Troop Beverly Hills

Troop Beverly Hills

Oopsies. We seemed to have gone on a bit of an extended hiatus. But no fear! We’re back! (Aren’t you thrilled?)

As I’ve been sick the past FOUR days (and counting), I thankfully had a few new DVDs to keep me from losing my sanity. One of which was the 80s Shelley Long classic, “Troop Beverly Hills.” I used to love this movie and would watch it over and over again. Can you blame me?

Here are 5 reasons why this movie is a must-see movie (and a must buy.)

1. It stars a young Jenny Lewis. Before she gets all indie and delivers as a totally awesome songstress, she’s a cute little girl just trying to reunite her parents, while keeping up with her gymnastics and staying fashionable with piled-high scrunchies.

2. You learn some sweet dance moves:

3. You really get inspired with your outfit choices. Honestly, if Phyllis can make a troop leader outfit look this good, the sky’s the limit!

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4. If you don’t smile and sing along to “it’s cookie time,” you have no soul:

5. Speaking of, let’s get real: the main star of this movie is Tasha Scott, aka Jasmine Shakar, who’s the sassy daughter of a famous boxer. “Shake the man’s hand daddy AND LET’S BE ON OUR WAY.”

Did you love this movie as much as me? What are your favorite parts?

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It’s Been Awhile…

But I had to post this here because someone answered my prayers and brought Justin back to his true calling, music.

P.S. We’ll be back to actually posting things in 2013, we promise (we hope).

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Vamps

When I heard that Amy Heckerling and Alicia Silverstone (the ladies who brought us Clueless) were teaming up again to make a movie about vampires, I was intrigued and did a happy dance. Listen, I (like most of the world) love Clueless. And I have to admit, I do love vampires too. I watch True Blood and I’ve read all the Twilight books (don’t judge me). I haven’t seen all of Interview with a Vampire yet because Tom Cruise freaks me out now and I just can’t bring myself to see a prepubescent Kirsten Dunst make out with Brad Pitt.

Anyways, I was already excited that this movie was going to be Clueless-esque with vampires. And then, I realized something else while watching the trailer. Matthew “miracle legs” Crawley is in it, or as he’s known in real life, Dan Stevens! For those of you who don’t watch, Dan Stevens is from Downton Abbey and he’s part of a twosome on that show that I love so much. So obviously, now I’m even more excited to see this movie.

From the trailer, the plot seems to be about two lady vamps (Alicia Silverstone and Krysten Ritter) who prowl the streets of New York looking for fun and men. Sidenote, but is anyone else thinking what would have happened if Carrie Bradshaw and the girls were vampires? One of the girls (Krysten) falls for a human with dreamy eyes (Dan Stevens) whose family is the Van Helsing clan (vampire hunters). Craziness ensues. There’s a vampire support group and vamps coming together to fight the hunters. And Wallace Shawn (Mr. Hall from Clueless) has a big role in the movie too! I can’t wait for this.

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Girl Crush: Mindy Kaling

So what’s been happening in the weeks that I’ve neglected our blog? I got caught up in the Olympics hype (specifically, the U.S. Men’s Basketball team, Nathan Adrian, and Samuel Jackson’s “live” tweets) and I became obsessed with Mindy Kaling. My life is crazy, right?

For those who don’t know about Mindy and are too lazy to read her Wikipedia article, she’s a Dartmouth grad who plays Kelly Kapoor on The Office. She’s also the freaking co-executive producer and writer of the show too, btw. She’s also been in movies like No Strings AttachedThe Five Year Engagement, and The 40 Year Old Virgin. 

So, yes, I have a mild obsession with Mindy Kaling. How did I not know about her greatness before? Frankly, I think Kelly Kapoor on The Office is pretty annoying so maybe that deterred me from appreciating Mindy. I read her book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? and I fell in love. It was one of those books were you find yourself laughing out loud on the subway (real awk), nodding earnestly in agreement to everything said, and feeling really really depressed when it’s over. I kept thinking, “How did this girl read my mind and put it on paper? And hey, I should start putting my random and bizarre thoughts on paper so I can write an awesome book one day.” I just love Mindy because she’s so honest, hilarious, and not afraid to say what’s on her mind (even when it’s kind of crazy). I want to be her friend. Seriously, Mindy if you’re reading this can we hang out? I feel like we have so much in common and there wouldn’t be any weird pauses in conversation because we like to talk A LOT so we’ll probably just end up talking over one another. (And P.S., I totally agree with you on that whole chapter you wrote about men and boys and thank you for teaching me about Irish and French Exits.)

Anyways, after I finished the book there was a big void in my life. Fortunately, Mindy’s new pilot, The Mindy Project is available on Hulu, Fox, and some other sites. So of course I watched it last night. It was good, guys. Really funny and smart and I’m glad I get to see Chris Messina on my television at least once a week. I can’t wait to watch more episodes. In this show, Mindy plays an OB/GYN who has really awesome clothes and is trying to navigate her way through life and love. It sounds pretty generic, but it’s charming and I’m excited. It’s on the same night as New Girl so Tuesdays are going to be my favorite night now.

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Weird Couple News: That Guy from Nickelback and Avril Are Engaged

Oh, Canada! (Bieber’s gotta be invited to this, right?)

Hey guys. Sorry for the super-long hiatus (of…days), but we’re back! And with a doozy: Avril and that guy from Nickelback (his name is Chad Kroeger, FYI. Yep, didn’t know that either) are engaged. This news shocked everyone, but I was mostly shocked that this made news, considering how low these “stars” are on the celebrity totem pole.

Apparently, they had a whirlwind romance, starting in February when Chad helped Avril write a song for her new album (oh, dear lord, no music necessary Avril, seriously), and ending (or beginning for you romantics) with a 14-carat diamond engagement ring (DANG).

This is how sad things are: I didn’t even know she had split from Brody Jenner. Remember — that other relationship that made us scratch our heads. (C’mon the only Avril relationship that made sense was her and Deryck from Sum41, right?)

But really, I just feel sorry for the children, who will have to explain to their peers that they “never liked” their parents music, in hopes they won’t be ridiculed for life.

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5 Hot Under-the-Radar Olympians

The Olympics are finally underway and if you’re like me you’ve been glued to your TV or computers watching the events. I love the Olympics — crazy opening and closing ceremonies (Spice Girls, you better be there), incredibly talented and good-looking athletes, crazy comebacks or surprises, and just rooting for the home team (AMERICA!!!).

Sidenote: We all agree that those Opening Ceremonies were a little crazy, right? I did love the corgis, Mr. Bean, Harry Potter shout out, and the random tribute to NHS (thanks for saving me when I got strep throat during my semester abroad). Also, is it wrong that I have a strange obsession with the USA Men’s Basketball team? I mean, all those egos — what do they talk about? Do they play pranks on each other? And if you want some adorableness, please follow Kevin Love on Twitter.

As much as we love the sporting events, I think it’d be safe to say that we all enjoy the Olympics eye candy too. Now, I know Ryan “Let me see yo grillz” Lochte is getting a lot of hype this year. And Michael Phelps is always the golden boy. But what about those under the radar hotties? Here’s my top 5 (to be extra patriotic, I only chose Americans, but I will have to give two thumbs up to Camille Lacourt who’s a pretty swoonworthy guy).

1. Nathan Adrian

According to Wikipedia, Nathan’s half-Asian, he went to Berkeley, and he’s a pretty decent swimmer. He’s not bad on the eyes either — hello abs. I just like him cuz he’s smiling all the time and you can tell he’s just happy to be there. Also, I enjoy reading his tweets (Twitter aptitude is obviously a big factor on the attractiveness scale for me). His Twitter bio is “Swimmer, Olympian, Child at heart, and I don’t care if you think it is gross to brush my teeth in the shower!” What a goofball. I love it.

2. Ashton Eaton

I first came across Ashton during the Olympic trials (where he set a world record!). Dude was a beast then, so I decided it was best to root for him. He’s a decathlete which means he can run, throw stuff, and jump really far.

3. Matt Anderson

If I can’t have one of the swimmers, I’ll take one of the male volleyball players, please. These guys are really tall, super fit and pretty adorable. Matt Anderson definitely caught my eye when I was watching the US Men’s team play Serbia on Sunday. Look at that face — doesn’t it scream all-American to you? He’s pretty dreamy.

