Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
It never fails that I want to go to Coachella, but in 5 years in California I could never afford it. It's ridiculously expensive. But, given how many bands they have every year, it should be.
Here's this year's line up (emphasis mine for who I'd love to see):
FRIDAY APRIL 17: Paul McCartney, Morrissey, Franz Ferdinand, Leonard Cohen, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, Beirut, The Black Keys, Girl Talk, Silversun Pickups, The Ting Tings, The Crystal Method, Ghostland Observatory, Crystal Castles, The Airborne Toxic Event, We Are Scientists, N.A.S.A., Patton & Rahzel, M. Ward, The Presets, The Hold Steady, A Place to Bury Strangers, Felix da Housecat, Buraka Som Sistema, Ryan Bingham, Bajofondo, Peanut Butter Wolf, Noah & the Whale, White Lies, The Bug, Alberta Cross, Los Campesinos!, Craze & Klever, Molotov, Switch, Gui Boratto, Steve Aoki, The Aggrolites, People Under the Stairs, The Courteeners, Cage the Elephant, Dear and the Headlights.
SATURDAY, APRIL 18: The Killers, Amy Winehouse, Thievery Corporation, TV on the Radio, Band of Horses, Fleet Foxes, MSTRKRFT, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Atmosphere, Mastodon, TRAV$DJ-AM, Henry Rollins, Crookers, Turbonegro, Hercules and Love Affair, Superchunk, Glasvegas, Dr. Dog, Drive-By Truckers, Booker T & the DBT’s, Amanda Palmer, The Bloody Beetroots, Surkin, Para One (Live), Calexico, Liars, Bob Mould Band, Zane Lowe, Electric Touch, Blitzen Trapper, James Morrison, Drop the Lime, Glass Candy, Thenewno2, Gang Gang Dance, Billy Talent, Ida Maria, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Zizek, Cloud Cult, Tinariwen.
SUNDAY, APRIL 19: The Cure, My Bloody Valentine, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Throbbing Gristle, Lupe Fiasco, Paul Weller, Peter Bjorn and John, X, Antony & the Johnsons, Roni Size, Public Enemy, Jenny Lewis, Groove Armada, Paolo Nutini, Christopher Lawrence, Lykke Li, The Kills, Okkervil River, M.A.N.D.Y., Clipse, Sebastien Tellier, F*cked Up, Perry Farrell, The Horrors, Late of the Pier, K'naan, Junior Boys, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Supermayer, No Age, Vivian Girls, Shepard Fairey, Themselves, Gaslight Anthem, The Knux, Mexican Institute of Sound, The Night Marchers, Marshall Barnes.
Paul fucking McCartney. I really chose a bad time to leave LA.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
I'm not a fan of Jessica Simpson, but I think people are making way too big a deal about whether she's "fat" or not. Yeah, it looks like she gained a little weight, but also, the angle isn't flattering and those pants aren't doing her any favors. And when all is said and done, she's probably still a size 6, which isn't fat.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Rumor is that Joaquin Phoenix is actually not trying to be a rapper, but rather is trying to pull over an "elaborate hoax". I hope it's true only because it's hard to watch someone completely lose their mind, which is what it's looked like was happening with him. And also, I think he's a great actor, so I'd love it if he wasn't actually leaving acting for good.
You'd think that'd be a huge selling point to all of the actual fanboys out there.
Anyway, here's the trailer:
Daniel Radcliffe is turning out to be pretty cool.
"I am so proud and happy for this country. He is everything the rest of the world liked about America and now likes again. He is both Martin Luther King and JFK. He is a pioneer. He is a symbol of progress which is what we dig about this country. What you love about England is all the old buildings and such. The traditions. I love that, too. But this is what we want from you.
And may I? I’d like to take this opportunity to issue a public invitation to the Obamas that if their daughters would like a private tour of the Harry Potter set, I would be honored to be their personal tour guide."
From this interview.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Anyway, Rosario Dawson's dress was gorgeous. My favorite of the night.
My least favorite: Angelina Jolie.
What is going on with her and dresses with this particular shape? The one she wore to the Globes was just like this, minus the sleeves. At least the one from the Globes was flashy. Both are awful.
