Tuesday, July 26, 2011

I Grew Up With TGIF

In honor of the new/old TeenNick line-up, let's remember what we did on Friday night as kids.

Man, weekends were totally controlled by TV when I was a child. Friday = TGIF, Saturday = SNICK, Sunday = all those awesome Nick game shows, followed by Nick News. My childhood was awesome!!!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

What I Learned At Comic-Con

Let's go over the things I learned at Comic-Con 2011 (my first Comic-Con):

1) Women rely on Comic-Con as an excuse, outside Halloween, to dress down to the bear minimum. There is especially a love of dressing in costumes that are actually offensive to women. Popular example: Slave Leia.
I don't actually understand why this is, I think for some attention from guys is a driving force which really just kind of makes me sad for my fellow females. Seriously? Girl power! Dress for you, not for him.

This is how I imagine a dialogue between two girls preparing for Comic-Con might go:

Comic-girl #1: "Hmmmmm...I wonder what or who we should dress up as for Comic-Con this year."
Comic-girl #2: "I think we should think of a woman who is strong and confident. Someone who promotes girl power, but who still totally gets along with the guys. Also, she has to be totally cool so that guys will want to take pictures with us."
Comic-girl #1: "I know, Princess Leia!"
Comic-girl #2: "Wow, great idea. But what outfit should we wear? I mean, over three movies, what outfit best defines Leia?"
Comic-girl #1: "Duh, her Slave outfit! Those 150 seconds in which Leia is dressed as a slave totally embody everything we love about that character and the epic franchise"
Comic-girl #2: "Gosh, Comic-girl #1, you are so smart! We are totally gonna look so hot, and the guys at Comic-Con are gonna love us."

End scene.

2) People (myself included) go absolutely crazy for free stuff. I mean, Comic-Con booths are like Mardi Gras floats, people flock to them yelling with arms raised begging for free stuff. It doesn't matter what the free swag is, the fact that it is free makes us crazy.

And now I have a ton of free stuff I don't know what to do with.

3) This is the only place you will see so many celebrities together in one place outside a movie premiere or award show. I mean, I found myself within a few feet of Adam West, Matt Groening, Zachary Levi, and Joss Whedon just on Saturday afternoon in the Exhibit hall. Friday morning and afternoon in Ballroom 20 I saw most of the cast and some of the crew from Torchwood: Miracle Day, The Walking Dead, The Big Bang Theory, and Eureka. It is like celebrity overload.

4) No matter where you find yourself, camped out in a ballroom with friends or fighting through the crowds of the Exhibit hall by yourself, you can have an insanely awesome time.

5) Panels are really fun. I went to more panels that I had no interest in than ones I was actually looking for to attending; yet, I thoroughly enjoyed every panel. The writers, producers, directors, and actors are so fun and they really make you, the fan, feel welcomed and appreciated. They make fun of eachother, they poke fun of silly fan questions, they commend those well thought out and articulate questions form fans that really force them to think, they admire the well assembled costumes, and they state repeatedly how grateful they are for us (the fans) who make their lives possible.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Hugh Jackman and Jason Isaacs: Comic-Con 2011, day 1

My first day of Comic-Con has officially ended, and I'm tucking in early for another early day of waiting in lines, visiting panels, and collecting free stuff I'll probably never use. While the pins and comics will easily slip into the blackhole that is my room, the photos will keep the memories alive.

Here are some highlights from today (photos to follow later):
Hugh Jackman greeted fans after doing press for his new movie, Real Steel. That man is good looking. Wolverine greeted the crowd of fans with a heartfelt speech about how much he owes to his fans and how great we all are. Hear that, Hugh Jackman totally thinks I'm awesome, I am content.

Next up I swung by The Guild table where show creator (Felicia Day) and the cast were signing autographs. But why wait in line for an autograph when I can take pictures for freeeeeeeeeeeee! Still, Felicia Day totally makes me feel like I can be a nerd and proud. I hope to catch her tomorrow at the Eureka panel.

And lastly, I visited some panels in room 6A. I got to see a panel on music composition for tv which featured the producers and musical directors for Dexter, Falling Skies, and Avatar: The Last Airbender. I love that show and was greatly surprised when I learned I was sitting in a room where a panel featuring them. My original purpose was to see the Awake panel featuring Jason Isaacs (who voiced a character in Book 1 of Avatar), so when I got there early and chanced sitting through the prior panel, the day felt complete.

