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 One Recap: “First Dances”

Dancing With the Stars

Season 22 | Week One | Aired: March 21, 2016

DWTS is back! And with an… interesting… line up this year. I’m going to be 100% honest with you, I only know Mischa Barton from The OC and Jodie Sweetin from Full House. I have no clue who the rest of the celebs are and, if I’m still being honest and going off the comments I read, a lot of people didn’t know who any of them were this year.

But no matter, I just can’t wait to see if they can dance! This year the couples are as follows:

Kim Fields & Sasha Farber
Mischa Barton & Artem Chigvintsev
Antonio Brown & Sharna Burgess
Nyle DiMarco & Peta Murgatroyd
Doug Flutie & Karina Smirnoff
Marla Maples & Tony Dovolani
Von Miller & Witney Carson
Wanya Morris & Lindsay Arnold
Geraldo Rivera & Edyta Silwinska
Jodie Sweetin & Keo Motsepe
Paige VanZant & Mark Ballas
Ginger Zee & Val Chmerkovskiy

Several of the pro dancers are not returning for this season including Derek Hough, Allison Holker, Emma Slater, Anna Trebunkaya, and Louis van Amstel. Returning are Peta Myrgatroyd, Artem Chigvintsev, and Edyta Silwinka.

For the second year Sasha Farber has returned as a pro dancer and I’m so happy! Also returning is Len Goodman as head judge!

The scores for the first week are as follows:

Kim Fields & Sasha Farber
Dance: Cha-Cha-Cha
Song: “Sax” – Fleur East
Score: 20
Kim Fields – Actress and Reality TV star

Paige VanZant & Mark Ballas
Dance: Foxtrot
Song: “Ain’t Got Far to Go” – Jess Glynne
Score: 21
Paige VanZant – UFC Fighter and Model

Doug Flutie & Karina Smirnoff
Dance: Foxtrot
Song: “Sweet Caroline” – Neil Diamond
Score: 15
Doug Flutie – Former NFL Quarterback

Jodie Sweetin & Keo Motsepe
Dance: Tango
Song: “Confident” – Demi Lovato
Score: 20
Jodie Sweetin – Actress

Geraldo Rivera & Edyta Silwinska
Dance: Cha-Cha-Cha
Song: “Treasure” – Bruno Mars
Score: 13
Geraldo Rivera – Reporter and Talk Show Host
*Lowest Score*

Marla Maples & Tony Dovolani
Dance: Quickstep
Song: “Sparkling Diamonds” – Nicole Kidman
Score: 21
Marla Maples – Businesswoman and Actress

Wanya Morris & Lindsay Arnold
Dance: Cha-Cha-Cha
Song: Motownphilly” – Boyz II Men
Score: 23
Wanya Morris – Boyz II Men Singer
*Tied for Highest Score*

Ginger Zee & Val Chmerkovskiy
Dance: Jive
Song: “Move (You’re Steppin’ on My Heart)” – Henry Krieger
Score: 23
Ginger Zee – Weather Presenter
*Tied for Highest Score*

Mischa Barton & Artem Chigvintsev
Dance: Tango
Song: “In the Night” – The Weeknd
Score: 16
Mischa Barton – Actress

Nyle DiMarco & Peta Murgatroyd
Dance: Cha-Cha-Cha
Song: “Cake by the Ocean” – DNCE
Score: 23
Nyle DiMarco – Model and Actor
*Tied for Highest Score*

Antonio Brown & Sharna Burgess
Dance: Quickstep
Song: “Bad Man” – Pitbull feat. Robin Thicke, Joe Perry, & Travis Barker
Score: 21
Antonio Brown – NFL Wide Receiver

Von Miller & Witney Carson
Dance: Foxtrot
Song: “My House” – Flo Rida
Score: 21
Von Miller – NFL Linebacker

It’s funny. I usually go into a season of DWTS knowing who I’m rooting for, but this season I had no idea. Would it be one of the two celebs I knew? Or one of my fave pros? But after watching this first week of dances there’s no question about it, I’m rooting for Nyle DiMarco. That boy can dance!

