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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Driving Lessons - movie review


I'm in love with Rupert Grint. I never found him all that fascinating in the Harry Potter saga like one of my very best friends. She only watches them for him and of course, Tom. But really, she's been a Rupert Grint fan for ages. Well, if you only get to see his bits on screen in Harry Potter stuff..imagine..watching him as the main character of a movie.

Yeah, you get to see that vivid hair of his and those eyes. Amazing green eyes. And he was brilliant!

The movie came out between 2006 -2007. Its almost a British Harold and Maude, except they weren't suicidal or anything. Its about a boy from a very religious family. And you see how they see the world and how they interpret God in everything. His mother played by Laura Linny is as usual fantastic...and completely Brit. She forces Rupert's Ben to be in religious plays. And there is always this young pastor about who comes off something between James McCovey and James Tupper. While Ben's father is the formal pastor who reads mostly in his study about birds.

So this quirky family takes in an old odd fellow and because he needs "treatments"..Ben's mother tells Ben he must find a job to support the old man for his treatments. Well, the best he can do is tidy up for Julie Walters, an old actress who's house is a mess, but she'd rather be out camping, anyway. Meanwhile. Ben is suppose to be learning to drive. Before he knows it, he's driving the old dame places, and he's acting out play scenes with the rather sauced Walters. Naturally, his Mom thinks the worst, and she wants him home instead of off at poetry recitals.

Really, its a sweet movie about a boy and what he has to put up with from so many. From girls thinking he's strange to all the strange things he has to contend with.

Yeah, this one is a keeper and I'm glad I bought myself a copy of it. Lots of Sufjan Stevens' melodies through out the movie too.

These days you can see Rupert sporting stubble and not afraid to take his shirt off..especially, in last year's Cherry Bomb. While Wild Target will be out in the UK as of June 18, an action comedy with Emily Blunt and Rupert Everett.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

make a splash..hahahaha..not if I can help it

I dunno. This might be my last summer with Clive. Its not like its final, and its supposedly not me.

He wants to move. He hates his job and he just can't wait to travel. But I'm not wanting to go anywhere just yet. Sure, my job is not perfect and I work with strange people, but who doesn't.

I finally get full time which he'd been on my case forever and then he wants to up and quit his. I'm not sure what to do. Maybe Jonah can move in. I don't really want to leave here. Of course, I wish Jonah had a job. He's like a brother to me. And I used to live with him and his Mom. But we had some drama and well, I'm not exactly like that anymore, but I wouldn't want to move back in with her because she's like totally different with her new husband and well, it seems life is so slow lately when it comes to wanting to find a job and a career and everything.

I mean, I was so happy and everything with Clive because I wasn't expecting it. But he's got issues. And he needs to get that cleared up. Hopefully, I'll see my brother in June. Its been a very long time. He's in the military. He told me he's looking for a wife. I wanted to laugh, but I couldn't.

Anyway, I have to be upbeat. Starting Monday the new Summer Reading program kicks in.

I haven't gotten Will Grayson Will Grayson read like I should have. I'm afraid I'll have to wait to finish it. Because there are lot of holds on it. I do like the fact that the band got mentioned that I was so  crazy about a few years ago. Now not so much. Its funny when you can't remember why you found a band so special now. Of course, I loved the fact that these guys preactially lived for music. Very indie.

Naturally, I've been wanting to write about musicians. Oddly, though, I've never wanted to date one. I had a cousin who was with a drummer for a while and uh.. He was kind of a dick. Clive looks like he could be in a band, but he'd rather be playing World of War Craft. Yeap, that guy would be happy to have a fridge full of beer and his computer set to the game and not care about anything else. Maybe I should be happy he's going.

I guess its change I don't like.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Yet again

I know you are thinking..stop it already, Ivy. Stop it. Will you?

So yeah, you know how I wrote..oh, maybe yet Jackson Rathbone will give us a boyfriend/boyfriend movie in the future. Yeah, like thats gonna happen. Well, it could. But probably not. I just don't see him rock'n the boat anytime soon in that genre.

Then I find a pic of Thomas Dekker. Oh, I'm afraid he'll be the new It Guy. He was the son on the Sarah Connor Chronicals and just recently was in the latest Nightmare on Elm Street. Yeah, he's got one of those faces where he could be good or bad or something in between.

