You're not British, you just like watching Brits on TV. Maybe you like it a little too much - to the point where American TV just doesn't cut it for you anymore. Here are some signs that you might be addicted.
1. You can name every actor who has ever played Doctor Who.
2. You find yourself slipping into a British accent at least once a day. Which tends to get this reaction from people:
3. You've gone into a rage spiral when someone reminds you how long you have to wait for more Sherlock.
4. Whenever there's a death on Downton Abbey you grieve like it was a member of your own family. Whyyy Matthew?!
5. You boycotted the American version of Broadchurch. And you won in the end because Gracepoint was cancelled.
6. You're convinced it's only a matter of time before the things in Black Mirror happen in real life.
7. You've swapped out coffee for tea - because all your favorite characters drink it.
8. After watching Luther, you're campaigning hard for Idris Elba to be the new James Bond.
9. You've never seen Mad Men, but you're obsessed with The Hour.
10. Forget Christian Grey. You'll always think of Jamie Dornan as Paul Spector in The Fall.
11. When Lena Dunham tweeted about her love for Call the Midwife, you were all like, "Duh, where have you been?"
12. You've cried while watching Derek. Like, openly bawled.
13. You're planning a trip to UK as we speak.
Are YOU addicted to British TV? Which show is your favorite? Tell us on Twitter and Facebook!
The long-delayed Tupac Shakur biopic is slated to begin filming in June (15). The film about the late rapper was initially scheduled to start production in 2011, but it was delayed due to a lengthy legal battle between production company Morgan Creek and the star's mother Afeni Shakur.
The dispute has since been settled and the film's producer Randall Emmett has now revealed filming is slated to begin in the summer (15).
He tells Collider.com, "The script is great and we're ready to make the movie. We're just prepping the logistics."
Poetic Justice director John Singleton, who was a friend of the late rapper, is slated to take charge of the biopic.
Rapper Sean 'Diddy' Combs posted an emotional video on Instagram.com to show his despair after learning a police officer will not face trial over the death of African-American Eric Garner. Garner died in July (14) after New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo apparently placed him in a chokehold during an arrest for illegally selling cigarettes.
On Wednesday (03Dec14), a grand jury ruled against indicting Pantaleo on criminal charges, 10 days after officials in Ferguson, Missouri declined to press charges against another officer, who fatally shot unarmed teenager Michael Brown.
A number of celebrities took to social media websites to express their outrage over the latest grand jury decision, including Morgan Freeman, Chris Rock, John Legend and actress Gabrielle Union.
Combs also posted a video showing him sitting in front of the camera looking visibly upset as he rubs his face and says, "This ain't right... this is not right. To continue to let this go on... it's enough, it's enough, man."
He added in the caption, "Honestly my emotions are all over the place. We as artists, myself included, all have to step up and be better leaders in our communities. It's a hard burden to bear, but we have been chosen whether we like it or not. We need to do whatever we can in a positive way, to help unite people of all colors in this injustice!... This has to stop and we as a people are the only ones that can stop it. I truly do not have the right to preach, but I do have the right to speak."
Thousands of activists took to the streets of New York on Wednesday to protest against the decision, including A Tribe Called Quest star Q-Tip.
In a world where celebrities are constantly bombarded with paparazzi and where every detail of their life is public information, it seems very difficult for many to keep a long-term relationship. These twelve couples are among some of the most stable and enduring celebrity pairs of our time. They defy the odds by sticking through it and often, by keeping their lives as private as they possibly can.
1. Meryl Streep and Don Gummer: 36 years
Meryl Streep opted out of marrying someone famous and married this friend of her brother. Because Meryl wanted to keep her marriage out of the spotlight, it is still very impressive how little the world knows about him. The couple have four children together, and when Meryl finally did mention him in her 2012 Oscars' acceptance speech it was adorable. "“I’m going to thank Don because when you thank your husband at the end of the speech they play him out with the music and I want him to know that everything I value most in our lives you’ve given me," she said.
2. Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Osbourne: 32 years
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This couple has had their fair share of ups and downs, but have remained together nonetheless. They met in England when Sharon's father, a music manager and concert producer, managed Black Sabbath, the band Ozzy was the lead singer of. Ozzy was kicked out of the band because of drug abuse and Sharon ended up taking him on as a client. Ozzy continued to struggle with substance abuse and was even arrested for attempting to strangle Sharon while under the influence.
3. Denzel Washington and Pauletta Washington: 31 years
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According to HelloBeautiful, this couple met while co-starring in the film Wilma in 1977. Five years later, they were married and now have four children together. According to the site, Pauletta told Oprah that she fell in love with his personality first. “I thought he was cute, but I fell in love with his spirit. And then I thought, ‘Hmm, not a bad package,'" she said.
4. Jamie Lee Curtis and Christopher Guest: 29 years
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According to People, Jamie first saw Christopher in a magazine when he was an actor in the spoof The is Spinal Tap. She felt an immediate connection to him. "That's why I developed my smirk—which is why, when I looked at Chris's smirk in the picture, I basically saw myself. I saw a kindred spirit," she says of seeing his photo. Jamie gave him her number through an agent and the two became bicoastal lovers soon after. They married in 1984 and have adopted two kids, Annie and Thomas.
5. Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson: 26 years
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The pair originally met while Tom was still married to his college sweetheart on the set of ABC sitcom, Blossoming Buddies, when Rita guest starred for an episode. They didn't get together despite the chemistry they both felt, until after Tom's divorce in 1987. In 1988, they married and have since had two children together. "Literally, a wave of — if love is a feeling, or a cellular thing that happens to your body, it went through me, and that’s pretty much who he is, and how he’s been," Rita said of their relationship to Piers Morgan in 2012.
6. Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick: 26 years
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Interestingly enough, the couple first met when Kyra was 12, at a viewing of a matinee play Kevin starred in. He was 19 at the time and nothing came of the meeting, except Kyra's brother urging her to tell him how much she enjoyed the play. Their relationship started several years later when they worked on the set of Lemon Sky together.
7. Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan: 26 years
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This pair is especially inspirational as they have continually supported each other through a chronic illness. They met while working on Family Ties in 1985, but didn't start dating until two years later. Early on in their marriage, Michael was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, but the couple have remained stable. "When we married, we married--and that was it. We were in love then, as we are now, and we planned to stay married," Michael told O Magazine in 2002.
8. John Travolta and Kelly Preston: 23 years
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Despite losing their 16-year-old son, Jett, in 2009, the pair have stayed strong. They first met while filming The Experts, but nothing formed except for a friendship, because Kelly was married at the time. John told Redbook what he thought of her initially: "I had interest in her because even in spite of the trouble that she was having in her marriage, she was willing to stick through tough times with him, which really showed character. I just remember thinking, God, if we're ever single at the same time, I think this is really the one."
9. David Bowie and Iman: 22 years
According to Huffington Post, the rockstar and supermodel fell in love on a blind date in 1990 and were married two years later. The couple are very quiet about their life and their love story, but do have two children, Zulekha (Iman's child from a previous marriage) and Alexandria. Iman told The Independent that though David knew it was love at first sight, she was a little overwhelmed at first. “I was not ready for a relationship. Definitely, I didn't want to get into a relationship with somebody like him," she said.
10. Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos: 18 years
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This beautiful couple met on the set of All My Children where they were onscreen lovers. According to People, they dated secretly for a year and then eloped in Las Vegas. In fact this photo is from their onscreen marriage, because much of their offscreen romance has been kept secret. "It just happened. The next thing you know, we're married, and then four months later we were pregnant," Consuelos told Redbook. The couple have three children.
11. Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness: 18 years
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The couple first met in 1995 in Melbourne, Australia on the set of the TV drama Correlli. They both felt initial attraction and though Hugh hesitated to propose, he overcame it and they were married a year later. "I decided, I won't ask her to marry me for six months," Jackman told Town and Country magazine. "Then after four months I thought, that's the most ridiculous rule!" The couple have two children, Oscar and Ava. "It gets better every year," Furness said.
