Star-Watching

Scot vs. Scot

Gracepoint!!! I missed you last week.

I wanted to do a post about some of my thoughts on FOX’s Gracepoint and ABC’s Selfie. Both shows featuring some Who alumni on American TVs.

Its no secret how very much I adore David Tennant nor is it a secret how little I can usually stand Karen Gillan. At the beginning of the fall tv season, I was looking forward to watching both of them in their American tv series. I was looking forward to Gracepoint because I had heard great things about Broadchurch and wanted to watch that series. Then, I heard they were making an American adaption and so I decided to wait. David Tennant can do no wrong in my eyes so I knew I would be interested. I was looking forward to Selfie mostly because I was looking forward to the subsequent cancellation. But something kind of strange happened…

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First, my thoughts on Gracepoint. It. Is. Fantastic. Really amazing. I wanted to watch Broadchurch before but now, I feel I absolutely have to. I was so happy to read that there will be a second season of Broadchurch which I am hoping means we will get another season of Gracepoint as well. The characters and the phenomenal actors really make this an amazing series; more on that in a sec.

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Selfie: I simply couldn’t wait for this series to fail. Episode one, I tuned in ready to talk same major shit about how horrible Karen Gillan was yet again. No matter how great John Cho is, there would be no helping this girl. Not even 5 minutes into the premiere episode and… I loved it.

There was no subtly in establishing that this was a modern take on the classic Pygmalion. (Eliza Dooley? Henry Higgs? Come on.) The plot lines were as shallow as the main character but I honestly enjoyed this show; I watched every episode. I’m actually disappointed that I called it right and the show was cancelled by ABC. From what I understand, they will be airing the rest of the episodes on Hulu but it was still cancelled…

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The acting on Gracepoint is some of the best I have seen in a long time. My heart breaks every single episode for multiple characters. Just a pained look in someones eye will have me in hysterics. I try to compose myself but then another heartbreaking moment occurs and I just begin sobbing to myself all over again. Every minute of every episode is completely enthralling. Because I was planning on watching Broadchurch, I didn’t want to do any reading-up on the show’s characters or storylines, but it seems to follow a very similar story.

I really can’t believe I’m about to put this thought into writing but it’s actually Tennant who, sometimes, briefly, seems to be the weak link here. (You must understand how hard it was for me to type that) There are times when I feel like he’s letting the American accent slip and I hear that Scottish roll on out.

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Karen Gillan on the other hand: fantastic American accent and never letting it slip! (What is even happening in the world?!) John Cho was ok but the rest of the cast was practically useless. No great range and even in the above picture, I don’t know who the hell the guy to the far left is and the chick pictured in the top right is a neighbor Eliza runs into occasionally… It was really all about Eliza and Henry and they were already (clearly) falling in love in the few episodes that aired so where could the writers even take these characters? The answer is obviously, nowhere, and I’m sure that contributed to the network’s decision to X the show.

So, 10 vs. Amy. Tennant vs. Gillan. Scot on Scot competition: Selfie/Gillan didn’t crash and burn the way I expected. Well, I guess they did but I made sure to indulge myself with this guilty pleasure weekly while I could. As predicted, the show was shit but it was the kind of shit I guess I wanted to watch. Gracepoint/Tennant, not surprisingly, are clearly the winner in this fight. I can’t wait for Gracepoint to come back with a new episode, Thursday, after a week off for Thanksgiving. When this season ends, I definitely plan on watching all of Broadchurch. I’m curious to find out just how closely Gracepoint followed the original story. (Even their promo shots look the same…)

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If there’s one good thing that came from Selfie, I don’t absolutely hate Karen Gillan as an actor anymore. In fact, I enjoyed her performance. Better luck next time, Amy!

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Thanks for reading! Love, GK

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Happy Birthday, Mr. Holmes

 

Today, January 6th, is the (theorized) birthday of one of the world’s most popular literary figures, Mr. Sherlock Holmes. Since my birthday is just around the corner, I’m in the “birthday spirit” and wanted to brag about sharing my Capricorniness with such a dynamic character. I also wanted to fangirl-out a bit over one of my most obsessed over fandoms: Sherlock (BBC/PBS) staring the dreamy and talented Benedict Cumberbatch and the amazing Martin Freeman.


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The series is back with season 3 as of New Years Day and last night was the second episode of this season. Season/Series 3 doesn’t premiere in the US until later this month on PBS but this is 2014 and I pay for internet access on this beautiful macbook of mine so I’ve been keeping up with the Brits just fine, thank you. This season is amazing! Ah-maze-zing!

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Obvi, Sherlock isn’t dead. The first episode he reassimilates into London society and within his own circle of friends, some of which knew he wasn’t really dead and others who were completely distraught over his “passing”, like his bestie fo real-real, Dr. Watson. Last night’s episode was quite possibly one of the best episodes of Sherlock ever. Drunk Sherlock, a wedding, a murder mystery (duh) and lots of cut-aways. A truly fantastic episode.

