Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’, we are going to talk about the movie that is currently on everyone’s mind, Divergent! Although there is a tradition in Hollywood of making films inspired by popular books, this trend has become more prominent in the past few years. The current trend of shooting films inspired by popular young adult books began with the 2001 release of ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ (this was the title that was used in the U.S and a few other countries, but the original title of the book and movie was ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone). This film was given raved reviews from critics and fans, and would soon produce a phenomenon that would result in films, books, merchandise, amusement parks, and much more! This trend has continued with films such as ‘Twilight’, ‘The Hunger Games’, and now ‘Divergent’. Now if you’re a fan of the book, then you’ve probably already seen the movie but, if you are on the fence about whether or not you should see it then please read on!
Now before we talk about the movie, I thought that y’all might want to know a little about the book. ‘Divergent’ is the first in a three book series written by Veronica Roth. She wrote ‘Divergent’ during the winter break of her senior year of college, and the movie rights were secured before she graduated. The book received great reviews, and has quickly gained a fiercely loyal group of fans. Like the books that came before it, this novel has produced a line of merchandise, and has turned the actors in the movie into instant global superstars. Now let’s start talking about the movie! Just so you know, I will not give out nay spoilers in this blog post, I’m just going to touch on how interesting it is, is it worth spending money on, so don’t worry what actually happens in the movie will remain a mystery.
First of all, let me start by saying that I haven’t read any of the books in the series, so I walked into the theater completely oblivious about what to except or whether or not I would enjoy the story. I have seen some of the projects that various members of the cast has worked on, but I was still on the fence as to whether or not this movie was really going to be super interesting. After watching the film, I only have two words to describe ‘Divergent’ …it’s AMAZING! This sci-fi thriller is filled with non-stop action, and suspense. I love that the plot of the film is interesting from beginning to end, and leaves the viewer with a deep emotional connection with the film and its’ characters. The movie definitely sends you on a roller coaster ride of emotions, and at the end leaves you anxious for the next installment (seriously can that be released tomorrow or something…please…never hurts to ask right?!?). I’ve read that the film strays from the book and cuts out/adds certain events, but I think that diehard fans of the book will still love the movie because the film is certainly strong enough to stand on its’ own. In fact, one of the films greatest strengths is the performance of the lead actress Shailene Woodley, who was able to perfectly adapt to her character’s growth throughout the film, and proved that not only is she lead actress material, but she is also an Oscar worthy actress (she is definitely going to have A LOT of gold in her future). I also really loved the rest of the cast, I feel that they all portrayed their roles honestly and really made you feel every word of dialogue. Of course, I also loved the great chemistry between Shailene and Theo James (who plays her love interest in the movie), and I hope you all get used to seeing Theo on the big screen, because I think we will be seeing a lot of him in the future. It is a known fact that Theo beat out a lot of amazing, well-established actors for his role, and all I have say is Bravo ‘Divergent’ casting directors, great job!
Like I said earlier, I DO NOT want to spoil the movie for any of y’all (because trust me it is that good, but if you’re going to invest your money (or someone else’s money) in a movie this year, ‘Divergent’ should definitely be first on your list. I would not suggest waiting and buying the movie on DVD or renting it, because I think that the special effects can really only be fully experienced on the big screen (with very unhealthy yet delicious snacks, but that’s a topic for another blog). Anyway, to sum everything up…‘Divergent’ is a film for the young, the old, the sci-fi crazed, those who claim to hate sci-fi, fans of the book, and anyone who just “accidentally” goes into the theater. This is a good family film, date film, or event a good to take your grandma too if you’re trying to spend quality time (or if your just looking for a reason to put off that math homework). I definitely give ‘Divergent’ 5 smiley faces (I would give it stars but smiley faces are cooler).
Hello people of the internet, on today’s ‘YouTube Wednesday’, I am going to reintroduce you to an amazing vocalist that I KNOW you are very familiar with (if for some reason you’re not, then you NEED to check her out…after you finish reading this blog, I promise you won’t be disappointed J). This vocalist has had hit singles, has wowed the mentors on the NBC hit singing talent show ‘The Voice’, and has toured all over the world! At just 22 years old, this singer/songwriter has a resume that many seasoned performers would kill for. Who is this amazing vocalist you may ask? None other than the uniquely talented Jordan Pruitt (remember this name folks, because you will continue to hear it for years to come).
