Rachel had her Funny Girl callback while the glee club faced a few obstacles before getting to regionals.
Brittany’s SAT score was so unbelievable that MIT had to see for themselves if she was the real deal, and even though she scored a zero on their “simple” math test, her crayon doodling somehow showed she was the greatest mind since Albert Einstein (don’t ask me, I was never good at math). They want her to join the school right away and the shock leads to a classic Brittany meltdown, leaving the glee club wondering if she’ll even show up to regionals.
Rachel had her callback for Fanny Bryce and what better way to end the season and show them her chops than a Celine Dion ballad. Her rendition of To Love You More was UNBELIEVABLE. Seriously, though, any time there is a Rachel Berry ballad in the first five minutes you know you’re in for something good.
Nev Schulman was the only thing missing from this episode because the end of Katie was definitely worthy of an MTV special. Ryder went crazy from all the secrecy surrounding his online lover and threatened to forego regionals unless the catfish fessed up. Marley took the blame, but it turned out she was just covering for Unique, who wanted to make a real connection without her identity getting in the way. What she did was wrong, but would Ryder have opened up had he known? My guess is probably not.
Going to the Chapel…Maybe
The New Directions pay tribute to Stevie Wonder while Rachel prepares for her Funny Girl callback.
Here’s what you missed on last night’s episode, “Wonder-ful”:
Aren’t They Wonder-ful?
Regionals are only one week away and that means the Glee Club needs some serious inspiration, and who better to turn to than Stevie Wonder? The kids covered his songs for their assignment this week, with Mike and Mercedes on hand to help. If these kids do what they are so clearly capable of doing, they’ll have regionals in the BAG.
The Bitch is Back
“The Bitch” being Cassandra July A.K.A. Kate Hudson as she appeared to want nothing more than to see Rachel fail at her Funny Girl callback. After scheduling her extremely hard ballet midterm the same day as her audition, she did a total 180 and brought the entire class to support Rachel. She said she saw something in her from the beginning and that’s why she’s been so hard on her – plus she only slept with Brody because of his abs. Either this woman has a major personality disorder, or she’s not such a bitch after all (my money’s on the first option).
Big City Fears
Ryan Lochte has been getting a lot of attention for his new reality show What Would Ryan Lochte Do? and the response – especially of the news media – has not been all that favourable…which is understandable since he says things like “If you’re a man at night, you have to be a man in the morning.”
The confusing one liners of the Olympic gold-medalist landed him on Anderson Coopers “The Ridiculist” after an internet genius mashed up his catch phrase with Usher’s smash hit “Yeah.”
I think this video is proof enough that Ryan Lochte needs to stay in the pool and off the television – and keep his mouth shut as often as possible.
Here’s what you missed on last night’s episode, “Baby Steps”:
McKinley was having some technical troubles – a stray balloon in an outlet, to be exact – which caused a school wide power outage and left the New Directioners in the dark. Mr. Schue originally wanted to take a “go big or go home” approach, but was left with no choice but go unplugged. The lesson, however, didn’t apply only to their music; it was an opportunity for the kids to put down their phones and really experience everything around them.
At the Ballet
Sarah Jessica Parker, a.k.a. Isabelle Klempt, is back and gave Kurt the opportunity of a lifetime when she invited him to The NYC Ballet gala (the performing arts event of the season, in case you didn’t know). Santana and Rachel tagged along and we got to experience what the ballet meant to every one of them. Though the performance was a little bizarre, it was interesting to see that each one of them got their start in the same place.
Barbarella or Ballerina?
By Kelly O’Brien
Finn starts college and Rachel auditions for Funny Girl as the New Directions try to recover from the shooting.
Here’s what you missed on last night’s episode, “Sweet Dreams”:
Post Traumatic Stress
Regionals are right around the corner, but the glee kids are still struggling in the aftermath of the shooting at McKinley. Sam invents a twin, Tina rocks the latest punk fashions, and Unique takes birth control pills. Glee club is usually a place where they can sort out their problems, but Will was fed up and snapped at the kids during rehearsals. It’s understandable that everyone was lost, but they needed their teacher to help get them through! Get it together, Will!
