Friday, October 30, 2009

Meatloaf: Halloween Style

The hand is a meatloaf, resting on a bed of mashed potatoes. The fingernails are onion. Doesn't it just look gruesome?! I love it!

For more, you check out the creator's website: Not Martha.

Happy Halloween everybody!

Clips of the Day: Halloween Edition

So, this is pretty much the best thing ever. It combines two things that I'm totally loving at the moment - Vampires and "Single Ladies"!

A very very random "Pumpkin Dance" from a Fox affiliate in Nebraska. I don't get it, but it cracks me up!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Stupidity Abounds...

Wow, these guys really know how to pick their disguises. You'd think with Halloween being just around the corner, that they'd be able to do better.

Stomp the Yard 2

Looks like Twitch (from SYTYCD Season 4) has found another gig! He just wrapped Step Up: 3D with Adam Shankman, Josh, and Katee a couple months ago, and soon he'll be starting on Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming. Boss is supposed to star as the antagonist, Taz.

I saw the first Stomp the Yard, and honestly wasn't too impressed. The dancing was great, but I was so uninterested in the plot surrounding it that I never even caught the protagonist's name. But, I'm for sure going to be checking out this sequel, just probably not until DVD.

[via The Hollywood Reporter]

Zot! Zot! Zot!

This one's for my UCI friends. That means you, Ashley.

Boondock Saints 2

I'm still not sure how I feel about this sequel. I loved Boondock Saints, but it didn't exactly lend itself to a sequel. But, where there's money to be made....

Well, you can watch the opening scene to the sequel and judge for yourself.

Well, reviews are starting to trickle in and this does NOT look good. There aren't many reviews up yet, but so far it has only 13%! Ouch. Maybe I'll skip this unnecessary sequel.

How Transformers Should Have Ended

I like how even this mocking video doesn't have a plot to it. Transformers 2 had so much going on, and yet nothing at the same time.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

More Chuck!

What do we want?
More Chuck!
When do we want it?
Sooner than March, but not Now!

Today, NBC ordered 6 more episodes of Chuck! That brings it's total episode count for Season 3 from 13 to 19. Hopefully this means it will come back sooner than March. I don't know if coming back early will help its ratings, but I am just such a big fan of the show and want to see new episodes!

There was talk earlier of Chuck coming back as soon as mid-October. Now that time has come and past, and I'm glad that it didn't return early. If we want Chuck to come back to improved ratings, it's got to have enough time to do a hard marketing push and get people - 0ld and new fans - to spread the word about when to tune in.

Also, moving it to another night with a different tv show pairing would help. It wasn't working with Heroes. The shows have very different feels and draw in different audiences. Although, the NBC schedule is so limited that I don't know what else it could be paired with. Ideally, I would want it to air on Tuesdays, since it's a pretty empty TV night for me - just So You Think You Can Dance. I think NBC should cut The Biggest Loser down to just one hour and have Chuck at 9pm on Tuesdays. 2 hours of The Biggest Loser is just...a lot.

What do you guys think?

[via The Hollywood Reporter]

Extended "Alice in Wonderland" Trailer

Alice in Wonderland - Extended Trailer

I'm so excited for this movie! The extended trailer doesn't add much to what was already shown, but it does serve to get me even more pumped for this movie.

Spider-Man 4 Villian Announced!

It sounds like Spider-Man 4 is learning from the mistakes of Spider-Man 3. SM3 suffered from too many villains and it didn't go into enough depth into any one of them, so we just didn't care about their stories or the drama between them and Spidey. Spider-Man 4 will have just one villain: The Lizard.I'm not too informed on Spidey lore, but the prospect of Sam Raimi returning to the formula that worked so well in the first two makes me hopeful.

[Found via Cinematical]

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

So You Think You Can Dance: Top 20 Eliminations

Tonight we get the beginning of the competition! But it's not as happy an occasion as usual due to two major disappointments: Billy Bell is out for the season with mono, and Noelle might be out with a knee injury. Billy's replacement is Brandon, from the Top 38 from the past 2 seasons, while the choreographer replaced Noelle in the pinch. Well, let's get into the dances!

Couple: Channing & Phillip
Choreographer: Jason Gilkenson
Dance: Jive
Song: Rockin' Robin The Jackson 5
Cute, but Channing didn't look light on her feet and didn't have enough retraction in her leg kicks. They made the lift look hard, you could definitely tell they were thinking and worrying about it before it happened.

