It's hard to think of a more glamorous place for a romantic rendezvous than Cannes, France. First held in 1946, the annual Cannes Film Festival has attracted lucky Hollywood couples to the South of France. We're spreading the love with a look at past and present twosomes who made the festival's exclusive guest list. While some of the couples went on to break up, their je ne sais quoi lives on.
Prom season is upon us, and we've been reminiscing about our own prom themes — the good, the bad, and the cheesy. Some were pretty timeless, like Under the Sea, Arabian Nights, and Mardi Gras. But some, especially those influenced by song titles, definitely date us. Theme songs like "More Than a Feeling" (1976), "Everything I Do" (1991), "Make It Last Forever" (1987), "I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing" (1998), "The Dance" (1990), and "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" (1987) will always take us back to those days of crimped hair, puffy sleeves, and corsages as if it was yesterday.
Alas, it wasn't yesterday. And this year's prom themes make it incredibly obvious that high school was a long damn time ago. So in honor of the nostalgic season, here are some of the 2013 prom themes that make us feel 100 years old.
Camera flashes, flashed bare chests, and flashy screen sirens give the Cannes Film Festival some of its je ne sais quoi, and that's why it's one of our favorite film fests. After a rocky start (it was initially set to start in 1939 but was postponed due to World War II), the inaugural Cannes took place more than 65 years ago on Sept. 20, 1946, making it one of the oldest film festivals to date. What began as a stand against Fascist and Nazi propaganda is now a prestigious, star-studded event. As this year's festivities continue, see some of the international film festival's milestones and most eccentric moments in pictures!
We're unashamed to admit we have a serious obsession with the '90s, especially when it comes to all the things that make us nostalgic about being a girl back in the decade of jellies, neon, and Lisa Frank. If you and your friends are anything like us, you'd die over a '90s-themed party. So with wedding season underway, we've come up with creative ideas for throwing the most bomb.com bachelorette party or bridal shower we could dream up, complete with the girlie trinkets, rad fashion, and phat pop culture icons of the 1990s. And a lot of these ideas would work for a birthday bash as well! Now get ready to party like it's 1999!
All hail girls of the '90s! There's a new book on the horizon that celebrates the decade of jellies and Tamagotchis: The Totally Sweet '90s by Gael Fashingbauer Cooper and Brian Bellmont (out June 4). The paperback breaks down the hottest trends, toys, video games, songs, and boy bands of the decade with a status update and fun fact on each. Like whatever happened to The Oregon Trail? You'll have to check out the book when it's out for the answer to that one, but I pulled out some of the craziest fun facts on 12 of my faves from the '90s from Lisa Frank to Squeezits. Check 'em out now!
Lisa Frank School Supplies
"Yes, Lisa Frank is a real person, and to no one's surprise, she loves color. Her sons are named Hunter Green and Forrest Green, and she told the Daily in 2012 that 'my house really is purple. And yellow and hot pink and light green and orange.'"
"Slap bracelets were invented by Stuart Anders, a Wisconsin shop teacher who was experimenting with thin bands of metal."
Baby-Sitters Club Books
"In the updated books, mention of a cassette player was changed to 'headphones' and a perm became 'an expensive hairstyle.'"
"The first-ever Caboodle was pink, and was created in 1987. The idea was inspired by a 1986 People magazine photo of Vanna White using a tackle box to store her makeup."
Dream Phone Game
"The game's instructions warn you that the included instrument is 'not a real phone.'"
"According to the New York Observer, former singer Rommy Revson patented the scrunchie concept as the Scünci in 1986, naming it for her poodle."
"In 2011, the phrase 'cassette tape' was removed from the concise version of the Oxford English Dictionary. One of the words it made room for? 'Sexting.'"
"The virtual pet sparked its own psychological term: The Tamagotchi Effect supposedly describes when a human develops an emotional attachment to a machine."
"Pog stands for 'passion fruit, orange, guava,' and came from a Hawaiian drink whose bottle caps were reportedly first used to play the game."
The Olsen Twins
"In 2004, the sisters skipped their high school prom so they could host Saturday Night Live."
