Alex in The City: “About Last Night” Screening

What do you do on a Monday night in New York City when the weather is atrocious? Why you stand in that weather for 40 minutes to see an AWESOME Kevin Hart film for free of course!

Thanks to the tip from The Pregame NYC’s IG and GoFoBo I got passes to a screening of Kevin Harts latest project “About Last Night.”  Kevin, Regina Hall, Micheal Ealy and Joy Bryant star in this hilarious remake of the popular 1980’s favorite.

The movie premieres on Valentines day befittingly and I highly recommend it. I laughed and basked in the undeniable romance of this film. Not to mention, seeing Micheal Ealy on the big screen is always a joy, the longer the better (daswhatshesaid). Regina Hall was OUTSTANDING! A complete riot and life of the party in this film. I love Regina to pieces!

After lurking on social media and drawing obvious conclusions (Kevin makes PLENTY of pop ups in theaters to thank his supporters) I just KNEW Kevin Hart was going to be in attendance and lo and behold he was.

I met Kevin once before in ATL during LudaDay Weekend and he was just as fun and funny the second time around! He even took a selfie with me! EVERYONE SAY COMEDIC ROCKSTAR!


Cute, right? I know! GO SEE “ABOUT LAST NIGHT” in Theaters February 14th!







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Alex in The City – Gladiators takeover GMA to see Kerry Washington


Myself and some other Gladiators braved the mean streets of NYC in the wee bitty hours of the morning to get great spots to see Kerry Washington on GMA!

Check out the photos in my google+ album here!!!

I am so excited for tonight’s episode and I know I will be extremely tired but excited to do my video recap after Ep 301 airs!!!!!!



All Cylinders People Lets GO!


I will also be watching and live tweeting Thursday Night and my recap and response vid will be up by friday morning!!!

Scandal Wardrobe Saks Display! PHOTO ALBUM!!!!

I had To go check out this Scandal wardrobe display on behalf of my Gladiators everywhere! Check out these Favorites of mine and the entire album on my google+ account here!!!

The Saks Flagship store will be having an event with Lyn Paolo next Wednesday just before the Thursday Premiere!!!!!!! Check out the deets HERE!

My favorite part had to be the squeal that escaped me at the sight of it and the awesome Gladiator I met while taking the photos. Olivia is sporting a very nice white Mercedes Benz CLA 45 and i am wondering if we will see it in season 3????

Featured designers include Saint Laurent Paris, Calvin Klein, POLO, Oscar De La Renta, MaxMara, and even Livs signature Movado watch!!






Django Unchained: A love Story

I had the pleasure of attending the final showing of Django unchained in the tiniest movie theater I have ever been in. It was cozy and clean, jam packed with people and the show started twenty minutes late. I ended up at this theater only after driving to a Muvico and finding out it was sold out, the run-around was a great precursor to the lesson of the night: Broomhilda was worth it.

Tarantino’s spaghetti western turned romance “Django Unchained” justified all of my excitement and obsession. Django was a deep, clever, gory, ingenious, moving and ironically romantic tale of a slave turned bounty hunter that wants nothing more than to save his wife Broomhilda. The phenomenal cast which included Jamie Foxx (Django), Kerry Washington (Broomhilda Von Shaft) and Golden Globe Nominee Christoph Waltz all gave stellar performances. Sam Jackson was hilarious and devilish in his own right and Leo was disturbingly good at his job in this film, all of those who thought he was too pretty to be despised, think again. I adored Kerry in this role as usual and she continues to rack up respect and love from me. I knew that if for no other reason, I would go see this film to support Kerry and all her greatness, just so happens that the film is great. Not surprising.

I have no spoilers for anyone who has not seen the film seeing that yesterday was Django’s first day in theaters and despite many sold-out shows plenty of anxious movie-goers have yet to see the film. If you are still wondering if you should go, my answer is ABSO-FREAKING-LUTELY! I give this film all of the thumbs-ups and stars it can take. One little note that I will add is that the ending scene of the film leaves plenty of room for a new bounty hunting couple in a possible sequel. It would be all too befitting for such a great film.




Scandal Hiatus Therapy Session #3


104 -Enemy of the State

I consider this The Gladiator Creed! “I would gladly follow you over a cliff but you have GOT to show up!”

In enemy of the state we are at a desperate time in the full throes of an  Olitz disaster courtesy of Miss Cyrus.

Our best friend Shiraz!

Steven to the rescue when Olivia finds out that her house-guest just became house guests, yes that’s plural and Amanda Tanner is with child! For starters, Livs lounge wear has changed my life, Lyn Paolo, this wardrobe is pure madness I tell you. And this episode was paused when I laid eyes on that gorgeous wine glass. I have mentioned it 1008394327345 times before to friends and on twitter, tumblr, instagram  etc. I hunted that glass down, it didn’t take much, I am an awesome google-er, charge it to my experience with extensive research. Anyway the glass was divine, I had to have it and I only bough one for me, I drink red wine out of it on every Scandal Thursday. Scandal Moments blog did an ode to this wonderful glass, you can pick it up at crate and barrel for $13. Thank me later.

