Ok… so a little more about me, the addict

August 31, 2009 at 1:45 pm (FILM, TV)

So to explain why the post is so painful to write I need to tell you a little bit more about myself. I am the kind of person that is desperately trying to improve myself to be more well-rounded. I really love to learn new things (so this begs the question–why did you graduate college a year early?? I don’t know…) But recently I’ve been trying to become a better piano player, learn to play the guitar and a few other things. I’m also considering getting my MBA soon. So this weekend I went to a class to help me with my new love- rowing… sculling to be more accurate. And my hands and fingers hurt so bad today thus the pain. I went to two all-day classes Saturday and Sunday and man is that hard work. (and I only fell into the lake once!)

So I have been falling behind in my movie watching. These are the movies I want to see- Paper Heart, Adam, Taking Woodstock, and Inglorious Basterds plus Gamer, Extract and possibly All About Steve which looks really stupid to me.

Have I mentioned how great television is on Sunday nights? It’s so hard… my DVR can’t take it. First off is my favorite television show True Blood. Ah, Brilliant! And the last show of this season is in two weeks and I am super sad. But, then we get Bored to Death, HBO’s new show featuring the ever-awesome Jason Schwartzman. Then, there is a second season of Tool Academy. This show is so funny and last night definitely brought us some quotable lines- “she was pissed to her highest pistivity.” And then I also have Entorage, HGTV’s Design Star, ABDC…. did I tell you how hard this is on my DVR?

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Update- OMG! I just saw this!!!

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Wow… I am not the best blogger, huh?

August 27, 2009 at 4:25 pm (FILM, HOLLYWOOD GOSSIP, MUSIC)

Sorry I have been gone so long and really I don’t have too much to blog about currently… I have yet to see Inglorious Basterds, but I am looking forward to Taking Woodstock and Gamer in the next two weeks. Recently I have really been getting into Ryan Adams again. I love his folky, country, rockin sound. Oh and the one Saturday that I actually have something planned there are three concerts that I would want to go to- Dia de los Toadies (with BEN KWELLER! one of my favs), Depeche Mode and Resident Hero are all playing Dallas this Saturday…. 😦  As far as gossip, it is pretty much the same thing as the last couple of weeks- Kourtney Kardashian is still milking this whole pregnancy thing, people still talking about the Eclipse cast and how they all hook up with each other, Mischa Barton talked about why she broke down… you know, the usual.

RIP Ted Kennedy.

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Just a quick update…

August 19, 2009 at 6:43 pm (HOLLYWOOD GOSSIP, MUSIC, TV)

I know that I have been slacking on blogging duties. It is just a really hard time right now. But for a quick, few line update…

TV Legend Don Hewitt lost his cancer battle today. He was 86…

I saw Time Traveler’s Wife and I wasn’t really impressed. It was fine, just not that great either. I found myself being easily distracted by Rachel McAdams mole under her mouth… weird, but they do close up on her face a lot….

Kourtney Kardashian is really milking this “I’m pregnant!” thing…

Jason Schwartzman wed his longtime girlfriend fashion designer Brady Cunningham on July 11. I’m really happy for them… I always loved Jason Schwartzman movies…

How scary is this?

Nicole Kidman + Project Runway = Greatness

Something kind of funny… thanks dumb “celebrities”…

Mariah is so self-less….

Just when you thought that Kim was going to let the spotlight rest on Kourtney… a Kardashian knows how to attract attention…

That’s what I got. Reminder- Season 6 of Project Runway starts tomorrow on LIFETIME. Check your local listings for more details… 😛

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Guitar Legend Les Paul, 1915-2009…. and a movie review

August 16, 2009 at 7:49 pm (FILM, MUSIC)

The man who helped revolutionize how music is played, recorded and heard died Thursday. Les Paul was credited with many innovations in recording music- overdubbing, delay effects and multitrack recording. Plus, he invented the solid-body guitar, which bears his name- the Gibson Les Paul- which changed how rock-n-roll was played forever. The guitar-maker was also a talented-player, playing until 1990s, inventing many tricks that are used by talented guitarist today- licks, fret techniques, etc.

“Les Paul was truly a ‘one of a kind.’ We owe many of his inventions that made the rock ‘n roll sound of today to him, and he was the founding father of modern music,” B.B. King said in a statement. “This is a huge loss to the music community and the world. I am honored to have known him.”

