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I can’t stop watching Made Of Honor

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When Romance Met ComedyWhen Romance Met ComedyWith When Romance Met Comedy, Caroline Siede examines the history of the rom-com through the years, one happily ever after (or not) at a time.

Patrick Dempsey can juggle. That’s become an increasingly big part of his public persona over the years, and it’s also the reason I’ve seen Made Of Honor so many times. Whenever I come across this film on TV, I remember there’s a charming juggling scene so I stick around to watch that. And then I remember there’s a pretty good kiss in there somewhere and another scene or two I like, and before you know it, I’ve seen Made Of Honor a dozen times. It’s definitely not a good movie, and I’m not even sure it’s a movie I’m particularly fond of. But it’s a pitch-perfect example of the kind of easy watching comfort food that sustained the rom-com genre through its nadir in the late 2000s.

In fact, I stumbled across a deeply telling moment in a behind-the-scenes featurette about that aforementioned juggling scene, in which Dempsey’s male maid of honor tosses plates in the air as he explains that you can mix and match patterned dinnerware to find unexpected connections. As Dempsey and director Paul Weiland work out the staging, a production designer pauses to ask whether the plates Dempsey is holding actually do go together. Weiland replies, “I don’t think anyone’s going to really question it” to which Dempsey immediately agrees, “No one is gonna listen, really.” They’re not wrong, exactly, but it does speak to how both filmmakers and audiences mutually lowered the bar for romantic comedies in the late 2000s.

Made Of Honor is an interesting case study because it’s neither secretly good nor offensively bad (give or take some gay jokes, fat-shaming, and an uncomfortable runner about Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky). Dempsey stars as Tom Bailey, a proud playboy and wealthy inventor of the coffee sleeve. Tom thinks he has the best of both worlds because he gets to sleep around with hot women while spending his Sundays enjoying the companionship of his best friend Hannah (Michelle Monaghan). But when Hannah leaves for Scotland on a business trip, Tom realizes he actually has more than friendly feelings toward his bestie. Unfortunately, she comes back engaged to hunky Scottish royal Colin McMurray (future Grey’s Anatomy star Kevin McKidd). So when Hannah enlists Tom to be her maid of honor, he decides the best way to win her love is by sabotaging her wedding from within.

Made Of Honor was released as counterprogramming to Iron Man, and Entertainment Weekly’s Darren Franich convincingly argues that they’re secretly the same movie—only Iron Man challenges Tony Stark’s entitlement far more than Made Of Honor does with Tom’s. Made Of Honor is too busy pulling inspiration from other, better romantic comedies to spend much time worrying about things like comprehensible character arcs. (Tom’s biggest defining characteristic is that he can only say “I love you” to dogs.) Made Of Honor is a gender-flipped riff on My Best Friend’s Wedding mixed with When Harry Met Sally, a touch of The Wedding Singer in Tom and Hannah’s platonic wedding planning, and a little bit of You’ve Got Mail in Tom’s relationship with his equally philandering father (Sydney Pollack, in his final film role).

In fact, Made Of Honor often feels less like a real movie and more like a rom-com parody that would pop up in something like Tropic Thunder. A few years later, Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler’s They Came Together spoofed rom-com clichés with a basketball scene that was essentially lifted verbatim from Made Of Honor. Though it eventually grossed over $100 million worldwide, Made Of Honor is the sort of generically bland studio rom-com you forget about the minute you’ve seen it. Or, if you’re like me, it’s the kind of film you’ve practically got memorized because you find it to be such comforting background noise.

Because Made Of Honor has nothing new to add to the rom-com genre, it lives or dies based on how likable you find its leads—or, more specifically, how likable you find Dempsey, who’s very much its central focus. By 2008, Dempsey had already been on quite a rollercoaster ride with romantic comedies. He launched his career as a teen heartthrob in 1987’s Can’t Buy Me Love, was reduced to playing the guy who loses the girl in 2002’s Sweet Home Alabama, and then became a “McDreamy” pop culture sensation thanks to Grey’s Anatomy. After testing the rom-com waters again as a leading man in Enchanted, Made Of Honor was designed as his big star vehicle.

