Friday, January 30, 2009
Citizen Cope's lyrics are soulful, and the songs have good beats. I love his songs "Brother Lee" and "Bullet and a Target." He must be very popular among college students because I'm pretty sure that 95% of the people in the audience were wearing a North Face jacket and/or UGG boots.
Guest singer Alice Smith sang with him on a few tunes. She was amazing. Her voice is very unique and powerful. She has a new album out called For Lovers, Dreamers & Me. I definitely want to check that out!
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Sister Aloysius and Sister James notice that Father Flynn has taken an interest in the only black child in school, Donald Miller. Sister Aloysius has no actual proof of an inappropriate relationship, but she tries to threaten and guilt Father Flynn into leaving the school. Miller's protective mother is played by Viola Davis.
This film is an acting powerhouse!
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Joaquin's a great actor, so I'm glad that he's (probably) not going to give it up. His rap skills, on the other hand, leave much to be desired. He makes a pretty dope Johnny Cash though, so we'll see how this thing turns out.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
This doesn't sound positive. I've been fairly loyal Betty watcher since 2006 - mainly because it was in the time slot before Grey's Anatomy. The material hasn't been so stellar recently, and sometimes it's downright ridiculous. Also, it doesn't make sense for someone in the fashion world like Betty to still dress in those awful outfits. This was really starting to bug me. Even her tacky sister Hilda dresses better than she does!
You know how you go grocery shopping at Whole Foods then walk out feeling a tiny bit full from all the free samples? Well multiply that feeling times five, and that's the way you feel leaving Borough Market. There are samples galore. Cheese, fish, fruit, meat, vegetables and desserts are just a few of the market's fresh offerings. They have the most sumptuous blueberry cookies.
The British pound is falling as we speak, so now is a great time to visit England. The Borough Market itself is worth the trip if you ask me!
Monday, January 26, 2009
I still think that she should've never left Nick Lachey. He was a good man, but she got too hungry for fame. Now she's resorted to performing at chili cookoffs. Oh my...
-Taraji Henson. The Benjamin Button star looked fab in a fitted, white Herve Laroux halter gown.
-Anne Hathaway. Anne's white with silver crystals Azzaro dress was gorgeous. Anne was nominated for her role in Rachel Getting Married, which is funny because this dress is basically my dream wedding dress.
-January Jones. I loved the Mad Men star's edgy-meets-grecian black and gold-embellished Andrew Gn gown.
-Laura Linney. The John Adams winner rocked a coral, one-shoulder Michael Kors gown. The color was flattering on her pale complexion.
-Kate Winslet. Kate looked great in a cobalt Narciso Rodriguez gown.
-Marisa Tomei. I really liked her yellow/gold Elie Saab gown with the cinched waist and flower on the shoulder. It was a daring choice!
-Katie Holmes. Katie's simple, brown Jil Sander sheath dress was understated yet glamorous.
-Teri Hatcher. Wisteria Lane would not approve. Her Monique Lhuillier dress looked like a big, white sheet with a belt around it.
-Susan Sarandon. Yes, we all know you look amazing for 62, but please stop showing the world your massive cleavage. Her black gown was not very flattering.
-Mickey Rourke. The Wrestler star wore a silver suit better suited for the ring.
-Tina Fey. She was a big winner for the night, but I just didn't like her short, strapless dress. It was so boring. She should've gone way more glam!
-Dev Patel. This Slumdog's ill-fitted suit was too short and too tight.
I know Brad is sporting the 'stache for a role, but that dark hair is not his best look. Brad looks so much younger with lighter Meet Joe Black-esque locks.
Brad and Ang were nominated for Best Actor and Actress for their roles in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and The Changeling. Sadly (or not), these two lovebirds went home empty-handed.
Sean was looking quite handsome in a Giorgio Armani suit. I'm so glad that he and his wife Robin Wright Penn are back on. They're a good Hollywood couple!
Meryl Streep won the Best Actress award for Doubt. She seems to be extremely popular amongst the Hollywood set. People in the audience gave her a standing o.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
There is a lot of blood and gore during the wrestling stunts. I had to avert my eyes several times. I always thought that these type of wrestlers did fake stunts - definitely not the case in this film!