Jordan Pruitt was born on May 19, 1991 in Georgia. She began singing at the tender age of 4 with her father’s band in her local church. Jordan continued to perform and perfect her craft, and at the age of 14, she auditioned for Hollywood Records, and received a record deal that very day. Two months later the music video for her debut single, ‘Outside Looking In’ was filmed (the song was also featured in the Disney Channel Original Movie ‘Read it and Weep’, which was released in July of 2006, and the ‘Girl Next’ album, which was released in August of 2006). In October of 2006, Jordan released a cover of the 1979 Sister Sledge classic, ‘We are Family’ for the Disney Movie ‘Air Buddies ‘. In January of 2007, Jordan released the track ‘Jump to the Rhythm’, which was included on the soundtrack of the highly successful Disney Channel Original Movie ‘Jump In’, which starred Keke Palmer (who starred in ‘Akeelah and the Bee’, ‘CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story’, ‘True Jackson VP’, etc.) and Corbin Bleu (who starred in the High School Musical trilogy, ‘Catch that Kid’, ‘Dancing with the Stars’, etc.). In February of 2007, Jordan released her first album ‘No Ordinary Girl’, through Hollywood Records (which as of January 16, 2014 has an ITunes rating of 4 out of 5 stars). The album peaked at #64 on the U.S Billboard Charts and the album’s singles were instantly fan favorites on Radio Disney (a radio station owned by Disney). In April of 2007, Jordan covered ‘When She Loved Me’ (originally performed by Sarah McLachlan for the Disney/Pixar animated hit ‘Toy Story 2’) for the Disneymania5 album. In July of 2007, Jordan released her track ‘Teenager’ (the last single off of her debut album), which was a fan favorite, and was in constant rotation in Radio Disney.
2008 was another HUGE year for Jordan, and presented numerous opportunities, where she was able to demonstrate her unique vocals. In May of 2008, Jordan lent her amazing vocals to the ‘DisneyMania6’ album, with her cover of the song ‘Ever Ever After'(which was made popular by Carrie Underwood for the Disney movie ‘Enchanted’, her version of the song also appeared in the 2008 CD, ‘Princess Mania’). .Jordan released her sophomore album ‘Permission to Fly’ exclusively to the tween clothing store ‘Limited Too’ in July of 2008. The album was later given a wider release, and its’ singles were added to the Radio Disney rotation. The album produced two singles, entitled ‘One Love’ and ‘My Shoes (which were both later performed by Jordan at the 2008 Disney Channel Games). In September of 2008, Jordan’s amazing vocals on her song ‘I Wanna Go Back’ (which was a non-single track off of Jordan’s sophomore album), appeared on the ‘Disney Girlz Rock 2’ album. She also sang a song entitled ‘Take to the Sky’ in September of 2009, for the soundtrack of the Disney movie ‘Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure’. In November of 2008, she sang the song ‘Celebrate Love’, which was included in the ‘Disney Channel Holiday’ album. Her single ‘One Love’ (off of ‘Permission to Fly’), also appeared on the ‘Radio Disney Jams 11’ album, which was released in January of 2009. Jordan also lent her vocals to the son ‘This Christmas’, which was released in October of 2009 on the ‘All Wrapped Up Vol., 2’ CD.
In February of 2011, Jordan parted ways with her label Hollywood Records, and signed with’ Jonas Records’ (a record label established by the popular boy band the ‘Jonas Brothers’). Jordan released her next single ‘Hey Shy Boy’ in November of 2011, and as of January 16, 2014 has an ITunes rating of 5 out of 5 stars. Jordan parted ways with Jonas Records in 2012, and continued to hone her craft. In September 2012, she covered Katy Perry’s mega hit ‘The One That Got Away’ on the “blind auditions” on ‘The Voice’. She chose to become a part of ‘Team Christina’ (which was mentored by superstar Christina Aguilera). Jordan made it to the next round of the competition (which is called the ‘Battle Round’), and sang another Katy Perry hit entitled ‘Hot and Cold’ although Jordan did very well in the battle, she was eliminated after this round. Jordan has made covered videos on YouTube channel since December of 2007. In April of 2013, she released her version of The X Factor UK’s season 6 runner-up Olly Murs’ hit ‘Troublemaker’ to ITunes, (which Jordan performed as a duet with Nickelodeon actor/vocalist Max Schneider).
