The Academy Awards were great, except for that one thing that wasn’t

BY TROY PHILLIPS

oscars_2014_-kristen-anderson-lopezrobert-lopez-_650_36Let’s hear it for the Oscars. On the whole, America’s premier awards show bellied up to the bar and provided three plus hours of quality entertainment. Ellen DeGeneres ordered pizzas and took a group selfie that a few people liked, Gravity swept nearly every minor award and Leonardo DiCaprio went home empty handed once again. By most measures, it was a grand old night to honor the stars.

Except for one undeserving winner. “Let it Go” taking Best Original Song is straight up bollocks, as folks across the pond might say. (Not that there are any ties to the United Kingdom in this story, the word just popped into my head and had to be released into print.) Continue reading

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Poor Scholars Real World Exchange: ‘Ex-Plosion’ is fantastic

real world explosionBY PAT FLYNN AND SCOTT PHILLIPS

The Real World is back on MTV’s airwaves and they’ve changed the format on some things with the new “Ex-Plosion” season. Now, after putting the Real World cast into the house for a few weeks, MTV sends in the cast’s exes to live with them for the remainder of the show.

Poor Scholars’ own Pat Flynn and Scott Phillips broke down the new cast — and format — in an exchange conducted last week. The duo breaks down the cast, potential Challenge competitors and the man that was born to be on the Real World: Cory.

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PS Television Exchange: True Detective is absurdly good; other shows return

brooklyn nine-nineBY BRIAN CHIMINO AND SCOTT PHILLIPS

During the week, Poor Scholars staff members Brian Chimino and Scott Phillips, spend a lot of time talking about the latest and greatest that television has to offer.

This week, Brian and Scott discuss True Detective, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Legit, About a Boy and some shows that are returning after the Olympics

 As a courtesy to our readers, this post contains SPOILERS. Continue reading

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What have the kids from ‘School of Rock’ been up to for the last decade?

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BY TROY PHILLIPS

Rock got no reason, rock got no rhyme. You better get me to school on time.

It’s been more than 11 years since School of Rock first captivated audiences of all ages with its musically-infused brand of comedy. The former classmates/cast mates got together late last year for a reunion to rehash the old times at Horace Green prep.

And that got me thinking. Now, eleven years removed from their moment in the sun as rock stars, what have Jack Black’s former proteges accomplished?  Continue reading

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Urban Dictionary Words of The Week

urbandictionaryBY TROY PHILLIPS

You’re probably looking for a snappy intro to hook your attention. If so, you’re out of luck.

The mere mention of “Urban Dictionary Words of the Week” should be enough to set any potential reader off in a frenzy of anticipation.

So come on inside and behold the five best selections for this last blistering wednesday of February.
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This ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ EDM mix is worth hearing

The-Wolf-of-Wall-Street-Matthew-McConaugheyBY TROY PHILLIPS

If The Wolf of Wall Street has taught us anything, it’s that any true rhythm comes from beating on one’s chest. Matthew McConaughey’s legendary tutelage of Leonardo DiCaprio won’t soon be forgotten, and from the moment McConaughey laid down his impromptu beat, it seemed destined for bigger things.

If you’re an EDM fan, your wish has been granted. Continue reading

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Mixtape Masters: Aquille Carr

aquille carrBY SCOTT PHILLIPS

As many of you know, I’ve covered high school and college basketball since my college days and I spend a lot of time watching mixtapes of top players.

Mixtapes are a collection of highlight-reel plays that are put together to music by dudes that obsessively follow certain players.

 And this week’s high school mixtape of Aquille Carr is ridiculous. 

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Rick and Morty: Adult Swim’s best new show

rick and mortyBY BRIAN GODAR

Dan Harmon, the creative force behind the famously self-aware show Community, has taken his talent for controlled insanity and brought it to a new medium: animation. After getting fired from Community’s fourth season, Harmon started shopping around his idea for a show where his more insane ideas could come to fruition, which meant removing the limit set by using real actors on a real stage. As a result, his new cartoon, Rick and Morty, watches like an unholy mixture of Futurama,Community, and Back to the Future, which just a hint of Family Guy raunch humor thrown in for good measure.  Rick and Mortyis currently one of the highest rated shows in the coveted 18 – 45 male demographic, even beating out perennial favorite Archer. With that in mind, I watched the first six episodes to see if it lives up to all the hype.

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PS Television Exchange: Shameless, True Detective, shows that ended too soon

true detectiveBY BRIAN CHIMINO AND SCOTT PHILLIPS

During the week, Poor Scholars staff members Brian Chimino and Scott Phillips, spend a lot of time talking about the latest and greatest that television has to offer.

This week, Brian and Scott discuss Shameless, True Detective and some shows that ended too soon along the way. 

 As a courtesy to our readers, this post contains SPOILERS. Continue reading

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T-Minus four days until ‘Late Night’ with Seth Meyers

LateNightwithSethMeyers_PBY TROY PHILLIPS

Let’s talk talk shows. You have your young hotshots (Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon), your established mainstays (David Letterman, Craig Ferguson), and an edgy black (or perhaps red) sheep named Conan O’Brien. They’re all valuable parts of the after-hours spectrum, humerous and unique plenty of other buzzy words, but I’m not burning the late night oil for any of these noteworthy front men.

No, I plan to spend my late nights watching Late Night, otherwise known as the reason why Seth Meyers vacated the Weekend Update desk. Meyers’ new chapter as full-time host begins next Monday on NBC as he attempts to fill Fallon’s spacious shoes. Continue reading

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