Friday, April 29, 2011

Troian and Peter make a short film

“Several people thanked us for adding culture to their day,” said Bellisario.

Troian Bellisario and Peter Vack go way back. Maybe even before the movie Consent. They have even done Romeo and Juliet on the Subway.

Vack making pasta!

Peter Vack was once Casey Hughes #4 on As the World Turns. But in the future he can be seen in I just want my pants back and God don't make the Laws. He wrote the screenplay based on Brian Jordan's (Alverez) short story (Jordan directed the short film.) A NOVEMBER.


Thursday, April 28, 2011

Paul Iacono

OK, I'll admit...I watch The Hard Times of R J Berger. Although, I don't think it would be watchable without Paul Iacono, as of course, sweetest nerd ever.. R J. His character tends to balance out all the madness in the show and still makes it real.

Of course, Paul has been acting since he was practically 4 maybe even before then. A New Jersey boy who learned Frank Sinatra and Ethel Mermen impressions early on. Back in 2004 he was in Dear Maude. He was also in the latest FAME, as well. This guy gets around. He's even the voice of Benny the Bull in the Dora Explorer series. Paul is seriously into acting.

Showing he can be more than a nerd.

He landed on the Most Beautiful List at

Its said if Pretty and Pink was ever a re-make he'd be the perfect Ducky. This time, if it happens..he better get the girl. He is filming No God, No Master and Rhymes with Banana.


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Nonfiction Wednesday

Feeling a little Ophelia ?

Its been said that girls feel more pressure than ever to be perfect these days. And with all the multi-tasking, texting relationships and other social networks, it really is taking a toll on the teenage girl. Here are two of my favorite books to help survive these days.

Odd Girl Out: There is little sugar but lots of spice in journalist Rachel Simmons's brave and brilliant book that skewers the stereotype of girls as the kinder, gentler gender. Odd Girl Out begins with the premise that girls are socialized to be sweet with a double bind: they must value friendships; but they must not express the anger that might destroy them. Lacking cultural permission to acknowledge conflict, girls develop what Simmons calls "a hidden culture of silent and indirect aggression."
The author, who visited 30 schools and talked to 300 girls, catalogues chilling and heartbreaking acts of aggression, including the silent treatment, note-passing, glaring, gossiping, ganging up, fashion police, and being nice in private/mean in public. She decodes the vocabulary of these sneak attacks, explaining, for example, three ways to parse the meaning of "I'm fat."
Simmons is a gifted writer who is skilled at describing destructive patterns and prescribing clear-cut strategies for parents, teachers, and girls to resist them. "The heart of resistance is truth telling," advises Simmons. She guides readers to nurture emotional honesty in girls and to discover a language for public discussions of bullying. She offers innovative ideas for changing the dynamics of the classroom, sample dialogues for talking to daughters, and exercises for girls and their friends to explore and resolve messy feelings and conflicts head-on.
One intriguing chapter contrasts truth telling in white middle class, African-American, Latino, and working-class communities. Odd Girl Out is that rare book with the power to touch individual lives and transform the culture that constrains girls--and boys--from speaking the truth. --Barbara Mackoff

Queen Bees & Wannabes : When Rosalind Wiseman first published Queen Bees & Wannabes, she fundamentally changed the way adults look at girls’ friendships and conflicts–from how they choose their best friends, how they express their anger, their boundaries with boys, and their relationships with parents. Wiseman showed how girls of every background are profoundly influenced by their interactions with one another.

Now, Wiseman has revised and updated her groundbreaking book for a new generation of girls and explores:

•How girls’ experiences before adolescence impact their teen years, future relationships, and overall success
•The different roles girls play in and outside of cliques as Queen Bees, Targets, and Bystanders, and how this defines how they and others are treated
•Girls’ power plays–from fake apologies to fights over IM and text messages
•Where boys fit into the equation of girl conflicts and how you can help your daughter better hold her own with the opposite sex
•Checking your baggage–recognizing how your experiences impact the way you parent, and how to be sanely involved in your daughter’s difficult, yet common social conflicts

Packed with insights about technology’s impact on Girl World and enlivened with the experiences of girls, boys, and parents, the book that inspired the hit movie Mean Girls offers concrete strategies to help you empower your daughter to be socially competent and treat herself with dignity.  

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

the voice on NBC

What makes this show different from American Idol and the X factor?

For starters, the judges listen to only the contestant's voices. This isn't a performer's arena..but being a good listener and finding the best.

Look for some new country on the show too.

Of course, you have some amazing judges. Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, and Adam Levine seek America's next great singing superstar. They will also be their coaches.

Oddly, Christina reminds me of Cyndi Lauper the more I see her, but I don't think that's a bad thing.

The show starts tonight on NBC. 9/8 central.

The Voice

Monday, April 25, 2011

Water for Elephants - movie review

as one tumblr put it, robert looks pretty good in the sun doing man's work.

so nostalgic costuming and color

If this had been Robert Pattinson's first major motion picture, we might look at him differently. We might see that genuine smile of his in a totally different light. We might even take him seriously as an actor. Personally, I wish this had been his first film.


