Sunday, January 31, 2010
SNL Digital Short: Sergio
Finally a digital short that isn't some funny rap! I loved when the therapist turns into him and especially when his wife gives birth.
Weekend Update: Snooki
Oh no, we're in quite the predicament!
Hamm & Buble
I wish they'd used Buble more. I loved him singing his plea for help.
Overall, it was uneven but had more really funny moments than most of this season.
Saturday, January 30, 2010
I love a good movie drinking game. You get to watch a fun movie, hang out with friends, and make a game of it so it's not just idly sipping your drink. Last week, my friends and I wanted to watch The Rundown, a highly underrated action film, but couldn't find a drinking game for it. So we made our own! I really recommend the movie, so check it out if you can and enjoy a few beers in the process!
Take a sip when:
There's a cameo (athlete, notable actor, govenator, etc)
They show a gun
There are wrestling moves
The Rock is awesome and Sean William Scott acts like an idiot
Walken is being clever
There are explosions
Cows show up
They use whips
When there's slow motion
The Rock shoots a gun
Sean William Scott does his "thunder and lightening" move
Finish Your Drink When:
Bagpipes show up
Friday, January 29, 2010
Why Sex Is Giving you Carpal Tunnel
Four Things to Remember From The Season 5 Finale of Lost - the last season starts Tuesday!
Chuck inspired Etsy Crafts - awesome
Did Preferential System Hurt 'Avatar' at the PGAs? - I think it will definitely hurt their chances at Oscar glory.
Caprica: 12 Reasons We're There!
9 Secrets from the set of Caprica
NBC's Jeff Gaspin on emotions and late-night TV - another perspective on the Jaypocalpyse.
All The City's A Stage - I want to go on one! And, it was endorsed by NPH.
In Praise of Online Obscurity
Unattainable Beauty: The Decades Biggest Airbrushing Scandals
Kayak.com Lets You Book the "LOST" Flight
Thursday, January 28, 2010
America's Best Dance Crew is back! It's got a new format, a new judge, and I'm really digging it. Omarion was a good judge, but I definitely need to see more to see if he can live up to Shane Sparks' level of excitement and level handed criticism. So let's see what the South had to offer:
Jungle Boogie - Cranking
Stone Mountain, GA
Bounce by Busta Rhymes
I loved the full body snake type motion, but it did get clumsy towards the end. The floor bounce in the beginning was a great opening move. They had great energy and I loved the ending. i still don't quite get what cranking is, but I really enjoyed their performance.
Ghost - Smooth
Android Porn by Crady
Very creepy with the smooth moves and the contacts. They did a great fan type motion. I agree with JC that it was a dramatic performance, but slow at times.
X-Treme Motion - Bucking
Wow, those outfits...
They were very high energy, but it seemed a bit frantic at times. I could definitely see their dance team background.
Ice Cream Paint Job
There was a really poor camera angle on a cool trick. The beginning of the routine didn't engross me, but they killed it after it went into the Ice Cream Paint Job song. The random white girl was really good! Loved the ending gag. Overall, the best routine of the night.
Wasted by Plies
The tricks were awesome! The back flips straight into the forward flip, the double person forward filp (flying flush), the 360 around flip - all very memorable moments. However, the dancing was just alright; their choreography definitely needs work.
Swagger Crew and Jungle Boogie make it through to the finals! Swaggar Crew was definitely the best. I thought Ghost and Jungle Boogie were both up there, but Jungle Boogie definitely had more presence and energy.
Sudden Death to Outta Control by Pit Bull
I love the fast pace of Sudden Death - very exciting and fluid instead of stopping and going to give each crew a whole dance. I liked this format last season too. Royal Flush's tricks were stand outs, but again their choreography leaves something to be desired. I hope they learn to step it up a notch now that they've made it through.
I'm definitely looking forward to this season, the crews we've seen so far are great! I hope the East is just as strong.
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Wednesday, January 27, 2010
I'm kind of concerned about how the show will fare without Shane Sparks, who was consistently the most knowledgeable and eloquent of the three. I'll reserve judgment on Omarion until I see it for myself though.
Here's the break down of the crews performing this season from MTV:
Hometown: Stone Mountain, GA
Led by a feisty female, these dancers pride themselves on their southern “Crankin” style and are on a mission to become king of the dance jungle. Cranking uses big step movements and arms to cover the entire dance floor. Each of the six members has a unique animalistic move to wow this year’s competition.
