Monday, December 17, 2012

A Tribute

Like the rest of the nation I've spent the last few days in shock and disbelief. I've felt lost and heavy hearted. I've started to avoid the news because I just can't cry anymore. This tribute by the coaches and contestants of The Voice made me cry again but it a good way. It shouldn't surprise me that it is music that is helping me heal. 
 

Monday, December 10, 2012

Austenland Movie News!

There is finally news about the movie adaptation of Austenland! I loved this book and have been waiting anxiously for any news about the movie. Shannon posted last week that the movie will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival!! I've never gone to Sundance before but I've submitted for tickets this year- I'm crossing my fingers I can get tickets! 

In addition to the Sundance news there have also been a few stills from the movie released. 
Aren't they fabulous?!? I'm so excited about this movie! I really hope I can see it while it's at Sundance and that it gets a distributor so that the whole world can see it.

Radioactive

I love Imagine Dragons. They just released their new video for Radioactive. It's completely random. They could have gone so many directions with this song, I love what they've done with it. As I said on Facebook- Imagine Dragons, Lou Diamond Phillips and puppets- what more could you ask for on a snowy Monday morning? 

Friday, November 30, 2012

On My Own

I can't form a coherent sentence about this clip. Samantha is perfection.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Host Trailer

*Warning- this post contains spoilers for The Host! 
You know those books that you pick up with fairly low expectations? Those books that you read just because you like the author but aren't really that interested in the plot? Yeah, that was The Host for me. I was a fan of the Twilight books (books, not movies) so when Stephenie published The Host I read it even though I'm not a huge sci-fi fan. Luckily my low expectations were left in the dust. I was blown away by the book and it has become one of my all time books.

When they announced that The Host was being made into a movie I was cautiously excited. As with all book to movie adaptations this could be an exceptional movie or it could be a huge disappointment. The fact that Andrew Niccol was writing the screenplay made me feel a little better. I'm may not be a huge sci-fi fan but Gattaca is one of the sci-fi movies that I really enjoyed.

Today they released the first full length trailer for the movie. 
Here are my random thoughts about the trailer:

First, the pros:
  • Max Irons is perfect as Jared! I'm not sure they could have cast anyone better. 
  • Saoirse Ronan looks great at Melanie. I've never seen any of her other movies but I have faith she can pull this off. 
  • The eyes. I know this is silly but I was worried that the silver eyes would look like horrible contact lenses. It looks like they must be adding the silver in as CGI afterwards- they look great. 
  • Diane Kruger as The Seeker. Oh my goodness!! She's going to be so good!
  • The cave. Just the brief glimpse we got looks great.
  • Melanie and Jared's chemistry- those two are going to set the screen on fire.
  • The use of Radioactive by Imagine Dragons as the soundtrack for the trailer. That song is perfect for the story. I hope it is on the movie soundtrack. 
Here are my concerns:
Honestly, I just have one really big concern- Ian. I'm trying really hard to get past the fact that Jake Abel doesn't look anything like Ian as he's described in the book. If we could just get more than a glimpse of him in the trailer I might feel better. I've been pondering why we haven't seen more of him in pictures or in this trailer. I've come up with a theory that may be completely wrong but for now it's what is keeping me hopeful about this movie.

When Stephenie was doing press for The Host she said that there was a certain character that wouldn't be quiet. He demanded to be a bigger part of the story. She didn't reveal who that character was until after the book had been out for a while so she didn't spoil anything. That character was Ian. I was glad she hadn't said much about him before the book came out because he took me by surprise. He actually blindsided me with his complete 180 degree change in attitude toward Melanie/Wanderer. He made me ugly cry. And when I say ugly cry I mean - put the book down because I can't see the words anymore, tears and snot out of control - kind of cry. Ian and Wanderer's love story is what made me fall in love with this book. It's the reason I re-read The Host at least once a year. 

Oh goodness, I'm rambling. Ian is one of my all time favorite characters so I tend to do that where he is concerned. My point is that I'm hoping that the movie producers aren't showing us any Ian and Wanderer interaction so that people who haven't seen the movie can be as surprised by him as the readers were. I'm holding tight to that theory so that I can continue to be excited about this movie. I really, really, really hope I'm not disappointed in the end. 

Friday, November 9, 2012

Les Misérables International Trailer

I can't put my thoughts about this trailer into words quite yet. It brought me to tears. I have very high expectations of this movie. I have a feeling those expectations will be exceeded by leaps and bounds.

