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Original air date: Monday, January 12, 2015
Looking back at the history of Hollywood has been a source of inspiration for us at Pop Conscious, so join in on our discussion about our recent outing to the Hollywood Costumes Exhibition at the Oscar Museum. We’ll play the prediction game, Unity-style, and affirmatively declare what we would like to see more of in pop culture and entertainment in 2015. Join us in shaping our collective future!
Malayna’s Pre-Show Notes: LISTEN to hear how the conversation REALLY went! (Especially the part about Jesus Versus the Aliens!)
The Inspiration cycle – an artist is inspired –> inspires others to help create and market –> inspires the audience –> who are inspired to create!
Hollywood Costumes Exhibition at the Oscar Museum – #Hollywood Costume http://www.oscars.org/hollywoodcostume/
- Mary Poppins, Indiana Jones, royalty: Shakespeare in Love, Marie Antoinette,
- Birds, Django Unchained, Sweeney Todd
- Cleopatras, Superheroes, Darth Vader, Meryl Streep
- Titanic, Moulin Rouge, Marilyn Monroe, Wizard of Oz shoes
As You Wish book by Cary Elwes – Heart is the magic ingredient
Downton Abbey ornaments exchanged at Christmas
NEWish shows I checked out and wanna see more like them:
- Agent Carter – 1940’s capable woman agent, after Capt American disappears,
- Scorpion – geniuses solve real word, real-world problems
- Elementary –
- Galavant – Timothy Omundson (Psych) – saw him at the Magic Castle (built 1908)
- Geena Davis Institute for Gender in Media – seejane.org – You have the power to change the face of children’s programming. With your help, if she can see it, she can be it. Your donation will further our research efforts and fund continuing curriculum development for young children.
- “In a World” – Lake Bell
- 2015: The year women take back tech
- Hedy Lamarr – Invention of Spread Spectrum Technology – women-inventors.com/Hedy-Lamarr
Although better known as an actress, she was also an inventor and a pioneer in the field of wireless communications, along with co-inventor George Anthiel, she developed a “Secret Communications System” to help combat the Nazis in World War II. Lamarr and Anthiel received a patent in 1941, but the enormous significance of their invention was not realized until decades later. It was first implemented on naval ships during the Cuban Missile Crisis and subsequently emerged in numerous military applications. But most importantly, the “spread spectrum” technology that Lamarr helped to invent would galvanize the digital communications boom, forming the technical backbone that makes cellular phones, fax machines and other wireless operations possible.
- BFF’s have it all
- Tina Fey & Amy Poehler should play us in a new movie.
- Bentonville Film Festival – Celebrating Women and Diversity in Film is First to Guarantee Theatrical, Television, Digital and Retail Home Entertainment Distribution for Winning Films – Geena Davis : “my message is to look at the world of the movie and make whatever you were already going to make, already planning to write — maybe it’s already written — but before you cast it, go through and change a bunch of first names to women, figure out where you can add characters of diversity and, bam, you’ve really improved the film and broadened the audience and probably made it much more interesting than it was in the first place.
- Shift from lowest common denominator to highest we can reach – celebrating the strength and power within each of us, the heart and the beauty, and not the worst of us. What Oprah did for daytime talk shows, everyone in entertainment can do for whatever media they use. Let’s use pop culture to harness what people are naturally drawn toward and raise them up.
Original air date: Monday, November 03, 2014
While Malayna and Stacy were busy celebrating bringing things back to life, they thought this would be a good time to look at other things that have been brought back. Remakes of popular films and TV series, fashions from the past, reboots and retooled fan favorites and mash-ups. Is everything old new again? Should it be? We’ll discuss and see if we can find new ways to look at it!
Connection, Oneness, spirits, animals, nature, each other
- Back to Life (Back to Reality) – Soul II Soul
- Bring it Back, Sing it Back – Moloko
- Evanescence – Bring Me To Life – “Wake me up inside”
Justin Timberlake already brought Sexy back in 2006, so that’s not on us.
My Bonnie – traditional Scottish folk song, and connects to OUTLANDER!
The origin of the song is often suggested that the subject of the song may be Charles Edward Stuart (‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’): after the defeat of the Prince at the Battle of Culloden in 1746 and his subsequent exile, his Jacobite supporters could have sung the tune in his honour; and thanks to the ambiguity of the term “bonnie”, which can refer to a woman as well as to a man, they could pretend it was a love song.
