28 February 2011

Mid-Afternoon Cool: Space Shuttle Launch As Seen From Plane

We just thought that this video was pretty awesome. This is the final launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery, and there are only two more launches (Endeavor and Atlantis) before the program is wrapped. When it comes back to earth Discovery will be cleaned up and prepped to be put in the Smithsonian.

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Fairly Predictable

Mallory here with your post-Academy Award lowdown! If you've followed the 2011 awards season at all you probably already had a good idea of how the Oscars would go down. We all kind of knew that The King's Speech would win billions of awards, that The Fighter's supporting actors would be recognized (that Melissa Leo would give an obnoxious acceptance speech), and that Natalie Portman would take home a gold man for her good-girl-gone-crazy role in Black Swan. Not that we're complaining- those are all legit movies- but come on, a little upset here and there makes for some good celebrities-on-a-reality-show-like entertainment.

We were very pleased with Anne Hathaway's and James Franco's "Ensemble Performance In A Hosting Role." Her big, outgoing personality balanced his (possibly pot-induced?)  laid-back vibes nicely. They hit all the comedic notes from dry wit to slapstick very well. We loved seeing Anne musically poke fun at Hugh Jackman for "ditching {her} at the last minute" for a duet and we laughed out loud at James coming on stage dressed as Marilyn Monroe. But the hosts weren't the only ones instigating chuckles. Kirk Douglas had us on the edge of our seats with his intentionally prolonged announcement of Best Supporting Actress and we kind of hope Colin Firth wins from now on just so we can hear his dry, British (but humble) acceptance speeches.

I think Justin was personally offended that Christopher Nolan didn't win the directing Oscar for his fav of last year, Inception. However we still haven't seen The King's Speech so we can't speak to Tom Hooper's directing abilities. Justin did feel that Inception was somewhat redeemed when Wally Pfister won for cinematography because, "he is doing wonderful things" (man-crush alert?).

All in all, the 2011 Oscars were a success. Despite their predictability, we haven't lost faith in the acedemy. Yet. ;)




Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role


Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role



Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role



Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role



Best Achievement in Directing



Best Animated Feature Film of the Year


Click below to read more winners!

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25 February 2011

Quick Hit: Listen to the new TV on the Radio single

from republicnola.com

The great band TV on the Radio released the first single "Will Do" off their upcoming album Nine Types of Light earlier this week and we think it deserves a listen.  They're one of the best rock bands currently making some of the most inspired music out there.  They just don't play on Little Rock radio.  These fellas from Brooklyn are a force to be reckoned with and you can do that reckoning below.

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Quick Hit: Moby has Free EP out Today

Remember when you first heard of Moby 11 years ago and you were like, "Man this music sure sounds cool and unlike most of that stuff called techno has ever sounded to me." Well as I'm sure you're aware pop music today sounds almost completely like house techno from the early 21st Century, and today Moby has come out with a 3 song EP that reminds me of his album Play.  Click below to download it for free from his site.

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24 February 2011

Floral and Demin and Stripes! Oh My!

Top- Forever 21, Cardigan- Aerie, Jeans- J Brand, Boots- Antonio Melani
Today I kind of took a big step. For the first time, I ventured into the realm of mixed patterns. I was a bit nervous about the whole thing and checked myself at least seven times in the mirror before leaving the house this morning.

"Get over yourself, Mallory." That's what you're thinking, isn't it? I would be too. However this is a sort of a tricky subject. As we know prints are a big part of Spring 2011, and mixing them is certainly a bit avant garde. But there's really only one place that a woman could be considered chic when she looks like she raided Ace Ventura's closet. That place is the runway. 

We civilians simply cannot pull this look off at the office or the mall. But, dear reader, do not fret. We can still get in on the fun by toning it down a bit. I kept the rest of my look way simple (almost to the point of boring, some may say), pairing my prints with jeans, boots and nipping in the waist area with a simple belt. It's as easy as that! You can definitely do this too, yes?


