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  • A letter from a concerned father to Victoria's Secret..

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

    Dear Victoria’s Secret,

    I am a father of a three year old girl. She loves princesses, Dora the Explorer, Doc McStuffins and drawing pictures for people. Her favorite foods are peanut butter and jelly, cheese and pistachios.

    Even though she is only three, as a parent I have had those thoughts of my daughter growing up and not being the little girl she is now. It is true what they say about kids, they grow up fast. No matter how hard I try I know that she will not be the little ball of energy she is now; one day she will be a rebellious teenager that will more than likely think her dad is a total goof ball and would want to distance herself from my embarrassing presence.

    I know that this is far down the line and I try to spend as much time as I can with her making memories of this special time.

    But as I read an article today posted on The Black Sphere, it really got me thinking that maybe the culture that we currently find ourselves in is not helping the cause.

    Recently I read an article that Victoria’s Secret is launching a line of underwear and bras aimed at middle school aged children. The line will be called “Bright Young Things” and will feature ” lace black cheeksters with the word “Wild” emblazoned on them, green and white polka-dot hipsters screen printed with “Feeling Lucky?” and a lace trim thong with the words, “Call me” on the front.”

    As a dad, this makes me sick.

    I believe that this sends the wrong message to not only my daughter but to all young girls.
    I don’t want my daughter to ever think that her self-worth and acceptance by others is based on the choice of her undergarments. I don’t want my daughter to ever think that to be popular or even attractive she has to have emblazon words on her bottom.

    I want my daughter (and every girl) to be faced with tough decisions in her formative years of adolescence. Decisions like should I be a doctor or a lawyer? Should I take calculus as a junior or a senior? Do I want to go to Texas A&M or University of Texas or some Ivy League School? Should I raise awareness for slave trafficking or lack of water in developing nations? There are many, many more questions that all young women should be asking themselves… not will a boy (or girl) like me if I wear a “call me” thong?

    I want my daughter to know that she is perfect the way she is; I want my daughter to know that no matter what underwear she is wearing it does not define her.

    I believe that this new line “Bright Young Things” thwarts the efforts of empowering young women in this country. “Bright Young Things” gives off the message that women are sex objects. This new line promotes it at a dangerously young age.

    I implore you to reconsider your decision to start this line.

    By doing so you will put young girl’s self-esteem, self-worth and pride above profits.


    Rev. Evan Dolive
    Houston, TX

  • Models for the Disney Characters..

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

    Realistic humans are among the most difficult characters to animate. For 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,' animators with relatively little experience animating real people had to create characters that were convincingly real. To aid in this task, Disney hired a young dancer, then named Marjorie Belcher, to act out the role of Snow White. Champion's performance became the model for how future live-action reference was shot. Dressed in the character's costume, she danced and pantomimed scenes from the film with stand-in props.

    Champion later did live-action modeling for the Blue Fairy in 'Pinocchio' and Hyacinth Hippo from 'Fantasia.' She was briefly married to Disney animator Art Babbitt and later found fame dancing in MGM musicals alongside her second husband, the actor/dancer/director Gower Champion.



    Eleanor Audley
    Wicked Stepmother and Maleficent

    Disney animators often study or film voice actors as they perform to get ideas for animating the corresponding characters. Sometimes -- particularly for older films -- the actors would double as reference models. Audley's stately appearance and acting chops perfectly complimented her amazing vocal performances as Maleficent from 'Sleeping Beauty' and the evil stepmother from 'Cinderella.'


    Helene Stanley-Cinderella, Princess Aurora and more

    One of Disney's most prolific live-action reference models, Helene Stanley began working for Disney towards the end of her film career. Stanley modeled Cinderella and her stepsister Anastasia, Princess Aurora in 'Sleeping Beauty' and Anita Radcliffe in '101 Dalmatians.' Disney also found an onscreen role for her as Davy Crockett's wife Polly in two of the 'Davy Crockett' TV movies.




    Margaret Kerry as TinkerBell

    It's long been rumored that Peter Pan's pixie pal was based on Marilyn Monroe. In fact, the temperamental fairy was heavily based on the reference provided by Margaret Kerry.

    With the aid of numerous oversized props, Kerry gave the animators plenty of inspiration for Tinker Bell's movement and character. Kerry also voiced one of the mermaids in 'Peter Pan' and played the character in reference footage as well.


    Sherry Stoner...Belle and Princess Aurora

    herri Stoner helped to reinvent the Disney heroine by serving as the model for both Ariel and Belle. Stoner, who had previously appeared on the 'Little House on the Prarie' TV series, swam around in a water tank for Ariel and pantomimed Belle's actions to prerecorded tracks of voice actor Paige O'Hara's dialogue.

