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Sophie Nelisse Talks About Her The Book Thief Role and What Keeps Her Grounded

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending a brunch with actress Sophie Nelisse, as well as some fellow bloggers at Norma’s at The Parker Meridian. During the brunch, Nelisse talked about her role in The Book Thief, how she prepared for the role and what her future aspirations are.

The Book Thief follows Liesel (Nelisse), a young girl who, while subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. Under the stairs in her home, Liesel, a Jewish refugee is being sheltered by her adoptive parents.

“I watched Schindler’s List, The Pianist, The Reader, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas and Life is Beautiful. In Berlin, I went to some museums and I visited some bomb shelters,” said Nelisse. ”

In addition to that, Nelisse took two weeks of German lessons to get her accent just right.

Nelisse worked with various great actors in The Book Thief, including Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson. She also hopes to work with other greats in the future.

“I would love to work with Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Lawrence, Jake Gyllenhaal, Hugh Jackman, Leonardo Dicaprio and Johnny Depp,” she said. “As far as directors, I would love to would have loved to work with Alfred Hitchcock, Ben Affleck, Martin Scorsese.”

Although she’s making a name for herself in Hollywood, Nelisse still manages to stay grounded.

“I don’t really like Hollywood, it’s a completely different world,” Nelisse said. “It’s fun to live there for a month, but people are crazy around there. All the paparazzi don’t care about your personal space.”

The Book Thief is out now on Blu-ray and DVD!

Posted: March 11th, 2014 under Celebrity Interviews, Movies - No Comments. Tags: ,

Blu-ray | DVD Review: Baggage Claim

Sure, it’s a bit unrealistic that someone finds love, and ultimately, ends up in a marriage in 30 days. But a girl can dream, and she sure does make it happen in Baggage Claim.

Paula Patton makes this movie what it is. She funny, charming and relatable – the kinds of qualities you look for in a leading lady.

The film follows Montana Moore (Patton), a flight attendant who is a smart, sexy and sick-of-being-single woman. She’s determined to get engaged before her younger sister’s wedding, leaving just 30 days to make her connection. Fortunately, her co-worker crew has cook up a high-flying scheme for Montana to “accidentally” bump into all her ex-boyfriends, leading to hilarious encounters as she attempts to land the perfect guy.”Yes, things don’t happen like that for us girls in our everyday lives. But let’s remember, this is a movie, and one that definitely has its moments.

And look out for fellow flight attendants Gail (Jill Scott) and Sam (Adam Brody) who are hilarious as they hatch the scheme to find Montana’s husband in one month’s time.

Posted: February 18th, 2014 under Movies - No Comments. Tags: , , ,

Win a Baggage Claim Prize Pack: NYGossipGirl Contest

To celebrate the upcoming release of Baggage Claim, NYGossipGirl is giving away an awesome prize pack to one lucky winner!

The film follows Montana Moore (Paula Patton), a smart, sexy and sick-of-being-single woman. She’s determined to get engaged before her younger sister’s wedding, leaving just 30 days to make her connection. Fortunately, her co-worker crew has cook up a high-flying scheme for Montana to “accidentally” bump into all her ex-boyfriends, leading to hilarious encounters as she attempts to land the perfect guy.”

To win, check out the feature below from relationship expert LaDawn Black and let us know your favorite compliment!

Surprising Compliments That Grab His/ Her Attention

Typical date talk and flirtatious comments can get old. Complimenting the obvious (a great smile, nice car or a fit body) can come off as more of the same.  If you want to really catch the attention of a new acquaintance, make your compliments original. Try these eight unexpected ways to compliment and leave a lasting impression:

Notice a Small or Non-flashy Piece of Jewelry
One quick way to impress someone new is to pick an item in their clothing or jewelry that is not screaming for attention. A quirky pair of cuff links, a simple necklace, any antique looking pieces or a well-traveled work bag are all possible great story starters. People choose these small items often more for sentimental reasons and not flash.  These items are more about who they are and less about what they have. Noticing the small things shows that you are taking the person in and really interested in getting to know them.

