Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Elementary, My Dear Downey, Pt. 2



Back in May, I posted about the Sherlock Holmes movie coming out in December. Guess what? Warner Bros. is already talking about a sequel. Featuring Brad Pitt.

Risky Biz Blog reported that the guys who are working on the upcoming Justice League movie have been brought in to write the screenplay for the second Holmes movie since the trailer from the first one went over so well at Comic-Con. As of now, it looks like the main cast (Robert Downey, Jr., Jude Law, and Rachel McAdams) is all set
to come back, and Brad Pitt is in with talks with producers to play Holmes' nemesis Professor Moriarty. His role isn't confirmed yet.

It's great that Brad Pitt has managed to stay around a long time and all, but I can't see him as a villain. When you watch him in a movie, you are watching Brad Pitt. You can't really forget
the heartthrob persona that's followed him through his career. And come on: after playing the god-like, swift-footed, golden-haired, seriously ripped, completely hairless and mostly naked Achilles in Troy, how can he ever go back? Hell, are we even supposed to believe he's English? How do you turn Achilles into this skinny, seedy little man that rule's London's underworld?

More importantly, who do you think would be a better villain?

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Yum! It's International Chocolate Day!

Chocoholics, rejoice! We have been heard! I don't know who declared today a holiday, but it's International Chocolate Day. In honor of this glorious day, I'm thinking of skipping down to MarieBelle, the cutest little chocolate shop around.

MarieBelle offers decadent chocolates made from high-quality Colombian cacao but crafted in Brooklyn. She takes most of design her inspiration from the 1930s. The original SoHo location is decorated with photos of grand ladies out to tea, wrapped in minks, sporting adorable caps. For MarieBelle, it's all about details. The adorable little boxes call to mind the wall paper of an old fancy hotel. The art on their delicious dark chocolate "truffles" is so 60s, too.Best of all? The MarieBelle pin-up chocolate bars.


There are ten designs, each as yummy as any other.

MarieBelle is definitely worth the trip to SoHo, but luckily for out-of-towners, you can order online. Bon appetit!

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Mad Men Comes to Oprah


As much as I find Oprah to be self-righteous and irritating, I have to hand it to her: she has to the good sense to capitalize on Mad Men's huge popularity.

Today, she's going to be an all-out Maddict: Jon Hamm and January Jones appear as guests, her Favorite Things will come from the period, the cast of Jersey Boys will perform, and, best of all, the entire audience will be dressed in costumes from the decade. Oprah herself will be wearing a custom-made outfit from the show's costume designer. Apparently, Oprah's more a Joan than a Peggy. Lucky cow. Tune in to catch it. I'll have to settle for watching it online since I have class.

Side note: a friend suggested to me that Oprah might secretly be doing Gayle. Thoughts?
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Friday, September 18, 2009

Stay Gold, Patrick Swayze


Due to a series of unfortunate events (and more than a few screw-ups by the nice people at Dell), I haven't posted in forever. I missed my blog, the little blog that could.

We've all been shocked by the way it seems like celebrities have been passing away left and right over the last few months. Patrick Swayze's passing was especially sad since it really seemed like he was out of the woods. And while we're all remembering him, everyone is looking at Dirty Dancing. Dirty Dancing as one of his best movies but me, I'm remembering The Outsiders.

Released four years before Dirty Dancing and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, The Outsiders was based on the book of the same name that tells the story of two greasers, Johnny and Ponyboy, who take revenge on the kids that beat the crap out of them. Johnny is played by Ralph Macchio, the guy that starred in The Karate Kid, and Swayze plays Ponyboy's older brother, who just wants to keep the kid out of trouble. If I remember correctly, Patrick Swayze is seen, for most of the movie, in the same black muscle shirt he was to wear years later in Dirty Dancing. No one plays trashy characters quite like Swayze [except for John Travolta]. The Outsiders is the kind of movie that shows how teenagers run amok and how the idea of a nice, quiet childhood is, quite frankly, bullshit. I won't spoil the movie if you haven't seen it, but there's some pretty serious violence. YouTube user NoWayItIsHappening posted the whole movie for those of you who don't have Netflix. Rest in peace, Patrick Swayze.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Please Welcome Dormestic Bliss!

I must be some kind of masochist, because recently, I started a new blog called Dormestic Bliss. Dormestic Bliss is a site for decorating, entertaining, food, budgeting, and just plain living while still in college. Whether you're a college student or just living like one, there might be something for you. This blog has barely gotten started and I'm always looking for ideas, so feel free to send them to me at dfunkt@rocketmail.com or just leave me a comment.Take a look!

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Disney Buys Marvel

I've been away for so long! Another one bites the dust, friends. I have Dell to thank for that.

If you haven't yet heard, Disney has bought Marvel Comics [home to the Incredible Hulk and Iron Man] for $4 billion. Marvel has 5,000 characters by itself, and Disney's CEO and President says Disney will be adding its "creative skills" to Marvel. What will become of this unholy union? Here are some Disney characters that could would be better if Marvel took them over:

Mulan, Ninja:Mulan gets bitten by a radioactive panda and transformed to a super ninja. Fangirls have been complaining for years that no comics publishers have come out with an interesting female character that isn't just a fluffy, sexed-up spinoff of a male character. You kind of get the sense that once Mulan gets the guy at the end of her movie, she goes on to be a normal wife. That's fine and all but duh, she's a warrior! She should be out rescuing people and stuff.

Toy Story Crime Force: Instead of ordinary toys, Woody and friends are actually super-spies whose helps them easily infiltrate enemy organizations.

Snow White, Iron Maiden: As she stands, Snow White is kind of boring as she stands. She would be great as a knight with super cool swords. Her woodland friends could lend a helping hand, too, but her right-hand man would obviously be her horse. The Dwarves would train her in hand-to-hand combat, etc., then set her free in the woods with only a flask of water and a little dagger. Once she got home, they would make her the Iron Maiden and fashion her armor from the finest materials.

What other Disney stories need a Marvel makeover? I'll compile them and make them into a new post.


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