By starring in a European Sci-Fi cult film, Leto proved the scope of his range is even larger than previously thought.

5.     Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

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The latest of the Jared Leto movies to come out, Dallas Buyers Club tells the story of Ron Woodroof, played by Matthew McConaughey, an AIDS patient in the 1980s, at the height of the health and moral panic that the then poorly-understood disease created. While much of the film is based on real people and events, Rayon, Leto’s character, is a composite role, created from the writer’s interviews with transgender AIDS patients, activists, and doctors.There are few things more difficult to play, particularly for a method actor, such as Leto, than a HIV positive trans-woman with a Texas accent and the ease in which he slipped into that role and the amazing spectacle came of it makes Jared Leto one of the most interesting actors of his generation.

6 Most Beautiful Red Carpet Dresses of 2014

There’s still two and a half months to go until the Oscars are descending again to take by storm not just the film industry, but the fashion scene as well. Through the years, the pre-ceremony appearance of Hollywood’s who’s who on the red carpet has become an event at least as important and, surely, more mediatized than the actual handing out of the awards. Gradually, other such events followed suit, with celebrity-packed ceremonies being plagued by swarms of paparazzi and used by fashion designers as high-exposure high-street shop windows. Perhaps solely for your own entertainment, but maybe in case you’re looking for inspiration for a not-so-affordable dress to rent or buy for your prom or for a wedding, let’s take a look back at what were the best red carpet dresses of 2014.

1. Jennifer Lawrence at the Oscars

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Jennifer Lawrence has easily become one of the most interesting female apparitions in Hollywood. Consequently, hers was one of the looks that the media was most interested in while waiting, camera in hand, around the 86th Academy Awards’ red carpet. Lawrence did not disappoint in the least, appearing in one of the sexiest red Dior cocktail dress that perfectly complemented her figure. The two side-flaps that flanked her hips, the only additions to the otherwise simple dress, gave the whole allure an ethereal, slightly futuristic vibe that turned a nice, efficient dress into a stunning one that kept the celebrity newspapers talking for days.

2. Miley Cyrus at the amfAR LA Inspiration Gala

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While Tom Ford is a designer well-known for his refusal to dress more than one celebrity per event (for fear of dresses looking alike?) this gala was thrown in his honour, so the exception was understandable. It was one of his dresses that were chosen by Miley Cyrus for the event. Despite gathering entirely the worst kind of media attention – but media attention nonetheless – for her attire in 2012 and 2013, Miley Cyrus proved good at pulling off a perfect BDSM dominatrix-inspired piece, ever proving that less is in a way, more, and that she can maintain the air of provocation, while also not looking like an attention-craving teen.

3. Beyoncé at the Met Gala

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Despite the fact that the whole thing was overshadowed by the now famous altercation between Jay-Z and Solange that took place at the afterparty of the same event, Beyonce’s choice of dress still managed to be talked about for a long time. In monochrome black beaded Givenchy Couture and matching accessories that strongly reminded everyone of an old-school, 1920s themed vintage style of red carpet dresses, Beyoncé looked stunning and was already destined to hold the front pages even before the sordid affair came to light.

4. Taylor Swift at the Academy of Country Music Awards

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Wearing a crop-top at a black tie event? Few people would try and even fewer would manage to pull it off, yet here she stands in a J. Mendel white crop-top with elegant shoulder slits and a black, simple, thigh-baring skirt, wearing them as if they were a one-piece.

5. Katy Perry at the Grammys

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While she might have misunderstood the expression “dress for the occasion” and hence ended up wearing one of the most literal-minded red carpet dresses in the history of the Grammys, Katy Perry looked stunning dressed in a white see-through outfit from Valentino’s 2014 couture collection that was covered with musical notes from the waist down.

6. Kim Kardashian at the MTV Video Music Awards

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For this year’s edition of the MTV VMAs, Kim Kardashian decided to do away with those conventional, stylish, monochrome dresses that usually fill the red carpet and instead put on a magnificent short tapestry-patterned Balmain mini-dress that showed a lot of skin and that can only be described as “the poncho’s sexy cousin”.

12 Years a Slave – The Best Moments and Quotes

With 12 Years a Slave becoming a global phenomenon last year, particularly after its successful run at the Oscars, the over 160 years old Solomon Northup book it was based on also became much sought-after, despite spending most of its existence in public obscurity, with only a handful of academic referencing it and no new edition between mid-19th century and 1968, when it made an unlikely comeback.  One year to date after the film’s theatrical release in the United States, we look back at both the original book and the critically-acclaimed adaptation and select  4 of the best moments and quotes from both mediums together with a brief analysis of its themes. If by now you only browsed its summary online, on Sparknotes and Wiki, or managed to watch the trailer on IMDB and YouTube after reading a review, we are convinced the next step you should take is get the movie or the ebook in pdf form, and even the audiobook and go through the amazing lessons it provides.

