Does 2016 feel like the 90’s? We investigate!

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2016 is only halfway done and already seems so eventful! Some may agree, other may not; one thing that everybody can agree on however, is the fact that 2016 is the year of comebacks. #Throwback has been given a whole new meaning these past six months. With the return of trends in not only fashion, but also film, television, politics and lifestyle, 2016 is being called the new and improved late 90’s & early 2000’s. Here’s why:

Film

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An infant, adopted by apes eventually becomes the king of the jungle; everybody is familiar with this story. It is of course, the legend of Tarzan. Back in 1999, Disney came out with the animated version of the story by Edgar Rice, which would lead to numerous renditions of the story in film, TV and gaming, following its popularity among children.

Fast forward 17 years, those very children have made sure that Tarzan is still running in theatres. Now don’t get us wrong, it might not be the same film, but the 2016 take on the legendary story won the hearts of critics and audiences alike.

Television

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‘I’ll be there for you’ has become synonymous with the hit TV series that aired from 1994 to 2004. F.R.I.E.N.D.S. gained popularity in the mid 90’s and it seems as though this popularity is in no mood to go away from the show. Though it has been over 12 years since the last episode aired, the show is becoming more and more popular, even with the youngsters, who were infants when the show was being aired!

In February 2016, the cast of FRIENDS (barring Matthew Perry) had a small reunion of sorts during the show organized as a tribute to director James Burrows, where they shared a few memories from their time together on set.

Lifestyle

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When somebody says ‘return of trends’, one’s mind automatically goes to fashion. There have been a lot of fashion trends that are making a comeback this year. During the 90’s we would see young girls with butterfly clips and scrunchies in their hair, chokers around their necks, trying to copy the plaid ensembles donned by Cher and Dion in Clueless.

It seems like not just these, but many other fashion trends are making a comeback since the beginning of the year. Soon, we shall witness boys and girls looking like they’ve stepped out of a scene from The Breakfast Club, with flared jeans, dungarees, crimped hair, bandana patters and chokers taking over the fashion world by storm.

Gaming

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Back in 2000, 5 pm meant only one thing for every school going child – Pokémon! The year after that saw a flood of Pokémon merchandize hitting the shelves of stores worldwide. What stood out the most was probably the game played with the Pokémon trading cards. They were all the rage in 2001!

15 years after a Pokémon game being released, you would think the Pokéfever would have reduced if not completely cured. Here’s where we all were wrong. 2016 gave us one of the most trending things ever – Pokémon Go! ; a location-based augmented reality (AR) game supported by both Android and IOS and one that allowed its players to catch Pokémon around the world. Everybody’s childhood dream of being the best, the very best Pokémon trainer came true, thanks to Niantic’s AR game!

Music

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Every time you think of 90’s music you automatically think Blink 182. The American rock band formed in Poway, California in 1992, currently consists of bassist and vocalist Mark Hoppus, drummer Travis Barker, and guitarist and vocalist Matt Skiba. In 2001, their hit song, Take Off Your Pants and Jacket (sometimes referred to simply as ‘Take Off’) topped the US, UK and Canadian charts!

It seems like even after 15 years, the rock band hasn’t lost its touch. Their new album, California has managed to top every chart, just like their 2001 studio album.

Politics

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When we say politics, we are referring only to the elections going on out West! The US elections have always been the talk of the town all over the world; this year is no different. Why are we saying this year feels like 2001? Well, back in 2001, there was a Clinton running for President, just like how this year there is one. Back in 2001, Bill Clinton was the 42nd President of the United States from 1993 to 2001, and it seems like his wife, Hilary Clinton is not very behind when it comes to the political front. She is the nominee of the Democratic Party for President of the United States in the 2016 election; giving us yet again, a déjà vu feeling!

Where Are They Now?

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They were the support cast in the background, always there to throw in that ever-needed punch line or bring back the main protagonist back into reality. They were the key people who were seen, but not really seen, albeit in the limelight! Nevertheless, the show would not continue without their presence. They made the lead stars the ‘lead’, by ably lending their support with their iconic punch lines or presence or even absence! You know who we are talking about?! The characters like Janice, Kramer, Winnie, Fez and more from popular TV shows! Ever wonder what happened to these admired TV stars? We have too! So, we dug deep into the land of information and got you a list of some of the stars, what made them popular and of course, where are they now?

