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Steven Panzarella’s Five Most Exciting Movie Trailers For 2013

Movie buff Steven Panzarella counts down his most exciting movie trailers of 2013.

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The new year is practically upon us, and with that being fact here are my most exciting trailers for 2013.

Just missing the cut- THE LONE RANGER

#5-IRON MAN 3- This trailer either got rave reviews (although one of my family members gave it a “meh.”) For me, the devil is in the details. Here you have Robert Downey Jr coming off one of his better turns as Tony Stark in THE AVENGERS. You also have the fact that IRON MAN 2 was not anywhere close to being as good as the original. A new cast that includes Ben Kingsley as the Villianous “Mandarin”, Rebecca Hall, Guy Pearce, and James Badge Dale. IRON MAN 3 continues in a spot close to where THE AVENGERS left off and looks to include putting Tony Stark and his loved ones in more danger. It also reunites Robert Downey Jr with his KISS KISS BANG BANG director Shane Black, whom has not done much work since KISS KISS, but being the writer behind the LETHAL WEAPON series, Black could bring a new look to the series.

#4-THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES- What if I told you Ryan Gosling was set to play almost the exact character he played in DRIVE, in a cast that includes red hot Bradley Cooper? That is what we are  looking forward to THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES. Also  reuniting Gosling with his BLUE VALENTINE director Derek Cianfrance, PLACE is a story of a stuntman turned Bank robber, whose crimes put him on a collision course with a good cop, turned politican (Cooper). The cast includes Eva Mendes, Dane Dehaan (CHRONICLE, LAWLESS) and Bruce Greenwood (STAR TREK). It’s got plenty of people talking.

#3 PACIFIC RIM- Visionary monster creator Guillermo Del Toro (PANS LABYRINTH, HELLBOY) was supposed to direct THE HOBBIT, after the film went through many issues and 2 years worth of delays Del Toro handed director duties back to Peter Jackson and stayed on as a Producer/Writer. After leaving Middle Earth, Del Toro went on a quest to make pet project PACIFIC RIM, a story of huge alien monsters that invade earth from a crevice deep in the pacific ocean. In a battle to survive the destruction, we build massive robots called “Jaegers” that are driven by two pilots that are connected via the brain. (Keep up with me here) One pilot takes the left side of the robot while the either the right side and it’s a fight to the death. PACIFIC RIM has already released viral videos including fake news footage of a fake destruction of San Francisco but its first trailer has taken the world by storm and has fan’s thrilled about what they could see this summer.

#2 STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS-Super secretive director JJ Abrams normally does not show us much in teaser trailers and under normal circumstances probably would not have showed us the first few scenes of INTO DARKNESS on IMAX screens prior to THE HOBBIT. Yet, for one reason or another Abrams and company are teasing us for next year’s anticipated sequel to STAR TREK, entitled INTO DARKNESS. Bringing back the whole original cast and including a mystery villain played by Benedict Cumberbatch (WAR HORSE, Sherlock) INTO DARKNESS has us pumped up for what could be the best film in the series. What we know is that Kirk and company, are pitted against an unstoppable force and are drawn to a war torn planet for a face off that could mean the destruction of The Federation.

#1 MAN OF STEEL- Take Zach Snyder (300) , Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer (THE DARK KNIGHT SERIES) with an all star cast that includes Henry Cavill, Russell Crowe, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Amy Adams, and Kevin Costner. A trailer that had grown men in tears at Comic Con and gives me chills every time I watch it. What’s not to like? Superman needed a face lift after the not so good SUPERMAN RETURNS. From the trailer it looks like SUPERMAN is getting the Chris Nolan DARK KNIGHT treatment. A much darker look, a massive cast, and Christopher Nolan as the executive producer/Writer, this is by far the most exciting movie of 2013.

