Tube Talk: Best Moments of the Oscars

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Whether you tuned in on Sunday night or not, the 86th Academy Awards ceremony brought the best of Hollywood together for millions of viewers. Second-time host Ellen DeGeneres proved even more popular this time around, except maybe with Liza Minnelli (although their selfie would say otherwise). Many celebs showed their mastery of the selfie and the photobomb, proving they really are jacks-of-all-trades. I won’t give away too much but read Dartbeat’s round-up of the best moments of this year’s awards, so you can at least pretend you watched the whole 216-minute show.

Jennifer Lawrence started the night of strong with yet another fall. Apparently it’s becoming a tradition?

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Benedict Cumberbatch photobombed the entirety of U2. ’Nuff said.

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Later, he decided to pop in on Ellen’s selfie with “12 Years a Slave” star Chiwetel Ejiofor. Brad Pitt got in on the action, too.

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Pharrell reminded everyone to be happy, which got Lupita Nyong’o on her feet and Meryl Streep shakin’ it. As if we needed another reason for her to be our hero.

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Ellen became the first host to feed the audience and gave a $1000 tip to the delivery guy. Stars dished out money, and Nyong’o donated her lip balm to the cause. Let them eat pizza!

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Matthew McConaughey (who won Best Actor, by the way) proved he hasn’t changed a bit: “Alright, alright, alright.” *wink*

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Ellen gave Sandra Bullock and Leonardo DiCaprio a bit of a surprise. Meanwhile, Martin Scorsese wasn’t impressed and that woman above Ellen’s shoulder will never forget this moment.

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All of your favorites got together in one photo, making it the most shared one of the night on social media. It’s okay, we’re jealous, too.

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Steve McQueen literally jumped for joy after “12 Years a Slave” won for Best Picture. We’ve officially moved that up to spot #1 on our “must see” list.

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We’ll leave you with this beautiful piece of photobomb artistry by Lupita. Step aside, JLaw, there’s a new golden girl in town. (Sidenote: your ombré hair is officially trendy again and you can thank Jared Leto)

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Tube Talk: Epic Finishes and Heartbreaking Wipeouts from Sochi

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I admit, I struggle to keep up with the Olympics. With so many different competitions and so many different names, how are we be supposed to keep up with everything that happens?! Although it offers a great reason to continue procrastinating readings and papers (in 10 years what will we still be talking about anyway — this assignment or the craziness of the 2014 Olympics?), I still find myself falling behind, a gold medal for couch-lympics nowhere in sight. Now that you have the Olympic playlist to get through the marathon of recaps and live streams, we thought we’d look back at some of the best and worst that Sochi has offered over these weeks. Ready, set, go!

Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov, Figure-Skating Pairs

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With lots of talk about the return of Russian figure skating at this year’s Olympics, this pair certainly delivered. Volosozhar and Trankov had some of the most difficult programs out of their competitors, and the flawless execution ensured a golden future for the couple.

Shaun White, Men’s Snowboard Halfpipe

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After announcing his plans to skip the slopestyle competition this year, audiences expected White to perform even better in his halfpipe. However, his attempt for a third gold in the men’s halfpipe fell short, as the fan favorite didn’t even medal. And no one will forget that he lost to a man who calls himself “iPod,” and knocked out the competition with his “YOLO” trick…

Kaitlyn Farrington, Women’s Snowboard Halfpipe       

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Farrington’s golden dreams came true this year, thanks to just a quarter of a point. After fighting to get into the finals, the U.S. snowboarder somehow managed to come out on top of the rest of the competition. The judges were blown away by Farrington’s back-to-back backward spins and rewarded her for nailing these demanding tricks. Defending champion Torah Bright of Australia snagged the silver while U.S. teammate Kelly Clark brought home a bronze medal.

Julia Mancuso, Women’s Downhill Alpine Skiing

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America’s golden girl of alpine skiing said she started overthinking during this event, which costed her a medal when she finished eighth. However, her time in Sochi was sweetened by winning bronze in the super combined slalom the day before. The downhill event had a surprise twist at the end though, when Dominique Gisin of Switzerland and Tina Maze of Slovenia made Olympic history with their tied finishes for gold.

Sage Kotsenburg, Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle

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Kotsenburg became the first gold medal winner in Sochi with his amazing performance in the slopestyle event. He also unveiled a trick he had never tried before — the “Holy Crail,” pictured above, where he grabbed the back of his board and rotated 4.5 times, wowing everyone in the crowd. Besides gold and fame, he’s also bringing home a medal made of bacon.

