Archive for July, 2012

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“I would like to thank the Academy for giving me this award…,” and so it begins.

My complicated relationship with theEmmy Awards started as a young girl, who’d anxiously wait to hear, “and best actress in a drama series nomination goes to….Sarah Michelle Gellar.” The utterance of those words never transpired.  A misstep by the Emmys that Entertainment Weekly mention in this article.  Every year, I would hope for a Buffy the Vampire Slayer and SMG nomination and every year it was like a Christmas where you got all these nice presents, but never the one you really wanted.  Due to the Sarah Michelle Gellar and Buffy snubs I’ve always been a little bitter when it comes to the Emmys. Despite that and the continuous snub of the Fringe cast, that was also mentioned in an EW article(stop playing games with my heart Emmys) ,I thought the show was very well executed this year.

After the unimpressive Academy Award show, in February, award shows took a downward spiral in terms of quality and enjoyment. The MTV’s Video Music Awards (VMAS) achieved a less eventful show than previous years.   The Golden Globes was unmemorableand the Grammys became completely forgotten.  Justifiably, there was neither anticipation nor excitement for the rest of the award show season. Then the Emmys happened.

Some of the highlights of tonight’s show were:

The musical opening & monologue: When the Emmys started the show with a musical performance the frustration began and the statement “not another musical number” was spoken.  Contrary to expectation, the musical number, oddly, added an element of fun.  Jane Lynch and others mocking themselves for singing saved the opener from following in many other shows path and just doing a cheesy musical number. Instead, the host and company prevented it from being that by inviting the mockery. The opening monologue used safe jokes that only produced a chuckle. However, Lynch’s, compared to many other ones this year it, wasn’t the worst. The Mad Men cast offered the best lines and efforts during the monologue.

Jane Lynch as host: The show continued to improve as it went on. Jane Lynch did an excellent job as host. She managed humor without controversy, which is always hard (ask Ricky Gervais). She’s not the best Emmy host of all time but she gave a solid performance.  I was pleasantly surprised.

The Lonely Island’s performance: How crazy was that? Michael Bolton, long hair or no long hair, continues to amaze. “Jack Sparrow”, the very catchy anthem for cinephiles, proves its musical genius status by getting the audience and viewers dancing to very weird lyrics. The surprise guest appearance by John Stamos, Maya Rudolph and Ed Helms became the best part of the mash up, especially with them dressed in the same costumes Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake and Andy Sandberg wore on the original skit.  This was one of the best moments because it showed that an award show can be conservative and hip. Take notes Oscars.  There is still a cringe factor remembering the Oscars attempt at this by allowing James Franco and Anne Hathaway to host it….awkward.

The Best Actress in a Lead Comedy Series monologue: Along with the audience, viewers were confused when Amy Pohler ran on stage then other nominees followed. By the time the third nominee ran on stage most caught on to the joke.  This moment increasingly triumphed as the best moment of the night when the nominees did their best beauty pageant faces, priceless. Finally, when underdog Melissa McCarthy won it was like a win for all underdogs and that gave this part of the show a more powerful element, one beyond the laughs and straight to the heart.

Jane’s joke about The Entourage cast: The joke doesn’t have the same hilarity factor repeated. One of those “you have to be there to get it” moments, but for those who enjoyed the live broadcast without a doubt those were probably the funniest lines spoken the entire night. If someone has the desire to hear it again just youtube it and enjoy.

Modern Family wins big: Modern Family continues to become one of the most beloved comedies by critics and viewers alike; therefore, I expect it to receive no awards (call back to early Buffy and Fringe rant). But it won best comedy series second year in a row. It also won five other major categories. Well-deserved Modern Family, well deserved. The creators’ speeches exemplified the essence of the show by talking about familial embarrassing funny moments, which proves family humor is the best humor.

Guy Pearce and Kate Winslet win: I watched Mildred Pierce last night in preparation for the Emmys. The original version is far superior to the remake. However, no one can doubt that Winslet and Pearce gave two magnificent performances. It was equally enjoyable hearing Pearce’s embarrassing sex speech. Boys and their bringing up sex at award shows, just stop it. But really don’t.

