Wednesday, January 31
Report: Sienna Miller's 'Factory Girl' Sex Scenes the Real Thing
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Sienna Miller and Hayden Christensen are said to be convincing in their "Factory Girl" love scenes. The reason? The sex is for real, a source told the New York Daily News.
"It's not simulated," the insider said. "They're really doing it"
Miller's publicist said the lovemaking was merely good acting.
"When you do a love scene there is a minimum of five people in the room. There's no real sex and the scene proves she knows how to give a good performance," her rep told TMZ.com.
In the movie, which opens this weekend, Miller plays the beautiful, rich and ultimately doomed protégé of Andy Warhol, Edie Sedgwick. Sedgwick died of a barbiturate overdose in 1971 at age 28.
Christensen plays a folk rocker modeled after Bob Dylan, with whom Sedgwick is rumored to have had an affair.
The News reports that Miller had a romance with "Star Wars" actor Christensen while on a break from her ex-boyfriend Jude Law — but then jilted him.
"They spent about a month hanging out," a Christensen pal told the News. "But then she decided that she didn't want a relationship. Hayden was devastated. He really fell for her."
Added a friend of Miller, "Sienna wanted to try to make another go of it with Jude. But again, it didn't work out. At the end of last summer, she and Hayden ended up in Toronto for more shooting. They hadn't talked in six months. But it turned out to be a great reunion."
It was during this "reunion" that the two former lovers, both 25, reportedly did the deed for the world to see.
At the movie's premiere on Monday, director George Hickenlooper told the News: "Sienna and Hayden grew close during the filming. It was an emotional experience for all of us."
As for whether the sex was for real, he said:
"I can't comment. You'll have to ask Sienna about it."
At the premiere's after party, Miller changed into a strange black outfit that looked like granny panties worn over black tights.
Click here to see a picture of Sienna in her after-party outfit.
"There’s perhaps no more influential body in the U.S. than the Supreme Court, which has the power to strike down laws, alter hundreds of years of policy and even, as in recent years, resolve a contested presidential election.
But as important as the court is, we rarely get a look at its inner workings. TV cameras are barred from the courtroom, and the justices typically go to great lengths to avoid commenting on the court's business.
"Tonight PBS draws back the curtain on the judicial branch with a fascinating four-part series entitled “The Supreme Court.” It airs at 9 p.m. tonight in most markets."
[Source: Media Life]
Tuesday, January 30
The Departed - check (classic)
Dreamgirls - check (twice!)
Letters from Iwo Jima
Little Miss Sunshine - check
United 93 - check (would've been a great made for basic cable movie)
Little Children - check (brilliant writing and acting)
Notes on a Scandal
Flags of Our Fathers
The Last King of Scotland - not ever going to see this
The Devil Wears Prada - check
Borat - check (overrated if you're already an Ali G fan)
Blood Diamond - rental
The Pursuit of Happyness - when it arrives on HBO or Showtime
Venus - never going to see this
Children of Men - check (another classic, but won't be recognized as one for ten years)
Pan's Labyrinth - check (beautiful, violent movie)
Half Nelson - can't wait to rent this!
Thank You for Not Smoking - Katie Holmes plays dress up
The Painted Veil
Stranger Than Fiction
For Your Consideration
The last four are rentals only. So I've only seen ten. Ouch!
"The 58% of the country who just want the Bush presidency to be over with are in for a rude awakening. Bush and Cheney are racing to rape and pillage the country as much as they can until they are term limited out. They just don't give a damn what the people want, never have, and they know full well that nothing will happen to them. In fact, performance in office is now completely irrelevant."
Monday, January 29
Brandy may be charged in vehicle death (from yahoo news)
LOS ANGELES - The California Highway Patrol recommended Monday that actress-singer Brandy be charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter in a freeway crash that killed a woman motorist last month, a city attorney's spokesman told The Associated Press.
The CHP referred the matter to the city attorney's office for review, said spokesman Nick Velasquez.
"The office is currently reviewing the case and determining whether the evidence warrants the filing of a misdemeanor charge of vehicular manslaughter," Velasquez said.
A message seeking comment from Brandy's publicist, Courtney Barnes, was not immediately returned.
The charge carries a maximum sentence of one year in county jail and a $1,000 fine, Velasquez said.
Prosecutors couldn't say when they would make a decision about whether to bring a case. If charged, Brandy wouldn't necessarily have to appear in court and could have her lawyer enter a plea, Velasquez said.
Brandy, whose real name is Brandy Norwood, has publicly expressed condolences to the victim's family, Barnes said last week. Barnes also has said Brandy wasn't under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash.
Brandy, 27, was driving a Land Rover on Interstate 405 on Dec. 30 when traffic slowed and her vehicle struck the back of Honda driven by Awatef Aboudihaj, 38, according to a CHP report.
Aboudihaj's car hit another vehicle, slid sideways into the center divider and was then hit by another car, the report said. Aboudihaj died at a hospital from blunt-force injuries, according to the coroner's office.
Brandy, who earned a Grammy in 1999, has made five albums. She began her recording career at 14 and acted for film and television, starring on the sitcom "Moesha" from 1996-2001 and most recently as a judge for NBC's "America's Got Talent."