1.     The film’s whipping scene

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Of all the difficult and painful to watch scenes in Steve McQueen’s film version of 12 Years a Slave, and there are quite a few, the one that stands out is the whipping scene where, Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender), the plantation owner, forces Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) to be the one who whips friend and fellow slave Patsey (Lupita Nyong’o) for leaving the plantation to find soap. A scene such as this is extremely difficult to pull, not because of the technical details, where a little camera trickery and audio effects makes it relatively easy to make the whip sound like it really is hitting flesh, but due to the dangers of wandering off from a scene that shows the vile practice and the heartwrenching emotional process and into something that more closely resembles glorified torture porn. Luckily, the truly Oscar-deserving direction, as well as the strength of the cast chosen for the scene, manages to give the scene the solemnity it needs.

2.     “What difference is there in the color of the soul?”

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In what is perhaps the book’s most famous and most poignant chapter, Solomon Northup writes a 10 words long manifesto of sorts, a haunting line of impossible beauty and sadness that could work as a tagline for almost any movie or book that deals with race issues. Furthermore, the quote manages to bring the question of spirituality in the discussion, reminding the readership that the institution of slavery existed and thrived many times in a religious society. What’s more, the line is eerily prophetic of the quote that, over a hundred years later, will become maybe the most recognizable line of the civil rights movement, Martin Luther King’s “judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

3.     Mistress Shaw

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In an interview given in 2013, the film’s screenwriter, John Ridley, spoke about what were for him the most difficult scenes to write in the entire movie. He gives the scene in 12 Years a Slave where Mistress Shaw, a former slave who is now the mistress of a white man appears, calmly drinking tea and musing on the conditions of the other slaves and gives, through its levity and contrast to the tone surrounding it, a certain aura of surrealism. Ridley worried endlessly that Mistress Shaw, who is only mentioned in a line or two in the book, will end up being anachronistic, that viewers will see the scriptwriter in the character and the scene and feel that it was written in the 21st century, rather than the 19th.

4.     “Alas! I had not then learned the measure of “man’s inhumanity to man,” nor to what limitless extent of wickedness he will go for the love of gain”

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Perhaps the most important line in the whole book, due to its universality and the fact that it expresses a truth as old as human existence, this quote is the driving force behind a million books that describe countless injustices and abuses, of which the abhorrent practice of slavery that 12 Years a Slave describes is just an example. Even more, while society likes to believe that slavery is a relic of the past and that the Western civilization is far beyond it, it is only because other, more efficient ways became available to make use of the man’s inhumanity to man for the love of gain.

5 Reasons Why We Love Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain is slowly, but surely becoming a household name in the movie industry. She’s been in more than 20 movies, she was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in Zero Dark Thirty and in The Help. Jessica broke into the scene with the title role in Jolene, a movie inspired by Dolly Parton’s song. Her filmography also includes Take Shelter and Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life. Jessica also starred in The Heiress on Broadway, alongside Dan Stevens. She’s got rave reviews for her role in the play and we hope to see her back on the stage soon. Here are 5 reasons why we love Jessica Chastain.

1. Jessica Chastain’s Red Carpet Stylejessica chastain red carpet style

Jessica exudes style and we love that about her. Aside from being a great actress, she also has impeccable taste in clothes and that shows best on the red carpet. Her favorite type of dresses are the long ones that have a little sparkle on them, such as the Armani Privé that she wore to this year’s Academy Awards. The lovely actress never crosses the line, never reveals too much and never becomes Jessica Rabbit.

2. Jessica Chastain is a Veganjessica chastain vegan

Yes, Jessica Chastain cares so much about animals that she became a vegan. She’s been a vegan for 6 years and a vegetarian for 15.

She said that:

I don’t want to torture anything. It’s about trying to live a life where I’m not contributing to the cruelty in the world….While I am on this planet, I want everyone I meet to know that I am grateful they are here.

Her devotion to veganism brought her the title of 2012’s Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity, along with Woody Harrelson.

3. Jessica Chastain’s Perfect Hair Colorjessica chastain hair color

Some have called it marigold red, rose gold red or simply copper, but one thing’s for sure: her signature red hair turns heads and enchants both men and women. If you’re looking to emulate this wonderful color, we suggest you don’t try it at home. This color may be quite popular at this moment, but it doesn’t suit everybody.

