The Bachelorette…

May 31, 2010 at 2:30 pm (dating, Gossip, News, Reviews, TV) (, , , , , )

Last season on the Bachelor with Jake, besides him setting a new record for the amount of tears that can be shed per episode, we also met Ali. Then they met each other. Then THIS went down..

Ali left, she chose work over love. And then, a network said she could be the next Bachelorette and have 25 guys vie for her attention, and Ali was all like, “fuck my job!”

Now she’s the bachelorette, and the 25 guys who met her once are all falling in love and they just know she is their future wife, they just know it!!!
Ali’s got a whole batch of goodness to chose from. Including a few local guys from Toronto! Too bad they’re such an epic embarrassment to the nation.

Don't worry. Rated-R is just my professional wrestling name.

One guy, Derek, but with the nickname “Shooter”, decided it would be a cute idea to confess that he got his nickname due to premature ejaculation… Shooter didn’t receive a rose. If I were in Ali’s shoes, I’d boot myself off the show, or at least ask for a do-over in the casting.

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So I guess NOTHING happened lastnight…

May 27, 2010 at 2:52 pm (News, random, Toronto) (, , , )

…Because this was the front cover of the newspaper this morning.

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Published Down Undah

May 6, 2010 at 7:10 pm (fiction, Gigs, Good Things, kate, News, Shameless Self Promotion, travel, Uncategorized, writing) (, , , , , , , , )


I have an affinity for Australia for a number of reasons. Kangaroos, the didgeridoo, Wallabies , Chris Lilley, a vast expanse of extraordinarily venomous yet fascinating creatures, the word bogan, and now I have possibly the best reason yet. They published one of my short stories on Australian Reader!
It’s called What Do You Know, check’er out
> Let’s get bogan

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February is slushy.

February 23, 2010 at 2:36 pm (kate, News, random) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

BRAAWWWWK

Current mood: Hulk
Current weather: It’s snowing UP
Current obsession: Lost, Franks Red Hot, travel and cookies
Current stuff I’m excited about: Being published in the April edition of Fresh! Literary Magazine. Based outta Boass-tin Mass, The Buried Life, being a finalist in this contest to win a trip to Costa Rica.

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Send me to Costa Rica.

January 18, 2010 at 5:31 pm (Good Things, kate, News, Shameless Self Promotion, travel) (, , , , , , , , , , )

In grade 10, I missed a class trip to Costa Rica and was left forever resentful. I can’t even remember why I missed it now, I’m sure it was partially to do with parents convincing themselves that I would surely be attacked by a group of vicious monkeys, go riplining into a tree, and/or plummet over a waterfall in my dinghy. However, gravity, among other forces have always lured me South. It’s warm, it’s different, full of the unknown and truths to be learned, stuff I wouldn’t be able to fathom unless I went there for myself. Most importantly, there is stuff that needs to be done, stuff we can actually do. I’m talkin’ beneficial, life changing action for both ourselves and the people of Costa Rica in different but equally satisfying ways. Tons of fortunate people take vacations every year to places like Cuba, Dominican Republic, and Costa Rica, and still many never get a chance to leave their resorts and truly experience the country itself, or meet the people and understand their culture and the way they live. There is a misconception that associates these countries with elaborate buffets, sun and pools, fully stocked bars and pineapples carved to look like exotic fish.


Then I discovered a travel blog run by lad called Nomadic Matt, who seems to share this way of thinking about travelling. He travels to learn and gain experiences and make differences. He brings back invaluable memories and potentially life changing stories to share, instead of just a nice tan.

