RIP Rob Stewart

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Today I attended the funeral for Rob Stewart.

Rob was an environmentalist and filmmaker with a passion for sharks and a unique ability to make other people care about the same things he did.

The first time I heard of Rob Stewart was back in ninth grade when my science teacher showed the class Sharkwater. It completely changed my world.

I was lucky enoug to get to meet Rob once at a screening for his second film, Revolution. I was about fifteen at the time and beyond terrified to speak to him. How often do we get to meet someone we idolized and looked up to?

Despite my nerves, Rob was incredibly nice. He spoke to me for a few minutes, signed my copy of his book, and took a photo with me. It’s a moment in my life I’ve never forgotten and will cherish even more now.

When I heard the news Rob had gone missing I thought it had to be a joke. One of those horrible hoaxes you hear about on Facebook or Twitter. But then I realized it was his own page that had posted and it wasn’t a joke.

For those three days I constantly checked Facebook, the news, anywhere I could to see any updates about what was going on. I hoped beyond hope that he would be found safe.

When the news came on Friday that he had been found I was heartbroken. It didn’t feel real. I just couldn’t believe that this man who had had so much affect on the world and who still had so much left to do, was suddenly gone.

My heart goes out to his parents, sister, the rest of his family, and his friends.

It also goes out to everyone who admired Rob and all the work he did to affect change.

I would also like to thank his family for opening his funeral to the public. Being given the chance to hear everyone speak of him and say goodbye was something I didn’t think I would have the chance to do and it meant more than they will ever know.

Rest in Peace Rob Stewart

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The Walking Dead Mid-Season Premier: “Rock in the Road”

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7B is here! The Walking Dead returned tonight in an adrenaline packed episode that reunited old friends and introduced new ones.

The episode picked up exactly where 7A left off: with the group at The Hilltop trying to convince Gregory he needed to join them in their fight against Negan.

While this didn’t work, hope was still there as Jesus introduced the group to King Ezekiel at The Kingdom. Unfortunately, this also didn’t work.

This whole interaction was a long time coming and as a viewer it was incredibly exciting to see these three communities come together (I mean, not really, but they all know the others exist now).

We made it almost all the way through the episode thinking that things might actually be starting to look up. Surely The Hilltop and The Kingdom will eventually be convinced to join Rick and the others and they’ll defeat Negan.

They finally had one up on the Saviours. Negan and his men don’t know the three groups know about each other.

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Not only that, but Team Family managed to get their hands on some explosives that were set up and meant to protect The Sanctuary from Walkers, but will now be used against them instead.

Then, in true Walking Dead style, in the last ten seconds the group once again seems to be in immediate danger (though it seems Rick disagrees).

While out looking for Gabriel the group is surrounded by an even larger group of people.

At first I thought they were Saviours, but then realized the weapons were all wrong. Then I thought it was that group Tara had met, but then saw there were men and knew it couldn’t be them either.

And, despite Rick smiling and seeming very happy, I was definitely yelling at my screen by the time the credits rolled.

The only thing this episode was missing was a reunion between Carol and the others. Though, with Daryl now staying The Kingdom, I suspect that will happen sooner rather than later.

Next weeks episode looks amazing and I can’t wait for next Sunday to get here.

Let me know what you thought of the episode!

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74th Annual Golden Globes

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A night full of talented stars, awkward jokes, and too-long acceptance speeches. Yes, the Golden Globes are here again!

The event kicked off with an amazing opening number (seriously, how amazing were the kids from Stranger Things?!). This was followed by a monologue that was equal parts awkward and hilarious.

There were, of course, jokes made about Donald Trump and what an awful year 2016 was.

And then it was onto the awards!

