Wednesday, December 31, 2008
"Mendes and Winslet push DiCaprio to places he has never been. At the height of her fury, April flays Frank, and both the character and the actor have nowhere to hide. DiCaprio loses his sure balance, his control, and has never been more vulnerable or electrifying: Winslet has forced him into the moment.
"There is a cost to that freedom: April demolishes the marriage to survive, yet she might not be equipped to survive its demolition. There isn't a banal moment in Winslet's performance -- not a gesture, not a word. Is Winslet now the best English-speaking film actress of her generation? I think so."
read the rest of his review here.
In other RR news:
My step-dad gave me this article from the Wall Street Journal to read last weekend called "Why Hollywood Hates Suburbia" blah nonsense by Lee Siegel.
I think he thought I might agree with it?
Kim Voynar wrote a perfect rebuttle "Taking a Wrong Turn on Revolutionay Road".
There both interesting reads if you care.
But spoiler alert if you haven't seen the movie.
(the Showtime website has it up, just enter the password "tara")
clearly the fact that i love diablo cody and toni collette has a large influence. i went into it knowing that i would pretty much like whatever i saw.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
i'm extremely fascinated by this for some reason.
maybe because it's pretty.
let's just file this under "random shit that you find on youtube when you are there to look for an old luscious jackson music video".
The Dark Knight
Rachel Getting Married
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Synecdoche, New York
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Be Kind, Rewind
The Bank Job
Burn After Reading*
Forgetting Sarah Marshall*
Sex and the City
Zack & Miri Make a Porno
-Haven’t seen yet-
Man on Wire
Nothing But the Truth
Waltz With Bashir
Wendy & Lucy
-Worst of the year- (that I saw)
The Tale of Despereaux
I really like this open letter to the Academy by Kristopher Tapley....
Monday, December 29, 2008
My Vincey was in my city?
Just a week after the Arcadia Recreation and Community Services Dept. created a winter wonderland at the Community Center with 40 tons of snow, Hollywood came to Arcadia and went a couple steps further, turning the Community Center into a faux ice rink in a fictional Chicago suburb of Buffalo Grove, Ill., for a new movie called "Couples Retreat" starring Vince Vaughn, Kristin Davis, Jason Bateman, and Jon Favreau.
Vaughn and others spent most of Monday, Dec. 22, filming at the Community Center and later across the street at Santa Anita Park. Filmmakers converted the Top of the Stretch on the west end of the Santa Anita grandstands into a Chicago hotel room where Vaughn had a scene with one of the actresses.
here's a link to a super cheesy community bulletin-type video showing Arcadia turning into snowy Chicago.
one of the best scenes. one of the best movies of the year.
2 of the best actors ever.
Friday, December 26, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
"It's Made With Bits of Real Panther, So You Know It's Good."
Deemed "quite pungent" and "formidable," the scent was said to "sting the nostrils ... in a good way" and even to smell "like pure gasoline."
This might sound unappealing, but "they've done studies, you know: 60 percent of the time it works, every time."
Finally finally finally! Paramount is now ACTUALLY producing this cologne, and you can buy it here, on sex-panther.com, for a mere $29.99.
30 bucks may seem like a lot for a novelty item, but how else are you going to smell like a turd covered in burnt hair?
Less concerned with fitting into the world,
Your world that is.
you said it, trent.
i love listening to this song while driving at an unreasonably fast speed.
fun fact: trent reznor sat in front of me in the dome at the arclight for dawn of the dead in 2004 and i found him extremely attractive.
Monday, December 22, 2008
i love everything about this poster.
it's making me want to watch Elf, Pushing Daisies, Hot Rod and Jurassic Park. All at the same time.
it's been going on for years and years. it can happen in person, thru email or over the phone as some of us live hundreds of miles away from each other now.
the idea is: just pick out a freak and TYH someone.
once i was driving and i saw a dude on a bike wearing leopard print bike shorts, pink knee socks, a white v-neck and a rastafarian hat with fake dreads. i immediately called colleen and TYH'd her. Done and done.
holly just sent this video with husbands (and wives) for everyone!
email subject line:
Apparently, all of our husbands formed a soccer-themed dance troupe
i have NO idea what is going on here, nor do i know what they are saying. it is magical nonetheless.
