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Mom of 4 Gets the Ultimate Cookie Bouquet Fail: ‘It Is Really Hard to Look At’

Mom of 4 Gets the Ultimate Cookie Bouquet Fail: ‘It Is Really Hard to Look At’
Caryn Beaver was not expecting the gift she received on Mother’s Day.

The Orlando, Fla., mom of four had been excitedly looking forward to the holiday as she does every year: “That is probably my most important holiday — more important than my birthday. It was a choice I made, to be a mom.”

This year, her own mom, Margaret, gifted Beaver and her sister-in-law with identical cookie bouquets from Cookies by Design in Orlando — but the two bouquets had one key difference.

“My mom typed the same message online for both cards: ‘You are a terrific mom!'” says Beaver,
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Celebrating Irishness at the Movies

And look at that, not a leprechaun in sight.

For a relatively small island with a tiny film industry, Ireland certainly gets a lot of representation in movies — sometimes via other places masquerading as Ireland, other times by representing other places (the beach landing scene in Saving Private Ryan was shot in Wexford, for example) or worlds (Ahch-To in The Force Awakens), and occasionally it even gets to play itself. The island also exports a rather impressive number of cinematic talents considering the fact that, though every third or forth person you meet on the street in, say, Boston or Chicago (a lot of places, really) will claim Irish heritage, the Republic of Ireland has a population of slightly less than 4.6 million and Northern Ireland slightly more than 1.8 million, bringing the island to a total of only around 6.4 million. In other words, still around 2 million less than before the Famine, over
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The film critics who turned to filmmaking

From the Pudsey The Dog movie to Joe Cornish and Roger Ebert, what happens when critics make films themselves?

Arts critics tend to get a rough time of it in the movies. Even looking at this year's awards season hopefuls, Birdman casts a wonderfully scabrous Lindsay Duncan as a theatre critic who is determined to kill the hero's play, and Mr. Turner presents John Ruskin as a lisping, pretentious fop, a representation that has led some to take mild umbrage.

To look even further back, at Ratatouille's sneering Anton Ego, or Lady In The Water's film-savvy 'straw critic', or Theatre Of Blood's gleefully murderous tract, there's not a whole lot of love for critics in film. Any of this might give way to the preconception that critics, especially film critics, don't actually like films and that they're out of touch with both the filmmakers whose works they
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Oscar-Nominated Actress Joyce Redman Dies

Actress Joyce Redman, Oscar nominated for both Tom Jones and Othello, died in Kent, England, earlier today. The Newcastle-born Redman, who was either 93 or 96, had been suffering from pneumonia. Film lovers will remember her as Tom Jones‘ Mrs. Waters, stealing the movie while “sexting” — as in, sex while eating — Albert Finney. Mostly a stage and television performer, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art-trained Redman appeared in only a handful of movies. Yet, her brief film career was notable because of her two Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nominations. In fact, Redman brought "Oscar luck" to her movies and fellow players: Best Picture Oscar winner Tom Jones (1963) earned five nominations in the acting categories (Joyce Redman, Albert Finney, Diane Cilento, Dame Edith Evans, Hugh Griffith), while the filmed version of Britain’s National Theatre presentation of Othello (1965) earned four (Joyce Redman as Emilia, Laurence Olivier, Maggie Smith, Frank Finlay). Regarding the nominations for the Othello actors,
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BBC Philharmonic Great Film Scores

There is a perception that media-types who live in the South of England tend to be rather London-centric, and while I’m loathed to conform to a stereotype, it’s sort of true. Most of the films made in the UK are shot in or around the capital, and most press screenings, junkets and events take place in the city. Consequently, for those of us who live nearby, there’s rarely any reason to venture outside of the M25, and it takes something very special to get us to even consider doing so.

Which is why I was somewhat surprised to find myself agreeing to accompany my friend, and partner in red carpet-shenanigans, Kelly Alyse on a day trip to Manchester to watch the live recording of a radio show I very rarely listen to. And yet, it really was something rather special.

The show in question was Simon Mayo
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Meet Harry Potter Hottie Freddie Stroma

Step aside, Robert Pattinson! British newcomer Freddie Stroma is turning heads and causing heart palpitations as the scene-stealing Gryffindor wizard Cormac McLaggen. "The scene I love the most is when I am slowly licking my fingers and looking at Hermione," says the 22-year-old Stroma, who attempts to woo Emma Watson's character Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. "I've not done that to a girl that I've fancied. It's just so disgusting!" Enjoying a magical reception as Hogwarts' newest hottie, Stroma opens up to People about his passion for acting and his love life. Born in London
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