Paid Vacation Time! – The US is the only advanced economy in the world that does not guarantee any paid vacation days. It’s time for change.
Vacation Equality Project. http://www.vacationequalityproject.com/ or tweet #vacationequality
Community – Rev. Kristin Powell (Soulstream) mentioned So Cal not feeling like a sense of community. Never snowed in! Rock the Vote – talk to your neighbors!
Music Empowers Foundation – http://www.musicempowersfoundation.org/ and art as basic education
Renaissance People – educate, explore other fields
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Original air date: Monday, October 27, 2014
It’s the time of monsters and magic, witches and werewolves, vampires and voodoo, zombies and … well, you get the idea. All of these have symbolic meaning that we celebrate each Halloween season, but we may not know why it resonates within us. With our special guest Rev. Ogun Holder, a fellow pop culture aficionado, we’ll look at some of the most popular depictions in pop culture and come up with ways to make your Halloween more deeply meaningful without taking away the fun! And be sure to tune in to his show, Rants to Revelations, on Wednesday as we continue the conversation that’s just too big for just one show!
Malayna’s Notes: (You’ll have to listen to the show to hear how the conversation really went!)
Hollywood Forever Cemetery Tour – Karie Bible, tour guide & historian! (Dia De Los Muertos – Nov 1st + Olvera Street)
Vampira (from Wikipedia)– Maila Nurmi was a Finnish-American actress born in Petsamo, Finland, who created the campy 1950s character Vampira. She portrayed Vampira as TV’s first horror host and in the Ed Wood cult film Plan 9 from Outer Space.
According to Nurmi, this was because the station cast comedic actress Cassandra Peterson in the part without consulting her. “They eventually called me in to sign a contract and she was there”, Nurmi told Bizarre magazine in 2005. “They had hired her without asking me.”
Unable to continue using the name Vampira, the show was abruptly renamed Elvira’s Movie Macabre with Peterson playing the titular host. Nurmi soon filed a lawsuit against Peterson. The court eventually ruled in favor of Peterson, holding that “likeness means actual representation of another person’s appearance, and not simply close resemblance.” Peterson claimed that Elvira was nothing like Vampira aside from the basic design of the black dress and black hair. Nurmi claimed that the entire Elvira persona, which included comedic dialogue and intentionally bad graveyard puns, infringed on her creation’s “distinctive dark dress, horror movie props, and…special personality.” Nurmi herself claimed that Vampira’s image was in part based on the Charles Addams The New Yorker cartoon character Morticia Addams, though she told Boxoffice magazine in 1994 that she had intentionally deviated from Addams’ mute and flat-chested creation, making her own TV character “campier and sexier” to avoid plagiarizing Addams’ idea.
Pop Culture History
Universal Monsters or Universal Horror is the name given to a series of distinctive horror, suspense and science fiction films made by Universal Studios from 1923 to 1960. The series began with The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Phantom of the Opera, both silent films starring Lon Chaney.
Universal continued with talkies including monster franchises Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, The Wolf Man, and Creature from the Black Lagoon. The studio’s leading horror actors during this post-Chaney period were Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, and Lon Chaney, Jr..
My Childhood History
- Scooby Doo – 1969!
- The Count! On Sesame Street – 1972-2012
- Groovy Ghoulies -1970-1972 – pop song each episode
- Addams Family 1964 – 66
- Munsters – 64-66 too
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On the March 17, 2014 show (Click here to listen!):
Stacy and Malayna discuss how LOVE is the force that makes the world go ’round, and is the proverbial pot of gold at the end of every rainbow. Stacy shares the five redeeming lessons she learned from watching the TV show The Bachelor, and Malayna shares the messages she gleaned from an international wedding and media that entertained her on her long journey home. Let these Pop Conscious pals be your leprechauns and guide you to find your own magic!
Show Notes: Had an exciting technical difficulty where we were off the air for a few minutes, but we still packed a lot in!
Stacy Finds Redemption in The Bachelor in 5 Life Lessons:
- Do what is right for you despite social pressure…
- Listen to your instincts…
- Everyone wants love and companionship…
- Family and Faith are important for the length and stability of a relationship…
- There are lots of beautiful places in the world to visit.
Malayna shares music from the international wedding she conducted:
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