U.S. TV star Joey Lawrence is thrilled to see Kanye West's new look - because it's straight out of his Blossom wardrobe. The actor rocked the ripped denim and flannel look for years as Joey Russo on the hit TV show, and so when style king West was photographed in similar attire recently, Lawrence was delighted when the U.S. media outlets noted how much the rapper's look resembled his old image.
In a new interview with Oprah Winfrey, which will air in America on Sunday (15Dec13), Lawrence says, "The Joey Russo look honestly with the ripped jeans and the flannel around the waist... We didn't have social media back then but it took off in half a season. I can only imagine what it could've done today.
"It's pretty crazy because 15, 17 years later Kanye was rocking a red and black flannel around his waist in Paris during the Louis Vuitton show over the summer. Sure enough People or Us Weekly said, 'Kanye is rocking his Joey Lawrence in Paris'.
"I'm sure he loved that, the fashion icon that he is! He'd be like, 'No, this is not Joey. Joey who?'"
When people look back and recall the bounty of excellent sitcoms NBC was responsible for during its "Must See TV" heyday, shows like Friends, Seinfeld, Frasier, and Mad About You will most certainly always come up. Missing from the bunch, however, is Blossom. But why? Not only did the show about a smart-alecky teenage girl being raised by her musician father air 114 episodes over five seasons, it was also responsible for making Joey Lawrence's moronic catchphrase "Whoa!" a part of our pop-cultural lexicon. Now without further ado, let's hit the rewind button and revisit one of the most memorable sitcoms of the early '90s.
Floppy Hats Were CoolWhether they were pink, purple, striped or polka dotted, Blossom Russo (played by Mayim Bialik) sure did love to sport the floppy hats. For a brief period in the early '90s, all adorning teenage girls wanted to be like their favorite actress on TV, and the floppy hat business boomed! Now if only the same could be said of Clear Pepsi...gone but not forgotten?
Whoa! Blossom! I'm as Dumb as a Handful of Rocks!Much like Kimmy Gibbler from Full House, Blossom's brother Joey was about as annoying as TV characters come. He never really served a purpose on the show aside from his incessant use of the word "Whoa!" Sure it was funny for about two episodes, but then it just became repetitive. Still the dude knew how to wear a stone washed jean jacket like the best of 'em! Now that was '90s fashion at its finest.
He Sold His Soul for an NBC SitcomYes, that was Dr. John's soulful voice singing "My Opinionation" during the show's opening credits. Why he did it is anyone's guess, but most likely a dump truck filled with cold hard American coin had something to do with it. Either way, that cat sure knew how to groove, daddy-o.
Just Syndicate Me AlreadyWhy networks like TBS air about a billion episodes of Everybody Loves Raymond, yet refuse to rerun classics like Blossom is downright ridiculous. During its five seasons on NBC, Blossom had a strong fanbase and was consistently one of the most watched shows on the network. Mayim Bialik's career has even found a second life with her recurring role on CBS's highly rated The Big Bang Theory. As for Ray Romano? Well, he did star in TNT's little watched mid-life dramedy, Men of a Certain Age. Never watched it? Neither did anyone else.
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Everyone's got an opinion about the way Netflix presented the first season of House of Cards. Some say it set the precedent for the future of TV. Some say it redefined the "spoiler alert" as we know it. Some say it was downright risky. But those are just words. A study (or quick data pulled from Google) from Feb. 19 essentially concluded that releasing all episodes at once ruined the show's chance to grow because it hindered the social media factor. As someone who sits behind a computer screen all day, following trends and interacting with colleagues via Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and several social media sites that are barely past beta testing, I wholeheartedly agree.
The format of the show did affect my engagement with social media. I barely commented about any of the House of Cards episodes — even that raunchy final scene in Episode 7 (your eyes are probably all !! right now if you know what I mean) — because I didn't know who I'd be talking to and didn't want to spoil anything. Instead, for the first time in a while, it forced me to talk at length out loud about a current show with a real live actual human being. Perish the thought!
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I am constantly reading stories that highlight the downfall of my generation: How all we do is keep our eyes glued to our phones and computer screens, which leads to the conclusion that we have lost the ability to communicate, go on "offline" dates, or interact with our bosses. It's a nonstop double standard of "learn fast, grow, and change the world" met with "slow down, get off your devices, and have a real connection with someone." Critics are fast to negatively judge Netflix's strategic gamble of dumping all 13 episodes at once for mass consumption, but the fact that I had to actively find someone to chat with through each omigod moment brought the kind of conversation I realized my life was missing. It was like (pre-Twitter) high school, when I'd call my best friend at the commercial break and we'd gasp in unison about whatever life-altering Joey Potter moment had just occurred. (Thankfully she never married a Scientologist.) The data may prove that binge-watching House of Cards forfeited the advantage of sharing thoughts digitally, but it helped us to gain something far more valuable: human interaction.
