Thursday, January 31, 2008
The actors have been cast in the Jared Hess-directed comedy ''Gentlemen Broncos,'' about a high school outcast who has his story ripped off by a famous fantasy novelist.
Jemaine Clement, star and co-creator of Flight of the Conchords, Sam Rockwell , and Michael Angarano (Lords of Dogtown) will star in the comedy Gentlemen Broncos, which Jared Hess (Nacho Libre, Napoleon Dynamite) is directing from a script he wrote with his wife, Jerusha Hess. The story is about a high school outcast (Angarano) who has a story he wrote ripped off by a famous novelist (Clement) while attending writers' camp. Rockwell will play the main character in the fictional story, which comes to life in the movie. Production is set to start in March. Clement stars with partner Bret McKenzkie in the HBO series Flight of the Conchords, which has been picked up for a second season. Rockwell just starred in the Sundance movie Choke, which was picked up by Fox Searchlight.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
you learn things like: Justin Long only gets 15% off at the MAC store (weird).
Dinner for Five Episode #50
Join us for the Last Supper -- it's the final episode of IFC's Dinner for Five.
Host Jon Favreau is joined by guests are Vince Vaughn, Peter Billingsley, Justin Long, and Keir O'Donnell. This episode will be available online for a limited time, and will premiere on IFC this Friday, February 1st at 10:30pm.
(thanks for showing me this bill)
iO WEST Theatre and Brett Paesel present Hardly Working in which WGA members take time out from their time off to weigh in on the strike, working, not working, and a host of other completely unrelated preoccupations.
Participants include: Jeff Garlin (Co-star/ Executive Producer Curb Your Enthusiasm) Bob Odenkirk (writer Saturday Night Live), Dana Gould (writer Simpsons), Brett Paesel (Mr. Show with Bob and Dave) and Cindy Caponera (writer Saturday Night Live).
For Reservations, call 323.962.7560. $10
Feb 1st. Mainstage. $10.
(i'm not even going to this, but it sounds fucking cool. i am weirded out recommending a comedy show that is not taking place at the UCB theatre.)
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
remember the first time you showed me this pilot bill?
when was that? 2000? 2001? God we are cool.
Apparently a feature film script is being developed.
Please let this be true Rob Schrab.
Pitchfork has an article and download from Stereogum.
Monday, January 28, 2008
Click here for the rest of this story while i hurl my brains out. bullshit!
they neglected to mention the Din Tai Fung Dumpling house in Arcadia.
that places rules.
I already think Kate is most attractive chick celebrity alive. When i saw her from a few feet away at Comic Con, I literally got mad. So not fair. How can one person hog that much hotness?
Dennis Leary. Why do I love him? Because when he came out to present....he addressed the audience " Hello Friend-o's". OMG. Magical.
Ok. Now time for the hate.
DEBBIE MATENOPOLOUS. Holy Mother of God. I watch the red carpet shit so I should be used to the stupid questions by now, but this asshole takes it to a new level. At least you expect rude shit from Joan Rivers, she's old and half dead and so made of plastic she probably can't control what flies out of her mouth. But Debbie. Oh God Debbie. Asking Ricky Gervais if he cared that Steve Carell was more famous than him! and acting like he was nominated for The Office, not Extras....Oh and when Brad & Angelina got there she's all "Brad and Angela are here!" I have a hundred more examples. There's not enough time. oh-but at one point she was making me so mad that i had to mute my tv and listen to music...whilst on mute i saw that the closed captioning people don't know how to spell Coen brothers. It's Coen. Not Cohen. Geez.
Stop giving people awards just because it's their last season on the air.
Stop Giving people awards just because they are old. Seriously. She was hardly even in the movie.
Sadly since she won she will most likely win the Oscar. How unfortunate. Marion Cotillard losing this category is one of the most ridiculous awards upsets I can remember. Please watch la Vie En Rose. She is absolutely amazing. Julie Christie, not so much. I thought the man that played her husband in the film, Gordon Pinset did a much better job. And, when they called her name she quickly reached into her bag to get out her speech. BOOO!!! I hate when people have speeches!
