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Live blogging the 2011 Oscars!

It’s Oscar time! Think Colin Firth like thoughts everyone and follow along for some delightfully snarky commentary by me on the blog and Sarah on the twitter feed conveniently located in the sidebar 😉

8:36 – even though I feel like I’m five, I am laughing hysterically at these ridiculous skits.

8:37 – Ann Hathaway kind of looks like Princess Leia in that dress…but in a good way.

8:39 – For the record, she SHOULD be nominated for Love & Other Drugs.

8:41 – Why has that thought about Toy Story never occurred to me? Where is the dad?

8:43 – It’s so crazy that the Titanic music still gives me chills.

8:45 – Woot! I’m 1/1 on my nominees predictions!

8:47 – 2/2 baby! And Inception so should have more nominations that it does so this was well deserved.

8:55 – Such a hard choice between Hailee and Melissa. Both were so good!

8:56 – Kirk Douglas is an adorable old man.

9:02 – I don’t get that joke, Justin. Please explain…

9:05 – Toy Story 3 have a well deserved lock on this category, but How to Train Your Dragon was a beautiful movie.

9:13 – I love all these throw back clips they’re showing. It’s interesting.

9:14 – Duh, Aaron Sorkin is genius, plain and simple.

9:16 – Stop playing over them already. We’re only 45 minutes in and the speeches haven’t been that long.

9:17 – For the record, I’ve only gotten one wrong so far. This is a rarity that I am going to savor.

9:25 – Wow do I love you Anne Hathaway.

9:25: Really? We don’t even get one night without a Charlie Sheen reference?

9:27 – Damn, I got that one wrong. You let me down, Javier.

9:32 – *Does happy dance of Christian Bale devotion*

9:41 – Whomever did the production design and video editing for this show tonight did a bangarang job. It’s so pretty.

9:43 – While The Social Network score was amazing and made the movie, Daft Punk was so cheated.

9:47 – Dude I am kicking ass and taking names on these tonight. Only two wrong so far!

9:49 – Why is everyone hating on my Tron? I mean, it was visually and sound-wise stunning. I loved Inception, but throw them a bone.

9:59 – So glad Alice won for costumes. It just wouldn’t have been as good without those amazing costumes.

10:02 – Um, hi, Mr. President.

10:02 – I heart Kevin Spacey something fierce.

10:06 – Swoon, Zachary Levi

10:12 – I’m such a Jake Gyllenhaal junkie. He’s so pretty and underrated.

10:17 – BEST.HARRY.POTTER.SPOOF.EVER

10:30 – Jude Law does such bad things to me. It’s so dirty…

10:40 – And my disdain for Jennifer Hudson grows…

10:45 – I gotta say, I like Country Strong was a better song.

10:47 – I can’t believe I got this one right. Cheers to Randy!

10:48 – I concur Randy. We coulda had a Cher performance if that had been the case.

10:49 – Well, hello, Celine, my love and singing a song written by Charlie Chaplin. So good.

11:01 – Oh, Anne. You had me until the shiny blue dress.

11:03 – I loved The King’s Speech, but David Fincher should be standing on that stage.

11:12 – Jeff Bridges was epic in True Grit. Go see it. Now.

11:14 – Winter’s Bone was wicked boring, but Jennifer Lawrence was unbelievable in it.

11:16 – Frickin’ Natalie Portman

11:20 – Is it just me or did all these red dresses look better on the red carpet?

11:23 – *Thinks Colin Firth winning thoughts*

11:25 – *Does happy dance of Colin Firth love*

11:32 Dear Steven Spielberg, please make a movie with Anne Hathaway soon, k? thxbye

11:36 – So well deserved. Brava, Academy, for getting it right.

11:37 – Final count? 18/23 right. Woohoo!

 

A most excellent Oscars. I might even go so far as to say the best in my short 25 years. Mad props and love to Anne and James! Night, all.

American Idol has Zest Again…and His Name is Steven Tyler

American Idol Judges 2011

So if you’re like me, you had this nagging dread in the pit of your stomach at the thought of Idol’s change of guard. After all, Ellen should have been a good idea, but in practice she was too…normal. After the crazy Paula provided for so longer, no one expected Ellen to take her job so seriously. Of course, she was delightful and funny, but also straightforward and honest. So what could J-lo and Steven Tyler have to fill that massive void left by Simon and Paula?