What did you think of the first week of dances? Who are you voting for?

Let me know below!

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The Walking Dead Mid-Season Premier Review: “No Way Out”

****WARNING: This post contains spoilers for last night’s episode of The Walking Dead****

The Walking Dead

Season 6 | Episode 9 | Aired: February 14, 2016

The Walking Dead is back! It’s back and boy did it return with a bang!

Yes, last night was the mid-season premier of season six and I honestly think this is the best episode of the entire series. I’ve been saying that a lot lately so that’ll tell you just how amazing season six has been so far.

We pick up directly where the mid-season finale left off with Daryl, Sasha, and Abraham being confronted by members of Negan’s group. Just when it seems like a member of Team Family is going to get killed in the first thirty seconds of the episode, something unexpected happens.

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Daryl hits Negan’s gang with a bazooka or rocket launcher or something similar and literally blows them away. Daryl Dixon, ladies and gentlemen, the biggest badass to ever exist.

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Seriously, what a freaking amazing way to start the show. They kept showing that scene in the previews up until the point the explosion happens and I was not expecting that at all! Then Daryl just walks out from behind the truck all badass with his rocket launcher and it was AMAZING!

Back in Alexandria, things are less amazing. Walkers are everywhere and Rick, Michonne, Carl (carry Judith), Ron, Sam, Jessie, and Father Gabriel are attempting to make their way through the herd. However, things very quickly go wrong.

Father Gabriel takes Judith to his church where they’ll be safe (why would you trust this man with your baby? After everything he did!), but the others keep moving forward. That is, until Sam sees a young boy walker and freaks out, remembering what Carol had said to him about the monsters coming to get him.

Now this whole scene really tripped me out because I wasn’t sure if maybe Sam was imagining it or what was happening. I thought maybe after everything that had happened he had finally cracked, but no, unfortunately that’s not what happened. It was not imagined or a hallucination, the monsters really did get him.

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The walkers got Sam which, of course, set Jessie off (understandable, she’s seeing her son being torn apart in front of her). She then starts screaming which brings the walkers down on her (nice Walking Dead guys, kill Rick’s sort of love interest on Valentine’s Day!). To make matters worse, Rick is forced to cut off Jessie’s arm to save Carl as Jessie is still holding onto him even as the walkers devour her.

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Now, before I move onto one of the biggest, if not the biggest, thing to happen in the episode can I just say that I was actually kind of sad to see the rest of the Anderson family (because yes, we also lose Ron).

Like, yeah Ron was a lil’ shit and Jessie annoyed me to no end at points (it was getting better though! I was starting to like Jessie more), but I was really sad they killed Sam! I knew the Andersons died in the comics so I figured it was going to happen, but I was hoping maybe if they killed Ron and Jessie they’d let Sam live and give him to Carol or something.

Either way, I’m sad to see the actors go. Alexandra Breckenridge (Jessie), Austin Abrams (Ron), and Major Dodson (Sam) all did a fantastic job. Their characters were memorable and they went out with a bang. Congrats to all three of them on their phenomenal job on the show, on any future projects, and on being the first characters we actually cared about to be killed in this half of the season!

Alright, now let’s move on to something major that happened last night. Like I said before, Ron was lil’ shit and he lived up to this right to the very end when Michonne stuck her sword through his back. Why did she do this? Ron was going to kill Rick. Obviously, Ron’s rage was aimed at the right person, but at the same time can you really blame him for being pissed at Rick?

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Rick killed his dad and as far as Ron’s concerned, Rick’s the one who led them out into the herd which just killed his mom and brother in front of him. Thankfully, Michonne steps in before Ron can kill Rick. However, the gun still goes off and instead of Rick being shot, it’s Carl who gets hit. Right in the eye.

That’s right, it happened! Carl lost his eye! I’ve been saying for how many reviews now that this was coming and it finally happened and it was gross and gruesome and so amazing! I am really excited to see how this progresses the characters as it’s safe to say this will have a major impact on all of them, but what will that impact be? We’ll just have to wait and see.

