March 31, 2009

Happy Birthday

Tasty morsel Ewan McGregor is 38 today.
(See what I did there?)

These Things Happened Last Night

One Tree Hill continued to invoke the name of it's most beloved former cast member - Jake! - without any sign of bringing that character back. Bastards!

Nathan dressed Jamie up as Kieth - complete with grease smudge mustache and goatee - while the brothers Scott reminisced with Jr. about a great-uncle he never knew. I'm pretty sure that was in the service of opening the door for the unemployed Lucas to re-open Keith's garage next season.

Peyton illustrated the rest of the history of her relationship with Lucas (that is the part she hadn't already illustrated while it was happening during the first 4 seasons) as a story for her future child she doesn't plan on being around to tell the old fashioned way. She is a massive freaking pessimist!

Brooke made the unbelievably bad decision not to tell Julian she loves him even though she totally does, after going to the airport to tell him in person that she made the good decision not to take her foster daughter out of school on a second's notice without the permission of the state authorities who placed said child in her care and move her across the country. It's a damn shame too because Austin Nichols was a beautiful addition the the cast.

Blaire and Nate made out at the duck pond - which totally explains the loaf of bread I could not understand from the picture - and decided that chemistry is not necessary to a relationship if you have a boring history and the lowered expectations of your future that come with either failing to get into the only college you applied to or finally giving in and becoming what your family wants you to be instead of what you want for yourself.

Serena heard what the theme was over on How I Met Your Mother last night and created a mental Murtaugh List of her own deciding she was "too old for this [high school] shit" and the friendship and boyfriend dramas that go along with teen-dom - first throwing a Sweet Sixteen party for Jenny that Jenny specifically said she didn't want, then acting petulant when more blame than was strictly due was assigned to her for the tragic turn the party took, and finally running off to Spain with Poppy Lifton and her skeevy boytoy and notifying her mother by text from the airport.

Dan got a fan letter from the contrivance, er, I mean kid that Rufus and Lily had 20 years ago but neither boy realized their connection.

Jenny reverted to her former Mean Girl glory temporarily.

And, most importantly, Vanessa finally gave in to her fate of totally being more like Blair than either of the girls could ever have realized when she schemed to be bitchy and make Nate and Blair jealous by making out with Chuck. When that didn't work and Nate called her on it, she had sex with Chuck! It was AWESOME!

Not quite so awesome? The news that Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill are taking a three-week hiatus after they only JUST came back with new episodes three weeks ago! WTF CW?

Mazal Tov!

Remember last week when Alyson Hannigan had a birthday? Well, do you know how she celebrated the occassion? She had a baby! Congrats to Alyson and husband Alexis Denisof on the arrival of their daughter Satyana.

March 30, 2009

Happy Birthday

Jason Dohring is 27 today. This is as good a time as any to mention that Veronica Mars - and Dohring's Logan Echolls - are seriously awesome and are greatly missed.

A Cleansing Burst of GREAT News

Looks like Friday Night Lights is sticking around for at least two more (short) seasons. I wish it'd get longer season orders (a standard network season is 22 episodes) but I'll take 13 a year over none any day!

Congrats to the entire cast and crew on the pickup and for just generally being so damn awesome.

Relatedly, it's also been reported that upon it's return, Minka Kelly (Lyla) and Adrienne Pollicki (Tyra) will no longer be full-time cast members. They'll both be given proper sendoffs similar to that of Smash and Jason Street and then their characters will leave Dillon behind. I'll be sorry to see them leave but it makes sense creatively and I have faith that the writers of this show certainly know how to bid adieu with respect.

Clear eyes. Full hearts. Can't Lose.


Andy Hallett lost his 5-year battle with heart disease last night. He was just 33.

His name isn't very recognizable, and his face probably isn't either really, but if you were a fan of the show Angel, you'll know him as the awesome singing demon Lorne. He was hilarious and had a fabulous set of pipes.
My sincerest condolences to his family and friends.

March 25, 2009

Veil of Mystery

The entire world has seen Suri Cruise's face about a frillion times right? So why do they keep trying to hide and obscure it with bangs down to her nostrils?
Tired of bangs in general? Trying to grow those suckers out? We can all relate. But sweet fancy Moses, buy some damn barrettes already! GOD!

Happy Birthday

Several very awesome and/or attractive people were born on March 25th.

Brenda Strong is 49 today. I have loved Ms. Strong deeply ever since she played Sally Sasser on Sports Night. She is one tall, lovely drink of water.

Her fellow Desperate Housewife Marcia Cross turns 47. They were also both on Everwood - Strong as Dr. Andy Brown's dead wife and Cross as his HIV-positive girlfriend and sister of his BFF Dr. Harold Abbott. God I miss that show!

