I’m back… with a vengence.

June 19, 2009 at 11:01 pm (BOOKS, FILM, HOLLYWOOD GOSSIP, TV)

So I’ve been gone! For two weeks! That feels insane. (I’ve had some stuff in my life change and I needed some time to figure out everything with that.) But, now I’m back! And, I’m going to stop writing choppy sentences! With Exclamation marks!

But to make it up to my five loyal readers (haha!), I’m going to have one massive post, hitting the highlights of the gossip, movies I’ve seen and other random stuff.

The GOSSIP

  • Gisele Bundchen is finally pregnant. (What? Like two months after she married Tom Brady? She moves fast) So she can finally stop talking about Bridget Moynahan’s son like it’s her own. Ok so I’m a little obvious about my stance about Gisele, but who cares?!? (Team Bridget!)
  • Twilight fans hit Robert Pattinson with a car! Ok… well not really but that sounds far more interesting than the actual story. In New York City, where Rob is filming his new movie Remember Me, Mr. Edward Cullen got mobbed by fans and tried to escape them by playing a personal game of Frogger and lost. He was “grazed” by a taxicab and walked away from the scene. See, my version was so much better.
  • A bunch of people are getting divorces… Billy Joel and his wife Whats Hername as well as The West Wing‘s Bradley Whitford and Malcom in the Middle‘s Jane Kaczmareck. Let’s face it- in Hollywood, the moment you say “I Do” the clock starts ticking…. eh, I am just waiting for Sean Penn and Robin Wright to try to divorce each other for another time. They are better than a soap opera.
  • By the way, Sean Penn says that he wants to take a break from acting to spend more time with his family… probably ending in separation number 3? 4? 18? I kid, I kid. At least, some people actually try to work out their problems. Stay together for the kids, guys.
  • This week, People Magazine named their hottest bachelor’s and on the cover….. CHACE CRAWFORD?!?!?!?!?! WHAT THE F***?!?!? Which leads me to write this letter….

Dear People Magazine,

You know how I adore you. I am a frequent buyer of your magazine at the check-out counters at my grocery store and I hit up your website like all the time. And, usually, I eat up each magazine with some fervor. You show us pictures of movie stars buying coffee in non-descript hoodies and buying ridiculous expensive clothing and write stories about Brangelina and whatnot and I totally love it! Plus, you usually choose some one extremely hot to be your “hottest bachelor” of the year. Like George Clooney, Matt Damon and the oh-so-right-choice of Hugh Jackman.

This year, YOU CHOOSE CHACE CRAWFORD?????? THE SCRAWNY KID FROM GOSSIP GIRL?!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!!!!!!!! What the hell are you smoking? REALLY (…and where can I get some?)! Excuse me but this sucks @%@$$^# $^$#&^#@$^((#@^%! I would actually be ok with some one younger (me being 21) but honestly you have this completely wrong. You cannot follow up Hugh with Chace and that is a fact! I am sincerely disappointed. And I am going to campaign for Hugh or Ryan Reynolds or somebody hot in 2010!

With my love,

entertainmentaddict (ok.. I’m done)

MY LIFE IN RUINS- (PG-13)

When I saw My Life in Ruins, it ruined my night. I felt like a ruin by the time I left the movie theatre. This movie tries so hard to be My Big Fat Greek Wedding and totally fails on every point. Probably because it lacked John Corbett who brought some life to that film.

The story is about Georgia, a history teacher at a Greek university who loses her job and become a tour guide. Of course, she treats her tours like a lesson to a bunch of stupid Americans who only want to shop and eat ice cream who couldn’t care less about the ruins and history of Greece. There is also a love story that intertwines in the main story of finding happiness in whatever you do.

This movie totally sucks. I’m not going to lie. The flat characters gain no sympathy from the audience because they are all so obnoxious. The story is boring and predictable. And no matter, how much you want this to be another Big, Fat Greek Wedding– it is not. At all. Miss this one and save $10 on the ticket. I already wasted enough time on this movie.

My Rating: F  Awful…. just awful.