Best Supporting Actor:
Aaron Taylor-Johnson – Nocturnal Animals
Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water
Simon Helberg – Florence Foster Jenkins
Dev Patel – Lion

Best Actor in a TV Drama:
Billy Bob Thornton – Goliath
Rami Malek – Mr. Robot
Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul
Matthew Rhys – The Americans
Liev Schreiber – Ray Donovan

Best Actress in a TV Musical or Comedy:
Tracee Ellis Ross – Black-ish
Rachel Bloom – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep
Sarah Jessica Parker – Divorce
Issa Rae – Insecure
Gina Rodriguez – Jane the Virgin

Best Musical or Comedy
Atlanta
Black-ish
Mozart in the Jungle
Transparent
Veep

Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Film;$
Sarah Paulson – The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Felicity Huffman – American Crime
Riley Keough – The Girlfriend Experience
Charlotte Rampling – London Spy
Kerry Washington – Confirmation

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Best Miniseries or TV Film:
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
American Crime
The Dresser
The Night Manager
The Night Of

Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie:
Hugh Laurie – The Night Manager
Sterling K. Brown – The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
John Lithgow – The Crown
Christian Slater – Mr. Robot
John Travolta – The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Best Original Score:
Justin Hurwitz – La La Land
Nicholas Britell – Moonlight
Johann Johannsson – Arrival
Dustin O’Halloran & Hauschka – Lion
Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams, & Benjamin Wallifisch – Hidden Figures

Best Original Song:
“City of Stars” – La La Land
“Can’t Stop This Feeling!” – Trolls
“Faith” – Sing
“Gold” – Gold
“How Far I’ll Go” – Moana

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture:
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Naomie Harris – Moonlight
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Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or TV Film:
Olivia Colman – The Night Manager
Lena Headey – Game of Thrones
Chrissy Metz – This is Us
Mandy Moore – This is Us
Thandie Newton – Westworld

Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy:
Ryan Gosling – La La Land
Colin Farrell – The Lobster
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Jonah Hill – War Dogs
Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool

Best Screenplay:
Damien Chazelle – La La Land
Tom Ford – Nocturnal Animals
Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea
Taylor Sheridan – Hell or High Water

Best Animated Film:
Zootopia
Kubo and the Two Strings
Moana
My Life as a Zuccini
Sing

Between the awards there was a beautiful tribute to Carrie Fischer and Debbie Reynolds, a pair whose deaths truly shook the world.

Best Foreign Language Film:
Elle (France)
Divines (France)
Neruda (Chile)
The Salesman (Iran/France)
Toni Erdmann (Germany)

Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Film:
Tom Hiddleston – The Night Manager
Riz Ahmed – The Night Of
Bryan Cranston – All the Way
John Turturro – The Night Of
Courtney B. Vance – The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Best Actress in a Drama Series:
Claire Foy – The Crown
Winona Ryder – Stranger Things
Caitriona Balfe – Outlander
Keri Russell – The Americans
Evan Rachel Wood – Westworld

Best Drama Series:
The Crown
Game of Thrones
Stranger Things
This Is Us
Westworld

Meryl Streep was awarded the Cecil B. DeMille Award for Lifetime Achievement and delivered the most heartfelt and powerful speech I have ever heard. She urged people to hold those in positions of power accountable for their actions and it was crystal clear who she was talking about.

Best Director:
Damien Chazelle – La La Land
Tom Ford – Nocturnal Animals
Mel Gibson – Hacksaw Ridge
Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
Kenneth Londergan – Manchester by the Sea

Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy:
Donald Glover – Atlanta
Anthony Anderson – Black-ish
Gael Garcia Bernal – Mozart in the Jungle
Nick Nolte – Gravest
Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent

Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy:
Emma Stone – La La Land
Annette Bening – 20th Century Women
Lily Collins – Rules Don’t Apply
Hailee Steinfeld – The Edge of Seventeen
Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins

Best Musical or Comedy:
La La Land
20th Century Women
Deadpool
Florence
Foster Jenkins
Sing Street

Best Actor in a Drama:
Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea
Joel Edgerton – Loving
Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge
Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington – Fences

Best Actress in a Drama:
Isabelle Huppert – Elle
Amy Adams – Arrival
Jessica Chastain – Miss Sloane
Ruth Negga – Loving
Natalie Portman – Jackie

Best Drama:
Moonlight
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Lion
Manchester
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What a truly spectacular night it was! So many amazing actors and actresses won some very well deserved awards and gave some fantastic speeches. Meryl Streep’s in particular is one I believe people will be talking about all year.