In the dictionary of Rachel Berry, the word “dream” has a picture of Fanny Bryce beside it, and she landed an audition for the part. She struggles at first with her song choice, but after some awesome advice from Finn and guidance from Shelby (she’s back as a “broadway daycare” teacher), Rachel nailed it with a rendition of the song that started it all: “Don’t Stop Believing.” Now if she would just get back together with Finn, then my dreams could come true too.
Marley’s New Material
It’s Carrie’s birthday on this week’s episode of The Carrie Diaries (“The Long and Winding Road not Taken”). Instead of having a small get-together like she wanted, it seems like Carrie and all her friends have prior commitments. Mouse embarks on a mission to get a reccomendation from a Harvard alum and once agains endes up going head to dead with jock Thomas West. Maggie resolves things with Walt, but not in the way she wanted too, while Carrie takes care of Sebastian instead of networking an Interview party. Carrie’s birthday ends up being a non-event, as everyone has their own mission to accomplish. I think the mot successful at accomplishing their goals this episode is Walt who bumps into Bennet at the Interview party and it seems to go much more smoothly then their last interaction (is that really some acceptance we are starting to see?). Doritt also passes a new benchmark as she gets her first kiss after she attempts to shoplift. Some punishment…
This episode ended with a belated birthday celebration, first kisses, friendships resolved, relationships evolving, and a credit card.
1) Carrie and Sebastian
The two love birds are chirping…all around school. Carrie and Sebastian are getting hot and heavy. The two make-out all around school which result in an annoyed Donna and chapped lips for Carrie. Carrie’s friends tell her that she will definitely be losing her virginity to him soon. It doesn’t happen in this episode but can this be considered as foreshadowing?
2) Happy Birthday Carrie
It’s Carrie’s birthday, and all she wants is a get together with her family and closest friends. Unfortunately, that’s not what she gets. When Larissa asks for her to work an Interview party, Carrie is too scared to tell her that it’s her birthday.
3) Walt and Maggie resolve things
I’m still in shock over this week’s episode of Pretty Little Liars. let’s just say I wasn’t expecting this one!
And just in case you missed it here are the top events that happened in this week’s episode of PLL “I’m Your Puppet.”
1. Toby’s body is found
After the girls spend all episode trying to prove to Spencer that Toby’s body wasn’t the one she found that night in the woods, Emily’s mom tells her that the police finally found Toby’s body. I guess when you mess with A, A messes with you right back.
2. Aria broke up with Ezra
So my heart basically broke into a million pieces last night and it was all because Aria decided to dump Ezra. She did this because she feels that now that Ezra’s son is in the picture she has to be out of it…. Poor Aria! Hopefully they get back together soon.
3. A messes with Hanna Read more…
On this week’s episode of Pretty Little Liars, it looks like the cat’s out of the bag and the girls finally discover the secret identity of A and it’s … TOBY! Whaaaat?
If that wasn’t a big surprise already, the girls also uncover another one of Toby’s dirty little secret. But just in case you missed all the drama from last night, here’s five things I learned on this week’s episode of PLL, “Out of Sight, Out of Mind.”
1. Maggie is moving to Rosewood
We find out that Maggie is in town and has decided to move to Rosewood if she can find a job. If that wasn’t enough trouble, Ezra’s son, Malcolm, falls and hurt himself under Aria’s watch. The poor boy had to get a couple of stitches which cause Aria to question whether or not she and Ezra can really make it as a couple, especially if Maggie and Malcolm decide to stay in Rosewood.
2. Wilden may still be alive
Hanna thinks she’s being stalked by Wilden or at the very least, his police car. To help fuel the fire even more, her own mother thought she saw Wilden himself and has decided that he is alive. Hanna might just be right thinking that she’s being watched as she finds his police car in her garage when she comes home. Hanna calls on Aria and the two push the car into the lake. It’s probably a bad move on their part and I feel like this will only come back and haunt them later on.
3. Toby is dead
After Emily finds out that Toby is A, she sets out on a mission to find him in order to prove that he was really trying to help the girls. Spencer, on the other hand, spends the whole episode trying to protect Emily from A as A previously threatened Spencer that if she told anyone, her friends would be the ones to pay. Emily tries tracking down Toby as Spencer does the same with Mona. Once both girls think they found who they were looking for, both girls discover that Toby is dead: Spencer sees his body, whereas Emily mysteriously gets a funeral program from a girl in the red coat.
