What’s New: A Catch Up

Welcome back to my blog, friends! I’ve had a crazy month and a half or so of schoolwork, internship projects, and freak-outs about life that kept me from blogging regularly, but with summer on the horizon, I’m trying to get back into a nice writing routine!

Recently, I purposely made a post about my Tony nomination predictions so it was out before award announcements, and am planning on a reaction post to seeing the Broadway musical Bandstand. For now, as a nice catch-up to get the blog back in order, I wanted to do a News Worthy-esque post about recent cultural news or events that excited me!

Theatre

Jessie Mueller and Joshua Henry are starring in a Broadway revival of Carousel next year. The sound that came out of my mouth when I saw this headline was not human. I love Jessie Mueller, and recently fell in love with my birthday buddy Joshua Henry through his HamJams on Instagram. I love how this is a pairing no one would have really considered in casting speculation but now that it’s happening, everyone loves it! The fact that a black man was cast as Billy in Carousel is also huge and amazing. With a My Fair Lady revival already announced for next season as well, the 2018 musical revival category is looking pretty strong.

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Read All About It: Favorite New York Times Profiles

One of my biggest pleasures is reading the physical weekend papers of The New York Times. I have an online account with the Times, so when I’m at school, I check its site on a daily basis for both breaking news and feature articles. I pass its office building in Manhattan a lot, and get a bit of chill whenever I see the newspaper’s classic font sprawled above the entrance. When I’m home, going through all of the special weekend sections is the perfect way to start my day. My favorite sections include the Sunday Styles, Arts & Leisure, Travel, and Metropolitan, and I love the “What I Love,” “Sunday Routine,” and “Modern Love” series. While I obviously appreciate NYT for the hard news it covers, its profiles of people are my absolute favorite things. I’ve talked a little bit about my love of well-written profiles, and longer profiles in magazines are great, but nothing beats a short and sweet profile in The New York Times. 

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Emmys 2016: A Reaction

In the last nine years or so of regularly watching award shows, a lot of ceremonies inevitably blend together. When an Emmys ceremony once again has Jimmy Kimmel as host – or any late night comedian, for that matter – it feels like something we’ve seen one too many times. Is it because, even if it’s only happened once before, any late night host at an award show is a safe and familiar prospect? Does our (perhaps daily) habit of watching their interview or viral clips give us the feeling that we’ve seen any and all things a host is capable of?

I found Jimmy Kimmel to be a strong host of Sunday night’s 68th Primetime Emmy Awards. I’ve given up on truly critiquing an award show host simply because, in today’s TV climate, I feel that the same old jokes will be recycled, no matter who is on that stage. This leaves me with no judging system besides equating host success to few cringe-worthy moments.

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News Worthy: 8/29 – 9/2

Here we go with regularly scheduled News Worthy posts again!

News

Gene Wilder died at the age of 83 this week, and whenever a film icon of my childhood dies, it sort of numbs me for a while – like many others, I grew up watching Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Wilder’s death marks yet another loss from the 1960s-70s era that I see as the last period in which movie stars maintained an elusive privacy that made you see a character they were playing, not the actual actor. I just think he was so classy and really recognized the difference in today’s film industry versus the time he was most active. I found the interview below a year or two ago, and, about two minutes in, he actually touches upon how loud and unnecessarily crass today’s films can be. Wilder’s Young Frankenstein screenplay was nominated for an Oscar, and I think that detail and his remarks in this video show that he was a very selective person who really understood film.

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News Worthy 4/18 – 4/22

Hello, hello!

Articles

It’s no secret that I find the royal family fascinating and just love the history behind the lineage and monarchy. So, I obviously adored the photo of Queen Elizabeth with her three heirs, and loved reading this New York Times article about the plans for her 90th birthday and why she is such a strong figure for Britain. It made my night when other photos, including the one of the queen with her great-grandchildren and two youngest grandchildren, came out later that day. I was in London in September when the queen became the longest-reigning monarch, and even snapped a picture of a sign on a cab that read “Congratulations, your Majesty.”

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News Worthy 2/29 – 3/4

Happy March, everybody!

Videos

I forgot to include this in last week’s post, but as mentioned in my Pop Culture Bucket List, I was in the studio audience for a Seth Meyers taping last Monday. It was an amazing experience, and my new goal is to attend Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert tapings in the future. Surprisingly, one of my favorite segments of the show was with Seth’s close friend, comedian Neal Brennan. Basically feeling like a stilted adult, Neal created an “In Memoriam” video for their friendship, as Seth is having a baby soon.

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Pop Culture Bucket List

I was lucky enough to achieve some pop-cultural goals last semester when I was abroad, such as taking the Harry Potter studio tour, playing Ain’t No Sunshine and Portobello Road in my head as I visited the Portobello Road Market, and embracing my inner Mary-Kate Olsen while seeing Kensington Gardens’ Peter Pan statue.

However, who is ever truly satisfied with what has already transpired? There are so many other events and sights related to pop culture that I want to do and see in the future, so I wanted to share some of them today!

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News Worthy: 2/15 – 2/19

I’m really enjoying writing these posts every week. It’s reassuring to always have something to post even if I’ve had a busy or not so creative week!

Videos

As tired as Garry Marshall’s tendency to force as much plot into these “holiday” movies as possible has gotten, I’m still a sucker for his fluffy, harmless movies. Although it seems that he’s reaching a little far with Mother’s Day and the story looks totally unoriginal, the trailer is still cute. Will I see it in theaters? Definitely not. Get it through Redbox or watch it once it streams on Netflix? Sure.

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