Thursday, September 30, 2010

Don't be a Sue

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Well, Glee started its new season this week with a Britney-themed episode that did a pretty amazing job of recreating a lot of her most popular videos with the cast, especially the character also called Britney (who often as the best lines in an episode). She really looked a lot like Brits in each scenario, which was surprising.

The show has also partnered with American Express for their Member's Project to raise money for charities. My favorite is the one with Sue talking about getting involved in the world...



"What do animals do besides poop on your lawn and make you feel guilty about how delicious they are?"

I love me some Sue Sylvester.

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Also, sad news today about Tony Curtis...

Screen legend Tony Curtis died Thursday, his family said. He was 85.

Curtis starred in more than 150 motion pictures and was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in 1958's "The Defiant Ones" with Sidney Poitier.
 Curtis also is known for his roles in the 1959 movie "Some Like it Hot" with Marilyn Monroe and Jack Lemmon and "Spartacus" in 1960 with Kirk Douglas. He also played the lead role in "The Boston Strangler," released in 1968.

He will be missed.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Oprah in lederhosen

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It looks like The Sound of Music is also one of Oprah's favorite things...

Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer will join fellow "Music" stars Charmian Carr (Liesl), Nicholas Hammond (Friedrich), Heather Menzies-Urich (Louisa), Duane Chase (Kurt), Angela Cartwright (Brigitta), Debbie Turner (Marta) and Kym Karath (Gretl) on Winfrey's show on October 29, 2010.

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Ironically, three of those child actors ended up in classic Sci-Fi TV series several years later.

Angela Cartwright (Brigitta) went on to star as Penny Robinson in Lost in Space.

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Nicholas Hammond (Friedrich) went on to star in The Amazing Spiderman way before Tobey Maguire was capable of being conceived.

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And Heather Menzies (Louisa) went on to marry Robert Vegas Urich and also co-star in Logan's Run.

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Maria and the Captain must be very proud.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Ooops

Australia's Next Top Model aired their finale last night and did something we all knew would happen one day on one of these shows...

They announced the wrong winner on live TV and then...had to correct it halfway through the faux-winner's acceptance speech.



Awkward.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Abner!!!

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Lenny Kravitz really put some thought into this particular outfit before leaving his house recently.

Maybe he was just on his way to audition for the role of Emma Peel in a new Avengers movie...

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I hope he ditched the murse (man-purse) before he attempted any fight scenes.

It's just going to get in the way.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The kids aren't all right

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The new trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 1) just came out and it looks like our Hogwartians are ready to rumble...



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It also looks like Amy Winehouse has a featured role.

Well, at least her wig.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Making it so

It's always interesting to see who might have been cast in some of the iconic roles from your favorite TV shows. As you can see from this old casting memo for Star Trek: The Next Generation, we could have ended up with a very different crew.

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To think that Yaphett Kotto might have been Picard or that Denise Crosby was actually considered the "only" person to play Counselor Troi (she made a much better Tasha).

Maybe if Wesley Snipes had gotten the role of Geordi, he might have found someone to manage his tax situation better and, with his busy schedule, we may have been spared the Blade movie sequels.

If only he could turn back time...

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Monday, September 20, 2010

Walkin' Shoes

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If you want to spend a day hiking in some of the beautiful scenery surrounding Portland, all you have to do is take a 15-20 minute drive outside the city to Multnomah Falls.

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It is the tallest waterfall in Oregon and the third-tallest year-round waterfall in the U.S. Plus, the mile hike up to the top is filled with loads of visual fun and kind of reminded me of when I went hiking in New Zealand.

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It's mighty purty up there...

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Plus, the walk down is SO much easier.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Kathy on Kimmel

Kathy Griffin was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel this past week discussing Oprah and the VMA's (hopefully the DVR recorded them while I was up here in Portland) and, as always, she was hilarious.

Enjoy all three parts...I know I did.





Thursday, September 16, 2010

Into the Woods

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I have really missed nature.

One of the highlights of my trip this week was visiting Portland's famous Washington Park, which sits just above the city and makes for a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with Mother Nature.

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The park has an expansive rose garden that contains countless varieties of the flower that the city has become famous for over the years.

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There is also an amazing Japanese Garden where you can relax, unwind, and recharge your brain and soul, while taking in the Zen-like scenery at every turn.

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I sometimes forget what it is like to be surrounded by clean air, green landscape, and...quiet.

Over time, Los Angeles unconsciously conditions a person to live without those essential things and, the longer that you stay, you eventually seem to accept that "your world" is fine without it.

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I can't believe I've lived in L.A. for almost 28 years and, until recently, rarely seemed to recognize the effect that the environment there has had on me over time.

However, I do know that for the past few years as I have pushed myself to travel outside of it...I have found it harder to look forward to my return.

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It might be time for a change...