How to: Host a Brooklyn Nine-Nine Premiere Party

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is back! It airs on Thursday, January 10th at 9/8c on NBC. Clearly, the only way to truly celebrate is with a watch party, NINE-NINE-STYLE! So, here are some SMORT party plans you can use to host the TOITest watch party on the block.


Hummus, thoughts?





Yogurt. Terry loves yogurt. Specifically, “honey yogurt infused with lavender and love.”


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The Style Haul, Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again

If you’re anything like me, you walked out of Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again with (1) a very strong desire to go to Greece, and (2) an immediate need to go shopping and recreate all of Lily James’ looks from the movie.

Lucky for you, I’ve done the leg work to find ways to recreate six of the best outfits.

  1. Nasty Gal’s “If the Stripe is Right Jumpsuit” is a modern take on the 70’s look from the movie. AND it’s on sale for $35!

2. My personal favorite look: the orange maxi skirt and tote bag. The skirt is from Forever 21 ($24) and the cream bag is from Urban Outfitters ($14). Finish the look with a knotted charcoal t-shirt and you’re good to go!

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Does The Actor From Ready Player One Look Familiar? It May Be The Visor

If you’ve seen any of the promo for the upcoming Ready Player One movie, then the visor-wearing protagonist, Wade Watts/Parzival, might seem familiar.

That’s because actor Tye Sheridan also brought iconic visor-wearing Scott Summers/Cyclops to the big screen in X-Men: Apocalypse.

Tye Sheridan as Scott Summers/Cyclops:

Tye Sheridan as Wade Watts/Parzival:

People are already making the connection between the two movies:

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Highly Suspect: The Two-Time Grammy-Losing Band Bringing Back 90s Rock

The past few years have seen a resurgence of the 90’s. From fashion to politics to TV show revivals, there’s no shortage of nostalgia and influence from the decade, and music is no exception.

The Brooklyn-based rock trio with Cape Cod roots, Highly Suspect, comprises lead singer and guitarist, Johnny Stevens (center), and twin brothers, bassist Rich Meyer (left), and drummer Ryan Meyer (right).


From left: Rich Meyer, Johnny Stevens, and Ryan Meyer

Highly Suspect’s Instagram bio states: “Double Grammy Loserzz.”

It may seem counterintuitive to advertise a loss, rather than celebrate a nomination, but for Stevens and the Meyer twins, just being nominated was a complete shock, not only to those in the industry, but to themselves as well.

Highly Suspect started performing covers in Cape Cod in 2009, released a few EPs, and moved to Brooklyn. Even though they had been playing together for eight years, it seemed as if the band achieved instant success when their debut album, Mister Asylum, landed two 2016 Grammy nominations for Best Rock Album and Best Rock Song, “Lydia.”

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17 Books to Read in 2017 (Before They Become Movies)

1. Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly

Hidden-Figures-Margot-Lee-Shetterly.jpgMovie Release Date: January 6, 2017


Starting in World War II and moving through to the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement and the Space Race, Hidden Figures follows the interwoven accounts of Dorothy Vaughan  Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson  and Christine Darden, four African American women who participated in some of NASA’s greatest successes. It chronicles their careers over nearly three decades they faced challenges, forged alliances and used their intellect to change their own lives, and their country’s future. (Amazon)



Read it, and read it fast. The film, starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe, hits theaters January 6th.

2. A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket


Show Release Date: January 13, 2017

The Netflix Original Series will be off to a bad beginning with eight episodes. Due to the popularity of the books, and Netflix’s success with original content, expect more episodes in the future.

Neil Patrick Harris stars as Count Olaf.


A very unfortunate tale of miserable orphans that you, dear reader, should not read. It would behoove you to do something more pleasant with your time, such as frolicking in a field of flowers. However, if you do not heed this advice and read anyway, you will discover the story of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny, three siblings who were left orphans after a tragic fire killed both their parents. The series of thirteen unlucky books follows the children’s misfortunes and their attempts to avoid Count Olaf as he calculates various ways to steal the fortune they inherited.

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Back Through the Wardrobe: ‘Chronicles of Narnia’ Rebooted with ‘Silver Chair’

Originally reported by DeadlineThe Chronicles of Narnia will return to the screen with the next installment: The Silver ChairHowever, according to Collider, the film will be the start of a new Narnia franchise: a reboot, rather than a sequel.

Screenwriter, David Magee is already working on the Silver Chair script. Magee’s previous screenplays include Life of Pi and Finding Neverland, both of which earned him Academy Award nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay. He also earned a Golden Globe nomination for Finding Neverland.

Fun fact: among the producers of The Silver Chair is author C.S. Lewis’ stepson, Douglas Gresham.

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader was the latest Narnia film, released in 2011.

The-Chronicles-of-Narnia-Voyage-of-the-Dawn-Treader.jpgIf you’re like me, it’s probably been a while since you read The Chronicles of Narnia. In case you forgot the plot of The Silver Chair, it takes place decades after the events of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader in Narnia time, yet less than a year has gone by in our world. King Caspian X is now an old man, and his son and only heir, Prince Rilian, has gone missing. Aslan sends two English children to Narnia on a mission to find the missing prince: Treader’s Eustace Scrubb and his classmate, Jill Pole.


Will Poulter as Eustace Scrubb in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

In The Voyage of the Dawn Treader film, actor Will Poulter portrays Eustace. But don’t get too excited to see Poulter back in Narnia. Collider reported that none of the original cast would appear in the franchise’s reboot.

Who do you want to see portray Eustace and Jill on screen? Let me know in the comments!

