Monday, December 31, 2007

Celebrity Resolutions (from Funny or Die)

i HATE fergie but LOVE nick kroll (fabrice fabrice

2008 movies

Yahoo posted a list of their most anticipated movies of '08 (which is so close i can taste it)

I agree with some of their picks, but I like mine better.

1. Cloverfield (duh)
2. Be Kind Rewind (Gondry! Black! Def!)
3. Apatow movies. Pineapple Express. Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Drillbit Taylor. Step Brothers.
4. The Dark Knight (duh)
5. Iron Man (duh. i think this movie will kick Batman's ass, BTW)
7. Wall•E ( best robot since Johnny # 5) *
8. My Blueberry Nights (Wong Kar Wai dude)
9. Leatherheads (Krasinski & Clooney. I will have a hard time breathing for this one)
10. Baby Mama (you had me at Tina Fey)
11. The Happening (sorry, i like M. Night Shymalan)
12. Semi Pro (i heart Will Ferrell)
13. Harold & Kumar
14. The Incredible Hulk (Edward Norton is amazing)
15. Get Smart (i just have a really good feeling about it.)
16. Speed Racer (curious)
17. Spring Breakdown (the release date keeps getting pushed and now there is none but amy poehler, will arnett, parker posey, jane lynch.....come on!)
18. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Fincher.)
19. Tropic Thunder (this cast is way too awesome for words)
20. Star Trek (JJ, you got me again)

my list is way too long.

*while researching to see who voiced Johnny #5 out of curiosity I saw that there is an updating/re-imagining of Short Circuit in development right now. I love this news.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

go to MOCA

This is such radness.

01.12.08 6:00 PM

Join artists Gary Baseman, Tim Biskup, and Simone Legno for a special evening of conversation and artmaking inspired by the pervasive work of Takashi Murakami. In a panel discussion moderated by Eric Nakamura, publisher and co-editor of Giant Robot, hear how and why artists in Los Angeles are blurring the lines of media to spread their ideas beyond museum walls. Then, participate in a collaborative painting with the artists and a unique performance art experience by Oguri. DJ set; drinks and light fare available for purchase.
(i bolded the stuff that made me go "yessssssssssss")
Doors open at 6pm.
INFO 213/621-1734
TICKETS $15 MOCA members; $20 nonmembers.

I love Radiohead and Current TV

I love this news:
Radiohead Celebrate New Year With Webcast

Thom Yorke announced that Radiohead will be "broadcasting a pre-recording of some songs and other bits on New Years Eve.." over at

In America (that's us bitches), the live show will be aired commercial-free on Al Gore's television station, Current TV. It premieres at 12 a.m. EST/9 p.m. PST. Current's website will also archive the show, so you can watch it again New Year's Day while writing your resolutions. (Resolution #1: Watch less television.) p.s. fuck you Pitchfork and whoever else tells me to watch less television. I don't go around telling crackheads to stop smoking crack.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Michel Gondry bizness

This is a rad article from Wired Magazine on Michel. It talks about the making of Be Kind Rewind...and makes mention of Master of Space and Time.

Also the Be Kind Rewind site posted trailers for the movies that are "sweded" in the film.

I love Michel Gondry.

The End.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Make Room for Bruno

Sacha Baron Cohen tells The Daily Telegraph that he's retiring the clueless Kazakh journalist, as well as his alter ego, aspiring rapper Ali G.

In other news Sacha's 3rd and least popular character (who i happen to love) Bruno should be coming to theaters in the future.

iTunes Celebrity playlists

the other day my trusty ol' pal julianne told me to take a look at the celebrity playlists on itunes, presumably because she knows i am obsessed with Juno. Jason Reitman, Ellen Page, Jason Bateman and Michael Cera all have one. Hopefully one is on it's way from Diablo.
i hadn't looked at the playlists in a long time, and i'd forgotten how much enjoyment i get out of knowing what songs and why for people i have opinions about that i don't personally know, so i can further judge them.
So now I want to be BFF with Ellen Page even more. i love her reason for liking the Broken Social Scene song "Lover's Spit". I can't cut & paste from itunes so go there and judge for your damn self.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall trailer

i like the cast so i will ignore the fact that a couple of my co-workers saw it already and didn't love it. based on this clip, paul rudd and bill hader are fighting for the top spot in my heart right now.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall trailer
Forgetting Sarah Marshall official site

Thursday, December 20, 2007

SF Sketchfest

Holy Mother of God.
The boner of all comedy events is happening January 10-27th in San Francisco.
My mixture of excitement and sadness is confusing me right now. Sad since the chances of me going to San Francisco are slim to zero.
Here are some highlights:

Opening Night Variety Show and Party:
Aimee Mann Paul F. Tompkins Todd Barry Rhys Darby ("Murray" from Flight of the Conchords)Hosted by Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal ("Mel" from Flight of the Conchords)

An Evening with Dr. Katz Professional Therapist, and Patients with Maria Bamford, Bob Odenkirk and more. (OMG I LOVE DR. KATZ)

Match Game Live with panelists Mary Lynn Rajskub, Brian Posehn, Maria Bamford, Paul F. Tompkins, Doug Benson, Scott Aukerman and host Jimmy Pardo.

RiffTrax Live: Plan 9 from Outer Space with Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett from Mystery Science Theater 3000 Cult classic with LIVE commentary!

Bro'in Out with Seth Morris with guests Adam McKay, Maria Bamford and more.