The movie is a slice of Americana. Its a movie that shows how our country was built. How an ocean of immigrants made this country bold and beautiful. There was a time when the train was the motivation of transportation. And I love how the train is possibly its own character in the film, as well. The cinematography is beautiful. The costuming grand. It all builds to the magnitude of the Big Top Circus. The hunger of men in a time of the great depression.

Some might be put off with Reese Witherspoon, but I can't think of anyone better in her part as Marlena. As always, she has a way of making her leading man look all the more loveable. She was great with the animals to, in the film.

Of course, it was Christoph Waltz who stole the movie who ran the circus and its people as August. He is such an amazing actor. He exposes so many sides of one character just in a small gesture of a smile. No wonder he got an Oscar.

Lets not neglect Mark Povinelli as Kinko. He was wonderful as one of the circus people. If there is someone who needs to be a leading man, its Povinelli.

The film might not have covered all the side stories from the book, but it did have a special place for Rosie, the elephant. Her role is delightful. I thought the film went along smoothly. I liked the chemistry between Witherspoon and Pattinson. Really, I think its one of the better films of this year.


Friday, April 22, 2011

Johnny Flynn

The definition of a true troubadour : 1. medieval poet or singer: a writer or singer of lyric verses about courtly love, especially in parts of Europe between the 11th and 13th centuries.

2. love poet or singer: a writer or singer of love poems or songs.

What can I say? He's just beautiful. What an amazing song writer and voice..oh, and he's pretty sweet to look at too. But seriously, he's a song writer to be reckoning with. There is something slight indie 'Decemberist' or maybe even a long lost Waterboy...about his music. Humble as well, being inspired by Shakespeare or even Henry David Thoreau, for that matter. I couldn't think of a better artist to share Earth Day with. Flynn is a true folk artist and genuine musician. Even his guitar is over a hundred years old.

Flynn is a twenty-something South African-born Brit. He was in a Shakespearean all male troupe, Propeller His music has a wonderful wordsmith about it. He got his start with the Sussex Wit. His Sweet William EP came out in 2008. Back in June of last year he came out with his debut Been Listening. It has such quirky songs as Kentucky Pill and Tickle me Pink along with beautiful remenises for the soul in The Water and many others. I will confess Barnaceled Ship is my favorite. He is planning a tour here in the states come May.


Munro Chambers making his mark

Well, the Degrassi finale is upon us. The powers that be at Degrassi may have a warped sense of humor. Who knows what the writers will try to pull off. A lot of times, its never as you'd hoped. Although, the last time something similar to this did shake things up at the school.

tumblr - fans think of Ricky & the school shooting on Degrassi

Julia his dead ex-girlfriend

Eli's got a gun. Madness appears to be on the horizon. Its the anniversary of his ex-girlfriend's death. And he seems to be talking to her. I think the writers will go for Manic Depression instead of Schizophrenia. Although, it would be interesting for the latter. Instead of shooting everyone down (which I hope doesn't happen since it seems it might slice into another storyline or two), have his ex..appear. But I don't see that happening. So I have a feeling the writers will let me down once again, yet I still watch the show. Mainly, because of Munro Chambers.

eli gets his disturbing story published about a guy who kills his girlfriend and drinks her blood. -grothisreal

He's grown so much as an actor on the show. Before this.. he was the usual funny side-kick, The Latest Buzz, but as Eli Goldsworthy, he has brought a true character that fans come back for each week. He's animated and so serious Eli about his horror stories and of course, Clare. Fans will be crushed if its the end for Eli and Clare. But I suppose that's part of keeping us coming back to the show..building them up as a main attraction couple then breaking them down so perhaps they can come together again.

I do feel the writers are finding much more realistic situations these days for teens. There are plenty of bullying lurking about. Dating situations. The show doesn't back away from alternative life-styles.

I can only hope this won't be Eli's last stand. I guess we'll know soon.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The luck of the Hemsworth brothers

the cast from THOR

I'm sure you can't hardly wait for THOR. Australia's Chris Hemsworth has us pumped for this movie. He has the staring role of this film with Natalie Portman and Kat Dennings. Chris has been a busy fellow with THE AVENGERS. He has films RED DAWN and CABIN IN THE WOODS wrapped up.

Liam, Chris' younger brother has been cast in THE HUNGER GAMES as Gale. He is also in production of Arabian Nights. Its been said that Liam looks a lot like Tatum Channing, so he might be going dark haired for the role of Gale, since the character in Hunger Games comes off as the dark and brooding type.

There is life after Miley.  Thankfully Liam is showing he can make the right choices in movies.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Fiction Wednesday - The evolution of Bruno Littlemore

This is a book you'll either love or hate. Its the debut novel of Benjamin Hale. Its a narrative by the chimp who wants to be a man. Bruno considers himself an ape not a monkey. It starts out that Bruno is incarcerated. He's done a bad thing. Which he'll get too, but not yet. 

