Friday, November 26
Things oughtta start getting reeeealllly interesting now that the all-girl alliance has finally cracked. Power matron Ami *thought* she had the game all wrapped up. I don't know about anyone else but I took satisfaction in seeing Ami's shocked face and dropped jaw when her buddy LeeAnn had her torch snuffed. Watching Chad & Sarge enjoy a moment of sweet revenge was priceless.
"There is a key inside the US marshal's wallet. The key opens a briefcase. The contents of that case are important and involves a startling betrayal."
"Locke makes a huge discovery. Someone will build a raft to try to escape. We'll meet other folks on the island who weren't on the plane,, and learn two secrets about Hurley. The Bermuda Triangle continues to overlap with the Jack-Kate-Sawyer Triangle."
"The flashbacks serve as a great conduit to learn more about these characters, but that's not all they're there for. The idea that these people – way before they got on this airplane – have interacted with each other either directly or through third parties is one of the cool pieces of tapestry of the show."
One theme I have recently picked up on is the fact that most of the characters have been involved with death. Sayid killing the guards, Korean guy killing someone, Jack's dad dying, Sawyer's parents, etc. I am beginning to wonder if that is the common thread that brings all these people together. I have read a theory that the island on Lost is really purgatory. Could that be true?
Wednesday, November 24
Sorry for the mass email. I wanted to let everyone know that I got
my final job offer this week! I am now legislative assistant to
Congressman Mike Turner from the 3rd District of Ohio.
Also, I have a new cell phone number. My new number is
202.386.3170. I hope to hear from y'all soon!
Tuesday, November 23
There is nudity throughout the movie. We view Patrick's bare buttocks during three scenes, and SpongeBob's once. At one point, Patrick surprises SpongeBob at a community gathering by swinging over the crowd, naked, holding a sign between his buttocks which bears a message to his friend. SpongeBob and Patrick are also shown in their underwear a few times. The underwear is drawn to look like men's fitted briefs.
These characters are not real, and are not even human, so many may choose to gloss over the animated nude scenes, though it sends a wrong message to children that it's okay to pull down one's pants for a laugh.
Monday, November 22
- Jude Law beats Jesus to become the sexiest man alive
- Marc Antony looks like a Latino Woman Action Figure
- Gwen Stefani is turning into Willy Wonka
- I hope Star Jones gets divorced
- "Sexiest TV Tool Guy" didn't go to Tim Allen?
- 2 of the 4 "They're Backs" (Blair Underwood and Dean Cain) just had their new shows cancelled in the last week. So "Now They're Gone Again..."
- I'm sorry, but if you're married to Britney Spears you aren't sexy
- Jenna and Barbara turn 23. Take a shot
- I just can't get enough about Laci Peterson and Elian Gonzalez
Sunday, November 21
All fashion and health comments aside, I must say these guys still kick ass. Each of them had time doing a solo thing on stage and they were amazing, especially Eddie's guitar playing and Alex on the drums. At one point during Eddie's guitar solo, he stopped and said, "You guys having fun out there?" To which everyone started screaming in response. He then said, "Good, cuz I'm havin a great fucking time up here." At the end of his solo, Eddie thanked the crowd and was in tears over the response he got by the audience. Sammy signed autographs on people's shirts throughout the entire concert (they would throw them up to him and he'd sign and toss back) and seemed almost humbled by it all. After the concert, me and the others wondered if this might be VH's last hurrah.
Whatever happens to VH, I'm happy to say that I got to see them in concert and hear all the great songs from over the years. I don't know how much longer they'll be touring or where they'll be, but I'd recommend seeing them if you get a chance.
Oh and in case you wondered, the latest news on David Lee Roth is that he's studying to be a paramedic. Interesting.
Friday, November 19
Wednesday, November 17
Despite the high drama on ABC's Desperate Housewives, the show has been submitted for consideration as a comedy at the Golden Globes, per Daily Variety. The show's stars, Teri Hatcher, Eva Longoria, Felicity Huffman and Marcia Cross are also up for consideration for Best Actress in a Comedy Series.
"Actress Jennifer Garner had to change the name of her new production company Vandalia Films, after discovering it shared its name with a hardcore porn manufacturer."
Oh damn. Just when I was getting my hopes up.
