Did He or Didn’t He? Season 6 Vanderpump Rules Premier

@HeatherMcDonald: “How pissed would you be if you hired Faith to be your 95 yr old grandma’s caregiver? #VanderpumpRules @kristendoute @scheana #WWHL”

@pdubsuw: “My birthday is coming up. I may tweet at Scheana and ask her not to come #PumpRules”

@LoveAndyC: “You invest 10% and think you can design this place? #PumpRules”

@MusicKillsKatie: “Now that’s what we call a season opener! #pumprules”

You said it Katie. 

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JAX CHEATED ON BRITTANY WITH ANOTHER SERVER NAMED FAITH WHILE AN OLD LADY SLEPT NEARBY?! I mean, can this show get any crazier? Now Faith may be pregnant. If she is pregnant with Jax’s baby this is the biggest thing ever! Bigger than when it was revealed that Kristen and Jax did in fact sleep together … or the slap heard ’round the world.

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Faith’s story is suuuuper sketch though. Apparently Jax just “stopped following her on Twitter” but then called her and said he’s always wanted to hook up with her and can he come over to do so while she was babysitting this elderly person? I mean, I could see Jax cheating on Brittany, but I don’t really buy this story.

Guess we’ll find out next week. 

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While the Jax/Faith/Brittany love triangle certainly was the main storyline from the premier episode, it wasn’t the whole episode. We learned that the lines have been redrawn between some of the girls. It’s back to Ariana and Scheana on one side, and Katie and Stassi on the other.

I guess Kristen and Tom Schwartz are stuck in the middle between the two groups because both still got invited to Scheana’s birthday party. I was actually really shocked Tom was invited because to me a husband and wife are a packaged deal on an invitation.  I guess Tom didn’t get that memo either because he went to the party anyway without Katie.

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He was totes missing her though because when all the cheating rumors and drama was flying around at the party, Schwartz ran to Lisa to discuss. As far as the rest of the episode, I was a little bored:

  • Lisa is wanting Tom and Tom to each invest $100,000 in this new restaurant and Sandoval is trying to ramrod the whole thing.
  • James has a new male friend (& looks like possible love interest later in the show) and his girlfriend returned for the summer.
  • Ariana got a haircut and Sandoval loves it.
  • Ummm …  Stassi crashed Tom & Katie’s honeymoon?

See, told you. Boring. 

I’m still on the Brittany and Jax ordeal. I can NOT see this being true so early on in the season and us not hearing about it during filming. Although many of us did hear they had broken up a while back. I guess we’ll just have it wait and watch. But, I’m SO here for this season!

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…Ready For It? Reputation Review

Taylor Swift’s sixth studio album has been out almost a month and just became available to stream.

While I hadn’t planned on reviewing it on the blog, the more I listen to it, the more I can’t stop talking or thinking about it. So, “baby let the games begin…”

  • …Ready For It?

Perfect song to open the album. Perfect song to dance to while getting ready for a night out. This song just screams “Chapter 1” of something bigger to come (whether that’s the rest of these songs or a fun night out you’ll talk about for years), “…Ready For It?” just starts it (whatever it is) off right!

  • End Game

This. Is. My. Favorite. Song. On. The. Entire. Album! for so many reasons. I love that Future & Ed are on it; they have such an opposite sound which brings for two interesting voices into one song. Not only that but the song just makes. me. dance! It hits you like BANG!

  • I Did Something Bad

I want to see Tay Tay perform this song with a marching band playing in the background; can’t you see it during the chorus? This is a song I classify as a “banger” and keeps the momentum going after “End Game.” Brilliant lyric moment: “They’re burning all the witches even if you aren’t one/so light me up!” #byehaters

  • Don’t Blame Me

This is probably my second favorite song on the album. Lyrically, I love it, especially the chorus because it’s exactly how I feel about my husband. It also makes you want to just body roll, body roll, body roll all down the hall. Cut to about 3:05 into the song: TAYLOR’S VOICE IS COMPLETE FIRE!

  • Delicate

One of my favorite lines from the whole album: “We can’t make any promises now can we babe, but you can make me a drink.”

  • Look What You Made Me Do

While I am IN LOVE with this music video, “Look What You Made Me Do” is getting to feel like “Shake It Off.” I’ll listen to it if it’s on, I’ll sing to it, and it can get me to dance; however, it’s been overplayed to the point that I’d rather listen to something else on the album first.

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  • So It Goes…

Honestly haven’t listened to this song more than once due to the fact that I have so many other favorites … what are YOUR thoughts here?

  • Gorgeous

First, royalty is on this track in the form of Blake Lively & Ryan Reynold’s daughter at the beginning. I love Taylor’s voice on this song; it’s super fun to sing to.