4. Kevin Love

Since I judge male attractiveness on Twitter activity, of course I had to put Kevin Love on my list. Even though I’m a Lakers fan, I’ll have to start paying more attention to the Timberwolves (does Justin own this team?) because of Mr. Love. Kevin loves posting photos on Instagram and Twitter, especially of all the hijinks the US Men’s team have gotten into this summer. He really likes to take pictures of his teammates when they’re sleeping on planes. And his commentary on photos is golden. My favorites include “Getting my Justin Timberlake on” with a photo of him modeling the opening ceremony outfit and “Glad I could add some color to the photo” with a photo of the team at dinner (because he’s the only white guy, get it?).

5. Cullen Jones

Maybe I should have chosen another guy from a different sport, but I just really like swimmers, okay? I think Cullen Jones is pretty precious. Those dimples just kill me. When he’s not competing, he  travels around the country to teach kids about the importance of knowing how to swim, so he’s a nice guy too. Fun fact: Did you know he almost drowned at a water park when he was 5?

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K-Stew and R-Pat Debacle, Take 1

So, unless you were completely devoid of internet or socializing yesterday, you’ve probably heard about the Kristen Stewart cheating on Robert Pattinson with a 41-year-old married (and father of two) director, um, thing.

Then she issued a public apology. And then the director did too, of course, because after that it’s kind of like, alright cards out on the table and he doesn’t want to look like the jackass who didn’t apologize.

But this is my take on it: Why did she make this public apology?

 

Look, I’m very anti-acting-Stewart. She has like, two faces that she considers “acting.” The uninterested, I’m just a girl face and the scared/surprised face (same face, different emotions). But I don’t know, this seems a bit too much.

Do I think she should definitely fess up to her mistake? Sure. But to Rob, privately. Not to the public. It just looks like a young girl trying to save face or sell Twilight tickets, and I’m not sure what one to go with at this point.

From my roommate: “Or to romanticize it, she wanted to talk to Rob and he’s not answering so she made the apology public.”

And yeah, okay, maybe. She does say she loves him. Twice. But what little I know about Rob, besides his unkempt ways, is that he seems to be a pretty anti-media/public outcry type of person. Shit, they tried to hide their relationship for like, years. (Or at least one year.) So would he respond to a public apology? My guess: no.

But maybe it’s the last attempt of a desperate, young girl. Sometimes I can forget that K-Stew is only 22. Plenty of time for mistakes, dear, but my goodness I have to say: you really went big with this one.

I guess it’ll be interesting to see the Twilight-publicity stuff now. And what Rob does/says. Time will tell…

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I’m On a Roll

You know those songs that you listen to while you’re getting ready to go out or those songs that you’re fist pumping (or bumpin and grindin or whatever weird dance you do when you’re 50% sober) and you’re kind of like “Wow this song doesn’t make any sense and it’s terrible but whenever it comes on I go crazy and start yelling and pretending I’m poppin’ some bottles in a Drake (or insert rapper of your choice here) video.” Well here’s a new club banger for ya. But I have to warn you, once you listen to it, you’ll never get it out of your head. Trust me, it’s been almost 10 days since I first listened to it and this damn song is still playing in my brain.

It’s called “I’m On a Roll” and it’s sung by Stefano. If any of you watched Season 10 of American Idol, you will recognize him as Stefano Langone, who made it to the top 7 and then got eliminated. By the way, it so happens that season 10 was when I started watching American Idol again — basically for Steven Tyler’s creepy antics and J.Lo’s sequined shorts (goshdarnit, I still need a pair!). Honestly, I’m not quite sure how he made it that far. He was a cute kid but he wasn’t the best singer.

So imagine my surprise when one night I’m at my friend’s apartment enjoying some margaritas when she shows me this music video on YouTube. Hey, that kid looks familiar! And then I watched the video and was speechless. Can we just talk about his facial expressions in this video? Seriously, someone make me some gifs of them. Those expressions of pure joy/surprise with his eyes popping out of his head in every shot? I can’t handle it. Also who is that random old guy who invites him to the pool party with all those girls? And of course there’s an obligatory rap interlude with some random rapper (further research tells me this guy is from the New Boyz). Plus, my absolute fave contestant on season 10 Casey Abrams makes an appearance as a hobo. This is the new song of the summer, guys. Forget Call Me Maybe.

