Fifty Shades of Grey trailer leaves fans ‘Crazy in Love’

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The “Fifty Shades of Grey” trailerfrom Universal Pictures was unleashed on the “Today” show this morning and fans of E.L. James’s trilogy have already started to go like:

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Some have been worried that the movie would focus more on romance instead of the wild and raunchy sex scenes the book is known for. Sure, there may not be a lot of sex in the trailer but how much can they really get away with showing? Most of the material was even too hot for “Today.” I think Universal was just trying to be symbolic with the reveals especially with Beyoncé’s breathy new version of “Crazy in Love.” Think of this trailer as a first date where you just get teased without going all the way. The full movie will be the ultimate consummation.

Either way, people on Twitter are going nuts.

This user’s feelings are pretty universal.

Meanwhile, Simon pointed out how the economy is being helped  with Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson’s steamy scenes.

Others are pissed about having to wait so long.

Others are still pissed that they didn’t get to cast the movie themselves.

Yeah, Ian Somerhalder, Matt Bomer, Henry Cavill and Ryan Gosling didn’t get the part of Christian Grey but Jamie Dornan may become a star and have this movie to thank for it! Little Miss Bloquita sees the potential.

While this idea is far from Disney ideals, it would be exciting for “Once Upon A Time” to utilize Jamie Dornan once again.

This user describes what I’m doing as soon as I publish this post.

If you haven’t already watched it 1,000 times, here’s the trailer for your viewing pleasure!

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6 WTF Moments from ‘Pretty Little Liars’ 5.01 ‘EscApe from New York’

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After a long hiatus, “Pretty Little Liars” is finally back with more twists, more lies and more A-team members than you can shake a shovel-that-supposedly-killed-Ali at! And with the fifth season premiere, we were provided with several moment where we just had to say “WTF?”

1. Shana shot Ezra!?

The reveal we waited for since the fourth season finale in March happened sooner than expected in a climactic (or was it anti-climactic? This reveal still seems to be too easy!) showdown between the liars and the mysterious hooded figure from the finale. And Shana said she was seeking justice. For who? P.S. It’s a possibility she could have wanted to kill Ali to seek justice for a still unseen character in the television series (and that’s if the writers decide to follow the books).

2. There’s an A army!?

OK, this was never news but did anyone ever expect a full-blown frigging mob? I mean, how ridiculous can the lives of these girls get when they are already targeted for death at least once a day? Also, the moment when the one hooded figure said “Wanna play?” during his attempted Ali ambush was one of the creepiest pre-commercial moments one can ask for. The creepy line is almost as scary as this little guy:

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3. Melissa and Peter Hastings got a secret!? Can they keep it!?

No secret ever stays buried in the world of “Pretty Little Liars” and Melissa and Peter’s secret is sure to shake things up. Peter would do anything to protect his family’s reputation but what is he trying to protect them from this time? If Melissa has anything to say about it, the secret won’t be kept for long. And speaking of Melissa:

4. Mona has a frigging army!?

The girl has always had questionable motives but what could she have planned with a gang that includes Melissa, Paige and Lucas? How can Mona really be an all-seeing, all-knowing being?

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5. Ali still has perfect hair even though she has practically been homeless for the past few years!?

Really…though.

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6. Fans are still watching the show!?

This is quite possibly one of the biggest WTF moments. The show is going into its fifth year and we still know just as much as we know from the pilot. And ABC Family even picked it up for a sixth AND seventh season. While it has been entertaining, there needs to be a true ending before the premise gets even staler than it has already become. Kaitlin Reilly said it best in her Bustle article. But no matter how tedious it may get, we’ll still look forward to the show every Tuesday night!

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Reasons we will be in solitary confinement watching season two of ‘Orange is the New Black’

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The day is almost here! Soon, you will be joining the female inmates of “Orange is the New Black” in prison. You’ll just hopefully have better food and more comfortable living arrangements as you binge-watch the adventures of Piper and the gang. Here is why you will be in solitary confinement starting Friday, June 6.

1. Will Piper go crazy? 

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The first season ended with Piper (Taylor Schilling) at her breaking point as she beat Jesus-crazy Pennsatucky (Taryn Manning) to a pulp. It should be entertaining to see just how much prison has changed her and will continue to change her. We know Pennsatucky isn’t dead since it has been confirmed that Manning was promoted to series regular status but we still don’t know how drastically Piper will change from this experience.

