Movie Review: ‘Call Me By Your Name’

By Rachel Sparks

Call Me By Your Name is a coming-of-age story set in 1983 in Italy. It follows the budding romance of Elio (Timothée Chalamet) and Oliver (Armie Hammer). The twists: Oliver is Elio’s research assistant, Judaism, and homosexuality. Armie Hammer has been in notable films, such as Nocturnal Animals, The Birth of a Nation, and Entourage. Timothée Chalamet has been in both TV (Law and Order) and movies (Interstellar). The film is packed with tension, drama, and faith.

This movie is filled with budding relationship advice!

Should you see it: 

If you loved the anticipation of an impactful ending like Interstellar, Call Me By Your Name will take you down a winding storyline. The challenges of forbidden romance create anticipation and hope.

Who to take: This is a romance story at its core, so find someone who loves matters of the heart. No matter their sexual orientation, the story of two people fighting for love against all odds will appeal to any friend. If your significant other is down for a love story, then it will be well worth the watch for a date night.

Cupid’s Advice:

Coming out to friends and family is one of the most terrifying things anyone could do. Admitting this to yourself is even more challenging. Whether it’s you or someone you care about, Cupid has relationship advice for this new territory:

1. Don’t de-individualize: A lot of people are far more accepting of homosexuality than ever before, but that doesn’t mean it’s any easier to admit a new aspect of someone’s identity. But be careful, if someone you care about tells you they’re homosexual, don’t say, “I love all gay people!” As supportive as that may sound, no group of people is ever exactly the same, and by clumping your friend into a group shows you lack knowledge about their new identity.

Related Link: Celebrity Interview: Blake Cooper Griffin Gives Relationship Advice & Says, “Don’t Be Reckless with Other People’s Hearts”

2. Go shopping: One of the best parts of changing your identity is creating a new wardrobe! Embrace your friend’s identity by taking them out for a shopping trip. It will help them feel more confident and show your support.

Related Link: Hollywood’s Gay Power Couples

3. Take them out on the town: Your friend hasn’t changed; they still love going out with you. Show more support for them by taking them out to a club that caters to their needs and play their wingman (or woman). Plus, you’ll both just have a great time dancing and looking good!

Are you adding this emotionally0challenging movie to your must-watch list? What does this make you think about people who may be coming out in your own life? Share any advice you have below!

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Celebrity Wedding: Justin Timberlake Pens Wife Jessica Biel a Love Letter for 5th Anniversary

Cupid's Pulse Article: Celebrity Wedding: Justin Timberlake Pens Wife Jessica Biel a Love Letter for 5th Anniversary

Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake. Photo: GG/FameFlyNet

By Rachel Sparks

Amidst all of the chaos in our lives, what’s more inspiring than the love letter between celebrity couple Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel? Marking five romantic years together on Thursday, October 19, Justin sang Leon Russell’s “A Song For You,” the song the couple danced to as newlyweds. According to UsMagazine.comboth Justin and Jessica claim to be incredibly lucky for marrying their best friend. Thanks guys, for showing us true love. You’ve raised the standard.

This power duo is celebrating their 5th celebrity wedding anniversary. What are some ways to make your anniversary special?  

Cupid’s Advice:

It’s important to celebrate milestones, especially when it’s shared with someone who means so much to you. You don’t want to make your anniversary feel like any other date night, so how can you feel like a celebrity couple the way you and your S.O. deserve? Cupid has some tips:

1. Destination vacation:  This doesn’t have to be far away or overly glamorous. In fact, the closer to town and the more you feel like a local, the more unique the experience. Plus, it’s kind on the wallet. Book Airbnb in the next town over. Try the local food, experience the history, and see if the sunset (or sunrise) looks different than from your own town.

Related Article:  Couple News:  Meghan Trainor Celebrates One Year Anniversary with Daryl Sabara

2. Engage the senses:  Choose a small gift for each of the five senses, either something your partner has been asking for or something you can do together. Get creative and spread the gifts throughout your celebrations to keep the anticipation and excitement building.