 

Marie Marchand-Arvier, Women’s Downhill Alpine Skiing

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When Marchand-Arvier started off her run, there appeared to be no reason for something to go terribly wrong and she even had a chance at medaling. Unfortunately, the French skier lost control and went crashing into the course’s safety net. Luckily, she wasn’t hurt from her serious tumble.

Carina Vogt, Women’s Normal Hill Ski Jump

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After 80 years of ski jumping being a male-only zone, Vogt became the first women’s normal hill ski jump gold medalist. Although there were only three medals given out, every competitor walked away proud. Unsurprisingly, Vogt’s win had everyone crying tears of joy.

Sarka Pancochova, Women’s Snowboard Halfpipe

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Pancochova’s nasty fall broke her helmet and made her unconscious for a moment, but even that didn’t hold back this snowboarder. After suffering one of the worst falls in Sochi, the Czech native still managed to finish fifth and advance to the semifinals. Talk about persistence!

Steven Holcomb and Steve Langton, Two-Man Bobsled

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The two Steves brought glory back to the U.S. bobsled team with its first medal in 62 years, finishing with a bronze despite Holcomb’s calf injury and having less practice time on the run. Holcomb has proven himself as one of the best in bobsledding, having helped end a 62-year drought of U.S. medals.

 

Tube Talk: Why We’re All Part of the Dunphy-Pritchett Family

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Every so often, a show comes around that is really able to captivate an audience. Sure, drama is exciting and mysteries are thrilling but at the end of the day, these are the shows that are relatable. “Modern Family” has been one of these shows since it began airing in 2009. We’ve all recognized a little bit of ourselves in every single episode. So whether you have yet to discover the wonder of this award-winning series or you just want a little extra Phil Dunphy in your life (don’t we all?), remember that we all have a little crazy inside…or a lot.

Because you were just beginning to think that balancing four classes wouldn’t be too bad.

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And you just got your midterm grades back, so…

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They understand how real the struggle was during winterim. Sleep all day, Netflix all night.

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And how all you want right now is a Molly’s pit stop.

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Because this is how it feels whenever you pass someone wearing the exact same shirt from J. Crew…which happens a lot.

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And they completely get how terrifying it was to finally ask that person who sits in front of you in class to play pong last night. But now it’s obvious you’re meant to be together.

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And really, I mean, what are all of these food crazes anyway? I just want burger and fries.

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Don’t worry, you weren’t the first to accidentally expose your visiting younger sibling to alcohol…

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They appreciate your snazzy outfits and killer puns. Werk!

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And of course, don’t be afraid to take life by surprise. Phil’s Osophy is the only philosophy worth learning. 

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Tube Talk: Downton’s Best from Season Four Downstairs

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Our beloved early 20th century British drama is back, and the first few episodes from season four have given everyone a lot to think about. Chaos has affected both upstairs and down, but the downstairs group has given us hope despite the darkness. So whether you’ve started to question your relationship with “Downton Abbey” or you’re more wrapped up than ever, take a moment to leave behind some of the craziness, and look at this season’s best downstairs moments we’ve seen so far.

Pro tip: go catch up on the first four episodes that have aired (I’m happy to be an enabler here) and then come back to this post for some “Downton” lovin’ to lift your spirits.

This adorable exchange between Anna and Mr. Bates while opening their Valentine’s Day cards. Ah, the good ol’ days.

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When Mrs. Patmore revealed herself as Daisy’s secret admirer and you expected Daisy to be upset, but instead she said this:

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 Mr. Bates lends a helping hand to Mr. Molesley by faking an IOU, and it’s the best excuse for forgery we’ve ever heard.

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When Jimmy and Anna danced and laughed together and it made everyone happy.

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Due to an injured hand, Jimmy was unable to serve dinner at one of the parties and Mr. Barrows was less than pleased about taking his place. But we all laughed, because it’s Mr. Barrows. Also because what is a “high cockalorum”?!

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Despite the fact that she’s now carrying everyone’s dark secrets on her shoulders, Mrs. Hughes surprised Carson with a heartwarming gift to remind him of his lost love. 

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When Mrs. Hughes told it exactly like it is to Edna and was generally a boss. 

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And when Edna walks away in a huff, this hilarious exchange between her and Mr. Barrows happened.