12. Sarah Jessica Parker and Mathew Broderick: 17 years
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Another couple that have successfully kept their relationship under wraps, Sarah and Matthew refuse to say much about the secrets to their success. In last year's Harper's Bazaar, Sarah did gush about him shorthly. “There’s also the reality of your life,” she said. “I love Matthew Broderick. Call me crazy, but I love him. We can only be in the marriage we are. We’re very devoted to our family and our lives. I love our life. I love that he’s the father of my children, and it’s because of him that there’s this whole other world that I love.”
Morgan Freeman has been granted the Freedom of the City of London for his acting achievements and charity work.
The Academy Award winning actor was bestowed the honor at a ceremony in the U.K capital on Wednesday (12Nov14). It traditionally permits the recipient to be drunk on the streets of the city without fearing arrest, and to drive sheep over London Bridge, however these privileges are mostly symbolic in modern times.
Previous recipients of the honor include fellow actors Colin Firth and Sir Ian McKellen, writer Rudyard Kipling and Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.
The actress who landed the coveted role of Wonder Woman earlier this year (14) is now set to head back in time to play the female lead in the Ben-Hur remake. Gal Gadot is in early negotiations to play slave Esther in the latest adaptation of the biblical tale.
Jack Huston will lead the cast as the Jewish prince who is betrayed by a friend.
Toby Kebbell and Morgan Freeman will also appear in Timur Bekmambetov's movie, which has been adapted by Keith Clarke and 12 Years a Slave screenwriter John Ridley.
Fast & Furious star Gadot will make her debut as Wonder Woman in the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Boardwalk Empire actor Jack Huston is set to take the lead in the upcoming Ben-Hur remake. The British star has been chosen to reprise Charlton Heston's classic film role, but the deal has yet to be finalised, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The reboot will be helmed by Russian filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov, who directed Angelina Jolie in Wanted, and Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave screenwriter John Ridley has penned the script for the latest adaptation of the novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ.
Huston joins Morgan Freeman, who will portray chariot champion Ildarin.
Heston's 1959 film landed 11 Oscars, and the remake is scheduled for release in February, 2016.
Funnyman Steve Martin has led tributes to his pal Robin Williams, following the Mrs. Doubtfire star's death on Monday (11Aug14). Williams was found dead in his home in Marin County, California. He was 63. Reports suggest he committed suicide.
Martin took to Twitter.com on Monday afternoon, shortly after the sad news broke and wrote, "I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul."
David Steinberg, Williams' manager for 35 years, said in a statement: "Nobody made the world laugh like Robin Williams. My brother, my friend, my soul mate, I will miss you."
Cher added, "Oh Robin... He was Sweet LOVELY,Man. He ran high voltage,Mind Always Going, It was who he was.I Know Well..Many X's from High There is Only Low.So Sad", while Williams' Mrs. Doubtfire co-star Mara Wilson writes, "Very sad, very upset, very glad I did not have to hear about this though Twitter. Probably going to be taking some time off it for a while."
Genie. You're free. pic.twitter.com/FWQWPDPP42
— Evan Rachel Wood (@evanrachelwood) August 11, 2014
Other Twitter tributes have come from Johnny Depp, Michael J. Fox, Rihanna, Rita Wilson, Steve Carell, Jared Leto, Morgan Freeman, Kristin Chenoweth, Jon Cryer, John Cusack, Jenny McCarthy, Logan Lerman, Evan Rachel Wood, Sharon & Jack Osbourne, Pink, Ellen DeGeneres, Rose McGowan, Shannen Doherty, Josh Groban, Eddie Izzard, Eric Idle, Ashley Tisdale, Marlee Matlin, Mandy Moore, John Krasinski, and Mia Farrow, who posted, "No! Robin Williams you were so loved."
Miley Cyrus never met Williams, but admits the news of his death hit her hard: "I can't take the Robin Williams news. I've never cried over someone I've never met but I can't stop."
