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Fun Not Fab

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On Monday night David and I attended an early screening of the new film Burlesque which stars the legendary Cher and Christina Aguilera in her feature film debut. To be honest, I really wasn’t all that excited to see the film but I had a hard time turning down an offer to see the movie in full for free in order to make an honest assessment of the film. Long story short, I didn’t love the movie but I also didn’t hate the movie:


After the jump, read some of my thoughts on the film and find out what I liked and what I disliked about Burlesque. I will say right now, the movie is fun to watch and might be worth putting on your Must See Movie list … More »

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Remasterpiece

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Yesterday was a pretty quiet day for me … I woke up with a bit of a sore throat so I spent all day yesterday doing everything I could to keep from feeling worse. My mood was lifted greatly by the arrival of the remastered re-release of Nine Inch Nails‘s debut album Pretty Hate Machine:


As you may recall, we learned late last month that Pretty Hate Machine – The 2010 Remaster would be released this month and yesterday was the day. I’ve been listening to the gloriously remastered album ever since it arrived. I can’t even express how much Pretty Hate Machine means to me … I vividly remember when it was released back in 1989 … and here it is, released once again. This time around I purchased the CD version, the Vinyl version and the digital version … happy to support the genius of Nine Inch Nails.

Last night, David and I went to a screening of a film that I can’t talk about yet … but I’ll be sure to post my write-up as soon as I’m able.

David flies back home to Connecticut today so I’ll be flying solo here in SoCal for the rest of the week. I’m actually looking forward to the alonetime … and hopefully, to be feeling better ;D

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Birthday Lurve For Angie

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Yesterday afternoon David and I made our out to Laurel Tavern in Studio City, CA to celebrate the birthday of our dear friend Angie! Angie returned to the scene of the crime from last year’s celebration and held court as we all lavished love and presents on her ;)


Angie is one of my newer LA friends but she has quickly become very special to me. It was so much fun getting to hang out and celebrate her yesterday, we had a blast. We have more plans to future celebrations after we get thru Thanksgiving so I’m really looking forward to that. Please send all of your BIRTHDAY LURVE to Angie today :D

Last night, David and I met up with his friend Brian for a quick drink hang-out session in West Hollywood before we retired for the evening. It was a very nice but very cold Sunday here in LA. With the holidays ahead, I’m gonna try and keep as low a profile as possible. Happy Short Work Week, y’all!!

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No War Make, Love Make Instead

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Yesterday afternoon, David and I met up with Emma, Josh and co. for a bite to eat and hang out session at The Village Idiot on Melrose Ave. We hadn’t seen them in a while so it was nice catching up with them. We were joined by their friends Michael and Melanie and a grand time was had by all. Melrose is peppered with pretty good graffiti and I snapped a photo of this very cool Star Wars-inspired poster tacked up near the Village Idiot:


It’s cool, right? After dinner/drinks, David and I made our way to Hollywood to attend the screening of a movie that I can’t talk about just yet. I’ve written up my review and will be able to share it with all y’all in a couple of weeks. I cannot WAIT to share :D

Today David and I will be heading into the Valley to celebrate our good friend Angi’s birthday today!! It shall be a blast!

Happy Sunday, y’all … hope your weekends are going well. Wee!!

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‘Hallows’ Be Thy Fame

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Yesterday evening, before I made my way to the Viper Room to see American Hi-Fi LIVE in concert, I attended an opening day showing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 at the ArcLight Theater in Hollywood, CA. Without question, I loved every single second of the film and enjoyed it so thoroughly that I cannot wait to see it again:


JK Rowling‘s Harry Potter books are always so rich with detail and lush storytelling that the film versions, as good as they are, seem like watered down tales that pale in comparison to the original source material. Because the final Harry Potter book, The Deathly Hallows, has been turned into 2 films, that watered down feeling didn’t feel as heavy-handed as it does for previous films. True, not everything in the first half of Deathly Hallows is included in Part 1 but we do get much more of the story than we usually get from the film adaptations … and we have an entirely new film to look forward to as well. This final installment of the Harry Potter film franchise is very dark and very scary … even for adults. No lie, I jumped out of my seat a couple of times with actual fright. There’s a lot of sexiness going on as well … Daniel Radcliffe strips down to his underwear in parts of the film and the semi-naked kissing (fantasy) scene between Harry Potter and Hermione Granger made me feel really … uncomfortable. Still, those elements are required of the story so they didn’t feel gratuitous … in fact, they added muchly to the tone of the film. I was very impressed with the animated scenes that were used for the retelling of The Tale of the Three Brothers within the film. All in all, the film impressed me greatly … I loved it entirely. I really, REALLY did not want the movie to end … and when it does, I gave an audible sigh of sadness. I fear I’ll be bawling my eyes out when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 is released next Summer. I damn near bawled my eyes out this time!

I’m not sure how this film will play for folks who are unfamiliar with the Harry Potter books and/or movies but the other 98.7% of the planet should enjoy this film very much.

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American Hi-Fi Rock The Viper Room In LA

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Last night I was able to attend a live concert performance by American Hi-Fi who are among my fave bands of the early 00′s and who I have seen many times on tour in the Midwest back when I lived in Detroit, MI. American Hi-Fi released a new album over the Summer, Fight the Frequency, and last night’s concert at the Viper Room was their first show here in LA since that album’s release:


As you may know, Hi-Fi is fronted by Stacy Jones who was the drummer first for Letters to Cleo and then Veruca Salt (two of my all-time fave bands). There are few bands that make me as happy as American Hi-Fi does. Their brand of pop/punk/rock is loud, insanely catchy and impossible not to jump around to. After the jump, check out some of the photos that I snapped from the show last night and watch video of the band performing LIVE their biggest hit song, Flavor of the WeakMore »

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A Night With Billy Dee Williams

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Last night David and I met up for drinks with our friend Jordan who we haven’t seen in quite a few weeks. That boy is always so bizzy flying around the world that it’s really hard to pin him down to just one location for very long. We hooked up with him at Saint Felix in West Hollywood, CA for some drinks and conversation … and we got to share our time with the fabulous Billy Dee Williams:


Jordan then dragged us to a milkshake place so that we could indulge in horribly fattening yet absolutely delicious candy bar-filled milkshakes together. We kept it casual but fun … ’twas a nice night out on the town.

Tonight, I’ll be swinging by the movie theater to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and then later on tonight, I’ll be making my way to the Viper Room on the Sunset Strip to see American Hi-Fi LIVE in concert! It’s Friday, it’s the Weekend! I hope you have a great one!!

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Drinks For Two

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In an effort to get out and enjoy the cool SoCal night last night, David and I ventured out for a little shopping trip at The Grove. For the most part we did a lot of window shopping but did enjoy a casual stroll around the outdoor shopping area. We stopped in at the Whisper Lounge for a couple of drinks and a bit of convo:


All in all it was a pretty nice and quiet night. My plans for tonight got changed up a bit. I was supposed to go to a screening of Tron: Legacy but it has been moved to Saturday night instead. I think David and I are going to try and meet up with our friend Jordan who we haven’t seen in an ice age … tho, it’s possible that we will enjoy another easy, breezy night of a whole lotta nothing.

We’re just one day away from the weekend … I hope you’re having a great day!!

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A Bionic Wonder

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Yesterday was a pretty quiet day for me … David has been feeling a little under the weather so we decided to just stay in. In recent weeks, I’ve been watching Wonder Woman on DVD and just recently, I got The Bionic Woman Season 1 on DVD. Last night, I spent quite a bit of time watching alternating episodes of The Bionic Woman and The New Adventures of Wonder Woman:


Both Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman) and Lindsay Wagner (Bionic Woman Jamie Sommers) were THE templates for female beauty in the late 70′s (when I was just a wee little kid). While other folks look to the actresses of Charlie’s Angels (and primarily Farrah Fawcett) as the iconic beauties of the 70′s, for me it was Lynda and Lindsay. These women were strong superheros and I credit their TV shows with instilling in me the belief that women could be heroes to look up to and emulate. Predominantly, superheros are male dominated but growing up with these superhero women in my life made me understand that superheroes could be men and women. It’s a shame we don’t have more of these super women in our entertainment today. I think kids today would benefit greatly from the influence of a Wonder Woman, a Bionic Woman or both! Ah … the good ol’ days.

Not sure what the plan is for today but if David is feeling better, I think we’re gonna get out of the house and do something. It’s Wednesday again, Happy Hump Day!!

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Tom Lenk Has A ‘Nerdgasm’ In LA

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Last night Josh and I made our way to the Comedy Central stage at the Hudson Theater here in Los Angeles, CA to see our good friend Tom Lenk perform his one man show Nerdgasm LIVE on stage:


Tom has been performing his show all over the WORLD lately and last night it was LA’s turn to see his amazingness live on stage. After the jump, check out a few photos that I snapped at the show last night and find out which of Tom‘s Buffy the Vampire Slayer co-stars and real life BFF came out to the show to lend her support … More »

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