Paul passed away Thursday from complications from severe pneumonia in White Plains, New York. He was 94.

I hate to put a movie review on a memorial post, but I saw a movie today and don’t want to push the memorial down immediately.

DISTRICT 9- (R)

When I first saw this preview, I said, “No.” Actually, I think I said “Hell no.” But, then I saw reviews coming in about the message behind the movie and then, I saw friends on FaceBook saying how amazing it was, so I changed my mind and when to see it today.

District 9 is about aliens that have been stranded here on Earth. With their craft hovering above Johannesburg, South Africa, the aliens have been on Earth for 20 years and are put in “District 9”, a basic concentration camp for them. When the people of JHB are fed up with the aliens, the government decides to send them to another “district” outside of the city. But since they are now citizens of Earth, human rights organizations try to get the government to give them some rights and they must be “evicted” from their current shacks. During the eviction, a worker named Wikus Van De Merwe (don’t ask me how to pronounce that…) gets sprayed by some alien substance and starts to change.

This movie is not really about aliens deep down; it is about how we treat the unknown. An allegory to apartheid and other human rights problems throughout history, this is about how we as humans fear the unknown and treat them with such hostility. (Where are the olive branches, people?!?!?) It really shows us what it is like to be “the other” without giving us the same movie that people have been producing for the last 20 years. And then, on the surface, it is a great science fiction movie as well, giving us amazing special effects and really giving the aliens personality. This is the first feature-length film from director Neill Blomkamp, who also wrote this movie, but it is amazing to see this kind of, for lack of a better word, masterpiece in his first movie.  This is a great film- but a warning– if you are squeamish or if you do not like really graphic violence, do not see this movie. There is a lot of bloodshed and very graphic “changing” in the main character that is very difficult to watch.

My Rating:  A-   The first movie all year that I felt really sent a message to the viewers and opened our eyes just a little bit more.


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Gossip Radar Thursday… I forgot!

August 13, 2009 at 10:18 pm (Uncategorized)

Man, I forgot to post today about gossip… but honestly there is not much to talk about this week…. Kourtney Kardashian is pregnant(who cares, right?)… Guitar Legend Les Paul passed away today and expect a memorial post tomorrow… Anna Farris and Chris Pratt have been married for a month… really a slow week.

But to give you something more than a few thoughts, I am going to bring you a treat from a favorite blog- pinkisthenewblog.com. They posted about an interview Nylon Guys magazine did with (my favorite!) Joseph Gordon-Levitt…

http://www.pinkisthenewblog.com/2009/08/joseph-gordon-levitt-does-nylon-guys-magazine/

I had to give you guys something… sorry that I missed this week. I’ll be a better addict one of these days.

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TRAILER: Heath’s Last Film

August 11, 2009 at 1:14 pm (FILM)

A year-and-a-half after the tragic death of Heath Ledger, we have a trailer for The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. The movie’s director Terry Gilliam decided after Ledger death not to stop the movie, but instead, push on, making Ledger’s character a shapeshifter and replacing him with three different actors. Using Ledger’s last scenes, I think is a great tribute to him and Gilliam used Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law in his place. Here is the trailer.

Man, it is hard to believe that we will never see another Heath Ledger film. I saw Brokeback Mountain the other day and noticed something I didn’t the first time around- the subtlety of Heath’s performance, but it is just right. I appreciated it so much more this time around, crying about every 5 minutes, but still enjoying his performance. It was by-far his best performance… including his Joker role… (or maybe Patrick Verona in 10 Things…)

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Two movie reviews, a memorial and a little ranting…

August 9, 2009 at 11:23 pm (FILM)

so I don’t know why the spacing is weird…I will keep trying to fix it.