A message left with an attorney for Aboudihaj's family was not immediately returned.
Here's the Boonaroo lineup, not official:
The Police (headline)
Bob Dylan (headline)
Pearl Jam (headline)
Bela Fleck and the Flecktones
The Black Crowes
My Morning Jacket
Keller Williams Band
TV on the Radio
Fountains of Wayne
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Toots and the Maytals
Band of Horses
John Butler Trio
Medeski Martin and Wood
Keiren Hedben (Four Tet) & Steve Reid
The Hold Steady
Rodrigo y Gabriela
Cold War Kids
Friday, January 26
Thursday, January 25
It is interesting to compare the State of the Union to the Democratic response. Obviously the bigger and bolder words are the ones used most.
State of the Union:
I figured you guys may find it interesting to see what was emphasized most in both speeches.
There is actually a guy that has put these together for major presidential speeches going back into the 1700's. You can check it out here and use the slider to see what was most mentioned in each of the speeches.
Wednesday, January 24
Yeah, right, Steve Jobs is going to get on the field at half time and announce a new iPod and Beatles collaboration with cheerleaders backing him up. Good one. Wait, what's that? They're going to announce a product by commercial? Yeah, that's even more Apple-like. Uh huh.
One more thing....Touchdown!
UPDATE: Oh, how could I forget. I'm gently reminded by the rest of the staff of a little Super Bowl ad called 1984, that announced a little product called the Mac. This fond memory makes the rumor above so much more enticing. Odds are still against it, but its fun to hope. Video of the 1984 commercial, post jump.
-courtesy of Gizmodo
Tuesday, January 23
First off.... it's THREE days long! Second... where's Madonna!? (Just Kidding!)
We Are Scientists
Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Good, The Bad & The Queen
Kings of Leon
Peter Bjorn and John
Rage Against the Machine
Rodrigo y Gabriel
Tapes 'n Tapes
"The prosecuters will also show that it was VP Cheney who directed Scooter Libby on how to handle the media inquiries on the Wilsons, on Joe Wilson's criticisms, that was a violation of protocal. In addition, prosecutors are alleging that VP Cheney himself wrote out for Scooter Libby what he should say to one of the cruicial reporters in the case and it was during that conversation with the reporter when Scooter Libby gave the confirmation to that reporter that Valerie Wilson was undercover at the CIA.
"There was other information that was damaging to the Vice President concerning the State of the Union and the false claim that was made. The prosecutors say the evidence will make it clear that VP Cheney asked the Director of the CIA George Tenet to take complete responsiblity for the mistake and to make it clear that the VP and the president were not involved...
"There was a note that VP Cheney wrote to Scooter Libby about how Libby should handle this matter, that Scooter Libby, according to prosecutors, destroyed just before Scooter Libby testified to the FBI where Libby allegedly lied about his dealings with reporters. It is damaging information about this Vice President, politically, it could also be a big deal as far as this trial is concerned."
TOM Cruise is the new “Christ” of Scientology, according to leaders of the cult-like religion.
The Mission: Impossible star has been told he has been “chosen” to spread the word of his faith throughout the world.
And leader David Miscavige believes that in future, Cruise, 44, will be worshipped like Jesus for his work to raise awareness of the religion.
A source close to the actor, who has risen to one of the church’s top levels, said: “Tom has been told he is Scientology’s Christ-like figure.
“Like Christ, he’s been criticised for his views. But future generations will realise he was right.”
Cruise joined the Church of Scientology in the ’80s. Leader L Ron Hubbard claimed humans bear traces of an ancient alien civilisation.
Letters From Iwo Jima
Little Miss Sunshine
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu - Babel
Martin Scorsese - The Departed
Clint Eastwood - Letters From Iwo Jima
Stephen Frears - The Queen
Paul Greengrass - United 93
Leonardo DiCaprio - Blood Diamond
Ryan Gosling - Half Nelson
Peter O'Toole - Venus
Will Smith - The Pursuit of Happyness
Forrest Whitaker - Last King Of Scotland
Penelope Cruz - Volver
Judi Dench - Notes On A Scandal
Helen Mirren - The Queen
Meryl Streep - The Devil Wears Prada
Kate Winslet - Little Children
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Alan Arkin - Little Miss Sunshine
Jackie Earle Haley - Little Children
Djimon Hounsou - Blood Diamond
Eddie Murphy - Dreamgirls
Mark Wahlberg - The Departed
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Adriana Barraza - Babel
Abigail Breslin - Little Miss Sunshine
Cate Blanchett - Notes of a Scandal
Jennifer Hudson - Dreamgirls
Rinko Kikuchi - Babel
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Letters From Iwo Jima
Little Miss Sunshine
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Children Of Men
Notes On A Scandal
Monday, January 22
The big news is that RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE will reunite! Holy crap, I thought those guys hated each other!
Red Hot Chili Peppers and Bjork are the other "big ones." But some of the other acts are interesting:
-Kings of Leon
If anyone wants to go, you bet I'll be there again.
