Sunday, August 30, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
directed by the genius Herb Ritts.
RIP both of them...
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Beijing loves IKEA -- but not for shopping -- latimes.com
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This is awesome.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Disney's D23 Expo in Anaheim may be the start of something special
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Sure Iger, jump on that bandwagon.
A Captain EO exhibit!
I feel like that means I have to go.
Annnnd they're effing with Star Tours! Nooooooooooo!. That will be a knife in the heart.
The leadership at Walt Disney Co. hopes so as it moves forward with the D23 Expo, a four-day event next month in Anaheim that will celebrate -- and sell -- all things Disney with celebrity appearances and slick sneak previews of upcoming films, television shows and theme park attractions.
The approach is pure Comic-Con, the pop-culture festival that has become one of Hollywood's most potent megaphones by providing hard-core fans with insider-access experiences that turn many of them into Internet apostles for movies, television shows and other projects.
more @ LA Times
Louis CK, although one of the best stand ups out there kind of had a pile of hot garbage of a tv show.
hopefully this one wil be better.
FX is getting serious about its comedy slate, giving series orders to two half-hour laffers.
"The League" revolves around a group of longtime guy friends who participate in a fantasy football league. "Louie" stars comic Louis CK as a standup comic and newly single dad raising two daughters in New York City.
Landgraf described "League" as a kind of suburban-set "Sex and the City" for men. The semi-improv show revolves around the lives of a group of college friends as they’re forced to take on more responsibilities as husbands and fathers.
Skein was created by the husband-and-wife duo of Jeff Schaffer ("Curb Your Enthusiasm") and Jackie Marcus Schaffer, who also exec produce. Ensemble cast includes Mark Duplass, Steve Rannazzisi, Nick Kroll, Paul Scheer and Jon Lajoie.
more info from Variey....
More laffs in FX lineup
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in related news:
the slanguage in Variety is over the top, annoying.
click here to listen to adam carolla interview the will-be nominee from Inglourious Basterds.
my friends don't share my taste i guess.
oh yeah, and i'm old.
This poster was created by Sydney based artist Jonathan Zawada from photographs on The Selby. The signed and numbered posters are limited to an edition of 275.
purchase @ The Selby
these kids were on Jimmy Fallon a couple weeks ago and kind of blew my mind because i'm a sucker for the old timey. (i still listen to the squirrel nut zippers, django reinhardt is an all time favorite and i wish i lived in the 40s sometimes.)
Listen to them @ MySpace
Buy them @ Amazon
Monday, August 24, 2009
Justin Theroux is the Your Highness Villain
Justin Theroux will play the villain in the Universal Pictures comedy Your Highness, being directed by David Gordon Green, says The Hollywood Reporter.
Theroux joins Danny McBride, James Franco, Natalie Portman and Zooey Deschanel in the film, which centers on an arrogant, lazy prince (McBride) who must complete a quest to save his father's kingdom. Theroux will play Leezar, an evil wizard with a bejeweled magical staff who kidnaps a princess (Deschanel).
The film, which is shooting in Ireland, was written by Ben Best and McBride, who also is producing.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
watching jack white, jimmy page and the edge play "dead leaves and the dirty ground" together was so perfect.
I highly recommend It Might Get Loud if you have ever closed your eyes to a listen to a guitar solo.
i mean, seeing footage of jack playing so hard that his fingers are literally bleeding (blood. bleeding.) and jimmy page air guitaring in his house. come on!
my only complaint about the movie is the it didn't get loud enough. (ugh. that sounds like a peter travers line, but i'm pretty fucking serious...even movie theater speakers weren't enough.)
i also saw Inglourious Basterds and thoroughly enjoyed it. i loved the tension-filled long drawn out scenes as much as i loved the bloody actiony scenes. no director can do what he does.
and i'm no critic so that's that mattress man.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
i don't understand people that don't watch The Office.
meanwhile, i've finished S2 disc 3 of Mad Men. shit is hitting the fan and disc 4 won't be here until Monday.
i think i'm going to turn to itunes.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover) is in talks to join the Jay Roach-directed Dinner for Schmucks, says The Hollywood Reporter.