 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Safe & Sound Cover by William Joseph

I'm  a huge fan of William Joseph. I'm a huge fan of The Hunger Games. And surprisingly, I'm a huge fan of the song Safe & Sound by Taylor Swift. So, when William Joseph covered Safe & Sound it was a pretty safe bet that I would love it. It's gorgeous! Enjoy!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Blue October in Salt Lake City

My favorite band, Blue October, was in Salt Lake on the 31st for a stop on their the quiet mind tour. The day started off with an acoustic show at The Living Planet Aquarium. The acoustic show was so cool!! It was hosted by a local radio station and there were only about 30 people there. After they performed three songs they took pictures with everyone that was there.  

After the acoustic show we headed to the venue for a meet and greet that we had purchased tickets for. I know two meet and greets seems a bit much but I didn't know about the aquarium one until a couple of days before it happened and I had purchased the other one already. 


The show started with A Silent Film. I saw them when the opened for The Parlotones this summer so I was really excited that they were opening for this tour. They were even better this time around- I'm sure that is because I am familiar with their music now.

The second band was Barcelona. I was unfamiliar with them but they were really good. They were in costume for most of the set but the lead singer finally had to take his raggedy andy wig off because of the heat. Sadly, I didn't get any good shots of them except this one.

Finally Blue October took the stage. They were phenomenal as always.
All of my pictures, including a copy of the set list, are here

Here's a crowd shot from the tour manager. I'm right on the rail, which is the perfect place to experience a Blue October show.
Can't wait until they come back!!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Iron Man 3 Trailer

It's official, Marvel is trying to kill me. 
   
This movie is going to make me cry, I just know it. Why do I let myself get so wrapped up in fictional stories?!?!?

I've lost count of how many times I've watched this already. *watches again*

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Maggie Stievfater Book Signing

Last week I went to Maggie Stiefvater's book signing at The King's English Bookshop. I went into the signing knowing that Maggie is a brilliant writer and is witty and amusing on twitter but I had no clue how hysterical she is. I spent the evening laughing out loud as Maggie talked about writing and researching her new book, The Raven Boys. There were tales of purchasing old, stinky shoes on eBay  getting lost in the moors in England, hell hounds, hugs and more. It was a fabulous evening!! I should have written this up earlier so I could remember exact quotes but school got in the way. I do remember when she was asked about why she chose to write about werewolves that she said she doesn't think she does because "when they are wolves they are wolves with no human characteristic and when they are humans they are emo teenagers".

Maggie told stories, answered questions and read from The Raven Boys. Then she signed books for hours. (Luckily I was in the A group so I wasn't there too long- I'm sure she was there for hours and needed a hand massage after it was over.)

Maggie signing books
Maggie and Me (squeee!)

I took a bunch of pictures and ended up with some hysterical shots. Here are the many faces of Maggie- 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Please, Christmas, Don't Be Late

I'm not the kind to countdown to Christmas. But with gifts like this arriving on Christmas Day I'm singing a different tune this year. Only 74 more days!! 



Friday, October 5, 2012

Defiance by C.J. Redwine



I've been in a reading funk for a while. I've read a few good books but haven't really had one that swept me into another world and made me forget about real life. Last Saturday I picked up Defiance by C.J. Redwine with the intention of just reading a few chapters. Several hours later I finished the book. I had completely lost track of time while I was immersed in this world of action, adventure and romance. That's how good this book is!! 

Defiance had everything I need in a book- a strong female lead, a fabulous love interest, a villain that makes my skin crawl and a plot that makes me forget about my life momentarily. 

Here are a few things I loved about this book-
  • The dual POV: I've stated many times that I'm not a huge fan of books told from multiple personalities so I was a little bugged when I realized Defiance was one of those books. But once I got to know Rachel and Logan I realized the story could not have been told by just one of them. 
  • The "Cursed One"- I don't want to say much because I want you to discover this on your own. I'm intrigued by this character and am anxious to see where the battle with it goes. (Vague much? Sorry! Read the book and you'll understand.)
  • Rachel- this girl is kick-ass! She is strong and brave and more than a tad stubborn. She's also scared and broken. Watching her go through the things she does in this book is brutal. I have a feeling that by the end of this trilogy she will rise above even my expectations of a strong, independent woman. I can't wait to see her journey!
  • Logan- he's nerdy, insecure and carries quite a few emotional scars. He's also deliciously swoon-worthy. *sigh* I love me some Logan. 
The only problem with reading this book in one sitting is that it was over too quickly. Now I need the 2nd book... is it 2014 yet?!?!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The History of TV Theme Songs

This. is. brilliant.