Shout out to the photographer whom I intended to bribe with frozen yogurt... until we got to the shop and their card reader was down and I had no cash on me. He ended up not only buying his own bribe, but mine as well. Woops.

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Quick Hit: Teaser Trailer for The Hangover Part II


The Wolfpack is Back.  We can guarantee that this opening weekend will be huge, especially if it does business like the first film.  Part 1 is the highest grossing comedy of all time. Hometown boy Bill Clinton is rumored to make a cameo as well. We will definitely try to see this one on opening weekend. 

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I take my Natalie however I can get her

...even if that means taking her in tiny, 30 second doses.

Can you get enough of Natalie Portman these days? Me either. Doesn't she just seem like the perfect celebrity? A natural beauty with perhaps even more intelligence than she has glamor (if that's possible) and a little geekiness thown in for good measure. She's way up there on my people-I-would-be-friends-with-if-I-were-a-celebrity list (along with Ashley Olsen, Lance Bass and Suri Cruise).

But back to bite-sized quantities of Natalie. She's the newest face of Miss Dior Cherie -a popular fragrance by Dior- and made her debut in a tv ad directed by none other than Miss Lost In Translation herself, Sofia Coppola. It's basically your typical perfume ad complete with beautiful people, fabulous clothes and locations, and a little making out. But come on, what could sell a luxury fragrance better than those things? (Certainly not poop-flinging monkeys) Check out the spot below.

And when Dior rips every trace of this ad off of youtube (as they are certain to do (and who can blame them?)) click here to check it out.

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22 February 2011

Personality Snapshot du Jour

Meet Lauren: The Designer

Lauren Kemp has got (nearly) every girl's dream job. She gets to spend her days working with fabrics, textures, buttons, trims and zippers. Yep, she a clothes girl and she's got not one but TWO fashion lines. Not only does she find and repurpose fabulous vintage clothes and accessories for her line Magpie & Birdie, but also designs original garments for her other line, Lauren Kemp. And you better believe this gal's got the know-how to back it up. She got her degree in fashion from the University of Arkansas in '06, interned in Europe (Edinburgh, to be exact!), and has been repurposing, designing and selling clothes ever since. Lauren's heavily influenced by films (which we, being the pop culture blog that we are, think is fantastic inspiration) and has worked her way through about 60% of the Criterion Collection -  no easy feat considering it consists of more than 500 films. Her interests include typical things like traveling and writing... and super cool things like vegan cooking and 1960s pop music. We're telling you, this girl's definitely one you'll want to watch out for. If you're in the Little Rock area, check out her clothes at Box Turtle, and if you're not, click here to find her stuff on online!

Have You Been There:What inspires you the most?
Lauren Kemp: Films probably inspire me more than anything.  I have found that they are usually more truthful than real life.  They contain these perfectly captured images and these perfectly appropriate scores.  Everything is so deliberate and precise, yet it feels so spontaneous and natural.  Sometimes the mood of a film will inspire me as much or more than the clothes in a film. 

HYBT: Do you have a mentor? Who?
LK:  My friends motivate me to be creative, so I would consider them my mentors.  Whether they are musicians or film-makers or good cooks, they influence me to continue my creative endeavors.  I also try to collaborate with them as much as possible.  At the 2010 Harvest Fest fashion show, I commissioned three of my friends to collaborate on my collection and the respective runway show.  Kimberly Cyr made the headpieces. Jenn Eakin made the knitwear pieces and hand-painted one of the dresses. Phillip Huddleston of Garland Recital composed the original music for the runway show.  I’m always trying to think of new projects I can collaborate on with my friends.

HYBT:Where is the most interesting place you've traveled to?
LK: India was definitely the most curious place I’ve ever been.  There was a dichotomy between rich and poor that was quite disheartening, but at the same time, I witnessed some of the most spectacular things I could ever hope to see.  I saw the Taj Mahal, I smoked a hookah in New Delhi, I stayed in a hunting lodge on top of a mountain, and I played polo while riding an elephant.  I hope to go back at some point in my life.