The crew was started by twin brothers, Anthony and Antwain, who quit college to pursue dance despite their family’s disapproval. In response they put this fun loving and goofy crew together and now consider the group an extended family. The twins’ family still has never seen them dance but they are hoping to win back their love and support as they perform on ABDC.
Hometown: Houston, TX
Ghost is a crew that has faced a lot of adversity in life, and dance has always been a refuge. In fact, they all met through their local dance venues over the past five years seeking a way out life’s hardships, gangs, and family death.
Using dance as an escape, crewmember Patrick decided to better his life and leave the rough life of gang banging with the Crips behind him. Unfortunately, there would be more struggle to come. Soon after leaving the gang, Patrick’s mother died from heart failure. They whole crew looked up to Patrick’s mom as if she was their mother — it was a loss for all of them.
They crew would break into a local apartment complex gym room to be able to practice dance. They consider their style inspirational hip-hop and they plan to offer up some of the best musicality we have seen on this show with hard hitting, complex movements. As dancers they are a tight unit and their personal hardships have brought them even closer
Hometown: Houston, TX
These former Texas Southern University majorettes are bringing their bootylicious bucking style to the mainstream stage. These high energy, acrobatic, and stunt filled Southern belles are on a mission to show the world their majorette style of dance that is “often imitated but never duplicated.” Their style is influenced by both street jazz and hip-hop, but what really makes them distinct is an intense booty shaking move they call “buckin’.”
Homtown: Atlanta, GA
This crew has auditioned every season, and their refusal to give up has finally paid off. Changing members after each audition, the crew believes they finally have their dream team for success on America’s Best Dance Crew. Educated on the streets, this diverse crew’s styles include krumping, tutting, popping, breaking and even a hint of salsa.
They do not claim to be “professionally trained dancers”, leading to difficulties in finding work in the dance industry. America’s Best Dance Crew is finally offering them something no one else would: the opportunity to be champions.
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Tired of trendy club dances, this brash Atlanta crew feels it’s time to put true Southern street dancing on the map. These confident dancers are fired up by the complete absence of Atlanta crews’ represented on past seasons of America’s Best Dance Crew and know they have what it takes to put Atlanta on the map. When the crew started, they knew they wanted to bring a little sex appeal to their street crew. The key component to this crew is their lone female member Elizabeth. Elizabeth wants to break all female dancing stereotypes with her hard-hitting moves.
It’s been a tough year for crewmember Jason. Seven months ago his sick mother fell asleep one night when the house caught on fire and she barely escaped. Jason had to move back home and has been spending all his money to rebuild the house. The house is almost finished but he is deep in debt. The crew has rallied around Jason, and such set backs have only made the Swagger Crew stronger and more confident as a unit. With a combination of southern cockiness, fast footwork and determination this crew is ready to bring some raw swagger to the America’s Best Dance Crew legacy.
Hometown: Raleigh, NC
These professional jump ropers are seeking exposure for their sport while at the same time conquering the dance world. They have walked away from their college degrees and steady jobs in pursuit of a dream: to become professional jump ropers and pioneers of a burgeoning sport.
All six members are a part of the USA Jump Rope All Star team, which only features the best of the best in the country. Saltare comes to America’s Best Dance Crew to expose the sport they’ve dedicated their lives to, challenge themselves in a different arena and prove that jump rope is more than just child’s play. Now they must incorporate their unique skill set into major dance performances. With America watching, will these jumpers be able to transition their trademark jump rope into viable dance routines on the America’s Best Dance Crew stage?
Hometown: Montreal, Canada
This Canadian crew is out to storm the home of hip-hop and demonstrate a level of synchronicity not seen before. Being the first-ever foreign crew to compete on America’s Best Dance Crew, Blueprint has a lot to prove. And for this crew, the name Blueprint is more than a title: it’s a creed. Precision, precision, precision, that’s their motto. Every move this crew does, they do as one, moving together. This dance crew is run like an army, training hard to look like one unit, to learn the origin of the move, and then striving to perfect them. This perfectionist crew doesn’t believe in tricks and stunts, they believe in unified movements down to every minute detail.
In the six years since the group started these Montreal natives have become the premiere crew in the Canadian dance world. But making a name for themselves in the country where hip-hop was born would be the ultimate barometer of success.
