Casting The Night Circus

I read The Night Circus around Christmas time and now my mom is reading it. I loved it and my mom is finally getting into it and really liking it.

We got to talking about how it would make such a great movie (Summit Entertainment has bought the!).  All of the fabulous effects and tricks and eccentric characters would be amazing on screen.  Oh and the actors that could play these parts!  These characters require some amazing talent to portray them.  Here's what I came up with; what do you think?

Celia Bowen
played by Carey Mulligan
I went through several casting choices for Celia. Emma Watson, Emily Blunt, Amanda Seyfried.  I think I like Carey Mulligan  the best. She was amazing in An Education and it was that role that made me decide to cast her as Celia Bowen.

Hector Bowen ~ Prospero the Enchanter
played by Johnny Depp
My mom and I immediately felt that Johnny Depp was the right actor to play Hector.
Hector is a crazy, disheveled man and Johnny Depp was it!

Marco Alisdair
played by Aaron Tveit
Marco was tough for me to cast.  He needed to be around the same age as Celia, but there's also Isobel who was a romantic interest as well.  I almost cast Jim Sturgess, but then I remembered Aaron from Les Miserables and how fantastic he was. He's my Marco!

Chandresh Christophe Lefevre
played by Ralp Fiennes
Chandresh needed to be played by someone refined and I couldn't think of a better guy than Ralph!

Isobel Martin ~ The Fortune Teller
played by Emily Blunt
I really wanted her in the movie and she's so beautiful! She'd make a great Isobel.

Tara Burgess
played by Cate Blanchett
Tara's character goes a little nutty right before she steps in front of that train.  If Blue Jasmine taught me anything, it's that Cate Blanchett is amazing and plays "nutty" pretty darn well!

Lainie Burgess
played by Kate Winslet
Lainie and Tara are sisters. They need to look like sisters and be around the same age. Why not another Kate?  Lainie's character is the love interested to Ethan Barris, the architect, so I need two people who could do that. Kate, for me, was the best choice.

Tsukiko ~ The Contortionist
played by Li Gong
I wanted a beautiful asian actress to play the role of Tsukiko. My mind went immediately to Memoirs of a Geisha and Li Gong. 

Herr Friedrick Thiessen ~ The Clock Maker
played by Geoffrey Rush
I pictured the clock maker a bit older and I think Geoffrey Rush is just fabulous. He can really play anything handed to him.

Tante Padva ~ The Costume Designer
played by Helena Bonham Carter
To be a costume designer, you have to be a bit quirky. Who better than Helena?

Ethan Barris ~ The Architect
played by Colin Firth
Ethan Barris is romantically linked to Lainie Burgess, so he needed to be a match for her.  He also works very closely with Celia on the circus and I wanted him to feel approachable and someone she could trust. Isn't this a face you can trust? Love me some Colin Firth!

That's my cast! What do you think? Would you make different casting choices? Tell me who you would cast?

Linking up with Lipgloss and Crayons & Still Being Molly for Funday Monday!

My Game Plan - Week 2

If you remember, last Saturday I posted a Game Plan for my week.
This week's Game Plan needs to be better than last week's.  My Saturday was good. I definitely had a lovely day to myself.  I enjoyed my walk around Arlington Cemetery.  I only made it to the gym 2 other days (aimed for 5).  Although, I did lose 1.6 pounds.  I am caught up in my journal and I finished Allegiant (finally).  Brunch with my long lost pal, Liz, was wonderful.  She's my sorority big sister and it had been almost 10 years since we'd seen each other.  Liz hasn't changed a bit.  Well, except for the fact that she's married with 2 kids now.  But she's still as sweet and kind as ever.
Okay, let's see what's in store for this week!

Sunday, March 30th
pancakes for breakfast :)
National American History Museum
maybe a movie ~ I really want to see The Grand Budapest Hotel

Monday, March 31st
a full day at work
I have an appointment with a client for a tasting for their wedding reception
no gym today

Tuesday, April 1st
gym after work - strength training

Wednesday, April 2nd
another full day at work
meeting with friends - work related
no gym

Thursday, April 3rd
gym after work - cardio

Friday, April 4th
*pay day*
gym after work - cardio

Saturday, April 5th
(: no plans..what's up guys? :)
i weigh today
hittin' the gym  for some strength training
i do need to get groceries...a lot of them too!

What do you have planned for your week?  Hope it's a great one!

I Love Friday

I'm so glad it's Friday. How was your week? Did you do awesome things?