HYBT:What is your favorite piece of art, be it a film, music, painting, etc.?
LK: The film “In the Mood for Love” would probably be one of my favorite pieces of art.  It’s a film by Wong Kar-Wai, one of my favorite directors.  The music and the images are perfectly matched.  The cinematography, the costumes, the story, everything about it is just about perfect.  It also happens to have one of the best endings in movie history.  It breaks my heart every time.

HYBT:What effect do you think the place you grew up had on you and your work?
LK: Mountain View (AR) is famous for handmade crafts, so I attempt impeccable craftsmanship in my clothing.  My mom and grandma would take me to the local antique shops just about every weekend, so that vintage aesthetic has always stuck with me.  Growing up in a small town also helped me to appreciate the importance of supporting local farmers and artisans.

HYBT:What’s something you know you do differently than most people?
LK: I see potential in almost everything.  This philosophy started with my love for repurposed clothing, but it has morphed into my new-found love for crafts and just about everything else.  Raw materials are everywhere.  Almost anything can be salvaged.  Luckily, my business allows me an outlet.  Otherwise, I might be considered a hoarder.

HYBT: What's something you'd like to learn to do?
LK: I’ve never ridden a bike.  I just never got around to it.  I feel ridiculous that I don’t know how.  I’m encouraged that Katharine Hepburn learned to ride at age eighty.  Hopefully, I will figure it out by then.

HYBT:What's something about you that would surprise people?
LK: The bike thing would probably surprise most people.  Also, I haven’t crossed my legs since 2002.  I was doing a play in high school and my director gave me a good reason that ladies shouldn’t cross their legs, so I stopped cold turkey.  The reason had to do with circulation.  Now I just don’t cross them out of habit.

HYBT: Have you ever seen insanity where you later saw creativity?
LK: One of my favorite quotes is from the filmmaker Michel Gondry, who said “every great idea is on the verge of being stupid.”  You could also say that every great idea is on the verge of being insane.  When I’m completely content with life, I usually find it harder to create.  When I’m sad, it’s easier for me to write.  When I’m feeling competitive, it’s easier for me to sew.  The emotions fade and you will feel better, but the art will remain and occasionally it’s something that you are really proud of.  It’s a win-win. 

HYBT:Who's your favorite television or movie character?
LK: There’s something about Billy Crudup’s performance in “Jesus’s Son” that just does it for me.  He’s hilarious in this innocent, unintentional way that I’ve rarely ever seen in a film.

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21 February 2011

Being Human Episode 6

A lot of our readers have suggested that we should watch the BBC original show.  I understand that it's awesome, and I'm not saying we won't, it's just not on Netflix at the moment and that's how we watch most of our other or older TV shows (Mallory watches Law & Order: SVU and I watch X-Files at the moment).  One reader pointed out that last weeks episode followed a storyline already seen in the BBC version.  However I read that this week's episode finally takes a definite departure from it's BBC inspiration.

The episode starts out with Rebecca setting up a camera in a hotel room and films her sucking the blood and killing some man.  The tape and camera wind up at the home of our main characters and they sit down to watch it.  Apparently just seeing a video of a vampiric killing can make a vampire suffer from bloodlust.  Josh and Sally don't want the video to stay in the house and Aidan promises them it won't be an issue (he isn't very honest here).

Josh finally gets up enough nerve to ask the blonde doctor out, the one who threatened him with a harassment suit not two episodes ago.  But it seems she realizes he's probably not too bad of a guy.  His real issue this episode comes around when his sister shows back up at the hospital.  Her girlfriend broke up with her and now she needs somewhere to live.  The only people she knows in Boston are Josh and Aidan, so where else would she go?

So now that Sally knows that it was her fiance Danny that killed her she's pretty angry.  After Danny found the ring last week he decided at the beginning of this episode to throw it out into the harbor.  When he did this it popped back up in the gang's house.  For the first time Sally is able to manipulate a small object, and fiddles with it while she plots her revenge.

