Let’s go back to: Bruno Mars' Super Bowl performance in 2014.
Why it means something to you or to our podcast: This was one of my favorite Super Bowl performances in recent memory. Unlike some other performers, Bruno Mars simply took the talent that made him a great artist and stepped up his game rather than overdoing his performance. That voice was all he needed to fill the stadium.
Where can you find it now? He'll be a featured guest performer during Coldplay's Super Bowl Halftime Performance on Sunday. We know part of the show includes a duet between Bruno Mars and Beyoncé.
Let’s go back to: The X-Files. I want to believe.
Why it means something to you or to our podcast: Yes, we did throwback to The X-Files last year. But this week the first two episodes of the six part miniseries aired on FOX. And they are awesome. The first episode had the burden of rehashing past mythology and catching us up on what our favorite characters have been doing the past fourteen years. The end also saw an unexpected twist that fans are continuing to argue about. It pulled in a tremendous 16.19 million viewers despite being pushed back by the NFC Championship Game.
The second episode was really where the old magic returned. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson still have the same old easy chemistry. Bringing back the original show runner, writers, and directors allow the show to bring the classic X-Files feel into the modern era. If you were a fan of the old show you MUST check out this new series. And if you're a fan of science fiction or drama in general you should still give it a try.
Where can you find it now? The entire original nine season run is on Netflix and new episodes air on FOX Mondays at 8PM.
Let’s go back to: Our very first Fandom Academy Awards!
Why it means something to you or to our podcast: It was the first really interactive project we had with our listeners. It would pave the way for other activities, like the Fandom Emmy Awards and the ever popular Ship Bracket. We had a ton of fun discussing all the movies and film people we've loved over the past few decades.
Where can you find it now? The second annual Fandom Academy Awards are coming back! We're putting together the nominations list now, so keep an eye out here on the website for the voting post soon. There may even be a prize involved!
Let’s go back to: Occlumency Lessons with Severus Snape
Yesterday, the world lost another great artist when actor Alan Rickman lost his short battle with cancer at the age of 69. Rickman was well-known as a stage and screen actor, but many of us know him best as the ultimate misunderstood villain, Severus Snape, in the Harry Potter films. He will be sorely missed. Please raise your wands to the sky in memory of Mr. Alan Rickman.
Why it means something to you or to our podcast: Occlumency lessons in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was our first glimpse at Snape actively trying to protect Harry against The Dark Lord. As one of Rickman's most notable roles in fandom, it's also a scene that many fans of the book were eager to see in the movie. As a Harry Potter nerd myself, watching Alan Rickman as Severus Snape is one of my favorite parts of the series. It's amazing that a man who seemed so genuine and sincere could play one of the greatest villains in fandom. He will always live on as Severus Snape and all his amazing roles throughout his career.
Where can you find it now? Make sure you binge all of Alan Rickman's great roles this weekend including Love Actually, Galaxy Quest, Robin Hood, Die Hard, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and, of course all the Harry Potter films. You will be missed, Alan Rickman. Always.
-- Kelly Lee
Let’s go back to: The first episode of Lip Sync Battle, because I just about died watching the second season premiere episode. Seriously people. It was amazing. But The Rock and Jimmy Fallon got it all started last April on Spike.
Why it means something to you or to our podcast: It originally was introduced as a skit by John Krasinski on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. And we all know how much my co-host Kelly adores Jimmy Fallon. It quickly turned into one of the most popular repeat segments, so Krasinski, Fallon, and Stephen Merchant turned it into a show of it's own. It produced viral moment after viral moment through it's first season and after tonight looks poised to continue that trend.
Where can you find it now? The show is on Spike Thursdays at 10:00PM, but you can also check out all the performances on their YouTube channel.
It's our last post of 2015! We want to take this time to thank you all for your support and a successful first year of the website. Christina and I couldn't continue this endeavor without your help and we are grateful for your listening to the podcast, visits to the website, and fervent participation in ALNM's first ever ship bracket. With your help, we've made it to a whopping 1,470 downloads as of today and were able to experience our first San Diego Comic-Con. So thank you, everyone. We look forward to all that the new year has in store for us! Have a safe and happy new year and we'll see you all in 2016!
Kelly and Christina
And now we return to our regularly scheduled programming.....
Let’s go back to: One Tree Hill
In September of 2003, a little show about two half-brothers living in the fictional town of Tree Hill, North Carolina premiered on what was then The WB. The dramatic lives of Lucas and Nathan Scott and their friends Brooke Davis, Haley James (later Haley James Scott), and Peyton Sawyer spanned for nine seasons on The CW and saw them through high school and adulthood. The show, which was created by Mark Schwahn (who now is known for The Royals on E!) was originally supposed to be a made-for-TV movie called An Unkindness of Ravens, but the TV show proved to be wildly successful. In the show, the brothers who started out as rivals soon became friends when Lucas's best friend Haley (played by Bethany Joy Lenz) fell in love with and later married Nathan Scott (James Lafferty)...while they were still in high school, no less. That coupling went on to create one of the greatest TV couples of all time: Naley. Lucas (played by Agent Carter's Chad Michael Murray) dated the hot cheerleader Brooke Davis (Chicago Fire's Sophia Bush) while they were in high school, but later married Peyton Sawyer (played by White Collar's Hilarie Burton) in the seventh season. The show, while it had its ups and downs, was great. To this day, one of the most intriguing episodes is one from its third season which involved all the characters caught in the middle of a school shooting at their high school. The episode, entitled "With Tired Eyes, Tired Minds, Tired Souls, We Slept", still regarded as one of the best episodes dealing with gun violence in schools for young people. One Tree Hill had a lot of twists and turns, cast members coming and going, each episode named after a song title (just like the series name), and an iconic theme song that was definitely an earworm, but at the heart of it, it was about friendships that last a lifetime and it did a good job of conveying that message to the teenagers and young adults who grew up watching the show.
