The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Appeals To More Audiences Than You Think

October came and went quickly and now there are thoughts of Thanksgiving and Christmas dancing around in our heads. But thanks to Netflix, the spooky spirit is being kept alive, well after Halloween.

On October 26th, Netflix released their newest show, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. It’s a Riverdale spin-off and inspired by Sabrina the Teenage Witch from the late 90s and the Sabrina the Teenage Witch Archie comic book series.

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If you’ve seen anything about Sabrina the Teenage Witch, you know it’s a pretty light show. It was a family sitcom made for everyone. Melissa Joan Hart, who played Sabrina, said “I think our show was about magic and family, and I think the new one – it sounds like, I have no idea- but the new one is going to be more about witchcraft, dark stuff.”

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Knowing that Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is indeed a Riverdale spinoff, this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that it is so dark. Over the past couple of seasons, Riverdale has gotten considerably darker.

The newest spinoff is focusing on the darkness of the magic and talks about Satanism often. This isn’t something out of the ordinary for TV now though, as we have seen in American Horror Story: Apocalypse, which focuses on the Antichrist and his plan to destroy the world.

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The Sabrina comics date back to 1971 when the first comic was released. It follows our lead, Sabrina as she tries to figure out how to use her powers and the day to day trials of living as a half-witch in a mortal world.

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina takes characters and storylines from both the comics and the 1996 show. Her cat Salem, her boyfriend Harvey Kinkle and her aunts Zelda and Hilda are all present in the newest spinoff.

With aspects in this show going back almost 50 years, meeting in the middle with things from the 90s and things happening now, it’s a show that is drawing attention from a huge age demographic. It has a little bit of something for everyone, the nostalgia of the comics and the 90s show and the spookiness of today’s shows.

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If witches and Satan are your thing, and you’re looking for a new show to binge, then The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina are for you. Who says you have to stop being spooky after Halloween is over?

 

 

 

Disney Just Released Their 90s Flashback Collection and It Is Magical

It’s no secret that the 90s are playing a big part in every aspect of our lives lately. Dr. Martens had their earnings climb 33% this year, the look of 90s Taco Bell is inspiring new decor ideas, and now Disney is in on this trend too.

Oh My Disney just released their ’90s Flashback Collection and it pure magic. (no pun intended.) The collection features different items from classics such as Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Aladdin, Hercules and A Goofy Movie.

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The collection features 90s staples such as denim jackets, an alarm clock, keychains, clutches, T-shirts, journals, mugs, pins, the list goes on. The best part about this collection though is that the keychains, clutches and journals are all modeled after VHS tapes.

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The thing about this collection is not just that it is inspired by the ’90s. It’s the ’90s AND Disney. Disney brings a sense of nostalgia just by itself.

Disney is known as “the happiest place on earth”. It’s not just the parks that make people happy and feel that warm, fuzzy feeling.

Just watching the movies and listening to the songs make people feel good and transport them back to a simpler time to when all you cared about was the magic.

It’s funny because when you look at the people who want this collection, it is all adults. I’m sure there are some children that want it too, but the majority of the people interested in this are adults.

If you go on Twitter, you will find TONS of tweets of people exclaiming that they “need everything in the collection” and “Disney can take all of their money”.

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If the ’90s and Disney are your passion, then this is the collection that was made for you. Be apart of this whole new ’90s world and get something from the collection today.

 

Charli XCX’s Newest Song Provides An Escape By Sparking Nostalgia

It’s no secret that nostalgia is huge part of mainstream media now. It’s in our TV shows, our movies, our fashion and even our music.

This past week, Charli XCX released her newest single with Troye Sivan, titled “1999”. Within a few days, they released a music video to go along with the single and it was filled with all the 90s glory you could think of.

This isn’t the first song that has recently come out about the “good old days” though. Anne Marie released her song, 2002 which has samples from Brittany Spears, Dr. Dre, Jay Z, Nelly and NSYNC in the chorus.