Jordan has toured all over the world as the opening act of numerous successful acts, as well as on her own. In 2006 she toured with the highly successful group ‘The Cheetah Girls’, and was included on numerous dates on the ‘High School Musical: The Concert ‘in 2006 and 2007. Jordan has also toured with numerous successful acts such as: Corbin Bleu, The Plain White Tees, Drake Bell (who starred in the hit Nickelodeon show ‘The Amanda Show’ and ‘Drake and Josh’), and the Jonas Brothers. In 2008, Jordin was a part of the ‘Tour of Gymnastics Superstars’, and sequentially toured in over 20 states across the continental United States. In 2009, Jordan opened for the Demi Lovato (who has starred in the highly successful Disney franchise ‘Camp Rock’ and the Disney show Sonny with a Chance, is one of the former X Factor U.S. judge, etc.) and David Archuleta (the runner-up of American Idol season 7).
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Hello people of the internet, on today’s ‘Monday Memos’, we are going to discuss what happened on the ‘Golden Globes’ this past Sunday (January 12, 2014). This show kicks off award season, and honors excellence in TV, mini-series, and TV movies. So are y’all ready!?! Well then let’s begin!
Opening Monologue: The hilarious comedy duo of Amy Poehler and Tina Fey once again hosted the show this year, and the two definitely made the show fun to watch. The two started their monologue by making fun of their own hosting skills with their comment that “in Hollywood, if something kind of works, then they keep doing it until you get sick of it”. They then began making fun of a lot of the celebrities that were in attendance such as: Bradley Cooper, Meryl Streep, Matt Damon (who they also made fun of later, when actress Melissa McCarthy presented an award, but supposedly got amnesia backstage, and now believed that she was Matt Damon), and numerous others. Amy and Tina also had a running joke with veteran actress Julia Louise-Dreyfus (who at first pretended to be “too good” to sit in the TV section of the auditorium due to Julia’s first Golden Globe film nomination, and then she later sat in the TV section, and Tina and Amy made fun of her). Finally, Tina and Amy made fun of George Clooney by saying that he “would rather float away in space, then spend time with a woman his age” (in reference to the hit film ‘Gravity’ that George did with Sandra Bullock).
Awards: Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture:
Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series, Mini-Series, or TV Movie:
Jacqueline Bisset (Dancing on the Edge)
Best Mini-Series or TV Movie:
Behind the Candelabra (HBO)
Best Actress in a Mini-Series or TV Movie:
Elisabeth Moss (Top of the Lake)
Best Actor in a TV Series (Drama):
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
Best TV Series (Drama):
Breaking Bad (AMC)
Best Original Score in a Motion Picture:
Alex Ebert (All is Lost)
Best Original Song in a Motion Picture:
Ordinary Love (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom)
Best Supporting Actor in a TV Show, Mini-Series, or TV Movie:
Jon Voight (Ray Donovan)
Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical):
Amy Adams (American Hustle)
Best Actress in a TV Series (Drama):
Robin Wright (House of Cards)
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture:
Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
Best Motion Picture Screenplay:
Spike Jones (Her)
Best Actor in a TV Series (Comedy, or Musical):
Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
Best Foreign Language Film:
The Great Beauty (Italy)
Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie:
Michael Douglass (Behind the Candelabra)
Best Animated Feature Film:
Best Actress in a TV Series (Comedy):
Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)
Cecil B. DeMillie Award: (The Golden Globe’s Lifetime Achievement Award)
Best Director in a Motion Picture:
Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity)
Best TV Series (Comedy):
Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical):
Leonardo DiCaprio (Wolf of Wall Street)
Best Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical):
Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama):
Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama:
Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
Best Motion Picture Drama:
12 years a slave
All in all, I believe that the Golden Globes were in a huge success in terms of who won, and which projects came out on top. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler made an unstoppable comedic duo, and I can certainly see them continuing this for many years to come. The show truly displayed those who’s talent, dedication, and hard work soared this year, and it left me excited for next year. I believe that this was an excellent and fun start to the award season!