Thanks for sticking around…

Hi Everyone,

I want to thank everyone who has continued to follow this blog which I have been completely inconsistent with. My deep apologies because I would like to be as current with my information as I can be.

Being that I finally peaked with over 400 viewers this month, I am thrilled! On that note, I would love to get some feedback of ways I can make my site more interesting. Are there certain types of articles/people/movies/music you’d like me to be focusing in on? Please feel free to express your ideas as this is for the people.

On the music front, I was sent a link today from a friend about the San Francisco Outside Lands Music Festival. Before entering into the “music biz” (if you will), I never really followed the festival scene. I usually surrounded my musical interests to billboard charts and mainstream music. Boy was I missing out! So many great performers are involved with these festivals. In particular with the Outside Lands festival you’ve got DMB, Black Eyed Peas, Jason Mraz, Beastie Boys, TV on the Radio, Q-Tip, Lanka, Matt & Kim, Brett Dennen..The list keeps going! I hope to attend this year..

On the movie front, State of Play this friday?? Finally Rachel McAdams is in another film. I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while so I’ve got pretty high expectations. The last movie I saw in the theater was I Love You, Man, which i enjoyed very much. I thought it was a bit long, however, I enjoyed the chemistry between Paul Rudd and Jason Segal on screen and thought it was a movie worth seeing in the theaters. Star Trek Trailer? Angels and Demons Trailer? These movies are going to be the biggest summer hits (oh wait, and Harry Potter!) These are to be guaranteed successes. JJ Abrams is genius and he’s got the up and coming star lineup. This movie is their golden ticket for success.

Now, TV. I don’t watch much but here’s what I think based on the TV shows I follow. United States of Tara: extremely bizarre but intelligent. I wanted more answers by the end of the season. But I’m hoping they waited in anticipation for a season 2 (!?) Gossip Girl: My guilty pleasure, however, it’s getting a little boring for me. I’m ready for the old Serena to re-emerge and more drama to stir up NYC. American Idol: it’s not so difficult to figure out that Adam Lambert has already won the competition. His rendition of Mad World was chilling and unbelieveable. For Simon Cowell to give the standing “o” really means something. Rescue Me: NEED TO START WATCHING.

Just wanted to express my appreciation for those who keep reading. I hope to bring you more interesting information/articles that will stir your curiosity!

PS. Insider info: I get a lot of my info from Entertainment Weekly and Vanity Fair magazine. Excellent sources.

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April 13, 2009. Film, Music, TV. Leave a comment.

Anoop makes top 13 of American Idol Season 8!!

Season 8 of American Idol has brought many surprises. One that made me extremely happy was that they added another person to the usual “top 12”. My favorite ANOOP was given this lucky second chance. I think he will go very far.

I’ll be the first to say the people who I think will make it through most of the season, if not, become the next American Idol: Danny and Lil. Both with extremely different vocals, Danny gives us the Daughtry/David Cook that we loved in American Idol past. However, Lil reminds us of our R&B queens Mary J, Keyshia Cole, and newer artists like Chrisette Michele and Jazmine Sullivan. 

Even though I am usually not a big fan of this show, I have my favorites and hope to see them move further towards being Season 8 American Idol!

March 5, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , . TV. Leave a comment.

New Adidas-House Party Commercial

If you have yet to see, watch the new Adidas “House Party” TV spot. It’s actually amazing. Celebrity guest appearances include Katy Perry, Russell Simmons, Method Man & Redman, David Beckham and many others..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TT3Jj9OGMA0

If you like the song featured in the background, it is Madcon’s “Beggin'”. Check out their music video here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ync5XfNNPo

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December 1, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , . Music, TV. Leave a comment.

OMFGG!!!!

Spotted. B (Blair) and S (Serena) drinking Starbucks chai tea at the steps of the Met looking ever so stylish. B starts to yell at S. Drinks spattering everywhere. S received text from D (Dan). S runs off leaving B all alone like a little girl whos mom is an hour late to pick her up from school …

What is it with the teen drama Gossip Girl? The show’s ratings don’t justify the buzz that has surrounded this TV series. Although first season ratings weren’t so great, itunes purchases of episodes as well as TiVo and DVR viewings were at a high. Currently in its second season, we’ve experienced more drama, fights, juicy secrets and hookups than ever.