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  1. Janice in Friends

Maggie Wheeler played Janice on the ever-so-popular sitcom Friends and is best known for her role in it, even though she was a recurring character on Everybody Loves Raymond as Linda and Anita Warrell on the sitcom Ellen.

Who can forget her oh-so-annoying nasal tone on the show? But did you know that she came up with that unforgettable voice! When she went for the audition she saw the slides for that character and it said, ‘fast-talking New Yorker’. She grew up there and just interpreted that character the way she imagined she would be and did her distinct ‘Janice’ voice in her audition. And the rest as they say, is history! The producers loved it, as did the fans. Even now people stop her and ask her to say, ‘You love me, Chandler Bing. You just don’t know you love me.’

Maggie was last seen on television in 2014 in Hot in Cleveland and in 2015 in the movie The 3 Tails: A Mermaid Adventure. ‘Oh my Gawwwdddd!!!!!’

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  1. Gunther in Friends

The oh-so-silent but forever-there-in-the-frame, throwing in a punch line now and then (albeit in his head!) silent ardent admirer of Rachel in Friends was Gunther played by James Tyler. Gunther was a coffee shop worker at Central Perk who had unrequited love for Rachel Green, played by Jennifer Aniston. This characterization led to a ten-year career with appearances in 148 of Friends’ 236 episodes and is the show’s most-frequently-appearing guest star.

In honour of Friends’ 15th anniversary in 2009, Tyler opened a Central Perk replica in Carnaby Street, London, from September to October. He appeared in the unaired pilot satire sitcom Nobody’s Watching, playing himself as a present from the studio executives on the set of Central Perk. And later in honour of Friends’ 20th anniversary in 2014, he made appearances at a Central Perk replica in SoHo.

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  1. Kramer in Seinfield

Cosmo Kramer, usually referred to as simply ‘Kramer’ on Seinfeld was played by Michael Richards. He was the annoying yet endearing friend and neighbour of main character Jerry and was friends with George and Elaine. Of the series’ four central characters, only Kramer had no visible means of support.

His upright hairstyle and vintage wardrobe, whose combination led Elaine to name him ‘hipsterdoofus’; his taste in fresh fruit; love of occasional smoking and bursts through Jerry’s apartment door were trademarks of his that were hard to miss.

Michael is also a writer, television producer and comedian and was last seen on television in Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee in 2012 and 2014 and in movies Kirstie and Walk The Light in 2013.

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  1. Robert in Everybody loves Raymond

Brad Garrett, actor, voice actor and stand-up comedian has appeared in numerous television and film roles and was initially successful as a stand-up comedian in the early 1980s.

Taking advantage of the success he appeared in television and film, in minor and guest roles but it was his first major role was Robert Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond that won him acclaim and adulation. The series ran for nine seasons and he was quite popular but his love for live comedy pulled him back to doing what he did best. He is a prominent stand-up comedian now but still takes up roles now and then.

He was seen/heard on television in Manhattan (2015) and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2016) and in films Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) and Finding Dory (2016).

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  1. Winnie from The Wonder Years

Danica Mae McKellar, better known for her on-screen persona Winnie, is an American actress, author, education advocate and mathematician, yes, you read that right, mathematician! She played Kevin Arnold’s on-off girlfriend Winnie Cooper in The Wonder Years.

In real life though, she authored four non-fiction books on the field she excels in, Math! These books encourage middle-school and high-school girls to have confidence and succeed in mathematics. Not just that, she received the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics (JPBM) Communications Award in January 2014.

A classic example of beauty with brains, she studied at UCLA and earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with the highest honours in 1998. And it gets better too. As an undergraduate, she co-authored a scientific paper entitled ‘Percolation and Gibbs states multiplicity for ferromagnetic Ashkin–Teller models’ and their results are termed the ‘Chayes–McKellar–Winn theorem’.