Shoo-ins: "The Departed," "Dreamgirls," "The Queen"
On the bubble: "Babel," "Letters From Iwo Jima," "Little Children," "Little Miss Sunshine," "United 93"
Deserves it but doesn't stand a chance: "Children of Men," "The Good Shepherd," "Pan's Labyrinth"
This looks likely to become a straight-out tussle between the instinct to reward Martin Scorsese before it's too late and the perennial lure of old-fashioned showbiz glitz. "The Queen" has replaced "Little Miss Sunshine" as the little movie everybody loves to love, while "Little Children" is probably a shade too seedy for comfort. Though I wouldn't rule it out completely, uncertain studio handling has probably finished the chances of "Letters From Iwo Jima" and the also-rans in this category (a better list, in my opinion, than the shoo-ins). But even with a concerted campaign and strong critical support, "United 93" may be too near-the-knuckle for Oscar -- which could be good news for "Babel."
Shoo-ins: Peter O'Toole ("Venus"), Will Smith ("The Pursuit of Happyness"), Forest Whitaker ("The Last King of Scotland")
On the bubble: Sacha Baron Cohen ("Borat"), Leonardo DiCaprio ("The Departed"), Ryan Gosling ("Half Nelson")
Deserves it but doesn't stand a chance: Matt Damon ("The Good Shepherd"), Aaron Eckhart ("Thank You for Smoking"), Clive Owen ("Children of Men"), Ken Watanabe ("Letters From Iwo Jima")
For my money Sacha Baron Cohen gave the most inspired performance of the year, and after his Golden Globe win he may just become a welcome wild card in the Oscar fold. Ryan Gosling is electrifying as a drug-addicted teacher in "Half Nelson," but the edgy indie movie has grossed less than $3 million. DiCaprio is a likelier candidate, though Oscar voters will have to choose between the showier role in "Blood Diamond" or the superior film, "The Departed."
Shoo-ins: Helen Mirren ("The Queen"), Meryl Streep ("The Devil Wears Prada"), Judi Dench ("Notes on a Scandal")
On the bubble: Annette Bening ("Running with Scissors"), Penelope Cruz ("Volver"), Kate Winslet ("Little Children")
Deserves it but doesn't stand a chance: Laura Dern ("Inland Empire"), Naomi Watts ("The Painted Veil")
And they say that actresses disappear after 40! Mirren's two Globe wins put her in the front row -- Oscar could very well go for a King and Queen this year -- though Meryl Streep (who also a Globe winner, in the musical or comedy division) also gives a formidable performance. (Admittedly, it's a supporting performance, but as with "The Last King of Scotland," the Academy will certainly overlook the picture's ostensible lead, Anne Hathaway.) Kate Winslet could make it three British contenders here, and I'm hoping Penelope Cruz nabs the fifth spot for "Volver."
Best supporting actor
Shoo-ins: Eddie Murphy ("Dreamgirls"), Jack Nicholson ("The Departed"), Brad Pitt ("Babel"), Michael Sheen ("The Queen")
On the bubble: Alan Arkin ("Little Miss Sunshine"), Jackie Earle Haley ("Little Children"), Mark Wahlberg ("The Departed")
Deserves it but doesn't stand a chance: Ben Affleck ("Hollywoodland"), Adam Beach ("Flags of Our Fathers"), Michael Caine ("Children of Men"), Ken Davitian ("Borat"), Danny Huston ("The Proposition")
For good or ill, it was impossible to ignore Jack Nicholson in "The Departed," and a nomination is in the bag for one of Oscar's most loyal attendants. Brad Pitt and Eddie Murphy showed us something new this year, and will reap the rewards. After that it gets tricky: a pedophile? A homophobic drug-taking grandpa? Or Mark Wahlberg's exercise in creative profanity? It would be nice if enough members widened the net to show some respect to Ben Affleck for "Hollywoodland" (and his costar Diane Lane, for that matter), but my hunch is Wahlberg will get the nod.
Best supporting actress
Shoo-ins: Adrianna Barraza ("Babel"), Cate Blanchett ("Notes on a Scandal"), Jennifer Hudson ("Dreamgirls")
On the bubble: Emily Blunt ("The Devil Wears Prada"), Abigail Breslin ("Little Miss Sunshine"), Toni Collette ("Little Miss Sunshine"), Phyllis Somerville ("Little Children")
Deserves it but doesn't stand a chance: Vera Farmiga ("The Departed"), Rinko Kikuchi ("Babel"), Diane Lane ("Hollywoodland"), Catherine O'Hara ("For Your Consideration")
This could break in a number of ways. Cate Blanchett could theoretically be nominated for three fine supporting performances this year (the others came in "The Good German" and "Babel"). Similarly, three "Babel" costars could walk up the red carpet together. Emily Blunt was sensational in "The Devil Wears Prada," and surely deserves a promotion. Vera Farmiga is another name to watch after her keenly observed roles in "The Departed" and "Breaking and Entering." But which ever way the nominations fall, there is only going to be one winner, and her name is (drum roll please) ... Jennifer Hudson.
