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Celebrities Who’ve won big at Online Casinos


Online casinos are super popular right now and today we’re going to take a look at celebrities who’ve won big at online casinos.  Well they may not have won it big but they love online casinos so much that they promote them just like Casino Pånett promotes the best free spins bonuses.  Celebrities and athletes alike love playing at online casinos because of the simple nature of gambling online.  Plus there are so many cool online casino games that can be found at some of the top rated online casino websites out there.

celebrities who've won big at online casinosRay Romano

Most of you know Ray as the comedian and actor from Everyone Loves Raymond.   Everyone knows Ray is a huge fan of blackjack and poker.  He has previous been seen when thousands while competing in poker tournaments including the World Serious of Poker.  Over the years Ray has become a huge fan of online casinos and sports betting.  One of the huge benefits of playing online poker is being able to show off as a high roller in a relaxed setting at home or your penthouse hotel room while on the road.

Pamela Anderson

We all know her as the sexy Baywatch star but has been known to promote several gambling product brands including Bally Gaming and Systems.  They released a Pamela Anderson Playboy line of slots back in 2005 that went live at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.

Pamela even has her own Baywatch online casino game.  Baywatch is an entertaining and exciting 5 reel, 20 payline slot with a great bonus game feature and all the favorite characters from the series.

celebrities who've won big at online casinosMichael Jordan

Michael Jordan is probably the most well known basketball icon in the entire world.  He brought the Chicago Bulls to prominence back in the mid 1990’s and ultimate won 6 NBA Championships with them in total.  He also has one of the most recognized clothing brands in “Brand Jordan” with several high profile basketball players who wear his basketball shoes and other clothing through exclusive sponsorship deals.

Over the years, there have been many gambling stories and conspiracies about Jordan including unpaid gambling debts and the fact that he has won millions at the casino.   Jordan could sometimes be found at the poker table before big playoff basketball games including the Olympics. After the Bulls won their third championship, the NBA launched an investigation into Jordan’s gambling problems to check whether he had violated league rules. Four months later Jordan stunned the world by retiring from professional basketball.  Jordan’s father was also murdered around this time leaving some to believe it happened because of unpaid gambling debts.

Allen Iverson

Allen is an ex-NBA super star who spent most of his career playing for the Philadelphia Seventy Sixers.  Most consider him the second or third best player to every put on a 76er’s jersey.  Earlier this year the Philadelphia legend joined fellow 76er Charles Barkley as a sports betting spokesperson for PointsBet.

Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck is one of the most prolific celebrity gamblers and has pocketed millions playing blackjack.  He loves playing blakjack and became so good that casinos banned him from playing blackjack  at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas because of his expert knowledge.  His friends have mentioned in several interviews their concern that he might have a gambling problem, which he as even acknowledged.

Affleck also played an online gambling entrepreneur in the film Runner Runner, which showcases a player that feels he is being cheated by the site.  In real interviews however, Affleck admits to playing online blackjack as it’s his favorite game and playing online is fun and private.

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Sky Katz Talks ‘Raven’s Home’ and Her Rap Career


By now, we’ve all calmed down a little since the launch of That’s So Raven’s spin-off series, Raven’s Home. The show picks up years after high school with a bit more matured Raven Baxter (Raven-Symoné) living in Chicago with her two twins and best friend Chelsea Daniels (Anneliese van der Pol) plus her son. Yes, they are all in one apartment!


We could get into the nitty-gritty of the show but for now, we’re highlighting one of the stars of the series, Sky Katz, who portrays Tess, the super chill next door neighbor. Tess gets herself mixed up in Chelsea and Raven’s kids’ shenanigans from time to time, plus offers some helpful, though questionable, advice. Here, Katz opens up about how she got her start as an actress, her career as a rapper, and what it’s like working on the Disney set.

Cliché: How did you get your start as an actress?
Sky Katz: Once I started meeting more people in the industry who were multi-talented, I wanted to be as well. My manager got me an agent and after a few auditions, I booked Raven’s Home!

What made you want to also start a career as a rapper?
My parents grew up in Fresh Meadows, Queens surrounded by hip-hop artists and music. I was raised listening to hip-hop and because of that, rapping was something I really wanted to do. I would always perform at family events and parties with friends. Then, I sent in a tape to America’s Got Talent and that’s where it all started.

Who influences you most in your musical stylings?
My music style is always influenced by artists I respect, look up to, or listen to at the time. Artists like Nicki Minaj, Eminem, Logic, J Cole, and Lil Mama inspire me.

How would you describe Tess for our readers who haven’t watched Raven’s Home yet?
Tess adds a little spunk to the show. She’s crazy, but also chill. No matter how much she messes around with her friends, she loves them and will always be there for them.

Once I started meeting more people in the industry who were multi-talented, I wanted to be as well.

Assuming you’ve already watched That’s So Raven, what has been your favorite catchphrase from the show?
I think “Oh, Snap!” will always be my favorite catchphrase from That’s So Raven. I just love the way it sounds and the way Raven says it!

