Simone Torn

Freelance Magazine Writer for Showbiz Cheat Sheet, Nicki Swift, TheTalko, and ScreenRant

United States

"A writer is a writer not because she writes well and easily, because she has amazing talent, or because everything she does is golden. A writer is a writer because, even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing anyway." -Junot Diaz

Celebrity Couples You Didn't Know Work Together

In Hollywood, only a handful of celebrity couples have beaten the odds by staying together for more than a decade. It comes as no surprise that breakups are common in the land of the rich and famous, considering the opposing work schedules these couples often endure.

Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Ariana Grande Wrote a Song About This 'Harry Potter' Star

It's no secret that Ariana Grande is a massive Harry Potter fan. The pop star has released several record-breaking tracks over the years, from "God is a Woman" to "Test Drive." But did you know that one of the first songs she has ever written is about a Harry Potter star?

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The 'Harry Potter' Movies Could Have Been Animated

It's hard to imagine the Harry Potter movies without Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint. The eight films that dominated the early 2000s have made a significant cultural impact and are some of the highest-grossing movies of all time.

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Emma Watson Reveals Why She Wanted To Quit 'Harry Potter'

The reason Emma Watson wanted to quit Harry Potter is the most classic Hermione move of all time. Dedicated fans of the series know that Emma is just as brilliant and hardworking the character she portrays in J.K. Rowling's magical universe.

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Why Johnny Depp Was 'Never the Same' After His Break Up With Winona Ryder

A few decades ago, Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder were the most adored couple in Hollywood. They were the "it" couple of the 90s, causing the general public to swoon over their deep and profound connection. It's easy to get nostalgic over the romance between the Tim Burton stars, and over thirty years later, their relationship is still making headlines.

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Trey Parker Would 'Permanently Erase' These 'South Park' Episodes if He Could

creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone had no idea how much of a smashing success their mountain town series would turn out to be. And although they are incredibly proud of the animated universe they have created, there are several episodes that Parker would gladly erase from the library.

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Mila Kunis Says Ashton Kutcher's Proposal Was 'The Best Day' of Her Life

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher have been happily married since 2015. They had a beautiful, private wedding ceremony that took place in a "secret garden." Yet before the special day, Kutcher got on one knee to propose. And according to Kunis, his proposal was the "best day" of her life.


10 Date Ideas Way More Exciting Than Dinner And A Movie

There is nothing wrong with a classic dinner date along with a movie, yet it's important to spice things up in your relationship by trying out new activities as often as possible. Falling into a routine is an easy way to hurt a romance and burn out the spark, so what can you do to keep the fireworks?

The Best Self Care Ritual For You, Based On Your Zodiac Sign

Sometimes we feel as though the whole world is crashing down on our shoulders due to all the responsibilities we have thrust upon us. Whether these responsibilities stem from school work, our jobs, or taking care of loved ones, it is so important that we take some time out of our hectic lives to focus on ourselves.

10 Hobbies To Take Up After A Breakup

Breakups are tough. Getting your heart broken is both physically and emotionally painful and we understand if all you want to do now is scarf down a tub of Ben & Jerry's ice cream while blasting Tayler Swift.

10 Times Chrissy Teigen & John Legend Were Relationship Goals

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend are one of the most beloved celebrity couples of all time because of how authentic, romantic, and earnest they are together. It is clear to millions of fans that these two are in it for the long haul and that they work to lift each other up every day.

Shy Girls: How To Break Out Of Your Shell

Being known as "the shy girl" is never easy, and it's all too common for members of the timid squad to feel ashamed of their quiet nature. It's as though there is something wrong with us for our inability to branch out.

10 Tips To Surviving Your First Vacation As A Couple

So, you and your significant other decided to take the next step by going on vacation together as a couple? Congrats! This is a big milestone in any relationship, and traveling with your partner can be an amazing way to bond and discover new things about each other while surrounded by beautiful scenery.

