Rave: TV Show remakes that need to happen

Some people scoff at Hollywood remakes, thinking they are unoriginal and redundant, but maybe some things are just too good to let go of. Okay, so we agree some of them are actually the worst but we are really excited about the upcoming Girl Meets World and the return of Arrested Development. Here are some other shows we believe deserve to be reincarnated: 


Breaker High


Nana,
nanana heyhey!
We cannot think of a single reason why there is no longer a
show on TV about teenagers going to high school on a boat. People WANT to see that. It has all the drama and adolescent
turmoil of your favourite teen dramas, with a spicy nautical twist. Also, if
the original Breaker High helped propel Ryan Gosling
into megastardom (um, Young
Hercules
?)
who knows what young
heartthrobs a new incarnation of the show would produce?

Third Rock from the Sun

Who didn’t love this quirky fun lovin show about a misfit
group of extra terrestrials with the same mission we all have – to try and
understand the human condition (deep, right?). We believe planet Earth is ready for the second coming of the Solomons.
A lot has changed since the series ended in 2000 and it would be interesting to
watch the original cast reprise their roles to see how Dick, Sally, Harry and
Tommy would fare in a world with iPods and Justin
Biebe
r. We would love it if Dick
could rekindle his romance with Mary
Albright
(even though he erased her memory, MIB style) and bring back Larisa
Oleynik
as Tommy’s love interest. Truth Time: We really just want to see
more JGL.

Gilligan’s Island


We are not talking
about this (or LOST for that matter). It would be cool to see a reboot of this classic
set in a modern era. We’re sure a killer
cast could breathe new life to the archetypal characters in a way that honors
the original. What would happen if a
three hour tour went horribly awry in 2013? Would the professor be able to fashion an iPad out of a coconut? Only time will tell.  
  
X Files

Guys-the truth is STILL out there. The recent real life will
they/won’t they rumours
about David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson got us reminiscing about our
supernatural sleuth pals Mulder and Scully. Without giving away too many
spoilers to all of you who are only now halfway through the series on Netflix (we feel
you), we are dying to know happened between then and now. Plus, David Duchovny’s
hit Showtime dramedy Californication
was great, but the last couple of mediocre seasons have left that cancellation
axe dangling pretty perilously and we’d just really like to see him settled
already
.

Supermarket Sweep


If we have to watch one more reality TV show called Extreme Couponing or Help! I Live in a Supermarket Dairy Case
(sidebar: only one of those shows is real. Guess which one!) we might have to
cancel our cable. What happened to good
old-fashioned quiz shows and shopping sprees? All this TV show remake needs is a perfect host – we nominate Dustin
Diamond
. Until the TV Gods hear our plea, we’ll be stuck running up and
down the aisles filling up carts and looking for bonus prizes. 

What shows or movies would you like to see remade (or left alone*) for our next edition? 
*creepy cat eaters can stay in 1990

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Photo Friday: Shirtless Dudes

Okay before we even get into this, to our hetero male readers – don’t be mad. Don’t think of it as objectification or fitsperation.  Just let it happen. It’s been a long week and we’re going to encourage just a little bit of SFW ogling. TGIF Y’ALL!












For the record, Brandon Jay McLaren is only our second favourite power ranger.



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Who is your fave topless hearthrobs? Tweet your (SFW) fave babes @rockitpromo


Fashionable: Eyewear Trends of 2013

Listen up four-eyes; you always knew it would come to this.  In middle school, you were the one squinting
at the board. When Lasik became a thing, you started rolling your pennies. When
the 20/20s were saying “I wish
I had
glasses” you were like, talk to me when you have calluses behind your ears. But
lo, it’s finally YOUR TIME. Now you see
all these white-belt scenesters walking around with their plastic no-prescription lenses and
you are the
ultimate face accessory hipster. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite glasses looks for 2013, PLUS we’re giving away a pair of Derek Cardigan glasses from Clearly Contacts (details at the bottom of the post).



