Brad, Angelina, and Jen: An Internet Meme Love Triangle

September 19th marks one of the worst divorces in Hollywood History: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.  After being together for 12 years and only two years of marriage, the Brangelina couple finally called it quits this year.  It’s the divorce heard around the world, with everyone shocked and upset over the surprising news.  With this news comes a slew of questions we had to ask ourselves like, “how did things go so wrong? Is there such thing as a perfect marriage in Hollywood?  Does love even exist anymore?”.  In all honesty, what is life without Brangelina?!?

Yes, many people are rocked by the news and wondering how they will live without the Brangelina couple.  Once the new broke out on September 19th, the shit hit the fan on social media.  Audiences are reacting with the most relevant screencaps, including ones that involve Jennifer Aniston.  By the way, do you guys remember when Jen and Brad Pitt were a thing?

For those of you who were living under a rock during the early 2000s, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston were one of the hottest couples of Hollywood.  Brad first met Friends co-star Jennifer Aniston in 1998 and decided to get married in 2000.  It was a rare Hollywood success for couple Brad and Jennifer, being married for 5 long years while being in show business.  Unfortunately, the couple broke it off in early 2005 and finalized their divorce in October.  Pitt started seeing Angelina Jolie while on the set for Mr. & Ms. Smith and the couple were seen together since.

Fast-forward 12 years later and the Brangelina dynasty is no more.  A flood of memes has been created by social media users, all expressing different outcomes of reacting to the news.  As I mentioned before, Jennifer Aniston became the focal point of the various memes created on the internet.  Some of them provide screencaps with Rachel Green from Friends.  The results are absolute GOLD.

In fact, along with the #Brangelina hashtag, Jennifer Aniston and #TeamJen also began trending worldwide.

Still, you can't expect the world NOT to be a little messy.

For more screencaps, check them out here at https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/1819285/angelina-jolie-brad-pitt-divorce-internet-reactions/

Whatever your stance is on the marriage, you were one of millions of Americans that were shocked by the sudden news.  We at MakeSandcastlesNotWar are saddened by the breakup of Brangelina, but we know that there will always be new Hollywood couples in La-La Land.  Who knows what’s in store for Brad and Angelina Jolie in the future.  Will there be a sequel for Mr. & Ms. Smith?  Are Brad and Angelina going to remain friends after this divorce?  We can only hope that this divorce isn’t a messy one after this month.

Great things about Fall – 2016

Happy Fall everyone!  September 22nd of this year marks the first day of Fall equinox, the third season from September-December.  It’s a season full of pumpkin-flavored food, colored leaves, cold nights, and people dressed in Halloween costumes all around.  Lots of things ‘fall’ in Autumn – the leaves, daily temperature, and the amount of daylight we receive every day.  While Fall isn’t my personal favorite season (Summer will always be #1!), there are some fun things I enjoy about this season.  Here are a few of my favorite things going into Autumn:

 

Fall Season = Sweatshirt Season

         

With a fall season brings colder weather coming our way.  What better way to bundle up than with sweatshirts and sweatpants?  Nothing better than hoodies and sweatpants when going into school or work for the day.  I personally love getting those sweatshirts out of my closet for the season.  The sweatshirts go great with my white fingerless gloves/black knit beanie hat combo I put together.  It’s goodbye to shorts/tank-tops and hello to sweatshirts/sweatpants weather.

New TV Seasons

            Fall is also the quintessential season for new TV shows or new seasons of recurring series.  The kids are back to school and the new episodes are waiting to be seen right when you get home from a long day of class/work.  It’s that time again to catch the new episode of Big Bang Theory or check out the newest series premiering on Fox.  For me, I am excited for the new episodes of American Horror Story: Roanoke this year!  American Horror Story always premieres its new season in October (it’s a HORROR series, duh!) and I always look forward to the newest chapter of the anthology series.  With the weather getting colder, it’s time to bundle up inside and check out the latest series on television.