Couple: Ashleigh & Jakob
Choreographer: Tyce Diorio
Dance: Broadway
Song: Hit Me with a hot note (and watch me bounce)
Wow, Ashleigh was out for 4.5 year with an illness? I wonder what she had. That was an impressive jump by Jakob. He's so good! He was born to "spread the gospel of dance."

Couple: Ariana & Peter
Choreographer: Nappy Tabs
Dance: Hip Hop
Song: Black & Gold by Sam Sparro
Ariana's cute with her country roots and backstory. I like the story of emotionless robots who can't resist each other. The head glide was impressive and unexpected. It had a cute ending with the robot kiss. I disagreed with the judges, who weren't that impressed. I thought the middle was the best, where the beat picked up.

Couple: Russell
Dance: Foxtrot
Song: Vagabond Shoes, Vic Damone.
Noelle & Russell would be a cute pairing if she can stay on the show. He's smooth, but the choreographer is distracting. I liked the ending with the rejected kiss. I thought it was a solid dance, but definitely not the best. Adam thinks he "defies explanation".

Couple: Bianca & Victor
Choreographer: Travis Wall
Dance: Contemporary
Song: Wasted Time, Me'Shell
Bianca had a cool roll on the floor. Wow, that slow lowering to the floor and roll over each other was impressive. I loved the image of her standing on his back. This may have been my favorite routine of the night.

Couple: Karen & Kevin
Dance: Cha Cha
Song: Push it, GLEE!
I would not have pegged Kevin for a model. He's just more masculine than I picture them. There was that cool threading lift at the end, but otherwise I wasn't too impressed. I loved Shankman's comment about "This was her world and you [Kevin] were just visiting" Karen's on the Hot Tamale Train in the first week! I have to disagree with the judges here, this was one of my least favorites of the night.

Couple: Elenore & Ryan
Choreographer: Sonya
Dance: Contemporary
Song: Arcadia, Apparat.
Interesting story within the dance of a dark creature taking over an angelic creature, it's just so Sonya. Beautiful lift and split. The dance was very quirky. I loved the last image, where the dark creature takes over. It was a great great dance, but overhyping it in the intro video hurt it a bit.

Couple: Brandon & Pauline
Choreographer: Jason Gilkenson
Dance: Smooth Waltz
Song: You Light Up My Life, Whitney Houston.
It was such a cute, romantic dance and they had great chemistry. It's even more impressive that he was able to do all that after just a day and a half!

Couple: Kathryn & Legacy
Choreographer: Dave Scott
Dance: Hip Hop
Song: On & On Missy Elliott.
I loved the evolution to standing. Legacy had a sweet one hand side stand. I like how "luckily" Legacy got hip hop. Seems pretty convenient to me. I mean, I think he's great at what he does, but if he had gotten any other style he would likely have gone home tonight. This was one of my favorites of the night.

Couple: Molly & Nathan
Choreographer: Doriana Sanchez
Dance: Disco
Song: Turn the Beat Around, Gloria Estaban
Interesting that it was inspired by Mexican wrestling, but I really didn't see that in the dance. There were some great stunts in this dance, including a crazy double split and then the flip. Also, that crazy spin with her legs around his head. They must be the youngest couple on the show, they looked like babies! Nathan looked very 70s with his shaggy hair and that outfit.

Ariana - Darkest Hour, Charlotte martine.
Russel - Give the Drummer Sum, Black Milk. Crazy leg move inthe beginning. How does he move his body like that?!
Pauline - Magelenha, Sergio Mendes.
Brandon - Slow Dancing in a Buring Room, John Mayer.

Goodbye Ariana and Brandon. Hopefully Nigel can get the rules bent so he can try out again next season.

