6 Most Heartbreaking Celebrity Breakups

Celebrity breakups can be heart-wrenching affairs. For some reason, we tend to become emotionally attached to celebrity couples that we feel belong together. Once that couple has adorned the cover of enough magazines, gazing lovingly into each other’s eyes or holding hands like kids on a sidewalk, we start rooting for them. We hope that against all odds, this or that celebrity couple will stay together until death does them part.

Alas, it’s not always to be, as the following heartbreaking celebrity breakups can attest to.

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin

When beautiful Gwyneth Paltrow married talented Chris Martin in 2003, we were ecstatic. A steady stream of celebrity photos followed, with Gwyneth happily dancing and cheering her husband from the audience while Chris played with his hit band, Coldplay. The match was perfect. They were perfect. They even had a perfect little baby with a perfectly pure name, Apple. And then…something happened. We don’t know what. Was it Gwyneth’s dictator-like rules about healthy eating that drove Chris away? Was it Chris’s fanatic dedication to his (insanely genius) musical creations that made Gwyneth crave attention elsewhere? We may never know exactly what caused this heartbreaking celebrity breakup. But we do know that Chris and Gwyneth are so awesome that they didn’t technically break up. They “uncoupled.”

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

The drama swirling around the Brangelina breakup is almost as chaotic as the drama they’ve stirred up from the moment they first got together. From day one, it’s been a whirlwind of story after story of betrayal, adventure, adoption, adoption again, intrigue, accusations, and conjecture. When will it end, and why did it have to end? Here you had, arguably, the two most attractive celebrities on the planet, and they couldn’t make it work? What chance do the rest of us have? And who’s going to be on the cover of the glossies now? The only good thing that comes from the Brangelina breakup is that they probably won’t do any more bad movies together. There’s some comfort in that.

Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins

If anyone had it all together in the relationship department, it’s Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins. Thriving in an open, no commitment relationship—for 23 years!—without the bonds of official matrimony, these two thought they’d be together forever. So did we, and we’re heartbroken over their breakup. Did they start taking each other for granted? Maybe. There are no easy answers. One thing, though. We still don’t like seeing Susan with anyone else, which is why she doesn’t flaunt her young lovers in front of the cameras very often. Yeah, she’d better not.

Tarek El Moussa and Christina El Moussa

The Barbie and Ken of house reno show, “Flip or Flop” called it quits in 2017. We tuned in to their show just to see for ourselves how it was even possible for two perfectly gorgeous people to exist in the world. (Oh, and the house renovations, too.) Unfortunately, according to Tarek, fame and a lack of communication broke down their marriage, along with the stresses of work, illness and constantly being in the public eye. Though the divorce isn’t final-final, we don’t see much hope for reconciliation, since they each are already seeing other people. It’s a shame. No more procreating insanely gorgeous children.

The Beatles

Okay, technically the Beatles weren’t in a romantic relationship, but this is one of many celebrity breakups that hit us just as hard as if they were. The story goes that Yoko Ono’s heavy influence and physical presence—even during studio recordings—coupled with John Lennon’s gravitational pull to spirituality played a big part in breaking up the Beatles. However, the death of their manager, Brian Epstein, also caused significant infighting, when Paul, Ringo, John and George all had to take over the finances and contracts for the business. By 1970, they had each begun recording solo tracks, with varying degrees of success. It became clear that the days of the Beatles as we knew them were over. Strange days indeed.

Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown

Songbird Whitney Houston sent shivers down our spine when she sang, but also when we read about her descent into darkness over drug addiction. Her beloved Bobby Brown, husband of 15 years, may or may not have played a part in her problems with drugs and alcohol, but that relationship ended once and for all in 2007. Whitney never recovered from the breakup or her personal battles, and the resulting dual tragedies of her death in 2012, plus her daughter’s demise in 2015 still haunt us today. We miss you, Whitney.

