Author: jaydenthomas

Generations

I’ve literally done nothing today, and I’m totally fine with that. Isn’t that what Sunday’s are for. I remember when I was seventeen I used to work every single Sunday. The shift was 11.30 until 4.30. It was the worst time for a shift, taking up the majority of the day, leaving a small amount of time in the mornings and afternoons to myself. It made the end of the weekend’s pretty shitty, espeically witht he thought of school the next day, and then work after that.

So I guess thats why I appricate days like this. I’ve spent most of my day reading James Andrew Miller & Tom Shales’ ‘Live From New York’ book on the history of ‘Saturday Night Live’. Which is cool, but I thought the 40th annivasery special was on a Saturday night, meaning Sunday midday here. Unkown to me it was always gonna be on a Sunday night, so Monday Australian time. Which is fine, but I might not be watching it for a few days now.

What am I currently listening too you ask? Well my iTunes is on shuffle, but I’m cheating by picking which songs stay in the up next bar up top. Which is a convenient tool, and the only worthy addition to iTunes in the past few years. I had “You Can Call Me Al” by Paul Simon on before, which reminds me of the summer before I strated my senior year, because I was playing the fuck out of Graceland at the time. I just had playing “Wild Is The Wind” by David Bowie off his Station to Station album, a favourite of mine. I only just relaised that it was a cover.

Normally I’m more of a live in the moment person, but I wish I had a photo of Studio 8H, that I got to admire for a good ten minutes behind glass while I waited to enter Seth Meyer’s monologue rehesal in the studio adjuacent.

“Coke?”
“No Coke! Pepsi?

The Life and Times of Kanye West

While we never go to long without hearing from the Chicago born rapper, there has been a influx of news pieces on Kanye West after his opinions on who should of won Album of the Year at the Grammys. Here’s what he’s been saying in the last week:

Kanye and Taylor Swift, who are now apparently pals and have put the past behind them, are planning to record together, and it looks like Taylor was the one to reach out to him. Here’s what he said in a interview with Ryan Seacrest: “Yeah, she wants to get in the studio and we’re definitely going to go in. Any artist with an amazing point of view, perspective, fan base, I’m down to get in the studio and work. I don’t discriminate, I don’t have an elitism of music because of like how many Grammys or you know, the amount of ratings you get on an album. I that think everyone loves music whether they love hip-hop, alternative, country, and if I could be involved in giving people any type of energy, advice in the studio, whether you’re Beyonce, whether you’re Taylor Swift, whether you’re Jay Z, whether you’re Beck, whoever, and they can be reciprocal with that, I’d like to be involved with that.” 

In that same interview we also leant that he blames the voices inside his head for nearly interrupting Beck’s acceptance speech. “What I really wanted to do was joke around with what had happened before, but I didn’t want to take away from Beck’s moment or the time he had to talk…so I just walked back down. It was kind of a joke, like the Grammys themselves.” He also compared losing at the Grammy’s for him was like his wife Kim getting a divorce to her second husband.

This week his daughter was highlighted on social media for crying at his fashion event. While one would think it might be due to all the bright lights, or having to sit in the same spot for a long period of time, or just for know reason at all, because she is a toddler, right? Nope, it was because she could tell people were being mean to Kanye. “Maybe she was just scared for her daddy. She just wanted people to stop being mean to her daddy. Because she knows that her daddy loves the world and just wants to make it a more beautiful place.” That’s right everyone. North West, eighteen months old. Peace activist.

That’s it for now, but this is Kanye West, so check back in a few weeks, and no doubt there will be more to report on.

TV Couples on Valentine’s Day

Alone this Valentine’s Day? Don’t worry, I’m listing my top TV couples, so you can spend the day watching their romance on screen instead of having one yourself.

Ross and Rachel, Friends (1994-2004) – Ross and Rachel’s relationship has become such a part of pop culture, that other shows look at their characters relationships, and how much they want to “Ross and Rachel it”. In a sense, how far can we drag this out before they get together. Because that’s what David Schwimmer and Jennifer Aniston’s characters were all about. Everyone could see from the start that they were meant to be, and I think everyone could relate to Ross being “friend-zoned”. After ten years of ons and offs, they finally got together for good, because as Phoebe put it, ‘she’s his lobster”.

NBC

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My love for THE GALAXY FAR FAR AWAY – Part 1

I’ve been a fan of Star Wars for as long as I can remember. I’m not sure if I saw A New Hope or The Phantom Menace first, but if it was TPM first, ANH wouldn’t of been far after. I would of been five around that time, and my parents started buying me the toys for the first prequel film, to go along with my Dad’s original trilogy toys from Kenner (you know the ones with a lightsaber coming out of Luke and Darth’s hand).

