The Reading Room | 5 #Books to Binge-Read After Binge-Watching #StrangerThings

Fill your ‘Stranger Things’ void with books!

Did you watch “Stranger Things” on Netflix?  Did you tear through it? Were you left wanting more? Then check out one of these books, sure to leave you riveted. Filled with the supernatural and extraterrestrial, normal people in bizarre circumstances, and a tinge of nostalgia, these books are must reads for anyone looking for stranger things…

I answered yes to all three of The Reading Room‘s questions above, but I’ve only heard of two of these titles–the King novel The Tommyknockers, for one–but I had no idea that John Dies at the End was a book. Whether it started that way or this is a novelization of the film matters not; it looks like I need to be making a trip to the library!

Have you guys seen Stranger Things yet? Did you like it? Do you think this Reading Room list does your feels from the series justice?

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TV | The X Files Season 10 Premiere

Source: Fox Broadcasting

I am so excited to have The X Files back in active rotation. Just caught up with the first episode, “My Struggle,” and found it close to form. It generated a lot of new questions, barely answered any old questions, and gave us a whole new revised version of the old conspiracy to theorize about. All I know is I am locked in for the next episode, because I have just got to see how this mini-arc ends.

It was lovely to see Scully and Mulder “back together” and in the most awkward of consequences. They were more often trading barbs than kisses, which I’m okay with either way, but they did a fine job of simply making it feel awkward to watch them together. Again, not a bad thing, they are actors, after all, and it would be awkward to be called by a former boss to find a former lover, who is also a former co-worker, wouldn’t it? And, then, after more than a decade, hang out like it’s old times? Yep, definitely awkward.

We also get to see Skinner and the Cigarette-Smoking Man. Sans awkwardness, but with heated exchanges and statements of the obvious, respectively. And then there’s Joel McHale, playing buddy believer with Mulder, as a conservative TV host, who the New York Times felt was miscast here. But I thought he brought just enough energy, zeal, and overt seriousness (I mean, sometimes it felt like he was just trying too hard there.) to bring that character to life. It just reminds me that I need to start watching Community.

Overall, I was pleased, and I’m looking forward to where this little reboot takes us.

Pop|Billboard Music Awards 2015 Full List of #Winners #BBMAs

Sunday night was the live broadcast of the Billboard Music Awards. Posted originally at Variety, here is a full list of the winners. Much congrats to Taylor Swift; it was great seeing Molly Ringwald; and the tribute to B.B. King was short but sweet.

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Billboard Music Awards Winners 2015: Full List

The 2015 Billboard Music Awards aired live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on ABC. See a complete winners list below.

TOP ARTIST
Taylor Swift (WINNER)
Ariana Grande
One Direction
Katy Perry
Sam Smith

TOP FEMALE ARTIST
Taylor Swift (WINNER)
Iggy Azalea
Ariana Grande
Katy Perry
Meghan Trainor

TOP RADIO SONG
John Legend, “All of Me” (WINNER)

MAGIC!, “Rude”
Nico & Vinz, “Am I Wrong”
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”
Pharrell Williams, “Happy

TOP MALE ARTIST
Sam Smith (WINNER)
Drake
Pharrell Williams
Ed Sheeran
Justin Timberlake

TOP DANCE/ELECTRONIC ARTIST
Calvin Harris (WINNER)
Avicii
Clean Bandit
Disclosure
Lindsey Stirling

TOP BILLBOARD 200 ARTIST
Taylor Swift (WINNER)
One Direction
Pentatonix
Ed Sheeran
Sam Smith

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2015 State of the Union Address Makes #History

State of the Union Banner
Source: WhiteHouse.gov

President Obama almost looked happy to be delivering this message, almost. He made history last night releasing the text of his upcoming speech not just to the media, but to the public. Talking heads on one of the news stations admitted it’s how they all sound so educated and informed about it–because they see the text of the speech before the Pres even steps up to the podium. Seems like it was the most accessible State of the Union in the history of the address.

The text is still available on the official White House Medium page, and you can re-watch the entire speech at the White House’s official State of the Union page.

