Friday, March 26, 2010

"Welcome to the O.C., bitch. This is how it's done in Orange County."

In light of my trip to the OC in a few hours, I'd like to share a song that's been in my head ALL DAY LONG:

Here's hoping I run into Seth, Ryan, Summer and Marissa at the Bait Shop later this evening!

Until next time... xo

"That's all I do all day. I'd just be the catcher in the rye and all. I know it's crazy, but that's the only thing I'd really like to be."

Looks like it's going to be another beautiful Friday in SF! Too bad I won't be in town this weekend to enjoy it...although I will be down in So Cal, where it will be much nicer!

I always find it so bizarre that the second you decide to do something, you start hearing about it all over the place. I'm sure there's some term for that, but I don't know what it is, so I guess I won't make myself sound all scholarly this morning. I decided earlier this week that rather than watching old episodes of Felicity or Sex and the City before bed, as per usual, I would try and re-read the classics, starting with F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, which I finished Wednesday and have since moved on to Charles Dickens's Great Expectations. Anyway, randomly I discover that South Park had an episode this week as a tribute to another classic piece of literature, and one of my favorite books of all time, JD Salinger's Catcher in the Rye.

Here are a couple clips from the episode:

Who knew Trey Parker and Matt Stone were such literati! They do make a good point though. Creating controversy over something that really isn't very controversial will get kids to read it.

It's funny. I was having a conversation with someone this week about the classic books we read in high school and the analyzing we had to do. While reading Gatsby, I kept thinking the entire time that most of what we discussed in English class was so obscure. Maybe because I was reading it for purely entertainment reasons this time around, and I knew I wouldn't be writing a 5 page essay on the symbolism of Daisy Buchannan's outfits, or something like that, but I couldn't imagine where some of the stuff we talked about in class came from. I guess that's why I didn't become an English major in college!

I guess now I'll see where Dickens takes me with Great Expectations. Considering the 1998 Gwyneth Paltrow/Ethan Hawke movie is one of my favorites, I'm excited to compare the two.

Until next time... xo

Thursday, March 25, 2010

"And by golly, love sure was a battlefield. Benatar was right about that."

This week True Blood fans were treated to 2 new promos for the highly anticipated third season of the HBO show, premiering on June 13th.

First, we got a teaser video of a behind the scenes look:

And today, we got a poster:

Now I don't know about you, but I am very excited for the new season to start. As a huge fan of the show, and an even bigger fan of the books by Charlaine Harris, I've been waiting with much anticipation to see how the third season would turn out. I don't want to give too much away, but the third book is a huge turning point for the series, and I'm hoping that Alan Ball stayed close to the book, as he seemed to have done in the previous two seasons.

As most people know, books are never entirely 100% translated onto film, but I think that the True Blood series has done so in a great way. It was pretty clear when I read the books that book 1, Dead Until Dark, and book 2, Living Dead in Dallas, coincided very closely with seasons 1 and 2, respectively. And as someone who is definitely NOT on Team Bill, I hope season 3 does the same with book 3, Club Dead. If you've been following news of the show over the past few months, you'll know that there are a bunch of new characters being introduced. Most notably, Alcide Herveaux, played by Joe Manganiello (bartender Owen for you One Tree Hill fans out there), who, if they follow the book at all, is a new man in Sookie's life.

I'm hoping that these teasers mean many many more are coming soon. I'll take as manyTrue Blood promos as I can get!

Also, if you're a fan of the books, Dead in the Family, the 10th of the Sookie Stackhouse novels, will be out May 4. I'm counting down the days!

Until next time... xo

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

"You see, surgical and medical interns are kinda like two rival gangs. Not real gangs, more like those cheesy gangs you see in Broadway musicals."

It looks as though another show bites the dust. Zach Braff unofficially announed on his Facebook page today that Scrubs will not be returning after this season.

It may come as a surprise to many that the show was actually still even on the air. Ever since the switch over from NBC to ABC a couple years ago, fans have been worrying about the eventual cancellation of the show. Especially after last season, which more or less wrapped up everything in the finale - JD and Elliot finally getting together, Turk becoming Chief of Surgery, Janitor getting married, etc. ABC tried to keep the show going by adding a new group of interns this season, with the original characters showing up every so often, but I guess it really didn't stick.

I became a big fan of the show a few years ago after becoming sucked into a marathon on Comedy Central. With episodes like the Emmy winning My Musical and the Wizard of Oz themed, 100th episode My Way Home, I was always impressed by the gang at Sacred Heart. I kind of had a feeling that switching up the cast would ruin the dynamic of the show. I watched a few episodes this season, but could never really get invested in what was going on with the new characters.

