• Hyde and the art of "Whatever."

    Posted on 05/23/2010 by Mary

    Hyde. Chillin'.Hyde from That '70s Show is a pretty cool guy, and in the "Cat Fight Club" episode, he gives Jackie a few tips on how to achieve his level of coolness. (We're showing it as part our That '70s Show marathon.) This is the episode where Laurie and Kelso are dating, and Laurie is doing her best to make Jackie jealous. Hyde tries to help Jackie out by teaching her how to remain aloof.

    Hyde's main tip to Jackie is to say "That's cool." and "Whatever." a lot, so people won't know what's really going on in her head. When Jackie starts doing this, she does come across as a cooler person, because she seems so emotionally detached from all of the Laurie/Kelso drama.

    I sort of love this as a way to deal with an ex (and the ex's new bf/gf) if they're people you have to see on a regular basis, but I bet it's much easier said than done.

    How do you deal when people try to make you jealous? Is whatever-ing the way to go?

  • Behind the Scenes at the Degrassi Carnival

    Posted on 05/21/2010 by Mary

    I got to visit the set for one of the carnival shoot days, and it was probably one of the coolest things I've ever seen.

    They seriously did build a carnival inside a giant warehouse...it was amazing. It's like, you're outside in a parking lot at 7 a.m. in kind of the middle of nowhere, surrounded by a bunch of what look like enormous garages -- just boxy and bland -- and then you walk inside one of them and it's like, "Oh look! We're at a carnival, at night."

    They had covered the floor with peat moss, so it really felt like you were outside, and the Ferris wheel and merry-go-round were really spinning, and the popcorn truck had real popcorn in it. There was even one of those thingies where you shoot the target with a water gun to get your clown car across the finish line. And every once in a while randomly throughout the day you'd hear a big loud RRRRRRRRRIIIINNNGGGG, which would be someone winning the water gun race, because people kept playing with it when they were bored. Because how could anyone resist a free water gun race game! (And for the record, no one got yelled at for it, either.)

    OK, I'm just gonna show you some pics. You can also check out our video hub for behind-the-scenes videos, and I'll tell you more soon (including the Charlotte/tiger story).

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    I forget who won this race.

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    But I remember that this new boy's name is Luke. What's up, Luke. (He's 15. You're going to love him. A lot.)

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    Wardrobe was insane, obviously. Aislinn told me she got to see the warehouse this all came from, which was basically like if you went into a walk-in closet the size of a Walmart...but packed wall to wall with every single kind of clothing, from any era, in any size, that you could ever possibly want or need. One of the wardrobe people told me a lot of it is either thrifted or actually donated from completed productions that just don't want all their beautiful clothing-hunting to go to waste.

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    It's the little things... one of the set designers put giant stuffed animals in all the Ferris wheel seats. Hee.

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    So many beautiful, little details that would never make it onto the screen, but totally set the mood for the shoot...

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    Snaaaaaaakes. (And that boy's name is Munro in real life. If you were wondering. Which you were. Because you're going to love him, too.)

  • Degrassi Breakdown: "Keep on Loving You"

    Posted on 05/21/2010 by Mary

    SPOILERS BELOOOOOOOOOW if you haven't watched the Degrassi season finale yet but everyone else... let's bond.

    1) Yo. This might have been hormonal but... I cried. Every time Declan and Holly J looked at each other and you could tell how much they genuinely love each other... I died inside. I love love. Anyone else a sop like me?

    2) Also, score one for Holly J for teaching us all what a little patience and flexibility can do in a relationship -- I totally thought this was headed in a "Holly J is going to get her heart trampled" direction and instead, it was "Holly J is going to get what she wants by being tender, instead of being a hard-ass." What did you think was going to happen?

    3) How much would it freak you out if your bf/gf had to kiss someone else for a play? 'Cause I feel like it wouldn't bother me in the slightest, but maybe that's 'cause I've never had to actually see it happen.

    4) How many "L bombs" have you dropped -- in a relationship situation, not a friends one. And how did it go?

    5) Regardless of how you feel about Jenna, you gotta admit she can sing, right?

    6) Dude. Chantay probably did already have the germs. That's what I was thinking too!

    7) Uhh... did anyone see that Shark in the Water video? The carnival? With all the Degrassi people? Interesting.

  • Girl Crush: Degrassi's Charlotte Arnold (Holly J)

    Posted on 05/20/2010 by Mary

    Soooo I met Charlotte Arnold recently, at a thing, which I can't tell you about, but did I mention that you really probably definitely want to watch the Degrassi season finale tomorrow night at 9 p.m. et? Anyway, from my time spent with her , I have compiled for you this list of...

    10 Interesting Charlotte Arnold Facts Many of Which Are Also Reasons I Now Have a Total Girl Crush On Her .

    Charlotte Arnold, Holly J from Degrassi 1) That's her natural hair color -- she has what they call "virgin hair", meaning it's never been processed.

    2) She loves Leonard Cohen and she went to see him twice on his last tour.

    3) She's a total journalist. Not just because she's studying journalism in college (perhaps with an eye toward broadcast, which I can see her completely owning at) but because it's just in her nature to always be asking people about themselves; their work, their lives, whatever. For instance at lunch, she started a round of "which Degrassi character do you most identify with" -- and not because she was like, waiting for her turn to talk, but because she seemed to genuinely want to know what everyone's character was. (PS: she said she has Manny's sense of humor, and Jane's Jane-ness, or at least she wants Jane's Jane-ness.)

    4 ) Which makes sense because she and Paula Brancati are good friends in real life.

    5) She says Sam Earle is 'the love of her life' -- which is Charlotte-speak for 'he's exceptionally cute and smart', not that she actually wants to break up with her boyfriend for him.

    6) And she's totally Team Clare, if you were wondering.

    7) She has Alexz Johnson's old dressing room at Epitome.

    8) She has tiny feet, like size 5, which I can tell you from experience makes it IMPOSSIBLE to find shoes. But she says she can swing a 6 if the shoes are important.

    9) She works hard for the money, honey. Out of all the cast members there that day, she had to stay the longest -- like 13, 14 hours? -- because her scenes were scheduled all over the day. And that whole time she was in costume and full makeup, which involved a jauntily-angled hairpiece so that she couldn't lie down and take a nap in-between. And even at the tail end of that long-ass day, she could still nail a smile that looked fresh as a daisy. Oh, and she didn't complain once. The entire day. Stephanie Cohen (an Epitome bigwig and long-time Degrassi cast den mother) told me that's completely standard for Charlotte -- always delivers, never complains.

    10) And one time she almost got eaten by a tiger, but I'll tell you about that another time.

  • Degrassi Wardrobe Tip: Declan's hoodie

    Posted on 05/20/2010 by Lisa

    Nice hoodie, Declan!After Mary posted about Declan's wardrobe awhile back, great1zero wrote in with a question about Declan's striped hoodie:

    "I have been trying to identify the designer of it for awhile now but haven' t had any luck and was hoping you could help out. Declan wears a lot of cool clothes and I never seem to see any name brands on any of them."

    I checked in with Steve Wright, the wardrobe supervisor on Degrassi. He says, "The hoodies in question are from Montreal, Canada. Point Zero is the brand." Steve also mentioned that Declan wears a lot of Armani Exchange and that "you can find great stuff at the outlet store for cheap."

    So there you go! YAY, now we can all dress like Declan.

  • Degrassi season finale... this Friday!

    Posted on 05/19/2010 by Mary

    Can it really be the end already? Finale sounds so... final. No fair.

    And yet, we've had such a lovely season. And we've got the movie coming this summer. And... I have a feeling you're not exactly going to be bummed out on Degrassi after you watch the finale this Friday. (9pm et! Don't be late, son!)

  • Guys' prom shoes are kinda gross.

    Posted on 05/19/2010 by Mary

    You know those weird tux rental shoes that are like pointy and have almost no sole? Also the generalized idea of shoe rental is seems more appropriate for the bowling alley than a formal dance, no?

    Black Patent Chucks -- Guys' Prom Shoes That Aren't Ugly Anyway, there are options! These patent leather Chuck hi-tops aren't hard to find (here's a link... they're all over the Internet and probably the stores, too). I also saw a pair of black patent Vans slip-ons (covet, covet), but it was someone selling them used.

    Actually... a girl could rock something like that with her dress, if that's her style and she's feeling saucy. And she wants to actually dance instead of teeter around getting blisters.

    It's your prom; wear what you want, right?

  • The vote has now been rocked.

    Posted on 05/18/2010 by Mary

    I just saw that episode of One on One where Breanna and her friends vote for the first time, which was apropos 'cause I totally voted today (for the umpteenth time). There were primaries for a lot of states' governors, and senate seats, and all sorts of other foofaraw.

    Those smaller elections can seem a lot more "who cares" than the big circus-like presidential ones, but I actually love the little elections -- because a lot of times, you're voting on things that affect stuff going on literally next door to you. (Like, do you want the pro-casino woman on the city council, or the guy who wants to make the city shelter a no-kill shelter, or the person who wants a public skate park?)

    Or, if your state leans heavily toward one party or the other (democrat or republican), sometimes the primary is where the eventual winner pretty much get chosen. (The primary is when we choose who ends up on the ballot for the ELECTION election.)

    Or, for instance, here are some of the effects of little elections in the news today:
    It was little elections that populated the current school board of Texas, which is now making some big moves to change the way their history textbooks are written. And then a small-election person in California is proposing not to allow the Texas version of history in their schools . And it's all very crazy and fascinating and it all really comes down to boring rainy days like this one, where people you've never heard of end up in obscure political positions with surprising amounts of power.

    Anyway. Yay voting! Anyone out there get to vote today?

  • What I Like About You... is not your bad advice.

    Posted on 05/17/2010 by Mary

    Friends. They try to help. We ask for advice, and they give it, and sometimes they do a really good job! Yay friends doing a good job! And then sometimes.. . they are kind of yappity know-it-alls who lead us down the path of destruction, embarrassment, and bad romance moves.

    Remember that time that cute- but-daft guy that Val was dating tried to tell Holly that Penn Badgley was super into her and that she needed to "set him free" before he had even asked her out or anything? (Tonight, 10pm et, btw.) And then Penn Badgley was all "omg, ego, I wasn't even into you!" (Though, actually, he was, but still, pretty bad advice ... a pre-emptive let-down before a question has even been asked?)

    Although the idea of someone not returning Penn Badgley's attention is fairly unrealistic, the whole "person professing to know for sure what's up and giving really, really bad advice" angle sure did ring real-life true...

    What's the worst advice you ever got?

  • Degrassi Breakdown: "In Your Eyes"

    Posted on 05/14/2010 by Mary

    EEEEEEEEE!! Lots to talk about from tonight's episode... though of course, if you haven't watched yet, this whole thing will be SPOILERSSSSSSS so go away! As for the rest of us...

    1) Oh my GOD! When Riley was like, giggling because Anya said "you have a crush on Zane"... I swear It MELTED MY HEART! And then when he and Zane made plans for coffee... was I the only one jumping up and down in my chair going "Riley has a date! Riley has a date!"?

    2) I was so scared he wasn't going to kiss him! And then when he did and he smiled... I don't think we've ever even SEEN Riley's smile before that. I didn't even realize how much I loved him as a character until I felt so overjoyed for him.

    3) Curious... what would happen if (or did happen when) one of the biggest jocks at your school came out?

    4) Clare! Dude! Clare is strong like the Hulk! I almost can't believe she didn't fall for K.C.'s "everything was better when we were together" line. Could you be that strong?

    5) Jenna Middleton: not winning any fans tonight, I'm guessing. I used to try to give her the benefit of the doubt and think she was at least Real and fun, though flawed... but tonight she came off straight up shady, right? I know Jenn a has some fans out there... are any of you having second thoughts about her at this point?