Happy SAG Awards Day!

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Tonight are the 2016 Screen Actors Guild Awards, also one of my favorite awards shows of the season. (You can check out the nominees here!)

I’m really looking forward to seeing the red carpet fashion, the good and the bad. I’m also excited to see who the big winners are tonight. Is Leo going to win for his leading role in The Revenant? Will Brie Larson win again after receiving her Golden Globe this year for Room? The category for supporting male role should be interesting with Christian Bale (The Big Short), Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation), Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies), Michael Shannon (99 Homes) and Jacob Tremblay (Room) all nominated.

Carol Burnett will also be presented with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have the honor of presenting the prestigious award to Burnett.

Aside from Fey and Poehler, other presenters tonight include Mark Ruffalo, Kristen Wiig, and Julianne Moore. Just to name a few. And no matter who takes home a win, the SAGs are usually a good show. And even if they aren’t that good, the show only runs for about two hours so no dragging on and on.

You can catch E!’s Live From the Red Carpet coverage before the show at 6pm E.T. to see all of the fashion and red carpet arrivals. Then the SAGs begin at 8pm E.T. on both TNT and TBS.

Until next time, leave me your predictions for tonight below and if you’ll be watching, enjoy the show!

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Paradise. War Zone. Pillowtalk.

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How many of you were not prepared for Zayn to hit us right in our musical souls with “Pillowtalk?” I pressed play and admittedly just sat there mesmerized. By the lyrics. By the artistic aspect of the music video. And side note, can we talk about how beautiful Gigi looked?

This week when I was seeing the quotes from Zayn about always wanting to leave One Direction, my first reaction was something along the lines of ‘c’mon, man, show some gratitude for what brought you to where you are today.’ But now that I’ve done more research and read more of what he said, I don’t really blame the guy.

“I think I always kind of wanted to go. From like the first year really, I never really wanted to be there in the band. I just gave it a go because it was there at the time and then when I realized the direction we were going in with the music, I instantly realized it wasn’t for me because I realized I couldn’t put any input in; I couldn’t give my opinion on this or that because it didn’t fit the grain of what we were as a band or what we represented. So that’s when it became frustrating for me, that’s when I had to be like, I’ve got to start thinking about myself,” Zayn basically said in his Beats 1 interview.’

Having no say in the creative direction of your music has to be hell. And yes, some people may call him ungrateful and maybe there is a hint of that in all of this. No one’s exempt from mistakes. But think about it. Imagine singing songs and creating music that your heart just isn’t in? That can’t be very thrilling.

Was he selfish? I won’t judge him on that aspect because I don’t see focusing on yourself in your career and striving to create what you love and what makes you happy as something so wrong. Everyone is obviously going to have their own opinion on all of this and they have every right to that. I’m just not going to toss someone under the bus for fighting to do what makes him happy in life.

I guess when he decided to leave felt right to him and to constantly throw negative light his way is just so tiresome. One Direction (even now that the band is on its break) is still successful doing their thing without Zayn and Zayn, I’m sure, will be experiencing plenty of his own success if his debut single is anything to go by.

Just enjoy the music! Don’t compare Zayn’s music with 1D’s new music either and critique them against each other. Because it’s clear they’re different. That doesn’t mean you can’t like both though. I honestly loved Made In The A.M. and it actually brought back my love for 1D. Because, yes, I was a One Direction fan from the early days and even though I did step back for a little while, I can definitely say I’m a fan again. There’s also nothing wrong with that so please don’t go attacking me and throwing out the ‘not a true fan’ argument. All love here, for 1D and Zayn.

So I wish Zayn all the best and I can’t wait to hear the rest of his album which is titled Mind of Mine, by the way. He said there are “about 17-18 songs” although a release date has not been announced as of yet. While we wait, we’ll just have to hit replay on “Pillowtalk.”

Until next time, leave me your thoughts on all of this and check out the music video for “Pillowtalk” below!

Gina Rodriguez Responds to #OscarsSoWhite In the Best Way

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Unless you’ve been non-existent on the Internet lately or paying zero attention, you’ve seen all of the controversy surrounding the Academy Awards (for the second year in a row) and the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite being used basically everywhere (like I just said, for the second year in a row).

It truly is disappointing seeing so many actors pushed to the side and not receiving the recognition they deserve for the abundance of talent they show on the big, and even the small, screen (I know the Oscars are for film, but I’m just making a point). And I know there are people out there who consider award shows silly or not worth their time but these awards can be such an incredible honor for actors and a dream come true in their career. Plus being acknowledged for your work is an incredible feeling, especially by your peers, which is why the SAG Awards are one of my favorite awards shows.

