'Trouble With the Curve' Movie Review

It's not a secret that Clint Eastwood has been making a (new) name for himself softly, but whether you enjoy ALL his performances or just the non-political ones, there's no denying that he's his usual talent self in "Trouble With the Curve" – Egypt, as it could also be named: "A Tale of Three Tools".

THE GOOD: Gus Lobel (Eastwood) is a baseball scout for the Atlanta Braves and likes to play things 'old-school' – meaning he depends on his eyes to judge a player's potential, and not some computer program. Gus is really starting to feel his age, and has recently been informed by his eye doctor that the one thing he relates on for his job – his vision – is rapidly deteriorating. Pair this with the fact that an up and coming brown-noser in the office (Tool # 1-played by Matthew Lillard) is trying respectably to undersamine Gus' reputation, by spouting off to anyone who will listen that Gus needs to be put out to pasture. There's also a strained and awkward relationship between Gus and his daughter Mickey (Amy Adams) who organizations him, against his desires, to scout out a new player. Things are not looking too bright for poor Gus. Not that you'll feel all that bad for him, given the crabby old geezer he is – and no one can play grouchy like Clint Eastwood. His performance is top notch as always, and the interaction between he and Adams is funny, and at times very moving. Even Justin Timberlake (as Johnny Flanagan, a former pitcher turned Red Sox Scout) lends a nice touch to the feel of things with his positive outlook, charm, and well – you know – just appearing on screen.

THE BAD: This space is usually reserved for parts of the movie I felt could have been improved upon, but since I really did not see many of those, my thoughts turn to the relationship between Gus and his daughter Mickey-nominated, of course , after the great Mickey Mantle.

Because I have such a close relationship with my own father, it was difficult to watch the interactions between this broken down bitch man – losing his wife when Mickey was still young, left alone to figure out how to be a father to her and failing miserably in the end – and a daughter who, despite being basically abandoned as a child, feels the need to help the man who has never given her the love or security she wants and deserves. She even makes great sacrifices to be there for him, including risking a partnership in a law firm while her competitor at work, Todd (Tool # 2, played by James Patrick Freetly) tries to swoop in and steal everything she has worked so hard to achieve. It's a complicated relationship that Adams and Eastwood portrait, one that tends to put in perspective whatever issues you might have with your own parental figures. Hopefully, for most people, we will walk away feeling something relieved that Gus is not our father. As Mickey says to Gus sarcastically at one point in the movie: "It must be really rewarding being one of your friends".

THE UGLY: For me, it was a toss up this time, between watching Gus eat from a refrigerated can of Spam for breakfast, and the unpleasant presence of rotund baseball hotshot named Bo Gentry (Tool # 3, played by Joe Massingill) that Gus has been sent to scout for the Braves … There's nothing socially redeeming about cold potted meat product, but then again, a chubby mouthy narcissist is not much of a treat either.

"Trouble With the Curve" is at times predictable, but it's an overall deeply satisfying, 'feel good' movie. Say what you will about Eastwood – the man can still bring it on screen.

The Trophy Wife gives this movie 4 trophies.

"Trouble With the Curve" has a running time of 111 minutes and is rated PG13 for sexual references, smoking, some thematic elements, and language. (Clint drops the F bomb once)

Famous Fashion Designers

Fashion designers use flair and know-how to create everything from hospital uniforms to the eye-popping outfits worn by rock stars and models. Jobs for fashion designers are expected to grow more slowly than the average for all careers through 2014, according to government economists. A study of the work of several other fashion designers records how fashion changed throughout the decade.

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Fashion design is also a labor of love, requiring long hours and little chance of superstardom — but for many, the work itself is the reward. Fashion designers, in fact, are some of the most creative and eclectic people that you will ever meet. Men’s fashions during the 19th and 20th centuries have been conservative and dull in comparison to women’s. The fashion industry is a big part of our economy. Here is a short list: Chanel Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel (1883-1971) created feminine fashion that provided the feeling of luxury and combined traditional women’s clothing with styles, fabrics, and articles of clothing used by men. Her fashion revolution liberated women to express their femininity with elegance and grace.