Freaks and Geeks Speak!Reunion Panel and Q&A with original cast members Dave (Gruber) Allen, Steve Bannos, Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, Samm Levine, Busy Philipps, Martin Starr and creator Paul Feig
Moderated by Patton Oswalt
curiously some of the Freaks are too big to make an appearance here, but I still want to go. Bad.

SF Sketchfest

PTA interview

Paul Thomas Anderson on NPRs Fresh Air.

(it starts with a clip of the "Ladies and Gentleman" speech from the movie. I've been quoting this a lot lately. I can't help it.)

click for interview:

Spoiler Alert!
I totally wouldn't listen to this until after you see the movie.

Random movie & music bizness

The SAG nominations came out this moring.

A couple things that bothered me:

1) Into the Wild (which i loved) got noms for 3 of it's stars (which i loved) but then also got an ensemble cast nom. Um Hi. This makes no sense to me. How about giving it to another movie that didn't already get 3 nominations? Not to mention, pretty much the whole movie is emile hirsch by himself. All of the supporting actors are onscreen for an average of 15 minutes.
Why not give it to Juno? Every single person here is flawless in their roles. Jennifer Garner should be getting way more attention here people. That scene where she runs into Juno & Leah in the mall....Uh Maze Zing.

2) No Paul Dano again. What the heck does this poor dude have to do to get nominated? He is scarily good in TWBB. Anyone who can act opposite Daniel Day-Lewis and still make you get goosebumps needs to be recognized. Don't get me started (don't even get me started) on him getting ignored for Little Miss Sunshine.

Oh, and I guess I'm watching the Superbowl this year. They are going to be showing some really good movie previews . I feel like me saying I will watch the Superbowl to watch the ads is like a dude saying he looks at Playboy for the articles. I'm not lying though. I'll watch anything for an Iron Man preview!

Pitchfork released their top 50 albums of the year.
Here's my top 9:
Radiohead- In Rainbows
Arcade Fire- Neon Bible
Justice- +
Spoon- Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
LCD Soundsystem- Sound of Silver
The White Stripes- Icky Thump
Feist- The Reminder
Death Proof Soundtrack
Juno Soundtrack

The Onion AV Club has their Best movies and Worst movies of the year.
Good choices for the most part.

Last but not least:
Happy Birthday Jonah Hill.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007


As I recover from last nights' Variety screening of There Will Be Blood ( my second time and not my last) and being 10 feet away from Super Genius Paul Thomas Anderson I wonder what I can do to counteract all that hardcore drama....
Oh yeah, the only available online Jackass 2.5 comes out today.

Talk about one extreme or the other.
Whatever. These dudes make me laugh. Hopefully I won't gag like I did in J2.

Only watchable thru Blockbuster! (they are so desperate to pull people away from Netflix! Good marketing Blockbuster! you've got me this time!)
p.s. knoxville is so hot.
it made me gag like twice and a few times i had to take off my headphones since i am not into listening to other people barf.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Judd Apatow & Co.make me laugh. Again.

from Funny or Die.

Monday, December 17, 2007

the lonely island

i missed the movie Hot Rod when it was in theaters and finally just saw the dvd.
you know what? it had some pretty damn funny moments.

even if it isn't the best movie ever, i can't argue with the lonely island. when i first saw their pilot for fox "awesometown" i burned 86,314 calories from laughing. true story.

also worth checking out, the commentary on the dvd. listening to andy, akiva & jorma is as entertaining as "lazy sunday" or "dick in a box". in case you don't care or have been taking up residence in a cave or bunker with no television, SNL would be close to nothing without these 3 dudes.

when i see this:i get as excited as i do when i approach disneyland drive off the 5 freeway. cuz it means - good times ahead.
also noteworthy:
Danny McBride
Wait til you see him in Pineapple Express. He's pretty magical.

Friday, December 14, 2007

match made in heaven

i couldn't have thought of a better pairing if i tried.

imagine my delight when i came home to my entertainment weekly (it's a surprise to no one i know that my ideal friday night consists of pj's and the new EW issue, and best week ever if it's on) to find that current obsession Diablo Cody is now a contributor! Holy Fantasmic Crap!

other couplings that have brought me this much joy in the past (in no particular order):
-jonny greenwood scoring a P.T. Anderson film
-the beastie boys inviting luscious jackson to their record label
-p.j. harvey singing a duet with thom yorke
-jack black in a michel gondry film
-radiohead and the pixies co-headlining coachella
-LCD soundsystem and Arcade Fire touring together
-fancy designers making clothing and accessory lines for Target
-Fred Eric opening 2 restaurants downtown
-zach galifianakis in a fiona apple video

click for Diablo's EW column

Hollywood soon to be called AbramsTown

Cloverfield could be the worst movie in history or one of the most fun, after seeing the first 5 minutes online i feel like it could go either way.
one reason to go see it fo sho' is Star Trek. the (unofficial) mayor of tinseltown has said that we'll get a teaser on 1-18-08. so there's that.
p.s. the above photo is the doctored poster that i got from comic con. i love JJ peaking out from behind a building. that's courtesy of my fantastic co-worker brooks.

build up much?

