Thursday, April 30, 2009

Beat that Swine Flu! [Game] - embed games

Stuck home cause you think you have Swine Flu? Then try playing Swinefighter! I got a 13 my first time playing and haven't beat it yet. Be sure to let me know what scores you get!

Update: I just got 17!! Woot!! I think you can actually get a higher score playing here because the screen is condensed. I don't know why that's an advantage, but hey, I just got a much higher score!

To play with no condensed screen, head here.

Thanks @comosa for the tip! See full post

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Danny Gokey Manages to Not Suck? Weird.

Well well well. Good episode of Idol, no? Everyone seemed pretty much at the top of their game. Except for Simon, who I disagreed with way more than usual. I thought everyone was kind of awesome, which sucks, cause I wanted Danny to go home this week, but considering last night was his first non-sucktastic performance...yeah, I don't think he's going anywhere. Here are my more specific thoughts:

Kris - Made me swoon as usual, but even more so cause he was in a suit, DROOL/SQUEEE. I personally thought he sounded great, but I also adore him, so maybe I have weird filters on my ears. I did not agree with Simon about this "wet"ness. Oh god, there's a joke in there...a joke I shall not pursue. Anyhoo, bottom line, I loved Kris, but Simon didn't, which makes me worry. So I voted for him and only him last night. Wow. I'm lame.

Allison - KILLED IT. Proved she can do more than the rock thing (even though I never questioned her ability to be able to do anything) and while yeah, she is humble, I don't think Simon's criticism was exactly fair. She looked and sounded amazing. Ahhh I want her in the top three with Kris & Adam so bad.

Matt - Actually probs his best in a long time. I like his stupid hats, I thought the notes he did hit with his full voice sounded amazing and I liked that he took Jamie Foxx's advice. And I don't even like Jamie Foxx. But it was good advice. I'm sick of Matt's falsetto. Though since everyone rocked tonight, by default, I think it's Matt's time to go.

Danny - Ugh. Danny. Yeah, he did a great job. It wasn't Gokey for maybe the first week ever. It was actually like, okay, I'm probably gonna download that shit. But I still don't want him in my top three. Stop it, Danny, go back to sucking, quick!!!

Adam - The SECOND he said he was singing Feeling Good, I felt a special bond with the guy who has the same birthday that I do, because he clearly listens to Muse. Or at least the like, 10 Muse songs I listen to. One of which is their awesome cover of Feeling Good. Adam took their cover, threw in some theatricality and ended up with a whole lot of awesome. Not my favorite performance of his, but it still rocked.

So how does it all stack up?

EW's Bottom Three: Matt, Danny, Kris

EW's Who Is Going Home Poll Prediction: Matt

Dial Idol's Bottom Three: Matt, Kris, Allison

I don't have a bottom three ;), but my prediction for who is going home is Matt. Hopefully nothing cray cray happens and both Kris and Allison stick around!! See full post

Happy 100 Episodes, Lost!!

I find that when I'm sick (which is what the hangover has morphed into. Damn alcohol/cigarettes/general debauchery weakening my immune system!), my brain can't deal with writing anything real, only posting photos and commenting on how neat they are. So here's another neat one! It's a LOST CAKE! made by the Ace of Cakes company, Charm City Cakes, to celebrate 100 episodes of one of the best TV shows ever to grace, well, TV.

Click to enlarge

Can you name everyone on the cake? Here's my personal favorite SWOON


Enjoy the 100th episode tonight, everyone! It's gonna be a doozy!

Hat Tip: Geekologie

P.S. Like geek cakes? Check out this Lord of the Rings beauty See full post

Goonies Reunion Photo [Neat]

This is just cool.

From Empire Magazine this month

I know who nine of them are but...who is the attractive dude kneeling in front? I don't recognize him in any way. And hey, where's Joey Pants? See full post

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Ben Folds is doing WHAT NOW?! [Want]

Remember that time when I wrote a post yesterday (see below) wherein I said I was a geek in many different ways? Here is yet another way! Woah! I am a huge Ben Folds nerd. I said it. david would have my head for publically admitting something he finds to be so shameful, but damnit! Folds is just a crazy talented dude and you can't deny that fact.

Anyway, I am somehow only JUST hearing about a new wacky cd of his that came out today...well not so much HIS as it is his MUSIC. See, it's a compilation of various a capella groups covering Ben Folds songs. Oh. Also. I love a capella groups. A couple good friends of mine in college belonged to some and they were always amazing. Though my guess is the a capella groups at my college, which would be NYU, may be slightly superior to the ones at colleges that don't have nine hundred billion wanna be musical theater stars making up the student body. I'm saying this only so you understand that being a fan of my alma mater's a capella groups does not make me a loser. Plenty of other things DO make me a loser (like loving Ben Folds, according to david) but not that one.

While the AV Club gave this cd a B-, this is one case where so-so review or no, I am paying money for this shit immediately. Oh yeah, and if you want to buy it yourself, it's called University A Cappella! Woot! See full post

Monday, April 27, 2009

Last Week on All Things Fangirl

Was a post-less weekend due to having zero time at home! And am now off to gawk at theater stars at an off broadway company's gala! Woot! I encompass oh so many types of geek. Raul Esparza, droooool.

Have a lot more stuff to post this week, just won't be getting around to it until tomorrow. For now, you can follow my Twitter where I'll be tweeting about anything neat that happens involving random celebrities like Esparza (drooool), Bill Macy, Ted Danson, Felicity Huffman, Ethan Coen, etc.

