Sylvie’s Love: Film Review

Sylvie's Love

I am a huge fan of Tessa Thompson and after watching her in supporting roles in big-budget projects like Westworld, Creed, and Thor: Ragnarok, it was a joy to see her as a leading lady in a romance drama.

The movie begins in the late ’50s in New York City, when Robert (Nnamdi Asomugha), a talented saxophonist in an up-and-coming jazz band, applies for a job at a record store in Harlem run by Sylvie’s father. Despite being engaged to Lacy Parker (Alano Miller), Sylvie cannot resist Robert, but their summer romance is forced to come to an end after he gets offered a job in Paris. Five years later, the duo reconnects over a chance encounter and realise their feelings haven’t gone away.

Sylvie’s Love feels classic and old-fashioned, like romance movies back in the day, and films like that hardly ever get made anymore, let alone with Black leads. It sounds like a simple thing to say but it was so lovely to watch. This film takes us on the journey of Sylvie and Robert’s relationship over several years and you get invested in them as a couple as well as individuals with their own professional problems. I particularly cared about Sylvie’s struggle to become a TV producer although she has no experience and her determination to live her own dreams rather than give up her job to take care of her responsibilities as a wife.

Thompson is charming and captivating and looked stunning in Sylvie’s expensive clothes. She had believable chemistry with Asomugha, who impressed me (I have never seen act before). I also enjoyed Aja Naomi King as Sylvie’s fun cousin Mona, Ryan Michelle Bathe as her fearless and kind boss Kate, Jemima Kirke as The Countess, the manager of Robert’s band, Eva Longoria as Carmen, who does a fabulous song and dance number, and Wendi McLendon-Covey as TV chef Lucy.

The film is a touch too long, completely predictable and perhaps too simplistic for some but I was invested in Sylvie and Robert’s journey and loved watching how their lives panned out over the years.

Available on Amazon Prime Video now

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Dora and the Lost City of Gold: Film Review

I have never seen Dora the Explorer and I had to laugh when a live-action film adaptation was announced – another animation jumping on the live-action bandwagon – but I have to put my hands up and admit Dora and the Lost City of Gold has been done really well and is the perfect adventure movie for young children.

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Golden Globes 2016: Best & Worst Dressed

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Now I love me some fashion, and after a sad day like today I need to distract myself by looking through the red carpet outfits from the 2016 Golden Globes Sunday night.

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Big Pics: Miley Cyrus, Cheryl Cole & Jennifer Lawrence

Lea Michele


Lea captured her cat having a little snuggle. How cute!

Cheryl Cole


Cheryl looked stunning as she arrived in Cannes. She was there as part of her role as L’Oreal ambassador, as was Eva- who looked amazing too!


Mean Girls


Cheeky! You may recognise this guy as Jonathon Bennett, who played Aaron Samuels in Mean Girls. He is telling Lindsay to go to jail. OH, BURRRRRN!

Miley Cyrus


Miley seemed to have a crazy late-night session of trying on wigs! She seemed to be loving her activity, tweeting: “2 am Wig FUN” and “Why am I up at 3 wearing my @NICKIMINAJ wig loving life”. More to the point, why does she own a Nicki Minaj wig in the first place?! She looks crazy!


The Hunger Games


How stunning does Jennifer Lawrence look here with Liam Hemsworth and Sam Claflin?! I love her hair! The trio were promoting Catching Fire at the Cannes Film Festival. Check out JLaw at the afterparty.



Big Pics: Olivia Wilde, Ellie Goulding & Selena Gomez

Olivia Wilde


Here is the first glimpse of Olivia’s engagement ring. She confirmed her engagement to Jason Sudeikis yesterday on Twitter- apparently he popped the question over the Christmas holidays. The ring looks big but I can’t tell what it’s made out of. I’ll have to wait for a close-up picture.

Ellie Goulding


Here is Ellie going in for a kiss with new boyfriend (not confirmed, but one can only assume) War Horse actor Jeremy Irvine. The pair were seen holding hands while ice skating before Christmas too. She hasn’t been apart from her ex Skrillex for that long!

Julianne Hough


Look how many people it takes to get Julianne red carpet ready! Geeeez! I didn’t realise it was such an operation. Despite all that, Julianne ended up splitting her after-party dress from dancing too much.


Eva Longoria & Hayden Panettiere


The girls were making the most of the food and drink on offer. Girls after my own heart! What I love about these kinds of events is that you discover friendships between stars that you never knew about before. Like these guys!

Emma Roberts


I just had to bring this god-awful dress to your attention. It is so horrible! Emma usually does better than this. Here she is at an after-party with her boyfriend Evan Peters.

Selena Gomez


Selena looked stunning in this gold dress. She attended  the Weinstein after-party with bestie Vanessa Hudgens. In this picture, they were with Heidi Klum but below you will see them with good pals Ashley Tisdale and Sarah Hyland.



Top News: Anna Paquin, Eva Longoria and Charlize Theron

Besides the obvious Tom and Katie divorce and Adele pregnancy stories, here are other interesting stories from the past few days.

