Chavirl No More!!

No shocker here but Canadian music stars Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger have announced their separation.

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Avril announced the split on Instagram, vowing that the couple remain “the best of friends.” , yeah we’ve heard that before.

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The couple’s whirlwind romance began in March 2012, when Kroeger was enlisted to help with the songwriting on Lavigne’s self-titled fifth record.  They began dating in July, became engaged in August and married the following Canada Day at a grand medieval castle in France. Over the last year, both Canadian rockers have dealt with health issues.  Lavigne, publicly acknowledged in December she was dealing with illness and clarified in May that she had been diagnosed with Lyme disease.  Chad recently had to cancel Nickelback tour dates in North America and Europe because the Hanna, Alta., singer required surgery for a cyst on his larynx.

To be honest I didn’t think it would last this long.

Maybe Avril will go back to this…

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TRAILER-WATCHIN’ WEDNESDAY – Macbeth, The 5th Wave, The Night Before

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It’s another Trailer-Watchin’ Wednesday! A little Shakespeare, a little sci fi, and a little comedy coming at you this week.

Two names: Michael Fasbender… and Macbeth.

Upping the spook factor this week is an alien invasion film that pits Hit Girl from Kick Ass and Peter Gibbons from Office Space against some aliens who came to the wroooooong place. Check out The 5th Wave.

The next movie seems to defy easy explanation. All I can say is that if it didn’t look hilarious, there’s no way I’d be shouting about a Christmas movie in September. Take a look at The Night Before for yourself.

Which movie do you need to be watching? ~Steve

A Canadian Won Miss Universe!!

Ashley Burnham, 25, was crowned Mrs. Universe 2015 in Minsk, Belarus, on Saturday.

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“I’m so proud to say I am now the new Mrs. Universe 2015!” Burnham wrote on Instagram, following her historic win. “I am the first First Nations woman to win this title! I am also the first Canadian Delegate to win as well!”

Burnham, an actress, model and motivational speaker, is from the Enoch Cree Nation, west of Edmonton.

As a former finalist in the 2013 Miss Universe Canada contest, when she was then Ashley Callingbull, she noted she grew up in poor conditions and faced difficulties in childhood that she finds difficult to talk about.

Her Facebook account says by the time she reached the age of 10, she had consecutively won all princess crowns in Enoch.

Burnham appears in Blackstone, a television show that airs on APTN and Showcase and on Maori Television in New Zealand.

“I’m really overwhelmed right now,” Callingbull told the CBC on the weekend. “My phone is blowing up. Everything is blowing up. I love it.”

The Mrs. Universe 2015 Facebook page says the topic for this year’s event was “Domestic Violence and Reflection over Children.”

Burnham wrote in her bio for the 2013 Miss Universe Canada contest that she never had the perfect childhood everyone dreams of.

“I had an incredibly difficult childhood and was raised mainly by my mother and grandparents,” she wrote. “My mother as strong as she is, raised me to be grateful for what I have and showed me all the love in the world.”

“Things that occurred in my childhood were incredibly painful and it is very hard to discuss. It was difficult to grow up the way I did, but it made me appreciate everything I have and most importantly made me the strong woman I am today.”

Burnham was also chosen as Miss Canada for the Miss Friendship International Pageant, which was held in China in September, 2010, and represented Canada at the Queen of the World Final held in Germany 2010.

She also represented Canada at Miss Humanity International in Barbados in October 2011.

“Representing First Nations on the international stage was the best feeling in the world. I’m so proud to be Mrs. Universe 2015,” she wrote on Instagram.

Burnham graduated from the television program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton and is pursuing a bachelor of arts focusing on drama and acting.

By: The Canadian Press, Published on Sun Aug 30 2015

Vice President Charlie Sheen?

It sounds like a movie plot: Donald Trump makes a presidential run and Charlie Sheen is his running mate. However, the notion is not so far-fetched as the real estate mogul is currently campaigning to hold the nation’s highest political office and now Mr Sheen has offered to be his Vice President.  The 49-year-old actor tweeted on Thursday his desire to be Trump’s VP.

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The catalyst for the announcement sounds like another twist in the hypothetical movie plot, casting none other than Owen Wilson as the foil.  Wilson said in an interview with The Daily Beast on Tuesday: ‘You can’t help but get a kick out of him [Trump], and I think part of it is we’re so used to politicians on both sides sounding like actors at press junkets – it’s sort of by rote, and they say all the right things.’ ‘So here’s somebody who’s not following that script,’ the Bottle Rocket star continued. ‘It’s like when Charlie Sheen was doing that stuff – like, wow! He’s answering a question completely honestly, and in an entertaining way.’ And then in a comment that would make postmodernists perform cartwheels, Wilson went meta in his commentary: ‘You sort of feel he could be a character from Network.’ Two days after Wilson’s interview came out, Sheen responded with a tweet: ‘dear O. Wilson they took ur comment out of context! I’m honored! thank u!’ ‘If Trump will hv me I’d be his VP in a heartbeat! #TrumpSheen16′.