So here's a round up of what we were up to last week, in case ya missed it!

Katee Sackhoff

I did my write up on her Q&A from Starfest, featuring exclusive photo and video

Then posted photos of HER SIGNING MY FRAK HAT AHHHHH


MTV spoiled The Uninvited for me. At first I was pissed. Then I got over it.

Vote for your favorite Lost Couple moment at Go Sawyer/Kate first kiss! Or first sex! Don't really care as long as it's Sawyer/Kate!


Posted brainteasers testing your knowledge of video games, and ones testing your knowledge of television. Plus the answers!


Indie comedy The Graduates is having a two night premiere event at the Astoria Beer Gardens that is open to the public. Sweet.



I died laughing over what happens when a cat MUST PLAY WITH A BOX NOW

Best new make out scene? Chuck & Sarah FTW! The screen cap I managed to score is oddly super hot. Don't you agree?

American Idol

I was flying all day Tuesday, so we were treated to david's pre-show predictions

My thoughts on the disco week performances plus my results show predictions See full post

Friday, April 24, 2009

Cat + Box = Pure Bliss [Video of the Moment]

I just died laughing

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Answers to Yesterday's Puzzles!

And now, the answers!!! Huzzah!!!

The One With the Mismatched Episode Titles Answer Key

Nip/Tuck (in the style of Leverage — "The ____ Job" )
Everybody Hates Chris (in the style of Bones — "The Man/Woman/Boy/Girl at/in the…")
Leverage (in the style of My Name Is Earl — item from Earl's list)
Grey's Anatomy (in the style of Nip/Tuck — name of patient)
The Big Bang Theory (in the style of Everybody Hates Chris — "Everybody Hates...")
Smallville (in the style of Grey's Anatomy — song title)
My Name Is Earl (in the style of Smallville — one-word title)
Chuck (in the style of Monk — "Mr. Monk...")
Monk (in the style of Scrubs — "My...")
Gossip Girl (in the style of Chuck — "Chuck Versus...")
Bones (in the style of The Big Bang Theory — sounds like a scientific term)
Scrubs (in the style of Gossip Girl — movie title parodies)

Game Changers Brainteasers Answer Key

The deleted letters spell BARGAIN BIN BORED GAMES. See full post

Thursday, April 23, 2009


I got my Frak Hat signed. :)

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Mismatched Episode Titles - How Well Do You Know TV?

This is another puzzle from this week's Wired that I only found online, not in the magazine. This one is right up my alley and I almost got all of them! One of the shows listed I definitely don't watch and forgot was even a show. Sigh. Good luck!

Certain TV shows have a naming convention for their titles. For example, 24 names its episodes after the hour the show occurs (e.g., "Day 2—9:00 A.M. –10:00 A.M"). Here are the titles of 12 episodes from current TV series, but each show is listed using the naming convention of another show from the list. Can you name all 12 series?

1. The Boob Job
2. The Boy at the All-White School
3. Conned Our Fellow Criminals
4. Denny Duquette
5. Everybody Hates Leonard Leaky Hofstadter, Ph.D.
6. Jimmy Olsen's Blues
7. Karma
8. Mr. Bartowski Goes to the Buy More
9. My Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
10. Serena Versus the Queen Bee
11. The Skeletal Fragment Conjecture
12. Wild at Sacred Heart
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Brain Teasers for Hardcore Videogame Fans

Thought this puzzle was appropriate for my blog :). I only recall the first half of the puzzle being in the magazine - the rest seems to be online only. Am I crazy? So anyway, for those of you who enjoyed this puzzle, there's a whole bunch more of it for you to solve! Fun times! So here it is! I'll post the answers tomorrow :)

Many a videogame has been followed by a lame knockoff that apes the original. Something's surely missing from each imitator described here—specifically, one letter of each game's title. (Tip: The digits in parentheses indicate the number of letters per word.) For example, the clue "This toe-tapping rhythm game is all about survival of the fittest (5 5 9)" would net DANCE DANCE EVOLUTION. The omitted letters spell out a description of these releases.

1. This action game's archaeologist-heroine robs Brokaw, Skerritt, and Bombadil. (3 6)
2. This old-school shooter lets you blast athletes' syringes into atoms. (8)
3. This Japanese RPG features Pooh's feline friend bouncing through time. (6 6)
4. This shooter with chainsaw guns requires great powers of hearing. (4 2 3)
5. In this arcade classic, you race around a maze, gobbling up Dell and Gateway machines. (2-3)
6. In this driving game, you get hit with insane government fees. (5 3)
7. In this action-adventure title, you can buy Iran—if you have the cash. (5 2 6)
8. In this puzzle game, your bagel's salmon keeps exploding. (4 3)
9. This IQ booster features continuous helpings of fiber-rich content. (4 3)
10. This space-combat title lets you rise to the rank of Admiral of Fake Hair. (3 9)
11. This art deco shooter involves wielding electricity on Jupiter's moon. (7)
12. In this music game, it's always ladies' night. (6 3)
13. In this MMORPG, you're looking for the mother of mankind. (8)
14. This lightgun title takes place in your father's domicile. (3 5 2 3 3)
15. This classic FPS lets you attack with miniature Hawaiian guitars. (3 5)
16. In this sandbox game, you're stealing cars for South African cash. (4 5 4)
17. In this platformer, you play a huge fan of actresses Ryan and Tilly. (3 3)
18. In this fighting game, your cartoony characters fight with waistbands. (5 4 4.)
19. In this RPG, your character's got a Norse god's sidearm. (6'1 3)
20. This RTS lets you helm a boat carrying a cargo of viscous black liquid. (8)
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MCC Theater presents


music and lyrics by Stephin Merritt
book by David Greenspan
based on the novel by Neil Gaiman
directed by Leigh Silverman