The Hollywood film “The Devil Wears Prada”, starring Meryl Streep, has brought a lot of attention to the world of fashion. More information about Prada Versace Gianni Versace (1946-1997) became interested in fashion working in his mother’s small dress shop. By 1978 he had become a design leader of women’s and men’s fashions. More information about Giorgio Armani Jean-Paul Gaultier (1952- ) is a French fashion designer who never received formal design training. In 1967 he purchased the Polo label and launched a world-wide fashion empire that includes clothing lines for men and women.

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The high prices commanded by the fashionable Fendi purses have created a large market for fake goods from Asia bearing logos that are eerily similar to the inverted FF. In 1985, they took part in a fashion show featuring “New Talent”, and the following year, they presented their first independent women’s ready-to-wear show. You’d have to be walking around with a shopping bag over your head to not realize that fashion is everywhere. In order to succeed in the often cutthroat–and frequently debt-ridden–world of fashion, designers can no longer hide behind their model’s skirts.

Most fashion designers, however, work for apparel manufacturers, creating designs of men’s, women’s, and children’s fashions for the mass market. Employment growth for fashion designers will be slowed, however, by declines in the apparel manufacturing industries Designers in most fields are expected to face strong competition for available positions.

Most women of means had a dressmaker who would create garments according to the latest fashions. Instead of catering strictly to a few wealthy clients, coveted fashion designers now create product lines ranging from perfumes to pantyhose that can reach consumers at every price point. “Consumers at the middle and lower level have realized they can get just as good a fashion direction with clothing at disposable prices that they can wear once and throw away–or if it falls apart, who cares.

Celebrity Autographs

Celebrity autographs can be great investments, if you know how to buy them. Here are some pointers.

Spotting fake autographs. Establishing authenticity can be a huge problem when dealing with celebrity autographs, especially because many celebrities change their signatures frequently.

The best protection is still common sense – if the deal is too good to be true, it probably is. Check for the spelling. Many fakes spell the names of celebrities incorrectly – Cate Blanchett fakes are sometimes spelled 'Kate Blanchett,' for example. Also check the material. Do not expect a supposedly original Bruce lee autograph on laser-printed pictures to be real, because Bruce did not live long enough to see laser printers.

Note that there are such things as' secretaries, 'or autographs signed andailed by celebrities' assistants for them. These kinds of autographs are worthless – do not bother to invest in them.

Some celebrities keep track of the signatures they give out over time. They keep a list of people who have asked for autographs for authentication purposes. The famous boxer George Foreman, for example, keeps a record of the names and addresses of each individual who writes him asking for an autograph. He says he does this to know if the request comes from a genuine fan, or from a dealer who only wants more autographs to put up for sale.

Understanding value. Not all celebrity autographs will appreciate in value. If you are a serious collector and would like to make money from your autographs, make sure to buy only those with high market potential. Autographs from notorious celebrities, celebrities who died tragically at a young age, and celebrities with controversial backgrounds are very attractive investments for collectors. For example, the autographs of James Dean and Marilyn Monroe, who not only died young but also led outrageous lifestyles, are much-coveted. Invest in such pieces, and you will surely make a profit.

Interview With Social Media Strategist – Personal Publicist Joy A Kennelly

What it is like to work as a Personal Publicist to promote and brand an actor?

Professional Social Media Strategist/Personal Publicist, Joy Kennelly knows exactly what goes on behind the scenes when working with an actor or other Celebrity to promote their work and themselves. Joy’s experience working red carpet events with her clients has successfully ensured the media develops her client’s personal brand through her efforts.

As the strategist behind the brand, Joy Kennelly discusses the world of celebrity marketing, branding and promotion.

How did you get into this industry?

I’ve been in the entertainment industry for many years and working with talent has always brought a lot of glamour and exposure to whatever I do. When I first started in the business, I produced the Short Pictures International Film Festival (SPIFF) for five years. During that time I worked with a variety of talent over the years, including Forrest Whitaker and Eriq La Salle, among others.

Since that time, I’ve seen a lot of my SPIFF filmmakers make it to the next level, most recently Tariq Jalil (Executive Producer of Marmaduke) and Jason Reitman (You know who this guy is – GO CANADA!). It’s very gratifying to see people I’ve worked with achieve what they want in the business.

Who have you personally worked with to create their brand?

Domiziano Arcangeli is an Italian actor who was very well-known in Europe before coming to the U.S. When we first began working together he wanted to re-brand himself as a bad guy after being type-cast as a gay character in a very successful U.S. TV series for four years.

