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Christmas On A Budget? No Problem, We’ve Got Holiday Shopping Tips


Once the month of November hits, most of us start to panic about holiday shopping. December comes fast and whether you’re a college student or a full-time employee, the amount of money we shell out during this time of year can make for high stress. Most of us aren’t rolling in dough, but that’s okay. There are plenty of cheaper options out there to make the holidays less stressful and easier on your wallet. We’ve got some holiday shopping tips to relieve some of that headache.

Holiday Shopping Tips: Surf Websites Like Ebay, Etsy, and Amazon

Yes, this is sometimes a little too obvious, but if you prefer to do your shopping in-store rather than online, you’re probably missing out on some great gift opportunities. Shopping online is one of the best holiday shopping tips, because it opens up a lot more options than simply going to a shopping mall. If you have a best friend who loves collectables, art and craft items, or unique and personalized gifts, you can find just about anything under the sun on eBay, Etsy, and Amazon.

Ebay Auctions Can Make Your Gift

If you hit the auctions on eBay, you could get lucky and score a mint condition, sealed vinyl that’s hard to find at a record store. A lot of vinyl records on eBay start on auction for cheap. I’ve found some pretty obscure ones for well under $20. There are so many unique things on eBay if you give your search a lot of thought. If you can think it, you can probably find it. Plus, eBay has their own deals section that can really helpful. Keep in mind that a lot of e-commerce deals are limited, so keep your eyes out for the good ones you can’t pass up!

Etsy Is Perfect For Unique Presents, So Long As You Search For The Cheaper Items

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Etsy has just about anything in the vein of creative gifts. Got a boyfriend obsessed with Star Wars? There’s a personalized gift for that. Maybe your best friend is a pop culture freak and a huge coffee drinker. There’s a mug for that. And pins? There are plenty of unique pin sets that you probably won’t find anywhere else. It’s all about being smart with Etsy, though. Sometimes the items can get a little pricey based on the seller. Always keep your eye out for the cheaper deals, as well as the shipping costs. Some sellers offer a discount if you purchase more than one item from them, as well as a combined shipping so you don’t have to pay multiple shipping fees.

Amazon Can Be Way Cheap, Especially If You Sign Up For A Prime Trial

I’m pretty sure most of you already shop on Amazon. If you’ve already got an Amazon Prime membership, even better. If you don’t, you can sign up for a free trial of Amazon Prime at no cost and cancel before you get billed. It makes shopping on Amazon a lot easier, since a lot of items are eligible for Prime free two-day shipping. Find a niche item that your friends or family members will love. For instance, if you know a book-lover who doesn’t mind a lightly used copy of a novel, go for it. Know a cat lover? They have some hilarious adult coloring books for just about any subject you can think of.

Want To Give Someone a Cool Outing? Check Out the ‘Things to Do’ Section on Groupon

Groupon is a site that may be slightly overlooked if you haven’t used it a lot. But during this time of year, they have some really good sales, even on events. The ‘Things to Do’ section will show you Groupon deals in your area. If you take the time to sift through what offers they have, you can score a cheap price for local events and fun outings. 

Do You Have Old Gift Cards From Last Christmas You Haven’t Used?

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Extra gift cards? Use them to buy gifts for the holidays. Photo Credit: LaniElderts / Flickr CC By 2.0

This is something some of us may not think about, but how long has that gift card been sitting in your desk drawer or wallet, unused? How much longer do you think you’ll take to spend it? If you aren’t against the idea of using it, it’s technically free shopping money. If you’ve got a gift card you haven’t used for any retail store, now is a good time to shop the incoming sales, especially online. And the best part is, if you use a gift card, you may pay little to nothing for someone’s gift. Sort of a win-win, right?


Are You Crafty? Create Some Beautiful Handmade Gifts for Your Loved Ones

If you’re an avid crafter or artist, a great gift idea can be easily achieved if you consider a way to make a personalized gift for someone. A photo memory book for a long-time best friend, a unique piece of jewellery, a painting of their favorite comic book character, organic bath bombs—the list goes on. If you’re up to the task of creating a gift for someone, rather than buying one, it can save you a ton of money—plus, it’ll mean a lot to the person you’re gifting it to.


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Mickey Mouse Turns 90, Disney Celebrates in Style


As with anything done in full-fledged Disney style, Mickey Mouse’s 90th Birthday is a thing to celebrate, as well as cleverly market. ABC will be the host to a two-hour prime-time special showcasing the milestone: “Mickey’s 90th Spectacular.” To remind Disney fans where it all started, Disney is making sure the birthday is a big to-do. The special will feature dancers, drummers, indoor fireworks—you name it, they have most likely dreamed it up and made it happen for the television celebration. How else would Disney celebrate Mickey Mouse turning 90?