Limited Engagement
Begins May 7

"Critics sometimes compare Stephin Merritt with Cole Porter because Porter is shorthand for the kind of smart, urbane lyrics Merritt writes."
-New York TImes

"David Greenspan is probably all-round the most talented theater artist of my generation."
-Tony Kushner

"Neil Gaiman is, simply put, a treasure-house of story, and we are lucky to have him in any medium."
-Stephen King

"Jayne Houdyshell could probably transform the reading of a macaroni and cheese recipe into a tour-de-force. Watching her do absolutely nothing is more entertaining than witnessing many actors scale the heights of Shakespeare."
-New York TImes

Poor bored Coraline. She's left to rattle 'round her perpetually distracted, workaholic parents' house all by her lonesome. But late one night, her dreams of a better reality come true as she opens a big, carved, wooden door at the far end of the drawing room and passes into a perfect replica of her own world. When she's greeted there by a vastly loving Other Mother and a kindly Other Father, she's thrilled! But as the rats start to creep from the floorboards, and the way home becomes increasingly unclear, Coraline begins to suspect that, perhaps, all is not as perfect as it seems?

A musical like no other, Coraline sprang from the minds of three of the most wildly popular cult figures of our time. Adapted from the terrifying children's book by Neil Gaiman (author of the international sensation Sandman), this tale of menace and mayhem is set to music and lyrics by smart-rock iconoclast Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields, and boasts a book by celebrated downtown actor/playwright, David Greenspan, who serves double-duty as the villainous Other Mother. Tony nominee Jayne Houdyshell (Well, The Receptionist) stars in the title role, and bringing it all together is acclaimed director Leigh Silverman (Yellowface, From Up Here, Well).

MCC Theater
at The Lucille Lortel Theatre
121 Christopher Street

Performance Schedule:
Tue-Wed 7, Thu-Fri 8, Sat 2+8, Sun 3

To get $45 tix, click here See full post

So How Does Katee Sackhoff Feel About Her Last Scene on Battlestar?

This past weekend at Starfest, we were treated to an hour Q&A with Starbuck herself, Katee Sackhoff. A lot of questions I had got answered, as did a lot of questions I didn't have. She is awesome. Here's what we learned!

- Her response to Starbuck's ending with Lee: "Really?" She thinks, half-joking, that they didn't know how to end Starbuck's story so they just had her disappear.

- She was upset with the way her character ended, didn't feel like she had closure. To remedy this, she adlibbed the line "I love you" to Anders, in their last scene together. This way, Katee felt like Kara was going to be safe in the end - that she was on the same plane as Sam and would be going to him when she was finished on Earth. Aw.

- Yes, Starbuck loved Lee. She was "obsessed" with Lee. With Anders, she had a "grown up love." Was easy for her to play the pain of saying goodbye to him.

- What does Katee think Starbuck was? "I tend to think she was an angel of some sort."

- Katee thinks the only character as flawed as Kara was Baltar

The rest of the Q&A, plus exclusive video and where to find more photos after the jump!

- When asked who was the best kisser, she responded "I have no idea...[But I did get to] make out with everyone! Everyone but Tahmoh, which is funny cause he's a good friend of mine. And Gaeta. Cause he's gay."

- On getting to make out with everyone, "You're kind of like a hooker. You go to work, you cheat on your significant other and you get paid for it."

- She was friends with Michael Trucco's fiance, so that was weird. Katee would think "You can't hate me! I got paid for it!"

- Which actors did he most enjoy working with? "Eddie" for the scene where Kara tells Adama she was responsible for Zack's death. Katee thought he was really gonna hit her and then realized "a little late" in the acting game that you really have to be in the moment in a scene and it becomes much better. Also Tricia, cause they became best friends. Katee says Tricia is "the biggest badass I've ever met." Their fight scene in season one marked the day they became friends. She also loved working with Mary, because they could hardly ever keep from laughing. She loved working with Tahmoh because "we're crazy" and Rekha because they always try to one up each other with dirty jokes.

- Originally, during the scene where Starbuck jumps the fleet to Earth in the finale and Roslin asks "Where did you take us, Starbuck?" she was supposed to respond "Somewhere all along the watchtower." Katee got through it once, but then couldn't keep it together and she and Mary kept laughing when they tried to get the line. They ended up cutting it :). Good choice.

- Katee thought it was hilarious that "Captain Tight Pants" and Starbuck were cast in a movie together (White Noise 2)

- She thinks Starbuck would beat Mal in a fight cause "She'd just shoot him."

- "Nathan [Fillion] is fantastic"

- Since Nathan & Tricia Helfer used to date years ago, Katee thought it was hilarious meeting him, cause she already knew so much about him

- Nathan knew the name of every single crew member, which inspired Katee to try and do the same

- Nathan also got Katee to quit smoking! She says if you ever need to quit, to ask Nathan the story he told Katee Sackhoff.

- Katee auditioned for Castle and it was the "worst audition of my life." Afterwards, Nathan told her "It's okay, Katee, don't worry about it" cause it was fairly obvious how terrible she was, haha.