...Or a not-so-nice tan


Nomadic Matt has decided to give his following the chance to see what he’s seen, and is running a contest alongside the admirable travel and tourism company, G.A.P. Adventures. I want this trip because I want to experience and share the beauty of the real Costa Rica, it’s culture and people. Sometimes when on vacation, we’re left with the impression that these countries are limited to their beautiful resorts and beaches, but there is so much more to see. I can’t stand being locked in a resort knowing that all that new and unique culture is just outside the gates. I want to go on a trip that doesn’t mask anything, even though I probably won’t get attacked by monkeys r go over a waterfall, at least make it a possibility.
It’s the real, raw experiences that far outweigh relaxing on a beach. As nice as it is to do nothing, it feels way better to do something, which is exactly what I hope to get out of this trip. I would want to return with knowledge about locals, how they live, how they eat, what they do, the culture, the climate – everything and/or anything! It’s not just the country and people you would be learning about, I think this trip would teach me a lot about myself as well. Everyone has their limits but few have actually reached what they are. I think we are capable of things we don’t even know we can do until faced with that situation. Being thrust into a completely new environment forces us to become open minded. I want to do it, talk about it, document it, and maybe inspire someone else to gain a similar experience. The more parts of the world we see and experience firsthand, the better understanding we’ll have of each other.

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My failing Golden Globe predictions

January 18, 2010 at 3:07 pm (awards, media craziness, News) (, , , , , )

Best Motion Picture – Drama
I thought: Precious would win because Oprah says so
And then: Avatar won

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
I thought: Nine would win, then saw it and changed my vote to 500 Days of Summer.
And then: The Hangover won

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
I thought: Clooney
And then: Bridges… Still good.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
I thought: Emily Blunt
And then: Sandra Bullock.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
I thought: I refused to choose one, then decided on RDJ after seeing Sherlock Holmes.
And then: Robert Downy Jr. I’m pleased.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
I thought: Marion Coutillard, BUT I did say Streep would be a close second. Half points?
And then: Meryl Streep. At least she delivered one of the best quotes of the night… “I’m gonna change my name to T-Bone… T-Bone Streep.”

Best Supporting Actor
I thought: Stanley Tucci
And then: Christopher Waltz. Still pleased, he was good.

Best Supporting Actress
I thought: Vera / Penelope
And then: Mo’Nique

Best Director
I thought: Quentin
And then: James Cameron….

Best Screenplay
I thought: Quentin Tarantino
And then: Jason Reitman & Sheldon Turner. I’m okay with this, because I just saw Up in the Air and it was very good.

Original Song
I thought: Bono’s song from “Brothers”
And then: T Bone Burnett and Ryan Bingham, “The Weary Kind,” from “Crazy Heart”
And I’m JUST realizing now that’s where Meryl Streep got T-Bone from. I thought she was just being random.

Best Original Score
I thought: UP
And then: UP.. . Win!

Best Animated Film
I thought: Fantastic Mr. Fox
And then: Up

Best Foreign Language
I thought: Das Weisse Band, because I want to go to Germany.
And then: The White Ribbon… Ironically also German

Best TV Series – Dramaz
I thought: Mad Men
And then: Mad Men

Best TV Series – Musical or Comedy
I thought: Glee
And then:

Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
I thought: No idea. I was totally lost.
And then: Grey Gardens

Best TV Actor – Musical or Comedy
I thought: I suffered through choosing one but settled on Duchovney.
And then: Alec Baldwin.. Still good. Still so, so good.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
I thought: Tina Fey
And then: Toni Collette

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama
I thought: Don Draper… I mean Jon Hamm
And then: Michael C. Hall. Still good, he is recovering from cancer treatment and still showed up and took home the well deserved Globe. Congrats to him

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama
I thought: January Jones (Betty Draper)
And then: Julianna Marguiles… I could sense the “J”


Supporting Actor (TV)

I thought: Either Neil Patrick Harris or Jeremy Piven
And then: John Lithgow

Supporting Actress (TV)
I thought: Jane Lynch
And then: Chloe Sevigny. UGH, I like her but… Wtf

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Golden Globes 2010 Noms

December 15, 2009 at 3:38 pm (awards, News, Shout outs, TV) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Here are the Golden Globe nominations of 2009.

The Nom Nom Nominees is....


Best Motion Picture – Drama
Nominees:

Avatar (2009)

The Hurt Locker (2008)

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009)

Up in the Air (2009/I)

Thoughts:
Though I have yet to see most of these, I think this has to go to Inglorious Basterds. Precious will probably get it though – because Oprah said so.

