Jenny Han ("The Summer I Turned Pretty") and Siobhan Vivian ("The List") are authors in their own right, but the BFFs have combined their literary powers for the "Burn for Burn" series, about a trio of friends out for revenge. As they look forward to concluding the series next year with "Ashes to Ashes," the authors reminisce about what it's been like to write together, cheesesteaks included.
Siobhan Vivian: I remember when we first had the idea to write a book together. It was right before I moved away from New York. I remember feeling so excited, because I knew we’d make a good team, but also nervous, because it would mean that we’d become business partners. Did you have any hesitation taking our writing friendship to the next level?
Even the most jaded fashion critic can't help being a cow-eyed sucker for a glamorous gala and a stunning evening gown, so this week's Style Superstar pick—who has spent the past two days being universally adored by the internet at large for this amazing look—should come as a surprise to no one. The event: the opening night gala at the American Ballet Theater. The evening's premiere fashionista: Crystal Renn, who was all kind of ooh la la in a cascade of red lace.
Whether in her voluptuous days as a plus-size model or in her current, slimmer silhouette, Crystal has never not looked amazing, but this dress? THIS DRESS. The high neck, long sleeves and all-over lace of the Valentino gown are pure Victorian chic, but the shade and sexy A-line cut make it anything but stuffy. It's a great look for the model, who's never shied away from a high-drama getup—and she's also kicked it up a notch with skinny looped braids, bold winged eyeliner and a simple silver clutch. Our only complaint is that we can't tell where the dress ends and the carpet begins, but that's obviously the carpet's fault.
by Jessica Marshall
It's a movie decades in the making—a tale of intergalactic warfare where the good guys are kids and the bad guys are bugs. And Harrison Ford is in it too.
The iconic actor, along with Asa Butterfield, Abigail Breslin and Hailee Steinfeld, headline this first-ever big-screen adaptation of "Ender's Game," which hits theaters today. It's the story of a precocious youngster (Asa), who is drafted into an army of children groomed to fight mankind's greatest enemy using their tactical wit and some super-high-tech video games.
Before you ship off to theaters to get swept up in this interstellar adventure, here are five bits of basic training.
by Cassie Title
For New York City-area viewers, last night was the second time in a matter of weeks that "The Vampire Diaries" didn’t air at its normally scheduled time. It’s always supposed to be 8, then it was supposed to be 9, (and when it wasn’t, I was all: IS THIS REAL LIFE?) then, it was finally shown at 10. But I was so tired by that time that I couldn’t even appreciate how perfect it was that "The Vampire Diaries" was actually airing on Halloween! (There must be some kind of symmetry to that, right?) But then we (SPOILER ALERT!) found out that NADIA is actually KATHERINE’S DAUGHTER, and all was well with the world again. Here’s what happened:
1. Elena attempted to make a new friend, Aaron, who used to live in Melrose Place, whom she met at Megan’s roadside memorial. Turns out he was a hometown friend of hers. Aaron seemed mysterious, and wouldn’t even tell our girl his name, but he did reveal one thing: He doesn’t think Megan killed herself. Fast forward to the Whitmore Historical Ball, where she compelled him to ask if he killed Megan. He didn’t, but he said that everyone around him dies, basically making him the male version of Elena Gilbert. (Is he also secretly a doppelganger? You never know...) Last surprise about Aaron? His guardian (father?): Dr. Maxfield. The very same guy who turned Jesse into a vampire, proceeded to give him a very extensive medical test while talking his observations into a recorder (too much?) and then weirdly canoodled/danced with student Elena at the ball, where he told her that a vampire killed Megan, people are watching her (and her friends) and she should leave Whitmore and go back to Mystic Falls.
At first, this EXCLUSIVE clip from soon-to-be-released movie "How I Live Now" looks like just another cozy camping scene in the English countryside...even if there is a semi-automatic weapon lying on the floor beside the sleeping children in their ramshackle blanket fort. But don't get too comfortable, y'all: As one of the recently wakened kids peeks out the door in the cold morning light, SHIZZ GOES CRAZY. And crazy it will remain, because this is just a wee taste of the action and excitement in store when this film hits theaters next Friday!
