The Melissa Gorga Collection: Coming to HSN!

While Teresa Giudice struggles with her finances, another member of The Real Housewives of New Jersey finally has come up with a way to bolster hers.

Melissa Gorga confirms to Us Weekly that her first jewelry line, the Melissa Gorga Collection, will hit HSN in July.

Thumbs Up from Melissa Gorga

"I have always loved fashion and styling with accessories. Since I was a girl, I would spend hours playing with my mother's jewelry," Gorga explains. "With this collection, I wanted to produce something fresh that was luxurious and bold, but accessible for stylish women at any age."

The line will be comprised of 24 items,such earrings, rings, bracelets and necklaces.

"I’ve always admired one-of-a-kind statement pieces so I wanted to create a collection of my own," the mother of three suas. "When designing the collection, I was looking to create those 'wow' pieces that people would stop you and say, 'Where did you get that?'"

The most expensive bauble will only cost $100.

Emphasizing the versatility, Gorga concludes:

"The collection is very versatile and features high-fashion statement pieces that are trendy and take you from day to night. The overall tone of the collection feels like a mix of sexy and sophisticated where you can wear a piece with a blazer or a black dress and a killer heel and rock it either way."

Real Housewives: Before They Were Reality Stars!
Aww, look at young Beverly Hills Housewife Kyle Richards!
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Kyle Richards: Before The Real Housewives

1. Kyle Richards: Before The Real Housewives

Aww, look at young Beverly Hills Housewife Kyle Richards!

Joyce Giraud: Before The Real Housewives

2. Joyce Giraud: Before The Real Housewives

All hail Beverly HIlls' Joyce Giraud, beauty queen and former Miss Puerto Rico.

Lisa Vanderpump: Before The Real Housewives

3. Lisa Vanderpump: Before The Real Housewives

Aww, Beverly Hills housewife Lisa Vanderpump showed off this sweet flashback photo.

Brandi Glanville: Before The Real Housewives

4. Brandi Glanville: Before The Real Housewives

RHOBH's Brandi looks like she hasn't aged in over 10 years!

Yolanda Foster: Before The Real Housewives

5. Yolanda Foster: Before The Real Housewives

Beverly Hills beauty and former model Yolanda Foster looks stunning while posing with her babies.

Cynthia Bailey: Before The Real Housewives

6. Cynthia Bailey: Before The Real Housewives

Guess who? This little cutie is Atlanta's Cynthia Bailey.

Kandi Burruss: Before The Real Housewives

7. Kandi Burruss: Before The Real Housewives

Atlanta's Kandi Burruss shared this throwback photo. Love it!

Bethenny Frankel: Before The Real Housewives

8. Bethenny Frankel: Before The Real Housewives

Two housewives for the price of one! Kyle Richards posted this blast from the past of her hanging with Bethenny Frankel.

Joanna Krupa: Before The Real Housewives

9. Joanna Krupa: Before The Real Housewives

Miami's Joanna Krupa is a successful model. Look at this 2008 Maxim cover!

Caroline Manzo: Before The Real Housewives

10. Caroline Manzo: Before The Real Housewives

Jersey's own Caroline Manzo as a curly-haired teen.

Danielle Staub: Before The Real Housewives

11. Danielle Staub: Before The Real Housewives

It's no secret that former Jersey housewife Danielle Staub has an interesting past... Here's a pic of her modeling a bikini!

Kim Richards: Before The Real Housewives

12. Kim Richards: Before The Real Housewives

Kim Richards was a major child star. Check her out on the set of Magnum P.I. back in 1982.

Sonja Morgan: Before The Real Housewives

13. Sonja Morgan: Before The Real Housewives

NYC's Sonja Morgan had one heck of an '80s 'do! Nice work.

Jacqueline Laurita: Before The Real Housewives

14. Jacqueline Laurita: Before The Real Housewives

NJ's Jacqueline Laurita was a blonde back in the day.