Rourke's character is both touching and heartbreaking. He's an exceptional actor. I think he earned his Golden Globe, and he'll probably win the Oscar too.
My vote is for Lucas. According to Meyer's description of Alec compared to Jane, "his hair was darker, and his lips were not as full, but he was just as lovely." I think Lucas fits this, plus he is similar in looks to Dakota too. He was in High School the Musical and Milk.
Friday, January 23, 2009
I didn't realize that Sean Combs, played by Derek Luke, had such a huge role in making B.I.G. who he became, but then again it was produced by Diddy.
Apparently Lil Kim wasn't happy with the way that she was portrayed. I really didn't think she was portrayed that negatively. It seemed to me like she thought that he wanted to be with her when he was just interested in working with Lil Kim as an artist once he was married to Faith Evans.
It's unbelievable to me that police still haven't found the murderers of Biggie and Tupac.
This is a tearjerker! We got a glimpse into the lives of Jenna and Barbara Bush after 12 years as granddaughters and daughters in the White House. The open letter "Playing House in the White House" was originally published in the Wall Street Journal on Jan. 22 to Sascha and Malia Obama.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Clint Eastwood was really shut out. I thought Gran Torino was an exceptional film. It's nice to see that Australia got one nod for Best Costume Design since that film cost so darn much! The Duchess was also nominated for this award.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button was nominated for 13 awards. Brad Pitt just seemed like Brad Pitt to me in this film, especially as he starts to age younger.
I can't wait until February 22!
Taraji P. Henson was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Benjamin Button. Love it! Anne Hathaway, Angelina Jolie and Meryl Streep got Best Actress nods. Michael Shannon was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role as a mentally ill man in Revolutionary Road. I thought he was excellent. Heath Ledger was also nominated for his role as the Joker in Dark Knight.
Slumdog Millionaire, Frost/Nixon, The Reader, Milk and Benjamin Button got Best Picture nods. Go Slumdog! The film received a total of 10 - count 'em 10 - nominations.
Apparently Dakota Fanning, 14, has been offered the role of Jane. There were no auditions; she was simply offered the role. Jane is a vampire and member of the Italian Volturi who first appears in New Moon.
Jane is described as small with a "Botticelli angel-like face." According to Stephenie Meyer, "[Jane] puts the illusion of pain inside her victim's head. It's a very effective form of torture."
I hadn't thought of Dakota for the role before, but I think she'll do fine. A lot of fans think the petite Kristen Chenoweth would be the perfect Jane.
Director Chris Weitz is supposed to start shooting the film in Italy and the United States in March to be on schedule for a Nov. 20 release date.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Frank and April Wheeler appear to be the perfect couple on the outside. They live in a beautiful home in the outskirts of the city and have two children. On the inside, their lives are a mess. They are unsatisfied with their very existance, and they get the idea that moving to Paris - where people really "live" - will solve their problems. Things don't quite work out as planned, and the end of the film is shocking.
Kate definitely earned that Golden Globe. She is the type of actress who truly becomes the character that she is playing. I think Leo deserved the GG too. He does passionate scenes so well, and is one heck of a crier.
Oh where do I begin? Mariah Carey was introduced by her husband Nick Cannon who was, strangely enough, the DJ of the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball. Was this Nick's first job since Wild 'N Out? Anyway, from the first note, you knew this performance wasn't going to be the version of Hero that we know and love. I think she may have added a few new words to the song too.
She was also on the verge of busting out of her skin-tight black dress. Well at least this will put the pregnancy rumors to rest!
Hmm, we can't see if she's wearing her diamond or not, but that's a whole different issue!
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Jason Wu, 26, designed Michelle's ball gown. Wu's life is about to drastically change! It was a pretty safe choice, but I think it went well with the mood of the evening. I loved the one-shoulder strap, and it was very flattering on her statuesque figure. Mr. President was very handsome in a tuxedo and white bow-tie.
Joe and Jill Biden were also a good-looking couple. Jill wore a simple red, strapless gown.
Simon told one auditioner that he didn't like his weird hair color (which happened to be his natural color). He came back with "the carpet matches the drapes." Oh man, T.M.I.
New judge Kara copped a 'tude with Simon when he was interrupting her with his incessant "yes or no."
