Dog Days of Summer

13 Jul

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been 15 years since Elle Woods came into our lives!

In honour of this ridiculously important milestone in movie history, I wanted to look back at one of my favourite interviews to date.

Let’s drift back to August 2013….

On Friday I found out that the canine stars of Neptune Theatres Legally Blonde – The Musical would be the celebrity judges of the Downtown Halifax Business Commission’s Dog Day’s of Summer Doggy Fashion Show and I knew I needed to get in on the action.

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m the biggest dog lover around so this was a particularly exciting interview for me.

Check out the interview with the city’s most fashionable and talented pups!

A huge thank you to the team at Neptune Theatre, Downtown Halifax Business Commission and Kim and Amanda – the pups owners for making this happen!

Tyler Labine Is The New Chris Pratt

14 Apr

On Tuesday night I went to see the movie The Boss. Melissa McCarthy looked to take a turn back to the hilarious and Kristen Bell can do no wrong in my books.

What I didn’t realize was that Canada’s most important sea-faring sidekick, Tyler Labine (Jimmy Farrell) played Bell’s love interest.

As I sat getting charmed by Labine I realized it. He is the new Chris Pratt.  I had the same ah ha! moment about Chris Pratt in Zero Dark Thirty. One minute they were adorable funny guys that you may not think twice about, the next certified studs. This isn’t just about looks. The characters they played were not set up to be the winners. Not until now.

I tweeted my revelation and this happened:

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I’ve accepted this challenge but I refused to take it lightly. I’m not just going for lookalikes here. This person had to be the complete package.

48 hours have passed and as I sat watching the Jays game thinking about the type of snack I’d request if I were in the dugout, I realized who it was. (PS My dugout snack would be a bag of popcorn with  Skittles mixed in it.)

Before I reveal who I landed on, first let me take a moment to explore some bizarre connections I’ve uncovered while doing my research.

When I finished school and moved back to Vancouver I took to doing extra work in movies and TV shows to make some extra cash. My first extra role was in the Diablo Coady movie Jennifer’s Body. I was a little to wrapped up in Adam Brody to know Chris Pratt was also in the same film.

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Flash forward to a couple of weeks later, I worked on a show called Reaper starring none other than Tyler Labine! This particular fact was not lost on me at the time of filming. Unfortunately no photographic evidence of that cameo is available at this time but trust that it happened.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get back to the matter at hand. WHO IS THE NEW TYLER LABINE?!

I present you with, Matt Lowe. Matt Lowe played “Meatball” in Hart of Dixie. Meatball went from affable yokel to winning the the lust of Bluebell’s finest Belle, Lemon Breeland. They had a steamy affair that she kept secret, but even Lemon knew the potential. The show ended and the next thing I know he’s in a Milkbone commercial acting as an adorable doggy Dad. Consider me sold.

Much like the forefathers to come before him, he’s got a sense of humour, piercing eyes, and a smile that will make your heart melt.

Hang tight Meatball, you’ll be a leading man before you know it.

See the succession below. I dare you to disagree.

Chris Pratt, The Original Chris Pratt

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Tyler Labine, The New Chris Pratt

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Matt Lowe, The New Tyler Labine

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There’s a Turtle in Her Half Shell

13 Apr

 

By: Sarah Creamer

 

Recently we were given some amazing news from the celebrity world. The beautiful Megan Fox revealed she is having her third baby while promoting Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

This wonderful news was certainly a shock to the public and took everyone by surprise.  We are all happy for Megan but we all have one burning question….who’s the baby daddy this time?!

Not that Megan Fox has a crazy long list of guys to begin with, but we still need to know who the mystery man is! Is it Shia Labeouf?! Is it some unknown “non” famous random person?! Is it her cameraman?!

Or maybe it’s someone we haven’t thought about or even considered yet. As we all know Megan recently did a cameo on the show New Girl and had a pretty passionate relationship with Nick. Maybe the on-screen romance blossomed into an off-screen romance? Or maybe, it’s soon to be ex-husband Brian Austin Green? The public seems to pointing a lot of fingers at himbabydaddy and with good reason.

The 29 year old actress and 42 year old actor were married for awhile. They even had two extremely adorable babies together. But sadly they ended up getting separated shortly having their second child. Despite being divorced the two have been spotted together on more than one occasion. DUN DUN DUN.

Since Fox revealed she was preggers, her and Green have been spending more time together. But is this concedence…or is this love? Hopefully love because honestly those two make some pretty cute babies.

Whether the baby daddy is Shia, Mr. Thompson the friendly neighbour, Michelangelo, Donatello,Leonardo, Raphael, or Brian A-G, I’m sure Megan will continue to be an amazing mother to her children, have the best looking babies the celebrity world has seen, and continue to help fight crime. We love you Megan. Turtle Power.

Musical Musings

18 Feb

It’s not often I write about music aside from my obvious love of Taylor Swift.

I find this a bit funny because music has always been a huge part of my life and is one of the few things that can cut to my core in an instant.