"They're kind of like sprockets but in soccer uniforms and less Metropolis-esque!" is what my friend Carrie said.
i just want to keep watching this until life makes sense.
SlashFilm has part 4 of their interview with Darren Aronofsky.
(i really hate when people seriously type LOL, but that's all i could come up with, because i really did just laugh out loud. it's late. give me a break.)
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Jennifer's Body has a release date of September 18.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Don't laugh, but I thought the first one was kind of fun, you know for kids.
And you can't argue with this cast. Bill Hader is awesome here, and as always I heart Jonah Hill.
~ TV Guide has an interview with my tv crush Tim Kang. ( I am aware that literally no one on Earth will care about this but me and I don't care.) Sometimes I will go out of my way to go to a Shell gas station so I can watch the commercials that he does for them. (Cukoo for Coco puffs!) I need to watch The Mentalist.
~ I bought tickets to this:
Universal Pictures, in association with The Improv Comedy Club, is presenting "A Night of Funny People" at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles on Tuesday, January 13, 2009. The details...WHAT: "A Night of Funny People": a one-time-only comedy performance that will be filmed for use in Universal Pictures' upcoming Funny People, from writer/director/producer Judd Apatow. The film stars Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann, Eric Bana, Jonah Hill, Jason Schwartzman, RZA, Aubrey Plaza and Aziz Ansari.WHO: Judd Apatow hosts, performing live as their characters in the film are Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill and Aziz Ansari, as well as Patton Oswalt and other surprise special guests in the line-up.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Though Michael Cera has voiced skepticism about the Arrested Development movie, at least there are still some more original cast members willing to board the stair car.
The latest is Tony Hale, who played Buster. Delicious! Here's what he had to say to Paste (not as delicious) about the subject:
"Pretty much, we’re all willing to do it," he says. "I think it’s a matter of everybody’s schedule just being crazy. After the show, everybody did their own thing. We all had babies. So it’s just tough to pull everybody’s schedule together. And it’s also a matter of the budget and what they can do it for. I’d love for it to happen because I’d love to get together with everybody and just play and have a great time. There are a lot of other factors involved, but it seems like everybody’s excited about it."
That leaves Will Arnett, Portia DeRossi and Alia Shawkat left to confirm, and gives Cera a month to revise his opinion before he begins his Sundance press tour. Careful there, Superbad... we have a feeling that if you stick to your guns, there may be a one-armed man waiting in Park City to teach you a lesson.
(i just copied all of that from Defamer)
Sidebar: this week alone I've seen Michael Cera and GF Charlyne Yi at the Mustard Seed Cafe and Masa Cafe.
Sidebar 2: working on a resume is the shittiest thing ever and i hate myself
Run DMC - Christmas in Hollis
no video but Fiona Apple's version of Frosty the Snowman is heavenly.
Brenda Lee - Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree
this is one of my all-time favorites. it may have something to do with my unflappable love for Home Alone.
please look at this schedule for the San Francisco SketchFest.