Hometown: Boston, MA
Legendary Seven are proud to call the hard streets of Boston home, and are quick to tell you they are one of the last true street crews from Bean Town. Their performances revolve around breaking, krumping, and popping but most importantly, big tricks.
Crew leader “E-Knock” Phillips and fellow Legendary Seven member Darius Rutledge are no strangers to Americas Best Dance Crew. They were both members of the Season One crew Status Quo which finished second only to Season One winners The JabbaWockeeZ. This time around losing is not an option. This means their tricks are even bigger and more imaginative then before.
Hometown: Cambridge, MA
Static Noyze has always felt like the outcasts, never really feeling like they fit in with anyone but each other. Bored with what they call “stock hip hop” routines and moves that they’ve seen before, this off-the-wall group of dancers promises to shake up the America’s Best Dance Crew stage with their distinct style of dance. They consider themselves to be innovators of dance and describe their dance style as hip-hop with a contemporary twist. What makes them truly unique though, is that they use their routines (which they refer to as their “creations”) to convey offbeat stories told through cutting edge moves and costumes.
Leading their style brigade is crewmember Peter, a makeup artist by day and drag queen by night. As a drag queen he’s known as Baby Gaga. But even in this world he feels like an outcast saying, “there aren’t a lot of short Asian drag queens in the world.” Static Noyze does not mind being called odd. In fact, they embrace it. These eccentricities are what make Static such a unique group and they hope America finds their unconventionality charming, and become Americas Best quirky Dance Crew.
Hometwon: Providence, RI
Predominately self-taught from music videos, draZtic is set to prove you don’t need major street cred to hang with the big dogs of America’s Best Dance Crew. Being one of the only dance crews in Providence, RI, they do not garner much respect. However with choreography that is an innovative combination of contemporary and ballet fused with popping and hip-hop they plan to earn respect. Because they are all skilled in different styles, draZtik adheres to an unconventional philosophy of leadership by committee. Each member plays an equal role in the design and choreography of every performance. Although this philosophy can sometimes lead to tension amongst members, draZtik feels it ultimately gives them an edge over other crews.
The Blended Projekt
Hometown: West Covina CA
The Blended Projekt is a crew of young dancers (including three 16-year-old members) who combine traditional clogging with hip-hop dance in a technique they call “blending.” While clogging has been on America’s Best Dance Crew before, it has certainly never looked like this. Tired of what they considered the nerdy traditional clogging style, Blended Projekt rips the taps off their clogs and fuses them to their trendy sneakers. Now, when they perform, this band of hip-hop lovers can keep its young, hip look while maintaining its classic clogging technique.
Hometown: Denver, CO
This co-ed breaking crew hopes to break the mold of the B-boy stereotype and prove once and for all that breakers can do choreography too. They consider themselves the first b-boy-choreography crew. The boys and the girls of this crew have trained in all types of dance including hip-hop, jazz and ballet. As this season’s “breakin’crew,” they know they have a lot to live up to in the shadows of Massive Monkees, Season 3 champions Quest Crew and Season 2 champions Supercr3w but they are confident in their abilities and say “we have the one thing they didn’t have: choreography.” BreakEFX is poised and ready to reclaim the America’s Best Dance Crew title for breakdancers everywhere.
Hometown: North Hollywood, CA
These big boys are out to break negative stereotypes and prove dancers come in all sizes. These guys have big hearts and hope they can inspire others who have a passion for dance saying “no matter what the size, if you love to dance, you are a dancer.”
Heavy Impact hopes that their combination of infectious feel-good dancing and inspirational charm will win over America, but they know this isn’t going to be an easy feat. They know when they walk out on that stage, people are going to assume they are a joke based on their appearance and this has been a hurdle they have faced their whole lives.
Hometown: Westminster, CA
These shaded showmen inspired by robots aim to entertain the dance world with their unexpected humor and revolutionary mixed style. Over the last couple of years Poreotix have laboriously honed their craft of popping and robotic movement and are at the pinnacle of their game. The way in which the crew blends the different dance styles gives them a distinctive animated look, and their integration of humor makes their performances fiercely entertaining. Poreotix are true showmen and never perform without their trademark shades. They use them as a tool to hide emotion so they can provide unexpected twists in their routine, taking the audience from serious to funny without tipping their hand.
