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Friday, May 22, 2009

Tennant to Take Up Seat on PBS

Thanks to my friend, Emily, who is a stalwart Masterpiece Theatre fan, I now have the info that one of BBB!'s favorites, David Tennant, will soon be hosting Masterpiece Contemporary. This new gig will start in October, and the first film he's introducing is helmed by Jonny Lee Miller and Chiwetel Ejiofar--two more favorite Brits! (I tell you again, I'm on the wrong continent for favorite actors and shows...and husbands for that matter.) I still remember Dame Diana Rigg introducing the weekly installments of Mystery back in the day, so I assume it will be much like this. And, even better, since he'll be hosting as himself--not the Doctor--we'll all be able to hear his Scottish accent. Lovely!

Thanks again, Emily!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Twilight News

I've been too busy being on Baby Watch and celebrating ole pal Jimmy Stewart's birthday to have realized the New Moon poster made it's debut yesterday. Thanks to Cori for the head's up!

I think it's just fine. Quite delectable actually. And with Jacob looking so fiercesome and territorial (ie, hot), maybe I'll have more sympathy for him in the films...MAYBE.

Happy Birthday!

Now I REALLY wish baby would come on time! Today, baby's due date, is James Stewart's birthday. If you've been a faithful reader, you'll know that I love James Stewart; he's one of my favorite actors. When I turned on TCM about an hour ago, I found a Jimmy Stewart marathon in progress (just as I found a Katharine Hepburn marathon in progress on her birthday, May 12). After it was confirmed that today is in fact his birthday, and not just a wonderful random marathon gift to TCM's loyal viewers, I was saddened by the fact that baby is nowhere near coming out today. Oh, well. I guess I'll just have to watch the all-Stewart line-up again. And, again, like on Hepburn's birthday, I have most of them on DVD: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Rear Window, Vertigo (one of my favorite Hitchcocks), and Bell, Book, and Candle. I don't have, and have never seen the last one, so I'm quite excited! The other three that I own? I'll watch 'em anyway!

Happy Birthday, Mr. Stewart! May we meet one day in the clouds above!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Oh, Glambert

Here we are, folks: at the end of another season of American Idol. It's been a rather boring season apart from your favorite and mine, Adam Lambert, lovingly called "Glambert" here on Clark Street.

Yes, all the other wannabe Idols should've hung up their hats after the first week. They should've run for the streets screaming that they were worthless, unoriginal pieces of pop crap. (Oh! Pardon the harsh word!) Seriously, Lambert rocks my socks off. As I said earlier tonight, as he was descending the huge stair case into the fog with his floor length black coat billowing, he's a goth angel sent down to walk amongst us mortals. I truly think he's the most original thing that's ever been seen on the show. He even made the horrible American Idol single about reaching your dreams, persevering through hurricanes, and climbing every mountain sound good.

Enjoy the finale tomorrow! If Glambert doesn't win, it's because Bill O'Reilly told everyone he's a gay devil, and they should vote for Kris-I-Spell-My-Name-Like-a-Girl-and-I'm-So-Forgettable-Only- My-Blonde-Southern-Belle-Wife-and-Mama-Love-My-Voice Allen because he's a Christian. (I know this, cause my grandparents were watching O'Reilly when I was at their house last night.) And, if Mr. Kris does win, Glambert will still sell millions of more albums than him. Have fun!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Cleveland Tourism Video

Who wouldn't want to visit Cleveland after viewing this tourism video!?! You don't worry about seeing the first Cleveland tourism video; this is FAR superior. And, remember, it's NOT Detroit!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Sci-Fi is THE BEST!

Martin and Galen love Sci-Fi, cause it has Battlestar Galactica (gag). Cori can get brushed up on her Doctor Who thanks to Sci-Fi. I have a new reason to love Sci-Fi--Kindred:The Embraced.

Right now Sci-Fi is showing a marathon of the cult favorite that aired on Fox in the spring of 1996. And, holy geez, I forgot how tawdringly good it is! If you haven't heard of this awesome series, that only lasted eight episodes, it's about warring vampire clans in San Francisco. Mark Frankel, the dashing English actor who died in a tragic motorcycle accident just days after the final episode aired, plays Julian, "prince" of the vampires. It's kind of like he's the godfather, and they have to do what he says, even if they don't agree.

As I'm watching right now, I'm first of all ticked off I haven't been watching since 7 a.m. Secondly, I see two important Buffy baddies getting their fangs sharpened in this series before heading over to Joss. Jeff Kober and Brian Thompson had recurring baddy roles in Buffy, and they were also known to play different baddies each time. C. Thomas Howell also plays a part in Kindred, as the cop who's trying to figure out what's up with these vamps anyway.

I'm gonna stop typing, try to not be scared with the flooded street outside, and go enjoy Kindred. I'm so stoked! I'll be in this chair until 3:00!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Happy Birthday!

It's the birthday of my favorite actress, the classiest lady to ever walk across a Broadway stage or Hollywood sound stage, the one that made it alright for woman to feel comfortable wearing pants...KATHARINE HEPBURN.

