Firstly, I want to start out by saying THANK YOU ALL so much for all the very sweet birthday messages y’all sent all day long yesterday. On Twitter, on Facebook here in the comments … the outpouring of love was just amazing. I really did have a great birthday and all your warm wishes were a big part of my great day.
As I mentioned yesterday, when I was 8 years old I dreamed of spending my birthday at Disneyland … and last night, David and I made that dream come true:
With my Birthday Mickey Ears on, David and I had the best time ever at Disney. We rode all my fave rides, ate all my fave junk food and got to see all the shows I wanted to see. If you are interested, you can see a few photos from our fun day yesterday. You have to see what David won for me at the Boardwalk Games at Toy Story Midway Mania, after the jump … More »
Against my stubborn protests, David convinced me to get out of the house yesterday to celebrate with some friends for a last-minute get together for drinks at Palihouse in West Hollywood, CA yesterday for a wee pre-birthday celebration. Emma, Josh, Jordan, Darion, Guy, Ollie and Adriana were very sweet enough to come out at the last minute to help me celebrate my birthday. As usual when my dear friends are involved, I had a blast:
To be honest, I’ve not been feelin’ this birthday this year. I mean, no one likes getting older (unless you’re 16 going on 22) and that rings especially true for me. That being said, I cannot deny that I am the luckiest guy alive with the most loving people in my life. It’s always a treat when my friends can get together to hang out because I know the coolest people on Earth … it’s so fun seeing them all have fun together. I can’t even believe how much I love each and every one of my friends … whether they are here with me in LA or back home in Detroit, or in NYC or wherever … I honestly love them with all my heart … because they give me all the love that they have to give. I’ve been getting messages all day long from all around the country, all across the globe from friends I’ve not even met yet. So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you all so much for your wonderful wishes ;) I love you, I love you all!!
The plan for tonight is to head out to Disneyland. Even tho David and I can go whenever we like, I’ve always wanted to spend my birthday at Disneyland. I remember being an 8 year old kid in Metro Detroit dreaming of a birthday spent at Disneyland. Tonight, that 8 year old kid will finally get his birthday wish.
Again, love and thanks to you all! It has been a really Happy Birthday all day long :D
Yesterday afternoon David and I tagged along with Emma and Josh to a pool party at their friend Brian Graden’s home in the Hollywood Hills. As you might imagine from a West Hollywood pool party, there was a plethora of naked man flesh on display in various states of undress. It’s a shame I was too bizzy schmoozing with my friends otherwise I could’ve taken photos of all the speedo-clad hard bodies that were all over the place. Ah, such is life.
After the party, David and I went to the Laemmle Sunset 5 to see the film [REC] 2, the follow-up to the horrifying Spanish thriller [REC] from 2007:
I got to see the original Spanish film [REC] back in the Summer of 2008 and then the American remake Quarantine which came out in Fall ’08. I loved both but much-preferred the original Spanish film. I was really excited to hear that we would be getting the original version of [REC] 2. The film picks up 15 minutes after the end of the first film and the action gets started right away. Just like the first film, [REC] 2 is a frantic, fast-paced thriller that doesn’t really let up very often and is over before you know it. The directors have said that they want these films to be like punk songs … fast, hard and quick. I think that analogy applies. This sequel film explains what exactly the cause of the infection is and the main characters try to keep it from escaping the apartment building. While some may scoff at the true nature of the illness (which I won’t reveal so as not to spoil the film), I thought it was a clever development. The movie is creepy, very scary and a lot of gross fun. If you liked [REC] or the American remake Quarantine then you’ll prolly enjoy [REC] 2 as well. I know I did :D
Toinght, I’m hanging out with a small group of friends for an early birthday celebration. My big day isn’t until tomorrow but we thought it best to convene tonight ;) Happy Sunday!!
Yesterday afternoon, David and I made our way to the Valley to attend a birthday party for our dear friend Angi’s little girl. David and I got to hang out with Angi and her daughter a few weeks ago when we all went to see Toy Story 3 and were invited to hang out again at her birthday party. The fete was held at Kid’s Castle in Burbank and we had the best time ever!
After the party, we made our way to the ArcLight Theater to see The Girl Who Played with Fire, the follow-up film to the stunning movie adaptation of the novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo:
While this follow-up film was not as intense and exciting as the first film, I found it a worthy sequel. The story-telling was just as entertaining this time around even tho the plot wasn’t as intense as the first film was. Because Fire is the second part of the Millennium Trilogy, it felt as if the excitement level was taken down a notch in order for more character backstory to be introduced. This film had intrigue and surprises but nowhere near as exciting as those featured in Tattoo. The two main characters spend the entire movie completely separated because there are two plots going on at the same time … eventually they intersect but the convention is likely to turn off some viewers. While I firmly believe that The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is just as good as the novel it is based on, I suspect the novel version of The Girl Who Played with Fire is better than the movie. That being said, I really did enjoy the movie and I urge all Dragon Tattoo fans to check it out. This second movie left me really anxious to see the third and final film The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (due out in theaters this Fall).
