Sunday, May 31, 2009

Disney - Pixar's UP debuts #1 at the box office

It should come as no surprise that the latest offering from Disney and Pixar, UP, floated to the top of the box office this weekend. The movie brought in about $68.2 million, besting Dreamwork's impressive $58 million March opening for their 3D CGI film, "Monsters vs. Aliens."

UP received incredibly good reviews and currently has a 98% rating on RottenTomatoes.com

If you haven't seen it yet, head to the theater now! You'll love it.

And for even more convincing, check out my video review below.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

NBC's Community preview starring Joel McHale


The Soup's Joel McHale will be starring in NBC's upcoming half-hour comedy, "Community." McHale plays a lawyer who goes back to community college after his degree was revoked and his job taken away. The show follows a "band of misfits" (including the incredibly famous Chevy Chase) who form a study group at the school and "end up learning a lot more about themselves than they do about their course work."

Community debuts in the fall during "30 Rock"'s current Thursday night timeslot ("30 Rock" is set to return after "Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday" runs its course) . After watching the preview, I was a little surprised to see that, even though it's billed as a comedy and stars one of the funniest people currently on TV (McHale), "Community" will also be putting a pretty strong emphasis on the serious "learning a lot about themselves" aspect of the show. (At least that's the vibe I got from all the orchestra music at the end of the clip.)

In any case, being a former community college kid myself, I'm excited to see that world represented in sitcom form. It's been a long time coming.

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Jim Carrey's Christmas Carol

Even though it'll be the umpteenth cinematic take on Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," I can't help but be excited for the upcoming winter release from Disney starring Jim Carrey. Carrey has a habit of taking on quirky characters, and he will no doubt bring some humor to the old Scrooge.
When I first saw the poster for the film, I couldn't help but immediately be reminded of another one of Carrey's films, "A Series of Unfortunate Events," where he plays a very Scrooge-like character from the popular children's book series of the same name.

The posters are essentially the same with Carrey's creepy characters looming over the scene with their long, wickedly arranged fingers prominently featured, as if to say "We're really creepy people. Seriously, look at this weird hands."And as far as creepiness goes, I would say mission accomplished.

The film comes out Nov. 6 in Disney Digital and IMAX 3D.

UPDATE: I didn't realize that the movie is actually Disney's first motion capture animated movie (kinda like The Polar Express). More info over at The Disney Blog.

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Me on Good Day Austin! CheapTweet!

I've been building it up for a week, and now you can finally see my appearance on Good Day Austin!

I'm talking about the Web site CheapTweet.com, which takes deals that people have tweeted about and puts them in one handy search engine for all to enjoy.

I think the story properly illustrates the values of the Web site as well as the extent of my laziness, by featuring quotes such as: "It just takes too much time to like, go through and clip 'em all," when referring to newspaper coupons.

Anyway, I'm only in the first 47 seconds (That's my lucky number! You can even see it in the video!)

Enjoy!

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Sundae Sundays!

A regular feature of my YouTube channel and Web site is my "Sundae Sunday" weekly wrapup episode. The name comes from an old job of mine where if you worked on Sundays you got to eat a sundae, therefore it was named "Sundae Sunday." In the context of my videos it doesn't make much sense because I rarely eat ice cream during them. Nevertheless the name stuck and I've been doing it now for 13 weeks. Here are the last three episodes, and you can find the rest of them and all of my other videos on my Web site at www.RuckitUp.com Enjoy!

Sundae Sunday #11: I ate tacos and worked on a film set!
Sundae Sunday #12: Swine Flu Adventureland!
Sundae Sunday #13: Happy Mother's Day!

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Monday, May 11, 2009

My Favorite Moment from The Celebrity Apprentice

Annie...
You're fired.

Ouch. Trump pwned that announcement.

I also loved the cutaway to the dinosaur skeleton in the museum after the Donald announced Joan. Genius, Team Trump, genius.

Incidentally, this was my 400th post on CaniPleaseJustSay.com!

#milestones

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Friday, May 8, 2009

Scrubs finale- JD's monologue

I just caught the finale (?) of Scrubs (for sure finale of Scrubs featuring Zach Braff, but the show itself may still go on), and though I hadn't kept up with the show throughout its entire 8 seasons, I've loved every episode I've seen. Wednesday's episode, "My Finale" was no exception.

The best part was J.D.'s final monologue, for which I could not find the script anywhere online so I decided to type it out myself and share it with you all.

Enjoy!

And if you missed the episode, you can watch it at ABC.com

JD: Things rarely go exactly the way you want them to, so sometimes you make due with whatever you can get… Endings are never easy; I always build them up so much in my head they can’t possibly live up to my expectations, and I just end up disappointed. I’m not even sure why it matters to me so much how things end here…

I guess it’s because we all want to believe that what we do is very important, that people hang onto our every word, that they care what we think. The truth is: you should consider yourself lucky if you even occasionally get to make someone, anyone, feel a little better. After that it’s all about the people that you let into your life.


And as my mind drifted to faces I’ve seen here before,
I was taken to memories of family, of coworkers, of lost loves, even of those who’ve left us. And as I rounded that corner, they all came at me in a wave of shared experience… And even though it felt warm and safe, I knew it had to end. It’s never good to live in the past too long.

As for the future, thanks to Dan, it didn’t seem so scary anymore. It could be whatever I wanted it to be… (Play)
And who’s to say this isn’t what happens? Who can tell me that my fantasies won’t come true… just this once?

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