Celebrities Turning 40 This Year

Turning 40 is something that many dread, but there is absolutely no reason as to why you cannot turn 40 in style. From Orlando Bloom to Kerry Washington, here are a few celebrities who are turning 40 this year that you can take some inspiration from.

Kerry Washington

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Kerry Washington
The star of hit television show Scandal, which has been running since 2012, Kerry Washington turned 40 in January. Married with two children, Washington is also known for her roles in Django Unchained and Ray, and her success looks set to continue on well into the future.

Kanye West
American rapper Kanye West turned 40 in June, and he has certainly accomplished so much in his 40 years of life. In addition to being an award-winning rapper, West is also a fashion designer and a record producer, as well as a father, and a husband to celebrity Kim Kardashian.

Shakira rose to fame in the English-language music market in 2002, with her single “Whenever, Wherever”, which most of you likely remember. In February of this year, the singer turned 40, but is still keeping busy, and is rumoured to be working on her eleventh studio album.

Orlando Bloom

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Orlando Bloom
Orlando Bloom is another star that turned 40 in January, and while he may have starred in several movies over the years, his most-loved roles are the ones that he played in Lord of the Rings and Pirates of the Caribbean. A month after the star’s birthday, his relationship with singer Katy Perry ended, and the award-winning actor has since revealed that he is looking for someone new to settle down with.

Sarah Michelle Gellar
An actress and producer, Sarah Michelle Gellar was first spotted by an agent in New York at the tender age of four, after which she starred in her first television movie. The star’s worldwide recognition came from her role in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and she has continued to feature in a number of television shows and movies since then. Although the actress turned 40 in April, she has not let this slow her down, and continues to develop her various entrepreneurial start-ups, while focussing on her acting career at the same time.

Liv Tyler
Liv Tyler, a beautiful American actress and former model, turns 40 this July. Her career began at the age of 14, when she started modeling, but quickly turned her attention to acting. This resulted in success for Tyler, as she ended up starring in a number of different roles, both television and movie, but has continued to give back to the community by serving as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2003.

Maggie Gyllenhaal

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Maggie Gyllenhaal
Indie actress Maggie Gyllenhaal will be turning 40 in November this year. Happily married with two beautiful daughters, Gyllenhaal is set to star in a new HBO series, so do keep an eye out for her.

As you can see from the celebrities mentioned above, turning 40 does not mean that your life needs to slow down in any way. Instead, make the most of your age and experience by working out how to take your career to the next level, and build up a life that you can be really proud of.


Most Influential Films of All Time

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The film industry is one of the many ways that humanity has sought to immortalize its ideas. Story after story goes from page to screen every year. Most of them get forgotten before the next summer rolls around and fail to make any lasting mark. This isn’t true of all films though. Some of them appear and make a mark that ensures they keep being watched decades later. These are the ones with lasting influence that tease the minds of generations as they find their own meaning in the images flickering across the screen or simply renew a universal understanding or fear. There are a lot of ways to rank the most influential films and it has to pick from just one. OROGOLD has simply taken a simply of some of the movies universally agreed to be true landmarks in film.

The Wizard of Oz
The transition from black and white to color is one of the highlights of film, and no film really captured the sense of wonder quite like “The Wizard of Oz”. It’s famous transition from the drab normal world to the technicolor dream world of Oz remains embedded in the cultural memory even long after color film has lost its novelty. The story itself is simple, but compelling enough to keep the attention of people of all ages. Dorothy and her friends travel across the strange lands of Oz trying to find what they need the most as people. The storybook feeling contributes to the sense of timelessness that keeps the film being played on television even now. Special effects may have come a long way since the movie first came out in 1939, but this film helped pave the way.

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Stanley Kubrick is a name well known to film enthusiasts for a good reason. His eclectic yet perfectionist style for film created films most consider modern masterpieces. Dr. Strangelove (1964) is his ode to the surreal and unnerving absurdity of the Cold War. In a desperate bid to figure out how to stop the end of the world, top men gather in a secret in the United States to discuss the actions of a rogue general that could very well result in nuclear armageddon. The black comedy twists and turns as Kubrick and his viewers try to come to grips with the strange yet then familiar absurdity of living in a world where any moment could be the end. Some aspects of the movie are considered to be incredibly funny, but Kubrick never truly eases up his message on how truly wrong the world of the film is and the world he was living in was.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Animation is an art that waxes and wanes in its popularity. Disney typically restores interest in traditional animation whenever it starts to get low. This 1988 film was one such occurrence. Based on the novel “Who Censored Roger Rabbit?”, the film takes viewers on a wild ride through a world where humans and cartoon characters live side by side in Hollywood. It differs a great deal from its literary source, but the film is actually more beloved than its predecessor. It circles around a private eye, Eddie Valiant, doing his best to unravel a conspiracy blaming Roger Rabbit, an anthropomorphic cartoon rabbit, for the murder of Toon Town’s primary benefactor. They stake keep getting higher as a mysterious man known as Judge Doom takes over pursuing Roger with intent to be both the jury and the executioner as well.

What makes a lasting film is hard to say. Live action and animated films are each found among the most influential films in the world. Something in them speaks to people and calls out to something that is timeless. As a result, people continue to watch films to laugh and cry along with the characters. OROGOLD recommends seeing each of these films and looking at other lists for influential films. Each genre practically deserves its own list. Think of it as a way to while away the increasingly long fall nights and enjoy quiet, warm evenings at home.

