Fans of the former TGIF sitcom Boy Meets World have been anxiously awaiting the debut of Disney Channel's tween-com Girl Meets World ever since the pilot was first ordered. Recently, the cable network finally released a short clip showing a now grown Cory (Ben Savage) and Topanga (Danielle Fishel) interacting with their adorable daughter Riley (Spy Kids: All the Time in the World's Rowan Blanchard). Excitement over seeing Savage and Fishel once again arm-in-arm as Cory and Topanga spread across social media, as fans of the '90s show began quickly sharing the clip.
Girl Meets World marks a departure for the Disney Channel as they attempt to market a show just as much to the parents of their normal six-to-12-year-old target audience. Someone who was 12 in 1993 when the original began — as Fishel was — is now 33, an age when it's entirely plausible to have children in the appropriate demographic.
By putting the focus on the children of one of TV's favorite teen couples, the network and producer Michael Jacobs have hit upon a way for the fans of the former show to look in on old favorites without having to worry too much about what's transpired. This isn't a Dawson's Creek-style flash-forward with a beloved character (Michelle Williams' Jen) on her deathbed. This is a Disney-style look in.
There's something reassuring about seeing a pair of characters that we cared about in the middle of their happy ending. We watched Cory and Topanga meet as kids and come together as teens, and we followed them right up until their wedding. Now they're still married with two kids and a nice home. It's like going to visit that one high school couple that is still perfectly content with their lives. Whether it happens all the time or not, it's nice to know that it happens sometimes.
More importantly, by blending nostalgia with the formula that Disney Channel has employed with its other live action hits like Jessie and Good Luck, Charlie, the show provides a unique opportunity for parents to actively watch with their children. Not in an obligatory sense, but in a true "I have to see this" way. Family-oriented sitcoms were once a staple of network television, but now those shows have largely moved to cable… taking many of the same writers/producers with them.
The marketing of Girl Meets World has produced something that 10-year-olds and their moms both want to see… how often does a TV show do that these days? As parents fill their kids in on who the older characters are, the kids can fill their parents in on what Riley is talking about with her friends. If that leads to a discussion of things transpiring in real life, well, that's a beautiful thing. Many movies and TV shows have paid lip service to providing such an opening for parents… GMW seems legitimately positioned to actually deliver on that promise.
Jacobs has lined up a series of cameos from the original series to keep the parents entertained including Cory's brother and parents (Will Friedle, Betsy Randle and William Russ), William Daniels' persnickety Mr. Feeny, and Rider Strong's brooding Shawn Hunter. Even Lee Norris, whose character Minkus was written off the show after the first season, makes an appearance as the father of Riley's friend Farkle (Corey Fogelmanis). It's hard to say why it's so good to see Mr. Feeny again — the show tweeted a photo of Daniels on set — but it just is.
Keeping with the family feel, it's come out during the promotion of the new show that most of the original cast — particularly Savage, Fishel, Strong, and Friedle — have remained friends since Boy Meets World ended in 2000. Even though most of the acting will be done by the new kids, Strong and Savage are each also taking a turn sitting in the director's chair on GMW.
The show can't live off of the nostalgia of parents alone. Blanchard's Riley and her BFF Maya (Sabrina Carpenter) have to connect with the normal Disney Channel audience, and really there's no way to predict whether or not that will happen. No matter whether the new show is a ratings success or not, fans of Boy Meets World will enjoy catching up with their old friends… and maybe share a few nice moments with their kids at the same time. As was the case the first time, having Cory and Topanga around makes television a nicer place.
The cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 6 has finally been officially released after being leaked online ages ago. The new trailer has everyone gagging over the amazing celebrity guest judges, the higher production value, and the amazing queen moments. A queen does a death drop when she first walks into the studio! The caliber and expectations of the queens are definitely getting higher. RuPaul may have trouble picking America's Next Drag Superstar.
Judging from the trailer Khloe Kardashian, Adam Lambert, Paula Abdul, and Sheryl Lee Ralph will be judges. Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka also appear in matching outfits and may be performing as one judge. NewNowNext reports that other judges include Game of Thrones star Lena Headey, The Exorcist star Linda Blair, Leah Remini, Jaime Pressly, Community’s Gillian Jacobs, Chaz Bono and Cher’s mom, Georgia Holt.
It looks like the acting challenge may be a horror challenge since the girls are covered in blood and Ms. Blair is present. There also has to be a Cher challenge. RuPaul is a die-hard Cher fan and since Cher’s son and mother will be there as judges it seems to make sense. There will be the requisite sitcom challenge that will probably be judged by Remini and Jacobs. There also may be another musical challenge since Abdul and Ralph are judges. If there wasn't so much time to wait we wouldn't have to speculate, Ru!
This looks like it’s bound to be an amazing season.
Here are some amazing quotes from the trailer alone:
We’re drag queens in a f***ing competition; the only thing worse is prison. -Bianca del Rio
I appeared on American Idol. I looked like a lesbian Jonas brother. - Adore Delano (Danny Noriega)
Basic Bitches not wanted. - Khloe Kardashian
This is the motherf***ing Olympics! - RuPaul
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Ol' Dirty Bastard's widow has hit back at allegations she is to blame for the last-minute cancellation of a New York documentary screening about the late rapper, insisting organisers had known about her objections well in advance. Friends and fans of the tragic star, real name Russell Jones, had gathered at the Brooklyn Historic Academy of Music last week (15Nov13) to view Dirty: Platinum Edition, which was shot by the star's cousin, Stephon Turner, but the screening was halted moments before it was due to be unveiled after organiser Chris Kanik was served with a cease and desist order from estate lawyers, preventing him from airing the film.