Melissa Gorga: Before The Real Housewives

15. Melissa Gorga: Before The Real Housewives

Another adorable young housewife... This baby photo belongs to Jersey's Melissa Gorga.

Tamra Barney: Before The Real Housewives

16. Tamra Barney: Before The Real Housewives

OCs Tamra was quite the bodacious bikini babe. Still is!

Gretchen Rossi: Before The Real Housewives

17. Gretchen Rossi: Before The Real Housewives

Can you guess which housewife this photo is of? You're looking at little Gretchen Rossi.

Ramona Singer: Before The Real Housewives

18. Ramona Singer: Before The Real Housewives

Ramona and Mario had a totally tubular bikini party once upon a time.

Scarlett Johansson: Nude in Under the Skin!

Remember a couple years ago when Scarlett Johansson literally made a federal out of Internet pervs seeing her naked? Well, it looks like these days she's feeling a lot less shy.

That's Scarlett going full frontal for the upcoming film Under the Skin. 

Scar Jo in Under the Skin

We're guessing these photos will seriously hurt the movie's box office, as we can guarantee that this is the best part and you're seeing it for free right now.

We're a bit surprised to see ScarJo stripping down for a random sci-fi flick because when nude Scarlett Johansson photos leaked in 2011, she flipped the eff out and had the man responsible arrested.

Naturally, there's a big difference between getting nude for a dramatic role and someone stealing salacious selfies from your phone, but we always figured Scarlett would save herself for an Oscar bait presitge pic.

Not the case! After the jump, you can take it all in ...

In Under the Skin, she plays an alien who eats Scottish dudes, making it the latest in a long line of cheesy-sounding sci-fi/action flicks starring Scarlett.

But hey, we'll take naked ScarJo under any circumstances. Time for us to stop questioning and just enjoy the view ...

Scarlett Johansson in Under the Skin
Scarlett Johansson in her new movie Under the Skin. Speaking of skin, she shows a lot of it in this gallery.
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Scarlett Johansson in her new movie Under the Skin. Speaking of skin, she shows a lot of it in this gallery.

Scarlett Johansson Nude Pic

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Scarlett Johansson in Under the Skin. Nude. My goodness.

Scarlett Johansson Naked

3. Scarlett Johansson Naked

Scarlett Johansson gets naked in her new movie Under the Skin. Fellas, you're welcome.

Scarlett Johansson Nude Picture

4. Scarlett Johansson Nude Picture

Scarlett Johansson gets nude in her new movie Under the Skin. Fellas, you're welcome.

Scarlet Johansson Naked

5. Scarlet Johansson Naked

Scarlett Johansson gets naked in her new movie Under the Skin. That's her alright.

Scarlet Johansson Nude

6. Scarlet Johansson Nude

Scarlett Johansson nude in her new movie Under the Skin. Full frontal style.

An Appreciation of Jay-Z’s ’99 Problems’ on Its Tenth Anniversary


Right from the opening seconds, where the camera eye climbs up subway stairs out into the stark, gritty streets of Brooklyn, the viewer immediately knows "99 Problems" is going to be a dizzying, intense experience.

Officially ten years old this month, the video for Jay-Z’s third single off The Black Album (aka his supposed, final album before retiring from recording to briefly run the Def Jam label) still crackles with jolting, frenetic imagery. The song itself, produced by Rick Rubin, who produced many a classic hip-hop track before becoming the behind-the-boards icon everyone from Johnny Cash to Justin Timberlake would go straight to, is just as jarring musically. For starters, it samples the opening, oft-sampled drum break from Billy Squier’s "The Big Beat," the two-chord guitar riff from a live version of Mountain’s "Long Red" and the jangly percussion from Wilson Pickett’s "Get Me Back on Time, Engine Number 9." Add to that Jay-Z picking up Ice-T’s chorus hook from his "99 Problems" ("If you’re having girl problems, I feel bad for you son/I got 99 problems and a bitch ain’t one") as he tells his own tales of inner-city blues, and you have a rap song that doubles as an aural assault.