(instead of showing the trailer for this movie I am going to past the trailer for Where the Wild Things are, which looks amazing, and it is paired beautifully with the Arcade Fire’s Wake Up–this is the kind of trailer that makes me still believe in movies as a great storyteller-I can’t wait for the movie)

AWAY WE GO- (R)

I went into this movie with a lot of hope. It looked like that kind of Little Miss Sunshine meets Juno with a discernible script. Plus, it is directed by Sam Mendes (Academy Award Winning Director of American Beauty and Revolutionary Road) and had John Krazsinki, who I love. How could it go wrong? Well, lemme tell you how…

The story is about Verona and Burt, a pregnant couple in search of a home to raise their soon-to-be newborn. When they find out their only close connection is up and leaving for Belgium, the couple plans a trip to find a place to plant roots, hopefully a place near some kind of family. The story follows them and all the bizarre people they meet up with on their trip as well as finding out more about the dynamic of their relationship.

The first real problem is that this movie is billed a comedy mainly. And, news flash!, it’s not. It is actually a movie that basically says that we are all screwed up from birth and we can thank our nut-job parents for that. That is pretty much the whole movie. Second, when I can figure out where they are going to end up 20 minutes into a movie, it kind of makes the journey pointless. Third, this movie is FAR more crude than you could ever guess, something I was not expecting. Plus, Maya Rudolph looked like she despised Krazsinki the entire movie. It made for their “love” to feel very forced. VERY DISAPPOINTED.

My Rating: D+   I expected more and was blindsided by what I got.

(so instead of this trailer-HARRY POTTER TIME!!!! 25 days people!)

I guess I should do all of the terrible movies together so….

YEAR ONE (PG-13)

Dear Entertainment Universe,

It’s me, Kara a.k.a entertainmentaddict. I know that you are super busy trying to make a fourth Mission Impossible and trying to give Miley Cyrus some sort of a career even though she is a terrible actress and singer, but I was wondering if I could ask one question. Did I do something wrong? Did I gossip too much or write a bad review or something? I just want to know why I have been punished by watching such a terrible movie. Year One was so unbelievably awful that I think I should just say that I am SUPER DUPER sorry for whatever I’ve done and promise that I will try not to do anything bad anymore. Please, please never make a movie this terrible again. I beg you supreme universe.

Thanks,

Kara

And I am not kidding…. 20 minutes into the movie, I just started playing on my cell phone-desperately trying to figure out how long this train wreck was (a painful 1 hour and 40 minutes). Avoid this movie like the plague… because I think this movie literally has it.

My Rating: Can I give anything lower than an F? F————-? G? Z?

THE PROPOSAL (PG-13)

After all that crap, it could probably turning you off of movies all together. Not me. So when my friend asked me if I wanted to see The Proposal Thursday at midnight, I was down. Then to find out we were seeing it in the Cinemark version of an IMax, I was excited. And this movie did not disappoint! FINALLY!

Margaret is a no-nonsense book editor, well she is a no-personality book editor to be frank about it. Andrew is her dutiful assistant that suffers through his job, trying to making editor. When Margaret finds out that she is being deported back to her native land of Canada, she plots a scheme to keep her job- defraud the US Government by marrying her assistant to stay at the company. When she and Andrew go back to his home state of Alaska, things start to get interesting.

I have been so disappointed in romantic comedies in the past couple of years; I thought that that genre may be fading out or a least becoming a gimmick. I have new found faith with this movie. It is funny and the two stars (Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds) have an amazing chemistry. Is this the best romantic comedy ever? No, not even close. Is this the best new romantic comedy in the past five years? Maybe. And my love for Ryan Reynold has deepened with this movie.

My Rating: B  A good movie that doesn’t make you feel ueber depressed by the end of it.

And that’s it for my movie reviews. As far as books go, I read Watchmen in the past couple of weeks and I have to say I didn’t like it. It was exactly like the movie (or visaversa) and I didn’t like the movie.  Maybe I am not a graphic novel kind of girl.

