At the Guinness Factory in Dublin, Ireland. Photo courtesy of pmStudent.
What is St. Patrick’s Day all about? Is it a holiday to celebrate Irish heritage and culture? Sure, there are plenty of parades to honor the Irish around the middle of March every year. Although this reason for celebrating may be lost a little bit to the printed t-shirts declaring “Everyone’s Irish on March 17th.” So, is St. Paddy’s about drinking? Well, sure, for a lot of people, St. Patrick’s Day is about getting obscenely, uproariously drunk and having a good time. So long as no one gets into a fight, is arrested, or vomits green. (Although maybe that’s how you define a good time.) Or maybe St. Pat’s is about the color green since there are social—and physical—ramifications if you’re caught without any shamrock-colored clothing on this day.
Seriously, how cool are these glasses?
For me, though, what it comes down to is the music. I have a lot of great St. Paddy’s Day memories and the one thing that ties them all together (other than the holiday itself of course) is the music I listen to every year around this time. With the opening drumbeat and banjo chords of “Drunken Lullabies” by Flogging Molly, I remember wearing my light up shamrock glasses to work last year (which are still one of my coolest possessions, hands down.) Most of my St. Pat’s playlist is Celtic punk music because how can you get through a single St. Patrick’s Day without hearing some Dropkick Murphys? More importantly, why would you want to? So in honor of St. Patrick, here are some of my favorite songs to listen to—and sing along drunkenly to—on this holiday.
Fans tweeted #TeenWolfSeason3 to unlock this first photo from season three. Photo courtesy of Tumblr.
With only 80 days left, how could you not be excited for the next season of MTV’s Teen Wolf? Developed and written by Jeff Davis (who is also the genius behind Criminal Minds,) the show is a new take on the 1985 movie by the same name. Teen Wolf focuses on the life of Scott McCall (played by Tyler Posey) who struggles with high school, friends, girls, lacrosse, and everything that comes with his newfound lycanthropy, including some hunters and some other werewolves. The show is fairly popular among critics—it holds a score of 61 on Metacritic with generally favorable reviews—but even more popular among fans (8 out of 10 from users on Metacritic.) The third season premieres June 3 on MTV at 10pm ET.
“Da Boys” during a read through for ‘Teen Wolf.’ Photo courtesy of @JeffDavis75 on Instagram.
It’s time I admit something: I am a fan of Teen Wolf. You won’t find me writing fan fiction (on a regular basis, I did submit an entry to the Teen Wolf Fan Fiction Contest,) but I have been devouring every tiny bit of information from Teen Wolf’s social media accounts. And there has been a lot. Between MTV’s Teen Wolf Teaser of the Week to the release of the first photo from season three, there is plenty of content on social media to get us fans excited for another summer with Scott and his pack. Although I’ve watched, read, retweeted, reblogged, and had a few fangirl-aneurysms (even changed my ultimate dream job to working for Teen Wolf,) I still need another outlet for my excitement. So I thought I’d create this list of my favorite videos, social media accounts, etc. that have gotten me geared up for season three.
The film is set for a theatrical premiere on June 7. Photo courtesy of Imp Awards.
If you aren’t already excited about Joss Whedon’s modern adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, then I don’t want to know you! Just kidding. But like seriously, Joss directed the third top grossing film of all time (Marvel’s The Avengers, in case you forgot). Plus he’s led a cult of die-hard fans since at least the mid-90s with Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Did you know he also co-wrote Toy Story and Atlantis: The Lost Empire? Because I did not, but apparently I’ve been a fan of Joss Whedon since early childhood and I never knew it.
Getting back to his new work, the first teaser trailer for Much Ado About Nothing was released on Thursday and the internet went berserk. The immense traffic to WHEDONesque crashed the site, and the trailer was posted on all sorts of news sites from NPR to the Huffington Post to USA Today. For a movie that was shot in 12 days at Whedon’s house and stars a group of his friends, Much Ado is getting a lot of attention. It seems like everyone is excited. I’m certainly excited. But are you excited? If not—or even if you are and you can’t get enough about Much Ado—here are some reasons you should be.
The second season of ‘Smash’ premiered Feb. 5. Photo courtesy of the Hollywood Reporter.
The musical drama airing on NBC, Smash, took a hard hit in the ratings this week. The show pulled in a meager 2.6 million viewers and a rating of 0.7 from Smash’s audience demographic. Despite the low ratings, however, the show continues to air. Probably because, as The New York Times points out, they’ve already shot all their episodes for this season. Personally, I’m happy about it; Smash is my guilty pleasure show. Sure, I share some other folk’s opinion that Karen Cartwright (played by Katharine McPhee) is pretty freaking terrible (no offense Katharine); sure, the first season spiraled out of control, and not in a good way; but remember when Nick Jonas had a guest role last season and performed a fantastic rendition of Michael Bublé’s “Haven’t Met You Yet”? Also, have you heard Jimmy Collins (Jeremy Jordan) sing? Boy’s got talent.
I guess it’s pretty safe to say I’m sticking around because if there is one thing Smash has, it’s bucket loads of musical talent: Megan Hilty, Jennifer Hudson, and Will Chase (I’m still hoping he’ll come back!) just to name a few. All these talented people lend their voices to some really great original songs, as well as covers of popular music and Broadway hits alike. Of course Smash has it’s fair share of duds, but for the most part I’ve enjoyed the music this season. So I thought I’d show some love to my favorite primetime guilty pleasure—as well as the people behind the music—and list my favorite songs so far this season.