Related Article:  Celebrity News:  Check Out Keith Urban’s Adorable Anniversary Message to Nicole Kidman

3. Find an heirloom:  What is something you and your partner are both passionate about? Do you love to compete with each other at chess? Splurge on a fancy chess set. Find the passion you share and indulge in the best so that you can celebrate each time you spend time together. Start creating your legacy as a partnership.

What are some unique ways you’ve celebrated your anniversary? Share in the comments below!

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Celebrity News: Aaron Carter Asks Chloë Grace Moretz On A Date Via Twitter

Cupid's Pulse Article: Celebrity News: Aaron Carter Asks Chloë Grace Moretz On A Date Via Twitter

Chloë Grace Moretz. Photo: chloegmoretz/Instagram

By Marissa Donovan

Aaron Carter is proclaiming his love again for a blonde, but this time it’s not Hilary Duff! According to EOnline.comChloë Grace Moretz said in an interview that her childhood crush was Aaron Carter, and the pop singer had to respond. The pop singer replied back to the actor via Twitter and said the crush was mutual. Carter also asked Moretz out for dinner. No comment has yet been made from Moretz, but maybe the Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising star may take Carter up on his offer!

This celebrity news leaves us wondering if these two may become a future celebrity couple if they do go out to dinner together! What are some creative ways you could ask out someone your interested in?

Cupid’s Advice:

Aaron Carter chose to be bold by asking out Chloë Grace Moretz on social media. This has us wondering how we can ask someone out for a date night. Check out these dating tips for how to approach someone for a date:

1. Break the ice: Whether it’s a person you met last weekend or a long time friend, find a starting topic that can lead you into asking them out on a date. Some suggestions for breaking the ice might be recalling the last time you spent time together or talking about an event that’s coming up.

Related Link: Celebrity Couple Chloe Grace Moretz & Brooklyn Beckham Make Red Carpet Debut

2. Ask common interests: Talk about what each of you like for food and activities if you are unsure. Simply implying that you are interested in getting to know someone is one thing, but you need to have some idea about what you can do together if you do not know. Asking what they would like to do can make a date less stressful.

Related Link: Hilary Duff Says Aaron Carter’s Love Declarations Are ‘Uncomfortable’

3. Find availability: Ask when the person is free right after proposing or mutually coming up with date ideas. If the person comes across as busy, then try proposing a max of two different times when you are available. If they reject the times that you are free, then wait for another opportunity to present itself.

How do you think Chloë Grace Moretz will respond to Aaron Carter? Let us know in the comments!

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Celebrity Vacation Spot: Everything You Need to Know About Beaches Turks & Caicos

Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly vacation or a romantic getaway with a string of incredible date nights, the Beaches resort at Turks & Caicos may be the perfect place for you to head this summer. This incredible resort, which is made up of four luxury villages, features just about everything your heart could desire when it comes to a popular travel destination, including a spa, adrenaline-inducing water sports, award-winning restaurants, photo-ops with your children’s favorite Sesame Street characters, and, of course, beautiful sand and surf. We at CupidsPulse.com went behind-the-scenes to give our readers the inside scoop on what to expect when you head to this celebrity vacation hotspot.

Beaches Turks & Caicos may be a classic and much-loved spot to run away to for a glorious vacation, but that doesn’t mean that they’re not always looking to grow and change. Recently, they took a “revolutionary step in resort entertainment” and partnered with Creativiva Caribbean Inc. to provide guests with four brand new live shows: Alice in Wonderland, Treasure Island, Jungle Book Live, and Dolce Vita, all performed weekly. “We are so excited to share this brand new experience with our guests,” noted Adam Stewart, Deputy Chairman and CEO of Sandals Resorts International, “By partnering with the experts in live entertainment, we are excited to deliver theater on an entirely new level.” According to the Beaches Turks & Caicos team, Creativiva entertainers will add new flair to the Beaches already incredible amenities and activities with a “carnival vibe, folklore dance, and cultural performances.”