 

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6 Best Movies From the 70s

Most cinephiles agree that the movies from the 70s represented the last golden age of American cinema. The economic environment in Hollywood combined with the social movement in the country spawned a decade sometimes referred to as the “New Hollywood.” Major studies like MGM, Paramount and RKO had lost much of their control over the industry. Film stars continuing their battle against studio heads for more creative freedom, a surge in foreign movies, and loosened censorship all gave rise to a new era in movie making. Even the appetite of the audience changed. After the social activism of the 60s, moviegoers were no longer satisfied with cloyingly sweet and superficial films. They were ready to taste the raw meat of creative license, and that’s what they were served.

Movies from the 70s reflect the world views of society with a clearer lens than perhaps any other decade. When given this chance, new filmmakers rose to the occasion by holding up a mirror to the prevailing governing authorities in the film industry. The best movies from the 70s aptly expressed the changing social tide, but they also hold their own to this day. Take any movie on this list and it can stand up next to anything you can throw at it from the 21st century.

This list isn’t homage to snoozer movies that you know you should sit through (with plenty of caffeine on hand) because of their significance in course of history. This is a list of genuine blockbuster movies from the 70s that are awesome even if you don’t give a damn about what was happening when they were made. This is worth the preemo snacks and the imported beer.

So get settled, fire up your Amazon stick, or your Roku, or your streaming device of choice and relive these favorites from our list of the best movies from the 70s:

  1. Apocalypse Now (1979)

“During the Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade colonel who has set himself up as a god among a local tribe.” – IMDB.com

Here you have a collection of movie greats – Francis Ford Coppola directs Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Harrison Ford and Dennis Hopper. An epic movie with a stellar ensemble cast that will never be together again. Worth every second of the 153 minutes runtime.

  1. Taxi Driver (1976)

“A mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for violent action, attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process.” – IMDB.com

Let’s put Martin Scorsese, Robert de Niro, Jodi Foster, Cybil Shepherd and Harvey Keitel together on a project and see what happens. This raw commentary on the true costs of war kept audiences still reeling from the Vietnam War riveted to their seats.

  1. Network (1976)

“A television network cynically exploits a deranged former anchor’s ravings and revelations about the news media for its own profit.” – IMDB.co

A population awakening to the lies permeating everyday American life turned this movie with Faye Dunaway, Robert Duvall and William Holden into an overnight sensation.

  1. Papillon (1973)

“A man befriends a fellow criminal as the two of them begin serving their sentence on a dreadful prison island, which inspires the man to plot his escape.” – IMDB.com

Featuring Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman, this mesmerizing convict escape film has unforgettable scenes that are still widely used in epic film montages today.

  1. Jaws (1975)

“A giant great white shark arrives on the shores of a New England beach resort and wreaks havoc with bloody attacks on swimmers, until a part-time sheriff teams up with a marine biologist and an old seafarer to hunt the monster down.” – IMDB.com

One of Steven Spielberg’s first films, Jaws has been dissected and examined by film critics, teachers and students almost more than a real fish filleted on a monger’s block. Chances are, you’ve either seen it once on screen and many times in your nightmares, or you can’t get enough of this brilliant directorial masterpiece, and have your own personal copy.

  1. The Deer Hunter (1978)

“An in-depth examination of the ways in which the U.S. Vietnam War impacts and disrupts the lives of people in a small industrial town in Pennsylvania.” – IMDB.com

Another movie about the ravages of the Vietnam War, done with an impossible blending of emotional human connection and horror. A heart wrenching view of courage, fear, and the depths of humanity we should hope to never experience again.

This list doesn’t come close to having all the best movies from the 70s on it. Please help us out by adding some of your favorite movies from the 70s in the comment section below.

 

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Best Alien Movies of All Time

Aliens have been the subject of many movies over the years. The idea of another civilization out in space is tantalizing. We humans love to entertain the notion of these aliens coming to visit us on our big blue marble. Sometimes the creatures in these alien movies are here to help up. Other time, alien movies show us the worst that can happen when hostile inhabitants from another world land on our unsuspecting planet.

This curated list of the best alien movies of all time is bingeworthy. Print it out and cross off each movie as you finish it. And don’t forget to let us know which of these alien movies is your favorite!

