It’s no accident that the movie poster for What If places good friends Wallace and Chandry at a diner.
The film is clearly trying to be the When Harry Met Sally for this generation…and does a decent job.
Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan are quirky and appealing, their friendship believable, their banter quick and smart.
She has a boyfriend (who made me laugh), and Daniel has emotional baggage — plus best friend Adam Driver of Girls who has huge energy…and is huge standing next to Daniel (which is pretty funny right there).
This is a rom-com, so there are misunderstandings, yearning, romantic postcards (in this day and age), implusive international flights, fist fights, and at least two weddings — babies, too.
What if that stuff still worked in films?
You know — it kinda does.
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It’s no coincidence that most movies end with the wedding.
That’s when reality kicks in.
The documentary 112 Weddings (HBO OnDemand) gives audiences the opportunity to see how that reality measures up.
Filmmaker Doug Block shot wedding videos for 112 couples over his career, and in this documentary, revisits some of those couples a decade or more later after the ‘I do’s.’
Most are still married. One couple is in the process of divorcing and agreed to be interviewed separately. But all agree that marriage is far different from any idea they may have had at the start.
Many have faced real challenges. Seriously ill children. Depression. But all answer the simple question: would we do it all again, knowing what we know now.
The film manages to be both sobering and joyful at the same time…which is how couples should probably approach such an important life choice.
If you stop and think about it.
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Because Quinn Miller is a genius and deserves to go viral…
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Do you C what I C?
Everything’s coming up C’s at the Curtsingers!
Congratulations Hope and Dustin! Best wishes on your wedding, your honeymoon, your life together…
…and all those monogrammed gifts!
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Tagged C, commentary, design, family, Humor, life, love, monograms, Relationships, the letter C, wedding gifts, weddings
My nephew is getting married next week, which may explain why this item caught my eye.
Wedding rings that really leave a mark.
Colin Hart and his comedian wife Anna Ryan came up with the idea for the “I’m Married” rings last year for their own engagement. Now they’re selling on Cheeky.com — and they’re starting to get a lot of orders.
To get the best mark, you have to order the ring a size too small. The indentation only lasts about 15 minutes after you take the ring off, but Hart figures that’s long enough to dissuade that budding bar conversation.
Evil genius, that one.
And what an evil gift this would make for the nephew — nah, the dirty looks from my family would last way longer.
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Tagged Anna Ryan, anti-cheating rings, bar conversation, cheeky.com, Colin Hart, comedian, commentary, design, dirty looks, engagement, evil genius, family, Humor, I'm Married, indentation, life, love, nephew, Relationships, wedding gift, wedding rings, weddings
Of course I saw Twilight Breaking Dawn: Part 1 at the first available showing.
And it was really good. It was romantic and sweet and surprising funny. And then freaky and bloody and gory.
What’s not to love?
I didn’t reread the fourth book before seeing the film, so I can’t obsess over any details that director Bill Condon might have changed. Instead I will share with you what I learned during my initial viewing (because you know I will see it again)
- Audience matters. I have seen two of the four Twilight films at midnight. Midnight audiences rock, and make your viewing experience that much better. Last night I saw the movie at 8:00pm during a special screening for AMC Stubs members. There were people there talking, texting, even making fun of the movie. Why go if you’re not into it?
- Talent rises to the top. In the first Twilight movie, the actors were pretty much on par in the acting department. Even Kristen Stewart, the star, was ticky as all get out. In this latest installment, Kristen and Robert stand out from the rest of the cast. They are the emotional center. Taylor Lautner, on the other hand, may be getting worse. Perhaps he should spend less time in the gym and more time in acting class.
- Big weddings are the way to go. Bella’s character is a tomboy. She doesn’t like dressing up or being the center of attention. But her wedding is a showstopper. Even if you think you don’t want a big affair, learn from the Cullens. Pull out all the stops.
If any other deep thoughts hit me at later viewings, you’ll know where to find them!
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If you read The Egg with any regularity, you know I was in Vegas last weekend. I worked. I gambled. I came home.
Or so I thought.
Recent photos on Facebook have revealed that I not only stayed in the same hotel as a good friend and former boss –we worked together almost 20 years ago — but I unknowingly met and spoke to his then future daughter-in-law in the elevator.
What the wha??
We were all staying at the Aria Las Vegas. I was leading a workshop at a conference. When I spoke to Britt — I didn’t know her name at the time — she told me that she was getting married on 9/10/11.
She was all smiles, of course. I complimented her blonde updo and wished her all the best.
It was nice to think of weddings as I went off to work.
Little did I know — until I spied the photos today on Facebook — that I knew Britt’s future husband and in-laws. Had worked with her future father-in-law for three years. Could have scored an invite to the reception, at the very least.
It’s a small world, after all.
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Brian Williams, you have a doppelganger.
And it only took me 14 years to notice.
This morning, while avoiding the news programs, I happened upon the 1997 Bette Midler-Dennis Farina farce That Old Feeling. It wasn’t that good the first time I saw it, but it’s still better than watching Today. So I let it run in the background while I ate breakfast and checked email.
A young James Denton plays the groom in the wedding that begins the film. I had kinda forgotten that detail. So today I did a serious double take — it looked like NBC News anchor Brian Williams on screen!
Now, I’ll admit, when you look at them side-by-side, the differences are more apparent.
James — or Jamie as he called himself at the time — has more even features and works it a bit harder in the smolder department. (He was on Desperate Housewives, after all; he has a lot of practice.)
But if I didn’t know who the two men were, and someone introduced them as brothers, I would totally believe it. Wouldn’t you?
No need to thank me when ‘Doppelganger Day’ rolls around on Facebook next year, guys. It was my pleasure.
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Tagged Bette Midler, breakfast, Brian Williams, brides and grooms, celebrities, comedy, Dennis Farina, Desperate Housewives, Doppelganger Day, doppelgangers, email, entertainment, Facebook, Humor, James Denton, Jamie Denton, life, morning news programs, Movies, NBC, news, seeing double, Television, That Old Feeling movie, Today Show, TV, weddings
Uh oh. Those ‘newly married’ friends of yours have already lasted an entire year! It’s time to buy an anniversary present — what to do?
No worries — it’s Flitch Day!
According to customs that have been in place since the 15th century, any couple who can prove to a jury of bachelors and maidens that they have lived together in ‘harmony and fidelity’ during the past year gets a flitch of bacon.
(That’s a side of bacon in modern speak.)
No more checking their registry at Target. No more worrying about colors or style of decor. Agonizing about sizes is a thing of the past.
Just pass that platter of bacon to the lucky bride and groom!
(William and Kate are going to be so excited…)
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I love a theme. And apparently today’s is of the two-wheeled variety.
Everywhere I look online, I see bicycles.
Not kid’s bikes with training wheels. Or Saturday enthusiasts zooming by wearing spandex. Or even coverage of the Tour de France. No, we’re talking bicycles that are taking a different turn.
Exhibit A — Beer Bicycle
Exhibit B — Bicycle Seat Bench
Exhibit C — Bicycle Wedding Cake
Wow, I’m almost psyched enough to go out and ride!
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Tagged beer, bicycle seat bench, bicycle wedding cake, bicycles, bike ride, cooking, design, Foods, games, Humor, kona brewing company, life, love, photography, Relationships, toys, weddings