Pumpkin-Spiced Craft Beers

            One thing I have to point out is that I love my craft beers, especially those that create seasonal flavors in the mix.  I have to have my pumpkin-spiced ales after drinking my fruit-flavored beers during the summer.  Shipyard, Sam Adams, Ballast Point, and many other craft brewers mix various ingredients to create autumn-seasoned beers.  While I’m not the biggest fan of pumpkin pie, I will certainly drink a Shipyard Pumpkinhead when it’s out on draft at a bar.  Cheers to drinking pumpkin-spiced ales and IPAs these next few months!

This is Halloween

            October marks the month of one of the most cherished holidays of the season: Halloween.  Halloween, a time to dress up as your favorite character and go trick-or-treating for candy around the neighborhood!  If you’re a young adult like me, it’s the time to go bar crawling as a power ranger or a Pokémon.  Bar crawls during Halloween are the only time you’ll see Mario, Freddie Krueger, and a Jigglypuff downing shots at the bar.  So don up your costume and take on the spooky streets on this creepy holiday.

Thankful for Thanksgiving

            Gobble gobble!  Thanksgiving is that memorable time where you spend time with your family feeling thankful for things…and also the holiday where you eat a massive turkey with sides such as corn, mashed potatoes, peas, and other meals.  It’s that time to watch the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade special while you wait for that turkey to be ready for dinner.  After gobbling up that turkey, you start napping from the tryptophan entering into your brain (if people still believe that idea these days).  With that bird all gobbled up, just take a moment to remember all that you are thankful for during Thanksgiving.

68th Primetime Emmy Awards!

Last night was the premiere of the 68th primetime Emmy Awards – a celebration of the greatest TV shows to air this year.  All of the actors/actresses line up on the red carpet near the Microsoft Theater donning the most fashionable clothes made from designers such as Oscar de La Renta, Ralph Lauren, Christian Dior, Marc Jacobs, Vera Wang, and many other notable fashionistas.  After the red carpet special extravaganza, the battle is set to see which TV series takes home the most Emmys.  Who ended up winning the most Emmys for 2016?  What are the memorable events that everyone is talking about on social media?  Here are some highlights from the 2016 Emmy awards.

Sarah Paulson + Holland Taylor 4EVER

While Holland Taylor wasn’t joining her partner Sarah on the Red Carpet, the duo still make the most adorable couple.  Taylor was at home in Manhattan, live-tweeting her thoughts about Sarah Paulson being on the Red Carpet and all.  It wasn’t until she saw Sarah’s shiny green dress on TV where she absolutely LOST it on Twitter.  She was in such awe of how beautiful she looked and was even given a shout-out from her partner.  In the end, Sarah and Holland set new standards for relationship goals in life.  I guess what they say is true – absence makes the heart grow fonder!

Stranger Things Appear from the ‘Stranger Things’ Kids

At one point of hosting, Jimmy Kimmel talked with his mother onscreen about what she is making for dinner tonight.  Kimmel’s mother remarked that she was making PB & J sandwiches for attendees (about 7,000 in total!).  If that wasn’t cute enough, the sandwiches were hand-delivered in brown bags by none other than the kids from Stranger Things!  Millie Bobby Brown, who dressed up as Eleven from the Netflix series, rode on her bike down the carpet to hand out PB & J sandwiches to the attendees.  Millie was joined by her co-stars Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas) and Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin) for the stunt.  It was a moment too cute to miss during the Emmys!

Grease: Live Over Beyonce’s Lemonade?

The category was for Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special and it was between Grease: Live and Beyonce’s Lemonade.  And the winner of that award was… Grease: Live.  That’s right, Beyonce’s Lemonade special on HBO was upstaged by a live performance of Grease.  The Lemonade fanatics are beyond shocked that the special didn’t win the award, causing an uproar over her loss.  You can’t win em’ all, but you certainly can tweet your heart out about why Beyoncé should’ve deserved the award.  To all of the single ladies…tweet out your support towards Beyoncé!

Most Trophies Awarded – People vs. O.J. Simpson

The show that won the most awards this year was Ryan Murphy’s The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.  Murphy’s popular crime series won 9 awards, three of them went to the cast of the series.  Sarah Paulson, Courtney B. Vance, and Sterling Brown all took home awards for their hard work onscreen.  Kudos to Sarah Paulson for her outstanding work as Marcia Clark for the series!  She was amazing as hypodermic Sally in American Horror Story: Hotel and she certainly deserves the award for portraying Marcia Clark.