The film was shot in 26 days during Dempsey’s Grey’s hiatus, and he even got a say in its director. Dempsey settled on Weiland after seeing an early cut of his coming-of-age film Sixty-Six. As Weiland put it, “I think Patrick liked the idea of a Working Title director who could bring a slightly European sensibility. He didn’t want it to be a kind of in-your-face, bright, American romantic comedy.” Unfortunately for Dempsey, that plan didn’t work out so well. Still, he admirably commits to doing his signature debonair thing against the film’s broadly comedic background. Dempsey isn’t generally an actor with huge range, but he has a strong sense of what works for him.

As you can see in this cringe-worthy “Stars Of Tomorrow” production number from the infamous 1989 Rob Lowe/Snow White Oscars, Dempsey’s always had a palpable, almost desperate desire to be an old-school Hollywood leading man. It’s a quality that makes him either incredibly charming or incredibly grating, depending on your point of view. I fall into the charming camp, and the first act of Made Of Honor puts Dempsey’s easy charisma to great use in a When Harry Met Sally-style sequence where Tom and Hannah spend a Sunday wandering an idyllic food-filled New York City before attending his father’s latest wedding together. It’s the place where the film feels least like a bland studio rom-com and more like the low-key hangout movie Dempsey wanted it to be.

Dempsey and Monaghan generate some fantastic chemistry together, which is unsurprising given that having great chemistry with people is basically Monaghan’s thing. While she’s never risen to household name status herself, she’s been paired with an impressive collection of A-listers over the years. A non-exhaustive list of her leading men includes Tom Cruise in the Mission: Impossible franchise, Robert Downey Jr. in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Jake Gyllenhaal in Source Code, James Marsden in The Best Of Me, Mark Wahlberg in Patriots Day, Adam Sandler in Pixels, and Chris Evans in Playing It Cool. If she were a man, she’d almost certainly be playing a big screen superhero by now. Instead, she’s just on-screen romanced a bunch of actors who’ve played them.

Though Monaghan’s not the focus of Made Of Honor, she’s key to the film’s intermittent success. One of her greatest skills is projecting a “cool girl” sensibility while still maintaining a level of believable humanity to her characters. She manages not to embarrass herself in a sequence where Hannah tries on sexy wedding night lingerie for Tom, but she can also deliver real vulnerability when the film needs her to as well. Made Of Honor’s most innovative rom-com moment comes toward the end, in a scene where Tom and Hannah have a deeply intimate conversation from different sides of a closed door, which demonstrates both how connected they are and the fundamental emotional roadblock between them. It’s not much, but it’s at least more of an idea than the film lands on elsewhere, as it falls back on humiliating its supporting characters (including Busy Philipps and Chris Messina) and attempting a PG-13 version of Apatovian raunch.

Made Of Honor’s biggest mistake is not spending enough time with Tom and Hannah’s relationship in its second half, instead focusing on Tom’s far less engaging rivalry with Colin. (Highlights include Tom being forced into a “mini kilt” during a Highland games event where the crowd is inexplicably wearing Ren Faire attire.) Like a lot of rom-coms from the late 2000s, Made Of Honor prioritizes its heightened premise and slapstick pratfalls over the actual joys of watching beautiful people fall in love with each other. The improbability of Hannah’s whirlwind wedding and the cartoonishly broad jokes about Scotland undercut whatever emotional reality Made Of Honor initially had going for it.

Still, Dempsey and Monaghan are so consistently charming that I keep hoping Made Of Honor will somehow become the better film it could’ve been if it just featured the two of them hanging out (a.k.a. the How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days conundrum). By the time we’ve gotten to the door scene, the film’s almost over anyway, so I usually stick around to watch its lackluster climax. If a great movie is “three good scenes and no bad ones,” then maybe the key to making a bad rom-com halfway watchable is spacing out the good scenes so that you’re willing to sit through the terrible ones to get to them. Now that’s Made Of Honor’s real juggling act.

Next time: Two rom-com titans finally meet-cute in Notting Hill.

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How Las Vegas became the world’s casino capital

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These days, it’s impossible to think of Las Vegas without the image of the lights on the strip and glamorous casinos coming to mind. But the Vegas we know of 2020 wasn’t always that way; and it took a long, long time to get its reputation for being the world’s casino capital. Let’s take a trip down memory lane and get to the root of how Las Vegas became the city that never sleeps.