4. Jessica Chastain’s Lovely Dogjessica chastain chaplin

Just look at that amazing pooch! The beautiful Jessica brought her lovely dog, Chaplin, on the New York City set of her new film, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. The dog is a rescue and has three legs. What does this tell us about Jessica? That she has a heart of gold and loves animals. Jessica is not married, but she does have a boyfriend, Gian Luca Passi De Preposulo, an Italian-born executive who works for French fashion house Moncler. As far as dating famous people, Jessica has also had a relationship with British heart throb, Tom Hiddleston.

5. Jessica Chastian’s Bodyjessica chastain body

We hope we don’t upset anybody when we say that Jessica Chastain has a rocking body. We don’t know the 37-year-old’s exact measurements, but we do know her height, she’s 5′ 4″ (1.63 m) tall and apparently weighs 123.5 pounds (56 kg). The actress got even more voluptuous, because her role in The Help required her to do so. How did she gain 15 pounds? She said that:

I had to be soft and curvy, so I ate a lot of soy. Soy helps you become curvy because it has estrogen in it. So what I would do — and this is really gross — is buy cartons of soy ice cream, microwave it and drink it. It was disgusting, [but] wait [until] you see my boobs in the movie.

But did she like gaining all the weight? Definitely not, as she called the whole process a form of torture.

We love that she’s not afraid to appear in the nude in her movies. The red-haired actress has appeared naked/topless in two movies: Lawless and in Jolene, where she also had a hot sex scene.

If you’re still hungry for pics, photos and info about Jessica Chastain, you can read her bio on wiki and IMDB, find a photo gallery on a Jessica Chastain fansite (there’s one around every corner)/Tumblr and gawk all you want. You can get in touch with the gorgeous actress through her Twitter.

AMC The Walking Dead – 5 Reasons to Watch This Show

Ever since its debut back in 2010, on AMC The Walking Dead has proven an absolute hit with both likely fans of the zombie survival genre, as well as with newcomers. The show takes place in the state of Georgia, following a zombie apocalypse and follows a group of survivors as they try to stay safe in the dangerous new world filled with deadly “walkers” and violent human survivors, as well as the dilemmas they face in their attempt to maintain their humanity. Developed by Frank Darabont and based on the comic book of the same name by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard, the show is now in its fifth season, having been renewed for at least a sixth season, as well. If you remain unconvinced, here are a further 5 reasons to watch this show.

1.     It’s probably the best TV series based on a comic book ever made

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While popular culture seems to have been flooded by high-quality comics adaptations, the big names appeared to have stuck with feature film so far, offering critical and commercial successes like The Dark Knight or The Avengers, TV series have been deprived of such crossovers, bar some notable 90s cult classic like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Tick. What’s more, the source material is not rendered redundant by the show, due to the myriad of liberties the latter takes with the plot, leaving much of the original story yet to be explored.

2.     It’s the best time to get into it

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What with three more episodes until the mid-season break for season 5, you have until February to finally schedule a marathon of the previous seasons. Being able to rip through four and a half seasons at your own pace is a luxury that was not available to those that started watching the show starting with season 1, back in 2010. As with many TV series, season 2 and season 3 hold the most consistently positive reviews, giving you the opportunity to see the best the show has to offer before continuing the season 5 which, after a somewhat more slow season 4, appears to have swayed back both critics and fans and, if it does manage to sustain the pace it has set for itself, might become the best season yet.

3.      You can watch it in so many places

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Outside the obviously TV option, if you like to set the pace yourself and stream TV series,  all you have to do is to go on AMC The Walking Dead. For the price of the channels’ basic package you can watch full episodes on www.amc.com. Besides amc.com, every single episode of the first four seasons is now on Netflix and are just waiting for you to dig into them. If you are more of an old-school consumer that watches digital distribution and online streaming with a suspicious eye – or maybeyour internet connection is not that fast – all four  complete seasons are available on DVD.

4.     There’s plenty of content beyond the TV series.

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Obviously the comic book series that inspired the show is a great place to start if you just can’t get enough Dead. First issued in 2003 and ongoing, the now 134 issues strong series became an instant classic long before the TV series, being one of the most talked about comic book series in recent years. Moreover, adding to the already four and a half seasons that you can dig into right now, a number of free webisodes, Internet-exclusive short clips, are also available, working to further develop the Walking Dead world and offer background on some of the characters. Another perk is the wide array of merchandise in various online stores that further brings together the show’s fan base.

5.     And then, there’s the games.

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In 2012, adventure game veterans Telltale Games started releasing an episodic video game based on the series, followed by a second season the following year. Unlike the usual rampage type of game, the series insists more on moral dilemmas and important decisions by the player, rather than action, garnering the game huge critical appraisal, including over 90 “Game of the Year” awards. If something more action packed is, however, more your speed, 2016 will see the release of a cooperative first-person shooter based not on the AMC The Walking Dead, but on the original comic book, where players can join up with friends to wreak havoc among the hordes of walkers, biters and lurker.