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Tube Talk: Winter TV Preview

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Over the six-week winter break, you probably had ample time to finally catch up on all the shows you wanted to watch. But now you’re left with a feeling of astounding loneliness; the drama, vampires and laughs that filled your days on Hulu and Netflix are gone. A-ha! Not so fast. The winter season of TV shows is already underway, bringing back some of your very best friends and some new faces to a computer screen near you (probably right in front of you, actually)! Here on Dartbeat we’ve rounded up the premieres you can’t miss and those that might be as disappointing as KAF closing early.

The Friendly Faces

“Downton Abbey” (PBS) – returns Sun., Jan. 5

The popular British drama picks up six months after the death of beloved Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens), the husband of Lady Mary, who had just borne a son. In this season, Mary (Michelle Dockery) must choose to defeat her grief or be defeated by it. Writer Julian Fellows is sure to deliver captivating plots for both upstairs and down.

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (Fox) – returns Tues., Jan. 7

After a brief hiatus, your favorite comedy-cop show hybrid is back. The rest of its first season guarantees just as many laughs as the first half. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” will continue to draw in viewers with its witty writing and perfect delivery by Andy Samberg and the rest of the cast.

“New Girl” (Fox) – returns Tues., Jan. 7

If your resolution is to up your Schmidty-ness (and why wouldn’t it be), the mid-season return of “New Girl” is the ideal way to start. While Jess (Zooey Deschanel) struggles to find a job, Schmidt (Max Greenfield) must sort out his feelings for Cece (Hannah Simone) while dealing with his separation anxiety from living across the hall from the rest of the gang.

“Girls” (HBO) – returns Sun., Jan. 12

After a second season that went downhill fast, the third season of this hit show is expected to bring back the light, fun feeling from season one. Lena Dunham told ABC News that this season sees Hannah in a better place than ever before. However, knowing “Girls,” things won’t stay steady for long.

Your New Best Friends

“Ravenswood” (ABC Family) – returns Tues., Jan. 7

If you’re a “Pretty Little Liars” (ABC Family) fan, you may already be watching this spin-off. Although it premiered back in October, “Ravenswood” is back for the second half of its first season. People have said it’s creepier than the parent show but still entertaining and if it’s anything like “Pretty Little Liars,” you’ll be hooked after the first episode.

“Chicago PD” (NBC) – premieres Wed., Jan. 8

NBC is also jumping on the spin-off train with “Chicago PD,” an idea that came out of “Chicago Fire” (NBC). Sergeant Hank Voight (Jason Beghe) was released from jail and has landed one of the best jobs with the Intelligence Unit, but his rough attitude threatens to make his colleagues uncomfortable. If you’re a crime show fan, this is the perfect one to add to your winter list.

“True Detective” (HBO) – premieres Sun., Jan. 12

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The buzz for “True Detective” started way back in June and it hasn’t stopped since. The first season follows two detectives (Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson) on the hunt for a serial killer in Louisiana over 17 years. A drop-dead cast and enthralling writing will hold this drama up to high standards, which so far hasn’t let us down.

The Ones Who (Should) Get Away

“The Assets” (ABC) – premieres Thurs., Jan. 2

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ABC’s newest drama miniseries taking place during the Cold War premiered to a ratings nose-dive. The CIA period drama received a 0.7 rating among adults aged 18-49, making it the lowest-rated drama premiere ever on one of the big four networks.

“Enlisted” (Fox) – premieres Fri., Jan. 10

This military comedy follows Staff Sergeant Pete Hill (Geoff Stults) in his relocation back to American soil due to punching a superior officer in Afghanistan. Now, he must manage a misfit troop that includes his two younger brothers. However, “Enlisted” must prove it has more depth to the script and dimension to the characters before it can be determined a good watch.

“Intelligence” (CBS) – special preview Tues., Jan. 7; premieres Mon., Jan. 13

CBS’ latest show follows Gabriel Vaughn (Josh Holloway), an intelligence operative who’s relatively normal, save for the super computer microchip implanted in his brain. This high-tech action-adventure has already been criticized for feeling like it was made decades ago, but solid action and a punching dialogue may keep it afloat.

 

Tube Talk: 10 summer premieres for everyone

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Somehow that time has come once again — the time to pack up our winter clothes, put our things in storage and say goodbye to our dear old Dartmouth. For those of us who won’t be taking classes, studying abroad or interning at a high-profile company, this coming summer break may seem daunting. It might feel impossible to fill up so much time with just your bucket list, which is somehow always forgotten after about a week. Tube Talk is here to help!