Thanks to TCM for showing four of her greatest films today: Holiday, Bringing Up Baby, The Philadelphia Story, and The Lion in Winter. (Ole TCM decided to go the Cary Grant co-star route today, instead of the Spencer Tracy trail.) I hope you can sit back, enjoy, and drink in her feisty spirit throughout the day.

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Boldly Go

I think Star Trek fans get a bad rep...and I'm not just saying this cause I'm married to one. I've developed a rather shaky working knowledge of Star Trek in the eight years I've known my Martin, and for a lot of "cool" people I know, they view Star Trek as an abyssmal sesspool of nerddom. I have to step up to the plate (oooh, mixing a sports metaphor with sci-fi--that's tricky at best) and defend the Trekkies in my life.

Star Trek is not bad. Sure some people may take it way too far, but the same could be said for raving lunatic fans of things I love, like Twilight and Harry Potter. Star Trek is a show that preaches peace in times of war, tolerance in times of ignorance, and hope in times of lost faith. These are all things we need to learn from in our present times. Star Trek, once you get through all the sci-fi and regeneration upon regeneration of shows, is just trying to teach humankind a lesson of how we should all act, no matter what race, creed, or being we are.

The new movie was absolutely wonderful. It was too much fun, and I would even go back to the cineplex to pay for it again. Don't be so close-minded when it comes to the Trek: give the new movie a shot, and I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. As for me, I'll keep watching the classic eps with the Shat in 'em, and maybe one day I'll even dazzle my husband when my working knowledge of Star Fleet becomes more sharpened and finely tuned, so I could actually hold a conversation with him about the intricacies of Romulan vs. Vulcan war tactics (if there even is such a thing).

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Get Some More Optimism in Your Life

Tonight ABC will air Michael J. Fox's Adventures of an Incurable Optimist. MJF travels around the globe to find out what benefits being an optimist can have on anyone's everyday life, whether it be health benefits, financial benefits, or just attitudinal benefits. I cannot wait to watch the hour long special.

Fox has some incredible stops along the wa
  • A golf course? For someone with Parkinson's??? Bill Murray tees off with him, and we (Murray and the viewers) get to see Fox play a round of 18 as his Parkinson's symptoms start to kick in.
  • MJF, one of my favorite peeps of all time, visits one of my favorite places--good ole Wrigley Field. His question? How do Cubs fans (um, he's talking about me!) stay so optimistic year in and year out through our World Series drought? Adorable Chicagoan Bonnie Hunt tries to answer his question. (Seriously, though...why couldn't I have been at that game!?! It was just LAST month--4/15/09!)
  • He also travels to Bhutan, where his PD symptoms are significantly diminished, which leaves him positing: is it the altitude or the people's optimistic point of view?
I hope you tune in to ABC tonight at 10/9 central to catch some of his adventures. Because I think all of us need to be a little more optimistic in our day-to-day lives.

P.S. If you click the link at the beginning of the post, you'll be able to get a sneak peak of tonight's show! :)

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Ole! Cinco de Mayo!

Y'all's knows I couldn't let this awesome day go by without a lil bloggy-blog post! I loves me some Cinco de Mayo...even without the margaritas*.

I think I'm gonna saddle up and spend a lil time with these guys (above) today while writing some thank you notes. (Yes, yes, they're coming!) I'm finta make some tacos, maybe fly in some special salsa from Dos (, drive it in), and celebrate with a...breastfeeding class??? Yeah, stupid me signed up for that on Cinco de Mayo. What was I thinking!?! I guess I'll just have to watch the Idol when I get home, but I'm grubbin' on the tacos beforehand.

Hope you all have a wonderful 5th of May wherever you are, and think of me when you drink that cold, icy, delicious margarita (unless it's mango--ick).

*OK, I'll be really honest: it's gonna be a little rough today with no tequila deliciousness. I know I need to get over it, cause I have a glorious, wonderful baby growing inside. Doesn't mean momma doesn't want her 'ritas, though. ;)

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Anyone Up for a Trip to the Northwest?

I have been on a total Twin Peaks kick lately. I've been re-watching all of the episodes via the gold edition collection my Aunt Barb got me for my birthday last year. Sometimes I forget how much I love this show. It's tawdry at times, quirky always, and totally addictive. The writing is superb, and after all of my viewings, I even have parts memorized.

I still love all of the characters (too many in husband's opinion, which is why he won't revel in it with me), and I love all of their peculiarities. Seriously, this town has it all:

  • a lady who talks with her log (uh, that sounded bad--it's really just a log)

  • an otherwordly being inhabiting the dad next door (and making him a murderer)

  • almost everyone's obsessed with pie and coffee, and every time I watch Twin Peaks all I crave for weeks is cherry pie

  • a dancing midget in a red suit

  • a sherriff named after one of our U.S. presidents (extra points if you know which one)

  • girls in prudish tartan skirts and early 90's brown eye shadow

  • a cross-dressing David Duchovny (my favorite)

  • and so many more I don't have room to describe

Like Freaks and Geeks, this is one show I can always turn to when I'm bored or can't find anything else to watch. The only problem is, once I start watching, I have to view the whole series. Good thing it was axed after two seasons...right? Oh, how I still wonder what happened to Cooper after leaving the red lodge. Alas, I'll never know.