Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Blatant Self-Promotion and Bragging Rights: New Article at TCD

Third Coast Digest published my article on Still Waters Collective 's Slam League Finals featuring local high school's performing their original work. What an amazing event. I am in awe of these kids' talent.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Just a Quickie: A Little Bit of This and a Little Bit of Tha

Why aren’t you getting hired? Read this lengthy and condescending rejection letter. Hmm, I wonder if this company also wants access to your Facebook account?

Wait a minute? My coffee table and end table are going to be obsolete?

I really wanted to like Smash, which was promoted as a grown-up version of Glee. But I just can’t get into it even though I like some of the musical numbers, the NYC real estate porn and Debra Messing’s wardrobe. Here are last night’s episode’s most eye-rolling moments.

The male Susan Boyle?

Wives be bitches” says proud mistress and shitty writer Lisa Taddeo.

Parents, chill the fuck out! It’s an Easter egg hunt; it’s not the Super Bowl or the Oscars. Let the kiddies have their fun.

Film director Kevin Smith stopped by Milwaukee, and Brian Jacobson from Third Cover Digest covered Smith’s show.

Musicians and singers we love to hate according to Spin magazine.

To: The Office
From: Me and Willa Paskin at Salon.com
Date: March 27, 2012
Re: Time to Clean Out Your Desk

How long until September? Deborah Niemann, whose wonderful visit to Milwaukee I wrote about last November, has a new book coming out, Eco-Frugal: Cheaper, Greener Choices for a Happier, Healthier Life. This is definitely going on my reading list! Congrats, Deborah!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Blatant Self-Promotion and Bragging Rights

Third Coast Digest just published my review of Leslie Simon's Geek Girls Unite: How Fangirls, Bookworms, Indie Chicks and Other Misfits Are Taking Over the World.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

My Oscar Predictions 2012

The Oscars are usually my Super Bowl so to speak, but I’m way behind on my film viewing. To save money, I’ve been renting DVDs from Netflix or the local public library. I’m finally catching up with last year’s Oscar nominees.

However, I’m offering my predictions, not my actual picks. So I’m using the entertainment buzz and a movie sounding board (my friends) to help me with my predictions for this year’s Oscar winners.

Best Supporting Actress: Unless there is some kind of upset, I really think Octavia Spencer will win this award for her portrayal of Minny Jackson in The Help.

Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer is my pick. He won’t only be awarded for his role of Hal Fields in Beginners. He’ll be rewarded for his lengthy career. Remember, this guy was in The Sound of Music.

Best Actress: This seems to be a two-way race between Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady and Viola Davis as Aibileen Clark in The Help. I’m going to give Ms. Davis the slight edge, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Ms. Streep won. Despite numerous nominations, Ms. Streep has not won an Oscar since Sophie’s Choice in the early 1980s.

Best Actor: I've seen him in interviews and I’ve been smitten by Jean Dujardin Gallic charm. I do think as George Valentin in The Artist Monsieur Dujardin has a good chance of winning. However, George Clooney is beloved by the Hollywood establishment, and I’ve heard nothing but great things about him as Matt King in The Descendants. Mr. Clooney will Oscar gold this Sunday.

Best Director: I think this will go to Alexander Payne for The Descendants, simply because nobody can pronounce the last name of The Artist director Michel Hazanavicius.

Best Movie: The Artist and The Descendants are the two frontrunners. I actually had to look up the other nominees. I think The Artist will win simply because it’s so different than what we usually see at the cinema. Who would have thought a silent movie in black and white that boasts no huge A-list stars would be such a critical and commercial hit? Furthermore, it has an adorable dog in it named Uggie. The Descendants boasts George Clooney running around in Docksiders like a dork.

But my true Oscar predictions? The show will go on for too long. Billy Crystal will entertain us with his corny shtick. The musical performances and the presenters’ “banter” will be cheesy. There will be a few surprise wins. The acceptance speeches will be a mix of touching, funny, pretentious, irritating and possibly profane. The stars’ fashion choices will either make me swoon or gag. And the following morning we’ll all have fun debating the whole shebang.

To get more Oscar predictions please check out Mark Metcalf's picks at Third Coast Digest. "Hmm, Mark Metcalf? His name sounds familiar." Well, it should. Mr. Metcalf played Niedermeyer in Animal House and he's very well-known amongst my fellow Gen X-ers as the dad in the iconic Twisted Sister video for "We're Not GonnaTake It." Mr. Metcalf started his long acting career with the Milwaukee Rep back in the early 1970s.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Just a Quickie: A Little Bit of This and a Little Bit of That-Oscar Edition

This Sunday night I will be watching my Super Bowl, the Oscars. And though I am seriously behind on my movie watching, I still like getting my yearly “Hollywood Ass-Kissing Fix.” Here are just some Oscar-related tidbits that may interest you.

For people who love to hate the Oscars there is “The Hater’s Guide to The Academy Awards.”

Huff Po names the best and the worst Oscar hosts of the past 60 years.

And what are the Oscars without a bunch of hair and beauty don’ts? Stylist.com gives the run-down the biggest blunders.

Entertainment Weekly names the most overrated best Oscar-winning movies.

Rolling Stone ’s Peter Travers debates Hollywood movies vs. Indie movies…with himself.

Hollywood Reporter’s comprehensive Oscar coverage.

Movie posters of this year's Oscar contenders-what they should actually say.

Who should have nominated for an Oscar but wasn’t. Television Without Pity names the biggest snubs.

Four ways to improve Oscar-winning speeches.

Are the Oscars too old, too white and too male? The LA Times investigates.

Guess who has never won an Oscar? These people.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Whitney Houston: 1963-2012

Okay, big confession. Being a rock and roll girl, Whitney Houston's music never did much for me. Yet, like a lot of other people, I was saddened and shocked to hear of her passing. Perhaps, her R & B-infused pop wasn't my musical cup of tea but there was no denying her beautiful voice and her immense talent. Yes, I know in her latter years, Ms. Houston was known for her drug issues, her troubled marriage to Bobby Brown and her struggles to make a comeback. But let's not forget her musical legacy. And I don't think anyone sang the National Anthem as powerfully as Whitney Houston.