Remember June 26, 2015 as a day in history.
Today the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that it is legal for all Americans, regardless of gender or sexual orientation, to marry the people they love. Congratulations, America. We did it. #LoveWins #NoH8 #MarriageEquality
Let's go back to: The single greatest moment on Teen Wolf
"Alright, little man. How 'bout you tell me where you're getting your juice?"
"WHERE are you getting your JUICE?"
"My mom does all the grocery shopping...."
Why it means something to you or this podcast: With Teen Wolf Season 5 premiering in just a few days, it seemed appropriate to throw back to a time that made us fall in love with the show in the first place. If you have listened to the podcast, you know that my lovely cohost Christina and I love to quote this one moment in the show and usually can't stop laughing after we've done so. Also, with the return of Teen Wolf and the departure of Colton Haynes' character Roy Harper from Arrow during its fall season, Teen Wolf fans are all hoping that Jackson Whittemore might make his triumphant return to Beacon Hills in the coming season. Of course, we all can't wait for the return of another fan-favorite character: After a season without him, Danny Mahealani (played by Keahu Kahuanui) will finally be returning to the pack after the reveal that he knew all about the supernatural element of Beacon Hills at the end of Season 3. Something about this small scene just sums up Jackson and Scott perfectly; Jackson being the bully right off the bat and Scott with his little boy innocence that he started off with at the beginning of the series. There's nothing that will ever beat this scene in the entire series.
Where can you find it now: You can catch up on all past seasons of this amazing show on Amazon Instant Video and you can tune in to the two-part Season 5 premiere this coming Monday AND Tuesday at 10 PM on MTV. And keep an eye out for our annual Teen Wolf premiere recap episode of ALNM in the coming weeks!
-- Kelly Lee
What program/tools do you use?
I mostly use graphite pencils for line art and then color it in Photoshop using an Ituous3 Wacom tablet I’ve had for many, many years. Sometimes I go either full-traditional, which usually involves painting with watercolor, or completely digital.
Where do you get your inspiration?
All over the place! I’m constantly inspired by artists on the web (Tumblr, DevArt, Instagram… etc), and my art friends. Music is a big inspiration as well, especially in fanart. The mood of some songs can be so inspiring that I just pair it with a drawing and build the lyrics into it.
What are your primary fandoms?
Sherlock has been a primary fandom for me for a very long time. The Pacific Rim, Hannibal, Welcome to Night Vale, Teen Wolf, Inception are some of my favorites as well. I dabble in a bunch of other stuff from time to time. When I was younger I was really into the Artemis Fowl books, and drew some of my earliest fanart of that.
What project have you always wanted to do?
I’ve always wanted put together a graphic novel. I’ve been working on this sort of project on and off by starting a web comic called “String Cradles”, so I hope I’ll get to develop it fully enough to print it.
What is your favorite work?
I think “Remember Redbeard?” is one of my favorites, it makes me feel all cuddly and fuzzy on the inside, but also slightly sad.
What is one thing fandom doesn’t know about you?
I really love the smell of old books, and volunteered in the children’s section of the public library in my home town. Also I’m scared of driving, and currently trying to avoid it by living in Brooklyn haha.
What Is It: The fourth film in the highly-successful Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World is the first movie not to be based on a book by Michael Crichton. The film takes place on the island of Isla Nublar, 22 years after the events of the first Jurassic Park film. Dinosaurs are no longer an extinct creature of the past, but an attraction at the popular Jurassic World theme park. To draw even more guests to the park, the scientists of InGen have genetically engineered a new dinosaur called the Indominus Rex using DNA from a tree frog, cuttlefish, raptor, and T-Rex. Enter Owen Grady (Chris Pratt), the park's resident raptor trainer and ex-Navy man who is called in to assess the new dinosaur and its enclosure to make sure it's structurally safe for tourists to see. Unfortunately, Owen, the park's operations manager Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard), and her visiting nephews Gray and Zach (Ty Simpkins and Melissa & Joey's Nick Robinson, respectively), are about to find out just how dangerous the Indominus Rex really is when it breaks out of its enclosure and wreaks havoc on the park full of unsuspecting tourists.
My experience: I saw this movie one night after work with my best friend and I have to say, Chris Pratt was about 90% of why I wanted to see it. I will admit that I've never seen any of the other films in the franchise (yes, you may pass judgement on me if you'd like) and so I had no expectations for this film. For me, as a first-time viewer, it was exciting, action-packed, and just enough "jump-in-your-seat" moments to make it interesting. From what I understand from talking to fans of the franchise, this installment did well to pay homage to the original film and, while it wasn't great, it was good enough to hold its own against its predecessors. One of the highlights for fans of the franchise was the return to Isla Nublar and seeing Dr. Henry Wu (B.D. Wong) return from the first film. There are many other nods to the first film that fans will be happy to spot when they see Jurassic World.
Why You Should See It: This film now holds the record for the highest-grossing opening weekend of all time and it deserves it. You should see this movie if you're looking for a way to start your summer blockbuster binge. It's fast-paced and so much fun to watch. If you haven't seen it yet, you should definitely put it in your list of things to do. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard bring it in their respective roles and this movie further solidifies Chris Pratt as a rising star. It will be amazing to continue to watch his fame escalate to a full-blown superstar.