"Just last spring, the future of J.J. Abrams’ cult favorite 'Alias' seemed rather murky. But ABC has rewarded Abrams, the man behind this year’s mega-hit 'Lost,' with a plum spot for his Jennifer Garner drama – the lead-out spot behind 'Lost.' Granted, that spot loses some of its allure in January, when Fox switches its 'American Idol' results show from 8:30 Wednesdays to 9. 'Alias' will switch from Sundays, where it was replaced at 9 p.m. by 'Desperate Housewives,' to Wednesdays at 9 p.m. when it returns Jan. 5. That will bump 'The Bachelor' franchise to Monday nights, where it will anchor a new night of reality post-'Monday Night Football.'"
When I heard the news that Alias wasn't coming back in the fall because a show called Desperate Housewives would be replacing it, I was pissed! Now Desperate Housewives is one of my top 5 shows, and I can't wait to watch Alias develop with no weeks off.
By the way, there's lots of rumors on the internets about Alias, including:
- Sydney won't talk to her daddy at all this season
- The show is going back to its first season underground roots
- More focus on Sydney's home-life, including the return of Will (!!)
- Someone important will be killed off by the end of the season
And I like U2. The new album is fucking awesome! I cannot stop listening to "City of Blinding Lights." And some of the tracks are real surprising ("Love and Peace or Else").
Tuesday, November 16
This will go over well with all those Bush supporters. I wonder if Tinky Winky will be part of this collaboration.
Is there anywhere in Los Angeles to do this?
Monday, November 15
This week's challenge: High Noon. And a new thing for me: Live Blogging.
Frank has a huge unit, according to Steve. Angela decides to "step it up" since she royally screwed up last episode by stepping up and then stepping down. The boys have no aim when they go to the bathroom, so the girls think they have a better chance of winning the paintball duels.
Of course Coral is in a fightin' mood, which is appropriate for this Western-themed episode. After kicking Nick's ass, she challenges Zell Miller to a duel. And then - out of nowhere - a dust storm brews. Not even kidding. After the dust settles, Ibis gets shot by Mike and the boys pull way ahead of the girls and Mike will probably stay another week now.
The girls need to win the final three rounds to win this challenge. But Angela loses. So she's probably going home even though she "stepped it up." The boys win and their prizes are gift certificates to Pottery Barn Teen (I'm so jealous). Frank and Angela walk to Elimination Hill together holding hands. Angela knows she's going home and only has a few more hours to find out how big his unit is.
Sean goes home. I don't have any feelings about this.
And the girls... ANGELA!!! Now, I think she totally sucks when it comes to the challenges, but I do think she is kind of cool. She says this game is about backstabbing and going behind people's back and Coral and Veronica start cheering! They know how to play this game.
This show is so silly and they take it so seriously. That's why I can't miss an episode.
2. Anna Nicole Smith provided the only moments of humor (unintentional, of course).
3. There are just three nominees in most categories.
4. The nominees in each category have nothing in common (Avril, Sheryl and Jessica Simpson? Josh Grobon, Lenny, Michael McDonald and Usher?).
5. No one knows how the results are tabulated.
6. No one cares how the results are tabulated.
7. Half of the performances were by country singers and the other half totally sucked anyways.
8. Rod Stewart should not be allowed to sing "It's A Wonderful World." (Come to think of it, Rod Stewart should not be allowed to sing.)
9. The pairing of totally disparate celebrities to present awards has got to stop. (Kathy Griffith and Clay Aiken? Give me a break! Kathy makes a living by making fun of these people!)
10. Dick Clark is 109.
Now onto the good stuff. I saw Doogie Houser MD, Arthur from Six Feet Under, Cameron Mannheim, Tony Kushner, Jimmy Smits, Barry Bonds (well, someone pointed out that I did, in fact see him because I honestly wouldn't know him from Barry Manilow), some guy from the OC (the blond one who was on it last season), Jonathan Silverman. It was like a B-list wet dream!
Saturday, November 13
Friday, November 12
"Tarnation" - A man videotaped most of his life from childhood through young adulthood, bought a Mac with iMovie and edited it all together. This is the result. Looks utterly fascinating.
"House of Flying Daggers" - OK, I could sit through another "Hero," which was another "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," but both were great movies (especially "Tiger").
"A Very Long Engagement" - I have no idea what this movie is about, but I loved Amelie, which shares the same director and star.