The biggest diva in show business - Mr. Elton John - is 62.

Hot piece of ass Sean Faris turns 27 today. I don't care if he never does another thing in his entire life, I will always have a little crush on him as Dino from Life As We Know It.

Former pie maker and super handsome fellow Lee Pace is celebrating the big 3-0.

And speaking of the Big 3-0, you know who else is 30 today? Gorgeous friend of me, Lynda Reed! Happy Birthday Lynda!!!

P.S. A belated happy first birthday to the ridiculously cute Brooke Reed whose birthday was last Friday.

March 24, 2009

March 23, 2009

Weekend in Reviews

Role Models - I practically worship Paul Rudd and Ken Marino. I think they're hilarious and fantastic actors and not at all bad to look at. That said, I thought their Role Models could have been funnier. It wasn't a bad movie but it was a bit heavy on the schmaltz for the sort of movie it was. Though I have to give them mad props for making Seann William Scott so likable all of a sudden. I never thought I'd see him as anything other than the grievously aggravating Stiffler but here, he was equal to the material and totally dialed down the "one to grow on" nature of some of the schmaltziest moments. So Rudd and Scott are co-workers. They wind up in a little legal trouble after the unhappy and excessively caffeinated Rudd takes Scott along with him on a rage rampage. They can avoid jail time by completing 100 hours of community service with the judge's favorite charity - Sturdy Wings. Sturdy Wings is a "big brother" type program run by a former coke whore. Scott is paired with a foul-mouthed 10-year-old who's already driven away a half dozen other bigs. Rudd is paired with a geeky kid heavy into role playing games whose mother and step-father don't even try to hide their disdain and humiliation over his existence. Hilarity and life lessons about love, acceptance and friendship ensue. It's worth renting, just don't set your expectations too high.

The List - I rented The List entirely because Mary Beth "Grams" Peil was in it with Hilarie Burton. I knew absolutely nothing about it going in and thank God for that because I would have been furious if I'd read the lie-filled plot summary blurb before I watched it. Here's the story: Renny Jacobsen's (Chuck Carrington) dad dies and though he's worth millions, he leaves his son and only living relative nothing but an invitation to a dinner with strangers. At the same time Jo Johnston's (Hilarie Burton) long-absent father dies and leaves her an identical invitation despite having abandoned her as a child. The two meet and attend dinner together where it turns out that both fathers were part of a secret "corporation" (The List) created during the final days of the Civil War to ensure the wealth of all of it's members and their families for all eternity. They give Jo the boot because they don't like the idea of giving money to the women folk. They include Renny but they string him along and refuse to actually give him his money. Malcolm McDowell is the creepy head of this ridiculous group. So there is a lot of plotting and back stabbing and deceit and then Malcolm works some voodoo through Renny that causes Jo to fall mysteriously ill while she's staying at the boarding house of one Ms. Daisy Stokes (Mary Beth "Grams" Peil) as Renny's guest. A bunch of stuff that makes no sense happens and then Jo suddenly recovers and Renny is nearly struck dead by the voodoo but Daisy, a former nun I believe, fights back the black magic with some serious prayer and then she dies. Then nothing gets resolved and Renny and Jo fall in love and someone voice overs something about faith or spirituality or something and we never find out what the hell happened to any of the jerks on The List and it's incredibly unsatisfying. Unless you have the sort of deep affection for Grams that I do, do NOT see this movie. It'll only confuse and annoy you.

Happy Birthday

One of my biggest girl crushes of all time, Keri Russell is 33 today. I have so much love for her fantastic acting in both Felicity and Waitress and her general gorgeousness, that I can't contain this post to just one picture.

I know she got a lot of shit for it at the time, and actually prompted the head honchos at the WB network to decree that none of their young stars could alter their looks in any way without first receiving their permission, but I always loved the short hair. If I had a face like that, I wouldn't distract people from it with a bunch of hair either! Yes, the ratings took a bit of a dive in Felicity's second season after our heroine chopped off all of her signature curly locks, but it's possible that had more to do with the fairly depressing nature of the stories Felicity's sophomore year brought than it did with her coif. I'm just sayin'.

Anyway, happy birthday Keri.

March 18, 2009

Never a bad time to mention...

...that Clive Owen is dreamy.

And as it so happens, this is a great time because he has a movie coming out in two days.

March 17, 2009

Another Gilmore Birthday

Happy 39th birthday to Yanic Truesdale. The very best snotty French concierge/hotel manager there ever was.

March 16, 2009

Happy Birthday Some More

March 16th is a good day for birthdays.

Lauren Graham turns 42 today.

There are about a zillion and three reasons to love Lauren Graham but at least 1 million of them are Gilmore Girls-related. She is gorgeous and funny and a really terrific actress. I can not figure out why she isn't the hugest movie star ever. Someone should get on that shit.