One other cool thing, there's another ghost in this episode.  The show is getting better, and it seems to be SyFy's most successful show at the moment so I'm sure it'll be back next season.  Please feel free to comment below your thoughts on this week's episode.

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Not To Be a Gossip, But...

This is Justin.  One of my favorite movies of all time is Ridley Scott's Alien .  It came out in 1979 as part of the space movie craze that followed the first Star Wars but as those who have seen it know it's not a space western. It's a haunted house film set in the confines of a space ship piloted by future truckers.  It has one of the best tag lines of any movie ever, "In space no one can hear you scream."  Makes you want to go try it, huh? Anyway, Alien spawned an awesome sequel Aliens (directed by James Cameron) followed by two so-so sequels (I argue that they're better than most sequels that come out today and each one has a very distinct look while Mallory argues that I just like all movies).  Then the mid 2000s came around and Fox realized they hadn't quite squeezed everything they could from the idea and decided to make the Alien Versus Predator franchise. This turned out to be a not so good idea- even though it was pretty neat in Predator 2 when Danny Glover saw the Alien skulls on the Predator's ship...

So even though it seemed like a bad idea I was really excited when I heard that Ridley Scott had finally come back to the franchise thanks for Fox's realizing those other two were horrible not that great. It was then announced that he'd direct two PREQUELS to the franchise and they'd be written by Damon Lindelof one of the executive producers of LOST.  Those prequels would have something to do with that giant creature's skeleton in the photo above (seen in only one scene of the original film but it's ship sent out the distress signal that brought the space truckers to the planet he was dead on).

Scott and Lindelof, in their creative process, wound up  coming up with a story that wasn't a prequel to the film series, but something all together different and it is to be called Prometheus. What? It has nothing to do with Alien after all?  That's okay, a cool original science fiction produced on a big budget by a studio and made by Ridley Scott, I can get behind that idea.  Now most of everything I've already said has been known for at least three months.

Now there's a rumor that's come out.  You remember that giant skeleton in the picture above?  Yeah, the rumor is that whatever that thing was before it died has something to do with Prometheus's plot.  But wait, they said it wasn't a prequel?  If this is true is this just Damon Lindelof expanding the LOST mythology to include a sideways reality to Alien? Probably not.  The other big rumor to go with this, is that it's going to be a giant 8 foot tall animatronic creature effect made under the supervision of the artist H.R. Giger. Giger was the designer of the original Alien used in all the movies.  Not only that but there are going to be Aliens in the movie!  Now this for sure sounds like a prequel, and it's one I'm willing to get behind.  If it's true.  Check out more at slashfilm.com.

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Here Comes the Sun

Gemma top, Myne shorts, Anthropologie tights and necklace, Steve Madden heels.
This weekend I used a friend's art show as an excuse to run Old Man Winter off for good via spring pastels and silky fabrics. I've been a big fan of the shorts and tights combo as of late (mostly to avoid BLINDING those around me if light were to reflect off my alabaster legs) and threw on a floral pair under my vurry pink shorts. I was a walking, talking, Spring cliche and it. felt. great!

Being that it was an art show it only seemed appropriate to carry a clutch inspired by another artist, Andy Warhol.  "Banana, II.10"  is a well-recognized piece of art by Warhol and an unexpected muse for a handbag. By the way, I'm going to ask that you excuse the awkwardness of most of these photos. The photographer (Justin), in the spirit of artsiness, was going through what I've come to refer to as his "surprise-I'm-taking-your-picture" period (As seen below). True story.

Interested in the art seen in some of these? Check out more of Liz Noble's paintings here!

