Archive for the ‘Entertainment’ Category

pure amazing race

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

My friend Amy is writing on a new blog all about The Amazing Race. I can’t wait for this season to start. If my memory serves me right, this is the first time in a long time (and possibly ever?) that the season for TAR has started at the same time as Survivor. Both are shows I love and look forward to all week long. I can’t wait to watch AND read the blog in between episodes for Amy’s opinion!

the dark knight

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

The Dark Knight finally made it to the el-cheapo theater in town, so we made a family trip there last night to see it. We also took a friend of Gracie’s and a friend of Matthew’s…the total for tickets for 7 of us plus sodas, candy and popcorn was only $50! Now you see why we waited for it to hit the cheap theater! Jim was a bit dubious…he absolutely hates long movies, and will only sit through them if they completely suck him in and hold his attention. It’s a rare movie that can do this…I think the last one was Lord of the Rings. Anyway, The Dark Knight did it, and then some. Heath Ledger was amazing as The Joker. Where Jack Nicholson’s joker was more comic and cartoonish, Heath portrayed an insane psychopath of a Joker, and the end result was incredibly creepy. I’ve seen Heath Ledger in movies before and he really pulled this off – I forgot it was Heath Ledger behind the scary makeup.

If you haven’t seen The Dark Knight yet, run, do not walk, to your local theater and do so. You won’t be disappointed.

ding dong the witch is dead

Sunday, August 17th, 2008

Be nice to your children.

Not only will they end up choosing a nursing home for you, but they’ll be responsible for writing your obituary when you’re gone from this world. From the tone of this obit published yesterday in the Vallejo Times, these children aren’t mourning their mother’s passing at all.

Thanks to Amy for the link.

harry potter and the half blood prince movie delayed

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

Oh no, Harry Potter! Say it ain’t so!

I just finished re-reading ALL of the Harry Potter books so that I’d be ready when the new movie came out this November. It’s a little thing I do each time one of the Harry Potter movies is released. Looks like I did all of that prep work for nothing, because the movie isn’t going to be released in November of 2008….try July 2009 instead! It’s being done so that the movie can be pushed as a summer blockbuster…but I really don’t think that’s necessary at all. The movie will do well no matter what time of year it’s released!

Next Harry Potter movie pushed back to July 2009
Thursday August 14 5:57 PM ET

The release date for the sixth Harry Potter movie, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” was pushed back on Thursday to July 2009 from its original slot in November 2008, movie studio Warner Bros. said.

The eight-month change in the opening date to July 17, 2009, is expected to disappoint millions of Harry Potter fans around the world who have already been waiting more than a year to watch the next big-screen installment in the international literary and film phenomenon.

Trailers for “Half-Blood Prince” began running last week in advance of the expected November movie release worldwide.

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Warner Bros., a unit of Time Warner Inc, said it had decided to make the change to bolster its release schedule for the lucrative summer moviegoing season — a period that can account for as much as 40 percent of Hollywood’s annual box office receipts.

Warner Bros. President Alan Horn said the studio was also still feeling repercussions from the three-month Hollywood screenwriters strike that ended in February but has “impacted the readiness of scripts for other films.”

“We know the summer season is an ideal window for a family … release, as proven by the success of our last Harry Potter film, which is the second-highest grossing film in the franchise, behind only the first installment,” Horn said.

The studio said the change of date would not alter production plans for the final, two-part Potter movie adventure, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.” The release date for part one is tentatively set for November 2010.

“Deathly Hallows,” the seventh and last story from British author J.K. Rowling about the boy wizard and his friends at Hogwarts School, was published in July 2007. The series has sold an estimated 400 million copies, and the books have been translated into more than 60 languages.

saturday plans are packed

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

So far my Saturday plans include:

  • Taking a pair of shorts back to JCPenney so they can remove the ink tag they left on when I bought them. Please tell me why it’s necessary to put an ink security tag on a pair of $30 shorts?
  • Taking the kids to the $2 movie theater in town to see Prince Caspian. I’m sick of blowing $50 every time we go to see a movie.
  • And then tonight, I’m heading out to a local comedy club with Jim. We’re meeting my nephew and his girlfriend there, along with my carpooling coworker and a friend of hers. Jim and I are treating nephew and his girlfriend for his birthday, which was June 25th.

