Veep Recap: “Mommy Meyer”

Mike is the beleaguered staff member this week, as he vents to his wife while at breakfast about the overwhelming stressors of his job. She dutifully gives him a pep talk, after which he dashes off to work – leaving her with the bill – remembering as he leaves that it’s her birthday. Don’t worry though, he does mention he’ll try to grab something for her after work.

Back in the oval office the gang bursts Selina’s bubble, as after gushing over her recent performance in a debate, she was forced to confront the public’s less than stellar opinions of her Families First bill (aka Mommy Meyer bill).

It’s revealed that the bill is getting crucified on the hill, to which Ben callously jokes: “just like that Jesus guy.” It only gets worse from there, as Bill reads a particularly harsh opinion on the bill: “If Families First is passed, the whole concept of families will come to an end.” Funny man Ben quips: “Well, that’s the goal. I’m not sure we’ll achieve it in this generation.” Continue reading

Burn, baby, burn

You ever have one of those days where you feel like you just can’t win? Well, I’ve had a lot of those lately. You know, well, how do The Rembrandts say it? “Your job’s a joke, you’re broke, your love life’s D.O.A…”

And today was one of those days. I’d been feeling pretty bummed already, because everyone and their mother was celebrating the “long weekend,” which, to me, was just another ‘ole three days of work.

But then of course, it’s me we’re talking about, so to add insult to injury, or more accurately, injury to injury, I noticed a scary red patch of skin on my face. Now, I had to go on steroids when I was in high school, because using an everyday, over-the-counter face wash was too harsh on my ridiculously over sensitive skin. Continue reading

I traveled “Into the Further” … and you can, too

On Friday the cast and creators of Insidious: Chapter 3, the latest installment in the chilling Insidious series gathered in Los Angeles to discuss the creation of and inspiration for the terrifying new thriller.

That same day, a large truck waited across the street from the JW Marriot where the junket was being held, a truck which had been dressed to contain all of the horrors of the series’ infamous “the further” for unwitting journalists… and brave fans.

The attraction, titled the Into the Further 4D Experience, uses oculus rift technology to take you into the world of Insidious, as Elise Ranier (Lin Shaye) brings visitors into “the further.”  However, it is a fully immersive experience, so guests will also face traditional haunted house-like thrills as they make their way to Elise for the trip of a lifetime. Continue reading

Veep recap: “Convention”

Okay, so I know I’m totally a day late and a dollar short with this Veep recap, but I worked late last night so I missed out… but I didn’t want to just not write about it, because it was so wild.

Of course a lot happens, what with Doyle stepping down and Dan scrambling to impress his vegetable-obsessed client. But the biggest news is that Amy quits as Selina’s campaign manager.

After everything she’d already been through, Selina’s (seemingly) brainless parrot Karen was just too much – the straw that broke the camel’s back – and the overly worked, overly stressed aide called it quits. Two down. Continue reading

Taylor comes “Clean” in latest interview… and I’m starting to get really hyped for this tour, guys

Haters be damned, I have to admit that I’m one of those crazy people who firmly believe that if only Taylor Swift were to meet me, we would totally be best friends. The only thing keeping us apart is you know, the fact that I’m not a TV star, supermodel, or like, child prodigy, and… I’ve never met her.

So of course I’m stoked whenever she gives an in-depth interview, such as the one that will appear in the June issue of Elle. This one feels especially accessible, because for it Taylor was interview by Tavi Gevinson, an actual close friend of the star.

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It’s a long way to the top…

If you want to rock and roll. No, wait. That’s something else. Anyway, this post is pretty belated, but seeing as my sunburn still feels surprisingly raw, I believe it’s still timely enough to write about.

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Last weekend my best friend and I decided to make the trek up to the Hollywood sign… it only took me two years of living out here to finally make it up to the touristy hike. C’est la vie.

After getting a bit lost on our way… to the hike’s entrance, we finally got off to a good start, feeling excited that we were making the journey together. A few minutes in and we’d already hit the first photo op. You climb a little mound and you can get a great shot of the Hollywood sign in the background. Bam – there it is. Continue reading

Tricks and Treats

Yesterday entertainment sites picked up a Facebook post hinting at possibly the greatest news of all time… a sequel to 1993 Halloween classic: Hocus Pocus.

This “news,” of course, follows a string of sequels and reboots – Fuller House, Gremlins, The Muppet Show, etc. as nostalgia is quite the popular trend at the moment.

A photo was shared of a movie poster, featuring the infamous Sanderson sisters – Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy – along with the tagline: “They’re back!” And according to the poster, the film is titled: Hocus Pocus 2: The Witch is Back. Continue reading

Veep recap: “Tehran”

Things get off to a surprisingly good start in the fourth episode of this season, with Selina knocking it out of the park on her Middle Eastern peace tour.

Her ratings are through the roof, while recently fired Dan watches her success glumly from his couch as he continues the job hunt and throws back beers.

Though it does seem that Dan isn’t the only one suffering at the hands of Selina’s success. Ben is basically the walking dead – forced to act swiftly as the President’s right hand man, though it’s been days since he’s slept. Continue reading

Why I’m dying to see Scream Queens

So I am completely obsessed with Scream. It may be a strange movie to love – gore and horror and all that, but it’s a classic, and hey, I love all kinds of movies.

Scream was iconic in that it played on horror tropes, while characters made fun of them. It unsuspectingly killed off popular actress Drew Barrymore within the first five minutes. And one of my personal favorite details, it brought together aww-inducing couple David Arquette and Courteney Cox – onscreen and off. (Though that last one is a bit sad since they aren’t together anymore, although, I guess also not, since they have each happily moved on.) Continue reading

Scandalous! The network famous for its dramas plans to introduce a ‘more adult’ Muppet Show reboot

As one of a long list of upcoming TV revivals, it was announced earlier this month that ABC would be rebooting the Muppet Show.

The show, featuring Jim Henson’s iconic puppets (who first gained fame from a 1969 appearance on Sesame Street) was originally formatted as a comedy/variety show.

It began in 1976 and ran until 1981, and was then rebooted shortly in 1996 as Muppets Tonight, getting cancelled after two seasons. Continue reading