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20 February 2011

I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

Jesse James, Lauren Arnold, Henry Thomas, Mallory O'Neal
This weekend we had a super special opportunity to see a private test screening of director Harry Thomason's latest flick, The Last Ride.  It's an interesting film that takes place over the course of the last three days of the life of Hank Williams Sr.  played by Henry Thomas (E.T. and Suicide Kings). This isn't your normal music bio-pic a la Walk the Line or Ray. Instead of telling the story of Williams' entire life it  focuses on just the last three days.  It is more of a coming of age story of the other main character in the film, Silas played by Jesse James, and how three short days with Hank Williams transform Silas from an insecure boy with no focus for his life into a confident, determined man.  Silas is hired to drive Williams to perform a New Years Eve show nearly 800 miles away.

Lauren Arnold, Harry Thomason, Mallory O'Neal

Much like how The Lord of the Rings is more about Sam becoming a man and less about Frodo, The Last Ride shows Silas learning a lot about life and love from Hank Williams.  Williams may not teach the type of lessons one would learn in Sunday School, but they're enough for Silas to mature quickly.  We don't want to give too much away, but we think everyone in the central Arkansas area should make an effort to get out to the opening night of the Little Rock Film Festival to see this treat of a film AND everyone else when the film releases (likely in September!).  The film features Big Bang Theory's Kaley Cuoco as well as Ray McKinnon and former presidential contender and Law & Order star Fred Thompson.  It was shot mostly in and around Central Arkansas and if you look closely you might catch Mallory in a scene.

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18 February 2011

Small Town Murder Community Theater

Last night we had an opportunity to do two pretty cool things.  We were able to go to the opening night of the brand new Argenta Community Theater in North Little Rock, Arkansas and check out what we like to call a Rural Canadian Gothic film.  Now rural Canadian Gothic film is not that different from what we like to call Southern Gothic films in tone or story, but that doesn't hurt it. The film is called Small Town Murder Songs and stars Peter Stormare (Fargo and Armageddon) and Jill Hennessy (Law & Order and Crossing Jordan).  The music in the film was fantastic, and Kanye West needs to see it to discover the band Bruce Peninsula so he can sample them like crazy.  Their music creates visually arresting scenes that would probably not have had the same affect if another band had been used.

The film revolves around a small town cop who has to do his first murder investigation after a young woman's body is found by the lake.  The town hasn't seen a murder in over fifty years and he's a little in over his head.  The Ontario Provincial Police have come in to help him on this case (We're assuming that's what OPP means).  This is a small town where everyone knows everyone and the local police know that this dead woman is not from around there, but quite possibly the suspects are.  The film really asks questions about what happens when everyone knows each other including the police and the suspect and how can a geniune investigation take place. Jokes are made about how the only thing the main character knows about investigating murders was from watching CSI.  Actually CSI came up a lot in the Q & A afterward with director Ed Gass-Donnelly when he wanted people to know that if this was an episode of CSI it would have been a bad episode of CSI.  This film was way better than any episode of CSI we've seen.  Check out the trailer down below.

The only issue we had with the screening was a technical one that involved the projection not having the correct aspect ratio causing the film to look a little squished.  But this was the opening night and the folks over at Argenta Community Theater shouldn't be blamed for this and we're sure they'll fix that in the future.  The space itself was quite amazing and a lot of good things are going to happen in central Arkansas because of this space.  The opening night film of the Little Rock Film Festival which we're always proud to tout will be held at this space and should draw a large crowd.  It was announced last night to be The Last Ride directed by Harry Thomason and starring Henry Thomas as Hank Williams, Sr. in his last few days.

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Quick Hit: New Trailer for Thor

There's a new 2 and half minute trailer out for Thor and it looks pretty exciting.  More time is focused on Natalie Portman being in this film, which is probably a good thing, everyone tends to like her, plus she's probably going to win an Oscar next week.  Also in my recent rewatching of Iron Man 2 & The Incredible Hulk, I believe to have pieced together that this movie will take place during the same time frame of those two movies.  I feel sorry for NYC when I stop to think about those two movies' climaxes taking place within days of each other in the same general area, two monsters fighting it out destroying portions of the city right after hundreds of militarized robot drones try to kill Iron man and everything in between.  Anyway Thor arrives in New Mexico in this film so at least there will be some reprieve.  Check out the trailer below!