Shoo-ins: Bill Condon ("Dreamgirls"), Martin Scorsese ("The Departed")
On the bubble: Clint Eastwood ("Letters From Iwo Jima"), Todd Field ("Little Children"), Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton ("Little Miss Sunshine"), Stephen Frears ("The Queen"), Paul Greengrass ("United 93"), Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu ("Babel")
Deserves it but doesn't stand a chance: Pedro Almodovar ("Volver"), Robert Altman ("A Prairie Home Companion"), Alfonso Cuaron ("Children of Men"), Michel Gondry ("The Science of Sleep"), Guillermo Del Toro ("Pan's Labyrinth")
Is it going to be Scorsese's year at last? Surely he won't be caught at the wire by Clint Eastwood again? Condon is a sure thing for pulling off "Dreamgirls" (even if the Hollywood Foreign Press overlooked him entirely). The Directors Guild nominated Faris and Dayton, but the Academy may hesitate to go with co-directors (when "City of God" was nominated a few years ago, one of the two directors never even made it onto the ballot paper). Frears might push them out, with Inarritu the most likely of the three Mexican amigos (Inarritu, Cuaron and Del Toro) to nab the last spot
Which famous athlete isn't as interested in women as his fans believe? He has been able to keep his sexuality under wraps, but the question is for how much longer. [Page Six]
Which pretty-boy British import actor dismayed his date when she caught him with his hand on another fella's behind? [Gatecrasher]
In Treatment starring Gabriel Byrne, has received an order for 40 episodes. Byrne plays a compassionate therapist who shows a much darker side when he becomes a patient himself. The show is based on an Israeli series of the same name, and will be exec produced and written by Rodrigo Garcia, with exec producers Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson.
12 Miles of Bad Road is a 60-minute comedy starring Lily Tomlin, and is from Linda Bloodworth-Thomason. Tomlin plays the matriarch of an extraordinarily wealthy Texas family. This project comes from HBO Ent and Mozark Prods.
[Source: Cynthia's Cynopsis]
Saturday, January 20
You've got Obama running, the first top-tier black candidate. And he's sexy! (Did you see his topless pic in Us Weekly?)
You've got Hillary running, the first top-tier woman candidate (and widely expected to win). She's like Miranda Priestly in Devil Wears Prada... you love to hate her.
You've got Bill Richardson, the first (almost) top-tier Latino candidate. I don't know anything about him, but I suspect a lot of people are going to like him.
Throw in John Edwards, one of the most charasmatic voices in politics. And maybe Al Gore a year from now, the king daddy of liberal politics these days.
There won't be room in the papers for the Republican candidates.
Friday, January 19
Thursday, January 18
I'm loving MTV's afternoon sneak since the episode is waiting for me when I get hom thanks to the all-mighty Tivo. Are you guys watching this season? It has all the same stereotypes from previous seasons, but all in all it is pretty boring and the drama they have between each other seems kind of forced. The best part is watching this princess white girl get all freaked out because she has to camp in the woods for her job. During the job training she thought it was ok to hike in her panties and also wipe her cooch in the middle of camp. Where did this girl grow up to be so sheltered (read messed up) to think this is ok? I grew up and in a hillbilly town and even I knew better than to strip down to my undies when I got my first real job. Geez.
Are you guys watching?
Wednesday, January 17
"To see what every neocon and every wingnut is going to see and they'll hate every blessed second of it:
"The sight of Bush in the front, Cheney over his right shoulder, and SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE NANCY PELOSI over his left.
"Just knowing how miserable and whiny they'll all be will be an absolute joy."
"Less use of filler subplots. I never thought I would get over that tree frog storyline. What was that, anyway? Don't even get me started on that very special episode where Claire misses peanut butter. Lost writers have frequently padded their episodes with pointless fluff that develops neither the plot nor the characters. This new timeline could put an end to all of that."
Honestly, this shit happens everyday, and no one means harm by it, necessarily. It's just a word that people use but shouldn't, like retarded.
So Isaiah should apologize and everyone should just move on.
The series will begin with the 1996 first book, "A Game of Thrones," and the intention is for each novel (they average 1,000 pages each) to fuel a season's worth of episodes. Martin has nearly finished the fifth installment, but won't complete the seven-book cycle until 2011.
The author will co-exec produce the series along with Management 360's Guymon Casady and Created By's Vince Gerardis.
Martin's series has drawn comparisons to J.R.R. Tolkien, because both are period epics set in imagined lands. But Martin has eschewed Tolkien's good-vs.-evil theme in favor of flawed characters from seven noble families.
The book has a decidedly adult bent, with sex and violence comparable to series like "Rome" and "Deadwood."
"They tried for 50 years to make 'Lord of the Rings' as one movie before Peter Jackson found success making three," Martin said. "My books are bigger and more complicated, and would require 18 movies. Otherwise, you'd have to choose one or two characters."
-Sasha Baron Cohen
We'll see how I do on Tuesday.
Oh yeah, the prize is a t-shirt (wtf) and a collection of DVDs.
"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
"We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals so that security and liberty may prosper together."
Tuesday, January 16
Grossest Display of Red Carpet Booty-Smacking: Seacrest, hands down, for his constant drooling over blond actresses. I think he wishes he had arms as buff as Jessica Biel's.
Best Use of Boobage on the Red Carpet: Beyonce, whose glittery, slicked-up display looked like her cleavage was the one up for an award.