You
wore glasses before they were cool, because you NEEDED them. When we
look at you, we aren’t seeing this:

“Nice glasses! They cover your face hawhawhaw”.

We’re seeing this:
And this:
And we are celebrating. Because we love you and your slightly flawed windows to the soul, and we
are sorry you can’t really get that much out of scuba diving (do they make prescription
goggles?), we are dedicating today to the top eyewear trends of 2013.
Cat Eye


Let us be clear: the cat eye frame is not for cat
ladies.
 The frame’s flared outer edges
and distinct style is a bold fashion choice that conveys confidence and sex
appeal.
 They bring a vintage feel and a
whole lot of sass.
 Notable cat eye
wearers: Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and of course, Lisa Loeb.

Dramatic Patterns

Let’s face it; we can’t all rock animal print all the time. A dramatic patterned frame is a great way to
spice up a drab ensemble.
 Also, you may
find a solid colour frame to be too harsh on lighter skin tones and a
tortoiseshell frame is a perfect compromise.
 

Colourful Arms


If you want a subtler look face-on, but still want to show
your dramatic side, then colourful armed frames are the way to go. This way you get the best of both worlds; a
versatile frame that you can wear day and night, as well as an extra dimension
of style and flare.
Statement Frames

If you just have one of those faces that can’t commit to a
rectangular or square frame, statement frames are made for you.
 Just a bit more pronounced than your average
frame, statement frames are just that – a statement.
 YOU wear these babies, they don’t wear you.
Keyhole detailing


Keyhole cut bridges are a fun detailing that can range from
very pronounced to hardly noticeable. This
funky retro look can be seen on some of our favourite modern style icons and is
a unique way to rock a classic frame.
Got a vision deficiency and want to stay on trend? The first fourth floor follower to tweet a
pic of their favourite coke-bottled celeb to @rockitpromo will win a FREE pair
of Derek Cardigan frames from ClearlyContacts.ca


Fave 5: Oscar Snubs

The Academy Awards, aka. the Oscars, aka. the Superbowl for Women, aka. Hollywood’s Big Night Out (okay, we made that up). No matter what you call it, you likely have an opinion on it – from what Angelina is wearing to who wins the night’s big prize, it all makes its way into water cooler talk the next day. What isn’t talked about though, are those artists and films not nominated. So to give everyone their due, we present our top five Oscar snubs of 2012.

Michael Fassbender (Best Actor)

From the moment we laid eyes on his emaciated frame in Steve McQueen’s Hunger, we knew we’d be seeing a lot of Michael Fassbender on the silver screen. His reunion with McQueen for Shame was one of our favourite performances of the year (and not just because his, errr, member appears in the first two minutes). Not only was Fassbender’s performance raw, honest and gritty, he was also naked for most of the movie. Poor guy.

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Verdict: The Academy hates penises, loves baseball (see: Moneyball).

Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (Best Film)

So, let’s get this straight. The Academy decides to open the Best Film category to include room for ten films, and then they only nominate nine? Not only that, they shut out the final film in one of the most epic movie franchises in history? This film had everything: action, drama, romance, heartbreak, joy – the whole shebang. And it’s not like they haven’t rewarded epic fantasy films in the past (Lord of the Rings: Return of the King won in 2003). 

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Verdict: The Academy hates magic, loves animals (see: War Horse).

Bridesmaids (Best Film)

Again, ten spots and only nine nominations. We know it’s rare for a comedy to take the top prize (the last time was in 1960 for The Apartment), but we were shocked that Bridesmaids didn’t even get the nod. This film was hilarious, sure. But it was also touching, well-acted, really well-written and one of the first all-female leading cast films our boyfriends were happy to watch for a second time. At least Melissa McCarthy got her (very well-deserved) nomination.

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Verdict: The Academy hates women, loves Woody Allen (see: Midnight in Paris).

Tilda Swinton (Best Actress)

We need to talk about We Need To Talk About Kevin. Has any film ever made you question the nature vs. nurture debate more? Swinton’s performance as the long-suffering mother of a mass murdering, school shooter chilled us to the bone. We empathized with her the entire film, but also experienced a very acute sense of schadenfreude.