TV NEWS

  • Paris Hilton has started searching for her best friend in Dubai. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE GOD let my MTV have that show. PLEASE. She is my favoritest train wreck!
  • Aparrently there is going to be a big announcement on Jon and Kate + 8 this coming Monday. And if it is that they are separated, I am going to be totally sad because we pretty much already know that.
  • And if you haven’t been surfing the entertainment sites and want to be surprised about the Grey’s Anatomy cliffhanger surf away from my page NOW!
  • Please….
  • My post is done besides this news
  • Don’t blame me if you really dont want to know.
  • I am trying very hard
  • OK!
  • READ AT YOUR OWN RISK
  • SO…. TR Knight has gotten out of his contract but Katherine Heigl has signed on for another season. So fans you better say your goodbyes to George O’Mailey because he got off that elevator to heaven or something and Izzie Stevens is getting a ride back down to earth. Unless she just becomes a ghost for an entire season. Hey if Jeffrey Dean Morgan can do it, so can she.

YAY! for being back!!!! See you folks soon (and I promise- not in two weeks… I really do not need to be writing this much in one post

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So… how many have you read?

June 3, 2009 at 11:55 am (BOOKS)

So I felt like today I would do a book post because it looks like a focus on the movies, and while that is my first love, I have enough love to share.

So I found this list below of the “New Classics” while working at my job a week ago and immediately wanted to see how many I had read. Well, as you can see, not many. This list, compiled by Entertainment Weekly, is in their opinion the best books since 1983 to 2008. I was happy to see Goblet of Fire (it’s my favorite Harry Potter) and John Stewart on the list!

1. The Road , Cormac McCarthy (2006)
2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling (2000)
3. Beloved, Toni Morrison (1987)
4. The Liars’ Club, Mary Karr (1995)
5. American Pastoral, Philip Roth (1997)
6. Mystic River, Dennis Lehane (2001)– I started this one and then got busy and forgot it.
7. Maus, Art Spiegelman (1986/1991)
8. Selected Stories, Alice Munro (1996)
9. Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier (1997)
10. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Haruki Murakami (1997)
11. Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer (1997)
12. Blindness, José Saramago (1998)
13. Watchmen, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (1986-87)
14. Black Water, Joyce Carol Oates (1992)
15. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Dave Eggers (2000)
16. The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood (1986)
17. Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez (1988)
18. Rabbit at Rest, John Updike (1990)
19. On Beauty, Zadie Smith (2005)
20. Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding (1998)
21. On Writing, Stephen King (2000)
22. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Díaz (2007)
23. The Ghost Road, Pat Barker (1996)
24. Lonesome Dove, Larry McMurtry (1985)
25. The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan (1989)
26. Neuromancer, William Gibson (1984)
27. Possession, A.S. Byatt (1990)
28. Naked, David Sedaris (1997)
29. Bel Canto, Anne Patchett (2001)
30. Case Histories, Kate Atkinson (2004)
31. The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien (1990)
32. Parting the Waters, Taylor Branch (1988)
33. The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion (2005)
34. The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold (2002)
35. The Line of Beauty, Alan Hollinghurst (2004)
36. Angela’s Ashes, Frank McCourt (1996)
37. Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi (2003)
38. Birds of America, Lorrie Moore (1998)
39. Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri (2000)
40. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman (1995-2000)
41. The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros (1984)
42. LaBrava, Elmore Leonard (1983)
43. Borrowed Time, Paul Monette (1988)
44. Praying for Sheetrock, Melissa Fay Greene (1991)
45. Eva Luna, Isabel Allende (1988)
46. Sandman, Neil Gaiman (1988-1996)
47. World’s Fair, E.L. Doctorow (1985)
48. The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver (1998)
49. Clockers, Richard Price (1992)
50. The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen (2001)
51. The Journalist and the Murderer, Janet Malcom (1990)
52. Waiting to Exhale, Terry McMillan (1992)
53. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Michael Chabon (2000)
54. Jimmy Corrigan, Chris Ware (2000)
55. The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls (2006)
56. The Night Manager, John le Carré (1993)
57. The Bonfire of the Vanities, Tom Wolfe (1987)
58. Drop City, TC Boyle (2003)
59. Krik? Krak! Edwidge Danticat (1995)
60. Nickel & Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich (2001)
61. Money, Martin Amis (1985)
62. Last Train To Memphis, Peter Guralnick (1994)
63. Pastoralia, George Saunders (2000)
64. Underworld, Don DeLillo (1997)
65. The Giver, Lois Lowry (1993)
66. A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again, David Foster Wallace (1997)
67. The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini (2003)
68. Fun Home, Alison Bechdel (2006)
69. Secret History, Donna Tartt (1992)
70. Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell (2004)
71. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, Ann Fadiman (1997)
72. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon (2003)
73. A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving (1989)
74. Friday Night Lights, H.G. Bissinger (1990)
75. Cathedral, Raymond Carver (1983)
76. A Sight for Sore Eyes, Ruth Rendell (1998)
77. The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro (1989)
78. Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert (2006)
79. The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell (2000)
80. Bright Lights, Big City, Jay McInerney (1984)
81. Backlash, Susan Faludi (1991)
82. Atonement, Ian McEwan (2002)– I started this one too.
83. The Stone Diaries, Carol Shields (1994)
84. Holes, Louis Sachar (1998)
85. Gilead, Marilynne Robinson (2004)
86. And the Band Played On, Randy Shilts (1987)
87. The Ruins, Scott Smith (2006)
88. High Fidelity, Nick Hornby (1995)
89. Close Range, Annie Proulx (1999)
90. Comfort Me With Apples, Ruth Reichl (2001)
91. Random Family, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc (2003)
92. Presumed Innocent, Scott Turow (1987)
93. A Thousand Acres, Jane Smiley (1991)
94. Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser (2001)
95. Kaaterskill Falls, Allegra Goodman (1998)
96. The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown (2003)
97. Jesus’ Son, Denis Johnson (1992)
98. The Predators’ Ball, Connie Bruck (1988)
99. Practical Magic, Alice Hoffman (1995)
100. America (the Book), Jon Stewart/Daily Show (2004)