here are some highlights:
DAY 3: Saturday, January 17
The SF Sketchfest Comedy Writing Award: Robert Smigel in conversation with Dana Carvey
Clips and Conversation
Cobb's Comedy Club at 2PM, $25
DAY 10: Saturday, January 24
The StateKevin Allison, Michael Ian Black, Robert Ben Garant, Todd Holoubek, Michael Patrick Jann, Kerri Kenney-Silver, Thomas Lennon, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, Michael Showalter and David WainLive performancesThe Eureka Theatre at 8PM and 10PM, $35
"Wet Hot American Summer" Screening with David Wain, Michael Showalter, Janeane Garofalo, Michael Ian Black, Zak Orth, Joe Lo Truglio and Ken Marino in personThe Clay Theatre at Midnight, $12
DAY 11: Sunday, January 25
The SF Sketchfest Tribute:The StateKevin Allison, Michael Ian Black, Robert Ben Garant, Todd Holoubek, Michael Patrick Jann, Kerri Kenney-Silver, Thomas Lennon, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, Michael Showalter and David WainIn conversation with Janeane GarofaloHerbst Theatre at 2PM, $25
Stella: The Classic Nightclub ShowMichael Ian Black, Michael Showalter and David Wainwith guests Tom Lennon, Tig Notaro, Nick Kroll, The Doilies (Michael Showalter & Zak Orth) and house band Wil BladesCobb's Comedy Club at 8PM, $25
DAY 16: Friday, January 30
Comedy Death-Ray:Zach Galifianakis, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Bob Odenkirk, Paul F. Tompkins, Andy Kindler, Chris Hardwick and The Fun Bunch (Scott Aukerman & BJ Porter)Cobb's Comedy Club at 10:30PM, $25
(i know i've seen these people 85 million times.... but PFT PFT PFT!! he's been gone so long!)
Upright Citizens Brigade: A.S.S.S.S.C.A.T.Matt Besser, Matt Walsh, Tim Meadows, Andrew Daly, and Danielle Schneider with guest monologist Andy RichterThe Eureka Theatre at 10:30PM, $30
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
i know the bud light real men of genius ad campaign is like almost 10 years old. i don't care. listening to them still brings me great joy.
i am on a mission to listen to all of them.
here's the list if you are a master in the art of time suckage like myself.
without having heard every single one (yet) i remember a few of my favorites being:
Mr. Boneless Buffalo Wing Inventor
(this one especially makes you appreciate the background vocals. "Hands of my drummies!" or "Hope I'm not eating rear end!" are 2 of the best lines)
Mr. After Halloween Costume Shop Salesman
"Something smells like cabbage!" and "Super duper tutu!"
Mr. Pro Sports Heckler Guy
yes. right now.
my dipshit blog just turned into HBO. (or Funny or Die)
GREG PROOPS is in it!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
this was my 1,000th blog post.
wow. I don't know if that is horrible or crazy or neat or embarassing. it's one of those for sure.
Monday, December 15, 2008
it's from the movie "The Hangover."
Zach Galifianakis with a baby! this movie is already making me laugh.
and this one makes me in love with Ed Helms.
Dear Todd Phillips,
You directed Old School. I know you can make magic like that again. Please let this be it. Do it for us so we forgive you for Starsky & Hutch.
what's next a preview of a commercial?
a preview of a description?
a preview of a picture?
obviously the real actual trailer will tell more, but this cast will deliver you guys. like dominos.
The Office's post-Super Bowl episode just scored the equivalent of a touchdown with a two-point conversion: Jack Black has signed on to guest star in the hour-long episode, sources confirm to me exclusively.The hitcom's producers are keeping the specifics of Black's stint under lock and key, so the only detail I've been able to uncover is that the funny man won't be playing himself.As previously reported by TV Week, the Feb. 1 episode, which will air immediately following NBC's Super Bowl telecast, will revolve around the staff of Dunder Mifflin roasting Michael (Steve Carell).
Maybe Black will serve as roastmaster? Or is he Dwight's long lost brother?
how bad did Kanye West suck on SNL?
his speak n' spell voice fucker upper was broken...he is an ass.....all sorts of things contributed to the suckiness.
i did like the movie screen background situation, but that wasn't enough to fix the sounds i was hearing.
if you're going to keep being the most arrogant motherfucker alive you better be able to back it up dude.
~ every since i got to "work" this morning i've been listening to Pitchfork's best tracks of 2008 list. the first 50 are up today, the last 50 tomorrow. personal faves so far:
Final Fantasy - The Butcher
Wale- The Kramer
Sic Alps- Message From the Law
Q-Tip- Gettin' Up (obviously)
Fleet Foxes-Blue Ridge Mountains
TV on the Radio- Golden Age
Portishead- The Rip
Vampire Weekend-Oxford Comma
~ the new Wolverine trailer is online if you care and are dorky like
~ the downtown Ritz Carlton is coming along quite nicely. traffic sucks more by the day.