Tonight's Playlist:

Channing/Phillip - Jason Gilkenson's Jive to Rockin' Robin by The Jackson 5
Ashleigh/Jakob - Tyce Diorio's Broadway to Hit Me with a Hot Note (and Watch Me Bounce)
Ariana/Peter - Nappy Tabs' Hip Hop to Black & Gold by Sam Sparro
Russell - Foxtrot to Vagabond Shoes by Vic Damone
Bianca/Victor - Travis Wall's Contemporary to Wasted Time by Me'Shell
Karen/Kevin - Cha Cha to Push it from GLEE!
Elenore/Ryan - Sonya's Contemporary to Arcadia by Apparat
Brandon/Pauline - Jason Gilkenson's Smooth Waltz to You Light Up My Life by Whitney Houston
Kathryn/Legacy - Dave Scott's Hip Hop to On & On Missy Elliott
Molly/Nathan - Doriana Sanchez's Disco to Turn the Beat Around by Gloria Estaban
Ariana - Contemporary Solo to Darkest Hour by Charlotte Martin
Russel - Krump Solo to Give the Drummer Sum by Black Milk
Pauline - Jazz Solo to Magelenha by Sergio Mendes
Brandon - Contemp-hop to Slow Dancing in a Burning Room by John Mayer.

For All the Whedon Fans Out There...

I don't watch "Castle" but I absolutely adore this clip!

Strawberry Monster

I just got this lovely little cake from Cake House on Olympic Blvd. The cake was pretty delicious, but what makes me love it is that little strawberry monster on top. Isn't it cute?

Monday, October 26, 2009

So You Think You Can Dance: Top 20 Showcase

It's really a shame that Billy Bell had to drop out because of illness. He was one of the fan favorites and had a great performance tonight. Well, here are KT's and my thoughts on the episode:

Footloose Can't Catch a Break

The Footloose remake is not having very good luck. The director, Kenny Ortega, has just backed out of the production. The film's first troubles came when Zac Efron dropped out because he didn't want to get type cast into teen musicals like High School Musical, Hairspray, and Footloose. Which I think is smart for his long term career, but as I fan I was sad to hear it. I think he has a great voice and did a great job in Hairspray. I would have been happy to watch him in a few more musicals before he switched directions, but what can you do? He's made his choice. Zac Efron's departure isn't the news though.

Footloose just lost its director. A pretty big blow, which may delay production. A replacement has yet to be found, which could delay production. Are you guys looking forward to this film? I'm a fan of movie musicals, but this one hasn't sparked my interest as much as Hairspray did, for example.

[found via Getting The Big Picture]

Trampoline Tricks

Happy Monday everybody! Here's an awesome video to help you ease back into the work week.

V: Sneak Peak

ABC's next big show "V" doesn't start until November 3, but now we can watch the first 8 minutes online!

I'm really excited for this show. It's a remake, but I've never seen the original. I'm a sucker for sci fi shows and this looks right up my alley. Plus, it's got a great cast with Emily Mitchell and Morena (from Firefly).

What do you guys think of the first 8 minutes? Will you be tuning in on November 3?

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Net Neutrality

A bit issue today is the battle for Net Neutrality. Check out this great video on the topic:

Friday, October 23, 2009

A-Team will kick your ass

The first picture from the new movie was just released and it makes me very excited for the movie. I've been a big fan of Bradley Cooper's ever since Alias and Wedding Crasher, and The Hangover just solidified his talents as a comedic actor. Now A-Team is his chance to mesh those comedic chops with action hero muscle!

I'm also interested to see Sharltro Copely in a different role after his great performance in District 9.

Are you guys looking forward to this movie?

[via Cinematical]

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Tetris Dress

I love this dress! It's so cute, while still being geeky. It's geek-chic! Check out more pictures by the creator at her website HERE

Glee Fandomonium

Last night's Glee was a great episode, featuring some very memorable moments like Sue and Will's swing dancing, The Thong Song, and the beginning and end of Rack (Rachel/Puck!). My favorite moments of the hour definitely belong to Puck's version of "Sweet Caroline". His solo just solidified to me that Finn's voice may be my least favorite of the guys. I loved Artie's verse in the "It's My Life/Confessions" mash-up, and now Puck's here. Check it out:

And the reveal that Emma CAN sing! and dance! I love her joy in her song "I Could Have Danced All Night":

More news that'll make Glee fans happy:

Also, it looks like it's fandom is picking up. Check out this fanmade video showcasing a Puckurt (Puck/Kurt) relationship:

The Prisoner

Wow, I did not think this would be on TV. The production and star quality is just more than usual made-for-TV events. Leave it to AMC to raise the bar, yet again.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Improv Everywhere Strikes Again!

