SCOTUS rules on DOMA and Prop 8

This morning the Supreme Court of the United States ruled (5-4) that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)  is unconstitutional and violates the 5th Amendment.  Additionally, the Supreme Court dismissed California’s controversial Proposition 8, citing proponents lacked standing – ultimately returning freedom to marry to the state of California.

This is a watershed moment and as Rev. Betsy Happel said when I interviewed her in March:  “We’re never going back.”  We are living history and today especially, I am proud to be an American.  Every American deserves an equal right to pursue happiness – regardless of their sexual orientation – because after all, we are all equal. I applaud the Supreme Court – this is a great day for the LGBT movement – and for America herself.

Read “Never Going Back: The Fight for Marriage Equality”

Best Body 2013: It’s “Bobby-time”

Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne HathawayIt’s no secret that over the past decade I’ve really struggled to attain the body I desire.

Last year I made great strides in the right direction and lost 30 pounds from January 16-March 15.  I managed to keep that weight off – until this most recent winter (November-April) when I gained 20 pounds back.  Le sigh.

Here’s what I did right:  I monitored my daily caloric intake, ate healthier foods, and exercised regularly.  I began with Trish Stratus’ 30-Day Challenge and parlayed that success into working with my fitness trainer Nate Jones.  I then fused Trish and Nate’s exercises and added cardio 3-4 times per week.  The results were coming in exactly how I wanted them to!  Then, in August, I started playing Tennis – and by October, my game had grown!  I felt more athletic and was performing at the best level of my life!

During this time, I was well-rested, my skin was healthier, I had a ton of energy, and all those minor, daily aches and pains were gone.  I even posted a personal best ever mile time – I ran that thing in 7 minutes and 45 seconds (and all I wanted to do was run it in 8 minutes, like I had when I was 6, twenty years prior!).

Here’s where I went wrong: It was around October when I really began to slip.  I was attending class 5 days per week and working, which meant I was eating late sometimes, making wrong food choices other times, and eating out the rest of the time.  Additionally, I thought playing tennis would offset my poor decision-making.  Obviously, I was wrong.  Throughout the holiday season, I ate more and exercised way less than I should have.  In fact, from November to February, my exercise log shows ONE cardio session! ONE!  What the hell was I doing (or not doing rather)?

Then it happened.  My final semester of grad. school.  What did that entail? Syrupy coffee drinks – and lots of them.  Eating out (fast food) every single Tuesday and Thursday.  No exercise.  Tons of writing (which meant I was sitting a lot!).  And when I wasn’t writing/doing homework, I was catching up on my favorite TV shows (all 50,000 of them – damn compelling television!).

So this was the situation:  Sleep.  Eat.  Homework.  Eat Out.  Work.  Homework.  Eat Out.  Coffee x 3,000.  Sleep.  You get the idea.

man shelf

The Re-Focus:  Two weeks after graduation I went to put on a pair of pants – they didn’t fit.  I tried on all 4 pairs of shorts – they didn’t fit.  So I have/had two pairs of jeans that fit and athletic shorts… great wardrobe, right?  The shirts fit a little tighter and this Saturn belt (that’s what I’ve named my mid-section fat roll) was jiggly! I was NEVER jiggly before! EVER!

I decided then, enough is enough.  I’m putting an end to this struggle! I’m getting my ideal body – and the best body of my entire life!

It’s been 3 weeks since this “re-focus,” and I’ve exercised irregularly.  Eaten out once or twice and have cut coffee down to just weekend mornings (instead of every single day!).  I’ve been stocking up on fresh veggies and fruits, bought healthy crunchy snacks (I love my Triscuit crackers!), bought better cereals, quit eating at work (Olive Garden), etc. etc.  Since then, I’ve lost 5 pounds.

