10 Moms That Will Make You Even More Grateful For Yours This Mother’s Day

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With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we’re all feeling grateful for our beloved moms. But just in case you weren’t, we decided to round up 10 of Hollywood’s most horrible mothers to make you extra happy about yours. Afterwards, we think you might want to reconsider being stingy on your gift this year.

 

Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest

 

 

Who can forget Hollywood’s most iconic bad mom? Starring Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford, Mommie Dearest is supposedly the real life depiction of growing up with Joan. All I know is, never use wire hangers — or else.

 

Mrs. Bates in Psycho

 

 

Oh, mother. Norman Bates’ mom in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 thriller, Psycho, kind of gets an unfair rap. Sure, the lady raised a serial killer with a serious Oedipus complex, but she’s not the real murderer in the film. Spoiler alert: Norman is — he just has a split personality and kills to please “Mother.” In reality, she was his first victim.

 

Margaret White in Carrie

 

 

Margaret White is the hyper-religious, seriously abusive and totally disturbed mother in Carrie. Not only does she eventually try to kill her daughter, but she also kept her locked in a tiny closet for most of her life. But don’t worry kiddos, ol’ Maggie gets hers in the end, when Carrie telekinetically kills her.

 

Kate McCallister in Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

 

 

Kate McCallister from the Home Alone franchise left for vacation and forgot her son not once, but twice. Luckily, Kevin was practically an evil mastermind, and really good at forging weapons from household items.

 

Mrs. Vorhees in Friday the 13th

 

 

Mrs. Vorhees from the Friday the 13th movies could actually be considered a good mom, depending how you look at it. Yeah, she’s a mass murderer, but only because she wants vengeance for her son Jason.

 

Other Mother in Coraline

 

 

Talk about the grass being greener. When Coraline get sick of her mother’s incessant nagging and busy schedule, she ends up finding comfort in an alternate universe version of her mom called her “Other Mother.” Of course, Other Mother is actually a monster who lures kids to her world by being a perfect mom. Then she steals their souls.

 

Gladys Leeman in Drop Dead Gorgeous

 

 

Gladys Leeman will do anything for her daughter Becky in the 1999 dramedy Drop Dead Gorgeous — even kill her fellow beauty pageant contestants. But aside from being a ruthless killer, I imagine she was also a really awful stage mom.

 

Zinnia Wormwood in Matilda

 

 

Poor Matilda. She’s stuck with The Trunchbull at school and at home, she’s got Zinnia Wormwood for a mother. The self-centered (and generally shady) mom doesn’t let Matilda do anything. Her one redeeming moment is when she gives the kid up for adoption. But that’s only because her and her husband were trying to evade the FBI by moving to Guam, and didn’t really want to take her.

 

Mrs. Loomis in Scream 2

 

 

Like Mrs. Voorhees, Mrs. Loomis could also be seen as a good mother. Well, not really. But no one can say she wasn’t dedicated. Yes, she did leave Billy while he was in high school, but eventually returned to seek revenge on Sid after his death. “Was that a negative, disparaging remark about my Billy?”

 

Max Conners in Heartbreakers

 

 

Heartbreakers is about a mother-daughter con artist duo who marry old men to inherit their money. So, yeah, probably not the best mom to begin with. But when her daughter Page actually falls in love, Max decides to seduce him. Why? To prove no one loves Page but her. Because yeah, that makes sense.

 

So, even if you’re not totally crazy about your mom, be happy that she’s not just totally crazy. Or, you know, a serial killer. Happy Mother’s Day!

 

Celebrate Mother’s Day With 10 of the Most Memorable Movie Moms

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Mother’s Day is coming up and whether you’re attending a nice brunch or doing a daytime activity you know that later you’ll want to watch a movie. Why not watch one of these ten films featuring 10 memorable movie moms?

 Wishing you a happy Mother’s day. Shoutout to all the mothers out there!

Wendy Torrance (Shelley Duvall) in The Shining

Heeeeeeere’s Johnny!!!! How can we forget the horror in Wendy Torrance’s face when her husband’s mind becomes truly dismantled and he throws an axe into the door? She’s also the mother of Danny, a psychic troubled by his visions. This is no easy feat and the family retreat that was supposed to be quite peaceful turned out to be quite horrifying- and bloody.

Available to watch on: iTunes, Google Play, VUDU, M-GO

Hattie (Susan Sarandon) in Pretty Baby

Louis Malle’s controversial Pretty Baby featured a young Brooke Shields as a young 12 year-old who becomes the obsession of a photographer her mother Hattie, a hooker, is seeing. The relationship, of course, is troublesome as her daughter Violet (Shields) becomes introduced to the sleazy world that they live in. The burdensome nature of what Hattie does for a living becomes a hindering prospect of the relationship she has with her daughter and the possibility of change from this life they’ve lived together.

