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Notes From Sundance, Take 2: Thwarted Sightings And After-Parties

In what I hope isn’t the start of a trend, I was turned away from the wait list when I tried to see the premiere of “Hesher,” at Sundance Film Festival today. Any rejection is disappointing, but standing in line with a hip flask and 200 fellow film freaks is so close to a party, it’s one of those exercises that can be its own reward. I tried to attend because the film is getting almost as much buzz as “Howl” and “The Runaways.” To be frank, though, I wasn’t crushed to miss a film about a greasy van-dweller who takes advantage of a grieving family and who tries to take advantage of a movie star-gorgeous grocery clerk, even if she is played by Natalie Portman. It’s probably very moving, but just not what I was in the mood for. I did, however, peek at a very un-greasy Joseph Gordon-Levitt on the red carpet. The “Third Rock from the Sun” kid has grown the eff up! After this festival, I’m going straight home to rent “500 Days of Summer,” which I clearly shouldn’t have skipped.
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Artist Katie Sokoler Keeps The Kid Inside Alive

In-flight magazines almost never hold my attention—more often than not, I lose interest in them once I figure out the crossword puzzle is already completed. After this, I usually find myself flipping through Sky Mall and picking out all the outrageous things I could buy for my cat if I had all the money in the world. But on my most recent trip, I found myself not only intrigued by an article but emotionally affected as well. The piece was on Brooklyn-based photographer/street artist Katie Sokoler whose recent work is about capturing the child in everyone. Keep reading »

LuAnn De Lesseps Recording A Pop Single

Countess LuAnn de Lesseps of “The Real Housewives of NYC” is bringing her lessons on manners and class to … a dance song? Yes, it’s true. She is currently recording a single called “Money Can’t Buy You Class” with producer Chris Young, who’s worked with Ashlee Simpson, Korn and George Clinton. “I have a very original sound,” she told People. “It’s kind of rap and dance put together. I sing all the time for my friends and I sing on the show, but of course they’ve never shown it on the show because they don’t want to get the music rights. So I’ve written the song myself. It will come out in March. I hope that people are really going to love it and dance to it. It’s all about a lot of people I know, who have a lot of money but the manners are not there. It’s just a fun dance song.” Oh dear. Should someone tell her she’s a little tardy to the party? [People] Keep reading »

The Boob Tube: Hot Weekend TV For January 23rd-24th 2010

Saturday

  • “Made” on MTV at 9:00 a.m.
  • “Dirty Jobs” on Discovery at 10:00 a.m.
  • “The Closer” on TNT at 11:00 a.m.

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Quotable: “Bachelor” Matt Grant Dug A Producer, Too

“There was one person on the show I really fancied, and she was a producer, who was absolutely awesome, but wasn’t, unfortunately, a participant on the show. [The producers] saw the chemistry between this person and myself and kept us apart. It’s cool, they have a business to run, they have a job to do, they have children to feed. They’re good people … I wish that, if you fancy one of the crew members, you can swap them out with a cast member. I really liked that producer, but now she’s really happy with someone else, unfortunately. It sucks.”

—Former “Bachelor” Matt Grant, on his Rozlyn Papa-like producer crush while filming the show [RadarOnline.com] Keep reading »

Trailer Park: “Extraordinary Measures,” “Legion,” “Tooth Fairy,” “Creation,” “The Girl On The Train”

I don’t know about you guys, but it’s been raining for a week straight in California and I’ve barely left the house. And since bed sores aren’t a great look on a girl, I think it’s about time to venture somewhere dry … preferably somewhere that serves something delicious like popcorn and slurpies, for example. There are some really random movies coming out this week. For some reason the only comedy is “Tooth Fairy,” but if you’re in the mood for something heavy, you’re in luck! Apparently every week will bring us a new apocalyptic movie; this week it’s “Legion,” and on the opposite plane is “Creation,” the story of Darwin’s development of the theory of evolution. If you’re into parents fighting for their kids’ lives, “Extraordinary Measures” should do it. If you’re into parents railing on their kids, “The Girl on the Train” should work. Then there’s the cowboy documentary, “Sweetgrass,” which might be the best choice if the modern world is getting you down. Keep reading »

Win This! “Secret Diary Of A Call Girl” DVD Sets And Book

Some occupations seem so incomprehensible that we’d like to follow around the people who hold down those jobs to find out what their workdays really entail. Among those we’d like to shadow are prostitutes, private investigators, and Heidi Montag. Thankfully, a call girl wrote about her day-to-day life in the book Secret Diary of A Call Girl, so we don’t have to wonder about one of those three occupations any longer! The book was written by a formerly anonymous London escort now known to be a researcher who paid for her Ph.D. by sleeping with men who spent about $500 for her services.

WIN THIS! The third season of the TV series “Secret Diary of A Call Girl,” based on the sexcapades of “Belle,” comes to Showtime Feb. 1. We don’t want you to be behind, so we’re giving away the season one and two DVDs, the book, and a monthly planner so you can get your bedroom romps in order. But you have to work if you want them! Send an email to contests@thefrisky.com with the subject line “Secret Diary” telling us your secret for good sex by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28. We’ll pick our favorite response and announce the winner on Friday, Jan. 29. You must live in the U.S. or Canada to win. Good luck! Keep reading »

Rihanna Sends “Redemption” To Haiti

Rihanna is releasing a cover of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song” and is donating all the proceeds to the relief efforts for Haiti. Although she was pretty much messing with perfection, she’s managed to record a decent version that stays true to the original and is also modern. Now that I’ve heard Rihanna’s actual singing voice, I can’t understand why she’s so fond of Auto-Tuning her recordings. Rihanna’s “Redemption Song” can be downloaded for $1.29 on iTunes. [PopEater] Keep reading »

“American Idol” Auditions Are A Myth … But Isn’t The Whole Show, Really?

Let me preface this by saying that I am a longtime “American Idol” fan. As a former singer and performer, nothing is more exhilarating than watching other people compete and either knock it out of the park or bomb big-time. Perhaps the most compelling part of the “Idol” journey is the audition process. Not only is it entertaining, but also every person alive (whether talented or untalented) can relate to that moment of waiting to fulfill a dream: to perform on Broadway, score the winning basket, get married, land that job. The feeling is universal. But am I surprised that the Daily Beast is calling the “Idol” audition process “a myth?” Not really. Because isn’t the entire show “a myth”? Keep reading »

“Jersey Shore”: Anthropological Study Concluded

Last night, the talented videographers of MTV concluded their field research into how 20-somethings behave when subjected to heat, large quantities of alcohol, and the temptations of the “Jersey Shore.” In the end, the study was a success, giving ample insight into this subset of young Americans who refer to themselves as “Guidos” and “Guidettes.” The findings, after the jump. Keep reading »

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