This trend of songs taking us back to the days when we were younger and things were easier is not new. There are plenty of classic songs that have to do with the past and memories.

Don Mclean’s American Pie, Bruce Springsteen’s Glory Days, Bryan Adams’ Summer of ’69, Elton John’s Crocodile Rock, The Beatles’ Strawberry Fields ForeverPenny Lane  Yesterday and In My Life are all songs about the past and bring up that feeling of nostalgia.

So why all of a sudden has nostalgia come up big again in our music? Going back to Charli’s song, “1999”, she talks about things being easier back then with lyrics such as “Never under pressure oh,/ Those days it was so much better” and “Feelin’ cool in my youth, relaxin’/ No money, no problems/ it was easy back then”.

Like the Vulture article titled, Charli XCX, Troye Sivan, and Music’s Nostalgia Obsession says “For most of millennials’ natural lives, the world has been increasingly and catastrophically f****d, and all signs point to the terror train we’re all currently riding not stopping any time soon. Can you blame Charli — or anyone, really — for wanting to essentially retreat to a carefree, almost womblike state?”

I don’t need to tell you about what kind of world that we are living in today, so it should be of no surprise that artists are turning to nostalgia to turn away from our seemingly horrible everyday lives.

Music is supposed to be an escape. People would rather listen to songs about what life they want instead of what life they currently are living. (This is why you rarely hear songs about things happening currently.)

Besides being an escape, nostalgic songs are just supposed to make you feel good. When you think about some of the songs I listed before, “1999” and “2002” how did it make you feel?

It should have made you feel good. Not necessarily happy, but more like “oh wow, I miss that.” or “I wish I could go back to that.”

So yes, with all of the negativity in the news and around us, sometimes listening to a song that gives us good feelings is all we need as an escape for a few minutes. Songs and music have been a way to escape everyday life for a long time now and they will continue to be for years to come.

 

 

Stadiums That Might Be Gone, But Never Forgotten

We are in that wonderful time of the year where all the sports worlds collide. NFL and college football are in full swing, hockey is finally back, playoff baseball is starting to get hot, and basketball regular season games are about to begin.

Going to sports games is something that people around the world have done for generations and will continue to do for generations to come. Families spend years sitting in the same seats, tailgating at the same spots, all to watch the team that they love.

A lot of things have changed over the years. Beloved stadiums have been demolished in order to make room for new, more advanced ones. Most of the knocked down stadiums were in the spots of where the parking lots stand now for the current stadiums.

Looking back, we are going to check out Shea Stadium, Texas Stadium, the Spectrum, Comiskey Park and Mile High Stadium. All of these stadiums were featured in an article by complex.com called Rest In Pieces: 50 Demolished Sports Stadiums We Love.

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On April 17, 1964, Shea Stadium officially opened it’s doors to the public. It was to be the new home of the New York Mets. Shea was not only a huge part of baseball, but history in general. It was home to concerts, political and religious visits (Pope John Paul II visited here), football, and baseball of course.

The New York Jets had a stint playing at Shea Stadium. According to Joe Namath, a Jets great, said it was the toughest place to play in the NFL. The Jets won the AFC Championship game at Shea which took them to the Super Bowl in 1968. (The Jet’s only Super Bowl Win) They continued to play there until 1983 before moving over to Giant’s Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

The Mets had quite an exciting stay at Shea as well. In the first year that it opened, it helped the MLB All Star Game. And then 5 years later, they won their first World Championship. (The Mets won 2 World Series, both happening at Shea Stadium)

Besides sports, Shea Stadium was home to a large amount of concerts. The Rolling Stones play a six night concert series here, Elton John and Eric Clapton teamed up for a two night performance, the Summer Festival for Peace featuring Janis Joplin was held here, The Who, Bruce Springsteen played here in the early 2000’s and who could forget The Beatles iconic Shea Stadium performance.

