They Went to Yale

This top institution has seen a few celebs pass through its gates.  We all know about Jodi Foster, but here are some you might not know about:

Jay Carney

President Obama’s Press Secretary is a graduate of the class of 1987.  Carney has seen it all.  He covered the collapse of the USSR for The Miami Herald, was onboard Air Force One when news of 9/11 was reported to President Bush, and set-up the Obama Between Two-Ferns interview with Zach Galafinakis.  He’s done his alma mater well.

Lupita Nyong’o

This Oscar Winning beauty graduated Yale with an MFA in 2012.  Known for her role as Patsy in 12 Years a Slave, Nyong’o is set to become one of Hollywood’s hottest stars and rumors have swirled that she is a contender for a role in the new Star Wars film.  Keep a look out for this one; she is going to be one of the greats.

Meryl Streep

Lupita might be climbing the ladder, but Streep is already at the top.  With 18 Academy Award nominations to her name.  Her latest win was for 2012’s The Iron Lady, a biopic of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.   Streep does not stop and is scheduled to release three films in the next year alone.  Streep graduated from Yale in 1975.

Than Merrill

This former Bulldog is also a former NFL star.  Than Merrill left a career in football for Real Estate and became a staple on the reality TV-series, Flip This House.  Than Merrill now runs FortuneBuilders, a real estate education company, and CT Homes his own real estate firm located in San Diego.

Tom Wolfe

This white-suit wearing author has a doctorate from Yale’s American Studies program.  Wolfe is known for his novels and his non-ficiton work such as The Right Stuff, about astronaut training.  His recent novel Back to Blood, about Cuban immigrants in Miami was published in 2012.

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Empire State Building Movie Moments

The Empire State Building.  A New York landmark that’s been immortalized in the minds of Americans.  Operated by the Empire State Realty Trust, a group run by building owner Anthony Malkin, the Empire State Building loves being on camera and has been featured in numerous movies.  Here are our favorite movie moments featuring New York’s favorite building.

Warning: Spoilers

King Kong (1933/2005)

The original 1933 film and 2005 remake both set their finales atop the Empire State Building.  Kong climbs up with the captive Ann Darrow (Fay Wray or Naomi Watts depending on the version) in order to avoid the forces sent in to stop his rampage around the city.  The scene is at the same time, exciting and tragic, seeing as how the audience has come to sympathize with Kong and his affections for Ann.  The airplanes vs. giant ape fight are just added for popcorn fun.

An Affair to Remember (1957)

This entry is not so much of a particular scene, but because of the lingering presence it has throughout the movie, serving as a major plot point.  Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr play two people who fall in love with each other while involved with other people.  They agree to meet at the Empire State Building six-months post their first meeting if the circumstances allow for them to be together.  It doesn’t go as planned but they do end up happy together.  During the film, the building is seen often, and it is mentioned a few times, making it a character in itself.  A unique way for the ESB to be portrayed, and a memorable one at that.

Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

Maybe meeting on the Empire State didn’t work out as it was supposed to for Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr, but it did just fine for Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.  A famous and heartwarming film, Sleepless in Seattle is best known for its climax.  This Nora Ephron romantic classic ends with the two main characters meeting on the Observation Deck, and it’s implied that they begin a romance.

Independence Day (1995)

Although the Empire State Building has been destroyed in numerous disaster movies this is one that’s ingrained in our imaginations.  The film revolves around an alien invasion of earth, and upon their initial attack they annihilate some of the United States’ most famous landmarks, the ESB being no exception.  Don’t worry; the American President (Bill Pullman), Will Smith, and Jeff Goldblum eventually save the world.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians (2008)

On this list for the sheer comedy of having Mount Olympus being located on top of the ESB.  Based on the Rick Riordan Young-Adult novel, this film follows the teenage demi-god Percy Jackson, as he discovers his true identity, Greek God parentage, and becomes a hero.  If there really were Greek Gods in New York, would they really be anyplace else?

Celebrity Parties

When it comes to throwing a party, there’s no doubt, are amongst the best. Let’s go inside a few of the biggest celebrity bashes to find out the secret to hosting a fabulous bash.

