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Nixon/Cuomo – Governor of NYC

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Cynthia Nixon is most famous for starring as Miranda Hobbes in HBO’s Sex and the City.  Miranda was a career-minded lawyer who was Carrie Bradshaw’s voice of reason.  Due to her cynical views on relationship, Miranda was distrustful of men during the early seasons.  Her cynicism is one aspect she struggles with during the show.  Even through her struggles, she found love with Steve Brady (played by David Eigenberg).  By the second Sex and the City film, Miranda ended up living with Steve and their boy Brady.

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Even though the last Sex and the City film ended eight years ago, Nixon continues her activism work in New York City.  She has been a political activist for LGBTQ rights, reproductive rights, inequality, and even public education.  Nixon is stepping up her political game by announcing her running for governor.

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This is not a subplot for another Sex and the City project – Cynthia Nixon announces that she will be running for governor of New York City.  She will be running as a Democrat against Governor Andrew Cuomo in the primary election that is set for September.  Nixon made the announcement on Monday through an ad on her Twitter account.

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During her announcement, Nixon focused on her longtime stance towards improving public education.  She, as well as her three children, all attended public schools while residing in New York City.

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Years after her stint as Miranda Hobbes in Sex and the City and Cynthia Nixon is still making headlines.  The show may be over, but her activism still reigns on.  It will be interesting to see Nixon’s work as she runs against Andrew Cuomo for governor of New York City.

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While I didn’t get into Sex and the City, I enjoyed watching clips of Miranda Hobbes on the show.  Nixon would make a great governor for New York City.  In a lively city like New York, Nixon would definitely win over many supporters as a celebrity as well as a politician.  She was already the voice of reason for fictional New Yorker Carrie Bradshaw, but now she is looking to serve as a powerful voice for the people.

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With that, Cynthia Nixon will be running against Andrew Cuomo for governor.  You can look forward to the race happening later in the fall.  Who will reign as governor of New York City this year?  Will the popular Cuomo take his seat again for another few years?  Or will the notorious Sex and the City star take over?

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Who knows – we may see Cynthia Nixon channeling her inner Miranda Hobbes during the event.


Final Thoughts on Nostalgia as Idea

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This week’s main idea that has been floating around lately is NOSTALGIA.  Nostalgia…a way of twinging at an idea from the past.  It’s a character, a setting, a theme, a period of time.  Whatever it may be, that concept was borrowed from something that was so timeless.

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Joel McHale’s series The Soup may have been cancelled on E!, but he returned hosting his own series on Netflix.  Everything Sucks! was a nostalgic 90s series that proved that historic ideas still work in the 21st century.  It was the perfect 90s teen comedy parody that melded together contents from Freaks and Geeks and Stranger Things to create an amazing new series.  Celebrities may be retiring from their previous career, but their brands continue to flourish by tapping into the booming cannabis industry.

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And the one conclusion from all of these events is that they ACTUALLY work.  Even when original ideas become more like needles in a haystack, sometimes utilizing nostalgia will lead you to find other needles you never thought to find.  Why look into the future when you can dive back into the past, only to unearth a truly fascinating story?

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Stories, or ideas leading into stories, can be influenced by both our past and future.  There are still some disturbing tales that have yet been told for the public audience.  Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace dives viewers into the gruesome murder of Gianni Versace, all while taking them into the eyes of serial killer Andrew Cunanan.

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As we keep working in our present time, we keep discovering more entertaining and unique ways to tell historic tales from the past.  Many viewers, like me, are unfamiliar with many disturbing events in history.  It’s the people of Hollywood that are drawing these stories to life for audiences everywhere.

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Sure some of these ideas aren’t seen as being ‘original’, but throw in a few twists into the mix and you got yourself an intriguing and entertaining story.  Not only will it bring the story to life, but you may end up creating an original series in the process.

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It’s concepts like nostalgia that will only drive ideas even further.  As time goes on, we will see more dark and disturbing tales from the past.  Someone somewhere will add an interesting plot twist that will make the tale that much more intriguing to hear.

Celebrity-Branded Cannabis!

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With cannabis legalization unfolding around California, many celebrities are looking to get into this flourishing industry.  They worked hard in the entertainment industry and now they are looking to make their mark with cannabis.  Celebrities like Mike Tyson are breaking in by building a 40-acre ranch to grow cannabis plants.  Over time, many celebrities are shifting towards a new industry to rejuvenate their brand.