What do you do to get into character? Does Tess have any influences on your personal life?
To get into character, I rap all my lines before the scene. It helps me bring that “New York” spice to life. Tess makes me appreciate my mom because her mom is crazy, and mine is normal (compared to hers). [Laughs]
What is the atmosphere like on set?
Set is so much fun and energetic! We are all like a family and joke around so much, but we also stay serious when it’s time to work.
What has been your favorite scene to film so far?
My favorite scene to film so far was when we had a dance party on the rooftop deck. It’s my favorite because it shows our relationship as a cast and how well we bond.
What have you learned so far working alongside Raven and Anneliese?
Working alongside Raven and Anneliese, I’ve learned to always put myself into my character and add inflection within my lines.
If you could do a crossover episode with any Disney show, which show would you choose and why?
If I could do a crossover with any Disney show, it would be Wizards of Waverly Place because I love that show and the whole cast. I’m also a HUGE fangirl of Selena Gomez!

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Sky Katz Talks ‘Raven’s Home’ and Her Rap Career: Photographed by Bobby Quillard

Olivia O’Brien Opens Up About Her Hit Singles, Confidence, and More


You may recall almost all Top 40 radio stations blasting “i hate u, i love u” earlier this year. Artist gnash may have been the one who pushed it out, but did you know that Olivia O’Brien co-wrote it along with singing the hook? Keep reading before you deep dive on a Google hunt. Seventeen-year-old O’Brien is widely known for singing one of the most catchy hooks of 2017, but she has more to offer you, including her own song, “RIP.” Blast this song everywhere when you need to say deuces to the friend that did you dirty because, well, that’s what “RIP” is all about. We got a chance to chat with the artist on the rise and it doesn’t take long to see how down to earth O’Brien really is.


Cliché: How did you decide that pursuing a career in music was the way to go?
Olivia O’Brien: After that song became a hit, I realized it was something I was meant to be doing. I didn’t think it would ever be more than a hobby until after “i hate u i love u” got big, though.

When did you realize “i hate u, i love u” was a hit? What thoughts were running through your mind when you realized it was increasing in radio plays and in the charts?
It happened kind of slowly…meaning it didn’t peak in radio ‘til over a year after its release. I feel like every week some new milestone would be passed (whether it was hitting a million plays on SoundCloud or Kylie Jenner playing it on Snapchat) and it was always a surprise to me.

What is your process when it comes to writing songs? What was the very first song you ever wrote?
I don’t really have a process. I tend to just do or say whatever I feel at that time. I’ve been writing songs since I could speak, but the first song I ever released was “i hate u, i love u.”

Being a bit new to the music industry, what have you learned throughout your whole experience that ended up being a great lesson?
I learned that people will do literally anything for fame and that many people do not care about the art/artistry; they care more about making hit songs with no real meaning. That made me even more motivated to stay true to myself and always be authentic in what I create.

What type of music do you hope to create for the future? What do you want your fans to take away after they listen to your music?
I want to make music that I would listen to even if someone else made it, music that I like regardless of anything else or anyone else’s opinion. I want to stay true to myself for as long as I’m in this.

I am absolutely obsessed with your confidence. It’s something I know I and so many others strive for. How did you gain your confidence? How do you steer away from the haters who try to bring you down?
I am actually one of the most insecure people on the planet, but I’m definitely better than I was in high school…I’m very thankful to now have so many people hyping me up every day and reminding me that I am talented. I still have a lot of moments where I doubt myself or compare myself to others who are so different than me, but when that happens, I try to forget about it all for a second and remind myself of my accomplishments and what I am capable of.

I want to make music that I would listen to even if someone else made it, music that I like regardless of anything else or anyone else’s opinion.

I’m also all about your group of friends and how you lift one another up. It’s so hard to find that. How did you all meet and how do you all remain so levelheaded?
Maddi was one of the very first people I met in LA and she is still my best friend and roommate. She introduced me to my other roommate/best friend, Drew, and from there I guess I kinda just got introduced to everyone and ended up with some amazing friends. I got lucky because a lot of people here seem to hop from friend group to friend group, but it’s so necessary to have stable friends who you can always trust and depend on for anything. I feel very lucky to have found that.

I absolutely LOVE your song “RIP”! How did the song/lyrics come about for you? Was it something that was on your mind for a while or an incident happened where you knew you had to write a song asap?
I wrote it in January of this year but the situation that inspired it—and inspired many of my unreleased songs—happened way back in September 2016. Basically, I had a crush on this guy who became one of my closest friends for a year and then he started hanging out with this girl who didn’t like me and he started changing. He became a completely different person, all because he was hanging out with people who he used to talk shit about and say he would never be like. It’s crazy how people will flip 180 when someone with followers/fame wants to be their friend.

What was your thought process while conceptualizing the video? What was the symbolism of everything you touched/wore being white, if any?
I just wanted it to be a little bit shocking. I wore white because who wears white to a funeral, right? Wearing black to a funeral is a sign of respect…but I don’t respect this boy and I wanted that to be clear.

