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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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My First Celeb Crush: Freddie Prinze Jr.

Oh man, I loved Freddie Prinze Jr. so much when I was younger. I still do a little bit. He was just the perfect man in all his movies — the popular, but sensitive guy who was also romantic and just plain adorable. I had posters of him on my bedroom walls, watched all his movies. She’s All That was obviously his masterpiece, but I kind of dug that underrated film he did with Julia Stiles, Down to You (it also starred Selma Blair, Ashton Kutcher and Rosario Dawson).

Freddie was king during the late 90s to early 2000s. He was in every romantic comedy or teen flick imaginable and he was dating Buffy the Vampire Slayer (a.k.a. Sarah Michelle Gellar). But then he kind of dropped off the face of the earth. I think it all went downhill with Scooby Doo. He had a TV show for one season called Freddie — he played a chef who lives with his sister-in-law, sister and niece. Plus his friend was David Silver (a.k.a. Brian Austin Green). Then apparently he blogged for World Wrestling Entertainment and was a part of their creative team for a while (now that was weird). He was also on 24 for a couple episodes, so at least that’s something. But I always thought he was destined for more, you know?

Can he please get some more roles in movies? I can see him in some grown-up romantic comedy or maybe an action movie? He’s done horror with I Know What You Did Last Summer so that could be good too. As of now, he doesn’t have much going on acting-wise, so he’s probably a stay-at-home dad to his daughter (plus the other kid he and Sarah Michelle have got on the way). I really want Freddie Prinze Jr. back in the spotlight.

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S/S Saturday Selects: The Next Teen Movie Remake

This Saturday’s topic is the next teen movie remake. Everyone’s seen a few of these at least once in their lives. But what if these classics were made in the 21st century? We pick which ones we’d like to get remade:

Sarah’s pick: She’s All That

Oh, Freddie Prinze, Jr. My first celeb crush. I was obsessed with him and it’s all because of this little movie called She’s All That. Did I mention that I watched it about five times in one day? That’s dedication right there. It’s a timeless story of popular guy gets dumped and then makes a bet with annoying friend that he’ll turn any girl into a hottie, popular dude takes the nerdy girl and makes her over (with much resistance, I might add) but falls in love with her in the process, annoying friend messes it up by revealing the secret, nerdy girl and popular guy get in a fight, cue romantic gesture and they make up and end up together forever. THE END.

Forget Twilight and Hunger Games, we gotta show these kids these days what real teen romances are — and they don’t need to involve vampires, werewolves, kids killing kids and especially, virginity. Who can relate to that? If you look back at this teen movie with 21st century eyes, you’ll see it was pretty genius. Here are my favorite parts:

Freddie Prinze, Jr: Duh, I was going to put him in here. Where else will we find a dude who’s Mr. Popular, class president, straight-A student, captain of the soccer team and a sensitive soul at heart?

Makeover scene: Who didn’t love the stairs scene set to “Kiss Me?” Also the future Sookie Stackhouse, Anna Paquin, tweezed the eff out of her eyebrows and put a tight red dress on Rachel Leigh Cook and suddenly Laney Boggs was hot. Oh Sookie.

Usher: Usher plays the school DJ. Sidenote, did anyone out there have a DJ in their high school? I was really disappointed when I found out that I didn’t have my own David Silver at my high school (which was all-girls’ so that made a little more sense.) Usher should still play school DJ in the remake. He hasn’t aged a day.

The ending: Dancing under twinkling lights to “Kiss Me.” So romantic. Why hasn’t this happened to me yet? Plus, Freddie Prinze, Jr. reveals he wants to do performance art. Ohhhh-kay.

I’d love to see this movie get remade. It’s my favorite teen comedy and people need to know how brilliant it is. Can Freddie make a cameo?

Sam’s pick: Some Kind of Wonderful 

I basically already detailed this in another blog, but I’m totally going (late) 80s and choosing Some Kind of Wonderful as the next teen movie that needs to be remade.

Original Premise: Girl best friend loves guy best friend. Both are poor, from the wrong-side-of-the-tracks sort. Guy wants popular girl. Popular girl decides to give him a shot. They like each other, but she realizes she needs to stop relying on guys (what?) and backs out, especially after finding out that the girl best friend is in love with said guy. Guy realizes he loves best friend.

Oh, the romantic hopeful’s Pretty in Pink. Or realist’s Pretty in Pink? Or the holy shit am I the best friend who’s in love with his or her best friend and they better get together….Pretty in Pink? Anyway, tough luck Duckie, Watts played your game – and won.

New premise: Guy (Josh Hutcherson if I had my pick) falls for super-pretty, super-popular girl (Lucy Hale), with the help of BFF (Emma Roberts). (I know what you’re thinking, but let’s get real, the new Watts has to be super pretty too. She could like, cut her hair or wear glasses, as ipso facto that makes for teen movie ugly.) Popular girl ends up falling for him, despite protests from the popular crowd. Guy takes a chance and asks her to prom. She says yes. She then goes with another guy, because SURPRISE she isn’t nice like the audience thought she was. It’s okay though, because BFF is there (and dolled-up) ready to rock out at prom. Kiss. End movie. (Don’t hate me just cause I changed Pretty in Pink’s ending to a more real life scenario).

Seriously though, this is prime material for a teen remake. Let’s get on it. But keep the corny-deliciousness of it. That’s what MAKES the movie.


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