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Sheen, however, is not known for his consistency. Just five weeks ago he called the presidential candidate ‘a sad & silly homunclus’ and went on to say ‘your words [are] as poignant as a sack of cat farts… You’re a shame pile of idiocy.’  While Trump has yet to respond to Sheen’s offer, the actor could potentially help him with the Latino vote – Sheen was born Carlos Estevez. Sheen previously voiced his desire to run for president and have his father Martin Sheen as his running mate. In 2011 a poll was conducted showing that American Republicans preferred to see Charlie Sheen in office over both Barack Obama and Sarah Palin.  In the poll conducted by Public Policy Polling, the fallen star was placed in hypothetical election match ups with the former Alaska governor and Obama. When given the choice between Palin and Sheen, Democratic voters chose the actor over Palin by a 44-24 majority. Similarly, in an Obama versus Sheen election, Republicans would rather see the actor and his goddesses turn the White House into Sober Valley Lodge than give the President a second term in office (which he got), by a slim majority of 37-28. And it is not just among their own parties that the Wall Street star comes out shining. Among political independents, Sheen was still favoured to run the country over Palin in a 41-36 majority.

Although two thirds of Americans admitted to holding unfavourable views of the stricken star, the same amount of people still believed he would be better equipped to become president than Palin.

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Backstreets back? Not Really

Competing on the next season of “Dancing With The Stars” will be a Backstreet Boy, a once-famous-turned-disgraced-turned-rehabilitated-chef and a famous horse jockey.

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The news comes a day after it was announced that Bindi Irwin would also take her spot on the dance floor. Nick Carter, who once stole tween girls’ hearts as a member of the popular boy band Backstreet Boys, will join Bindi. The official “Dancing with the Stars” Twitter account tweeted on Aug. 26, “We’re not playing games with your heart – @NickCarter is on this season of #dwts!” The Backstreet Boys also posted, “Give it up for @nickcarter joining @DancingABC this season!! Let’s help get him that trophy…. #NickCarterDWTS.”

Paula Deen, the comeback kid (so to speak) will also compete for the mirrored ball trophy, which will constitute a huge step forward in her image rehabilitation.The Food Network chef has been at the center of several controversies over the last two years, beginning with the scandal over the use of the N word in 2013, which resulted in the loss of her show and multiple brand partnerships. Several months ago, she made headlines when an old photo of her son in brown face was tweeted from her account. Paula, it was revealed, didn’t actually send out the old photo, but rather her social media manager did. The manager was fired shortly after.

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Finally, after a record-setting performance on the horse track, jockey Victor Espinoza is taking his talents to the dance floor, too.Ridden by Espinoza, American Pharoah won the Triple Crown -– comprising wins at the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont races — and become the first horse to do so since 1978. He announced that he was joining the show on ESPN2. When asked if we was a good dancer, he replied, “no.”

TRAILER-WATCHIN’ WEDNESDAY – Victor Frankenstein, The Witch, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

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Let’s get creepy on this edition of Trailer-Watchin’ Wednesday. First up is Harry Potter and Professor X in Victor Frankenstein.

Though all 3 trailers this week are horrific, this one happens to be for the only true horror of the bunch. The trailer alone for The Witch is enough to make your hair stand up.

And now for something off-beat. You can watch the RedBand trailer for Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, but I’ve linked the preview for all audiences.

Which gruesome feature will you be watching? ~Steve

Joey Fatone is my Hero

Former N’Sync member Joey Fatone has written a letter to the boys of One Direction begging them not to take a “break” next March.  Just a warning there a some swears in his letter but it is hilarious.

“Dear Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Harry Styles,

Hey guys. It’s Joey Fatone, former member of NSync and current announcer on Family Feud, the job I’ve always dreamed of. This weekend, while sitting on the toilet and crying (I LOVE MY LIFE!!!) I flipped through my iPhone and saw that you’d announced a “one-year hiatus” beginning in March. I just wanted to congratulate you guys and wish you well! I’m sure 2016 will be a wonderful time for everyone from One Direction to pursue some independent projects before regrouping as a stronger band one year later! Here’s to spreading your wings!

HAHAHAHA, PSYCH.

