Over the weekend, Jimmy Fallon did a Polar Plunge one in Chicago where they’ve had one of the most brutal winters in their history. Once you get into the water it’s only 32 degrees, but that’s not the problem. It’s the before and after, because they’ve spent most of the winter in the teens. He did it after making a bet with their mayor. He’d come on Jimmy’s show if Jimmy took the plunge, and he did over the weekend…in his suit and tie!
Some things you just don’t brag about on social media. A promotion…okay. A clean bill of health from the doc…sure. A court ruling you were supposed to keep secret? No. That’s the lesson learned by a girl in Miami whose parents won a lawsuit against a private school and posted on Facebook, “Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver [prep school]. Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT.” What she didn’t know is that her father signed a confidentiality agreement. She did exactly what the confidentiality agreement was designed to prevent, and now they won’t get the $80,000 they were originally awarded. I’m gonna guess that European vacation isn’t happening now.
Oh Award Season…you come and go so quickly….
(At least the fun Awards shows :))
Last night were the Academy Awards…and with being filled with some super close races (which Tim Green and I TOTALLY ROCKED AT PREDICTING!), you knew it was going to be a great show.
I think this year’s Oscars was one of the best shows all around, and the Academy can thank this lady for this accomplishment:
Ellen ROCKED it! True, she can never live up to my besties Tina and Amy, but Ellen brought the Academy Awards back to that level of entertainment.
Between the selfie that broke Twitter:
To ordering nom noms for the noms….
and then making noms pay for the nom noms…..
She can stay.
Musical Performances were great too (P!nk KILLED IT!)… and Pharrell Williams made all of THIS happen….
Speaking of FASHION….. (see what I did there? hehe….
Here are my faves, what the?’s, and NOPES from last night.
Once again- another fairly decent collection of good fashion choices. Of course there will always be some weird choices here and there, but that’s what makes this blog fun right? OK lets get to the dresses!
These ladies ROCKED it last night. Amy and J. Law looked beautiful in their similar silhouettes, and I love how Jennifer brought back the backwards necklace. I’ll be interested to see if it becomes a trend! Sandra KILLED it in that Alexander McQueen (can I borrow that for the CAP Adult Prom please? ;)) and Lupita…what can I say? She’s been winning at fashion at pretty much every single awards show since the season started. Tim Green and I believe she is Hollywood’s next sweetheart. Good Job Ladies!
FAVES part 2: The off-white collection:
These 3 women also looked gorgeous. Kristen Bell looked slightly bridal, but she was in Frozen so I forgive her.(Yes I know that’s poor reasoning but this is my blog not yours! ) Cate and Kate were STUNNING! Cate’s dress especially…I rarely like a nude dress on anyone, but she pulls it off effortlessly. As for the other Kate, I almost put her in the wardrobe malfunction category, but the way she carried herself and that dress you could tell she was “secure” if you know what I mean. WAY TO GO LADIES!
Next category….SEPARATES but Equal??
Meryl….well she’s Meryl. She can wear a paper sack and I’ll be ok with it because she is so flippin’ awesome. And she’s been to the Oscars what..18 times now? This is just another party for her. June Squibb is adorable. I had no interest in Nebraska, but then they showed the clip of her flashing her…ahem….womanhood….to the grave of a man who wanted in her pants and I about died of laughter.
Emma on the other hand…not as excited about her dress. Her hair was adorable, and her moments with Joseph Gordon Levitt were just as cute, I think she could have done better.
And now it’s time for a break to play….WHO ROCKED THE BABY BUMP?!?!
and the winner is….KERRY WASHINGTON!
I have no idea what Elsa Pataky was thinking in her dress choice. I do love the green and what the fabric was doing, it beats out the poor steam job on Kerry’s dress. HOWEVER…what is with that waistline under your bump?!? What made you think this look was attractive? You look like you are going to pop at any second! Whoever told you that this look was a good idea needs to seriously rethink their career in fashion. Or is holding a grudge against you. You may want to fix that.
Our next game…WHO WORE IT BETTER?
If you were watching the show last night and saw Whoopi and thought…hey, I’ve seen that look before…it’s because you did. On Julia Roberts. 2 months ago. Who ROCKED that look way better than Whoopi. Sorry Whoopi, but this was a bad choice.