It sounded like Mr. President’s catchphrase last night was “Because it’s the right thing to do.” And, I especially loved the sentiment, “You think it’s easy raising a family on full-time income that’s less than $15,000 a year? Try it.” It sounded, for a moment, like maybe President Obama had a beer with John Fugelsang before he gave the address. That would be a cool conversation to see; hell, to sit in on!

How did you feel about the State of the Union? Did President Obama stand up to expectations or crumble beneath them?

Pop | Happy Birthday #JimCarrey and #AndyKaufman!

Source: Zimbio.com
Source: Zimbio.com

Two of my favorite comedic actors of all time share the same birthday! Jim Carrey and Andy Kaufman were born on the same day 13 years apart, Andy in 1949 and Jim in 1962. Jim was in his early 20s when Andy “departed” this living realm. And I only heard about their shared birthday from Andy Kaufman: The Truth, Finally written by Bob Zmuda and Lynne Margulies–a book I happened upon buried at the bottom of a seemingly unrelated Google alert (as if I should expect anything less from Andy). I can’t believe I didn’t notice this when the biopic was released in 1999. It’s even listed on IMDB under trivia about Andy. But, who knows? If I’d known about their birthdays, I might not have found out about this book. Stranger things have happened, right?

Happy 66th Birthday, Andy! and Happy 53rd Birthday, Jim!
All the best to you both (just in case Andy is reading this)!!

Pop | 2015 #Oscars Nominees Revealed

Source: Oscars.org
Source: Oscars.org

Oooh, the Oscars–ahem, The Academy Awards. 😀

Love the Oscars. One of my favorite award shows. Now, I’m not geek enough to know all the stats like Chris Connelly from ABC News; but that doesn’t mean I don’t love cheering on my favorites and those on my “To Watch” list.

I’m so excited to see old favorites Michael Keaton, on board with Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) highest on my TW List, and Meryl Streep, who killed in Into the Woods receiving her record 19th nom this year. I got to see this on opening day, and it was totally worth standing in line with about 100 people.

I’ll also be rooting on Julianne Moore, acknowledging her work in Still Alice, and Edward Norton, making it work with Keaton in Birdman. In all honesty, I would love to see The Grand Budapest Hotel take the Best Picture award because I don’t think anyone makes a movie or tells a story the way Wes Anderson does.

Use the link below to see the list in full.

2015 Oscars | Nominees | 87th Academy Awards Nominations.

Who do you think the Oscar should go to? How did you feel about the “snubs”? (I have to say I was awfully surprised to not see more noms for Selma, and I guess Jennifer Aniston and Jake Gyllenhaal were shut out despite being held up for their work in Cake and Nightcrawler, respectively.)

Golden Globes 2015: See All the Winners

Please direct comments to original posting at TIME, thanks!

TIME

Best Supporting Actor

Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress in a Series or Mini-Series for Television

Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Freak Show
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Allison Janney, Mom
Michelle Monaghan, True Detective

Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture for Television

Fargo (FX)
The Missing (Starz)
The Normal Heart (HBO)
Olive Kitteridge (HBO)
True Detective (HBO)

Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture for Television

Martin Freeman, Fargo
Woody Harrelson, True Detective
Matthew McConaughey, True Detective
Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart
Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo

Best Actress, Television Series — Comedy

Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin
Taylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black

Best Television Series — Comedy

Girls (HBO)
Jane the Virgin (CW)
Orange Is the New Black

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In Memoriam | Christine Cavanaugh (1963-2014)

Source: LA Times
Source: LA Times

Though you might not recognize her face, her voice would likely bring a smile to yours. Christine Cavanaugh, popular family-programming voice actress, famously lent her voice to the film Babe (1995) as the titular character. You might also recognize her as Gosalyn from Darkwing Duck (1991),  Oblina from Aaahh!!! Real Monsters (1994-97), Marty Sherman from The Critic (1994-95), Chuckie Finster from Rugrats (1991-2002) and The Rug Rats Movie (1998)and Dexter from Dexter’s Laboratory (1996-2003) and multiple Dexter-related shorts. She will be missed and remembered through her extensive legacy.

Who are your favorite Christine Cavanaugh characters?