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Skins Preview | Effy

We’ve been waiting for Skins to return for some time now and now it’s finally here! It looks like Effy will be the first character to be featured in the first episode.

Effy (Kaya Scodelario) has a dead end job as a receptionist for a leading London Hedge Fund. But as she stumbles across crucial financial information relating to a troubled deal and embarks on an affair with her wealthy boss, she finds out that she has bitten off more than she can chew. Her flatmate Naomi (Lily Loveless) tries to stop Effy from ruining her life, but Effy cannot be reached; until tragedy strikes.

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Skins Teaser

It’s been awhile since we’ve seen the original cast of Skins and in this new teaser trailer, we get a sneak peek at how they’ve transformed from when they were first introduced. Can’t wait for the season!

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Skins Season 7 – Teaser Pics

It’s baaaaaaack! When I was younger and watching the series, I could never watch Skins just straight from my television. I had to get creative. In fact – I was so creative that I can’t even remember how I watched the series now, but I’m going to have to say that I probably streamed it online. From somewhere…the unknown if you will. I wouldn’t take it back for anything though because Skins was my absolute favorite series and even though Effy was a little cray, I aspired to be her. Who didn’t? She was the manic pixie dream girl that everyone wanted to be. The Skins series 5 and 6 were kind of a hot mess and let’s not even get started on the MTV American version so I am thrilled that they are bringing back the originals. In Season 7, all of our favorites will be returning including Kaya Scodelario (Effy), Jack O’Connell (Cook), Hannah Murray (Cassie), Lily Loveless (Naomi), and Kat Prescott (Emily).

I couldn’t be more excited.

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In the News…

Fashion

photo cred | The Man Repeller

- Bloggers are making their mark on the world! The Man Repeller’s Leandra Medine will be releasing a new book slated for next year. [Source]

- Pinterest puts their foot down when it comes to thinspiration images on their website. [Source]

- Could H&M be on the verge of launching a luxury brand? [Source]

Music

Justin Bieber – Boyfriend

- The lyrics slay me.

- Britney Spears is joining X Factor y’all! [Source]

- Maroon 5′s new album “Overexposed” will be released in June. [Source]

- A new MGMT record will be released this September! [Source]

- Australian music group, Jet, has decided to part ways. [Source]

- Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros will release their second album together by the end of the year. [Source]

Movies

- A Hunger Games vacation. [Source]

- JJ Abrams isn’t letting anyone see Star Trek 2 before it comes out! [Source]

- The Weinstein Company has decided to retaliate against the MPAA and will release the new documentary, “Bully,” as unrated. [Source]

- Direct R.J. Cutler (The September Issue) will direct yet another fashion-based film. [Source]

Television

- We said goodbye to one of my favorite series, Skins. [Source]

- Teen Mom 2 star Jenelle is going under the knife. [Source]

- Mike “The Situation” has checked into rehab for prescription pills and alcohol. [Source]

- 30 Rock will do another live episode next month. [Source]

- Lifetime has pulled a controversial episode of Dance Moms featuring the young girls as little showgirls. [Source]

- Jo Rivera from Teen Mom 2 attempts a rap career. [Source]

- Here’s a first look at AnnaSophia Robb as a young Carrie Bradshaw. [Source]

- Camille Grammer is not returning to The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. [Source]

- ABC Family has picked up the network rights to The Hunger Games – will air in 2014. [Source]

- Jimmy Kimmel will host the Emmy’s! [Source]

Seattle

- Everyday Music has officially moved across the street. [Source]

- Ballard burger spot, The Counter, has closed. [Source]

- A store I recently discovered while in San Francisco, Bevmo, will open up two locations in Washington in Silverdale and Tacoma. Um…I think they really meant Seattle, but that’s not happening. [Source]

- Seattle Restaurant Week begins April 8th! [Source]

- There is a Vintage Wedding Fair going down this weekend. Swoon swoon swoon. [Source]

Other

- Miami Heat show their support for Trayvon Martin. [Source]

- Jason Russell’s naked meltdown was because of a brief reactive psychosis. [Source]

- Tori Spelling is pregnant again. [Source]

- Kim’s flour shower. [Source]

- Megan Fox has spent $60K + on plastic surgery. [Source] Yikes.

- Hilary Duff gave birth to son Luca last week.