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I do have to say though that Andrew Lincoln and Chandler Riggs did a great job in this scene. They both do phenomenal in all their scenes, but this one in particular, their reactions were spectacular and the whole thing was so well done.

Now, the episode ends on kind of a happy note. Sasha, Daryl, and Abraham make it back to Alexandria and they, along with Rick, the rest of Team Family, and the Alexandrians all pull together to take back their home. This resulted in one of the most badass montages I’ve ever seen with everyone taking down walkers left, right, and center.

And can I just say, before I move on, I was terrified they were going to kill Aaron or Eric. In the comics Eric dies when the walkers invade Alexandria and I was literally yelling at my TV screen because I was terrified either he or Aaron were going to die. Thankfully they didn’t which means Ross Marquand and Jordan Woods-Robinson will be back on my screens again! Thank you Walking Dead creators for giving us that.

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Also, please take a look at this photo and tell me that Eric isn’t totally badass. He ran out of the house to kill some walkers and then they show at the end of the episode that he did all that in a freakin’ boot cast for his ankle. Badass level is off the charts.

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This episode was intense and insane, but oh so amazing and I can’t even imagine how they’re going to top this. So much more happened that just what I talked about here so if you haven’t already seen the episode you need to.

We’ve seen so many of the characters do a complete flip in this episode and everything that happened is only going to inspire more evolution for all of them and I can’t wait to see where things go from here.

What did you think of the mid-season premier?

Did you cry more at the loss of the Andersons or Carl’s eye?

Next week’s episode looks beyond amazing! It looks like it’s very Daryl and Rick focused so I can’t wait!

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*None of the pictures are mine. They were found on tumblr*

The Fosters Episode Review: “First Impressions”

Run: June 3, 2013 – Present
Created by: Peter Paige, Bradley Bredeweg
Prod. Bradley Bredeweg, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Greg Gugliotta, Joanna Johnson, Jennifer Lopez, Benny Medine, Peter Paige, John Ziffren
Genre: Family Drama, Teen Drama
Starring: Teri Polo, Sherri Saum, Maia Mitchell, David Lambert, Hayden Byerly, Danny Nucci, Cierra Ramirez, Noah Centineo

The Fosters

Season 3 | Episode 11 | Aired: January 25, 2016

The Fosters is back!!!!

Yes, the mid-season premier was last night and they came back in true Fosters fashion!

There was no easing back into things, we jumped straight in with the drama and the tears and the insanity.

Connor’s dad has an eye opening moment as his son prepares to move to be with his mother, Stef gets some scary news from the doctor, Brandon gets an offer to audition for Julliard, Stef’s mom gets a boyfriend, and Mariana runs for junior class president! Not only that, but Mike learns the truth about who caused the accident and Callie meets a woman who wants to invest in Fost & Found.

Wow! How do they manage to fit all that into one episode without everyone going crazy? I have no idea, but it was amazing!

Now I’m not going to go into great detail about all these things cause that would take way too long and then there wouldn’t be anything left for you to see in the episode!

So, first of all, Connor, or rather, Connor’s dad, had a major breakthrough this week that had Jude (and myself) in tears. It was announced in the first half of the season that Connor would be moving to live with his mother. It was then announced last night that he didn’t want to move, but he had to because his dad just didn’t get it.

This admission is heartbreaking and one of the moments that reminds us just how relatable The Fosters is. Thanks to Jude and Lena, Connor’s dad has a moment of realization, but isn’t able to stop his son from leaving. However, the moment that had me in tears was when he goes to see Jude and apologizes for not getting it.

Raining on my face, seriously. This moment was so important, not just in The Fosters, but in TV in general. Something this show does is hold people accountable, whether they’re the child or the parent and to see Connor’s dad realizing he’d done wrong and that he feels bad for it, even if he still doesn’t fully understand, was so important and wonderful and I’m back to having all the emotions about The Fosters that I don’t know what to do with.

Actually, I do know what to do, move on before I continue this tangent. Let’s move on to Mike. Mike and Stef learned the truth tonight about who caused the car accident and it was as they (and many of us) suspected: AJ’s brother was behind the wheel.

Originally, Mike had planned on hiding this information after AJ and Ty’s grandmother died. He didn’t want to take away the last member of AJ’s family. While I get that and I get him not wanting to upset AJ when they’ve only just started to connect, come on Mike!

Stef, of course, found out, but she agreed to wait until after AJ’s grandmother’s funeral to arrest Ty. This didn’t make a difference though, as Ty admitted to his brother that he’d caused an accident and the two boys hop a bus to run away.

I honestly have no idea how this storyline is going to pan out, but since it didn’t seem like AJ really wanted to leave in the first place I’m guessing we’ll see him a lot sooner than it seems.

Alright, the final thing I want to talk about is Callie. She was approached by a lady who seemed nice at first and said she was interested in investing in Fost & Found. However, it soon became clear that this woman wasn’t all she appeared and seems to be set out to sabotage Callie rather than help her.

Callie meets someone else new this episode and that is a boy named Jack Downey, a foster kid who hates his foster family and is somehow connected to this woman who meets Callie.

I’m really intrigued to see where this whole thing is going. Who is this woman? What’s going on with Jack? Who is Jack? Why is the woman so interested in Callie?

So many questions and only a few days until we hopefully get some answers! Next week’s episode looks so good (no surprises there) and I can’t wait to watch it!

What did you think of Mondays episode? Any predictions on what’s going to happen next?

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January 2016 Film Releases

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The Forest

Release Date: January 8, 2016
Dir. Jason Zada
Prod. David S. Goyer, David Linde, Tory Metzger
Studio: Focus Features/Gramercy Pictures
Genre: Horror
Starring: Natalie Dormer, Taylor Kinney, Eoin Macken, Stephanie Vogt

A young woman enters a forest to find out what happened to her missing sister only to be terrorized by the angry spirits of the dead who committed suicide there.

 

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

13 hours.jpgRelease Date: January 15, 2016
Dir. Michael Bay
Prod. Michael Bay and Erwin Stoff
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Genre: Action, Thriller
Based on: 13 Hours, Mitchell Zuckoff
Starring: James Badge Dale, John Krasinski, Max Martini, Dominic Fumusa, Pablo Screiber, David Denman, Toby Stephens, Demetrius Grosse, Freddie Stroma

Based on the true story of the Benghazi attack in 2012, 13 Hours tells the story of six security team members who fought against an attack on the American diplomatic compound on the eleventh anniversary of the September 11th attacks.

 

Norm of the North

norm of the north.jpgRelease Date: January 15, 2016
Dir. Trevor Wall
Prod. Nicholas Atlan, ken Katsumoto, Steve Rosen, Liz Young, Mike Young
Studio: Lionsgate
Genre: Family
Starring: Rob Schneider, Heather Graham, Ken Jeong, Colm Meaney, Loretta Devine, Gabriel Iglesias, Michael McElhatton, Bill Nighy

 

An animated film about a polar bear and three lemmings who end up in New York after being forced to leave their home in the Arctic.

 

Ride Along 2

Ride along 2.jpgRelease Date: January 15, 2016
Dir. Tim Story
Prod. Matt Alvarez, Larry Brezner, Ice Cube, Will Packer, J.C. Spink
Studio: Universal Pictures
Genre: Comedy, Action
Starring: Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Tika Sumpter, Benjamin Bratt, Olivia Munn, Ken Jeong, Tyrese Gibson

In this sequel to the 2014 film, Ride Along, Ben Barder and James Payton are sent to Miami to help take down Antonio Pope, a powerful drug lord.

 

The 5th Wave

Release Date: January 22, 2016
Dir. J. Blakeson
Prod. Tobey Maguire, Graham King, Matthew Plouffe, Lynn Harris
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Genre: Sci-Fi
Based on: The 5th Wave, Rick Yancey
Starring: Chloe Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Ron Livingston, Maggie Siff, Alex Roe, Maria Bello, Maika Monroe, Liev Schreiber, Zackary Arthur

Based on the book of the same name, The 5th Wave follows Cassie Sullivan as she tries to save her younger brother, Sammy, before a fifth wave of alien attacks destroys what’s left of the Earth.

 

The Boy

Release Date: January 22, 2015
Dir. William Brent Bell
Prod. Matt Berenson, Roy Lee, Gary Lucchesi, Tom Rosenberg, Jim Wedaa
Studio: STX Entertainment
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Starring: Lauren Cohan, Rupert Evans

Starring Lauren Cohan, The Boy is the story about an American girl named Greta who becomes a nanny to a porcelain doll for a couple who lost their real son. However, as time goes on, Greta begins to suspect that the doll may not be as fake as it seems.

 

Dirty Grandpa

Release Date: January 22, 2016
Dir. Dan Mazer
Prod. Bill Block, Jason Barrett, Barry Josephson, Michael Simkin
Studio: Lionsgate
Genre: Comedy
Starring: Robert de Niro, Zac Efron, Zoey Deutch, Aubrey Plaza

Zac Efron stars as Jason, a young man who is tricked into driving his grandfather (Robert De Niro) to Florida.

 

Jane Got a Gun

Jane got a gunRelease Date: January 29, 2016
Dir. Gavin O’Connor
Prod. Natalie Portman, Aleen Keshishian, Zack Schiller, Mary Regency
Boies, Scott Steindorff, Scott LaStaiti, Terry Dougas
Studio: The Weinstein Company
Genre: Action, Drama
Starring: Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton, Noah Emmerich, Rodrigo Santoro, Boyd Holbrook, Ewan McGregor

Despite trying to start a new life away from the Bishop Boys gang, Jane Hammond once again finds herself right in the middle of a fight after the gang attacks her husband and the only person left for her to turn to is her ex-fiancé.

 

Fifty Shades of Black

Release Date: January 29, 2016
Dir. Michael Tiddes
Prod. Rick Alvarez and Marlon Wayans
Studio: Open Road Films
Genre: Comedy
Starring: Marlon Wayans, Kali Hawk

Fifty Shades of Black is a parody film on the 2015 film, Fifty Shades of Grey.

 

The Finest Hours

Finest Hours.jpgRelease Date: January 29, 2016
Dir. Craig Gillespie
Prod. Dorothy Aufiero
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Genre: Action, Drama
Based on: The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring
Sea Rescue, Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias
Starring: Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Holliday Grainger, John Ortiz, Eric Bana

The true story of the rescue mission carried out by the crews of the CG 36500 and the Yakutat after two oil tankers were destroyed and the crew stranded in 1952.

 

Kung Fu Panda 3

Release Date: January 29, 2015
Dir. Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alessandro Carloni
Prod. Melissa Cobb
Studio: 20th Century Fox/DreamWorks Animation
Genre: Action, Comedy
Starring: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogan, Lucy Liu, David Cross, James Hong, Bryan Cranston, Kate Hudson, J.K. Simmons

In this third installment of the Kung Fu Panda franchise sees Po learning there’s an entire secret village of pandas, including one whom he is promised to marry. With a new threat hovering over China, Po must train the other pandas to fight off their new foe.

Happy Holidays everyone! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful holiday season whatever you may have celebrated and I know it’s only the second, but I hope you’re all having a wonderful 2016 so far!

I took a brief break from blogging for a little while at the end of the 2015, why? I got a job. Yes, unfortunately being an unpublished writer doesn’t make much (any) money, but I got a job over the Christmas season working in retail.

The best part? It’s one of my favourite stores (no it’s not a bookstore) and they’re keeping me! Apparently I did an okay job over the Christmas season because even though it’s over now they’re still keeping me on. I’m very excited about this, but I’m also very excited to get back to blogging, fanfiction writing, and novel writing!

Even though I’ll still be working, with the holidays over my hours won’t be as crazy which means I’ll have more time to write and work on blog posts and I’m incredibly excited to get back into it!

I look forward to an awesome and crazy 2016 with you all!

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