Thursday, December 30
Tuesday, December 28
Monday, December 27
Don't fall for the ploy, kids. Subway might offer to "toast" your sub but it will never compare to Quizno's.
So, it's all very exciting and I'm sure my family won't be seeing me again anytime soon cuz I'll be holed up on the computer downloading music to the Pod. Wheeeeee!!!!!!!
Thursday, December 23
6 Ways To Die in Southern California, by MIKE DAVIS
Charm School for Celebrities, by MARGY ROCHLIN
Hockey: The Most Macho Sport, by RICHARD BELLIKOFF.
Surviving the Holidays at Your Republican Parents’ Home, by KERRY MADDEN
14 Hairstyles of the Pundits, by NORA ZELEVANSKY
Hollywood Breakup Techniques, by FLINT WAINESS and ANNA JANE GROSSMAN.
Hollywood Overheard, by NIKKI FINKE
Exile From Bushville, by JUSTIN CLARK.
12 Man-Made Disasters, by JUDITH LEWIS
100th Anniversary of Empathy, by GREG BURK
Random Acts of Stupidity, by STEVEN MIKULAN.
10 Los Angeles Moments. Illustrations by CHANDLER WOOD.
JOHN POWERS on The Meta-Media Madness Top 10.
26 Clubs To Join, by KATE WOLF.
All About Laura, by SEVEN McDONALD
6 Blogs of the Samizdat, by JOHNNY ANGEL
Observed at The Grove, by JON ALAIN GUZIK
8 Famous People Whose Smiles Give the Willies, by JUNE MELBY
Love and Hate, L.A. Style, by Justin Clark.
6 Reasons Why November 2 Wasn’t a Total Gay Political Nightmare, by CHRISTOPHER LISOTTA.
6 Bush Scandals To Come, by DAVID CORN
8 Alley Shortcuts, by ELIZABETH ARNOLD
3 Arnold Predictions, by BILL BRADLEY.
4 Ways to Learn the Truth About Iraq, by DOUG IRELAND
Full Court Press, by JUDITH LEWIS
Top Five Sandwiches I Invented in 2004, by JON ALAIN GUZIK.
Where Are They Now? Illustrations by J.T. STEINY.
10 Great Profiles, by ANTHONY MILLER
Essential Reading From the Government, by GREG GOLDIN
Top 10 Numbers, by ANNE FISHBEIN
Top March-On-D.C. Tees, by NORA ZELEVANSKY.
11 Villains, by GENDY ALIMURUNG
Global Warming, by WILLIAM KELLY
Best New Drugs on TV, by DAVE SHULMAN
L.A. vs. O.C., by PETER FLETCHER.
Best Dishes of 2004. BY JONATHAN GOLD
10 Memorable Moments on the Local Stage, by STEVEN LEIGH MORRIS
Classics Illustrated, by STEVEN MIKULAN.
COLE GERST’s Year in Rock Posters.
Some Very Excellent Books, recommended by JOHN POWERS, DAVE EGGERS, JOY NICHOLSON, VENDELA VIDA and more.
5 List-Obsessed Books, by ANTHONY MILLER.
2004 in Film, by ELLA TAYLOR
Top 10, Er, 12 Movies, by SCOTT FOUNDAS
DVD Roundup, by PAUL MALCOLM, RON STRINGER, ERNEST HARDY and ELLA TAYLOR
11 Great Small Performances, by ROBERT ABELE
Notable Scene Stealers, by MATTHEW DUERSTEN
7 Ways To Waste Time Inside Your Xbox, by JOSHUAH BEARMAN
Film Editor’s Choice, by RON STRINGER
TV 2004, by ROBERT ABELE.
Materialistic Fetishism Reconsidered, by DOUG HARVEY
2004 Fashion Trends We’ll Regret By 2006, by NORA ZELEVANSKY
10 names for Kush Strains, by BEN QUIÑONES.
Light and Dark 10, by GREG BURK
6 Reasons I Survived 2004, by KATE SULLIVAN
2 Accordion Repair Shops, by JUNE MELBY
Audio Pepper Spray, by PETER FLETCHER
13 Great CD Reissues You May Have Never Heard Of, by MATTHEW DUERSTEN
5 Instant Folk Anthems, by PIOTR ORLOV
Punk Rock History Lessons, by FALLING JAMES
Metal and Wood, by GREG BURK
On-Deck Playlist, by BEN QUIÑONES
Call me Nostradamus, by ALEC HANLEY BEMIS
12 Musical Highs, by FALLING JAMES
8 Eerie CDs, by JONNY WHITESIDE
Gobbing on Empires, by MATTHEW DUERSTEN
Sounds of Music, by ALAN RICH
On the List, by LINA LECARO
Song titles from Cambodian Rocks, by AMIR ZAKARIA
15 Unacceptable High School Band Names, by FLANNERY LUNSFORD and MARTIN HIRSCHLAND.
Welcome to the Doll House. Photos by ANNE FISHBEIN.
Kobe Bryant timeline, by JON ALAIN GUZIK. Plus, Guzik on Why Moneyball Sucks.
10 Ways to Avoid a Fiery Descent Into Hell, by JAMI SUPSIC
26 Food Banks Where You Can Share Your Wealth, by CHRISTINE PELISEK.
The FCC's investigation into whether the opening of the 2004 Olympic Games was obscene was prompted by only nine complaints. One offended individual complained about having to "to sit there with my kids and watch a guy basically rip off a girl's clothes while appearing to have sex." NBC said it never received any complaints during the Olympics.I don't remember that part, but it sure sounds like it required skilled athleticism.
In all seriousness, you do not have to sit there and watch anything with your kids. You are a parent. It is your responsibility to make sure what your children watch is appropriate. If people are simulating sex, then change the channel! Finally, I do not recall anyone basically ripping each other's clothing off and appearing to have sex during the Olympics. So essentially, you are a bad parent and you are stupid.
The first one: the girls vs. the guys playing doctor. do you remember "operation?" it's basically that, with a really big stick. without resorting to dirty puns, nick and aneesa get voted off.
The second one: they have a pop culture quiz. (or they can ride their bike over a half-pipe.) It is so easy, I think my mom could do OK on it. My favorite question is who was voted off first on the real world. everyone knows it was david, but the guys guess puck. (my second favorite: what is madonna's two kids names. anyone who reads people or us knows the answer to this question.) the girls win the challenge for the second time (guys are on eight). tonya spoons with theo. frank goes home (which is okay, otherwise i probably wouldn't have seen him out at the bars in LA). and veronica goes home... thank goodness! i think she is such a bitch. so i'm glad. i do love that tonya has turned into a "leader."