I don't care if you are trying to hide your pregnancy. You don't have to wear an ugly dress. Vintage Hermes? Who cares? Time to fire your stylist, that tent was ugly, not-ironed and a horrible shade of poop brown. Why does everyone love her? I don't get it.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Read what some critics had to say about this "movie" on MetaCritic.
one of my favorite lines from a review:
Meet the Spartans is a mild improvement over their Epic Movie, which is like saying that a debilitating fever is more fun than appendicitis...
One good thing about the box office this weekend...
There Will Be Blood is in the top 10!
and it's the only one in less than 1,000 theaters.
Speaking of PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON (all caps=enthusiasm)
the New Beverly Cinema is showing MAGNOLIA today through the 30th.
Apparently they did a midnight screening of Cool As Ice last night. SHIT. I am not happy about missing that one. Co-Workers? When are we going to watch that DVD...I didn't buy it to sit on my shelf!
Friday, January 25, 2008
Look at her MySpace page!
Oh My Heavens- Have you heard her cover of "Wonderwall"? so good....
this is Will F. in character as Jackie Moon for his new music video from the movie Semi Pro.
even if the movie is not that awesome, i am going to like it.
I am Jack's complete lack of surprise, says the narrator.
love tim & eric.
love john c. reilly.
Doug Benson (Last Comic Standing, Best Week Ever) presents a crazy combo of "The Benson Interruption" and "I Love Movies," bringing his fancy comedy pals onstage to tell stories and show clips from their favorite films, with Doug interrupting whenever he feels like it, of course!
Most likely Paul F. Tompkins will be there, and so will I.
Re: That Paul Thomas Anderson Horror movie rumor-->
Hey folks, Harry here... a tad intoxicated, but still able to quasi construct sentences. Earlier today - AICN posted a story that was in reaction to a rumor that Bloody-Disgusting.com had heard that stated that Paul Thomas Anderson was looking to shoot a Horror film as his next project. Moriarty posted about it - but I decided to run the rumor by Paul to see what he would say. Here's what he responded with:
News to me. I thought I just made a horror film....
Wish I had something to report, but I'm dry as a bone...
So that's what the man himself has to say about it. Now does that mean his next film won't be a horror film? No. It just means that at this juncture - he hasn't begun to explore what his next film is. He's in AWARDS SEASON hand-shaking and meeting. He tends to take time between projects, I'll be surprised if he states what he's up to next for at least half a year or more.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
i read this on Perez Hilton and it makes me kind of sick.
here's the whole story complete with audio clips from the asshole:
John Gibson Mocks ‘Weirdo’ Heath Ledger’s Death: ‘He Found Out How To Quit You’
*i try to keep this blog free of political talk usually, but i just want to share this.
This will be Mendes' first film comedy. His last film, the Gulf War drama, Jarhead, failed to ignite the box office or the Academy. He's currently in post-production on the 1950s drama Revolutionary Road, starring his wife, Kate Winslet, and Leonardo DiCaprio. Eggers recently co-wrote the screenplay adaption of Maurice Sendak's childhood classic, Where the Wild Things Are. The film, co-written and directed by Spike Jonze (Adaptation) was set to open this summer. Warner Bros. recently pushed its release date to 2009.
(hopefully we'll see a smooth & silky quicktime version soon.)
fun facts about the Juno soundtrack:
The soundtrack album, after two weeks topping Billboard's Digital Albums chart, reached #8 on the Billboard 200 in its first week of release.
In its first full week of physical release the album sold 68000 copies, reaching #3 on the Soundscan album chart.
It missed out on the #1 spot by only 2600 copies.
(look at his cute rosy cheeks in this picture)
read it already.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Local foodies and visitors to LA will now have the opportunity to indulge in a selection of specially priced three-course menus from some of LA’s best restaurants during dineLA Restaurant Week.
