wwcitizen: (workplace)
This Sunday, Jaguar is running a newly developed ad campaign called "#GoodToBeBad".  The commercials (the 30-sec ad and the 60-second advert) are very well done.  The actors are excellent: Sir Ben Kingsley (in everything!), Tom Hiddleston (Thor) and Mark Strong (Green Lantern!), directed by Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper (The King's Speech).

There's an opportunity to vote for the best ad run during the Super Bowl, which should be good fun.  If you'd like to get involved and vote for the ads (many people only watch the ads anyway and wait for the game results later), you'll have to register (for free) online by 31-Jan (tomorrow).

You can see more info about the commercials and Jaguars at the following site:
http://www.jaguarusa.com/british-villains.html

ENJOY!!
wwcitizen: (Kiss)
My husband is the sweetest man. Last night, because I've been taking care of him while he's got a nasty cold, he made the sign over his heart like this and said, "My love, I heart you!"
I said, "Awww!!  Me, too"  Then, I reached over to my heart's area and, with a horrified look on my face, made like I was prying my heart out - alive and pumping - giving it to him saying, "KALI MA SHAKTI DE!!" - like that creepy priest in Indiana Jones & The Temple of Doom.

Matt and I got into a laughing fit, which in turn just made him cough a bit more and blow his nose. See? I'm taking care of him to make sure it all comes out - love, phlegm, snot, AND laughter!
wwcitizen: (Dancing Steve 2)
The must-see recording of Rihanna's SNL performance last week.  I can't get the song or the tight, intricate, SICK choreography out of my head, either!
wwcitizen: (Deep House Dish)
No matter what Tokyo or Seoul say, this is NOT the Barbra Streisand song:
We were grocery shopping the other day at H Mart (one of our favorite - Korean - stores - and happily there are 4 within a 4-mile radius of our house). They always play their J-POP party dance America fun music NOW-turu and very loud-turu.

Compare that rendition to the "original". Seems like the Ooo-oooo-ooo-oooo Duck Sauce folks in the background have sold their little ditty around the world-turu.
wwcitizen: (TV Watching)
Yeah, we can be bitchy. Sometimes. We love Rachel Ray. This time, though, on 30-Minute Meals, she's showing a sad side. She's not the energetic "EVOO" girl  we all know and love. What happened on this particular day? She's soooo sad. This is only a 3-minute clip, but the whole show was like this: Low energy, dead air, missteps, forgetting stories, talking way too fast and making things too complicated, showing frustration like she never does. Some might say this is endearing, but, frankly, if she had been a contestant on the Next Food Network Star, she wouldn't have made it passed this take. What do you think?


We just felt so sad for her. We love her shows and we've been excited to watch her talk show. I can't imagine what was up with her on this filming day. Cannot imagine.  
wwcitizen: (Laughing Bear)
This is FREAKING hilarious!!

I mean, it's one thing to see a line up of shots of her leg... and then the reminder from the Groundlings of her leg, too!  Pretty funny.
wwcitizen: (TV Watching)

Below is the text of The Final Speech of the Great Dictator, delivered by the character, the Jewish Barber, in Chaplin’s 1940 film, The Great Dictator. The Jewish Barber was played by Sir Charles Chaplin.  Watch the video one time through. Then play the speech a second time and read the text through (if you haven't wiped your eyes the first time through).  I had to save this piece for myself.

"I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible- Jew, Gentile, black men, white…

We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each others’ happiness, not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way.

Greed has poisoned men’s souls; has barricaded the world with hate; has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical; our cleverness, hard and unkind.

We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery ,we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost. The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in man; cries out for universal brotherhood; for the unity of us all.

Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world, millions of despairing men, women, and little children, victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people.

To those who can hear me, I say “Do not despair.”

The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish.

Soldiers! Don’t give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you and enslave you; who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel! Who drill you, diet you, treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder!

Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men—machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men! You have a love of humanity in your hearts! You don’t hate!

Only the unloved hate; the unloved and the unnatural.

Soldiers! Don’t fight for slavery! Fight for liberty!

In the seventeenth chapter of St. Luke, it’s written “the kingdom of God is within man”, not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people, have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then in the name of democracy, let us use that power.