The third one: the girls are already fighting, which is such a huge surprise (i didn't even have to think about this to offer sarcasm.) side note: did johnny mosley get one of those japanese straightening perms? they have to put food through a shedder, and whoever has the most at the end wins. new phrase: "if you think you're fast, you should have a bucket on your head." i'm gonna use that at work. the food they have to throw through the shredder is leftover butcher meat. nice. and now the bucket phrase makes sense, cause they have to catch the food in buckets on their heads. by the way, this is nasty. you should watch. new phrase: "i can't just seem to get a lot of meat in my bucket." another useful one for work. "robin decides it's gonna be funny to come up to me and get meat, blood, potatoes, corn, everything all over me, which is kind of erotic in a weird way." uh-huh. thanks, mark. the men win. they have more meat. randy goes, and so does ibi (ibie? ebie?). see you at the next mission. bye.
Wednesday, December 22
Lost in Translation
LOTR: Return of the King
Capturing the Friedmans
Master & Commander
Kill Bill: Volume 1
Here is how 2004 looks right now. With many lists still to come...
Million Dollar Baby
Notre Musique (huh?)
House of Flying Daggers
I wouldn't mind seeing Kill Bill 2, Finding Neverland and Garden State creep up the list to the top 10. This is kind of like the BCS system, you NCAA fans, right?
The Motorcycle Diaries (eh)
Hero (way over-rated)
Basically, I think this is an okay, uncreative choice of 10.
Broadway: An American Musical (PBS' uber-boring doc)
Huff (this was a piece of shit, by the way)
The Daily Show
The Life and Death of Peter Sellers
Pimp My Ride (ok, this is an unexpected choice)
More creative, and accurate, than its movie choices.
Talib Kweli (great CD)
OK, but I don't think the trailer crowd is into intellectual hip-hop, no? People also lists Randy Jackson's playlist, but I don't care.
3. Donald Trump
4. Michael Jackson
5. Tom Cruise
6. Jessica Simpson
7. Paris Hilton
8. Nicole Kidman
9. Jennifer Lopez
10. Whitney Houston
(It should be noted, it's based on number of Access Hollywood stories)
The writing on Joey is so obvious it makes me want to dry-heave.
What is Bob Sagat doing on Joey? Jesus, get someone who isn't totally desperate for some cash.
The cast is so cute, I just wish they would give them some decent material.
When one is incarcerated with 1,200 other inmates, it is hard to be selfish at Christmas -- hard to think of Christmases past and Christmases future -- that I know will be as they always were for me -- beautiful! So many of the women here in Alderson will never have the joy and wellbeing that you and I experience. Many of them have been here for years -- devoid of care, devoid of love, devoid of family.
I beseech you all to think about these women -- to encourage the American people to ask for reforms, both in sentencing guidelines, in length of incarceration for nonviolent first-time offenders, and for those involved in drug-taking. They would be much better served in a true rehabilitation center than in prison where there is no real help, no real programs to rehabilitate, no programs to educate, no way to be prepared for life "out there" where each person will ultimately find herself, many with no skills and no preparation for living.
I am fine, really. I look forward to being home, to getting back to my valuable work, to creating, cooking, and making television. I have had time to think, time to write, time to exercise, time to not eat the bad food, and time to walk and contemplate the future. I've had my work here too. Cleaning has been my job – washing, scrubbing, sweeping, vacuuming, raking leaves, and much more. But like everyone else here, I would rather be doing all of this in my own home, and not here -- away from family and friends.
I want to thank you again, and again, for your support and encouragement. You have been so terrific to me and to everyone who stood by me. I appreciate everything you have done, your emails, your letters, and your kind, kind words.
Hmmm.. does anyone else find it interesting that Martha is doing much the same "work" inside prison as she does outside prison?
1. Million Dollar Baby (I guess this is the must-see of the year)
2. Kill Bill: Volume 2 (I totally agree with this)
3. Vera Drake (I don't get Mike Leigh films)
4. Spider-Man 2 (OK)
6. The Aviator
9. Hotel Rwanda
10. Undertow (this is a suprise - it stars Billy Elliot)
Special Jury Prize (15 films that were really good that aren't in the top 10)
The Assassination of Richard Nixon
The Dreamers (blech)
House of Flying Daggers
The Merchant of Venice
The Passion of the Christ (overrated)
The Polar Express
The Saddest Music in the World
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
The Terminal (suprise)
Touching the Void (a very watchable reenactment)
When Will I Be Loved
Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (frightening)
Riding Giants (surfing docs are back!)
Tarnation (I need to see this)
Ebert's Worst Films of 2004:
1. Troy and Alexander (tie)
2. Christmas with the Kranks
3. The Girl Next Door
4. Dogville (totally agree)
5. New York Minute (who was expecting anything else)
6. The Grudge
7. White Chicks
8. Resident Evil: The Apocalypse
9. The Whole Ten Yards
10. The Village
I kind of think that worst lists shouldn't go for the obvious, but the films that tried really hard and really ended up being shitty (ie Alexander vs. White Chicks).
Check out the homepage of www.coldplay.com to watch the exclusive festive message from the band.Next year is set to be huge with the release of the third album. As a member of In My Place you'll be among the first to hear album news as it breaks and see some great footage on our brand new video channel.
They are in need of a third album. Number two was a big success (too big).
2. CSI: Miami (20.5)
3. CSI (19.5)
4. 60 Minutes (18.6)
5. The Apprentice (16.9)
6. Two and a Half Men (16.22)
7. Without a Trace (16.2)
8. Everybody Loves Raymond (15.9)
9. CSI: NY (15.6)
10. Cold Case (14.8)
Thank goodness for Desperate Housewives (Lost was not on last week) or else America might have become boring, too.
Normally I wouldn't care about a new cop drama, but they just cast Bobby Cannavale. He's been on "Will & Grace" (as Will's b-friend), "Oz" and "Six Feet Under" (as Keith's coworker during the bodyguard period). But the movie that really made me like him was "The Station Agent." He is so cool and so likable in that movie. If you haven't seen it, you need to check it out.
Tuesday, December 21
The Frankford Candy & Chocolate Co.'s "Balls" offer the traditional frustration of trying to unwrap foil-wrapped confections without gouging them, plus the added and equally traditional frustration of finding streaks of waxy white blooming on the unwrapped chocolate. But who really wants to eat them anyway? The main reason to buy these stocking stuffers is their unfortunate name.
Scariest-sounding ingredient: "Cocoa (Processed With Alkali)."
Seasonally appropriate? Nothing says holiday fun like these seven words: "Would you like to taste my balls?"
Santa's Gummy Gifts: Candy Pops
Not quite lollipops, not quite Gummi candy... This special Santa-related treat was seemingly designed both to frighten and queasify small children. First, there's the packaging, which depicts a snowman holding a stick bearing—the head of another snowman! And if ritualistic snowmanicide isn't enough, there's the piece of plastic used to cover the Santa lolly: Remove the candy, and all that's left is a Mr. Claus with eyes so dilated he looks either homicidal or completely wasted.
Scariest-sounding ingredient: "Glucose syrup."