I loved the way he began with "every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms." He went on to say, "In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned."
It gave me chills when he said, "why a man whose father less than sixty years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath." Amazing!
Monday, January 19, 2009
Serena got into Yale, while Blair was wait-listed. Blair threw a hissyfit and tried to sabotage a teacher (who looks like a 15-year-old) and eventually ended up getting her way as usual...sort of.
The whole gang went out for a night at the opera. Lily and Rufus's relationship s in full swing. I've been wanting to go to the Met for such a long time. If the featured fashion is any indication of the opera dress code, I will need a formal gown stat! Blair's orange ruffle dress was tres fab.
Chuck defended Lily when she was being attacked in the powder room by that creepity-creeper uncle Jack. Oh dearest Chuck, you do have a soul! Now he's back in Lily's family and back at the reins of Bass Industries.
It was a happy ending for all except Serena and Dan. Hmm, did I spy a break-up phone call foreshadowing?
This is just too, too weird. Joaquin Phoenix made his big debut at Vegas club LAVO this past weekend. When he said that he was retiring from acting to pursue his music career, I thought he meant more along the lines of rock or country music. I definitely didn't peg him for the next 50 Cent. Yikes!
Something fishy is definitely going on with him. I really hope that it's not a drug problem after what happened to his brother River. Get well, Joaquin!
Sunday, January 18, 2009
I feel luxurious every time I brush my teeth. Grazie!
However, my biggest concern with Miss Gaga is how long it takes her to get ready in the morning. It can't be a quick process to turn your hair into a giant bow and get into a painfully tight catwoman suit. This is just her day wear too!
Hudson and Hathaway play best friends Liv and Emma who have dreamt of their wedding days since they were little. Tragically, they end up having their dream weddings booked on the same day at The Plaza Hotel, which causes them to become archenemies. There were a lot of things that didn't add up in this film, but it was still a good laugh.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
They also gave out this caricature with their invitation. How cute! They seem like a great couple. I hope they last!
My dad, an avid fisherman, would not be happy about this. Aren't young catfish already sea kittens anyway?
Why do you dress in clothing that is several sizes too small? Why do you wear shiny, cropped bomber jackets? Why do you always show your midriff, cleavage AND wear a mini skirt? Just wondering...
Friday, January 16, 2009
He truly is a hero. What an incredible story!
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Liev's performance was great. He's a really good actor, but for some reason I always picture him in Scream. Jamie Bell from Billy Elliot also did a nice job. OK, now let's discuss Daniel Craig. Holy smokes! He just has that rugged manliness that is so sexy, and let's not forget those blue eyes. Defiance is a very different role for him from James Bond, but he is equally as tough and masculine in this film.
I suppose that in this economy it's not the best time to fork over $900 for shoes, but a girl can dream.
Sony has unveiled their P Series laptops for pre-order. I really want one of these little things in this fabulous red color. They're perfect for travel at a mere 8" and feather-light 1.5 pounds. They come in four nice, shiny colors: onyx black, emerald green, garnet red and crystal white.
If you haven't seen the Golden Globe winner for best drama Slumdog Millionaire yet, you really must do so. The song Jai Ho by AR Rahman is played at the end during the credits, and the cast does a Bollywood-esque dance. Download this song! It's a great workout tune too.
The songs are upbeat and loud. There is a new "release" every few months with brand new set of songs. You work out the following body parts for a whole song for a total of 10 tracks...
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
I'd rather just use my Shu Uemura eyelash curler and call it a day. Latisse can't possibly be worth almost $4 a day, can it? That's practically the price of buying a daily tube of my favorite Maybelline XXL mascara.
If only we could get our president to do this in America. I think that it would really bring a much-needed appreciation for art that we are lacking.
Now the question is, can I fit in a spring trip to Paris this year?
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
My vote is for a different Vanessa, Jessica Szohr of Gossip Girl. She seems to have the 'tude to play Leah.
There were definitely some hilarious and shocking moments tonight. Bikini girl almost got into a fight with Kara and Paula. Yikes! I'm with the girls on this - she is not a good singer. My vote is for the precious Scott MacIntyre. He's legally blind and Seacrest tried to high-five him. That was awkward. It's going to be an interesting season!