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Olivia O’Brien Opens Up About Her Hit Singles, Confidence, and More: Photographed by Nesrin Danan

Lucas Jade Zumann Chats ‘Anne with an E’ on Netflix


It’s summer, so we get it. You’re either out soaking in some Vitamin D or you’re inside binge-watching all of the series you need to catch up on. (Instead of Netflix and chill, isn’t it more like Netflix and sweat?) After you finish the latest season of Orange Is the New Black, hop onto another Netflix original, Anne with an E, based on the 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables. To give you a quick summary, the series is a coming-of-age story about an orphan named Anne who is looking to be accepted and loved by everyone around her. We all know that feeling.  


Starring alongside Anne (Amybeth McNulty) is actor Lucas Jade Zumann, who portrays Gilbert Blythe. We had a chance to chat with the rising star who should be on your radar over the next few years. With an impressive role as Gilbert and his previous film 20th Century Women, it’s hard to deny his talent.

Cliché: You come from a family of artists. How did you decide that acting was something you wanted to pursue versus playing an instrument or musical theater?
Lucas Jade Zumann: Well, I do actually play various musical instruments and for the majority of my childhood, I did neighborhood theater productions. I think that I was raised under the general notion to make art.

What was your first acting gig before hitting the small and big screen?
My first ever professional production was the Light Opera Works production of Oliver! I was an ensemble member.

How did your role as Gilbert in Anne with an E come about for you?
It was actually a very fast auditioning process. I sent in a couple of tapes through my agent in Chicago, and then I was asked to fly out to meet the producer, writer, and to read with Amybeth. Then, a couple weeks later, they called and asked if I wanted to play Gilbert.

When you auditioned for the show, what do you think you did that stood out to the casting directors to help land you the role?
I don’t think I based my Gilbert solely off of the Gilbert in the book. Understanding that Moira’s writing style was going to be a little more gritty and interpersonal, I wanted to make my Gilbert fit accordingly.

What did you bring to the role that made him unique to you?
Something that I really found fascinating about Gilbert was his very mature empathy and understanding of other people. I think one of the things that allows him to get along with Anne so well is that he understands her more than I think other people do.

Looking in the mirror, you see a boy from the 1800s instead of ‘Lucas.’

What did you do to get into character? What was your biggest takeaway after being a part of this project?
Something that is great about a period piece is that simply wearing and putting on the clothes is a transformative process. Looking in the mirror, you see a boy from the 1800s instead of “Lucas.” But I think having a general idea of the story helps, too! My biggest takeaway was really about the shooting process of a TV show. This was my first recurring role on a TV show and the pace is really different from a movie. Learning about the pace and atmosphere of TV was something new to me.

I love that in the future you hope to become a meditation guide and spiritual healer. How did that career path come to you? What are you planning to do to achieve this?
I think whatever I end up doing, I want to be helping people. Whether it be as an actor, filmmaker, or in teaching about meditation. From a very young age, I have been practicing Buddhist meditation and I hope to be able to share the helpful properties and qualities that I have found in it with other people.

I read in a previous interview that you’d love to get behind the camera as well. Is there a director or specific film that inspires you the most?
Generally, I am inspired by very stylized work, as in the work of Emanual Lubeski/Alejandro Gonzalez Inuritu and Robert Yoemen/Wes Anderson. They all display very unique ways to express internal dialogue of the characters. Personally though, I find that a lot of the stuff that I write and make is not nearly as stylized. My stories tend to be very character-driven, slow, and interpersonal.

What was the first piece you ever directed yourself?
The first film that me and my friends made was a short film for the One Earth film festival about sustainable transportation. We learned a lot from the process of making the film.

How do you juggle acting and your time outside of the industry?
I think I am very fortunate that I can differentiate my work life and my social life between Chicago and wherever it is that I am filming. My neighborhood is very grounded and my family and friends are very supportive. Even when it’s hard to sometimes find a balance between the two, I know I can count on them to keep me grounded.

What kind of characters do you hope to see yourself portraying in the future?
I really just kind of want to work on projects that will be a challenge for me, or will be fun for me, or will be hard. Because in doing that, one can become a better actor—or a better person, even. You can learn a lot about yourself by working on a character.

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Lucas Jade Zumann Chats ‘Anne with an E’ on Netflix: Photographer: Sam Zachrich 

Talitha Bateman On Her Role in ‘Annabelle: Creation’


In 2013, a new doll was introduced to haunt our dreams when she made her debut in The Conjuring. (So long, Chuckie!) It’s the ladies’ turn, so enter Annabelle. It’s hard to deny the creepiness of the Raggedy Ann doll and the legends that come with it. As a result, dolls have been portrayed as the antagonist in many horror movies. We don’t blame you for being scared of them.


This year, Annabelle: Creation—which explores Annabelle’s exact origin—will be wrapping up our summer blockbuster movie line-up. Actress Talitha Bateman stars as an orphan named Janice who moves into an orphanage where, of course, Annabelle lives. As you can already imagine, orphanages are never a safe place when it comes to horror movies. We had a chance to chat with the lead actress about her career as an actor, what it was like on set, and where she hopes to see herself in the future. 