Unfortunately, crewmember Justin Valles has more on his plate than just winning the ABDC title. During this season’s auditions, Justin’s father was hospitalized for liver and kidney failure. He has since been released from the hospital but has been rejected for a liver transplant. They are unsure how much longer Justin’s dad can live without a new liver. This obviously weighs heavily on Justin’s mind and he feels blessed to be able to give his family the joy of watching him dance in these unfortunate times.
This crew has captured a special style and is extremely confident they will be crowned the next winner of Americas Best Dance Crew.
Hometown: Honolulu, HI
Driven to prove that Hawaii has a thriving hip-hop community, Hype 5-0 is out to show there is more to Hawaii than swaying grass skirts and coconut bras. With limited funds for travel, Hype 5-0 has honed their skills by spending countless hours on the Internet studying crews from the mainland. Now after conquering the island dance scene with imported moves this hard-hitting crew is ready to export themselves to the mainland and take America’s Best Dance Crew by storm. They have immense Hawaiian pride and incorporate native dance moves in all of their routines.
Relishing the fact that they are often underestimated and overlooked, Hype 5-0 is ready to roll through the ABDC crews like an unstoppable lava flow.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
If you're on the East Coast, Chuck is starting NOW on NBC. For those of us on the left coast, we've still got to wait 3 more hours.
Very cool new way to look at the plane crash that started the mystery that is LOST.
The 100 Questions Lost Better Answer or We'll Be Pissed
The film screened at Sundance and is the first major deal from the festival. Lionsgate just bought distribution rights for $3.2 million dollars, more than it cost to produce the film! My interest is definitely piqued, and I'll be on the look out for when it comes to theaters. Watch the teaser trailer below.
Lionsgate gets "Buried" at Sundance
"Buried" lands first big deal
Sunday, January 24, 2010
The prequel to one of my favorite shows, Battlestar Galactica, so I had to give it a chance. The two hour pilot has been on DVD and online for ages, but I waited until the broadcast premiere and the official start of the season to watch it. I really enjoyed it and will definitely be watching next week. The monotheist vs. polytheist debate is going to be front and center this time around, and I'm intrigued to see how it plays out. Plus, it's going to be very topical with religious terrorism at the forefront. If you missed it and want to check it out, you can get the pilot for free from iTunes. You can also catch the first half of the two hour pilot embedded below:
I grew up watching The WB shows like Dawson's Creek, Roswell, Gilmore Girls, etc. Life Unexpected and The Vampire Diaries show that The CW is going back to their WB roots and I love it! These are strong dramas about characters I already care about in their short runs. I'm hooked on The Vampire Diaries, and enjoyed the pilot for Life Unexpected. I'll definitely be watching next week. The only problem is that it airs Mondays at 9pm, opposite The Big Bang Theory. It's filling Gossip Girl's time slot, so I'm not sure if it's going to stay there or where it would move to. If you missed it and want to check it out, you can get the pilot for free from iTunes.
It's got a great cast from shows I've loved: Chi McBride from Pushing Daisies, Tricia Helfer from Battlestar Galactica, and Mark Valley from Keen Eddie. The plot also seems right up my alley - action/comedy with maybe a kindling romance between the protector and the protected? I'm there! However, I actually didn't get to watch this one because I spaced on when it was premiering. Did anyone watch and what did you think?
Friday, January 22, 2010
Dollhouse: (Briefly) The Best Show on Television - since its cancellation was announced, it's like the show's been on steroids! So much is happening in each episode, it's firing in all cylinders, and throwing surprises at us left and right. I LOVE IT.
Pushing Daisies Rises From The Dead. Sort Of.
"Green Lantern" will have a "Flash Gordon" element - I'm definitely looking forward to this movie. Ryan Reynolds will make a great superhero.
NBC's Slide From TV Heights to Troubled Nightly Punch Line
More Than a Rough Patch - A graph showing the decline in broadcast networks. It's definitely not just a recent trend.
Football Has 11 Minutes of Action - no wonder the advertising for football games is so expensive!
Get a Mac: Mashable's 5 Favorite Ads
TCA Set Visit Highlights: Chuck Q&A
New Spider-Man Director - really? I'm surprised by the choice. I'm intrigued to see how this pans out.
Burton to Direct Sleeping Beauty Tale for Disney?
24 Free iPhone Apps for Job Hunting
Red-faced from drinking? It could be an evolutionary advantage - I don't get red from drinking (yay, half-white! lol), but it's interesting that it could actually be a good thing.
Top 100 Funniest Google Street View Images - thanks, Ashley!
