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Cooool! 13 Houses with Secret Passageways 

If you haven’t heard yet, I’m here to tell you, New Girl is getting sued. I’ve read all the comments and the public seems to be evenly divided. Half the commenters are saying this 100% happened and FOX with pay through the nose and the other half are saying its ridiculous and a total stretch. After skimming through the lawsuit myself, I don’t have anything new to tell you, except that half of those people might be right.

Speaking of FOX, they’ve ordered the pilot for Empire, a hip-hop drama from Lee Daniels and Danny Strong solidifying a new trend in music based television, specifically in the hip-hop/rap genre. I am, however, most excited for the half hour HBO Calvin Harris/Will Smith/Jay Z/Irvine Welsh collab.

Am decidedly less excited for the Leo Dicaprio/Jonah Hill/Q-Tip one. (And my gut tells me it won’t go anywhere.)  And, also, ALSO Baz Luhrmann and Shawn Ryan are prepping a drama set at the birth of hip-hop. (Did that sentence make sense?) It will probably be awesomely entertaining/critically reviled, but I am contractually obligated to my fifteen-year-old self to be obsessed with anything that man makes. (Except for Australia. Let’s continue to pretend like that never happened.))

TV: Have we talked about Sherlock yet? If you’re not watching Sherlock, you are not living life to the full extent. YOU ARE MISSING OUT ON LIVING A GOOD LIFE. Just watch it, please.

Film: Philomena – If you’re in need of a good cry, I suggest you bring the whole frickin’ box of tissues to this one. So sweet.

(Sorry it’s a short one today. Slow news week? I’ll do better next week. Promise.)

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A British man visits EVERY country in the world without getting on a plane once. Impressive! (Also, mildly crazy?)

SNL adds Sasheer Zamata and the internet unearths everything she’s ever put online. There’s tons of hilarious stuff, but the message to HBO requesting more “dong” is my personal favourite.

Somebody somewhere crunched some numbers and deducted that movie goers want to see women playing roles other than girlfriend/hooker/nurse. I’m paraphrasing, but, yeah, go figure.

Apparently no anywhere has ever died of a marijuana overdose. Et tu, alcohol?

 

Miniseries: The Bletchley Circle – British, natch, but available on Netflix is an engrossing little murder mystery series (3 x 45 min eps). It’s not perfect, but it’s very enjoyable and is the perfect model of something that could be done successfully in Canada.

TV: Sherlock‘s back! This season is taking more of a character development direction, but it’s still brilliant and incredible and more hilarious than ever. I definitely miss the overarching mystery/villain, but I’m very much hoping that one will be set up in the next/last episode and will carry on into future seasons. (Of which I hope there will be dozens. At the very least, the creators have suggested that they’ll be at least two more.)

Movie: Also for your Netflix viewing pleasure (feel free to pay me any time, guys), is In & Out, one of my favourite Kevin Kline films. (Thanks, mom, for sharing your crush with me!) It may pop up in “Comedy” but it’s mostly relegated to the “Gay & Lesbian” section which is a shame, but that’s not all a person movie is! Whatever, it’s really funny and also stars Tom Selleck, Matt Dillon, Joan Cusack, and Debbie Reynolds.

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The Veronica Mars trailer was released, containing almost no new footage. But I don’t care. It’s glorious and I am counting down the days ’til March 14th.

Tina Fey sells another sitcom and it sounds even better than the last.

A glimpse at Paris in 1942. Or at least one woman’s apartment in Paris in 1942. Pretty neat.

Lady Gaga back tracks and replaces R Kelly on her “Do What U Want” track. Enlisting former “rival” Xtina is sure to drum up the same controversy as one urinating lothario. (Not.) Dear Gaga, next time you pay someone to join you on a track that proclaims: “So do what you want/What you want with my body. Do what you want/Don’t stop, let’s party.” Maybe don’t hire a man with multiple dozens of lawsuits alleging sexual misconduct with underage women. Just a thought.

So, it’s still okay to eat seafood on the West coast? Most things you’re reading about Fukushima are vastly over-exaggerated. Probably. Believe whatever you want; let’s face it, our grandchildren are hooped either way.

Current obsessions:

Movie: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Have you seen it yet? Rent/download/beg/borrow/buy and watch the first movie then get thee to a theatre! Jennifer Lawrence is amazing, obviously, but, also, it’s just a really solid, entertaining film. It left me wanting so much more which is something I can’t say very often these days; (I’m looking at you, Hobbit Part 2.)

Song: Buzzcut Season by Lorde – Yes, I’m still talking about Lorde. No, I won’t stop. But, guys, it’s, like, a really, really good song.

TV: The Newsroom – The critics haven’t been crazy about this show, but I can’t even find the perspective to analyze it because I love it so very much. I am also now convinced that Aaron Sorkin can save Romantic Comedies. Seriously, Mr. Sorkin, aid a dying genre! It may feel like this paragraph just took a really weird digression, but after you watch the show you’ll understand. Sorkin does physical comedy, dry wit, and unrequited love like no one else on television and I think it would translate beautifully into 90 minutes of Natasha Bedingfield-backed will-they-or-won’t-they-but-of-course-they-will popcorn-y goodness. (This plea also goes out to Kay Cannon and Katie Dippold and Tina Fey and any other capable screenwriters… I miss romcoms!)

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To distract you from the all important shopping, wrapping, and baking. You’re welcome.

Tom Hiddleston/Benedict Cumberbatch dance off. (What more could you ask for?)

Words that are no longer used in daily speech that you should probably add to your vocabulary.

Pivot adds Buffy and Veronica Mars reruns. Winning its way into my heart as the best damn channel you can’t order in Canada.

Dan Savage reviews Sarah Palin’s new book. And is hilarious and poignant, as usual.

The MPAA continues to fail us. (Time for a new system, anyone?)

Paul Rudd confirmed as Ant-Man. Paul Rudd officially on Edgar Wright’s team and rumours of Rashida Jones makes this the upcoming superhero flick I’m most excited to see. (X-Men: Day of Future Past excluded. No amount of superhero exhaustion will ever stop me from loving the X-Men.)