He's joining Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and Lucy Punch in the Paramount comedy about the most pathetic guy ever to be invited to another man's weekly dinner party.
Galifianakis is playing an assistant manager of a mattress store who is dating Carell's ex-wife.
The film is scheduled to begin filming in the fall for a July 23, 2010 release.
a comedy central special, a new show, new movie..."it's all happening!"
This weekend Comedy Central premieres Patton Oswalt: My Weakness is Strong, a new comedy special. A CD/DVD of My Weakness is Strong arrives in stores Aug. 25.
read more at PopCandy.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Bad meaning bad = jason reitman and some other dude (i don't know. i'm sorry) doing DJ mashups.
i love me some jason reitman and well, who doesn't love mashups?
they're doing a show at cinespace on saturday night. (too bad that place super sucks)
District 9, you rocked my world.
This review from Christy Lemire is pretty great and doesn't give too much away if you haven't seen it already.
also loved this twitter from Mindy Kaling: District 9 rocked. British Office meets Alien!
Third Man Records and Novelties opens in Los Angeles for limited time!
Third Man Records is overjoyed to announce the opening of Third Man Records and Novelties West FOR THREE DAYS ONLY in downtown Los Angeles, California. The store will be located at 448 S. Main Street and opening day is Wednesday, August 26th, at 10 AM.
Come see us for all Third Man releases and miscellany from The Dead Weather, The White Stripes, and The Raconteurs to all Third Man 45s, T-shirts and loads of surprises exclusive to this temporary location.
We will be open 3 days only, store hours are as follows:
Third Man Records and Novelties West
448 S. Main Street Los Angeles, CA 90013
Wednesday AUG. 26: 10 am to 8 pm
Thursday AUG. 27: 12 pm to 8 pm
Friday AUG. 28: 12 pm to 8 pm
The Dead Weather will be performing at Third Man Records and Novelties West, located at 448 S. Main Street in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, August 26th, at noon. We'll try to accommodate as many fans as possible but please note that entrance is on a first come, first served basis.
August 26th is also the grand opening of this location so be sure to get there early as there will be limited edition, specialty and exclusive items that will be available to buy, doors open at 10 am.
YES! i am sooooooooo there.
YES! Soundtrack will be out September 29th (says pitchfork)
in "what the balls, how in the hell did i miss this??! news":
Look at what's fucking going on at Amoeba today...
AMOEBA PRESENTS: AN INGLOURIOUS NIGHT WITH QUENTIN TARANTINO
To celebrate the release of the soundtrack to INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, Quentin Tarantino visits Amoeba for a signing and exclusive midnight screening of the movie at Arclight Theaters!
With Yesi Ortiz (Power 106 L.A. Midday Personality) & DJ Carisma (POWER 106 L.A. Flava Unit Mixer) spinning records from Quentin's personal collection.
THE FIRST 300 BASTERDS TO PURCHASE THEIR “INGLOURIOUS NIGHT” $30 FANPACKS GET:
* * CD SOUNDTRACK (vinyl packages available for $35)
* * GUARANTEED place in signing line to meet Quentin Tarantino and have him sign one item (soundtrack or item of your choice)
* * Ticket to midnight/first showing of INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS at Arclight Theater with in-person introduction by Quentin Tarantino!
(Editors Note: the editor is a complete moron.)
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
DVD # 9
Wholphin No 9 features three, hilarious, never-before-seen short films by Spike Jonze; Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s short story, “Sparks,” starring Carla Gugino and Eric Stoltz; the Academy Award-nominated documentary, “La Corona,” about a high-stakes beauty pageant in a Columbian women’s prison; an incredibly rare and candid glimpse into the life of a Mormon fundamentalist who shares a husband with her younger biological sister; the Jury Prize-winning short from Cannes; Caveh Zahedi; meteorites; motordromes; acting lesson orgasms; films from Belgium, France, Germany, Australia and Japan, and much more.
you had me at Spike Jonze.
i've seen him before and he's pretty great. unforch, this video is olddddd but it's still funny.
moral: if you ever see this dude - get ready to laugh.