Seasonally appropriate? Not in the least. Halloween is for sickening and scaring children, not Christmas. Get it straight, Chinese company that manufactured these lollies for sole U.S. distribution by R.L. Albert & Son!
Marshmallow Peeps Cutouts: Holiday Cookie Flavored
Peeps are called Peeps for a reason, or so it would seem: They're marshmallow gunk shaped like little birds, and birds make peeping noises. But the Just Born candy company (founded by Russian immigrant Sam Born in 1923) has expanded the line so far that there's even a "not just for breakfast any more"-style slogan to accompany the various non-avian Peeps. Ready? "Peeps. Always in season." For this holiday, Peeps take the shape of gingerbread men and assume a noncommittal flavor called simply "holiday cookie."
Scariest-sounding ingredient: "Soy protein."
Seasonally appropriate? Not really. Peeps still taste like that other Jesus-related holiday, Easter. As everyone knows, the first Christians drank eggnog when Christ was born, and ate marshmallow birds when He died: So it was written, so it shall be done. In spite of the seasonal incongruity, though, these Peeps are quite delicious.
Needless to say, the film's illustrious, Academy Award-winning cast is a long way from Taxi Driver, The Graduate, Funny Girl, or even Meet The Parents. Meet The Fockers has assembled a historic, once-in-a-lifetime cast, then stranded them in the laziest, most mercenary kind of sequel imaginable. It's like the 1927 Yankees taking on the Special Olympics softball team.
A: Two of the characters are related in a way that is different than what we think. And there's a big shocker coming up. One of the much-loved good guys (at least, he's seemed good so far) kills someone. Your eyes might pop out of your sockets. Wear protective gear.
Q: So, how surprised were you to find out Rex [Desperate Housewives] isn't gay, he's just, uh, kinky?
A: Very. But I hear another hubby is not so much straight.
OK, the writing in this article is way over-dramatic, but this happened to me at Kim Winderl's house when I was in 7th grade. Jenni Dietz totally hit me in the eye when I was dancing, and we thought my contact was knocked out (I even went to my eye doctor that night - we had to wake him up for an emergency appointment!). No sign of my contact, so I just got a new one. Six months later, I feel something strange in my eye, and my contact comes out! It has all this puss all over it. So I can really relate to Javier and that former model, Jill Marshall.
Can't wait for season 2! Oh wait, it's halfway through the season already. Damn! I missed it!
Monday, December 20
This week on Desperate Housewives, from Television Without Pity:
So, it turns out that Perfect PTA Mom Maisy Gibbons (Sharon Lawrence) turns ricks when her kids are at school. And one of her johns is Rex, who is into some S&M stuff that he's scared to ask KimberBree to try. Maisy suggests that he be honest with KimberBree, but he never gets a chance: he has a heart attack while Maisy's working him over. This, of course, means that KimberBree finds out Rex has been stepping out on her, but she waits until he gets out of surgery to tell him that she's getting the most vindictive divorce lawyer she can find and she's going to take him for everything he's got. She rules. In other stories, Lynette has issues with how competent Claire the Nanny is -- like, what do you WANT, Lynette? Either you have a great nanny and get back to good mental health and maybe go back to work part-time, or you don't have a nanny and you go out of your mind. Make your choice. Carlos is still in jail, and asks Gabrielle to burn some incriminating documents for him and to bring him his passport so he can get out of the joint. Instead, a suspicious Gabrielle keeps the papers and burns the passport. She's beginning to suspect that, like Britney Spears, Carlos is not that innocent. Susan finds out that Julie's been harboring Zack, and orders Zack back to his father's house. Paul then proceeds as normal -- in other words, he acts all squirrelly and potentially abusive, but mostly just creepy. Julie reads Susan the riot act for acting more like a child than a parent, in a scene that's remarkably thoughtful for this show. And, finally, Edie begins to wonder what happened to Mrs. Kravitz and calls in the cops. Also: y'all know that James Denton doesn't really do it for me, but he was really charming in this episode.
10. Red Lights
9. The Bourne Supremecy
7. The Incredibles
6. Shrek 2
5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
4. Fahrenheit 9/11
3. The Manchurian Candidate
2. Dawn of the Dead
1. Maria Full of Grace
Definitely one of the more interesting and random top ten lists. He describes his reason for picking each one in the mag.
2 weeks ago -- meet a friend's spring soiree date from 2 yearsago....she's nice.....wants me to apologize to my friend for ditching him for her friends.....i laugh...would have been funnier if it was someone brandon biegenzahn knew.
2 weeks ago -- guy sits next to me as i board the bus on capitol hill.he looks older, but completely normal.....that is until he gives me abrochure regarding george w. bush's ability to control the weather,blaming him for the severe hurricane season. i laughnervously....planned bus escape route.
last tuesday -- bus driver stops at the national archives. turns busoff. leaves bus....20 or so passengers wonder what happens to the busdriver.....driver returns 20 minutes later...no explanationLast wednesday -- woman sitting next to me praying the rosary, withfull rosary beads, the entire (45 minute) bus ride.
Last Friday -- bus driver tells us that he's going to take an"impromptu detour"....not sure if he can make that decision....i saynothing.last friday -- bus brakes suddenly -- about 5 people standing are nowlaying on the ground.
monday -- bus #34 hits a parked car. just keeps going.
also monday -- bus stops at national archives......10 blocks fromwork.....bus driver announces that this will be the last stop of theday....bus should have continued further.....i think the bus driver is improvising again....i acquiesce, exit the bus with several otherconfused people and walk.....getting used to the constant footpain/bleeding.
Tuesday -- bag lady asleep on bus. by "bag lady" i actually mean a lady wearing bags. she was covered in garbage bags. she slept for most of the ride, but managed to wake up in time to get off at her stop. she carried with her a handbag, as well as a cart of bags.
Tuesday -- miss 7:58 bus -- waited for a half hour while 4 busses of\another number pass by. by the time a red line approaches,\approximately 100 people are at the stop waiting to ride.
this morning -- wating in the front of the bus to get off.....elderly\woman in front of me.....she smelled of old lady really bad......black man with no teeth comments how bad she smell.....he does this out loud.....very loud......he doesn't realize that he smells of beer andwinstons."
ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND
HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS
KILL BILL, VOLUME 2
THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES
I think I've said it before, but I only agree with him about half the time. And I'd say this list proves that. There is no reason for Dogville, Spider-man 2 or The Motorcycle Diaries to be up there. (And there are a few I haven't seen yet.)
Saturday was another drunken night, at two holiday parties. When I was a kid, I never could've imagined how the holidays corelate to alcohol. At least with my friends.
Sunday was catch-up-on-TV night. Saturday Night Live was not that great. There was a potentially-hilarious TV Funhouse involving Santa's refusal to deliver gifts to red states. But there was only one truly funny moment when Santa showed his reindeer a revised map of American and Dumbfuckistan (a joke I saw on the internets around November 4th). Destiny's Child performed, and I really just don't like them.