My Dad is a musician. Not by trade anymore but it’s his passion and I grew up in a house full of music. The Husband loves music and is often found plucking away at the guitar or learning a new song on the drums. Live music in your home is hard to beat. Especially if it’s that acoustic 1D song that was learned just for you. (But will deny if confronted.)

A good song has always had the ability to stop me in my tracks. I remember one night driving home to my Dads house and this song by Tomi Swick came on the radio. I actually had to pull over because I was so consumed by the song, the lyrics, the acoustic guitar. I was still in University, hadn’t yet met The Husband, and I’m sure my young heart was bruised and looking for comfort and this was just the thing it needed.

Despite being a junkie for boy-bands, Britney and Christina, in high school I had a stack of CD’s that were full of emo music that I came across in some way or another. These CD’s could track-for-track trace back to the boy I had a crush on, the one that broke my heart for the zillionth time, or the victorious moment when I knew I was finally OK again. The best and worst memories of my younger years had a soundtrack and I LOVE that.

Those years were so magical and powerful and sometimes so sad and frankly deserved an epic score.

As much as I love music and have so many songs to attach my memories to, I hadn’t paid much attention to the songwriting or the process. I had always thought about what a song meant to ME and not what that song meant to someone else – which was clearly a lot if it compelled them to put pen to paper, and music to words and so on.

This October that changed for me and the genres of music I love expanded considerably. The Husband and I took a trip to Nashville. A trip I had never really thought would be up my alley but turned out to be one I’ll never forget.

A charming duo performing a cover of ‘Blank Space’ lured us into Jimmy Buffet’s Margarittaville. (Shocking, I know.) This is easily the least Nashville of Nashville bars, but housed some incredible talent. Next thing we knew, it was three hours and a bunch of tequila later and we had gone from Taylor Swift to Neil Young to One Direction to Tracy Chapman and way beyond. They even threw in their own originals and every single song was perfect. The talent was pouring out of every bar we went to regardless of what they were singing.

The Opry was another surprise for me. I had never loved Country music. To be honest, I never even really liked it. By the time we left the Opry I was a changed woman. I thought Country was a bit lame and whiny, but it’s actually so soulful and powerful and beautiful.

At the Opry we got to see Nathan Chapman, the mastermind behind virtually every Taylor Swift album with the exception of 1989 perform. (Although he did produce ‘This Love’ which is one of my favourite songs on the album)

The next day we got a chance to see him again at an intimate Songwriters Circle where he played music, told stories and shed some light into the background of the writing process. This was when I realized how selfish my approach to music had been. The stories and heartache and happiness and struggle are so real for the person making the music. Not just for you. And now we were watching someone who has seen crazy amounts of success as a producer, testing the waters with a solo album. A new kind of vulnerability and uncertainty.

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Nathan Chapman at The Country Music Hall of Fame. 

His album sold for $10 in the lobby and came with a chance to chat with him. I was one degree of separation from my idol, but found a new one in him, and a new love for music in Nashville.

From Broadway to the Bluebird, we saw more than 40 acts over a long weekend, and I couldn’t get enough.

Tonight as I flipped through the channels on TV I caught a clip of someone performing a cover of a Chris Stapleton song on American Idol. I immediately searched the song and it hit me again. That feeling of falling in love with words and a melody and really just the feeling of being in love with music.

While sometimes my taste in music may seem questionable, every song and artist I love I love because they make me feel something.

I love that no matter how much time passes, music can just cripple you, act as a time machine, or lift your spirits when you need it to.

 

I Love Screens.

16 Jan

I love screens. Big screens, little screens. I love where they can take you.

The big screen is a phone-free oasis where you can plunk yourself in a room with hundreds of strangers and laugh and cry along with them with no judgement. (Although if you were seated anywhere near me during the Notebook I’m sure judgement was cast and I just didn’t notice because my mascara was running so ferociously I thought I’d never see the light of day again.)

I love movies. Funny ones, sad ones, romantic ones. NOT scary, or ones where animals die or appear to have died or come close to dying or leave for months and return after their families thought they were dead.

I also LOVE TV. In the same way a movie is so carefully crafted to hook you in one seating, I love the idea that somewhere a group of people works tirelessly to keep you coming back episode after episode, season after season.

I also loveeee finding a new show. And with 2015 in the rear view mirror, I’d like to share my thoughts on my fav new shows from the year and my 2016 top picks. ( Making a Murderer aside because I can’t even get started.)

Scream Queens.

Not gonna lie. I judged this one HARSHLY. While travelling in the states this summer everywhere I turned Lea Michellescream-queens-hester-brace or Nick Jonas was staring at me and I just kept thinking whhhhhy!!?!

Well, shame on me. This campy, over the top tale of sorority girls fighting against the Red Devil Serial Killer is insanely entertaining. Cameos galore, unreal wardrobes and a great plot have me wanting more week after week.

 

 

Master of None.

