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25 Reasons Why We’ll Forever Praise ‘Sister Act’

Gird all of the halos and habits and get ready to relive all of the Mother Superior shade you still heave all over the place (of course, there’s never enough, thank you Maggie Smith), because everyone’s favorite movie in the whole entire world, Sister Act, is celebrating twenty-five years of makin’ fabulous music for our oh, so sinful lives.

So, to celebrate such a heavenly occasion (it really is, right Sister Mary Patrick?), Philly Mixtape is serving up a special commemorative piece that’s spillng all sorts of Ms. Whoopi tea and then some, while gettin’ down with all of that spiritual music truth and exposing the real Sister Mary Robert

No shade, Ms. Wendy Makkena, no shade. 

It’s all here and so, so much more, so let’s all kneel down and commune our asses to Sister Act church right now. Because after twenty-five glory-us years…..it’s still truly the only way. 

1.Go on, Mizz Whoopi….  All tea, no shade to the Divine Ms. Bette Midler, but we’re so god, um, darn glad she turned down the lead role of lounge singer-turned-nun-turned-famous gospel diva Dolores Van Cartier/Sister Mary Clarence. Truly, there’s just no one else that could fill that halo, that sass and those stilettos quite like Ms. Whoopi. And John, Peter, Paul and Ringo, of course. 

2.”Good night, ladies and gentlemen…you don’t give a shit.” Actually, we give lots of shits about the opening credits of Sister Act because it not only kicks it all off, but we’re blessed with the fabulous “Lounge Medley” (hey there, Ronelles!) that every true fan of the movie absolutely knows by heart….with all of those moves, of course. #burnin 

3.”Say goodnight, Ernie”   Oh, Ernie…we hardly knew ye. Really, he may have made a couple of wrong turns in his life, but, sigh…..

4.Go on, Mr. Harvey Keitel…  The original gangsta. No further witnesses. 

5.And of course, purple mink coats from your lover’s ex-wife are a must….  It’s ours, we deserve it. Connie LaRocca 4 Eva….

6.It’s where all of the fabulous queens learned how to throw proper shade…   Thank you, Maggie Smith, aka Mother “Boogie Woogie on the Piano” Superior. And of course, gurl groups 4 lyfe. 

7.Lesson number one….  #younuns 

8.”Gravy” and Ms. Kathy all day… And more of Ms. Kathy Najimy serving up the fierce with every god damn (sorry, you just have to) line she delivered along with every single scene she stole as delightfully overjoyed Sister Mary Patrick. 

9.Long live Sister Mary Robert…well, sort of…   While it’s a known tea spill that Sister Mary Robert’s vocals were actually served up by the lovely Ms. Andrea Robinson, you have to hand it to Ms. Wendy Makkena…no one takes a dive out a moving car quite like she can. Now, get out of bed, you daisy head and get to watchin’ Sister Act for the fifth time today. 

10.The first choir class…..  No explanation needed. 

11.”Just a Touch of Love”   Is truly all we need. And to watch the C+C Music Factory blessed montage over and over and over again. Ready, set, Double Dutch. 

12.And again…..  

13.”Hail Holy Queen” Or should we say, Hail, Holy Yaaaaas Kween whenever this delightful takes over our Showtunes Sundays lives. That answer would be yas….kween. Now, step. 

14.”My God”  Sing along if you know the words. That would be…everybody. 

15.”Roll With Me Henry”  We’ll be rollin straight to the juke box and over to the dance floor whenever Ms. Etta James’ “Henry” enters over our old school music lives. In which fans of Sister Act know that it’s pretty much..everyday. Let’s roll. 

16.”It’s better than sex”   Or, so we’ve heard….

17.”If My Sister’s in Trouble”  While no one has truly any idea just whatever happened to Lady Soul (and that definitely-from-’92 wardrobe), Sister Act’s R&B blessed theme song and nun worthy accompanying video will cement the truth that it’s really just…that…movie. Praise ’em up for the ladies of Lady Soul. 

18.”Rescue Me”   If you haven’t done your chores while grooving along to Fontella Bass’ smash hit, then you definitely missed, like, all of the spots. 

19. Sister Act 2:Back in the Habit  No explanation needed as you most likely know every bit of the sequel just as well as you know its predecessor. And the moment Ms. Lauryn Hill takes over our ‘Habit’ lives with “His Eye is on the Sparrow”….still pure heavenly bliss. 

20. Sister Act:The Musical   Another no explanation needed as you most likely, well, you know where this is going you fabulous Broadway kween, you. 

21.One more time…. 

22.”I Will Follow Him” Sigh……

23.The closing credits, though…..   You know you make me wanna…..watch them over and over again. Dolores Van Cartier on the cover of People magazine for life. 

24.San Francisco Luv…  The true star of the show here…the flawless and captivating city of San Francisco, for which nun of these classic Sister Act shenanigans would truly exist. Or without Buckwheat Bertha, of course. We simply can’t leave her out now, can we? 

