While not much has been released about Paranormal Activity 5, the trailer for the franchise’s spinoff — Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones — is finally here with the upmost intention of making your heart skip a beat.
The series, which tells the story of a family’s encounters with a demon as seen through handheld and security cameras, has churned out movies every Halloween season for the past three years. The four movies have grossed $714 million at the box office.
Fans will have to wait a few more months to watch The Marked Ones, though, as it won’t hit theaters until Jan. 3.
To hold fans over until the new year, Paramount Pictures is promoting the film with a social media contest similar to what happened during the run-up to Paranormal Activity 4 in 2012. Fans can participate by submitting a photo using hashtag #TheMarkedOnes on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter of “paranormal activity” in their hometown. Cities with the most submissions will win early screenings of the movie.
Welcome to “I Want Your Job,” Elite Daily’s new series that inspires females to go after their professional and personal dreams. We’ve teamed up with the most inspiring Millennial women who’ve made a name for themselves doing everything from tech design to owning a restaurant to bring you a taste of what being a Boss Lady in every industry really looks like.
These women never gave up on their dreams, never let a man tell them “no” and aren’t backing down for anybody. If you want her job, here’s how to get it.
From user to employee… to CEO.
If it sounds like a Cinderella story, that’s because it is. But there isn’t a shriveling pumpkin, glass slipper or any ambiguous ideas about what your shoe size says about your ability to become a princess. Instead, there is Polyvore, a force to be reckoned with in the fashion community, and Jess Lee, fearless and fabulous at the helm of the Internet sensation.
Launched as the all-new way to discover, shop for and save your favorite pieces in fashion, beauty and home décor, Polyvore made a name for itself in the industry in ways that Pinterest cannot. Polyvore puts the power in its users hands, letting each individual decide on what works together, what doesn’t and what the latest and greatest trend will be.
It simplifies the shopping process – no longer are you scouring site after site for options that flow well together because on Polyvore, you just find what you like and shop similar styles. And while the site is for the user, by the user, it makes sure to include retailers in the mix, too.
Despite its standing ovation-worthy success story so far, it’s business as usual at their Mountain View offices. On the cusp of Silicon Valley, where the start-up heart beats steadily and fluidly, Jess Lee is the picture of poise. She is everything modern media uses to describe a Lady Boss: direct, likable, motivational, encouraging, creative and talented.
When we first catch up with her, we’re in between breezes in this sunny California hideaway. Mountain View is a short train ride away from downtown San Francisco, a cozy little outpost of culture and creativity.
Jess exemplifies Cali chic, but there’s a hint of New York folded neatly into the mix. Maybe it’s the fact that she’s decked in black from head-to-toe that makes us native New Yorkers feel so peaceful in her presence?
But Jess Lee is nothing like her dark garments would suggest. (She likens her morning routine to the science of simplicity, a move that President Obama and Steve Jobs also prescribed to.) Though her place on the food chain reveals otherwise, Jess is just like everyone else on her team: determined to make Polyvore the best product for its users.
She isn’t “the boss,” “the CEO,” “the Polyvore superuser” — she’s just an employee deeply committed to her product and her people.
Community is at the heart of everything Polyvore and Jess do. It informs what products they create next, how they approach problems and how they envision the future of their brand. “I was a user before I was an employee; I care about our community.” Jess says.
And community is as much about its users as it is its employees. “Every day is punctuated by lunch. And everyone gets together for lunch. I usually always find a group of people that I don’t know that well and sit with them.
We also have orientation every week for new hires and existing employees. I want them to hear from me every week.
“[We] run Polyvore like a start-up school,” Jess tells us. “When I joined, I was one of the company’s first employees, so I had the freedom to do a lot of different things. There was so much possibility. And I learned so much along the way that I want that same opportunity for everyone who’s joined.”
It’s awesome to see Jess approach business from such a realist perspective. “I think being here in Silicon Valley, and in tech, you’re just surrounded by so many smart people and you have the opportunity to learn so much from them.
“I’ve met so many awesome people; I’ve worked with people who came in, learned really fast, and went on to found their own companies.” It’s this ability to take a little something from everyone that has helped Jess shape, reshape and redefine the role of CEO at her own pace. “The CEO role is constantly changing, so every day is a new challenge and something I’ve never done before.”