Scott Foundas wrote this in the LA Weekly (regarding Oscar contenders and awards season):

As for There Will Be Blood, about which you will be reading much more in the pages of the Weekly over the coming weeks, I will say only this: There are great films (like No Country For Old Men) and then there are films that send shock waves through the very landscape of cinema, that instantly stake a claim on a place in the canon. Often, such vanguard works fail to be fully understood or appreciated at the moment they first appear, as some of the initial reviews that greeted Psycho, 2001 and Bonnie and Clyde attest. There Will Be Blood belongs in their company, and I consider myself fortunate to belong to a group with the foresight to recognize it in its own moment.

rest of the article here

i happen to agree (duh) but statements like that are going to spark debates o' plenty. bring it on.

critics in london are smart

finally some deserving best picture nominations from the London Film Critics Circle!

Film of the Year

No Country For Old Men
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
There Will Be Blood
The Bourne Ultimatum

the rest of their selections are on point too. bravo brits. now drink some tea.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is lame

the Golden Globe nominations came out this morning.
um, they totally forgot to recognize PTA for best director. Ass Hats.
my favorite part was when Quentin Tarantino was announcing nominees and he expressed verbal excitement for Diablo Cody and Daniel Day-Lewis. In a perfect world Quentin and I would be friends, he'd appreciate my non-fame and we would watch movies together in his screening room.
I also appreciate my BF Philip Seymour Hoffman getting 2 noms. that was so dope. I saw Charlie Wilson's War last night and thought it was great. Why Julia Roberts is nominated is a mystery to me but whatever. Clearly the HFPA has their heads pretty far up their own asses.
I shall stop rambling for now. About that.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Once, again

here's the link to the story mary anne did on the movie "once"
good stuff.

Write Aid

Eddie Izzard, Lewis Black, Patton Oswalt, Sarah Silverman, and Tenacious D LIVE!

Eddie Izzard, Lewis Black, Patton Oswalt, Sarah Silverman, and Tenacious D, featuring Jack Black and Kyle Gass, will be on the bill of "Write Aid," a fundraiser benefiting the Motion Picture and Television Fund, which provides "crisis assistance" for entertainment industry workers during the Writers Guild Strike. This fund provides health and financial services to all entertainment industry professionals affected by the strike. "Write Aid" is presented by members of the Screen Actors Guild and the Writers Guild of America, and West Beth Entertainment.

this is really happening people.
this friday.
UCLA Royce Hall-Write Aid
Goldstar Events has cheaper tickets.....

best gun ever

This is one of the raddest things i have ever seen.
I might buy it for myself or as a Christmas gift for someone who, like me, who is a master in the art of time suckage.

It's a marshmallow gun dude!
How can you not love that?
The description says:

Edible Ammo!
Holds 25 Marshmallows for non-stop fun.**
Easy magazine change for fast, non-stop action
Pump action rapid fire, shoots over 30 Feet

It's on sale @

Arrested Development (the TV show, not the progressive hip hop group from Atlanta, Georgia)

i am obsessed with Arrested Development, and whilst the notion of an AD movie scares me a little ( in the same way a sequel to Ferris Bueller's Day Off does. like don't fuck with perfection.) i am also intrigued. One reason being, even the not-that-great episodes of AD were totally fantastic, hilarious and more original that everything on tv at the time. and now.
So, it's to be expected that we are going to hear rumors and whisperings of and AD movie, especially when Michael and George Michael Bluth are making the interview rounds to promote Juno. I dismiss the talk and just think "oh jackass reporters have nothing better to ask them" but then i see an article about it on the Paste magazine site and it says "according to ReelzChannel" blah blah blah. Um, that's were I work dude. So there you go. Read it and weep. Or clap. Then you can click the link to peruse the Reelz web-site because it's informative and stuff.
and go to if you love Arrested Dev might be the best fan site ever.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Ladies and Gentlemen if I say I'm an oil man you will agree.

for a deleted scene from There Will Be Blood go to Little Boston News.
no spoiler alert needed. seriously.


i'm excited for Comedy Death Ray tonight @ UCB because check this out:

also i went to a screening of Run, Fatboy, Run last night. aside from the awkward title i liked it a real lot. simon pegg is a real gem. Thandie Newton is super-cute, but way skinny (bill says it'd be like having sex with a collapsed camping tent! hilarious! and true!)
don't be scared that it was directed by david schwimmer, you guys. and while on the subject of schwimmer he does a really good acting job in the movie Duane Hopwood with HRH Janeane Garofalo.
and finally!
watch this video from SuperDeluxe! Micheal Cera is in it! (sidebar-Michael Cera got 2 critics choice award nominations today!! Superbad & Juno!)

Monday, December 10, 2007

Juno kicks other movies asses

i LOVE this: Juno had a per-screen average of $60,016, one of the best on record for that number of theaters and outperforming the openings of previous Searchlight hits "Little Miss Sunshine" and "Sideways."

WTF Paul Rudd?

i am not sure how i feel about this trailer yet.
i think "yuck" sums it up....but at the same time this feels like it could be one of those BS cutesy chick movies that i love, but am horribly ashamed of loving. ( i.e. a meg ryan/tom hanks vehicle, beaches, steel magnolias).
but then wait, eva longoria is in it. who's brilliant idea was that?
why did this movie happen?
Over Her Dead Body trailer

the L.A. Film critics are smart

Anderson's ''Blood'' Wins Top L.A. Film Critics Assn. Award
Paul Thomas Anderson's ''There Will Be Blood'' takes best picture, director, actor, and production design.

read more @ Entertainment Weekly

Friday, December 7, 2007

Bjork/Gondry video

i literally have no idea what is going on in this video.
i know there is jumping, paint, and people dressed like Ghostbusters.
more important: it was directed by michel gondry.

