Saturday, February 27, 2010

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Monday, February 22, 2010

The Five Worst Movies Made by 2010 Oscar Nominees

The Five Worst Movies Made by 2010 Oscar Nominees
Sandra Bullock, Gun Shy, Helen Mirren, Shadowboxer, Mo'Nique, Phat
 Girlz, Anna Kendrick, Twilight, George Clooney, Batman and Robin Buena Vista Pictures; Lee Daniels Entertainment; Fox Searchlight; Summit Entertainment; Warner Bros. Entertainment
For some, Oscar is a straight shot to glory: Anna Paquin won one as a little girl, and has made generally good career choices since. Others, like Martin Scorsese, spend years making great movies, to the point where an Academy Award cannot be denied.
But for more than a few of this year's nominees, there were times when they seemed en route to the Razzies rather than the big show.
So as many of this year's honorees prepare to walk the carpet at the Kodak, let's take a moment to remember the films they'd rather have you forget:
1. Shadowboxer, directed by Lee Daniels (nominated for Best Director, Precious).
Hot off the success of Monster's Ball, producer Daniels turned to directing with a far more poorly judged interracial-sex movie. Helen Mirren plays an alcoholic hitwoman who adopted Cuba Gooding Jr. and raised him to be a hitman. She has cancer. They have sex. Then they're sent to kill a pregnant Vanessa Ferlito, but relent and become her bodyguards instead.
In tangentially related storylines, Joseph Gordon-Levitt makes out with Mo'Nique (who plays a character named, of all things, Precious), and Stephen Dorff does a full-frontal nude scene.
Daniels shouldn't have been allowed anywhere near a camera again after this travesty of a tale, but fortunately for him, he didn't listen to the naysayers.
2. Batman and Robin, starring George Clooney (nominated for Best Actor, Up in the Air).
The most obvious pick on our list. Truth be told, it doesn't suck in quite the same way as Shadowboxer. It's at least entertaining, though probably not in ways that were intentional. The wannabe poignant scene where Bruce Wayne (Clooney) kisses Alfred and tells him he loves him is hilarious.
In an ill-conceived attempt to make Batman more kid-friendly and sell more toys, Warner Bros. and director Joel Schumacher laid on the homoerotic rubber nipples and ear-achingly bad puns, amped up the camp, then threw a ton of money at the screen hoping nobody would notice.
Schumacher and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman have taken most of the blame over the years, but Clooney deserves his share, coasting on that nodding-and-looking-down shtick he used to do before Steven Soderbergh made him stop.
3. Twilight, costarring Anna Kendrick (nominated for Best Supporting Actress, Up in the Air).
Just as comic book fans are willing to admit, despite enjoying them, that some Batman movies simply aren't good, so too do Twi-hards need to admit that however cute K.Stew and R.Pattz may be, theirs is a terrible, terrible movie.
We can't blame Kendrick for signing on to take the paycheck and the massive fan base, but we can point out that her entire character arc consists of choosing a prom dress that shows cleavage, then changing her mind and picking a more modest one. You did know that the whole story's a Mormon abstinence parable, right?
4. Gun Shy, starring and produced by Sandra Bullock (nominated for Best Actress, The Blind Side).
Liam Neeson plays an undercover DEA agent with diarrhea. Sandra Bullock falls for him anyway. That is all you need to know.
5. [A four-way tie] Hair Show, 3 Strikes, Soul Plane and Phat Girlz, all starring Mo'Nique (nominated for Best Supporting Actress, Precious).
If critics groups gave out the opposite of a lifetime achievement award, it would have to go to Mo'Nique. Over the years, those of us who write about movies have been forced to actually pay to suffer through her idea of "comedy," as most of the aforementioned didn't even screen for press...yet we had to review them anyway.
So yeah, we poor few who saw them knew full well that Mo'Nique could be obnoxious and terrifying. The genius of Precious is that it finally played to that, rather than trying to persuade us she's appealing or funny—as these movies tried and failed to do. Next up, we suggest she try a slasher film.
Reading our 10 Years of Winners gallery feels a lot like getting your own Oscar.

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Courvoisier® Valentine’s Day Dessert Guide

The Courvoisier® Valentine’s Day Dessert Guide

Courvoisier® VS

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The vigorous fruit aromas 
present in our VS strike a 
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notes, perfectly complementing 
fruit crepes, sorbet, vanilla 
ice cream or fresh fruit with 
crème fraiche.
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of our signature EXCLUSIF™ 
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tiramisu, espresso-flavored ice 
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The velvety depth of the custard 
and candied orange notes that 
develop in our flawlessly aged XO
make it the ideal accompaniment 
to flourless chocolate cake, 
chocolate mousse, dark chocolate 
or crème brûlée.