If that wasn't enough, I saw a lonely blog space that someone gave up that I used to follow. And I was all, well, I should take that place. I just should. Then I did, and I was like..now what?

Naturally, I had to think on it. Well, who would he go good with? I saw a pic of him with Megan Fox. Then I was reading up on how all these people just wish he'd come out of the closet, already. Naturally, I thought more. Smiles started to take over me. And I was thinking on 2 songs I've been listening to on Take Action Vol. 9. rock n roll romance and Mr. Rock & Roll. Then it hit me. Lou & Ed. aka...Thomas and Jackson. And a new take on She & Him.

So here goes nothing.

He & Him

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Its coming...UnNatural History on Cartoon Network

This June 13th... Cartoon Network starts its new live-action one hour show, UnNatural History. After years of traveling the globe and learning the ways of the world, Henry Griffin is returning to America to face his biggest challenge yet: the mysteries of high school. Together with his cousin Jasper and friend Maggie, Henry will use his ancient skills to solve modern mysteries. His cousin Jasper played by Jordan Gavaris is from Brampton, Ontario, Canada, and you might remember him as Nathan on Degrassi. Well, that's history now. He's moved on.

Recently, I got to ask Jordan a few questions.

Ivy: Tell me about your new project going on at Cartoon Network.

Jordan: As we speak, I'm on set shooting the sixth episode of the first season of UnNatural History. It's been a blast since the get-go and I've been fortunate enough to work with some really talented and experienced directors. We shoot each episode in seven days, and because it's an hour long drama the scheduling can sometimes make me a little nutty, but I wouldn't trade it for anything. I'm so grateful to be a part of the project, not only because it's a solid show I can actually stand behind and believe in, but because it's the start of something really special for the Cartoon Network. This is their first venture into scripted live-action programming, so I think they're just as nervous and anxious to hear the audience's response as we are. It's a great feeling to enter into a project as a team when even the executives are on a level playing field- it makes the process less scary for the actors.

Ivy: What's your take on Canadian films?

Jordan: As much as being involved in an American project is exciting because its glossy and the studio involved (Warner Bros.) has endless resources, being a part of Canadian films is very important to me. I've been following Canadian cinema and television closely, and like any industry it has its gems and its duds, but the problem isn't our content- it's our press. Our content doesn't receive enough media exposure in the United States or our own country for that matter, to showcase our talent, which is why a sizable chunk of our actors and filmmakers wind up having to forge a career in Los Angeles. That said, we are seeing a shift, in that, Canadian talent who find careers in the States are coming back to Canada to work on indigenous projects, which explains why certain Canadian films receive more exposure but generally need a bankable actor to do so.

I'll always try to return to native projects when I can, but at this stage, for me, it's all about the role. I know it's a cliche but I can't help it- the role really is that important. The more a-typical the role, the better, because it means I'm able to take more risks with the character.

Ivy: Do you speak French?

Jordan: I do speak French! In fact, my character on UnNatural History speaks French fluently. His mother moved back to France after she divorced his father and he was raised speaking Parisian french. When I was cast, the producers had no idea I spoke the language, but the bilingualism was already in the script. Thank god I spoke the language or I would've needed a dialogue coach! I don't think I'm proficient enough to do a French film, but I'd love to do my own dubbing if its needed!

Ivy: I hear you like to do voices. Can you tell me about them?

Jordan: I can do most of the cast from Family Guy, but I try to limit how much I do it in public. I have this fear one day I'll bump into the creator and be slapped with a lawsuit...

That said, I LOVE comedy. It's a lot of fun to do, and less of a challenge for me than drama. Most actors find it to be the other way around, but being human, letting down my defenses, be vulnerable on screen (etc...) is a lot more difficult for me than delivering a punch line. Comedy's all about timing, and I watched a lot of sitcoms growing up, so I learned to mimic the greats.

Ivy: Any chance you'll ever do Degrassi again?

Jordan: As for Degrassi, the ballots out on that one! After my role in last season's episode, I wasn't contacted again by the producers. I booked the UnNatural History before an offer could be made to bring me back- whether or not that would have happened I'm not sure, but unfortunately, because of my schedule, I don't see any appearances on Degrassi in the future, but then again, who knows! I guess it'll remain a mystery!

I'm really excited for Jordan. The show looks really intriguing. We all love a mystery. I wish him the best.

Here he is talking about his role on the show.