Arrested Development was, as always, very funny. My favorite moment might have been George Michael's girlfriend Anne's very religious family's creepy Christmas celebration. It was also a nice touch to have all the employees of the Bluth company fired during the holiday party.
Simpsons, I fell asleep during. I'll rewatch tonight.
Desperate Housewives review to come.
it is like negative 500 degrees in washington today. the schools are all closed. i couldn't feel my face as i waited for the bus and i think my ipod headphones may have froze to my inner ear.
I know this is an "entertainment" blog but i figured i'd write about my crazy exploits because i've discovered that my life is way funnier than most tv shows, with the exception of arrested development. so i got pulled over on friday night. i was on my way to illadelphia (for a holliday debaucle, which i'll write about later) fighting dc rush hour traffic and decided to take a calculated risk by turning left onto connecticut ave from nebraska ave. the turn was of course, illegal (like most things in dc), and it follows, that i was pulled over. so i give the po po my license, registration, and insurance, which are all from ohio. trying to play the stupid tourist, i threw on my best midwestern accent (oh gash, officer blah blah) and explained that i didn't see the gigantic neon sign that clearly prohibited a left turn.
turns out i didn't have to be so stupid because apparently my driver's license didn't come up in the ohio registry. that's right. i've been driving for a year now on a license that apparently doesn't exist. so instead of assuming that i'm a terrorist, the office left me with a stern warning.
i've already had 5 hershey minis this morning, and i think i'm going to spit up.
Saturday, December 18
Friday's visitors, from six organizations and ranging in age from about 3 or 4 years to their teens, were bused to Neverland and then rode a train up from the parking lot. They included children with special needs from Santa Barbara and some affiliated with the First AME Church in Los Angeles, according to a list of groups issued to reporters. Jackson defense attorney Thomas Mesereau Jr. attends the First AME church.
Because if I were an adult in charge of a kids' group, Neverland is where I would take them for Christmas. Everyone's so "friendly" there. Seriously, it'd be safer to take a scenic drive through Compton.
Friday, December 17
Best Film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Best Director Michel Gondry - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Best Actor Jamie Foxx - Ray
Best Actress Imelda Staunton - Vera Drake
Best Supporting Actor Jamie Foxx - Collateral
Best Supporting ActressCate Blanchett - The Aviator
Best Acting Ensemble - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Best Screenplay, OriginalCharlie Kaufman - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Best Screenplay, AdaptedAlexander Payne and Jim Taylor - Sideways
Best Foreign Language Film - Maria Full of Grace
Best Animated Film - The Incredibles
Best Documentary - Fahrenheit 9/11
I'll never forget this song as long as I live..... I wrecked my boyfriend's car while fiddling with the cassette player; which just happened to be playing "Love Shack".
Thursday, December 16
The Killers' "Mr. Brightside" - A little Moulin Rouge meets Marilyn Manson
Green Day's "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" - I'm ten years late, but I want to be Billy Joe.
Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone" - She does Avril better than Avril does Avril.
Outkast's "GhettoMusick" - It's like someone remixed the actual video!
There are 5 movies vying for slots 4 and 5: Ray, Finding Neverland, Phantom, Hotel Rwanda and Fahrenheit 9/11. My bets go towards Neverland and Rwanda (although I've only seen Neverland and 9/11 here).
Unfortunately, Eternal Sunshine and The Incredibles and Bad Education and Garden State and Before Sunset have no chance. Although Eternal Sunshine and Bad Education (and maybe Before Sunset) will get a writing nod, Incredibles will win best animated feature, and Julie Delpy has a shot at best actress for Before Sunset. The most surprising thing I'm reading is that Tina Fey has a shot at writing for Mean Girls! Go girl!
My favorite Made-For-TV Christmas movie, the one I watched all the time as a kid but haven't seen in years because I wore out the VCR tape and I really doubt it's on DVD, is One Magic Christmas. It gets three stars in the Yahoo! TV Guide, which is really good for a Made-For-TV Christmas movie (Roger Ebert only gave it 2 stars, but I think it's because the movie is so depressing for a Christmas movie). It stars Mary Steenburgen as a woman who has lost her Christmas spirit and Harry Dean Stanton as her family's angel Gideon. Everything goes wrong for the family when her husband is shot during a bank heist and her kids are tragically kidnapped and driven over a bridge into a river and drowned. (This being my favorite Christmas movie as a kid might explain my totally dark and depressing DVD collection.) The angel Gideon grants Mary Steenburgen a miracle and the father and kids are brought back to life. Somehow, the daughter goes to the North Pole to meet Santa, the family has a great Christmas, and viola... mommy gets her Christmas spirit back.
I always thought Mary Steenburgen gave an Oscar-worthy performance (hey, I was eight!) and I think the movie deserves to be ranked among A Christmas Story and Christmas Vacation as required holiday viewing. Especially for kids whose future DVD collections include Magnolia, Fight Club, Y Tu Mama and Requiem for a Dream.
It's really one of the darkest Christmas movies I've ever seen and worthy of your tivo.
Read the whole dissection of the song... and album here.
"Nick Lachey will star as a baseball player who retires from the game and returns home to his dysfunctional family in an upcoming Fox sitcom, to be written and produced by Etan Cohen (King of the Hill). It's one of several solo projects in the works for Jessica Simpson's hubby, including a new album and a new MTV reality show about his search for a new record label deal. (Tentatively titled The Nick Lachey Project, the MTV show is due in March.) Even with all this alone time, Lachey and Jessica Simpson have denied rumors that their marriage is on the rocks; in fact, a new season of their MTV series Newlyweds premieres next month."
The ladies of ABC's Desperate Housewives, Teri Hatcher, Marcia Cross, Felicity Huffman, Eva Longoria and Nicolette Sheridan, taping a controversy-free NBA-themed promo that will air Christmas Day during the Miami Heat-Los Angeles Lakers game, according to TV Guide Online.
Thanks to the FCC, no towels will be involved.
Wednesday, December 15
The choices are soooo tough!
