So, Amelia isn’t in the office today, because she’s at the Olympic gymnastics trials! How cool is that? She’ll be bringing us coverage from the trials in San Jose, CA, as the men’s and women’s Olympic teams are decided (go Alicia!). And as we’ve probably mentioned before, I’ll be covering the Olympics from London later this summer with the fine folks of Proctor & Gamble, who are major Olympics sponsors! We want to bring you all the thrills of victory and agonies of defeat, but first! Let’s all share a chuckle as “The Today Show”‘s Natalie Morales tries out a few gymnastics moves — or tries to, anyway — with head coach Bela Karolyi looking on.
This week’s movies—and really most movies in general, even in sometimes perverse ways—are about following your dreams, whether those dreams involve becoming a real boy like “Astro Boy,” creating history like “Amelia,” feeling significant as in “Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant,” or finding that lost passion for your nonexistent career with “Motherhood.” And if none of those things appeal to you, go read a book. It’s just like a movie but less pretty and with constant subtitles. Keep reading »
Part of the reason my parents named me Amelia was in honor of Amelia Earhart, the female aviator. Earhart broke a bunch of aviation records and was the first woman to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross for becoming the first aviatrix to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She was pronounced dead in 1939, a year and a half after her plane vanished on a flight somewhere over the Pacific Ocean. Her body was never found. The first trailer for the biopic “Amelia,” starring Hilary Swank, has been released and it’s got OSCAR written all over it. I have to admit, I’m a little disappointed in the casting. Yes, Swank is a double Oscar winner, but, um, I find her kind of boring. I can’t help but think Amy Adams — who plays Earhart in “Night At The Museum 2″ — would have been a fresher choice. But I’ll reserve final judgment until I see the flick, which I think all Amelias should get free tickets to. Keep reading »