~ do some online Christmas shopping at Elsewares. i know i've mentioned this site already and before you start calling me a broken record just look at it. they have some really cool shit.
oil lamp that makes a sexy shadow
suuuper cute necklace
Nikki McClure calendar
Friday, December 12, 2008
ReelzChannel drops 'Dailies' show
More than 40 workers are laid off as the network responds to a slump in advertising.
ReelzChannel, the cable and Web network launched two years ago to feed the seemingly insatiable appetite of movie aficionados, this week canceled its signature show, "Dailies," and laid off more than 40 people who worked in its Los Angeles studios.
The "Dailies" program provided a recap of the day's movie news and previews of upcoming films. The cancellation was not a retrenchment of the channel's ambitions but a recognition of the souring advertising market, said Gary Thorne, president of ReelzChannel.
The operation, owned by Hubbard Media Group of St. Paul, Minn., continues to employ about 175 people, including 125 who work at the sprawling Los Angeles Center Studios on the western edge of downtown. "We took this occasion to look at everything that we are doing to find efficiencies and make some adjustments," Thorne said. "We don't have a crystal ball, but as we look going into 2009, it doesn't look too good."
Instead of focusing so much energy into producing a show every weekday, Thorne said, Reelz hopes to improve its programming by providing movie news in shorter segments that run throughout the day.
The channel is available in 43 million homes, up from 28 million when it launched in 2006. This year it added digital cable subscribers of Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications in Los Angeles.
As part of its strategy to get traction for the channel, Hubbard Media provided the programming free of charge to the cable companies.
The channel and website have relied on advertising revenue to cover costs, which makes them vulnerable in a recession."The advertising market is basically blowing up right now, and they are one of the few cable channels that have no license fees to support it," said Derek Baine, cable analyst with SNL Kagan. "For a network to be 100% reliant on advertising could be a disaster in this market," he said.
Still, Thorne said that ReelzChannel's roster includes more than 50 national advertisers, including Wal-Mart and Toys R Us. "Our business is growing and proving itself even in this tough economy," he said.
janet jackson - got til it's gone
(joni. q-tip in glasses and pinstripes. mark romanek. yes, please.)
followed by this:
(which universal music group won't let me embed)
i love them
He should probably do it topless. Just a suggestion.
this video seems to be cut in half!
go to collegehumor.com if you are into whole videos.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
my fro-worker (see how i meshed friend and co-worker!? that's called wordplay bitches) just sent me this and it made me laugh.
extra special bonus points to anyone who can make me laugh right now since i hate life.
and speaking of Funny or Die...
I'm going on Monday night to Largo...
this is the show description:
Funny or Die: A Super Secret Awesome Show.
good times will be had.
but it's not your average woobie....
It's a motherflippin' USB Heating Blanket.
Ever experience that feeling freezing and slowing down your reaction when you are working in an air-conditioned room or in winter? Then USB Heating Blanket must suit your need. It has a warming pad inside. Once you plug it in the USB port, it will be warming your body. You can also just place it on your legs to keep your legs warm. Do a great job de-frosting your body and great for those who live in cold places.
you can buy it here.
don't make fun. i know i don't live in a cold place. but i get cold. i have footie pajamas. i have a space heater under my desk. i sleep with a heating pad whom i've named Charlie. this thing is perfect for me. especially because just this morning before my shower i was frooooozen so i looked at the digital thermometer and it said 71. Ha! 71. I'm such a Sally!
i hate 2008 and can't wait for it to be over.
it sucked left and right. between mom's cancer, a dead dog, a dead cat, a dead fish, losing people you thought were your friends (3!), IRS drama, getting laid off and sitting through the movie Blindness I deserve a fucking winning lottery ticket.
Bitter? You better believe it.
As I try to recall things that were good this year all I can come up with right now are Radiohead at the Hollywood Bowl, Q-Tip at the HOB, some good movies, my new car and finally getting a laptop.
What a vapid ass I am!
on a happier note: some dear friends (Peter & Lauren! Sarah & Shad! Roxanne & George!) had lovely babies and Jerry and Catherine are welcoming a baby soon! so at least there's that stuff.