But this is a far-cry from where I’m going…

absThe Goal:  People tell me I’m cute – which is a nice sentiment, but dammit, I want people to look at me – their jaw drop to the floor and saliva to flow like Niagra Falls! I want to be sexy – desirable – HOT!  I want to have a great (as Tyra Banks would say) “Booty-Tooch.” I want to transform my “Moobs” (man boobs) into a Man Shelf.  I want visible abs.  I want sexy and defined legs (I already have great ankles!).  And finally, I wanna actually be able to show up to a gun show and flash a couple guns (biceps)! I want to look how I’ve never looked before.  I want a complete transformation.

Years ago, when I started attending school (for acting), I kept hearing the same message:  Your body is your tool.

Now, here I am, many (and I mean many) years later – I’m finished with grad. school and I want my life to begin.  My body is my tool. My body is my temple – and dammit, I want to have a nice temple!

That said, let me break it down (these are the mini-goals):

July 1:  Blog about where we are:  Measurements, weigh-in AND Begin a “Stratusphere 30-Day Challenge”

July 15:  Blog about where we are: Weigh-in AND successes/struggles.  Run a mile in 9 minutes (ideal weight loss of 6-8 pounds)

August 1: Blog about where we are:  Measurements, weigh-in AND Run a mile in 8:15.

August 15:  Blog about where we are:  Weigh-in AND successes/struggles (ideal weight loss of 6-8 pounds)

September 1:  Blog about where we are: Measurements, weigh-in AND Run a mile in 7:50.

Major Goal #1 (by Sept. 1):  Run 1 mile in 7:50; Total Weight Loss of 16 pounds

Then we’ll go from there… time to get busy.  Wish me luck.  Your support will only inspire me on this life-changing journey that I’m getting right this time around… you’ll see.  I promise.

NOTE:  I chose this photo of Jake Gyllenhaal from the movie “Jarhead” because this is the body shape I am aiming for.  Lean, defined, and toned – and because he’s my favorite actor – and who better to look to than one of your role models?  Sorry Trish, I’d look to you – but it’s just not possible for me to have your figure, haha!  

Radio Bobby: Top 5 New Music Releases (6/24)

In a new feature, I present to you RADIO BOBBY: TOP 5 NEW MUSIC RELEASES!

The purpose of this feature will be for me to share with you all what I’ll be enjoying on my radio – this week – and likely for the rest of the month or two or three …. or twelve, you get the idea.  I usually post “status updates” on Facebook that contain my Weekly Top 5 – so I figured, why not turn this into a feature.  The #1 Pick of the Week will contain my opinion of the song, #2 will have a one-sentence description.  3-5 will be listed. Click the links to be connected to iTunes! 

Without any further delay, here are the Top 5 New Music Release for the week of June 24, 2013:

1.  “Come With Me” – Ricky Martin (tie) - Ricky Martin’s new single is sexy and steamy – just in time for summer.  With lyrics like: Your finger’s on my trigger – you play it like a winner… I got you now – I’m gonna take you to the edge tonight… I’ll show you how, so won’t you come with me tonight?” – how can you not deny its sex appeal.  Saucy lyrics play over a dance-inducing background.  Go with Ricky to the edge tonight!

1.  “Here’s The Thing” – Javier Dunn (tie) – If you love a great vocal – like Nate Ruess or Robin Thicke, then you’ll love this song from Javier Dunn’s new album “Trails.”  Dunn’s vocal and the song’s 80′s vibe lend themselves greatly to an evening of relaxation – perhaps just lying with your significant other on top of the sheets – or sitting under the stars outside with a nice gentle breeze – or cruising through the city with your windows down – great song!

2. “Take Me Away” – Leslie Grace - A nice up-tempo dance track from Latin artist Leslie Grace.

3. “Sun Up Sun Down” – Brook White f. Christian Campbell

4. “Drunk Last Night” – Eli Young Band

5. “Bad” – Wale f. Rihanna

Hope you all enjoy these selections.  Feedback is always welcome in the comments section and be sure to watch Ricky Martin perform “Come With Me” on The Voice (Australia)!