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Million Dollar Baby
The Phantom of the Opera
Javier Bardem - The Sea Inside
Don Cheadle - Hotel Rwanda
Johnny Depp - Finding Neverland
Leonardo DiCaprio - The Aviator
Jamie Foxx - Ray
Paul Giamatti - Sideways
Annette Bening - Being Julia
Catalina Sandino Moreno - Maria Full of Grace
Imelda Staunton - Vera Drake
Hilary Swank - Million Dollar Baby
Uma Thurman - Kill Bill: Vol. 2
Kate Winslet - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Thomas Haden Church - Sideways
Jamie Foxx - Collateral
Morgan Freeman - Million Dollar Baby
Clive Owen - Closer
Peter Sarsgaard - Kinsey
Cate Blanchett - The Aviator
Laura Linney - Kinsey
Virginia Madsen - Sideways
Natalie Portman - Closer
Kate Winslet - Finding Neverland
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Clint Eastwood - Million Dollar Baby
Marc Forster - Finding Neverland
Taylor Hackford - Ray
Alexander Payne - Sideways
Martin Scorsese - The Aviator
Bill Condon - Kinsey
Charlie Kaufman - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
John Logan - The Aviator
David Magee - Finding Neverland
Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor - Sideways
The Polar Express
Liam Aiken - Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
Cameron Bright - Birth
Freddie Highmore - Finding Neverland
Daniel Radcliffe - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
William Ullrich - Beyond the Sea
Emily Browning - Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
Dakota Fanning - Man on Fire
Lindsay Lohan - Mean Girls
Emmy Rossum - The Phantom of the Opera
Emma Watson - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
The Bourne Supremacy
The Passion of the Christ
FAMILY FILM (live action)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
The Five People You Meet in Heaven
The Life and Death of Peter SellersS
omething the Lord Made
The Wool Cap
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
House of Flying Daggers
Maria Full of Grace
The Motorcycle Diaries
The Sea Inside
A Very Long Engagement
Accidentally in Love - Counting Crows
Believe - Josh Groban
Old Habits Die Hard - Mick Jagger and Dave Stewart
Beyond the Sea
Michael Giacchino - The Incredibles
Rolfe Kent - Sideways
Howard Shore - The Aviator
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster
1. Britney Spears - "My Prerogative"
2. Eminem - "Just Lose It"
3. Usher/Alicia Keys - "My Boo"
4. Avril Lavigne - "My Happy Ending"
5. Black Eyed Peas - "Hey Mama"
6. Fabolous - "Breathe (Rolling Stone Original)"
7. Chingy - "Balla Baby"
8. Simple Plan - "Welcome To My Life"
9. Jadakiss - "Why (Rolling Stone Original)"
10. Korn - "Word Up"
11. Ciara - "Goodies"
12. Destiny’s Child - "Lose My Breath"
13. Evanescence - "Everybody's Fool"
14. Linkin Park - "Lying From You"
15. Bowling For Soup - "1985"
16. U2 - "Vertigo"
17. Hoobastank - "The Reason"
18. Yellowcard - "Only One"
19. Jay-Z/Linkin Park - "Numb/Encore"
20. Gwen Stefani - "What You Waiting For"
I have to admit, I don't know if I agree. There isn't much of a chance to catch videos on TV anymore. I am surprised Eminem's "Mosh" video isn't up there. And why is Britney #1?
2. The Sopranos
3. FX (The Shield, Nip/Tuck, Rescue Me)
4. Arrested Development
5. Desperate Housewives
6. The Amazing Race
7. Curb Your Enthusiasm
8. Without a Trace
9. Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars
OK, I mostly agree with this guy. What is he doing at TV Guide??
“I love to drive fast, and I’ve been lucky, because I’ve never really been pulled over. Recently, I was driving my Porsche convertible on this empty freeway, and this cop pulls next to me. I think, Shit. I’m gonna get a ticket. And he asks, ‘How fast can you burn?’ And I say, ‘Maybe 100.’ I wasn’t sure how to answer, you know? Then he says “Do you want to go faster?” and he just let me go to the end of the freeway as fast as I wanted. I went 130.”
“Don’t get me wrong — I love to dance on a table every once in a while. I like to work hard and play hard. Fun and I go hand-in-hand.”
[I haven't seen much work, lately, Tara.]
“I am such a Jersey girl. I am totally cheesy at heart. I’m gaudy; I like wearing tchotchke jewelry; I like cheesy guido music.”
Nice. So classy.
- During a dance-floor threesome, Big Willie says, "I'm bad, but I'm not as bad as I wanna be"
- The cops make a surprise visit to the RR house
- Melanie gets scabies (Karamo, "who has that in 2004, seriously")
- They go to Fiji and a) MJ is naked b) Shavonda and Landon get busy and c) Sarah hooks up with a Euro-boy and Melanie doesn't seem too happy about it. Which is such a surprise because she's usually so happy about everything (sarcasm)
- Melanie calls home because her roommates hate her (and she has scabies)
- Landon has a knife and is threatening a roommate
I'll be tunin' in!
This is really no surprise and gives me one less reason to watch Fox News.
McKathan told The Associated Press that he believes the Ten Commandments represent the truth "and you can't divorce the law from the truth. ... The Ten Commandments can help a judge know the difference between right and wrong." He said he doesn't believe the commandments on his robe would have an adverse effect on jurors. Powell said if he loses his case, he expects the judge's wearing of the Ten Commandments robe to be part of an appeal. "
The case raised comparisons to former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, who was removed from office in 2003 for refusing to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the rotunda of the Alabama Judicial Building in Montgomery. Moore said Tuesday he supports McKathan's decision to wear the Ten Commandments robe. "I applaud Judge McKathan. It is time for our judiciary to recognize the moral basis of our law," Moore said.
What the hell is wrong with these Alabama judges? Could someone just take a Bible and whap them up side the head please?
Maybe now all the theories and what-iffing will start to make sense. Or, maybe not.
Tuesday, December 14
If you're really addicted, head on over to Eonline and take the Survivor quiz. I scored 8 out of 10.
The winner will receive numerous prizes, including six appearances on "The Early Show" on CBS, a development deal for a lifestyle-oriented television show and a publishing deal with Atria Books, a division of premier publisher Simon & Schuster. Don't miss the start of this exciting new reality show, premiering January 6th at 8:00PM ET/PT, only on CBS. "
Oooohhh.... get ready for the cat fights, folks!! Too bad Martha's in jail. She'd kick ass.
Colin Farrell spent last weekend sniffing around teen queen Lindsay Lohan. The Irish wolfhound sipped double Johnnie Walker Blacks on the rocks while huddling with Lohan at Marquee Friday night, ignoring fellow celebs Chris Rock, Adam Sandler and Owen Wilson. Farrell left Lohan at about 2:30 a.m. to hit Nur Khan's birthday bash at Hiro, where he ogled supermodel sibs Frankie and Missy Rayder on the dance floor. But the next night, after hosting "Saturday Night Live," Farrell partied at Compass and Viscaya with Lohan and assorted cast members until 7 a.m. Doesn't this girl have a curfew?
It only took a month? Why couldn't he say this BEFORE it aired?
This is suprisingly classy from the network that brought you "Who Wants To Marry A Midget?"
In an open letter to Heat magazine, released Tuesday, Michael accused John of spreading unsubstantiated gossip picked up on the "gay grapevine.
In comments published last month, John, 57, told Heat that "George is in a strange place. There seems to be a deep-rooted unhappiness in his life and it shows on the (latest) album. All I would say to George is: you should get out more."
Michael, 41, said he and John were not close, and that he had kept his distance because "I was always aware that Elton's circle of friends was the busiest rumor mill in town, and that respect for my privacy was not exactly guaranteed."