Cliché: Being in a family of other fellow actors and being one of eight siblings, was it a natural instinct to follow the path of pursuing a career in acting? How did it come about for you?
Talitha Bateman: I grew up in a very creative and artistic family, so it makes sense that some of us are actors now. Nearly all of my family is actively involved in the arts. When we were younger, my siblings and I would perform plays for our parents. We’d write scripts and pull together costumes from our closets. That’s kind of how it all started.

When you first started acting, what was your number one dream role? Is it still the same today?
One of my goals when I first started was to star in a horror movie. And now that I filmed Annabelle: Creation, I can check that off my list! I have so many roles I would love to play. I like complicated characters. I would love to play a bit of a daredevil or someone with a deep and compelling backstory. With each project, I take a bit of the character and leave a bit of myself. I recently finished a supporting role in a blockbuster film Geostorm and watching all the effects was awesome. There are just so many avenues to explore. I can’t wait to see what’s on the horizon.

Now that you’ve had a few gigs under your belt, how do you go about choosing what roles you want to audition for?
I don’t exactly choose. I have a whole team of people who join the discussion. They submit me for certain roles that they think I might be interested in and we talk about it throughout the process. I have a great team of people supporting me.

Just watching the Annabelle trailer gives me shivers. What was it like being on the set of one of today’s well-known scary movies? Were you ever scared after wrapping up a day of shooting?
No. I never really got scared on set because I knew it was very safe. There were always so many people around me who were looking out for me. But when I started filming a scene, I was scared because I was in character, and I had to feel the fear Janice felt.

How did the role come about for you in the first place?
I didn’t know a lot about Janice during the audition process. They were very “hush hush” about it and they didn’t give me much to go on. When I booked it and read the script, I figured out who she was and how I was going to play her, which ended up being completely different from how I was originally playing her during the audition process. I think David F. Sandberg, as a director, has tremendous insight into whether an actor can bring what he needs. His audition process is quite unique.

What was your biggest takeaway from playing the lead role in a film?
It was hard. I was working Monday through Friday for a month straight. Even though it was difficult, it was also a blast because I had Stephanie and all of the girls to hang out with. Our dressing rooms were right next to each other, so we’d all eat lunch together the days we were all there.

My favorite genre would probably have to be drama. Not only to film, but also to watch. I like films that make people think.

If you had a chance to star in an upcoming remake of any classic horror movie, what movie would it be and what character would you like to play?
It would have to be The Sixth Sense. I love that movie! It is horror in the truest sense. And I would want to play Cole, even though he’s a boy. Haley Joel [Osment] gave one of the best child performances ever.

You’ve taken on many different roles in your career so far. Has there been a genre or role that you’ve been drawn to the most that you’d like to pursue more of?
My favorite genre would probably have to be drama. Not only to film, but also to watch. I like films that make people think. I have a supporting role in the upcoming movie Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and I know this movie will start a lot of conversations.

I also read you’re a fan of Vera Farmiga. If given the chance to work alongside her, what kind of movie would it be and what roles would you two play?
I would be happy playing a guest star in Bates Motel, just as long as I’d get to meet her.

When you’re not acting, what can we find you doing?
I love hiking, archery, martial arts, basically anything active, or outdoors. But I also love reading. Give me a good book and I’ll be happy anywhere.

Where do you hope to see your career five years from now?
I have no clue. In five years, I could be anywhere, doing anything. I’m happy where I am right now. I’m doing what I love and I’m having fun with it.

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Talitha Bateman On Her Role in ‘Annabelle: Creation’: Photographer: Michael Becker; Stylist: Sarah Kinsumba; Makeup: Grace Phillips; Hair: Steven Mason

AllDay Talks His New Album and His Speeding Tour


Allday is speeding “In Motion” touring around in cities near you. Haven’t heard of him? Well, (excuse us for this corny line) you’ll want to listen to Allday literally all day. The Australian based rapper is out making moves on his own and with a steady growing following, fans will go wherever he will go.


Cliché: When did you know you wanted to pursue a career in music? How did you decide to use your vocals rather than being behind the scenes?
Allday: It didn’t really happen in that order for me. I rapped for fun, then decided to record it, then later on it occurred to me I could do it as a job.

What was the first rap song you heard that just either inspired or motivated you?
Dr Dre’s “The Next Episode.”

Since you recently moved to LA permanently, what’s one thing you wish America had that Australia has and vise versa?
I wish Australia had Wholefoods. It’s just a supermarket, but for healthy stuff. I wish America had my family in it so I didn’t miss them.

You’re pretty active on your Twitter account. How do you deal with the negative comments that comes from social media?
It doesn’t really bother me. My music usually brings in the good people and irritates the shit people. I appreciate the good people so much it makes it all worthwhile.

You’re an open book to your fans, but has there been a time where you realized you shared too much and can’t really take back what you put out?
Not really. I’m not famous like Justin Bieber or anything where I can’t walk down the street. I can keep stuff private if I want to.

When was the moment you realized your music started to get more attention and you eventually got some star power to your name?
I’m not sure; that hasn’t really happened yet. I feel like it’s more of a small cult following thing.

How’d you steer away from having stage fright and just going out on stage, performing your songs with no regrets?
Alcohol, mostly. But I sometimes have to remind myself to become bigger on stage, that I can’t be normal Tom. It’s a good mental exercise to perform.

Your latest video of “In Motion” was pretty wild. Have you already brainstormed what’s the next song you’ll release and the idea for the music video?
I’m not sure what we’ll make a video for. But we’re out of video money so whatever it is, it will be much worse than the “In Motion” video.

We’re curious: why did you delay your forthcoming album? When did you decide that you were officially finished with it without any further edits?
You can keep working on something forever but at a point, I just had to say it was done. I’m not sure why it took so long. I think I was going through some things and I wasn’t inspired to make music.

Is there one specific track we should look out for that holds a deeper meaning than the others?
I think these songs are all pretty meaningful, with an exception of maybe “Sides” and “No Saint.” Those have a different purpose. I probably made too many meaningful, morose songs.

It’s pretty cool you do listening parties with your fans. What motivated you to have those and what’s it been like receiving feedback or just chilling with them?
I’m not sure how we came up with the idea, but it was fun. There were a lot of hugs from cool people. It reminded me of why I make music, so it was definitely worthwhile.

If money wasn’t an issue, what’s something you wish to do for your fans in the future?
Never make them pay for anything again, I suppose. Free shows, free music. But that won’t happen unless I win the lotto, so, unfortunately, they’re going to have to keep paying for things.

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AllDay Talks His New Album and His Speeding Tour: Photographed by Jo Duck

April Kry Talks the Rise of Country Music and More


Watch out, boys—the ladies are making a huge statement in music more than ever. Whether it be pop or country, women are constantly showing they’re a force to not mess around with. April Kry is just one of the many ladies who is using her voice (literally) to wow anyone who hears her. According to Kry, strong role models such as Reba and Martina McBride have left a mark on her in a remarkable way. You might be familiar with her latest single “While We’re Young” spinning on Radio Disney and RD Country, but do you really know her? We chatted with this talented artist to learn more about her upbringing, her recent move to Nashville, and what it’s like being a woman in country.

Cliché: Your voice is so strong. Growing up, did you take any vocal lessons to gain the voice you have today? What do you say to those who are completely caught off guard by how much of a powerhouse you are?
April Kry: Thank you so much! I started taking vocal lessons around 12 and found the vocal coach I still use today around 14. He kind of broke me out of my shell and said, “April, I know you have a big voice inside and we’re going to bring it out of you.” I’ve actually been named by some of my co-writers as “the tiny ninja” because I’m 4’11” and can be pretty loud when I sing! That’s one thing I pride myself on and I definitely embrace my tiny ninja label.

You have a strong upbringing being surrounded by so many different genres growing up. Do you think you’ll ever see yourself diving or possibly tapping into other genres to see how it is?
I was so fortunate to have a bunch of different influences musically as a child. I’m always evolving and growing as an artist and I continue to incorporate small nuances into my music. I don’t know that I’ll ever stray from country because I feel so at home in this genre, but I do love incorporating different sounds into my songs. In reality, country music was born from blues and folk merging together and I think people forget that sometimes!

You moved permanently to Nashville at age 20. For you, what’s it like living in Nashville, surrounded by so much up-and-coming talent? Why was this such an important move for you?
Nashville is my forever home and I wish I moved here sooner than I did! It’s such an amazing community of artists and writers that are supportive and genuine. That’s one thing I could never find in New York or L.A. I remember sitting in my boyfriend’s (now fiancé’s) apartment when I was still living in Connecticut and he looked at me and said, “April, you need to move to Nashville. You’re not happy here and you’re not able to excel in your music like you would there. Go. We’ll make it work.” And we did. It was such an important time in my life to make that move and I’m lucky to have someone so supportive.

[Nashville is] such an amazing community of artists and writers that are supportive and genuine.

How or when did you find your voice and know what kind of message you want to convey to your fans?
I always knew I wanted to reach young girls and spread a message of empowerment to them because I was once that young girl, listening to Martina McBride in my room, using my hairbrush as a microphone. I want to be what those amazing women were for me growing up: a solid role model. I always say that what I love about music is that it meets you where you are. Sad, happy, upset…there’s a song for that. I want to be able to reach people on their darkest days and their happiest days.

You talk a lot about lyrics being a huge part as to why you love country music and how it tells a story. Out of all the songs you released so far, what’s your favorite lyric that you’ve put out?
Lyrics are the first thing I listen for when I hear a song for the first time. I think my favorite lyric in a song I’ve released so far has to be from my latest single “While We’re Young.” In the chorus, it says, “loving crazy, running free, being who we want to be while we’re young.” It’s a super simple statement, but it means so much. I feel like there are so many unrealistic expectations you try to live up to as an adult in the working world, or just life in general. Sometimes you just need to step back and realize why you’re doing what you’re doing. Stop trying to conform to be liked and be yourself.

When you perform in front of an audience that either knows of you or doesn’t know you at all, what are the thoughts running through your head?
I try not to think about the audience and what they’re thinking about me or I’d drive myself crazy! I like to just live in the moment while I’m performing and really think about the lyrics of the songs I’m singing and relay them the best I can.

