It’s the most wonderful time of the year to vege out on the couch and get your Netflix on.
You don’t have to like it, but there is something you do need to do…
Could this be the key to a retrial for the Making A Murderer protagonist?
So many shows, so little time.
Whether you will spend Valentine’s Day with your partner, your best friend, or alone, it’s a great day to have a night in and watch a chick flick. There are so many romantic movies out there, but only a few have become classics over time.
It might be because of the storyline, the great actors, or the tear-jerking scenes that make you sob like a little baby, but each of the following 5 films is great in its own way and makes for a perfect Valentine’s Day movie:
1. Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare’s classic, which served as inspiration for pretty much every love story that followed. There are countless films based on the drama, but who doesn’t enjoy Baz Luhrmann’s version starring a very young (and cute) Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes.
2. Ghost. Yes, this movie is sad. But it also makes us believe in the power of love beyond death. And it reminds us of what Demi Moore used to look like.
3. 500 Days of Summer. Not your typical love story and definitely more suited for the realists out there. If you want a story about love rather than a love story, watch Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt fall in and out of love in this one (and enjoy the amazing soundtrack).
4. Breakfast at Tiffany’s. For a bit of nostalgia, Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly never disappoints. This movie is both comedic and sad and includes one of the best kissing-in-the-rain scenes of all time.
5. The Notebook. Two words: Ryan Gosling. This movie, though only ten years old, has quickly become a classic and is the definition of the term ‘chick flick’. A must-see for Valentine’s Day.
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When the hit TV series Sons of Anarchy graced the small screen 7 yeas ago, it caused a bit of controversy in the US and later in Australia. Guns blazed, motorbikes roared and cuts flapped as the bad boys of Charming made their mark. No other TV series had delved inside the life of motorcycle gang members or their families. Seriously, who thought it would be so successful?
Since then, inopportune violence has become a common endurance and you might be wondering what’s been the big attraction? Well, apart from the obvious – sex, drugs and organised crime – the series actually centered around love. Yes, love of all things! Probably not what most men would admit to but for female viewers it has clearly been a draw card. Not to mention the sizzling hot “Jax Teller” aka Charlie Hunnam, who just happened to be the star of the series!
Anyway, back to what the series was actually about. There was love of men for their women and vice-a-versa, parents for their precious children, family for each other and the kinship shared by the brotherhood of men who don the cut and live on their bikes. Plus, it emphasised the struggle to live “the life” and manage to go home to the family after a hard days “work”. It’s probably as far from the norm as most people can imagine living, but for the 1 per centers it portrayed the Sons of Anarchy gave viewers a sneak peek inside a world which most of us would rather not participate in.
That didn’t deter fans who rapidly became addicted and lined up to purchase SoA paraphernalia, expressing just how enormous the momentous following had become. Aussie fans have been no exception, wearing Sons clothing and buying Sons items for their homes and man caves, while holding out for each new season with bated breathe.
Despite growing increasingly graphic, fans have gotten accustomed to their ritual of late-evening viewing and absorbing their weekly fix of Sons, for 7 long years. Of course, some Aussie fans jump the queue, downloading each and every episode off the internet only hours after its release in the US late Tuesday nights.
It appears though, all this has come to a screeching halt. Fans in the US have just witnessed the mega popular series finale and Aussie fans won’t be too far behind. One by one, the original members of Sons of Anarchy have been not-so-subtly written out of the script leaving very few cast members left standing. Without being a spoiler for Aussie fans, let’s just say the plot has been moving in this direction for some time.
The only good news for viewers is that they won’t need to wait too long to get another glimpse of Charlie Hunnam (aka Jackson “Jax” Teller), Katey Sagal (aka Gemma Teller) or some of the other popular cast members. It seems staring in the Sons of Anarchy has done wonders for their acting careers and many have been spotted making the switch from the small screen to movie theatres around the globe.
