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‘Pretty Little Liars’ Season 5 – ‘A’ Is For Aria | Haider Rifaat

‘Pretty Little Liars’ is already halfway through its fifth season. The upcoming summer finale episode, ‘Taking This One To The Grave’ will air next week on ABC Family. During the first eleven episodes of the fifth season, I have come to learn a lot about Allison DiLaurentis’s ‘dark’ past. We also have several characters back for season five including Jenna Marshall (Tamin Sursock), Noel Kahn (Brant Daugherty) and Melissa Hastings (Torey DeVitto). It would be rather hard to predict who ‘A’ is this season as a lot of new characters have been introduced this year. Maybe the writers of ‘Pretty Little Liars’ want the fans to keep guessing who ‘A’ is until the end of the season finale.

However, after closely observing each and every character this season, I have come up with an ‘A’ Theory. I know this would sound rather unsettling but I believe that Aria Montgomery is ‘A.’ I have several reasons to back my theory up. I noticed a steady change in her unpredictable yet mysterious personality during the first ten episodes of the fifth season. Aria might be the ‘artsy’ girl of her club but I feel as if she has her own issues. Take for instance her fickle relationship with Ezra Fitz (Ian Harding). Clearly she was grief stricken after she had found out about Ezra and Allison’s connection.

0ce1fe0c717d30a87f8d86ffed0fFurthermore, in the previous episode Linda Tanner visited the Montgomery’s residence where she privately talked to Byron about Aria and her probable connection to the homicide. She didn’t disclose much information in the end but we all saw Aria eavesdropping on the other side of the room. And why hasn’t Aria ever been the target of ‘A’s’ vicious plans? It was either Hanna, Spencer or Emily who fell for ‘A’s’ traps. Also, in the finale episode of season two, Spencer suspiciously stared at the four dolls while she was at ‘A’s’ lair. All of them were dressed up in pretty clothes except for Aria, who was dressed up in a black hoodie.

Even if Aria is not ‘A’, she must be linked with the ‘A-Team’ one way or another. I just hope that more secrets unravel after the summer finale of ‘Pretty Little Liars’ season five.

Should There Be A ‘True Blood’ Season 8? | Haider Rifaat

Being a huge fan of the hit HBO television series ‘True Blood’, I feel as if it deserves an eighth season. Unquestionably, this show has left a legacy behind and in the years to come, we, as fans would be reminiscing over the seven golden years ‘True Blood’ has given to us. The series stars Anna Paquin, Ryan Kwanten, Stephen Moyer, Rutina Wesley and Alexander Skarsgård as main characters.

I would call ‘True Blood’ spicy, fun and a blend of both, horror and drama! It centers on Sookie Stackhouse, a southern American girl who possesses telepathic powers. But this show not only emphasizes on her ‘special’ abilities. It encompasses a number of aspects including humans’ bond with vampires. Each and every episode of ‘True Blood’ was brilliantly crafted! I must commend the directors’ effort in making this series a masterpiece! The show initially commenced in 2008 and immediately developed a cult fan following after the second season had aired back in 2009.

True-Blood-Season-7-spoilersWith just one episode left until the series concludes, I believe that the directors and producers of ‘True Blood’ should mull over a season eight. The best thing about this show is that it never loses its audience. The average viewer count of almost every episode is a little over four million. Furthermore, the most significant factor that has contributed to the show’s success is the promotion of racial harmony. Every character is integrated in ‘True Blood’ and that is primarily why it has such a huge fan following. Additionally, the acting is brilliant, as always! I personally adore Anna Paquin’s character. It is charming, funny and sexy all at the same time! Rutina Wesley, on the other hand, has delivered a fantastic performance in the series as well.

These factors and many others make ‘True Blood’ a standout from today’s television landscape. Every fan wants this series to be given an eight season although season seven is the last one of the show. I would be heartbroken if they don’t consider ‘True Blood’ for an eighth season. I just hope this prospect soon comes into view. There is no need to rush. We can always take it slow. Having said that, don’t miss the series finale of ‘True Blood’ on Sunday, August 24th at 9PM on HBO.

‘American Horror Story’ Is Strange, But Fun! | Haider Rifaat

When I first heard about the horror television series ‘American Horror Story’, I thought it would be yet another supernatural drama with monotonous storylines that date back to ‘The Exorcist’ days. Nonetheless, I decided to give this series a chance and honestly speaking, it is quite gripping! After watching the first few episodes of the first season, I came to realize how eerily they had been written and directed. Much to my utter dismay, I gave up on the show but it was until I heard about ‘American Horror Story: Asylum’ from one of my friends.