The new season means new shows and from the looks of it, the networks are rolling out plenty of material to keep you occupied while figuring out your plans to go skydiving or extreme rock climbing. We’ve rounded up a diverse list of the 10 most promising shows sure to fit everyone’s small-screen cravings this summer.

For the Nostalgic Comedian

“Whose Line Is It Anyway?” — July 16 at 8 p.m. on The CW
That’s right, the beloved comedy show that ran for eight seasons on ABC before calling it quits in 2007 is coming back. Unlike many unsuccessful remakes, the original cast members — Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie — will return with Aisha Tyler ’92 replacing Drew Carey as host.

For the Not-So-Functional Family

“The Goodwin Games” — May 20 at 8:30 p.m. on Fox
Carter Bays and Craig Thomas have already made a name for themselves after creating “How I Met Your Mother,” but since when is one hit TV show enough? The duo is hoping for another success with “The Goodwin Games,” a series about three estranged siblings forced to get back in touch with their childhoods and family roots à la Trivial Pursuit in order to inherit the $23 million their father left behind.

For the Post-Apocalypse Obsessed

“Under the Dome” — June 24 at 10 p.m. on CBS
Based on the Stephen King novel, this sci-fi series chronicles the story of the residents in Chester’s Mill, Maine, a small town that is literally trapped in a bubble. This impenetrable barrier from the rest of the world causes panic and anxiety amongst the citizens, which threatens to tear apart the community. It’s up to a few leaders of the town to try to keep everyone calm while discovering more about the barricade and a way to escape.

For the Bad Luck Brian

“Twisted”  — June 11 at 9 p.m. on ABC Family
The latest of ABC Family’s teen dramas, “Twisted” follows Danny Desai (Avan Jogia), a teenage murderer. Desai returns home after being released from custody for killing his aunt five years prior determined to return everything to the way it used to be. However, the judgment of previous friends is no longer his primary concern, as Desai quickly becomes the prime suspect in a fellow classmate’s murder.

For the Reality TV Addict

“Princesses: Long Island” — June 2 at 9 p.m. on Bravo
The ultimate guilty pleasure channel is at it again, changing its focus from middle-aged housewives to young college grads. The six young women, now living with their parents in Long Island, face family pressure to find husbands and settle down. “Princesses” looks at the group’s efforts to address their dependency on their relationships, topped with the trademark gossip and alcohol-supported fighting.

For the Katniss Everdeen Wannabe

“The Hunt” — July 31 at 9 p.m. on The CW
Obviously taking some notes from the ever-popular Hunger Games series, the people who brought “Ready for Love!” to the small screen are now launching a reality competition show. Twelve pairs will compete against each other in “The Arena,” a fenced-in area in the wilderness. For one month they must live in this enclosure, battling for scarce resources as they hold out for the $250,000 grand prize.

For the Die-Hard “Survivor” Fan

“72 Hours” — June 6 at 9 p.m. on TNT
Brandon Johnson hosts this latest Darwinian-inspired competition in which teams of three must survive in the wild with only a GPS tracking device and one bottle of water. Each episode, filmed around the world, follows three teams as they scramble to find a hidden briefcase with a $100,000 cash prize.

For the Future “Fixer”

“Ray Donovan” — June 30 at 10 p.m. on Showtime
This new drama follows Ray Donovan (Liev Schreiber), the go-to man in Hollywood when the rich and famous need a problem to disappear. However, Donovan must deal with his own problems when his father, Mickey Donovan (Jon Voight), is suddenly released from prison. 

For the Semi-Classy Drama Lover

“The Vineyard” — July 23 at 10 p.m. on ABC Family
ABC Family’s newest docu-series may quickly become your latest guilty pleasure for the summer. “The Vineyard” follows a group of 11 20-somethings as they spend time on and off the clock with each other in Martha’s Vineyard over the summer. However, don’t tune in for this one unless you’re looking for some teen-friendly “Real World”-esque mischief and love triangles.

For the Hardcore Adventurer

“Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls” — July 8 at 9 p.m. on NBC
NBC’s latest high-stakes reality competition will test the endurance, strength and will to survive of 20 contestants. Host and “Man vs. Wild” star Bear Grylls pushes the 10 teams in this action-packed journey set against the idyllic backdrop of New Zealand’s South Island.