REALITY MAKEOVER: MOMMA DEE FINDS A DENTIST

PHOTO BY: B. SCOTT

Last week we reported about Momma Dee’s (Love and Hip Hop Atlanta Reality Star) dental snafu. We joked around about Momma Dee losing her tooth on stage. Well I am assuming Momma Dee was not laughing. So she went to Dr. Heavenly (Married to Medicine Reality Star) to get the tooth fixed. Thank Heaven’s! You look great girl!

TELL’EM B: RED BAND SOCIETY REVIEW BY BRITTNEY W.

“I don’t like FOX’s new show, Red Band Society,” said no one EVER. Critics give the show a lot of flack because it’s unconventional, but it’s damn hard not to enjoy it. Unorthodox? Absolutely! But the fact that there is NOTHING like it happening anywhere else on television adds to the show’s charm. With all the repetitive themes on TV nowadays, Red Band Society is a much-needed breath of fresh air. If you’re like me, and so tired of the witches, werewolves, vampires, FBI agents, and all these damn medieval royal houses killing each other; RBS is the show for you.

 

I have to start out by saying that I had no real intention of tuning into this show because I’m not a big fan of FOX. (They’ve canceled every show I’ve ever liked after 1 or 2 season, except for GLEE.) However, Youtube.com did a great job shoving ads for the show down my throat as I checked out a Chris Brown video mix while doing some fall cleaning.  After every 2 videos there was a placement showing the highlights of the show, so I felt like I had already seen it. But, when 9 o’clock rolled around I turned to FOX and let me tell you, I was a glad I made that choice.

Set in SoCal near the Mexican border, the show follows the adventures of 6 youths of varying ages and ailments during their stay at a teaching hospital with long term care.

Red Band Society features a well-rounded cast of  Hollywood newbies and vets. Oscar award winner Octavia Spencer from The Help leads the cast as edgy Nurse Jackson. Her morning barista would fittingly refer to as the “Scary Bitch.” Type cast as the “angry black woman,” Spencer does a great job as the no-nonsense head nurse that tries to keep the teens’ mischief to a minimum.  The show’s eye candy comes in the form of Dr. McDreamy II- excuse me, *cough cough* Dr. McAndrew, played by Dave Annable best known for his roles on ABC shows 666 Park Avenue and Brothers and Sisters.

 

The main focus of the show are the sick teens who actually wear the Red Bands- Charlie, Leo, Jordi, Dash, Emma, and Kara; played by: Griffin Gluck, Charlie Rowe, Nolan Sotillo, Astro, Ciara Bravo, and Zoe Levin. Collectively, the teen cast has a wide variety of experience which includes minor features in films like Echo, Pirate Radio, The Way Way  Back, and Just Go With It, as well as voice acting performances in several children’s’ movies. Though they had prior minor features, the cast has major potential based on their performances in the show’s pilot last night.

 

Narrated by its youngest character Charlie, who is in a coma, we look on as the group tries to stay positive amongst their bad health. Though ill, they still manage to do normal teenage stuff, like go for joy rides, try to purchase beer and weed on the low, and have parties. The group shows us how to find a balance in life and take the good with the bad.

One of the many motivating one-liners from the pilot was a message from Charlie to Leo during his big surgery. – Luck isn’t getting what you want. It’s surviving what you don’t want.” Let that settle in for a minute. It’s a very touching statement that each of us can apply to our own lives.

In my opinion the true power of the show lies in the fact that, though there are differences present within the characters, they all have a common thread. Each of them is doing their best to survive despite the odds. As on lookers into their lives, we can’t help but appreciate our own lives, no matter how good or bad.

The tale of these teens is seen as source of inspiration for us to face our fears, find our true selves, and claim our place in the crazy world in which we live. And YES, this was all made apparent in the VERY FIRST EPISODE!!

Humorous, brilliantly written and chock full of life lessons, FOX definitely has a winner with Red Band Society. Though critics may have their gripes with the show, it’s going to be hard to get rid of this one. With Emmy award winning Margaret Nagle as the creator and the living legend Steven Spielberg as producer, this proactive dramedy has lots of promise. I’m looking forward to tuning in each week to see how the group is coming along.

