Can I get an aspirin? (It was an easy pun I couldn’t resist, sorry.)
Kind of a cute idea to see how good their makeup instincts are, but breaking down the concept comes down to queens trying to be boy scouts and cast a glint off their glitter eyeshadow for light to get a roughin’ it merit badge. I adored Alaska’s idea though and the funeral bug net reveal.
I’m sure they would rather have makeup on when their excitement…
…is like a discontinued lip gloss.
Here’s a lesson that’s easier to keep in mind when there aren’t cameras intimately shoved so far up your butt that it makes a colonoscopy look like a long distance relationship: Cheering is always going to sound louder when there’s a unified group. It doesn’t mean there is less support or expectation of your success, but you’re not dating or in alliance with any of these people and thus they’re simply not interested in anyone who isn’t living in the mirror.
Every season they accuse the girl making the teams, “you had a strategy!” they whine. Well… duh. That’s what people do in competitions. Hag before humanity.
Ivy won this challenge and I absolutely agree. She had managed to have personality without being obnoxious and sang the damn song. Let’s be real though, her runway outfit was just okay. The judges tend to get all Michael Kors and forget about fashion aesthetics if someone gets a little crafty with a non-fabric material. It’s layered paper with her face on it, a cute dress but let’s not act like she delivered Balenciaga. Considering how many underwhelming looks are being delivered this season, we have to take what we can get.
Alyssa surprisingly held it together so far, to recap what she’s been read for this season: Being disqualified from the pageant, being fat and her singing. She may be saying things that aren’t quite nice herself, but she hasn’t been making it personal on attributes that are physical or can’t be changed. I think I’ve officially claimed a side. (Btw, for a “proud juicy girl” Roxxxy, you’ve been looking shady ms. lady.)
Frankly, it was a long time coming with Alaska. Her outfits tend to be basic (not plain) with little accessories or fleshed out themes. If you’re not going to do camp or glamour then what is there? She’s not understanding that what the judges mean by vulnerability, they refer to committing to a character and giving us some kind of, ugh I hate to say, brand of who she is. However the Sharon comparisons have become arbitrary and downright hurtful.
My absolute favorite moment of both episodes: Jinkx laughing in Coco’s face. I mean, girl. Really? For someone constantly serving up sour patch kids, when the candyman delivers she slams the door and acts as if she never made the order in the first place. Her and Alyssa are becoming twin sisters that won’t stop arguing about whose hair is prettier and the glue gun of this constructed feud is showing at the seams.
I was glad that it wasn’t a dramatic confrontation episode this week and focused on (most) people knowing they fucked up and being honest about it, as well as breaking down individual unhealthy defensive behavior.
- Does sound guy Lucien get happy being anywhere? Maybe he needs to quit his job and fulfill his dream as an Adam Scott impersonator or allow himself that whole milk latte in the morning.
- Can Alaska join Jinkx and Ivy already? She’s already run out of messages to send on her shirt. She should really start spelling out “HELP I’M STUCK WITH HIGH-OCTANE BITCHES AND THEY ONLY FEED US VODKA AND VIDEOS FROM OUR ESTRANGED PARENTS”
Ever the tepid and steadfastly-almost dedicated reporter that I am, I hoisted up my disgruntled disposition towards strangers and held them down until I got a photo. Just for you guys. You’re welcome. Buy me a snow cone.
I got excited for this and jogged a little. I like manga, okay?
If a certain fancy photographer weren’t going around with his special polaroid camera, I would’ve gotten a side shot of her majestic mohawk.
Kirsa didn’t get her photo with Jason David Frank, so she needed this.
Ramona Quimby, your hair has changed over the years…
Maybe I only care about girls who look like they’d be in a Clamp manga.
Unquestionably terrible lighting but this Sherlock was pretty sweet.
This Tina had an Erotic Friend Fiction book in her backpack, superkuhyute.
The Doctor Who cosplayers are getting their own post, so stay tuned for that!
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Exactly a week ago, the Paley Center in Manhattan featured a panel with the cast of Mad Men. Fans and the media filled in every sold out seat in the main theatre and the second floor. Despite seeing the festivities through a screen, this was one of the best panels I have ever attended anywhere.
Mad Men’s ensemble cast and crew was represented by the creator Matthew Weiner as well as actors Jon Hamm, Jessica Paré, John Slattery, January Jones, Vincent Kartheiser and Kiernan Shipka. Brian Williams, best known for anchoring NBC Nightly News), shed his serious side and showed his fanboy colors as moderator. Very few secrets for future episodes were revealed, but here are the questions and comments fans will be most interested in:
“White men in suits did just fine”
This quote from Weiner stuck with me long after the discussion turned away from the way 1968 will be protrayed this coming season. The social unrest, anxiety over the future of the country, and the growing anti Vietnam sentiment will be important themes in the rest of Season 6. Most of the characters will be insulated from the worst of the social turmoil, but they will still feel the anxiety of the times.