Improv Everywhere hit the streets with their latest show: Grocery Store Musical! Check it out:

You might not be familar with the name, but I'm sure you've seen their previous work.

Food Court Musical:

Grand Central Station:

The Grand Central is my favorite. I honestly don't know how I'd react if everyone just froze around me in a public space. It'd be so weird!

More Vampire Diaries

I'm a sucker for most vampire teen dramas (see Buffy, Angel, Twilight, True Blood), so I'm really happy with the news that The Vampire Diaries is getting a full season! The show is totally my guilty pleasure. It's got a great villian in Ian Somerhaulder's Damon - he's just having a ball being evil and it makes it that much fun to watch him.

I'm not saying the show is up to the level of Buffy, Angel, or True Blood, but it is an entertaining show to help ease the wait between New Moon and True Blood Season 3.

While the show isn't drawing in the same amount of viewers as current TV hits like Grey's Anatomy and NCIS, it is a bonafide hit for the little network that could, The CW. Just last week, it brought in 3.8 million viewers. Pretty solid considering the network's staple show, Gossip Girl only had 1.9 million viewers this week. Interesting that Gossip Girl is their tentpole, and inspiration for starting shows like 90210 and Melrose Place back up again, when it's not even their most watched show. America's Next Top Model, which is in its billionth cycle, had 3.1 million viewers this week.

The CW really cashed in on the vampire craze with this one. It's an entertaining, guilty pleasure show that airs just at the right time - when True Blood isn't. It gives us all us junkies something to chew on while we wait for our other vampire franchises to come back.

[numbers found on LATimes and Zap2it]

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Peter Pan: Outdated and Sexist

My roommates and I just watched Peter Pan, the original Disney classic. The last time I saw this, I was maybe 12, at the oldest. Wow, what a little time and perspective does to a movie. I remember watching this film as a kid and absolutely loving it, as I do with most Disney movies. However, this is one Disney movie that does not stand the test of time. Its depictions of women and Native Americans make me want to keep this one off my DVD shelf. I know many Disney movies don't have very feminist messages, having fairytale routes, but in this film they were particularly negative.

Women of Peter Pan

I already talked about her inappropriate outfit, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. In the movie, through absolutely no dialogue, you see her as a shallow, jealous, and manipulative woman. Her introductory scene shows her concerned over the size of her hips and jealous over Peter Pan's fascination with Wendy. She doesn't get any better as the movie progresses. She races to lose Wendy and orders the Lost Boys to shoot her down. She nearly kills Wendy! All because she doesn't want Peter Pan to focus on any other woman but her. And then, instead of trying to apologize or get to know Wendy, she runs off hurt and alone. Later in the movie, Hook hears of her being spurned and decides to use her in his plot to kill Pan. Hook is sure this will work because "a jealous woman can be tricked into anything." Yes, that is a direct quote from the movie. She does save Peter Pan from the bomb, but that doesn't redeem her in my eyes because she never tries to make things right with Wendy. The closest she gets to an apology is covering the ship with pixie dust to drop them off back home. So in the end, she does get rid of Wendy and has Peter all to herself.

The mermaids are only in one scene, but they still manage to fit within the poor image of women in this film. They are shallow beings, again focusing mainly on their looks. They sit and swim around all day, and spend a lot of time just combing their hair and looking pretty. When Wendy shows up, they become mean and jealous. Apparently, Peter Pan is the only man of interest in Neverland and all the ladies want him and they don't want to share.

Wendy isn't as shallow and petty as the other ladies, because she's the "mother" in this movie. It shows that only motherly type women are supportive and nurturing. The young, carefree mermaids and Tinkerbell only care about getting their man, at any cost to other people.

This telling of JM Barrie's Peter Pan is definitely my least favorite of those I've watched recently. Disney's Peter Pan will not be getting the repeated viewings of Aladdin, The Lion King, and Pixar films. For this story, I think I'll stick with Hook, Finding Neverland, or the even new Peter Pan.

Free Pasta!

Check out this great deal from Buca Di Beppo:

Buca is giving out a free 8oz. portion of spaghetti AND you get to take home a free package of pasta noodles so you can have even more spaghetti at home! Don't miss out on this great deal on 10/26. Because in this economy, every little bit helps.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Monday Videos

Monday at work can be a drag. Here are some videos to help ease you into the work week!