Alien (1979)

Starring: Sigourney Weaver

After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as distress call, their landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious life form, and soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun. – IMDB

Contact (1997)

Starring: Jodi Foster

After years of searching, Dr. Ellie Arroway finds conclusive radio proof of intelligent aliens, who send plans for a mysterious machine. – IMDB

The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

Starring: David Bowie

A humanoid alien comes to Earth to get water for his dying planet. He starts a high technology company to in order to to build a return spacecraft, falling in love with an Earthling girl in the process. –IMDB

The Fifth Element (1997)

Starring Bruce Willis

In the colorful future, a cab driver unwittingly becomes the central figure in the search for a legendary cosmic weapon to keep Evil and Mr Zorg at bay. – IMDB

Independence Day (1996)

Starring: Bill Pullman

The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy Earth. Fighting superior technology, mankind’s best weapon is the will to survive. – IMDB

War of the Worlds (2005)

Starring Tom Cruise

As Earth is invaded by alien tripod fighting machines, one family fights for survival. – IMDB

Oblivion (2013)

Starring: Tom Cruise

A veteran assigned to extract Earth’s remaining resources begins to question what he knows about his mission and himself. – IMDB

The Thing (1982)

Starring: Kurt Russell

A research facility in Antarctica comes across an alien force that can become anything it touches with 100% accuracy. The members must now find out who’s human and who’s not before it’s too late. – IMDB

Avatar (2009)

Starring: Sam Worthington

A paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home. – IMDB

Signs (2002)

Starring: Mel Gibson

A family living on a farm finds mysterious crop circles in their fields, which suggests something more frightening to come. – IMDB

Super 8 (2011)

Starring: Joel Courtney

During the summer of 1979, a group of friends witness a train crash and investigate subsequent unexplained events in their small town. – IMDB

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

Starring: Donald Sutherland

In San Francisco, a group of people discover the human race is being replaced one by one, with clones devoid of emotion. – IMDB

Stargate (1994)

Starring: Kurt Russell

An interstellar teleportation device, found in Egypt, leads to a planet with humans resembling ancient Egyptians who worship the god Ra. – IMDB

The Abyss (1989)

Starring: Ed Harris

A civilian diving team is enlisted to search for a lost nuclear submarine and face danger while encountering an alien aquatic species. – IMDB

Galaxy Quest (1999)

Starring: Tim Allen

The alumni cast of a space opera television series have to play their roles as the real thing when an alien race needs their help. – IMDB

The Forgotten (2004)

Starring: Julianne Moore

After being told that their children never existed, a man and woman soon discover there is a much bigger enemy at work. – IMDB

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

Starring: Richard Dreyfuss

After an encounter with U.F.O.s, a line worker feels undeniably drawn to an isolated area in the wilderness where something spectacular is about to happen. – IMDB

District 9 (2009)

Starring: Sharito Copley

An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology. – IMDB

Evolution (2001)

Starring: David Duchovny

A fire fighter, two college professors, and a sexy government scientist work against an alien organism that has been rapidly evolving since it arrived on Earth inside a meteor. – IMDB

Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959)

Starring: Edward D. Wood, Jr.

Aliens resurrect dead humans as zombies and vampires to stop humanity from creating the Solaranite (a sort of sun-driven bomb). – IMDB

How To Stay Stress-Free During The Holidays

Let’s figure out how to stay stress-free during the holidays. The American Psychological Association reports that holiday stress affects women more than men. The added work of preparing holiday meals, shopping for gifts, decorating the home and coming up with extra money for holiday spending, apparently takes its toll, and not the cookie kind of toll. 61% of women polled reported feeling stressed out during what is supposed to be the happiest time of the year.

Stress can cause its own bevy of problems, including reduced cognitive function, lowered immune system, headache, fatigue, depression and more. So what’s a girl to do with so much to do during the holidays? Here’s what you can do to stay stress-free during the holidays.

