Burlesque!

Today I’m going to see Burlesque with my mom and sister. I’m actually excited, haha. I don’t typically go to the movies much, but I couldn’t pass this one up. It looks like it’s going to be a little Striptease, a little Crossroads and a lot of AWESOME. Here is the trailer:

Cher, Christina Aguilera, Stanley Tucci, Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars!!), Cam Gigandet (James from Twilight), I could go on and on about the cast. It’s going to be awesome!

Day before Harry Potter

Not much going on today. I woke up a bit late and have been spending the day catching up on work. Tonight is the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 midnight release. Mike just went to go see if they have any tickets available. We didn’t plan very well I suppose :3 Talk about waiting until the last minute! I hope they have some. If not, that’s the beauty of working from home… we can take an extended lunch break and go to the first showing of the day tomorrow!

I want to see it, but I know I’m going to cry. I completely cried when I read the book (twice). And I’m really curious to see where they end this movie. I would think it might end right before Harry, Ron and Hermione decide to return to Hogwarts before the final battle. I think that would make sense.

Anyway, keep your fingers crossed for us! I hope we get to see it tonight!

Currently Reading

If you follow me on GoodReads, then you have a pretty good idea of what I’ve been reading since we last spoke. Looks like back then I was just starting the His Dark Materials trilogy! What a long time ago that was!

Well, since then I’ve completed the His Dark Materials trilogy (I gave the first and last books 4/5 stars, the second 3/5). I also read the first three books in the Uglies series. Once I finished Specials, I really did not want to have anything to do with the series anymore. I couldn’t take any more!

After the depressing Uglies series I needed something more light hearted, so I started The Princess Diaries series. I’ve loved the two movies since they came out, so I was already somewhat interested. I loved them! I finished all ten books in something like two weeks! I know, I’m crazy ๐Ÿ™‚

After watching The Bridges of Madison County on TV one day, I decided to read the book. What a touching and compelling read; I thought the book and the movie complemented each other so well, and the movie definitely reinforced my love for Clint Eastwood!

And my long awaited third and final installment to The Hunger Games, Mockingjay was released this summer! I loved it, I devoured that book and finished it in probably a day or so.

I also read the Millennium series, the first book being The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I loved them and was very happy with the way the series ended. I also watched the first movie, I thought it portrayed the book very well and I LOVED Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth, although I was less enthralled with Michael Nyqvist as Mikael Blomkvist. I thought of Mikael as sexier when I was reading the book. Maybe it fit for Swedish audiences?

Throw in a couple more books (Child Star by Shirley Temple Black, disappointing; Shit My Dad Says by Justin Halpern, hilarious) and I am on to yet another book series! This time it is the Earth’s Children series by Jean M. Auel. Right now I’m in the midst of the fourth book, Plains of Passage and I’m still enjoying them, although the forays into description of the flora and fauna aren’t quite as captivating as they were in the first couple of books. I still want to know what happens to Ayla and Jondalar, though!

So what should I read next? I saw that Rick Riordan has a new book out, it is the first in a new series in the same universe as The Lightning Thief. I’m not sure I’m interested, though. I didn’t enjoy those books too much to begin with. I have the Series of Unfortunate Events that I haven’t read yet and the Old Kingdom Series. Any other recommendations?

Another Twilight Tuesday!

When I realized today was Tuesday I got way too excited, lol. Here are some new Twilight tidbits from the MTV Movies Blog:

Ah, now to wait until next Tuesday… ๐Ÿ™‚

Twilight Tuesday!!

Every Tuesday, the MTV Movies Blog posts an article or two about the upcoming Twilight movie — or anything Twilight related, actually. I follow the blog in my Google (feed) Reader so I don’t miss any Twilight posts. You can follow this link to read all of their Twilight related posts. There are some really good interviews on there with the cast and with the author, Stephenie Meyer.

YAY TWILIGHT TUESDAY!!!