Why it means something to you or to our podcast: I think I've mentioned on episodes of the podcast how much I love this show. I remember watching the school shooting episode during my freshman year of college and that was the first episode I had ever seen. I remember thinking how powerful it was and how even though it was teaching us all a very important lesson, it was still done in a way that young people were kept interested and wanted to watch more of what happened to those characters in the aftermath of such a horrible tragedy. I started binge watching all the seasons and eventually started watching Season 4 in real time and fell in love with the show. Every summer I would hope that it got renewed and, by some miracle, it got renewed every year for five years. I watched the series finale with my friend (who I call P. Sawyer.....and she calls me B. Davis) and even though I knew the show had run its course, I was still sad to see it end.
Where can you find it now? iTunes, Amazon, and Netflix allow you to binge-watching this incredibly addictive teen drama, so make sure you check it out!
-- Kelly Lee
Let’s go back to: "December 24th, 9PM. Eastern Standard Time." Jonathan Larson's Tony Award winning musical Rent opens on Mark Cohen beginning work on his documentary on Christmas Eve. The show transports Giacomo Puccini's opera La bohème to 1980s New York City. With its gripping characters struggling in ways previously unseen on the Broadway stage and a modern sounding rock soundtrack, Rent would become a special kind of Broadway phenomenon that is rarely seen.
Why it means something to you or to our podcast: Rent was the musical that truly got me into Broadway after seeing Adam Pascal perform "One Song Glory" on PBS. The music captured me in a way I hadn't felt before. It showed me for the first time how the musical form was something always moving forward and changing. This is why even as other amazing musicals come along, my heart will always draw me back to Rent.
Where can you find it now? The OBC album is available basically wherever music is sold, and the film adaptation is available on DVD and Netflix.
Let’s go back to: Love Actually
In 2003, a little Christmas movie was released that was this ALNM co-hosts first R-rated movie when she turned 17. Love Actually tells ten separate stories of different types of love as they play out leading up to the Christmas holiday in England. The movie is directed by Richard Curtis, director of Four Weddings and a Funeral, Bridget Jones' Diary, and Notting Hill....just to name a few. The movie stars more A-list actors than we can keep track of (many of whom went on to even bigger and better things): Rowan Atkinson, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Colin Firth, Martin Freeman, Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, Andrew Lincoln, Laura Linney, Liam Neeson, Bill Nighy, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, and Billy Bob Thornton. Throughout the telling of these ten stories, the viewer comes to find that somehow, they are interwoven with each other and each character somehow comes in contact with someone from another story. The film ends with an epilogue set one month after Christmas where each character is at the arrivals gate at London Heathrow Airport meeting someone from their story.
Why it means something to you or to our podcast: Next week is Christmas and what better way to spend this weekend but to cuddle up and watch a fun Christmas movie? This is my best friend's favorite movie and I look forward to having our annual viewing of it this weekend, too. If Christmas isn't so much your thing, you can also enjoy the little cameos and see how far some of these familiar faces have come. Also, this movie has some great quotable moments. And everybody worships it because it's heaven! (See what I mean?)
Where can you find it now? iTunes, Amazon, and Netflix are all sure to have it and I bet if you ask a friend, you'll be able to find someone with the DVD too.
Let’s go back to: 1977, when a little film called Star Wars hit theaters. Taking place "a long time ago in a galaxy far far away," the film took the classic themes of Greek tragedy and turned it into a space opera that defined a generation. The franchise is one of the highest grossing in history with ten Academy Awards. The rights were recently bought by Disney, who are working quickly to expand the movie universe as well as the franchise's presence at its theme parks.
Why it means something to you or to our podcast: While I may like the films, my lovely co-host Kelly is a Star Wars fanatic (like you didn't know already). If you every need someone to fangirl with about it, just drop her an e-mail.
Where can you find it now? Go check out the seventh movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, this coming Thursday (Dec 17th).
Let’s go back to: A Charlie Brown Christmas
More specifically, let's go back to December 9, 1965 when a little TV special aired that changed the way a little boy and his dog celebrated Christmas. In this story, Charlie Brown finds himself depressed even though the most joyous of holidays is coming so Lucy suggests he direct the school's Christmas play to cheer himself up. Despite being initially ridiculed for it as Charlie usually is, the story reminds us all that despite all the commercialization of the holiday, Christmas at it's core is about the birth of Jesus Christ. Yes, this may be an antiquated storyline in this day in age, depending on our religious beliefs, but A Charlie Brown Christmas is a classic because of its ability to teach children what the holidays is about in a way that keeps them interested for the 25-minute runtime of the special. The special won an Emmy and a Peabody award at the time and also broke stereotypes with its exclusion of a laugh track and its classic jazz score by Vince Guaraldi.
Why it means something to you or to our podcast: It's almost Christmas and this year, A Charlie Brown Christmas is celebrating its 50th anniversary! I remember watching this TV special with my dad and my sister when I was a kid and falling in love with it. What child doesn't love Charlie Brown and Snoopy? The soundtrack and the special itself always put me in the holiday spirit.
Where can you find it now? It will play throughout the holiday season on television I'm sure and I bet you can catch the 50th anniversary special on Hulu as well. It is also for purchase on Amazon. You can check out the original promo from 1965 below.
-- Kelly Lee