June Favorites: Princess Charlotte, #OITNB Season 4 & “This Is What You Came For” Music Video

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June was heartbreak month in Hollywood.

The worst two for me were Demi Lovato & Wilmer Valderrama, and Taylor Swift & Calvin Harris. The former really messed me up.

Then there was Zayn Malik & Gigi Hadid, but I don’t really think the fans for either of those two are ever too torn up about them being single…

On the plus side, I did discover some really awesome music in June.

Here are my faves in pop culture and entertainment for June 2016!

Favorite News Articles

1. Princess Charlotte’s debut. She looks just like her big brother and her daddy! And she’s got her mother’s charm 🙂

2. This grandma thanks Google in her search queries. Please give her the pleasure of visiting Google’s offices. I’m sure she’d make everyone’s day.

Favorite Music

1. “BOSS” by Disclosure. Oh, but I’m sure this track looks more than “good on paper.” Heck, I’d get it framed!

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#OITNB Season 3: Woah there, Alex Vause Is Back?!

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About seven minutes into season 3 episode 1 of Orange is the New Black titled “Mother’s Day”, I had a WTF moment.

I did one of those double takes, because I really cannot believe Alex Vause managed to get herself back into Litchfield.

What even?!

Okay, screenwriters and producers, I have some questions:

1. Why is it necessary to bring Alex Vause back into the plot? (besides the fact that it may have happened in the real life version of Piper Kerman’s story)

2. How much did it cost to bring Alex Vause’s character back? (Because Laura Prepon don’t look cheap…)

3. What is this about a gun being the reason she’s back at Litchfield?

4. When are you going to have her explain the reason for her return in full detail?

5. Are we going to get a tale about that black eye?

6. Did the black eye come from one of her long lost dealer friends?

7. Is there a small part of Alex that feels safer at Litchfield? (Because, you know, dealers with weapons are scary)

8. Is Piper going to fully reignite her romance with Alex since her husband has officially left her for her best friend?

9. Is Alex going to let her?

I really hope these questions get answers by the end of the season.

Watch Orange is the New Black season 3 on Netflix.

 

 

 

Episode Review: ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season 2 “Thirsty Bird”

SPOILER ALERT: PLEASE WATCH THE EPISODE ON NETFLIX BEFORE READING.

Don’t be alarmed if your friends aren’t answering any of your texts, Facebook messages or emails this weekend. They’re probably just glued to their Netflix in celebration of the release of Orange is the New Black season 2.

If you’ve had the great pleasure of seeing the season 2 trailer, you’ll notice that Piper’s gone a bit wacko.

Like, big time.

However, that’s not the Piper you’ll see in the first episode of season 2, “Thirsty Bird.”

In fact, Piper is stressed beyond the brink in this episodepanic, tears, and all.

The episode is named after a big, bright-yellow food blob/stain on the wall in Piper’s cell, where it is assumed she was sent directly after the Pennsatucky incident.

“This is art,” Piper says about the blob/stain after the officer suggests she lick it off the wall for breakfast.

"Thirsty Bird"

‘Thirsty Bird’

“This is a yellow warbler drinking out of a daffodil,” she continues. “She just cannot get enough. I’m calling it ‘Thirsty Bird’.”

For viewers, the lingering question during this episode is probably, “Is Pennsatucky dead?”

For Piper, it’s “Do you know where we’re going?”

Literally, by the end of “Thirsty Bird,” Piper is more than ten hours away from Litchfield.

Prison torture at its finest.

The episode also includes cockroaches, an introduction to young Piper, and, wait for it…

MALE INMATES.

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I think the scene on the plane will go down in history as the one of the show’s roughest emotional roller coasters.

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Your hatred for Alex Vause will reach an all-time high in the final scene. Just a warning.

Watch the entirety of Orange is the New Black season 2 on Netflix!

 

Internet Week New York 2014 (Day 2): Grace Helbig, Piper Kerman and Larry Smith

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NYC’s Metropolitan Pavilion was filled with techies, YouTube junkies, and bookworms on day two of Internet Week New York.

Grace Helbig, known for the YouTube channels DailyGrace, and recently it’sGrace, joined David-Michel Davies, Executive Director of The Webby Awards, for a Webby Session on the EVOLVE MEDIA stage at 12:30pm.