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Nowadays, many celebrities created their own branded cannabis products.  From Snoop Dogg to Whoopi Goldberg, all sorts of celebrities are striking it rich through the industry.  Here are a few celebrity-branded cannabis products around:

Tommy Chong – Chong’s Choice

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The first pick goes to one of the most notorious cannabis consumers of all time, Tommy Chong.  Chong launched his brand Chong’s Choice to showcase some of the industry’s highest quality buds.  These strains were cultivated by artisan farmers in California and Colorado.  He was diagnosed with colon cancer earlier and credits cannabis for eradicating the disease.  Look for Chong’s Choice if you want to smoke high-quality doobies from Tommy Chong.

Willie Nelson – Willie’s Reserve

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            Willie Nelson was never shy about his abundant cannabis use.  He launched Willie’s Reserve back in 2016 to share his love for cannabis with his followers.  You can find some of his products over in Nevada or Colorado.

          Snoop Dogg – Leafs by Snoop

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Even as he continues making music, Snoop Dogg has also been playing a heavy part in the cannabis business.  Other than his digital news business Merry Jane, Snoop Dogg also released his own line of cannabis called Leafs by Snoop.  These are crafted by Snoop himself, so you know that you’ll be consuming some HIGH-quality product.  Fo’ shizzle, ya’ll!

          Melissa Etheridge – Known Label Wine

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Etheridge is a strong support of medicinal cannabis after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004.  She fought off the nasty side effects of chemotherapy with cannabis and emerged from her battle cancer-free.  After fighting a long battle of breast cancer, Melissa Etheridge ventured into the industry by creating Know Label Wine.  She used the wine during her battle and now you can pick from one of many offered flavors to choose from.  If you’re a daily wine drinker, be sure to pick up a bottle in California.

          Whoopi Goldberg – Whoopi and Maya

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            Other than being a co-host of The View, Whoopi Goldberg has also been busy with her own cannabis business Whoopi and Maya as well.  Whoopi and Maya offer cannabis products specifically created for relief from menstrual discomfort. She is vocal about her medical cannabis use on the show and promotes legal cannabis use for everyone.  You can find some of Whoopi’s products in California and Colorado.

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Those are a few of many celebrities breaking into the cannabis industry.  Their brands were already flourishing in their line of entertainment (whether they were an actor or musician) and now this industry gives them a chance to push their brand out even further.  These celebrity brands are being taught new tricks in order to make it further in business.  Snoop Dogg continues to make music, but he also shifts his focus on his cannabis product lines as well.

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As time goes on, we will see more celebrity-branded cannabis products and services created in California.  Who knows what other celebrity brands will go to pot this year.

            Until then, be sure to pick up one of many celebrity-branded cannabis products featured in the legal states.

Countdown Till Recreational Cannabis Dispensaries

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The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale!

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There was one thing I always looked forward to on Friday nights at 10 PM after middle/high school – E!’s The SoupThe Soup was a pop culture comedy series hosted by Joel McHale where he roasts about clips from TV series.  From talk shows to sports clips, every TV series had an embarrassing (and sometimes AMAZING) moment that had to be showcased.  Series like Rock of Love or The View became staple shows for pointing out the humiliating, yet GOLDEN highlights.  It was one of my favorite comedy series I looked forward to after a long week of school.

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I laughed, I cried while laughing, and even rolled over the floor dying of that laughter (I mean, LITERALLY rolling over the floor over this show).  The Soup never ceased to amaze me with their weekly hysterical comments of some of the craziest shows around the nation.  This was the show that featured some quality comedy.

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The Soup had a good run with twelve seasons from July 1st, 2004-December 18th, 2015.  It was a great comedic series that featured lots of colorful characters as well.  Mankini, Matt the intern, and Lou the chihuahua were a few of many great characters that made The Soup so special.

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It had a great run on E!…and now Joel McHale’s newest project made its way to Netflix.  Joel McHale stars in Netflix’s new series The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale.

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The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale aired its first episode on February 8th…and it’s EVERYTHING I wanted it to be and MORE.  It follows a similar system like The Soup – Joel McHale showcases hilarious clips from various TV series around the world.  Random actors and actresses stopped by the set during the series as well.  One of the best parts?  MANKINI RETURNS!

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Ah, yes – another successful reboot launched onto Netflix this year.  Joel McHale slays it again with his weekly Netflix series, cracking jokes at some of the craziest highlights on television.  The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale is another successful rebooted series for Netflix.

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Netflix has been utilizing nostalgia for their latest content.  Stranger Things, Fuller House, and even Trailer Park Boys are just some of many trending tv series in the digital library.  Their format follows ideas from the past and that strategy is reeling in lots of audiences.  Stranger Things features two seasons of memorable trends of the 80s.  Audiences who grew up watching Full House in the 80s-90s enjoy seeing the characters again in Fuller HouseTrailer Park Boys was popular more than a decade ago in Canada, but soared in popularity with American audiences after being added on Netflix.