Michelle Ryan, who Americans may or may not know as the lead in last season's awful Bionic Woman remake, will be co-starring in the Easter special. People immediately started speculating this this meant she might be the next companion, but for all we know she dies like Kylie Minogue did in the Christmas special before Season 4 started.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Apparently Tom and Gisele aren't engaged. If even respectable magazines like People keep crying wolf on this, no one will believe it if/when it really happens, and it won't be reported on, and these two beautiful people might get to live their lives in peace, and where would we be then?!
It's amazing what make-up and hair extensions - and probably some airbrushing for good measure - will do to make Lindsay Lohan look gorgeous again. I like that she's no longer a trainwreck of a human being, but I wish she'd lay off the tanning so that she looks her age. Isn't she, like, 22 or something?
Now if she'd only make a decent movie again. I miss liking her as an actress.
[Picture from here.]
Thursday, January 22, 2009
GEORGE CLOONEY WILL BE MAKING AN APPEARANCE ON ER THIS SEASON!!!!
I kinda hate my friend Warren right now*, because he works on the show, which means he's going to meet GEORGE CLOONEY.
*Except I totally don't. I love him to death. I'm just jealous.
Kind of disappointing, actually. The ones I figured would be there are and I like when there are surprise nominations. But I have to admit, I'm disappointed that Colin Ferrell and In Bruges were almost completely shut out (In Bruges got an original screenplay nom), and that both Kate and Leo were both ignored for Revolutionary Road (as was the movie, but I saw that one coming). I'm glad Kate received a nomination for The Reader, and I'm sure we'll be watching her win next month. I'm also really surprised that Benjamin Button got the most nominations, not because I think it's unworthy, but because of the fact that it lost everything it was nominated for at the Golden Globes.
Anyway, here's the nominations I care about:
Best Picture: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Frost/Nixon," "Milk," "The Reader," "Slumdog Millionaire"
Actor: Richard Jenkins, "The Visitor"; Frank Langella, "Frost/Nixon"; Sean Penn, "Milk"; Brad Pitt, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"; Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler".
Actress: Anne Hathaway, "Rachel Getting Married"; Angelina Jolie, "Changeling"; Melissa Leo, "Frozen River"; Meryl Streep, "Doubt"; Kate Winslet, "The Reader."
Supporting Actor: Josh Brolin, "Milk"; Robert Downey Jr., "Tropic Thunder"; Philip Seymour Hoffman, "Doubt"; Heath Ledger, "The Dark Knight"; Michael Shannon, "Revolutionary Road".
Supporting Actress: Amy Adams, "Doubt"; Penelope Cruz, "Vicky Cristina Barcelona"; Viola Davis, "Doubt"; Taraji P. Henson, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"; Marisa Tomei, "The Wrestler."
Director: David Fincher, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"; Ron Howard, "Frost/Nixon"; Gus Van Sant, "Milk"; Stephen Daldry, "The Reader"; Danny Boyle, "Slumdog Millionaire".
Adapted Screenplay: Eric Roth and Robin Swicord, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"; John Patrick Shanley, "Doubt"; Peter Morgan, "Frost/Nixon"; David Hare, "The Reader"; Simon Beaufoy, "Slumdog Millionaire".
Original Screenplay: Courtney Hunt, "Frozen River"; Mike Leigh, "Happy-Go-Lucky"; Martin McDonagh, "In Bruges"; Dustin Lance Black, "Milk"; Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon and Pete Docter, "WALL-E."
Animated Feature Film: "Bolt"; "Kung Fu Panda"; "WALL-E."
Original Score: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," Alexandre Desplat; "Defiance," James Newton Howard; "Milk," Danny Elfman; "Slumdog Millionaire" A.R. Rahman; "WALL-E," Thomas Newman.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
My fellow citizens:
I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.
Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because We the People have remained faithful to the ideals of our forbearers, and true to our founding documents.
So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.
That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.
These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land - a nagging fear that America’s decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sights.
Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America - they will be met.
On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.
On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.
We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.
In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted - for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things - some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.
For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life.
For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West; endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth.
For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sahn.
Time and again these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life. They saw America as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions; greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction.
This is the journey we continue today. We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions - that time has surely passed. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.
For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act - not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. And all this we will do.
Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions - who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.
What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them - that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply. The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works - whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. And those of us who manage the public’s dollars will be held to account - to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day - because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.
Nor is the question before us whether the market is a force for good or ill. Its power to generate wealth and expand freedom is unmatched, but this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of control - and that a nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous. The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our Gross Domestic Product, but on the reach of our prosperity; on our ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart - not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.
As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience’s sake. And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more.
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
We are the keepers of this legacy. Guided by these principles once more, we can meet those new threats that demand even greater effort - even greater cooperation and understanding between nations. We will begin to responsibly leave Iraq to its people, and forge a hard-earned peace in Afghanistan. With old friends and former foes, we will work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the specter of a warming planet. We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.
For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus - and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.
To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West - know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.
To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world’s resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.
As we consider the road that unfolds before us, we remember with humble gratitude those brave Americans who, at this very hour, patrol far-off deserts and distant mountains. They have something to tell us today, just as the fallen heroes who lie in Arlington whisper through the ages. We honor them not only because they are guardians of our liberty, but because they embody the spirit of service; a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves. And yet, at this moment - a moment that will define a generation - it is precisely this spirit that must inhabit us all.
For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies. It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break, the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job which sees us through our darkest hours. It is the firefighter’s courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent’s willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides our fate.
Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends - hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism - these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility - a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.
This is the price and the promise of citizenship.
This is the source of our confidence - the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny.
This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed - why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent mall, and 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.
So let us mark this day with remembrance, of who we are and how far we have traveled. In the year of America’s birth, in the coldest of months, a small band of patriots huddled by dying campfires on the shores of an icy river. The capital was abandoned. The enemy was advancing. The snow was stained with blood. At a moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people:
"Let it be told to the future world...that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive...that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet [it]."
America. In the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children’s children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God’s grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.
PS: LOOK! Today is just so awesome. Really.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Did you know that John Krasinski wrote and directed a movie called Brief Interviews with Hideous Men? Well, he did. I've been waiting for this to come out for some time now, and hopefully someday it will. For now it's at Sundance. LA Times has a nice article about it, and JKras.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Almost all of my friends had brain explosions last night while watching the return of Battlestar Galactica. The episode was nothing if not the beginning of the end, literally and in tone. We found out who the Final Cylon is - Ellen Tigh?!! - and that Earth had been inhabited by CYLONS, not Humans. Dualla lived out her last day with a smile, and then shot herself in the head. Roslin, defeated, burned the book of Pythia, Adama tried to get Tigh to kill him. And Starbuck...Starbuck died when her Viper exploded in Maelstrom. So what is she?
Well, that leads to my question: What are they all? And my answer: I think they're all Cylons. And here's the breakdown of my theory, for posterity, in case I'm right. And in case I'm wrong (which I normally am, because the writers on this show are far more clever and evil than I am).
- In Chief's flashback to 2000 years ago, he was wandering around a Farmer's Market I didn't see a single face I recognized other than his.
- We know that was an entire planet of Cylons.
- Kara is something other than Human. She died in her Viper, yet returned in her brand new Viper, missing two whole months (but thinking it'd been a few hours). And now even Leoben is scared of her.
- There's these Humans. They create a new race, Cylons, robots that look like robots, then robots that look like people. Then the Humanoid Cylons rebel against the Humans, and kill them all.
- Now the Humanoid Cylons feel and have bones and blood and organs, can breed. And do. And populate an entire planet.
- They evolve further. They live whole lives as individuals, and when they die, they reincarnate, with their memories intact.
- Eventually they rebel against each other. And fight. And nuke their own planet. And die. I think maybe was the old toaster models that rebelled and nuked the planet.
- A few Humanoid Cylons reincarnate. They start to repopulate. They call themselves Human. They remember what happened, and so they create the Seven Models, the ones that can Download. The ones who, essentially, can't die. And they program these models so that they aren't allowed to even think about the Five. The ones who created them.
- At some point they forget that they were ever Cylons. The Seven Cylon models (plus the Centurions and Raiders) never know that the "Humans" are Cylons too, and they rebel against them, again.
- This has happened before, it will happen again.
This show, man.