Let us all unite.

Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give youth a future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power. But they lie! They do not fulfill their promise. They never will!

Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people!

Now let us fight to fulfill that promise! Let us fight to free the world! To do away with national barriers! To do away with greed, with hate and intolerance!

Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness.

Soldiers, in the name of democracy, let us all unite!"

wwcitizen: (TV Watching)
<a href="http://www.hallmark.com/online/hoopsandyoyo/ruin-christmas/" target="_blank">This looks like it could be cute</a>. 

I mostly cannot STAND the Hallmark Channel during the holidays.  They have the absolute worst run-down of movies - and who's ever heard of all these 2-hour movies??  I guess up and coming actors have to start somewhere and Hallmark affords some of them that place.  :-|

I love Pam

Jul. 26th, 2011 06:58 pm
wwcitizen: (TV Watching)
Pam from True Blood, is a real person with real feelings and real experiences. If she's acting here, I love her even more, but I think she's speaking from her heart. Granted, EVERYONE and their mother is putting together these videos, but this one spoke to me; all the other from the True Blood cast were last-luster and forced. Meh.

Watch and be moved.

wwcitizen: (TV Watching)
"Marjorie's telling mother how spoiled I am, how TERRIBLE I am. And Marjorie knew my father and my uncle. Mother's giving her all this s-h-i-t. So, I went and told her a few things about the family.

But in dealing with me, the relatives didn't know that they were dealing with a staunch character. And I tell ya... if there's anything worse than a staunch woman - S-T-A-U-N-C-H - there's nothing worse! I'm telling you! They don't weaken, no matter what! But they didn't know that! Wow, what they didn't know!"

Starting at about 13:27
wwcitizen: (TV Watching)
"This is the best thing to wear for today, you understand. Because I don't like women in skirts and the best thing is to wear panty hose or sun pants under a short skirt, I think. Then you have the pants under the skirt and then you can pull the stockings up over the pants underneath the skirt. And you can always take the skirt off and wear it as a cape. So, I think this is the best costume for today. *giggle* I have to think these things up, you know? Mother wanted me to come out in a kimono, so we had quite a fight." - [the younger] Edie Beale

(at about the 3:21 mark)
wwcitizen: (Car in the Country)
We're leaving tomorrow after I'm done working for Sharon Springs, NY! We're heading up there for the Spring Festival and staying in The American Hotel. All sound familiar? Well, it might because of the Fabulous Beekman Boys of Beekman 1802 on Planet Green.

Derek Hartley and Romaine Patterson (of the DNR Show on Sirius OutQ Radio) will be working in the Beekman 1802 Mercantile all weekend with the Beekman Boys. We listen to them practically every day and I've posted conversations I've had with them over the last couple of years. We're hoping to see lots of local celebs there and get to chat with them all. Plus, staying the one night in the Bears' hotel tomorrow night, we might enjoy dinner there Saturday evening before coming home.

We haven't gone anywhere, really, since Christmas, so this is will be a nice little side trip. Haven't packed yet because we weren't sure whether we'd get the hotel reservation or not. They called us back late this afternoon just before I shut off my work computer.

This is the weather for the weekend:


Can't wait! We're also breaking in Matt's new car for the road trip. Should be fun!
wwcitizen: (New Yorker)
Yesterday evening was a quintessential NY evening. Matt had to work and I got offered tickets to go see "MotherF***** With The Hat" on Broadway starring Bobby Cannavale, Chris Rock, Elizabeth Rodriquez (really good), Annabella Sciorra (fierce!) and Yul Vázquez (hilarious!!). I hated going without Matthew, but someone had to see the show, right? I invited a friend of mine, David, and we had a great time.

I took the NY Waterways ferry into mid-town, which, in and of itself, is very NJ/NYC. When the ferry docked and let us passengers off, we all discovered a TV scene shoot happening for Person Of Interest (yes, I saw James Caviezel and have a picture of him below).

Though I won't be in any of the show's scenes, it was very cool to watch them do a couple of takes. I ran into an acquaintance when I came out of the bathroom. In talking to him - at a normal talking volume - in the echo chamber of the station foyer, we almost got thrown out of the station!

