March Favorites: Bachelor Arie Banned & #MarchforOurLives

Okay, so I know I always joke about the saying that goes “March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb,” but this year it legitimately did.

The beginning of the month was so rough, especially with all the non-stop snow storms. I could not deal. I don’t think I’ve ever been more annoyed with my life than I was at the start of March. Things mellowed out around March 20th or so, which was nice.

March brought some harsh realities to light in the pop culture and entertainment world, and rightfully so. Let’s take a look my faves for March 2018:

Favorite News Articles

1. The Bachelor‘s Arie gets banned from Minnesota. Damn straight. He deserves it after what he did to Becca.

2. #MarchforOurLives. Thank you, Pope Francis, for encouraging the youth to continue fighting to end gun violence.

3. “Shero” Barbies! I want one of each, please!

4. Chrissy Teigen brings an emotional support casserole on a plane. Brb, bookmarking this recipe for later.

Favorite Music

1. “Rotation” by Fickle Friends. Now THIS is what I call feel-good music! This band sounds like Great Goof Fine OK and Haim had a baby. OMJ. I so want to see these guys in concert!

2. “Figure A” by Tim Atlas. So old school funk I can’t handle it. Ah. Maze. Balls.

3. “Something” by Henry Green. I’ll definitely succumb.

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February Favorites: Oscars Fashion & “Chained to the Rhythm” Music Video

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Is it just me, or was February kind of intense?

If anything, I think February 2017 takes the cake as the month where every TV show plot line spun out of control. I thought we were supposed to be saving the whole coming “in like a lion and out like a lamb” thing until March …

Anyway, here are my faves in pop culture and entertainment for February 2017.

Favorite News Articles

1. The Voice drama. I bet Gwen will actually end up sleeping on the couch at some point this season.

2. There’s an orangutan at a Danish zoo choosing a mate from an iPad. Safe to say online dating isn’t limited to homo sapiens anymore …

Favorite Music

1. “Heavy” by Powers. Those instrumental bits in the chorus are making me beg for summer.

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Gallery Mondays: Shout Out to the Bear @ the #Oscars

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Last night was one for the history books.

Oscars 2016 will go down as the year that the Academy blatantly disrespected Black History Month by leaving all Blacks/African-Americans out of their nominations.

It will also go down as the year we were ready to throw the bear from The Revenant at them if they’d also blatantly disrespected Leonardo DiCaprio by letting him leave without the Oscar for Best Actor in a Lead Role.

And the bear from The Revenant even showed up to ensure that wouldn’t go down.

Leo won. Don’t worry. They’re off bear radar.

Let’s celebrate with this wooden bear I found outside of Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop in Dumbo.

Because I think he’s still making our little golden Oscar knight sweat over there…

Leo DiCaprio Great Gatsby party

A little party never killed nobody. Congratulations, Leo!

Fan Art Fridays: Jada Pinkett Smith

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard about Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith and Spike Lee’s decision to boycott the Oscar’s this year due to the lack of African-Americans nominated for awards in the past two award shows. The hashtag #OscarsSoWhite is becoming very popular these days.

It still blows my mind that they would chose a host (Chris Rock) of an ethnicity not represented at the show. Like, how does that make any sense?!

In light if this, I can’t wait to hear his opening monologue.

Because of Jada Pinkett Smith’s bold move in making the video about the subject over on Facebook, I decided to dedicate this week’s Fan Art Fridays to her. This sketch was done by Greg Hand, inspired by Pinkett’s character Fish Mooney on Gotham. Her stern lip is just the right amount of fierce.

View the original fan art here.

February Favorites: Kanye West’s Super Bowl Face, Lady Gaga’s Engagement & #TheDress

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February was short, but it most definitely wasn’t short on entertainment and pop culture news. This month had the some amazing TV episodes and music, making me extremely excited about what’s to come in later on this year!

Here are my favorite things in pop culture and entertainment for the month of February:

Favorite News Articles

1. Kanye Super Bowl face. Is this his “I’m annoyed” or his “I’m pissed” face?

2. Lady Gaga is engaged! To all the men who feel pressure to buy a ring just as amazing as the one Taylor Kinney got for Lady Gaga, well…I don’t know what to tell you…

3. #TheDress. How did this even become a thing? And, more importantly, how can anyone be seeing white in this dress?!