Game of Thrones Breaks the Emmy Record

Brace yourselves… more awards will be taken home by Game of Thrones!  HBO’s Game of Thrones won even more awards today, but they achieved something even greater: breaking the record for highest number of Emmys won by any fictional series.  The popular fantasy drama series on HBO now stands at 38 awards won, beating the previous record set by Frasier with 37.  Slaying all of those dragons was worth it in the end because the reward was the 38th Emmy award won and making TV history after setting the record.

21 Greenpoint – Guest Starring Bill Murray

When it comes to making appearances at random places, no actor does it better than Bill Murray.  Starring in numerous films such as Groundhog Day and Ghostbusters, Bill Murray has been known for making random appearances in restaurants or bars.  Murray has been known for crashing birthday gatherings, karaoke parties, and even tended bar during SXSW to serve Tequila to everyone.  Even in recent years, Bill has really become a popular actor who really connects with his audience when he isn’t busy shooting movies for Hollywood.

Bill Murray mostly strolls around the streets of Brooklyn, hopping into a bar to drink with random fans in the area.  If you reside in New York now, there’s a good chance that he will be one of many celebrities you would run into within the Big Apple!  Bill’s son, Homer Murray, currently resides in Brooklyn where his father comes to visit.  The Murray clan will be making their appearance in Brooklyn for a special event: the opening of Homer Murray’s new restaurant.

Homer Murray will be opening a new restaurant called 21 Greenpoint on the building that was formerly known as River Styx.  21 Greenpoint will be opening this weekend on 21 Greenpoint Avenue.  The food will be seasonal and will come from local farms, with nachos and burgers being taken off the menu.  But the main highlight of opening weekend?  Bill Murray will be pouring drinks at the bar.  The Caddyshack star will be pouring various cocktails for all of the guests at 21 Greenpoint.  Anyone within the Brooklyn area should not miss out on this opportunity to have their drinks created by legendary actor Bill Murray!

It is so cool to see Bill Murray pulling another publicity stunt like this in Brooklyn!  I have heard about how Bill wanders around New York City and crashes parties with random fans.  This event just goes to show that celebrities are people just like us and they have a humorous side off-camera.  People know Bill Murray from his popular flicks during the 80s-90s as well as his popular skits on Saturday Night Live.

Even in the 21st century, Bill is popular among the Millennial generation that grew up watching his movies.  Murray’s brand as an actor continues to flourish with each stunt completes for his audience.  Besides, how can you be upset about your party being crashed by Bill Murray?  You can’t be pissed about having a hilarious comedian swing by your event.  Personally, I wouldn’t mind if Bill crashed an event or two that I was hosting.  He would just make my event much more interesting.  Here’s to Bill Murray and whatever other party he crashes this year!

American Horror Story: My Roanoke Nightmare Premiere

After MONTHS of watching teasers and trailers, FX aired the first episode of American Horror Story last night.  These trailers had me thinking for weeks about what the story will revolve around, what characters will be appearing, what kind of creepy monster will pop up in the episodes, and what kind of backstory each of the characters will have.  I sat down to watch the hour-long premiere last night and it was JUST as mysterious as the teasers that were put out.  Some characters were revealed in the beginning and I ended up having more questions than answers about the newest season.  Here are some highlights of what went down during the premiere episode:

Beginning

           So we start out with an interview format where present day Shelby and Matt (Lily Rabe and André Holland) discuss their tragic story of how they moved from Los Angeles to a rural farmhouse in North Carolina due to Shelby losing her baby.  Shelby and Matt during the actual story were played by Sarah Paulson and Cuba Gooding Jr (notice the irony that they play as a married couple for American Horror Story when they starred as adversaries for The People vs. OJ: American Crime Story!).  Angela Basset plays as Lee, Matt’s sister during the past and Adina Porter portrays her during the present.  Lee comes in halfway through the episode, revealing that she was an ex-cop who lost her job due to her addiction with painkillers.  After the first few minutes of revealing the storyline, it cuts to the card with the show name.  No actual intro was created like the past seasons, only the card as a backdrop.  Interesting…