I'll leave you with 2 of my favorite scenes from My Way Home and My Musical. Thanks for the laughs JD, Turk, Carla, Elliot, Dr. Cox, Dr. Kelso, Janitor, Laverne, Jordan and Ted!

Until next time... xo

Monday, March 22, 2010

"I've been doing a lot of soul searching recently, and I think I'm ready to take this relationship, our relationship to the next level."

Congratulations are in order for Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen!

The couple, who have been together for 8 years and engaged for 6, finally tied the knot while vacationing with their 2 year old daughter Olive in Paris last Monday. Isla had converted to Judaism a few years back for Sacha in order to get married, and I was very happy to hear the news this morning that they had, since they are one of my favorite Hollywood couples!

Mazel tov to you both!!

Until next time... xo

Friday, March 19, 2010

"I've only allotted so much time to make you stunning, Bella – you might have taken better care of my raw material."

Happy Friday everyone!

The sun is shining, the temperature is up and the weekend is shaping up to be great! Not only do I have my Monster Ball Tour tickets in hand, but New Moon is also being released on DVD tomorrow.

Speaking of New Moon, I have been very impressed by Kristen Stewart's red carpet looks lately. I've never been shy about talking about how much I think she's wrong as Bella, or how unbelievably awkward she is, but I must give props when props are due. Ever since she hit the red carpet at the BAFTA's, where she won the Orange Rising Star award, in Chanel, she's really been nailing it in the flirty dress department. Two of my favorite things she's worn are the Burberry skirt, top and trench she wore to the fashion house's Fall 2010 London Fashion Week show and the Pucci mini dress she wore to the Elle Style Awards, also in London, the same week.

Now, I have to wonder, did K-Stew happen to hire a new stylist to get her out of her grubby clothes and Chuck Taylors (not that I don't LOVE Chuck Taylors) and into hot dresses and stilettos? I mean, she looked stunning in Monique L'huillier at the Oscars and refreshingly pretty in pink in Doo.Ri at the Runaways premiere in LA. Looks like someone's developing a bit of a fashion bug. I say, good for her! And how hot is the leather Jasmine di Milo tube dress she wore at the Runaways screening at the SXSW festival in Austin last night?

Keep it up Kristen! You may not be my ideal Bella, but I'm definitely starting to become very interested in what you show up in on the red carpet. Can't wait to see you once Eclipse promotion begins in a few months!

Until next time... xo

Thursday, March 18, 2010

"You think that because I'm a movie star I don't have feelings. Well you're wrong. I'm an actress. I've got all of them!"

It's been an interesting week for the leading ladies of Hollywood. Not only were we shocked Monday with the news that Kate Winslet and Sam Mendes are separating after 7 years of marriage, but the internet has also been abuzz with news that Sandra Bullock is leaving Jesse James, her husband of 5 years. Rumors have been circulating the past couple of days that James has been having a long-time affair, which have been fueled by leaked text messages between him and his alleged mistress. He even issued a statement today apologizing to Bullock and his family for his "poor judgement."

Apparently there's a new "Oscar Curse" happening to these award winning actresses. It seems that the majority of the winners of the Academy Award for Best Actress over the past 10 years or so has either separated from, filed for divorce or broken up with her husband/boyfriend within a year of winning. Kate Winslet (2009 winner for The Reader) had a trial separation from Sam Mendes after filming Revolutionary Road together, and then announced this week their official separation. Reese Witherspoon (2006 winner for Walk the Line) and Ryan Phillippe split in 2006 after rumors of Phillippe's affair with Abbie Cornish surfaced. Hilary Swank (2005 winner for Million Dollar Baby) and Chad Lowe divorced in 2006 after nine years of marriage. Halle Berry (winner in 2002 for Monster's Ball) and husband Eric Benet separated in 2003 after rumors of Benet's cheating surfaced. Julia Roberts (winner in 2001 for Erin Brockovich) split from longtime boyfriend Benjamin Bratt just months after winning, as well as Gwyneth Paltrow (winner in 1999 for Shakespeare in Love) and boyfriend Ben Affleck.

It seems to me that these men have a bit of a complex about their significant others becoming more successful than them. But, you know, there's always more to the story than we see in the news, so maybe I shouldn't be too hard on them. Maybe Sandra should just call up Kate, Reese, Hilary, Halle, Julia and Gwyneth, pick up some bottles of Veuve Clicquot and have a First Wives Club viewing party!