Normally I wouldn’t be out so late on a Saturday when I’ve got classes on Sunday, but my morning instructor is out of town, so I don’t need to be at school until tomorrow afternoon. Sleeping in on a Sunday for the first time in a few weeks…and so looking forward to it!

radio disney summer concert series

Friday, June 20th, 2008

The summer I turned…hmm…16…I was in NJ. (It was 16 years ago – I had to stop and think about which birthday it was!)

That was the summer before my grandfather went into a nursing home, and I spent my summer at his house with my Mormor. (For all of you non-Swedes in the house, that means grandmother.) I didn’t have a license yet, and depended on various relatives for my entertainment. My cousin took me to the beach a few times, we went to the boardwalk, and my aunt threw a surprise birthday party for me at her house. It was also the summer we went and saw The Righteous Brothers for my birthday. I know, I know – it was my 16th birthday, not my 66th birthday, but somehow, I ended up at this outdoor theater (PNC something or other?) of the parkway in central NJ enjoying The Righteous Brothers. The Smothers Brothers opened for them, and I think just seeing the show earned my an honorary AARP membership.

The upcoming Radio Disney Summer Concert Series will be much more hip than any show I’ve ever attended in New Jersey. It’s down in Wildwood at Morey’s Piers, and along with the concerts, there will be special appearances from Disney stars like Raven-Symone. There are a lot of things to do in New Jersey, and Wildwood is a great place to experience what the garden state has to offer. Other Wildwood events this summer include events for scouts of all ages and a special soccer tourney – participants and their families an exclusive discounted weekend package to local amusements! Free concerts are taking place on July 7th, 14th, and 21st, with a big finale at the Wildwoods Convention Center Oceanfront Arena on July 26th. Stay the night and take advantage of the deals at the Wildwood NJ motels while you’re there!

bree hodge tries out brown hair. badly.

Sunday, May 25th, 2008

I had to take a break from our lazy Memorial Day weekend to share my comments on this picture I just caught on OMG! The caption says it’s Marcia Cross, aka Bree from Desperate Housewives. I stared at it for a good 5 minutes trying to guess the celeb before giving up and peeking at the caption. She looks horrible! She’s super pale and the brown bob looks like a wig. Her stylist needs to add some extensions and take her back to her Bree Hodge red hair color before it’s too late.

jeff vader

Friday, May 9th, 2008

I’ve had this YouTube page open in my Firefox tab for the past week, intending to post it. Best intentions and all that…what if Firefox had errored and I had lost this little gem forever? Where would you all be then? You’d all be without the comedic genius of Eddie Izzard doing his Death Star cafeteria big. You don’t need to be an Eddie Izzard fan to appreciate this bit, and someone has cleverly done the video using Lego people to go with Eddie’s audio. This is sort of Star Wars meets The Office…

diff’rent strokes and the war on drugs

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

I recently discovered that BET is airing reruns of Diff’rent Strokes, and I’ve been recording them for a few weeks. I grew up watching Arnold (what choo talkin’ bout?) and Willis and seeing all of these episodes sure does bring back memories! My kids have been enjoyed them too, and while the plots are acting are a big…well, amateur compared to today’s TV standards, there are some great messages in the shows. We recently watched the creepy episode where the bicycle shop owner turns out to be a child molester, and the episode I’m watching today is about drugs being sold in Arnold’s school.

In this episode, Arnold’s principal doesn’t want to enter Arnold’s story about drugs in school for a journalism contest, because Arnold won’t name names. When Mr. Drummond asked Arnold about it, Willis chimes in that Arnold can’t rat on his friends because that’s the “lowest of the low”. Kimberly, aka Dana Plato interjects saying when drugs are concerned, it doesn’t matter!

(I’m obviously evil for spotting the irony there, given that Dana Plato died of a drug overdose.)

Ooh, 1st Lady Nancy Reagan just showed up at the Drummond’s doorstep about Arnold’s personal war on drugs! I can’t think of any other first lady who has done a cameo on a TV show or in a movie – can you?

patricia arquette and her mesmerizing rack

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

Why is it that every time I watch Medium, I end up staring at Patricia Arquette’s huge rack? Technically, it’s not even that huge, but it seems huge on her frame. I end up being mesmerized by it, and the wardrobe her character wears does everything to maximize and nothing to minimize the girl’s natural assets. Speaking of the wardrobe on Medium, why does Allison DuBois always wear long sleeved shirts to bed? Don’t these people live in Phoenix?