Insurgent

Insurgent

I would like to say, that this movie, Insurgent, was exciting to watch.   Shailene Woodley is exciting to watch. Her presence and her acting are remarkable.

For people who do not know what is Insurgent? Veronica Roth is an author of both books, Insurgent and Divergent, and it is made into Blockbuster movies.  The movie is fantastic to watch and so was the visual effects.

Adding to the existing cast, the supporting cast was filled out with Octavia Spencer, Naomi Watts, Suki Waterhouse, Rosa Salazar, Daniel Dae Kim, Jonny Weston, Emjay Anthony, and Keiynan Lonsdale.

The plot of Insurgent takes place three days after the previous installment and continues to follow Tris Prior; Tris and Four are on the run after evading a hostile takeover from Jeanine and the rest of Erudite. The faction system in post-apocalyptic Chicago is crumbling, and everyone is desperate for power — and answers.

Shailene Woodley as Beatrice “Tris” Prior

'The Divergent Series: Insurgent' New York Premiere, NYC

 

An American actress. Her first roles included Felicity Merriman in the 2005 television film Felicity: An American Girl Adventure and Amy Juergens in The Secret Life of the American Teenager (2008–13).

Woodley found breakthrough success in The Descendants (2011). Her performance as Alexandra King received praise from critics and award recognition, including the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female and a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture. In 2013, she played Aimee Finecky in the independent film The Spectacular Now, her performance gained recognition from critics, and won the Special Jury Award for Acting at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, and was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead. She can act.

Woodley gained prominence when cast as the main protagonist, Beatrice “Tris” Prior, in The Divergent Series, based on the best-selling series of novels by author Veronica Roth, and Hazel Grace Lancaster in The Fault in Our Stars, based on the novel of the same name by John Green.

 

Theo James as Tobias “Four” Eaton

 

Theo James

 

An English actor. He is known for portraying Jed Harper in Bedlam, Walter William Clark, Jr. in the crime drama Golden Boy and Tobias “Four” Eaton in the film adaptation of Veronica Roth’s dystopian sci-fi novel, Divergent.

 

Octavia Spencer as Johanna Reyes

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She is best known for her role as Minny Jackson in the 2011 film The Help, for which she won the BAFTA, Golden Globe, SAG, Critics’ Choice, and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Other notable films include Get on Up, Black or White, and Fruitvale Station. On television she recently starred in the Fox series Red Band Society. Spencer created the character of Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective for a children’s book series, releasing The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit in 2013, and The Sweetest Heist in History in 2015.

 

Jai Courtney as Eric Coulter

Jai Courtney

An Australian actor known for his role as Varro in Spartacus: Blood and Sand (2010), and for his roles in the feature films Jack Reacher (2012), A Good Day to Die Hard (2013), I, Frankenstein (2014), Divergent (2014) and Terminator: Genisys (2015).

 

Ray Stevenson as Marcus Eaton

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A British film and television actor. He is known for playing Titus Pullo in the BBC/HBO television series Rome (2005–2007) and in film as Dagonet in King Arthur (2004). Stevenson has portrayed two Marvel Comics characters: Frank Castle/The Punisher in Punisher: War Zone and The Super Hero Squad Show; and Volstagg in Thor and its sequel Thor: The Dark World. In the film Kill the Irishman, Stevenson portrayed Cleveland mobster Danny Greene. In 2012 he appeared in the seventh season of Dexter as Isaak Sirko.

 

Zoë Kravitz as Christina

DIVERGENT

An American actress, singer and model. She is the only child of musician Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet. She has appeared in the films No Reservations (2007), The Brave One (2007), and as Angel Salvadore in the superhero film X-Men: First Class (2011). Kravitz played Pearl on season four of the Showtime television series Californication, and co-starred in After Earth, with Will and Jaden Smith, directed by M. Night Shyamalan. She is also well-known for her role as Christina in the sci-fi dystopian franchise, The Divergent Series.

