Survivor- Math is Hard

Was it me or did the vote at the end make the head hurt with the countin'?

I had to rewind at the end to see how Tyson got voted off...which if you're wondering is because he voted Parvati (that name!) instead of doing the split vote and voting Russell.

And what were the chances Russell would give the immunity idol to Parvati? Seems like a producer set up to me. Although the way Russell reacts to her flirting (manipulation) is pretty sad.

I know- I'm still watching Survivor? Granny and I used to talk about it. I did think that I had to tell her it was on Wednesday not Thursday this week.

I'm Not Saying It's Her Fault, But...

When your husband is accused of having an affair with a woman photographed in Nazi gear, with WP (White Power?) tattoos, and tattoos ON HER FOREHEAD and no one is really surprised, you might have to think about who you are married to.

Health Insurance Reform Bill

Before we all start worrying about what the health insurance reform bill will do to our coverage, let's read what's in it, shall we?

Start here with this summary.

Does anyone else think it's funny that it is so horrific to be a socialist*, yet being a greedy, war-monger is acceptable?

*Obama is not a socialist, but to those that think he is, it is a worse thought than war

Is It Too Soon to Say "Suck it Boener"?

C'mon. I really want to say it. And not because of the not-so subtle teenage humor relating to suck it and his last name.

Health Care Vote Tonight

Doesn't every industrial nation have healthcare for their citizens except for the U.S.?

Big pharma has control over so much of our country, an obstacle the other nations might not have faced. So I give Obama credit for taking this cause on and trying to make something out of the frickin' mess we are in.

Naysayers- go listen to Michelle Bachman speak and see what the other side is all about (I'll give you a clue- hate and money). Then maybe you'll see that while Obama isn't the liberal you want him to be (and he never was, btw), he does care about people. If he didn't he wouldn't have taken on healthcare so early in his presidency. Duh.

J. Lo in Overboard Remake?

When will the madness end?

First- That movie was 23 years ago. What?!?!

Second- Why is anyone hiring J.Lo to be in any movie, let alone a remake of a classic 80's comedy.

And third- What dolt are they going to get to play Kurt's part?

Jesse James Doesn't Surprise

A little over a week after Sandra Bullock won an Oscar, it is being reported that her husband Jesse James cheated on her with some woman with tats. Not surprising that the woman is the polar opposite of Sandra.

Neither Sandra nor Jesse's rep have denied the report, Sandra is no longer attending the UK premiere of The Blind Side, and People is reporting that Sandra has left the family home.

While Sandra did look tense at the Oscars, it seemed more like nerves. Jesse was with her at the Oscars, and she did mention him in her speech.

Jesse seems like an ass, so many were surprised when she married him. A leopard doesn't change his spots, or something like that.

Predicted It

AFP photo from 2009

This is what I said about Kate Winslet at the Oscars a week ago Sunday
Kate Winslet. This dress looks fine here, but when you see it close up, the two pieces don't quite go together and there is some odd pleating in the front. She looks very thin. Divorce announcement soon?

Well what do you know. A week later- Kate and husband Sam Mendes announce their separation.

What's Her Name Use to Get Canadian Healthcare

Not only does this make her seemy shady, but confirms her to be the hypocrite that she is.

From Huffington Post:
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin -- who has gone to great lengths to hype the supposed dangers of a big government takeover of American health care -- admitted over the weekend that she used to get her treatment in Canada's single-payer system.

"We used to hustle over the border for health care we received in Canada," Palin said in her first Canadian appearance since stepping down as governor of Alaska. "And I think now, isn't that ironic?"

The irony, one guesses, is that Palin now views Canada's health care system as revolting: with its government-run administration and 'death-panel'-like rationing. Clearly, however, she and her family once found it more alluring than, at the very least, the coverage available in rural Alaska.

I can't stand her.

And Now, An Important Question

Why was Clooney so grumpy during the Oscars?

I love that the LA Times, Entertainment Weekly and others mentioned how Clooney was acting. Yea, yea, first female director won...But what was Clooney's problem?

His rep says Clooney was in on the joke at the beginning, which we all figured out (Baldwin glared at Clooney, Clooney glared back).