I love that while one person is in the foreground, you can see everyone else rocking out in back. I especially love the one woman who isn't participating and still trying to work during the madness.

Isn't it crazy what some people can do with a camera, cardboard, and paint? I wonder how long this video took to make!

We Were Once a Fairytale

I have no idea what I just watched. This short film starring Kanye West, directed by Spike Jonze starts out with a Kanye we're all familar with - drinking and clubbing and loving life. Then things take a turn for the strange, which is to be expected of Jonze's work. I really don't want to give it all away and take away from the experience of watching this short for yourself. So check it out. And if you have any insights into the deeper meanings that might lie within, please share!

[via Cinematical]

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Farewell Mia!

Mia Michaels is leaving So You Think You Can Dance, after she just help pick the Top 20 for Season 6. She tweeted and posted on facebook about her departure before an official statement was released.
On facebook she said, "It's been an amazing five years on 'SYTYCD.' I thank them for all the great memories and movement I have been able to create for the world. Today was my official resignation of the U.S. show and look forward to what's ahead for me."

In an official statement, Nigel said "We are thrilled to have given a talent such as Mia Michaels a platform to create Emmy Award-winning choreography. During the auditions this season she has helped choose the best, most diverse top 20 we have ever had. She knows that she is always welcome to return later this season or next. She’s chosen to move on to new challenges, and we will continue to support her and wish her all the best."
I'm so sad to see her go! She contributed some truly great routines to the show and was an entertaining and intelligent judge. However, I don't think is the last we'll see if Mia in So You Think You Can Dance. I think she'll still work on the show in other countries - she's worked on SYTYCD Canada before, and now there will be a SYTYCD UK. Maybe she just got tired of being stuck in LA for the show.

I'm also curious about the timing of her departure. She left just after the Top 20 were decided, maybe she disagreed with the picks? Maybe her favorites didn't make the cut and she didn't want to work with the rest? I don't think that's the case, but the timing is suspicious. It also could be that she didn't want to dedicate her summer AND fall to the show, leaving little time for other projects. Whatever the reason, I hope she returns to SYTYCD soon!

Check out some of my favorite routines from Mia:

Season 4 Top 16 Group routine:

Twitch/Katee Door routine to "Mercy" by Duffy

Travis/Heidi Bench routine:

Kayla/Kupono Addiction to "Gravity" by Sara Bareilles

[Found on MTV News]

Dine LA: Royal T Cafe

Earlier this week, I had the best cupcake of my life. And it wasn't at a bakery, or made by my very talented friends, it was at Royal T Cafe. As I mentioned earlier, Dine LA is a great deal where at certain restaurants you get a 3 course meal for a reasonable price.

The whole meal was great! We had an appetizer of Pan-fried Duck with baby spinach:

For the main course, we had Kobe beef cheeseburgers. They were so juicy and delicious. I particularly loved the gruyere cheese and cucumbers, something you don't normally get on a burger. I don't have pictures of the burgers because we were so hungry I forgot about it until about halfway through. woops!

And then came dessert. The most delicious, moist, soft, amazing cupcake I've ever had. In such an unlikely place! I got a chocolate raspberry cupcake:

Not only was the food great, but I really loved the atmosphere. It's very asian, with asian pop art everywhere, even with a section in front where you can buy asian knick-knacks and the art on display. The uniforms were cute, with a slight tinge of fetishism in there too - very Japanese! I didn't get a photo of the uniforms, but here's some of the pop art they had around:

Overall, a great little cafe! I will definitely be heading back, especially for the cupcakes!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Bran Nue Day

I was lucky enough to catch an advance screening of Bran Nue Dae, a very unique new film that is making its way to America. It follows Willie, a young Aborigine, who has to decide between studying to be a priest or follow his heart to be with the girl of his dreams. He ends up on a haphazard adventure as he tries to make his way home from the big city. The movie is filled with interesting characters and catchy tunes. The shots of Australia are just beautiful, I wish they had shown even more. It's fast-paced and full of fun, but also manages to shine a light on Aborigine culture, something we know very little about here in the states. At a short 88 minutes, I wish it had gone on longer.

You can check out the teaser trailer below:

I really recommend you see it! The landscape shots are gorgeous, but you might want to wait til DVD if you can't justify spending $12 on a movie that isn't even an hour and a half.