- Katee enjoyed every second of working on Nip/Tuck, but it wasn't her show, so she left in the hopes of finding a role on a show that spoke to her more. She found that in Tessa Cooper, on the new show "Lost and Found"

- Rose McGowen is replacing Katee on Nip/Tuck. Katee didn't seem to happy about the replacement choice, but stayed polite about it, not commenting on how she felt about the situation.

- Katee went to Six Flags with Seth Green and they bought capes and ran around and were big kids all day. Aw, I wanna do that!

- She was raised Catholic, but isn't religious

- In 2003, had to pick between doing Battlestar and NCIS. "It worked out." :)

- When shooting Battlestar she went home on the weekends, which was very difficult on her relationship. So she wanted to either switch to movies or find a TV show that shot in LA. She found that plus a great script in Lost and Found

- She hopes she is still working when she's 50

- She has three tattoos and is getting the two on her back removed. I didn't hear what the first tattoo says, but one says Choice & another says Public Property (in another language I think).

- "The hangover is twice as bad if you smoke"

- Sigourney Weaver was a role model of Katee's when she was a kid

- "I've never really been that messed up" Re: young hollywood starlets getting out of control. She was raised very well.

Katee on goofing off on the set

- On why she won't go to DragonCon. Cause over labor day they get five days off and "I wanna go to Mexico and get drunk!"

- It was always difficult for Katee to cry on camera, whereas Grace Park could do it all the time, with great ease. So whenever Katee cried on camera and "It doesn't look like I have to go to the bathroom," she's really happy.

- Her mom says she was a big ham as a kid, though Katee was planning on being a professional swimmer (ah HAH! A swimmer! That explains her broad shoulders and overall swimmer's body!) and getting a full ride to college to pursue that career, but when she got injured, it threw her college plans out the window. So she decided to go into acting, as it didn't require a college education. The more she got into it, the more unattainable it seemed and thus, the more she wanted to succeed.

- Got her first role when she went on an audition to play Kristin Dunst's body double in a Lifetime movie. She was too tall, but got cast in actual role. She moved to LA, the director introduced her to her agent, now manager, and was Taft Hartleyed into SAG. She still doesn't know what a Taft Hartley is.

- On day one of working on BSG, she & Olmos were told that Starbuck & Adama were definitely not Cylons.

- Went to great lengths to look skinny on stage, haha. She credits it to her shoes.

And that about does it! Overall it was a great panel. She's incredibly charming and funny and bold and I can definitely tell why she & Aaron Douglas may or may not get along...but that's a tale for another time.

For tons of photos of Katee from the event, click here.
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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Way To Spoil EVERY Movie, MTV [Rant Attempt]

Okay, so maybe it's my fault for going to this page in the first place, but I randomly saw on Jon Favreau's Twitter that I should vote for Paul Rudd and Tom Lennon to be a nominee for Best Kiss at the MTV movie awards, and that let to clicking on the Best Villain link. Well. DON'T DO THAT. That page is one giant page of spoilers. Half of the villains listed were surprise villains that either the marketing doesn't clue you into or that you don't get until the last third of the movie. Either way - SPOILERS. With no spoiler alert. Now, this IS my fault cause I should have realized that Best Villain would reveal villains from films I haven't seen yet. But get this. It DOESN'T spoil My Bloody Valentine. Has a picture of the villain in a costume & doesn't say his real character name or actor name. Interesting. Anyway, I'm just pissed. Although now I really wanna see one of the movies...learn which one after the Jump/Spoiler Alert


Now, I've seen Get Smart, Iron Man & Watchmen, but still - blatant spoilers. The one I'm pissed about is The Uninvited. Except not really pissed, cause now I really wanna see it whereas I didn't give a shit before. Okay, so in the end, it's actually fine that they spoiled that movie cause otherwise, I wouldn't have bothered to add it to my netflix queue. Ugh. Guess I'm not actually angry at all. I'm actually kind of excited now to rent that movie. So everything is actually fine. Better, even. Damnit, MTV.
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Vote For Your Favorite Lost Couple Moment

It's like ABC is inside my head!! How did they know I would IMMEDIATELY sign online and vote in their Love Quadrangle Showdown!??!!?

Head here to vote for yourself! Picking between those two Sawyer/Kate scenes is the most difficult one. I love Sawyer & Kate! :( See full post

American Idol Disco Week Results Show - 4/22/09

Hey, Disco week wasn't as god awful as I thought it was gonna be! Cool!

Here are some quick thoughts before the usual prediction round-up:

is boring and doesn't know what she's doing and come on, it's time already. Kris has cemented my need for him to be in the finals against Adam. His take on She Works Hard For The Money was sexy and original and sexy. I'd go see a show of his. I would. Danny Gokey was SO GOKEY. STOP PRAISING HIM, COME ON ALREADY. What about his performance was better than Lils?! He didn't even sound that great! AUGH. Allison rocked it and sounded amazing, though that's not a song I would ever download. Adam sounded amazing and was original & unpredictable, as usual (someone can be predictably unpredictable, right?) though wasn't my favorite of his, cause eh, I don't love that song. Matt didn't do what I was hoping he would, but he was still adorable and he is still better than Lil and Anoop, who botched all his lyrics and while he sounded fine, come on, enough.

My bottom three: Lil, Anoop, Danny

EW's bottom three: Lil, Anoop, Danny (omg, we agree!)

Dial Idol's bottom three: Allison, Kris, Matt (ummm...)