Available to watch on: VUDU, Amazon, Google Play, iTunes

Olivia Evans (Patricia Arquette) in Boyhood

Patricia Arquette’s Oscar moment was well deserved when she won for her depiction as a single mother maneuvering through life and supporting her family. Needless to say, the Oscar speech that Patricia Arquette was poignantly dedicated to all the other mothers out there, such as Olivia Evans. The mother figure is really the meat of this movie and the concept of the film testifies the passage of time as a mother such as Olivia Evans. It’s a journey that’s hard to forget.

Available to watch on: iTunes, Google Play, VUDU, M-Go

Joanna Kramer (Meryl Streep) in Kramer vs. Kramer

Kramer vs. Kramer is a symphony of family matters amidst a divorce battle that goes to court. Leave it to Meryl Streep to sweep us off our feet! Streep’s Joanna Kramer is a mother fighting for custody of her son as her husband (Dustin Hoffman) pleads for custody, as he’s raised the young boy since she left. It’s a classic film testifying to a mother’s will and the pains of a child caught in the web of adult problems.

Available to watch on: Google Play, VUDU, M-Go, iTunes

Mother (Kim Hye-ja) in Mother

Now, here’s an action thriller that came from South Korea that’s got the thrills, punches, and guts. A mother (Kim Hye-ja) seeks vengeance for her son’s death and delves into a criminal underbelly as she pursues her conquests. Mother won’t stop until she seeks justice. Nobody messes with Mother!

Available to watch on: iTunes, Amazon, VUDU

Janine Cody (Jackie Weaver) in Animal Kingdom

Janine Cody is some major work. You could dub her the “gangster mother” of this list because she’s the glue that keeps her crime family together and she’s seriously got some attitude. The film’s performance garnered Weaver an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. The depths of the Janine Cody character are enthralling and darkly humorous. Every dysfunctional family needs a leader of some sort, right?

Available to watch on: Google Play, VUDU, Amazon, iTunes

Mamma Roma (Anna Magnani) in Mamma Roma

A struggling mother trying to make ends meet just to support her son in the streets of Rome is the central guiding force of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s classic Mamma Roma. When Mamma Roma’s son discovers that his mother is a prostitute, he turns to “petty theft” and a life in the streets on his own. The moments that audiences spend with Mamma Roma wandering in the streets is heartbreaking just as it it’s powerful. Mamma Roma has the heart and soul of a mother who just wants what’s right for her son.

Available to watch on: YouTube, Hulu

Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft) in The Graduate

Before terms like “MILF” or “Cougar Mom” became mainstream in our modern day world, there was Mrs. Robinson, the sultry, seductress who seduces our recent graduate Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman). When Benjamin falls for Elaine, Mrs. Robinson’s daughter, the plot thickens and mayhem pursues in this classic coming-of-age story. Mrs. Robinson is just downright iconic and may we add- fabulous.

Available to watch on: Google Play, VUDU, M-Go, iTunes

Rosemary Woodhouse (Mia Farrow) in Rosemary’s Baby

He has his father’s eyes!! Poor Rosemary… A Nebraskan native who marries an aspiring actor (John Cassavettes) only to find that she’s becoming the plot of a satanic cult is where Mrs. Woodhouse finds herself shortly after moving into New York’s infamous Dakota building. The classic Roman Polanski tale is a true nightmare as pregnant Rosemary becomes increasingly paranoid for her baby’s fate.

Available to watch on: Google Play, M-GO, VUDU, iTunes

Eva (Tilda Swinton) from We Need to Talk About Kevin

Eva is a mother tormented by her son’s behavior. Her son (played by a brilliant Ezra Miller) exhibits major psychopathic behavior and the repercussion of what her son did (killing classmates) continues to haunt her. The film’s dark humor, moody tones, and top-notch tension is truly an unforgettable mother-son exploration into madness and horrors of parenthood. Favorite scene? Eva pushing a young crying Kevin in a stroller in downtown Manhattan beginning to lose her mind amidst the construction work blasting in her ears.

Available to watch on: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes

What to Wear to Make Mom Happy: Mother’s Day Brunch Edition

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Mother’s Day is coming. This holiday is our chance to shower moms with love, appreciation, and gifts. Check out our gift guide for the perfect present. Once that’s done, there’s brunch to consider. So here’s what to wear to make mom happy, because let’s be honest, there’s nothing mom loves more than feeling proud. And your sense of style? You got it from her, of course.

There are at least three boxes to check: Proportions she can understand, none too… revealing, and prettily presentable. Bonus points if you can do that and still look like you. Here goes.

