ANNEX EXCLUSIVE: Noel Fisher Dishes on His Nunchaku Skills & Favorite Co-Star

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Photography shot by the RIKER BROTHERS

Rising star Noel Fisher has an impressive list of over 50 film and TV credits under his belt, and is soon to become a household name, as he currently stars as Michelangelo in the summer blockbuster Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Fisher is best known for his roles as Mickey Milkovich in the hit Showtime series Shameless, and the 1500 year-old vampire Vladimir in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Pawn – Part 2. The 30 year-old Canadian actor has earned an impressive 67,000 Twitter followers and over 40,000 Instagram followers, with whom he shares everything from adorable photos of his new foster kitten to videos of himself showing off his nunchaku skills. This has been a whirlwind month for Fisher, as he not only enjoyed the smash-hit success of TMNT (the sequel is set for 2016), but also got engaged to his longtime girlfriend in Bora Bora this month. Noel Fisher sat down with ANNEX to dish on stunt training for TMNT, working towards your dreams and his favorite co-star thus far.

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Photography shot by the RIKER BROTHERS

Annex: How do you relate to the pizza loving, nunchaku using, Michaelangelo?

Noel Fisher: I really like that Michaelangelo is the life of the party and has the biggest heart – the biggest in the group – and he keeps everyone together. He’s very innocent, a big walking bundle of love for all of his brothers.

A: What was the wildest thing you did to prepare yourself for such an iconic role?

NF: Well, the coolest thing I did (actually the production did for all of us) was when we got to New York, we were trained by the stunt crew, 87 Eleven. We got to train for like a month straight with all of our weapons so that we can be as comfortable as possible with handling all of our weapons, to just to get to train and step into these roles.

 

A: From Final Destination to Twilight to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Who has been your favorite actor/actress to work alongside with?

NF: Can’t really choose one, they were all really great! I would have to say Bruce Greenwood – he has this massive career and I think he’s a really underrated actor. A wonderful person. He creates this really great vibe on set and I’m sad that I didn’t get to hang out with him as much as I would’ve liked.

 

A: What advice could you leave our readers, who one day, hope to play roles as major as the one’s you’ve played? 

NF: There’s a book that I read – and still continue to read – and it’s called, The War of Art by Steven Pressfield (not to be confused with The Art of War). It’s written from the writer’s perspective on how to accomplish things, build towards your dreams if you will, be that acting or writing, or even getting a six pack! Wonderful book, beautiful perspective. It talks about resistance and what you can do to move past your resistance period. It’s truly a great book for anyone to read, not only for aspiring actors, musicians, or whoever.

 

By Claire Wong & Candice Lee

Man Crush Monday: Jamie Blackley

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Have you seen If I Stay yet?

You know, the movie with the heart wrenching previews that make you want to cry every time you see them? Yeah, thats the one.
We can’t deny we’re excited to spend 2 and a half hours alone with Jamie Blackley. He is all the heart-throb you need to end your summer on a high note.

Only 23, Blackley has already got a vast filmography including titles like; And While We Were Here (2012) and Snow White and the Huntsman (2012).


But this is only the start of a very promising career for our man crush, with upcoming projects including; Kids In Love(2014), as well as an untitled Woody Allen Project(2015).

Big beautiful brown eyes, just the right amount of scruff, a jawline that could kill and talent that has taken him all over and around Hollywood, what more could you ask for?

Originally from the UK, it is very obvious that moving forward there will be a new leading man in town and we are happy it is going to be this guy!

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Images via IMDB and Tumblr

Obsessed: Chloe Moretz in Dolce & Gabbana for ‘If I Stay’ Premiere

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We’re completely #obsessed with the calm-goth Dolce & Gabbana gown that our #WCW Chloe Grace Moretz decided to wear last night at the premiere after-party for her upcoming movie ‘If I Stay,’ based on the YA novel of the same name. The Dolce & Gabbana number is certainly on trend, as it alludes to the matching crop-top and skirt ensemble with neutral toned makeup that has been a red carpet favorite as of late.