Based on the novel by Meg Rosoff, "How I Live Now" stars Saoirse Ronan as Daisy, a teen who's reluctantly left the U.S. to spend her summer vacation with distant family in a remote English village. But just when she's starting to enjoy her idyllic retreat to the countryside, the getaway goes from dream vacation to bullet-riddled nightmare, as a massive global war suddenly breaks out and turns friendly old England into a very dangerous place for an American girl. With disastrous consequences guaranteed if she's discovered, Daisy is forced to run and hide, and to put her trust in the few people who are willing to keep her safe.
by Ryan J. Downey
Last night's episode of "The Originals" didn't just reveal a bunch of secrets, history and motivations for central characters. It was a virtual Fabergé Egg full of surprises, providing a grand look at the beautiful tapestry the show has woven with seemingly unconnected story lines that converged masterfully in less than an hour onscreen.
Davina solidified her alliance with the Originals, Elijah put diplomacy in motion vs. all out war, the truth behind the church massacre came to light, Klaus and Marcel came to blows and most importantly, the witches plot was revealed.
Last week, Elijah awoke from his magic-dagger induced slumber and began a conversation with Davina. That conversation continued, as the backstories behind the witches and Davina, Marcel and Devina, the late Jane Anne and her sister Sophie, and Klaus being lured back to New Orleans came together through a series of conversations between different characters. Elijah and Davina in the attic; Sophie, Hayley and Rebekah wandering the bayou; Klaus and Marcel sharing a drink—it may sound complicated, but it wasn't. It was frankly beautiful how it was all tied together.
Evan Peters (oddly) makes us swoon every week as one of the stars of FX’s creeptastic “American Horror Story.” There’s always something quirky about his small-screen personas on the show. And by "quirky" we mean "weird and/or crazy." But we just can’t help ourselves. He’s just that cute! So in honor of Halloween, we’re naming Evan this week’s Hump Day Hottie.
Check out this dreamy photo of Evan, and keep reading for more details about him!
Vital stats: 26-year-old Evan grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, where he pursued acting from an early age, appearing in commercials for products like Sour Patch Kids, Papa John's Pizza and Kellogg. That is one tasty resume.
Unfortunately, Evan is currently off the market. He is dating his “American Horror Story: Coven” co-star Emma Roberts.
This one goes out to all the "Beautiful" people: Today marks the publication and audiobook release for Christina Lauren's latest "Beautiful Bastard" novel, "Beautiful Player," and we not only have an EXCLUSIVE excerpt for your aural pleasure, but also an interview with the authors and narrator Grace Grant!
In "Beautiful Player" we meet Hanna Bergstrom, a New York transplant who moves to the city to pursue graduate studies. But the education she really needs is in fostering a healthy social life. Her older brother tasks his long-time bud (and seasoned womanizer) Will Sumner with the honors. Will's known Hanna (otherwise known as "Ziggy") since she was a kid, but things are different when they reunite all these years later. And by "different" we mean "sexy."
If you've been following the excitement of Marie Lu's "Legend" series, then you know that things are about to get serious leading into the third and final book. And if you're wondering just how serious, let us be the first to tell you: The epic conclusion to this dystopian trilogy is at least as serious as a guy vaulting over two concrete barriers in a row like some kind of spring-loaded monkey. How do we know? 'Cause we've got the exclusive first peek at the book trailer for "Champion"! And now, SO DO YOU.
It hasn't been an easy time for June and Day, the heroes of "Legend." For two books now, they've been in the thick of manipulation, betrayal and desperate attempts to uncover the truth about their war-torn nation and its endless conflicts with surrounding countries. But now, the pair are finally back in the good graces of the Republic: June in an elite government position, and Day in a high-ranking military role. But after so much struggle and so many secrets, don't count on a happy, easy ending just yet. Before a peace can be broached, plague sweeps through the border cities and threatens the start of a brand new war—a war that June knows how to stop, but at a terrible cost. Eeeeep! With a tease like that, it's a good thing that this book hits shelves in just five short days...and it's a good thing we didn't have any plans for next week, because we're gonna be hiding out in a blanket fort with "Champion" til the bitter end.