Best Use of Bra: Drew Barrymore, who remembered to wear one this year.
The "We Don't Want to Be Here" Award: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie looked like they wanted desperately to escape, but was it Ryan's clutches they wanted out of, or the evening altogether? You'd think they'd like a night away from all the diaper changes, eh? Nonetheless, they officially rival Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith for Best-Dressed Couple.
Worst Post-Breakup Look: What the hell was Cameron Diaz wearing? She looked like a pink, poufy, Victorian hat or something.
Best Post-Breakup Look: Reese Witherspoon, y'all! The haircut's a little young and choppy, but what the hell? She looked gorgeous, and I sincerely hope Ryan Phillipe has joined Ethan Hawke's "Men Who Shouldn't Have Screwed Up" Club.
If you pay $17.99 for three movie rentals a month, you'll get 18 hours of additional online movie watching. A few more facts:
-Service is called Watch Now
-1000 movie titles and TV shows (same as when the DVD mailing service launched)
-You can't buy, only rent
-Most movie companies are involved, except Disney (they are exclusive to iTunes currently)
They're also reporting that the entire series will likely end at either Five or Seven seasons. I love this show, but I want it to end in Five. Otherwise it'll get shitty and I'll lose interest.
Forest Whitaker - The Last King of Scotland
Helen Mirren - The Queen
MUSICAL OR COMEDY
ACTOR (MUSICAL OR COMEDY)
Sasha Baron Cohen - Borat
Martin Scorcese - The Departed
The Painted Veil
Letters from Iwo Jima
Eddie Murphy - Dreamgirls
ACTRESS (MUSICAL OR COMEDY)
Meryl Streep - The Devil Wears Prada
Song of the Heart- Happy Feet
Jennifer Hudson - Dreamgirls
ACTRESS (MUSICAL OR COMEDY)
America Ferrera - Ugly Betty
MUSICAL OR COMEDY
ACTOR (MUSICAL OR COMEDY)
Alec Baldwin - 30 Rock
ACTOR (MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE)
Bill Nighy - Gideon's Daughter
ACTRESS (MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE)
Helen Mirren - Elizabeth I
Hugh Laurie - House
Emily Blunt - Gideon's Daughter
Kyra Sedgwick - The Closer
Jeremy Irons - Elizabeth I
That said, I loved every minute of it! From Prince missing his award (and when did he turn into Dionne Warwicke with a mustache?), to Ugly Betty winning like half the awards, to Babel winning best picture - they are very unpredictable and fun.
Monday, January 15
"She (Condi Rice) goes on a plane, she gets off a plane, she waves, she goes there to meet some dictator. They talk, she leaves, she waves, the plane takes off. Nothing happens, it's a joke, nothing ever happens. I think she's a very nice woman, but I don't want a nice woman. I want someone that's not necessarily nice."
Thursday, February 8th on CBS
Today, CBS introduced the nineteen contestants:
* Alex Angarita, 28, Los Angeles, Calif., attorney: "who knows not everybody trusts a lawyer's skills of persuasion. "
* Kenward "Boo" Bernis, 34, Lafayette, La., Construction worker: "Look out, ladies: He says romance is part of his strategy..."
* Yau-Man Chan, 54, Martinez, Calif., Computer engineer: "the self described "geek of the group." He hopes he doesn't stand out so much that he's voted off the island."
* Earl Cole, 35, Santa Monica, Calif., Advertising executive: "The Kansas native says he's a Midwesterner at heart, with a little California flavor."
* Jessica deBen, 27, Los Angeles, Calif., Fashion stylist: "is used to exotic locations. She says living in Los Angeles, where people don't eat, has prepared her for the game. "
* Erica Durousseau, 27, Lake Charles, La., Non-profit fundraiser: "a Louisiana native who was forced to leave New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina."
* Cassandra Franklin, 42, Los Angeles, Calif., Civil engineer manager: "She says her goals for Survivor are pretty simple: to win the million dollars and lose 25 pounds! "
* Liliana Gomez, 25, Oxnard, Calif., Loan officer: "describes herself as 'the feisty Latina.' She joined the Marines out of high school, and served in Iraq. "
* Andria "Dre" Herd, 25, Wilmington, N.C., Cheerleading coach: "knows how to survive from growing up homeless in North Carolina... first wowed crowds as a street performer with his brothers. "
* Stacy Kimball, 27, Interactive Internet producer: "The affable wife and mother says she can be devious-- if she has to be. "
* Sylvia Kwan, 52, Ross, Calif., Architect: "says she may be high maintenance, but she'll do whatever it takes to win. "
* Mookie Lee, 25, Wheeling, Ill., Loan manager: "what you see is what you get. Cocky or strong-headed... just likes to have fun. "
* Lisette "Lisi" Linares, 36, Los Angeles, Calif., Customer service representative: "(her) big challenge is going to be keeping her mouth shut. She says with a laugh, 'I want to stop myself from looking at everyone and being like, Dude, I'm trapped on the island of morons here!'"