My predictions for the bottom three: Lil, Anoop, Matt, with Lil & Anoop going home.

I think the Matt fans probably came out last night with the votes to make sure his save counted. If he does go home - America really doesn't like him that much.

I've begun to notice that this year's American Idol affects me like, in a kind of hardcore way. I get so nervous! Which is why, as I said on my Twitter, I will be legitimately upset if Kris & Adam aren't the final two. Oh man. See full post

New Best TV Makeout Scene [Squee!]

Maybe it's because I'm a lady and this is how ladies work, but I love it when my favorite tv couples get together. I used to write shipper fanfic as a middle schooler, let's not forget. If you type in "Best TV Kisses" on youtube, you will find video after video of top ten lists made by people just like me, but with slightly more drive when it comes to things like...making useless youtube videos. But the point is, number one on these lists often belongs to Veronica/Logan (squee!) Luke/Lorelei (squee!) Rory/Jess (squee!) Chuck/Blair (squee!) Buffy/Angel (meh) Buffy/Spike (squee!) or some nonsense from the nonsense that is One Tree Hill (okay seriously, what IS one tree hill and why do the tv spots for it never make any sense and always seem farcical?). I have a feeling though that there might be a new champion, or at least a scene that will knock number 10 off of a lot of lists. And yes, I'm talking about Chuck & Sarah's makeout session from Monday's episode of Chuck.

Here it is for you to enjoy!

Plus this

Reasons why this scene is so awesome:

- The build up. Not only the 2 seasons of build up, but the time they take in this scene to really build up the tension between them.

- It's organic. There's nothing forced about this, it's very organic, natural and awesome.

- It's realistic. I'm sure I'm not the only person who has been in that kind of sleeping-in-bed-together-makes-feelings-come-out kind of situation before. That kind of makes me sound like a ho. Promise I'm not.

- Chuck is still Chuck. Part of what makes this scene so great is how a. Chuck is thrilled that it's happening and can hardly believe it and b. Chuck is still the nice, great guy we know him to be and stops in the middle of what he's always wanted TO GO GET A CONDOM. I recently read something wondering how often in film and tv we see the characters act responsibly and use a condom, and I appreciate that Chuck went there.

Okay enough out of me and my acting like a 12 year old-ness. But. Chuck is awesome. Please be renewed for a third season! See full post

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


well, LQ is sitting on a runway in denver at the moment, so the illustrious responsibility of the pre-idol post falls onto my hebrew shoulders. interpret what that looks like at your pleasure. this isn't really my thing so much, but methinks i've caught every episode this season, as LQ wouldn't really have it any other way. so without further ado...

DISCO NIGHT! yay! everyone's favorite. i'd much prefer this over next week's BJORK night. sigh...


ALLISON - will be spunky, loud, and completely unremarkable.

MATT - will have a distracting thing on his forehead and be completely unremarkable. he will also be super-eliminated this week.

KRIS - will make you swoon... while being completely unremarkable on his way to the finals.

GOKEY - will be throaty and completely unremarkable.

LIL - will be... i've already forgotten what LIL is like. whatever, she's eliminated.

ANOOP - will be of indian descent. this much i know. oh, right, the other thing i know is that he'll be completely unremarkable.

ALEXIS - will be missed by me.

ADAM - will be fascinating, high-pitched, and fascinatingly high-pitched. oh, he will also flagrantly win this competition. they may even crown him tonight.

so, there ya have it. unique insight from ATF that should single-handedly make this your destination for all things American Idol. enjoy!

p.s. next tuesday's winner will clearly be me, as on that day criterion releases one of my very favorite films of all timez on blu-ray! huzzah! See full post

Monday, April 20, 2009

Last Week on All Things Fangirl

Lots of activity last week between PaleyFest & Starfest. Here's what we covered!

Paley Fest

- Coverage of the Dr. Horrible panel

- Coverage of the Dollhouse panel


- Some of the best Cosplay I've seen in a long time, covered on both Friday & Saturday.

- Coverage of the 9 panel w/ Shane Acker

- Coverage of the Orphan panel with Jaume Collet-Serra

- Coverage of the Battle for Terra panel with Aristomenis Tsirbas

(Katee Sackhoff photos, video & coverage of her Q&A coming soon!)

American Idol

- My song predictions/suggestions for Cinema Week actually fared pretty well this week.

- Thoughts on the performances and predictions for who was going home


- Comedian and girlfriend of Michael Cera, Charlyne Yi is looking for a new band member!

- One of my favorite shows mixed with one of my favorite songs = happiness! P.S. I do mean Chuck and Africa by Toto. I'm weird.

- I ended up losing my first ever game of Settlers of Catan, but AUGH, I came SO CLOSE.

- How each Pulitzer Prize winner got their prize!

- I giggled at the body language of an actress during an interview.

- An indie comedy is premiering at the Beer Garden in Astoria! Sweet! See full post

Wanna Get Drunk & Go To a Movie Premiere? [Event]

Indie comedy The Graduates will be the first film ever to premiere at the Astoria Beer Garden in New York on Friday, May 1st and Saturday, May 2nd. Here are the details:

Two night premiere
Friday/Saturday May 1/2
6-8pm: Pregame meet-n-greet cast and filmmakers
8-10pm: Screening with Q&A
10-close: Afterparty in the Garden

The theater holds 250 people, so be sure to get your tickets to one of the evenings as soon as they go on sale tomorrow!

If you haven't seen it, here's the trailer

The Graduates Trailer from Ryan Gielen on Vimeo.

