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They Came Together

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I’m not a fan of romantic comedies. I should clarify and say that I do enjoy a good love story and adore comedies, but the way Hollywood puts them together in the romantic comedy genre is insulting to men, women, love and basic common sense. I also have been fond of parody movies, but more in the genre of AirplaneThe Naked Gun, and Top Secret than any of the recent Scary Movie versions and other movies that have really bland names that don’t really get what makes a parody movie good. That is why I was thrilled when I learned that David Wain had made this parody of romantic comedies starring the fabulous Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd. David Wain used to be on The State and has shown he knows how to do a parody well with the cult classic Wet Hot American Summer.

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Best New Summer TV Shows

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Summer used to be filled with reruns, then that morphed into a bunch of mindless reality shows. Those are still out there, but more and more shows that were typically saved for the fall are debuting in the summer. I meant to post this in May before Penny Dreadful and Halt and Catch Fire started, but it didn’t happen. Below are the what looks like the best of the television shows debuting this summer. This is my opinion after watching the trailers for the shows. My view could change after I actually start watching them. Do they look good to you? What will you watch?

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From the Archive:
The Longest Yard

I remember watching this movie when I was younger and couldn’t wait to see this latest version. Kat and I went from Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants straight into this movie. What a difference in genre!

For those who didn’t see the original or don’t know the concept – Paul “Wrecking” Crewe (Adam Sandler) was a big time quarter back who got thrown out of the NFL because he threw a game for money. A couple years later when his fame has run out he gets into a arguement with his girlfriend (Courtney Cox with bigger boobs) whom he locks in a closet and steals her fancy car. Being quite intoxicated he runs from police and then crashes the fancy car into many of the police cars. He gets thrown in jail – where the Warden “pulled strings” to get him placed in his prison. Warden basically forces him to put together a team to “test” the Warden’s team of Guards. So Crewe puts together a group of guys with the help of Caretaker (Chris Rock) and a former Coach (Burt Reynolds.) He proves himself to the other inmates and may have a chance against the guards, if the Warden will stay out of the way.

I have never seen so many beautiful arms in my life. These guys TOWERED over Sandler. One guy, Dalip Singh, is 7″ and 400 pounds. It was great to see Sandler reach up and grab him by the face mask and tell him what for. The movie was great! It barely strayed from the original. Kat and I went from crying in SoTP to crying from laughing in this movie.

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The Husband’s Secret

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The Husband’s Secret
Liane Moriarty

I mostly wanted to read this story to learn about the secret. I had to know. As I went along in the book, it became less important about the actual secret. I wanted to know how the three main women and how all the people in their lives would deal with the news of the secret. I was surprised I hadn’t been spoiled about the secret before I had a chance to read the book, but I think the reason was that isn’t the main point of the book. It is really about how this secret has shaped the lives of these people and how learning about it affects other people. It really shatters reality for some people and reading about how they deal with it is what kept me reading.

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New Summer TV Shows: June 2014

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Even though there are quite a few shows debuting in June, not many of them stand out. The only ones with any interest to me are “Halt and Catch Fire” and “The Leftover.” Both of those have intriguing premises and the channels they are on also make me want to give them a chance.

The rest of the shows are typical summer fluff with”Jennifer Falls”, “Young & Hungry”, “Mystery Girls” and “Reckless.” A few of them (“Tyrant” and “The Last Ship”) seem to be trying too hard and end up substandard.

Continue on to read more about the shows and watch trailers for each one.

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Amazing Race: Pantless Wonder

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On the third leg of the race, the teams headed to Malaysia where some slid pantless down a waterfall, teams built bamboo rafts that promptly fell apart once in water, one team makes a major mistake by not reading their clue (like usual) while another one gets stranded without a taxi. Come read what Amy, Steve and I had to say about the March 8, 2014 episode “Welcome to the Jungle.”

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New Summer TV Shows: May 2014

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Out of all the shows debuting in May, the only one I want to give a try would be Penny Dreadful. I do love supernatural series and this one tying into literary characters makes it even better. It looks like what The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen could have been.

I had been excited about Chris D’Elia getting another show, but this one does not look funny. NBC also airing back-to-back episodes in a short time period during the summer does not make it seem like it is putting any effort into wanting to continue the show. It is similar for Crossbones, which involves pirates and John Malkovich, but looks incredibly boring. That makes me sad because it could have had potential.

Continue on to read more about the shows and watch trailers for each one.

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Outlander

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Outlander
by Diana Gabaldon

I’ve had a good friend talk about this book for years. Romance isn’t really a genre that I read. She had mentioned it had to do with time travel (briefly) and there was a lot of action and adventure in the Scottish Highlands. I still stayed away since romance isn’t a genre that I’m all that interested in. I don’t mind if romance is part of a bigger story, but I have never been into those bodice-ripping books that I used to see my mom read growing up. I used to go for the Edgar Allan Poe books that were on the bookshelf instead. What got me to finally read a romance? It was a genre that my Twitter book club (#1book140) decided to read. It was the pick for February, but I was still reading the January book so I didn’t get to this one late and missed most of the conversation. I’m still glad I read it though since it changed my mind. Not so much about romances, but at least about this series.

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