4. Spencer has lost it
Spencer goes on a psychotic rage after she sees Toby’s body in the woods and eventually ends up in a mental hospital without identification. Hopefully, the girls find out where she is soon because Spencer needs her friends right now. At the end of the episode, a fisherman discovers Wilden’s hat. I wonder what mysteries this new clue brings. I guess we’ll have to find out next week!
This week’s episode of Pretty Little Liars “Saying Goodbye to Alison Again” left me with many questions and not enough answers. I’m super anxious for next week.
A plays with Emily’s head- At the beginning of this week’s episode, Emily found a postcard that was supposed to be buried with Ali. On the back of the postcard there was a nice little message written by A in French to Emily. We later find out that the message in English translates to “stop digging the police already know it’s you who is capable of murder- A.” This causes Emily to believe that she was the one who killed Ali. Even after a quick visit to Dr. Sullivan’s office (whoot whoot glad to see she’s back) she confuses a flashback of Ali’s death with a flashback of her in the cemetery while Ali’s grave is being dug up. She then realizes that there was a girl in a red jacket that night and that this girl is the A teams leader and needs to be stopped. I’m so looking forward to seeing how they plan on making that happen.
Caleb found his dad- so after Caleb learns that his childhood home is being torn down Hanna convinces Caleb to go see it one last time. Once Caleb and Hanna get to his old home Hanna meets Caleb’s uncle (his dads brother). But even so both Hanna and I have a feeling Caleb’s uncle is really his dad. Boy Rosewood really does know how to bring on the family drama.
Ezra’s little brother is back- Looks like teacher student relationships run in the family because in this week’s episode we learn that Ezra’s little brother is staying at Ezra’s apartment while he is away not because Ezra told him he could but because he’s trying to runaway from his family. What’s causing him to run away from his family? Well maybe it’s the fact that he tried to get kicked out of prep school by trying to sleep with his physics teacher. Oh the irony in this one.
Wilden might be Ali’s baby daddy - So we all know how creepy Wilden can be but is he really capable of having an affair with Ali and getting her pregnant? This is what the girls think so only time can tell.
We found a room to go with Toby’s key- After Spencer hires a Private Investigator to track down what room is unlocked by Toby’s key we find out it leads to some empty room in some sketchy apartment building. Hmm talk about a dead end… could it possibly be another hideout for the A team? Something tells me we aren’t done with this mystery.
It’s been quite a journey for actress Jodi Balfour. Since moving to Canada to perform on shows such as Sanctuary and Supernatural, the South African landed a role in the popular Canadian drama series Bomb Girls. Taking on the part of Gladys Witham, Balfour plays the only daughter of a wealthy family who chooses to defy convention to work in a munitions factory building bombs during World War II. Chatting over the phone with Samantha Lui, the actress revealed what it’s like to play a headstrong 1940’s woman and how she feels empowered in her own life.
Here are five things about Jodi Balfour that make her AWESOME!
She met a real Bomb Girl and listened to her experiences: To prepare for her role as a munitions factory worker, Balfour met up with a family friend’s mother who used to build bombs in England before settling in Canada after the war. Having read that working in the 1940s gave women a feeling of liberation, a sense of purpose and camaraderie among one another, Balfour says she was interested to hear firsthand about the unglamorous and difficult aspects of being a Bomb Girl. “For her, it was kind of arduous and quite challenging for her body and her mind. She doesn’t necessarily look back on the time as her glory years by any stretch,” Balfour says. “She said when (the war) was over, she was quite happy to have a rest because it was quite taxing and grueling physical work!”
She relates a lot to her character, Gladys Witham: Balfour was drawn to Gladys for her sense of strength and her forward-thinking attitude. “I wouldn’t say that I’m nearly as brave or daring as Gladys is in my life but she definitely lives up the dream version of something we’d all like to have the guts to do. In that respect, I think I’m pretty stubborn and strong-willed. I like to get my own way and that’s definitely something I share with the character.” Read more…
While Rachel and Kurt speed things up in New York, the glee club slows it down for McKinley’s first ever Sadie Hawkins dance.
Ladies choice – It’s finally the girls’ turn to choose, and what better way to do it than through song and dance? Thanks to the brilliance of Tina, the kids treated us to a few adorable (if slightly awkward) reverse proposals, and Coach Beast helped a few teens from the “Too Young to be Bitter” club find the courage to go after what they truly want.