Dollhouse Fairy Tale

Wow, I can't believe this is a fan made video. It looks great! It also really captures the feel of Dollhouse and hints at its broader messages.

There's no Dollhouse tonight because of baseball, but be sure to catch an all-new episode next week! Fox, 9pm, 10/23. For more info on the show, you can check out the hulu page, the fox page, and the fanmade campaign Why I Watch.

UPDATE: Here's the Fox promo for the new episode airing next week:

There Will Be Bud

Funny that this was all shot at USC. Great student-made original trailer!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Darkside of Disney

Wall-E: The Cannibal Years

Great fanmade trailer! I'm a big fan of these genre switching trailers. Here's my favorite in the Dark Disney theme:

Modern Family just wants to "Do You, Do You"

Fans who caught the show last night heard just a snippet of Dylan's soulful song about Haley. Well, that teaser just isn't enough! Here's the whole song, complete with music video.

This show is hilarious! I loved last night's episode; it may have been the best so far this season! Last night, just when you think the show is about to get all serious and drop a message about families, they throw you a curveball by having Dylan sing this song for the family. Then, when you think the episode is over, you get a final 30 seconds of all the members of the family singing this and having it stuck in their heads. I particularly loved Cameron and Mitchell's harmonizing too. If you like the song, you can download the whole mp3 HERE.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


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This trailer intrigues me. The movie looks like 2 very separate, very different stories and I'm interested to see how they handle the storytelling of them both. Plus, Joseph Gorden Levitt (@hitRECordJoe) is one of my favorite indie actors. This will be out in limited theaters on November 13. Do you think you'll check it out?

[Found via First Showing]

New Moon Soundtrack Leaked!

UPDATE: videos and songs have been taken down. No big surprise there. I hope you got the hear it while it was up!

Listen to a few of the leaked tracks here, while you can!

You can listen to a few more at Stereogum. The more I hear of it, the more I want the whole soundtrack. Good thing they moved up the release of the album to this Friday 10/16!

Monday, October 12, 2009

As I Struggle on "Medium"

This guy just RIPS IT! Holy cow. This is from Guitar Hero: Van Halen, which I didn't even know existed until I saw this.

[Found on G4TV]

Monday Funnies

The start of the work week...I think everybody needs a laugh right about now. Here are some funny pictures to brighten your day!

Tink's new look

It looks like Tinkerbell is finally catching up to the times! Her outfit has always been overly sexy and sexist for a Disney icon. Just look above at the image from Peter Pan (1953) - short skirt and cleavage! In 1953, this flew by without a hitch, but for it to still be the costume in her 2008 DVD movies? If I were a parent, I'd be a little uncomfortable with my kid wanting to dress up as Tinkerbell for Halloween.

I guess somebody at Disney finally got the memo! Check out her new costume below:

Now she looks like a true adventurer! She's cute while staying covered up. I like this new change.

[Found on USA Today]

Sunday, October 11, 2009

The Return of the (good) X-Men?

Rumors are flying that Bryan Singer could be in to direct a 4th X-Men movie. This wouldn't be another spin-off like Wolverine or Magneato, this would feature the whole gang kicking butt and taking names as a crew. Not much has been said, so there aren't any details about it, but just the fact that Bryan Singer could come back to the franchise is enough to make me happy! The first two X-Men movies are among my favorites in the genre. X2 just may be my favorite of them all! Also, with X-Men 3 and Superman Returns both being critical duds, I'm hoping that this will be a return to form for the franchise and Singer. Hopefully things move forward and we see this develop into more than just talk soon!

[Found on Sci Fi Wire]

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Glee: sneak peek at next week

Keep Holding On (Quinn) - this number gave me chills.

I didn't even like this song until it appeared on So You Think You Can Dance. But here, I think it's a great duet for them! I do find it odd that there's that one scene where they're just walking down a hallway with an obvious fan blowing their hair back. Maybe it will make sense in the context of the show.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Marge Simpson: Playboy Bunny?

