Monthly Archives: November 2009

Foxy Movie, I Think I Love You

Yeah, we went with that title.  Give us a break, it’s early on a Monday, and it’s not fair to expect words of beauty.

Anyway, we contributed another post to the Awards Picks Red Carpet Blog, this time in praise/reverence of Fantastic Mr. Fox.  Long story short, I loved Up, but I also loved this movie, and now I’m confused.

If your thirst for Mr. Fox and Wes Anderson material is not sated by the review, nor his interview on Fresh Air, nor by this featurette, then check out the A.V. Club’s recent Q&A with Anderson.

Now off to play some Whackbat.

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Black Friday Fun! Muppetstar Galactica!

So much fun showing up at Best Buy at 5am this morning.  Black Friday is the best!  It’s like Christmas, but instead of receiving presents you have to get up before dawn to literally wrestle with other people to buy gifts.  America!

Anyway, with the Muppet version of “Bohemian Rhapsody” burning up the bandwidths since Tuesday, we thought it’d be appropriate to end the week with another (albeit fan created) Muppet mash-up.  Enjoy!

P.S. The diet starts today, right guys?!?!

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Thanksgiving Cooking Tips

Here’s a handy guide to preparing for your Thanksgiving feast—

1. Roast the turkey:

2. Plump it up:
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3. Carve meticulously:

Then serve, enjoy, argue with family members, fall asleep, and promise to never eat again!

Happy Thanksgiving!  See you at the mall!

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OMG! The Real Housewives of OC Are Just Like Us!

They shop at H&M too!

Well, at least Jeana and her daughter Kara do.  At the mall!  Just like you and me!

Oh, this is cute.

Don’t be shy, Jeana.  This is where Kara shops when she pays for her own clothes.  And she lives in LA now, so she knows what’s what.  Plus, SALE!

More Photos: Sales Everywhere! The Fitting Room! Budgets!

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Was Hoping This Would Also Be a ‘Wayne’s World’ Parody

But it’s still good.

Twitter is all abuzz with Retweets about a new Muppet video uploaded to YouTube today in which our favorites perform their very own version of Queen’s classic “Bohemian Rhapsody” music video!

Pretty amusing, but how cool would it have been if it featured Kermit and Fozzie in the Mirth Mobile, head banging and lip syncing along, Fozzie in the Dana Carvey/Garth role behind the wheel and not knowing the words.  Oh, well, I guess it would have looked like this, but with “Bohemian Rhapsody.”  And maybe Animal going crazy in the backseat.

Got to admit it though, the Muppets sure look good in 1080p.

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The Regis Philbin Wave of Mutilation Continues

Last week the Regis Philbin runaway train barreled through Meryl Streep, nearly sending her into cardiac arrest when Reege mistakenly informed Streep that her daughter had broken her leg (Just a little error reading the cue card.  NBD.  She’s only the daughter of Oscar Royalty.  Relaaaaax).

Now Reege has once again turned the knife onto himself, as he’ll undergo hip replacement surgery on December 1, followed by a four to six-week recovery and absence from Live!

And now I feel kinda bad.  Like it was our constant warnings that Reege is a loose cannon and is a danger to himself and others that caused the need surgery.  Can’t help but feel somewhat responsible.

Plus, it’s boring without Reege.  Now I’ll have no reason to tune into the show.  Unless, of course, Anderson Cooper guest hosts, because that guy goes Eddie  Murphy Raw when he’s freed from the shackles of prime time cable news into the anything goes of world of syndicated morning television.  No other CNN personality with evidently limited knowledge of popular culture can eviscerate the Lohan family like Anderson Cooper.

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Terry Gross Interviews Wes Anderson, Really Fleshing Out Her Spot on Judd Apatow Chart

What a roll Terry Gross is on!  First, last Friday she had on Judd Apatow, and today she welcomed another auteur, Mr. Wes Anderson.  Now I can connect Apatow, Gross and Anderson on the 2nd Level of the Judd Apatow Chart!