Me talking about old videogames, Shinobi
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
"what's really the difference between intimacy and just say, getting used to someone?"
i don't know. i liked it.
things of note today: i realized more than once that it can be really liberating
i got gas in my car while wearing pj's and nike's. at 1:30pm. yes. i. did.
for karaoke, sometimes i like to pick true blue by madonna.
also, 11:45pm carrot stick binge: it's happening.
crankiness brought to you by: not watching one single episode of mad men today.
all of those lines sound like i am trying to be a twitterer. yikes.
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p.s. someone has to have said this already but:
Rose McGowan + Jessica Rabbit = Joan Holloway
Saturday, August 15, 2009
i can't post pictures but yeah, i sat at Peter's desk and got a huge surprise when I saw someone has their own office. i yelled "spoiler alert" really loud and everyone in our group (i'm pretty sure) rolled their eyes at me. and they're my friends.
Friday, August 14, 2009
i'm gonna go ahead and take pride in that.
p.s. the way amy poehler says that line is maybe the greatest thing ever.
talk show host
listen and repeat....
Thursday, August 13, 2009
I think I can catch up to season 3 by the time they're on the 3rd episode.
(thanks for the inspiration Los)
Dear Don Draper,
Yes sir. Anything you want.
Everyone with a pulse.
oh, and p.s. this is the most ridiculous thing i've seen all day:
"It's kind of an American Apparel ad come to life"
Harry Patch (In Memory Of)
'i am the only one that got through
the others died where ever they fell
it was an ambush
they came up from all sides
give your leaders each a gun and then let them fight it out themselves
i've seen devils coming up from the ground
i've seen hell upon this earth
the next will be chemical but they will never learn'
Recently the last remaining UK veteran of the 1st world war Harry Patch died at the age of 111.
I had heard a very emotional interview with him a few years ago on the Today program on Radio4.
The way he talked about war had a profound effect on me.
It became the inspiration for a song that we happened to record a few weeks before his death.
It was done live in an abbey. The strings were arranged by Jonny.
I very much hope the song does justice to his memory as the last survivor.
It would be very easy for our generation to forget the true horror of war, without the likes of Harry to remind us.
I hope we do not forget.
As Harry himself said
"Irrespective of the uniforms we wore, we were all victims".
Recently the Today program played the song for the first time and now it is available to download from our website.
Please go to http://download.waste.uk.com to download the song
The proceeds of this song will go to the British Legion.
To peace and understanding.
Molly Ringwald writes about John Hughes = tears stream down face
from the NY Times
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Kanye West and Spike Jonze's Short Film Gets a Release Date :: Film & TV Music News :: Articles :: Paste
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the 3rd location will be on the westside.
santa monica sucks.
but the 2nd location will be bigger and have an attached Japanese beer bar.
let's go ahead and file that under "news that makes me hate life a little bit less"
Some more details to follow up on last week's reveal of the Umami situation underway. Owner Adam Fleischman hopes to open location two in early September, but this time around the Umami Burger space will enlarge to three times the size of the original and serve an expanded bistro-style menu with oysters, steak, "green" fried-chicken, plus those burgers. Another spin will be the added Japanese beer bar that seats 20 called Salaryman (the Japanese term for a corporate drone) which will be attached to Umami but also have its own separate entrance. As for location three, its slated to take over a dining space at Fred Segal in Santa Monica and hopefully launch in November. As far as layout and food, expect Umami at Fred Segal to mimic the upcoming spot in East Hollywood with beer/wine and the expanded menu, but an added bonus for Westsiders will be an outdoor patio area and breakfast. Look out for the breakfast burger...just kidding, but maybe... [EaterWire]
i got this email from my friend Colleen (who is the leader of the TYH game)
How I got here: not important.
What IS important: these are your pants.
My reply was as follows:
Dear Free People,
Thank you for making my dreams come true.