He tried coaxing me into seeing the second season but I had my own reservations. However, I felt compelled to watch it after seeing the trailer. Surprisingly, after watching the second season, I felt as if the storyline had been stretched to a whole new level. ‘American Horror Story: Asylum’ was quite a compelling season. It had a lot of plot twists and secrets that I had no idea of! I am not a huge fan of supernatural television shows but the exorcism showcased in one of season two’s episodes was the winner!

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Lily Rabe delivered a fantastic performance as an evil nun. Sarah Paulson, on the other hand, did her character justice and was the spotlight of the season. After I had finished watching the second season, the show was eventually renewed for a third season entitled ‘American Horror Story: Coven.’ I knew that the directors and writers would be turning tables for the third season. The plot was entirely different from the previous two seasons. It was a good watch overall! The spotlight of ‘Coven’ was unquestionably Jessica Lange who delivered a spectacular performance throughout the entire season. I found ‘American Horror Story’ rather uncanny when I first started watching it but with time, it became one of my favorite television shows. Its peculiarity is what makes it so special. Undoubtedly, the show takes the horror genre to a much grander level.

I am really looking forward to seeing ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show.’ The writers of the show are quite experimental when it comes to the plots. It is a good thing they come up with innovative ideas for every season. I am eagerly waiting for the season four premiere of ‘Freak Show.’ With new additions to the cast, I bet it would be a fun ride for all the fans of ‘American Horror Story.

Rest In Peace, Robin Williams | Haider Rifaat

 The 63-year old stand-up comedian and actor Robin Williams was found dead at his home in Tiburon, California on August 11, 2014 at 11:55AM. Sources claim Williams’ probable cause of death was from asphyxia, although it is still subject to conjecture. Williams’ wife Susan Schneider quoted: “I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken.”

While she was clearly devastated over her husband’s dreadful death, a number of actors have also expressed their deepest sympathies over his demise.

Steve Martin tweeted: “I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul.”

The 37-year old actress Sarah Michelle Gellar who recently starred alongside Robin Williams in CBS’ ‘The Crazy Ones’ also spoke about Williams in People’s Magazine. She called him ‘The father I ever dreamed of having.’ Gellar portrayed Sydney Roberts, the daughter of Simon Roberts (played by Robin Williams) in ‘The Crazy Ones.’

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Williams was one of America’s most famous comedians of all time. He entertained the whole world with his charismatic acting and comic talent after starring in the hit television series ‘Mork & Mindy’ that initially aired from 1978 until 1982. He subsequently ‘wowed’ his loyal fans with some spectacular performances in ‘The World According to Garp’, ‘Good Will Hunting’, ‘Jumanji’ and ‘Mrs. Doubtfire.’ Often called ‘The Legend of Comedy’, Williams had won four Golden Globe Awards, two Emmy Awards, five Grammy Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and had been nominated for three Academy Awards winning one for his stunning performance in ‘Good Will Hunting.’ Robin Williams has always been an inspiration for young and up and coming actors.

He has experimented with a number of diversified film roles and has left a mark in the history of television and theater. Robin Williams had achieved ultimate stardom during his initial years as an actor. I myself am tremendously saddened by his death. Nonetheless, Williams’ legacy will live on.

Sarah Michelle Gellar Should Be Cast In ‘American Horror Story’ | Haider Rifaat

All Sarah Michelle Gellar fans want the 37-year old actress back on television once again. Clearly, freshman television shows are not quite working for Gellar at this point in her career. Sarah’s second comeback television series The Crazy Ones was cancelled by CBS a few months ago. This was not her only show to get axed by a network. Gellar’s initial return on television was with the drama-thriller series Ringer. The show was ultimately canceled by The CW in 2012.

Being a huge fan of the ‘Buffy’ star, I believe that Gellar should be cast in other television series’ that compliment her forte. The directors and producers of freshman television series’ always raise the bar to the next level. They often experiment with different storylines that might or might not appeal the fans.

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I would love to see Sarah Michelle Gellar be cast in American Horror Story, a twisted yet cleverly plotted out series that is a blend of horror, thriller and lots of drama. We all know Gellar from the cult classic television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She was great on that show. Somehow or the other, I believe that Sarah would be perfect for any role in ‘American Horror Story’ as she has been down that road before.