  • Getaway Car

I know this song is A LOT of people’s favorite, however, not a favorite for me. I definitely don’t hate it; it’s just not one of my favorites.

  • King of My Heart

I lump this song in with “So It Goes…” and “Getaway Car.” I don’t listen to it much because I love the others more; though I don’t particularly hate it or love it. It will probably be one of those songs I’ll discover months later and wonder why I didn’t love it from the beginning. The beat is unique though and I really like where the song goes around 2:34.

  • Dancing With Our Hands Tied

Third favorite song to dance to after “End Game” and “I Did Something Bad.” It proves that the album isn’t even close to being over yet.

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What does your mother say about these lyrics Taylor?

  • This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

There is SO much I love about this song: analyzing who it’s about, the champagne and Gatsby references, the distinctive beat, the chanty chorus, her toast to her ‘real’ friends/her baby/her mama, and lastly, her scary cackle when discussing forgiveness.

  • Call It What You Want

Of all the early releases, this was my favorite. The “my baby’s fit like a daydream/walking with his head down/I’m the one he’s walking to” line is so catchy. Plus I appreciate her honesty regarding hiding away and the intensity of her relationship … call all of that what you want haters; the new Taylor tells us she could care less.

  • New Year’s Day

Anyone catch Swifty play this song acoustically during a Scandal episode? That is where I first fell in love with it. I am SO curious to know who this song is about; I’m sure there is some article somewhere with hard evidence of who it is (someone find that for me please). It’s a perfect ending to the album; soft, light, feathery.

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The MHH reviews are in! This is my favorite Taylor album of them all!

Each song is better than the previous. Each song is different, a jam, and fun to not only dance to but analyze. If I had to criticize something, it’s the fact that I don’t hear much of a “girl power” message. I hear a lot of how she’s obsessed with her relationship, and was completely burned by people. Where is the message to tell all your fans who adore you to be strong, forget what others say about you, and stand on your own two feet without a man? She’s a bit, “I got a boy, I got a boy, look at how great my boy is, oh, and people were mean to me.”

Before I start getting all the TS hate mail, I’ll be the first to admit that I 100% relate to the fact that I would put out the exact same message Taylor did with this album; I would write about nothing but how great the person I’m with is, and how horrible everyone else treated me. So as the song goes, I don’t blame her.

I can’t write an honest review without playing devil’s advocate a bit, but real talk I FREAKING LOVE THIS ALBUM …maybe even more than Spencer Pratt …

And if not, I’m at least a close second. 

The 12th Reunion of Orange County

Orange County has been on as long as my students have been alive. So class, raise your hand if you remember Jo in her maid’s outfit?

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Raise your hand if you remember Vicki’s small van rant?

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Raise your hand if you remember Tamra throwing wine at Jeana? Drunk Gretchen (“Tam RUH!”) or the Brooks cancer scam?

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Yeah, it’s been a crazy twelve years with the ever changing cast of Orange County Housewives and here we are again for another rollercoaster reunion!

Loved:

Although Meghan was beyond annoying this season, her hair looked great (dress & shoes too!) on the reunion! Tamra’s earrings were on fleek and Shannon’s weight was looking good!

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How much support Shannon got regarding her weight and David; not sure some of the other women would be this strong enough to put it all out there like Shannon did. PROUD of her also for being a good mom and role model for her daughters in making the decision to separate.

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Anyone else like how Peggy had to turn to Andy for advice in order to escape from the three Blonde Bombshells on the couch … Andy can’t save you Peggy!

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TOTALLY KNEW MEGHAN WAS GOING TO ANNOUNCE ANOTHER PREGNANCY ON THE REUNION; ugh …..!!! I’m really only happy Jimmy is finally getting a boy.

Questions:

I’m still really confused about why Tamra’s daughter is so so upset with her; is it all just because of the divorce? Or is it all because of the show? I mean, thinking like a daughter maybe I can see it … maybe I can see how having Tamra as a mom may be difficult BUT I’M NOT CRITICIZING HER! I LOVE TAMRA! (her facelift looks amazing as well!)

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Who knew Shannon’s maiden name was Storm (Storme?). Also, did anyone count how many times she said “I’m done!” ??

Shockers & Surprises:

Damn Lydia! Chill ouuuuut! I agree with all the people who said Lydia came for everyone this year so she could have more of a storyline. She was not nasty like this the last time she was on the show. I mean, calling Shannon all those crazy references, umm pretty sure the Bible does not condone name calling…

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I’m really proud of Kelly this season (blogger say whaaa). I’m just proud of her for making up with the girls, not getting too much into the drama, and being strong about everything with Michael. She even said Shannon was a good person #whoa !! On her side against Meghan too!

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Holy Vicki shedding tears for Shannon’s marriage; I don’t feel it’s fake. Do you?