Our Favorite Canadian Celebs – OROGOLD Reviews

Although it may not always be immediately apparent, Canada is the birthplace of many celebrities that are much-loved all over the globe. From Hollywood’s biggest actors to country music’s biggest stars, OROGOLD brings you our favorite Canadian celebs.

Avril Lavigne
Avril Lavigne, born in Ontario, Canada, struggled with ADHD as a child, but managed to develop her love for music. By the time she was 15, she had appeared on stage with Shania Twain, and, by 16, had signed a record deal worth over $2 million. Her debut album, Let Go, brought her worldwide success, with many of her songs holding on to the number one spot on music charts in different countries. Although she may not appear on Canada’s Walk of Fame and has never won a Grammy Award, her success has led her to become one of Canada’s most famous musicians of all time.

Keanu Reeves
Although he lived in a few different countries when he was young, Keanu Reeves primarily grew up in Toronto, and started acting at the age of 9. In 1994, he received his big break, when Speed became a worldwide phenomenon, of which he had a starring role. His subsequent work in The Matrix series has earned him a net worth of around $350 million.

William Shatner
With a current net worth of over $100 million, William Shatner first arrived in Hollywood from Canada in the 50s, and soon began appearing in Westerns and detective shows. It wasn’t long before he landed himself the role that made him famous all over the world, as Captain Kirk in the 60s classic Star Trek series, as well as the subsequent feature films. Recently, Shatner has been seen in popular television dramas, such as Boston Legal and The Practice.

Shania Twain
Proving that the stereotype of great country singers only coming from the south is not true, Canadian-born Shania Twain emerged as a country star in the 90s, quickly becoming a worldwide sensation. Not only is she the female to produce the best selling album of all time, but she has also produced the best-selling country album of all time, with over 40 million copies sold globally. Shania Twain has also won 5 Grammy Awards and 27 BMI Songwriter awards, and, to this day, is still one of the most popular singers in Canada.

Rachel McAdams
Born in London, Ontario, Rachel McAdams studied at York University in Ontario, graduating from a theatre program. She went on to work in Canadian film and television production, winning many Canadian awards and nominations. In 2002, McAdams moved to the bright lights of Hollywood, and landed a starring role in the teen comedy Mean Girls, as well as the romantic drama, The Notebook, both of which turned her into a worldwide star. She was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame last year, along with her Canadian colleague, Ryan Reynolds.

Over the years, Canada has produced some world-class talent, with OROGOLD’s favorite Canadian celebs having an impact in many different countries. From the best selling country music star to Hollywood’s biggest names, it is only a matter of time before we see even more extraordinary talent coming from Canada.

Our Favorite Classic Beauties – OROGOLD Reviews

Our favorite classic beauties are women whose timeless looks have influenced millions, and are constantly recreated, even today. From gorgeous Hollywood film icons to stunning, leggy supermodels, OROGOLD reviews the most inspirational women whose looks have had a tremendous impact all over the world.

Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie, an American actress and humanitarian, has been cited many times as the world’s most beautiful woman, and it is not hard to see why. After gaining worldwide fame for her portrayal of Lara Croft in Tomb Raider, Jolie quickly went on to become one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood. Jolie’s relationship with Brad Pitt, and their 6 subsequent children, dominated many media outlets around the world, sky-rocketing her fame even more, and allowing mothers all over the world to relate to her. Jolie’s work with the UN as a Goodwill Ambassador only earned her even more fans, and her piercing eyes and sensual pout never fail to capture everyone’s attention, even when she doesn’t have a single drop of makeup on.

Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn, a British actress and humanitarian, has been one of the most successful film actresses in the world. Not only is she one of the few entertainers to have won an Oscar, Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award, but she also worked with many notable leading men, including Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant, Fred Astaire and Henry Fonda. Her classic elfin features have inspired many women that have come after her, with Victoria Beckham being just one celebrity who looks to Hepburn as one of her icons. With her timeless beauty, Hepburn consistently tops beauty polls worldwide, and, even today, her look is regularly replicated in magazines and on catwalks all over the world.

Marilyn Monroe
Even though Marilyn Monroe died over 50 years ago, she still continues to fascinate the public. Voted sexiest woman of the century in 1999, Monroe was an American singer, actress and model. Her breathless voice, platinum curls and hourglass figure have all contributed to making Marilyn Monroe one of the most-loved pop culture icons of all time.

Farrah Fawcett
Born in Texas, Farrah Fawcett was an American actress who rose to fame when she played a private investigator in the Charlie’s Angels TV series. Fawcett soon became the sex symbol of the 70s after an iconic poster, that broke sale records, was published of her in a one piece red bathing suit, and it is still the best selling poster of all time, with over 12 million copies currently in circulation. Her golden feathered hairstyle was copied by many young women in the 70s and 80s, and her dazzling smile and sparkling eyes has ensured that Fawcett’s beauty will never be forgotten.

One thing that our favorite classic beauties have in common is that they will be remembered for years to come, not only for their unforgettable looks, but also for their talent. Not only have they served as icons of true beauty, but they are also role models to millions of women who strive to achieve their classic style and awe-inspiring ambition and confidence.