How weird is that of all people, Marge Simpson is on the Playboy cover this month? Even out of all cartoon ladies, I wouldn't have picked her first. Jessica Rabbit, Lola Bunny, Wilma Flintstone, Betty Rubble, and Jane Jetson are way more Playboy's style! I also think it sends the wrong message to the kids who watch The Simpson's. I know the show is almost as old as I am, but I'm sure there are 12 year olds (or even younger!) who watch this show in reruns and in primetime. The other ladies I mentioned would have been more acceptable since their shows have been off air for a while, so most of the fans are past a certain age. Or maybe I'm just a prude? What do you guys think of the Simpson's mom gracing Playboy's cover?

[via Zap2it]

Party and Bullshit in the USA

Listen to this jam as you count down the hours til the weekend. I think it's a pretty sweet mashup of the most unexpected duo.

[found via EW Music Mix]

Thursday, October 8, 2009

The Lovely Bones

This movie looks so incredibly beautiful. Visually striking, plus that emotional punch. It's a definitely must see for December. Check out the trailer:

[image found on Filmofilia]

Also, in completely unrelated news, KT is starting a new feature on his blog. Now it will not only focus on his poker escapades, but also the trials and tribulations that befall a fantasy football league. So, if you're into that sort of thing, check out his blog HERE.

Odd Network Branding

ABC's Comedy House vs. FOX's Strip Club?
I don't understand. Why would you want to brand your
broadcast network this way?
I know which network I
would choose based off these promos. Which one
would you choose?

[via THR]

Dine LA is delicious

For those in LA, this is the time to try all those restaurants that you weren't sure you could afford. Dine LA is happening from now until October 16, excluding this Saturday and Sunday. Check out the full list of participating restaurants and try one today!

KT and I just went to Maria's Italian Kitchen tonight for their prix fixe dinner. I wanted to take photos of each course, but was so hungry I forgot until dessert. Woops! Hence, the picture of that AMAZING flourless chocolate cake! I really recommend the mushroom risotto and the cake.

Have you guys been taking advantage of Dine LA? Any restaurants listed that I just NEED to try out?

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Meet Me at the Equinox

Check out Death Cab's new song, the first single from the New Moon soundtrack! I'm kind of disappointed with the video - it's basically just clips from the trailer intercut with the band. I feel like it could have been another venue for new clips for the movie, giving the Twilight fans even more reason to watch the video than to just listen to the song and not pay attention to the artists.

Sesame Street is cool again!

Sesame Street just became culturally relevant again. I don't know what happened, but I'm really digging this new pop culture insurgence in their skits. I know the kids probably don't get the Mad Men references and are too young to remember a time without iPods, but these types of skits make it much more fun for the babysitters and moms to enjoy the show with their children.

Yahoo's list of 100 movies to see before you die

(bold movies you have seen)

1. 12 Angry Men (1957)
2. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) 3. 400 Blows (1959) 4. 8 1/2 (1963)
5. The African Queen (1952)
6. Alien (1979)
7. All About Eve (1950) 8. Annie Hall (1977)
9. Apocalyse Now (1979)
10. The Battle of Algiers (1967)
11. The Bicycle Thief (1948) 12. Blade Runner (1982) 13. Blazing Saddles (1974)
14. Blow Up (1966)
15. Blue Velvet (1986)
16. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
17. Breathless (1960)
18. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
19. Bringing Up Baby (1938)
20. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
21. Casablanca (1942) 22. Chinatown (1974) 23. Citizen Kane (1941) 24. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) 25. Die Hard (1988)
26. Do the Right Thing (1989)
27. Double Indemnity (1944) 28. Dr. Strangelove (1964)
29. Duck Soup (1933)
30. ET the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
31. Enter the Dragon (1973)
32. The Exorcist (1973) 33. Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)
34. The French Connection (1971)
35. The Godfather (1972) 36. The Godfather, Part II (1974)
37. Goldfinger (1964)
38. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1968)
39. Goodfellas (1990)
40. The Graduate (1967)
41. Grand Illusion (1938)
42. Groundhog Day (1993) 43. A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
44. In the Mood For Love (2001)
45. It Happened One Night (1934) 46. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) 47. Jaws (1975)
48. King Kong (1933)
49. The Lady Eve (1941)
50. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
51. The Lord of the Rings (2001)
52. M (1931)
53. M*A*S*H (1970) 54. The Maltese Falcon (1936) 55. The Matrix (1999)

56. Modern Times (1936)
57. Monty Python & the Holy Grail (1975) 58. National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978)

