Category Archives: Pop Culture

Addicted to Netflix “The 100” and Ricky Whittle

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Actor Ricky Whittle

It finally happened. Sergio and I got bit by the Netflix bug. As amazing as it may seem to some, until recently our TV consumption was solely via Comcast, but a few weeks ago a friend got us hooked on a Netflix series called The 100

The series which initially started on The CW in March 2014 is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi drama loosely based on a 2013 book by the same name. The series follows a group of 100 teens who are sent back to Earth to see if it is inhabitable from “The Ark” a space station that holds survivors who fled Earth just in time to escape a nuclear war but is now failing some four generations later. Much to the surprise of “The 100” who land on Earth, they find that indeed the planet is survivable now and more surprisingly there are humans living on Earth.

English actor, Ricky Whittle, is one of those “grounders” as The 100 refer to the Earth dwellers. Needless to say, despite the occasional cheesy scene and an inconsistent story line at times, we are hooked. Actor Ricky Whittle who plays the character Lincoln is a big reason for that. Anyone else watching this series?

 

Leadership envy: Justin Trudeau

justin-trudeau-canadian-prime-ministerIt is human nature to be drawn to those we find attractive. Typically attraction will wax or wane as you learn more about an individual.

Since his election to office, I’ve found my interest and attraction in Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has continued to grow. He seems to share many of the values I admired in President Obama and miss in our current president.

For those of you who may also be developing a crush on this Prime Minister to the north, I wanted to share a recent post on Unicorn Booty of some new photos of Trudeau when he was younger – enjoy.

Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen

gay ProvidenceAnderson Cooper and Andy Cohen are coming to Providence on Saturday, April 29th for an evening of “deep talk and shallow tales” in what is promoted as an unscripted, uncensored and unforgettable night of conversation.

Tickets are currently on sale and available

George Michael dead at 53

george-michaelIt is so sad to write that it was reported earlier today that singer George Michael died at the age of 53. His publicist has said that he passed away while at home this afternoon.  Police say there were no suspicious circumstances.

George Michael had a string of infectious pop music hits that played a big part of my life. While I’ve not given him much thought recently, he holds a special place in my heart for all the memories his music has brought me over the years.

Hairspray Live on NBC tonight 8PM ET

pop cuture, musicalsI’ve loved every version of Hairspray, starting with the original movie written and directed by John Waters in 1988. The musical which came later to Broadway and was then remade into a movie musical lacks the emotional impact of the original, but I still love it.

Set your DVRs if you’ll be out so you can watch this fun musical which will be live on NBC tonight starting at 8PM ET / 7PM CT.

Elizabeth Warren and Stephen Colbert discuss Trump’s RNC speech tonight on the Late Show

Stephen Colbert, Elizabeth Warren, CBSSet your DVRs and enjoy the show. I guarantee this will be far more interesting than anything you will see on those 24-hour news networks tonight.

Chardonnay Go

Pokemon, Pokemon GoIf you are 30 or younger, chances are you and all of your friends have downloaded the popular game, “Pokemon Go”. According to papers that are covering the craze, it now has more downloads than the popular dating site Tinder, has surpassed Twitter in daily active users on Android devices and ranks above Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram in the Google Play store.

As a 40-something, I have no fond memories of Pokemon nor am I much of a gamer so I’ve not felt the pull of the craze gripping the nation. That is until I heard about this brilliant spoof video of Pokemon Go called Chardonnay Go, created by (and apparently for) white suburban housewives.  Too funny.