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20 years since its Us debut, Carley salutes the ways the short-lived but brilliant My So-Called Life changed teen drama for the better...
There are a few things I remember clearly about the summer of 1995. Firstly there was the incessant repeating of the Seal and U2 music videos for Batman Forever, then there was going to the cinema to watch Clueless (hands down the best teen comedy of the decade) and lastly on the 26th of July (lucky Americans got there a year earlier - twenty years ago today on the 25th of August 1994) there was meeting Angela Chase for the very first time.
It's hard to explain how important My So-Called Life was to a generation of teenage girls across the world. Here was a leading character who was in many ways just like us - she wasn’t the most popular girl in school and her friends were not »
It's been more than a decade since Degrassi: The Next Generation first took over the small screen. The follow-up to the popular '80s series Degrassi High, the second incarnation of the show taught teenagers everywhere how to feel. Those poor kids really went through the wringer over the course of our time with them: we saw eating disorders, pregnancies, a school shooting, struggles with sexuality, rape, drug use, alcohol abuse, and much, much more. But somehow, this resilient group of teens never let it get them down, and we were inspired to live our own lives of perseverance. In honor of Canada Day, keep scrolling to remember all the wonderful life lessons you learned from the Degrassi crew. Oh, and if you're looking for more ways to celebrate, you can see where Jimmy (aka Drake) is now by looking at his most hilarious memes. Source: Teen Nick »
- Ryan Roschke
We talked to Jason Mewes this week about the release of Jay and Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie On Deman, and we couldn't help but bring up the cult Canadian TV series Todd and the Book of Pure Evil. The show ended after two very successful seasons, but wasn't renewed because of its high budget. This was before it caught on in America, as a new audience became attached to the supernatural comedy about a pair of high school friends attempting to keep a dangerous book out of the wrong hands. Airing on Netflix, more and more people are joining the cult of Todd as we speak.
But not to worry. The series isn't completely dead. An animated movie is on the way, and will wrap up the series while leaving it open for another season or a live action movie, if enough interest demands it.
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Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes are getting animated in Jay and Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie, an all-new adventure in the View Askewniverse. Stoners Jay and Bob hit the lottery jackpot and use their cash windfall to become crime-fighting superheroes in this latest outing, now available On Demand. We recently caught up with Jay himself, Mr. Mewes, for a chat about the movie. It was originally conceived as a tour-only treat for fans, but once they realized shows were selling out, and not everyone could see it, they decided to bring it home. We discuss this, the inevitable groovy cartoon sequel that Jason is currently writing, and the destiny of the long awaited Clerks III. And for all you Todd and the Book of Pure Evil fans, don't worry! He also gives us an update on this cult classic Canadian TV show that continues to amass a huge following here in the states. »
Hip-hop artist Drake announced Wednesday via Twitter that he will host the 2014 Espy Awards. The trophies will be handed out on Wednesday, July 16, at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles. The live telecast kicks off at 9 p.m. Est on Espn, when Drake will be joined by athletes and entertainers to celebrate the year's best moments in sports. See video: Fox News Mistakes Ncaa for NAACP, Just Like Anna Kendrick ‘SNL’ Sketch The rapper holds the record for the most number one hits on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop chart. Drake, who got his acting start on “Degrassi Junior High, »
- Tony Maglio
Many people find PBS to boring, stale, and forgettable (Downton Abbey excepted), and the network's digital wing is out to change perceptions. PBS Digital Studios has debuted its first fictional web series, a biting comedy called Everything But The News. Everything But The News is an equal opportunity offender. The first episode, titled 'What Would Jim Lehrer Do?', takes host Steve Goldbloom on a journey to Vidcon, where he interacts with online video creators and fans. Throughout the course of the five minute episode, Everything But The News takes shots at everything from the Vidcon crowd ("I feel like I'm in a bad version of Degrassi junior high") to the fast-talking, quick-cutting style employed by many YouTube vlogs. Everything But The News' favorite target, however, is itself. It makes fun of PBS' staid journalism, its viewers' dorky sensibilities (only in PBS circles could Jim Lehrer be equated to Jesus Christ »
- Sam Gutelle
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