Pete the Skunk
Kartheiser tried very hard to defend the indefensible parts of Pete’s personality and actions. He believes Pete is seeing behind the curtain of Don’s work habits. This season for him is more about controlling Don than becoming Don or exceeding his achievements.
The End Of Mad Men
Weiner knows how the show will end next year, and has told a few select people. “Everyone thinks it will be a disaster”, he joked. These negative opinons mean he will proceed with the current idea.
Don’t Rank The Mistresses
Jon Hamm refused again to answer which of the many women Don has had affairs with was the best or the favorite. He believes Don himself doesn’t even have the ability to judge his experiences in that way. Hamm did point out that many people believe Rachel Menken from Season 1 was different from the rest. Rachel was the only one who did not know Don was married.
The Big Mistake
Mad Men’s writers rarely make factual errors, but a throwaway line in ta recent episode ended up making headine news. Joan tells a friend she will make reservations at Le Cirque, but the iconic Manhattan restarant did not exist until 1974. Weiner apologized profusely for the error and also noted that the reaction shows how much of an impact Mad Men has on current pop culture.
“Why Did Lane Have To Die?”
This was the first question from the audience, and it is by far my favorite because it was the same question I would asked Weiner if I had the chance. He revealed that Lane’s tragic suicide at the end of last season fit with his cultural background. British expatriates were under enormous pressure from family and others to suceed in whatever venture they pursued. Failure was unacceptable, and those who failed could not go back. Lane chose death before facing the consequences of his mistakes and dealing with expectations that that did not match the results.
Sunday’s episode already highlighted some of the trends mentioned at the panel. I’m defnitely looking forward to the rest of Season 6 as well as to the next major Paley Center event.
Every few years or so comes a teen show that reaches into our jaded adult hearts and pulls out the inner adolescent in all of us. Before our biggest concern was the bump and grind of every day life, we had friends, uur small problems were the size of the universe and nothing else mattered in our lives except for us and our friends. Parents were evil, teachers knew nothing, but the world was still ours.
E4’s My Mad Fat Diary is that show for me. The series centers around Rachel “Rae” Earl (Sharon Rooney), an overweight teenage girl whose just left a mental ward. Rae is a character that rings true to a lot of us, and for once she’s a main character that doesn’t fall into the guidelines of central casting. With story lines that range from binge eating, BFF Jealousy and first crush’s My Mad Fat Diary is one of the first shows to come around in years that actually feels like a day in the life of the average teenager, a wonderful mix of My So Called Life and Bridget Jones Diary this is a show that I don’t think I’ll ever stop adoring and here’s three reasons why you wouldn’t either.
1. Intricacies of Female Friendship.
From the moment you meet Rae you get this feeling that she doesn’t know what she’s worth. She comes off as shy and restricted but as the series moves along we get to understand something that Rae doesn’t see in herself, and that’s her fearlessness. She worries about what other people think about her, predominantly her friends, but mostly her childhood best friend Chloe who is actually jealous of Rae’s engaging personality and over all coolness. Chloe does things that set Rae up to look like a complete ass because she see’s that the gang likes her a lot, and on a more fundamental level have a lot in common with her. This upsets Rae sometimes too, because the boys treat her like one of them and she just wants to be seen like a girl, where as Chloe seems to want to be accepted by the guys and not just as a cute girl. Rae and Chloe are constantly at odds with each other and you get the feeling that these two just shouldn’t be friends with each other because it’s clear the friendship is fueled by their jealousy of another and they have moved on. Luckily, this show understands the intricacies of female friendship and definitely knows how to write to it, how many of us have that friend that always gets the guy? The one that is so pretty that everyone turns their head when they walk by? Or on the other side of the realm, we have that friend with that electric personality, the one that all the boys run to when they have relationship problems? This show does a fantastic job at showing both of these perspectives of the girl world and its rare that we see it. Although we don’t hear Chloe’s thoughts a lot we understand that whenever she sets up Rae for a fall or treats her like a jerk it because she doesn’t know what else to do, Rae’s the one that gets invited to the concerts, who the boys treat like one of their own. So while you might find yourself feeling bad for Rae and Chloe’s treatment of her, you get that jealousy is a two way street in this one and in a lot of girl friendships it usually is.
