Monday, December 21, 2009
With the look of a modern day James Dean it was pretty easy for us to fall in love with James Franco. However, there is much more to him than good looks. His acting skills are extremely versatile and allow him to play anything from a brooding young man who has lost his father in the second "Spiderman" but also a stoner, idiot pot dealer in "Pineapple Express". Franco has quite the extensive career dating as far back as one of his earlier roles in "Freaks and Geeks". What I find so interesting and charismatic about this young man is his pure passion for his craft. He is currently perfecting his art though graduate classes at Columbia University in NY. What was great for Franco was his role as the lovable pot deal dealer Saul in "Pineapple Express" by far one of his best roles yet. He truly shines alongside Seth Rogen and his comedic timing is impeccable! I recently thought of Franco when I watched his recent appearance on SNL and could not believe how unbelievably funny it was! His good looks, charm and immense amount of talent certainly make Franco one of the best actors of our generation!
Acting Lessons w/ James Franco
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
When I first saw the video for "Everything is Everything" come on the screen while I was at a Maroon 5 concert I was hooked. The catchy melody I just had to know who this band was. Finally when they're name appeared I made sure I committed this band to memory. Well, apparently my mental notes on Phoenix weren't that good. As of recently I am reminded again of how fantastic this band is with their most recent single "1901". This grammy nominated alternative French band is always changing their sounds and pulling you into their funky sound with every album. Hailing from Versailles the cultural arena that brought us "Daft Puck" it is no wonder these boys can rock! Thomas Mars, Deck D'Arcy, Christian Mazzalai and Laurent Bancowitz bring us music that is catchy with a hint of edge which allows them not to be made fun of for be some poppy rock band full of cute boys. But judge for yourself...
Everything is Everything
Monday, December 14, 2009
This refreshingly new comedy from Starz is about a group of disgruntled employees in the catering industry. Well, not all of them. Their boss Ron Donald is a squeaky clean perfectionist who's strives to be at the top of his catering game. Despite his good intentions he cannot help how his parties unfold into terrible disasters. In addition to relating to the idea of having a job that is a joke and miserable the cast certainly draws you in. Adam Scott from the male nurse from knocked subtle sense of humor is undeniably charming. Ken Marino turns down his "pretty boy" charm and looks to play an uptight and awkward boss like no other. Lizzy Caplan is brilliant as always although she is versatile having roles in "True Blood" and Smallville" she shines in comedies her role as a sarcastic and bitchy server rivals that of her role in Mean Girls. However Jane Lynch truly carries this show. Her comedic timing and great delivery truly elevates any show to the next level. So don't miss out on the party!
Friday, December 11, 2009
Rihanna's latest release "Rated R" comes at us full force. She's packing punches and coming at us harder than ever. She bounces back from the unfortunate event of the past year through her music. Although this newer, darker image of Rihanna is not something that we're use to it is a welcomed change. Her music seems to be fueled with emotion and passion never seen before and her vocal ability contimues to shine.
Some of my favorite tracks:
Cold Case Love
Friday, December 4, 2009
Well it didn't take long for MTV to bring us a new reality show...introducing the Jersey Shore. The show that is the real world that leaves you with a dirty salt water after taste. What especially draws me into the show is the fond memories it brings me of the Summer I spent down at the shore with my friends. What is most interesting about the show is unlike the Real WOrld which brings us all types of stereotypes...I mean people, the Jersey Shore focuses on particular type of persona "The Guido and the female version The Guidette." Besides "My New Haircut" there really hasn't been any social commentary on the subject.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Although the single "Evacuate the Dancefloor" has been in the States for a few months now it is just breaking though and as hot as ever, appearing at 27 on the Billboard top 100 chart. The song is a nice mix of funk, pop, soul and dance hall. And the best part is Natalie Horler, the lead singer of the group has some chops... as you'll see in the unplugged version. Check out both after the jump...which do you like more?