The Underdogs win:  Every underdog could hold their heads in glory last night, because it really was the year of the underdogs. Besides Melissa McCarthy having an unexpected win, so did Kyle Chandler for Friday Night Lights. I’ve been a fan of Mr. Chandler from his Early Edition days, so I watched in admiration as he gave his speech.  Though I’ve never seen an episode of FNL (I’m not a fan of football shows), I know Chandler is amazing in it. His award was well deserved and a long time in the making. Peter Dinklage and Margo Martindale, who many of us have seen in a various shows and movies, but never really knew their names, won two major awards for supporting cast this year against some more well-known actors.  This came as a shock to several but both of them deserved it.  Downton Abbey winning against more discussed Mildred Pierce and The Kennedys miniseries was a shock and delight.  Barry Pepper winning, I don’t know if it was a surprise, but he’s also one of those actors many have seen in numerous films and hasn’t gotten awarded for his talent.  Congrats to all the underdogs, just when they count them out they come back swinging with vengeance, or at least giving better television performances than others.

Ricky, Ricky, Ricky:  Ricky Gervais is an acquired taste. People in Hollywood seem to hate him but he has a pretty huge fan base. At least he’s big in Britain and that beats American success, right? His monologue was classic Gervais and that made it hilarious, but he may be deported if he doesn’t make any friends in Hollywood soon.

The Office skit:  Probably the best skit of the evening, which made it bitter sweet when Steve Carell still didn’t receive an Emmy for his final season as Michael Scott on The Office.  That’s okay, he has plenty of Dundies.

Red Hot: On a fashion note, all the red was breathtaking. Kate Winslet’s looked stunning in her simple red dress that flattered her figure. Seeing so many starlets in red gave the show a much needed sex appeal, stepping out of the usual award show colors of blacks, gold, silver, lavender and less bright colors like those. The red kept it classy but fun.

In conclusion, the Emmys showed that award show can appeal to the younger generation and keep its pride and class. Stay classy Emmys. Stay classy.

Overall Grade: B+

Unless you’re a jet setter, and spend most of your time living an exciting life that the rest of us dream about, then you’re bound to, often, feel bored. There are many things you can do to overcome this boredom. You could read a book, start a hobby, talk to friends, or you can watch a movie. With thousands of movies being produced yearly, it may be difficult to pick just one. For me,  I have a few movies that if everything else fails I can watch when bored. So here are my top ten favorite rainy day movies, if you haven’t seen any of them, I suggest you rent them on Netflix.

10. Rushmore

Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman create probably two of the most infuriating, but likable characters to ever grace cinema. Both characters do pretty despicable things to one another and others in the pursuit of love. All is fair in love and war is taken to a whole new level in this film.  The results of their war adds to some hilarity very few films can match.

9.  Back to the Future

A person that doesn’t love Back To The Future is not someone I would like to know. Back To The Future is fun, funny, and futuristic-sort of. It’s just one of those films many of us have grown up watching, probably on television, during continuous marathons, and it has ties to our youth. For that, watching Back to the Future feels like seeing an old friend we haven’t seen in years. It’s a familiar experience, but still feels new.

8.  Bend it Like Beckham

Besides having a really attractive cast (Parminder NagraKeira Knightley, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers) before they became super famous, it’s a very heartwarming film. A great portrayal of friendship, love, gender roles, interracial dating and so many other things few comedies address. It’s not just a sports film or a romantic comedy, but one with a powerful message about female empowerment. Plus the cast is really, really pretty.

7.  Never Been Kissed

This movie has terrible writing at points, super cheesy, and just plain stupid at parts.  But it’s a movie many can relate to, especially anyone who has ever been awkward, or a late bloomer. The movie is very appealing to the hopeless romantics and anyone that dreamed about making out with their hot English teacher in an outfield. Isn’t that everyone’s grand romantic fantasy?