And Lindsay Lohan adds, "Mr. Williams visited me the first day of filming The Parent Trap. I will never forget his kindness. What an enormous loss. My condolences."
His former co-stars Henry Winkler and Minnie Driver were also among the first celebrities to pay tribute to Williams. Happy Days star Winkler wrote, "To watch him create on the spot was a privilege to behold... Robin you are an angel now !!! REST IN PEACE", while his Good Will Hunting castmate Driver added, "My Heart's broken. Robin was a beautiful, kind soul. Can't bear that he's gone. So incredibly sorry for his family."
One of the late funnyman's final co-stars, Joel McHale, states, "RIP @robinwilliams. You were one of the very best that ever was. You were one of my heroes."
And Williams' Mork & Mindy co-star Pam Dawber, who recently reteamed with Williams in U.S. TV comedy The Crazy Ones, has revealed she's "devastated" by the sad news of her longtime friend's death. The actor's The Crazy Ones co-star Sarah Michelle Gellar simply posted nine photos of herself with Williams on Twitter.com.
Other thoughtful words came from Glee stars Chord Overstreet and Lea Michele, who wrote, "So heartbreaking to hear the terribly sad news about the amazing Robin Williams, thank you for bringing so much laughter and joy to us all", and Kevin Spacey, who added, "Robin Williams made the world laugh & think. I will remember & honor that. A great man, artist and friend. I will miss him beyond measure."
He made us laugh. He made us cry. He ended up touching every element of the human spirit. #RIPRobinWilliams pic.twitter.com/kbEq7OwPOf
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 12, 2014
U.S. President Barack Obama also acknowledged the entertainer's impact to people all over the world in a statement which reads: "Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan and everything in between. "But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien - but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most - from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalised on our own streets. "The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin's family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams."
Meanwhile, a tribute has been posted on a billboard outside Los Angeles' Laugh Factory, where Williams often performed. It reads: "Robin Williams. Rest in Peace. Make God laugh."
On Tuesday, the Disney Channel released the opening theme song and accompanying video for its upcoming Boy Meets World spin-off series Girl Meets World. At the behest of her editor, Hollywood.com writer Julia Emmanuele watched the video one hundred times in a row, recording her thoughts after each viewing. Experience the phenomenon below.
Viewing # 1:
This sounds nothing like the old Boy Meets World theme songs did. I wish it sounded more like that.
Viewing # 2:
It’s definitely very “Disney Channel,” with the pop song and the CGI graphics. I’ll give them that.
Viewing # 3:
Is… is that a ukulele? Is there a ukulele in this?
Viewing # 4:
There’s a lot of weird arm-dancing in this.
Viewing # 5:
That’s the cleanest subway station I have ever seen. There’s no way that’s really New York.
Viewing # 6:
They actually carried over the whole paper airplane thing from the original credits. That’s a nice touch.
Viewing # 7:
Rowan Blanchard looks nothing like Danielle Fishel and Ben Savage, but she does strangely look a lot like Sabrina Carpenter.
Viewing # 8:
Who dresses these children? These are the weirdest outfit combinations I’ve ever seen. I mean, a red plaid skirt over yellow leggings?
Viewing # 9:
This boy looks way too old to be the main character’s love interest.
Viewing # 10:
Topanga had better hair than this dude. If you’re gonna be the Topanga of this show, you’re gonna need to step up your hair game.
Viewing # 11:
See, look at Topanga’s old hair. Way better.
Viewing # 12:
Remember when Topanga was a weird hippie with a sister named Nebula? Good times.
Viewing # 13:
This younger brother seems very melodramatic. That’ll get old quick.
Viewing # 14:
Is she pouring paint on her own head?
Viewing # 15:
You know, the more I listen to this song, the more I like it. It’s pretty catchy.
Viewing # 16:
There are a lot of weird parallel shots between Riley/New Shawn and Cory and Topanga.
Viewing # 17:
The love interest’s face looks like it’s been airbrushed. It has a weird, glowing quality to it like someone put an Instagram filter over his title card.
Viewing # 18:
This theme song sounds like a Kidz Bop cover of The Lumineers.