Being a female CEO has changed a lot over the course of her tenure at the site, Jess says. It’s hard to imagine, but “companies that targeted female users weren’t always taken seriously, and now they are.” It’s a relief for Jess – and for Polyvore – to see its female base growing, expanding and taking command of the industry.
But Jess didn’t set out at the start of her career with the intention of taking over the home, fashion and beauty space. “I wanted to be a comic book artist, and I wanted to go to art school, but my parents wouldn’t pay. They told me it would be really hard to make it in the art world. In hindsight, though, I don’t regret it. [I went on to study] computer science and I came [to Polyvore] from Google.”
For her, the idea of combining tech and computer science together to make art was something that aligned with her the root of her original goal. Polyvore blends together “fashion, tech, style and art into a job that centers around a product that I use every day.” How’s that for coming full circle?
“I would tell anyone out there who is thinking about the future to blend their passions with a job and an industry you love.” She’s right. Doing what you love day-in and day-out might not make the whole world spin, but it will make yours.
And the whole ride has been an incredible adventure; one that’s responsible for where she is today. “I’ve been really lucky,” she says, adding that working at Google and at Polyvore has taught her an invaluable lesson about life at the office: You need to reward people on the merits of their work.
At Polyvore, she says, it’s easy to do that because the people here are authentic. They are completely, totally and unequivocally themselves. It’s a mantra that’s found its way up the food chain, too.
“I’ve never felt any pressure to be anyone other than myself. Actually I’m not even sure I could do that,” she says with a smile. After an hour together, we’ll second that. When someone like Jess comes along – so pure, so invested, so passionate – why would you ever want to mess with that? You wouldn’t.
She is, however, the first to admit that this role didn’t exactly come easily to her. “I’m naturally an introvert,” she says, “and I hate public speaking. It doesn’t come naturally to me, so getting better at that has been a challenge. It’s definitely a muscle you develop and then you get better and better at it.
“The classic mold of leadership is to be an extrovert. So I’ve had to define my own style and find role models that I could identify with. It was a huge challenge.” Day after day, though, she does it. She makes it happens. She excites, inspires and plans for the future.
She plays that up to an ability to focus, one of the biggest lessons she’s learned so far. “Only a few things really matter, and you have to be really exceptional at them. You have to be able to say ‘no’ to those other things.”
Laying it out before us, it all seems so neat and orderly, but Jess reminds us that it hasn’t always been such a crystal-clear picture. On the road to success, she’s sacrificed the “stability and comfort” of a 9-to-5 career.
There was never a moment, in the early days, where Jess was totally sure everything would work out as beautifully as it has. That, she says, has been the icing on the cake.
Though her road is rippled with zigzags and U-turns, Jess has a few thoughts for girls who want to grow up and wear her shoes one day. She reverts back to advice she got from Marissa Mayer at Google: “Seek out things that are challenging and hard because that’s how you grow and learn. When you’re young and ‘not sure that you can do that,’ you forget that there’s a lot you can gain just from trying.”
Because hindsight is always 20/20, Jess muses that if she could go back, she’d do a few things differently. “Earlier in my career, I would have fought harder for some of the things that I believed in.
“I was shy, quiet and not confident in my ideas. I knew there were things that weren’t best for users, but I didn’t speak up. Now, I speak up.” Was it because she was a woman? Was it because she wasn’t a feminist? No… and no. “My question is: Who isn’t a feminist? Most people I know are.”
It’s this work ethic – this ability to stop, disseminate, reassess and try again – that makes Jess such a prize to her team and the Polyvore community. Their chic offices even feature two “Love Letter” boards. They’re filled with handwritten notes of thanks that detail the impact Polyvore has had on their lives.
One user even submitted a copy of her college admissions essay. “To hear users talk about how Polyvore inspired them to go study fashion, or computer science, or to hear employees say that Polyvore is one of the best places they’ve ever worked,” is one of the most rewarding parts of her role.
Before we part, we ask Jess a few of the tough questions: Does she want it all? What the hell even is it “all”? How do you do it?