I can't remember the last time i was so happy about an induvidual Globe nomination!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Taccone tells EW that the childhood pals' debut, Incredibad (due Feb. 10 on Universal Republic), will include about 14 all-new tracks that they recorded while living together in Encino, Calif. this summer. Among them are collaborations with musicians like T-Pain, Jack Black, Bay Area rapper E-40, Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas, and smooth crooner Norah Jones. "It's almost too star-studded," Taccone laughs, adding, "it might be surprising what Norah's singing about. For both her and Julian, it's definitely not their regular content." Though the Lonely Island guys produced much of the album themselves, underground hip-hoppers DJ Nu-Mark and J-Zone also contributed beats.
The songs the Lonely Island created for popular SNL Digital Shorts, including
Live shows supporting Incredibad are not out of the question, though the crew will have to find a way to juggle any promotion with their already time-consuming work on SNL. "This [CD] is something we've wanted to do forever," says Taccone, who also has a supporting role in next summer's Land of the Lost movie. "I would love for us to be able to tour, too. I just can't imagine when the hell we'd ever have time!"
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Just read her version, because I suck. I also love her idea about who could replace Jay instead of Jimmy. Also, I may have a girl crush on her.
Jimmy's video blog isn't bad, and there's a cameo from The Roots....but it just makes me mildly uncomfortable to know that he'll be on a stage that was once occupied by Johnny Carson.
Sidebar: Shittttttttttttt. Are we never going to get RID of Jay Leno!? And could he be any less funny?
i've been excited about this for what seems like 3 years and now it's going right to DVD?
and now everything makes sense.
watch the trailer and you'll see why. holy shit this looks awful. not even 3 of my favorite ladies can save this from looking like hot garbage.
and can we please talk about Sophie Monk? why is she attractive to men? you guys, eew. i saw her at comic con from 5 feet away and i was legitametly scared. she is freaky looking.
dear boys brains'~ just because a skinny-ass blonde is naked a lot doesn't mean she is hot. it means she is desperate for attention because her family didn't give her love.
abre los ojos.
Monday, December 8, 2008
i still haven't scanned them because the magazine is propped up on my desk like a shrine.
p.s. i love his shoes.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
remember when she was all "there's that ass!"
(ok. like that sometimes, but not when i'm trying to tell you about food.)
PLEASE oh PLEASE be going to eat at Spitz in Eagle Rock.
i forgot to get all crazy foodie and take pictures of my dinner, so just go there yourself.
I promise you'll love it.
2506 Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041
Call-in Orders: 323 257 5600
Open 7 Days a Week, 11 am to 10 pm
1: Do you want a Focaccia Sandwich or Lavash Wrap?*Most similar to European-style Döner, our artisan Focaccia is full bodied and pillowy, a bread-lovers dream. *For those who love pita bread, our lavash is soft, thin, and chewy, a wonderful choice for a lighter meal.
2: Choose your Style
The Classic Döner - $9.24
Homemade half-lamb, half beef Döner meat, fresh lettuce, tomato, onion, green pepper and cucumber. Topped with Tzatziki and chili sauce.
The Chicken Döner - $9.24 Lightly-spiced chicken, fresh lettuce, tomato, onion, green pepper and cucumber. Topped with Tzatziki and chili sauce.
The Falafelite - $9.00 Homemade light and fluffy falafel topped with Feta cheese, Kalamata olives, humus, lettuce, tomato, onion, green pepper, cucumber, Tzatziki and chili sauce.
The Vég - $8.50 Humus, Feta Cheese, Kalamata olives, Peperonchinis, lettuce, tomato, onion, green pepper, cucumber, balsamic vinaigrette, Tzatziki and chili sauce.
3: Choose your Side
Side Salad (add $0.92) Sweet Potato French Fries (add $0.92) Lightly Fried Pita Strips with Humus Thin-cut Seasoned Fries
>CitySearch loves it too
Ok, not really.
We were both eating lunch at Flix Cafe. He was on my turf at LA Center Studios. It was hard not to ask him to come upstairs and sign my BC poster.
