Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween


Emma Roberts dressing up like Aunt Julia's most iconic role?

What more could you want?

The fairytale.

Happy Halloween from CFC!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

MTAD Tuesday- Hitchcock

Creepy and clever and oh so stylish!  Why wasn't it released in time for Halloween?

Monday, October 29, 2012

CFC Class: The many faces of Steven Martin

With all the excitement over the past week, I've thought about Father of the Bride oh, at least a hundred times. While I usually pride myself on my knowledge of a celeb's entire career, I must admit that Steve Martin will always be George Banks to me.

However, when I was in driving around Florida the past few months, I found myself listening to a lot of NPR, and really enjoyed this combination of Steve Martin interviews over the years.

Martin: From Standup to Movie Star and Writer, NPR Fresh Air

 He's had a varied career from numerous hosting duties on SNL:


To banjo playing:

To author:
Born Standing Up, A Comic's Life by Steve Martin

To starring in one of my favorite romantic comedies in recent years:

Who's your favorite version of Mr. Martin?

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Monday, October 22, 2012

Happy Monday- Dancing King

What's making you smile this Monday?  For me it's Zac Efron dancing . . .

 In the Lucky One . . .

 The New Year's Eve credits . . .

 And this new denim commercial.

Dance Zac dance!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

3 Thoughts About Turning 28

1.  Last night I went out for my FIVE year college reunion and I wore leather leggings.  And they ripped.  I tried to wear something trendy from Forever 21 and I split my pants.  If that's not the universe telling me I'm old, I don't know what is.

2.  Best friends send the best birthday texts.

3.  At age 28 . . .

Pippa Middleton became an overnight sensation

Reese Witherspoon won an Oscar

Sally met Harry for the second time

And Oprah moved to Chicago to host a little talk show

I think 28 is going to be a good year. 

Friday, October 19, 2012

Wedding Crasher

It's just like Justin Timberlake to get married two days before my birthday and not invite me.

Congrats Jessica!  Justin, in an alternate universe, my 14 year old heart will love your highlighted curls and bandanas and beat boxing forever . . .


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

State of Grace Is Totally About Jake

I hate to admit it, but I just haven't been able to get too excited over Taylor's new song releases.  I realize she's been working with some different producers on a new sound- and that's fine, I'm not really tied to a exclusively country album from her at this point.  But as catchy as some of the new tunes are, it just seems they are missing the little details that transform a Taylor song into a highly personal story.  Plus I've been totally clueless as to who these songs are about, which let's face it, is at least half the fun.
Lucky for me, State of Grace was released yesterday and I can confirm that it is 100% about her romance with Jake Gyllenhaal.  Listen, and then I'll give you the run down.


How do we know its about Jake? Let's take a look at the lyrics:

"I'm walking fast through the traffic lights, busy streets and busy lives."

 In the fall of 2010, when Taylor and Jake were together, he was doing press for Love and Other Drugs and she was promoting her new album, Speak Now.  I can't imagine they had much time to see each other, and when they did, it tended to be in Jake's Brooklyn neighborhood.  The only pics we have of them are from this outing, walking around the city and, presumably, through "traffic lights and busy streets."

"Up in your room, just twin fire signs, four blue eyes"
Taylor's birthday is December 13, Jake's is December 19th, making them both a Sagittarius, with a zodiac element of fire.

And we know Taylor has some pretty eyes, but it's pretty much impossible to talk about Jake without mentioning those baby blues.

"So you were never a saint."

As Hollywood hotties go, Jake seems pretty clean cut.  But, he's dated Kirsten Dunst and Reese Witherspoon and he's not afraid to get a little explicit in his movie love scenes. So to a 19 yr old Taylor, Jake probably seemed like he had really lived, ya know?

"And I never saw you coming, and I'll never be the same."

By all accounts, Jake pursued Taylor, asking his friend Gwyneth Paltrow to set up a dinner party for them to meet.  When I heard they were dating I was like "wait . . . what?"  So I can only imagine it was kind of a surprise to her too.