Which Lady Gaga Song is Your Anthem, Based on Your Zodiac Sign

Lady Gaga has a number of brilliant songs that contain a whole lot of personality. Whether she is singing about her strives towards equality or an old James Dean type of lover, it's easy for us to relate to the Queen of Pop's music and identify with her lyrics.

Taurus Season: 10 Essentials To Make Your Own Self Care Sanctuary

Taurus season is finally here and even if your zodiac sign is not that of the bull, you can still appreciate the season of the second astrological sign from April 21 - May 21. Those of the second house appreciate the finer things in life and understand the importance of self-care in order to improve the body and mind.

12 Subtle Things That Men Are Secretly Into

As women, we think we know exactly what men want. Usually, we assume they only want "one thing", but this is usually far from true. There are a lot of terrific men out there who are looking for a whole lot more than a fun time, but what exactly does "a whole lot more" entail?

All Of Ariana Grande's Relationships, Ranked

Ariana Grande has made her relationships with past lovers a big part of her public image and she has never been shy of showing the world just how exciting and playful her romances are. It is easy to understand where she's coming from because when we fall in love, we want to scream our feelings of affection through the rooftops.

A 'Game Of Thrones' Makeup Collection By Urban Decay Is Coming

We may never get the chance to take the iron throne, but we will most certainly get the opportunity to wear the 'Game of Thrones' makeup collection by Urban Decay. It seems like the perfect show to inspire a makeup collection. I can already see it now... "Winterfell White." "Targaryen Blue."

Oddest Beauty Tips From Celebrities That Really Work

Celebs... they're just like us! Until they're not. We always hear insane beauty stories from Hollywood's biggest stars. From Kim K's million dollar facial made out of human blood to Victoria Beckham's bird poo facial. But I can guarantee this list of celebrity beauty tips will not have any ingredients that involve canary feces or human blood.

Everything Audrey Hepburn Can Teach Us About Beauty

"The Beauty Of A Woman Is Not In A Facial Mode But The True Beauty In A Woman Is Reflected In Her Soul." -Audrey Hepburn Oh, Audrey. If only you knew how much of an impact you'd still have decades after the height of your fame.

What We Can Learn From Fashion Icon, Grace Kelly

Femininity... A nearly extinct trait in 2019. Although we as women have the right to our own tastes, styles, and preferences when it comes to fashion, I can't help but notice that it has become less and less popular to see women sporting classicly feminine attire.

15 Ways To Stay Fit In The Winter

Winter is one of the most difficult times of the year to score a flat stomach and glass-cutting jawline that we all secretly crave. It makes sense.

My On And Off Relationship With Food - Simi - Medium

Food and I have always had a bit of a rocky relationship. They say that no relationship is perfect, that there are always areas to improve upon in any given romance, and there is no exception when it comes to me and my beloved noshing habits.

Why Dating Apps Such As "Tinder" Are Unfairly Stigmatized

"So... how did you two meet?" This is one of the most asked questions for couples everywhere. Everyone wants to know the backstory behind any given romantic relationship because for some reason the way you meet someone seems to set up one's beliefs for the relationship as a whole.

Is It Ever Okay To Play Mind Games In A Relationship?

In the words of Freddie Mercury, "Everybody play the game of love". This makes us wonder... is love really just one big game? Is every kiss, every date, every flirtatious text just another clever move on the chess board?

'Broad City' Has Taught Me More About Friendship Than Any Other Show

Friendship has been a common theme on television since the 50s. From Lucy and Ethel to Beavis and Butthead, viewers of these shows have been comparing and contrasting their own personal friendships with the BFFs they witness on screen. We've all done it before. Blog
What Should You Do If Your Partner Is Still Friends With Their Ex? |

The idea of someone maintaining a relationship with their ex-partner is a head scratcher for sure. On the one hand, they shared all of these brilliant memories with each other. It makes sense that a person would want to keep in touch with someone that they were once so close to, rather than just throwing it all away for good.