So let’s dive into the reasons this show makes us come back from more every week…

1. The cast: Don’t deny it, they’re hot! Not only do they look good, they dress well, go to the night clubs most of us wait on lines for..and still don’t get in! They shop at the best stores, go to the best restaurants and have lives most New Yorkers strive for. Even with the hair pulling, fist punching and other ugliness that happens, they still look damn good.

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Let’s break this down a little more…

Dan and Serena: They were dating on-screen as well as off-screen. They are one of the hottest young couples in Hollywood. Don’t viewers always love when the relationships translates on and off screen, and seems to be a successful one! Even if they didn’t last on GG, they are still in our hearts and we love them!

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The men of GG: Dayummm. Just look at Penn Badgley’s cheek bones or Chace Crawford’s ocean blue eyes. Even though the relationship between their characters have been rocky lately, they still make the show worth coming back week after week. Dan, (Badgley), with his indie “I’m cool because I’m not cool” look gives him the most relatable character for women to believe they can actually date. Chuck, (Ed Westwick), with his preppy over the top ‘charm’ and sexual prowl makes him one interesting human being to enjoy week after week. And then there’s Nate (Crawford). The pretty boy who’s just trying to get out of his felon father footsteps..

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Blair and Chuck: Can’t they just be together already? The two most manipulative people on the show have finally brought their vulnerable sides out–for one another. But would they really work together as a couple? We know they both love each other. I’m rooting for them. Who else is with me????

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Serena (Blake Lively) and Blair (Leighton Meester): Best friends, best enemies. Serena hooked up with Blair’s now ex Nate while they were dating. Blair sabotages Serena’s personality and tries to kick her out of the A-list. Pulling each other’s hair out when visiting Yale or spilling drinks on one another. But through it all, they are there for each other when needed the most. This “frenemy” relationship has rumored to be off-screen as well. Leighton is conceived as the party girl who goes out with Crawford, Westwick while Lively is more stay at home gal with her boy Penn. Are they really not friends in real life? Magazines like to call them out on it. But they deny the rumors, saying that people just want to do it because of the show. Who are we to believe??

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2. The advertising: Now, we know the show is about sex, drugs, drama-everything people love or hate about TV. At least the creative team was being honest about its second season by advertising these things up front. For example…

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You got to love it….

Between creator Josh Schwartz’s (OC) witty dialogue and outrageous storylines, good looking cast and great music, what’s there not to love?

Now there are probably other reasons to watch it..whats yours???????????

xoxo. MP

November 18, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . TV. Leave a comment.

Farewell, TRL

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MTVs Total Request Live (TRL) is saying goodbye after its ten year run on the network.  Being a former watcher of the show, it completely revolutionized the way we look at music videos as well as bringing us more intimately to our favorite artists and actors.

The show started in 1998 with just a host (Carson Daly) standing next to a TV screen counting down the top 10 music videos of the day.  Small groups of people began to stand outside the MTV building in Times Square to get a peak into the studio to maybe see the guest musician that came to the show to talk about their video.  Small packs became enormous crowds so big that they started bringing people into the studio…

And then the real show began…

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(Photo: TRL/Fergie Fan and Fergie)

Artists admit that having their video on the top 10 list of TRL was a major feat. They knew how many people were watching and voting for their favorite artists to take that number one spot and try to keep it for as many days as possible.

Some music videos (Britney Spears, *NSYNC) made record numbers for having a number one video that they put a maximum amount of days that a video could be in the #1 spot. Videos like Christina Aguilera’s “Genie In A Bottle” and Backstreet Boys “I Want It That Way” made an imprint for the show and the videos that followed in its footsteps.