    Stoner's connection to animation didn't end with 'Beauty and the Beast' and 'The Little Mermaid.' She went on to serve as a writer and producer on 'Tiny Toon Adventures' and 'Animaniacs,' voicing Slappy Squirrel on the latter. She's currently working on a series for Disney Junior starring revamped versions of the seven dwarfs.

    Bambi: The Story and the Film/Disney


    Bambi: The Story and the Film/Disney

    Animating animals, both realistic and stylized, also requires a lot of study. 'Bambi' featured some of the most realistic animal animation produced by Disney up to that time. To help the artists familiarize themselves with the movements and mannerisms of the creatures they would be drawing, Disney brought a number of animals to live in enclosures on the studio grounds, including two four-month-old fawns.

    Disney's animators had plenty of opportunity to study the two deer, dubbed Bambi and Faline, as they grew up. But living in such close proximity to humans stripped the deer of some of their wild nature. The animators found additional inspiration from a wild buck who found his way onto the lot, attracted by Faline.

    Nowadays, Disney usually relies on trips to the zoo or visits from appropriate critters with professional handlers when artists require live animal models for their characters.

    The illusion of Life/DIsney

    One of the early problems in the production of 'Lady and the Tramp' was the design of one of the stars. Lady was an upper class cocker spaniel from the beginning, but no one could seem to agree what type of dog the streetwise canine Tramp should be. Story artist Ed Penner found the answer when he spotted a stray dog with the perfect look for Tramp.

    The dog could not be caught, but was discovered days later in the city pound. As it turned out, 'Tramp' was a female, but her look still proved to be just what the Disney artists needed for their crafty leading mutt. After she finished her modeling work, the dog lived out the rest of her days in a home for retired Hollywood pooches.

  • Brad Pitts new movie trailer

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

    Paramount’s action-thriller opens in theaters on June 21.

    Just a few hours after a new poster for World War ZMarc Forster’s zombie action-thriller, hit the web, a new trailer has surfaced, giving us more background on Brad Pitt’s character, who is tasked with finding a solution to the zombie infestation.

    Pitt’s character is a family man with a wife (Mireille Enos) and two kids, who goes from cooking breakfast with his family to escaping from extremely fast-moving zombies on a helicopter and trying to find his way into Russia, where a supposed solution could exist.

    “Life as we know it will come to an end in 90 days,” says one military official in the new clip.

    The trailer also highlights plenty of high-flying action, including zombies running for the helicopter, more zombies overturning a bus, and an airplane blowing apart in mid-air.

    The Paramount film is from a script by Matthew Michael Carnahan, who adapted the book by Max Brooks.

    Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale, Matthew Fox and David Morse also star in World War Z, which hits theaters June 21.

  • Aaron Rodgers HILARIOUS twiiter conversation...

    Posted by Charli McKenzie


    Who can forget arguably the funniest villain in the history of sports movies, Shooter McGavin? In 1996′s “Happy Gilmore”, McGavin was the nemesis of lovable bad boy Gilmore, played by Adam Sandler. Shooter has resurfaced over the last year on Twitter, and has garnered himself quite the following with his hilarious references to the movie and outrageous takes on news in the sports world. McGavin is so popular on Twitter these days that Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers took time out of his day to engage in a full blown conversation with Shooter.


    Aaron Rodgers ✔ @AaronRodgers12
    I don't know if I can take that chick with her prejudicial comments against mustaches all day again

    Shooter McGavin @ShooterMcGavin_

    @AaronRodgers12 You and the Orderly Guy rank up there with having the best mustaches I’ve seen over the past 20 years.

    Aaron Rodgers ✔ @AaronRodgers12

    @ShooterMcGavin_ why don't u drink a nice warm glass of shut the hell up. You're in my world now clown

    Shooter McGavin @ShooterMcGavin_

    @AaronRodgers12 Haha *golf clap* I appreciate you paying homage to me last season in your game against Seattle


    Shooter McGavin @ShooterMcGavin_
    @AaronRodgers12 Chubbs was a dear friend of Shooters. It’s a shame Gilmore murdered him. As for Grandma, she loved our make out sessions.

    Aaron Rodgers ✔ @AaronRodgers12
    @ShooterMcGavin_ nice top into the h2o on 17 tee. Happy got the gold jacket and gmas house back. Ur in love w/an 80yr old who left u #fact

  • Mic'd up NFL players, say what?? These are great!

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

    This is for every person who has ever wondered what happens to all the nonsense the NFL Films crew captures when they mike players up. And it is delightful. NFL players: they're just like us.



