Far away in time

Thoughts I had while watching The Emmys (in roughly chronological order) September 22, 2008

Filed under: Shiny Pretty People,TV — Echo Beach @ 1:20 am
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So I will be writing a real post soon, full of excuses and explanations and pictures of cute boys, but since I watched all three hours of Emmy coverage tonight I had some extra thoughts, and I thought I’d share them with you.

  • Wait, really Oprah?  Wow, really Oprah.
  • Wow, these guys are really boring, is Lee Pace going to be presenting anything?  I don’t know, but if Pushing Daisies wins anything they’ll cut to him.  That’s enough reason to keep watching.
  • Hedi Klum looks good in a suit.
  • Less good in that spangled shorts jumpsuit.
  • They should get Rickey Gervais to host, he’s the only funny bit so far.  (At all in fact.)
  • Do you think he’s really off script?  Everyone always says they’re not reading off the teleprompter, but maybe that’s just what the teleprompter is telling them to say.
  • Pushing Daisies won for something! (Best director?)  I should stop being totally obsessed with him, but he’s wearing a bow tie.  Is he dating Kristen Chenowith?  Who’s that girl sitting on the other side of him?
  • Seriously, stop cutting to Tom Hanks.
  • Isn’t Lily Tomlin dead?  No, I guess I’m thinking of that other girl from SNL.
  • Wait, Charlton Heston died?
  • Random cut to Lee Pace!
  • I love the Mary Tyler Moore theme song.  She kind of looks like Carol Burnett now.  Wait, her earrings are giant bronze safety pins, awesome.  What is going on with her arms?  They are scaring me.  They’re not flabby, they’re kind of muscled, but they look all alien and wrong.  She’s too skinny!  Mary Tyler Moore, eat a sandwich!  Maybe two!
  • You could tell any girl with glasses that she looks like Tina Fay, even if she knows you’re lying she’ll be flattered.  She’s like smart girl catnip.
  • Yay The Amazing Race!  Wait, why is the Aussie guy with the eyebrows not nominated for reality show host?  Phil, why don’t they love you?
  • I like Kate Walsh’s hair like that.  She’s so pretty.
  • Ok, Lauren Conrad and David Boreanaz?  Man, he looks like he is going to call his agent as soon as he’s off stage, his internal monologue is all “Her? Really? Someone is going to explain this to me. And then get fired”.
  • Neil Patrick Harris!  Wait, where did he go?
  • Hey, that redhead from Mad Men is pretty.  No not the skinny girl in white, go back.  They’re on stage now, but all I can see is her cleavage.  That green dress looks great though.
  • Oh, Laurence Fishburn was in the audience because he’s presenting.  I kind of like the orange suit, but it’s really close to matching the background.  Since the background is a giant tv screen you’d think this could have been avoided.
  • And it’s over. Did I watch three hours of television just so I could see fifteen seconds of Lee Pace?  Yes I did.  Was it worth it? Totally (did I mention he was in a tux?)

Joss Whedon Is Amazing July 8, 2008

So, finally getting around to posting the teaser trailer for Joss Whedon’s online mini-musical (in three parts) Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog:

Teaser from Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog on Vimeo..
(OK, clearly I could not get it to embed (curse you WordPress, now I know why everyone else uses Blogger) but you should totally click on the link, I promise you it’s worth it.)

Yes, that’s Nathan Fillion beating up on Neil Patrick Harris. No I don’t see how this could be any more awesome (unless there was a cameo by Kristen Bell).

In related news, I’m still totally excited about Dollhouse (although not entirely sure if I’ve blogged about it yet or not) not least because there hasn’t been a character named “Echo” on TV since they killed off Mr. Eko on Lost. I was also sad when I realized (after his death) that although he sounds like my husband, I could not actually marry him, because that would make my name Echo Eko, which is totally unacceptable. I am also excited about the super hotness and total ass-kickingness of Helo and Faith (far left and center below).

The Cast of <em>Dollhouse</em>, via zap2it.com
The Cast of Dollhouse, via zap2it.com

Although, based on this picture the other two “dolls” (you can tell because they’re not wearing shoes) are kind of funny looking, especially the guy. Also, before he was cast in this, when I was watching the credits on BSG I always thought the actor playing Helo (Tahmoh Penikett) was one of the girls. (I think I thought he was Dualla, who it turns out was played by the actor I thought was playing Cally. What happened to Dualla anyway, did she die and I just don’t remember it? That would be sad because I really liked her before she got married to Lee and got sucked into his black hole of whinyness. (I also am still not caught up, so if she turns out to be the final cylon or something, please do not tell me, thank you.)