Talking about the role she said that she auditioned like everyone else. They had read lots of girls but hadn’t found their ‘Winnie’ yet, until her. She now keeps herself busy with Math but does take out time now and then; and was seen in the film Where Hope Grows in 2014 and on television in 2015 in Crown for Christmas and in 2016 in Killer Frost.

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  1. Kevin from The Wonder Years

The Wonder Years is a comedy-drama which centers on Kevin Arnold who is an average normal boy. But when they were casting for it, the search for the main lead did not take long. The directors, Marlens and Black, went to five casting directors and all five of them recommended Fred Savage, who at the time was famous for his other roles as the grandson in The Princess Bride and as Charlie/Marshall in Vice Versa.  The duo saw the rough cut of Vice Versa and saw a marvellous actor with a natural quality, no quality at all except being a kid. They took this approach when casting the other kids for the show, looking for natural ability rather than professionalism.

Fred is also a director and producer and in 2007, he made his feature film directing debut with the film Daddy Day Camp. He was seen in 2015 – 2016 in The Grinder as the lead in the television series.

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  1. Kimmy from Full House

Kimmy, D.J. Tanner’s best friend and the Tanners’ next door neighbour, is a character on Full House and was portrayed by Andrea Barber. While the character was just a recurring guest star early on, she soon became part of the main cast. Andrea is known for playing Kimmy in Full House and its spin-off series Fuller House, along with Candace Cameron and Jodie Sweetin and was released in February 2016.

After Full House ended, she retired from acting and started focusing on her personal life. In 2012, she reprised the role for a Funny or Die sketch alongside Dave Coulier, her former Full House co-star.

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  1. Mike from Growing Pains

Kirk Cameron is known for his role as Mike Seaver on Growing Pains as well as several other television and film appearances as a child actor. In the 1980s and 1990s, Cameron appeared in dozens of television shows and in films Like Father Like Son and Listen to Me. In the 2000s, he portrayed Cameron Williams in the Left Behind film series and Caleb Holt in the 2008 drama film Fireproof.

He began acting at age nine and his first job was in an advertisement for a breakfast cereal, his first starring role was at age 13, in the television series Two Marriages. He was also seen in The Growing Pains movie in 2000, for which the entire main cast reunited and then in 2014 in Saving Christmas.

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  1. Fez from That 70’s Show

Fez is a character and one of the four male leads on That ’70s Show, portrayed by Wilmer Valderrama. He was the foreign exchange student in a group of six local teenagers and though the character’s name is commonly known as Fez, it was fabricated as an acronym for foreign exchange student. Wilmer is a singer, producer and television personality, but he is best known for his role as Fez and as Carlos in the horror television series From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series.

His recent works include voicing the character of Manny in the children’s show Handy Manny, Grey’s Anatomy in 2016 and he is now all set to join NCIS in its fourteenth season as a series regular.

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  1. Zelda from Sabrina, the Teenage Witch

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch is based on the Archie comic book series of the same name. The character Sabrina lives with her 600-year-old aunts, witches Hilda and Zelda, played by Beth Broderick and their magical talking cat Salem.

Beth is more noted for her portrayal of the character Zelda and has recently starred as the recurring character Rose Twitchell on the Stephen King and Steven Spielberg TV series Under the Dome. She was also seen on television in 2014 in Melissa & Joey, Dr. Ellen Radier and in the movie Two Step in 2014.

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Tv's greatest catchphrases

Tv’s Greatest Catchphrases

To paraphrase Lord Tennysson, shows may come and shows may go, but catchphrases go on forever! Some are witty, while others are sassy but one thing is for sure, catchphrases are the make it or break it for TV shows, keeping viewers hooked on, even years after their airing. We present to you a list of such catchphrases that have etched a mark on television history.

“Hey, how you doin?”Joey Tribbiani, F.R.I.E.N.D.S.

“It’s gonna be Legen-wait for it-Dary!” Barney Stinson, How I Met Your Mother

“Doh!” Homer Simpsons, The Simpsons

“Buurn!”Michael Kelso, That 70’s Show

“Stifle!”Archie, All in the Family

“Whatchoo talkin’ ’bout, Willis?” Arnold Jackson, Diff’rent Strokes

“Oh, my God! They killed Kenny!”Stan and Kyle, South Park

“Bazinga!” Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory

“Live long and prosper”Mr. Spock, Star Trek

“Yabba dabba doo!”Fred Flintstone, The Flintstones

“Dy-no-mite!” J.J., Good Times

“Kiss my grits!”Flo, Alice

“The one with all the facts” – Things you didn’t know about F.R.I.E.N.D.S.