January 27 to February 1, 2008
February 3 to February 8, 2008
dineLA Restaurant Week unites restaurants from the traditional to the trendy to promote the extraordinary diversity and culinary expertise found throughout LA’s restaurant scene. Restaurants in two dining categories will serve a selection of three-course menus at special prices (per person excluding beverages, tax and gratuity):
deluxe $15 $25
premiere $22 $34
ok seriously. some of the BEST places to eat are participating:
Nick & Stef's Steakhouse
The Palm ( i can finally go)
those are just some that i love.
LAist has an article on the restaurant week kickoff party. see my favortie chef fred eric party with the mayor.
The Greg Proops Chat Show. Always fun & interesting.
Guests: The Watson Twins and Rhett Miller....More TBA
Guests: Zooey Deschanel & more TBA
these benefits are always rad and usually include a singer, an author, and a comedian.
i guess Zooey will be singing? she has a great singing voice. remember in Elf when she is singing in the shower?
p.s. the honey chicken at Largo is delicious.
p.s.s. the sklar brothers, patton oswalt and bj novak are also doing shows...
(i love this picture. he's all "i got 8 oscar nominations yesterday. how many did you get?")
MacBook Air: top 10 things wrong with it
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
this is just sad.
NY TIMES article
spike jonze is in talks to direct the Ripley's Believe it or Not movie.
jim carrey and spike together = the new hotness.
Johnny Depp was at one point attached to play Ripley, but prior commitments made him unable to star.
Tim Burton was signed on to direct, but ended his involvement to commence work on _Sweeney Todd (2007).
Michel Gondry was briefly attached to direct after Tim Burton left.
but here we go again:
kath & kim is a fantastic show from australia and i just read that we are remaking it with Molly Shannon and Selma Blair. i like these 2 ladies a lot and maybe they won't fuck it up? glass half full? i'm ron burgundy?
*Juno kicked ass. 4 nominations total. Best Actress, Best Picture, Original screenplay, but No one expected Jason Reitman to get a director nom. I love it. Know why? Because if it wasn't for him we would have a totally different soundtrack. He's the one who asked Ellen Page what music she thought Juno would listen too. Hence, awesome tunes from the Kimya Dawson and the Moldy Peaches.
*Michael Clayton kicked ass and got 7 nominations.
*Laura Linney got nominated for a movie I loved- The Savages.
*They remembered Viggo Mortenson in Eastern Promises! Yay!
*Roger Deakins~The Best Cinematographer alive got 2 nominations!! that rules. we knew he'd get 1, but 2. He'll win for No Country. No one else could make a gruesome nasty murder scene in the desert look beautiful. He's had 5 nominations in previous years and never won. It's time dude.
ok. i have to work now. more later.
one thing that sucks: Jonny Greenwood's score for There Will Be Blood might not be eligible
~p.s. ugh. the coachella lineup! wtf happened? i am happy about the breeders and portishead. i love portishead. i am excited for their new album. the sound of beth gibbons' voice bouncing off the walls of the hollywood palladium was one of the best sounds i have ever heard (that was in december 1997, btw). justice is there. Rilo Kiley is there. Little Brother is there (always gotta have random hip hop for the white people). I love Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks but I can see them when they inevitably stop at the el rey. Fatboy Slim is there. Wait, What? Is it 1998?
Headliner? Roger Waters? WHAAAA?
I am so confused.
Monday, January 21, 2008
This afternoon marks the Sundance premiere of Be Kind Rewind, the latest from French director Michel Gondry, and having seen it at an early screening in L.A., I can report that this fantasy — opening Feb. 22 at a theater near you — bears all the hallmarks of previous Gondry features like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: sweet-natured characters, romantic concepts, excessive gadgetry, and visual tricks simultaneously lo-fi and wondrous. Starring Jack Black, Mos Def, Danny Glover, Mia Farrow, and official Sundance 2008 Overachiever Melonie Diaz (who has four films at this year's fest), it might be Gondry's most mainstream movie yet...but I might just be basing that on Jack Black's presence. Because, let's be honest, the movie's pretty bizarre.
portishead, the breeders (enough to get me to go already), the raconteurs, my morning jacket, the verve and rilo kiley are among the few already confirmed.
full lineup is coming later today. i'm nervous and excited and dreading the port-a-potties already.
