Songs of the Week

It’s that time of week again. Yes, it’s time to go back to school (*sigh*), but it’s also time for songs of the week. I hope you enjoy my music picks this week. Enjoy.

Where Have You Been? (2012)

Artist: Rihanna
Album: “Talk That Talk”
Genre: Dance-Pop/Techno

My Name is Skrillex (2010)

Artist: Skrillex
Album: “My Name is Skrillex”
Genre: Dance Rock/Dubstep/Electro House/Electro Rock/Trance

Ain’t No Other Man (2006)

Artist: Christina Aguilera
Album: “Back to Basics”
Genre: Funk/Pop/R&B/Soul

Cleanin’ Out My Closet (2002)

Artist: Eminem
Album: “The Eminem Show”
Genre: Hip Hop

Here We Go (1997)

Artist: N’Sync
Album: “*N’Sync”
Genre: Dance-Pop

Picture of the Day: Joe Manganiello

There’s so much I want to say right now, none of which I’m going to say on this type of forum, however. But what do you think?

If you want to see more of Joe Manganiello, you can see him this Sunday in the season finale of “True Blood” on HBO at 9 p. m.

Until then, you can imagine if you were drving along a long road, and you saw Manganiello on the side of the road holding this sign, and he was looking for a ride. Would you pick him up?

Picture of the Day: James Van Der Beek

James Van Der Beek can brighten up any day of my week. All I have to do is watch re-runs of “Dawson’s Creek.” Or I can catch him on his new show, “Don’t Trust the B —- in Apartment 23.”

Either way, I loved him as Dawson Leery on “Dawson’s Creek,” and I still love him as . . . well, himself, . . .  on “Don’t Trust the B —- in Apartment 23.” And I’d love him whether he’s crying or not (preferably, not crying).

Absentia (2011)

Tricia’s husband, Daniel, has been missing for 7 years. Her younger sister, Callie, comes to live with her as the pressure mounts to finally declare him ‘dead in absentia.’ As Tricia sits through the wreckage and tries to move on with her life, Callie finds herself drawn to an omnious tunnel near the house that might also be connected to other neighborhood disappearances. Soon it becomes clear that the ancient force at work in the tunnel might have set its sight on Callie and Tricia . . . and that Daniel might be suffering a fate far worse than death in its grasp.

Starring newcomers Katie Parker (“Cut”), Courtney Bell (“The Figure”) and Dave Levine (“Chasing Happines”), “Absentia” goes against horror movie sterotypes. Once you think you know how the rest of the movie is going to play out, you’re thrown a plot twist that will change your way of thinking.

With a budget of only $70,000, “Absentia” premiered at the Fargo Film Festival with great reviews. “Absentia” went on to win numerous awards, including Best Actress (Katie Parker and Courtney Bell) and Best Actor (Dave Levine), Best Horror Feature Film at the Shriekfest and Best Thrill Award at Thriller! Chiller! Film Festival.

I’m not the type of person that gets easily scared at movies, but there were a few scenes that made me put my finger on the channel button on the remote. I would even go as far as to say that “Absentia” had a sort of “Paranormal Activity” feel to it in the way that it was filmed. Once you get used to the way the film was shot and you actually get involved in the storyline, its a movie that you’ll have to watch until the very the end.

Absentia is latin for ‘in the absence.’ In legal use, absentia means a trial at which the defendant is not physically present. In the movie “Absentia,” absentia is referring to ‘death in absentia,’ which is a legal declaration that a person is deceased in the absence of their remains.

In other words, if a person goes missing and they are never found for an extended time, then they are presumed dead. Amelia Earhart, Jimmy Hoffa and Natalee Holloway are examples of people whose deaths were declared ‘death in absentia.’ They went missing and they were unfortunately never found, alive or dead.

Guilty Pleasure: Ryan Kwanten

Known internationally for his portrayal of oversexed-ladies-man Jason Stackhouse, Ryan Kwanten is just one of the many residents of Bon Temps that I wouldn’t mind running into when I decide to visit the good state of Louisiana (And apparently, the good looking state).

Unlike his character on “True Blood,” Kwanten is no dumby. He is a graduate of the University of Sydney, where he earned a Commerce degree.

Kwanten got his start on the television series, “A Country Practice,” where he portrayed Ben Lloyd in a two-part episode arc.

He then continued to appear on television on shows such as “Hey Dad..!,” “Echo Point,” “Water Rats” and “Spellbinder.”

He got his Australian big break when he starred on the soap opera “Home and Away,” where he first made his appearance as Robbie Taylor in 1994, and then returned to the show in 1997 as Vinnie Patterson, a different character from Robbie Taylor.

Kwanten as Vinnie Patterson with his co-star Ada Nicodemou as his wife, Leah Poulos on “Home and Away.”

After leaving “Home and Away,” and Australia, Kwanten made his American big break in “Summerland,” starring alongside Lori Loughin as Jay Robertson.

And then in 2008, he was cast as Bon Temps resident Jason Stackhouse.

Kwanten as Jason Stackhouse on “True Blood.”

Kwanten has also made his face known to moviegoers. He’s appeared in “Flicka,” “Dead Silence,” “Don’t Fade Away” and, more recently, “Not Suitable for Children.”

Like most of the “True Blood” cast, Kwanten has no problem dropping his trousers for his fans. Enjoy these series of pictures of nothing but Kwanten in all his glory.

Here are some of my favorite pictures of Kwanten, as an Angel.


And he’s got quite the backside, too. Now, this is what you call a bubble butt.

If you want to see more of Kwanten after the “True Blood” season finale this Sunday, you can catch him in a few of his upcoming movies.

Before this year is over, he can be seen in “The Knights of Badassdom,” where live-action role players conjure up a Demon from Hell by mistake and they must deal with the consequences.

In 2013, you can catch him in the horror film, “7500,” where passengers aboard a flight across the Pacific Ocean encounter a supernatural force. (Gee, he sure will be in a lot of supernatural movies).

In addition to “7500,” he is set to star in “Hands of Stone,” “Mystery Stone,” “Five Good Years” and “Sex and Sunsets.” All of these movies are set to be released in 2013. For more information on any of these movies, you can look them up on, or you can look Kwanten up on for more information on his upcoming movies and for more information on Ryan Kwanten.

Don’t forget to watch Jason Stackhouse and the rest of the residents of Ben Temps in the season finale of “True Blood” this Sunday at 9 p. m. on HBO. Like every other season finale of “True Blood,” it will definitely go down with a bang, and viewers will more than likely be left with a cliffhanger.

Here’s a preview of the finale.