“I have this disease where if I stop working I die,” she told Davies.

Grace Helbig IWNY 2014

Grace spoke about her knack for creating content on YouTube, Camp Takota, and even a new book she’s supposedly writing.

When asked about the book from a member of the audience she was dumbfounded.

The Evolution of Lady Sitting (Grace Helbig Edition)

The Evolution of Lady Sitting (Grace Helbig Edition)

“The FBI should start hiring you people on Tumblr,” she said when the fan confessed how she found out about the secret book.

Davies tried to get her to spill some information about the book, but all he got from Grace was, “VAGUE, VAGUE, VAGUE, VAGUE, VAGUE.”

She claims she’ll tell us more if we nag her about it enough on Twitter, so make your thumbs useful!

And don’t think I didn’t see you cowering away from everyone during the event, Chester See!

Still can’t believe I got to meet Grace Helbig on my birthday!

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To make matters even more exciting, Piper Kerman and Larry Smith, the real Piper Chapman and Larry Bloom of Netflix series Orange is the New Black took the EVOLVE MEDIA Stage for a chat with Lean In journalist and Contributing Editor Jessica Bennett later in the afternoon.

Larry and Piper IWNY 2014

The couple have become masters at expressing themselves with six-word memoirs. Smith’s t-shirt said it all with a simple phrase: Now I obsessively count the words.

Despite the fact that Piper Kerman wrote an entire memoir about her year in a women’s prison, she admitted that she’s a very private person.

The fact that the television adaptation of Orange is the New Black is loosely based on the true story of Piper and Larry makes room for personal moments amidst all the media hype.

“Even fictional stories have this gounding in reality.” –@piper at #iwnypic.twitter.com/wzxjIzafEx — Six Words from SMITH (@sixwords) May 20, 2014

Even the other inmates were given different names for the memoir, “and some telling details from their stories were changed” as well, said Kerman.

“Just read the book,” Smith demanded at one point during the open question portion of the panel.

For more six-word memoirs, read Smith’s The Moment: Wild, Poignant, Life-Changing Stories from 125 Writers and Artists Famous & Obscure.

Oh, and mark your smartphone calendars, fellow OITNB fans: Orange is the New Black returns to Netflix on June 6th!

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Special thanks to Internet Week New York for the HQ Pass!

65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards

Emmy Award Trophy

Emmy Award Trophy

Last night, television celebrated the best in the business. The Emmys are the most upscale awards show of the year. From the elegant dresses to the sophisticated bow ties, everyone cleans up extremely nicely for the biggest celebration of primetime television. I always enjoy watching the Emmys for its entertainment shock value.

I will begin the recap with the evening’s best dressed:

Best Dressed:

Top to Bottom: Carrie Underwood, Jim Parsons, Stephen Colbert, Alyson Hannigan, Ana Faris

Top to Bottom: Carrie Underwood, Jim Parsons, Stephen Colbert, Alyson Hannigan, Ana Faris

Top to Bottom: Tina Fey, Sofia Vergara, Robin Williams (and wife), Kaley Cuoco, Anna Gunn

Top to Bottom: Tina Fey, Sofia Vergara, Robin Williams (and wife), Kaley Cuoco, Anna Gunn

 

Tina Fey, 30 Rock: I love the rich royal blue color of this dress and the way it hugs her body. Simply gorgeous.

Robin Williams. The Crazy Ones: Robin Williams looked super dapper in a suit and white tie. It’s refreshing to see at least one man with a different colored tie, as this event is usually a black tie affair.

Sophia Vergara, Modern Family: Sophia Vergara was the Emmys “Lady in Red” this year. Rumor has it she wore Kmart underwear beneath this dress. No lo creo!

Kaley Cuoco, The Big Bang Theory: Kaley Cuoco is rocking this rich plum colored dress! The detailing is fabulous.

Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad: This dress is simply incredible. I would pay good money to wear this to a special event. The lace bodice is just gorgeous!

Carrie Underwood: This one shoulder dress looks great on Carrie. The print on the dress is also a nice touch.

Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory: I just love the bow tie on Jim Parsons. It adds to his science nerd personality!

Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report: You’ve gotta love this guy. I like the fact that he went with the pocket handkerchief accessory. I didn’t see too many guys with that this year.

Alyson Hannigan, How I Met Your Mother: This purple dress goes perfectly with her red hair. Great choice!

Anna Faris, Mom: I just love the simplicity of this yellow dress. The slit is also very sexy!

The Intro:

The Academy was especially lenient this year with host Neil Patrick Harris. The intro was hilarious.

The show began with Neil Patrick Harris trying to watch all of the primetime shows at once. As he sat in an igloo of television screens, he began to realize that the fictional television characters could see him. Things got critical when the judges from The X Factor and So You Think You Can Dance started to judge him for what he’s doing.

On stage, Harris decided to make a Paula Deen joke, referencing the new series Orange is the New Black. “Because, for Paula Deen,” he began, “orange is the new black. Not soon enough?”

I wonder if Paula Deen was watching…

As if Neil Patrick Harris wasn’t enough, Jimmy Kimmel, Jane Lynch, Jimmy Fallon, and Conan O’Brien also found their way onto the stage.

It got really uncomfortable when Jane Lynch and Neil Patrick Harris started making LGBT jokes.

“I’ll show you how much of a woman I really am. Right now,” Lynch said.

“I don’t think I’d like that very much,” Harris cringed.

“Me neither,” joked Lynch.

Yeah…

Tina Fey and Amy Phoeler sat front row wearing 3D glasses and eating from large bowls of popcorn. When Harris asked what the 3D glasses were for, they said that they wanted to see him up close in case he decided to do a strip tease.

“That would be very degrading,” said Harris.

“No. We’d be very degrateful,” said Phoeler.

Those girls are something else.

And now, for the highlights of the 2013 Emmy Award show.

The Highlights:

1. Nurse Jackie start Merrit Wever’s acceptance speech: “Ok, I gotta go.” (Best acceptance speech ever, according to Neil Patrick Harris)

2. Emily and Zooey Deschanel award presentation: Modern Family‘s “Dad, to gay dad, to old dad.”

3.  Jonathan Winters Tribute by Robin Williams

4. Are John Ham and Alec Baldwin really Neil Patrick Harris’ biological parents?

5. Tony Hale flaunting Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ clutch underneath his arm while on stage.

6. When Neil Patrick Harris said, “Jimmy Kimmel is excited to be presenting this next award with them…I mean her.” (Referring to Sophia Vergara’s boobs)

7. When Jimmy Kimmel said, “Laughter is the best medicine,” and Sophia Vergara countered that by saying, “If you went to the doctor sick and he told you to laugh you could sue him.”

8. How I Met Your Mother “Excessive Hosting Disorder” Skit. Hilarious.

9. Cory Monteith Tribute by Jane Lynch

10. “The Number in the Middle of the Show.” I didn’t know Nathan Fillion and Sarah Silverman could dance!

11. When Diahann Carroll said, “All the men in this room are so beautiful. I’m so happy to be here with all of you!”

12. Jeff Daniel’s Acceptance Speech. He started it off with, “Well crap.”

13. When the microphone kept moving up and down during Jimmy Fallon’s award presentation.

14. The Amazing Choreographers Dance Number. The “Get Lucky” parts were awesome!

15. James Gandolfini Tribute by Edie Falco

Best Performance:

Carrie Underwood’s “Yesterday” Cover

That song is just amazing. Carrie did the song justice.

Winners List:

DRAMA SERIES

Winner: Breaking Bad, AMC

Nominees: Breaking Bad, AMC; Downton Abbey, PBS; Homeland, Showtime; Game of Thrones, HBO; House of Cards, Netflix; Mad Men, AMC

COMEDY SERIES

Winner: Modern Family, ABC

Nominees: The Big Bang Theory, CBS; Girls, HBO, Louie, FX; Modern Family, ABC; 30 Rock, NBC; Veep, HBO

MINISERIES OR MOVIE

Winner: Behind the Candelabra, HBO

Nominees: American Horror Story: Asylum, FX; Behind the Candelabra, HBO; Phil Spector, HBO; Political Animals, USA; The Bible, History; Top of the Lake, Sundance Channel

LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Winner: Claire Danes, Homeland, Showtime

Nominees: Connie Britton, Nashville, ABC; Claire Danes, Homeland, Showtime; Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey, PBS; Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel, A&E; Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men, AMC; Kerry Washington, Scandal, ABC; Robin Wright, House of Cards, Netflix

LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Winner: Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom, HBO

Nominees: Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey, PBS; Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad, AMC; Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom, HBO; Jon Hamm, Mad Men, AMC; Damian Lewis, Homeland, Showtime; Kevin Spacey, House of Cards, Netflix

LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Winner: Jim Parsons, Big Bang Theory, CBS

Nominees: Jason Bateman, Arrested Development, Netflix; Louis C.K., Louie, FX; Don Cheadle, House of Lies, Showtime; Matt LeBlanc, Episodes, Showtime; Jim Parsons,Big Bang Theory, CBS; Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock, NBC

LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Winner: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep, HBO

Nominees: Lena Dunham, Girls, HBO; Laura Dern, Enlightened, HBO; Tiny Fey, 30 Rock, NBC; Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation, NBC; Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep, HBO;Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie, Showtime

LEAD ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE

Winner: Michael Douglas, Behind The Candelabra, HBO

Nominees: Michael Douglas, Behind The Candelabra, HBO; Matt Damon, Behind The Candelabra, HBO; Toby Jones, The Girl, HBO; Benedict Cumberbatch, Parade’s End, HBO; Al Pacino, Phil Spector, HBO

LEAD ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE

Winner: Laura Linney, The Big C: Hereafter, Showtime

Nominees: Jessica Lange, American Horror Story, FX; Laura Linney, The Big C: Hereafter, Showtime; Helen Mirren, Phil Spector, HBO; Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals, USA; Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake, Sundance Channel

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Winner: Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire, HBO

Nominees: Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire, HBO; Jonathan Banks, Breaking Bad, AMC; Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad, AMC; Jim Carter, Downton Abbey, PBS; Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones, HBO; Mandy Patinkin, Homeland, Showtime

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Winner: Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad, AMC

Nominees: Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad, AMC; Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey, PBS;Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones, HBO; Christine Baranski, The Good Wife, CBS;Morena Baccarin, Homeland, Showtime; Christina Hendricks, Mad Men, AMC

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Winner: Tony Hale, Veep, HBO

Nominees: Adam Driver, Girls, HBO; Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family, ABC; Ed O’Neill, Modern Family, ABC; Ty Burrell, Modern Family, ABC; Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live, NBC; Tony Hale, Veep, HBO

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Winner: Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie, Showtime

Nominees: Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory, CBS; Jane Lynch, Glee, Fox; Sofia Vergara, Modern Family, ABC; Julie Bowen, Modern Family, ABC; Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie, Showtime; Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock, NBC; Anna Chlumsky, Veep, HBO

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE

Winner: Ellen Burstyn, Political Animals, USA

Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Asylum, FX; Charlotte Rampling, Restless, Sundance; Imelda Staunton, The Girl, HBO; Ellen Burstyn, Political Animals, USA; Alfre Woodard, Steel Magnolias; Lifetime

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE

Winner: James Cromwell, American Horror Story: Asylum, FX

Nominees: James Cromwell, American Horror Story: Asylum, FX; Zachary Quinto,American Horror Story: Asylum, FX; Scott Bakula, Behind The Candelabra, HBO; John Benjamin Hickey, The Big C: Hereafter, Showtime; Peter Mullan, Top of the Lake, Sundance Channel

REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM

Winner: The Voice, NBC

Nominees: The Amazing Race, CBS; Dancing With the Stars, ABC; Project Runway, Lifetime; So You Think You Can Dance, Fox; Top Chef, Bravo; The Voice, NBC

VARIETY SERIES

Winner: The Colbert Report, Comedy Central

Nominees: The Colbert Report, Comedy Central; The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, Comedy Central; Jimmy Kimmel Live, ABC; Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, NBC; Real Time With Bill Maher, HBO; Saturday Night Live, NBC

