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Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Day is Upon Us!

It's finally happening, folks! After months of anticipation, the Royal Wedding is tomorrow. Did you really think BBB! would let this happen without a comment or two? Sinners.

I remember Chuck and Di's wedding back in '81. I was a young not even two-year-old bairn, and I still remember being awed and dazzled by that long, flowing train. My mom bought a special book, published by People magazine, and I would leaf through it gazing at the pictures of her sapphire ring, their horse-drawn coach, and the packed abbey. What a dream for a young girl!

Now, it's William's turn. How can I NOT get up at 4:00 a.m. tomorrow morning and watch!?! This isn't just an historic event: it's a pop culture event! I'll be on my couch, bleary eyed and pajama'ed up, full of anticipation at the first glimpse of the monarchy's newest couple. Will and Kate are truly the advent of a new era of the royal family. They're fresh, young, and ready to take over the world airwaves.

Get the popcorn pre-made, cause you'll be too tired to do so at 4 in the morning, get the double shots of espresso ready, and snuggle up to your pillows to enjoy the first royal wedding (anyone's cared about) in 28 years!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

In My Own Defense

I've gotten quite a bit of guff for making a comparison between Hanson and the Beatles during Dancing with the Stars' Guilty Pleasures week. Allow me, if you will, to come to my own defense.

Hanson has persevered. Many thought them to be a one-hit wonder, and maybe by popular standards they are: a majority of our American, and world, population only recollect their first single, MmmBop. I hate MmmBop. It was a cheesy, kid pop song written by, well, kids. The Brothers Hanson, however, have grown and matured into one of the most reliable and dependable pop song outfits in the business.

Three of their last four albums are in constant iPod rotation: This Time Around, The Walk, and Shout it Out. Their songs are well written, produced, and performed gems of pop wonder. Their tunes are catchy, upbeat, and infectious. Because of this, I compared them to the early Beatles years: they're both a group of young guys performing their hearts out, penning amazing tunes, and entertaining the masses. (Obviously, the Beatles entertained bigger masses than Hanson, because as stated earlier, people won't/can't forget MmmBop.) Both groups come together to create purely joyful uptempo songs and can bring it down with a ballad tightly woven together in delicate harmonies. Did I ever say Hanson would be as iconic as the Beatles? NO. Did I ever say they'd garner the same fanfare and recognition as the Beatles? NO (not even if the brothers lived to be 100). But, I do think one day, the academics of pop will look back on Hanson and realize they were given the short end of the musical stick because of one song they wrote when they were 13.

Hanson is a group of seasoned veterans who have matured past MmmBop 100 times over. If you like really good pop music, not sleeze made from a hit factory, then you should consider checking them out. I have to confess, I haven't enjoyed the mockery my good name has had to endure over the last 24 hours, but I can try to put them behind me now that I have taken time to fully explain my point and opinion.

The defense rests.

Friday, April 22, 2011

36 Hours of Who!

You can watch all Doctor Who all the time on BBC America, starting today at 4 p.m. and going until 4 a.m. Sunday morning. Watch all of David Tennant's specials and all of Matt Smith's first season (including the Christmas special) in order to revved up for tomorrow's night's premiere, The Impossible Astronaut (Part I). There will also be some sweet retrospectives, as well as Tennant's last appearance on Graham Norton, interspersed. HAVE FUN!...Oh, and TRUST YOUR DOCTOR!!!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Trust Your Doctor

That's the tagline for the new series, and I couldn't agree more. I'm the first to admit that I was unsure of our newest Doctor, Matt Smith. You all know how much I'd miss David Tennant, and with Matt Smith being so young, how could he ever portray the 900+ years of life, sorrow, and adventure of Doctor Who?

I'll also be the first to admit that Mr. Smith blew me out of the water with his angry, frustrated portrayal of everyone's favorite time traveling alien.

Rewatching the first series of the new Doctor [Smith] is getting my pumped for this Saturday's premiere (4/23/11) of his second series. For the first time in Doctor Who history, the show will be premiered on the same day on both sides of the Atlantic. I. Am. SOOOO EXCITED! The Doctor's literally coming to America, too, spending time in the wild west and D.C. with TWO companions. Yes, that's right, folks: if you didn't know, Rory, is part of the team!

So, pop your popcorn, get your comfy spot on the couch, and buckle up for another season of Doctor Who adventure!!!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A Simple Farewell

BBB! is deeply saddened by the passing of Elisabeth Sladen, the amazing actress who played perhaps the most beloved of the Doctor's companions, Sarah Jane Smith. She was awesome, graceful, and gorgeous. To say she will be missed is an understatement. Take some time out to watch School Reunion tonight and remember this wonderful woman.

Monday, April 18, 2011

A Plea

Please tell me you've read the book. Please tell me you aren't just going to see this because Pattinson's in it. Please tell me those two things.

P.S. Water for Elephants is absolutely stunning. I never thought I'd love a book about a 93 year-old-man telling about his life in the circus, but it's brilliant. Please read the book.

Friday, April 01, 2011


The Final Four is tomorrow, and the big NCAA Championship game is Monday night. With this in mind, I thought it might be time for a bit of reminiscing...

It was March Madness of 1991. I was watching some CBS basketball coveraget with my broham, and Christian Laettner bounced into my life. My brother hated him, hated Duke, and then hated me for loving the Laettner. I was a 12-year-old girl, he was a ballah, and cute...What did brother expect???

When Laettner hit a last second shot against Kentuck that will forever live in NCAA March Madness infamy, I tried to argue with my brother that Laettner was legit. When Laettner hit the pages of People's 50 Most Beautiful People, I thought I'd for sure prove to lil Andy that this guy was the real deal. Then Laettner was the only collegiate player on 1992 USA Olympic Dream Team. Fo sho Andrew'd get on my side now!...Except for the fact that Laettner clocked about 10 minutes the entire time in Barcelona. Oh, well, thought young me...he's still hot.

Here's to:

  • March Madness

  • my brief time cheering for Duke

  • that last second gorgeous shot that's still aired on CBS' tourney montages