Related Link: Parenting Advice: Quick Tips and Tricks on How to Travel With Kids

When you’re not taking in one of the new shows, you can enjoy one of four different luxury villages. These villages all operate under a different theme and give guests a distinctly diverse resort experience. “We offer the seaside garden paradise of the Caribbean Village, the sophisticated style of the French Village, the monumental surroundings of the Italian Village, and the Key West Village, which features three- and four-bedroom Villas,” the team at Beaches Turks & Caicos explains. So even though you’re only traveling as far as Turks & Caicos, you can still take in a posh European lifestyle at this resort.

If you’re not sold on the Turks & Caicos location, however, never fear. The Beaches resort franchise has other opportunities for you to enjoy their incredible take on luxury travel. “By 2018, we’ll have four properties that will have either just debuted or will be in the development phase, including Sandals LaSource St. Lucia later this year,” Beaches staff shared. “We’re also continuing our considerable investment in Barbados, including Sandals Royal Barbados, which will open December 2017, and, of course, there are our plans for Beaches Barbados. We’re excited for what’s to come.”

Enjoy Delicious Food on Your Celebrity Vacation at Beaches Turks & Caicos

If you’re planning a trip to Beaches Turks & Caicos, then you’ll have to prioritize a couple of food-centric date nights during your stay. The Beaches Turks & Caicos team opened up about the most popular restaurant spots and favorite menu items: “The top favorite restaurants are Neptune’s and Schooners Seafood Grill. Our restaurants serve up everything from lemongrass-scented snapper, a 10-ounce rib eye, and Alaskan king crab risotto to the famous Turks & Caicos mollusk, Conch.” With seaside views and a perfectly luxurious fine dining setting, you could eat your fill at either of these establishments and still be begging for more.

Related Link: Taking Your Partner on a Family Vacation

Looking for something to do before dinner? If you’re not in the mood to stroll the beach, scuba dive, or relax at the spa, explore the local attractions. Relax on a Catamaran Cruise, Eco Kayak Tour, or Conch Farm Tour, and take in the beauty of the sights and sounds of Turks & Caicos. Or, if none of that tempts you, go celebrity-spotting with your sweetie, as this Beaches resort is a regular destination for stars on their celebrity vacations. Recent famous guests include Tammin Sursok, best known for playing Jenna Marshall on the hit Freeform series Pretty Little Liars; Gilles Marini, known for his role in the hit movie Sex and the City; and Amanda Stanton from The Bachelor and Bachelor in Paradise.

Beaches Turks & Caicos Team Talks Best Activities for a Family Vacation

If you’re headed to Beaches Turks & Caicos with family instead of a new fling, you’ll still find plenty of activities that will make your kids smile. Your little ones will love the photo ops and meet and greets with their favorite Sesame Street characters, which are sure to bring some extra magic to their resort experiences. And if you’re a parent to older kids and teens, the possibilities are truly endless. Whether your teenagers are looking to benefit the world and give back with the Island Impact program, compete in the cutting-edge X-box Play Lounge, spin some tracks in the Scratch DJ Academy, dance and mingle in the under-21 Club Liquid, relax with the special teen treatments in the Red Lane Spa, or try their hand at some old school arcade games in the Trench Town, they’ll always remember this trip.

Related Link: 5 Celebrity Couples Who Look Hot At The Beach

And if you’re bringing the whole family for a big event, like a wedding or a vow renewal ceremony, Beaches Turks & Caicos has just what you need. Forget about the stresses of bringing a large group of varying ages to this luxury vacation spot because Beaches resort has already solved your problems. As the crew at Beaches Turks & Caicos assures us, “For those who wish to celebrate their special day with everyone — from the eldest family member to the smallest tot, Beaches Resorts’ FamilyMoons offer the ideal venue.”