Anyway, in honor of her birthday I'm posting a whole bunch of pictures of her (because she's so damn beautiful I can't pick just one) and giving you two of my favorite quotes from her Lorelai Gilmore.

"Oy, with the poodles!"

"The penal system is not something we enjoy. It's something with a name that makes us giggle."

Who else thinks these two should totally get married?

Happy Birthday

The incomparable Victor Garber is 60 years old today. Garber is pretty much a genius at everything he does (and he does it all, comedy, drama, action, singing, dancing, marrying people), but he'll always, always have my heart because there will never ever be a bigger bad ass than his Jack Bristow. Look at his scowl!

It's so steely and searing! And at the same time, the man has a smile that brightens the entire world!

Happy birthday Victor, you sexy devil!

March 13, 2009

An Internal Monologue

Rufus: "Seriously, what the hell is wrong with you that you just refuse to do something about that damn hair? Could you AT LEAST trim your freaking bangs?"

Happy Friday the 13th

Jared Padalecki, star of Friday the 13th remake.

Happy Birthday

Off the top of my head and without putting much thought into it at all (which is my way of saying that I could totally contradict this statement at any time in the future), I think I'd have to say that my three favorite movies of all time are Sixteen Candles, Shag: The Movie and Mystic Pizza. Do you know what two of those three movies have in common?

Annabeth Gish who turns 38 today. She was Caroline "Pudge" Carmichael in Shag and and Cat Arujo in Mystic Pizza. She was my favorite character in both movies and I'm sure that says something about me but I'm not really interested in figuring out what that might be. Happy birthday Pudge!

As long as we're on the subject of beloved actors, William H. Macy is 59 today. Macy once played an orderly who loses a drugged-up Allie before her surgery on Kate & Allie and then nearly a decade later he was Dr. David Morgenstern, Chief of Emergency Medicine on ER. He's also been in about a zillion movies including Fargo for which he received an Oscar nomination. But what will always be my favorite Macy moment came when he played Sam Donovan on Sports Night. In the "Cliff Gardner" episode he gives the network suits a speech about the man who invented television and his brother-in-law and it's a metaphor for how the suits are idiots and how they should leave the Sports Night folks alone and he says "I've looked over the notes you've been giving the last year or so, and I have to say, they exhibit an almost total lack of understanding of how to get the best from talented people." Then he tells them not to mess with Isaac and shows them to the door. It's completely awesome. Happy day to you sir.

(That picture is from Seabiscuit, not Sports Night, ER or Kate & Allie...just in case you were wondering.)

March 12, 2009

Out Sick

Just thought I'd let you know that I'm fighting a sinus infection and therefore can think of nothing remotely entertaining to say. Sorry.

Hopefully I'll find a picture of bit of news that just screams for some sarcasm or something tomorrow and it'll instantly put a spring back in my step. Until then...I got nothin'.

March 11, 2009

Congrats... my ├╝ber girl crush Mandy Moore (24) and her new husband Ryan Adams (34) who tied the knot in a very yesterday in Georgia.

I don't really see it but I do hope they make each other happy.

A Hairy Situation

Katie Holmes March 4th

Katie Holmes March 11th

She went from YIKES to Yowza with one trip to hair and makeup!

Happy Birthday

Friday Night Lights creator, producer, director and occassional guest-star Peter Berg turns 45 today.

Terrence Howard, is 40 today. Howard is an attractive man with beautiful eyes and a very talented actor but what I like most about him, is his appreciation for pocket squares and chapeaus.

And finally, the man who brought the world Sark (that Sexy, Magnificent Bastard) - David Anders - turns 28 today.

Happy happy day fellas!

March 10, 2009

Time Out!

It's good news, bad news for Friday Night Lights fans today. First Ausiello made me giddy as a school girl with his news that NBC and DirecTV are trying to hammer out a TWO YEAR renewal deal for my beloved Little Show That Could.

Then came the bad news from Vanity Fair that Taylor Kitsch actively lobbies against his own nudity on the show. "They want me shirtless a lot of the time and I battle tooth and nail against that. When it’s called for, it’s O.K. But I don’t need to be driving shirtless. Are we doing a fucking calendar shoot, or are we actually doing Tim Riggins driving? I believe I’m 100 percent right in this regard: less is more. I don’t want to be known as that cat, you know? Just that guy on the show that’s always shirtless. "

Now I love Timmy Riggins no matter what he does or doesn't wear, but I think the ratings would go way up if he spent more time flashing his flesh. Or maybe just doing sleeveless push-ups.

March 9, 2009

Weekend In Reviews

I had a stack of new releases at home but instead of watching a single one, I opted to watch Step Up for the 25th time.

