March 31, 2009
These Things Happened Last Night
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?
March 30, 2009
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
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.
March 25, 2009
Veil of Mystery
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.
March 24, 2009
March 23, 2009
Weekend in Reviews
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.
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...
March 17, 2009
Another Gilmore Birthday
March 16, 2009
Happy Birthday Some More
Who else thinks these two should totally get married?
March 13, 2009
An Internal Monologue
Happy Friday the 13th
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!
(That picture is from Seabiscuit, not Sports Night, ER or Kate & Allie...just in case you were wondering.)
March 12, 2009
March 11, 2009
A Hairy Situation
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
March 9, 2009
Weekend In Reviews
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
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.