"And to this day, most of what Elton thinks he knows about my life is pretty much limited to the gossip he hears on what you would call the `gay grapevine' which, as you can imagine, is lovely stuff indeed," Michael added. "Other than that, he knows that I don't like to tour, that I smoke too much pot, and that my albums still have a habit of going to number one.
Monday, December 13
Alexander (does this mean Baz Luhrmann gave up on his version?)
Dogville (I seriously watched 12 minutes of this 188-minute movie and turned it off)
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
A Very Long Engagement (this must be on the wrong list, right?)
The Terminal (compared to expectations, yes this movie deserves to be on the worst list. Compared to other movies in 2004, it doesn't)
Before Sunset (I loved this movie)
Million Dollar Baby (this still looks like just another "boxing movie" to me)
Friday Night Lights (I guess this is now officially a rental)
The Manchurian Candidate (same)
Harry Potter (I'd rather see Spider-man 2 here)
Alexander Payne for Sideways
Paul Giamatti for Sideways
Julie Delpy for Before Sunset
Best Supporting Actor
Thomas Haden Church for Sideways
Best Supporting Actress
Virginia Madsen for Sideways
Best Foreign Language Film
Maria Full of Grace
Boston Film Critics:
Runner-up: Before Sunset
Best Foreign Language Film
House of Flying Daggers
Runner-up: Very Long Engagement
Zhang Yimou (House of Flying Daggers)
Runner-up: Alexander Payne
Runner-up: Touching the Void
Jamie Foxx, Ray
Runner-up: Paul Giamatti
Hilary Swank, Million Dollar Baby
Runner-up: Annette Bening/Kim Basinger (tie)
Best Supporting Actor
Thomas Haden Church, Sideways
Runner-up: Clive Owen
Best Supporting Actress
Laura Dern and Sharon Warren (tie)
Runner-up: Cate Blanchett (Aviator)
Prince is second with $90 million. 1.5 million people saw this tour. Wow!
Simon & Garfunkel
I want to be a country star or an 80s pop star.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Friday Night Lights
Maria Full of Grace
Million Dollar Baby
OK, interesting collection of movies there.
The L.A. Film Critics Awards:
Picture: Sideways; runner-up: Million Dollar Baby
Director: Alexander Payne, Sideways; runner-up: Martin Scorsese, The Aviator
Actress: Imelda Staunton, Vera Drake; runner-up: Julie Delpy, Before Sunset
Actor: Liam Neeson, Kinsey; runner-up: Paul Giamatti, Sideways
Screenplay: Sideways by Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor; runner-up: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind by Charlie Kaufman
Supporting Actress: Virginia Madsen, Sideways; runner-up: Cate Blanchett, The Aviator and Coffee & Cigarettes
Supporting Actor: Thomas Haden Church, Sideways; runner-up: Morgan Freeman, Million Dollar Baby
Best Picture (Drama):
Million Dollar Baby
Best Picture (Comedy or Musical):
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
The Phantom of the Opera
Best TV Series Drama:
Best TV Series Comedy:
Sex and the City
Will & Grace
Good stuff. No Robin Williams in Patch Adams this year. Check out the full list.
Best Picture: Sideways
Best Actor: Paul Giamatti, Sideways
Best Actress: Imelda Staunton, Vera Drake
Best Supporting Actor: Clive Owen, Closer
Best Supporting Actress: Virginia Madsen, Sideways
Best Director: Clint Eastwood, Million Dollar Baby
Best Screenplay: Sideways, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor
Best Cinematographer: Christopher Doyle, Hero
Best Foreign Film: Bad Education
Best Nonfiction Film: Fahrenheit 9/11
Best Animated Film: The Incredibles
Best First Film: Maria Full of Grace
Everything about Survivor is becoming like a bad cartoon. The incessant eye-rolling during tribal councils, the cheap shots at the contestants, the hurt feelings (c'mon people... it's a GAME!), Jeff Probst bush-whacking his way from Tribal Council, parachuting to LA and zipping away on a motorcycle with votes in tow (huh?). And what's up with that stupid stroll down memory lane and obligatory nice comment about fellow contestants who are long gone? Let's have more time with the reunion show!! More fights! More snide comments! More mullets!!
I must say there are some out there who didn't feel Chris deserved to win. I say both he and Twila were equally deserving. They both lied and bluffed their way to the end. But, when all was said and done it was the ponytail vs. the mullet and although the mullet has made a startling comeback as of late, it apparently has not won over the classic ponytail look.
The 3 hour saga ended with Probst previewing the next installment of Survivor. Which of course promises all sorts of twists from anything we've ever seen before. Maybe it will be 20 players, all with mullets. We can hope!
Friday, December 10
Final Four are: Chris, Twila, Eliza and Scout.
If Scout wins, I will refuse to ever watch another episode.The woman is completely useless in any form of competition and does not deserve to win a million dollars. No matter how clever she thought she was, or how many others she thought she had under her spell, she does not warrant anyone's vote. Excuse me while I step off my soapbox.....
Next we have Twila. She's an awfully good strategizer and has lied just like everyone else does in this game. Her problem is that she doesn't know when to stop and with the latest shenanigan of burying the bananas, I'm pretty well convinced that SHE is bananas. She's still the most entertaining of the bunch (ha! ha! get it???) but she's also pissed a lot of people off. She'll be fun to watch at the final council. If she goes up against Eliza, the vote will be too close for me to predict. If she goes up against Chris, she'll lose.
Eliza. Sweet little thing with the mouth that never stops. Annoying yes. Deserving of the million dollars? Possibly. She's got the vote of the women, 'cept Scout or Twila, depending on who wins immunity. Plus, she's a real go-getter on challenges, no matter if they're physical or mental. But again, her big mouth could get her into trouble and ruin her chances of winning.
And finally, Chris. The Last Man Standing. I'm still amazed that even with his inability to walk on a balance beam, he's made it this far. How the hell did that happen? He should have gone home in episode one! But lately I am not impressed with his gloating. He's been lucky that the women were wrapped up in their cat-fighting and forgot he needed sent home. If they had stopped clawing for a moment they would have noticed him and got rid of him. But, with all that said, I still think he is quite clever and has an outstanding chance of winning.
Tune into CBS on Sunday at 8pm for the big finale, followed by the one hour reunion show. (guess I'll be taping Desperate Housewives!)
It's Role Reversal Week on Craphole Island! Once Sayid was a torturer; now he's repentant. Once Kate was useless; now she's a trained tracker. Once Locke was a crazy-eyed loon; now he's the calm voice of reason. Once Jack was the responsible, level-headed leader of the castaways; now he plunges headlong into danger, risking the lives of others. Once Walt was bad at backgammon; now he's a tournament-caliber player. Once Ethan was an anonymous Red Shirt guy; now he's evil. Once Boone was God's Friggin' Gift to Humanity; now he's God's Friggin' Gift to Wedding Planning. Once the island was made of rocks; now it's made of steel. And, finally, once, Charlie was alive; now he's dead. Oh wait, now he's alive again.
