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Check out Steven’s picks for Golden Globes in the film categories.

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golden-globes-statutes-1 It’s Golden Globe time and with the Oscar Nominations announced, it’s also time to see which movies, actors, etc have the best chance to come away with golden statues in February. Take a look at my picks for both TV and Movies at tonight’s Golden Globes.

Check out my Movie Picks below! And follow me on Twitter @StevePanzarella for updates and opinions about each and every winner.

 

 

 

 

Best Picture-Drama 

ARGO

DJANGO UNCHAINED

LIFE OF PI

LINCOLN

ZERO DARK THIRTY

If you would have asked me 3 weeks ago who wins this, I would have said ARGO, If you asked me last week who wins this I would have said ZERO DARK THIRTY. Today, I have no clue but in my heart I am sticking with ZERO DARK THIRTY. Excellent performances by a brilliant cast, and near perfect direction by Kathryn Bigelow. I would not be shocked to see any of these films win but ZERO DARK was my favorite movie of 2012.

Best Performance by an Actress-Drama

Jessica Chastain-ZERO DARK THIRTY

Marion Cotillard- RUST AND BONE

Helen Mirren-HITCHCOCK

Naomi Watts-THE IMPOSSIBLE

Rachel Weisz-DEEP BLUE SEA

Looking at this set of nominations and at the Oscar nominations, you see a huge difference, the two things that are similar are Naomi Watts and Jessica Chastain. For me Jessica Chastain gave the best, most overwhelming performance of the year. A win here gives her a better chance to take on Jennifer Lawrence at the Oscars.

Best Performance by an Actor-Drama

Daniel Day Lewis-LINCOLN

Richard Gere-ARBITRAGE

John Hawkes-THE SESSIONS

Joaquin Phoenix-THE MASTER

Denzel Washington-FLIGHT

All great performances, with the growing theme that if Bradley Cooper is not in the mix, Daniel Day and Denzel are the leaders in this category. For me Daniel Day Lewis as Honest Abe takes the cake at the golden globes. An Epic performance for the movie that has a huge amount of momentum going forward.

Best Picture-Comedy/Musical

THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL

LES MISERABLES

MOONRISE KINGDOM

SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

Personally, I loved MOONRISE KINGDOM, and I really enjoyed SALMON FISHING as well but this is probably a two horse race. Between LES MIS and SILVER LININGS, both movies are carrying plenty of momentum. While I think SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK has a better chance on Oscar Sunday, LES MIS has been so hyped and is carrying so much weight all the talk should carry LES MISERABLE to a best picture win.

Best Performance by an Actress-Comedy/Musical

Emily Blunt-SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN

Judi Dench-THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL

Jennifer Lawrence-THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

Maggie Smith-QUARTET

Meryl Streep-HOPE SPRINGS

We will really know what people thought of Jennifer Lawrence in THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK considering this is one of the only categories that I think is a foregone conclusion. I think this is all Jennifer Lawrence, I don’t see another performance in here quite like Lawrence.

Best Performance by an Actor-Comedy/Musical

Jack Black-BERNIE

Bradley Cooper-THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

Hugh Jackman-LES MISERABLES

Ewan McGregor-SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN

Bill Murray- HYDE PARK ON HUDSON

A group of great, memorable performances with two leaders being Hugh Jackman and Bradley Cooper. Remember, Cooper took home a lot of the critics awards earlier in year. Jackman has a great chance and at the end of the day I think he will probably take home a Golden Globe but Bradley Cooper was brilliant as a mentally unstable man, trying to make his way back into the real world. Cooper is my choice but with Jackman close behind.

Best Animated Feature

BRAVE

FRANKENWEENIE

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA

RISE OF THE GUARDIANS

WRECK IT RALPH

This is always a fun category, I was a huge fan of BRAVE but WRECK IT RALPH was an excellent animated film and one of the better ones done by Disney without pixar. BRAVE has that Disney/Pixar logo that so many vote for and Frankenweenie is the great Tim Burton claymation that has been 20 years in the making. WRECK IT RALPH just has the feel of a great animated feature that was great enough to take home the globe and then the Oscar in a month or so.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Amy Adams-THE MASTER

Sally Field-LINCOLN

Anne Hathaway-LES MISERABLES

Helen Hunt-THE SESSIONS

Nicole Kidman-THE PAPER BOY

Remember when THE MASTER came out and Amy Adams was a foregone conclusion winner, well now it’s Anne Hathaway’s to lose and right now there is not much of a chance Anne does not leave that ceremony with a Golden Globe.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Alan Arkin-ARGO

Leonardo DiCaprio-DJANGO UNCHAINED

Phillip Seymour Hoffman-THE MASTER

Tommy Lee Jones- LINCOLN

Christoph Waltz-DJANGO UNCHAINED

Alan Arkin gave one of my favorite performances of the year in ARGO, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman is deserving of an award for THE MASTER. This is literally the most jam packed, toughest to pick categories of the year. (CAN I TAKE THREE!?) Leo and Waltz in DJANGO both had memorable turns, I would love to see Leo win after his oscar snub, and I would love to see Tommy lee Jones win in Lincoln but because i have to actually make a pick I am taking Christoph Waltz. Waltz was hilarious in DJANGO and I wonder if voters maybe forgot Phillip Seymour Hoffman in THE MASTER since that hit theaters in September.

