With X-Men: Days of Future Past just beyond my reach, I started again to think about how useful it would be to have some of their amazing powers. Sure, everyone loves Wolverine because he is the X-Man, but would you really want to have his powers? He’s blatantly said his retractable claws hurt — and they wouldn’t be that useful in the real world — and no one wants to live forever. Professor X is pretty amazing, but do you really want to know what everyone is thinking? I think a lot of things are better left unknown. As an uber-fan of many things, I know I love essentially all the X-Men — except Jean Grey, I know I don’t like her — but speaking rationally, some of their powers are simply much more practical than others. Continue reading
What’s the big deal about Ansel Elgort? Well first off, for those of you asking who he even is… Continue reading
Just weeks ago, the first season of Syfy’s hit series Helix came to a thrilling close. Though there will be a torturous wait for next season (it won’t return until 2015), the show’s very own Alan Farragut (Billy Campbell) and Julia Walker (Kyra Zagorsky) shared their thoughts on Season 2 on the NBCUniversal Cable Upfronts Red Carpet and The Daily Quirk is bringing you the inside info. Continue reading
When I say Jennifer Lawrence, it’s okay if you get excited. I’d even be okay if you fangirled a little bit, because she’s just that awesome. Between her screen presence in The Hunger Games franchise and her witty comebacks in interviews with the press, it’s hard not to love her. Continue reading
If you’ve spent the past three years watching re-runs of Harry Potter scenes, crying and trying to relive the journey since the moment when Hagrid kicked down the door of the Dursley’s shack—I definitely feel you. But cry no more because J.K. Rowling is back with a Harry Potter spin-off Warner Bros. production on her aside publication, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. And the best part? It’s going to be a trilogy, screen-written by the ‘mother of wizards,’ Rowling herself. Continue reading
The little kid inside all of us is giddy over the news that Sofia Coppola will be directing a live action adaptation of The Little Mermaid. We’ve gotten a glimpse of this kind of adaptation in the past, with variations of Snow White, Peter Pan and Cinderella. However, I don’t think there is a story with as much influence as The Little Mermaid. That being said, the casting for this is going to take time and precision. The first shot at a live action adaptation of this classic has no room for error; the world is watching, and impatiently at that! So, who do we think should play the roles of Eric and Ariel? It’s not an easy choice, but these actors/actresses would be ideal to play these iconic characters. Continue reading
Summer time is right around the corner. School will be out, vacations will be underway and that means plenty of reading time for everyone. No matter how long your to-be-read list is currently, don’t miss out on all the great new releases coming soon in May through June. Here’s a list of 10 books to get you started.
May is a big month for books. To start the summer planning off right check out The Accidental Book Club on May 6 by Jennifer Scott. Main character Jean Vison finds herself running a book club unexpectedly with six other ladies. Each of the women deal with the various dilemmas life hands them as they bond over their potluck meals and book discussions. Later, on May 13, Kaui Hart Hemmings rolls out her next book The Possibilities. Based on the success of her previous book The Descendants, this will not disappoint. The novel takes place in Colorado where main character Sarah St. John is dealing with the loss of her son. It’s a beautiful story about what Barnes & Noble calls “subtle poignancies of grief and relationships.”
Later on May 20, Emily Giffin’s book The One & Only will become available. Known for her funny, light-hearted love stories, Giffin continues her legacy with the story of Shea Rigsby. Rigsby grew up in a small Texas town and stayed there with the close-knit community even after college. After a disaster makes things less calm, Shea starts to question her life and the place she’s called home her whole life. Lastly, on May 29, The Vacationers by Emma Straub comes out. After a successful short story collection, Straub returns with a full novel dedicated to one of the characters from a particular short story. It’s about a family off to Mallorca for a vacation/anniversary celebration with extended relatives. What better to read while you vacation with family than about another family who deals with the same embarrassments as the rest of us? BookRiot says it’s “suffused with humor and humanity.”
June 3 brings the next three books to be pointed out. First is The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez. This heartstring-tugging story is about a Panamanian boy and a Mexican girl who fall in love. Both teens moved with their families to America and end up living in the same Redwood Apartments with other immigrant families. Henríquez’s website says that “woven into their stories are the testimonials of men and women who have come to the United States from all over Central and Latin America.” Next up is I’ll Be Right There by Kyung-sook Shin. It takes place in 1980s South Korea. The main character, Jung Yoon, narrates her own story and that of her friends from college. With a phone call from a long time ex, memories flood back to her from a troubling time. Experience not only Yoon’s personal struggles but also that of a politically troubled Korea. Finally for June, Hungry by H.A. Swain is a futuristic tale in a time where food is not needed by anyone. Instead they take “inocs” to keep hunger at bay. Main character Thalia runs into a problem when she starts to feel a rumbling in her stomach unknown to her world. She ends up mixed in with an underground movement to bring real food back to humanity.