In short, I felt very very close to Liv in that scene with Steven which was set in her kitchen. She was in her home and not behind one of those Armani Collezioni jackets and heels, the glass, the lounge wear, the dialogue the exasperation and then two seconds later she is reminding herself, you have to be strong most if not all the time, this is such a real life struggle, hence the wine…..

The only other time I’ve felt that close to Liv’s character is when she slammed Fitz up against that wall while they were “working” at Camp David. I shall elaborate… the way a woman handles a man “at work says a lot about her Liv was representing us in those scenes! Fitz is a lot of man to be tossing around. I must say, you did me proud Liv you did me proud.

A short, short man

Two words: Sanders Black. FINALLY we got some background on the Gladiators and Cyrus maintains at least a little loyalty to….. well to himself but either way he jumped in the way of Sanders Black finding out that Fitz was the person Liv was sleeping with on the trail.

Slutty President Problem

Moving on, this episode’s Scandal brought about three awesome monologues, one from Liv to General  what’s his face, one from Abby to Liv and an equally epic monologue by Miss Cyrus Beene! Betsy Beers and Jeff Perry discussed how the writing for Cyrus changed after he had done such a great job with this particular monologue, you can check it out on the Scandal Revealed podcast’s latest episode.

And he carries on narrating this awful, insightful and quite accurate tale of what may become of Fitz in the wake of the Amanda Tanner Scandal. After this I was: 1. Praising Shonda for such great television with quality equivalent to  (greater than) that of The West Wing. 2. Standing on my bed yelling “First name Cyrus, last name Beene! Check my credentials chicken shit!” Phenomenal job by Jeff Perry and Scandal writers.

The Gladiator Creed

Now now now children we aren’t done just yet…. Abby knocks some sense into Liv and inspires her to make the RIGHT move which is just as tough as making the tough call to please her client.





After this was just silence, I have watched this episode over and over and every time, even when I had memorized the lines and recited it with her, there was always this silence after it was over and even tears.  Once again, flawless delivery by Darby Stanchfield and amazing material by Scandal writers.

I nominate the line “You are the Gladiator. I would gladly follow you over a cliff.” as official language in the Gladiator creed! I’m sure I am not the only blogging Gladiator that has considered such a thing, no? no one? Oh ok maybe I am alone. Moving on!

Ready for WAR! (THIS IS SPARTA!)

So, Cyrus, in an indirect effort to save the president from a suicidal fate has officially convinced the him that Liv is Public Enemy #1 and declared war. Let us not forget that he was making the ultimate sacrifice by hand delivering this crappy news to Olivia first hand while in the middle of his hit man interviews for Amanda Tanner, oh Cy, what WOULD we do without you?

Liv gears up the OPA staff and is ready to go to war, meanwhile back at the ranch Amanda is having her last bowl of popcorn before Cy makes sure she goes beddy bye bye for good.

This episode also begins some of the “who is Quinn talk but the central issue is still Amanda Tanner seeing that she is squatting in the home of the ‘real’ central relationship of the show: OLITZ!

This concludes our therapy session for today. I know a lot of you are still dealing with withdrawal but many of you are keeping up with your doses, Jan 10th is getting very close and I really think we all are going to make it to that day in our right minds. We are going to make it through this people!


Until next time, be the Gladiator, go see Django and Happy Holidays!

A Labor of Love


Scandal Hiatus- Therapy session #2

Dirty Little Secrets

Ah! Week two. After the first episode of scandal I was all in! I had to have it, by the time that extra minute of Greys came on and I got my twitter fired up and ready to go I was foaming at the mouth! Then it came, Kerry’s voice saying “Previously on Scandal.” It is now Shonda’s job to say those words that every Gladiator waits to hear on a Thursday night but that is neither here nor there.

102 was full of dirty little secrets and not just the one between the Fitz and Liv! In the opening scene Scandal writers are giving us little scandalous Gladiator biscuits of dramatic irony with Sharon Marquette’s commentary on Liv and her position at the white house. Seeing that granny has been around the block once or twice and is D.C. ‘s self proclaimed finest madame I really wouldn’t be surprised if she had a clue but let’s not reach. Sharon carries on about how Olivia “made him” from a “diamond in the ruff” into this sexy, confident, President with an immaculate image to match. I feel, and I think Olivia would agree, that Sharon should be thinking about her own sketchy situation.