The hospital, its staff, and its red band-wearing patients, are giving up a much-needed dose of hope, inspiration, and refreshment for all of us in TV Land. Be sure to tune in and jump on the “Red Band –Wagon” and #bandtogether Wednesday nights at 9pm on FOX.

 

SHOULD ACTORS HAVE AN OPINION? : BLOSSOM HAS SOMETHING TO SAY

Mayim Bailik aka Blossom has decided to give her opinion on the Disney film Frozen. Before I go into what the actree had to say, let me give you some background on the artist formally known ans Blossom. Mayim has a Ph.D and she is a neuroscience professor when she is not on the set. The lady is no dummy. So when she decided to give her harsh opinion on the Disney film Frozen, everyone suddenly thinks Mayim is a loud mouth dummy.

 

Here is what Mayim had to say about Frozen………on Kveller.com

Oh my gosh. I know, I’m about to lose more fans than when I declared myself a proud liberal Zionist during Operation Protective Edge.

Well, I have to speak the truth: My sons and I did not like “Frozen.”

When we first saw it, I thought it was just me who didn’t like it and I had to stop myself from audibly exclaiming, “What!?” when things did not make sense and I rolled my eyes a LOT and felt bad that they might be enjoying it and here I was, Scrooge-ing away. But then the truth came out. They didn’t like it. Phew. Dodged that bullet.

How did this come about? My best friend had “Frozen” on DVD and on a particularly bad parenting day that she witnessed (i.e. I may have told her I thought I was going to burn a fuse in my brain or have an aneurysm just trying to make it through the upcoming 24 hours), she urged me to just give myself a break and put on “Frozen” for my boys. So we watched it.

In true Mayim/Scrooge fashion, here are the things I disliked about “Frozen.” I should note that I don’t care for musicals really at all, so that was one strike against this movie in the first place, but I will leave the explanation of my disdain for musicals for another post.

Music aside, here are my three main issues:

1. Plot/Feminism?

Sure, it’s sort of hidden, but the search for a man/love/Prince is still the reigning plot line in the movie, as it is with pretty much all movies for young people which are animated. The sister’s desire to marry this guy she just met, and the other sister getting mad at her–we still have a plot about the identification of a woman being based on her desire and search to meet a man.

Of course, in general, in the Universe, heterosexual women tend to want to meet men and I am one of those women. My issue is not that. My issue is that this is a movie geared to small children who I don’t think need to be focusing on that as the main driving plot of a movie, especially when it’s not a literary or historically-based fairy tale. And these characters are young; certainly not old enough in my socially conservative opinion to be searching for mates!

I’ve had just enough already with this finding a man business in most every kids’ movie. Disney classics were all about this and look where it’s gotten us! Naked billboards of singers and women still not paid equal pay for equal work and ridiculous standards of beauty and body image and campaigns such as “Why I Don’t Need Feminism” and tons of other things proving we still have a ways to go.

Am I taking this all too seriously? Of course I am! That’s because I’m me!

2. Denoument/Male Bashing?

Denoument is French for the unfolding of a story–the final unraveling, as it were. What happens in “Frozen”? The Prince/hero turns out to be a scheming villain. He pretended to love her and then he double crosses her and she gets the lesson taught to her not to trust those nasty scheming conniving men. Because you know, men can’t be trusted? Meh.

I know, you’re confused by me. Yeah, take a number. First I claim to be a feminist and now I claim to be against male-bashing. That’s because feminism doesn’t equal male-bashing. And this movie isn’t empowering because it shows that a Prince is a jerk and should not have been trusted. That’s weird too. It’s just confusing.

All of the talk I’ve heard about “Frozen” revolves around how it goes against all the stereotypes of princess movies. And in some ways it does; it shows one sister trying to convince the other sister not to trust this guy she just met. Then the guy turns out to be a villain and the sisters need to rely on each other, using their love to transform and save them ultimately. It’s a lovely notion, but it was just not executed well at all in my opinion.