Oprah's Book Club
"The only real flops among Oprah's choices were her final two. Charles Dickens's Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities never moved above number 52 on USA Today's bestseller list. 'Dickens let me down,' Winfrey reportedly said."
"For a brief time, one Squeezit version came with tablets that you would drop in to change the juice's color."
While our adult selves may cringe at princess culture and the outdated stereotypes that come along with it, there's just something special about the Disney princesses we grew up with like Cinderella, Belle, Snow White, Aurora, and Ariel. And they aren't all damsels in distress; the newer crop of the crowned ladies have attempted to be better role models for little girls. These include Princess Sofia the First and Brave's Princess Merida.
Merida is about as modern as they come, being one of the only Disney princesses who's not only a bow-and-arrow-wielding tomboy, she has zero interest in finding her Prince Charming. Because of this, Disney has been in hot water recently for creating a "sexy" version for their princess site, and it looks like a petition to change Merida back has worked: the company swapped the art back.
But whether these Disney princesses — or, for the purists, animated heroines — are classics or newbies, they've inspired many creative artists who've transformed them into thought-provoking modern art. So while we wait for The Real Housewives of Disney to become an actual show, satiate your obsession with some of our favorite artistic renditions of Disney princesses!
This week's episode of Mad Men ends with Pete Campbell's dementia-suffering mother waking him up to tell him that "they shot that poor Kennedy boy." Pete rolls back over, thinking his mother is having a flashback to JFK's 1963 assassination. But in fact it is June 5, 1968, and Bobby Kennedy has just been shot at LA's Ambassador Hotel, as we see when Megan Draper sits glued to the graphic TV footage.
RFK's assassination is just one historic event referenced this season — and even this week — on Mad Men. Earlier in this week's episode, we hear the Draper neighbors Dr. Arnold and Sylvia Rosen argue about their son, who is in Paris in the midst of violent student riots. And already, this season has dealt with the Vietnam War and the death of Martin Luther King Jr.
The season-six premiere of Mad Men found Don Draper ringing in 1968 in bed with his neighbor's wife, Roger Sterling mourning the death of his mother, and Betty Draper showing off a darker side. And we suspected that the inevitable upheaval in the characters' personal lives would also be set against a very tumultuous year. And so far, it is. Take a look at the major political and pop culture moments of 1968 that will help you spot the references this season.
In honor of Mother's Day, we're taking a look back at one of the most-loved onscreen mother-daughter duos of all time: Rory and Lorelei Gilmore on Gilmore Girls. Thanks to their close, quirky mother-daughter relationship, Rory and single mom Lorelei Gilmore (played by Alexis Bledel and Lauren Graham) shared plenty of witty back-and-forths over the course of the show's seven seasons. As any avid fan of Gilmore Girls knows, sarcasm reigned supreme on the show, so here are the best zinger-filled Rory-Lorelai conversations on everything from fitness to love to Jessica Simpson.
Today, the latest interpretation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby hits theaters, transporting us to the glittering, jiving 1920s and the tragic love story of Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan. It's an ornate era that just screams "wedding theme."
In the midst of post-World War I prosperity, the Roaring '20s were all about new technologies, jazz music, speakeasies, and a flippant attitude. For fashion, this meant simple elegance: feathers, pearls, boas, flapper dresses, bucket hats, and brooches. Weddings were much more informal than in earlier eras — gone were the corsets, tossed aside in favor of drop-waist dresses that showed a bit of leg. Brides danced everything from the foxtrot to the Charleston, and most preferred platinum or white gold wedding rings over traditional yellow gold. Hoping to channel a bit of Jazz Age pizzazz on your big day? Here are some luxurious, inspiring ideas to help you carry '20s charm into your wedding celebration.
Real or made-up, animated or in costume, there's just something about princes that makes us swoon. The quintessential royal dreamboat is Prince Charming, who will be played by Richard Madden in Disney's upcoming Cinderella film. In the real world, the most eligible royal bachelor is Prince Harry, who just brought his fine ginger self to America. Handsome Disney princes, clever memes, movie heartthrobs, real-life royalty — take a look at these sexy princes to see why we can't help but love them!