Friday, January 18, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
please vote for someone funny like Doug Benson, Maria Bamford, Demetri Martin, Zach Galifianakis, Todd Glass, Tom Papa, Patton Oswalt, Howard Kremer, Jimmy Pardo...etc...
please do not vote for someone unfunny like Carlos Mencia.
The most interesting news, though, is that Dan Clowes, author of the comics Ghostworld and David Boring, is writing the feature. Clowes had been meaning to work with Gondry on a different feature, Masters of Time and Space, since 2004. While nothing much else seems to have developed on that picture, Gondry did say this new feature is "about a dictator who runs a crazy world where hair is the source of energy. The people there are forced to create art, and if the art is too good they are executed. So the dictator there doesn’t want anyone to be better than him so he kills the inmates who make good art. They try to make rubbish art but sometimes the worse it is for them, the better it is for the dictator."
Sounds about as weird as his Return of the Ice Kings, which means you should get excited. Hopefully this film ends up actually getting made and not just lost in the conceptual phase like Tine and Space.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
'SNL' STAR FERRELL PLANNING SOLO SHOW
January 16, 2008 -- WILL Ferrell has been quietly poking around Broadway, looking for a theater for a show he's writing and will star in next fall.
Details are sketchy, but sources say Ferrell was captivated by "700 Sundays," Billy Crystal's hugely successful autobiographical one-man show that ran on Broadway.
"700 Sundays" made nearly $10 million in New York and continues to clean up on the road whenever Crystal decides to take it out for a spin.
Ferrell's as-yet-untitled show, which will have a small supporting cast and a band, will be produced by Jeffrey Richards, whose credits this season include "August: Osage County" and "The Homecoming."
The Ferrell Project will be autobiographical and include anecdotes about the comedian's work on "Saturday Night Live."
Ferrell also will do some of his fabled impersonations - of George W. Bush, Robert Goulet, Neil Diamond, Jesse Ventura and "Inside the Actors Studio" host James Lipton.
"The show's bouncing around at this point," a source says. "He hasn't figured out what it's supposed to be yet."
(not a complaint, just an observance)
Rushmore is almost 10 years old! It premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in Sept. 1998.
The first voice that appears in the film and tries to solve the problem to the equation in Max's dream scene is Wes Anderson's.
for the rest of us there is the trusty world wide web.
i also like that the G.L.O.J. are on Oprah today.
(G.L.O.J. = gorgeous ladies of Juno)
really, like 3/4 of his comedy set was talking about magnolia and there will be blood. it was like i died and went to geek comedy heaven and donuts were good for me.
it's weird when 3 of your favorite things collide.
my friend david put his set up on youtube. (david kind of rules)
check it. and ignore my hideous laugh.
 comedy death ray
 paul f. tompkins
 paul thomas anderson
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Monday, January 14, 2008
david spade rules too.
the melrose trading post in moving downtown. score!
South Park Flea Market
Located in the heart of the Uber Hot (i hate when people say "uber") South Park District of Downtown LA. The South Park Flea Market is the creation of Phillip Dane (The Fairfax High School Flea Market).
Every Sunday9 am - 4 pm8th & Grand Parking LotLos Angeles, CA 90014
Downtown now has a cool place to shop, eat and hang on Sunday's. We have over 200 vendors, great deals on vintage, collectibles, new and used stuff.