And here's a review from one of my favorite blogs, Film School Rejects.

Woot! I'm excited! See full post

What would The Mentalist say about THIS?

I loves me some Attack of the Show and as I was watching Kevin Pereria's interview with Amber Borycki of 'Harper's Island', I couldn't help but be mesmerized by her body language. I think this lady wants herself some Kevin. See for yourself below!

Right? The Mentalist would totally agree with me.

Sidenote: I actually kinda like Harper's Island. Sex, murder, mystery - What can I say, I'm an easy sell. See full post

Pulitzer Prize Winners! [Why Not?]

This has nothing to do with anything geeky, but it's awesome anyway, so here ya go! The 2009 Pulitzer Prize Winners! Congrats New York Times on picking up five awards.

After the jump, the complete listing of the winners PLUS explanations as to why they won


Public Service - Las Vegas Sun
Awarded to the Las Vegas Sun, and notably the courageous reporting by Alexandra Berzon, for the exposure of the high death rate among construction workers on the Las Vegas Strip amid lax enforcement of regulations, leading to changes in policy and improved safety conditions

Breaking News Reporting - The New York Times Staff
Awarded to The New York Times Staff for its swift and sweeping coverage of a sex scandal that resulted in the resignation of Gov. Eliot Spitzer, breaking the story on its Web site and then developing it with authoritative, rapid-fire reports.

Investigative Reporting - David Barstow of The New York Times
Awarded to David Barstow of The New York Times for his tenacious reporting that revealed how some retired generals, working as radio and television analysts, had been co-opted by the Pentagon to make its case for the war in Iraq, and how many of them also had undisclosed ties to companies that benefited from policies they defended.

Explanatory Reporting - Bettina Boxall and Julie Cart of the Los Angeles Times
Awarded to Bettina Boxall and Julie Cart of the Los Angeles Times for their fresh and painstaking exploration into the cost and effectiveness of attempts to combat the growing menace of wildfires across the western United States.

Local Reporting -
Detroit Free Press Staff
Ryan Gabrielson and Paul Giblin of the East Valley Tribune, Mesa, AZ
Awarded to Detroit Free Press Staff, and notably Jim Schaefer and M.L. Elrick, for their uncovering of a pattern of lies by Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick that included denial of a sexual relationship with his female chief of staff, prompting an investigation of perjury that eventually led to jail terms for the two officials.


Awarded to Ryan Gabrielson and Paul Giblin of the East Valley Tribune, Mesa, Ariz., for their adroit use of limited resources to reveal, in print and online, how a popular sheriff’s focus on immigration enforcement endangered investigation of violent crime and other aspects of public safety.

National Reporting - St. Petersburg Times Staff
Awarded to the St. Petersburg Times Staff for “PolitiFact,” its fact-checking initiative during the 2008 presidential campaign that used probing reporters and the power of the World Wide Web to examine more than 750 political claims, separating rhetoric from truth to enlighten voters. (Moved by the Board to the National Reporting category.

International Reporting - The New York Times Staff
Awarded to The New York Times Staff for its masterful, groundbreaking coverage of America’s deepening military and political challenges in Afghanistan and Pakistan, reporting frequently done under perilous conditions.

Feature Writing - Lane DeGregory of the St. Petersburg Times
Awarded to Lane DeGregory of the St. Petersburg Times for her moving, richly detailed story of a neglected little girl, found in a roach-infested room, unable to talk or feed herself, who was adopted by a new family committed to her nurturing. (Moved into contention by the Board from within the Feature Writing category.

Commentary - Eugene Robinson of The Washington Post
Awarded to Eugene Robinson of The Washington Post for his eloquent columns on the 2008 presidential campaign that focus on the election of the first African-American president, showcasing graceful writing and grasp of the larger historic picture.

Criticism - Holland Cotter of The New York Times
Awarded to Holland Cotter of The New York Times for his wide ranging reviews of art, from Manhattan to China, marked by acute observation, luminous writing and dramatic storytelling.

Editorial Writing - Mark Mahoney of The Post-Star, Glens Falls, NY
Awarded to Mark Mahoney of The Post-Star, Glens Falls, N.Y., for his relentless, down-to-earth editorials on the perils of local government secrecy, effectively admonishing citizens to uphold their right to know.

Editorial Cartooning - Steve Breen of The San Diego Union-Tribune
Awarded to Steve Breen of The San Diego Union-Tribune for his agile use of a classic style to produce wide ranging cartoons that engage readers with power, clarity and humor.

Breaking News Photography - Patrick Farrell of The Miami Herald
Awarded to Patrick Farrell of The Miami Herald for his provocative, impeccably composed images of despair after Hurricane Ike and other lethal storms caused a humanitarian disaster in Haiti.

Feature Photography - Damon Winter of The New York Times
Awarded to Damon Winter of The New York Times for his memorable array of pictures deftly capturing multiple facets of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.


Fiction - Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout (Random House)
Awarded to “Olive Kitteridge,” by Elizabeth Strout (Random House), a collection of 13 short stories set in small-town Maine that packs a cumulative emotional wallop, bound together by polished prose and by Olive, the title character, blunt, flawed and fascinating.

Drama - Ruined by Lynn Nottage
Awarded to “Ruined,” by Lynn Nottage, a searing drama set in chaotic Congo that compels audiences to face the horror of wartime rape and brutality while still finding affirmation of life and hope amid hopelessness.