25.Do you really need another reason? If so, there’s two words for you….Bless You. And then start it all over again. In a word, thank you Sister Act…thank you. 

 

 

 

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Jam of the Day/Roxette/”It Must Have Been Love”

There’s a bit of sadness in the comedy air today as we’re all reeling from the sad news that iconic movie director and producer Garry Marshall died late last night at the age of 81. The Hollywood legend passed away from complications of pneumonia following a stroke, which was in a statement released by Marshall’s long-time publicist, Michelle Bega. 

On his long, long list of accomplishments, Marshall directed and produced a slew of iconic T.V. shows including The Odd Couple, Mork & Mindy, Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley, which famously co-starred Marshalls’s younger sister, Penny. He also maintained a marvelous film career that includes 18 films, among them BeachesOverboard, Runaway BrideValentine’s Day, Frankie & Johnny, Georgia Rule and this year’s Mother’s Day

But perhaps his most notable achievement (it’s a close finish with The Fonz) came in 1990 when we were welcomed into the fabulous world of a little film called Pretty Woman. Not only did the movie break all kinds of bank at the box office, but it made an A list star out of its leading lady Julia Roberts, and it welcomed (sigh) Richard Gere back into the Hollywood game after the actor was caught up in a string of box office duds in the late ’80s. 

Of course, without Marshall’s theatrical genius, our Sony Walkman headphones wouldn’t have blessed with the accompanying 5 times platinum Pretty Woman soundtrack, which contains all the hits including’s Roy Orbison’s iconic title track, the late Natalie Cole’s “Wild Woman Do,” Go West’s “King of Wishful Thinking” and Roxette’s classic rock ballad, “It Must Have Been Love,” which cried it out all the way to the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100. 

In a year that’s already been oh, so quickly filled with a long list of iconic Hollywood deaths, Marshall is yet another famed figure we lost too soon. However, although he may not no longer be with us, his angelic spirit will certainly carry on (as well as on Netflix forever), and will also grace the stage next year as it was confirmed by Bega that Marshall had just finished a rewrite for a Broadway-bound musical version of Pretty Woman.

Those of us who’ve lived for every Garry Marshall pop culture moment in time know that his brilliance was in a comedy class of its very own and had one goal and one goal only–to take the viewer away into a happy place, all puns intended. So if you are one of those out there today who may be hearing his name for the first time, take a little time to get lost in some of his greatest work and experience his magic, because if you don’t you’ll be making a big mistake…huge. 

Rest in Peace, Mr. Garry Marshall. 

 

 

 

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10 Reasons Why ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ Will Remain Fabulous Until The Very End of Time

Gird your loins and pass the Botox, because The Devil Wears Prada is now a decade old. 

Loosely based on Lauren Weisberger’s 2003 novel of the same name, the box office hit adaptation stars Anne Hathaway as Andrea Sachs, a college graduate who goes to NYC and lands a job that a million girls would kill for–as a co-assistant to powerful Runway fashion magazine editor Miranda Priestly, played to infinite heights by the legendary Meryl Streep. 

Directed by David Frankel, the film was well received by both film critics and the public and became a surprise summer box-office hit following its stateside June 30 release, going on to gross $125 million at the box office, as well as giving career boosts to anyone involved with the movie. Right, Ms. Hathaway? 

Anyone whose seen The Devil Wears Prada (which is pretty much everyone) refers to it as not just one of their favorite films, but one that gets funnier with every repeat viewing, even when it’s on FX with commercials. 

Although the movie is set in the fashion world, most designers and other fashion notables avoided appearing as themselves for fear of displeasing U.S. Vogue editor Anna Wintour, who is widely believed to have been the iced out inspiration for Priestly. Still, many allowed their clothes and accessories to be used in the film, and Wintour later overcame her initial skepticism, gave a half smile and later said she liked the film and Streep in particular. 

So, in honor of this extraordinary celebration, here are 10 fabulous reasons why The Devil Wears Prada will remain fabulous until the end of time…because it most certainly will. 

1.The fashion…. With Prada owning the title of this now classic film, we must first and foremast spill about all of the fabulous fashion laced throughout, which was wonderfully put together by former Sex and the City fashion guru, Patricia Field. Frankel, who had worked with Field on his feature-film debut Miami Rhapsody as well as SATCknew that what the cast would be decked out in would be of utmost importance in a movie set in the fashion industry.  While only Valentino Garavani appeared onscreen, many other designers were helpful to Field in achieving her estimated $100,000 budget for the film’s still stylish and slender wardrobe. Ultimately, there was at least $1 million worth of clothing used in the film, which made it one of the most expensively costumed movies in cinema history with the priciest item being that $100,000 Fred Leighton necklace Miranda wore better than anyone in the whole world. 

