The To Do List is a hilarious, raunchy comedy about class of 1993 valedictorian Brandy Klark (Parks and Recreation‘s Aubrey Plaza) checking off various acts on the hand-written spreadsheet she keeps in her Trapper Keeper. It’s all in preparation for losing her virginity to Rusty Waters (Friday Night Lights‘ Scott Porter), a hot college guy and fellow summer lifeguard who does a mean acoustic version of Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar On Me.” And, even with all the bawdiness, it made me tear up. SPOILER ALERT! READ FULL STORY
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Two years ago, MTV randomly decided to reveal its dream cast for a theoretical live-action Daria movie — starring Aubrey Plaza as the title character, Ellen Page as her BFF Jane, Emily Osment as her perky sister Quinn, and Will Ferrell and Annette Bening as her clueless parents.
The article was nothing more than an exercise in nostalgia. But now that Plaza actually has a big movie coming out, College Humor has decided to take the Daria idea and run with it.
The Parks and Rec star is the only member of MTV’s hypothetical roster who appears in this trailer for Daria’s High School Reunion, which is too bad. Generally speaking, though, the video — which features cameos from Trent Lane, Kevin, Brittany, Mr. DeMartino, and Ms. Barch, among others — is dryly funny, just like the old cartoon itself; it’ll hit you right in the nostalgias. I have only one tiny quibble: Why is Quinn, who’s at least two years younger than Daria, organizing the Class of 2002′s reunion?
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Note to Aaron Paul: You don’t want to mess with Donna Martin.
Nowadays, Aaron Paul may be best-known for his Emmy-winning work as Jesse “yo b****” Pinkman on Breaking Bad. But in the mid-’90s he was just another cute high school kid whose big break — and first on-screen kiss — came from dropping by Beverly Hills, 90210 for a brief part as a truly cringe-worthy Romeo in West Beverly Hills High’s production of Romeo and Juliet. Come for the atrociously over-the-top line delivery, stay for Donna Martin’s (Tori Spelling) small smile offstage.
To quote a shocked Paul after seeing the clip on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night, “That was awful.” We’re pretty sure he meant amazing. Check it out below: READ FULL STORY
Ah, social media — how did we ever stalk our exes without it?
Of course, checking in on a former love carries big risks — as Roseanne Barr discovered a few days ago, when someone informed her that her ex-husband Tom Arnold had recently tweeted about getting rid of some old wedding videos.
Though Barr and Arnold divorced nearly 20 years ago — and both have been married at least once since — there still seem to be some raw feelings between them. So when Barr responded to Arnold’s message with a tart tweet of her own, he replied in kind, leading to a drawn-out sparring match filled with spiteful accusations (“You sold my grandmother’s sewing machine”), dismissive condescension (“Yes mother dear”), and outright hostile insults (“For christ sakes. I remember when you used to be a comedian”).
Don’t worry, though — it all ends on a positive note, with Roseanne congratulating Tom on the recent birth of his son Jax, and even doing the kid’s star charts, or something. Good; to paraphrase comedian Morgan Murphy, I hate it when Mom and Dad fight.
This weekend at the box office, Ryan Reynolds is competing with himself, thanks to his voice work in the just-opened Turbo and his turn as a dearly departed cop in R.I.P.D., arriving Friday. But back in 1990 — 23 years ago! — he was a 13-year-old actor getting his start on the Canadian soap Hillside, which aired on Nickelodeon as Fifteen.
As you’ll see from the clip below, Reynolds wasn’t always the ladies’ man he grew up to be in Van Wilder and The Proposal. Instead, he sheepishly tells his crush she “always looks good” as she awkwardly laughs and makes a run for it. In the ensuing fantasy sequence, he really has it together as a Rolling Stone cover boy (if only he knew what it takes to land the RS cover now!) and a rock star with countless “CDs” (remember those?).
But one thing young Billy has right about his future is this: “Some guys have it, and some guys don’t.” Looks like Reynolds had it.
Watch the turn-of-the-decade amazingness below:
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Whose Line Is It Anyway? — which introduced a generation to both improvisational comedy and Ryan Stiles’ blue shoes — had an extraordinarily long life, as entertainment franchises go. It began as a British radio program (sorry, programme) in 1988, quickly morphed into a TV series that lasted 10 years, then hopped the pond for an eight-season run on ABC and ABC Family. The series’ last new episode aired just six years ago.
But in an age when nostalgia can be fairly instantaneous — note the tale of Les Misérables, which ran from 1987 to 2003 on Broadway, then was revived from 2006-2008, and will be revived again in March 2014 — half a dozen years may as well be a hundred.
It’s not really surprising, then, that thirsty comedy fans flipped out when The CW revealed in March that Whose Line would be back for 10 episodes this summer. Veteran improvisers Colin Mochrie, Wayne Brady, and Stiles will all appear in each installment; comedian Aisha Tyler is stepping in for Drew Carey as host.
The original cast’s involvement — as well as the few teaser clips The CW has released so far — should help soothe those who worry that Whose Line 4.0 won’t live up its earlier incarnations. That said, it’d be tough for anything to reach the heights of these 10 classic clips — which, if anything, have only gotten better with age.
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Like many a late ’80s/early ’90s rock band, Jesse and the Rippers faded into obscurity long ago. The group’s original frontman was dishonorably discharged from the band back in 1994 due to “commitment issues.” Though he moved on first by founding a new band called Hot Daddy and the Monkey Puppets, then by managing up-and-coming teen group Girl Talk, he could never quite recapture the spark of his “Forever” days.
Sources say that a 50-something Jesse Katsopolis can still be found in San Francisco, where he lives off his wife’s salary (she’s currently the head of programming at Channel 8 News) while struggling to keep the Smash Club open. Much of the couple’s funds are sucked up by their now-22-year-old twins Nicky and Alex, who have proved utterly unemployable. The whereabouts of the other Rippers have remained unknown… until now.
That’s because Jesse and the Rippers — a.k.a. John Stamos and a bunch of dudes whose names you wouldn’t recognize — are set to reunite this Friday, July 19 on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. People confirmed the news shortly after Stamos posted this mysterious video on his Instagram page:
Cigars… vapes… cookies…
I really wouldn’t mind a sequel to the 1989 Shelley Long vehicle Troop Beverly Hills. The most cherished movie of my childhood is no cinematic masterpiece, so this would hardly be sacrilege. I figure if this is really gonna be the film most often running through my head like a skunk on a misdirected trail (oh, the shame!), the story may as well continue. So sack up, hobos, and pour some wine into that stew: It’s cookie time. Again.
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