Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Trailer Tuesdays: Easy A

 Image courtesy of IMDB.com

Confession: I hated The Scarlet Letter. American classic? Sure. Dull as watching grass grow? Definitely. I'm all for descriptive imagery-filled writing, but Nathaniel Hawthorne pretty much put me to sleep as he used 3 pages to describe a forest. Maybe I'm a product of the declining American attention span, but I'd much prefer we keep the action moving along, thank you very much.

Still, the concept of Hester Prynne's village-wide scandal (and famous fashion accessory) was certainly interesting, and apparently the folks at SONY Pictures agree. Easy A tells the story of high schooler Olive Penderghast who inadvertently creates a reputation around school as a bit of a floozy and suffers the consequences. Check out the trailer below:

Yes, this looks like a silly romantic comedy that will probably use about half a brain cell to watch. But how can you say no Emma Stone, Stanley Tucci, Cougar Town's Dan Byrd, Judy Blume references, out-of-retirement Amanda Bynes and Penn Badgley as someone named Woodchuck Todd??

The answer is you can't. So get ready for September 17th.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Magical Monday Moments: Jimmy Fallon Gleeks Out

Photo Courtesy of WireImage.com

Last night, the 62nd Annual Emmy Awards took Hollywood by storm, and as usual the event was full of excitement - Modern Family took home the award for Outstanding Comedy Series, Top Chef bested seven-time consectuive winner The Amazing Race for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program, Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife) surprised with a win for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) accepted a well-deserved win for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series.

Of course, the opening number of an awards show certainly sets the tone for the rest of the night, and host Jimmy Fallon pulled out all the stops to get the Emmys started on a high note. Check out the video below, this week's Magical Monday Moment, to see what happened when Jimmy teamed up with some of our favorite Gleeks and a few unexpected guests...

What was your favorite part of "Born to Run"? Jane Lynch bullying Jimmy and Tina Fey? John Hamm's surprisingly good singing voice (and hilarious dancing moves)? Corey Monteith's serious weight loss? Or Jorge Garcia joining the pack with a simple high five? Sound off!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Trailer Tuesdays: The Black Swan

Image courtesy of FOX Searchlight

This week's Trailer Tuesday features an upcoming movie that has me itching with anticipation.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Magical Monday Moments: Kathy Griffin is a Sore Loser

Photo courtesy of @kathygriffin

This week's Magic Monday Moment is brought to you by The Truth.

Come award show season, the phrase "It's an honor just to be nominated" is thrown around to just about anyone who will listen by those who did not achieve top honors... also known as the losers.

Not if your Kathy Griffin.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Facebook Pages: How to Adjust Your Privacy Settings

This past Thursday, Facebook introduced a new feature called Facebook Places, basically a ripoff of Foursquare in which users "check in" to businesses, restaurants, homes, train stations, etc etc etc. Because, you know, we don't stalk each other enough.

One of Facebook Places' more unnerving features is that friends can check you in without your permission. So let's say you decline on a party invitation because you are "exhausted" or "have a family event" and then, oops!, your friend checks you in at your favorite bar. Of course, you shouldn't have lied, you sneak, but there are hundreds of other scenarios in which you might prefer to keep your whereabouts private, thank you very much.

Don't fret, dear readers, there is a way to fix this infringement on your privacy!

First, log in to your Facebook account and go to the Privacy Settings section. Click on "Customize settings."

Scroll down to "Things Others Share" and change the "Friends can check me in to Places" option to Disabled. And, voila!, you can continue to lie about your whereabouts to your so called friends.

Are you wondering how we got into this whole Facebook mess in the first place? Don't forget to check out the trailer for the upcoming movie The Social Network.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Project Runway, Season 8 - Episode 4

Hats off to you all, fellow judgers!

Okay - lame jokes over (that's probably a lie). After last week's Project Runway party store challenge that amped up the talent, the drama and the excitement, this week's episode took a step backwards in everything except the drama. The bad news - none of the garments really delivered a great 'wow' moment. The good news - the designers are at the their most entertaining as they talk smack about everyone else.

Last night, Ivy returned from the hospital and we all wondered why it was a big deal in the first place, Michael Costello missed his sun on Father's Day, Casanova revealed that Latino cats only have seven lives and Kristin came out in the biggest shock of never. Now that all of that is out of the way... onto the challenge!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Trailer Tuesdays: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

This week's Trailer Tuesday is going to be short and sweet.  

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is the ultimate love story for nerds - a movie that combines an epic battle for romance with video games, comic books and seven evil ex-boyfriends. Based on the graphic novel by Bryan Lee O'Malley and starring Michael Cera, Alison Pill, Anna Kendrick and a million other people we all love, this movie wasn't really on my radar until I saw the trailer and is now on my must-see list.


Monday, August 16, 2010

Magical Monday Moments: When I Knew

Image courtesy of Harper Collins

This week's Magical Monday Moment is going to be another flashback, but this time with a bit of a twist (and some audience participation, please!)...

Friday, August 13, 2010

Project Runway, Season 8 - Episode 3


Okay, I imagined that "hello" being in the chipper style of Heidi Klum walking out on the runway. I'm not exactly sure how to portray that in text so.... just go with it. Anyways....