Joss Whedon to be awarded the Vanguard Award from the Producers Guild - now if he could just get a show on the air that networks didn't meddle with!
Open Letter from OK Go
Top 25 "Lost" Moments
How to Disappear on Facebook and Twitter - but why would you want to?
How NBC Gave Conan His Groove Back
Thursday, January 21, 2010
I would totally watch this!
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
I haven't seen marketing like this during the other shows I watch. It's such a smart idea since it makes me actually want to watch the commercials - they star the characters I care about. Now, I DVR/Tivo most of my shows, but even though I was watching Chuck time-shifted, I still stopped to watch these.
Vampire Diaries is coming back this week! I'm excited to see where this show goes.
The cliffhanger from the fall finale left Elena in a car wreck, watching as some dark and creepy otherwordly creature walked toward her. Now, we know she won't die since she's the female lead, but I still can't wait to see what twist and being is in store!
Interested in spoilers? Read this: What's Going To Happen When Vampire Diaries Returns?
Monday, January 18, 2010
Disney's next installment of Pirates of the Caribbean drops May 20, 2011.
I loved the first Pirates and severely disliked the other two for being drawn out, unnecessary, and pointless. However, I can't help but be excited for this!
So far, Johnny Depp is the only one attached (and it's rumored it took $55 million to nab him!) No word on if Kiera Knightly or Orlando Bloom will be returning, but I think it would be better if they didn't come back. They're storyline wrapped up nicely at the end of the 3rd one. I think it'd be better if Captain Jack goes off on his own adventure and meets a new band of miscreants.
There's not much news out yet, but the one thing I find interesting is that it's going to be directed by Rob Marshall. Maybe it'll be a musical? Johnny has done it before with Sweeney Todd, so it's not totally out of the question. I just don't see why they'd pick the director of Nine and Chicago if they weren't going to use that talent somehow. Maybe just one crazy drug/magic induced number? That's all I ask! I'm kidding...kind of.
What do you guys think? Are you still interested in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise?
Update: Pirates 4 to Begin Shooting in Hawaii
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Overall, the show was solid, even though some of Gervais's jokes didn't have the timing that he needed. However, I am pleased with how most of the awards were handed out. For my predictions, check out my blog post from earlier today.
The big surprise for me is Avatar's win for Best Picture. It seems only James Cameron can have both a box office smash and an award winner. It makes me wonder if some of the bigger movies were nominated/won in a small way to boost ratings for these ratings starved shows.
Up in the Air was nominated for the most awards, but ended up only taking home Best Screenplay, which even they didn't think they deserved and were still waiting to hear Quentin's name to correct the error. I really thought Quentin was going to win it, and Up in the Air to be shut out. I was not far off.
I'm happily surprised I was wrong about Glee! I thought Modern Family, that critical darling, would be the one to take down 30 Rock and win the globe. While Glee is one of my favorite shows this year, it has been uneven. The baby storylines alone were huge detractors overall. But, Glee won out in the end and I'm glad this show is getting awards and ratings to keep it around! Let's just hope it doesn't jump the shark the way Ryan Murphy's other show (Nip/Tuck) has.
What did you guys think of the show and winners?
Here's the full winner's list:
Best Television Series (Comedy or Musical):
Best Actor in a Television Series (Comedy or Musical):
* Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"
Best Actress in a Television Series (Comedy or Musical):
* Toni Collette, "The United States of Tara"
Best Television Series (Drama):
* "Mad Men"
Best Actress in a Television Series (Drama):
* Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife"
Best Actor in a Television Series (Drama):
* Michael C. Hall, "Dexter"
Best Director for a Motion Picture:
* James Cameron, "Avatar"
Best Screenplay for a Motion Picture:
* Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, "Up in the Air"
Best Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical):
* "The Hangover"
Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical):
* Meryl Streep, "Julie & Julia"
Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical):
* Robert Downey Jr., "Sherlock Holmes"
Best Motion Picture (Drama):
Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama):
* Jeff Bridges, "Crazy Heart"
Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama):
* Sandra Bullock, "The Blind Side"
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture:
* Christoph Waltz, "Inglourious Basterds"
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture:
* Mo'Nique, "Precious"
Best Animated Movie:
Best Original Song in a Motion Picture
* "The Weary Kind (Theme from 'Crazy Heart')," "Crazy Heart"
Best Original Score for a Motion Picture
* Micahel Giacchino, "Up"
Best Miniseries or Made-for-Television Movie:
* "Grey Gardens"
Best Actor in a Miniseries/Made-for-Television Movie:
* Kevin Bacon, "Taking Chance"
Best Actress in a Miniseries/Made-for-Television Movie:
* Drew Barrymore, "Grey Gardens"
Best Supporting Actor (Television):
* John Lithgow, "Dexter"
Best Supporting Actress (Television):
* Chloe Sevigny, "Big Love"
Best Foreign-Language Film:
* "The White Ribbon"
This recurring Keenan sketch is hit or miss, but The Brandy Snifter was great. Plus, damn Sigourney is HOT.