Best Director-

Ben Affleck-ARGO

Kathryn Bigelow-ZERO DARK THIRTY

Ang Lee-LIFE OF PI

Steven Spielberg-LINCOLN

Quentin Tarantino-DJANGO UNCHAINED

Ben Affleck just won the Critics choice award for ARGO, just days after being left off the oscar ballot. Affleck had a huge amount of momentum which slowed down after LINCOLN and ZERO DARK THIRTY hit theaters. I would love to see either Bigelow or Affleck win after their big snubs. I think Affleck actually wins the globe and Spielberg takes home the oscar in february. Even though I thought Kathryn Bigelow’s direction of ZERO DARK THIRTY was some of the best of the year, voters did not seem to like all the torture sequences. I think Affleck wins one more to prove to the Academy what exactly they missed.

Best Screenplay

Mark Boal-ZERO DARK THIRTY

Tony Kushner-LINCOLN

David O. Russell-THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

Quentin Tarantino-DJANGO UNCHAINED

Chris Terrio-ARGO

All great scripts, all excellent movies, Thought Boal’s script for ZERO DARK THIRTY was absolutly incredible followed by Chris Terrio and Tarantino. Anyone could win but my pick is Mark Boal for ZERO DARK THIRTY.

Best Original Score

Mychael Danna-LIFE OF PI

Alexandre Desplat-ARGO

Dario Marianelli-ANNA KARENINA

John Williams-LINCOLN

Tom Twyker, Johnny Klimek, and Reinhold Heil-CLOUD ATLAS

The STAR WARS fan in me wants so badly to see John Williams win another award, plus his LINCOLN score was excellent. I thought the best part of ANNA KARENINA was it’s score and Mychael Danna’s LIFE OF PI score was pretty memorable as well. My Pick is Marianelli for KARENINA but don’t be shocked to see Williams, Danna and Desplat take away the award.(setting myself up to see CLOUD ATLAS win)

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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!

Move the slider dividing the image to see all of the before or all of the after!

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!

GUEST BEDROOM AFTER
GUEST BEDROOM AFTER
GUEST BEDROOM AFTER
GUEST BEDROOM BEFORE
GUEST BEDROOM BEFORE
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

BASEMENT AFTER
BASEMENT AFTER
BASEMENT AFTER
BASEMENT BEFORE
BASEMENT BEFORE
BASEMENT / GAME ROOM

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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The Pentagon Has Released Official UFO Videos Because 2020 Is The Absolute Worst

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Aren’t swarms of locusts supposed to be the next installment of this plague?!

Can we finally declare 2020 as the worst year ever? In January there were fears of a third World War. In February the coronavirus began its rapid spread. In March the world essentially shut down due to social distancing and quarantining. And now in April…with only two days left in the month…we have official government footage of unidentified flying objects. I’m sorry but Milton Bradley’s game of “Life” never prepared me for any of this!

The Pentagon has confirmed the authenticity of three videos that have been circulating the web but didn’t really answer what is visible in them. In the videos, now declassified by the Department of Defense, navy pilots capture “unidentified aerial phenomena” aka unidentified flying objects aka UFOs! Pentagon officials were sure to state that the videos do not show “any sensitive capabilities or systems,” meaning we probably won’t be seeing any little green men any time soon.

The first video dates back to November 2004 and the other two from January 2015. Of the Pentagon’s confirmation of authenticity, Pentagon spokesperson Sue Gough said the videos were released “in order to clear up any misconceptions by the public on whether or not the footage that has been circulating was real, or whether or not there is more to the videos.”

So great. We now know that these strange videos are real but what exactly are we looking at? Well, the Department of Defense says it has no concrete answer as to what might be floating around the skies and has classified the phenomena as “unidentified.” And…just like that I suddenly feel less defended.

Social media is having a field day with this revelation of course. The #AliensAreReal has been trending high on Twitter since the news broke. One user referenced Independence Day and said the aliens are “getting ready for July 4th.” Of the bad timing, another wrote “Et tu aliens?” And finally one user couldn’t help avoid sarcasm and wrote”Where’s the space force when you need it?”

Well 2020, you have worked your awful black magic once again. What’s next, cat videos get banned from the internet?! You’ve taken everything else from us!

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Priest Accidentally Forgets To Turn Off Filters Before Live Streaming Mass

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The internet is having a field day with the innocent mistake of biblical proportions.

With new social distancing guidelines, many churches have closed to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. And while that doesn’t justify all the wine you’ve been chugging during your self quarantine, it does have many people practicing their faith from their homes. One Italian priest was just trying to recite a little prayer for his followers when he accidentally left a filter feature on during the broadcast! In the clip the priest is digitally adorned with a space helmet, workout gear, a fedora and sunglasses and more.

Social media went nuts for the video, which has now gone viral. One comment reads “He just doubled his holy power.” Another reads “Father, Son and Holy Influencer.” One commenter couldn’t resist a good pun and said the video is having a “Mass effect.”

Enjoy your daily blessing and take a look at the funny video below!

 

Priest in Italy live streams mass, activates filters by mistake from r/funny

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