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Additional Thoughts:

Shannon & Tamra’s friendship remind me of LeeAnne and D’Andra from RHOD.

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Peggy is so irrelevant; barely spoke during the reunion. BRING! BACK! HEATHER!

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Hahahahaha! Nothing was wrong with Vicki in Iceland; she was just on drugs!

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It was nice they all made up at the end (Vicki, Tamra, Shannon) buuuuuut I’m kind of over it; blah blah blah, come sit on my couch; it was also awkward to watch all the other women watch. I’m not convinced they’re back … true fans have been here before.

Prove us wrong ladies.

Here’s to another twelve years! 

Movie of the Week: Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie

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I have loved television ever since I was young, which sounds really terrible, like all my parents did was simply plop me in front of a tv to entertain me (not true, I love the outdoors too yada yada yada). Growing up without siblings (#onlychild) I would escape into the world of the characters on my screen. Zack Morris was my boyfriend, I was pretty sure I was a Disney princess, my true last name must have been Tanner (as in DJ, Steph, & Michelle), and every single Nickelodeon gang of friends I called my own.

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Speaking of Nickelodeon cartoons, about a year ago a stumbled upon a marathon of all the classic shows: Rugrats, Rocko’s Modern Life, Hey Arnold!. I later found out it was a channel called Nick Splat. Every night from 9pm-5am, this channel would play all the cartoons I grew up with. Now, it’s pretty much become part of my late night routine.

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Via this channel and all it’s social media accounts, I learned there was to be an all new Hey Arnold! movie released for tv over Thanksgiving weekend and welp, here we are with this post.

But first, a rant.

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You might be sitting there all, “Why is this distinguished pop culture  blog covering cartoons and, old cartoons at that?” Because seriously, where would pop culture be without the influence of cartoons? Where would you be without the cartoons of your childhood? You’d probably be way more miserable than you are now. Hence why I have an amazing life and popular blog: cartoons.

Plus, Buzzfeed covered the movie. #soitslegit

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Hey Arnold! was probably my favorite of the entire 90’s Nickelodeon cartoon era and I was so excited to hear there would be a reboot that would tell the story of what happened to Arnold’s parents, giving closure to all us fans.

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The first thing I noticed about Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie was the animation. While the characters still looked and sounded the same, they had a new 2017 spin to them, which was really awesome to see.

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ALL your favorite characters are back from Gerald, to Arnold’s grandparents, to Stoop Kid, to others I didn’t even remember I had forgot. Plus, at the beginning of the movie there is this homage to some of the best moments of the show and to Arnold as a character. If you don’t tear up at it, you have no soul.

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A few other great moments from the movie …

  • You find out Arnold’s last name
  • Arnold gets reunited with his parents, like legit reunited, like live happily ever after reunited
  • But most of all…… **spoiler alert …

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ARNOLD AND HELGA KISS! Helga finally gets to tell Arnold how she feels, well actually she doesn’t really tell him — he simply figures it out, which honestly weren’t we were all like, how has he not figured it out by now? This was just something Hey Arnold! fans were hoping to be revealed by Helga and the way it went down in the film was great. She gives up her golden locket to save Arnold’s parents and when she tries to explain it to him, he cuts her off, explaining how he knew the whole time.

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With so many references to the original show (pay attention; they go by fast) to new moments for new fans, it’s easy to see how IMDB gave the movie an 8.4 rating; MHH gives it a 10!

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Can we please talk about Lady Gaga?

So this was Lady Gaga last night…

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Then there was me last night…

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However I felt more like this …

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Last night I heard an angel sing and watched a bad bitch dance her ass off; both entertained the hell out of my husband and I.

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Lady Gaga sang all her hits, plus many songs off the Joanne album! She had four different stages and mini-bridges that would drop from the ceiling so she could get from the front of the arena to the near back. She sang EVERYTHING live and sounded AMAZING! She was honest and real and open, speaking about meaning behind her songs. At one point, when she was describing the song “Joanne” and discussing loved ones and lost, the girl next to me started crying. REAL EMOTION WAS SHED AT THIS SHOW FRIENDS! Oh my gosh, and the people watching … !!

 

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However, I’m not here with this post to brag that I got to see Lady Gaga in concert and you didn’t. (Maybe a little.) Mostly, I want to discuss her Netflix documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two, which I saved to watch until after we went to see her (hence why the doc has been out since September and I’m just now covering it).

Heeeeeeeeere we go (a-yo a-yo ..get it?)!

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“All my insecurities are gone, I don’t feel insecure about who am I as a woman. I’m not embarrassed or ashamed of what I have.”

“…when they wanted me to be sexy or they wanted me to be pop I always put some fucking absurd spin on it that made me feel like I was still in control …”

“If I’m gonna be sexy at the VMAs singing about the paparazzi I’m gonna do it while cleaning the bathroom and reminding you of what fame did to Marilyn Monroe.”