Shea Stadium was demolished at the end of 2008. Where the iconic stadium once stood, is now Citi Field, the new home to the New York Mets.

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Next, we are taking a trip over to Chicago to take a look at Old Comiskey Park, or “The Baseball Palace of the World”. Comiskey Park was home to the Chicago White Sox from 1910-1990.

From the 1970’s to the day of it’s demolition, it was the oldest MLB park in use. It held over 6,000 major league games. The Chicago White Sox hold 3 World Series titles, only one happening in the era of Old Comiskey Park.

Interesting fact, the Chicago Cubs played their 1918 World Series Games in Comiskey Park because it had more seating available than Weeghman Park, the home of the Cubs. Just like Shea, baseball wasn’t the only sport being played here.

Comiskey was home to the Chicago Cardinals in 1922-1925 and then again in 1929-1959. The Chicago Cardinals are now the Arizona Cardinals, and they have never won a Super Bowl. They made a Super Bowl appearance in 2007, but they lost it to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Old Comiskey was demolished in 1991, after the White Sox ended their final season in September of 1990. Old Comiskey is in the spot of where one of the parking lots to Guaranteed Rate Field.

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Heading back east to the city of brotherly love, we are going to take a look at The Spectrum. Home of the Philadelphia Flyers and the Philadelphia 76ers, as well as the Philadelphia Phantoms, the minor league hockey team and the Philadelphia Wings, the city’s lacrosse team, The Spectrum has seen it’s share of championships and iconic moments.

Opening in September of 1967, it became a home for not only sports, but for concerts as well. 1967 was not only huge because the 76ers had a new arena to play in, but they also won their 2nd NBA championship that year. (2 out of the 3 NBA Championships that the 76ers have won would happen in the time of the Spectrum, but none actually happened there.)

The Flyers also had quite the luck in the Spectrum. On May 19th, 1974, the Philadelphia Flyers hoisted the Stanley Cup up after defeating the Boston Bruins. This would be the first time that the Flyers have ever won the Cup, and they would go on to win it again a year later against the Buffalo Sabres, in Buffalo.

Besides great sports moments, the Spectrum has been home to many great concerts. Elvis Presley, Bruce Springsteen for 8 sold out nights, Billy Joel (twice! a six show stint in 1990 and then again in 1993), the Grateful Dead, and a farewell concert from Pearl Jam on the night the Spectrum closed it’s doors for the final time.

Both the Flyers and the Sixers played their last games there in 1996 when the Wachovia Center opened, becoming their new home. The Phantoms stayed there along with the Wings until it closed in 2009.

The Spectrum was demolished in November of 2010. Where the arena once stood is now a parking lot that is between XFINITY Live! and Citizen’s Bank Park.

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Heading south for our next stadium, we are going to look at Texas Stadium that was home to “America’s Team”. Before Texas Stadium was built, the Cowboys played at the famous Cotton Bowl Stadium.

Opening in 1971 and staying open until 2008, the Cowboys had a glorious stay here. They won 5 Super Bowls and 8 conference championships during their time in Texas Stadium.

The most interesting thing about Texas Stadium is that there was a hole in the roof, that many say is there so “God can watch his favorite team play”. This hole allowed for the fans to keep dry, but it exposed the field to the weather and elements. The Thanksgiving Day game in 1993 against the Miami Dolphins proved that the weather could make it’s way into the stadium when the field was covered in snow.

While the stadium was huge (it held 65,675 people), it was really only used for football. There were the occasional concerts and other events, but it was pretty much used for the Cowboys. Some concerts that took place here though would be The Jacksons, Madonna, Garth Brooks, Metallica and Shania Twain.

In 2008, the Cowboys played their final game in Texas Stadium and it was demolished in 2010. America’s Team now has their state of the art stadium, AT&T Stadium.

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For our final stadium, we are traveling out west to take a look at the Denver Bronco’s home, Mile High Stadium. Not only did it house the Bronco’s but it was home to the Colorado Rockies for a short period of time as well.

