Wednesday, October 31, 2007

streetlights... people...

so check this out... someone caught a glimpse of Banksy while he was working on his latest masterpiece... gotta say, it's pretty awesome.

In case you're not aware, Banksy is a British graffiti artist/super sneaky awesome guy. You've seen his stuff, the most famous (or at least the most prevalent) being those rats that are all over... which are pretty cool. Most of them are smaller that the one to the right... like a foot tall or something.
I'm pretty sure that the original rats were sort of anarchist/anti-government figures, and that perspective has remained pretty standard in his work, though most of the recent stuff is less aggressive... more pro-peace than anti-gov. He's very famous, and it's pretty impossible to get one of his originals now, they sell for crazy amounts... I guess some house with one of his murals on the side went on sale and they listed it as "a mural with a house attached." Hah.

Also, Banksy is, I guess, the guy who made the fake covers on the Paris Hilton CD, where she's naked. So, not only is he super stealth and completely created and talented, he's also hilarious. Let's give him a hand.

I don't know, if he doesn't want people to know who he is, leave him alone... but at the same time, it'd be cool to meet him. Plus, he could probably get arrested... even though a lot of his work is legal at this point, he's pulled some weird stuff... plus it must drive city officials crazy that his stuff keeps popping up everywhere, which is kind of awesome.

Here's a few more of his tags (I guess they're considered that)...
this one's on Melrose...

In general they're pretty clever and if they have a message it's usually a pretty good one... very anti-media induced stupidity and whatnot. Banksy. Awesome.

Monday, October 29, 2007

lamest world series ever

I'm pretty sure that Frank TV is never actually coming on... it's just some weird Matrix meets the Truman Show mind game or something. All those impressions are terrible. I hate FrankTV.

Mary-Kate is on Weeds.

surefire hangover cure

Bitters and soda with lime. It has officially changed my life. It doesn't taste good, but it works like a charm. You're welcome.


Britney Spears, ladies and gentlemen!

God I love her. She just oozes class.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Hot Canadians: Rachel McAdams

Rachel McAdams is the next Canadian. I am pretty sure she is my favorite actress, even though I can never shake my devotion to Lindsay... but it's on a different level. She is completely gorgeous, obvs (see right). I mean... she's pretty perfect looking and I guess she seems charming and nice, and I like what she does with her hair usually, she likes to take risks... dark with bangs and then that caramel color and then the blonde with the pink in it... which I actually didn't love but she's still very pretty. But Also she seems reasonably normal and cool and fun or whatever, everyone seems to like working with her... of course. she's canadian. And until recently (like, within hours) she was dating Ryan Gosling, and they were adooooorable and they hung out in Toronto and in the snow and stuff and were cute and normal and just great and it's like you could hang out with them, and they'd be those friends that were just way too nice all the time, but not necessarily in an annoying way.

To place where they met, there's this:

I mean we all loved that. You couldn't not love it, heartbreaking.

And then. Of course.
There is Regina George, from Mean Girls. Mean Girls gets a bad rap because it's Lindsay and it's pink and bouncy and so it's targeted towards kids and so people think it won't be smart and funny, but it was written by Tina Fey and Lindsay is a great actress despite whatever and the guy who plays the guy is very attractive... and the message is hammered home pretty hard, but it's a good one so it's alright. And, Rachel McAdams is perfect as Regina, with that wig. Hmmm. I think it was hard for people to deal with her not having that hair in her next movie... I guess wedding crashers was next, and she had that dark hair and a bigger forehead... it was a tough transition. But in wedding crashers isn't she the cutest? Great.

So there you go.

Rachel McAdams. Canadian.