I’ve seen people respond to this controversy in many different ways. I personally don’t support the downright negative reactions just throwing out hateful words to make their point or even ‘boycotting.’ Why sit there and whine and cry like a child when you can stand up and try to create ways to bring awareness to this lack of diversity? Come up with an inspirational response, something that could help make this #OscarsSoWhite a problem of the past.

Gina Rodriguez did just that. She decided to celebrate Latino actors and actresses through social media with #MovementMondays. And I absolutely give her all the praise for this!

Rodriguez started things off with one of my favorite actors, Oscar Isaac.

The caption she included with the photo reads:

Movement Monday’s. This is Oscar Isaac. He is a Guatemalan American actor. This is a picture from Ex Machina directed by Alex Garland and was released this past year. With all this Oscar Talk and lack of diversity I decided to start a movement and speak from the perspective of a Latina American who desires to see more Latinos on screen. There are 55 million Latinos in this country and although we all come from various backgrounds our unity can make a movie explode at the box office or a tv show sore to the highest viewers possible. The better these projects do financially, the more money they will spend on putting Latinos In blockbuster films, as leads in tv shows Etc. My solution is this, support is needed. Right now there isn’t one Latino that can Greenlight a movie. That means no studio will put their money behind a Latino face as a lead of a movie because they don’t believe we can make their money back. I am told time and time again “Latinos dont watch Latino Movies. Latinos don’t support each other” and sadly that is true. I’m not saying go and see a movie you don’t like to blind support, im saying if you want to see us represented on film and tv, if you want to see Latinos nominated for Oscars, we NEED to support one another. The industry sees money, the excuse can’t be racism. We can make a difference in a very powerful way if we unite our support as one Latino community. Oscar Isaac, in my opinion had an Oscar worthy performance in this film. Let’s start making noise with where it matters most, where we put our dollars. Go support these films, watch these shows (mine is on tonight by the way, shameless promotion feel free to watch on the CW) and we can take making a change into our own hands. Each Monday I will highlight a latino actor we can support. Let us use our numbers and powerful voices to prove we support one another, to prove we can make a box office hit, to prove they need to support all the various Latino cultures in the media. That can be one part of the solution, so next year we have many movies that are worthy of Oscar contention! #MovementMondays Pick any Latino currently working we can support!

Now THAT is how you do it, Gina! Inspire. Inform. Spread positivity. Help to make diversity something we always see because that’s the way it should be.

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And yes, her movement is only for Latinos but that doesn’t mean this won’t spark more movements. It’s a start and I respect Gina so much for deciding to do this. But, of course, some people took what she did and said the wrong way.

Here is her awesome response to those who saw her movement negatively:

Here’s to hoping this simple yet creative movement can help even in the smallest way. And Gina’s inspiration has definitely pushed me to finally catch up on Jane the Virgin. I know, I can sense your incredulous looks if you’re a fan of the show! I have seen first hand through social media how much fans love this show so you can guarantee there will be a Jane the Virgin binge-a-thon happening for me ASAP!

You rock, Gina Rodriguez! There’s no doubt you’re on my list of inspirational ladies and hello belated #WomanCrushWednesday!

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Until next time, leave your thoughts on this awards show season below and hey, why not spread some positivity and inspiration of your own today!

Who Doesn’t Love Fun Facts?

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It’s Wednesday so that means we have a new episode of Supernatural. But before “Into the Mystic” premieres tonight, I thought I’d give all of you SPN fans something to distract yourself for a little while. And what better way than some interesting tidbits about the man who gave us the Winchesters aka Eric Kripke?

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If you’re following Kripke on Twitter you may have seen some of these. And let me tell you, his Twitter account is a gold mine for Supernatural facts you may have never known along with some information about himself.

Like me, I’m sure it’s hard for you to pick just one episode of Supernatural as your favorite because we have over 200 episodes to choose from. But for Kripke “Changing Channels” is his all-time favorite. I must agree that’s definitely on my list since I’ve watched it enough times to basically quote the entire episode. Don’t you judge me!

Kripke Enterprises, the production company behind Supernatural, has a connection to his family back home in Ohio.

There’s no denying your love for Bobby. I mean, the man was a hell of a lot better at raising Sam and Dean than their own father and until the day he died, and even afterwards, he did whatever he could to help those boys. Well, would you believe that the character of Bobby Singer was created because a previous guest star was unable to reprise their role?

