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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.

 

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Some Hockey Humour For The Kids

4 Sep

A source close to Jared Keeso claims he was a hockey lover long before he starred as Don Cherry in CBC’s Keep Your Head Up Kid, The Don Cherry Story.

If that source is wrong, this YouTube gem should confirm things. Jared has written and produced his first YouTube short “Three Flames Fans On: The Offseason”. So check it out, share it with your friends.

If I could make this YouTube into a Pop Up Video, I would point out the the dog in his logo “Play Fun Games” is Gus. If you don’t know Gus you’re missing out.

Jared Keeso – Still Keeping His Head Up

27 Jun

Jared Keeso as Don Cherry

If you don’t know who Jared Keeso is yet you better check yourself. Jared blew fans and critics away when he starred as Don Cherry in the CBC biopic Keep Your Head Up Kid, The Don Cherry Story in 2010.

“Jared Keeso’s performance as Don Cherry is so convincing it will have you using partial sentences for the rest of the 2011.” – Jordan, The Whole Ball of Wax

“Keep Your Head up Kid, The Don Cherry Story- starring Jared Keeso, is the most compelling hockey film since D2: The Mighty Ducks – starring Emilo Estevez, and the best biographical film since A Coal Miners Daughter – starring Sissy Spacek.” – Josh, Coming Up Sports

Jared’s portrayal of Don Cherry earned him the award for Best Actor at the 2010 Gemini Awards.

So with that being said we at TNTS are thrilled to announce that Jared is currently back in Manitoba filming the sequal to this TV mini-series.

The follow-up film chronicles Don Cherry’s journey into the world of Broadcasting. Along with Jared, Sarah Manninen will be reprising her role as Rose Cherry as well as Steven McHattie as the memorable Eddie Shore.

Jared has been spending a lot of extra time in the makeup chair this time around as Don entered the broadcasting scene a few years before Jared was even born. Despite the age difference Jared is knocking this one out of the park.

We will keep you posted on when you can catch the sequel on CBC!

Scott Vickaryous aka Max Ballard – The Bee’s Knees

13 Jun

Left to Right: Scott Vickaryous, Tyler Labine, Ryan Gosling, Kyle Alisharan

We are so excited to have been able to catch up with Scott Vickaryous, who most of you know as the super-stud Max Ballard from Breaker High. Scott gives us the inside scoop on his life, but be warned, his answers might just crush some of your teeny-bopper dreams.

TNTS: All right, Scott, we want to know about you. Why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself, your past and where you are now? Do you have pets, siblings, etc.?

Scott: I’m living in Vancouver right now and grew up around Western Canada as a kid, but mainly Alberta, in a little town called Sherwood Park. I have an older sister with two great nephews and a third on the way!! I also have a deaf pitbull named Libby.

TNTS: Many of us remember you from Breaker High and were insanely jealous that your character got to go to high school on a boat. What was being on set of Breaker High really like? And where was it filmed?

Scott: Breaker High…we were on a boat for one day shooting stock footage while they cleaned the cruise ship as it was in the Vancouver port. Otherwise we filmed in a warehouse in Burnaby…LOL! Being on set was a lot of fun for all the cast as it was basically the first big thing any of us had done, so we got a real chance to bond as friends who were experiencing something together for the first time.

TNTS: Do you get seasick?

Scott: Haha! No, I don’t get seasick as I’m originally from Vancouver Island and spent a lot of time on the ocean as a kid.

TNTS: Have you stayed in touch with any of your castmates from Breaker High?

Scott: We try to stay in touch as much as we can, but sometimes life makes that difficult as we are all spread out all over the place now.

TNTS: Did you cry when you saw The Notebook?

Scott: I totally cried!!! When I saw how much better Ryan’s beard was than mine it put me into a deep deep depression!!

TNTS: Who do you hope to work with in the future?

Scott: There’s many actors I would hope to work with, but unfortunately there are never any guarantees. But if I had to choose… I’d like to work with a friend of mine and fellow Canadian, Brendan Fletcher.

TNTS: Favourite co-star of all time?

Scott: My favorite co-star was Annie Hathaway on Get Real. We worked a lot together and she was just a sweetheart and incredibly talented.

TNTS: We know that you play men’s hockey with one of our favourite TNTS friends, Jared Keeso. What position do you play in hockey?

Scott: I normally play the wing in hockey but really will play wherever…actually, when Jared is on the ice I seem to play defence alot as I always have to cover for him. (He thinks he’s a forward sometimes)!!! I also try to annoy as many people on the ice as possible!