Today, we’ve got a few things we’re thinking about doing … I’m not sure if we’ll get to do them all. I’m hoping to get out to see one more movie this weekend — the Spanish horror film [REC] 2 opened here in LA this weekend, I’m gonna try and get David to see it with me :)
After receiving news that she’s been nominated for two Emmy awards, Glee’s Jane Lynch walked the red carpet with her wife, Lara Embry, en route to accept the Outfest Achievement award for her body of work. Lynch received the award Thursday night at Los Angeles’s 28th annual Gay and Lesbian Film Festival from Emmy-nominated costar Chris Colfer and Emmy-nominated director Paris Barclay.
It was really fantastic to see all the love that was heaped upon Jane last night, she is truly this year’s darling. If you are interested, you can read the full transcript of Jane‘s acceptance speech last night HERE. She took great pains to thank all the folks who helped her along the way in her career and I think it’s deffo worth a read.
But the main event of the evening was the screening of the James Franco film Howl. Find out what I think of the film, after the jump … More »
Ever since the new TV series Pretty Little Liars debuted on ABC Family a couple of months ago, I’ve been faithfully DVRing every single ep … I just never got around to watching the show. To be completely honest, the only reason I even got interested in the show was becuase Charmed star Holly Marie Combs was cast as a character on the show (as the mother of one of the pretty little liars). Yesterday, I found myself with some time and ended up watching the pilot episode … and then every new ep that was recorded on my DVR in full:
To be honest, I really enjoyed the eps I’ve seen thus far. The premise is interesting — a group of girls try desperate to keep their secrets from coming out as an unknown person tries to drag those secrets out in the open — and well executed. I credit the fact that the TV series is based on a book series for why the plotlines have been fleshing out so well … thus far. I love the entire cast but am particularly impressed with Laura Leighton (ex-Melrose Place). There is something about her character that I am really drawn to … and Laura plays her perfectly. By the time I finished watching all 5 hour-long eps, I was actually hungry for more. I’m not sure if any of y’all watch the show (which airs on ABC Family Tuesdays at 8) but if so, tell me what you think? IMHO, Pretty Little Liars is a perfect Summer series to get wrapped up in … thus far, it’s got me hooked.
Tonight, David and I are planning to attend the opening night gala event for Outfest here in LA. The new James Franco film Howl is debuting so I’m really excited to see it! I believe Mr. Franco might be in the hiz so … maybe I’ll have something fun to share tomorrow ;)
Last night I met up with my friends Ollie and Caleb for a quick bite to eat at Barney’s Beanery in West Hollywood, CA before we made our way to the Troubadour to see Marina and the Diamonds live in concert. Ollie is the one who got me into Marina‘s music so we were all very excited to see her LA debut performance. The show was a pared down version of her normal full band set-up and while Marina‘s performance was a bit green, it was plainly obvious to everyone in the venue that she is a hugely talented young singer with an absolutely stunning voice:
Marina came out on stage wearing day-glo lipstick that prolly sounded like a good idea in theory but didn’t really work under all the blue lights inside the Troubadour. The glowy lips made her look a bit like David Lee Roth, an image I couldn’t get out of my head all night long. Thankfully her singing was more than enough to keep me entertained. I absolutely love her voice and her songs are really smart, really witty. I wish she would’ve had her full band with her because the support players she had with her didn’t really do her songs justice. For a first LA show, she did a great job … but she will be returning to LA in September with her full band and I am really anxious to see her live again. Marina and the Diamonds have a big future ahead of them, this was a nice first step toward that future. After the jump, check out a couple of fan-shot videos from the show last night for a taste of what the show was like … More »
David and I enjoyed a very nice and quiet 4th of July with our friends Emma and Josh yesterday at their place and we had a total blast all together. Emma provided a bountiful feast while Josh took care of the drinks … ’twas a nice time, indeed:
After we tried to watch the fireworks from the roof (not a good idea) we decided to venture out to the park to get a better view … we kinda got sidetracked and ended up watching the light show from a street corner. Trust me, it was fun … even tho it doesn’t sound like it ;) The best part of the night was just hanging out by the fire-pit together. David and I love them so much, we had a blast.
So yeah … yesterday … David and I did a whole lotta nuthin’! I had briefly entertained the idea of going out last night but I inadvertantly got sucked into watching A Night of Pixar on Starz last night and ended up watching Monsters, Inc., WALL·E and Up all in a row:
I honestly only planned on watching Monsters, Inc. since it’s been a few years since I’ve seen it … but I couldn’t resist watching WALL·E and then after SWEARING I would only watch the opening segment in Up … well, that’s where my whole night went.
David and I are planning to get out to the beach today but we’re still undecided so … well, we’ll have to see how we end up celebrating our 4th of July. I hope YOUR day is going well, whatever you’re doing wherever in the world you are :)
Essentially, it is a way for us all to party in a non-partisan, non-religious, non-complicated way. I would hope that all y’all are able to get out there and partake in today’s 4th of July celebrations in some form or another. Today is a great day to get together with family and/or friends at BBQs, pool parties, picnics, etc. It’s also a great day to just put your feet up and relax. How every you choose to celebrate our nation’s birth today, I hope you so safely and very happily. If you snap some fun pics for your day, send ‘em in so I can post them on the blog next week!!
Here is a fun patriotic vid clip that features Sam the American Eagle from The Muppets doing a musical salute to the US of A: