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Website: If It Were My Home

In: Dan, Random Reads

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live somewhere else? Maybe a short move to a neighboring country, or traveling all the way around the world to inhabit an even smaller apartment than the one you’re in now, perhaps in China?

Have you ever been held back, worried about the living standards or the complete shell shock of being away from everything you have grown up with? I have often wrestled with the idea of uprooting myself and taking the next step/a HUGE leap and moving to a new country, just to say I’ve experienced a different culture in a non-vacation-like situation. I’ve always fretted about living conditions, being able to find a job and a home that is truly habitable, and whether or not I would even be able to find a salary that would support my needs.

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Glee’s SuperBowl Episode Music Sneak Peek

In: TV Shows, Tyrell

SPOILER ALERT! Glee’s spoilers have been hot and heavy this week. Not returning until February 8th on FOX, star Matthew Morrison did an interview with TV Guide and spilled the beans on their Valentine’s Day set list. He says in the interview that his assignment to the kids is to have them sing “love songs”. However, when I list the songs below, you’ll see that some of the kids have an interesting take on what love songs are to them.

The list includes Firework by Katy Perry, Fat Bottom Girls by Queen, P.Y.T. by Michael Jackson and the list continues. However, before this episode airs on Tuesday the 8th, Gleeks will be treated to a special post-Superbowl episode on February 6th. What was once rumoured to be a Michael Jackson tribute episode has now been squashed by some of the songs and sound bites being released on the internet this week.

Finn and Rachel will tackle Need You Now by Lady Antebellum while Artie and the gang will sing a mash-up of Thriller with the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s hit Heads Will Roll. Another exciting track will be Darren Criss and his pack of boys taking on Destiny’s Child’s Bills, Bills, Bills. I am already so excited!

Check out the music preview for the Superbowl episode after the jump.

Billboard Ventures Into Uncharted Territory

In: Music, Tyrell

These days, the music industry is ultra-competitive. If you’re a new artist, the chance of you breaking onto the Billboard charts above the Gaga’s, the Katy’s and the Kanye’s seems nearly impossible. However, the popularity of independent, internet sensation living room and garage bands is growing daily. So, Billboard decided they should jump on the bandwagon.

Billboard has announced that they are adding a new ranking chart titled Uncharted. The purpose of this chart is to recognize and develop artists who don’t have the volume in record sales or radio airplay to bring them regular chart success. However, they will use such outlets as YouTube views, Twitter tweets and re-tweets, as well as MySpace music page listens.

Uncharted launched on Billboard yesterday and the first #1 artist is hip hopper Traphik from Long Beach, California who is famous on YouTube for his humorous rhymes in his raps. DJ BL3ND is also on the chart with their electro house music with one of their songs being viewed on YouTube well over 22 million times.

Read more about Uncharted after the jump.

Sports Stud: Kevin Pietersen

In: Patrick, Sports & Health, Totally GAY!

In my quest to find the hottest stud for a different sport each week, this week I find myself dibbly dobbling (as they say) into cricket where I find the handsome 30 year old Kevin Pietersen of South Africa. This towering 6’4″ Batsman plays for England and Surrey and goes by the nicknames KP, Kapes, Kapers. He is right handed when he… (get your mind out of the gutter) bats and bowls. He is by far the hottest guy of the “century”. I had to say that at some point…I’m just trying to throw in cricket terminology where I can. Seriously, cricket is the most confusing thing to me, not that I’ve played it much – I think once or twice in gym class.

Pietersen was captain of the England Test and One Day International teams from August 2008 to January 2009, but he resigned after only three tests and nine One Day Internationals, as a result of a dispute with the coach, Peter Moores. The coach was fired the same day. Pietersen remains to be regarded as one of the best batsmen in the world.

He is married to the UK group “Liberty X” singer Jessica Taylor and they have one child together. He kind of reminds me of Dave Annable from Brothers & Sisters, right?!