But was the excuse for the rest of the show? Clooney didn't clap at tributes, had a dour look on his face, and just seemed unlike the Clooney we are used to seeing. I guess not everyone can be upbeat at all times. Or that girlfriend is as annoying as she looks.

Corey Haim Dies

Today someone asked me if I heard that Corey Haim died. I said I had, and that "I wonder if he'll make the Oscar In Memoriam montage". Then I get an email from Friend M who says essentially the same thing. If you remember- Farrah Fawcett was left out of the montage this year (read the explanation here and how it is bunk). And yes, I understand that it might not be the nicest thing to ponder after hearing of someone's death.

We won't know what caused Corey's death until the autopsy report. Corey gained fame starring in The Lost Boys. He was 38.

Oscars- This N That

Who was the crazy Charlotte Raye looking lady that interrupted the Best Documentary speech? Read the story, cane-tripping and all here

The John Hughes tribute, complete with Judd Nelson's odd look here

More Oscar questions (why wasn't Farrah in the Memoriam? Why did George looking grumpy? Although they don't have that answer) here

Oscars- The Dresses (and Clooney)

Lots of metallic and pale colors on the red carpet.

The Good
Sandra looked great

Cameron Diaz looked good. And I never say that.


Anna Kendrick from Up in the Air.


The Not So Good
Best Director winner Kathryn Bigelow. I do like that she isn't wearing her typical black sheath, yet keeping in the same style as that since that is her comfort and her own personal style. But the heart detailing I'm not so sure about. And this type of fabric puckers at the seams (don't they watch Project Runway?)

Tina Fey in Michael Kors.


J. Low

Rachel McAdams
I'm pretty sure I had a couch pillow like this.

Flakey girlfriend, Clooney with 'tude. What was up with him?

The Bad

Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air. Oy.

Charlize. C'mon!

Not a good look for Miley Cyrus- she looks too old, and has bad posture. If the dress wasn't so low, she wouldn't be hunched over.

Zoe Saldana from Avatar. The connection between the top and bottom is awkward. And the bottom looks like crepe paper.

Can't decide- what do you think?
Maggie G. This looks like my prom dress, as far as pattern. She looks too thin.

Yes- the fake tan, eye makeup and hair were horrible. But I'm not sure what I think of the Chanel dress.

AH! So tan.
Broderick looks like he's going to his happy place.

Kate Winslet. This dress looks fine here, but when you see it close up, the two pieces don't quite go together and there is some odd pleating in the front. She looks very thin. Divorce announcement soon?

Demi looks good but the color is the shade of her spray tan.

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Oscars- A Few Observations

I have to share what I just saw on the post awards wrap up, it might be from the local ABC affiliate so I don't know if everyone in the country got to see this:

An interviewer says to Mo'Nique: "You said 'God bless us every one' we haven't heard that since Tiny Tim."

Mo'Nique says something about doing his Tip Toe Through the Tulips video 20 years ago. She then looks into the camera and says "how you doing Tiny? how you doing?"

Ok, couple things
1) The interviewer was referring to Tiny Tim from A Christmas Carol who says 'God bless us, every one'.
2) The Tiny Tim that she was referring to, is dead. So the answer to "how you doing Tiny?" is, not very good.

Maybe she was delirious from the excitement of winning and/or she had some drinks.

I liked that they had a John Hughes tribute. It did seem like a longer tribute than some people get, but I suppose it is up to the producer that year, and not every year is going to be the same.

-Judd Nelson looked odd. Age perhaps.
-The movie montage seemed quite long for that type of thing
-Ally Sheedy repeated her line from The Breakfast Club about "when you get old, your heart dies" (or something like that). Not the best quote to use when the man you are paying tribute to dies of a heart attack.