 

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Since I’ve sung the praises of this show’s artistic and thought-provoking aspects (kudos, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss) I’d like to jump into my fangirl fantasy crush on ol’ Benny. Crush doesn’t even properly express the hormonal reaction I have to this man and his performances but it’ll have to do for now. This man causes me some serious ovarian pain. Honestly, I want to bare his children; I want my eggs Benedict. (see what I did there? yep… gross).

Never has my lusting for Mr. Cumberbatch been as strong as when I watched the scene in which he swings through a window, breaking it, shakes the glass off his coat with a flick, ruffles his hair and then grabs Molly Hooper by the face and kisses her good and hard:

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Ugh… This does things to me… Things I love yet are incredibly frustrating things. (Are you there God, It’s Me, Kate.) Oh, to be kissed like that…

Thanks for reading!

Love, GK

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The Time of the Doctor [when i bawled my f*cking eyes out… again]

Merry Christmas!

I was fortunate to spend the last several days with my incredible family, at home, enjoying each others company and enjoying a lot of liquor and wine.

Last night was a very special night and not just because of the holy holiday. Last night was the Doctor Who 2013 Christmas special; it was also the night we said goodbye to Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor and  welcomed Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor.

Sparing you a complete plot breakdown, let’s skip to my complete emotional breakdown:


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… I was bawling. I was teary through a lot of the episode and cried a few times but when Matt Smith delivered his final Doctor Who monologue, I lost my shit. I was full-on ugly crying; tears rushing down my face, neck and chest. Then, he dropped his bow tie… for good.

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We caught a brief glipse of what kind of Doctor Peter Capaldi’s Doctor will be: direct, a little angry, kind of scary yet funny… I’ve had a great feeling about the Twelfth Doctor since it was announced that Peter Capaldi would be taking over and the little bit I saw of him at the very end of this episode only supports those good vibes. Even so, it was incredibly hard to say goodbye to Matt Smith. It may have taken me most of his tenure to fall in love with him but I did and I will miss him.

What now? The excruciating long wait for Season 8 to begin (late 2014).

Here is how my sister and I got into the Doctor Who spirit for The Time of the Doctor:

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Thanks for reading! I hope you all enjoyed a very happy, healthy and safe holiday season! You can also follow me on Instagram, Tumblr and Twitter.

Thanks again! Love, GK

Third Eye Blind in Ft Lauderdale

Tonight, my two friends Kacie and Chelsea and I rocked out in Ft Lauderdale at Club Revolution to Third Eye Blind.

The show was amazing!! Those boys have definitely still got it! I was able to bribe a security guard and scored my friends and I prime location spots directly next to the stage! [dusts dirt off my shoulder]. If there is one thing I’m good at it’s making the most of opportunities at rock shows. Our view was perfect and our experience amazing! Another special skill of mine: taking impeccable concert photos!

Below are a few shots from the show!
Thanks for reading! Love, GK

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Golden Globes 2013 :: Red Carpet

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Usually, I do a pretty in-depth recap of the major awards shows. This year, I just didn’t have the time to devote to a lengthily post. Here are just a few of my favorite looks of the night and some of my least favorite looks of the night too. Pictured above, Tine Fey and Amy Poehler looked phenomenal all night and were fantabulous hostesses!

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Jennifer Lawrence and Clare Danes were both winners and I absolutely loved both of their looks! (Clare Danes’ hair actually looked good! I guess miracles do happen)

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Amy Adams, Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway, all ladies I love, all looked fantastic!

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Both of these ladies would be two of my least favorite looks if i didnt absolutely adore each of them. No matter what, I ALWAYS include Helena Bonham Carter in my Best Dressed lists because I just think she is so fabulous and bat-shit nuts. And Lena Dunham… I worship this Girl… even when she is horribley awkward walking in heels.

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Lucy Liu, Anyssa Milano and Julia LouisDreyfus all looked horrid.

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Eva Longoria, Halle Berry and Lea Michele all looked as desperate for attention as usual. Look at the Queen of Desperation, Ms. Berry, (Halle, not the Glee bitch,) trying her best to Jolie this shit but it is most definitely not working…

WHY THE F*CK ARE YOU HERE?

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I always like to include a “why the f*ck are you here?” section in my recaps. Megan Fox: I give her credit for such a slamming body after just having a baby, but why was she even there? She’s barely famous and her lame husband hasn’t been famous since 1993. Nicole Richie, I love this woman, I really do, but why was she there? And Francesca Eastwood: I know WHY she was there, she was one of the Miss Golden Globes, but usually the spoiled actor-offspring that are selected for these events haven’t had a dreadful reality show about them yet… Did anyone else catch “Mrs Eastwood and Co.”? I doubt it… but it was horrible. The Eastwood women are spoiled, pretentious and down right annoying… with the exception of the 15 year old who seems to be the only woman in that house with any bit of awareness.

Thanks for reading! Love, GK

Photos from hollywoodreporter.com and a list of nominees and winners is listed below!

Thanks, again!!!