IN THE CITY

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Clockwise from left: Jil Sander cotton poplin shirt dress; Saint Laurent leather bucket bag; Illesteva round acetate frames; Aurelie Bidermann gold-plated, coral, and turquoise bracelet; Jil Sander croc effect leather sandals

IN THE COUNTRY

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Clockwise from left: Cutler and Gross leather trimmed aviators; Rosantica gold-tone pearl earrings; Band of Outsiders silk-satin twill dress; Marni leather black wedge sandals

SOMEWHERE FANCY

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Clockwise from left: Giambattista Valli pink top with bow; Sophie Bille Brahe 14k gold pearl earrings; 3.1 Phillip Lim textured leather clutch; Fendi patent leather pumps; Giambattista Valli pink double layer skirt

 

11 Sweet Mother’s Day Gifts to Lavish on Mom

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Just a few days until it’s time to celebrate mom — she’s done a lot for you (you know, birth, raising you, things like that,) so doting on her — whether she loves luxurious skincare or prefers to carry an ultra chic bag — is 100% required. These are the Mother’s Day gifts mom will adore.

If she’s into skincare, pick up an indulgent rose oil or freesia-infused skincare essence from Chantecaille or SK-II. Nothing’s quite as lovely as a few extra minutes of me-time for mom. For the mother who keeps a perfect home, Hammamas‘s woven towels will decorate the powder room or kitchen sink beautifully. The chic mom will love understated accessories, like a pair of cat eye frames from Linda Farrow, a military-cool bag from Valextra, or mother of pearl drop earrings from Ippolita. Veuve Clicquot‘s rose champagne fits perfectly into Mother’s Day brunch — the accompanying megaphone ice bucket lets her know you’re her biggest fan. For a daily reminder that you love her, toss one of Byredo‘s hand cream duos in her handbag, and keep one for yourself (like friendship bracelets, but Byredo). Nars‘s iconic lipstick in Dolce Vita is universally flattering. And for the mom who supports social causes, a thoughtful tee from Prink Shop supporting awareness of sex trafficking sends the right message.

Clockwise from left: Missoni crochet-knit cardigan; Chantecaille rose de mai face oil; Nars Dolce Vita sheer lipstick; Prink Shop tee; Valextra Lei cross body bag; Veuve Clicquot rose with megaphone ice bucket; Byredo hand cream duo; Ippolita mini lollipop 18 karat gold and mother of pearl earrings; Linda Farrow cat eye sunglasses; SK-II facial treatment essence; Hammamas striped woven cotton towels.

Mother’s Day Picks: 10 Luxe Candy Combos for the Woman in Your Life

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Dean & Deluca’s Tattoo-esque Mother’s Day Cookies (Edible, and Less Permanent)

Mother’s Day is Sunday, have you picked out a gift for mom yet? If you’re drawing a blank, we’ve got you covered. Moms everywhere will be thrilled to get anything in our Mother’s Day guide. From beautiful jewels to sumptuous skincare and beauty goodies to the ultimate sweet treats, you’re good. Click through our picks below.

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Photography by Daniel Huskey; Creative direction by Vince Patti

Celebrating Two Holidays: Devorah Rose’s Birthday & Mother’s Day

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The birthday of Devorah Rose will get me to Bishops and Barons. With every nook and cranny of Manhattan vying for trendiness, worldliness, and bottle bucks, the East 14th Street joint will try to lure the scene east or north of traditional habitats. Though it is the easiest cab ride from Meatpacking straight across 14th street, or just a hop, skip, and a jump north of the L.E.S./ East Village/Nolita worlds of wonder, it seems so far away. I am skeptical. Although convenient to all, the neighborhood has zero cachet. The nearby IHOP and Artichoke Pizza does attract trendies looking for late-night carbs, but the overall vibe is less than chic. I’d follow Devorah anywhere. If there was a puddle before her I’d lay down my coat. If she let down her hair from the stone-walled tower, I’d climb it to free her. I’d even watch her on a reality TV show. Devorah can do no wrong by me. There is no rose that smells so sweet. Tonight I’ll get close enough to confirm that statement. I’m traveling with a pack of Hawaiian hotties this weekend, and maybe we’ll go and grab a pancake nearby right after.

I will feel more comfy in the confines of PKNY at 49 Essex Street between Hester and Grand Street on Saturday night from 10pm. PKNY is described in a press release as an "ultra weird Tiki Bar." I am ultra excited, My Hawaiians are the right accessory for this party. Sailor Jerry Rum and their explosive PR rep Dana Dynamite are behind this soireé. They are pushing cocktails made from the stuff. "Sailor" Jerry Collins, of course, had his famous shop in Honolulu back when men were men and tattoos were primarily for sailors and fallen women. They’re gonna arrange for me to get a tattoo because I’m handsome, enthusiastic, and wrote this. I’m gonna get a traditional Sailor Jerry flash art "MOM" in honor of Mother’s Day. Alex McWatt of Three Kings Tattoo will do the honors. He did the memorial portrait of my dog Arturo that graces my right shoulder.