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Even when original content is hard to come by, nostalgic ideas seem to seep into many new story lines in the newer TV series.  Maybe the answer could be to look back, not forward, in history for some fresh ideas.  There are still many stories from our past that have yet to be discovered. The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale follows their format from E!’s The Soup years ago and it still works!

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If you want to win over your audiences, nostalgic content is the way to go.  The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale is just flat-out hilarious and should continue with their original format.  There is nothing broken in the series that needs to be fixed.

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For those who loved seeing Joel McHale on The Soup, be sure to catch a new episode of The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale every Sunday!

Crawford VS. Davis: Hollywood’s Most Notorious Feud

Within the star-studded world of Los Angeles, many celebrities feuded with each other on and off the set.  The ego-driven atmosphere of La-La Land stirred up a lot of competition among certain actors/actresses that worked with each other.  Some of the most infamous fights include Mary-Kate Olsen/Paris Hilton, Debra Winger/Shirley Maclaine, Courtney Love/Madonna, Cybill Sheperd/Christine Baranski, Jaime Foxx/LL Cool J, and even Sarah Jessica Parker/Kim Cattrall.  Their life may seem glamorous in Tinseltown, but what people don’t see is the fierce competition that occurred during filming.

Many aspiring actors/actresses make their way to Los Angeles to become a star, hoping to become the next larger-than-life character in America.  Becoming a star meant fighting your way to the top in the dog-eat-dog world that is show business.  It’s a long and arduous journey within the superficial town of Hollywood, but the road to stardom pays off in the end.  Before the 21st century, there was one feud that would be known as one of the most notorious fights in Hollywood.  Today’s post dives into the legendary fight between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford.

Our famous feud started in 1935: Dangerous hit the theaters, which starred Bette Davis and Franchot Tone about a rehabilitated, alcoholic actress who was known to be a jinx.  Davis fell hard for Tone during filming, but he has his eyes set on Crawford instead.  Crawford allegedly invited him over to her place and greeted him…naked!  They eventually married, sparking Davis’ jealousy.  Joan Crawford was already a big star, sleeping her way to the top in order to get the roles she wanted (like I mentioned before, it was a dog-eat-dog world in the realm of show business!).

Bette Davis was so irritated with the newspapers becoming obsessed with Crawford’s love life, especially when the studio arranged this big publicity stunt for her new film Ex-Lady.  Most of what they bitched about were each other’s appearance, upbringing, love-lives, awards, careers, and even each other’s children.  Their Hollywood schematics went on for decades up until 1962.

Crawford went to Davis with a pitch that would be the film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane, a psychological thriller film produced and directed by Robert Aldrich.  The duo needed a big break in the new decade of Hollywood, so this was their chance to revive their acting careers.  Filming started going well, but it wasn’t long before they were at each other’s throats.  Name-calling, complaints, threats, and even physical altercations went on during the filming.  Their feud reached its highest peak when they were filming the movie.  This historic soap opera became a staple series for various TV/film projects, including one that is premiering in less than a month.

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Ryan Murphy (co-creator of Nip/Tuck, Glee, American Horror Story!) signed on to a new series called Feud that will premiere on FX on March 5th.  The premiere will chronicle the Davis and Crawford’s backstage battle during the production of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?.  Jessica Lange stars as Joan Crawford alongside with Susan Sarandon as Bette Davis.  Other cast members include Stanley Tucci, Judy Davis, Sarah Paulson (AHS veteran!), Kathy Bates, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and even Kiernan Shipka (Don Draper’s daughter Sally Draper in Mad Men!).  The 8-episode series will premiere in less than a month.

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I am really looking forward to this series in March!  Ryan Murphy creates some amazing content for TV and it will be interesting to see how he writes his version of the feud.  Other than the show itself, it will be awesome to see Jessica Lange on TV again!  If you’re a fan of American Horror Story like me, then you know that Lange played some of the most badass characters of all time.  Her finale role in AHS was Elsa Mars in American Horror Story: Freak Show.

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It’s funny how TV shows/films can mimic what was happening with the actors and actresses in real life.  Davis and Crawford’s feud went on for so long before shooting What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? and this film mirrored their tumultuous journey.  Even before the digital age, celebrities feuded with each other in Hollywood.  Media outlets like newspapers and radios showcased the inevitable drama that was happening on/off the set.  It was this land-marked feud of all feuds in Hollywood.

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Working in the TV/film industry can be a dirty game.  Aspiring actors/actresses would be up for ANYTHING to snatch that lead role that would make their careers (that included sleeping with a few employees!).  You have to swallow your pride and be up for anything that flies in your way.  Los Angeles is part of the Wild West and nothing is wilder than the crazy antics of Hollywood.  Joan Crawford and Bette Davis’s long feud shows how wild Hollywood can be sometimes.