Björk - Declare Independence


p.s. i think that is one of the greatest pictures ever. not just of her, but ever.

trailers dude

the Speed Racer trailer is up.
i am not sure why, but i am embarassed to say it looks really fun.

the sex & the city trailer is up too. i care a little because i am a lady, but i am trying to not care because i think it was bad idea jeans to make this movie in the first place.

and finally, the enemy has posted the Semi Pro trailer.
(the enemy is access hollywood)

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Post Secret

i obsessively look at the Post Secret blog every Monday morning cuz they post new secrets on Sunday.

Sometimes they are scary or sad like this one:

And sometimes they are funny as shit like this one:

Ferrell sells 'Semi-Pro' with standup

That headline is from Variety.

Will Ferrell will headline seven shows over three weeks in February, teaming with leading standups Zach Galifianakis, Demetri Martin and Nick Swardson. ( OMG OMG OMG)
Event, dubbed "Will Ferrell's Funny or Die Comedy Tour Presented by Semi-Pro," will kick off Feb. 4 in Kansas City and serve as a promotional run-up to the Feb. 29 release of the pic.

Good Lord. I HAVE to go to that. It says east coast which makes me go "DAMNIT! THE EAST COAST SUCKS!" or "ROAD TRIP!"

I am literally fanning myself. Like "Oh My Lawd, I've got the vapors! My oh me, it is wharm in here. Someone make some sweet tea."

Grammy noms

Ugh. i don't give a rats tail about the grammy awards.....except for these few things:

Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media

Across The UniverseVarious Artists
DreamgirlsVarious Artists
HairsprayVarious Artists
Love(The Beatles)
Once Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova (YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!)

Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media (A Songwriter(s) award.
Falling Slowly (From Once)Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova, songwriters (Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova)

Guaranteed (From Into The Wild)Eddie Vedder, songwriter (Eddie Vedder)

Love You I Do (From Dreamgirls)Siedah Garrett & Henry Krieger, songwriters (Jennifer Hudson)Track from: Dreamgirls

The Song Of The Heart (From Happy Feet)Prince Rogers Nelson, songwriter (Prince)

You Know My Name (From Casino Royale)David Arnold & Chris Cornell, songwriters (Chris Cornell)

Best Comedy Album
The Distant Future, Flight Of The Conchords
Songs Pointed & Pointless, Harry Shearer
(there are other people nominated here, but i don't care)

Best Short Form Music Video
1234, Feist. Patrick Daughters, video director
D.A.N.C.E. Justice. Jonas & Francois & So-Me, video directors

Best Alternative Music Album
Neon Bible, Arcade Fire
Volta, Bjork
Wincing The Night Away, The Shins
Icky Thump, The White Stripes

There Will Be Nominations

> i saw There Will Be Blood last night.

as i've said before i am not a critic and i have a deep passionate love for Paul Thomas I feel like it's not fair for me to tell people how unfuckingbelievable this movie is.
oops, i just said it. the second it ended i felt like someone punched me in the stomach (in a good way. what? that makes no sense. trust me, you'll see). I was stunned and I think the first thing out of my mouth was "Holy Shit". Daniel Day Lewis and Paul Dano are brilliant, as is Dillion Freasier who plays the son of DDL's character was too. He's a 10 year old found in Texas where they were filming. Hopefully this dude keeps acting. I can't say anything bad about one eensy weensy thing. It's about 2 hours and 40 minutes which is frickin' long, but it didn't bother me one bit. Oh, and the score.....totally perfect goose-bump inducing creepiness from Jonny Greenwood! The music almost scared me as much as Daniel Day Lewis, who is a fucking monster. He really kind of makes Javier Bardem in No Country seem gentle.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

the writer's strike and the D

the greatest band on earth Tenacious D will be performing at one of the strike locations this friday between 12 and 2.
i wish i could go.
Link with Info here!

Juno comes out today. Go see it L.A.

i know, i know...obsess much nicole?

can't help it.

i love Juno!
to further feed my addiction to this movie my super thoughtful co-worker, TV's Gerrad Hall gave me the "dancing elks" school t-shirt seen in the movie that he got from the press junket. i'm wearing it today like a stalker and writing with the Juno pen that looks like a pregnancy test.
this pen might be one of the best movie marketing tools i've ever seen.

it's out today in LA!
go to the landmark theater, the grove or the greatest place on earth the Arclight to see it.

you won't be sorry. and if you are sorry, then you are lame.

watch future Oscar nominee Ellen Page (best actress) speak the LOL words of Diablo Cody ( best screenplay).

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

i'm not made of wood people.

let me preface by saying that i am a straight woman.
but holy crappy balls. these are 2 purty ladies.
this is Megan Fox and Diablo Cody at the Juno premiere last night.
after the writers strike is over these 2 are going to team up for the movie Jennifer's Body.

animated music videos are a party. eyes and ears invited.

I am not a Mika Fan by any means. I do love this video for his song Lollipop though. It's super-dancey and and super cutesy and so cheesy you need crackers. But I LOVE the animation here.
Here's the stash media link for info on the animators responsible.

WARNING: With repeat viewing you might start tapping your feet, moving your shoulders or singing along.

Seth Rogen & Kevin Smith

Here's an interview from MTV about Kevin Smith's Zack and Miri Make a Porno.
I'm still a little pissed about Clerks 2, which was one of the worst movies I've ever seen. (Just thinking about it almost makes me forget how much I love Mallrats, Chasing Amy and all the others) But Seth Rogen. And Elizabeth Banks. Well Done on that casting. Me likey.
They don't start shooting until January so let's read the article and forget about it.