59. Network (1976)

60. Nosferatu (1922)
61. On the Waterfront

62. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
63. Paths of Glory (1958)
64. Princess Mononoke (1999)
65. Psycho (1960) 66. Pulp Fiction (1994) 67. Raging Bull (1980) 68. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
69. Raise the Red Lantern (1992)
70. Rashomon (1951)
71. Rear Window (1954) 72. Rebel Without a Cause (1955) 73. Rocky (1976) 74. Roman Holiday (1953) 75. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
76. Schindler’s List (1993)
77. The Searchers (1956)
78. Seven Samurai (1954)
79. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
80. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
81. Singin’ in the Rain (1952) 82. Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs (1937) 83. Some Like It Hot (1959) 84. The Sound of Music (1965) 85. Star Wars (1977) 86. Sunset Blvd. (1950) 87. Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)
88. The Third Man (1949)
89. This is Spinal Tap (1984) 90. Titanic (1997) 91. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) 92. Toy Story (1995) 93. The Usual Suspects (1995) 94. Vertigo (1958) 95. When Harry Met Sally (1989)
96. Wild Strawberries (1957)
97. Wings of Desire (1988)
98. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
99. Women on the Verge of Nervous Breakdown (1988)
100. The World of Apu (1959)

60 out 100...not too shabby! How many have you seen?

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

"Community" Remix

Have you guys been watching the new NBC comedy "Community"? It's not a show that's Must Watch for me, yet. The Thursday 9pm block is dominated by FlashForward for me. But it is a show I try to catch on hulu when I have some down time. It's hilarious while still having some emotional aspects. A fan made this awesome remix to clips from the show. Check it out:

UPDATE: You can now download the song here: Barely Digital.

Also, Community can be streamed on hulu. If you haven't seen it yet, check out the pilot embedded below:

Or, if you don't have 20 minutes, check out my favorite moment from last week's episode:

Vampire Weekend

Check out their new song "Horchata".

I love it! It's just such a happy, upbeat, light song. Vampire Weekend's new CD comes out January 12, 2010. Too bad it couldn't get a pre-holiday release, I bet that would have really helped sales. I wonder if they'll get more notice now that vampires are all the rage? It probably helps their search engine traffic!

Trick r' Treat

This looks terrifying! While I normally wouldn't give straight to DVD films a second glance, the fact that it stars Anna Paquin gives it a bit more credibility. This is getting added to my Netflix queue.

UPDATE: Check out this Q&A with the film's writer-director Michael Dougherty.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Glee: Boys' Mash-Up GENIUS

Wow, do I LOVE this show! I'm hoping the use of Confessions means that Quinn's pregnancy truth comes out. That story needs to be resolved, along with Terry's fake pregnancy.

I can't wait to see the girl's showing in this girls vs. boys glee-off!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Fame Resurrected!

Lady Gaga will be touring it alone, now that Fame Kills has kicked the bucket. Kanye West is taking time off, to collect himself and figure out how to save his PR reputation in this post-VMA world. While I think that's a smart move on his part, he really should have figured this all out BEFORE tickets went on sale. He just cost me $5 in processing fees that I will never get back!

This change does provide a good opportunity here: Who is Lady Gaga going to tour with now? I think a dream tour would be Lady Gaga and another dance hit queen - Britney Spears. But, seeing how Britney just started the Australian leg of her Circus tour. I think the best thing would be forget the other major starlets and have Lady Gaga tour with a bunch of (fairly) unknown up and comers.

Here are some of my favorites:

Example's Watch the Sun Come Up

Metric's Combat Baby
I saw Metric back in 2005 and they put on a great show!

These bands are similar enough to Lady Gaga's upbeat dance tunes that I think her fans might like them too. I know I do!

What do you guys think? Any dream suggestions on who she should tour with now that Kanye is out of the picture?

Also, check out her latest track "Bad Romance" - off her The Fame Monster CD coming out Nov. 24. This is just a demo, so the album version could be vastly different. We'll just have to wait for the CD to know for sure.

Either way, I Love it!

[found via EW Music Mix]

For your Friday

This may be the cutest commercial I have ever seen. If you've seen cuter, PLEASE link it in the comments because I need more cute in my life!

With this great video, I can see why Rio will be hosting the 2016 Olympics. It makes me want to go!