And now…the category you are all looking forward to…the NOPE category!
Amazingly enough, I had to role my wardrobe malfunction, project runway, too matronly for your age categories all into one, because everyone looked THAT GOOD.
Anna Kendrick: I was back and forth on this one. I think she is just in need of an “editing eye” from Tim Gunn. I think it’s the “slit” that is bothering me. So she is in the project runway category mostly.
Jennifer Garner: Ugh. You’ve done so much better than this. It’s flapper girl gone wrong. What really sealed the deal were the SHOES. You can’t tell in the photo, but you could tell when she walked out to present. they were some serious chunky platforms that I’m pretty sure were from a 1995 prom…and I mean that in a bad way.
And the worst…Angelina Jolie. I’m sorry girl. You are a wonderful human being. Going from weird goth girl to using your fame to make a difference and earning the Humanitarian Oscar for doing so, also being a mother of 6 with the ever beautiful Brad Pitt, you have a lot of great things going for you. This is NOT the dress for that. Where do I start?!? I’ve never seen a dress that was soooo matronly and yet at the same time worried about a wardrobe malfunction. Also, remember how I said that Cate rocked the nude look? that’s because she’s got the porcelain skin look. You girl, do not. You have that “natural tan” look and this deserves bold colors or jewel tones, not a color that fades into your skin! AND- we all know you still look great…so show off the goods while you still can!
Well, there you have it! my opinion of the Oscars. Overall- great show. It was worth skipping a night of catching up on Walking Dead.
What did you think of the show?
Fact: I love movies. Fact: I love the Oscars. Fact: I’ve seen everything that has been nominated for this year’s awards ceremony (Except for the Foreign films and shorts, sadly. I couldn’t find them anywhere or get to a theater in time!). So, we can deduce from those facts that I will be watching the Oscars on Sunday. I am of course excited for all the different parts of the evening, but there are few things that I think are a little extra special this year.
Here are the Top 3 things that I’m excited to see at this year’s Academy Awards:
#3 You can appear in a fancy red carpet photo! Yes please!
#2 Ellen is hosting! ‘nough said.
Looking forward to plenty of charming Ellen-like antics…
#1 Of course, previous Oscar winners are on the list of this year’s presenters, but the presenter that I am most excited about is…wait for it….
What are you looking forward to seeing at the Oscars this year? Who are your picks to take him the golden statue?
Leave it to Dave Ramsey to put the Oscars into perspective when it comes to money…
(Seriously though- he knows his stuff when it comes to overcoming debt! Take his Financial Peace University class…so worth it!)
Here are some fun facts about how much it costs to produce the Oscars…at least in previous years. Check them out!
How much do the Oscars cost to produce?
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 2012 ceremony cost a cool $21.8 million to put on. Highlights include $260,000 for the nominees’ luncheon, $45,000 for the Oscar statuettes, $25,000 for the actual red carpet, and host fees between $15,000 and $25,000. On top of that, the Walt Disney Company spends $75 million annually for broadcast rights.
SB: So pretty much this is happening….
How much does the Academy Award statue cost to make?
Every time an actor/actress, director, producer, screenwriter, special effects person and so on picks up an Oscar statuette, chalk up $500.
SB: Through THIS Program, $500 could feed a family in Mexico for 5 months, give 5 families clean drinking water for life, or supplement families with blankets, bibles and pay for several kiddos to go to school. Talk about perspective!
What is the most expensive dress ever worn to the Oscars?
The priciest dress in Oscar history is believed to be Grace Kelly’s mint-green gown at the 1955 awards. She won Best Actress for The Country Girl and took the stage in a dress whose silk material alone was believed to cost $4,000 . . . in 1955. That translates to roughly $35,000 in 2014 dollars.
SB: The original article didn’t have a picture of the dress…I had to look it up. It’s very pretty, and I’m sure fashion forward for the time…and now a timeless look. That asside, it’s hard to believe that this dress was THAT expensive, unless Edith Head (the designer) used gold thread to sew it.
What is the value of the gift bags given to the stars at the event?
The SWAG (stuff we all get) gifts handed out to nominees who didn’t win in 2013 were the cheapest—ahem—in five years, with a value of “only” $47,802. Think that’s jacked up? Back in 2010, the price tag was up to about $90,000. The bag included a $45,000 safari in Africa and a $14,500 trip to Monte Carlo.
