Saturday, December 31, 2005
the movie was fantastic, though a little long for my self diagnosed (or easily bored) a.d.d., i did sit mostly still for the entire 2+hours. clapping and tears filled the theater. well that, and every god damn seat. i haven't seen a show sold out at the broadway since 1996 or whatever year gross point blank came out.
the man sitting next to me cried in his popcorn. i wanted to hug him. actually, i wanted mark to but i knew i had already pushed my limits for the day!
Friday, December 30, 2005
2006, just maybe i will finally:
start returning phone calls
give daisy the attention she deserves
realize perhaps patience IS a virtue
finish that book
compile my writing
become a brunette
let ben live his own life
get my internship done
stop obsessing (sure)
visit jen more
have a "healthy" relationship
stop being a flake
accept my age
until then, i will drink, and drink some more. krissy to entertain me, the boys to protect me. party, we shall!
Thursday, December 29, 2005
i was fortunate enough to spend the evening with twins. no boys, not the supahot doublemint kind of twins, the niece and nephew kind.
let me just say toddlers are exhausting, double that and oi! my newfound heroes? not war veterans, but rather parents of twins.
important things to remember while babysitting gigs occur, according to carter and hannah:
1. always wear high heeled gold sequin covered shoes while playing kitchen.
2. never repeat what auntie sarah mutters when stepping in a puddle of spilled juice.
3. eating christmas candy makes for excellent handprints on above mentioned auntie’s clothing.
4. the best way to be rescued from your crib is to scream at the top of your lungs, “WUVSAWWWAAHH”. please note, cuddling her on the love sac also a brilliant scheme to avoid bedtime.
i would like to thank matt and holli at this time for reminding me i am nowhere near ready for parenthood!
Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Sunday, December 25, 2005
Thursday, December 22, 2005
ageless humor. some things will make me laugh, despite my age. the planet uranus will always be on that list. especially when it has rings around it!
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Monday, December 19, 2005
i hate to break up (pun intended) the oh so tender moment, but seriously. who stays friends with their ex? sure casual acquaintances (maybe) but best friends?
break-ups are meant to be uncivil affairs. smashed glasses, shattered egos, drunken text messaging, cheap insults, and most famously--hate sex. if you aren’t experiencing these symptoms then you aren’t breaking up properly.
so paris-- fire your press agent, grab a spoon and spend a night as a "normal" girl.
Sunday, December 18, 2005
last night was the first annual girly christmas party, hosted at my girl pad. the opposite gender not allowed. remember the days of childhood club houses with the no boys sign? well that was our party. complete with too much girl beer, girl chinese (fake meat), and girl christmas specials. nothing says i love my girls like purple flasks. if only they had been glitter....
to my girl gang, thank you for the good times and gift-age. i love you as much as a pumpkin latte (and that is a lot)!
Friday, December 16, 2005
maybe it’s the extra people out shopping and lack of parking, maybe i have just never noticed before, but whatever the case it feels like suv’s are multiplying.
sure, maybe i am being unfair to folks who live in places where they need 4-wheel drive. yeah, so what? i live in utah and manage just fine in a car. i may be bitter, but i am tired of pepsi drinking, cell phone jabbering idiots in super-sized suv's who can’t manage to drive it faster than 30 mph without tipping it over. move over, i am feeling that need to speed. i am not suggesting everyone buy a prius, zero to sixty in 15 minutes. with the current trend in gas prices and global warming pollution i have set aside my jeep dreams. in reality, how many times do people go off-roading per month? exactly.
i make a semi-apology to those i offend. note i didn’t say anything about banning suv’s, i just said i hate them. a lot.
whew, that feels better….