Until next time... xo

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

"Livin' in the city of Angels. There's nothin' you can't do."

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I have a special treat for you music lovers today. The LA based Robotanists, who happen to be my brother's band, have released their newest EP, "Shapes and Variations", an album of covers including both top hits from today (Jay-Z's "Empire State of Mind") and classic tunes from the past (INXS's "Never Tear Us Apart).

Have a listen for yourself! You can stream the album in its entirety here:

My favorites are "Exiled State of Mind" and "Glass In Your Headlights". The album will be available for purchase on iTunes and wherever else music is sold April 6, so be sure to pick it up! You won't be disappointed.

Also, be sure to check out their EP of original songs, "Close Down the Woods" on their MySpace page.

Happy listening!

Until next time... xo

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

"We just want to put him in there for a couple of minutes. Just to get a base."

Congratulations to It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia stars Kaitlin Olsen and Rob McElhenney, more commonly known as Sweet Dee and Mac to us fans!

The couple, who were married in 2008, are expecting their first baby this summer!

Here's hoping they don't try and get a baby modeling agent and send their baby to the tanning salon!

Congrats again!

Until next time... xo

"How different it would be when he didn't need to worry about me anymore. What would he do with all his free time? He'd have to get a new hobby."

Interesting Twilight news today. Summit Entertainment is supposedly going after highly acclaimed, Oscar nominated directors for the 4th (and potentially 5th, if they break it into two parts) and final film of the Twilight saga, Breaking Dawn.

Word is that they've been reaching out to Sofia Coppola, Gus Van Sant and Bill Condon to come in and finish off the work done previously by Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight), Chris Weitz (New Moon) and David Slade (Eclipse).

Now, if it were up to me, I would end the series with Eclipse. Breaking Dawn is just too out there for film, in my opinion, but how hilarious would it be if Renesmee's birth was done in 3-D? And by hilarious, I mean horrifying.

The final decision should be made sometime next week. I guess Summit is really leveraging the monetary success of the franchise in order to get a top notch director attached and potentially win some non-Twihard related critical acclaim and awards.

Until next time... xo

"Oh, man. That was so much easier than putting. I should just try to get the ball in one shot every time. "

Big news for sports fans over the past couple of days, both good and bad. Shall we start with the good? Sounds like a plan!

Today Tiger Woods announced his return to the golf world after his many "indiscretions" that were made public at the end of 2009. His first tournament back will be the Masters, April 5-11, at Georgia's Augusta National Golf Course.

Looks like Tiger's getting his life back on track. Word on the street is that he and his wife, Elin Nordegren, are even hoping to reconcile. Let's hope for her sake his sexual addiction therapy sticks.

Now for the bad news.

David Beckham's hope to become the first English man to compete in four consecutive World Cups came to a crashing halt on Sunday night.

While playing a game with AC Milan, Beckham ruptured his Achilles' Tendon, keeping him from playing for the majority of the 2010 season. Not only will this injury affect the British World Cup team, but also his MLS team, the LA Galaxy, which he was due to re-join after the World Cup ends. Sorry ladies! No shirtless celebrations this year.

Well, sports fans. There you have it. The good, the bad and the not so ugly.

Until next time... xo

Monday, March 15, 2010

"Some girls won't dance to the beat of the track."

Good news Gaga fans! This morning Lady Gaga announced the dates for the 2010 North American leg of her spectacular Monster Ball Tour.

For those of you lucky enough to have seen the first leg of the Monster Ball tour, or any other Gaga performance, you know that this is a show not to be missed. Here are the dates:

June 28 Montreal, QC Bell Centre On sale TBA
July 01 Boston, MA TD Garden On sale March 22
July 04 Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall On sale TBA
July 06 New York, NY Madison Square Garden On sale March 19
July 11 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre On sale March 19
July 14 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena On sale TBA
July 15 Indianapolis, IN Conseco Fieldhouse On sale TBA
July 17 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center On sale TBA
July 20 Oklahoma City, OK Ford Center On sale TBA
July 22 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center On sale TBA
July 25 Houston, TX Toyota Center On sale TBA
July 28 Denver, CO Pepsi Center On sale TBA
July 31 Phoenix, AZ US Airways Center On sale TBA
August 03 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center On sale TBA
August 11 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center On sale March 20
August 13 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand On sale TBA
August 16 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion On sale March 19
August 19 Portland, OR Rose Garden On sale TBA
August 21 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome On sale TBA
August 23 Vancouver, BC General Motors Place On sale March 19
August 26 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place On sale TBA
August 30 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center On sale TBA
Sept. 01 Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center On sale TBA
Sept. 04 Detroit, MI The Palace Of Auburn Hills On sale TBA
Sept. 05 Pittsburgh, PA Consol Energy Center On sale TBA
Sept. 07 Washington, DC Verizon Center On sale TBA
Sept. 08 Charlottesville, VA John Paul Jones Arena On sale TBA
Sept. 14 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center On sale TBA
Sept. 16 Hartford, CT XL Center On sale TBA
Sept. 18 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena On sale TBA
Sept. 19 Raleigh, NC RBC Center On sale TBA