Let's be honest, one of the first reasons we all started watching this crazy mess called Project Runway was for the unconventional material challenges - remember when poor Austin Scarlett's corn husks shriveled up in Season 1 or how magnificent Daniel Vosovic's garden party dress was in Season 2? Yes, if there's anything the folks at PRun know how to do it, it's crank out an awesome challenge in which the designers have to create something out of nothing. So in the spirit of flowers, food, candy, car parts, hardware supplies and everything else, let's talk about last night's challenge.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

So You Think You Can Dance, Season 7 - Finale, Pt. 1

Photo courtesy of FOX

The moment is almost here. In less than 6 hours, Cat Deeley will tear open an envelope and say "America's Favorite Dancer is...." and then, well, who knows? As we learned in Season 6, all bets are off when it comes to the finale. There will certainly be confetti, screaming, crying, hugging and two people trying their hardest not to look like their world is crushed. Other than that, it all depends on what the voters did last night. So before the curtain closes on another season of So You Think You Can Dance, let's take a look at last night's performance finale. Each dancer performed 5 times, so we have a lot to cover.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

So You Think You Can Dance, Season 7 - The Beginning of the End

Photo courtesy of FOX

Ladies and gentlemen, we have our So You Think You Can Dance Season 7 finalists: Robert, Kent and Lauren. My humblest apologies for the lack of a results night review last week, but to be honest I was too busy jumping for joy around my living room and my initial draft of the post was in all caps and said something about "THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN!"... I think we're all better off it never made it to the web.

Of course, I am beyond thrilled that Adechike was eliminated and Robert continued on into the finale. Tonight, the Top 3 will battle it out to see who will become America's Favorite Dancer. Now, not to be bitter or anything - but remember last season when we had six finalists and the performance finale was only one hour long? Well tonight's episode with half as many finalists is twice as long (if I were Jakob I'd be uber-pissed), which means the Top 3 will most likely be busting out solos and two routines, and we might even get another All-Star routine in there to boot.

Kent is undoubtedly the front-runner going into tonight's finale, though Nigel decided to make it clear in an interview last week that the young Wapakonetan has not always received the most number of votes despite having never been in the Bottom Three. All three finalists are incredibly talented and deserving of the win, but I cannot help rooting for Robert to take it all. I love a good dark horse, plus any hopes I had of the best dancer and the favorite dancer being the same all went out the window when Alex Wong was eliminated due to his injury (sad face).

So make sure you tune in tonight, and then vote early, often and for Robert!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Trailer Tuesdays: Burlesque

Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures

This week's Trailer Tuesday is brought to you by what will undoubtedly be one of my most embarrassing guilty pleasure movies of the year. Like a moth to the flame burned by the fire, I will without a doubt see the upcoming train wreck that is Burlesque.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Magical Monday Moments: A League of Their Own

It's no secret that A League of Their Own is my absolute favorite movie of all-time. I remember seeing it in theaters in August 1992 at the Welfleet Cinemas and I've been obsessed ever since.

After seeing a woman dressed as a Racine Belle outside Fenway Park last week (no, I did not ask why), the movie has been at the top of my mind. So for this week's Magical Monday Moment, I bring you the fantastically hilarious pair that was Rosie O'Donnell's Doris Murphy and Madonna's "All the Way" Mae Mordabito (remember, it's not just a name, it's an attitude). This scene is our first taste of the pair, and it only gets better from there.

Happy Monday, everyone!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Project Runway, Season 8 - Episode 2

 Good news, everyone. Project Runway Season 8 has officially started. No, what you saw last week on TV wasn't actually the show, it was the "pre-show" show... or something.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

So You Think You Can Dance, Season 7 - Top 4

Photo courtesy of FOX

Can you feel it in the air? The excitement? The nervous anticipation? The fear of the unknown that is creeping closer and closer?!?

Okay, enough about Nigel and Shanks' engagement (no, but really... enough) - let's talk about last night's show.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Trailer Tuesdays: The Fall

For this week's Trailer Tuesday, let's take a look back...

Released in 2008, The Fall is a stunning film from the mind of director Tarsem, the story of a Los Angeles hospital in the 1920s in which Roy Walker, an injured Hollywood stuntman, befriends a little girl and tells her an epic tale full of mythic heroes and dastardly villains. Though originally created as a ploy to convince the girl to steal morphine for him, the story soon engrosses both characters as their bond strengthens. Starring the incredible Lee Pace (seriously - how is he not an A-list star?!), the fantastical world of The Fall is beyond visually captivating - it is a work of art. Equally as captivating is the movie's trailer, which is almost a short film all its own:

The breathtaking imagery from the film and Beethoven’s regal and emotional "Symphony No. 7 in A major" is the perfect combination and immediately pulls the audience into the world of Roy's story. I had this trailer on constant replay until finally seeing the movie, and the images from it have continued to stick with me since.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Magical Monday Moments: Teresa Giudice Sizzles

Photo courtesy of Sizzle Tans Facebook Page

Why, oh why, do we love the Real Housewives franchise? Why do we suffer through endless hours of crazy-eyed Ramona Singer, certifiably insane Kelly Killoren Bensimon, paranoid fugitive Danielle Staub and husband killer who is then dated that disgusting sleaze Slade widow Gretchen Rossi? I will tell you why. It's for those magical moments like the New Jersey table flip... and this...

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