Thing That They Love
Listen closely to what the person loves.  Often within the first thirty minutes of talking with someone you can pretty much gain a clear picture of what is absolutely their life fuel – their love.  It may turn out that a pet, family, a hobby or even work may come up a bit in the getting to know you conversation.  Acknowledge this love and let this new person know in a subtle way that you see what matters most to them and you are okay with it.

Least Obvious Beauty Trait
This one is easy!  We all have aspects of our looks that are obvious pulls: height, a great head of hair, a curvy shape, a beautiful smile. Instead of complimenting the obvious take a few minutes and try to find something hot about your date that is not what they lead with.  She has a beautiful smile? Don’t tell her that first. Maybe you compliment her on the way her eyes light up when she laughs.  He is incredibly tall and fit.  Don’t give him what every woman gives him. Instead, compliment him on his beautiful skin that obviously comes from him living a healthy lifestyle.  The trick here is to be genuine and make sure your compliment makes sense and is linked in an unexpected way to a strength that your date already knows he/she has.

Little Known Fact about Company or Alma Mater
In this age of the search engine you should always know a bit about your date before you get there.  You wouldn’t go on a job interview without researching the company. So, why would you go on a date without knowing a few of the basics on your date?  Look up the company, hometown or school of your date and find a little known fact to add to the conversation. Knowing that his hometown is the birthplace of the Snuggie is funny and will definitely stay on his mind long after the kiss good night.

Unique Aspect of Date Location
Go beyond just complimenting the date planners choice.  Take the time while out to find something interesting about the place and mention it.  Maybe the fact that the first date took place at the aquarium isn’t incredibly memorable, but the fact that the aquarium also offers a weekend wine and dine with the dolphins and you would love too check it out one day reinforces the planners good choice and lets them know that you are open to date two.

Unique Point of View
In talking about controversial issues or current events compliment your date on their point of view.  There are two universal things in dating we all want to know that you think we are attractive and that you believe we are smart.  There is nothing like really taking in a person’s view and letting them know that their opinion makes perfect sense to you.

Point Out Grace, Class, Manners & Chivalry
Who doesn’t want to feel that they are extremely classy or chivalrous?  As much as we talk about the sexes being equal, there is still a strong draw to those that are able to be incredibly modern and still be on their old school manner game.  Point out little fine points that will make your date feel like they are the ultimate lady or gentlemen. Good manners still go a long way.

Eclectic Taste in Entertainment
Listen for what is different or off the beaten path in your date and point it out in positive ways. A love for eclectic/ independent music, films, artists or travel destinations are cues as to what a person wants you to know about them and how they live their lives.  We all want to be special and unique and often how we reflect our uniqueness is through our choices in entertainment. By listening and complimenting these choices, you are letting your date know that their quirks are fine with you.

Posted: February 10th, 2014 under Contests - No Comments. Tags: ,

SLAKE Enters the NYC Nightlife Scene

February 2014 will mark the beginning of a new era in Manhattan Nightlife! From the brain trust of the people behind New York City’s Legendary Webster Hall, WHEG proudly presents its newest adventure: SLAKE.

Reminiscent of a time in New York before corporate banks and frozen yogurt shops littered each block, SLAKE is a sexy and mysterious labyrinth of twisting hallways, staircases, and wide-open dance floors.  The venue boasts 4 unique rooms spread across 3 maze-like levels.  It is capable of hosting an intimate party for 75, a live concert for 500, or a multi-level gathering for 1000.

Once inside, patrons are free to explore the expansive space. They will find an eclectic balance of industrial design, cozy décor, and massive installations from world-renowned artists.  Each room is equipped with state of the art sound and light systems.  At SLAKE, human interaction is of highest importance.  SLAKE is an intimate place of expression, free of judgment, built for those who wish to escape from the mundane and immerse themselves in the sound of the underground. Check out more information & a full schedule of events here: http://bit.ly/1jqms0U

Posted: February 9th, 2014 under News - No Comments. Tags: ,

Humor Me: The Betches of Comedy

They’re back!

The Betches of NYC (from BetchesLoveThis.com) are hosting a comedy show on THIS Thursday (Feb.6 at 7:30PM), at Webster Hall.