TNTS: What are the best perks about playing Max that have carried into your adult life?

Scott: The best perks about playing Max are the memories I had from that time. I know that may sound cliched but it’s true.

TNTS: If you could live anywhere else in the world where would it be?

Scott: There are three cities I would love to live in…London, NYC and Montreal.

TNTS: Favourite place to shop?

Scott: My favorite place to shop is Trader Joes…Lots of good cheap wine!!

TNTS: Tell us what you think are the Bee’s Knees.

Scott: The Bee’s Knees in LA would be Paquito Mas, in Vancouver Section 3, in Calgary my Mom’s!

TNTS: OK! From here we’re going to go James Lipton style on you. Ready…go:

Favourite word? Spatula

Least favourite word? Can’t

Turn-ons? No make-up

Turn-offs? Rudeness

Favourite sound? Laughter

Least favourite sound? Chalkboard scratching

Favourite curse word? Fuck

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Archaeology

What profession would you not like to attempt? Sports agent…they are slimy

If Heaven exists, what would you like God to say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? “Let’s grab a beer!”

Benjamin Arthur – Less Than Kind

5 Apr

If you haven’t seen HBO Canada’s hit show Less Than Kind you’re seriously missing out. The comedic genius of Mark McKinney ( Of Kids in the Hall and Saturday Night Live fame) paired with the creative mind of the late Maury Chaykin created a hit series that has won some serious critical acclaim.

We at This Needs to Stop had the chance to sit down with Gemini Award winner Benjamin Arthur who plays Josh Blecher in Less Than Kind. Less Than Kind is a sitcom following the Blechers, a quirky jewish family running a driving school in Winnipeg. Ben plays Josh Blecher – a wannabe actor returning to Winnipeg after a failed attempt at an acting career in Toronto.

Check out our interview with Ben that covers everything from the stars whose height will shock you, the worst advice he’s ever been given, and his encounter with his elementary school janitor that shaped his future.

A huge thanks to Benjamin for taking the time to chat with us!!

*Disclaimer: To capture the interview via Skype we had to use a trial screen recording program. We will look to increasing video quality in the future.

The Bees Knees: Jared Keeso on Hellcats

15 Feb

Since High School Musical has left our lives, the Tis has been able to fill the void left in our hearts by starring in the CW’s smash hit Hellcats.

Hellcats chronicles the journey of cheerleaders from all walks of life as they make their way through College in the deep south.

In this weeks episode our talented friend Jared Keeso plays firefighter Luke, who catches the eye of a cheerleader named Alice… could this be a long-term romance? Let’s keep our fingers crossed!

Jared Keeso as "Luke" in the CW's Hellcats. Click the image to check out the preview for this weeks show.

You can catch this weeks episode of Hellcats on your local TV station on Tuesday February 15th, or on MuchMusic on Friday February 18th!

So once again Jared Keeso, your friends at This Needs to Stop! think you’re the Bees Knees!

The Bees Knees: Jared Keeso – Live from LA

23 Jan

Jared Keeso was put on the map last year when he played Canadian legend Don Cherry in the CBC biopic Keep Your Head Up Kid, The Don Cherry Story. His remarkable performance won him a 2010 Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini- Series.

As many Canadian actors do this time of year, Jared headed South to Hollywood to audition for pilot season. We figured this was the perfect opportunity to get a first hand look at what makes LA The Bees Knees.

MUSIC VENUES: Legendary spots like the Troubadour, Viper Room (previously owned by Johnny Depp and also where River Phoenix OD’d on Heroin), The Hollywood Bowl, and The Smell (seedy new venue I checked out last night in downtown LA that new bands like No Age, Abe Vigoda and Physical Forms have put on the map.)

PIT BULLS: I am a massive fan of this breed and have seen some of the most handsome/gorgeous pups hanging out of car windows or being walked down the street. LA folk love their bully breeds.

CAR WASHES: Nothing makes you desire a clean car like a warm, sunny day which we don’t see an overwhelming amount of in Canada. It’s warm and sunny almost every day here and the ratio of car washes to people is seemingly 1:10.

FASHION/STYLE: I understand that LA is somewhat of a hub for fashion and style. There is certainly no shortage of interesting looking people walking around. There is an extremely diverse population and a scene for whatever you’re into. I can’t decide whether I’m a better fit for Teen Vogue or People’s Rev..