I just have to highlight one of my favorite TV moments of 2013. Recently on Dancing with the Stars, Elizabeth Berkley was able to do a fun, silly dance recreation of her famous “I’m So Excited” scene from Saved By The Bell. The 9th episode of season 2 of SBTB is entitled “Jessie’s Song”. The focus of the episode is that the girls on the show have formed a singing group (under Zack’s guidance, of course) called Hot Sundae. Since Jessie has always been obsessed with her grades she can’t let them slide to devote time to the group. Instead she starts popping caffeine pills in an effort to stay awake enough to juggle both.
While my main excitement over Berkley appearing on this season stems from my intense love of Showgirls, it’s my all time favorite movie, I also grew up on SBTB. While watching this dance I suddenly felt 11 again, instead of 30. Totally awesome! Without further ado, please enjoy viewing this dance. (Two scenes from the original SBTB episode are below as well.)
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4 out of 5
My Favorite Mistake by Chelsea M. Cameron
release date: August 27, 2013
provided by NetGalley
My Favorite Mistake was definitely a bit different from your standard romance novel. The beginning was slightly confusing as it seemed to be a flashback but then the book actually took place in a normal, straightforward narrative. Aside from that I was pleased with this book.
The story centers on two college students. The lithe, fiery Taylor is carrying around a bundle of anger. She expresses it quite radically when she decks her new roommate. But who can really blame her? It’s a guy. She’s a female freshman. That could be a bit difficult for anyone. However she also has a “dark secret” from her past and another, smaller present secret that both push her forward in life and hold her back.
Her new roommate seems to be a classic bad boy with tattoos and a guitar. However Hunter is actually deeper than that. Well he at least has his own family secrets. He’s not actually that deep. That’s okay though. He’s the fun opposite to her angry feminist. He both gets her into clubs and gets her to open up. It’s actually kind of interesting to read a character like this who admits to being cockily self assured sex wise while being a novice about love.
Both leads have friends with their own quirky personalities and love lives. They do help with a few plot points and with the push and pull needed to give friction to Taylor and Hunter’s relationship. I’m just not all that big on side kick characters in general, though I know they are a prerequisite for Harlequin. Now Taylor’s sister seems interesting enough to get her own spin off book.
My Favorite Mistake is a darker romance novel, despite being set in the fun world of dorm life, so while I definitely recommend it I can’t envision someone rereading it. That may just be me though. You may enjoy reading something meaty like this more than once.
Oh and I’m sure that you are wondering about the sex? Yes, it’s steamy.
You can follow the author, Chelsea M. Cameron, here on twitter.
Kris Holden-Ried is a good-natured actor who is currently known for his portrayal of Dyson on Syfy’s Lost Girl. I was lucky enough to catch his Q&A and later meet him at the 2013 Philadelphia Wizard World Comic Con. Lost Girl recently finished airing its third season. In case you aren’t in the know, Lost Girl is about a succubus who learns that there is a whole world of magic within our own. Kris plays Dyson, a police detective/werewolf. He mentioned that the cast is gearing up to film the fourth season this upcoming week. He just managed to squeeze this con into his schedule. The Q&A was moderated by Rebecca Housel.
Filming was allowed at this Q&A but Hot Donna and I had some technical issues. So while we were only able to film a few snippets of the Q&A, which you can watch below, we also took notes.
A few choices anecdotes:
fan: “Who was the biggest practical joker on set?”
Kris: “I’ve been known to walk onto set without my pants on.”
Kris: “I would definitely do superhero roles.”
Ried loves playing Dyson.
He has great on and off screen relationships with both of the main actresses, Anna Silk and Ksenia Solo (who play Bo & Kenzi).
While he doesn’t feel that he’s been typecast thus far as a werewolf in both Lost Girl & Underworld: Awakening (2012), he wouldn’t take a similar role in the very near future.
He is a fan of Games of Thrones. He’d like to appear on the show if it weren’t for scheduling issues with Lost Girl.
“I like everything from classical to rap”
on the episode “Original Skin”
also concerns and shows his his Dyson posture/walk
Hot Donna later told me that her initial thought when watching the show was “This guy (the character of Dyson) walks like a jerk”
“they’ve been inside each other literally…but not the p in the v kind”
Hot Donna and I both purchased photos with Ried at his table on Saturday and Sunday, as he’s fun, friendly and sexy. The first time I mentioned he was hilarious at the panel, which he seemed to like. The next day I complimented him on his hat. He replied that it was his bad hair day. I said “Nah, you don’t have bad hair days” and he said “self inflicted”.
His convention manager, Holly Evans, was personable and even remembered us when we returned for another photo on Sunday. She told him that we were back, it was slightly embarrassing but funny. I said “yeah, we’re here every day” and he said “me too”.
Hot Donna would like to mention how huggable Mr. Ried is and I fully concur.
A press pass to the convention was provided to me gratis from the awesome PR team at Wizard World. For more info on upcoming Wizard World conventions please visit the Wizard World site.
Seven Psychopaths is a comedic crime thriller written and directed by Martin McDonagh (In Bruges). The cast includes Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken and Tom Waits. To even lightly explain the plot is to rob you of the experience of the film. The simplest way to give you an idea of the chaos that ensues is to say that it involves a writer, psychopaths, dognapping and murder.
Earlier this year I was finally able to watch the film. I didn’t really know what to expect going in, aside from a stellar cast. I thoroughly enjoyed it but was at a loss to write a review. I merely tweeted the below.
Luckily contributor Hot Donna caught the movie this week. She has decided to share her thoughts on it with us below.
Seven Psychopaths is Excellente! It makes me want to rewatch Matchstick Men and Choke. I love Sam Rockwell. He’s both hilarious and nuts. It’s the perfect black comedy with action and a fitting ending. Seven Psychopaths is the best movie I’ve seen in years. I laughed and was frightened at the same time.
However many of us have been fans for quite sometime. In early 2010 an online friend let me know that you could receive free sex toys and lingerie from the site EdenFantasys provided that you review the products for them. Enclosed in my first package was the official EdensFantasy magazine Sexis, which included a hilarious article by TheBloggess.
Of course I found her book to be amazing. I greatly appreciate her taking the time to answer the following questions about Let’s Pretend This Never Happened.
There are times in your book that you mention writing a second book? Would it be more of the same types of stories or drastically different? I’m working on my second book right now. Same tone but a little more focused on mental illness.
What is your favorite spy movie? La Femme Nikita
Do you now drink bottled water (having grown up with contaminated tap water)? I drink a lot of booze, actually. It purifies everything.
You mentioned that raccoons seem to have OCD, do you think that many other types of animals also have mental health issues? Every pet is completely insane. That’s why we love them so much.
Do you plan on writing more in depth about your anxiety issues in the future? In book two it’ll be covered a lot more, I think.
Did you ever contact anyone interesting with your Ouija board? Did you ever use it alone? I tried to use it but it didn’t work the way I expected. No doors to Hell opened. At least none that weren’t open before.
How does your husband Victor feel about his initial characterization as a badly dressed Doogie Howser? I’m not entirely sure that he’s even read the book yet.
Do you feel that therapy actually helped you with your eating disorder or do you think it was more the acceptance of your new beau at the time? Therapy helped a lot. I realized I was trying to control my eating because I felt out of control about everything else in my life. It helped me take control of the rest of my life.
What is your favorite item on the Dairy Queen menu? The peanut buster parfait, although I’m lactose intolerant so I can’t have more than a spoonful.
Which antidepressant made you suicidal? Paxil.
Does Xanax also make you hungry? Nope. Just sleepy.(missemmamm’s note: I asked because it does this to me. It also makes me sleepy.)
Do you always read the book prior to seeing the film adaptation? I try to to. The book is almost always better.
Which one book would you want to have with you to reread in a post-apocalyptic zombie wasteland? Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
What book(s) are you currently reading? The Miniatre Wife and Other Stories
What is your favorite wine? Chambord. Does that count as a wine? Because it should.
(Her answers are in bold. This interview was conducted via email. I have not edited her answers.)