Ed. note: he is here directing an episode of Numb3rs.
someone went and made a tribute video with screencaps and a sad song.
i can't believe the puppies are leaving this weekend.
and this show should be good....
Sunday Bloody Mary Sunday
A comedy/variety show featuring some of the country's best stand-ups, improvisers and hard-to-define artists in one beautifully chaotic place. Anything can happen and you never know who'll stop by. Sunday Bloody Mary Sunday is the funniest place to start or end your week.
Hosted by Seth Morris (Human Giant, Curb Your Enthusiasm)
9:30 pm — $5 Sunday December 7, 2008
CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL PREVIEW SHOW with Rob Corddry, Rob Huebel, A.D. Miles & more!
Galifianakis starts his comedy special by apologizing for being hungover (''Last night I got so drunk I African-Americaned out''). The shambolic stand-up does seem to be fighting his way through an alcohol-induced fog, but he pulls off plenty of terrific non sequiturs, like ''Have you seen this show on Lifetime about that woman?''
Thursday, December 4, 2008
more @ BlackBook.com
i however, am going to go against character and see the bright side of things.
here are the nominations that i think are not lame:
In Rainbows - Radiohead
Album Of The Year
Best Alternative Music Album
House of Cards - Radiohead
Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
Best Rock Song
Best Short Form Music Video
Love Song - Sara Bareilles (This is my friend. I know her. tis' exciting.)
Song Of The Year
Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
Flight Of The Conchords - Flight Of The Conchords
Best Comedy Album
There Will Be Blood and The Dark Knight (both shut out from the Oscars)
Best Score Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture
Producer Of The Year
Attack & Release (The Black Keys)
Modern Guilt (Beck)
The Odd Couple (Gnarls Barkley)
In Rainbows (Radiohead)
In Rainbows - Stanley Donwood, Mel Maxwell & Xian Munro, art directors (Radiohead)
@#%&*! Smilers - Aimee Mann & Gail Marowitz, art directors (Aimee Mann)
Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package
When You Are Engulfed In Flames - David Sedaris
I Am America (And So Can You!) - Stephen Colbert (& Various Artists)
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Arcade Fire > My Body is a Cage lyrics
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button > Official Site
Super Genius Paul Thomas Anderson was offered the part of the groom in Rachel Getting Married. He did a table read and everything:
From Cigarettes and Red Vines:
in a semi-recent article with jonathan demme about “rachel getting married,” he mentioned the previous involvement of paul in the project.
Your movies have been progressive on the matter of race, often quite matter-of-factly. Here you have a mixed-race couple getting married and no one mentions it. Is this a deliberate gesture of post-racialism?
Jenny didn’t write it like that. In fact, Paul Thomas Anderson was offered the part of Sidney, and the second choice was Tunde. So that dimension might easily not have been there had Paul remotely been interested in playing a part in a movie. He came to a table reading, and he was fantastic, just adorable. But Paul passed on the part — he had something to do with a little movie he did called “There Will Be Blood” — and I met with just the best actors that the casting directors could find, and Tunde had the qualities that turned me on the most.
Thanks to the nice folks at Merok for sending over these exclusive Radiohead remixes for us, created by artists on their stellar roster to celebrate their own upcoming vinyl releases.
from: Gorilla vs. Bear
Meanwhile, Stanley Donwood who is responsible for all of Radiohead's album artwork since forever is starting a record label.
Exciting? Maybe. Random? Yes.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
These are my top 5 comedies of 2008
Pineapple Express / Role Models / Tropic Thunder / Forgetting Sarah Marshall / Step Brothers
and sometimes i am really late seeing shit....
Nike - "Chalk"
thanks for directing things Mark Romanek, and thanks for using this old ass Cornershop song....i totally forgot how much i LOVE THIS ALBUM.
Hello Nicole. Your event is happening soon!
Aimee Mann's 3rd Annual Christmas Show with special guests
Saturday, December 06, 2008 8:00pm
The Wiltern 3790 Wilshire Blvd.Los Angeles, CA 90010