Thursday, December 15, 2005
thursday. coffee club with the girls. same venue, same drink, same girls.
however, today was a little different. eccentric if you will. aimee(1) wore a camouflage coat, and no she isn't going huntin'.
sometimes....at your company party after seven beers when you have a choice of coats you go camo, and really why wouldn't you? when she walked into starbucks wearing her fabulous new coat i hesitated for a moment, only a moment. quickly realizing aimee was being funny, as she often is. shortly thereafter her new boyfriend walked in also wearing a camouflage coat!
please note i am lying. just about the boyfriend part. people --this means there were two people in camouflage in the same establishment...and starbucks to boot!
i enjoy making fun of things. i am the first to admit, i am not always a nice person. when i see something of interest i tend to point it out to my friends. while everyone does this to a degree, i have turned it into an olympic sport. i should feel bad, i know. unfortunately, if it weren't for karma and the natural retribution it brings i wouldn't. so after a string of bad luck this year i decided it was time to take it down a notch. mind you, i didn't say quit. my mother told me never to be a quitter. i tried, i really really did. it was boring. boring to me and boring to the girls of coffee club. in fact they would joke about the entertainment of the evening. if my karma was already shot for the day we would have a good time, otherwise...well forget it. i can't help it, i really can't. i am a people watcher so i see things that need to be pointed out.
tim and aimee (1) , i blame you.....
the law of karma.....i am screwed.
maybe, just maybe next year i will break the habit. until then... bad luck for me. as i always say....if it weren't for bad luck, i wouldn't have any luck at all!
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
i had planned to stay out of the christmas wars. until today.
i was at best buy purchasing a few gifts. ok, fine i was there picking up some things for myself. so much for the original plan to only shop for others this season. seriously what was i thinking? as i was checking out i wished the sales clerk a merry christmas. the look on his face, yikes! i didn't throw his kitten in a the river. i simply wished him a merry christmas, he stated that he was not allowed to accept that greeting. so, i am not thrilled with the current trend of being so politically correct that clerks are not allowed to wish customers a merry christmas. but i can deal. however, someone not accepting my greeting? i refuse to accept that.
what happened to tradition? christmas trees to holiday trees. what next, banning the reindeer?
Monday, December 12, 2005
seeing that i am going to be staying in for the evening i stopped off to pick up a flick. after much debate i made a decision and walked to the counter, where my current blockbuster boyfriend was having a phone conversation with what sounded like a disgruntled customer. as he ended the conversation he shook his head telling he wished all people that yelled on the phone would lose their voice. i smiled pretty and made my best attempt to speak. realizing that i was without voice, he quickly turned bright red. i got a good laugh out of it, that is if i could laugh....
it was well worth braving the cold. who cares if the movie sucks, i got my entertainment for the evening.
Saturday, December 10, 2005
so i bring you positive things about being home with a cold:
1. wearing comfy jammies and ratty slippers
2. chocolate peanut butter shakes
3. watching crap movies, guilt free (dirty love)
4. not having to go outside when it is freezing
see, skippy? i can find the good in things.
Eagle Mountain moves to name City Hall in honor of former mayor
"Anyone [who] will do the math will recognize that Kelvin Bailey was the best thing that ever happened to Eagle Mountain."
what the hell are they putting in the water out there? explain to me how they managed to forget the fact that bailey is a big fat lier? i guess all you have to do around here for some recognition is fake your own kidnapping. bailey reportedly confessed to inventing the kidnapping due to his "struggling with the stresses of his responsibilities as mayor". ok cool, let's name a city building after you. who cares you faced misdemeanor charges of filing false police reports. no biggie. let's congratulate you, and eat cake.
Friday, December 09, 2005
so, i reflect. my life isn't exactly where i thought it would be at 30. remember in our early twenties, if anyone 30 or older came to our parties we laughed inside at them, and sometimes outside as well? well i am that girl. i thought i would be attempting adulthood at this age. finished with school, knowing what i wanted to be when i grew up. well guess what, i am grown. still not finished with school. not living in the burbs with 1.5 children, which i might point out i am very happy about but still.....you just kind of expected your life to be there at 30. i have been lucky, i am healthy (relatively) and have amazing friends and pseudo sisters whom i love and adore--and quite honestly coffee club with them is more satisfying than burb life could ever be!
they say 30 is the new 20, if this is true then i am right on track. that would mean this is not a mid-life crisis blog but a rant....riiight?
Thursday, December 08, 2005
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
playground: a childhood lost inside the playboy mansion.
