Monthly Archives: July 2012

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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Forgotten Movie: Down to You

I’m going to start recapping some forgotten movies of yesteryear in some posts. You know the movies you saw in theaters or rented from Blockbuster once and totally forgot about? Let’s face it, there are a lot of movies that come out every year. They can’t always be memorable right? But you see, I kinda love this underrated Freddie Prinze Jr. movie called Down to You. My first celeb crush Freddie did a lot of romcoms during the late 90s, early 2000s. A lot of people forget this one ever existed.

Down to You paired Julia Stiles and Freddie Prinze Jr. together. I think the casting directors thought She’s All That 10 Things I Hate About You = $$$$. Well, it didn’t work out like that. I still loved it and owned it on VHS and watched it over and over again (when my VHS tape of She’s All That was in the tape rewinder). Anyways, this college student named Al (Freddie) meets this freshman Imogen (Julia) and fall in love. Imogen gets freaked out by commitment (classic romcom plot device). There’s also a pregnancy scare, meddling friends and the temptation to cheat. They break up of course. Al is in despair and he almost commits suicide by drinking Imogen’s shampoo. It’s weird. But ultimately they decide it all comes down to you (cheesin’) and they get back together. The end scene is Freddie mouthing the words to a Barry White song. Need I say more?

Now you’re probably thinking that this is just some generic romcom, but the movie does have some really surprising gems. Did I mention that Freddie is an aspiring chef who wants to be like his dad who’s a celeb chef and is also played by the Fonze aka Harry Winkler? Yeah, that happened. Also, this movie has some porn star elements since Al’s friend is a porn star actor and director. Ashton Kutcher has a role as the wannabe Jim Morrison porn star dude who comes between the lovebirds. Selma Blair makes an appearance as a porn star too. Oh! And Rosario Dawson is in this movie as well. I mean, talk about some crazy casting. Jimmy Kimmel even makes a cameo in a scene where Al watches The Man Show (Jimmy’s old talk show). It’s a lot to take in, I know.

I wish I still had my old VHS copy and a VHS player because I would totally be watching this movie right now.

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Songs That I Know All The Lyrics To, Part 1

I’m starting a lot of these “part ones” even though I realize a second, third or fourth post may never materialize, but it could, I guess. Because guys, I know a lot of song lyrics. As in, you could play a song that has been on the radio at least once and 90% of the time I will know all the lyrics. (Humblebrag?) Some of these songs, are cool to know, sure. Like when you’re at a bar bopping around on the dance floor and DMX’s “Party Up” comes on and everyone’s like, how does this short girl who was just singing “Call Me Maybe” know this? And how is she not afraid to say every (explicit) lyric? Well, I’m not guys. I’ll sing ALL OF THEM.

So here, my top 5 list of songs I know every lyric to and that really have come in handy throughout the years. This is pretty basic stuff. If you don’t know these, it may be time to brush up. (Cue up those spotify playlists!)

DMX “Party Up”

As mentioned, this is a classic. It has a lot of intense lyrics, and the flow is pretty slow so you can totally rap along without making a jackass of yourself (at least, more of one).

Vanilla Ice “Ice Ice Baby”

Ah, what a classic. Honestly, this will come up more times than you would think (or maybe that’s just me…)? Anyway, it’s a good one to know and has two of my favorite lyrics, ever: “Killin your brain like a poisonous mushroom” and “cookin MC’s like a pound of bacon” – ah, Vanilla, you lyrical mastermind.

Ciara ft Missy Elliott “One, Two Step”

I mean, honestly, this is still played. Regardless of your stance on that fact, it is, indeed a fact, so you should probably be safe and know the lyrics. I always loved them because my Myspace description used to be “I’m 5’2, I wanna dance with you and I’m sophisticated fun. I eat filet mignon, and I’m nice and young best believe I’m number one.” Yeah, not ashamed. I’m 5’2 guys! It was like she was writing my biography.

Jackson 5 “I Want You Back”

I mean, honestly, if you don’t know this song we probably can’t be friends.

Bell Biv Devoe “That Girl is Poison”

Wish I was kidding, but I’m not. This song was made in 1990, and people are still learning hip hop routines in dance class to this (seriously, 2009 right here) and DJs are remixing this ish in bars. Learn it, sing it, embrace it.