The video is an assault on the senses (but in a good way), as famed video director Mark Romanek takes his first shot at helming a rap video. Jay, who originally wanted Quentin Tarantino to direct until Rubin advised him to give Romanek a try, wanted to make a hip-hop video that 1) showed the Brooklyn where he grew up and 2) looked like photographic art. Romanek, who’s always had a flair for creating videos that doled out artistic expression, whether it’s Nine Inch Nails’ grimy, disturbing freak show "Closer," Beck’s Truffaut-saluting "Devil’s Haircut," Johnny Cash’s sad-eyed tribute "Hurt" or Fiona Apple’s voyeuristic "Criminal," immediately thought of cribbing from the black-and-white noir photography of New York photojournalists like Weegee. But the visual, urban bluntness also brings to mind the work of late, black photographer (and Brooklyn resident) Roy DeCarava, who captured black-and-white shots of Harlem in the early 20th century.

Much like DeCarava’s photographs, Romanek gets shots of African-American life, one after the other, in "99 Problems," with Jay serving as a tour guide of sorts. First shown outside the famed Marcy Houses where he grew up, eventually making himself at home in one of the apartments as he raps about music-industry gripes, action goes on all around him as the video progresses and Jay walks around his city, telling his tales.

Romanek takes off in several different directions throughout the video, zooming right into people’s face one minute, slowing down the whole momentum of one scene the next. But thanks to exemplary editing from longtime Romanek editor Robert Duffy, the video maintains a rhythmic pulse. It’s literally never out of step. But, just as Jay raps about the problems he’s had in his life—music-industry drama, almost getting caught by police with drugs in his trunk, having to go toe-to-toe with an idiot—"Problems" visually breaks down the problems that have plagued Brooklyn and inner-city America in general. As much as Romanek shows celebrations randomly popping off (whaddup, dude in Viking hat!), he counters it with bleak shots of black men in jail (completely naked, at one point, as they’re showered down) and old men prematurely mourning their loved ones in funeral homes.

As the video shows everything from a guy aiming a gun out an apartment window, pointing it to unsuspecting passersby, to street performers and step teams literally dancing in the street, it’s obvious that Jay and Romanek are both out to show Brooklyn as a land of contradictions. Good things can happen, but really, really bad things can happen, too. (In a New York Times piece on the video, Jeffrey Rotter said, "’99 Problems’ is a celebration and a disparagement of Brooklyn iconography.") And, yet, as Romanek captures it all with cinematographer Joaquin Baca-Asay, who would later work with James Gray on We Own the Night and Two Lovers, there’s a striking, visual poetry to it.

Romanek also saw the humor. He had Rubin walk around Brooklyn as well, wearing a cowboy hat and a fur coat. (Romanek said he wanted Rubin to look like "a rabbinical pimp.") In one, odd instance, he’s seen walking down the sidewalk with, of all people, Vincent Gallo! Romanek also plays hip-hop misogyny for laughs. Whenever Jay uses "bitch" in "Problems," he’s actually referring to everything but a girl. In the first verse, that’s what he calls the music-industry BS he goes through. In the second verse, it’s a female, drug-sniffing dog. In the final verse, it’s a silly-ass dude looking for a fight. But as Jay uses "bitch" in different ways, Romanek uses it ironically, as standard-issue, bikini-clad, big-booty video girls ridiculously grace the screen the second Jay says the word.   

As those shots of butt-nekkid black dudes show, the video also isn’t afraid to be startling in a sensational, controversial manner. Shots of gunplay (or, in Jay’s case, pretending to hold a gun with his hand) were excised from the original cut when it played on MTV (The shots were replaced by a hand obscuring the camera lens.) And, of course, there’s the climactic moment where Jay himself gets shot up with bullets, as his arms flay around in slow motion—a rather violent reminder that Jay was done with rap at the time. The moment scared MTV to the point where it regularly played the video at night, with a pre-video disclaimer attached to it. It’s worth noting that, in the video for his last single, "Dirt Off Your Shoulder," he simply got in a limo at the end and rode off into the sunset. If "Dirt" was his John Ford-ish sayonara, "Problems" was him saying bye-bye, Peckinpah-style.  