I'm not sure if it's a good or bad thing that I sang along with the majority of these theme songs. There were a couple I didn't know. They must have been before my time. 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Extended Look at Les Misérables


Note to self:  There will be ugly crying in this movie so take a lot of tissue with you to the theater. You probably shouldn't plan on wearing eye makeup either. 


Friday, September 14, 2012

The Firelight Series

I just finished reading the last book in the Firelight series by Sophie Jordan. When I first read the description for Firelight I didn't plan on reading it. I don't usually read books about dragons. They just aren't my thing. But after several of my friends gushed about the book I decided to give it a try. I was instantly sucked into the world of Draki, which are descendants of dragons with a human side. The characters, the lore, the descriptions all grabbed a hold of me and wouldn't let go.

If I remember correctly I read Firelight in one sitting. Then the wait for Vanish began. I got it the day it was released and devoured it just as quickly as Firelight. Hidden came out on Tuesday and I decided I was going to take a little longer to read this one because it was the last book and I wanted to savor every word. Guess how well that plan worked out? Yeah, I read it all on Wednesday night. I just couldn't put it down.

I loved this series!! I won't go into detail because Hidden is so fresh on my mind that I'm afraid I will spoil something from the first book. All I can say is that if you like YA paranormal fiction you need to read these books!

Nathan Fillion's Guide to Hugs

This is just what my Friday needed. He makes me smile.


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

All Kinds of Castle Goodness

As we get closer and closer to the season premiere of Castle there are more and more things surfacing online that are feeding my inner fangirl. I'm new to this fandom so this is the first season that I've seen all these goodies appear. I've tried to have some kind of control and not post all of this stuff as it came out. So I'm going to throw it all into one post.

First up- a couple of things from season four that have been released in anticipation of the DVD release on September 11th.

A deleted scene from the season finale, Always. This is painful to watch because of the truth of Castle's words and the fact that Kate predicted this is how she would react if she started looking into her mother's case again.

The bloopers from season four- this made me laugh so hard. These guys look like they have a blast at work.

And now for the season five goodness...

The first promo for season five- After the Storm. My reaction- asdmdajnemrefav
 

And a picture from that episode to go along with it-

New cast photos!!! Here's the whole cast-
Individual photos can be seen here. They are gorgeous and completely worth following that link. I'd post them all here but that would make this post even longer than it already is.

And then we got a new promo poster
There is some interesting analysis of this poster here.

These photos are from Entertainment Weekly.




I'm so excited!!! September 24th can not get here soon enough!!

Mischief Managed

This is a gorgeous video summary of all the Harry Potter movies. I may have cried a little bit.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Mumford and Sons Concert

Last week my friend Miranda and I went to the Mumford and Sons concert in Salt Lake. We underestimated their popularity and only arrived an hour early to get in line. When we got in the line it was only around to the side of the building. By the time they opened the doors it made several loops through the parking lot. Because we got there as late as we did we didn't get very close to the stage but we still ended up with a good spot. The concert was outside and the back half of the lawn is on a incline so we were able to see the stage.

I wasn't a huge fan of the opening bands but Mother Nature made the wait worthwhile. This was the view from the venue. She was definitely showing off that night.

After what seemed like forever Mumford and Sons took the stage. The entire crowd of 3,500 people was on their feet and the air felt electric. I'm always a little bit nervous to see a band live for the first time. I'm afraid they won't be as amazing live as they are on their albums. With Mumford and Sons my worries were in vain. I was blown away!! These guys are phenomenal live!!! There were several times that I found myself simply standing and staring at them on the stage. I was in awe.

Marcus Mumford is a master storyteller. He and the rest of the band weave a tale that leaves the audience mesmerized. I can not put into words how unbelievably amazing they are.
The set list was: Lover’s Eyes, Little Lion Man, Roll Away Your Stone, White Blank Page, Below My Feet, Timshel, I Gave You All, I Will Wait, Lover of the Light, Thistle & Weeds, Ghosts That We Knew, Winter Winds, Awake My Soul, Dust Bowl Dance, After the Storm, and The Cave

There isn't a lot of video from the show but I did find one of The Cave that kind of shows how good they were. I don't think it's possible to really capture the live experience.

This picture amused me because it shows all the phones and cameras in the crowd. 


It was a spectacular night and I hope that they come back to Utah soon!

*pictures of the concert stolen from Miranda because hers came out better than mine.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Avengers Gag Reel

I can't tell you how happy this makes me. I've watched it more times than I am willing to admit. I need it to be September 25th so I can have my own copy of the movie to watch over and over again.
 