“I want to do the opposite of what everyone thinks I’m going to do …”

“Everyone thinks I’m going to come out there on a fucking throne in a meat dress with 90 shirtless men and unicorns. Am I right? And then at the end I’m gonna do something shocking that’s gonna freak everybody out. But it’s not even in the neighborhood of what we’re gonna do.”

“Honestly we’ve seen me fucking glamorous for 10 years; it’s fucking boring.”

“I never felt comfortable enough to sing or wear my hair back; I never felt pretty enough or smart enough or a good enough musician. That’s the good part: I didn’t feel good enough, and I do now. Of all the things I deserve, that’s where I know I’m worth something.”

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Joanne

Gaga’s Joanne album is one of my all-time favorite records, not favorite Gaga, favorite of ALL time. I love every single song and had no idea a majority of this doc was a behind the scenes of the album’s birth: like, did you know she is the one playing the piano on “A Million Reasons” (while she also drank white wine #mygirl!)? There are also scenes with her and Florence Welch singing their duet from the album (or when Flo teases Gaga about her millions of social media followers!), intimate scenes with her, her dad, and grandmother where she shares her inspiration for not only “Joanne” as a song, but the entire album. Of the album she said, “I’m going to fight like fucking hell for them to love this because it’s fucking loveable!” OMG and the scene when she goes to Wal-Mart to purchase her own album …

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Hip Pain

So I knew Gaga had cancelled some shows on her tour this year due to immense pain, but I honestly had no idea what that fully meant. She holds none of it back when sharing it and I legit felt that pain. “I have chased this pain for five years,” she explains. “When I feel the adrenaline from my fans, I can fucking go. But it’s not like I’m not in pain.” The documentary shows Gaga bawling the day she is to sing for Tony Bennett’s 90th birthday due to hip pain, screaming into a pillow while her hip gets adjusted during a Super Bowl rehearsal, getting her makeup done while explaining to a doctor all the meds she has to take for the pain, and finally having a breakdown about possibly not being able to go through childbirth due to hip complications. I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed a more real moment (or moments) from a celebrity.

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Super Bowl 51

Humble. Diva. Perfectionist. “Why is there a football game before the Lady Gaga show?” What word would you pick to describe the scenes involving Gaga and SB51? I pick the first and last. Early on you hear her repeating the words”thank you” as being chosen, plus she goes on to discuss the importance of the performance and how she thinks “it can’t get bigger than the Super Bowl.” But, we also see her being a bit demanding during the rehearsals. BECAUSE SHE’S A MOTHER F’ING PERFECTIONIST AND TRUE ARTIST! 

“If I pick up the keytar and play the wrong note in front of 100 million people, that’s my fault,” she says. “It doesn’t matter that someone else screwed it up. It’s my name. I know to other people it’s just the lining of a jacket,” she explains. “But for me, it’s the way that the fabric on my outfit interacts with this fabric is going to change the speed of my arm as it enters the sleeve.”

She didn’t disappoint.

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Especially after seeing her live, I understand how each movement, breath, and note has to be calculated to make any performance the absolute best it can be. So if Gaga has to become a bit of a diva so the lining of the jacket helps her nail a performance, then gosh darn it FIX THE FREAKING LINING!

Final Thoughts 

  • The parts where Gaga discusses her success intermixed with her failed relationships broke my heart; GAGA DESERVES LOVE
  • I was really shocked she smoked so much (just being a singer and all)
  • HOLY GAGA BOOBS at one point –> out by the pool, yeah, they were legit out
  • The slowed down, piano version of “Bad Romance” —— definiton of insanity!
  • SAY IT TO HER FACE MADONNA!
  • “I’m 30; I’m old to them” ugh girl me too!

Lastly…

In the doc, Lady Gaga describes her current style as black tees and jeans, yet worries fans will miss her outlandish style choices. Well this fan doesn’t miss it; this fan loves, adores, looks up to, and is inspired by this stripped down, real, emotional, open Lady Gaga. And I’m with her for years to come!

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“Betty’s ponytail is iconic & beyond reproach”

It’s Riverdale Season 2!

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Seriously if you do not watch this show, cancel all your weekend plans, borrow your neighbor’s Netflix password, and don’t leave your couch until you’ve watched the first season. Then, find the CW app and binge the first four episodes of the second season. It’s worth it.

So much has changed from the first season, yet so much remains the same so let’s dive right in!

Archie Andrews is still awful …

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I would say the first two to four episodes of season one, I really rooted for Archie. Even though he broke my heart when he broke Betty’s heart, I figured I’d still give him a chance because at least he was honest. But then he got so whiny about Ms. Grundy, then Val from the Pussycats, to finally ending up with Veronica (and I don’t ship them; sorry I just don’t). Plus his dye job is so horrendous, that adds to my loathing.