In other news: I'm thinking about changing the name of this blog to "I am obsessed with Seth Rogen and Diablo Cody and Paul Thomas Anderson"
Does that sound retarded?

Pineapple Express clip!

I was fortunate enough to see a screening a few months ago.
This movie rules and James Franco will go down in history as one of the best stoners in cinematic history.

Superbad on DVD today.

Not that I was counting or anything, but a mere 110 days after it hit theaters, one of the funniest movies of the year ( ever? ) is out today.

Go buy it dude.

If you are into Seth Rogen like I am you can see him & his writing partner Evan Goldberg signing copies at Border's in Westwood tonight at 7.

Sadly I can't make it because I am seeing Juno again for the Variety screening. Sweeeeet.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Glen & Markéta

Remember how earlier today I was excited about Glen & Markéta from the movie Once coming to ReelzChannel for an interview?

There was good reason for was the greatest thing EVER!

Oh my Good God.

First Mary Anne had a great interview and they were SO nice. These are just two people who are so grateful for the success of their film. It's really rad to see that.
And then!!! They did an acoustic performance of "Falling Slowly" to our little room of about 7 people. Let's go ahead and chalk this up as one of the best moments in life.
Sadly Leonard Maltin was waiting to interview them and they could only do one song for us. But they were more than willing to keep singing. ( have i mentioned how nice these people are?)

Here's a picture of Me, Markéta, Rube, Glen, & Mary Anne. We are total groupies and I love it.

'There Will Be Blood' soundtrack is damn creepy, awesome

To preview tracks and get info:

:: The Playlist ::: 'There Will Be Blood': Preview Jonny Greenwood's Score; Tracklist Changes

I know I've mentioned this movie and Jonny Greenwood's score already. But I can't help it.
I'm seriously jonesing for some PTA action.

Today's Randomness

>I just read on Pitchfork that today is the 25th anniversary of Micheal Jackson's Thriller album. Happy Birthday! Well done?! Congratulations? Yay!
This news makes me feel old because I totally remember my parents playing this album when I was a wee lass and the monster noises from the song "Thriller" scared the shit out of me, but everything was all better when "Beat It" came on right after it was over. I did love the cute picture on the inside of the record! Michael in his white suit and the cute little tiger. Both singer and tiger so young and innocent.

>Also there is finally news on the Juno soundtrack. Sadly, the physical CD isn't out 'til January but the digital edition is coming out one week from today.

>Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová AKA The Swell Season from the movie Once are coming to ReelzChannel today so Mary Anne can interview them. So exciting. Hopefully I will get to be in the room for their mini performance.

>Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are doing the Super Bowl Halftime show. I like it.

>Be Kind Rewind is premiering at Sundance. Sweet.

>I ate at this new thai restaurant Nakkara on Beverly (at Spaulding) the other night. It was so yummy. Everyone should go there. The staff was as delightful as the food and decor.

>Is it wrong that one of my most favoritest things during the holiday season are extended store hours? I love this! Target open until 11pm is so heavenly.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Aimee Mann's 2nd Annual Christmas Show

Last night I went to Aimee Mann's 2nd Annual Christmas Show at the El Rey. Rad is an understatement.
There was a short film shown in three parts with appearances by my future husband John Krasinski, Bob Odenkirk, Fred Armisen, Ben Stiller, and Will Ferrell.
In it, Aimee and the greatest comedian alive Paul F. Tompkins are talking about who she can get to perform at her show. She goes to all the aforementioned people asking them to be her guests and they are all rude and weird a la Ben Stiller as Ben Stiller in the episode of Extras where he is a huge jerk. The end of the film brings her to PFT's door asking him to do the show with her. My description can't possibly do the film any justice. Sorry. The show also included awesome comedian Morgan Murphy as the Hanukkah Fairy, Jackson Browne, Amos Lee, Nellie McKay and Grant Lee Phillips. All fantastic of course....But, Dear Reader, seeing PFT and Aimee sing a duet of "Baby It's Cold Outside" was quite possibly one of the greatest stage moments I've witnessed. Her and Grant doing "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" was excellent too. Even though I've heard it a million times "Save Me" will never get old. After the song was over someone yelled out "You should've won the Oscar!!" Amen, Brother. Poor Aimee said she had a cold and was high on Dayquil but I couldn't hear it in her singing voice at all.
I was a little sad her husband didn't show up....Mary Anne and I wanted to hear them sing "Two of Us" from the I am Sam soundtrack. For the record, I like their version of it better than the Beatles version. Yeah I said it.
Can't wait for the show next year.
(Youtube has clips from the show last year)

Friday, November 30, 2007

New Portishead Album Due in April

i read that today on Pitchfork and it made me go "hell yes"

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The 10 Video Games That Should be Movies

I love this!
From New York Magazine

(after you read that scroll to the bottom for an interview with her royal cuteness Ellen Page.)