The Future: Jurassic World is kicking butt and taking names at the box office and for that reason, it will most likely be in the movie theatre throughout the summer. In the meantime, its cast is keeping busy with new and existing projects. One of the film's leads, Bryce Dallas Howard, is currently filming the live-action version of Disney's Pete's Dragon which is due out next year. You can soon see Chris Pratt re-team with Vincent D'Onofrio (who plays Vic Hoskins, InGen's head of security in the film) for the 2017 remake of classic Western The Magnificent Seven. Nick Robinson (who played Zach Mitchell) is currently starring in the final season of ABC Family's Melissa & Joey as Ryder Scanlon and starting again in the fall, Jake Johnson (who plays the park's tech operator Lowery Cruthers) can be seen as Nick Miller, the roommate and on-again-off-again love interest of Zooey Deschanel's character Jess in Fox's hit series New Girl.
-- Kelly Lee
The Artist: Artist vs. Poet/ Joe Kirkland
The Song: "Mean" (original artist: Taylor Swift)
Where you heard it first: Back when Joe Kirkland tried out for The Voice, he sang this song in the Knockout Rounds and got booted by Adam Levine. I still haven't forgiven Adam for that elimination. I was so crushed that he got rid of Joe, even if it meant that Artist vs. Poet got back together. I would have loved to see Joe Kirkland succeed on that show. Even now at his concerts, he jokes that Cassadee Pope (formerly of a band called Hey Monday) is just that much better than him.
Why it’s been stuck in your head: I started listening to Artist vs. Poet again the last few weeks and I kind of forgot how awesome this cover is. I actually like it a lot better than Taylor's original.
Why you recommend it to our listeners: Everyone loves a good cover and Artist vs. Poet does some of the best. In my humble opinion, covers are the best when they are still true to the original song, but bring something to the song that the cover band is known for. In this case, Joe and the rest of the boys of Artist vs. Poet bring their own signature sound (and cursing) to Taylor Swift's hit song. Take a listen for yourself!
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE NEW NBA CHAMPIONS: THE GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS!!!!!! #DubNation
Let’s go back to: The Alan Rickman-off with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jimmy Fallon.
Why it means something to you or to our podcast: My beloved cohost Kelly is one of the biggest Jimmy Fallon fans I've ever met, and I know she's been thrilled to watch his evolution into a talk show power house. Back on Late Night, he and Benedict Cumberbatch competed with dueling impersonations of legendary actor Alan Rickman saying ridiculous things. It's three minutes of comedy gold.
Where can you find it now?: On the Tonight Show, Alan Rickman got his revenge. Just watch below. You won't regret it.
We're getting ready for Comic-Con and we can't wait to meet you all! Catch us at the #GameOfBloggers Meet-Up on the night of Wednesday, July 8th at the Dragon's Den near Petco Park and the following night, Thursday, July 9th, at Carry On My #WaywardCocktails at the Analog Bar in the Gaslamp District! We'll be there with lots of swag and SDCC weekend exclusives from our talented #LoveYourFandom artists!
Where you heard it first: I first heard twenty one pilots when I saw them open for Panic! At The Disco and Fall Out Boy in the City (which would be San Francisco for those of you who have't noticed my affinity for Bay Area sports yet). I first heard this cover on Tumblr recently and fell in love with it. Strangely enough that pun was entirely unintended.
Why it’s been stuck in your head: I'm a sucker for covers of this song. I have at least thirty on my computer right now. But this is now one of my favorites. It's clean, it's simple, and it's sincere. All of which are needed to make this song work.
Why you recommend it to our listeners: Because we can't help falling in love with you (pun completely intended this time).
The Artists: Tyler Joseph (of twenty one pilots)
The Song: Can't Help Falling In Love (cover)
The YouTube Link:
Google Drive download link
Episode 030 - “Help Me, ALNM! You're My Only Hope!”
Episode Length: 2:30:47
It’s our thirtieth episode and we’re welcoming our first ever guest host! Everyone say hi to Ryan! We start off by talking about our favorite podcast episodes and moments before delving into Fandom News. We congratulate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their little bundle of joy and Steph Curry for having his awesomeness confirmed. We touch on the latest in casting news, movie developments, and what's going on in the world of television. We recap several season finales, including Once Upon A Time, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Arrow, and The Vampire Diaries. After a quick fangirling (and fanboying) session over our latest obsessions, we delve into our main discussion: STAR WARS. Kelly and Ryan tell us all about their experiences at Star Wars Celebration. We all talk about the role Star Wars has played in our lives in addition to our favorites. Spoiler alert: we all love Harrison Ford. Then there's some analysis of the future of the franchise, the Expanded Universe, and our favorite spoofs. Congratulations to our Star Wars MVPS: George Lucas and John Williams! As always, we share our Ship Moments and we remind you of the various channels where you can listen to us, like us, email us, and follow us and where to get all the latest news. Be sure to tune in for our 31st episode about all things television!
This week’s featured music:
"Star Wars Main Title" by John Williams
"Duel of the Fates" by John Williams