Skip ahead to season two and I hate him even more! I know Luke Perry got shot and he should be worried for his dad but come onnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn! This Red Circle, buy a gun, fight the Serpents in the rain (which I will discuss in a bit) is such nonsense. Like, go to school, play football, & lock your doors at night like the rest of the town. He’s actually insufferable; I don’t want to blame KJ Apa or the Riverdale writers for possibly trying to hard (are they this season?). I’m just going to put the blame all on Archie. Here you are again being whiny, yet outwardly trying to be tough and I’m done with it. The reason Archie feels the need to be so tough brings me to my next discussion point …

The “Black Hood” …

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So last season’s storyline was all “Who killed Jason?” and this season is all “Who shot Luke Perry?” but then that chester molester Grundy died pretty gruesomely, and then (what the heck!) Moose & Midge get shot; next thing we know we have a serial killer on the loose in Riverdale known as the Black Hood. We found out last night he’s (or she I guess) is doing it all for Betty … because of some speech she made? What speech? I don’t remember this. Anyhoo, this black hood character claims he’s getting rid of all the bad things in town (an adulterer, child abuser, & drug fiends).

Sidebar: How did Archie’s dad commit adultery? I thought they were divorced …? Anyway, I’m sure this is now the driving force for season two … who do you think the Black Hood is?

Serpents vs. Northside, aka, “The Rumble” …

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If you know anything about classic literature, you should have read The Outsiders (or you probs read it in 7th grade). That huge fight between the Serpents & Archie’s clan had to be a shout-out to the big rumble that happens between the Socs and the Greasers. Leather jackets vs letterman jackets, poor vs rich, no weapons … I MEAN COME ON THEY EVEN MADE IT RAIN LIKE IN THE MOVIE!

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Can anyone confirm if this scene really was supposed to pay homage to The Outsiders? And, if you’re sitting there scratching your head thinking “Outsiders?” then as soon as you’re done binging Riverdale, FIND THIS BOOK AND THE MOVIE AND READ IT THEN WATCH IT!

Afterdale …

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You know how I’m absolutely obsessed with The Morning Breath hosted by Jackie & Claudia Oshry? Well, they started a show (via Youtube and the Podcast app) where they recap each episode.  God’s gift to Riverdale fans + Breathers.

Additional questions, comments, concerns, & theories …

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  • It took me two episodes to realize Veronica’s dad was Kelly Ripa’s husband and I can never look at him the same again.
  • I forget why Jughead’s dad is in jail; is he taking the fall for Cheryl’s dad and if so, why again?
  • Speaking of Cheryl, where the F has she been this season?!
  • I think the Jingle Jangle drug will become more of a focal point of the plot this season — possibly with Veronica’s dad as the drug lord? (shout out to Claudia & Jackie for this theory)
  • Why does Veronica want to get into the family business & why should I care … so she can keep “an eye” on her dad? Ugh I’m getting sick of that family real quick.
  • Jughead is def going to cheat on Betty with the loser Serpent girl Tommi Tommi … Toni Tommi … Tonnie Tomlen … whatever I’m getting cheese fries.
  • I. NEED. MORE. JOSIE. AND. THE. PUSSYCATS. ON. MY. SCREEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Find me and let me know all your thoughts on this season of Riverdaleand if you’re not watching, go now. Seriously go … shut your screen, turn off your phone and go. I’ll wait.

 

Need a New Show to Binge?

I know I don’t need a new show; my DVR is busting at the seams, plus Bravo just keeps bringing me more houswives. Because of that, I wanted to share a few of my favorite shows that are quite binge-worthy. So grab a pumpkin spice latte (it’s that time of the year, you know), put your feet up, and get ready to find an awesome new show you can start discussing with me!

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Stranger Things

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If you haven’t heard of this show, I don’t mean to criticize, but have you been living under a rock? It was one of Netflix’s biggest hits last year and I actually binged it twice. This is important to note because I don’t even have time to watch all my normal shows, let alone watch a series twice. It’s. That. Good. Also it’s not something that I would typically be interested; it’s 100% sci-fi.

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You’d like Stranger Things if you like:

  • The Goonies
  • E.T
  • Stephen King
  • Ghostbusters

My favorite character is Dustin   STRANGER-THINGS-dustin   because he has the best one-liners, is a good friend, and reminds me of many of my students. Last, the next season of Stranger Things comes to Netflix tomorrow (holla!) so if you start the show now, you won’t have to wait in agony (like the rest of us) for the next season!