Saginor grew up in Los Angeles during the 1970s and 1980s in the most unusual of places: the Playboy Mansion. Saginor's father was Hugh Hefner's personal doctor and, after his divorce from Saginor's mother, spent much of his time at the mansion surrounded by other powerful men and scores of Playmates. It was in this environment that Saginor and her sister, Savannah, got their first impressions of sex and how men and women relate to each other. Their mother tried to curtail the girls' visits, but when she entered high school, Saginor demanded to live with her father and found herself thoroughly swept into a world where sex and drugs abounded and a typical evening was spent at the club with her father and a gaggle of Playmates. Unable to find the unconditional love she craved with her father, Saginor fell in love with Hef's mercurial girlfriend, Kendall. Saginor is obviously still processing her dysfunctional childhood, which leaves the memoir feeling inconclusive at the end, but the ride is never anything less than engaging.
detailed interview here.
Jake Gyllenhaal's urge
December 7, 2005, 4:50:05
Jake Gyllenhaal urges his sister to do onscreen sex scenes. The actor, whose sibling, Maggie Gyllenhaal starred in steamy movie 'The Secretary', has confessed although he cringes when he sees her nude in a movie, he thinks it is empowering for a woman to strip for the camera.
When asked how he feels about seeing his sister in a naked scene, Jake confessed: "It's great
ummm.....okaaay, that isn't at all fucked up right?! jakey-pooh, you have lost points with me. sure, i wouldn't kick you out of bed but i would stop and wonder exactly whose face you were picturing!!
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
baby jesus has gone missing, again. while i don't have a nativity set in my home i would hope that someday if i did people wouldn't steal my jesus. but whatever. jesus has been stolen. i can't decide if it is funny or just plain pathetic. actual opinion to be formed at a later date.
Pastor's nativity scene vandalized in Draper. (KUTV) DRAPER Police are investigating the vandalizing of a Christmas nativity scene in Draper. The interesting thing is, this attack seemed to be by people who knew about Jesus, and wanted to twist the Christmas message. The nativity scene is now back together in front of the home of Pastor Harry Berg and his family. Pastor Berg leads a church in Draper and feels the vandals attacked his home in a way that could be an attack on his religion.
for full story see here.
it's cold. i don't want to leave the house. let this be a lesson to grocery shop before it snows. re-runs of gilmore girls to keep me warm.
Monday, December 05, 2005
According to Brad's publicist, the star filed a legal petition in Los Angeles on Friday seeking to change the names of the children to Zahara Jolie-Pitt and Maddox Jolie-Pitt. "We are confirming that Brad Pitt is in the process of becoming the adoptive father of both children," the publicist said in a statement. "No further comment is being made."
brad you can be my daddy anytime, even in that hideous marley-esque hat!!
pug-gyle. just how am i supposed to actually wait until christmas for this? argyle involves no waiting period.
tree compliments of the o'wiley factor. sometimes kidney stones pay.
Sunday, December 04, 2005
as everyone knows by now i hate winter. i complain about it non-stop until at least march. so for those of you tired of this move on now or forever hold your peace.
still there? consider yourself warned....
it's cold! my thermostat is set as high as it goes and i am still chilly. i am almost ready to give up. forget studying. they only warm place is the tubby or curled up in bed. tubby results in wet hair, so in the end i am colder than when i began. scratch that. guess that leaves me in bed. see you guys in april.
i spent the morning with a three year old. the only person or half person willing to watch the charlie brown christmas special with me-twice. linus and his blanket get me every time. i understand that boy. sigh.
the best thing about the suburbs? leaving.
Friday, December 02, 2005
from the salt lake tribune:
The racial breakdown of Eagle Mountain was listed as a selling point on the Web site of home builder Bigg Homes. The site also included this comparison among others: "Black race population percentage significantly below state average." "Significantly below" was in bold.
view the original bigg home website snapshot here, for the corrected version click here.
sigh...only in utah.
did someone forget to tell john kerry the election is over. why is he still "campaigning"?
watch c-span coverage here. the below excerpts were found on the kerry web site.
Senator Kerry's Response to President Bush's Speech at the US Naval Academy
Excerpts of remarks as prepared for delivery
"I want to start by saying that our troops in Iraq are serving with bravery and resolve of the highest caliber. These are truly some of the most amazing men and women I've ever met. I respect them and their commitment to our country and our world tremendously. And that's why we owe it to them to have an honest conversation about Iraq.