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Popular

As I referenced in my post about my love for  The WB, I was a big fan of the show Popular. A little Mean Girls, a little Gossip Girl, this show as about cliques and the social hierarchy of high school. It starred Leslie Bibb (who’s been in a couple movies like Iron Man and Talladega Nights) and Carly Pope (not quite sure what she’s been in lately). Leslie’s character,  Brooke, was the super popular cheerleader with the hot bf and and Carly’s character, Sam, was the unpopular smart girl with a nerdy best friend who pines after her. Sounds like a pretty standard high school drama premise, right?

Well, this show was created by Ryan Murphy (Glee, Nip/Tuck, American Horror Story), so of course there were some twists and turns. Sam and Brooke’s single parents meet and fall in love, get married and  have a kid together. Sam and Brooke eventually fight over Harrison. Josh, Brooke’s football player boyfriend, starts dating Sam’s environmental activist friend, Lily, and they get married. Sidenote: I absolutely hate when teenage characters get married. Yeah, I’m looking at you Cory and Topanga (okay you got married in college, but still), Haley and Nathan from One Tree Hill and Finn and Rachel (well, almost, thank god Quinn got in that car accident). Anyways, there were also some crazy peripheral characters like Mary Cherry, a crazy and vapid cheerleader, Nicole, scary psychopath cheerleader, and Mike “Sugar Daddy” Bernardino, an overweight wanna gangsta.

I really loved this show and I’m still disappointed that it was cancelled after only two seasons. Plus, that series finale was crazy. SPOILER ALERT: The last scene shows Nicole running over Brooke with her car. And that’s the end of it. Seriously. We don’t know if she dies or not.

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Amazon Recommendation Realizations, Part 1

So recently I was gifted an Amazon Kindle Fire (wheee) and a gift card to their streaming video library, which is pretty much like iTunes movies. As I’ve squandered away the balance on rentals that make me look like a girl on the brink of puberty, I now get some recommendations that make me laugh and realize what terrible (non-redeemable) movies there are out there. Here are a few gems I’ve come across:

Labor Pains

Remember that time Lindsay Lohan was an actor trying to prove herself after her “bad girl” behavior went public? This probably wasn’t the way to do it, Linds. Synopsis: woman (that’s Lindsay, for all intents and purposes) pretends to be pregnant so she doesn’t get fired from her job. Sounds like a real kneeslapper eh? The “funny” part was that this movie was originally made for an actual film, to be released in theaters, and then they were apparently like, oh shit this is terrible and decided to just release it on ABC Family. I guess that beats the whole straight-to-DVD route, though right now I’m not exactly sure that’s true.

Another Cinderella Story

Cause clearly, we needed another. This movie centers around a young girl (Selena Gomez) who wants to impress a guy she has had a crush on forever, a pop star (and dancer). She’s a dancer, too! So she busts some moves, but yeah he doesn’t know it’s her and she has an evil stepmother and is anyone else bored yet? I’m all for terrible dance movies and fairytale plots, but when your body dance double is significantly different looking and the audience can LEGIT tell when you’re not the one doing the dancing (so like, every scene, Selena) it’s bad. Just bad.

Love Wrecked

I’m a pop culture lover, and honestly, I didn’t even know this existed. Amanda Bynes plays a girl obsessed with a celebrity guy. As she works at a tropical resort where he’s staying, she ends up saving him from a water incident and then convincing him that they’re on an island all alone and have to wait for help. But oops, yeah they’re just on the different side of the island. The guy from mean girls is in it as the best friend who doesn’t give her away because he is like, in love with the psycho. And the guy who yells “welcome to the OC bitch” is the celebrity. Yeah, things get weird, kids.

That’s all for now, though I’m sure there are more terrible recommendations in the future. I’m about to rent like, all the Step Ups, so get ready for terrible dance movie picks. Seriously, not a joke.

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Alex Pettyfer

Okay, so Sarah and I actually saw Magic Mike more than a week ago (how has it taken this long for that to come up!?) and it was delightful. Seriously, Matthew McConaughey straight up killed it! (Oh and Channing Tatum has some pretty sweet moves, naturally. I mean, he did inspire the story.)

But I felt very conflicted when it came to “The Kid” aka Alex Pettyfer. Here’s the thing: I know that I’m supposed to not like him, guys, because he’s apparently a diva/dick on set who thinks he’s amazing and deserves more than an actor who hasn’t made it yet (pssst… Alex — you haven’t made it yet, dude.) But this is the thing: he’s so pretty. In the words of Kelso from That 70s Show, he’s what they call “man pretty.” I’m not the only one who swooned — he’s dated two of his previous co-stars, Emma Roberts and Dianna Agron.

I guess I’ll just look at pictures of him playing with puppies and pretend he’s not a complete d-bag. Prove me wrong, Alex?

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