P Diddy’s White Party: Diddy knows the secret to throwing a great bash…select a great theme! Producer, rapper, actor, and business Mogul Sean “Puffy” Combs is known for throwing fabulous parties. Each year, he hosts his infamous “White Party” in one of his Southhampton, St. Tropez, or Los Angeles homes where invited guests are asked to show up wearing all white. The lavish event is actually a charitable event where guests enjoy an exotic white scenery, great music, dancing, food, drinks, and other celebrity company while raising funds for the charity of Puff Daddy’s choice.

Vanity Fair Oscars Party: Would you like to know the secret to hosting an elegant Oscars party? Why not take Vanity Fair’s cue? Each year, Vanity Fair magazine hosts its annual Oscars Party, one of the most sought after star-studded Oscars after party events in Hollywood. Guest lists are exclusive, as is details about what goes on inside the party, but what we can tell you is it takes place against a backdrop of spectacular, old world Hollywood glamor; they serve a formal sit down dinner fit for a king, while action from the Oscars plays out on several screens; and there is an abundance of flashing lights and champagne!

Craig Robins’ 50th Birthday: Last year, a 50th birthday party was the place to be for all involved in the Miami art scene. Hosted by girlfriend Jackie Soffer Craig Robins’ 50th Birthday was held in Miami and attended by art and cultural influences including special guests like Pharrell Williams and Kate Hudson. Celebrity chefs prepared a four course menu for the evening filled with socializing with friends, art and celebration.

Dick Clark’s New Year’s Eve Party: What better way to celebrate New Year’s Eve than with the New York ball drop? Dick Clark is known to throw one of the most “rockin” New Year’s Eve celebrations there is. Most celebrities either host or perform at the ball drop ceremonies, or watch them from the comfort of their own home. To turn your home into New York Times Square, simply turn every television in your home to the televised event. This way, you’ll be able to watch the live performances from every room, while enjoying great appetizers and endless champagne and waiting for the ball to drop!

Oprah Winfrey’s Birthday Party: Would you like to throw a party like Oprah? Then prepare to throw a no-expense-spared extravaganza! Oprah Winfrey is known to throw some of the most lavish birthday parties. For her sweet 50th, the talk show mogul threw a five-day star-studded birthday celebration that began with a private 75 guest dinner at Chicago’s Metropolitan Club where she was honored with a tribute to her life. The next day, there was a birthday celebration on air that included several surprise celebrity guests and a 400 lb banana cake. The following day, Oprah and guests enjoyed a flowery, women’s-only luncheon at the Hotel Bel-air where Maya Angelou read a poem prepared especially for Oprah. And for the main event, guests enjoyed themselves under a “Club O” tent at a gold-themed party which included 50 violinists, 200 waiters, a circular white-chocolate-raspberry-filled pound cake with 23 carat gold, and dancing until 4 a.m. The next day, festivities ended with Oprah treating everyone to brunch at the nearby San Ysidro Ranch Resort.

Noah Ringer Career Bio

Noah Ringer is a young actor in Entertainment. He was born November 18, 1997 in Dallas, Texas and found an interest in learning Taekwondo in an early age. By 12 Noah had earned his first-degree black belt in Taekwondo with the American Taekwondo Association in Carrollton, Texas. His ancestry includes: English, German, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh. He recently celebrated his 17th Birthday, where his mom baked his favorite cake.

Noah Ringer in The Last Airbender
While practicing his martial arts, Noah got a lead from his Taekwondo instructor, Master Eric Pechacek about a movie role from a show on Nickelodeon called The Last Airbender. In July of 2008, Noah dressed himself in an old Halloween Costume and created an audition video for the role of Aang in The Last Airbender (2010). He received the role a month later, and went to work on the movie directed by M. Night Shyamalan.

Noah Ringer in Cowboys & Aliens
A year later, Noah received the role of Emmett Taggart in the movie Cowboys & Aliens (2011). His character is the grandson of the town Sheriff, who is pursuing some outlaws until Aliens come to town and begin killing the townsfolk. The movie is a Science Fiction Western theme, directed by Jon Favreau.