The Awake panel was great, despite the noticeable absence of Tom Felton. We got to watch the pilot episode and it was great. Jason Isaacs plays a man lost between dream and reality when he is in an accident that kills his wife and/or son. He lives to lifes, one in which his wife is killed and son survives, and the other in which his son is killed and wife survives. Unable to tell which is dream and which is reality, he struggles to come to terms with his situation. When he falls asleep in one life, he wakes up in the other. Meanwhile, he view back to work as a detective and must see a psychiatrist to help him deal with the grief. The only problem is that he has a different psychiatrist in each life and both have very compelling arguments on why their storyline is real and the other a dream.

The show was quite exciting and compels you to watch more to find out where the line separating dream and reality exists.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Who Am I?

The game: guess my celebrity mom and/or dad

Ok, I'm just giving it away for free now. Back to my Twitter roots, here is a picture of a brand new celebrity baby with her proud parents.

LA Just Got A Little Cooler

Thank you Tom Felton for giving me something more to dream about.

The man who I might as well dedicate this blog to has arrived in LA. I know not how long this stay will be nor do I know why he is in LA, what I do know is that after a poopy (that's right, I said it!!) day at work I could use some news like this.

Yes, I am aware that there are hundreds (well, thousands) of celebrities in LA at any given moment, but that doesn't stop me from celebrating.

Unfortunately, I doubt Mr. Hogwarts will make it to the 909 in the next day, and I doubt he'll come deliver pizza to me while I am stuck at a job I mostly loathe, BUT there is a glimmer of hope in my heart that maybe, just maybe, Tom Felton will make an appearance in San Diego at Comic-Con. There is an Awake (staring Jason Isaacs-- aka Lucius Malfoy) panel on Thursday that I hope to visit and I beleive that would be a perfect time to see the father-son duo! Oh dreams, how you both lift me up in hope and tearing me down in disappointment.

As a sidenote: In n Out is food SOOO overrated. Baker's all the way!!!!!!!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Tom Felton Appreciates Where He Came From

The Harry Potter posts continue!

This is partially because I realize this may be the only chance I have to do so since the movie franchise is now complete, but also because the series has kind of been a big part of my life. I've seen Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, twice already and I am confident there will be many more movie watches and book readings as I refuse to say good-bye. I secretly dreamed of being an extra in one of the movies or in at least experiencing the hype and mayhem of a movie premiere, and yet all those dreams have been officially shattered. It is ok though, because I can live vicariously through the stars thanks to Twitter.

Tom Felton
recently shared a picture of him and original Harry Potter director, Chris Columbus. Tom had kind words to say about the man who directed the first two movies of the record shattering franchise.
i have everything to thank this guy for, chris was responsible for me being part of this epic journey x
I greatly appreciate that the stars seem very grateful for the experience they have had through the franchise, and it says a lot that the original cast has kept at it through the whole journey. The general lack of drama and scandal from the cast has been quiet refreshing and only adds to the appeal of the franchise.

In a semi related note, Tom also posted this picture of himself at a Five Guys Restuarant.
I'm waiting and waiting but no one has come to pick me up
And by semi-related note, I mean I had Five Guys for lunch today after a morning spent at the theatre watching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. Clearly, Tom and I are like meant for each other. Gah, I like this fellow. Alas, he is happily in a longterm relationship with a woman named Jade. Yet another dream of mine shattered. If you are interested in seeing her, she plays SPOILER ALERT wife to Draco in the epilogue of the series (that role came after thier relationship began, though I think I read on imdb that they did meet on set of an earlier HP movie).

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Neville Longbottom Is All Grown Up

Mmmhmmm, doesn't Mr. Longbottom look grown up at the New York premiere? Thank you, @HarryPotterFilm for reminding us how these child actors have grown up to be quite attractive adults.

I used Neville Longbottom instead of Matthew Lewis's real name because I figure you'd be like, "Who is Matthew Lewis? Why should I know who this eye candy is?" By using Neville Longbottom, I believe all questions are answered. If you are now thinking, "psh, paaaahhh-leeeeez! I know who Matthew Lewis is!" Well then, I apologize for underestimating your Harry Potter fandom.

So in case you haven't noticed, Matthew Lewis is no longer the awkward first year always losing his frog and constantly being taunted or teased. No ma'am, in film and in real life, Matthew Lewis has grown up to be a pretty good looking English lad. Let's not forget how Neville plays a pretty important role in destroying he-who-must-not-be-named. If you want to see an even better picture of Matthew all grown up, check him out here. That sounds like I'm going to lead you to some porn site, but I promise it is just a link to imdb.

Now, since looks are totally superficial, let me take this opportunity to share with you why I crush on this young man, based entirely on his tweets.

He totally gets star struck: "In the British Airways lounge. Heading to New York shortly. But right now I'm staring at @JohnCleese like a weirdo. He is unaware."