Beauty and the Geek

i'm torn about which team i want to win this season!
i think i want it to be dave & jasmine.

and i'm really excited that i'm going to the taping of the finale on friday.
yes, i obviously fall under the geek category and i am fine with that.

if you are like me and want to vote you can do so until friday at noon at the CW site.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Film Independent Spirit Award Nominations

these came out a little while ago.
i'm still processing.
a few thoughts:

-Hooray Diablo Cody, Jason Reitman and Ellen Page for Juno!!!!
-Once nominated! Best Foreign Film. Kick ass!
-PSH nominated for The Savages, not Before the Devil....This confuses me a little.
-Marisa Tomei is Before the, really? so what? she looks good naked. that's it.
-Keri Russell should have been nominated for Waitress
-Joseph Gordon Levitt and/or Jeff Daniels in The Lookout IGNORED! (but at least it got best 1st feature)
-Yay! Parker Posey for Broken English
-Laura Linney ignored for The Savages. i don't get it.

For the full list of noms:
Film Independent

Grace is Gone.

I saw this sad movie last night and I really liked it.
The one thing I learned though, Clint Eastwood should score every emotional movie.
His music was the perfect compliment to every scene....and when tears weren't flowing freely his piano theme helped coax the ducts. Mary Anne and I had to stay thru the credits to regain our composure.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Be Kind Rewind web-site

i didn't think it was possible for me to get any more excited about this movie, then i see the new site.


it freaks out and some alert pops up that says the internet is being erased! good times.

you can also "swede" yourself onto a movie poster!

just check out the site. you'll see.

apatow & co.

I love this picture a real lot.
it's from Entertainment Weekly's upcoming list of the top 25 entertainers of 2007.
I love best of the year lists!

Albert Brooks.

I (finally) watched Broadcast News. I loved it. Love James L. Brooks. Love Holly Hunter. The movie was nominated for 7 Oscars and didn't win 1! A damn shame.
But, as I was watching I remembered how I am in love with Albert Brooks. This started with Defending Your Life and got worse after Mother.
He is the greatest. I have an age-inappropriate crush on him.
It doesn't help anything when his character has lines like these:
"Wouldn't this be a great world if insecurity and desperation made us more attractive? If 'needy' were a turn-on?"
Love that.

Fun Facts:
a) His real name is Albert Einstein.
b) His brother is Super Dave Osbourne. (Loved him on Arrested Development.)
c) He turned down the lead in When Harry Met Sally

Beck Announces a Special L.A. Club Performance!

I love when I get email surprises like this!

Tickets on sale Friday November 23rd at 5pm
and it's also awesome when i read the message 45 minutes before the tickets go on sale with an "i don't really care either way because i've seen Beck 5 times" attitude.
so i learned that when i am shruggy and nonchalant i will get the tickets.

the show was fantastic and mr. hansen played all the hits. i'm not mad at him for ending the show with the downer "lost cause", because it sounded really pretty and the rest of the show was uppy and fun. He didn't play "Go It Alone" which i LOVE, but he did play "Nausea" and that sounded rad!
p.s. the super producer GOD Nigel Godrich was playing keyboards! Beck kept saying that they've only been playing together for 4 days so they couldn't play everything, but they played almost 20 songs! And Joey Waronker was drumming! I really wanted to jump onstage and thank nigel for producing some of the best music on earth. (radiohead dude. radiohead.)

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

SNL + UCB = magic

two of my favorite things got married last week in new york. i wish i could've been there.
the writers strike has caused many crappy things to happen, this is not one of them.
the SNL cast performed the show live at the UCB theatre.
here's an article about it from the New York Times.
at press time there is no end date to the strike, so maybe SNL should bring the live show to LA? Hmm? Yes? Please?

Holiday Shopping, internet style

since black friday is almost here i am going to start holiday shopping online. this is because i hate the GP (that means general public, people). getting up the day after thanksgiving when it is still dark outside to stand in line to get into a store is the closest thing to hell i can possibly imagine. what goes on inside these stores? do they give away shit for free? do they tell you the meaning of life at the cash register? foot massages while you wait? are the discounts really that amazing? i don't get it.
this is why i like shopping online.

here are some of my favorite sites.
Uncommon Goods you can pretty much find something for everyone here.
Quirk Books great books that are quirky, hence title.
Perpetual Kid wacky toys. so fun.
Giant Robot the shit.
Sweet Tooth Designs pretty jewelry for the ladies.
Blue Q Merchandise random stuff. you can just maybe go to Wacko though.
Snooze City Designs this is where you buy rad pillowcase sets. (turnatbles, bride & groom, etc.)
Chiasso inspired designs for the home. the web-site says that, not me. i just say it's cool.
Insound CDs and band t-shirts
American Apparel everyone should own some AA
Flight 001 there's a store on 3rd st., but who wants to look for parking? go here for a traveler

Also good gifts: Magazine subscriptions! the gift that keeps on giving. in some cases longer than a friendship!
2 unisex ones that i love:
Blackbook magazine
Mean magazine

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Whitest Boy Alive video

dude, this video is super awesome.
so is this band.

The Whitest Boy Alive.
"Golden Cage"

Green Team

Best Week Ever saw this on Funny or Die before I did but I'm posting it anyway.

I love John C. Reilly, Adam McKay and Will Ferrell. I think they should do movies together once a year. Hopefully Semi Pro delivers like this clip does.

here's the link since i am too lame to post a video right now.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Adult Swim

it's totally cool if you missed the season premiere of Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! because you can just watch it online.
i'm sicky so i was in bed at a toddler's hour last night so i missed it. and forgot to set the tivo.
hooray for the wonderful world wide web! (and alliteration)

the best news? when i went to the swim's web-site i saw that they are showing episodes of
Gareth Marenghi's Darkplace! YES! omg people. this is the greatest news ever. a thousand thank you's to Bill for introducing me to this magical show last year. i can't even begin to describe it, not just cuz my head feels fuzzy but because nothing i type would do it justice.
just look it up and watch it and if you have a PAL DVD player then buy it from UK amazon or whatever. laughter will ensue. you can thank me later.