World War Z (review)

Blitz Review:  Action-packed and suspenseful.  Brad Pitt does an amazing job as “Gerry Lane.”  Weaker third-act and questionable ending, but overall really good and perfect release for summer.  Hope it makes the money, so we can have a sequel.  Awesome instrumental by Muse (“Isolated System”) included! Grade:  A- 

See my full WORLD WAR Z review on AsSeenBy

WWE Payback (review)

Quick Results:

1.  Sheamus def. Damien Sandow (pre-show match)

2. Triple Threat – Intercontinental Championship:  Curtis Axel def. Wade Barrett and The Miz to become the NEW Intercontinental Champion (pinfall)

3.  Diva’s Championship:  AJ Lee def. Kaitlyn to become the NEW Diva’s Champion (submission)

4. United States Championship:  Dean Ambrose def. Kane to retain (count-out)

5. World Heavyweight Championship:  Alberto Del Rio def. Dolph Ziggler to become the NEW World Champion (pinfall)

6. CM Punk def. Chris Jericho (pinfall)

7. Tag Team Championships:  The Shield def. Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan to retain (pinfall)

8. WWE Championship:  John Cena def. Ryback to retain (Ryback sent away in ambulance)

PROMO:  Mark Henry returns on RAW

PROMO:  The Wyatt Family

PROMO:  Rob Van Dam to return to WWE at Money in the Bank next month!

Overall Show Rating: 4.5/5

There were some really great moments on the show.  The Diva’s Championship match was one of the best Diva’s matches I’ve seen in a while – great work by Kaitlyn and AJ Lee!  Alberto Del Rio was highly aggressive during the World Championship match.  Lots of near falls and hard-hitting action.  Heel turn by Del Rio … worked because by the end of this match, I wanted to punch him! Poor Ziggler.  CM Punk made a triumphant return – the crowd was CRAZY for him!!! Great match by Punk-Jericho.

Match of the Night:  Kaitlyn vs. AJ Lee or CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho or Del Rio vs. Ziggler (three-way tie)

Man of Steel (review)

Man of Steel - Henry CavillBlitz Review:  Henry Cavill is the best Superman ever! Zack Snyder’s direction makes this a one-of-a-kind visual Superman experience.  It’s gorgeous and has a fantastic Hans Zimmer score and some awesome sound mixing.  Story could have been condensed or expanded – and maybe could have been a little more dramatic.

Click here for my full review of “Man of Steel”

Grade: A- 

ENTERTAINMENT news: Man of Steel Sequel and Cher

Warner Brothers Pictures announced (today) a sequel for Man of Steel.  Returning alongside Superman Henry Cavill will be director Zack Snyder and screenwriter David S. Goyer.  Christopher Nolan is expected to return as a producer, but in a reduced capacity.  A release date hasn’t been confirmed, but there is speculation about who the Man of Steel’s next villain will be.  Among those being discussed are Darkseid, Doomsday, Bizarro, Metallo, and Braniac.  Who do you think it should be?

See the breaking article on Deadline Hollywood

CherSpeaking of returns, pop mega-star Cher will be performing on television for the first time in over a decade.  Cher will take the stage on the season finale of The Voice on June 18.  She’ll be performing “Woman’s World,” the lead single from her first album (of the same title) in 12 years.

Diva Dream Matches: Eve Torres vs. Trish Stratus

Trish Stratus vs Eve Torres

Diva’s Championship Match

Eve Torres (c) vs. Trish Stratus

Platform:  SummerSlam

The Competitors:  

TRISH STRATUS: Hall of Fame, 7-time Women’s Champion, Hardcore Champion, Diva of the Decade (1993-2003), 3-time Babe of the Year

Visit Trish Stratus’ WWE Hall of Fame profile

EVE TORRES:  3-time Diva’s Champion, Assistant General Manager of Smackdown!, Diva Search 2007 winner

Visit Eve Torres’ WWE Alumni profile

Fantasy Booking:  

Ideally, this feud would have been booked to carry summer 2012.  Eve Torres was a heel at that time and Layla El was the reigning Diva’s Champion (defeating Nikki Bella at Extreme Rules on April 29, 2012).  By the time summer came around, Layla’s title reign had faltered and was irrelevant.