What was Clooney's problem? During the monologue it looked like he might have been in on the joke, and was acting ticked off on purpose (such as during the Toyota joke). But throughout the show he didn't seem to be having any fun. A contrast to the George we saw running around signing autographs before the show

The Oscars are celebrating the best in film, which I tend to think includes good acting. So I thought it was funny that Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner presented an award, since that second Twilight movie had the worst acting. But I suppose they're trying to get the young people to watch. Also- when have J. Lo or Demi Moore been in a good movie? But there they were!
Farrah Fawcett was left out of the video tribute. If the reasoning was because she wasn't in a lot of films, the same could be said about Michael Jackson, and he was included. So not sure why she was left out. Maybe Ryan O'Neal wanted to be paid, or something.
Sandra B. isn't the best actress out there, and she has made some bad movies (she's the first actress to get an Oscar and a Razzie in the same year, though for different movies) but a lot of so-so actresses get Oscars (Gwyneth, Julia, Mira Sorvino). If that wasn't the case, then Laura Linney and Jennifer Jason Leigh would have Oscars already. I guess my point is this- it seems like Sandra is getting more attention than others have for why she shouldn't get an Oscar, when this happens all the time (have you seen that Mira Sorvino performance? It is dreadful). She seems like a nice person, so let her have her moment.
More as I think of them!

Oscars- The Red Carpet

Suzy Amis looked 70 on HD. James Cameron is sucking the life out of her (apologies if she really is sick).





Vera. Randolph Duke said "we're over saturated with commercialism". He didn't like this dress in case you can't tell.

SJP had spray tan and too dark makeup.

Not sure I would go with this color in satin. Any sweat will show.

Miley looks old!

Kristen Stewart, not smiling of course.


Queen Latifah

Melanie and Antonio. Let's hope that beard is for a role. And by beard I mean his facial hair.

Anna Kendrick

Oscar Picks

Last updated: 4:09pm

Best Picture:
“Avatar” (Fox) Saw it. It is good, but the academy might not go with fantasy.
“The Hurt Locker” (Summit) Currently my second choice, although this is probably the more likely winner
“The Blind Side” (WB)
“District 9” (Sony Pictures Classics)
“An Education” (Sony Pictures Classics)
“Inglourious Basterds” (The Weinstein Co.)
“Precious” (Lionsgate)
“A Serious Man” (Focus)
“Up (Disney)
“Up in the Air” (Paramount)

Best Actor:
Jeff Bridges in “Crazy Heart” This should be a lock. Long career, likable (who doesn't like The Dude?), and although I haven't seen the movie I would think he is good in it
Colin Firth in “A Single Man” If Jeff doesn't get it, Mr. Darcy is probably the one who would
George Clooney in “Up in the Air”
Morgan Freeman in “Invictus”
Jeremy Renner in “The Hurt Locker”

Best Actress:
Sandra Bullock in “The Blind Side”I think everyone likes her, as a person, which can't be said of Julia, and they gave her one. She's had to be in Julia's shadow all these years, and allegedly The Blind Side is a movie Julia passed on. So that could be in Sandra's favor. I haven't seen the movie, so I don't know if she is any good in it, but since when did that stop Oscar (hello Mira Sorvino!)
Gabourey Sidibe in “Precious" I think she is a possibility. Sometimes Oscar likes a blind side (ha!), and sometimes they don't like to award it to someone on their first film (think the director from Chicago). They want you to have suffered, and slept with casting directors like they had to.
Helen Mirren in “The Last Station”
Carey Mulligan in “An Education”
Meryl Streep in “Julie & Julia”

Best Supporting Actor:
Christoph Waltz in “Inglourious Basterds” They'll want to award this nazi-hating movie with something, and he was good in it.
Woody Harrelson in “The Messenger” Not a lot of people have seen this movie, but maybe he'll be a favorite because of his likable persona?
Matt Damon in “Invictus”
Christopher Plummer in “The Last Station”
Stanley Tucci in “The Lovely Bones”

Best Supporting Actress:
Mo’Nique in “Precious" The question is- will she shave her legs for Oscar?
I have no idea who is 2nd choice, and I would say for sure it doesn't matter
Penélope Cruz in “Nine”
Vera Farmiga in “Up in the Air”
Maggie Gyllenhaal in “Crazy Heart”
Anna Kendrick in “Up in the Air”