Pope and Associates is in full effect! This episode is the home of some of the most popular Gladiator phrases including the proverbial “White hat” and that simple yet cogent demand by Olivia for OPA a to be on “All cylinders people, Let’s go!” *add domineering strut* And one that I relish in in a very special way… the “HARRISON” shout! Ahh the good old days!

Quinn is still trying to find out what is going on, asking too many questions as usual, trying to be used to her full capacity but can’t even manage to keep track of a Amanda Tanner. Abby is all in pieces about Steven buying sex and Harrison is straight up trying to plea the 5th on all his hooker knowledge and involvement to “avoid awkward conversation like the one we’re having right now.” I really want to take a brief moment and go back to the moment in which my relationship with Abby took a very very very sharp turn in the right direction. Two words, three syllables and the beginning of a few episodes of me actually Liking Abby: GINGER BELL!

I laughed my spleen out when Abby started in on this little hooker!

“Its like her parents didn’t want her to go to college… Like they wanted her to be a hooker.”

Oh that just lit up my life!

Sunny Day

As David comes to rain on the party, Liv gears up, metaphorical constitution in hand, ready to make sure that Sharon’s clients never have to worry about wearing a raincoat on a sunny day. I’m sure David will never forget those words “My white hat’s bigger than yours.” I lived for that moment, and the one a few seconds before when Liv greets David with this cutesy patronizing remark ….

“Hey David, how are you? Did you get a new haircut? It’s Nice!”

And then proceeded to read his ass the law!


Scandal in Paradise

Poor poor Patrick Keating, this whole whore to housewife transition just caught him at the worst time ever seeing that he was having the best day of his life until Liv paid him a visit. Now, every saint has a past and every sinner has a future but Mrs. Keating has GOT to be a little better at… well, basically her entire life. There are a few people in life I wouldn’t lie to ever by omission or otherwise, judges and husbands are included in that group. Im not talking about little baby lies about why your mother cant stay with us or whether or not I’ve ever forgotten to pick up the kids or what happened to your pet dog when he spent the weekend with me way back when, I’m talking about lies like whether or not you have made an ‘honest woman’ out of a bona fide, card carrying, cash collecting hooker, Julia Roberts didn’t lie to Richard Gere and he just wanted directions. I mean, lady you married a man a didn’t tell him that you were a vagina vending machine? COME ON! We have got to do better people!

Well, I did take pleasure in their marital strife when it caused a very emotionally heavy Olitz encounter. Fitz was begging for forgiveness and obviously aching for a dose of Olivia. Meanwhile back at the ranch I’m dying all over myself just absorbing the emotion. The feelings with Olitz are always exemplified when I can relate, I.E. in that moment you have two people who are undeniably, tragically, inescapably and deeply in love and I know how that feels, what I could not fathom is the amount of other ‘things’ that make that feeling seemingly insignificant when in actuality its the only thing that matters to you. I really feel like their life is a room full of loud voices, the voices of their subconscious, the voices of their mentors and their bosses and families and their common sense like their is a voice telling them how to be the greatest person they can be, a voice telling them how to save their life, a voice telling them how to do their job, a voice telling them about their well-being and their pride and their image but the voice that is the loudest most distracting and consuming is the one that belongs to the person you are madly in love with and none of it seems to fit together in the puzzle of life and it hurts but it just hurts so good because no matter how trashy your life gets when you hone in on that voice, time stops and not much else matters. Yeah I got all of that from that moment, you can understand why I continued watching. Shonda aint right, she aint right! Nope. *cues Rihanna “Disturbia”*

Fitz let his voice drop a few octaves and proceeded to orchestrate the sexiest and most appealing request for forgiveness I have ever heard of…

“I think that those two people want to be together. I think that love, at the end of the day, is stronger than the mistakes that somebody made. Something they did that they regret. I think that love allows for forgiveness, dont you?”

JEDI MIND TRICK PEOPLE! OK OK not really, Fitz really was sorry. Olivias face had the bearing of a Marine but when they touched her face just looked as if she was going to breakdown, she was hurt and aching, torn between love, life and betrayal! That scene was everything. I could go on forever! *cues Christina Aguilera “Walk away”*

Oh and I must must must touch on the scene when Fitz proclaims Liv to be the love of his life….. I don’t remember exactly but if a fly on my wall told me that they saw a tear drop, I would believe them.


At first Amanda was all like….

But then Liv gets Amanda back, David gets his butt kicked and all is well in OPA land! Oh except for Quinns little boyfriend to be, thats next episodes news though.

Whew, I always hate when I get to this point and there is so much I haven’t covered! I truly applaud Shonda, the writers and the cast and editors because I have yet to make such efficient use of an hours time!

This concludes our therapy session, my secretary will bill your insurance and I will see you all tomorrow for another dose! We get to follow Liv off of a cliff!

Ah Demain Gladiators….. Oui! Je parlais francais un petit pu! lol – I hope that that is at least slightly correct.