VARIETY SPECIAL

Winner: Louis C.K.: Oh My God, HBO

Nominees: The Kennedy Center Honors, CBS; Louis C.K.: Oh My God, HBO; Mel Brooks Strikes Back! With Mel Brooks And Alan Yentob, HBO; Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update Thursday (Part One), NBC; 12-12-12: The Concert For Sandy Relief

DIRECTING FOR A DRAMA SERIES

Winner: House of Cards, Netflix

Nominees: Boardwalk Empire, HBO; Breaking Bad, AMC; Downton Abbey, PBS;Homeland, Showtime; House of Cards, Netflix

DIRECTING FOR A COMEDY SERIES

Winner: Modern Family, ABC

Nominees: Girls, HBO; Glee, Fox; Louie, FX; Modern Family, ABC; 30 Rock, NBC

DIRECTING FOR A MINISERIES OR MOVIE

Winner: Behind the Candelabra, HBO

Behind the Candelabra, HBO; Ring of Fire, Lifetime, Phil Spector, HBO; The Girl, HBO; Top of the Lake; Sundance Channel

WRITING FOR A MINISERIES OR MOVIE

Winner: The Hour, BBC America

Behind the Candelabra, HBO; Parade’s End; HBO, Phil Spector, HBO; The Hour, BBC America; Top of the Lake; Sundance Channel

DIRECTING FOR A VARIETY SERIES

Winner: Saturday Night Live, NBC

Nominees: The Colbert Report, Comedy Central; The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, Comedy Central; Jimmy Kimmel Live, ABC; Portlandia, IFC; Late Show with David Letterman, HBO; Saturday Night Live, NBC

WRITING FOR A VARIETY SERIES

Winner: The Colbert Report, Comedy Central

Nominees: The Colbert Report, Comedy Central; The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, Comedy Central; Jimmy Kimmel Live, ABC; Portlandia, IFC; Real Time With Bill Maher, HBO; Saturday Night Live, NBC

WRITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES

Winner: Homeland, Showtime

Nominees: Breaking Bad (“Dead Freight”), AMC; Breaking Bad (“Say My Name”), AMC;Downton Abbey, PBS; Game of Thrones, HBO; Homeland, Showtime

WRITING FOR COMEDY SERIES

Winner: 30 Rock (“Last Lunch”), NBC

Nominees: Episodes, Showtime; Louie, FX; The Office, NBC; 30 Rock (“Hogcock!”), NBC; 30 Rock (“Last Lunch”), NBC

GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES (presented at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmys)

Winner: Bob Newhart, The Big Bang Theory, CBS

Nominees: Bob Newhart, The Big Bang Theory, CBS; Nathan Lane, Modern Family, ABC; Bobby Cannavale, Nurse Jackie, Showtime; Louis C.K., Saturday Night Live, NBC; Justin Timberlake, Saturday Night Live, NBC; Will Forte, 30 Rock, NBC

GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES (presented at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmys)

Winner: Melissa Leo, Louie, FX

Nominees: Molly Shannon, Enlightened, HBO; Dot-Marie Jones, Glee, Fox; Melissa Leo, Louie, FX; Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live, NBC; Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live, NBC; Elaine Stritch, 30 Rock, NBC

HOST FOR A REALITY OR REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM (presented at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmys)

Winner: Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn, Project Runway, Bravo

Nominess: Ryan Seacrest, American Idol, Fox; Betty White, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers, NBC;Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars, ABC; Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn, Project Runway, Bravo; Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance, Fox; Anthony Bourdain, The Taste, ABC

GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES (presented at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmys)

Winner: Carrie Preston, The Good Wife, CBS

Nominees: Margo Martindale, The Americans, FX; Diana Rigg, Game of Thrones, HBO;Carrie Preston, The Good Wife, CBS; Linda Cardellini, Mad Men, AMC; Jane Fonda, The Newsroom, HBO; Joan Cusack, Shameless, Showtime

GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES (presented at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmys)

Winner: Dan Bucatinsky, Scandal, ABC

Nominees: Nathan Lane, The Good Wife, CBS; Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife, CBS;Rupert Friend, Homeland, Showtime; Robert Morse, Mad Men, AMC; Harry Hamlin, Mad Men, AMC; Dan Bucatinsky, Scandal, ABC

I hope you enjoyed the 65th Annual Emmy Awards show!