Apparently, we don’t actually need someone to fill the void because Mr. Tyler and Ms. Lopez have carved their own place well outside the shadow of Paula and Simon. Despite the parade of fawning young girls eager to profess their lifelong (all 16 years) love for J-Lo, it was Steven Tyler who stole the show. I don’t know what I expected, but the chill, charming intelligence that oozed from his overly large lovable lips was a pleasant surprise. Despite being a dirty old man and ogling all of the teenage jail bait that walked through the door to butcher Mariah Carey, his feedback struck a chord (pun intended) with all the hopefuls by way of  biting honesty without being cruel. Plus, he sings along with everything and it cracks me up hardcore.

I have to be honest and admit that I can kind of take or leave Jennifer Lopez. I LOVE Selena and I could watch An Unfinished Life everyday of my life, but she’s not the best singer or the most stellar actress…she’s just eh. I was the most worried about her in this dynamic, but my worry has been for naught. Dare I say she is adorable and friendly without being overly medicated and ditsy. She gets my stamp of approval.

My favorite thing about the new season of Idol? No bickering and no obnoxious excesses of attention whores vying for their five minutes. Sure, there are still a fair share of bad auditions, but the producers seem to have remembered that this is a VOCAL competition, not a circus. And maybe it’s because they haven’t spent a decade sitting next to each other, but the judges actually LIKE each other.

There’s my two cents…anybody else have any change they want to share?

Liveblogging the Golden Globes

First, I have to apologize for the lack of posts on here, I give the usual excuses of real life and holidays. Second, I apologize in advance for my lack of liveblogging abilities. I’m going to attempt to liveblog the Golden Globes while Mel handles the tweets but I think the last liveblogging I did was the Emmys, so we’ll see how this goes. Three minutes until the Globes start so wish me (and the nominees) luck and enjoy the show!

8:01 – I would really love to have an entertainment-industry event without the mention of Charlie Sheen. Apparently, so would the Golden Globe attendees. Ricky Gervais is falling flat. Ouch.

8:04 – Dear Ricky Gervais, if you see torches and pitchforks after the show, I’m pretty sure it was well-deserved. Also, run.

8:06 – I was not expecting Christian Bale to win, but that’s exciting. To quote Mel: “Holy hair!” I also wish I could understand a word of what he is saying. I think that epic mustache is getting in the way and alcohol might be involved.

8:09 – First award of the evening and we’re already sending them out with music and completely cutting sound. This is going to go well.

8:10 – Katey Sagal looks great and I know Mel is very excited for her win!

8:16 – I remember the Miss Golden Globes from an episode of “Criminal Minds“! She was amazing and she looks gorgeous. I am curious if all the sound-cutting is because of language or if they’re having sound problems. It doesn’t bode well for the rest of the evening.

8:22 – Somehow I missed that “Red” was nominated tonight. I’m sad I didn’t get to see it in theaters but it still looks awesome.

8:23 – Yay Chris Colfer! He looks so stunned and adorable. I predict crying in his acceptance speech. Aw, Lea Michele is crying for him! I love this cast.

8:31 – Apparently the president of the Hollywood Foreign Press doesn’t appreciate Ricky Gervais’ brand of humor.

8:33 – Kevin Bacon is going to be in the new X-Men movie? How did I miss that news?

8:34 – What I love about these awards shows is they give me new things to put on my Netflix. So far: “The Pillars of the Earth” and “Boardwalk Empire.” Congrats Steve Buscemi!

8:37 – Apparently my decision to put “Boardwalk Empire” on Netflix was a good one.

8:43 – I’m pretty sure I’m the only person on Facebook who actually hasn’t seen “The Social Network.” Poor Andrew Garfield. Inspiringly isn’t not an easy word to type or say. And according to spell check, isn’t actually a word at all.

8:43 – “Bound to You” is a gorgeous song. I really hope it wins, though it is up against Alan Menken. “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” is a pretty song too and Cher did an amazing job with it, so well done “Burlesque”!

Side note: I am really looking forward to “Harry’s Law.” I’m really sad it’s on at the same time as “Hawaii Five-0.”

8:55 – That haircut makes Justin Beiber look about nine…so, his actual age then.

8:57 – Though I did not see “Toy Story 3”, the first “Toy Story” will always be a part of my childhood.

9:01 – This is why Robert Downey Jr. is awesome.

9:02 – More important than Annette Bening winning, I actually picked a winner! This makes me very happy, even though I would have loved Emma Stone to win for “Easy A.” I’m not a fan of Emma’s blonde hair, though. I love that Annette is thanking actors as though they were actually the characters.

