This Week in Music: Justin Bieber’s Music Monday Track “Bad Day”

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Justin Bieber’s new Music Monday track, “Bad Day,” dropped early this morning at 12:01 am.

Music Monday is Bieber’s new way of releasing his album. Every Monday from October 7th until mid-December, fans get a song from the singer, totaling ten brand new tracks.

As his manager, Scooter Braun stated in an interview with Billboard:

“Justin had this complete body of work that was very different from the stuff he had done in the past — very R&B-driven, personal songs, not necessarily songs that he was thinking of as radio records. That’s why he called them ‘journals.’ They’re very, very personal to what he’s been feeling over the last six months, going through a tough time. If you listen to the lyrics in these songs — “Heartbreaker,” “All That Matters” — he’s pouring his heart out. When I looked at that, I looked at it as, “He didn’t write one journal.” He wrote them in different days, [with] different emotions at different points, and I wanted people to experience what he was feeling, week to week… As each week comes, people will have a different type of song, and understand the different experience he’s going through week to week.”

Said “journals” sound like a mating call to his ex-girlfriend, Selena Gomez, as he sings songs such as “Heartbreaker” and “Recovery” to beg her forgiveness.

Bieber’s now mature voice might drive the ladies absolutely insane. His voice coach has worked miracles to bring his boyish charm to manhood.

Monday, November 4th’s song released for the series is called “Bad Day,” echoing the infamous David Powter tune.

Bieber’s “Bad Day” begins with a sweet, romantic guitar melody. The song is more of a ballad with its slow tempo and legato vocals.

Justin Bieber goes the extra mile to show off his voice with a nice falsetto in the hook as he sings, “Didn’t waste any time /  Like you had already made up your mind,” and later, “And I didn’t think it was over / Until you walked away.”

This song is the shortest of the series so far, coming in just under 2:30. The other Music Monday tracks are over three minutes long.

The R&B feel of “Recovery” and “Heartbreaker” fit Bieber’s style better. “Bad Day” didn’t really strike a chord with me this week.

Enjoy “Bad Day” and the other Music Monday tracks on Spotify.

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Emma Watson: “They didn’t think I should act…”

Imagine a world without actress Emma Watson.

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I don’t think anyone would like that world very much.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Emma Watson discusses how some of the people in her life lead her to believe she shouldn’t continue acting after the Harry Potter franchise was over.

“For a while I kind of bought into the hype of, ‘Will they ever be able to play anything else?’ It gave me a sense of paralysis and stage fright for a while,” she said in the interview. “And then a professor told me that they didn’t think I should act, either. So I was really grappling with it and wasn’t feeling good about it. And then, I don’t know…it got so bad and people had put me in a box so much that it started pissing me off. I suddenly wanted to prove them wrong. It gave me fuel, in a way. I’m not sure why that shift happened.”

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Emma Watson as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series, 2001-2011

After ten years in the Harry Potter film series, it became difficult for many to picture her playing any other role but Hermione Granger.

“I wanted to make a conscious adult decision that [acting] was what I wanted to pursue, because that decision was made for me as a nine-year-old. I had no idea what I wanted. I had no idea who I was really. So I wanted to step away and make sure this is what I wanted to pour my life and my energy and my blood, sweat, and tears into,” Watson said in the interview.

Emma Watson got back to acting in 2012. “I was really unsure, but then I read the script for The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and falling in love with that and then having such a great experience on that movie kind of sealed the deal for me.”

Although I’m not much of a Harry Potter fan, I really enjoyed seeing Emma Watson play Sam in The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I cried at the end of that movie. That’s how amazing the actors performed for that film.

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Emma Watson as Sam in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, 2012

I can’t fathom any other actress filling the role of Sam in that film. It wouldn’t have been the same if Sam were to be played by anyone other than Emma Watson.

Since then, Emma Watson has gone on to play Nicki Moore in The Bling Ring (2013) and a fictional version of herself in the film This is the End (2013).

Don’t ever stop doing what you do, Emma. You’re an amazing actress. Never let anyone let you believe otherwise.

 

A Sad Au Revoir to ‘Bunheads’

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The wait is over. ABC Family has decided to cancel Amy Sherman-Palladino’s Bunheads.

I cannot believe that after being in limbo for five months they’ve decided to drop the series.

With all the new shows being added to the lineup on the network, there really isn’t a spot for Bunheads. ABC Family has chosen to pick up shows such as The Fosters, Twisted, and the new Ravenswood this fall.

This isn’t the first time ABC Family dropped a show I’d grown attached to. Last year they dropped Jane by Design, a show about a high school girl named Jane who got a job as an assistant to fashion designer Grey Chandler. The only reason she was hired for the position was because she was mistaken for an adult.

I can see how a plot line for a show like that would fizzle out, but Bunheads? No. Bunheads was special.

The show Bunheads is about a Las Vegas showgirl named Michelle Simms (Sutton Foster) who gets swept off her feet by Hubbell Flowers, an admirer who frequents her shows. She marries and moves with him to Paradise, California where he dies in a car accident hours after the reception. Michelle is left with Hubbell’s mother, Madam Fanny and her ballet dance studio. Since Michelle was a former bunhead (ballerina) she ends up helping to teach the classes.