Since the debut of their blog, Betches Love This, in 2011, The Betches have been an Internet fixture among twenty-something women and college students. They are your mean, yet helpful, older sisters, who were born knowing exactly what they want and how to get it.  In their debut book, NY Times Best Seller NICE IS JUST A PLACE IN FRANCE: HOW TO WIN AT BASICALLY EVERYTHING (Gallery Books; $15.00), the Betches use their trademark wit and wisdom to explain it all in this Betch-in-training bible ‹ namely, how to combine the hotness of Kate Moss with the wit of Chelsea Handler and the f*ck-off vibe of Anna Wintour to become the ultimate Betch.

Details below!

WHERE: The Marlin Room at Webster Hall

ADDRESS: 125 E. 11th Street New York, NY 10003 (Google map)

WHEN: Thursday, February 6th, 7:30 pm

FEATURING WHO: Look at the poster, lazy fuck. OKAY FINE, featuring these people:

Sara Schaefer (MTV’s Nikki & Sara Live)
Josh Rabinowitz (CollegeHumor)
Michelle Wolf (MTV’s Girl Code)
Sara Armour (Laughing Skull Comedy Festival)
Jared Freid (Total Frat Move)
Tyler Gildin (Elite Daily)

HOW TO GET TICKETS: Go to this website aka TicketWeb.

PRICE OF TICKETS: Who cares? Kidding, you can be in our presence for the bargain price of $25.

FACEBOOK LINK: Join the event here. So you can let your freshman year bio lab partner know you’re going.

We’ll be there, will you?

Posted: February 4th, 2014 under News - No Comments. Tags: , , , , , , ,

Win a That Awkward Moment Prize Pack: NYGossipGirl Contest

To promote the upcoming release of That Awkward Moment, NYGossipGirl is giving away the ultimate prize pack to 2 lucky winners!

That Awkward Moment tells the story of three best friends who find themselves where we’ve all been – at that confusing moment in every dating relationship when you have to decide “So…where is this going?”

The film stars Zac Efron, Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan.

The prize pack, which includes items based on Zac Efron’s costume when he goes to a party in the movie, includes:

1 cock-stirrer
1 martini glass
1 bandana
1 shirt

To win, tell us what your most awkward moment was.

That Awkward Moment comes out in theaters this Friday, Jan. 31!

Posted: January 27th, 2014 under Contests - No Comments. Tags: , , ,

Win a The Americans Prize Pack: NYGossipGirl Contest

We know you’re just excited as us for the Season 2 of The Americans. But while we wait in anticipation, let’s gear up for The Americans Season 1, which is available on Blu-ray and DVD February 11!

To celebrate the new release NYGossipGirl is giving one lucky winner the ultimate prize pack. Enter for your chance to win a Blu-ray copy of FX’s sexy, heart pounding, spy thriller and a Russian-styled Ushanka hat!

Be careful where you wear the hat though, your neighbors may begin to think you’re an undercover Russian KGB spy!

To enter for your chance to win, simply answer the below question.

What year was the U.S.S.R officially dissolved?

A) 1972

B) 1991

C) 2003

D) 1983

The Americans follows Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell) who seem to be a typical suburban couple, but they’re actually lethal KGB agents plotting to bring down America. As the Cold War escalates, Philip and Elizabeth must take extreme measures to continue their mission and keep their true identities hidden. But when an FBI agent moves in across the street, they become ensnared in a pulse-pounding game of cat and mouse.

Enter for your chance to win now and don’t forget to follow The Americans on Twitter @TheAmericansFX

Posted: January 24th, 2014 under Contests - 1 Comment. Tags: , , ,

Blu-ray | DVD Review: Don Jon

Don Jon is a great triumph for Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut.

Gordon-Levitt, who also wrote the script and stars in the film, gave an honest portrayal of relationships and the unrealistic expectations of porn.

Don Jon follows Don (Gordon-Levitt), an old-fashioned guy who goes to church every week, goes to confession and spends quality time with his family. He also goes clubbing and takes home girls with no strings attached. However, things change once he sets his eyes on Barbara (Scarlett Johansson) and realizes that his old no strings attached mantra won’t work with her.