We have entered a make-or-break six month period in Iraq. Our success depends on eliminating the overwhelming impression among Iraqis that we seek a long-term occupation. This perception not only fuels the insurgency; it's the primary obstacle to Iraqis believing that their government is truly their own -- one that they must step up and fight for themselves.
The president says no war has ever been won on a timetable - and I say to him: No war has ever been won with sound-bites. No war has ever been won by keeping the American people in the dark. No war has ever been won without a clear strategy.
The American people and the Iraqi people want the administration to detail a plan to bring our troops home.
We know leading political figures frosunnyni, Shia and Kurdish Iraqi factions, under the auspices of the Arab League, called for a timetable for U.S. withdrawal.
We know a survey conducted for the British Ministry of Defense found that more than 8 in 10 Iraqis want the U.S. to set a timetable for leaving.
The administration is also hearing it from their own generals and senior defense experts in the Republican Party. General George Casey, our top military commander in Iraq, recently told Congress that our large military presence "feeds the notion of occupation" and "extends the amount of time that it will take for Iraqi security forces to become self-reliant." And Richard Nixon's Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird, breaking a thirty year silence, wrote, ''Our presence is what feeds the insurgency, and our gradual withdrawal would feed the confidence and the ability of average Iraqis to stand up to the insurgency."
It's time the administration got the message: because our continued presence is not seen as legitimate by many Iraqis over the long term, the insurgency is seen as legitimate in the short term.
It comes down to this: the phased withdrawal of American forces is part of the strategy for success. Only by offering a clear plan that has the Iraqis standing up for Iraq will the administration finally do right by our troops - and finally give Iraqis the confidence to stand up and fight for themselves so we don't have to."
Thursday, December 01, 2005
“doesn’t it feel good to share?”
as the eldest child in my family i heard that growing up, a lot. so when a friend of mine asked me that last week i regressed into childhood memories. NO, it does not feel good to share! let’s do the math shall we? i have two of something and after i am forced to share i no longer have the original amount. you see my point. sharing is not fun. sharing does not feel good. for the most part sharing just plain sucks.
me selfish? never.
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
some things are better left alone. your "diary" being at the top of my list. stick with the porn. your book will not be found on my shopping list. however, a night in paris will!
i am rather fond of pink (ok, obsessed) so while the cover of this book appeals to me the actual contents do not. please feel free to drop ship me the couch. we will consider it payment for reading the actual book review (which i suggest doing for pure entertainment-here).
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Fatter rear ends are causing many drug injections to miss their mark, requiring longer needles to reach buttock muscle, researchers said on Monday.
BIG news story here.
sir mix-a-lot must be in heaven! i leave you with this, may it be stuck in your head too....
"i like big butts and i can not lie you other brothers can't deny that when a girl walks in with an itty bitty waist and a round thing in your face you get sprung"
Monday, November 28, 2005
holiday shopping. ugg, and not the boots! 'tis the season for no parking, long lines, impatience, high heating bills, and large credit card balances.
despite all this i love the magic of christmas--the music, holiday latte flavors, gift wrapping, christmas trees, shopping (sometimes not for me), christmas cards, white lights, watching the snow, mistletoe, old movies, and snoopy christmas specials.
this week shopping. if it is too much, then forget it. online shopping for me. the shipping cost is a mere price to pay for the restoration of my (rumored) sanity.
i am a long time lover of frida kahlo. her work. her life. her jewelry. her love affairs. her stormy marriage to diego. seeing this exhibit was a must! it was beautiful. simply beautiful. he did it, he captured the haunting beauty she possesed. there is nothing more telling than photographs taken by a lover. a lover, they see something others don't see. beyond the photos-- on display were love letters she sent nickolas. painted on the wall next to the famed letters were these words:
Diego, my baby
Diego, my boyfriend
Diego, my lover
Diego, "my husband"
Diego, my friend
Diego, my mother
Diego, my father
Diego, my son
Diversity in Unity
Why do I call him My Diego?
He never was and he never will be mind.
He belongs to himself.
i remember reading this before as an excerpt from a journal entry. please go see--i want to discuss!
for information on the exhibit click here.