How's This For Nostalgia?

All the girls had ugly gym uniforms?


It took three minutes for the TV to warm up?


Nobody owned a purebred dog?


When a quarter was a decent allowance?


You'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny?

Your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces?


You got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped, without asking, all for free, every time? And you didn't pay for air? And, you got trading stamps to boot?

Laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the box?


It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents?


They threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed. . and they did it!


When a 57 Chevy was everyone's dream cruise, peel out, lay rubber or watch submarine races, and people went steady?


No one ever asked where the car keys were because they were always in the car, in the ignition, and the doors were never locked?
Lying on your back in the grass with your friends? and saying things like, 'That cloud looks like a... '? 

Playing baseball with no adults to help kids with the rules of the game?


Stuff from the store came without safety caps and hermetic seals because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger?


And with all our progress, don't you just wish, just once, you could slip back in time and savor the slower pace, and share it with the children of today.


When being sent to the principal's office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited the student at home?


Basically we were in fear for our lives, but it wasn't because of drive-by shootings, drugs, gangs, etc. Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat! But we survived because their love was greater than the threat.

... as well as summers filled with bike rides, Hula Hoops, and visits to the pool, and eating Kool-Aid powder with sugar. Didn't that feel good, just to go back and say, 'Yeah, I remember that'?


I am sharing this with you today because it ended with a Double Dog Dare to pass it on. To remember what a Double Dog Dare is, read on. And remember that the perfect age is somewhere between old enough to know better and too young to care. 

Send this on to someone who can still
 remember Howdy Doody and The Peanut Gallery, the Lone Ranger, The Shadow knows, Nellie Bell , Roy and Dale, Trigger and Buttermilk.

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Monday, February 8, 2010

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Because you’d better buy her something, head to Thrillist’s V-Day Gifting HQ for more ideas
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Since a bottle of Bertolli isn't exactly "romantic", get your gal the olive tree gift that keeps on giving: by paying for one Italian tree's "adoption" she'll get to reap its oil harvest (one springtime shipment, one in fall), plus nab an upfront package stocked with classy Italian foodstuffs (artichoke antipasti, spaghetti primo piatto, olive oil chocolates) all sealed in a nice little "hamper" that undoubtedly will smell better than yours.
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Custom Kicks: Shoes of Prey
This Aussie outfit's got a slick widget that lets you design bespoke chick-shoes from the ground up: shape (round toe w/ platform, pointy toe, gladiator heel), back strap type, heel length, "decorations" like toe bows, and material/color for each panel chosen from an expansive palate (patent & soft leather, snake & fish You can also get them to deliver a gift card for her to design her own, if you'd rather she not break up with you.
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Give: Helzberg Diamonds
Between work and fantasy sports, you've got too much stress already to worry about what to get her for V-Day. So, go with one of these easy options from Helzberg Diamonds, purveyors of nature's most romantic minerals since the Model T was considered a reckless speed demon.
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Sweet Pick: Saint Cupcakes
Since all women are hypnotized by cupcakes, this Oregon bakery lets you get all custom via its nifty drag 'n' drop creation engine: pick from eight cake bases (Chocolate, Carrot, Vanilla Toffee, etc.), seven frostings (hot fudge, cream cheese, mint buttercream), and 13 sprinkle varieties. At checkout you can opt for a "special occasion decoration" with options including "love you", "just because", and "good luck" -- which is what she'll say, but meaner, if you opt for that.
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Engrave: Stump Ring
A solid oxidized sterling silver number in the shape of a tiny tree stump, this ring's got bark-like ridges and growth rings carved into it, and can be customized with any two sets of engraved initials: get AC + DC if she's a fan of Big Balls, you rogue.
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Smell: Esens Personalized Fragrances
Requiring blessedly limited effort on your end, this AZ-based fragrance expert'll mix up a bottle of one-of-a-kind perfume based on a few simple questions about your girl, using a palette of 200+ essential and perfume oils, ranging from "Coco Mango" to "Oriental Sandalwood"; they've also got gift certificates if you're not up for tackling the queries, i.e., line of work, hobbies, and "special features", although really, what do her third and fourth nipples have to do with perfume?
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