Monday, August 20, 2012

The Dowager Countess FTW!



These two new clips from season three of Downton Abbey are going to kill me! I can't believe we have to wait until January here!! Avoiding spoiler is going to be tricky. I think in order to maintain my fangirl integrity I may just have to move to England.

Monday, August 13, 2012

I Will Wait

I wish I could figure out what it is about Mumford & Sons that draws me into their music. I'm not really a fan of country or bluegrass but I can not get enough of them. They have a new album coming out next month and they just released the first single, I Will Wait. It's been on repeat since I downloaded it. I love it! This makes me even more excited for their concert next week!!

 

Monday, July 30, 2012

Adventures in Stalking Kiersten White- Endlessly Edition

Last week I spent an evening stalking by Kiersten White at The King's English Bookshop. (Don't worry- all parties are ok with the stalking, it happens all the time.)

Like the expert stalker that I am I dressed appropriately- every good stalker knows that wearing shoes to match the book cover is a great way to flatter the stalkee.

I also took pictures as a good stalker does-
(This one is kind of blurry- stalker fail!!) 

And I took video of Kiersten reading from Endlessly-
 

For some reason I didn't take any notes when Kiersten was speaking. The event was held on the back patio of the book store and it was really hot so I'm going to blame the heat for my lack of note taking. I'm also blaming the heat for not remembering much what was discussed during the Q&A session. I know that there was some discussion about which My Little Pony is Kiersten's favorite, about her next two books- Mind Games (Spring 2013) and a yet untitled stand alone (Fall 2013), and the importance of critique partners- Kiersten's are Natalie Whipple and Stephanie Perkins.

Overall the evening was a huge stalking success. I'm already looking forward to our next encounter when Kiersten returns for Mind Games. 

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Olympics!!

Anyone else getting giddy about the Summer Olympics?!?! I'm not a sports fan except for when it's time for the Olympics. I'm not sure what it is exactly that draws me in. I think it's a combination of the athlete's inspiring stories and the team spirit that seems to be in the air. The London Olympics start in just 2 days and I'm already pinning pictures on Pinterest. (which I've decided is my new sign of an obsession. If I pin it, it's officially an obsession.)  My favorites so far have been the celebrities that I admire who have carried the Olympic Torch.

Rupert Grint
Patrick Stewart
 James McAvoy

I also love this P&G commercial about the Moms of Olympians. It makes me cry and I'm not even a Mom. I'm sure it would be worse if I had kids. 

I'm sure I'll be back with another Olympic gushing post as the next three weeks go along. I'm so excited!!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

You Can't Take the Sky From Me

Five hundred years in the future, a renegade crew aboard a small spacecraft tries to survive as they travel the unknown parts of the galaxy and evade warring factions as well as authority agents out to get them.
After I finished watching Castle the same friends that had recommended it to me told me that I needed to watch Firefly next. I was slightly hesitant because I'm not a huge Sci-Fi fan but I decided to trust their judgement and give it a try. I'm sure none of you will be surprised to learn that I fell in love with this show. I devoured the 14 episodes and it's subsequent movie, Serenity in near record time. 

As I do whenever I discover a new obsession I've spent a lot of time scouring the internet for behind the scenes clips, blooper reels, interviews and Q&A panels along with occasionally re-watching an episode. As I've done this I've tried to put my finger on what it is that makes Firefly so special. It aired on Fox in 2002 and didn't get very good ratings so it was cancelled. Even before I decided to watch it I'd heard people talking about it so I was aware that even though it had been cancelled it still had a strong fan base. What can make a cancelled tv show that only lasted one season have such a following that 10 years after it aired? Here are a few of my random thoughts as to why it is worthy of all the praise:
  • Joss Whedon. That's all that really needs to be said about that, right? The man is a genius. 
  • Even though it's set in space it's not really science fiction. There are no aliens, no laser guns and no hyper-speed. (Don't get me wrong, I love an occasional Star Wars marathon but in general I'm not a huge fan of movies involving aliens.) Firefly is really a good old fashioned western, it just happens to take place in space. 
  • The characters- oh my goodness! The crew of Firefly are all so wonderful in their individual ways. I love that none of them are one dimensional. Even the characters I don't really love I have to like just because they are so well written. I could easily write an individual blog post about each of these characters but that might be a little too obsessive. 
  • The cast- Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk, Gina Torres, Sean Maher, Jewel Staite, Summer Glau, Adam Baldwin, Morena Baccarin and Ron Glass are all stellar. Before I started watching I was familiar with two of the cast (Nathan and Alan) but now I'm a fan of all of them and stalk them all on Twitter
  • The emotions. I grew up with a father who loves westerns so I've watched quite a few in my lifetime. None of those shows and movies ever made me feel the way Firefly did. The combination of phenomenal writing and acting made me feel all the feelings possible while watching. I laughed, I cried (damn you, Joss Whedon!!!) I swore, and I swooned.
  • Fan interaction- I think one of the things that has kept this fandom so loyal is because the cast has been such an active part of keeping it alive. They go to conventions, they meet with fans, they tweet, they are very open about their love for the show. All of that encourages the fandom to remain loyal and to continue to spread the love. 
I know there are many,many more reasons to love Firefly. These are just the ones that I can name off the top of my head. If I go any further I may have to open up a Firefly fan page and there are already plenty of those. (I did start a Firefly board on Pinterest though.) I'm going to wrap up with a couple of my favorite clips from the show. 