What is it like to be in this rise of strong women country artists such as Kelsea Ballerini, Cam, and RaeLynn? It’s about time women take over country music!
It’s absolutely amazing. I feel so honored to be included in this bunch of ladies. I just saw Lauren Alaina had the number one song in country music last week. It’s the year of the girls in country. I can’t tell you how many insanely talented ladies I’ve met and heard that are in this rise of artists. You’re right. It IS about time!

If you had a chance to create your ideal country tour lineup, who would be on your list?
LeAnn Rimes, Keith Urban, Martina McBride, Tim McGraw, and Faith Hill.

I know your song is currently spinning on Radio Disney, so what was it like for you to officially hear yourself on the airwaves?
It’s always such a surreal experience hearing yourself on the radio. Radio Disney and RD Country have been so supportive of me and they are just the sweetest. I’m so happy they are playing my single!

Social media interaction is necessary more than ever to chat with your followers. Do you ever find it overwhelming or maybe helpful to have this as a tool to get your songs out there?
I think social media is a blessing for independent artists. You basically have an outlet where you can broadcast your music and life for people to hear and see for free. You cut out the middleman. I think it’s so vital to be on social media as an artist today to connect with your audience.

I’m a huge fan of country music myself, but I often hear a stigma about the genre. What do you say to combat the negative remarks?
There’s been a lot of back and forth about what’s considered country and what’s pop recently. To that I say, I am just making music that I like to listen to and hoping that the audience will react to it in a positive way.

Now that you are fulfilling your dreams of becoming a country singer, what else do you hope to accomplish in your career? What more do you want to do?
I have a passion for empowering young girls and being a positive role model for them. I want to get involved in anti-bullying campaigns and programs because I think that is such a problem right now. I also love animals so I’m starting to get involved with local shelters and such. I want to save all the puppies!

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April Kry Talks the Rise of Country Music and More: Photographed by Rae Marshall

Movies and TV Shows to Watch on Netflix This July


Ah, yes it’s summer (as if you already didn’t know). While it may be the perfect time to head to the beach and soak in some Vitamin D, it’s also the time to binge watch as much on Netflix while you can. Squeeze in all you can before the Fall TV series sneak their way back and before school starts again so that way you could be in the loop on all conversations. Whether you’re a first time binge watcher or you’re the type of person glued to Netflix, here’s what you need to see. Time to get cozy! We put an asterisk next to our picks.


Available July 1

  • Capo “El amo del tunel”: Season 1
  • Deep Water: Season 1
  • El Barco: Season 1
  • Hostages (Israel): Season 2
  • Offspring: Season 6
  • The Originals: Season 4
  • Spice Up: Season 1
  • Yours Fatefully: Season 1
  • The Ultimatum: Season 1
  • Unriddle
  • Unriddle II
  • Witnesses: Season 2
  • World at Your Feet: Season 1
  • Yes We Can!: Season 1

Available July 2

  • El Chema: Season 1

Available July 4

  • The Standups: Season 1**

Available July 5

  • iZombie: Season 3**

Available July 7

  • Castlevania: Season 1
  • Dawn of the Croods: Season 4
  • Degrassi: Next Class: Season 4
  • Luna Petunia: Season 2

Available July 14

  • Friends From College: Season 1**

Available July 15

  • Rake: Season 4
  • West Coast Customs: Season 4

Available July 18

  • Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce: Season 3

Available July 20

  • Pretty Little Liars**

Available July 21

  • Last Chance U: Season 2

Ozark: Season 1

  • The Worst Witch: Season 1

Available July 28

  • Daughters of Destiny: Season 1
  • The Adventures of Puss in Boots: Season 5


Available July 1

  • Albion: The Enchanted Stallion
  • Are We There Yet?
  • Are We Done Yet?
  • The Astronaut Farmer
  • Best in Show
  • Boat Trip
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
  • Caramel
  • Code Name: The Cleaner
  • Dad
  • Delicatessen
  • Disney’s The Mighty Ducks**
  • Emma
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • Free Willy
  • Here Alone
  • The Invisible Guest (Contratiempo)
  • Jackass: Number Two
  • The Land Before Time
  • The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure
  • The Land Before Time III: The Time of the Great Giving
  • Last Night
  • Liar’s Dice
  • The Longest Yard
  • Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
  • Matchstick Men
  • Mixed Signals
  • Out of Thin Air
  • Police Academy
  • Proof of Life
  • Punch-Drunk Love
  • Spawn: The Movie
  • Taking Lives
  • Titanic
  • The Truth Is in the Stars
  • Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang

Available July 3

  • Diamond Cartel
  • Extraordinary: The Stan Romanek Story

Available July 6

  • Butter
  • Speech & Debate
  • The Void

Available July 7

  • 1 Mile to You (Life At These Speeds)

Available July 8

  • Bad Santa 2
  • Horse Dancer

Available July 9

  • Lion**

Available July 11

  • Gabriel Iglesias Presents the Gentleman Jerry Rocha

Available July 14

  • Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile
  • Chasing Coral
  • To the Bone

Available July 17

  • A Cowgirl’s Story
  • Fittest on Earth: A Decade of Fitness
  • Uncertain Glory