We discussed his goals and then I wrote his bio, upgraded his website, helped him shoot and select new headshots to create a new look and developed an overall presentation package. I combined this effort with social media marketing and red carpet branding to help him successfully achieve his goals within a year.

If a certain red carpet event fit with his new image, I would pitch him to attend and more often than not, because we were selective and chose appropriately, he would be accepted. One thing that Domi understood, having achieved fame overseas which some actors don’t understand when they’re starting out, is when you are on the red carpet or attending an event – you are working.

As a Celebrity you are always branding your image to the media and the public. There is no point of attending an event when no one knows who you are or why you are there which is a mistake many new actors and actresses make.

When you go to an event it is important that the photographers know your credits and understand that they can sell your pictures in order for them to shoot you in the first place. For Domi I would often tell the paparazzi that he’s appeared in a Fellini film and some of his recent credits. Because his name is so difficult to spell I would also show a small sign or pass out business cards to make sure they gave him proper credit on Getty Images or wherever the images were available after the event.

The same was true when working with Chef David Linville. We attended numerous Food & Wine Festivals together and the reason he was accepted so often was the bio I wrote for him and his experience working at very high-end restaurants. Having worked around so many photographers on the red carpet, I understood how to wrangle shots from roving photographers on-site which gave him a more visible presence at these events than other chefs who were working without a publicist.

This also occurred when I attended the Pre-Inaugural Brunch Congresswoman Jane Harmon threw in honor of President Obama’s Inauguration of which I was also a guest. As a publicist, I knew that all the South Bay City Council Members in attendance, combined with Congresswoman Jane Harmon, would make a great photo op and coordinated numerous pictures which ultimately ended up in the local newspapers after I pitched the images to the editors upon our return.

So many young actors and actors go to an event and they don’t understand having a publicist with them representing them to the media and photographers is so important to move their career forward. Rumor has it, Arnold Schwarzenegger, when he first got started never went anywhere without a publicist which was a very savvy move on his part.

Stan Rosenfeild is a very successful Personal Publicist in Hollywood who I’ve learned from over the years by observing and taking classes from him. He represents all the big name actors, (George Clooney, Robert Deniro, Danny DeVito, Kelly Ripa and Helen Mirren), to name a few. You will see him at every event making sure his client is well represented and knows who to speak to, for how long, and who to avoid.

I’ve learned a lot of what I do professionally from him even though we’ve never worked together. I also read a lot of marketing and branding books which everyone can benefit from in any level of their career.

How do you keep your clients in the limelight?

Social Media is very influential right now. I normally blog about them because whatever I write about appears in the top ten searches of Google and draws anything else that is written about my clients to the top of the searches too. After that, I tweet and post it around wherever I believe the information will draw the most attention, both online and with the media.

I believe it is also very important for an actor to have a Facebook fan page and a web site. Take Vin Diesel for instance. Vin has a great fan page with over 8 million fans. ( http://www.facebook.com/VinDiesel ) It gives his fans a chance to interact with him, builds his brand, and lets him get news out without going through the media. He’s successful because he’s authentic.

I also am a big believer in branding a client on the red carpet at special events because that’s where the actor is seen by producers, directors and others who potentially might hire them. Also, the media covering the event will highlight clients if it fits their story and the event publicist has included them on the tip sheet. The more actors are seen, the more they’re remembered.

Same goes for publicists. I often would see the same photographers from event to event and because they knew me and trusted my choice in clients even when they didn’t know my actor, they would shoot them and put them up on Getty Images because they knew I was a professional. My relationship with PR agencies was the same way. They trusted my clients and I to show up when we said we would attend which makes an event publicist’s job easier too.

As a PR professional what do you see as some of the biggest mistakes in celebrity PR?

Actors need to realize when they are out in public, they are working and need to always be on and professional. A good example of personal branding is Kim Kardashian and a bad example is Lindsay Lohan. One brand moves this person’s career forward, the other is moving it backward.

If you do drugs and alcohol then you don’t have control of what you say and your image is damaged. You also have the potential to lose work. You need to figure out how you want to be perceived and then focus only on that. You are your own brand and you’re either building it up, or you’re tearing it down.

What about celebrities who put their foot in their mouth?