A historical journey

It’s hard to believe these days, but the Las Vegas region was once an abundant marshland stock full of rich vegetation. That is, until the marsh receded, and the waters disappeared, transforming the landscape into a desert, with the trapped water underground sprouting life and forming an oasis.

It was during the 19th century that the explorer Antonio Armijo from Mexico foraged the way from New Mexico to California on the first commercial caravan. It was a member of the group, Rafael Rivera who rode west to find water and venture through the desert, setting his eyes upon Las Vegas Springs. Las Vegas was therefore named ‘the meadows’ after the grasses found growing there.

Years went on and both Mormon and Mexican settlers began to filter through. In 1890 it was decided by railroad developers that Las Vegas would serve as a spot along the San Pedro, Salt Lake City and Los Angeles railroad route as well as connecting to major cities along the Pacific Coast. From there on, Vegas boomed with stores, boarding houses and saloons popping up around the area. This was the beginning of the Las Vegas as we know it — with railroad workers and ranchers enjoying the gambling and drinking through illegal speakeasies and bootleg casinos operating despite the ban on gambling in Nevada in 1910.

In 1931 gambling once again became legal in the state, with new casinos and showgirl venues opening up along Fremont Street to entertain the thousands of workers who flocked the city during the construction of the Hoover Dam. The first hotel, El Rancho Vegas, opened up in 1941 along Highway 91. Its success inspired others to open up their own hotels along the highway which would one day become the strip. Tourists began to flock to the city over the next few decades to enjoy the casino scene and see incredible artists like Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra perform.

The birth of the mega resort

It was in 1966 the businessman Howard Hughes purchased the Desert Inn hotel; this was followed by over a dozen more hotel purchases, pushing out the mobster-owned hotels that had previously dominated Las Vegas. The concept of the mega hotel came about in 1989 when Steve Wynn opened the Mirage as the first hotel resort in the city. By 1994, Las Vegas was the home of more than 86,000 hotel and motel rooms with 13 of the 20 largest mega resort hotels in the world. It was during this era that the Strip became populated with more hotels and casinos, with developments inspired by the iconic cities and countries of the globe including Egypt, Paris, New York and Rome.

Las Vegas in the 21st century

The Las Vegas of today is well and truly established as a home for entertainment and casinos — which remain the biggest source of income for the city. However, there’s no doubt that Vegas faces more competition than ever before from the virtual world, with more people than ever before opting to play at an online casino, rather than play in the old fashioned way, but Vegas will always have the advantage. For many, it’s a once in a lifetime trip that an online casino can’t replicate, but do the online equivalents help to increase interest in Vegas?

The bright lights of Vegas is attracting billions of dollars in investment as many try and get a slice of the revenue that the sector has to offer. During 2019 over 42.52 million people came to visit Las Vegas from all around the world. Domestically, it was shown to be the second most popular destination for U.S. traveller’s dream spots after New York.

These days, Las Vegas continues to thrive and be a source of entertainment for millions of visitors from around the world looking to experience what the city has to offer. With new generations becoming interested in casino games — and some incredible musical residencies continuing to be announced — Las Vegas surely will continue to be one best places to go for a unforgettable dream destination for many.

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What can people find at some of the biggest land-based casinos in Canada? From Niagara Falls to Toronto, there is something for everyone at casinos in Canada, including table games, slots, roulette, blackjack, and other games. There are also many poker and blackjack tournaments held throughout the year and it is easy to find jackpots or slots with free spins at the casinos. Many casinos also have hotels, bars, and numerous restaurants which are perfect for players seeking some comfort. A relaxing casino experience for all ages can be found in many different places in Canada. Choose one from below.

Choosing a casino depends on your tastes and location within Canada. Do you want to experience the grandeur and splendour of nature while placing a bet? Then head to Niagara Falls. Do you want to see a show? Choose a casino with a show that will be perfect for you. If you are looking for pure relaxation, then check out some of the casinos with spas and world-class dining. Entertainment is also a large part of the casino experience in Canada. Musicians, bands, comedians, and other types of entertainment continue to be found at all of the biggest casinos.