4. Selena Gomez tried to pronounce Zedd’s last name. Priceless.

5. #Mugabefalls. This is so messed up but it’s hilarious!

Favorite Music

1. “I’m a Ruin” by Marina and the Diamonds. I am ready to devour FROOT. So ready. HURRY UP MARCH 16th!

2. “The Line” by Seoul. I expect to see the music video for this soon, thank you.

3. “I Want You To Know” by Zedd feat. Selena Gomez. They’re adorbs and so is this song.

4. “Nothing But a Heartbeat” by Say Lou Lou. Those “oooh ahhs” in the beginning get me every time.

5. “Undiscovered” by Laura Welsh. The Fifty Shades of Grey Soundtrack is spectacular, and this song is no exception.

6. “One Last Night” by Vaults. Another amazing song off the Fifty Shades of Grey Soundtrack. The violins. The emotion. My heart.

7. “What Kind of Man” by Florence + the Machine. What kind of man? A very masochistic one, Florence. Love the song, but the video is too much to handle. The concept was very well thought out, though.

Favorite Celeb Instagrams

1. JLo and Chris Pine at the Oscars. My gosh, that dress is freaking gorgeous!

2. Logan Paul Hollywood. Kim Jong Un just had to photobomb this one.

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3. Katy Perry’s Super Bowl Tattoo. Such an amazing Super Bowl performance, and definitely one to ink on the finger!

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4. St. Lucia’s new album is coming. And it needs to hurry up. These teaser photos are killing me!

5. PLL Season 6! It’s happening. Which means the torment isn’t over for us fans. Sigh. 

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Favorite TV Episodes

1. Castle, “The Wrong Stuff”. This episode stars Jane By Design‘s Ben (Jane’s older brother, played by David Clayton Rogers) and he’s uber serious on Castle, which was both interesting to see and hard to get adjusted to.

2. New Girl, “Spiderhunt”. I feel you on that spider fear, Schmidt. And Nick with Cece?! No. NONO.

3. Pretty Little Liars, “Bloody Hell”. How could Ezra just let Aria run free to kiss other guys? Like, excuse me, she’s yours! Stahp this madness!

4. The Mindy Project, “No More Mr. Noishe Guy”. The water break in the wall foreshadowed this pregnancy and it was a brilliant. Watching this unfold is going to be mind blowing.

Favorite YouTube Videos

1. Jimmy Fallon’s lip sync battle featuring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart. That Beyoncé number from Will Ferrell was everything.

2. Colleen B. and Ricky Dillon play Cards Against Humanity. The next Happy Meal toy should not be decided upon by Ricky Dillon. Just sayin’.

3. PJ’s firsts. Urglegrew. URGLEGREW.

Goodbye February. Hello, March. Don’t be too much of a lion…

Best Moments from the 87th Academy Awards #Oscars2015

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The 87th Academy Award show last night was a pleasant reminder of the reasons why art prevails in the eyes of social justice. Host Neil Patrick Harris’ racial jokes aside, the night was filled with individuals in the performing arts sectors that really care about seeing social change in the United States. From Patricia Arquette’s speech on wage equality to the tears streaming down David Oyelowo and Chris Pine’s faces after Selma‘s Original Song Oscar win, the award show was definitely one to remember.

We all knew Neil Patrick Harris would be hilarious. Here are some of the night’s best moments:

1. Neil Patrick Harris’ opening. More to follow.
2. Benedict Cumberbatch takes a swing from a flask less than a minute and thirty seconds into the show. He was in for a long night.

3. Jack Black’s rant interruption. So good. So. Good.

4. Neil Patrick Harris pretended Steve Carell was a seat filler. Yeah, right.
5. Oprah, Steve Carell and Channing Tatum get Lego Oscars during Tegan and Sarah’s performance.
6. Neil Patrick Harris made fun of Dana Perry’s dress. And rightfully so.