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Aziz Ansari has found a way to bring topics that impact 30 somethings in a laugh fest like no other. From group chats with your parents to being the friend without kids in a group full of friends with kids. It hits close to home AND has you laughing until milk comes out of your nose. Or wine. Whatever.

Schitt’s Creek.

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Canadian comedy has rarely hit me as hard as this one. I watched the first episode twice back to back because a) I didn’t realize there was a second one yet and b) loved it so so much.

Yes, the original hook for me was Dan Levy. As a die-hard After Show lover, I was so excited to see him back in my living room on a regular basis. However, I quickly came to love each and every character as each episode went on. The show is not only ridiculously hilarious, but timely, and heartfelt while all the while being oh-so-dramatic and over the top.

You pair that with Catherine O’Hara’s wigs and Eugene’s eyebrows, winner winner, chicken dinner.

Letterkenny.

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OK so, hear me out, this one is TECHNICALLY not out yet, but anyone previously reading the blog will know that Letterkenny is near and dear to my heart. Letterkenny was inspired by growing up in Listowel, Ontario. Jared Keeso (of 19-2 notoriety), penned some YouTube shorts that took off faster than a coyote in heat, and the people wanted more. Thus, Letterkenny became Crave TV’s first original series.

The show drops on February 7th on Crave TV,and I can promise that for fans of the YouTube series, you will not be disappointed.

 

Old Babies. 

9 Dec

There are many things on TV and in movies that aren’t realistic, and I’m ok with this.
Super hot girls marrying the schlupy guy, talking animals, 20 somethings playing 15 year olds. The list goes on.

However, there is one problem that has yet to be solved that makes my blood boil every time I see it. Old. Babies.

Old babies you say?! What kind of Monster am I? Hear me out.

So many times when a baby is revealed on screen, the baby is dramatically older than the age it is supposed to be playing.

Example – Mindy Lahiri welcomes her baby into the world on this season of The Mindy Project, and our first glimpse at him is meant to be right after delivery while they are deciding on his name.

We expect to see a teeny little bundle of joy experiencing life’s first breaths, but instead we get a 6 month old. What?!?

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Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t expect a new mother to bust it out of the hospital, run straight to a talent agent, take headshots and get that little peanut on the 9-5, but why does Hollywood keep trying to play us for fools?!
I’m also curious to understand how a 6 month old gets a job, but that’s neither here nor there right now.

What I’d like to propose is the following.
1) Fake babies. The working world is rough! Give the babies a break and do the audience a favour. We don’t expect the baby to be real, a fake new looking baby is less jarring than a real, old baby.
2) No baby at all. Swaddle up a log, a pillow, a bag of hammers. Whatever, swaddle it up and don’t shoot any scenes showing its “face”.
3) Time Lapse. Cut from the birthing room to 6 months later. Voila! Old baby is now age appropriate baby!
4) Use puppies. People will be genuinely confused and assume this was some edit gone wrong. Just roll with it.

So please casting agents everywhere. Hear my plea. Give us swaddled rocks, look aheads, bundled up baby elephants, but please stop trying to make old babies new again. You’re not fooling anyone.

Oh, Hello There!

25 Nov

On September 27th, 2010 a group of people who came together through Twitter, shared with the internet, a video blog dedicated to Gossip Girl.

The concept was slightly short sighted but from it spawned friendships, laughter and many wonderful memories. The blog evolved from weekly gatherings to chat Gossip Girl to a place to share musings of all things Pop Culture.

The last five years has seen us all grow and evolve, all of us with major life changes under our belts.

I often think about this poor neglected blog and how it’s been a great outlet, a launchpad to start new friendships, and a place to get thoughts out when the 140 characters of Twitter hasn’t been enough.

So today I jump back on the blog. A lone contributor now, but each time I log in, I get to smile with memories of this group of people who I’ve been through a hell of a lot with.

Each Tuesday I’ll put pen to paper and get back in the saddle bringing you the ever important thoughts of my Pop Culture saturated brain.

With that, let’s get to it. My conflicting feelings about Beebs.

I’ve been proud of fighting the good fight for years now. I love boy bands, success stories, small towners turning big time. SUCCESS MAKES ME CRY WITH JOY but I couldn’t be come a Belieber. The antics, the are they or aren’t they with Selena, the immature dealings of a boy who hit fame faster than he could handle and just couldn’t stop.

Then, the change started to happen. It started with The Roast. The Roast was epic. Martha, Shaq, Kevin Hart. Justin took hit after hit from pop culture heavyweights and took it with dignity. Was his monologue at the end a bit too much? Yes. Did it start to make me wonder if he had changed? Yes again.

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Don’t mind us, we’re just in matching shoes.

And then the new singles came. And just like that I was caught singing along to songs that I actually liked by a guy I fundamentally couldn’t stand.

Now he’s made his way through the talk show circuit, the likes of Ellen and he’s blown up the charts along the way. Has Bieber’s music matured, I’ll give this a resounding yes. Has he? Jury is still out.

In the meantime I will continue to belt out the words to “Love Yourself” any time I am convinced no one is listening.

Will I become a Belieber? We’ll see.