RIP Cory Monteith: 1982-2013

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May 11, 1982 – July 13, 2013

I still can’t get over the shock.

This morning I was mindlessly scrolling through my Instagram feed when I stopped on a collage of photos from peoplemag. The photos were of Glee star Cory Monteith. I read the description to learn that they were posted in memory of him.

What? Cory Monteith is no longer with us? No. This can’t be happening, I said to myself.

I couldn’t believe it. I thought it was some sort of sick joke until I googled it. The reality started to sink in for sure when I saw #RIPCoryMonteith and #PrayforLea trending on Twitter. The top photos on the pray for Lea hashtag are tear inducing.

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Lea Michele and Cory Monteith had been dating since early 2012.

I can only imagine the pain his parents and Lea Michele are experiencing at the time.

Monteith was found dead in a hotel room at Vancouver’s Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel on Saturday, July 13th.

He was supposed to check out of the hotel yesterday. After staff noticed he hadn’t, they went to his room to check on him. By then it was too late. Paramedics pronounced him dead.

Reports state he was alone when he died. His autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

UPDATE: (7/16) Monteith died of a toxic mixture of heroin and alcohol, British Columbia Coroners Service says.

Cory Monteith was only 31 years old.

Incredibly sad. He still had so much ahead of him.

The Canadian actor struggled with drug abuse and had checked into rehab back in March of this year. He completed his treatments in April and was reunited with his costar and girlfriend Lea Michele soon after.

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Couple both on and off screen: Cory Monteith and Lea Michele

Glee fans all over the world are grieving the loss of this awesome actor.

A statement was released early this morning on the Glee Facebook page:

Statement on behalf of: GLEE Executive Producers, 20th Century Fox Television and FOX Broadcasting Company.

We are deeply saddened by this tragic news. Cory was an exceptional talent and an even more exceptional person. He was a true joy to work with and we will all miss him tremendously. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones.

Lea Michele’s rep asks that we give her some privacy during this time.

In midst of all this, we remember that Finn Hudson, Monteith’s character on Glee, never wanted us to stop believing.

RIP CM

Check out how celebrities are responding to his death.

You will be missed, Cory Allan Michael Monteith. Rest in peace.

Episode Review: ‘Awkward.’ 3×3 “A Little Less Conversation” (with Viggle)

During last night’s episode of Awkward., “A Little Less Conversation”, I decided to test out the Viggle app.

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I’ll tell you more about the interactive app later.

This episode was a lot less dramatic than the first two of the season. It begins with Jenna and Matty walking through the halls. Jenna’s voice over gives a brief reminder of the fact that Matty still wants to talk about the pregnancy scare.

Tamara and Ming come to the agreement that Matty’s response “Sure, babe”, to all of Jenna’s requests means it’s over. Naturally, Jenna is now afraid to be alone with him, because she fears that he will break up with her after the talk.

This show really lives up to it’s title. After Tamara, Ming, and Jenna finish having their little girl talk, Becca, the evil Asian chick, walks by. In order to abort her suspicions of any lingering romantic feelings between Fred and Ming, Henry slides onto the bench out of nowhere and squeezes Ming’s boob.

What?! Can you say AWKWARD.?

Becca then proceeds to quiz Ming on Henry’s life, just to make sure they’re legit. Her smarts really come in handy during this scene.

Jenna realizes that the only thing that she can do to distract Matty from wanting to talk is seduce him. Her love arts fail miserably, and she leaves the “sanctuary” in despair.

Meanwhile, Sadie suspected of killing Ricky. The principal and my favorite character, Val, the guidance counselor question Sadie, implying that she must have wanted to get back at him for his manwhore-ish behavior. She reminds them that there are also 300 other girls who would want him dead for the same reason, and therefore she should not be the only suspect.

Jenna and Tamara decide to have a BFGFBFF, a date involving couples who are also best friends, so that Jenna won’t have to be alone with Matty on their date. Apparently Tamara has been dreaming of this date since she was a wee little girl.

As Jenna leaves school, Matty offers her a ride, but she refuses. Instead, she pretends to be walking home with the closest person in range, Cece. As Cece gives her weird looks, Matty “sure babes” Jenna yet again after she tells him she’ll see him later tonight. To that Cece goes, “Dude, you just got sure babed.”

Even strangers know things are going downhill for the couple.

The BFGFBFF date is hilarious. The couples spend almost half of the date in the driveway playing musical chairs with the passenger seat so that Jenna will be forced to sit next to Matty. Correction, “Chinese Backseat Firedrill,” as Matty calls it. “No offense.”