Chanel asked to dress Hathaway for the film, and Dolce & Gabbana and Calvin Klein helped Field as well, with some contributions from Lebanese designer Georges Chakra. While Field avoided avoided making Streep to be an exact replica of Wintour, naturally she dressed the legendary actress in generous servings of Prada, and by Field’s own estimate, 40% of the shoes on Streep’s feet were of the Italian fashion brand.

Really, anyone whose reveled in this movie knows that the fashion will remain as timeless as the dialogue itself, so the only thing that’s really left to say is…are those the….

“Chanel Boots? Yes, they are.” 

That’s all. 

2.The music….. Of course, no movie/fashion runway is complete without a fabulous soundtrack of grooves to match it, and the music from the the film certainly hits the spot and then some. On the sexy Devil playlist is KT Tunstall’s “Suddenly I See” (in the opening montage) Alanis Morissette’s “Crazy” (urban jungle…I get it), U2’s “City of Blinding Lights,” (Paris!), and DJ Colette’s “Feelin Hypnotized,” which you might remember was bumpin’ and grindin’ during the James Holt affair. 

The Material Girl herself, Ms. Madonna also serves up two offerings for the movie (something she never does, by the way), first with her life ready Confessions on a Dance Floor anthem, “Jump,” and then with “Vogue,” a scene that truly needs no intro because you’re about to strike a fashion pose to it right now.

3.Ms. Streep…  There are really no words to describe the sheer captivity of Streep’s performance of Runway “Ice Queen’ Miranda Priestly. But if we were to come up with a few things, we could say that its brilliant, extraordinary, Oscar robbed and just god damn perfection. Not only did Streep’s performance cement her A-list status even further (as well as giving her a record-breaking fourteenth Oscar nomination), but it also introduced her to a younger generation of fans who might have come to see their Princess Diaries diva Anne take on a big girl job, but they left loving Meryl and have continued to do so as proven in the Oscar snatching diva’s list of hits following Prada, including  The Iron LadyMamma Mia, Julie & Julia, It’s Complicated and Into the Woods

Oh, and this scene. Classic. 

4.Ms. Hathaway…. Although The Devil Wears Prada is Ms. Streep’s world and we’re still clearly just living in it, we have to always show our love to Anne Hathaway’s portrayal of mousey journalist Andrea “It’s Andy” Sachs because she had the difficult task of going up against Priestly–and she certainly did it well. Most of the time she lost, (except for when she had the twins Harry Potters bound and reset for the train ride to grandma’s), but you couldn’t help but root for her, even more so when her personal life went to shit after her boyfriend (Adrian Grenier, Tracie Thomas, Rich Sommer) and friends abandoned her because she was just, you know, living her life. Did that part not make sense to anyone else, either? Thought so. 

Either way, Ms. Sachs did prevail and did go on to get that job that at The New York Times while realizing that being Miranda’s assistant wasn’t a job she was willing to kill for. Hathaway herself went on to awards success in both Rachel Getting Married and Les Miserables, where she finally got that Oscar she was desperately hoping for. 

5.Emily……Emily. How many times do we have to scream her name? Not enough, quite frankly, because Ms. Emily Blunt’s portrayal of “first assistant” Emily Charlton is another reason why this movie will always remain fabulous. When she’s not throwing all the shade at Andie and her hideous skirts, she’s busy not eating carbs and praying that a stomach flu will strike so she can finally reach her goal weight. Although the end of the film wasn’t so kind to Emily after she was hit by the cab for asking too many questions, she did get to keep the fashion from Paris and her and Andie did become friends (ish), which proved that underneath all of that English Breakfast tea sipping shade, there really was a loving bitch, but we still live for all the Emily shade. 

6.Nigel, Nigel, Nigel….. Dear, sweet, screwed over Nigel. Yes, Stanley Tucci’s Oscar nominated performance of Art Director Nigel was a bit bitchy, but all things unforgettable as he delivered some of the fiercest lines including, “Wake Up, Six,” and telling us that the main ingredient in corn chowder is indeed cellulite and the theory that we learn something new everyday was further proven. 

But perhaps his most touching dialogue and the true reason we still love Nigel is this right here….

7.How about the fashion? Go on, Ms. Field. 

8.It’s all wrapped up in NYC love….But of course, the true element that holds this film together is its glorious NYC backdrop, in which many, many camera shots were converted as possible to at least partially take in busy New York street scenes in the background, to convey the excitement of working in a glamorous industry in the big city. Also in the background is Central Park, as well as the McGraw-Hill building on Sixth Avenue which was wonderfully was used for the exteriors and lobby of Elias-Clarke’s headquarters, as well its cafeteria, which is the one at the Reuters office in Manhattan.

Oh, and case you were wondering, that was the famed kitchen at Smith & Wollensky where Ms. Hathaway was in quite the hurry after Miranda demanded that steak. And of course, Starbucks, searing hot.

9.The bloopers…. Just watch. 

10.Do you really need another reason? Please bore someone else with your questions. That’s all.