The finale episode “Total Finale Live” brought back all of its big guest stars to speak about the show and the influence its had on them and their careers. Diddy, Christina Aguilera (via satellite), Kid Rock, Justin Timberlake and JC Chasez, Taylor Swift, Snoop Dogg, Ludacris and many more made short appearances to bid their farewells. Live performances included 50 Cent and G-Unit, Beyonce, Backstreet Boys and Fallout Boy.

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(Photo: Plies and Ne-Yo)

Toping the 10 most iconic music videos list was none other than Britney Spears “Baby One More Time”. I think we can say that she has come full circle from her earlier career of reigning the pop scene to her 2008 comeback. (sidenote: her newest album, The Circus, slated for December release)

I think I speak for most of Generation Y when I say that TRL will be truly missed. I still remember my first morning watching TRL in 1998. My first video was “Goodbye” by the Spice Girls (after Geri left). It changed my interest in music forever.

RIP: 1998-2008

November 17, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Music, TV. Leave a comment.

Music Supervisors–who are they and why do we love them?

All of you interested in music in film/tv might be thinking about your favorite show and saying “How do they choose the music?” or “I want a career in putting music in tv and/or film, how do I do that?” or “Where do I get a job/internship doing such a thing?”

These were the same questions I asked myself as my interest in this aspect of music and tv/film over the course of college.  Being a music supervisor is not an easy job. It takes a lot of passion and knowledge of the music business.  Music supervisors work closely with directors in deciding the course of music over a series or film.  There is a certain flow or story the music should tell and there are many different styles to it.

Things you should know about music supervisors: ALMOST ALL ARE BASED IN LA. If you want to be serious in a job like this, going to LA for a summer internship may be the best thing if you’re deciding whether this is something you want to do as a future career.  Since most tv shows/films are based in Los Angeles, you’re in the center of the entertainment world. It will give you the most access to music supervision and meeting the right people, (since this business is all about who you know-TRUE STORY.)

One music supervisor that stand out to me in the TV world is Alex Patsavas. You may not know her name but you know the shows: Grey’s Anatomy, O.C., Gossip Girl. You all may not watch/have watched these shows. But they are known for their music due to Patsavas’ interest in indie rock bands, lesser known artists and bringing a creative twist to music in television.  On the CW website, she has various video interviews in which she talks about her reasoning for certain music choices and why it is so important to establish the connection between music and the characters/story.

To listen and watch some interviews, check out this site: http://www.cwtv.com/thecw/ggmusic

 All in all: music supervisors are what make the film bring it to its best. Without music, where would tv shows or film be? I don’t know how many times I’ve seen a TV show and said, “What song it that, how do I find it?” Sometimes you’re lucky and you can just look it up online. Other times, music isn’t posted online and we have a difficult time finding out where to get that information.  My advice: First, go to the website of the network the TV show airs on. Most of the time, they will have a music listing per epsiode (example: abc.com for Grey’s Anatomy). If not there, just google it. Seriously, it works. Many people like to research ask questions and post answers for people about music.

Feel free to make this post an open forum to ask questions about songs in movies or TV!

Leaving you off with the soundtrack for the movie Prime. Album was released by Sony BMG and it might be one of the best film soundtracks with various artists that I’ve ever heard. Artists include Rachael Yamagata, Daniel Merriweather, Notorious BIG and more! NOTE: This is one of my favorite movies I forgot to add to my list. AND music supervisor is Jim Black.

November 12, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Music, TV. Leave a comment.

True Blood-An Analysis

What is True Blood?** The title alone can freak you out a bit, right? Well, it definitely freaked me out when I first heard about the show..and this poster.

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When walking home from work every night starting in late July/August, I would pass this promo poster above asking myself, “Who would actually watch this show?”

Not until the second or third episode into the series did I hear people telling me how great it was and I should watch it.  A little hesitant because of my lack of interest in blood and vampires, (I don’t think I’m alone here), I was willing to overcome my comfort level of TV and watch it. 