Here are a couple of photos:




After picking up the tickets, buying some WONKA Easter basket candy, and getting something to eat at TGI Fridays, I went to the theater to meet up with David.





The show was GREAT! The stage was really cool, too. The curtain was up when we entered the theater (above). There were three basic scenes and the stage moved in separate parts with moving parts inside those to make the different apartment scenes. Even a couch rolled over up and out of the floor onto the stage for one of the apartments and a bed folded up - automatically - into one of the walls. IT.WAS.SO.COOL!!

After the show, David and I took our playbills (below) to get signed by the actors and pose for pictures.


Each of the actors looked really tired, but Bobby looked especially drained. It was an emotionally draining show. At one point, I even noticed a REAL tear drop off Bobby's face. Amazing acting. Very funny, intricate, and deep. Loved it. I really want to take Matt to see it later. Hopefully, we'll meet up with Bobby et al again!






wwcitizen: (TV Watching)
Yeah, buddy! Here's a new series on The Weather Channel, hoping to retain its audience even when weather is boring or not tumultuous (love that word!). The series is called "From The Edge" and premiers tonight. We've scheduled Tivo to pick it up.

"From The Edge" follows Peter Lik, an Australian photographer traveling around talking about how the weather dictates what makes for good/bad photos. I'm interested in the show for a myriad of reasons, not the least of which that the host is great eye candy! Plus, who doesn't love Australians? Enjoy!



wwcitizen: (Face-Serious)
We've programmed out Tivo to collect as many holiday programs throughout the season as possible. We always start this up just around Halloween after we've (sadly) discovered that we missed It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! Along with the Thanksgiving specials, food shows, and odd HGTV holiday decorating episodes, we also happily find things we've forgotten about or don't see too often, like The Wizard of Oz, It Happened on 5th Ave, etc.

Then there are all the religious shows, the arias, operas, musical extravaganzas, plays, and other things they show during the entire holiday season. There's a show with Joanna Bogle, a Brit who's a die-hard Catholic. She writes a weekly column for the Catholic Times, has authored a few books, and has been providing humanitarian aid to people in Africa.

Her show, Feasts & Seasons, comes on around the holidays. I watched her show briefly last year and did the same today, but I can't watch the whole thing; it's kind of a train wreck and I find Joanna Bogle tremendously condescending. She actually leans on her counter for most of her show, supposedly making you feel comfortable to listen her spew her religious hypotheses.

The show is horribly produced and her creations are left wanting. Left wanting for more talent and creativity for sure! Even though her show lasts for 30 minutes, I have to turn it off after about 10 minutes or just fast-forward to see what other atrocities she makes or find other postulations she asserts, such as there being a sort of "Summer Christmas" based on the birthday of John The Baptist. I find it all a bit strange. Not foreign, but strange.

Here's a perfect example of a wreath she made a few years ago, which she finds "wonderful" and "exciting". She goes into explaining how the circle/wreath represents eternity as well as the cycle of a year.






Apparently, this is a straw wreath that's held together by red, shiny, plastic ribbon. The ornaments she "changes from year to year" are horribly placed around the circle. The ornaments aren't placed very aesthetically, either.

She mixes in the pagan timing of the Christmas celebration with "biblical time lines", so that John The Baptist's "Summer Christmas" is opposite Jesus' Christmas in the winter. John The Baptist (JTB) said, "As he increases, so must I diminish." Bogle's explanation of the passing of the summer solstice (in terms of JTB and Jesus - and their two "Christmases) the days get shorter (JTB diminishes). Then after the passing of the winter solstice, the days get longer (Christ increases). And this cycle repeats itself annually. She finds that analogy very instructive, while the audience might tend to find it all very convenient to her interpretation.

Just now, as I was researching a little more about her before I posted, I discovered that she's got a totally different biography than I would have expected AND there's a YouTube video of her speaking out against the use of condoms in Africa as a means to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Here's the video. Please watch in amazement - the women are "Bogle" and "Baggaley" are on the show and disagree very much - Bogle, in particular, becomes "fierce"...):

wwcitizen: (Elf Steve)
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I think about this from time to time because as a kid with no cable growing up (1970s), we had about 3 channels and no way to record the shows. We had set times to be in front of the TV and we rarely left our seats during commercial breaks (we didn't have a remote till about the 1980s). Holiday TV shows always usher in a homey feeling that sets the holiday spirit in motion.