The opening sketch was a whole drawn out Larry King/Conan/Leno sketch, but I didn't find that very funny. Seth Meyers did an excellent sum up of the whole situation. Plus, the Meryl Streep bit was great. Speaking of, check out my predictions for tonight's Golden Globes.
And lastly, Laser Cats added another chapter to the story with the help of James Cameron.
Tonight are the Golden Globes, the most fun of the award shows. I'm looking forward to Ricky Gervais's hosting skills, he's always pretty quick-witted and hilarious. He veers towards the "almost-too-awkward-to-be-funny" humor, but most of the time it toes the line just right. Below are my Golden Globe predictions in bold.
Best Motion Picture, Drama
'The Hurt Locker'
'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire'
'Up in the Air'
Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
'(500) Days of Summer'
'Julie & Julia'
Best Director - Motion Picture
Kathryn Bigelow - 'The Hurt Locker'
James Cameron - 'Avatar'
Clint Eastwood - 'Invictus'
Jason Reitman- 'Up in the Air'
Quentin Tarantino- 'Inglourious Basterds'
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Jeff Bridges - 'Crazy Heart'
George Clooney- 'Up in the Air'
Colin Firth- 'A Single Man'
Morgan Freeman - 'Invictus'
Tobey Maguire - 'Brothers'
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Emily Blunt- 'The Young Victoria'
Sandra Bullock - 'The Blind Side'
Helen Mirren - 'The Last Station'
Carey Mulligan - 'An Education'
Gabourey Sidibe - 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire'
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Matt Damon - 'Invictus'
Woody Harrelson - 'The Messenger'
Christopher Plummer - 'The Last Station'
Stanley Tucci - 'The Lovely Bones'
Christoph Waltz - 'Inglourious Basterds'
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Penelope Cruz- 'Nine'
Vera Farmiga - 'Up in the Air'
Anna Kendrick - 'Up in the Air' (close 2nd)
Mo'Nique - 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire'
Julianne Moore - 'A Single Man'
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy
Matt Damon - 'The Informant!'
Daniel Day-Lewis - 'Nine'
Robert Downey, Jr. - 'Sherlock Holmes'
Joseph Gordon-Levitt - '(500) Days of Summer
Michael Stuhlbarg - 'A Serious Man'
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy
Sandra Bullock - 'The Proposal'
Marion Cotillard - 'Nine'
Julia Roberts - 'Duplicity'
Meryl Streep - 'It's Complicated'
Meryl Streep - 'Julie and Julia'
Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
'The Hurt Locker' - Mark Boal
'District 9' - Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell
'Inglourious Basterds' - Quentin Tarantino
'It's Complicated' - Nancy Meyers
'Up in the Air' - Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner
Best Animated Feature Film
'Fantastic Mr. Fox'
'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs'
'The Princess and the Frog'
Best Television Series, Drama
Best Television Series, Comedy or Musical
Best Actor in a Television Series, Drama
Simon Baker - 'The Mentalist'
Michael C. Hall - 'Dexter'
Jon Hamm - 'Mad Men'
Hugh Laurie - 'House'
Bill Paxton - 'Big Love'
Best Actress in a Television Series, Drama
Julianna Margulies - 'The Good Wife'
Glenn Close - 'Damages'
January Jones - 'Mad Men'
Anna Paquin - 'True Blood' (my personal choice, but I don't think they'll pick a sci fi/fantasy show to win it)
Kyra Sedgwick - 'The Closer'
Best Actor in a Television Series, Comedy or Musical
Alec Baldwin - '30 Rock'
Steve Carell - 'The Office'
Thomas Jane - 'Hung'
David Duchovny - 'Californication'
Matthew Morrison - 'Glee'
Best Actress in a Television Series, Comedy or Musical
Toni Collette - 'United States of Tara'
Courteney Cox - 'Cougar Town'
Tina Fey - '30 Rock'
Edie Falco - 'Nurse Jackie'
Lea Michele - 'Glee'
Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Neil Patrick Harris - 'How I Met Your Mother'
Michael Emerson - 'Lost'
Jeremy Piven - 'Entourage'
William Hurt - 'Damages'
John Lithgow - 'Dexter'
Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Jane Adams - 'Hung'
Rose Byrne - 'Damages'
Jane Lynch - 'Glee'
Janet McTeer - 'Into the Storm'
Chloe Sevigny - 'Big Love'
"Up in the Air" may have the most nominations, but I don't think it's going to win the most. I think "Inglorious Basterds" could take the most home - Best Screenplay, Best Supporting, and I even think it has a shot at Best Picture. It's just such a well done movie, and impressive that it seamlessly weaves through 3 languages. Who do you guys think will be taking home the awards?