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VIDEO:Rolled Ice Cream, Cheetos Bagels And Grasshoppers Are Just Some Of The Unusual Things Brian Balthazar Has Eaten On ‘The Wendy Williams Show’

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You’ve seen pop culture expert, Brian Balthazar, appear on The Wendy Williams Show quite a bit over the last few years. He even co-hosted the show on three separate occasions. It wasn’t until his last visit where he and Jason Biggs chowed down on a KFC Cheetos Chicken Sandwich that it hit me: Being on the daytime talk show makes Brian Balthazar hungry!

The proof is in the pudding…pun definitely intended. Carla Hall made sure to bring some snacks for Brian when they cohosted together.

Sure, Wendy is known for telling us to “grab a snack and come on back”…

But you’d have to be absolutely famished to want to eat fish sliders at 10am.

He’s gotten so hungry he resorted to eating GRASSHOPPER TACOS on the show!

Could it be that Brian isn’t actually hungry though? Could he just be a brave soul willing to be the taste tester so we don’t have to? Could my theory be flawed?!

I suddenly feel like maybe we owe Brian a big thanks…

Either way, it’s fun to watch! Click below to take a look at a compilation of all the fun stuff Brian Balthazar has eaten on The Wendy Williams Show!

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LISTEN: Britney Spears Wants Her Life Back – Full Testimony Details Claims Of Prolonged Abuse

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For the first time, Britney Spears is speaking publicly about the conditions surrounding her conservatorship. In a powerful 23 minutes, she claimed the conservatorship does way more harm than good, detailing punishments and bullying from her father and a team of people on her payroll.

The full testimony is below.

In one instance she referred to her previous statements to her social media following where she claimed she was ‘okay’ and ‘happy,’ revealing that the statement was a lie.

“Now I’m telling you the truth, OK? I’m not happy. I can’t sleep. I’m so angry it’s insane.”

Another hearing is scheduled for July, but the exact next steps remain unknown.

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Get The Look! A Buyer’s Guide To Brian Balthazar’s Philadelphia Home Redesign

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As the world was forced to spend more time at home, Brian Balthazar found himself in a position where he had sold a house before the lockdown and had to find a new one.

“We sold our home with all the furniture in it, so not only did we find ourselves struggling to find a new place, once we found one we didn’t have any furniture to put in it.”

And so, Brian and partner Dennis got resourceful, turning to refurbishing and buying store floor models. They were inspired to make bold, fun choices in color and style when they started shopping around for wallpaper.

Below is the segment as it appeared on the Today Show, and further down, a rundown of where you can find the pieces or ones with a similar look!

THE DINING ROOM

Let’s start with the Dining Room!

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Brian saysThe dining room was the first space we wanted to do. I haven’t had a true dining room since I was a kid, and I’ve always wanted a big table for dinner parties! There were no tables within the price range we wanted, so we found a floor model at one of our favorite go-to stores, Arhaus. We easily saved 75 percent on this table by getting the one that they weren’t going to carry anymore. The chairs are from Wayfair.  On each side of the fireplace (not seen in the photo, but visible in the Today Show video) are two black tall lanterns flanking the fireplace. I got them at Target. I can’t currently find them on their app, but similar versions pop up every year. Get thee to Homegoods! Homegoods and Homesense (same parent company) are my go-to spots for home accessories for virtually every room in the house. You never know what you’re going to find, which is part of the fun.

But let’s focus on the real WOW element to this room – the wallpaper! This pattern is called Bellewood, by RebelWalls.   As you will soon see, I’m sort of obsessed with their patterns. To me, this room is magical with the added whimsy of this forest pattern. (They also have a more muted version with grays and even one with blues.) I also love that by hanging the paper from the chair rail up, you almost get the feeling that you’re standing on a balcony overlooking the forest. I surrounded the whole room with this paper, which I love, but you could easily add the same magical feeling by just doing one feature wall. Their website shows how it can translate to a bedroom or office. You might be intimidated by hanging wallpaper but don’t be! This pattern has so much going on that it really looks perfect when it goes up!

ON TO THE GUEST BEDROOM!