Eve would use her power to book (and stack) a match against Layla and steal her title (which she ended up doing on September 16) the same night she won it, then tout herself as WWE’s greatest diva ever.  Enter Trish Stratus.  This is where it would get tricky.  Trish, being a veteran, wouldn’t be a credible babyface/underdog against Eve – so she’d have to come in as a heel – perhaps interfering in, and ultimately costing Layla her rematch for the Diva’s Championship at No Way Out (June’s 2012 PPV).

This would set up the feud – Trish Stratus (heel) vs. Eve Torres (heel).  The next night on RAW, Eve denounces Trish for interfering in the match.  Trish comes out to deliver a promo (like the one she delivered against Christy Hemme in 2005) about how she’s back and going to take what rightfully belongs to her (the Diva’s Championship).

I can’t recall WWE ever letting two heels carry a title program in the summer, let alone Divas,  so this would have made for some interesting television.   When you consider how strong Eve was as a heel, and how career changing Trish’s heel turn was, this would make for an insanely intense and captivating feud.  The women would run through the Diva’s Division weekly, trying to one-up each other by defeating the face Divas every week.  In the weeks leading up to SummerSlam, Trish and Eve would engage in short backstage brawls, allowing momentum to shift from one woman to the other.  SummerSlam is upon us.

Technically speaking, Eve’s Jiu-Jitsu and in-ring repertoire has her evenly matched with Trish. However, for this match to work, the match would need a high-risk stunt and some outside of the ring antics.  The two walk around the ring, each sizing up the other.  The bell sounds and the two Divas collide.  Eve’s height give her a slight advantage and she overpowers Trish to the mat.  With a string of submission holds (the Fujiwara armbar into the triangle choke), Eve takes the early advantage.

The fight in Trish emerges and she reaches the bottom rope, breaking Eve’s hold.  On the offensive, Eve charges and Trish sidesteps, sending Eve tumbling to the arena floor.  Trish aggressively lands a series of kicks to the Eve’s abdomen, grabs her hair and slams her face into the barricade.  Wanting to administer more punishment, Trish drags Eve to the ring steps and attempts to slam her face again – Eve counters, leaving Trish reeling on the outside.

The referee’s nearing the ten-count when both women find themselves back in the ring, Eve first.  Eve has a slight advantage over Trish.  She mounts a series of kicks on Trish and nails an early Heartbreaker (snap swinging neckbreaker).  She drags Trish to the center of the ring – and instead of covering her, goes for a top rope moonsault.  Eve climbs the turnbuckle and steadies herself on the top rope.  Out of nowhere, Trish charges Eve, shoving her off the turnbuckle, sending her flying face first into the barricade.  As Eve writhes in pain, Trish jumps out of the ring and withdraws a trash can.  She sets the trash can up by the announcers’ booth and rolls Eve back into the ring, just to break the ref’s count.  Trish exits the ring again.

Eve is groggy and crawling toward the bottom rope.  Trish searches under the ring again, this time finding her Women’s Championship.  Trish grabs a mic. and says, “Honey, take a look.  Here’s a piece of gold you’re never going to have.  I left as Women’s Champion, and I’m coming home as the Women’s Champion…” She sets the title on the announce table.  Trish grabs the Diva’s Championship, holds it in the air and continues, “Who the hell wants this garbage anyway?  This is what I worked so hard for?  For my title to be retired and for girls like you carry around a bedazzled butterfly? You’re kidding me.”  Trish drops the Diva’s Championship into the garbage can (shades of Madusa on Nitro)!!!

Eve finally begins to stand, Trish jumps up on the apron.  She graps Eve by the hair and runs her face-first into the turnbuckle.  Trish is now dominating the match.  Eve stands, Trish is waiting – Chick Kick connects!  Trish goes for the cover.  Just before the ref. counts three, Trish pulls Eve’s shoulder up off the mat.  She stands Eve up, then unceremoniously tosses Eve out of “her” ring.  Trish screams, “Count it ref.”

