Snow White and The Huntsman

Florence + The Machine released the music video for “Breath of Life,” which will be on the soundtrack of Snow White and The Huntsman.

I just saw Dark Shadows, which was boring and long, but I think that Snow White will be good!  SWATH opens June 1st.

 

The Mindy Project

YAY! Mindy Kaling’s new show (formerly “It’s Messy”) has received a “series order” from FOX.  I’m sad that she is leaving The Office, but I think she is getting off the Titanic and onto a 5 Star Cruiseliner. If you only know Mindy from The Office, you have to read her book! If you read her book, you will learn that her mother was an OBGYN. Inspiration for her character? I think so!

Also, Bill Hader! And Richard Schiff! And Ed Helms! I think they are only guesting for the pilot though. It was definitely a little weird to see Kelly and Andy on a date.

Premiering in the fall (set to air on Tuesdays at 9:30 PM ET/PT), the show features Kaling as an obsessed-with-but-still-unlucky-in-love doctor, with some apparently self-destructive habits and pervasive insecurities. While the trailer does fly high on the powers of femininity, it’s not something that men won’t find entertaining. It doesn’t matter what gender you are, there’s nothing unfunny about Mindy Kaling backpedaling after inviting Ed Helms to sleep with her on the first date.

                             – Hollywood.com

30Rock is going off the air, but I think The Mindy Project will be able to pick up slack in the laughs department (not the most attractive metaphor, oh well).

2 Fresh 2 Furious

 

This short film, produced by Ira Glass and written and directed by Mike Birbiglia, was part of the This American Life: LIVE SHOW. The live show will be rebroadcast in select theaters May 15th.

I always knew Terry Gross was hardcore.

 

 

Motion Typography

How fitting! A motion typography video about a type-face?!? Get outta here! Helvetica is a cool documentary, but you must be interested in the subject or else you will be really bored.

Motion typography, also known as kinetic typography, is awesome. I just love a  well-done commercial or set of opening credits. I like how people make shapes, and move the words and letters, to create art. Maybe one day I will learn how to use Abode After Effects or something so I can make them myself.

The credits of Zombieland are discussed in another PBS Arts: Off Book video.

PBS Arts: Off Book produced this video on typography: how type expresses ideas and information and the balance between a type’s purpose and its artistic value.

David Guetta Samples RENT? Police?

 

Titanium by David Guetta featuring Sia has 57,470,870 views on youtube right now.  Holy moly, that is insane.  I love the song and music video and I’m happy to report that they are starting to play it on the radio (at least, just starting in America).

I think Sia deserves a little more credit than “featuring,” but whatevs.  On wikipedia it said that Katy Perry was offered the song first, but she turned it down (um, why?), and then Mary J Blige recorded a demo version that leaked. I like Mary J Blige, but I think Sia sounds better for this song. On the other hand, I can understand the words better in Mary J’s version.

 

Today when I was listening to the song, the intro really reminded me of something. All of a sudden, it hit me. RENT. Any rentheads out there? The guitar at the beginning sounds similar (imho) to One Song Glory.

 

Wikipedia referenced a review of the song comparing the opening guitar to Every Breath I Take by The Police. Good point!

I think every single version of this song has at least one comment calling it the “facebook anthem.”

So, I am asking the universe for a mash up of these songs.  Actually, on second thought, that might turn out to be a hot mess.  Either way, I will def be listening to some more Sia, with or without David Guetta.

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

I got a Kindle almost a year ago.  And, what a shame, I only used it for the wi-fi. UNTIL, I went to Italy and I was like “Oh right, I should finally use this useful tool so that I have entertainment for the airplane and train.”  Weirdly enough, the library limits the number of ebook copies that can be checked out at once, so there was a waiting list for all the popular books and well-known authors.  I poked around a little until I found a book with really good ratings.  It was called “Attachments” by Rainbow Rowell. (Her blog is here.)

“Attachments” is a fantastic book.  It is sweet, poignant, romantic, and insanely hilarious. Like, laugh out loud, look like a crazy person, tell all your friends about it HILARIOUS.

What is it about?

“Attachments” takes place right around Y2K, although it was written recently and  published just this year. Two friends, Jennifer and Beth, work for a newspaper and email each other all day, chatting about life, relationships, and Jason Bateman.  Their conversations are so funny and realistic, I swear, I felt like I was reading email exchanges I’ve had with my friends.

Lincoln, a down-and-out guy who feels like his life is one giant rut, is hired by the newspaper to monitor company emails for red-flags, like gambling or evidence of time wasting.  Jennifer and Beth’s emails pop-up and Lincoln, just like the reader, is captivated. He starts to fall for Beth, but has no idea how to introduce himself: “Hi, we’ve never met, but I’ve been spying on your emails for weeks and I’ve fallen in love with you?” Face palm.

This romantic comedy, about friendship, love, and courage, is one of the best books I’ve ever read and it is a zillion times better than the Stephanie Plum or Shopaholic series (and, guilty, I’ve read all of both of them).

Go read the excerpts on Amazon!  Here is a tiny one:

Jennifer to Beth:  I think I’m pregnant.

Beth to Jennifer:  What?  Why do you think you’re pregnant?

Jennifer to Beth:  I had three drinks last Saturday.

Beth to Jennifer:  I think we need to have a little talk about the birds and the bees. That’s not exactly how it happens.

Jennifer to Beth:  Whenever I have too much to drink, I start to feel pregnant.  I think it’s because I never drink, and it would just figure that the one time I decide to loosen up, I get pregnant.  Three hours of weakness, and now I’m going to spend the rest of my life wrestling with the special needs of a fetal alcoholic.

Beth to Jennifer:  I don’t think they call them that.

Boom. Mic drop. And I only used this excerpt because it was easily available.  I don’t have my copy anymore so I couldn’t mine through it to find the best, most funny parts.

There are also “deleted scenes” on Rowell’s website.  This one, about Beth’s secret love for Data from Star Trek is priceless. This one, about Lincoln getting the job at the newspaper, demonstrates his relationship with his slightly overbearing mother.

I am ordering my copy today, and you should too! Or at least try to get it from your library!

West Wing Funny or Die Reunion

OMG. I loved The West Wing and Allison Janney is one of my favorite actors of all time, so when I saw on Gawker that Funny or Die had reunited the cast, I flipped out.

Go watch the video. Immediately. It is awesome.

1) I love the party when Allison Janney slaps William Duffy.

2) I love the part when Duffy tells Martin Sheen/President Bartlett, “She’s dead, sir.”

3) I love the part when the President starts going into his speech, “In the time of Socrates…” and they all groan.

4) I love the part when the President nearly whacks Dule Hill in the face while putting on his jacket.

Why the reunion? To promote a fitness campaign called EveryBody Walk. Which is great, but I may forgo walking in order to watch some old West Wing episodes.