New York minute – Rachel ran full speed ahead into her relationship with Brody. Meanwhile, Kurt was searching for friends and found himself a new crush, Adam, the head of a show choir group on campus. I love that Kurt is finally happy and getting over Blaine, but Rachel is moving a little too fast for my liking. She and Brody just had their first sleepover – scandal alert! – and she’s already asked him to move in. Yikes.
Unrequited love – Read more…
If you’re addicted to Downton Abbey like I am, then you’d be impressed to see a spin-off of the English series combining elements of the science-drama “Breaking Bad.”
Amid reports that First Lady Michelle Obama got to see the third season of the British show before everyone else in the U.S., Comedian Stephen Colbert was so mad that he had the cast of “Downton Abbey” perform scenes for the upcoming season of “Breaking Bad.”
This is absolutely hilarious but Michelle Obama is just doing what we’ve all been doing anyways. Considering the fact that season 3 of Downton Abbey is already finished in the UK, fans of Downton in North America have probably been finding alternative ways to watch the show instead of waiting for it to air on PBS in January.
Because really, you can’t expect us to wait that long!!
Yes…you did not read that wrong. TLC ACTUALLY WENT THERE.
Just when you thought the series “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” was bad, TLC now has a show called “Best Funeral Ever.” Honouring your loved ones with the most epic funeral service ever, we see people carrying caskets through boxing rings and dance parties.
Yikes! I’ll have to admit this is pretty morbid, but I guess some people just don’t like doing things the conventional way.
That being said, if you could have a unique funeral…what would you have?
Over the next two days ANDPOP will be rolling out Q&As with some of our fave contestants on The X-Factor. The other day, we talked with Willie Jones, a small town country musician who is talented, unique and constantly surprising. Do you think he has what it takes?
I hear people in the background as I’m talking to 18-year-old country singer Willie Jones and he tells them to hush. “I’m doing an interview!” he says. Then he apologizes profusely in that polite way that’s characteristic of Southern gentlemen, explaining that he’s hanging out with relatives (of course it’s okay!).
It’s clear Willie has a tight relationship with his fam — they drove 14 hours to get him to his first audition in Greensboro. There, he threw the judges off with his unique Fresh Prince of Bel-Air style and impressed them with his rendition of Josh Turner’s “Your Man. He’s currently fighting for a spot in the finals with mentor Demi Lovato.
Where are you right now? Leaving my cousin’s college at Northwestern State.
What would you be doing if you didn’t audition? Studying musical theatre in Louisiana. I was really into community theatre and performed in a couple school plays.
What would your album sound like? I would love to do country but with my own little R&B spin on it. So far, I think I’m doing a good job!
Who would you love to do a duet with? Beyonce and Josh Turner of course! I can perform Josh Turner’s “Your Man,” 100 times. I’m a big Taylor Swift fan and I also love Kanye.
What was the most nerve-racking experience so far? During Boot camp we did a round with duets and that was really nerve-racking because it was the last time the judges would see us before eliminations.
Pre-stage ritual I always pray before I perform and talk to my family because they keep me encouraged
Toughest judge Demi and Britney.
Guilty pleasure Sour Gummy Worms.
Last song performed “Nobody Knows It But Me” by Tony Rich
Fandemonium Read more…
By Jasmine Williams
We’re down to the final eight dancers and the finale is so close, you can practically smell it. My GBFF Jesse Tyler Ferguson was on the panel last night, so everything is going to be 35.6 percent better than the average episode. Yes, I made that statistic up but the sentiment is totally valid.
Here are my favourite moments from this week’s episode:
1. Witney and Twitch’s Hip Hop
Although I wasn’t a fan of Witney’s puffy sleeves meets droopy pants concoction of a costume, I have to give props to Luther Brown (from SYTYCD Canada, what what!) for this hard-hitting East Coast hip hop routine. It was all kinds of stupid, and I mean that in the best possible way. Twitch can do no wrong and Witney brought just the right amount of sassy girl power to their paring. But what I loved most was that there was no crazy storyline, no awkward props, just straight up hip hop, and I loved it. Take notes, Christopher Scott.