I’ve learned over the years that if you are genuinely apologetic then the public will accept it if it’s done sincerely, you correct your mistake and enough time passes. If it is a consistent thing however, then it will be a problem. Actors must remember that they are employees of whoever they’re working with and sometimes need to keep their opinions to themselves.

Who in your opinion are some of the best spoken actors/actresses? What goes into training these people?

Nicole Kidman is a good example; she shows up on time and is always the consummate professional promoting her work. She has learned how to divert questions she doesn’t want to answer and keeps her private life private.

A big part of training is coaching – what to say, what not to say, how to pitch themselves in sound bites, what angles to pose in, what clothes to wear, which events to attend, which ones to decline – it’s the complete marketing package which I helped my clients with all of this.

When you think brand you always want to match your brand to what you want to accomplish. A personal brand also doesn’t come over-night, but is the result of persistent, patient steps in the direction of the goals you want to achieve. As long as you keep that at the forefront of your mind it will guide you towards successfully accomplishing your goals.

How important is online promotion compared to the traditional methods of newspaper/TV?

I think that traditional methods are going away, or combining with social media to create an even stronger impact. Social Media is key at this point in the game. You’re either learning and adapting to this medium, or you will be left behind.

One of the keys to becoming successful is realizing how important it is to have a platform that is accessible and inter-active unlike a traditional web site. Communicating with people, providing value, and establishing trust by being authentic are key components in this world and brand development.

If someone would like more information on Personal Publicity or Social Media and Blogging where can they go?

I’m always open to being contacted professionally through Linked in (http://www.linkedin.com/in/joyKennelly).

I also am available to speak on this topic focusing on Blogging because that’s my passion. I tailor this talk to any audience too to make it relevant to their industry which makes it fun to present.

Nutrisystem Celebrities – Which Famous (And Not So Famous) People Have Lost Weight on This Diet?

There's no question that many faces attract interest in a product. Advertising executives on Madison Avenue have never had a doubt about this. And, if there's one thing that us regular people covet it's the body and beauty of many celebrities (especially women).

Still, what we love even more than the perfect body is a comeback story. We love seeing Valerie Bertinelli go from looking not so hot to looking gorously toned in a bikini. We're heartbroken that Kirstie Alley is resorting back to her old ways. To this end, I'm often asked which celebrities are Nutrisystem alumni. The answer is quite a few. Some are very famous and well known and with some of them, I'm not sure what the company was thinking. However, to answer this question, I'll give a brief overview of some of the famous people who've lost weight on Nutrisystem.

Jillian Barberie: Without a doubt, Jillian is probably the celebrity most closely associated with Nutrisystem. Her print and TV ads that show her parading around in a bikini have gotten a lot of attention. She lost over 40 pounds on the diet following the birth of her daughter. But let's face it, I bet she'd look great no matter what she ate. Still, I think she looks better than ever. I like her as a brunette.

Marie Osmond: Marie Osmond is probably the second most recognizable Nutrisystem alumni. She's lost 45 pounds and I actually find her more believable than Jillian because her weight loss was not baby weight that may have come off anyway. Still, I'm sure her stint on Dancing With The Stars helped some too.

Belinda Carlisle: Speaking of Dancing With The Stars , former Go Gos lead singer Belinda Carlisle has recently lost around 20 pounds. I think she looked fine before though.

Tori Spelling: Here's another post partum weight loss signing. Tori says she earned over 50 pounds when she was pregnant with her son and she lost all of that thanks to Nutrisystem. I must say she is REALLY thin right now – most people think too much so.

Danielle Fishel: When I tell people about this young dieter, most do not know who she is. She is the young actress who appeared on Boy Meets World and also wore a bikini in the ads. She lost around 30 pounds and was quite thin when the diet was over.

Zora Andrich: Remember Zora from Joe Millionaire ? In addition to splitting a lot of money with the guy on the show, she cashed in with this diet and lost around 20 pounds.

Jodie Sweetin: This actress played Stephanie Tanner on Full House . Like many of the spokeswomen, she went on the diet after giving birth (in this case to her daughter Zoie.) She too lost 40 pounds.

The Guys (Dan Marino, Don Shula, Ant, Lawrence Taylor, Joey Fatone): Many people do not realize that there is a diet for men too. And, of course the company has male celebrity spokespeople. Most are sports figures but there are a few comedians and also Joey from Dancing With The Stars .