We’re suckers for an indie rom-com, especially one that makes us wistfully nostalgic about our misfit teenage years. “The Art of Getting By,” out on DVD 11/29, is just that kind of film. Freddie Highmore (the now grown-up kid from “Finding Neverland”) is George, a fatalistic but artistically talented high school senior in New York City who is on the verge of failing. It’s only when he meets smart and beautiful Sally (played by Emma Roberts) that George slowly starts to find motivation to realize his potential. Sort of a modern day “My So-Called Life” meets John Hughes, “The Art of Getting By” is an endearing love story that’s not to be missed.
Boo. The long weekend is coming to a close. This video of a kitten riding a turtle kinda sorta cheered me up. [Buzzfeed]
Holy disturbing, Batman! These little nuggets are much too small to be sucking on the cancer sticks! Thankfully photographer Frieke Janssen didn’t give the children real cigarettes or cigars — they are “smoking” cheese. The artist was inspired, apparently, by that two-year-old boy in Indonesia who smoked 40 cigarettes a day. The depressing thing is, though, that lots of people won’t realize smoking is gross at any age. [Neatorama] Keep reading »
“The Muppets don’t get laughs at other people’s expense. It’s part of what I really loved about the Muppets. They don’t even want to destroy their villains. They want to reform their villains.”
– Jason Segel talks to NPR’s “Fresh Air” about his new movie, “The Muppets,” and what’s so special about the talking puppets that have enchanted people of all ages. I haven’t seen the new flick yet, have you? What did you think? [NPR]
Happy Black Friday everyone! Hope your Thanksgiving was fabulous and fattening and as devoid of family drama as possible. It is a straight up miracle that I was not up and out of bed this morning at 4 a.m., ready to raid the stores like the shopaholic that I am. But you know what? Over the last few weeks, I made a decision not to participate in the rush to spend — after all, Black Friday is just a fancy, corporate-generated pseudo-holiday designed to make the masses feel good about blowing their money. And you know what? There are so many BETTER things to do on this lovely Black Friday than battling long lines and psychotic deal lovers — after the jump, I’ve got 10 suggestions for things you could do instead that will be relatively bruise free. (Seriously, at least one poor sap gets trampled at a Walmart every year.) Keep reading »