7. Neil Patrick Harris went out on stage in his underwear. So not fair, man.

8. Anna Kendrick and Kevin Hart are both short. And the Academy’s prompter made them make fun of their own selves as “animated and short.”
9. Neil Patrick Harris takes a moment to note that the subject of Citizen Four (Edward Snowden) “couldn’t be here for some reason.”
10. That awkward moment when Octavia Spencer was replaced by a seat filler. And, therefore, wasn’t looking after Neil Patrick Harris’ predictions briefcase.
11. Neil Patrick Harris assumes that Benedict Cumberbatch is the name you get when you ask John Travolta to pronounce Ben Affleck. Did John Travolta tell you that, NPH?
12. According to Neil Patrick Harris, Gone Girl was originally titled B*tches Be Trippin.
13. Alejandro Inarritu confessed that he was wearing Michael Keaton’s tighty whities during his Best Director acceptance speech.
14. Eddie Redmayne’s acceptance speech. He started flipping out over the Oscar and then promised to look after it. Literally. As if it were a real person with needs…
15. Julianne Moore might live 5 years longer because she won an Oscar. Or at least that’s what an article she read told her. And she’s thanking the Academy because her husband is younger than her.
16. Sean Penn asked who gave Alejandro Inarritu a green card when Birdman won Best Picture. How rude!

Best Performance: Lady Gaga’s Sound of Music tribute. She should definitely be cast in a remake.

Here’s the full winner’s list. Happy Oscar Monday!

Actor in a Supporting Role:

  • Robert Duvall, “The Judge”
  • Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”
  • Edward Norton, “Birdman”
  • Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”
  • J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash” WINNER

Costume Design:

  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel” WINNER
  • “Inherent Vice”
  • “Into the Woods”
  • “Maleficent”
  • “Mr. Turner”

Makeup and Hairstyling:

  • “Foxcatcher”
  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel” WINNER
  • “Guardians of the Galaxy”

Foreign Language Film:

  • “Ida,” Poland WINNER
  • “Leviathan,” Russia
  • “Tangerines,” Estonia
  • “Timbuktu,” Mauritania
  • “Wild Tales,” Argentina

Live Action Short Film

  • “Aya”
  • “Boogaloo and Graham”
  • “Butter Lamp”
  • “Parvaneh”
  • “The Phone Call” WINNER

Documentary Short Subject

  • “Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1” WINNER
  • “Joanna”
  • “Our Curse”
  • “The Reaper (La Parka)”
  • “White Earth”

Sound Mixing

  • “American Sniper”
  • “Birdman”
  • “Interstellar”
  • “Unbroken”
  • “Whiplash” WINNER

Sound Editing

  • “American Sniper” WINNER
  • “Birdman”
  • “The Hobbitt: The Battle of the Five Armies”
  • “Interstellar”
  • “Unbroken”

Best Supporting Actress

  • Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood” WINNER
  • Laura Dern, “Wild”
  • Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game”
  • Emma Stone, “Birdman”
  • Meryl Streep, “Into the Woods”

Visual Effects

  • “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”
  • “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”
  • “Guardians of the Galaxy”
  • “Interstellar” WINNER
  • “X-Men: Days of Future Past”

Animated Short Film

  • “The Bigger Picture”
  • “The Dam Keeper”
  • “Feast” WINNER
  • “Me and My Moulton”
  • “A Single Life”

Animated Feature Film

  • “Big Hero 6” WINNER
  • “The Boxtrolls”
  • “How to Train Your Dragon 2”
  • “Song of the Sea”
  • “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya”

Production Design

  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel” WINNER
  • “The Imitation Game”
  • “Interstellar”
  • “Into the Woods”
  • “Mr. Turner”

Cinematography

  • “Birdman” WINNER
  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
  • “Ida”
  • “Mr. Turner”
  • “Unbroken”

Film Editing

  • “American Sniper”
  • “Boyhood”
  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
  • “The Imitation Game”
  • “Whiplash” WINNER

Documentary Feature

  • “Citizenfour” WINNER
  • “Finding Vivian Maier”
  • “Last Days in Vietnam”
  • “The Salt of the Earth”
  • “Virunga”