Riverdale

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One of my very first posts (Not the Archie & Jughead I Knew Growing Up: Riverdale Recap) was about the show Riverdale: the CW hit that retells the beloved comic book series. Season two started a couple weeks ago and it’s soooo good! I’ve got a couple of my girlfriends to binge the show (trust me, it goes quick!) and even my favorite morning show hosts, Jackie & Claudia Oshry, started their own show about it: Afterdale.

You’d like Riverdale if you like:

  • Gossip Girl
  • The OC
  • Pretty Little Liars

My favorite character is Cheryl Blossom    5f63534fec5c01a908ac20cf41806340b1af31a6   because she’s cray-zie, yet fabulous and can also have a soft side when she wants. Like I said, the second season just started so you’re not too far behind if you wanted to get all the way caught up.

Game of Thrones 

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There is an entire category that holds all the posts I wrote about Season 7 of Game of Thrones (click in the top right hand corner now!). I don’t even know if I could write out reasons why you should be watching this show; just know it will go down as an absolute pop culture mega phenomenon.

You’d like Game of Thrones if you like:

  • violence
  • sex
  • attending your local Renaissance Festival
  • dragons
  • zombies
  • knowing what all your co-workers talk about around the water cooler on Monday mornings

My favorite character has changed from season to season due to the intense plotline, but currently it’s Tyrion Lannister, or Jon Snow, or Daenerys Targaryen. Ugh; I can’t decide.

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Also if you’re a fan of Stassi Schroeder or Ansel Elgort, they’re huge fans too. Chances are your favorite celebrity is a fan, I mean Ed Sheeran was such a big fan, the show gave him a cameo last season!

Jane the Virgin

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I wanted to dedicate this entire post to Jane. I finally caught up on this season (it’s 4th) and wanted to blog before the third episode premiered tomorrow. Gina Rodriguez (who you definitely need to have a girl crush on) actually won a Golden Globe for her performance as Jane in 2015, which led me to start binging the show.

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The show is told Telenovela-style, so there are subtitles you’ll have to read, but it totally makes the show. I don’t even want to give away the premise of the show because it’s so funny and so ridiculous. My favorite season is probably the first and the current. There are a ton of cameos, including BRITNEY SPEARS, which if you read Justin Timberlake: Superbowl 51, you know how I feel about Ms. Spears.

My favorite character is Jane’s dad, Rogelio,
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because while he has the biggest heart, he’s extremely self-absorbed and it’s HILARIOUS!

Jane is a great character too, but that’s all because of Gina Rodriguez. She OWNS the role, but is also just an amazing role model in her real life. She’s not the skinny, blonde, ditzy stereotype of a female lead; she’s smart, feisty, and 100% real. I love her! Last, this show will not only keep you on the edge of your seat with some shockers, but will make you laugh out loud plus give you all the feels!

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So what shows have been your favorite to binge?

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Justin Timberlake: Superbowl 51

It is number fifty-one, right?

I feel like there are two of me: the blogger, tv analyzer, celeb obsessed MHH and then just Katy. When discussing Justin Timberlake headlining the Super Bowl Halftime Show, it’s hard to decide if MHH or Katy should comment. Let me give you a bit of background…

A few years ago I remember my brother-in-law asking me (after a few drinks & movie debates; he’s good for that) who my “Top 5” were. I was all, “Is Top 5 a thing because I have no idea what you’re talking about…” He was basically  asking who were my top 5 favorite celebrities: the celebrities that can do no wrong, who I would continue to love throughout the end of time.

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How does one even start to compose such a list? I love so many actors, singers, and celebrities I could make a list a mile long. But with the Timberlake announcement, I thought I’d put my Hollywood Hangover hat on the shelf for this post and blog to you as just Katy today.

Here is my top 5:

1. Justin Timberlake — 62.5 million people can’t be wrong…
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I first learned of Justin Timberlake when *NSYNC performed the Disney Concert back in 1998 (someone not as lazy as me please fact check that) and from then on never faltered on my love for the boy band and especially for JT. I saw them in concert twice, and saw him solo once. I will not speak forever about my fandom for him because it runs DEEP and I won’t be blogging about his halftime performance either. Because, regardless of how it goes, I won’t have a single negative word to type; this man can not do a single thing wrong in my eyes. (And if you want to debate the Janet scandal find me on social media @katylouw8).

2. Britney Spears –55.7 million Twitter followers
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If JT is first on my list, then Queen B is obviously second. As much as I love Jessica Biel married to Timby, I was OBSESSED with these two as a couple. More so than that, I remember dancing around my bathroom with a hairbrush as a mic belting Britney at the top of my lungs. I remember watching every VMA performance thinking “Get it girl!” (minus 2007). I remember crying with her during the Diane Sawyer interview when her and Justin broke up. I remember feeling sick to my stomach when MTV had a breaking news special that she shaved her head &  I remember how proud I was of her during her Circus documentary when she commented on it.