Also, I was looking around on the FOX website, trying to find a trailer or something for Dollhouse, which clearly I didn’t, but their site is kind of sketchy and surprisingly low on content, also very dark. Was it always like that, do they just keep all the stuff on the show pages? I don’t know, anyway.

I am also starting to really miss the shows that never came back on the air after the strike, even the ones that I only watched regularly, not obsessively (Chuck, Private Practice, where did you go?). Anyway, my brain is (clearly) kind of scattered today, so I am going to go and make my annual Excel time-slot conflict spreadsheet (factors include, how committed I am to the show, and whether it is available online).


Freaks and Geeks April 14, 2008

Filed under: Family,Home,Me,Movies,Shiny Pretty People,TV — Echo Beach @ 3:00 pm

So I just started getting Freaks and Geeks from Netflix (I’m on the second disk), but it’s great. It’s hilarious, and painful, and it represents what high school is actually like, unlike literally every other movie or television show about high school I’ve ever seen. But the reason I really like it is that John Francis Daley looks disturbingly like my little brother (who is 13 right now), and I just want to give him a hug all the time.

Sam Weir

Sadly, neither my sister or I particularly resemble Linda Cardellini, although someone did tell me this weekend that I looked like Velma from Scooby Doo who was played by Linda Cardellini in the live-action movie, so maybe it’s not that far fetched. Although I just assumed they were just reacting to the glasses / cute bob combo, someone else that day told me I could be batgirl (red hair plus black Doc Martens), so I took it with a grain of salt.

+ Batgirl = Me?

But I’m going to keep Velma in mind for a Halloween costume.

In other news I’m getting a noise headache from the hood (fan/vent combo) over my stove. I got a notice saying the gas in my building was going to be shut down today (due to a “major” but unnamed “emergency”) and this apparently has made my stove smell like gas. It makes no sense to me, but I figured a noise headache was better than a gas-fumes one, so the hood’s staying on. The notice also said “Please take all the necessary steps to be ready for this emergency” [all caps and underlined] and I hope they were talking about the emergency of having the gas shut off, and not the vague yet preplanned emergency that necessitated turning off the gas.

I am going to leave you with a you-tube video of John Francis Daley on the set of Freaks and Geeks, acting just like my little brother. And if you want to see him all growed up, Bones is finally back tonight at 8. (opposite HIMYM, but that’s a whole nother story.)


Things that made me go “Oooooh!” this weekend August 19, 2007

Filed under: Beauty Queen Hands,Movies,Shiny Pretty People,Taller in Real Life,TV — Echo Beach @ 11:40 pm

In reverse order:

  • So, after the short lived rumor that she would be joining the cast of Lost, E! Online is now reporting that Kristen Bell will be doing a multi-episode arc on Heroes! Which is by far the best post-Veronica Mars casting news that I’ve heard. (The worst being that Logan is going to be on CBS’s Angel rip-off Moonlight. I love me some Jason Dohring, but that show looks bad.)

  • I went to Venice this weekend, and I was waiting on the side street where we’d parked the car when I heard someone walking up the street behind me. I turned around and saw Arvin Sloan walking along the deserted sidewalk. I kind of freaked out, and turned back around, but I watched his back after he passed, and it was definitely Ron Rifkin. Walking down the sidewalk in Venice, wearing a yarmulke and humming to himself. It was surreal.
    So now I can cross two things off my “Since I’ve Been in LA” list: seen the ocean, and seen a famous person. I still haven’t seen the Hollywood sign though.
  • I firmly believe that this is the most beautiful sentence in the English language: “with Jack Black, Paul Rudd, Jason Schwartzman and Justin Long as the Beatles”. It is referring to Judd Apatow’s upcoming movie Walk Hard, and, for me, this bumps the movie from “ehh” (I’m a little skeptical of John C. Reilly as a comic lead) to “OMG” (Because; Jack Black. Paul Rudd. Jason Schwartzman. Justin Long. As, The Beatles). I’m having trouble deciding who will play which Beatle, mostly because I can never remember any characteristics of George besides “The Quiet One”. But I think Schwartzman as John, Rudd as Paul (he’s for sure the cute one), Long as Ringo (in my mind both the manic one, and the skinny one), leaving Black as George. But it really doesn’t matter which is which, because any way you slice it = Awesome.