And it's not just about House of Cards — though how could you not dash to find someone when Underwood did that thing to Russo that I guess I still can't mention here — it's about binge-watching in general. When I sat home and faked sick so that I could speed through Felicity, Breaking Bad, Lost, Friday Night Lights, and other pop cultural touchstones, I made sure I had a pal to recap with. If not a friend binging at the same time as I was, then someone who loved these shows so much they were willing to go through all the details with me even years after they originally aired. Doing so made discussing Felicity and Noel's dorm room Boggle kiss, or Jesse and Walt's nice lunch with Tuco and Tio Salamanca, or everything about Coach Taylor that much greater.
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These game-changing shows did not need social media to gauge a following, just as House of Cards does not need people on Twitter or Facebook making dumb jokes about Robin Wright being a "MILF." What sort of engagement does that really prove, anyway? Though numbers from social media are tangible, it hardly determines whether someone is genuinely interested in a show or simply waiting for the next idiotic parody account. And if we're more concerned with a show's numbers than we are with how engrossed viewers are — and how much they are actually deriving from each watch — then, really, we're all just one embarrassing contradiction.
Whether or not the first season of House of Cards was a win on social media, it was not a "mistake." And it certainly doesn't mean people weren't actually talking about each episode, thoroughly and with emotion. In fact, there were fewer fleeting thoughts and sudden judgments and instead, more thought-provoking debates. On social media, there's always pressure to be witty and to say something that hasn't been brought up already — at least from what your timeline can tell — but when I'm physically facing a friend over a beer, we can discuss that cryptic spider comment for as long as we want, without a word count restriction. Perhaps, if the world can even handle such a backpedal, this is how we should be measuring a show's success after all.
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The former The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star, who played lovable Carlton in the show, married writer Angela Unkrich in front of 175 family members and friends, including 'N Sync star Joey Fatone and his former Silver Spoons co-star Ricky Schroder.
The happy couple's wedding planner, Michael Russo, tells America's In Touch magazine, "(He) looked like the happiest man alive... He had everyone he loved there supporting him - it was very special... She (Unkrich) couldn't stop smiling."
The couple announced the engagement in July (12).
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The first and most important thing you should know about Paramount Pictures’ Thor is that it’s not a laughably corny comic book adaptation. Though you might find it hokey to hear a bunch of muscled heroes talk like British royalty while walking around the American Southwest in LARP garb director Kenneth Branagh has condensed vast Marvel mythology to make an accessible straightforward fantasy epic. Like most films of its ilk I’ve got some issues with its internal logic aesthetic and dialogue but the flaws didn’t keep me from having fun with this extra dimensional adventure.
Taking notes from fellow Avenger Iron Man the story begins with an enthralling event that takes place in a remote desert but quickly jumps back in time to tell the prologue which introduces the audience to the shining kingdom of Asgard and its various champions. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) son of Odin is heir to the throne but is an arrogant overeager and ill-tempered rogue whose aggressive antics threaten a shaky truce between his people and the frost giants of Jotunheim one of the universe’s many realms. Odin (played with aristocratic boldness by Anthony Hopkins) enraged by his son’s blatant disregard of his orders to forgo an assault on their enemies after they attempt to reclaim a powerful artifact banishes the boy to a life among the mortals of Earth leaving Asgard defenseless against the treachery of Loki his mischievous “other son” who’s always felt inferior to Thor. Powerless and confused the disgraced Prince finds unlikely allies in a trio of scientists (Natalie Portman Stellan Skarsgard and Kat Dennings) who help him reclaim his former glory and defend our world from total destruction.
Individually the make-up visual effects CGI production design and art direction are all wondrous to behold but when fused together to create larger-than-life set pieces and action sequences the collaborative result is often unharmonious. I’m not knocking the 3D presentation; unlike 2010’s genre counterpart Clash of the Titans the filmmakers had plenty of time to perfect the third dimension and there are only a few moments that make the decision to convert look like it was a bad one. It’s the unavoidable overload of visual trickery that’s to blame for the frost giants’ icy weaponized constructs and other hybrids of the production looking noticeably artificial. Though there’s some imagery to nitpick the same can’t be said of Thor’s thunderous sound design which is amped with enough wattage to power The Avengers’ headquarters for a century.
Chock full of nods to the comics the screenplay is both a strength and weakness for the film. The story is well sequenced giving the audience enough time between action scenes to grasp the characters motivations and the plot but there are tangential narrative threads that disrupt the focus of the film. Chief amongst them is the frost giants’ fore mentioned relic which is given lots of attention in the first act but has little effect on the outcome. In addition I felt that S.H.I.E.L.D. was nearly irrelevant this time around; other than introducing Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye the secret security faction just gets in the way of the movie’s momentum.