ROANOKE

            One of the cards shown reveals the season’s story as ‘My Roanoke Nightmare’, centralizing around the idea about Roanoke.  Remember back in August when those photos surfaced on social media of the tree with ‘CROATOAN’ written on the back?  Looks like THAT will be the central mystery we will be watching during the season!  This season will revolve around Roanoke, that lost colony in North Carolina where 117 people mysteriously vanished back in 1590.  What’s also interesting to point out is that Billie Jean from American Horror Story: Murder House tells Violet to yell ‘CROATOAN!’ to make the ghosts disappear.  ALL of the seasons are intertwining with each other folks!

Bloody Pig

          There seems to be bloody pigs popping up around the episode.  In one scene, Matt opens the door to see a dead bloody pig right on his ‘Welcome’ mat.  Matt believed it was those annoying rednecks that put it there to scare them away, but Shelby believes it came from something much worse.  Another scene involves Lee and Shelby walking down to the basement to see a video playing on the TV set.  The video shows a ‘found-footage’ reel of a man filming a human-pig monster in the forest.  What the hell was that pig monster?  Could he be the central monster for this season?  We want more answers!

Stick Figures

            Little stick figures also make an appearance around the farmhouse.  Near the end, Shelby walks into the stairwell to see little child and adult figures made of sticks hung around the stairs.  The stick figures appear again when Shelby runs out into the deserted area of the forest.  Shelby is then shocked as the ground shakes, with people appearing from the words.  This episode ends with more figures surrounding Shelby and one man appears looking beaten with his brain torn off.

Summary

            What an incredible first episode of American Horror Story!  Not all questions were answered, but now we have a solid point of what to expect this season.  Lost colony of Roanoke, farm house, bloody pigs, and other disturbing ideas will make their way into this My Roanoke Nightmare concept.  The documentary past-present concept is entirely different from the past seasons of the series.  Some of the theme has been revealed, but there is so much that will be discovered later on.  Ryan Murphy remarked that the season would involve the present and the past times, which seems to play out with the whole documentary interview idea.  It’s only been one episode and there are still so much questions that need to be answered.  What lies ahead for Matt and Shelby?  We’ll have to find out next Wednesday at 10 pm!

 

Masshole Celebrities

Massachusetts is home to many famous things within the New England region.  Clam Chowder, Harvard University, and the Boston Red Sox are just some of many things that come to mind when we think about Massachusetts.  While we are known for having the best sports teams in the country, we have our fair share of celebrities that grew up around Boston.  We all know that Marky Mark and the Wahlberg family got their start in the Boston area, but there are other notable celebrities that hail from the city.  Here are a few notable residents from the Bay State:

 

Mindy Kaling:  Kaling got her smarts from being around her peers in Cambridge.  Mostly known for The Mindy Kaling Project (which she is the creator and star of the series), she also starred in NBC’s The Office with Steve Carrell.  She got her starring role in Judd Apatow’s The 40-Year-Old Virgin in 2004 and her career took off, landing various roles on the big screen.

Eliza Dusku:  Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel fanatics would know Dusku as Faith, a slayer who tried to turn Buffy over to the darker side of slaying.  Dusku was definitely slaying her schoolwork at Watertown High School before taking the role of Faith for Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  After her notable role as faith, Eliza Dusku starred in Fox’s Dollhouse (created by Josh Whedon, who previously created Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel!)  Boston definitely has its fair share of feminine heroes who kick ass every day!

Chris Evans:  Before starring as Captain America and the Human Torch, Evans was kicking ass on his school work in the town of Sudbury.  He got his film debut in 2001 with Not Another Teen Movie, which had 80s Brat Pack Actress Molly Ringwald as a cameo.  Evans was lighting things up as the Human Torch in the Fantastic Four film series and Steve Rogers/Captain America for Captain America.  It’s not surprising to say that Boston also has its share of superheroes that keep fighting for another day (we have lots of underdogs in the city that know how to win battles!)

