Catching up

On Amazing Race this week, Dan & Andrew (otherwise known as Dandrew) had a hard time completing a task where they had to gear up like the Russian military and then learn and perform their march. I rewound and watched this several times. I'll let it speak for itself.

In other TV news, the finale of True Blood was something else. ***SPOILER ALERT*** I went crazy when Sookie stabbed Rene in the next with the shovel. OH MY GOD!!!! Then, poor Bill (the vampire) risked his "life" (he's a vampire--he's already dead, but whatever) by coming into the daylight to try to save Sookie. He burnt to a crisp, and Sam buried him in the ground. He recovered, but had to feed on someone--he apparently chose Lafayette, another of my favorite characters. Now. Since Bill went through so much turmoil in having to convert that annoying girl to a vampire, I don't think he'd *kill* anyone else. I think (hope) Lafayette's still alive. And what's up with the social worker/shape shifter? What does she want with Tara and how does she know Sam?? This lady is played by Michelle Forbes whose acting has greatly improved over the years. She used to be on Guiding Light when I used to watch back in the late 80's. She played a dual role: Sonny (nice twin) and Solita (evil twin). Her acting? Not so much. Anyway, I can't wait to see what happens next on this show. I think it'll be back next summer.***END SPOILER***

Lessee. What else? Oh. ABC is canceling three shows I like: Pushing Daisies, Eli Stone & Dirty Sexy Money. I guess ABC is going to continue airing the episodes that are already made, but won't be ordering up for next season. Too bad.

I recently bought Seal's new CD, Soul, and Pink's new one, Funhouse. Love them both. I bought Soul because they were playing it over the system at Barnes & Noble and I knew I had to have it. I was trying to think of all the CD's I've bought for that reason--that marketing technique sure works on me. In addition to Seal, I've bought the following just because I heard them in a store and liked them a lot:

  • Kenny Wayne Shepherd, 10 Days Out - Blues from the Backroads
  • Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Naturally (heard at Tower Records)
  • Sharon Jones and the Dap Kins, 100 Days, 100 Nights (heard at B&N)
  • Duffy, Rockferry
  • Pure Jazz - compilation
OK. It's late (1:00am) and I do have to work tomorrow. It won't be so bad though...I get to leave 3 hours early. YES!


Just for laughs

I saw this on Ellen a few weeks ago and have watched it several times since--it still cracks me up.

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Just some random thoughts:

  • I love Paul Rudd. He hosted SNL this weekend, and did a great job.

  • I also love Justin Timberlake. He made a surprise appearance on SNL, and did a hilarious sketch where he & two other guys wore a leotard & high heels to perform as one of musical guest BeyoncĂ©'s backup dancers. I love when Justin's on the show and look forward to him hosting again. (Apparently he was supposed to host next week, but had a cancel. During the Weekend Update, he "hosted" the show in two minutes.)

  • I do not love BeyoncĂ©. Never have, never will. I hate her new song, "If I Were a Boy," and I don't care for "Single Ladies," which sounds like a coked-up version of Natasha Beddingfield's "Love Like This," which is a much better song.

  • I watched Young Frankenstein over the weekend. Still funny. I also watched the DVD extras about the making of the film. There's an outtake from a scene involving Marty Feldman biting the fox wrap that Madeleine Kahn is wearing. Marty ends up with white fur in his mouth take after take, and Gene Wilder couldn't hold it together, which then had me in tears from laughing so hard.

  • I love the comic strip Pearls Before Swine, and I'm really digging The Crass Menagerie collection that I got for my birthday. I like that the creator, Stephan Pastis, included commentary on some of the strips.

  • Favorite shows right now: Life, Life on Mars, The Mentalist, True Blood.

  • Even though it was so gimmicky, I enjoyed seeing Anthony Edwards/Dr. Greene back on ER. There were also quick glimpses of Drs. Romano and Weaver. I do hope they're able to get George Clooney to make an appearance before the series ends, and I can't wait for Noah Wylie.

That'll do for now.


Amy saves the day!

I've come to really, really dislike some people on this season's Biggest Loser (my sister doesn't like me to use the word 'hate'). In particular, Vicky & Heba.

And to a lesser extent, their husbands, Brady and Ed:


Ed, in the orange short, had been voted off earlier this season, but got to come back on this week's show. With these four and their alliance, there's really no chance for anyone else to get ahead. Plus, Vicky, is a crazy bee-yotch--I think there's evil in her eyes. For some reason, the other three always follow her lead. So, it is imperative that THEY fall into the position of possibly being voted off.

On tonight's show, the four of them, plus Amy were all on Bob's blue team. Because Brady (brown shirt) didn't lose enough weight this week, he was up for elimination. The other person up for elimination was Michelle, who's on the black team. Because the blue team outnumbered the black team by two, it stood to reason that all of the blue members could vote to keep Brady on the show. Before the elimination, Vicky, with the evil gleam in her eyes, made some snide remark about strength in numbers. As they went down the line, Brady had two votes and Michelle had two votes, so it came down to Amy. And, as my headline noted, Amy saved the day!!! She voted Brady off the show. Now Vicky will have to be on her own. Boo. Hoo. She got what she deserved. It would've been that much better if SHE were voted off, but alas, we'll have to wait one more week. In the meantime, thank you Amy!


Rachel Getting Married and stuff

Whoa. Talk about a heavy movie. Deb and I saw Rachel Getting Married today, and I really enjoyed it. (I think Debbie did too, but I realize now that I never asked her.) 'Enjoy' probably isn't the right word for a movie about a recovering drug addict and her F-ed up issues. But, the movie was excellently done. Anne Hathaway was fantastic. It was great to see Debra Winger again (I'll probably be pulling out Terms of Endearment soon--it's been a while). The movie was cast very well, the writing/plot was intense, the direction was spot-on, the soundtrack was interesting. I can't praise it enough. There's already been talk of Ms. Hathaway getting an Oscar nod for this role--it would be well deserved.

We saw some good previews before the show--the one I'm most interested in stars Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams. That's really all I needed to know. Excellent cast aside, the story looked good too--seems that some scandal is taking place at a Catholic school in the 60's. Meryl Streep and Amy Adams are nuns, and PSH is a priest who may or may not have done something untoward with a black student. It's based on a play, and is called Doubt.

A couple weeks ago I attended my {gulp} 20th high school reunion. It was a lot of fun and it was great to see so many old friends. I started thinking about an episode of What Not to Wear that I'd seen a few years before where they made over four women who'd be attending their 20th. I remember thinking: gosh, they're only a few years older than me, but they look so....OLD. Yikes. I don't know if cameras add age or what, but I didn't think anyone at my reunion looked as old as the people on that WNTW episode. In fact, everyone looked great! What a relief.

OK. I promised I'd give 30 Rock another try this season to see if I could get into it. The answer is no, I can't. I watched this week's episode with Oprah, and laughed out loud once--at a site gag. (It was when they showed one of Olympic events NBC had made up to boost ratings and U.S. metals: synchronized running.)

That was funny, but not enough to get me to add 30 Rock to my Tivo queue. I tried, but it just isn't going to work out.

How cool is it that hulu.com let me select *just* that clip to share? Love that site!