The ref. gets to eight and Trish jumps out of the ring, to break his count.  She disregards Eve and confronts and badmouths a fan.  When Trish turns around, she’s met with a surprise knee to the gut from Eve.  Eve slams Trish’s face into the mat and rolls her back into the ring.  Eve drags Trish to the bottom rope and chokes her.  The ref. separates the women and Trish rolls out of the ring for a breather.

Eve pursues.  Trish evades.  Trish rolls into the ring and goes on the offensive when Eve attempts to come back in.  Trish mounts Eve and lands a series of forearms.  She dismounts, grabs Eve’s hair and sets her up for the Stratusfaction.  Trish leaps for the top rope and Eve counters, sending Trish flying back to the arena floor.  Eve is in control.

Eve leaves the ring and tosses Trish back first into the steel steps, before rolling her back into the ring.  Eve grabs Trish’s hair, pulls her up to the turnbuckle and hoists Trish into the air for a Hangman’s Choke.  Eve breaks the hold before the ref’s five count.  Then she does it again.  This time, Trish manages to grab a handful of Eve’s hair and yanks her from the turnbuckle.  Trish attempts another Chick Kick, but Eve ducks and nails Trish with a second Heartbreaker in the center of the ring.  Eve climbs the ropes and jumps off, nailing her signature moonsault.  The referee’s hand is just about to slam the mat for a third time when Eve returns the favor and pulls Trish’s shoulder off the mat.

Eve jumps out of the ring, grabs the Women’s Championship and mockingly poses for photos with the title beside Trish.  Trish rolls over and the camera captures her look of disgust.  The ref takes the title from Eve, she argues with him.  When she turns around, Trish nails a spinebuster! Trish takes a knee and Eve stands and stumbles backwards to the turnbuckle.  Trish charges, Eve counters, sending Trish to the mat.  Eve climbs the turnbuckle and Trish nails the Stratusphere! Eve stands, and another Chick Kick connects! 1-2-3.

Trish tosses Eve from the ring and holds the Women’s Championship high in the air.  Eve can’t believe she’s been defeated and digs her Diva’s Championship out of the trash.  For these two, it’s just beginning.

Winner:  TRISH STRATUS

Likelihood: Not Likely

Missed Opportunity?:  Trish Stratus retired from full-time professional wrestling in September 2006.  Eve Torres was under contract from 2007-2013.  Since then, Stratus has returned to the WWE on only a handful of occasions as a competitor.  Unfortunately for Torres, she didn’t hit her main event stride until 2012, during which time Stratus was competitively inactive.  Torres left WWE in early 2013, and at the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Stratus revealed she was expecting her first child.

If WWE could have worked out a summer-fall deal with Stratus to return in 2012, this match may have been possible.  But was this a missed opportunity?  Not really – was just a matter of timing and one woman left, while another was just starting.

After Earth (review)

Blitz Review:  I was skeptical when I first saw the trailer for this movie – then I saw the negative critic reviews and kept hearing all these bad things about After Earth.  But could it really be “the worst movie of the decade?” I had to see for myself – so I did.  And what I found was that despite its flaws (verbal acting, first third of the story), it was a fairly original idea and had a lot of heart.

Click here for my full-review:  Heart in the “After Earth”

Grade: B- 

 

ENTERTAINMENT news: Le Petit Prince

The Little PrinceBeloved children’s classic Le Petit Prince (“The Little Prince”) is receiving the all-star treatment.  An animated, 3D adaptation by French production company Onyx Films is being planned.  Slated to be directed by Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda), the feature is already equipped with the vocal talents of Rachel McAdams, James Franco, Marion Cotillard, Benicio Del Toro, Paul Giamatti, and Jeff Bridges – though none of the actors/actresses have identified roles (as of this writing).

Published in 1943 by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry , Le Petit Prince is the story of a young pilot who crashes in the Sahara Desert.  While stranded, the pilot meets a The Little Prince, from planet B-612.  On a quest to different planets, The Little Prince journeys to meet adults and hear their stories.

The Little Prince is targeted for a 2014 release.