* James Reid, 28, Los Angeles, Calif., Bartender: "says he just doesn't care: 'I can be a pain in the ---, I can be a hypocrite, I can be a bunch of things. The only difference between me and the average cat is that I admit it.' "
* Edgardo Rivera, 28, Miami Beach, Fla., Advertising executive: "likes to party every weekend, and says he's good at manipulating people. "
* Anthony Robinson, 32, Compton, Calif., Expert witness locator: "beat the mean streets of Compton, Calif., and graduated from Yale... says he's the nice guy nobody expects will stab them in the back. "
* Gary Stritesky, 55, Ramsey, Minn., School bus driver: "says his wife wants to know when he'll finally grow up and get a real job. "
* Rita Verreos, 38, San Antonio, Texas, Single mom: "She's an image consultant by trade, but says she enjoys a much simpler life, like one an exotic tropical island. "
* Michelle Yi, 23, Cincinnati, Ohio, Student: "says she's bubbly and energetic, but look out, players: There may be a dark side there."
"[The album is] a collage of sound type of thing, not heavy in a metal guitar kind of way. "With this record I feel a lot less concerned about what people think about it — especially the dying record industry. I couldn't care less about that right now." He also says that it's "part of a bigger picture of a number of things I'm working on. Essentially I wrote the soundtrack to a movie that doesn't exist."
Friday, January 12
I am kind of bummed because this means she's probably not going to be in Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd with Johnny Depp and Borat.
Just kidding, but you probably heard he's moving to LA to play for the Galaxy here. The who?!
He's getting paid $250 million over 5 years, which makes it the biggest sports deal ever in the history of the planet.
Like I said, I'll rent you my room, David.
Wednesday, January 10
The iPod completely renovated the stale music industry that, until 2005, really only benefited executives at record companies. Now look at it. It's consumer-driven. Albums are $9.99 instead of $17.99. You don't have to leave your house to listen to the new Justin Timberlake single. You can customize your playlists and download SONGS for a buck instead of getting an entire album. There are podcasts, TV show downloads, movie downloads, you can carry around 80gb of information with you anywhere you go (that's like 60 movies and eight billion songs).
Now look at the cell phone industry. The cell phones all fucking suck. They are hard to figure out, break easily, limited in their capabilities, expensive to add or download content, etc etc etc etc.
Let's say Apple gets 5% market share. Let's not kid ourselves. The other 95% are going to want an iPhone. They might not because it's too expensive or they don't want to switch providers, but my grandma could use this baby. It's going to make a stale industry that benefiits only the executives at Verizon and Motorolla and Nokia into an industry that almost entirely caters to the customer (FINALLY!).
I guarantee this change will take place. Quickly. And if you don't get an iPhone, you'll still be happy they exist.
Female Star: Jennifer Aniston
Male Star: Johnny Depp
Leading Lady: Cameron Diaz
Leading Man: Vince Vaughn
Female Action star: Halle Berry
Male Action Star: Johnny Depp
On-screen Match-up: Johnny Depp and Keira Knightley
Movie: 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest'
Movie Drama: 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest'
Movie Comedy: 'Click'
Family Movie: 'Cars'
Female Singer: Carrie Underwood
Male Singer: Kenny Chesney
RandB Song: 'SexyBack' by Justin Timberlake
Hip-hop Song: 'Shake That' by Eminem
Pop Song: 'Hips Don't Lie' by Shakira
Country Song: 'Before He Cheats' by Carrie Underwood
Rock song: 'Who Says You Can't Go Home' by Bon Jovi
Song From A Movie: 'Life is a Highway' by Rascal Flatts from 'Cars'
Remake: 'Life is a Highway' by Rascal Flatts
Comedy: 'Two and a Half Men'
Animated Comedy: 'The Simpsons'
Drama: 'Grey's Anatomy'
Competition/Reality Show: 'American Idol'
New Comedy: 'The Class'
New Drama: 'Heroes'
Female Star: Eva Longoria
Male Star: Patrick Dempsey
Talk Show Host: Ellen DeGeneres
Funniest Female Star: Ellen DeGeneres
Funniest Male Star: Robin Williams
Paris Hilton, Britney Spears tied at #1 and were referred to as "two peas in an overexposed pod"
Camilla Parker-Bowles - "The Duchess of Dowdy"
Lindsay Lohan - "adorable to deplorable"
Christina Aguilera - "all crass and no class"
Mariah Carey - "Mariah the fashion pariah"
Paula Abdul - "fallen fashion idol"
Sharon Stone - "over the hill Cruella DeVille"
Tori Spelling - "down and out in Beverly Hills"
Sandra Oh - "layered lunacy from head to toe"
Meryl Streep - "beast of a wardrobe"
Best Dressed: Kate Winslet, Angelina Jolie, Helen Mirren, Barbra Streisand, Beyonce, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (CA), Princess Charlotte of Monaco, Heidi Klum, Katie Holmes and Marcia Cross.
Yay, I love that Pelosi made the list! Grandma's HOT!
Tuesday, January 9
Skip Tracer from CBS Paramount Network TV stars Stephen Dorff as a charming finder of people in LA's darker corners.
A US version of the UK musical series Viva Blackpool from BBC Prods, Seeds Prods, Sony Pictures TV and CBS Paramount Network TV. This project has been retitled for the US - now known as Viva Laughlin, about a guy who is opening a casino in Laughlin, Nevada.