Some Big Casinos Near Nature

Casino Niagara is located in one of the most beautiful places in Canada and the world. People from all around the globe come to experience the best of both worlds at Casino Niagara. Players have access to beauty and scenery while spending time at one of the biggest casinos in Canada. The casino has two floors with over 1200 slot machines, poker, and other table games. There are also many different restaurants and even a comedy club. The sports bar and casino was refurbished back in 2017, meaning that it has not lost any of its charm and shine.

ST Eugene Golf Resort: Casino of the Rockies is a golf and nature lovers’ paradise. The location could not be any more splendid. People can find the casino between the Rockies and Purcell Mountains. Furthermore, the casino has an interesting history after it was converted from an Indian Residential School. It was then opened in the early 2000s. St Eugene has table games, electronic roulette, baccarat, and blackjack. There is also a golf course, restaurant, bar, spa, and hotel that is highly rated in Canada. Overall games are limited so most people come for golfing and betting fun.

Caesars Windsor is famously located on the riverbank in Windsor, Ontario. Visitors from both Canada and the States frequent the casino and hotel. Players can see the Detroit and Michigan skyline from the area. There are two floors of slots, table games, and plenty of poker tables. Blackjack, baccarat, and roulette are also available at the casino. It has beautiful restaurants, a gym, bars, slots, and live sports. Check out the Titan 360™, a 10-foot tall slot machine with 5800 pounds of wins at the click of a button. It’s the largest slot machine in the world and great fun.

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River Rock Casino Resort – In Transit

Are you passing through Vancouver Airport and have a long transit? Hire a cab and spend some time enjoying slot machines at River Rock Casino Resort. There are slots galore and the different themes make it an enjoyable visit for all. There is even a Dungeons and Dragons slot for gamers. A fourteen-table game room can be found at the casino and international poker tournaments are held regularly. Other features include a VIP area, spa, live music, 24-hour food and drink, as well as other entertainment. Richmond is also worth a quick visit, especially for some delicious seafood.

Casino de Montreal – The Big Gun

Casino de Montreal is 526,488 square feet of casino excitement. The casino has around 20 thousand visitors each day and is one of the biggest casinos on the globe. If you are still unconvinced about the size of the place, then imagine five floors of slots and table games. 3,000 machines and 111 table games make the casino seem even more mammoth. Casino de Montreal games can be played in a smoke-free environment and many players comment on the user-friendly games and helpful staff. Complimentary drinks and top-rated gourmet food is all part of the experience at Casino de Montreal.

Hard Rock Casino – Another Big One

Hard Rock Casino is another large casino located in Vancouver, British Columbia. The casino is over 80,000 square feet, making it a big one in Canada. Hard Rock has gaming tables, slots, baccarat and a poker room. The casino includes 70 casino tables and 1,000 slots. Private rooms and high roller areas are also available. However, the Hard Rock name is known for excellent food and this is what people love about this casino. Many players comment on the quality of the food here. It even has a 1,000 seat theatre, making it great for dining and a show.

Elements Casino Brantford – Enjoy High Culture

Elements Casino Brantford is a historical gem for culture in Ontario. It is a charity casino that was established last century. It includes the Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts, which is a high society entertainment venue in Ontario. The centre is well known to performing arts enthusiasts in Ontario and Canada. Players come to see a show, enjoy some gourmet food and a game. The casino also has plenty of slots, table games, blackjack, baccarat, sic bo, three card poker, roulette, and other games. There is also a 14-table Texas Hold ‘Em poker room. Enjoy all the excitement.

River Cree Resort and Casino – Sports Lovers

River Cree Resort and Casino is a sport and gaming venue located in Edmonton that should not be overlooked. It has 39 tables of various money limits and over 1,000 slots. There are also a few different places to dine while enjoying a bet and other things to experience. There is a fitness centre, spa and a 200 room resort. However, the most interesting feature of this casino is the two hockey rinks, which are often used by the Edmonton Oilers for practice. It is possible to watch the team practice and go for a meal and some gaming fun.

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Top 8 Online Games That Kids Can Play Without Much Parental Supervision

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The gaming industry has been quite widespread since its inception. With the advent of globalisation and technology, this industry is reaching new heights. Kids these days are more inclined to the internet than they are to books. 