He has good taste in TGIF sitcoms: "Defs got a picture with Sabrina the Teenage Witch last night. Yes mate"

He is sensitive/not afraid to cry: "Well, that was emotional. Alan Rickman had me in actual tears in the cinema. What a performance. Good work team."

He is not big headed and appreciates his fans: "100,000 followers? What the hell. You're all mad. I'm boring as. However, I'll try to be wittier and more affable from now on. Cheers. X"

And, in case it was not yet evident, he has a sense of humor:

Who Am I?

In honor of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 I have decided to show you a picture of one Harry Potter actor, and your job is to tell me who his famous mom or dad is. I'll accept character names if you don't know the actor/actress's professional name.

Here is the child: Domhall Gleeson
Photo from imdb.

-his famous father is also in the Harry Potter franchise, although the two do not play related characters.
-his father first appeared in the franchise in movie four, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
-his father's character does not make it to the end of the series :'(
-the two only have one scene together

Ok, I gave you so many hints I hope you get this one!!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Tom Felton Surprises Fans With Pizza

I love me some Tom Felton. Despite his 10-year run as Harry Potter's nemesis, Draco Malfoy, Tom has proven himself to be a pretty stand-up guy. Remember that time he talked me out of hating Twi-Hards for the recent MTV Movie Award disappointment? Well, earlier this week he proved himself once again to be a delightful fella' when he surprised some fans in New York with pizza. The fans were camping out along the streets of New York, hoping to catch a glimpse of the Harry Potter stars when they were quiet pleasantly surprised.

How I envy those fans.

Most of the cast of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 have been stateside for the New York premiere and American promotion-fest. Too bad all the action is in New York, on the inferior American coast (I speak in jealousy and rage). Fortunately, stars like Tom Felton are kind enough to keep us all in the loop via his Twitter feed!

Of delivering the pizza, Tom tweeted: "hope everyone who camped out is ok! sorry i couldn't get pizzas to all of you i was getting told to leave!x" He later added "i enjoyed my role as pizza delivery boy last night!"

Tom also shared this picture of him and Daniel Radcliffe (and Rupert in the background) with the caption: "Myself and Radcliffe after the show! Sad to be parting ways!"
It's got to be weird to think that next year there won't be a crazy media fest or another movie that will bring this group together again. I liken it to when I moved out of Berkeley and realized there would be no more dinners at The Castle or late nights/early mornings spent studying by the fireplace. Change can be so sad.

I feel your sadness, Harry Potter cast.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Video: Tom Hanks on Toddlers and Tiaras

I'm gonna pretend that this is the only celebrity news blog you read and so sometimes, like now, I might decide to post "old news" because it has resurfaced in my life or because I was never exposed to it since this is the only blog I read.

So here is a hilarious video that premiered on Jimmy Kimmel in February of Tom Hanks doing a parody to Toddlers & Tiaras.

"It feels like a Bratz doll! Ohhhh, you look just like a Bratz doll!"
"Sweet pretty losers, every one of them."

I love Tom Hanks. He is one of only a small number of actors in Hollywood who has not disappointed me with sex scandals, family drama, or bad movie after bad movie. When your great movies out number your horrible movies, you are doing alright in my book. Keep doing that thing you do (<- obvious reference to one of my top three favorite Tom Hanks movies). It also helps that he grew up in the Bay Area and attended Skyline High School in OAK-land!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

It All Ends in 6 days

Friday is the day It All Ends for Harry Potter. Unless, JK Rowling decides to write a new magical book...but that's just dreams.

Some of my favorite underappreciated people in Hollywood attended the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 premiere in London this last week, and I think now is a perfect time to give them some love.

Bryan Fuller, creator of such underappreciated shows as: Pushing Daisies and Wonderfalls. Seriously, if you have not watched those series yet, you best make plans this weekend or next because another week or day without these shows in your life will make for a very sub-par life.


Mae Whitman, angsty teen on the current NBC family drama Parenthood. My appreciation for this talented young lady started when I was just a young, TV obsessed teen and she was playing the spoiled and lonely rich girl, Emma Grace, on State of Grace. I don't remember much about the show except that it took place in the 1960s (I love shows that take place in a different time then present), it also stared Alia Shawkat (aka Maeby Funke) as a Jewish girl attending the same Catholic school as Grace, and for some reason I loved it.
Mae was also Ann in seasons 2 and 3 of Arrested Development (alongside Alia Shawkat), and she voiced Katara in Avatar: The Last Airbender (the amazing cartoon series, not the disappointing film). Avatar: The Last Airbender is seriously one of my favorite cartoons. That and Phineas and Ferb have restored my faith in Nickelodeon and Disney animated series.