Who Will Perform On “Mickey’s 90th Spectacular”?

“Mickey’s 90th Spectacular” is host to performances by Josh Groban, Meghan Trainor, and K-pop group NCT 127, and more. Kristen Bell, the voice of Anna in Frozen, will also be present. Not to mention Disney Executives such as Robert A. Iger. The event won’t just stop at the TV special, though, as Disney plans to host events at their theme parks into the new year. Truly, it is marketing well played.

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The ABC special airs on Sunday, November 4. Photo Credit: Eric McCandless, ABC

Mickey Mouse Turns 90: The Beginning of a Legacy

Mickey Mouse Turns 90

1975 Disney chart of department divisions and relationships. Photo Credit: Disney

First appearing in 1928’s “Steamboat Willie,” Mickey starred in the first cartoon to include synchronized sound. Since, he has appeared in over 130 short and full-length films, ten of which were nominated for Academy Awards for Best Animated Short Film. Not only that, Mickey Mouse was the first cartoon character to be recognized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. To say that the little mouse isn’t a big deal is wholly inaccurate. The Disney parks plan to release commemorative merchandise, new, limited desserts, and at Disney World, a Mickey “street jubilee.” According to The Licensing Letter, Mickey and his animated friends bring in annual retail sales of $3.2 billion or more. And that does not include the sales at Disney Theme Parks! Don’t miss the special on ABC; check here for broadcasting information.


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Brie Larson Wants a Metroid Movie and Fans Aren’t Upset About It


Yet another star took the internet into a bit of a craze this week after showcasing her Halloween costume. Brie Larson has already had increasing success in the film world. From winning an Oscar for her performance in the movie Room to recently scoring the role of Carol Danvers in the upcoming Captain Marvel. If you’re a follower of the MCU, you’ve probably already seen the trailer. But Larson doesn’t want to stop. Fans of Metroid are already losing their minds over the photo Brie Larson shared: her Halloween costume as “Zero Suit Samus.” After a few reactions to her posts, Brie Larson expressed her desire for a Metroid movie.

Brie Larson as “Zero Suit Samus” for Halloween

Metroid’s Samus Aran is an iconic female video game character. Thanks to the Nintendo franchise, we have a female bounty hunter who battles Space Pirates and biological weapons (Metroids and Phazon, for example). So far, there have been fourteen game releases since the first Metroid release in 1986. Nintendo recognizes the Metroid franchise as one of their most successful series’ of games. Check out the original post below by @brielarson via Instagram:



So when you get an actress who has already landed a huge role like Captain Marvel and put her in a Samus suit for Halloween, fans are definitely going to go crazy. Fans have wanted to see a Metroid film adaption for years, and although it would be a large undertaking, perhaps Larson’s desire to play Samus—which she expressed via Twitter— may speed up the process. Who knows. We can only hope.

Fan Reactions: Brie Larson Wants a Metroid Movie, But How Do the Fans Feel?

Sure, there are probably some other actors out there who could pull off playing the lead in a Metroid film. I can think of a few. However, with the weight of success that Larson already has behind her, it may just be a match that could come to fruition. And to be honest, most of the fan reactions via Twitter are anything but negative. See a few of them below.


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Sad Halloween Is Over? Check Out Some of the Best Celebrity Halloween Costumes


Unfortunately, Halloween has come and gone. Now we’ve got to start looking forward to the rest of the holiday season. If you want Halloween to last all year, then the end is never welcome. But just because it’s over doesn’t mean you have to start ordering those Peppermint Bark Frappuccinos or break out that ugly Christmas sweater just yet. Want to keep the Halloween spirit going for a little while longer? Check out some of the best celebrity costumes this Halloween.

Cute Celebrity Couples

We all know that one couple that goes all out on Halloween. Often the same ideas are repeated every year and it can get a bit stale. But that works in favor for those couples who actually decide to step outside the box. These aren’t your typical vampire or Tarzan and Jane costumes. Props to the celebrities who put a bit more time and effort into crafting a costume-duo that really took the Halloween spirit to another level.

Heidi Klum and Boyfriend Tom Kaulitz as Shrek and Fiona

Heidi Klum knows how to dress to the nines, even for Halloween. She and boyfriend Tom Kaulitz hit their Halloween party at Lavo New York in elaborate Shrek and Fiona costumes.

Best Celebrity Halloween Costumes

Heidi Klum and Boyfriend Tom Kaulitz as Fiona and Shrek. Photo Credit: Evan Agostini, Invision, AP

Neil Patrick Harris and Husband David Burtka as Westley and Inigo

This one pays homage to the cult classic 1987 film The Princess Bride. Harris and Burtka were also attending Heidi Klum’s Halloween bash.

Best Celebrity Halloween Costumes

Neil Patrick Harris and husband David Burtka as iconic ‘Princess Bride’ characters. Photo Credit: Evan Agostini, Invision, AP


Bella Hadid and The Weeknd as Lydia Deetz and Beetlejuice

Maybe The Weeknd had some help with his costume from his model girlfriend, Bella Hadid. At any rate, they must’ve gotten tons of compliments from their nod to Beetlejuice.

Best Celebrity Halloween Costumes

Bella Hadid and The Weeknd team up in Beetlejuice costumes. Photo Credit: Craig Barritt, Getty Images

Joe Jonas and Fiancé Sophie Turner as Gomez and Morticia Addams

Yes, the Addams family characters usually crop up at Halloween, but Jonas and his fiancé Sophie Turner hit it pretty far out of the park. (Photo Credit @joejonas via Instagram).

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Other Celebrity Costumes That’ll Make You Wish it was Still Halloween

Emma Watson as Wonder Woman

Emma Watson usually stuns in just about anything she does. But her Wonder Woman photo may have broken the internet. (Photo Credit @EmmaWatson via Instagram).

Hoda Kotb as Elton John

Hoda isn’t the only celebrity who chose to crossplay for Halloween, but she may well have done one of the best costumes. She sported her Elton John look for the “Today” show Halloween celebration at Rockefeller Plaza.

Best Celebrity Halloween Costumes

Hoda Kotb as Elton John. Photo Credit: Charles Sykes, Invision, AP

Victoria Justice as an Ouija Board

Talk about thinking outside of the box. Victoria Justice’s costume was creepy, sultry, and unique. The star turned heads when she attended Just Jared’s 7th Annual Halloween Party in Los Angeles as a spirit board. (Photo Credit: @victoriajustice via Instagram).

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Once Again, Sofia Vergara Tops the Highest-Paid TV Actress List


Curious which TV actresses made the highest-paid list from Forbes this year? This month, Forbes released the list and it’s not too surprising based on the last 7 years. Sitting at the very top of the list, Sofia Vergara is now on her 7th year in a row as the reigning salary for actresses in TV. Yes, once again, Sofia Vergara tops the highest-paid TV actress list. According to Forbes, Vergara made $42.5 million from June 1, 2017 to June 1, 2018. How does she do it? The Modern Family star is financially savvy. It would seem that her earnings aren’t just from her role on the hit show. The $42.5 million is a combination of her TV earnings, endorsements and licensing deals. Thanks to lucrative collaborations, such as her collaboration with SharkNinja Coffee and Rooms To Go, Vergara receives nearly half of her salary from other business deals. Vergara’s manager and business partner, Luis Balaguer, told Forbes in recent years that their “attention is on the people watching Modern Family and how to appeal to them outside of the show, too…Our endorsement department is a well-oiled machine.”

Who Else Made the Highest-Paid TV Actress List?

Coming in at No. 2 is Kaley Cuoco from The Big Bang Theory. Her yearly earnings were $24.5 million. Cuoco is followed by Grey’s Anatomy actress Ellen Pompeo with a still-impressive $23.5 million. Pompeo spoke to The Hollywood Reporter back in January about her earnings: “When your face and your voice have been part of something that’s generated $3 billion for one of the biggest corporations in the world, you start to feel like, ‘OK, maybe I do deserve a piece of this.” We have to agree. 

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15 Years Later and ‘Wicked’ the Musical Is Still Going Strong


Wicked’s success came 15 years ago in the year 2003, thrilling theater-goers with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a story based on Gregory Maguire’s 1995 novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. The novel was a creative interpretation of the classic Frank L.Baum tale, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. And of course, who could forget the musical inspired by Baum’s novel, 1939’s The Wizard of Oz, starring Judy Garland as Dorothy. With such a solid foundation for a springboard, it’s no wonder that Wicked, the prequel to the original Oz story, was hugely successful and continues to be so.  