So here is my long awaited post…

G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA- (PG-13)

So the long story of how I ended up at the midnight showing of this movie alone is, well, long, but let me say that it was interesting to say the least. Going into this movie, I was thinking that this movie was going to be really cool in the action sequences, but probably not be the best writing… this is an action movie we are taking about, so what else would you expect? (BUT it also promised some greatness- it features my favorite Joseph Gordon-Levitt)
G.I. Joe is, of course, based off of the toys and old cartoon show about an elite and secret force of soldiers from around the world. They step in when “all else fails” as the movie promo tells us. The movie focuses on two Army soldiers induction into the group after they survive an attack on their troops. There is also an arch-enemy, which has some unexpected ties to the new members. But, all will be revealed…
This is a fairly predictable movie. All of the plot twists are not so twisty, but if you don’t take it too seriouisly, you might find yourself enjoying it. I was surprised how quickly they revealed the connections between the bad guys and the “Joes” and the acting is not the best in the world, but I never expected it to be.
My Rating:  C-   It is a fun action flick. Not Star Trek good, but not Transformers 2 bad. Plus any preview that uses classic Kid Rock… well that’s a plus. Kidding… kind of.
JULIE & JULIA- (PG-13)
So being someone who is unemployed, I was worried that this movie was really going to bring me down (it being about a woman who is so unhappy with her job that she turns to blogging…). But then again it has the always fabulous Meryl Streep as Julia Child, whose show was always playing in my Nana’s room when I was growing up.
This movie follows two true stories as the previews tell us many, many times. One story is about how Julia Child becomes Julia Child, the master chef, and how she comes to write her book, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. The second story is about Julie Powell and her life after she decides to blog about cooking all of the recipes in Child’s book in one year. Growing desperate from her depressing job and her all-too-fabulous friends, she turns to this assignment to help find herself.
This is a cute movie. It’s not mind-blowing or fabulous (like The Devil Wears Prada); it was cute. Amy Adams is really good and can hold her own with Streep, as she proved in Doubt. And Streep is dead-on as Julia Child. But, there is something that just doesn’t do it in this film. It’s a little long for a movie like this.
My Rating:  C  It’s cute, but I would recommend going to 500 Days of Summer instead.
JOHN HUGHES- (1950-2009)
The visionary that brought real teenagers to the screen has passed away. I am so sad to be writing this post because I love his movies and they were the movies that defined a generation.  John Hughes passed away last Thursday of a heart attack. He was 59.
In the 1980s, he directed classics like The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and a family favorite Planes, Trains and Automobiles. But his writing legacy is even more expansive- writing Pretty in Pink, National Lampoon’s Vacation and Christmas Vacation, and (kid classic movies) Beethoven and the Home Alone series.
“John’s desire for the truth of the spoken word aligned perfectly with his gift for treating young people not as children but as developing adults,” said Judd Nelson, who played The Breakfast Club‘s tough guy “Andrew”. “John always treated me with respect and consideration [and] he was most generous with his insight. … I know many people whose lives were touched by John will be saddened today. … I know I am.”
We have lost a legend and I know I will miss him and his writing, but I will also celebrate the movies that he gave us. He is survived by his wife of almost 40 years Nancy and his two children.
MY RANT…. BEAR WITH ME…
So not to end on an angry note or anything, but I need to put this somewhere and I think that this is as good of a place as any. Do people have any consideration for other people??? I mean really? I, of course, mean this in movie theatres, but I cannot believe what people do in movie theatres. I mean really?!?!?! So here are some pointers for, well, no… not you, my lovely readers because I know you would not do any of this, but to the world…
1. Do not bring your infant child to a midnight showing of a loud action movie. Why? I mean I know you want to see a movie, but why wake up your two children under the age of 2 and bring them to a loud action movie at midnight and expect them not to cry and bother everyone else around you?
2. Do not hold a conference call in the middle of a movie theatre. If you are such an important person, why are you at a movie in the middle of a work day? And no sir, if you go into that little alcove STILL IN THE THEATRE, we can still hear you! 5 calls in an hour and a half movie is a lot. A LOT!
3. Movie theatres are not a playground for your unsupervised children. It is called a babysitter… use one.
4. Keep Comments to yourself. Or at least at a decible that the entire theatre cannot hear you.
5. Watch the movie. You don’t pay $10 a person to do whatever… you can do whatever you want in your own house for FREE!
Sorry, I have had some bad movie watchers with me recently and I don’t know why people go to the movies if you don’t actually care to watch them. I think I also care more than most so it irks me to say the least… thank you for listening people.

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Updates to come…

August 7, 2009 at 3:07 pm (Uncategorized)

My loyal 6 readers,

I keep meaning to write my review of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (which was better than I thought it would be) and a memorial post for John Hughes (which I was truly saddened to hear about) but I have yet to really sit down and do it… hopefully I will muster up the energy to do it later today… check back later.