Much like we’ve come to realize, Jess takes it all in stride – and never breaks a sweat. We’re dying to know her secret to success, and much to her credit, it sounds so attainable. So honest. So real. So Jess. “I think a lot of the reason I became CEO is because I volunteered to do the hard work, the annoying work, because it was important. So go seek out the challenges; take the more challenging path – that’s the best way to grow your career.”
As for having it all, Jess says, “I always thought that was a weird question because no one – man or woman – can have it all; you have a finite amount of time in your life and you have to choose how to spend it.” That said, though, “It’s all about the people: your family, your friends, the people you work with, the users – making those people happy and having meaningful relationships with every single one of them.”
And it’s also about the value of the word “no.”
“You have to learn how to say ‘no,’” Jess adds. “You have to learn how to be disciplined. You don’t have to cut into your personal life, your family and your play. You can say no.”
Remember growing up and not being able to decide whether you should ask for a PlayStation or an Xbox for Christmas or your birthday?
It’s safe to say that decision alone was one of the hardest to make during our childhoods. But what if we told you that years later, there’d be a way to ask for one device that allows you to play both consoles?
Well, it exists, thanks to a self-taught engineer named Eddie Zarick.
He created the Playbox, a laptop-based device that features both the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 housed in one contraption.
In a recent video uploaded to YouTube, Zarick demonstrates how the Playbox works.
It’s simple — there’s one side that’s dedicated to operating the Xbox One, and there’s another side dedicated to operating the PlayStation 4. The beauty of it is, you can seamlessly transition between either consoles as you please.
Oh, and there’s only one power cord, not two. If this device was available for purchase years ago, we would’ve had easier childhoods!
Check out the video for a closer look at this awesome creation.
But their superior sense of smell and people-pleasing disposition also provide skills that make them valuable members of the workforce. From bomb sniffing to acting, dogs have plenty going on that will make your parents wonder why you’re not doing more with your life.
If you need to improve your resume, check out these dogs with jobs for some career inspiration.
15 Dogs With Jobs
1. Friendly the Service Dog
Freedom Service Dogs is a nonprofit in Colorado that specially trains pups to help out veterans. Some dogs, like Friendly, can even do laundry.
Banana Joe the affenpinscher won Best in Show at the 2013 Westminster Dog Show. The title comes with no prize money, but a lifetime of prestige and notoriety, not to mention famous appearances on every morning talk show. The Best in Show winners are basically the top socialites of the dog world.
Image: Frank Franklin II/Associated Press
3. Uggie the Actor
Uggie the jack russell terrier co-starred in the Oscar-nominated film The Actor and was even nominated for awards as part of the ensemble cast. He’s the first dog to have his paw prints on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Truffle-sniffing is traditionally associated with pigs, but in recent years, dogs have become a more popular choice because they have a higher stamina and are easier to train. It’s become especially popular in Oregon.
Bernese mountain dogs like Kerry make trusty farm hands. Herding dogs are trained to use their natural predatory hunting skills without actually recognizing the livestock as prey. They are also trained to immediately act upon one sound (like a whistle) or command.
Image: Reed Saxon/Associated Press
6. Bilbo the Lifeguard
Bilbo is the first beach rescue dog in Cornwall, UK. Part of his training is to identify the international signal for help — waving one arm in the air, and shouting — and immediately acting upon it to rescue swimmers in distress.
Newfoundlands like Bilbo are often used as water rescue dogs because their webbed feet make them great swimmers.
German shepherds like Bill have been used to help police apprehend suspects since the 1960s. These pets go through intense trained to protect law enforcement, and help with tasks such as detecting criminal evidence, finding missing persons, and sniffing out explosives.
Image: Larry French/Invision/Associated Press
9. Cracker and Tucker the Sled Dogs
Though sled dogs were originally trained to transport people and supplies, modern breeds like Cracker and Tucker are more commonly race dogs. However there are still some remote, rural areas today that rely on sled dogs for delivering mail and goods.
Reveille VIII, a Rough Collie, is the mascot of Texas A&M. He doesn’t even have to wear a smelly costume, like other school mascots.
Image: David J. Phillip/Associated Press
11. Ax the Bomb Sniffing Dog.
Bomb sniffing dogs work in war zones and other places where threats are highly likely, such as airports, to detect bombs before they go off. Due to the significant reliance on sense of smell, these dogs go through a different intensive training than hunting dogs and dogs that search for missing humans.