2. Where is Alex? 

Laura Prepon’s character will be noticeably absent this season with her appearing in only four episodes. While this was done because of a scheduling conflict with Prepon’s schedule, the way the writers handle it should be fun to see. TV Guide reports that out of the first six episodes, Prepon only appears in the premiere but her “actions in it will have some hoping she never returns.” Gulp. How will Palex shippers handle this!?

3. Red “gets a little spanky.” 

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We still remember when Red (Kate Mulgrew) starved Piper out at the beginning of the first season. Then, there was her ongoing battles with Pornstache (Pablo Schreiber) but now there is a new rivalry in Litchfield with Vee (Lorraine Toussaint). “[Red and Vee] certainly play in the sandbox well, and sometimes not so well, and sometimes they get a little spanky, and sometimes they have to have a little time-out. You know — kids!” Toussaint told Yahoo TV. Red’s rivalries could make a spinoff series on their own.

4. The Pornstache/Daya/Bennett Love Triangle. 

Daya’s (Dascha Polanco) affair with Bennett (Matt McGorry) left her pregnant and led her to sleeping with the sleazy Pornstache to explain her pregnancy and prevent Bennett from getting fired. Looks like Pornstache will be back trying to win over Daya, who he is desperately in love with. Could Pornstache redeem himself with his love? We sure hope so because…

5. Your secret crush on Pornstache could be validated.

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Come on. You know you had a bit of a crush on him and people will no longer be able to judge you. Until then, check out this post from Buzzfeed about Pornstache’s real life, perfect self to make you feel more validated about your naughty crush.

6. Matt McGorry as Mendez. 

His character should go through a lot of interesting…okay, this is just an excuse to talk about his “Magic Mike 2” audition from CollegeHumor. His awkwardness is just so adorable.

7. The backgrounds of our favorite characters.

The second season will feature the backgrounds of other inmates such as Crazy Eyes (Uzo Aduba) and Gloria (Selenis Leyva). In addition, Piper’s childhood will be revealed in the premiere and may show that her bad behavior may not have been a direct result of her relationship with Alex.

8. Binge-watching may alter the storylines. 

After coming off of production of “Weeds,” creator/executive producer Jenji Kohan was only used to having a TV series where fans had to wait seven days between episodes. This ultimately affected the pacing of “Orange is the New Black.” Kohan told audiences at Paleyfest that now she understands that people watch multiple episodes in one sitting. While it could be damaging to leave out characters for multiple episodes in a weekly series, Kohan has altered production for the average binge-watcher. “The way they’re consuming it, you show up later that day, so it’s not like you’re missing,” Kohan told audiences at PaleyFest. It should be interesting to see just how different the luxury of binge-watching will affect the series.

9. Quotes from actors that will forever tease us until we actually watch season two! 

The actors really know how to tease us and Jason Biggs, who plays Piper’s jilted lover, Larry, is no exception.

“It’s really hard to move on when he wanted to be her rock, ostensibly, from the beginning … and I don’t think he realized just how much was going to be required in order for him to survive on the outside, and keep his own head above water,” Biggs told reporters. “Season two, he makes some more decisions that will continue to affect their relationship in a very interesting way.”

10. This trailer is already exposing us to the awesomeness.

“Orange Is The New Black” season two premieres in it’s entirety on Netlix on Friday, June 6. The entire first season is currently available at your binge-watching pleasure.

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My college newspaper won five awards at the New Jersey Collegiate Press Association

This post could be considered bragging but sometimes, you just have to show off a little.

I just won third place in the New Jersey Collegiate Press Association’s contest for biography/personality profile writing and I will have the honor of joining the staff of my school newspaper at an awards ceremony on April 12! Yes, I know it’s third place but it’s still an honor!

Here are the winning profiles:

“Angie Falcon: Rowan Graduate and Singer Songwriter”

This was a story I wrote about Rowan University alumna Angie Weeks who went on to become singer songwriter Angie Falcon. Angie used songwriting to help her get through a difficult relationship and since then, has grown to make songs for others.

“Katie Light and Kailee Whiting: Defended Wendy’s Employee Against Bully”

I wrote this story about a couple who defended a Wendy’s employee against a rude customer. The story made national headlines when Yahoo Shine broke the story via a Reddit post about the situation.

In addition, my co-workers won some awards as well and I cannot be more proud to be a part of The Whit staff!