This list is going to be brought to a close with the last three books coming out on June 8. Landline by Rainbow Rowell is about the marriage of Georgie and Neal. When Neal take the kids without Georgie, she wonders if she could’ve done anything differently in their troubled marriage. Then she uncovers a way to communicate with her husband in the past. California by Edan Lepucki is a debut post-apocalyptic novel about a couple Cal and Frida. They leave the city in favor of the wild. After Frida gets pregnant they go back to mainstream society which may be tougher than they bargained for. Uncaged is the last book on our list, but the first book in The Singular Menace series for young adults. Written by John Sandford and Michele Cook, the series premiere starts when Shay Remby makes it to Hollywood to find her brother, a hacker. He and some friends, all activists, target a research lab to attack. Her brother reaches out frantic about the things he’s seen in the lab. After a visit from the lab’s security team, Shay is determined to save her brother.
There you have it! A little romance, some post-apocalyptic fun, good old slice of life and even some more cultured reads are all here for your enjoyment. Mark your calendars now before you forget.
Many of the details about Showtime’s upcoming horror series Penny Dreadful seem shrouded in mystery, though that is appropriate to the title of the show.
As explained in one of Penny Dreadful’s production videos, penny dreadfuls were weekly publications that featured “lurid stories of crime, the occult and the supernatural.” The show will be drawing on these elements to “bring horror into people’s living rooms,” like those publications did.
In the show, American Ethan Chandler (Josh Harnett) finds himself pulled into the underground world of paranormal London, but not much more is known about the actual plot.
From what is presented in the trailers, however, Penny Dreadful will be a delightful, if terrifying, mix of horror and supernatural elements. But if that’s not your thing, check out some of the other reasons to watch it below. Continue reading
Many people only know HBO’s Girls as the show where Lena Dunham is frequently naked. And, while there is quite a bit of nudity throughout the series, it shouldn’t be the only thing people focus on. Girls is a witty, funny and painfully relatable show about being in your twenties and trying to figure out life. Luckily, the four main characters are able to depend on each other when things get tricky (most of the time, at least). If you’re unsure what the show is about or if it’s something you want to watch, check out these 10 .gifs to get a better idea! Continue reading
Alright, here’s the situation. You come to one of your really good friend’s event whether it be a party, small hang out at their house, eating out at a restaurant, etc. Your good friend introduces you to their friends that you’ve never met. The introductions are going great until you get a weird vibe from one person. Uh-oh, it happened. You’ve met a friend that’s not so friendly… S.O.S. Continue reading
What do you get when you mix Texas Beauty Queen good looks with the brains enough to major in molecular biology and women studies at UCLA with enough talent to star in a hit television series on MTV? Well, you get Holland Roden, better known as Lydia Martin on MTV’s most successful scripted series Teen Wolf. Continue reading
Whether you’re a student, an employee, an artist, an athlete, a parent or anything else, you’ve probably got a lot of work to do. And sure, that comes with the territory of being a responsible human being, but sometimes we human beings take it too far. The line between working and overworking is very thin and all too easy to hop over. So how do you know if you’re working too hard? Well, there are a number of ways: Continue reading
Feeling a little awkward, lately? Me, too. That’s probably because the anticipation for Awkward. Season 4 keeps building and building the closer it gets to the release date.
When we last saw Jenna in the Season 3 finale of Awkward., a monumental realization had been made. In one of her infamous voiceovers, she said, “I can finally be that girl who doesn’t need a boy to be happy, because I’ll know how to dance all on my own.” In non-metaphorical terms, she was content with being alone, seemingly for the first time since the series premiere in 2011. Though all our hearts broke a little bit when we realized Matty might be ready to move on, I definitely think it only adds anticipation for the upcoming season. Not because of impending relationship drama, but because, in the words of Queen Beyoncé, who run the world? GIRLS. I’m excited to see how Jenna embraces her newly found freedom, and how she embarks on the journey to loving herself. Once she gets there, I expect to see her commanding a relationship with a new love interest. Aren’t we all a little tired of sulking? I’m ready to see her take action! Continue reading
In 2003, the world was graced with one of the best comedic characters in primetime history. He’s scrawny, curly-haired and has a plastic best friend named Captain Oats. If you’ve already guessed it, you probably have the same feelings towards him that I do. Seth Cohen, ladies and gentlemen, taught me everything I ever needed to know. In addition to the obvious, such as sarcasm as a second language and impeccable taste in music, here are a few of the reasons why even after The O.C.’s end, Seth is still my own personal Yoda or Mr. Miyagi.