Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Become Your Own Minion Today on Facebook

How to become your own Minion on Facebook.
(Facebook/Illumination)
Today, Facebook has announced new ways for users to add special effects to their own photos and videos using Facebook Camera and although the Despicable Me 3 Minions Mask isn’t the only filter available, it might be the most fun, but that is for you to decide.

“We want to make it fast, fun and easy for people to share creative photos and videos with whomever they choose, for however long they choose — and the more we share with each other, the more open and connected our community can be,” says Facebook. “Today we’re starting to roll out a new camera with effects and two additional ways to share the photos and videos you take.”

“Starting this week on iOS and Android, you can tap on the camera icon on the top left corner of the Facebook app or swipe right from News Feed to try out the new in-app camera. The Facebook camera is packed with dozens of effects like masks, frames and interactive filters that you can apply to your photos and videos. Reactive effects let you interact with dynamic objects — like falling snow — and style effects apply an artistic filter to your video in real time, letting you turn your everyday selfie into a Picasso-style work of art.”

Releasing in theaters on June 30, 2017, Despicable Me 3 introduces a new baddie, Balthazar Bratt voiced by Trey Parker. The rest of the voice cast includes Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, Nev Scharrel, Steve Coogan, Jenny Slate and Julie Andrews.

John Crist's 'Church Hunters' Hits the Spot - Video of the Day

VIDEO OF THE DAY

This spoof of a "house hunters" TV show is awesome and really exposes how out of touch many of us really are on what really matters when attending a church. (By John Crist)

'American Crime' Actresses' Real Life Mirrors Her Character

Interview with Mickaëlle X. Bizet.
Mickaëlle X. Bizet from American Crime (Inquisitr)

INTERVIEW

Season 3 of the critically-acclaimed TV series American Crime on ABC (which began airing on March 12) is set in Alamance Country, North Carolina, and focuses on the concept of the "American Dream" and labor issues. While much of the season is dedicated to migrants working on the farms, another storyline deals with some of the painful realities that occur with domestic workers as well.

One star of the show, Mickaëlle X. Bizet, won't make an appearance on American Crime until April 2. In a recent interview, Bizet shared with the Inquisitr how eerily similar her own personal story is to the character she plays on the show. READ MORE>>>

This Day in Pop Culture for March 28

Lady Gaga was born on March 28,1986.

Lady Gaga is Born That Way

There might not be another polarizing pop singer than Lady Gaga. It was on this day in 1986 that Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, aka Lady Gaga, was born in Manhattan. Equally talented as she is a spectacle, Gaga began playing the piano at the age of four, wrote her first song at 13 and performed for the first time at "open mic" events at age 14. While Gaga performed in high school musical productions and even appeared in a short scene of The Sopranos TV series. Gaga studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. In 2005, she formed her own band called the Stefani Germanotta Band, but the world first got to know her when her first album, The Fame, was released in 2008. The album featured the hit songs, “Just Dance,” “Poker Face” and “Paparazzi.” Since then, the singer has released five other albums. Lady Gaga has won six Grammy Awards, Three Brit Awards, a Golden Globe, 13 MTV Video Music Awards, 12 Guinness World Records and was the first recipient to win the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s Contemporary Icon Award. She will star with Bradley Cooper in a remake of the 1954 movie, A Star is Born, which is expected to be released on September 28, 2018.

Monday, March 27, 2017

'Imaginary Mary' is No 'Dharma and Greg'

Review of ABC's "Imaginary Mary."
Matreya Scarrwener, Jenna Elfman, Stephen Schneider and  Nicholas Coombe
in Imaginary Mary (ABC)

TV SHOW REVIEW

I really like Jenna Elfman and I really like her former sitcom, Dharma and Greg. If have haven’t seen the show, the premise was that Dharma met Greg one night, talked and talked all night long and ended up throwing caution to the wind getting married right on the spot. The next day they realized just how different they were from each other. Dharma was a free spirit while Greg was a hard-nosed lawyer, but what made the show work was their determination to make their marriage work regardless the circumstances. While not every situation was one that I could agree with, I really enjoyed the fact that divorce wasn’t an option. Unfortunately, Elfman has never really found a new project in either film or TV that has been as successful as Dharma and Greg and sadly, you can add Imaginary Mary to that list as well.

In this new sitcom, Elfman plays Alice, who today is a strong, career-minded woman. Growing up thought, she was a lot more fragile. Thanks to her parent’s turbulent marriage and eventual divorce, Alice created an fuzzy, imaginary friend named Mary (voiced by Rachel Dratch) to cope. Mary, who is obnoxious and has a potty mouth, helped Alice to get through some tough times and by the time she was an adult not looking for romance, Alice no longer needed Mary. However, after becoming smitten with Ben (Stephen Schneider) a business client and agreeing to meet his kids, Mary returns.

Frank vs. God - Video of the Day

VIDEO OF THE DAY

New movie trailer for Frank vs. God. What do you think?

This Day in Pop Culture for March 27

"Typhoid Mary" Mallon was quarantined for a second time on March 27, 1915.

Something About (Typhoid) Mary

In 1900, Mary Mallon worked as a cook for a family in New York City. Within two weeks, some of the residents there developed typhoid fever. In 1901, she moved to Manhattan to work as a cook for another family where some developed fevers and one died. She then went to work for another family but left after seven of the eight members became ill. In 1906, she worked for a family in Oyster Bay, Long Island where 10 of the 11 household members were hospitalized with typhoid. This continued to happen for three more families before one family hired George Soper, a typhoid researcher, to investigate. (This woman must have had an impeccable resume!) Soper came to the conclusion that many of the illnesses could be traced back to Mallon. When he finally tracked her down (she often left each job without giving a forward address) and told her about her possible role in spreading typhoid. She rejected his requests for samples. The New York City Health Department stepped in and Mallon was then convinced that she was just being persecuted and felt that she hadn’t done anything wrong. She did however admit to poor hygiene and said that she didn’t understand the importance of washing her hands since she “knew” that she didn’t pose a risk for the disease. Doctors were later able to diagnose that Mallon had typhoid bacteria in her gallbladder. As scandalous as the Kardashians are today, Mallon made headlines being referred to as “Typhoid Mary.” After being in quarantine for three years, Mallon was set free as long as she changed her occupation and embraced good hygiene habits. However, after working a lower paying job as a laundress, Mary changed her last name to Brown and returned to cooking. For the next five years the cycle began again. It was on this day in 1915 when Soper finally caught up to her and placed her back in quarantine where she stayed until she died on November 11, 1938 from a bout of pneumonia. Mary was 69 years of age when she died.

Sunday, March 26, 2017