On Monday I decided to take a walk around the block. I'd been sitting all day and needed to get up and get some fresh air.  It's actually pretty cool walking around D.C.  I tried taking streets I'd never been up before.  I saw this on the side walk.
It put a smile on my face :)

Man, I love having cable! I got to watch the Reunion for my Beverly Hills Housewives.
I love Lisa and Kyle the best.  Carlton, Joyce and Kim are crazy and nutzo. Brandi drives me crazy!
So much fun!

Well, we got snow again on Tuesday.  At least it wasn't too bad.  It was nothin' really.  Gone by Wednesday. This city is really pretty in snow.

I have a free pass to Sport & Health right now and with that came a free session with a personal trainer.
We did more talking than exercising, but what we did do on the floor I am still feeling today! Boy am I sore!
He showed me some good core exercises and back exercises.  I have trouble with my knees, so he showed me some things I can do to help strengthen them

Last night I assisted with a client event at one of our newly renovated hotels ~ The George.
We brought in George Washington from the Washington Nationals to hang out with us! This guy was super popular and when he was outside with Valet he was literally stopping traffic!  The event was a great success and The George looks beautiful. 
Check out the hotel ~ 

I'm linking up with Lauren Elizabeth for this High Five For Friday
The Diary of a Real Housewife for Friday Favorites

Book vs. Movie

book by Veronica Roth
screenplay by Evan Daugherty & Vanessa Taylor

I talked about the fashion sense of Divergent yesterday and today I'm going to talk about the actual substance of it all ~ Book & Movie.  Let's start with the Book first.

Summary Without Spoilers
In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.  During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made.  Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

My Thoughts

The Cover: It definitely caught my eye.  The big fire eye and the city in the background with the dark sky was very intriguing to me. I will admit that I do judge books by their cover.  Who doesn't, really?  Plus, it's blue and that is one of my favorite colors.  I tend to be drawn to pink, blue, green, red, purple books...well, pretty much any color but black.  My book shelves at home are very colorful.

The Premise: Very cool!  The idea of Factions, to me, was similar to different levels of the class system.  Knowing that it was set in the future definitely interested me, because I like to see how an author portrays that. I seem to be really into futuristic story lines and post-apocalyptic worlds as well. 

The Characters: I really connected with Tris, the main character.  She has to choose between her family and herself.  That can't be an easy decision to make.  I felt like I was going through this journey with her. I love it when I'm that emotionally committed to a character like that.  Four, Tris's love interest, was hard for me to like at first. He's so closed off and rude in the beginning that I really didn't like him.  Her friends and family I liked and then the characters you're not supposed like I didn't like. Haha!  I really got committed to the characters and I'm in the third book right now and am still holding strong with Tris. 

The World: This is a world I definitely would not want to live in.  It's set in the future, but we don't know exactly when. It takes place in Chicago; or at least what used to be Chicago.  I've been to Chicago and even lived there as a child and loved it.  This version of Chicago, no thanks!  The world of the Faction that Tris chooses is underground and all stone. That's just weird to me.  There are abandoned buildings everywhere and it just feels so empty.

The Love Story: I expected it, simply because I had seen previews for the movie. I like Tris and Four together, but they annoy the heck out of me all the time.  They fight all the time and it's almost like, why are they together?!?! Now, there are some pretty hot scenes between them in the first book. All they do is makeout, but it's super hot!

Overall Thoughts of the Book: 

I'm giving it 4 stars.  I was pulled into the story right away and I read it in just over a week.  We're talking about a 500 page book here.  I thought it was fantastic. I went to the store and bought Insurgent and Allegiant the very next day. If you like Young Adult novels, futuristic story lines, and survival stories, then I definitely think you'll like Divergent.

Now let's talk about the Movie.

My Thoughts

The Movie Poster: It's super cool!  It makes them look like Super Heroes. I'm sort of kidding.  I do like the background of the city and the sky. It definitely gives you an idea of what kind of condition they are living in before you see the movie.

The Characters: I thought the movie was very well cast.  Shailene Woodley was great as Tris.  I felt connected to her character and to me that's one of the most important parts.  I didn't like Theo James at first, but once we really got into the movie I can see why they cast him and not someone like Liam Hemsworth or Chris Evans.  Although, I think Liam would have done a great job as Four, but he's got that whole Hunger Games thing going.  As good as Shailene and Theo were, I think the character of Eric was cast the best.
Jai Courtney is PERFECT as Eric.  I don't think there could have been anyone else that played that role. Kate Winslet did a good job too..I love her!