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Verdict: The Academy hates serial killers, loves goth hackers (see: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo).

Albert Brooks (Best Supporting Actor)
What can we say? We loved Drive! The soundtrack, Ryan Gosling, Brooks’ villanous turn, Ryan Gosling, the costumes, the 90s throwback aesthetic, Ryan Gosling. Okay, we’ll be honest: we’re less outraged by Brooks’ snub than we are that our last shot of having The Gos at the awards in a tux. Le sigh.

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Verdict: The Academy hates Ryan Gosling. Period.

Tune into the Oscars this Sunday! Who do you think was snubbed?

Rave: Top 10 Viral Vids for 2011

Everyone loves a good viral video.  Whether it’s shocking, hilarious or ridiculous, we love a good laugh or witty joke. We have to admit, we’ve watched a lot, but there were a few stand-out favourites this year.  We’ll let these videos speak for themselves.

10. Kanye West, Jay-Z – Otis
One of our favourite music videos of the year, Kanye and Jay-Z chop up a Maybach, rebuild it and drive it around all while being super awesome.   


9. A Harvey Nichols Christmas 2011 – Ever faced a walk of shame? 
Though less viewed than our other selections, Harvey Nichols created a brilliant idea to promote their store during the holidays. Haven’t seen it yet? Only 500,000 have, check it out!


8. Old Spice – The Man Your Man Could Smell Like
Great example of an amazing marketing campaign. With almost 38 million views, it’s by far one of the best commercials we’ve seen in a while. 

7. Denver Official Guilty Dog!
Denver that scoundrel. 

6.Ryan Gosling talks about F*ck Yeah and Hey Girl
Self-explanatory.


5. YouTube Challenge – I Gave My Kids a Terrible Present
A follow-up to “I Told My Kids I Ate All Their Halloween Candy,” Jimmy Kimmell once again reached out to parents and asked them to trick their children and film reactions. These poor children… but hilarious all the same.


4. Nicki Minaj – Super Bass by Sophia Grace Brownlee
It’s hard to find things more adorable than two little girls rocking out to Nicki Minaj.  These two were featured on Ellen and had the chance to go shopping with Minaj after their little music video went viral.

3. The Crazy Nastyass Honey Badger
Ever wonder what a honey badger gets up to? This video takes you on the daily adventures of our favourite marsupial, the honey badger.
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2. Marcel the Shell with shoes on
An adorable shell with shoes. What’s not to love? 

1. Shit Girls Say
Our favourite of the year for sure. Let’s be honest, we’re guilty of most (if not all) of these phrases. We can’t stop smiling! 

City Living: Our top TIFF movie picks

It’s finally here. 

With all the parties, gifting lounges and celebrity sightings that take place during TIFF, it’s sometimes hard to remember the real reason for the fest – the movies. From indie films to documentaries to A-list directors, this year’s programming offers something for every movie-goers’ taste. We understand that with over 300 films to see, it can be hard to choose what to watch. Thankfully, we’re here to help. Below, in no particular order, are the films we’re most excited about.

Drive

Other than the obvious reason we want to see this flick – helloooooo, Ryan Gosling – we’ve always had a soft spot for a good car chase. Drive directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, features Gosling as a Hollywood stunt car driver who moonlights as a wheelman. After a heist goes wrong, he finds out there’s a contract put out on his head. Gosling’s Steve McQueen-esque perfomance coupled with the lovely Carey Mulligan makes this flick a must-see. And if you need one more reason to check it out, the sexual tension between Gosling & Mulligan in the film’s trailer should do it (specifically, the elevator scene). 


Martha Marcy May Marlene

Martha Marcy May Marlene stars Elizabeth Olsen (yes, as in Mary Kate and Ashley’s little sis) as a young woman who flees an abusive cult in the Catskills Mountains. As she tries to assimilate into her sister’s family, her increasing paranoia leads her to believe that the cult and it’s enigmatic leader (John Hawkes) may still be watching her. The trailer scared the bejesus out of us and director Sean Durkin took home the Best Director’s award when it premiered at Sundance, two compelling reasons to check it out.