 

Miles Teller as Peter Hayes

DIVERGENT

An American actor and musician. After suffering from a near-fatal car accident and graduating from New York University’s Tisch School of Arts, he made his feature film debut in Rabbit Hole (2010). Since then he has shown his comedic and dancing abilities in Footloose (2011), Project X (2012), That Awkward Moment (2014). He has also had the lead roles in critically acclaimed films The Spectacular Now (2013) and Whiplash (2014). He will star in the upcoming biopic Bleed for This (2015), as boxer Vinny Paz. Teller received commercial success for portraying Peter Hayes in the  Divergent Series based on the best-selling series of novels. He will appear as Reed Richards / Mister Fantastic in the upcoming film Fantastic Four (2015).

Ansel Elgort as Caleb Prior

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An American actor, music producer, and DJ under the name “Ansølo”. As a film actor, he is known for playing Tommy Ross in Carrie (2013), Caleb Prior in Divergent (2014) and Augustus Waters in The Fault in Our Stars (2014).

 

Maggie Q as Tori Wu

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An American actress and model. She achieved international fame starring as the title role on The CW’s action-thriller series Nikita that aired from 2010 to 2013. In 2014, she portrayed Tori Wu in the film adaptation of Veronica Roth’s novel Divergent, and stars in the Kevin Williamson CBS drama series Stalker as Lieutenant Beth Davis.

 

Kate Winslet as Jeanine Matthews

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She made her film debut in Heavenly Creatures (1994), for which she received praise. She garnered recognition for her supporting role in Sense and Sensibility (1995) before achieving global stardom with the epic romance Titanic (1997), which was the highest-grossing film of all time at that point. Winslet’s performances in Iris (2001), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), Finding Neverland (2004), Little Children (2006), and Revolutionary Road (2008) continued to draw praise from film critics; her performance in the last of these prompted the critic David Edelstein to describe her as “the best English-speaking film actress of her generation”. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in The Reader (2008) and the Emmy Award for Best Actress in a Miniseries for portraying the title role in Mildred Pierce (2011). Winslet’s greatest commercial successes have been the romantic comedy The Holiday (2006), the animated film Flushed Away (2006), and the science fiction film Divergent (2014).

 

Suki Waterhouse as Marlene

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English model and actress

Waterhouse quit her education at 16 years old to pursue a modeling career. At that age, she was a self-confessed tomboy who competed in karate tournaments and loved to rock-climb.

 

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Cinderella

Cinderella MP 2015

Cinderella is not a remake, but inspired by the fairy tale by Walt Disney and it borrows many elements of the same animated movie from the 1950’s, with the music. Also it’s a live action adventure. Remember, it is not an animated movie. The animated movie was 75 minutes long, this one two hours. This will keep the young children awake for two hours or be confused.  More or else the adults too. More confused, because they did not know what they were watching, totally confused.

It’s the same plot, but it has plot twist to make it more interesting and probably suspense too. We all know what happens at the end. Don’t spoil it. In this version, Cinderella and the Prince meet prior to the fateful ball. At the time, he tells her he is a palace employee named Kit. He was an apprentice for the king and a hunter. Wave a magic wand at him and make him a prince.

The Fairy Godmother is a larger character than in previous versions, as she is initially disguised as an old beggar who watches over Cinderella before ultimately revealing herself as a magical being.

Someone makes a Cameo in this movie. If you see it can you guess who it is? Comment below.

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Lilly James was cast as the title character. No Selena Gomez is not staring in this film. They were other Cinderella who auditions for this role; it looked like the glass slippers did not fit on them. You make recognize her in Downton Abbey as Lady Rose MacClare and as Korrina in the Wrath of the Titans

Richard Madden as Prince “Kit” Charming

•	Scottish stage, film, and television actor best known for portraying Robb Stark in the HBO series, Game of Thrones.

Scottish stage, film, and television actor best known for portraying Robb Stark in the HBO series, Game of Thrones.

Cate Blanchett

•	Australian actress. She has received critical acclaim and many accolades, including two Academy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, three Golden Globe Awards and three BAFTA Awards.  You may recognize her in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skul (2008)  and her voice in How to Train Your Dragon 2 as Valka

Australian actress. She has received critical acclaim and many accolades, including two Academy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, three Golden Globe Awards and three BAFTA Awards. You may recognize her in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) and her voice in How to Train Your Dragon 2 as Valka.

Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy Godmother

•She made her acting debut in a television adaptation of K. M. Peyton's A Pattern of Roses.  She is known in films Planet of the Apes, Big Fish, Corpse Bride, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Alice in Wonderland, and Dark Shadows. And in 2012, and Madame Thénardier in Les Misérables.

She made her acting debut in a television adaptation of K. M. Peyton’s A Pattern of Roses. She is known in films Planet of the Apes, Big Fish, Corpse Bride, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Alice in Wonderland, and Dark Shadows. And in 2012, and Madame Thénardier in Les Misérables.

Stellan Skarsgard  as The Grand Duke

•	He is a Swedish actor. He is known for his roles as, Prof. Gerald Lambeau in Good Will Hunting (1997), Bootstrap Bill in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007), Bill Anderson in Mamma Mia! (2008), Martin Vanger in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011), and Dr. Erik Selvig in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films Thor (2011), The Avengers (2012), Thor: The Dark World (2013), and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).

He is a Swedish actor. He is known for his roles as, Prof. Gerald Lambeau in Good Will Hunting (1997), Bootstrap Bill in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006) and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007), Bill Anderson in Mamma Mia! (2008), Martin Vanger in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011), and Dr. Erik Selvig in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films Thor (2011), The Avengers (2012), Thor: The Dark World (2013), and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).

Derek Jacobi as The  King

Derek Jacobi

 

Jacobi has appeared in a number of films, such as The Day of the Jackal (1973), Henry V (1989), Dead Again (1991), Gladiator (2000), Gosford Park (2001), The King’s Speech (2010) and My Week with Marilyn (2011). He holds a British knighthood and has been appointed a Knight 1st Class of the Order of the Dannebrog

Hayley Atwell

Hayley Atwell 2A British-American actress. She is known for her work in stage productions such as A View from the Bridge, and in films such as Cassandra’s Dream (2007), The Duchess (2008), The Pillars of the Earth (2010). Agent Carter, the 2014 film Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and the television shows Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Marvel’s Agent Carter, and will also portray Peggy in the 2015 film Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Holliday Grainger as Anastasia

holliday-graingerAn English screen and stage actress. Some of her prominent roles include Lucrezia Borgia in the Showtime series The Borgias and Estella in Mike Newell’s adaptation of Great Expectations. She also stars as Bonnie Parker in Bonnie and Clyde in a TV movie Lifetime Network. Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Movie/Miniseries.

Sophie McShera as Drizella

sophie-mcsheraAn English actress. She is known (2009–2010) of BBC drama Waterloo Road and for playing kitchen maid Daisy Mason in Golden Globe winning period drama Downtown Abbey.

Nonso Anozie  as Captain

nonso-anozie 1An English actor who has worked on stage, film, and television. You may know him in Conan the Barbarian (2011), Artus, Ender’s Game (2013), Cinderella (2015), Captain and Pan (2015), Bishop.

Ben Chaplin as Cinderella’s father

ben-chaplinChaplin was born and raised in Windsor, Berkshire, the son of Cynthia (née Chaplin), a drama teacher, and Peter Greenwood, a civil engineer. He has two sisters, Sarah and Rachel, and one brother, Justin. He took his stage name after his mother’s maiden name. He attended the Princess Margaret Royal Free School. At the age of 17, he enrolled in the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. You may know him in World Without End (2012), Dates (2013), The Wipers Times (2013) and The Secrets (2014).

Eloise Webb as young Ella

Eloise Webb Eloise Webb is an actress, known for The Iron Lady (2011), Red Lights (2012) and Cinderella (2015).

Helen Winslow larabee celebrate her 106 birthday

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Helen Winslow larabee  celebrate her 106 birthday. She’s currently residing at Kindred Care in Elizabeth City, NC. Mrs. Larabee taught 30 years in the field of home economic, science, and PE. Her last 19 years were spent teaching at Central High School in the field she love – home economics.