It’s the best night of my life!

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Romeo + Juliet

swoon.

This movie is (I will not use past tense) epic. It really is/was THE movie that everyone was obsessed with, mostly because it featured Leo DiCaprio in his prime.

I have to admit, the first time I saw this movie (it came out at the end of ’96, so I saw it on VHS in the comfort of my home in 1997) I was a little confused by the fact that it retained the original Shakespeare dialogue set in a warped, modern-day Verona. Granted, I wasn’t even 10 yet, but to a grade schooler that seemed a little off. No worries folks: I had an older sister, thank goodness, who saw the amazingness of this movie right away and owned it. As I kept watching it throughout the years, I want to point out these things that the movie has influenced me on:

1) Leo DiCaprio is the most beautiful man on earth. Honestly, Paul Rudd (whom I’m also obsessed with) pales in comparison. Sorry, Rudd.

2) With My-So Called Life and then this, I wanted to be Claire’s BFF.

3) This is one of the first movies where I was like, whoa that sex scene is like actually beautiful. And who didn’t love that sheet scene? For about .5 seconds I wanted to be a filmmaker because of this movie.

4) John Leguizamo really threw me off in the beginning because I only knew him from To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (which really is, like, the best movie that has the longest title, ever.) He can look menacing guys! He’s not just the prettiest drag queen.

5) I was really proud of myself for figuring out the whole water-importance theme early on. A ton of important scenes happen while surrounded by water (Romeo and Juliet seeing each other through a fish tank, the balcony scene happening in the pool, when he goes to her on the night of their wedding it’s raining and when he leaves he falls into the pool).

6) I became a bit obsessed with Radiohead after this movie, as they comprised the exit theme.

Who else is still obsessed with this movie? Side note: today, upon trying to find the movie on Netflix, the recommendation popped up for a Romeo and Juliet movie for kids centered around warring families of seals. Yes, seals.

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Teen Choice Awards

The Teen Choice Awards were last night and I have to admit I watched a little bit of it. But I also have to admit that I’m really missing the TCA’s of yesteryear. Maybe it’s because I’m not really part of that demographic anymore so it’s not really as relevant or exciting to me anymore. (Even though I am a 23-year-old with an appreciation for One Direction, Bieber and Selena Gomez.) But like now celebs only show up to the show if they actually win a surfboard and they peace out afterwards. I really think it’s lost its edge and has become a poor man’s version of the MTV Movie Awards and that’s saying a lot because the Movie Awards kinda sucked this year.

But remember when the Teen Choice Awards used to be so cool? I would spend the summer carefully selecting who I would vote for to win the coveted surfboard in categories like Choice Hottie (remember when Britney and Justin both won together?!). There were awesome performances from Aerosmith, Britney, N’SYNC, etc. And they had some pretty cool hosts too like H.Duff in 2005 (I think this was also the time she and LiLo were fighting and somehow Chad Michael Murray was in the middle of it because of Freaky Friday/A Cinderella Story), Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie in 2004 (The Simple Life OMG), Jonas Brothers in 2009 and Miley in 2008.

While writing this post I was YouTubing some clips from previous years and I’ve come up with 5 of my favorites. Note that these are mostly from 2001 (the epic year of teen movies).

Old-Town

Basically this was a parody of Making the Band but for old men and it opened up the show in 2000. I just love that Justin, Chris and JC are jumping out of their seats and cracking up. Also, cue the obligatory B.Spears reaction shots.

Britney’s Medley

Because that white crop top and pants were the epitome of 90s Britney (The Britney doll I had when I was little wore that exact outfit). Plus, her dancing skills. She was the best.

Freddie Prinze Jr. wins Choice Hottie

It wouldn’t be 1999 without Freddie winning some surfboards. There is so much going on in this clip. Can we talk about his tie and suspenders? And Jared Padalecki pre-Gilmore Girls and Supernatural was passing out the surfboards this year. 

Let Me Blow Your Mind

Because I just love this song. And Keri Russell (Felicity!) makes an appearance in this clip. 

Miley Pole Dancing

Because this was when we were like, “We get it, Miley. You so wanted to get rid of that Disney Channel star image. You can’t be tamed.” But why did you have to make us feel so uncomfortable?

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