Check out some studly photos after the jump…

Angry Birds To Hit Your TV Soon

In: Gadgets & Tech, TV Shows, Tyrell

The super popular and highly addictive iPhone and iPad app game Angry Birds is about to break another barrier. Its been reported that Angry Birds is being developed into a web or television cartoon series. Like these little birds being catapulted into obstructions to kill green pigs wasn’t silly enough, try creating a storyline to understand why exactly this is going on.

With over 50 million downloads of the popular app, Mikael Hed, the CEO of Rovio, the creators of Angry Birds says that the animated series will see the birds just as angry and fuming. According to his interview with the New York Post, he has been trying to take Angry Birds to other platforms for a while.

Last year, Rovio announced they were trying to make Angry Birds a feature film but now, Hed states the focus has completely shifted and that getting the show on TV is their main objective. Mikael said, “that was the first part of the exercise, and now that we’ve done that, the next part is to move into production, and that’s where we are right now.”

Find out more about the Angry Birds show after the jump…

Right away, I know I’m gonna get flack from my HUGE (hold the laughter n’ eye roll) British readership fan base for the publication of this statement, but I am LOVING Showcase‘s newest and greatest endeavor: “Shameless“. Quick plot summary: family of 6 kids livin’ in the white equivalent of the projects survive their day-to-day by working, stealing and tricking their way through bills and troubles alongside their chronically and epically drunken absent father. Based on the 7 season run-away hit in the UK of the same name and premise, this series is yet another in a long line of US attempts to mimic and hopefully one-up their imperial brothers on the other side of the Atlantic. Like “Queer as Folk” and “The Office“, “Shameless” is the Americanized version of a UK classic with our accent and location… and, like the others, it’s being met with some resistance.

Okay, admittedly, I’m not drawing the aforementioned “fact” from polled blogging sites or news articles, rather from cute friends of mine who are British and tried both out for themselves but to me that’s a lot more meaningful than a cover story by Wolf Blitzer ;) SO, being of fair mind I decided to give the em’ equal opportunity, and (lord, I’m gonna hear it from my Nottingham friends for this) I’m sorry, but the Yanks got this one right. Both stories are identical in their plot lines (save for location) but there is a wholly disparate tone in these mirrored works. The UK decided to spin theirs with a humorous and playful tone while the US- though mixing in hints of laughter-deserving moments- definitely took the darker spin on this one. And, I loves me some dark humor!

Click through to read the rest of my review and see the trailer

Hello Charlie, Meet Your First Angel

In: Donovan, TV Shows

Bienvenido a Miami, Annie Ilonzeh. The 27-year-old Texas native has been cast in ABC’s “Charlie’s Angels” reboot. Ilonzeh is the first of the three angels cast in the remake headed up by Smallville creators Al Gough and Miles Millar which is being put together by Sony Pictures TV and Drew Barrymore’s Flower Films. The new version will swap out Los Angeles for Miami as the backdrop of sexy crime fighting.

Up until this point, Annie’s biggest role was on daytime soap, “General Hospital” as Maya Ward. She’s also filmed bit parts on numerous primetime shows including “Entourage“, “Melrose Place” and “How I Met Your Mother“.

Ilonzeh will Kate Prince, an incredible athlete who possesses a razor-sharp intellect. Out of the three angels, she’s the most serious but also knows how to let her hair down and have a great time. Kate is an ex-cop, a master of martial arts and a strict vegetarian.

find out who’ll the voice of Charlie in the reboot

If you watched last week’s Golden Globes, you probably blacked out for a few moments when you saw the two sexiest men on the planet walked on stage together. Coincidentally enough, they’re both named Chris. I went into sexy stud shock, my eyes didn’t know on which one to fixate on. Knowing the two Chrises generated a lot of heat (literally), Marvel Comics released new stills from two of their highly-anticipated movies this past week.

This is the second picture from “Captain America” that features Chris Evans donning his superhero outfit. I have to admit, the more I see the costume, the more I like it. Not that I wouldn’t want to see him without it on, but if he has to wear something, I approve of this. Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America hits theaters on July 22nd.

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