X-Files

So Mike and I recently signed up for Netflix so we could start watching the television series, The X-Files. Mike and Greg used to watch it when it was on TV, but I never did. Probably my parents wouldn’t allow me. ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyway, since the movie is coming out this summer, and all of our favorite shows are on summer hiatus, I suggested we start watching it and get me caught up. I saw one episode of the series in a college course (“Home”), which was really disturbing, so I wasn’t too excited about the series. But now that we’ve watched the first disc, I’m more excited to get the next one. ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t think we’ll be able to finish the series before the movie comes out though, lol.

Enid lives!

Sorry for the lack of updates xD Enid and I have been busy!

On Saturday we drove with my neice to Los Angeles. Boy did we have a busy day! First we drove to California State University, Northridge to drop my neice off for an orientation/informational meeting at 8:30 AM. Then we drove down to the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica to meet up with a friend for lunch. Then back to Northridge to pick up my neice, then head to my mom’s house to drop her off. Only we got lost on the way back! Luckily Enid was driving shot gun, otherwise I might not have noticed we were going the wrong way until we reached Santa Barbara! ๐Ÿ˜› Finally we reached my mom’s house, and then we got back to my room at my sister’s house and crashed for the night, haha. And since I’m a huge dork I made a map.

A couple of days later Enid and I talked my fiance into taking us to see The Other Boleyn Girl. Enid guarded my purse while we were in the theatre ๐Ÿ™‚ What a trusty octopus! Of course Enid and I really liked the movie, but Mike was less enthusiastic. ๐Ÿ™‚

Since this week was a slow week for Enid, I’ll do my best to take her on more trips next week! Stay tuned!

Rebecca?!

I just finished reading the novel Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier, which was excellent. I highly recommend it. I also recommend the movie that was based off of the novel, by the same name, directed by the excellent Alfred Hitchcock. However, unless you happen to own it on DVD or VHS, or see it on TV, the chances are that you probably won’t.

Why? Because for some unfathomable reason the studio that owns the rights to this film has decided to let it go out of print, and it has been so for at least a few years now, as far as I can tell. After finishing the novel, I decided I wanted to see the movie again. I went to my local Target and Blockbuster, neither had it. I wasn’t too upset; neither are known for having old movies in stock. I checked online, and I couldn’t find it anywhere. That’s when I discovered that the only places you can buy it are amazon marketplace and ebay (at exorbitant rates). I can’t understand how a film that won Best Picture (1940) and is considered one of the best films of all time could be out of print. I can’t even express how disappointed I am to learn of this…

WGA Strike Closes Production of ‘The Office’ Down :(

The one thing I was afraid of happening happened: production of The Office has stopped because Steve Carrell refuses to cross the picket lines:

After a 7am call time with a 9am crew call, after standing around for 7 hours at our location waiting for the studio to make a decision once it was realized that Steve Carell would, once again, not be crossing the picket line of the Writer’s Guild picketers, our producer called the entire crew into the set of Michael’s condo and announced that The Office is officially shutting down.

For how long? That’s really up to the producers and studio, I guess. I feel the writers have a valid claim. They want residuals for all content written and produced for “new media” (i.e. internet, itunes,cell phones, etc.) and they absolutely should fight for it because all media will be streamed this way in the future. Truth be told, the writers picketing right now aren’t gonna gain anything. They’re losing so much money by not working right now that any residuals they garner from this new media will never cover it. But that’s not really the point…

So, it sucks for us little people, but I’m not all that annoyed. I fully support the WGA, and the writers of The Office specifically. I wish them luck in their quest.

As for me, it’s back to the unemplyment line and the dayplayer world. Personally, I’m kinda excited. As long as I can keep busy, I’ll be aok and I can meet new people, catch up with old friends and still pay my rent every month.

Until this whole thing blows over anyhow.

That is all.

Thanks for the support and if you need a dayplayer, you best call me. I’m pretty awesome.

-Dan

From the Myspace blog of Dan Beals, a PA for the Office.

Hopefully they can get all of this sorted out soon ๐Ÿ™

(Thanks ONTD)