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We cheer when celebs are up, we cheer even more when they are down, but we cheer the most when they have a successful comeback. I’m not sure any celebrity had a bigger comeback or turnaround than Ms. Spears. With a successful show in Vegas (which I saw three years ago and almost passed out from dancing so hard…), plus two beautiful sons, Britney is the goddess of the millennial generation.  (Also, who cares if she’s awkward? You’re not?)

3. Taylor Swift — 85.6 million Twitter followers
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I know the old Taylor is dead and can’t come to the phone right now, but my love started with the old Taylor. I don’t care if you think she’s nuts, annoying, immature, or whatever other criticism one can conjure up about Taylor Swift; I think she’s great. Like JT and Britney, I’ve seen Taylor in concert and she seeps goodness out of her every pore. I think she genuinely cares about her fans and is going to “do her” no matter what anyone else thinks; that’s really really really hard to do in the world today, even if you’re not famous. Plus her music is so damn catchy and I just want to be her best friend. (She’s also pretty good friends with Timberlake; you should realize now it all comes back to Timberlake).

4. Andy Cohen — 2.18 million Twitter followers
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Okay HERE we go, my loyal followers; someone you probs love (and if you don’t, then why are you following me? However, please don’t unsubscribe, in fact, tell your friends!). I love Andy for blessing us with all the Housewife shows, as well as more Bravo hits including Watch What Happens Live. In a day and age of transparency, Andy is great on social media, plus super honest in his two books. He’s been known multiple times to express his love for pop culture, which I relate to, but also love about him. I can’t fully explain to you what it is I love so much about Andy, but if you’re an Andy fan (Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lawrence, Jennifer Lopez, Cher, Oprah, Pink) then you get it. He’s also a dog lover!

5. …..

My number five changes constantly. Currently it’s Spencer Pratt because I live for his Snapchats every day. He also loves commenting on celebrities and being honest on social media and I’m here. for. it!

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Other names that have been tossed around for the number five spot of all-time can do no wrong celebrities include Kate Middleton, Emma Stone, Jennifer Lawrence, and Lauren Conrad (which is totes surprising seeing as I just posted a GIF of Spencer Pratt — never thought I’d see the day, seriously that’s how good his content is!).

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Final thoughts….

Please do not unfollow, unsubscribe, or hate me if you don’t like my Top 5. Also, don’t come and argue with me about them either because it won’t change my mind. Remember, if you don’t agree with my Top 5 that’s fine. Because, I think that first time my brother-in-law brought up this “Top 5” debate, it was to make me think:  as a fan of someone, what is so special about him or her that you simply won’t debate it? Is it because you share that fandom with someone special? Is it because that celeb reminds you of your childhood? What doesn’t make you falter on your loyalty?

As mentioned, my thoughts on these people won’t change. However, I won’t force them down your throat either. Putting back on the Hollywood Hangover blogging hat, I’m open to hearing suggestions and opinions on all things celeb, good or bad. So I now ask you…who makes it onto your Top 5 favorite fame list?

What Scares You?

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My hiatus is over!

I missed you all! By you all, I’m talking about my almost 20 subscribed followers, plus any other friends that check the blog out via social media. And if you’re hating on me because that number is only 20 guess what….

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I love my blog and I’ve missed writing!

What I also love is this time of the year. I’m beyond basic: pumpkin spice, chunky sweaters, boots, plaid scarves, and running through leaves. Okay, I don’t actually run through leaves but you get the idea. I also love Halloween and I love dressing up.

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If you couldn’t tell, Quentin Tarantino and Disney is popular in my house. But what I’m here to discuss on my debut back is the frightening part of Halloween. Recently It was released as the must see Halloween movie of 2017. However, this is not a review of the movie though because I would be absolutely terrified. I get absolutely terrified easily.

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I have seen about half of the 90’s It version and plan on watching it in its entirety soon because I can handle 80’s & 90’s horror movies. Halloween, the original Halloween, is one of THE greatest cinematic creations ever; I mean really, Michael Myers is very much misunderstood.

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I watch it every year. But, as I mentioned, I’m a scaredy-cat and that’s what I’m here to discuss. What scarred me growing up, that I have yet to get over.

The Sixth Sense

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Basically anything M. Night Shyamalan created f***ed me up, but this was THE WORST! So the film starts right away with Donnie Wahlberg (“oh oh ohhh!”) breaking into Bruce Willis’s home talking about hearing voices and how Bruce didn’t help him the way he should of and you get so confused, until Donnie freaking shoots Bruce Willis!

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From then on I was done. From the beaten wife who left the kitchen cabinets open, to the boy who got shot in the head and pops out in the hallway, to the biker (that’s bicycle) who appears right next to the car, to finally Mischa Barton.