I’m really going to miss Michelle. She had a very sarcastic and witty sense of humor that will turn any bad day upside down.

I’ll also miss the students from Madam Fanny’s class, especially Ginny and Boo.

Also seeing one of my favorite contestants from So You Think You Can Dance, Jeanine Mason as Cozette, was very refreshing. I didn’t even know she could act. It’s great to see that her career is taking off.

However, this is the end. No more quirky ballerinas. No more Michelle’s hot surfer dude boyfriend with a PhD. No more cute Carl and Boo romance. No more ridiculous barista at the town coffee shop.

The saddest part is that the season 1 finale (now the series finale) ended with Ginny crying on Michelle’s shoulder. Now I’m crying with Ginny!

I hope the actors of Bunheads get picked up for other shows. I’ll be looking out for them.

And now for a few of the amazing ballet dance routines from Bunheads:

Episode Review: ‘Devious Maids’ 1×5 “Taking Out the Trash”

Devious_Maids_logoIt’s been five episodes and I am most definitely hooked!

Last nights episode of Devious Maids titled “Taking Out the Trash” was full of drama. Between hitting people over the head with prosthetic legs and catfights with Remi’s high school ex-girlfriend, I could not help but stare at the screen with my jaw dropped as it all went down.

One of the biggest jaw droppers of this episode is learning that Carmen is married.

Yes, she is still tied to the man who tried to stop her from making her dreams become a reality.

Her husband Oscar finds out where she is working as a maid, and takes a trip out to see her. Sam and Odessa convince her to face him and let him know she doesn’t want to be married anymore.

However, Oscar has other plans, including returning her wedding band and trying to lure her back into his life with a gig at his friend’s restaurant.

Carmen refuses and things get violent. Oscar begins to forcefully grab Carmen and leave the house with her. Sam tries to take him on but gets knocked out and onto the bird cage, accidentally setting Alejandro Rubio’s bird free.

As much as Odessa wants to ruin Carmen’s life, she doesn’t want to give Oscar the pleasure of doing it for her, so she hits him over the head with her prosthetic leg.

That was the best fight I’ve seen in a while!

Other interesting events in this episode:

1. Valentina finds Remi’s high school ex girlfriend in his bed wearing red lingerie. When Remi leaves for an appointment with his college adviser, she gives Valentina a hard time, resulting in a cat fight between the two. (Side note: Pretty Little Liars fans, if you’re wondering where a Jason Dilaurentis went, he’s on Devious Maids! Remi Delatour is played by Drew Van Acker!)

2. When Peri Westmore leaves for work, Spence Westmore decides to swoop Rosie in for a kiss. She tells him no, and when he persists she threatens to hit him over the head with a pan. Peri returns to grab her keys and Rosie keeps her promise, leaving Spence on the floor just as Peri walks into the kitchen. Ooops. Blame it on the waxed floors!

3. Eddie had proposed to Flora a few months before her death. This case isn’t looking up for this kid.

4. Every year, Evelyn and Adrian Powell celebrate their dead son’s birthday. I just find it odd that they go the whole nine yards with a cake, candles AND a gift for him. He’s not alive to eat the cake, blow out the candles or even wear the wonderful cashmere blouse Evelyn got him! A simple memorial would have been fine but this is just too much! I hope they donate those gifts to a nice charity every year.

As with every week, I can never believe the episode is already over when it ends. Can’t wait for next week!

 

A Glimpse into ‘Ravenswood’

In last night’s Pretty Little Liars episode titled “Under the Gun,” viewers get a sneak peek at Ravenswood, the town where the spinoff series of the same name is to take place.

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Ravenswood is set to air this October on ABC Family, and boy does it look creepy.

As soon as Spencer Hastings and Toby Cavanaugh (Troian Bellisario and Keegan Allen) enter the fictional town in Pennsylvania, one notices the colors are a bit off.

And not in a good way.

The color is drained from literally everything in the town. The asphalt on the streets of Ravenswood are not black. No, no. They’re gray.

And the leaves on the trees and the bushes? Not green. Black.

Spencer takes one look around and notices that there are no street signs. Huh.

Asking for directions? Well good luck with that, because there’s a 99.9% chance that the woman who just walked passed you with a child on each hand will pretend she didn’t hear you.

Not exactly the kind of town I’d like to be stuck in.

Then there’s that weird music that lures everyone to the angel statue in the graveyard at noon, almost like a sinister afternoon lullaby.

From the Pretty Little Liars Official Facebook Page

From the Pretty Little Liars Official Facebook Page

It doesn’t help that all the citizens of Ravenswood walk like zombies.

To top it off, there are ravens. Groups of ravens. But they look like crows. Do you know what they call a group of crows? A murder. Groups of ravens can be either a constable, a conspiracy, or unkindness.

I suspect this group is all three: an investigator of crime, an evil plan, and some sort of wicked scheme.

One of the ravens/crows hit the windshield of Spencer’s car as she was trying leave Ravenswood to follow Shana. It’s chest was ripped open, leaving behind a splatter of dark red blood.