Friday's Best bet in sports: HBO, "Reverse of the Curse of the Bambino," 8 p.m. When HBO started filming this documentary, the Red Sox were still cursed. But the story ends happily, as we all know.
Sunday's Best bet on cable: Disney, "Twinkle’s Star," 7:30 p.m. Higglytown makes it on the map when an animated elf pays a visit to one of the town’s residents, Twinkle, and makes him into Santa’s helper.
[Sounds like the gayest Christmas story ever.]
Friday on MTV, "Jammed," 9 p.m. See Bono & Co. strut their stuff in honor of U2’s recent album release.
Saturday on ABC, "“Wonderful World of Disney: Naughty or Nice," 8 p.m. George Lopez learns the hard way that it’s better to be naughty than nice. At least if you want gifts from Santa.
[Sounds dirrrty. Christina Aguilera dirrrrty.]
And of course Desperate Housewives on Sunday!!
A man opened fire onstage Wednesday night at a packed heavy-metal show for the rock band Damageplan in Columbus, Ohio, killing guitarist Darrel Abbot--a former member of '90s headbanger band Pantera--and two other men, before a security guard shot the assailant to death.
This is very sad for metal fans (sorry Josh!). Too bad it had to happen in my hometown.
I've finally finished recounting the ballots in Ohio's Cuyahoga County and can now get back to the business of U2. Thanks to VH1.com and some rudimentary MP3 recording software, I had the CD for about a week before it "dropped." Due to the poor quality of both the MP3s and my stock Honda CD player, I always had to start listening at the beginning of the disk with "Vertigo," so I am proportionally sicker of songs towards the beginning of the album than I am of the ones at the end. I've heard "Miracle Drug" 15 more times than "Yahweh."
Then on "Super Tuesday," I was at my local big box store to pick up the deluxe CD/DVD/finger-painting book, which is so avant garde as to not include lyrics. I have purposely not read any other reviews on the album. I also am terrible at hearing the right words. For example, the opening line of "Bennie and the Jets," a song I first heard in 1973, goes something like this: "hey kids, sittin' in the river." Or perhaps Bono's most stunning lyric: "it's alright, it's alright, it's alright, Shamu, the mysterious whale." Your mileage may vary.
0:00 As usual, Larry hogs the spotlight by clicking the countdown.
0:05 Unos, Dos, Tres, Catorce. It takes exactly ten seconds for Bono to say something that we'll have to defend to non-fans. I got this question just last night. Why 1, 2, 3, 14? You might quiet these people by saying that it's something "God-related." That's usually a safe bet with Bono's lyrics.
0:12 "Oh Captain, my Captain!" Larry reciting Walt Whitman? These guys are incredibly well-read. I'm getting the feeling I've heard this song somewhere before. It would make a great advertising jingle. If only the right product could be found to pair it with. I'm seeing a woman with a huge afro and white things coming out of her ears. Good guitar jam. Not only is this a great album kickoff, but it will be a great concert kickoff.
0:24 "lights go down, it's dark"? Thank you Captain Obvious.
0:33 Word Count "Soul": One.
0:37 The band can wave hello as they come onstage. Perhaps they'll be a "Trippy Vertigo Remix" that they'll play over the loudspeakers. A version we'll never be able to find. This part seems almost perfectly designed. First the band will say "hello", then we in the crowd can yell "Hola!" It's like mind control. We're defenseless against the powers of Bono's suggestion. They might as well have called this song "Hello Cleveland". Perhaps they'll change the words for each venue: "Hello, Tacoma, I'm at a place called Tacoma Dome-rain falls down and all I know is the sound, in here, is unreal-unreaaall." All the Bono wannabees can sing along with "feel".
1:00 "as bullets rip the sky". Bono finds his lyric journal from the Unforgettable Fire era.
1:22 at this point during the show, all your friends who don't really know the songs will be able to sing along with the "oh, oh", just like they do during WOWYou and AIWIYou. They'll be the ones in the heart when you couldn't get in. They'll be the ones who got in for free because they work for a cellphone company. At least you've got them beaten lyrically.
1:55 This would generally be considered a "guitar solo", which in this case means Edge playing four notes over and over again.
2:09 Instead of singing along with "all of this..." substitute the following: "there's a place I go when I am far away", because it's from 1980. At this point U2 is hoping that the young fans don't know "Stories For Boys."
2:37 "I can feel your love teaching me how owow owow". This is a Bono trademark. Dragging a word out longer than necessary. He lifted this from Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats "...and there's no doing anything abow owow owow it!" Rum Tum Bono is a curious cat, and there isn't any need to doubt it, indeed.
2:50 Word Count "Kneel": One.
2:54 Word Count "Kneel": Two.
Tomorrow: "Miracle Drug"
Thursday, December 9
Kate & Jack have a moment when Jack wants her to tell him something real. She tells him something real even though in an earlier episode he tells her that the past doesn't matter. Make up your mind Jack! Geesh! So then Jack supposedly hears a scream. Kate doesn't. Does this mean Jack is hallucinating again? What could it mean? So basically Jack falls and Ethan springs from nowhere to beat the living crap out of Jack and threatens to kill Charlie. Where's Kate? Is Jack still hallucinating? Has he been getting into the stash of drugs? And why are we being subjected to more Jack flashbacks when we got nothing on Walt, Vincent, Boone, Shannon or Hurley? I'm getting impatient here folks!
Jack & Kate continue on their journey to locate the abducted. They are shocked to find Charlie hanging from a tree. Miraculously Kate manages to cut him down and Jack performs another miracle by bringing Charlie back to life (cuz back in his doctor practicing days he let a pregnant woman die, so he couldn't possibly let Charlie die). Now, how the heck did Charlie get strung up there? Ethan couldn't have possibly done it himself. So does that mean the "others" did it? Are the creatures on the island able to walk/fly through the tree tops. What could it all mean?
Back at the beach, Hurley and Walt are playing backgammon. There's that pesky black and white theme again. Whenever Walt tosses the dice, he gets the exact combination he needs. What could it mean? Is Hurley who he really portrays himself to be? Do we know for a fact he was on that plane? What if he is just saying Ethan wasn't on the manifest??? Is Walt a serial killer in disguise? I mean, he did say something about his stepdad being dead. And, what about Vincent? Where has he been? And that brings me to another question..... where the heck is Rose??? Did she sit on the beach so long she actually sank into the ocean? Too many damn questions and not enough answers I say!!
So, at the end Boone and Locke accidently discover a metal box of some sort. Coffin? Prison? Hidden lair? Room? What could it be? What could it mean? One thing's for sure, next week they are re-playing the first two episodes. That should give us all time to reflect, analyze and pick apart the show and perhaps shed light on how these characters are connected or why they are on this island.
So long, Mia. You're an amazing woman!
Wednesday, December 8
Hmmmm..... Joan and Melissa were missing from the Emmy Awards? I hadn't noticed.