Here’s how it’s gonna go down, fellas. While you’re all on hiatus, Harry will record some dope singles with Beyonce, Ryan Adams and Wiz Khalifa, come out with a killer solo album produced by Pharrell and Timbaland, cut his hair, dye his hair, do a second less awesome album, let his hair grow super long and wear it in two braids, crush a self-effacing cameo in a Judd Apatow movie, buzz his hair and release a third, self-produced album on which he hints at being bisexual that everyone will call his “best work.”

The rest of you are fucked. I mean fucked. I am the second most-successful former member of NSync and I am Joey Fatone. Say that outloud to yourself: “Besides Justin Timberlake, Joey Fatone is the most successful member of NSync.”

Here’s me being a spokesman for Bosley hair restoration last year:

​Best case scenario, you’ll do a 6-week stint in Minions: The Musical! on Broadway before you bounce around different hosting jobs on channels like Spike and TruTv. Do you know what Chris Kirkpatrick is doing? Because I don’t. He’s completely unreachable. He might be managing a Best Buy in Sacramento, he might be dead. No one knows. Louis, I’m looking at you.

There is one exception: If one of you is gay you might have a shot. Wait till One Direction has been dead for two years, kiss your hot boyfriend at an awards show, then ride that relevance like a beautiful boner and pray to god you get a show on Bravo.

t’s not that you guys aren’t talented, it’s that Harry is so, so much cuter, cooler and more talented than the rest of you. Deep down, you’ve always known that, but you will never truly understand it until you’re in your grimy little condo, sitting in your boxers, sucking a chow mein noodle off your Playstation controller and watching Harry blow it up on SNL.

Jesus christ I wish I was still in NSync. Jesus…JESUS FUCK! I would give all my hair to go back to that.

Anyway, enjoy the next few months, One Direction, because they’re your last.”

Best invention ever

We all know that one person who really needs underwear that absorbs the smell of their gas who fart all the time and don’t even seem to notice, if you don’t know that person than it’s you.  These bad boys are for men and woman and could really help you out on a date.  Check them out here and order me a few pairs if you’re going to get some (they are for a friend I swear) _Andrew static1.squarespace.com

TRAILER-WATCHIN’ WEDNESDAY – Sisters, The Good Dinosaur, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

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Bringing you another fresh helping of fine film trailers to take the edge off of your mid-week. It IS Trailer-Watchin’ Wednesday after all.. Dig in!

Opening up with a comedy that pairs up two queens of hilarity: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in Sisters.

Moving onto a family feature. I was impressed with the cute teaser for The Good Dinosaur, but I’m really glad for a closer look at the story of this animated film.

From cute to killer, who knew Jim was such a bad ass, right? Take a look at the military action flick with John Krasinski and a long title: 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.

And for good measure, here are the two BIG trailer drops from last week. Unfortunately there weren’t both available by Wednesday, but they’re just dying to be watched now!

So what’s it going to be? One? Or ALL OF THEM? ~Steve

TRAILER-WATCHIN’ WEDNESDAY – Best of Comic-Con Trailers

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Comic Con 2015

It’s been a couple of weeks since the last Trailer-Watchin’ Wednesday, so we’re bringing you an XL helping of fresh preivews direct from San Diego Comic Con! If you scour the internet you may still find lo-res leaks of Deadpool, X-Men Apocalypse, and few others. I was lucky enough to catch the screening of a new Hunger Games: MockingJay Pt2 trailer in the infamous “Hall H”, but so far I haven’t even seen a leak out for it. It’s worth the wait.

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I also want to make sure you’re paying attention to the Minority Report show premiering this fall. I was able to watch the first 20 minutes and it really looks great.

This week we’ll dive into the top 3 film trailers and top 3 TV previews, starting with the big screen.

DC Trinity

The biggest punch comes at you first, with a look at Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice that finally connects the events of Man of Steel directly to the non-sequel sequel. And just the way I’d hoped too: Bruce Wayne was IN Metropolis when Zod and Kal-El went toe-to-flying-toe. Take a look.

The next trailer is quite connected to the first; finally a DC Comics cinematic universe! Sink your grill-covered teeth into Harley Quinn The Movie, I mean Suicide Squad. So many tiny detailed to get excited about!

The next clip isn’t a trailer in the traditional sense, but it sure gives me chills in anticipation anyways. Enjoy the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Comic-Con Reel.

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Now off to TV land! One brand new based on a movie series, one restarting after 4 seasons and years of hiatus, and another going strong into its 6th season. They are Ash vs Evil Dead on the Starz Network, Heroes Reborn on NBC, and AMC’s The Walking Dead, respectively. Disclaimer: there be blood and guts ahead.

Which Comic-Con trailer or preview catches your eye the most? ~Steve