For those of you who don’t know, Gellar earned the title of a ‘Scream Queen’ for her starring roles in movies such as Scream 2, I Know What You Did Last Summer, The Grudge and The Return. She knows how to work around the horror genre. If Sarah were cast in ‘American Horror Story’, I am sure that she would kick ass just like she did back in the ‘Buffy’ days. Currently, the show is in its fourth season that would most likely commence in fall 2014. It would be an absolute treat to see Sarah Michelle Gellar in a series that we, as fans, have chosen for her. I hope this prospect soon comes into play.

Why You Have Got To See ‘Bates Motel’ | Haider Rifaat

So, it was Friday night and I was hoping to see something different from the usual stuff that is shown on television. I came across a series that seemed quite catchy solely by its title. The show is called Bates Motel and is based on the 1987 film ‘Psycho’ starring Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates. I must say, Psycho was a twisted thriller that was cleverly plotted out. I recently purchased season one of Bates Motel and frankly speaking, the show is pretty good!

The series stars Vera Farmiga who is a great actress in my opinion and the fresh faced, Freddie Highmore who has a bright future in film and television. I don’t know about all of you but Freddie Highmore is perfect for the role of Norman Bates in the series. His facial features resemble so much to that of Anthony Perkins. I have seen three episodes of the series so far and I’m hooked! I must say, ‘Bates Motel’ has become one of my latest obsessions of late and I recommend the readers to tune into the show. The series is unpredictable when it comes to the shocking twists and turns and that is mainly what I look up to in a television show these days.

14-0228A_BatesMotelS2_G+_cover_1080x608_FINThe twisted yet unexpected storylines of the show keep you hooked until the end of every episode. No one should trust any character in the series as everyone puts on a good face that can easily deceive any fan. Nowadays there are many series’ that are following the neo-noir format such as ‘Pretty Little Liars’ and ‘Devious Maids.’

In addition, the shooting location of the show was primarily the reason why I could not keep my eyes off the screen. The locations matter, at least they do to me. There is nothing better than a good show that has all these different locations. They can easily build up more suspense and expectancy from the current scene of the episode.

Also, Bates Motel is based on the film ‘Psycho’ which is why it keeps the fans glued to the show. The film is a classic and I must commend the producer(s) and director(s) efforts for creating such a masterminded television series that is a prequel to the original film. Almost every fan anticipates the series’ upcoming plots and what might possibly be delivered to the audience every week.

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As I mentioned before, the acting in the show is brilliant! Vera Farmiga is a great actress. Having seen her film ‘Orphan’, I believe that she is perfect for the role of Norma Bates. Not to forget Freddie Highmore’s underrated acting skills. Both of these actors have a great mother-son bond in the show.

Bates Motel cannot be categorized as a thriller series. It has some elements of mystery, drama, horror and lots of suspense. The show not only focuses on the lives of Norman and Norma Bates but delivers something new to the audience every week and that is mainly why it is doing so well on television.

I personally believe that Bates Motel is this generation’s ‘Psycho’ and it deserves all the praise it’s worthy of. I am eagerly waiting to see the rest of the show’s seasons. For those of you who have not seen this twisted thriller, I would strongly recommend you see Bates Motel.

It’s Summers And You Need A Do Over! | Haider Rifaat

When summers hit rock bottom, you know it’s time to alter your wardrobe. ‘Fashion’ is not just limited to designing outfits. Who says you cannot look trendy in casual clothes? It is all about carrying yourself. If you are wondering what to wear on a hot sunny day, then I have the right tips for making your summer casual, yet fashionable.

  •  Select the clothes that make you feel ‘more at home’ – It’s all about creativity. Wearing baggy jeans and a loose shirt is not what you call fashionable. This goes to all the men out there! If you are trying to battle out the scorching heat, then your best bet would be wearing baggy shorts along with a single-colored t-shirt, H&M sunglasses and sporty sandals. Sounds ideal? Hell yes! Remember, comfort and fashion are the key words. No matter how comfortable your clothes are, they should look fashionable.

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  • Short hair is ideal! – Sorry if this bullet point offended some long haired guys. Maintaining hair in summers is a challenge especially if you have long hair. Short hair is ideal for summers. Trust me, you don’t want to look like ‘Hagrid’ from Hogwarts!
  • Yes, Sun screen is fashionable – For those of you who ignore sun screen have no idea how glamorous it looks on your skin, especially in summers! Sun screen helps prevent your skin from burning. But how is it fashionable? I have an answer to that question! Not only does sun screen keep your skin protected, it also helps maintain a uniform layer of glow on your skin throughout the day.

If you want to look like a winner, you have got to change your looks according to the seasons. Summers are all about being hip and fashionable but in the most comfortable way possible. If you put these three factors into practice, I am sure that you would set up a trend on your own. Lead by example, always!

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