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THE GUEST BEDROOM

Brian says: The guest bedroom is on the top floor of the house, so it’s got roof lines on two sides that make it a tricky space to navigate if you’re not careful. The planning of this space alone resulted in a few bonked heads. On the upside, the wall where the bed goes is tall, so it was an obvious place to create some visual pop. Again, the wallpaper takes the spotlight.  Called “Nude Roses,” also by RebelWalls, I love this design. Floral wallpaper was ‘big’ in popularity back in the 1920s when this house was built, but the patterns at that time were smaller, repeated more often, and were often really bold in color. This interpretation is so fun to me! Gone are the small roses in favor of oversized blooms, and the bold colors are more subdued pink and gray hues, with touches of dark green and creamy whites.

While roses can inherently feel feminine, the plaid bedding (30 dollars for a queen set from Target) are a surprising complement that keeps everything from feeling a little stereotypical. The side tables are mismatched – partly because we didn’t want to go too “matchy=matchy” – but also to save some money – the one on the left side (hard to catch here) was from West Elm. Normally $199, we got it for half off as the floor model. The one on the right we found in the trash. It was perfectly fine, clearly someone had just gotten tired of it! Nothing some disinfectant can’t fix. That gave us some extra money to spend – To reduce the softeness we went with industrial lamps and edison bulbs. The lamps  are called “Ginyard,” from Wayfair. The headboard was on sale at Arhaus. The dark gray takes balances out the pink hues well. The pillows are from Target and Homegoods.

For the 360 degree view of this room, watch the Instagram reel below!  You’ll see the dresser, on sale for $599 from Arhaus, a lamp from Homegoods, and mobiles from Amazon which we fashioned into a ‘piece of art’ that keeps you from hitting your head on the angled wall opposite the bed. Watch the video to check it out!

 

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THE GAME ROOM

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Brian says: The idea for the basement game room was to create a space that feels like a lounge you might find if you went out with friends. When you go into this basement it definitely feels like you’ve gone someplace unique! Believe it or not, I found out the Today Show had invited me to to record my house tour just a few days in advance, and so we turned around this spot in just THREE days! There was literally no pool table at the time, (although it had already been scheduled to come on Friday, the wallpaper came on Saturday, (as well as the floor tiles!) and by Sunday we were covered in paint and glue and drinking wine to celebrate it’s completion! I recorded the final video that Monday.

Some people might not think to take a bright basement and make it dark, but that was our first instinct. Clubs are dark and moody, and we wanted this to feel like that. We painted the walls Wrought Iron by Benjamin Moore, which is a very dark gray that seems to take on different hues based on where you paint it and the light that shines on it. We painted the ceiling black. This was Thursday night! Then Friday the pool table came. The floor tiles (“Tweed Indeed” in black by Flor) hadn’t arrived until the next day, so when they did arrive I meticulously trimmed four tiles to fit around the pool table legs so it looks like they were there the whole time. I had ordered the pool table online weeks before from PoolTables.com and by sheer coincidence it was scheduled to arrive in time for me to shoot the redesign. This was the second time I have ordered a pool table from them (which was initially scary because you’re not even seeing it beforehand!) but it always arrives in perfect condition to your specific selections. I love that the felt jet black and keeps things dark and moody. In the time that has passed since this photo was taken, I’ve added more of the carpet tiles to make the carpeted floor area darker and bigger.

But once again, the wall mural steals the show in a marvelous way! This mural is called “A Priori” from Rebelwalls, and is inspired by The Allegory of Divine Providence and Barberini Power, a famous fresco by Italian artist Pietro da Cortona. Fitting, because this house is Italian in style on the outside. You can’t see it from this photo but the wallpaper runs up part of the ceiling as well. It truly gives the room a wow factor when you enter it. The lamps are from Homegoods, (we’ve since added some industrial floor lamps for extra mood lighting) and the piano was something we brought with us. The bar tables are from Amazon ($72 each) and the stools we brought with us – they were discards from someone who didn’t like their original bright colors and thought they were dated! We covered them ourselves with gray plaid fabric and they’re better than they were new!

 

So there you have it! Hope you enjoyed the rooms and find something you like!

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