Looks like Laura Prepon - Donna from That 70's Show - will be doing a 5-episode arc on How I Met Your Mother, playing Ted's ex/current girlfriend. Whenever anyone decent is cast on this show, people immediately wonder if she's going to be The Mother, but I don't think we'll meet The Mother until the show's final season.
I'd love it if this show continued to cast That 70's Show actors in guest roles, though. Topher Grace and Mila Kunis especially would do well with the material.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Also returning tonight is the most beautiful show ever, Friday Night Lights. Even if you haven't watched the previous two seasons, please check it out. I promise you, it's a lovely, wonderful show that needs all the viewers it can get. You won't find more realistic characters more dynamically acted anywhere on TV.
NBC, 9 PM.
In case you didn't know, Battlestar Galactica returns tonight with the first of its last 10 episodes ever. If you haven't watched this show, I'm sorry, because you've missed out on something incredibly original and intelligent, with the added bonus of phenomenal acting and to-die-for eye candy. I, for one, can't wait for 10 PM.
In related news, here's an interview with the lovely Tahmoh Penikett who plays Helo. I'm not reading it until after I know who the final Cylon is. I can't risk being spoiled.
So say we all!
Look, I love Johnny Knoxville. He's hot and open to looking like a complete idiot to make people laugh. But not knowing that there's a fake hand grenade in your luggage and getting arrested at LAX? Come on. I thought he was smarter than that.
It's apparently going to be a prequel. About Lily. In the 80's. Which...I guess is pre-Rufus by a lot since they've made a big to-do about Lily and Rufus being together in the 90's/Lincoln Hawk being a one hit wonder 90's alternative band, etc. (which, by the way, I always picture as Gin Blossoms-y). The whole Lily/Rufus timeline is a little sketchy anyway, so maybe they'll just say fuck it and find some adorable Matthew Settle clone to play young Rufus.
*I know I'd normally post a picture of Kelly Rutherford for a story about Lily, but damn, Matthew Settle is hot.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
The first episode of the second half of Battlestar Galactica's final season, airing this Friday at 10 PM on SciFi, will be running three and a half minutes longer than normal. Adjust your DVR settings.
Also, it seems that the identity of the final Cylon has been leaked on the interwebs. I'll be treading carefully through these waters until the identity is revealed on the show. If you don't want to be spoiled, I'd suggest doing the same. I don't know why people have to ruin everything for everyone else. Losers.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Jen and Ben have released the name of their new baby: Seraphina Rose Elizabeth Affleck. I have to say, I like it. It's different yet not so weird that your reaction is "Bzuh?".
I mean, not everyone needs to be Lisa Bonet, you know? (Her poor kid, whose name is almost completely unpronounceable, is Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa).
Rob Thomas has a new show premiering on Starz called Party Down which happens to star several Veronica Mars cast members, and guest starring several more. It's just too bad the CW sucks and canceled VMars. While it'll be nice to see Ryan Hansen and Enrico Colantoni and Ken Marino, it'd be even nicer if they were playing Dick Casablancas, Daddy Mars and Vinnie Van Lowe. But, I'll take what I can get, especially if Kristen Bell guests as well.
And, the other best thing of the night:
Ricky Gervais presenting an award, but really just being awesome.
Bring on the Oscars!!
OMG Renee. WTF? I know it's Carolina Herrera and all, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's going to (a) be pretty or (b) look good on you. And what the hell is going on with your hair?
I love Maggie Gyllenhaal. I love that she seems to march to the beat of her own drummer, fashion-wise. But blue leopard print at an awards show?
Did Marisa and Renee pick their outfits out together?
Trashy, J.Lo. Shiny gold, deep-v to the bellybutton dresses will always look trashy no matter how you try to class them up.
Ok. Everyone seems to love Eva Mendes' dress. And I don't exactly hate it, but that ruffle/bow/whatever in front is distracting and kinda pointless. Also, I hate turquoise jewelry.
I have never, not once, liked a dress that Cameron Diaz has chosen to wear to an awards show. This one isn't her worst, but it still made me wonder why she chose it.
I know I'm no one, and couldn't afford even part of any of these dresses, but...don't these women have stylists? I know Cameron does (and isn't it Rachel Zoe?).