While most of the comedy crashes and burns there are a few laughs to be found in the film. Most come from star Hemsworth’s charismatic portrayal of the God of Thunder. He plays up the stranger-in-a-strange-land aspect of the story with his cavalier but charming attitude and by breaking all rules of diner etiquette in a particularly funny scene with the scientists whose respective roles as love interest (Portman) friendly father figure (Skarsgaard) and POV character (Dennings) are ripped right out of a screenwriters handbook.
Though he handles the humorous moments without a problem Hemsworth struggles with some of the more dramatic scenes in the movie; the result of over-acting and too much time spent on the Australian soap opera Home and Away. Luckily he’s surrounded by a stellar supporting cast that fills the void. Most impressive is Tom Hiddleston who gives a truly humanistic performance as the jealous Loki. His arc steeped in Shakespearean tragedy (like Thor’s) drums up genuine sympathy that one rarely has for a comic book movie villain.
My grievances with the technical aspects of the production aside Branagh has succeeded in further exploring the Marvel Universe with a film that works both as a standalone superhero flick and as the next chapter in the story of The Avengers. Thor is very much a comic book film and doesn’t hide from the reputation that its predecessors have given the sub-genre or the tropes that define it. Balanced pretty evenly between “serious” and “silly ” its scope is large enough to please fans well versed in the source material but its tone is light enough to make it a mainstream hit.
Lawrence, best-known for his role as Joey Russo on the 90s sitcom Blossom, is preparing to welcome the couple's second daughter, according to Usmagazine.com.
The actor, 33, and his wife wed in 2005, and are parents to three-year-old daughter, Charli.
A spokesperson for the star was unavailable for comment as WENN went to press.
Director Steven Spielberg wanted this E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial to be something extra special. To celebrate its 20th anniversary, the film's release this Friday will have more than 140 shots reworked, including making the little alien more lifelike and replacing the figurine of Elliot riding his flying bicycle in front of the moon with a real child. Bill George, who supervised the special effects changes for Industrial Light & Magic told The Associated Press, "What worked in 1982 doesn't quite hold up."
Singer Sir Elton John, actors Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson and other British celebrities signed a petition to free 23 gay Egyptians who are imprisoned because of their "habitual practice of debauchery" after attending a boat party in Cairo, Reuters reported. The campaign, led by Michael Cashman, British Labor member of the European Parliament, will try and change Egyptian policies on homosexuality, which the mainly Muslim majority considers taboo.
While promoting her new movie Showtime on ABC's Good Morning America Thursday, actress Rene Russo, 48, publicly thanked Rosie O'Donnell for her outspoken opposition to a Florida ban on gay adoption and admitted she herself had been raised by lesbian friends of her mother after her father left. "I wanted to call my mom to say, look, mom, I'm going on national television to say thank you for all your friends, because she was just pretty much abandoned and a lot of her friends came and helped her to raise me and my sister," Russo said on the show.
Britain's Prince William's life is coming to the small screen. Walt Disney Co. will be producing a television movie entitled Prince William, which will follow the then 15-year-old young prince from the death of his mother, Princess Diana, in a car wreck in 1997 to the present. No one has been cast, but Disney-owned ABC hopes to air the movie by fall on Wonderful World of Disney.
Do we want to keep Watching Ellie? Maybe not. Since the NBC show starring Seinfeld alum Julia Louis-Dreyfus debuted Feb. 26, the ratings have been sliding steadily, fueling speculation that it will be yanked soon and become another notch in the legendary Seinfeld curse. NBC Entertainment president Jeff Zucker told the Daily News, however, "We feel very positive. It's been a solid performer. Obviously, it's too early to make any announcements." Sure. He's paid to say that.
Just when you thought it was safe to turn your TV back on, there is going to be more celebrity boxing. Because of the success of last Wednesday's special, which drew in 15.5 million people, Fox is going in for round two. Someone of the "boxers" being considered are Who Wants To Marry a Millionaire bride Darva Conger and Joey Buttafuoco, whose wife was shot by his lover, Amy Fisher.
A British court heard testimony regarding charges against REM guitarist Peter Buck, who apparently had a little too much to drink on a British Airways flight in April 2001, created a disturbance and assaulted one of the cabin crew in a fit of rage. Buck is denying any misconduct.
Anglophile Madonna will be performing the theme song to the next James Bond flick Die Another Day, the 20th in the series, due to be released Nov. 22. She may also put in a cameo, if she can work it into her schedule.
Sebastian Bach, the former lead singer for the heavy metal band Skid Row, has been arrested for making "terrorist threats" and drug possession Wednesday. In what started as a bar fight, Bach got into an altercation with a Middleton, New Jersey bartender and threatened to get a gun to shoot him. When authorities arrived, they took the singer into custody after finding two bags of marijuana in his possession. A court date remains to be set.