Step Up - A hoodlum from the wrong side of the tracks gets caught vandalizing the Maryland School for the Arts and is sentenced to serve 200 hours of community service at said institution. Our hoodlum is Tyler Gage (Channing Tatum) and along with his best friend Mac and Mac's little brother Skinny, he spends all of his time stealing cars, partying and basically being...well, a hoodlum. Then he meets Nora who's a dancer at MSA and has just lost her partner for the big showcase to a bad sprain. So Tyler offers to fill in and based solely on the fact that Tyler is the only boy in or around the school who can apparently lift her up (some kinda dancers they've got there eh?), she convinces the dean (Rachel Griffiths) to let him stop being the janitor and instead fulfill his community service hours dancing with the pretty girl. Nice work if you can get it.

Obviously Tyler and Nora fall in love because a) they spend all their time touching each other, b) they're both very attractive, c) they're "teenagers" and d) this is a movie. But there are obstacles to their love - her boyfriend, her mother, his friends, wrong-side-of-the-tracks, blah, blah, blah. But when Skinny is killed, Mac finally realizes he's been a dick his whole life and he convinces Tyler to stop acting like he doesn't care about anything and go be Nora's boyfriend and try to get his (tantalizing) dancin' ass into MSA. And of course, that's just what happens.

I'll be honest with you, I like this movie in large part because Channing Tatum is nice to look at and because there's dancing. In much the same way I like nearly all movies about sports, I like nearly all movies about dancing. I'm a pretty simple chick. But my favorite thing about the movie isn't Tatum or dancing. No, my favorite thing is the C-plot involving MSA students Miles (Mario) and Lucy (Drew Sidora). If someone had rewritten this movie such that theirs was the A-plot and Tyler and Nora played third fiddle, I would have totally been on board with that movie.

Anyway, if you haven't seen this one, they re-run it on USA or TNT or one of those cable channels pretty frequently, so you should catch it sometime. It's a fun way to kill a Saturday afternoon.

March 6, 2009

I Really Miss Dick

If that post title doesn't get me a few extra hits, I don't know what will!

So EW's Ausiello has a "rumor" up that Schwartz and Savage are about to cast a couple more folks in the Gossip Girl prequel that focuses on the adolescent Lily van der Woodsen. I really, really didn't want to have an interest in this show but now I am powerless against it.

Brittany Snow will play Lily, Andrew McCarthy will be her dad, and Veronica Mars alums Krysten Ritter and Ryan Hansen will be Lily's friends and love interests for each other. Gia Goodman and Dick Casablancas together again, my friends. It's like God is smiling on us!

There are many, many things that I miss about Veronica Mars, but the completely perfect ass-yness of Dick is very high on the list. I'm not sure Ryan ever got enough credit for how good he was at being a total...well, Dick.


I can not tell you how excited I am that the release date for Everwood Season 2 has finally been announced! I went to Amazon and pre-ordered it yesterday.

Happy Birthday

The most fabulous woman on television - Connie Britton - turns 42 today.

And in other TV mom birthday news, Moira Kelly is 41 today. She may not be the actress that Connie Britton is, and her character on One Tree Hill is certainly no Tami Taylor, but she will forever remind me of the importance of the Toe Pick and for that she definitely deserves recognition on her birthday!

March 2, 2009

Marry Me, Jesse Plemons

Surely it comes as no surprise that I deeply love Friday Night Lights. I've said it before and I will continue to repeat it until everyone with a television realizes how right I am and starts watching - that is the best show on television.

What might shock anyone who's familiar with the show and knows me at all, is that my favorite character is not the perfectly genius Tami Taylor, or the perfectly awesome Coach Taylor, or the perfectly sexy Tim Riggins, or the perfectly sweet Matt Saracen. Any of those would be the easy guesses given my penchant for loving the kick-ass women and the supremely attractive men. But my favorite is actually the perfectly PERFECT Landry Clark.

Landry is hilarious, he's smart, he's sweet, he is not afraid to be himself and own his dorkiness. He's a very good friend, a much better boyfriend than Tyra usually deserves, a great tutor to any number of good-looking idiots, a fantastic singer and guitarist. He's also extremely cute. It's a controversial position, I know. My mom thinks he looks like a "much less attractive, younger version of Matt Damon" and I know several other people who think I'm letting my love for his personality cloud my eyesight but I say that that's usually what makes people really attractive anyway. And Landry Clark is the cutest boy in Dillon, Texas. Not the hottest, not the sexiest, not the handsomest...but definitely the cutest.

And you know who is equally as cute? The actor who plays Landry - Jesse Plemons. He blogged last Friday's FNL ep for (as Connie Britton had done before) and his comments were pretty much my thoughts exactly. You guys seriously, isn't he freakin' adorable?