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Check out Steven’s Picks for the TV portion of tonight’s Golden Globes

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67th-golden-globeIt’s Golden Globe time and with the Oscar Nominations announced, it’s also time to see which movies, actors, etc have the best chance to come away with golden statues in February. Take a look at my picks for both TV and Movies at tonight’s Golden Globes.

check out my TV picks here. Follow me on Twitter @StevePanzarella for live updates and opinions on each and every winner and loser.

 

 

 

Best Drama-

Breaking Bad

Boardwalk Empire

Downton Abbey

Homeland

The Newsroom

This one gets complicated, HBO’s controversial hit The Newsroom was my favorite show of last year but Homeland is by far the most critically acclaimed program on television. Holding a Heavy advantage in being beloved by any and all fans make Homeland the favorite.

Best Performance by An Actrees: Drama-

Connie Britton-Nashville

Glenn Close-Damages

Claire Danes-Homeland

Michelle Dockery-Downton Abbey

Julianna Margulies-The Good Wife

This always seems like the one award that gets the same few names yearly but again, holding the distinct advantage is “Homeland” Claire Danes week in and week out performance as a somewhat psychotic CIA officer makes her again the lead for this award.

Best Performance by An Actor: Drama-

Steve Buscemi-Boardwalk Empire

Bryan Cranston-Breaking Bad

Jeff Daniels-The Newsroom

Jon Hamm-Mad Men

Damian Lewis-Homeland

The question is can Damian Lewis help Homeland sweep? I believe it’s an absolute possibility but i will pick this one with Jeff Daniels who was awesome as Will McAvoy, the brash, journalist and anchor of News Night in The Newsroom.

Best TV Series: Comedy Or Musical

The Big Bang Theory

Episodes

Girls

Modern Family

Smash

You actually can’t go wrong in this set of shows. Modern Family is the juggernaut of the group for it’s consistency but Girls, Smash, and The Big Bang Theory all have high hopes. Big Bang took home the peoples choice award earlier this week and for me that could be enough to make it one of the nights big upsets. I’m taking Big Bang over the overqualified field of comedies.

Best Performance by an Actress: Comedy/Musical

Zooey Deschanel- New Girl

Julia Louis-Dreyfus-Veep

Lena Dunham-Girls

Tina Fey-30 Rock

Amy Poehler-Parks and Rec

While i love the idea of the two hosts competing for the same award, and the fact that this is 30 Rocks last season has many people picking Fey. I actually think this is between Louis-Dreyfus for Veep and Dunham for Girls. While Dunham does an excellent job  in the very awkward HBO comedy that she also writes, I am an even bigger fan of the former Seinfeld vet Julia Louis-Dreyfus. She is hysterical, as an uninspired, under worked Vice president and my pick for best actress.

Best Performance by an Actor: Comedy/Musical

Alec Baldwin-30 Rock

Don Cheadle-House Of Lies

Louis CK-Louis

Matt LeBlanc-Episodes

Jim Parsons-The Big Bang Theory

It would be cool to see Alec Baldwin take home one final award for his great work on 30 Rock and my rooting interest goes with Jim Parson’s who is perfect week in and week out on the Big Bang Theory. Can Matt LeBlanc repeat? Maybe but I’m picking Parsons.

Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TV

Game Change

The Girl

Hatfields and McCoys

The Hour

Political Animals

I was a huge fan of almost all of these miniseries, especially The Hour which I thought felt more like Britain’s version of Mad Men. Led by an excellent cast, The Hour is the program I would love to see win the golden globe. HBO has two well acted movies on here as well, with the political Sarah Palin film Game Change and the Alfred Hitchcock-Tippi Hedren biopic The Girl . I thought Hatfields was excellent as well, with History showing that they can produce some very well done product this is a close one. I have to take The Hour, a 6 episode mini series with a sequel that came out this year, it’s deserving of some recognition.

Best Performance By An Actress: Mini Series or Motion Picture made for TV

Nicole Kidman-Hemingway and Gellhorn

Jessica Lange-American Horror Story: Asylum

Sienna Miller-The Girl

Julianne Moore-Game Change

Sigourney Weaver- Political Animals

The level of performances we saw this year in Mini Series and Made for TV movies was astouding. We saw Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin, Sienna Miller as the Birds star Tippi Hedre, Jessica Lange as the tough Sister Jude on American Horror Story Asylum. Lange won the award last year for American Horror Story and she is my pick to win again this year. Her character is just too twisted, on such a crazy show, and she is consistently the reason why most people watch week in and week out.