Opened in 1948, it was originally used as a baseball stadium for the Denver Bears, and once the Broncos came into town, they decided to use it for football. Having only 17,000 seats originally, it wasn’t ideal for a football stadium, so it was increased to 34,000 seats. By time it held it’s final game, it was able to hold more than 75,000 people.

For two seasons (1993 and 1994) Mile High was home to the Colorado Rockies. This was because their stadium was being built and they had no where else to play.

This stadium just like the others was home to many concerts. Some of the artists that performed at the Mile High include, The Rolling Stones, U2, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, and Bruce Springsteen.

The final game that was played in Mile High Stadium was December 23rd, 2000, just a year after the Denver Broncos won their second Super Bowl. The stadium was demolished after the end of the 2001 season. Where it once stood is now a parking lot for the new Stadium at Mile High.

Though these stadiums may be gone, they are still special to the cities that they are in. The now parking lots to newer, better stadiums hold memories that are irreplaceable to the fans that spent so much of their time at these stadiums.

 

 

On Wednesday, October 3rd, We Wear Pink

Happy Mean Girls Day! If you happen to live under a rock and don’t know what that is, Mean Girls Day is every October 3rd. It’s the holiday where all the plastics celebrate the day when Aaron Samuels turned around to ask Cady Heron what day it was. Sure, this doesn’t seem like a big deal. But this year, October 3rd falls on a Wednesday and what do on Wednesdays? On Wednesdays we wear pink, a rule made up by none other than queen bee Regina George.

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It seems strange that today is such a big day in Mean Girls history. It’s not a major milestone for the movie, as it only turned 14 earlier this year. The thing that is so funny about today is that both of these iconic lines from the movie have come together for one Mean Girls themed day. The internet lives for this kind of thing and today is not exception. There were two separate Twitter moments dedicated to the occasion. Fans celebrate Mean Girls day by wearing pink and Happy Mean Girls Day! Both were filled with glorious Mean Girls content.

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New York City is fully embracing Mean Girls Day. With Mean Girls now on Broadway, the plastics have officially taken over the city. There’s drink specials, trivia night, and screenings of the movie where ever you turn. (If you’re interested in what’s happening check out this article from Guest of a Guest.) The Mean Girls Broadway twitter account (@MeanGirlsBway) has been tweeting and retweeting every single thing that has to do with this glorious holiday. Everyone from celebrities (@TheEllenShow) to restaurants (@olivegarden) have shown their support for the most basic holiday of them all.

Hopefully, you’re wearing pink on this lovely October 3rd. Maybe you’re planning on rewatching the movie today too. Whatever you’re doing to celebrate Mean Girls Day, you go Glen Coco and remember that fetch is never going to happen.

Hanging Out, Down the Street. For the Last 20 Years.

On August 23rd, 1998, FOX took us back to 1976. A different world filled with bell-bottom jeans, classic rock and of course a cloud of marijuana smoke. We traveled to Point Place, Wisconsin, to the basement of Eric Foreman. On August 23rd, 1998, That 70’s Show premiered.

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That 70’s Show follows the lives of 6 teenage friends and all of their shenanigans of being in high school during the late 1970s. Eric Foreman, Donna Pinciotti, Michael Kelso, Steven Hyde, Jackie Burkhart and Fez are the rebellious group of teens that the show focuses on. They are always seen hanging out in Eric’s basement listening to records, making fun of each other or in “the circle”.

“The circle” was the show’s way of trying to portray the idea of the teens smoking marijuana as that was something that was popular in the 70s. As stated in the USA Today article, “the show created a weed-friendly vibe with wisps of smoke and an innovative and appropriately disorienting camera technique: a 360-degree sweep of high teens sitting in what became affectionately known as “The Circle.” Kirkwood Smith, who played Red Foreman, war vet and Eric’s cranky father talks a little more about the circle. “It was ingenious. Obviously, the kids were smoking pot and getting high, but they didn’t want to show that,” Smith says. “You saw smoke but never saw anybody smoking. The camera turning like that gave the feel of them being high without having to (show) that.”