Hot Canadians: Tokyo Police Club

The next installation in our Hot Canadians series is Tokyo Police Club... They. Are. Awesome. I'm telling you... I've been obsessed with them since way before Coachella, where they completely rocked it. Granted, their first cd was 7 songs... all of which were awesome, but that's a pretty sparse playlist... but they're pretty amazing. I saw them at the El Rey about a week and a half ago and they killed it. This is them:

And, beyond being, musically, one of the best bands I've encountered in a long while, they're pretty hot also. So that helps. Anyways, they're from Ontario, they've only been a band since '05, which is CRAZY considering how successful they are... they have a couple new songs that aren't on their debut cd on their myspace... I'm pretty in love with them. You should be too. Check them out, do it, you'll be obsessed within moments. My fave: Be Good RAC Remix, which is on their Smiths CD that they were selling at their concert... their new single 'your english is good' is pretty amazing also.

Anyways, I obviously have less information about them than I did about the previous Hot Canadians... but they're awesome, and they're hot (to the point where, when they were at Cinespace, I got too freaked out to approach them, and I approach everyone), so you should love them. GO. LISTEN. LOVE.

Hot Canadians: Michael Cera

So here begins what I plan to make a regular series, Hot Canadians. The thing is, every time I find some band or some actor or actress that I just think seems really awesome, they end up being from Canada. Any country that can bring us Degrassi, Alanis Morisette and maple syrup is ok by me... plus, socialized health care! HOORAY!

So, I'll do a few to get started... and the clear choice to kick it off... Michael Cera!!

I mean look how cute he is. So awkward... it's such an endearing quality and I just think he's hilarious. So he was in Arrested Development as George Michael, and that show was the funniest thing on television, totally mis-cancelled, lame. Jason Bateman, too, you can't go wrong with that. Is he Canadian? I don't know. Anyways, George Michael is just... perfect. So terribly humiliating all the time, I can't believe. And then of course, the funniest movie... maybe ever, Superbad. I think we all saw it. So you know. "I know, samesies!" I kind of died.

And then I found this picture:

and I don't know if it's a poster for something or what, but that's pretty cool, it's like he's in a smoking room at a prep school or something... but in a good way. Like a Dead Poet's Society type of boarding school, but without the suicide and censorship.

And apparently he does all these web shows, which are hilarious. Here. this is him doing a fake interview, as himself. Watch it.

It's so ridiculous. Who writes this stuff??? "be yourself, as long as that means that you are a successful person."

Michael Cera. A Canadian to watch.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

your love life's d.o.a.

lolcats are sometimes really hilarious.

in case you missed it JK Rowling outed Dumbledore last night. This is obviously a development that affects us all deeply. There were no other gay wizards mentioned though, which is interesting... I guess the parallel issue would be muggles marrying non-muggles. The whole series was increasingly socially political, both within the wizarding world (obviously) and in the muggle world (ie the thinly veiled cuts at the US government thought by the Prime Minister). This is definitely a positive... it keeps the book from being "fluff" or too easily disregarded as being for kids, and it (kind of) has a message. On the other hand, it's going to make it way too easy for some crazy to refer back to the series after every major terrorist attack/war/social conflict until the end of time and show how it was "predicted"... conspiracy theorists are intense.

Friday, October 19, 2007

she was such a pyt

I wasn't going to say anything. But I think we need to talk about Lindsay Lohan. I think it's time.

Linds. I really thought it was kind of lame when you went to rehab. Your heart is obviously not in it... I mean, you're 20 years old. You're gorgeous. You're rich. Everyone wants to be around you and party with you. You love cocaine. All these factors put together make it really difficult for any rational person to believe that you've seen the error of your ways and are really down to shape up and turn into... well, a real person. Also... while it was getting kind of scary seeing you spiral out of control like that (and sweetie we all love you and really do worry)... no one wants their Lohan taken away... what would we talk about? Britney? Please, it's too easy. No, while obviously we didn't want you weaving down Sunset at 2 am, putting all of our (read: my) lives at stake, it wouldn't do to have you out of the picture entirely either. Alas, with a tear in our eyes and a decline in the drug market, we watched you go.