We Need To Talk About Kevin

When we read Lionel Shriver’s book a few years back, we had a hard time believing it could translate into a feature film. Then we heard Tilda Swinton was cast in the lead role and all faith was restored! This movie tells the story of a school massacre, told from the perspective of the killer’s mother, Eva (Swinton). The narrative travels back and forth in time, in an attempt to grasp the nature of evil and lightly touching on the nature vs. nurture argument. Directed by Lynn Ramsay, this film premiered at Cannes where Swinton earned rave reviews for her compelling performance. 

Take This Waltz
Canadian film darling Sarah Polley returns to TIFF to premiere her newest film. Take This Waltz stars Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Luke Kirby and the hilarious Sarah Silverman in a bittersweet story about a married woman struggling to choose between her husband and a man she’s just met. This film is Polley’s first directorial effort since the much-lauded Away From Her, so expectations are high. 



Machine Gun Preacher
Directed by Marc Forster this film is based on the true story of Sam Childers, an American drug dealing biker who became a crusader for Sudanese child soldiers. Starring Gerard Butler as Sam Childers, Machine Gun Preacher also features Michelle Monaghan, Michael Shannon and Kathy Baker in this heart-wrenching depiction of children at war. Buzz is already building about Butler’s performance, but if you can’t catch it at TIFF, it will be in Toronto and Vancouver theatres on September 30.

See you at the movies! But not until October, when we actually have time to get into a theatre to see something.

Media, Darling: Jeni Besworth

Jeni B. entered the television industry over 12 years ago and never looked back. She has met, produced & interviewed some of the biggest celebrities. Highlights include: helping Pink make a new outfit with scissors & tape seconds before her live performance. Accidentally making a pass at Jon Cryer. Interviewing Tommy Chong from the living room floor after he threw his back out. Becoming the voice of Cribs.
Jeni is currently the supervising producer of Oh So Cosmo on Cosmo TV. Other credits include Open Mike with Mike Bullard, Canadian Idol, the Juno Awards, Walk of Fame, Project Runway Canada, MTV, So You Think You Can Dance Canada and Much Music. And, she is not above unpacking Lady Gaga’s shoes for her.

Twitter: @jenibesworth, @Oh_So_Cosmo 

Did you always want to be in the media? If not, what other careers were on the horizon?  
When I was in high school, my dream was to be on radio. So when I went to Ryerson, I finished the first year, thought I wouldn’t need any more schooling, and promptly left. I’ve been working in TV almost ever since!
Where would you like to be five years from now?
I am not aging very willingly so I don’t love looking ahead five years (ha), but if I must, I’d really like to still be working in a job I love. I have had the good fortune of being employed in this industry very consistently and I’d like to continue working on shows that are smart, informative and relevant. And personally, I hope I’m still kicking ass at being a good mama.

Any advice for people getting started in your industry?
 
Weirdly, it’s not always what you know, it’s how hard you’re willing to work to learn it. I am where I am because someone took a chance on me. Again and again. If you love what you do, and you put your whole heart into it, you’ll see results.

What are your favourite media outlets, not including your own?
I am newly in love with CBC Radio 2 – Drive with Rich Terfry, Q with Jian Ghomeshi, 99.9 Virgin Radio and my girl Taylor Kaye on Kiss 92.5. I watch a multitude of bad television shows – no judgement, it’s “research”. I’m 10 months off Facebook but have fallen in love with Twitter. I also frequent Lainey Gossip, People.com, George Stromboloupoulos’ site. I read Toronto Life, Today’s Parent and I really love Metro when I hop on the subway. 

Best interview you’ve ever had?
Working on the Bullard show was for sure a career highlight. Not only did I get to work with my best friends (and I literally sat across from my BFF every day!), the sheer amount of celebrities that passed through those doors on a regular basis was astounding. When I was the music producer, I not only booked the guests, but of course, pre-interviewed them. One time while trying to get any kind of interview out of Jack Black & Kyle Gass (Tenacious D), they jumped up mid-sentence, started playing air guitar and changed the words of TNT by AC/DC to ‘jeni b’. 

