Being a fan of pop culture, I enjoy getting to see and meet celebrities. Since I’ve been in Las Vegas, I’ve been lucky with the celebrity encounters that I have experienced. I love that I am able to document these occasions for all of you who read this blog and follow me on Facebook. The following list is celebrities that I would like to meet, talk to, and take pictures of them and with them. This is not a complete list (the actual list is already long and gets longer every day).
- Neil Patrick Harris: I have been a fan of Neil’s ever since he was on Doogie Howser M.D. He’s a great actor and he’s also a magician. He and his husband, David Burtka come to Vegas quite often.
- Kristen Chenoweth: The star of ABC’s new drama GCB, Kristen is someone who seems like she would be very cool to meet.
- Adele: There are many reasons I would love to meet the Grammy-winning singer but the biggest reason of all is that she and I were both born on May 5. True I am 10 years older than her but it is so awesome to share a birthday with one of the best singers of all time.
- Cameron Crowe: I have been a fan of Cameron Crowe ever since Jerry Maguire but it was his films Almost Famous and Elizabethtown that made me take a professional interest in him. The guy puts some of the best music in his films because he understands how much of an impact the right song in the right place can make.
- Jennifer Lopez: I first became aware of Jennifer when she starred in the movie Selena. Since then she has become a superstar in all sense of the word.
- Ellen Degeneres and Portia De Rossi: For me, meeting Ellen and Portia has a lot to do with the fact that they are amazing as a couple. Also, I know that it would be fun to meet Ellen because she is someone who would leave a lasting impression, and Portia is a classy lady that always looks fantastic.
- Anne Rice: After reading Interview With the Vampire in high school, I started reading other books by Rice and found my favorite book that Anne Rice wrote was Exit to Eden. I loved Anne’s take on the whole S & M scene complete with an island resort that makes Fantasy Island a bit too tame compared to Rice’s Eden.
- Heather Locklear: A seasoned veteran in the primetime soap genre, Locklear is known for many roles in her acting career. Every week when I was a teenager, I would watch Melrose Place to see what Locklear’s character, Amanda Woodward, would do.
- Dedire Hall: I have been a fan of Days of Our Lives since I was a kid and for me Dedire Hall is soap opera royalty. During her career as Doctor Marlena Evans on Days, Hall has been in storylines involving demonic possession, serial killers, and evil twins.
- Sarah Michelle Gellar: From the moment I saw the first episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I became a fan of Sarah Michelle Gellar. I loved her as Daphne in the Scooby Doo movies and loved her role in Cruel Intentions. Her new show, Ringer, is one of the best shows on TV.
Again, I would like to stress this is a sampling of my long and ever-growing list of celebs I would like to meet. I am happy with every celebrity I meet.
Continuing the theme from yesterday’s article, today’s article focuses on the television shows and video games of the 1990s. Before I go on, though, I want to thank a high school friend, Chris Dotson, for giving me the idea for these articles.
The ’90s brought a wealth of television programs that changed the landscape of pop culture. Even though the first episode of The Simpsons aired on December 17, 1989, it was the only episode of the longest running show that aired in that year. The Simpsons hit its stride during the early part of the 1990s. Thanks to the 22 seasons and still going show, The Simpsons paved the way for other cartoons such as South Park, Family Guy, and Futurama in primetime. The ’90s was also a good decade for science-fiction shows. One of those shows was The X-Files. During the nine seasons of this series and a movie, The X-Files developed a cult following almost as large as the Trekkies. Then there was Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Buffy not only redefined the horror genre with the girl being the hero instead of the damsel in distress, but also had a significant impact on pop culture. The ’90s also gave way to a revival of the primetime soap and leading this revival was the man behind ’80s primetime soap, Dynasty, Aaron Spelling. In October of 1990, the Fox network introduced Spelling’s latest primetime soap, Beverly Hills, 90210. The show proved to be a huge success for Fox and at the end of Season 2 paved the way for the spin-off, Melrose Place. Beverly Hills, 90210 lasted 10 seasons and was the inspiration for the current 90210 on the CW. Some of the best sitcoms made their debut in the ’90s: Friends, Will & Grace, and Seinfeld.
The 1990s also saw a renaissance in video games. In 1991, Nintendo released their second generation console, the Super Nintendo. That same year Sega introduced the first game of their most popular franchise, Sonic the Hedgehog, on the Sega Genesis. Soon thereafter Sonic became the company’s official mascot. Sony introduced their first generation console , the Playstation, in 1994 prompting the beginning of the video game console wars between Nintendo and Sony. The game to make Sony Playstation a success did not come until 1997. The game, Final Fantasy VII, revolutionized the video game industry and went on to sell a total of 2.3 million copies.
The ’90s introduced us to the new innovations in movies and video games, gave us spectacular characters that stand the test of time, and changed the landscape of music. There was so much going on in this decade that it’s hard to cover all of it just two articles, but I think I covered a good amount of why the ’90s was the best decade for pop culture.
I am really looking forward to this direct to video offering from Warner Brothers. I have been a fan of Batman since the first Batman movie came out in 1989 and finally we get to see one of the best Batman stories ever written as a movie. As a plus, Eliza Dushku from Buffy the Vampire Slayer is playing Selina Kyle/ Catwoman.
It’s summertime again and for those of us who follow certain TV shows it means one thing, reruns. Luckily, we now live in a time where you can stream old television shows and movies through your TV. For those of you who have Netflix, it may be hard to choose what to watch among the hundreds of movies and television shows available streaming, In this article, I will give you some suggestions.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer/ Angel: For those of you who are sci-fi/ horror fans, it time to rewatch, or watch for the first time, the adventures of the vampire slayer and her former boyfriend who is a vampire with a soul. BTVS has always been one of my favorite shows and in my opinion, well-written and ahead of its time. As I have said before, Buffy and Angel are, by far, better than the Twilight Saga because the character are more relatable.
- Arrested Development: Even though this show only lasted three seasons, it is an engaging comedy. The cast consists of great actors like Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Tony Hale, Michael Sera, and Will Arnett. The story revolves around the Bluth family and their misfortunes with the family business.
- Ally McBeal: This quirky comedy follows the lead character of the same name and her fellow lawyers of Cage & Fish Law Firm as they take on bizarre cases from a nurse being sued for having real breasts to a man suing Sting for ruining his marriage.
- Melrose Place: Created as a spinoff to Beverly Hills, 90210, Melrose Place is about the lives of the tenants of 4616 Melrose Place. At first, the show suffered poor ratings until Heather Lockear was cast as the bitchy Amanda. Melrose Place was known for the characters playing musical beds. After you watch the entire run of the original Melrose Place, watch 2009 remake of the show.
With tonight’s season finale of 90210 revolving around the new West Bev gang graduating from high school, I thought I would do an article on memorable high school graduations on television. Continue reading “Television High School Graduations”
As most of you are aware, the latest chapter in the Twilight movie saga, Eclipse, opens tonight at midnight. When this “phenomenon” started, I could care less about it because I thought it was specifically geared towards teenage girls. Then a month ago, my sister-in-law sent me the first two books, Twilight and New Moon, so I decided to forgo my prejudices and read Stephanie Myer’s vampire saga. Continue reading “The Twilight "Phenomenon"”