"99 Problems" still remains immensely watchable, like nearly all of Romanek’s videos. One of those rare hip-hop videos that eschewed—even mocked—rap-video clichés and actually packs a cinematic punch, the video would go on to win a well-deserved, Video Music Award (back when those meant something, of course) for Best Rap Video, as well as moon-men statues in directing, editing and cinematography.

Back when it began making the MTV and BET rounds ten years ago, Armond White wrote in a New York Press essay, "’99 Problems’ shows a young black man’s New York as it has never been seen before. Jay-Z spins a tale of common aimlessness and selfish survival… His delivery is terse yet eloquent –swingsong, but the world he walks through is ferocious." No matter how much of a hipster playground Brooklyn becomes, "99 Problems" will forever be an energetic, musical snapshot of the borough at its most down-and-dirty.

Fisker Karma Could Return in 2015



Under its new Chinese owner, Fisker might be back to selling its plug-in hybrid luxury sedans by next year.

The company plans to resume selling its high-priced luxury sedan, which will be followed by a station-wagon version called the Surf in 2016. Once both of those products are out, the company might launch the long-discussed and lower cost Atlantic, Fisker President Roger Brown told the Detroit News.

Before that can happen, the company needs to overcome several hurdles. It isn’t clear if the vehicles will be built in a plant Fisker owns in Delaware or somewhere else. Brown says Fisker will also need to hire roughly 200 people to get the company up and running again.

Last week, a tentative settlement shifted ownership of Fisker from Chinese billionaire Richard Lee to auto parts manufacturer Wanxiang.

Fisker stopped producing cars in 2012 to save cash. The batteries used to produce the Karma proved to be problematic and directed negative media attention to the company. Those batteries came from Michigan-based A123 Systems, a company also acquired by Wanxiang.

Discuss this story at our Fisker forum

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James Franco and Seth Rogen Asked to Perform for Kimye Wedding

According to a recent report, Beyonce and Jay-Z will not attend next month's wedding between Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.

But James Franco said on The View this week that not only is he invited to the festivities in France... Kanye asked him and Seth Rogen to perform their "Bound 3" parody video the night before his big day!

"Two weeks ago we got a call from Kanye,” Franco said. “Seth and I were on the phone and we thought he was going to let us have it, but he loved [the video]... and I think I can say it now because I'm pretty sure it's not going to happen, he wanted us to perform it live the night before his wedding in Versailles."

So, will this actually happen?

Will Franco and Rogen entertain wedding guests with their half-naked mockery of Kim and Kanye's Bound 2 music video?

Probably not.

"I think it would have been awesome for about 10 seconds and then there would be Seth with his shirt off in front of all of the Kardashians," Franco said.

Set to take place on May 24, Kim and Kanye’s wedding will likely be held in Paris and will include an influx of A-Listers.

Franco and Rogen, meanwhile, have perfected the art of mocking this famous couple.

They are among many, for example, who inserted themselves on to the cover of Kim and Kanye's Vogue issue. See who else took this funny step now:

8 Parodies of the Kimye Vogue Cover
Oh, those silly Jenners. Kylie and Kendall mock the Kimye Vogue cover in this online image.
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Kylie and Kendall Pretend to Cover Vogue

1. Kylie and Kendall Pretend to Cover Vogue

Oh, those silly Jenners. Kylie and Kendall mock the Kimye Vogue cover in this online image.

Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin Vogue Cover

2. Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin Vogue Cover

Thank you, World Wide Web! A genius Internet user has replaced Kim Kardashian and Kanye West with Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin.

Zach Braff and Donald Faison Vogue Cover

3. Zach Braff and Donald Faison Vogue Cover

Zach Braff and Donald Faison cover this issue of Vogue. Sort of. In actuality, some Internet user superimposed their faces over Kanye and Kim.

