Month: July 2011

Star to watch: Emma Stone

If you don’t know the name Emma Stone, you soon will. The actress already has a long list of supporting roles in major comedies under her belt think Superbad and Zombieland and starred in last summer’s hit movie Easy A. But this year, Stone is heating up to be the big Hollywood It Girl of summer 2011. She’s got two big movies coming out over the next couple of months Crazy Stupid Love and The Help and she graces the covers of three popular women’s magazines this summer (Glamour, Vanity Fair, and Elle). That’s quite a busy summer for a girl who’s only 22 years old! In the romantic comedy Crazy Stupid Love, Stone stars alongside an impressive list of Hollywood bigshots, including Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Marisa Tomei, Kevin Bacon, and Ryan Gosling. Carell stars as a man trying to navigate life and love after his wife (Moore) asks for a divorce. Next month, Stone headlines The Help, her first starring role in a year. Based on the novel by Kathryn Stockett, the movie explores what happens after a young (and white) Southern woman in the 1960s decides to write a book about some of the longtime (black) housekeepers of the local influential families. Friendships are torn apart and rebuilt in the ensuing drama. Not only is Stone heating up the silver screen this summer, she’s been winning...

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Seven things that shouldn’t be said via text message

In this digital age, when e-mail and texting have replaced face-to-face talking as our primary channels for communicating with each other, it’s sometimes easy to forget that there are some topics that just shouldn’t be addressed in a text message. Here are seven to get you started: 1. A first “I love you”. All together now: Face. To. Face. Anything less will feel less sincere. 2. And, at the other end, the need to break up. You wouldn’t do this via Post-It Note, would you? (C’mon, shake your head.) Then don’t do it via text message, which is heartless and disrespectful. 3. That you’re angry with someone. Fighting is no fun, but fighting over text takes it to a new level of being both unpleasant and sort of ridiculous. Sending a pissed off text message won’t make you feel better, it’ll just add fuel to the fire. Save your breath for a face-to-face convo, and talk out your problems like adults. 4. A change of plans. There are exceptions, but if you have major plans with someone say, dinner reservations with a friend–and you absolutely must cancel, it’s only courteous to phone and apologize. 5. A major life event. Graduating? Getting engaged? Your loved ones deserve something more, whether that’s a personal chat, a phone call, or a paper note. 6. “Thank you”s after a major life event. Even...

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Seven things never to post on your Facebook wall

Facebook is everywhere, with over 700 million users (and counting). It seems that nowadays, everyone uses Facebook to communicate about everything, but what’s off-limits? Here are seven things never to post on your wall. 1. An announcement for a major life event. All of the usual culprits are included here: weddings, birth announcements, etc. Etiquette requires an old-fashioned paper announcement, or at the very least, a phone call to your loved ones to give them the scoop. 2. Complaints about your job. Many companies have strict policies about posting gripes or gossip involving your job and/or coworkers, and you can be punished or even fired for what you say on your page. So save it for a private chat with a tight-lipped bestie! 3. Musings about your personal relationship(s). Posting about that fight you had with your boyfriend will only lead to more trouble. Why? Not only does the entire (virtual) world now know his and your personal business, which is bound to tick him off, it’s fair game for all of your friends to discuss amongst themselves. If it involves another person and you think they’ll be upset, save yourself the headache and don’t post it. 4. Gossip. Can you say for sure who’s reading or who will pass it on to the wrong ears? Gossip is bad; gossip via Facebook can be a nightmare. Remember, in the...

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Four new thriller novels to read this summer

The dog days of August are just around the corner, when it becomes difficult to do anything but crash in the hammock with a cold drink. While you’re there, pick up one of these four thrillers, all new this summer. “Before I Go to Sleep“, by S.J. Watson. This new thriller centers around an average woman named Christine, who wakes up on a daily basis with no memory of who or where she is. Her husband continually reintroduces her to her life, but when Christine begins seeing a psychologist and writing in a journal, she begins to realize that what she’s being told isn’t quite adding up. “The Snowman“, by Jo Nesbo. This chilly Norwegian novel centers around a young boy who awakens to find that a snowman has suddenly appeared in his front yard, and it’s wearing a scarf that belongs to his mother… who is now mysteriously missing. Enter hardened detective Harry Hole, who must now track down a gruesome serial killer. It’s the seventh entry in the series, but sadly, fans will find that not all of the other six books have been translated into English. “The Jefferson Key“, by Steve Berry. After expatriate Cotton Malone foils an assassination attempt on the President of the United States, he uncovers a coded clause in the Constitution that is somehow connected to a secret society called “the Commonwealth”...

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Eight times it’s okay to decline a wedding invitation

Ever wonder what constitutes a valid excuse for turning down a wedding invite? What about an invitation to be part of the wedding party? Here are eight times when it’s perfectly acceptable to beg off; whether you offer a truthful excuse (or not!) is up to you. 1. When accepting will cost a small fortune. Say it’s a destination wedding, and the total for airfare and accomodations will equal multiple months’ rent. Or you’re asked to be in the party, but the bride wants you to blow a month’s paycheck on your bridesmaid dress. It’s perfectly acceptable to say “thanks, but no thanks” to the invite. 2. When it’s the second (or third, or fourth) marriage for one of the betrothed…and you’ve attended one or more of their previous weddings! 3. When your spouse is specifically excluded. Yes, the couple has the right to control their guest list, but if you’re being singled out to ride solo in a sea of plus-ones for some reason short of a restraining order, you have the right to decline. 4. When you’re not close with either of the betrothed. Feel a little weird getting an invite to your cousin’s wedding you know, the one you haven’t seen in twenty years? A congratulatory card will suffice. 5. When the couple has already eloped, but now wants to throw a big shindig. Couples have...

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