9:12 – Tilda Swinton, that is a very ill-advised ensemble. For some reason when I was predicting my winners, I chose Dennis Quaid over Al Pacino. That was clearly very stupid.

9:15 – I love how much Temple Grandin and Claire Danes love each other. It’s very sweet. I am also digging Claire’s dress, though it’s a bit bright.

9:23 – It’s a little random to have Zac Efron introduce “The Kids Are All Right.” I’m just saying.

9:26 – Aaron Sorkin wins for Best Screenplay for “The Social Network” and I am awaiting the Oscars so I can do better with my winning predictions. I kill with the costume and makeup categories.

9:30 – Jane Lynch wins for “Glee”! Kind of obvious, but well-deserved. Now we will again be subjected to Ed O’Neill’s complaints on how Sofia Vergara should have won.  Awesome.

9:36 – Ricky Gervais may be a crap host, but he speaks the truth. Sadly no one in America really pays attention to the foreign films.

9:41 – I wanted Laura Linney to win but I never expected she would!  That’s very exciting.

9:46 – Jane Fonda what are you wearing? And that was a very random clip to show for “Burlesque.”

9:49 – Jim Parsons looked like he was stuck in a corner somewhere, so I was pretty sure he was going to win.

9:51 – Melissa Leo wins for “The Fighter” and is adorable. Who wouldn’t freak out if they were kissed by Jeremy Irons?

10:00 – Oh Matt Damon, you’re so cute. I didn’t know he worked on a movie with Robert Di Nero, so I was confused as to why he was presenting it.

10:14 – We’re coming to the point where all the big awards are given out! It probably shouldn’t take another 45 minutes, but it will. And usually the Best Director (in this case, David Fincher for “The Social Network”) wins, said movie will also win. As I have yet to see this movie, I’m not sure how I feel about that.

10:18 – Yay “Glee”! Again, not unexpected but very well-deserved. This show has done more for society than I think even it realizes. I love that even the newer cast (Darren Criss, Max Adler, Dot Jones, etc) are there too.

10:25 – What does it say about Johnny Depp that he was up against himself and he still didn’t win?

10:32 – I find it interesting that we have seen very little of our host all evening. I think the bigwigs are not happy with him.

10:34 – From everything I’ve heard, Natalie Portman’s win is well-deserved. I love her so I’m very happy she won!

10:39 – I expected “The Kids Are All Right” to win.

10:46 – Sandra, I am so not a fan of that dress. Or your Cher hair. And surprisingly Colin Firth wins! I thought given all the wins with “Social Network” that Jesse Eisenberg was a shoe-in. But awards shows do love their period dramas.

10:54 – I love moments like this, the entire room giving Michale Douglas a standing ovation. It gives you the feeling that this is actually a community.

10:55- And the final winner of the night? “The Social Network.”

And there you have it, the 2011 Golden Globes! It was an awkward night, to say the least, and I am looking forward to seeing what all the tabloids say about it tomorrow! So? What did you think?

Food for Thought – Why do we know who Snooki is?

So this may just add to my geekiness, but I’m kind of a closet comic strip geek and when this one popped up in my inbox, i just had to share. I think all of America feels this way right now…

VMAs 2010 – Or how MTV got her groove back for exactly one evening

Leave it to Chelsea Handler, brilliant woman that she is, to find and maintain the funny at the VMAs this year. As the first woman to ever host in its 16 year history, she called MTV out on the farce that the VMAs are and then MTV managed to put on a pretty good show. Shall we hit the highlights?

*Eminem is still a badass, no matter what anyone says. And though I don’t understand the outfit, I love that Rihanna came out and killed it.

*No one is laughing, Lindsey. Too soon, dumbass. Too soon.

*Still laughing at “the big black elephant in the room.” Oh, Chelsea.

Love or hate the new Jared 'do?

*I love that 30 seconds to Mars won best rock video. What I dont’ love is that terrible new blond ‘do Jared was rockin’. I miss the shag, dude.

*Your love for Justin Beiber isn’t just creepy in the eyes of the law, Kim.

*And then little Justin proved boys can lip sync too.

*Yep, definitely don’t get the whole Usher thing anymore…

*Like most Taylor Swift songs, I’m sure I’ll get this one late, but right now I don’t understand…

*Is it just me or is Justin Timberlake aging backwards?And white again…

*I just heard this song Airplanes the other day for the first time and I LOVE it. It’s such an ear worm and I just don’t care.