Lord of the Rings Vogue Cover

4. Lord of the Rings Vogue Cover

Take this, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West! We're digging this Lord of the Rings-based parody of their Vogue cover.

Miss Piggy and Kermit Cover Vogue

5. Miss Piggy and Kermit Cover Vogue

Miss Piggy and Kermit do their best Kim Kardashian and Kanye West impression in this parody of the latter's Vogue cover.

Willie Geist and Al Roker Vogue Cover

6. Willie Geist and Al Roker Vogue Cover

Willie Geist and Al Roker make like Kim Kardashian and Kanye West and pretend to cover this issue of Vogue.

James Franco and Seth Rogen Vogue Cover Spoof

7. James Franco and Seth Rogen Vogue Cover Spoof

James Franco and Seth Rogen spoof the Kim Kardashian-Kanye West Vogue cover in this photo because... come on, how could they not?

Farrah Abraham and James Deen Vogue Cover

8. Farrah Abraham and James Deen Vogue Cover

Farrah Abraham and James Deen on the cover of Vogue ... in our dreams.

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CRC Rocket Fuel 6000mAh LiPo saddle pack

CRC have a new competition LiPo battery available in the form of the Rocket Fuel 2S 6000mAh saddle pack. Built from high-performance 65C cells the ROAR-approved battery comes in an orange colour hardcase and including jumper wire and balance lead.

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Sizzurp Shortage: Codeine Yanked From Shelves, Justin Bieber Devastated?

Actavis - the drug company responsible for the codeine-rich cough syrup used to make "sizzurp" - announced today that they will no longer manufacture the famous serum, which has become the alleged drug of choice for celebs like Justin Bieber and 2 Chainz. 

Justin Bieber Confused

Bieber was reportedly busted drinking sizzurp in March of this year and countless rappers have had run-ins with the law and near-death experiences as a result of the so-called "purple drank."

Rapper Lil Wayne allegedly overdosed on sizzurp  last year, suffering seizures and nearly lapsing into a coma.

Now, Actavis says it's putting an end to the days of negative media reports about the sizzurp-related antics of rappers and wannabe-thug pop stars. 

"Actavis has made the bold and unprecedented attention to cease all production and sales of its Promethazine Codeine product," says a statement from the company. "[Media] attention has glamorized the unlawful and dangerous use of the product."

The ban will reportedly be taking effect immediately, so if you're a purple drank enthusiast, you may want to get out there and stock up while you can. 

Sizzurp first gained prominence when rappers began mentioning it in songs in the late 90s.

The drink usually consists of a combination of alcohol, sugary sodas and hard candy...but of course, Actavis cough syrup is the key ingredient.

We're sure this is a day of mourning for many in the rap game. 

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"The Endless Push and Pull of Lindsay Lohan's Reality Show": Kim Morgan at Vulture examines Lohan's reality show, and her reality. 
"I love watching Lindsay Lohan sort through clothes. It's strangely soothing, like sitting on the bed watching your older sister prepare for a date. Lindsay sorts through boxes of things, her ciggie dangling, stopping once in a while to put on a jacket, moving her shoulders forward and smoothing down the front. She shifts her body to make it work. Her face has focus and when she observes a piece on her terse little frame, she is usually pleased. A pro smoker, she talks through her cigarettes, keeping those cancer sticks clenched in her teeth. “This is good.” She smirks. She almost laughs. Those laughs come liberally throughout the day, throaty laughs with hard-earned miles on them. When you hear that laugh, she isn’t your older sister anymore; she’s your hot divorced aunt, the one who lets you smoke pot in the basement."


"Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein on the indispensability of This Is Spinal Tap": At The Dissolve, Will Harris gets the two Portlandia stars to talk a Rob Reiner's classic.

