Primarily, this blog is about being a fan and sharing that love that I have, for all things Twilight and True Blood with all of you. I also enjoy blogging about randomness... so don't say I haven't warned you.
I don't know about you, but I'm sorta an HBO whore. I literally almost love everything that HBO produces. Probably because it's my only cable network, but that's because I'm too cheap to order Showtime. I know I go to the movies a lot, probably more than most people, but I'm also a fan of television. In fact, I'm not sure why I'm even living because my schedule on paper; unhealthy. Whatever, I digress...
So, I was kind of excited at the thought that I could now watch full episodes and movies online. No, the iPad does not appear compatible with this site. *#$@%. But it doesn't mean it won't be in the future, unless HBO is using flash player, than the answer is... probably not.
HBOGO.comis just another added feature under your paid subscription to HBO. It appears their full programming schedule is available under the new website. Unfortunately, my television provider is not listed under the site, thus not allowing me to be able to sign up to verify any of this. This does bite for me, but still, it's a bonus for those of you out there that can sign up. Plus it's free. Why wouldn't you?
And speaking of online... I just thought I'd throw this out there to anyone who is a fan of cinema. The Tribeca Film Festival, who was co-founded by Robert De Niro, is in it's 10th year and for the first time have made their films available online. LOVEZ THIS! To see their full schedule, click here. (Side Note: You will have to create an account.)
Remember, the festival ends 5/1 and unless you are planning on flying to NY this weekend, this is an excellent opportunity to preview films and filmmaker Q&A's. Then you can get all artsy fartsy on your friends!
But if for some reason you are not able to catch TFF online, a selection of films will be made available On Demand, with TFF adding to the current selection every 6 to 8 weeks, all year long.
For those wondering about film festivals, and in general, why they should even bother. It's a good thought. I'm not an expert, but I think I can safely say, it depends on the film festival and the purpose of the film being presented. Many are looking for distribution financing and commitments. So in a sense, you may be able to see a film, along with the critics who review them, before it hits the general audience and theatres (national or limited release). So if you are a film enthusiast, this is great opportunity to screen an acclaimed film. Plus it's bragging rights, geez, what more do you want!
Now go support a film festival!!
5/2/11 UPDATE: HBOGO is live and available for your iPad. It is your cable television carrier that will still need to be identified, and as of today, not all carriers are listed.
For all the press interviews and photos... It all made sense once I saw the film. Water For Elephants was amazing!!
Having never read the book, and reading that many critics were displeased by the amount of romance, or lack thereof; I had no idea what to expect. But seeing that a large group of Twifans were gathering to see the film Friday night, I insisted that my friend, Krysti take a break and have a "Girl's night out" with me. There's nothing like being in the theatre with Lori (who was the mom from Hawaii that got interviewed in Vancouver), her daughter and friend, and the gals at 808 Twilighters. Hearing the first yell at the sight of Rob on screen gave me the hugest smile that lasted all night-those girls made it more fun! Seeing it with my husband would not have been the same, that I can assure you.
But to summarize, I loved it!! I honestly think it's Rob's best performance. In fact, Krysti and I were joking in the theatre that we would be the first to start the Oscar Buzz.... We were also very giddy and high on soda.
In addition, it's not just Rob that I enjoyed seeing on screen; I enjoyed the film in its entirety. From the sets, to the costumes, I thought it was very authentic. And the one that stole my heart. No, it was not Christoph, though I think he's super uber talented... It was Rosie the Elephant, played by Tai. For the love of all things holy, Tai's scenes with Rob were heartbreaking but impressive. I could see how he fell for her. I sort of love her....
Tai is AWESOME
Understanding how busy life gets, if you can get out this weekend to see it, please do so. I cannot stress how much I loved this movie and it's been a while since I've been taken back by a beautiful story. Plus I have a soft spot for animals, so to see the ending footage of Rosie and what became of her, brought tears to my eyes. I admit it, I cried.
Now go see Water For Elephants!
And if you want to drop a donation toward a charity that specializes in the well being of animals;
I've always loved the Moviephone Unscripted interviews. The actors seem so genuinely down to earth when they are being asked questions, without an audience, and without a third party; they can just laugh and tease each other. Out of all the WFE press/interviews, this by far is my favorite.
Thank God my blogs are back up and running. BTW, I hate you photobucket. Anyway, do you remember how I talked about Taylor's new film, Abduction? You can read about here. We now have a trailer, and I have to say, I'm intrigued by the kid. Looks good!
Melancholia: Directed by Lars Von Triers. Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kirsten Dunst, Kiefer Sutherland, Alexander Skarsgard, Stellan Skarsgard, John Hurt, Charlotte Rampling, Brady Corbet, Jesper Christensen and Udo Kier. Cinematography by Manuel Alberto Claro.
If you can recall, I talked about Alex’s new film, Melancholia back in February when I reported that the film had been picked up in the US (Magnolia). Now we have a trailer!
Melancholia is set to debut at the Cannes Film Festival. No word yet on the American release date.
Quick recap, the film is about the relationship between sisters and the devastating news they endure, as they learn the world will come to an end by a cosmic collision.
So, I have to admit I watch a lot of American Idol. In particular, this season has had a very diversified group of singers and I welcome that. For all the shit talking that my friends do on facebook, and let me tell, they will cut a bitch... I have to stand by my favorite: Paul McDonald.
After last night's shocking elimination of the beautiful and talented Pia Toscano, it's no doubt rabid fans of Pia are turning on my boy Paul with evil glaring eyes and wishing death upon him. Let's be fair, people are finicky. The bottom three changes every week, and it's anyone's game. Talent aside, AI is a popularity contest and besides that, I don't trust the voting system.
But I will not stand with the masses and say I don't love Paul. I do. I really liked his version of Johnny Cash's Folsom Blues that he performed this week. Check him out.
Anyhow, now that I have declared my love and support for Paul, American Idol or not, so has another young lady that we all know. Ted from E!Online is reporting that Nikki Reed and Paul are dating... virtually? I'm not sure the deets, but I do remember the two met at the Red Riding Hood premiere, and apparently the two have hit it off, keeping in touch via skype. Nikki supposedly refers to him as her boyfriend... And then she will steal his Subway sandwich.
So, can Nikki gather the Twihards to vote for my AI favorite, and her virtual boyfriend, Paul McDonald?