No matter what you’re looking for on your summer vacation, Because Turks & Caicos is sure to have it.

Celebrity Wedding: Nelly Explains Why He’s Only Getting Married One Time

Cupid's Pulse Article: Celebrity Wedding: Nelly Explains Why He’s Only Getting Married One Time

Nelly and Shantel Jackson. Photo: Guillermo Proano / PR Photos

By Marissa Donovan

Nelly recently shared his thoughts on marriage and commitment with People.com. “For me, it’s more important to die married than to have been married and it didn’t work out,” he said. The rapper takes marriage very seriously and wants an everlasting romance. Nelly is currently dating Shantel Jackson, but they will not be saying “I do” anytime soon. Time will tell if we hear celebrity wedding bells for this celebrity couple!

There’s no celebrity wedding planned for Nelly, but if there ever is, it’ll be a one and done. What are some ways to know you’re in a lasting relationship?

Cupid’s Advice:

Have you been dating someone for a long time and find yourself wondering if it will last forever? Check out our dating advice to see if you’re in a lasting relationship:

1. You both bring the best out of each other: Family and friends will be the first to notice a certain boost in your mood when the other person is near. You will even notice that your personal weaknesses will improve when they’re around. If you can bring the best out of the person you’re dating, there’s a good chance it will last forever!

Related Link: Celebrity Couple News: Pink & Carey Hart Are ‘Solid’ After Two Breaks from Their Marriage

2. You both enjoy each other’s company: Are there rarely dull moments during a date night? Can small tasks such as doing laundry be less of a chore when you tackle it as a team? Are you comfortable sitting in silence together? If you can answer yes to all of the following questions, you should probably consider taking your relationship to the next step!

Related Link: Celebrity Couple: 10 Reasons Chrissy Teigen and John Legend are Relationship Goals

3. You have faith in your future together: Cold feet can be common for those who are hesitant to fully give their commitment to the relationship their in. If you have already overcome obstacles as a couple and promise to help each other in the future then you probably found your lasting relationship!

Do you know of any lasting relationships worth sharing? Leave your lasting couple story in the comments for us to see!

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Author Interview: Christina Hobbs & Lauren Billings Dish on Relationship Advice & Their Newest Book ‘Dating You / Hating You’

By Noelle Downey

Best friends and New York Times bestselling authors Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings (who collaborate under the shared pen name Christina Lauren) have quite literally written the book on romance! Their newest novel Dating You / Hating You (DYHY) follows the story of two star-crossed lovers, Evie and Carter, who find themselves locked in a heated battle of the sexes after their Hollywood agencies combine and force them to compete for the same job. With the glamorous backdrop of Hollywood life and celebrity style, these squabbling love birds must finesse the tricky situation of chasing their dreams without chasing each other away. Recently, Hobbs and Billings spoke with CupidsPulse.com on their excitement over this new project, which hits shelves today, June 6th, their best relationship advice, and how they found success as BFFs. Check out our exclusive author interview below!

Exclusive Author Interview with Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings

In DYHY, Hollywood culture plays a huge role since your main characters are both agents. How did you research the celebrity lifestyle? Did you get the chance to meet any celebrities while you were writing this book?

We have had interactions with various Hollywood folks, including celebrities and industry people, but our focus on the research was on the agent side. We had a lot of fun talking to agents and managers about things they had seen and experienced. Interestingly (at least to us!), a lot of the shenanigans that Carter and Evie stoop to in the book are based on true stories.

Speaking of Carter and Evie, they vie for the same job in DYHY, which obviously disrupts their flirtation. What are your tips to our readers who may also be struggling to handle the demands of work life and romance? How would you advise them to find a healthy balance between the two?