Therapy dogs like Molly go through an intense training regimine to provide comfort to people in high-stress conditions. They’re often found in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and airports.
Image: Creative Commons U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Zachary Wolf
13. Oscar the Hypnotist
Oscar the labrador retriever is known for putting people to sleep with his stare. His owner Hugh Lennon, who is also a professional hypnotist, bought the dog from a farmer when Oscar was 10 months old. Lennon was enticed by the dog’s odd stare, which turned out to become a powerful part of his hypnosis act. Oscar has been known to make people think they’re members of the Spice Girls and Chippendales.
Dogs like Smiley use their sense of smell to locate people buried under snow. They are born with a strong drive for hunting prey and go through highly advanced training to become a valuable part of a search and rescue team.
Image: Kerstin Joensson/Associated Press
15. Soliel the Model
Clients seek photogenic animals for photos and marketing. Ridiculously good-looking dogs like Soliel were born for the runway.
Published in 1976, the Strength and Fitness Book is a fitness guide that showed off the iconic Marvel superheroes’ own fitness routines. Unfortunately, the exercises recommend in this book do very little for getting non-superheroes into shape.
5. “He dies heroically. He dies selflessly. He dies in the manner that epitomizes not only the best of Riverdale but the best of all of us. It’s what Archie has come to represent over the past almost 75 years,” said Archie Comics co-CEO Jon Goldwater.
Watch photographer Levi Bettwieser of The Rescued Film Project discover and process 31 rolls of film shot by an American WWII soldier over 70 years ago. Bettwieser knows nothing about the person who shot the film or who it belonged to, but these never seen before photos offer a glimpse into the mind of the soldier/photographer as he captured the tumultuous world around him.
Once upon a time, Cameron Diaz and Kate Hudson both dated…
There are billions of people on this planet, so theres often an unspoken Bro/Girl Code that you just dont date the exes of your friends. There are exceptions, of course, but in general you should probably find someone who hasnt seen one of your best friends in their birthday suit (good luck if youre friends with Miley Cyrus).
Speaking of Miley, it seems that some celebrities select their romantic interests based on a short list that often includes the exes of their friends. On one hand, I kind of get it. Celebrities understand the pressure of being famous and they know theyre most likely not being used for their fame and fortune. But on the other hand, really?
I guess if it works from them, more power to them. These famous friends seem to have no issues
In case you don’t follow sports, A-Rod is a baseball player and known user of performance enhancing drugs (on the field, you weirdos. No word about when he was “playing the field,” if you know what I mean). Kate joined his team in 2009 and Cameron in 2010. Since they both struck out in a long-term thing, they decided to both also date…
Buckle up and we’ll bring sexy back: After Cameron and Alex began hooking up in May 2010, Us Weekly reported that Kate was “pissed” and thought it was “payback” for when she hooked up with Justin Timberlake in January 2007, just days after he and Cameron broke up after four years of dating. Fast forward a couple years and dudes later, and Cameron refers to Kate as her “good friend.”
Younger versions of Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus both dated…
Miley took a turn in 2006 and broke things off in 2007 so that Selena and Nick could hook up the next year and date on and off until 2010. And because they all “express themselves through their art,” they also wrote songs about the love triangle.
Twilight co-stars Nikki Reed and Ashley Greene both dated…
Nikki hooked it up in 2007 and six years later, Ashley took a turn.
Famous Friends Courteney Cox and Jennifer Aniston both dated… (drumroll please)
Some dude with crazy hair! Actually, it’s Adam Duritz.
The Counting Crows frontman was linked to Aniston for a short time in 1995, and Courtney in 1997 after she appeared in the Counting Crows video for “A Long December.”
Then there’s Katy Perry and Taylor Swift who for some reason, both dated…
Katy and John began their romance in 2012, dated on and off for almost two years, and broke up for good in 2014. Taylor was linked to John in 2009 and their breakup will always be captured in her song “Dear John” and his tune “Paper Doll.” Don’t worry, John. You’re not alone.
Owen Wilson and Lance Armstrong broke the Bro Code by both dating…
Owen dated her in the ’90s, and Lance began seeing the singer in 2003 and even got engaged before calling it quits in 2006. But it’s wasn’t just Sheryl because they both also dated…
Owen and Kate had an on and off again relationship from 2006 to 2009. Kate and Lance began seeing each other in May 2008, not long after she and Owen broke things off for one of the many times. They split in July of that year and rumor has it that so did Owen and Lance.
