Friday, September 26, 2008

Burton Does Alice in Wonderland

So I may be behind the times in getting my little hands on this information, but I just read this...

Alice in Wonderland by Tim Burton: filming begins
By Anita Singh, Showbusiness Editor
Last Updated: 12:01am BST 26/09/2008

A Hollywood version of Alice's Adventures In Wonderland has begun filming in Cornwall, with newcomer Mia Wasikowska, an 18-year-old from Canberra, Australia, in the title role.

Lewis Carroll's much-loved tale is being adapted for the big screen by US director Tim Burton.

Johnny Depp will play the Mad Hatter while Matt Lucas and David Walliams, the stars of television show Little Britain, have been cast as Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee.

The film, titled Alice in Wonderland, will be a mixture of live action and computer-generated effects. It is due for release in the spring of 2010.

Burton's previous box offices successes include Edward Scissorhands and an adaptation of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

The Mad Hatter is one of several roles that will keep Depp busy over the coming year.

He is reprising his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in a fourth Pirates of the Caribbean instalment. It was announced yesterday that he is to play Tonto in a Disney film version of The Lone Ranger. The tale of a masked hero and his Native American sidekick started out as a 1930s radio serial but is best remembered as a 1950s television show starring Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels.

Johnny Depp as The Mad Hatter??? Wow. That is as good as the rumor of Depp playing the Riddler and Phillip Seymour Hoffman playing the Penguin in the next Batman movie. Although this is no rumor, kids.

"Let's all congratulate us with another cup of tea
A very merry unbirthday to you!"

Thursday, September 18, 2008

The NieNie Dialogues: An Inspiration

My friend, Chloe, suggested a blog to me recently called the NieNie Dialogues. Over the past week, I have saturated my time with this blog. Chloe suggested I start from the beginning and I did, September 2005. I read three years of someone's life in three days. I couldn't wait to get up in the morning just so I could log on and read more. This woman is not much older than I (27) and lives in Mesa, Arizona with her LOVING (that word is in caps for a reason) husband and four beautiful children. She is a stay at home mother and one of the most creative people I have ever, well I guess, read about. This woman puts Martha to shame.
Now, if you know know that I tend to become obsessed with things pretty easily. After reading Nie's life...I think it's safe to say that I am in love with her and her family. She has inspired me and made me realize what is important in my own life and the direction I want to be headed.
Unfortunately, Stephanie (Nie) and her husband, Christian, were in a private plane crash on August 16th. Both were admitted under critical condition although he is doing much better now but suffers 30% of his body being burned. Nie is in a chemically induced coma with over 80% of her body burned. It is going to take months and months and dollars and dollars for them to recover. Her four children are with her sisters now.
I have been praying for their family and have not been able to stop thinking about their situation over the last four days. When talking to friends and family about it, I describe her blog as the best book I've read all year.
I highly suggest it to you.
(Sorry I haven't figured out how to insert links quite yet)
Also, if you would like to check out the recovery site which is also incredibly moving it is here
The recovery site talks about her family devotion and eternal romance. I couldn't think of two better ways to describe it.
My thoughts are with the family. I hope they get back to afternoons of cookie baking, evenings of dancing and birthdays of balloon wishes as soon as possible.


Maybe it's that the first day of Fall is on Monday. Maybe it's that some important things in my life have recently changed. Maybe it's my 1/4 life crisis. But what I can tell you, my friends, is that I am no longer blonde.

I'm not crazy about it, either. I'm not unhappy. I think right now I'm just not recognizing myself but I am not sure how much of that has to do with my hair color. I will tell you that I'm SO tired of explaining "Why", people are just fascinated with the idea of doing something so dramatic I guess. I think I'm going to have it lightened when I go back in October.
Speaking of change, I have been considering moving out of Las Vegas recently. When Jenner and I were on our East Coast trip, it just reminded me that there is so much more out there than neon and desert. Don't get me wrong, I am FOR Vegas but I've been here for 18 years now. I've never lived anywhere else in my adult life. So I went on this site called "Find Your Spot". It's really cool, you just answer a bunch of questions about what you like to do, what kind of environment you want to be in, what is important to you in life, etc. then they give you a 24 places that fit your criteria.
So without further adieu...Here is my list:

1. Portland, Oregon
2. Honolulu, Hawaii
3. Santa Cruz, California
4. Alexandria, Louisiana
5. Seattle, Washington
6. San Bernadino, California
7. Charleston, South Carolina
8. Santa Barbara, California
9. Little Rock, Arkansas
10. Charlotte, North Carolina
11. Baton Rouge, Louisiana
12. Jacksonville, Florida
13. Palo Atlo, California
14. Ventura, California
15. Greenville, South Carolina
16. Augusta, Georgia
17. Baltimore, Maryland
18. Chesapeake-Virginia Beach, Virginia
19. Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
20. Hartford, Connecticut
21. El Cajon, California
22. Gainsville, Florida
23. Sacramento, California
24. Nashville, Tennessee

I feel like I should make it a goal of mine to at least go visit five of these places. I've always wanted to visit the Northern Pacific Region, yes, please and South Carolina because I know good people who came from there.
You should try it, friend....go on and let me know what you find! Maybe if we match, we can make some plans.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

VMA 2008: Re-Cap

The MTV's VMA's have always been my favorite awards show. I was lucky enough to live it live last year. This year I snuggled up on the couch with Sir Gordon, some cheese and a bottle of Pinot Noir. I tried not to get too excited about the much-buzzed about Britney opening and PY was a little disappointed that she held the mic directly in front her face so you couldn't see her mouth but I explained to her that it's just because she's used to the headphone microphone. Russell Brand was "OK", I expected more and I keep trying to figure out why MTV has become obsessed with having British VJ's within the past year. I digress.

Brit Brit had been nominated 16 times for a VMA and had never won. However, she SWEPT this year with a total of three wins including Video of the Year. I thought Larry Rudolf was going to break into tears and she seemed very humbled. It may have been a confidence boost from the network that exploited her for so long but I like to believe that most people want to see her make a comeback.

I'm not sure if you know this, but The Jonas Brothers are Gordon's favorite band and he was kind of let down by their performance of LoveBug. Made him kind of sleepy in fact. Though he did get excited when they pumped it up a bit and all the kids rushed the stage.

Lil' Wayne REALLY needs to do something about his pant sagging.

My friend Chris suggested he visit this site in fact

Tokio Hotel creeps me out. I would include an image of them here but I don't even want them on my blog.

Kanye closed the show this year with a performance of his new song "Love Lockdown" which reminded me of The Olympics. He did well on his own which I was happy with since I was not able to be there to perform with him this year. I really like the new song. Notice the heart on his jacket is breaking for me.

Overall, I would rate these VMA's with a B+.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

A Fix

Until I can get photos from my East Coast trip from Jenner (I lost my camera, R.I.P.), this is just going to have to do....