Noah Ringer’s Home Life
Noah continues his Martial Arts studies, earning his Second-degree black belt for Taekwondo in 2010. He has also began learning other forms of Martial Arts like Choy Li Fut (Kung Fu). Noah also training in Gymnastics, and enjoys different sports like Wrestling and Basketball. He is currently apart of the Creative Artists Agency to pursue his acting career as well.

Noah is currently enrolled in Acting School, and enjoys going to the movies, theme parks, and events with his friends, like Laser Tag and Basketball games. He has a wide collection of Movies and T.V. Shows at home, like The Last Airbender, and enjoys different movie genres.

Noah received his Driver’s permit this past July, 2013, after spending 3 weeks taking Driver’s E.D. Courses. For more current information on Noah Ringer, check out his Official Facebook page, where he keeps current updates.

Rising Movie Ticket Prices

If you haven’t taken a trip to the local movie theater lately you may face sticker shock when you get there. Prices over the past few years have continually risen; the option of viewing a movie in 3-D has only helped to increase the price of a ticket.

Movie fans have many more options available to them that also helps to raise the price of a movie ticket. Movie fans can choose to watch movies from the comfort of their own home with many different streaming services. This allows more than one person to view a movie for a much cheaper price than the theater itself offers.

The theater still has plenty to offer for the price though. The Last Airbender, starring Noah Ringer from Dallas, Texas as Aang, is one example of a beautiful movie that is turned into an amazing viewing experience in 3-D. While many home televisions can offer the 3-D option, none can compare to the quality of most theaters. A fan of the movie can purchase the movie to watch in the comfort of their own home or they can pay the extra money and view The Last Airbender in full, mind-blowing quality.
Rising movie ticket prices are also caused by the many different features the theater offers. Stadium seating, reclining seats, and IMAX screens among other things are a huge factor in the cost increase.

Movies are costing more to produce than they were in the past as well. Special effects are a huge part of a movie budget, along with the stars’ salaries. Most movie theaters rarely make a profit on the actual movie ticket prices but instead make their profit on the concession items.

Unfortunately it does not appear that the increase will stop anytime soon. Statistically movie ticket prices will continue to rise each year by three to four percent, some theaters may have an even higher increase, especially those in major cities. As ticket prices increase, more people will find other ways to watch the latest movie releases which will only drive the price of the movie ticket even higher. Movie goers will have to start asking themselves do they want to pay the higher ticket price for the higher quality experience or if they want to find other options to watch their favorite stars, including Noah Ringer.

 

Is Noah Ringer getting a reward?

It’s film awards time again, and everyone is buzzing about who will receive nominations. Noah Ringer could be nominated for his excellent role as Aang in The Last Airbender, which was directed by M. Night Shyamalan himself.

But what’s so different and special about this actor from the rest? Well Noah Ringer was born in our own Dallas, Texas, in November 1996. To be so young and already staring in movies like The Last Airbender and Cowboys & Aliens is astounding enough. Not to mention he is a practitioner in martial arts. So all those awesome moves he performs are all his own. Noah started learning XMA (Extreme Martial Arts) to choreography his own stunts, and has learned several more since then, such as baguazhang, t’ai chi, and wushu! And he is already teaching other students in what he knows, wow!

Some facts about Noah Ringer;
He doesn’t watch much television, but he does have DVDs of his favorite t.v. shows, The Cosby Show and Avatar: The Last Airbender. Noah did not attend to public school like most of us, instead he was home-schooled. He has a few pets, Ringer has two dogs and two rats, how nontraditional! His favorite actor is the great Denzel Washington, who doesn’t like some Denzel. And Noah’s favorite movies are The Blind Side, Remember The Titans, and The Greatest Game Ever Played.

Noah’s hobbies include golf, basketball, tennis, table tennis, reading, practicing magic, creating and editing videos, wrestling, and snow skiing. So Noah Ringer has a lot of his plate, and isn’t just talented in martial arts and acting!

Some things you might not have known about The Last Airbender; when Noah went to audition for the part, he had never acted before, and he wore his Halloween costume to do so! I bet he was so surprised when he got the part, he had never even thought about acting before, and now he loves it! He was only thirteen years old in the movie, and the total gross for the movie to date is $131,772,187!