Beyond the premise of this book, it can be really hard to find that balance—whether you’re single, in a relationship, or have kids. When we were first writing, we were working full-time jobs and raising small kids and trying to fit the writing into every crack of time we had. What we found is that nothing in our life was getting 100 percent of our attention. We ended up leaving our jobs to write full-time, and it allowed us to have much more energy for the relationships at home.

It’s okay to set priorities and—this is especially important for young women to hear—it really is okay to make your career your priority if you’re doing something you love. That said, it’s also okay to feel like the rat race isn’t for you. Bottom line is, only you know how things rank in your emotional heart. No one else can tell you how you should be balancing your career with your love life, not even a couple of romance authors.

Related Link: Relationship Advice: 6 Ways to Keep Work & Life Demands in Balance

In your opinion, do you think that men and women are often pitted against one another in the workplace? How did your own professional experiences in the past influence your writing of this book?

It may not be the case that men and women are necessarily “pitted” against each other, but sexual politics are alive and well in the workplace. We’ve seen this ourselves in various ways, from the women being more visible in assistant roles to egregious pay disparity to casual sexism in the form of “sweetie,” “hon,” and “kiddo” spoken from men to women, even sometimes to women who are their superiors in the reporting structure.

Luckily, we’ve both worked with very progressive people—both men and women—who made a point to address any overt workplace disparity. But, for better or for worse, given that it’s hard to miss it even in this day and age, it made that aspect of writing this book very easy because we didn’t have to dig very deep to find the thread of that subplot.

Do you have any tips for our readers on how to foster the kind of amazing and collaborative relationship that the two of you have found in your friendship, especially if demands like school, work, or kids tend to keep them apart?

There are a million reasons why this collaboration is so enduring—and still so happy—but at the end of the day, the most important component is our chemistry. Lo is the neurotic, spreadsheet-loving, deadline-driven one. Christina brings the levity. As our editor has said on multiple occasions, “The world needs Laurens, but it also needs Christinas.” It’s true. If we were all Laurens, we’d be wrestling for control until it turned into a bloodbath. If we were all Christinas, we’d drown in a pool of boy bands and glitter. Having both makes this possible.

The other thing is, when we began writing together back in 2009, we said at the very outset that the books will not become more important than the friendship. That has been a very, very important motto and one we have treated reverently. To maintain a deep friendship, it has to be put front and center.

Christina Lauren Shares Best Relationship Advice and Favorite Date Nights

Shifting gears, since you’re both clearly romance experts, I have to ask: How would you advise our readers to keep things sexy and fun with a partner, even after years have gone by and kids and other commitments come into the picture?

Communication, communication, communication. The more open we are, the better our marriages are in all respects—in and out of the bedroom. We find that when things are more distant in our marriages, it’s because we aren’t speaking to our spouses as lovers and partners; we are only interacting as parents.

Related Link: Parenting Tips: How to Feel Sexy After Motherhood

Do either of you have a favorite date night? Do you ever double date?

We can’t routinely double date because we live in separate states (!!), but when we are together, we have a lot of fun, just the four of us. Our husbands get along really well, and when we travel, they often take off and do their own thing together—sometimes stumbling back tipsy and hilarious.

Favorite date nights are usually spent discovering new restaurants in the area, catching a movie we couldn’t see with the kids, or—probably most common—going to a concert together!

As two people who have written so much great romance, I’m sure you get asked all the time what your best relationship advice is. I’m curious, though: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

If you’re in a relationship, the best love advice we’ve ever received was what someone said at Lo’s wedding, “Always assume good intentions.” That means, if you’re in a loving, stable relationship, the basic assumption should be that your partner has your best interests in mind. If you see the relationship through that lens, you are less likely to see strife or hurt where there is none.

Related Link: 5 Communication Keys Every Relationship Needs

Lastly, do you have any other upcoming projects or anything else you’d like to share with our readers?