What followed was buying even more of the toys by the time Attack of the Clones rolled around, and also getting more merch like books and video games. I remember AOTC was one of the first big action blockbuster films I saw at the cinemas, and walking into Revenge of the Sith, I thought it would be the last time seeing a Star Wars film, for the first time.

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Rolling Stone rank every ‘Saturday Night Live’ cast member

Rob Sheffield has taken on the ultimate challenge of ranking all 141 cast members of Saturday Night Live. Like all lists of this nature, many will debate placements, but the list shows the great talents that have performed for us week after week on Studio 8H.

Below is the top 25:

25. Jason Sudeikis (2005-13)
24. Laraine Newman (1975-80)
23. Fred Armisen (2002-13)
22. Andy Samberg (2005-12)
21. Chris Rock (1990-93)
20. Al Franken (1975-1980, 1985-95)
19. Jon Lovitz (1985-90)
18. Maya Rudolph (2000-07)
17. Adam Sandler (1990-95)
16. Rachel Dratch (1999-06)
15. Chris Farley (1990-95)
14. Kristen Wiig (2005-12)
13. Bill Hader (2005-13)
12. Will Ferrell (1995-02)
11. Dana Carvey (1986-93)
10. Chevy Chase (1975-77)
09. Gilda Radner (1975-80)
08. Amy Poehler (2001-08)
07. Phil Hartman (1986-94)
06. Bill Murray (1977-80)
05. Dan Aykroyd (1975-79)
04. Mike Myers (1989-95)
03. Tina Fey (2000-06)
02. Eddie Murphy (1980-84)
01. John Belushi (1975-79)

The rest can be found at Rolling Stone

Pilots for the 2015-16 season that I would want to watch

ABC
-Drama
The Broad Squad
Inspired by true stories, the project follows the first four women to graduate from Boston’s Police Academy in 1978. Bess Wohl will write and executive-produce with Stephanie Savage, Josh Schwartz, Len Goldstein and Aaron Kaplan.

Kingmakers
When his sister is found dead during her freshman year at an elite Ivy League university, a young man adopts a new identity to infiltrate the school and its century-old secret society – consisting of privileged students, ambitious faculty, and high-profile alums – in order to investigate her death. Sallie Patrick will write and executive-produce.

Mix
A one-hour dramedy that explores the realities of modern-day families—multi-cultural, multi-generational, built through divorces, affairs and adoptions—set against the backdrop of a revered family restaurant at a crossroads. Jennifer Cecil will write and executive-produce with Le Train Train, Rashida Jones and Will McCormack.

-Comedy
Chev & Bev
A comedy starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo as two baby boomers who are fun, relevant and living a selfish retirement when their world is turned upsisde down and they are suddenly left to raise their grandchildren. Brad Copeland will write and executive-produce with Aaron Kaplan.

Untitled Dan Savage project
Based on the life of boundary-pushing columnist Dan Savage, a picture perfect family is turned upside down when the youngest son comes out of the closet. What seems like the end of their idyllic life turns out to be the beginning of a bright new chapter when everyone stops pretending to be perfect and actually starts being real. David Windsor and Casey Johnson will write and executive-produce with Savage, Brian Pines and Dan McDermott.

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Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures working together on the future of Spider-Man

While we have all been talking about this for a while, I like many, thought it was exactly that. Just talk. But it looks like Spider-Man will be coming to the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) without Sony giving up the rights to the character. Most are speculating he will now appear in next year’s Captain America: Civil War, and could make future appearances in Avengers: Infinity War.

Here is the statement from Marvel”:

“Under the deal, the new Spider-Man will first appear in a Marvel film from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (MCU). Sony Pictures will thereafter release the next installment of its $4 billion Spider-Man franchise, on July 28, 2017, in a film that will be co-produced by Kevin Feige and his expert team at Marvel and Amy Pascal, who oversaw the franchise launch for the studio 13 years ago. Together, they will collaborate on a new creative direction for the web slinger. Sony Pictures will continue to finance, distribute, own and have final creative control of the Spider-Man films.

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Second Genesis

Sometimes things don’t work out like you want them to. The hardest part after the failure, is how you move on. What do you do next? How do you fix the situation and accomplish something?

I’ve decided to jump into my own boat, with only two paddles. Most people are using a fancy engine. Work with what you got right?

Grammy 2015 Predictions

GENERAL

Best New Artist
Iggy Azalea
Bastille
Brandy Clark
Haim
Sam Smith

Prediction: Sam Smith

Winner: Sam Smith

Song of the Year
Hozier, “Take Me To Church”
Sia, “Chandelier”
Sam Smith, “Stay with Me (Darkchild Version)”
Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”
Meghan Trainor, “All About That Bass”

Prediction: Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”

Winner: Sam Smith, “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)”
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