Anderson joined Gross of Fresh Air to talk about his new stop-motion masterpiece Fantastic Mr. Fox (when I say masterpiece it sounds sarcastic, but it’s not intended to be.  The film is truly excellent).  The Texan native talks about what drew him to the Roald Dahl book, how he unknowingly based some characters on himself and his older brother, and how they turned to Bob Fosse for inspiration.  Terry Gross talks about cat postcards.

Listen here–> Wes Anderson Covers New Ground with “Mr. Fox”

Say what you want about Wes Anderson (and a lot has already been said), but he is one of the true visionary geniuses working today.  He gets a lot of criticism for his obsessive devotion to the most minute details.  But it’s one thing have an obsessive devotion to the most minute details, and it’s another thing to have an obsessive devotion to the most minute details and create these unbelievably vivid, unique, and charming worlds.  He has begun to reuse the same tropes and devices, but they are his tropes and devices, and how many directors have created such a distinct style with such a small sample of work?  Not many.

And if you still want more Anderson and details on Fox, here’s a behind the scenes featurette:

Unfortunately, Gross will not be hosting one of our favorite writer-directors tomorrow.  Well, you can’t hit a home run everyday.

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‘SNL’ & JGL: Full of Sound and Fury Signifying…What, Exactly?

Well, there was no denying that the energy level was turned up to 11 on this weekend’s Saturday Night Live, with a burst of adrenaline that was no doubt due in great part to Joseph Gordon Levitt’s raucous enthusiasm, and, perhaps, with the scathing reviews after last weekend’s January Jones episode, the cast and crew felt they had something to prove.  And they came out and put on an entertaining, upbeat, cue card independent show.  But was it actually any funnier?

Well, yes, it was.  But was it the “best episode of the season,” the superlative that many blogs have given it, so soon after they did the same for the Taylor Swift outing?  That assertion, like the Taylor Swift platitudes, is debatable.  Certainly though, there was no arguing it was better, and, at the very least, not nearly as lazy.  But in this case, let’s not confuse enthusiasm for a good sense of humor, or entertainment for comedy.  They’re definitely related, but one does not necessarily equal the other.

Over on his EW blog Ken Tucker provided an excellent commentary that’s quite similar to my own take (so if you’re in a rush and can only read his review or ours, read his), noting that while Levitt’s frenetic monologue performance of “Make ‘Em Laugh” from Singing in the Rain was impressive (especially his two off-the wall backflips followed by a well-executed pratfall) and a crowd pleaser, it didn’t exactly make you laugh.  It was almost more like a successful awards show opening number than a sharp, funny SNL monologue.  That being said we’ll be lucky if all future hosts can provide as much talent and effort as “regular Joe”  (However, with that kind of energy, one has to wonder if JGL was on more than just regular joe).

Read on: What’s Up With Kenan Thompson, Family Dinners & Pierre Escargot? Plus, Jason Sudeikis makes 12:50am safe again…

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‘The Office’: Truth or Consequences

As we’re a bit late to the party, just some (hopefully) quick thoughts on last week’s Office entry, “Shareholder Meeting.”

The theme for this season (and probably the entire series), as we have already talked about in great detail, has been the vacillation of Michael Scott from mildly idiotic but well-meaning and somewhat competent to completely oblivious, self-absorbed and wildly unqualified, and finding that the best episodes seem to be when Michael trends towards the former.  Indeed, in their review Vulture notes that, “as a general rule, the less Michael Scott is a Homer Simpson–esque boob, the better The Office becomes.”  In “Shareholder Meeting,” we get a glimpse of both Michaels, and I think this episode just missed the mark, not because Michael again veered of course (although, he sorta did), but because the show shied away from the opportunity to let things get even uglier.

Read on: What could have been. Douche or consequences. The return of Ronni!

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Before Pizza Hut Hit the Jackpot with Jim Bruer They Made Commericals Like This

While we put together some thoughts on The Office and SNL, let’s start off the new week with an old favorite:

 

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