10 Ways to Adapt ‘Stranger Things’ into Your Fall Wardrobe

So you’ve binge-watched all eight episodes of Stranger Things on Netflix and you’ve successfully convinced (forced?) your family and friends to do the same. Now that Season 2 is confirmed for 2017, you have a lot of time to kill before reuniting with your new favorite characters.

But you have a problem. You’ve exhausted most ways to convey your new obsession: eating Eggo waffles, listening to The Clash, and hanging Christmas lights in your room. So the next step is obviously incorporating the show’s wardrobe into your own fall style.

Here are ten different ways to portray the ‘Stranger Things’ vibe without looking like you’re prepping for Halloween.

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Who is the “Cursed Child?” We All Are.

We are the children, cursed with this stage play as the end of our beloved series, after asking for more Potter for years.

Be careful what you wish for…

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is our punishment.

“Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.” – J.K. Rowling

Well, home doesn’t feel like home anymore because some of the family that lived there are missing, the rest are shells of what they used to be, the furniture is all rearranged, I don’t know where anything is in the cupboards, and the familiar smell has wafted out the windows.

A book is a contract between reader and writer.Cursed Child breaks that contract many times. Although, a few moments shine through.


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Game of Emmys

HBO’s “Game of Thrones” knows about high-stakes competitions, even when the prize isn’t a seat on the massive Iron Throne. The show earned 23 Emmy nominations for the 2016 award ceremony, missing last year’s number by just one. “Thrones” could still break it’s own record of most Emmy wins for a series in a single year. The number to beat? Twelve.


This year also brings added significance to the race. “Game of Thrones” is currently tied with “West Wing” and “Hill Street Blues” for the most wins for a drama over the course of the show’s run. “Thrones” is sure to pass that number after this year’s ceremony.

Both Kit Harrington and Maisie Williams earned their first nominations in the Outstanding Supporting Actor and Actress categories for their portrayals of Jon Snow and Arya Stark, respectively.

With an all-star cast and episodes like “Battle of the Bastards” and “The Door” nominated, there’s no doubt “Game of Thrones” will win big. But who will take home a golden statuette? You’ll have to tune in to find out. Jimmy Kimmel will host the 68th Emmy Awards Show on September 18th from the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles on ABC.


Book-To-Film Friday: “Allegiant” diverges from novel…

…and not in a good way.

Allegiant, the third film in the Divergent series based on the trilogy by Veronica Roth, and part one of a two-part adaption, hit theaters for an early release last night (Thursday). The following review is spoiler-free.

Like many Divergent book series fans, I was not happy with the way things played out in the Allegiant novel’s storyline. I came into the theater hopeful that some productive changes were made in the plot, but it fell short of admittedly low expectations.

As far as character, Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Tobias (Theo James) fall flat. Their chemistry is better than it was in the first two films, but both Shailene and Theo seem disengaged. As Tris herself becomes more significant in relation to the rest of the world, her relatable qualities dwindle. Tobias’ character improves from previous films, as he reacts to certain revelations and opens up emotionally, but his stoic nature adversely affects his performance. Most supporting characters are easily forgettable, or poorly introduced, and sustain little emotional connection to the audience. The exception is Peter, played by Miles Teller, which is a testament to Miles’ acting ability and Peter’s dynamic character.


What the film lacks in character development, it doesn’t make up in plot. Blatant exposition overshadows the shock-value of the Bureau, and “hidden” agendas can be seen from a mile away. With a 121 minute runtime, it should have paced well, but it drags on in certain areas.

While strong SFX and VFX help the film as a whole, the visual effects were sometimes laughable. I had to hold back a few giggles as Tris and Friends were surrounded by bubbles a la Glinda the Good Witch and carried off to the Bureau of Genetic Welfare. It came across as childish, rather than futuristic.

And for all you fans of the books: beware, yet again, that Uriah is pushed-not just to the sidelines-but to the nosebleed seats at the back of the stadium. He can be seen as Johanna’s (Octavia Spencer) right-hand man in a few shots, but for a fan-favorite character so integral to the novels, it’s disappointing to see such minor involvement of his role. At the same time, Matthew, who is described in the books as Asian, is played by Bill Skarsgård, who looks like a young German during World War II.

Bill Skarsgard as Matthew in ‘Allegiant’

The YA genre has been criticized for it’s lack of people of color, but even when characters exist in the books, they are glossed over, or whitewashed, in the film adaptions. Tobias’ mother Evelyn (Naomi Watts), is explicitly a person of color in the books, but with Naomi Watts’ portrayal, that is lost along with Tobias’ identity as mixed race.

Naomi Watts as Evelyn in ‘Allegiant.’ Book’s description of Evelyn: “curly black hair, olive skin, and stern, angular features.”

Although recasting Evelyn would be confusing at this point, Uriah should have gotten the screen time he deserved. In the book, he escapes with Tris over the city wall, and becomes somewhat of a love interest for Christina. This change wouldn’t have dramatically changed the existing movie plot, but it would have given justice to Uriah’s character when he’s been so poorly represented in the films.

Allegiant, like many recent YA adaptions since Potter, is split into two films. Instead of a “Part 1” and “Part 2,” the people with the corner offices decided to name the fourth film Ascendant. This has caused some confusion with casual movie-goers, as they expected Allegiant to be the final installment. As the audience walked out of the theater, distressed fans could be heard questioning the ending of what they thought was the last film in the Divergent franchise. Ascendant is set for release on June 9, 2017, from Insurgent and Allegiant director Robert Schwentke.