Here are the winning articles:

Second place in Biography/Personality Writing to Erica Avery

“Andrew Bowling: Music student singer and composer”
“Student Melissa Wiltsey and Professor Tracy Sareyka: Reunited student-teacher pair after 13 years”

First place in Column/Opinion Writing to Matthew Turner

“The Washington Outsider: Momentum swings against domestic spy program”

First place in Enterprise/Investigative Reporting to Christian Hetrick

“Confusion over GPA requirement keeps candidate from running for SGA position”
“Microfridge required for freshmen”

Photography to Robert Oszust

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“Shaun T:Rowan alumnus and Insanity workout visionary”
“Homecoming concert and Pep rally”

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Twitter ruined my TV shows — How to prevent social media from destroying your TV viewing experience

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The evening is finally here. It is now time to forget about the daily responsibilities of adulthood and turn on your TV. Fans can immerse themselves into a world full of fictional characters with lives way worse than theirs. They can watch the shows with family and friends or they can choose to embark on a television adventure alone.

However, TV fans are never truly alone because they will always have a few million people joining them and they will not care about keeping quiet as long as the viewer is near a computer, smartphone or tablet.

Yes. It is no secret that social media has changed the way we watch TV but has it changed the way we enjoy TV?

Two major television events happened this week that drove Twitter feeds crazy: an episode of “The Walking Dead” featuring the deaths of two characters and the fourth season finale of “Pretty Little Liars,” which featured a major cliffhanger and the resolutions of several mysteries.

I was not able to watch this week’s episode of “The Walking Dead” live because I was checking out the “Veronica Mars” movie (a movie where I also coincidentally avoided reading too many social media posts in order to avoid spoilers). However, as soon as I got home around 10:15 p.m., just minutes after the conclusion of “The Walking Dead,” my mom told me to avoid Twitter so the big plot twist wouldn’t be ruined. My mom is not tech-saavy at all and even she knows how social media and spoilers work.

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Later on, the show was almost spoiled when one of my professors tweeted me. The only words I managed to see in the tweet were “Lizzie” and “sociopath.” I sensed the character of Lizzie was headed down a dark path when she almost suffocated a baby several episodes ago but seeing those two words confirmed it and I was not happy. So I yelled at — yes, yelled at — my professor on Twitter with all caps to tell her not to say anything else. She replied with a simple “oops.” Of course, this was after I saw the trending topics on Twitter which included “Carol” and “#CrazyLizzie.”

After watching the episode, I learned that Lizzie stabbed her sister in order to turn her into a zombie and show the others that the zombies are not much different from them. The episode ended with Carol, the mother figure of the group, shooting the psychotic Lizzie in the head.

I then opened Twitter and decided to actually read my professor’s tweet completely. It said, “Was Lizzie a straight-up sociopath? Or just sorta crazy with a peculiar affection for dead people?” I never even had to yell or make a fuss about anything because the tweet was vague enough and didn’t spoil a thing. Boy, I’m a jerk.

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The other major TV event came from the season finale of “Pretty Little Liars,” the most-tweeted show on television. I was lucky enough to watch the show live and I was able to learn the resolutions of 90% of the mysteries that have been brewing since the pilot. Nothing was spoiled as I saw the “#AliTellsAll” and “#IsEzraAlive” trends. I read all of the tweets and found myself agreeing with and retweeting all of the positive reviews the episode received. After all, so much was revealed and I was left wanting more just like all of the Twitter world.

My opinions immediately changed after receiving a text from a friend asking me about my thoughts on the episode. I didn’t actually enjoy the season finale. While a lot of loose ends were tied up, not much else was revealed going forward. We still don’t know who killed Alison DiLaurentis and we still don’t know the identity of A, the elusive stalker who has been terrorizing the show’s main characters since season one. I wanted to know more. Now that I think of it, I was not forming my own opinion and was instead aggregating all of the tweets I read in my mind.

When watching TV shows in the age of social media, it is important to realize two things:

1. Understand that other people are watching with you. If you want to avoid spoilers, just turn Twitter off and watch the new episode as soon as possible.

2. Don’t let others’ tweets define you. It is okay to have your own opinion as Twitter will never stop inviting you to to sit in the cafeteria with the cool kids.

3. Just think of Twitter as the snack you eat while watching the show. The snack is awesome and the show is awesome but they are two separate entities. You can always enjoy both at the same time.

Also, follow me on Twitter and I promise you that I will stop letting Twitter define me!

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