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Nominees:

(500) Days of Summer (2009)

The Hangover (2009)

It’s Complicated (2009)

Julie & Julia (2009)

Nine (2009)

Thoughts:
Nine! How can you top Penelope Cruz and Daniel Day-Lewis et al, doing a song and dance. It’s not out yet, but I’m gonna guess this movie should have been called TEN. Zing!

*UPDATE
I saw Nine and it’s not that good. I mean the acting is good and the spectacle and cinematography might make it worth seeing but the story isn’t that great. I change my vote to 500 Days of Summer.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Nominees:

Jeff Bridges for Crazy Heart (2009)

George Clooney for Up in the Air (2009/I)

Colin Firth for A Single Man (2009)

Morgan Freeman for Invictus (2009)

Tobey Maguire for Brothers (2009/I)

Thoughts:
Clooney. But I wouldn’t be upset if Morgan Freeman or Jeff Bridges took it either, cause they awesome.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Nominees:

Emily Blunt for The Young Victoria (2009)

Sandra Bullock for The Blind Side (2009)

Helen Mirren for The Last Station (2009)

Carey Mulligan for An Education (2009)

Gabourey ‘Gabby’ Sidibe for Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009)

Thoughts:
Emily Blunt. She has range, these other ladies are good but typecast a lot.


Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Nominees:

Matt Damon for The Informant! (2009)

Daniel Day-Lewis for Nine (2009)

Robert Downey Jr. for Sherlock Holmes (2009)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt for (500) Days of Summer (2009)

Michael Stuhlbarg for A Serious Man (2009)

Thoughts:
Torture. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is my future husband but how can you top RDJ or Day-Lewis. And Serious Man was so good. I can’t answer this one or my head is going to explode into those fireworks that come up when you beat Mario Kart.

*UPDATE
Robert Downy Jr. I finally saw Sherlock Holmes and… Yep.


Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Nominees:

Sandra Bullock for The Proposal (2009/I)

Marion Cotillard for Nine (2009)

Julia Roberts for Duplicity (2009)

Meryl Streep for It’s Complicated (2009)

Meryl Streep for Julie & Julia (2009)

Thoughts:
Did someone nominate The Proposal as a joke? It was cute, but awards level? It wasn’t even that funny. I think we all know the only reason anyone went was for Ryan Reynolds sans the shirt. Definitely Marion Cotillard. Meryl Streep would be a close second.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominees:

Matt Damon for Invictus (2009)

Woody Harrelson for The Messenger (2009/I)

Christopher Plummer for The Last Station (2009)

Stanley Tucci for The Lovely Bones (2009)

Christoph Waltz for Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Thoughts:

Even though Inglourious Basterds was the best movie evar, I have to say Woody or Stanley Tucci for this because they are both amazing.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominees:

Penélope Cruz for Nine (2009)

Vera Farmiga for Up in the Air (2009/I)

Anna Kendrick for Up in the Air (2009/I)

Mo’Nique for Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009)

Julianne Moore for A Single Man (2009)

Thoughts:
It’s hard to judge this one because I haven’t seen most of these. May have to come back and edit once I have. For now let’s say Vera Farminga or Penelope cause both of their flicks will kick the ass.

*UPDATE
Anna Kendrick. She’s new and she holds her own against Clooney, totally a step up from Twilight.

Best Director – Motion Picture
Nominees:

Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker (2008)

James Cameron for Avatar (2009)

Clint Eastwood for Invictus (2009)

Jason Reitman for Up in the Air (2009/I)

Quentin Tarantino for Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Thoughts:


Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Nominees:

District 9 (2009): Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell

The Hurt Locker (2008): Mark Boal

Inglourious Basterds (2009): Quentin Tarantino

It’s Complicated (2009): Nancy Meyers

Up in the Air (2009/I): Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner

Thoughts:
I really liked the storyline beneath District 9. Just not quite as much as Basterds.