Tuesday, December 7
- It's Queer As Folk with no gay people and much less sex (and nudity)
- The law firm Sandy works for.... is it really just two people there?
- Summer is funny as hell
- Mischa is so cute, but too skinny
- Kirsten is a mix between Holly Hunter and Laura Linney
- They didn't consider age when casting (Mischa is 18, her mom is 35, Tate is 40, Adam Brody is 25)
- The music is really good
- I am going to stay up late to watch the next episode
12 episodes since Sunday. Yeah!
1. They censor or do not carry movies that are not rated (this includes family films that happen to be released as NR)
2. They have a shitty selection of independent and foreign films
3. They have a monopoly and charge way too much
Add to this:
4. They do not carry enough television DVDs, which are really taking off now.
I went to Blockbuster to rent The O.C. Disc 2. They didn't have it. Not even to buy. So Tower Records gets my money, bitches!
Did you know that evil Ethan on Lost is Tom Cruise's cousin? There is a rumor he is the evil French woman's lost son, Alex.
24 begins with a walk of shame... by Keifer Sutherland's character!
Martin Short is guest starring on Arrested Development as Lucille's former 90-year-old love interest.
Evil Melissa (Lauren Reed) will probably be returning to Alias in some way or another.
Billy Idol is releasing an album of all-new songs! March 22nd. I saw him in concert a little over a year ago, and he can still kick some ass.
Record of the Year:
Let's Get It Started - The Black Eyed Peas
Here We Go Again - Ray Charles & Norah Jones
American Idiot - Green Day
Heaven - Los Lonely Boys
Yeah! - Usher Featuring Lil Jon & Ludacris
Album Of The Year:
Genius Loves Company - Ray Charles & Various Artists
American Idiot - Green Day
The Diary Of Alicia Keys - Alicia Keys
Confessions - Usher
The College Dropout - Kanye West
Song Of The Year:
Daughters - John Mayer, songwriter (John Mayer)
If I Ain't Got You - Alicia Keys, songwriter (Alicia Keys)
Jesus Walks - C. Smith & Kanye West, songwriters (Kanye West)
Live Like You Were Dying - Tim Nichols & Craig Wiseman, songwriters (Tim McGraw)
The Reason - Daniel Estrin & Douglas Robb, songwriters (Hoobastank)
It is nice to see Ryan Adams, Franz Ferdinand, The Killers, Velvet Revolver, Brian Wilson, Modest Mouse, U2, PJ Harvey, Wilco and N.E.R.D. get some major category nominations.
See a full list.
Monday, December 6
In announcing the award Monday, Publishers Weekly called the book "a serious critique of the two-party system, the corporations that finance it and the 'spineless cowards in the press' who 'aggressively print allegation and rumor independent of accuracy and fairness.'
Stewart's book was released in September and immediately topped best-seller lists even as Wal-Mart declined to stock the book, citing a page featuring the faces of the nine Supreme Court justices superimposed over naked bodies. The page facing the nude photos has cutouts of the justices' robes, complete with a caption asking readers to "restore their dignity by matching each justice with his or her respective robe."
I guess Walmart proved the point they were trying to make in the book.
This might be my new favorite show. Not season 2, but season 1. I rented it on Netflix and watched the first four episodes in a row. I usually don't like giving money to Blockbuster, but I can't wait for the next four episodes, so I'm going after work at 5.
1. "Titanic": Leonardo DiCaprio's "I'm the king of the world!"
2. "Dirty Dancing": Patrick Swayze's "Nobody puts Baby in the corner."
3. "Four Weddings And A Funeral": Andie McDowell's "Is it still raining? I hadn't noticed."
3. "Ghost": Demi Moore's "Ditto." to Patrick Swayze's "I love you."
5. "Top Gun": Val Kilmer to Tom Cruise: "You can be my wingman anytime"
6. "Notting Hill": Julia Roberts' "I'm just a girl... standing in front of a boy... asking him to love her."
7. "Independence Day": Bill Pullman's "Today we celebrate our Independence Day!"
8. "Braveheart": Mel Gibson's "They may take our lives, but they will not take our freedom!"
9. "Jerry Maguire": Renee Zellweger to Tom Cruise: "You had me at hello."
10. "The Postman": A blind woman says to Kevin Costner: "You're a godsend, a savior." He replies: "No, I'm a postman."
I agree with Dirty Dancing, but isn't that what makes the movie great? And I'm surprised enough people even saw (or remember) the Postman to have it included on this list.
Although this was one of the weaker episodes (tends to happen when a show has too much plot for just one episode), it did have some truly hilarious moments.
- Buster, whose family thinks he's going to Iraq but he's not even in the army, comes to his father's funeral in "regulation miltary uniform" that his brother Gob got him. He looks like Liza Minelli in Caberet.
- Lindsay attends the funeral in a shirt that says "SLUT" since she's trying to hit on the bounty hunter slash caterer (Ice).
- Gob tries to get into "POOF," which happens to be a magazine for magicians and not the new gay guy in the office.
Maybe it's time someone starts a leftist group with a narrow political agenda that compliments the networks for airing (and the FCC for allowing them to air) entertaining television programs for adults. Because I think if all those red-state-of-minded people had their way, we wouldn't have Desperate Housewives to look forward to every Sunday.
I always agreed that the whole Ms. Jackson (Janet if you're nasty) thing was a little out-of-control and not appropriate for all the little kids watching the SuperBowl and deserving of all the complaints. But regular programming should be monitored by PARENTS. Not some right-wing Christian group who hates gays and thinks abstinence is the answer to teen pregnancy and AIDS, all in the name of God.
Oh wait.... "Lost" is on at the very same time. Phew! That was a close one!
Thank god Heidi decided to write a book with actual words of wisdom. I wouldn't be able to take just another "picture book".
Sunday, December 5
Friday, December 3
"I don't date. Nobody ever calls." - Anna Nicole Smith, not entirely unexpected confessional.
J. Lo's short haircut looks like Julia Roberts in Hook. I guess it's just a wig for a video.
Britney makes a lot of gas station stops.
No joke, three pages later she's stopping in at another gas station. What is up?
Xtina's boyfriend really looks like Fievel from American Tale.
OK, I'm done.
"In December, Sundance Channel and Court TV present an original four-part series exploring contemporary issues that redefine our Constitutional rights in "The First Amendment Project." In recent years, various international events - from 9/11 and the War on Terrorism to the politicization of religious groups - have pulled and pushed on our concept of the First Amendment. In response to these new times, Sundance Channel and Court TV invited a group of filmmakers to explore the First Amendment on their own terms and in their own way. The resulting four films, much like the filmmakers who created them, demonstrate a fascinating range of ideas and approaches, each returning to that central conflict of freedom and responsibility that is embedded in the First Amendment."
Tune in to the Sundance Channel at 9:00pm and 9:30pm on December 7th and again on the 14th and see all four segments of the series. Court TV will be playing the episodes on the same dates but at 10:00pm and 10:30pm.