2. Mothers, Daughters and Psychiatrists.
Rae has two adults on the show that she turns to and they are both as broken as she is, although one hides it better than the other.
First you have her mother, she’s a middle aged woman that acts like she wants to be Rae’s friend than her mother, and while that’s great, a balance is needed. Whenever her mother tells her to do something she rarely ever takes it seriously because her mother does inappropriate things like keeping her illegal immigrant fiance in the trunk of her car because she is afraid that immigration will come looking for him, or having sex in the middle of the night so loudly that her teenage daughter could hear. In the end Rae and Rae’s mother both love each other deeply and one day when Rae is older she’d definitely appreciate all that her mother is done for her, and you get that their relationship will be shaky and solid all at the same time.
Her second adult relationship is with her her therapist Kester. Kester is by all means a nice man and he tries to take care of Rae, but their relationship tethers dangerously close on the professional and personal scale. Rae almost begins to value Kester as a father and he as a daughter and when Rae finds out his life isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be she doesn’t see him as such a great therapist after all. Whenever Rae is feeling down her thoughts immediately jump to her therapy sessions and she gets her strength back and that’s the most important part of it all, but because their relationship is so blurred Rae wants Kester to open up to her and when she doesn’t she gets upset and does things she shouldn’t because he isn’t there to guide her along the way.
Ultimately having these two people in her life set her on the right path to be an awesome woman.
1. Realistic First Love.
Highschool boys are mostly all the same, right? They all care about one thing and they always go after the prettiest, tiniest thing in a skirt. Not Finn. When you first meet Finn he comes off as a shallow sort, he’s very quiet and dream boat like, but Rae doesn’t see it because she thinks he thinks highly of himself but it’s not like that at all. Finn is a very classic Austen Man. He’s got a shy, quietness to him that is mistaken for arrogance, when in reality he’s just a sweet boy who loves his grandmother and doesn’t just fall for any girl that comes his way. Finn treats Rae with the kind of respect that she should be treated with and his infatuation grows with every thing she says. He sees that tough girl that lives inside Rae and he admires that, it takes her a while to realize it but he’s not the best at words.. or speaking. Their relationship would make anyone gush.
I could go on and on about this show, when I initially set out to write this I thought it would be better if I talked about the characters, but this show is more than that. If you’re looking for something to watch to understand the difficulties of being a teenager again, hanging out with a core group of friends that are awesome or just something to get your mind off life this is a great show to watch, and something we can all learn from whether we want to or not.
My Mad Fat Diary airs on E4 and will be back for series 2!
So there has been something that has been grinding my gears and that is the new proposal by NYC City Councilman Peter Vallone to crack down on costumed humans. The legislation introduced is intended to crack down on costume characters or ban them outright. According to CBS, “One bill would require registration, as well as a permission slip proving that the character involved has been licensed, for anyone appearing as a costumed character. The other bill would go farther to ban costumed characters outright.” More from CBS, “Clearly, the situation can’t continue to exist the way it does, and the laws we already have don’t deal with the situation,” said Vallone, a Democrat from the 22nd District.
This is in response to a December episode in which a Cookie Monster by 42nd Street Times Square shoved a little boy, allegedly for not getting tipped by the mother. Vallone has really thrown this out of proportion – mentioning an anti-semetic Elmo, a peverted Mario, and a violent Spider Man. “Something needs to be done” he thinks and so he has proposed banning costumes that have not been licensed by their respective copyright holders.
What does this mean for cosplayers strutting their stuff to New York Comic Con? What does this mean for Halloween parties? Hell.. what does this mean for New Yorkers and tourism? This legislation infringes upon free speech and can only open the flood gates for controlling how people choose to clothe themselves. If Disney wants to sue someone for wearing a Cinderella costume without license then fine but keep the government and MY tax dollars out of it. Who is to stop a police officer from arresting me for wearing a Sailor Moon costume if a ridiculous law like this is passed?
New Yorkers, I encourage you to write to your representatives and let Peter Vallone know that this legislation is unconstitutional. http://council.nyc.gov/d22/html/members/contact.shtml
Vallone, this one is for you:
If you live in Astoria in District 22, vote him out!
Doctor Who kicked off the second half of Series 7 last night with The Bells of Saint John. Clara moves from being the mysterious guest star to being the main companion. I watched this episode with a view of assessing Clara as a character as opposed to the plot as I have in past episode reviews.
Although she is established as the same person as Oswin from Asylum of the Daleks and Victorian Clara from The Snowmen, she is a bit different in The Bells of Saint John. This Clara is less snarky and she has no previous memories of the Doctor or anything about the world beyond modern day Earth. By the end of the episode, my overall view of Clara was quite positive. However, the loose threads from the first half of the season can become a point of fan contention if certain writing decisions are made.
