Take Five…with Arisa Cox: My Pop Culture Addictions

As the host of Big Brother Canada (Slice), Arisa Cox gets a front-row seat to the drama unfolding inside the house. But the star isn’t disillusioned by her role; in fact, she’s just as addicted to the reality series as fans around the world. And, as we learn here, the mother of two claims more than a few other pop culture addictions. We asked the savvy host to tell us what's on her entertainment radar right now.

I’m a massive fan of sci-fi and loved HBO’s Game of Thrones instantly. But my obsession was turned up to 12 when I did a piece for CBC’s The National that included a satellite interview with author George R.R. Martin from Comic-Con. That was my brain-melting fan girl moment, which compelled my producer and I to begin reading the brilliant A Song of Ice and Fire series. Quicker than you can say “Kingslayer,” my entire family was reading, watching and becoming insanely obsessed with them. I’m currently re-reading the entire series (each book is 1,000 pages a pop), and am loving season 4!

At the risk of sounding like — whatever, I don’t care: the 24/7 Live Feeds at bigbrothercanada.ca are so addictive I dare you to take a peek and not cancel the rest of your day. When you catch a key conversation or hilarious moment, it’s pretty much better than Christmas. Did I mention the feeds are free?

The Queen Bey changed the game when she released her phenomenal self-titled album with zero fanfare or buzz in December. She just dropped it. The album became the fastest-selling album in iTunes history -- selling more than a million copies in under a week -- and blowing all of her competition (Gaga, Britney, Miley, Katy, Taylor) away. I have a morning radio show in Edmonton on 91.7 The Bounce so this album was a huge deal! The album itself is perfection – complex, epic and above all it’s different. In the immortal words of Beyoncé herself, “Bow down!”

I’ve been a massive fan of Elaine Lui’s blog laineygossip.com for years and was frothing at the mouth waiting to read her new book, Listen to the Squawking Chicken: When Mother Knows Best, What's a Daughter To Do? A Memoir (Sort Of). If you’re a fan of dry wit, self-deprecation and unintentionally touching mother-daughter moments, then this book is for you. I pretty much spit my coffee out laughing through the entire thing. And it makes you want to hug your mother a little bit tighter.

Need I say more than, “Look at the flowers”? If you don’t get the reference to perhaps one of the best pieces of television I have ever seen, cancel your plans for the next month because you have a Walking Dead marathon to get to!

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