  • 20 things a woman is willing and shouuld do for her best friend

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

    I thought I’d make a list of things I would actually do (and in most cases already have) for my nearest and dearest. I think most women I know would, and that’s why the fairer sex is kinda awesome!

    1. Be the designated driver on a girls' night out because I know you need a glass of wine (or shot of vodka) more than I do, and trust me, I need one.
    2. Say, “That skirt/dress/jumpsuit makes your butt look fat,” when that skirt/dress/jumpsuit actually makes your butt look fat.
    3. Explain that jumpsuits only look good on Rihanna and Rachel Zoe -- and encourage you to stop wearing them.
    4. Pretend I need you to fix my bra strap to save you from a tedious conversation with a boring mom at the playground or that annoying guy at Starbucks.
    5. Despise someone I barely know because of something they’ve done to you, and then treat them kindly if you decide to forgive them.
    6. Hold your hair if you’re throwing up in a club, which probably wouldn’t happen because we’re so not that cool anymore.
    7. Call your mother/father/siblings/other friends to have an intervention if you get hooked on meth, crack, or One Direction.
    8. Watch your kids when you need to go to the doctor, have a night out, do errands, or simply take a long shower.
    9. Alert you when you need said shower.
    10. Bring you tampons, diapers, or my prescription for cramps at 1 in the morning, or at the very least hang a bag with those items on my door.
    11. Rehash the time you or I got dumped/embarrassed/balled-out/hurt ... because there’s a really funny private joke in there that always makes us laugh.
    12. Never mention the time you or I got dumped/embarrassed/balled-out/hurt ... because we both know how painful that was, and besides, no good jokes came out of it.
    13. Pluck your eyebrows, bleach your mustache, and shave your legs if you had surgery.
    14. Apply ointments to areas that are unappealing and unfortunately unreachable by you.
    15. Be at your house in seconds flat at 4 a.m. and allow your dog to maul me so that you can take a trip to the emergency room.
    16. Eat your cooking and love it, no matter how it tastes, because I know cooking is a bitch. Unlike “fat butt” disclosure, no one should critique anyone who takes the time to do it, no one!
    17. Jump in a pool wearing a silk dress on your birthday because you did. Whether you were reclaiming your youth or just super drunk -- I wouldn’t let you float around alone.
    18. Go with you to meet a doctor about Botox, fillers, lasers, boob lifts, tummy tucks, etc. and tell you, even though you don’t need it, that I’d never judge. (What? I’ll want you to come with me.)
    19. Say, “I love you” with the same sincerity with which I say it to my husband, maybe more.
    20. And yes, move a body for you ... no questions few questions asked.

    Feel free to send this to your “Besties” as an “I Love You,” but be warned, you may be held accountable for doing any or all of the above.

  • 11 TV relationships we wish we had

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

    From Jim and Pam to Ricky and Lucy, these on-screen couples make us wish for our own made-for-TV romance.

    Lucy & Ricky, I Love Lucy 
    Partners on screen and off, this funny duo were a match made in ratings heaven. Thanks to Lucy's wit and Ricky's charm, these two attracted 40 million viewers each week during the show's six-year run.

    Pam & Jim, The Office 
    Who doesn't love a good office romance? Sweetly smitten Jim and Pam prove that the couple that plays works together can stay together!

    Carol & Mike, The Brady Bunch 
    Six kids are enough to drive any couple apart, but the Bradys made their hectic home life (and marriage) work. Let's just hope polyester isn't the secret to a lasting marriage.

    Cliff & Clair Huxtable, The Cosby Show 
    The Huxtable's had it all: five children, promising careers, so-bad-they're-good sweaters and a seemingly never-ending supply of hoagies. How could we love 'em?

    Zack Morris & Kelly Kapowski, Saved by the Bell 
    With Zack's bleach-blonde locks and Kelly's affinity for crop tops, these regulation hotties captured the hearts of adolescents everywhere in the early 90s.

    Joey & Pacey, Dawson's Creek 
    Joey and Pacey were the perfect melodramatic match. Too bad Dawson couldn't stay out of it. But hey, if we had to choose between James Van Der Beek and Joshua Jackson, we'd be conflicted too.

    Derek & Meredith , Grey's Anatomy 
    Boy meets girl in a bar. They sleep together, only to realize the inconvenient truth that he's her new boss. Oh, and he's still married. Sounds like the makings of true love (and good TV) to us!

    Cory & Topanga, Boy Meets World 
    Our favorite middle-school sweethearts went from school bells to wedding bells when they tied the knot after seven years together. And fans can rejoice, since a spin-off is in the works!