Other than DYHY, we have two more books out this year. Autoboyograhy is out September 12th; it’s the story of Tanner Scott, a bisexual teen who moves from the Bay Area in California to Provo, Utah and falls in love with the son of the local Mormon bishop. We love how this book came out; it’s been something we’ve been working on for many years, and we are so proud of the finished product!

Then, in December (formerly October), we have Roomies, which is a little bit Greencard-meets-Once. It’s the story of Holland Bakker, a twenty-something woman in NYC who is watching her MFA gather dust in the corner while she works front-of-the-house for the hottest musical on Broadway. Holland has an infatuation with an Irish guitar-playing busker at the subway near her house and offers to marry him to help him stay in the country…and land him a position in the ensemble for the show. It’s a strangers-to-married story that has been the most fun to write!

2018 holds LOTS MORE for us, but we haven’t announced those projects yet, so for now we’ll just have to say: we.cannot.wait.for.2018.

You can purchase Dating You / Hating You on Amazon. For more from Christina and Lauren, visit their website or follow them on Twitter @ChristinaLauren.

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New Celebrity Couple? Katharine McPhee & David Foster Spark Romance Rumors 

Cupid's Pulse Article: New Celebrity Couple? Katharine McPhee & David Foster Spark Romance Rumors 

Katharine McPhee steps out with newly divorced David Foster for a romantic date night. Photo: David Gabber / PRPhotos.com

By Noelle Downey

Craving some new romantic gossip when it comes to Hollywood relationships? Hold onto your hats, because there may just be a new celebrity couple in the works as we speak. According to EOnline.com, Katharine McPhee and David Foster were spotted on a potential date night getting cozy at a private table for two. A source claims, “David and Katharine were very intimate during their dinner,” the source spilled. “David was seen grabbing Katharine’s face and kissing her cheek several times. Katharine was doing the same to David’s face and they were acting as if they were a couple.” The couple shared a delicious feast of sushi and two bottles of red wine. Not only that, the source also shared by the end of the dinner, “Katharine sat on David’s side of the table and cuddled him with a blanket.”

There may be a new celebrity couple in town! What are some creative ways to make your crush notice you?

Cupid’s Advice:

If you’re trying to get that new cutie you’ve got your eye on to notice you exist, Cupid is here to help:

1. Find common ground: If you’re looking to make a connection with a crush, but you’re virtually strangers, find some common ground with them that you’re sure you share. This doesn’t have to be something super complicated or personal, in fact it’s way better if it isn’t. Focus on surface-level commonalities at first, even if there one’s that seem obvious, like the fact that you work at the same place or go to the same school. Think about what you have in common – classes, bosses, friends, hobbies – and go from there. The next time you see them at a party or on break at work, walk up and introduce yourself and find a fun conversational tidbit to break the ice that relies on your joint experiences. Remember, if you go blank and are stuck in a pinch, virtually every one loves to talk about themselves!

Related Link: David Foster Talks Life After Celebrity Divorce from Yolanda Hadid

2. Create an inside joke: Once you have common ground with the person you’re crushing on and are friendly with them, find an inside joke that you two can share. This can be based on something funny that happens in the office or a professor you both love to hate at school. This will bond you two together further and also be a great lead-in for more flirty teasing. Don’t be afraid to move from friendly and funny to actually flirty pretty soon though; after all you want to make sure your crush understands you want to be their partner, not just their buddy!

Related Link: Katharine McPhee Calls It Quits on Affair with Michael Morris

3. Give them a compliment: If you’ve developed a fun, flirty teasing relationship, don’t get so wrapped up in giving your crush a hard time that you forget that you’re trying to sweep them off their feet. Throw in a compliment every so often to remind them that you genuinely like and admire them. Remember to keep it light but also personal, something that not every one would notice or that you think they’d really appreciate hearing. And when they blushingly accept the compliment? Give the a smile and a long, soft look to take things from merely flirty to truly romantic.

Have you ever tried to seduce a crush? What tactics did you use to woo them? Let us know in the comments!

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