If Star Trek Into Darkness opens in your city today, I encourage you to see it.
I saw it yesterday in IMAX 3D, and it was amazing…especially the new enemy of the Federation portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch.
You know Sherlock on BBC? He’s the one.
But if you can’t get to the movie theatre today or even this weekend — I understand there are people who can actually wait weeks and even months; go figure — take a look at the “Star Trek Challenge” Audi spot featuring Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto.
It’s too much fun.
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Tagged 3D, advertising, Audi, automobiles, BBC, Benedict Cumberbatch, cars, entertainment, Humor, IMAX, Leonard Nimoy, life, live long and prosper, movie premiere, movie theatre, movie villain, Movies, Sherlock, Star Trek Challenge, Star Trek Federation, Star Trek Into Darkness, Television, TV, Zachary Quinto
Who’s watching The Office finale tonight?
And who’s watching the show for the first time in two years?
I’ll admit it.
When Michael Scott aka Steve Carell left The Office in 2011, I was part of a highly vocal minority — perhaps it was even a majority in some circles — who felt the show should end with his exit.
But the show producers — both in shock that Steve left and in denial that the money train was running out of steam — deluded themselves that they could keep on keepin’ on.
The first season without Steve floundered. The second became ‘the farewell season.’ And now that Dunder Mifflin is finally closing its doors, I feel a teeny tiny bit responsible.
Did I show any loyalty after Steve left? No.
Did I check in from time-to-time to see if my instincts were right that the show would suck without him? Yes.
Will I watch tonight and wish the show wasn’t being canceled? No.
Am I hoping Steve Carell shows up somewhere? Yes.
(It would be the best episode in two years.)
Note — Steve DID appear on the finale. It was amazeballs.
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Tagged comedy, entertainment, episode, farewell season, Humor, life, Michael Scott, money train, show producers, sitcoms, Steve Carell, Television, The Office finale, The Office tv show, TV, vocal minority, watercooler
You know how some TV show plot lines are ‘ripped from the headlines?’ I’ve decided People magazine rips theirs from any handy movie premiere calendar.
Easier than workin.’
Take their latest World’s Most Beautiful Woman issue featuring Gwyneth Paltrow.
Gwyneth is lovely — I’ll give you that. But the most beautiful woman in the world? Of all the choices in Hollywood and around the globe?
In the words of Jerry Seinfeld — speaking to his young son outside my brownstone one Saturday afternoon –
But it is far simpler — isn’t it People editorial staff — to crown Ms. Paltrow? She has Iron Man 3 coming out in a theatre near you…plus, your rival Star magazine just named her Most Hated Celebrity (which is probably more accurate).
Your advertisers are happy! Moms her age are happy! And Star has been put in its place.
Who cares if it isn’t true?
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Tagged celebrities, commentary, editorial staff, entertainment, Gwyneth Paltrow, Hollywood, Humor, Iron Man 3, Jerry Seinfeld, life, magazines, Most Hated Celebrity, movie premiere, movie theatre, Movies, New York City, People magazine, plot, ripped from the headlines, Star magazine, Television, TV, World's Most Beautiful Woman
Can you believe The Rachael Ray Show has been on the air since the fall of 2006?
I moved to Manhattan that July; her show debuted a few months later. And I signed up for free tickets on the website.
They arrived in my inbox today.
Can you believe that??
I mean, I don’t watch the show anymore, so I don’t really care. But how can The Rachael Ray Show have a seven-year waiting list?
I live right down the street, for cripes sake. You’d think at some point they would have called me to fill in on a slow taping day. Other more popular shows certainly have once I was on their mailing list.
Even Late Show with Jimmy Fallon reserves seats a month out. I’ve been able to see Daily Show several times. Saturday Night Live and Late Night with David Letterman are harder tickets to score, but even they have standby lines.
So what’s the deal with The Rachel Ray Show?
Maybe it’s her Oprah-esque giveaways that limit her tickets. I want to think that. Let’s think that.
Wonder what I’ll get…
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Tagged Saturday Night Live, New York City, Rachael Ray, Television, Internet, celebrities, entertainment, Humor, life, Foods, TV, giveaways, Oprah, studio audience, The Rachael Ray Show, free tickets, show website, Late Show with Jimmy Fallon, Daily Show, Late Night with David Letterman, standby line
When I shared yesterday’s post on Chateauform Schloss Löwenstein — my castle-hotel near Frankfurt that evokes Downton Abbey — my sister asked, “Have you seen a Matthew look-a-like?”
But there is a prince living here.
Alois Konstantin is the ninth Prince of Löwenstein. He and his wife Anastasia, Princess of Prussia, occupy one wing of the castle.
The Prince works in the financial services industry in Frankfurt and manages the family’s assets.
And while I have not seen him during my stay, I must say –
Doesn’t he look a bit like Mr. Carson?
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Tagged Alois Konstantin, Castle, Chateauform Schloss Lowenstein, Downton Abbey, family assets, financial services, Frankfurt, Germany, history, hotel, Humor, life, Matthew Crawley, Mr. Carson, PBS, prince, Prince of Lowenstein, Princess of Prussia, royal family, royalty, Television, Travel, TV
When I travel for business, I often go from the airport to the hotel and back again, which doesn’t guarantee much of a view.
Of course, my hotels don’t often look like this –
This is where I’m staying today: the Chateauform Schloss Löwenstein, located 45 minutes from the center of Frankfurt, Germany.
It’s part of a chain, if you can believe it — one of a collection of properties set in a private parkland well outside the city. The castle has been fully renovated, somehow maintaining its period details while being outfitted with all the bells and whistles you need at a conference center.
It has its own winery and spa. Two serve-yourself-anytime bars. Archery. There’s even a resident chocolate lab in the lounge named Easy.
It’s all so…Downton Abbey, don’t you think?
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Tagged airport, business travel, Castle, Chateau Schloss Lowenstein, chocolate lab, conference center, Downton Abbey, entertainment, fitness center, Frankfurt, Germany, hotel, Humor, life, spa, spin-off, Television, Travel, TV, winery
March Madness –
It’s not just for basketball anymore!
During a break in today’s Ohio State/Iowa State match-up, I switched over to the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational Golf tournament. Tiger Woods and Rickie Fowler are in the final pairing, and I wanted to see if they were on the course.
Not just then.
Spain’s Sergio Garcia was the focus of attention because his ball was up in a tree. And so was he.
Sergio wasn’t gonna take a drop.
Nope, he climbed up into the tree and decided to hit the ball from right there.
To get it into the fairway, he had to hit a back-handed shot. And believe it or not, he did just that…and then climbed on down.
Gotta love the craziness in all sports this time of year!
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Tagged Arnold Palmer Invitational Golf tournament, basketball, golf, golf ball, golf ball up tree, golf course, golf course fairway, Humor, Iowa State, March Madness, Ohio State, Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia, Sergio Garcia up tree, Spain, Sports, Television, Tiger Woods, TV
I have never considered myself anything more than a spectator of Project Runway, but now –
Tim Gunn, I’m ready for my closeup.
I’ve discovered the secret to a design with a perfect fit in less than day –
Fabrican, Ltd. in London invented spray-on fabric way back in 2000. It’s been used in the medical field for dressings, bandages, casts and wound healing products. But now the company is hoping to branch out into fashion, giving designers — like me — a way to be even more creative.
Seamless garments! Custom clothing! Recycled wear! And no more sewing models into clothing before they hit the runway…
…just spray her in!
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Tagged bandages, casts, closeup, custom clothing, design, dressings, entertainment, Fabrican Ltd, Fashion, fashion designer, fashion model, Humor, life, London, Project Runway, recycled, seamless garment, spray-on fabric, Television, Tim Gunn, TV
The mystery has been solved.
Back in August, I posted this picture of a number on a path that Rory Dog and I frequent in Central Park.
Although I was told it probably just referenced a date, I wanted it to mean something cryptic and symbolic and unfathomable.
I watch a lot of Castle.
And what did I find today across the fence line from the aforementioned mystery number?
A brand new lamp post.
It wasn’t there the last time Rory and I walked that way, which was about three days ago.
So now we just have to wait and see if the number is removed.
Or is joined by a new set of numbers…and then Castle and Beckett are sure to appear to solve the mystery.
Now, that would be awesome.
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Tagged Beckett, Castle tv show, Central Park, cryptic, dog walking, entertainment, Humor, lamp post, life, mystery, mystery number, New York City, Richard Castle, symbol, Television, TV, walking, walking path
Back in my improv days, we learned that agreement was the name of the game. Audiences don’t want to sit and watch people disagree, right?
Then why do I enjoy Dance Moms so much?
I started watching the Lifetime reality show at first out of simple curiosity. But I was quickly sucked in.
I could pretend it’s the dance numbers. Or the rehearsal process. But let’s be honest –
It’s the conflict.
Abby, the dance teacher, yelling at the kids. The moms yelling at Abby. The entire group yelling at moms and dancers from other troupes. They are whackadoodle, and I love every minute of it.
I’m not sure what that says about me. Perhaps my life is just so calm and centered that I am looking for vicarious insanity?
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Tagged Abby Lee, agreement, celebrities, conflict, dance competition, Dance Moms, dance numbers, dance rehearsal, dance troupe, dancing, entertainment, Humor, improv comedy, life, Lifetime TV, reality show, Television, TV, tv audiences