Original Song

  • “Everything Is Awesome,” “The Lego Movie”
  • “Glory,” “Selma” WINNER
  • “Grateful, “Beyond the Lights”
  • “I”m Not Gonna Miss You,” “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me”
  • “Lost Stars,” “Begin Again”

Original Score

  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel” WINNER
  • “The Imitation Game”
  • “Interstellar”
  • “Mr. Turner”
  • “The Theory of Everything”

Original Screenplay

  • “Birdman” WINNER
  • “Boyhood”
  • “Foxcatcher”
  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
  • “Nightcrawler”

Adapted Screenplay

  • “American Sniper”
  • “The Imitation Game” WINNER
  • “Inherent Vice”
  • “The Theory of Everything”
  • “Whiplash”

Directing

  • Alejandro González Iñárritu, “Birdman” WINNER
  • Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
  • Bennett Miller, “Foxcatcher”
  • Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
  • Morten Tyldum, “The Imitation Game”

Best Actor

  • Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”
  • Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper”
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”
  • Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
  • Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything” WINNER

Best Actress

  • Marion Cotillard, “Two Days, One Night”
  • Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”
  • Julianne Moore, “Still Alice” WINNER
  • Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”
  • Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”

Best Picture

  • “American Sniper”
  • “Birdman” WINNER
  • “Boyhood”
  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
  • “The Imitation Game”
  • “Selma”
  • “The Theory of Everything”
  • “Whiplash”

Who is Oscar Anyway?

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Tonight is the night. The night where all of Hollywood’s best actors, directors, producers, technicians and writers gather at the Dolby Theatre in their fancy dresses and bow ties to celebrate the successes of the film industry. The night where we jump for joy in front of our television screens if our favorite actors win the Oscar we hoped they would, and cry if they don’t. The night where that golden statuette is the only thing on the minds of millions of viewers around the globe.

Tonight is Oscars night.

The 85th Annual Academy Award show will air tonight at 8pm EST. I’m sure there will be much ado about it tomorrow as well. Especially since the ever so funny creator of Family Guy, Seth MacFarlane will be hosting.

But today, as sat next to my mother on the bus, I pondered about the 85th Academy Awards, and realized that there was something I longed to know:

Why is that beautiful 24 karat gold statuette named Oscar?!

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So I did some research and here’s what I found:

The statuette, formally known as the Academy Award of Merit, was designed by MGM art director Cedric Gibbons and brought into three dimensions by sculptor George Stanley in 1928. It is the most recognized trophy in the world.

The Academy Award of Merit is a knight atop a film reel clutching a crusader’s sword. It stands 13.5 inches tall and weighs 8.5 pounds. The film reel on which it stands has 5 spokes, each representing a branch of the Academy (actors, directors, producers, technicians, and writers). 2,809 of these statuettes have been presented since the May 1929 Academy Award show. The first person presented with this statuette was Emil Jannings for Best Actor in the films The Last Command and The Way of All Flesh.

This lovely knight came to be known as Oscar when Academy librarian and soon to be executive director Margaret Herrick first saw the statue. She remarked that it looked like her Uncle Oscar. The Academy did not use the term Oscar until 1939, even though Hollywood columnist Sidney Skolsky referred to the award as such when writing about Katharine Hepburn’s first Best Actress win in 1934.

A few interesting facts about Oscar:

1. He was initially made of gold-plated solid bronze.

2. After a few years the award began to be made of Britannia metal, plated in copper, nickel silver, and lastly, 24-karat gold.

3. The metal shortage during World War II caused the Oscars to be made of painted plaster for three years! Those who received these statuettes made of plaster were asked to come back for the golden Oscar after the shortage.

4. It takes 3-4 weeks to make fifty of these beautiful knights!

Oscar is one heck of a handsome knight. All the finesse about him once a year isn’t enough to understand how successful this statuette has become. Learn more about him here: http://www.oscars.org/awards/academyawards/about/awards/oscar.html

Time for me to go admire Oscar from my flat screen television. For all those nominated, may the odds be ever in your favor!