FREAKING MISCHA BARTON!

She ruined my life. From the throw up scene, to the grabbing of his leg under the bed, to the poison reveal!

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Never. Going. To. Binge. The. OC! I blame you M. Night, I blame you!

ER: Lucy’s Death 

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If you’re a true American you probs watched ER in the 90’s and early 2000’s. One thing I remember growing up was watching ER with my parents every Thursday night; it was a ritual I will always treasure with them (even though, now that I think back, it totally wasn’t appropriate for an elementary child to watch).

Enter Lucy Knight, Carter’s medical student. During the 6th season, however, Lucy traumatized me and I have yet to recover. Remember Michael from 10 Things I Hate About You? He was Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s nerdy friend in the movie; the one who showed him around school and got them involved in the Heath Ledger scam.

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In the particular ER episode, Michael kills Lucy. He’s a schizophrenic patient who gets revenge on Lucy and Carter because he freaks out when they have to strap him to the bed in order to sedate him. By revenge I mean he stabs them both.

Scene: It’s a Valentine’s Day party and Carter walks in to check on schizo patient. As he goes to shut the door, Michael from 10 Things is behind it. Scar #1. He then attacks Carter and runs out of the room. As Carter falls to the floor he sees someone lying on the other side of the patient’s bed. Lucy.

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Scar #2. Not only was I devastated because I loved Lucy, but the image of her lying there positively ruined me. RUINED ME. I’m sure you’re sitting there wondering how this ruined me. Well, for starters, I stayed home from school the next day. I told my parents I was sick and couldn’t even get it out of bed (sorry Mom and Dad; the truth shall set me free!). This is really no lie; I was so terrified I actually wouldn’t get out of bed the entire day. I just knew bloody Lucy or scary schizo patient would get me. Second, from then on out, I hit every door I passed as I walked into a room for years, YEARS, to come. What if Michael (from 10 Things) was standing behind it waiting to stab me like he did Lucy and Carter? Spoiler, Lucy didn’t make it and I didn’t think I would ever make it again either.

Honorable Mentions

Saw – That needle pit, am I right?!

Final Destination – Knowing there’s absolutely nothing you can do; you dead.  

E.T. – The surgery scene when he goes absolutely pale. BAH!

So my initial question stands: what scares you? What from your childhood shooketh you to your core? What have you never gotten over in the fear department? What can you revisit this Halloween season and ask yourself, “Was that as scary as I remember?”

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Movie of the Week — Kingsman: The Golden Circle

“Kingsman: The Golden Circle is a 2017 action spy comedy film. It is a sequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014), which is based on the comic book series Kingsman.

The film features Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Edward Holcroft, Sophie Cookson, and Hanna Alström reprising their roles from the first film, with Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, Pedro Pascal, Elton John, Channing Tatum, and Jeff Bridges joining the cast.

The plot follows the members of Kingsman needing to team up with their American counterpart, Statesman, after the world is held hostage by a new threat.”

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Thanks Wikipedia!  As far as this movie goes, if you enjoyed the first you’ll most likely enjoy the second. If you haven’t seen either, I highly suggest watching. It’s what my husband calls “a cheap thrill” and sometimes you’re just in the mood for one. Plus, if you follow my  blog you know I’m obsessed with Colin Firth (siiigh — see my Bridget Jones’s posts). However, my new British hunk obsession is Taron Egerton who plays Eggsy. It’s seriously the perfect role for him! All in all, good film, regardless of any hoity toity review.

Continuing on, this post is my 40th …

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… and sadly you’ll have to wait a short while for number 41. My students have just completed their first formal essays and with almost 100 papers to grade, I’ll be busy the next two weeks.

Plus, my mind is heavy, and not just my mind but my heart. I can’t stop thinking about the events that took place in Las Vegas. My husband and I just attended an outdoor country concert Friday evening (shout out to Luke Bryan & Jon Pardi!).

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We also travel to Vegas often; I’ve gone since I was a little girl. My grandparents live there, we had our bachelor and bachelorette parties there, and we saw Britney Spears for my birthday two years ago. But I’m making this about me (which I tend to do, sorry) when it’s not; I’m not thinking of me. What I am thinking about are how many families no longer have a loved one. What I am thinking about is how scared and helpless everyone must have felt. What I am thinking about is how hundreds of survivors, while lucky for their lives, will never be the same.

I’m not here to give a long speech about spreading love not hate or give my stance on guns and this is part of the reason I’m taking a break from the blog. I need time to understand it all, but mostly how I live in a world where an event that is supposed to bring so much happiness and entertainment, can end in absolute devastation.

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All my thoughts and all my prayers and just … everything goes out to everyone affected. See you in a few weeks.