Happy Castleversary!

tumblr_n26ou0EAih1so43z4o1_500Five years ago today, I was sitting in my bedroom watching “Dancing With The Stars” and doing homework. And then this little show called “Castle” came on. It was the first episode “Flowers For Your Grave.” I was immediately intrigued.

At this point, I had watched most of the various branches of the “Law & Order” dynasty. While they had great cases, the episodes were too rigid. Rarely did you get to know more about Olivia and Stabler. But with “Castle,” it was something new. Richard Castle who is mystery novelist but acts like a cop pushes Det. Kate Beckett’s buttons with his presence. We got to see him at home with Alexis, his daughter, and Martha, his mother, and at the precinct with Ryan and Esposito. Family ties were established as well as bromances. But ultimately, he was intrigued by the cases, and he was intrigued by her story. And then it became their story.

Five years. Six seasons. And the rest is history.

Happy Castleversary, Castle fandom!

Performer of the Week: Castle’s Stana Katic

Kelsey Tape:

This was, if not, the best episode of the season thus far. I’m a firm believer that you cannot judge a season by one episode. But this episode had me sitting with my hands covering my face. The writing was phenomenal. The cinematography was outstanding. And words cannot describe Stana Katic’s performance.

Spoiler alert: If you have not seen Castle’s “The Belly of the Beast,” then do not read this due to episode spoilers.

Originally posted on TVLine:

Castle Beckett Waterboarded A weekly feature in which we spotlight shining stars

THE PERFORMER | Stana Katic

THE SHOW|Castle

THE EPISODE| “In the Belly of the Beast”

THE AIRDATE| March 3, 2014

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THE PERFORMANCE| It was an unusual yet seemingly manageable assignment for NYPD Detective Kate Beckett — to do the narcotics division a solid by posing as low-level drug dealer Elena Markov and thus hopefully get eyes on a big fish dubbed “Lazarus.” But no sooner did the undercover op get underway, it went horribly awry.

As Beckett was abducted and lobbed into the back of a van, Katic at first showed us a cop who kept relatively cool and collected, hoping that her oral narrative about where and how far she was being taken was being picked up…

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Throwback Thursday: S Club 7 #TBT

Back in 1999, the British band S Club 7 burst onto the music scene with their hit “Bring It All Back.” We met the Spice Girls a few years earlier. But this British band was something new–a mixture of both genders. It featured Rachel Stevens, Bradley McIntosh, Jo O’Meara, Jon Lee, Paul Cattermole, Tina Barrett and Hannah Spearritt. S Club 7′s television show “Miami 7″ was already popular on BBC One, and soon after was exported to the United States, and renamed “S Club 7 in Miami,” which aired on the formerly titled Fox Family channel.

That, my friends, is the inspiration for this throwback Thursday. So, sit back and enjoy one of my favorite S Club 7 music videos, “Bring It All Back.”

Monday Motivation: Things Change.

I’ve been feeling nostalgic this week with all of the Friends references in pop culture recently–#Hashtag2 and Parks and Recreation. So, of course, I had to YouTube Oprah’s interview with our Friends during the final season. I started the think about my friends and family, and how this show helped me transition from high school to college–with a less than ideal first year of college–and beyond that into adulthood.

The point of this Monday Motivation is that things change. As I get older and older, things keep changing. Change is my weakness. I don’t like it, as I’m sure most people don’t like change. However, sometimes change is necessary for growth.

About a year ago, I received a promotion at work, and had to change locations. The thought of leaving my work team for another team was tearful. They had gotten me through so much. I was able to depend upon them in such great ways. It was a new support system–something I needed and never expected to have. When I started my new position, it was different. I didn’t have my support system. But I adapted and found a new support system–my new boss. With that said, the week ended with me learning my  boss would be leaving due to a promotion. Typically I would say I’m not a crier, but that statement seems to be less and less true.

Once again, here we go with change. But I’ve learned to look at change as a way to reflect upon where I’ve come and what I’ve learned along the way. The following clip from the season four season finale of Castle says it best:

“… Today we say goodbye to everything that was familiar–everything that was comfortable. We’re moving on. But just because we’re leaving and it hurts. There are some people who are so much apart of us, they’ll be with us no matter what. They are our solid ground–our North Star. And, the small, clear voices in our heart that will be with us always.”

Don’t deny change anymore, because you can’t stop it. Reflect upon where you’ve come, and what you want the future to look like.

Change happens. Let’s embrace it.

Best Moments of the #Oscars: Selfies, Photobombs, & Breaking Twitter

You can never go wrong when Ellen is hosting. Period.

There were high expectations coming into this evening’s broadcast of the #Oscars, especially after Ellen’s fantastic commercial. She dances down the street to Fitz and the Tantrums’ “The Walker” as dancers follow her lead.

Here is my list of the top five moments of the Oscars. Ellen you’re killing it so far.

1. The opening monologue. Ellen said, “It is the Hunger Games. There are cameras everywhere, you’re all starving, and Jennifer Lawrence won last year.” The content. The delivery. Her expressions. Everything was spot on.

2. Pharrell performs “Happy” from “Despicable Me 2.” Meryl Streep, Amy Adams and Lupita Nyong’o dance, shimmy and shake it with Pharrell.

3. That moment when Ellen broke Twitter. Best. Selfie. Ever.

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Ellen requested everyone Retweet this photo, which then produced this result.

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4. Then she posted this photo of JLaw backstage. Best. Caption. Ever. “A rare photo of Jennifer Lawrence standing up. #oscars” This was taken after Jennifer Lawrence fell down on the Red Carpet. And, of course, how could we forget her fall last year as she walked to the stage.

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5. And then there was that time Ellen photobombed Sandra Bullock and Leonardo DiCaprio. 

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These were only a few of the fantastic moments from the Oscars.

Ellen, you killed it! Sign her up for the next few years. She broke Twitter. What more social interaction could you want?!

Stana Katic Previews Castle’s Darkest Hour Ever — and the Deeply Romantic Moment Within

Kelsey Tape:

I’m dying for tomorrow’s all-new episode of Castle. Until then, read this great interview with Stana Katic, who plays Det. Kate Beckett.

Originally posted on TVLine:

Castle Spoilers Beckett Undercover This Monday on Castle (ABC, 10/9c), Beckett is abruptly called on to help the NYPD’s narcotics division with a seemingly simple sting, by posing as a low-level drug courier to reel in a bigger fish. But when things don’t go at all as planned, suffice it to say she won’t be home in time for dinner with Rick, as promised.

Stana Katic shared with TVLine a preview of what she calls Castle‘s darkest hour, yet one that in turn offers “really special” insight into bride-to-be Kate’s mindset. Also, the actress’ thoughts on Kate and Alexis’ recent heart-to-heart and whether we are truly heading for a wedding. (Note: Mild, thematic spoilers are touched on.)

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Tuesday Tune: Pharrell’s #Happy

There’s nothing better than a song that instantly brightens your day when it comes on. Right now, that’s Pharrell’s Oscar-nominated “Happy” for me. I can’t help but clapping along, dancing around and even throwing in some spirit fingers when this song starts playing. The best part–In the music video, people are dancing down the street just being happy. Happiness is contagious!

If you haven’t heard it yet, then check it out below:

“Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth. Clap along if you know what happiness is to you. Clap along if feel like that’s what you want to do.”

Just dance. Be happy.