Over 200 VendorsAmple Parking DJ and Live Music Vintage & Collectibles plus some of LA's hottest Fashion Designers (clothing, handbags, jewelry, shoes, and accessories.)
i kind of love that other people feel the same way i do about a tv show.
from the idiotic banter between nancy o'dell and billy bush to their bad hair (weird side ponytail and puffy mullet, respectively) to the winners that shouldn't have won to badly chosen clips.
obviously i'm not going to not watch, but there were many moments where i wish i wasn't. how about when javier bardem won (which i can't complain about) and nancy o'dell rambles off some crap about his hair in the movie and how "it tells you something is wrong". what a moron. no country takes place in 1980, that's why the awful hair. not because he's a muderer. what's your excuse nancy? are you a killer too since you have a bird's nest escaping from your left ear? ugh. whatever. the whole thing was just icky. i am all for the writer's strike and am glad the ceremony was canceled, but couldn't someone have come up with a better way to show us the winners?
dear hollywood foreign press,
did you even see these movies? why on earth would anyone in their right mind choose atonement over no country for old men? and i know johnny depp only won because he'd been nominated and lost 7 times before, but really?
oh well, at least they got the tv winners right (for the most part). hooray tina fey and extras!
one thing that comforts me: the hollywood foreign press, who decides these winners and losers, is made up of 86 people.
so there's that.
full list of winners
Friday, January 11, 2008
*Diablo Cody will be signing shit at Book Soup. she rules, book soup rules. why not?
*Pervasive Persuasion @ MOCA
*art show @ the cactus gallery in eagle rock featuring photography by my friend catherine just
*The Thrilling Adventure & Supernatural Suspense Hour @ M Bar. Paul F. Tompkins is there.
* watch (tivo) the CBS Saturday Early Show in the 8:00AM - 9:00AM hour to see my friend Sara Bareilles performing live.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks together totally rules. (p.s. elizabeth banks is the hilarious one from 40 Year Old Virgin. Remember that part when Seth & Steve Carell are looking at her through the window of the book store? And Steve sees her thong and goes "what's wrong with her underwear?" and Seth goes "they're not in my mouth." maybe one of the best lines in the movie)
According to ‘Entertainment Weekly’, The Weinstein Company greenlit the project based solely on the title. (love that)
Los Angeles and New York – The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in writing for the screen during the 2007 season to be honored at the 2008 Writers Guild Awards held on February 9, 2008, in Los Angeles and New York.
Juno, Written by Diablo Cody, Fox Searchlight
Michael Clayton, Written by Tony Gilroy, Warner Bros. Pictures
The Savages, Written by Tamara Jenkins, Fox Searchlight
Knocked Up, Written by Judd Apatow, Universal Pictures ( YAY! YAY! finally props for Judd)
Lars and the Real Girl, Written by Nancy Oliver, MGM
No Country for Old Men, Screenplay by Ethan Coen & Joel Coen, Based on the Novel by Cormac McCarthy, Miramax
There Will Be Blood, Screenplay by Paul Thomas Anderson, Based on the Novel Oil by Upton Sinclair, Paramount Vantage
The Diving Bell and The Butterfly, Screenplay by Ronald Harwood, Based on the Book by Jean-Dominique Bauby, Miramax
Into the Wild, Screenplay by Sean Penn, Based on the Book by Jon Krakauer, Paramount Vantage
Zodiac, Screenplay by James Vanderbilt, Based on the Book by Robert Graysmith, Paramount Pictures
The album Keep on Your Mean Side (and everything else they've done since) has always been one of my favorite things to listen to.
I can't wait til they tour again.
These 2 are highly underrated for some unknown reason.
Their new album Midnight Boom is coming out March 10th and it's first single U.R.A Fever has a great video. It was directed by Sophie Mueller, who has directed some of my favorite videos (Blur-Song 2, Shakespeare's Sister-Stay, Radiohead-I Might Be Wrong, No Doubt-Bathwater, Polly Jean Harvery-Good Fortune). (just to name a few.)