Clara is a very relatable modern day woman. She’s in the awkward period between finishing college and starting a career. Many people can sympathize with her situation. Her interactions with the Doctor are not passive, and she used her knowledge of the enemy to help the Doctor save the day. Her lack of current knowledge of the past means she only sees the Doctor as a friendly stranger. I am a firm believer in each companion bringing something unique and different to the TARDIS. Tying Clara’s personality too much to her affection for the Doctor or too many similarities to others will make many fans unhappy.
Clara exists in three different timelines due to some sort of alien intervention, which has been a boon to conspiracy theorists. While it is too soon to figure out which of the many loose threads from previous seasons will end up becoming her origin story, there are already ideas being formed. The best way to avoid a pitfall would be to avoid the most obvious choice of resolution. Many people are predicting she is River’s daughter. Not only would that cause unnecessary criticism if the Doctor is indeed her father, it would also make the ending much too predictable. On the other hand; if Clara’s mystery resolves past plot holes, fans will become much more attached to her.
In the episodes to come, Clara’s character development can either go down the path of a new puzzle to solve or the road of predictability and fan criticism. The ideas established in this review will be revisited in future reviews when additional details of Clara’s background are revealed. I’m looking ahead to the rest of the series to see what adventures the Doctor has in store.
The second season of Girls ended last week, but the talk of next season hasn’t stopped. (Seriously, people don’t shut the hell up about the show.) It doesn’t get viewers like The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones, but it has just about the same amount of hype.
Being a female in my mid 20s, I would be the target audience watching. The problem is I still haven’t figured out if I love it or hate it. A lot of people like to hate-watch things, but wouldn’t call myself a hate watcher. Another thing I haven’t figured out was if I even like any of the girls. The beginning of the series, I think I might have been rooting for Hannah, especially since Adam seemed like such a dick. Then he changed, and seemed as the best boyfriend ever. Then she wanted absolutely nothing to do with him. I was all like girl, you cray.
Most of this season, Hannah annoyed the shit out of me. She came off as very selfish, lying to the police about calling 911 on Adam’s ass, and seeming like a huge cry baby by calling up her parents to make her boo boo all better. But the doctor episode midway through the season, Hannah opened up about her problems about being victim to sexual abuse as a child and having OCD. I thought I was going to have a heart attack when she punctured that other ear. I really do love the pairing of Hannah and Adam, and was happy to see them get back together, even though it was such a rom com fashion. (But Adam totally would run down the streets of Brooklyn shirtless, at any cost.) Adam had some issues this season too, he started drinking again and had a horrific sexual encounter with new girlfriend Shiri Applby. This episode brought up many arguments that is it was rape or not. I’m on the not side, as horrific as the experience was.
I think the character I had the most problems with was Marnie. Yes, it was crappy that she lost her awesome job and had to become a hostess. All the story lines with Charlie were completely unessessary. Her relationship with Charlie ended because she was bored with him. Now that he created some awesome app she wants him again? Bitch please. As much as I enjoyed seeing Jorma Taccone’s ass, I don’t know why she would go near Booth Jonathan. She mostly came off as a train wreck stalker, what the hell was with that weird ass performance of Kanye’s “Stronger”? Marnie and Hannah had such a strong friendship, but haven’t talked for a food chunk of the season. I’m looking forward to their reconnection and reuniting in season 3.
Finally, Shoshanna. Yes, the young delicate flower will not always be so innocent. She had a make out session with a sexy doorman without telling Ray, even though she broke up with him. She’s young and needs to live a little, but all I’m saying is they better keep Ray on this show because he might be my favorite character next to Hannah’s parents. It’ll also be interesting to see how Jessa will come back after leaving Hannah stranded upstate. She was missing most of the season due to Jemina Kirke’s real life pregnancy so that should be fun to see her return full time.
I respect Lena Dunham for writing and directing most of the season. Yes, she has gotten fully naked in some episodes, and you know what? Good for her. I would not have to balls to show my bare ass to all of those HBO subscribers. It shows that not all lead actresses have to be a size 0 to be successful or famous. I’m still not sure if I’m in love with Girls, but I don’t hate it. I find myself tuning in for season 3.
- I see Shoshanna turning into Laurie from Cougar Town in 10 years. They would have matching pink croissant purses.
- Ray realizes he’s a grown ass man, and was offered a manager position for a new Grumpy’s in Brooklyn heights, and it is classy. I also enjoyed Colin Quinn as the possible Mr. Grumpy.