The couples end up playing a game of Charades during the date where Jake and Jenna share a memory in order to accurately guess a movie. This upsets Matty even more.

Tamara then suggests that Jenna go with her to the “bathroom, bathroom, bathroom” to discuss their boy trouble. The clever Tamara gets Jenna to realize that the only reason Matty is upset is because she told Jake about the pregnancy scare before telling her own boyfriend. Simple as that. And how does Tamara know this? “Because I’m a communicater. And a little bit psychic,” she says.

I respect Matty for wanting to be a man and talk it out. Too many people go on with their lives suppressing their anger, which only causes them to take it out on the people they love. I hope that viewers take a hint from Matty, especially those in romantic relationships, because as cheesy as it may seem, communication is key to any successful relationship.

The Matty-Jenna confrontation was definitely sappy, but I won’t spoil it for you. Head over to the Awkward. MTV webpage to watch it when it becomes available if you haven’t already!

During the show I decided to use Viggle. I heard about it during a commercial on Monday evening, so I downloaded the app a few hours before watching Awkward. in order to test it out.

The app allows viewers to check into whatever show they are currently watching by hitting the Viggle logo as soon as the app opens. The app listens to the television as the characters speak in order to determine which show you are watching. Connect the app to Facebook and Twitter to share the check-in with friends and followers.

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I was unable to share my check in on Twitter for some odd reason, but here is what it looks like on Facebook:

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From then on, Viggle allows you to view the Awkward. Facebook, Twitter, IMDb, Wiki, and Amazon Merchandise pages, all via the app. No need to switch to a mobile browser.

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Personally, I don’t find much use for an app such as this one. I’ll be deleting it from my phone shortly, because I don’t have that much memory left for apps.

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It is great for those annoying commercial breaks though. Click on the Twitter feed for the show to see the outrageous tweets from fans and even the cast of the show.

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If Viggle decides to integrate this app when Smart TV becomes more popular, it may definitely take off. I would suggest teaming up the app with Shazam, so that viewers can easily find the soundtrack to each episode.

P.S. Did anyone else see Fred the ninja at the end of the episode?!

Cute Love Quotes for Valentine’s Day

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With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, many of you will be getting cards for your special someone, friends and/or family members. What better way to personalize a card than a handwritten quote?! Here are a few love quotes that can be used for just about anyone during this celebration of love:

1. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

– 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (New International Version Bible)

For those of you who are of the Catholic or Christian religion, these verses are perfect for friends, family, and even a boyfriend or girlfriend. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 explains the Christian view of love. Even if you’re not religious, these verses speak volumes.

2. “There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.”

– Friedrich Nietzsche

It’s true that love can drive you mad. You would do the craziest, most out of this world thing(s) for the people that you love, and there will always be a reason for it. This quote is perfect for friends, spouses, and girlfriends or boyfriends.

3. “L is for the way you look at me
O is for the only one I see
V is very, very extraordinary
E is even more than anyone that you adore.”

– Nat King Cole

This little acrostic lyric is from Nat King Cole’s song “L-O-V-E”. It’s perfect for those old fashioned couples that love the 60s. The song has also been recorded in Italian, French, Spanish, German and Japanese!!

4. “…we accept the love we think we deserve.”

– Bill from The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

This quote will definitely make you think. What love really is it that you think you deserve? This quote was originally told to Charlie by his English teacher Bill in the 1999 novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower. This quote is perfect for just about anyone.

5. “…if you find someone you love in life, you must hang onto it, and look after it, and if you were lucky enough to find someone who loved you, then you must protect it.”

– Princess Diana of Wales

This quote is quite famous. Princess Diana said these words to her son William when he was a young boy. I remember watching Prince William and Kate Middleton get married on television that morning and one of the reporters recited the quote. It’s simply beautiful. This quote also works for anyone.

6. “…always hold on when you get love,
So you can let go when you give it.”

– Stars, “Hold on When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It”

This quote is from the Indie Rock song by the band Stars called “Hold on When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It”. It’s such a simple concept, but such a hard thing to do. This quote is perfect for a spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend.

7. “Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.”

– Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī

This very emotionally heavy quote comes from the Muslim theologian, poet and mystic Rūmī. To believe that your soulmate lives somewhere within you all your life is simply euphoric. This quote is one of my favorite for Valentine’s Day couples. It’s so romantic!

So don’t worry if you don’t have a Valentine this year. There are plenty of other people in your life that you can express your love and gratitude to using some of these awesome quotes!

Have a happy and safe Valentine’s Day 2013!