Available July 18

  • Aditi Mittal: Things They Wouldn’t Let Me Say
  • Ari Shaffir: Double Negative: Collection
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story**

Available July 22

  • Railroad Tigers

Available July 24

  • Victor

Available July 25

  • Joe Mande’s Award-Winning Comedy Special
  • Munroe Island

Available July 28

  • The Incredible Jessica James**

Available July 31

  • After the Reality
  • Checkpoint
  • Dark Night
  • Taking Earth

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Caught Up in ‘The Mist’ with Luke Cosgrove


You may be familiar with the 2007 science-fiction horror film, The Mist, based off Stephen King’s famous book, but this year, Spike TV has launched a new television series dedicated to the novel. This is new for the network since this will be its first scripted series, which may be a step into possibly launching more new shows to save onto your DVR.

With so many reincarnations today of historic cult classic films and books, it’s hard to know about every rising actor out there. Have no fear! We caught up with Luke Cosgrove, who stars in the new series as Jay Heisel, the son of the town sheriff, to hear how he got into acting, how he landed the role, and what are his career goals.

Cliché: When did you know you wanted to pursue a career as an actor?
Luke Cosgrove: I remember acting was the first thing I wanted to do in life. I started doing plays at the local town playhouse when I was 11, and I can vividly remember standing on stage and looking out into the crowd and seeing my parents with these huge smiles on their faces. I think that’s when I knew. I would always go to the movies as a kid, and every time I left, I’d say to myself, “One day I want to be able to do something that good.” So I think it’s that continual drive to want to achieve something close to what my heroes have accomplished that keeps me wanting to do this.

What has been the hardest thing you’ve learned so far?
The hardest thing I’ve learned is patience. There’s a very obvious trap of being discouraged when you’re not booking jobs and I still fall into it several times. Be patient, doubt your doubts, work on the craft, and just know that something will come that’s right for you. Those are key to surviving this industry. I’m not sure if I’ll ever master it, but I’m working on it!

What has to be the biggest difference between Australia’s entertainment industry and America’s?
There’s just simply a much larger work opportunity in the U.S. That said, I feel like the content in the U.S. is constantly pushing Australian content to become bigger and better in ways that were once unachievable. The Aussie film industry isn’t as segregated as it once was, and in fact, a lot of U.S. productions are now shooting in Australia and vice versa.

What has motivated you to move from working in independent Australian productions and taking your talent towards American productions?
I always knew that Australia was just a starting point for me. The moment I knew I wanted to be an actor was the same moment I wanted to take this as far as possible, and that meant not just stopping at Australian productions, but going the whole nine yards and doing American productions. I knew there was more opportunity in U.S.; it was obvious. Plus, I wanted to do the kind of roles my heroes were doing, and that just wasn’t possible in Australia.

How did your role as Jay Heisel in The Mist come about for you and how did you enter the audition?
Originally, casting didn’t ask me to tape for it. My manager found out about it and asked me to put myself on tape unsolicitedly from Australia. A month went by where I didn’t hear anything, so I just figured they went with someone else, and then all of a sudden, casting responded to the tape I sent. They then asked for another tape to be returned within a few hours for a different scene, so I basically had no time to prepare. I was then put on “hold” for a few days, which is this weird limbo phase where you and a few other actors are in contention for the role. Finally, my agent and manager called me with the good news.

Efrat Dor on Her Role in ‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’


Historical movies based on real events have the tendency to evoke at least one of the following feelings: sad, happy, grateful, thankful, intrigued, or frustrated. There are plenty more to add to the list, but at the end of the day, these movies recount the stories of so many brave (or maybe not so brave) individuals before us. The latest flick, The Zookeeper’s Wife starring Jessica Chastain, is based off the story of Antonina Zabinski and her husband, Dr. Jan Zabinski, who work together to save lives of hundreds of Jews underneath The Warsaw Zoo. One of the saved victims was sculptor Magdalena Gross, who was portrayed by actress Efrat Dor. We talked to Dor about her deep connection with this film, as well as her career in Israel and her dream roles.


Cliché: What was it that drew you to pursue a career in acting? Was it something you watched, a specific actor, or something else?
Efrat Dor: As far as I can recall, I always wanted to be an actress. Even before I knew what it was, I wanted to be the center of attention and put on a show or tell a story that moved everyone or made them laugh.

Your career blossomed after Asfur. How did you go about remaining levelheaded when the show was absolutely known almost everywhere? What did you take away from Asfur that you brought into the rest of your career choices?
Asfur was a very big hit, and I wasn’t prepared for all that brought on. I was chased everywhere I went by people and paparazzi. It all turned crazy in an instant, so for the next two years, I hardly left my house. It took me a while to understand that it is a form of love. Today, I am very flattered and happy to receive compliments, and maybe I got used to the change. I find family and friends really keep you grounded.

What is it about acting that excites you the most?
For me, it’s all about the story. I love telling a good story that the audience can take with them. To have them relate to or care about the story is everything, and if they see themselves, and it makes them feel less alone in the world, then that’s doing something.

