Category: Pop Culture

THE BACHELOR: Ben is Young, Farm Animals are Fun, Jubilee Has A Gun

Aaaaaannddd we’re back! Hello, Bachelor Nation! Or should I say, Slucham—after all, to kick off the night Ben introduces us to his small Podunk hometown of Warsaw, Poland Indiana. This is going to be a really long season of me doing a double take every time he casually mentions growing up in Warsaw. This Warsaw […]

What 2015 reflections? It’s Bachelor prediction time, ya’ll!

Here at XOXO, we’re all about priorities. Soooo, long list of what we did well this past year (everything) and what we can aspire to for the year to come (continue being perfect and also score tickets to the Adele concert), or predictions for the next season of The Bachelor, featuring the delicious Ben Higgins […]

Football + Food = True Love

As a lifelong Notre Dame football fan (#4 in the nation right now!), I have more than a passing familiarity with the tailgate “table.” Whether you’re cheering your team onward to victory in your living room or at a folding table in the parking lot, check out these delicious dips. Gotta keep your strength up […]

Empire: Snatch and Grab

Empire ramped up the drama in its last episode, ending with cocky Hakeem being snatched right off the street by an unknown gang and tossed into a van. True to form, the show doesn’t keep us waiting, and we get the ransom demand before the credits. Cookie gets a video showing a sweaty, duct-taped Hakeem, […]

Empire: Gangsters, Original and Federal

Woo! We start off with a bang, as the FBI storms Empire’s offices (with machine guns drawn, which seems extreme for an office environment) to the dulcet strains of Jamal in the recording studio. They tell Jamal they have a warrant to ransack his dad’s office, and snatch the phone out of Becky’s hands as […]

Empire: Secrets and Lyons

Lucious is ready for his trial and working the media, to the fury of would-be Atty. General Ford. He’s banned from the Empire Records building, but that doesn’t stop him from addressing the cheering fans assembled in front of the steps. He proclaims this the first day of the rest of his life, and ends […]

Empire Recap: Jailhouse (Chris) Rock

The show begins with me demanding a credit from Time Warner Cable for interrupted service, so that’s not a great omen. But when the TV pixels settle down and start behaving themselves, there’s an outdoor “Free Lucious” concert in Central Park (presumably) in which someone in a gorilla suit descends to the stage in a […]

Who Will Win? Lauren’s Emmy Picks!

 Lauren, Gallery & Pocket book editor extraordinaire and podcast host gives us her picks for the 67th annual Emmys!  The red carpet should be starting in a few hours, so read her advice and cast your votes! I get very passionate about awards season every year and when they asked for a volunteer to talk […]

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The Bachelorette: A Trainer, A Sad Clown, and A Proposal

After an entire season spent watching the world’s most inappropriate/ ill-equipped Bachelorette make an enemy out of every woman in America, it’s finally here. THE. MOST. DRAMATIC. SHOCKING. BACHELORETTE. SEASON. FINALE. EVER. Or so Chris Harrison says. So far the most dramatic/shocking thing on this finale is Chris’s apparent run-in with a bottle of spray tan. […]

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Last night’s The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All mostly comprised of guys who barely had a role on the show pretending like they actually mattered by “voicing their opinions,” Kaitlyn in yet another sequin cutout dress (does her wardrobe include ANY dress that doesn’t have sequins or cutouts?), and lots of shots of the audience making expressive […]

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