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‘You Ever Dance With The Devil In The Pale Moonlight’?

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This past Tuesday I posted a story about an upcoming auction which will offer the purple and orange suit that Jack Nicholson wore in the 1989 Tim Burton film Batman … and it reminded me how much I loved that movie when it came out in the Summer of ’89. I was 15 years old and I was finally going to see my favorite superhero on the big screen … I was pretty much obsessed with the film and everything related to the film all Summer long. Last night, I busted out my Batman DVD and decided to watch the film again for old time’s sake:


Obviously now, in comparison to the blockbuster films that get released almost ever week these days, Batman looks a bit dated and feels a bit slow … but when it came out, it really set the world on fire. Batman launched the big movie franchise biz and set the stage for all the superhero films that followed. I uploaded the film to my iPhone and watched the entirety of the movie in bed … which is such a marvel considering I was reminded that my friends and I had to camp out for movie tickets to see the film at midnight and then had to get to the theater early to find a good seat. If memory serves, the cineplex showed the film in 4 different theaters which were packed to the gills … there were people sitting on the floor in the aisles. I saw that movie many times in the theater that Summer and then wore out the VHS once it became available. I also LOVED the Prince soundtrack that accompanied the film, despite the fact that I always felt that Prince‘s music wasn’t really well-suited for Tim Burton‘s vision of Batman. But, yeah, Prince‘s song Batdance was my JAM!


I used to watch MTV with the VCR set to record on pause so that I could quickly record the video as soon as it began to play (I used to do the same for the Paula Abdul music videos that came out in 1989, 1990 but that’s another story for another day). I managed to upload all of the Batman films to my iPhone … yes, including the horrid ones made by Joel Schumacher. Batman Returns is prolly my all-time fave Batman film, to be honest. Until The Dark Knight came out in 2008, it was the darkest and truest version of Batman on the big screen. I’m looking forward to watching all the films again … I have a long history with Batman. I’m glad I can look back and relive that history in the palm of my hand.

Not sure what is going on today … David and I are planning to meet up with Darion for dinner … should be fun. Hope your weekend is awesome!

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‘Despicable’ 3

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Yesterday was Tracey’s last full day here in SoCal and after we spent the whole afternoon hanging out and enjoying the sun (which finally came out after hiding behind the clouds for the last week) we decided to venture out for a sushi dinner at Fat Fish before going to The Grove to see Despicable Me. I’ve been dying to see this movie for weeks now and, if you can believe it, Tracey has never seen a 3D movie before so … away we went:


While I still contend that Toy Story 3 is the best animated film released this year, Despicable Me is also very, very good. The whole story is really cute and the ending is super sweet … it’s really one of those movies that the whole family can enjoy. I will say that I didn’t really care for Steve Carell‘s supervillain accent in the film but once I got used to it it didn’t really bother me so much. I love the 3 little girl characters in the film … Agnes has to be one of the cutest little animated characters around. She really made me want to have a unicorn of my own … one that is really FLUFFFFFFFFFY! We all enjoyed the film, Tracey was blown away by the 3D effects … a great time was had by all.

After the jump, check out a few more photos I snapped last night and meet a couple of Pink readers who I got to meet at Starbucks last night … More »

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Pier Pressure

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For the past few days David and I have been hosting our dear friend Tracey who is visiting LA from Detroit. Some of you may know that Tracey is mother to my beautiful godchild Zakiya, so we were really happy that she wanted to come for a short visit. We’ve been bummin’ around all over town just relaxin’ as much as possible … and last night, we made our way to Santa Monica to do a bit of shopping on the Third Street Promenade before we walked down to the Santa Monica Pier to watch the sunset:


Tracey has been on the look-out for Mr. Right but I think she would settle for Mr. Postcard in a heart beat ;) We snapped some pics, played some games and snacked all night long … ’twas fun.

I’m not sure what we’ve got planned for today … but I’m sure we’ll come up with something fun. Hope all y’all’s Tuesdays are going well :)

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All Work And No Play . . .