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17 February 2011

Spring into Affordable Fashion

Get ready to thank me because I've totally done the hard work for you. Let me back up a moment. Who couldn't stand to save a few bucks? And who wants to look their absolute best this spring? I'm guessing that your hand stayed raised for both questions. It can get a little intimidating staring at runway images, and even more so looking at the price tags that are attached. Below are some of spring's biggest trends, and where you can find them for under $50 (ok, I cheated a little. some are under £50 but very worth it).

70s Inspired
1. Seventies Striped Tee; Top Shop - £16.00
2. Belted Wide Leg Trouser; Top Shop - £45.00
3. Coral Espadrilles; Old Navy - $29.50
4. Bow Belted Playsuit; Top Shop - £50.00
5. Jersey Jumpsuit; Old Navy - $29.50
6. Square Neck Blouse; Top Shop - £38.00
7. Layered Shift Dress; Top Shop - £46.00
8. Loreto Wedge; Payless - $49.99

1. Falling Blossom Top; Forever 21 - $24.90
2. Patent Roller Buckle Belt; Top Shop - £16.00
3. Slushied Polish; Sephora - $9.50
4. Belted Paperbag Waist Skirt; Top Shop - £35.00
5. Tart Deco Polish; Essie - $8.00
6. Twist Front Chiffon Blouse; Top Shop - £45.00
7. Coral Lace Skirt Dress; Top Shop - £42.00
8. Ruffle Trim Top; Old Navy - $14.99

1. Navy Tee Dress; Top Shop - £29.00
2. Gold Button Tank; Top Shop - £14.00
3. V-Neck Cardi; Forever 21 - $14.50
4. Mitred and Metered Top; Anthropologie - $48.00
5. Cut About Stripe Tee; Top Shop - £34.00
6. Longline Tank Dress; Forever 21 - $17.80
7. Pointed Kitten Heels; Payless - $44.99
8. Endless Horizon Top; Anthropologie - $48.00

1. Flock Mesh Skirt; Top Shop - £30.00
2. Leopard Print Blouse; Old Navy - $29.50
3. Aztec Print Dress; Top Shop - £46.00
4. Floral Tote; Gap - $39.50
5. Tribal Ikat Dress; Forever 21 - $13.50
6. Multi-Print Dress; Forever 21 - $27.80
7. Ethnic Print Skirt; Forever 21 - $10.50
8. Feather Print Playsuit; Top Shop - £38.00
9. Tribal Basketweave Clutch; Forever 21 - $12.80

Simple Sportswear

1. Strip Midi Dress; Top Shop - £

2. Boyfriend Cardigan; Old Navy - $29.50
3. Vintage Embossed Faux Croc Handbag; Forever 21 - $26.80
4. Short Front Maxi; Top Shop - £

5. Going Nude, Eh?; Sephora - $9.50
6. Dior Gris Montaigne; Sephora - $21.00
7. Linen Scallop Hem Shift; Top Shop -£

8. Knitted Mesh Side Dress; Top Shop - £

9. Kontroversy Clog Slingback; Payless - $29.99


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16 February 2011

A Great American Classic Turned into a Classic Video Game


This is Justin.  One of my favorite books that I read in high school was F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby.  Well I'm not alone in loving that book, and as a buddy of mine has shown me some tech savvy folks decided to make a Flash video game that looks like an original Nintendo 8-bit version of the game.  I haven't had an opportunity to play it very much, but from what I have seen it's a lot of fun and a quirky little piece of pop culture people should check out when given the chance.  You can play it here.

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Being Human Episode 5 Better Late Than Never

I had to pay to download this episode since Syfy's website only has the first 3 episodes on streaming as well as Hulu.  It looks way better in actual HD by the way.  This episode picks up immediately after last weeks, and Josh and Ray are due to turn into werewolves that night.  Only problem after the beating they gave those vampires last week, Josh seems to be getting uncomfortable with their new live-in guest.