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F.R.I.E.N.D.S. is one of those cult TV shows that is loved by all. If you have been living under a rock, and have no clue about this amazing series, it follows the lives of a group of six friends who live in Manhattan, as they try to make it in the Big Apple! Here are a few friendly facts (pun intended) about the show that you probably hadn’t heard before:

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1. Three cast members from The Simpsons made guest appearances on Friends: Dan Castellaneta (Homer), Hank Azaria (Moe/Apu, etc.) and Harry Shearer (Mr. Burns/Smithers, etc.).

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2. The show was originally called Insomnia Cafe. It was then renamed Friends Like Us, and then Six of One before becoming Friends.

3. At the beginning of the 1st season, each cast member was paid $22,000 per episode. By the final season, they each got $1,000,000 per episode.

4. “The One Where No One’s Ready” takes place entirely in Monica’s apartment because the show didn’t have a large enough budget for guest stars or additional sets.

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5. David Schwimmer directed 10 Friends episodes.

6. The story-line of Phoebe carrying her brother’s triplets was written because Lisa Kudrow was pregnant in real life.

7. In the opening credits of “The One After Vegas”, which is dedicated to Courteney Cox and David Arquette’s marriage, every cast member has the surname Arquette added to the end of his or her real name.

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8. Phoebe and Chandler were originally supposed to be supporting characters. David Schwimmer was the first of the main six actors to be cast in the show and Jennifer Aniston was the last.

9. All of the six main characters have kissed each other at one point (if you include the alternative “what if?” episodes), except Monica and Phoebe.

10. The orange couch in Central Perk was found in the basement of the Warner Bros. studio.

11. The Magna Doodle actually made its debut in Episode 18, but it was much clearer in 19. The first column appears to be a grocery list, while the second one reads, “Joey call your dad.” After this, each doodle had some connection to the storyline of the episode.

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12. Giovanni Ribisi plays Phoebe’s brother Frank Jr. in later episodes, but he also has a small cameo in the earlier seasons. He plays a boy who accidentally throws a condom into Phoebe’s guitar case instead of a coin.

13. When Rachel is trying to find a new officiate for Chandler and Monica’s wedding, she finds a Greek Orthodox priest coming out of the Anastassakis/Papasifakis wedding. Anastassakis is Jennifer Aniston’s family name.

14. Monica’s apartment changed from number 5 to number 20 when the show’s writers realised that “5” wouldn’t denote an apartment on an upper level floor in a large block. So they matched, Chandler’s also changed from 4 to 19.

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15. When Lisa Kudrow first read the script, she thought Chandler’s character was gay.

16.  Courteney Cox was a neat freak, just like Monica and would clean the others’ dressing rooms.

17. James Michael Tyler was cast as Gunther because he was the only extra who knew how to operate an espresso machine. Also, Gunther wasn’t given a name until the middle of the second season.

18. Ellen DeGeneres turned down an offer to play Phoebe.

19. In the last episode, it is mentioned that all six characters have lived in Monica’s apartment. They have all also lived in Joey’s apartment.

20. When the last series ended, each cast member was given a piece of the sidewalk from outside Central Perk as a keepsake.

21. June Gable, who played Joey’s agent Estelle Leonard, also played a nurse in the episode where Carol gives birth to Ben.

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22. The writers used a pie chart to track how many lines and jokes each character said, to make sure each actor had the same amount.

23. Cox had a special place called “Courteney’s Candy Cabinet” on the set, for “once famous for scarfing down junk food”, according to A Natural Living Today story from 1996.

24. The actors, led by David Schwimmer, held an ‘intervention’ for Jennifer Aniston because of her lateness to the set.

25. Lisa Kudrow was scared of the duck that was in Joey’s and Chandler’s apartment, along with the chick.

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