Uzo Aduba:  You may not recognize her name, but you DO recognize her role as ‘Crazy Eyes’ on Jenji Kohan’s Orange is the New Black.  Growing up around Medfield, Aduba worked crazy hard for her degree in Boston University.  Aduba completed college and landed her role as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren in 2013.  She has won numerous awards for her role in Orange is the New Black and will continue her role for next season in 2017.  Being a hectic city like New York City, Boston sure does have its fair share of crazy personalities!

Amy Poehler:  Amy Poehler did some improv work at Boston College before doing sketch comedy with her best buddy Tina Fey for Saturday Night Live.  She was known for her starring role as Leslie Knope on Parks & Recreation.  Even after her final episode of Saturday Night Live, Poehler continues to land in various roles for TV series and films.  Whatever project she is working on, Bostonians will remember her as the improv student in Boston College.

Friday the 13th Part 13: The Game

Friday the 13th is one of the most popular horror series franchise that debuted in the 1980s.  The horror franchise revolves around Jason Voorhees, a boy who drowned at Camp Crystal Lake due to the camp staff neglecting to save him.  Crystal Lake was considered to be ‘cursed’ and a series of mass murders took place after Jason’s death.  This popular hack-and-slash horror franchise spanned 12 movies, comic books, a TV series, and other miscellaneous products.  While the Friday the 13th series didn’t receive a lot of positive reviews from the box office, the films are still considered popular amongst horror movie fans.

Even though the films were released over 30 years ago, Friday the 13th still remains relevant as a cult following within the horror film fanatics.  The notorious hockey mask worn by Jason Voorhees himself is a popular icon seen in TV shows and movies today.  With all of the popularity surrounding Friday the 13th, horror film buffs are waiting for more content released by the series.  No new films are being planned, but fans have something even better to look forward to: A Friday the 13th video game.

Currently titled as Friday the 13th: The Game, this survival horror game will be released on October.  The game will be an asymmetrical 1v7 multiplayer game where one player controls Jason Voorhees while the other seven characters portray as the camp counselors.  Players will be able to choose as Jason Voorhees where the object will be to kill the seven players who are running from you.  Another option will be to play as one of the camp counselors to work with your team to plan an “epic win condition” where you defeat Jason before being killed.  Best part about this game?  It’s just as violent and bloodier than ever!  Gamers can pick up the game for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, or Microsoft PC.

The game’s success spans from the Kickstarter campaign created last year.  Randy Greenback of Gun Media initiated the Kickstarter campaign with a goal to raise $700,000 to create the game.  Greenback would’ve created the game whether or not the goal was met, but the additional funding would’ve added a variety of features for the title.  To this day, the Kickstarter met with huge success with a total of $823,704 from over 12,000 backers (coincidentally, by Friday the 13th of November last year!)

While I haven’t seen much of the Friday the 13th films, I was intrigued to see that it will become another game for October!  I have seen Jason make his cameo in various TV shows and movies, including being created as a Halloween costume.  It’s great to see more nostalgic series get their reboots into something better for their audiences.  Reboots don’t always turn out so well these days, but this hack-and-slash survival horror game will certainly become a success.

            Friday the 13th’s brand continues to flourish among the horror film fanatics, both young and old.  Kickstarter is always a great online tool to receive funding for a special project you want to make happen.  Ideas have the power to change the way we think in society, so it’s upsetting to see many of them burst due to a lack of funding.  This isn’t just about another survival horror hack-and-slash game spanning from the Friday the 13th series; it’s about an infamous horror franchise branching out its brand identity through a video game.  The Friday the 13th series was always notorious for their films and releasing the video game will extend a new product line to raise brand awareness.

Kudos to Friday the 13th for making their comeback on October!  It will surely be an exciting and spooky Halloween with the game and the release of American Horror Story in September.  What other surprising horror franchise will we see released in October?  Could Freddie Krueger claw his way into the spotlight this Halloween?  Who knows what creepy horror brands will be sprawling from the vault this year.  All we can look forward to is playing as Jason Voorhees once Friday the 13th: The Game is released in October for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.