Awards Season is officially upon us and I’m incredibly excited to see how the rest of it goes.

Were there any award winners you were surprised by?

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The Walking Dead Season 7 Premier: “The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be”

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The wait is finally over!

After months of agonizing and wondering and betting on who was at the other end of Negan’s bat we finally have an answer.

And you know what?

I want to go back to not knowing. I’d rather continue wondering for years to come if only last night didn’t have to happen.

But it did happen and it is with great sadness that we lost…

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Abraham and Glenn.

Yes, both of them. Both in what is probably the most gruesome and violent death we’ve seen on The Walking Dead. It was horrific to watch and I don’t think I’ve ever cried that much watching a show before.

And yet, as sad as both their deaths were I’m almost glad they went out the way they did and not just from getting bit.

Don’t get me wrong, I’d have liked to see them both live long lives, but if these two badass characters had to go out, I’d rather have it be in a way that was meaningful to the story, the other characters, and to everyone watching.

With Abraham’s parting words of “Suck my nuts” and Glenn telling Maggie he’ll find her, these are two characters who, despite being gone, are going to continue to play vital roles in this show.

This episode wasn’t just about finding out who was on the other end of the bat though. This episode was also about breaking Rick.

I’d say Negan was successful in doing exactly that.

It will be interesting to see the direction each character takes and the way they handle what has happened.

With Rick broken down, Maggie seemingly prepared to fight, and Daryl held hostage by Negan, there’s no clear path that they can take without more of their own getting killed.

Next week we get our first look at the Kingdom which is where Morgan and Carol are currently staying, completely oblivious to what has just happened to their group.

What do you think will happen next week?

How do you think Morgan and Carol will react when they hear what happened?

RIP Glenn Rhee & Sgt. Abraham Ford

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Dancing With the Stars Week Six Recap: Famous Dances Night

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Season 22 | Week 6 | Aired: April 25th, 2016

Week Six on DWTS and the couples are dancing to famous dances from various films and performances.

Here are the scores:

Kim Fields & Sasha Farber
Dance: Jive
Song: “You Can’t Stop the Beat” – Hairspray
Score: 24

Von Miller & Witney Carson
Dance: Jazz
Song: “Bad” – Michael Jackson
Score: 24

Jodie Sweetin & Keo Motsepe
Dance: Contemporary
Song: “Try” – Pink
Score: 25

Paige VanZant & Mark Ballas
Dance: Jazz
Song: “Soul Bossa Nova” – Quincy Jones
Score: 28

Nyle DiMarco & Peta Murgatroyd
Dance: Quickstep
Song: “Hey Pachuco” – Royal Crown Revue
Score: 25

Ginger Zee & Val Chmerkovskiy
Dance: Jazz
Song: “Nasty” – Janet Jackson
Score: 24

Doug Flutie & Karina Smirnoff
Dance: Bollywood
Song: “Jai Ho” – A.R. Rahman
Score: 21
*Lowest Score*

Wanya Morris & Lindsay Arnold
Dance: Jazz
Song: “Bye Bye Bye” – N’Sync
Score: 29
*Highest Score*

Antonio Brown & Sharna Burgess
Dance: Jive
Song: “Footloose” – Kenny Loggins
Score: 27

Two couples received tens this week, but unfortunately someone did have to go home.

The three couples in jeopardy were Von & Witney, Paige & Mark, and Doug & Karina. The couple eliminated was Doug and Karina.

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Whose famous dance did you like best? Is your favourite couple still in the running?

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Dancing With the Stars Week Five Recap: “Switch Up Week”

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Season 22 | Week Five | Aired: April 18th, 2016

So I fell behind on watching Dancing With the Stars, but I finally managed to get caught up just in time for the quarter finals. How are there only six couples left already? However! This recap is not for the quarter finals, it is for week five: Switch Up Week!