If that’s what Ravenswood is going to look like all season, then I’m preparing myself for the nightmares.

Because I don’t do well with horror.

I don’t know about the rest of you Pretty Little Liars fans, but Ravenswood isn’t exactly my cup of tea.

However, I might only watch it for Caleb Rivers.

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?!

The Couples On “Pretty Little Liars”

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If you happen to be a Pretty Little Liars fan, you probably wish the couples on the show were real. The way the men treat their women (and in Emily’s case the women treat her) is something hard to come by in the real world. Nevertheless, fans crave the on screen action from Ezria, Haleb, Spoby, and Emaya.

Whenever there’s tension between the couples on the show, tweets fly from left and right about how sad we’ll all be if [fill in the blank] split. Fans have grown to love the on screen romance and want to see the couples make it through. Let’s take a closer look at each of the PLL couples and what makes them special.

Ezria (Ezra Fitz and Aria Montgomery):

Ezra and Aria’s relationship is by far the most risky of them all. Ezra and Aria met before they knew that he would be teaching at Rosewood High, where the girls attend school. This relationship is filled with the thrills of sneaking around, making it all the more interesting.
Ezra quits his job at Rosewood High due to a student’s treat to expose the relationship to the authorities. He soon lands a job at Hollis as a college professor and is coincidentally reunited with an ex, Jackie, who also threatens to expose the couple. Aria’s parents find out about the two, and her father, Byron, is furious. Byron tries to promote Ezra to a school out of state so that he would be away from his daughter, but fails to convince him that he should leave. When Ezra’s mom finally meets Aria, she tries to bribe her with money to break up with her son. Ezra becomes livid, because a similar incident occurred with his ex in high school. At the time Aria doesn’t know, but Ezra had gotten a girl pregnant as a teen and his mom gave her money to shut up about it and have an abortion.
Wesley, Ezra’s younger brother, drops in during season three with a skeleton from Ezra’s closet—a son he never knew about. Apparently Maggie, the girl he got pregnant, never had the abortion. Ezra learns about his seven year old son from Spencer because of a prank from “A”. He decides to go visit his ex Maggie and her son, leaving Aria to wonder if things will ever be the sane when he returns.

Haleb (Hanna Marin and Caleb Rivers):

Hanna’s boyfriend Caleb is a former foster child. He’s a computer wiz who has come in handy as the girls run into technological obstacles while investigating “A”. Caleb begins living in Hanna’s basement, and one morning her mom almost discovers him. Hanna quickly jumped into the shower with Caleb in order to keep his basement residence a secret.  Calling those 3 minutes an awkward moment would be an understatement.
Caleb loses Hanna’s trust in season one and he leaves Rosewood, causing Hanna to believe that he never really cared for her. Before leaving though, he leaves a note with Hanna’s friend (now frenemy) Mona. Hanna never gets the note.
When Caleb returns he does everything to try to win her back. Hanna finally gives in, and it is now in his best interest to protect her from Mona, who has revealed her involvement with the “A” team.

Spoby (Spencer Hastings and Toby Cavanaugh):

In the beginning, none of us thought that anything would ever happen between creepy Toby and level headed Spencer. Boy were we wrong! Toby has become one of the sexier men of the cast, along with heartthrobs Ezra and Caleb.
The relationship between Toby and Spencer was not always smooth. Spencer once disapproved of Toby’s friendship with Emily, but as she saw him being taunted in the streets for Alison’s murder, she began to sympathize. Toby was proven guilty, and a romance formed between the two.
Sadly, Toby was reavealed as season three’s betrAyer. As part of the “A” team, he works closely with Mona, who is also part of the team. Spencer finds out about his involvement on the night of their anniversary, leaving her devastatingly heartbroken.
Spencer hires a private investigator to follow him around and find out what door the key she found labeled “A” opens. The private investigator gives her the address and she tells him that she hopes to find the things she and Toby always talked about behind the door. If she doesn’t, the investigator recommends that she move on.

Emaya (Emily Fields and Maya Saint Germaine):

The short lived relationship of Emily and Maya was by far one of the most tragic. On top of the fact that Emily was discriminated against for being lesbian, which caused people to treat her differently, Maya was killed in season 2. Maya was Emily’s first girlfriend and first love. She had a tendency to lead straight guys on, and that bothered Lyndon James, a guy that showed interest in Maya. He begins to stalk her, driving her decision to run away to San Francisco with friends. Lyndon follows her and kills her, causing Emily to fall into a deep depression.
Paige comes along and tries to be everything Emily ever saw in Maya. Unfortunately, Lyndon wants revenge from Emily. He wants to make her feel what its like to lose someone you care about. Therefore he tries to kill Paige, but Emily ends up shooting him with his own gun. Caleb gets mixed up in this mess as well, requiring surgery for a bullet wound. Of course, Emily is now traumatized.

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Let’s see how her relationship with Paige turns out.

We love the PLL couples, and hope that they can make it through any obstacle that “A” puts in their way.

Which PLL couple is your favorite?