Hey Willard Scott!!  Did you mention her on the Today Show recently?

Academy Awards 2015

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As you may know “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” or “Birdman”, that’s what I would called it, won for Best Picture.  Other nominees in this category were “Boyhood”, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”, “The Imitation Game”, “Selma”, “The Theory of Everything”, “Whiplash” and “Fifty Shades of Grey”. What?  Probably for best use of sex toys in the movie.

Birdman won three awards, Best Director went to Alejandro G. Inarritu, Best Cinematography went to Emmanuel Lubezki, he won last year for “Gravity” in 2014. I have got to watch this when it comes on DVD and see the photo techniques that he used and apply it for taking pictures. I am photographer and like the cinematography in the movies.  And it won for best original screenplay. As long, it won for technical stuff. Working behind the scenes is always important in the film making process.  Got to get it right, the visionary aspect of what to see and how to put it together.

Eddie Redmayne won for best actor for “The Theory Everything” bio film of Stephen hawking. He is best known as Jupiter Ascending 2015.  On television, he was in the Doctors (2003). Les Misérables (2012).

Julianne Moore won for Best Actress for Still Alice. She is best known as Sarah Palin in the Game Change (2012) and received the Emmy Award, Golden Globe Award, and Screen Actors Guild Award, all for Best Actress. The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997). From 1985 to 1988, she was a regular in the soap opera As the World Turns, earning a Daytime Emmy for her performance.  Her first screen role came in 1984, in an episode of the soap opera The Edge of Night.

Patricia Arquette won for Boyhood for Best Supporting Actress. You may remember her in NBC’s Medium, she played fictionalized version of psychic medium Allison DuBios. In other words, she saw dead people. She won awards for her role. She won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in 2005, as well as nominations for a Golden Globe in 2005, 2006 and 2007. While making Boyhood.

J.K. Simmons won for best supporting actor for Whiplash. You may recognize him in the Farmer Insurance ads. Also the short live and cancel show of NBC’s Growing Up Fisher, he played a blind lawyer. I like that show. Watch on Netflix. He was in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man. He played Jonah Jameson, newspaper chief editor. And he also does the voice for the animated series in the Ultimate Spider-Man, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. and Avengers Assemble.

“Birdman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” tied for the most nominations. The Grand Budapest Hotel took home Best Original Score for Alexandre Desplat, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design and Best Makeup and Hair styling.

Poland’s “Ida” won Best Foreign Language Film, the first film from Poland to ever win the Oscar in the category. “Big Hero 6″ won Best Animated Film. Laura Poitras’ “Citizenfour” won Best Documentary.

Graham Moore Acceptance Speech

Common and John Legend won Best Original Song for “Glory” from “Selma.”

Lady Gaga did a fantastic job in singing the medley of the Sound of Music 50th Anniversary of the movie. It is celebrate and love by all America.

Other Winners are:

Best Picture

“Birdman”

 

Best Director

Alejandro González Iñárritu, “Birdman”

 

Best Actress

Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”

 

Best Actor

Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”

 

Best Supporting Actress

Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”

 

Best Supporting Actor

J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”

 

Best Adapted Screenplay

Graham Moore, “The Imitation Game”

 

Best Original Screenplay

Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo, “Birdman”

 

Best Foreign Language Film

“Ida”

 

Best Documentary Feature

“CITIZENFOUR”

 

Best Animated Feature

“Big Hero 6″

 

Best Film Editing

“Whiplash”

 

Best Original Song

“Glory” from “Selma” (written by Common and John Legend)

 

Best Original Score

Alexandre Desplat, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

 

Best Cinematography

Emmanuel Lubezki, “Birdman”

 

Best Costume Design

“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

 

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

 

Best Production Design

“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

 

Best Sound Editing

“American Sniper”

 

Best Sound Mixing

“Whiplash”

 

Best Visual Effects

“Interstellar”

 

Best Short Film, Live Action

“The Phone Call”

 

Best Short Film, Animated

“Feast”

 

Best Documentary, Short Subject

“Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1”

Boogie Fever, Cabin Fever

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Do you hate when your children are stuck in the house the whole day or even a week from school? It may be great. No school. No homework. Your children are running around the house playing kickball in the house. Make them your maids and let them clean up the house for money and make them stop annoying each other.

