Thursday: “Idol” results and more!

American Idol  results:

 

The bottom three this week: Matt (hard to believe!), Michael (sorry, but he’s not a strong contender), and Scott (I think he has potential).  Then it went to bottom two: Matt and Michael.   Sorry to Michael fans, BUT he lost out!

 

Wow, Ruben has lost QUITE a bit of weight!  He also got married- how cool is that!? 

 

Isn't this dress classy?
Isn't this dress classy?

 

 

 

Pics of Boston (where Dad went for a conference):

 

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Indie films  from director Ramin Bahrani:

 

The Jackson Heights Film Festival (in my old ‘hood in Queens) showed Chop Shop last fall.  I wanted to see it, but got the info too late.  This film is about an orphaned Dominican boy who works at an auto repair shop in a rough area (near Shea Stadium).  Ale (as he is known) has never been to school and worries about his 16 y.o. sis.   The sibs’ big dream is to save enough money to buy (and eventually run) a food van.  I wondered who the director was.  

 

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I read about director Ramin Bahrani, an Iranian American raised in Winston-Salem, NC,  in last weekend’s New York Times Magazine.  He has already made 3 movies and teaches at Columbia (where he received his BA).  And he’s only 34! 

 

 

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Bahrani’s 1st film, Man Push Cart, is about Ahmad (a young Pakistani immigrant) who runs a coffee cart in NYC.  He is also a dreamer, a lover, a hustler, a pop singer and, not incidentally, a Muslim man making his way through a city still gripped  by post-9/11 anxiety.

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Bahrani’s latest film, Goodbye Solo, is set in his hometown of Winston-Salem.  It will be out tomorrow (March 27).  The protagonist is a young Senegalese family man who drives a taxi.  He becomes friends w/ one of his passengers, an elderly white Southern man who is nearing death. 

 

Goodbye Solo web site: http://www.goodbyesolomovie.com/

More about Bahrani: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramin_Bahrani

Bahrani’s film company: http://www.noruzfilms.com/index.html

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday: “American Idol” and more…

TCM movie I saw today: Great Expectations (1946)
A young Alec Guiness (left) as Herbert Pocket, Pip's roommate
A young Alec Guiness (left) as Pip's roommate

This is a GREAT classic film based on Dickens’ novel!  The grown-up Pip is played by John Mills (one of the UK’s most respected actors; father of actress Hayley Mills).  Alec Guiness is Pip’s bubbly, helpful roomie Herbert Pocket.  He’s fun to watch!   

 

A VERY young Jean Simmons plays Young Estella
A VERY young Jean Simmons plays Young Estella

The young Estella is the (unusually) pretty Jean Simmons; she was later in Spartacus, Guys and Dolls, etc.  And yes, she always had that posh speaking voice!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038574/

 

Some thoughts on American Idol

Adam Lambert
Adam Lambert

The best performances tonight were (in my order): Adam, Allison, Matt, Danny, and Anoop.  Adam (a stage actor who recently appeared in Wicked) showed that he has range; he looked SO different (but still original).  His song was GREAT!  Matt was very confidant onstage, and his song went smoothly. 

Anoop Desai
Anoop Desai
Anoop was good (as I expected), BUT could have been better.  Maybe it was song choice?  Maybe he needs to show more confidence or style?  Hmmm…  He looked even better than last wk (my mom said he looks great).
  
Danny Gokey
Danny Gokey

Danny showed that he has personality and energy; his performance was VERY fun!  I felt bad for Lil b/c she didn’t have a great performance.  Allison improved a LOT from last time; she is very natural (like Anoop) tonight.  Very good group of young people w/ humble, nice personalities (I feel).   

 

 

 

Tuesday (Prez’s news conf day)

Pics of the day:
 
Big lunch- didn't want to eat breakfast today
Big lunch- didn't want to eat breakfast today

 

 

Sunny and moderate day today
Sunny and moderate day today

 

 

Interesting-looking tree by the apt bldg
Interesting-looking tree by the apt bldg

 

 

A desktop wallpap of the "BSG" actor
A desktop wallpap of the "BSG" actor

 

 

Another desktop design- where hunky meets cute as a button!
Where hunky meets cute as a button!

What’s up this Monday?

Sarita Choudhury: Back on TV!
Sarita Choudhury is back on TV!
Sarita on NBC's "Kings"

You can see NYC-based actress Sarita Choudhury (half Brit/half Indian) on NBC’s new drama Kings.  I watched the 2 hr. pilot (on IMDB) and thought it was pretty good!  It stars veteran Scottish actor Ian McShane (King Silas Benjamin) and blonde, fresh-faced Aussie newcomer Christopher Egan (David Shepherd).  Don’t be shocked- the 25 y.o. Egan has VERY similar looks of fellow Aussie Health Ledger. 