History - The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family by Annette Gordon-Reed (W.W. Norton & Company)
Awarded to “The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family,” by Annette Gordon-Reed (W.W. Norton & Company), a painstaking exploration of a sprawling multi-generation slave family that casts provocative new light on the relationship between Sally Hemings and her master, Thomas Jefferson.

Biography - American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham (Random House)
Awarded to “American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House,” by Jon Meacham (Random House), an unflinching portrait of a not always admirable democrat but a pivotal president, written with an agile prose that brings the Jackson saga to life.

Poetry - The Shadow of Sirius by W.S. Merwin (Copper Canyon Press)
Awarded to “The Shadow of Sirius,” by W. S. Merwin (Copper Canyon Press), a collection of luminous, often tender poems that focus on the profound power of memory.

General Nonfiction - Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II by Douglas A. Blackmon (Doubleday)
Awarded to “Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II,” by Douglas A. Blackmon (Doubleday), a precise and eloquent work that examines a deliberate system of racial suppression and that rescues a multitude of atrocities from virtual obscurity.

Music - Double Sextet by Steve Reich, premiered March 26, 2008 in Richmond, VA (Boosey & Hawkes)
Awarded to “Double Sextet,” by Steve Reich (Boosey & Hawkes), premiered on March 26, 2008 in Richmond, VA, a major work that displays an ability to channel an initial burst of energy into a large-scale musical event, built with masterful control and consistently intriguing to the ear.

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How to Make a Low Budget Indie 3D CG Flick [Starfest]

Battle for Terra director Aristomenis Tsirbas

Another highlight of Starfest this weekend was the Battle for Terra panel, featuring director, stay with me here, Aristomenis Tsirbas. Quite possibly the coolest, craziest name I've ever heard. But that's neither her nor there.

What IS here AND there is this movie, when it opens wide! Get it? Here's a synopsis,

A peaceful alien planet faces annihilation, as the homeless remainder of the human race sets its eyes on Terra. Mala, a rebellious Terrian teenager, will do everything she can to stop it.

The film basically takes the idea of an alien invasion and "flips it 180 degrees." In this universe, Earth is no longer habitable, so the humans aim to colonize Terra. The voice actors include Evan Rachel Wood, Chris Evans, Justin Long, Brian Cox, James Garner, Danny Glover, Amanda Peet, David Cross, David Quaid & Luke Wilson. Damn.

During the panel we were treated to a couple of short clips & the trailer, so before I go into what was revealed at the panel, here's the official trailer for you,

The first clip we saw focused mainly on establishing this alien world - Terra, as the humans call it. We see cute turtle-like alien creatures racing through the air, interacting with other creatures - overall very serene & lovely.

The second clip takes place after the humans invade Terra. Mala, Evan Rachel Wood's character, tricks a human that's chasing her into crashing his ship, so she can attempt to get some information from him regarding her kidnapped father. The human, voiced by Luke Wilson, tells her "Get away from me, Monster."

The environments in the clips, as well as the trailer, looked absolutely gorgeous. My only complaint watching these clips would be related to the character design, and how simplistic it is, but Tsirbas actually explained why this, which I'll get into later. But I've always loved stories that make the apparent enemy sympathetic, letting us see every side to something. So that plus 3D? I'll see it. Here's some interesting stuff we learned at the panel,

- This movie is a low budget indie 3D CG animated sci fi picture. It can be done!

- Tsirbas is of Brad Bird's belief that "Animation isn't a genre, it's an art form" and he wanted to do something different with this movie, not just make another family comedy. But it was definitely a hard sell to get investors & distribution.

- Opening wide May 1st thanks to Lionsgate & Roadside Attractions!

- The trailer is currently playing with Monsters vs Aliens 3D, which I wouldn't know, cause I didn't see Monsters vs Aliens. Oops.

- That voice cast is amazing! That's from me, not the panel. I wish I had asked what got the actors to sign on to such a low budget project.

- The film explores both sides, human & alien. There is no one evil race. Humans are initially presented as evil, but their motivations become clear later on and it isn't so black and white. The film is mainly about choices & difficult decisions. Is it just kill or be killed or is there a third choice, an alternate option?

- Took 3 years to make

- Only had 20 artists

- Screened at the 2007 Toronto Film Festival before it was completed

- Tsirbas had always wanted to do a 3D film and when he mentioned it as an option, Lionsgate & Roadside jumped

- To make it 3D, they re-rendered the entire film from a 2nd perspective. Is immersive 3D, not gimmicky 3D. On that subject, Tsirbas believes that 3D is "Here to stay. It's not a gimmick"

- Conceived initially as a live action film, and they also played around with having live action humans in a CG environment, but ultimately it was too expensive

- Ways to cut costs when making a low budget CG film:
1. Eliminate the hair. Only 2 humans have hair & the aliens were designed with none
2. Eliminate the legs. The aliens have no legs & float instead of walk because having tons of walking characters are way more difficult & expensive - not condusive to a low budget.
3. Aerial when possible. For the final battle, having an air fight over a land fight ended up being much less expensive

- Tsirbas CLEARLY loves animation as a whole. Kept mentioning favorite animators of his (including Miyazaki because he "puts his own personal stamp on each film." He is an influence on Tsirbas because Miyazaki "doesn't compromise his vision"

And that about does it! Overall, a pretty cool panel. I haven't really heard much about this film, so I don't know how well it will do at the box office, which is a shame, cause Tsirbas seems like an awesome guy and this movie seems incredibly important to him. Hopefully some more buzz will build before it opens in a couple weeks.

Update: Tsirbas is on Twitter!! Click here to follow him! See full post

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Saturday Cosplay - Starfest

Ok seriously, why are the costumes so amazing at this convention?! I'm so coming here next year with friends and dressing up and geeking out. Yay!

Behold the cosplay & balcony dressing!

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Not Your Average Creepy Kid Movie? [Starfest/Fangoria]

Orphan director Jaume Collet-Serra

The only overlap in programming from my whirlwind weekend of conventions was the summer horror film, Orphan. While I'd seen the trailer before, and it's plenty creepy, I wasn't really planning on seeing the film when it opened until I saw its panels with director Jaume Collet-Serra and today, writer David Johnson.

Both panels, one at Starfest, one at Fangoria Weekend of Horrors, featured a really creepy clip that involved Esther, the titular Orphan, smashing a pigeon with a brick. Both times the clip showed, the convention crowds seemed to go from sort of interested to VERY interested in the film, which is exactly how I felt. Doesn't hurt that the unassuming Collet-Serra was so oddly charming & funny on stage. Another big thing that's piqued my interest in the film was the way Collet-Sera talked about the actors - how great they are, what made them sign on, what got them cast, etc. I loves me some good actors.

In case you haven't seen it, here's the official Orphan trailer,

Here's what we learned from the panels,

- According to Collet-Serra, this isn't your every day creepy-kid film. "This one is'll be very surprised." It was more inspired by the "enemy inside your own home" aspect, less the "creepy little kid movie" genre.

- Specific inspiration - Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt

- A 10 page treatment was brought to Johnson and he was asked how he'd end it. He couldn't say what his response was, but it got him the screenwriter position!

- The film focuses a lot on the psychological and has a lot of thriller in it, not just horror

- The deaf-mute little sister is played by Aryana Engineer, who is deaf-mute herself. It was important to Collet-Serra that a deaf-mute play the character and he fought for Enginner in particular to get the role. She brought a specific innocence and gave a very real performance in the audition. (Sidenote: Where was Collet-Serra at Wondercon?? There was a big group of deaf con-goers who were asking about using the deaf in film and would the filmmakers consider it, etc. Would have been interesting to see their interaction with a director who actually fought for a deaf-mute over an actor playing a deaf mute.)

- Jimmy Bennett, the little boy in Orphan, also plays young Captain Kirk in Star Trek!

- Collet-Serra's favorite directors are Hitchcock & Polanski

- To Collet-Serra, making horror films is "like a food fight...really playful, fun."

- Someone asked what the most disturbing thing is Collet-Serra ever shot and would he be topping it? His response: "It's in this movie...cannot tell you what it is. [It took] lots of rehearsal. I don't know if I can top it, it's pretty bad."

- Great script is what brought Collet-Serra & the actors on board. Main character (played by Vera Farmiga) really spoke to Collet-Serra, thought he could do something great with it.

- Once Vera signed on, the rest of the cast fell into place.

- Isabelle Fuhrman, who plays Esther, brought such a great intensity to her audition, while staying totally natural yet spooky, she blew the rest of the competition way. Esther was originally supposed to have blond & curly hair, but they altered their vision of the character so they could cast Fuhrman.

- The role of Sister Abigail was specifically written for actress CCH Pounder.

- His dream project is "The Alchemist", but would be thrilled to bring any great Spanish property to life

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Starfest - "9" Panel

Shane Acker, Director of "9"

Got to see some more from "9" today at Starfest with an even better clip this time! To be totally honest, I was slightly underwhelmed with the Wondercon footage, in retrospect, but today's clip has changed all that. We were the first ever audience to see it, but luckily instead of describing the clip to you, you can see it for yourself, courtesy of MTV!

Creepy, slightly disturbing and all awesome. Definitely looking forward to this one. Here are some tidbits from the panel!

- Acker was inspired by European stop motion animation
- The talent signed on mainly because of the short, but also in Acker's opinion, because voice acting is all about focusing solely on the work - go in, record, go home, no bullshit or bells & whistles
- The film plays with time as the short does, but in a different way. All he would really say is that when the film starts we are with 9 and we follow him, discovering the world through his eyes. All the characters are present, all 9 ragdolls, but the film has fun with who is left & where they are.
- The great acting helped the animators craft the performances of the ragdolls - they learned a lot from the actors' voices, even to the point of slightly altering the character design. But still, a lot of the movie is sans dialogue, the characters emoting with body language & action instead of words.

Unfortunately that's all we got from Acker & Joe Ksander, 9's head of animation, but it was enough to build my interest back up. I hope we get to see even more at Comic Con!!

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Saturday, April 18, 2009

So close. SO CLOSE [Quick Thought]

Yes, I was blue. I had the longest road. I was about to get another port. I was supposed to WIN. Damn you, orange. Damn you for sneaking in there and winning. Victory should have been MINE.

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Friday, April 17, 2009

Starfest Friday - Cosplay & Awesomeness

After only wandering around the convention for about a half hour, I am reminded why I've always loved this show so much. It's a true, old school convention, SO much fun. It's the kind of con I'd wanna go to with a bunch of friends and actually dress up - something I've always wanted to do at a Con but never have. Thought I'd share some photos from what I saw, including the Cosplay, the awesome combat/balcony/why-is-this-so-cool area, and an ad for a very special tournament going on this weekend.

Pictures after the jump!

For the complete gallery, just click here!
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