Friday, November 25, 2005
LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Actor Pat Morita, whose portrayal of the wise and dry-witted Mr. Miyagi in "The Karate Kid" earned him an Oscar nomination, has died. He was 73.
1984. mr. miyagi. the memories. i am little sarah sitting with my brothers in the basement of my parents house watching the karate kid over and over.... dressed in our made up versions of dojo friendly clothes. i refused to believe there was not a pink belt involved in this sport. this being the obvious reason i chose not to take karate lessons when my brothers did, well that and my mothers refusal to call me sarah-san!
"forever my sensei..."
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
i love it all!! sweet potatoes. cranberry sauce. pecan pie. just not that icky jello salad my grandma always insists i like—i sneak in and throw it away when she isn’t looking. shhhhhh, deny deny deny. i eat enough in one day to last months. why do you think i am not hungry until easter?
this year will be a little different, well a LOT different. we are eating at my
parents. which means i have been playing housewife today. barefoot in the kitchen. the only thing missing is the hidden whiskey bottle—sigh. i have a new found respect for all those who slave for days preparing dinner. three hours and i am spent. exhausted. ready for nightcap, book, and tubby.
happy thanksgiving everyone!!! enjoy that dead bird for friday shall be tofu!
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Monday, November 21, 2005
a mock grimace? isn't this how he always looks?
Sunday, November 20, 2005
Saturday, November 19, 2005
my favorite part of today's game was the end, when byu didn't win!!!
during the zions post game interview when questioned about ratliff a byu player asked who that was. while i am no expert, i would think that knowing the other teams starting quarterback might just be an important detail.
Friday, November 18, 2005
johnny cash. one of the few, if not only things i have in common with the menfolk in my family. we love him, always have. the day he died my grandfather called me near tears to pass on the heartbreaking news. to my family his passing was tragic, we lost a member of our own clan.
where i come from a truck has a few essential items--a worn johnny cash tape, beef jerkey, and day old coffee. some of my earliest memories consist of driving the countryside with my grandpa listening to johhny songs. trying to please him i learned the words so i could sing along. he would look at me with pure delight. this, is why i love johnny.
the point? today is the long awaited day to see "walk the line". finally.
i must see it tonight! i also have a date with the most amazing man i know, my grandfather, to see it over thanksgiving.
Thursday, November 17, 2005
magazine honor you with the title of "woman of the year". i am a fan despite the rachel do. i met her at sundance two years ago and not only is she beautiful but humorous-- especially when someone (read me) accidently made fun of her within earshot. oops!
we know. we saw your home video.
i admit this is a funny shirt. however, i think my t-shirt idea beats this hands down.
for those that don't remember:
support the cause, well...my cause.
invest in my chest. catchy isn't it? sometimes i think i am brilliant. this being one of those times. if all y'all saved those nickels and dimes we could send me to the plastic surgeon in no time. just think you will own a percentage of my chest--you lucky people. isn't it time we all did our part? the best part is you can now donate to my boob job here. click the donate button on the sidebar of my blog. pretty please, in pink???
people magazine recently announced this years sexiest man alive pick.
leaving texas responsible for producing the stupidest man alive AND the
sexiest man alive. hmmm....
**disclaimer: this blog entry may be biased as i abhor bush and adore mcconaughey.
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
LOS ANGELES, California (Hollywood Reporter) -- E! Entertainment Television said Tuesday that it has greenlighted an unscripted series that will follow newly single singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb as she re-enters the dating world. The eight-episode series, titled "#1 Single," will feature Loeb as she moves back to New York and starts dating again for the first time since college. The half-hour series is set to premiere in January."Lisa Loeb is smart, talented, quirky and endearing, with a genuinely engaging and relatable lifestyle," E! Networks senior FP programming development Lisa Berger said. "She is experiencing the same thing that many single professional people her age today are learning, which is how challenging it can be to find someone to share their hectic and sometimes complicated lives."Meanwhile, the Grammy-nominated Loeb said she believes the show will be a way to "connect with more people on a larger scale." "I decided to do this TV series because what I do as a musician and songwriter is connect to an audience, so why not take that to another level," Loeb said.