To my suprise, it took up until the third or fourth epsiode for me to really own up to enjoying (and now obsessing) about the show. Blood (there’s a lot of it); Sex (there’s a lot of it); Murder (a lot of it)–It really encompasses most of things people enjoy in watching shows. You can even say it has slight relationships with other powerhitting former HBO series Sex and The City or The Sopranos with its incorporation of sex and violence.

The show is originally based on the Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) book series by Charlaine Harris. There’s something about its complete unfamiliarity and fantasy imagery that draws you in. Director Alan Ball (Six Feet Under) really knows how to bring in the essence of life, love, sacrifice and death, which is really what defines this story.

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(From left: Paquin, Stephen Moyer; Paquin plays a young human who can read people’s thoughts. Moyer is a “good vampire” and the two establish a unique romance over the course of the show.)

This show came at a very strategic time. Given the fact that Twilight is in theaters next week (11/21/08) it makes for a new trend. Twilight is based on the 4 book series from Stephanie Meyers that is being claimed as the next Harry Potter. Ironically, the male lead Ed Cullen (played by Robert Pattinson) was also cast in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire film, in which he only lasts for one film (I don’t want to give too much away for those who may have not read/watched Harry Potter.)

Nevertheless, I recommend watching the show. You MUST start from episode one because there are only two episodes left and a lot has happened with the characters over this time.

Who is your favorite character? What makes you enjoy the show most?

** FYI-True Blood is the blood of humans that vampires drink in order to continue “living”. This is why they crave humans.

November 12, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . TV. 2 comments.

Ode to Family Guy

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You’re probably thinking…. a 22 year old girl enjoys a show which includes bits of racism, anti-semitism, discrimination against handicap individuals and gay people????

Just look at this picture above. This picture pin points each character exactly and you don’t even have to watch the show. I hope I can explain why this show is the funniest and why you should all watch it.

Starting from the left:

Lois. The most stable of the bunch.  She doesn’t have a steady job and is overworked by the lack of stability of her husband. She cooks, cleans, gives piano lessons and on occasion becomes a nymphomaniac or kleptomaniac  (noted in a few episodes).

Chris: Teen who inherits his stupidity and child-like personality from his father 

Peter: (as seen in the center) The show centers around his life, silly antics and his family and friends. Most episodes you want to slap him on the head because of all the dumb things he does/says. 

Meg: The ugly, loser daughter who everyone in the family criticizes because she is ugly and has few friends. She has imaginary boyfriends and is the laughing stock of the family.

Brian: The dog who has become part of the family. He is witty, intelligent, sophisticated with an alcohol problem. Sometimes, Peter disrespects him and treats him like a dog when his character is meant to be like a person.

Stewie: The baby of the family who plots to kill Lois. In one episode he almost succeeds in killing her. He plays with his one doll Rupert who he speaks to about his plans to rule the world. His personality gives off the impression that he is potentially bi-sexual with his “dance parties” with women as well as comments of homosexuality towards Brian and other male characters.

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What makes this show so great is that it incorporates all things pop culture that make it so relatable. Whether its musical bits with Stewie and Brian, odes to Frank Sinatra and Britney Spears, the show gives you something to laugh at in every epsiode No matter how silly the characters are, you enjoy watching it every time. When reading about creator Seth MacFarlane, did you know he does voices for characters Peter, Stewie, Brian, friend Glen Quagmire, and many other random characters that come into the show over time. Also, did you know that the character of Meg (now voiced by Mila Kunis) was Lacey Chabert in the first season?

MacFarlane was offered $100 million dollars for continuing with show and to start a spin-off (The Clevelands, based on the black character in the show). When discussing the amount of money offered to him, he responds,

” I gave them all of my 20s, which are irretrievable. (I put my) heart and soul into that show, and, in turn, they give me $100 million. I think that’s fair.” (www.cnn.com) …I say fair enough [as long as some goes for good cause!]

My favorite episode is the epsiode “stewie b. goode” when Peter joins the news reporters with his spot ‘What Really Grinds My Gears’. 

What’s yours?

November 12, 2008. Tags: , , . TV. Leave a comment.