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Last night Tracey and I made our way to the ArcLight Theater in Hollywood to see a screening of the 1980 Stanley Kubrick film The Shining. Hands down, The Shining is one of my all-time fave films … and is deffo in my Top 5 horror films list. I’ve seen the film many times but never on the big screen … when I found out that a big screen showing was happening last night, I jumped at the chance to get tickets:


I was completely blown away … a film with such size and scope as The Shining MUST be seen on the big screen. You really haven’t experienced the film properly if you’ve only seen it on TV. I was shocked how much the booming music and sound changed my perspective of the film in the theater … to say that the effective use of sound adds to the overall effect would be an understatement. The sound and music almost make the film. Despite the fact that I had seen the film many times before, watching it on the big screen last night felt like I was watching it for the first time. I am so glad I got to see it as Kubrick intended the film to be seen. Watching the film with new eyes, I’m convinced that Jack Nicholson‘s first scene with the phantom bartender Lloyd was used as inspiration for his entire role as The Joker in the 1989 film Batman. The Shining is truly a cinematic masterpiece, I am just so glad I got to see it FINALLY on the big screen.

After the jump, check out some fun photos I took last night and meet the Pink reader that I got to meet at the theater last night … More »

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Spy Games

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As I mentioned earlier, I saw Angelina Jolie‘s new film Salt last night with a group of friends and the general consensus was that we all loved it:


For me, the film felt a bit like the Jason Bourne films — which I love — but with a kick-ass female lead. It’s about damn time Hollywood made a film franchise around a female spy who can kick all kinds of ass. I’m certain that Salt will become a very successful franchise of films. This first one was chock full of great surprises and LOTS of action scenes … plus the ending was left wide open for, hopefully, an entire series of films. The only thing I didn’t like about the film was how skinny Angelina Jolie was. I did not believe she could do all of the stuff she does in the film with such a frail-looking body. I think she needs to bulk up a bit to make her action-star role work better in a more believable way. BUT, the film is just so fun … you kinda get lost in all the action. There are so many great scenes, I deffo want to see it again.

One more thing, I wanted to give some love to Amanda Palmer who just last week released a new EP titled Amanda Palmer Performs The Popular Hits of Radiohead on Her Magical Ukulele on which, you guessed, it she performs the hits of Radiohead on her ukulele:


I’ve been kinda obsessed with this EP ever since I downloaded it from her official site last week and I’m tellin’ ya, you gotta check it out. Insanely enough, she is only charging $0.84 for the 7-track EP but I suggest y’all pay a bit more for it … it’s really worth it. You can preview and then BUY her EP HERE (there are also other ways to buy the album with a lot of fun options). Check it out, tell me what you think. I love it … I think you will to.

Tonight … I have tix to see The Shining on the big screen … another of my fave films that I’ve never seen in a theater before. I can’t wait … Red Rum … Red Rum.

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Rest & Relaxation

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Yesterday was a gloriously boring day for me … I loved every second of it. I spent the day being as lazy as possible before I made my way down to Manhattan Beach to chill for a bit with my friends Emma and Josh. I brought back some souvenirs from Paris, France so I wanted to get those delivered as soon as possible. We made our way to Pancho’s for a little snack and I happily kicked back a couple of Michelada drinks:


Josh actually introduced me to Micheladas and I know I am obsessed with drinking them … er, you know, in a healthy way not an alcoholic way. We hung out for a bit and then it was time for me to pick up my friend Tracey from the airport. She is staying with David and me for a few days and she arrived last night. We had some dinner and then just hung out here at home.

This afternoon, we’re going out for brunch and maybe a trip to The Grove. David returns home from his weekend on the East Coast tonight but I’m thinkin’ today is gonna be another nice and very chill day :D

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Kelis & Robyn Kick Off The ‘All Hearts’ Tour In LA

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Last night my friend Josh and I made our way to the Henry Fonda Theater to see Kelis and Robyn kick off their co-headlining All Hearts Tour in front of a packed house which was 99.9% gay. It was like church in that place, I have to tell you … but it was loads of fun:


While the tour is a co-headlining one, Kelis does go on first to get the party started. Homegirl came out in a sequined jumpsuit and a sparkly wig that looked like something Rick James might’ve worn back in the day. Now, I’ve been a Kelis fan for YEARS ever since she released her first album Kaleidoscope so I was really excited to see my girl live, on stage. I was not disappointed. Kelis KILLED her set last night. She sang hit after hit and got the crowd all riled up. I never thought it was possible for an artist to make a room full of white boys think they’ve go soul and rhythm … but Kelis did it last night. After the jump, check out some of the photos I snapped last night of Kelis and Robyn and check out some video from last night’s kick-off performance of the All Hearts TourMore »

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Dream On

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Yesterday afternoon I made my way to the ArcLight in Hollywood, CA to see Inception one week after it opened in theaters. Because I was in Paris, France last weekend I was unable to see the movie that the rest of the country already saw. I’ve been fearful all week long that someone might inadvertently spoil the film for me so I wanted to see it as soon as possible. Man, I am glad that I did … cuz the film is really freakin’ good:


I had no doubt that director Christoper Nolan would give us a great film but I was not prepared for how complex and GOOD the story would be. When dealing with a plot line that revolves around dreams, dream stealing and subconscious mind manipulation you have a wide pallet to paint with … Nolan manages to give us a film that spreads out far and wide in complexity without being too confusing. As much as there were many layers to the story (ie. the dream with in a dream with in a dream thing), I found the story easy to follow. The special effects were, I mean, just wow. I was very impressed with the acting but, to be honest, no one really stood out with a particularly stunning performance. Joseph Gordon-Levitt was my fave (there are rumors that JGL might play The Riddler in Batman 3 … I’m crossing my fingers that he does get the part), followed by Ellen Page. I was pleased that Leonardo DiCaprio didn’t annoy me like he usually does but I was a bit bummed that Marion Coutillard wasn’t as big a character as I hoped she would be. All in all, the film is great … I truly loved it. Was it my fave of the year, I don’t think so … but it is deffo worth seeing … maybe even twice.

After the movie, I met up with Josh and we made our way to the Henry Fonda Theater to see Kelis and Robyn kick off their All Hearts Tour. I’ll have a post about that show coming right up …

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2 Hearts

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After spending all day and night yesterday doing a whole lotta nothin’, I’m gearing up again for an evening of fun tonight. Because everyone on Earth, it seems, already saw Inception last week while I was in France, I’m heading out later this afternoon to see the film for myself. I’ve heard good things about it and I really love Christopher Nolan‘s films so … I’m excited. Later on tonight, Josh and I will be going to see Kelis and Robyn on their All Hearts Tour at the The Henry Fonda Theater in Hollywood, CA:


You may recall that last month Kelis and Robyn announced that they are hittin’ the road here in the US this Summer for a co-headlining tour together which gets underway here in Hollywood tonight. I am SO excited, you can’t even believe. I understand that both ladies will be performing full sets each so it should be a really fun time in Hollywood tonight. I’ll do my best to share any fun photos that I happen to snap tonight on the blog tomorrow.

It’s the weekend, y’all!! I hope all y’all can get out there and enjoy it! Wee.

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Rihanna Rocks LA

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Last night my good friend Josh and I made our way to the Staples Center in downtown LA to see Rihanna on her Last Girl on Earth Tour. I have been anxiously awaiting this show for months and last night I finally got to see my girl Ri Ri live on stage. Here are a few photos from her performance last night:


Rihanna just KILLED it last night. The show was very big, very fun, very well orchestrated. Rihanna sang beautifully and provided an atmosphere of electric excitement and all out fun. Josh and I were very impressed … and I couldn’t get over how many amazing Rihanna songs there are. I mean, I know the girl has a huge catalog of songs but I had forgotten how many of them were huge hits. One of the show’s highlights for me was the guest appearance on stage by Eminem. Em came out to perform his current #1 single Love the Way you Lie which features Rihanna on vocals. Em came out and the crowd exploded in cheers. My boy Darion managed to get great photos and video from last night’s concert. After the jump, check out some of Darion’s photos of Rihanna & Eminem along with some pretty fantastic video from the show … More »

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