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Home For The Pre-Holidays

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This afternoon I will be making my way to LAX Airport so that I can jet back home to Detroit, MI for the rest of the week to pre-celebrate the holidays with my family and friends back home:


Despite the fact that I really, really did NOT want to fly again this year I thought it would be nice to go home for a quick trip in between all the crazy Thanksgiving and Xmas melee. I’ll get to spend time with my parents and friends and I’ll get to visit some of my favorite haunts without having to deal with all the holiday lunacy. I’ll be working as usual for the rest of the week but from tomorrow ’til Sunday, I’ll be comin’ atcha from Detroit Rock City!

I hear it’s cold in the Midwest … yeah.

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The ‘Savage’ Beast

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Last night David and I were invited to the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, CA for a screening event for Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series … which is about to introduce a new villain on the series. Darth Maul may have been killed in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace but his brother Savage Opress lives on in the animated series The Clone Wars:


Three new episodes, written by Katie Lucas (daughter of the master George Lucas himself), were screened last night on the big screen and it really felt like an entire Star Wars movie. After the jump, check out some promo stills from the eps and read more about the villainous Savage OpressMore »

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A Brush With Royal/T

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Yesterday afternoon, I met up with Darion and a bunch of his peeps at Royal/T Cafe, Shop, Artspace in Culver City, CA so that we could grab some dessert and check out the new Tron: Legacy pop-up shop that is there for the next few weeks. It was really great getting to see Darion and everyone … I hadn’t seen any of them for a long time. I got to meet little Miss Flynn for the first time, the beautiful daughter of Darion’s good friends Julie and Vince:


In all honesty, I wasn’t at all impressed with the Royal/T place overall. The service in the cafe was horrid, the art was … nonexistent … and the pop-up shop was full of outrageously overpriced items. The best part of the visit was getting to hang out with everyone, especially Flynn who is the cutest little nugget ever! OY! That baby is so cute … it was all I could do to keep from eating up her teeny-weeny toes!

After this hangout session, David and I met up with Jordan and a group of his friends for a belated birthday dinner at BLD. We had so much fun getting to celebrate Jordan and getting to know better his great group of friends. Despite the rain, Sunday was a pretty rad day. Today beings a whole new week! Tonight I’m heading out to a Star Wars: The Clone Wars screening in Hollywood … and on Wednesday, I fly back to Detroit for the rest of the week. We are just weeks away from the end of 2010 … can you believe it?!

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Dancer In The Dark

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Yesterday evening, David and I met up with our friend Jen at the ArcLight Hollywood for an early showing of Black Swan (primarily because most of the showings last night were completely sold out) so that we could AT LAST see the film that everyone has been buzzing about … for months. Without question, Black Swan is now one of my favorite films of the year:


Black Swan is absolutely a Darren Aronofsky masterpiece … those of you who are familiar with and love his films will most assuredly enjoy Black Swan. To be honest, I’m having a hard time thinking of ways to describe it. The pace is frantic and the action is dizzying … there are times when you have no idea what exactly is going on and it’s never easy to believe what you see happen on the screen. Natalie Portman‘s acting performance is a tour de force … she is really magnificent as Nina Sayers, overwrought yet hugely talented ballet dancer. Mila Kunis is also fantastic but her role as the cool chick ballerina is fun rather than impressive. The film is all about Portman. I don’t know that I’ve seen a more beautiful film this year … without question, Black Swan will be honored in some way at the Academy Awards next year. IMHO, Swan is a much superior film to The Wrestler (which won a few Oscars) so I’m counting on Portman and Aronofsky to be honored with their own Oscars this time around. I would deffo call Black Swan intense and very scary … be prepared to be in a clenched posture thruout the film. I was so stressed by the franticness of the film that I needed to relax and come down after it was over. Just … brilliant. There are a few things about the film that I must see again so that I can sort them out in my head but YOU MUST see Black Swan at least once in theaters. The film opened in select cities this weekend but it will open more wide in the coming weeks. See this film, you must!!!

After the movie, we went out for some eats at 8oz. Burger Bar and Jen and I chatted away the night for hours! ‘Twas a fun night out, indeedie.

Today, I’m meeting up with Darion and some friends for a fun afternoon hangout session and then tonight David and I are planning to hang out with Jordan for his birthday! It’s a bummer that the weekend is already over already … hope you have a great Sunday!!

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Brendan Benson Brings Detroit Flavor To LA

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Last night my friend Josh and I made our way downtown to Club Nokia to see my Detroit homeboy Brendan Benson live in concert. Brendan is co-headling a tour right now with The Posies so I was excited to be able to see him in concert for the second time this year:


As you may recall, I saw Brendan play the Troubadour in West Hollywood back in February by myself but this time I wanted to share the bounty with a friend. After the jump, check out some of the photos that I snapped and watch a couple videos from Brendan‘s performance at Club Nokia last night … More »

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Getting Back In The Game

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A couple of weeks ago, David and I were lucky enough to attend a preview screening of Tron: Legacy at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood, CA. I haven’t been able to talk about the film … until now. If you see one 3D film this holiday season, it must be Tron: Legacy. Despite the fact that most films are going 3D just for the hype factor, Tron: Legacy actually makes amazing use of the technology:


Legacy starts out a few years after the end of the action from the original 1982 film Tron. As you might expect, a series of events force the characters to go back into The Grid (i.e. the digital video game world of Tron) where they meet other characters who are already there. I will say that the story is a bit heavy in that you get a whole lotta explanation thrown at you in a short period of time. And the one thing I didn’t like was the CGI youngification of Jeff Bridges‘s face. That said, the 3D effects are so inviting that you actually feel like you are in The Grid yourself. The action scenes are fantastic and the story from Tron has been carried over and updated nicely for this new sequel. The movie is really an experience … one that both David and I enjoyed very much. It’s deffo one of those movies that you should check out over the holidays after it gets released on the 17th.

Last night, David and I met up with Emma, Josh and Guy for an impromptu Hanukkah dinner at Greenblatt’s Delicatessen before making our way to Basix for drinks and dessert with Michael and Sam:


All in all we had a great night hanging out with friends last night. Tonight, my other BFF Josh and I will be making our way downtown to Club Nokia to see Brendan Benson live in concert. I love my Detroit homeboy so it’ll be very cool to see him play live again.

It’s the weekend, y’all! Have a great one!!

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Here’s To The Night

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Last night I made my way out to the Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA to see EVE 6 in concert. Yes, the very same EVE 6 who hit it big in the early 00′s with megahits Inside Out, Here’s to the Night and my personal fave Promise. The guys have been out of commission for a while but they are, apparently, back:


I last saw EVE 6 in concert back in 2001 at a tiny gig in Toledo, OH … and I’ve been a fan for a while so I was very excited to see them live again. To be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect at last night’s show … but I was very pleasantly surprised. After the jump, check out some photos I snapped last night and hear how the show turned out … More »

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Enter To Win A Pair Of Tickets To Attend A ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean 4’ Event At Disneyland

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Have I got a great new Pink is the new Blog contest for YOU! The folks at Walt Disney have given me TWO pairs of tickets for TWO lucky Pink is the new Blog readers to attend the PIRATES FANS FIRST event in Downtown Disney and Disneyland on December 13. The lucky winners and their guests will be joined by other lucky folks to be among the first to see a new trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides AND they will be given free tickets to enjoy the Disneyland Resort for other Pirates-related fun! Read on for all the deets:

Fans will be the first to get an exclusive look at the brand-new trailer for Walt Disney Pictures “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” in 3D on December 13, 2010, at AMC Downtown Disney Theatre 12 in Anaheim, California, as part of an exclusive “Pirates Fans First!” event. “Fans First!” winners will also have the chance on that day to be the first to experience the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction that started it all. Fans can enter to win a vacation for four to the event by “Liking” Yahoo! Movies on Facebook (www.facebook.com/YahooMovies) or entering the sweepstakes via Disney Movie Rewards (www.DisneyMovieRewards.com). Fans can also gain access to this exclusive event by listening to 102.7 KIIS-FM starting December 6th. In addition to being the first to see the new trailer for “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” and ride on the Pirates of the Caribbean theme park attraction, the lucky fans will be treated to a special Pirate after party, plus special commemorative gifts—but not until all of them have sworn to the “Pirate’s Oath” in a ceremony on the bow of the Columbia sailing ship. For added fun, fans who come to the event in pirate costume will have additional opportunities to win special prizing. Following the “Pirates Fans First!” event, the trailer will premiere on Yahoo! Movies, Disney.com, and other premium online destinations around the world at 1 p.m. PST. Later the same day at 7 p.m. EST the domestic broadcast debut will occur on “Entertainment Tonight” as part of their December Event for “Pirates.” “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” captures the fun, adventure and humor that ignited the hit franchise—this time in Disney Digital 3D™. Johnny Depp returns to his iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow in an action-packed tale of truth, betrayal, youth and demise. When Jack crosses paths with a woman from his past (Penelope Cruz), he’s not sure if it’s love—or if she’s a ruthless con artist who’s using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn’t know who to fear more: Blackbeard or the woman from his past. The international cast includes franchise vets Geoffrey Rush as the vengeful Captain Hector Barbossa, and Kevin R. McNally as Captain Jack’s longtime comrade Joshamee Gibbs, plus Sam Claflin as a stalwart missionary and Astrid Berges-Frisbey as a mysterious mermaid. “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” is written by “Pirates” veterans Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio. The executive producers are Mike Stenson, Chad Oman, Barry Waldman, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio and John DeLuca. “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” sails into theatres around the world in May 2011.