Not only did the show focus on the culture of the late 1970’s (the music, the pot smoking, movies), they also focused on real historical events that were happening during the time the show was taking place. Events such as Richard Nixon’s presidential resignation and the energy crisis were able to be written into the show since it was historically relevant. It had the underlying themes of the 1970s recession, mistrust of the American government, and generational conflict as well.

The final episode of the show took place on December 31st, 1979, New Years Eve. The finale abruptly ended as the cast counted down to midnight. As soon as the time hit midnight aka 1980, the show was over. The show ran for 8 seasons, and ended up becoming Fox’s second longest running live action sitcom, behind Married… with Children. The show was nominated for 16 Primetime Emmy Awards, but only won one, the Emmy for Outstanding Costume Design for a Series “That Disco Episode”. That 70’s Show was also nominated for many Teen Choice Awards with Ashton Kutcher (Michael Kelso) and Wilmer Valderrama (Fez) winning on 3 different occasions.

That 70’s Show was one of those sitcoms that everyone genuinely loved. It was one of those shows where you grew up alongside of the cast and felt connected with them. It was a show that everyone in your house could enjoy together. The reason for it being so popular, was that not only was it aimed for the young people of the late 1990’s, but it was also created as a period piece, so people that grew up during that era could enjoy it as well. The cast was close, and it wasn’t just one of those fake friendships. They often find the time to hang out with each other and they are always praising their co-stars on social media. Mila Kunis (Jackie Burkhart) and Ashton Kutcher (Michael Kelso) who dated on the show, are even married now in real life.

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In August, on the 20th anniversary of That 70’s Show, many of the cast members took to social media to remember their times on the show.

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As the Point Place High 1978 yearbook said, “What a long strange trip it’s been… in Foreman’s basement.” It’s been a long 20 years, but here’s to 20 more of this iconic show.

Kodak Re-Releases It’s Ektachrome 35mm Film And Photographers Are Excited

After what seemed like the fall of analog film, the interest in it has finally peaked again. After six years of being off the shelves, Kodak has finally re-released one of it’s most popular types of film, the Ektachrome and it is ready to be shipped.

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The re-release was announced in the beginning of 2017 after a large revival of interest in analog film. Kodak is going to begin the revival of the Ektachrome with the re-release of the 35mm first, then hopefully have the Super 8 (8mm) and 16mm films out by the end of the year.

Creating the Ektachrome again proved to be quite the challenge. The process of making it apparently requires over 80 different chemicals. Most of which are not even easily available anymore due to the rise of digital photography. Check out this article on popsci.com to get an inside look on how the film is actually made!

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Why the Ektachrome? When Kodak was relaunching analog film, this was the choice that automatically stood out. Ektachrome has vibrant colors and a pretty easy developing process, so it seemed like the perfect choice. When it was in it’s prime popularity, Ektachrome was most often used for professional prints and in projectors.

Ektachrome film was a fan favorite of photographers. In an article back from 2017 on The Washington Post website, it says “that professionals, such as those at National Geographic, swore by it. “It really was the gold standard,” says T.J. Mooney, product business manager at Kodak Alaris. Photographers were beyond excited when the announcement of Ektachrome was returning was made back in the early days of January, 2017. You can only imagine how they feel now that they will be able to have their beloved film back in their hands.

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Film photography has seen a growing interest within the past few years, Kodak is bringing back a lot of it’s favorite films, Polaroid is selling cameras and film again. It’s always fun to have a different way of doing something that we do almost every day. I mean who doesn’t love taking pictures, not knowing what they turned out looking like, taking the film to the drug store to be developed and waiting to see what your pictures actually look like? If you are interested in any sort of photography, then this film is for you. Oh, and good news, the Super 8 (8mm) will be out on October 1st.)

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