‘The Mindy Project’ is doing something fascinating

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When The Mindy Project first aired in 2012, I was charmed by its commitment to being like a romantic comedy, complete with the sweet tropes and cliches that are inherent in the genre. The show, of course, convinced me that Mindy would get her happy ending, and she did…for a while.

Spoiler alert: if you haven’t watched the mid-season finale of The Mindy Project, there will be spoilers below the jump!

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10 things to do instead of watching the Republican debate

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If you’re not interested in watching the Republican debate tonight, but someone in your house is, I’m in the same grumpy boat. I fully support being engaged in democracy, don’t get me wrong! (I even wrote about the first Republican debate here.) This time around, I’m opting out. If you’re considering opting out, too, here’s a list of stuff to do that doesn’t have Donald Trump in it.

  1. Watch all the videos on Annamarie Tendler’s beauty blog series, The Other Side, and then try funky stuff with your makeup.
  2. Go for a jog and listen to a podcast episode. Here are three good ones: 1, 2, 3.
  3. See a movie by yourself. Creed is great, and still in theaters.
  4. Read a book! I’m re-reading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince right now.
  5. Watch a holiday movie. My favorites are: Christmas Vacation, A Christmas Story and Die Hard.
  6. Speaking of Die Hard, have you see the latest episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine?
  7. Here’s a list of all Golden Globes nominees. Haven’t seen Spy yet? Now’s the perfect time, and oh, also, it’s freakin’ hilarious.
  8. Make a fancy or unusual meal. (I like putting Chicken Tikka Masala in tortillas to make Tikka Tacos!)
  9. Catch up with a friend!
  10. Sleep. Sleep is a wonderful alternative to watching the GOP battle it out.

Serial is back, and so is the weekend!

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The weekend is upon us! Any fun plans? My sweet friend Tessa (and frequent Bite Size contributor) is visiting me in Philly this weekend, so naturally we’ll be eating cheesesteaks all weekend. Here are some things to do this weekend…

Serial is back! Listen to it here.

This article about Michelle Obama cracked me up.

Snap judging the new Bachelor contestants. (I LOVE THE BACHELOR.)

I was a big Roald Dahl fan as a kid, so the trailer for The BFG is obviously going to be on this list.

A badass video of the best films of 2015.

Finally, if you’re looking for a fun movie to watch over the weekend with friends or on a date night, I highly, highly recommend Dope. It got an 88% on Rotten Tomatoes, and you can rent it at a Redbox near you.

(This is not my dog! It’s a picture of my beloved former neighbors’ dog who I was watching for a weekend. It’s from my Instagram.)

 

Kanye Korner: Welcome to the world, Saint West!

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Guys! There’s a new mini-West in our midst! That’s right, y’all – last weekend Kimye welcomed a teeny baby boy by the name of Saint West. Baby Saint was born on Saturday, December 5 at Cedars-Sinai Hospital (that magical cradle of Hollywood civilization). Our hopes of another directionally-themed name are dashed, but either way…hooray for the probably sleep-deprived parents!

Unfortunately, I won’t end up getting the sister musical duo I had hoped for, but not all is lost! I’m imagining little North and Saint as later versions of Willow and Jaden Smith, complete with the avant garde style and incomprehensible tweets.

I also appreciate that Kanye’s naming strategy gives the new Baby West an early ego boost (although Saint is probably far too busy gurgling and pooping to worry about his ego). This holy naming scheme brings us back to Yeezus, when Kanye had the audacity to proclaim himself a god on the album’s third track. His willingness to extend that confidence to his kiddos just makes me feel all fuzzy inside.

We still haven’t gotten any pictures of Saint, but rumor has it he looks a lot like his big sister. Be still, my heart.

I can’t wait to see little Saint grow up to be a nutty celebrity kid. Congratulations to the Kardashian-Wests!

-Sarah

(Photo from Kim’s Instagram.)

Ryan Adams covers Taylor Swift’s “1989”

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Starting in August of this year, singer-songwriter Ryan Adams, who I basically only know because he was the former Mr. Mandy Moore, began posting a series of social media posts that might change the course of the universe. Just kidding. Maybe.

What he did post were videos of him covering songs from Taylor Swift’s newest album 1989, which Taylor apparently fully endorsed, as evidenced by the following Twitter exchange:

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Adams’ reimagining of 1989 was released on September 21, 2015 exclusively on the Internet. It’s received interesting reviews, and I listened to it a few times over the last week from front to back before realizing that it’s not quite a cover of the album as much as it is a reimagining of Taylor’s original record.
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Happy weekend!

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Heath Ledger:

It’s (finally) the weekend! What are your plans? I’m planning on laying low while the Pope is in town!

Here’s a weekly round up of some stuff you may want to do this weekend…

I keep hearing about Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff, so I put it on request at the library! Have you read it or do you plan to?

Did you hear what the next season of Serial will cover? It’s so exciting!

The Muppets new TV show aired it’s first episode this week. Did you catch it? What did you think? Ratings are strong, but the reviews are bleak.

Sam Smith released his song for the upcoming James Bond feature, Spectre. You can listen to it here.

Finally, there’s been stuff on the news about Martin Shkreli, the hedge-fund manager turned pharmaceutical CEO, who bought the rights to a life-saving drug and then raised the price 5000%. But did you know he was an investor in a tiny record label, Collect Records, run by Thursday’s Geoff Rickly?

What role does popular culture play in politics?

Republican presidential candidates from left, Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Scott Walker, Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and John Kasich take the stage for the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) ORG XMIT: OHJM122

Last week, I spent the better part of a weekday evening watching the Republic debate on CNN. Moderated by CNN’s Jake Tapper, the event was the most watched show ever to air on the news network, with approximately 23 million tuning in to watch the candidates go tête à tête.

One of the questions really struck a chord with me and with all the other political and culture blogs out there. When asked which woman they would put on the $10 bill, the candidates seemed at a loss for any women, let alone an American one. Jeb Bush named Margaret Thatcher, who was Britain’s first female Prime Minister. Dr. Ben Carson named his mother. Mike Huckabee named his wife. Ohio’s governor, John Kasich, named Mother Teresa…who is definitely an icon, but not an American one. Senator Marco Rubio, Senator Ted Cruz and Donald Trump all named Rosa Parks, but conveniently forgot that she was a huge advocate for Planned Parenthood in her later life, an organization that they’d all like to defund.

The answers really, really sucked, and I started to realize how much the GOP is lacking in cultural knowledge and awareness. The discussion of who to put on the $10 bill has been going on since this spring! I’ve heard some great suggestions, from Harriet Tubman to Sandra Day O’Connor, from Oprah to Beyoncé. For candidates to have pop culture savvy is crucial if they want to win, and even more important if they want their supporters to stay engaged. But is it fair to expect our politicians to stay up-to-date on popular culture?
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