1. True Blood stars Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer are expecting twins. The couple haven’t confirmed the news themselves but their co-star Sam Trammell spilt the beans.

He said to US Weekly,”I’m so excited for them. We sent them a special gift. It’s so interesting that True Blood has become, like, the ‘twins’ show.”

Definitely gave the game away there! A rep for Paquin declined to comment so I’m sure it’s true. Congrats! Moyer has two children from a previous relationship.

2. It has been confirmed that Eva Longoria has split with her boyfriend Eduardo Cruz. Eduardo, Penelope Cruz’s younger brother, started dating Eva in January 2011 after her marriage to Tony Parker ended in divorce. The pair had split once before earlier this year but got back together. It would seem that this is the end though as Cruz’s rep confirmed the news.

3. We finally have a pic of Charlize Theron’s hair! She’s been keeping her super short, brunette hair undercover for the past few weeks but she was finally caught without a hat! Luckily for Charlize, the hairdo is only for a role and she can go back to her gorgeous golden locks afterwards.

4. Saturdays singer Una Healy will be getting married to her rugby star fiance Ben Foden today in her hometown of Thurles in Ireland. The pair were spotted at a country church for the wedding rehearsal yesterday. The rest of The Saturdays will be there- Vanessa, Rochelle, Mollie and Frankie- plus the JLS boys, Zara Phillips and Una and Ben’s five-month-old daughter Aoife.


5. And to finish off…the cutest picture of the week! Here is actress Hilary Duff with her little boy Luca on his first holiday to Mexico. He looks adorable and she looks like such a good mum!


News Round-Up: Bieber, Elton John, Rihanna & Glee

1. Elton John has revealed that he had a mild case of pnuemonia last week, which is why he had to go to hospital and pull out of his Las Vegas shows. Elton revealed that he is doing fine and is looking forward to being part of the Jubilee concert on Monday. He was in London last night to celebrate seven years of Billy Elliot: The Musical, which he wrote the music for.


2. Rumours are rife that Mary-Kate Olsen is dating the Nicolas Sarkozy’s half-brother Olivier. It is quite a surprising relationship given that the fashion designer is 25 and Olivier is 42. I didn’t believe this one to be honest but now pictures have surfaced showing the pair looking cosy at New York Knicks game in Madison Square Garden. The pictures were taken in April which suggest that they have been dating for longer than we initially thought.


2. Yet some more bad news for Justin Bieber- his concert in Oslo, Norway turned into chaos when fans stampeded to the venue to pick up some free tickets on offer. 51 people are said to be injured and 14 were taken to hospital with injuries after the mob just went crazy trying to see their teen idol. Fans even attempted chasing Bieber down when he left the concert- via boat. Justin even issued a warning to his fans telling them to listen to the police.

His manager, Scooter Braun, tweeted; “The streets are filled…the bridges are closed. It is out of control. We may have to start the show early or they will cancel…Working very hard with the authorities 2 make sure the show happens.”

A full inquiry into the event organisation is taking place to see how this managed to happen.

3. Eva Longoria has revealed that she is godmother to the latest Beckham sprog, Harper Seven. She told The Daily Mirror that she was so thrilled because Harper “is simply adorable”. Harper’s christening will be held in Hertfordshire later this year. It is thought the Ramsays might become the other godparents.

4. Lea Michele has revealed that Sarah Jessica Parker and Kate Hudson will be guest star in the upcoming series of Glee. She told that; “She’s (her character Rachel) in New York now going to college, and I’m going to be working a lot with Kate Hudson next year, which I’m excited about.”

5. Not even a week after she released topless pictures of herself to promote her new fragrance, Nude, Rihanna is topless again. This time the pop star is posing for Esquire UK magazine. Not all of the pictures are topless but they are all pretty sexual.

Big Pics: Chris Hemsworth, Lea & Cory and Jason Biggs

1. Check out the bundle of joy in Chris Hemsworth’s arms! He stepped out in London yesterday with baby daughter India and wife Elsa Pataky. It’s crazy to think there is a tiny child in those blankets! I have to say, Elsa looks amazing! You would never know she has just had a baby!

2. After officially showing off their romance at the FOX Upfront event in New York this week, Glee co-stars Lea Michele and Cory Monteith are no longer holding back their public displays of affection anymore. Just see how cute they are together! And believe me when I say that there are LOADS more pictures like these (and in such a short space of time too). They are so clearly loved up!

3. Is this is longest train ever?! I bet Eva Longoria is regretting her outfit choice at the Cannes Film Festival. The Desperate Housewives actress was presenting at the festival’s opening ceremony and that dress must have been so inconvenient. She even had an assistant helped her with it! I don’t think I would bother!

4. American Pie star Jason Biggs posted a picture to Twitter impersonating the controversial Time magazine cover of a lady breastfeeding her four-year-old son. Jason assumed the role of the son while “sucking” on his wife’s breast. The proper Time cover is underneath.