6. Say Anything

Lloyd Dobler is such a weirdo. He has no career goals, he obsesses over a girl, he goes to the point of stalking…yet he’s perfect.  He’s not the smartest, best looking guy, or even says the best lines, but he’s genuine and just want to make Diane Court happy. For that, he’s probably millions of girl’s dream guy (he’s totally mine). Many will not watch this movie and cry because there are no real Lloyd Doblers, but for those of us still waiting for our Lloyd’s, this is a great way to pass the time until he busts out that boombox.

5. While You Were Sleeping

Sandra Bullock is at her most charming in this movie. She plays  Lucy who finds herself trapped in a fake engagement with a coma victim, Peter. His family completely falls in love with Lucy. But things get complicated, when Peter’s skeptical brother,  Jack, starts fall in love with Lucy. A really charming movie about family, love, and chance encounters.

4. Fight Club

Fight Club is a film about anarchy and consumerism…..oh, if only it was that simple to describe. Fight Club is not only an enjoyable film, but it has so many layers of things film geeks can analyze. It’s not only a good movie to watch repeatedly, but one you see, or learn something new every time you see it.

3. Love Actually

Love Actually reminds us that love can really suck. You fall for someone that cheats on you, someone you love doesn’t love you back, and the painful agony of sacrificing love for family and responsibility. Love actually sucks. But the movie also reminds you love can be amazing. It pushes you to be selfless. It makes you stronger. And it feels amazing when things work out. So love is actually amazing. Plus with so many amazing British actors in the cast it shows how ensemble, interlinking storyline, love movies should be. Take notes, America!

2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is probably one of the more realistic portrayals of love. The concept and storyline is scifiesque in many ways, but stripped down this is a movie about love. The ups and downs of allowing yourself to truly love someone.  It’s a complex film, but simple enough you can watch it repeatedly and not get bored. Every new viewing will make you appreciate all the painful breakups, or fights, because what’s love without a little pain to make you stronger?

1. Clueless

Without movies like Clueless shows like Gossip Girl, or movies like Mean Girls, may never have came into existence. Most likely they still would have, but isn’t it nice to believe Cher led the way for Regina George and Blair Waldorf? A great teen movie, a great comedy, and a great adaption movie.  A timeless movie that will always hold a special place in my heart. I mean “as if” there is any movie better for a bored day.

The book cover for J.K Rowling’s first non-Harry Potter related novel,The Casual Vacancy, was released on Tuesday. The Casual Vacancy hits bookstores on September 27, 2012. According to the Little, Brown Book Group (The Casual Vacancy’s publishers), the book will consist of 512 pages and intended for adult audiences. The Little, Brown Book Group website also revealed this plot summary:

“When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock.

Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war.

Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…Pagford is not what it first seems.

And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?

A big novel about a small town, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults. It is the work of a storyteller like no other.”

As many entertainment sites have addressed, the cover of The Casual Vacancy is very minimalistic, not unlike the covers of other novels like The Curious Incident of The Dog Of The Night-Time by Mark Haddon, The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach, and The Marriage Plot by Jeffery Eugenides.

Personally, the cover and plot does not appeal to me, but it’s J.K Rowling, so I’ll happily buy it once it’s released. If you can’t wait to buy the book then you can preorder it on amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com 

In casting news, one of Hollywood’s most promising young stars allegedly has been casted as Johanna Mason in the upcoming Hunger Games movies. Jena Malone is the rumored new cast member of the Hunger Games  movies. People may remember her for starring in cult favorites like Saved, Donnie Darko, and Into the Wild.This is an unexpected casting decision for both Jena and the Hunger Games’ production team.  The casting choice may surprise many because the Johanna role, or any role for Hunger Games, is highly sought after, and some fans were expecting an actress with a bigger fanbase to receive the role.  Others might be surprised Jena took on such a big Hollywood movie; though she has done blockbuster films before, this will probably be her biggest grossing film.

Jena Malone is such a good actress we’re sure she’ll do a fantastic job as Johanna.  So some may not like this decision, but we’re one hundred percent backing this one. We can’t wait for the next installment of Hunger Games and to see who’ll play Finnick Odair. What do you guys think about the casting news? Are you looking forward to seeing Jena Malone as Johanna? Who should get the role of Finnick Odair?