Do the Tastee Twist with Danielle Brooks

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You have four days to make your video and get it up on Instagram to enter this brilliant Orange is the New Black dance contest. Danielle Brooks, Tastee herself, is going to judge and pick some favorites.

Start dancing!

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Love it or Hate it? Funny or Die

Short. Hilarious. Posted on the web. That’s Funny or Die. The site offers a little bit of crazy in many formats, but I want to concentrate on the videos by showing you some and letting you decide for yourself if this web series is for you.

Be aware that much of what follows is off-color and disgusting. Well, okay, if you want something classy, just watch the Jennifer Beals one. Otherwise, things can get gross.

When Harry Met Sally 2

Cop-Puter

Oscar Buzz

What do you think? Funny or not?

Where in the World is In a World?

I so wanted to go see In a World last weekend. It looks hilarious. It’s written by, directed by, and stars a woman: Lake Bell. That’s the kind of movie that makes me plunk my money down.

It opened August 9, but it is nowhere to be found in my city. What’s up with that, In a World? When do I get to see you?

Have you seen it yet? What did you think? Sound off in the comments.

Orphan Black Creators Talk Season 2, Possible New Clones, and DVDs

The creators of Orphan Black, John Fawcett and Graeme Manson, talk with TV|Line about season 2, Emmy snubs, Tatiana Maslany’s mad skills, whether there will be new clones coming, and the goodies available on the newly released DVD set of season 1.

See Also: The Force That is Tatiana Maslany in Orphan Black

The L Word Opening Credits (Season Three)

Nothing but the credits recapped here, right up to the moment when we see the director’s name. Then we stop. It’s really all you need to know. Continue reading “The L Word Opening Credits (Season Three)”

A Musical Tribute to Gunsmoke

Gunsmoke was on CBS from 1955 to 1975. There were a whopping 635 episodes of the show. It was a western drama set in 1800’s Dodge City, Kansas.  James Arness played Marshall Matt Dillon. Amanda Blake was Miss Kitty, the owner of the Long Branch Saloon. Other important characters were Milburn Stone as Doc, Ken Curtis as Festus, and Dennis Weaver as Chester.

When TVs started appearing in homes in the 1950’s, Gunsmoke was the thing to watch. For anyone who was growing up during the early days of TV, Gunsmoke was a regular part of the week.

Let’s talk about kissing.

In the early days of TV, there wasn’t much kissing. Even married couples on TV had to sleep in twin beds. There was certainly no sex outside of marriage, and Marshall Dillon and Miss Kitty were not married. Things were a lot different then.

Getting Musical

Not long ago I was at a concert watching singer Claudia Nygaard perform. With no introductory explanation, she launched into a song with these lyrics:

She’s self-employed and runs a business out of her home,
She lives up over the Long Branch all alone

That’s all it took for me to get what was coming and I started to laugh with delight. The song turned out to be as much fun as I was expecting and it’s been a favorite ever since. The song is called “Miss Kitty.”

Wouldn’t it be fun to post a video of Claudia singing the song on my blog, I thought, as a tribute to Gunsmoke and the good old days. When I searched on YouTube for a video, I found this. Claudia isn’t shown in it, but it’s her singing. And it’s absolutely perfect. I hope you agree.

Here’s to remembering how it used to be.

You can watch Gunsmoke on Amazon Prime and Yidio. TV.com has some episodes. Netflix has some seasons on DVD.

Amanda Blake image ©CBS

Recommended: Broadchurch

Broadchurch is a small town on the coast of England. Broadchurch, a new series on BBC America, takes its name from that location. A young boy is murdered there at the opening of this excellent police drama.

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Muppets Most Wanted Official Trailer

I love the Muppets. They have charm, humor and moves like Mick Jagger. Here’s the trailer for the next Muppets movie, Muppets Most Wanted.

Humans included in the film are Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, and Tina Fey.

I’m ready to get my Muppet on and go see this one!

Images ©Disney Studio

The Zombie Apocalypse Makes Metaphoric Sense

As a metaphor, the zombie apocalypse makes a lot of sense. I can say “Global warming is the zombie apocalypse,” and you get my metaphor. Pick your disaster – climate change, the rise of the 1%, nuclear war, genocide – whatever. Compare it to the zombie apocalypse and people understand that you are saying that your disaster represents the end of the world as we know it and that chaos will follow.

The Walking Dead is very clear, metaphorically speaking. A zombie apocalypse wiped out every human institution and every kind of infrastructure that holds society together. The humans who survive are struggling to cope. Every human trait from morality to greed to violence to self-preservation to self-sacrifice can be built into stories around this struggle to cope and survive.

Under the Dome: Huh?

Under the Dome
Under the Dome, ©CBS Entertainment

Under the Dome is not so clear for me. Is the dome the end of the world – the whole world – the way a zombie apocalypse would be? No, because there are people outside the dome who are living their normal lives. Yes, the people inside the dome are struggling to cope, but with what, exactly?

The story lines about morality and greed and violence and self-preservation and self-sacrifice are still there, but in a tiny microcosm of all humanity. We presume that if the dome were lifted, life would again resemble the rest of the world outside the dome.

The people under the dome seem to feel that the dome is a living creature with intent, godlike. Is the metaphor in Under the Dome something about religion or faith? What about the two teens who seem to be receiving messages from the dome and whose touch can turn it from dangerous to benign? Do they represent some sort of savior? Is the fact that the dome is an invisible barrier important?

I’m not saying I don’t enjoy Under the Dome. I watch it, I’m engaged in it, I like the characters. There’s plenty of suspense and drama. However, I haven’t decided yet what I think the dome represents. Have you?

Zombie image ©AMC The Walking Dead

The L Word Opening Credits (Season Two)

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The regular cast for season 2, in each episode:

  • Jennifer Beals: Bette Porter
  • Leisha Hailey: Alice Pieszecki
  • Laurel Holloman: Tina Kennard
  • Mia Kirshner: Jenny Schecter
  • Katherine Moennig: Shane McCutcheon
  • Pam Grier: Kit Porter
  • Rachel Shelley: Helena Peabody
  • Erin Daniels: Dana Fairbanks
  • Eric Mabius: Tim Haspeth
  • Sarah Shahi: Carmen de la Pica Morales

Take a good look at this season 2 poster. Was there some other actress as Carmen who dropped out and they brought in Sarah Shahi? Because that just doesn’t look right.

Everything you need to know about The L Word can be learned from the opening credits. I take you from the first moments up to the director credit and leave you there. What more do you need to know? Continue reading “The L Word Opening Credits (Season Two)”