Best Director:
“The Hurt Locker” Kathryn Bigelow She has the DGA, so that usually seals the deal
“Avatar” James Cameron I don't think he is likable, but he would be 2nd choice
“Inglourious Basterds” Quentin Tarantino
“Precious” Lee Daniels
“Up in the Air” Jason Reitman

Best Adapted Screenplay:
“Up in the Air” Screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner Maybe this is where Up in the Air will be awarded something
“In the Loop”- Screenplay by Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche I don't think it has a chance, but I really liked this movie so I hope it would win
“District 9” -Written by Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell
“An Education” - Screenplay by Nick Hornby
“Precious” - Screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher

Best Original Screenplay:
“The Hurt Locker" Written by Mark Boal Seems like a given
“Inglourious Basterds” Written by Quentin Tarantino Again, the Academy likes anti-nazi movies (well, who doesn't?) so this is a possibility. Although there is another movie from the 70's with this title, so not sure how this is original
“The Messenger” Written by Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman
“A Serious Man” Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
“Up” Screenplay by Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, Story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy

Best Animated Film:
Whoa! No Pixar movie???
“Up” (Walt Disney) It's nominated in the regular Best Pic category, 'nuff said 
“Fantastic Mr. Fox” (20th Century Fox)
“Coraline” (Focus Features) 
“The Princess and the Frog” (Walt Disney)
“The Secret of Kells” (GKIDS)

Best Foreign Film:
 “Un Prophète” France Is this the Prophet movie everyone is peeing their pants over? If so, I say it wins
 “The White Ribbon" Germany Since this is also nominated in cinematography, this probably has a good chance. I know someone who saw it, and they said WTF? So that also probably means it could win.
“Ajami” Israel
“El Secreto de Sus Ojos” Argentina
“The Milk of Sorrow” Peru

Best Documentary Feature:
“Which Way Home”I have no idea what this is about, just sounds sad
“The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers" Well, the academy might care about politics so this is 2nd
“Burma VJ”
“The Cove”
“Food, Inc.”

Best Original Score:
This is a tough one. A score really makes a movie, so sometimes this score goes with a sweep (or Best Pic contender) and sometimes it's out of the blue (Frida)
“Avatar” James Horner Just because it seems like it would have a big score
“Fantastic Mr. Fox” Alexandre Desplat Just because I don't know
“The Hurt Locker” Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders
“Sherlock Holmes” Hans Zimmer
“Up” Michael Giacchino

Best Original Song:
This often goes to some crap Phil Collins kind of song but I'll say T Bone gets some love, and the movie was about music...
“The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)” from “Crazy Heart” (Fox Searchlight), Music and Lyric by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett
“Take It All” from “Nine” (The Weinstein Company), Music and Lyric by Maury Yeston This would get 2nd because who knows what those Weinsteins are up to 
"Almost There"from “The Princess and the Frog” (Walt Disney), Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
“Down in New Orleans” from “The Princess and the Frog” (Walt Disney), Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
“Loin de Paname” from “Paris 36” (Sony Pictures Classics), Music by Reinhardt Wagner, Lyric by Frank Thomas

Best Cinematography:
“Avatar” (20th Century Fox), Mauro Fiore I think this would win unless the academy really hates Cameron, or I don't know what cinematography is
“The Hurt Locker” (Summit Entertainment), Barry Ackroyd It was sand, but I guess it could win in a sweep
“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” (Warner Bros.), Bruno Delbonnel
“Inglourious Basterds” (The Weinstein Company), Robert Richardson
“The White Ribbon” (Sony Pictures Classics), Christian Berger

Best Costume Design:
 "The Young Victoria" Sandy Powell They love a good period piece
"Nine" Colleen Atwood Possible Possible 2nd choice
"Bright Star" Janet Patterson
"Coco Before Chanel" Chatherine Leterrier
"The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" Monique Prudhomme

Best Art Direction:
“Avatar” Art Direction: Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg, Set Decoration: Kim Sinclair Seems like the winner
“Sherlock Holmes” Art Direction: Sarah Greenwood, Set Decoration: Katie Spencer Since it's in the category, I guess it has a I'll say this as a 2nd
“The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” Art Direction: Dave Warren and Anastasia Masaro, Set Decoration: Caroline Smith
“Nine” Art Direction: John Myhre, Set Decoration: Gordon Sim
“The Young Victoria” Art Direction: Patrice Vermette, Set Decoration: Maggie Gray

