Did you write in a journal growing up? Can you imagine reading that journal on a stage in front of strangers? That is what Mortified is all about. Don’t worry…this isn’t an ‘open mic’ situation. These stories were carefully chosen by producers of the show.
I have not laughed so hard in months.
From Hanson Fan Fiction, to missing TGIF, to controlling urges…this show is SUPER fun night out.
You will recognize a lot of faces (Octavia Spencer, Melissa McCarthy etc) in this relatable movie about a group of friends that reunite for a weekend in Montana. AND…it is from the writer/director of ‘The Help’ Tate Taylor. Win/win situation here.
A funny sitcom that didn’t make it past a season: Friends with Benefits
I have no clue as to why some tv shows become big hits, while others fail. This is a great show about hooking up with friends starring Ryan Hanson from ‘Party Down’ and ‘Veronica Mars’
The tv series that broke records: Hatfields and McCoys
Hatfields and McCoys became the #1 entertainment telecast of all time on ad-supported cable last year. Chances are you are one of the millions that caught it, but if you didn’t…aren’t you curious?
A documentary: Herb & Dorothy
An adorable story about a working class couple that saved all their money to buy and collect art that is now housed in museums around the country.
The Hunger Games: The Hunger Games
Yay!!! The Hunger Games is finally on Netflix streaming. You didn’t see it? You should really see it.
So today I got some cool news that I am a finalist in the ATX TV Pitch Competition. What is that you ask? Well the ATX TV Festival (TV festival here in Austin) has added a competition this year where 10 finalists get to “live pitch” their TV show in front a pretty awesome panel of people. Judges include Bill Lawrence (creator of Scrubs and Cougartown), Peter Billingsley (big time Hollywood producer), David Hudgins (EP of my FAVORITE shows Friday Night Lights & Parenthood)…and many more. Here is the proof here: my name is spelled right and everything! (This didn’t even happen on my HS graduation program. True story.) http://www.atxfestival.com/programming/pitch/
I want to write a TV show. (I think that is the first time I have ever said that out loud. Scary. Now I want to delete it.) Problem is, I often feel paralyzed by the big picture. I see a goal, but trying to figure out how to get to that said goal seems impossible. This often leads to days of me lying on my bed in a Netflix coma. Then days like this happens. A step forward. Progress. And it is so easy to say, “well that was easy,” and take it for granted without appreciating all the steps it took to get to that tiny victory. For example, with this particular victory, I started improv 3 years ago. I wanted to try it, because I love Saturday Night Live. When I first started improv I was a nervous wreck often hyperventilating just at the thought of going to another class. Soon the improv world became my world. I found a sketch group/loves of my life (There’s Waldo), I found a mentor/cheerleader (Tom Booker)…and I found a lot of dates…which was important since I was WAY behind when it came to dating boys. Confession: I am not very good at any of it (that includes dating), I mean I get by ok…but boy have I learned a lot. I have learned how to write a 4 minute sketch. I have learned how to perform on a stage. I have learned what it feels like to write something and have not a single person laugh. I have learned what it is like to perform at the Velveeta Room downtown at midnight in front of just a handful of people. And as far as dating goes, I have learned to never have more than 2 beers on a first date.
My best friend sent me an article today on Tina Fey’s secret to success. According to Tina Fey, it is to always say yes because, “the fun happens on the other side of the yes.” The point of my verbal vomit tonight is to remind myself, and anyone who reads this, to just say yes. Keep moving forward.
Who knows what will come of this, but I see it as another yes, another baby step forward. I will tell you this though, come June 6-9…in the words of Conan O’ Brien, I am going to “work hard and have fun.” And in the words of my favorite Ellie Goudling song right now, “Anything Can Happen.”
4 college girls steal some money to go on Spring Break and things get out of control.
Expectations going in:
I have not seen any of Harmony Korine’s films, but I was familiar with his style.
I just wanted to see the movie that people were wrapped around downtown Austin to see at SXSW.
The film felt like I was watching one long trance song on repeat, and then remixed. I honestly had no concept of how long I sat in the theater, it could have been 5 minutes or 3 hours.
I didn’t learn or come away with anything from the film. Maybe it is because Spring Break (as a college thing) is my personal hell, but the film made me feel uncomfortable, which I get is kind of the point.
I know everyone is talking about James Franco in this film, but I was more impressed with Selena Gomez. As a fan since ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’ (girl had comedic timing) I can’t wait to see where her film career goes.
Should my kids see it because they like Selena Gomez?
No. No. No. Just no.
Would you see it with your mom.
I wouldn’t even admit to my mom I saw this. My mom is never allowed to see this film. And if she does she is not allowed to tell me about it.
Good date movie?
Please do not go to this movie on a first date. #awkward
The film is not meant for everyone. If you are in to more abstract movies then check it out. If you are just curious to see the naked Disney chicks…then wait to rent it.
Tina Fey is a “boring” admissions counselor at Princeton. Paul Rudd is a “free spirit” that runs a non traditional school, and finds some non traditional ways to make Tina take notice of his prized student.
Expectations going in:
My expectations were as low as they get walking into this film. I thought it was going to be a real stinker.
Before you read you must know: I love Tina Fey a lot, AND as a child I desperately wanted to get into an Ivy League school…so Tina discussing SAT scores is like my version of porn or something.
It is definitely a messy movie, and Tina Fey & Paul Rudd weren’t too convincing as lovers, but it was all the little stuff that made me laugh.
There are so many fantastic laugh out loud moments in this film. Revealing moments about how the Ivy League admission process works, moments with Lilly Tomlin, and moments with Tina and her pressurized air duster. I guess there were enough moments in this film to win me over.
Yes. It is a great, “Dad needs us/me out of the house” movie. Did you know there is no sex scene in this film? I love that! You can thank Tina Fey for that!
Good date movie?
Keep the dude at home. Go to lunch/brunch with a girlfriend and use this as your Saturday “catch up” girlfriend time movie. And can we please all collectively discuss how young Paul Rudd looks in this movie? Paul looks ‘Clueless’ young.
Give it a shot. AND let’s be honest…there isn’t much out right now. I enjoyed this WAY more than Burt Wonderstone, Oz, The Snitch, and Identity Theif put together. (Note: I haven’t seen ‘The Call,’ ‘Spring Breakers’ or ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ yet)
Steve Carell, Steve Buschemi, and Jim Carrey are flashy Vegas magicians all competing for the big stage. The magician with the biggest heart will ultimately succeed.
Expectations going in:
I knew it was going to be stupid. Even Steve Carell told Jimmy Fallon, “This is such a stupid movie.”
BUT I thought maybe it would be “funny stupid” because the writing team behind the movie also wrote ‘Horrible Bosses,’ which is great!
Regardless of reviews I was going to see this movie because of the cast and Alan Arkin.
Unfortunately it is a forgettable movie, but I don’t hate myself for spending $6 to see it. It had a few moments in there.
Follow Olivia Wilde on Twitter:
Is it because Olivia is so pretty that I never gave her credit for being funny? This week I caught her in ‘Burt Wonderstone’ and a SXSW screening of the improvised movie ‘Drinking Buddies.’ Girl is funny. Don’t believe me? Follow her on twitter @oliviawilde.
Watch out for:
Jay Mohr has a bit part in this movie…and he nails it.
If you get queasy:
Heads up…some of the Jim Carrey magic scenes are hard to watch. (Yes I covered my eyes.)
Good date movie?
Sure! And best part…you can make out the whole time and still get the gist of the film!
See it if you really want to see a movie, but otherwise wait for the rental.