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'Insecure' Proves You Can End Up Happily Ever After With Yourself

Insecure raises important questions about just when a relationship turns into too much hard work. A lot of people have come to expect a romantically-fuelled TV show to end on two "will they won't they" characters finally coupling up. On it was Carrie and Big. On it was Rachel and Ross.

I Went A Day Without My Phone And This Is What Happened

It seems like a ridiculous concept. A day without one's phone should be simple enough, everyone did it pre-90's, but now in 2018 going without your cellular device is like going without a limb. So I decided to give it a try. I would sacrifice my addiction for 24 hours, even if it meant experiencing symptoms of withdrawal.

Why I'm glad the honeymoon phase is over

There I was, standing in the grocery aisle, trying to choose between Twizzlers and Flaming Hot Cheetos for the party my boyfriend and I were throwing later that night. "Just get both, dude," said my boyfriend of over two years, as he placed both snacks into the cart. Wait.

The Daily Positive
Too Feminine To Be a Feminist? The Daily Positive

"Girls can wear jeans, cut their hair short, wear shirts and boots because it's okay to be a boy. But for a boy to look like a girl is degrading, because you think that being a girl is degrading."

How Falling In Love With Fitness Has Changed My Life

"There's something different about you," my friend commented one morning over coffee. "You have this newfound glow and you seem so happy lately." She gave me a smirk then leaned in before saying, "You've met someone, haven't you? Is there a new man in your life?"

Film & TV Reviews

Planet DISH
'Russian Doll' Is The Netflix Show You Need To Be Watching Right Now

It has been a minute since we've seen a show that is as strange and zany as Russian Doll. From its hipster 80s music to the vibrant orange color schemes to the eccentric set of characters with the quirky pet names, this show is able to stand out from the rest simply based on the cinematic experience it offers.

'Broad City' Season 5 Episode 1 Review - Simi - Medium

Last night our favorite witches Abbi and Ilana graced our screens once more, with even heavier laughs and heart than ever before. Done in an incredibly creative and hilarious way, nearly the entire episode takes place on Ilana's Instagram story.

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'Friends From College' Redeems Itself In Its Second Season

Sometimes, TV shows aren't able to fully land on their feet until their second season. We've seen it before on Parks and Rec (I can barely count the number of times people have told me not to even bother watching the first season and just to skip to the second), and several other hit shows have followed in its tracks.

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Why We Need To Stop Romanticizing Netflix's 'You'

Warning: spoilers ahead! If you haven't yet watched Netflix's binge-worthy thriller You starring Gossip Girl's very own Dan Humphrey, you're in for a disturbing treat. The show centers around Joe, a broody book worm type (Penn Badgley), who finds himself completely enamored with an aspiring poet named Beck (Elizabeth Lail).

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Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Is Even Better Its Second Time Around

Often times, the second season of a show will outshine its first season. This is easily the case with The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, an Emmy-winning triumph starring Rachel Brosnahan and Alex Borstein. Not only is the second season already nominated once again for the golden globes, but its critical praise is skyrocketing- and rightfully so.

Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Movie Review

By Simone Torn (Chicago) Care to watch a feel-good movie amped with energy and wish fulfillment? If yes, Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) is just the film for you.

Why Carrie Should Have Ended Up Alone On Sex & The City

Once upon a time, long before the everlasting battle between Team Edward and Team Jacob, there was another on-screen love triangle that rattled the nation. This was, of course, the debate as to whether or not Carrie Bradshaw should have ended up with Aidan or Mr. Big.

'Beautiful Boy' Is A Beautiful Mess - Simi - Medium

When the trailer for 'Beautiful Boy' (2018) came out, my toes were literally curling. I couldn't believe that my two favorite actors in the world, Timothee Chalamet and Steve Carell were banding together to create what looked like an incredible drama.