The World: I think the way they portrayed the city and the world in which they live was pretty on the mark.  I think the way I imagined it while reading the book matched pretty well what I saw on screen.  Again, it might be because I'd seen previews for the movie too.  There were a couple things that were different from what I imagined and I liked my imagination better on these. The Abnegation sector was totally different from what I imagined. I pictured it more as a regular neighborhood, but in the movie the homes were more stone and Flinstoney.  The Dauntless sector was grey stone and the Pit definitely wasn't what I imagined while reading the book.  I pictured it much larger and more of a red clay colored stone.  In the book (my head) the Chasm was waaaay bigger and seem more dangerous than the way it was depicted in the movie.  The other thing was the Pit.  In the book I thought the Pit was the social location of things, but in the movie it's also where they trained.  Thinking back to the book I wonder if they trained in the Pit, but I can't remember.  I definitely pictured it more separated while I was reading it.

The Love Story: ANNOYING! Even more annoying than in the book.  Four isn't nice to her at all in the beginning. There's one scene where Tris says something to him and he resonds, "What makes you think you can talk to me?" I'm pretty sure he never said that to her in the book.  I felt like the only reason she was interested in him was because he's kinda hot and the only reason he was interested in her was because she's Divergent.  They came together way too easily.  However, when they do get together they're super cute.

Overall Thoughts of the Movie
I think that if I hadn't read the book I would have like it a lot more.  It was good, but they changed a few things and totally changed part of the ending.  They left a character out that is critical to the rest of the series.  There are these simulations in several parts of the story that, I think, are very important.  The simulations are super shortened and I thought it took away from showing what Tris is capable of and what her fears are.
For the most part it was pretty close to the book and I understand that you can't put every single detail from a book into a movie. I get that.
So, if you haven't read the book, then I think you'll really like the movie.

Divergent Style

Have you heard of this movie and book called Divergent?

If you haven't, then you're living under a rock!
heehee...just kidding!

But seriously Divergent is all the rage right now.  The book series is super hot and the movie brought in $56 million it's first weekend. I think the best part about all of it is some of the fashion possibilities.  There are 5 Factions and each has their own color.  I took a Divergent quiz and if I were to be put in one of the five factions I would be in Amity.  I like the color red, so I'm good there.  I always thought I'd be Erudite. I would love to sit around and read books all day. Based on the outfits below I'm kinda liking Candor.

I searched on Pinterest and found pages and pages of fashion, style, tattoos, jewelry, hair, etc . . . it could go on. Out of the several pages I picked some of my favs. The links will take you right to the Pinner's Pinterest page. Take a look. What faction would you fit into?

Hippy...not my thing.

Okay, I love the skirt, shirt, shoes and glasses.

Love the dress!

If I'm going to wear gray, at least this is a cute outfit.

Not sure if I could pull off the leather pants, but this outfit is hot!

Linking up with Because Shanna Said So for Random Wednesday
 The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday

Like A Tourist: Arlington Cemetery

In 7th grade we took a class trip to Washington, DC.  I was 12 years old.  Here's a pic of my 7th grade class in front of the White House.  Can you find me?

 This past weekend hit 72 degrees outside.  Boy, am I glad I got to experience the beautiful weather, because it's supposed to snow today.  I just want spring to come and stay!!!!!  Don't we all?  Anywho... If you read yesterday's post, then you know all about my D.C. Bucket List.  Saturday I got to cross something off of my list ~ the Arlington Cemetery & Changing of the Guard.  On my 7th grade trip I remember standing around during the Changing of the Guard, but that's about it.  Let me tell you, seeing it as an adult was a totally enlightening experience.  It is amazingly beautiful, peaceful, and humbling.  I didn't realize just how large the cemetery is.  It's really hard to believe so many people served our country.  Of course I know that there are millions of people who have served and do serve today, but to see the stones of those whom has passed was breathtaking.  There were some really cool names and crazy dates from the 1800's.  Take a look at some of the pictures that I took while walking around Arlington Cemetery.

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Changing of the Guard

Inspection of the next Guard

The view from Arlington House was amazing!

I love that you can see this fantastic view of the Lincoln Memorial from here.  It's my favorite presidential monument.

JFK and Family's Grave Site
~ You can see EVERYTHING from this POV ~
Lincoln Memorial | Washington Monument
The Capitol | The Jefferson Memorial

I was at Arlington Cemetery for almost 2 hours.  I could have been there longer. I'm not sure if I even covered half of the area.  I could definitely go back on a another beautiful day.  Can you even imagine what this place must look like in Spring/Summer's full bloom? With the Cherry Blossoms?  What will I do this weekend? Come back next Tuesday to find out!

I'm linking up with Glossy Blonde & Karly Kim for Totally Posted Tuesday!