This episode also reveals how Sally died, it wasn't really an unexpected twist, and how her death occurred actually seemed a little silly.  But I'm glad that Sally won't be so mopey anymore.  On the same note Danny (her fiance) and his new girlfriend Bridgette (her best friend) are continuing to date.  Bridgette is very certain that she can sense Sally when they go meet the plumber than Danny has finally called to fixed the pipes.

Aidan is realizing that it's hard to avoid the other vampires and to try to control them.  Even though he told them not to, they're using his hospital to make more vampires.  They're using a former priest who comes to perform last rites on dying patients in order to turn the people into vampires under the radar of the hospital staff.

This episode does a pretty good job of letting us know the origins of Josh and Sally, having done Aidan's origin story back in episode 2.  Now that we've got those questions answered the story can only progress from here.  I believe that this first season is only 13 episodes, and the show has been doing so well that SyFy will definitely keep it running for at least a season or 2.  Also the show is still doing a good job with the indie soundtrack.

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15 February 2011

The Dark Knight Rises May Add Another Lady

Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose) is reportedly in talks to join the cast of The Dark Knight Rises and will begin filming her part after the birth of her new baby.  She was most recently seen in Christopher Nolan's Inception and would make the third cast member from that film to join Nolan's Batman conclusion.  I'm not counting Michael Caine because he was in the Batman films before the dream caper.  According to collider.com she's rumored to play the part of Liam Neeson's character's daughter Talia Al Ghul.  Neeson was the villain in Batman Begins and this would tie together the three films into a more cohesive trilogy if that were the case.  You'd still have to question the cohesiveness once you note the lack of the above ground train system featured through out the first film is no where to be seen in The Dark Knight.  That's a ton of infrastructure that I'm sure the city of Gotham could not afford to just tear it all down.

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Food We Eat: Brave New Restaurant

Baked Camembert with Walnuts

Yesterday being Valentine's Day (or Cupid's birthday, as Justin likes to refer to it), we had dinner at a place that's quickly becoming a Valentine's tradition for us. Brave New Restaurant is distinctive enough for a special occasion, but yummy enough for everyday. Lots of other diners seemed to agree because when we got there the place was packed. Boy, were we glad we'd made a reservation! Nestled right on the bank of the Arkansas River, it's got a fantastic view which you can really enjoy from their patio on nice days.

Their menu is all their own, consisting of fancied up American classics.  And the best part (for some) is that they haven't forgotten the vegetarians. Their menu, which changes seasonally, always includes at least one vegetarian option that's so delicious you wouldn't miss the meat - this coming from a pair of non-vegetarians! However we chose not to go that route last night. Justin loved his stuffed quail, and Mallory was excited to have over half of her tilapia with Grand Marnier to take home (she couldn't finish it after all the yummy bread, baked camembert appetizer and the tasty caesar salad)!

Quail Stuffed w/ Wild Boar Sausage over Wild Rice

Tilapia with Grand Marnier and Citrus Orzo
It's very rare when Mallory's sweet tooth doesn't get the best of her, especially when Brave New's dessert sampler or cheesecake is offered. They're both well-worth saving room for. We really hope you get the chance to try out Brave New Restaurant. We have a sneaking suspicion that it could just become your Valentine's Day tradition too!

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14 February 2011

Get over Lady Gaga it's time for Radiohead

Good news! (This is Justin by the way).  The new Radiohead album was announced today for presale and goes live on Saturday.  You can check it out here.  The following text is taken directly from their website:

Newspaper Album - PRESALE

Radiohead's new record, The King Of Limbs, is presented here as the world's first* Newspaper Album, comprising:
  • Two clear 10" vinyl records in a purpose-built record sleeve.
  • A compact disc.
  • Many large sheets of artwork, 625 tiny pieces of artwork and a full-colour piece of oxo-degradeable plastic to hold it all together.
  • The Newspaper Album comes with a digital download that is compatible with all good digital media players.
  • The Newspaper Album will be shipped on Monday 9th May 2011 you can, however, enjoy the download on Saturday 19th February 2011.
  • Shipping is included in the prices shown.
  • One lucky owner of the digital version of The King Of Limbs, purchased from this website, will receive a signed 2 track 12" vinyl.