Alan Tudyk is a genius. He's one of the few people who could make this funny-

There are a lot of moments with Malcolm Reynolds that I could post here. Nathan brings him to life brilliantly. This is one of my favorites because to me it's one of those moments that defines him and sets him apart as the captain of the ship.


I became a fan at just the right time. The Science Channel is airing a 10 year anniversary special in November. Here's the teaser for it. It contains one of my favorite clip from the series- 
Wash: That sounds like something out of science fiction.
Zoe: You live in a space ship, dear. 

Have YOU watched Firefly?!? If not you need to NOW! Then you can appreciate the painful truth of this picture. (Seriously, if you haven't watched it, do it. It's available to stream on Hulu, Amazon, Netflix, etc.)

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Robert Downey Jr. Love Post: Comic-Con Edition

I've declared my undying love for Robert Downey Jr. many times. Seriously, in my book the man can do no wrong. I've been obsessively reading and watching updates from Comic-Con this weekend. (Random side note: I must get there one day!!) I haven't had a chance to watch the Iron Man 3 panel but these two clips of Robert have endeared him to me even more, which I didn't think was possible.

The first is his entrance to the Iron Man 3 panel.
The second is his surprise appearance at the Iron Man kids Costume event. Awwwww!!!
 

How can anyone not love this man?!?!? My heart is complete mush. 

Sunday, July 8, 2012

A Silent Film

So often an opening band is just a bunch of noise you have to sit through to get to the band you paid to see. But occasionally the opening band starts playing and I fall in love. This exact thing happened a few weeks ago when I went to see one of my favorite bands, The Parlotones (who, coincidentally I discovered when they opened for Blue October). The opening band was A Silent Film. These guys started to play and I was blown away- they are phenomenal!! I've had them on repeat since the concert and I'm in love. These guys are so talented! I chatted with them for a few minutes after the show and they are extremely nice as well. And they are British!! Bonus points ;)

Here are just a couple of their songs. Check them out- you won't be sorry, I promise!! If you like what you hear you can get their music on iTunes and you can follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

Harbour Lights
   
Reaching the Potential
Danny, Dakota & the Wishing Well 

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Why Neil Patrick Harris should host everything

The man is a genius!! Is there anything he can't do?!?! (Don't answer that- I don't want my image of him shattered.)


*Yes, I know The Tony's were several weeks ago. Apparently I put this into a draft and then never published it. Don't ask, I'm just special that way. 

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Cover Love

Several books that I'm looking forward to reading finally have covers and I'm amazed by each of them. The sad thing is that none of these books come out until 2013. It's going to be a long wait until I can get my hands on them.
Mind Games by Kiersten White- I'm intrigued by this cover of a face made up of faces and the description- In a world where psychics and mind-readers are the ultimate tools in corporate espionage, two teen girls try to save themselves and their future.

The Archived by Victoria Schwab- Victoria's The Near Witch was one of my favorite reads of 2011. Her writing is beautiful so anything she writes will automatically go on my to-read list. The Archived sounds fascinating and the cover is stunning. I can't wait to read it!!

Everbound by Brodi Ashton- I was surprised how much I enjoyed Everneath (read my review here) so I'm really looking forward to its sequel. This cover rivals the gorgeousness of Everneath- I want a dress like that!!

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi- I'm in awe of this cover. I don't even know what to say about it. All I can come up with WOWZA! I thought the new cover of Shatter Me was stunning and would be hard to top but this one blows me away! The tag line "They want to find me. I will find them first" has me on pins and needles  about what is going to happen in this book. Shatter Me (my review) was an unexpected thrill ride- I'm sure this one will be too!