Image via Hollywood Life

#TBT: We Know What You Did This Summer

As the summer comes to a close, we would like to take this throwback Thursday opportunity and highlight what some fashionable peeps were up to during these past few months. In case you were having a fabulous summer and you missed what your favorite bloggers were up to, we’ve got you covered!

We picked Instagram’s busiest bloggers this summer and came up with a lowdown on all the great stuff they did. From new business ventures to travel adventures, these girls did it all and they definitely looked their part.

Blogger by blogger, here are what some of your favorite fashionistas were up to this hot-hot summer.

WARNING: The content that follows may cause you to experience a slight case of FOMO, but in the past tense, so maybe just good old jealousy?

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Attended to BeautyCon 

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Traveled to France

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Traveled to Sicily

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Traveled to Ibiza

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Traveled to NYC

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Traveled to Morocco

Kristina Bazan:

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Kayture was nominated for best photography blog at the 2014 Bloglovin awards

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Traveled to Mykonos with Louis Vuitton

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Traveled to India

Chiara Ferragni:

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Traveled to Los Angeles

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Featured on InStyle Germany’s August Cover

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Featured in a campaign for Philips headphones in Hong Kong

Road tripped through SoCal

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Traveled to Arizona with Lovers & Friends

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Chiara Ferragni Shoes launched on Revolve Clothing

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Traveled to Dubai

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Traveled to New York

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Traveled to Shanghai

Hit one million subscribers on her Youtube channel

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Her first episode of Beauty by Mail was released via her Youtube channel JennImTeenVogue

Teamed up with Teen Vogue and Simon Malls for a back to school challenge

Partnered with ThreadSence to shoot an adorable shopable video with ready to wear styles for fall and back to school!

Back to School: Courtesy of Dakota Fanning

We admire Lucky September cover girl Dakota Fanning not only as an actress, but also for her impeccably polished style. Dakota Fanning regularly rocks preppy looks both on the red carpet as an A-list actress, and in her daily life as a college student at NYU. It’s no wonder that UNIQLO tapped her to model preppy cardigans and button-downs for their Spring 2014 ad campaign. Since Fall is around the corner, we’ve selected some of Dakota’s most fabulous preppy looks for back to school style inspiration.

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Images via Popsugar Australia, Pinterest, Just Jared

 

#ALSIceBucketChallenge Part Two: High Fashion on Ice

We clued you in yesterday, on the campaign for a cure that is taking over your social media. Since then, the cause has hit the fashion industry and has taken new life. The queen of all queens, Anna Wintour has taken the ice bucket challenge and also made a donation to the ALS Association.

But, don’t expect to see Anna in shorts and a t-shirt for her challenge. In true Wintour fashion, Anna didn’t dress down to get soaked but instead wore a sundress and kept her signature shades on for the event and thats why we love her.

To see Wintour get fully drenched by her family in freezing cold water, click here, trust me, you’ll want to see this!

Meanwhile, check out some more celebs who have taken the challenge – we’ll keep you posted!

Which Models Can Really Make it Rain This Year?

Forbes never fails to bring us the information we both love and hate to read. You know, the articles about all the people making all the money that we aren’t.
But, if we can’t deny that if we were forced to pick a favorite, out of all the annual lists that make us question our life choices, we would go with ‘The World’s Highest-Paid Models‘ list.
As per usual, this years list has got some returning favorites, some newbies and some of the information on list was shocking. The list takes you through some twists and turns and gives proof that name recognition and exposure don’t always mean dollar signs. However, for the most part, we weren’t too surprised – Gisele Budchen, #1, obviously!

We decided we would attempt to help cushion the blow from reading just how much these beauties have made so far this year by sharing some of the pretty pictures that have got them there and their overall best looks this year so far.

Lets take a look, shall we?

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Images via Fashion Gone Rogue and Tumblr

#ALSIceBucketChallenge: The Cause That is Sweeping the Nation

I think my first interaction with this now worldwide trend was when I saw Hilary Duff post her video on Instagram with the hastag #ALSicebucketchallenge. After that, I was hooked. I followed from her video to her sisters (Haylie Duff) video and so on and so forth. And that is how they get you, I obviously had to do some research and figure out what this was all about right? At this point, I am so excited and I am secretly hoping someone will nominate me.