The ‘Wicked’ 15th Anniversary Special on NBC: ‘Wicked’ the Musical Is Still Going Strong

If it wasn’t obvious enough that Wicked is still an impactful Broadway musical, the Halloween special on NBC is a telling indication. The special premieres on Monday, October 29 at 10 p.m. Don’t miss A Very Wicked Halloween: Celebrating 15 Years of Wicked if you’d like to join in the anniversary celebration. Who will host the special? The two original stars of the Broadway hit, Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel. Can it get any better? The show will also be host to performances by Chenoweth, Menzel, and other stars.

What Do Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel Have to Say About ‘Wicked’ 15 Years Later?

The two Broadway actresses are not at all surprised at Wicked’s success, even after so much time has passed. Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel sat down for an interview with E! News recently to discuss the success of Wicked. “The themes are love and friendship and forgiveness and that’s what we look for in life,” Chenoweth said of the musical. “Sometimes it’s hardest to have forgiveness and love and all those themes with people you love the most, and I think that’s what Wicked does so well.”

Menzel gave her own thoughts on Wicked, stating, “It’s always been a powerful piece about two female characters at the center, at the heart of it, which was always really great and unique to begin with, which is even more relevant today. Even more important.”

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How the New ‘Charmed’ Modernizes Fashion


If you watched the original ‘Charmed’ series, you know that the magic wasn’t the only thing to watch it for. The ‘90s through the early 2000s had their own charm when it came to fashion, and the three sisters embodied that. However, it’s totally ridiculous at times to assume that these women would run around fighting demons and warlocks in heels, right? The new reboot of the beloved show is still keeping it fashionable, but within more reasonable boundaries. The costume designer on the CW’s update of Charmed is Mandi Lane. She worked on the original series but didn’t design the costumes. But now that she’s in charge, she says she’s “gonna take this and run with it.”

Charming Viewers With Costuming: How the New ‘Charmed’ Modernizes Fashion

Lane’s approach is a more subtle one, in line with some of the fashion trends we see today. Instead of seeing cloaks or witch hats, or totally inconvenient wardrobe choices, she likes to include “elements…[from] their past…in accessories…in necklaces.” She says of the costumes: “I think they’re more empowered, they’re a little more serious, these costumes. They’re very character-oriented. I love the original sexy costumes, but I think this day and age, you can say sexy in so many different ways, too.”


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Jamie Lee Curtis On the Reprisal of ‘Halloween’: Fans ‘Love It’


In the year 1978, Jamie Lee Curtis played Laurie Strode in the original Halloween horror flick. Now, in 2018, Michael Myers is back again, after various sequels. But this one is different. It picks up where the original 1978 film left off. The new reprisal of ‘Halloween’ premiered on Wednesday, October 17, in Hollywood. The actress told Us Weekly that viewers will “go a little bonkers. They love it. They love it, they love it, they love it!” Curtis’s character Laurie was first seen in ‘78 as a high school student, who notices Michael Myers stalking her on Halloween. We all know what happens next. Curtis has made three previous appearances in the Halloween series, with the new release marking her fourth.

Jamie Lee Curtis on the Reprisal of ‘Halloween’ and Her Character Laurie After Forty Years

Jamie Lee Curtis also spoke to Us Weekly about the impact of 40 years passing and how it has shaped her character in 2018. She told the publication, “I think she’s a victim. I think she’s a victim of terrible trauma. I think she’s a victim of horrific violence perpetrated on her by a stranger, a madman, 40 years ago…It has ruined her life, it’s branded her. I think we have to see how much pain she’s in before you can take pleasure in her preparation for taking back the power.” The newest Halloween film is in theaters now, so go catch a glimpse of Michael Myers on the big screen and see if Curtis was right. “Go a little bonkers.”

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Is Michael Bublé Retiring From Music? Not a Chance


Is Michael Bublé retiring from music? The answer is no. Amidst recent rumors that Michael Bublé was leaving the music biz for good, Michael Bublé’s rep told Us Weekly that the pop singer “is not going anywhere.” This occurred just hours after rumors began to swirl, thanks to an interview with Bublé from Daily Mail. The 43-year-old singer was only joking when he said that it was his “last interview.” Apparently, he has a lot of faith in the success of his new album, Love, which drops on November 16. Bublé joked with Daily Mail, “I’m retiring from the business. I’ve made the perfect record and now I can leave at the very top.”