The film boasts a terrific cast, including Julianne Moore, who plays Esther, a woman Jon meets, Tony Danza, who plays his outspoken father and Brie Larson, whose character speaks volumes without really saying anything.

Gordon-Levitt’s directing is confident and shines through the film. Don Jon is genuine, edgy and in-your-face, but in the best way.

Posted: January 8th, 2014 under Movies - No Comments. Tags: , , , , ,

Curly Girls for the Cure: You’re Invited!

It’s time to embrace your natural curls!

From 12-5pm on Sunday, Oct. 20, the Alex Anthony Salon, a premier curly-hair salon  located at 10 Downing Street in New York’s iconic Greenwich Village, is hosting  Curly Girls For the Cure, their signature event to raise money and awareness for Breast Cancer.  There will be one-on-one curly consultations and styling demos with the Alex Anthony curl doctors, make-up applications by celeb make up artist, Blue Michael Cosmetics, a pop up shop by Flaunt Boutique, Brunch and Mimosas provided by New York City’s own, Da Silvano, photo opportunities/Instagram contests with Curly Connoisseur, Allegra Cohen, raffles and a 10% discount on all products. 20% of the proceeds of the day will benefit Gilda’s Club New York City www.gildasclubnyc.org.

The highlight of the day will be a Meet & Greet with Marisa Acocella Marchetto, New Yorker Cartoonist and author of the graphic memoir, Cancer Vixen (Knopf Publisher). The book was honored as Time Magazine’s Top Ten Graphic memoir and has been optioned by HBO films, produced by Celine Rattray and Trudie Styler of Maven pictures, screenplay helmed by Julie Delpy, Executive Produced by and starring Cate Blanchett.

“I am thrilled to be the face of Alex Anthony Salon and known as their ‘Curly Connoisseur,’” said Ms. Cohen. “Alex, Allison and I share a passion for making people feel and believe in their natural beauty and intend to spread the curly love with their brand to salons across America.

“I struggled with my hair when I was younger and I never knew which products to use or how to use them,” she said. “Once I finally embraced my naturally curly hair, I became more me and accepting of myself. I want to help every curly girl out there love their curls and natural texture, whatever that may be. This is the hair you were meant to have, now own it. Celebrate it. I’m happy to be supporting Gilda’s Club and Breast Cancer Month. Alex Anthony Salon is EVERY girls’ solution!”



Posted: October 17th, 2013 under Beauty - No Comments. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Win a Sminorff ICE Pre Party Giveaway!: NYGossipGirl Contest

To celebrate the release of an awesome new video, Smirnoff Ice and NYGossipGirl are giving one lucky winner the ultimate pre-party kit.

As we all know, getting ready to go out with your friends is often one of the best moments of the night, a time to catch up on the latest buzz, try out new dance moves and generally be your “absurdly awesome” self with no judgments or expectations. The makers of Smirnoff Ice are celebrating these pre-party moments through the launch of a new digital video and original song titled Straight Primpin’, centered around women getting ready – responsibly, of course – for an amazing night out.

The Straight Primpin’ video was directed by creative genius, Jon Augustavo (aka Jon Jon), the music video director for several of Macklemore’s videos including “Thrift Shop.” It also features a cameo appearance from  Tumblr’s most popular intern, Tommy the Pomeranian, who boasts 100,000+ Tumblr followers.

Check out the video below!

To win, tell us what your favorite part of the video was!

The Prize Pack includes:

-          $100 Amex gift card for Smirnoff ICE

-          Phillips DS1155 Speaker with Lightening Connector to blast your latest pre-party playlist

-          Feather boas and nail polish to begin your primpin’

So pop open a cold Smirnoff Ice malt beverage and start Straight Primpin’. Cheers, responsibly!

The prize was provided by Smirnoff ICE. Smirnoff ICE is not a sponsor, administrator or connected in any other way with this giveaway.

Posted: September 18th, 2013 under Contests - 3 Comments. Tags: , , ,

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