School buses cannot travel thru flood, if there’s a school bus is an ark bus, that would be great. If there’s snow, how about a school bus with skies, which would be great too.

Another thing, one can do if your children are bored at home and if they have finished their homework. Their teacher can give them more study materials through either email, Facebook, YouTube and other social media sites. If the school website has blackboard account for students and teacher, they should use that too to communicate with their students and their assignments. And the teachers can post assignment and grade them. If a student missed an assignment and give them a due date when it is completed, and REMIND your students constantly and every day about their assignments. Students do tend to do forget things and end up in the principal office many times.

That means they don’t have to go to weekend school or Summer school. They will be caught up and graduate on time with their class. I know that schools and teachers in other states are doing this, because of weather situation and they should do this in North Carolina School System.  I know few high schools teachers are doing this to keep up with their students, assignments and giving them credit of what they are doing.

Saturday Night Live turns 40

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So if you were watching Saturday Night Live, on a Sunday night it was a great show to watch. It all started when it premiered on NBC on October 11, 1975, the first host was George Carlin, comedian and actor.  It was known as NBC’s Saturday Night and later it became Saturday Night Live.  It was a variety show created by Lorne Michaels and develop by Dick Ebersol.

The show’s comedy sketches, which parody contemporary culture and politics, are performed by a large and varying cast of repertory and newer cast members. Each episode is hosted by a celebrity guest (who usually delivers an opening monologue and performs in sketches with the cast) and features performances by a musical guest. An episode normally begins with a cold open sketch that ends with someone breaking character and proclaiming, “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!,” beginning the show proper.

This year was the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Live and the past guest and celebrities came and celebrate memorable sketch they like and live in front of the audience.

Fifty Shades of Grey

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I have just seen 50 shades of grey, the next screen was showing 50 shades of yellow, Sponge Bob Square pants, that’s a kinky movie.  I meant Sponge Bob Square pants.

Dakota Johnson

Dakota Johnson
Daughter of Melanie Griffin and Don Johnson. Granddaughter of Tippi Hedren. TV show she appeared was FOX Ben and Kate, and the movie 21 Jump Street (2012). On fifty Shades nudity “Obviously I want to look naked. I Totally understand now why people exercise, because you feel awesome” said Dakota Johnson.

Jamie Dornan

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Jamie Dornan his big break was modeling for Calvin Klein and Abercrombie & Fitch. He guest star in ABC’s Once a Upon a Time. On Fifty Shades of Grey sex scenes “I am fairly worldly guy. I grew up in a very liberal place. I am not saying we had a playroom, but I’m not perturbed or shocked by the sex of the book. It’s essential to tell the story. I can’t believe films that don’t invoke the sexual side of it. So it works for me.”

When you watch it, I won’t give out any spoilers for the movie, but the ending is quite awkward. Everyone in the audience were laughing and they like it. It must have been the sex scenes.  Other reaction was the final scene and it was quite awkward.

“Anastasia” he said.

“Christian” she said

“Really?” I said. Awkward face.

I had to put that in here. It might puzzle you and intrigue you to watch it. Will it be a sequel? She did write more Fifty Shades of Grey novels, if this one becomes successful in the big screen, within three months they would start production for the next books.  Will the sex scenes be different in the next movie, probably more lust and more criticism of the movie?  Remember E. L. James wrote the novels, it was her imagination and fantasy.

While I was watching the movie my pillow could not stay still. I had the pillow on my lap. My Viagra kicked in and my ding-a-ling could not stay down I keep saying down boy and people heard him. I was embarrassed.

I Should have waited when it comes out on DVD or Netflix.  It’s a good movie, with graphic sex scenes and nipples; male nipples. My favorite scenes were all of them. Could not choose. Great movie and I love it. Make sure you close your flip phone when watching the movie. Go see it and bring a blanket or pillow.