Friday, January 15, 2010
LOST Characters Explain How To Make a Sandwich
Gary Oldman's Ranks of Villiany
Channing Tatum is Proud of His Package - this made me like him even more, which I didn't think was possible!
Gambling Study: How Winning at Poker Causes Greater Risk
Netflix Coming Soon to the Wii - FINALLY something cool is coming to the Wii. I'm tired of hearing about the Playstation and Blu-Ray.
Tips for Single Ladies (from 1939) - my how times have changed...
10 Fun iPhone Apps for Beer Lovers
SyFy's 12 Favorite Sci Fi/Fantasy TV Moments - Loved a majority of these moments!
Bear Attacks Plane, Fixed with Duct Tape - further proof that Duct tape is awesome.
Ryan McPartlin is more Awesome than You -- Literally - speaking of awesome, Captain Awesome talked with LATimes. I'm glad his role is getting stepped up in this new season!
NBC's Post-Leno Schedule - wow, such fail NBC. Such fail.
150 Geeky Media People You Should Follow on Twitter
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Ted Leo was my first concert in college. He always puts on a great show and picks an interesting song to cover. At the show I was at, he did a cover of Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone".
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
I found this in an article wondering "Did File-Sharing Make Wolverine a Hit?" Interesting article, but this chart had some big surprises for me. I had no idea Wolverine was the #3 opening weekend of the year! Also, very surprised Night at the Museum 2 made the list. I'm also glad to see that two of the movies are animated. This was definitely a strong year for animated films - with the return of Disney 2D with "The Princess and the Frog" and one of the best Pixar films yet. The Best Animated Feature Oscar Race will definitely be one to watch.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Friday, January 8, 2010
Sci Fi to SyFy Made All the Difference
Will Superbowl Sponsors Stay in the Game?
Just how high is "Avatar" going in the box-office pantheon?
Zac Efron's "Orson Welles": The 2009 Movie That Got Away
Top 50 Albums of 2009 - now streaming!
5 Theories That Explain Why Avatar Is Such a Huge Hit
Joss Whedon is My Master Now
What Wines Go Best With a Double Double - if only I had the money to burn. This seems right up my alley!
China Blocks Access to Movie Site - wow, I don't know why they'd want to block it. I don't see how it could be subversive or a threat to them. Maybe just the vast information on nearly every movie, most of them being made in the Western World is enough of a threat?
Pulling Out All The Stops to Rescue Chuck
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
1. The nerd humor.
The 2000s is the time of the geek. With all the superhero films, comic book franchises, and such, the geeks have inherited to the earth. If you like Big Bang Theory, which many people do given that it's one of the most watched sitcoms on air right now, you'll love Chuck. It takes the nerd humor, and seamlessly blends it with that action hero vibe that geeks stereotypically can't attain.
2. The soundtrack.
Last season, Chuck used 80's classics perfectly matched to the situations on screen. From Chuck vs. Tom Sawyer, where Rush was the music of the gods to unlock the Kill Screen, to the wedding performance by Jeffster, I know no other show that makes music such a huge support to the plot. The songs aren't just background, they're a major part of what sets the mood, atmosphere, and sometimes plot of the show.
3. The romance.
Every good show needs a couple to root for. In addition to the Chuck/Sarah will they/won't they, we get see a healthy, constant relationship like Captain Awesome and Ellie. They have their fights and their make ups, and they just seem so real. This gives the show something most others don't - a stable relationship that isn't used to play for laughs. We don't laugh at the married man tied down, we see their relationship mature like one would in real life.