- I really do hope to see more of the Horvaths. I love them so much. Follow the advice of Hannah’s mother regarding Q-tips: “Nothing bigger than an elbow!”
- I’m also going to miss Andrew Rannells, who probably won’t be coming back due to The New Normal. Thanks a lot, Ryan Murphy!
Droppin’ babies at da club
Vivienne dryly flips her invisible wig hair to the girls simply having too much personality. Though Roxxxy would easily get on my nerves, I’m not a drag queen who deals with large personalities on a weekly basis. And “big personalities” usually means “I don’t know how to stand out and I’m worried.”
Let’s skip the mini challenge which was more of a goofy montage and go to the entree.
Though it’s a cute idea, wasn’t expecting to be all that excited about this challenge. Aside from self contained tributes to the Greek gods (i.e. last week) not being all that interesting of material, ballet is a very technical and restrained style of dance. Of course I went in knowing they were doing a bastardized version, and saying that very forgivingly, which was carried off relatively well with classic campier elements, but aside from the obvious highs and lows, it all kind of blended together.
Alaska clearly would’ve went bolder if she weren’t worried about judgement of the choreography and being first. But thems the breaks of RPDR where you’ve got to be the best at things you’ll never do in your career again.
To see Ru and her opera glasses was all my heart could bear. If Ru said she just wanted to make a challenge to accessorize for, I would easily concede to that.
Somehow Alyssa’s testing-new-nasal-spray faces paired with her dance training worked to her advantage. Ballet involves giving a lot of face but usually not THAT much face. Like the lip synching mini challenge, this was really more a test of who despite all mechanical restraints could still be a star.
The girls are clearly getting tired or pretending to be excited about the guests. We only want to see the choreographers during rehearsal, but who wants to hear them confirm what was already seen? Chaz Bono is also a fine young man, but he’s [somehow] just a normal guy [despite] having a famous mother and being dragged into television.
Jinkx is slowly being given Pandora Boxx status inevitably but I think Pandora had more a dowdy style with reference which Jinkx’s has yet to show.
Ivy Winters, I gotta give it to her, is slowly turning it out better and better each week even if I’m still not all that invested in her.
Honey Mahogany found out it’s not all about being comfortable in drag sweatpants every week and when she’s at JoAnn’s to at least buy a Simplicity pattern to go with those folded over yards of fabric in the dancewear section. The battle of the Diana Ross(es?) was more of a melted popsicle vs. the sidewalk: Nobody was eating it.
For all of Vivienne’s “I’m finally stepping out” talk, girlfriend was not even in the camera frame. She was wearing her Time Square club girl 2008 look surrounded by showgirls and models. She’s cute but not nearly as fishy as she thinks, but look around the room with the same sentiment.
…Well you saw it. Vivienne kept patting her shoulder and Honey looked up to the light. I could’ve gone and watched the microwave. We all mourned for Britney who was probably at home waiting for Amanda Bynes to tumble further into the abyss.
Everyone reads Honey’s fashion or ability to find enough curtains and
I have laundry that involved more effort. Then the tables turn on Alaska and suddenly fashion faux pas is within context. But luckily the show can keep milking her for Sharon Needles updates.
Vivienne hates attitude and also hates camaraderie. Clearly none of us should buy the brand of pantyhose she wears. RuPaul’s Backstage Race is in the bag.
I don’t think it’s uncalled for for Alyssa to call Jade out if she thinks she’s not bringing anything to the table though it’s also understandable to see why Jade would be bothered that she didn’t get to say her peace. At least Alyssa was honest and didn’t pretend that everything was kosher.
- Apparently Thomas Jefferson went through the portal with Bill and Ted because that is clearly his child with a Christie doll. Presidential erection.
- Roxxxy Andrews was looking like a lamppost in Boystown but somehow more painted and Jetsons hair.
- Does anyone know where Jade’s Little Ru outfit came from? I’d swear it’s a costume designer in LA who used to make baby clothes for adults but I can’t recall.
We’re learning more about the newest installation to the franchise faster than expected - does Ubisoft want this stuff leaked on purpose? I’m thinking it would make sense given that the game is supposed to be out on October 29th. The newest trailer confirms that Edward Kenway, a pirate trained by Assassins, is indeed the star of the show. Since we’re going back in time and this is a prequel to Assassin’s Creed III, I hope the gun loads faster… since, you know… Ezio’s hidden gun from Renaissance Italy reloaded faster than Connor’s gun centuries later.
Check out the leaked screens here: All Games Beta
and don’t forget the new trailer before that is gone over at: Nintendo Everything