To be a young boy of so many talents and to be so down to earth, how could he not win an award for all the hard work he has done? How many actors can you say actually perform their own stunts and martial art moves. Noah Ringer, you deserve to be nominated for all awards! Keep your fingers crossed everyone!

Excitement at the Holiday Box Office

Christian Bale jumps out the holiday box in two movies—Out of the Furnace and American Hustle. He plays Russell Blaze, a blue collar worker, who must save his missing brother involved with a crime ring. Bale takes on the role of a con man (Irving Rosenfeld) in American Hustle. Irving is forced to work for the FBI and must enter the world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia with his seductive partner, Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams). American Hustle will be released on December 13, 2013. Out of the Furnace will be released December 6, 2013.
For the fans of Middle Earth, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will be released December 13, 2013. Gandalf, Bilbo Baggins, and the thirteen dwarfs are back to finish their quest to reclaim Lonely Mountain. To reach the mountain, the band must pass through the Forest of Mirkwood, a place ridden with giant spiders and other unfriendly residents. Finally, they must face the dragon Smaug at Lonely Mountain.
Looking for comedy? Madea is back to spread the Christmas spirit with her outright ridiculous mannerisms. Taking place in a small country town, Madea is sure to rustle up the neighborhood. Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas will be released December 13, 2013. The sequel to Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy will be released on December 20, 2013. Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) returns with his famous news team—Wes Mantooth, Brick Tamland, and Brian Fantana—to start up twenty-four hour news channel for New York.
The holiday box office will explode on Christmas Day, releasing six movies— 47 Ronin, Grudge Match, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Wolf of Wall Street, August: Osage County, and The Invisible Woman. 47 Ronin will entertain audiences with samurai sword fights as Keanu Reeves leads a group of samurais to overtake a warlord. Sylvester Stallone and Robert DeNiro will duke it out in the comedic boxing movie, Grudge Match. Leonardo DiCaprio chronicles the rise and fall of Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street. Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep will scream at each other in August: Osage County and The Invisible Woman will please romantics with a scandalous story of Charles Dickens and his secret lover.
Also, make sure to check out Inside Llewyn Davis, Saving Mr. Banks, Her, The Past, The Lone Survivor, and One Chance at the box office this holiday season.

Noah Ringer Wins 3rd Annual TheSky.com “Coming of Age” Best Actor

Noah Ringer, who played Aang in The Last Airbender, was nominated for, and won, the 3rd Annual TheSkyKid.com “Coming of Age” Best Actor movie award for his role. The Last Airbender was Ringer’s very first acting experience as he hasn’t had any prior, however he returned to the screen in 2011 as Emmett in Cowboys & Aliens. In 2008, Ringer’s taekwondo instructor, Eric Pechacek, received an email that invited any interested students to audition for the role of Aang for the film. He had been the one to introduce Ringer to the TV show version of The Last Airbender after watching it himself and noticing the resemblance of appearance and personality of Noah and Aang; Fellow students even called Noah ‘Avatar’ because of his shaved head, a similarity to Aang. Thus, his taekwondo master encouraged him to audition for the role that Noah eventually won and went on to win an Best Actor award for.

For his audition, Noah taped a video of himself dressed in Aang attire (Which was a Halloween costume of the character he had wore the year before), recited a few lines, and performed an XMA Jahng Bong routine before sending in the tape. A month later, he was called to meet with the movie’s director, M. Night Shyamalan. The a month after that, he officially received the part of Aang. Noah’s background in martial arts helped him excel at portraying Aang, especially since he only had a month to prepare for filming. For training, he practiced at the Young Actors Studio in Dallas, Texas with Linda Seto who he did intense study with. During filming, he also trained in various types of martial arts, and he still continues to attend those studio classes even though training for the movie has long since ended.

His role as Emmett for Cowboys & Aliens was his last film in 2012, but Noah posted on his real FaceBook page back in September of 2013 that he was currently working on a new project. There is no word on what that project exactly is yet. Noah was also nominated for two other awards based on his role of Aang in The Last Airbender, The Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film and A Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screen Couple, which the entire case of The Last Airbender was nominated for. Noah reprises his role of Aang in the video game version of the movie.