- Khloe Kardashian turns her back on PETA after her sister’s incident. [Source]

- VS Angel Adriana Lima is also pregnant. [Source]

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Remembering Television in 2011…

As some of you may have noticed, there wasn’t so much postage going on this past weekend. The reason for that is because I was recovering, but I also came across a post on Ohnotheydidnt about the television shows that ended this year. One of them – near and dear to my heart – was Greek. After reading that post, the only sensible thing to do was watch an entire marathon of the show starting from episode one throughout the whole weekend. So I didn’t write anything for Yow Yow, but I became reacquainted with a show I once loved and can still relive through NetFlix – thank goodness. It was a weekend well spent.

And now, here’s your second end of the year recap post of shows that I will personally miss.

Greek: July 9, 2007 – March 7, 2011

I was deprived as a college student from the Greek system and the only way for me to feel like I was not missing out on anything was to live vicariously through Casey Cartwright. This show is extremely special to me for reasons I can’t explain. These kids barely did any school work and their entire lives revolved around the Greek system social calendar. Naturally, I was envious. The show has taught me a lot about love and friendship and karmic synergy, but they all couldn’t stay in college forever. At some point, every one of them needed to graduate and it was at that point that I had to let them.

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Now Is Good

What do these two HBIC have in common?

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In the News…

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During Finals Week, I was unable to keep up with these “In the News…” posts so some of these bits are from two weeks ago. From here on out though, everything will be pretty current.

Fashion


- Giambattista Valli will design for Macy’s. [Source]

- Hamish Bowles is writing an autobiography. [Source]

- Gary Time has officially launched! [Source]

- Jessica and Ashlee Simpson will collaborate on tween clothing line. [Source]

- Dakota Fanning is the new face of Marc Jacobs’ “Oh Lola!” [Source]

- Emma Watson will grace the cover of American Vogue’s July issue. [Source] [Source]

Music

- Coachella is turning into a multi-weekend event! [Source]

- Adele has canceled the rest of her North American tour due to sickness. [Source]

Television

- MTV has cancelled Skins. Sad day. [Source]

- Fear Factor is returning to NBC. [Source]

- Jane Lynch will host the Emmys. [Source]

- Katie Couric is launching a talk show on ABC next fall. [Source]

- There has been talk of a US remake for the UK hit show “Misfits.” [Source]

- MTV will film their next season of Real World in San Diego. [Source]

Seattle

- Blur Seattle has created the HappyButts project to encourage smokers to toss their used cigarettes in these designated cans and not the streets of Capitol Hill. [Source]

Other

- “Human BarbieSarah Burge who has had $800,000 worth of surgery recently purchased a voucher for breast implants for her 7-year old daughter to redeem when she is 16. [Source]

- The ridiculous family that started the whole Balloon Boy incident last year has decided to auction off their enormous balloon in order to raise money for the Japan relief. The price is currently set at $1m. Okay, you’ve redeemed yourself a little bit. [Source]

- Scarlett Johansson and Sean Penn are no longer dating. [Source]

- Shaq announces retirement after 19 years in the NBA. [Source]

- Ed Norton is engaged. [Source]

- Nikki Reed is engaged to American Idol contestant Paul McDonald. [Source]

- Jack White and Karen Elson are throwing a divorce party. [Source]

- The creator of Mad Libs, Leonard B. Stern, has passed away at 88. [Source]

- This fall, Emma Watson will resume her college education by attending Oxford University. [Source]

- Lily Allen got married today. [Source]

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Let’s Talk Finales

I guess it’s no surprise to me that winter quarter was my heaviest season for television time. Come spring, I will have absolutely nothing to watch!

The only way I can sum up my feelings about last night’s finale episode of Pretty Little Liars is with this gif:

Also, the parents association can finally settle down now that the finale of Skins has aired. It has been a wild ride for the season filled with relentless doubt and numerous comparisons between MTV’s version of Skins and the original UK Skins. I think I can safely say that the end of the season was very different in every shape and form than the UK finale of series one.

Here’s what I have learned from both the finale episode and the season altogether:

  • The music is still one of the best things to have ever happened to the show
  • Tea definitely got more air time than Maxxie ever did
  • The MTV finale was so anti-climatic compared to the UK version
  • The actress who plays Michelle in the MTV version is phenomenal
  • Eura will never be Effy

Bring on that second season MTV.

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Song of the Day

Kowalski – Letters from the height of Summer (Dear Bird)

Today’s Song of the Day comes from a song that I had recently heard on the MTV Skin’s episode “Michelle.” It reminded me so much of Local Natives and my first love Cavil at Rest that I was almost convinced that it had been done by them.