Strange Wilderness trailer

what do jonah hill, justin long and steve zahn all have in common?

a) they are all my imaginary boyfriends

b) they are all in this trailer

c) they all made me lol in aforementioned trailer even though i have a nasty sore throat

so what if this movie was directed by the dude who wrote joe dirt?
watch it:

Thursday, November 15, 2007


apparently writing about movies i am looking forward to is something we should all get used to, since i do it all the time.

here i go again (on my own! goin down the only road i've ever known! ack! whitesnake!).

ain't it cool news says that Persepolis will win the animated best picture oscar this februaury. i would LOVE that. not that i didn't love ratatouille. because i did. a lot. how could i not? it was beautiful and the stars are patton oswalt and janeane garofalo. but just the chance that the academy would recognize something based on a graphic novel, and one that is not G or PG....well i just think that is pretty damn cool. and it's in black and white! love that.
watch the trailer. it's dessert to the eyes.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

I'm really excited

1st thing i'm excited about:
Radiohead. In Rainbows is their 7th album and it came out on October 10th. i think i've listened to it 48 majillion times. (majillion is a lot, for realsies). track # 7 is "reckoner". i am in love with it.
listen to what the reviewer dude on pitchfork said about it. i am cutting and pasting cuz i agree 100%.
"It may not be the most immediate track on the album, but over the course of several listens, it reveals itself to be among the most woozily beautiful things the band has ever recorded."

because i am too lazy to type about it here's the link to the In Rainbows wikipedia page. damn i am helpful.

2nd thing i'm excited about: Project Runway.

it's been 13 months since last season ended. i've been missing it ever since!
this is the best reality show ever.
season 4 premiere is tonight.
(my wednesday tv requirements are totally out of control! i guess i should savor it since the strike is going to shove tv down the toilet.)

here's the PR wiki link in case you forgot how i am helpful and forthgiving with information.

Monday, November 12, 2007

The Swell Season

I went to see them last night in San Diego. It was amazing.

Please rent or buy the movie Once on December 18th if you didn't see it already. Even if you did see it already. Watch it again!

Glen Hansard might be the most charming frontman of any band I've ever seen live.
And when his voice is joined by Markéta Irglová's serious magic happens.
Not that he's not good alone or with his band The Frames...
and I'm not sure what is wrong with me, but I cry like a little bitch whenever I hear the song "Falling Slowly". (there's so much beauty in the world people...)

I'd like to thank actor Cillian Murphy ( the hottie from 28 Days Later. (yes. i used the word hottie.) for dropping out of this movie so these musicians could meet each other. They're dating now and although their age difference is kind of giant, I'm not grossed out by them because they are so damn cute.
get acquainted with one of the best movies of '07*:
*in my opinion

Yes Country For Old Men

in no way do i claim to be a film critic.
all i know is what i love.

No Country For Old Men is one of the best movies of the year*. For me.

Joel & Ethan Coen, welcome back to the game. You're now forgiven for The Ladykillers and Intolerable Cruelty*.

Javier Bardem is the scariest badass ever*!

Check him out! Yikes! --------------------------->

Roger Deakins is the best cinematographer ever*! Holy shit dude. This movie looks stunning. He's been nominated for an Oscar 5 times and has never won. Hopefully this will change that.

*opinion only

Friday, November 9, 2007

Angel City Drive-In

Tonight I am going to this and I'm WAY excited about it. (in case you missed it i have strong feelings for judd. those other dudes are pretty rad too. duh.):

But if I wasn't going to that I'd totally be going to this:

to see this:

That's right. A drive-in. Old fashioned. Classic. Sit in your car and watch a movie, drive-in. Totally fucking awesome.
A couple months ago I went with my friend Holly when they were showing Pee Wee's Big Adventure. What a perfect way to spend a night. Load up a shopping basket with snacks and deli sandwiches and drinks (yeah, drinks if you want) from the fancy Ralph's on 9th. Then drive like half a mile to a parking lot that might look shady any other night of the week. Yeah! Downtown rules and I love it. You pay by car, but you can go in on foot too....just bring a blankie or woobie or a folding chair or whatevs. Before the movie they show old-timey cartoons like you are really at a drive-in in the 50s or something. It's so great. When we went there were some dudes dressed as Pee Wee and people that came in on bikes got in cheaper. And you know how they go to a drive-in in the Pee Wee movie? Every time they mentioned "drive-in" on screen all of us audience folk cheered at our celluloid shout-out. Good times.
Needless to say I am sad that I can't make it to the dude-fest tonight.
For Future Reference, upcoming movies are Blue Velvet, Trading Places and A Christmas Story.
I'm so there.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Juno. How I love thee.

i am happier than a pig in shit to report that i was right in predicting my love for this movie.
it was flawless from the title animation and music to the acting and script.

if ellen page doesn't get an oscar nomination i might boycott the show. wait, who am i joking? i can't. i am a dumb slave to the oscars. i can't not watch. even when i get real mad at them. i'm still holding a grudge about julianne moore in boogie nights losing to kim basinger in l.a. confidential in 1997.

anyway, ellen will will the spirit award i'm sure. at least there are the spirit awards.

so, the soundtrack. oooh oooh the dreamy soundtrack! bra-vo to kimya dawson from the moldy peaches. damnit, these songs are so perfect in this movie. and sonic youth and cat power. this music meshes so perfectly with the characters and tone of the movie it seems as though they were writen just for the film (they weren't).

oh snap, and ellen's character juno has all these dope posters on her bedroom wall! fucking Tara McPherson posters! (Tara McPherson is my fave and i met her at comic-con and drooled on her a little bit.) also, juno mentions McSweeney's! i love that like 9 people will get that.
and holy shit is the movie quotable. if only everyone could talk like this. conversations would be more fun. hopefully diablo cody will get a screenplay nomination. i love her.

i want to be friends with juno.

i want to see the movie again.

everyone's great in it. i need to stop gushing.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Jonathan Gold!