"In Good Company" - I read about this and thought, "No." But watching the trailer, it has a very Cameron Crowe feel to it. Plus the cast is great! Dennis Quaid, Topher Grace (!), Scarlett Johansson, Marg Helgenberger and Selma Blair.
"Monster-In-Law" - The trailer opens with "From the director of Legally Blonde and starring Jennifer Lopez" which means I'm not going to see it.
i realize i'm not special, that is, lots of people get propositioned from the indonesians, which made me think, "what's with people in indonesia?" are they looking to get out of indonesia? do they want us to teach them how to type WiThOuT PuTtInG EvErY OtHeR LeTtEr In CaPs? as the french say, "je ne sais pas."
this blog is really a cry for help....a plea if you will. if someone can enlighten me on this penominon, please comment away!
Lost its "zip?" They're, like, 60!
Are they serious?
Sideways, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Incredibles, Spanglish, Finding Neverland, Kinsey, Closer, Hotel Rwanda, The Life Aquatic, Garden State, Fahrenheit 9/11, Spider-man 2, Bad Education, Alexander...
Granted, I haven't seen many of them, but to cut the Oscar race between just Phantom and Aviator, when we haven't seen either of these, is ridiculous.
Planet Sick-Boy: "Okay, another dollar for anyone who thought Craig T. Nelson would ever be mentioned in the same essay as “the best film of the year.” Actually, the voice-work in The Incredibles is easily its weakest aspect. Or maybe it just seems that way because Bird’s storytelling is so damn strong, and the Pixar animation once again breaks the very ground it destroyed last year. If you can, pay attention to the character’s hair and clothes, and the effects that water has on them. Look at the way the scenes are lit, and at the shadows that light creates. Pardon me for the Joel Siegel moment, but it’s all pretty fricking incredible."
Flick Filosopher: "[Director Brad] Bird's most outrageous and delightful invention, however, is Edna Mode (whom Bird himself voices, to hilarious effect), the gnomelike fashion designer-slash-mad scientist who creates superhero costumes. Her explanation of why capes are a bad idea is instantly one of the classic moments in all of film history."
Christian Spotlight on Entertainment: "Unlike the Shrek films, which are often crass and crude, the humor in The Incredibles is clean fun. Sadly, there are two fleeting instances of God’s name used vainly. However, there are several issues that can be used to initiate discussions of spiritual matters. Early in the film, for instance, Mr. Incredible jokes that he wishes he would not have to save people again after he has already saved them once. He jests, “Why can’t they stay saved?” Of course, this serves as a great bridge to speak about the One Hero who saves people with total efficacy and for eternity, Jesus Christ."
Whatever. Just go see this movie. If you have kids, I bet you'll like it better than them. And while you're at it, check out The Iron Giant on DVD. Same writer/director.
Thursday, November 11
"Stop! Sawyer Time! The hard-drinkin', hard-livin', hard-nicknamin' Tennessee outlaw is revealed to be a big ol' softy, still mourning the murder-suicide of his parents 28 years ago. He's specifically upset that after a confidence man ruined his parents' lives, he himself became that which he hated, bilking hot wives and their dumb husbands out of cashola. Back on the island, Sawyer gets tortured via bamboo shoots shoved under his fingernails when he refuses to give up Shannon's asthma inhalers to Sayid and Jack. He also shares a sweaty, bloody kiss with Kate Beckinsale. Meanwhile, Claire likes the sun, Mercutio likes Sun, and Charlie conjures up some invisible peanut butter. Oh, and Sun saves Shannon via the healing properties of Mentho-Lyptus."
Wednesday, November 10
check out www.guess.com
He's obviously a big 'ol nelly boy, as Paris complained about there being a lack of romantic charisma between the two of them...eh...who thinks her rail and bootish ass is attractive anyway? She has a good face, but that's about it. Chicken wings need a little meat on 'em. Does anyone else find it humorous that "Guess" defines their pieces as "Tops" and "Bottoms"...must be the closet queen in me.
But back to the matter at hand. Hot pool boy...who to date doensn't have a name. I got frustrated with Google, askJeeves, and HotBot. Can anyone help a brother out with this one?
It's also MJ's birthday. Besides running around the RR house dressed as Muja Star (his superhero alterego - by the way, it was funny when "The Miz" did it), nothing much happens.