And then you kind of did it. Even I, one of the biggest skeptics of your dedication to being "sober" - by which I mean even just sober enough to pass for sober - was kind of shocked by how good you seemed to be doing. You were white water rafting, you gained a couple of (much needed) pounds... you PICKED A PUMPKIN! You were on your way back to being... well, not crazy. Plus, I usually think blonde is your worst look, but your hair just looks really awesome right now, and you can't argue with that. Then, to top it off you(r publicist) set up some really effective paparazzi photos of you with your dad and like... standing it the woods and stuff, and you looked happy, and here's the key to this whole thing... people really want you to be happy. They really do, and so if you try to tell us you're happy and healthy, we are going to do everything in our power to believe you. And so when these pictures got posted... well, people were ready to be convinced, and you pulled it off. I mean... look how good you look:

You look hot. Those pants you're wearing in the first pic are way too long (which is why I chose the cropped picture), but that aside, you're lookin' all sorts of cute.

So now you're back. You're working on some movie where you're going to tango with
this guy (who is either pretty dishy or really old looking depending on the picture and whose trivia fact is "owns a scooter"), and which I am all ready to get excited about. As I said, your hair looks awesome. You're a little orange, and in these pictures: looking a little scrawny again... but for the most part, loving it. Keep whoever did your extensions in the picture, for real. OH GOD I just googled it and apparently it was Ken Paves.

And then came this Riley guy. I don't want to be too judgemental. And I know that you write everything like you're writing a text message, too... and from your multiple letters that I must assume are written from your blackberry, I can infer, and even accept because I love you, that grammar and composition are not priorities with you, for yourself or your partner. So ok. I won't even talk about the fact that he seems like kind of a moron, and that he wears wu-tang shirts like every other day (which, I love wtc as much as the next person, but that's a little outdated and weird, and if not that then at least annoying in its lack of variety, so maybe I shouldn't be excusing it... but I am). But he's not really even cute. And you're taller than him, at least in heels, which makes you equatable with... well, anyone who's dated Tom Cruise, but not in the good "Nicole Kidman is beautiful and a great actress" kind of way, and more in the "that's so sad I wonder if Katie Holmes has been brainwashed" kind of way. And that's not where you want to be, Linds. Plus he was engaged... and... well, ok, RUMOR has it that you fucked him in a stairwell. A stairwell at rehab, Lindsay? That's not classy. I am choosing not to believe it, because I just can't. Oh... but see what you've done to me? A part of me really can believe it. Because you've done some crazy shit, and now you've gotten me all twisted over some rumor that is probably/hopefully complete fabrication. Sigh. And now I guess you may be engaged? But you totally pulled that with... oh god I can't even remember who you were dating when you did that... I guess probably Harry Morton, because it wasn't Wilmer... but anyways I think you just like to fuck with people by wearing a diamond ring around... and also, while you're clearly a little desperate for male attention, and you can't write coherently, I really don't think you're an idiot, and I definitely don't think you're dumb enough to get engaged to some dude (I was going to follow this with "who... etc etc" but I've decided to just leave him as "some dude" because in 3 weeks that's what he'll be again and we can all stop reading his ex-fiance's myspace, hmm?) Also, I guess you were drunk this weekend.

Lindsay... your existence makes me so happy sometimes, and sometimes you're just too much to take. I don't know. I'd really like for you to wash your party pants, put 'em on and get out there so that you can do more hilarious stuff that I can hear about. Maybe you should hire a driver first. Maybe you should do slightly less coke. Maybe, if you must keep doing copious amounts of coke, you should not yell and get in fights with the shady dealers in alleys. I will grant these things. But beyond that... you're hardly fooling anyone, at this point - the weird boyfriend and the obsessive tanning has insured that - so maybe you should just embrace the crazy and stop trying to hide. Because we love you.

telling the truth but no one believes me

you may think you know the people you work with, but you probably don't.