 

Christopher Egan on "Kings"
Christopher Egan on "Kings"

He also reminded people of Matt Damon and Leonardo DiCaprio.  TV needs MORE fresh new talent like this, not merely posers!

 

There are interesting supporting characters in Kings.  The creator based his show on the story on King David in the Bible.  It’s set in an alternate reality where America has a monarchy.   Sarita plays the (secret) love of King Silas’s life; they have a young son together.  (I saw Sarita close-up after a play reading in spring of ’08- she is GORGEOUS!)  

 

More about Sarita: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0002004/

More about Kings: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1137462/

 

Outside my window/balcony:

 

7:30PM today- weather much colder than SUN!
7:30PM today- weather much colder than SUN!

 

Hotties (from Battlestar Galactica):

 

Yes, he was on "Bridget Jones" movies, too!
Yes, Gaius was in "Bridget Jones" movies!

Maybe not EVERYONE thinks of James Callis as a traditional hottie, but he really throws himself into his roles!  He can be funny (like in Bridget Jones) or take on a range of emotions (like on BSG).   

Brits are the best IMHO!
Brits are the best IMHO!

 

Tahmoh Penikett (Helo)
Tahmoh Penikett (Helo)
This actor is from the Canadian Yukon- WOW!  See, hotties can be found EVERYWHERE! 
Candian Alessandro Juliani (Gaeta)
Canadian Alessandro Juliani (Gaeta)

At first I thought he could be desi (South Asian) b/c of his looks!  Maybe Pakistani?  Actually, his mom is Chinese and his dad is Canadian. 

 

Movies I watched recently:

 

A lesser known noir film w/ great acting!
A lesser known noir film w/ great acting!

 

Monty Clift shines in this pic- so does Liz.
Monty Clift shines in this pic- so does Liz.

  

"Of Mice and Men" (1992)
"Of Mice and Men" (1992)

This is an engaging, sad, and VERY well-acted film starring John Malkovich and Gary Sinese (who also directed and co-produced!)  It deals w/ issues of friendship, mental disability, loneliness, and home.  This pic is based on John Steinbeck’s book Of Mice and Men; it’s set in Salinas, California during the Depression. The main actors ALL hit the right notes, and do it effortlessly- no over-acting here!

Sunday on the blog (random stuff)

What I bought today:
 
There is new packaging for many B&BW items.
There is new packaging for many B&BW items.
3 oz. body sprays: Warm Vanilla Sugar, Sweet Pea, & Enchanted Orchid
Lip Balm: Lemon (from C.O. Bigelow)  
Yup- only $2.99 each!
Yeah, only $2.99 ea at Borders!

Cookbooks are always FUN to look at, right?  Sometimes I even try a recipe!

 

Pictures of the day:
 
 
March 22 around 7:30PM (Alexandria, VA)
March 22 around 7:30PM (Alexandria, VA)

 

 
My (latest) workout DVD set- "Turbo Jam"
My (latest) workout DVD set- "Turbo Jam"

 

Actor Jamie Bamber ("Battlestar Galactica")
Actor Jamie Bamber ("Battlestar Galactica")
I have only watched a FEW eps of BSG (after my friend Sadia told me about the story- thanks!), but already think it’s AWESOME!!!   
Very casual (and cute)!
Very casual (and cute)!
Jamie’s dad is American and his mom is North Irish; he grew up in England.  Jamie is not ONLY a hottie- he went to Cambridge Univ.  Though Apollo on BSG speaks w/ an American accent, Jamie would’ve preferred NOT to speak like that.  He colored his hair black to look more like Edward James Olmos (his BSG dad) when the show began. 
 
More blonde & young in "Horatio Hornblower"
More blonde & young in "Horatio Hornblower"
Jamie is close friends w/ Welsh actor (and fellow hottie!) Ioan Gruffudd who played the title character in the UK TV series Horatio Hornblower.  Jamie’s 3 little girls are all blonde (like him).  There’s an adorable pic of his fam on the net!  You may also have seen him in Daniel Deronda starring Hugh Dancy; he played a young artist w/ quirky facial hair.

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Now that “BSG” is finished, Jamie can be seem in the UK version of Law & Order.  He plays a detective superintendant (DS) on the show. 

 

More about Jamie:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamie_Bamber

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0051397/

http://www.jamiebamber.co.uk/