As for never being the same?  Taylor recently said in an interview that the first track on Red is about the beginning of a certain relationship, and the last track is about the very end.  State of Grace opens up Red (to be released on Monday!) and a song called "The Lucky One" closes out the album.  I'll keep you updated.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

What I've Been Reading- Non-Fiction

"So much of what I see reminds me of something I read in a book, when shouldn't it be the other way around?"- Kathleen Kelly, You've Got Mail

Until recently, non-fiction didn't really have a place on my bookshelf.  Between work and grad school, I wanted to get lost in stories, not information.  However, I really think I've come a long way in the past few months.  I'm not reading anything highly academic, but I'm enjoying what I like to think of  as "reality" reading . . . which, as we know, holds way more truth than reality tv.

Five Sisters: The Langhornes of Virginia by James Fox
 Etiquette, dinner parties, family wealth, and traveling across the pond to make a good marriage.  This biography of a very famous turn of the century family would make a great miniseries.  Hint, hint Julian Fellowes.

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

People have told me for years to read David Sedaris and I'm so glad I finally started! I stayed up way past my bedtime to read these stories because I couldn't stop giggling.  I'm looking forward to reading Holidays on Ice this season, especially the infamous "Santaland Diaries."

Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture by Andy Cohen

This might surprise you but I'm not a Real Housewives fanatic.  I watch Beverly Hills and New Jersey here and there but honestly all of the yelling and the drinking sort of stresses me out.  That being said, I find any book that promises pop culture tidbits to be very appealing.  What surprised me about Most Talkative was how much I now love and respect Mr. Cohen.  He has seriously seen it all but is never too cool to freak out over meeting his favorite celebs! (The Susan Lucci stories are hilarious.) Reading this book made me want to meet Andy Cohen and give him a gigantic hug.  And then freak out a little bit.

Crazy Salad: Some Things About Women by Nora Ephron

When Nora Ephron passed away this summer, I realized that I was only familiar with her films, which I'm making efforts to correct.  Crazy Salad is a collection of articles and essays that were first published in the 70's.  I loved the sentiments about women and I especially loved the crash course in the women's' movement of that time.  Any history class I took seemed to run out of time right before we got to Vietnam but after reading Crazy Salad I was like bring me a Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress and get me Gloria Steinem on the phone!  One quote that I especially loved, about women judging one 
another (listen up Real Housewives!):

"What the (women's) movement is about is options. But it just doesn't work out that way. Because the hardest thing for us to accept is the right to those options.  I hear myself saying those words: What this movement is about is options. I say it to friends . . . and what I am really thinking is, If you really got it together, the option you would choose is mine."

In regards to Shopgirl, I'm not sure if parts of these books reminded me of what I've seen or the other way around.  Either way, I'm grateful for the experience. 

Any non-fiction recommendations? 

Monday, October 15, 2012

Friday, October 12, 2012

Happy Weekend- Say Cheese!

Happy Weekend!  I'm headed to South Florida  . . . 

Look of the Week:

I already wore my Kardashian inspired outfit last month in Tampa, so who knows what I'll wear this weekend.  I would LOVE to see Kim and Kourtney and baby Penelope as they take Miami yet again!

Story of the Week:

Matthew McConaughey slims down . . . way down.
 "Can you touch this?" Matty asked not too long ago.  Well, I don't think anyone wants to now.  Maybe I'm getting cynical in my old age, or maybe I should start calling this the "Publicity Stunt of the Week," but I just feel like its such a waste when celebs drop all this weight for a role. First, I think its sort of disrespectful to people who are actually starving or ill.  Not to mention special effects (need I remind you that Lt. Dan didn't have legs in the 90's?!) and makeup have improved each year . .  I'm sure there were other ways to make him look sick and skinny.  But celebs feel like they have to make the sacrifice for the award nomination.  Anne Hathaway with your shorn hair and Matt with your bony cheeks . . . I hope it pays off come February.

Post of the Week:

Omg, Me Too
Yep, I only posted once this week and it was about (surprise!) Mindy Kaling.

Rental of the Week:

Magic Mike

Matty McConaughey in his meatier days . . .and my favorite movie of the summer.  It actually doesn't come out until the 23rd, but why not start counting down now?

Movie Ticket of the Week:

I've probably seen this trailer 50 times in theaters.  I'm not sure why Ben is promoting the heck out of it, as he's a well respected director these days and I'm sure it will do fine at the box office.  Still, looks good.  John Goodman is working these days. He's like in 5 movies this season alone.