(source- http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20207076_20207387_20207349,00.html)

So now you know the list, how many have you read? What book from this list should I read next?

And one last note–did you see how many of these books have been made into movies?!?!? Where is the creativity in screenwriting nowadays? It makes me a little sad.

COMING SOON: Jon and Kate plus Drama. AND I think I am going to see Drag Me to Hell today 🙂

CHECK OUT:  The first episode of a new fall show on FOX called Glee…I saw 10 minutes of it and thought it was hilarious! Plus it has Jane Lynch from Role Models and The 40 year-old Virgin. Greatness!

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New Moon Trailer- Crap or Awesomeness?

June 2, 2009 at 12:01 pm (BOOKS, FILM, HOLLYWOOD GOSSIP)

So Sunday night, The Twilight Saga: New Moon trailer premiered during the MTV Movie Awards. Here it is below.

So anyone who wasn’t been leaving under a rock knows about the Twilight movie. The first book was published in 2005 and since then three sequels have been published. (4 books in 4 years– they plan 4 movies in 4 years as well so good luck with that) As someone who read all of the Twilight, I can attest that they are just like crack- habit-forming and makes you feel so good. You literally cannot put them down and you feel guilty every second.

So when I heard that Twilight was being made into a film, I was excited and trust me, I was not the only one. As I mentioned in my first post, I used to work for a film festival. Well, last year, Mr. Edward Cullen himself, Robert Pattinson, made an appearance for a different movie and we had all sorts of fans come out, including Twimoms and Twihards. Maybe I should stop here to do a little vocab.

Twihards- Dedicated, 13-year-old girls who probably think that Edward is real and want to become vampires literally

Twimoms- Middle-aged women with children who are in love with a fictional character and want to be “Bella”

So when I actually saw Twilight (at midnight, I’m ashamed to say), I laughed out loud at the ridiculousness. (My roommates and I were laughing so hard that we were asked to stop or leave) It is pretty terrible, but then I thought about it and the book is rather terrible too so I guess I should have expected no less.

So, I don’t know what to expect from New Moon. Probably something terrible, but I can’t stop hoping that maybe the writers and director saw the last film and saw what I saw. But, this trailer looks like they haven’t. Plus,  I have no idea how they are going to this movie when Edward was barely in the book. It should be interesting what they do with the movie. Eh, doesn’t mean that I’m not going to still see it.

I’m a glutton for punishment. 😀

COMING SOON (later today): My review for Up

CHECK OUT An Abundance of Katherines by John Green- a hilarious book about a boy’s love for girls named Katherine. 🙂

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