Jonathan Gold is LAs greatest restaurant critic. i rely on him a lot.
He's a Pulitzer Prize winner people!
so i got all super excited when my friend lauren showed me this.

Food Critic & Pulitzer Prize Winner Jonathan Gold at SPJ-LA Mixer
LA Weekly food critic Jonathan Gold will share some of his "Counter Intelligence" at the Society of Professional Journalists' fall mixer on Nov. 15 in downtown Los Angeles. Gold has described himself as the "chubby guy with long red hair." But, most of us know him as the first food critic to win a Pulitzer Prize.
Here's your chance to share bar snacks with the area's premier foodie ... and ask him anything you've ever wanted to know about restaurants in the Greater L.A. area!WHAT: SPJ-LA's November MixerWHO: LA Weekly food critic and Pulitzer Prize winner Jonathan GoldWHEN: 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15 WHERE: We'll meet in the back room at the Redwood Bar and Grill, 316 W. 2nd Street in downtown L.A; 213-680-2600. Street and lot parking is available in the area. The bar is close to the Civic Center Red Line Metro stop.COST: The fun's all free! (You'll have to buy your own drinks.)INFO: Please let us know you're coming by sending an e-mail to:

read his book:

read him in the la weekly:


last night i did the same thing i do every tuesday and went to comedy death ray @ the ucb theatre. it's always a good time, but some nights are more magical than others. last night was one example. tim & eric were there (everyone should be watching their freaky-ass show on adult swim). kristen schaal was there (she's mel from flight of the conchords and is super-fantastic). ron lynch was there and rad. chris hardwick, always delivers. a.d. miles from dog bites man (RIP), super hilarious. fast pop in from the great bearded one, zach galifianakis. but, my fave fave fave is Paul F. Tompkins. "PFT". How and why he is so funny is one of the great mysteries of the universe. If he doesn't make you LOL you're not on my team. No one else can make stories about his mother's wake (seriously) and a bad haircut so effing hysterical. his delivery, timing, and expressions are priceless and entertaining as hell. i've seen him do stand-up maybe 150 times and no matter what he always gives me the face-hurting laughter that i so desperately crave and thrive on in my sad life. plus he always wears a nice fancy suit.

be his pal:

buy his cd:

go to ucb:

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Edgar Wright on the radio.

right now i'm listening to the rad director Edgar Wright. he has taken control of jonesy's jukebox on indie 103.1 because Steve Jones is touring with the pistols.
LOVE this.
even better, my girl-crush Diablo Cody is on with him and they're talking about movies, the writers strike, and music.

Monday, November 5, 2007


that's what i call my boyfriend Philip Seymour Hoffman. PSH. it's easier for me to say when i'm like yelling to him from the living room to pause the tivo so i don't miss the beginning of whatever we are watching together.

i love him is the bottom line.

yesterday i saw Before the Devil Knows You're Dead.

this is a small* film directed by Sidney Lumet, and it is fantastic. oscar contender shit, dude. one of those movies where you walk out and realize that you are back in real life. you know what i mean? you are totally submerged in this movie. it sucks you in. i didn't look at my watch, my mind didn't wander to my next meal or what am i wearing to work tomorrow or do i need to go to target. PSH is so amazing and casting albert finney as his dad was such a good idea (no recent dad/son casting this great comes to mind except seth rogen & harold ramis in knocked up). everyone does a great job here. ethan hawke = so good. mr. finney = soo good.

i realized that network is the only lumet film i've seen and i feel lame about it. i'm going to add something of his to my queue.

in conclusion: PSH might be the greatest actor alive today.

*by "small" film i mean it was released into 43 theaters, as opposed to American Gangster in 3,054 theaters.
p.s. American Gangster underwhelmed me.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Human Giant

if you like laughing:
Season 1 of Human Giant (literally the only reason on earth to EVER watch MTV) will hopefully be out on DVD soon.

they are currently shooting season 2 and they are keeping a really fun production blog.
sometimes i lose sleep at night trying to decide which of these dudes i am more in love with.

Julius Shulman's Los Angeles

Julius Schulman is a brilliant architectural photographer best known for his picture of Case Study House #22. ------>

There is an exhibition at the central library downtown where you can see over 150 rarely seen photos.
This is pretty cool too...
"The exhibition will also include renderings of current urban developments underway, so that visitors can compare Shulman’s historic photographic perspectives with images of Los Angeles’ future. "

It runs through January 20, so check it.

The central library is quite magical too.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

E-cards, for laughs

This is a good one. Especially for me right now.

But seriously, this site will kill at least 20 minutes if you let it.

They're snarky and rude and I love them.

And if you're feeling extra vulgar there's this site.