SB: This puts the whole “I’m just happy to be nominated” into perspective…because they know they are going to AFRICA and MONTE CARLO after the show! Ummm….can I get nominated and not win?
How big of a money impact does an Oscar win make for an actor or actress?
From 2007 to 2011, Best Picture award winners took in an extra $14 million in box office revenue. Hollywood talent agents and managers have ballparked that their clients who win Best Actor/Actress will get a 20% boost in pay for their next film.
What is the cost of a TV commercial shown during the awards?
Of course, nothing tops the Super Bowl in terms of price tags for a 30-second commercial—$4 million in 2014. But Oscar spots are nothing to sneeze at. ABC is seeking between $1.8 million and $1.9 million each.
How much were tickets to the first awards show?
They’ve come a long way, baby. At the first Academy Awards show from the Blossom Room of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in May 1929, tickets to the event were $5 and admissions to the movies themselves were 25 cents.
So as you are watching the Oscars this weekend (aka my Hollywood birthday party that they forgot to invite me to ) you can spout out all these fun facts to your friends.
The Academy Awards are like our Super Bowl. We’re pretty up to date with pop culture and love the movies. So we’ve offered our predictions for this weekend’s 86th installment.
First of all, Ellen DeGeneres is hosting. So, it’s gonna start off with a lot of fun. Below are the BIG categories. Brittany Gray’s predictions will be in purple. Sara Beth’s predictions will be in orange. My predictions will be in, wait for it… green!
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)
Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)
Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)
Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) – We all think that Jared will walk away with the statue. He’s already won everything for his performance. He’ll just get the cherry on the top with his first Oscar.
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)
Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle) – BG’s pick. TG and SB would love her to win.
Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave) – Both TG and SB think it’ll be Lupita #FTW.
Julia Roberts (August: Osage County) – SB LOVED Julia in this role.
June Squibb (Nebraska)
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Christian Bale (American Hustle)
Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street) – We’re hopeful that Leo pulls off an upset.
Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) – again, we’re all agreed that Matthew will walk away with his first Academy Award on Sunday.
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Amy Adams (American Hustle)
Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) – We’re all pretty set with this one as well.
Sandra Bullock (Gravity) – TG loved Sandra in “Gravity,” and would be okay with her winning for her “made-me-a-nervous-wreck” performance.
Judi Dench (Philomena)
Meryl Streep (August: Osage County) – SB loved Meryl in this role and understands why she was nominated.
American Hustle (David O. Russell)
Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón) – TG and SB believe Alfonso is unstoppable. He’s won everything so far.
Nebraska (Alexander Payne)
12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen) – BG is going for the upset here.
The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese)
*Side note – if Cuarón wins he’ll be the first Mexican director to win the Oscar for directing. If McQueen wins, he’ll be the first black director to win.
Best Animated Feature
The Croods (Chris Sanders, Kirk DeMicco, Kristine Belson)
Despicable Me 2 (Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin, Chris Meledandri) – BG would like to point out this was her favorite because she hasn’t seen “Frozen.”
Ernest & Celestine (Benjamin Renner, Didier Brunner)
Frozen (Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, Peter Del Vecho) – Is there any question as to why this is our choice? It’s on track to be the biggest earning animated feature ever. Right behind “Toy Story 3.”
The Wind Rises (Hayao Miyazaki, Toshio Suzuki)
Best Original Song (all songs will be performed LIVE on Sunday Night!!!)
Happy (Despicable Me 2)
Let It Go (Frozen) – Yup. No Question. We love you Pharrel, but this wins.
The Moon Song (Her)
Ordinary Love (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom)
American Hustle – This may post the biggest upset since “Crash.”
Dallas Buyers Club
Gravity – SB thinks “Gravity” will sweep the technical awards, and could take the big prize home, too.
12 Years a Slave – We’re pretty sure this will win, and hope the Academy chooses to honor this film for what it is – a dark depiction of a tough time in American History.
The Wolf of Wall Street
Well be ready to talk about all the wins, misses and the greatness that is Ellen, this Monday on the Q Wake Up Crew!
Since we’ve been stuck in this endless winter-y nightmare, I’ve been having trouble keeping my energy up throughout the day. Luckily, the internet exists and I’ve been able to find some really simple ideas to help with this.
