My after-school routine every day when I was a kid went like this: take the bus home, open the door, grab a box of raisins for a snack, and watch “Punky Brewster” reruns. The best episode being, of course, the one where Cherry gets stuck in the refrigerator. So imagine how excited I am to discover that the entire series is available in a four-pack DVD. Yes, please!
Before there was “Clarissa Explains It All” and the “Adventures of Pete & Pete,” Nickelodeon made its first foray into live-action teen television with “Hey Dude,” which ran from 1989 to 1991. The show was about a nerdy ranch owner named Mr. Ernst and the cool teenagers he hired to work on the Bar None Dude Ranch over the summer. The show focused on two of them—rich bitch Brad (Kelly Brown), who despite her girliness was a champion horse rider, and the enterprising Ted (David Lascher), who was as drawn to her as he was repulsed. Also of note, the show starred Christine Taylor, now Mrs. Ben Stiller. “Hey Dude” had the best theme song ever, as you can witness for yourself above. And miraculously, the first season of the show is available on DVD as of today. Watch out for those man-eating jack rabbits, indeed. [EW] Keep reading »
Even if you are not quite talented enough to be their opening act, you are no doubt checking Ticketmaster obsessively to see when tickets for Debbie Gibson and Tiffany‘s “Journey Through The ’80s Tour” go on sale. Really—it’s our wildest ’80s neon and denim dream come true. But you don’t have to wait until the tour to see these two together. Last year, they starred in Syfy’s movie “Mega Python vs. Gatoroid.” Which conveniently was just released on DVD. You need to watch it because the fight scene is epic.
There’s a lot of female comedians we love — Tina Fey, Kristin Wiig, Margaret Cho — but Whitney Cummings has a special place in our heart. For starters, her name is a joke in and of itself. Secondly, the frequent “Chelsea Lately” guest is an avid Frisky reader. But beyond the fact that she obviously has great taste in reading material, what we love the most is that her standup routine focuses on sex and relationships. She’s at her most hysterical discussing everything from emotional ninjas to porn star screams in the comedy special “Money Shot,” which is out on DVD this week. Who says women aren’t funny? Oh yeah, no one we actually respect.
“Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky,” the true story of forbidden romance between two of the most creative minds of the 20th century, is out on Blu-ray and DVD today. Roger Ebert said this film, which was directed by renowned French filmmaker Jan Kounen, is an excellent biopic. It stars Anna Mouglalis, a former Chanel model, and Mads Mikkelsen. The film features exquisite costumes, including archive pieces from the House of Chanel and pieces designed by Karl Lagerfeld, as well as a score dominated by many of Stravinksy’s works.
Last we asked you to tell us your most rewarding trivia experience in exchange for a Smithsonian Channel swag bag. And boy, do a lot of you spend your time drinking and answering trivia. But, Bitsy Ravenclaw won the prize for this story because even we had to consult the dictionary after reading the story …
“A bunch of friends and I were playing Cranium one night just for the hell of it and one of our trivia questions was ‘What is the difference between inflammable and flammable?’ When the rest of the team geared up to say that they meant different things, my friend Craig and I shrieked ‘Wait!’ and without looking at each other we quoted Dr. Nick: ‘Inflammable means flammable? What a crazy country!’ It took another minute or so to convince everyone that despite the quote’s Simpsons origin, we were indeed correct. It was, we won, Simpsons humor FTW!”
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We might love celebrity gossip and trashy reality TV, but we’re science, art, and history buffs, too. Some weekends, we even watch documentaries to enrich our knowledge and trivia reserves instead of putting on “Real Housewives” marathons. So if you’re anything like us, then you’re sure to enjoy quality programming from the Smithsonian Channel, including “Stories from the Vaults,” which lets viewers inside the museum’s private labs and get a glimpse of rarely-seen artifacts, and “Vampire Princess,” which examines the Count Dracula legend and offers another theory about a woman who may be the mother of all vampires that’s supported by scientific evidence. [$31.48, "Stories from the Vault"; $11.24, "Vampire Princess"]
Win This! We’re giving away a swag bag from the Smithsonian Channel that includes DVDs of “Stories from the Vaults” and “Vampire Princess,” a duffel bag, and a T-shirt, but you have to work if you want it! Leave a comment before 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, March 11, telling us about your most rewarding trivia experience. We’ll pick our favorite response and announce the winner on Friday, March 12. You must live in the U.S. or Canada to win. Good luck!
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Now that Valentine’s Day is over, we can finally get back to a more realistic depiction of relationships, one that doesn’t revolve around romantic dinners and sexy lingerie. “Shall We Kiss?” tells what happens when two friends share a kiss, changing their lives in unexpected ways. And, unlike American romantic comedies, you won’t be able to guess the ending of this fun French movie. [$26.99, Amazon]
WIN THIS! We’re giving away a copy of “Shall We Kiss?” but you have to work if you want it! Leave a comment before 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25, telling us about your most awkward kiss story. We’ll pick our favorite response and announce the winner on Friday, Feb. 26. You must live in the U.S. or Canada to win. Good luck!
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La, la, la, la, la, I’ve got to be direct, I’ve been waiting for “Daria” on DVD ever since MTV took the “Beavis and Butt-Head”-spinoff off the air. Daria was to alt-girls what Cher Horowitz was to Valley girls. She made it okay to wear combat boots and not care about the latest fads. And her sarcasm was lethal, proving that a girl with brains and glasses can stand up for herself. We can’t wait until the summer of 2010 when Daria takes down the Heidi Montags of the world, or at least their ratings. [Street] Keep reading »
Who doesn’t need a little bit of romance in their life (even if they haven’t been on a date in seven months)? This collection of 14 DVDS includes “Emma,” “Jane Eyre,” “Victoria and Albert,” “Tom Jones,” and enough other A&E classics to keep your heart occupied for at least another two months. If watching Colin Firth in “Pride and Prejudice” doesn’t put you in the mood for love, we don’t know what will. [$99.95, A&E Shop] Keep reading »