"Beyond their bond as the co-creators and stars of the IFC seriesPortlandia, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein share something else in common: They both started their careers in music, Brownstein as part of Sleater-Kinney, Armisen most notably as drummer for the post-hardcore band Trenchmouth. Although Armisen left his music career behind in favor of pursuing a career in acting, which he achieved through his lengthy stint as a cast member onSaturday Night Live, he recently returned to his roots, taking on the additional responsibility of serving as bandleader for NBC’s Late Night With Seth Meyers. "


"'I'm Sorry You Don't Like The Newsroom As Much As You Should'": At, Tara Ariano fillets Aaron Sorkin with a pen knife, starting with the limbs and working inward.

"Aaron Sorkin Wants To Apologize To Everyone About 'The Newsroom' is the headline on Buzzfeed's widely blogged story. Since I do feel that he owes me an apology for The Newsroom, I was very curious to see exactly what he feels he needs to be sorry for -- and as anyone who's familiar not just with his oeuvre but his public persona might predict, it's not so much that he's sorry as sorry not sorry. This fucking guy."


"CriticWire Survey: Right the First Time": Misunderstood masterpieces and defending history's first draft is the subject of this week's CriticWire survey conducted by Sam Adams.

From our very own editor-in-chief Matt Zoller Seitz: 

"'Top Gun' was terrible when it came out and it's still terrible. Every time somebody online tries to stick up for it as some sort of American pop classic, I just roll my eyes. It's a burp from the Reagan era, no more worthy of serious consideration than "Rambo: First Blood Part II.""


"Hollywood Has a Major Problem": At Medium, Paul Cantor writes about the rise of television and the death of cinema. 

"Every Friday night, no matter what is going on in the world, a slate of new films gets released in theaters. And like clockwork, the companies who make and distribute these movies cross their fingers and hope people show up in droves.

If the actors are popular enough, if the director has some critical cache, if the marketing campaign hits its stride, maybe, just maybe, one of these movies becomes a hit. Everyone lives another day and the Hollywood machine keeps on rolling.

So why does it seem like the buzz around movies is duller than it has ever been? Forget the pomp and circumstance at award shows, the paparazzi and the rosy spin Hollywood puts on its business."

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Turkish Cinema Thrives at 33rd Istanbul Film Festival


Around 3 million people visit Istiklâl Caddesi, Istanbul’s most iconic avenue, daily. Pretty buildings, mainly from the late Ottoman era, flank the bookstores, cafés and nightclubs along this pedestrian street. However, in April each year, these spots cede the majority of public attention to the cinemas on Istiklâl. In this month, the city plays host to Turkey’s biggest and oldest international film festival. Organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, the festival is the world’s best platform and showcase for Turkish films, new and old.

Only the most naïve cinemagoer would assume that Nuri Bilge Ceylan is all there is to Turkish cinema. As the recently concluded 33rd Istanbul Film Festival (April 5-20) proved, the country is producing exciting, fresh and challenging films. It is an interesting time for Turkey, a fact impossible to ignore while attending the festival. After all, the event headquarters are merely two minutes away from Taksim Square and Gezi Park, the birthplace of the anti-government protests that captured the world’s attention a year ago.

However, there hasn’t been much cinema devoted to this turmoil, unlike, say, in Egypt. It’s too soon to tackle such topics, some filmmakers believe. Hüseyin Karabey, whose feature “Come to My Voice” was in the National Competition, thinks there is a need to develop some perspective and distance before artists can approach those issues. His own film, which won the People’s Choice Award, deals with the hardships faced by Kurdish immigrants in Turkey. It begins with all of the men in a village taken into custody by the gendarmerie on suspicion of carrying arms. Their families are informed that they will remain arrested unless these arms are handed over. So, 65-year old Berfé sets out on a journey—her granddaughter in tow—to find a gun she can hand over for rescuing her son.