The internet has more information about everything than anywhere else and is very easily accessible. This further makes some parental control necessary. Most parents are worried about their kids playing violent video games that can further affect their mental health. 

Nevertheless, you cannot stop a kid from finding ways to log in to the internet, nor can you keep them away from playing video games. You can always supervise them on their media consumption. But that also gets tiresome after a point. This is when it gets necessary for you to introduce them to games that are not only kid-friendly but are also of their liking. 

If you are in a similar situation, looking for a way out, this article will surely help. Further mentioned are a few games that you can let your kid play while you concentrate on your work and well-being.  

1. Gummy Drop

Finding games that you can let your kids play without supervision is quite a task. With games like Gummy Drop, you do not have to worry one bit. With beautiful graphics and interesting gameplay, it does not take long for your kid to get hooked to the game. 

With new cities and interesting content being added almost every day, this 3 puzzle game is a good choice for your kids to play. It also connects to your Facebook account, letting you play with your other friends. It is also a nice way for your kids to improve their general knowledge and problem-solving skills. 

2. Skribbl

If you were a fan of Pictionary when you were growing up, you should definitely introduce your kids to this game. While the rules of Pictionary remain the same, this game improves on the visual aspect. With all of their friends in the same server, your kid can easily get hooked to this game. 

Easy and fun to play – once the server is set up, each player will get a word that they have to draw on the screen. The motive of the game is to help the other players guess your word. Each round chooses players at random. While it is advised that you use a tablet and a stylus to play this, you can always sketch with your finger. 

3. Ludo Supreme

A classic in every sense of the word, online ludo needs no introduction. There are some new features that are added in the game version of this app. It lets you connect to your Paytm account and earn real money while playing the game. 

Along with such amazing features, you can also play it for fun with your family or friends. It has other versions as well that come in different languages, especially in India, given the diverse nature of the country. You can download the LUDO for your android phones

4. Houseparty

There is no doubt that Houseparty has been one of the most popular downloads this pandemic. This is a networking app that lets you add as many as seven friends and play different games face-to-face via video calls. 

The novel approach of phone gaming made this a very widely chosen app. While playing games with your friends is always fun, this app lets you see and talk to them as well. Some of the most played games in this app include Heads Up!, Chips and Guac, Trivia and Quick Draw. With such amazing features and games, this is a worthwhile download for your kid. 

5. Monopoly

Monopoly is a very interesting game, which you can get your kids. Along with being fun, it can be played by any age group and is always stimulating your brain. This board game is an all-time classic that is now available on mobile platforms. 

The good thing about it being on the phone is that now your kids can play it with their friends as well, and all from the convenience of your home. 

6. Rocket League

If you have ever wondered what it would be like to play soccer but with cars, this game is exactly that. You get to pick a car at the beginning of the game in an oversized field with an oversized ball. Then start the five-minute matches where you have to score goals against them. 

To make it even more fun, this game allows the player to add up to three friends on the same server. It also has options where you can choose between casual play and ranked online play. Nevertheless, in both gameplays, you can earn new cosmetic looks for the car and get a chance to score more goals. 

7. UNO

Another all-time classic, UNO has been a very celebrated game all these years. The original company of UNO came out with the online version that is available on both iOS and Android devices. Since they are the copyright holders, you already know, the gameplay cannot get any better than this. 

Nevertheless, since it is a multiplayer game, you can play it both against your friends or strangers. It’s fun aesthetics, and new rules make it more interesting. It now has different modes of play and tournaments as well. You can also partner up and play 2v2 to win together. With servers available all around the world, you can connect to anyone you know. 

8. Guess The Word

Very obvious from the name itself, this game is known to be one of the most popular downloads in this list. It not only helps your kids spend some unsupervised time with themselves but also ensures that they learn new things in the process. 

The game contains different levels which get harder as your kid progresses, further making it more interesting and attractive. If you have some free time on your hands, you can also jump in and play with your kids.

Final Thoughts

So, these are the 8 games that kids of all ages can play without any tension. Above all, parents don’t have to panic or keep an eye on them all the time. 

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