    Marshall & Lily, How I Met Your Mother 
    If there's one couple we want to befriend, it's Marshall and Lily. Not only are they relatable, they're also hilarious. Who else would name their first born 'Marvin Wait-for-it Eriksen'?

    Jesse & Becky, Full House 
    Only leather-clad Jesse could jump out of a plane on his wedding day, get stuck in a tree, land in a tomato truck, end up behind bars-and still make us swoon (all in the same episode!).


    And my favorite TV couple of all time???






    Monica & Chandler, Friends 
    It took four seasons, but perfectionist Monica and playboy Chandler finally came together after years of just being, well - friends. They even had twins together in the show's final season.




  • Did Ford go to far?

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

    It was presumably supposed to be a joke.

    But an ad showing the Kardashian sisters – Kim, Khloe and Kourtney – bound, gagged and stuffed into the trunk of a car with a gleeful Paris Hilton in the driving seat, has been pulled.

    The drawing featuring the reality TV show rivals was put together as part of a brainstorming initiative by JWT India, the agency that produces ad campaigns for Ford Figo in that country.

    It was one of a series of drawings with the tag line: “Leave your worries behind with Figo’s extra large boot.”

    But the cartoonish images backfired and caused outrage after they appeared on the Ads of the World website.

    One of the three ads shows former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi – who is accused of sleeping with prostitutes – in the front while three scantily clad, bound and gagged females are shoved into the trunk.

    Ford has since apologized for the images, Business Insider is reporting. The statement said: “The posters are contrary to the standards of professionalism and decency within Ford and our agency partners.”

    WPP Group, which holds JWT India, also issued an apology, branding the posters as “distasteful” and saying: “This was the result of individuals acting without proper oversight…”

    You think?

  • The Most Irritating Questions Asked By People Born in The 2000's

    Posted by Charli McKenzie


    -- What are "floppy disks" and what made them flop?
    Floppy disks aren't floppy.   They were hard. And they were basically like external hardrives but without all the fancy stuff.

    -- What are "land lines?"
    Before cell phones, these things existed and kids had to call each other's HOUSES and risk talking to someone else's parents.

    -- What's a "Walkman"?
    It was a thing to play your tapes on.


    -- What's a tape?
    -- What's "dial-up?"
    Once upon a time you couldn't even be on the phone AND the computer at the same time.  Dial-up is an excruciatingly long internet connectivity process. 

    -- What are Beanie Babies?
    They are little animals stuffed with BEANS, and everyone had, like, 100.

    -- What's a "beeper"?
    This is a device that let you get notifications when someone was trying to reach you. NO it was not like a cell phone. You had to use another phone to call back.

    -- What are "Dunkaroos?"
    They were a a perfectly packaged cookie/icing combo that you kids will never have the joy of experiencing.

    -- What is a VHS?
    Before all the fancy DVR and "On Demand" stuff that exists these days, there were tapes like these that you put into your TV and they played movies. You could even record your favorite soap operas on blank VHS tapes and save them to watch later.

  • Does Keith Urban have a suprise?

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

    ~On Friday’s Urban Chat, Keith Urban dropped hints of a special announcement coming TODAY!

    Visit….  Umm... Tour Dates?


  • How To Deal With A Hangover

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

    If you should ever wake up with a massive hangover, here are some great tips to make it easier for you to look fresh, all day long.

    1. Water

    As soon as you get out of bed, drink the largest glass of water that you can find. Make sure it’s room temperature or warmer, and add juice from half a small lemon to help remove the toxins you’ve taken in.

    2. Eat a green breakfast

    Reach for organic foods to counter the acid-forming alcohol you drank.

    3. Take a warm-to-cold shower

    Take a warm shower and allow the showerhead to run over your lower back for a few minutes, alternating to cold water for a few minutes.

    This stimulates the adrenal glands of your kidneys, and helps to flush out the booze.  

    4. Face First

    To fight off the puffiness in your face, fill the sink with cold water and throw in a couple of trays of ice. Next, dip your face in for as long as you can hold your breath, then remove it and take a few deep breaths. Repeat this ten times.

    5. Moisture plus Radiance

    Combine your regular moisturizer with an energizing ingredient that  contains things like ginseng, vitamin B5, vitamin E, magnesium, copper and zinc, to bring life back into your skin.

    6. Bright Eyes

    You may wish to douse them with Visine, depending on the level of redness, and apply a soothing, de-puffing eye cream.

    7. Take the red out

    Tone down the red in your skin with a high SPF sunscreen that has a slight tint.