"Come to My Voice" is ostensibly a fable. Framed as a tale narrated by three blind bards, the film lovingly but truthfully sketches a portrait of a tough life, lived in extremely tough conditions. The authorities are painted in unflattering light; the gendarmes are cruel, unsympathetic brutes and the two leads must rely on elements residing on the fringes of society for completing their mission. (No wonder the film doesn’t have state funding.) "Voice" hinges on the relationship between Berfé and her granddaughter; its solid foundation is the reason the film works. Feride Gezer, who plays Berfé, imbues her character with the world-weariness and fatigue that can only come from putting up with unrelenting pain for decades. By the time the credits roll on a superb, rousing folk song (the film was also a joint winner of the festival’s Best Music Award), one is spent but satisfied. This was my favorite film from the lineup by far.

The festival also highlights Turkish cinema from the past year. In this category, outside competition, I discovered "The Impeccables." Director Ramin Matin casts his attention on another problem plaguing Turkey for long: the fight between modernity and tradition. The film opens with a svelte body swaying in the water. It belongs to Yasmine, a vivacious young woman who has come to the coastal town of Çesme for a summer retreat with her shy sister Lale. The two have been distant for long, and the vacation is not just to recharge their batteries but also to reignite their relationship. The sun’s out and the breeze is constant, but a cold air hangs over them and the tension is palpable.

I was glad to see "The Impeccables" because it is a modest story, efficiently told. It proves that no action sequence can be as gripping as a conversation between two people. The sibling relationship is filled with nuances cherry picked from real life, yet some details seem specific to just Turkish society. The psychological rivalry between the two is essayed with acuteness, and the revelation of what exactly drove them apart provides a satisfactory payoff. Ipek Türktan Kaynak, who plays Lale, carries her character through various vicissitudes effortlessly.

Unfortunately, not all films about the gentry are as well done. "Things I Cannot Tell," another entry in the National Competition, falters where the aforementioned films succeed: having strong roots. The first film by Esra Saydam and Nisan Dag, "Things" narrates the story of Damla, a successful New Yorker who misses her Turkish hometown. Six months pregnant, Damla returns to Turkey with her American husband, Kevin, and runs into a former lover, Burak, with whom she had an acrimonious split. Secrets from her past tumble out awkwardly, and all her relationships are put to the test.

"Things" is glossy and pleasant to look at, but hollow to the core. This kind of film could belong to any country or culture; it’s so empty it comes from nowhere. There is no connection to the extremely real pains of immigration, culture shock or homesickness in the film apart from superficial acknowledgments. The film’s portrayal of Kevin is laughably amateur and smacks of ethnocentrism. He isn’t as street smart as Burak; he can’t handle his drinks; he isn’t good at football and has no redeeming quality to him except being nice…ish. Apart from bursting with clichés straight out of an American indie, "Things" suffers from a rather rare problem: being overly and overtly sympathetic to its female protagonist. Damla, by any metric, is an extremely unpleasant person. She lies without abandon or reason, puts her husband through the wringer unfairly and is the cause of nearly all the strife in the plot. Yet, the drama rests on us rooting for her—a nigh impossible task. Ironically, there are very few things Damla actually cannot tell; it’s just that the film would end in five minutes if she did.

The festival experience in Istanbul is not limited to just films. There are a series of Masterclasses and panel discussions open for all. A session by Iranian auteur Asghar Farhadi, President of this year’s Jury, was especially enlightening. He chose the occasion to elaborate on his writing process, and delved into sequences from his oeuvre for anecdotes.

On the festival circuit, Istanbul is undeniably a Tier C member. Nevertheless, it has a unique place of importance because of the light it sheds on Turkish cinema every year. Through the features and documentaries in its lineup, one can gauge what is motivating the artists of this country at this particular time.

Everything else is just gravy.

21 Child Actors Who Grew Up and Stayed Famous…Or Infamous

Hollywood has a bit of a Peter Pan complex sometimes never wanting its child actors to grow up. But grow up they must as people do.

Occasionally, the actors and actresses we love as children make the transition to adult stars...sometimes making a pitstop as amateur porn stars...before going on to transition successfully into adult actors known for more than just their childhood roles.