Tickets can be purchased at I'll be there with my monster claws out! Will you?

Cherry Cherry Boom Boom!

Until next time... xo

Friday, March 12, 2010

"I'm federal agent Jack Bauer, and today is the longest day of my life. "

It looks as if Jack Bauer may finally be heading into that retirement he's been trying to make happen for years now. Rumor has it this season may be the last for our friends at CTU. As sad as I am to hear another one of my favorite shows may not be returning next year, it really hasn't held my attention (and its original audience's for that matter) for the past few seasons. Yes, Day 7 and Day 8 have been a monumental improvement over the disaster known as Day 6, but come on, that wasn't that hard to do. Plus, a change of scenery is always nice - DC for Day 7 and NYC currently.

But wait, don't hang up your messenger bag and cell phone that seems to get reception everywhere, Jack! Word on the street is that NBC is looking to take 24 off Fox's hands. If it were up to me, I'd say just let the show end this season. I can't recall any series that has had success jumping networks...although, I could be wrong. Also, if Fox really wants to make a feature film out of the show, they better get to it before its audience, myself included, is completely over it.

Thank you for your dedication to protecting America from terrorists Jack! Come May, I'll be there with a gold watch and balloons to wish you Happy Retirement!

Until next time... xo

"I left my head and my heart on the dancefloor."

Happy Friday everyone!

Why don't we ease our way into the weekend with the brand new Lady Gaga video for Telephone, featuring Beyonce? Now, I'm not the biggest Beyonce fan, but I'm willing to overlook the fact she's a part of the song/video due to my love for Lady Gaga. Also of note, cameos by Tyrese Gibson (where has HE been?) and am I wrong, or is Beyonce's ride the truck from Kill Bill??

Enjoy the Jonas Ã…kerlund (who also directed the Paparazzi video, co-starring my favorite Bon Temps vampire, Eric Northman/Alexander Skarsgard) video/short film!

Until next time... xo

Thursday, March 11, 2010

"Here. Swear. Swear on Chanel."

In my mind, Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld can really do no wrong. As someone who loves both fashion and tattoos, their newest accessories line, Les Trompe L'Oeil de Chanel, trick of the eye for the non-French speakers out there, is the perfect combination of both. A tattooed pearl bracelet is a great idea, in theory, so instead of coughing up the dough for the real thing, and its subsequent removal down the road, just head on over to and pick up a pack of temporary tattoos in an array of styles.

Did anyone else notice the one Sarah Jessica Parker had on amongst the sea of beautiful bangles at the Oscars on Sunday?

Leave it to Carrie, I mean, Sarah Jessica, to add a little fun to her stunning Chanel Haute Couture!

Until next time... xo

"Sometimes the right thing for one person is the wrong thing for someone else. So... good luck figuring that out."


I know I said that the full length trailer for Eclipse doesn't come out until tomorrow, but alas, I was wrong! I know, I was shocked, too. Summit Entertainment fooled us all and posted it this morning.


Until next time... xo

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

“What's amazing is when you can feel your life going somewhere. Like, your life just figured out how to get good. Like, that second.”

I wanted to start off today’s post by saying how much I appreciate and love my friends and family for all the great encouragement and wonderful feedback I’ve gotten from them all today. Thank you all so very much! I realize that as my friends, they’re required to be nice to me, but what the hell! I’m going to just assume they were all being 100% honest with me. I mean, who wouldn’t want positive feedback on something you were nervous about starting in the first place?