3. Women as Dolls?

OK, my biggest problem with this movie was the way the female characters are drawn and animated. The male characters look like cartoon men. They have some exaggerated features, sure. But by and large, they look like they have the proportions of human beings.

Not so with our lead ladies. They have ginormous eyes. Like really ridiculously big. Teeny-tiny ski slope noses. Exaggerated delicate ski sloppiness, actually. Barbie doll proportions of their bodies in general: tiny waists, ample busts, and huge heads. They look like dolls. They don’t look like the same species as the male characters even! What’s up with that?! My sons thought the females looked likeBRATZ dolls, truth be told. I kind of agree.

My loquacious almost 9-year-old Firstborn liked the snowman character, but that was about it. Little Man also liked the snowman and I think he enjoyed it at age 6 since I would argue that at age 6 kids don’t really get what’s going on; it’s all about the entertainment value of pretty shapes and colors moving on a screen that is hypnotizing.

I know everybody loved “Frozen” and that I am going to get so much hate for this. But I’m just keeping it real, yo. Or trying.

Obviously Mayim has a lot to say, but I do not think she should be penalized for having an opinion. Just because she is an actress that doesn’t mean she is not human. Mayim is a mom, actress, professor and role model to many. So give her a break already. Today on The View Rosie O’donell stated that she had a major problem with what Mayim had to say. I hope they invite Mayim to the set so they can duke it out, in a respectable manner of course.

AND THEY ARE BACK: WENDY EATS CROW, THE REAL GETS REAL AND THE VIEW GET A FACELIFT

Wendy Williams returned to her morning spot yesterday to dish on the latest hot topics and she also made good on eating the crow. Remember Wendy said she would eat crow, if Kim Kardashian and Kanye West stayed married for 73 days. Well Wendy’s big mouth really got her in trouble this time. The gossip queen had a chef prepare her some crow and she ate it in front of her live studio audience. Well Wendy next time you need to be quiet and you wont have to put things in your mouth.

The Real also returned for a whole season. The show premiered back in the summer and was green lit for a full season. The ladies of The Real are all so different, but they gel in a good way. On their premiere episode they had the sexy rapper The Game on the couch, the ladies feel that he is their good luck charm. Being that he was on the first episode of their summer test run. These ladies did not disappoint with their premiere episode. Lots of style, Lots of attitude, Lots of realness. Bravo Ladies!

All of the shuffling around at The View headquarters was well worth it. The View returned and received many views, their rating were the highest they have been in 8 years. The ladies started the show by kissing the wrinkle hand of Barbra Walters. It was cute and something I didn’t expect Barbra to partake in. The ladies then introduced themselves and the party began. The best part of the show was the Joan Rivers Tribute. Rosie O’Donnell was brought to tears and for a moment you felt like Joan Rivers was watching. The first day went out with a bang, but  the show now has competition from the new copy cat show The Real. Younger host and younger points of view. How long can the ladies of The View stay in the lead?

 

THEY ARE STILL CASTING: AALIYAH BIOPIC GRABS ELISE NEAL

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PHOTO BY : BLACKFILM.COM

The Aaliyah Biopic is still in production. I know what you are thinking. Shouldn’t they be finished already? Well I am assuming the movie without the music and other restrictions is making the movie a little dry. So they have cast Elise Neal to play Gladys Knight. Gladys Knight? Well apparently Aaliyah’s uncle Barry Hankerson married Gladys  back in the 70’s. The married did not last, but the word is that Galdys having ties to Aaliyah helped her career out. I don’t know, to me that is a major stretch. All of these years I never heard the words Gladys Knight and Aaliyah in the same sentence until now. I guess they are running out of ideas.  Seems like this story is going to be all over the place.

Do you think they needed to mention Gladys in this film?

 

I DESERVE A DENTIST: MOMMA DEE’S TOOTH FALLS OUT WHILE ON STAGE

The Love and Hip Hop Atlanta reality star Momma Dee has decided to take a stab at being a singer. But while on stage at her single release party for her song I Deserve, the poor ladies tooth fell out. The remix to her song should now be I Deserve A Dentist, and in that order. Just like any diva would do, Momma Dee pulled it together and kept the show going.

Please fast forward to the 7:20 mark.