Best Makeup:
 "Star Trek" I don't know what Il Divo is, and The Young Victoria makeup would be a big powerpuff of white powder, so I'll say Star Trek
"The Young Victoria"
"Il Divo"

Best Sound Mixing:
"Avatar" This is when it would be good to have seen the movie
"Inglourious Basterds" I'm going to say this is a possibility or Star Trek. Can't decide!
"Star Trek"
"The Hurt Locker"

Best Film Editing:
“Avatar” (20th Century Fox), Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua and James Cameron I guess?
“District 9” (Sony Pictures Releasing), Julian Clarke This has a good chance here, and it was nominated for Best Pic
“The Hurt Locker” (Summit Entertainment), Bob Murawski and Chris Innis
“Inglourious Basterds” (The Weinstein Company), Sally Menke
“Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” (Lionsgate), Joe Klotz

Sound Editing:
"Avatar" Just thinking it has a lot of sound to edit...
"The Hurt Locker" Possible, especially if it gets a sweep
"Inglourious Basterds"
"Star Trek"

Documentary Short Subject:
Having no clue on anything, I guess
"The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant" It seems Americana and current. Although everyone in the academy drives a Mercedes, so not completely confident that give two poops about GM.
"Music by Prudence" I choose this as 2nd, since Prudence sounds like an old person, and the academy is made up of old people. How's that for thinkin'?
 "The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner" No way! Washington governor Booth Gardner not only had a documentary made about him, but it's up for an Oscar? Get out!
"China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan, Province"
"Rabbit à la Berlin"

Live - Action Short Film:
This is where I guess based on name
"The New Tenants" No idea
"Kavi" Isn't there natural food named this? Or is that Kashi? I dunno, maybe it will remind them of natural crackers
"The Door"
"Instead of Abracadabra"
"Miracle Fish"

Visual Effects:
"Avatar" Seems like a for sure thing, again- unless they really don't like Cameron
"District 9"
"Star Trek"

Animated Short Film:
"French Roast" Sure, why not. Sounds like coffee.
"Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty" Granny with some hijinx? Sign me up!
"The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)"
"A Matter of Loaf and Death"

Independent Spirit Awards

Comments about the show as it is happening

Woody Harrelson wins Supporting Actor. Did you think the guy from Cheers would win an acting award?

They quickly show Maggie G. Is it bad that I hope she is nominated for something so I can get a better look and check out the plastic surgery rumors? (she presents an award and I don't notice any work)

Mo'nique gives a nice speech.

I know this is mean, but Mariah Carey looks like a line backer.

Eddie Izzard is funny, in case you didn't know. I like when he said something like "you stopped clapping when the host is halfway up the stairs, that's nice."

OMG a woman accepting an award for A Serious Man is wearing an H&M grey dress that I had bought, but returned it after modeling it for my roommate and she said "uh, no". But now I'm rethinking it! That woman on the awards show ain't no skinny minnie.

Carey Mulligan dresses older than she is, but yet it's kind of refreshing.

Jeff Bridges wins, and Maggie G. gives him the award. During his speech he calls her over and there is some awkward hugging and sounds. We'll chalk it up to drinking during the show.

Red carpet
Poor Rog, he can't stop with the smiling look because of the surgeries.

Mo'nique doesn't shave her legs. She says her husband doesn't mind. Oh, ok.

Oh honey, those shoes. Dana Delaney, orange you glad she didn't wear black? No.

Oh, I think someone put Baby in the Corner...and left her there for a long time.

There she is! Sharon Lawrence always pops up at these things, and I challenge you to name the last time you saw her act. (I hope my sis is reading this)

Yes, it does look like John Waters' coat is from Etsy. But I like his zing.

Vera Fermiga, from Up in the Air, looking tres unflattering.

I'll just say it- Jeff Bridges is kinda hot.

Frances Fisher, aka ex-Mrs. Eastwood, yo ho yo ho the pirate's life's for her!