Viewing # 19:
I feel like it’s only a matter of time before Disney Channel capitalizes on the whole “folk-revival” bandwagon and we get a bunch of tween Mumford and Sons groups. This will be the first single.
Viewing # 20:
The little brother reminds me of Lindsay, but the first version. The one who went into her room and never came back down. [Editor's note: She means Morgan, but you can't really fault her for mixing up names at this point.]
Viewing # 21:
I will never get this song out of my head. I will die with this song still stuck in my head.
Viewing # 22:
The only time Ben and Rowan look alike is when she’s in the blue dress in his classroom. She still looks nothing like Danielle.
Viewing # 23:
Rowan does a lot of that hand-to-head swooning movement. I hope that’s not like a thing her character does.
Viewing # 24:
There are a lot of strange facial expressions in this.
Viewing # 25:
I feel like I’m going to end up downloading the full version of this song. I will tell nobody.
Viewing # 26:
Is the guy just wearing a cardigan without a shirt underneath? Who does that? Riley, you can do better.
Viewing # 27:
Who let a horse in the school? Even when it got ridiculous, Boy Meets World still kept the animals outside. [Editor's note: Actually, in Season 3, Episode 6 of Boy Meets World, Shawn brought his pet pig Little Cory to John Adams High School.]
Viewing # 28:
Never mind, Riley’s wearing suspenders and shorts. She and Cardigan deserve each other.
Viewing # 29:
Danielle Fishel looks the same as she did when the show went off the air. She’s gorgeous.
Viewing # 30:
I like her oddly delayed reaction when Riley’s screaming. Quality acting.
Viewing # 31:
Is the younger brother putting on a play in the living room? With professional lighting? What the hell?
Viewing # 32:
Every time Ben savage pops through that door, all I hear is him screaming “Topanga!”
Viewing # 33:
I’m starting to hit a turning point with this song.
Viewing # 34:
That weird chanting bit at the end is starting to grate on me.
Viewing # 35:
Does she have Britney inflections now? Have I just not noticed them until now?
Viewing # 36:
Everything’s starting to look a little bit stupider now.
Viewing # 37:
Why does New Shawn have a top hat? Original Shawn would never.
Viewing # 38:
I miss Shawn. This show needs Shawn.
Viewing # 39:
New Shawn is getting awfully close to Cardigan at the end of this. That’s not going to end well.
Viewing # 40:
The little brother already annoys me. Although, everything’s starting to annoy me at this point.
Viewing # 41:
I appreciate them keeping the globe and paper plane motif, but the crappy CGI Chrysler building takes a lot away from the aesthetic.
Viewing # 42:
They put like, no effort into CGI Times Square.
Viewing # 43:
You know what? I take back what I said about this song. This song is terrible.
Viewing # 44:
Not a single person on this show is a decent dancer.
Viewing # 45:
I like the weird computer theme song better than this. [Editor's note: She's referring to the theme song from the first season of Boy Meets World.]
Viewing # 46:
The younger brother has an absurd number of layers on. Who dresses these children? [Editor's note: You said that already.]
Viewing # 47:
Has Cory always been this much of an idiot? Or are they dumbing him down for this show?
Viewing # 48:
This song makes me want to punch something.
Viewing # 49:
Did they just re-use the set from iCarly for this? Because I’m pretty sure those are the same apartment doors.
Viewing # 50:
Why do these two only have their faces covered in paint? Did they just stick their faces in the paint? Is everyone an idiot?
Viewing # 51:
I feel like the Britney inflections are becoming more and more pronounced. Who says “cray-zay?”
Viewing # 52:
This whole title sequence is really stupid.
Viewing # 53:
Those stupid bunny slippers are stupid.
Viewing # 54:
Cory’s weird hand moments at the dinner table are stupid.
Viewing # 55:
The fact that Cory has a Bob Dylan lyric written on his blackboard is stupid. Cory never would have listened to Dylan.
Viewing # 56:
Topanga’s old ‘90s choker is stupid.