So, we say a final fond farewell to one of TV’s much loved series and late night viewing rituals. Fans will need to adapt themselves to the void left by the absence of the Sons of Anarchy and wait patiently for the next season of Game of Thrones!
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We love starting the day with a cuppa and The Morning Show, with the delightful Kylie Gillies and hilarious co-host Larry Emdur. So we loved getting to know Kylie – doesn’t she look amazing at 46? – in the latest issue of Prevention, on sale now.
What do you love about life right now?
That’s a broad one to open up with! It’s an interesting question because sometimes you have to remember life is really great. I get caught up with how busy life is, so I make the time to stop and be grateful. It’s easier said than done.
I can stop and bring myself into the moment but then I go, “Ah! What’s for dinner?!” What I love about life is my family. My husband Tony and I will have been married 25 years in May. I was a child bride (laughs). I was engaged at 20 and married two days after I turned 22. It’s young these days, I guess, but I wouldn’t change a thing.
When did you decide to start a family?
After 13 years of marriage, we had our children Gus and Archie [aged 11 and 9]. It was a conscious decision to wait. We both had really fulfilling careers [Tony is editor-in-chief of Australian Associated Press] but after about 11 years of marriage, we thought we were ready to have babies. It didn’t happen straight away—I had difficulties and I also wanted to do it on my calendar and my schedule.
How do you and Tony make it work while juggling two very busy careers?
I read these articles where people say, “we have a date night once a month” or “we check in with each other at the end of the day”. I think that’s fabulous but, in our life, it just doesn’t happen that way, we’re not that organised. Around Christmas time, I sent Tony an email called ‘Our Life’ and it had every day listed on it for the fortnight up until Christmas with the 65 different places I had to be, he had to be, the kids had to be. We should do that email for 52 weeks of the year but I’m not a great planner.
What’s your best remedy after a long day—a massage or a martini?
Neither! I try not to drink during the week and I haven’t got time for a massage. Real-estate reality TV shows are my guilty pleasure. I like that voyeuristic stuff where you get to look at people’s homes.
How do you stay energised?
I know it should be exercise, but I just don’t have a regular regime. Our house backs onto a park, so the boys will grab a footy, I’ll grab our dog Pepe and they’ll have a kick while I take Pepe for a little run. There are those people who have a great drive to exercise but I’m missing that gene. I like watching sport; I’m a Sydney Swans ambassador; I love AFL and was a sports reporter for many years. Those who can do, do. Those who can’t, report on it!
What’s your relationship like with Larry Emdur, your co-host on The Morning Show?
I’m really lucky, we have this great friendship. Don’t get me wrong, we give each other plenty of stick but it comes from a place of friendship. The feedback we get from people is that they enjoy watching because they feel like they are getting to see the real us and I take that as a great compliment.
Is it hard when you’re having a bad day but still have to turn it on for the cameras?
There is a certain pressure to turn up emotionally every day. You can’t have a bad day. You just have to park that at 9am and then say, “I will come back to that at 11:31am and deal with it then”. People in their lounge rooms might be having a bad day and they don’t need to see me having a bad day too! I just say, “Come on Laz, here we go”. Everyone has stuff that they have to deal with from time to time but once you get into the studio with the crew and Larry, it’s pretty easy to forget about things.
Signature dish? Anything in the slow cooker. I am a slow-cooking queen.
Guilty pleasure? Chocolate at bedtime. I’m kind of doing an at-home hotel turndown service.
Best anti-ageing tip? I wear heavy make-up every day, but I always take it off. It can be 2 o’clock in the morning but I always take off my make-up, and cleanse and moisturise, no matter what time it is.
Green smoothie or glass of wine? I had my first green smoothie last week—the ginger really burnt my mouth! I have to try one without ginger.
Last big belly laugh? Probably at 9.27am this morning on air with Larry [Emdur, Kylie’s co-host].
Photo: Fabrizio Lipari for Prevention