Now, the romance more of the fandom cares about: Chuck/Sarah aka Charah. The co-workers who have a forbidden love, of sorts. Zachary Levi and Yvonne have such great chemistry! In the beginning, Chuck pines for Sarah like a cute puppy. But eventually, you see her start to care for him more than the job allows. I don't want to ruin it for those who haven't seen it, but I'm very interested to see what direction season 3 takes.
4. The bromance.
Chuck and Morgan have a great bromance but the real bromantic highlight are Jeff and Lester. They have no one else to rely on and you can tell that they are the loves of each others lives. The invention of Jeffster may just be my favorite part of the show. They must be a favorite among many fans though, since they opened the Comic Con panel this year with a rockin' performance.
5. The guest stars.
Last season they brought some great actors back to television. Scott Bakula played Chuck's dad so well, and they even look alike! And to go along with stars from years past making a comeback, Chevy Chase was a genius villian. Chuck could be credited with why both these actors have their own shows this season - Community and Men of a Certain Age. I'm excited to see how they incorporate Brandon Routh (Superman!) and Kristen Kreuk (Lana Lane!) in Season 3.
A big reason why I checked out the show to begin with was because of the cast and crew on board. And by cast and crew, I mean Josh Schwartz (creator of The OC) and Adam Baldwin (Jayne from Firefly). On that show, Adam Baldwin was the silent mercenary and you weren't sure what side he was on. On Chuck, he's very similar but I think he's allowed to show his deadpan humor more. Casey is such a badass - in season 2 alone he lost a toe, broke his thumb, and nearly died. We'll see what other hijinks he and the rest of the team get into this season.
7. Captain Awesome.
What started as a one note joke turned in to a great secondary character. Captain Awesome became the go-to guy for real life advice and has become more integral to plot. He's also really easy on the eyes. Plus, the end of season 2 promised that he would become even more important!
8. The action/stunts.
The fighting scenes are so exciting and well put together. They also work in tandem with #2 - the soundtrack. Just watch this great clip of Sarah fighting Nicole Ritchie fighting to "Smack My Bitch Up":
9. The Buy Morons.
Chuck thrives because of its depth in all the secondary characters. The Buy More consists of a group of crazy characters, but they're not one note shells used just for laughs. They are each distinctive personalities and all of their crazy antics fall within the realm of believability for the characters. I don't know how much of a part of it they'll be in Season 3 given how Season 2 ended, but I hope they'll find someway to incorporate them.
10. The opening credits.
I'm a big advocate for opening credits. It's a dying art, since the popularity of Lost's mysterious black screen. I'm sure it also allows for more advertising time, too. Well, I think opening credits are a vital part of a show - setting the tone for the show while providing a bit of backstory.
You can catch a marathon of the "must see" episodes on SyFy tomorrow or watch the end of season 2 on hulu.com. The season premiere is this Sunday on NBC at 8 pm ET/PT, then the next episodes are on at the normal time on Mondays at 8 pm.
Chuck: A Word with Captain Awesome
Chuck: Brandon Routh knows you might not like him
Saturday, January 2, 2010
What are your guys new years resolutions? I believe telling people your goals makes you more driven to achieve them so here are a few of mine:
1. Watch The Wire. It was #1 on nearly every "Best Television of the Decade" list, so I have to give it another shot. It was also pretty much the only show on the lists that I hadn't seen. Well, and The Sopranos.
2. The requisite "lose 10 lbs" resolution that pretty much everyone has.
3. Get a puppy.
4. Save up to visit Australia (or England/Europe, South America, Micronesia, etc) by Christmas 2010.
5. Learn how to make my money make money - 401k, stocks, money markets, etc.
6. Get KT to watch Firefly. Gotta spread the Browncoat love!
7. Write more in depth blog posts, instead of relying on funny videos so much.
8. Sell my old text books - anyone interested in reading about the upcoming apocalypse in 2012?
9. Cook at home more. Anyone got some good recipes? I really gotta use my crockpot and magic bullet.
10. Try to be a cleaner housemate.
I think that about covers it. Maybe I'll post updates as things get accomplished. We shall see. I hope you all had fabulous holidays and vacations (if applicable). I'm back to work on Monday, so expect more regular updates now that I'll be back in to my old schedule!