Viewing # 57:
The little brother putting his face in his breakfast is stupid. You’re gonna make a mess, little brother, and then someone’s gonna have to clean up after you. Just be courteous and put your eha don’t he table. [Editor's note: Um... what?]
Viewing # 58:
Why are you putting your head in the bowl in the first place? You’re like 9. How stressful could your life possibly be?
Viewing # 59:
I feel like Riley and New Shawn at the end, when they’re on the conveyor belt.
Viewing # 60:
Are we supposed to believe their hair just naturally ended up like that? That hair is painstakingly styled.
Viewing # 61:
I no longer remember a time in my life before I heard this song.
Viewing # 62:
I no longer remember other songs.
Viewing # 63:
That weird dance Danielle Fishel does is amking me irrationally angry.
Viewing # 64:
This is making me hate the city of New York as a whole.
Viewing # 65:
Why does Cardigan have so many sweaters and coats? How cold is it in that school?
Viewing # 66:
You know, you wouldn’t need a sweater if you actually wore a shirt under your cardigan like a normal person.
Viewing # 67:
This is making me hate everyone involved in it.
Viewing # 68:
This is making me retroactively hate Boy Meets World.
Viewing # 69:
None of those fake New York landmarks are anywhere near each other in real life. Who researched this?
Viewing # 70:
You know, I’m starting to understand why the little brother is faceplanting into his bowl.
Viewing # 71:
I like how they tried to wedge a globe into every scene set at school. It’s an apporiate homage to the original.
Viewing # 72:
Either that or the production designer got paid by the globe.
Viewing # 73:
Feeney never had this many globes. Cory, what would Feeny do?
Viewing # 74:
I miss Mr. Feeny.
Viewing # 75:
I miss Eric.
Viewing # 76:
I miss everyone but Cory and Topanga. They’re the reason I have to keep watching this. They’re dead to me now.
Viewing # 77:
The lyrics to this song are dumb. I mean, “Stuck by lightning/my heart’s beating like a drum?” Come on.
Viewing # 78:
I feel like being struck by lightning would result in your heart stopping, not beating faster.
Viewing # 79:
Although, in retrospect, they’re probably better than “Wandering down this road that we call life/wondering what we’re doing.”
Viewing # 80:
Actually, you know what? I think I’m starting to come around to this song again.
Viewing # 81:
Why is New Shawn playing softball in a subway station? Why did it take me this long to notice?
Viewing # 82:
Why are they just crouching in the hallway? You’re in a school, there are chairs everywhere. Go find one.
Viewing # 83:
Do you think New Shawn’s sparkly jacket comes in adult sizes?
Viewing # 84:
I feel like the whole Cory/Riley hand-on-chin bit is supposed to be endearing, but it’s just coming off as trite.
Viewing # 85:
Is Cardigan just blatantly using his cell phone in class? Why is nobody yelling at him for that?
Viewing # 86:
I’m not even processing the words to this song anymore. It might as well be an instrumental.
Viewing # 87:
I feel like this theme needs more buckets of water being dumped on people’s heads. I volunteer.
Viewing # 88:
The little brother’s dramatic performance just reminds me of Eric’s weird one-man show. I miss Eric.
Viewing # 89:
The guitar at the beginning of this song is so over-processed, it barely even resembles a guitar anymore.
Viewing # 90:
I’m pretty sure I barely resemble a person anymore. I’m a shell of a person.
Viewing # 91:
I regret ever being excited about Girl Meets World in the first place.
Viewing # 92:
That being said, I’m probably going to watch every episode. Cory’s dorkiness is winning me over again.
Viewing # 93:
Or I have some sort of TV-related Stockholm Syndrome. I can’t tell anymore.
Viewing # 94:
Riley has a huge bedroom for an apartment in New York.
Viewing # 95:
Topanga’s ‘90s revival bangs look like someone dropped an animal on her head. I don’t remember her actual ‘90s bangs being that bad.
Viewing # 96:
They didn’t even try to make those trees in “Central Park” look real.
Viewing # 97:
Oh, thank god, I’m almost done.