Remember in “Hollywood Babylon” when that network executive kept giving the most ridiculous notes and requests for the movie being filmed? Well, real life can sometimes work as inspiration…

And sometimes all you need to do is Google something to help with your writing. Kripke’s decision to use the search engine lead to a familiar Angel of the Lord joining the SPN Family.

Kripke also apparently wanted what you do not want Mogwai to turn into to make an appearance on Supernatural. As much as I love the movie and despite how many ridiculous monsters of the week we’ve had on the show, I just cannot picture Gremlins being a great concept for the boys to face. Something I wouldn’t have thought of though, Kripke!

Ever wonder how Kripke originally pitched Supernatural to the studio? Well now you can read exactly that right below this little sentence here…

We all know it’s a season finale when we hear “Carry on Wayward Son” start playing and we can send our thanks to a certain old jukebox for that.

The other day was Dean’s birthday, January 24, and that just so happens to be Kripke’s wife’s birthday. Coincidence? Well…no. It’s not. Dean’s birthday was a tribute to her.

And to finish up with these fun facts, here’s another Supernatural birthday link to Kripke’s family. This time it’s Sam’s birthday matching up to Kripke’s son’s birthday and it’s awesome because what are the chances?

Currently Kripke, along with John Higgins and Glenn Fabry, released “JACKED” #2 last month from Vertigo Comics. If you’re interested in the series, you can check out “JACKED” #1, released in November 2015, here.

Update: You can also check out “JACKED” #3, released today, here!

Until next time fellow SPN Family members, enjoy tonight’s episode and maybe I’ll see you on Twitter live-tweeting!

Unsubs, Physicians & Surgeons, Oh My!

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After last week’s episode of Criminal Minds that made you probably want to rethink ever using any car service like Uber again, this week we welcome an episode with an Unsub using truck stop restrooms to dump bodies in the South.

I mean, it’s not Wednesday unless Criminal Minds is giving us unsettling and creepy feelings, right? So to add to the truck stop body dumps, the Unsub is not only killing people off of a list he has but he also has such a loving and caring mother who is encouraging what he’s doing. We’re about to witness some Norman Bates behavior in episode 13, according to Design & Trend.

Check out the preview below before tonight’s episode at 9pm ET!

In other Criminal Minds news, apparently we may be seeing more of Cat Adams, who Aubrey Plaza played in the mid-season premiere. Cat was part of the Dirty Dozen assassins acting as the “Black Widow” of the group. We saw her go on a date with Reid, which was actually a ploy to catch her that turned into a deadly situation with bombs included.

“I think you’re going to see Spencer visiting me in jail, Hannibal Lecter style,” Plaza said, adding, “I can’t speak for the writers or the producers, but I told them that this is not over. These people are soul mates.”

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Slow your roll there, Plaza. Soul mates is not the way I would describe their ‘relationship,’ if you can even call it that. I already endured the heartbreaking story line of Reid dealing with drugs and the now new revelation that he could end up with Alzheimer’s like his mother when he’s older and to add to that, he’s too young to be tested to find out for sure. I don’t think any of us could handle Reid having warm and fuzzy feelings for a psychopath like Cat. Writers, are you listening? Please, don’t do that to Spencer! I know some things go over his genius head, but I truly believe he’s too smart to ever sink to that sickening low.

We’ll just have to wait and see though. But once we get our fill of the BAU team this week, we have a new episode of Code Black up next. In “The Fifth Stage,” we get to see Leanne confront the drunk driver who killed her family, Jesse Bradford returns as Gordon Heshman, (he first appeared last week as Malaya’s patient who clearly has a disturbed side to him) and we get to meet Angels Memorial’s CEO.

Next month Code Black will be introducing some new faces in the forms of an attending physician and a surgeon.

Actor Boris Kodjoe, known for his role in Showtime’s Soul Food and his appearances on shows like Undercovers and The Last Man on Earth, will be playing Dr. Will Campbell.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have Boris Kodjoe join the Code Black family,” Michael Seitzman, executive producer, said, “He comes in as Dr. Will Campbell, a well-respected surgeon with an arrogant edge. He’s a character viewers will love, but also love to hate.”

Along with the addition of Kodjoe, actress Meagan Good will also be joining the cast as recurring character Dr. Grace Adams. We’ll soon learn that Adams is an attending physician who happens to have a romantic history with Neal. This, I’m sure, will stir up some tension between Neal and Christa after sharing a passionate kiss together in last week’s episode.

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That drama will ensue once Adams returns from doing humanitarian work in Haiti and arrives at Angels Memorial, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Kodjoe and Good will make their first appearances on the show on February 3 and February 10, respectively.

Catch this week’s new Code Black tonight at 10pm ET!