Top 7 Movies with Martial Arts

Martial arts movies have long been a staple of the movie industry. Some movies are known for their excellence and others known for how much they make you laugh in disbelief. So, what martial arts movies are required watching for every Kung Fu aficionado.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon- Directed by Ang Lee, and starring Yun-Fat Chow and Michelle Yeoh, this is by far one of the most visually stimulating cinema experiences out there. Chow was a favorite of director John Woo and brings his stunning abilities to Lee’s classic

IP Man- Directed by Wilson Yip, starring Donnie Yen, this film is a semi biography lightly based on Bruce Lee’s master, Yip Man. Donnie Yen is also known for his role in Blade II as Snowman.

The Last Airbender- Directed by M. Night Shyamalan and stars Noah Ringer. Ringer was born in Texas where he learned American Taekwondo. Bringing a fresh style to the screen, Noah Ringer was picked up in a casting call for this movie.

Kung Fu Hustle- Directed by Stephen Chow who also stars as the lead role. This movie karate chops the idea that a Kung Fu movie needs to be serious. With crazy antics and simply stunning fighting styles you are sure to have a good time with this one.

The Forbidden Kingdom- Directed by Rob Minkoff, and starring the powerhouses Jackie Chan and Jet Li, this is the first movie these two actors have come together in. Between the amazing fight scenes and banter between Li and Chan, you will not be disappointed.

Hero- Directed by Zhang Yimou, this story driven movie stars Jet Li. Based in historical China you will witness history, beauty, and style you would expect from a movie of this title. Interestingly enough the American release was group effort between Quentin Tarantino and Disney if you can believe it.

Enter the Dragon- Perhaps one of the most well-known Kung Fu movies of all times, director Robert Clouse, and martial arts power house Bruce Lee himself, bring you a tale of greed, deceit, and love. With its old school sound effects and Lee’s patented “waaaaahhhhhhh” you should not even pretend to call yourself a Kung Fu fan unless you have watched this at least 100 times.

 

The best & worst of M. Night Shyamalan

M. Night Shyamalan is a talented yet controversial director that has directed a wide variety of movies. Though he’s best known for his horror films, he has directed fantasy adventures, dramas, and even comedies. He had already directed two movies before 1999’s “The Sixth Sense” made him a household name.

“The Sixth Sense” was widely praised when it opened for featuring a subtle build into dread, an elaborate script, well realized characters, and a twist ending that was truly shocking. Since then, he has utilized twist endings into nearly all of his movies. Often, these twists were successful. Other times, they were not. While “The Sixth Sense” remains his most popular and highly regarded film, Shyamalan has directed other widely respected films.

He has also directed some widely panned films. 2008 was something of an attempted comeback attempt for Shyamalan. His last few movies had been departures from his horror formula. “The Happening” was his attempt to move back into the realm that had made him famous. The same year’s “The Last Airbender” was a fantasy film adaption of the popular “Avatar” cartoon. Both were big budgeted and highly promoted upon their release.

“The Happening” was panned upon its release, with 17% on the “Rotten Tomatoes” meter. It was mocked for its strange script, poor acting, and unbelievable plot. “The Last Airbender” was also a critical failure, receiving only 6% at Rotten Tomatoes. However, it was a box office success and many fans loved the martial arts sequences. Texas-born actor Noah Ringer was especially praised for his skills in the lead role. Ringer was not only a convincing actor, but skilled in the martial arts.

In spite of the reception to his most recent movies, Shyamalan is widely praised for at least two other films. “Unbreakable,” his 2000 followup to “The Sixth Sense,” was highly successful when it was released. It was a post-modern superhero story, featuring excellent acting from Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson. It delved into the consequences of super powers and how they affected real life people. It was named one of the top 10 superhero movies of all time by Time Magazine.

2002’s “Signs” was also highly praised for its realistic portrayal of an alien invasion and was another big success for Shyamalan. However, many people don’t realize that Shyamalan was actually the writer for 1999’s highly successful and beloved live action “Stuart Little” adaptation.