One of my favorite parts of everyday is opening up my gmail and seeing all the new and interesting things that ended up in my inbox the following night/early that morning. Today was no different. One of my new favorite daily emails is The Zoe Report. When I found out Rachel Zoe was getting her own show on Bravo, I was very excited to see what goes on in the daily life of Hollywood’s top stylist. Then, when I discovered she had a daily e-newsletter, I knew I had to subscribe. Every day she (or possibly the fabulous Brad Goreski, her amazing assistant) blasts out a new trend or look. Not only does she include the luxury brand version of the item, but also a more economically friendly version for those of us who haven't won the lottery quite yet. I was particularly excited last week when she pointed out the reemergence of one of my beloved trends: overalls! I know, I know. Overalls? Really? What can I say? I love them!

Anyway, today’s email was almost equally exciting for me. Rent the Runway is a brand new service that is basically Netflix, but for clothes! Who hasn’t had an event to attend in which they were dying for a new dress, but weren’t willing or able to drop a couple hundred dollars to do so. $50 for a sparkly, lace Robert Rodriguez cocktail dress? Sign me up! (Oh, wait…I already am) The only catch is that you don't get to keep it. But who wants to wear a fabulous dress you've been photographed in (and splashed across Facebook) a second time anyway? Now if only they had the amazing Elie Saab gown Rachel McAdams wore to the Oscars on Sunday.

In the words of Rachel Zoe, "I DIE!" Ok, I’m going to stop gushing about it right…..NOW.

Another highlight of my inbox today was the just released 10 second teaser for Eclipse. It may only be 10 seconds, but for a vampire enthusiast such as myself, that’s good enough to make me happy. Especially since Eclipse is my favorite book, by far, of the entire Twilight saga.

Word on the street is that the full length trailer is premiering during Remember Me, starring the dazzling Rob Pattinson and opening this Friday, March 12. Thank you, Summit Entertainment!

I will leave you all with that. Have fun with Edward and Jacob (boo Bella)!

Until next time… xo

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

“Why do we blog? We blog to exist, therefore we are... idiots.”

Today is the day I’m going to start my blog (finally)!! I mean, I’ve only had my blogger account for 2 or 3 years now, so it was only a matter of time before I actually decided to post something. Every blog needs to have some sort of theme, I figure, so what should mine be? Everyone who knows me knows what I’m about…pop culture, fashion, TV, music, books (seeing a pattern yet?), so maybe I should write about what I’m passionate about: all things ENTERTAINMENT and how it affects me, my life and my interactions with the people around me. Maybe not ALL things entertainment, but I can’t help but focus on what I love. So finally, after years of procrastination and encouragement by friends my life as a blogger begins!

I suppose the best way to start is to talk about myself and how entertainment and pop culture has affected my life. Ask anyone I know and they’ll tell you that I’m the go-to gal for random facts about celebrities, what album a particular song is on, who designed the dress worn by what starlet at a certain red carpet event, etc. I guess it never really occurred to me that these things weren’t usually ingrained in people’s minds they way they were in mine. Some may say these kinds of things are shallow or superficial, but I say to each their own! Everyone has something that makes them special and maybe this is my thing.

Since I graduated college and started my life as a working woman I’ve wanted to get involved in the entertainment industry in some way. Unfortunately for me, so do about a million other people. This makes that route much more difficult. Luckily for me, I live in a time where if you want to work in entertainment, contribute your thoughts in some way, all you need to do is start a blog and write about it, for anyone and everyone to see. I remember being little and writing newsletters for my family. My parents would encourage me to write and for whatever reason as a teenager, young adult it never really appealed to me. It wasn’t really until I started reading obsessively in college that I realized that this could be something I could really be passionate about. Good at, even. I guess you never really know until you try, though, right?

I’ve never really considered myself to be a super creative person when it comes to writing, design, art, etc. I think that is why I never really considered writing as a career. Or even something I could do, at all. A few years ago I discovered an amazing web series called quarterlife about a woman my age going through the same kinds of things in life that I was going through. As you’d probably assume from the title, the show dealt with issues that many 20-somethings are going through: finding a career, dealing with relationships and being completely self sufficient for the first time in their lives. In every episode she would “vlog,” or video blog, about what she was thinking and feeling and what was going on with her friends and colleagues and the other people around her. I would say that this show was kind of a mix between My So-Called Life and Sex and the City, if you could imagine marrying the two. The night I watched the first episode was the night I opened my blogger account. I don’t think I’ve ever really been inspired so much by something so subtle, but I guess that’s really all it takes. But, as I said before, it takes much more than opening an account…

So there you have it – me in a nutshell. Well, maybe not all of me, but a general overview of why I wanted to start my blog in the first place. I'm going to leave it at that for now.

Until next time... xo