2. Eliana and Ryan’s Quickstep
I don’t think a week has gone by where Eliana hasn’t been one of my favorites. Even dancing the “dreaded” quickstep, this girl shines. She was playing the role of a forgotten housewife, but she completely turned the tables on this routine, turning this somewhat stiff dance into something truly unforgettable. Even Mary Murphy, who always has some criticism for the ballroom routines, praised her form in this piece. Give this girl a first-class ticket to the finals!
3. Cole’s solo Read more…
By Galen Simmons
For your consideration, I submit to you seven ex-Greendale Community College students: Jeff, Britta, Shirley, Annie, Pierce, Troy, and Abed. They found out last night that the school they attended for the past three years (13 in Pierce’s case) only existed in their minds. Greendale is actually the name of the mental institution they were all patients in, up until their recent release.
But all is not what it seems. Were the Greendale Seven really patients at a mental hospital, or was this part of some dastardly plot by the school’s head of security to keep them from uncovering the dean’s disappearance and subsequent replacement?
Oddly enough, it’s the latter of the two, even though the mental hospital’s explanation makes a lot more sense and would explain some of the people who attended Greendale as their classmates / fellow patients.
With that in mind, here are five things I learned from last night’s episode, “Curriculum Unavailable.”
1) John Hodgman makes a very convincing fake psychiatrist. For most of the episode, he had me convinced that all three seasons of Community were just delusions of seven mental patients. OK, fine, maybe I wasn’t completely convinced, but is it so wrong to want to believe your favourite show would end with exactly the same twist as Shutter Island (movie-spoiler if you haven’t seen it, but if you haven’t, I’m very disappointed)?
2) Pierce is becoming senile. Even a fake psychiatrist could see that. He’s slow to react, rude, and forgetful, and that was all before the senility began to sink in. Now it seems like Pierce has the potential to forget he was talking to someone in mid-conversation or even in mid-sentence. But I guess everyone is little crazy-town-banana-pants sometimes. Read more…
We finally have the first official shots of the
luckiest young girl in Hollywood AnnaSophia Robb who is playing Carrie Bradshaw in the Sex and the City prequel.
I’m a huge fan of the TV show and first movie (not the second) and they managed to make young Carrie look fresh while still channeling the 80s. The costume designer Eric Daman also managed to stay consistent with Patricia Field’s original styling though I hope to see more of the thrift-store look Carrie had in the first two seasons of the show.
The Carrie Diaries will air on the CW. Are you excited for the show?
By Galen Simmons
Happy New Year… in March. Last night’s episode of Community was surprisingly narrow in focus for once. The episode centred around Abed’s apparent addiction to celebrity impersonators, mixed with a dash of Britta trying to save Jeff from his own mental problems. Shirley, Annie, and Pierce did not really factor into the episode at all, other than being the butt of a few celebrity look-a-like jokes.
So, five things I learned from last night’s episode “Contemporary Impressionists” are:
1) Abed is an addict. He’s also sociopathic, but that’s not the point… or maybe it is, I don’t know, I’m not a psych major. Either way, Abed almost had his legs broken because of his addiction to celebrity impersonators last night, yet he didn’t seem to care. Britta’s planning to take him on as a case study for her psych class, but I think Jeff would be an easier choice, and that’s saying a lot.
2) Jeff still has problems, the latest of which can be metaphorically summed up by an expanding apple. While trying to save Abed from the consequences of his debt to the celebrity impersonator mafia, Jeff’s ego is left unchecked and is eventually enhanced by the anti-anxiety meds he’s taking. Dressed as Ryan Seacrest at a bar mitzvah, Jeff is told again and again that he’s better looking than the guy who’s
sort of famous for being good looking. The apple that is Jeff’s ego finally consumes him, leaving him mentally broken by the side of a road for Britta to pick up.
Watch it here:
3) Troy may not put up with Abed’s antics much longer. He was so upset with his roommate’s latest escapade that he had to convince Abed to give up his free will in certain situations to prevent him from getting into situations that could cause anyone bodily harm. If Abed can’t mend his ways, we may see a splitting of friends in episodes to come. And I don’t know if I can take that.
4) Britta’s psych classes at Greendale require her to study and diagnose her mentally unstable friends. I suppose if I were in psych and had six nutball friends as examples of unhealthy psyches, I would probably pick up the ability to diagnose people’s mental disorders as quick as Britta did.