Now my Halloween costume will be complete. I am free (pun intended) to dress up as a MC Hammer's ill-fated Disco Harem American Apparel hipster bride. (Ill-fated because these pants clearly make it ok to shit yourself)
And they're on sale too!
here's the link if you are in the mood to buy someone the gift of a lifetime:
Free People poopy pants
The Nickel Diner is basically exactly what it sounds like, but the highlight for me was the biscuits and gravy. Gross, i know. It's basically a puddle of heart attack with a side of starch and i loved every second of it. I'm no connoisseur on the dish but this was pretty fantastic. My dining PIC Katherine got the vegan ranchero which i sampled and loved too. so they definitely passed the breakfast test so now i need to try their dinner...
and speaking of dinner...
everything i had at Church and State was really really good. prawns, a salad, sea bass, and ratatouille.(don't worry i was doing splitzies with someone)
and then came the dessert.
some chocolate hazelnut situation that the waiter described as "if pudding and mouse had a baby" (now you're speaking my language), but the grand finale was the peach and nectarine cobbler.
oh. dear. food god. it was life changing. life changing and topped with house-made vanilla bean ice cream.
i'm not really a pro reviewer (understatement of forever) but i give both places a "hell yeah".
the service was a little lacking at c&s, but mainly because everything seemed to take forever. in it's defense the place was insanely busy for a random weeknight. make reservations.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
the philadelphia story.
and i just read that will arnett, mitch hurwitz and jim vallely are doing a new sitcom.
the song "Little Girls" from the Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse album Dark Night of the Soul. is quite good.
The best way to waste money that i've seen in a while.
Fill the flexible rubber mold with water, juice, or mix up your own libation and get ready to chill in style.
Four throwback shapes: microphones, boomboxes, turntables, and a little bling for your drizzank.
@ Gama Go
Sunday, August 9, 2009
my friends. (mainly the ones that acknowledge my birthday)
the must bar.
watching sixteen candles, pretty in pink, uncle buck and the breakfast club in less than 24 hours with my friends. plus 4 episodes of arrested development. (kind of like a perfect day lou reed)
my birthday gifts. my friends know me so well.
hating softball, but making the raddest catch of the game. this ball was going to murder my face and i stopped it in its' tracks. it almost made up for how much i suck the rest of the time.
comedy central roasts.
and just a random thought:
Wendy Willams is a dude right?
i mean, really.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
this is such bad news.
one of the most important people in my life John Hughes died today.
i am so sad.
this man is almost single-handedly responsible for my love of movies. The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller's Day Off were the first movies I memorized.
his resume is amazing. there's not a person alive who doesn't love at least one of his movies.
i just saw this website Snacks and Shit on Thrillist and I am in love.
Social commentators are important because they provide new insights, like Jon Stewart's fresh takes on the daily news and Andy Rooney's witty observations on being mean and crazy. Providing incisive commentary on rap lyrics, Snacks And S**t.
Named after an old Jay-Z lyric, Snacks is a locally-based blog that takes the piss out of only the stupidest lyrics in hip-hop, compiled and written by a lifetime-friend duo of a data programmer and stand-up comic, whose relationship will probably be mined by Judd Apatow, and then inundated with pen15 jokes. Among the choicest bits:
Kanye West: "I live by two words: f**k you, pay me"
SaS: "OK, first of all, this saying is four words long. So you're an idiot."
Drake: "Call me 'Mr. Shoppin' Bag Drizzy'... and call me 'Mr. Damn He Ain't Coppin' That Is He?'
SaS: "Nurse at the doctor's office: Okay, Mr.... Damn He Ain't Coppin' That Is He... (sigh). Follow me."
E40: "I'ma be the first hustler that set up shop on Jupiter."
SaS: "Nobody is going to do business with you on Jupiter. Filed under: Too far away / Would die instantly "
Each lyric's also labeled with its reason for inclusion for easy reference (i.e., "That's not Even Cool", "Not Gangster", etc) and the site owners're open to taking suggestions from readers -- although not Andy Rooney, since he's too busy buying spatulas, for his store up in Jupiter.
Wu - Tang
i haven't seen fun dancing in a random public building like that since christopher walken.
oh and here's what happened when JGL guest DJ'd on KCRW.
this sounds asinine i know, but it's interesting.
ugh. what's the opposite of a boner?
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Umami Burger will officially be a chain!
Peace out Cobras & Matadors in Los Feliz....the best cheeseburger on Earth is moving in come September.
excellent photo courtesy of John's iphone. (that picture pretty much makes me want to eat there 300 times a day for the rest of forever)
and speaking of burgers....here's news of the veggie variety: i discovered a new favorite at the La Grande Orange Cafe in Pasadena today. It was close to perfection. you know, for a veggie burger.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Here's an interview from ComingSoon.net with Charlyne Yi, Nicholas Jasenovec, and Jake Johnson.