The TV shows that tolled the seasons - especially the fall and the holidays - were of course, Charlie Brown specials (It's The Great Pumpkin CB and A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving), but also (and not necessarily in this order) for Thanksgiving in particular were:

Around Thanksgiving:
- Various Celebrity Specials
- The Wizard of Oz
- Gone with the Wind
- It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
- A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving


For Christmas, I frequently watched:
- Merry Christmas Charlie Brown
- The Grinch that Stole Christmas
- Here Comes Santa Claus
- Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer
- The Year Without a Santa Claus
- Jack Frost
- Oliver Twist


Once in a while, I'd watch:
- Miracle on 34th Street
- It's a Wonderful Life
- 'Twas the Night Before Christmas
- Frosty the Snowman
- The Little Drummer Boy
- The First Christmas: The Story of the First Christmas Snow
- Frosty's Winter Wonderland
- Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey

Also in the 70s, I remember seeing:
- The Bob Hope Christmas Special
- The Bing Crosby White Christmas Special
- Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas with David Bowie


A couple of years ago, we did a swivel search / wish list on our Tivo for holiday specials. We recorded a few shows we'd never seen that were albeit well-done, but VERY strange. They both kind of left us with a cold feeling, not the warm, toasty feeling of normal holiday shows.
- The Leprechauns' Christmas Gold
- The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus
- Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July

With that same swivel search, we happened to record "A Very Barry Christmas", which is really cute. It's a story about an Australian, Barry, down on his luck in the outback. And he has friends, Nigel, a cantankerous crocodile with a fear of rejection, Lilly, a former boxing kangaroo, Walter the platypus, and a narcoleptic koala named Simon, all who really do love Barry. Barry ends up trading places with Santa for the season until Santa gets back to health in the outback. It's really fun.



wwcitizen: (Just before eating...)
Matt and I have found a hair stylist, Celia of Hair Dynamics, close to home and have been going to her for almost 3 years. Celia's nice, remembers all our stories, knows our heads of hair, and expects us every 4~6 weeks. Once in those almost 3 years, Matt and I had to get haircuts in DC because we were in dire straits - that was in 2009. When we told Celia about the trip and the haircuts, she scoffed (as only Italians can do) and said, "Yeah, I could tell they really messed it up, but if you needed it..."

The DC hair stylist:

We swore we wouldn't go anywhere else again, unless we were out of the country or state and really needed a hair cut; i.e. we wouldn't seek out someone new in our area. However, a few weeks ago while waiting for our tanning booth, we noticed a very handsome Italian man across the street who seemed to be working in a hair salon. The tanning salon manager told us that the hair salon had moved from around the corner to our street, which gets a LOT of traffic. Our interest was piqued and we went over there to get information. The place was named, "Chez Paul" and had 80s gauche decor.

When I met Paul, he seemed nice, very personable, and hungry for business, which, I thought, was a good thing! Matt and I agreed on our "dire straits" we'd detail to Celia the next time we saw her. So, Wed., we made an appointment for Thu. @ 12:30PM. Here's my hair before the cut:

Before the Chez Paul haircut:

We entered the salon at the set time: 12:30 PM and immediately, Tabatha's checklist started running. You know, Tabatha of Tabatha's Salon Takeover. Great show and we love her. She's also helped bring out our inner salon divas; i.e. she's open our critical eyes to the whole (possible) salon experience. Here's our "needs improvement" Tabatha checklist of Chez Paul:

1) No one looked at or greeted us for 5 minutes, but they saw us.
2) NOTICEABLE: A CACKLING group of 3 women - #1 getting a hair cut, #2 sitting on a styling stool, #3 the hair stylist.
3) They were all yelling at each other and laughing loudly - for 30+ minutes.
4) Paul, in starting to cut my hair, exchanged my small-necked drape from the cackling girl (whose hair was in progress) with the one he'd tried on me. Ew - a piece of that girl's hair fell off the drape between my legs.
5) He didn't pay good attention to my existing hair style. He just started cutting after I told him where it parts and what was going on next week: the interview and Puerto Vallarta.
6) He and I had to yell at each other over the women cackling behind him (as the owner, he should notice that kind of interference).
7) He used the buzzer too much on my head instead of scissors for layering. Big no-no.
8) His shirt was filthy. I understand you might get soap or coloring agents on your clothes. Looking presentable goes a long way in the salon industry. If you don't attend to your own appearance, how are you going to attend to mine?
9) The salon's decor was 80s glam: silver, neon, and purple everywhere.
10) There were 3 uncomfortable chairs in the waiting area and 6 piles of mags PILED 5 deep on a table.
11) Not much product and some of the stuff they had there was very vintage - especially the hair brushes.

Matt's experience was OK and better than mine because by that point the women had finished up. But his hair was worse than mine and uneven on top. We compared our notes on our way out of the salon to tan across the street and throughout the rest of the day. Needless to say, we won't be going back to Chez Paul again. My hair looked OK yesterday afterward; it's not a bad haircut. It just didn't feel that it looked as fabulous as after Celia cuts it. The sides are too short now in my book and will poof out when the top starts to grow back in. The good thing about a bad haircut is that hair always grows back. Here's my current haircut.
After Chez Paul's clippers:

I just notice how the back and side are a little choppy!! Celia's haircut never did that. Meh.
Celia cutting my hair (handsome Jay in back):
wwcitizen: (Photo Avatar)
While we were in LA, one of our day trips was to the back lots of Warner Brothers. Matt's sister is REALLY connected to lots of people and places, which is great for us. We took lots of pictures, but only a few of them could I post from the back lots and stages. There were movies and TV shows in production, for which we can't show the sets till after they all air. So, I'm sharing judiciously.

We were escorted and introduced around initially by Robert Duncan McNeill, aka Tom Paris from Star Trek Voyager (yes, I got a picture with him). Robbie, as he introduced himself, is the director of Chuck! We got to see them filming a few of the scenes!! It was an interesting thing to participate in and see happening up close and personal. During the day we saw (from a distance and) met a few of the stars from the show: Scott Krinsky (met - very cool guy!!), Adam Baldwin (met - is VERY strange), Jesse Heiman (met - also on Glee!), Joshua Gomez (saw from a distance), and a couple others, including some of the SWAT guys from the set.

After Robbie left us, we basically had free reign of the back lots - he let us in, gave us a short tour, and then let us loose! It was REALLY cool! The only drawback was that we didn't know what buildings or sets were used in which shows. The only places we knew were used in certain filming was plaques on the Stages. We did, however, find buildings from the sets of the Gilmore Girls, Two and a Half Men, and TRUE BLOOD!!

Hollywood, Hollywood Blvd., Sunset Blvd, Beverly Hills, and Rodeo Drive were our next quick destinations. We finally made it to sushi for my birthday dinner, which was REALLY good. The maître d’ at the restaurant was exceptionally handsome and had that questionable lingering eye contact. That was a fun day.

Still working on the other photos from that week. 4000+ photos are hard to work through and hone down into bite-sized chunks!!
wwcitizen: (TV Watching)
I posted this directly on FB earlier and I want to see how quickly this post comes across. What do YOU think and how do you read this?

We were watching Jon Stewart's interview with Betty White, who we love to watch. I helped (with millions of other FB folks) get her on SNL as the host (I don't know if I really believe that FB or viral social pressure actually did the trick, but that's another story). But toward the end of the interview, Jon asked her, "Now, is there anything you won't do in the show?" I think he was pointing toward nudity, sex scenes, maybe profanity, etc.

We love Betty White, but she seems to contradict herself between the interview and the scene that's shown in a commercial - directly after her statement: "I don't think drugs are funny and I won't do jokes about drugs..." watch & listen - YOU decide.

(And, yes, I made this video montage this evening from camera recording to my desktop, through editing and splicing, then production, upload, and annotation. Very exciting, indeed!)


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