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
Nominees:

Avatar (2009): James Horner, Simon Franglen, Kuk Harrell(“I Will See You”)

Brothers (2009/I): U2, Bono(“Winter”)

Crazy Heart (2009): T-Bone Burnett, Ryan Bingham(“The Weary Kind”)

Everybody’s Fine (2009): Paul McCartney(“(I Want To) Come Home”)

Nine (2009): Maury Yeston(“Cinema Italiano”)

Thoughts:
Bono’s song from Brothers will probably win because he and Oprah control the Earth, but I vote Nine.


Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Nominees:

Avatar (2009): James Horner

The Informant! (2009): Marvin Hamlisch

A Single Man (2009): Abel Korzeniowski

Up (2009): Michael Giacchino

Where the Wild Things Are (2009): Carter Burwell, Karen Orzolek

Thoughts:
I say Up, cause it’s just so frickin’ cute.

Best Animated Film
Nominees:

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

Coraline (2009)

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

The Princess and the Frog (2009)

Up (2009)

Thoughts:
Either Up or Fantastic Mr. Fox. I haven’t seen Mr. Fox yet, but I’m confident I will thoroughly enjoy it.

*UPDATE
I was SO right.

Best Foreign Language Film
Nominees:

Los abrazos rotos (2009)

Baarìa (2009)

Das weisse Band – Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte (2009)

La nana (2009)

Un prophète (2009)

Thoughts:
No idea what any of these are. But let’s say Das Weisse Band, cause I want to go to Germany.

Best Television Series – Drama
Nominees:

“Big Love” (2006)

“Dexter” (2006)

“House M.D.” (2004)

“Mad Men” (2007)

“True Blood” (2008)

Thoughts:
There has been an error. They forgot to put Californication. Whatever I vote Mad Men.

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Nominees:

“Entourage” (2004)

“Glee” (2009)

“The Office” (2005)

“Modern Family” (2009)

“30 Rock” (2006)

Thoughts:

For everyone who says they don’t like shows that feature elaborate musical numbers, put that aside and realize that Glee is one of the best written shows on TV right now. This or Office will win. I still love 30 Rock too.

Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Nominees:

Georgia O’Keeffe (2009) (TV)

Grey Gardens (2009) (TV)

Into the Storm (2009) (TV)

“Little Dorrit” (2008)

Taking Chance (2009) (TV)

Thoughts:

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Nominees:

Alec Baldwin for “30 Rock” (2006)

Steve Carell for “The Office” (2005)

David Duchovny for “Californication” (2007)

Thomas Jane for “Hung” (2009)

Matthew Morrison for “Glee” (2009)

Thoughts:

I don’t like this game anymore. This is too hard, Matthew Morrison, who I’m assuming plays Mr. Shu on Glee is so so awesome. But now I see Californication up there. Alec Baldwin is just…. an epic win, in general. But how can I not say Steve Carrell. Goddamit, Okay I’m going with Duchovny because honestly, he has moved on past Agent Mulder in ways I never thought he could. Californication is an amazing show and he totally pulls it off.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Nominees:

Toni Collette for “United States of Tara” (2009)

Courteney Cox for “Cougar Town” (2009)

Edie Falco for “Nurse Jackie” (2009)

Tina Fey for “30 Rock” (2006)

Lea Michele for “Glee” (2009)

Thoughts:

Cougar Town for reals? That show has it’s funny moments, but Courtney Cox’s overacting is one of the show’s flaws. I say TINA


Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama
Nominees:

Simon Baker for “The Mentalist” (2008)

Michael C. Hall for “Dexter” (2006)

Jon Hamm for “Mad Men” (2007)

Hugh Laurie for “House M.D.” (2004)

Bill Paxton for “Big Love” (2006)

Thoughts:

Don. Draper.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama
Nominees:

Glenn Close for “Damages” (2007)

January Jones for “Mad Men” (2007)

Julianna Margulies for “The Good Wife” (2009)

Anna Paquin for “True Blood” (2008)

Kyra Sedgwick for “The Closer” (2005)

Thoughts:
Betty. Draper.