*Raise your hand if you are surprised Justin Beiber won Best New Artist. Bueller? Beuller?

*The verdict is still out on the new Linkin Park song for me, but the performance was pretty bad ass.

*Still love me some Cher. Vintage or otherwise…

*Oh Kanye, why won’t you go away? Not even if we ask nicely?

All right, that’s pretty much everything.  I’ll go back to hating MTV tomorrow for bringing Snooki and Speidi into this world, but for now, I’m kind of okay with them being ironically named.

~Mel

How about a little musical interlude…

What happens when you combine a computer-less week with a needy Shih Tzu and a busy week at work? Answer – A severely neglected blog and an irritated blogger. The fact that it’s perfect weather outside complete with Autumn like breeze and sunshine is so not helping. Still, I made a commitment, and my PIC Sarah is living it up in Cincinnati with a big ol’ helping of Skyline Chili, so here I am…and you know what this week could use more than anything? A better soundtrack.

Here are a few of my current addictions in no particular order:

This is War - 30 Seconds to Mars

This is War - 30 Seconds to Mars

1. This is War30 Seconds to Mars: Aside from any excuse to see Jared Leto in eyeliner, this new record is stellar. I find a new favorite song everyday. Right now, that song is “Hurricane”, an interesting blend rock with a little Kanye West mixed in for good measure. You can also check out the first single “Kings and Queens” which the band used thousands of voices recorded around the world to create the chorus at the end of the song. And Elijah Wood can suck it…

Hurricane Featuring Kanye West

2. 70s classic rock – Not sure if it’s just the mood my iPod is in or if it’s the nonstop weeks of Supernatural watching, but I can’t seem to get enough Classic Rock this week. Check out Styx’s “Renegade” and Kansas’ “Carry on My Wayward Son” for a taste of the good stuff.

Gratuitous Supernatural plug with “Carry on My Wayward Son”

3.  The onslaught of new country bands in the past couple of weeks has actually brought some potentially interesting prospects. I have listened to The Band Perry’s single “If I Die Young” approximately 873 times over the past week and I still can’t get enough. And though I pushed pretty hard for JB Rocket I will concede to Naomi Judd and Big Kenny as to the genius of Steel Magnolia. Their new single “Just By Being You (Halo and Wings)” is epic. And then there’s Jaron and whatever the unnecessary end of his name is since it isn’t a band name and it’s not an album title. “Pray for You” is quirky and fun, but the rest of the album isn’t half bad either.

“If I Die Young” Official Music Video

Hold up Hollywood, let’s think about this…

I don’t know whether I should be completely horrified or inexplicably intrigued by the new Joaquin Phoenix documentary, I’m Still Here. My love for the Phoenix boys runs deep, for Joaquin even more so than River (Oh, stop yelling at me about Stand By Me, okay? I get it he was a prodigy. Moving on…), but what the hell?

I have read more than one report from the Hollywood press that wonders if this isn’t all just an elaborate hoax scripted for the publicity. Really? The Phoenix family rivals the Culkins for crazy and that’s saying something. Have we become so cynical as spectators to the celebrity debacle that we don’t believe he just lost his mind for a year? And on the flip side, if it is a hoax, wouldn’t you have to be just the slighest bit nuts to want to live your life that way for a year? I mean, he hired P. Diddy to manage his RAP career, for goodness sake. That doesn’t exactly scream sanity to me.

Joaquin Phoenix and P. Diddy

If you read Screenrush’s review of the film, it sounds downright barbaric. Screenrush blogger Sophie Vogel writes, “Affleck doesn’t shy away from the extreme here, showing such explicit behavior as Phoenix snorting cocaine off a prostitute and one of Phoenix’s adversaries defecating on him while he sleeps. Nice.” Um, ew. It disturbs me to no end that this makes me want to see this movie MORE after reading that sentence. It always irks me when celebrities follow in the drugged out deadly footsteps of their syblings. Watching my brother drop dead in front of me would keep me sober forever. And why was Casey Affleck just watching him do drugs? As his brother-in-law, I would think he would put the camera down and go ‘Woah, dude, not cool.”

Of course, at the end of the day, you can’t deny the level of self-indulgence and narcicism that went into the crafting of this documentary, whether it was real or fake. And I fully intend to encourage it because I can’t help myself.

All right, I’ve said my piece…now I think I’ll go watch Inventing the Abbotts and The Thing Called Love to make myself feel less like a sell out…

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