RIP Sir Christopher Lee
He is best known among us nerds as Saruman from Lord of the Rings and Count Dooku from Star Wars.
Let’s go back to: The 2013 Tony Awards with Billy Porter's Best Leading Actor in a Musical win for Kinky Boots
Why it means something to you or to our podcast: This is one of my favorite Tony Award moments of all-time. One of the best things about this award show is that these nominees work so hard every day to bring entertainment to theatre-goers and they have dreamed of being onstage their entire lives. For me, that's what makes Broadway so magical: it truly is a dream come true. In his acceptance speech, Billy Porter exudes gratitude, excitement, and shock. Sometimes I watch this video just to put a smile on my face because Billy Porter is amazing and his charisma is undeniable.
Where can you find him now?: Billy Porter is STILL as fierce as ever playing Lola in Kinky Boots on the Al Hirschfield Broadway stage eight times a week! You can see him in January 2016 at the brand-new BroadwayCon in New York City along with Anthony Rapp, Jonathan Groff, Any Mientus, Gavin Creel, Skylar Astin, and Telly Leung...just to name a few.
-- Kelly Lee
The Artist: This Century
In honor of their final show in my hometown of Orange County, California this week, I had to make Music Monday all about one of my favorite bands. This song is on the album that will be the band's last as this summer will be their final hurrah before they call it quits and venture off to new projects. I have been to 13 shows by this amazing band and I cannot be more disappointed about their breakup. Thank you for 8 amazing years of music, Joel, Sean, Alex, and Ryan! I have had such a great time following all your success and getting to know you as a band over the years.
The Song: "Hot Friends"
Where you heard it first: On their brand-new and final album Soul Sucker. I just received this album in the mail last week (yes, I still listen to CDs) and immediately fell in love with this song.
Why it’s been stuck in your head: It's one of the catchiest songs off their album and one that I always listen to when I'm in the car. It is just as fun and upbeat as fans have come to expect from this band.
Why you recommend it to our listeners: If you haven't listened to this band yet, you need to. Yes, this is their final album, but that doesn't mean you can't appreciate their entire discography. Starting with their introductory EP in 2007 to their final album released last week, you will not be disappointed with their music. I promise!
Introducing Caitlyn Jenner!
Let’s go back to: The 2009 NBA Draft
Why it means something to you or to our podcast: You may be wondering what possible reason we could have for posting this here right now. But my beloved Golden State Warriors are in the NBA Finals for the first time in forty years and it's because of this moment. Six years ago with the number seven pick the Warriors selected Steph Curry from Davidson College. And the rest is history. Sorry to any of our listeners who are Knicks fans.
Where can you find him now?: Kicking butt and taking names, and hopefully schooling LeBron, tonight on ABC at 9ET/6PDT. #DubNation
What Is It: San Andreas is a ridiculously exciting disaster movie that is perfect for kicking off the summer. The movie tells the story of a broken family who are pushed back into each others' arms when disaster strikes California. Ray (Dwayne Johnson) is a search and rescue pilot for the Los Angeles Fire Department who is estranged from his wife Emma (Carla Gugino) and trying desperately to hang on to his relationship with his daughter Blake (Alexandra Daddario) after the death of their oldest daughter Mallory. Blake travels with her mother's new boyfriend Daniel (Ioan Gruffudd) to San Francisco to head back to college where she meets two young British brothers Ben and Ollie. As they are leaving a high-rise building, Daniel and Blake are trapped by an earthquake in the parking garage. Daniel panics and leaves Blake in the car, her legs crushed by the driver's seat and the car continuing to collapse. Ben and Ollie find her and, together, the three find a way to survive California's devastating earthquakes still unaware that a professor at Caltech (Paul Giamatti) is predicting things to get even worse.
My experience: If you know me at all or have been listening to the podcast for awhile, you know that I am a sucker for disaster movies. The stupider, the better, I think. Quite obviously, this movie was a must-see for me. I have to say, though, that I was pleasantly surprised by it. Yes, it was predictable, but the visual effects and the back stories of the characters made the movie that much more intriguing. I will say, however, that I am glad my brother-in-law came with me to see the movie because there were quite a few jump-in-your-seat moments that I needed to have him there for.
Why You Should See It: The theatre where I saw this movie was packed and I think this is going to be the movie that kicks off summer. While it does not seem like the type of movie that will be breaking box office records any time soon, it's so fun to experience. However, I will warn you, if you're anything like my dear co-host Christina, some of the images of your beloved home state might be too much for you Californians. It's sad, to say the least, to watch landmarks fall, even if it is just for a movie. But, if you want an action-packed film and just a fun way to beat the heat, I highly recommend seeing this movie.
The Future: San Andreas just hit theatres this weekend, so I would imagine that it has a few good weeks left in it. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is rumored to be in quite a few movies in the future including Fast & Furious 8, Disney's Moana, and Journey 3. And though he's in a "blink-and-you'll-miss-it" role as a rescue pilot in this film, I think all Teen Wolf fans are hoping to see our beloved Colton Haynes back on MTV's hit show this summer after his exit from Arrow on The CW.
Where you heard it first: He previewed it on his Instagram, then I first heard the full version on my local radio station. I think it was the worldwide radio premiere actually. It's his debut single post-The Wanted.
Why it’s been stuck in your head: Cause it's awesome and catchy and I love it so much.
Why you recommend it to our listeners: This kid's going places.
The Band: Nathan Sykes
The Song: "Kiss Me Quick"
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