Viewing # 98:
If I ever hear the phrase “Take on the world” again, I might lose my mind.
Viewing # 99:
I do enjoy how, in the end, every Disney Channel title card looks exactly the same.
Viewing # 100:
It’s not that bad, in the end. I might be on board with it. I’m gonna skip the titles whenever I watch it, though. I’m never listening to them ever again.
Girl Meets World is available on the WATCH Disney Channel streaming service starting tomorrow, and will premiere on actual televisions on June 27 at 9:45 PM, which is insane.
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To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar was ahead of its time. Audiences can easily take for granted the immense importance of this film. It’s a high profile film in the 1990s that features three high profile actors, Patrick Swayze, John Leguizamo, and Wesley Snipes playing gay men. Granted, they spend 99 percent of the movie in drag, but the film is monumental for the community. There’s wider acceptance of the gay community, appreciation for the art form of drag due to RuPaul’s Drag Race, and education about the clear distinctions between drag performers and trans women. But in 1995 this wasn’t the case. Sadly, this film is considered more of a cult classic than a major motion picture. All the same, the film is hilarious, quotable, and politically responsible. Here are some fun facts about the film:
Wesley Snipes and Jennifer Garner got to second base with the same man.Before he found success on Alias, Garner’s ex Michael Vartan had a major role in this film. In one scene, he antagonizes the ladies and Snipes grabs his privates and drags him by his member for an extended period of time.
Queen of 30 Rock You might think that Tracy Morgan and Snipes look equally bad in drag, but the real connection is Kathy Geiss. The nonverbal, unicorn loving CEO of GE was played by Marceline Hugot. She plays Katina one of the town’s residents in the film.
One Degree from Mindy Kaling As great as it would be to imagine Kaling playing a character named Noxema Jackson, the real connection is Beth Grant who plays The Mindy Project’s irate nurse Beverly also played irate townsperson Loretta.
Catwoman Connection Not only did the three leads all star with notable Catwoman Newmar in this film, all three have also starred with the most infamous Catwoman Halle Berry. Leguizamo in Executive Decision, Swayze in Father Hood, and Snipes in Jungle Fever. Snipes even dated Berry.
Start Your Engines, May the Best Woman Live Leguizamo has not been shy about his major friction with the late Swayze on set. Swayze was method and Leguizamo was improvising and making jokes to get more screen time. He says the two physically got into a fight until it was broken up by production. ChiChi, you in danger, girl!
A Cavalcade of Drag Stars This film was one of the first major motion pictures about drag. It gave early acting credits to RuPaul, Lady Bunny, Coco Peru, Laritza Dumount, and Flotilla DeBarge. It also was a major credit for the first transwoman on television Candis Cayne. Talk about helping to define the stars of tomorrow.
Work it Out! David Barton the founder of the popular New York City gym franchise has an early role as a muscle boy.
Drag is Leguizamo’s Bread and Butta’ By the time he did To Wong Foo, Leguizamo had already becoming accustomed to acting in drag. He played female roles in his one-man shows Mambo Mouth, Spic-O-Rama, and on his Fox series House of Buggin’.
Robin Williams: The Drag Years Although uncredited with his hilarious cameo, this film is sandwiched between Williams other two drag movies. In 1993, he gave old lady realness in Mrs. Doubtfire. In 1996, he played husband to a drag performer in The Birdcage.
Thanks for Everything, Carol Lynley! Before the producers secured the rights to Newmar’s name their alternate actress for the iconic photo that inspired the queens was Fantasy Island star Lynley. It doesn’t have the same ring to it, and she isn’t quite as statuesque.
It all goes back to Chinese Food. The name of the film was taken from a photo at a Times Square Chinese Restaurant that was later seen in the film where the ladies find the photo.
Curse of Wong Foo? Both Mel Gibson and Gary Oldman were in talks to potentially play drag queens in the film.
Is that a corn cob in your pocket, ma’am? Swayze surprised Chris Penn during the scene where he discovers Vida Boheme is a man. He hid a corn cob in his dress. Way to commit.