However, Icelene Jones, who controls the Wu-Tang Clan star's estate, claims the event could have been axed at least two weeks earlier - as she had already made her feelings about the documentary known.
She tells XXL magazine, "It (the ban) wasn't a last minute thing. The communication has been very clear. The letter (cease and desist) didn't go out the day of; this is something that's been going back and forth for a while. And that's what they tried to make it seem like - like Icelene Jones messed up everybody's good time and stopped everybody from seeing the film."
Jones' manager, Melissa Jacobs, reveals estate officials had asked for money "up front" for permission to use ODB's likeness in the film, but Kanik refused, insisting they were motivated by "greed".
Jacobs adds, "We are the estate of Russell Jones, we have been appointed by the courts. You're using his birthday, you're using his picture, you're promoting this event... Then when we ask for compensation he's trying to make it sound like we're asking for something we're not entitled to have."
Ol' Dirty Bastard passed away in 2004 from a drug overdose.
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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Supermodel Naomi Campbell has revealed she called Victoria Beckham personally to question her about model choices for her London Fashion Week catwalk show. The British beauty launched a campaign to highlight race issues on the runway last month (Sep13). She admits the former Spice Girls star became one of her top targets, and featured on a letter she sent to officials at the fashion world's governing body, after only one non-white model was selected for her most recent British show.
Now spearheading the anti-racism Diversity Coalition with David Bowie’s wife Iman, Campbell reveals she personally demanded answers from Beckham.
She tells British tabloid The Mirror, ''I called Victoria and I spoke to her. I don’t want to pin-point anyone. It isn’t a blame game. Everyone’s name was on that letter because they’d done it. It could have been completely unintentional. She is one of the designers on there like anyone else.”
The open letter named Beckham, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan and Marc Jacobs among the “fashion houses guilty of this racist act”.
Beckham was upset to be named among the list, but defiant Campbell insists she didn't fear naming names: "There is no way to candycoat this sort of thing. You have to be straight. We had the percentages and we were armed with the facts and you can’t be nervous about upsetting people.
"I speak the truth. People might not like it but I am doing it.”
Soul queen Aretha Franklin returned to the stage to perform in New York on Tuesday night (22Oct13) after months of ill health. The 71 year old has been battling health problems since 2010, when she underwent an operation to remove a tumour. Her professional life has since been blighted after undisclosed issues forced to her cancel a string of shows throughout 2013.
But she made her comeback in glamorous style earlier this week when she performed her classic hit Respect at the 30th annual Night of Stars Gala in Manhattan.
Designer Marc Jacobs was honoured with the event's Superstar Award in recognition of his talents. He was presented with the award by pop star Miley Cyrus, who told the crowd she had considered joining Franklin onstage to re-enact her infamous appearance at the MTV Music Video Awards in August (13).
Cyrus told the crowd, "If I knew that was where Aretha was going (with her performance) I would have come out here. She asked me if I was going to twerk, but I didn't know if this was the right audience for that."
Other winners at the event included style gurus Christopher Kane, Angela Missoni and Alexander Wang, while guests such as Sofia Coppola, Kate Upton and Karlie Kloss walked the red carpet.
Actresses-turned-designers Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's obsession with fashion began with re-structuring their costumes on the set of U.S. sitcom Full House. The 27-year-old twins rose to fame in their breakout role as Michelle Tanner on the popular TV programme, but have since turned away from life in Hollywood in favour of becoming leading designers in the fashion world.
In an interview with style site Net-a-Porter.com's magazine The Edit, the sisters reveal their love for clothes was ignited on the very show that made them famous, as they had to re-imagine their costumes by designers like Chanel and Marc Jacobs, in order to fit their smaller frames.
Ashley reveals, "On Full House we would be in six-hour fittings three times a week, because we had to wear 12 different outfits."
Mary-Kate adds, "We were designing clothes for ourselves as we were so petite, so I think that is when we became obsessed with fit, and now the obsession has become a profession."
In 2006, the Olsens created a high-fashion line called The Row, which has been critically acclaimed by style experts around the world.
Aretha Franklin is delighted to be working on new music after recovering from an undisclosed illness. The soul singer, 71, has been battling health issues since 2010 when she underwent surgery to remove a tumour. She has repeatedly cancelled shows throughout 2013 but denied rumours her medical problems are related to pancreatic cancer.
A slim-downed Franklin performed Etta James' At Last at a Detroit hotel on Wednesday (16Oct13) ahead of jetting to New York to attend a party held in designer Marc Jacobs' honour.
She tells the Detroit News her return to work has lifted her spirits, adding, "The side effects (of treatment) were rough. But I'm glad to be back in it!... I need a party after what I've been through. I spent most of the summer in bed. But everything is good now, good to go."
Designer Marc Jacobs is leaving global luxury brand Louis Vuitton after 16 years. The designer whose clients include Kate Moss, Sofia Coppola and Victoria Beckham, has decided to part ways with the company to focus on his own brand.
The announcement was made by company chairman Bernard Arnault on Wednesday (02Oct13), on the same day Jacobs presented his last collection for Louis Vuitton at Paris Fashion Week.
British/Australian actress Joyce Jacobs has died at the age of 91. The beloved personality passed away at a nursing home in Sydney on Sunday (15Sep13) following a decade long battle with Parkinson's disease.
After moving Down Under from England in 1962, Jacobs began her acting career, joining an amateur dramatics group before landing regular roles on soap operas Number 96 and The Young Doctors.
She found national fame when she moved to longrunning programme A Country Practice to play gossip Esme Watson. Her stint on the show ran from its pilot in 1981 until 1993. She later reprised her role when the show was briefly rebooted in 1994.
She went on to appear in longrunning medical drama All Saints in 1998 and 2000. Her death comes a year after the passing of her husband of 64 years, Ian.