5) Dean Pelton is so susceptible to Jeff’s anxiety-medicated swagger force field that he ends up writhing on the ground, half in pleasure, half in pain. Never underestimate the power of aviator sunglasses and a beard.
By Jasmine Williams
While Jess and her new older man-friend Russell are the intended focus of this episode, I can’t help but pity Nick. He’s so broke that he weighs more than his credit score, can’t afford a phone and wears said older man-friend’s sweater to be a little more like him. The whole thing comes across as
playfully self-depreciating embarrassingly delusional.
Anyway, here are five things I learned from last night’s episode of New Girl, Fancyman, Part 1:
1) Nick has a really low credit score — like 250 low — which means he must become “the guy without a phone” as an attempt to make his poverty seem less like, well poverty, and more like a lifestyle choice. Also, apparently it’s okay for sales associates to openly mock and laugh at customers with ridiculously low scores, ie Nick. That’s cold, real cold.
2) Jess has to suck up to a student’s father (Russell) because the principal doesn’t want to lose the guy’s yearly donation. Jess is all ready to chew him out and “stick it to the man” but then he helps her out when her car stalls by — wait for it — lending her his car! So much for “fight the power,” right?
Jess plans to stick it to the man:
3) Schmidt is a trivia god. In proper Shmidty form, he’s not humble about his brilliance and will probably have to invest a serious amount of cash in the douchebag jar. He also knows how to completely ruin a make-out session with his big mouth. Yes Schmidt, you were talking too much while Winston kissed his new girlfriend.
4) Winston is still a part-time nanny (remember that?) and he’s so peeved about Schmidt’s trivia prowess, that he gets the young boy he’s looking after to tutor him. Somehow his foolproof plan of memorizing random trivia questions about key subjects like “Mesopotamia” didn’t work out and Schmidt still kicks his butt.
5) Russell is nice to Nick (the poor bartender) because he knows what it’s like to be young and broke but mostly because he’s Jess’ friend. I guess he really likes her but it’s a little suspicious that he’s compelled to give away an expensive iPhone to get a girl. Anyway, Jess and Russell have plans for a date and I can’t help but wonder whether their clashing values are going to work out.
By Jasmine Williams
Clare is a ticking time-bomb as her family situation grows more and more unbearable. She’s livingwith her ex-boyfriend, and that must be beyond uncomfortable — especially when you’re not over him.
But honestly, I think home-girl needs to relax. While her situation is pretty awful, I don’t think the hostility or all those public outbursts are needed, and it prevents me from having real sympathy for her. Can you imagine going to school with someone like that? Maybe try channeling all that aggression into focusing on school and moving on from Jake instead of calling out your friends in homeroom, Clare.
Anyway, here are five things I learned on this week’s episode of Degrassi, “Not Ready to Make Nice Pt 1.”
1) Jenna “always-gets-her-man” Middleton set her sights on another Degrassi hottie. And another one of Clare’s ex-boyfriends. Once a backstabbing boy stealer…? The situation gets even more “awkweird” when Jenna is invited to her step-brother/ex Jake’s birthday party.
2) Who knew that underneath those lab goggles, Connor can play a mean football game? But his Asperger’s is getting in the way of him adjusting to this particular peer group. Hopefully his mad skills begin to speak for themselves. Also, is it just me or did Connor get way buff? Summer does a body good.
3) Fiona has a crush on Imogen… and she plans to make her feelings less obvious by hooking her up with former crush Eli, who is also still into Imogen. Doesn’t Fiona realize that she gets the seriously short end of the stick in this scenario? Nothing’s worse than having your two best friends date, especially when you have a thing for one of them.
4) According to Connor, 37 percent of relationships that begin online are successful. And it looks like he’s going to use that knowledge to play a mean prank on Mo who has been picking on him. This guy designs apps; I’m a little worried if he’s starting to use his powers for evil.
5) Clare has nowhere to go between living with her ex and her ex’s dad and moving in with her dad and his marriage-wrecker girlfriend. So she moves in with a woman who sells vampire romance fiction and runs a pseudo-shelter for homeless teens. An admirable cause, but the fact that Clare has to ditch her cellphone to stay sounds more like a cult to me.