Cashmere Mafia is about four women who all attended business school together and now are living in NYC and attempting to get their personal and professional lives up and moving. This project is from Star and Gail Katz who will exec produce; and Kevin Wade who is writing.
Women's Murder Club from 20th Century Fox TV, is based on the James Patterson novels. The stories revolve around four women, a medical examiner, a reporter, a detective and a lawyer, who together track down murderers.
Lipstick Jungle from NBC Universal TV Studio, this one may ring a bell as its been around for a while. This story is from the Candace Bushnell novel, and is described as an decidedly edgier Sex and the City, and revolving around women in their 40's.
untitled project from David Shore and Peter Blake, is described as a ensemble cop show, with a female lead.
Wild at Heart is based in South Africa and will be shot there too, about an American family who move to Africa and set up and live on a wild game preserve. This project is from CBS Paramount Network TV and Company Pics, and is based on a UK series of the same name.
The Watch List features stand-up comedy and sketches based on the acts of some of the funniest Muslim-American comedians. This is the first show by a major media company to feature an exclusive Muslim-American line-up.
Judge Fudge is a spin-off of the cable network's animated series Drawn Together. This show show picks up after Judge Fudge partner is killed and he takes the law into his own hands. From the same guys who created/produce the cable series Drawn Together.
Guacamole is a character-based comedy centered around a tub of Guacamole and his best friend, a can of Minestrone soup. Written and voiced by Michael Blieden and Matt Price.
Monsters is an animated series about four monsters that all live in the same castle. The series explores how the monsters deal with the real world... and how the real world deals with them. Super Special Dog is an animated series about a canine superhero that is, well ... according to Comedy Central, he's "special".
Window Seat, an animated series about a put-upon business traveler and the various weirdos who sit next to him on the plane. From the animation company Radical Axis.
That's My Daughter features music videos from the band That's My Daughter, who fuse comedy with 1980s-era rock ballads. Produced by Matt Schuler and Levity Entertainment.
Stephen & Steven is from creators Tim Heidecker & Eric Wareheim, an animated show about Siamese twins who are attached at the groin and obsessed with Internet dating.
Racist Travel Agents is a live-action show starring the world's most upbeat and excited team of married travel experts, Dixie and Dante Whiskers, who are also racist.
Crash Course In Comedy is a lesson by lesson stand-up for beginners and viewers at home. Ultimately viewers will be able to submit/upload their own stand-up set.
Awesome Friends is about a super hero dog & cat team trying to save the world before they kill each other. Created and animated by Wade Randolph.
Supreme Courtships is a dramedy about six Supreme Court clerks that focuses on their love lives, their professional side and their supervisors. Interesting.
And an untitled nurses project, also a dramedy, about the lives and romantic ties of a team of nurses at a big city hospital. Blah.
[Source: Cynthia's Cynopsis]
Anyways, the new season starts January 30 and is called Viewers' Revenge. MTV viewers will have full and complete control over the game, deciding who ends up in the elimination round, and who from the roster of replacements on MTV.com will compete to replace the Road Ruler.
The special that introduces the cast is scheduled for January 23. Enjoy.
This is the sci-fi movie of the year. Technically, probably the best thought out movie of the year. It's beautiful in its ugliness. The story is provacative. The acting is great (I loved the little turns by Julianne Moore and Michael Caine). I loved the 5-minute action scenes (the car chase! the battle scene!) with absolutely NO EDITS - it's all one shot! This film is just plain old good filmmaking.
This is one of those movies I'll have in my DVD collection.
I'm not going to proclaim it as the Best Picture of the year. Nor do I think it should be nominated. (Plenty of other, better movies out there for that.) But this was - hands down - the best piece of entertainment I've seen all year.
I was giddy when I watched it. The acting was top-notch. Especially Eddie Murphy. I kept forgetting it was "Eddie Murphy." He should win an Oscar. And Jennifer Hudson, too. Damn, that girl can sing. Much better than Beyonce (but that's the point).
I've read that others felt it was more of a concert film, and that may be true. It's all about the performances. But on second viewing (yes, I saw it twice), it was a good movie, too. But the singing and dancing is the heart of this film.
Monday, January 8
Scottsdale-based Taser International Inc. hopes to broaden the market for its controversial stun guns with a new consumer-oriented version of the so-called non-lethal weapon. The new gun, which will be introduced Monday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, will be sold in an inactive state and can be activated only after the successful completion of a SureCheck background check.
The new gun is designed to make it easier for consumers to comply with state laws and purchase the devices. Tasers shoot darts that are attached to wires that enable the user to incapacitate a subject with a 50,000-volt jolt of electricity.
--My quest for a Teen Taser might actually be coming to fruition!
Friday, January 5
WASHINGTON - President Bush has quietly claimed sweeping new powers to open Americans' mail without a judge's warrant, the Daily News has learned. The President asserted his new authority when he signed a postal reform bill into law on Dec. 20. Bush then issued a "signing statement" that declared his right to open people's mail under emergency conditions. That claim is contrary to existing law and contradicted the bill he had just signed, say experts who have reviewed it.