Except Landon hooks up with a bartender. Shavonda, who I thought was overreacting until I saw the bartender's snake-skinned boots, continually complains how gross it is that Landon hooked up with her and that he probably has a disease now. She then says she will never share a bed with him again. Which is probably a good thing considering she made up with her exboyfriend-slash-boyfriend Shaun (who sent her a lame note along with flowers exclaiming "I am sorry and I love you" - how thoughtful).
Cut to Shavonda and Landon in bed together. Seriously.
By the way, did I miss the episode with Karamo going home? Oh wait, just saw him in a preview for next week. See ya then!
E! Online provides a synopsis: “In Team America, puppets sing, dance, explode, curse, puke and perform oral sex. In other words, it's exactly what you'd expect from South Park masterminds Trey Parker and Matt Stone.” Planet Sick-Boy writes Team
One little camera-ripping episode and you too, can be a street brawler!!
"Meanwhile, Justin, 23, tried to block photographer Jos Gonzalez as he snapped pictures of the wild melee."
Nice guy... let your girlfriend do the dirty work.
"One of Diaz's sandals flew off in the fight -- but it didn't stop her from overpowering the lensman and marching off with her expensive prize."
Oh my god! How ever did she do it wearing only ONE sandal? Wow. She's amazing.
"An arraignment scheduled in Los Angeles for Courtney Love, who has been charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon stemming from an April incident when Love allegedly bludgeoned another woman with a variety of objects, including a liquor bottle and a flashlight."
Lovely. Did Courtney intentionally shift careers from rock star to habitual felon?
Is that how she chooses her roles?
In Birth, she takes a bath with a 10-year-old boy. You gotta wonder what previous experience made her appropriate for that role?
OK, Wayne. There are a lot of bad things that will come as a result of last week's election, Alfie's box office being none of them.
Llewellyn goes on to say, "It could be the mood of the country right now. It seems to be the result of the election. Maybe they didn't want to see a guy that slept around."
Anything's better than Bush. I'm going to see Alfie.
Tuesday, November 16, NME.COM will have a world exclusive stream of How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb from 9pm. That must be around 12pm on the West Coast?
According to coworkers, KROQ (in L.A.) has been playing most of the songs from the album.
UPDATE: VH1.com's "Hear Music First: U2" and MTV.com's "The Leak" will stream the entire album for free a week in advance of its November 23 release.
Tate got kicked off. But the good sport didn't seem too bothered, admitting he was surprised he made it that far. I was surprised, too.
The "male model" judge, Bruce, is annoying, mainly because he says "male model" way too much.
The guest female judge (eat much?) had the same comment for each contestant: "more attitude." She also, like, totally uses the word like too much.
The episode was actually funny, and not in the usual train-wreck kind of way. Next week the show moves to Puerto Rico where the final five (actually four, if you count the "imbedded male model") compete for $100,000.
"He may have lost the first "American Idol" singing competition back in 2002 to Kelly Clarkson, but Justin Guarini has made the cut from the workshop production to the Broadway version of "Good Vibrations," the new musical that uses songs by the Beach Boys." - AP
Haven't we been down this road already with this Clarett character?
"Friends and family members say Clarett has been working out at an undisclosed location with a personal trainer in preparation for the 2005 NFL draft. He has not spoken publicly in months."
Oh, so then this new accusation is a way to get his name back in circulation?
"Clarett said the main reason why he spoke with ESPN was because he wanted to "clear his name" with NFL owners and general managers."
I see... the appeals to the courts weren't panning out so now he's making these accusations? Why weren't these brought up previously? Does this guy really think the NFL is going to take him seriously?
Frankly, I'm tired of this Maurice guy. Would someone just make him go away already?
Tuesday, November 9
OUTKAST is currently at work on a new album, titled 10 the Hard Way, featuring the duo returning to their rap roots.
Rockers QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE will release their third album, Lullabies to Paralyze, on March 22nd. Guest appearances for the still in-the-works record will include GARBAGE frontwoman SHIRLEY MANSON and the DISTILLERS' BRODY DALLE.
NINE INCH NAILS' next album, slated for the end of the year, has been pushed back to March. The original title, Bleedthrough, has also been scrapped. Frontman TRENT REZNOR does promise, however, that the eventual release will be accompanied by "extensive touring."
The ROOTS are in the studio recording their seventh album, Game Theory, due in stores next August.
And in other news, BRITNEY is releasing her "Greatest Hits" album this month.