Have a wonderful Friday and finals weekend students! It’s actually impossible to put “wonderful” and “finals” in the same sentence, but make the best out of it!

To listen to the lovely track, click here.

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Song of the Day

Unsolved Mysteries – You Only Live Once

I just caught the most recent episode of MTV Skins “Michelle” this past weekend and was blown away by how stacked the lineup was for the music featured. I was in love with nearly every song so naturally, those will be the Song of the Days for this week and possibly the most consistent post since I’m gearing up for finals.

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Song of the Day

Marlena Shaw – Wade in the Water

Tonight’s Song of the Day is an oldie, but a goodie! I’m going to need it for the night I’m about to have. If the song sounds familiar to you, it’s probably because it was featured on last week’s episode of MTV’s Skins.

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Skins Series 5: Franky Review

Since it had been some time since I have watched the UK series of Skins, I had almost forgotten what it was that I loved about the series. When watching MTV’s version, I started to believe that the underlying concepts were still there, and that it still exuded the same raw passion as its original counter part in the UK.

This past Thursday, UK Skins Series 5 premiered their first episode “Franky” about an androgynous girl named Franky who was trying to fit in at her new school after a rough ordeal at her last one for being tormented because as a girl she felt more comfortable dressing more masculine. Although I enjoyed the MTV’s episode “Tea” this past week, I have come to the realization that it lacks something that the UK has always done. The UK series is effortless. Everything flows so well whereas the MTV version feels like it is stuck on this structured route. Is it because they are recreating the first series of the original Skins? Probably. I love the way that the UK series is shot. It is mesmerizing and beautiful and I am so glad that I have found a way to continue watching it through the season.

Anyone else catch the episode?

 

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Skins Writing Competition 2011

UK Skins is on the hunt for the next aspiring script writer! Now, we all know that Skins has been in the news lately and they have been getting a lot of attention for how racy the show is and will become, but what most people don’t realize is that underneath that all is a fantastic story line. Did you know that the writers of the show both in the UK and I think the US as well are between the ages of 16-22? Yes, people our age – my age – are the masterminds behind this show.

Now, they are about to give one lucky person the chance of a lifetime by becoming a script writer for Skins Series 6.

To read through all of the details, click here!

PS: Did anyone catch last night’s US episode featuring Tea?! She was AMAZING.

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In Skins News…

- The HBIC [original Effy] Kaya Scodelario tweeted about America’s version of Skins. [Source]

- Skins Series 5 (UK) will include the most graphic sex scene the television series has ever seen. [Source]

- Taco Bell has pulled its ads from the MTV series. [Source]

- Parents.org calls Skins out for being inappropriate child stuff. [Source] It is not

- Skins actress Sofia Black D’elia defends the series. [Source]

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Skins received a great deal of attention this past week through the media and from the premiere of their first episode. Those that had never seen Skins before may have been shocked, but those who had seen the UK version probably did nothing more than shrug their shoulders.

The series was meant to be controversial and racy show. That was the way that it was intended. There was no doubt in my mind that parents would be in a frenzy after the show premiered. There is a solution for all of this, you know… um don’t let your kids watch it. I get it. Parents are worried that their hormonal teenagers will be inspired by the show and act out, but everyone in the UK has been just fine – for the most part! Television is television and if people can’t distinguish between acting and reality…well there are therapists for that. I think the real reason why parents are upset is because they may be in denial. Your kids may or may not be participating in some of the acts on the show, but somewhere out there a parent’s teenager definitely is.

The creators of the series have been honest from the start. They’ve given everyone fair warning from their ads to their promos, to the disclosure at the beginning of the series. At some point, you’re just going to have to let things be and accept it. If the show is not for you, then turn the channel.

On another note, I’d like to discuss my thought about the first episode.

It mirrored the first episode in the UK series pretty well. It was funny, witty, charming, but I cannot wait for them to diverge from the original story line. Like Kaya, I also wish that Eura (Effy) looked like Effy. The Eura they picked probably should’ve been cast as Katie (Cassie). Was that confusing? The music selected for the show – fantastic. I’m glad they are keeping in line with the original. For some reason when I watch this new cast, I imagine them with accents because I just can’t wrap my head around the fact that they actually have an American version of this show. All in all, I’m pretty excited over it, but more so for UK series 5. I think people are overreacting over the show though because there hasn’t been nudity shown and most swear words have been blocked out. You think this is scandalous? Try watching the UK verison, it makes MTV’s take on it look like Full House.

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