All of the interviews on Cribs have been amazing, as well. These people invite you into their homes and allow you to see them at their most intimate and they’ve almost all been gracious and lovely and kind. Jillian Barberie was a wonderful host. Bif Naked… what can I even say about her? She’s the bees knees. They’ve all exceeded my expectations.
But lastly, my true favourites came from interviewing some of the thousands of competitors that auditioned for Idol & SYTYCDC. My all time favourite thing is talking to “regular” peeps & finding out where they came from and why they are who they are today. Everybody has a story.

Worst?
 
I guess the worst interviews are the ones when you are left hanging. I’m so lucky that there are very few of these in my history.

Best advice you’ve ever been given?
 
My dad told me to “give a firm handshake and look ‘em in the eye.” And John Brunton (CEO of Insight Productions), who gave me my first big job and whom I highly respect, once turned to me while standing on George St. in St. John’s, Newfoundland, after a particularly long and stressful day of casting for Canadian Idol, and said “It’s only TV, baby!”. That has stuck with me for years.

It’s important and it’s wonderful to work in, but we’re not saving anyone’s life here. When everything is going to shit, I always remember that.

What rule(s) do you live your life by?
I’m a type-A, super organized, scheduled kind of gal. So lately I’m trying to be a little more open to living in the moment and realizing that it’s okay to be what I am, with a side of free spirit. One thing I definitely do is live every day with ‘pay it forward’ in mind. I’m the girl that returns my grocery cart to it’s proper place and will change route to help an elderly person up the stairs at the subway. Compassion doesn’t always win in this industry but I will never be able to not play by those rules. Oh, and manners are non-negotiable.

What’s the most important tip you can give PR pros? 

I know how busy everyone is, but a simple response to an inquiry goes a long way. I think taking the time to acknowledge people will make them keep coming back to you over and over.

Best experience you’ve had with a PR pro? We love to hear about #wins.
Honestly? Deb and rock-it. Every time I change jobs, there are lots of names I take with me. But I have a special top 10 that’s comprised of publicists and music reps that I know and love and have complete and total trust and confidence in. Deb and her team are polite and responsive and hard workers and, they’re in the know! Deb is always the first person I contact when I start something new and she always has content and suggestions for me.  [Ed. note: The love is mutual. jeni b is a kick ass producer, and an all around cool chick.]

I hate? Bullshit. And entitlement. And people who are mean to old folks, animals and children.  Being late makes me crazy.

I love?
Lola & Izzie. Tattoos. Cupcakes. My family. My friends. Music and dancing (in the comfort of my own living room). Writing in small letters (because I think they’re cuter). Movies, TV, magazines. Chocolate.

Reading?
I just finished Bossy Pants by Tina Fey and was completely irritating other subway passengers with my loud bursts of laughter. It’s really so funny. Now I’m about to delve back into Of Human Bondage which was a gift from a dear friend.

Best place on earth?
Just outside the door peeking into the place where my girls are singing at the top of their lungs, dancing around the room and playing their little hearts out (followed by huge squeezes). That, or on a tropical beach somewhere being served copious amounts of chocolate by a cute cabana boy.

Dinner guest?
Dad and Elvis and Ryan Gosling.

Hero?  

I admire and respect every single woman in my life for all different reasons, and I’d have to say they’re all my heroes. From my mom & sister to my best friends & co-workers, they’ve all worked hard to become who they are. They’ve all persevered and struggled and they juggle all the things in their lives like no one else (working mamas get extra props for their unbelievable multi-tasking). Advice is never far away and I’m forever grateful to be constantly inspired by them all.

Favourite app? 

What’s an app? Just kidding. Sort of.

Pool or ocean?
 
Ocean, every single time.

Voicemail or email?  

Email. I’m lightning fast at responding and my Blackberry is never far away.