10 Things Carl and Ellie’s marriage taught us

10 Things Carl and Ellie’s marriage taught us

It’s a perfect image of teamwork.

1. They were not only husband and wife, they were companions

Companionship and marriage are two words that if merged together, exhibit a healthy relationship between two people. What we see in Carl and Ellie’s marriage at the very beginning is the very image of companionship as they work together to refurbish their new home. It’s a perfect image of teamwork.


2. It doesn't matter who had the higher paying job

Considering their roles in employment, we all can assume Ellie had the higher paying salary, which is very bold considering the societal constructs of their generation. Regardless of that, what stands out in this is despite the differences in employment, they didn’t look at each other any differently, and showed no resentment because they were on the same team.

3. How to make the best out of mistakes

This shows the heart of what they have for each other, especially Ellie’s. Sure it was just a handprint on a mailbox and not what we would call a larger mistake, but even in the small things the immediate reaction from Ellie to put her own handprint on it too not only showed her creativity to make the best out of a mistake, it shows she is forgiving

4. Respected each others' dreams

We can all agree that the image of Carl and Ellie holding hands and staring up at the clouds reflects their love for each other and the sweet romance they still hold for each other. What truly stands out in addition to this is the trust they have for each other to share their dreams

5. Encouraged each others' dreams

When Ellie’s own dream was crushed we see a beautiful picture of Carl’s love for her through his encouragement. Reminding her of the dream she shared with him when they were children, which also reveals how much he knows her and what she holds dear.

6. Made (new) plans together

In this image it is beautiful to see they make new plans for the future. Even though one dream failed, it doesn’t limit them to following another. With continued effort and working together, they took the steps to plan for their adventure.

7. Kept optimistic when challenges hindered their plans

Not only did this show a realistic view of life in general, despite the fact they may be farther away from achieving their dream to adventure, they kept a good attitude about it.

8. Enjoyed each others' company

Ellie and Carl showed us is that married life doesn’t have to bounce all over the place and be continuously active. Even then in that down time, we see the simple appreciation of enjoying each others’ company.

9. You're never too old to be romantic

We see throughout their marriage a close friendship, they have fun, they work as a team, but here reveals the romantic love that still lives inside them. Ellie and Carl show us that it doesn’t matter how old you are, you can still be romantic.

10. They were happy together

Even thought they never got to experience the dream of adventuring the world together, we see they were still happy. It took Carl his own adventure for him to realize it, but in the end, Ellie shows us the greatest adventure was her married life with her husband.

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Ranking of James Corden's "Crosswalk the Musicals"

Who wouldn't want to sing and dance while being a road hazard?

James Corden is a mastermind when it comes to creating and performing content for his show, “The Late, Late Show”. One of his most popular segments is “Crosswalk: the Musical”.

Each segment consists of the hilarious James Corden, who acts as an overbearing, conceited choreographer, director, and star, with a dance company, and even the occasional appearances of celebrities, but the true star of this segment is the crosswalk outside CBS Studios on Genesee Avenue and Beverly Boulevard.

Most people have enough trouble walking across the street in the allotted time, but James Corden takes it to another level by producing a “Broadway caliber musical production” (as he would say).

Here’s where your favorite production ranks:

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7. Grease

This production came in at #7 for two reasons. First off, I'm not really a big fan of Grease (sorry, not sorry). Secondly, it is not as big or high caliber as of a production as other musicals performed in the crosswalk.

Notable moments:

Benedict Cumberbatch vocal exercises.

James' reaction to his missing leather jacket.

6. Mary Poppins

Shot in London, this segment includes special guest, Sir Ben Kingsley. James Corden plays the titular role of Mary Poppins and thinks that he's "better than Julie Andrews."

Notable Moments:

The performance of "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious."

James Corden's portrayal of Mary Poppins.

5. Beauty and The Beast

This crosswalk production is packed with celebrities from Disney's live-action version of Beauty and The Beast. Luke Evans, Dan Stevens, Josh Gad, as well as James Corden and his dance company come together to tell the "tale as old as time".

Notable Moments:

James Corden as Belle dancing with the Beast.

Corden's opinion of the magnitude of his performance, "Daniel Day-Lewis played Abraham Lincoln, Meryl Streep played Margaret Thatcher, James Corden played Belle. Those three will always be regarded as similar, if not the same."

4. The Lion King

Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne guest star in this crosswalk creation. Corden once again plays the main character of the show, leaving Rose Byrne to portray both Nala and Timon, while Seth Rogen is used as scenery.

Notable Moments:

Anytime "Sath" (look at his name tag) opens his mouth, including, "Someone's gonna get killed doing this."

Corden's pre-show chant.

3. The Phantom of the Opera

James Corden portrays the Phantom along with some help from his dance company and members of the Phantom National Tour. Corden is extremely extra, but this musical is performed seamlessly in the busy streets of Los Angeles.

Notable Moments:

"The Music of the Night"

The Gondola gliding across the street.

2. Hair

"Hamilton" and "In the Heights" creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda co-stars in this crosswalk production with James Corden. This production is high energy, entertaining, and comes with a surprise at the end.

Notable Moments:

Performance of "Aquarius (Let the Sunshine in)"

James Corden's advice about performing in the crosswalk to Lin-Manuel Miranda, "It's one thing, on the stage, air-conditioning, Broadways, it's another thing when people are shouting obscenities out of a window at you because they don't get it."

1. Selections from "Guys and Dolls, "On the Town", "Fame", and "The Greatest Showman"

Broadway will never be the same after James Corden, Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, and Zendaya performed in the crosswalk. This segment came in 1st place because of its high energy performances and James Corden's continued extravagant persona.

Notable Moments:

James Corden's mispronunciation of Hugh "Huge" Jackman's name.

Zendaya (Because she's the best!)

Disagree with my rankings? Watch them and compile your own list of favorites!

Cover Image Credit: The Late Late Show with James Corden

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"President Oprah's" Powerful Speech Gives Rise To The Time's Up Movement

Simply, she spoke up for those who have been silenced. It is a call to action.

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and various sexual harassment allegations, the Golden Globes allowed for the setting of protest through voice, pins, and fashion.

Across the red carpet, women stood in solidarity while wearing black. The Time's Up legal initiative inspired attendees to stand alongside both men and women who have been silenced by discrimination, harassment or abuse. Celebrities at the event donned black gowns that emphasized their bold statement. Hundreds of entertainment stars blasted the message across social media. This simple yet impactful act alone set an empowering tone for the evening.

However, the stirring did not stop there. Oprah Winfrey later took the stage as the recipient of the Cecil B. de Mille Award. Winfrey then brought down the house with an uplifting speech that addressed the inequality among race and gender.

During, Winfrey told the story of African American Recy Taylor. Taylor's story made national headlines in 1944 when she was abducted and raped by six white men. In the era of Jim Crow, Taylor's fight for justice was unsuccessful and the men were let go.

"For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men," Winfrey said, as applause erupted around the room. "But their time is up. Their time is up."

Winfrey's telling of this event not only shows a prime example of injustice, but also her fight alongside individuals like Recy. Simply, she spoke up for those who have been silenced. It is a call to action.

Winfrey spoke volumes, using her platform to enact change. Her rouse of emotions allowed for all in attendance to connect in one way or another. Her speech has gathered much support on Twitter with supporters wanting Winfrey for president.

With three standing ovations, Winfrey concluded using these lasting words,

"I want all the girls watching, here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon! And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say 'Me too' again."

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