Best Performance by An Actor: Mini Series or Motion Picture made for TV

Kevin Costner-Hatfields and McCoys

Benedict Cumberbatch-Sherlock

Woody Harrelson- Game Change

Toby Jones- The Girl

Clive Owen- Hemingway and Gellhorn

This year was the year of two Alfred Hitchcocks and Toby Jones turn as the oddball horror icon was one of the best performances all year. It’s nice to always see older faces like Kevin Costner who was excellent in Hatfields but my pick again goes to what i thought was the best performance of the year in a Mini Series, and that is for Benedict Cumberbatch who in my opinion is the best Sherlock Holmes we have seen in a long time.

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini Series or Motion picture made for TV

Hayden Panettiere-Nashville

Archie Panjabi-The Good Wife

Sarah Paulson-Game Change

Maggie Smith-Downton Abbey

Sofia Vergara- Modern Family

Really, is there anything better then what Dame Maggie Smith does weekly on Downton? I believe it’s time we gave Dame Maggie her due.

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini Series or Motion Picture made for TV

Max Greenfield-New Girl

Ed Harris-Game Change

Danny Huston-Magic City

Mandy Patinkin-Homeland

Eric Stonestreet-Modern Family

With the likes of Ed Harris and Eric Stonestreet in for this award, and Mandy Patinkin repping Homeland, wouldn’t it be great to see Max Greenfield win for New Girl? He is one of the most likable characters on TV as the oddball Schmidt. One of my favorite characters on all of television, and in the somewhat irrational world of me and the Golden Globe voters, I think Greenfield has earned it.

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Can’t Go Out? Here’s Six Ways You Can See The World Right From Your Very Own Home

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Turns out there are plenty of ways to beat the boredom blues!

Countries around the world are being asked to practice social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic. Most businesses, attractions, theaters and museums have been closed down to help prevent the spread of the virus. Just last night here in the U.S., it was announced that the self-quarantine guidelines are to remain in place until April 30th of this year. Another month at home doesn’t have to mean another month of carb-loading and channel flipping though! There are actually quite a few ways to keep your brain stimulated during these unprecedented, sedentary times. Below you will find six ways to experience the world from your very own house…and don’t worry, I wouldn’t put anything on this list that would require changing out of your comfy sweats.

Virtually experience the happiest place on Earth.

Safe to say we can all use a little happiness during these troubling times so why not turn to the home of happiness itself, DisneyWorld. YouTube channel, Virtual Disney World, offers dozens of 360 degree videos that allow you to virtually experience DisneyWorld attractions, shows, hotels, monorails, trains, boats, park areas and more. These videos are fully immersive meaning you simply pan your VR-headset, phone or tablet in any direction to experience all of the excitement happening around you. Now, you can relive the magic you’ve loved your whole life anytime from anywhere! *Giant turkey leg smell not included….unless you’re actually cooking turkey legs while watching these videos, in which case I applaud your commitment.

Tour a national park on Google Earth.

Take a hike…well sort of. Hiking is a fun activity that can be done alone or with very few others, remember we are in socially distant times, but making your way to a trail might be a challenge these days. Public transportation schedules have been drastically altered and even if they weren’t, a crowded train or a bus just sounds like the breeding ground for some heinous germs right now. You could try to carpool but again…germs! You can avoid any viral risk by simply checking out one of the 30+ virtual hikes on Google Earth. Last year, Google Earth released virtual tours of some of the most beautiful parks in the country. Grand Canyon National Park, Redwood National Park, Everglades National Park and so many others are featured in this exciting experience. On your “hike” you will see some of the most breathtaking trails and views these parks have to offer. Best part? You don’t need bug spray.

Google Earth

Check out some of NYC’s finest street art.

It’s hard to feel particularly cultured when you’re wiping the crumbs from your second lunch off your overly worn pajamas. With that being said, we should not let our love for the arts fade like our flannels have. Instead, check out some of New York’s coolest street art via Google Arts and Culture. Their online experience 9 Amazing Street Art Murals In New York provides a fully immersive, virtual tour of some amazing art. In this tour you will see stunning artwork from prolific artists such as Eduardo Kobra, Keith Haring, Banksy and more. No need for a MetroCard to see these murals which is great because now you can put that $2.75 towards your next Seamless order.