Digital only - PRESALE

Radiohead's new record, The King Of Limbs, is presented here with a choice of two digital formats:
  • MP3 version is a 320K constant bit rate file.
  • WAV version is a full CD quality uncompressed digital audio file.
  • One lucky owner of the digital version of The King Of Limbs, purchased from this website, will receive a signed 2 track 12" vinyl.
The King of Limbs can be pre-ordered now and downloaded on Saturday 19th February 2011. 
This is great news, and it's interesting that they waited until after the Grammy's to announce it, basically stealing all of Arcade Fire and Esperanda Spalding's fire.  Like most people I'm a long time fan of Radiohead and can't wait to hear their follow up to In Rainbows.  The mp3 version is only $9 and will probably become next week's number 1 album.  Expect a review Saturday evening.

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Being Human vs Valentines Day

Tonight's recap of Being Human will have to be delayed due to our Valentines Day festivities at Brave New Restaurant.  It's a great restaurant on the banks of the Arkansas and it's also a special night, so I hope you the ever faithful reader isn't offended.  We'll let you know how these things go!

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Grammy Favs and Flops

Is it just me (Mallory) or did the 2011 Grammys seem like an excuse to have one big concert with every musical genre represented? The producers seemed to be a bit more concerned with entertaining the crowd than awarding them. Perhaps this was an elaborate ruse to distract the viewers from their confusion about what each award actually is. I know David Letterman and I can't be the only two who are confused about the difference between record of the year and song of the year (check out #4 on his Grammys Top 10 list). Regardless, the Grammys are always a spectacle and always lots of fun. Here are a few of the moments that stood out to me.

Night's Biggest Shocker
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Arcade Fire wins album of the year? Who are they, again? Yeah, I don't know either. Kudos to them though for their impromptu celebratory performance. (Justin has heard of them though)

Runner Up
photo via theboombox.com
Now I'm not saying Esperanza Spalding isn't a talented musician. I'm just saying when she won best new artist... Justin Beiber looked shocked.

Best Red-Carpet Look

photo via thehollywoodgossip.com

Ha! Just kidding! Lady Gaga's entrance was way weird, right?

Actual Best Red-Carpet Look

photo via tmz.com

Isn't Jennifer Lopez's just the quintessential Grammys dress? Suuuuuuper short and sparkly? She still works it though!

Favorite Performance of the Night
photo via mixtape.ro
The combined set performed by Bruno Mars, BoB and Janelle Monae was a total hit and a bit unexpected.

Runner Up
photo via Mtv.com
British rockers Muse commanded the stage with their performance of "Uprising." I was not disappointed to see them take home the best rock album award.

Night's Most Fun Performance
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How could you not smile while watching Ceelo's, Gwyneth Paltrow's and their muppet-like "backup singers'" colorful (and featherful!) rendition of "The Song Otherwise Known as Forget You" ?

Runner Up
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Katy Perry's tribute to Valentine's day- and to her Valentine, Russell Brand- was just as fun and girly as we'd expect from this California Girl.

Scariest Performance
Now where did I put that photo of Lady Gaga...

photo via zap2it.com
Oh yes, there she is. Ok, the appearance in the egg (or "womb-thing" as I also heard it referred to) was one thing, but she also performed in what looked like a skin skirt with matching trenchcoat?

Most Redundant Winners
photo via thehollywoodgossip.com
Lady Antebellum won record of the year, song of the year and best country song. Aren't all three of those the same thing? Is there something I'm missing here? 

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