BEST PICTURE: DRAMA

  • WINNER “Argo”
  • “Django Unchained”
  • “Life of Pi”
  • “Lincoln”
  • “Zero Dark Thirty”

BEST PICTURE: COMEDY OR MUSICAL

  • “Exotic Marigold Hotel”
  • WINNER “Les Miserables”
  • “Moonrise Kingdom”
  • “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”
  • “Silver Linings Playbook”

BEST DIRECTOR

  • WINNER Ben Affleck, “Argo”
  • Kathryn Bigelow, “Zero Dark Thirty”
  • Ang Lee, “Life of Pi
  • Steven Spielberg, “Lincoln”
  • Quentin Tarantino, “Django Unchained”

BEST ACTOR: DRAMA

  • WINNER Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”
  • Richard Gere, “Arbitrage”
  • John Hawkes, “The Sessions”
  • Joaquin Phoenix, “The Master”
  • Denzel Washington, “Flight”

BEST ACTRESS: DRAMA

  • WINNER Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty”
  • Marion Cotillard, “Rust & Bone”
  • Helen Mirren, “Hitchcock”
  • Naomi Watts, “The Impossible”
  • Rachel Weisz, “The Deep Blue Sea”

BEST ACTRESS: COMEDY OR MUSICAL

  • Emily Blunt, “Salmon Fishing In The Yemen”
  • Judi Dench, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
  • WINNER Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”
  • Maggie Smith, “Quartet”
  • Meryl Streep, “Hope Springs”

BEST ACTOR: COMEDY OR MUSICAL

  • Jack Black, “Bernie”
  • Bradley Cooper, “Silver Linings Playbook”
  • WINNER Hugh Jackman, “Les Miserables”
  • Ewan McGregor, “Salmon Fishing In The Yemen”
  • Bill Murray, “Hyde Park On Hudson”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

  • Amy Adams, “The Master”
  • Sally Field, “Lincoln”
  • WINNER Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables”
  • Helen Hunt, “The Sessions”
  • Nicole Kidman, “The Paperboy”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

  • Alan Arkin, “Argo”
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, “Django Unchained”
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”
  • Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln”
  • WINNER  Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained”

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

  • WINNER “Amour”
  • “A Royal Affair”
  • “The Intouchables”
  • “Kon-Tiki”
  • “Rust and Bone”

BEST SCREENPLAY

  • “Zero Dark Thirty”
  • “Lincoln”
  • WINNER “Django Unchained”
  • “Argo”
  • “Silver Linings Playbook”

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

  • “Anna Karenina”
  • “Argo”
  • “Cloud Atlas”
  • WINNER “Life of Pi”
  • “Lincoln”

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

  • WINNER “Brave”
  • “Frankenweenie”
  • “Hotel Transylvania”
  • “Rise of the Guardians”
  • “Wreck-It-Ralph”

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

  • “For You”
  • “Not Running Anymore”
  • “Safe and Sound”
  • WINNER “Skyfall”
  • “Suddenly”

Television Series – Drama

  • “Breaking Bad”
  • “Boardwalk Empire”
  • “Downton Abbey: Season 2”
  • WINNER “Homeland”
  • “The Newsroom”

Actress In A Television Series – Drama

  • Connie Britton, “Nashville”
  • Glenn Close, “Damages”
  • WINNER Claire Danes, “Homeland”
  • Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey: Season 2”
  • Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”

Actor In A Television Series – Drama

  • Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire”
  • Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
  • Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”
  • Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
  • WINNER Damian Lewis, “Homeland”

Television Series – Comedy Or Musical

  • “The Big Bang Theory”
  • “Episodes”
  • WINNER “Girls”
  • “Modern Family”
  • “Smash”

Actress In A Television Series – Comedy Or Musical

  • Zooey Deschanel, “New Girl”
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
  • WINNER Lena Dunham, “Girls”
  • Tina Fey, “30 Rock”
  • Amy Poehler, “Parks And Recreation”

Actor In A Television Series — Comedy Or Musical

  • Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”
  • WINNER Don Cheadle, “House Of Lies”
  • Louis C.K., “Louie”
  • Matt Leblanc, “Episodes”
  • Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”

Miniseries Or Motion Picture Made For Television

  • WINNER “Game Change”
  • “The Girl”
  • “Hatfields & McCoys”
  • “The Hour”
  • “Political Animals”

Actress In A Miniseries Or Motion Picture Made For Television

  • Nicole Kidman, “Hemingway & Gellhorn”
  • Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Asylum”
  • Sienna Miller, “The Girl”
  • WINNER  Julianne Moore, “Game Change”
  • Sigourney Weaver, “Political Animals”

Actor In A Miniseries Or Motion Picture Made For Television

  • WINNER Kevin Costner, “Hatfields & Mccoys”
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock”
  • Woody Harrelson, “Game Change”
  • Toby Jones, “The Girl”
  • Clive Owen, “Hemingway & Gellhorn”

Actress In A Supporting Role In A Series, Miniseries Or Motion Picture Made For Television

  • Hayden Panettiere, “Nashville”
  • Archie Panjabi, “The Good Wife”
  • Sarah Paulson, “Game Change”
  • WINNER Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey: Season 2”
  • Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”

Actor In A Supporting Role In A Series, Miniseries Or Motion Picture Made For Television

  • Max Greenfield, “New Girl”
  • WINNER Ed Harris, “Game Change”
  • Danny Huston, “Magic City”
  • Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland”
  • Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family”