Here are the Top 3 things you should do to help stay energized all day:
#3 In the morning, or even at some point during your work day, find 10 minutes to do something that will get your heart pumping. I personally like to blare some music and dance/jump around the office (badly, but it does the trick).
#2 Whether you listen to music at work, in the car, during a workout, etc., mix up your playlist a bit. Not to be biased or anything, but listening to QMIX all of the time would take care of this one.
#1 Get off the grid! When you get home, leave all the electronics at the door. I know it will be difficult, but your eyeballs will thank you. Plus, it’ll be a nice break to not feel the need to document everything all the time, right?
What do you do to keep yourself energized all day?
So my husband Dan and I have been getting into AMC’s The Walking Dead.
I know, we are tardy to the party, but better late than never right?
See? Rick’s happy that Dan and I are on the bandwagon now!
I was really reluctant to get into this series. I’m really not a fan of blood, guts and gore. Dan wanted me to give it a try though with him and so I reluctantly sat with him through the first few episodes. Then I agreed to watch it with him just as long as we limit it to one episode a day… and then I became hooked. I LOVE the questions of humanity that are addressed and the super deep character development.
I still turn away from the blood, guts and gore. That will never change… :)
SO- we just finished Season 3 last night…and I feel like I can search the internet with a little more freedom now researching fun facts and trivia about the show. Yeah I’m a nerd like that…
While doing so- I came across this amazing theory that the Walking Dead is the same plot line as the Toy Story trilogy. OK- maybe not exactly the same, but the similarities are freakishly close!
How so you may ask? Well this video sums it up quite nicely. I did see this theory on Buzzfeed too, but this video has a few more similarities listed and overlaps both in fun ways. Check it out!
SPOILER ALERT: Only watch if you have seen seasons 1-3 of Walking Dead and Toy Story movies.
Also- not exactly a family friendly video since there are scenes of blood guts and gore. Parental Discretion advised.
PS- I’m pretty sure the Govenor and that Teddy bear have THE EXACT same voice! haha!
Also- does anyone have the first half of Season 4 of Walking Dead we can borrow? :)
According to a recent survey, women have a habit of just throwing away things that belong to their significant other while sprucing up. I personally can’t relate. Mainly because if someone did that to me, there would be no more significant other. BUT I guess out of those who do this, there is a hierarchy of things that get thrown away.
Here are the Top 3 things that men own that women like to throw away:
#3 Old hobby stuff. I suppose things like model airplanes, train sets, fishing equipment, etc. would fall in to this category. If I came home and someone had thrown away all of my yarn, I would NOT be a happy camper.
#2 Magazine collections. I personally know someone who had an impressive Reader’s Digest collection. Somehow they disappeared when he and his wife moved to a new house. Hmmm…..
#1 Clothes. As in, women have been known to survey the closet of their significant other and if something looks too worn or has tears, it gets thrown away. What?! What about jeans and shirts that you buy that way?!
What do you think? Are there things that you have been known to trash that belong to your significant other?
Moving in with that special someone can be a trying time — especially when you start going through the things you need and don’t need and the pile of stuff in the discard pile has more of your stuff in it than hers. A new survey has been released of the ten items that women love to throw away, no matter how much it means to you. Most of the time we guys don’t even know she’s throwing it away, because she’’ll do it one little piece at a time.
1. Clothes – Say good bye to all your old, holey t-shirts you’ve had for the last ten years.
2. Magazine Collections – You should have already ditched them when you started dating plus, it’s 2014 — go digital.
3. Old Hobby Stuff – To her, it’s nothing but a pile of cheap plastic and paint, but to you, it’s your life’s work.
4. CDs and DVDs – Notice it’s not her collection of romance movies that go. Instead it’s your action and comedies, and the only reason she’ll have is that she doesn’t like watching them.
5. Sofa – This one is pretty obvious.
6. Sports Memorabilia – This is the point you realize it was all a lie. She doesn’t like sports.
7. Artwork – By artwork we of course mean those posters of half naked ladies all over your room.
8. Your computer/gaming chair – She has other ideas for how you could spend that time…cleaning.
9. Your sound system – She isn’t throwing it away because it’s too loud. She is throwing it away because it take up to much space and doesn’t fit into her floor plan.
10. Fitness Equipment – You never use them anyway.