I for one will be tuning in. Finally the answer. Is or isn't she gay?! Since seeing her at the Lesbian...errr Lilith Fair I have questioned it. Not that there is anything wrong with it!! Nothing speaks to my generation like her song "Stay".
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Princess Sayako marries commoner
Royal title and allowance must be given up
Tuesday, November 15, 2005; Posted: 10:41 a.m. EST (15:41 GMT)
TOKYO, Japan (AP) -- Wearing a simple white dress and pearls, Japan's Princess Sayako bid farewell to palace life Tuesday to wed a Tokyo city employee in a low-key ceremony marking the first time that an emperor's daughter has married a commoner.
full story here
wow, that is love. giving up the good life for a regular joe shmoe? if japan needs a princess i am more than happy to step in and take her place. seriously. i could give up my common life for one of prestige and wealth. pretty dresses and kimonos. no more trips to the grocery store, no more errands. servants galore. my qualifications include excellent elitism thoughts, the need to marry a prince, previous experience being the center of attention, ability to boss anyone around, and lets not forget thinking the world revolves around me.
i could totally work this gig. sign me up!
Monday, November 14, 2005
The Food and Drug Administration has released a 63-page report that declares, among other things, that latex condoms are effective in preventing pregnancy and in reducing the risk of infection from sexually transmitted diseases and AIDS.The report will form the basis on new condom packaging in the United States.
new york times article
so this is what the fda is doing. nice.
winter has arrived. winter. it sounds so final. i have never been fond of this particular season. thanksgiving, christmas, new years, yes. the actual season, hell no. i hate to be cold. HATE IT! snow, rain, whatever the weather --you can count on my apartment being a nice 80 degrees. my office mates are ecstatic for the ski season. i can not share their enthusiasm. while i do adore winter fashion (i.e. jean-sweater-boot combo) i have a difficult time with coats. i want them cute not functional. why isn't there some synthetic lining for thin pretty coats that will provide the warmth a puffy marshmallow coat does? don't feed me this "thinsulate" bullshit. i want warmth AND fashion. so you winter folk enjoy your ski season. i will be found snuggled up with good books, wine, and old movies. if anyone has some good book and/or movie suggestions let me know. i plan to keep amazon and netflix in business this winter. the season will start out with the sound of music. tomorrow the 40th anniversary edition comes out!
SO--enjoy your silly winter sports, you know where to find me.
Friday, November 11, 2005
pat robertson, what a fuckwit. i can not help but wonder--does he really believe the crap he spews? his latest nonsense in regards to the pennsylvania school board:
"I'd like to say to the good citizens of Dover: if there is a disaster in your area, don't turn to God, you just rejected Him from your city," Robertson said on his daily television show broadcast from Virginia, "The 700 Club." "And don't wonder why He hasn't helped you when problems begin, if they begin. I'm not saying they will, but if they do, just remember, you just voted God out of your city. And if that's the case, don't ask for His help because he might not be there," he said.
full story here.
science in schools. religion at home. why is this an issue?
more humor at his expense? you bet!! see this.
Thursday, November 10, 2005
Enrique Iglesias has shocked his female admirers - by announcing he wants to release his own range of extra-small condoms. The Latin heartthrob admitted he can't find sheaths to fit the smaller man, and wants to save people who aren't well-endowed any embarrassment. The 30-year-old, who is dating stunning tennis pin-up Anna Kournikova, is quoted in America's Houston Press newspaper as saying: "The next product I'm gonna put my name on is extra-small condoms".
i have been "attempting" to clean and organize my closet for weeks. keep in mind attempt and results are never the same. i have too many shoes and absolutely no organization to them. they lie in a pile at the bottom of my closet. utterly unefficient. the problem with this system (or the lack thereof) is that some of my most treasured shoes lay unloved for months when i could be wearing them. equal shoe opportunities--not found here.
moving past the shoes. why is it so hard to let items of clothing go? i treat them like old friends. we have shared memories as such. so they stay. they clutter things up making it nearly impossible to find my new purchases. yet again, they stay.
perhaps now that this is in print i will do something. maybe, just maybe... a glass of wine and an episode of the OC will coax me into staying in and getting started.
watch the coverage here
in the past i have never been a huge steve martin fan. one scene in the jerk was entertaining but that is the extent of his career in my opinion. i never got around to reading the book, because truth be told i didn't think it would be worth my time. i have been accused of being a literary snob. (who me??)
the movie: i remain impressed, perhaps having zero expectations helped. whatever the case i was pleased. i have and will always be a jason schwartzman fan. rushmore, enough said.