Ok, now let's please get back Harry Potter. If you have not already, you should totally watch the 8 scenes from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 released this week. They will make you giddy and excited for the worldwide release July 15. I assume you all have your tickets. I purchased my tickets to see the final movie at the same theatre I watched the first one way back when; the circle will be completed.

Although my heart is filled with joy and breaks when I think about the Harry Potter movies ending (and am reminded that the book series ended in 2007), I'm finding ways to keep the series alive in my life.

Unfortunately, the beautiful green wallet my friend purchased for me while she was in "East Asia" has met its doom. It was a sad day when I realized this fact. However, the day was made slightly better when I found this rather tweenysomething wallet in the discount bin at Hot Topic.

What kind of aunt would I be if I didn't purchase things representing stuff I love for my nephew to promote? The answer is, a horrible aunt. I can't be a horrible aunt. I'd rather that title go to one of his other aunts.

What are you doing to prepare for the end?

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Who Am I?

The game: guess my celebrity mom and/or dad

1) Mommy and Daddy are both musicians
2) My eccentric style was most likely inherited from my mom who has been making fashion statements since she walked in spiderwebs in the 90s.

This is the first picture to not be from Twitter. It's not my norm, but he was too cute to pass up. The picture was taken from SOCIALITELIFE.COM, so head over there to find the answer.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Do Big Names Make Big Movies?

Do big names in a movie necessarily mean the movie will be a box office smash?

Ben Affleck is gearing up to start work on his new film, Argo, and the cast so far includes John Goodman (Roseanne, but more importantly Sulley from Monsters, Inc.), Alan Arkin (grandpa/dad in Little Miss Sunshine and Sunshine Cleaning), and Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, also the dad from Malcolm in the Middle). The cast list is far from complete, but there is still buzz that, with Affleck starring and directing in it, it could be a huge hit.

Here is my question to you, do you think the names are important in the success of a movie/show/play? Take for example, Valentine's Day. That movie had a little bit of everyone in it, but overall I felt that it disappointed.

In a semi related note, but mostly in an attempt to plug my own work, check out the adorable pictures of Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, and daughters Violet and Seraphina spending some quality time together.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Pink Gushes Over New Daughter, Willow Sage

In case you haven't realized through my 'Who Am I?' segment, I love when celebrities gush about their children over social media sites. Pink is the latest victim of said gushing. Case in point:

I hope Willow Sage gets a spot on 'Who Am I?' soon, I bet she's a cutie. To read more about Pink and find out why she picked the name Willow Sage, head on over to SOCIALITELIFE.COM to read my fabulous post.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Sunday Review...Las Vegas weekend

A Sunday review for you this holiday weekend.

Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian have a night out without little Mason. The pair was totally MIA for Khloe's Vegas birthday party
, and this time around they are without the Kardashian posse. Are Scott and Kourtney totally breaking away from the Kardashian gravitational pull?
Here is the Alice & Olivia leather dress Kourtney wore to the event

Doesn't that girl know Las Vegas is way too hot in the summer for leather to be anything but uncomfortable, especially when you are partying.

Also in Las Vegas this weekend, Gretchen Rossi of The Real Housewives of Orange County. Haven't heard of her? That's probably because you have better taste in TV than RHOOC. It's cool, I totally understand, I'd pick Disney over Bravo any day.

All this talk of Las Vegas makes me really want to go to Las Vegas. Road trip anyone?

Friday, July 1, 2011

Music: Loud Music by Michelle Branch

"'Cause you're everywhere to me
and when I close my eyes it's you I see..."

This week's Who Am I was inspired by a recent desire to pop in my Michelle Branch CDs and listen.

Michelle Branch reminds me of summer, Arizona, and my aunt Holly. It was the summer of 2002, I was living with my aunt in Arizona, and that summer I would become obsessed with Sorority Life on MTV. Michelle Branch's song "You Get Me" was the theme song, so naturally the memories of that summer are triggered when I hear her sing. Needless to say, that show, and by association Michelle Branch, are the main reasons I considered UC Davis for college (though only as a second choice school) and are the reason I pledged a sorority in college. (sidenote: the awesome people in my sorority are the reason I stayed)

Alas, with the summer heating up, my aunt Holly out visiting from Arizona, and Michelle Branch popping up on my twitterfeed, my yearning for some of her music has resurfaced. Fortunately, she has new music coming out so I can mix some of the oldies (but goodies) with some of the new tunes.

Here is to another summer of listening to Michelle Branch.