-addict

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Gossip Radar- 8/6

August 6, 2009 at 1:46 pm (HOLLYWOOD GOSSIP)

So here’s what I got this week!

PAULA ABDUL OUT!

After reports of her leaving, Paula Abdul has said “No, thanks” to Idol execs and announced that she is leaving the show.

“With sadness in my heart, I’ve decided not to return to Idol,” Abdul wrote on her Twitter page. “I’ll miss nurturing all the new talent, but most of all being a part of a show that I helped from day one become an international phenomenon.”

Her rep and Abdul both said nothing more about why she was leaving. But it is hard not to see a situation over the salary- with Ryan Seacrest pocketing a cool $15 million a season for the show… and he is just the host. If I wasn’t being paid at least the same (being a judge), I would want to leave too. Idol will now have Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi, who just confirmed her return to the show, as judges, plus the occasional guest judge like Victoria Beckham. So what’s Paula going to do next??? Maybe judge So You Think You Can Dance???

AEROSMITH FRONT MAN HURT ON STAGE

My mom’s favorite and Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler was hurt last night while performing in South Dakota, according to the Rapid City Journal. He was rushed to Rapid City regional hospital after he fell off the stage during a performance Wednesday. Tyler reportedly fell off the stage as the band was performing “Love In an Elevator” and was then assisted backstage. Mike Sanborn, spokesman for the Buffalo Chip Campground, which hosted the outdoor concert, tells the Associated Press about the incident: “He was good-natured about it. He was in good spirits when he got in the helicopter. He was talking and joking with the physician.” This man takes a licking and keeps on ticking…

Check out People.com for more information.

HOOK & BREAK UP REPORT

Heroes star Ali Larter married (no-name) actor Hayes MacArthur in Maine…

The ever-sexy Mark Wahlberg married his long-time girlfriend Rhea Durham this weekend too (they have three children together and are already rumored to be expecting thier fourth)…

(As I said yesterday) True Blood Co-stars Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer are now engaged…

Resident Evil bad-ass Milla Jovovich and her equally bad-ass fiance director Paul Anderson are going to be married on August 22 (they revealed to People)…

OTHER TIDBITS

Ashley Judd is taking her act to Harvard

Ashley Olson is surprised that she didn’t end up a train-wreck

Lauren Conrad will be a guest judge on America’s Next Top Model because Paulina got the ax

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is starting filming this coming week in Vancouver

Oprah is getting sued for $1 trillion???

Ok… Addict out!

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Good News on Wednesday

August 5, 2009 at 9:58 pm (HOLLYWOOD GOSSIP)

Well a few happy things to report….

Laura Ling and Euna Lee are on American soil tonight!!!

I am so happy about this. After 5 months of captivity and being sentenced to 12 years hard labor for crimes against North Korea, Ling and Lee are now home and safe. President Bill Clinton traveled to North Korea to negotiate their release earlier this week and after a sit down with Kim Jong Il, the two reporters were given amnesty and released.

“We feared at any moment that we could be sent to a hard labor camp, and then suddenly we were told we were going to a meeting,” a tearful and emotional Ling said at a news conference Wednesday morning. “We were taken to a location, and when we walked through the doors, we saw standing before us President Bill Clinton. We were shocked, but we knew instantly in our hearts that the nightmare of our lives was finally coming to an end.”

YAY! I am so happy that Lee is finally reunited with her daughter and Ling with her husband.


True Blood’s Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin are engaged!

Again… I love them and are happy for them. This is what was posted on People Magazine online…

“It’s true love for True Blood couple Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer. The two are engaged to be married, reps for both actors on the HBO vampire series confirm to PEOPLE exclusively.

No further details were available.

Paquin, who plays telepathic Sookie Stackhouse on True Blood, is originally from New Zealand and won a 1994 Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as the precocious child in The Piano.

Moyer, from Essex, England, plays bloodsucking Bill Compton on the series. He also has two children from previous relationships: a son, Billy, born in 2000, and a daughter, Lilac, born in 2002.

Last month, Paquin, 27, said of her nude love scenes with Moyer, 39: “Obviously, if you’re already with that person then you’re not having to sort of get over the ‘Wow, I’m naked with someone that I don’t even know the middle name of!'”

For his part, Moyer has said of his lady love, “My girl is hardcore.”

AHHH! They are so cute!

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