In addition to access to the new Pirates trailer, winners will receive 1-Day Disneyland Resort Park Hopper tickets and will gain entrance to Pirates of the Caribbean before Disneyland Park opens … isn’t that a fantastic prize?! Now … here are the contest terms. You have to be able to get yourself to Disneyland on December 13 and you must be able to attend the Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides trailer screening by 5:30 AM that morning. After the screening is finished, you will be given your 1-day Disneyland Resort Park Hopper tickets which will give you free access to both Disneyland and California Adventure all day long. This Pirates Fan First day promises to be a huge media event so I wouldn’t be at all surprised if some of the stars of the film were in attendance. HMMM … who stars in Pirates of the Caribbean again? HMMMM.

If you are eligible to enter (you must be at least 18 years old, you must be able to get yourself to Disneyland on your own and you must be in Anaheim, CA by 5:30 am on the morning of December 13) then all you have to do is send me an email at pinkisthenewblog @ gmail.com (with the subject line Pirates Fan First contest) and let me know why YOU should be chosen as one of the lucky winners. I will select at random two lucky winners from all eligible entries and YOU will be going to the Pirates Fan First event at Disneyland on December 13! Starting today you can email me your entries, which I will accept until December 10 when the winners will be selected. Have fun and Good Luck!!

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‘Tangled’ Up In You

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Altho David and I were invited to a private event at the Ennis House here in LA (designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright) we decided not to attend and enjoy a more low key night at the movies. Because it was my pick this time, I decided that we would see Tangled, Disney‘s 50th animated film:


I have been hearing from a few Pink readers that Tangled is a great film so I was very excited to see it for myself. I am very happy to report that I agree with those Pink readers … Tangled is a magical, fun and very worthy addition to the Disney library of fairy tale films. Those of you who have read the original Grimm version of Rapunzel know that the story is only 2 pages long. This new Disney version takes great license with the story and manages to turn the tale of Rapunzel into a smart, action-packed adventure (they did a *great* job explaining Rapunzel‘s long hair). The only thing that I wasn’t totally in love with was the music. Alan Menken, the composer of The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and more, was told by Disney NOT to create his usual big songs for Tangled … instead, he was told to come up with more pop-sounding songs. They’re good but not great. That being said, the rest of the film is just really sweet. Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi do a great job voicing Rapunzel and Flynn but Donna Murphy as the villainous Mother Gothel really steals the show. We saw the film in 3D and really enjoyed it. The lantern scene is just so cool in 3D. I understand Tangled looks just as great in 2D so, the choice is yours. I’m still very bummed that Disney is no longer planning on making any more fairy tale films after Tangled … I guess we can only hope that the success of Tangled will change their minds. If you are looking for a fun, magical film to see this holiday season … Tangled is for you.

Tonight, David and I have been invited to attend a holiday party so I think that’s what we’re gonna do. I’m feeling a lot better today so hopefully I managed to fight off the cold that’s been threatening to take hold over the past few days. Have a great Tuesday, y’all!!

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My Savior

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Much to my chagrin, I’ve been battling back the symptoms of a cold for the past few days and, for the most part, I’ve been able to keep the worse of them at bay … but yesterday was not a good day, let me tell you. I woke up with the worst body aches but, thankfully, free from a sore throat or any stomach ailments. I did my best to keep myself as medicated as possible with Dayquil by day and the magical nectar of the gods, Nyquil by night:


I’m still not feeling great today but I do not feel worse than I did yesterday so I’ll take that as progress. I’m hoping to be well enough to go out tonight … David and I are invited to some event at the Frank Lloyd Wright house here in LA so we were hoping to check that out. The rest of the week ahead is a bizzy one and then I’m flying back home to Detroit next week … so I really don’t have time for any flu shenanigans. It is almost the last day of November already, can you believe it? I hope your Monday is going well and that the December to come will be a fabulous one for us all :)

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