He has a lot to tell and he does so, very vividly. Some might find the book quite disturbing. Especially, his relationship with young researcher, Lydia Littlemore.

As Bruno says, "A being acquires language because it is curious, because it yearns to participate in the perpetual reincarnation of the world. It is not just a trick of agreement. It is not a process of painting symbols over the faces of the raw materials of the cosmos. A being acquires language to carve out its own consciousness, its own active and reactive existence. A being screams because it is in pain, and it acquires language to communicate."

This book is full of unique moments, lots of humor and of course, heartbreak.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Allison Weiss

Girl rockers want to have fun too. Alison's California tour with Lelia Broussard. Get a first hand look - what it's like to be on the road.

Allison Weiss

"I play guitar and tell my secrets to audiences. When I don’t hate the world, I’m completely in love with it," says Weiss, who is from Brooklyn, New York. You can find out more about Allison here. She's been playing around with music since she was 15. She's now 23, and has been getting some good reviews from her  CD Was Right all Along.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Lelia Broussard

Lelia has been playing shows and releasing her own records. The hard effort and the will to not give up, after a few labels have said “no,” are starting to pay off. Her new album Masquerade, produced by Dan Romer features“Satellite.”  She does not believe in bios. She just wants to be taken seriously with her music.

of course, this leads to the Allison Weiss who she's toured with.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Anna Sophia Robb

You might remember her from Because of Winn Dixie or from Bridge to Terabithia, but now she is in Soul Surfer based on the true story of Bethany Hamilton.

“I don’t need easy. I just need possible.” Soul Surfer

Its the story of a teenage surfer girl who finds the courage to go back into the ocean after losing an arm in a shark attack.

Bethany and Anna
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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Your Highness - movie review

I must admit, I've always been a fan of James Franco..until lately. The last few movies I've seen him in were kind of has-been like...for some reason. I didn't like him in EAT PRAY LOVE. Wasn't even fond of him in 27 Hours. He didn't even look all that comfortable at the Oscars.  He just looked tired, I guess. But then again, this actor is going to college, playing a villain on General Hospital and...possibly the hardest working actor out there.

But then..Your Highness came along. This renewed my faith in him..a silly comedy like this. Oh, he was definitely in his element, and it didn't even matter how bad he sounded when he sang with Zooey was just funny.

Your Highness was written by Danny McBride and Ben Best. Danny also starred in the film. You might know him best from his HBO show, Eastbound & Down. So you know, almost anything goes if McBride has anything to do with it. Even so, it was a well written script, an epic storyline done in the tradition of the Princess Bride, well sort of.

Here you have Prince Fabious (James Franco) the great one and his brother Prince Thadious (Danny McBride) not so great. Of course, the crusader Fabious brings home his wife to be Not-So Bright Belladonna played by the sweet Deschanel. What I liked about this story was the fact that the prince wanted to show uneducated Belladonna the world and educate her.. since she had been kidnapped from the time she was a  baby for only one thing, the key to making a dragon for the bad guy, Leezar, played splendidly by Justin Theroux.

Oh, the things they get warrior girl Isabel (Natalie Portman) to say in this film! Lets just say she knows how to save the day. This film has a wonderful cast of actors in it, from Damien Lewis to Toby Jones. But one stand-out to mention is Rasmus Hardiker who played Prince Thadious' side-kick Courtney. He was definitely perfect for the role.
Rasmus Hardiker, 25 from the UK.

There are definitely some surprises in the film. I'm not sure I should mention them or not. One I can think of..OK, two that might be rather disgusting..OK..maybe it was three, but still it was a fun movie. Everyone gave it their best shot. I must admit, I felt Franco gave it his all, and I love that sweet smile of his. I started to think, too bad he couldn't be in the Starz cast of Camelot. I would really like to see a film with Franco and Jamie Campbell Bower. (I know, I'm getting way off the beaten path now...)

Truly, it will be one of those films for your DVD library, to pull out when you need a laugh. And you'll want to watch it more than once so you can catch all the clever dialogue. Yeah, this was a lot of fun to watch.

STORYLINE: Throughout history, tales of chivalry have burnished the legends of brave, handsome knights who rescue fair damsels, slay dragons and conquer evil. But behind many a hero is a good-for-nothing younger brother trying just to stay out of the way of those dragons, evil and trouble in general. Danny McBride and James Franco team up for an epic comedy adventure set in a fantastical world-Your Highness. As two princes on a daring mission to save their land, they must rescue the heir apparent's fiancée before their kingdom is destroyed. Thadeous (McBride) has spent his life watching his perfect older brother Fabious (Franco) embark upon valiant journeys and win the hearts of his people. Tired of being passed over for adventure, adoration and the throne, he's settled for a life of wizard's weed, hard booze and easy maidens. But when Fabious' bride-to-be, Belladonna (Zooey Deschanel), gets kidnapped by the evil wizard Leezar (Justin Theroux)...