Sometimes those transitions are less successful and we spend their infamous adulthoods wondering what happened?

(Drugs and alcohol happened, that's what. Looking at you, Lindsay Lohan.)

Others, like second-time mama Drew Barrymore, go through seriously rough growing pains and emerge on the other side bigger and better than anyone could have imagined. Maybe there's hope for LiLo yet.

And then there's Leonardo DiCaprio who just gets better and better with age. Seriously. He's a fine wine.

Take a look at these 21 child actors who grew up and stayed famous. Or infamous. 

21 Child Celebrities Then and Now
Anna Paquin won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in The Piano. She went on to play Rogue and Sookie Stackhouse. Not too bad.
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1. Anna Paquin

Anna Paquin won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in The Piano. She went on to play Rogue and Sookie Stackhouse. Not too bad.

Amanda Bynes

2. Amanda Bynes

Okay, so we didn't say they were ALL success stories. Amanda Bynes was a delightful child star whose hard-partying ways caught up to her. Kind of like another star we know...

Lindsay Lohan

3. Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan had a bright, bright future when she hit the scene. And then her star went completely out and now she can't even keep a reality show afloat.

Britney Spears

4. Britney Spears

Britney Spears got her start as a Mousketeer (like a few more faces we'll see in this gallery). Now she's a headliner in Las Vegas.

Christina Aguilera

5. Christina Aguilera

Teen singing rival to Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera was also a Mouseketeer. She managed to keep her nose clean while growing up and landed a job on The Voice.

Christina Ricci

6. Christina Ricci

Famous for playing Wednesday Addams, Christina Ricci was a rising star in the 90s. She's kept an air of mystery through the years.

Dakota Fanning

7. Dakota Fanning

Dakota Fanning started making films when she was in kindergarten. She eventually landed herself a role on Twilight. Not sure if that's good or bad.

Daniel Radcliffe

8. Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe was only part of the way through filming the Harry Potter franchise when he decided to shed his child-star image by performing in the nude in Equus. Yep. That'll do it.

Drew Barrymore

9. Drew Barrymore

Perhaps one of the most successful child stars to make it as an adult is Drew Barrymore. She's still setting trends with that hair of hers.

Elijah Wood

10. Elijah Wood

Elijah Wood will forever and always be Frodo Baggins no matter what. Unless he pulls a Daniel Radcliffe and gets naked on Broadway. Maybe.

Justin Timberlake

11. Justin Timberlake

Before he was a sex symbol, Justin Timberlake was a Mouseketeer and boyfriend to one Britney Jean Spears.

Kirsten Dunst

12. Kirsten Dunst

Kirsten Dunst is still making headlines these days, though it's for the controversial things she says and not so much the movies she's in.

Leonardo DiCaprio

13. Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardi DiCaprio is like a fine wine. He just keeps getting better and better with age.

Macaulay Culkin

14. Macaulay Culkin

Once upon a time, Macaulay Culkin ordered pizza while he was home alone. Now Macaulay Culkin eats pizza and sings about it.

Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen

15. Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen

Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen are probably among the absolute most famous child stars ever. EVER.

Neil Patrick Harris

16. Neil Patrick Harris

From Doogie Howser to Hedwig to Barney Stinson, Neil Patrick Harris is still amazing.

Rupert Grint

17. Rupert Grint

Rupert Grint might be Ron Weasley, but as an adult Rupert Grint is just sort of hot. While he's not making too many films right now, we certainly have hopes that will change.

Ryan Gosling

18. Ryan Gosling

Hey, girl. Check out Ryan Gosling as a child star and check out Ryan Gosling's pecs now.

Shia LeBeouf

19. Shia LeBeouf

So maybe Shia LeBeouf's success is on the decline, but he sure did have a good run between the time he was a kid and the time he went crazy.

Emma Watson

20. Emma Watson

Emma Watson is working her way up the Hollywood ladder by making smart choices and staying out of trouble. Good girl, Emma!