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Here are a couple that i love:
starring the bateman family:
and starring alan cumming:
(the same Daniel Waters that wrote the greatest movie of all time, Heathers. really seriously, Heathers is what started me being obsessed with movies. we rented it for my b-day/slumber party in 1990. i remember starting it and loving every second until my mom walked into the room as Heather Chandler was all "Fuck me gently with a chainsaw, do I look like Mother Teresa?" and promptly removed the tape from the VCR. this of course only made me want to watch it more. after a long tantrum and guilt trip filled with tears i got the tape back and my friends and i watched it like 3 times. slumber parties were fun. my friend kristen and i then added that tape to our list of other frequently viewed movies, Ferris, The Breakfast Club, and oddly Pet Sematary.)
IMDBpro (that's what i use because I am professional and fancy) says that Sex and Death 101 has a release date of February 22, but who the heck knows?
Besides Daniel Waters writing and directing, Veronica Sawyer herself, Winona Ryder stars and Patton Oswalt is in it too. This is one to look forward too.
This is an interview with Daniel & cast and Fantastic Fest back in September.
Cinematical seemed to love the movie. Read the review here.
Also noteworthy: My friend Veronica works for director Mark Waters (dir. Freaky Friday, Mean Girls and the upcoming Spiderwick Chronicles) who just so happens to be brother to Daniel. Um, she had Daniel sign a copy of Heathers on DVD for me. Fucking awesome.
Monday, January 7, 2008 (*millions)
2 National Treasure: Book Of Secrets
Doug Benson describes it as Super Size Me with weed instead of McDonald's.
as Doug's 10,382nd friend on MySpace he invited me to a special screening of the movie last summer. it was damn funny and there are appearances by lots of damn funny comedians.
also making a cameo in the movie: my annoying laugh. over the 2 month period when the doc was being shot i think i saw doug doing stand-up like 4 times at UCB and Largo.
also noteworthy: doug's limitless knowledge of movies was never hindered by his highness. in fact i think being high might help him. you should listen to his (unfortunately) now deceased podcast "I Love Movies" . I went to almost every one of these and it was always a treat. Doug is like a walking IMDB.
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
so the peeps at the Onion had him actually eat one of the icky bowls. you can read this write up he did for AV Club about it.
HOLLYWOOD, CA, January 7, 2008
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association today announced that the recipients of Golden Globe Awards in 25 categories will be revealed during an hour-long HFPA press conference at The Beverly Hilton to be covered live by NBC News beginning at 6:00 pm PST on January 13. “The 65th Annual Golden Globe Awards” NBC telecast and champagne dinner in The Beverly Hilton’s International Ballroom is officially cancelled.
Meanwhile the Critics choice awards were last night. They got a couple things right by giving Jonny Greenwood best score and Glen & Marketa best song. And of course DDL got best actor and was literally the polar opposite of his character Daniel Plainview.
Full list of winners here.
(and now i am in love with
Javier Bardem because his
speech was super cute)
Monday, January 7, 2008
cafe press has it for purchase.
One of the members Aziz Ansari has a blog. As an unexperienced (and lame) blogger, I am infinitely jealous of his site name. (it's called "aziz is bored")
i was pleased to read that season 1 of Human Giant will be out March 4th and will include hightlights of their 24 hour marathon on MTV. personally i would've liked to see all 24 hours of it on dvd, but that's just me.
it looked like this
Um. Seriously. Look at it. First row, Doug Benson's head is blocking Patton Oswalt. The best comedian alive PFT is sitting next to Doug, and next to him is Greg Proops (LOVE). Danielle Schneider and Scott Aukerman (producer of comedy death ray) finish the back row. They pick 2 peeps from the audience and play the old timey game show, hilarity ensues. After the show was over my face hurt from laughing. We stood in the rain for like 30 minutes for this, and guess what? I didn't care. I would stand in whatever. Whenever.
go to UCB.
Friday, January 4, 2008
opinionated much nicole? yep. get over it.
i've never seen it on a large screen!