Sing along while streaming your favorite Broadway shows.

Broadway has taught us all how defy gravity but now it’s helping us defy boredom too! Theater has been the perfect vehicle for escapism since it’s inception and now you can escape without even leaving your home! BroadwayHD is a streaming service that began broadcasting beloved Broadway shows back in 2015. With over 300 shows in their catalog, you can belt along to all of your favorite shows without having to worry about being escorted out of a theater. The platform is currently offering a free 7-day trial along with a very affordable $8.99/month plan. A one-year subscription is still cheaper than tickets to just one broadway show!

BroadwayHD

Virtually wander through some of the most impressive museums.

Staring at the same four walls of your apartment for weeks on end definitely won’t keep your mind stimulated, trust me I know. Combat the brain laze by learning about some of the world’s most fascinating arts and histories. Many of the world’s finest museums are offering virtual tours that provide users with a fully immersive experience. Never made it to that dream trip to Paris? Tour the Lourve from your couch! Embarrassed by how out of breath you were when you finally climbed all of those stairs getting into The Met? Skip the stairs and see it all online! Never perfected that English accent? That’s ok, no one will hear you on this virtual tour of The National Gallery in London! There are dozens of museums providing these tours and you can find most of them through a quick internet search. I listed a few below because this is the most brain stimulation I plan on having today.

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Musei Vaticani, Vatican City

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Natural History Museum, London

Musée d’Orsay, Paris

Go to a house party.

NOT LITERALLY!!! We all know with the social distancing guidelines the last thing we should do is host a house party. To remedy our social urges is the new digital platform called HouseParty, which allows users to throw virtual parties with their friends. Like on many other live-streaming apps, HouseParty allows you and your friends to simultaneously FaceTime. What makes this app special, however, is its gaming feature. With HouseParty you and your friends can choose from a variety of party games to play all while maintaining a safe distance. The app is available for iOS, Android, macOS, and Chrome and is truly putting a new twist on classic pajama parties.

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Be sure to try something new today otherwise you might just go crazy. We are living in unprecedented times so we might as well try some unprecedented ways of entertaining ourselves. Stay safe out there and stay socially distant…only physically of course!

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Foodies Rejoice! You Can Build Your Breakfast With This New Lego Waffle Maker

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Finally an excuse to play with your food.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day but maybe it can be the most fun too? Well there is a new kitchen gadget in the works that would definitely bring creativity to your morning routine. The Building Brick Waffle Maker turns ordinary waffle batter into interlocking building blocks so you can construct your own carb castle. The waffle maker makes 14 bricks at a time so there are plenty of pieces to play with. The company behind the maker also produces construction plates that make for the perfect base for your waffle creation.

Kickstarter

If you’re hankering for a waffle brick you might have to wait just a little bit longer sadly. The maker launched on Kickstarter with a goal of raising $7,500. At the time of writing this, the Kickstarter is up to a whopping $77,000! That’s a lot of legos! According to the site, pledging $50 will get you one waffle maker, $75 will get you one waffle maker and two construction plates, $95 will get you two waffle makers, and $100 will get you one waffle maker and four construction plates – all of which will be delivered in August 2020.

Maybe it’s time to Leggo the Eggo and start making waffle creations at home!

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VIDEO: “Quarantine With Me” Is The Perfect Song For Social Distancing

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“You can put your hand in mine…once you washed it for the recommended 20 seconds time” is just the first line of this comically informative, coronavirus-themed ballad.

They say “necessity is the mother of invention.” Well, you may not have known you needed a coronavirus-themed ballad but once you hear it, your quarantine will never be the same.  David Sikabwe, a 22-year-old student at UT Austin, took to Twitter to give a little corona-concert with a charming song he wrote entitled “Quarantine With Me.” The song is oddly beautiful while still chock filled with good information about staying healthy during the global pandemic.

When speaking with Mashable, Sikabwe said the reasoning behind writing the song was sort of random:

“The song was really just a random idea I had. There are a lot of songs written about staying home with someone you care about like ‘Nothing’ by Bruno Mars an ‘Do You Wanna Do Nothing with Me’ by Lawrence. I figured that sentiment had a special significance with the looming specter of this disease.”

Hope this song helps bring some levity to your quarantine. Be sure to share with friends…FROM A SAFE DISTANCE!

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