1. Mothers of the world: keep your hands on the wheel and your iPhones off your babies in the backseat. I'm sure your precious children are capable of cute shit at home.
2. I love my friends, especially the ones who know better than to dare me to dump a bucket of ice water on my head. Consider us old-fashioned; we like to directly donate money to charities we wholeheartedly support.
3. The Ariana Grande video for "Break Free" (featuring Zedd, can't forget about him) debuted this week. I didn't think it was possible to produce a prozac-induced remake of Britney's 2000 classic "Oops I Did It Again," but here we are (seriously, I like the girl, but she must have more than two facial expressions in her):
4. This trailer for The Babadook. I'm getting some serious The Others vibes. My guess: there is no monster. The mom is just going nuts and ends up murdering her child. The end.
5. And finally, not so much as a rant but a reflection: Watching Mrs. Doubtfire, The Birdcage, and Dead Poets Society will be all the more special from now on.
Out went Jess Cagle and in came Matt Bean as the mag's Editor in Chief.
Bean hails from SportsIllustrated.com, and his headshots (below) apparently hail from the School of Dapper Gentlemen. Which makes me wonder if we'll be seeing a lot more of this photogenic writer on TV (morning news, talk shows, etc). The above photo was taken for last month's Comic-Con issue, so naturally, Bean had to perfect his "hot nerd" look.
Either way, whether or not they're prescription lenses, the glasses are a nice touch.
Where the hell did July go? Are we really two-thirds into the year already?
For August I could showcase Katy Perry's "This Is How We Do" or Jessie J's collab with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, "Bang Bang," but that would be a bit predictable, no?
Coming out of nowhere is Sia's "Big Girls Cry," a stirring track from her latest album. Consider me mesmerized:
Frankly, I don't know what to expect this year (my eighth!) because my schedule won't allow me to get an early start on the geekfest that is Comic-Con.
Well, maybe I do...Complaints about the line to get into Hall H. Sweating my ass off while trying to cross the street and carry a bag of swag I don't really need. And attempting to meet up with acquaintances amidst the crowds of cosplayers and nerds in need of deodorant.
However, I do have one thing penciled in my schedule: On Saturday I will be transformed into a zombie courtesy of the make-up team from The Walking Dead (for a piece I'll be writing). I'm already brainstorming hashtags and Instagram captions for the inevitable photos. Stay tuned.
And if you still don't know what Comic-Con is at this point, then why are we friends?
Before I head off to Comic-Con to conclude this madcap month I wanted to squeeze out another curated collection of tunes for the remainder of the summer. Much like the box office, the music scene this season hasn't been too bountiful.
But what's aplenty is Adam Levine; here he appears twice, first with Maroon 5 and then on a breezy track from the Begin Again soundtrack. (Check it out. Really.) What else? Your standard alt-dance-pop, Ariana Grande's latest, a breathtaking Whitney Houston cover, and -- get this -- a soulful hipster rendition of Blackstreet's "No Diggity" from 2013.
1. "Maps" by Maroon 5
2. "Break Free" by Ariana Grande feat. Zedd
3. "Stranger" by Chris Malinchak feat. Mikky Ekko - Close your eyes. Nope, that's not another long-lost Michael Jackson track you're listening to:
4. "Blink" by Cascada
5. "Sideways" by Wrabel:
6. "No One Else Like You" by Adam Levine
7. "Enjoy the Ride" by Krewella
8. "Hideaway" by Kiesza
9. "Reverse" by Somekindawonderful:
10. "Hungry Eyes" by NONONO
11. "Born to Run" Afrojack feat. Tyler Glenn
12. "She Came To Give It To You" by Usher feat. Nicki Minaj
13. "How Will I Know" by Sam Smith
14. "Talking to Ghosts" by Foxes
15. "Cool Kids" by Echosmith
16. "Faded" by Zhu
17. "Extraordinary" by Clean Bandit feat. Sharna Bass
18. "Bo$$" by Fifth Harmony - With lyrics like "Michelle Obama, purse all heavy with Oprah dollars," how could I not include this piece of irresistible trash?
19. "No Diggity" by Chet Faker
20. "Start Again" by Blake Lewis
21. "I Will Never Let You Down" by Rita Ora
First things first: yes, there are SPOILERS ahead.
Second things second: yes, I'm pulling out a reference to a TV show that hasn't been on the air in 21 years.
Like many of you, I have become one of those rabid readers of Gone Girl. I can honestly say I haven't been this entertained by a book in a long time. True, it took me some time to get through it (my schedule isn't what it used to be), but I found it to be deliciously devious and wicked.
And because my pop culture brain works the way it does, I couldn't help but flashback to a similar plot development that unfolded on the 1979-93 CBS drama Knots Landing. For those of you who read the book (HERE COMES THE SPOILER), seemingly pleasant and sane Amy Dunne fakes her death to frame her husband, Nick, after she finds out that he's been a weasely little prick sneaking around with a younger woman he can't seem to quit.
The end of the ninth season and the beginning of the tenth season of the long-running primetime soap saw seemingly pleasant and sane Jill Bennett (Teri Austin) fake her disappearance to frame her boyfriend, Gary Ewing, after she realizes he can't break off his relationship with a woman he can't seem to quit (in this case, his ex-wife, Val).