Mother’s Day stops the presses for me. I and so many others will spend time with our moms while others will call, write, or send flowers. Many will only be able to pause to remember. I will have dinner with mom and dad and the whole world will be whole. Mothers can do that. I was going to make a list of all the mother@%#*!/’s of clubland, but decided that list can wait. Even assholes have mothers so I’ll respect and back down. I got my first eight of ten down with a tie of about 20 pricks for the last two spots. I would be curious who would top your list. Let me know who and why.

What Amazon Thinks You Should Buy Your Mom For Mother’s Day

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Oh shit: Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 12. That’s only ten days from now. Which is only two hundred forty hours. Which is only fourteen thousand four h—okay, you get the idea, the clock is running down. You need some inspiration. Thankfully, Amazon.com just emailed you a bunch of promising suggestions. 

First on offer is “60% off select sentiment jewelry,” which translates to: a hideously inscribed piece of metal that, even if it’s actual gold or sterling silver, looks fake by its very design. And while my mom likes being a mom, for the most part, I really doubt she’ll be into wearing a “Mother” name tag like she’s a beloved household pet.
 
What else does Amazon think Mom might like? Somehow I don’t see a blender or Dyson vacuum cleaner playing all that well. The “former best-selling books” sale section is a nightmare—it’s all books of movies that nobody saw that you didn’t know were already books, only now they have the movie posters as a covers. The 60-inch HDTV is out of my price range.
 
No, for my money I think you’re best off with these “Art of Appreciation” gift baskets. It’s got everything moms like: guest bathroom soap, other scented junk, and even a possibly reusable basket. It’ll make her feel like a presenter at the Oscars! But make sure to throw some Dove chocolate bars in there—better safe than sorry.   

Gary Busey’s Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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It’s Mother’s Day! Did you forget? If so, then take two minutes and let Gary Busey provide you with an easy (and potent) last-minute gift idea that’ll have mom "dancing on the roof." There’s even a demonstration! Now get to it, after the jump. 

[via The Daily What]

Movies Opening This Weekend, in Order of How Much We Like Their Trailers

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Some people judge a movie based on reviews, other will go see something just because it features a favorite actor. Here, we’re judging this weekend’s offerings based solely on what we see in the trailers and ranking them accordingly. 

 

The Avengers: Sure, we’re being marketed to by a gazillion-dollar movie-making machine and should probably be riding our unicycles over to the Quad to see some very important documentary about the plight of koalas with body dysmorphia. But guess what? We’re sneaking some beer into the theater and watching the shit out of this superhero movie. And so is everyone else, so get on board.

Mother’s Day: Do you know how regularly the question “Whatever happened to Rebecca De Mornay?” comes up? Not irregularly. And here she is, back in a role as — shades of “The Hand That Rocks The Cradle” — a crazy mother willing to engage in a bloodbath to protect her brood. Forget flowers, church, brunch and frilly lingerie, this is how you should celebrate Mom this year. 

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: Every so often, a movie comes along that features old and wrinkled people instead of supple young movie stars. Most of the time it’s sentimental garbage, but from the looks of this flick, which features not one but TWO dames: Maggie Smith and Judi Dench, thank you very much, they don’t all have to be that way. There will most likely be uncomfortable scenes with the elderly behaving like human beings (and perhaps having sex), but a bunch of British seniors who move to India to die? That sounds like a winner. 

The Perfect Family: Husky voiced angel Kathleen Turner in a battle for the title of Catholic of the Year? Yes please! We’re hoping against hope that some “Serial Mom” tendencies will be revisited for her character to achieve glory, but even if they don’t , this trailer has our attention. Pussywillows!

First Position: With part of the strange voyeurism that comes from watching kids give up their lives for something that takes years of practice and discipline, but with none of the guilt that comes with those God-awful child pageant shows, this award-snatching doc shows off life as a kid ballet dancer and asks questions like is this inspiring or  is this upsetting… and, when was the last time we went to the gym?

LOL: There’s something about Miley Cyrus. Perhaps it’s her drug use or maybe her adorable dog, but we can’t find it in our hearts to hate her. And even though this movie, with the dreamy Douglas Booth as a love interest, looks like something we would only watch on a blizzardy sick day when the TV was stuck on ABC Family and stayed on even after it was unplugged, that doesn’t mean we can’t still be friends. Right, Miley?

Last Call At The Oasis: Erin Brockovitch and pals are looking into what George from “Six Feet Under” was always mumbling about: the impending water shortage. Now it’s not like this movie isn’t important or fascinating, but is this really what we want to spend an afternoon watching, wondering what will quench our popcorn-fueled thirst once the water is gone? No.