  1. Delegate

Who ever said you have to do everything by yourself? There are lots of tasks to do during the holidays that are perfect for delegating. But first you have to reconcile yourself with the fact that everything is going to work out, even if it doesn’t work out the way you wanted. Relieving stress through delegating won’t work if you’re stressed out that the other person won’t do their assigned task “correctly.” So loosen the reins and be prepared for imperfect results. Some tasks that you can delegate to another adult in the family without the holidays being utterly ruined for the rest of eternity include:

  • Buying wrapping paper, ribbon and tape
  • Wrapping gifts
  • Shopping for ingredients for holiday meals
  • Cleaning the interior of the car for transporting friends and family
  • Doing extra loads of laundry
  • Bringing decorations down from the attic
  • Clipping coupons on favorite food brands
  • Gassing up the car/grill/snow blower
  • Selecting holiday music
  1. Indulge a Little

As a woman, you already know that you often put your needs last. With so much holiday hustle and bustle, it’s even less likely that you’re going to make time to relax and distress. After all, who has time for a scented bubble bath when the furniture hasn’t yet been polished for your white-glove wearing Aunt Myrtle who’s arriving in two days?

Now is the time to indulge yourself just a little. These shouldn’t become lifelong habits, but if they relieve the stress a little during the holidays, there’s no harm in these indulgent treats.

  • Sip on some spiked eggnog with your honey after the kids have gone to bed.
  • For every time you buy gifts for your family, get yourself a tiny single piece of chocolate at the register counter.
  • Rent a movie that only you will love and lock yourself in the bedroom while you watch it on your tablet/laptop/bedroom TV. Don’t answer the door if anyone knocks (especially kids who need help finding something).
  • After work, order a pizza delivery for the family and go to a spa for a facial instead of rushing home to cook dinner.

I’m sure you’ll be able to think of more and better ways to indulge yourself than I can. After all, you’re you! Creative genius and master of your domain!

  1. Stop

That’s right, just stop. Sometimes preparing for the holidays can be like painting a picture. As the artist, you never can tell when it’s finished. Or maybe it’s never finished. If you are saying things to yourself like, “just one more side dish – three isn’t enough,” or “I think the tree needs more tinsel,” or “does Jimmy have enough presents to open?” then it’s time to—stop. Pencils down. Or rather, whisks down. At some point, enough is enough and it’s time to sit down and watch the holiday come to you.

Remember, everything is going to be all right. It really will. Aunt Myrtle will probably bring her green bean casserole like she always does. Jimmy won’t even notice that he “only” got ten gifts. And the tinsel? Your cat will have it all pulled off the tree by Christmas anyway. Live a little. Have another glass of eggnog.

 

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Halloween with the Little Ones at Little Boo at the Zoo

One of the best things about living in Northwest Ohio in the fall is the annual Little Boo at the Zoo celebration at the Toledo Zoo. Each year, the Toledo Zoo, located at 2 Hippo Way, invites babies and toddlers for a special Halloween event.

This year, Little Boo at the Zoo takes place on October 17th and 18th. Children under the age of two will receive free admission. However, if they will be trick-or-treating, a $6 wristband will have to be purchased. Adults and children two years old and above are $11, and the wristband for trick-or-treating is included in that price. Seniors get in for $8. Zoo members receive free admission, but the wristband purchase is still required.

Little Boo at the Zoo is a wonderful opportunity for preschoolers to experience the joy of Halloween in a safe, comfortable, and familiar environment. The family-friendly staff of the Toledo Zoo welcomes parents and grandparents of young children as they bring their little ones on this calm Halloween adventure. The grounds at the Toledo Zoo will be decorated with hay bales and pumpkins, but nothing that will frighten your little boos.

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Drink Up at This Year’s Wine Gala!

On November 2, 2013, enjoy a fabulous evening of gourmet dining and fine wine while helping a noble cause. Come to the Wine Gala 2013, in aid of Mobile Meals of Toledo. This year’s Wine Gala is being held at the Stranahan Great Hall, located at 4645 Heatherdowns Boulevard in Toledo. With over 10,000 square feet underneath opulent chandeliers, this event is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Free secured parking is available for guests, and there will be a coat check at the door.

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