Bush's move came during the winter congressional recess and a year after his secret domestic electronic eavesdropping program was first revealed. It caught Capitol Hill by surprise. "Despite the President's statement that he may be able to circumvent a basic privacy protection, the new postal law continues to prohibit the government from snooping into people's mail without a warrant," said Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), the incoming House Government Reform Committee chairman, who co-sponsored the bill. Experts said the new powers could be easily abused and used to vacuum up large amounts of mail.
"The [Bush] signing statement claims authority to open domestic mail without a warrant, and that would be new and quite alarming," said Kate Martin, director of the Center for National Security Studies in Washington. "The danger is they're reading Americans' mail," she said. "You have to be concerned," agreed a career senior U.S. official who reviewed the legal underpinnings of Bush's claim. "It takes Executive Branch authority beyond anything we've ever known."
A top Senate Intelligence Committee aide promised, "It's something we're going to look into."
Most of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act deals with mundane reform measures. But it also explicitly reinforced protections of first-class mail from searches without a court's approval. Yet in his statement Bush said he will "construe" an exception, "which provides for opening of an item of a class of mail otherwise sealed against inspection in a manner consistent ... with the need to conduct searches in exigent circumstances." Bush cited as examples the need to "protect human life and safety against hazardous materials and the need for physical searches specifically authorized by law for foreign intelligence collection."
White House spokeswoman Emily Lawrimore denied Bush was claiming any new authority. "In certain circumstances - such as with the proverbial 'ticking bomb' - the Constitution does not require warrants for reasonable searches," she said. Bush, however, cited "exigent circumstances" which could refer to an imminent danger or a longstanding state of emergency.
Critics point out the administration could quickly get a warrant from a criminal court or a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judge to search targeted mail, and the Postal Service could block delivery in the meantime. But the Bush White House appears to be taking no chances on a judge saying no while a terror attack is looming, national security experts agreed. Martin said that Bush is "using the same legal reasoning to justify warrantless opening of domestic mail" as he did with warrantless eavesdropping.
Thursday, January 4
THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Leonardo DiCaprio / BLOOD DIAMOND
Ryan Gosling / HALF NELSON
Peter O’Toole / VENUS
Will Smith / THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS
Forest Whitaker / THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Penelope Cruz / VOLVER
Judi Dench / NOTES ON A SCANDAL
Helen Mirren / THE QUEEN
Meryl Streep / THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA
Kate Winslet / LITTLE CHILDREN
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Alan Arkin / LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
Leonardo DiCaprio / THE DEPARTED
Jackie Earle Haley / LITTLE CHILDREN
Djimon Hounsou / BLOOD DIAMOND
Eddie Murphy / DREAMGIRLS
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Adriana Barraza / BABEL
Cate Blanchett / NOTES ON A SCANDAL
Abigail Breslin / LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
Jennifer Hudson / DREAMGIRLS
Rinko Kikuchi / BABEL
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Thomas Haden Church / BROKEN TRAIL
Robert Duvall / BROKEN TRAIL
Jeremy Irons / ELIZABETH I
William H. Macy / NIGHTMARES & DREAMSCAPES
Matthew Perry / THE RON CLARK STORY –
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Annette Bening / MRS. HARRIS
Shirley Jones / HIDDEN PLACES
Cloris Leachman / MRS. HARRIS
Helen Mirren / ELIZABETH I
Greta Scacchi / BROKEN TRAIL
O utstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
James Gandolfini / THE SOPRANOS
Michael C. Hall / DEXTER
Hugh Laurie / HOUSE
James Spader / BOSTON LEGAL
Kiefer Sutherland / 24
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Patricia Arquette / MEDIUM
Edie Falco / THE SOPRANOS
Mariska Hargitay / LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT
Kyra Sedgwick / THE CLOSER
Chandra Wilson / GREY’S ANATOMY
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin / 30 ROCK
Steve Carell / THE OFFICE
Jason Lee / MY NAME IS EARL
Jeremy Piven / ENTOURAGE
Tony Shalhoub / MONK
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
America Ferrera / UGLY BETTY
Felicity Huffman / DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES
Julia Louis-Dreyfus / THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE
Megan Mullally / WILL & GRACE
Mary-Louise Parker / WEEDS
Jaime Pressly / MY NAME IS EARL
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Screen Actors Guild Awards 43rd Annual Life Achievement Award
[Source: Cynthia's Cynopsis]
Wednesday, January 3
Britney Spears quietly checked into Sanctuary, a spa in Arizona, on New Year's Day, according to Life & Style weekly. "With these celebrities, 'exhaustion' sometimes means something else and a little rest at a spa sometimes actually translates into something a little more serious," says a source.
--I am anxiously awaiting word from a friend of mine who just happens to work at this very spa! He and his partner both work there so hopefully one of them will know something!
Letters from Iwo Jima
Little Miss Sunshine
And the next ten since I think there's some good ones...
Children of Men
Death of Mr. Lazarescu
Army of Shadows
Flags of Our Fathers
Prairie Home Companion
Oh yeah, it's good to see Courteney Cox again! I really like her. And damn she looks good.