Bublé’s Rep Assures the Press: “He is Absolutely Not Retiring”

According to Us Weekly, Bublé’s rep claims that the Canadian singer was “talking about the emotions he was feeling during his son’s illness.” Bublé and his wife, Luisana Lopilato, faced a devastating diagnosis two years ago: their son Noah had liver cancer. The crooner has been very open with the press about the emotional process. Bublé admitted to Australia’s Today: “It sucks and it still sucks. What we went through is the worst possible thing you can go through as a parent and maybe as a human being.” Although Bublé and his wife, Luisana Lopilato, are struggling, they remain positive, especially with the help of supportive people. “Some days when we wished we didn’t wake up, when we did, we felt the love of those people…It gave us faith in humanity.”


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Fan Reactions to Josh Radnor’s ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Debut


The ABC medical drama Grey’s Anatomy premiered its fifteenth season at the end of September. Fans are already giving mixed reactions. One of the most recent? Josh Radnor’s ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ debut. Apparently, fans are divided on the idea of Josh Radnor as the new love interest for Meredith. Nonetheless, Meredith Grey’s latest attempt at dating was a blind date with John, played by Radnor, who is perhaps best known for his previous role on How I Met Your Mother. People confirmed that Radnor would be joining the cast prior to the episode’s airdate

Mixed Opinions on Josh Radnor’s ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Debut

Maybe it’s just the idea of Meredith getting back into the dating game. Maybe it’s comparison to Patrick Dempsey. Either way, it seems as though the widowed mother of three will indeed be dating this season. In last Thursday’s episode, Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) seems to hit it off with John (Josh Radnor) until he makes a comment about single mothers. Is that the end of that? Possibly. At any rate, it seems like many viewers are hoping that the romance with Radnor’s character is a no-go. But then again, there are some fans who are all for it and some who simply don’t know how to feel. Obviously, we won’t know what’s happening until the season progresses. Although there is a lot of noise around this subject, Radnor’s reappearance is not confirmed.  Is anyone else team Radnor out there? Take a look at some fan reactions via Twitter below.


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‘A Star is Born’ Merch: Tee Shirt Plus Soundtrack Now Available


A Star is Born came to theaters last weekend, and if you’re already obsessed, you’ve probably thought of picking up some merch to celebrate the film. Fans already got the satisfaction of a soundtrack release, but if you’re looking for something you can wear to tote your love for the movie, fear not. The movie’s website is now selling tee shirts! Lady Gaga took to Twitter last Sunday to announce that ‘A Star is Born’ merch is now available for purchase.

‘A Star is Born’ Merch Plus a Digital Download of the Soundtrack

A purchase of one of the A Star is Born shirts comes with a digital copy of the movie’s soundtrack, all for $35.  Pick one of the shirts up from the movie’s website here. Glamour, in an article promoting the release of the merch, admitted that there is about a “four to five” week wait for the shirts. But don’t fret! You can listen to the soundtrack or go hit the theaters to experience Ally and Jackson Maine again. If you haven’t caught the movie yet, go see the Bradley Cooper directed flick while you can on the big screen. A Star is Born features Lady Gaga as Ally, a struggling artist, and Bradley Cooper as musician Jackson Maine. This musical romantic drama is not one that you want to miss.

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Disney’s ‘Lilo & Stitch’ Is Being Remade Into a Live-Action Film


You may have heard about Disney’s Aladdin live-action remake, but what about Lilo & Stitch? That’s right, this week brought the announcement from The Hollywood Reporter. A ‘Lilo & Stitch’ live-action remake is a go. The producers, Dan Lin and Jonathan Elrich, are already hard at work on Disney’s live-action Aladdin project. Although 2002’s Lilo & Stitch couldn’t compete with today’s box-office numbers, the film has become one of Disney’s beloved animated classics. So a live-action/CG hybrid of the lonely Lilo and cute blue alien? Why not!

Is the ‘Lilo & Stitch’ Live-Action Set For a Theatrical Release?

The Hollywood Reporter is unsure of the studio’s intentions for the new remake. The live-action ‘Lilo & Stitch’ could either be released on the big screen or Disney’s new streaming platform, which will launch in 2019. Lilo & Stitch isn’t alone on Disney’s list of live-action remakes. One of the many animated classics to be reworked into a live-action film, the new Lilo & Stitch project may hope to garner similar success as its predecessors. For instance, Disney’s live-action remakes of The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast. Before we see Lilo & Stitch, forthcoming Disney live-action remakes of Dumbo, The Lion King and Aladdin will hit the silver screen.  Disney also has some animated films forthcoming, such as the anticipated Toy Story 4.


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