Drew Barrymore and Kristen Wiig both dated…
The Strokes drummer Fabrizio Moretti.
Drew dated Fabrizio from 2002 to 2007, and Kristen began her romance in 2011. Drew, who is known for being pretty hippy-dippy and easy-going, touched on Kristen and Fabrizio’s relationship, saying, “It all seems so wacky and incestuous, but that’s kind of how life works.” It didn’t work from Fabrizio and Kristen, who broke up in 2013.
Back to Taylor Swift, both her and Selena Gomez both dated…
You have to know dating someone with the same first name as you is doomed, but Swift dated Lautner for three months in 2009, but before then, he was linked to the singer’s close friend Selena Gomez.
In a tale of two Nicks, Nick Cannon and Nick Lachey both dated…
In 2006 (before Kanye made room in his heart filled with love for himself to get with Kim) both Nicks briefly dated Kardashian. Lachey went on to marry Jessica Simpson and Vanessa Minnillo, while Cannon went on to marry and divorce Mariah Carey.
Although they couldn’t appear to be more different, Lindsay Lohan and Hilary Duff both dated…
Prepare for drama: The girls were friends before Hilary and Aaron started dating in 2000, when they were just 13 years old (insert eye roll). According to Aaron, they dated for “like a year and a half,” before he “got a little bored” and began getting to know Lindsay. “Then I didn’t want to do that anymore, so I got back with Hilary. And then I ended up cheating on Hilary with her best friend,” he added in a 2006 interview. What a winner.
More Swift! Taylor and Ellie Goulding both dated…
Ellie dated the DJ back in 2014, and Taylor was first linked to him in Nashville in March 2015. Ellie admitted to setting Calvin and Taylor up, telling The Sun, “I did play matchmaker, that’s true. Calvin is a really great mate and he’s so fantastic, and Taylor is such a cool person who I love. I thought, ‘They’re both really awesome and both really tall, they’ll be brilliant together.'”
Of course! How can two people who are both really tall not get hooked up? Anyway, Taylor and Calvin are still on again, off again. Stay tuned.
Who did Jennifer Lopez and Cameron Diaz both date?
That would be Sean Combs (or Puff Daddy or P-Diddy or whatever he was going by then).
J-Lo famously dated Combs from 1998 to 2001, and Cameron was “casually linked” to him multiple times between 2008 and 2012. The ladies starred together in 2012’s What to Expect When You’re Expecting and said not to expect any cat fights.
Heather Locklear and Denise Richards both dated…
Rocker Richie Sambora.
DRAMA! Heather and Richie were married from 1994 to 2007. Three months after their split, Richie began dating Heather’s best friend, Denise, who had just filed for divorce from Charlie Sheen. Was that the reason the women ended their friendship?
Denise said, “I was no longer friends with Heather months before Richie and I got together….If Heather and I had been friends at that time, I would never have crossed that line. But we weren’t.”
Nikki Reed and Nina Dobrev both dated…
We have a wedding! Nina and Ian dated for three years before their split in May 2013, and Ian began dating Nikki in July 2014. In a Hollywood plot twist, Ian and Nikki got married in April 2015.
Back to the Swift Squad: Taylor, Gigi Hadid, Demi Lovato, and Ashley Greene all dated…
Ready for this? Taylor and Joe dated briefly in 2008, and of course, she wrote a song about it. Joe began dating Demi Lovato in March 2010, but they split a few months later. In Summer 2010, he and Ashley started dating and broke up in May 2011.
Jump forward a few years to June 2015, when Joe began romancing Gigi Hadid, who is one of Taylor’s recent pals and “Bad Blood” music video co-star. But because she’s Taylor Swift, Swift doesn’t care, and has said of her squad, “We even have girls in our group who have dated the same people. It’s almost like the sisterhood has such a higher place on the list of priorities for us. It’s so much more important than some guy that it didn’t work out with.”
I think that’s the moral of the Hollywood story. Well, that and if you date Taylor Swift, expect a song about you when you break up. I guess that’s the price of fame.