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Foos, Weezer Try MySpace
How the social-networking site became the best place to break music As All-American Rejects tour the country, guitarist Nick Wheeler is constantly confronted by people who say they know him. "Kids you've never met before know your dog's name -- they know things my parents don't know," he says. The reason is MySpace.com, a social-networking site, where millions of young music fans go to listen to new tunes and find out more about their favorite bands. Wheeler is not complaining. "We're getting 30,000 people a day listening to our song on MySpace. It's blowing my mind." Launched in 2003 with just seven employees, MySpace has become the fourth-highest-trafficked Web site (after Yahoo!, eBay and MSN), with 35 million members, and in July, Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. paid $580 million to acquire its parent company. On November 15th, MySpace Records, in partnership with Interscope, will release its first CD, a compilation featuring site faves Weezer, Dashboard Confessional and Fall Out Boy. The first band the label signed, rap-rockers Hollywood Undead, also appear on the disc. Their debut is expected in the spring. Bands use the site in innovative ways: Foo Fighters offered a podcast on the making of their latest album, In Your Honor; Weezer and Nine Inch Nails have streamed new music before its release; Coldplay uploaded exclusive footage from their tour of Japan; and unsigned acts use it to reach fans and record labels. "Any way you do business in music has been affected by MySpace," says the company's president, Tom Anderson. "We hear from bands that have places to stay on tour because they meet people online. They're able to book venues, they're able to fill them. A&R are using it to find bands, MTV is using it to find people for reality shows, and the movie industry is using it to find bands for soundtracks." Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional uses MySpace to post music and communicate with fans. "It's the first place people go now," he says. "If they heard a Dashboard song they wouldn't go to my site to check it out, they'd go to MySpace. It's the world's most powerful marketing tool at the moment."EVAN SERPICK (Posted Nov 03, 2005)
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Rap star 50 Cent says a controversy over billboards for his upcoming movie, which community leaders claim glorify violence, is helping promote the film "Get Rich or Die Tryin."'Posters for the movie that had been displayed near some grade schools were taken down by Paramount Pictures on Thursday after protests erupted over the gangsta rapper shown stripped to the waist with his bullet-scarred back to the camera and arms stretched out, holding a microphone and a gun."I do appreciate it," the rapper told Reuters in an interview on Friday. "They are talking about it on media outlets I didn't have plans to market the movie to. They are helping me out."The R-rated film, whose title is taken from 50 Cent's major-label debut album that sold more than 7 million copies, is due to open November 9. It stars the rap artist, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, in a biographical story about a drug dealer who abandons crime to pursue a music career.The rapper said it was ludicrous to single out his poster considering how action movies are routinely marketed. The posters were removed after Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich sent a letter to Paramount, complaining that they promoted gun violence. "I understand people had picket signs protesting, saying my poster is violent because they see a gun," 50 Cent said. But he added: "They've seen a gun in tons of film advertising. If we walk into our local Blockbuster or place where we can rent a video, we'll see every kind of gun they manufacture on the cover of these films as a marketing tool. "Some of these people just have an overall outlook on me that's negative," said 50 Cent, who was once shot nine times. The rap star, whose latest CD, "The Massacre," has sold 4.7 million copies in the United States since its release in March, said he understood the film distributor's decision to take down some of the billboards."I think Paramount made a business decision. I don't have a problem with it. At the end of the day, those kids are going to see the film. They insult the intelligence of the actual kids. "They read the articles, they've seen the videos, they heard the music. When the film comes out, they're gonna see the film, regardless," he said.
i am anti-gun and pro-film. i see the concern over the placement of these billboards. targeting inner city children with this film seems harsh, but their world is harsh. the film opens in select cities today. when it makes its way to slc i for one will be seeing it. i think jim sheridan is an amazing director. in america was a brilliant film. now lets see what the man can do on a gangsta ghetto film shall we?