UnNatural History starts June 13th, 8 p.m. (e/p)!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

DREAD - movie review

OK, I won't say its completely dreadful. It is by far Jackson Rathbone's BEST movie to date. He's more than eye candy in this. The film is featured as one of HORRORFEST after dark films this past year. Its based on a short story by Clive Barker that takes about 2 1/2 hours to tell..or so it seems.

The story is the character developement of 4 college students on a Fear study. OK, three of them. Jackson Rathbone's Stephen Grace won't ride in cars due to his brother's fatal accident. Cheryl (Hanne Steen) won't eat meat due to her tormented past with her father who worked at the meat plant. And then there is Quaid who has a disturbing past of his own, who takes the study too far. Quaid played by Brit, Shaun Evans plays his part brilliantly. He's creepy. He's sexy. He's on the edge and even worse when he stops taking his pills and his nightmare start coming to life.

Co-worker, Abby played by Laura Donnelly is wonderful too, as Grace's friend with a birthmark that takes over half of her body. Of course, she wants to be more than friends with Rathbone's character, but he's just not one to take advantage of the situation. Messy hair and all, you get the real deal with Rathbone. Wouldn't we all like to just hang out with a cool dude like that at our campus? It was so close to making me think of Rules of Attraction...but you've got your gore.

Rathbone was definitely real in the movie, and of course its great to see him in something where he's doing more than just standing there. Of course, with these kind of flicks one can only wonder if he plans on being the king of horror. He's in Hurt, yet another horror thriller. Or either he's taken up real handicaps like cerebal palsy and down syndrome in up coming movie projects such at Girlfriend (which he co-produced) and Truckstop. Who knows, we might get a boyfriend/boyfriend film out of him yet.

I guess we'll have to wait and see.

This film was shot well. Great atmosphere and location. To some it will not be enough horror. To others it was definitely the feel of dread.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

well of course I'm going to post this

I got a little surprise. I finally checked my e-mail. And someone sent me a letter which made me smile.

I got an e-mail from Jordan Gavaris.

Hi Ivy,

A friend of mine directed me to your blog entry about the Degrassi appearances. I can't tell you how stunned I was that you'd taken the time to write about those scenes on the show- that really means a lot me! I only started working in film a few years ago and that was the first "buzz" anyone had committed to paper, virtual or otherwise, so I just wanted to take a few minutes to say thank you for the entry and your kind words about the work.

Thanks again,


Monday, May 3, 2010

before I forget

I absolutely love The Broken Bells CD. Every song is great on this little masterpiece. See what happens when you get someone from Shins and somebody else from Gorillaz to put a CD together. Good stuff.

Although, there might be times you might think..hey, its has a Gorillaz flavor or a Shins like lyric. But truly, its a sweet CD to carry with you on those times when you just need a lift. Or relaxing. What ever might be the case.

It just might be my songs of summer. MGMT did it for me last summer. Although, I have warmed up to their new CD yet. I do have it. But still Broken Bells is the one I want to listen to first. Vampire Weekend's latest had my heart for a few weeks there, but now. I gotta have my Broken Bells.

Its a fusion of the best of these two composers and song writers. Brian Burton and James Mercer. They both have a beat to a different drummer, and it shows on this CD. I'm really in love with it.

Broken Bells

Sunday, May 2, 2010

degrassi after hours

I'm trying to get motivated. However, its been a tiring weekend. Not sure why. I am so tired from work. I just need rest. But I've felt so achey. Maybe its a bad case of Spring Fever. Honestly, my allergies have not been as bad as Clive's. So yeah, we are both dragging around.

So anyway.....

I went to look back at my Degrassi fan fic just to learn I had renamed "kelly" Evan..which is the actor's name Evan Williams. Who I do like. Just wish he could get something better than being "emma's" college boyfriend. There is something slight Eric Stoltz about him. I was also not going anywhere with the Emma stuff. So I thought I'd open it up to the characters on the show right now. I'm like many fans who feel a bit let down with where the writers are taking the characters this season. Of course, I haven't really thought much what to do with them, either. Sometimes, though, you just want to start something entirely different with something established. Like the author who is having fun with Jane Austen stuff mixing in zombies and other horror stuff.

Well, not that I'd do that with Degrassi..but I might think about it. If I get too bored.

As it is..I'm tired. So I tried to play around with a header and didn't like it afterwards..but I did think of something.

Degrassi after hours