i want shiny award


Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Nominees:

Michael Emerson for “Lost” (2004)

Neil Patrick Harris for “How I Met Your Mother” (2005)

William Hurt for “Damages” (2007)

John Lithgow for “Dexter” (2006)

Jeremy Piven for “Entourage” (2004)

Thoughts:

Choosing between Jeremy Piven and NPH is too torturous this early in the week. So I say both/either/threesome.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Nominees:

Jane Adams for “Hung” (2009)

Rose Byrne for “Damages” (2007)

Jane Lynch for “Glee” (2009)

Janet McTeer for Into the Storm (2009) (TV)

Chloë Sevigny for “Big Love” (2006)

Thoughts:
Jane Lynch deserves this and every/any other award. She is amazing.

And now we wait!

PS. Check it…

I'M HOSTING

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MTV pulls Snooki punch out scene from Jersey Shore

December 14, 2009 at 4:54 pm (MTV, News) (, , , , , , , , , , )


I don’t agree with violence against women – or against men & children – but this, is a disappointment of epic proportion. Not because I wanted to see anyone get hurt, but… Okay kind of, but MTV has been using that clip as advertisement for the show, and I think anticipation of that moment is a partial explanation for it’s exceptionally high ratings.
It’s a good thing that most of us have already seen the clip of Jersey Shore resident, “Snooki”, taking a punch straight to the face from some random club Guido. And it’s a seriously a hard punch, he probably knocked the spray tan right off of her.

I'm aiight


“After hearing from our viewers, further consulting with experts on the issue of violence, and seeing how the video footage has been taken out of context to not show the severity of this act or the resulting consequences, MTV has decided not to air Snooki being physically punched in next week’s episode. The show will still make it clear what events transpired, including the full aftermath.”
You can read more (and see the clip!) here.
I was watching Entertainment Tonight , and though it’s not document in that link, Snooki went on record saying she thinks it’s a good thing the clip gets aired, so girls know that something like that can happen to any of them… I don’t know. I think it can probably only happen to Jersey Shore girls.

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Hell No H1N1

October 29, 2009 at 8:14 pm (Local, media craziness, News, Toronto) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Did you know that the letters in H1N1 stand for Hell, and No?… Well they do. So..
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Will you be getting the H1N1 vaccine? Can they really make it mandatory? It feels like they are trying to force people using what else, scare tactics. It’s easy. When people are both scared, and in mass numbers, they’ll listen to whatever you tell them to do. Out of the 10,456 confirmed cases in Canada, 90-something have died. And just to put things in perspective.. The REGULAR flu kills 36,000 Americans every year, for reals yo. Nobody really panics about that, what’s up?

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pls pet me I am not contagious


Don’t bow down to the fear mongering. Swine flu is hardly different than the regular flu that nobody seems to be losing their shit over. The government probably wants those crazy H1N1 vaccine lineups to be insane so they can justify spending the insane amount of money. They want to pump everyone full of both fear and a sketchy new untested vaccine. EVEN THIS RANDOM DOCTOR SAYS SO

I think my good friend Maddox sums things up pretty nicely…
Read “I Hope I Get Swine Flu”

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Animal of the Week: Miniature Dwarf Horse. Wha?

August 12, 2009 at 3:25 pm (animals, crazy, News, Want) (, , , , , , , , )

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LOOK AT IT. It’s the size of a KITTEH! SO little. So so little. There’s an explanation for that. It’s Koda! He’s an American miniature horse, who was also born a dwarf. Like a really short person who was also born a midget, kind of, not really.
Koda is so small, he is often mistaken for a stuffed toy, or battery operated toy if he’s walking. Standing at only 59cm (AWW) tall, he’s just 13-months old and has suffered a handful of health problems. But he has also pulled through them all, because he is a little. effing. trooper.

His next surgery is extensive dentistry to remove his protruding adult teeth that won’t fit in his little mouth.
‘He’s very brave and takes his medicine like a little man,’ said Dr Andy Lynch (Koda’s vet).

hai guise

hai guise

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