Wedding Story of the Week:

Stanley Tucci and Felicity Blunt

This actually happened a few weeks ago, but after hearing Stanley discuss it on Live! with Kelly and Michael this week, I just had to gush.

So first, Stanley Tucci married Emily Blunt's sister.  Because I'm CFC, I believe that Felicity is a kinder version of Emily's Devil Wears Prada character, and that Stanley is a combination of Nigel from DWP and Paul Child.

So that pretty much seems like the best couple ever?  Then today I find out . . .

Stanley has a cookbook coming out, their wedding guests included Steve Buscemi and Emily Blunt as best man and matron of honor, brother-in-law John Krasinski, Meryl Streep, Patricia Clarkson, Julianne Moore, Colin Firth and Kenneth Cole.. . . and their wedding cake was made of wheels of cheese. Best wedding ever?

Hope your weekend is filled with harem pants, male strippers, and wheels of cheese.  

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Omg, me too!

If you're not watching The Mindy Project at 9:30pm, you're missing my favorite half hour of television and a glimpse into my soul.

TMP isn't necessarily one big non-stop LOL.  Did you guys watch Modern Fam last night? Phil in Hailey's dorm room? DYING laughing!

And it certainly isn't my Tuesday night sobfest over the Braverman family on Parenthood.

But The Mindy Project (and Mindy Kaling's wonderful writing) manages to create a mini romantic comedy each week AND about a million moments that make me squeal "Omg, me too!"

In the pilot, baby Mindy recites great declarations of love from classic Nora Ephron films and waits for her life to follow suit.
(Omg, me too!)

In the next episode, Mindy conducts a work meeting while reminding her coworkers exactly when Oscar season is.
(Omg, me too!)

Last Tuesday, Mindy and crew headed to a club where Danny Castellano suddenly turns into a sexy ladies' man by showing off some smooth dance moves and hitting on hotties in da club.  While I can't say this has happened to me recently, I know exactly what she's talking about.  I mean, who hasn't seen a guy go from annoying and obnoxious to intriguing bad boy just by putting off a different vibe?  My boyfriend and I always say we should write a break-up book for guys called "Don't get drunk a sports bar with your buddies. Do grind on a rando on the dance floor and have your friend post a pic to Facebook."

Also on Tuesday, Mindy confessed to falling asleep while watching a movie and waking up covered in spilled red wine.  While I giggled at this thought, I didn't quite relate.Until last night when I fell asleep in my hotel bed eating a bar of dark chocolate.  When I 
looked in the mirror this morning, my face was covered in melted chocolate.  Are you horrified?

Omg, me too.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Happy Weekend- Villains and Valentino

Happy Weekend!  And Happy October . . .

No time for a rambling run down.  Let's get down to business.

Look of the Week:

The sketch of Anne Hathaway's custom-made Valentino wedding gown. Oh so gorgeous!
I'm so happy they got married.  When ever celebs get engaged and then say things like "Oh, I don't have time to plan a wedding" I get so concerned.  But Anne fooled us all!

Happy Couples of the Week:
Hollywood's Marriages That Last
Speaking of celeb weddings, I loved looking through this slideshow of stars who make it work.

Story of the Week:
Nicki and Mariah get into what I'm sure is the first of many (highly publicized) fights.  Is this a PR stunt?  OF COURSE IT IS.  Speaking of which- Kristen and Rob are back together just in time for the Breaking Dawn II press tour.  I told you so!

Movie Ticket of the Week:
Pitch Perfect
My twitter feed has been blowing up with glowing 140 character reviews of this movie.  I'll probably take myself on a date to see it this week.

Rental of the Week:
As previewed, I ran the Tower of Terror 10 Miler last weekend.  It was as terrifying as a 10 mile race at 10pm in 90% humidity should be.  But it was also lots of fun- thanks in part to our Disney themed running tanks created by my friend Carly.
Ursula, Cruella, The Red Queen, and Captain Hook

See? Custom made attire isn't just for celebs on their wedding day.  Anyways, (I guess I can't help but ramble) why not rent a classic Disney flick featuring one of the infamous villains?  The Little Mermaid, 101 Dalmatians, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan . . . 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

MTAD Monday- Playing for Keeps

I'm excited about this feel-good, family-centered comedy starring some very attractive people.  Thoughts?