From the celebs having new partners to a live performance by James Bay to Maks Chmerkovskiy guest judging, it was quite a night.

Here are the scores:

Wanya Morris & Witney Carson
Dance: Tango
Song: “Hold Back the River” – James Bay
Score: 30

Kim Fields & Keo Motsepe
Dance: Viennese Waltz
Song: “These Arms of Mine” – Otis Redding”
Score: 28

Doug Flutie & Peta Murgatroyd
Dance: Tango
Song: “Black and Gold” – Sam Sparro
Score: 28

Ginger Zee & Mark Ballas
Dance: Salsa
Song: “La Malanga” – Eddie Palmieri
Score: 32

Antonio Brown & Karina Smirnoff
Dance: Cha-Cha-Cha
Song: “Son of a Preacher Man” – Dusty Springfield
Score: 26

Paige VanZant & Sasha Farber
Dance: Rumba
Song: “Perfect” – One Direction
Score: 31

 Von Miller & Lindsay Arnold
Dance: Jive
Song: “Hips” – Beans and Fatback
Score: 29

Nyle DiMarco & Sharna Burgess
Dance: Viennese Waltz
Song: “I Get to Love You” – Ruelle
Score: 37
*First 10 of the season*

Jodie Sweetin & Val Chmerkovskiy
Dance: Paso Doble
Song: “Under Control” – Calvin Harris & Alesso feat. Hurts
Score: 35

Now, because it was Switch Up Week there was no elimination, but it was definitely interesting seeing how each of the celebs did dancing with someone else.

And I was so proud of Nyle getting the first ten of the season! And from Len no less!

Did you enjoy Switch Up Week?

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Dancing With the Stars Week Four Recap: “Disney Night”

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Season 22 | Week 4 | Aired: April 11, 2016

It’s “Disney Night” on DWTS! This week the couples will be dancing to songs from Disney films and I am so incredibly exciting.

The scores this week will be out of 40 as this week Zendaya will be a guest judge.

Here are the scores for week four:

Antonio Brown & Sharna Burgess
Dance: Jazz
Song: “Friend Like Me”
Score: 35
Disney Film: Aladdin

Marla Maples & Tony Dovolani
Dance: Waltz
Song: “Part of Your World”
Score: 28
Disney Film: Little Mermaid
*In Jeopardy*
*Eliminated*

Nyle DiMarco & Peta Murgatroyd
Dance: Samba
Song: “Trashin’ the Camp”
Score: 34
Disney Film: Tarzan

Doug Flutie & Karina Smirnoff
Dance: Jazz
Song: “A Spoonful of Sugar”
Score: 24
Disney Film: Mary Poppins
*Lowest Score of the Night*

Kim Fields & Sasha Farber
Dance: Quickstep
Song: “I Wan’na Be Like You”
Score: 32
Disney Film: The Jungle Book

Jodie Sweetin & Keo Motsepe
Dance: Cha-Cha-Cha
Song: “Try Everything”
Score: 27
Disney Film: Zootopia
*In Jeopardy*

Von Miller & Witney Carson
Dance: Viennese Waltz
Song: “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes”
Score: 32
Disney Film: Cinderella

Ginger Zee & Val Chmerkovskiy
Dance: Foxtrot
Song: “Belle”
Score: 36
Disney Film: Beauty and the Beast
*Tied for Highest Score of the Night*

Wanya Morris & Lindsay Arnold
Dance: Samba
Song: “Circle of Life”
Score: 35
Disney Film: The Lion King

Paige VanZant & Mark Ballas
Dance: “Quickstep”
Song: “You’ve Got a Friend in Me”
Score: 36
Disney Film: Toy Story
*Tied for Highest Score of the Night*

This was such a great week with some amazing dances and some not so amazing dances.

Unfortunately, this is a competition which means someone has to go home.

Tonight, the couples in jeopardy were Marla & Tony and Jodie & Keo.

The couple eliminated were Marla & Tony.

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