"But be warned: When I say “computer animated,” I don’t mean the good, cartoonish way, like The Incredibles. I mean the unsettling “realistic” way, like Final Fantasy, with characters sharing the same creepy, dead-behind-the-eyes look of the robots in The Hall of Presidents at Disney World. Or Kate Hudson."
He gives it a 5 out of 10. Meanwhile, The Incredibles gets a 10. Sick-Boy is usually pretty reliable.
Good. Last week, EW had a free DVD of the first episode. I saw it. And then I threw it away.
Unfortunately, "Alias" is still on hiatus. But "Lost" and "Desperate Housewives" are both must-see-TV, and both had their largest audience this past week (18.7 and 24.6 million viewers, respectively). And "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" is a good cry (so is "Extreme Makeover," but in a bad way).
If you're not watching ABC, you should tune in. Tonight's episode of "Lost" focuses on the "bad" guy. It's a good place to start.
From Britney's Letter To Her Fans:
"I'm just getting back from my honeymoon and it was absolutely breathtaking," Spears gushes as the letter begins. "This is the happiest I've ever been in my life."
Happier than last year's marriage?
"I may be disappointing some fans out there, but I don't think I'll do another tour for a couple of years."
Nope. No disappointment here. The feeling's more like relief.
"I'm redecorating a lot of things because when we decide to start a family, everything in it needs to be perfecto! I love decorating; it's very therapeutic for me. I believe your house is a reflection of yourself, so I want everything in mine to be exquisite."
If it's a reflection of yourself, then "exquisite" isn't the first word to come to mind. Remember, there are pictures of you coming out of gas station bathrooms without shoes. Plus, you just used the word "perfecto."
"As an actress, Lohan is immersed in six film projects in various stages of development, including a revival of the "Herbie" franchise, a starring role as a young fashion designer in "Fashionistas" and an as-yet-untitled project with fellow musician/actor Nick Cannon."
With a film career like that, how can she NOT be taken seriously as a musician. I bet she's even better than Ms. Lopez!
"For me, premieres are like when you fall in love," Almodovar explained, speaking in Spanish. "It's like the first time in that it's going to last forever. So, in that sense, this premiere is like the first time I've premiered the movie, and that's the way I'm celebrating it." - AP
He is such a romantic. Check out "All About My Mother" and "Talk To Her," and then go see "Bad Education." But not too close together or you may become a cross-dresser.
"As you know 'The Passion of the Christ' is not in English and under our rules it qualifies as a foreign language film even though it was produced and directed by an American," said a member of the Hollywood Foreign Press.
He also forgot to mention that it's a really shitty movie.
And by the way, I think Willie had a doobie stashed in his braid.
Monday, November 8
Simpsons is back, but next week is the "official" season premiere. Last night was the very wacky Treehouse of Terror episode.
Arrested Development is back!! The first ten minutes had me laughing hysterically, and the rest of the episode never really let up. And Julie Walters brought back the face that Jason Bateman asked never to see again. Classic.
Desperate Housewives. Why do we have to wait two weeks to see the next episode? Oh yeah, so Ashlee Simpson can lip-synch at the American Music Awards.
FOR RENT: Rosario Dawson signing on for the film adaptation of Broadway musical Rent, per the Hollywood Reporter.
Word has it that most of the original Broadway cast (Adam Pascal, Idina Menzel, Taye Diggs, Jesse L. Martin) will be in the film version. The only problem is... Christopher Columbus is directing this. He directed "Home Alone" and "Stepmom." What happened to the rumors that Spike Lee was gonna direct this? He would bring much more grit to this project.
Sunday, November 7
- The Incredibles
- Shrek 2
- Shark Tale
- SpongeBob SquarePants Movie
- The Polar Express
- Home on the Range
- Teacher's Pet
- Ghost in the Shell 2
- Clifford's Really Big Movie
- Sky Blue
- The Legend of Buddha
I have to admit, I've only seen Shrek so far. But from what I've heard about The Incredibles, it is the one to beat in 2005.
"The pay cabler confirmed Friday that the upcoming fifth season of "Six Feet" will be the last for the ensemble drama revolving around the trials and tribulations of a family that runs a mortuary. Series creator/executive producer Alan Ball recently informed HBO executives that he felt the show will have run its creative course by the end of the upcoming 12-episode season." - Hollywood Reporter
Sad news for people who enjoy compelling and complicated television.