Paper Heart comes on on my bday this Friday and I've almost forgotten about it since I saw it in April.
I wholeheartedly agree with this review from one of my favorite critics, Christy Lemire from the Assosciated Press:
Movie Review: Fiction and reality get blurred in `Paper Heart,' but sweetness shines through
By CHRISTY LEMIRE
AP Movie Critic
¶ LOS ANGELES (AP) _ You could think of "Paper Heart" as sort of a benevolent version of the Sacha Baron Cohen model, with its mixture of documentary and fiction. Only instead of providing raunchy satire or exposing people's prejudices, it seems all Charlyne Yi wants to do is sweetly entertain.
¶ The writer, actress and standup comic travels the country interviewing regular people about being in love, a phenomenon that has eluded her in her early 20s. She goes to a biker bar in Oklahoma City, a playground in Atlanta and everywhere in between. She also gleans insight from friends, including her "Knocked Up" co-stars Seth Rogen and Martin Starr.
¶ At the same time, Yi (playing a version of herself) finds that she's unexpectedly falling for a new guy she's met named Michael (Michael Cera, playing a version of himself). They court at hipster hangouts in Hollywood _ Cera in a wide array of hoodies, Yi in her messy ponytail and dark-rimmed glasses _ play music for each other and hold hands in the grocery store while shopping for frozen pizza.
¶ This is the made-up subplot. In real life, Yi and Cera are close pals; they even co-wrote the score for "Paper Heart" together. It was rumored that they'd been dating and recently broke up, though Yi now says they've always been just friends. Again, the lines get blurrier.
¶ Meanwhile, the "director" of Yi's documentary, Nick Jasenovec, is played by actor Jake Johnson; the real Jasenovec is the real director of "Paper Heart," making his feature debut.
¶ Confused? Just go with it.
¶ Sure, it might be a little too twee for its own good, with its use of intentionally crude puppets to recreate the love stories Yi's interview subjects share with her. She wanted to find a unique, whimsical way to depict these tales, rather than just showing talking heads, but the figures and sets she and her dad fashioned are just too self-consciously cute.
¶ Nevertheless, "Paper Heart" is a charming little movie based on a clever concept that will leave you with a genuinely positive feeling afterward.
¶ Yi is a nerd goddess _ goofy, tomboyish, unapologetically awkward with an off-kilter sense of humor _ and the fact that she's so self-deprecating and seems so earnest in her quest to find the meaning of true love makes her pretty hard to resist. Regardless of the setting or the person she's interviewing, she never condescends, she always seems open to hearing what people have to say and even willing to make herself vulnerable.
¶ "Paper Heart" becomes a little too conventional when it start s focusing on how the constant documentary cameras are taking a toll on Yi and Cera's relationship, as if they were reality TV stars under a microscope. ("Do you need to take my microphone?" he turns and asks the crew at the end of one of their dates.) It's really a rather tired complaint to be making, even in a semi-fictional setting.
¶ But for the most part, "Paper Heart" is way more innovative than the formulaic romantic comedies that all too often trek through the multiplex, and a much-needed refreshing change.
¶ "Paper Heart," an Overture Films release, is rated PG-13 for some language. Running time: 89 minutes. Three stars out of four.
Monday, August 3, 2009
(guilty pleasure)movie of the day: What Happens in Vegas.
song of the day: Punch You in the Jeans - The Lonely Island
website of the day: The Diary of Suri Cruise
twitter of the day: It's pretty fun to pull up next to a student driver and angrily mouth the words, "you're fucking dead!"
video of the day (rob huebel and charlyne yi talk about love. sidebar- i guess i'm really in love with rob today):
Sunday, August 2, 2009
you wanted a CD of Up In Them Guts 3 years ago?
well now you got it....and the other side has a Ted Leo single.
Bonus and score.
buy it from Chunklet
don't know what i'm talking about?
also at Chunklet they have this tshirt and it's my favorite thing of the hour:
"We're All In This Together....Except You, You're A Dick"