Until next time, feel free to leave some of your thoughts on these two awesome shows below and enjoy the new episodes!

The Flash: “The Reverse-Flash Returns”

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It’s Tuesday and we have a new episode of The Flash waiting for us tonight! And just when we thought Barry was rid of the villainous Reverse-Flash, he’s back in all his creepiness.

Check out the preview below and be sure to tune in tonight at 8pm ET to see how Barry and the gang handle this mess!

Is It Wednesday Yet?

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Since yesterday, January 24, was none other than Dean Winchester’s birthday, I thought we’d talk shop on Supernatural and two of my favorite brothers, the Winchesters.

If you aren’t caught up yet, the spoilers they are a coming so fair warning. Alright, I warned you…I know, sometimes spoilers are just so tempting so here we go.

As of right now Sam is finally out of Lucifer’s cage. Seeing him in there was heart-wrenching especially since this was the second time, at least physically for Sam. We can’t forget when Luci haunted the hell out of Sam in Season 7, which was basically like being stuck in a cage with that psycho for Sam.

I was just so happy to see protective older brother Dean when he found out where Sam was. The best seasons, at least in my opinion, have always been when the two brothers are fighting side by side despite whatever craziness was going on. Because when you get down to the core of it, Supernatural has been and always will be about Sam and Dean Winchester. Yes, there have been plenty of other important characters along the way. Bobby, Castiel, Charlie…just to name a few. But Sam and Dean are Supernatural. End of story.

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They’re family and as we’ve seen over the course of eleven seasons, these two brothers will always choose each other. At times it might not be right away, which has left me on my couch clenching my hands into fists in frustration and muttering things at my TV at fictional characters. But Sam and Dean are each other’s strengths and weaknesses and no one comes before the other.

Even Eric Kripke has spoken similarly about the brotherly bond.

“The thematic of the show has been ‘family can overcome anything’. Nothing is more important than the bonds of family. It’s even more important than the bonds of Heaven and Hell. We give them lots of obstacles, but I believe – at the end of the day – that Sam and Dean will always come together because in the world-view of the show and in my own personal world-view, there’s no stronger force than family,” Kripke said in an interview with TVOvermind all the way back in 2012.

But I seriously digress!

So now that Dean and Castiel ventured into Lucifer’s cage, got the crap beat out of them along with Sam and eventually pulled Sam out of there, we are now left with…Lucifer arrogantly prancing around inside of Castiel’s/long dead Jimmy’s body.

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And as much as I dread whatever horrible kick-in-the-stomach consequences are going to come from all of this, I’m honestly really excited to see Misha playing Lucifer! I know, I know, that sounds all kinds of crazy but that just comes with the territory of being a Supernatural fan since day one.

Even from the short scene we saw at the end of last week’s episode of Lucifer in Castiel’s body, my jaw dropped from how well Misha pulled off Mark Pellegrino’s Lucifer. He must have sat down and studied the hell out of Mark’s mannerisms and speech because it was incredibly spot on! Just re-watch that scene again below, trust me.

We also got a trip down memory lane courtesy of Lucifer. And, of course, I totally needed a refresher of Season 5’s “Swan Song.” Sure, yeah, as if it wasn’t bad enough how much that season finale tore my heart to pieces (and also had a chance of being the last episode of Supernatural ever) I really needed to see Sam reliving it all. Oh, Supernatural writers, you are all well-versed in emotional torture…but I love you for it.

Lucifer expressed his confusion about Castiel’s use of ‘assbutt,’ we learned that smiting sickness is a thing thanks to Dean puking his guts up and we got to see a special appearance by Colin Ford playing young Sam again in a new glimpse into Sam’s past. Oh, and as you saw in the clip above, we had to say goodbye to yet another character aka Rowena. I was actually enjoying loving to hate her so I’m sad to see Ruth Connell go. But you never truly know when it comes to characters’ deaths on Supernatural so maybe we’ll see her again. Like we get to see Bobby again this season. In flashbacks but still, Bobby!

I cannot wait to see what the upcoming episodes have in store! I mean, we not only have an episode dealing with wrestling but there’s also one coming that has the boys back in time on a World War II submarine. I’m also dying for them to eventually gank the Darkness, who seriously needs to take a hike because I’m tired of Amara’s trouble-making and creepy affect on Dean.

And, as always, I continue to be amazed by the talent Jensen, Jared and the rest of this cast, crew and writers bring each and every week.

Until next time fellow SPN Family members, let me in on your thoughts about this season and I now leave you with this stab to the heart tweet from Mark Pellegrino 🙂