'Mid90s' Is The Nostalgia Film We All Desperately Needed To See

Millennials are kind of obsessed with the '90s. It makes sense. Not only were we kids in this era, (and let's face it, everything from childhood seems a lot sunnier than the mundane suit-and-tie period of adulthood), but the '90s was, in a way, the true age of innocence. The '90s...

A Star Is Born (2018) Movie Review

By Simone Torn (Chicago, Illinois, US) Everyone is raving about A Star Is Born starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. With a 95% on rotten tomatoes and a shining forty million dollars in the box office opening weekend, it's clear that Cooper's directorial debut is a smash hit.

Eighth Grade (2018) Movie Review

By Simone Torn (Chicago, Illinois, US) Middle school is terrifying. A cesspool of inflamed zits, self-doubt, and unimaginable loneliness, it's hard to imagine a more uncomfortable time in life for a young girl with crippling social anxiety. Such is the case for Kayla, played beautifully by Elsie Fisher in Bo Burnham's directorial debut indie comedy, Eighth Grade.

Assassination Nation (2018) Movie Review

By Simone Torn (Chicago, Illinois, US) Aesthetics are everything for Sam Levinson's gory feminist flick, Assassination Nation. A film that seems to be a hybrid of Pretty Little Liars and The Purge, it's easy to say it has a unique flare that subsequently has created a genre of its own: A campy satirical female-driven blood fest.

Divine Magazine
Movie Review - The Spy Who Dumped Me - Divine Magazine

5 Story 50% Actors Performance 40% Cinematography 50% Soundtrack 60% Pros Had a good message in addressing the importance of female friendship. Cons The lead actors had no chemistry, and there weren't nearly enough laughs for it to be a successful comedy. Readers Rating: 0 0 votes A buddy cop comedy about two best friends ...

Why Call Me By Your Name Is One Of The Greatest Love Stories Of All Time

"Is it better to speak or die?" This is one of the main questions posed for Guadagino's 2017 movie adaptation of Call Me By Your Name. What it's really asking is, is it better to pour your heart out and confess true feelings at the risk rejection and looking like a fool, or would "dying" be easier and much less painful?

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Movie Review - Ocean's 8 - Divine Magazine

Is Ocean's 8 A Pointless Movie? 5.3 Story 40% Actors Performance 50% Cinematography 50% Sound Track 70% Pros It looks beautiful and glamorous, has an amazing cast Cons No spirit or energy/failing script Readers Rating: 98% 1 votes Ocean's 8 (stylized onscreen as Ocean's Eight) is a 2018 American heist comedy film directed by Gary Ross and written by Ross and Olivia ...

Music Reviews

Smashing Pumpkins SHINY AND OH SO BRIGHT, VOL. 1 Album Review

I discovered Smashing Pumpkins when I was around sixteen in a dusty Chicago record shop. Ever since I was in junior high, I had fallen for boys who happened to be scrappy musicians that each had a real boner for all things 'vintage'. Vintage guitars, vintage boots, and especially vintage music.

The Spill Magazine

Macy Gray Ruby Mack Avenue Records Macy Gray's voice reminds one of being wrapped up in a blanket of sunlight. Soulful, warm, and iconic, Gray's vocal magic has made sweet love to our ears yet again in her tenth studio album, Ruby. Calling Ms. Gray's 43 minute album "ambitious" might be putting it mildly.

Paul Simon & The Sound of Silent Awe

HIGHLAND PARK - This year I have attended several concerts. They all were much more than just a singer performing on the stage, with a guitarist and a drummer. These concerts were an entire production. For example, the Beyoncé concert was a brilliant experience with as many special effects on stage as in a Michael Bay movie.

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The Pineapple Thief Dissolution Kscope It is a terrifying image, the thought of a group hanging out while each one of them has their eyes glued to their phones. We have all become zombified by that bright blue light, the screens of our cellular devices sucking all of the beauty out from the "white mist" of the world around us.