What is the biggest difference working as an actress in America versus Israel? Has anything changed since the release of The Zookeeper’s Wife?
I find that both industries are completely about the art. However, the production level in the U.S. is much higher, so there are better conditions all-around for all departments. There is more time shooting each day, and everybody is treated with more respect. There’s also complete silence on set while working. In Israel, I find it is a bit more gorilla style, but it brings everybody together, so that’s fun, too! I think The Zookeeper’s Wife coming out has hopefully opened some international doors for me, which I hope will bring more interesting projects for me to take part in.

I love telling a good story that the audience can take with them.

What drew you to your character Magdalena Gross? Did you have a special connection to her?
My grandmother is Polish, and her mother, father, and brother were all murdered by the Germans. I grew up with many stories like this as her grandchild. When I received the script, I was just immediately feeling a deep connection. My grandmother was in my mind and thoughts throughout the filming. In some small way, I felt like I was telling her story.

While auditioning for the role, what did you do differently or the same that you think wowed the casting directors?
Because of my personal connection, playing the character in the audition was very emotional for me. I broke out in tears, and Niki (Caro), the director, said she thought that was a hard thing to do. She said that switching from two very different scenes (in the audition) and suddenly becoming so emotional and crying was difficult. I then explained how moved I was by the script and how important I felt it was to tell this story. I think the fact that we had a heart to heart conversation about my take on the character really made an impression.

I watched the film and it was heartbreaking but beautiful at the same time. While on set, and considering your emotional connection to the role, how did you go about composing yourself and remaining in your element?
Filming a movie that deals with such hard times and painful stories does affect me, and there is no getting around that. However, we did try to have some laughs in between takes to break the ice, and when we weren’t too tired, we would go out and explore the beautiful Prague (where the film was shot). Just knowing this is such a special story is worth it, and it is completely fine to experience the feeling of sadness and heartbreak. Those are important feelings to explore, both as an actor and a human.

Working alongside Jessica Chastain and Daniel Bruhl must have been an experience. What is the biggest thing you took away from working with them?
Daniel is very charming and polite; he was very pleasant on set. I think that is so important to make your colleagues feel comfortable. Jessica was so professional. I really picked her brain a lot about the craft and her ways of approaching a role. I basically learned she was a geek like myself and really works so hard on all of her characters. She makes bold choices and really commits to a project. Jessica gives herself in full to her partners, so I was very fortunate in that way. I learned so much.

Having done this role, what dream roles do you hope to one day take on? Do you have an overall goal as an actress, whether it be starring alongside someone or even possibly directing a film of your own?
I love drama, so I hope more beautiful stories and characters will be offered to me. I enjoy working hard and drowning myself in a project. It is always about the story for me. I also enjoy action and anything physical, so hopefully I can also take part in projects that incorporate that, too! And my dream? Well, is it too cheesy to say receiving an Academy Award?

When you’re not acting, how do you like to spend your free time? What do you think you’d be doing if you weren’t an actress today?
I love spending time with my family. They are my everything. If I wasn’t an actress (I cannot imagine that, since that is all I’ve been since the age of 2, and all I ever wanted to be), I would maybe be a hippy who travels the world, makes lots of babies, and just lives life to the fullest.

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Photographer: Gilles Toucas, Makeup: Elie Maalouf, Hair: Michael Kanyon, Styling: Karen Raphael

5 Artists You Must Check Out at Warped Tour


Three words: Vans Warped Tour. YES! It is still around. We’re inching closer and closer to the first official day of summer which means we’ll be well on our way seeing almost everyone’s summer concert Instagram/Twitter post, whether it be a festival or a one-day concert. Just because there are so many good lineups popping up literally almost every day, don’t sleep on Vans Warped Tour. The legendary and feel good concert is still kicking for us to enjoy rising talent and new artists to check out. In fact, to get you more interested, check out our list of 5 artists you must check out at Warped Tour.

I may be a bit biased because he grew up in the Bay Area but you cannot deny the skill level on this guy. A fellow co-worker introduced me to him and I was just blown away at how fast he raps. I didn’t think it was humanly possible to talk this fast (I mean, unless you’re an auctioneer) but even still… He is amazing.

Father’s Day: Our Favorite Celebrity Dads


Alright dads, it’s your turn to be celebrated for all your efforts! Whether it’s scaring away a potential boyfriend or staying with your kids at night to shoo away the monsters, we want to give you a huge and well-deserved thank you. Hey, dads can do just as much, if not more, than a mother when it comes to caring for their offspring.
And as much as I’d love to write a whole blog on here dedicated to my own father, I’ll push that to my personal blog and let’s just focus on dads we ALL know. I’m talking about celebrity dads. Trust me, as much as it pains me to see one of my biggest Hollywood crushes have their own offspring with someone other than me, it’s bound to happen.
Below are a few of our favorite celebrity dads.

Heading to host the Bloody Mary Brunch for the @sobewffest. Looking forward to the mixers and the mingles.

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Neil Patrick Harris and David Burkta
This one is a 2-for-1! How can you ever leave out this absolutely adorable couple and even more adorable family? The way they spend time with their kids and their love for them is clearly shown with every social media post they allow us to see a glimpse of their private life. Oh, this is a family I would love to be adopted into.