Saturday, October 22, 2005
Oh my, oh my! Dr. Noah Drake, a.k.a. '80s heart-throb Rick Springfield, is returning to Port Charles on Dec. 2 to begin four appearances on "General Hospital."
How I loved him in the early 1980s. Anne, Karen, Patty and I would rush home from school to watch "General Hospital." Those were the good days - of Luke and Laura and Rick and Monica (and Alan).
Monday, October 17, 2005
In the middle of last night's concert, somewhere around "One" or maybe "With or Without You," I realized that I was completely and totally happen. You can't ask for more than that from a U2 concert. Thanks again to Jenny for getting me the ticket:)
To begin with, BONO IS HOT! I know that I always knew that, but Whoa Nelly! I realized it during "With or Without You," which was one of the many, many encores. Bono brought a young woman up onstage and held her close the whole song. She clung to him while he had one arm around her and the other arm on his mike. At the end, he knelt down and kissed her hand. Oh my.....
They did THREE encores. In fact, I thought the show was over and then they CAME BACK. They played "Yahweh," and led into "40." Sob. It was so perfect. You know, it is fitting that Larry is the last U2 member left on stage at the very end, because he created the band.
Bono dedicated "Stuck in a Moment" to Michael Hutchence and said he always thinks about Michael this time of the year.
"I don't know what Michael would have thought of the reality TV show," Bono said. "He might have liked it."
The concert began with "City of Blinding Lights" with Bono giving shout-outs to Philadelphia. He mentioned how the city sponsored two Live Aid/8 concerts and how the city's DJs were among the first to play U2 on the radio. When the band first played Philadelphia, it was to a crowd of 50. The next show was for 500. Then 5,000 and then 50,000.
U2 played "Electric Co." and "The Ocean" from their first album. I must say, I had absolutely no memory of "The Ocean." But it was nice to hear.
During one of the songs (maybe "Love and Peace") Bono brought a little boy named Owen on stage. The boy held Bono's hand and walked him around the ellipse.
"Thank you for walking me home, Owen," Bono told him at the end of the song.
Bono took off his sunglasses for the song about his Dad. God, Bono looks hot when he is sincere. He put on a cowboy hat for a new song, "Fast Cars." There was a guy in a cowboy hat a few rows in front of me who was waving his own hat around. Perhaps he thought Bono could see him.
Incidentally, sitting next to me were a dad and his sullen-looking early teens son. The son sulked through the whole show. The dad kept looking at him like, "HELLLLO. This is a U2 concert! It IS cool." But of course the teen did NOT think it was cool, precisely because his dad did. Sigh.
Monday, October 10, 2005
I can't wait to see this movie, by my Fantasy Boyfriend, George Clooney. It is all about Edward R. Murrow's news broadcast about Sen. Joe McCarthy. Here is the official website. It is playing in NYC right now and will come to Philadelphia on Oct. 14.
Wednesday, October 5, 2005
Katie Holmes is pregnant with Tom Cruise's baby.
Discussion topics: Did they actually have sex in order to get pregnant? What if she gets post-partum depression? Does this mean it is not a publicity stunt and that their love is true, real and tangible?
Nah, probably not. But I hope the poor girl doesn't get PPD because all she will get is a fistful of vitamins and a treadmill.
Sunday, October 2, 2005
Here is an excerpt from the article in The Washington Post:
"In person, Clooney, who is 44, is a surprisingly unextraordinary presence. He's handsome, certainly, with that nicely graying head of hair and a smile so devilish that you almost expect a glint of sunlight to bounce off his teeth. There's an attractive energy about him, too; he talks and moves about quickly. But movie cameras and magazine covers do funny things to people. In Clooney's case, they bulk him up and make him seem taller and sturdier than he is in person. His head, slightly large for his frame, settles into proportion on camera. In person, he's thinner than you'd expect, almost delicately boned (he gained 35 pounds for a recent part, but dropped all of it by "working out and not eating")."
I like all of that except for the weird comment about his large head. What?
Saturday, October 1, 2005
I saw a sneak preview of the new movie "In Her Shoes," starring Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette and the wonderful Shirley Maclaine. It is the story of two sister from Philadelphia and their grandmother in South Florida. Go see it! I urge you. The actress playing the elderly and snarky Mrs. Lefkowitz deserves an Oscar.
You all know that I am a big fan of Jennifer Weiner's novels. Weiner is a former Philadelphia Inquirer author who switched to creative writing with her first novel, "Good In Bed."
"In Her Shoes" is her second novel and the first to be made into a movie. Yes, it is a chick flick but guys will like it, too. Plus, Cameron Diaz spends part of the movie either in her underpants or a bikini. So that is a plus for the guys.
Bring tissues. I cried through a bunch of the movie. But in a good way. It is not like anyone dies.Even Mrs. Lefkowitz, who looks pretty darn old.
The movie was shot in Philadelphia and the city looks great. Another section of the movie was shot in a retirement community in South Florida and from my years of living down there, it is spot on.