So, let me share with you some of the things I learned while researching. For starters, the ALS Association came up with this phenomenon as a way to create awareness around their cause. The association itself was established in 1985 as the only non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s disease. They lead with global research and provide support groups and chapters for people with the chronic disease and are known for building hope for finding new treatments and hopefully a cure. In all honesty, I didn’t know anything about ALS before any of the challenge videos started popping up. So, all things aside, it is safe to say the challenge is already a success in terms of creating awareness.

Now for the history lesson: ALS was found in 1869 by a French neurologist, Jean-Martin Charcot. However, is wasn’t until Lou Gehrig, in 1939, brought international attention to the disease. The disease which ended the legends baseball career is still closely associated to his name. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. So, in plain terms, people diagnosed most commonly loose motor abilities and can eventually become fully paralyzed in later stages.

The ice bucket challenge is an amazing idea. The campaign seems to be doing well because as of today, (August 19) it has been reported that the challenge donations have now reached $22.9 million! Not to mention, some of Hollywood’s biggest names have been caught on camera accepting the challenge and then going on to challenge their friends. But it isn’t only for the rich and famous, if you have ever had any experience with a non-profit, you know that any little bit helps and I have even seen classmates from high school participating on their social media!

Well, now that you are all aware of the purpose behind the craziness that you have been seeing all over your social media, we hope you get the opportunity to get involved as well!

Take a look at how some familiar faces have been putting their own spin on the challenge and let it inspire you!

Images via Instagram, Youtube, NBC

Man Crush Monday: Patrick Schwarzenegger

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Our #ManCrushMonday is 20 year-old actor, model and all-around heartthrob Patrick Schwarzenegger, who recently starred in Tom Ford’s Eyewear campaign alongside our favorite ‘it’ girl, Gigi Hadid. It seems that we’re not the only ones who are in appreciation of the rising actor/model’s flawless physique, as a quick Google Images search turns up countless shirtless photos of him flaunting his six-pack abs on the beach.

Schwarzenegger has come a long way since scoring his first ad campaign for Hudson Jeans in 2011, as he has gone on to enjoy a successful modeling and acting career. Remember him playing sweet Romeo in Ariana Grande’s ’Right There’ music video?! We can’t wait to see him in his upcoming film projects, which include the drama “Dear Eleanor” starring Jessica Alba and Josh Lucas, and the horror-comedy “Scouts vs. Zombies.” Schwarzenegger has also proven to be more than just a pretty face with his new business venture Blaze Pizza, which opened at The Grove Farmer’s Market in Los Angeles in May.

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Images via Bullett, Models.com, Facebook

Cara Delevingne is Feelin’ 22 Today: 10 Cara-Tastic Moments

At just 22 years of age, British supermodel Cara Delevingne has taken the fashion world by storm and starred in campaigns for the likes of Balmain, Burberry, Chanel and Fendi. Her Instagram account has earned her an impressive 6.2 million followers, with whom she shares everything from goofy videos to behind-the-scenes photos. In honor of the supermodel turned actress’ birthday, we’ve selected ten editorial photos that capture her fierce and quirky attitude.

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LOVE Magazine Fall/Winter 2013. Photographers: Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.

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‘Go To Sleep, Things Will Be Better In The Morning,’ i-D Magazine December 2012. Photographer: Angelo Pennetta.

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‘Go To Sleep, Things Will Be Better In The Morning,’ i-D Magazine December 2012. Photographer: Angelo Pennetta.

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 ’The Cat,’ LOVE Magazine Spring/Summer 2013. Photographer: Liz Collins.

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 ’Les Yeux Noirs,’ Numéro March 2011. Photographer: Ben Hassett.

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 ’A La Italiana,’ Vogue Spain January 2013. Photographer: Quentin de Briey.

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 ’Queen Cara,’ Vogue Australia October 2013. Photographer: Benny Horne.

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‘Queen Cara,’ Vogue Australia October 2013. Photographer: Benny Horne.

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‘Pink Lady,’ British Vogue September 2013. Photographer: Walter Pfeiffer.

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‘Pink Lady,’ British Vogue September 2013. Photographer: Walter Pfeiffer.

Images via Models.com